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PERJANTAI, 07. ELOKUUTA 2020
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, BRAZIL

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The beautiful and environmentally protected archipelago of Fernando de Noronha lies in the equatorial Atlantic some 545km from Pernambuco, though it’s actually nearer to Rio Grande do Norte. Access is mainly from Recife and Natal. Boasting more than sixteen very clean and stunning beaches, it’s hard to beat for scuba diving – its clear water stretches down to a depth of 40m in places, with a white sandy sea bottom, plenty of coral, crustaceans, turtles, dolphins and a wide range of fish species and shoal types. The islands are also breeding territory for a number of tropical Atlantic birds.

European explorers first came here in 1503, and after a struggle between various powers, with the Dutch running the show from 1700 to 1736, the islands ended up under the control of the Portuguese in 1737. Lisbon considered the archipelago strategically important enough to build the Forte dos Remédios, of which only some remains can now be seen.

In recent years, the archipelago has become well known as an ecotourist destination. Most of it has been protected as a marine national park, created in 1988 in order to maintain the ecological wonders that have been preserved by the islands’ isolation from the rest of Brazil. The vegetation is fairly typical northeastern agreste, but the wildlife is magnificent: birdwatchers will be amazed by the variety of exotic birds, including several types of pelican, and you’ll be moved by the remarkable sight of thousands of dolphins entering the bay every day between 5am and 6am, viewed from the harbour.

The main island, Ilha de Fernando de Noronha, shelters plenty of stunning beaches. The water can sometimes be turbulent and not perfectly clear, but it is a fairly constant and very comfortable 28°C. The best beaches are probably Praia da Atalaia and Cacimba do Padre, and at Mirante dos Golfinhos you can watch dolphins leaping over the waves. A number of ecological trails allow good birdwatching, and several companies specialize in scuba-diving courses and trips, including  Aguas Claras, Atlantis and Noronha Divers. Various companies also offer boat trips around the archipelago, departing from the ports at the northeastern tip of the island and from the Bahia dos Golfinhos at the island’s southern end. Boat trips from the latter leave most days.

It's the perfect place to get away from the crowds and do very little at all. Not that there's a shortage of activities; hikes along deserted beaches, snorkeling with turtles and sailing cruises await those visitors who manage to get up off their towels.

 

TORSTAI, 06. ELOKUUTA 2020
PROVIDENCIALES

BEACHES Turks & Caicos: 5 All-Inclusive Resorts in 1

Providenciales, or Provo as it’s locally and universally known, is the commercial and touristic capital of Turks and Caicos. Located in the Caribbean, Providenciales is the most populated of all the Turks and Caicos Islands. With turquoise waters, white sand beaches, stunning cliff walls, world class reef diving and temperatures that are always warm, it is easy to understand why this is such a great destination. By far the busiest and most populated of the islands, it’s home to the country's major international airport and some relatively rampant development, from stunning all-inclusive resorts to rows of condos and the concrete shells of ill-considered ventures that never got off the ground. Its greatest attractions are miles of beautiful white-sand beaches, and the halo of reef that blooms in every direction. With that nature comes opportunities for diving, sailing, kitesurfing or just bumming on the beach. You may be tempted to stay beachside in a constant state of calm relaxation. However, allow yourself to take a day for fun activities. The ocean proximity, not only allows for sunbathing. It opens up a host of wonderful things to see and do when you visit Providenciales. Everything is modern and commercial because it's mostly new. There's no old town – just a few decades ago, this was all salt flats.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT PROVIDENCIALES

With a mild tropical climate, there’s never a bad time to plan to travel to Providenciales. There are a few helpful weather tips to know, which will help you decide the best time for your visit: March has the least amount of rain, while September to December sees the highest average of rainfall. If you’re looking for warm weather, but not too hot, you may want to avoid June to August.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO PROVIDENCIALES

The Providenciales International Airports (PLS) is the only airport in the Turks and Caicos that welcomes scheduled International Flights. Domestic Flights connections are offered by two local airlines to the other main islands in the country, on a daily and semi-weekly schedule.  All visitors require a valid passport and return/onward ticket to clear immigration in the Turks and Caicos. Many nationalities do not need a visa to enter the Turks and Caicos, including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Visitors and residents are allowed to bring in to the Turks and Caicos certain amounts of items without incurring customs duty. Once you arrive on Providenciales, you may pick up a rental car or take a taxi to your accomodation.

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND PROVIDENCIALES

Car Rentals, Taxis, Walking - Although Providenciales is a relatively small island at 38 square miles (98 sq km), getting around can be both difficult and expensive if you don't have a car. If you’d like to explore the island or see more than what is within walking distance of your accomodation, we recommend that you rent a car for at least part of your stay. Taxis are widely available on Providenciales, yet tend to be a bit expensive. The Turks and Caicos does not have any organized public transportation. On Providenciales, illegal and unlicensed 'jitney' taxis have taken the place of bus services. We advise avoiding these completely due to their erratic and dangerous driving, and occasional overinflation of rates charged to tourists. 

Rental cars and jeeps are the most cost-effective method of transport. Outside of the central Grace Bay region, attractions, restaurants and shops tend to be spread out across the island, with transit distances that are typically too far for walking. As is the case in the UK and many British Commonwealth countries, they drive on the left. Roundabouts are frequently used, and there are no stoplights anywhere in the country. The speed limit is 40 MPH on highways, and 20 MPH through settlements. Nearly all of the main roads on the island are paved.

 

 

 

 

THINGS NOT TO MISS IN PROVIDENCIALES

World-class golf courses
 • Princess Alexandra National Park
 • Casablanca Casino
 • Coco Bistro to catch performing arts with a regional flavor
 • Incredible snorkeling at the coral reefs
 • Parasailing over gorgeous waters
 • Day-trips by plane to other islands

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN PROVIDENCIALES

 

 

  • Beach House - All Inclusive Adults Only

Beach House - All Inclusive Adults Only is a small, Adults-Only boutique resort on Grace Bay Beach that offers its guests a fitness centre, outdoor pool and free WiFi connection throughout. Private parking is possible on site. All meals at the any of the resort’s restaurants as well as unlimited domestic and premium beverages at any of the resort’s restaurants, bars and swim up pool bar are included. All-inclusive access is also provided to sister resorts as well as complimentary shuttle between all three resorts. The accommodations feature equipped kitchenettes, balconies and terraces. The bathrooms are private and may either have a shower or a bath. The en-suite amenities include microwave, French press coffee service, and a TV set. Free use of resort amenities including exercise room, tennis courts, non-motorized watersports including water trampoline, snorkeling, kayaks, stand up paddle boards and sail boats .

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • The Somerset on Grace Bay

Located on the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, The Somerset offers luxurious suites and villas. This intimate Turks and Caicos resort has 2 oceanfront saltwater pools, a gym and onsite spa services. A flat-screen TV, CD/DVD player, and an iPod dock are found in all accommodation at The Somerset on Grace Bay. Rooms also have free Wi-Fi access and are decorated with tropical colors. A continental breakfast is provided every morning at The Somerset on Grace Bay. On-site dining options include Pavilion, offering globally influenced cuisine, and the Lunasea pool bar. The resort offers guests a range of activities and water sports, including snorkeling, sailing and windsurfing. Children can enjoy the free Caicos Kids Club. Horse riding and tennis courts can be found nearby nearby. Providenciales International Airport is around a 10-minute drive from The Somerset on Grace Bay.

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  • The Oasis at Grace Bay

Located in Grace Bay, 250 m from Grace Bay Beach, The Oasis at Grace Bay provides accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers a private beach area and a 24-hour front desk. The hotel offers a sun terrace.

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  • Villa del Mar

Villa del Mar features an outdoor swimming pool with hot tub and a garden. Free WiFi and free private parking are available. Villa del Mar’s air-conditioned rooms have a private balcony or patio. They feature a kitchenette with mini fridge, coffee maker, microwave, toaster and have a washing machine and dryer. The rooms offer private bathrooms with shower, toilet and free toiletries. Continental breakfast is included in the room rates. The property offers a welcome drink and organizes a weekly cocktail reception. A variety of restaurants can be reached within a 5 minutes’ drive. Salt Mills Shopping Plaza is a 15 minutes’ walk. Villa del Mar’s Tour Desk and Concierge Service organize guided eco tours, horseback riding and car rental. Activities in the vicinity include sailing, boat excursions, diving and deep-sea fishing. Turtle Cove and Smith’s Reef are a 10 minutes’ drive. Providenciales International Airport is 3 km from the property.

The swimming pool at or close to Villa del Mar

 

 

 

  • Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

Set in Grace Bay, 100 m from Grace Bay Beach, Bianca Sands on Grace Bay offers accommodation with free bikes, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a fitness centre. With a bar, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel has a garden and provides a terrace. The units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All guest rooms in Bianca Sands on Grace Bay are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. At the accommodation guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. You can play tennis at Bianca Sands on Grace Bay.

The swimming pool at or close to Bianca Sands on Grace Bay

 

 

 

  • The Palms Turks and Caicos

Located at the ocean front, The Palms features an infinity outdoor swimming pool, gym with personal trainer and spa and wellness center. Free Wi-Fi and free private parking are available. The rooms offer a kitchenette with coffee maker and refrigerator. Some of the features include safety boxes and DVD and CD players. The two restaurants at the Regent Palms’ serve Caribbean specialties. They also offer organic dishes and beverages as part of the fitness program. Guest can find a range of shopping facilities within a 5 minutes’ walk. The marina and a golf course can be reached within 10 minutes walking. Providenciales International Airport is a 15 minutes’ drive from the property.

A view of the pool at The Palms Turks and Caicos or nearby

 

 

 

  • Le Vele Resort

Featuring an infinity pool, this beachfront resort offers elegant air-conditioned accommodation with views of Grace Bay Beach and the Caribbean Sea. Le Vele Resort offers direct access to sandy Grace Bay Beach. There is also a fitness centre at the resort and Provo Golf Club is just 5 minutes’ drive away. All suites at Le Vele Resort have a balcony with spectacular sea views. Each includes a fully-equipped kitchen, a large bathroom with bath tub or shower and a TV with CD and DVD player. In-room amenities include free Wi-Fi, newspapers and continental breakfast. There is a shopping centre just 1 km away and guests will find bars and restaurants within 5 minutes’ walk of Le Vele Resort. Providenciales International Aiport is a 15-minute drive away.

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  • Sibonne Beach Hotel

Overlooking Grace Bay Beach this hotel offers an outdoor pool, which is adjacent to the full-service bar located on the property. The hotel also has rooms equipped with small refrigerators. Coffee making facilities and cable TV are standard in rooms at the Sibonne Beach Hotel. Rooms also feature tropical decor and large windows. Guests can dine at the Bay Bistro, with views of the tropical beach. The hotel also has private access to the Grace Bay Beach. The Sibonne is a 5 minutes’ walk of Ports of Call Shopping Centre. The Providenciales International Airport is 11 km from the hotel.

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  • The Yacht Club TC 

Located in Providenciales, 2.6 km from Grace Bay Beach, The Yacht Club TC provides accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool, free private parking, a fitness centre and a garden. All rooms feature a kitchen and a private bathroom. The property features sea views and a terrace. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a dishwasher, a microwave, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV and free toiletries.

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  • The New Grace Bay Suites

Situated in Grace Bay, 350 m from Grace Bay Beach, The New Grace Bay Suites features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. A tour desk can provide information on the area.

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PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN PROVIDENCIALES with KIDS

There’s so many fun and exciting things to do on Providenciales. Due to the beautiful marine environment of the Turks and Caicos, it's no surprise that everything shown here revolves around the ocean.

 

  • Go Snorkeling

The reefs around the Turks and Caicos are amazing, offering an abundance of sea animals, healthy coral and impressive walls. If diving isn’t for you, try one of the prime snorkeling spots found close off the beach or take a snorkeling boat cruise out to the barrier reef.

6 Exciting Things To Do In Providenciales, Turks And Caicos

 

 

 

  • Take a Boat Cruise to the Caicos Cays

There’s a wonderful collection of small cays between Providenciales and North Caicos, and these beautiful islands offer miles of spectacular and deserted white sand beaches. Discover perfect turquoise waters, snorkeling reefs, and the indigenous Turks and Caicos Rock Iguanas.

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  • Take a Day Trip to North Caicos and Middle Caicos

A thirty-minute ferry ride from Providenciales are the quiet islands of North Caicos and Middle Caicos. The two islands are less developed than Providenciales, and feature great landscapes, secluded beaches, old plantations, and Conch Bar Caves, one of the largest dry cave systems in the Caribbean. Many visit Middle Caicos just to see Mudjin Harbour, a majestic coastal landscape of beaches, cliffs and turquoise water.

A day trip from Provo to North & Middle Caicos Islands

 

 

 

  • Kayak or Paddle Board in the Wetlands

Amazing network of mangrove wetlands and tidal channels, and these pristine waterways act as the nurseries for many types of sea life. A guided excursion into these shallow wetlands will allow you to spot wildlife close-up in their natural environment. On a good day expect to see juvenile sharks and turtles, conchs, barracudas, bonefish, starfish, stingrays and birdlife.

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  • Parasail over Grace Bay

There’s a reason many parasail boats can be seen operating in Grace Bay every day: gliding at 200 hundred feet (60 m) in the air over Grace Bay is an amazing experience! Get a bird’s eye view of the beach, resorts, barrier reef and larger sea animals in the water below.

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  • Chalk Sound National Park

The incredibly-turquoise Chalk Sound National Park offers some of the most vibrant water you’ll see anywhere. This sheltered lagoon is home to hundreds of tiny islands, a vast blue hole underwater cave, a submerged plane wreck, and even the Turks and Caicos Rock Iguana. Two beautiful beaches are also located nearby: Sapodilla Bay and taylor Bay.

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  • Scuba Diving

There are so many beautiful and vibrant reefs to explore in the Providenciales. Sites spread across over 80 miles (129km) of barrier reef are regularly visited by dive boats from Providenciales. If you haven’t yet began to scuba dive, several local dive shops offer open water and DSD courses. Great dive spots are found in the West Caicos Marine National Park, at Northwest Point, in the Princess Alexandra National Park, and at the remote French Cay.

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  • Horseback Riding at Long Bay

Another great activity is horseback riding at the shallow turquoise waters of Long Bay Beach. Provo Ponies is the island’s primary stable, and their ponies and horses are well-trained and enjoy wading in the ocean just as much as the riders!

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  • Jet Ski on our Turquoise Waters

There’s no denying it, jet skis can be a lot of fun! There are so many spectacular places to explore in the Turks and Caicos. Take a guided trip to uninhabited cays, secluded beaches, the La Famille Express shipwreck, West harbour Bluff, and more!

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  • Relax on a beach

Providencia boasts some of Colombia’s most beautiful beaches: Playa Manzanillo, South West Bay, Maracaibo Bay and many more – all of the beaches on the island qualify as paradise! With perfect white sands and fringed by palm trees, Providencia’s beaches are as quintessentially Caribbean as any in Colombia.

 

 

 

  • Explore the island by golf buggy

The best way to visit all of those paradise beaches is to hire a golf buggy and ride around the island’s ring road, stopping along the way to swim, sunbathe and eat. Rental of a golf buggy costs around US$40 for 24 hours, so it’s as cheap a tour as you are ever likely to take! Just don’t have too many piña coladas.

Golf carts in Grand Turk ⋆ Love 2 Cruise!

 

 

 

  • Visit Crab Caye

This tiny little island just offshore from the mainland is a popular destination for tourists in Providencia, and with good reason. It’s a tiny little paradise with just a simple jetty and a basic restaurant. All there is to do is swim and snorkel in the sparkling blue waters, and hike to the highest point on the island for a breathtaking panorama.

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  • Hike to El Pico

The highest point on the whole island, El Pico might not seem like much of a hike, but it’s steep and the heat makes the climb a lot harder. Having said that, it’s absolutely worth the effort: the views are astounding, taking in practically the entire island, while the hike itself will take you through rainforest and past waterfalls.

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  • Explore the fort on Santa Catalina Island

The old colonial fort on Santa Catalina Island (a smaller island adjoining Providencia via a long bridge) is barely standing, but still boasts a number of old cannons, pointing out to sea to repel invaders. It’s a little slice of forgotten history – Providencia was one of Britain’s lesser-known colonies – and the views from the cannons are spectacular as well.

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TIISTAI, 04. ELOKUUTA 2020
JAMAICA "GET ALL RIGHT"

Jamaica is the Caribbean country that comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusives.

Even in a region as crammed with jewels as the Caribbean, Jamaica is a powerfully beautiful island. Jamaica begins with crystalline waters flowing over gardens of coral, lapping onto soft sandy beaches, then rises past red soil and lush banana groves into sheer mountains. Rushing waterfalls seem to erupt out of nowhere. Jamaican culture can be a daunting subject for foreigners to understand, but ultimately it’s a matter of appreciating this great green garden of a land and how its cyclical rhythms set the pace of so much island life.

While Jamaica's beaches are certainly alluring, this is a country to dive into, literally and figuratively. Beneath the waves there's great scuba diving and snorkeling, and you can float on the water too with lazy bamboo-raft trips (let someone else pole). The adventurous can go caving, or get their hiking boots on to explore the remote crags and forests of this crumpled landscape. You don't even need to be as fit as Usain Bolt to enjoy the hike through lush mountains to the top of Blue Mountain Peak.

With Bob Marley, Jamaica gifted us the first global superstar from the developing world. But he didn’t spring from nowhere – this tiny island has musical roots that reach back to the folk songs of West Africa and forward to the electronic beats of contemporary dancehall. Simply put, Jamaica is a musical powerhouse, a fact reflected not just in the bass of the omnipresent sound systems, but in the lyricism of the patois language and the gospel sounds from the island’s many churches. Music is life in Jamaica, and you’ll soon find yourself swaying along with it.

Like many aspects of Jamaican culture, the food is a creole, born somewhere between the Old and New Worlds. African spice rubs have evolved into delicious jerk, while yam, rice and plantain form the basis of rich stews, and fish abound in local waters. Throw in the astounding array of tropical fruits that seem to drip from the trees, washed down with a shot of rum, and you can see (and taste) how the Jamaican cultural story retains its original voice while adapting to the setting – and, of course, rhythms – of the Caribbean.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO JAMAICA

The best time to visit Jamaica is November to mid-December. That's when the island's already beautiful weather (ranging from mid-70s to the high 80s all year-round) is the most pleasant and the hotel and flight deals are the easiest to find. Rates are also cheap during the summer, but you'll risk the wrath of hurricane season. January to March is the peak travel season to the island – room rates can spike to more than $700 per night at some hotels.

 

November-December

In late fall and early winter, the Caribbean hurricane season tapers off, leaving behind sunny skies and average temps somewhere between 75 and 85 degrees. For the best value, try to get your vacation in before the mid-December holidays start (the threat of rainy season tends to keep prices down at most of the area's resorts ).

January-March

Beachgoers flock to Jamaica's shores at this time – particularly in late March for spring break – because the hurricane season is over and the temperatures are idyllic and breezy. But if you want to save some money and avoid crowds, don't plan your vacation for this time of year. If you're intent on visiting during these months, book your accommodations at least two to three months in advance.

April-June

Average temperatures rest between the mid-70s and high 80s, but the weather can be a little rainy. Given the mist, the golf courses and beaches are relatively quiet, and hotels offer incentives to visit in spring. Keep in mind that hurricane season technically starts on June 1.

 

July-October

Flights and room rates are at their lowest at this time of year since these months fall within hurricane season (in the past, Jamaica has experienced the brunt of hurricane season in late August and early September). If you choose to travel here during the summer, it's best to buy travel insurance should some inclement weather halt your vacation plans. Because this is Jamaica's tourist low season, many hotels operate with smaller staffs. This slow period is also when many properties complete construction projects. If you don't mind these caveats, you'll be greeted with uncrowded sands, restaurants and golf courses. Pack an umbrella and some rain gear just in case.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO JAMAICA

As one of the Caribbean’s most visited islands as well as a regional transport hub, Jamaica is well served by direct flights from North America, the UK and other parts of Europe. Most visitors buy packages that include flight, accommodation and airport transfers, but there are plenty of good flight-only deals available. The majority of airlines fly into Montego Bay, and some also land at Kingston – more convenient if you’re heading for Port Antonio or the Blue Mountains. Airfares always depend on the season, with the highest prices around December to mid-January, when the weather is best, and during the summer school holidays (July to early Sept). Fares drop during the “shoulder” seasons – November and mid-January to April (excluding Easter) – and you’ll get the best prices during the low season: May, June and mid-September to November.

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND JAMAICA

The best way to get around Jamaica is by taxi, whether you're coming from one of the airports – Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport (MBJ) is the most accessible to the tourist areas – or making your way around town. Renting a car is also an option, but driving on the left side of the road can be confusing, road signs are unhelpful, drivers can be aggressive and potholes are rampant. Many cruise lines, including Carnival, Celebrity and Holland America, make stops in Jamaica. They usually head for Montego Bay on the northwestern side or Ocho Rios in the northeast.

 

TAXI - Taking a cab or minibus will be the safest and most hassle-free way to get around Jamaica. But you should only take the official taxis that are operated by the Jamaica Union of Travelers Association (JUTA) or Jamaica Co-operative Automobile & Limousine Tours (JCAL), as indicated by the acronym on their vehicles. The most affordable taxis are communal "route taxis," which pick up at certain spots throughout the island and drive to certain locations. Look for the red and white license plates with "P" or "PPV" appearing before the number. Many taxi meters are broken, so agree on a price before accepting the ride. As for tipping, you should budget in 10 to 15 percent of the fare – more if you're traveling late at night.

BUS - You may want to avoid public buses in Jamaica, as they can be unreliable when it comes to their arrival times and are often subject to poor road conditions. What's more, the U.S. State Department is encouraging tourists to avoid them for safety reasons. Buses, however, are the island's cheapest form of transportation. The Jamaica Urban Transit Association operates a fleet of 450 yellow buses, with fares starting at 100 Jamaican dollars.

CAR - aving a car in Jamaica has its pros and cons. You'll get to explore the island on your own, but you'll have to suffer the lumpy roads, erratic drivers and scant road signs. Also keep in mind that you'll have to drive on the left side of the road. If you do want to rent a car, do so at the airport you fly into for reliable service and inventory. You can choose from familiar car rental chains like Hertz and Budget or local companies like Island Car Rentals.

 

 

 

 

 

 WHERE TO STAY IN JAMAICA

 

 

  • Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All Inclusive

Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All Inclusive has a fitness centre, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Spring Rises. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant, a water park and an outdoor pool. The accommodation offers room service, a kids' club and currency exchange for guests. All guest rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel all rooms have a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Ocean Coral Spring Resort offers a buffet or à la carte breakfast. The accommodation offers a children's playground. The area is popular for canoeing, and car hire is available at Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All Inclusive. Guests can enjoy playing billiards, tennis or sing karaoke, or take advantage of the business centre. Montego Bay is 44 km from the hotel, while Runaway Bay is 34 km from the property. The nearest airport is Sangster International Airport, 41 km from Ocean Coral Spring Resort.

A view of the pool at Ocean Coral Spring Resort - All Inclusive or nearby

 

 

 

  • Le Chalet Drax Hall

Le Chalet Drax Hall is situated in Mammee Bay and offers a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool and a garden. The air-conditioned accommodation is 18 km from Roscommon, and guests benefit from private parking available on site and free WiFi. The holiday home has 2 bedrooms, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an equipped kitchen with a microwave and a fridge, a washing machine, and 2 bathrooms with a shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. Staff at the holiday home are available to provide advice at the 24-hour front desk. A children's playground and a terrace are available for guests at Le Chalet Drax Hall to use. Ocho Rios is 10 km from the accommodation, while Runaway Bay is 18 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tinson Pen, 84 km from Le Chalet Drax Hall, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Boasting 5 swimming pools, water sport rentals and views of the Caribbean Sea, this luxury all inclusive oceanfront resort is 32 km from downtown Montego Bay. It features a children's pool and a water park. The spacious and elegant suites at Grand Palladium Jamaica Resort & Spa are furnished with a whirlpool tub and a balcony or patio. An iPod docking station and a minibar are provided, and free WiFi is available. Grand Palladium offers over 10 different dining options including Reggaetoni Restaurant, serving fine Italian cuisine. The Lotus House Restaurant specializes in Asian cuisine and drinks are offered at the Blue Lagoon Swim-Up Bar, located next to the main pool. The air-conditioned Boogie Woogie Night Club and the resort's theater are open every night. A kids club with games and activities is available during the day. A miniature golf course and a gym are part of this Jamaica resort. Guests can rent a car or bicycle to explore the island.

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  • AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica

AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica has a restaurant, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Kingston. This 4-star hotel offers a tour desk and luggage storage space. The hotel features city views, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour front desk. The rooms at the hotel are fitted with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. The units at AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica have air conditioning and a desk. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica offers a terrace. The hotel also provides a business centre and guests can check the newspapers at AC Hotel Kingston, Jamaica.

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  • Secluded Studio@Sky Castles, Columbus Heights, Ocho Rios

Located in Ocho Rios, within 300 m of Ocho Rios Bay Beach and 2.4 km of Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios, Secluded Studio@Sky Castles, Columbus Heights, Ocho Rios offers accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace. This apartment features a private pool, a garden and free private parking. The apartment comes with 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, and a patio with garden views. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. A car rental service is available at the apartment.

Secluded Studio@Sky Castles, Columbus Heights - Ocho Rios

 

 

 

 

  • Cartref Creative Cribs

Set in Port Maria, Cartref Creative Cribs offers a garden, BBQ facilities and terrace. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The units at the guest house come with a seating area, a TV with cable channels, a kitchen, a dining area and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, a shower and free toiletries. The rooms will provide guests with a wardrobe and a coffee machine. Ocho Rios is 33 km from Cartref Creative Cribs, while Roscommon is 30 km away. The nearest airport is Tinson Pen Airport, 67 km from the accommodation.

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  • Hillview At Mystic Ridge

Featuring a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and views of garden, Hillview At Mystic Ridge is set in Ocho Rios, 300 m from Ocho Rios Bay Beach. Around less than 1 km from Mahogany Beach, the property is also 3.4 km away from Dolphin Cove Ocho Rios and offers free WiFi. Each room is equipped with a balcony. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a fridge, a coffee machine, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the resort all rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Guests at Hill View Ridge Ltd can enjoy a à la carte breakfast.

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  • Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa All Inclusive

Located on the beautiful north coast, this all-inclusive beach resort features a full-service spa and the largest pool in Jamaica. A children's water park and a variety of water sports are also offered. Elegant tile floors, a whirlpool tub and a private balcony or terrace is offered in each room of Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort & Spa. Satellite TV and a minibar are included. A variety of international cuisine is offered in 10 different restaurants at the Lady Hamilton. Guests can relax at 13 bars, some with live music or poolside service. A games lounge, fitness center and mini-golf are all available to guests. A gift shop, business center and vehicle rentals are also open. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton is 8 minutes from downtown Lucea. Sangster International Airport is less than 35 km away.

 

 

 

 

  • Royalton White Sands Resort & Spa - All Inclusive

Royalton White Sands is a property set beach front in the White Bay. It offers a splash pool, direct beach access, free Wi-Fi and has a Diamond Club. The air-conditioned rooms offer satellite TV, minibar and a coffee maker. They also have an electronic safe deposit box and the bathroom provides toiletries and a hairdryer. Some units feature a hot tub, and all have a balcony or terrace. Guests at Royalton White Sands will enjoy room service and a variety of cuisines, like Japanese, Italian, steak and grill, buffet services, a sports bar and a café. The food services are provided 24 hours a day. The friendly staff at Royalton White Sands will help the guests with information about activities available. Montego Bay can be reached in a 30-minute drive, as well as Sangster International Airport.

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THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO VISIT IN JAMAICA

There are plenty of amazing activities and sights in Jamaica. From bamboo rafting down rivers to cliff diving and everything in between, Jamaica is the land of wood, water, and adventure. With the range of tourist attractions across the islands, hotels, historical sites, and hidden gems, you will never be bored. Here are some things to do & places to Visit in Jamaica.

 

  • Diving off Ricks Cafe’s cliffs

Rick's Cafe in Negril is one of the most popular tourist attractions and hot spots on the island. Rick’s Cafe is a restaurant and bar, and while the food is great, that isn’t the main reason why it’s so popular. At the edge of Rick’s Cafe is a 35-foot cliff that boasts one of the most beautiful sunsets in Jamaica. The cliff is also the place where people engage in the most heart-throbbing, nerve-racking cliff diving in Jamaica. Those who love adrenaline and adventure have even climbed to the top of trees, above Rick’s Cafe, and dived 80-feet into the water. It is one of the most popular activities among locals and visitors in Jamaica.

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  • Swimming with horses

At specific resorts in Jamaica, such as Half Moon, thoroughbreds are trained to swim in the water with guests on their backs. Many horses actually enjoy the water and their powerful legs have made them very good swimmers. Visitors can enjoy a ride through the Caribbean sea on a horse or engage in other equestrian activities, like walks on the beach or jumping.

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  • Hiking in The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are the longest mountain range in Jamaica and features majestic scenery and a lush forest. The mountains are the number one place in Jamaica where locals camp and hike. There are even a few hostels and inns nestled in the hills of the Blue Mountains that cater to hikers and campers. The Blue Mountains is also the home of the world-famous Blue Mountain coffee.

15 Best Jamaica Tours - The Crazy Tourist

 

 

 

  • Try the best Jerk Chicken in its home

Jerk Chicken has become the most popular dish that Jamaicans have created. Around the world, people have fallen in love with this style of cooking and have even tried to imitate the original markers and create their own jerk spices and sauces. But where better to eat jerk Chicken than the place where it was first made, in Portland, Jamaica? Portland has the best and most authentic Jerk Chicken in the world. Residents and chefs in the town have done their best to preserve the taste and methods that were made famous by their Maroon ancestors.

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  • Swim in the glistening waters of the Luminous Lagoon

The Luminous Lagoon stretches along the wetlands of Trelawny from the small community of Rock to the town of Falmouth in Jamaica. But what’s so special about this lagoon? In the 18th century, scientists discovered glowing microorganisms in the waters of the lagoon called dinoflagellates, which thrive in the layers where salt and fresh water combine. At night, the lagoon sparkles and glistens when disturbed, giving off a “glow in the dark” effect. Every night, there are boat tours from the Glistening Waters Marina to the lagoon where guests get a chance to swim in the luminous lagoon.

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  • Explore Bob Marley’s legacy in the Bob Marley Museum

Bob Marley is the most famous reggae artist that ever lived and one of Jamaica’s most known international icons. The legacy of Marley has been captured and put on display in the house where he lived in Jamaica from 1975 until the year of his death, 1981. The house, now known as The Bob Marley Museum features memorabilia such as his gold and platinum records, clothing, instruments, photos, and so much more.

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  • Swim with dolphins at the Dolphin Cove

Dolphin Cove Jamaica is the number one marine attraction on the island. The Marine Park essentially has three locations—Montego Bay, Moon Palace, and Ocho Rios, the Ocho Rios location being the largest and most popular. Visitors to Dolphin Cove get the chance to interact and swim with dolphins, sharks, and stingrays in their natural environment. The dolphins are trained to showcase water tricks and stunts and have a reputation for being charming and friendly towards guests.

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  • Climb the Dunn’s River Falls

The Dunn's river falls is one of Jamaica’s national treasures and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the entire Caribbean. The popular waterfall in Ocho Rios extends across more than 183 meters (600 feet). The falls is naturally terraced, like a giant staircase, which makes it perfect for climbing. Proper footwear is to be worn when climbing the falls (special shoes are sold on the property) and small children are advised not to attempt to climb without assistance from an adult.

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  • Go rafting on Rio Grande or Martha Brae

Rafting was made popular by Hollywood movie star and former resident of Jamaica, Errol Flynn, in the 1950s. The famous Jamaican activity involves rafts made of bamboo and transport typically two people down the streams of Jamaica’s popular rivers. The rafts are operated by licensed and experienced raft captains. Rafting is done along the Martha Brae River in Falmouth or the Rio Grande River in Portland.

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  • Bobsled through the Mystic Mountain

The Rainforest Mystic Mountain is the best place for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in Jamaica. Mystic Mountain offers guests a range of adventures, the most popular being bobsledding. Guests are transported to the 700-peak Mystic Mountain and go twisting down the mountain in a brake-controlled sled which runs on a track, similar to a rollercoaster. Other activities at Mystic Mountain involve canopy ziplining and SkyExplorer.

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  • Visit the Rose Hall Great House

The Rose Hall Great House in Jamaica is the most impressive and famous Great House on the island. The Jamaican Geogerian-style mansion is known for the tales of Annie Palmer—the "White Witch of Rose Hall. " Although the story of Annie Palmer has been proved to be fiction, the tale is still attached to the Great House and the story is a popular one, often recited by locals. The Great House features a museum, the “white witch gold course,” luxury villas, and miles of beautiful beaches.

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  • Watersports

Scuba diving and snorkelling are concentrated on the north coast, between Negril and Ocho Rios, where visibility is best. The state of the reefs is variable – pollution and aggressive fishing techniques have affected many areas, but there are still some gorgeous sites very close to the shore. The fish are nonetheless impressive, with multitudes of parrot, angel and trigger fish, as well as moray eels, turtles and the evil-looking barracuda. There are a handful of wreck dives – including several plane wrecks off the coast of Negril – and good trenches, overhangs and wall dives.

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  • Parasailing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, kayaking, glass-bottom boat rides and sailing

 are available at all of the major resorts. You can surf at Boston Bay and Long Bay in Portland and Bull Bay just east of Kingston, though board rentals are scarce. Deep-sea fishing is best around Portland, particularly during October’s Blue Marlin tournament. Fully equipped boats are available for rent in all the major resorts; though, at a starting price of US$900 a day, the pursuit of big fish doesn’t come cheap.

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  • River swimming

 River Swimming is idyllic in Jamaica, particularly in the Rio Grande in Portland, the Great River in Montego Bay and the White River in Ocho Rios. Dunn’s River in Ocho Rios offers the island’s ultimate waterfall climb, but there are plenty more cascades, many untouristed.

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  • Golf

Jamaica boasts no fewer than twelve golf courses, from the magnificent championship Tryall course near Montego Bay and the world-class course at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Rose Hall, just east of Montego Bay, to less testing nine-hole links in Mandeville, Kingston and Port Antonio. All are open to the public, except during tournaments. Green fees vary wildly from course to course, and there are additional charges for caddies, club and cart rental.

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  • Cycling

Cycling is surprisingly underpromoted in Jamaica. An alternative to demure processions aboard colour-coordinated resort cycles is a guided mountain-bike tour, available in the Blue Mountains; more serious mountain bikers should contact the St Mary Off-Road Biking Association (Smorba.com).

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WHERE TO EAT IN JAMAICA

At first glance you might think Jamaican cuisine begins and ends with jerk chicken and rum punches. But having a meal at any of these restaurants reveals the wide array of authentic food and flavors that represent a side of the island you never knew existed. I have selected 10 of the best restaurants in Jamaica for you to try.

 

 

 

  • Miss T’s Kitchen

This casual restaurants gives diners a full sense of the pride locals have over their country and people. The tropical setting provides the perfect backdrop for enjoying the restaurant’s curried goat, honey-fried chicken, or grilled lobster. They even cater to vegans and vegetarians with daily dishes that never substitute meat with flavor. Enjoy their ice-cold juices made fresh daily for the perfect elixir from the Caribbean heat.

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  • Scotchies

A trip to Jamaica is not complete until you’ve had jerk chicken, and the best place to get authentic jerk is at Scotchies. Upon arrival, you might see a line 20 feet long, but trust us, the wait is worth it. This is one of the best places to get a taste of history to go along with your spicy meal. The method for smoking meat on the logs of Jamaican allspice trees originated from the indigenous communities who were the first inhabitants of the island more than 500 years ago. Throughout the centuries, the jerk marinade has evolved to reflect the current population’s love for spicy, flavorful food. Be sure to order a side of roasted breadfruit, fried sweet dumplings called ‘festival,’ and an ice-cold Red Stripe beer for a truly authentic experience.

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  • Toscanini

It’s hard to imagine finding authentic Italian cuisine on an island 5,000 miles away from Italy, but Toscanini is as close as it gets to the real thing. Owned and operated by the Ricci siblings, the restaurant is an impeccable combination of outstanding cuisine and service. Located at the beautiful Harmony Hall Art Gallery, the restaurant sits in a fully restored 19th century manse, giving diners a view into British colonial architecture. Regular customers know it would be a sin to leave the restaurant without having their profiteroles for dessert. The decadent cream puffs are coated in the restaurant’s special dark chocolate sauce, providing the perfect end to any meal.

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  • M-10 Bar And Grill

M - 10 is a hot spot for anyone looking for quality food in a lively setting for a reasonable price. The bar menu is almost as extensive as the dining menu, making this a popular place for happy hour, especially on Friday evenings. The ambiance is casual and electric, allowing Kingston locals to forget the troubles of 9-to-5 jobs and enjoy a cold rum and coconut water. If you love seafood, you can’t miss the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat crab night every Tuesday. You’ll have your choice of curried, spicy, garlic, and sweet-and-sour crab, served with an array of sides ranging from traditional rice and peas to potato wedges.

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  • EITS Café

Hidden away in the hills of the gorgeous Blue Mountain Range is EITS Café, an acronym for ‘Europe In The Summer’. The restaurant is a refreshing escape from the unbearable heat and noise in Kingston, melding the best of Jamaican and European cuisine. The restaurant is known for their farm-to-table approach, sourcing all of their produce from their own organic garden. Under the covered outdoor veranda, your table will look out to spectacular views of lush forested canopies. You might hear the soft patter of rain on the roof or the gentle beats of reggae being played by locals a few miles down the road. No matter what, the experience will be one you’ll always remember.

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  • Aunt Merl’s Fish Place

Locals know that a Sunday trip to Hellshire Beach is more about the food than the beach. Hellshire Beach is Kingston’s city beach and it has become a hub for some of the island’s best fried fish. And the best of the best is found at AuntMerl's Fish Place. It doesn’t get any better than sitting right by the beach knowing that whatever you’re eating was caught just a few hours before. Customers have the unique experience of picking a whole fish from an igloo of the morning’s catch. The most popular dish is fried fish served with ‘festival’ or a cassava flat bread called bammy. Sit under their thatch-covered patio and stick your toes in the sand while eating your perfectly cooked fish or lobster.

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  • Tamarind Indian Cuisine

After the abolition of slavery in the 1830s, East Indian indentured laborers traveled to British-colonized Jamaica to work on farms and plantations. Many of the families that settled never left, bringing with them traditions, customs and cuisine that have inspired the Jamaican flavors of today. Indian restaurants are located all over the island, but one of the best, in quality and service, is Tamarind. The restaurant offers both Indian and Asian fusion dishes for vegetarians and meat-eaters. One order of the buttery naan won’t be enough to catch the delicious gravies from their masala and korma dishes.

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  • Murphy’s West End Restaurant

On the most western tip of the island, close to some of Jamaica’s most pristine beaches, lies Murphy’s West End Restaurant. It is a traveler’s paradise for great vibes and even better food. Patrons enjoy homemade food as good as any Jamaican mother will make. Portions are filling but very reasonably priced. Hammocks hang under the thatched-roof seating area, providing the perfect place to recover from your food coma. Enjoy an ice-cold Red Stripe or coconut water straight from the fruit. If you happen to go for breakfast, try Jamaica’s national dish, ackee and saltfish served with fried dumplings called johnnycakes.

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  • Mi Hungry Whol-Some-Food

A meal at Mi Hungry isn’t one you’ll ever feel guilty about. The restaurant’s entire menu is raw, vegan, gluten-free and surprisingly delicious. We know what you’re thinking. This is going to take some convincing. Order their pizza made with a crust of dehydrated nuts and seeds topped with fresh tomato sauce and loaded with fresh vegetables and a creamy cheese substitute made of sunflower seeds. Still unsure? If we can’t convince you then the friendly Rastafarian owners will, as they will share their passion for whole foods and health with you. Pair any of their savory dishes with a nutritious juice made fresh every day from all the tropical fruits Jamaica has to offer.

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  • Little Ochie

Little Ochie is one of Jamaica’s greatest hidden treats, located on the southern coast of the island in a sleepy fishing village called Alligator Pond. Few tourists make it here, perhaps because of the distance from most resorts and hotels, or perhaps the locals just hope to keep it a secret. When you first arrive, the smell of fish and saltwater hit your senses as you watch fishermen drive their boats onto the sand to sell the evening’s catch. The fish is always fresh, made with recipes that have kept the business thriving since its opening in 1989. Whatever you order is sure to be amazing.

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WHERE TO SHOP IN JAMAICA

Whether you’re after local foods, crafts or produce, markets in Jamaica are a true representation of the island’s unique culture. When shopping, visitors are often amazed at the Jamaican language of negotiation, the spirit of vendors, as well as the products they encounter. Here are ten of the top markets you should explore on the beautiful and culturally rich island of Jamaica.

  • Coronation Market

The loud, busy and colourful Coronation Market is the largest farmer’s market in Kingston. It’s the number one place in Kingston where vendors, from all over the island, come to sell their fresh produce. Locals are very loyal to this market, as products sold here tend to be cheaper than any other market or supermarket. Aside for food items, clothes, shoes and household products can also be found here.

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  • Kingston Craft Market

Kingston Craft Market, located in Downtown Kingston, is the largest area of craft commerce in the city. The former Victoria Market is just by the coastline and offers guests a stunning view of the Kingston Waterfront while they shop. Here you’ll find straw and wooden souvenirs made by Jamaican craftspeople, T-shirts, hats, dolls and paintings, all depicting some aspect of Jamaican culture.

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  • Island Village

Island Village in Ocho Rios is a new and versatile shopping centre offering visitors a wide range of shopping options. There’s a number of craft shops and stalls located on the grounds of the village, plus Bob Marley or Rasta-themed items, souvenirs, and straw or wooden household items. Island Village is also home to the famous Margaritaville restaurant and bar, Devon House I - Scream, and the controversial Bob Marley statue by Jamaican artist Christopher Gonzáles.

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  • Harbour Street Craft Market

The Harbour Street Craft Market in Montego Bay has a wide selection of handmade products and Jamaican souvenirs. The market extends for three blocks, with vendors setting up their own tents and stalls along the side of the road. Products typically sold here include coconut-palm baskets, woven hats, towels and clothing in Rasta colours, wood carvings and paintings.

  • Ocho Rios Craft Park

The Craft Park in Ocho Rios is the largest market in town, with over 100 vendors and craftspeople selling a whole range of goods, including wooden crafts, food, Blue Mountain Coffee, straw hats and bags, and much more. Ocho Rios is one of the most popular tourist towns in Jamaica, so keep in mind the park can become congested when cruise ships dock at a nearby port.

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  • Pineapple Craft Market

Located in the Ocho Rios Craft Park is the smaller but equally popular Pineapple Craft Market. No, this market does not sell pineapples; it offers a wide range of craft items made by local vendors. The most popular items among travellers are the carved wooden figurines and the coffee-bean necklaces.

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  • Port Antonio Craft Market

The beautiful eastern parish of Portland features the Port Antonio Craft Market in its capital city. Along with the variety of arts and crafts found in the market, Jamaican rum, Rumona liqueur (the world’s only rum-based liqueur) and Ian Sangster’s Original Rum Cream are also popular purchases. Other local specialties are pepper jellies, local-made jams and spices.

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  • Negril Craft Market

For a unique shopping experience on the western side of Jamaica, go to the Negril Craft Market. The market is known for being the best place in Negril to find Bob Marley art, music, clothing and merchandise. Other items sold include Jamaican T-Shirts and shorts, towels, precious-stone jewellery, and wood carvings.

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  • Old Fort Craft Market

The Old fort Market is one of the newer markets in Jamaica, opened just a few years ago in 2009. The market provides a safe and hassle-free environment for visitors and makes for an exciting shopping experience in Montego Bay, with a variety of handicrafts and handmade products. Here you can also watch jewellery vendors make your jewellery on the spot for you, or have a custom piece done to order.

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  • Musgrave Market

Musgrave Market, simply called The Market, is the go-to place in Portland for farm produce or unique Jamaican clothing and jewellery. In The Market, you can find farm-grown fruits and vegetables, meat and seafood, clothes and shoes, and arts and crafts. You name it and the Musgrave Market just might have it. Portland is considered to be the safest parish in Jamaican so crime and pick-pockets are rarely an issue here.

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GRAN CANARIA

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Gran Canaria is one of Spain’s Canary Islands, off northwestern Africa. It's known for its black lava and white sand beaches. Its southern beaches include bustling Playa del Inglés and Puerto Rico as well as quieter Puerto de Mogán and San Agustín. 

Gran Canaria is the third-largest island in the Canaries’ archipelago, but accounts for almost half the population. It lives up to its reputation as a continent in miniature, with dramatic variations of terrain ranging from the green and leafy north to the lush mountainous interior and the desert south. You can also run headlong into three or even four seasons in one day, with microclimates dotted around the coast and hills that can transport you from piercing sunlight into clammy fog banks at the drop of a hat. To capture a sense of Gran Canaria's breathtaking diversity, head to beautiful Artenara, where the sheer drama of the mountains reaches a crescendo.

Las Palmas, capital of the island, is a major commercial centre, cosmopolitan resort and port. Its old town, Vegueta, with the handsome governor’s residence, the 15th-century Casa de Colón, has well-preserved colonial architecture. The Playa de las Canteras, the town’s sandy, restaurant-lined beach, is 3km (2 miles) long and the Parque Santa Catalina is one big outdoor café that buzzes night and day and is a major stop for cruise ships and duty-free shopping. The island’s interior is rural and mountainous..

The main beach resorts are on the island’s south coast. Maspalomas, or Costa ­Cana­ria, is a mega-resort made up of three parts. Playa del ­Inglés is a large, crowded package-tour centre. West of Maspalomas, Puerto Rico is a family-oriented resort while Puerto de Mogán is an ­attractive fishing ‘village’. At 1,463m (4,800ft), Cruz de Tejeda is a popular vantage point in the rugged centre of the island, and the panorama includes two distinctive rock formations once worshipped by the Guanches.

Gran Canaria keeps the adrenaline pumping further with hiking, cycling and water sports, while culture vultures won't miss out, particularly in the historic cosmopolitan capital of Las Palmas.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT GRAN CANARIA

The best times to visit the Canary Islands are between March and May and from September to November. Winter and summer bring loads of tourists, which make accommodations more expensive and more difficult to find. Meanwhile, in spring and fall, the Canaries continue to enjoy the same pleasant weather as the peak seasons, only without the tourist crowds.

 

December-February

The Canaries welcome a flood of Europeans escaping the cold in the winter months. The islands especially see a lot of older tourists, looking to bask in the warmer weather, though it may be a bit too cool for sunbathing. Average temperatures hover between 60 and 71 degrees make for pleasant strolls along the beach and through the national parks. Keep in mind that the winter months do tend to see more rain than the summer season. But winter also ushers in the famed Carnival celebration, which is modeled after Brazil's vibrant festival and is widely considered the world's second best celebration. Given the influx in tourism and the ongoing festivals, you may have a bit of trouble securing accommodations — at least affordable ones — so plan to book at least several months in advance.

March-May

The spring months act as a sweet season for tourism, offering a break in the influx of tourists that alight upon the islands in the winter and the summer. Although you should keep in mind that the week of Easter also sees a little burst of tourism, you can generally find better hotel rates during these months. Expect temperatures to range from the lower 60s and the lower 70s.

June-August

Families, college kids and Europeans on their August holiday all flock to the Canaries in the summer. Temperatures reach their summit this time of year — daily highs in Santa Cruz, Tenerife, reach into the 80s in August — and the chance of rainfall is next to nothing. Just to be safe, you might want to book your accommodations a few months in advance of your trip to ensure availability.

September-November

Fall is another nice season to enjoy the manifold charms of the Canaries without the tourist hoards or the high hotel rates of the peak tourism seasons. Even though summer has passed, the islands still offer beach weather: Average high temperatures this time of year drop from the low 80s to the mid-70s. But keep in mind that you'll start to see a few more rainy days this time of year.

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND GRAN CANARIA

The best ways to get around the Canary Islands are by car and by plane. Although there are bus systems available on all the islands, most don't run frequently enough to be useful to tourists. And the islands' attractions are far too spread out to see completely on foot. A car will enable you to get where you want to go quickly and efficiently. When you want to island hop, a plane is a reliable and efficient way to get around. If you'd rather get around by boat, several companies also offer inter-island ferry services. Although all seven islands have airports, the busiest airports are Tenerife South Airport (TFS), Tenerife North Airport (TFN) and Gran Canaria Airport (LPA). At the moment, however, there are some direct flights to the Canary Islands. To reach the islands, you'll have to first make a pit stop at a European airport like Madrid. When it comes to ground transportation, all of the airports offer some combination of taxis, car rental agencies and buses.

 

By Plane - If you can't stomach the thought of a bumpy ferry ride, you might consider taking a plane. Flights tend to be about the same cost as ferry rides, but they are a quicker and more reliable way of island hopping. Binter Canarias and Islas Airways are two airlines that run pretty regular routes amongst the islands. To travel from La Gomera to Gran Canaria (with a stopover in Tenerife) on Binter Canarias, you'll find that a basic fare is €63 EUR (around $87 USD). The total in-air time is about 90 minutes. To travel from Lazarote to Tenerife, the cost is €74 EUR (about $100 USD) and the total flight time is 50 minutes.

By Ferry - If you want to island hop, a ferry is one of your options. There are a few companies that run routes between the islands, though you should keep in mind that itineraries to the less-frequented islands may be prone to delays and cancellations. Ferries run daily, sometimes with multiple crossings a day. When it comes to prices, you'll find that a Fred Olsen ferry from Gran Canaria to La Gomera (with a transfer in Tenerife) costs €68.20 EUR ($94.20 USD) if you buy your ticket online. Prices increase if you buy the tickets in person. And the ferry ride will take a little more than two hours to reach the final destination. Trasmediterranea also runs long (and bumpy!) routes from Cadiz in southern Spain to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. For instance one route runs from Cádiz to Tenerife, with two stops in between; the boat trip will take two days.

By Bus - Both Tenerife and Gran Canaria have pretty extensive bus (or guagua , pronounced wa-wa) systems. Tenerife's service, Titsa, runs a comprehensive system with a fleet of lime green buses that usually run daily from about 6:30 a.m. to about 9 p.m. depending on the line. Rates also vary by route, but if you're planning on using this bus a lot, you should purchase a "Bono-Bus" card in any of the bus stations for €12 or €30 EUR (about $16.50 or $41.50 USD). Using a Bono-Bus card instead of single-fare tickets for frequent rides will save you a significant amount of money. Gran Canaria's service is also extensive with times and rates that vary by route. For instance, a round-trip ticket from Las Palmas to Maspalomas costs €6.80 EUR (or about $9.50 USD). Most of the buses run daily from early in the morning until late at night. But the other islands have less comprehensive systems, with fewer routes and more sporadic schedules. Check the bus timetables carefully: Service tends to slow or completely halt on the weekends. In all cases, you'd buy your ticket directly on the bus, though prices vary by bus system.

By Car - If you're planning to stray from the resort areas, a set of wheels will come in handy. There are also a number of rental agencies — including Avis, Cicar, Hertz and Europcar — at airports across the islands, and rates are fairly reasonable. Some agencies will even allow you to transport the car by ferry to other islands; read your rental agreement closely to see if inter-island use is permitted. You don't need an international driver's license to drive in the Canaries, but you do need to be at least 21 years old with a driver's license issued at least two years prior to your vacation.

By Foot - You'll probably need more than just your own two feet to get around these islands. Still, if you plan on checking in at your resort and staying there for the duration of your vacation, you likely won't need any other form of transportation.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN GRAN CANARIA

 

  • Palm Oasis Maspalomas

Located in a quiet area, in tropical gardens, Palm Oasis Maspalomas offers views of Maspalomas Dunes or the Atlantic Ocean. Heated in winter, the outdoor pools include waterfalls, hot tubs and a slide. Palm Oasis Maspalomas offers spacious studios and apartments with a terrace, free WiFi, satellite TV and a hydromassage bath. The modern kitchens include a ceramic hob, fridge and kitchenware. Air conditioning is provided in June, July, August and September. The Palm Oasis restaurant serves à la carte and buffet meals,as well as hosting barbecue nights. Guests can enjoy a day-time drink in the poolside bar, while cocktails are served in the evening at the lobby-bar. Tennis courts and minigolf can be found on site and there is also a handy supermarket. Just a 5-minute drive from the coast, the complex offers a free shuttle to Maspalomas Beach. Meloneras and Maspalomas Golf Courses are both within 3 km. Information about the island is available from the 24-hour front desk.

A bird's-eye view of Palm Oasis Maspalomas

 

 

 

  • Hotel Cordial Mogán Playa

Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel is a large complex built in the style of a Canarian village. Set in tropical gardens, it features 2 outdoor swimming pool, spa and rooms with balconies. The hotel offers bright, attractive décor. Its rooms have a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The 1 Michelin Star-Awarded restaurant Los Guayres à-la-carte restaurant serves a range of traditional, Canarian dishes and buffet cuisine is on offer in the Tamarona restaurant. There are also 2 pool bars, a lounge bar and a terrace. The spa at the Cordial Playa Mogan has a hot tub and sauna. There are a range of treatments on offer, including wraps, massages and aromatherapy. The resort covers an area of 48 000 square metres. The property offers activities such as diving and cycling for an extra charge.

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  • BULL Reina Isabel & SPA

Located on the beachfront of Las Canteras Beach in Las Palmas, Reina Isabel has a rooftop pool, a free spa and gym, and a sun terrace overlooking the Atlantic. Free parking and Wi-Fi are offered. All air-conditioned rooms at Hotel Reina Isabel feature parquet floors and a balcony. They are equipped with flat-screen satellite TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. The hotel serves a buffet breakfast which includes cava, vodka and fresh orange juice. There are also buffet dinners and a an à la carte-restaurant. The hotel has a poolside bar and a beachfront terrace bar. Parasols, towels and loungers can be provided for use at the beach for free. El Muelle Cinema is 5 minutes’ walk from the Reina Isabel, and you can drive to Las Palmeras Golf Course in 8 minutes. Gran Canaria Airport is around 25 minutes’ drive away.

The swimming pool at or close to BULL Reina Isabel & SPA

 

 

 

  • Hotel Riu Palace Oasis

Hotel Riu Palace Oasis is located on Maspalomas Beach and offers direct access to the beach, large lush garden, 3 heated pools and a spa center. The hotel also offers a gym and evening entertainment. There is also a children's pool, playground and a RiuLand Kids club. Rooms come with air conditioning, fan, sofa, safe, kettle, telephone and free WiFi. The bathroom has a shower, double sink, amenities, vanity mirror, bathrobe and hairdryer. Playa del Ingles is 6 km from the accommodation, while Maspalomas is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 36 km from Hotel Riu Palace Oasis.

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  • Hotel s.XVI

Located in Telde, Hotel s.XVI offers a terrace. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a year-round outdoor pool. The property is allergy-free and is situated 5 km from Bufadero de la Garita Blowhole. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms come with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Hotel s.XVI offers a continental or buffet breakfast.

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  • Hotel Ciudad del Mar

Hotel Ciudad del Mar is set in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1 km from Parque de Santa Catalina and 2.5 km from Centro Comercial El Muelle. With a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk, room service and organising tours for guests. At the hotel, all rooms include a wardrobe. At Hotel Ciudad del Mar all rooms come with a desk and a flat-screen TV.  The accommodation offers a continental or à la carte breakfast. Popular points of interest near Hotel Ciudad del Mar include Las Canteras, Playa del Confital and Las Alcaravaneras. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria, 27 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

 

 

 

  • Maresía Canteras Urban Hotel

Featuring 3-star accommodation, Maresía Canteras Urban Hotel is located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, just a few metres from Las Canteras beach. This property is set a short distance from attractions such as Poema Del Mar Aquarium and Centro Comercial Las Arenas. All modernly decorated rooms in the hotel are equipped with a TV and a ceiling fan. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Featuring a Balinese Bed, guests can enjoy a drink on the terrace at Maresía Canteras Urban Hotel. A breakfast is served each morning at a nearby property. Speaking German, English and Spanish at the reception, staff are always on hand to help. Parque Santa Catalina is 750 m from the accommodation, while Puerto de la Luz is 2 km from the property. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 25 km from the property.

A bed or beds in a room at Maresía Canteras Urban Hotel

 

 

 

  • VEINTIUNO Emblematic Hotels - Adults Only

Located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in Vegueta neighbourhood, VEINTIUNO Emblematic Hotels - Adults Only offers accommodation with an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace with views of the cathedral. VEINTIUNO Emblematic Hotels - Adults Only is a boutique hotel with a total of 11 rooms. The property is around a 2-minute walk from Casa Museo Colon or Museo Canario. Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno is also within walking-distance. Featuring a private bathroom, rooms at VEINTIUNO also offer air conditioning, a work desk and free WiFi. A smart TV is also available. Breakfast is available every morning, and includes continental and à la carte options. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 18 km from VEINTIUNO Emblematic Hotels - Adults Only.

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  • Hotel Emblemático Arucas

Situated in Arucas, Hotel Emblemático Arucas provides air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. A terrace, a solarium and a jacuzzi are available for guests to enjoy. At the hotel, the rooms are fitted with a desk. Complete with a private bathroom, all guest rooms at Hotel Emblemático Arucas are fitted with a flat-screen TV, and certain rooms here will provide you with a seating area. All units include a wardrobe. A basic continental breakfast is served every morning at the property. Playa del Ingles is 40 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 24 km from Hotel Emblemático Arucas.

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  • Hotel Boutique The Cathedral (Adults Only)

Hotel Boutique The Cathedral (Adults Only) is located in the historical center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, in a building dating back to 1890, it is located 230 m from Las Palmas Cathedral and 41 km from Playa del Ingles. The air-conditioned and heated rooms come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, minibar and a welcome pack. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a shared lounge and a tour desk at the property. a welcome drink is featured. The hotel also offers car hire. Maspalomas is 43 km from Boutique The Cathedral. The nearest airport is Gran Canaria Airport, 18 km from the property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN GRAN CANARIA

Gran Canaria has more than 80 beaches, from well-equipped resorts to untamed and wonderfully hidden strips of precious sand. But the island has much more to offer beyond beaches. There is a never-ending list of what to see and do in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Below is a guide to typical places and secluded things to enjoy doing during your visit to the island.

 

 

  • Roque Nublo

Roque Nublo is a volcanic rock standing 80 meters tall. It is a famous landmark of the island, protected by UNESCO as a natural monument. Located in the municipality Tejeda, a short ride from the city center, it came into existence after a volcanic eruption approximately 4.5 million years ago. Roque Nublo is the most popular destination in Gran Canaria for hiking lovers, and would be an ideal experience for all who desire to see the wonderful views of Tejeda mountain. The usual starting point for a hike in Nublo is the area of Degollada de la Goleta, which is reached by vehicle, and is where hikers descend following a clearly signposted trail.

