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Awesome things to do in Buda and Pest

February 13, 2019 in Blog

If you’re in https://www.budapest.com/Budapest for the first time, these things you definitely need to experience. The gorgeous Capital city of Hungary- Budapest really offers you a lot! From sightseeing, breathtaking views to tasty food-you only need to choose! Maybe you won’t believe me, but in my opinion, Budapest can stay head to head with other European cities in many aspects, and you know what? It’s one of the cleanest cities I’ve ever been. It’s rich in thermal springs and probably one of the most visited capital cities for that kind of purpose.

Budapest has two faces. I call them the old one and the young one. Originally, this city was created by merging 3 towns into one – Buda, Pest, and Obuda (old Buda). Buda/Obuda part of the city is rich in old architecture while the new part that goes across the Danube river has a totally different appearance. –( personally like Buda part of the city more).

Hungary not only has many interesting cities to visit but it’s also a food heaven. Hungarian cuisine will definitely wake up all your senses. If you’re a great gourmet then you definitely shouldn’t miss Langos (I call it Hungarian pizza), goulash, Hungarian Kolbasz (sausage), plum dumplings and Kurtoskalacs.

The buzzing city of Budapest is old in many aspects. It has the second oldest subway after London, the second largest synagogue in the world, and it’s home to the third largest Parliament building in the world.

So what else you can do in Budapest?

-Visit one of the greatest spas in the city center- the Gellert Bath and spa center.

-Walk down the Danube promenade and enjoy dinner in one of the restaurants.

-Visit Margaret island (2.5 km long), and take photos in front of the Musical Fountain.

– Take photos at the Heroes’ square.

– Visit St Stephen’s Basilica and then go to the amazing Fisherman’s Bastion where you’ll get the most beautiful view of the city.

-The last and the most important stop should definitely be the Citadel which was constructed by the Hapsburgs. The list of what to do in Budapest is simply endless, so you’d better provide yourself at least 5-6 days to feel every part of this gorgeous city!

Ronda- The city where two architectures collide

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Located 100km west of the city of Malaga, the city of Ronda seduces every visitor with its historic sights and dramatic views. Otherwise called the city of dreams, Ronda definitely has a lot to offer.

What to visit?

Plaza de Toros– Dating from 1785, Plaza de Toros presents one of the oldest bullfighting arenas in Spain. You’ll also have a great opportunity to see not only the artifacts like weapons and attire but also the jackets and hats of famous bullfighters and read about their traditional practices. And here we come to another creepy part- You can also see the mounted heads of famous bulls.

Cono Balconies– Although they look like they’re going to tumble down any second, these hanging balconies still stand over the edge of the Tajo gorge and provide a breathtaking view to Ronda’s sunset.

Puente Nuevo– is definitely the most famous and the most visited Ronda’s attraction that was completed after 40 years of building in 1793. This New Bridge connects The Market with the La Ciudad (The town) and has been a witness of 50 lost lives during the construction process. However, today it’s the location where many of the spectacular tourist shoots are taken from. P.S. Sensible walking shoes and a camera are strongly recommended.

Old city– The old part of Ronda presents a huge contrast from the new part of the city. There’re lots of old Spanish restaurants, shops and picturesque architecture that dates back from Islamic times.

Reseratauro Ronda– is the perfect place for those who adore bullfighting and Andalusian horses. It’s a ranch that breeds fighting bulls (Toro Bravo) and is owned and run by a former Madrid bullfighter Rafael Tejada.

Arab Public Baths– These baths date from the Islamic period and have been later called San Miguel’s Baths. Their location is eminently artisan zone due to the close proximity of the Snake Stream which had provided the baths with water. Although they have been built in the 14th century, they’re still in a pretty good condition. Before you enter the Baths I highly recommend you to watch the educational 15 min- movie that explains a lot about the history of Ronda and how the baths came to be.

