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Ljubljana, Slovenia – A Look at the City, Food and Region

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Ljubljana, Slovenia took me by surprise. It had almost been a decade since my last visit and so much has changed in a positive way that I would like to share it with you.

It was like visiting a whole new city but with its old charm feel still intact from my memories of exploring the city in the past.

Ljubljana offers an unique cultural blend of Balkan, Mediterrenian and Alpine influences, and the city is nestled right in the heart of Europe.

Ljubljana is not only the capital city of Slovenia, but you also have a whole region to explore from the city’s doorstep. 

What impressed me the most in Ljubljana has to be the local cuisine that's on offer. 

The food is all locally sourced, and sometimes fresh ingredients are even taken from the garden to serve on your plate. It can't get fresher than that. 

Ljubljana is ready to take you on a culinary journey with the cook being the captain of your voyage with wonderful concepts which will blow you away. 

Buckle up your seat belts – you're sure to be taken on a wonderful adventure around Ljubljana, Slovenia as we explore the city, the region and the local cuisine

 

Start your holiday in the city of Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the beautiful and interesting capital city of Slovenia is one of the hidden gems of Europe. It’s a perfect location for those seeking something new and unique. 

The city has transformed in recent years and is definitely worth a visit. If it’s not already on your European city bucket list, it should be. 

Ljubljana is perfect for a long weekend with great transport connections and accommodation options. Below I'll give you some travel tips on what to see and do around the city of Ljubljana. 

 

Get a Ljubljana city card from the Tourist Information Centre

You can purchase your Ljubljana card from the Tourist Information Centre. This will help to save on entrance prices to over 20 of Ljubljana’s top attractions as well as cover bus transportation costs around the city and to the airport. 

It's a great value, and with a map of the city, you’re off to a good start.

The address of the Tourist Information Centre: 

Adamič-Lundrovo nabrežje 2, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

 

How about a Moustache Tour around Ljubljana?

This tour is done by bicycle with a guide and it takes place around the city, as you follow the story of three mighty historical mustachioed men who lived in the city of Ljubljana. 

Cycle through the most beautiful streets of Ljubljana and feel the lifestyle of the architect Jože Plečnik, the writer Ivan Cankar and the painter Rihard Jakopič. The tour is full of history and includes a scenic cycle with tea and cake at the end. 

The tour will take around half a day to complete and can be booked here

 

Head to the top of Ljubljana hill and visit Ljubljana castle

My advice would be to visit the castle twice. With the Ljubljana pass, this is possible and won't cost you any extra. 

The easiest way to the top of the hill is with the castle funicular which is almost like a tram ride and is located across the road from the Tourist Information Centre. The ride up the hill is included in the pass. 

For your first visit, arrive early in the morning and you can book in advance a very special and locally sourced breakfast at restaurant Gostilna na gradu, located in the courtyard. 

It’s a wonderful way to start your first day exploring Ljubljana. 

Walk around Ljubljana castle and enjoy the displays and exhibitions on offer and take in the history of the castle with loads to offer for visitors. 

For your second visit, head back in the evening, just before sunset to enjoy a stunning vista view of the surrounding city below. Magical. 

 

Where to stay in Ljubljana: Central Hotel Ljubljana capsule rooms

Why not try something a little bit different for your accommodation in Ljubljana? You can book your stay at the Central Hotel Ljubljana in one of the newly opened capsule rooms

You might have come across the concept of capsule rooms in Japan and now you can try them out in Europe too, right here in Ljubljana. 

The idea is that you get your own little private space in the form of a high-tech pod where you sleep for the night and can also use the hotel's other facilities. 

The hotel is located in a great central place and is an affordable option for your stay in Ljubljana. Have a bit of fun with your stay and sleep somewhere a little bit different for the night. 

Central Hotel Ljubljana is a modern hotel with loads of super cool facilities and features with a bonus of having an awesome rooftop bar terrace where guests can enjoy a stunning city view. Also their "normal" rooms are worth checking out, if a capsule is not the bed you are looking for.

 

The Open Kitchen concept

One of the most popular eating attractions in Ljubljana has to be the Open Kitchen concept, open every Friday from March to October.

As long as the weather is good, the food market will be open. 

Walk around over 50 stands, each offering a unique concept or dish

Each stand is specially selected as being the best at what they do in Slovenia and the options available on the day are always world-class. 

From smokehouse BBQ style to vegan burgers, the options are endless, and they have something for every taste bud.  

I advise you to come along with an empty belly and a clean plate, so you can enjoy this unique lunch spot. 

The prices for lunch are very affordable and offer a great chance to try some of the restaurant dishes made by Ljubljana’s top chefs and to get a taste of what’s on offer around the city and country.

Three of the best master chefs from Slovenia even have a table spot which shows the talent that is on offer here at the open kitchen, and I wouldn't miss it as it's unique to Ljubljana and the concept started here in the city. 

 

Enjoy a boat ride under the Triple Bridge and into the region of Ljubljana

The best way to end your time in Ljubljana is to head out on the water and enjoy a city boat ride with a view. 

This will give you a unique view of the iconic Triple Bridge that consists of three bridges. It has become one of the important landmarks to the city of Ljubljana. 

It's a nice way to explore the city, just sit back and relax on the boat. 

If you fancy doing something a bit more adventurous, you could try paddle boarding which is also an option in the city. 

You can depart from the city and head out into the region of Ljubljana by boat if you wish to take life in the slow lane, which brings us onto the Ljubljana region part of the guide. 

 

Explore the region of Ljubljana

Ljubljana, the city of dragons is not only the capital city of Slovenia, but Ljubljana is also a large region that surrounds the city walls. 

Why not escape the city, grab a rental car or a bike and explore the outer region of Ljubljana? 

With endless mountains, scenic views, nature and wildlife all on the city’s doorstep, the region is surely not to be missed

 

Organic Farm Stay Trnulja

Take the scenic boat cruise along the river from the city of Ljubljana and you will soon arrive at the Organic Farm Stay Trnulja

The owner will be more than happy to pick you up from the riverside by cart to take you to the farm.

Be sure to stay here for a few nights in one of their cosy farm style rooms and enjoy the wonderful hospitality and organic fine dining on offer.

You will not leave without an empty stomach, that's for sure as a lot of the food is produced at the farm. You can also charge your electric car here, if you need some more battery for your onward journey. They also have a small two seater electric car, which you can borrow for a short trip.

