Fantastic Holiday Ideas For 2019

Now that spring is well and truly on its way, it’s time for many people to start thinking about those spring break or summer holidays. Both are coming up quickly and some places that are popular around the world sell out months in advance, so it pays to shop around early. If you’re one of those people who is dying to get away from it all this year to a far flung locale to just kick back, relax and maybe participate in a couple of activities, you might be wondering just where to go. Here are a couple of truly great getaway suggestions to help get your plans started.

Malaga

The bustling and popular coastal city of Malaga in mainland Spain is one of the most popular options for holidaymakers from around Europe. Malaga is home to some impressive sandy stretches of beach that attract sun worshippers to enjoy the sea breeze from their sun beds with cocktails in hand. The city also has two impressive hilled castles – the Alcazaba and the Gibralafaro – both of which offer impressive views over the city and the sea. You can hire a car at Malaga airport to get around the city, or take a day trip to neighbouring Seville, one of the most beautiful cities in the country, for a look at inland Spanish culture and impressive Moorish architecture.

Corfu

This beautiful Greek island to the west of the mainland is a unique place where people come from all over Europe to explore old walled fortress cities alongside azure coloured waters, dotted with impressive yachts. Harbourside restaurants serve up the most delicious fresh fish and local dishes such as souvlaki, with bowls of local olives on offer. The Greek food is, in a word, amazing and Corfu is one of the best places to sample it due to its location and the local production of many items right on the island.

Istanbul

The doorstep of both Europe and Asia, Istanbul is the gateway to so many different countries and cultures. This beautiful, welcoming city has become a huge tourist attraction in recent years due to the history, the culture, the hospitality and the scenery. With sunsets featuring beautiful mosques such as the Hagia Sophia or the Blue Mosque as silhouettes amid streets lined with local tavernas serving up local cuisine and beers such as Efes, it’s easy to see why Istanbul has become so popular for those looking for culture, romance and something a bit more exotic.

Morocco

If you’re looking for exotic, Morocco has you covered. From the Atlantic coastal town of Essouira with its daily fresh fish and mazes of bazaars to the ancient leather dyeing vats of the city of Fes, Morocco has a bit of everything for everyone. Book a Sahara desert tour to sleep amid the sand dunes with tribesmen from the Berber people, ride camels and gaze at the Milky Way. Stay in a luxury riad amid the the mazes of souks in Marrakech, shop with the locals at the spice merchants and visit the intricate and incredible Saadian tombs of ancient Moroccan royalty before taking a hammam at one of the local spas. Morocco honestly does have you covered if you’re looking for something to whet your exotic appetite.

Whether you’re looking for the ultimate adventurous getaway this year or you just want to kick back on the beaches of the Mediterranean, hopefully this brief article all about some of the best getaway destinations will help you make a choice you won’t soon regret!

Discover The Artisans Behind The Scene – Private Shopping Tours In Barcelona

 

Are you planning a getaway this summer to the bright and bustling Spanish city of Barcelona? What better way to spend a week than strolling the lanes of the city, districts such as Las Ramblas or beautiful examples of architecture such as the Sagrada Familia? Barcelona is one of the hottest places in Europe for visitors, often seeing huge flocks of tourists in the summer months when the mercury sneaks up to higher temperatures and the sun seekers come out to enjoy the heat. Barcelona has a little something for everyone – especially for those tourists who like to get a bit of history, culture and shopping in on their trip away.

Tours Of The City

Throughout Barcelona there are numerous fantastic sights to see and areas to explore. Sometimes it can be a bit daunting to organise yourself to make sure you see absolutely everything that peaks your interest so you can take advantage of some of the amazing city tours to help you get a real feel for the city – and you can go one further and book a private tour that encompasses private pick up and drop off from your hotel as well as your own guide for the duration of the tour through the streets and sights of the city.

