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Top 15 Beaches in Alicante

Top 15 Beaches in Alicante

The beaches of Alicante are absolutely beautiful and a real highlight in Spain. On a coastline of around 200 kilometers you will find countless dream beaches and many amazing holiday destinations. Here, the Costa Blanca, the so-called “White Coast” of Alicante, inspires with the most varied bathing spots, one more beautiful than the other: in addition to the golden long sandy beaches of the cities, you will also find a variety of hidden bays, lonely nudist beaches and spectacular dream beaches with high cliffs. But where are the most beautiful beaches on the coast of Alicante and which beaches are best for a holiday on the Costa Blanca?

This comprehensive beach guide summarizes the 15 most popular and most beautiful beaches in Alicante in Spain at a glance. We also have useful tips and recommendations for the best holiday destinations and the most amazing accommodations near the beach.

 

Playa de Levante Beach (Benidorm)

Playa de Levante is a 2 km long sandy beach in the province of Alicante and graces the holiday resort of Benidorm with its mighty skyline. You will find one skyscraper after another and on the palm-lined promenade there are numerous restaurants, bars, cafes and clubs. Especially in the high season, there are many parties. Water sport activities, such as riding jet skis and parasailing are offered on site and ensure action during a vacation. Sportive ones love the fitness equipment and kids have fun on the playgrounds on the Playa de Levante Beach.

Tip: A fantastic accommodation tip is the Gastrohotel Boutique RH Canfali, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view.

Playa San Juan Beach (Alicante)

Another top beach in Alicante is the beautiful Playa San Juan. It is located around 8 kilometers from Alicante’s old town and is the most popular beach in the city. On a length of about 5 kilometers, this long white sandy beach offers plenty of space for its visitors. The sand here is really bright and forms a beautiful contrast to the azure sea. On the beach promenade you can always enjoy a magnificent view of the sea, the beautifully laid out palm trees and the colorful beach houses – which are typical of Playa San Juan.

Here at Playa San Juan you will find a wide range of beautiful apartments and hotels.

Platja de la Granadella Beach (Jaeva / Xabia)

For many Costa Blanca fans, the picturesque Platja de la Granadella is the most beautiful beach in Alicante. Not only are the turquoise blue sea colors very special, but also the unique, secluded ambience is amazing: the 160-meter-long bay is embedded in an extremely picturesque landscape of high rocks, crystal-clear sea and a beautiful bright pebble beach. You can also snorkel here at Granadella Beach and discover an intact underwater world.

Tip: Accommodations can be found in the nearby resort of Jaeva / Xabia. Here, the apartments in the Casa Charme Boutique Apartment ‘adults only’ are really recommended.

Cala del Moraig Beach (Jaeva / Xabia)

Another dream beach and a real insider tip at the steep coast of Alicante is the breathtaking bay of Cala del Moraig. This beach can only be reached by foot, and perhaps this is why this hidden bay is still so quiet and never crowded, not even in summer. Once at the bottom, you can enjoy a picturesque ambience, the sea is clean and glows in the most beautiful shades of blue.

On the edge of Cala del Moriag there is a small sea cave (Cova dels Arcs) – a natural attraction that you should definitely visit.

Playa del Arenal-Bol Beach (Calpe)

Another fantastic beach is Playa del Arenal-Bol in the popular holiday resort of Calpe, the place where many spend their Costa Blanca holidays. This fine and bright sandy beach stretches for 1.5 kilometers. The striking 320-meter-high Peñón de Ifach rock, which is the reason why Calpe has become very famous, awaits you with a very unusual backdrop.

Due to its central location on the Costa Blanca, Calpe is the ideal place for a holiday. There are also good accommodations here on the Play del Arenal-Bol, such as the phenomenal Gran Hotel Sol y Mar or the fabulous apartment Villa Fiorito.

Cala de Finestrat Beach (Benidorm)

The bay of Cala de Finestrat is beautiful and a really exceptional beach in the province of Alicante. It is close to the lively town Benidorm and is, by many, considered to be the best beach in the region. This picturesque bay fascinates with turquoise sea colors, a wonderful and light sandy beach and grandiose holiday flair. On this dream beach you will also find some very good accommodations, such as the Hotel La Cala.

Especially in the pre-season you will experience a pleasant and calm atmosphere here at Cala de Finestrat.

Playa El Paraiso Beach (Villajoyosa)

Playa El Paraiso is located near the village of Villajoyosa and is one of the highlights on our list of the most beautiful beaches in Alicante. Here, the sea is wonderfully clean and glows in the most extraordinary turquoise blue sea colors, almost like in the Caribbean. This long pebble beach with the beautiful palm trees offers enough space to swim and in the pre-season it is often really tranquil there. Perfect for those who are looking for peace and relaxation during their vacation on the often so lively Costa Blanca.

Playa del Portet Beach (Moraira)

Another dream beach is the picturesque Playa del Portet. This beach belongs to the resort of Moraira and is a popular swimming spot on the Costa Blanca. Especially families with children, but also older people and couples appreciate this bay. This is a sandy beach that slopes so gently that you can walk far into the sea. Also good food is provided here, because there are some really fantastic restaurants and cafes right on the beach. Just a great place to swim, snorkel and relax!

Tip: The HOTEL MAÑET in Moraira is 100 m away from Playa del Portet and amazes with pool, a chic design and a TOP location on one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast!

Playa del Portixol Beach (Jaeva / Xabia)

Playa del Portixol – often known as Cala la Barraca, is a beautiful bay nestled in a picturesque landscape. This beach is a very bright stone beach, that’s why bathing shoes are recommended. The water here is particularly clear and shimmers in wonderful sea colors. Playa del Portixol is also suitable for various watersports, such as snorkeling and kayaking. For those who love nature, this bay is a perfect beach choice on the Alicante coast!

Playa de la Fossa Beach (Calpe)

Another highlight of the province of Alicante is the beautiful Playa de la Fossa, one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in Calpe. The setting is particularly unique here, with the fabulous view of the Peñón de Ifach, which rises around 320 meters at the end of the bay. Due to the breathtaking panorama with the Calpe rock in the background, this beach is a popular photo motif and adorns many of the postcards there.

No wonder that many spend their summer holiday here! Some fantastic apartments can be found along the promenade and therefore close to the beach.

