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What You Can Do in Nepal in 3 Days (72 hours)

Helicopter Everest Air Dynasty
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Are you in Nepal for a purpose other than visiting? Or, you may not have a long holiday for any reason.

Such circumstances can make you feel that you cannot explore Nepal because of the time barrier.

But, let me make it clear to you that being short of time cannot stop you from experiencing the flavor of Nepal.

There are a lot of things that you can do in Nepal within a short period of time.

In just three days, you can have a sight of Mount Everest and other high peaks with the help of Mountain Flight or Helicopter Tour, see the cultural heritage of Kathmandu and hike along Chisapani-Nagarkot route which is one of the hiking routes closest to Kathmandu.

It is important for you to know about these activities and the time they take in order to plan your short to Nepal and make it worthwhile.

You may exclude any of the activities on the list depending on your preferences in case you have a holiday shorter than three days.

If your holiday is short but not as short as three days, there are a lot of other activities that you can pursue in Nepal.

Meanwhile, let us familiarize you with the activities that you can have and all the details around them. 

The Sight of Everest and other high peaks

There are two ways of seeing Everest and other high peaks of the Himalaya: Mountain Flight to Everest region and Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp.

You can choose one among these depending on your choice of activities. I am going to describe them to you.

Mountain Flight (1 hour)

What you can do in Nepal in 3 days
Buddha Air Mountain Flight

Mountain Flight to Everest region usually takes an hour and costs $ 200 per person.

You board an airplane from Kathmandu early in the morning, usually, 6 am, before the formation of clouds so that the visibility is strong.

An hour of flight in the Everest region helps you witness high peaks of Himalaya including Everest, Makalu, Cho Oyu and Lhotse, glaciers such as Khumbu, and lakes such as Chho Rolpa and Gokyo.

You will reach as far as Chamlang Peak in the Eastern part of the Everest region and the airplane takes a turn from there to return to Kathmandu.

The Mountain Flight gets over with the airplane landing back in Kathmandu.

In Mountain Flights, you will fly with trusted domestic flight service providers of Nepal, namely Buddha Air, Yeti Air, Simrik Air, and Shree Air.

Everyone gets a window seat so that they can have a clear view of the Mt Everest and other attractions which is the sole purpose of the flight.

The air hostesses come to each of you introducing you personally to the major peaks.

Each of the passengers is invited into the cockpit of the airplane to see and take photographs of Everest and other peaks.

If you want to have a standing view of Everest and other peaks or want good photographs of Everest, Mountain Flights may not be appropriate.

In such a case, you can opt to Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp.

Helicopter Tour (4 hours)

What you can do in Nepal in 3 days
Helicopter Everest Air Dynasty

Helicopter Tour can be an alternative to Mountain Flight. Helicopter Tour to Everest Base Camp costs $ 1,000 per person.

The Everest Helicopter Tour is usually 4 hours long and takes-off early in the morning considering the clarity of the sky in the morning.

In the Helicopter Tour package, you will land at Kala Pathar, Everest Base Camp in an hour of take-off from Kathmandu.

On your way and back, you get the view of mountains, glaciers, and lakes as that in Mountain Flights.

You will have 10 minutes’ time at the base camp during which you can have a relaxed view of Mt Everest and take photographs as well.

It might be surprising to you that you will have just 10 minutes.

Generally, people who go to the base camp by trekking get adapted to the high altitude throughout their way.

But, you have reached there without enough adaptation.

So 10 minutes is an ideal time period considering your safety in the high altitude.

After that, you can enjoy your breakfast at Kongde View Resort or Hotel Everest View for 30 minutes before having a rest and then returning back to Kathmandu.

With the help of Helicopter Tour, you can take a memorably long journey to Everest Base Camp, view Everest and other attractions, enjoy breakfast at one of the hotels at the highest altitude in the world and return back shortly. 

You may choose one among Helicopter Tour and Mountain Flight depending on whether you want to land at the Everest Base Camp or not.

Your budget can also be a deciding factor here since Helicopter Tour is five times more expensive than Mountain Flight.

After enjoying one of these in the morning, you can proceed to visit the cultural heritage sites of Kathmandu for the rest of the day.

Exploring the Cultural Heritage of Kathmandu Valley (1 day)

Kathmandu Valley, which comprises three ancient cities of Nepal–Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, is rich in terms of cultural heritage.

One can spend weeks thoroughly exploring the cultural riches of the valley. But, a lot can be explored within a single day.

A day of visit to the seven cultural sites listed by UNESCO in its World Heritage List can be a quick as well as a memorable experience.

You can start your visit to the sites after your Mountain Flight or Helicopter Tour in the morning.

Let’s have a quick look at these sites along with a plan on how you can visit them in a single day.

Basantapur Durbar Square

Also known as Kathmandu Durbar Square, this place once used to be the ruling center of the Kings of Kantipur (the then Kathmandu) and eventually of the Kings of Nepal after the unification of Nepal. ‘Durbar’ is a Nepali word for the palace.

Situated at the heart of Kathmandu and just 1.5 kilometers away from Thamel–the place of stay for most tourists. A 10-minute drive will take you there from Thamel.

Basantapur is the best place to start your exploration of cultural sites in Kathmandu.

Statues, temples, palaces, and courtyards make up this place.

Apart from the Kings’ palace, the major attractions here are the temple of Kumari (the living Goddess of Nepal), Taleju Temple, Statue of Kal Bhairav, and Kasthamandap, among others.

It takes you approximately an hour to take a detour of this site.


What you can do in Nepal in 3 days
Swoyambhu Nath

You will then be taken to Swayambhunath temple which is a major shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists of Nepal.

A 15 minutes’ drive from Basantapur Durbar Square takes you to this place. Situated at the top of a small hill, this temple provides you with a fascinating view of the Kathmandu valley.

You may love climbing the stairs to reach the temple. Spending half an hour in the temple area can provide you with ample experience of prayer wheels, Buddhist painting, and architecture as well as other shrines around the temple.

Patan Durbar Square

Patan Durbar Square is 8.1 kilometers away from Swayambhunath and can be reached with the help of 25 minutes’ drive from there.

Patan was once one of the three ancients Kingdoms of the valley, the others being Kantipur (Kathmandu) and Bhaktapur.

Detailed Newari architecture is the characteristic feature of this square.

King’s palace, Krishna Temple, Sundari Chowk, and Museum are the major attractions of this place.

After a visit for an hour, you need to head on to the third Durbar Square.

Bhaktapur Durbar Square

Bhaktapur Durbar Square is another major heritage from the medieval age. After 30 minutes of drive from Patan, you reach Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

Nyatpol Temple, 55 Windowed Palace, along with various works representing Newari arts can be seen in this area.

A visit to the museum here can help you guess a lot about how people of the place lived in the past.

With the visit of the last Durbar Square, you can notice the differences in the art and architecture in the three Durbar Squares which are so close to each other. That’s the diversity of Nepal.

That’s what makes your short visit worthwhile. After an hour spent in the square, you will be driven to Changunarayan temple which is also in Bhaktapur district.

Changunarayan Temple

Changunarayan, one of the oldest temples of the valley, is also situated in Bhaktapur district.

It is the temple of Vishnu, one of the three major gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva in Hinduism. It is at a distance of 4 kilometers from Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

It usually takes 10 minutes to drive from the Square to this temple.

Situated at the top of a hill, the temple has one of the finest architecture in the country.

The temple is believed to have been constructed in the 3rd century and was re-opened in 2016 after damaged by the 2015 earthquake.

The temple area is relatively small compared to the Durbar Squares and half an hour is enough to gain experience of this temple.


After the sight of Changunarayan, 45 minutes of the drive will take you to Baudhanath. You can take a walk around the 36-meter-high stupa (dome) while touching the player wheel.

The energetic environment around the stupa can be enjoyed within half an hour. You can spend your time collecting souvenirs around Baudhanath.

Baudhanath is an important pilgrimage for Buddhists all around the world. You can see a lot of people of Tibetan origin around Baudhanath.

Half an hour of time spent at Baudha will provide you with enough experience to recall for a lifetime.

Pashupatinath Temple

Last but not least, you will be driven to Pashupatinath Temple which is  2.2 kilometers away from Baudhanath.

It takes 10 minutes to reach Pashupatinath from Baudhanath. Pashupatinath is a holy temple for Hindus.

Pashupatinath is another name of Shiva–one of the three major gods in Hinduism.

Although non-Hindus are not allowed to enter the temple, a number of small temples and architectural wonders in the temple premises can engage you for about an hour.

The sun would have probably set by the time you reach Pashupatinath. Good. That is the perfect time to be here.

You can watch Pashulatinath Arati, praise to Lord Shiva, in the evening (6 pm in Winter and 7 pm in Summer).

You may also observe the Hindu ritual of cremation in Aryaghat that is on the bank of the Bagmati river, just by the side of Pashupatinath. People are burnt after death.

That might be new to you.

A number of Shivalingas–a representative idol of Shiva–can be seen in the temple premises.

After about an hour at the temple, you will be driven back to your hotel. What a quick and yet memorable day it would be!

You and your team might stop anywhere for lunch during your visit to the cultural sites.

Experience hiking in Sundarijal-Chisapani-Nagarkot route

The hike can be completed in 2 days. Starting from Sundarjal, you will be guided to Chisapani via Mulkharka on the first day.

On the second day, the hike will continue from Chisapani to Nagarkot. The details about both of the days are explained below.

Please go through them in order to make your short visit more memorable.

Day 1

You can be driven early in the morning to Sundarijal– a place in the southeastern part of Shivapuri National Park, Kathmandu.

The hike starts from Sundarijal with you being guided along the staircases that lead to a reservoir.

Pine and oak trees in the forest on the way to the reservoir provide a chilling environment for hikers.

You will know about various wild animals such as sloth bears, leopards, and porcupine, among others in the national park.

Numerous species of butterflies and chirping birds will make your walk amusing.

The path will lead you to a small suburb called Mulkharka where you can stop to have lunch.

After finishing lunch, your destination can be Chisapani.

With the help of elevation, you attain at the Mulkharka-Chisapani track, you can catch a glimpse of the mountains of the Himalayas.

You will finally reach the destination of the day, Chisapani, following a tiring 5-6 hours of walk.

Be accommodated at Chisapani so that you can take enough rest to continue the hike for the next day.

You can take a walk around your place of stay in order to captivate the memories of this beautiful place.

Day 2

Take the 7-hour-long hike after breakfast.

Bidding goodbye to the beautiful Chisapani, you will enter into a green forest.

You will have to walk uphill as well as downhill on your way to Nagarkot which makes this part of the hike more comfortable compared to the Sundarijal-Chisapani hike which was uphill.

Human settlements will be seen on your way to Nagarkot.

Finally, when you reach Nagarkot, you can have a mesmerizing view of the mountains from the popular view tower at Nagarkot.

You may stroll around the local market looking for a souvenir. Lunch at Nagarkot will be enjoyable.

You will be driven back to Kathmandu from Nagarkot at the end of the day giving you lifetime memories in such a short period of time.

There is a diverse set of activities for you in Nepal. If you love bungee jumping, paragliding, or canyoning, they too do not take a long time.

A single day is enough if you are really interested in them.

You may also want to visit places like Pokhara or Lumbini–the birthplace of Gautam Buddha.

Visiting them is also a matter of a day.

Plan a more personalized visit to Nepal depending on your interests. This company can help you with your queries to organize such a wonderful trip there. 

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Five of the World’s Most Beautiful Casinos

Five of the World's Most Beautiful Casinos

There’s something genuinely thrilling about spending time in an opulent casino in an exotic location.

You may not be a poker ace or have a knack for craps, but there’s something for everyone to enjoy in these lavish pleasure palaces.

A note on visiting casinos

A number of casinos mentioned on this list also serve as hotels, spa resorts and places of historical interest, so it’s possible to visit them and soak up the atmosphere without having to set foot near a roulette table.

If you are planning to enjoy the gaming halls and poker rooms, then you will need to familiarise yourself with the particular etiquette of each casino.

And don’t forget to spruce up and get your glad rags on if you’ll be visiting during the evening.

Dress codes can sometimes be relaxed during the day, but there’s no excuse not to look the part at night.

Except for paying attention to the etiquette and house rules of a casino, it’s a good idea to brush up on things like the differences between European blackjack strategy and American, as well as distinct variations of Poker and Baccarat – especially if a trip to a Macau casino is on your list.

Anyway, without further ado and in no particular order, here are five of the most beautiful casinos in the world.

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Reported to have cost an eye-watering $8 billion to construct, the Marina Bay Sands casino resort in Singapore is not just one of the most beautiful casinos in the world, it’s also the most expensive.

Its three-tower card deck design has been a fixture on the Singapore skyline since 2010, but the extravagance continues inside.

The Marina Bay Sands isn’t just a luxury casino and hotel resort, albeit one that contains 500 gaming tables, over 2000 slot machines and a total of 2500 rooms and suites, it’s a 161,000 square foot entertainment and leisure complex.

Within the grounds of the resort, you’ll find a theatre, a shopping mall and even a museum to while away the hours.

The world-famous SkyPark can be found on the 57th floor of the building, spanning 3 acres.

It includes restaurants, a nightclub, gardens and even a vast infinity pool offering an unmatchable panorama of the city.

Kurhaus of Baden-Baden, Germany

Situated on the edge of Germany’s Black Forest region, the Kurhaus of Baden-Baden is a culturally significant place, which today also houses a spa resort and conference complex.

Dating back to 1824, this neoclassical casino (designed by Friedrich Weinbrenner) has survived two World Wars, became the epicenter of casino gaming when it was outlawed in France in the 1830s and inspired Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Gambler.

The casino itself may be small, but the opulent rooms decked out in lavish red furniture and golden chandeliers more than justify its place on this list.

Spend just one minute in here, and you’ll understand why screen legend Marlene Dietrich once called this place “the most beautiful casino in the world”.

Sun City, South Africa

Deep in the forest, you’ll find South Africa’s premium casino resort, Sun City.

This lavish resort is a vacation destination in its own right, but despite its jungle vibe, it’s only a 2-hour drive away from Johannesburg.

With a total of four hotels, two 18-hole golf courses, a fully equipped casino with every game imaginable and even its own Caribbean-style artificial beach, Sun City is one of those casino resorts that speaks to those with a sense of adventure.

Plus, guests of the resort can also book their own exclusive safaris in the region’s best wildlife reserves.

The Venetian Macao, Macau

The Venetian Macao holds the title of being the biggest casino in the world, as well as being the largest single structure building in Asia. Spanning a total of 10,500,000 square feet, the resort is also home to a luxury hotel with 3000 rooms and suites.

Five of the World's Most Beautiful Casinos

Besides the seemingly endless games of baccarat in the casino, there are all sorts of entertainment and leisure programs on offer here.

The resort houses a 15,000 capacity sports venue, the Cotai Arena, and you can even take a trip on an authentic (or so they say) Venetian gondola on the artificial canals running through the resort.

Casino de Monte-Carlo, Monaco

The splendid, belle époque Casino de Monte-Carlo in Monaco is one of the oldest and grandest casinos in the world, as well as the favorite casino of a certain fictional secret service agent.

Construction of the casino, which was the brainchild of Princess Caroline, the Princess consort of Monaco, began in the late 1850s.

However, it was the transformation and redesign led by Charles Garnier (the architect of the Palais Garnier in Paris) in 1878 that brought the casino to the world’s attention.

The casino, quite literally, changed the fortunes of the economy in Monaco, providing the ruling House of Grimaldi with its primary source of income during the centuries.

Today, this exquisite complex houses the famous casino, as well as the offices of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo.

Over the years, it’s made numerous appearances in movies and TV shows and even hosted the first-ever Women’s Olympiad, in 1921.

Best Things To Do in Segovia Spain 2020

Segovia Spain

You are figuring just where to take your upcoming holiday? Segovia, Spain is the place to be! We visited this easy to reach city while in Madrid. We booked a day trip for that, which included Toledo too.

This Mediterranean charm is endowed with numerous places of interest and attractions.

Some of these facilities are very old, under stretching back in time to the Roman period.

It is a location you want to be if all you want is to partake of the Mediterranean charm while at the same time dig into the glorious pasts of Spanish and Roman Empires.

Quite several historical relics abandoned homes, and building structures await you in your visit.

Things To Do in Segovia Spain

We have devoted the scope of our post mainly to the things you can do while in the area. After that, we shall look into how to get here, and answer many of the frequently asked questions with regards to the city.

Stay with us till the end to get a glimpse of what to expect from this region.

The Roman Aqueduct

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The Aqueduct

The Roman aqueduct was a narrow channel that was employed to transport water. They resemble the pipes of our modern times.

The city had underground canals that took the water from the aqueduct to the castle. There are bronze insignia that depict that path.

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Small bronze signs on stone-paved narrow streets show the secret path of the water

Of all the Roman inventions, it is the aqueducts that were the most amazing.

The symbol of Rome in Segovia
The symbol of Rome in Segovia

As you walk around the city, you will come across numerous aqueducts.

Though largely derelict and no longer in use, the ruins of these aqueducts are a marvel to behold.

They not only reminisce about the good old days of the Roman period but also provide excellent opportunities for sightseeing.

Arm yourself with a camera to be able to capture the shots.

Plaza Mayor

You can never get to the place and return without buying anything from the site. For this, you have the Plaza Mayor for your consideration.

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This is an arcade that is adorned with numerous cafes, shops, restaurants, and boutiques — these stock merchandises of all shades and forms both locally and internationally.

Considering that the area is frequented by many shoppers world over, a break to this place is a sure way of interacting and mingling with persons from all walks of life.

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Do spare some time to chat with the people around the area for the sake of socializing.

Gothic Cathedral of Santa Maria

Spain, like every other European nation, once had a firm Christian foothold. It is undoubtedly a fruitful thing to do to spare some time to gaze this Christian past.

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The Cathedral of Segovia

The Cathedral of Santa María de Vitoria is one of the best places to retreat to.

It is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral that is found in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country, Spain.

A walk in and around the cathedral takes you back in time.

Thus, it lets you behold and recollect the past days when Christianity once flourished in the region.

Yet again, you have to arm yourself with a camera to take selfies.

Mirador de la Canaleja

Perhaps no other spot in the city allows you to gaze at the city’s skyline better than the Mirador.

It is an elevated spot in the periphery of the city that accords you a chance to stare at the city from a place high up.

As you stand in the area, you will behold a beautiful view of the city as we as a mountain background afar off. At the base of the elevation are numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and other commercial outlets. You will also come across many people who enjoy their meals in the many restaurants that adorn the area.

Alcázar of Segovia

This is a medieval alcazar (Spanish for castle) that is located right at the heart of Segovia.

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The Alcázar

It doubles up as a UNESCO World Heritage site over and above, having hosted numerous monarchs in years past.

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The castle is shaped in the form of the bow of a ship.

Thanks to this distinctive shape, the castle is an excellent place to retreat and take some photos simply.

At the background of the castle is a mountain that arises. Underneath the hill is a confluence of two rivers. Together, these natural wonders give ample room for photography.

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Romanesque Churches

Other than the Gothic Cathedral above, Segovia is also home to the beautiful Romanesque churches.

Like most churches in Spain, this one is no longer operational. Instead, it serves as a museum that endeavors to showcase many relics and artifacts of yesteryears.

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As part of the structure of this church is some porch from where the catechumens once beheld the progress of their services.

The area is on the whole very cold by the 3,300-feet elevation. It is subsequently a place you want to avoid in the winters.

Sierra de Guadarrama

Rounding up the list of the top things you can do in the area is the Sierra de G. This is a mountain range that peaks not so far from this area.