Private transport is included and you might find yourself learning a little something extra that those on public tours might not get to. There are additionally a plethora of group tours available for those who are happy to rub elbows with other fellow tourists. Most tours include the major sights of Barcelona such as Park Guell, Sagrada Familia and Gaudi’s House as well as some of the other districts like Las Ramblas. Tours including Montserrat and other areas away from the city can be arranged as well.

Shopping Tours

A private shopping tour through El Born is simply one of the best ways to get a glimpse of true Barcelona culture and experience ‘behind the scenes’ of the artisans who create beautiful works of art that are available for purchase. A private tour through this shopping district will allow you to meet the artisans themselves and get a peek inside their studios where the creative process takes place. Pick up a souvenir for yourself or someone you love and know you are truly making a difference in the lives of these artists who have devoted their lives to the development of Catalan art and culture.

So if you’re coming to Spain for your next holiday – either as a family or as a group of friends – or for any reason, whether it’s a family getaway or a birthday celebration trip, bachelor party or bachelorette party, you should consider learning Spanish with a company like Zorro Spanish and take a private tour of Barcelona, Montserrat or El Born. No trip to the region is complete without seeing all the sights of the city and beyond. You may be surprised at what you learn and see! So choose one of their comfortable hotels and come to see Barcelona – you’ll be delighted.

Things To See And Do In Madrid

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Whether you’re from Europe or not, one thing is for certain – Spain is one of the hottest travel destinations for Europeans and foreigners alike. Conjuring up images of back alley cafes, local wines, delicious tapas and beautiful stone buildings framed with cascading greenery and floral highlights, nothing could be more welcoming than Spain and its people. Regardless of your taste and travelling preferences, one city that has something for everyone is Madrid, and here we look at the top things to see and do in this bustling, beautiful city.

Architecture and Museums

Madrid is awash with architecture and museums – from the beautiful Royal Palace to the Plaza de Sol, a favourite meeting ground for locals, Madrid has beautifully decorated and ornate buildings, statues and more. The Royal Palace is open to visitors, with Wednesdays being free entry days so the lines get incredibly long so make sure you go early. Regardless though, the Palace any day is worth a visit.

The museums on offer are almost countless and cover nearly every topic you can imagine, so a trip to one of their museums along your interests is a must do. Head to the Museum Triangle – literally the Madrid museum district for a great selection of museums. While some of the museums are almost eye wateringly expensive for the budget tourist, most museums do offer free entry at certain times of day or on certain days. Check in advance which museums, which times and which days to take full advantage of some of the fantastic museums in the city. Perhaps the best ones, especially for art lovers are the Museo del Prado and the Sofia Reina National Museum and Art Centre – both of which house classical paintings by famous artists from around the world. The Sofia Reina is in fact the home of Picasso’s famous Guernica.

Parks and Getting Outside

Madrid is lucky enough to enjoy a temperate climate most of the year although it can be chilly in the winter months, but nevertheless getting outside is a favourite past time of both locals and tourists alike. Madrid is home to numerous parks and gardens, with Caixa Forum being a great example of a vertical garden (also on the side of one of many museums!). The Royal Botanical Garden as well as El Retiro park are two of the best parks on offer in Madrid, with El Retiro being home to drumming circles in the summer evenings that are a great way to see the dusk in.

Cuisine and Culture

The Mercado de San Miguel is a fantastic spot to stop off if you’re looking for high quality wines, cheeses, dried and smoked meats and more. An indoor market, this is a great place to go on a rainy day or if you just want to pick up a delicious snack of local fare or a bottle of wine to take home with you. For cultural aspects of Madrid, check out one of the many Flamenco shows that are on around the city – with their bright colours and quick movements and fantastic music. Corral de Moreira is the top rated location to take in a show in Madrid, if not the world, and shouldn’t be missed on any trip to the region.

So there you have the top things to see and do in Madrid on any trip to the area, whethere you’re on a budget or not. Madrid is a great city any time of year, but to take advantage of all the outdoor things to do, summer and autumn are the best to enjoy the warm weather and welcoming patios with local beers and tapas. So pack your bags – next stop: Madrid!