Playa del Bol Nou Beach (Villajoyosa)

Playa del Bol Nou is located in La Vila Joiosa (Villajoyosa) and is one of the best beaches in the province of Alicante. This approximately 200-meter-long bay is surrounded by picturesque rocks and captivates with an extremely charming landscape. A small beach bar serves local delicacies and provides refreshments. This quiet beach guarantees some relaxing hours by the sea, far from the busy city beaches of the coast.

Platja de Villajoyosa Beach

The Platja de Villajoyosa is beautiful and one of the ultimate highlights on the list of the most beautiful beaches in Alicante. This beach is unique on the Costa Blanca! Not only the fine sand, the palm trees and the bright blue sea enchant here, but especially the colorful town houses give a particularly beautiful panorama. A real dream beach that you should definitely visit on your trip to Alicante.

Playa del Albir Beach (Altea)

Playa del Albir is located between the large holiday resorts of Benidorm and Calpe and is another recommended beach for a trip to the Costa Blanca. This long bay has a fabulous view of the Sierra Helada Natural Park in the north, and south of it is the picturesque old town of Altea. Due to the ideal location and the good touristic offer, many choose Albir as their favorite holiday destination. Therefore, also here, you will find a good selection of apartments and holiday homes.

Cala Ambolo (Jaeva / Xabia)

A real insider tip for the Costa Blanca is the picturesque bay of Cala Ambolo Beach near the holiday resort Jaeva / Xabia. To reach this bay, you first have to walk down a steep road. Because not many take the difficult ascent, once at the bottom, tranquility and relaxation await you. It’s just a wonderful place in a fantastic atmosphere.

Raco del Conill Beach (Benidorm)

One of the most beautiful nudist beaches in Alicante is definitely the Raco del Conill, a natural bay near Benidorm. This quiet beach captivates with wonderful seclusion and an extremely relaxed flair. Here you can swim in a beautiful setting, surrounded by picturesque rock formations in the crystal-clear sea. Fragrant pine trees provide cool shade and a small bar serves cool drinks.


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The 7 Best Beaches in Calpe

The 7 Best Beaches in Calpe

The beaches of Calpe are among the most beautiful ones on the picturesque Costa Blanca in Spain. Especially famous is the city for its mighty rock, the Peñón de Ifach, which rises up about 320 meters and shapes the landscape. From the 2 km long and bright sandy beaches of Calpe city you can always enjoy a spectacular view of the gigantic rock formation, but also the small secluded and hidden bays in the area are interesting to see. The sea on the coast around Calpe is crystal clear, clean and partly turquoise blue – perfect for an unforgettable holiday in the Mediterranean area. But where are Calpe’s best beaches, the quiet bays and the secluded beach highlights?

This beach guide summarizes the 7 most beautiful beaches of Calpe in Spain at a glance. Additionally, you will get useful tips and recommendations for accommodations that should help you plan your trip.

 

Playa del Arenal-Bol Beach

Playa del Arenal Bol is a fine light sandy beach and is, with a size of 1.5 kilometers, the longest beach in Calpe. It belongs to the two main beaches in the city and is therefore a very popular spot for sunbathers and swimmers. Although it is quite popular, and especially in summer the beach attracts many visitors, Playa del Arenal-Bol is due to its size never really crowded.

What makes this beach so unique? The sea shines here in the most beautiful colors and in the background you can always enjoy a breathtaking view of the huge rock of Calpe (Penon de Ifach) – a view like out of the travel magazine! Also the beautiful beach promenade, where restaurants, cafes and bars invite you to relax, is unique.

Tip: There are also some really good accommodations at Playa del Arenal-Bol, such as the phenomenal Gran Hotel Sol y Mar – Adults Only.

Playa de Cantal Roig Beach

In the middle of the two main beaches, Playa de la Fossa and Playa de Arenal-Bol, lies the small and beautiful bay of Playa de Cantal Roig. It is just around the corner of the tranquil fishing port and in the background there is the mighty Peñón de Ifach rock. This beautiful fine sandy beach slopes very gently and the bay functions as a shelter against big waves. This beach is a popular spot for families, but also for the elderly who enjoy swimming in the calm waters.

There is a lively beach promenade above Cantal Roig beach with numerous restaurants, bars and shops. A little further you will find the “Baños de la Reina”, the baths of the Queen, which are archaeological remains.

Playa de la Fossa Beach

The Playa de la Fossa, also known as Playa Levante, is the second main beach of the popular resort. It is located north of the city center and many travelers consider it to be the most beautiful beach in Calpe. In particular, families with children, but also older people and couples appreciate this gently sloping and very clean sandy beach.

The touristic offer is also perfect here: restaurants, shops and bars are lined up along the beach promenade and sunbeds with umbrellas can be rented on the beach. The long bay is sheltered by trees, so you can always swim in the calm, crystal clear and clean sea. Due to the incredibly beautiful backdrop, the Calpe rock, this beach is a popular motif for photographers, and so Playa de la Fossa adorns many postcards of the city.

Tip: There are mainly apartment complexes at Playa de la Fossa. Perfect for a holiday are, for example, the Apartamento en Calpe and the Apartamento Topacio 14C.

Cala El Raco Beach

A real insider tip among the most beautiful beaches in Calpe is Cala El Raco Beach. This hidden bay lies between the harbor and the foot of the mighty rock Ifach and is part of the nature reserve. The mighty rock and the turquoise blue sea create a uniquely spectacular panorama. This beach is a rough white pebble beach with round stones. If you visit this beach, you should definitely wear bathing shoes.

Even those who love snorkeling are definitely right here at Cala El Raco Beach, because here in the crystal-clear sea you can marvel at an interesting underwater world. So you can discover different types of fish, crabs and even starfish!

Parking is available on site and a beach bar provides cool drinks.

Cala La Calalga Beach

The picturesque bay of Cala La Calalga is located around 3 kilometers from the city center and enchants with a wonderful idyll. Surrounded by rocks, you can reach this beach via a footpath down to the sea. The beach is made of pebbles, but it turns into fine sand in the sea. During your bathing adventure, you can enjoy a secluded surrounding far away from the hustle and bustle of the large main beaches.

If you fancy taking a walk, you can take the “Benissa Coastal Walk” from the beach and explore the beautiful coast of Calpe. Or you can stroll along the promenade towards the long main beaches of the region. A wonderful beach for a few relaxing hours at the sea.