Gran Canaria.El Roque Nublo. | attilio ianniello | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Maspalomas

Maspalomas is the second longest beach in Gran Canaria, and is primarily famous for its vast dunes that often grace the covers of travel guides of Canary Islands. However, dunes are a fragile ecosystem, and need to be visited with care. There are three walking routes available for curious visitors, with signposts and information available at the information point at the Playa del Inglés. The highlight of your visit will be an opportunity to ride a camel in the desert and stop by lagoon with fresh crystal clear water.

Maspalomas Beach | Dunas Hotels & Resorts

 

 

 

  • Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo

Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo, located in the northeast of Gran Canaria, in Tafira Alta, proves that Gran Canaria is not as deserted and dry as it seems. The botanic garden showcases the island’s endemic plants, alongside some imported flora. The bust of José de Viera y Clavijo, the Spanish botanist who had an idea of opening a botanic garden on the Canary Islands, proudly welcomes all visitors. The garden has collected about 500 plant species, endemic to the Canary Islands and other Macaronesian islands, with cacti and succulent varieties are available to look at on display. The garden contributes heavily to the program of species preservation through its research work. Its facilities include a library and laboratories, and it also publishes the journal Botánica Macaronésica.

Jardín Botánico Viera y Clavijo – Gran Canaria – Museums and tourist  attractions

 

 

 

  • Pueblo Canario

The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is a home to the Pueblo Canario, an interpretation of a traditional Canarian village. Pueblo Canario is located on the south side of the Parque Doramas and it is a lovely venue to visit with family, and learn more about Spanish culture from free live performances of Canarian folk music, which are held every Thursday and Sunday. Some songs performed are instrumental, while others include live singing. All performers wear special traditional costumes which are pleasant to look at. Pueblo Canario also houses the Museo Néstor, one of the city’s principal art galleries.

Gran Canaria Puerto de Mogán & Market Half-Day Trip

 

 

 

  • Stroll around Puerto Mogan

Puerto Mogan is a coastal village, located on the southern side of the island, the opposite side to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. It is a charming small village which never gets too loud, and its small beach is a peaceful refuge where you can recharge your energy. Puerto Mogan oozes a chic ambiance, thanks to its uniform white architecture, beautiful flower gardens and little bridges over the canals. All of this makes a visit to Puerto Mogán a romantic holiday experience.

Top 8 Beaches in Gran Canaria | Radisson Blu

 

 

 

  • Vegueta

Vegueta is an ancient 15th century town, full of memories and secret stories of its maritime past, that is comprised of traditional Spanish architecture, cobbled streets and old houses. Vegueta is not a uniform part of the city, as it was built according to a range of styles, from late-Gothic to renaissance. Walk through the Plaza de Santa Ana to see the principal landmark of Vegueta, the Cathedral of Santa Ana. The Museum of Sacred Art is also not to be missed. There are also important art galleries, including the Centro de Cultura Contemporánea San Martín and Casa de Colon, dedicated to the life of Christopher Columbus. After the walk, head to one of the traditional restaurants and sample a typical tapas of the Canarian islands, such as papas arrugadas, local cheeses and pata de cerdo.

Gran Canaria Las Palmas - Botanical Garden + Volcano Tour

 

 

 

  • Sioux City

Sioux City is a Western-style theme park located in San Bartolome de Tirajana, near San Agustin. Sioux City is situated in a unique natural environment, in a cactus-filled canyon. All objects and art performances are an exact replica of the American Wild-West. The theme park offers a number of thrilling attractions for visitors, where they can experience the Wild West. Sioux City offers a variety of fun, exciting shows covering Western themes, with Indians and cowboys, duels and chases that will not leave children and adults alike unamused.

Sioux City – Gran Canaria – Theme parks

 

 

 

  • See a film at Moonlight Cinema

Located on the top floor of the shopping mall in Maspalomas,Moonlight Cinema is Europe’s only permanent outdoor cinema. It invites you to relax and enjoy the bright films on the big screen under the magic of the stars and warm surroundings of Gran Canaria. The interior features luxurious sofas, blankets and fantastic service available at the push of the button on your seat. There is a selection of fresh delicious stonebaked pizza, popcorn and nachos to indulge on. A blanket is provided on each seat to make sure that no one will feel uncomfortable against the evening chill.

Moonlight Cinema (Maspalomas, Spanien) - anmeldelser

 

 

 

  • Get extreme with water sports

There are plenty water sports activities that can be done during your stay in Gran Canaria, as the Canary Islands are an ideal place to try that particular water sport you resisted for a long time. You are free to choose from activities such as sailing, yachting, windsurfing, water-skiing, scuba diving and much more. Windsurfing in Gran Canaria is the most popular activity, because the warm air and water temperature are a perfect combination, with the wind blowing from the eastern side of the island.

Water Sport Gran Canaria Sun Pack Jetski Parasailing Banana Sunbed

 

 

 

  • Follow in the footsteps of Columbus at Casa de Colon

It is a relatively unknown fact that Christopher Columbus had a stopover at the Canary islands in 1492. His initial plan was to stock up on food and other essentials on the western side of La Gomera island. The Canary Islands were located strategically for Atlantic sailing, and it was an essential stop point for many voyagers. If you are into history and interested in the life of Christopher Columbus on the island, you should pay a visit to the Casa de Colon and explore the models of the three ships which comprised Columbus’ fleet: La Santa María, La Pinta, and La Niña.

Gran Canaria: In search of More than Winter Sun, Sea & Sand

 

 

 

  • Cueva Pintada Museum & Archaeological Park

iscovered by a local farmer in the late 19th century, this is one of Gran Canaria's most important pre-Hispanic archaeological sites: a cave adorned with geometric shapes, possibly thought to relate to the lunar and solar calendars (though this is debated). It's also the most accessible of the island's archaeological sites, situated not halfway up a cliff but right in the heart of town (it is wheelchair-friendly also). The highlight is the cave itself, fully explained on the tour.

Cueva Pintada – Gran Canaria – Museums and tourist attractions

 

 

 

  • Catedral de Santa Ana & Museo Diocesano de Arte Sacro

The spiritual heart of the city, this brooding, grey cathedral was begun in the early 15th century, soon after the Spanish conquest, but took 350 years to complete. The neoclassical facade contrasts with the sunlight-through-stained-glass-dappled interior, which is a fine example of what some art historians have named Atlantic Gothic, with lofty columns that seem to mimic the palm trees outside. You can also admire several paintings by Juan de Miranda, the Canary Islands’ most-respected 18th-century artist.

Gran Canaria - the perfect winter getaway | Gran canaria, Las palmas de  gran canaria, Winter getaway

 

 

 

  • Parque Municipal de Arucas de las Flores

These terraced municipal gardens are laid out in French style with fountains, pavilions, sculptures and tropical trees, including the rare evergreen soap bark tree (Quillaja saponaria) and several magnificent dragon palm trees, as well as some astonishing flowering plants and groves of gentle bamboo. Note the elaborate system of irrigation channels and water courses built into the park.  Calle Heredad flanks the garden on the southern side of the plaza, dominated by the beautiful neoclassical Heredad de Aguas de Arucas y Firgas building, completed in 1908 and now housing the local water board.

Itinerario por la parte norte de Gran Canaria

 

 

 

  • Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas, Playa del Ingles

Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas is the main landmark of the area and a sought-after destination among travelers to the Canary Islands. Stroll through the dunes and enjoy the remarkable rolling hills. Keep an eye out for the wildlife, including various bird species. Once past the dunes, you’ll find a stretch of clean coastline and the blue ocean. This area is perfect for sunbathing, walking, or for children who need space to run and play. Lifeguards are present as well as a few cafes and snack stands. Take sunglasses or a hat with a tie to protect your eyes from the wind and sand. To visit Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas and get the most from your holiday in Maspalomas.

Reserva Natural Especial de Las Dunas de Maspalomas Tickets - (Playa del  Ingles, Spain) | Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Buggy Pirates tour Gran Canaria el Original Nº1 offroad fun

The unique adventure! Fun and incredible impressions await you Drive your own Buggy on the roads of the natural park of "Fataga" start on paved roads to the Ayagaures viewpoint “Pedro Gonzalez” with its unforgettable views. Some souvenir photos and then we go down through bamboo canes, palm trees and Indian tunos. Then go to an adventurous dirt road (offroad). An excursion and an unforgettable experience! Insured! Duration of the tour Approximately 2 hours a bottle of mineral water and safety glasses included. Come and be a real Pirate Buggy!

Buggy Pirates Gran Canaria (Maspalomas) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before  You Go (with Photos) - Maspalomas, Spain ...

 


 

 

  • Camel Riding in Maspalomas Dunes

Explore the dunes of Maspalomas the traditional way on this 40-minute camel-riding adventure in Gran Canaria. Climb into the saddle and head deep into the Gran Canarian countryside on camelback with a guide. Along the way, enjoy the sensation of riding on the back of these gentle giants. Admire sweeping views over the rolling sand dunes, rocky ridges and rugged landscapes for which Gran Canaria is famous.

Camel Ride in Maspalomas, Gran Canaria

 

 

 

  • Dolphin and whale Safari

There are few experiences as wonderful as enjoying the spectacle of animals in their natural environment and without a doubt being able to see dolphins and whales up close is one of the most impressive. Sometimes there will be a few and sometimes there will be thousands of them but it's always fascinating. On our excursions you can see from the small common dolphin to the largest animal that has lived on the earth; the blue whale. But you will also have the possibility to see turtles, flying fish and other marine species.You can see the beautiful coast from another perspective and you will also have the possibility to swim in the sea if you want.

Dolphin and whale watching trip in Gran Canaria - High rated in 2020

 

 

 

 

  • Coasteering experience in Gran Canaria

Take a break from the beach during your Gran Canaria vacation and try coasteering, a physical activity where you move along a rocky section of coastline either on foot or by swimming. You'll visit seaside cliffs on the west side of the island, where you can jump into the water and zipline across a cave and into the ocean. Participants should have a minimum sports-like level of physical condition.

Coasteering (multi-adventure) near Agaete, Gran Canaria — iHoppers

 

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN GRAN CANARIA WITH KIDS

Gran Canaria has long been a firm favourite with families, thanks to its year round sunshine, impressive beaches and bustling resorts. When holidaying here with the little ones, one thing’s for sure — you won’t be short on things to keep them entertained. Here’s the list of the top ten family activities in Gran Canaria.

 

  • Angry Birds Activity Park – Puerto Rico

Suited to the younger kids of 12 years and under, the Angry Birds Activity Park has 25 different activities to choose from — think everything from crazy golf to go karting. The staff are really friendly and nothing is too much trouble. There is a lovely snack bar to refuel in and, if it gets too hot you can cool down under the water sprayers.

Angry Birds Gran Canaria Lappset Creative - lappsetcreative.com

 

 

 

  • Aqualand – Maspalomas

With waterslides of all sizes, Aqualand is an amazing waterpark for all ages — tots, teens, adults, you name it. Whether you’re holidaying here in the summer or jetting over for some winter sun, this one stays open all year-round. Daredevils can enjoy rides like Mamut where groups of friends can slide down on a raft together. Whilst little ones will have a great time at their very own mini park — Children’s Paradise. Discovery Beach is the place to be for those who love a wave pool. Or for those just wanting to chill out you can relax in a rubber ring cruising round Pirate’s River. We all know swimming can make us super hungry, but this park has plenty of cafeterias and snack bars to keep you going. Plus there’s plenty of ice cream on offer too!

Aqualand Maspalomas (Maspalomas) - The Official Gran Canaria Tourist Website

 

 

 

  • Holiday World – Maspalomas

Just a short walk from Faro 2 shopping centre you’ll find Holiday World – the Maspalomas holiday centre that has it all. Recently closed for renovation, its doors will eagerly reopen this summer 2019, welcoming families back with open arms. There’ll be more than 11,000 square feet of fun, expect rides, karaoke, bowling – the works. When it comes to dining, there’s the NOMAD gastro market opening with more than 200 different dishes to choose from, along with an enormous list of wines, beers and cocktails. The parents can also look forward to its sports bar and casino.

Holiday World – Gran Canaria – Theme parks

 

  • Palmitos Park – Maspalomas

Another major family attraction in Maspalamos is Palmitos Park – a zoo and botanical garden combo. Walk through its different zones and come up close and personal with its birds, reptiles and mammals. The park has an aquarium too, home to the spectacular Sea Horses, Clown Fish and more venomous Scorpion Fish. If you’re children are the adventurous type there’s even the opportunity to swim with dolphins.

Gran Canaria: Admission Tickets for Palmitos Park - Maspalomas, Spain |  GetYourGuide

 

 

 

  • Sioux City – Playa Del Aguila

Cowboys and girls dig out your Stetsons for a fun filled day acting out cowboys and Indians at this theme park with a difference. Set out like a real town that is designed in the style of the old Western movies, expect authentic saloons, churches and of course no Western town would be complete without the local county jail. Activities here include horse riding and various performance shows.

SIOUX CITY Gran Canaria- Tickets with discount - 2020

 

 

 

  • Building Sandcastles – Las Canteras

Get your buckets and spades at the ready for a day of building and playing in the sand. There are sandy beaches all over Gran Canaria but one of the best places for sandcastle building is Las Canteras. What makes this place special is that this is where the sandcastle artists come and build their amazing sand sculptures. So if you’re not all that good at building them, just sit back and watch them instead! Or as this is a city located beach, there’s plenty of shops to keep you occupied too.

Las Palmas cuenta, de nuevo, con un efímero Belén de Arena en Las Canteras

 

 

 

  • Ride a Camel – Maspalomas Dunes

Take part in a 30-minute ride across the sandy dunes of Maspalomas on the back of a camel – a fantastic, yet unique experience for all the family. There’s a number of tours to choose from, most include food, a visit to a camel park and some even have the opportunity to see some baby camels. Don’t worry if you have babies or very small children with you either, as most infants can travel with their parents if you feel confident enough that they will sit still.

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  • Casa De Colon (Columbus House) – Las Palmas

If your children like history or are interested in learning a thing or two during the school holidays, there’s Casa De Colon, Columbus House in Las Palmas. One of the first governors of Gran Canaria lived here and Christopher Columbus stayed here in 1492 whilst one of his ships was being repaired. Within each room you’ll also discover exhibitions on Columbus and his visits to the island.

Casa de Colón, Columbus House, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, S… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Moonlight Cinema- Maspalomas

Something you wouldn’t normally expect to be recommended to do on holiday is a trip to the cinema, however this one comes with a difference – it’s outdoors. Start your experience with a celeb-like walk down the red carpet before settling into comfy double sofas in front of a ginormous screen. Expect to be waited on hand and foot as full waiter service is provided throughout each movie bringing you all the goodies and even cocktails for the parents. So you can spend your evening winding down, enjoying a new film under the stars.

Moonlight Cinema, Gran Canaria, Spain, Travel Republic

 

 

 

  • Electric Bike Tours – Pick ups in most resorts

A favourite with the teenagers, electric bike tours are available within most Gran Canaria resorts. These make a fantastic way to get out and see the island in all of its glory whilst doing a bit of exercise at the same time. Different to a normal bike, the e-bikes ride faster and are suited to all fitness levels. Most tours run from four to six hours covering all major sights.

E Bike Tour

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN GRAN CANARIA

Las Palmas, the capital of Gran Canaria and one of the largest cities in Spain, is a perfect place for laid-back dinners on open terraces. Here's the list of 10 most recommended restaurants and cafes to visit.

 

 

  • Dejate Llevar (Let Me Take U)

Dejate Llevar, also known as Let Me Take U, will bring you to a sensory paradise. Backed by a clean and cozy home-like interior, the kitchen in Let Me Take U is vegetarian and healthy. The owners of this place, Fernando Henriquez Muñoz and Nikolaos Petas, value the quality of the ingredients as much (if not more) as the taste. Their carefully created and reworked menu includes a wide range of healthy plates, made from the top-quality local fresh ingredients. Some of the most delicious dishes in Let Me Take U include Andalucian gazpacho with mint leaves and the special salad of the house Dejate Llevar, Peruvian ceviche. There is also croquettes with meat, Serrano ham or mushrooms, cooked from a special secret recipe created by Fernando’s mother. The owners are friendly and easy to communicate with, and they entertain everyone with their captivating stories of traveling abroad and exploring other cultures. The outside terrace will quickly become your favorite spot for a quick relaxing lunch with stunning views of the mountains of Gran Canaria.

CLOSED: Let Me Take You - Déjate Llevar - Gran Canaria Canary Islands  Restaurant - HappyCow

 

 

 

  • La Aquarela Restaurant

La Aquarela Restaurant is a fine-dining establishment. It has an excellent location as it overlooks the Arguineguin Bay. The restaurant offers a French -inspired romantic interior with candle lights, pleated chairs and indoor and outdoor tables. The menu offers some delightful meals hard to find elsewhere, such as Norwegian salmon confit with egg and broccoli, and Iberian roasted pork with glazed apples and mushrooms. When it comes to drinks, La Aquarela has carefully chosen an excellent wine list of Spanish wines to taste. The current owner Gregorio Fernández does an excellent job of keeping up the great reputation of La Aquarela while moving it forward with exquisite meal selections and impeccable service.

Restaurante La Aquarela en Mogán | Guía Repsol

 

 

 

  • Tehran Restaurant

The dining experience at Tehran Restaurant will be amazing for those who are ready to try something different. This place represents the best of Persian cuisine. The exotic scent of the ingredients and Oriental flavors will follow you from the entrance. Their menu offers juicy and richly cooked meat, lamb, chicken and vegetarian options to taste inside an intimate interior with popping red colors on the walls and golden decorations. Tehran Restaurant has succeeded in mixing Spanish and Persian cuisines, which originally do not have much in common. They bring their flavors together with the help of slow-cooking techniques. For a starter, try the vegetarian-friendly smoked aubergine with garlic. For a main dish, the charcoal grilled kebabs are recommended, with veggie options available. Tehran Restaurant is also worth visiting for its cultural events, such as the famous belly dancing performances held on weekends.

Tehran – Gran-Canaria-Map.com

 

 

 

  • La Marinera Restaurant

La Marinera Restaurant  is situated on the Las Canteras beach. It has the largest capacity in Las Palmas with more than 400 seats available. The breeze of fresh oceanic air and the softly crashing waves behind the windows add to the atmosphere. La Marinera specializes in serving creative dishes with fresh local fish as a main ingredient. Besides fish, customers will have an opportunity to taste Argentinian meat and Canarian classic grill dish ‘Casa Carmelo’. The speciality fish includes bass fillet with cilantro, fish soup and fresh seafood paella, which is so gigantic and heavy, it has to be shared between two people. For meat, La Marinera offers great sirloin steak and sirloin in plum sauce. Lovers of more exotic seafood will be pleased with La Marinera, because they will find all the seafood varieties from scorpions to canary damsel. La Marinera makes seafood meals available at democratic prices and provides customers with a great choice.

Restaurante La Marinera

 

 

 

  • Wapa Tapa

Located in the center of Las Palmas and Playa del Ingles, Wapa Tapa specializes in Spanish and international tapas. Besides the great variety of food, Wapa Tapa also has a wine cellar that offers a great selection of Spanish wines at reasonable prices. Some of the dishes include Spanish cheeses, chorizo and chicken skewers. However, try the ‘Chef’s Menu’ – a tapas selection chosen by the chef depending on his mood and inspiration on the day. The menu at Wapa Tapa offers plenty of meals for vegetarians too.

wapa tapa – Foodetc cooks – food, recipes and travel

 

 

 

  • Deliciosa Marta

 Deliciosa Marta is in the heart of the old town of Las Palmas, in the pedestrian zone, and has a sophisticated atmosphere. The restaurant proudly takes inspiration from its Canarian roots. The owner Marta manages the space and communicates with the guests, while her husband Pol is the chef. Trained in Barcelona, he is now in charge of delivering exceptionally delicious cuisine. The interior in Deliciosa Marta consists of light washed brick stones, light-colored furniture and moody lights. The menu of this restaurant never stays the same, because Pol uses seasonal ingredients including fresh vegetables and delicacies such as truffles. Visit Deliciosa Marta for a fine-dining experience and try their incredible juicy steak tartare.

Restaurante Deliciosa Marta (Gran Canaria)

 

 

 

  • Que Tal by Stena

Que Tal by Stena is a contemporary restaurant which is open for dinner time only. But, if you will spare some time to visit Que Tal, that dinner promises to be unforgettable. The interior has a bohemian feel, with many artworks by modern painters dotted on the walls, and white tablecloths with flower arrangements. The chef’s team strives to achieve perfection while presenting a mix of international flavors. The restaurant serves a five-course menu that changes on a regular basis. Different wines accompany each course. The meal’s preparation becomes entertainment as the chefs prepare the food in an open kitchen, right in front of the customers’ eyes. Dinner in Que Tal will be an outstanding experience from the first glass of wine to the dessert.

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  • El Churrasco Restaurant

El Churrasco has been named the best Argentinian steakhouse on the Canary Islands, thanks to the mastery of the owner Mario Gil. It is an authentic restaurant which focuses on Argentinian cuisine, presenting it in a gourmet fashion. El Churrasco offers the possibility of watching the process of steak preparation, with its grill open to the public view. Mario Gil uses a top-quality Aberdeen Angus beef that has been bred naturally. This is hands down the best place to visit for all meat lovers. Don’t be taken aback by slightly expensive prices of the courses, as the quality of meat served here has no parallels anywhere outside of Argentina.

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  • Natural Burguer

Natural Burguer is known as the best restaurant in Las Palmas for those who want healthy burgers as well as fresh smoothies and juices. This place is popular among students and young people, for its vibrant atmosphere, great flavors and reasonable prices. Natural Burguer makes use of natural ingredients only. Apart from classic beef burgers, the menu features veggie variations with a range of toppings to choose from. While here, try the hamburger veal churrasquito with steak and double bacon and picoteo or onion rings.

NATURAL BURGUER, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria - Restaurant Reviews, Photos &  Phone Number - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • N’enoteca

N’enoteca is a project by two Canarian Italians, Greta and Neno, who have managed to create an authentic Italian atmosphere and cuisine away from Italy. The starters from N’enoteca’s menu, like the aubergine with rocket and Parmesan, have received outstanding reviews for their quality and flavor. The main dishes include delicious carpaccio, pasta with lemon sauce and lamb chops. N’enoteca specializes in traditional Italian pasta and offers more than 20 different types, all made from the best fresh produce. The wine list has a great variety of Italian wines, available by the glass or in bottles. N’enoteca is located in a secluded place, which will be an ideal romantic escape from the bustle of the city.

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LAUANTAI, 01. ELOKUUTA 2020
SANTORINI

20 Amazing Things to do in Santorini, Greece | Earth Trekkers

Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape.  If you approach Santorini from the water, it's hard not to be awed by the sheer cliffs that soar above a turquoise sea, by the fact that you're sailing in an immense crater of a drowned volcano and that before you lies an island shaped by an ancient eruption cataclysmic beyond imagining.

High above, the main villages of Fira and Oia are a snow-drift of white Cycladic houses that line the cliff tops and spill like icy cornices down the terraced rock. And then there are the sunsets, with crowds breaking into applause as the sun disappears below the horizon. In peak season, Santorini becomes a playground for the very wealthy, and while this has resulted in some stellar restaurants and superb wineries, the strain on the infrastructure is a concern. Still, there's relative seclusion found at the island's ancient sites, on hiking trails and beneath the waves.

As the ferry manoeuvres into the great caldera of SANTORÍNI (Thíra), the land seems to rise up and clamp around it. Gaunt, sheer cliffs loom hundreds of metres above the deep blue sea, nothing grows or grazes to soften the awesome view, and the only colours are the reddish-brown, black and grey pumice layers on the cliff face of Santoríni, the largest island in this mini-archipelago. The landscape tells of a history so dramatic and turbulent that legend hangs as fact upon it.

These apocalyptic events, though, scarcely concern modern tourists, who come here to take in the spectacular views, stretch out on the island’s dark-sand beaches and absorb the peculiar, infernal geographic features. The tourism industry has changed traditional island life, creating a rather expensive playground. There is one time-honoured local industry, however, that has benefited from all the outside attention: wine. Santoríni is one of Greece’s most important producers, and the fresh, dry white wines it is known for (most from the assýrtiko grape for which the region is known) are the perfect accompaniment to the seafood served in the many restaurants and tavernas that hug the island’s cliffs.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT SANTORINI

The best time to visit Santorini is from September to October and April to May when the weather is warm and the crowds are scarce. Like all of the Cyclades, Santorini welcomes the most visitors during the summer, so you'll need to make your reservations months in advance if you plan on visiting anytime from June through August. Looking for a bargain? Try winter, when room rates tend to plummet. Keep in mind that this season's average highs only reach the 50s (not good for sunbathing) and the region sees plenty of precipitation. However, all that rain does make for a very flowery (and warm) spring season. Crowds will be at a low in the spring as well, though tourists will begin invading the islands come May.

 

(April through May)

The tourist season starts around Easter each year, and predominantly Greek and European visitors begin their island pilgrimages at this time. Keep in mind that Easter itself can be quite busy. The temperatures are mild, hovering between the 60s and 70s for most of the spring months. While it may still be a bit too cold to don a swimsuit, you'll find that the weather is perfect for sightseeing. Be sure to bring a warm jacket for the cool evenings.

(June through August)

The summer marks Santorini's peak season, as well as the best weather for swimming. Visitors flock to the area in search of the perfect beach vacation. If you decide to brave the heavy crowds, make sure to book your hotel at least two months in advance to ensure availability.

(September through October)

The Aegean water is still warm in September and October, most days are sunny, and daytime temperatures typically hover in the 70s and 80s. Much of the tourist infrastructure is still open for business – despite the thinning crowds. And thankfully, fewer crowds cause room rates to drop. Beware, however, that some restaurants, hotels and other establishments begin to close for the season in late October or early November and won't reopen until spring.

(November through March)

This is the least popular time to visit Santorini thanks to temperatures in the 50s – hardly pleasant for sunbathing. The wintertime also sees the most precipitation, which trumpets forth a blossom-filled spring. You can find great deals in the offseason, but consider the downsides of less pleasant weather and many closed tourist hot spots. Not only that, but public transportation schedules are abbreviated.

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO SANTORINI

There are two ways to access Santorini from Athens, the capital of Greece. You can travel either by plane (Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos") or by ferryboat (Piraeus Port). There are also links between Santorini and other Greek islands.

By Plane - The flight is the quickest, easiest and most direct way as it lasts more or less 40 minutes and you can book your tickets in advance. It is more expensive, of course, than the ferry. The National Airport of Santorini is situated on the east side of the island, in Kamari village, at a distance of 5 kilometers from the capital Fira. To get to Fira you can take a taxi or a bus from the station outside the airport and from the capital, there are connections to the rest of the settlements. Additionally, there is the option of a charter flight half-yearly and some European airlines provide direct flights to Santorini.

By Ferry - From the port of Piraeus in Athens, which is connected to the airport by a bus line, you can take the ferryboat which takes 8 hours or the High-Speed ferry where the trip lasts about 5 hours and is a little more expensive. The departures are frequent and the journey is enjoyable as the ferries have comfortable areas with TVs, restaurants and cafes and decks from where you can relish the Aegean Sea and gaze the breathtaking view of the caldera as you reach Santorini. Athinios is the main port of Santorini and lies approximately 10 kilometers away from Fira. You can always find a bus from the port to the capital or you can take a taxi for a more convenient transfer. Lastly, along with the port, there are some car and motorbike rental services.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND SANTORINI

The best way to get around Santorini is on foot or by bus. You'll see that it's easy to walk around the tiny seaside towns, but the bus is best to get from one town to another. There are KTEL bus routes from Fira (the capital city) to many different destinations around the main island. KTEL also services the Santorini (Thira) Island National Airport (JTR), but you might find it easier to rely on a cab to get you into town. If you're planning to do a little island hopping, you can catch a ferry from Athinios (about 5 miles south of Fira).

Bus - The KTEL transportation company operates buses from Fira to areas all over the main island, Thira. During peak travel months, most routes are served at least once every hour all day, though bus schedules are notorious for changing frequently. Fares range between the equivalent of $2.10 and $2.81 – depending on your destination. Tickets are purchased on the bus. Keep in mind that there aren't direct KTEL buses to towns other than Fira. If you want to get to Oia from Kamari, you'd have to take the bus back to Fira then hop another bus from Fira to Oia.

On Foot - Santorini's towns are compact with narrow, winding roads, making walking an easy way to get around. Just make sure to keep an eye out for mopeds – these tiny motorized bikes are allowed on both the street and the sidewalk.

Ferry - To get between Thira and Thirassia, you can take a ferry from Athinios (the island's main port) or Ammoudi in Oia. If you want to go beyond Thirassia to other, farther away Greek Isles, stick to Athinios. Service frequency depends on the season, but you can expect at least one trip a day in either direction.

Car, ATV and Moped - Although the KTEL buses are convenient, they may get crowded during the summer and unreliable during the offseason. A car may be convenient if you're not staying in a densely packed town. Some people may prefer a moped (if you have a motorcycle license) or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) for traversing less-traveled routes. Rental agencies are located at the airport as well as in Fira. You'll have to apply for an international driver's license, which can be done online at the IDL Service website.

Taxi - Taxis are available on both Thira and Thirassia. Major routes, such as those from the ferry ports to Fira, from Oia to Fira, or travel to certain towns from the airports have fixed rates. For these routes, expect to pay anywhere between 10 euros to 20 euros ($11.19 to $22.37), depending on your final destination. But if you're using a taxi to get around town or to one of the less-visited areas, make sure to agree upon a price before getting into the cab. It's also a good idea to write down the address of your final destination.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN SANTORINI

The dream of a lifetime for many around the world, Santorini is an island situated 200 kilometers southeast of Greece mainland. Located on the Aegean Sea, the island is the most-visited tourist destination in the country. Officially known as Thira, Santorini is characterized by its once-devastating-now-impressive volcanic caldera, and of course, the picture-perfect sunsets. Santorini’s top location also makes it rank among some of the most expensive places to visit, however, with a little research, you could easily find a hotel to suit your budget and style of travel. So, whether you are a luxury vacationer or a budget traveler, take a look below at some of the most popular neighborhoods on the island and decide where to stay in Santorini on your dream vacation.

 

 

  • Uma Ray Suites

Uma Ray Suites in Fira provides adults-only accommodation with an outdoor and an indoor heated swimming pool, a bar and a garden. Featuring a concierge service, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a hot tub, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel each room is fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Uma Ray Suites offers a continental or gluten-free breakfast. Bike hire and car hire are available at the accommodation and the area is popular for hiking and cycling. Popular points of interest near Uma Ray Suites include Archaeological Museum of Thera, Museum of Prehistoric Thera and Central Bus Station. The nearest airport is Santorini International Airport, 6 km from the hotel.

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  • Elitoz Suites

Elitoz Suites is located in Oia, 5 km from Cape Columbo Beach and 1.2 km from Naval Museum of Oia. Featuring a concierge service, this property also provides guests with a terrace. There is an outdoor pool and guests can make use of free WiFi and free private parking. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Guest rooms at Elitoz Suites include air conditioning and a wardrobe. The accommodation offers a à la carte or American breakfast. The nearest airport is Santorini International Airport, 16 km from Elitoz Suites.

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  • City Break

ity Break is set in the centre of Fira, 100 m from Archaeological Museum of Thera. The property is around 100 m from both Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Central Bus Station. Every room includes a patio. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower. At City Break the rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. The Central Bus Station is 100 m away. Santorini International Airport is 6 km from the property.

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  • Melidonia Suites

Set in Akrotiri, within 650 m of Caldera Beach and 1 km of Akrotiri Beach, Melidonia Suites offers accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk and room service for guests. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The units at Melidonia Suites feature air conditioning and a wardrobe. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a à la carte breakfast. Red Beach is 1.1 km from Melidonia Suites, while Archaeological Site of Akrotiri is 1.3 km away. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 12 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • DL Santorini

Located in Monolithos, 1.8 km from Karterados Beach, DL Santorini provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a bar and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and room service and free WiFi throughout the property. Guest rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel each room comes with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Guests at DL Santorini can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Monolithos Beach is 1.2 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Santorini International Airport, 2.6 km from DL Santorini.

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  • Museo Grand Hotel

Situated 6 km from Cape Columbo Beach, Museo Grand Hotel in Oia features rooms with air conditioning and free WiFi. Attractively set in the Oia Caldera district, this hotel is located 200 m from Naval Museum of Oia. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, rooms come with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A à la carte breakfast is available each morning at Museo Grand Hotel. The area is popular for hiking, and bike hire and car hire are available at the accommodation. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 17 km from Museo Grand Hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Emerald Collection Suites

Situated in Karterados and with Exo Gialos Beach reachable within 2.3 km, Emerald Collection Suites features express check-in and check-out, rooms, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, free WiFi throughout the property and a garden. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a sun terrace. The accommodation offers room service, a concierge service and organising tours for guests. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a wardrobe. At the hotel the rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries. Guests at Emerald Collection Suites can enjoy a continental breakfast. Karterados Beach is 2.4 km from the accommodation, while Monolithos Beach is 2.5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 5 km from Emerald Collection Suites, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Abelis Canava Luxury Suites

Abelis Canava Luxury Suites in Vóthon provides adults-only accommodation with a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and a terrace. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a tour desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available and the hotel also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, a hairdryer and a desk. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also have pool view. At Abelis Canava Luxury Suites, all rooms come with a seating area. Continental and à la carte breakfast options are available every morning at the accommodation. At Abelis Canava Luxury Suites guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub.Oia is 16 km from the hotel, while Fira is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 3.3 km from Abelis Canava Luxury Suites, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Petri Suites

Boasting a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, bar, garden and free WiFi, Petri Suites is situated in Perivolos, 300 m from Perivolos Beach. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The accommodation features room service, a concierge service and organising tours for guests. At the hotel, each room is fitted with a wardrobe. At Petri Suites rooms are fitted with a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. At Petri Suites guests are welcome to take advantage of a hot tub. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 13 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery

Located in Pirgos, Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery offers accommodation with private balconies. Featuring luggage storage space, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The property provides sea views, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. At this property, each unit has a patio with Caldera and volcano views. Studios come with a shared, fully equipped kitchen. With a private bathroom equipped with a bidet and a hairdryer, rooms at Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Some units come with a private pool, while the rest feature a mini pool. Thermes Beach is 2.7 km from the accommodation, while Art Space Santorini is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Santorini International, 7 km from Pyrgos 1870, A restored Winery, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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Visiting Santorini with Kids

Cons

  • Most visitors are adults – and most aren’t visiting Santorini to hang out with your kids.

  • Its beaches are black volcanic sand that can be scorching hot in the mid-day sun.

  • It’s expensive. Many hotels have a boutique feel with smallish trendy rooms.

  • Wine and food are big draws for Santorini – and neither are top things to do for the typical child.

Pros

  • There are lots of great swimming spots all over the island.

  • Kids love the boat tour of the caldera and the swim (from the boat) to the volcanic hot spring.

  • The history of the island and caldera is pretty darn interesting.

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN SANTORINI

Santorini is undoubtedly the starlet of the Cyclades. The mesmerising sunset views, chic hotels adorned with infinity pools and a cosmopolitan crowd have made the majestic island well known as Greece’s premier destination for luxury travel. Beyond photographing the iconic whitewashed houses of Fira and Oia, Santorini offers an abundance of activities: watching movies al fresco, relaxing in thermal springs and hiking through stunning scenery.

 

  • Watch a movie under the stars at Cinema Kamari

Set in the village of Kamari, a few miles away from Fira, open-air movie theatre Cine Kamari has been in operation since 1987. A family-run business, the cinema is known for its homely and welcoming vibe. “As you enter the place you will find yourself in an enchanting secret garden, with a wonderful old fashioned quality that harks back to the golden age of cinema,” says Cine Kamari’s Ina Koutroubilis. “There are cinemas you go to just to see a film and there are those, like Cine Kamari Santorini, where you go to for a cinematic experience.” The smell of fresh popcorn lingers in the air, mingled with the sweet scent of night blooming flowers.

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  • Mix organic wine and creativity at Art Space

Housed in a complex of old winery chambers that date back to 1861, Art Space’s exhibition halls have an undoubtedly mystical feel. Owned by the Argiros family for over a century, this gallery space exhibits distilling equipment and grape-treading basins. Visitors can also see one of the last remaining pre-industrial tomato paste processing plants. Since 1999, when the two wine cellars, the old raki distillery and the large caved space of the old winery started operating as an art space, over 300 Greek and International Artists have exhibited their artworks in the cavernous halls. Antonis Argiros, the present owner of the space, tells Culture Trip that the modern winery produces only 10,000 wine bottles per year – mainly for visitors to Art Space. “All of our wines are organic and we only use wild yeast during the fermentation, producing wines that reflect the terroir,” Argiros explains.

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  • Tomato Industrial Museum

Tomatoes are one of Santorini’s most traditional and well-known products. Located in Vlychada, the Tomato Industrial Museum provides visitors with an interesting way to learn of the culture and traditions of Santorini’s citizens through everything from recordings to written notes. Once a tomato factory owned by D.Nomikos, the museum now exhibits pieces such as machinery dating back to 1890, work tools, the narratives of factory workers and work manuscripts. Exhibits also aim to teach people about Santorini’s history and its people and the museum is home to an art shop which sells jewelry and artwork adorned with Greek design.

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  • Visit the charming fishing harbour of Ammoudi

Boasting one of the most captivating landscapes, Santorini has been used as a film set in many international productions. Culture Trip asked Grigoris Sarantis, a producer at Central Athens Film Productions, about his favourite filming location on the island. “I’ve had the luck to shoot in Santorini more than 10 times, leaving the island full of emotions each time. I’m still amazed by the view from the caldera, looking across Palia Kameni isle with the cruise ships underneath,” he says. His very favourite spot, however, is Ammoudi – the tranquil fishing harbour set right at the foot of Oia. “You can take a small boat and go out to the sea, looking at the whole island, which offers great photo opportunities.”

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  • Archaeological Museum of Thera

The Archaeological Museum of Thera is home to a number of finds from sites such as Akrotini and other Cyclades Islands. The building was erected in 1960 in order to replace the 1902 museum which was destroyed during an earthquake. A number of historic periods are covered, up until the late Roman era. Exhibitions within the museum include the history and geology of Thera as well as treasures from as far back as the Neolithic era. Some noted artifacts include a clay oven and bathing tub and the clay daedalic figure, which dates back to the 7th century and is extremely well preserved.

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  • Enjoy an art show while tasting Santorini’s wine at Oia Vineyart

Oia Vineyart brings together flavourful local wine and eclectic art. Run by a group of young people from diverse backgrounds, this multi-purpose space in the heart of Oia features a café-restaurant, a gift shop packed exclusively with handmade items and an art space where a variety of exhibitions and performances take place. “Featuring over 180 wine brands from Santorini’s 3,500-year-old vineyard, our aim is to combine the island’s gastronomic wealth and rich wine tradition in a place where Santorini’s culture is presented to visitors through our eyes,” says Fragiskos Markozanes, one of Oia Vineyart’s co-founders.

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  • Visit Santorini’s multi-hued beaches

Santorini’s magical scenery is in large part born of the island’s volcanic activity, which has created beaches in a variety of remarkable colours. The three most stunning among these are the Red, Black and White Beaches. The Red and White Beaches lie next to each other at the southwest coast of the island, around 14 kilometres (8.7 miles) from Fira. However, the White Beach is only accessible via a boat, which departs from the Red Beach. The Black Beach (Perissa) at the southeast of the island, is nestled at the foot of Mesa mountain.

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  • Bare all at Vlychada Beach and Koloumbos Beach

“Those seeking to escape the crowds should head to Vlychada Beach or Koloumbos Beach,” says Pavlos Roulias, a local who, though living in Athens, returns every summer to work at Santorini’s campsite. Both Vlychada and Koloumbos have long been nudist beaches and this tradition is alive and well today. Roulias notes that there’s more to Koloumbos than the sense of freedom it offers: “Koloumbos isn’t just a calm beach of astounding beauty. It’s a place that narrates part of the island’s history, as 18 metres [59 feet] beneath the water surface lies an underwater volcanic crater that was formed in 1650 AD after a volcanic eruption took place,” he explains.

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  • Get traditional at Megalochori village

Megalochori, with its name translating as ‘Big Village’, traces its history back to the 17th century. Here five - star hotels with infinity pools give way to historic mansions and traditional tavernas. On the village square, you’ll see local residents drinking potent Greek coffee and playing backgammon in the morning, while you should visit in the evening to enjoy traditional meze alongside ouzo at the popular Raki restaurant.

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  • Take a boat trip to Santorini’s volcano

Sailing to the small volcanic islands that are scattered around Santorini’s archipelago caldera is an experience not to be missed. There are numerous organised tours to choose from, or you can opt to take the ferry from the island’s old port in Fira and sail to Nea Kameni, from where you can take a guided tour to the volcano. Next stop should be Palia Kameni, where the hot springs – with sulphur- and iron-rich waters – offer the perfect place for a relaxing dip. Keep in mind, though, that reaching the thermal springs requires swimming from the boat to the shore.

5 BEST Santorini Volcano Tours 2020 (COMPARED, Prices, Itinerary)

 

 

 

  • Hike from Fira to Oia

Follow the hiking trail from Fira to Oia, the two most beautiful towns on the Island, and on your way enjoy a panoramic view of the caldera from above and explore the small villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani. The mostly cobblestoned trail is around 10 kilometres (6 miles) long, and takes 3-5 hours to complete. Though the trail is relatively easy, it is advisable to set out early during the summer months, in order to avoid hiking in the heat of the day.

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  • Akrotini Archaeological Site

One of the most prominent excavation sites within the Aegean Islands, Akrotini has been an active excavation site since 1967. Civilisations from the 4th millennium BC up until the 17th century BC have been discovered here. Some of the most important buildings are ‘Xeste 4’ – a three storey building which is the largest find up until this point – as well as the ‘House of Ladies’ which is named after the fresco of the ladies and Papyrus which was used as an interior design. Many finds from this site are exhibited in the Archeological Museum of Thera.

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  • Mnemossyne Gallery

Mnemossyne Gallery in Oia is home to a collection of contemporary art books, photographs and jewelry. The pieces exhibited are the work of local artists and designers, making this quite a unique and personal experience of the island. Many of the designs are quite unusual, reflecting the unique aesthetic of the island and of Greek art past and present. If you want to make a little piece of the island home with you, these make a some are available for sale as a unique gift or souvenir.

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  • The Oia Sunset

Santorini is famous for its beautiful sunsets and the village of Oia is the most popular spot. The village praised for its beauty and charm and can be enjoyed at any point of the day; however the sunset is its most enchanting feature. It is actually said that it is one of the most beautiful sunsets on earth. It can only be seen from the tip of the island which means the number of visitors waiting to see this wonderful sight can sometimes make it a little hectic.

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  • Kamari Beach

Located 10 kilometres from Fira, the Island’s capital, this is one of Santorini’s most popular beach resorts with the area undergoing development works after an earthquake in 1956. Awarded with a Blue Flag certification, this beach provides a range of facilities such as showers, sunbeds and umbrellas. One of the main features of this site however, is its volcanic black sand. The beach is also situated under the impressive Mountain of Mesa Vouno. Although a great place to relax, Kamari Beach offers a wide variety of activities with everything from speed boats to scuba diving, and even a little history – in 2002 a sanctuary dedicated to the legendary Achilles was discovered. .

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  • Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral

The Orthodox Metropolitan Cathedral, also known as the Church of Ypapantis is one of Santorini’s landmarks. It is dedicated to John the Baptist. The original church was built in 1827, however had to be re-built after it was destroyed during the 1956 earthquake. The design of the Cathedral is quite breath-taking with its arches, domes and beautiful steeple. The church also houses a number of wonderful frescos created by local artist Christoforos Assimis. However, the surroundings of the cathedral are equally worth a look. Situated on the top of a cliff towards the bottom of the town, the church offers a wonderful view. Mass in the church convent is regularly attended by the Catholic nuns and visitors are free to join if they so wish.

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  • Argyros Mansion

Built in 1888, Argyros Mansion was home to George Argyros, a wealthy and famous wine manufacturer. The mansion is currently under the ownership Manolis Argyros who is the fourth generation of the family. The mansion is well-known for its beautiful neo-classical style architecture which includes Bavarian design as was the fashion during this period. From the living room with its Austrian styled furniture to the dining room whose Venetian dining table could accommodate eighteen people, this house breathes elegance and sophistication. The first floor is home to a museum which houses a number of Greek artifacts for visitors to ponder along with a number of paintings which date back to the 19th century. The house is open to the public and includes guided tours for both individuals and groups.

ArgyrosMansionSidebar22 - Argyros Mansion in Santorini

 

 

 

  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving

Explore the seabed of this great Greek island, with or without a tank, and get lost in the extraordinaryunderwater world of Santorini with your first ever dive lesson or a full training course. Venture down to 18m in depth to the volcanic sea floor, or, if you prefer the shallower waters, then guided snorkeling trips are available. Just grab a mask, snorkel and a pair of fins and enjoy the hidden beauties of the depths, with a surprise around every rock. Make the most of a chance to dive into these crystal-clear waters, swim through volcanic rock formations and observe the unique marine life, home to fish, octopus, eels, squid and flourishing vegetation.

7 Diving and Snorkeling Centers in Santorini to Explore the Deep Blue

 

 

 

  • Stand Up Paddleboarding

If you’re a seasoned surfer looking for big waves and barrels, then keep on rolling, but if you want to enjoy the calm and glassy surface of the Aegean Sea on a board then let yourself be tempted by an SUP session. Stylishly cruise on Santorini’s small waves standing on a board, using only pure man-power and a paddle to direct you, discover a truly unique way to enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the islands, while, at the same time, getting in an all-over body workout. Santorini is known for its small paradise beaches, but Saint George’s beach is one of the widest, making it the perfect place to relax and paddle around in the flat water, and if you feel like it, there’s also yoga classes on the paddle boards. SUP'ing is an unmissable activity to test your balance and paddle power, and is especially magical if you manage to catch one of the fabulous sunsets in the villages of Oia, Fira and Imerovigli.

Stand Up Paddling (SUP) by Trekking Hellas - santorini.net

 

 

 

  • Flyboard and Hoverboard

Defy gravity several metres above sea level and. step into Iron Man’s shoes for a few minutes with a Flyboard and hoverboard session, these new futuristic activities invented by Franky Zapata. Take to the air and hover over the water with the possibility of reaching a whopping 14 meters in height. With the help of your instructor, learn to fly over the warm waters of Santorini, powered by the powerful turbines of the Flyboard. It obviously takes a lot of balance to stay upright but after a few minutes of training, you can master this crazy invention.

Flyboarding session in Santorini

 

 

 

  • Sea Kayaking

Seakayaking is an unforgettable way to discover the shores of Santorini. With this guided tour along the south coast, you can enjoy an alternative point of view of the caldera and volcano while admiring the landscape of whitewashed houses and rock formations in the light of day or to wait for the evening and enjoy the sunset with its sublime red colour on the surface of the sea. Get the hang of it in a flash with a small introductory course teaching you how to paddle effortlessly, you can row around the south coast and enjoy swimming and diving in the crystal-clear waters of Santorini. A beautiful program in perspective.

Santorini Sea Kayak Tour - Klook US

 

 

 

  • Parasailing

If you’re looking for a bit of an extra buzz to get your adrenaline pumping then it’s time to take to the skies and check out Santorini from a different perspective. Safely fly over the blue waters of the Aegean Sea with a panoramic view of Santorini from 100 meters up, take photos from the skies and, if you’re lucky, have a front row seat to a famous sunset. The parachute can accommodate up to 3 people and is towed by a specially designed rigger, so buckle up and speedily soar around this picturesque island in style.

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  • Sailing

It’s time to find your sea legs – it’s difficult to imagine a better spot for watching a Santorini sunset than on a sailing coat cruising across the Aegean Sea! Sail just below the caldera as the highlight of your trip around the volcano island, then sit back and relax with a drink while you soak in the view. By sail boat or catamaran, this experience is not the most extreme of our selection but by far the most relaxing. A first stop at the hot springs for a mud bath that is a unique and therapeutic way to relax. Then via Apronisi and the famous lighthouse of the village, you will make a second stop at the red beach to swim and dive in the crystalline waters of Santorini. You will continue sailing to White Beach to swim and have a barbecue and after dinner, you will sail quietly to the village of Oia to enjoy the sunset with its gradations of pink, purple, orange and red that you will not see nowhere else.

Semi private morning sailing cruise | Barca Sailing

 

 

 

  • Jet Skiing

When it’s speed in the water you’re looking for all lovers of speed on the water, this sport is for you. Feel the buzz of the engine vibrate and sail along the shores of Santorini at full speed, admiring the beauty of this island from the sea. You can go around the islands or stop for a small excursion to the National Natural Geological Park of Nea Kameni with its famous volcano. The departure is generally from the beach of St George, the most beautiful of Santorini then direction Vlychada and the red beach for your jet-ski trip. Choosing between a solo voyage or a cruise with friends, it’s a good opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscapes with a few thrills in passing.

Jet Ski Safari from Perivolos, Santorini

 

 

 

  • Freerun – Parkour

Each year the island of Santorini plays host to Red Bull Art of Motion, an international parkour competition with the best free-runners in the world who compete on top of these exceptional houses. Bringing together 18 athletes from every corner ready to compete in this unique contest dramatically set in the middle of a volcanic landscape overlooking the sea. An unexpected yet ideal place for this urban discipline, showcasing the best of the best gliding from rooftop to rooftop while performing flips and seemingly defying gravity with every step; truly a spectacle you don’t want to miss.

Freerunners compete in Santorini parkour event Sept 14 | MY GREECE ...

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN SANTORINI

Undeniably one of the most picturesque islands in Europe, Santorini is one of Greece’s most beautiful destinations. Its traditional architecture, breath-taking beaches and the rich-flavored Greek cuisine combine to create an unforgettable setting. Enjoy Santorini’s best cultural restaurant of the island’s top gastronomic locations, from classic tavernas to simple beach bars, all with a unique touch of local authenticity.

 

 

  • Argo

As one of the best choices for those holidaying in Fira, the capital of Santorini, Argo is a high-class location and has won TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence more than once. With its large open-air location that offers scenic panoramic views of the caldera, Argo is a perfect place for a memorable sunset meal. It’s also a great destination for the eco-conscious, as the restaurant has an environmentally friendly kitchen. The menu is tempting with a variation of Greek and international dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients taking you on a ‘culinary tour in many corners of the world’. Among the highlights are the Santorini fava and Argo’s specialty patatina.

Santorini Cooking Classes & Gastronomy | Santorini Wines Food ...

 

 

 

  • Selene

Established in 1968, Selene is a stylish restaurant from the village of Pyrgos that has always remained faithful to its mission of using local ingredients and recipes to help visitors understand the culture of Santorini. The restaurant also offers cooking classes and enjoys a great location in the vicinity of the Santorini of the Museum. Selene operates a small meze and wine tavern, providing the complete Greek tasting experience. Its menu features delicacies like squid in seaweed, rabbit marinated in red wine, dorada with wild greens and caper cream or grilled lamb with eggplant puree.

SELENE, Fira - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Aktaion Taverna

Opened more than 90 years ago, Aktaion is a traditional Greek taverna that has witnessed almost a century of Santorini’s history and change. Now run by the third generation of its founding family, Aktaion is a reference point on the culinary scene of the island. The restaurant enjoys a great location in one of the most beautiful villages near Santorini’s capital and treats guest to a splendid display of the owner’s artworks. The menu is solely based on raw local ingredients with delicious dishes like zucchini pie, marinated anchovies with garlic, grilled and marinated mains or shrimps in basil pesto.

Traditional Santorini food - Review of Aktaion, Firostefani ...

 

 

 

  • 1800

Situated in an authentic captain’s house from 1845, this restaurant is the perfect destination for those seeking Santorini’s nostalgic spirit. Still preserving the original colors, furnishing and even the captain’s wooden travel chest, 1800 offers a memorable escape. One of the most popular restaurants in Oia, a small but historical village situated on the northern coast of the island, 1800 offers great Mediterranean recipes and an impressive view over the Aegean Sea from its rooftop terrace. The restaurant’s menu is completed by a handpicked Greek wine list.

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  • Sunset by Paraskevas

With almost 30 years of experience going back to when Andrew the donkey was the main means of transportation that supplied the taverna, Sunset by Paraskevas is a must for those who reach Oia during their stay in Santorini. Founded by a fisherman and his wife, this typical Greek restaurant is famous for its fresh fish, handpicked daily by the owner himself from local markets. Enjoying a unique location in Ammoudi Harbor, Sunset tempts its guest with its excellent quality and special dishes like its top-secret lobster pasta recipe.

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  • Atlantis Island

Atlantis Island is the perfect choice for those who enjoy refined service and delicious dishes while taking in a view of the blue sea on one of the most beautiful beaches of Santorini. The restaurant allows its guests to handpick – from two local farms – the ingredients used to prepare their preferred recipes. Focusing predominantly on Mediterranean food, the menu changes every year. What stays constant, however, is an abundant presence of natural, local ingredients such as fava beans, tomatoes and white eggplant.

Atlantis Island Restaurant Santorini - Santorini Best

 

 

 

  • Ginger Sushi

The first sushi lounge in Santorini, this restaurant is unquestionably a must-try location for those with an appetite for fresh hamachi or hot sake while relaxing in the colorful village of Firostefani. Opened in 2008, Ginger Sushi prides itself on its use of fresh ingredients, culinary creativity and a personal touch. Offering the complete package of sushi, customized rolls, chopsticks, wasabi and ginger, the lounge also has a special tasting menu ‘created to match even the most experienced culinary adventurers’.

Welcome to Ginger Sushi Lounge Santorini!

 

 

  • Krinaki Taverna

Situated in the tranquil village of Finikia, Krinaki is a traditional Greek taverna hosted in an 1832 wine production warehouse. Deeply rooted in the agricultural rhythm of rural Santorini, Krinaki uses only local and Greek ingredients to build a menu all vegetarians will love: roasted eggplants with tomatoes and cheese, omelets with asparagus, and fried mushroom or tomato fritters with fresh spearmint. The restaurant also has excellent meat dishes, including fried pork in wine, lamb on the spit or grilled lamb chops. At Krinaki Taverna you can also enjoy wine tasting, poetry readings and art exhibitions.

Santorinian Flavor Mosaic - Greece Is

 

 

 

  • Aegialos

The list of Santorini’s top cultural restaurants would not be complete without a sunny beach venue. Our pick is Aegialos, located a stone’s throw from Fira, accessible by car, foot or water. With a nautical-inspired design featuring a boat for a sofa, and fishing nets surrounded by omnipresent green and blue nuances, this small beach restaurant delivers its guests an unforgettable Santorini experience. Highly popular among tourists, Aegialos offers local dishes made only with fresh ingredients cultivated on the island and a variety of seafood and fish recipes.

Book Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement in Santorini | Hotels.com

 

 

 

  • Nichteri

Considered one of the best tavernas in Santorini, Nichteri is a popular gastronomic venue with an established reputation for serving its guests the best of the island’s traditional cuisine. Run by Vasilis Zaharakis, a local-born chef who has participated in a number of international competitions, Nichteri aspires to connect the visitors of Santorini to the ‘authentic taste’ of the island. The menu offers an excellent selection of Greek delicacies from sun-dried tomato salad, Kefalotyri cheese with lemon marmalade, steamed mussels to decadent, honey-based desserts.

Gourmet eating on Santorini - Review of Nichteri, Kamari, Greece ...

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN SANTORINI

As one of the cosmopolitan islands in Greece, Santorini has a plethora of shopping options to offer. The shops, ranging from clothing apparel to shoes, jewelry, and books, are located in Fira (Thira) and Oia, and you should combine your retail sessions with a stop at one of the many terraces offering a splendid view over the blue sea. Here is our selection of the best boutiques in Santorini.

 

 

  • Bazaar

Well located on the main street, Bazaar, with its youthful collections of clothes, is a must-see in Fira. Score some pieces from Miss Sixty, handmade bags from Georgina Skalidi, or a summer dress by Veloudakis. Men are not forgotten as the shop also sells various menswear brands. With one visit to Bazaar, you are going to be hooked.

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  • Ilias Lalaounis

For jewelry designer IIias Lalaounis, every piece of jewelry has a message in it and a story to tell. This is probably why every piece of jewelry is exquisitely made, emanating Greek history. If you haven’t visited the IIias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens, then head to the store in Fira. With influences from the Byzantine era, the Neolithic age, or Mycenaean art, the pieces are simply a work of art. And even if you don’t buy anything, a visit to the Lalaounis store is a treat for the eyes.

Ilias Lalaounis: the jeweller who embraced – and changed – history ...

 

 

 

  • Drakkar

You can find international and famous Greek brands at Drakkar. The shop has two posts, one near the cathedral and one on the main street of the city. That’s right – you are spoiled with options at Drakkar. And who knows, you may find that evening outfit for a romantic night out in Fira.

Drakkar Santorini in Firá, Greece | Tripboba.com

 

 

 

  • Ecru

A few steps away from the castle, Ecru is housed in a former captain’s house. Offering an array of men’s and women’s clothing and accessories, including shoes, Ecru is where you can find elegant apparel to bring home. While you’re visiting, don’t forget to admire the architectural style of a traditional Santorinian house.

Ecru | Santorini Island Travelers Information

 

 

 

  • Silk Shop

In a former bakery on the main street of Oia, Silk Shop is your ultimate stop for anything silk, along with other fabrics. Scarves, other accessories, and clothing made of silk, cashmere, and other noble textiles will help you upgrade your summer look with a subtle ethnic touch. That’s right – there’s no need to travel far to find the finest silk in Santorini.

Silk Shop | Santorini Island Travelers Information

 

 

 

  • The White Santorini

With the motto ‘Life is an island,’ The white Santorini is a luxury fashion brand with pieces hand-sewn in Greece by skilled craftsmen and designed by Sophia hatzigeorgiou. The White Santorini collections take you on an inviting journey into island fashion. Delicate fabrics and materials with clean lines create elegant and durable items, which are at the core of her work. Visit the shop in the Caldera in Fira, across from the Fanari tavern, or in Kamari, opposite the AMALTHEIA tavern.

The "White House" clothing store in Fira. Santorini | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Spicy

With two locations, both offering astonishing views over the caldera, this gem of a store has a variety of collections from mainly Greek designers. A lovely way of getting acquainted with the local fashion scene, you might have to buy a second suitcase to carry all your new additions home.

Spicy | Santorini Island Travelers Information

 

 

 

  • Wanderlista

Andrea Mitsakos, aka Wanderlista, specializes in creating luxury boutiques. With her expert eye, she handpicks the brands based on the location. You can find her selection of stylish accessories and clothes at Mystique Hotel in Oia or Vedema in Megalochori. She also set up an e-shop, should you be unable to find yourself in a store.