It stretches forth to the center of the Iberian Peninsula and sits astride two provinces, i.e. Ávila and the Guadalajara.

In its entirety, the range measures roughly 80 kilometers and peaks at 2,428 meters (7,966 ft.) above sea level.

This is a feature to gaze off from a far distance, preferably from the Mirador vantage point.

Yet again, you want to capture memorable shots and keep them with you all along.

Plaza Del Azoguejo

Located against a backdrop of the stunning nearby aqueduct, Plaza del Azoguejo is yet again an agglomeration of many shopping outlets.

Plaza Del Azoguejo

Here, you will find many cafes, restaurants, eateries, and an old market square. These days, the venue is used as a meeting place by the locals.

It features tall and majestic buildings that are also breathtaking in their regards. We recommend that you retreat here after a hard day’s work.

That is because it is a place that is, for a large part, suited for matters of relaxation only.

Your visit here will give you a chance to unwind in preparation for the next day.

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San Martin is at the top of this square

Where is Segovia in Spain?

Segovia is a city in Spain, as already noted. It is located in the North West of Madrid at a road distance of around 91.7 km.

The city occupies strategic central Spain’s Castile and León region.

Spain has an extensive network of right roads and impressive highways. As such, expect to get to the area without that many hassles.

A private car takes around 1 hour, 31 minutes.

How to Get to Segovia From Madrid?

To get to the city, you have two main options for your consideration. These are explained here below:

Via Train

There is a dedicated train service from Madrid to Segovia.

That is the high-speed AVE trains that take roughly 30 minutes to cover the same distance.

This service is operated by Renfe, which is Spain’s national train company.

Overall, there is around one departure from Madrid’s Chamartín train station per hour the whole day, all week long.

The trains terminate their services in Segovia at the legendary Guiomar station. This station is further served by many local bus companies.

A ticket for the journey costs around €12.

Sometimes, this cost may spike primarily due to a surge in the demand of the same limited slots.

You are advised to book in advance to avoid any unnecessary frustrations.

Via Road (Car Rentals, Private Car, Bike Rides, and Bus Rides)

Next, the road option is a good one to explore. As explained already, the road distance between these two points is roughly 90 minutes.

Owing to the excellent state of the roads, expect to spend around 1 hour 30 minutes to cover this distance while driving.

There are almost no potholes and bumps along the way. As such, your rides are ordinarily bound to be smoother and more fulfilling.

The same distance takes longer by bus, though. That is because the coach has to make frequent trips to drop off and pick up passengers.

As a new visitor, we recommend car rentals.

These are expensive, granted. However, they are more convenient as they are faster and more likely to get you to your destination within the stipulated timeframe.

Moreover, you will have to acquire a valid driving license before being eligible for driving on the roads.

FAQs About Segovia Spain

Q1. What is Segovia Spain famous for?

Segovia is one of the most historic cities in Spain. It comprises a slew of historical monuments and places of interest. These structures imbue the area with some elegance, aesthetics, and breathtaking appearances. What’s more? The entire region has, since 1985, been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Q2. How far is Segovia from Toledo?

The distance is 121 km. It is as such easily accessible regardless of the means of transport you choose to use to access these two points.

How old is Segovia?

This city is ancient. It goes back in time since the Roman period. It was supposedly founded in the year 1,076 B.C. Legend has it that the town was founded by Egyptian Hercules, who is thought to be a great-grandchild of Noah. Moreover, it also embodies relics of the many empires that once dominated it.

Is English spoken mainly in Segovia?

YES, it is! Though Spanish is the native and by far the most dominant language in the city, English is also extensively used. The reason informing the use of English is the high number of tourists that choose to spend part of their time here. Many international hotels also set up bases in the area and ignite a spike in the use of the language.

How many people live in Segovia?

As per the latest census, the city has a permanent population of 154,387 persons. This number, however, fluctuates greatly, given the fact that the city experiences a higher number of tourists year-round. Expect it to be double and even triple in your lifetime.

What does Segovia mean in Spanish?

The term ‘Segovia’ means ‘victory.’ There is some dispute, though, with regards to the exact origin and meaning of this city. Many scholars concur that it had its roots in the Celtic language.

Are Roman aqueducts in Segovia still used today?

As explained above, there are numerous Roman aqueducts within Segovia. Many of them are derelict and rendered obsolete by the latest innovations. Nonetheless, there are a few others that have persisted to date. Quite a few, though, like El Puente, are still operational.

What is the nearest airport to Segovia?

The nearest airport to the city is the one in Madrid. It is located around 67 km away. Other leading airports in the area are Zaragoza, Santander, Bilbao, and Pamplona.

What are the best hotels near Alcazar of Segovia?

Some of the best hotels to look up to are Sierra, Hotel Segovia, Fuenteplateada, and San Luis Hotel. They do cost a premium, though. Prepare to dig deep in your pocket to be able to afford them. Many of them are international franchises, so they are better placed to give you topnotch accommodation services.

Do I need a visa for Spain?

Yes, or no! It all depends on where exactly you hail from. If traveling from outside the European Union, you have to apply for a visa. The requirement does not apply while traveling from within the European Union, though. Those hailing from the United States have a 90-day visa-free window. In either case, your passport has to be valid for no less than three months to be eligible.

Ready for Segovia Spain?

It makes no sense of reading through the explanations above without planning a visit to the city.

That is why we now challenge you to consider visiting the beautiful city of Segovia.

Nothing much is required of you save for the right travel documents and of course, a sufficient amount of money.

If you are wondering, the best time to visit here is March through to September. That is when the climate is favorable for outdoor activities.

Also, many tourism amenities do lower their rates in a bid to attract clients.

You are hence more likely to pay less by traveling at this time than at any other time.

Best Places to Visit in April in Europe 2020

Best Places to Visit in April in Europe
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Spring is coming soon. There are some destinations that are indeed the best places to visit in April in Europe, May included.

Taking a late spring break in a Europe can be revitalizing and fun, and a great way to cap off the winter.

Fortunately, many European cities have temperate springs, making for great vacation destinations.

As April tends to be a fringe season in some parts of the world, it can be challenging to determine which European destinations will be warm and inviting, and which will still be experiencing some winter leftovers.

Here are some of the best places to visit in April in Europe. Also, see our posts for traveling in December, January, February.

Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany is one of the world’s favorite places for a luxury retreat. Many say it is not just one of the Best Places to Visit in April in Europe only, but for any time of year.

Best Places to Visit in April in Europe

This incredible region is home to ancient architecture, fantastic wine and food, and scenic rolling hills.

It’s also the birthplace of the Renaissance, which is reflected in the many art displays throughout the region. 

To get the best of the region, stay in one of the luxury Tuscany homes in Florence, Lucca, or Chianti.

April in Tuscany is temperate. If you’re attracted to this region because of the picturesque vineyards and hills, you’ll love seeing the flowers bloom in April.

Tour through the surrounding hills or visit one of the many botanical gardens to immerse yourself in nature’s splendor.

Tuscany is also home to a few natural hot springs, making it ideal for some of the cooler spring days.

Head to Bagno Vignoni for a free dip in the local spring or visit Petriolo or Saturnia for something a little more rugged and natural.


If your visit aligns with the Easter holiday, you’re in for a treat.

The Coppio del Carro, also known as the “Explosion of the Cart,” takes place every Easter Sunday in Florence.

During this ceremony, a large, ornate cart is wheeled into the common area, accompanied by drummers and dancers.

When it’s time for the explosion, the Archbishop sends a dove-shaped rocket down a wire to collide with the cart, igniting a series of incredible fireworks.

Regardless of your cultural background and beliefs, you’ll want to see this spectacle.

Paris, France

Is there anything as romantic as springtime in Paris? The City of Lights comes to life in the spring, with temperatures ranging between 55°F and 65°F.

Best Places to Visit in April in Europe
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In April, the cherry blossoms bloom, punctuating the ancient Gothic architecture with beautiful displays of color.

Roam through cobblestone streets and take in the sights before returning to your luxury flat.

Paris is home to many intriguing street markets where you can buy a number of goods: gourmet cheeses, delicious wine, and artisan bread, to name a few. Many of the markets are just reopening for the season.

As the tourist influx has yet to arrive, you’ll have the pick of the litter.

If the outdoor markets aren’t your cup of tea, there’s always plenty of indoor shopping.

Head to the 8th Arrondissement to experience the “golden triangle” of luxury shopping, boasting stores from famous designers, like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, et al.

The Champs-Elysées area as a whole is enchanting to explore, especially when you see the view from the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

On the warmer days, stroll along the Canal St-Martin and try some of the food fusions offered there.

Many of the small restaurants and cafes in this gentrified area blend the best of European and North American food trends. French tacos? Oui, merci.

Paris is also a great central hub for venturing out into the surrounding areas of France.

You would be remiss to skip a trip to the Palace of Versailles, a common tourist attraction that will be mostly empty in the fringe travel season.

Consider hopping a train out to Normandy and explore Mont St. Michel, a majestic fortress floating on tranquil seas. 

Balearic Islands, Spain

While there are many incredible places to visit in Spain, especially in the spring, the Balearic Islands stand out.

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With so many plants and animals to experience while hiking and exploring, these Islands turn into a utopia in April.

For a spring trip, consider hopping between the four central Islands: Mallorca (Majorica), Menorca, Ibiza, and Formentera. Each has something unique to offer during the spring.


The locals of Mallorca favor spring above all other seasons. The weather turns sweet, the flowers bloom, and only a few tourists are venturing out into the quiet streets.

22 Best Things to Do in Mallorca Holidays

While you might experience some April showers, there are plenty of hot summer days for exploring.

You won’t want to miss Serra de Tramuntana, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This scenic mountain range is home to picturesque lakes, villages, and the beautiful Lluc monastery.


Menorca is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, due to its affluence in ponds, marshes, caves, and lagoons.

This diverse ecosystem is ideal for many variants of flora and fauna, making it the best island for nature lovers.

Take advantage of the 1800 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, or take a horseback ride through the forest.

Kayaking and windsurfing are fantastic adventures for those who prefer their sea-legs over the land.

Don’t forget to explore the ancient ruins from the Iron Age near Sant Lluis, which is also home to incredible restaurants and bars.


Ibiza is one of the spring break capitals of the world.

There are a vibrant nightlife and party scene that has been the focus of many songs and movies.

In spring, many of the best clubs and beach retreats are just starting to reopen. Balance your wild nights with days relaxing on white-sand beaches.


Formentera is indeed one of the Best Places to Visit in April in Europe. It is tranquil place, taking out the hustle and bustle of tourist season and offers a calmer setting than Ibiza and Menorca.

Spend your days wandering around the streets of small coastal towns. Stop in at the local shops for original arts and crafts from the locals.

You’ll love the delicious cuisine, followed by easy walks through natural trails.

Take a trip out to the private island of S’Espalmador to relax in the mud baths and stroll along pristine beaches. Formentera is the perfect place to unwind and recover from your travels.

Salzburg, Austria

Austria is often overlooked as a springtime vacation destination in Europe.

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However, this charming town has a storybook quality that travelers love.

It’s perfect for people looking for something completely different when planning a spring vacation.

During April in Austria, the hills are alive with the sound of music.

There are multiple festivals set against the stunning backdrop of green valleys and Baroque buildings.

This winter hub is often much quieter in the spring than in the seasons surrounding it. This means that you can tour the narrow cobblestone streets without feeling crowded or overwhelmed.

In the days leading up to Easter, there are often special markets and deals to explore.

You can partake in the many harvest activities that highlight the season.

Spring is the best time of year to visit Salzburg for those who love fresh food, as the town takes pride in its produce and opens up markets to share the bounty. 

Not only is Salzburg the home to The Sound of Music, but it was also once home to the legendary composer, Mozart.

Unsurprisingly, music plays an important role in the overall culture of Salzburg, and you can enjoy musical displays around every corner. 

Venture outside the town’s boundaries and the broader Salzburgerland province. Visit the world’s largest (accessible) ice cave, Eisriesenwelt.

This palace of ice houses nearly 100,000 square feet of blue ice in the depths of the surrounding mountain. You can visit here any time of year, even in the hottest days of summer.

If you’re feeling adventurous, hike the Wasserfallweg, or “Waterfall Trail,” to see the Krimmler Wasserfälle.

This beautiful waterfall is surrounded by moody dark rocks and lush greenery.

You can make this journey a part of a more extensive hike with an overnight stay in one of the inns that punctuate the trail.

Cap off your April vacation with a road trip around the Grossglockner Road. This incredible feat of engineering was designed to maintain the natural beauty of the Alpines.

You’ll experience numerous switchbacks and breathtaking vistas as you wind your way through the Alps.

This adventure is ideal for those who plan on visiting at the end of April when the road reopens.

Note that there’s often still snow at this elevation during the spring, and opening dates are contingent on safe conditions. 

Tips for Traveling to Europe in April

There are a lot of benefits for planning for the Best Places to Visit in April in Europe. The key here is “April in Europe”.

One of the overarching perks is that there are fewer tourists, making it easier and more affordable to get around. 

However, to have a fun and safe trip, consider these tips for traveling in Europe during April:

  • Always check the weather – while many areas are temperate in the spring, some are prone to surprise storms. Get ahead of the forecast when planning your trip and take some time to understand the quirks of the season.
  • Pack options – Layers are essential when packing for Europe in April. Bring a combination of clothing for cool and warm weather, and invest in a lightweight jacket and thermal gear.
  • Check availability – one of the downsides of being on the fringe season is that some attractions have reduced hours. Be sure to check when the sights on your list are open, and which travel times are available for public transport.

Anyone of these incredible destinations will make for an unforgettable April vacation in Europe.

Follow the tips above and take advantage of traveling in the early days of spring.

Yacht Charter in Greece: The Simple Guide

Yacht Charter in Greece
Sailing yacht near Kefalonia

Most of us have grown up with a fascination with things like dinosaurs, castles, princesses, and pirates.

As we age, these things fade into distant memories that have shaped who we have become as our old skins shed into new.

But some dreams and desires are still within reach for us, more now than they ever have been before.

There’s no better way of embracing the spirit of adventure than setting sail on the open seas by taking a yacht trip around the Mediterranean islands and coastlines of Greece.

Leaping and deciding to charter a yacht can seem like an overwhelming idea for anyone who hasn’t done it yet.

For those who have gone through with it, they most remember the taste of red wine on the upper deck.

They remember the feeling of wonder as you dock in ancient ports, and gently rocking to sleep to the rhythm of the sea.

Can I Get Yacht Charter in Greece?

Greece is a perfect destination for beginners and seasoned pros alike – both are well catered for in the rental market.

Chartering a yacht in Greece is affordable and straightforward, and there are so many islands ready to be explored, both on and off the major tourist routes.

This quick guide will give some assurance to people considering this epic journey, but who don’t yet know where to start.

Have the best sailing vacations in this lovely country.

Yacht Charter in Greece
Hydra – a beautiful Greek island

Crewed or Bareboat Charters?

One of the first considerations will depend on your comfort in navigating and taking control of the vessel.

For those searching for an “all hands off deck” approach where you can truly relax, the best option is to take a crewed boat.

Of course, the price is higher than going it alone, but if you’re looking for a trip to de-stress, then there’s no better way.

For a crewed trip, a professional captain will be open to listening to what you want from your route.

He will have the local expertise to offer advice on local spots to swim, drop anchor, and gaze at the passing coastlines.

With your chef, you’ll get to enjoy the first waft of fried onions drifting up to you from the kitchen while you relax with friends or family in the evening sun.

For those looking for more adventure, DIY sailing is a better option.

It takes more organization, and you’ll most likely need a license, but you genuinely get to feel like the master of your destiny.

This option means you’ll be breaking out the maps, hauling the mainsail, and steering your course at your own pace.

The first island you encounter could be a paradise you don’t want to leave, or maybe you want to put in the miles and cover some real distance.

Either way, your journey is your own.

Yacht Charter in Greece
Luxury motor yacht

Size and Style of Private Sailing Yachts

Is bigger always better? Well, that depends on what you want.

Extra space on board is always great to have; it means less climbing over each other for cooking and getting up and down onto the deck.

But the luxury of space comes with the burden of size.

If you’re going bareboat, it can be more difficult to anchor down into the harbor.

But if your yacht is crewed, the extra space will be much appreciated, and the captain will have perfect handling in the marinas.

Another more fun thing to consider is whether to get a catamaran or a classic yacht.

A catamaran has a larger berth, which gives more opportunities to sunbathe, picnic, and walk around on top of the deck.

Classic monohull yachts are cheaper to rent, easier to steer, and the mooring costs are cheaper.

Yacht Charter in Greece
Yacht anchored

Best Time to Charter a Yacht in Greece

Greece is an excellent location for any time outside of winter. Given Mykonos is one of the “must-see” destinations, we’ll base the statistics on a trip that makes a stop at Mykonos.

The season starts as early as late March, where the average temperature starts to creep up towards 15° C in Mykonos.

While you’d want to bring some warm clothes for the evenings, you definitely won’t be fighting for beach space.

Locals will be more open to having chats with visitors in the offseason.

By July, you’ll be looking for that cool ocean breeze with temperatures wavering between 21° C and 30° C over a glorious 14 hours of sunshine a day.

The sea will be a warm 24° C meaning swimming trips can go on almost forever.

As summer draws to a close, the tourists leave with the change of season.

Missing out on Greek autumn is a big mistake, though.

The local cuisine is enriched by the harvest season, the temperature drops to a smoother range, but the water temperature stays warm for the next few months.

The temperature ranges from 18° to 27° C in September, and there’s still plenty of sunshine hours and autumnal sunsets blazing with color to look forward to.

With this in mind, the best time to go, if you have no other restrictions, might be September.

Yacht Charter in Greece
Fishing boats on Zakynthos

Where Should I Charter A Yacht in Greece From?

Greece is packed with stunning locations that you can charter from.

The best idea is to pick somewhere that suits your itinerary.

The Cyclades Islands are only a stone’s throw from Athens, and their famous Mykonos island even has its international airport to cut down on excess travel time.

It is worth considering paying that little bit extra to fly to a more significant island and charter a yacht from there to begin your trip.

Navigating in and out of bigger cities like Thessaloniki and Athens can be a bit more painful than departing from the calmer marinas of Greek islands.

This is particularly important if you want to visit some of the Ionian islands that lie west of Greece, facing towards Italy in the Ionian Sea.

Sailing from Athens to the Ionian islands is quite time consuming, and it would be worth flying to Corfu to sail south down the Ionian coast.

Benefits and Drawbacks of Going Off-Season

The most obvious upside to traveling in the off-season is sharing the seas, beaches, and restaurants with fewer tourists.

You’ll get to experience things more as the locals see them, and, best of all, at the prices locals pay.

The same goes for yacht rentals; prices will be significantly lower in the off-season.

The sweet spot of the off-season ends in mid-late October.

Then the number of tourists visiting islands and coastal areas drops.

It drops so low that restaurants, cafes and other tourist amenities will begin to close their doors after the long busy season and rest for a few months until tourist numbers surge again.

So if you want the luxury of spontaneity, to be able to shore up at random beaches for some Greek cuisine, it’s worth going in the mid-season, rather than the offseason.

Considerations for Yachting with Children

Kid’s trips are an enriching way to create memories for the family’s future.

Show your kids more of the wild, wide world and expand their minds beyond their familiar settings. But it’s not always easy.

Taking kids on a trip means reconsidering all of the above topics in a way that involves the nuances of what it means to be a responsible parent.