Read other Tanya’s articles on the following link Tanya Milankovic

 

 

 

The Island of Skiathos will definitely leave everyone speechless

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Although the Greek Island of Skiathos is the size of 46 sq km, many people decide to return for their holidays year after year for one simple reason- It has the most beautiful landscapes and beaches in the world.
This cosmopolitan island lives from tourism as well as from agriculture because locals produce tasty wine, honey, and olive oil. You’ll feel the smell of Olives and Aleppo pine trees from the first step to this Heaven on Earth, and that’s not all- the island of Skiathos has a crystal-clear sea that almost looks unreal. The word Skia in the name Skiathos means ”shadow” and it perfectly describes its nature that is covered by thousands of trees.
Skiathos is a popular summer resort for Scandinavian, Russian, English and many other holidaymakers. The town of Skiathos succeeded to keep the old traditional spirit although it was under the Athenian, Spartan, Roman, Byzantine as well as Turkish rule. If you were wondering what places you can visit on this gorgeous island, I especially want to mention the Kastro Fortress, The Monastery of Panagia Evangelistria (founded in 1794), and numerous small churches.
Since Skiathos is famous for its marvelous beaches, you definitely need to visit the Koukuraries, Lalaria, Troulos, Achiladies, Maratha, Banana, Xanemos and Vromolimnos beach. Each of these beaches has the unique spirit and magical smell of Aleppo pine woods that surround the whole island. And when the sun goes down, you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine in one of the tavernas next to the sea, that will wake up all your senses.

Taste the oriental town of Kusadasi-Turkey

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Let’s continue our trip to Aydin Province of Turkey- the town of Kusadasi. The meaning of the word Kusadasi literally means the Island of Birds since that part of the peninsula resembles the head of a bird. The sunbathed town of Kusadasi has numerous powdery sandy beaches that will provide you with an unforgettable holiday. If you’re the lover of active life, then you’ll definitely enjoy every day spent in this buzzing town. The beach I liked the most is called Ladies Beach, and it was named after the time it was segregated for female bather only. I must admit that this beach is one of the most crowded beaches in Kusadasi, so if you’re not a crowd-lover you should better try to escape it.

Other famous Kusadasi beaches are Diamond beach, Kustur beach, Public beach, Silver sand beach, and Long Beach. It’s easy to reach to any of these beaches by dolmus- Turkish minibus.  Another great thing about Kusadasi is that it offers many restaurants, beach bars, shops, and nightspots. This town definitely doesn’t sleep! If you’re a shopaholic then you’ll love their suq (the Turkish name for a market). There are also three waterparks close by and magnificent historical facilities such as ruins of Ephesus, the Roman capital of Asia, and three Ionian settlements of Miletus (55km), Priene (35 km), and Didim (75km).

If you decide to visit Kusadasi, you need to know that it’s a great base for visiting many other places and even the Greek island of Samos that is just a few minutes across the water. Amazing calcified waterfalls of Pamukkale (220 km
) will leave you speechless which mud is used for skin problems. You’ll see thousands of tourists come here and enjoy bathing in hot Pamukkale’s water and mud.

Split is a real blend of ancient and modern

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Gorgeous Dalmatian city of Split is a real blend of ancient and modern times. It is located on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea and it’s Croatia’s second largest city. This buzzing city has a rich culture and marvelous architecture. The tourism of Split is very developed and its visitors can enjoy walking the old streets and having a drink at the famous Riva.

Your splendid accommodation can be located in Split’s old or new part of the city. There are plenty of perfect equipped apartments, villas and hotels that are waiting to be chosen. Split weather is very warm in summer and it is one of the sunniest places in Croatia beside Hvar Island.

There are many things you can do in Split. You can visit Marjan’s Hill, art galleries, museums, famous city square, and swim and rest at many beaches of Split.

If you want to get back to 4th century than you should visit Diocletian’s Palace that is the city’s living heart and it is one of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Croatia (since 1979). The palace has built Roman emperor Diocletian and it’s made from white stone of the island of Brač. Within the palace, there are 220 buildings which are homes for about 4000 people. Each of four walls of this palace has a gate named after a kind of metal (The Golden Gate, the Silver Gate, the Iron Gate and the Brass Gate). Peristil (Peristyle) is the central square of the palace, located next to the Silver Gate and has a unique beauty which is later used for theater scenery, works of ancient literature and opera classics. Every year you can see tourists enjoying drinking coffee on the steps circling Peristyle. That is not only the Roman experience but also the Egyptian because Diocletian was a lover of Egypt and put many granite sphinxes from Luxor.