 

 

 

  • Ammos

Ammos is the largest fashion chain in Santorini. With its two shops in Fira, one at Kamari Beach, and one in Oia on the main pedestrian street, the store doesn’t need to prove its worth. Find stylish items from Mes Demoiselles, Moncler, Ash, and American Vintage, as well as creations from Greek designers.

 

 

 

  • Milo

Located in the heart of Fira on the main street, Milo is another fashion stop you ought to visit. It features carefully selected pieces from Celyn b, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Patrizia Pepe plus a diverse assortment of shoes and accessories (we fell in love with a pair of United Nude pumps).

Milos Shopping: Best 9 shops | Greeka.com

 

 

 

PERJANTAI, 31. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
ALOHA! MAUI

Maui lures travelers with an invigorating mix of natural beauty and outdoor fun, all shared with warm alohas.

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Maui is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago. Sprawling Haleakala National Park encompasses the island’s highest peak, volcanic Haleakala, as well as the pools and waterfalls of Ohe’o Gulch, accessed via scenic, winding Hana Highway. The island's 30 miles of beaches include golden-crescent Kapalua, sheltered from strong currents by lava-rock promontories.

When it comes to outdoor recreation, Maui wins best in show. Just look at that zipliner launching into a canopy of green. Or the mountain biker hurtling past eucalyptus and pine. Hikers have it darn good too, with trails winding through lava flows and bamboo forests. Along the coast, surfers barrel through waves, windboarders skim across whitecaps and snorkelers glide among fish-filled reefs and coral. 

And we haven't even mentioned the Valley Isle's most iconic adventures, like driving the Road to Hana. Watching the sunrise from the summit of Haleakalā. Paddling a kayak within sight of humpback whales in Makena Bay. In sum? Amazing.

The golden sands of Keawakapu Beach. The rumpled green flanks of Haleakalā. The graceful beauty of Wailua Falls. These gorgeous sights have drawn admirers for generations. But it's funny, just when you think you have a handle on Maui's sublime scenery, an unexpected view catches you by surprise. It's these unplanned glimpses of beauty that linger in your memory. Maybe it's the ʻahinahina (silversword) staking out a claim on a stark crater slope. Or the jagged lava along the Keʻanae Peninsula, looking protective for a moment, not menacing. And the Waiakoa Loop Trail at Polipoli? Spookily pretty – until that baby boar snuffles into view.

A top-notch dining scene enhances Maui's natural charms. And the best part? No matter the view or adventure, you're always a short drive from a delicious meal. Unless it's 8pm in Hana and you're looking for dinner...but we digress. From scrappy food trucks to white-linen dining rooms, eateries are embracing locally sourced food, from Upcountry vegetables to grass-fed beef from the ranch down the road. And the local food? The names may be unfamiliar – loco moco, shave ice, kalua pork – but trust us, the flavors are rich and delicious, and the portions typically hearty.

As you hike over the uncomfortable lava rocks on the King's Hwy near La Perouse Bay, gazing out to sea and broiling under the sun, it's easy to connect with ancient travelers who surely felt the same mix of awe and discomfort. Maui is dotted with such spots, where natural formations and historic structures are direct portals to the past. Downtown Lahaina, with its old wooden storefronts and rowdy pubs, channels the whaling era. You'd hardly blink if Edward Bailey, an 1800s missionary, stepped from the stairwell at the Bailey House. And the 100-year-old Komoda Bakery? The past still makes tasty cream puffs.

 

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT MAUI

The best times to visit Maui are April through May and September through November. The spring and fall shoulder seasons provide the pleasant weather Hawaii vacationers seek without the high rates and heavy crowds that accompany the summer and winter. However, if you're into surfing, you'll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate. Meanwhile, if you're traveling with kids, you may want to splurge for a summer trip as that's when the waters are calmest.

 

December - March

The best times to visit Maui are April through May and September through November. The spring and fall shoulder seasons provide the pleasant weather Hawaii vacationers seek without the high rates and heavy crowds that accompany the summer and winter. However, if you're into surfing, you'll want to travel in the winter for the best conditions – just book as early as possible to get a discounted rate. Meanwhile, if you're traveling with kids, you may want to splurge for a summer trip as that's when the waters are calmest.

April - May

Average springtime temperatures remain in the 80s, but Maui has long since said goodbye to the winter tourists. And because the summer crowds have yet to arrive, finding deals on airfare and lodging can be relatively easy. The island also puts on several notable festivals in March and April, making this a good time to learn more about Maui's culture.

June - August

Temperatures may be warm on the mainland, but travelers can't resist Maui in the summer. This is when the island sees a large influx of families – the arrival of summertime brings with it less forceful currents, making swimming conditions better for younger beach bums. The island also boasts a full social calendar with summer events celebrating everything from food to movies to music.

September - November

Trips along the Road to Hana are especially scenic at this time of year, and since there are fewer tourists than there are in summer and winter, traffic might not be as much of an issue along the route. During the fall, temperatures remain in the 80s, though challenging currents make their way back to shore. Like in the spring, flight and hotel deals abound; book several weeks in advance for the lowest rates.

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO MAUI

Kahului Airport (OGG) is the Maui’s main airport. There are two smaller commuter airports as well: Kapalua Airport (JHM) in West Maui and Hana Airport (HNM) in East Maui. Many airlines offer non-stop flights direct to Maui. You may also fly into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu before heading to Maui on a short, 30-minute flight. There is also daily ferry service to and from the nearby island of Lanai.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND MAUI

You can get around Maui by shuttle, tour bus, taxi, or public transportation but the best way to get around Maui is by car, particularly if you're planning on exploring large swaths of the island. Maui features a fairly comprehensive set of roadways, so finding your way around shouldn't be too difficult. There are also several public transportation options – including a bus system and hotel shuttles – but these won't always be a dependable option for wide exploration. 

You can easily rent a set of wheels upon arriving at Maui's main flight terminal, Kahului Airport (OGG), located on the island's northern coast in Central Maui. You'll find two other airports on Maui: The Kapalua Airport (JHM) is located on the north coast of West Maui, while Hana Airport (HNM) sits in East Maui. There are direct flights to Kahului from several mainland airports (including Phoenix and Los Angeles), but both Kapalua and Hana are usually only used for inter-island transfers. If you're flying from the mainland's East Coast, you may find it easier (and cheaper) to book a trip that schedules a layover in one of the West Coast airports that offer direct flights to the Kapalua Airport (versus flying into Honolulu and taking an inter-island flight to Maui).

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN MAUI

 

  • Best Western Pioneer Inn

In the heart of charming Lahaina Town on the beautiful island of Maui, Best Western Pioneer Inn offers a plantation-style atmosphere along with thoughtful amenities, only steps from scenic Lahaina Harbor. All rooms are non-smoking and include air conditioning and a ceiling fan, a balcony, a coffee machine, and a flat screen TV with cable channels. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. This historic hotel offers convenient access to a variety of recreational activities, including whale watching, scuba diving, snorkelling and deep-sea fishing. Guests can also easily take a ferry to the island of Lanai or enjoy a dinner cruise. Originally built in 1901, the Pioneer Inn combines historic charm with a variety of modern amenities, including free wireless internet access. The hotel also features private balconies, an outdoor swimming pool and on-site dining at the Pioneer Inn Bar and Grill for breakfast and lunch.

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  • Kahana Sunset

Located on the Keoni Nu’I Bay, the Kahana Sunset offers vacation apartments on a private white sand beach. The properties also have a heated outdoor pool and children’s wading pools. Free parking is available to guests. Free high-speed internet, a DVD player, and cable TV are featured in every apartment. A private lanai and a fully-equipped kitchen are also included. Guests can snorkel, swim, or watch whales or sea turtles on the reef-protected beach. The Kahana Sunset Rental Program provides beach towels and chairs. Management staff is on hand 24 hours a day.Kapalua Golf Club Bay Course is 3 km from the properties. Atlantis Submarines is 13.4 km away.

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  • Lahaina Inn

On Kaanapali beach, this Maui inn is less than 5 minutes’ walk to Lahaina Historic District. Guests' can enjoy the expansive pool and tennis facilities at The Royal Lahaina Resort with no resort fee. Free WiFi is included with all rooms. The island inspired guest rooms at the Lahaina Inn are all equipped with terrace access and iPod docking stations. The Harbor of Lahaina is less than 5 minutes’ walk from Inn Lahaina. Maalaea Harbor is 25 minutes’ drive away, and Kaanapali Golf Course is less than 15 minutes’ drive from the inn.

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  • Lahaina Shores Beach Resort

Featuring an outdoor pool and a hot tub, Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offers unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean and is beachfront accommodation in Lahaina, Maui. Daily maid service is available. Each air conditioned studio features a lanai and a full kitchen complete with an oven, a stove top, a toaster, a microwave, a refrigerator, a coffee machine, and kitchenware, as well as a dining area. It also includes a TV, a DVD player, and ironing facilities. Select studios include free WiFi and free parking. Select rooms offer oceanfront views or mountain views. Lahaina Shores Beach Resort offers barbecue facilities. Daily maid service is available to guests. The hotel is 5 minutes' walk from the historic Banyan Tree and 5 minutes' drive from the Sugar Cane Train. Explore the charming shops and restaurants of historic Front Street. The hotel is also within walking distance of para sailing, fishing, snorkeling and sunset cruises.

 

 

 

  • Hotel Wailea, Relais & Châteaux - Adults Only

Nestled on a cliff overlooking Maui's southern coastline on 15 landscaped acres, the Hotel Wailea, Relais & Chateaux - Adults Only features luxurious facilities and spacious suites. Each suite at Hotel Wailea boasts free WiFi and a private, furnished deck with a view of the ocean or garden. Amenities such as plush bathrobes and deep soaking tubs ensure a comfortable stay. Guests can enjoy the stunning views of the ocean. Beach services include free bottled water, beach chairs and umbrellas. Guests can also enjoy inspired island-to-table cuisine in two intimate settings at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea. The Lanai offers sunset ocean views, and The Garden offers romantic al fresco dining amid sculpted gardens. The hotel also offers a unique private dining experience in The Treehouse, where guests are treated by a personal chef in a ocean view outdoor setting amid a canopy of mangoes and avocados.

 

 

 

  • Koa Lagoon

Featuring self catering suites with balconies and panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, this Kihei hotel is only 61 m from the beach. Leisure facilities include an outdoor pool with a sun-lounger terrace. Air conditioned suites at Koa Lagoon have wicker furnishings and a living room with cable TV and a DVD player. They include a dining area and a fully-equipped kitchen with a toaster and large cupboards for storage. Guests can benefit from the hotel’s laundry facilities. Free wired internet is available throughout the hotel and a car rental service is available. Elle Aire Golf Course and Wailea Golf Course are both less than 1.6 km from the hotel. Nearby leisure activities include humpback whale watching and snorkeling. Free private parking is possible on site.

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  • Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea

Situated in Wailea, 800 m from Wailea Beach, Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar lounge. Each room offers a flat-screen TV. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Suites feature fully equipped kitchen and furnished balconies. A breakfast buffet is offered, as well as evening refreshments at the pool bar. BBQ facilities are also available at the Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. A pool, a hot tub, and fitness centre are available for guests. Grocery shopping services are also provided. Mokapu Beach Park is 900 m from Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea, while Polo Beach is 1.4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Kahului Airport, 23 km from Residence Inn by Marriott Maui Wailea.

 

 

 

  • Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport

Located on Maui, Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport features an outdoor swimming pool and is less than 5 minutes’ drive to Kahului Airport. Hoaloha Park beaches is less than 5 minutes’ drive away. Free WiFi is available in all rooms. Offering a flat-screen TV with cable channels, all rooms include an iPod docking station and an en suite bathroom. A coffee machine and a refrigerator are also included. Guests can relax in the hot tub after a day lounging by the pool at Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport. A fitness centre is onsite. Haleakala National Park is 42 km away. Maui Arts & Cultural Center is 42 km away from Courtyard by Marriott Maui Kahului Airport.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • The Mauian Hotel

Situated on one of Maui's most beautiful beaches on Napili Bay, The Mauian Hotel offers a variety of activities and friendly services. Guests have access to the swimming pool, two oceanfront shuffleboard courts, and three poolside gas barbecue grills. The quiet guestrooms and studios feature a private lanai with outdoor furniture, a microwave and a refrigerator, and an en suite bathroom with a walk-in shower and a hairdryer. The studios offer a fully equipped kitchen with stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops. To maintain the peaceful escape, guests can visit the Ohana Room to watch TV or use free wireless internet access. In the morning, guests can enjoy a free continental breakfast, and weekly poolside live entertainment. Championship golf and tennis is available at the adjacent Kapalua Resort. The area surrounding the Mauian is also filled with trekking, water sports and shopping opportunities.

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  • Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront

Located on Keawakapu beach, Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront offers beachfront access. Maui Ocean Center Aquarium and snorkeling opportunities are less than 5 minutes’ walk away. All rooms include a TV with cable channels, and free parking is available. All rooms feature air conditioning, a TV with cable channels, a refrigerator, a microwave, a coffee machine, and an in-room safe. The en suite bathrooms include a hairdryer, ironing facilities, and daily maid service. All rooms are shaded and set back from the beach. A fitness centre, barbecue facilities, and a launderette are located onsite for guests’ convenience. Complimentary internet access is only available in the lobby at Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront. Newspapers are delivered daily. Oceanfront dining is offered for breakfast and dinner at the on-site restaurant, Sarento’s on the Beach. Homemade pasta with mediterranean influence, steaks and seafood are offered at this award-winning oceanfront restaurant. Kahului Airport is 30 minutes’ drive away. Offering golfing opportunities, Wailea Golf Club is 40 minutes’ drive away from Days Inn by Wyndham Maui Oceanfront.

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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MAUI

 

  • Road trip to Hana

This scenic drive through Maui’s stunning seaside cliffs and alongside waterfalls should be on everyone’s bucket list. The 65-mile route takes serious time thanks to restricted speeds around treacherous curves and blind corners, so dedicate a whole day to this adventure. As you approach Hana, visit Honokalani Beach to walk along black volcanic sand and splash in the waves, then pop by Da Fish Shack for seriously good fish tacos.

 

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  • Helicopter tours

For the ultimate combination of island flavor and entertainment, book an evening at Old Lahaina Luau. This celebration honors tradition through energetic music and dance performances, and you’ll also witness the unveiling of the Kālua pua'a—roasted pork—from its underground oven. Sample fresh poke, marinated chicken and flavorful salads at the buffet while enjoying bottomless cocktails. All this occurs alongside panoramic ocean views and that famous Maui sunset.

Air Maui Helicopters - Air Maui Helicopters | Groupon

 

 

 

  • Tour of the Stars

On a crystal clear night, Maui’s skies light up with an impressive display overhead. To fully appreciate all that is shining over this slice of paradise, take a guided astronomical tour hosted at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. Spend the night stargazing with powerful telescopes while nibbling on chocolate strawberries accompanied by sparkling wine as the astronomy director shares stories of celestial navigation.

Why Hyatt Maui Is the Best Stargazing Hotel in the World

 

 

 

  • Maui Ocean Center

Explore living reefs, see rare corals and a turtle lagoon at the Maui Ocean Center. Then watch sharks, rays and huge fish interact with each other as part of the impressive “Open Ocean” exhibit, where guests wander through a glass tunnel and take in overhead views. The newest addition to this immersive marine life experience is the 3D humpback whale sphere that will leave you in awe.

Maui Ocean Center Aquarium Tickets & Tours | OverseasAttractions.com

 

 

 

  • MauiGrown Coffee

Maui boasts 500 acres of coffee farmland and, as you drive around West Maui, you’ll notice the largest production on the island at Kaanapali Coffee Farms. That’s where MauiGrown Coffee is harvested then brought to the super cute company store and café near Lahaina. Taste test a variety of local roasts and pick up fresh beans to take home with you.

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  • Haleakala Crater at Haleakala National Park

Not only is Haleakala Crater the location where, according to Hawaiian mythology, the demigod Maui lassoed the sun, but it’s also one of the most beautiful places you could possibly watch it rise. You really have to be an early riser to see this magic unfold as it can take up to two hours to reach the summit and reservations are required to enter the district during wee hours. Bundle up: the Haleakala Visitor Center’s elevation is nearly 10,000 feet and much cooler than sea level.

24 Hours in Haleakala National Park, Hawaii | Go 4 Travel Blog

 

 

 

  • Kaanapali Surf School

The instructors at Kaanapali Surf School are serious pros, but they’re also famous for encouraging first-timers. They’ll start off with a land-based lesson on technique and safety then follow you out into the break to guide your ride. Kaanapali’s waves are gentle and consistent, making this a great entry level experience. Trust us when we say that there’s nothing like catching that first wave all on your own.

Maui Surfing | Maui Surf Schools, Rentals, Spots, Reports, Tips

 

 

 

  • Lahaina Historic Trail

Explore more than 500 years of history spread throughout 65 sites in Lahaina Town. Start at Baldwin Home Museum, the oldest surviving house on the island of Maui, then visit a courthouse, lighthouse and more before arriving at the legendary Banyan tree. Over 145 years old, this massive tree has grown 16 separate trunks and, at 60 feet high, it is the biggest Banyan tree in the United States.

Lahaina Historic Trail

 

 

 

  • Maui Whale Festival

As of 2020, Maui Whale Festival celebrates 40 years of whale education and advocacy while giving the public access to amazing views of these incredible mammals during peak humpback whale season. Join a concert cruise to witness whales breach while local musicians entertain on deck. You can also pack your binoculars and pull up a chair seaside. Marine Naturalists are stationed at key locations to assist visitors with spotting whales on their voyage through Maui waters.

Maui Whale Festival 2018: Calendar of Events | Maui Now | Hawaii News

 

 

 

  • Ululani’s Hawaiian Shave Ice

Offering more than 50 flavors, it’s impossible to choose one favorite shave ice topping, so go for three or more. Combine mango and guava with passion orange for a refreshing island favorite or try pineapple with coconut and lime for a sweet-tart treat. Pro tip: there is almost always an eager line of customers here, so try the beachside location at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort for a quick pick-me-up without the wait.

Say Aloha to the Best Shave Ice on Maui - pmimaui

 

 

 

  • Waʻa Paddle Tour

Outrigger canoes found prominence long ago in Polynesia and made their way to the islands as a means of transportation and for line fishing. Now a popular water sport, paddling an outrigger takes six willing bodies. The Waʻa Paddle Tour comes with a side of stunning views of the West Maui mountains as your guide shares local lore and culture.

Maui Canoe Adventure | Kā'anapali Beach Hotel | Paddle to Puʻu Kekaʻa

 

 

 

  • Joey’s Kitchen

One of Hawaii’s must-try culinary treats is loco moco: a hefty serving of white rice topped with a full hamburger patty, a fried egg and thick gravy. This is serious comfort food and you’ll find variations of the delicacy at every turn. Chef Joey Macadangdang goes the traditional route with a powerful flavor punch at his quick-serve casual eateries. While there, try his ahi potstickers as well.

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  • Maluaka Beach

While you can find sea turtles at a few different beaches in Maui, the safest bet to actually spotting them is to head to Maluaka Beach. Lovingly referred to as “turtle town,” this beach is known as the home of a large population of Hawaiian green sea turtles. As an added perk: the beach is not often crowded, so you’ll also get to enjoy a leisurely ocean swim in calm waters.

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  • Paia Fish Market

If you want to expand your culinary palate by sampling Mau’s bounty of seafood, head to casual eatery Paia Fish Market for an easy ordering experience. Try the mahi mahi if in the mood for a flaky white fish or dig into opah instead, a Hawaiian fish that supposedly brings good luck. Once you pick your protein, you’ll get to choose its preparation: grilled, blackened, Cajun style or sautéed in butter and lemon.

Front Street, Lahaina | Paia Fish Market Restaurant

 

 

 

  • Maui Wines at Ulupalakua Ranch

While wine tasting might be the last thing you imagined doing while visiting a tropical island, Maui’s Ulupalakua Vineyards is a great excuse to take a scenic drive through Upcounty. Tour the estate to see historic buildings and learn why this was a favorite spot of Hawaiian royals King Kalākaua and Queen Kapi’olani. Taste a range of grape varietals but make sure not to miss out on the pineapple wines unique to this area.

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  • Hyatt penguins

It may seem odd to find penguins in Maui, but these African black-footed cuties are perfectly at home in warm climates. These seven quirky characters reside at Hyatt Regency Maui and, each morning, they put on an energetic display during their feeding sessions. Throughout the day, you’ll find them diving into their pond, showing off torpedo swim skills and cooling off in the shade.

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  • Maui-Lanai Passenger Ferry

Hop the passenger ferry connecting Maui with Lanai to expand your horizons—literally. While it’s the smallest of the state’s inhabited islands, this part of Maui County offers a full range of activities off the beaten path. Lanai is home to the ideal terrain for four-wheel excursions and horseback riding, though you’ll also find unique crafts and mouth-watering eateries in Lanai City. You might also want to visit the Lanai Cat Sanctuary to mingle with six hundred island kitties.

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  • Made in Maui Festival

Forget tourist T-shirts and keychains: the annual Made in Maui County Festival boasts over 140 vendors selling exciting local products, from artisan craft goodies to jewelry and freshly baked goods. Sample local olive oil and honey, peruse hand-painted fabrics and hand-crafted leis, and take home one-of-a-kind gifts. Give into temptation and dine at more than a dozen on-site food trucks featuring acai bowls, shrimp plates and island barbeque. 

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  • Black Rock Cliff Dive

Chief Kahekili, a Maui king in the 1700s, dove from the top of lava rock cliffs at Puu Kekaa, commonly referred to as Black Rock in Kaanapali, and into the ocean waters below. This tradition is reenacted with a free sunset torch lighting ceremony before a warrior diver takes that same grand leap. If you feel brave, head over in the daytime to try this cliff dive yourself, or snorkel the clear waters below to see a great selection of sea life while others belly flop. 

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  • The Seven Sacred Pools

Nicknamed “seven sacred pools,” the Pools of 'Ohe'o provide the swimming experience of your dreams. Surrounded by a lush rainforest and bamboo trees, this series of cascading waterfalls and natural pools is East Maui’s most popular attraction. Tip: visit on a sunny day as wet weather means the area is closed off for safety.

Seven Sacred Pools, Maui | Daniel Sullivan Photography

 

 

 

  • Hawaii Food & Wine Festival

This annual culinary celebration brings award-winning chefs to town over several weekends. Maui events include a six-course gala dinner and a ticketed fireworks finale, while a free family event takes place in Whalers Village. If you can’t make the October festivities, try to visit during the annual Kapalua Wine & Food Festival, which takes place in June and includes a binge-worthy seafood fair.

9th Annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival | Maui Resorts

 

 

 

  • Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm

For a completely different vibe than the one defining Maui’s beach scene, head inland to the ranches and visit Ali'i Kula Lavender farm. General admission is only $3 and a free self-guided walking tour offers sweeping views of the island and gardens. Sign up for a craft class to make your own lavender wreath or shop the on-site market for aromatherapy goods and lavender honey.

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  • Ironwood Ranch

Forget walking: the best way to experience the rolling hills of a Maui pineapple plantation is to horseback ride through them. Saddle up at Ironwood Ranch in Napili and you’ll soon be giddying-up through rain forests, green mountainsides and (yes) pineapple fields, like a regular Hawaiian ranch hand.

Seven Scenic Maui Horseback Riding Tours | TravelAge West

 

 

 

  • Pacific Whale Foundation

It’s impossible not to fall in love with Maui’s marine and wildlife while snorkeling or sailing around the island. To make a positive impact during your visit, consider volunteering with Pacific Whale Foundation, even for just a few hours. Options range from debris monitoring to coral reef protection, and you’ll gain a broader appreciation for these precious ecosystems.

Pacific Whale Foundation - Whale Research - Maui Tickets for Less

 

 

 

  • Slack Key Guitar Festival

Join the festivities at Maui Arts & Cultural Center during this free family event celebrating an original Hawaiian art form. Ki Ho’alu—which means “loosen the key” in Hawaiian—is a guitar form that dates back to 19th-century island cowboys. At the festival, dozens of slack key guitar musicians showcase their music while craft vendors and local eateries cater to the crowd.

Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival 2018 | Honolulu Star-Advertiser

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO IN MAUI FOR KIDS

Here are some activities to do & places to go on Maui For Families With Kids, and this is the best guide for choosing top activities on Maui. In this way, you and your family can safely maximize on all of the fun and adventure that Maui has to offer. A hui hou!

 

 

  • Molokini Snorkeling Tour

For one of the most incredible experiences of your life, and perhaps one of the most treasured vacation memories that you could ever create for your family is a Molokini Snorkel Tour with Pride of Maui. With over 30 years of outstanding customer service and high visitor ratings, Pride of Maui takes special care to employ a team with extensive ocean-tour experience and ongoing training. Pride of Maui is well-renowned for being child-friendly, and their vessel is outfitted with safety in ease, comfort, and convenience. When venturing on a snorkel tour, know that you will be exploring one of the most premier snorkel, SNUBA, and scuba diving locations in the world. Molokini Crater is believed to be over 150 thousand years old and overflows with an abundance of ocean life thriving in their natural habitat. Witness the magic of the Hawaiian green sea turtles and Spinner dolphins first hand. Spectate and take delight as they gracefully dance and play through their natural coral reef habitat. The Molokini and Turtle Town Snorkeling Tour with Pride of Maui offers guests a free breakfast, BBQ lunch, and open bar. By request, additional snuba, scuba, and video services are also available.

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  • Maui Ocean Center

Enjoy an afternoon with your family and visit the only state-of-the-art aquarium in the world dedicated to displaying and preserving Hawaiian marine life. The Maui Ocean Center offers full exploration for all visitors; adults and children. It is one of the top things to do on Maui and is a truly unique experience to have the opportunity to visit the largest tropical aquarium in America. Not only do they exhibit Hawaiian sea life, but they offer educational displays on ocean ecology, Whale life, and Hawaiian culture. Through a guided walking path, revel in their exclusive and rare attractions touring the outdoor Hawaiian sea turtle sanctuary, and Hammerhead shark pool. Investigate through the ever-engaging indoor aquarium housing the famed Hawaiian Tako (octopus) and a host of atypical sea creatures.

The Maui Ocean Center is renowned for their fully encircling sea-tunnel that gives the feel of a dry-land snorkel. Make sure to check out the massive indoor shark tank that displays Hammerhead sharks, Tiger sharks, White Tips, Grey Tips, and a variety of deep water fish. The staff is extremely personable, approachable and well-versed on Hawaiian marine Life. They welcome questions and discussions, and openly share their knowledge of the Maui Ocean Center’s mission, events & community goals.

Maui Ocean Center One Day Pass - Klook Philippines

 

 

 

  • Hawaii Mermaid Adventures

For those of you who have always dreamed of becoming a mermaid, and learning tales and mythologies as well as interesting information about marine life in Hawaii, book a lesson with Hawaii Mermaid Adventures. With expert instructors who are also lifeguard certified, your experience will be safe and truly immersive in Hawaii’s beautiful waters. This is mermaid fun for everyone! They also offer free digital underwater photos during your 2-hour lesson.

Hawaii Mermaid Adventures Review - Maui Mermaids

 

 

 

 

  • Atlantis Submarine

For a truly unique family adventure, be sure to book an Atlantis Submarine underwater tour. Recently featured on National Geographic T.V., this is for sure one of the best things to do on Maui with your family. All guests will marvel and drop jaws as they journey 100 feet deep through the ocean heavens that shelter West Maui, and the outer islands of Moloka’i and Lana’i. The Atlantis is a revolutionary 48 passenger air-conditioned vessel spaciously designed for guest comfort. Allow you and your family to become a key witness to Maui’s underwater world. Travel through the Pacific Ocean as you observe rare sea life, a sunken 19th Century supply vessel replica, and an artificial reef designed to sustain a growing habitat for indigenous Hawaiian species. Between the months of December and May, keep your eyes peeled from sea to shore as you might have the rare chance to see Humpback whales during their annual migration through Hawaiian waters. Atlantis Adventures offers a variety of family vacation packages and specials contingent on the season.

Atlantis Adventures | Atlantis Submarine Tour Maui

 

 

 

  • Old Lahaina Luau

When looking for things to do in Maui, take advantage of a scarce opportunity to be immersed in Hawaiian culture at the Old Lahaina Luau. Give your family the gift of experiencing ancient offerings as you savor traditional Hawaiian foods, ceremonies, crafts and games for children, songs, ritual chanting and traditional hula dance. Since 1986, the Old Lahaina Luau has been a Maui treasure, that invokes memories of authentic Hawaiian hospitality. Voted time-and-time again by national publications and reader polls as Best Luau in Hawaii, Best of Maui and Best in Hawaii, you and your family will most definitely be satisfied with your evening. Together, you will gain valuable insight into the culture and history of the Hawaiian Islands

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  • Surf Lessons

Throughout the world, everyone knows that surfing is synonymous with Hawaii. Visitors travel from around the world to explore Maui’s beaches and attractions. Without a doubt, surfing lessons are a top item on the list for families traveling to Hawaii with their children. Surfing is an enjoyable, challenging, and rewarding sport for all that push themselves up on that board! With a proper introduction to surfing, and with an instructor that takes their time, initial surf lessons can jumpstart a lifelong love for the lifestyle and sport of surfing. On Maui, there are a host of incredible options for surf instruction. From beginner to advanced, all students can find a teacher and surf school that’s right for them. Surf lessons can take place at local Maui beaches, or oceanfront at Maui resorts. Most surf lessons take place in the morning or early afternoons, and students can book large groups, small groups, and private classes. In fact, if you’re visiting Maui with your family, why not book a group lesson for your family? Surely, it will not only be fun, but a fantastic bonding day activity to enjoy in Maui.

Maui Surf Lessons for Kids! - Maui Surfer Girls

 

 

 

  • Hiking

One of the most rewarding day trips on Maui, is a family day at lao Valley State Park. Iao is not only a cultural landmark, but it is also a sacred site for housing ancient Hawaiian demigods and serves as a pivotal location for Hawaiian history. Mystical, lush and inviting, Iao Valley is breathtakingly beautiful. It is a perfect place to spend a family day on Maui hiking through mellow trails, swimming in the waterfall and pools, and having a picnic or BBQ. While venturing out of Iao Valley, take time to check out the Kepaniwai Heritage Gardens and the Hawaiian Nature Center.

The Best Maui Hiking Trails | Hawaii Travel with Kids

 

 

 

  • Maui Escape Rooms

Interactive escape rooms are the latest entertainment craze these days. Up until recently, most of them have been limited to an “adults only” audience. The good news is, Maui Escape Rooms offer kid-friendly escape games for children 12 and over, making this a great family adventure on Maui. Maui Escape Rooms offer a fun packed 60-minute experience, perfect for giving your family a needed break from the sun or a fun rainy-day activity on Maui. Imagine the thrill of getting locked in a room with your kids where you have to work together to discover clues and solve puzzles to find your way out! Escape Rooms are fantastic for encouraging collaboration skills and fostering team work that leads to a sense of comradery. Currently, Maui Escape Rooms offers four fun escape games that include Pirate Ship, Prison Break, Tesla’s Inheritance and Ka Puka Bunker. Each game is unique and challenging, promoting family bonding as you all work together to solve the mystery.
 

Mystery Maui Escape Room Review - Maui Guide

 

 

 

  • Maui Treasure Hunt

Next time you’re planning a vacation on Maui with your kids, don’t forget to book the Maui Treasure Hunt! This is a super fun activity for kids on Maui and includes a family tour with hiking, swimming in a private lagoon, and searching for bounty with your own designated treasure map.

Maui is definitely the best Hawaiian Island for enjoying outdoor family fun in ease. Throughout the Island of Maui, guests enjoy can enjoy island and jungle living, great outdoor activities, and days of sunshine playing in the surf. Next time you’re on a Maui vacation, mix it up with a family adventure on the Maui Treasure Hunt. This activity is about 3 hours long, and available for kids 5 years and older (kids under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult). This is a great activity to enjoy as a family, or you can plan on dropping your kids off at the meeting point, and enjoying a little well-deserved adult time while your kids are searching for treasure, and exploring Maui in a safe environment. The Maui Treasure Hunt begins at a meeting point in Kahului (Central Maui) at 8:45 am. This fun-filled Maui activity runs from 9am-1pm and includes a backpack, snacks and bottled water. The hiking trail is fit for any beginner and is 2-miles in length. Guests should prepare for the hunt with sunscreen, mosquito repellent, a swimsuit, and closed toed shoes or sports sandals. Prepare to get muddy, dirty, and wet! If you’d like to bring a camera or a smartphone for photo opportunities, bring it in a plastic bag to prevent the possibility of water damage. If you’re looking for a great adventure that your children will love, definitely take advantage of this Maui hiking tour for kids. Your kids will be entertained, educated and engaged for the duration of the whole tour. They’ll most definitely create happy memories, and remember that time that Mom and Dad took them on that awesome Maui treasure hunt!

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  • Tropical Express Tour

The Tropical Express Tour happens at the Maui Tropical Plantation in Central Maui. Perfect for kids, families and couples, here’s a Maui tour that offers visitors a chance to view Maui’s fruits, produce, plants and tropical flowers growing in an active farm setting. The Tropical Express is a bright green, three-car train-like truck that cruises though the Maui Tropical Plantation property. Only upon “The Express” can guests access and journey through this incredible Waikapu Maui plantation. During a 45-minute tour, the train loops around a fresh water lagoon, orchards, and tropical gardens. Pending the season, participants will visit a variety of farm sites including: pineapple, coconut, mango, banana, coffee, macadamia nut, papaya, starfruit, jackfruit, sugarcane, sweet potato, ulu, taro, avocado, herbs, corn, and more. This tour also includes Hawaiian cultural demonstrations like learning how to husk coconuts, and opportunities to sample freshly harvested fruits and vegetables. With an expert guide, visitors will learn about Maui’s farm seasons, how fruits like pineapple are grown, and be surrounded by the fresh scent of tropical flowers growing in their natural environment. The Tropical Express Tour is available daily: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, and 4pm (including weekends and excluding major holidays).

Top 12 Best Things To Do in Maui with Kids

 

 

 

  • Ufo Parasail

For those of you have always dreamed of flying, and wish to soar the skies with a birds eye view, board ship with UFO Parasailing and Hawaiian Adventures. As one of the top activities on Maui for over 25 years, all who dare to launch into an in-flight adventure we feel thrilled, and triumphantly pleased that they mastered the norm. With options to ride solo, tandem, in groups of three or just observe from the boat, there is no doubt that smiles with stretch across your family’s faces.

Another successful abduction by UFO Parasail Maui! - YouTube

 

 

 

 

  • Best Family Beaches On Maui
  1. Baby Beach at Baldwin Beach Park and Ho’okipa Beach Park - NORTH SHORE
  2. Ka’anapali Beach and Kahekili Beach - KA’ANAPALI
  3. Kamaole I, II and III - KIHEI
  4. Secret Beach - WAILEA
  5. Big Beach at Makena - MAKENA
  6. Hana Bay and Hamoa Beach - EAST MAUI

Baby Beach, Maui's Favorite Family Friendly White Sand Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN MAUI

Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands and is a popular resort spot because of the many outdoor activities that you can do there, snorkeling, windsurfing, hiking, and more. So while you’re there living the island life in Hawaii, give some of these fantastic restaurants a try.

 

  • Lahaina Grill

Voted best Maui restaurant 22 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine’s readers’ poll, Lahaina Grill is a clear choice for our list as well. The restaurant opened as a 55-seat bistro in 1990 and has since grown in popularity, it may still be difficult to book a seat. Their menu serves seafood and Hawaiian specialties in an elegant, upscale space set with fine china and crystal and decorated with elaborate artwork by Maui colorist Jan Kasprzycki.

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  • The Mill House

The Mill House is located on the grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation and offers a selection of tapas made from high quality ingredients grown within the plantation’s grounds. The real treat at The Mill House are the chef's table events on Friday and Saturday nights where guests are invited to an intimate and original dining experience. During a seven course meal, diners are encouraged to watch and interact with Chef Scheer and his team to learn more about each dish.

The Mill House, Wailuku - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews ...

 

 

 

  • NUKA

NUKA is an izakaya style Japanese sushi restaurant with sleek, refined décor. Named after the Japanese word for ‘rice bran,’ NUKA was created out of love for the simplicity and artistry of Japanese cuisine and culture. NUKA supports local farmers and fishermen by making their dishes with local and seasonal ingredients. The service is fast and friendly in this welcoming atmosphere, and diners are sure to leave satisfied by the meals served here.

Top 10 Maui Sushi Restaurants | Best Sushi on Maui

 

 

 

  • Hali’imaile General Store

Located on the lower slopes of Haleakala, amidst the pineapple fields, is the Hali’imaile General Store. The building that was once a camp store for a pineapple plantation became Bev Gannon’s catering headquarters and gourmet take out deli which developed into Bev Gannon’s original restaurant. The restaurant serves fresh seafood and regional Hawaiian fare. Hali’imaile General Store is an excellent place to stop for dinner after watching the sunset from Haleakala.

Hali'imaile General Store – A Bev Gannon Restaurant | Maui hawaii ...

 

 

  • Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant

Located at the Grand Wailea Resort, Humuhumunukunukuapua’a Restaurant is an ocean side restaurant with a Polynesian thatched roof that sits in a saltwater lagoon filled with tropical fish. Named after Hawaii’s state fish, the restaurant allows diners to select their own lobster from the lagoon or choose a dish from the menu of Hawaiian and Polynesian fish and meat entrées. The food is not the only allure of this restaurant; Humuhumunukunukuapua’a offers fantastic sunset views across the ocean as diners enjoy their meals.

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  • Koa’s Seaside Grill

Koa’s Seaside Grill offers seaside and rooftop dining with views of Molokai and Lanai, the neighboring islands. Koa’s is owned by the same people who started The Gazebo restaurant in Napili so you will find the same favorite dishes on Koa’s breakfast menu as you would at The Gazebo. At Koa’s Seaside Grill, diners can enjoy fresh fish, steak, or vegetarian dishes while they watch the beach sunset.

Koa's Seaside Grill (@KoasGrill) | Twitter

 

 

 

  • Mama’s Fish House Restaurant

Mama’s Fish House Restaurant  is a local landmark. The restaurant and inn are located on a private beach in Paia with a coconut grove, and they offer a free valet service. Mama’s Fish House Restaurant serves fresh local fish caught daily and a menu full of Polynesian dishes. Mama’s has impeccable service and fun Polynesian décor. Reservations are necessary at this popular spot.

Mama's Fish House | Directory | ThisWeek Hawaii

 

 

 

  • Pacific’O Restaurant

Pacific’O Restaurant  is a restaurant located in Lahaina that has been around for 20 years. They serve farm to table cuisine made with fresh local ingredients from both the land and the sea. They even have farm to bar drinks, made with freshly squeezed fruits and produce from Pacific’O’s own farm, which visitors can take lunchtime tours of. And the outdoor seating area by the beach at sunset is the perfect setting for a romantic evening.

Pacific'o Restaurant — Beachfront Maui Dining in Lahaina, Maui.

 

 

 

  • Star Noodle

Star Noodle is a modern restaurant with wood trimmed décor located in Lahaina. Star Noodle serves a selection of fresh house made noodles and shareable plates of Asian dishes. They have a full sake bar that serves sake, unique cocktails, and specialty Star cocktails as well as select wines and beers. And once you have dined here, not skipping the malasadas or mango pudding for dessert, merchandise is available to buy, which comes in the form of Star Noodle t-shirts, hats, and a tote bag.

Star Noodle | Travel + Leisure | Travel + Leisure

 

 

 

  • Taqueria Cruz

Taqueria Cruz is a great change of pace if you feel like a break from seafood. Taqueria Cruz serves authentic Mexican food based on family recipes made with fresh ingredients. Their menu offers a variety of Mexican favorites, including tacos, burritos, quesadillas, flautas, taquitos, tostadas, enchiladas, and chimichangas. They have outdoor seating in a shaded courtyard, live music and specials every Taco Tuesday, and there’s a bring your own beer policy every day with no corkage fee.

Taqueria Cruz Review | Mexican food recipes, Food, Maui restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN MAUI

  • Paia Town

There is just so much to say about the beautiful bohemian-style Town of Paia. This “Shopper Paradise” offers way more than your eye can see! The Historical Town of Paia has deep roots in Maui’s agricultural history, and is still garnished by old store fronts and easy beach town country vibes. Once the Counter Culture Revolution of the 1960’s left San Francisco, there’s no doubt that the real deal hippies set sail for Maui. Creating new businesses and adding their own flare, Paia Town then became influenced by a whole new demographic of artsy, educated, conscious hippy types. With the indigenous local surf culture, and the wave of windsurfing migrants during the 1980’s, Paia became known as a secret gem for all kinds of fun-loving internationals that just wanted to kick back and enjoy their lives to the fullest! Today, Paia Town is still the backseat heartbeat of Maui County – a one stoplight town that might just be responsible for all the unforeseen trends that are at any given time throughout the Hawaiian Islands. We love Paia Town so much! From the surf shops to the galleries, yoga studios, one-of-a-kind boutiques, the Paia Tattoo Gallery, coffee shops, restaurants, and the most ideal health food store in the world (Mana Foods), Paia is the epitome of Hawaii small town charm. Next time you’re on island, do not miss out on a chance to visit Paia, Maui’s secret crowned jewel.

Paia Town Maui

 

 

 

  • Maui Swap Meet

Since 1981, the Maui Swap Meet in Kahului has been the largest of its kind on the Valley Isle. We love this market for many reasons, but it’s best noted for a variety of souvenirs and gifts. You can find all the kitschy Hawaiian style souvenirs that you want to bring back for friends and family, such as keychains, coconut postcards, false flowers for your hair, etc., but that is definitely not the extent of goods you’ll find! One of the things that makes this market so awesome is that you’ll also find local vendors that make unique Maui made gifts – locally made jewelry, art, crafts, plants and packaged foods. Another great things about this Maui shopping market is that you can also find a wide variety of Maui grown produce, fresh flowers, food vendors, and sample tastings of locally grown foods. When visiting the Kahului Swap Meet, we suggest that you arrive early to beat the mid morning parking traffic and the mid day Central Maui heat!

Best Maui Souvenirs Swap Meet

 

 

 

  • Makawao

Located Upcountryon the slopes of Mount Haleakala is Maui’s famed cowboy country! Since the days when Spanish and Portuguese settlers laid their roots on Maui, Makawao has become a town known for its paniolo (Spanish cowboy) nature. Without a doubt, Makawao is the most charming and laid back community on Maui. In Makawao Town, guests will find an array of boutiques, galleries, restaurants and healing centers. Just 10 minutes up Baldwin Avenue from the Historic Town of Paia, Makawao is the perfect place to spend a few fun hours shopping, photographing, eating and talking story with local business owners. If you’re visiting Makawao on a Wednesday, definitely check out the weekly Farmers Market (9am-1pm) at the Po’okela Church up Olinda Road. Here, you’ll find 100% local Maui produce and gift vendors. If you’re visiting Maui during the Summer, do not miss out on a chance to check out their annual 4th of July Parade and Rodeo. This is a wonderful chance to really engage with Maui’s Upcountry culture.

Best Maui Souvenirs Makawao

 

 

 

  • Nahiku Marketplace

Just 6 miles before Hana Town, approximately at Mile Marker 29, you’ll find the Nahiku Marketplace. Over the past 8 years or so, the Nahiku Marketplace has transitioned from a few local vendors to a mini village of tropical fun. This is a great place to stop en route to Hana and grab a bite to eat, fresh coconut water and juices, a coffee, or find some locally made souvenirs. At Nahiku Marketplace, guests can find a surplus of locally made gifts, including shell and semiprecious stone jewelry, spiritual icons, woven goods, wood-works, glass art, surf art, rare home design elements, paintings and more. This is a must stop on the road to Hana, you’ll never know what you’ll find here!

Top 15 Road to Hana Places to Stop | The Best Hana Stops

 

 

 

  • Shops at Wailea

On Maui’s South Shore, visitors will love the location of The Shops at Wailea. Situated in the heart of one of Maui’s most luxurious resort communities, this is the perfect place to shop in paradise for all your souvenir needs. This beautiful open-air, two-story mall is home to more than seventy diverse boutiques, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Shops at Wailea offers a variety of selections ranging from mid to high-end souvenirs. Guests will find popular brands such as Gucci, Tiffany & Co. and The Gap, as well as island-style favorites like Blue Ginger and Tommy Bahama. Also, Canyon Beachwear, Honolua Surf Co. and Billabong are great places to pick up board shorts, bikinis, and Hawaii beach attire. Shops at Wailea also has one of the nicest and largest ABC’s Stores on Maui. This is the ideal place to pick up all of your sundries, aloha gift baskets, and Maui souvenirs. You and your family will enjoy strolling through this impressive mall, visiting its many boutiques and fantastic art galleries. They also present free entertainment such as a Polynesian show with hula dancers accompanied by traditional Hawaiian music. Free parking is available with minimum purchase, making the Shops at Wailea a convenient stop for buying holiday gifts on Maui.

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  • Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons

The Artists’ Showcase at the Four Seasons in Wailea is one of the most fabulous and intimate art discoveries on Maui. Glance over local artist vendors while strolling through an ocean breeze-filled resort walkway.

Art In Wailea | Wailea Resort Association

 

 

  • Front Street Lahaina

Front Street in West Maui’s Lahaina Town is totally the epicenter for Maui souvenir shopping! Here, you can find it all! From rare art pieces to one-of-a-kind clothing designs and the usual Hawaii crafts, Front Street has it all. Our absolutely favorite thing about Front Street is that it’s one of the richest historical locations on Maui, full of adventurous activities with a direct Pacific Ocean view! When planning a time to check out Front Street in Lahaina, you should actually plan for a whole day excursion.

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  • Kalama Village

Kalama Village Shopping Center is located on South Kihei Road in front of Kamaole Beach. The actual address is 1941 South Kihei Road, but you’d have better luck if you just look for Kihei Caffe or Local Boy Shave Ice from the road. There is plenty of parking behind Kalama Village, or you can find run-off parking across the street in the strip mall where Foodland is located. Kalama Village offers guests more than 40 specialty shops and over 12 restaurants and bars. This locale is literally the easiest place to go to find souvenirs on Maui. Most of the village is shaded, and there’s definitely something for everyone tucked into all the nooks and crannies. Are you shopping with a family member who’d rather be watching a football or baseball game? No worries! There’s plenty of sports bars nearby. Depending on what time of day you are visiting Kalama Village, guests can find live music, karaoke or local arts and crafts demonstrations. This is a great place to check out if you want to grab all your gifts at once! It is possible to go to Kalama Village and grab earrings for your sister, coffee for your dad, t-shirts for your cousins, shave ice for your kids, clothes and lingerie for you (visit Mahina and the Love Shack), and a couple of beers for your husband (while he’s waiting for you at the South Shore Tiki Lounge). Just sayin’.

Kalama Village - Picture of Kihei Kalama Village - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Whalers Village

At Whalers Village in Ka’anapali, guests can enjoy the beach and shopping all in one day! Whalers Village is actually pretty amazing because it’s a) indoor/outdoor, b) steps from the sand, and c) close to a myriad of dining and leisure options. If you’re traveling with a large group, Whalers is perfect because not only is the beach just steps away, but there are always a bunch of activities going on. Find the time to shop on your own and grab everything you need knowing that your family is totally entertained. If you don’t think you’ll have time to make it to a luau, but you really want your kids to see a traditional hula performance and have a chance to make their own flower lei, this is your stop! Whalers Village also offers a myriad of shopping experiences, from local kiosk vendors to TravisMathew, Oakley stores, Ryan Staub Gallery of Glass, and Louis Vuitton, plus a variety of daily and weekly activities.

Retail Space for Lease in Lahaina, HI | Whalers Village

 

 

 

  • Wailuku

If you happen to find yourself looking for a place to eat after adventuring through Iao Valley, or if you’re just cruising around Central Maui, definitely make time to stop and shop in Wailuku Town. Here, you can see old colonial architecture, Maui County’s downtown buildings, historic churches, and check out Main Street. Main Street is a super cool place for souvenir shopping on Maui because it’s like a melting pot of small businesses. In just a few short blocks, visitors can find vintage clothing, tattoo shops, a variety of pawn shops, rare boutiques, music stores, yoga studios, farmers’ markets, art galleries, and more. When in Wailuku, we suggest that you check out Request Music to search for rare musical finds, grab a coffee and lunch at Wailuku Coffee Company, or a smoothie at Farmacy Bar. Then, check out Wahine Love for local clothing designs, Native Intelligence for Hawaiian crafts and education, and Paradise Pawn Shop for rare and historical Maui treasures. Visitors can easily spend a couple of hours shopping in Wailuku. The vibe in Wailuku Town is continually evolving. See art installations, hear live music, find vegan cafes, and check out the pulse of this Maui community. There are so many one-of-a-kind gifts to find in this Central Maui hot spot.

What to Do in Wailuku, Maui | TravelAge West

 

 

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MADRID

What can other cities learn from Madrid Central's mistakes

Madrid is a beguiling place with an energy that carries one simple message: this city really knows how to live.

Few cities boast an artistic pedigree quite as pure as Madrid’s: many art lovers return here again and again. For centuries, Spanish royals showered praise and riches upon the finest artists of the day, from home-grown talents such as Goya and Velázquez to Flemish and Italian greats. Masterpieces by these and other Spanish painters such as Picasso, Dalí and Miró now adorn the walls of the city’s world-class galleries. Three in particular are giants – the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza – but in Madrid these are merely good places to start.

Rising above the humble claims of its local cuisine, Madrid has evolved into one of the richest culinary capitals of Europe. The city has wholeheartedly embraced all the creativity and innovation of Spain’s gastronomic revolution. But this acceptance of the new is wedded to a passion for the enduring traditions of Spanish cooking, for the conviviality of the eating experience and for showcasing the infinite variety of food from every Spanish region. From tapas in sleek temples to all that’s new to sit-down meals beneath centuries-old vaulted ceilings, eating in Madrid is a genuine pleasure.

Madrid nights are the stuff of legend, and the perfect complement to the more sedate charms of fine arts and fine dining. The city may have more bars than any other city on earth – a collection of storied cocktail bars and nightclubs that combine a hint of glamour with non-stop marcha (action). But that only goes some way to explaining the appeal of after-dark Madrid. Step out into the night-time streets of many barrios and you’ll find yourself swept along on a tide of people, accompanied by a happy crowd intent on dancing until dawn.

Madrid may lack the cachet of Paris, the monumental history of Rome, or Barcelona’s reputation for Modernista masterpieces. And no, there is no equivalent of the Eiffel Tower, Colosseum or La Sagrada Família that you can point to and say ‘this is Madrid’. But Madrid has nothing to be envious of. Spain's broad sweep of architectural history provides a glorious backdrop to city life, from medieval mansions and royal palaces to the unimagined angles of Spanish contemporary architecture, from the sober brickwork and slate spires of Madrid baroque to the extravagant confections of the belle époque. Put simply, this is one beautiful city.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT MADRID

The best time to visit Madrid is in the fall (September to November) or spring (March to May), when balmy temps blow through the city, making it come alive. But if you don't mind drab weather and a rather listless Madrid, visit in the winter when hotels reduce their rates. Peak tourist season is summer – despite nearly unbearable heat – but many Madrileños close up shop this time of year and take vacations themselves.

 

September-November - Mild temperatures that range from the high 50s to the upper 70s in September and the low 40s and upper 50s in November make touring around Madrid's El Rastro market and Retiro Par immensely enjoyable.

December-February - This is a good time to find a deal on a hotel since many slash their rates this time of year. But it gets cold: In January – historically Madrid's coldest month – temperatures reach into the low 30s.

March-May - Springtime, especially the months between April and late May, is another great time to visit for beautiful weather. Average highs range from the low 60s to the low 70s.

June-August - Average highs are in the high 80s this time of year, making traveling around by foot – or even on the metro – pretty hot and miserable. You should also note that many local business owners close their doors in the summer, so they can take month-long vacations themselves (especially in August).

 

 

 

GETTING TO MADRID

Madrid is a very well connected city nationally and internationally by train, air and road. It is the center of the Spanish railway network, it has very good road network and the main international airport is just 8 miles (13 km) from the city center.

 

By plane - All flights, whether low-cost or standard carriers, fly into the main international airport in Madrid called Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport, which is extremely well connected and close to the city centre.  

By car - You can also get to Madrid by car from other parts of the peninsula or other European cities and towns. To plan your itinerary, I recommend Google Maps.

By train -Madrid’s two main railway stations are Chamartin and Atocha. Depending on where you come from, you will get to one or the other. The AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) is a modern high-speed train in Spain, which connects Madrid with Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Cordoba, Alicante, Cuenca, Albacete, Villena, Malaga, among other Spanish cities. AVE trains are very comfortable with short travel times and are normally punctual. Nevertheless, the tickets are a little expensive. If you want something a little cheaper, we recommend checking out Avant and Alvia tickets or Altaria.

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND MADRID

The best way to get around Madrid is by metro. A handful of metro lines extend as far north as the Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) as well as into the city's southern suburbs. Buses are an option, too, as are metered taxis, which can be hailed on the street or found in ranks throughout the city. Renting a car is another alternative, but you should note that it's nearly always rush hour in Madrid.  To get from the airport into Madrid, you can take the metro (line No. 8). Taxis charge a flat fare of 30 euros (approximately $35). There are also several car rental companies located at the airport.

 

Metro - Madrid's metro system is clean, easy to use and extensive, with 12 numbered and color-coded routes that transport passengers throughout the central city, to the airport and suburbs. Fares are figured by a zone system with the cheapest one-way ticket costing 1.50 or 2 euros (about $1.75 to $2.30). 

Visitors looking to use the metro often should purchase a Tourist Card for the number of days that they're traveling throughout the city; cards are sold in one-, two-, three-, four-, five- and seven-day quantities. The cost of the cards range from 8.40 euros to 35.40 euros for Zone A travel (Madrid's main attractions and popular neighborhoods are all located in Zone A). The metro is open daily from 6 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. and tickets can be purchased at all metro stations.  

Bus - There are more than 200 bus lines tracing the city, with the cheapest one-way ticket costing 1.50 euros (about $1.75). Tickets can only be purchased on the buses, and the fleets of buses typically operate Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and on weekends from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The city's night buses, which operate from about 11:30 p.m. through the wee hours of the morning, are especially helpful to tourists who want to experience Madrid's nightlife and don't want to spring for a taxi. There is also 24-hour bus service from the airport to the city center.

Taxi - You can hail metered taxis on the street or find them lining up in queues throughout Madrid. The ones that are available will have an illuminated green light on the roofs. The meter starts at about 2 euros and adds a euro or so for every kilometer traveled. A word of warning: Make sure the taximeter is switched on. Some drivers deliberately keep it off to swindle tourists out of a few extra euros. You should also only ride the official cabs, which are white with the city's emblem and a red diagonal stripe across the driver and front passenger side doors. The Uber ride-hailing app also operates in Madrid.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN MADRID

 

  • Gran Vía Capital​

Featuring free WiFi, Gran Vía Capital is 500 m away from Puerta del Sol. A seasonal pool with water jets, and a terrace with a chill out area are available. These luxury apartments feature a flat-screen TV. There is also a kitchen with a dishwasher, oven and a Nespresso coffee machine. Every unit features a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. A washing machine is available. Gran Vía Capital also includes a fitness center. Airport shuttle and private parking are available for a surcharge. Callao Metro Station is right next to Gran Vía Capital and two metro stops are within 150 m. The nearest airport is Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, 8.1 mi from the property.

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  • Ok Hostel Madrid

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property and set 200 m from La Latina Metro Station, Ok Hostel Madrid offers accommodations in Madrid. The property offers a bar and shared kitchen. The property offers private rooms with a double bed, flat-screen TV, desk and bathroom, as well as dormitories for 4 or 6 people, fitted with bunk beds, lockers, and a bathroom. There is a shared kitchen and a communal lounge in the property. You can find several bars, restaurants, and shops within a 5-minute walk of Ok Hostel Madrid. Plaza Mayor and Puerta del Sol are 701 m away. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport is 8.7 mi from the property.

A bed or beds in a room at Ok Hostel Madrid

 

 

 

  • Hostal Met Madrid

Conveniently set in the Madrid City Center district of Madrid, Hostal Met Madrid is located a few steps from Mercado San Miguel, a 4-minute walk from Plaza Mayor and 549 m from Puerta del Sol. Among the facilities at this property are room service and a concierge service, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property provides a tour desk and luggage storage space for guests. At the guesthouse, each room has a closet. Every room is equipped with air conditioning, a desk and a TV, and certain units at Hostal Met Madrid have a balcony. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Puerta de Toledo, Royal Palace of Madrid and Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum. The nearest airport is Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport, 17.7 km from Hostal Met Madrid.

A bed or beds in a room at Hostal Met Madrid

 

 

 

 

  • Only YOU Hotel Atocha

Set in a 19th-century building, Only You Hotel Atocha is located in Madrid, 150 m from Madrid-Atocha Train Station. This hotel offers views over the Paseo Infanta Isabel and Calle Alfonso XII. All rooms are soundproofed, and they have a large flat-screen TV, safe, and a mini-bar. The private bathroom includes free toiletries. A bathrobe and slippers are provided. Free WiFi is available. This hotel offers a café, bakery, and various lounge areas. On the last floor you will find the breakfast room, from where you can enjoy stunning views of the city. You will find a wide range of shops, restaurants, and bars within a 10-minute walk of the property. The Prado Museum is 901 m from Only You Hotel Atocha, and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum is a 10-minute taxi ride away. The famous Puerta del Sol is just 3 stops away by metro. Madrid-Barajas Airport is 9.3 mi from the property.

A bed or beds in a room at Only YOU Hotel Atocha

 

 

 

  • Vincci The Mint

Featuring a stunning terrace with views of Madrid's most emblematic buildings, Vincci The Mint presents a new kind of accommodations in Madrid. Experience a unique check-in/out process while enjoying a drink, all done at the hotel's reception-bar. Free WiFi is available throughout. Designed by Jaime Beriestain, this fun and original accommodations is set on the famous Gran Via, offering rooms and suites, as well as a wide range of services, including a 24-hour reception. The on-site gastrobar serves special à-la-carte gourmet breakfasts every day from 07:00 to 23:00. The modern and fresh-looking rooms at The Mint feature parquet floors. Combining green and white walls, they include air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, work desk, mini-bar, and a coffee machine. The bathroom comes with a bath or shower, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Some rooms also include a seating area where you can relax. Puerta del Sol is 500 m from Vincci The Mint, while Fnac is 601 m away. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport is 8.1 mi from the property.

 

 

 

  • B&B Hotel Madrid Centro Fuencarral 52

Featuring free WiFi throughout and a 24-hour reception, B&B Hotel Madrid Centro Fuencarral 52 is located in Madrid. The hotel offers a rooftop terrace with a relaxation area, providing stunning views of Madrid. Set in a 19th-century building, each spacious, soundproofed room has been carefully restored and has air conditioning and an elegant design. Rooms come with an LED TV, a mini-bar with 2 free water bottles and a safe. Private bathrooms feature novel design with large and powerful double-jet showers. B&B Hotel Madrid Centro Fuencarral 52 is located on a fashionable street with many boutiques and restaurants. You can walk to Puerta del Sol in less than 10 minutes. The nearest metro station, Chueca, is just 300 m away and connects with the rest of the city. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport is 8.7 mi away.