First, some of the more fun things you should think about are whether boats have the equipment or the options of equipment such as snorkels, water slides, board games, and all the other things you might need for entertainment.

You wouldn’t want kids staring at a tablet screen all vacation, would you?

As yachts go up in price, they match that with luxury, some yachts will have home cinema systems, whereas others will be quite short on extras.

Safety will always be a significant factor when your children are involved.

Some boats will have options of a stair gate if you have a child or few that you want to keep from running up and down the steps to and from the deck.

No-one wants to be spending their precious holiday hours worrying about a trip to A&E.

Another thing to think about again is taking kids with a crewed or bareboat setup.

Having a crew means less navigating, cooking, and cleaning, all things which can lead to a flare-up of tensions within the family if you’re having a tough day.

For others, having a crew around might make them feel less intimate, and they may be up for the challenge and pleasure of involving kids in the daily duties of cooking, cleaning, and navigating.

It all depends on the dynamics of each family – you know your own people best!

Renting a boat is becoming as easy as booking an Airbnb or hailing a taxi through a smartphone.

Of course, there’s still great responsibility, but like any other new adventure, it’s something that people just sink into and begin enjoying the ride.

After the first few hours, you’ll feel like a pro.

Even though this guide is short and sweet, hopefully, it has enough information for you to feel more confident taking your first steps in the tracks many other people before you have chosen.

The popularity of chartering a yacht in Greece speaks for itself, and it’s sure to be an adventure you’ll never forget.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

Do you have what it takes to climb Kilimanjaro? If you have an unstoppable hunger for adventures, it’s time to expand your travel bucket list and climb the Seven Summits.

Climbing mountains in different parts of the world can enrich your life.

It’s not only good for your physical health, but it can also allow you to see beautiful places and learn gratitude, patience, and persistence.

Moreover, there is a chance of meeting fellow travelers on the way and become their friend.

This experience can give you so much more than staying in hotels in the European capitals.

So, if you want to see all these untouched places and learn how to enjoy the little things in life, Kilimanjaro should be the first mountain on your list. Kilimanjaro National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Africa’s highest mountain is one of the easiest to conquer (compared to the rest of the summits).

It’s the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, so all you need is to have a decent level of fitness and a bit of knowledge.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

That’s what you need to know to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro without much training:

What Are The Best Routes to Climb Kilimanjaro?

At the moment, there are seven routes you can take to see stunning Kilimanjaro nature and get to the top.

Most people find it challenging to choose the right route, especially when there are so many options!

When choosing the path, make sure to take into account the route’s foot traffic, scenery, difficulty, and altitude acclimatization characteristics.

According to the latest statistics, most climbers prefer the Machame route (it’s located on the south of the mountain) and the Lemosho route (it’s located on the west).

Rongai, Shirma, and Northern Circuit are less popular. However, there is less traffic as well.

In case you are an experienced climber, you can also take the Umbwe route since it’s the most difficult one, and it has low traffic.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

Here is what you can expect when taking the most popular routes to climb Mount Kilimanjaro:

Machame Route

According to experienced guides, the days on the Machame route are the longest due to its tourist crowds.

On the other hand, the scenery is impressive – it changes as you climb up higher.

Sometimes locals call this route ‘Whisky.’ Well, there is also Marangu’s “Coca Cola Route,” so you shouldn’t be surprised.

To avoid getting stuck on the road, you should hit the trail in the early morning.

It’s the only way to get ahead of the crowds and enjoy your climbing experience to the fullest.

The Machame route can take up to seven days. Some experienced climbers can hike faster, but there is no need to rush.

If you spend seven days on the way, your body will have enough time to get used to the altitude.

On your way to the top, you will sleep in a tent and eat meals outdoors.

You will need to trek for about seven hours a day to meet the timelines. So, start working out to prepare yourself for climbing.

The Machame route is pretty busy, but it is also relatively tough.

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

Marangu Route

As mentioned previously, Marangu Route is also known as Coca Cola route.

Climbers who take this route can get a bottle of Coke on every corner there. It’s not the same on the Whisky route (you wish!).

The Marangu route is considered one of the easiest.

On the other hand, it doesn’t have a high success rate due to climbers who want to get to the top in five days only.

According to experienced climbers, it’s better to give yourself more time to acclimatize. Poor acclimatization is one of the top reasons for climbers to fail on the way.

If you choose that route, you will have to hike from the south. It’s less scenic compared to other routes.

However, it’s the only route where you can find dormitory-style hut accommodation (you might want to bring earplugs with you!).

So, it’s a perfect option for those who don’t want to sleep in a tent or pee in the bushes. You will need up to eight days to climb up to the summit with this route.

Lemosho Route

The best thing about the Lemosho route is that it has the lowest traffic. It’s the newest route on Kilimanjaro, and it has high success rates.

So, if you choose this route, you will need about eight days to get to the top.

It’s important to mention that Lemosho is the most scenic trail on the Kilimanjaro, so you will not be bored a single day!

The guides recommend climbers to work on their physical condition before taking the Lemosho route. However, technical climbing is not required at all!

Climbing Kilimanjaro: Complete Guide To Unforgettable Hiking

How to Find a Reliable Tour Operator for Mt. Kilimanjaro?

Once you choose your climb route, you need to find a reliable trekking agency since you can climb Kilimanjaro only with an experienced tour guide.

Knowledgeable climb operators will not only show you the most beautiful places, but they will also make sure you have what to eat and where to sleep.

They also teach how to get used to the altitude and celebrate your victories.

Climbing with the operator is a great option. You will not need to carry anything but your backpack with a bottle of water, snacks, and a camera.

When choosing a trekking agency, read reviews online.

Also, make sure your agency will provide you with camping equipment, food, and water on the way so that you will not have to worry about stuff.

How to Prevent Altitude Sickness when Climbing Kilimanjaro?

Altitude sickness, also known as mountain sickness, can affect people of all ages and fitness levels.

The symptoms of sickness are always the same: dizziness, vomiting, loss of energy, shortness of breath, nausea, and headache.

You may have some of these symptoms once you reach a high elevation. It takes up to a day for your body to adjust to the change in altitude.

There are a lot of factors that can put you at risk of developing altitude sickness. This risk depends on your age and physical condition.

It’s essential to know the symptoms of altitude sickness when you climb. It helps you to seek treatment before it’s too late.

People who ignore the signs may lose coordinating and even fall into a coma.

So, if you don’t feel well when climbing higher, make sure to go down as soon as possible. Give your body a few hours to get used to the level of altitude.

Also, drink at least two quarts of water and eat more carbs. Other than that, avoid taking sleeping pills, drinking alcohol, and smoking while you are in the mountains.

Things to know before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

You may also need to know that the best time to climb Mount Kilimanjaro is a dry season (January to February and between July and October).

The highest peak in Africa is considered a year-round attraction. On the other hand, it can get pretty muggy during the rainy seasons in Tanzania (November-December, March-May).

Make sure to bring cash to tip the porters. Carrying things is a difficult job.

A lot of people wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of Kilimanjaro without guides and porters. So, tipping is the least you can do to support brave Tanzanians and their families.

Also, you may want to use your cash to pay for the optional bathroom tent (you might not find this information in other travel blogs!).

Another important thing is to bring some meds with you.

Remember that taking sleeping pills is not allowed.

But you can bring antimalarial pills, bug repellent, sunscreen, ibuprofen, toiletries, and something for traveler’s diarrhea.

It’s essential to ask your guide what you will be provided with on the way to the summit.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is an Adventure of a Lifetime!

No matter which route you take, you will be able to see beautiful nature and enjoy the silence of the mountains.

All you need to know is that you will make it to the top.

Let’s not forget that the oldest person to summit Kilimanjaro was Frenchman Valtee Daniel.

He was 87-year-old when he went to the summit of this iconic peak.

So, no matter how old you are, you can also conquer this African mountain at any time. Let the story of Valtee Daniel inspire you for new achievements!

Make sure you get travel insurance.

Which Is The Best African Safari in the World?

Which one is The Best African Safari in the World

Are you seeking how to participate in the best African safari experience ever?

There are a lot of fantastic places in the world where you can go to satisfy your inner traveler and create unforgettable memories.

Going on safari in Africa should be on your travel bucket list.

If you fly across the world to Africa, you will have a chance to see wildlife with your own eyes and explore a completely different culture.

More than that, you will also be able to support conservation and local communities.

That’s what you need to know before heading out on safari tour for the first time in your life:

What Are The Best Safari Places in the World?

According to the latest statistics, there are 157 safari parks in eleven African countries.

To choose your destination, determine the time of your travel.

It’s recommended to go on safari during the summer.

However, you should keep in mind that seasons in the Eastern and South Africa may differ.

Tour guides recommend embarking on a tour in a country with a low risk of malaria in case you are traveling with kids.

The thing is that kids are not allowed to take malaria medication due to several side effects such as abdominal pain, vomiting, loss of appetite, and nausea.

So, if you travel with small children, consider going to Kruger National Park in South Africa, or Etosha National Park in Namibia.

These places reached a low-risk level category for malaria.

Maasai Herdsman
Maasai Herdsman

Here is a list of relatively safe and epic safari destinations:

Okavango Delta in Botswana

To get to Okavango Delta, you should take a charter flight from Maun Airport (MUB). Another option is to rent a car. It takes up to seven hours to get to the destination by SUV.

The best thing about Okavango Delta is that it hosts more than half of the continent’s elephants during the flood in the springtime.

You will also be able to see around 150 species of reptiles and more than 500 species of birds!

To travel down the river and see wild animals in their natural habitat, consider traveling to Botswana during a dry season (July-September).

Which one is The Best African Safari in the World

Kruger National Park in South Africa

Kruger National Park is considered one of the most significant game reserves in Africa. It can get crowded during the high season.

On the other hand, it’s the only safari destination where you can see more than 1000 leopards and thousands of buffaloes!

Each year, the park is visited by over a million people.

At the moment, there are more than twenty rest camps where you can meet fellow travelers from all around the world!

Serengeti National Park in Tanzania

Serengeti National Park has one of the oldest ecosystems in the world. It’s considered one of the best safari destinations due to Tanzania’s great animal migration.

Great Migration usually starts in the middle of summer (during the dry season).

Avoid going to Tanzania in the spring during the rainy season. It’s impossible to see the wild animals because all roads in the Serengeti National Park get washed out.

Which one is The Best African Safari in the World

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park is the biggest safari destination in Zimbabwe.

There are a lot of wild animals to feast your eyes on – African wild dogs, around 400 species of birds, and more than 100 species of mammals.

This national park is home to the Big Five – leopard, buffalo, lion, elephant, and rhino.

Tour guides in Zimbabwe can let you try something exceptional – horseback safari. On a horse, you will be able to experience unforgettable close encounters.

Also, local guides offer walking tours.

You will have a chance not only to see but also learn more about wild animals and how to behave around them.

More than that, you will be able to explore local flora and notice different little things people on a vehicle can’t spot.

Which one is The Best African Safari in the World

What are the Top Safari Animals I Will See?

Close encounters with wildlife can be an unforgettable experience. Every safari guide is perfectly qualified, so there is nothing to be afraid of.

During a safari tour, the guide will show you predators in their national natural habitat. So, you should be ready to see a lion.

The only thing you should know about the lions is that they rest for about twenty hours a day (real cats!), so don’t expect to see them running after the truck.

The best safari destinations to see lions are Tanzanian Serengeti National Park and the Okavango Delta in Botswana.

Another must-see safari animal is an elephant! Elephants are the biggest terrestrial animals on Earth.

An average elephant in Africa weights around 5443 kilos ( about 12,000 pounds).

Even the baby elephant weighs more than 100 kilograms (200-300 pounds). The best safari destinations to see elephants are Chobe National Park in Botswana and Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

You will also have a chance to see the tallest animal on Earth – giraffe!

Spotting giraffes on safari can be pretty tricky due to their camouflage ( their white and brown spots do its job!).

If you want to spot big herds of giraffes in their natural habitat, consider going to Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda.

Other than that, you will also see a leopard, rhino, cheetah, buffalo, hippopotamus, Nile crocodile, zebra, and many others!

Best African Safari Safety Tips

Every safari tour has an element of danger; that’s why safety is essential.

Even cute animals such as giraffes or elephants can be dangerous to a human. Here is a list of safety rules you should follow during safari:

If you are in a vehicle, make sure to keep your windows always up. Sometimes people are being harassed by baboons on the way.

Other animals may also get inside of your car (you don’t want that to happen!).

Your guide should dry slowly, so don’t ask him to go faster than that.

Even experienced guides don’t always know who can hide in the bushes (the grass is pretty high in some places).

Don’t stick anything out of the car since it can easily annoy animals and make them more aggressive.

When driving in the game park, don’t ask your guide to stop. You should always stay in the car to avoid unfortunate consequences.

If you want to get a closer shot of a lion or giraffe, it’s better to zoom in and be safe.

In case you are on a walking tour with a guide, follow every rule he will tell you.

The most important thing is to walk slowly and quietly so that the animals will not consider you dangerous. Also, avoid using flash and feeding the animals.

If you see a hostile animal, don’t stay in the way of his escape route. Running is not an option either.

If you run, wild animals will want to chase you; it’s their instinct.

Other than that, you should avoid walking around when it’s dark.

If you have a walking tour, wear heavy boots and long socks to avoid getting bitten (a lot of things are hiding in the bushes!).

It may get super hot, but you should not even think about swimming in the local rivers and lakes.

First of all, there are a lot of parasites in waterways.

Secondly, you never know what can hide inside of the water.

.Even hippos can be very aggressive towards people who threaten their territories. And let’s not forget about crocodiles in the rivers!

When you go on safari, you should take only your camera and a bottle of water.

Taking snacks with you won’t be such a good idea since the smell can attract undesired attention from wild animals.

Besides following these tips, you should also get travel insurance before going to an African safari.

You may even have a reaction after spider bites you.

And getting antibiotics in African countries can be expensive.

As you can understand, you never know what can happen, so it’s better to be prepared.

Packing List for your Best African Safari Experience

You should pack only essentials since all bush flights have strict weight restrictions.

Get a folder with all the documents, including your travel medical insurance. Also, take some cash with you.

You may want to tip your safari guide or get some souvenirs from the local villages. Well, you will not be able to find ATMs in the middle of nowhere.

When you are in the airport, consider taking out local currency. You can also pay with US dollars while in Africa.

Your clothes should be comfortable and breathable. It’s necessary to take sunglasses, a hat, long sleeve shirt, and a light scarf.

Also, it’s essential to take sunscreen, insect repellent, first aid kit (your guide will not necessarily have something you might need). Read our post for summer hiking.

Safari is an unforgettable experience, so make sure to take your camera to capture the best moments of your trip.

Feel free to take the light tripod, extra batteries, extra SD card, and lens cleaning cloth.

The Bottom Line on Choosing an African Safari

Going on safari is an incredible present for yourself.

You will have a chance to see the world from a different perspective and get an adrenaline rush.

So, learn what are your options and hit the road; it’s time to explore wild Africa!

20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe 2020

20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe

Are you traveling to Europe? Are you seeking for the Best Places to Visit in February in Europe? Though mainly wintry, the month of February is still a good one to explore and enjoy the many wonders that Europe has to offer.

To be able to enjoy most of these resources, it is essential to know just where to go to. That is because not every destination you pick at random may give you that end.

We have taken the stress of finding the right destination away from you. We also know the warmest locations in Europe for winter months.

Accompanying each destination is the specific attractions and niches they confer. In almost all are even more linked posts, from our experiences.

Did you know that seeing the Northern Lights from different locations is a trend? Isn’t that an ideal concept for Valentines’ Day that falls in February?

What are the 20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe?

Copenhagen, Denmark

Starting with the European cities to visit, Februaries in Copenhagen can get cold. It is subsequently not the place to consider visiting for your outdoor events and activities.

Copenhagen Street Food Strolling & Eating - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

That can only mean you are paying a visit to the area for the sake of your indoor engagements. When we talk of indoor engagements, Copenhagen has numerous attractions.  

As you stroll out and about the city, you will find across numerous museums, art galleries, eateries, and exhibitions.

These contain plenty of collations that date back to antiquity. Plan your trip to the city in such a way as to make the most of these facilities.

Algarve, Portugal

Located in Portugal’s southernmost region, Algarve is mainly renowned for golden shores and mild weather.

20 Best Places to Visit in February in Europe

On account of this, the area is fantastic for sunbathing and other outdoor engagements in the otherwise wintry February. Temperatures here range from 13 – 17 °C and record almost no rainfall.

Matters of weather aside, Algarve also possesses a brilliant landscape, dazzling culinary scene, and rich culture.

Considering the low population of the area, you will enjoy limited congestion, more open beaches, and cheaper accommodation if you choose to spend your time here.

Budapest, Hungary

Though cold, February is ironically the driest month of the year for Budapest. Several attractions and resources converge to make it a beautiful place to be in February.

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The existence of UNESCO World Heritage-listed landmarks and outdoor events are top examples of these.  If you love romance, you have no better venue.

While at the facility, take some of your time also to cruise through the Danube River.

As you do so, you will get to behold the city’s skyline and other breathtaking facilities.

After you are through with your cruises, take some warm baths at the many thermal spas that strew the city. Don’t forget to taste the local food.

Athens, Greece

Athens forms a vital part of the many idyllic islands that lie in and around the Aegean Sea.

Though February is still cold, it does not have a shortage of things to enjoy while in the area.

Things to Do in Athens, Anafiotika, Graffiti, History
View from an opening between trees and flowers at Anafiotika

The Greek Parthenon, the National Archaeological Museum, and the acropolis are some of the attractions to spend your time at. Allocate time for day trips from Athens.

Complementing these facilities are high-end luxury hotels that contain pleasurable amenities and facilities.

After you are through with your visit to the area, do take time to retreat to these hotels to relax and unwind.

Athens is evolving in an all-season city, among the best ones to visit in Europe in February or any winter month (not only for summer).

Lisbon, Portugal

Of all the major European destinations, it is Lisbon that experiences the mildest February weather.

An Insider's Guide to 3 Days in Lisbon
Belem Tower

This notwithstanding, you should still put on slowly if you happen to hail from outside Europe.

Temperatures may still be cold and unfriendly at such times.

Though comprising numerous facilities, sightseeing and photography are the main activities that the month of February favors.

Do take a stroll along the streets and capture the shots as you travel by. There are lots of places to visit outside of Lisbon, like Porto, Cascais, Sintra, and more.

Also, read our post for day trips from Lisbon.

Prioritize public transportation systems as they are the most affordable and flexible means.

After you are through, retire to any of the luxury hotels to unwind.

Tenerife, Canary Islands

Are you a beach life enthusiast? You need not suspend your beach activities simply because it is wintertime.

Europe still has you well taken care of. The Tenerife, Canary Islands are the ideal place to go and set up base. ‘But why,’ you may ask? The islands are detached from continental Europe.

They are located to the south, not so far from the North African shoreline.

This location accords it some warmth when the rest of the continent is too cold. Here, you will enjoy abundant sunshine, warm weather, mild seas, and the freedom to sunbathe.

Venice, Italy

Venice is generally known to be a party city. Indeed year round, numerous carnivals, festivities, and fun-filled activities are hosted here.

All you have to do is plan early and make your travel arrangements accurate. That is because the area suffers from a phenomenon called ‘over-tourism.’

A visit to the city will also take you through the many canals that wind out and about the area. As always, you should also carry along your digital camera to see to it that you miss out at no event at all.  The city is too awesome to behold and walk away.

Geneva, Switzerland

If gliding and other ice-based sporting activities are your things, you have Geneva, Switzerland is your destination of choice.