Tip: The wonderful Apartamentos Santa Clara are perfect for a holiday in Calpe. They are located in the immediate vicinity of the beautiful bay and also the large beach of Playa de la Fossa is easily accessible by foot.

Platja Mascarat & Cala El Collao

Another beach highlight near Calpe is the beautiful Platja Mascarat beach and the neighboring bay, Cala el Collao. Both are located in the south of the city, around 5 kilometers from the center. Here too you can enjoy a picturesque beach atmosphere with gigantic rock cliffs and unique sea colors. The natural environment is particularly fantastic if you want to snorkel and you can enjoy a lonely hidden beach, especially in the pre-season.

Playa La Fustera Beach

Unique and a real tip for a quiet holiday in Calpe is the beautiful Playa La Fustera Beach. You will find this rough-grained sandy beach around 6 kilometers north of the city. Particularly fantastic is the relaxed and familiar atmosphere and the idyllic beach setting. There are a few beautiful holiday homes and restaurants around the bay, but there is hardly any sign of mass tourism here at Playa La Fustera. Only a small beach bar spoils visitors with good food and delicious cocktails.

There are also some good snorkeling spots, especially along the rocks. A wonderful beach for a relaxing holiday close to the sea.


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8 Best Beaches in Benidorm

8 Best Beaches in Benidorm

The beaches in Benidorm rank among the top highlights on the Costa Blanca, for many they are even the most beautiful in Spain. And yes, the choice of top beach opportunities is really huge here: starting from the wide, bright sandy beaches of Benidorm city, to small picturesque bays, lonely nudist beaches and quiet bathing spots right around the corner of the town, everything can be found here. With around 300 days of sunshine a year, the beaches of Benidorm make the hearts of sun-hungry holidaymakers beat faster. But where are Benidorm’s most beautiful beaches, where the quiet bays and what are the absolute beach highlights?

In this beach-guide we have listed the 8 best beaches in Benidorm. Additionally, we provide useful tips and show amazing beach accommodations that should help you plan your perfect holiday.

 

Playa de Levante Beach

Playa de Levante is one of the 2 main beaches in the city and at the same time one of the busiest beaches in Benidorm. This approximately two-kilometer-long sandy beach is sloping gently and you will find many sunbeds with parasols here. Also restaurants, bars, pubs, beach clubs and cafés are lined up on the palm-lined promenade. The Playa de Levante is well known for its parties, especially in the high season. But in the off-season, it is more tranquil.

There is also a wide range of activities on offer: Whether it is jet skiing, parasailing or other water sports activities, you won`t be bored here – that’s for sure. There are several playgrounds for children and there are also free outdoor gyms on the promenade.

Tip: There are plenty of accommodations at Playa de Levante, most of them beach-apartments. Really recommended are the Apartamento Ibañez and the Gastrohotel Boutique RH Canfali, from which you can enjoy a fantastic view over the sea.

Playa de Poniente Beach

The Playa de Poniente is like the Playa de Levante, located in the middle of the city center and is therefore another very popular beach in Benidorm. Here too, a fine sandy beach awaits you, where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas. But also a few palm trees offer cool shade on hot summer days. This sandy beach is especially popular for older people, because they offer a wide range of activities like gymnastics, yoga and fitness for the elderly during the day.

On a beach length of 3.2 kilometers there is a beautiful promenade, where you can walk to the Mediterranean balcony, one of the most beautiful attractions of Benidorm and further to the neighboring beach Playa de Levante. Of course, there are also other offers for tourists on this beach, as well as a large selection of restaurants and pubs.

Tip: There are some large hotels at Playa de Poniente, such as the Hotel Villa Del Mar, which impresses with its brilliant location and delicious food.

Playa del Mal Pas Beach

Playa del Mal Pas is one of the most beautiful beaches in Benidorm and, thanks to its hidden location between the two lively main beaches, it is definitely one of the quieter bathing spots in the city. This fabulous bay is located just behind the small port of Benidrom, at the end of Playa de Poniente and therefore not far away from the viewpoint – the Mediterranean balcony. While bathing you can expect an extraordinary picturesque ambience, with a view of the tall palm trees and the church Església de Sant Jaume i Santa Anna in the old town.

The sandy beach is sloping gently, and the protective 120-meter-long bay guarantees swimming in the calm, crystal-clear sea. Snorkeling is possible here along the rocks. Couples, the elderly and those seeking tranquility especially appreciate Playa del Mal Pas, which is definitely one of the best beaches in Benidorm.

Platja de la Cala de Finestrat

One of the absolute dream beaches in Benidorm is the Cala de Finestrat. It is located about 10 kilometers from the city center, in the holiday resort of the same name, Finestrat. This picturesque bay convinces with the most beautiful sea colors, with a wonderful gently sloping bright beach, fantastic holiday flair and good accommodations. A visit in the off-season, i.e. in spring and autumn, is particularly recommended. At this time of the year the Platja de La Cala de Finestrat presents itself from its most beautiful side.

If you want to go on a holiday to Benidrom and don’t want to stay directly at the city’s main beaches, then you should look for an accommodation in Finestrat. We recommend the Hotel La Cala, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the sea.

Racó del Conill Beach

Another beach highlight, not far from Benidorm is the Raco del Conill, a nudist beach as beautiful as out of a travel magazine. This dreamlike bay amazes with wonderful seclusion and relaxation, almost a family-like flair. Located in the midst of untouched nature, fragrant pine forests and picturesque rock formations, you will experience the finest textile-free bathing pleasure. Two small bays with fine pebble sand allow entry to the turquoise blue sea. Due to the rocks at the edge of the bay, Raco del Conill Beach is perfect for snorkeling!

For many, the Raco del Conill is one of the most beautiful beaches near Benidorm and it is a must for all nudists. You can reach this beach in around 13 kilometers from the city. There is free parking on site and a small bar that provides cool drinks.

Playa del Torres Beach

Another beautiful beach near Benidorm is Playa del Torres. This picturesque bay is also located south of the city, around 14 kilometers from the town center. This beach is a mix of fine pebbles and sand. Eucalyptus trees provide cool shade on hot days and the water in this region is wonderfully clear and clean. Even in summer there is not much going on at Playa del Torres, so you will always have a really quiet beach experience.