 

Cycle to the Church of St. Michael

Once you've settled in, the surrounding area is perfect to explore on an E-bicycle.

Close by you will find the Church of St. Michael, which was built around 1940 on the Ljubljana Marshes, and is from the works of a local architect, Jože Plečnik.

The design is a perfect fusion of a Greek temple and local Slovenian church design. Due to the marshy like conditions, the church is built on support legs and is mostly made of wood.

A unique design from the region and worth checking out on your bike tour. 

 

Saint Anne's church on the hill

Another spot worth visiting is cycling through the farmland fields and up to the top of the challenging hill where you will reach Saint Anne's church.

It's visible from afar and one of the most popular visiting spots in Ljubljana.

It is located on the viewing hill above Podpeč and Sentani Lake. On a clear day, you can see the city of Ljubljana from a distance as well as the Slovenian Alps.

This has to be one of the most scenic spots in the Ljubljana region to enjoy the surrounding vista views. It's not to be missed.

The church hill is a perfect location to enjoy a sunset from and end your day exploring the countryside.

 

Polhov Gradec Mansion

On the next day exploring the region of Ljubljana, you can enjoy a scenic drive to the Dolomites of Polhov Gradec.

Once you arrive here you can enjoy a tea party with the Count himself at the Polhov Gradec Mansion.

Count Blagaj’s land was famous back in the day for its botanical gardens and unique flowers which grew in the area.

The flowers were used for making medical teas. Here you can also find the Museum of Slovenian Post and Telecommunications.

 

Božnar beekeepers

Close by is the Božnar, also known as the House of Honey. It’s a private company that was established in 1990 and focuses on the organic production of Slovenian honey products from local bees.

The raw materials are obtained from the beekeepers and you can also learn about honey production as well as buy honey to take home.

 

The town of Kamnik

The charming town of Kamnik is a perfect place to base yourself whilst you explore the mountains of the Ljubljana region.

I'd recommending staying at Hotel MD. It is the only hotel in Kamnik but offers a charming stay and they will happily allow guests to charge electric cars as well. 

 

Volčji Potok Arboretum botanical park

Volčji Potok Arboretum is the most visited botanical park in Slovenia. It covers an 85-hectare site and features 3,500 plants from all over the world.

Streams and lakes, offering habitats to water plants and animals, bring a special dynamic to the park. 

In the old part of the park, you can take a break in the summer café.

For something a little more special, you can arrange a picnic brunch in advance at the summer cafe, which is a wonderful idea paired with the setting. 

 

The mountains of Velika Planina

Velika Planina is home to one of Europe's few surviving high mountain herdsmen's villages where traditional Alpine herdsmen's culture is still alive to this day.

It's a unique place to stumble across in Europe and I haven’t seen anything quite like this before. 

Be sure to pass by and say hello to the friendly Alpine herdsmen during your visit. We bumped into Peter during our visit and enjoyed a shot of local schnapps which was made using local Alpine flowers. 

You can even stay with Peter if you like, but you must help out around the house and fields with daily chores to cover your keep.

Dairy production is the most popular past time up in the mountains and during the summer season, you can sample the local Alpine cheese which they make up in the mountains using traditional methods.  

Throughout the year, Velika Planina is accessible by aerial cable car and chair lifts. It takes around 40 minutes to reach the top from the carpark. 

The scenic Velika Planina is also accessible on foot for those who enjoy hiking, via several popular mountain routes

It's a popular hiking destination in the summer amongst locals and visitors, but it is also worth checking out in the winter when it's completely covered in snow. 

 

Getting around Slovenia - Try renting an electric car in Ljubljana

The best way to explore the outer region of Ljubljana from the city is to rent a car as everything within this guide is easily accessible by road. 

The great thing about Ljubljana is that the city is very green and focused on the environment. Ljubljana even won the title of European Green Capital of 2016. 

So, why not make your rental experience extra special and go for an electric car? 

This is possible for international visitors by simply registering your passport at Ljubljana International Airport at the Avant2Go desk. 

 

Discover the amazing cuisine of Ljubljana

Ljubljana is full of culinary delights from its regional cuisine to Balkan and Alpine influences. You will be left with nothing but delicious meals dish by dish. 

Here are a few of my top places worth checking out during your culinary adventure around Ljubljana. 

We have already mentioned breakfast at the top of the castle courtyard at Gostilna na gradu, dinner at the organic farm stay Trnulja and the Open Kitchen concept in the city centre of Ljubljana on Fridays. 

Now, here are some other noteworthy recommendations for dining options. 

 

Druga Violina

Druga Violina is located in the city centre of Ljubljana, and it’s a very special little gostilna-style restaurant employing several people with special needs.

It serves traditional Slovenian dishes and is a great spot in the city to check out. The meals are big and tasty for a good price.

 

Landerik

Landerik is a new local restaurant which has recently opened in the old part of Ljubljana. 

It’s a perfect location for late-night dining. What makes Landerik so unique is that everything in the restaurant is locally sourced from Slovenia, even the dining plates have been specially made in the country by a local designer. 

They go to great lengths to ensure that every part of the experience is local and that has proved to be a challenge but also a learning experience for the restaurant creators. 

Fine dining can be found here, and I would recommend either doing the lunch experience to get a taste of the local dishes – or how about a 4-course dinner with a wine pairing? 

Another note is the coffee that is served here. It was impossible to source locally grown coffee, but the beans are still roasted and ground in the city of Ljubljana. 

 

Grič restaurant

Grič restaurant is located in the village of Šentjošt nad Horjulom, and it’s a different type of concept restaurant set up by local chef Luka Košir. 

He draws his inspiration from his garden each morning and the menu adapts to the organic produce on offer. 

Expect the menu to change frequently and always be up for a surprise as Luka doesn't like to stick to things, you never know what you might get. But whatever it will be, it will be on a very high level of cooking and it will be an experience for your taste.

Ljubljana offers many organic and eco-friendly dining options, and this is a great option to showcase the incredible dining experiences that can be enjoyed around the region.  

The cuisine served at Grič has a strong connection with local tradition and historical heritage, fused with modern cuisine. Worth checking out if you have a rental car. 

 

Korobač

For a spot to eat in Kamnik, be sure to check out Korobač. This is a restaurant with an awesome chill hipster vibe, also good vegan meals and local beer on offer. 

I'd recommend grabbing the falafel wrap and deep-fried vegetable dish which were a wonderful combination with a Mali Grad beer.

If you're lucky, they might even have live entertainment on offer playing some local tunes. 