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Geneva, Switzerland

The city is situated in areas that experience heavy snow and provide continuous trails where you can just set sail and glide. The month of February is also unique.

It marks the conclusion of La Réserve Genève’s (indoor ice skating rink.)

This is an event that is held in honor of both parents and children.

You can never visit the nation without tasting the chocolates as Switzerland is widely known for the same!

St. Moritz, Switzerland

Still in Switzerland, you have this alpine resort town to visit.

Though suitable for a visit year-round, February is undoubtedly the best time to visit here. It is home to many of Switzerland’s top attractions, tourist sites, and other facilities of repute.

Chief of these is the White Turf horse-racing event.

After you are done with your events, troop down to the stylish, all-suite Carlton Hotel.

Bear in mind that Switzerland is a wealthy country that also experiences higher costs of living.

Be prepared appropriately hence to counter these obstacles as a way forward.

Girne (Kyrenia), Cyprus

Cyprus is an island that is not so far away from Greece, Israel, and Egypt.

It is hot, owing to its Mediterranean location.

It experiences 320 days of abundant sun yearly. The city is adorned with ancient castles, monasteries, and golden sandy beaches.

Being warmer than much of Europe, this is an excellent place to retreat to if you want to escape the icy winters on the rest of the continents. Some good news!

The island is cheaper than many locations in Europe. You won’t have to spend too much to stay afloat.

Warsaw, Poland

Warsaw is the capital city of Poland. It is located pretty close to the North Pole, a fact that makes it pretty cold during winters.

The Old Town of Warsaw

In fact, by February, the place is still too cold as the snow has yet started to recede. Plan a visit here only if you are interested in winter activities.

The city authorities understand this fact only too well. That is why it holds an annual winter exhibition every year. This is the Royal Garden of Light that runs through to the end of the month.

It is definitely in your best interest to time your visit accordingly to coincide with this event.

Friedrichshafen, Germany

Situated in Southern Germany, Friedrichshafen is a small city that is nonetheless filled with plenty of leisure and other forms of attractions.

Each February, a cake design contest is held in the city, an event that brings together top confectionary masters of Germany and beyond.

If you love cakes or simply want to get in the company of many others, this is a place you do not want to miss out on.

Germany is an expensive country, though. You have to set aside a sufficient amount of money to be able to enjoy what it has to offer.  

Tuscany, Italy

Are you a lover of wine and other hard drinks? Tuscany, Italy, should be the place you should retreat to. Each February, it holds the Benvenuto Brunello festival.

Things To See in Florence Italy
Pisa Tower

This event brings together top winemakers for a 4-day event. By visiting the place, you also get to enjoy the many tastes of wine. Did you know that Pisa and Florence belong to this region?

You will also get a chance to ruffle feathers with the who-is-who in the winemaking industry.

Tuscany itself is a serene location that is adorned with rolling hills, lush green vegetation, breathtaking ambiance, and a relatively quiet atmosphere.

Nice, France

On the whole, the French Riviera is the place where you retreat to dodge the otherwise long and dreary winters.

Nice France - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

Nice, stands tall as the premier destination in the Riviera region.

This beautiful city is located just 20 miles off the Italian border. Its population is also low enough to allow for smooth transportation out and about the area.

The winter temperatures here are also high enough to let you walk out as you may please.

And if you like roaming, the city itself has many attractions you might want to explore. Only be sure that you have a French guide as many people here speak French entirely.

Mallorca, Spain

We have already explained that Spain experiences warmer weather because of being located further south of continental Europe.

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It is a port city whose shoreline is dotted with trees of various species. This is an ideal location for couples who just want to break away and spend some quiet time.

Several facilities are constructed solely for this end. Of these, the adults-only Pure Salt Port Adriano stands out.

Here, you will get in and enjoy some spacious suites which have balconies attached to them.

It is secluded and private enough to let you do whatever you want without unnecessary interference.

Lake District, England

The Lake District, England, is an amalgamation of sleepy villages that are quiet and detached enough for private stays and retreats.

Cycling Lake District of Cumbria, United Kingdom - Best Places to Visit in Europe in February

This is a great place to stay in and enjoy some quiet time. You will behold some beautiful sceneries, breathtaking vegetation, and a relaxed atmosphere.

Other than unwinding, the area is also the right place for matters of photography.

The serene environment gives an excellent background to any serious photographer.

With many commercial airlines mooting the idea of flying here, access to the place is going to be better and more convenient.

That place is considered one of the best places to visit in Europe in February for cycling. It is not the only one, but it is famous for the lake cycling rides.

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monaco is one of those soft-spoken destinations in Europe and the world over.

This notwithstanding, it is still an idyllic location to consider retreating to for a holiday.

The weather in February is neither hot nor cold. This makes getting out a smooth and hassle-free undertaking.

Monaco is widely known for gambling, betting, and casinos.

Thus, it goes that this is the place to get to if you want to try your luck on several issues.

Being rich and developed, expect to part with plenty of money to be able to afford to stay and move around here.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is located at a stone-throw distance from the North Pole.

Its winters are subsequently colder and longer than those of the rest of the continent. On account of this, the city is an excellent place to be to experience some winter activities.

Though formidable, this city experiences fewer tourists at this time of the year.

By choosing to spend your February here, you will enjoy the benefits of limited congestion, greater breathing spaces, and the freedom to move around with limited hindrances.

Some festivals are also held around this time, which you may want to catch.

Ready to Travel To Europe this February?

Our look into the best places to visit in Europe in February comes to an end here. 

Are you still searching where to go in Europe in the wintertime?

We now hope that you have obtained the insight you need to make a pleasant and successful trip. Make sure to check weather forecasts. We had some cancellations for activities due to that in a couple of our tours, so we learned the hard way.

This list is bound to change any time soon. We are aware of this fact, only too well.

That is why we are always on the lookout for any changes or improvements that may adversely affect the order and the cities in this list.

Do search this site as we have more posts on the best places to visit in Europe in other than February months like December, January, March (coming soon), and April (check this week). We even have budget-friendly places.

You can also subscribe to our newsletter for all such useful information.

Consider referring to this site in the future for the sake of staying abreast.

In the meantime, we wish you a pleasant trip ahead with the best places to visit in Europe this February.

Kea Greece Why Visit in 2020 1-Hour From Athens

Kea Greece

Kea Greece is a Cyclades island at the Aegean sea, like Santorini, Naxos, and many more.

It remains a popular destination for Athenians and tourists who stay in Athens for a few days (by the way Athens is a multi-day destination), before jumping to a Greek island.

It is a small island. Accessing its beaches and main villages are very easy.

Kea is excellent, even for single-day excursions. Just rent a car, a hog bike, or another and explore it.

However, it is best experienced if you stay there for a couple of days or maybe three, to “taste” the different beaches.

The island of Kea is a popular destination for yachts and small boats since it is incredibly close to Athens.

That is our experience from a single day trip to the island of Kea.

Kea Greece

What to Do in Kea Greece

Almost all will go for sightseeing at Ioulis, the capital of Kea Greece. Ioulis is a friendly village, with bright blue and white colors.

By the way, this is the island where the HMHS Britannic sank.

View from atop

Don’t forget to visit the Castle of Ioulis.

Kea Greece
Inside the Castle of Ioulis.

Exploring the villages of Kea Greece and admire their traditional architecture

Big chess in Ioulis town
You turn in a corner and see this giant chess

Don’t stop there. Visit even more villages of Kea.

KeaVisitors who may have done a bit of research will seek the Lion of Kea. It is located on the Ioulis village outskirts, walking there through a beautiful path with a pretty good view.

Kea Greece
The Lion (Leon) of Ioulis

Taste the acorn cookies. They are a bit hard but nutritional. This store just outside the harbor, towards Ioulis village, offers a pretty good variety.

Tzia Greece

Some of the churches are spectacular with bright colors and yards with refreshing shade. This one is from the Monastery of Panagia Kastriani.

Tzia GreeceTzia GreeceView from atop of Kastriani.

Tzia GreeceThere is a small variety of hiking routes, but keep in mind that the sun is intense, and Kea is not considered a “luscious green” island.

Tzia Greece

There is also the lighthouse of Agios Nikolaos at Vourkari, near the harbor of Korissia, and you can visit it through walking atop of a hill.

This area below is near the lighthouse area and is well known for the minerals in the rocks. These make those rocks look stunning.

Tzia Greece

Here are a few aspects of the lighthouse.

Tzia island GreeceDon’t leave the island without experiencing one (or more) of the beaches.

Kea Island Greece Beaches

Kea is well known for its beautiful beaches. Even in July, we found beaches for all tastes.

There are secluded ones, those that vibrate with music and ones where you can just “spread” your body on a lounge chair to work on your tan.

The waters are clean.

Pisses beach

Gialiskari beach

Below is the beach of Otzias.

Beach of Otzias

The most famous beaches of Kea are Otzias, Gialiskari, Korissia, Pisses, Koundouros, Kampi, Karthea, and Mikres Poles (where the ruins of Ancient Karthea are), Orkos, Spathi.

Of course, last but not least is food. Make time to taste some seafood like this one.

Kea or Tzia

How To Get to Kea Island, Greece?

You can take the Athens to Kea Island ferry, which leaves from Lavrio area outside of Athens. Kea island is just an hour away from the port of Lavrion in Athens.

Take public transportation from Athens to Lavrio (approx., 1 hour). For all prices related to Greek ferries and bookings, click here or here.

From there, a ferry frequently departs towards the island port (a 1-hour trip). Therefore, in total, it is a 2-hour trip to get on the island of Kea.

In the port, there are many car/bike rental services and public transportation.

Kea Greece is a destination that most will visit again and again while in Athens and Greece. We plan to go back for a couple more days to explore some remarkable archaeological sites (Karthea).

Kea, also known as Tzia, is an island of the Cyclades close to Attica. It’s connected with the mainland of Greece, through the port of Lavrion with regular routes.

There is an extensive network of signposted trails, which makes the island the ideal destination for everyone who loves hiking.

Hiking Kea Greece

The paths go through forests of oak trees, meet springs with potable water, old country churches, cottages, and ancient towers, and almost all of them end up in picturesque and isolated beaches.

What are the most popular hiking trails in Kea?

The most well-known hiking routes of Kea (Tzia) are the following. They are considered easy, except the ones marked differently:

  1. Leon: Ioulida – Leon – Dosonari – Diaseli – Otzias: The distance is 5.1 Km. It takes almost 1.30’ h. The level of difficulty is moderate
  2. Eliksos: Ioulida – Mylopotamos – Flea: The distance is 3.1 Km. It takes almost 1.00’ h. 
  3. Aristaios: Ioulida – Mesaria – Profitis Ilias – Astra – Ellinika – Agios Symeon – Karthaia. The distance is 12.5 Km. It takes almost 4.00’ h. It’s a hard and tiring route.
  4. Drys: Moni Episkopis – Sotira – Pera Meria – Tria Maderika – Sykamia. The distance is 4.5 Km. It takes almost 1.35’ h. It’s a rough road.
  5. Karthaia network: Kato Meria – Kalodouka – Pigi Vathipotamou – Karthaia. The distance is 3.2 Km. It takes almost 1.15’. 
  6. Karthaia network: Stavroudaki – Haltsidio – Pigi Vathipotamou – Karthaia. The distance is 2.3 Km. It takes almost 0.50’ h. 
  7. Karthaia network: Havouna – Agios Taksiarhis – Pigadaki – Kaliskia – Karthaia. The distance is 1.7 Km. It takes almost 0.45’ h. 
  8. Seirios: Ellinika – Vryses – Agios Filippos or Agios Symeon – Vryses – Agios Filippos.
    1. A: the distance is 3.8 Km.
    2. B: the distance is 2.3 Km. The result is it takes almost 1.00’ h — Uphill Road, hard during return.
  9. Artemis: Ioulida – Myloi – Tholos – Kalogerados – Amarathia – Ellinika – Agios Panteleimonas – P. Loutriani. The distance is 9.0 Km. It takes almost 3.00’ h. 
  10. Ydrousa: Ioulida – Vrisi Veniamin – Agios Dimitrios – Spathi. The distance is 5.8 Km. It takes almost 1.45’ h. 
  11. Orkos: Velados – Grikou – Orkos. The distance is 5.5 Km. It takes almost 1.45’ h. It’s a path with difficulties.
  12. Poihessa: Panahra – Agia Marina – Poisses – Poisses Beach or Katomeria – Poisses – Poisses Beach.
    1. A: the distance is 5.5 Km. Hiking time: 1.50’ h.
    2. B: the distance is 4.7 Km. Walking time: 1.30’ h. 
  13. Trail 13: Agios Athanasios – Ancient Karthaia The distance is 2.5 Km. It takes almost 0.40’ h.
  14. Trail 14: Agios Symeon – Karthaia. It will take 1.50’ h.
  15. Trail 15: Mylopótamos – Fléa – Agia Marína – Plagiá – Písses and back. You will walk for 1.50’ h.

Enjoy your trip to Kea Greece.

Kea island Greece

The 10 Best Kefalonia Beaches 2020

Spectacular Kefalonia Island Beaches & Caves

When people ask us about Kefalonia island and Kefalonia beaches, and how many days to book there, we reply with: as many as you can afford. You can stay 20 days at least on this island and never get bored..

We stayed in a fantastic apartment.

It was around 100 sq.m. with plenty of rooms, all amenities, excellent wifi, very clean, back and front balconies, big front-yard and parking space, and many more. It was simply outstanding. We stayed on the 1st floor.

That was the view from the front balcony. Beach was at 1-minute walking distance.


Here is a list of 10 exciting things for Kefalonia beaches and the island.

The Best Kefalonia Beaches

Kefalonia is famous for its green and its beaches. There are numerous beaches. Most are easy to reach.

Ammes Beach

Small, well-organized beach with sun loungers and umbrellas, plus space to place your gear. It is a long sandy beach and very clean. Airplanes from the nearby airports are a great attraction when they fly over your head, while you swim.

This one was within walking distance from our apartment. It is 10 km southwest of Argostoli.


Karavomilos Beach

This one is at the seaside near Melissani Cave. The water from Melissani cave is traveling underground and shows up here. There is a small lake next to a beautiful tavern with shade everywhere.

Karavomilos beach is situated in the area of Sami, next to its namesake village.


Myrtos Beach

Maybe one of the most scenic and the most popular beaches in Kefalonia. Just see the picture to understand. Waters get deep as soon as you enter, so maybe it is not the best for young children.

It is 30km north of Argostoli, surrounded by substantial verdant hills.


Petani Beach

It is at a distance of around 35 km west of Argostoli in the peninsula of Paliki. There is parking space but only for a few cars.


Antisamos Beach

It is located 27km east from Argostoli and quite close to the port of Sami. It is considered one of the “must-swim” locations of Kefalonia island.

Antissamos beach

Assos Kefalonia Beach

This beach is almost inside the village of Assos. Assos is a stunning village/attraction, and many visits to take photos.

The beach of Assos is next to the village.

Assos is 36 km north of Argostoli.

Spartia Beach

This one is relatively unknown. The critical point of this beach is that it is sandy and very shallow, which makes it ideal for young children.

A big restaurant/tavern is right there over the beach, offering a vast range of dishes. We ate there after our beach time, and the food was delicious.

Spartia Beach is not big, but this is good.

It is a bit of a trip to go to Spartia. You pass through many villages with narrow streets and all, without signs.

Do ask for instructions, though. It is a perfect area to spend an entire afternoon and more. It is 12 km southeast of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia island.

Xi Kefalonia Beach

It is a Sandy beach. Lots of loungers but also pretty packed.

Skala Beach

That is a mixture of sand and white pebbles beach. The crystal clear water is so clean like the one you drink from the tap.

Platis Gialos & Makris Gialos Beach Kefalonia Beaches (Lassi)

These two beautiful beaches are each next to each other. They have golden sand and turquoise waters, plus plenty of water sports rentals. They are known for their unspoiled beauty crystalline waters.

The beaches that met the Blue Flag criteria in 2019 were: Avythos, Agia Varvara-Katelios, Ammes, Aragia Porou, Lepeda, Lourdas, Makrys Gialos, Megali Ammos, Mounta 1, Mounta 2, Bouka Gradakia, Bouka-Paliostafida/Mediterranee, Xi, Petani, Sami, Spasmata.

Most of Kefalonia beaches come with shallow waters. Others are next to massive cliffs, which is a pleasure to the eye due to color contrast.

Kefalonia Island Caves

There are two famous caves in Kefalonia. The one of Melissani and Drogarati. Both are close together. Better to visit them both on the same day if you stay far.

Melissani Cave & Lake

To take a break from the beaches of Kefalonia, explore the two most popular caves of the island.

You may have seen this one in numerous photos and postcards around the web. It is an out-worldly site. The best time to visit this one is from 12:00 am to 1:00 pm.


The sun is vertical to the cave, at that time of the day, and the light creates all kinds of combinations & colors.


It is like a cave were fairies, and heavenly beings would reside.


You experience the lake ride with small boats. The ride takes around 12 minutes to complete, but you will think it takes longer while being absorbed by the beauty.

Cave of Drogarati

This one does not include a lake, but it is an underground cavern. It is also beautiful, full of patterns of stalagmites & stalactites.


The cave was discovered 300 years ago after an earthquake when a part collapsed and thus revealed the entrance.


It has excellent acoustics, and it is still alive as its stalagmites are continually dripping.

Kefalonia Beaches & Caves

Bonus Trip: Before Kefalonia Beaches

We arrived early at the port of Kyllini, where we would take the ferry to Kefalonia.

Since we had a couple of hours to spare, we decided to visit the Castle of Chlemoutsi, outside the village (and port) of Kyllini.

Kefalonia Beaches & Caves

The castle consists of a few rooms with exhibits, plus the main museum area (also with a small number of artifacts to see).

Kefalonia Beaches & Caves

It is 6 km south of Kyllini. It is perhaps the most exceptional fortification sample of the early Frangokratia era period in Greece.


The island of Kefalonia is so beautiful, and Kefalonia beaches are so cute. There is a reason many visits and visit again every year. Do try it once.

Enjoy and see more about Kefalonia from here.


Why Buy AKASO V50 Elite Action Camera?

We went to Cappadocia, Turkey and we tested a few of our gear. One of them is the AKASO V50 Elite 4k action camera, which can easily be your standard camera in 1/5th of its size.

Some of life’s most memorable moments happen so quickly that you hardly have time to process what’s happening before they’re over, let alone reach for your camera to snap a photo or video. A small-sized action camera does that, without compromising the quality.

That’s why adventurers, travelers, and the ever-prepared alike have all thrust action cameras into such popularity in the last decade.

There are many small-sized action cameras out there. GoPro might get a lot of attention for space it occupies within the action camera realm and is indeed a good camera, but it is also rather expensive.

That is why many seek for alternatives.

Another product matches the features of even the most advanced GoPro models and comes at a fraction of the price: AKASO V50 Elite WiFi Camera. Read along and use the discount provided by AKASO.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review
Small in size but miraculous!

This camera comes at a rather affordable price with a fantastic quality of video and still photos. You wouldn’t expect all the features it has at the cost of $139.99.

For starters, it is not “just” another 4k action camera or just a sports camera.

It carries more goodies than other 4k action cams out there. That can also be your standard camera, especially for taking videos or pictures that don’t require telephoto lens.

AKASO V50 is almost half the size of the average palm.

So, what exactly makes this action camera so great? We took it for a spin in the exotic landscapes of Cappadocia, Turkey and we write our impressions.

Light Conditions

Light and shooting conditions in Cappadocia change all the time due to the terrain, rocks, and vast long landscapes.