A beach bar and a restaurant provide food and drinks. There is a beautiful campsite right behind the beach – Camping el Torres, which gives the beach atmosphere a lot of cozy charm.

The Colada de la Costa hiking trail, which leads beautifully along the coast, is also very recommended. The route starts in the east of the beach, leads towards Racó del Conill bay and then onto Finestrat beach.

Cala Almadraba Beach

Cala Almadraba bay is amazingly beautiful and another dream beach near Benidorm. This bay is not far from the city, on the edge of the Sierra Helada Nature Park. Due to its hidden location and the relatively steep access, this approximately 100-meter-long beach is mostly quiet and lonely. Some bathers even use this bay as a nudist beach. However, textile-free swimming is not a must. A really nice beach just around the corner of Benidorm!

Cala Tío Ximo Beach

The Cala Tio Ximo is also inside the Sierra Helada Nature Park and, like the Cala Almadraba, just a stone’s throw away from the lively city center. The bay is with around 60 meters very small, but a really quiet beach atmosphere awaits you here. Due to the crystal-clear water and the rocky bottom, this beach is a great spot for snorkelers and to explore the underwater world. This is the ideal beach in Benidorm for everyone who wants to enjoy a quiet day at the sea in a beautiful natural setting.

 

Where to stay in Benidorm

When you plan your holiday, you will find some really great accommodations close to Benidorm’s beaches. These are mostly apartments, but there are also some really good beach-hotels in the city. Here are our recommendations for beautiful accommodations near Benidorm’s beaches:

  • Adults Only Hotel: The Hotel Don Pancho is located around 100 meters from the Playa de Levante beach and convinces with a pool, top equipment and delicious breakfast.
  • All Inclusive: The Hotel Villa del Mar is located on the Poniente Beach in Benidorm and pampers its guests with an all-inclusive program, top location and beautiful rooms.
  • Boutique Hotel: The Gastrohotel Boutique RH Canfali is beautifully located in the old town of Benidrom. It enchants with fantastic rooms, an indescribably beautiful location and with a picturesque view of the Levante Beach.
  • Apartment: The Apartment Pintor Sorolla at Poniente beach is perfectly equipped and is very close to the sea.

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Top 7 Beaches in Valencia

Top 7 Beaches in Valencia

Valencia, the 3rd largest city in Spain, fascinates with a unique flair, lots of charm and many impressive attractions. The wonderful beaches of Valencia also contribute to the fact that this city has become a really popular spot for city trips in Europe. Along a palm-lined promenade there are kilometers of velvety-soft sandy city-beaches, some of them are even awarded with the blue flag. And also near the town are some really amazing beaches where you can spend your day. But what are actually Valencia’s best beaches and where can you enjoy the best beach ambience?

In this beach guide, we have summarized the 7 most beautiful beaches in Valencia, which are great for a visit during a city break. Additionally, we provide some wonderful pictures and we give useful tips for recommended accommodations in an optimal location to town and beach.

Beaches in Valencia City

The bright and velvety city beaches of Valencia are really nice and can be easily reached from the center by public transport (bus, metro & tram line 6). On a 3.5 km long promenade, which is lined with palm trees, there are 3 different beach sections that can be easily reached by foot. Sportive ones rent a bike and comfortably ride down the long beach of Valencia. On the way there are always restaurants and bars where you can get some delicious ice cream, drinks and snacks.

There are also some great accommodations right next to the beach with good connections to the city center.

 

Playa del Cabanyal (Las Arenas Beach)

A really popular beach in Valencia is the Playa del Cabanyal, also known as Playa de las Arenas. It’s the first stretch of beach from the city’s harbor and it’s definitely the busiest here, especially in summer. For many, it is considered a kind of party hotspot, where people not only celebrate on weekends. Both locals and tourists meet to enjoy the cool beach flair and sip cool drinks at the many beach bars.

The exclusive Marina Beach Club is definitely not the cheapest place but for sure one of the coolest locations at Playa del Cabanyal. It is located at the top end of the beach and spoils its guests with cocktails, pool and luxurious ambience. Behind the beach is the Las Arenas Balneario Resort, one of the best hotels on Valencia’s beaches!

Playa del Malvarrosa Beach

The fabulously beautiful Playa de la Malvarrosa is definitely one of the most beautiful beaches in Valencia. It is one of the 3 city beaches and therefore easy to reach from the center. On this 2-kilometer-long beach you will enjoy the longest stretch of beach in the city, while it gets quieter towards the north. The sea is clear and glows in dreamy azure sea colors and the beach is sloping gently, which is particularly popular with families with children.

On this lovely sandy beach you have many options for activities such as free fitness equipment for sports enthusiasts, volleyball opportunities, soccer goals and playgrounds for children. Tourists love the fabulous beach restaurants where you can try some local delicacies and have some cool refreshments.

Playa de la Patacona Beach (Alboraya)

A real beach highlight and for many Valencia experts the most beautiful beach in the city is the Playa de la Patacona. This great sandy beach borders the Playa de la Malvarrosa and is the most northern of the 3 Valencia city beaches. Visitors love the unique flair, the clean bright sandy beach and the beautiful sea colors. The mood at Playa de la Patacona is really chilled and along the promenade behind the huge palm trees there are some really hip bars – like the unique La Mas Bonita.

Tip: A fantastic option to stay close to the beach is the City Valencia Beach 360. From the apartment you reach the sea quickly and by public transport the city center.

Playa Saplaya Beach

Playa Saplaya is located just north of the city around 4 kilometers from the upper end of the city beach and deserves a place on our list of the 7 most beautiful beaches in Valencia. Really unique is the exceptional ambience, because it is located right in front of the picturesque Port Saplaya – which is also known by locals as the “Venice of Spain”.

A real eye-catcher is the many colorful holiday homes, which provide a great contrast to the blue sea and the light sand. Especially in the pre-season it is wonderfully relaxed here and you can enjoy a fantastic beach feeling! Due to the vicinity, this beach has become a popular destination for bicycle tours from Valencia.