A bed or beds in a room at B&B Hotel Madrid Centro Fuencarral 52

 

 

 

  • Sungate ONE 

Sungate Hostel is located in the very center of Madrid, 211 m from Puerta del Sol and 5 minutes' walk away from Callao metro station and Gran Vía Avenue. Free WiFi access is available. At Sungate Hostel you will find a 24-hour front desk where staff organizes a range of activities and sells tickets to local attractions. Other public areas include a shared kitchen and a shared TV lounge. Services like lockers, luggage storage and laundry can be requested onsite. Each air-conditioned room and dormitory has heating, a wardrobe and access to a shared bathroom. Bed linen are included, while towels are available for a surcharge. Sungate Hostel is surrounded by a wide range of shops, restaurants, and bars. Plaza Mayor Square is 500 m from the property, and the Prado National Museum is a 15-minute walk away. Madrid Puerta de Atocha Train Station is 4 stops away by metro, and Madrid-Barajas Airport is 9.3 mi away.

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  • Toc Hostel Madrid

Toc Hostel Madrid is located in central Madrid, just 121 m from Puerta del Sol Square. This stylish, modern hostel offers smart, air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. At Toc Hostel you can book private rooms or a bed in a shared dormitory. The rooms and dorms feature attractive décor with parquet floors and light wood furniture. The property has a bar where they hold themed parties, and there is a games room where you can play pool for free. Staff at the 24-hour reception can provide information about what to see and do in Madrid. There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants in the surrounding streets, and Plaza Mayor Square is 250 m away.

 

 

 

  • Hostal Alexis Madrid

Hostal Alexis Madrid is located in central Madrid, next to Plaza Santa Ana and just 300 m from Puerta del Sol. It offers modern, air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Located on the 4th floor of a stately building, the rooms at Hostal Alexis Madrid feature white and pink décor. Each one has a safe and a private bathroom with a hairdryer. Staff at reception can provide information about what to see and do in Madrid. You can walk to the Prado and Reina Sofía Museums in around 10 minutes. Located next to the property, Plaza Santa Ana is full of cafés with outdoor terraces. Located 200 m away, Sevilla Metro Station connects you with the rest of the city with ease.

A bed or beds in a room at Hostal Alexis Madrid

 

 

 

  • The Hat Madrid

Located just 150 m from Plaza Mayor Square, The Hat Madrid is a stylish hostel with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi and a rooftop bar with city and sunset views. Offering a variety of private rooms and single beds in both mixed and female dormitories, the hostel also caters for families and groups of friends. The bright rooms come with either a private or shared bathroom, and some have a small balcony. There is a supermarket opposite the hostel. The hostel has a restaurant and a variety of cafés and bars are within a 5-minute walk. With its medieval origins and vibrant nightlife, La Latina District is under a 10-minute walk away. Puerta del Sol and La Latina Metro Stations are within 500 m. The Hat Madrid has a 24-hour front desk, offers free activities and can provide a nightlife guide. Bicycles can also be hired.

A bed or beds in a room at The Hat Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN MADRID

Madrid might not have the status of Rome or Paris in terms of sights, but the Spanish capital is a pleasure to explore. From historical gems and world-class art, to an incredible food scene and picturesque parks, Turisti takes a look at the top attractions in Madrid to visit.

 

  • Plaza Mayor

Madrid’s main square holds centuries of history in its cobbles, and has been the scene of everything from coronations to bullfights and beheadings. These days it’s a nice place in which to stroll and sample one of the city’s famed foods: bocadillo de calamares (a calamari sandwich) from one of the bars surrounding the square.

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  • Royal Palace of Madrid

The official residence of Spain's royal family is these days used for official ceremonies only (King Felipe and Queen Letizia live in the more modest Zarzuela Palace just outside Madrid). Members of the public can visit the palace and check out centuries worth of paintings, furniture and armour.

Royal Palace of Madrid Tickets Price - Everything you Should Know ...

 

 

 

  • Retiro Park

Madrid’s most beautiful park is the ideal place to spend a lazy afternoon enjoying a picnic and messing about in a rowing boat on the lake. 

Cool Things To See in Madrid's Retiro Park

 

 

 

  • Temple of Debod

Madrid’s very own Egyptian temple was bestowed on the country by Egypt and moved, piece by piece, in the early 1970s. It is one of the best places to watch the sun set in Madrid.

Templo de Debod - Smile

 

 

 

  • KIO Towers

The seemingly gravity defying KIO towers in Madrid’s Financial District lean at a 15-degree angle, and were the first leaning skyscrapers in the world.

Torres Kio (Puerta de Europa) | Official tourism website

 

 

  • Gran Via

Madrid’s most famous street has a cinematic scope that has seen it star in Abre Los Ojos (the original Spanish-language movie of the 2001 Tom Cruise remake, Vanilla Sky). Head to the top of the Corte Ingles Gourmet Experience for a great view of the street’s famous Schweppes sign.

Gran Via Madrid: what to do and where to stay

 

 

 

  • Rooftop Bars in Madrid

Head to one of Madrid’s rooftop bars for an unforgettable view over the city’s rooftops. We recommend Circulo de Bellas Artes for the best panoramic view of the capital.

Are the rooftop bars/terraces in Madrid open year round? - Quora

 

 

 

  • Puerta del Sol

All roads in Spain lead to the Puerta del Sol, known as kilometre zero and the very centre of the country. It is also home to the famous statue of the bear and the strawberry tree, the official symbol of Madrid.

Where to stay near Madrid's Puerta del Sol | Booking.com

 

 

 

  • The Golden Triangle of Art

Madrid is home to a collection of the world’s best art galleries, and the three most famous are handily located close to each other in a triangle. The Prado (classical paintings), The Reina Sofia (modern art) and the Thyssen - Bornemisza (a little bit of everything) are full of artistic riches well worth exploring.

Julia Travel | The golden triangle of art in Madrid

 

 

 

  • Palacio de Cibeles

This grand building was, amazingly, the headquarters of Madrid’s post office until 2011. Today it is the home of Madrid City Council and a visitor attraction because of the incredible views from its observation deck.

A Brief History of the Palacio de Cibeles

 

 

 

  • Calle De Cava Baja

The ideal spot for a tapas crawl, Cava Baja is Madrid’s famous ‘tapas street’ and on an evening is teeming with people enjoying a drink and a bite. Highly recommended are La Perejila, Txakolina and El Tempranillo.

File:Cava Baja, Madrid (6146188051).jpg - Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

  • Sobrino de Botin

Madrid is home to what is officially the oldest restaurant in the world – it has the Guinness World Record certificate in the window to prove it. Sobrino de Botin was founded in 1725 and has been going strong ever since. Its speciality is roast suckling pig and it appears in Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

Botin restaurant — Oldest restaurant in Europe - Living + Nomads ...

 

 

 

  • Cine Dore

This old cinema shows classic Hollywood and modern films from around the world for a bargain €2.50. Its tumultuous history saw it bombed during the Spanish Civil War, but today it is home to the Filmoteca Espanola, which restores and preserves old films as part of Spain’s Ministry of Culture. It appears in Pedro Almodóvar’s Hable con Ella (Talk to Her).

File:Madrid - Cine Doré.jpg - Wikimedia Commons

 

 

 

  • Plaza Dos de Mayo

This square is in the heart of the trendy neighbourhood of Malasaña and is surrounded by a host of excellent bars, restaurants and shops – a great location for nightlife in Madrid.

Plaza Dos de Mayo | Official tourism website

 

 

 

  • El Rastro

Madrid’s famous flea market is held every Sunday morning, when the streets come to life with stalls, bars open out onto the streets and locals and tourists alike enjoy the fiesta atmosphere around the area of Lavapiés.

File:Madrid - El Rastro, 25 de marzo de 2018 (24).jpg - Wikimedia ...

 

 

 

  • Almudena Cathedral

Madrid's Cathedral was consecrated by Pope John Paul on its opening in 1993. Its Baroque exterior matches the older Royal Palace next door, and it was where King Felipe and Queen Letizia married

Almudena Cathedral, Madrid, Spain | Mark Klinchin | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Barrio de Las Letras

Barrio de Letras (Literary Quarter) is one of Madrid’s most beautiful and coolest neighbourhoods. It was the home of Spanish literary giant and Don Quixote author, Miguel de Cervantes, and these days is full of eccentric bars and restaurants. Make sure to look down once in a while; the streets are peppered with famous literary quotes.

Visit Barrio de las Letras, Madrid

 

 

 

  • Atocha Train Station

Madrid’s main train has a very unusual feature – its very own indoor rainforest, home to dozens of turtles.

Spain holidays by train: Is it possible to explore the land of ...

 

 

 

  • Matadero

This former matadero(slaughterhouse) – situated along the River Manzanares – was converted into an arts centre in the early 2000s. It has its own cinema and exhibition spaces and holds regular performances and food markets.

Matadero Madrid | Official tourism website

 

 

 

  • San Gines

You cannot possibly leave Madrid without trying churros con chocolate (sugar-drenched deep-fried dough sticks with hot chocolate) from San Gines, which has been serving since 1894. It is open all night long, so is a great pitstop on the way home from a night on the town.

chocolateria San Gines, Madrid | Madrid, Spain, Candy

 

 

 

 

 

MADRID WITH KIDS PLACES TO GO & THINGS TO DO

Far from the early mornings when they have to go to school, the routine of homework and study, the weekends are the favourite time of the week for the youngest members of the family. I suggest 10 plans that get children and their parents out to enjoy this free time together without getting bored for a single second.

 

  • Parque de Atracciones

With over 30 attractions for both children and adults, the city's amusement park is one of the most popular weekend destinations for both locals and tourists. It's divided into different areas including tranquillity, nature and mechanization. In the children's area you can enjoy a leisurely boat ride through a truly 'living' jungle, get child-size thrills on a mini roller coaster, and even take a trip around the fun fair aboard a zeppelin. Thrill-seeking adults can try the famous vacuum drop on the Lanzadera shuttle, take your chances on the exciting Tornado ride, and have a go on the dizzying Máquina. In summer there are often long queues, especially for the water attractions.

Star Flyer on-ride HD POV Parque de Atracciones de Madrid - YouTube

 

 

 

  • Zoo-Aquarium de la Casa de Campo

The zoo and aquarium are located just a few metres from the amusement park in the Casa de Ocampo. You’ll see very few bars or wires here; instead the tigers, bears, lions and other wild animals are separated from the public by moats with or without water. It currently houses about 6,000 animals of 500 different species, some unique in Spain like the koala, the anteater and the panda, which is one of the stars of the zoo. Its aquarium is spectacular, and kids will have fun with the shows starring sea lions and dolphins. The animals look as happy as can be expected of beasts held in captivity, although the big cats could really do with a bit more leg-room, but it's certainly a good option for a day out with the kids. At the Tierra de Gorilas ('Land of Gorillas') a sheet of reassuringly thick glass separates you from the massive, glowering silverbacks that prowl about. Children will enjoy walking through the shark tank and dolphinarium. There is also a petting zoo and a train ride. 

DSC_1923_large.jpg - Picture of Zoo Aquarium de Madrid - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Parque Warner

This theme park on the outskirts of Madrid is where you can find all the Looney Tunes characters romping around posing for photos and signing autographs. Built with the aim of competing with other major leisure facilities including Port Aventura and Disneyland Paris, it has six dizzying roller coasters, dozens of children's attractions and some water rides, as well as numerous restaurants and shops. You’ll also find shows in its theatres, workshops and, above all, lots of fun.

PARQUE WARNER MADRID - Grupo Parques Reunidos

 

 

 

  • Faunia

In this large natural area, animals, including peacocks, run around loose over most of its 14 acres. With 4 ecosystems and 13 thematic areas adapted to each species, the zoo can be visited in four or five hours, if you stop to enjoy its carefully preserved natural surroundings, lakes and ponds and exhibits, like the flight of birds of prey. The penguin enclosure is one of the most popular exhibits and is great fun for children. Another crowd-pleasing attraction is the latest animals to arrive, the Komodo dragons. The best thing about Faunia is that visitors can interact with the animals. So children can stroke sea lions and feed goats and donkeys.

Visita a Faunia | Asociación 11M Afectados del Terrorismo

 

 

 

  • Natural Science Museum

Stuffed African elephants, dinosaur fossils and specimens of extinct animals – the treasures inside this museum are sure to surprise both children and adults. It’s currently divided into three zones, one on natural history, another on the Mediterranean Sea and the third a reproduction of the old Royal Cabinet of Natural History. Kids will have fun with activities specially prepared for them, like a laboratory to experiment and play with while learning, a digital gymkhana that includes an interactive tour of the museum, and a variety of educational workshops.

The Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales Madrid (National Museum ...

 

 

 

  • Child-friendly cafés

Being able to have a leisurely cup of coffee while the kids play and have fun in a safe space is a luxury, and special places like Cups & Kids are few and far between. Located in the Barrio de las Letras, it’s a café, a toy shop, a bookshop and a space for workshops for children of all ages. Another similar spot is Baby Deli, an organic food store, where, in addition to giving advice about food and natural, fair-trade cleaning products, they organise workshops for parents and children and have a café, a courtyard and an area full of educational toys.

Cool Spaces for Kids…Cups & Kids in Madrid - Petit & Small

 

 

 

  • Not your average toyshops

A world away from the classic Barbie dolls and toy racetracks, Madrid has plenty of original crafted toy shops. One of them is El Lobo Feliz, whose motto is ‘You are what you play’. On offer here are educational toys that are long-lasting and suitable for each stage of a child’s development, including soft toys, wooden planes, puzzles, musical instruments and much more. Another shop to check out is Kamchatka Magic Toys, which sells ecologically-friendly educational toys made of wood and cloth, in addition to children's books and even furniture to decorate children’s bedrooms.

Madrid with kids – fun things to do with the whole family

 

 

  • El Retiro

Having fun outdoors is definitely a good choice choice for children, weather permitting. Retiro Park offers a lot of possibilities for kids to have a great time, from shaking the dust off those bicycles, rollerblades and balls that you've got stored in a corner of the house, to having a boat ride on the pond located in the centre of the gardens. Also, at weekends there's a puppet theatre that always makes the kids laugh their little heads off.

Boating at the Parque del Buen Retiro, Madrid | Insight Guides Blog

 

 

 

 

  • Play centres for all ages

Nothing like traditional kindergartens, as well as caring for kids, the play centres ('ludotecas') in Madrid also offer lots of activities and games for them to have fun in style. One of the best known is Ludoteca VeoVeo, where children learn through play. They have workshops for all ages, from infant massages for babies and fun English lessons to street dance classes for kids over five years old, always under the watchful eye of teachers and early childhood experts. Another well-known centre is Grey Elephant, in the district of La Latina. Here, children and their parents will feel at home among dozens of toys, colours, games, craft workshops and lots more.

Ludoteca Cambalaches Hasta 55% dto. - Madrid | Groupon

 

 

 

  • Children's theatre

Madrid's theatres also offer musicals and plays for kids. They are usually scheduled at weekends in the mornings and tickets are more affordable than programming for adults. The bill is constantly changing, and theatres like Cuarta Pared, La Escalera de Jacob, Teatro Sanpol and Teatro del Arte stage funny stories, magic and puppet shows, and songs. It’s a good way to spend a morning with family and make the theatre more approachable to children in a fun way. Note that most performances are in Spanish.

Madrid with kids – fun things to do with the whole family

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN MADRID

Madrid is a culinary haven. From humble tapas bars and open-air markets to high-end establishments, it’s impossible to not feast in the vibrant Spanish capital. Here are the top places for travelers to dine on any budget. ¡Que aproveche!

 

 

 

  • Pez Tortilla

Once you manage to elbow your way through this normally packed place just off Gran Via, you’ll be rewarded with a wide assortment of innovative tortillas (Spanish omelettes) and croquetas (croquettes), like the brie, truffle and jamón tortilla, and croquettes with monkfish and salsa verde. Pez Tortilla also offers a wide selection of craft beers and vermouth.

PEZ TORTILLA, Madrid - Calle Pez 36, Universidad - Menu & Prices ...

 

 

 

  • Takos Al Pastor

Popular at any time of the day, this authentic Mexican taqueria peddles assorted tacos at only 1 euro ($1 USD) each. A long line usually snakes outside the restaurant during busy lunch and dinner hours, but it goes pretty fast. After ordering, patient customers sit down at tables and have their orders served to them personally. Margaritas and micheladas (traditional spicy Mexican beer cocktails) wash the flavours down perfectly.

Takos Al Pastor

 

 

  • El Tigre

This no - frills haunt at the heart of the gay-friendly Chueca neighbourhood is a favourite for a budget-conscious set. For every drink order, either a beer or a tinto de verano (similar to a sangria), they serve a huge plate of Spanish tapas, usually a tortilla, Spanish ham, chorizo or patatas bravas (fried potatoes with a spicy sauce). 

El Tigre, Madrid, Spain - El Tigre gives you a big plate of tapas...

 

 

 

  • Casa Benigna

This enigmatic Valencian restaurant is half-hidden in the shadows of an unremarkable street. Once inside, you’ll be treated to an avant-garde setting with suspended laboratory equipment and artfully hung laundry. They’re known for their patella rice — an innovative twist on the classic paella and smoked salmon, which go perfectly with various wines from their fine selection. 

Casa Benigna in Madrid - Restaurant Reviews, Menu and Prices - TheFork

 

 

 

  • Restaurante Arce

Basque chef/owner Iñaki designed a “choose your own culinary adventure” structure wherein he sits down at every table to tailor customers’ menus according to their taste and experiential preference, starting with the question: “Hunger, craving or enjoyment?” chef Iñaki suggests seasonal Spanish dishes with such flourish that makes everything sound mouthwatering. A memorable dining experience from appetizer to dessert.

arce restaurante - Picture of Restaurante Arce, Madrid - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Fismuler

Minimalist, contemporary interiors, exposed brick and candlelight set the mood for a unique culinary experience, where classic Spanish ingredients are given a creative twist, like Galician sea urchin topped with a creamy sauce américaine served on a bed of stones and Iberian beef cheeks brioche with summer truffles. It may sound lofty, but it is far from pretentious thanks to the lively, social atmosphere. 

Fismuler Madrid | Buena cocina, Carta diaria | Nino Redruello

 

 

 

  • Lobito De Mar

This Dani García venture that opened in 2019 showcases fish that come from Spain's coasts while also giving a leading role to paellas and different kinds of popular rice dishes, plus there's practically an altar to tuna. García's second spot in Madrid features a bar area that's perfect for indulging in 'choco' squid croquettes and seafood tripe, a bustling main dining room and two private rooms. 

Lobito de Mar Marbella | Dani García Restaurant | Grupo Dani García

 

 

 

  • El Sobrino de Botín 

The world's oldest restaurant according to the Guinness World Records, where the likes of Hemingway and Goya frequented, serves excellent cochinillo asado (roast suckling pig) and cordero asado (roast lamb) cooked in its original cast-iron wood-fired oven. If you can navigate through the tourists, it’s worth venturing down the basement steps to see a gloriously dusty 16th-century cellar still intact.

Botin's Roast Suckling Pig - Picture of Restaurante Botin, Madrid ...

 

 

 

  • Lhardy

A stone’s throw from Plaza de la Puerta del Sol is this iconic restaurant that hasn’t changed much since the Romantic era, retaining its original chandeliers, varnished wallpaper and gilded fixtures. Lhardy is well-known for serving elevated versions of traditional Spanish cuisine such as cocido (chickpea stew) and callos a la madrileña (beef tripe and sausage stew).

Lhardy | Madrid, Spain Restaurants - Lonely Planet

 

 

 

  • Posada de la Villa

This historic restaurant along Cava Baja in the La Latina Neighborhood was originally established as a traveler’s inn, replacing Madrid’s only existing flour mill back in the 17th century. A grand wood-fired oven is the restaurant’s centerpiece that still cooks the house specialty — roast lamb — after over three centuries.

Posada de la Villa - Latina, Madrid | Bookatable

 

 

 

  • El Enfriador

This lively local favourite is a great gathering spot where you can share good quality traditional tapas such as tostas (toasted bread with toppings), artisanal anchovies and empanadas. Giving a modern twist to a traditional beer garden, El Enfriador offers a good selection of beers, Spanish wine and cava (sparkling wine) at friendly prices to last until the final call.

EL ENFRIADOR, Madrid - Nueva Espana - Restaurant Reviews, Photos ...

 

 

 

  • Lateral

Stylish and modern, Lateral is an ubiquitous dining chain that offers a wide range of excellent tapas and pintxos, or small plates, at very reasonable prices. Some great dishes to share are the brie and caramelized onion tosta, meatballs, tortilla and calamares (deep fried squid). This bustling local hotspot attracts everyone from the working crowd to entire families on weekends.  

Loveliness at Lateral - Naked MadridNaked Madrid

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN MADRID

Madrid has some of the best shopping in Spain, with some fantastic local brands as well as the very crème de la crème of international designers. Here are the five best areas in the city where tourist will be able to make the most of their time and their money.

 

  • Gran Vía

The area around Gran Vía is one of the liveliest areas of the city center and is great for shopping, dinning, or bar crawling. The area featured all major Spanish brands, including Zara, Stradivarius, Massimo Dutti and the wonderful department store El Corte Ingles, situated near the Callao square. El Corte Ingles sell a wide range of products, from computers and phones, to hats and shoes, to gourmet food.

NH COLLECTION MADRID GRAN VIA - UPDATED 2020 Hotel Reviews & Price ...

 

 

 

 

  • Serrano

Serrano is one of the trendiest and expensive neighhborhoods of Madrid, where travelers will find luxurious shops located in what were once small palaces. Noted for their striking interior design, many are decorated with shimmering chandeliers and high ceilings. Visitors with smaller bank accounts shouldn’t be intimidated, as this area also has many high street brands, including Madrid’s biggest Zara, with three floors dedicated just to women’s wear, as well as separate sections for children and men.

Serrano street in Madrid, the most expensive to buy housing ...

 

 

 

 

  • Las Rozas Village

An outlet shopping center situated on the outskirts of Madrid, Las Rozas Village can be reached by bus. Tourists usually flock here to take advantage of the great deals, as do many Spaniards from the surrounding area. The layout is particularly picturesque, with stores laid out in the style of small Mediterranean houses. Brands such as Burberry, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Ray Ban and Dolce & Gabbana are all available at reduced prices.

Las Rozas Village Shopping Express - Madrid, Spain | GetYourGuide

 

 

 

  • Fuencarral

Fuencarral is one of the streets bordering the quirky Malasaña neighborhood and has great things to do, amazing barsand excellent restaurants. This part of Madrid was previously one of the most run-down areas, but a renovation has turned it into one of the best shopping streets in the city, with both high-end and high-street brands. Levi’s, Brandy Melville, Mac, Lush and Intimissimi are just a few of the shops on Fuencarral.

Calle Fuencarral | Official tourism website

 

 

 

 

  • Princesa

Close to Gran Vía, this street has some of best cinemas in Madrid, as well as amazing shops. In Princesa there is yet another El Corte Ingles, with spacious parking space for those who choose to go by car. The Spanish department store is surrounded by many other shops, such as the popular Zara, with a glass façade facing the street, or Mango, where you can shop for both clothes and accessories.

Melia Madrid Princesa in Madrid, Spain from 186$, photos, reviews ...

 

 

 

 

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RHODES

Rhodes | island, Greece | Britannica

Rhodes (Ródhos) is deservedly among the most visited of all Greek islands. Its star attraction is the beautiful medieval Old Town that lies at the heart of its capital, Rhodes Town – a legacy of the crusading Knights of St John, who used the island as their main base from 1309 until 1522. Elsewhere, the ravishing hillside village of Líndhos, topped by an ancient acropolis, should not be missed. It marks the midpoint of the island’s long eastern shoreline, adorned with numerous sandy beaches that have attracted considerable resort development. 

By far the largest and historically the most important of the Dodecanese islands, Rhodes abounds in beaches, wooded valleys and ancient history. Whether you’re here on a culture-vulture journey through past civilisations, or simply for some laidback beach time, buzzing nightlife, or diving in crystal-clear waters, it’s all here. The atmospheric Old Town of Rhodes is a maze of cobbled streets that will spirit you back to the days of the Byzantine Empire and beyond. Further south, in the picture-perfect town of Lindos, capped by an ancient Acropolis, sugar-cube houses spill down to a turquoise bay. While both Lindos and Rhodes Old Town get very crowded in summer, Rhodes is large enough to allow plenty of room to breathe that pure Aegean air. At the southern cape, Prassoníssi is one of the best windsurfing spots in Europe. If you want to escape the summer crowds, take a road trip into the island’s craggy and partly forested interior: worthwhile targets include the castles near Monólithos and Kritinía, and frescoed churches at Thárri, Asklipió and Áyios Yeóryios Várdhas.

Brief history:

Blessed with an equable climate and strategic position, Rhodes, despite its lack of good harbours, was important from the very earliest times. The finest natural port served the ancient town of Lindos which, together with the other Dorian city-states Kameiros and Ialyssos, united in 408 BC to found a new capital, Rodos (Rhodes), at the windswept northern tip of the island. The cities allied themselves with Alexander, the Persians, Athenians or Spartans as conditions suited them, generally escaping retribution for backing the wrong side by a combination of seafaring audacity, sycophancy and burgeoning wealth as a trade centre. Following the failed siege of Macedonian general Demetrios Polyorketes in 305 BC, Rhodes prospered even further, displacing Athens as the major venue for rhetoric and the arts in the east Mediterranean.

Decline set in when the island became involved in the Roman civil wars and was sacked by Cassius; by late imperial times, it was a backwater. The Byzantines ceded Rhodes to the Genoese, who in turn surrendered it to the Knights of St John. After the second great siege of Rhodes, in 1522–23, when Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent ousted the stubborn knights, the island once again lapsed into relative obscurity, though heavily colonized and garrisoned, until its seizure by the Italians in 1912.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO RHODES

Rhodes has the longest season of any of the Greek islands as it is one of the southern most islands, and it generally lasts from the beginning of April until the end of November. With an abundance of things to see, you'll have plenty to do in the off season, and while known as a resort island, the City of Rhodes doesn’t entirely close down for the winter. Some shops, restaurants and hotels are open throughout the year.

The hottest time of the year is, of course, summer. And the heat in July and August might be too much for some. This is when the youth of Europe head to Rhodes amazing beaches. But even in the hottest days of summer you’ll find plenty of places to sit in the shade, while you cool off at a café. April and May, as well as September and October are considered the most ideal times to visit as you still get warm and sunny days, and warm nights with pleasant island breezes.

Getting to the island in the off months from December to March can be a little tricky. The ferries only travel in good weather, and unless you have a strong stomach the trip by water can be a bit much for some visitors. There are flights to and from Rhodes throughout the winter, but you have to go via Athens. It is better to try and book both flights (e.g. London to Athens, Athens to Rhodes) through the same airline. If your first flight is delayed and you miss the follow-on flight from Athens, the airline will cover this and get you on their next available flight free of charge. This won't be the case if you have booked with two different airlines. The weather isn’t exactly cold in Rhodes during the winter months, but it is likely too chilly to swim. This can be a good time to explore the island’s numerous historic sites when there are far fewer tourists.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO RHODES

By Plane - Rhodes Interntional Airport "Diagoras" is among the four most busiest airports in Greece. It receives domestic flights from Athens, Thessaloniki and other locations, while in summer it receives flights from many countries around Europe, too. The flight time from Athens to Rhodes is estimated around 50 minutes. Upon your arrival on the island, it is a good idea to take a taxi for your transfer, since the airport is located about 16 km away from Rhodes Town.

By Ferry - You can easily reach Rhodes by ferry from Athens (Piraes port), as there are available routes approximately 4 to 5 times per week. However, the trip lasts from 16 to 18 hours. Apart from Athens, Rhodes is also connected by ferry with Kos, Patmos, Leros, Simi and more. There are also some ferry routes that link Rhodes with Heraklion and Karpathos, almost 3 times per week. Last but not least, you can easily reach Rhodes from Marmaris in Turkey.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND RHODES

Rhodes is a big island, and you can’t possibly see all of it on foot. Fortunately there are many options to get around. Bus service is available to many of the key destinations, and this can actually be a pleasant experience. Modern local buses regularly depart from the City of Rhodes to nearby destinations, and suburban buses run throughout the day to the various towns and villages.

If you’re heading down the coast there are excursion boats that go from Mandraki to Faliraki and Lindos every day; the red Sea-Shuttle operated by Faliraki Sea Lines runs between Mandraki and Faliraki / Water Park throughout the day, takes just 25 minutes and is quite a cheap and enjoyable alternative to road transportation. There are also some boat trips without excursion that go from Rhodes to Lindos. You can go to Lindos and back or to do the night trip round the Old Town Walls by Doukissa Boat - the traditional wooden boat (the pick-up locations are: Mandraki port, Kallithea, Faliraki beach, Faliraki port). Many small fishing boats are also for hire. This is another pleasant way to get around, but it can be a bit on the slow side for those with a fast-paced schedule.

Taxicabs are available and depending on where you need to go might be your best or only bet. However, the fare is actually much cheaper than in many other European countries. Cab stations are available throughout Rhodes City, as well as in the island’s other cities.

You can also use the knowledgeable drivers of .comwww. rhodesprivatetours to explore the Island in comfort and style. "Rhodes Private Tours" is a highly recommended taxi service mainly aimed at people visiting Rhodes for a short period of time and who would really like to make the most of their stay on this majestic island. 

You can also rent a car or motorbike, which are available in the city and at many of the resorts, as well as the airport. Driving might not be the faint of heart, as like most Europeans the locals will drive fast and the roads can be winding, and in some parts in need of repair. But a variety of vehicles are available including mini-buses, which can carry up to nine people. The largest independent car rentals companies on the island are DRIVE, GALAXY, RENT A CAR. AUTO - CLUB, LUXURY RENT A CAR, RODOS CAR RENTAL and their vehicles are available in every major resort as well as in the City of Rhodes. If you are looking for a Car Hire comparison have a look at Car Rental Bookers Rhodes which offers Car Hire delivered to any of the Hotels or Villas on Rhodes Island.

Also consider looking into a private tour. Many of the local services offer knowledgeable information about the island’s most popular, and even little known, destinations. They can even suggest where to eat, and give tips on secluded beaches.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN RHODES

As this is among the most popular Greek destinations, hotels in Rhodes are spread in many parts of the island. The most tourist developed is the northern part of Rhodes, between Rhodes Town and the airport from one side and Rhodes Town and Lindos on the other. The southern part of the island is less developed.

 

 

  • Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel

Featuring free WiFi, Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel offers accommodation in Rhodes Town, 500 m from Mandraki Port. Guests can enjoy a drink at the snack bar. Most of the rooms have a shower with hydro-massage and chromotherapy, while all rooms include a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. They also have bedding products, slippers and pillows by Coco-Mat, and a 5-pillow menu to choose from. Some units include a seating area for your convenience. Extras include free toiletries, hair dryer and beverages. Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel offers a turndown service, preparing your room for a comfortable sleep. There is a shared lounge at the property. The hotel offers free use of bicycles. Clock Tower is 500 m from Elakati Luxury Boutique Hotel, while Grand Master's Palace is 850 m away. Elli Beach is 800 m away and Diagoras International Airport is 14 km from the property. Free private parking is available on site, subject to availability.

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  • Island Boutique Hotel

Island Boutique Hotel is located just across Elli Beach in Rhodes Town, 700 m from Mandraki Port. Fine Mediterranean and international cuisine can be enjoyed at the on-site restaurant. Refreshing cocktails are served at the property's bar. Modern and highly aesthetic, the rooms at Island Boutique Hotel open to a balcony with panoramic Aegean Sea and Rhodes views. Each is equipped with a flat-screen TV. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Each room includes a private bathroom. Island Boutique Hotel features free WiFi. A handy smartphone for unlimited calls and unlimited mobile date is offered to guests for free. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. The Street of Knights is 1 km from Island Boutique Hotel, while Grand Master's Palace is 1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 13 km from Island Boutique Hotel.

 

 

 

  • Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel

Housed in a restored, historical Italian building and fitted with medieval and oriental elements, Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel is situated in the Medieval Rhodes Old Town, just 20 m from the Grand Master’s Palace and the Street of Knights. Decorated by the famous fashion designers Nikos and Takis, all rooms have ecological Cocomat mattresses, a private bathroom with hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, satellite LCD TV and coffee maker. They open out to a balcony overlooking the Grand Master’s Palace, the Aegean Sea and the Medieval Town. A homemade breakfast prepared with fresh local ingredients can be enjoyed daily. Nikos Takis Fashion Hotel features free WiFi throughout the property. Bike hire and car hire can be arranged. Taxi transfer from the airport can be arranged on request and upon charge. The property offers electric bicycle rental and tours with electric bicycles upon extra charge. A welcome drink is offered to guests upon arrival. Please note, the entrance of the property is only accessible by stairs. Guests can enjoy various activities in the surroundings, including diving, cycling and horse riding. The famous Deer Statues are 500 m away and Mandraki is 300 m away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 13 km from the property.

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  • Trinity Boutique Hotel

Conveniently set in the centre of Rhodes Town, Trinity Boutique Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi and a garden. All rooms feature a kitchenette, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom. The property is close to popular attractions like Park of Saint Fragkiskos, Synagogue Kahal Shalom and Yeni Hammam. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The units will provide guests with a fridge. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Trinity Boutique Hotel. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Elli Beach, Clock Tower and Mandraki Port. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 14 km from Trinity Boutique Hotel.

A bed or beds in a room at Trinity Boutique Hotel

 

 

 

  • Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel

Situated in the Rhodes Medieval city district in Rhodes Town, 650 m from Clock Tower. Free WiFi is available throughout. Decorated in soft white tones, Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel features modern furniture and decor. Every room has a flat-screen TV. Some units include a seating area where you can relax. You will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the room. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes and slippers. You will find babysitting service at the property. The hotel also offers car hire. Grand Master's Palace is 1 km away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 15 km from Old Town Senses Boutique Hotel.

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  • Madison Boutique Hotel

Located in Faliraki, 1 km from Faliraki Beach, Madison Boutique provides accommodation with a bar, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with an outdoor pool. Every room is equipped with a balcony with garden views and free WiFi. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At Madison Boutique each room is equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Madison Boutique offers a terrace. Kathara Beach is 1.2 km from the hotel, while Mandomata Beach is 1.7 km away. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 17 km from Madison Boutique.

A view of the pool at Madison Boutique or nearby

 

 

 

  • D'Argento Boutique Rooms

Situated in Rhodes Town and within 1.1 km of Elli Beach, D'Argento Boutique Rooms has a restaurant, allergy-free rooms, and free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to Clock Tower, Deer Statues and Yeni Hammam. The accommodation features a concierge service, and luggage storage for guests. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms are equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near D'Argento Boutique Rooms include Mandraki Port, Grand Master's Palace and The Street of Knights. The nearest airport is Rhodes International Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.

A bed or beds in a room at D'Argento Boutique Rooms

 

 

 

  • Sunrise luxury apartments

Situated on the beachfront in Rhodes Town and boasting a shared lounge, Sunrise luxury apartments Rhodes has free WiFi throughout the property. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel has a fax machine and photocopier and an ATM machine that guests can use. All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel the rooms are fitted with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Popular points of interest near Sunrise luxury apartments Rhodes include Elli Beach, Clock Tower and Grand Master's Palace. The nearest airport is Rhodes International, 14 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Esperos Village Resort

Set on a green hill with panoramic sea views, 5-star Esperos Village Resort is situated in the popular Faliraki. It features spacious rooms with Mediterranean Sea views, and offers 2 swimming pools and a tennis court. The modern rooms have cool tiled floors and wooden furniture. Each is en suite with bathtub, and equipped with a satellite TV, CD player, hairdryer and coffee maker. Breakfast and dinner buffets are served at the sea-view Panorama Restaurant. The poolside restaurant serves à la carte Mediterranean dishes. Drinks are available at pool bar. Esperos Village Resort features a fitness centre with sauna and hot tub. A daily light animation program for fitness and jogging is provided, and water sports are available on the beach. Free shuttle bus service is offered to and from the various quarters of the complex, as well as to the restaurants, entertainment venues and the beach. Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas. Only 2.5 km from Faliraki centre, Esperos Village Resort is 12 km from Rhodes Town and 15 km from Rhodes International Airport. Car parking lots have been provided for in the various quarters of the resort.

The swimming pool at or close to Esperos Village Blue & Spa - Adults Only

 

 

 

 

  • Al Mare Villas

Al Mare Villas offers elegant studios and villas with captivating views of the Mediterranean Sea and villas with private pools. It is strategically located on the coast of Kiotari Beach. Al Mare Villas bedrooms vary from traditional hand-built king sized units to canopy top queen beds with non allergenic pillos together with custom-made mattresses. In-room comforts include flat-screen TVs and kitchen facilities.

Al mare villas, Hotels in Kiotari Rhodes Greece

 

 

 

  • Casa Cook Rhodes (Adults Only)

Set in Kolymbia in the Rhodes Region, 1.7 km from Tsambika Beach, Casa Cook Rhodes boasts a large outdoor pool, an a la carte restaurant and a fully equipped fitness room. The minimally decorated rooms come with a satellite flat-screen TV. Rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a shower. For your comfort, you will also find bathrobes and slippers. Certain rooms include a seating area for your convenience. You can enjoy local and international dishes at the on-site restaurant, while there is also a bar with comfortable lounge area by the pool. You will find a 24-hour front desk at the property. Diagoras International Airport is 19 km from Casa Cook Rhodes. Free WiFi is available throughout and free private, on-site parking is possible.

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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN RHODES

Rhodes is the largest island of the Dodecanese and the fourth largest Greek island. It is a highly preferred summer destination, as it combines a rich history, an interesting culture and a dynamic nightlife that will satisfy even the most demanding visitors. The picturesque villages, the well maintained monuments and the archaeological sites, the medieval castles and the wonderful beaches are just some of the reasons to visit it, again and again!

 

  • Old City

The old city of Rhodes is the largest medieval city in the whole European continent. It is considered as one of the most important monuments of cultural heritage on an international level and therefore was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1988. The narrow streets, the classical architecture, the medieval churches and the bridges shape the unique atmosphere of the old city that is reminiscent of a different era that you’ll love at first sight.

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  • Lindos

Lindos is an ancient city on the island of Rhodes, about 50 kilometers southeast of the island’s center. It is one of the most picturesque parts of the island, with charming houses and narrow street. The Acropolis of Lindos, with the ancient temple and the towers, is a magnificent archaeological site and, for good reason, one of the most visited archaeological sites in Greece.

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  • Butterfly Valley

Just 15 kilometers southwest of the city of Rhodes you will find a place of incomparable natural beauty, surrounded by hills, with countless trees and streamlets. From June until September, the Butterfly Valley is full of colorful butterflies that select this location to leave their eggs and reproduce. It is an ideal location to find peace and relaxation during the hot summer days, with a restaurant and a gift shop. Just try to be quiet, in order not to disturb the butterflies during their special days.

Butterflies Valley in Rhodes, Greece | Greeka.com

 

 

 

  • Seven Springs

Seven Springs is located 30 kilometers southeast of the island’s capital, in a wonderful location with many pine and palm trees. The natural shade offered by those trees create a cool atmosphere, which is priceless during the summer heat. The lake is composed of seven springs, where you will see geese, ducks and peacocks. If you come by, you should enjoy a meal in the nearby restaurant, which – except for excellent tastes – also provides of a panoramic view of the mountains.

Grande Dame: A Guide to Rhodes - Greece Is

 

 

 

  • Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

Located in the city of Rhodes, the Archaelogical Museum of the island hosts objects dated back to the Archaic, the Roman, the Mycenaean and the Hellenistic period, which include vases, sculptures, statues, ceramics and more. The archaeological findings of the museum come from the island of Rhodes and other islands of the Dodecanese, giving the visitor the opportunity to get familiarized with the local cultural production through the ages, under the influence of other populations and civilizations.

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  • Museum of Modern Greek Art

The Museum of Modern Greek Art is located in the entrance of the medieval city of Rhodes, on Symi square. The philosophy of the museum is based on the promotion of the unique cultural identity of Greece, not in a nationalistic way, but through a universal aspect that approaches each culture and country as a part of the whole. The museum hosts rich collections of paintings, sculptures, drawings and documents from the 20th century and attempts to present a narration of the contemporary Greece through the works of contemporary Greek artists.

Modern Greek Art Museum, Greece 2019

 

 

 

  • Rodini Park

Rodoni Park is a true heaven on earth, just three kilometers away from the city of Rhodes, along the Rhodes-Lindos highway. It is the most ancient park of the world and is famous for its dense vegetation. The idyllic landscape created by the small bridges, the water lilies spread across the lake’s surface and the traditional narrow paths is definitely worth a visit.

Rodini Park in Rhodes, Greece | Greeka.com

 

 

 

  • Ladiko

Ladiko is a small bay close to Faliraki with amazing sand, small rocks and turquoise waters. After enjoying your swim, you can try a local meal in the nearby small tavern. Note that it does become crowded, especially in August, due to its unique landscape and the great waters.

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  • Agathi

One of the most beautiful beaches of Rhodes, located on the east shore of the island. Agathi is a wonderfully preserved virgin beach, without large crowds and noisy beach bars. The only signs of the ‘touristy civilization’ you will find here are some ‘canteens’ providing some necessities like sun beds and umbrellas. The beach is recommended for free camping and is a great place to spend a night or two with good friends.

Agathi beach - Rhodos island Greece

 

 

 

  • Prasonisi

Prasonisi (Greek for ‘green island’) is located on the southernmost point of the island, 92 kilometers away from the city of Rhodes. It’s the ultimate destination for the lovers of water sports, especially kite surfing and windsurfing, as well as for the bathers who want to enjoy moments of relaxation, away from the crowded touristy beaches.

Prasonisi Cape, Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN RHODES

Though the Greek island Rhodes has much to offers its tourists, one of its best assets is the food. To get a taste of the tastiest offering, here are 10 best restaurants on the island.

 

  • Marco Polo Café

The Marco Polo Café is situated in the Marco Polo Mansion, a lavish hotel in the heart of the old Turkish Quarter of Rhodes Town. The building itself dates from the 15th century, when the Ottoman Empire was in its prime and the Mansion aims to recreate the richness of this cultural and historical moment with its interior décor. From India to Turkey to the Aegean, there are carpets and drapes here that recall something of imperial glory. The exotic garden features a range of fruit trees, from apricot to banana, alongside beautiful flowering plants. It opens its doors to the public in the evenings giving anyone the opportunity to enjoy an intimate dinner overlooking the Old Town.

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  • Kyma Beach Restaurant

There is nowhere better than Kyma Beach Restaurant for those who wish to enjoy their evening meal with an unparalleled view of an Aegean sunset. The restaurant is in a beautiful setting, located on the beach itself with uninterrupted vistas over the vast water. As if that weren’t enough, the food here is superb. It has traditional Greek dishes and a large range of drinks so that visitors can unwind with cocktails or a cool beer while watching the sun go down.

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  • Melenos Lindos

Set at the base of the acropolis at Lindos, Melenos Lindos Hotel has been constructed with an eye to the island’s diverse cultural inheritance. From the villas constructed in the 17th-century style to the rooftop restaurant which draws inspiration from the medieval period with its tented roof and mosaic floor, the hotel is rich with history. The restaurant itself offers stunning views over the Aegean and the two natural harbors at Lindos. Above the restaurant the fortified acropolis is lit up at night.

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  • Mavrikos

Located in the main square in Lindos, Mavrikos is one of the oldest restaurants in the area and is still run by the Mavrikos family. It regularly wins prizes among Greek restaurants and has become something of an institution over the years. Chef Dimitris Mavrikos is renowned for the elegance and simplicity of his flavors, which have earned him a reputation as Rhodes’s most famous chef. The restaurant itself is designed with a shaded courtyard in the front and further indoor seating. Although among the pricier restaurants on the island, this is the natural result of its popularity.

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  • Hatzikelis

Hatzikelis is a world-class seafood restaurant that has won a number of awards and is frequented by celebrity clientele. Their signature dishes use classic Greek flavors to enliven traditional seafood recipes, whether it is mussels with tomato sauce and feta cheese or shrimps in ouzo sauce. There is a beautiful outdoor courtyard with views onto the ruined Church of the Virgin, but don’t let that distract you from the quality of the cuisine. Whether served grilled whole or in a smaller helping, the fish is fantastic and it is this alone that has made Hatzikelis arguably the best seafood restaurant in Rhodes.

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  • Kerasma

This modern restaurant only opened in 2010 but has gained in popularity every year. Keresma prides itself on offering local twists on traditional recipes, infusing each of its dishes with the taste of Rhodes. ‘The Acid Octopus’ is an octopus dish served in a homemade sauce of vinegar and honey, while the salmon is marinated in Raki, the Greek aperitif, and juniper berries. There is fresh grilled fillet of shi drum and Greek chicken, which is crusted with peppers and vegetables and complemented by a feta cheese sauce. For dessert there is a tiramisu made with Greek coffee. Chef Moschonas Antonis, who has visited other European countries to advocate for Grecian ingredients, aims to create a modern experience of traditional Greek cuisine with unusual flavors and subtle tastes that will impress the more adventurous traveller.

Kerasma Restaurant | Visit Rhodes

 

 

 

  • Arhontiko

Arhontiko is set in a house which dates from 1605 and is the preserved house of a ship’s captain. The décor is therefore unusual, making room for an old sea chest and seating guests on cushions as often as seats. The floor is pebbled and the walls whitewashed, leaving the bare stone arches exposed. It is a wonderful taster of the island when it was a thriving port and trading post. As you might expect from a restaurant set in the house of a sea captain, Arhontiko serves fantastic seafood and has won a number of awards. It is locally run by Dimitris and Flora, who are more than welcoming hosts. There is also an outdoor terrace offering views over the acropolis.

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  • Mosaic

Specializing in sweets and pastries, Mosaic is a cosy cafe-bar beautifully situated in Lindos town. It serves all manner of treats, from Greek doughnuts baked fresh every day, to traditional pastry sweets such as baklava and ravani. Mosaic is also known for its frozen yoghurt, which comes with a various toppings or with a choice of dessert, and its coffee. It is charmingly small, so guests can escape the hustle and bustle of Rhodes. There is further seating upstairs offering marvelous views over the fortified acropolis at Lindos. Mosaic does serve savory food, but it would be a waste to go here without sampling the traditional, sugar-syrup desserts of Greece.

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  • Nireas

Nireas is best known as a fish restaurant, although it in fact serves a whole host of dishes. The fish here, however, is among the best in all Rhodes. Nireas is located in the old Jewish Quarter of Rhodes Town, not far from the waterfront. It is tucked away and covered by a leafy canopy of greenery which shades visitors from the midday sun. The variety of fish ranges from shrimp to squid to seared tuna with sesame seeds. Nireas is highly recommended for its Old Town location, its friendly staff and, most importantly, the quality of its food.

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  • Akti Ixia

Akti Ixia is a combination of cuisines, offering everything from American burgers to lighter tapas to a new sushi bar. It is not only a restaurant but also a poolside bar located directly on the sea. It is open at all times of day, but particularly beautiful at night when guests can enjoy an evening dip before dinner against the backdrop of an ocean sunset. There is also a wonderful cocktail menu to complement the array of food choices. Akti Ixia is a marvelous location for families as the pool naturally keeps children entertained. For the adults, it is also a sophisticated and secluded seaside restaurant.

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WHERE TO SHOP IN RHODES

Easily connected to the Greek mainland and several European cities, Rhodes, located in the Dodecanese, is a major Greek island destination. And once you’ve spent a vacation there, you’ll want to remember it with some amazing souvenirs. Make sure you’re not caught out by tourist traps or overpriced trinkets by visiting these places to buy the most unique souvenirs in Rhodes.

 

 

  • When In Greece

Established in Rhodes in 2014, When In Greece is not your average souvenir shop. Forget magnets, clichéd slogan T-shirts and tote bags. Here, you will find the latest generation of souvenirs, the kind that won’t gather dust on a shelf. Ranging from homeware, fashion items and accessories, stationery and beachwear, When In Greece’s collection includes products created by a team of designers, suppliers and small craftsmen from all over Greece so you can be certain your holiday reminder is truly authentic.

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  • My Greek Me

A stroll around Rhodes Old Town will take you through countless souvenir shops and stalls. But if you happen to walk on Polidorou Street, the little shop at number 42, My Greek Me, will quickly turn into one of your favourites. This shop showcases the extent of Greek craftsmanship and talent through its unique, cool and modern souvenirs. From jewellery, fashion items, home décor and local products and delicacies, you’ll definitely find something you’ll just have to bring home with you.

Souvenirs & Shops Rhodes

 

 

 

  • Oi Apolloniatises Store

As with the culinary offerings in every region and island around Greece, Rhodian Cuisine is a great example of Mediterranean gastronomy, yet it retains a few local specialities. A great way to bring the taste of Rhodes home with you is to visit the Women’s Agrotourism Cooperative Oi Apolloniatises. There, you’ll discover traditional recipes and ingredients while members promote local products. These include treats such as melekouni, the traditional sweet of the island made of sesame seeds and honey, liquors, wine, spoon sweets (sweet preserves served in a spoon), as well as herbs from the nearby mountains. Why not improvise a night of cooking with these ingredients once you’re home so you can share a typical meal with your friends and family?

Apolloniatises

 

 

  • OhDeer.Me

A few streets away from the busy corner of Rhodes Old Town, you will find OhDeer.Me, a simple yet colourful souvenir shop with limited edition souvenirs. Focusing on presenting the Greek savoir - faire to foreign audiences, OhDeer.Me offers a wide range of mementos from cool printed tees to small trinkets and accessories that represent aspects of Greek culture and history. Choose between an array of T-shirts for adults and children, enamel mugs (perfect as they won’t break during the trip back), bags and accessories to find the perfect souvenir for your loved ones or yourself.

OhDeer.Me store in Rhodes' Old Town

 

 

 

  • Rodoscope Creative Gallery

For those who hate souvenir shopping, Rodoscope Creative Gallery is a must. This gallery/store features items created by Rhodian artists. You’ll spend hours strolling around the displays of jewellery, paintings, ceramics, sculptures, clothing and even food items. However, if all the shopping is too much for you, take advantage of the outdoor courtyard, where you can sit and enjoy some refreshments under the shade of the citrus trees – sometimes these relaxing memories are the best souvenirs of all.

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  • Eclectia

Eclectia may not be a traditional souvenir shop, but once you see what’s inside this little store, it’ll win you over. A Greek fashion brand founded in 1997, Eclectia is a boutique located in the Old Town of Rhodes where you can find stylish clothes. Characterized by a minimalist style, comfortable design and airy lines, Eclectia focuses on producing clothes in Greece that are made with 100% natural fabrics – because not all souvenirs were meant to be on your shelf.

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  • Olive Corner

Want to bring back holiday gifts that you and your friends and family will actually like? Then head to Olive Corner. This little shop is all about handmade souvenirs and goods made from olive wood and terracotta, with an extensive selection of cookware, crockery and wooden products. Bring your mom a beautifully carved platter or even put your favourite holiday picture in an olive wood frame, making your stay in Rhodes even more memorable.

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Tourism in Crete, Greece - Europe's Best Destinations

Hania (also spelled Chania) is Crete’s most evocative city, with its pretty Venetian quarter criss-crossed by narrow lanes and culminating at a magnificent harbour. Remnants of Venetian and Turkish architecture abound, with old townhouses now transformed into atmospheric restaurants and boutique hotels.

Chania in Crete is located on the westernmost side of the island. Although some places have developed in tourist resorts, most beaches and villages in Chania keep their authentic style. The northern side is more developed and lined up with luxurious tourism resorts and organized beaches. This is where the most popular beach villages of Chania are found. On the contrary, the southern side is secluded and more traditional, with small seaside villages and unorganized beaches.
Due to the long history and rich culture, the region of Chania keeps evident its traditional architecture. A walk in the Old town with the intense Medieval architecture is a walk back in time. The Venetian port of Chania Town is the most characteristic spot of western Crete. Holidays in Chania combine relaxation in amazing beaches, historical visits and experience of authentic life.

The region of Chania Greece, or Hania, is located on the western side of Crete island, one of the most popular Greeks Island. It has amazing places to visit, from secret villages and fabulous beaches to interesting sightseeing. The most famous town is Chania Town, with the characteristic Venetian, Turkish and traditional architecture. The most impressive beaches are Balos, Elafonissi, and Falassarna, while there are innumerable other amazing beaches around the coastline, from organized resorts to secluded coves.
Chania holidays is a very interesting experience. A drive around the prefecture will also bring you to many interesting sights. Explore the Medieval Castles you will find on your way, trek the many paths along with forests and gorges, visit the small local museums that depict the local history and even try a chat with the locals at the traditional restaurants. You will frequently see them sitting in the village square and enjoying a coffee under the shade of a huge tree. In this holiday, apart from relaxing on a beach resort, grab the chance to experience the famous Cretan tradition and the warm hospitality. 

Although all this beauty means the old town is deluged with tourists in summer, it’s still a great place to unwind. The Venetian Harbour is ideal for a stroll and a coffee or cocktail. Thanks to an active modern centre, the city retains its charm in winter. Indie boutiques and an entire lane (Skrydlof) dedicated to leather products provide good shopping, and a multitude of creative restaurants means you'll eat very well here.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT CHANIA

Best Time for Good Weather and Swimming: The warmest weather in Chania (and all the Greek islands) is between late May and early October when it's sunny, hot, and the water is perfect for swimming. Water temperature heats throughout the summer months and is warmest in August and early September. Since most people go to Chania for the beaches it’s pretty quiet at the holiday spots in early May and late October though the weather is still quite nice.

Best Time for Sightseeing: If you’re visiting Chania more for the sights, history, wineries, and food then you don’t need hot temperatures just warm pleasant weather. So the months of late March, April, May, October, and early November are great times for touring the sights. The weather is still warm by northern european standards though there can be some rain and warmer clothing should be packed. Chania has a large local population and stay active and open year-round.

Best Time for Island Hopping: There are some incredible islands (Santorini, Naxos, Paros, Ios, Mykonos) that are a 2 to 5 hour ferry ride from Crete. Hopping on a ferry and exploring these nearby islands is a highlight of traveling to Chania. Santorini has a longer tourist season than the other islands so you can happily visit there anytime between late April and early November (though check ferry schedules for connecting ferries in the off-season). For the other islands mid-May to early October is best.

Best Time for Saving Money: Hotels are much cheaper in the shoulder season (April, May, and October) than in the summer months but there’s also a lot less going on so you need to weigh the pros and cons. Transportation, food, and drink prices tend not to vary much by season. If you want good weather but cheap hotels then late May, early June, late September, or early October are great times. There are no guarantees but the first three weeks of October can often have great weather.

High Season (July to early September): Hot, sunny weather with lots of people – but never so many that it’s unenjoyable. Prices are at their peak. Sea water at its warmest and best for swimming. Ferries and flights run with the greatest frequency. If you’re in Chania for the buzz and nightlife of the larger towns then this is the time to visit.

Shoulder Season (May and June, September and early October): Great weather. Sunny and warm but not blazingly hot like the summer. Tourists are around but it’s never crowded. Everything is open in June and September but May and October will definitely see some closed doors. The sea might not be warm enough for swimming in May and October.

Low Season (late October to April): This is winter and that means gray skies, cool weather, and rain. The main towns of Heraklion, Chania, and Rethymno have large local populations and never go completely dead, even in winter. Ferries and flights have very limited schedules though there’ll be at least one a day going to Athens.

 

 

 

GETTING TO CHANIA

Plane - Daily flights from Athens touch down at Chania International Airport, as do seasonal flights from the UK. Airport buses cost EUR2.30 and take around 20 minutes.

Car - Those driving from Heraklion need to take the E75 along the coast to Chania, while the E65 runs from Kissamos to the west.

Bus - KTEL operates daily buses from Cretan cities like Rethimno and Heraklion. The bus from Heraklion takes 3 hours and costs around EUR15

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND CHANIA

Hania town is best navigated on foot, since most of it is pedestrianised.

Public Transportation - Chania Urban Buses runs a local bus network. Single tickets cost just EUR1.20 and fares are paid when you board.

Taxi - Expect taxis in Chania to charge around EUR3 for the first mile, then EUR1.50 or so for every mile after that.

Car - You can rent a car of your own from the local branches Avis and Flisvos. Daily rates should be around EUR10-15.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN CHANIA

Here are list of most book hotels in Chania

 

  • Royal Sun

Featuring a restaurant and a pool with sun terrace amidst its palm-tree garden, Royal Sun lies within 3 km from the centre of Chania Town. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony overlooking the Cretan Sea and the town. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, the rooms of Royal Sun are decorated with green-wooden furniture and soft colours. Each unit is equipped with LCD satellite TV, a safe and a fridge. A hairdryer and free toiletries can be found in the private bathroom. A buffet breakfast is served daily at the dining area, while guests can also enjoy Greek and Mediterranean dishes at the on-site restaurant. Coffees, refreshing drinks and cocktails are served at the lounge bar throughout the day. Sport facilities include a fitness centre and a table tennis. Staff at the front desk can arrange car rental and can provide currency exchange services. Royal Sun is situated 6 km from Souda Port and 12 km from Chania International Airport. Staff at the 24-hour front desk can offer information on the scenic Venetian Port of Chania at 3 km. Free private parking is possible on site.

A bird's-eye view of Royal Sun

 

 

 

  • Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor

Housed in a 16th-century mansion, in Chania Old Town, Monastery Estate Venetian Harbor boasts a spa centre with an original Turkish hammam and an indoor pool surrounded by stone walls and Venetian arches. Guests can enjoy Cretan cuisine cooked with a modern twist, at the elegantly decorated restaurant. Blending traditional atmosphere with modern touches, the suites at Monastery Estate are fitted with arches, stone-carved doors and wooden floors. Each comes with a private bathroom with shower, bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries, while some also include a seating area. Some suites open to a private terrace with hot tub. Extra services include airport transfer on request and at extra charge, as well as room service. Massage treatments can also be enjoyed on request and at extra charge. Free WiFi access is offered throughout the property and the reception is available 24 hours per day. Guests will find restaurants, bars and shops within a short walk of the property, while the Municipal Market of Chania is 350 m away. Souda Port is 7 km away and Chania International Airport is at a distance of 14 km.