There are many caves with bright grey volcanic colors outside, switching to a lack of light inside.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review

Shooting with a camera in such changing conditions was a bit tricky as we used it all day long.

Our Experience with AKASO V50 Elite

It features every possible function you could want from an action camera, but at a price that won’t leave any wallets feeling significantly lighter.

The price is so low it’s hard to believe at all.

To further illustrate, let’s dive into some of the specific features that this impressive product has to offer.

Image Quality of AKASO V50 Elite

The most important specifications of any camera (particularly one designed to be used in especially high-excitement moments) have to do with picture quality.

This is one of the main components that make the AKASO V50 Elite so desirable. It features several different specifications to ensure superior picture quality regardless of the conditions around it.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review

Native 4K video (4k 60fps) or 60fps Recording

It doesn’t get much better than 4K picture quality, and this level of quality comes standard on the AKASO V50 Elite.

Not only that, but video recording is equally high.

No matter if users want to capture their rundown on an especially dramatic ski hill, the view from the top of their trek to Machu Picchu, or just a clear photo of themselves in a happy moment, the AKASO V50 Elite will undoubtedly deliver.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review

Electronic Image Stabilization

Action cameras are designed to be used in impactful moments, and that is a fact. Thus, it should come as no surprise that the AKASO V50 Elite also comes equipped with advanced technology that works to stabilize images.

This means that no matter how jarring an experience might be, the camera will still capture a clear and engaging photo or video.

Touch Screen Display

Without seeing what’s recording, you simply can’t be sure that the pictures or videos are coming out the way that you want them to.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review

Luckily, the AKASO V50 Elite features a 2-inch touch screen display, so users can be absolutely sure that what they’re capturing is high quality.

Akaso V50 Elite 4k Action Camera Review
You can choose between different resolutions and FPS

Picture quality is a massive part of what makes this camera such a great buy, but the perks of the AKASO V50 Elite certainly don’t end there.

Adjustable View Angle

No two experiences are exactly alike, so capturing each experience requires its unique considerations.

That’s why AKASO equips its V50 Elite with the ability to shoot in full, medium, and narrow.

Additionally, a distortion calibration feature helps improve those images that don’t come out precisely according to plan.

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Voice Commands Control

When the moment comes to snap a breathtaking photo, or record a life-changing experience, who has time to fumble around with buttons and settings?

The AKASO V50 Elite eliminates this issue with its voice control functions. Users need only say “Action Start Video” or “Action Photo” to begin capturing with their cameras.

Camera Remote Control and WiFi Connection

The great thing about these, exceptionally sturdy action cameras, is that they can withstand conditions the human body cannot.

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Voice and remote control

Perhaps an adventurer wants to record a timelapse of the snowstorm at the peak of a mountain. The AKASO V50 Elite can be controlled remotely, so the adventurer could start the recording from afar.

What’s more, the integrated WiFi connection means that the video can automatically be shared to any connected smartphone.

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Very handy and easy to connect WiFi

You can use the AKASO app to connect to the camera via Wifi and record all you need through the app on your smartphone.

Here is an early morning testing of the camera. Check out how flames look through a 4k/60fps shooting.

Underwater Recording Capabilities

What lies beneath the surface of the world’s bodies of water may be Earth’s last great frontier.

With the simple addition of a case, AKASO’s V50 Elite can safely record underwater as far down as 40 meters.

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Perfectly functional waterproof case

Once finished, the case can be easily removed to access the batteries.

Not to mention, this same case offers excellent protection from other elements beyond water as well, like rocks and dust.

Slow Things Down in Hindsight

As mentioned above, exciting moments often happen so quickly that you hardly have time to process them at the moment.

Fortunately, when they’re captured using the AKASO V50 Elite, videos can be slowed down (slow motion video) up to 8 times to relive the moment more thoroughly than even the first time around.

With its abundant technological specifications and its superior picture quality, it would be easy to assume that the AKASO V50 Elite costs a pretty penny to call your own.

That is simply not the case, as this camera is doubtlessly the most reasonably priced within the action camera sector.


Before discussing the price of this camera, let’s recap all of the benefits it has to offer as a quick refresher:

  • Native 4K Quality
  • Advanced Electronic Picture Stabilization
  • Adjustable field of view Angle with Touch Screen Display
  • Voice Control Feature for Starting Videos and Taking Photos
  • Remote Control and WiFi Integration
  • Ability to Record Underwater and Slow Video Significantly

With all of that in mind, it’s likely to come as a shock that adventure lovers can own the Akaso V50 Elite Action Camera for a mere $139.99; that’s including the camera, case, and remote control.

Let’s repeat that to make it clear: less than $140 is all it costs to get this cutting edge camera and its accessories.

When it comes to price, the GoPro model, which most closely resembles the features of the AKASO V50 Elite, is GoPro Hero 7 Black, the company’s newest model. That one comes with a price tag of $329.99 and has a lower overall rating from buyers on Amazon.

What’s more, that unbelievable price doesn’t even come with any additions; it’s merely the base model of the camera.

What does all of this boil down to? The AKASO V50 Elite is just as high performing (if not more so) than their illustrious competitor’s best model, but it can be purchased for nearly $200 less.

The winner in the action camera space is a no brainer, mainly when evaluated from the perspective of value.

Here is another video with us shooting while touring around hills and caves.

Is there Extra Gear for AKASO V50?

There is extra gear, to mount the camera as wearable and, yes, there are far more included than helmet mounts. 

Even the battery chargers are handy (you can have 2 of them with a very compact charging base that fits anyplace).

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It’s only smart to do your due diligence before selecting an action camera to purchase.

Evaluating the most cutting edge technology within the action camera space, there’s no question that the AKASO V50 Elite WiFi Camera simply cannot be beaten in terms of quality and value.

There are plenty of different products on the market, but any discerning eye can see that this camera is the best possible choice.

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Hiking a lot? Make sure you read this post on choosing the best GPS.

Disclosure: This post is a real overview taken place in actual outdoor situations. The V50 Elite camera was provided by AKASOtech.

The Reason on Why To Visit Ikaria Greece in 2020


Ikaria, named after Icarus of Greek mythology, located ten miles southwest of Samos in the Aegean Sea. Ikarus flew too close to the sun and his wings melt. He fell where the Ikaria island is. 

It is one of those unique, purely natural, unspoiled and unforgettable parts of the world, famous for the long life of its habitats.

This pristine enclave of nature, culture, and history is included in the world’s Blue Zone. An area where people live longer, healthier lives.

Why Visit the Island of Ikaria?

One trip to the island, and you will understand why it is a mecca for naturalists.

Armenistis village

The topography of this Blue Zone island is a contrast between verdant slopes and barren, steep rocks.

Agios Kirikos

The island is predominantly mountainous, with lush green Ikarian villages nestled on the plains along the coast.

Christos Raches village

What are the Best Beaches in Ikaria?

The most popular, sandy beaches are on the north side of Ikaria, Greece.

The beaches on the south side of the island tend to be less crowded, but consist of sand, rocks, and pebbles along the shoreline.

Seychelles beach

The beaches of Ikaria are varied, from remote sandy beaches where only pure nature is to be found to cosmopolitan resort beaches in the few more substantial towns. 

Messakti beach

The clarity and brilliance of the water are unparalleled, with the Ikaria beaches and sea being one of the cleanest in the world.

Nas beach

Faros beach

What to See in Ikaria Greece?

The Castle of Koskina sits atop a mountain peak overlooking the village of Koskina. Built-in the 10th century A.D., this Byzantine Castle fortress is an idyllic representation of the deep historical ties that Ikaria has to the region.

The castle was built to protect the island against pirates and enemies. It is strategically positioned at the top of a steep mountain.

Drakano Fortress is another representation of the importance of the island. An Athenian watch tower built during the Hellenic period, dating back to the 4th Century during the reign of Alexander the Great.

The forty-four-foot high limestone tower served as an observation point, overlooking the traffic in the Aegean Sea between Ikaria and Samos.

It was part of a garrison and city that was known for its particularly strong red wine.

What are the Things to Do in Ikaria?

Hiking is a big part of island life on Ikaria, and the many trails that crisscross the island are of particular interest to nature lovers and hikers alike.

The paths, known locally as “monopatia,” harken back to earlier times. They make up a transportation web that connected the far-flung villages, farmland and commercial centers of the island.

Arethousa village

Still in use today, these passageways connect the island’s commercial activity in the mountains to the ports along the sea coast.

Moni Theoktistis

The ‘Round of the Rahes On Foot’ embodies the importance of the “monopatia” (means: hiking routes). This self-guided tour starts in the village region of Christos-Raches.

Forming a circle, the trail is 25 kilometers long, crossing all types of terrain, beginning at sea level to rise to an elevation of 500 feet.

Hiking the trail will take you through the brush, forest, farmland, stone-paved mule tracks, and dirt rounds.

Experience every conceivable terrain, with breathtaking vistas to be seen around each corner.

The Hot Springs of Ikaria are known to possess the world’s best healing qualities. That is not new. It dates back to 1st century B.C. The hot springs at Therma have been the center for hydro-therapy.

Evidence of the springs is among archaeological ruins such as the Roman baths at Therma. Even today Therma remains the center for hydro-therapy on the island, with numerous guesthouses catering to the practice.

Therma village

Along the coast, there are several spots where the hot mineral springs flow into the sea. You can bath and enjoy the medicinal benefits of the springs.

Going up to Moni Theoskepasti

Looking for adventures? There are several activities among which winery tours. The tours are available for those who want to sample the excellent, intense Ikarian wine.

Greek Orthodox Moni Theoskepastis giant rock over the church

Mountain biking and Jeep Safari tours are a great way to explore the mountainous terrain.

Sailing and Water Sports in Ikaria

Several water activities are also available, ranging snorkeling, surfing, windsurfing in Faros area, and scuba diving on through to kayaking sailing.

Sailing the Aegean is an excellent way to explore several bays and beaches. There are many unreachable by any other means, and you can watch the indigenous sea mammals on the road.

It is a quick sea voyage to visit the islands of Samos and Fournoi. The islands of Patmos and Lipsi are found just south of Ikaria and are in the most beautiful part of the Aegean Sea.

Ikaria is one of the best Greek Islands for nature hikers, and you will experience all these reasons.

There is so much to experience in Ikaria Greece Blue Zone island. Find something for everyone on this 225 square kilometer island.

There is no chance that many come back over and over again.

FAQs for an Ikarian Trip

How do you get to Ikaria Greece?

There are ferries to Ikaria from Piraeus, (largest port of Athens), three times a week. For schedules and early bookings click here or here. The trip is long and has many stopovers. It takes around 11 hours to reach the island. The same ferries connect Ikaria with more Greek islands, including Samos, Syros, Mykonos, Chios.

What do they eat in Ikaria Greece?

Actually, Ikarians eat lots of greens, mushrooms, herbs, potatoes, fish, & olive oil. Almost everyone has a garden, growing things in an organic way. That is one of the reasons (along with the slow pace of doing things) that -allegedly- contributes to their longevity. That and their red wine, maybe.

Why is Ikaria Greece a blue zone?

It was found that the residents are several times more likely to reach the age of 90+ compared to normal. Their nutrition and lifestyle and status of health, lead to that inclusion.

Is Ikaria an expensive island?

It is not an expensive island, apart from some very specific accommodations. You will have plenty of options to stay all around the island. Keep in mind that the road network consists of narrow roads. In many places, two cars are difficult to pass side by side. That may contribute to some delays in high volume seasons. On the other hand, Ikaria is not the kind of island that attracts crowds.

How many days is best to stay in Ikaria?

We think that you can stay for five days. The slow pace and the overall tranquil feeling of the island can make you relax deeply. Some prefer to stay longer. Others choose to stay forever.

What are the Blue Zones?

There is a whole website presenting the locations that belong to the Blue Zones all over the world. These places relate to longevity, better life.

The blue zones project made the Ikarian diet a popular subject in the global longevity community.

There is a rich-media website dedicated to Blue Zones.

It contains all the info and research, even recipes and more. Here is a book related to Blue Zones and the lessons to live longer.

The Blue zones project is not just a recording of these locations but actual research on how and why people are happy in one place and how that relates to the quality of life and longevity.

It’s been around for years.

Have you been to Ikaria?

Ikaria Greece Diet – Where People Live Long & Healthy

Ikaria, Livadi

Do you want to live a long, healthy life? Then the Ikaria Greece Diet is an alternative for you.

Ikaria is a Greek island, is maybe the place you want to be. You can read our post on why to visit.

Are there some strange and mysterious secrets ready to be revealed about their longevity?

Or, simply inhabitants of Ikaria have adopted a natural and normal way of living?

This secret can be part of the general philosophy of Greeks.

Greek island of Ikaria
Fantastic Beaches

Where many things are done in their own time, without rush, without a sense of emergency.

Could it be Ikaria to be an island where all these things are summoned?

Ikaria-Moni Theoktistis great view

The island of Ikaria is located on the far east side of Greece and got its name by Icarus.

And if you google it around you will find many stories and studies.

The Case behind the Ikaria Greece Diet

Ikaria is such a phenomenon to many around the world. Scientists have landed repeatedly here to conduct studies and define the secrets of longevity.

Ikaria-Christos Raches village

Apart from Ikaria research has also been conducted in other locations. These were Sardinia, Loma Linda, Mexico, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, and Okinawa, Japan.

There is a whole bunch of data under the Blue Zones project.

Ikaria-Armenistis village

In these locations, the records show ten times more longevity with people aged over 90 years when compare to the average rate in the world. A conference took place under the title: “Pursuing longevity: from prevention to therapy”. 

Many things have been examined to define the reason people live longer and healthy:

  • Their plant-based diet and what in general Ikarians eat
  • The value of goat’s milk
  • Their blood pressure and how it is affected
  • The vast lack of cardiovascular diseases and chronic diseases
  • The value of their mountain teas
  • The amount of saturated fat they didn’t consume
  • And many more…

Along with that, Ikaria is known as a health destination because of natural hot springs, side by side with the value of the Mediterranean diet.

Time passes at a very slow pace in Ikaria.

If you are in a hurry and ask for speedy vacations and clubbing (like going to Mykonos, for example) then this destination is not for you.

You go to Ikaria to relax, meditate and skip the daily fast pace you practice all year long in your business.

As said, things move slowly in Ikaria. Slow and healthy.

Arethousa village

You will enjoy great and healthy cuisine and local wine, plenty of fish and vegetables, all part of the longevity secret recipe.

Definitely try tea from local herbs.

They will provide great value and clean up your organism.

And don’t forget to daily eat local olive oil.

Man of Ikaria, say that it is one of the secrets for improved and better sexual performance. 

Business Insider On the Ikarian People & Ikaria

International Articles for the Ikaria Greece Diet and Way of Living

Scientific Data

What are you waiting for? 

Jump on the next ferry and get there to taste their food and way of life, first hand.

20 Best Places to Visit in January in Europe 2020

20 Best Places to Visit in January in Europe 2020

Here are our suggestions for the Best Places to Visit in January in Europe for 2020.

Planning for a holiday this coming January but wondering where exactly to go to during these winter months for a city break or more? Then, the continent of Europe is what you are looking for your relax and culture time! But why, you may ask?

Well, several factors converge to make Europe the place to visit in winter and this coming January.

With a diverse population of around 741.4 million, no other place is as charming as it is with so many cities to visit. 

Then there is the excellent infrastructure, breathtaking sceneries, precious landmarks, medieval towns, and good weather patterns.

Even trips to the arctic circle are doable this time of year, so to explore the northern lights.

Best Places to Visit in January in Europe

If you are in a European country already, then many of these destinations can be a day trip or two.

If you love the holiday season, then you can visit these destinations for their Christmas market (meaning New Year Eve, too).

Though every length and breadth of the continent is excellent for matters of tourism, quite a number do stand out.

We have sampled and are going to peek into 25 of these great ideas. Click on the links that associate with our extended posts per destination.

Most of these destinations come with snowy landscapes which makes them even more beautiful. A covered with snow Prague is a delight to the sight.

All travelers to Europe ought to themselves to visit these destinations at least once.

Also, jump to our post for the best places to visit in December.

Paris, France

Paris, as we all know, is the capital of France. It also doubles up as a global center for food, culture, art, and fashion.

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Throughout the city are numerous gardens, skyscrapers, highways, and famous landmarks.

Though it is wintry in January, it does have excellent infrastructure which facilitates your movements out and about.

Some of the many things of interest you may do here are shopping, sightseeing, photography, dining, networking, and even explorations.

If you do not understand the French language, ask for an English translator to be your guide. That is because people speak French in the city. Despite the possible language “barrier” it remains one of the Best Places to Visit in January in Europe for winter and all seasons.

Rome, Italy

Just like Paris, Rome too is a capital city; this time though for Italy, rather than France. In its entirety, it is a sprawling metropolis that dates back to around 3,000 years.

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Piazza Navona

Perhaps no other city is vibrant with culture and architecture than Rome.

As you walk along its narrow yet clean streets, you get to behold numerous museums, landmarks, statues, and tall buildings.

Given its rugged nature, it may not always be possible to walk around the city.

Set aside some money to pay for the cable cars, private cabs, and taxis.

You can take some routes with the subway. Being cheap, you are highly advised to prioritize them to cut costs.

Venice, Italy

In Italy, we have Venice. Frequently mentioned in William Shakespeare’s play, the ‘Merchant of Venice,’ this city is mainly straddled with numerous canals, aqueducts, and bridges. Over 600 cruise ships dock in Venice every year.

Venice is, in fact, an amalgamation of 100 small islands that contain numerous beautiful buildings and eateries. That is the place to retreat to if you want to relax and eat.

To move from one island to another, you will wholly rely on boats as there are almost no highways in this area.

Luckily, there are many boat riding companies that serve the area.

Just be sure to make appropriate arrangements to book these facilities in advance to prevent wasting time.

London, United Kingdom

Perhaps no other European city is as globally renowned as is the capital of London. and it is not to wonder why it considered by many as the capital of Europe, besides one of the Best Places to Visit in January in Europe

Over and above being the capital of the United Kingdom, this city is also a gem of breathtaking architecture, tall buildings, canals, and spacious highways.

Your visit to this charming city will give you the opportunities to sightsee, capture photos, and take rides on the ferries and London Eye, among others.

London is ordinarily a costly city.

To avoid unnecessary embarrassments, you want to draft a budget beforehand to see to it that you have all that may be necessary to tour the city conveniently.

Tip: The Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is spectacular.

Barcelona, Spain

This cosmopolitan capital of Catalonia is widely known for its elegant architecture and arts. You can never lack anything meaningful to do here.

Top Things to Do in Barcelona - Best Places to Visit in January in Europe

The city has numerous restaurants, eateries, fashion shops, zoos, and open spaces, on top of Gaudi works.

Altogether, they grant you the opportunity to get in and try just about anything you might be interested in. If you are an adventurous type and want to hit the mountains then we advise exploring the Sierra Nevada.

Do spare some time to attend a concert or live show. Although you may think Barcelona is quite affordable for one of the best places to visit in January in Europe.

Florence, Italy

This capital of Italy’s Tuscany region was the birthplace of the Renaissance art and architecture in the 15th century.

There is subsequently no better place to capture this history than Florence. Its attractions do not just end there.

The city indeed is adorned with numerous landmarks, structures, wide highways, and a host of medieval attractions.

Arm yourself with a camera to capture memorable shots for your future references.

Madrid, Spain

Are you a lover of road trips and rests? You have Madrid, Spain, for your consideration.