 

Mali Grad Brewery

Why not end your time in Ljubljana at the Mali Grad brewery? Park up your rental car for the night and enjoy some tasty local beer on tap.

From Belgium style to IPA, they will surely have something refreshing to tingle your taste buds. Be sure to try also their tasty gin they also produce on-site.

 

Thank you for reading all about the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Thank you for reading my guide about exploring the food scene, the city sights, the region and all that Ljubljana has to offer. 

I hope you also enjoy our video guide to Ljubljana also full of amazing travel tips. 

I hope you're prepared and ready for your visit to the heart of Europe in the close future, and I wish you a delightful trip. 

Be sure to arrive with an open mind and an empty belly and you will have a wonderful time.

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5 Places Not to Miss in Northern Chile

Chile is a country of vast differences. From the Atacama Desert in the north to the Patagonia in the South.

Because this country is so long and skinny, many people have to choose only one area if they are not on an extended travel trip. Therefore, most people choose either to stay in the north, the south, or in the central region near Santiago.

For travelers that will be venturing to the northern part of Chile, these are 5 destinations within short traveling distance of each other that shouldn't be missed.

 

5 Places Not to Miss in Northern Chile

1. Iquique, Chile

Iquique sits right on the Pacific coast, and is known for the surf, paragliding, bodyboarding, and its laid back atmosphere. Because Iquique is so close to the Bolivian and Peruvian border, it is the perfect city to start your travel adventures in Northern Chile and a great gateway to these other countries. Iquique is also a great place to just relax and spend some time on the beach at one of the most popular beaches in town - Playa Cavancha.

I would recommend spending the day sand boarding down the hills or spend half of your day paragliding in one of the most popular places in Chile. I went Paragliding with Hernan Parapente and had a wonderful experience. Iquique also has a very large duty free zone for any long term traveler that may need to make a short stop for some purchases while on the road. Check out the various accommodation options available.

 

2. Moon Valley

Moon Valley is one of the major sites to see in San Pedro de Atacama.  The Moon Valley received its name because of the resemblance to the surface of the moon caused by natural environmental factors. Some of the amazing natural formations include sand dunes, which were created by strong winds over thousands of years. One of the most famous is Las Tres Marias (The three Mary's) which are formations as a result of intense erosion that are composed of gravel, clay, salt, gems, and quartz.

The Three Mary's are estimated to be approximately one million years old. At the end of the day as the sunset was approaching, we sat on the lower range of the pre-Andean depression. From east to west there was a high mountain range and chain of volcanoes. As the sunset began, the colors of the mountains began to shift from many colors of blue, red, pink, orange, and purple. To watch the colors change and then fade into the distance before our eyes was an experience that was out of this world, and an opportunity to capture some amazing photographs of this natural wonder.

You can join a Moon Valley tour if you aren't keen on going by yourself.

 

3. Geysers del Tatio

There are only two places in the world where one can visit the phenomenon of natural geysers that spout from the earth's surface - Northern Chile and Yellowstone. A fare warning that in order to experience this event, it is necessary to wake up and head to the geothermal field around 4am and you will be very cold! When you arrive it will still be completely dark outside and you will hear nothing but the sound of the bubbling water and the sound of the steam coming from the thermal spouts. As daytime starts peaking through you are able to see the natural wonder of the geysers and once the sun is out you will be able to head to the natural geothermal hot springs where you can relax your frozen body.

 

4. Atacama Salt Lakes & High Desert Lagoons

The Salt Lake District in Chile is certainly one of the most beautiful parts of the country with its snow capped mountains in the background and flamingos that rest in the lagoons. You are in the middle of the Andes Mountains and surrounded by active volcanoes. The waters are so beautiful that you will be blown away by the almost unnatural color of turquoise in such an unusual location in the middle of the desert. You will also be able to visit local villages near by and eat alpaca meat. Explore the Atacama Salt Flats on a group tour.

 

5. Festival Del La Virgin del Carmen - La Tirana

The festival in La Tirana happens in the northern part of Chile on July 16th every year. The Festival De La Virgin del Carmen is in honor of an indigenous woman who converted to Catholicism. The festival, which is full of energy encompassing both Christian and Inca traditions. It is full of Andean music, traditional dance, and elaborate attire. People gather from around the area including the neighboring countries of Bolivia and Argentina. Besides the entertainment, their main motivation is to commemorate the heroic deeds of one female Inca warrior from the sixteenth century who heroically escaped from the colonizing armies of the conquistador, and ran away because she was in love with a Spanish slave. 

 

Written and Contributed by Alisha Robertson
www.smallworldpursuits.com

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20 of the World’s Most Beautiful Remote Beaches

Let’s start off with the assumption that we are all travelers, we all enjoy a nice escape from reality every once in a while and we all love some peace and relaxation.

This is why we’ve come up with a list of the world’s top 20 most beautiful remote beaches.

 

1. Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Where your main source of transportation on the island is by bicycle and there is more untouched nature than civilization, there’s no doubting why Anse Source d’Argent is on our list for the world’s most beautiful hidden beaches.

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2. Ruutia, Leeward Islands, French Polynesia

There are literally islands within the French Polynesia so remote that we weren’t able to locate any photographs open for public sharing. Ruutia is just one magical place, but the French Polynesia is home to many remote beaches such as Motu Tane and Vahine Islands. Many of these islands are open for rent; yes the entire island for rent.

Matt Kowalczyk | Flickr Profile

 

3. Secret Beach, Kauai, Hawaii

Though large enough to make an online presence, the Secret Beach of Kauai is still a hidden gem running half a mile long and perfect for sunset getaways. Hawaii is the place for beach paradise so finding your way to this secret destination is a dream come true.

Jessica Merz | Flickr Profile

 

4. Soliman Bay Beach, Riviera Maya, Mexico

Protected from being promoted wide and far on your typical tourist pamphlets, this is a beach in the Riviera Maya that has still kept the serenity even after being found online. Without large condos and beach resorts, there’s nothing stopping those few adventurers from taking a trek to Soliman Bay and relaxing to the sounds of the waves crashing in.

Ranchita Vida | Flickr Profile

 

5. Delray Beach, Florida

Florida is a well-known sun destination for people all over the world. You would figure with the influx in tourism there wouldn’t be any secret beaches left to explore, but you’re wrong. Delray Beach is in between the heat of Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach however, since there is a lot more option for food and accommodations near these big city beaches that’s where all the tourists will head.