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  • Porto Veneziano Hotel

Porto Veneziano Hotel enjoys a privileged location on the waterfront of Chania's Old Venetian harbour. Fitted with environmentally friendly cooling systems throughout, it offers panoramic views and accommodation in a minimal navy design. Just 300 m from the centre of Chania, Porto Veneziano is an ideal base for your stay in this historic town. Fitted with geothermal air conditioning, the modern guest rooms are appointed with private balconies, allowing you to admire views of the harbour, the Old Town or the White Mountains of Crete. Start off with a sumptuous, Greek, buffet breakfast consisting of freshly squeezed orange juice and homemade delicacies before taking a stroll along the water's edge to the charming harbour. Chania's most famous sites are all within easy walking distance of Porto Veneziano. The nearest organised beach is just 1.5 km away. Head back to Porto Veneziano for an evening drink or light meal at hotel's bar. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout and operates a smoke-free environment on all communal areas, guest rooms and suites.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Danaos Hotel

The family-run Danaos offers a friendly and relaxed base in the heart of Chania, just a short walk from Chania’s Venetian harbour and right next to the beautiful sandy beach of Nea Chora. There are various room sizes available, to suit the needs of solos, couples and groups or families. Some rooms have a spacious balcony with views of Chania Town or the Cretan Sea. Guest can enjoy a good start to the day with a continental breakfast in Danaos’ charming breakfast room. The owners of Danaos are available for any requests or sightseeing tips needed and will also arrange car or bike rentals. Many restaurants and taverns can be found in the surrounding area.

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  • SanSal Boutique Hotel

Situated in Chania Town, 4.2 km from Venizelos Graves, SanSal Boutique Hotel features air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Boasting a 24-hour front desk, this property also welcomes guests with a restaurant and a terrace. The property is close to popular attractions like Kucuk Hasan Mosque, Folklore Museum of Chania and Municipal Art Gallery of Chania. The rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. Guests at SanSal Boutique Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Firkas Fortress, Etz Hayyim Synagogue and Archaeological Museum of Chania. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 12 km from SanSal Boutique Hotel.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Irida Hotel

Irida Hotel is situated near the cosmopolitan Koum Kapi area, on the promenade leading to Chania's centre and overlooks the sea. It has free Wi-Fi access and offers buffet breakfast and private parking. The rooms at Irida Hotel are fully air-conditioned and have a private balcony with panoramic views of the sea and Chania's old town. A rich buffet breakfast is served in Irida's modern and spacious dining area. Drinks and cocktails can be enjoyed at the on-site bar. The Venetian Harbour of Chania is 1 km away and Chania Town centre is within a 15-minute walk. Chania International Airport is 15 minutes away by car. The 24-hour reception can provide information about the attractions of the area and assist with car rentals.

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  • Hotel Ideon

Just 100 m from the sandy Nea Chora Beach, the family-run Hotel Ideon is in Chania Town. It offers free WiFi in public areas and air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony. The scenic Venetian Harbour is a 15-minute walk away. Featuring a TV, all rooms of Ideon are equipped with a mini fridge and a safety deposit box. Each has a modern bathroom with a hairdryer. Some units come with views over the White Mountains. A buffet breakfast including homemade jam is served in the property’s roof-garden. In the evening, guests may relax with cocktails or freshly squeezed juices at the on-site bar of the roof-garden. The property facilities include a communal computer, while printing is possible upon charge. A tour desk and a bike or car rental service are available. Hiking activities can be arranged. Several tavernas, café bars and mini markets for the general supplies can be reached within short walking distance. The central bus station is a 15-minute walk away.

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  • Palazzo Duca

Near the Venetian harbour in the old city of Chania, Palazzo Duca features elegant studios and apartments with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi throughout. Taverns, café-bars and the central market are within a short stroll. Fitted with Cocomat mattresses, the accommodation offers a kitchenette, fridge, LCD satellite TV and safe. Free toiletries are also included, while some have a spa bath or seating area. Most units open out to a balcony with views of the old city. Nea Chora beach is just 800 m from Palazzo Duca. Other popular beaches, such as Chrissi Akti and Agii Apostoli, are located less than 3 km away. Chania International Airport is at a distance of 12 km.

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  • Kriti Hotel

Hotel Kriti is centrally located in Chania, at the meeting point of the famous old Venetian harbour and the commercial centre of the city. It has elegant rooms with free Wi-Fi, air conditioning and private balcony. Kriti rooms feature a satellite TV, minibar and wardrobe. They all have their own bathroom with hairdryer and bathtub or shower. You can enjoy delicious light meals at the snack bar or buffet-style menu at the breakfast room. Guests can have fun in the pool, spend some time in the TV room or relax in the hotel's lobby. A fitness centre is also provided. Enjoy the magnificent view over the town, Koum Kapi Beach and the White Mountains. The hotel’s staff is at your service 24 hours a day.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Irene Hotel

Located on the western wall of the old town of Nea Chora Chania, just 50 m from the sea, Irene Hotel offers rooms with balconies, some with views across Chania Bay. The beach is 250 m away. A communal swimming pool is 150 m away. All of Irene Hotel’s rooms have tiled floors and a private bathroom. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a TV, fridge and central heating, and enjoys free Wi-Fi access. A buffet breakfast is offered at Irene’s dining room, which also features a bar. The hotel has a small lounge area in the lobby with free Wi-Fi access. Hotel Irene is just 50 m from the sea and 7 km from Souda Port connecting to Athens and various Aegean isles.Sights such as the Venetian lighthouse and Koum Kapi are a 10-minute walk away. Within 150 metres, guests can also find a public swimming hall.

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  • Christina Beach Hotel

Located in Chania Town, a few steps from Nea Chora Beach, Christina Beach Hotel provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. Featuring a shared lounge, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features garden views, an outdoor pool and a 24-hour front desk. Guest rooms at the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a kitchenette. All rooms will provide guests with a fridge. Christina Beach Hotel offers a continental or Full English/Irish breakfast. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Kladissos Beach, Chryssi Akti and Etz Hayyim Synagogue. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 16 km from Christina Beach Hotel.

A bird's-eye view of Christina Beach Hotel

 

 

 

  • Cretan Renaissance

Cretan Renaissance is hosted in a Venetian manor house, characterized by the Ephorate of Byzantium Antiquities and UNESCO as a historical monument to be preserved. The unique placement of Cretan Renaissance offers to visitors a panoramic view of the old port, of the breakwater and Lighthouse of Chania. It boasts uniquely decorated rooms and suites with free WiFi. Traditional Cretan breakfast is served. Fitted with well-chosen furnishings and Cocomat mattresses and pillows, all air-conditioned units include a flat-screen TV with cable channels. All units include a seating area where you can relax. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while looking out at the sea or garden. All rooms are fitted with a private bathroom, while some come with a spa bath. For your comfort, you will find bathrobes, slippers and free toiletries. The hotel also offers bike hire and car hire. Firkas Fortress is 200 m from Cretan Renaissance, while Archaeological Museum of Chania is 300 m away. The nearest airport is Chania International Airport, 11 km from the property.

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THINGS TO DO IN CHANIA

On the north coast in western Crete, this is one of Greece's most beautiful towns. The cobbled streets are filled with shops selling clothes, ceramics, and local artworks, and the city is a favorite destination for holidaying Greeks in August. Chania is a wonderful place to lose yourself in its charms for an afternoon that could easily stretch into an evening dinner at a romantic restaurant overlooking the Venetian harbour. This site has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, when the Minoans founded the ancient city-state of Kydonia here almost 5,000 years ago. However, Chania gained its present layout in the 13th century under the Venetians (1204-1645), who fortified it and made it the island's capital. In 1971, the island's capital was moved to Heraklion.

 

 

  • Nautical Museum of Crete

From Minoan times to Venetian rule to the Second World War, Chania's history has been impossible to separate from the Mediterranean Sea, and this museum is the perfect way to get a handle on that key relationship. See beautifully reconstructed models of ancient triremes, as well as a detailed model of the Venetian Port at the height of its glory, and don't miss the large exhibit documenting Germany's invasion of Crete in 1941. Try to get to the Moro Shipyard too, where the Museum has installed an amazing model of a Minoan ship made by local craftsmen.

The Nautical Museum of Crete

 

 

 

 

  • Venetian Port: A Beautiful Seafront Neighborhood

Between 1250 and 1650, Chania was ruled by the city of Venice as part of its oceanic Empire, and the legacy of that era is the city's beautiful port district. Highlights include the Firkas Fortress, built to ward off Turkish invasion (unsuccessfully) and Angelou Street - a beautiful series of Venetian-style homes in the Topanas neighborhood. When you've absorbed the sights, the quay is lined with bakeries and tavernas where you can dine by the ocean - an ideal way to end the day.

CHANIA (Crete) | Silversea

 

 

  • Archaeological Museum of Chania

Just south of the Venetian Port, you'll find the Archaeological Museum of Chania, and you'll be glad that you did. Located in what used to be a monastery, the museum shows off some of the most impressive finds from ancient Chania, including royal seals from 5,000 years ago, gracefully sculpted bird-shaped pottery vessels and a dazzling Roman mosaic - but there are so many striking artifacts that everyone will have their own personal highlights.

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  • Botanic Park & Gardens of Crete

About 10 miles south of Chania, something amazing has blossomed in the hills of the Cretan interior. After a wildfire in 2004, locals in Skordalou made a creative decision to turn what used to be thriving centuries-old olive groves into a botanical tourist attraction. Now, their efforts are (literally) bearing fruit, with orange and cherry groves, gardens laced with the aroma of lemon trees and Mediterranean herbs, and a thriving population of wild birds, farm animals, and butterflies to explore. It's an amazing comeback and an inspiring place to visit.

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  • Chania Lighthouse

Located on the mole poking out into Chania harbor, the lighthouse is unmissable from the Venetian Port. Originally, the Venetians built the lighthouse as a defensive measure, enabling them to stretch a chain across the harbor entrance, but it fell into decay in the 1700s. However, thankfully, the Ottomans rebuilt the tower and renovations in 2005 have left it looking more elegant than ever. You can't climb the lighthouse, but the views from the promontory offer some of Chania's most beautiful views, so it's a must-visit attraction.

The lighthouse of Chania

 

 

 

  • Old Town

One of the best things to do in Chania is wander through the maze of narrow, pedestrian-only streets in the historic old town. An architectural style jumps out at you around every corner. Shops lining the streets and stairways sell souvenirs, and cute restaurants and cafés are tucked into shady patios. As you walk around, you'll come across four distinct areas, each with its own look and feel: Kastelli is hilly and quite old with very narrow, twisty walkways. If you come across a group of tourists, it's often too tight to pass. Topanas is just back from the old port and has narrow roadways. The Jewish District is easily identified by its wider streets. The Splantzia District has the greatest number of outdoor cafés and restaurants, mostly located around a huge plane tree in front of the Church of St. Nicolas.

Top Sites in Crete - Greeking.me

 

 

 

  • The Monasteries of Akrotiri Peninsula

The rocky peninsula of Akrotiri, 10 kilometers east of Chania, is home to three monasteries. Agia Triada, founded in 1612, is set amid meticulously tended olive groves and orange orchards, and centers on a cloistered courtyard and a lovely church-you can buy olive oil made by the monks. A short drive away stands the fortress-like Gouverneto, founded in 1537. Even if the monastery is closed, the location is beautiful. From here, a footpath leads past Arkoudiospilia (Bear Cave), down 140 steps to Katholiko, an abandoned sixth-century monastery, built into a cliff face. After seeing the monasteries, head for Stavros Bay for a swim at the sandy beach where Anthony Quinn danced in the 1964 film Zorba the Greek.

Agia Triada Monastery or Agia Triada Tsangarolon

 

 

  • Balos

Crete's most spectacular beaches are often the hardest to reach, and Balos is certainly one of them. Excursion boats depart from Kissamos (40 kilometers west of Chania), but it's more fun to hire a vehicle, preferably a 4WD jeep, and visit independently. You'll need to negotiate a challenging, seven-kilometer, rough track, running along Gramvousa Peninsula-be sure to go slowly and carefully. The local municipality is working on improving the road, but at the moment, the trip on the dirt road takes about 30 minutes. It's an adventure complete with steep drop-offs, goats, and lots of dust. A small fee is charged per person to use the road. From the car park, hike down a steep footpath (20 minutes), to arrive at this enchanting white-sand beach, which extends to a stunning turquoise and emerald-green lagoon. From here, you can wade through the knee-high sea to the tiny islet of Gramvousa, crowned by a 16th-century Venetian fort. The beach is blissful after 5pm, when the excursion boats leave, and you're at one with nature. Prince Charles and Princess Diana swam here during their honeymoon in 1981.

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  • Elafonissi

On Crete's isolated southwest coast, this stunning beach lies about a two-hour drive from Chania (73 kilometers). The colors here are amazing-the sand takes on pink hues in certain light as it is made up of tiny pieces of shells and coral, and the sea is turquoise-blue. You can wade through ankle-deep water to an islet, which is a conservation area, being the last stop for birds migrating from Europe to Africa. Complete with sunbeds and umbrellas to hire plus a canteen for snacks, Elafonissi is ideal for families with kids due to the warm, shallow sea.

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  • Day Trip to Hike the Samaria Gorge

Crete's mountains are cut by deep gorges, the longest of which is the 18-kilometer Samaria.  This is a one-way hike, so you need to consider transport back to your starting point before doing this hike. It can be complex, so a tour is your best option. Entrance to the gorge is at the village of Omalós, 42 kilometers south of Chania. The path is steep and uneven at first, descending through dense pinewoods. Deep inside the rocky gorge, the footpath winds around large boulders, and at its narrowest point, the "Iron Gates" (Síderoportes), the Samaria is only four meters wide. Look out for kri kri, wild goats unique to Crete. One of the great aspects of this hike is the fact that it is almost all down hill. The gorge opens out to the sea at the village of Ayía Rouméli, with a black-sand beach where you can swim at the end of your hike. From here, catch the ferry to Sfakia, then the bus back to Chania (75 kilometers).

Samaria Gorge Trek: Full-Day Excursion from Chania 2020 - Crete

 

 

 

  • Minoan's World 3D Museum

This is the perfect place for families with children to spend part of an afternoon. A unique and interesting introduction to the ancient history of Greece is provided in a manner that everyone can enjoy. Interesting displays make for fun photo opportunities in the first part of the museum. Following that, you'll be treated to a 9D movie, where all your senses will be engaged. This is the perfect place to escape the midday heat or the rare rainy day and learn a bit along the way.

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  • Municipal Market

A pleasant diversion from the mainstream tourist attractions in Chania is the Municipal Market. Housed in a 4,000-square-meter structure built in 1911, you'll find sellers offering, vegetables, meats, and fish at the peak of its freshness. If you are on a self-catering vacation in or around Chania, this should be your first stop to stock up. It's interesting to note that a majority of the items are grown on Crete. The island's unique climate and topography allow for the cultivation of a wide variety of produce throughout the year. Some small, local restaurants are also located here along with other shops selling the standard tourist supplies.

The Municipal Market of Chania - Greece

 

 

 

  • Tandem paragliding flight in Chania

Have you always dreamt of flying over the clouds while enjoying the great views to the sea and land? This is your great chance to live an incredible experience and fly in safety with a tandem paragliding flight in Chania and Balos lagoon. Take your holidays to the next level while flying with a great instructor over the island and enjoy breathtaking views to the coastline and the mountains of Crete!  You do not need to be very athletic or fit - a tandem paragliding flight is suitable for everyone. All you need to do is a few steps and the glider will take you to the air. You will enjoy amazing views to the mainland of Crete and the coastline while sitting comfortably back in the harness. You will smoothly descent afterward to the beach to take a dive into the blue waters of Crete.  Paragliding in Chania should be on the top of your list while in Crete! It's an incredible experience you shouldn't miss! Totally safe and fun!

Paragliding - 15 min Tandem flight - 85 EUR - Destination Platanias

 

 

 

  • Coasteering in Chania

Explore hidden gems of the Cretan coastline with fun-filled coasteering activity from Chania. Coasteering came to fruition from climbers scrambling around sea cliffs to discover new climbs. They decided it would be fun to add in a wetsuit, helmet and buoyancy aids to jump off freely and forge through the surf. This fun adrenaline-filled activity is for any level of experience…you just need to be able to swim! If you are feeling super adventurous the route can always be changed to suit your skill level.  Coasteering enables you to see parts of coastline you would not be able to otherwise. In a gorgeous place like Crete, it is an incredibly rich way to discover the island. Start times are flexible with Pro-Active and sometimes depend on the weather. After the briefing- let the swimming, jumping, climbing, and exploring begin!

Coasteering in Mallorca - Cliff jumping and Coasteering in Mallorca

 

 

 

  • Kayaking in Chania

Take this unique chance to explore hidden coves and offshore islands in Crete while kayaking through ancient blue waters. Pro-Active Adventures offer kayaking with single or double seats and they will guide you through this unforgettable adventure. This activity is open for everyone looking to get active in Crete and see a different side of the island. This is an ideal opportunity to learn new kayaking skills, improve on previous experience, or get out there and paddle like a pro!

Fun in the Sun in the Cayman Islands | Journeys Cayman Islands | AFAR

 

 

 

  • Snorkelling Boat Tour in Chania

Discover the crystal blue waters and the coral reefs of Crete on this snorkelling excursion in Chania! Omega divers offer a snorkelling tour with professional equipment and experienced instructors to guide you through interesting and beautiful swimming and snorkelling locations, only accessible by boat. On the three hour program, you will stop in the most beautiful places in Almyrida Chania, where you will discover crystal blue waters, reefs, underwater caves and even see the entrance to the famous Elephant Cave of Crete. You will be provided with a wetsuit, mask, fins and an experienced instructor who will teach everyone how to use the snorkel equipment correctly and to explain the marine life you see in the water.

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  • Adventure dive in the Elephant's Cave in Chania

The Elephant's Cave is simply an amazing experience you need to live if you visit the island of Crete. The cave is located in Drepano area in Akrotiri, near Chania and it is a quite easy dive for experienced divers. The cave was discovered in 1999 and the findings were significant from a speleological and a biological point of view. In the cave you will find bones of elephant species that have been estimated to be of 50.000-60.000 years old! A breathtaking experience for experienced divers - an Open Water certificate is pre-required as to enter the cave you have to dive 10 meters below sea level.  The entrance to the cave is found at 10 meters below the sea level. You will reach the spot with one of the boats of Omega Divers. After passing the entrance of 9m height and 6,5m. width, you will find yourself in a tunnel of 40 meters in length. After swimming in, a series of exquisite red and white stalagmites and stalactites are revealed to greet divers as they emerge into the cave. The main room is partially filled with water, ranging from few centimetres to 4 meters deep. The good thing is that the air inside the cave is breathable so you can take off the mask and admire nature's creativity. 

Elephant Cave | Chania Diving Center

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN CHANIA

Chania, the capital of Crete, offers typical island scenery. This Greek island settlement is not only famous for its past, but also for its present, including the delicious local dishes. Here are the top culinary options in Chania.

 

 

  • Chalkina

After having a walk in the old city of Chania, you can have a seat in Chalkina. This place is located just before Megalo Arsenali on the road to Neorio. Here you can enjoy some local delicacies. The staff is friendly and the spaces of the restaurant nicely decorated. The local Cretan cuisine, with delicious mezes and more, won’t let you down. Taste the classic specialty of hohlioi bourbouristoi (escargots) and drink some tsikoudia or rakomelo. Just beware of the fact that this is quite strong alcohol.

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  • To Monastiri Tou Karolou

This is one of the most beautiful cafe-restaurants in the narrow street of Chatzimichalis Dalianis. The building where the restaurant is located is of special historical importance, dating back to the 16th century. Then, it used to function as a Catholic monastery. After the invasion of the Turks in 1645, the monastery was turned into residencies. Nowadays it is being renovated with care and respect to its identity. On the first floor you will find an exhibition space and a studio of sculptural art. The restaurant is located on the ground flood and has a wonderful exterior space, with natural shadow from its trees.

Ταβέρνα Μοναστήρι | E-WOB

 

 

 

  • Barraki

Open from 9pm until the early morning hours, Barraki is always crowded. The clientele comprises the Cretan youth and numerous visitors. It offers an excellent combination of an idyllic atmosphere surrounded by trees, and perfect service. The quality of the food and the drinks is going to fascinate your senses. Add to this are the relaxing music choices and the aromatic rakomelo, only to be found at Barraki.

Cafes and Bars in Chania

 

 

 

  • Prassein Aloga

Τhis alternative place’s name means ‘to act unconventionally’. This is the philosophy of its clientele, who want to enjoy the moment. This amazing establishment combines shots of tsikoudia and rakomelo along with tasty delicacies and Greek music. The setting of Prassein Aloga is unusual – an open air space decorated with picturesque details. Don’t hesitate to order Cretan mezes with modern influences, like siglino with mizithra cheese, peppers and oregano, as well as pork with raisins and rum.

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  • 63o Mezedoscholeio

One of the most recently established restaurants in the old city of Chania is 630 Mezedoscholeio. The traditional local dishes, like apakikolokithokeftedes (courgette balls) and chicken with sauce offered by this ‘School of Meze‘ are simply delicious. The local wine is perfect to accompany the Cretan dishes. Stand next to the narrow paved street and watch the people wandering around. Don’t miss the strawberry-flavored rakomelo.

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  • Akrogiali

This airy white-and-blue space on Nea Hora beach, to the west of town, does fabulously fresh fish and seafood, including some inspired stuffed-squid varieties.

Akrogiali Tavern/Restaurant at Kato Zakros

 

 

 

  • Apostolis I & II

In the quieter eastern harbour, these well-respected spots for fresh fish and Cretan dishes are in two separate buildings away from each other. Apostolis II is the more popular, as the owner reigns there, but the other has the same menu at marginally cheaper prices. A seafood platter for two, including salad, is €30.

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SHOPPING IN CHANIA

 

  • Agora

Hania’s cross-shaped market hall opened in 1913 and bustles mostly with souvenir-hunting tourists, though a few stands selling traditional Cretan produce and products (herbs, honey, baked goods, raki, cheese) – along with cafes – are still part of the mix.

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  • Roka Carpets

This is one of the few places in Crete where you can buy genuine, hand-woven goods (note, though, that they're not antiques). Amiable Mihalis Manousakis and his wife, Annie, weave wondrous rugs on a 400-year-old loom, using methods that have remained essentially unchanged since Minoan times.

Roka Carpets Weavivg Shop - Chania Guide

 

 

 

 

  • Georgina Skalidi

This local designer, whose work is distributed internationally, creates wonderful contemporary leather bags (from €100), jewellery and accessories.

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  • Pelekanakis

Sells driving and hiking maps, guidebooks in several languages and otherwise hard-to-find books about Crete, along with a few mainstream English-language novels.

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PERJANTAI, 24. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
TOKYO "OLD MEETS NEW"

Journy's Must-Read Travel Guide To Tokyo, Japan

Yoking past and future, Tokyo dazzles with its traditional culture and passion for everything new. Visiting Tokyo is not for the faint of heart. A fuel-injected adrenaline rush into a neon-bright future, TOKYO (東京) is a mercurial metropolis flashing by in a blur of conflicting images. Obsessed with the latest trends and fashions, the world’s largest city – the heart of which is home to at least eight million people – is also fiercely proud of its heritage. Lively neighbourhood festivals are held virtually every day of the year, and people regularly visit their local shrine or temple and scrupulously observe the passing seasons in manicured gardens.

More than any one sight, it's the city itself that enchants visitors. It's a sprawling, organic thing, stretching as far as the eye can see. Always changing, and with a diverse collection of neighbourhoods, no two experiences of the city are ever the same. Some neighbourhoods feel like a vision from the future, with ever taller, sleeker structures popping up each year; others evoke the past with low-slung wooden buildings and glowing lanterns radiating surprising warmth; elsewhere, drab concrete blocks hide art galleries and cocktail bars and every lane hints at possible discoveries.

In Tokyo you can experience the whole breadth of Japanese arts and culture. Centuries-old forms of performing arts still play on stages and sumo tournaments draw crowds; every spring, Tokyoites head outside to appreciate the cherry blossoms – a tradition older than the city itself. There are museums covering every era of Japanese art history and also ones that focus on the contemporary – challenging the old distinctions between art with a capital A, pop culture and technology. But there's a playful side to all of this, too: Tokyo is, after all, a city whose public artworks include a scale model of an anime robot.

When it comes to Tokyo superlatives, the city's food scene tops the list. But we're not just talking about the famous restaurants and the celebrity chefs: what Tokyo excels at is consistency across the board. Wherever you are, you're usually within 100m of a good, if not great, restaurant. It's a scene that careens nonchalantly between the highs and lows: it's not unusual for a top-class sushi restaurant to share the same block as an oil-spattered noodle joint, and for both to be equally adored. Tokyoites love dining out; join them, and delight in the sheer variety of tastes and experiences the city has to offer.

Tokyo can seem daunting at first: the subway map – a tangle of intersecting lines – is often compared to a bowl of noodles. But once you get out there, you'll be surprised how easy it is to navigate. That subway can take you everywhere you want to go; trains are frequent (though sometimes uncomfortably crowded) and almost always on time, and stations are well-signposted in English. That's not to say you won't occasionally find yourself frustratingly disorientated, but locals are generally eager to help you get back on track.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT TOKYO

The best time to visit Tokyo is between March and April and September and November. Autumn ushers in colorful foliage and comfortable temperatures. Spring brings in much of the same, but instead of vibrant fall hues, the foliage you'll see here are cherry blossom trees in full bloom. Summer, on the other hand, is peak tourist season, which you'll quickly see from long lines at museums and confused subways riders. If you can, avoid this time of year; you'll face oppressive heat, humidity and high room rates. On the opposite extreme, winter weather is chilly but still manageable; however, you will not be able to experience the full potential of Tokyo's parks at this time of year. 

 

September -  November

Fall sees the gradual decline of summer's humidity, heat and tourists. For most of the season, daytime temperatures usually range from the upper 70s to the low 60s, but in September, travelers may see highs in the low 80s. September and October see the most precipitation of the year, so make sure to bring an umbrella with you if you're traveling during this time. And if you plan on visiting from October to November, you'll want to carry a light jacket with you at night as lows dip down to the high 50- and 40-degree range.  

 

December - February

Winter may be the low point for tourism, but don't expect room rates to plummet. Tokyo's hotel prices are fairly stable and expensive throughout the year. Temperatures usually hover in the mid-50s and high 40s during the day but can easily dip below freezing at night. Be sure to steer clear of New Year's as hotel rates are exorbitant and most museums are closed for a few days before and after the holiday.

March - May

Daytime temperatures return to the comfortable 60s and 70s, while the city parks burst with color. The famous Japanese cherry blossoms make their appearance for a week in late March and very early April. Tokyo residents flock to the urban parks in full force for this special event, so brace yourself for crowds. And during Golden Week – a succession of public holidays – prepare for travel to be a nightmare, as residents come in and out of town in droves to celebrate. During this time of year, it's still best to pack a light jacket. Lows hang in the low 40s to high 50s, and in March, daytime highs reach the mid-50s at most. 

June - August

If you visit during the summer, you'll have to brave not only the crowds – but worse – the heat. With temps in the high 70s and 80s, Tokyo is hot, sticky and filled with sweaty tourists — yes, you'll be one of them. You'll also contend with numerous rainy days, as June and July are considered to be Japan's rainy season. 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO TOKYO

Once thought to be a city too far out of reach, Tokyo has never been more accessible. If you’re coming from somewhere far away, you will almost certainly fly into Narita Airport in the neighboring prefecture of Chiba, or into the more centrally located Haneda Airport. But air travel isn't the only way to get to Tokyo. If you're coming from elsewhere in Japan, you have plenty of other options: the shinkansen (bullet train) and other express trains, long-distance buses, and ferries.
No matter which mode of transportation you take, you won't have any trouble getting to and going around central Tokyo, thanks to the impeccable subway system. The subway is arguably Tokyo's most reliable transportation method. Take advantage of the endless lines spanning across the city to get to wherever your trip takes you to. Buy a prepaid Suica or Pasmo card to make going through the ticket gates even easier, and check the maps for additional information about traveling within and around Tokyo.

 

By Plane - Direct flights to Narita and Haneda are the most common ways to access the country. Once you arrive, you can jump on an express train or Limousine bus that will transport you into the heart of the city. Please check these pages on Narita Airport and Haneda Airportfor more information.
Alternatively, you can fly intoKansai International Airport (KIX) or Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya from abroad. These airports are great access points for exploring areas such as Kyoto, Osaka, Ise, and Takayama, before visiting the capital. You can easily take a domestic flight to Tokyo from these two airports, as well as a host of other local airports that are dotted around the country. An increasing number of budget airlines offer fares at very wallet-friendly prices.

By Train - The shinkansen (bullet train) is another option for accessing Tokyo from other cities around the country. From Kagoshima in the southern island of Kyushu to Hakodate in the northern island of Hokkaido, a network of sleek and speedy express trains criss-cross the country providing you with a quick and easy travel option to Tokyo.

By Ferry - If you want a more unique experience coming into Tokyo, try coming by ferry. It's best to prepare a plan in advance to make the most of a day near the piers. Take a look at the Walks and Tours section for some ideas. Whether you are a first-time visitor or a Tokyo regular, travel and tour agencies itineraries will help you make the most of your Tokyo adventure.

By Express Bus - Japan's long-distance express buses offer a cheaper way into the city and across the country. If you're looking to save some money and are used to long bus rides, you may want to consider taking an express bus. They can be more comfortable than you think. Many buses come equipped with electric outlets and reclining chairs. For overnight journeys, there are usually additional amenities such as blankets and pillows. Some bus operators even offer more luxurious options, like privacy curtains and extra legroom. The biggest hub for bus travel in Tokyo is the Shinjuku Expressway Bus Terminal.

 

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND TOKYO

Efficient, clean and generally safe, Tokyo's public transport system is the envy of the world. Of most use to travellers is the train and subway system, which is easy to navigate thanks to English signage.

  • Subway The quickest and easiest way to get around central Tokyo. Runs 5am to midnight.
  • Train Japan Rail (JR) Yamanote (loop) and Chūō-Sōbu (central) lines service major stations. Runs from 5am to midnight.
  • Taxi A pricey option but the only one that runs all night; easy to hail.
  • Cycling A fun way to get around, though traffic can be intense. Rentals available; some hostels and ryokan lend bicycles.
  • Walking Subway stations are close in the city centre; save cash by walking if you only need to go one stop
  • On Foot Walking around Tokyo can be a bit overwhelming. The collage of street signs and neon lights induces an exhilarating (and exhausting) feeling that visitors either love or hate. While there are so many distractions, pedestrians also have to stay focused on navigating the streets. Convoluted thoroughfares streak amorphous neighborhoods that repeatedly confuse visitors. If you get lost, the best bet is to find the nearest subway station and situate yourself using a subway map.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN TOKYO

 

  • Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel

Set in the Tokyo Disney Resort district of Tokyo, Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel is 5 km from Tokyo DisneySea. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom. Tokyo Disneyland is 5 km from the hotel. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units have a seating area. Guests at Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel can enjoy a buffet breakfast. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. A free shuttle service to Tokyo Disney Resort is available. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tokyo Gate Bridge, Tokyo Sky Tree Tower and Zepp Tokyo. The property is a 15-minute bus ride from Shin-Urayasu Station. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from Tokyo Bay Tokyu Hotel.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Hotel Gracery Asakusa

800 m from Sensoji Temple, Hotel Gracery Asakusa provides a 4-star accommodation in the Taito district of Tokyo. The property is located 1.7 km from Tokyo Skytree and 1.8 km from Edo Tokyo Museum. The property is 2 km from Ryogoku Kokugikan National Sumo Stadium and 5 km from Marunouchi Building. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. The rooms come with a private bathroom with a bath. At Hotel Gracery Asakusa the rooms are equipped with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Staff speak English and Japanese at the reception. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 30 km from Hotel Gracery Asakusa.

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  • MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae​

MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae is conveniently located a 2-minute walk from Kuramae Station on the Toei Asakusa and Oedo lines. It offers compact yet functional units with a USB port and a shared lounge. Guests can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant. Free WiFi is available. Tokyo Skytree is a 11-minute train ride on the Asakusa Line while JR Ueno and Akihabara Stations can be reached with a 12-minute drive from the property. Guests can make a 17-minute walk to the Sensoji Temple or the Edo Tokyo Museum. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, a 40-minute train ride away. All units come with a flat-screen TV. Bathroom facilities are shared with other guests. Guests can make use of the free luggage storage service offered at the 24-hour front desk. Start the day with a buffet-style breakfast which includes granola, yoghurt and various fresh products. Alcohol beverages and light meals are also on offer.

MyCUBE by MYSTAYS Asakusa Kuramae , Cube Hotel in Asakusa | MYSTAYS

 

 

 

  • Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International

Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International is situated within a 1-minute walk from Tsukuba Express Asakusa Station. The property features a 24-hour front desk and offers free WiFi access in all areas. All rooms feature a complimentary handy smartphone.The handy Smartphones feature unlimited 4G data, a city guide of Tokyo, free local calls and free international calls to USA, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and Hong Kong. The hotel is situated a 8-minute walk away from Asakusa Train Station, which offers access to the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Toei Asakusa Line and Tobu Line train routes. Guests can enjoy sightseeing and shopping in the area. Sensoji Temple is only 300 m away and the iconic Kaminarimon Thunder Gate and Nakamise-Dori Street are both within a 6-minutes walk from the hotel. The property offers luggage storage. In addition, guests will find laundry and dry cleaning facilities at an extra cost, as well as a trouser press. Drink vending machines are on site. Richmond Hotel Premier Asakusa International features 2 meeting rooms. All guest rooms feature air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, Simmons mattresses, an iron, safety box and desk. Electric kettles and refrigerators are also installed. The en suite bathroom features a bath and shower. Free toiletries including toothbrushes, a hairdryer and slippers are provided. The property restaurant serves Japanese and Western breakfast buffet including seasonal vegetables, fruit and bread. Several restaurants and fast-food stores are located within a 5-minute walk from the property.

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  • Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage

Richmond Hotel Premier Tokyo Oshiage is located just a 2-minute walk from Oshiage Subway Station, the closest station from the Tokyo Skytree. It features free WiFi and a restaurant. All rooms feature a complimentary handy smartphone. Guests can make a short walk to the Tokyo Solamachi and enjoy shopping. JR Tokyo Station is a 25-minute train ride away while Haneda Airport can be reached within a 1-hour train ride. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV, Video on demand (VOD) and an electric kettle. Some rooms have a seating area where you can relax. The en suite bathroom is equipped with free toiletries and slippers. The 24-hour front desk offers photocopying services at a surcharge and 3 meeting rooms. There is also a drinks vending machine on the 7th and 10th floor. The on-site restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes. A breakfast buffet is available at the property.

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  • Kaisu

Just a 5-minute walk from Akasaka Station, Kaisu offers cosy and quiet accommodation with a cafe bar in the heart of Tokyo. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. The Roppongi area and The National Art Centre, Tokyo are a 10-minute walk from the property. Kaisu offers Japanese-style private rooms featuring tatami flooring and both mixed and female-only dormitory rooms. Shower rooms and toilets are shared. Guests will find a 24-hour lounge at the property. Luggage storage service is provided. Tokyo's popular districts including Omotesando, Shibuya, Daikanyama can be reached in 20 minutes by train from Kaisu. Haneda Airport is a 40-minute train ride away.

The building in which the hostel is located

 

 

 

  • Super Hotel Lohas Akasaka

Super Hotel Lohas Akasaka is conveniently located in the central Tokyo, just a 4-minute walk from Akasaka Subway Station. The non-smoking hotel features a spacious public bath and free WiFi. All rooms are fitted with modern facilities like a 32-inch flat-screen TV and video-on-demand programmes. The private bathroom comes with a bathtub, a hair dryer and free toiletries. The property offers a restricted floor for female guests. Akasaka Super Hotel Lohas provides coin launderette. Drinks vending machines are also available on site. There are several subway stations accessible within a 10-minute walk from the hotel, such as Akasaka Mitsuke Subway Station, Nagatacho Subway Station and Tameike Sanno Subway Station. Popular Shibuya or Ginza areas can be reached within a 10-minute subway ride from the Akasaka Station.

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  • Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier

Located within a 11-minute walk from Tokyo Station Nihonbashi Exit and 1.9 km of Japan Imperial Palace, Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier features accommodation with a bar. The property is directly connected to Shin-Nihombashi Station and Mitsukoshimae Station. All guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The units will provide guests with a fridge. The front desk is located on the 9th floor. Guests can relax in the public bath. Guests can reach Shibuya and Shinjuku in 30 minutes by train. Yasukuni Shrine is 2.8 km from Mitsui Garden Hotel Nihonbashi Premier. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.

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  • Comfort Suites Tokyo Bay

Comfort Suites Tokyo Bay is situated in Tokyo, 4.1 km from Tokyo DisneySea and has a fitness centre. With free WiFi, this 3-star hotel offers free shuttle service and a 24-hour front desk. The accommodation provides luggage storage space and a kids' club for guests. At the hotel, the rooms have a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All units will provide guests with a microwave. A complimentary breakfast is available at the property. Tokyo Disneyland is 4.3 km from Comfort Suites Tokyo Bay, while Tokyo Gate Bridge is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 17 km from the property.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

  • Nohga Hotel Ueno Tokyo

Situated in Tokyo, 500 m from The Shitaya Shrine, NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO features accommodation with a restaurant, private parking, a fitness centre and a shared lounge. Featuring a terrace, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and luggage storage for guests. The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms in NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. Popular points of interest near NOHGA HOTEL UENO TOKYO include Ryukoku-ji Temple, Shitamachi Museum and ‪Marishiten Tokudaiji‬ Temple. The nearest airport is Tokyo Haneda International Airport, 29 km from the hotel.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO IN TOKYO

No trip to Japan would be complete without a visit to its legendary capital city. Where else can travellers visit the world’s most famous fish auction, pray at a 1,000-year-old temple and eat out on the charmingly named Piss Alley all in one day? These are the few things you must do and places to visit when you’re in Tokyo.

 

 

  • Sumo

Witness the titanic clashes of wrestling giants at the National Sumo Stadium in Ryōgoku . Come in January, May or September for a sumo tournament.

May Tokyo Sumo Tournament 2020 | JAPANISTRY

 

 

  • Asakusa

Home to old craft shops, traditional inns, and the bustling Sensō-ji temple. There are several bookable activities to help you immerse yourself in Asakusa culture, such as a kimono experience.

The 10 Best Hotels in Asakusa, Tokyo

 

 

 

  • National Art Center

Set aside a chunk of time to explore the enormous National Art Centre, a highlight of the so-called Roppongi Art Triangle.

The National Art Center, Tokyo | The Official Tokyo Travel Guide ...

 

 

 

  • Kamakura

Japan’s ancient seaside capital offers great walks between temples and shrines, plus a giant bronze Buddha that you can clamber inside.

Day tour to Kamakura from Tokyo - How to go and what to do ...

 

 

 

  • Traditional performing arts

Enjoy kabuki, nō and bunraku puppetry at the National Theatre, Kabukiza Theatre or Shimbashi Embujō.

Traditional Performing Arts×Street Dance Part 2 (Tokyo Traditional ...

 

 

 

  • Sushi

There are innumerable places in which to scoff delectable raw fish – don’t leave without giving it a try.

10 Best Sushi Restaurants in Tokyo 2020 - Japan Web Magazine

 

 

 

  • Rikugi-en

A quintessential Japanese-style garden designed to reflect scenes from ancient Japanese poetry.

Rikugien Garden: A Paradise Fit for a Daimyo | All About Japan

 

 

 

  • Contemporary art galleries

Discover fresh talent at Design Festa Gallery and 3331 Arts Chiyoda, as well as commercial spaces such as the Agata Takezawa building. The National Museum of Modern art has an excellent collection, too, while teamLab Borderless is a digital art gallery featuring a series of unforgettable immersive exhibits.

Best contemporary art galleries in Tokyo | Time Out Tokyo

 

 

 

  • Nikkō

The dazzling Tōshō-gū shrine is the star turn of this quiet mountain town, surrounded by some of the most beautiful countryside in the land. Nikkō is a great day-trip destination, and you'll also find dazzling Edo Wonderland here, an Edo era-themed park.

Nikko Pass Trip Day 2 - Discover The World Heritage Sites Of Nikko ...

 

 

 

  • Golden Gai

It’s amazing how many bars are squeezed into this corner of neon-soaked Kabukichō – getting to and from your seat can resemble a game of Twister.

Golden Gai in Shinjuku, wander the streets and explore the ...

 

 

 

  • Hanami parties

Pack a picnic and make for the falling blossoms in Ueno Park, around the Imperial Palace moat or along the Meguro-gawa.

Complete Hanami Guide: How to Enjoy a Cherry Blossom Party in ...

 

 

 

  • Onsen bath

Soak in an old neighbourhood bathhouse such as the Jakotsu-yu or at the resort-like spa complex of Ōedo Onsen Monogatari in Odaiba.

Onsen in Tokyo: Enjoying a Traditional Hot Spring Day at 'Odaiba ...

 

 

 

  • Meiji-jingū

Enjoy one of the many annual festivals or regular wedding ceremonies held at Tokyo’s most venerable Shinto shrine.

Meiji Jingu Tokyo Japan | Alexis Jetsets | Shinto Shrine ...

 

 

 

  • Harajuku

Trawl the boutiques of Cat Street, dive into crowded Takeshita-dōri, or take tea in a treehouse café.

Harajuku Dori | Harajuku Dori at night with the Stay Real Ja… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Ghibli museum

Most visitors will have seen at least one Studio Ghibli anime – get behind the scenes at the imaginative Ghibli museum.

Visiting Ghibli Museum From Abroad - Mitaka, Tokyo - Japan Travel

 

 

 

  • Nezu Museum

Housed in one of Tokyo’s most impressive pieces of modern architecture, this repository of Asian arts also has a magnificent garden.

Nezu Museum - Wikiwand

 

 

  • Water buses

Cruise down the Sumida-gawa or across Tokyo Bay on one of the city’s ferry services, including the manga-inspired Himiko sightseeing boat. In Sumida City itself, you'll find the Tokyo Skytree, which you can climb for epic views.

Tokyo Cruise Ship - Wikipedia

 

 

 

  • ZAC

Tokyo was once a city of canals, and while few remain, a tour of them is a fascinating way to see the city from a different vantage point. Outdoor sports club Zac runs 1½-hour kayaking tours along Kyū-naka-gawa (actually a canal) on Tokyo's far east side. I suggest choose from day or night tours. Guides speak basic English. Children aged six years and over are allowed to join (kayaks seat two). Life jackets provided; see the website for instructions about what to where.

Tokyo Great Kayaking Tour (Chuo) - 2020 All You Need to Know ...

 

 

 

  • Wanariya

Wanariya offers 45- to 60-minute indigo-dying workshops in English, meaning you get a traditional experience and unique souvenir all in one. Prices start at ¥2000 (per person) for a tea towel (materials included), and kids as young as three can participate. Reservations (minimum one day in advance) required. They also do weaving workshops.

A Deeper Shade of Blue at Wanariya — the Art of Travel: Japan ...

 

 

 

  • Tsukiji Soba Academy

Genial English-speaking chef Inoue Akila is a master of soba – noodles made from nutty buckwheat flour. He has taught chefs who have gone on to win Michelin stars for their versions of this classic Tokyo dish. Classes are held in a compact kitchen overlooking the Sumida-gawa. Additional vegetarian and gluten-free menus available for an extra fee.

Tsukiji Soba Academy (With images) | Tsukiji, Soba, Japanese cooking

 

 

 

  • Toyokuni Atelier Gallery

Try your hand at sumi-e, the delicate art of ink painting on washi (Japanese handmade paper), at this gallery displaying the artworks of master ink painter Honda Toyokuni. One-hour classes (at 1pm, 3pm or 5pm) are taught by his affable, English-speaking son Yuta, and is highly recommended for budding artists of all ages. Reservations are essential.

FUN! Activity! Sumie Class Experience and Doodle / Family Friendly

 

 

 

  • Mokuhankan

Learn how ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) are made at this studio run by longtime Tokyo resident and printmaker David Bull. Hour-long 'print parties' (adult/child ¥2500/2000; tea included) are great fun – and you'll probably be more impressed with your artwork than you'd expect. Children should be 10 years or over to join. There's a shop here too, where you can buy prints made from the professional workshop on the floor above, including high-quality replicas of famous works and Bull's and Jed Henry's humorous, original Ukiyo-e Heroes series – featuring video-game characters reimagined in classical styles.

Learn How To Make Woodblock Prints At Mokuhankan - In English ...

 

 

  • Street Kart

Experience Tokyo as if in a real-life video game on a go-kart tour. Yes, go-karting on real city streets; somehow, this is actually legal. You must, however, have a valid international (or Japanese) driver's license. Bonus: the tour operator rents out cartoon character onesies free of charge. Street Kart has several shops in different neighbourhoods, each running different courses, day and evening. The Shibuya branch does a short course that includes the district's famous scramble crossing. A longer course from one of the Shinagawa branches takes you through Shibuya, Roppongi (for views of Tokyo Tower) and over the 800m-long Rainbow Bridge across Tokyo Bay (this is slightly harrowing).

The karts are a little tricky to handle. Before you start there's only a short tutorial on how to drive them, then you're on the road with trucks and buses, so absolutely speak up if you're not comfortable; there's always an English-speaking guide and they are experienced at navigating the traffic and at pains to stress safety. Booking are essential.

Nintendo puts brakes on Tokyo 'Mario Kart' experience

 

 

 

 

Karaoke bars and boxes in Tokyo

Legend has it that karaoke, literally translated as “empty orchestra”, was invented by an Ōsaka record store manager in the early 1970s. Today the mainstay of this ¥1 trillion business is the karaoke box, a building packed with comfy booths kitted out with a karaoke system. Rental of these boxes is by the hour and they have proved particularly popular with youngsters, women and families.

If you fancy flexing your vocal cords, branches of the major karaoke box operator Karaoke-kan (カラオケ館) are liberally peppered across the capital. An hour of karaoke here costs from ¥1000 with drinks and snacks extra. Catering to foreigners are Fiesta and the long-running Smash Hits, both of which offer thousands of songs in English as well as several other languages.

MANEKI JAPANESE RESTAURANT & KARAOKE STUDIO, Dublin - Updated 2020 ...

 

 

 

 

TOKYO FOR KIDS

Tokyo is a fantastic city for kids. For starters, there’s a whole swathe of museums, the best ones being Miraikan, the National Science Museum and Edo-Tokyo Museum. For animal lovers, there’s the fabulous aquarium at Kasai Rinkai-kōen and Ueno zoo. The city also boasts Tokyo Disneyland, of course, and the thrill of the rides at Tokyo Dome as well as the wonderful Ghibli Museum, based on the popular anime films produced by the Ghibli studio. If your children are six or under, the National Children’s Castle will keep them occupied for many an hour. For older, tech-savvy kids, the electronic emporia of Akihabara will be a must.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO EAT IN TOKYO

 

  • Eat the freshest sushi in town at Toyosu Fish Market

Tokyo is famous for its superb sushi, and one of the best places to get your hands on some is the Toyosu Fish Market. In 2018, the world-famous Tsukiji Fish Market relocated to Toyosu, and the latter now hosts the market’s renowned daily tuna auction. You can still visit Tsukiji, though, where the historic outer market’s food stalls and restaurants remain in business.

Merchants and customers stand in shops at Tsukiji/Toyosu fish market in Tokyo, Japan.

 

 

  • Sushi Dai

There is no better-value sushi in Tokyo than the omakase (chef's choice) course here. The menu changes daily (and sometimes hourly), but you're guaranteed to get 10 pieces of nigiri (hand-pressed) sushi made from seafood picked up from the fish market downstairs, prepared one at a time, pre-seasoned to perfection (and with zero boring fillers). Expect to queue. 

You can order à la carte, but considering each piece costs ¥500 to ¥800 (based on market rates), the course is the way to go; you also get to choose your last piece. The shop also offers a course for customers who can't eat raw fish (¥4500) and a smaller children's course (¥3000). Staff speak some English and you'll be dining with plenty of fellow travellers, but don't write this off as a tourist spot – locals love it, too.

Cash-only Sushi Dai is one of the shops that made the move from Tsukiji to Toyosu; there's a big photo of the old shop on the wall. It's in the same building as the intermediate wholesalers market. Sushi Dai closes the same days as the market so check the market schedule online.

Sushi Dai @ Tsukiji — a.vu

 

 

  • Kozue

It's hard to beat Kozue's combination of exquisite seasonal Japanese cuisine, artisan crockery and distractingly good views over Shinjuku. As the kimono-clad staff speak English and the restaurant caters well to dietary restrictions and personal preferences, this is a good splurge spot for diners who don't want to give up complete control. Reservations essential for dinner and recommended for lunch; 15% service charge. The cheaper lunch options are only available on weekdays, when, for an extra ¥1000, you can follow your meal with coffee and dessert at the hotels's Peak Lounge & Bar.

Kozue — A Life Worth Eating

 

 

 

  • Eatrip

Eatrip is one of the big players in Tokyo's farm-to-table organic movement. Chef Shiraishi Takayuki works closely with domestic producers and his cooking is more about coaxing out the natural flavours than embelishment. The food is ostesibly Japanese but with some international inspiration. Sample dish: mahata (grouper; from Mie Prefecture) sautéed with harissa (made in-house), squid ink and daikon (radish). When you find it (it's a little tricky; it's a house entered via a stone path past a flower shop), you'll be surprised that such a peaceful spot exists in Harajuku. Flowers from the adjacent shop adorn the interior. Bio wines by the glass (¥1000-2000). Course menu only; reserve ahead.

tokyo food file: eatrip

 

 

  • Kikunoi

Kikunoi is one of Japan's storied ryōtei, the high-class restaurants that serves kaiseki (Japanese haute cuisine). Its Akasaka branch is (relatively speaking) more casual and approachable. English-speaking staff are on hand to explain all the incredible seasonal delicacies served one at a time, each plated as works of art, over the two- to 2½-hour course. Reservations are essential and must be made through your accommodation. 10% service charge.

Akasaka Kikunoi | Restaurant Reservation Service in Japan - TABLEALL

 

 

 

  • Sahsya Kanetanaka

Sahsya Kanetanaka is the entry level offshoot of exclusive kaiseki (haute cuisine) restaurant Kanetanaka. At lunch (served until 2pm) choose two mains (maybe thin sliced Japanese beef or sea bream) to go with small plates of seasonal vegetables (mushrooms topped with chrysanthemum petals, for example). Dinner (reservations required) is six courses with a little bit of everything. It's an astonishingly peaceful refuge at the back of a mall right on Omote-sandō, with a garden designed by contemporary artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. In the afternoon visit for tea and Japanese sweets.

Food - Picture of Sasha Kanetanaka, Minato - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Asakusa Imahan

Among the oldest and most famous of Tokyo's wagyū (Japanese beef) restaurants, Imahan (in business since 1895), specialises in courses of sukiyaki and shabu-shabu, thin slices of marbled beef are cooked in hot broth at your table (followed up with vegetables and noodles). For sukiyaki, the broth has a deeper soy sauce flavour and the cooked meat is dipped in raw egg yolk. Diners on a budget should arrive early for one of the 20 limited servings of a gyūdon (rice topped with beef; ¥1500) and other affordable options at lunch. Reservations recommended for courses.

Best Sukiyaki in Tokyo : Imahan – samchua.com

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN TOKYO

 

  • Tokyu Hands

This DIY and zakka (miscellaneous things) store is a Tokyo landmark, loved by locals and tourists alike. It has eight fascinating floors of everything you didn’t know you needed – reflexology slippers, bee-venom face masks and cartoon-character-shaped rice-ball moulds, for example. Most stuff is inexpensive, making it perfect for souvenir and gift hunting. Warning: you could lose hours in here. There's another branch in Shinjuku that is usually less crowded and easier to navigate (but is less iconic than the Shibuya store).

A Complete Guide To TOKYU HANDS | MATCHA - JAPAN TRAVEL WEB MAGAZINE

 

 

 

  • Okuno Building

The Okuno Building (1932) is of a rare vintage in ever-redeveloping Tokyo; most such buildings have long come down. But a concerted effort by artists and preservationists has kept it standing, and the seven floors of rooms filled with boutiques and gallery spaces (most open noon to 7pm, closed irregularly). Climb up and down the Escher-like staircases or use the antique elevator to explore. 

If you'd like some direction, check Wakako Shibata's gallery Ishi (http://artgalleryishi.com) on the 2nd floor – she speaks English and French. On the ground floor look out for Makoto Optical (www.makotoweb.com) selling vintage and new spectacles, and Union Works shoe shop and repairs.

Where History Meets Art in One Tokyo Landmark - DeepJapan

 

 

 

  • Beams Japan

Beams, a national chain of trendsetting boutiques, is a Japanese cultural institution and this multistorey Shinjuku branch has a particular audience in mind: you, the traveller. It's full of the latest Japanese streetwear labels, traditional fashions with cool modern twists, artisan crafts, pop art and more – all contenders for that perfect only-in-Tokyo souvenir.

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  • Japan Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square

Supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, this is as much a showroom as a shop, exhibiting a broad range of traditional crafts from around Japan, including lacquerwork boxes, woodwork, cut glass, textiles and pottery. There are some exquisite heirloom pieces here, but also beautiful items at reasonable prices. Summon videos of the artisans at work from the touch screens in the front of the shop.

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  • Isetan

Isetan is Tokyo's most fashion-forward department store. Head to the 2nd-floor Tokyo Closet and 3rd-floor Re-Style boutiques in the main building, and the 2nd floor of the men's building to discover new Japanese brands that haven't (yet) hit the big time. Other reasons to visit: the homewares from contemporary artisans (5th floor) and the excellent depachika (basement gourmet food hall). Bonus: there's a rooftop garden where you can sit and eat all the goodies you've amassed in the food hall.

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With equal measures of grunge and grace, Athens is a heady mix of ancient history and contemporary cool. For all too many people, Athens is a city that happened two-and-a-half thousand years ago. It’s true that even now the past looms large – literally, in the shape of the mighty Acropolis that dominates almost every view, as well as on every visitor’s itinerary. Yet the modern city is home to over four million people – more than a third of the Greek nation’s population – and has undergone a transformation in the twenty-first century. 

The magnificent Acropolis, visible from almost every part of the city, is the hub around which Athens still revolves. This temple city, built in the 5th century BC, serves as a daily reminder to Greeks of their heritage and the city's many transformations. All over the urban basin, rooftops and balconies angle toward the landmark, a block of milky marble atop a steep-sided hill. Pull up your own chair, settle in and allow time to appreciate the Acropolis' many moods, as the light shifts and the clouds cast their shifting shadows.

The cultural and social life of Athens plays out amid, around and in landmarks that are centuries old, if not millennia. The remnants of Ancient Greece get the most attention, of course, thanks to a little thing called democracy. Oh, and mythology, and drama, and philosophy. But don't overlook the 'later' years: thousand-year-old Byzantine churches, for instance, which squat, unruffled in the middle of streets and attached to hillsides. Ottoman traces can be seen in architecture and in food. And the neoclassical style of the 19th century adds elegance all over the centre.

Although Athenians have endured difficult circumstances since the start of the economic crisis in 2009, the city as a whole crackles with energy in art shows, political debates and even on the walls of derelict buildings, as Athens has become one of Europe's most noted spots for street art. Creative surprises lie around nearly every corner, so be sure to leave room in your schedule for spontaneous discovery: buy a ticket to that dance show that's just starting as you walk by, or sit down at the restaurant where the musicians are setting up. You'll be rewarded.

Beyond Athens, down the Attica peninsula, are more spectacular antiquities, such as the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion and the site of Ancient Eleusis, as well as very good beaches, such as those near historical Marathon. Sure, you could zip across, west to east, in less than an hour, but it's far more fun to take a leisurely road trip to a thermally heated lake, say, or a monastery with dazzling Byzantine mosaics. If you'd rather not drive, most of these surprise sights (including great beaches) can be reached on public transport.

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT ATHENS

The best times to visit Athens are between March and May and from September to November. Weather during these spring and fall months is agreeable and sunshine is pretty much a guarantee. Not to mention, crowds are thinner and hotel and airfare deals are easier to come by than in summer. 

 

  • March - May

Spring's pleasant temperatures (which hover between the mid-40s and high 70s) and more affordable accommodations and flights make this season an excellent time to visit. Plus, you'll have more elbow row at the Acropolis and Anchient Agora, since most visitors time their visits during the summer. Just keep in mind that Athens is less than 10 miles away from Greece's coast, so you'll want a light jacket to protect yourself from spring's biting winds.

 

  • June -  August

Between June and August, many Athenians – including restauranteurs and shopkeepers – head to the beach or smaller villages to escape the heat and large influx of tourists that commandeer the city. As a result, some local businesses may be closed in summer, meaning you may have a harder time grabbing a bite to eat or shopping for souvenirs. You'll also have to deal with summer temperatures that often skyrocket into the 90s. On the positive side, a large number of festivals are hosted here during the summer months.

 

  • September - November

Pleasantly warm weather and deals on hotel rooms make the fall a good time to experience Athens. Daytime temperatures generally sit between the mid-60s and mid-80s but may occasionally drop into the high 40s at night, so pack a light jacket. You can also take full advantage of the city's restaurants, shops and nightclubs, which reopen in September when locals return to the city.

 

  • December - February

If you're planning a winter trip, make sure to pack an umbrella; on average, December is the wettest month of the year. Also, January highs are commonly in the 50s, so the weather really isn't much of a draw. However, if you don't mind the brisk temps and lack of consistent sunshine, you're sure to get a great price on a room.

 

 

 

GETTING TO ATHENS

 

By planeThe fastest, cheapest, most logical and the most popular way to travel to Athens is by plane. There are few airlines that offer non-stop flights between the USA and Athens; however, many offer one or two stop over flights. Athens is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe, so it is very well connected with the rest of the continent.

By sea - In summer, one of the most popular ways to travel in Europe is to book a cruise around the Mediterranean. Some of the biggest cruise ships dock in Piraeus (Athens). To mention a few:

  • Royal Caribbean International offers a 7-night cruise departing from Venice around some of the Greek Islands and includes a stop at Athens.
  • Seabourn also departs from Venice during a seven-night tour of the Greek Islands and stops the last day in Athens.
  • Celebrity Reflection departs from Rome and stops in Athens.

By train - Greece does not have a good railway system and it has cancelled most of its international train services, so traveling to Greece by train is not a very good idea.

By coach - If you prefer to get to Athens by coach, we suggest you take a bus to Italy and from there take a ferry to Greece. Patras port is linked to the following Italian cities: Brindisi, Bari, Ancona and Venice. Then from Patras, it takes approximately 2 hours to get to Athens by bus.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND ATHENS

 

Buses - There's a network of buses that go everywhere. There are no printed maps, though.

Metro - Fast and efficient and most useful for visitors.

Tram - Slow but scenic way to the coast.

Suburban rail - Not commonly used by visitors, but an alternate way into the city from the airport.

Taxis - Very affordable, and very much part of the 'public transport' system.

Walking - Almost certainly what you'll be doing the most!