Another great place to visit in Split is The Marjan’s hill and the forest. It is a place for escaping from the Split’s hustle and bustle. It is situated on the hill of the peninsula, at an only 10min walking distance from the city center. Its rich pine forest and unreal landscapes will everyone leave breathless.

The city of Split definitely has a lot to offer and can meet everyone’s needs.

The Dazzling City Of Dubrovnik

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Let’s admit! The first thing that everyone of us thinks about when wants to experience a real hedonism is definitely a trip to the Mediterranean Coast. There’s nothing better than enjoying the sunshine while drinking the fist morning coffee. The city of Dubrovnik in Croatia was definitely my right choice in choosing my relaxing station. This pearl of the Adriatic (otherwise called Croatian Athens) with its amazing old town has become a Unesco World Heritage site in 1979.

Dubrovnik is a dazzling town with a rich history and breathtaking sights. When Dubrovnik ‘’got the role’’ of The King’s Landing in a world’s famous series Game of Thrones, its popularity has increased. There weren’t special needs for scenery and special effects because Dubrovnik by itself has a historic and glamorous look. It’s Old Town is surrounded by 1970 meters of walls which were used as a protection from occupiers and were built in the 9thcentury. Later, in the 15th century, these walls were rebuilt when the Turks wanted to invade. Nowadays, you can see people walking and taking pictures on this wall from every angle.

The hill of Srđ in Dubrovnik is known as the oldest “protector” of the town. This hill was used as a shelter in many wars. Nowadays, this hill is known as the place with glorious views from the cable car that runs from the old town of Dubrovnik to the top of this hill. The easiest way is to take a cable car from Petra Krešimira Street. When you climb to the top of this hill, there is a beautiful view (height of 512 m above sea level) waiting for you. When you get tired of walking up the hill of Srđ, there are restaurant and café where you can relax and look at unimaginable sights of Dubrovnik.

Dubrovnik has a very developed tourism. Besides the monuments, this town is famous for top culinary delights, day trips, and other events.  Dubrovnik Summer Festival is one of the most popular festivals in this town. The Festival includes music, dance, opera and theater events at different open-air venues. You shouldn’t miss the port that dates from 14th century and Maritime Museum also.

Without trying beaches of Dubrovnik, your vacation wouldn’t be complete. The beach Banje is perfectly made for families and you can get there quickly from Ploče Gate. It offers many activities (jet sky, boats, and parachute). The Lapad Beach is a favorite beach for many tourists and has a part on the west made for nudistsSt.Jakov Beach has plenty cafes and other facilities. The easiest way to get there is by bus from the city center. From naturists beaches, the most famous are Cava, Sunj and Lokrum Beach.

If you are not sure what else you can do in Dubrovnik, I want to convince you the opposite!  There are plenty activities you can enjoy and relax and other sights that need to be seen and experienced. Let your mantra for the perfect vacation be a fresh air, beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views of Dubrovnik!

 

Experience the unique mix of ancient and modern times in the town of Zadar

February 13, 2019 in Blog

The vibrant town of Zadar is a unique mix of ancient and modern times that attracts thousands of tourists to listen to its wonderful Sea Organ, experience its perfectly turquoise sea and taste Croatian traditional cuisine.