VISIT FLORIDA Editor | Flickr Profile

 

6. Pfeiffer Beach, California

It wasn’t hard to find a photo of this beautiful beach online, but apparently the location of the destination is a lot harder to find. Though one of the most beautiful beaches in the USA, many people have a difficult time locating the beach before getting there.

Matthew Hansen | Flickr Profile

 

7. Lopes Mendes, Ilha Grande, Brazil

You’ll only find the most adventurous souls hanging out on this beach, as it requires a beautiful trek through a rainforest to get to. If there are roads leading to a beach, it’s bound to be discovered. If a trek is what it takes to explore Brazil’s paradise, it might just stay kept a secret. There is almost 7,500 kilometers of beautiful tropical coastline, we wouldn’t be surprised if you found your own best-kept secret.

Ben K | Flickr Profile

 

8. No Names Mentioned, Lizard Island, Australia

We have decided not to mention a specific beach here but rather let you take the reins. Lizard Island is quite an exclusive destination for travellers so you’ll already only have a few neighbours on the island. Go out and find your own secret beach on this beautiful paradise.

Philip Morton | Flickr Profile

 

9. El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The dream of many travelers is a perfect paradise getaway along the coastline of Palawan, Philippines. So why isn’t it a reality? Well for some it may just be, but for many it has always been just a dream. This year the Philippines have an increased number of tourists, though they are often second to other major destinations like Bangkok and Bali.

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10. Limnionas, Zakynthos, Greece

Though Zakynthos is still a popular place for beach travellers, the west coast of the island is a little more rugged with a lot less of a tourism population. Your only option around here will be to stay in some of the village inns, but certainly worth this serene view.

Sean Perry | Flickr Profile

 

11. The Islands of Cayos Cochinos, Honduras

There is not just one hidden gem on the beaches of Cayos Cochinos, there are many. Take a look at this photograph featuring a secluded island off the coastline. Dig a little deeper and unleash the adventurous soul you have to go out and explore these secret spots.

But For The Sky | Flickr Profile

 

12. Juara Beach, Tioman Island, Malaysia

Though the picture isn’t of the exact location, you can only imagine how much more beautiful the beaches of Tioman Island can get. Juara is a beautiful and serene beach where very little tourists spend their time. There’s also notes online about secret trails leading to other various beaches on the island, but be warned about the pesky mosquitos that might get in your way.

Austronesian Expeditions | Flickr Profile

 

13. Nature’s Valley Beach, Rocktail Bay, South Africa

There are many stunning beaches on Rocktail Bay, but one that captures many hearts is Nature’s Valley Beach. It seems by the stories that not one traveler has crossed paths with another while adventuring to see this beautiful paradise. It is truly a South African secret.

Michael Clarke | Flickr Profile

 

14. Ko Lipe Island, Thailand

It isn’t so much of a secret as it is simply just not visited nearly as much as the other popular islands. Thailand’s Kho Phi Phi and Kho Phangan have been number one destinations for partygoers. If you’re looking for a beautiful, serene, peaceful paradise Ko Lipe Island is the perfect destination.

Vyacheslav Argenberg | Flickr Profile

 

15. St. Barth’s South Shore

Though well known, St. Barth’s is one of the smallest islands in the French West Indies and still isn’t an extremely popular destination for your average travelers. Though time and time again St. Barth’s has won awards for having some of the world’s best beaches, we’ll let you in on a little secret – the south shore is where the people haven’t taken over.

Charles Van den Broek | Flickr Profile

 

16. Media Luna, Vieques, Puerto Rico

Media Luna is remote simply because it is not an easy place to get to. Unlike places like Sun Bay, Media Luna isn’t equipped with benches, chairs or recliners. It will be you and Mother Nature while you’re here relaxing.

Angel Xavier Viera-Vargas | Flickr Profile

 

17. Levera Beach, Grenada

Off the typical track of the tourists is Levera Beach. You have to take some time to travel further north of Bathway Beach in order to get acquainted with this slice of heaven. Be forewarned, this beach is so secluded it takes a four-wheeler to get along the road.

Llyod Morgen | Flickr Profile

 

18. Grenen Beach, Denmark

Hey, we might not be the only ones featuring Denmark’s incredible hidden beach, but it’s worth mentioning. Perhaps it is such a popular ‘hidden gem’ to feature because Denmark having a beach isn’t the first thing tourists’ think of while visiting. Many travelers probably haven’t even packed their swimsuits!

Tomas | Flickr Profile

 

19. Port Isaac, United Kingdom

There are so many travelers who head to England for one reason – London. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of road tripping it to the southern coast, it is one of the world’s most spectacular drives! Port Isaac is located in Cornwall, England and is home to a small village, with a beautiful beach.

John Kroll | Flickr Profile

 

20. Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Vietnam is quickly becoming a very popular destination for travelers. We would suggest checking out this stunning island before it is too late. Phu Quoc Island is home to some of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, hidden lakes and forests. What the island is really known for is the most romantic and breathtaking sunsets.

David Meenagh | Flickr Profile

 

Have you explored a secret beach that we haven’t included on our list?

Let us know, tell us your stories!

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Festa Major de Gràcia: Barcelona’s Most Anticipated Summer Party

Without a doubt, August is the best time to come to Barcelona. As well as the glorious Mediterranean sunshine, countless music festivals, and over 5km of golden sand, the Festa Major de Gràcia returns to the city for the most anticipated summer event all year round. 

This annual neighbourhood fiesta begins on Thursday August 15th and takes place in the streets of the picturesque Gràcia area in celebration of the neighbourhood. Although Gràcia is best known as the home of Gaudí’s Park Güell, the barrio typically has fewer tourists than the city centre of Barcelona, and those visiting here can often get a true sense of Catalan life like in the other smaller districts surrounding the city.

These days, it is a very hip area with a laid-back bohemian vibe where students, artists, academics, and families live. It is these who come together to put on this awesome neighbourhood fiesta.

 

“The Best Decorated Street”

The main attraction of the Festa Major de Gràcia is a contest for best-decorated street. Each year, around 20 streets and squares take part, designing their alleyways in extremely elaborate fashions that cover a variety of impressive themes. This year, 24 streets will take part in the competition (the highest number of streets since 2001 when 25 streets took part). Previous themes include ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Ancient Rome’, ‘Pacman’, and ‘The Jungle Book.’