Bicycle - Even experienced cyclists might find Athens' roads a challenge, with no cycle lanes, often reckless drivers, and loads of hills – but some hardy locals do ride. A bike route runs from Thisio to the coast. A few outfits offer bicycle hire, such as Funky Ride and Solebike.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN ATHENS

 

  • Coco-mat Athens BC​

Coco-mat Athens BC features a restaurant, seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre and bar in Athens. A spa centre and a car rental service are available for guests. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi throughout the property. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a continental breakfast. Coco-mat Athens BC offers 5-star accommodation with a sauna and sun terrace. There is a tour desk and bike rentals are available, while the business centre has newspapers and a fax machine and photocopier. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Acropolis Museum, Odeum of Herodes Atticus and Temple of Olympion Zeus. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 34 km from Coco-mat Athens BC.

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  • Elia Ermou Athens Hotel

Just 800 m from the world-renowned Acropolis and Acropolis Museum, Elia Ermou Athens Hotel is conveniently set in the heart of Athens. This 4-star hotel features a restaurant and wellness club. Free WiFi is possible. At the hotel, the rooms come with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. The rooms have a kettle, while some have a balcony. Selected rooms are equipped with a hammam and spa bath, while some feature Acropolis views. Guests at Elia Ermou Athens Hotel can enjoy an American buffet breakfast. Set on the highest floor, the à la carte restaurant boasts Acropolis views. The wellness club features a range of facilities including a cryosauna, fitness centre and hair salon. The scenic Plaka and the lively Monastiraki are just 400 m away. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 34 km from the property. Private parking is possible upon charge.

 

 

 

  • COCO-MAT Athens Jumelle

Situated in Athens and with Museum of Cycladic Art reachable within 600 metres, COCO-MAT Athens Jumelle features express check-in and check-out, allergy-free rooms, a bar, free WiFi throughout the property and a garden. Featuring a restaurant, the property also has free bikes, as well as an indoor pool and a fitness centre. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and organising tours for guests. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries. Guests at COCO-MAT Athens Jumelle can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 5-star accommodation with a spa centre and terrace. Popular points of interest near COCO-MAT Athens Jumelle include Syntagma Square, Lycabettus Hill and Panathenaic Stadium. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 31 km from the hotel.

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  • Hotel @Syngrou Fix

Ideally located in the heart of Athens, just steps from the hip bars and restaurants of Koukaki, Hotel @Syngrou Fix offers modernly decorated rooms with free WiFi access. A snack bar offering views over the Acropolis and the city of Athens is featured on the 5th floor of the property. Fitted with parquet floors and soft colours, the soundproofed rooms at Hotel @Syngrou Fix are equipped with a desk, a fridge, a kettle and a flat-screen TV. Each includes a private bathroom with hairdryer and free toiletries. Each includes an espresso machine and free capsules. Some units open to balconies overlooking the National Museum of Contemporary Art and part of the city. Each suite features ceramic hobs and kitchenware. Guests can start their day with a buffet breakfast served daily at the 5th floor of the property. The 24-hour front desk can offer helpful tips for getting around the area. The New Acropolis Museum is 800 m from Hotel @Syngrou Fix, while Syngrou Fix Metro Station is just a short walk from the property. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 37 km away.

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  • BED in Athens

Well set in the Athens City Centre district of Athens, BED in Athens is located 300 m from Monastiraki Square, 700 m from Ancient Agora of Athens and 1.6 km from Ermou Street-Shopping Area. Featuring family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All units are equipped with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel every room is equipped with a wardrobe and a private bathroom. Roman Agora is 2.1 km from BED in Athens, while Monastiraki Flea Market is 2.4 km away. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos, 32 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • B4B Athens Signature Hotel

Centrally located in Athens, just a 6-minute walk from the Acropolis Museum, the brand new B4B Athens Signature Hotel, owned by B for Boutique Hotels, features an on-site bar. It offers elegantly decorated rooms and suites with free WiFi access. A handy smartphone for unlimited international and local calls is provided. Fitted with parquet floors and earthy colours, the rooms and suites at B4B Athens Signature Hotel are equipped with a 32'' Smart TV, a Dolce Gusto coffee machine, a mini bar and a safe. Each includes a modern bathroom with free toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, while a separate rainfall shower is also featured. Some units offer views over the Acropolis or the city. Guests can start their day with a buffet breakfast served daily at the dining area. Drinks, coffees and cocktails can be enjoyed at the bar throughout the day. Syntagma Square can be reached within a 15-minute walk, while the Acropolis Metro Station is 400 m from B4B Athens Signature Hotel. Syngrou-Fix Metro Station lies within a 6-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Elefthérios Venizélos Airport, 35 km from the the property.

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  • Kubic Athens Smart Hotel

Housed in an old industrial building featuring a steel and glass facade, Kubic Athens is a smart hotel centrally located in Athens. Combining cutting-edge technology and modern comforts, the hotel offers stylish rooms with free high-speed WiFi and tablets. A 24-hour modern bar is available on site. Fitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and decorated in light green and grey tones, all rooms at Kubic Athens are equipped with a 43'' LG Smart TV, USB ports, VoIP phone and soundproofed windows. The in-room tablet enables guests to control in-room temperature and lighting. The modern bathrooms come with a rain shower, free branded toiletries and a hairdryer. Extra facilities include 2 Apple Mac computers for guest's use, a conference room and free high-speed WiFi throughout. Guests can enjoy healthy, organic flavours, coffees and drinks from the on-site bar, while grab-and-go snacks are also available. Omonia Square is 500 m from Kubic Athens Smart Hotel, while Metaxourgio Metro Station lies within a 4-minute walk away. Elefthérios Venizélos Airport is 35 km away.

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  • Electra Metropolis

Located in the heart of Athens, just 200 m from Syntagma Square, the modern Electra Metropolis boasts a small, rooftop pool with waterfall effect, and a sun terrace with views over the city. Gourmet dishes and refreshing cocktails can be enjoyed at the top-floor restaurant or at the M Bar offering panoramic views over the Acropolis. The elegant rooms and suites at Electra Metropolis feature modern decor, wooden floors and warm tones. Each includes a marble-tiled bathroom with hairdryer, bathrobes, slippers and organic KORRES toiletries. A work desk, 40'' Smart TV with satellite channels, a laptop safe and a mini bar are standard. Free WiFi access is provided throughout. A retro-style lounge area, where guests can enjoy a coffee or a drink, is featured at the unique sky-light atrium decorated with Fassianos artwork and located at the center of the building. Guests can also taste Mediterranean flavours at the ground-floor bistro featuring an open kitchen. Extra services include a 24-hour front desk and room service. Restaurants, bars and shops can be found just steps from Electra Metropolis, while the scenic Plaka area can be reached within a 10-minute walk. The nearest airport is Eleftherios Venizelos Airport, 34 km from the property.

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  • Coco-Mat Hotel Athens

Located in Kolonaki, one of the most high-end districts in Athens, Coco-Mat Hotel Athens offers elegantly designed units close to major touristic attractions and vibrant areas of the city. Free WiFi is available throughout the entire property. Every room at Coco-Mat Hotel Athens has a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms open to a balcony with Athens views, while others feature a seating area. You will find a coffee machine and a kettle in the room. Rooms include a private bathroom equipped with a shower, while free toiletries are also offered. Several shops are available on site. Free use of bicycles is available at this hotel. The surrounding area boasts an abundance of modern bars, restaurants and premium boutiques. Acropolis is at 3 km. Athens International Airport is at 34 km.

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  • Hotel Lozenge

Set in the high-end Kolonaki area of Athens, just steps from designer's shops, Hotel Lozenge offers rooms and suites with free WiFi access. A bar-restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine is featured on site. The historical centre of Athens can be reached within a short walk of the hotel. Modernly decorated with well-chosen furnishings and soft colours, all units at Lozenge come with air conditioning, coffee machine and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units include a seating area for your convenience, while most also open to balconies. The bathrooms come with a bathtub or shower, slippers, free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. Airport transfer can be arranged on request and at extra charge. The hotel also offers bike hire. Zappion - National Garden is 400 m from Hotel Lozenge, while Kolonaki Square is 500 m away. Elefthérios Venizélos Airport is 38 km from the property.

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PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN ATHENS

Athens is a vibrant and colourful capital city, with its fascinating culture playing out among some of the world’s most important historical and cultural attractions. 

 

  • Acropolis of Athens

For 2,500 years the Acropolis has stood sentinel over Athens, the crowning jewel of a city that ignited the flame of democracy across the Western world. Today, the collection of ancient monuments and buildings never fail to stir something deep within the thousands of visitors it receives daily. The star of the show is the Parthenon, a temple built in the fifth century BC dedicated to Athena Parthenos, Greek goddess of wisdom and war and namesake of the entire city. Truthfully, this is one of the most important historical sites in the world.

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  • Acropolis Museum

Opened in 2009, the Acropolis Museum contains the many cultural artefacts and treasures found in the Acropolis, celebrating the height of Ancient Greece’s artistry and achievements. Located on the southern slopes below Greece’s most visited attraction, exhibits cover the period from the fifth century BC to fifth century AD, containing archaic sculptures, statues and votive offerings. A glass floor reveals the remnants of an ancient Athenian neighbourhood below, and floor-to-ceiling windows capture views of the Acropolis above. This is the ultimate experience (aside from the Acropolis itself) for those interested in Ancient Greece.

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  • Parthenon

Designed to be the pre-eminent monument of the Acropolis, the Parthenon epitomises the glory of Ancient Greece. Meaning 'virgin's apartment', it's dedicated to Athena Parthenos, the goddess embodying the power and prestige of the city. The largest Doric temple ever completed in Greece, the Parthenon took 15 years to build. It was designed by Iktinos and Kallicrates and completed in time for the Great Panathenaic Festival of 438 BC.

Parthenon | Definition, History, Architecture, & Facts | Britannica

 

 

 

  • Panathenaic Stadium

Originally constructed in the fourth century BC, the Panathenaic Stadium is where the Ancient Greeks would compete (in the nude) in athletic feats of strength and endurance. Restored for the 1896 Olympic Games, this is the only stadium in the world constructed entirely from white marble. Audio guides lead you through the stands and vaulted passageways beneath, recounting the stadium’s Olympic legacy along the way. Visitors can also relive history by going for a run on the track and taking a photo standing on the winner’s podium – as long as you keep your clothes on.

A Brief History Of The Panathenaic Stadium, Athens

 

 

 

  • National Archaeological Museum

One of the most important museums in Greece, the National Archaeological Museum houses the world’s largest collection of Greek antiquities and artefacts. Sculptures, art, jewellery, pottery and more are on display, grouped thematically to give you a sweeping overview of Greece’s civilisation from the prehistoric era to more classical periods. There’s far too much to take in on a single visit, which is why guided tours are recommended. By taking part in a tour, you will be directed to the most significant works in the museum and gain an understanding of the decisive points in Greece's history.

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  • Museum of Cycladic Art

The Museum of Cycladic Art houses over 3,000 artefacts and pieces of art, all of it of Cycladic, Greek and Cypriot origin. The marble figurines on the first floor draw the most attention, slender pieces from the Cycladic civilisation that flourished on the islands in the Aegean Sea between 3,200 and 1,100 BC. Here, you’ll also find pieces of Ancient Greek and Cypriot art over the four floors of the museum, such as vases, figurines and weapons, organised thematically.

 

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  • National Garden

The expansive National Garden is located in the heart of Athens. The park is a welcome and pleasant refuge from the searing summer sun, and inside you’ll find a café, a small zoo and tranquil duck ponds. Commissioned by Queen Amalia in 1838, it was formerly known as the Royal Garden. Guided Segway tours are also available, with the added bonus of taking in Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Zeus, Parliament House and the Presidential Mansion.

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  • Plaka

Plaka, Athens’s oldest neighbourhood, lies under the shadow of the Acropolis. The old town of the city is the centre of all things tourism, with cafés, restaurants and shops dotted throughout. The best way to experience the area is to get lost in its narrow streets, wandering past Byzantine churches and Neoclassical architecture, all the while catching glimpses of the magnificent Acropolis above. You’re sure to come across something special on your explorations.

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  • Mount Lycabettus

The highest point in Athens, Mount Lycabettus sits 300 metres (984 feet) above sea level, commanding outstanding views over the entire city. Much like the Acropolis, it can be seen from almost anywhere in Athens. The walk up is pleasant (as long as it’s not the height of summer), with the paths taking you through a fragrant forest of pine trees before emerging at the top. At its peak, you’ll find the 19th-century Chapel of St George, but most come here for the views. Catch the sunset and watch as the ancient sites across Athens glow in the fading light.

Lycabettus Hill - your guide to the top of Mt Lycabettus | Why Athens

 

  • Eugenides Foundation

The Ancient Greeks made many advancements in science and technology, so it’s only fitting that Athens is home to the most advanced planetarium in the world. Embark on a virtual 3D trip into the galaxy, with films displayed on a 950-square-metre (10,226-square-feet) dome that delve into the secrets and mysteries of our universe. Located in the popular seaside neighbourhood of Palaio Faliro, the foundation also hosts various scientific exhibitions and workshops in the Athena Science and Technology Centre at the same location.

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  • Exarcheia

Visitors might be drawn to Athens by its ancient monuments, but those who come back do so for the infectious and creative vibe found in its neighbourhoods. There’s a distinctly alternative and edgy undercurrent that runs through Exarcheia, an area famed for its revolutions, riots and intellectually engaged population of students, anarchists and creatives. Plastered with politically charged murals and graffiti, the neighbourhood is full of bookshops, vinyl stores, quirky independent shops, cafés and bars.

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  • Cine Paris

It’s not summer in Athens until the open-air cinemas begin operating again. Over 90 cinemas are scattered throughout the city, drawing in visitors to watch a healthy mix of classics, Greek films and the latest Hollywood blockbusters. One of the best in the city is Cine Paris, which has been around since the 1920s. The only problem is that from its vantage point on a rooftop in the heart of Plaka, the views of the Acropolis might distract you from whatever film is playing on the night.

Cine Paris - Plaka, Athens - Greek Gastronomy Guide

 

 

  • Flisvos Marina

The southern edge of the Greek capital is where you’ll find the Apollo Coast, marked by idyllic white-sand beaches and inviting esplanades. Flisvos Marina is one of the more popular areas along this coastline, a magnet for European millionaires. The promenade is the perfect place for an early-evening stroll, stopping for a cocktail or a spot of seafood.

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  • Karaiskakis Stadium, Piraeus

The Karaiskakis Stadium is situated in the Piraeus port district, where the majority of traffic comes through from the Greek islands. It’s the home of Olympiakos Football Club, who are to Athens what Real Madrid and Barcelona are to Spain, so if there’s a chance to grab tickets for a game at the stadium, don’t miss out on a great local experience. The surrounding area has been cleaned up from its red-light district days into a glitzy entertainment hub, with plenty of bars and clubs that are frequented by Athens’s most trendiest residents.

Karaiskakis Stadium - Wikipedia

 

 

 

  • Skydiving in Athens

Skydive Athens and the experienced instructors can't wait to show you the extreme landscapes from high above. With the expert instructors, you'll take the leap of faith from 14.000 ft. All instructors have performed thousands of in his life, so relax, you're in great hands.  After a small briefing, and gearing up, you'll be escorted to the plane and flown to 14,000ft where your adventure awaits. Once you take the leap you have 60 seconds of freefall to enjoy before the chute opens and you're flown back down to earth.  You will be flying in Kopaida Airfield, about an hour away from the centre! There are buses (KTEL Liosion) going from the city centre to the Airfield. The area is called Livadias-Kastrou. If you are coming by car, it is on the 110 km Athens-Lamia, on the exit: Livadia-Kastro.

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  • Snorkeling boat excursions in Nea Makri, Athens

A snorkeling trip only half an hour away from Athens city centre will save the day! In Nea Makri, you can go on a boat snorkeling trip and explore the blue waters of the East Attica. A must during your stay in Athens!  Explore the hidden bays of Marathon Cape with your mask and fins, swim to the crystal clear waters and relax on the golden sandy beaches of Schinias Bay. Get on board on a snorkeling trip to enjoy the warm and safe waters of the historical Marathon area. Their 6-meters inflatable boat is located in Marathon beach in Schinias bay. There you will find the beautiful suburbs of Athens with the gold-sand beaches where you can relax while staying in Athens.  After a 20 - minute speedboat ride from Marathon beach, we will be exploring the beautiful, hidden bays of Marathon Cape. Later we can relax or swim at the crystal clear waters of the sandy beach of Schinias Bay. A certified instructor will help you with the snorkeling equipment and guide you to the most interesting places where you can see many colorful fish and plants. The visibility is great so you will be able to enjoy and observe even the smallest creature of the seabed. After exploring the area with your mask and fins you can relax, swim or sunbathe on the boat. And don't forget: relax, snorkel around, sunbathe and enjoy the ride with the boat! 

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  • Discover Scuba Diving in Nea Makri, Athens

Get your first scuba diving lesson in Nea Makri near Athens and get familiar with the most fascinating underwater sport. Dimitris and his friendly team can't wait to show you the beauties of the seabed and teach you how to use the scuba gear in a safe and comfortable environment. Don't miss out - leave your coffee aside and book the Discover Scuba Diving session!  With this course you will learn the basics of scuba diving. First, you will learn the theory of scuba diving and how it evolved over the years. You will become familiar with all the signs you need to use underwater as well as the scuba gear, and you will make your first try in open water. In the beginning, you will try to use the equipment in shallow water and then off you will go in the open sea to explore the seabed like a modern Cousteau! Small and big fish await you in the open water, hiding in between the colourful reefs. You will also explore the underwater caves and you will check the wrecks that house different types of fish from a safe distance. The maximum depth to reach is 6-10 m. Once you complete your Discover Scuba Diving course, you will get the completion certificate in case you wish to follow up with your education in scuba diving! For this activity you have two choices; either the shore dive, where you will dive from the shore and explore the underwater life for 30-40 minutes or the boat dive where you will dive from a boat in the open water and explore the dark blue sea. 

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  • Tandem paragliding flight in Plataies near Athens

If you have always dreamed about flying, then this paragliding flight near Athens will make your dream come true! Paragliding will make your dreams come true, letting you fly over the Attica region, having great views to the valley and the mountains around. With this paragliding flight, you will be flying safely harnessed to a certified instructor, Vagelis. You will be flying as a passenger on a tandem paraglider that can seat two people. You on the front enjoying the views to Athens and Attica valley, and behind you, your instructor taking care of the wing. No need to jump, or to do any special moves... just a few steps and the wing will be fully inflated, making you leave the ground and reach the clouds. A tandem paragliding is possible for everyone that is up to 110 kg in weight. Tandem flights take place in Plataies Boeotia and Kandili Megara (a 1-hour driving distance from Athens). Weather permitting, you will fly high to see the world from a different perspective.

Tandem paragliding flight in Plataies near Athens

 

 

 

  • Sailing Trip in the Athenian Coastline

Sailing on the coastline of Athens is the best way to pass a hot day and explore the beautiful coastline only half an hour away from the center of the city. Get on board and enjoy a day of swimming, snorkeling and relaxing on the deck while sailing the coastline of Athens.  An amazing experience awaits you in Athens, with the day sailing trips departing at 9:00 am and getting back at 14:00 pm. 5 hours of sailing in the Athenian coastline, departing from the Kalamaki Marina every morning.  Hop on the sailboat and meet the friendly and experienced crew that will accompany you through the sailing trip. For 5 hours you will be sailing in the Saronic Gulf. Next to the experienced skipper, you can learn the basics of sailing, or simply relax. You will be dropping the anchor in one the most beautiful bays of Athens, and snorkel around secluded bays with azure-colored waters. Snorkeling equipment will be provided. After swimming and snorkeling, you will be served an authentic Greek meze (like tapas) and Greek wine while making your way back to Kalamaki Marina, Athens. 

Sailing the Athens Riviera on a Catamaran | Why Athens

 

 

 

  • Mountain biking in Parnitha mountain

Mountain biking in Parnitha should definitely be on your to-do list while visiting Athens. One of the few green areas that remains unspoilt by the urbanisation of Attiki, and has some great trails to enjoy while mountain biking. Your local guides while take you trough the best routes to find nature and some adrenaline of course!  Mount Parnitha lies to one side of Attica basin, is a well endowed area. It contains a wonderful forest, which is teeming not only with wildlife such as dears and wild boars, but also with ancient heritage that marks an era of wonders. The more you cycle into this environment, the more you might have the pleasure to encounter all of the above in an area so close to Athens.

Mountain Biking at Strouds Run | Joel Prince

 

 

 

  • Canyoning at Agios Loukas Canyon near Athens

Explore the ancient Greek gorge of Agios Loukas on this canyoning adventure near Athens. Navigate this scenic canyon downstream from the Peloponnese countryside, following waterfalls and babbling brooks deep into the heart of the ravine – swimming, scrambling and climbing with the freshwater flow…

Agios Loukas Gorge is located near the Village of Kallithea in Peloponnese close to Xylokastro Town. It’s a beautiful canyon with water throughout the year. Kallithea is 1500 m long and has 3 descents (highest 9 m) with lakes a few jumps and 2 slides. It can be reached from central Athens via car (1h 30 mins).

Canyoning at Agios Loukas Canyon near Athens

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS IN ATHENS

 

  • Sushimou

Sushi in Athens doesn't get any better than this. Tell Antonis Drakoularakos, the Tokyo-trained chef who holds court behind the counter, your budget and he'll prepare a feast of local seafood sliced up as sashimi (raw fish) and nigiri (atop vinegared rice). It's a tiny place so book ahead at least a month to be sure of a spot. 

SUSHIMOU, Athens - Syntagma - Updated 2020 Restaurant Reviews ...

 

 

  • Ergon House Agora

A superb addition to Athens' culinary landscape is this deli, cafe and restaurant occupying a gorgeously designed atrium space flooded with light. There are separate areas for a greengrocer, fishmonger, butcher and bakery, plus shelves packed with top-quality Greek products sourced from small-scale producers around the country. You'll dine well here and, most likely, leave laden down with goodies.

ERGON HOUSE, Athens - Syntagma - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews ...

 

 

  • Diporto Agoras

This charming old taverna is an Athens gem. There's no signage – look for two sets of doors leading to a rustic cellar. There's no printed menu, just a few dishes that haven’t changed in years. Order the house speciality revythia (chickpea stew) and follow up with grilled fish, paired with wine from one of the giant barrels lining the wall. The brusque but friendly service is part of the appeal – as is the likely appearance of an accordion player.

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  • Ama Lachei stis Nefelis

This modern mezedhopoleio (restaurant specialising in mezedhes) is a minor hike up Exarhia's hill, but you're rewarded with a lovely setting – an old school building, with tables outside in the vine-shaded playground – and super-savoury small plates that go well with drinks. Think pickled octopus, meatballs flavoured with cinnamon and cloves, and lamb kebabs.

Ama Lachei | Restaurants in Athens - travel to athens

 

 

 

  • Oikeio

With excellent homestyle cooking, this modern taverna lives up to its name (meaning ‘homey’). It’s decorated like a cosy bistro, and tables on the footpath allow people-watching without the usual Kolonaki bill. Pastas, salads and international fare are tasty, but try the daily mayirefta (ready-cooked meals), such as the excellent stuffed zucchini. Book ahead on weekends.

Oikeîo - Athens : a Michelin Guide restaurant

 

 

 

  • Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio (combo tavern-deli) tables are set alongside the deli cases, and staff offer complimentary tasty morsels while you're looking at the menu. Beyond the Greek cheeses and cured meats, there's good seafood, such as marinated anchovies, as well as rarer wines and craft beers. Service is excellent, as is the warm welcome, often from Fani herself.

Karamanlidika: The best restaurant in Athens Greece | Τα ...

 

 

 

  • Ellevoro

Three generations of a family work at this romantic homestyle restaurant that's decorated with wood beams, lacy white tablecloths, twinkling candles and chandeliers. Traditional Greek dishes – such as fava beans with smoked eel, and slow oven-baked lamb kleftiko – are superbly prepared and presented. A nice touch is the welcoming amuse bouche of a small cup of soup.

photo0.jpg - Picture of Ellevoro, Athens - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Seychelles

Gutsy fresh food, an open kitchen, friendly service, a handwritten daily menu and rock on the soundtrack: Seychelles may be the Platonic ideal of a restaurant. Dishes can look simple – meaty pan-fried mushrooms with just a sliver of sheep's cheese, say, or greens with fish roe – but the flavours are excellent. Go early or book ahead; it's deservedly popular.

Για τσιμπολόγημα στις Σεϋχέλλες | Food, Cafe restaurant, Restaurant

 

 

  • I Kriti

There is no shortage of Cretan restaurants in Athens, but this is the one that Cretans themselves recommend, especially for rare seasonal treats such as stewed snails, bittersweet pickled volvi (wild bulbs), and tender baby goat with nuts and garlic. It occupies several storefronts inside the arcade; on weekends it's a good idea to reserve.

Greece 2015: i kriti Athens

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN ATHENS

 

  • Underflow

Specialising in Greek avant-garde rock and obscure sounds, this is one of Athens' top record shops. It stocks a wide range of music genres on vinyl and CD, both new and secondhand. It's also an art gallery, cafe and, on Friday nights, a performance space – check the website to see who's playing. At the time of research, the shop walls were hung with the spectacular tribal mask collection of Nicos Papageorgiou, an ex-Unesco officer.

Must visit alternative art gallery and record store in Athens ...

 

 

 

  • Free Thinking Zone

Billing itself as Greece's first activist bookshop, the Free Thinking Zone specialises in books on LGBT issues, refugees, violence in society and so on. However, rather than being earnest, it's quite a fun and creative place. It has a cafe and sells locally made souvenirs such as their multilingual board game Beat the Book Bug. Check their website as they often organise events.

Το φθινόπωρο στο Free Thinking Zone | Athens Voice

 

 

  • Shedia

Meaning 'raft', Shedia is Greece's version of street-vendor magazines such as the Big Issue. Unsold copies are now being upcycled into an appealing range of homewares and accessories including papier-mâché lampshades and bowls, and dainty earrings and necklaces. The space beneath their editorial offices has been reimagined as a shop and stylish cafe-bar.

Shedia offers hopes and homes to Athens' most vulnerable | Athens ...

 

 

 

  • Zacharias

A Greek-Spanish duo specialising in silkscreen designs inspired by classical motifs. Especially nice are their leather notebooks, wallets and more, where black ink on the natural hide echoes the colours of ancient pottery. Some of their work shows up in museum shops, but this storefront and workspace has the best selection.

Zacharias Crafts | Where to Shop | Leather Workshop | Greece

 

 

 

  • Forget Me Not

This impeccable small store (two shops, one upstairs and one down around the corner) stocks super-cool gear, from fashion to housewares and gifts, all by contemporary Greek designers. Great for gift shopping – who doesn't want a set of cheerful 'evil eye' coasters or some Hermes-winged beach sandals?

Forget Me Not (Athens) - 2020 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go ...

 

 

 

  • Alexis Papachatzis

This charming jewellery store is a delight before you even enter: turn the handle on the window display and watch as gears and pulleys animate the scene. Papachatzis' designs have a storybook quality: small figures, clouds and animals rendered in sterling silver and enamel.

photo6.jpg - Picture of Alexisp Handmade Jewelry, Athens - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Athena Design Workshop

You can often find Krina Vronti busy woodblock printing her appealing graphic designs on T-shirts, cushion covers and paper at this combined studio and shop. The images are often inspired by ancient and classical themes but are given a contemporary twist.

Woodblock Printing | Design Services | Athena Design Workshop

 

 

 

  • Hallelujah

Eleftheria Domenikou is the young designer whose minimalistic, elegant yet comfortable clothes and accessories are stocked here. She cooperates with jewellery designers and stocks some other cute accessories and gifts.

Hallelujah Design » Stockists

 

KESKIVIIKKO, 22. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
BRUSSELS "UNITY IS POWERFUL"

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Historic yet hip, bureaucratic yet bizarre, self-confident yet unshowy. Brussels is multicultural to its roots. Wherever else you go in Belgium, allow at least a little time for BRUSSELS, which is undoubtedly one of Europe’s premier cities. Certainly, don’t let its unjustified reputation as a dull, faceless centre of EU bureaucracy deter you: in postwar years, the city has become a thriving, cosmopolitan metropolis, with top-flight museums and architecture (including a well-preserved late seventeenth-century centre), a superb restaurant scene and an energetic nightlife. Moreover, most of the key attractions are crowded into a centre that is small enough to be absorbed over a few long days, its boundaries largely defined by a ring of boulevards – the “petit ring”, or less colloquially, the “petite ceinture”.

The cityscape swings from majestic to quirky to rundown and back again. Art deco facades face off against 1960s concrete developments, and regal 19th-century mansions contrast with the shimmering glass of the EU’s Gotham City. This whole maelstrom swirls out from Brussels’ medieval core, where the Grand Place is surely one of the world’s most beautiful squares. But Brussels' greatest architectural expression came at the turn of the 19th century with art nouveau, and its master builder is Horta. While restraint characterises his exteriors, the interiors are sensual symphonies of form and colour.

Sometimes it seems as if every building in the city is being converted into a contemporary art gallery, from townhouses to skating rinks to the vast canal-side Citroën garage being remodelled to showcase conceptual art. With property prices lower than Paris, many commercial galleries are choosing to shift to the city. And students and young artists are opening their doors to show work at open studio weekends and event nights. Whether you prefer iconoclastic or outsider art, Magritte or the Flemish Primitives, there really is something for every art lover in Brussels.

As with many other aspects of life, the people of Brussels like to eat and drink a little differently, and there are some deeply ingrained habits: delicious frites have to be double fried, and the classic waffle comes with a snowfall of icing sugar. They even have their own biscuit: the shortcrust cinnamon speculoos. In addition to the fabled beer, which many visitors focus their trip around, Brussels boasts the half-en-half, a heady mix of white wine and champagne. In recent times there has been an increasing focus on local organic cuisine, and this heavy eating city is definitely getting healthier.

Brussels’ once resolutely working-class Marolles quarter has partly shed its proletarian image with a clutch of intimate restaurants and funky interior-design shops along the main streets, Rue Haute and Rue Blaes. Nonetheless, pockets of original Bruxellois character can still be found, notably around the Place du Jeu-de-Balle. At a few of the enjoyable downmarket cafés here you might overhear people speaking in the earthy Bruxellois dialect, and at least one stall still sells the traditional street food: snails. Note that, despite the name, Jeu-de-Balle (aka balle-pelotte) is no longer played here.

First-time visitors to Brussels are often surprised by the raw vitality of the city centre. It isn’t neat and tidy, and many of the old tenement houses are shabby and ill-used, but there’s a buzz about the place that’s hard to resist. The city centre is divided into two main areas. The larger westerly portion comprises the Lower Town, fanning out from the marvellous Grand Place, with its exquisite guildhouses and town hall, while up above, on a ridge to the east, lies the much smaller Upper Town, home to the finest art collection in the country in the Musées Royaux des Beaux Arts.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO BRUSSELS

There isn’t a bad time to go to Brussels. The city doesn’t experience too much snowfall and temperatures rarely fall below 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Some notable annual events include Belgian Beer Weekend, held every September around the same time as the annual Comics Festival, Brussels Tango Festival held in April, and 20km of Brussels—an annual race for runner and joggers.

 

 

 

GETTING TO BRUSSELS

By Plane - Brussels Airport – Zaventem (BRU) is the most important international airport in Belgium and the operational HQ of the airline Brussels Airlines, offering excellent connections with Brussels and other Belgian cities.  Brussels Airport (BRU) is located in Zaventem, in the outskirts of the capital, hence why it is also called Zaventem Airport. The airdrome is the city’s international and busiest airport and is the home base of Brussels Airlines. Compared to Charleroi Airport, Zaventem Airport is extremely well connected with the city centre and other cities in Belgium.

By Train -  Bruxelles - Midi is the main station for international connections: the Eurostar, TGV and Thalys high-speed trains (prebooking compulsory) stop here. Most other mainline trains stop in quick succession at Bruxelles-Midi, Bruxelles - Central and, except for Amsterdam trains, also at Bruxelles - Nord. Information offices at all three stations open early morning to late evening.

By Bus - Eurolines Operates services to London, Amsterdam, Paris and other international destinations from Bruxelles-Nord.

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND BRUSSELS

 

Bicycle - There's a network of bike lanes and separate bike paths.

Car & Motorcycle -  Best avoided: the slightest hiccup on either ring road brings traffic to a halt, especially on Friday afternoons.

Public transport -  Brussels’ excellent integrated bus-tram-metro system is operated by STIB/MIVB. It runs from about 6am to midnight.

Rollerblades - Belgium is perhaps unique in having special road rules for ‘rollers’ (those on rollerblades or rollerskates).

Taxi - taxis run meters and have standard fares.

Walking - Brussels is a very walkable city: it's the best way of getting around the centre, and in more outlying areas it gets you up close to some lovely architecture, parks and gardens.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN BRUSSELS

 

  • Louise sur Cour

Louise sur Cour is situated in Brussels, 100 m from Place Stephanie and Avenue Louise. The neighbourhood offers many quality restaurants and designer boutiques. Every room at this bed and breakfast is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. You will find a coffee machine in the room. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom. Extras include bath robes, slippers and free toiletries. Louise sur Cour is 1.1 km from the Magritte Museum and the Royal Museum of Fine Arts. The Horta Museum is 900 m away. Brussels Airport is 11 km away.

 

 

  • Albert Molière

Located in the Vorst / Forest district of Brussels, Albert Molière features rooms with free WiFi. Around 1 km from Horta Museum, the property is also close to Avenue Louise. Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels. The rooms are equipped with a private bathroom and a shower, and selected rooms include a balcony. A continental breakfast can be enjoyed at the property. Egmont Palace is 2.5 km from Albert Molière, while Magritte Museum is 2.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 13 km from the property.

Gallery image of this property

 

 

  • Hooome

Hooome is located in the Elsene / Ixelles district in Brussels, 300 m from Avenue Louise. The rooms feature a flat-screen TV. Rooms are fitted with a private bathroom with a shower. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. Hooome offers free WiFi throughout the property. Horta Museum is 800 m from Hooome, while Egmont Palace is 1.9 km away. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 12 km from Hooome.

A bed or beds in a room at Hooome

 

 

 

  • B&B BE IN BRUSSELS

Located in the centre of Brussels, 200 m from Place Sainte-Catherine and less than 1 km from Place St. Gery, B&B BE IN BRUSSELS offers free WiFi, a shared lounge and air conditioning. The property features city views and is 1.4 km from Rue Neuve and 1.7 km from Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert. The bed and breakfast is equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. Popular points of interest near B&B BE IN BRUSSELS include Grand Place, Brussels City Hall and Museum of the City of Brussels. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 13 km from the accommodation.

A bed or beds in a room at B&B BE IN BRUSSELS

 

 

 

  • B&B Villa 36

Set in Brussels, less than 1 km from Place St. Gery and a 15-minute walk from Brussels City Hall, B&B Villa 36 provides accommodation with amenities such as free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The property is 1.6 km from Mont des Arts and 1.7 km from Royal Gallery of Saint Hubert. Guests at the bed and breakfast can enjoy a continental breakfast. A sun terrace is available for guests to use at B&B Villa 36. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Grand Place, Museum of the City of Brussels and Manneken Pis. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 14 km from B&B Villa 36.

A bed or beds in a room at B&B Villa 36

 

 

 

  • All In One

Situated in Brussels, 5 m from Rue Neuve, All In One has a terrace, a shared lounge and on-site dining, as well as free WiFi. The property is around a 3-minute walk from Rogier Square and a 10-minute walk from The King's House. The property is 800 m from Grand Place and 900 m from Museum of the City of Brussels. At the bed and breakfast rooms are fitted with a patio with a city view. Each room is fitted with a coffee machine and a private bathroom with a bath, while certain rooms will provide you with a kitchen. All rooms have a desk. A continental breakfast is served every morning at the property. Brussels City Hall is 900 m from All In One, while Manneken Pis is 1.1 km away. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 20 minutes away from the accommodation by train.

A bed or beds in a room at All In One

 

 

 

  • Résidence18

Featuring a garden, Résidence18 is located in Brussels in the Brussels region, 600 m from Avenue Louise and 1.1 km from Horta Museum. The property is around 2.1 km from Palais de Justice, 2.2 km from Place du Grand Sablon and 2.2 km from European Parliament. The property provides a terrace, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. Each room is fitted with a private bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. The units will provide guests with a fridge. Place Royale is 2.5 km from Résidence18, while Egmont Palace is 2.5 km away. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 15 km from the accommodation.

Résidence18 $85 ($̶1̶0̶8̶). Brussels Hotel Deals & Reviews - KAYAK

 

 

 

  • Maison Jamaer

Located in Brussels, less than 1 km from Grand Place and an 11-minute walk from Brussels City Hall, Maison Jamaer provides accommodation with free WiFi and a garden with a terrace and garden views. The bed and breakfast offers a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a hairdryer, free toiletries and shower. A fridge is also provided, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. A continental breakfast is available daily at Maison Jamaer. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Museum of the City of Brussels, Place St. Gery and Manneken Pis. The nearest airport is Brussels, 17 km from Maison Jamaer, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

Bed & Breakfast Maison Jamaer, Brussels - ar.trivago.com

 

 

 

  • Canopée guesthouse

Situated in Brussels, within a 4-minute walk of Avenue Louise and 1 km of Horta Museum, Canopée guesthouse features free WiFi. The property is located a 16-minute walk from European Parliament. Set in the Elsene / Ixelles district, the bed and breakfast is within a 17-minute walk of Egmont Palace. Canopée guesthouse is equipped with a shared kitchenette with a microwave, fridge, coffee machine and electric kettle. All guest rooms include a desk. Guests at Canopée guesthouse can enjoy a continental breakfast. Magritte Museum is 1.8 km from Canopée guesthouse, while Film Museum is 1.9 km from the property. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 11 km from the property.

A bed or beds in a room at Canopée guesthouse

 

 

  • Guest House Dasos Kynthos

Situated in Brussels, 3.6 km from European Parliament, Guest House Dasos Kynthos features views of the garden. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The guest house has family rooms. At the guest house, rooms are equipped with a wardrobe, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. At Guest House Dasos Kynthos all rooms include a seating area. Continental and Italian breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation. Mont des Arts is 5 km from Guest House Dasos Kynthos, while Magritte Museum is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Brussels Airport, 12 km from the guest house.

A seating area at Guest House Dasos Kynthos

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO GO IN BRUSSELS

The capital of a tiny country, Brussels often draws the short end of the stick when it comes to city trips and quick getaways. All the while, this multicultural underdog is alive with historic highlights, buzzing flea markets, and indulgent cuisine. Even though the weather in Belgium is not always compatible with outdoor activities, on the rare occasion when the sun is shining, this country offers many activities that adults will enjoy as much as children.

 

  • Ride A Cuistax By The Seaside

If you are going to the seaside, you cannot miss the experience of riding a cuistax. The cuistax is a combination of a car and a bike. To ride this car down the coastal boardwalk without any engine, roof, or doors, is a very popular activity in Belgium. You can easily find stores like, Cyclo - Karts, that rent them for one hour or more. You can find cuistax for one person and up to groups of six people.

Accident de cuistax: Le go-cart, plus dangereux qu'il n'y paraît ...

 

 

 

  • The Labyrinth

Near the city of Durbuy, which is considered one of the smallest cities in the world, a giant maize labyrinth offers a unique experience for children and adults. The labyrinth is actually a theme park open during the summer, and includes various activities with actors that adhere to that year’s theme. For instance, in 2015 the labyrinth was designed around the story of Peter Pan.

Best Time to See The Labyrinth of Durbuy in Belgium 2020 - Rove.me

 

 

 

  • Pairi Daiza

 Paira Daiza is more than a traditional zoo; it is a real travel experience that takes you on a trip around the world. You can discover the architecture, ecology and animals from various regions, all within Belgium. The park has won several prizes including three stars from the famous Michelin green guide.

Pairi Daiza zoo,Belgium

 

 

 

  • Marvel at the steel ball oddity that is the Atomium

Ever since the World Fair came to town in ’58, the Brussels skyline has been defined by a bizarre 102-meter-tall creature hovering over its horizon. Quite the feat of balance and technical prowess, the Atomium was modeled after an elementary iron crystal. Its nine steel-clad balls are all held together by tubes that house the elevators and staircases that allow visitors to get around in this massive oddity. Five of the spheres are open to the public as they house the permanent exhibition on Expo ’58, other temporary exhibits, and a panorama restaurant with an unequaled view of Brussels by night.

Atomium | Expo '58 | Brussels, Belgium | Andre Waterkeyn | België ...

 

 

 

  • Sample local brewskis at Moeder Lambic

The mother hen of all Brussels beer cafés, Moeder Lambic has over 400 beers on offer that range from the most obscure Belgian draughts to international bottled specialties. The Saint - Gilles establishment has been an institution among local and international beer lovers since 2006 thanks to its highly knowledgeable and helpful staff and has even opened a second venue on the Place Fontainas due to popular demanded. With 40 Belgian beers on tap in an authentic red brick décor, Moeder Lambic is the ideal place to discover what your favorite Belgian beer is by sampling the night away.

A Beer Enthusiast's Guide to Brussels

 

 

 

  • Bargain your way to antique treasures at the Place du Jeu de Balle Flea Market

To immerse yourself in the local atmosphere of the Marolles, head to the Place du Jeu de Balle at the heart of this authentic neighborhood. Turning the corner, you’ll face a glorious chaos where bric-a-brac is king, and haggling your way to a good deal is mandatory. A sea of old silverware, used clothing piles, skis, coffee grinders, old posters, jewelry, and just about everything else presents you with the challenge of finding the treasures buried within. The market is open every day of the week, and while the early bird might uncover a hidden gem during the quieter weekdays, weekends are bustling with locals as it’s the better time to hunt down antique treasures.

The Complete Guide To The Jeu De Balle Flea Market In Brussels

 

 

 

  • Munch on a delicious gaufre

Walking around the city center, you’re bound to catch a full-on whiff of Belgian - or Brussels - waffles. Their sweet fragrance makes it impossible to resist, and most visitors end up caving when they bump into one of the signature yellow waffle trucks. Crunchy on the outside and doughy on the inside, this street treat often comes with a snowy layer of sugar or even strawberries and cream on top.

la gaufre de Bruxelles. Begian waffles displayed in a store at ...

 

 

 

  • Discover the city’s comic book riches

Brussels has no qualms about calling itself the comic book capital of the world, and when paying a visit to the Belgian Comis Strip Center, it’s hard to disagree. Housed inside of the last semi-industrial building designed by Belgium’s Victor Horta, of Art Nouveau fame, the museum honors the small country’s paper heroes with fervor. And not only are the Smurfs, Tintin, Lucky Luke, Marsupilami, and many others hailed in the BCSC, they are painted proudly on the streets of Brussels in a project the museum launched only two years after opening its doors. Today over 50 cartoon murals can be discovered all over the city, and the Comic Strip Route has become a whimsical game of a treasure hunt ideal for discovering the lesser-known nooks and crannies of the capital, even for locals.

Comic Strip Museum | Brussels | Belgium | felicia change

 

 

 

  • Become a flâneur at the Galeries Royales

A relaxing stroll underneath the 200-meter-long glass-paned Galeries Royales Saint - Hubert – it’s the 19th-century flâneur’s ideal pastime. Currently waiting to be added to the UNESCO World Heritage list, the luxurious Italian-style arcade from 1847 was one of the first of its kind. The historical passage is still home to clothing boutiques, watchmakers, a cinema, and the Théâtre du Vaudeville.

flaneur – Three Flaneurs

 

 

 

  • Experience the best of the melting pot at Matonge

Brussels is about as multicultural a capital as they come. Case in point is Matonge, an eclectic meeting point alive with varying tastes, flavors, and fragrances. The bombastic neighborhood – in between the European Quarter with its suited men and women and the posh Avenue Louise – originated in the ’60s, when Congolese students moved to Belgium in the wake of their country’s independence. To wander around in Matonge is to discover fruits you never knew in exotic grocers, to hear laughter drift out of African barbershops, and to treat your taste buds to unknown delights at Indian, Japanese, and Vietnamese restaurants.

Top 10 Things To Do And See In Matongé, Brussels

 

 

 

  • See the craftsmanship of Art Nouveau pioneers

Belgium conquered a prominent place on the early Art Nouveau scene, and this is mostly due to innovators Victor Horta and Paul Hankar. Horta’s town mansions in which he pioneered the architectural movement’s rounded lines, floral patterns, and cast iron embellishments are still spread throughout Brussels, and most of them can be visited. Among them is the artist’s former atelier, and the flamboyant Maison Saint-Cyr by his apprentice Gustave Strauven is more than worth a visit. Other Art Nouveau gems include the MIM, Maison Cauchie, and Villa Empain.

Palau de la Musica Catalana

 

 

 

  • Travel back in time at the Grand Place

There’s a reason the Grand Place  often overflows with tourists. Much like with Bruges‘ Grote Markt, following the cobbled paths up to the medieval market is like stepping into a time machine set to Belgium’s merchant heyday. Think away the flashlights, and the Gothic City Hall, Broodhuis (the Museum of the City of Brussels), and gold-adorned guild houses create the impression that Charles V and entourage could come parading through at any second (a 16th-century event that’s still commemorated annually by the folkloric parade De Ommegang).

The Top 10 Things To Do Near The Grand Place, Brussels

 

 

 

  • Treat your ears to smooth jazz

Sounds Jazz Club, Jazz Station, The Music Village, and L’Archiduc – don’t ever say the hometown of Toots Thielemans is short on great jazz bars. One to count itself amongst the best in the world is L’Archiduc, an Art Deco rendezvous point for businessmen and their assistants that pianist Stan Brenders turned into a jazz temple when taking over the reigns in the ’60s. Miles Davis jammed here with local musicians when in town, and the old school jazz tunes still linger during its Jazz after Shopping sessions.

The Music Village, Brussels | Jazz club, Live music, Jazz

 

 

 

  • Summer Festivals

Belgium is one of the countries that hosts the highest number of summer festivals, which are a great way to listen to musical performances outdoors. One of the more internationally renowned festivals is Tomorrowland, which is one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world. Every year, thousands of people travel from all over to witness incredible live music from a range of established DJs and performers. However, Tomorrowland is not the only festival you can enjoy in Belgium; there are many more, such as the Brussels Summer Festival, Rock Werchter and the Dour Festival.

Cultural festivals and events | City of Brussels

 

 

 

  • Dinner In The Sky

Dinner in the Sky is a wonderful experience that combines discovering Belgium cuisine and the capital of Europe from above. More than 10 years ago, the first edition of the Dinner in the Sky was organized in Belgium, showcasing the best of Belgian cuisine with leading Michelin rated chefs serving guests who were suspended above Belgium. For the 10th anniversary of the concept, Dinner in the Sky had ten tables hovering in the sky right next to the Atomium.

Top Belgian Chefs Celebrate 10 Years of Dinner in the Sky with ...

 

 

 

  • Topiary Park

Topiary art consists of cutting a plant in order to create a particular form. The Topiary Park of Durbuy offers a walk dedicated to viewing these beautiful and original topiaries over one hectare of land. In the park, you can see animals in plant version, and also the famous Belgian Manneken Pis.

What Gives? 8 Things To Do In Durbuy, Belgium - Updated 2020 | Trip101

 

 

 

  • Mini Europe

If you want to travel around Europe in a few hours, Mini Europe in Brussels is the perfect place to go. Here, you can walk around 350 of the most famous monuments of Europe in miniature version. This offers you the opportunity to see the Eiffel Tower and Big Ben in the same day.

Brussels: Combo Ticket Mini Europe + Atomium - Brussels

 

 

 

  • Comic Strip Murals In Brussels

Many Belgian comic artists are well known around the world, and some of their comics remain on the walls of Brussels. For instance, you may have the chance to find a Tintin or an Asterix drawing when walking about. It is almost impossible to walk around the city without seeing any of these.

The Comic Strip Route: Discovering Brussels from a different ...

 

 

 

  • Flower Carpet Of The Grand Place

Every two years since 1986 a huge flower carpet covers the Grand Place in Belgium during the summer. Brussels’ Grand Place hosts over 600,000 flowers that together represent a detailed drawing. The flower carpet takes four hours to make by a hundred dedicated volunteers.

A Look at Belgium's Flower Carpets, Made of 750,000 Stems | Floral ...

 

 

 

  • The Lion’s Mound Of Waterloo

This mound is the symbol of the Waterloo battle of 1815. It was built on the place where the Orange prince, the next king of the Netherlands, was injured. The mound is 40 meters high and the lion that has been placed at the top represents victory. If you are brave enough to go up the 226 steps, you will have the chance to have a beautiful view of the surroundings.

Battlefield of Waterloo: Well-worth Visiting - Go 4 Travel Blog

 

 

 

  • Musée des Sciences Naturelles

Thought-provoking and highly interactive, this museum has far more than the usual selection of stuffed animals. But the undoubted highlight is a unique ‘family’ of iguanodons – 10m-high dinosaurs found in a Hainaut coal mine in 1878. A computer simulation shows the mudslide that might have covered them, sand-boxes allow you to play dino hunter and multilingual videos give a wonderfully nuanced debate on recent palaeontology. The bus here departs from next to Gare Centrale in the direction of Homborch, stopping at De Meeus on Rue du Luxembourg.

Brussels 2: an overview of the RBINS | dinosaurpalaeo

 

 

 

  • Musée Mode & Dentelle

Lace making has been one of Flanders’ finest crafts since the 16th century. While kloskant (bobbin lace) originated in Bruges, naaldkant (needlepoint lace) was developed in Italy but was predominantly made in Brussels. This excellent museum reveals lace’s applications for underwear and outerwear over the centuries, as well as displaying other luxury textiles in beautifully presented exhibitions. There's a new focus here on Belgium's ahead-of-the-curve fashion industry, with changing exhibitions of contemporary textiles.

Sixties ! - Fashion & Lace Museum

 

 

 

  • Train World

Wonderful old engines gleam in the low light of this imaginative and beautiful museum, located in the renovated 1887 Schaerbeek station: exhibits include Le Belge, the country's first locomotive. You can climb on board the engines, wander into a historic station cottage and walk over a railway bridge. A train simulator is an added bonus.

Train World Railway Museum, Brussels, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS IN BRUSSELS

 

  • Bouchery

Using locally sourced and organic ingredients, award-winning chef Damien Bouchéry puts his own twist on French cooking with veal tartare and grilled nectarines, and chickpea fries, among the delicate dishes to grace the four- to eight-course evening menus. Almost everything is homemade, from the bread and butter to the lacto-fermented goods. Weekday lunches are a vegetarian buffet.

Damien Bouchery et son buffet lunch végétarien | Restaurant Uccle

 

 

  • Laurent Gerbaud

A bright and welcoming cafe with big picture windows that’s perfect for lunch, coffee or hot chocolate if you’re between museums. Don’t leave without trying the wonderful chocolates, which count as healthy eating in the world of Belgian chocs because they have no alcohol, additives or added sugar. Friendly owner Laurent also runs chocolate-tasting and -making sessions.

Laurent Gerbaud, The New Face Of Belgian Chocolate - Chocablog

 

 

  • Comme Chez Soi

The name evokes cooking just like ‘at home’, but unless you have a personal chef crafting North Sea lobster salad with black truffles and potatoes, sole fillets with Riesling and shrimp mousseline or perhaps spicy lacquered pigeon breast with wild rice, it’s nothing of the sort. This is extraordinary food from master chef Pierre Wynants’ son-in-law, Lionel Rigolet.

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  • Claire Fontaine

Just off Place du Grand Sablon, this is a tiny but atmospheric tile-floored épicerie, fragrant with spices and home-cooked dishes – there’s a small kitchen at the back. It's perfect for a nutritious and filling takeaway sandwich or quiche, or you can stock up on oils, wine and boxes of pain d’épices (spiced biscuits).

CLAIRE FONTAINE, Brussels - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone ...

 

  • ÖTAP

ÖTAP chef Paul-Antoine Bertin serves small seasonal plates with natural wines and expertly presented cocktails. Expect anything from Iberico ham rolls to smoky, stuffed courgette flowers and warm Breton artichokes with a mustard dip. In warm weather there's street seating outside the attractive whitewashed building. Bookings recommended.

Ötap | Brussels' Kitchen

 

 

  • Arcadi

The jars of preserves, beautiful cakes and fruit tarts at this classic and charming bistro entice plenty of Brussels residents, as do well-priced meals such as lasagne and steak, all served nonstop by courteous staff. With a nice location on the edge of the Galeries St-Hubert, this is a great spot for an indulgent, creamy hot chocolate.

ARCADI, Brussels - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

  • Kitchen 151

Standing at a culinary crossroads, Kitchen 151 offers a whole world of flavours from the Middle East. Drag thick, fluffy pitas through velvety hummus, or gorge on a veggie burger made with pumpkin, Portobello mushrooms, tahini and almonds. If you’re sharing a mezze, be sure to try the smoky baba ganoush.

KITCHEN 151 - S Marks The Spots

 

 

 

  • Sea Grill

You’d be hard pressed to find a more unlikely setting for Brussels’ finest seafood than this '80s-styled place. But at the Michelin-starred Sea Grill, Yves Mattagne and his team create just that in the open kitchen. Try the Brittany lobster, crushed and extracted in an antique solid-silver lobster press (one of only four in the world) and prepared at your table.

brass - Picture of Sea Grill, Brussels - Tripadvisor

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO SHOP IN BRUSSELS

 

  • Place du Châtelain Market

Fabulous food stalls cluster around an elongated, leafy square at this market. It's a true foodie heaven, featuring cheese, charcuterie, fresh fruit and veg, seasonal fodder – truffles, mushrooms, berries and so on – a Middle Eastern food van, Turkish bread, vats of Congolese stew, a wine bar and cake stalls. Well worth a special trip.

Place du Chatelain (Ixelles) - 2020 All You Need to Know BEFORE ...

 

 

 

  • Place du Jeu-de-Balle Flea Market

The quintessential Marolles experience is haggling at this chaotic flea market, established in 1919. Weekends see it at its liveliest, but for the best bargains, head here early morning midweek.

The Complete Guide To The Jeu De Balle Flea Market In Brussels

 

  • Stijl

A top address, Stijl is well stocked with Antwerp Six classic designer ware (Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten) but also features up-to-the-minute designers, including Haider Ackermann, Gustavo Lins (www.gustavolins.com) and Raf Simons. It’s a hip place but not unduly daunting to enter, and unlike many such boutiques, prices are clearly labelled. Has fashion for men and women.

Stijl | FASHION.vlaanderen

 

 

 

  • Gare du Midi Market

Said to be the biggest market in Europe, this sprawl of colourful stalls next to the railway lines has an international flavour, with North African and Mediterranean spices, cheeses, meats, clothing, leather goods and much more. Its food stands, selling Moroccan crêpes with cheese and honey along with mint tea, are a favourite with clubbers winding down from Saturday night.

A trainee in Brussels: Gare du Midi market

 

 

  • Belge une fois

Belge une fois is a concept store selling creations by the eponymous designers’ collective. It also sells artefacts, accessories and light fixtures by other Belgian designers. Expect everything from simple postcards and concrete cactus holders to large photographic prints.

Belge une fois Grand-Place | Visit Brussels

 

 

  • Crush Wine

A wondrous cellar stocking over 190 Australian wines (the most comprehensive selection in Europe). Look out for rare drops from Tasmania and deliberate over dozens of Margaret River reds. There are daily tastings and tapas and regular wine events; call ahead for the schedule of Saturday openings.

CRUSH WINE, Brussels - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number ...

 

 

  • Neuhaus

Belgium’s original – established in 1857. This stunning flagship shop has stained-glass windows and sumptuous displays. It is the home of the praline, a chocolate-filled bonbon invented here in 1912.

Chocolate shop Neuhaus, Brussels | Chocolate shop, Chocolate ...

 

 

MAANANTAI, 20. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
CROATIA "FULL OF LIFE"

Croatia sets border restrictions for other Balkan countries

Despite spending the last decade as Europe’s fastest-rising holiday destination, Croatia still doesn’t feel overrun with tourists. With new developments kept on a human scale and businesses retaining a pronounced local flavour, the Adriatic coast emphatically retains a unique character. Whether you’re interested in unspoiled Mediterranean islands, edgy urban culture, Game of Thrones location tours or simply splashing around in the Adriatic’s famously clear waters, Croatia is a place to discover many different landscapes and experiences. 

Croatia boasts almost 2000km of rocky shore and more than a thousand islands, many blanketed in luxuriant vegetation. Off-the-beaten-track islands, quiet coves and stone-built fishing villages make you feel as if you’re visiting Europe at its most unspoiled. But travel to Croatia and you’ll find the country also has a cool and contemporary sheen – evidenced in its arts attractions and galleries, its swanky hotels and cocktail bars, and flashy yacht-filled harbours. The country also has a growing reputation for niche festivals – not just in the party-the-weekend-away music events held on beaches and in ancient forts up and down the coast, but also in the mushrooming number of arts festivals and small-town cultural shindigs.

A renewed respect for natural ingredients has become the watchword of Croatian Cuisine, with locally sourced foodstuffs, wines and olive oils finding their way into some great regional cooking and speciality dishes.

The country has come a long way since the early 1990s, when within the space of half a decade – almost uniquely in contemporary Europe – it experienced the collapse of communism, a war of national survival and the securing of independence. Nearly twenty-five years on, visitors will be struck by the tangible sense of pride that independent statehood has brought. National culture is a far from one-dimensional affair, however, and much of the country’s individuality is due to its geographical position, straddling the point at which the sober Central European virtues of hard work and order collide with the spontaneity and vivacity that characterize the countries of southern Europe. Not only that, but the country also stands on one of the great fault lines of European civilization, where the Catholicism of Central Europe meets the Islam and Orthodox Christianity of the East. Though Croats traditionally see themselves as a Western people, many of the hallmarks of Balkan culture – patriarchal families, hospitality towards strangers and a fondness for grilled food – are as common in Croatia as in any other part of southeastern Europe.

 

 

 

 

CROATIA TRAVEL FACTS

  • Spoken language: Croatian is the official language (spoken by around 95 percent of the population)
  • Currency: kuna (Kn)
  • Population: around four million
  • Tourist numbers: around 20 million in 2018
  • Politics: a single-chamber parliamentary democracy with a directly elected – though largely ceremonial – president as head of state
  • Sport: Croatia reached the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup championships in July 2018, the smallest country by population to do so since Uruguay in 1950
  • Hours of sunshine: 2715 (more than Sydney)
  • Coffee consumption: over 5kg of coffee a year on average (almost twice as much as the average Brit)

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO GO IN CROATIA

Choosing where to visit in Croatia can be a tough one, as this is a country that offers it all: crumbling palaces, idyllic islands and beaches, and the best nightlife in the Adriatic.

Croatia’s big cities

If it’s history and culture you’re after, Croatia certainly ticks the boxes. You’ll find medieval remains, Baroque grandeur and Byzantine monuments in towns and cities, such as Poreč, Dubrovnik, Zadar, Šibenik and Spilt, Venetian architecture in Rovinj, and a two-thousand-year-old Roman amphitheatre at Pula.

