Must See Attractions in Old Town Marbella

May 21, 2015 by

Must See Attractions in Old Town Marbella

Known as one of Costa del Sol’s prime destinations, Marbella is a paradise for all who visit. The beautiful parks and pristine beaches are the perfect welcome for any type of traveler. While there is a lot to see in the city, Old Town is arguably one part you shouldn’t miss. From the Plaza de los Naranjos, to the old Arab wall, to the many religious buildings and statues, you’ll have a lot to see while you’re walking about.

To help plan your trip, we’ve gathered a list of the sights you can’t miss while you’re in Old Town.

Plaza de Los Naranjos

This plaza is Marbella’s most famous and characteristic corner, with its orange trees and beautiful architecture which date back to the time of the Catholic Monarchs. As you walk through this fragrant square, your senses will be pleasantly tickled by the sweet aroma of the orange blossoms. The trees are practical as well as beautiful, if you choose to sit under them to take a break from the strong Spanish sun. This area is the perfect place to start your search for a hotel in Marbella. It’s central and has everything you could ask for.

The Arab Walls

The walls of Marbella contain an old fortress which is declared a cultural interest asset, perfect for history and culture buffs to explore. The old Arab medina used to be housed within these walls, and the Arab/Muslim roots of this area are well preserved, along with the different eras which you can see built on top of the ancient walls. Whether you’re interested in history or not, this part of town should not be missed, it’s also a perfect backdrop for some spectacular photography.

Santo Cristo Hermitage

One of the highest points in town, this temple is the perfect example of typical Andalusian architecture. The sanctuary holds the distinction of being the oldest in the city. Many locals make a pilgrimage here, which should not be missed during your visit to Marbella.

The Church of the Incarnation

This former mosque turned Catholic Church is a photographer’s dream. While only one of three original entry ways is still in service, the 18th century Rococo style carvings are exquisite and show you the love and dedication that is put into this church. Inside and out, you will be awed as you explore the level of detail the architects of this Marbella church designed. There are many tours of Marbella which will show you, and many other famous attractions, should you be interested in more of an organized event.

Victory Square

A smaller version of the Plaza de Los Naranjos, this square has one important feature. Shade. The strong sun is a drawing point for many travelers to Marbella, however it is nice to take a break in the afternoon, when the sun is at its zenith. The fountain in the center of the square is surrounded by trees and plants which offer a tranquil atmosphere to spend an hour or two just relaxing.

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Must Do Activities While in Cannes

May 8, 2015 by

Must Do Activities While in Cannes

If you are lucky enough to have booked a trip to the beautiful area of Cannes, then be ready to experience all it has to offer. The beautiful water, the happening promenade, and the nightlife are just some of the exciting things you’ll be experiencing while in town. With so much to do and see, it can be hard to choose what to spend your time on. We have helped with your planning process by compiling a list of the best activities for you to do.

Promenade de la Croisette

The best place to start your tour of Cannes is definitely on the promenade. The promenade is a prominent road in Cannes and stretches along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea for about 2 kilometers. Best known for the Palais de Festivals et des Congres, where the Cannes Film Festival is held, you never known who you might run into while wandering along the path. Many of the best hotels in Cannes, along with luxury shops and restaurants can be found along the Promenade de la Croisette too.

Iles de Lerins

It is just a quick boat ride away from Cannes to these beautiful islands. There is a plethora of history to explore while you are walking around, from an old fortress rumored to of held the Man in the Iron Mask to an active monastery that dates back over 700 years and much more. The tropical feel of the islands will entice you to extend you stay. If you are adventurous enough, you can even book a week-long retreat as the guest of monks on one of the islands. Whether it’s for a few hours or an entire week, you’ll enjoy your time on the Lerins Islands.

Le Suquet

If you fancy walking around some 400-year-old streets, consider the historic Le Suquet neighborhood. It’s only a five-minute walk from the beach and is filled with gourmet restaurants. Originally a fisherman’s residential area, this neighborhood is filled with some of the oldest houses in the area. The Rue du Suquet used to be the main road into Cannes but since has become a pedestrian street filled with shops and restaurants galore.