The award ceremony for this year's competition, will take place in the evening on the 17th of August in Plaça de la Vila, and the hard work and jaw dropping creativity of the neighbours does not go unnoticed as thousands visit the neighbourhood every year to take part in the festivities or admire the decorations. 

 

Local Traditions

The first day of the festival, August 15th, is also known as the Day of Assumption, when the Virgin Mary’s ascent to heaven is celebrated. Since it is a public holiday in Barcelona, this is often one of the biggest days of partying.

As well as the outstanding decorated streets, visitors can discover some of the many regional traditions such as the Correfoc (a fire run where people dress as devils and dance to the beating of drums while shooting fireworks from their pitchforks), Castellers (human towers that stack themselves high above the ground- sometimes up to 8 stories high), Bastoners (stick dancers), Gegants (giants made from papier-mâché and cloth that can be several metres tall), and Capgrossos (big-heads).

 

What’s On

Festival coordinators organise a great programme full to the brim with activities for all ages. Food tastings, habanera singing, foam parties, children’s activities, an open-air cinema, and even live concerts. Some of the groups taking to the stage this year are Joan Colom, Marilluïssa, Melenas, Power Burkas, DJ Waterparties, among many more…

 

A Community Celebration

The Festa Major de Gràcia is a true celebration of the neighbourhood and its residents who make the festival possible. Therefore, it is not uncommon to walk through the streets and see 8 tables pushed together to make room for the whole block so they can all sit, eat, and drink with one another. The barrio’s main square, Plaça de la Vila, will be packed with various shows and exhibitions, jazz, rock, and classical music concerts, traditional Catalan food, and of course, plenty of drinks. But the party will continue into the early hours of the next day, in every street and square in Gràcia.

 

La Festa Major de Gràcia is definitely not your average neighbourhood block party. Instead, it is a truly unforgettable event that you truly do not want to miss out on should you find yourself in Barcelona this August. 

¡Salud!

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Tourist Alert! 10 Things NOT To Do When in Rome

Tutte le strade portano a Roma — All roads lead to Rome.

This is an ancient Italian saying, and if it is true, then you’ll be visiting Rome sooner or later!

Roman people are quite used to tourists, who are looked upon as if they are almost a different typology of human beings altogether. Well, isn’t it true that we all change a bit when on vacation in a different country, after all?

Romans are generally welcoming, but it is wise to pay attention to some things that they find it hard to accept. The basic idea is “Don’t do what the Romans don’t.” This is because some tourist habits are somewhat funny, while others are just plain offensive.

 

Let’s see some suggestions:

1. Do not throw coins into every fountain you see. Coins go into the Fontana di Trevi only.

Living in Rome, it’s so easy to spot coins in almost all the fountains. This always makes people smile, because every Roman knows that the only one in which you should actually throw a coin and make a wish is the Trevi Fountain, and the Trevi Fountain only!

 

2. Don’t get a lot of single-fare public transport tickets. Get a 3-day, 7-day, 30-day pass instead.

Public transport tickets cost around 1€ (but the prices are most probably going to go up starting from June) and allow you one single metro trip or a 75 minutes trip by bus. If you’re going to use public transport a lot, you’d better get a pass that allows you to use buses, metro and trams as much as you want.

BTI ticket costs 11€ and lasts 3 days; CIS pass costs 16€ and lasts 7 days; a monthly pass costs 30€ and is valid for the calendar month. You must validate the pass on the first use using one of the small yellow machines at the entrance of the metro stations or in the buses, and keep it with you at all times, in order to be able to show it to the ticket inspector if needed.

 

3. Cling to your stuff. Do not keep your money in the most accessible pocket of your backpack.

If this is your habit, Roman pickpockets will just love you. This is a basic rule! Be travel-savvy and keep your documents and money in separate purses and check on them every now and then. Do not put valuables in an external pocket. Do not leave anything unattended even for a few minutes. I-phones and MP3 players are now the most targeted and stolen items, so take good care of them.

 

4. Fountains are not for washing your feet, and no, you can’t dip them in “just for a minute.”

Rome is so hot in the summer, and your feet will be tired of walking on the hot sanpietrini, the typical Roman cobblestones. So it is just normal to desire to dip your feet in fresh water, but even if you really want to, resist the urge to sit on the border of a fountain and dip your tired feet, as it is forbidden and locals find it disrespectful.

You can use one of those small public drinking fountains called nasoni (big noses) instead. It’s very easy to find one and nobody will blame you.

 

5. Avoid tourist menus as much as you can and get some proper food.

This looks like an easy one, even if there are many tourist-trap menus in the center of Rome, so many that it isn’t really easy to avoid them, especially when you don’t know where to go. If you prefer a quick snack, it’s also nice to get a look in a supermarket or in an open air market, where you can get fresh ingredients for a panino and some fruit, just like a local.

Also, it is a good idea to try avoiding what you can get at home; you’re in Italy after all! Be curious!

 

6. Don’t divert your attention!

Always beware of pickpockets, especially when travelling on buses, metros and public transport, but also when in line for something and when shopping in crowded places.

Some bus lines are especially famous for the high number of robberies that happen there every day. For example, the 64 line is one of them. Thieves do not always look seedy—they actually look pretty normal and friendly—but they’re expert scammers. You may get bumped or approached by someone when walking on the street or pushed when in line or while you’re window-shopping. An old trick that usually works is to cling to your bag. For example, get your backpack or bag on your belly and hug it with nonchalance. Even Romans do it, so it’s definitely all right.

 

7. Avoid entering a church, a place of culture or a museum in a very summery (as in, skimpy) dress.

It is a good idea to keep a big scarf or spare clothes in your backpack, so you can quickly wrap them around your shoulders or legs when visiting some buildings. There is a dress code for many of them, and sometimes the janitors just don’t let you in if you are not covered enough.

So check your tops, short pants and skirts; if they show too much skin, there are chances that somebody will stop you from entering. This applies to both men and women. 

 

8. Do not leave your trash on the streets, in somebody’s bike basket or on the steps of a building.

If you can’t find a bin near you, then keep that rubbish in a plastic bag or in your pockets until you find one.

Rome is such a beautiful city, but just too often visitors don’t care enough about keeping it clean. Many places are littered with rubbish such as food leftovers, cans, wrapping paper, and broken umbrellas.  Romans always wonder bitterly if tourists do it in their home cities as well…!

 

9. You don’t have to pay for everything you’re going to visit. There are so many free places!

While it is true that some museums and palaces are worth the ticket, it is a pity to limit your visit to those places. Gather some useful info before going to Rome! For example, the Pantheon is free, and the Vatican Museums are free on the last Sunday of every month.