Zadar’s History

Settled in the heart of the Adriatic Coast, the town of Zadar makes the urban center of North Dalmatia an administrative, cultural and political center of the region with 75.000 inhabitants. It’s irresistible for everyone who admires treasury of the archaeological and monumental riches and possesses visible marks of ancient and medieval times. In history, Zadar first appeared in the 4th century BC as a settlement of the Illyrian tribe of Liburnians. The first name of the town was Jadera (Roman roots), and by its ‘walking’ through history, the name was changed into Idassa (Greek roots), Diadora, Zara (region of Venice, later Italy) to today’s name Zadar. What to visit? Sea Organ Carefully situated on the western side of Zadar, this First World’s Sea Organ produce the most lovable music of the Adriatic Sea. The lower steps of the organs allow water to flow in, so each sound you hear never sounds the same twice in a row. Visit Kornati Islands by boatKornati islands are nested on the meeting point of Zadar and Šibenik Islands and make the strangest archipelago on the Mediterranean. Its 140 uninhabited islands will definitely provide you with a unique experience. Visit PuntamikaYour visit to Zadar wouldn’t be complete without a walk through Zadar’s famous Puntamika. It’s an area that dates back to Neolithic settlements but at the same time offers a lot of modern facilities such as bars, restaurants, and cafes. This place buzzes until late night hours so you’d better be prepared! St Donatus ChurchThe Church of St Donatus is definitely one of the most important Zadar symbols. This pre-Romanesque church dates back to the 9th century and was known under the name The Church of the Holy Trinity until the 15th century. Enjoy Zadar’s breathtaking sunset you probably haven’t heard for the saying that Zadar is the proud owner of the World’s most beautiful sunset. Even a world-famous film director Hitchcock shared the same opinion! If you have the opportunity to visit Zadar then you definitely must experience its Monument to the Sun!  Cafes: Beach and Cocktail Bar Bamboo

Obala Kneza Domagoja bbZadar 23000, Croatia

+385 98 756 998

This is definitely the place for enjoying your first morning espresso or Frappe ‘cause it will provide you with everything you need- a gorgeous sea view, great music, and a pleasant atmosphere. It’s simply the right place for spending a day at the beach. Café Danica

Shiroka Ulica 1, Zadar 23000, Croatia

+385 23 337 294

 

Café Danica offers you not only a coffee but also the tastiest cakes, ice creams, and pies you’ll ever try. It’s nested in the main Zadar street and its guests always rush to try their delicious Ferrero cake.

 

Lunch:

Konoba Bonaca

Trg Tri Bunara 4Zadar 23000, Hrvatska

+385 23 779 262

 

This Konoba is the restaurant with a log seafood preparing tradition. If you wanted to try domestic and unique Croatian seafood then you’re in the right place.

 

Restaurant Martinac

Ulica Alesandra Paravije 7Zadar 23000, Hrvatska

+385 98 308 869

 

Restaurant Martinac is our second suggestion because it’s one of the best Dalmatian lunch spots. The courtyard is so cozy that will make you feel like you’re at home. You can expect traditional and delicious food, super friendly staff and calm and quiet oasis.

 

Dinner:

Restaurant Kastel

Bedemi Zadarskih Pobuna 13 | Hotel BastionZadar 23000, Hrvatska

+385 23 494 950

 

This marvelous restaurant is situated in the Hotel Bastion and it’s simply superb! We highly recommend you to try the Ceviche (a famous Peruvian seafood dish) that will wake up all your senses.

 

Bon Appetite Restaurant

Ulica Mihovila Pavlinovica 4 | Zadarska rivaZadar 23000, Hrvatska

+385 23 335 550

 

If you’re the lover of having a dinner with a sea view then this is the place where your day will get a perfect and tasty end. It’s simply indescribable place with kind staff, incredible view, and a pleasant atmosphere.

 

 

The buzzing town of Zadar is the place for those who want to get ‘a little bit’ of everything- the Roman ruins, historical museums, medieval churches, crystal clear sea, and cosmopolitan places for chilling!

Cinque Terre- The ‘country’ of Christopher Columbus and Garibaldi

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Genoa – the city of Christopher Columbus and Garibaldi and the eternal beauty rival of the city of Venice. With dozens of luxurious palaces, breathtaking old port, high couture shops, and great restaurants, it presents an indescribable life on the Italian Mediterranean Coast.

Genoa’s National park Cinque Terre (literally means -five countries) is protected by UNESCO since 1997 and presents a set of five terraced-looking isolated settlements on the steep cliffs of the Ligurian Riviera, which can’t be reached by car. Authenticity and lack of commercialization give Cinque Terre a special charm and its vivid houses of pastel colors, and old narrow streets are something that will not leave anyone indifferent. Cinque Terre is a mix of ancient and modern times so that’s why we encourage you to experience such an Italian fairy tale.