Distance: 4 kilometers from the center | Getting there: car, bike, bus No. 112

 

Beaches near Valencia

Not only the wide city beaches are ideal for sunbathing, also the many beaches near Valencia guarantee unforgettable beach days. Some of them can even be reached by public transport from the center of Valencia! Here are the most beautiful beaches close to Valencia:

Playa de Pinedo Beach

Playa de Pinedo Beach is a 1,500-meter-long sandy beach in the south of Valencia, near the same named village of Pinedo. It is located at the lower end of the harbor and is, especially among locals, a popular spot for a beach day, but also for cycling and jogging. The soft sandy beach is wonderfully bright and picturesque are also the dunes, which form a small protected area.

Distance: 8.5 kilometers from the center | Getting there: Car, Bus no.14

Playa El Saler Beach

Another fantastic beach near Valencia is the beautiful beach of El Saler. This almost 5-kilometer-long sandy beach delights with picturesque dunes and fantastic sea colors. As part of the Albufera Nature Park, Playa El Saler is really clean and scores with a beautiful landscape and an incredibly idyllic ambience. There are nature walks along the dunes where you can take short hikes along the coast. On the way there are always nice pavilions to have picnic and take a break. Also good beach restaurants can be found on the long Playa El Saler.

Distance: 12 kilometers from the center | Getting there: Car, Bus no.25

Platja del Perello Beach

Perello is a beautiful holiday resort near Valencia and inspires with the same named beach Platja del Perello, which, especially in summer, is a popular spot for locals. Surfers and kite surfers also appreciate this beach, which is particularly suitable for these kinds of water sports. There are some good restaurants and cafes along the waterfront and a small marina is around the corner.

Distance: 27 kilometers from the center | Getting there: car, bus no.25

 

Accommodations at the Beach & Near the Center

On a trip to Valencia it is definitely worth booking an accommodation near the sea. With public transport you are quickly in the city center and after sightseeing you can enjoy the wonderful beach and the fresh sea air. Here are our recommendations for the best hotels and apartments with great beach proximity.

  • 5-star Hotel: The beautiful Las Arenas Balneario Resort is located at the Playa del Cabanyal Beach and in addition to the perfect location it delights with an exceptionally delicious breakfast and a wonderful flair.
  • Apartment: The Cool Loft Malvarrosa Beach is a nice apartment with a lovely terrace. It is very close to the beach and not far from the bus and tram station.
  • Apartment: The City Valencia Beach 360 is a large, bright apartment in close proximity to the beach Playa de la Patacona with restaurants and shops.

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20 Most Amazing Things to Do in Budapest

20 Most Amazing Things to Do in Budapest

There are so many amazing things to do in Budapest and therefore it is one of the most popular travel destinations for an unforgettable city trip in Europe. During a visit you will enjoy a very special flair, a unique historical charm and countless breathtaking attractions. Just think of the magnificent Budapest Parliament, the imposing Buda Castle and the world-famous Fisherman’s Bastion, which are the most famous places to see in Budapest. Apart from these main tourist attractions, there are many other things to do, so you won’t get bored on a city trip to the Hungarian metropolis!

In this post we have summarized the ultimate best things to do in Budapest with the most interesting places that should not be missed on any trip. Additionally, we provide also plenty of tips to help you plan your trip!

 

Hungarian Parliament

The impressive Hungarian Parliament Building is one of the most famous things to see in Budapest. Beautifully situated at the river, the Danube, this huge almost 280-meter-long building captivates with its magnificent construction, the many turrets and gables. In the middle, the building is 96 meters high, making the Parliament one of the largest buildings in the old town. In addition, the dark red domes and the bright, almost white facade present a wonderful contrast.

It is also advisable to visit the Parliament from the inside. On a 45-minute guided tour you can marvel at the dome hall, the staircase with the artistic frescoes and the Hungarian crown jewels.

Chain Bridge

Budapest is divided into two halves by the Danube, Buda in the west and Pest in the east, and is connected via 9 bridges. Probably the most beautiful one and at the same time one of the best places to visit in Budapest is the world-famous Chain Bridge, which is guarded by two giant stone lions on each side. This landmark was built between 1839 and 1849, which makes it the oldest bridge in the Hungarian metropolis.

Really beautiful is a visit of this attraction at night. Then the chain bridge is brightly lit and with the glittering city and the river you will enjoy an impressive panorama.

Tip: A real insider tip is the Hotel Clark Budapest – Adults Only – here they offer rooms with a fantastic view of the Chain Bridge!

Fisherman’s Bastion

Another important attraction in Budapest is the picturesque fisherman’s bastion. It enchants with countless cylindrical turrets, beautiful stairs and magnificent viewing platforms. Built between 1899 and 1905, this historic building is one of the most visited sights in the Hungarian capital and for sure one of the most instagrammable spots in Budapest. Due to the location on the Budapest Castle Hill, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and the blue Danube from the Fisherman’s Bastion. The views over the Danube bank and the Buda Castle District have been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1987.

The beautiful neo-Gothic Matthias Church is situated right next to the Fisherman’s Bastion. This 1,000-year-old church was the first here in the castle district and is now one of the most popular attractions on the Castel Hill.

Tip: The entrance fee to the Fishermen’s Bastion is free, a small charge is only required for certain areas and viewpoints.

Budapest Castle Hill Funicular (Budavari Siklo)

One of the best things to do in Budapest is to take a ride with the Budapest Castle Hill Funicular. This nostalgic train was built in 1870 and worked with a steam engine. During World War II, the railway was badly damaged and could only be reopened around 40 years later in 1986. Also today, the Burgberg funicular takes you up to the castle district in only 2 minutes. During the trip you will enjoy a wonderful view down to the chain bridge, the Danube River and the city.

Tip: As soon as you get out, on the left you will come to the Castle Palace. On the right it goes over to the Fischerman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church.

Buda Castle

The heart of the castle district and part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the magnificent Buda Castle. It is located in the southern part of the Castle Hill and dominates the cityscape of Budapest. This castle palace used to be the residence of the Hungarian king once. Today, parts of the palace are museums and exhibitions like the National Gallery, the Historical Museum and the Széchenyi National Library.

Don`t miss to visit the lovely castle grounds. The entrance is free and there is a lot to discover on a walk through the picturesque complex: the Lion Gate, through which you can get into the courtyard of the palace complex, the beautiful Habsburg staircase, the Matthias fountain and of course the fabulous view of Budapest.

Tip: To experience Budapest at night is just lovely. Without a doubt, the best view of the glittering city can be admired from the garden of the castle palace.