Besides, it is nice to visit some not-so-touristy places...You will have a taste of “real” Rome. What about wandering through the small streets, or taking a walk in the most beautiful quarters of Rome, like Trastevere, Testaccio or Coppedé?

Moreover, Basilicas are usually free to visit and contain so many works of art. The big city parks (usually called “Villa-something,” like Villa Pamphili, Villa Borghese, Villa Ada or Villa Torlonia) are free too. You might also like to visit the Appia Antica Park, both walking and biking.

 

10. Do not accept flowers, toys or anything else from strangers. Refuse firmly and keep walking.

You will definitely meet people who will try to scam you, putting stuff like roses, small toys, bracelets or even little holy pictures in your hands, offering it to you as if it were a gift, or for “good luck in Italy” or because they “need help,” or because “you’re beautiful.” They will then ask for money and give you trouble if you refuse or give them just a few coins. This is when it can help to learn to speak Italian before you travel so you can provide a quick response.

So a firm No grazie (no, thanks) is in this case the best answer. If they approach you while you’re walking, just keep going and pay attention to your belongings in the meantime. Sometimes one person will approach you, while a partner takes away your stuff while you’re distracted. Never let your guard down!

 

Looking for a place to stay? Check out our Rome Accommodation Guide for a few options.

 

EXTRA: Do not forget a good travel insurance before you go.

I highly recommend to get a good travel insurance as most likely your standard health insurance won’t work abroad. We at Travel Dudes recommend the awarded Travel Insurance by WorldNomads which you can easily purchase online for the exact time needed.

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Top 7 Beaches in Barcelona

When it all boils down to it what is the one thing on everyone’s check list of things to do in Barcelona?

You guessed it, hit up the beach!

The Catalan city is blessed with a gorgeous coastline that stretches 4.5km, complete with unforgettable golden sands, incredible views and beachside restaurants that are considered ‘best in Barcelona’ by locals and visitors alike.

 

So, whether you are looking to relax by the calming waves or take part in exciting beach activities, allow us to guide you to the best beaches in Barcelona:

1. Barceloneta Beach

Being the busiest beach in Barcelona has it perks! Besides soaking up the Barcelona sun and taking a dive in the deep blue, Barceloneta Beach has so much more to offer. On the beach itself you will find people engaging in volleyball, table tennis, occasional musical entertainment and competitive sand art while vendors patrol the shore selling everything from ‘cervezas’ and mojitos to beach towels and massages. 

Of course there’s enough beach to find a nice spot and get lost in a good book, but for the moment hunger decides to kick in, Barceloneta Beach has just the thing to seize all hunger pangs. Little beach shacks called ‘chiringuitos’ offering authentic foods and refreshing drinks , seafood restaurants specializing in the city’s best paella, and burger huts known to grill to perfection, the works! A few of these beachy eateries even cater to the pockets offering a menú del día translating to “menu of the day”, meaning a set menu at a decent price. 

But the beach buzz doesn’t stop there! When the sun begins to set in Barcelona the party animals come out. Head over to Port Olímpic, at the northern end of Barceloneta Beach, and party the night away at some Barcelona’s most talked about clubs, such as Shôko and Opium Mar. 

How to get there: Metro station: Barceloneta and Ciutadella Vila Olímpica (L4)

 

2. Bogatell Beach

Bogatell Beach comes well equipped with toilets, showers, lifeguard services and first aid stations making it most appreciated amongst the Barcelona costal visitors. Hop aboard a sailing boat for a breathtaking view of the Mediterranean or try your skills out on the waves for some water sports. And when it comes to food, we recommend you give Xiringuito Escribá or Catamarán a try, being that they are two of the most notable restaurants found on these sands. 

How to get there: Metro station: Poblenou or Llacuna (L4)

 

3. Nova Icària Beach 

Nova Icària is an area more frequented by locals than visitors and is rightly considered a more peaceful beach. Much like Bogatell, Nova Icària comes equipped with an area and service stations for wheelchair users, lifeguard stands and a volleyball net. So, grab a cone from one of the many ice cream kiosks or pick a beach umbrella for some shade, send the kids to play in the gaming area and enjoy one of the best beaches in Barcelona. 

How to get there: Metro station: Poblenou or Llacuna (L4)

 

4. Llevant Beach 

Perfect for families visiting Barcelona and beach goers who enjoy a less crowed area, Llevant beach is the ideal spot to bask in the Spanish sun! With jet skis and banana boats for rent, a supervised playground for kids and sunbeds all on one patch of sand, we would say you were in for a memorable day on the Mediterranean waters. After a true Barcelona beach experience enjoy a drink at the Nueva Ola chiringuito before taking Barcelona nightlife by storm. 

How to get there: Metro station: Selva de Mar or El Maresme (L4)

 

5. Sant Sebastià Beach

Situated near the lively Barceloneta, Sant Sebastià is a great beach in Barcelona to lay out on a beach towel to soak up the sun. These golden sands are often accessed on foot due to its close proximity to the many bus stops and metro stations. You can also spot the Club Natació Atlètic- Barceloneta here. The club offers both monthly and daily access prices and includes an indoor and open air swimming pool experience, fitness rooms, spa facilities, and much more. 

How to get there: Barceloneta (L4)

 

6. Nova Mar Bella Beach 

Playa Nova Mar Bella is often labeled one of Barcelona’s finest, a serene spot perfect for soaking up the sun and soul soothing waters. This tranquil strip of sand remains popular with the younger crowd and a known favorite among women, who make up 60% of its users. Here you can find the well-known chiringuito chain, Mochima Bar, to enjoy traditional eats and nice views of the Mediterranean. 

How to get there: Metro station: Selva de Mar or El Maresme (L4)

 

7. Mar Bella Beach 

Mar Bella is Barcelona’s confined but vivacious nudist beach. This small strip of sand gets some serious waves, which makes it an ideal spot to try your hand at windsurfing, kayaking, or even hopping aboard a catamaran. No worries, birthday suits are optional. 

How to get there: Metro Selva de Mar (L4)

 

Photo Credits: Flickr - Rafael Soares, Ronny Siegel, Alejandro Piñeiro, Nicolas Grevet, and Praktyczny Przewodnik

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5 Unique Things to Do in Cape Town

There’s no shortage of things to do in and around Cape Town but if new and novel experiences are what you looking for, then our list will come in very handy.