The Cinque Terre’s history

The name ‘’Cinque Terre’’ dates back to the 15th century but the history of the area goes back to the Bronze Age as proven by many bones and tools findings. Due to its great strategic position that strongly rises above the sea, these 5 countries have been attacked hundreds of times by pirates, different North European barbaric tribes, Lombards and Byzantines. However, Cinque Terre succeeded to pass all the troubles and disasters and decided to leave us an insane looking nature and brilliant history.

Things to do in Cinque Terre

Experience the spirit of each village

Your visit to Cinque Terre simply wouldn’t be complete without visiting all five fairytale-looking villages (Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore).

Footpaths of Monterosso

The village of Monterosso is spread over two bays and is famous as the place from where the first Cinque Terre railway station was found. We recommend you to experience the walking on the historic footpaths and to experience the small piece of history (put your sneakers on).

Hidden pearls of Vernazza village

Vernazza’s origins date back to the Roman age and its typical tower-shaped buildings and houses hide the internal village appearance from anyone who’s approaching from the sea. So, if you wanted to experience the village Vernazza from the sea- you definitely made a huge mistake!

Visit the oldest of five villages

If you didn’t know, Corniglia is nestled between the hills and is the oldest of five villages. Since it doesn’t have a port, it relied more on wine-producing skills than fishing.  The village’s unreal looking terraced fields like Saint Mary’s Terrace are perfect for making breathtaking photos and there is one more interesting thing about this village. It has only one ‘easy-to-get’ beach called Spiaggione that was accidentally created for the train station purpose. So, if you want to go to this beach, you’ll need only a few steps from the station.

Visit the breathtaking beaches of Riomaggiore

The village of Riomaggiore is definitely tourists’ favorite Cinque Terre’s village because of its wonderful beaches and colorful buildings randomly settled on the high cliffs.

Rent a boat

To get a better impression of Cinque Terre’s beaches and landscape, we recommend you to rent a boat.

Discover all Cinque Terre trails

Since you can’t get to Cinque Terre by car (only by train), then you can discover all its historic trails by your feet and not only that….you’ll also get the opportunity to visit timeless Ligurian monuments like Chiesetta dell’Angelo Custode, Oratorio di San Rocco, Oratorio di Santa Maria, Church of San Francesco…

Café’s in Cinque Terre

Er Posu Café

Via Fieschi 5219018 Corniglia, Italy

+39 329 443 6460

 

This old-school Italian café will definitely provide you with a domestic Italian experience. It’s a great place to take a break after hiking the cliffs or to have a morning espresso.

 

 

Caffe Matteo

Via Fieschi 15719018 Corniglia, Italija

+39 0187 821044

 

Caffe Matteo is the place where you can get not only a coffee but also a croissant and beautiful freshly squeezed orange juice. In fact, you can visit it at any time of the day because it offers you different tasty meals.

Good restaurants for Lunch in Cinque Terre

A Pie de Ma

Via dell’Amore 55, 19017 Riomaggiore, Italy

+39 0187 921037

 

If you want to enjoy both lunch and wonderful sea view then this is the right place for you. We recommend you to try local Ligurian wines, olives, and cheese ‘cause there’re no many life opportunities to taste such a hedonism.

Trattoria dal Billy

Via Aldo Rollandi 12219017 Manarola, Italy

+39 0187 920628

 

This is definitely an unforgettable place where you can enjoy seafood in all shapes. We highly recommend you to try the Mixed Antipasto Di Mare ‘cause it’s great for those who want a little bit of everything (aromas of herbs mixed with the finest seafood).

 

Good restaurants for dinner in Cinque Terre

K&Pris Pizzeria Pinseria

Via Telemaco Signorini 673/B | Via Telemaco signori 643/B19017 Riomaggiore, Italija

+39 324 548 9905

 

Let’s admit! No visit to Italy would be complete without eating an originally prepared Italian Pizza. The staff is friendly and it’s so fun watching a chef while making pizza. It’s simply the best way to finish your day.