Great Market Hall

Really worth a visit is also the Great Market Hall in Budapest, Nagy Vásárcsarnok. This attraction is located near the Liberty Bridge and has become a famous attraction in recent years. Above all, the unique steel structure of the 120-year-old hall makes this sight an architectural highlight and always lets the market hall shine in bright light.

Both, locals and tourists visit this huge market hall and rush through shops that sell fresh food, delicacies, spices, cheeses and meat products. On the upper floor there are various food stalls that sell tasty local delicacies as well as countless shops displaying souvenirs and handicrafts.

Ruin Bars

On a trip to Budapest, a visit to one of the legendary Ruin Bars is almost a must do. These unusual bars, which actually opened out of necessity, were taken over by students and decorated with bulky furniture. Colorful graffiti and motley wallpaper adorn the walls, and the atmosphere is exuberant.

The most famous of the ruin bars in Budapest is probably the Szimpla Kert, which amazes with a very unusual ambience. Also recommended is a visit to the Mazel Tov restaurant, the cozy Csendes Letterem bar or the Instant & Fogas Ház – a bar that is notorious for its parties.

Tip: Most of these pubs are located in the area around the Jewish Quarter, which is actually also a fantastic area to stay in. The Barceló Budapest, for example, is one of the best hotels in the trendy district.

St. Stephen’s Basilica

Another important attraction in Budapest is the beautiful Roman Catholic St. Stephen’s Basilica. The 3rd largest church in the country impresses with its huge dome and beautiful facade. Also from inside the magnificent church is extremely worth seeing and can be visited for a fee. Here you can marvel at magnificent paintings, the treasury and also the relic of St. Stephen, his right hand.

A real highlight, however, is the viewing platform on the dome of St. Stephen’s Basilica. The elevator takes you up to the main dome in the middle of the church. Once you are at the top, there is a wonderful panorama with an incredible view of the old town, the rooftops of Budapest and the castle district.

Szechenyi Thermal Bath

What makes Budapest so unique, are the numerous thermal and medicinal springs in town. They are among the top tourist attractions and a visit to one of the thermal baths is high up on many bucket lists.

Especially the historical Szechenyi Thermal Bath is highly recommended. This thermal bath thrills with an extraordinary nostalgic design and lots of old times charm. The bright yellow colors and the turquoise blue baths guarantee a very special outdoor bathing atmosphere, which you can enjoy regardless of the season. This thermal bath is not only beautiful, but the warm healing water comes from a natural source and promises healing effects and relaxation.

Tip: Online tickets for the Szechenyi bath can save you the hassle of queuing!

National Museum

There are many interesting museums to visit in the Hungarian capital. Probably the most famous museum in Budapest is the Hungarian National Museum, also called Magyar Nemzeti Múzeum. More than 1 million works of Hungarian history are exhibited here inside the huge museum halls. Also impressive are the frescoes in the pompous staircase and the large domed hall. Lovely are also the National Museum Gardens, where you can enjoy the neoclassical style.

House of Terror

Another highly recommended museum in Budapest is the House of Terror. Here, the dark history of Hungary is told and they show the oppression by National Socialism and Communism. Numerous photos, videos and rooms describe the terrible events in an oppressive way. An educational visit that definitely gets under your skin.

Gellért Thermal Bath

The Gellért Bath is one of the most beautiful thermal baths in the city. Located at the foot of the Gellert Mountain of the same name, it enchants its visitors with an historical atmosphere. It opened in 1918 as part of the Gellért Hotel. Today, however, it is open to the public and so non-hotel guests can also come and relax in the stylish thermal bath. The beautiful Art Nouveau building and the historical interior with the many columns and tiles are particularly beautiful and make this bath very special.

Gellért Hill & Citadel

If you are looking for the best viewpoints in Budapest, you should definitely hike up to the 235-meter-high Gellért Hill. Many small hiking trails lead over the forested hill and in around 30 minutes’ walk you will reach the top. During the walk you will marvel at the lovely landscape and enjoy a beautiful view of the Danube, the old town and the castle palace. Once at the top, the Statue of Liberty, which was constructed in 1947 to commemorate the conquest of Budapest by the Red Army, and the Citadel – a fortress built in 1854 – await you.

Tip: If you don’t want to walk up to the Gellert Hill, you can also get there by bus No. 27 or with the Hop-on/Hop-off Bus.

Shoes on the Danube Bank

Another important place to visit in Budapest is the memorial monument “The Shoes on the Danube“. It is located about 300 meters south of the Parliament and can hardly be missed on a walk along the banks of the Danube. In 1944 it was here that innocent people lost their lives. 60 Jewish Hungarians were shot on the banks of the Danube by the fascist arrow cross militiamen and thrown into the river.

These metal shoes were designed by the artists Gyula Pauser and Can Togay and since 2005 the shoes have served as a memorial to remind visitors, locals and tourists of the executions of the persecuted Jews.

Liberty Bridge

The Liberty Bridge, which was built in 1896, is one of the most beautiful of the 9 Danube bridges in the Hungarian capital. It connects Gellért Square on the Buda side with the main customs square (Fövám tér) on the Pest side. During the war in 1945, the bridge was bombarded, but rebuilt as a Liberty Bridge a year and a half later. Today, it is a popular attraction for visitors from all over the world!

Opera House

The Opera House, in Hungarian Magyar Állami Operaház, is one of the most impressive buildings on the Pest side. The exterior of the opera house is currently undergoing renovation, but from 2021 onwards you will be able to admire its entire splendor. Here you will be delighted by the beautiful neo-renaissance architecture and the pompous rooms, which are decorated with gold and statues.

Tip: You don’t necessarily have to go to a concert to visit the Hungarian State Opera. Interesting tours through the opera house are offered here every day.

Heroes’ Square

The Heroes’ Square, in Hungarian Hősök tere, is located in the Pest district near the Budapest City Park. It is another important attraction on any city trip. The huge square is dominated by magnificent colonnades and the 36-meter-high millennium monument, which commemorates the heroes of Hungarian history. Various museums line the edge of Heroes’ Square, such as the Museum of Fine Arts and the Hall of Arts.

Tip: The world’s oldest underground line – the M1 is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites and takes you from the city center directly to Heroes’ Square.