Forville Market

It’s an outdoor market filled with a plethora of fresh food and various vendors looking to sell you the best they have to offer. Fresh berries, magnificent local cheese, vegetables, olives and more than you can image are await you at the Forville Market. This is where many locals do their shopping which means it’s a great place to mingle and feel French. After you spend some time browsing, don’t be surprised if you never want to leave this quaint local market.

The Beach

Why head to the French Riviera if you don’t partake of its beautiful beach? It doesn’t matter if you are looking for relaxation or adventure, you’ll find whatever your heart desires. From sunbathing to kite surfing to snorkeling and more, you’ll be hard pressed to find a traveler that can’t enjoy some time spent at the beach in Cannes.

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Activities for Your First Time in Nice

Apr 17, 2015 by

Activities for Your First Time in Nice

The beach in Nice is one of the best in the world and can not missed during your first time to the city. But there is so much more to see and a smart traveler will make sure they have enough time to soak up vitamin D and explore the rest Nice has to offer. To help hasten the planning process, we have compiled a list of the top four activities to keep you entertained during the day and through the night as well.

 

Promenade des Anglais

 

Your first time in Nice has to begin with a stroll along the promenade. Known locally as La Prom, you’ll see bicyclists, baby strollers, and whole families enjoying this favorite local gathering spot. You can see skateboarders and inline skaters perfecting their craft in addition to the many events that are held during the year. Those wanting a lazy time can take a break in one of the many cabana’s and watch the day pass by on the Mediterranean.

 

The area around the promenade boasts some of the best hotels in Nice for those willing to spend a bit more for a great view. We recommend starting your search for a hotel in this area.

 

St Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral

 

As you gaze at this Russian Orthodox Church, you may wonder what country you are in. Fear not, you’re still in France. This beautiful designed and built cathedral was built due to the generosity of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II in 1912. The carvings, murals, and statues in the cathedral are worth paying the entrance fee as you’ll be surprised by how intricate and lovingly detailed they are. Don’t be surprised if you are hankering for a trip to Russia after a visit to this cathedral.

 

Le Vieux Nice

 

Old town, as it’s known by visitors to Nice, is a beautiful maze of narrow streets with intersections which boast churches, vibrant squares, restaurants and a variety of local shops. History is abundant in this part of town and many tours which can teach you more about this region’s historical importance. With the warm weather this region experiences much of the year, world-famous ice cream shops help keep tourists from overheating. The Cours Saleya is an open air market that is of particular amusement to many visitors and should not be missed.

Those seeking more of a nighttime adventure can explore this area after dark as many bars and nightclubs come to life.

 

French Pyramids

 

They are a bit of a drive from Nice but the French Pyramids are mystery structures of times past that should not be missed. While the exact origin is unknown, they are one of the few pyramids in Europe. What a nice way to explore this part of history without having to travel all the way to the deserts of Egypt or the jungles of Mexico.

 

This partly preserved ruin is a great example of human ingenuity. You’ll be amazed at the sheer size of the structures, especially considering no modern equipment was used to build them.

 

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How to Stay in Bangkok on a Budget

Apr 16, 2015 by

How to Stay in Bangkok on a Budget

So you’ve booked your trip to Bangkok and now you need to plan what to do, without breaking the bank. While some capital cities are expensive and outside the range of what some budget travelers can afford, Bangkok is not one of them. One of the best parts of this city is that there is so much to do for very little money. Take a look at our list below on how to save money on the five biggest travel expenses.

 

Accommodations

 

Finding a cheap place to stay is easy in Bangkok, but finding one that you won’t be sharing with 20+ other people – or even worse, cockroaches – is a bit harder. The best places to look are around Khao San Road. This is backpacker alley and a great place to start looking for a hotel in Bangkok. The smart travelers will head across the street to Soi Rambuttri. It is only a five-minute walk, at the most, but the hotels and hostels are cleaner, nicer and just as inexpensive. Plus, you won’t get hassled as much by the street vendors.