What To Do In Madrid Spain For 3 Days
Museo Nacional Del Prado

This largest city is also home to manicured parks, elegant boulevards, full wide streets, and breathtaking architecture. Moreover, its winters are milder than those of the rest of continental Europe. There are also day trips to Toledo, Segovia and so many others in close distance places.

That makes it a perfect getaway in the otherwise cold January.

What’s more to see in Madrid, Spain? Its skyline is also adorned with numerous skyscrapers for which are similarly awesome to behold.

Prague, Czech Republic

Other than merely being the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is a city that is known for short yet elegant medieval Astronomical Clock, colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches, and many green spaces of which the Old Town Square, is the chief.

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Prague, Czech Republic

Its low population, coupled with the ‘car-free’ days, makes walking from one part to another a delightful activity.

We advise that you limit the use of vehicles to areas that are hilly and steep.

For a large part, the city is spacious and gentle enough to allow you to walk around. Walking has the added benefit of letting you interact with others and share.

Vienna, Austria

Relatively calm and mostly unknown, the city of Vienna, Austria’s capital, is a gem to behold. It lies along the Danube River, to the East of Austria.

For a large part, this city is known as the domicile of many great thinkers and artists. Sigmund Freud, Ludwig van Beethoven, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart are top examples of these.

Vienna hence is the best place to be if you want to know more about these history makers.

Is Istanbul, Turkey one of the Best Places to Visit in January in Europe?

Istanbul is the only city on earth that sits astride two continents, i.e., Asia and Europe.

Hagia Sophia Istanbul Turkey - Best Places to Visit in January in Europe

The Strait of Bosporus separates the European and Asian segments.

In all, the city is an embodiment of all the cultural influences of the many empires that ruled it from time to time.

These are the Roman, Byzantine, and the Ottoman Empire.

It is a place you want to be to experience the history and charm of these empires.

While in the area, spare some of your time to take some boat rides that straddle the European and the Asian segments of the city.

That way, it will be possible for you to make the most of what the city has to offer. Do take some photos too as you will need them later on.

Milan, Italy

Back in Italy, we have Milan, the second-largest city which is found in the northern Lombardy region.

The city is the hotbed of design, shopping, and fashion. It also hosts Italy’s national stock exchange and is hence its financial hub.

If you are loaded with lots of cash, this is the place to retreat to and spend that cash: numerous high-end restaurants, shops, boutiques, and jewelry stores.

Amsterdam - europe in january
, Netherlands

When the word ‘Amsterdam’ is mentioned, what strikes anyone’s head are elaborate canal systems, artistic heritage, narrow houses, and spiked buildings.

Throughout the city are several museums, art galleries, cycling paths, and spacious green spaces.

If you find the time, go to the Van Gogh Museum to catch the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer.

Take time also to ride around the numerous bike-friendly paths that crisscross the city.

Munich, Germany

Primarily the capital of Germany’s Bavarian capital, Munich, has no shortage of attractions. Of these, the breathtaking 15th-century Frauenkirche cathedral, 12th-century St. Peter’s Church, baroque Cuvilliés Theater, and the neoclassical National Theater stand out.

things to do in munich - Best Places to Visit in January in Europe

With these many theaters and museums, you can never miss a show or fail to find something interesting to catch.

All you have to do is time your visit accordingly.

Budapest, Hungary

Also located along the Danube River like Vienna, this stands as Hungary’s capital. Like Rome, the city is also found in hilly terrain.

3 Days in Budapest
Matthias Fountain

However, a funicular exists that runs up and down the Castle Hill to Buda’s Old Town.

This facilitates your transportation out and about the city with negligible effort on your part.

Throughout the city are some charming attractions, tall buildings, and breathtaking ambiances.

Berlin, Germany

Berlin stands out as the capital of Germany.

The city has a rich past that dates back to the 13th Century. It is home to many buildings, museums, and structures of antiquities.

What To Do in Berlin in 3 Days
Sanssouci Palace and Gardens

Examples of these are the Brandenburg Gate, Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum, and Berliner Philharmonie art gallery.

These give you some chances to behold the city’s past as well as appreciate European culture and history.

Athens, Greece

Athens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It also served as the heart of the ancient, powerful Greek civilization.

Things to Do in Athens, Anafiotika, Graffiti, History
View from an opening between trees and flowers at Anafiotika

As such, it is presently dominated by 5th-century BC landmarks, ancient buildings, and other buildings of historical significance.

Today, many of them have been converted to museums and attractions.

As you walk out and about the city, you will behold the Acropolis Museum, Parthenon temple, National Archaeological Museum, and so on.

Remember to carry along a camera to capture these shots.

Santorini, Greece

Santorini is one of the islands that constitute the Cyclades in the Aegean Sea.

Santorini Caldera View

The island features a rugged landscape that stems from a volcanic eruption way back in the 16th Century.

As we speak, the island contains numerous old towns which give you breathtaking opportunities for sightseeing and relaxation.

Under the Mediterranean location, the area is warmer and milder in January, a fact that goes a long way to make you visit there fruitful.

Lisbon, Portugal

This hilly coastal city serves as Portugal’s capital.

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The city comprises the many ancient buildings which served as critical past buildings. Of these, the imposing São Jorge Castle stands tall.

It accords any visitor an unimpeded view of the city.

Then there are other museums like the National Azulejo Museum, which hosts several artifacts that you may yet again get into and sightsee.

While there, you will also get to know more about Europe’s past.

Seville, Spain

Back in Spain, you have the city of Seville to explore. Located in Spain’s Andalusia region, the town is genuinely famous for parties and outdoors.

It is hence a place you want to go to for your dances and outdoor celebrations. Several landmarks also adorn the entire city.

The 18th-century Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza bullring also hosts bullfights year around. You want to plan your itinerary appropriately to catch these fights.

Also, a Gothic Seville Cathedral exists at the site where the tomb of Christopher Columbus is located.

Take time to learn the history of the area.

Moscow, Russia

Situated along the Moskva River in western Russia, Moscow is a cosmopolitan city which is also the capital of Russia.

Moscow - Red Square
Moscow – Red Square

By far, its most significant structure is the Kremlin, which is the abode of the Russian president.

It is also home to the tomb of many of Russia’s past rulers like Vladimir Lenin.

Being large and sprawling, you can never lack something of interest to explore while in the city. Take some time to eat, walk around, shop, or visit a museum.

You will also find many others from various nationalities while in this area. You may wish to hook up with them to enrich your stay.

What you have to know about Europe before your trip?

Is it safe to backpack through Europe?

For most of the part, you are safe. Especially for the destinations, we mention here. Of course, keep standard safety rules in mind.

Can you take luggage on trains in Europe?

Yes, you can take luggage with you. There is usually a special storage area on the train and there are usually no luggage fees. Check if there are any restrictions on the number of luggage you can carry.

Do you need a visa to backpack in Europe?

If you come from the USA you don’t need one for a 90 days period in most countries. In general, a Visa is not needed. Make sure to double-check with Turkey, though.

How much money do you need to backpack across Europe?

That depends on how you want to travel and where you want to spend your money. Frugal to hostel-type hotels need from 30 to 100USD for decent accommodation. Then there is food (you can always shop at grocery stores). Prices get a bit lower in Eastern Europe. The popular cities of Europe are not considered cheap but there are so many options these days that you can definitely find good bargains, especially if you don’t mind staying off the city center.

Which backpack is best for Europe?

We suggest that you explore our backpacking posts. There are some pretty good ones with advice and others with gear suggestions. Here is the backpacking related link. Choosing a backpack is not a 100% simple task but you will find all the info there.

Are hostels in Europe safe?

Just don’t choose the lowest cheapest option you can find, in the worst neighborhood ever. On a budget of 50 to 70 euros per day, you will have any great options for hostels (around half for Eastern Europe). If you plan for Greece, here is the list of hostels and info.

How much money do you need a day in Europe?

In most cities, transportation is about 1-2 euros per route. Most museums are around 14 euros but some have “happy hours” with free admission during the last 2 hours of their closing time. Food in restaurants is not cheap but in small eateries it is not that expensive. Go to Numbeo and get a good idea of the daily cost.

Ready to travel to the Best Places in January in Europe?

There is no better time to start planning for your visit to Europe than now.

That is because there are many elaborate steps and procedures which have to be followed to make a trip here from any part of the world.

Starting late may lead to unnecessary confusion and a waste of money.

The best way to go about the issue is to engage the services of tours and travels firm.

Just search online for the company that serves or has a presence in the area you wish to travel to.

As always, if you happen to get stuck along the way, you can always count on us to be of further assistance to you.

Best Things to Do in Santorini Greece

Oia Santorini - What to Do & See

Oh, the beautiful things to do in Santorini island in Greece!

Well, I think Santorini is one of the most famous islands all around the world, and one of the best places to be next to Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes, Corfuand more.

It is a must-stop destination for any cruise ship that crosses the Aegean sea.

What to do in Santorini, Greece?

I visited this island twice so far. The exciting thing is that I visited the island of Santorini in two completely different periods of my life. One when I was around 17 and one around 40. In both times, I found tons of things to do.

This allowed me to see the island again from a different perspective. I didn’t want the wildlife of sweet seventeen, but I kinda missed it when I saw that the whole island was still vibrating with young people exploring life. I found it less noisy, though.

By the way, Imerovigli is a tranquil place with the best view in Santorini.

What I saw was that Santorini kept the same feeling and balance between traditional houses and “tourist” attractions as it was all these years before.

I got the same feeling more or less, which is a plus for the Mayor and habitants of the island to manage to keep this unique sensation and style, this island has.

We went through the different little pathways and narrow passages between houses, tasting some delightful snacks and plates during the days I spent there.

I also climbed to the top of the mountain above ancient Thira, where you can see everything around, and the vistas are spectacular.

Talking about ancient landmarks, do visit the famous Akrotiri Archaeological site.

Mykonos or Santorini? - White & Blue Island Hopping

A big list of things to do in Santorini

Here is an additional big list of suggested tours and posts to read. Read all the content in this post. There are tons of things to do in Santorini.

Oia Santorini

History First

The island, located at Cyclades complex of islands, was formed in its current shape after the enormous volcanic eruption of the famous Santorini volcano.

Before this, the island’s name was Strogili (round). The blast changed the shape of the island, and thus, the name (had to) change also. The back then habitats of the island are alleged to be linked with the Cretans/Minoans.

After the eruption, a Tsunami blasted measured around 70 feet high and with a 100km speed. Imagine the Minoan’s shock back then.

The magma was still pouring out slowly from the once above the sea level land. The island Nea Kameni (which is a no-green ground) is like a cork on top of the underwater volcano and a result of magma spill from it.

Slowly during all these years, Nea Kameni was formed from spilled magma. I also visited this place with a boat cruise and climbed to the top (not easy at all, and sulfur smells strongly at some points.

Akrotiri Archaeological Site in Santorini


An abundance of events is available to all visitors to this island. Like going longboat cruises on wooden boats where you dive in many different places around the island and enjoy sweet snacks aboard.

A towel and a swimsuit is the formal dress code for these.

Or do the traditional donkey ride where I felt sympathy for those four-legged fellows doing this up and down so many times per day.

I visited beaches with crystal waters and jet skied for the first time in my life.

If only I knew what I was missing all this time!!! To the surprise of many, I didn’t watch the sunset view at Oia. But I tasted some excellent wines.

Imerovigli Santorini Best Location in Santorini Caldera

Wines & Wineries

Well, Santorini is a lot about wines.

By talking with the people there, I learned many details for which wines are excellent and which are less enjoyable. Why the quality of the black Santorini wine is different from the white ones, and for what exact reasons. I am not going to tell you. You will have to either google it or taste it yourselves.

There are many wine tours and many wineries on the island.

Just ask the local restaurants or small shops which to visit, depending on the village you are staying in. Specific food and wine tours are organized all the time.

By all manners, you have to try Vinsanto. Not so much as a table wine than as a sweet dessert.

In someplace in Santorini, I heard that you could rent a seat in a small scuba boat, and you can explore the ruins at the bottom of the island sea. Well, don’t do it.

They informed me that it was abandoned as a project.

Hiking Santorini Greece - 10km From Thira to Oia

Get married there in Santorini

The island is famous for weddings and a splendid honeymoon location. Many people, literally around the world, go the island to get married and spent their sweet first days as a couple there.

If you like photography, the whole island is a set for cart postal shooting. Everything gets into the frame and looks dreamy.

The caves in Caldera were built as houses at first, from the first settlers due to their fear for pirates. Slowly, the villages of Oia and Fira sprung out.

Until today, villagers do dig caves into storing nets and their fishing equipment. But the old caves I mentioned before transformed to high-value houses.

The climate in these caves (yet luxurious) houses is excellent. Cool in summer and warm in winter.

Arched roofs of Santorini, have a specific and significant role in these Santorini buildings. They help to keep temperatures at normal levels, and they are part of the island’s scenery and particular characteristics.

Hiking Santorini Greece - 10km From Thira to Oia

Santorini Beaches

One of the top things to do is swim to the volcanic formatted beaches. Despite this magnificent beauty and views of Caldera, Santorini doesn’t have too many beaches. Of course, the ones she has been impressive. All are located around 10 to 12km from Thira (Fyra).

The famous beaches of Santorini are:

  • Red beach Santorini: Red and black volcanic pebbles. The water is warm.
  • Kamari beach Santorini: Next to Perissa.
  • Perissa beach Santorini: Black sand.
  • Perivolos beach Santorini: the Longest black sand beach of the island.
  • Vlychada: Regular, sandy beach well organized.
  • Agios Georgios beach Santorini: It is a well-organized beach, regular sand.
  • Monolithos beach Santorini: Mainly for families. It even has a playground.
  • White beach Santorini: It is a beach with black pebbles at the shore, with white-colored hills.
  • Ammoudi Bay beach: It is tiny but with excellent taverns.

There are no beaches on the road from Fira to Oia. Red Beach and Kamari beach are a couple of the most popular ones.

Where is the best place to stay in Santorini?

A wide variety of hotels exists in Santorini, along with a good range of apartments. Prices vary depending on the facilities and the location. Imerovigli and Oia are more expensive than, i.e. Pyrgos. You can always take a walk from Fira to Oia so you can easily choose either to stay.

Visitors will find a ton of apartments and hotels and studios to stay on the island. It depends on the taste, likes, and what you want to do or where closer to being.

Distances on the island are very logical, and hog bikes are everywhere with controlled speed for those who don’t drive cars nor bikes.

Just try to find the best price for a room with a view. It is the first thing you will see in the morning, and it will pay all its money in feelings. Try to find more budget-friendly hotels near famous beaches, like the Red beach or the Kamari beach.

Santorini hotels with private pool

How to get to Santorini?

Flights to Santorini

There are regular flights from many locations around Greece. Read the detailed posts mentioned in the ferries section to learn more.

Athens to Santorini ferry

Click and read the extended post with all instructions for Athens to Santorini ferries and flights.

Crete to Santorini ferry

Click and read the extended post with all instructions for Crete to Santorini ferries and flights.

Santorini Map

Things to Do in Santorini Greece
Map of the island

Covering an area of just 96 km2, Santorini is located in the southern Aegean Sea. It is a circular group of volcanic islands. The island is easy to drive through, and no particular traffic problems are encountered even in high tourist season.

The next island -relatively close- to Santorini, is Crete, which is the biggest Greek island.

It takes about 45 minutes to drive from one end of Santorini to the other (for example, getting from Oia to Akrotiri).

Santorini weather

The weather pattern in Santorini follows the generic one of Greece. Hot summer with lots of wind during August (particular characteristic of Cyclades islands), mild spring and autumn, chilly winter.

Nea Kammeni – Hot springs of Santorini

Take one of the many half/day trip boats from Santorini and visit the Nea Kameni island. This is part of the volcano. There is still smoke coming up.

There is ongoing volcanic activity under Santorini, so the temperature ranges between 86ºF and 95ºF (30°C and 35°C).

What is the best time to visit Santorini?

Easter is a charming time when it falls close to spring. In general May to October, the weather is beautiful and sunny.

In case you plan to get married in Santorini, then the popular months are June and September.

If you are on a tight budget, then prefer any month after winter: March, April, May, October, November, have reduced hotel prices. Though not all hotels are open, you can find a luxury suite in Imerovigli in May for 100 euro (much more expensive in the hot season).

If you plan to go in summer, book 5 to 8 months ahead!

Santorini nightlife

Nightlife in Santorini is robust but happens in particular places. You won’t find loud music and “wild clubbing” in Imerovigli and Oia. 

Fira (the capital), is usually the place all go for the bars and clubbing. However, there are beautiful beach bars in Santorini. Most are in Perissa and Perivolos beaches.

Since Santorini is known to be The Romantic Island (for some reason), you will find bars with a relaxed and chill-out atmosphere in Oia and Fira (mostly in Firostefani).

Taste everything in Santorini Greece

Yes, since you are there, do take your significant other and do watch the sunset. It’s like a ritual for all visitors. But don’t do only that.

There are numerous beaches, even with different sand colors (black, red), which are crystal clear Aegean water. Visit the museum of Prehistoric Thera and learn something unusual (which I will also not share) for the island and how back it goes in history.

But most of all, be aware. You will find that the island has a specific energy that seems to alter your energy to a higher level positively. You will indeed feel different from day one (or at least the day after unpacking).

Taste the white eggplants. Very delicious. And tomatoes, which are grown with almost no water (sounds like tomatoes from Malta actually), and cherry tomatoes.

If you want to launch your taste, ask for Fava, tomato-balls, codfish with garlic, and for sure, “chloro.” It’s goat cheese quite fresh. And finally, seek for “Melitinia” small pies.

Other than that, do explore. The island is not an adventure destination, and green is limited, but it covers all the rest as it is indeed an Aegean island. As you read, there are quite a lot and fantastic things to do in Santorini, Greece.

In our opinion, it is a must destination for everyone in the world.

10 of the Best Places in Europe to Visit in December 2019

10 of the Best Places in Europe to Visit in December

Are you planning your winter vacation and want to know the best places in Europe to visit in December? Did you know that 713 million tourists visited Europe in 2018—the majority of them in the summer months?

There’s no doubt that Europe is a great place to visit when the weather is warm and sunny. But what about winter in Europe? Is it worth visiting during the colder months?

Absolutely! Many would argue that European cities are stunning after a fresh snowfall. And with fewer tourists around, you’ll enjoy shorter lines (maybe even discounted rates) at many attractions.

From skiing in the Alps to chasing the Northern Lights across Scandanavia, there’s no shortage of amazing activities at the outdoors during the wintertime. With countless historical sites, museums, bars, and cafes, there’s plenty to see and do indoors too.

The only thing left to decide is where to plan your winter destinations in Europe vacation. In this post, we’ll reveal our pick for the best places in Europe to visit in December.

Ready to feel inspired? Read on to discover your ideal European winter destination. Also, read about the places in Europe where the temperature is warmer.


Copenhagen Denmark: Exploring The City Marvels

Copenhagen (in Denmark) is ranked the 7th most expensive city in the world, making it off-limits for many travelers. But if you’re headed to Europe in December, add this beautiful Scandanavian city to your list.

Tourism drops off during the colder months—and so do the prices. Many hotels, restaurants, and tourist attractions offer discounted rates, making it one of the best places in Europe to visit in December.

As the birthplace of Hans Christen Andersen, you’ll quickly see why Copenhagen inspired so many fairy tales. The colorful architecture of Nyhavn looks even brighter against the snow. And the Tivoli Gardens and winding, frozen canals look almost magical in the muted winter light.