City Park & ​​Vajdahunyad Castle

The City Park is another popular attraction in Budapest. It is located right behind Heroes’ Square and enchants with an extremely pretty backdrop. There are several interesting sights in the park, but the main attraction is the beautiful Vajdahunyad Castle. The castle was built in the early 20th century out of cardboard and wood for the occasion of the Hungarian millennium celebration. However, it was later converted into a permanent structure.

The small pond in front of the castle is very romantic. In winter you can go ice skating, in summer you can do your laps with a rowing boat.

Budapest Eye

Another attraction in the city center of Budapest is The Budapest Eye, located on Erzsébet Square. A ride with the white Ferris wheel takes you up to around 65 meters. From this point you can enjoy a wonderful panorama. A ride with the Budapest Eye is especially worthwhile at night when the city glitters!

The Great Synagogue

Another important sight in Budapest is the Great Synagogue in Dohány Street on the Pest side. After the synagogue in New York, it is the second largest in the world. Inaugurated in 1859, this holy site enchants with its Moorish style, the red brick facade and the many oriental details. This synagogue is not only an eye-catcher from the outside, but it is also worth a visit from the inside.

Tip: The rush to this attraction is enormous. With an online ticket you can easily save yourself the hassle of queuing up here!

City tours of Budapest

If you do not want to explore the most beautiful sights of Budapest on your own, you have the option of joining a guided tour. On the online platform GetyourGuide you will find a wide range of city tours, entrance tickets, bike tours, cooking classes, boat tours and much more.

 

Where to stay in Budapest

Budapest offers a huge range of accommodations. From budget hostels to holiday flats and boutique hotels, everything can be found here and so everyone is guaranteed to find their perfect place to stay. If you are still looking for fabulous accommodations in Budapest, then we can give you these tips on where to stay:

  • Hostel: The Central Market Hall Zen Hostel is a fantastic hostel, family-run and in a central location. Everything is very clean here and also the price is great.
  • Apartment: The Apartment Bp Central Home impresses with its brilliant location in the hip Jewish quarter and even offers an apartment with a cool roof terrace:
  • Hotel with pool: The Cortile Budapest Hotel offers a yummy breakfast, lots of flair and even has an infinity pool on the 6th floor.
  • Spa Hotel: The Corinthia Budapest is beautiful and perfect for a very special holiday in Budapest. The spa is breathtaking and the breakfast is fantastic too.

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Ouarzazate, Morocco | All you have to know!

Ouarzazate, Morocco | All you have to know!

Ouarzazate in Morocco is around 200 kilometers south of Marrakech and is a popular stopover for round trips, but also for excursions and desert tours. The city itself is worth seeing, but the immediate area also has some great attractions to offer. Ouarzazate is best known for its film studios in which world-famous films were made, and for the Kasbah Taourirt, which is well preserved and can be viewed from the inside. However, one of the best things to do in Ouarzazate is a visit to the clay town of Ait-Ben-Haddou, which is not far from Ouarzazate.

In this travel guide you will find everything you need to know to plan a perfect visit to Ouarzazate in Morocco and we will share our most beautiful pictures. Additionally, we will provide useful tips and information about how to find the perfect accommodation!

General information about Ouarzazate

The city of Ouarzazate, which has approximately  80,000 inhabitants, is the capital of the same named province and is located between the mountain ranges of the High Atlas on an altitude of 1,160 meters. This city was founded in 1928 as a small Berber settlement but grew, due to its fantastic location, to an important center of handicrafts and trade. Nowadays, this place is an important traffic hub in southern Morocco and also very important as a tourist center. Ouarzazate is also a place that every tourist should visit during their vacation in Morocco!

From Marrakech to Ouarzazate it’s a distance of about 200 kilometers with a travel time of around 4 hours. Since the landscape of this route is very attractive and there are also some amazing things to see on the route, in our experience you should definitely plan more time for the trip.

 

Things to do in Ouarzazate

There are a few interesting attractions to discover in the city itself with almost everything revolving around films and film productions. However, also close to Ouarzazate are real highlights to discover, such as the world-famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Ait-Ben-Haddou. Here are the best things to do when you visit Ouarzazate:

Kasbah Taourirt

The most important attraction right in the city of Ouarzazate is the impressive Kasbah Taourirt, a residential castle made of rammed earth, which was built in the early 20th century. This Kasbah is still very well preserved and a third of it has been opened to the public for visits. Guided tours can be booked on site.

Cinema Museum

Another interesting sight is the Cinema Museum in the center of Ouarzazate. It is located right across from the beautiful Kasbah Taourirt, so a visit to these two attractions can be easily combined. Statues, decorations, costumes, film equipment and other stuff from previous film productions are exhibited here.

Ouarzazate Film Studios

Ouarzazate is famous for its film studios, which can be visited as part of a guided tour, unless a film is being made. The Atlas Cooperation Film Studios, for example, are famous for their film productions, such as “The Pope”, “Gladiator” and “The Mummy”. But also the CLA Studios are worth visiting, because here some scenes from Game of Thrones were filmed.

Tip: If you want to know more about the movies and to be able to visit the most spectacular film locations, it is advisable to book a guide on site.

Ait-Ben-Haddou

The main attraction around Ouarzazate is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ait-Ben-Haddou, which is located around 30 kilometers away. The beautiful mud brick city is one of the most interesting places to visit in Morocco and should not be missed on any trip. Built around 1,000 years ago, this village still enchants with a unique backdrop. It is no wonder that this location was also a set for many famous movies.

Tip: Many visit Ait-Ben-Haddou on an excursion from Marrakech. However, it is really charming to stay in this historic city, because this place is magical, especially during sunset! We recommend the Chez Brahim, wherefrom you will enjoy magnificent city-views. But also the Paradise of Silence with pool and really delicious cuisine is recommendable!

Kasbah Amridil

A visit to the Kasbah Amridil, which is located 40 kilometers away in the beautiful oasis of Skoura, is also wonderful and worthwhile. This Kasbah is very well preserved and had even been inhabited until 1960. There you get a great impression of the past Kasbah and Berber life.

Don´t miss a visit to the upper floor where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beautiful landscape and the green oases!

Gas Haven

Really cool and a must-see for horror movie fans is Gas Haven, the film set of “The Hills have Eyes”. This spooky place is on the N10 towards Anezal, around 35 kilometers from Ouarzazate.