 

Nessun Dorma Cinque Terre

Località Punta Bonfiglio19017 Manarola, Italija

+39 340 888 4133

This restaurant is definitely the highlight of Cinque Terre. You’ll get all in one place- kindly people, pleasant atmosphere, wonderful view and the most important- tasty local food with a long tradition. It’s equally good to visit it for lunch or dinner!

Often Mistakes Tourists Make in Bangkok

February 13, 2019 in Blog

Thailand has become a real tourist force in recent years. Its wild spirit, fascinating tourist attractions, and delicious cuisine never left anyone indifferent.

Otherwise called ‘Venice of the East’, the city of Bangkok never sleeps. This fascinating capital city of two sides (rich and poor) offers you to experience both of them. However, these are some of the most common “mistakes” tourists make in Bangkok that should definitely be avoided.

 

Scams

Scams are very common in Phuket and Bangkok. Do not listen to people who want to “inform you” that the attraction you are planning to visit is closed. It often happens that they want to offer you a personalized tour at ‘’a much lower price’’.

Street food

Carefully choosing food and drinks when you’re in a foreign country is always a good idea. However, when it comes to street food in Bangkok, it definitely shouldn’t be missed. We are sure you’ll experience some of the best Thai specialties in street food kiosks. On the other hand, you also need to make sure the kiosk you’ve chosen is clean and proven quality.

Monks’ seats

Many seats in buses, metro, boats and even airports are reserved only for monks. You may often see signs that inform you about this. Always make sure that you did

Bangkok has two airports

This may seem like an initial mistake, but in reality, it happens very often that passengers go to the wrong airport. Not all people know that Bangkok has two international airports – the bigger one- Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and the smaller one- Don Mueang (DMK).

Insulting

Thais are known as a gentle, and very polite nation. You need to be especially careful not to insult their king or the royal family. It is strictly punishable by Thai law. Do not insult the Buddhist religion, dress appropriately when visiting temples, do not turn your feet to statues and images of the Buddha (or to other people, it’s very rude!). Always put your feet hidden below your legs when sitting in Buddhist temples.

Public transport

Bangkok’s public transport is a great experience and can be considered one of the most popular city attractions. Skytrain (BTS) and Metro (MRT) are modern, air-conditioned and clean transport systems. There is also a line from Suvarnabhumi Airport to the city, which is a great option, especially at the time of the traffic jam.
Bangkok’s river transport offers you to visit luxurious hotel complexes along the Great Palace and the famous Khao San Road along the Chao Praya River for less than a dollar. This type of transport is great for sightseeing and getting an authentic life experience in Bangkok.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petra- The Peaceful Oasis of the Middle East

February 13, 2019 in Blog

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Arab state in the Middle East. It borders with Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but despite the unstable situation in the region, Jordan is otherwise called the Peaceful Oasis of the Middle East.

The situation was not so bright a few years ago when the Islamic State attacked Syria and Iraq. In that time, tourists nearly stopped visiting Jordan, but then the country managed to get on its feet and recorded approximately 433,000 tourists.

Petra is certainly one the most famous tourist attractions in the country and one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world. Its popularization has grown with the 1989 Hollywood hit, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” that is still being used as an inspiration for making souvenirs.

The cultural status of this ancient city was confirmed after being listed on the New Seven Wonders list in 2007. The entrance to the city of Petra and the Siq Canyon should definitely be visited.

The canyon leads the visitors to the most famous building of this complex – the famous Treasury (Al Khazneh). Despite the name, it served as a tomb, and its facade carved into the wall represents the symbol of Petra. The treasure is, however, only a small part of a rich archaeological site that extends to 264 km2 and testifies the power of famous Arabian Nabatean kingdom.

While group guides usually visit the Treasury and the surrounding area, those who have more time and are ready for a walk can visit the spectacular “El Deir”. It is otherwise known as a place of sacrifice and is ideal for viewing the surrounding panorama.

As a conclusion, I only have to add that Jordan is an ancient country of special charm and incredible history. It is full of legends and traditions, rich in cultural heritage and architectural attractions. Its beautiful beaches on the Red Sea Coast and the healing waters of the Dead Sea will definitely leave anyone speechless.