But Croatia’s towns and cities aren’t just about ancient monuments. The country’s capital, Zagreb, has a distinctly modern vibe, with its quirky art and alternative music scene. Dubrovnik offers a plethora of eccentric bars, and Hvar Town on the beautiful island of Hvar, a touch of glamour. Several cities also host summer festivals showcasing top-class drama and music.

Croatia’s national parks

If it’s the untamed great outdoors you’re after, Croatia provides an abundance of staggeringly beautiful national parks – such as Paklenica, with its karst wilderness and fir-clad slopes, the breathtaking forest-fringed lakes and waterfalls of Plitvice Lakes, and Northern Velebit, a hiker’s paradise.

The Croatian islands

Undeniably though, its Croatia’s beaches and islands that are the country’s top draw. The Elephant Islands of Kolcep, Lopud and Sipan are among the most beautiful and unspoiled in the Adriatic, and beaches on the Pelješac Peninsula, and on the Dalmatian coast – such as those on the islands of Brac and Susak, are surely the most irresistible.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL CROATIA

Figuring out the best time to travel to Croatia largely depends on what you plan to do during your trip. If it’s sun and sea you’re after, the summer months are the obvious time to hit the coast, although if you can skirt around school holidays and go in May, June or September, you’ll avoid the crowds on the beaches and seaside towns, and miss the fiercest of temperatures. You’ll also get a greater choice when it comes to accomodation and can dodge the spike in prices. You’re better off sightseeing when it’s somewhat cooler too, as traipsing around cultural and historical sites in the mid-summer heat can be exhausting. However, if you do travel to Croatia in high season you can expect more outdoor cultural events and can indulge in the lively café society. For outdoor adventures, especially if you intend to go hiking or biking, it makes sense to visit Croatia out of high season, spring being ideal, while autumn can be particularly beautiful in the national parks.

Winter in coastal areas is mild, so it can be a good time to tour the sights, especially as you can probably bag a bargain on flights and accommodation – although it’s worth mentioning that many places shut down for the winter. And Christmas can be a wonderful time to visit, with most towns and cities enjoying festivities. Note that inland Croatia tends to be colder in winter, often experiencing snow. It’s also worth bearing in mind that when it comes to transport, there are fewer flights to Croatia outside of summer months and many ferries from other European countries offer a reduced service. 

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO CROATIA

Travel to Croatia during the summer months and there is no shortage of direct flights from European countries’ major hubs; travel off season and you may have to fly indirectly. High season naturally means high prices, although budget airlines serve many of Croatia’s cities, and grabbing a package deal can often reduce the cost significantly. If you’re coming from North America flying directly isn’t yet an option; you’ll have to take one- or two-stop flight via a main European city. From New Zealand and Australia flights usually involve two stops and are expensive. A cheaper option would be to fly to an alternative European city and then flying to Croatia via a budget airline. Take a look at Skycanner for options. If, however, you plan to visit other European countries on your trip, it could be worth continuing your journey by train instead – and buying a Eurail Global pass for the train travel around Europe. Travelling by train is also an option if you’re coming from the UK or other parts of Europe; buying an Inter-Rail pass can be cost effective if you make your trip to Croatia part of a more extensive trip around Europe. Ferries from Italy operate regularly during the summer season. 

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND CROATIA

The quickest way to travel long distances within Croatia is by taking a domestic flight, although bear in mind that the cost varies considerably, depending on the time of year and how far in advance you book. Croatia’s coastal and mountainous terrain can make overland travel rather time consuming. Although the growing toll motorway system means getting around is getting easier and quicker than before, once you’re off the beaten track roads tend to be poorly maintained, and coastal roads tend to be jammed during the summer season.

Croatia’s train network is useful for travelling around the north and east of the country, while buses are best for travelling along the coast. Bus services operating between cities are air-conditioned and comfortable, and there are few places you can’t get to in Croatia by bus, although services in rural areas tend to be infrequent.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN CROATIA

 

  • Park Plaza Belvedere Medulin

Renovated in 2014, Park Plaza Belvedere is located just steps away from the beach and a short walk from the town of Medulin. It boasts stylized interiors with free Wi-Fi access available throughout the property. The hotel also offers a restaurant with a terrace, as well as 2 outdoor pools and a spa and wellness centre. All the rooms are air-conditioned and come with an LCD satellite TV, a minibar and a safe. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms come with balconies with sea views. The main restaurant serves food buffet-style and features a spacious terrace that overlooks the sea. There is an aperitif bar in the lobby and a pool bar and an a-la carte restaurant Lungomare. The hotel's beach and the outdoor pools are fitted with sun loungers and parasols, available at a surcharge. The spa and wellness centre comprises an indoor swimming pool with heated seawater, as well as whirlpools, saunas and a fitness centre. The sports centre is well-equipped and features 6 football grounds as well as tennis courts. Guests can also play handball, volleyball or table tennis and a variety of other sports facilities. The business centre of the Plaza offers 3 medium-sized halls and 1 cinema hall equipped with the latest technology. Medulin can be reached with a 10-minute walk, and a bus station in front of the hotel offers lines to surrounding towns and villages. The centre of Pula with its unique Roman Amphitheatre is 10 km away. Free private parking is available on site.

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  • Apartment OOPS

Located in Zagreb, 3.9 km from Technical Museum in Zagreb and 4.2 km from Cvjetni Square, Apartment OOPS provides air-conditioned accommodation with a balcony and free WiFi. The property has city views and is 5 km from Botanical Garden Zagreb and 5 km from Archaeological Museum Zagreb. The apartment features 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, an equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a washing machine, and 1 bathroom with a shower. The apartment offers a terrace. Museum of Broken Relationships Zagreb is 5 km from Apartment OOPS, while Croatian Museum of Naive Art is 5 km away.

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  • Lion's Beach Apartments

Located in Podstrana in the Split-Dalmatia County region and Plaža Stobreč Jug reachable within 1.5 km, Lion's Beach Apartments provides accommodation with free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a garden and free private parking. Each unit comes with a patio, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A fridge, an oven and stovetop are also featured, as well as a kettle. Guests at the apartment can enjoy hiking nearby, or benefit from the sun terrace. Popular points of interest near Lion's Beach Apartments include Cindro House, Strozanac Port and Tourist Board Podstrana. The nearest airport is Split, 26 km from the accommodation, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.

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  • Noa Glamping Resort

Noa Glamping Resort is set a few steps from Zrće Beach with daily beach parties and rich nightlife programme. The resort offers wooden villas with private garden and luxury amenities. VIP transports and airport shuttles are available upon previous requests. Each villa comes with elegantly decorated interiors featuring free WiFi, air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. There is a well-equipped kitchen with a dining area and a living room with a sofa. A private bathroom comes with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some villas feature a private outdoor pool, sea view or barbecue area. Guests have access to the fitness centre and a bar. Among other facilities at the resort are an ATM, luggage storage space and a 24-hour front desk. Room service is available upon request. Novalja is less than a 10-minute drive from the Noa Glamping Resort. Popular points of interest include Caska Beach and Gajac Beach.

A bird's-eye view of Noa Glamping Resort

 

 

 

  • Studio Apartment Matan in Pula

Featuring city views, Studio Apartment Matan in Pula offers accommodation with a garden and a patio, around 1.5 km from Valsaline Beach. The Gortan Cove Beach Pula and the Valkane Beach are within 1.6 km and 1.7 km of the apartment, and free WiFi is provided. This air-conditioned apartment comes with 1 bedroom, a flat-screen TV, a dining area, and a kitchen with a fridge and an oven. The apartment offers a children's playground. Popular points of interest near Studio Apartment Matan in Pula include Pula Arena, MEMO Museum and Archaeological Museum of Istria. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 9 km from the accommodation.

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  • Family Friendly Apartments Island RAB 

Situated in Kampor, 250 m from Mel Beach and 2.5 km from Uvala Cifnata Beach, Family Friendly Apartments Island RAB features accommodation with free WiFi, air conditioning, a restaurant and a garden. The units come with tiled floors and feature a fully equipped kitchen with a fridge, a dining area, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A stovetop is also available, as well as a kettle and a coffee machine. The apartment offers a sun terrace. There is a children's playground and a barbecue at this property and guests can go hiking nearby. Gožinka Beach is 2.8 km from Family Friendly Apartments Island RAB.

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  • Rooms Jakić

Located right by a sandy beach, Apartments Jakić offers air-conditioned accommodation with LCD TVs, free parking and a shared terrace where you can use free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant and beach bar next to the property. The nearest grocery shop and bus stop are 500 m away. A small aqua park and some water sports facilities can be found on the beach. Jet ski and pedal boat rental is possible as well. Tennis courts and a children’s playground are 200 m from Jakić Apartments. Medulin centre is 2 km away, same as the Vizula archaeological site with remains from the Roman period. The city of Pula with its famous Arena Amphitheatre and the international airport is about 10 km away.

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  • Apartment Twins

Featuring garden views, Apartment Twins provides accommodation with a balcony and a kettle, around 1.4 km from Prosika Beach. This apartment features a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. The air-conditioned apartment consists of 1 bedroom, a kitchen with dining area, and 1 bathroom with shower. A TV is provided. The apartment offers a terrace. A bicycle rental service is available at Apartment Twins.

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  • Apartment Barbara 1661

Apartment Barbara 1661 is set in Poreč, 2.3 km from Borik Beach, 2.8 km from Porec City Beach, and 2.9 km from The Euphrasian Basilica. This apartment features a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. Poreč Main Square is 3.9 km from the apartment, while Aquapark Aquacolours Poreč is 5 km away. The nearest airport is Pula Airport, 56 km from Apartment arbara 1661.

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  • Apartments Belvedere

Featuring outdoor swimming pools and a restaurant with a terrace offering views of the sea, Apartments Belvedere is located on a gentle slope 1 km from the centre of Vrsar and just steps away from the Adriatic Sea. Free WiFi is provided in all areas. All apartments are air-conditioned and feature a furnished balcony or terrace, as well as an equipped kitchen and a seating area with a sofa and a flat-screen satellite TV. Private bathrooms include a shower and a hairdryer. Guests staying at Apartments Belvedere can enjoy a drink at the bar or rent a bike. A sauna and fitness centre, as well as various massages are available at a surcharge. Guests can go Nordic walking, play table tennis or mini golf at the nearby Porto Sole Sport Centre. Vrsar Marina can be reached in 800 metres, while the seaside promenade is just steps away. Poreč is 11 km away, while Rovinj is 28 km from the property. Pula Airport is at a distance of 53 km. Free public parking is provided on site.

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  • Arena Hotel Holiday

Located 200 m from a pebbly beach in Medulin, Hotel Holiday boasts 2 outdoor saltwater pools and a sun terrace with sun loungers and parasols. It offers air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi access, as well as a sports centre with athletic tracks and 6 grass soccer fields. Featuring a marble-tiled foyer with a spacious lounge, the hotel offers rooms with satellite TV and a safe. The private bathrooms are fitted with showers and provide a hairdryer and free toiletries. Hotel Holiday provides a café bar with a terrace set within the hotel's garden. An a la carte and a buffet restaurant cater to the guests' appetites. The dinner menu includes draft beer, local wines on tap, mineral water and juices. There are tennis, minigolf, handball and volleyball courts nearby. Windsurfing, diving and snorkelling can also be enjoyed in the vicinity. The Medulin Seaside Promenade is only 300 m from the hotel. The historic centre of Pula, featuring the well-known Pula Amphitheatre and Temple of Augustus, is 11 km away. Pula Airport is located at a 12.5 km distance. Free parking is available on site.

The building in which the hotel is located

 

 

 

 

 

THINGS TO DO & PLACES TO VISIT IN CROATIA

 

  • Montenegro Trip from Dubrovnik

Head south to diminutive coastal Montenegro on this day trip from Dubrovnik. Take a scenic drive on the southern Dalmatian Coast and experience small Adriatic villages and towns, including the UNESCO-listed Kotor, situated in Europe’s southernmost fjord. Finish with an optional ferry ride across the Bay of Kotor and then enjoy a final scenic drive on your way back to Dubrovnik. Montenegro full-day trip from Dubrovnik Take a guided tour of the charming town of Kotor Admire views of the Adriatic Sea, the Bay of Kotor and the lush valleys of Župa Dubrovacka and Konavle Take an optional boat trip to Our Lady of the Rocks island.

Montenegro Day Tour from Dubrovnik - Klook US

 

 

 

  • Cathedral of St Domnius

Split’s octagonal cathedral is one of the best-preserved ancient Roman buildings still standing. It was built as a mausoleum for Diocletian, the last famous persecutor of the Christians, who was interred here in AD 311. In the 5th century the Christians got the last laugh, destroying the emperor's sarcophagus and converting his tomb into a church dedicated to one of his victims. Note that a ticket for the cathedral includes admission to its crypt, treasury and baptistery (Temple of Jupiter).

St. Duje (St. Domnius) in Split | The Cathedral of St. Duje … | Flickr

 

 

  • City Walls & Forts

No visit to Dubrovnik would be complete without a walk around the spectacular city walls, the finest in the world and the city's main claim to fame. From the top, the view over the old town and the shimmering Adriatic is sublime. You can get a good handle on the extent of the shelling damage in the 1990s by gazing over the rooftops: those sporting bright new terracotta suffered damage and had to be replaced. The first set of walls to enclose the city was built in the 9th century. In the middle of the 14th century the 1.5m-thick defences were fortified with 15 square forts. The threat of attacks from the Turks in the 15th century prompted the city to strengthen the existing forts and add new ones, so that the entire old town was contained within a stone barrier 2km long and up to 25m high. The walls are thicker on the land side – up to 6m – and range from 1.5m to 3m on the sea side.

The Legendary Dubrovnik City Walls

 

 

 

  • Diocletian’s Palace

Taking up a prime harbourside position, this extraordinary complex is one of the most imposing ancient Roman structures in existence today, and it's where you’ll spend most of your time while in Split. Don’t expect a palace, though, nor a museum – this is the city's living heart, its labyrinthine streets packed with people, bars, shops and restaurants. Built as a military fortress, imperial residence and fortified town, the palace measures 215m from north to south and 180m east to west.

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19 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Norway - Condé Nast ...

The essence of Norway's appeal is remarkably simple: this is one of the most beautiful countries on earth. Quiet for a thousand years since the marauding days of the Vikings, Norway often seems remote to outsiders, even mysterious – remarkable given its geographical position close to the heart of Europe. Beyond Oslo and the famous fjords, the rest of the country might as well be blank on the map for many visitors. Yet it’s out of the cities and off the major roadways that you’ll experience Norway at its most magical: vast stretches of serene, postcard-perfect landscapes where it is at times possible to travel for hours without seeing a single soul. There is nothing tame – and precious little tamed – in this wilderness where everything is on a grand scale, from the deep, blue-black fjords and rearing snowy peaks to jagged forested hills and seemingly limitless expanse of Arctic tundra. Norway stretches north in a long, slender band from the Skagerrak, the choppy channel that separates the country from Denmark, its coastline battered and buffeted by the Atlantic as it juts up towards the Arctic Sea. Behind this rough and rocky coast are spectacular mountain ranges, harsh upland plateaux, plunging river valleys, rippling glaciers, deep forests and mighty fjords of unsurmounted beauty – an exhilarating landscape begging to be explored by car, boat or bike, on skis or even husky-drawn sled.  Since the country happened upon vast oil and gas reserves under the Norwegian Sea in the 1960s, Norway has managed to assemble one of the most civilized, educated and tolerant societies in the world – one that its population maintains a deep loyalty for and pride in.

 

Breathaking Landscapes

Impossibly steep-sided Norwegian fjords of extraordinary beauty cut gashes from a jagged coastline deep into the interior. Glaciers, grand and glorious, snake down from ice fields that rank among Europe's largest. Elsewhere, the mountainous terrain of Norway's interior resembles the ramparts of so many natural fortresses, and yields to rocky coastal islands that rise improbably from the waters like apparitions. Then, of course, there's the primeval appeal, the spare and staggering beauty of the Arctic. And wherever you find yourself in this most extraordinary country, these landscapes serve as a backdrop for some of Europe's prettiest villages.

Activities

Enjoying nature in Norway is very much an active pursuit, and this is one of Europe's most exciting and varied adventure-tourism destinations. While some of the activities on offer are geared towards the young, energetic and fearless, most – such as world-class hiking, cycling and white-water rafting in summer, and dog-sledding, skiing and snowmobiling in winter – can be enjoyed by anyone of reasonable fitness. Whether you're here for seemingly endless summer possibilities, or for snowsports and the soul-stirring Northern Lights in winter, these activities are an exhilarating means of getting close to nature.

Scandinavian Sophistication

The counterpoint to Norway's ever-present natural beauty is found in its vibrant cultural life. Norwegian cities are cosmopolitan and showcase the famous Scandinavian flair for design through the ages. Bergen, Trondheim and Ålesund must surely rank among Europe's most photogenic cities, while contemporary Arctic-inspired architectural icons grace towns and remote rural settings alike. Food, too, is a cultural passion through which Norwegians push the boundaries of innovation even as they draw deeply on a heartfelt love of tradition. At the same time, a busy calendar of festivals, many of international renown, are worth planning your trip around.

Wonderful Wildlife

When it comes to wildlife, Norway has few peers in Europe. Here you can watch whales – humpback, sperm and orca, depending on the season – off Andenes, Stø or Tromsø, while the interior offers up wild reindeer, prehistoric musk oxen, ponderous elk (moose) or beguiling Arctic foxes. Birdwatching, too, is a highlight, from the puffins of Bleik to the migratory seabirds of Runde and Varanger. But the real prizes inhabit Norway's high Arctic, in Svalbard, where polar bears and walruses are the poster species for a wilderness of rare, dramatic and precarious beauty.

Norway may have a clutch of attractive, cosmopolitan cities, appealing destinations in their own right, but where the country really shines is not in its urban culture, but rather in th221e low-key, amiable small-town feel that pervades throughout its settlements. This is not to say that Norway suffers from provincialism – Munch, Ibsen, Grieg and Amundsen, to name but four, were all Norwegians of international importance, to say nothing of the many millions of Norwegian descent today successfully making their way somewhere off in the greater world. But one thing is for certain: every Norwegian you will ever meet will at some point make their way back to this remarkable country, put on a pair of old hiking shoes and head off on foot for yonder mountain, reminding themselves how lucky they are to have one of the world’s most ravishing landscapes right at their back door.

Lofoten Islands & Norwegian Fjords - Scenic Australia

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO GO IN NORWAY

Though for the most part its people live in small towns and villages, Norway’s five largest cities are the obvious – and the most popular – initial targets for a visit. They begin with urbane, vivacious Oslo, one of the world’s most prettily sited capitals, with a flourishing café scene and a clutch of outstanding museums. Beyond Oslo, in roughly descending order of interest, are Trondheim, with its superb cathedral and charming, antique centre; the beguiling port of Bergen, gateway to the western fjords; gritty, bustling Stavanger in the southwest; and northern Tromsø. All are likeable, walkable cities worthy of time in themselves, as well as being within comfortable reach of some startlingly handsome scenery. Indeed, each can serve as a starting point for further explorations or as a weekend destination in their own right. And wherever you arrive, the trains, buses and ferries of Norway’s finely tuned public transport system will take you almost anywhere you want to go, although services are curtailed in winter.

Outside of the cities, the perennial draw remains the western fjords – a must, and every bit as scenically stunning as the publicity suggests. Dip into the region from Bergen or Ålesund, both accessible by public transport from Oslo, or take more time to appreciate the subtle charms of the tiny, fjordside villages, among which Balestrand, Lofthus, Loen, Flåm, Ulvik and Mundal are especially appealing. This is great hiking country too, with a network of cairned trails and lodges (maintained by the nationwide hiking association DNT) threading along the valleys and over the hills. However, many of the country’s finest hikes are to be had further inland, within the confines of a trio of marvellous national parks: the Hardangervidda, a vast mountain plateau of lunar-like appearance; the Rondane, with its bulging mountains; and the Jotunheimen, famous for its jagged peaks. Nudging the Skagerrak, the south coast is different again. The climate is more hospitable, the landscape gentler and the coast is sprinkled with hundreds of little islands. Every summer, holidaying Norwegians sail down here to explore every nautical nook and cranny, popping into a string of pretty, pint-sized ports, the most inviting being Arendal and Mandal, the latter the proud possessor of the country’s finest sandy beach.

Hiking remains the most popular summer pastime in Norway, but there are alternatives galore, from whitewater rafting – for example at Voss – sea-kayaking at Flåm, and guided glacier walks on the Jostedalsbreen. In winter, it’s all change when the Norwegians take to cross-country skiing in their droves, shooting off across the Hardangervidda mountain plateau, for example, from Finse, though some prefer Alpine skiing and snowboarding at specialist ski resorts like Geilo and Oslo’s Holmenkollen.

Away to the north, beyond Trondheim, Norway grows increasingly wild and austere – two traits that make it perfect for off-the-beaten-track adventurers – as it humps and lumps across the Arctic Circle on the way to the modern, workaday port of Bodø. From here, ferries shuttle over to the rugged Lofoten islands, which hold some of the most ravishing scenery in the whole of Europe – tiny fishing villages of ochre- and red-painted houses tucked in between the swell of the deep blue sea and the severest of grey-green mountains. Back on the mainland, it’s a long haul north from Bodø to the iron-ore town of Narvik, and on to Tromsø, a delightful little city huddled on an island and with plenty of Arctic charm. These towns are, however, merely the froth of a vast wilderness that extends up to Nordkapp (North Cape), one of the northernmost points of mainland Europe, and the spot where the principal tourist trail peters out. Yet Norway continues east for several hundred kilometres, round to remote Kirkenes near the Russian border, while inland stretches an immense and hostile upland plateau, the Finnmarksvidda, one of the last haunts of the Sámi reindeer-herders. And finally, a short flight away, there is the wondrous chill of Svalbard, rising remote in the Arctic seas, islands of rolling glaciers and ice-glazed mountains where the snowmobile or Zodiac is more useful than a car.

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BEST TIME TO GO IN NORWAY

The best time to visit Norway depends on what you want to do. Jun-Aug promise long days and the fabled midnight sun ideal for hiking, cycling or cruising – but no guarantee of heat, even if it won't be cold! May and Sep offer mild temperatures, fewer crowds and gorgeous natural colours. May is also blossom time, while Aug is berry picking season. Winter can be bitter, but dress properly and Norway is a snowy nirvana, from snow shoeing to cross country skiing. The Northern Lights sparkle from Sep on, peaking Dec-Feb. Spitsbergen peaks in midsummer.

 

  • The start of the year is pretty cold and dark in Norway, even on the southwest coast in Bergen, and if you’re planning on visiting in January and February make sure you wrap up warm especially if you’re heading for cross country ski trails or in search of the Northern Lights.
  • March is the best time to go to Norway for maximising daylight hours and snowfall in winter sports resorts and as April turns to May you’ll find an abundance of wild flowers and blossom appearing in country meadows as well as a fair amount of slushy snow underfoot.
  • June, July and August are certainly the best months to go to Norway in terms of temperatures and daylight hours although prices will be at a premium as will midges and other bitey insects in and around the marshlands towards the north of the country.
  • After the school holidays in mid-September and October, Norway becomes slightly more affordable as it’s caught between summer and winter with several outdoor attractions starting to shut up shop with the onset of snow and bitter winds.
  • November days are cold and dark with not much going on apart from snow clouds culminating on higher grounds and the Northern Lights starting to respond to conditions. It’s really December when things start to turn pretty with snow flurries, frozen lakes and Christmas festivities lighting Norway up like the preverbal spruce.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO NORWAY

There are direct flights to Norway from several cities around the world, and from numerous places in Europe, you also have the option of travelling by boat, train, bus, or even by car.

 

By plane - There are direct flights to Norway from both coasts of the continental USA and several destinations in Europe. If you are travelling from Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need to connect via an airport in Asia, the Middle East, or Europe. Oslo Airport, the main airport and hub for international traffic, has scheduled flights to and from more than 100 destinations. However, be prepared to change planes at some point, in order to reach your final destination in Norway. Other airports with international flights can be found near the cities of Bergen, Kristiansand,Sandefjord. Stavanger, Tromso and Trondheim.

All larger cities and towns have airports offering both international and domestic flights. In fact, there are more than 50 airports in Norway, making even remote places such as the Lofoten Islands, the North Cape, and the Svalbard Islands easily accessible by plane, especially if you fly with Wideroe, that has connections to 41 of them. From Oslo Airport you can reach Oslo city centre in 20 minutes with Flytoget Airport Express train. Express buses and local trains are also available.

Widerøe

 

By train -  An extensive rail network links Norway to the other Scandinavian countries and the rest of Europe. There are regular train connections to Oslo from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Gothenburg. Most train journeys from the continent are overnight, and you will find sleeping compartments on all of them. A variety of discount passes are available for train travel in Europe and Norway. Not all trains offer first-class services, but second-class is of a high standard as well.

The Rauma Railway is one of the world’s best train journeys. Train crossing Kylling bridge in Rauma, Fjord Norway.

 

By car - You are most likely to arrive by car from Sweden, but Norway also borders with Russia and Finland. Whether you enter Norway by road from Sweden, Finland or Russia, customs checks are in place. Full passport control checks are found in the Norwegian-Russian border crossing between Borisoglebsky and Storskog.

Major roads to Norway include European route E6 which runs through Malmö, Helsingborg, and Gothenburg in Sweden, before crossing the border at Svinesund in the south-east of Norway, and E8 which runs through Turku, Vaasa and Oulu in Finland before crossing the border at Kilpisjärvi.

 

By bus - You can reach Norway by bus from Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Russia. Bus service from Gothenburg in Sweden and Copenhagen in Denmark is almost hourly. The service from Stockholm is also far more frequent than the train. Different operators offer cheap bus tickets between the large cities in Norway, Denmark and Sweden.

To Bergen By Bus & Coach - VisitBergen.com

 

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND NORWAY

Train - Trains reach as far north as Bodø, with an additional branch line connecting Narvik with Sweden further north. Book in advance for considerably cheaper minipris tickets.

Bus - Services along major routes are fast and efficient. Although reliable, services in more rural areas can be infrequent, sometimes with no services at all on weekends.

Boat  - Ferries, many of which take cars, connect offshore islands to the mainland, while the Hurtigruten sails from Bergen to Kirkenes and back every day of the year.

Car - Roads are in good condition, but travel times can be slow thanks to winding roads, heavy summer traffic with few overtaking lanes, and ferries.

Plane -  SAS and Norwegian have extensive domestic networks. Widerøe services smaller cities.

 

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN NORWAY

 

  • Hovden Resort

Set within 5 minutes’ drive of Hovden Ski Centre & Water Park, Hovden Resort offers rooms and self-catering apartments with free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and sofas. Hovden Resort's rooms feature modern décor, cable TV channels and private bathrooms. All apartments include a balcony and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Panoramic mountain views can be enjoyed in the bar and restaurant. The fireplace lounge is an ideal place to relax and chat with other guests. Ski storage and indoor parking places are also available. Hiking trails and cross-country ski tracks run right by Hovden Resort. The nearby River Otra provides opportunities for fishing.

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  • Mandal Hotel

Mandal Hotel has a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Mandal. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel offers a children's playground, a 24-hour front desk, and free WiFi is available throughout the property. All guest rooms at the hotel come with a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a private bathroom with a hairdryer and a shower. Guest rooms feature a desk. Continental and buffet breakfast options are available every morning at Mandal Hotel. The area is popular for hiking, and bike hire is available at the accommodation. Kristiansand is 42 km from Mandal Hotel. The nearest airport is Kristiansand, Kjevik Airport, 57 km from the hotel.

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  • Kjøbmandsgaarden Hotel

Kjøbmandsgaarden Hotel is located in a listed, 19th century wooden building in the charming town of Mandal. It offers comfortable rooms with free Wi-Fi access. All rooms at Hotel Kjøbmandsgaarden have a cable TV, a seating area and a private bathroom with shower. The on-site restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and traditional Norwegian cuisine from an à la carte menu. Drinks are available at the bar. Sjøsanden Beach is an 18-minute walk from the hotel. AMFI Mandal Shopping Centre is within 100 m away. Kristiansand is a 35-minute drive from the hotel.

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  • Grand Hotel Egersund

Grand Hotel Egersund is 100 m from the waterfront in the heart of Egersund. It offers free Wi-Fi, private parking and a large terrace. All guest rooms at Grand Hotel Egersund offer a TV and an armchair to relax in. Some guest rooms have work desks and sofas. Guests can choose from a variety of international dishes and Norwegian cuisine at Grand Restaurant. Grand Hotel Egersund can arrange guided walking tours, salmon and deep sea fishing tours as well as boat tours on the MS Sjødis. The Egersund Golf Course is only a 20-minute drive away.

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  • Tregde Ferie

Located in idyllic surroundings by the harbor, Tregde Ferie is 7 minutes away from Mandal. Tregde Ferie offers modern cabins, apartments and hotel rooms with an outdoor pool and mini-golf facilities on-site. The apartments and cottages at Tregde Ferie feature bright furnishings and free WiFi. Some units feature terraces with sea-views. Each includes a seating area with a sofa and satellite TV and private bathroom with shower. Laundry and BBQ facilities are available. Bed linen are offered. The on-site summertime restaurant specialises in seafood dishes. A terrace with North Sea views can be enjoyed. A diving centre, as well as boat, kayak and bicycle rentals are offered at Tregde Ferie. Guests can visit the on-site grocery shop. Ryvingen Lighthouse is 8 km from the resort, while a sandy beach is a 10-minute drive away. Other area activities include fishing and hiking.

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  • Gjesteheim Havdal

Located 3.5 km off the E6 motorway and 14 km from Berkåk village, Gjesteheim Havdal has simple rooms with private bathrooms, a sofa and wooden floors. Guests enjoy free use WiFi. Oppdal Ski Resort is within 25 minutes’ drive. Shared facilities include a sauna, laundry room and TV lounge. The garden has a BBQ grill. GPS boxes and fishing equipment can be rented on site. Orkla River is a 10-minute walk away. The Trollheimen Mountains are a 1-hour drive from Havdal Gjesteheim. They are popular among hikers, cross-country skiers and botanists.

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  • Hardangerfjord Hotel

This hotel is in Øystese Village, on the shore of the Hardangerfjord. It offers a restaurant and free pool and sauna access. All rooms have a flat-screen TV and some feature a balcony. Hardangerfjord Hotel’s rooms include a seating area, cable TV and a private bathroom with bath or shower. Guests can borrow ironing facilities at the reception. Guests can relax and mingle in the hotel lounges. The garden terrace offers views of Folgefonna Glacier. About 100 m from Hardangerfjord Hotel is a sandy beach. Free public parking spaces are found nearby. Bergen is 80 km away.

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  • Rognan Hotel

Situated north of the Arctic Circle, this hotel overlooks the Salten fjord. The Rognan train station is located within 5 minutes’ walk, and the E6 motorway is 2 km away. All guest rooms at Rognan Hotel feature a maritime theme and are equipped with a TV and a private bathroom with shower. Wi-Fi is available in each guest room. Some rooms have a private balcony. The restaurant and the waterfront terrace at Rognan Hotel have panoramic views of the fjord and surrounding mountains. In summer, guests can enjoy meals on the dock. The local region offers activities such as cave tours, grouse hunting, rafting and boat trips. The Arctic Circle is a 50-minute drive away.

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  • Birkebeineren Hotel & Apartments

Situated in Lillehammer, this property provides both guest room and apartment accommodation. It offers free WiFi and free sauna access. Hunderfossen Family Park and Hafjell are 20 minutes’ drive away. All accommodation options at Birkebeineren Hotel & Apartment include a TV and a private bathroom. The spacious apartments feature modern kitchens, a large living room and a balcony. They also have 2 bathrooms with showers. Shared facilities at Birkebeineren include a TV lounge with a fireplace. Ski storage is also on site. Guests can enjoy free private parking. Popular area activities include skiing and hiking. Guests can also enjoy the nearby museums. Lillehammer Train Station and Lillehammer’s city centre are a 15-minute walk away.

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  • Rosfjord Strandhotel

This hotel is next to Rosfjord, 3 km from central Lyngdal. It offers free Wi-Fi and free access to the sauna, hot tub and pools at Sørlandsbadet Spa & Water Park. The fresh and modern guest rooms at Rosfjord Strandhotel feature a minibar, work desk and cable TV. Some include a terrace or balcony with sea views. Strandhotel Rosfjord offers a variety of in-house dining options. A children’s playground, large garden and barbecue area are on site. A number of hiking trails are found in the surrounding area. Attractions such as Lista Beaches and Dyreparken Zoo are within a few minutes’ drive. Free private parking spaces are found next to the hotel.

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  • Remestøylflotti Hyttegrend

Boasting a restaurant, a garden, and barbecue facilities, Remestøylflotti Hyttegrend offers accommodation in Hovden with free WiFi and garden views. Featuring free private parking, the holiday home is in an area where guests can engage in activities such as hiking and skiing. This holiday home is fitted with 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a flat-screen TV, a seating area and 5 bathrooms equipped with a shower. For added convenience, the property can provide towels and bed linen for an extra charge. The holiday home offers a sauna. A children's playground and a terrace are featured at Remestøylflotti Hyttegrend.

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  • Ballangen Camping

Ballangen Camping offers pet-friendly accommodation in Ballangen. There is a seasonal restaurant and guests can have fun at the water park. Narvik is 26 km away. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. All units feature a seating area. Some units also have a kitchen, equipped with a dishwasher, an oven, and a microwave. Ballangen Camping also includes a seasonal outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a drink at the on-site bar. The property also offers mini-market. You can play table tennis at the property, and the area is popular for skiing. An array of activities are offered in the area, such as horse riding, fishing and hiking. The nearest airport is Evenes Airport, 90 km away.

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  • Arctic FjordCamp

Arctic FjordCamp features mountain views, free WiFi and free private parking, set in Burfjord. Each unit is fitted with a terrace, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a seating area with a sofa, a TV and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. There is also a fridge, stovetop and a kettle. Hiking, skiing and fishing are possible within the area, and the camping offers ski-to-door access. The nearest airport is Sorkjosen Airport, 85 km from Arctic FjordCamp.

 

 

 

  • Frimannsbuda

Set in Selje, Frimannsbuda has a restaurant, bar and free WiFi. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, all rooms include a wardrobe. Continental and Full English/Irish breakfast options are available every morning at Frimannsbuda. The nearest airport is Florø Airport, 73 km from the accommodation.

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  • Grand Hotel Åsgårdstrand

Situated at the Åsgårdstrand beach in eastern Norway, Grand Hotel Åsgårdstrand offers striking views of the Oslo fjord. The greater part of the hotel has a beautiful ocean view and creates an atmosphere characterised by a nautical theme. Seilet Restaurant is Grand Hotel Åsgårdstrand’s spectacular restaurant perfectly placed for guests to dine while enjoying stunning ocean views. The bar and large outdoor terrace enjoy a tranquil setting in front of the harbour that is steeped in cultural history.

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  • Etne Hytter

Perched above the village of Etne with spectacular fjord views, these holiday cottages are just 55 km from Haugesund. Each cottage has a well-equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. The Etne Hytter featuring terraces overlooking the fjord as well as BBQ facilities. The open-plan living and dining area includes a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a sofa. A washing machine comes provided in each cottage’s bathroom. Etne Hytter also have a communal picnic area including children’s swings. In the area guests can enjoy hiking, fishing, and Røldal ski resort is just over 70 km from the site. The famous Langfossen waterfall is just 30 km from the Etne Hytter, as well as the beginning of the Folgefonna National Park which is home to 3 plateau glaciers. Stavanger and its airport can be reached in 2.5 hours by car.

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  • Panorama Hotell & Resort

Located on the south coast of Sotra Island, Panorama Hotell & Resort offers a spa & wellness centre, free WiFi and free private parking. All rooms have large windows offering sea or countryside views. All guest rooms at Panorama Hotell & Resort feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some also include a seating area as well as bathrobes and slippers. Panorama's in-house restaurant serves specialties from the Hordaland region. In summer, meals can be taken out onto the terrace. Guests can enjoy an after-dinner drink in the lounge bar. The spa centre includes an outdoor hot tub, sun lounge chairs and sauna. The waters around Sotra provide ideal opportunities for fishing. Staff is happy to arrange eagle safaris, guided hiking trips and other activities. Bergen city centre is 36 km away.

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OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN NORWAY

Most Norwegians have a deep and abiding love of the great outdoors. They enjoy many kinds of sports – from dog-sledging and downhill skiing in winter, through to mountaineering, angling and whitewater rafting in the summer – but the two most popular activities are hiking and cross-country skiing.​

  • Hiking

Norway boasts some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world, its soaring peaks accentuated by icy glaciers, rocky spires and deep green fjords. Great chunks of this wild terrain have been incorporated into a string of national parks, 41 in total with 34 on the mainland and seven in Svalbard. These parks, especially the more accessible, are magnets for hikers in search of everything from easy rambles to full-scale expeditions along clearly marked trails, served by an excellent network of mountain cabins, which provide the most congenial of accommodation (see Mountain huts).

The short hiking season, loosely defined by the opening and closing of the mountain lodges, runs from early July (mid-June in some areas) through to late September. This coincides with mild weather – daytime mountain temperatures of between 20°C and 25°C – ideal for hiking. And, of course, it’s daylight for most of the time – beyond the Arctic Circle, all the time – so you’re unlikely to be searching for a mountain lodge after dark.

Hiking in Fjord Norway | The classic Norwegian hiking destination

 

 

 

  • Skiing

Norway has a strong claim to be regarded as the home of skiing: a 4000-year-old rock carving found in northern Norway is the oldest-known illustration of a person on skis; the first recorded ski competition was held in Norway in 1767; and Norwegians were the first to introduce skis to North America. Furthermore, one of the oldest cross-country ski races in the world, the 55km Birkebeinerrennet, is held annually in late March, attracting several thousand skiers to participate in the dash between Rena and Lillehammer. The race follows the route taken by Norwegian mountain-men in 1206 when they rescued the two-year-old Prince Håkon. The rescuers wore birch-bark leggings known as Birkebeiners, hence the name of the race.

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  • Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing is a major facet of winter life in Norway. Approximately half the population are active in the sport, and many Norwegians still use skis to get to work or school. Wherever you are in wintertime Norway, you’re never far from a cross-country ski route and at major ski resorts sets of parallel ski tracks called loipe are cut in the snow by machine with the cross-country skier in mind: they provide good gliding conditions and help keep the skis parallel; some loipe are floodlit. Cross-country skis can be waxed or waxless. Waxless skis have a rough tread in the middle called “fishscales”, which grips adequately at temperatures around zero. Waxed skis work better at low temperatures and on new snow. Grip wax is rubbed onto the middle third of the ski’s length, but a sticky substance called klister is used instead in icy conditions. All skis benefit from hard glide wax applied to the front and back thirds of the base.

6 Best Cross-Country Ski Races in Norway | Outtt

 

 

 

  • Downhill skiing and snowboarding

Downhill skiing and snowboarding conditions in Norway are usually excellent from mid-November through to late April, though daylight hours are at a premium around the winter solstice. Otherwise, Norway scores well in comparison with the better-known skiing regions of southern Europe: temperatures tend to be a good bit colder and the country has, in general terms at least, a more consistent snowfall; Norway’s resorts tend to be less crowded, have smaller class sizes, shorter lift queues, and are at a lower altitude. Three main centres for downhill skiing are Voss, Lillehammer and Geilo.

Ski Norway | Norwegian Ski Resorts | Skiing in Norway

 

 

 

  • Telemarking

In the Telemark region of southern Norway a technique has been developed to enable skiers to descend steep slopes on free-heel touring skis. This technique, known as Telemarking, provides a stable and effective turning platform in powder snow. Essentially the skier traverses a slope in an upright position, but goes down on a right knee to execute a right turn and vice versa.

Telemark, Norway - Somewhere Devine

 

 

 

  • Summer skiing

Summer skiing on Norway’s mountains and glaciers – both alpine and cross-country – is very popular. Lots of places offer this, but one of the largest and most convenient spots is the Folgefonn Sommar Skisenter not far from Bergen, which has ski rental, a ski school, a café and a ski lift to the slopes.

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  • Fishing

Norway’s myriad rivers and lakes offer some of Europe’s finest freshwater fishing. Common species include trout, char, pike and perch, not to mention the salmon that once brought English aristocrats here by the buggy load. In the south of the country, the fishing is at its best from June to September, in July and August in the north. Seawater fishing is more the preserve of professionals, but (amateur) sea angling off the Lofoten Islands is a popular pastime. Sea- and freshwater fishing are both tightly controlled. The first does not require a national licence, but is subject to national and local restrictions regarding the size of the fish you can land and so forth. The second, freshwater fishing, needs both a local licence, which costs anything from 50kr to 400kr per day, and a national licence if you’re after salmon, sea trout and char – while, that is, these fish are in fresh water. National licences are available at any post office and online for 235kr and local licences (fiskekort) are sold at sports shops, a few tourist offices, some hotels and many campsites. If you take your own fishing tackle, you must have it disinfected before use.

Fishing in Norway - Life in Norway

 

 

 

  • Whitewater rafting

Norway has literally dozens of top-notch whitewater rafting runs. Two of the best places are Voss and Sjoa. For a full list of tour operators offering rafting trips, consult the Norges Padleforbund (the Norwegian Canoe Association) website (www.podling.no), but one place to aim for is Flåm, which is home to the sea-kayaking specialists, Njord Flåm.

Whitewater Rafting in Norway - Daily Scandinavian

 

 

 

 

 

 

PLACES TO VISIT & THINGS TO DO IN NORWAY

 

  • The Geirangerfjord

The Geirangerfjord is one of the region’s smallest fjords, but also one of its most breathtaking. A convoluted branch of the Storfjord, it cuts deep inland and is marked by impressive waterfalls, with a village at either end of its snake-like profile – Hellesylt in the west and Geiranger in the east. Of the two, Geiranger has the smarter hotels as well as the tourist crowds, Hellesylt is tiny and not very interesting, but it is but a troll’s throw from the magnificent Norangsdal valley.

The Geirangerfjord area, Norway – Fjords and waterfalls

 

 

   Geiranger

Any approach to GEIRANGER is spectacular. Arriving by ferry reveals the village tucked away in a hollow at the eastern end of the fjord, while approaching from the north by road involves thundering along a fearsome set of switchbacks on the Ørnevegen (Highway 63) for a first view of the village and the fjord glinting in the distance. Similarly, the road in from Highway 15 to the south squeezes through the mountains before squirming down the zigzags to arrive in Geiranger from behind, passing two celebrated vantage points, Flydalsjuvet and Dalsnibba, on the way.

There can be little argument that Geiranger boasts one of the most magnificent settings in western Norway and the village itself negotiates the steepest of hillsides, its scattering of houses built on a series of narrow shelves. The only fly in the ointment is the excessive number of tourists at the peak of the season, though, to be fair, the congestion is limited to the centre of the village, and it’s easy enough to slip away to appreciate the true character of the fjord, hemmed in by sheer rock walls interspersed with hairline waterfalls, with tiny-looking ferries and cruise ships bobbing about on its blue-green waters.

Geiranger - Wikipedia

 

 

   Hellesylt

Tiny, inconsequential HELLESYLT is now little more than a stopoff on tourist itineraries, with most visitors staying just long enough to catch the car ferry down the fjord to Geiranger or scuttle off along Highway 60. For daytime entertainment, there is a tiny beach and bathing jetty (bådehus) beyond the mini-marina near the ferry quay, the prelude to some very cold swimming, or you can watch the waterfall crashing down the cliffs a few metres from the dock. Otherwise, the place seems more than a little down-at-the-mouth: the main dampener has been Mount Åknes, a great chunk of which is  eroding away from the rest of the mountain, threatening to collapse into the Storfjord and create a tsunami which will hit Hellesylt in six minutes; experts are monitoring the mountain closely, but of course no one knows if or when it will go, but it’s a very real danger – as evidenced at Tafjord.

The Falls at Hellesylt | Julian Chilvers | Flickr

 

 

  • Wildlife Safaris in Svalbard

The 62,500-square-kilometre Svalbard archipelago is one of the most hostile places on earth. Some 836km north of the Norwegian mainland – and just 1308km from the North Pole – two-thirds of its surface is covered by glaciers, the soil frozen to a depth of up to 500m. Despite the hardships such topography engenders, there are convincing reasons to make a trip. For one, Svalbard’s hinterlands make it a devastatingly gorgeous place to visit – whether in summer, autumn or spring when a magical light engulfs a Bergmanesque landscape and the Arctic opens itself up to curious visitors (during winter Svalbard is unconscionably dark). Experiences up here can be otherworldly: hiking a permafrost landscape strewn with antlers and whalebones; donning a massive orange drysuit to float around in icy waters; and dining at a snowy beach on campfire-cooked ox gruel and fjord-chilled champagne. It’s not your average place to visit – this is a land where there are double as many polar bears as people – and is a once-in-a-lifetime destination if ever there was one.

Large Cruise Ships Could Soon Be Banned From Svalbard

 

 

 

  • The Vigelandsparken

A country boy, raised on a farm just outside Mandal, on the south coast, Gustav Vigeland began his career as a woodcarver but later, when studying in Paris, he fell under the influence of Rodin, and switched to stone, iron and bronze. He started work on the Vigelandsparken in 1924, and was still working on it when he died almost twenty years later. It’s a literally fantastic concoction, medieval in spirit and complexity, and it was here that Vigeland had the chance to let his imagination run riot. Indeed, when the place was unveiled, many city folk were simply overwhelmed – and no wonder. From the monumental wrought-iron gates on Kirkeveien, the central path takes you to the footbridge over the river and a world of frowning, fighting and posturing bronze figures – the local favourite is Sinnataggen (The Angry Child), who has been rubbed smooth by a thousand hands. Beyond, the central fountain is an enormous bowl representing the burden of life, supported by straining, sinewy bronze Goliaths; a cascade of water tumbles down into a pool flanked by figures engaged in play or talk, or simply resting or standing. 

Yet it is the 20m-high obelisk up on the stepped embankment just beyond the central fountain that really takes the breath away. It’s a deeply humanistic work, a writhing mass of sculpture that depicts the cycle of life as Vigeland saw it: a vision of humanity playing, fighting, teaching, loving, eating and sleeping – and clambering on and over each other to reach the top. The granite sculptures grouped around the obelisk are exquisite too, especially the toddlers, little pot-bellied figures who tumble over muscled adults, providing the perfect foil to the real children who crawl all over them, giggling and screaming.

Vigeland Park, Norway

 

 

 

  • The Flåm railway – the Flåmsbana

The lonely railway junction of Myrdal, just forty minutes by train from Voss, is the start of one of Europe’s most celebrated branch rail lines, the Flåmsbana, a 20km, 900m plummet down the Flåmsdal valley to Flåm – a fifty-minute train ride that should not be missed if at all possible; it is part of the “Norway in a Nutshell” route. The track, which took four years to lay in the 1920s, spirals down the mountainside, passing through hand-dug tunnels and, at one point, actually travelling through a hairpin tunnel to drop nearly 300m. The gradient of the line is one of the steepest anywhere in the world, and as the train squeals its way down the mountain, past cascading waterfalls, it’s reassuring to know that it has five separate sets of brakes, each capable of bringing it to a stop. The service runs all year round, a local lifeline during the deep winter months. There are ten departures daily from mid-June to late September, between four and eight the rest of the year; Myrdal–Flåm fares are 260kr one-way, 360kr return.

The athletic occasionally undertake the five-hour walk from the railway junction at Myrdal down the old road into the valley, instead of taking the train, but much the better option is to disembark about halfway down and walk in from there. Berekvam station, at an altitude of 345m, is the best place to alight, leaving an enthralling two- to three-hour hike through changing mountain scenery down to Flåm. Cycling down the valley road is also perfectly feasible, though it’s much too steep to be relaxing.

Flam Cruises | Fred. Olsen Cruises

 

 

 

  • Bergen and around

As it has been raining ever since she arrived in the city, a tourist stops a young boy and asks if it always rains here. “I don’t know,” he replies, “I’m only thirteen.” The joke isn’t brilliant, but it does contain a grain of truth. Of all the things to contend with in BERGEN, the weather is the most predictable: it rains on average 260 days a year, often relentlessly even in summer, and its forested surroundings are often shrouded in mist. Yet, despite its dampness, Bergen is one of Norway’s most enjoyable cities, boasting – amid seven hills and sheltered to the north, south and west by a series of straggling islands – a spectacular setting. There’s plenty to see in town too, from sturdy old stone buildings and terraces of tiny wooden houses to a veritable raft of museums, while just outside the city limits are Edvard Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen, as well as the charming open-air Gamle Bergen (Old Bergen) museum.

More than anything else, though, it’s the general flavour of the place that appeals. Although Bergen has become a major port and something of an industrial centre in recent years, it remains a laidback, easy-going town with a firmly nautical air. Fish and fishing may no longer be Bergen’s economic lynchpins, but the bustling main harbour, Vågen, is still very much the focus of attention. If you stay more than a day or two – perhaps using Bergen as a base for viewing the nearer fjords – you’ll soon discover that the city also has the region’s best choice of restaurants, some impressive art galleries and a decent nightlife.

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Bergen, Norway - Booking.com

 

 

 

  • Ålesund

The fishing and ferry port of ÅLESUND, on the coast at the end of the E136, about 120km west of Åndalsnes, is immediately – and distinctively – different from any other Norwegian town. Neither old clapboard houses nor functional concrete and glass is much in evidence in the old centre, but instead there’s a proud conglomeration of stone and brick, three-storey buildings, whose pastel-painted facades are lavishly decorated and topped off by a forest of towers and turrets. There are dragons and human faces, Neoclassical and mock-Gothic facades, decorative flowers and even a pharaoh or two, the whole ensemble ambling round the town’s several harbours. Ålesund’s architectural eccentricities sprang from disaster: in 1904, a dreadful fire left ten thousand people homeless and the town centre destroyed, but within three years a hectic reconstruction programme saw almost the entire area rebuilt in an idiosyncratic Art Nouveau style, which borrowed heavily from the German Jugendstil movement. Many of the Norwegian architects who undertook the work had been trained in Germany, so the Jugendstil influence is hardly surprising, but this was no simple act of plagiarism: the Norwegians added all sorts of whimsical, often folkloric flourishes to the Ålesund stew. The result was – and remains – an especially engaging stylistic hybrid, and Kaiser Wilhelm II, who footed the bill, was mightily pleased.

Ålesund is a lovely place to spend a couple of days, especially as there are several first-rate hotels, and it bolsters its charms with a couple of other mild attractions – principally the nautical comings and goings of its main harbour and the open-air Sunnmøre Museum. The town also makes a good base from which to day-trip to the bird cliffs of the island of Runde.

Alesund Travel Cost - Average Price of a Vacation to Alesund: Food ...

 

 

 

  • Whale-watching, Andenes

“It is the fish, and that alone, that draws people to Andenes – the place itself has no other temptations,” said the writer Poul Alm when he visited the old fishing port of ANDENES in 1944. While this is too harsh a judgement today, the main emphasis does indeed remain firmly nautical, with lines of low-slung buildings leading up to a clutter of wooden warehouses and mini boat-repair yards that demarcate the harbour and its prominent breakwaters. Even Andenes’ long and straight main drag, Storgata, ends abruptly at the seafront, and the town’s main raison d’être today is as a field station and research centre for marine biologists studying whales: indeed, among Scandinavians, Andenes is best known for its whale-watching safaris. The town is also an excellent place for gull watching – large numbers of glaucous and Iceland gulls, white-billed divers and purple sandpipers frequent its environs – as well as being Norway’s most southerly wintering area for common and king eider ducks. In late winter, the world’s Arctic cod population migrates south from the Barents Sea to spawn in the waters around Andenes – a natural movement that attracts millions of sea birds to the area on the lookout for food.

Whale watching Andenes in Norway - Next Destinium

 

 

 

  • Nidaros Domkirke

The goal of Trondheim’s pilgrims in times past was the rambling Nidaros Domkirke, Scandinavia’s largest medieval building, whose copper-green spire and multiple roofs lord it over the south end of Munkegata. Gloriously restored following several fires and the upheavals of the Reformation, the cathedral, which is dedicated to St Olav, remains the focal point of any visit to the city and is best explored in the early morning, when it’s reasonably free of tour groups. In the summertime, there are free English-language guided tours and you can climb the cathedral tower for a panoramic view over the city and its surroundings.

The crowning glory of this magnificent blue- and green-grey soapstone edifice is its west facade, a soaring cliff-face of finely worked stone sporting a magnificent rose window, rank after rank of pointed arches, biblical, religious and royal figures by the dozen and a fancy set of gargoyles. The west facade and the nave behind may look medieval, but date from the nineteenth century: the originals were erected in the early Gothic style of the early thirteenth century, but they were destroyed by fire in 1719 and what you see today is a painstakingly accurate reconstruction. The fire did not, however, raze the Romanesque transepts, whose heavy hooped windows and dog-tooth decoration were the work of English stonemasons in the twelfth century. English workmen also lent a hand in the thirteenth-century choir, where the arches, flying buttresses and intricate tracery are the epitome of early Gothic – and are reminiscent of contemporaneous churches in England.

Nidarosdomen Cathedral In Trondheim. Beautiful Wintertime Stock ...

 

 

 

  • Nordfjord and the Jostedalsbreen glacier

The inner recesses of the Nordfjord, the next great fjord system to the north of the Sognefjord, are readily explored along Highway 60, which weaves a pleasant, albeit tortuous, course through a string of little towns. Among them, Loen is easily the best base for further explorations, though humdrum Stryn is larger and more important. Stryn is also where Highway 15 begins its long journey west along the length of the Nordfjord, with the road dipping and diving along the northern shore in between deep-green reflective waters and bulging peaks. It’s a pleasant enough journey, but the Nordfjord doesn’t have the severe allure of its more famous neighbours, at least in part because its roadside hamlets lack much appeal – end-of-the-fjord Måløy is unappetizing, though you can loop south to the much more agreeable coastal town of Florø. That said – and all in all – you’re much better off sticking to Highway 60.

High up in the mountains, dominating the whole of the inner Nordfjord, lurks the Jostedalsbreen glacier, a five-hundred-kilometre-square ice plateau that creaks, grumbles and moans out towards the Sognefjord, the Nordfjord and the Jotunheimen mountains. The glacier stretches northeast in a lumpy mass from Highway 5, its myriad arms – or “nodules” – nudging down into the nearby valleys, the clay particles of its meltwater giving the local rivers and lakes their distinctive light-green colouring. Catching sight of the ice nestling between peaks and ridges can be unnerving – the overwhelming feeling being that somehow it shouldn’t really be there. As the poet Norman Nicholson had it:

A malevolent, rock-crystal, Precipitate of lava, Corroded with acid, Inch by inch erupting,  From volcanoes of cold.

For centuries, the glacier presented an impenetrable east–west barrier, crossed only at certain points by determined farmers and adventurers. It’s no less daunting today, but access is much freer, a corollary of the creation of the Jostedalsbreen Nasjonalpark in 1991. Since then, roads have been driven deep into the glacier’s flanks, the comings (but mostly goings) of the ice have been closely monitored and there has been a proliferation of officially licensed guided glacier walks (breturar) on its various arms (see Hikes from Turtagrø into the Skagastølsdal valley). If that sounds too energetic and all you’re after is a close look at the glacier, then this is possible at several places, with the easiest approach being the stroll to the Bøyabreen on the south side of the glacier near Mundal. On the west side of the glacier, narrow side roads lead off Highway 60 to two more vantage points, the Briksdalsbreen, the most visited of the glacier’s nodules, and the Kjenndalsbreen, which is much less crowded, far prettier and an easy twenty-minute walk from the end of the road–a delightful way to spend a morning or afternoon. By contrast, the Nigardsbreen, on the east side of the glacier, requires more commitment, but the scenery is wilder and, to many tastes, more beautiful.

Nigardsbreen Glacier - Explore the famous Nigardsbreen Glacier

 

 

  • Urnes stave church

Perhaps the finest of Norway’s stave churches, Urnes is distinguished by the frenzied intricacy of its woodcarving.

Urnes Stave Church - Wikipedia

 

 

 

  • The Oseberg Longship

Of the handful of Viking longships that have survived, the Oseberg is the best preserved – and was unearthed complete with a rich treasure-trove of burial goods.

Norway's Viking Ships Defied Time, but Tourism May Be a Fiercer ...

 

 

 

  • The Northern Lights

At once eerily disconcerting and bewitchingly beautiful, the aurora borealis flicker across northern Norway’s winter firmament at irregular and unpredictable intervals.

When to See the Northern Lights in Norway | Travel + Leisure

 

 

 

  • Edvard Munch

Munch’s unsettling, highly charged paintings appear in several of the country’s museums, most memorably at the Nasjonalgalleriet in Oslo.

Munch Museum | Edvard Munch's paintings are a hybrid of Henr… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Alta Rock Carvings

Simple in design but complex in their symbolism, Alta’s striking prehistoric rock carvings offer insight into the beliefs of the region’s earliest inhabitants.

World Heritage Rock Art Centre - Alta Museum

 

 

 

  • Henningsvaer

The Lofoten Island are peppered with with scores of picture-postcard fishing villages, of which Henningsvær is among the most arresting.

So much to do in Henningsvaer, Lofoten, Norway | Beautiful norway ...

 

 

 

  • Cross-country skiing

Norway’s meadows, moors and mountains boast thousands of kilometres of powdered runs just waiting for adventuresome skiers.You might choose to start at Lillehammer.

Skiing in Lillehammer, Norway | Snow.Guide

 

 

 

  • The Norsk Fiskevaersmuseum, Å

Hanging on for dear life between the mountains and the sea, the tiny village of Å has preserved many of its nineteenth-century buildings within the Norwegian Fishing Village Museum.

Must see places in Norway | Lofoten, Norway travel, Visit norway

 

 

 

  • The Oslofjord

The islands of the Oslofjord are great for swimming, sunbathing and walking – and they are just a short ferry ride from the city centre.

Oslo and the Oslofjord Travel Guide | What to do in Oslo and the ...

 

 

 

  • Værøy's sea-bird colonies

This remote Lofoten island is renowned for its profuse birdlife, which includes puffins, cormorants, kittiwakes, guillemots and even rare sea eagles.

Lofoten Islands, Norway - Lindblad Expeditions

 

 

 

  • Hjørundfjord

Wild and windswept, the deep, dark waters and icy peaks of this distant fjord make it one of Norway’s most elegiac.

Mountain Hike In The Hjørundfjord (Norway excursion) | Hurtigruten

 

 

 

  • The Hurtigruten

See Norway in all its scenic splendour on the Hurtigruten coastal boat, which sails north all the way from Bergen to Kirkenes.

Norwegian Discovery Voyage | Hurtigruten

 

 

 

  • Stay in a lighthouse

Glued to a storm-battered islet, Ryvingen Fyr, near Mandal, is one of several lighthouses that make for fabulous places to stay.

Lighthouses in Norway | Rent a lighthouse, lighthouse holiday

 

 

 

  • Juvet Landscape Hotel

One of Norway’s most delightful hotels, with freestanding rooms carved out of spruce, is set smack in a verdant river canyon – staying here is like watching an IMAX documentary from your bedroom.