 

The atmosphere on Soi Rambuttri is very tranquil and relaxing. If you never want to leave this street, we wouldn’t be surprised.

 

Food

 

Repeat this mantra, ‘street food is your friend.’ If you are looking to eat well but not deplete your wallet, the street food in Bangkok will help you succeed in this goal. Even better, the food is really good with options for all types of eaters, vegetarians included. Khao San Road is a good place to start looking for food. If the vendor has a line of customers, with some of them being local, you know you’ve picked a good spot.

 

Transport

 

There are many options for transport around the city. Cabs will be the most expensive and should be avoided. If you are looking to cover shorter distances with just a few people, a tuk  tuk is a great option. Hold on to your hat if you decide to get a moto-driver to speed you through the traffic congested streets.

Adventurous travelers can hitch a ride on one of the Chao Phraya River ferries or traverse along on the canal boats that many typical Thai locals take to get around.

 

Activities

 

Cheap entertainment is abundant in Bangkok, especially for those savvy enough to search the good activities out. Thailand has many festivals during the year, which brings celebrations to Bangkok. Timing your trip around one of the festivals is usually a good idea. Visiting the many Wat’s and temples around town is a great way for history and culture buffs to explore without spending too much.

 

Alcohol

 

Last but not least, those wanting to experience the fun-filled nightlife Bangkok is known for should head to Khao San Road. There are as many bars and clubs as there are types of travelers. You will be able to party and have fun until the sun comes up in this area. Look for places that have cheap buckets or 2 for 1 deals on drinks to keep your bar tab to a minimum.

 

 

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Free Things to do in London

Apr 3, 2015 by

Free Things to do in London

London is notorious for being an extremely expensive city to visit. But budget travelers, fear not! There is a multitude of free art galleries, historical sites, museums, and parks, enough to keep even the pickiest travelers entertained for their entire trip. Keep your budget in balance and check out the list below we have compiled of the top five free things to do in London.

National History Museum

This beautiful landmark building is a treasure trove of activities and fun exhibits for all types of travelers. Children with a love of fossils might never want to leave the Dinosaurs Gallery while those who have a fascination with science can take a self-guided tour through the state of the art Darwin Centre Cocoon to look at the many specimens on display. After all the fun you have at the National History Museum, you’ll be surprised that it didn’t put a dent in your wallet.

Queen’s House Greenwich

Built in the 1600’s, this grandiose building houses many reminders of times past. Visitors to the Queen’s House will be transported back in time while they walk among portraits of the kings and queens who have been associated with the house. Enthusiasts of modern artists will be kept busy while visiting the touring exhibits which rotate often. After a leisurely stroll through the ornate complex, you will feel like a royal. Don’t blame us if no one calls you “Your Majesty.”

Abbey Road

Music enthusiasts, especially Beatles fans, cannot afford to miss a photographic opportunity on this zebra printed road. Abbey Road recording studio was home to many famous musicians over the decades, including the Beatles in the 60’s. If you listen carefully, you might hear some up and coming artists playing in the area.

This vibrant area of town is a great place for travelers to find accommodations. If you are looking for some nice boutique hotels in London, this is the perfect area to search.

Changing of the Guard

If you’re looking for an example of British pomp and ceremony, the best display is at Buckingham Palace. The members of The Queen’s Guard are dressed in the iconic traditional red tunics and bearskin hats you’ve seen in many travel photos. The ceremony is truly an entertaining experience for all who witness the event, which is set to music. This free event should not be missed by any visitor to London.

If you’re looking for more activities in this area, the palace is just a few minutes walk to the Thames River. This is a bustling part of London which is ripe to explore.

Bushy Park

Travelers who are looking for some outdoor exposure should head over to Bushy Park for a nice stroll through the second largest royal park. This expansive complex is open for cycling and horseback riding if an active traveler is looking for a workout. Wildlife lovers will enjoy the 300+ local deer who call the park home, among the other animals in the area. Photographers, professional or amateur, can spend hours and still not capture all the beauty this park has to offer.

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