When you need to warm up, head into any bar, and grab a glass of Glogg, a spicy red wine served hot. If it’s in your budget, book a 20-course meal at Noma, one of the world’s best (and most expensive) restaurants.

Explore these family-friendly tours in Copenhagen.

Dublin, Ireland

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Rock of Cashel

The Emerald Isle holds unique appeal during the winter months when its cozy pubs are extra warm and inviting (read the post for seven days in Ireland itinerary).

Every year on December 21, the capital hosts the “Smashing Times City of Dublin” Parade. This colorful extravaganza is a celebration of the winter solstice and a party you can’t miss.

Speaking of parties, stick around until New Year’s Eve when Dublin goes wild with holiday events. Enjoy Luminosity, a spectacular 3D light show, or get into the rhythm with the world’s most massive Celtic drum concert.

Want to keep the good times rolling all night? Walk into any one of Dublin’s 700 pubs for a pint of your favorite malted beverage.

When in Dublin, here are some guided tours to do.

Venice, Italy

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Bridge of Sighs

Over 600 cruise ships dock in Venice every year, unleashing 30 million tourists upon the glorious sinking city. If you want to avoid the teeming masses and have the town all to yourself, book a ticket to Venice during winter.

Nicknamed La Serenissima (“The Serene”), Venice becomes quite peaceful and quiet when the weather turns colder. The famous canals become enshrouded in mist, and the narrow alleyways are empty and hauntingly beautiful.

Enjoy the rare chance to see St. Mark’s Square and Cathedral without the crowds. Take a day trip to the nearby island of Murano and visit an ancient glass-blowing factory. On a clear day, you’ll be able to see the snowcapped peaks of the Dolomites in the distance.

Bonus tip: The winter bring Venice’s “acqua alta” or high water season. Bring a pair of wading boots in case the high tide creates some localized flooding around the city. Here is the post for two days in Venice itinerary.

If you are looking for a guide or small groups to take you around then see these.


10 of the Best Places in Europe to Visit in December

Is there anywhere in Europe where the sun shines during the winter? Yes!

Although it’s cold and dry, Granada (in Spain) is sunny virtually every day of the year. Book your tickets to the Alhambra well in advance and enjoy your tour of the stunning Moorish castle without hoards of tourists.

Granada is the gateway to the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s highest mountain range. The peaks are often covered in snow year-round and are a Mecca for snowsports during the winter months. The beautiful cities of Sevilla and Ronda are also nearby, providing plenty of opportunities for culture-packed day trips.

To warm up in the evenings, go on a tapas crawl and enjoy the delicious cuisine and wine of southern Spain.

Popular tours with a guide can be seen here.


10 of the Best Places in Europe to Visit in December

Ready to follow in the footsteps of the real Dracula? One of the best places in Europe to visit in December is Transylvania (country of Romania). Not one of your common places to visit, right?

Winter is the perfect season for a tour of the area’s legendary castles. Set against gray skies and bare trees, Bran Castle (the supposed home of Dracula) is sure to appear extra spooky.

Tour the medieval towns of Brasov, Sighisoara, and Vlad Tepes and enjoy learning about the region’s fascinating history. Take a romantic stroll through the beautiful village of Sibiu, which glows with festive lights each holiday season.

Or, for a unique experience, book a night at a hotel made entirely of ice!

Book ahead for the Draculas Castle.

Berlin, Germany

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Amazon sculpture in Berlin

Germany is known for its Christmas markets, and Berlin alone has over 60 of them. This exciting city comes to life over the holiday season, when twinkling lights take over virtually street and square.

But Berlin’s appeal goes far beyond its spectacular Christmas markets. Sign up for a free walking tour and watch as Berlin’s history comes to life. You can even drive an authentic Trabi car along the old Berlin wall.

If the weather is too cold outside, Berlin has an impressive 175 museums to entertain and educate you. From World War II history to contemporary art, there’s a museum for every interest and taste.

Speaking of taste, warm up those cold German nights with a glass of hot mulled wine or a visit to a beer garden (Biergarten).

Explore Berlin with a Third Reich and Cold War Walking Tour.

Prague, Czech Republic

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The Astronomical clock

Perhaps one of Europe’s most romantic cities, Prague is especially magical during the months of winter.

Fresh snow on the St. Charles Bridge and the medieval church spires of the Old Town is a sight you’ll never forget. At night the city lights glow off the ice and frigid, slow-moving waters of the Vltava River.

Prague has some of the best Christmas markets in Europe, but there’s plenty more to see and do. Sign up for a ghost tour of the city’s creepiest sites, or take a day tour to the fascinating “bone church” of Kutna Hora.

If creepy isn’t your thing, stick with a tour of Prague Castle or the beautiful St. Vitus Cathedral. Czechs drink more beer (per capita) than any other nationality, so do as the locals do and grab a pint at any pub.

Taste the Bohemian food with locals.

Interlaken, Switzerland

10 of the Best Places in Europe to Visit in December

What Queenstown is to New Zealand, Interlaken, is to Europe. This “sports capital” offers endless thrills to outdoor enthusiasts, especially during the wintertime.

Surrounded by mountains and glaciers but nestled right on the shores of Lake Interlaken, this alpine town is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Skiing and snowboarding are staples here, but that’s not all there is to do.

Adrenaline junkies can go paragliding, bungee jumping, and skydiving, even in the dead of winter! If you prefer to stay on the ground, rent a pair of snowshoes or take a leisurely cruise across the lake. Here is a post for what to do in Switzerland.

Book ahead for the day trip to Jungfraujoch.

Rovaniemi, Finland

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If you want the ultimate winter experience in Europe, head north—and keep going.

Lapland is Finland’s northernmost region, the majority of it sitting above the Arctic Circle. The capital city, Rovaniemi, is known as the “official” residence of Santa Claus. As you might expect, there are rides with sleighs, reindeer, and an entire Santa-themed village.

That is also an extraordinary chance to see the Northern Lights in person. Just be sure to bundle up, as December temperatures are rarely above freezing.

No matter how cold it gets outside, don’t worry—you can stay warm and look cute during your visit.

Go after the Northern Lights Hunting With Lappish BBQ.

Athens, Greece

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Is all this talk of snow and ice making you cold? Don’t worry—you don’t have to freeze if you visit Europe during December. This lengthy post describes more than 40 things to do in Athens, and this one describes all the day trips from Athens.

Winter is an ideal time to visit the Greek capital, without the hoards of summer tourists. Stroll around the Acropolis and other ancient sites and enjoy having them (mostly) to yourself.

The air tends to be cleaner this time of year, too, and prices drop all over the city. Temperatures remain comfortably in the 50s throughout the winter season, which means you can leave your snow coat at home!

Get on an Athens Food Tour!

The Best Places in Europe to Visit in December: Now You Know

From December through March, Europe transforms into a winter wonderland.

Don’t let the shorter days and cooler temperatures deter you. Winter in Europe is the ideal time to visit many destinations. From Christmas markets to sleigh rides to steaming mugs of hot chocolate, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Now that you know the best places in Europe to visit in December, what’s next? All that’s left to do is find a flightbook a room, and start packing!

Are you lucky enough to be visiting Europe during the holiday season? Click here to learn which European cities take Christmas to a whole new level.

Secret: Things To Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

We were wondering on what are the things to do in Bern Bern (Berne), Switzerl and enjoy it? You know, travel bloggers do Google around too to get ideas from other travel bloggers and websites, so to draw an action plan.

We did our homework in order to make the best out of 2 days in Bern. You know what? Bern was really promising prior to getting there and proved fantastic being there too.

Bern is a destination to experience one of the most wonderful European Christmas markets.

The old city of Bern is a Unesco World Heritage site.

What is there to see in Bern Switzerland?

Bern, Switzerland offers a variety of activities to participate in. The place is beautiful. It is a place where lots of fun is available and a destination good to blow off some steam.

Therefore, if you are wondering what to do while in Bern, Switzerland, here is a list of activities that you can take part in. Bern has a variety of sites to visit, some of which are listed below.

We visited almost all of them, so enjoy the photos.

What to do in Bern: The Old City

One of the primary attraction site that you can visit in Bern, Switzerland is the Old City of Bern.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The old city of Bern is the federal city of Switzerland and the capital of the Canton of Bern, which is located on the Swiss plateau between the Jura and the Alps.

The Old City was founded in the 12th century and situated on a hill that is surrounded by River Aar. The city has experienced tremendous growth over time.

Below is the Bern Minster. You can get to the top of it and have a really nice view of the city of Bern.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days
Bern Minster

We got up there and really got some great views of the city.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days
Bern Minster

Berne has developed along the lines of exceptionally coherent planning principles.

The establishment of Bern reflects the slow conquest of the site by urban extension somewhere between the 12th and 1st century hence making the place an impressive example of the high middle ages about the foundation of a city.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The features of the town were later modified to imitate the 16th century.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The old city of Bern is a clear example of a city that has been able to conserve its medieval urban structure while responding to overtime to the increasingly complex functions of a capital city of the modern state.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The city has been able to maintain its authenticity for so long hence making the city even more attractive to visit.

What to do in Bern: Historical Museum of Bern

Another exciting place for you to visit while in Bern is the Bern National Museum, which is one of Switzerland’s most significant art historical museums.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The museum has permanent collection features that highlight different fields from archaeology to prehistory and early history as well as ethnography.

The temporary exhibition has a wide range of innovative, creative presentations displayed, which covers approximately 1,200 square meters.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The museum has many ways to show its exhibits including audiovisuals.

Bern Historical Museum is also called the Einstein Museum and is well known for presenting the life of the famed physicist in an exhilarating way within the context of world history.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

In addition to all this, the museum has an extension, called the Kabus that was created in 2009 which complements the museum park perfectly regarding architecture.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

Despite its modern shape, the place still represents a fascinating contrast to a castle built in late 1894. All these features of the museum give it the perfect spot to visit while in Switzerland.

If you like museums then additionally visit the Zentrum Paul Klee. The museum is dedicated to the artist Paul Klee, and is designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano.

What to do in Bern: Zytglogge

The Zytgogge is a landmark medieval tower in Switzerland that was built in the 13th century.

This tower has served the city as a guard tower, prison clock tower and Centre of the urban life and as a public memorial. It is located in the old town of Bern.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The clock tower (zytglogge) was the first western gate of the city, somewhere between 1191 and 1256 and with its famous astronomical calendar clock that was built in 1530, is now one of the main attractions of Bern and among the oldest watches in Switzerland.

It has served as the master clock for the city of Bern and hence set the standard.

What to do in Bern: Baren Park

You can start your afternoon with a visit to Baren Park, which is also known as Bern Bear Park.

This park is known far beyond Switzerland as it consists of bears in the park.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

From the year 2009, the bears in the park have a modern 6,000 square meters park at their disposal, which they can easily access through a tunnel.

Ever since 1513, bears have been at home in Bern up until 1857, then they were relocated in the bear pit and then since 2009, in the new and spacious bear park.

The site on the banks of the Aare stretches from the former bear pit opposite the old town to the river. The entire bear pit is now wheelchair friendly all thanks to a lift.

This park, being listed as a federal cultural asset of national significance, remains at the bear’s disposal. If you wish to go round the old pit as well as the new pit, you are presented with the opportunity to do so.

As a tourist, you can be provided with guided tours after you have booked your reservations whereby you will be learning plenty of interesting things concerning the history of the bear park.

The Einsteinhaus

The Einsteinhaus is a museum as well as a former residence.

That building is located on Kramgasse no. 49 in Bern Switzerland.

One of the flats on the second floor was occupied by Albert Einstein, his wife Mileva Maric and their son Hans Einstein from 1903-1905.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

The Annus Mirabilis papers, which contributed significantly to the foundation of quantum physics, were written down here while he worked at the federal Institute of intellectual property.

Everything that was in the house including all the furniture’s is still in place on the second floor of the building.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

This includes all his life’s work, and his biography is still in the apartment. So if you are more into gaining more knowledge as you explore, this is the perfect place to visit.

Things to do in Bern: Bundeshaus

The federal palace refers to the building in Bern as the Swiss general assembly and the national council.

The structure consists of a central assembly building and two wings housing government departments and a library.

What to Do in Bern, Switzerland in 2 Days

Although the Bendeshaus is Switzerland’s seat of government, it also offers a wide range of entertainment and even opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

The Switzerland parliament was built by the plans of the architecture and was completed in the year 1902. The place also consists of a lot of symbolic depiction of Swiss history.

After undergoing extensive renovations, the seat of the Swiss government has been gleaming with new resplendence since 2008.

In case you want a guided tour of this lovely visit, all you need is to make your wish be known in advance.

This is perfect to visit if you’re going to learn more about the federal government of Switzerland.

What to do in Bern: Rose Garden

The rose garden is a beautiful park filled with flowers of all kinds giving it a unique sense of comfort if you visit the park. The garden offers the perfect place to unwind and feel at ease with yourself.

The rose garden features a restaurant in a prime location and a beautiful view of Bern. The garden is a large park with a beautiful view of the old town and is a loop.

One of the funny and interesting things in this garden of Bern is the bench was Einstein was sitting and “smelling the roses”.

There is a different kind of roses, almost closest to 220 types of irises and moor beds with 28 different types of rhododendrons.

From 1765 to 1877 the rose garden served as a cemetery, but as time went by from 1913, the rose garden became a public park resplendent rich with the beauty of flowers and a pond.

The rose garden also has a pavilion and reading garden, which provides a perfect place to relax.

Wondering on what do in Bern in your visit? There are around 20 guided tours to choose from if you don’t want to plan all by yourself. Follow this link. 

Check for prices on accommodation when you decide what to do in Bern, Switzerland from here and here. Always get travel insurance!

Hiking and Riding

The above places are not the only activities you can involve yourself in a while in Bern, Switzerland.

You can enjoy other quite exhilarating activities. There is a wide range of places that you can choose to hike, and you will be guaranteed an adventure that you will always remember all your life for you and your family or friends.

Some of these places that you can choose from are the Eiger trail and get to have the Swiss Alpine experience trail.

Another area is the Napf region, which offers the Emmentaler ridge walk.

The ViaSbrinz, which is the Grimsel PassHandegg mule track. The place also has Hohturli, which is the Griesalp Oeschinen.

Finally, yet importantly, there is the way of St. James Schwarzenburg all of which have amazing experiences while hiking.

All these places will give you the perfect opportunity to bond with your family. The good thing about them is that you will also have a chance to exercise your body!

Things to Do in Bern, Switzerland: Conclusion

A good thing about Bern is that you can cycle around the city and get to see all the historic sites and all those breathtaking views that will blow off your mind.

You can do all this on your own will at your own pace without being dragged behind by people.

Also, Bern in Switzerland has excellent restaurants that you can visit and dine with your group. Their menus are finger-licking good.

These restaurants will give you an opportunity to experience the culture of the Swiss people, which I am quite sure you will find interesting, and you will enjoy it.

Aside from this, the accommodations offered are of first-class depending on the choice you make. You will also note that Swiss people are amiable and will make you feel at home even though you are a foreigner or rather a tourist who is ready to explore.

All you have to do is to book a flight and make this your destination, and we promise you; you will thank us later after you see all that the country especially the city of Bern can offer.


These guides around Bern, for kids and adults can be really useful.

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    Search no further. Here is the complete guide for your Corfu Island holidays in Greece.

    The Greek island of Corfu or Kerkyra (or Korkyra), as it is locally known, is a popular holiday destination in Greece. It belongs to the Ionian islands group.

    The majority of the visitors to our shores are young people on vacation and older citizens who appreciate the beautiful things in life.

    That island is a place where class and style exist to a whole new level.

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    Corfu island is located off the Greek coast and is second in size when compared to other islands of the Ionian sea and is a big island. So there are lots of things to do in Corfu.

    A town bearing the same name is within the island.

    In the article, we examine the various sights and activities to enjoy in this beautiful part of Greece.

    What is Corfu Island’s history?

    The island is very rich in History. If you are a fan of Homer, you may have come across the place under a different name. Odysseus, during his wanderings, fleeing from an avenging sea deity- storms shipwrecked Poseidon.

    His ship was stranded on the shores of Scheria, a land of seafaring people. Rescued by the beautiful daughter of the King-Alkinoos, he found some measure of comfort in the Land.

    The descriptions given by Homer may well be about this island.

    Another legend mentioned that Poseidon named the place after his lover Korkyra.

    He brought her to live on the island. The name Corfu was derived from her. These two stories portray ancient Greek knowledge of the place.

    However, this is an island strongly influenced by the Venetian culture, which can be found all over the island!

    What are the Things to do in Corfu island, Greece?

    There are tons of things to do, and the high point of them are the numerous beaches of this island. You will not have time to get bored during your Corfu island holidays.

    The island has been a source of inspiration to artists and writers for hundreds of years. Among the admirers was William Shakespeare.

    It is said when he created the fairy tale kingdom in Tempest; he had the Corfu in mind. The serene environment on the island has heightened the imagination of art lovers and conquerors alike.

    You are bound to see Venetian, Greek, British, French, and Ottoman influences when you walk through the town or visit the Museum. Art and Class will always be a key pillar in Corfu.

    What are the Best Beaches in Corfu island?

    The island has functional topography. The beaches are excellent, and the coastline is accessible by boats and other water vessels.

    Things To Do in Corfu Holidays Greece - Complete Guide

    Corfu enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate, which is advantageous to vacationers as they can bask in the sun for an average of 9 hours daily.

    That sums up to 3000 hours in a year.

    For beach lovers, the best places to hang out are in the south, where the beaches are smooth. The north has rocky shores, and the sands are filled with pebbles.

    Things To Do in Corfu Holidays Greece - Complete Guide

    Just imagine that there are around 60 beaches in Corfu. Most are sandy beaches. Here are the 35 best beaches on Corfu island:

    1. Acharavi
    2. Agia Triada
    3. Ágios Geórgios Págon & Afiónas
    4. Agios Georgios South
    5. Alipa
    6. Ambelaki
    7. Apraos or Kalamaki
    8. Arillas
    9. Agios Gordios
    10. Benitses
    11. Dassia
    12. Agios Petros
    13. Drastis
    14. Ermones
    15. Agios Spyridonas
    16. Gardénos (Paralía Gardénou) & Megáli Lákka
    17. Glyfada
    18. Halikoúnas
    19. Ipsos
    20. Íssos
    21. Kalami beach
    22. Kanoni Kassiopis Beach
    23. Kavos
    24. Kontokali
    25. Liapadon Beach
    26. Logga beach
    27. Longás (aka Perouládes)
    28. Marathiá/Agía Varvára
    29. Mesoggi
    30. Myrtiotissa
    31. Paleokastritsa
    32. Paradise Beach
    33. Platakia
    34. Roda
    35. Sidari Canal d’Amour

    The beaches are conducive for basking in the sun and a host of other sporting activities. The shores are shallow, and swimmers will enjoy the warm waters and low tides during the day.

    Activities such as water polo, beach volley, frisbees, water skiing, and others are every day. A walk through the beach and staring into the sea is also an enjoyable pastime.

    What is Corfu island Know For?

    How Old is Corfu Old Town?

    The Old town of Corfu is a UNESCO World Heritage site!

    Things To Do in Corfu Holidays Greece - Complete Guide
    Old town

    If you are in the city, a visit to Corfu Saint Spyridon Church can be enjoyable.

    The church is rooted in the island’s history. It was named after the island patron Saint, who is believed to have played a role in averting some major misfortunes in mainland Greece.

    The museum of Asian art in the town has a lot to offer, expect to see some precious artifacts from ancient times.

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    Museum of Asian Art

    The archaeological museum of Corfu is another place to visit. You will be surprised to learn the earliest visitors to the island were the ancient Egyptians. There is a lot of history to absorb.