Juvet Landscape Hotel / Jensen & Skodvin Architects | ArchDaily

 

 

 

  • Walking in the Jotunheimen mountains

One of Norway’s most celebrated hiking areas, the Jotunheimen National Park is crisscrossed with trails and includes northern Europe’s two highest peaks.

Hiking in the Jotunheimen area | Peaks and parks

 

 

 

 

SHOPPING IN NORWAY

Here are list of popular centres for shopping in Norway where you can find the best deals and pocket some awesome Norwegian souvenirs!

 

  • Oslo City Shopping Center

In the capital city of Norway, the Oslo City Shopping Center is one of the largest and most popular shopping centers in Norway. Built in 1988, this shopping center is home to about 93 shops and restaurants today, and is conveniently located within walking distance from the Central Station. A wide assortment of speciality shops, fast food restaurants and ultra-sleek retail venues bring over 16 million shoppers here every year.

DNB Livforsikring to Sell Oslo City | Nordic Property News

 

 

 

  • Karl Johans Gate Shopping Area

If you’re looking for some fun time shopping at a pedestrian street, the Karl Johans Gate Shopping Area would be just the place for you. Running from east to west from the Oslo Central station to the Royal Palace, this street hosts several street entertainers, good eateries as well as numerous fashion chains including H&M, Benetton, etc. Considering the location, this shopping street demands reasonable prices, making it popular as a destination for cheap shopping in Norway. The enormous Tanum bookstore and the Paleet shopping complex are the most frequently visited spots here.

Karl Johans gate - Oslo (Norway) | Karl Johans gate 01/03/20… | Flickr

 

 

 

  • Aker Brygge

With a collection of the city’s finest restaurants, shops, theatres, galleries, pubs and cultural diversions, the Aker Brygge is one of the most popular destinations for shopping in Oslo. The unique waterfront complex sits near the mouth of a former ship building yard – the Oslofjord. The gorgeously renovated buildings in the region as well as the waterside view with boats tied to the dock makes for a great ambience for those flocking for the best shopping in Norway.

Guide to Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen, Oslo, Norway

 

 

 

  • Lagunen Storsenter

This is the biggest shopping mall in Bergen and is probably just the place to find the clothes of your dreams. The 160 connected shops and the 50 fashion stores would help you fill your closet with clothes that make you feel million dollars worth. The best part? This destination for shopping in Bergen as well as its neighbours offer services like that of a personal shopper, who would join you on your shopping spree, pointing you in the right direction for your shopping interests!

Lagunen Storsenter

 

 

  • Galleriet

Located in the center of the Bergen City, the Galleriet is another popular spot for shopping in Bergen with over 70 shops that include great coffee shops, cafes and lunch bars. It is located just 12 km from the airport and makes for a great place to enjoy the crowds, visit chocolate shops, browse the gift shops or snag a free croissant along with your coffee if you happen to reach before 10:00 am.

Galleriet (Bergen) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go (with ...

 

 

 

  • Stavanger Storsenter

The third largest city in Norway, Stavanger is also popular when it comes to listing the destinations for shopping in Norway. Stavanger Storsenter is the largest center for shopping in Stavanger, which has around 70 shops that are divided among four buildings. One would find almost everything, from furniture to electronic equipment, fashion to books, and music to games at this shopping center.

Kvadrat Storsenter - mall in Stavanger, Norway - Malls.Com

 

 

 

  • Bryggerekka Flea Market

If you happen to be in Norway during the summer months of May – September, the Sunday flea market in Trondheim would give you an opportunity to pick a unique local souvenir or tantalize your taste buds with some Norwegian delicacies at the food stalls. The Bryggerekka Flea Market is filled with stalls selling used books, bikes, clothes and LPs.

Shopping in Norway: A Perfect Guide For All The Shopaholics!

 

 

  • Roros Christmas Market

During the season when the entire country resembles a Christmas Card, Norway hosts a splendid Christmas Market where one can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, shop in unique stalls selling the local beer or reindeer meat, feed Santa’s reindeer, or simply stroll along the streets enjoying the festive vibe.

Christmas Markets in Norway - Life in Norway

 

 

 

  • Farmer’s Market

A casual Saturday in Oslo can turn exceptional with a visit to this Farmer’s Market in Valkyrie Plass where the local produce are on the exhibit, ready to be tried, purchased and enjoyed. Norway’s famous blueberries, sausages, cheeses and the Norwegian homemade waffles can be found in plenty here.

Solo Travel Destination: Oslo, Norway

 

 

 

  • Viking Market

Take back with you mementos of Norway’s Viking past with the traditional crafts that you can purchase at the Viking Market in Hovag. A tour of this market can be fascinating with market stalls and local craftsmen displaying the expertise and intricate skills of the erstwhile Vikings. There are traditional Viking delicacies to sample to your heart’s content as well.

Viking Market

 

 

  • Villvin Market

Three days in July sees this large market attracting a huge crowd to Risor for the handicrafts extravaganza it has to sell. It is known that over 100 craftsmen from Denmark, Sweden and Norway fly over to sell their products of ceramic, textile, glass, wood, leather, paper and wicker at the Villvin Market.

Villvin Market

 

 

  • Old Market

Dig into the treasure trove of Norwegian goods as you bustle into the Old Market of Fredrikstad – an old town close to the Swedish border. The beautiful historical town and the local community makes for a pleasant day of exploring and shopping in Norway. A perfect spot for shopping and relishing food, Old Market won’t disappoint you.

Old Market

 

 

 

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Côte d'Ivoire

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Ivory Coast: The Complete Guide

Côte d'Ivoire is a West African country with beach resorts, rainforests and a French-colonial legacy. Abidjan, on the Atlantic coast, is the country’s major urban center. Its modern landmarks include zigguratlike, concrete La Pyramide and St. Paul's Cathedral, a swooping structure tethered to a massive cross. 

Côte d'Ivoire is a stunner, shingled with starfish-studded sands, palm-tree forests and roads so orange they resemble strips of bronzing powder. This is a true tropical paradise, and a country that is striding towards economic progress – it's a nation that is fast modernising its lifestyle and culture, but managing to do so without losing its identity.

In the south, the Parc National de Taï hides secrets, species and nut-cracking chimps under the boughs of its trees, while the peaks and valleys of Man offer a highland climate, fresh air and fantastic hiking opportunities through tropical forests.

The beach resorts of low-key Assinie and arty Grand Bassam were made for weekend retreats from Abidjan, the capital in all but name, where lagoons wind their way between skyscrapers and cathedral spires pierce the blue heavens.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO IVORY COAST

Located in western sub-Saharan Africa, the Ivory Coast has a slightly cooler climate than neighboring countries, especially with its coastal border. Cities near the water often experience a tropical climate year round, but areas in the far north are semi-arid. The country has three distinct seasons. The warm and dry season spans from November until March. The hot and dry season starts in March and ends in May, while the hot and wet season lasts from June to October. Torrential flooding often accompanies heavy rains, which is why it is best to avoid this period when planning a visit to the West African nation. 

Mid-November to April is the dry season, and the most pleasant time to travel. You won’t have issues with blocked roads from floods, there are fewer malaria carrying mosquitoes and there are some excellent festivals on the agenda, such as the Fête de I’Abissa in Grand Bassam in November and the Fêtes des Masques held in the villages around Man in February.

The harmattan wind blows down from the Sahara from December, January, February and March. It can cool temperatures a little but be prepared for dusty haze and uncomfortable dryness, as well as reduced visibility for both photography and sightseeing.

The rainy season lasts from May to October, with rains the heaviest in the south from May to July, and the lowest average temperatures in August and September. If you’re planning to explore the west, June to October is best avoided, as the rains can cause roads and hiking paths to deteriorate with alarming speed.

 

 

 

 

GETTING TO IVORY COAST

By plane - Felix-Houphouet Boigny International Airport in Abidjan. The Felix-Houphouet Boigny International Airport has daily scheduled flights to and from Paris with Air France and Brussels with Brussels Airlines. There are also regular flights to other African capitals. The airport is a modern facility and increased security has shaken its old reputation as a place for travellers to be ripped off.

By train - The train journey between Abidjan and Ougadougou cuts through rebel territory and should not be attempted by foreign travellers.

By car - It is ill advised to try to enter Côte d'Ivoire from Guinea, Liberia, Mali or Burkina Faso.The Ghanaian border is fairly secure. If you enter at Elubo, you can easily catch a shared taxi to Aboisso and then a bus to Abidjan. There are about ten military check-points between the border and Abidjan so have your documents ready. If you do not have proper documentation of your inoculations at the border you will be forced to pay a small fine and they will give you an injection at an on-site clinic.

By bus - Buses run daily between Abidjan and Accra. The service is offered alternating between the STC (Ghana) and its Ivorian equivalent.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND IVORY COAST

Intercity travel in Côte d'Ivoire is usually more comfortable than travel in neighbouring West African countries. The roads are generally in good condition and the bus service is relatively modern. The downside is the very frequent military checkpoints which add hours to a trip. Though the stops are a hassle, Ivorian soldiers tend to be quite professional and don't hassle non-French Western travellers. Soldiers in Ghana, for example, are much more likely to demand a bribe than in Côte d'Ivoire. Most Western governments recommend that their citizens steer clear of Côte d'Ivoire. This should be taken particularly seriously by people who are not travelling on French passports. An Ivorian soldier's attitude towards you will change very quickly when and if you explain that you are not French. Travelling around Abidjan is easiest when you have your own vehicle. The roads are very good and the traffic rules are obeyed to the T, except some taxi drivers who steer everywhere on the road. Lane discipline and traffic lights are followed with rigour. Taxis are a great and easy way to get around in Abidjan. Just look for an orange coloured car and flag it down. Fares are very cheap: USD2–5 depending on the length of the journey. Always bargain before you get into the taxi. Overall however, they are reasonably priced, unlike in Accra.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN IVORY COAST

 

  • Hotel Residence Berah​

Set in Yamoussoukro, 1.4 km from UNOCI, Hotel Residence Berah offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 1.4 km from ONUCI Banbat and 2.6 km from Mosque, the property provides a garden and massage services. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and currency exchange for guests. At the resort all rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Hotel Residence Berah can enjoy a à la carte breakfast. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro is 3.4 km from Hotel Residence Berah.

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  • La Rose Blanche

Set in Abidjan, 4.2 km from University of Felix Houphouet-Boigny, La Rose Blanche offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a fitness centre and a bar. 6 km from St. Paul's Cathedral and 6 km from National Museum of Abidjan, the property features a shared lounge and a garden. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests. At the resort, each room is equipped with a balcony. At La Rose Blanche every room includes a desk and a flat-screen TV. The accommodation offers a continental or buffet breakfast. La Rose Blanche offers a terrace. The resort provides an ironing service, as well as business facilities like fax and photocopying. Abidjan Mall is 7 km from La Rose Blanche, while Presidential Palace is 8 km away.

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  • Hotel Belle Cote

Hotel Bellecote offers accommodation in Abidjan. The resort has a year-round outdoor pool, children's playground and terrace, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Every room at this resort is air conditioned and features a TV. Certain rooms have a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Rooms are equipped with a private bathroom equipped with a bath.

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  • Assinie Lodge

Assinie Lodge features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and garden in Assinie. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. A continental breakfast is available daily at the resort. Assinie Lodge offers a terrace. The accommodation can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area.

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  • Hotel Bonheur

Hotel Bonheur features a restaurant, free bikes, a bar and shared lounge in Zouan-Hounien. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Free private parking is available and the resort also offers bike hire for guests who want to explore the surrounding area. The resort will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a dishwasher, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and dvd player. The units will provide guests with a desk and a coffee machine. Hotel Bonheur offers a continental or buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers a terrace. You can play table tennis at Hotel Bonheur, and car hire is available.

A bed or beds in a room at Hotel Bonheur

 

 

 

  • Hotel Residence Berah

Set in Yamoussoukro, 1.4 km from UNOCI, Hotel Residence Berah offers accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a bar. 1.4 km from ONUCI Banbat and 2.6 km from Mosque, the property provides a garden and massage services. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, a shared kitchen and currency exchange for guests. At the resort all rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV. Guests at Hotel Residence Berah can enjoy a à la carte breakfast. The accommodation offers a sun terrace. The Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro is 3.4 km from Hotel Residence Berah.

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  • African Queen Lodge

African Queen Lodge has a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a shared lounge and garden in Assinie. All rooms boast a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. The accommodation features a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi. At the hotel, rooms have a patio. A continental breakfast is available each morning at African Queen Lodge. The accommodation offers a children's playground. You can play table tennis at African Queen Lodge, and the area is popular for canoeing.

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  • Hotel Coucoue Lodge

Hotel Coucoue Lodge features a restaurant, outdoor swimming pool, a bar and shared lounge in Assinie. With a garden, the property also has a private beach area, as well as a terrace. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, airport transfers, room service and free WiFi. The rooms at Coucoué Lodge are located in three nearby locations: Le Coucoué Lodge, Le Lodge by Coucoué and the beach side. Breakfast is served at the main restaurant of the Coucoué Lodge or at the Lodge by Coucoué. A free lagoon shuttle, operated by our team, is available 24/7 to cross the lagoon and reach the various sites in 5 minutes. The accommodation offers a children's playground. You can play billiards, table tennis, and tennis at Hotel Coucoue Lodge.

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  • Hotel O Sole Mio​

Offering a restaurant and a private beach area, Hotel O Sole Mio is located in Abidjan. Free Wi-Fi access is available. Rooms will provide you with air conditioning. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with free toiletries. At Hotel O Sole Mio you will find a garden and a bar, water sport facilities on site and a laundry. An array of activities can be enjoyed on site or in the surroundings, including horse riding, cycling and diving. The property offers free parking.

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  • Heden Golf Hotel

Offering views of the sea and pool, Heden Golf Hotel is set in Abidjan. The hotel has a year-round outdoor pool. Guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and features a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain units have a seating area for your convenience. Every room comes with a private bathroom. Extras include bath robes and slippers. There is free shuttle service at the property. You can play tennis at this hotel, and car hire is available.

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THINGS TO DO  & PLACES TO GO IN IVORY COAST

 

  • Parc National de Taï​

Parc National de Taï, a primary rainforest and a Unesco World Heritage site since 1982, is one of West Africa's largest reserves for wildlife. Visitors can enjoy hiking treks through the rainforest and witness the massive biodiversity that the park has to offer, including its nut-cracking chimpanzees, who are known for their use of primitive tools.

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  • Galerie Cécile Fakhoury

An absolute trove of African contemporary art, this cubical, 600-sq-metre gallery features the best of the continent's artists, from sculpture and painting to photography. Check the website for individual exhibitions or just explore what's on at the time. A real gem of a place.

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  • La Pyramide

Some of the buildings of Le Plateau are as breathtaking up close as from a distance. La Pyramide, designed by the Italian architect Rinaldo Olivieri and built between 1970 and 1973, was the first daring structure and is considered a highlight of African modernism in architecture. A concrete pyramid striped horizontally with balconies, it rests upon a gigantic cubic pillar, lifting itself over the city's skyline. The building housed expats and other Abidjan elite in the body of the pyramid, while the ground floor was reserved for commercial purposes. It deteriorated significantly in the 1990s, however, when it was deserted at the onset of political troubles. It is still waiting for renovation.

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  • Basilica

Yamoussoukro's spectacular basilica will leave you wide-eyed. Based on the Basilica of St Peter in the Vatican and designed by Lebanese architect Pierre Fakhoury, it was constructed between 1985 and 1989, with Italian marble and 7000 sq metres of French stained glass specially imported to build it. The nave is a luminous harmony of columns, with a flamboyant altar taking centre stage. There are well-informed English-speaking guides on duty who will take you around the dome and the grounds.

Basilica of Our Lady of Peace, Ivory Coast: The Complete Guide

 

 

 

  • Presidential Palace

The presidential palace, where Houphouët-Boigny is now buried, can only be seen from afar, but visitors come to see the sacred crocodiles that live in the lake on its southern side. The keeper tosses them some meat around 5pm, touching off an impressive feeding frenzy. Otherwise, the dozens of sleepy reptiles laze away while curious onlookers take photos. But keep your distance: in 2012, a veteran keeper was killed by one of the creatures.

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  • Le Mechoui

In an elegant setting that overlooks the lagoon, Le Mechoui serves fantastic Lebanese food. All the ingredients are fresh, the taste is top-notch, and the choice of the meze is simultaneously authentic and imaginative. Try the lamb tartare, tangy tabbouleh and the classic, creamy hummus – and a serving of hot Lebanese bread. Run by a local Lebanese family.

Le Mechoui | Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Restaurants - Lonely Planet

 

 

  • Parc du Banco

On the northwest edge of town is the cool and shaded Parc du Banco rainforest reserve. It has pleasant walking trails, majestic trees and a lake, but you'll be lucky to see any wildlife. Rangers are also on hand to give you a guided tour (CFA3000).

Parc du Banco | Afro Tourism

 

 

  • Marché de Treichville

The Marché de Treichville is an ugly, Chinese-built building, but inside it's African to the core and incredibly well stocked, from food to household products and secondhand clothing. There is little you can't find here.

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  • Fête de l'Abissa

This week-long ceremony honouring the dead offers a great opportunity to witness local traditions.

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  • Silacoro

This celebrated village is famous for its stilt dancing. It's found 110km north of Man.

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  • Musée National du Costume

This museum, located in the former governor's palace, has a nice little exhibit showing the clothing styles of various ethnic groups and a photographic account of the city's (and the country's) time under colonial France. The knowledgeable local guides make the exhibit come alive.

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  • Nick Amon's Art Gallery

One of Côte d'Ivoire's most respected contemporary artists, Amon will greet you with paint-splattered clothing and a warm smile. His canvases start at around CFA50,000; profits go to an organisation that offers art classes to street kids.

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  • Cathedrale St Paul

Designed by Italian architect Aldo Spiritom, the Cathedrale St Paul is a bold and innovative modern cathedral. The stained glass is as warm and rich as that inside the Yamoussoukro Basilica.

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  • La Cascade

The area around Man is known for La Cascade, a crashing waterfall 5km from town that hydrates a bamboo forest. You walk a pretty paved path to reach it. Locals come here to swim and visitors are welcome to join in.

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  • Musée National

The national museum houses a dusty but interesting collection of traditional art and craftwork, including wooden statues and masks, pottery, ivory and bronze.

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  • Galerie d'Arts Pluriels

This fantastic art gallery and shop is run by an Ivoirian art historian. You can view and buy paintings, sculptures and jewellery from all over the continent.

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  • Drogba Beach

A nice and simple maquis on the beach, popular with local families at the weekends. Rustic Ivoirian food is served at the simple wooden terrace.

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TIISTAI, 14. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

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The world’s most northerly capital combines colourful buildings, quirky, creative people, eye-popping design, wild nightlife and a capricious soul.

History

You can get a full primer on Icelandic history right in central Reykjavík, from its Settlement Exhibition built around the unearthed Viking longhouse of the area's earliest inhabitants to the enormous National Museum, keeper of the country's most precious artefacts. In the Old Harbour you can enthrall the kids at a high-octane Saga Museum, or learn about the area's maritime history. And, as you make your way around, try to slip behind the shiny tourist-centric veneer to find today's people, who mix aesthetic-minded ingenuity with an almost quaint, know-your-neighbours sense of community.

Food & Nightlife

Reykjavík is strikingly cosmopolitan for its size. It's merely a town by international standards, compared with London or Paris, yet it's loaded with captivating art, rich culinary choices, and cool cafes and bars. The capital has seen a recent surge in restaurant openings, many of the highest standard, and expressing all manner of culinary creativity. Cafes by day turn into restaurants and bars at night. Tapas-style dining, high-concept Icelandic cuisine and burger joints all rub shoulders. Then join the late-night party. The music scene is epic: excellent festivals, creative DJs gigging and any number of home-grown bands.

Art & Design

The capital's art museums, shops and galleries are a perfect insight into contemporary city life. They include outstanding exhibition spaces, such as the Reykjavík Art Museum and National Gallery, as well as shops featuring cutting-edge Icelandic design. Edgy contemporary art galleries such as those in the Marshall House showcase emerging and internationally famous Icelandic artists. Reykjavík also presents the chance to see Icelandic cinema with English subtitles. Or, wander the streets photographing creative graffiti and public art installations, like the ever-popular seaside Sun Voyager sculpture, which changes guises along with the light.

Great Outdoors

Even if you come to Reykjavík for a short visit, be sure to take a trip to the countryside. Tours and services abound, and understanding Reykjavík and its people is helped by understanding the vast, raw land they anchor. The majority of Icelanders live in the capital, but you can guarantee their spirits also roam free across the land. Absorb what you see, hear, taste, smell – all part of Iceland's rich heritage. Take Reykjavík, then add its snow-topped mountains, churning seas and crystal-clear air, and the chances are you'll fall helplessly in love, heading home already saving to return.

 

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO GO TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

 The best time to visit Reykjavik is from June to August. Not only can you enjoy the balmy temps (for Iceland, at least), but you'll also experience long days (think: up to 21 hours of sunlight ... a phenomenon dubbed "midnight sun").

 

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 52.1°F (11.2°C) and 31.5°F (-0.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Reykjavik, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 52.1°F (11.2°C) and 34.2°F (1.2°C), which will feel chilly given the humidity and wind. Tourism is fairly slow during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Reykjavik to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 40.4°F (4.7°C) and 31.5°F (-0.3°C). These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO GO IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Inevitably, most people get their first taste of Iceland at Reykjavík, rubbing shoulders with over half the country’s population. It may be small, but what Reykjavík lacks in size it more than makes up for in stylish bars, restaurants and shops, and the nightlife is every bit as wild as it’s cracked up to be: during the light summer nights, the city barely sleeps. Reykjavík also makes a good base for visiting the Golden Circle: Geysir, the original geyser, the ancient parliament site of Þingvellir and spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss. You can also easily access the famous and sublime Blue Lagoon. Beyond Reykjavík, Route 1, the Ringroad, runs out to encircle the island, and the wilder side of Iceland soon shows itself – open spaces of vivid green edged by unspoiled coastlines of red and black sands, all set against a backdrop of brooding hills and mountains.

 

 

 

 

 GETTING TO REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

BY PLANE - Flying is the fastest way to get to Iceland. Virtually all international flights land at Keflavík International Airport, about 31 mi (50 km) from Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik. As of today, over 25 airlines operate scheduled flights to Iceland. Typical flight times are 3-4 hours from Europe and 5-6 hours from the U.S.

BY BOAT - If you wish to take your own vehicle to Iceland, car ferry transport from Denmark is a great alternative. Norröna Ferry (operated by Smyril Line) sets sail once a week from Hirtshals, Denmark and travels to Seyðisfjörður in eastern Iceland. Along the way, the ferry stops in the Faroe Islands, giving you the opportunity to explore the archipelago either on your way to or from Iceland.

CRUISES - Iceland is fast becoming a popular cruise ship destination, especially for transatlantic journeys. Passengers who dock in Iceland have the option to take shore trips that usually last a day or two. Cruise lines like Holland America Line, Hurtigruten, Princess Cruises, and Norwegian Cruise Line stop in Iceland.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

Foot -  The best way to see compact central Reykjavík.

Bus -  Excellent coverage in the city centre and environs, and runs 7am until 11pm or midnight daily (from 11am on Sunday). A limited night-bus service runs until 4.30am on Friday and Saturday.

Bicycle - Reykjavík has a steadily improving network of cycle lanes; ask the Main Tourist Office for a map. You are allowed to cycle on pavements as long as you don’t cause pedestrians problems.

Boat - The Viðey Ferry  to Viðey island takes five minutes from Skarfabakki, 4.5km east of the city centre. During summer, two boats a day also start from Elding at the Old Harbour and the Harpa concert hall. Bus 16 stops at Skarfabakki, and it's a point on the Reykjavík hop-on, hop-off tour bus.

Car & Motorcycle -  A car is unnecessary in Reykjavík as it’s so easy to explore on foot and by bus. Car and camper hire for the countryside are available at both airports, the BSÍ bus terminal and some city locations.

Taxi - Taxi prices are high. Flagfall starts at around 700kr. Tipping is not required. From BSÍ bus terminal to Harpa concert hall costs about 2200kr. From Mjódd bus termimal it's about 4300kr. There are usually taxis outside bus stations, airports and bars on weekend nights (huge queues for the latter), plus on Bankastræti near Lækjargata.

 

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

 

  •  Hotel Viking 

This Viking-themed hotel is housed in the same building as the West Nordic Culture House, in the seaside town of Hafnarfjordur. Parking, WiFi and access to a sauna and hot tub are all free. Décor and furnishings in Hotel Viking’s guest rooms are inspired from Iceland’s history and culture. Satellite TV and a coffee/tea maker are found in each room. Some also offer sea and harbour views. Traditional, regional cuisine is served in the cosy Valhalla Restaurant. An old-fashioned Viking feast can be enjoyed in Viking Restaurant. Hotel Viking also offers a cold, Icelandic breakfast. The Keflavik International Airport shuttle bus stops directly in front of Viking Hotel. Reykjavik’s city centre, 10 km away, can be reached in less than 15 minutes by bus.

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  • Camp Boutique - Original North

Camp Boutique - Original North is quietly situated on the countryside in Húsavík, on the bank of the Skjálfandafljót river. It provides accommodation with free WiFi access and a garden. The daily breakfast offers continental options. The property offers a terrace. Húsavík is 32 km from Camp Boutique - Original North. The nearest airport is Húsavík Airport, 23 km from the accommodation.

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  • Reykjavik Road Hotel by Nordurey

Situated just 15 minutes’ drive from Reykjavik in the town of Hafnarfjordur, this hotel offers bright guest rooms that are soundproofed. There is also a lounge and bar area on site. Both WiFi and private parking are free. Guests at Norðurey Hotel Reykjavik Road can choose either guest room or studio accommodation. All include a private bathroom, cable TV and a work desk. The area surrounding Norðurey Hotel Reykjavik Road provides golf and horseback riding opportunities, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The on-site tour desk will gladly arrange area tours. A local bus stops directly in front of the hotel, while the Blue Lagoon is a 20-minute drive away.

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  • Fosshotel Nupar

Situated off the Route 1 highway, Fosshotel Nupar offers panoramic views of Vatnajokull’s lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Skaftafell National Park is 45 km away. Each heated guest room at Fosshotel Nupar has a work desk and private bathroom with shower. Some rooms include a seating area. Guests can enjoy Icelandic dishes at the in-house restaurant. The bar is ideal for a relaxing drink in the evening. Staff can help arrange guided area tours during summer. A supermarket, petrol station and geothermal outdoor pool are 25 km away, in Kirkjubæjarklaustur village.

 

 

 

  • Hotel Laxnes

Located in the coastal town of Mosfellsbaer, this hotel is just off Iceland’s scenic Ring Road. Central Reykjavik is 10 minutes’ drive away. Both Wi-Fi and on-site private parking are free. Each guest room at Hotel Laxnes features a seating area, work desk and TV. Some also have a kitchenette and a balcony with scenic views. The spacious rooms are simply, yet comfortably decorated. Daily specials, light meals and refreshments can be enjoyed in Laxnes’s restaurant and bar. Staff will gladly help to arrange area activities such as horse riding, fishing and kayaking. Whale watching tours and jeep safaris are also common.

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  • Hótel Húsafell

Featuring a golf course and outdoor hot tubs, this contemporary hotel offers unique opportunities to relax among the lush landscape of Húsafell. Free WiFi access is available. Each room here will provide you with a TV, a minibar and cable channels. Featuring a bath or shower, the private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Extras include a desk, safety deposit box and bed linen. At Hótel Húsafell you will find a 24-hour front desk, a garden and bar. The in-house restaurant offers an array of nordic and international dishes. Other facilities offered at the property include meeting facilities, a tour desk and luggage storage. Relaxing in geothermal pools, hiking, cycling and horse riding can be enjoyed in the surroundings. Thingvellir, a UNESCO listed national park, is 105 km away. Borgarnes is 65 km away. Reykjavík Domestic Airport is 130 km away. Keflavík International Airport is 174 km away.

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  • Hotel South Coast

Located in Selfoss, Hotel South Coast features a restaurant, fitness centre, bar, and free WiFi throughout the property. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a spa centre and a sauna. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, a concierge service and organising tours for guests. Guest rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer and a desk. At the hotel each room is fitted with a private bathroom with free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Hotel South Coast. The nearest airport is Reykjavík Domestic Airport, 58 km from Hotel South Coast.

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  • Fosshotel Hellnar

This award-winning, eco-friendly hotel is on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, 6 km from Iceland’s famous Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano. It offers free Wi-Fi, along with hiking, horse riding and glacier tours. Flat-screen TVs with satellite channels, private bathrooms and mountain or sea views are standard room features at Hotel Hellnar. Hellnar’s restaurant serves traditional Icelandic dinners and organic wines and beers. In warmer weather, guests can sit out on the terrace and admire the clear waters of Faxaflói Bay. The library lounge offers a chance for rest and reflection. Snæfellsjökull National Park Visitor Centre is next to the hotel. Hellnar Hotel is a Green Globe-certified property, committed to environmental sustainability.

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  • Hótel Fransiskus Stykkishólmi

Set in Stykkishólmur, Hótel Fransiskus Stykkishólmi has a bar, shared lounge, terrace, and free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms come with a TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, free toiletries and a desk. At the hotel, all rooms are fitted with a seating area. Guests at Hótel Fransiskus Stykkishólmi can enjoy a continental or a buffet breakfast.

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  • T10 Hotel Iceland

T10 Hotel Iceland is set in Hafnarfjördur, 8 km from Reykjavík and 31 km from Keflavík. Guests are offered free WiFi, parking and breakfast. There is a public bus station only 200 m away. The rooms have a flat-screen TV. Some units have a seating area for your convenience. Each room comes with a private bathroom. For your comfort, you will find free toiletries and a hair dryer. There is a shared kitchen and lounge at the property. Public bus tickets and tours can be purchased at the hotel tour desk. The nearest airport is Reykjavík Domestic Airport, 6 km from T10 Hotel Iceland.

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  • Fosshotel Eastfjords

This design hotel is located in Fáskrúdsfjördur village in Iceland’s Eastfjords region. It offers free parking and tastefully decorated rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi access. A work desk and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer feature in all rooms at Fosshotel Eastfjords. The harbour-front hotel has a restaurant located on a floating pier. Refreshing drinks can be enjoyed in the bar. Reydafjördur village is a 20-minute drive from Eastfjords Fosshotel. Egilsstadir village is 50 km away.

 

 

  • Hótel Vellir

Hótel Vellir is situated on the outskirts of the capital city and only 38 km from the airport. Near to mountains, lakes and possible views of the Nordic Lights, this hotel features a bar and free WiFi. Keilir Golf Club is located along the coastline, and is a 5-minute drive away. Only few meters from the hotel is the biggest thermal pool in Iceland. Rooms here offer a satellite flat-screen TV and parquet floors. Each has a private bathroom with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Guests can go swimming at Ásvallalaug Thermal Pool Centre located 350 m away, where a fitness centre is also found. Buses stopping next to Vellir Hótel link with the centre of Reykjavík. Keflavik International Airport is 39 km away.

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  • Arnarstapi Hotel

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Arnarstapi Hotel offers accommodation in Snæfellsbær. The Cliffs of Arnarstapi and the village port are just a few minutes' walk away. Snæfellsjökull National Park Visitor Center is just 10 km away. For your comfort, each room has a private bathroom with free toiletries and a hairdryer. A breakfast buffet is served daily at the property between March and October. The rest of the year guests can enjoy a breakfast bag. Gatklettur rock formation is 220 m away from the hotel. Bárðar Saga Snæfellsáss Statue is 400 m away. Ólafsvík town centre is 37 km away from Arnarstapi Hotel.

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  • Hvassahraun Cabin by the Sea

Located in Vogar in the Reykjanes region, Hvassahraun Cabin by the Sea has a patio and garden views. This villa features a garden, barbecue facilities, free WiFi and free private parking. The villa is equipped with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen with dishwasher and microwave, and 1 bathroom with a shower, a hairdryer and a washing machine. A terrace is available on site and hiking can be enjoyed within close proximity of the villa. Reykjavík is 23 km from Hvassahraun Cabin by the Sea, while Keflavík is 29 km away. The nearest airport is Reykjavík Domestic Airport, 25 km from the accommodation.

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  • Fosshotel Stykkisholmur

Situated by the sea in the fishing village of Stykkisholmur, Hotel Stykkisholmur offers free Wi-Fi and brightly decorated rooms with a TV. Stykkisholms Golf Club is 100 m away. All the guest rooms at Stykkisholmur Hotel have a work desk and a private bathroom with shower. Many rooms have impressive views of the ocean. The in-house restaurant offers sea views and often serves the daily local catch, such as monk fish, cod or halibut. A Scandinavian breakfast buffet is served each morning. The mineral baths at Sundlaug Stykkisholms can be found right next to the hotel. Guests can experience fjord sightseeing trips with boats leaving from the harbour, 700 m away.

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  • Litlabjarg Guesthouse

Located in Hrafnabjorg, Litlabjarg Guesthouse features a shared lounge, garden, BBQ facilities, and free WiFi. Featuring a shared kitchen, this property also provides guests with a terrace. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the guest house, each room has a desk, a flat-screen TV and a shared bathroom. Guest rooms include a wardrobe. Guests at Litlabjarg Guesthouse will be able to enjoy activities in and around Hrafnabjorg, like hiking. The nearest airport is Egilsstaðir Airport, 28 km from the accommodation.

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  • Kirkjufell Guesthouse and Apartments

Kirkjufell Guesthouse and Apartments is offering accommodation in Grundarfjordur. Among the facilities at this property are a shared kitchen and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge.

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  • Fosshotel Husavik

Situated in the heart of Husavik town centre, Fosshotel Husavik offers free parking and guest rooms with satellite TV. The whale watching boats depart from Husavik Harbour, 1 km away. All guest rooms at Fosshotel Husavik feature a seating area and a private bathroom with shower. Some rooms include marine-themed décor. Guests can enjoy the in-house restaurant. The hotel has a 24-hour reception for guests’ convenience. WiFi access is also available. The tour desk can help with different excursions. Lake Myvatn is a 45-minute drive away. The Dettifoss Water Fall is a 1-hour drive from the hotel.

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  • B59 Hotel

Featuring a bar and a restaurant, B59 Hotel is located in Borgarnes. This 4-star hotel offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. Impressive sea and mountain views can be enjoyed from the hotel. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath or shower. A buffet breakfast is served each morning at the property. A spa and fitness centre are found on site. Reykjavík is 67 km from B59 Hotel.

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  • Fosshótel Reykholt

Fosshotel Reykholt is only a few minutes’ drive from the hot springs of Deildartunguhver and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. It offers free parking and WiFi. All rooms at Reykholt Fosshotel have a desk and a private bathroom. Some include a seating area. Traditional Icelandic cuisine and international dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients are served in Fosshotel’s restaurant. Attractions such as the Ice cave at Langjökull Glacier, the Surtshellir lava caves and the Hallmundarhraun lava field are all close by from Fosshotel Reykholt. Borgarnes is 30 minutes' drive away.

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ACTIVITIES TO DO & PLACES TO GO IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

There are plenty of ways to save money during your visit to Iceland, including during your stay in the cozy capital city of Reykjavik. Home to just 125,000 people, Reykjavik is a small city that is bustling with life and activities all year round. It’s artsy, cute, fun, and just filled with an awesome energy! Whether you’re visiting Reykjavik on a weekend city break or planning to head out and explore the entire country, there are plenty of ways to save money during your stint in the city!

To help you do that, here are things to do & places to go in and around Iceland’s awesome capital:

 

 

 

  • Whale Watching Tour

Iceland is surrounded by ocean, and for tourists, whale watching is one of the most popular things to do. The excursions provide up-close encounters with humpback and minke whales. You will likely see other wildlife on the tours such as dolphins. Several tour companies, including Elding, Special Tours, and Whale Safari, run regular trips out of the Old Harbour. Depending on the time of year that you visit, there could be specialized tours available, like those offered during months where there is midnight sun (June-August) with trips that depart late at night.

Red Lava Riding & Whale Watching | Sólhestar Horse Rent

 

 

 

  • Take a Free Walking Tour

One of the best ways to start a trip to a new city is to take a walking tour. You’ll get to see the main sights, learn some history, and acclimatize to the culture. Plus, you have a local expert who you can ask questions to, which is an invaluable resource in and of itself!

The best and most interesting walking tour in Reykjavík | Hit Iceland

 

 

 

  • Take Silfra Rift snorkeling Tour

The Silfra Rift is one of the best scuba diving spots on Earth, if you're not a certified diver don't worry! You'll be able to experience water at its clearest on a snorkeling excursion in Silfra! Snorkeling excursion in Silfra is designed for everyone. You just need to feel comfortable in the water and be able to swim. Being ready for a fantastic snorkeling adventure is a plus. This amazing outing in Silfra will allow you to swim between two continental plates. Get ready to be surrounded by the astonishing clarity of the water and the breathtaking colors of this underwater world. If you are staying at Reykjavík the guides can pick you up at your accommodation, or you can choose to meet them at Thingvellir National Park. If you decide to ride with them, on the one-hour drive, your guide will share all the background info. about the unique geology and cultural history of Silfra as well as the surrounding area of the Thingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once you've reached Silfra, your guide will provide you with all the equipment you will need: a wetsuit, a mask, and a breathing tube. Your guide will then explain to you how to use this equipment and how to stay safe and comfortable during your 30 to 40-minute snorkeling outing in the Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. Snorkeling in Silfra will allow you to explore the four main parts of Silfra. Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section is where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them! The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall where the full spectrum of Silfra’s colors and clarity become clearer. If you take some time to find the perfect angel, you'll be able to see all the way to Thingvallavatn, over 150 m. away. Further on, and almost reaching Thingvallavatn, you'll enter the Silfra Cathedral as the depth reaches 23 m.! The amazing outing will have its end at Silfra Lagoon.

Snorkeling in Iceland | Silfra Snorkeling | Extreme Iceland

 

 

 

  • Hallgrímskirkja Church

The most prominent landmark in Reykjavik is Hallgrímskirkja church in the city's center. Since it can be seen from almost anywhere in Reykjavik, it is an easy way to navigate and it should be one of your first stops. The national monument is as stunning on the inside as it is on the outside. It was built as a tribute to Icelandic poet, Hallgrimur Petursson. The magnificent 25-ton pipe organ inside the church is one of its most notable features. Construction on the Hallgrimskirkja church took more than 40 years, and it has become a symbol of Reykjavik. After you explore the main chapel, buy a token in the gift shop and ride the elevator up almost 74 meters to the steeple. This is the best view of the city.

Hallgrímskirkja church : Reykjavik : Travel Guide : Nordic Visitor

 

 

 

  • Stroll Around Downtown Reykjavik

Plan some time during your visit to Reykjavik to explore the downtown area. It is unlike any downtown scene you have ever experienced. Instead of kitschy souvenir shops, you will find independent boutiques selling unique items, like Icelandic wool clothing and volcanic rock pottery. Take your time to enjoy the shops and fine eateries serving up traditional fare. Let your stroll take you to the waterfront walkway to feel the ocean breeze and observe the fine art and architecture in the city. In the late afternoon, position yourself near the waterfront Solfar sculpture to enjoy one of the most majestic sunsets you will see in Iceland.

Three Bookstores to Visit in Downtown Reykjavik | Iceland Naturally

 

 

 

  • Harpa

Even if you do not attend a concert at the Harpa concert hall, this extraordinary landmark is one of the best places to visit in Reykjavik. The award-winning architecture of the building is uniquely artistic. The honeycomb exterior is eye-catching in the daylight and mesmerizing at night as the windows change in a rainbow of colors.  There are two restaurants inside serving authentic Icelandic food, and the small gift shop sells unique gifts, many from local artists. If you can catch a concert in Harpa, plan on extra time before or after to enjoy dinner and a stroll by the water around the venue.

Tour the Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavik, Iceland — No Destinations

 

 

 

  • Thermal Pools

One of the top things to do in Reykjavik is to relax in the public thermal pools. The 17 pools located around the city are filled with Iceland's natural geothermal water. The thermal pools are Reykjavik's community meeting spots that provide a natural therapy for the mind and soul. These communal pools are an important part of the Icelandic culture and one way for you to truly immerse yourself in the customs of the country, not to mention the healing qualities from soaking in them. If you have time, be sure to take a day trip to the Blue Lagoon for the ultimate thermal pool experience.

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is as cool as you want it to be. Plus ...

 

 

 

  •  The Settlement Exhibition

One of the best ways to acclimate yourself to Icelandic culture is with a visit to The Settlement Exhibition museum. The museum is operated by the Reykjavik City Museum, but it is located in a separate building and requires a couple of hours to visit. Guided tours are available, but the museum layout makes it easy to explore on your own. Learn about the first Vikings settlement in Reykjavik through preserved archaeological artifacts. Digital interactive displays take you back several centuries to experience primitive Icelandic life and give you a new appreciation for the Viking influences that you will see throughout the city.

Reykjavik 871+/-2 | ART+COM Studios

 

 

 

  • Day Trip to Mount Esja

The majestic presence of Mount Esja in the distance of Reykjavik is one of the best day trips you can take during your visit. Enjoy Iceland's fresh air by hiking one of the main trails around the mountain. Each path up the mountain is marked with signs indicating the level of difficulty. Mount Esja is suitable for both casual hikers and extreme day trippers. You can hike to the top, at 914 meters, and sign the guestbook, or turn around at the more common stopping point just short of the peak at a rock called Steinn. Take note that the path beyond the Steinn is rather difficult, so only experienced climbers and hikers should attempt it.

Mount Esja | Visit Reykjavík | Babymoon, Ijsland

 

 

 

  • Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders

The Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders is a stunning building with new, state-of-the-art exhibits focusing on the many natural wonders of the country, from the cliffs and volcanos to the sea life around the island. One of the most impressive exhibits is a replicated ice cave that you can explore at a chilling 14 degrees Fahrenheit. The glacier exhibition examines the history of glaciers in Iceland, as well as the future outlook for these natural wonders. The Perlan planetarium is an immersive audio-visual experience where you can experience the Northern Lights even if you do not get to see them in the countryside during your visit. When you visit Perlan, head to the observation deck for a 360-degree panoramic view of Reykjavik.

Wonders of Iceland at Perlan | Iceland Excursion

 

 

 

  • Old Harbour Area

Strolling through the Old Harbour area of Reykjavik gives you a true sense of Icelandic culture. This section of the city has some of the best views of the bay and Mount Esja. It is also the departure point for whale watching tours and puffin excursions. Many of the vibrant colored buildings in the Old Harbour district are renovated fishing sheds that are repurposed into stores, cafes, and restaurants. There is an eclectic energy in the Old Harbour from the collision of historical Scandinavian influence and a hip and modern flare.

Iceland Magazine guide to the Old Harbour area | Icelandmag

 

 

  • Arbaer Open Air Museum

The Arbaer Open Air Museum is a small village with more than 20 historical Icelandic homes for you to explore. Walk the grounds to see how village homes were built over the years and take a peek inside for a glimpse of authentic Icelandic life. This is an interactive way to learn about the unique history of Iceland as you walk through this restored village and farm. After exploring the exhibits, stop by Dillon's House for a cup of coffee and take a minute to enjoy the surrounding landscape.

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  •  Videy Island

The allure of Videy Island is almost too difficult to resist. Thankfully, you can visit the island and enjoy a spectacular view of the Snaefellsnes peninsula and the mainland. This island is significant because it was one of the first areas settled in Iceland. The natural elements, from wildlife to vegetation, are abundant, making this a favorite spot for photographers, artists, and those looking to soak up the peaceful natural beauty of Iceland. There are several trails available for both pedestrians and cyclists. A point of interest during your visit to Videy Island is the Imagine Peace Tower artwork by Yoko Ono.

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  • Bruarfoss Waterfall

You do not have to go far to experience one of the most breathtaking waterfalls in Iceland. The Bruarfoss waterfall in Reykjavik showcases natural blue water in a color that does not seem real. The full waterfall is a series of cascades from converging springs. It is not surprising that the Bruarfoss is a popular waterfall to photograph. If you plan to visit, carve out time to get there because depending on weather conditions, the trails may be slippery and navigating is sometimes difficult. Pack a pair of sturdy shoes and you should be fine. The view of the waterfall is worth the extra room that the shoes will require in your suitcase.

The blue waterfall - Bruarfoss - Iceland | Smithsonian Photo ...

 

 

 

  • Grotta Lighthouse

The small Grotta Lighthouse on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula in north Reykjavik is a great spot to take in a sunset or just go for a morning walk. The lighthouse has been here since 1897, erected on farmland. It is a popular place for tourists to visit, mostly because of the views, but there are also great bird-watching opportunities. If you plan to visit the Grotta Lighthouse you will want to take into account the timing of the low and high tides.

Tourists in danger at Reykjavik lighthouse - Iceland Monitor

 

 

 

  • Volcano House

A small and quirky museum in Reykjavik that is worth visiting is the Volcano House. In the land of fire and ice, the presence of volcanos is an important part of life and history. The Volcano House is a great museum to learn about volcanic eruptions, which happen on the island about every five years. The Volcano House has mineral and geology exhibits, as well as a Volcano Cinema, where the fiery eruptions come to life. Be sure to stop into the gift shop where you will find minerals and lava jewelry for sale.

The Volcano House in Reykjavik, Iceland - The Volcano House

 

 

 

  • Reykjavik Maritime Museum

With so much of Reykjavik's history reliant on the maritime industry, a visit to the Reykjavik Maritime Museum puts much of the present-day culture into perspective. The museum is appropriately located in the Old Harbour. You will see exhibitions that showcase how early Icelandic settlers relied on fishing as their main industry. You will also see stories and artifacts that relate to the lives of Icelandic fishermen and women who cultivated this important industry for the country.

Reykjavík Maritime Museum - Wikipedia

 

 

  • National Museum

Artefacts from settlement to the modern age fill the creative display spaces of Iceland's superb National Museum. Exhibits give an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, and the free smartphone audio guide adds a wealth of detail. The strongest section describes the Settlement Era – including the rule of the chieftans and the introduction of Christianity – and features swords, drinking horns, silver hoards and a powerful bronze figure of Thor. The priceless 13th-century Valþjófsstaðir church door is carved with the story of a knight, his faithful lion and a passel of dragons. Upstairs, collections span from 1600 to today and give a clear sense of how Iceland struggled under foreign rule and finally gained independence. Simple objects utilise every scrap of materials; check out the gaming pieces made from cod ear bones, and the wooden doll that doubled as a kitchen utensil. There are free guided tours in English at 11am on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Entry also covers admission to the Culture House.

National Museum of Iceland - The Iceland Museum Guide

 

 

 

  • Reykjavík Art Museum

 The angular glass-and-wood Kjarvalsstaðir, which looks out onto Miklatun Park, is named for Jóhannes Kjarval (1885–1972), one of Iceland’s most popular classical artists. He was a fisherman until his crew paid for him to study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and his wonderfully evocative landscapes share space alongside changing installations of mostly Icelandic 20th-century paintings.

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WHERE TO SHOP IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

 

  • Fischer

Formally the recording studio of Icelandic musician Jónsi, best known as the Sigur Rós frontman, this concept store feels like walking through an immersive exhibition. Perfumes, Icelandic herbs, hand-crafted soap bars and candles, ethereal music and visual artwork play with all of the senses. The clever concept was developed by Jónsi's three sisters Ingibjörg, Lilja and Sigurrós, and most of the items are made by members of the family. Jónsi, long an avid maker of perfumes, still has his perfume organ in the basement and a specially made perfume for sale.

The Best Places to Shop in Reykjavík, Iceland | Here

 

 

  • 66° North - Top choice clothing in Laugavegur & Skólavörðustígur

Iceland’s premier outdoor-clothing company began by making all-weather wear for Arctic fishermen. This metamorphosed into costly, fashionable streetwear: jackets, fleeces, hats and gloves. Friendly staff can explain the different materials and their uses to help you make an educated choice. It has another city-centre store at Laugavegur 17. There are also boutiques in Kringlan and Smáralind shopping centres and Keflavík International Airport Duty Free.

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  • KronKron

This is where Reykjavík goes high fashion, with labels such as Marc Jacobs and Vivienne Westwood. But we really enjoy its Scandinavian designers (including Kron by KronKron) and the offering of silk dresses, knit capes, scarves and even woollen underwear. The handmade shoes are off the charts; they are also sold down the street at Kron.

Shopping In Reykjavík – Kronkron Store |

 

 

 

  • Kolaportið Flea Market

Kolaportið is a Reykjavík institution. Weekends see a huge industrial building by the harbour filled with a vast tumble of secondhand clothes, old toys and cheap imports. A food section sells traditional eats like rúgbrauð (geothermally baked rye bread) and brauðterta ('sandwich cake'; a layering of bread with mayonnaise-based fillings).

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  • Frú Lauga

Reykjavík's trailblazing farmers market sources its ingredients from all over the countryside, featuring treats such as skyr (Icelandic yoghurt) from Erpsstaðir, organic vegetables, rhubarb conserves, honey and meat. It also stocks a range of carefully curated international pastas, chocolates and wine.

Frú Lauga er á lausu

 

 

  • Kirsuberjatréð

Talented designers show their works at this long-running women’s art-and-design collective. Highlights include the bracelets and purses made from soft, supple, brightly coloured fish-skin leather, music boxes made from string, and, our favourite, beautiful coloured bowls made from radish slices.

Getting Crafty with Icelandic Locals – Kirsuberjatréð in Reykjavík ...

 

 

  • Handknitting Association of Iceland

Traditional handmade hats, socks and sweaters are sold at this knitting collective. You can also buy yarn, needles and knitting patterns and do it yourself. The association's smaller branch sells made-up items only.

Handknitting association of Iceland - Icelandic Times

 

 

  • Geysir

One of the city's best bets for traditional Icelandic clothing and unique modern designs. Geysir's menswear store boasts an elegant selection of sweaters and other clothes, blankets, shoes and bags.

OUR STORES – Geysir

 

 

  • Orrifinn

Orrifinn's subtle, beautiful jewellery captures the natural wonder of Iceland and its Viking history. Delicate anchors, axes and pen nibs dangle from understated matte chains. There are some workbenches here so you're likely to see the jewellers creating pieces.

Orrifinn (Reykjavik) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go ...

 

 

 

  • Mál og Menning

A friendly, well-stocked independent bookshop with a strong selection of English-language books offering insights to Iceland. It also sells maps, CDs, games and newspapers and has a good cafe.

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  • Rammagerðin

One of the city's better souvenir shops, Rammagerðin offers loads of woollens, crafts and collectibles. It also has branches at Skólavörðustígur 20, Bankastræti 9 and Keflavík International Airport.

Rammagerðin / Iceland Gift Store - Icelandic Times

 

 

 

MAANANTAI, 13. HEINÄKUUTA 2020
LISBON

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Seven cinematic hillsides overlooking the Rio Tejo cradle Lisbon's postcard-perfect panorama of cobbled alleyways, ancient ruins and white-domed cathedrals – a captivating scene crafted over centuries.

 

Beyond Bacalhau: Lisbon for Foodies

Dining in Lisbon is far more dynamic than navigating countless preparations of Portugal's beloved bacalhau (dried and salted cod fish; 365 recipes and counting!). While bacalhau à Brás (shredded cod with onions, eggs and potatoes; a Bairro Alto original) is never far, Lisbon's strategic seaside position on Europe's doorstep means a bounty of fresh seafood (octopus, tuna, monkfish, shrimp, sardines, clams, snails) rules the city's kitchens, from Michelin-starred restaurants to gourmet-food markets to countless corner tascas (taverns). Top-grade Alentejan beef beckons with juicy steaks and gourmet burgers, and you'll find everything from tantalising Indian curries to authentic Moroccan couscous in between.

Last Call, Lisbon!

Cheap booze and the absence of open-container laws means Lisbon loves a night on the town! Don't be fooled by Bairro's Alto's sleepy daytime feel – by night, these narrow cobbled lanes transform into one of Europe's most raucous drinking locales. Student dives, traditional fado houses, upscale wine bars and LGBT hot spots merrily coexist among the muddled mess. In Cais do Sodré, Pink Street and environs are home to some of the city's classic nightclubs and rowdiest cocktail bars, while trendier megaclubs stretch along the waterfront from Santos to Santa Apolónia. Last call? Sunrise!

The Great Lisbon Earthquake

You couldn't blame your average lisboêta for thinking of the Apocalypse when the ground gave way just before 10am on 1 November, 1755. What followed was eight astonishing minutes of city-shattering shaking spread across three tremors, followed 40 minutes later by a massive, city-engulfing tsunami, culminating in a week-long firestorm that incinerated what little was initially spared. Lisbon was decimated. Today, the modern city is shaped by these cataclysmic events – nearly everything is defined as before or after the earthquake – and the Pombaline architecture that defined post-quake Lisbon reconstruction was some of the first seismically protected building in Europe.

Miradouro Mania: Scenic City Views

Lisbon's trademark seven hills are spread across the cityscape like lofty guardians of colour and history. Capped by a collection of terraces known as miradouros (viewpoints), a must-see web of no-filter-necessary views over Lisbon, the Tejo and beyond is formed. Our favourite miradouros – Portas do Sol, São Pedro de Alcântara, da Graça, da Senhora do Monte, Santa Luzia and, of course, Castelo de São Jorge – all offer stunning spots to get your bearings and while away afternoons over bica (espresso), elegant glasses of Touriga Nacional or refreshing pitchers of sangria, while rubbernecking the city's stupendous horizons.

 

 

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT LISBON

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores.

 

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 78.4°F (25.8°C) and 63.1°F (17.3°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 4 to 6 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have very comfortable weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see the least precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Lisbon, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 82°F (27.8°C) and 59.8°F (15.4°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a significant amount: 2 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is too cold this time of year in Lisbon to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 63.5°F (17.5°C) and 58.4°F (14.7°C). On average, it rains or snows a fair amount: 6 to 8 times per month. These times of year are the second busiest with tourists.

 

 

 

GETTING TO LISBON

There are many ways to get to Lisbon and all of them are easy to use. With the airport just a few minutes from the centre of the city, stations with international rail links and various ports for cruise ships, there are many options for getting to the capital of Portugal. If you prefer to come by car, there are excellent roads from various points north and south along the border with Spain.

 

By Plane - Land at the Lisbon international airport which is just a mere 7 km from the centre of the city. Served by the main international airlines and just 3 hours away from the main European capitals, it is very easy to reach.

By Train - It is just as easy to reach the centre of the city. National and international trains arrive every day at Santa Apolónia station, which is very close to all the traditional neighbourhoods and Terreiro do Paço. But if you would like to add a unique architectural experience to your arrival, get off at Gare do Oriente, whose Calatrava-designed lines impress even those who see it every day.

By Boat - Those arriving by sea have one of the best views of Lisbon – from the river – and can moor in 3 different places, all near the centre. If you come by cruise ship, you can dock at Alcântara, Rocha Conde de Óbidos or Santa Apolónia. If you arrive by yacht, there are several marinas as you sail up the river. 

By Car - The best ways to enter Lisbon are via the A1 and A2, which both have national and international connections along their course. The landscape is beautiful and mobility around the region compensates the long hours of driving. After all, there is more to Lisbon than just city.

 

 

 

GETTING AROUND LISBON

Metro -  Lisbon's subway is the quickest way around; useful for Gare do Oriente and Parque das Nações. Runs from 6.30am to 1am.

Tram -  The best way to get up into hilltop neighbourhoods (Alfama, Castelo, Graça) and western neighbourhoods (Estrela, Campo de Ourique). Runs from 5am/6am to about 10pm/11pm.

Elevadores & Ascensors -  Lisbon's historic funiculars and elevators are the fastest way from lower neighbourhoods (Chiado, Baixa, Rossio) to hilltop neighbourhoods (Castelo, Glória, Graça).

Bicycle - Traffic, trams, hills, cobbles and disgruntled drivers make cycling a challenging prospect. There are pleasant rides along a bike lane beside the Rio Tejo, however. Gira is the city's bike-sharing scheme, with 48 stations around the city installed at the time of research and another 140 planned.

Biking in Lisbon - With its steep, winding hills and narrow, traffic-filled lanes, Lisbon may not seem like the ideal place to hop on a bicycle, though the city added a biking/jogging path in 2010, to the delight of pedallers. Coursing along the Rio Tejo for nearly 7km, the path connects Cais do Sodré with Belém, and has artful touches, including the poetry of Pessoa printed along parts of it. It passes beside a rapidly changing landscape, taking in ageing warehouses that are being converted into open-air cafes, restaurants and nightspots, as well as the Museu de Arte, Arquitetura e Tecnologia (MAAT). An additional path connecting Santa Apolónia with Parque das Nações, a 8km jaunt, was opened in 2013. The newest part of the path extends along the waterfront for another 5km from Belém to the Fortress of Caxias. A handy place to rent bikes is Bike Iberia, a short stroll from Cais do Sodré. True enthusiasts will also want to pick up their indispensable and extremely well done Lisbon Bike Map (€5; €3 for customers), which not only details all the bike trails in the Lisbon region, but notes terrain, inclines, points of interest and traffic etiquette. Those looking for a longer ride can bike out to Belém, catch the ferry to Trafaria, and then continue on another bike path (separate from traffic) that runs for about 6km down to the pretty beach of Costa da Caparica. Nature lovers should explore Parque Florestal de Monsanto, situated around 8.5km northwest of Cais do Sodré – self-guided GPS tour options are available from Bike Iberia.

Bus - Carris runs all transport in Lisbon proper except the metro. Its buses run from about 5am or 6am to about 10pm or 11pm; there are some night-bus services. Pick up a transport map, Rede de Transportes de Lisboa, from tourist offices. The Carris website has timetables and route details. Buses are especially useful for neighbourhoods not serviced by the metro or trams, such as Príncipe Real and Marvila. Take bus 711 from Rossio to get to Miradouro Panorâmico de Monsanto (walk the final 650m).

Car & Motorcycle - Lisbon can be quite stressful to drive around, thanks to heavy traffic, maverick drivers and narrow one-way streets and tram lines. There are two ring roads useful for staying out of the centre: the inner Cintura Regional Interna de Lisboa (CRIL) and the outer Cintura Regional Externa de Lisboa (CREL). There are a few good places for free parking. Campo de Santa Clara, near Alfama, is good on every day except Saturday and Tuesday, when the Feira da Ladra takes over the lot. You can also find free parking on Av 24 de Julho west of Cais do Sodré. Theft is a risk, so always lock up and don’t leave any valuables inside. The cheapest, closest paid car parks are found south of the centre near the coast around Santa Apolónia and Doca de Santo Amaro.

 

 

 

WHERE TO STAY & EAT IN LISBON

 

  • TURIM Boulevard Hotel

Boasting a bar, terrace and views of city, TURIM Boulevard Hotel is set in Lisbon, 1.6 km from Rossio. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi throughout the pr