 

Novel Things to Do in Cape Town

1) Go to First Thursdays

Every first Thursday of the month, Cape Town city center is transformed from a cultural hub to an even more buzzing cultural hub. You’ll have the opportunity to view the best art from both up-and-coming and established artists alike, as galleries along Bree and Loop Street showcase their wares from 17:00 to 21:00.

Bars and restaurants are packed to the brim at this time of the month so if you are planning to have a bite to eat or drink, be sure to get there early or book a table.

 

2) Take a Helicopter Ride

Traverse the city from above on a scenic helicopter flight. Cape Town has some of the best scenery in the world, with the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other – no wonder it was voted the best city in the world by the Telegraph. And I can’t think of a more novel way to see this beautiful city than from above.

 

3) Attend a SecretEATS Event

As South Africa’s leading underground dining movement, SecretEATS has been providing South Africans, from the bright lights of Joburg to the shores of Cape Town, with the best in underground dining since 2013.

Simply head over to their website and sign up to become a guest, host or chef and prepare to mingle at a secret location in Cape Town, while indulging your palate.

 

4) See a Movie – Old-School Style

The Labia Theater is the oldest independent art-repertory cinema in South Africa. It was originally an Italian Embassy ballroom, opened by Princess Labia in 1949. It wasn’t until the 1970's that the first projected film screenings took place. It’s an alternative to your ordinary cinema experience with its old-world charm. And you can drink beer in the cinema.

 

5) Explore the City–Underground

Beneath Cape Town lies a network of underground tunnels, built between 1652 and 1895 to guide mountain water to the ocean. These underwater canals or ‘grachts’ are where streets like Buitengracht, Heerengracht and Keizersgracht get their names.

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5 Ways to Act Like You’re Japanese

When you go to Japan, chances are, you're going to feel like you stand out.  Being the only foreigner - 'gaijin' - in a crowd of thousands can do that, as can being the only one in a small town. 

Though the locals won't try to heighten that sense, Japanese culture involves precise etiquette and a raft of unwritten rules that you can easily step on simply by behaving as you might at home. People give you something of  a 'gaijin pass', so you're not expected to know these rules, but that doesn't mean that they won't look at oddly you for 'breaking' them.  

However, they may be impressed if you know a few.

When I was in Japan, it definitely seemed that way - even my worst attempts at speaking the language and 'fitting in' were met with warmth and encouragement, so don't be afraid to make the effort. 

 

Here's a few of my tips for acting Japanese, even when you're obviously not:

1. Take a Seat While You're Eating

While it might be more common for you to grab a bite on the run, or take your bagel and coffee for a morning walk, it might get you a few glances in Japan.  People tend to eat only where they can find a place to sit - so when my starving companions and I demolished an order of prawn tempura standing, with no empty seats in sight, we might have been an attraction for that as much as for my weird hair colour.  It's not really rude, it's just not done.

Also, do not consider the seats on the subway or the bus fair game for eating; another thing that's not done.  The only time eating in transit is fully approved seems to be Japan Rail trains, when you can pick up a bento box in the station and sit and eat with a proper table on your journey.

In the end, all the 'inconvenience' will do is make you slow down and enjoy your food.  You're travelling, now's the time!

 

2. Start off your meals with 'Itedakimasu!'

'Itedakimasu' translates literally to 'I humbly receive', and it's a way of giving thanks to all who helped put together the meal - from cultivating to preparation - and to the organisms that make up the meal itself. 

If you're given single-use chopsticks that snap apart, say 'Itedakimasu!' as you pull them apart, and mind the splinters.  'Gochiosama-deshita' - thank you for a good meal - finishes things off.  If you'd like to tell the chef you enjoyed the food, 'Oishi desu yo!' - 'It's delicious!' - has never ever gone over badly.

 

3. Chopsticks are for eating.  Period.

If you look up chopstick etiquette in Japan, it can seem a bit daunting. 

Here's the simplest way to go about it: Only eat with your chopsticks.  When you're not eating, put them off to the side.  Don't stab them in food, stick them in rice, or use them to point at people.  Don't rub them together or play with them.  Just eat with them and put them down when you're not using them and you should be fine. 

If you're proficient with chopsticks at all and just eat with them, your new Japanese friends should be impressed.

 

4. Fill your friend's cup

When out drinking, Japanese rarely let a cup go empty – that’s why you’ll see the odd guy in a crumpled suit passed out on a subway platform late at night. 

It’s considered polite to fill one another’s cups of tea, beer, or sake – so if you see your new drinking buddy going dry, topping him or her up is entirely apropos.  Be warned, however.  They will do the same for you, and sake is not for amateurs. 

If you find yourself drunk and want to stop a refill, just put your hand over the glass, or turn your cup over.  You might get ribbed for it, but at least you won’t be the guy on the platform.

 

5. Learn this word: 'Sumimasen'

This will be simple for Canadians, and perhaps the British; whenever you’d say ‘sorry’ at home, just swap in ‘Sumimasen.’  Works like a charm!

‘Sumimasen’ means ‘excuse me’, and I find it to be a perfect word to navigate any situation in Japan.

Crowded train?  ‘Sumimasen’.  Don’t know where you’re going? ‘Sumimasen. English?’  Want to buy something or order food? ‘Sumimasen…’  It even works with Japanese tourists abroad.  It’s brilliant.

Rare is the trip where you don’t need to know how to say ‘sorry’ or ‘excuse me’ – and I’ve found that it helps diffuse situations, break the ice, open doors, and get you to the back of the damn bus both at home and in Japan.

 

Japanese society is very much a society of manners, which is why their etiquette can seem so complex.  There is a strong need to be properly polite in every situation, so outwardly expressing your own politeness in short everyday interactions will show people that you’re aware of its importance in their country – and that will definitely be appreciated.

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A Foodie’s Guide to Namibia

Regardless of the ethnic group they belong to, Namibians generally love their meat.

If you’re as passionate about barbecues, stews and curries, try some of these dishes when you visit the country.

 

Potjiekos

Literally meaning pot food, potjiekos has its roots in South Africa and has since become a Namibian favorite. Locals prepare the dish in large, black, three-legged cast iron pots placed on open fires, and the range of recipes is vast – given that every cook has some or other favored ingredient.

Stewing beef becomes meltingly tender when simmered for a long time, and is widely held to be the best meat for potjiekos. That said, venison, mutton, pork, chicken and fish work exceedingly well with most vegetables the cook chooses to use. The meal usually requires three to four hours cooking time.