    The town itself is beautiful, and the citizens are very welcoming.

    Corfu Greece

    You can take a trip to the Old Harbor and check out Corfu Fortress of Saint Mark.

    Corfu Greece

    The purpose of the fort was to protect the town against enemy incursions during the old days. Now it represents the strength and tenacious nature of the people who lived then and now.

    Enjoy some coffee in the many Cafes along the streets.

    Other places to check out are the Mon Repos Palace and the Spaniada. Both are fascinating examples of classical architecture.

    The town is a mix of the ancient and modern worlds.

    If you like museums and want to get deeper in history through in Corfu island holidays, make time also to visit:

    • The Andivouniótissa (Byzantine) Museum in Mourágia district
    • Mon Repos villa-museum at Paleopolis
    • The Sapounopoiïa Patouni/Patounis Soap Factory
    • Museum of Music in Corfu town
    • The Sea Shell Museum at Benitses village
    • The Sinarades Folklore Museum
    • The Solomos Museum in Corfu town
    • The Spianada Square
    • The Casa Parlante in Corfu town
    • The Gardiki Castle at Matheos village

    Achilleion Palace (Sisi Palace)

    The palace is built in Gastouri (Γαστούρι) on the Island of Corfu for the Empress Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi. That is 10 km SW of the town of Corfu.

    There is a guided tour (mainly for groups) that includes Achilleion Palace, Kanoni, and Old Town.

    Corfu Greece

    The palace was built by Empress Elizabeth of Austria. She is also known as the sad queen Sissy.

    Corfu Greece

    Elizabeth was the younger daughter of the Duke of Bavaria, and the Emperor of Austria.

    Achilleion decoration was supervised by Elizabeth itself. Her admiration for classical Greece is seen all over the Palace (interior and exterior).

    Lots of statues of ancient philosophers, ancient gods, and heroes are seen all over.

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    Sculpture of wounded Achilles

    Dive into the Blue Caves of Corfu Island

    Do not miss the Blue Caves in your holidays.

    You will be taken there by boat to marvel at the watercolors.

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    Blue Caves

    Scuba Diving Corfu island

    Corfu is popular when it comes to scuba diving locations in Greece.

    The best dive sites are around Paleokastrítsa, Othoní, or Paxí islets and the northeast coast.

    Popular diving destinations are:

    1. Agni Reef
    2. Kavo Varvaro
    3. Caparelli
    4. Kassiopi

    Horse Trekking in Corfu island

    Corfu is also ideal for horse trekking. At the village of Ano Korakiana, you will meet British born Sally Lewis, who acquired her horse skills managing a cattle ranch in Wyoming for ten years.

    Sally’s love for animals in general and horses, in particular, was one of the factors that led her to Trailriders, which she has owned for the last twenty-two years.

    Read more about horse trekking from this post.

    Hiking the Corfu Trail (220 km)

    The nature trails are some of the best in the world. The Corfu Trail is rated among the most splendid in Europe and is 220 kilometers long.

    Corfu Greece

    A walk through this route will avail the best features the island has to offer. If you prefer to be alone when hiking, the trail is quite some distance away from the tourist resorts and hotels.

    Corfu Greece

    Chances are you will bump into a few fellow hikers only. It is advisable to hike at the peak of summer to enjoy the sights in all there splendor.

    Visit the Nearby Islands of Paxοs and AntiPaxos

    The islands are very close to Corfu, and you can visit them as part of a day trip tour. Click here for the tour.

    Visit the Islet of Pontikonhsi (Mouse Island)

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    Islet of Pontikonhs

    That is the landmark island of Corfu.

    A small green islet positioned ad the entrance of Chalikiopoulos lagoon.

    Take the small boats that depart from the small harbor next to the Vlacherna Byzantine Church (seen below).

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    Vlaherna Monastery

    Many confuse the name of the islet with that of mice (Pontiko means mouse in Greek).

    However, that is not the truth.

    The actual meaning is “Beautiful island.”

    Another legend claims that the island of Pontikonhsi was the ship of Ulysses, turned to stone by Poseidon.

    Explore Corfu Island Villages

    There is a good number of villages where you can experience the actual Corfu “colors.” These are:

    Palea Perithia: A community holding steady from the Venetian Era. Visit the “Agios Iakovos O Persis” church (translates to Saint Jacob the Persian). The church comes with very vivid frescoes, and the village is part of the Corfu TRail route.

    Kassiopi: A massive mass-market resort. This location was a resort since Roman times. Tiberius built a villa there, while Nero paid a musical kind of visit. There is a castle, where the path to it starts next to the medieval Kassopitra church (build on top of old Zeus temple). You have options to visit the nearby beaches of Kalamionas, Pipitou, Bataria, and Kogevinas (known as Sykia).

    Sidari: The place is famous for the Canal d’ Amour. The location consists of sandstone cliffs that have changed to weird curvy shapes due to wind and water erosion. Legend says that women who desire to find the love of their life will do so if they swim along the canal.

    Paleokastritsa: Maybe the most picturesque village and beach. Fantastic color of waters next to the popular church of the Virgin Mary of Paleokastritsa.

    Get a Premium Guided Tour on Corfu Island

    Do you want everything planned and organized by locals? You need to know that Corfu is not a small Ionian island.

    Then a guided tour is the best solution for your case.

    Here is our recommendation for guided tours and trips near and on Corfu island.

    Where is Corfu Island? Corfu Map

    Corfu is in Greece and belongs to the Ionian group.

    Some also know it with the names of Kerkyra or Korkyra. Greeks call it: Kerkyra.

    It is not a small island.

    You need 2 hours just to go from south to north.

    Roads in villages are a bit narrow.

    With so many beaches to explore, do allocate quite a bit of driving time in your itinerary.

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    Corfu Map

    Corfu is an excellent pivot point, so to explore the Greek mainland too.

    The ferry from Corfu takes 1.30 hours to the harbor of Igoumenitsa.

    Going from Athens to Igoumenitsa takes less than 5 hours.

    From there (and using the newly delivered Ionian Highway), you can reach a huge part of West Greece in little time, moving downwards to Athens.

    If you choose to explore the North part towards Thessaloniki, then you can make plans to fly from there for your holidays.

    How to get to Corfu island?

    You can fly there, take the ferry or even by car.

    Flights to Corfu

    The airport of Corfu (names Ioannis Kapodistrias) is very close to Corfu town. You can fly there from Athens or Thessaloniki (serves direct flights and charters).

    These companies fly to Corfu (check per year). Use Skyscanner to check flight prices and subscribe to their price alerts.

    Domestic flights
    • www.skyexpress.gr
    • www.astra-airlines.gr
    • www.olympicair.com
    • www.aegeanair.com
    International flights
    • www.lufthansa.com
    • www.britishairways.com
    • www.airberlin.com
    Budget – Low Cost
    • www.transavia.com
    • www.ryanair.com
    • www.germanwings.com
    • www.easyjet.com

    Ferry to Corfu

    You can take the ferry from Igoumenitsa (closer to Corfu) or Patras. The ferry from Patras takes longer to reach Corfu, but if you choose to drive to from Athens, then you skip all the driving time.

    If you booked your accommodation closer to the South part of Corfu, then you better take the Igoumenitsa to Lefkimi ferry.

    In case you come to Italy then there are options from Brindisi, Bari, Ancona, or Venice in Italy.

    Always make sure to book ahead. This service for booking ferries in Greece is reliable.

    Where to stay in Corfu island?

    There are apartments, rooms to let, budget hotels, luxury hotels. Whatever you want, it is there. Best way to book? Choose booking.com, to check ratings and prices. Make sure to book 3 to 5 months before your trip.

    Corfu is excellent for family holidays.

    What else is Corfu Greece known for?

    Corfu is a vast island and has tons of things, but this guide is an excellent start.

    If you want to explore the island, you need ten days or more.

    You can see the dramatic Cape Drastis, visit the Saints Michael and George churches, watch the sunset at Loggas beach or explore the Gorge at Agni Bay.

    Corfu is a beautiful place to be.

    You will treasure the memories of the island when you go back home. It’s not just a place to holiday but also gives you a chance to grow mentally.

    The locals are friendly to all the people who visit the island. If you have saved enough, it is time to plan the trip of a lifetime.

    14 Tips for Backpacking Through Europe

    14 Tips for Backpacking Through Europe

    Are you backpacking through Europe? Solo backpacking travel is a romantic notion, one where you can meet people and discover a new culture. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as it seems.

    If you head off without planning, you might face frustration and disappointment along the way.

    Do you want your future trip to be a success? If so, read the 14 tips for backpackers below.

    You can make the most of your travel around Europe and turn your experience into a priceless memory.

    This is a post from our friend, Dylan.

    Form a Rough Schedule for Backpacking through Europe

    Do you like to wing it when you go on vacation? That’s easy to do on a weekend trip to the beach, but not an excursion around Europe.

    Form a schedule to determine where your journey will take you.

    Will you be away for a month? Create a four-week schedule with a summary of each day. For example, days one through six, you’ll be in Madrid.

    The next week, you’ll set up a home base in Lyon. Don’t forget to plan breaks and free-time. If you over-schedule, you may begin to feel overwhelmed.

    Review the Details

    If you have a passport, you can enter the Schengen Area, a zone of 26 European countries. Visit Poland, a country in Eastern Europe filled with medieval towns.

    You can also visit the Netherlands, known for its colorful tulips and windmills. While the UK is not part of this area, you can still attend without an additional visa.

    If you don’t have a passport, you’ll want to apply at least six months ahead of time — wait times can be tedious.

    If you’re on a tight schedule, you can apply for rush processing, which costs extra.

    You should also purchase travel insurance for backpackers, which can cover the cost of canceled flights, lost luggage, hospital stays, and more.

    Create a Budget

    It’s easy to overspend on fun, food, and souvenirs when abroad. To save your wallet, have a specific budget.

    Set a total amount you can spend on the trip, including food, accommodations, flights, public transportation, entrance fees, and more.

    Then, set a dollar limit you can spend each day, for example, $75.

    Download a currency app to make the exchange rate easy to understand.

    Most places you visit will use the Euro, which equals $1.11 as of August 2019 — down almost $0.50 since 2008.

    You’ll be glad you created a budget when you are back. It’s not necessary to accumulate a pile of debt to have a good time.

    Lookup Local Events

    The goal of backpacking across Europe is to see something new. To get a taste of local life, look at events and festivals.

    If you only go to tourist events, you’ll miss the parade around the corner. Such activities enrich your experience and offer you a fresh perspective.

    In Western Europe, for example, you can visit the Tomatina festival. Last year, 20,000 revelers showed up to toss more than 30,000 pounds of tomatoes.

    Don’t forget to grab a pair of goggles before you go to protect your eyes from flying pulp.

    The event, which was inspired by a food fight between local children in 1945, costs only 10 Euros to attend.

    Learn Helpful Phrases

    You can’t always travel to a place where you don’t know the language fluently. However, you can still learn a few key phrases to get by.

    Think about your trip and what you might need to ask to get around. Go beyond the standard hello, goodbye, and thank you.

    Learn how to say phrases such as:

    • I’m lost.
    • Do you speak English?
    • Where is the hospital?
    • How much does this cost?

    You never want to end up in an emergency.

    Yet it’s still best to prepare for the worst.

    Look up the phone number for the local police. Keep a card with your allergies and existing illnesses on-hand.

    Think About Transportation

    It can be expensive to rent a car in Europe. If you can’t fit it in your budget, you’ll need to think about alternative transportation.

    The EU is known for its excellent transportation through public mediums.

    Once you learn how the system works, you can buy a rail pass that fits your agenda.

    Compared to the airport, train travel has no long check-in lines and extensive security screenings.

    If you don’t like trains, consider a bus or ride-sharing company. In a well-connected continent like Europe, you only need a Eurail pass to get around.

    Research Places to Stay

    When you’re not visiting historic sites or trying tasty foods, you’ll need a place to sleep.

    Booking a private room at a hotel is one way to travel, but it’s more expensive than other options. Hostels are popular with backpackers because they’re high-quality and affordable.

    Try no to book a room too far ahead of time.

    You’ll want a little wiggle room for changes in plans. If you’re going to hop from one country to the next, you won’t be held back by reservations. As an alternative, look for accommodations with free cancelation (hotels or hostels).

    If you need to switch plans last minute, you won’t be out of your payment.

    Know the Cultural Norms

    It’s essential to know the norms of the places you visit. You don’t want things to get lost in translation. Learn about locals and their customs to avoid causing offense.

    One well-known tradition is the siesta, the practice of afternoon naps in Italy and Spain. It’s common for shops to shut down while the locals’ rest.

    In France, you’re considered rude if you blow your nose in public.

    It’s also not a culture that values tipping — at least not compared to Americans.

    You never know what small detail can cause offense. It’s good to research where you plan to travel before you leave.

    Choose Buddies Wisely

    Although some people like to make travel buddies along their backpacking adventure, choose who you go with wisely.

    Arguments about living arrangements or what you’ll do during the day will quickly ruin a trip meant to be fun.

    It’s best to travel with someone you’ve known for a long time.

    You should be aware of how they live, what they’re interested in doing, and why they want to go to those countries.

    If your trip expectations don’t line up, find someone else or fly solo.

    Pack the Necessities

    Do you and your buddies have packing lists prepared? When you backpack through Europe, you only carry what you need.

    Don’t be tempted by bulky bags and suitcases. Instead, find compact travel backpacks. This option is perfect for those who plan only to bring a carry-on, where airlines regulate size to 22” x 14” x 9”.

    Pack a few pairs of pants and shirts, along with extra underwear. Most hostels have coin-operated laundry or dry cleaning services you can use.

    If you can’t find a laundromat, wash your clothes in the sink. When you wash them, you can lighten your load and make your journey easier.

    It’s also smart to stock up on dried goods. It is an easy camping hack that works for backpackers, as well. You’ll save money while avoiding the high expenses of eating out night after night.

    Ask for Recommendations

    It’s fun to research where to stay and what to see. However, don’t forget to ask for local recommendations when you arrive.

    They’ll know the best restaurants, attractions, festivals and more. Local recommendations always lead to authentic experiences.

    Sometimes, the best memories are the unexpected ones. The detours and twists you make on your trip. Be flexible during your trip, and you’ll be sure to have an adventure.

    Try Free Activities

    It’s easy to overspend on a backpacking trip through Europe. However, you don’t have to shell out cash to have fun.

    Look for free things to do in each country, like walking tours, historic sites, and museums. You should also research free festivals.

    You can also save money by booking accommodations with a kitchenette.

    When you prepare your food, you save the costly expense of eating out. Plus, something homecooked will hit the spot after a long day.

    Save a Little Cash

    It takes a lot of strategizing to determine where to stay, what to do, and how to get there. Don’t forget to save a little to splurge.

    Leave room in the budget for an occasional souvenir — like a replica of the Eiffel Tower or Big Ben t-shirt.

    You’ll be glad you picked up souvenirs when you return home.

    Each trinket is a memory you can relive. You can also pick up small gifts to hand out to friends and family.

    Backpacking Through Europe Scams Alert

    As a tourist, you’re a prime target for fraud.

    For example, in France, you’ll likely see the bracelet scam. Someone will offer you a bracelet, making it appear to be free. When you try to walk away, they’ll begin to demand payment.

    In another variation, one scammer distracts you with the bracelet while another picks your pockets.

    Tourists often lose money to things like:

    • Taxi scams
    • Phony charities
    • Debit card fraud

    Some restaurants try to trick tourists by charging higher costs for food.

    Others offer drinks without relaying the high price. Read up on common scams before you travel to protect yourself. Always be safe when you travel.

    Enjoy Your Backpacking Through Europe

    Your trip won’t seem fun if you sit and crunch the numbers too long. Take it easy with planning your trip.

    World nomads backpack to have fun. Before you leave, follow the travel tips above to prepare.

    If you need some help, reach out to a travel guide. While on the road, think about which city in Europe you want to visit next.

    Author Bio:

    21 Hidden Dangers of Traveling and How to Account for Them

    Dylan Bartlett, aka, “The Regular Guide,” writes about a variety of topics on his blog. Check out Just a Regular Guide for more, or follow him on Twitter @theregularguide for frequent updates!

    Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. for Sports Fans

    Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. for Sports Fans -
    Photo by Chanan Greenblatt

    Sometimes you need to mix things up with your vacation and try out something or somewhere new.

    If you love sports, why not head somewhere to specifically celebrate your favorite sports? From iconic venues to museums, there’s definitely no shortage of things to do.

    So, where should sports lovers of all kinds head for a vacation?

    New York, New York

    In general, New York City has a lot to offer. But it’s also a sports lover’s paradise. It is the headquarters for several leagues like the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NFL.

    The city also has a number of professional teams, including the Yankees, the Mets, the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets, the Giants, the Jets, the Rangers, and the Islanders, among others.

    So it’s a great place to catch a game (or several).

    Even if you can’t catch a game, you could visit Yankee Stadium or Madison Square Garden just to check them out. Madison Square Garden, in particular, is home to the Knicks and Rangers.

    It also hosts several college basketball tournaments, pro wrestling events, and concerts. Additionally, tennis fans must head to the site of the U.S. Open, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

    Springfield, Massachusetts

    This is a more unconventional vacation spot, but it’s actually the perfect destination for basketball lovers.

    If you follow current NBA statistics and trends, then you probably have a pretty good idea as to who will make it into the basketball Hall of Fame someday.

    But for now, check out who’s already made the cut by visiting the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.

    The Hall of Fame museum attracts nearly 200,000 visitors every year. The museum celebrates everything about the game both in the U.S. and abroad.

    Pros, amateurs, coaches, and the WNBA are all represented. Besides interactive exhibits, there’s also the Jerry Colangelo “Court of Dreams,” where you can shoot some hoops.

    When you’re done at the Hall of Fame museum, check out some of the other things that Springfield has to offer. Visit Forest Park, the Springfield Science Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden (Dr. Seuss was born in Springfield), and the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

    Best Vacation Spots in the U.S. for Sports Fans
    Photo by Caitlyn Wilson

    Charlotte, North Carolina

    For NASCAR fans, Charlotte is where it’s at. The city is home to the NASCAR Hall of Fame, which features NASCAR history, famous drivers, interactive exhibits, classic and present-day cars, an iRacing simulator, and special events.

    With all there is to do, the museum is sure to please both NASCAR fans and non-fans alike.

    If you’re more into basketball and football, check out the Spectrum Center, where the Hornets play, and the Bank of America Stadium, where the Panthers play. In your free time, why not play some sports?

    Play tennis, basketball, or soccer at Freedom Park to get your blood pumping. Or, why not go for a hike at one of the many nearby hiking spots?

    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Back in the 1970s, the city was nicknamed the “City of Champions” for all of the championships that the Steelers, Pirates, and Panthers won.

    So it’s not only a great place to visit for current sports fans but also fans of sports history. One of the absolute must-tour museums in the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum, which is located in the Heinz History Center.

    The museum features interactive exhibits, sports memorabilia, and old game footage for a range of Pittsburgh sports.

    Additionally, if you can’t catch a Steelers game, you should at least tour Heinz Field to get a more in-depth look at the history of the Steelers and where the Steelers play.

    You can also tour PNC Park (where the Pirates play) and the PPG Paints Arena (where the Penguins play). And if you’ve got some time to kill, go for a bike ride in Frick Park or a boat ride in one of Pittsburgh’s three rivers.

    Sports lovers deserve a great vacation, too. One of the above spots is sure to meet your needs — and offer you a great time you’ll never forget.