 

Braaivleis

Braaivleis is the Namibian equivalent of barbecue. But, unlike barbecue, hot dogs and burger patties don’t ordinarily appear on the Namibian braai menu. Instead, locals prefer richly-flavored lamb chops, boerewors (farmer’s sausage), chicken, steak, snoek (ocean fish) and pork rashers.

Much like South Africans who also have a huge braaing culture, Namibians enjoy their braai with various types of salad.

 

Mopane Worms

Mopane worms are caterpillars found in the northern parts of Namibia. The Oshiwambo ethnic group discovered their potential as a delicious meal and introduced them to the rest of the country. Today, many foodies relish a meal of crispy, fried mopane worms.

 

Kapana

Essentially a street snack, Kapana is red meat barbecued in the open-air, and sold in the country's townships. Cooks cut the meat into small pieces and serve it with peppers, onions, chillies and sauces.

 

Tripe

Namibians enjoy the edible offal from the ox, sheep and goat stomachs, and prepare them as curries or potjies. Tripe is a traditional meal in Namibia, so remember to try it if you’re after a thorough cultural experience.

 

Biltong

Besides beef, Biltong can come from dried Kudu, Springbok, or Gemsbok meat. The preparation method involves marinating the meat for days, spicing it and, finally, hanging it to dry for two to three weeks. Eating biltong is a huge part of the culture in Namibia, so be sure to give it a try.

 

Game

Namibia has many interesting (and delicious) game options for adventurous foodies. Expect to find Kudu, Springbok, Ostrich and Crocodile on the menu.

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The Perfect Day in Nicosia, Cyprus

Nicosia is a fascinating place in the world where the old and new coexist in absolute harmony.

Nicosia offers you a city break in the center of a city.  Despite the city feel, Nicosia is a beautiful and relaxing place to catch up on you-time and get the well deserved break you’ve been looking for. In order to make the best out of your first day in Nicosia, here’s my idea of the perfect itinerary.

 

On your first full day in Nicosia, get ready to explore in relaxation:

9:00am

Wake up to a beautifully prepared and hearty breakfast at The Sandstone Hotel. This place is more like a home rather than a hotel as you’ll be warmly welcomed by the owners of the place upon arrival. At the moment, there are only 3 guest rooms which ensures a peaceful sleep and cozy service.

 

10:00am

Get your bearings straight with a little walk around the old town walls. The circumference is only about 3 kilometres in length so you won’t be exhausting yourself to the limits. Take your pick between roaming the small and quaint streets of the inner city, or walking the perimeter of the green line to get a better sense of the last divided city in Europe.

If you’re traveling solo or prefer an educational tour, there are guided tours every Monday and Thursday in the city that start at 10:00am.

Here are just a few things not to miss along the way:

- Famagusta Gate: It now serves as a venue for concerts and exhibits, but it gives you a good idea of the entrances into the city

- Markos Drakou Statue

- Liberty Monument: Representing the Cypriot struggle against British Rule 1955 – 59 (you can actually spot the bullet holes from the war in ‘74)

- Ledra Street Sculpture

- Panagia Chrysaliniotissa: Built more than 600 years ago and dedicated to virgin Mary

- Agios Ioannis Cathedral: Built by the Archbishop

- Archbishop’s Palace: Grand building, great for pictures, rarely open to public

- Omeriye Mosque: once a church, then reconstructed into a Mosque

- A few other religious sites worth mentioning: Agios Savvas, Tripiotis Church, Metochion Agios Eleftherios, Faneromeni Church, Stavros Missiricou
 

12:00pm

A coffee break may soon be in order around noon. The coffee culture in Cyprus is incredible and there are various types to suit every taste bud! If you’re still in the downtown core, here are a few stops that offer a relaxed vibe and some good coffee:

- The Weaving Mill
- Pieto’s
- 300
- The area around Faneromenis Square is home to many other coffee shop

 

1:00pm

Stop into one of the incredible lunch shops along the way for some traditional Cypriot food. If you’re looking for some tasty dishes, here are just a few I can recommend:

- Fasolada
- Koupepia 
- Tahini 
- Souvlaki
- Halloumi
- Pita 
- Kolokasi

There is no shortage of traditional food in the area. If you’re looking for something quick and cheap, check out AVO Lahmajoun for some warm food baked in their traditional mud brick oven. For a wonderful sit down meal, stop off at 16. If you’re ready for some sweets try Honey Token!

 

2:00pm

There are many museums to be explored in the city, but if you’re looking for a couple great options the archaeological museum and the Leventis museum are a great option.

- Cyprus Archaeological Museum is the biggest archaeological museum in the country with the richest collection of Cypriot objects. There is a  4.50 entrance fee. TIP: there is a lot to comprehend here, try hiring a guide for this portion of the day.

- Leventis Municipal Museum is free of charge and a privately owned collection. The museum is fairly  modern, yet offers a comprehensive history of city’s social development (traditional clothing, utensils, books, etc.

 

5:00pm

Ledra Museum Observatory is a great place to catch a view of the sunset (the time may differ between months). There is a 2 Euro entrance fee, but it is definitely worth it! It is a modern and small museum that offers a panoramic view of the entire city. You head up to the 11th floor of the Shacolas Tower (the tallest building in the walled city) and offered with beautiful views, a great and short documentary and interactive maps to better understand surrounding monuments, museums and buildings.

 

7:00pm

Dinner time has arrived and you’ll likely need a few hours here to wind down and relax over a delicious bottle of local wine and food. Though there are many recommendations I could point out, there are just too many to choose from. Take your time walking down the inner streets and pick a place that catches your eye.

 

10:00pm

Drinks and socializing will likely be the best way to end your day. For party go-ers and even those who enjoy a slow relaxing night, the bar/cocktail scene is wonderful. They are all relatively close in location from one another and are all a must visit! Here are some tips:

- Lost and Found Drinkery is just outside the walled city and has been voted one of the 50 best bars in the world

- Gym Concept is in the heart of the old town and is a great place for food and drinks

- Brewfellas is a local beer bar with delicious beers from across the world (including the Cypriot beers)

- Pivo Brewery is the first local brewery to open in the city (and is very new)

- Plato’s is an English pub in the middle of the old town with a very cozy feel

 

You can end your night right back at The Sandstone Hotel for a good night's sleep in a warm and luxurious setting. Now that’s a day to remember.

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