Fint Oasis

Another popular thing to do in Ouarzazate is a visit to the nearby Fint Oasis. This oasis enchants with beautiful palm groves and a dreamlike river landscape. The red rocks and the mud structures provide a unique contrast. A beautiful attraction just 20 kilometers from Ouarzazate!

 

Where to stay in Ouarzazate

If you also want to stay in Ouarzazate, we can provide some great hotel tips. Here are our recommendations for beautiful riads, perfect for an unforgettable stay in the city.

  • Riad Ouarzazate: The kasbah-style Riad Ouarzazate is located in the city center and convinces with many lovely details, clean rooms and delicious dinner!
  • Dar Kamar: The Dar Kamar is a very pretty hotel in the old town of Ouarzazate, with a beautiful roof terrace. Due to the location in the center, you will find good restaurants nearby.
  • Le Petit Riad: The Le Petit Riad is a lovingly designed accommodation which amazes with pool, beautiful rooms and delicious breakfast!

 

Conclusion: Ouarzazate is, as already mentioned above, a very popular stop on round trips through Morocco. If you are traveling by car, then you should definitely plan 1 or 2 nights here. And, don’t miss Ait-Ben Haddou and the film studios!


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20 Best Things to Do in Rome | Travel Guide

20 Best Things to Do in Rome | Travel Guide

The many things that you can do in Rome make the Italian capital one of the most desirable travel destinations in the world. The ancient city of Rome, St. Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican have been on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1980. On a trip you will admire countless attractions, historic buildings, museums and archaeological sites, and you can easily explore many of them on your own. The world-famous Colosseum, the most-photographed Trevi Fountain and the legendary Spanish Steps are just a few of the most important places to visit in ancient Rome. On a city trip, however, countless other great attractions and amazing viewpoints await you! But what are actually the top sights in Rome?

In this post we show you the most beautiful places and most interesting things to do in Rome at a glance. Additionally, you will get lots of tips and information that will help you plan your trip!

 

Colosseum

The Colosseum is the largest ancient amphitheater in the world and, of course, the most important attraction of Rome. This place was the scene of bread and circuses, such as the famous gladiatorial fights. It was built in 72 AD and is still the most spectacular building in the ancient city. 50,000 spectators had space here, with 80 gates leading inside. It was in operation for almost 450 years and then it gradually decayed.

Nowadays, the Colosseum is the historically most important attraction in Rome and can be visited from inside and outside. Because of the grandiose lights show, even at night it is absolutely worth seeing!

Tip: If you want to visit this Rome attraction without queuing, it is best to book your tickets in advance! This ticket is then also valid for the Palatine Hill and the Roman Forum.

Trevi Fountain

The world-famous Trevi Fountain is the largest baroque fountain in the city and a visit is an absolute must in Rome. Almost at any time of the day, even at night, countless visitors flock to this impressive 26-meter-high and 50-meter-wide fountain in the middle of the old town. According to a legend, it brings good luck to throw coins over the right shoulder into the Trevi Fountain. Then, it is said, you are guaranteed a return trip to Rome!

Tip: Due to the wonderful lighting this attraction is also worth a detour at night.

Roman Forum

The Roman Forum was once the market square in Rome and is located between the Palatine and Capitol Hills. In ancient days it was the center of political power. Today it is a huge open-air museum where you can admire the temples and buildings of the Roman era on ancient paths! Significant here are the Triumphal Arches of Constantine, Septimius Severinus and Titus as well as the Temple of Vesta and the Temple of Saturn.

Tip: You can save money by buying a combo-ticket, which includes the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine.

Palatine

Next to the Roman Forum and the Colosseum you will find the Palatine Hill, one of the 7 hills of the city, where you can visit the excavations of imperial residences. According to records, this part of Rome is said to have been inhabited as early as the 10th century BC, and the Palatine is considered to be the oldest part of the city.

With a height of 51 meters, from the Palatine Hill you will have a magnificent view down to the Colosseum and the entire Roman Forum.

St. Peter’s Square & St. Peter’s Basilica (Vatican)

One of the most important neighborhoods and also a very popular attraction in Rome is the Vatican, a sovereign state in the middle of the old town. Officially named “Basilica di San Pietro”, St. Peter’s Basilica is the center of the Catholic Church and the residence of the Pope. This beautiful basilica and St. Peter’s Square were built where the tomb of St. Peter is believed to be.

During a city break in Rome, a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica is an absolute MUST. And don`t miss the wonderful view from the roof terrace! It is one of the best viewpoints in Rome!

Tip: If you want to visit this Rome attraction without queuing, we recommend that you get yourself a ticket in advance or join a guided tour!

Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel

Another highlight in Rome is a visit to the Vatican Museum. Here you can marvel at the huge art collection of the past popes in 54 rooms. Numerous valuable religious relics and many historical paintings can be discovered here. The most important attraction in the Vatican Museum is definitely the Sistine Chapel with the wonderful world-famous paintings by Michelangelo.

Tip: In order not to wait for hours in the heat, you should definitely book tickets here in advance!

Piazza Navona

The elongated Piazza Navona is beautiful and another highlight of any city trip. In ancient Rome, this place was an athletic stadium. Today it is one of the most picturesque places in the old town and one of the top places to visit in Rome. In this lively square you can watch the hustle and bustle of the tourists, many street artists, or enjoy an Italian coffee in one of the great restaurants. The fountains are also beautiful here, such as the “La Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi” by Bernini. Other attractions are the Obelisk and excavations of the old Domitian stadium.

Pantheon

The Pantheon is one of the best-preserved sights of ancient Rome. The huge columns and the impressive open dome are just striking. This building was consecrated as a church and therefore bears the name Santa Maria ad Martyrs. If you are interested, you should also visit this extraordinary church from the inside. And yes, the entrance to the Pantheon is free!

Spanish Steps

A detour to the world-famous Spanish Steps is also recommended. It is one of the most popular attractions in Rome and a coveted photo spot for travelers. This 135-step staircase from the 18th century is situated at the foot of the “Trinità dei Monti” church, from which you can also enjoy a wonderful view of Rome. At the bottom of the Spanish Steps is Piazza di Spagna and the Bernini fountain, which are also worth seeing.

Victor Emmanuel II Monument

Right on Piazza Venezia is another interesting attraction of Rome, the Victor Emmanuel II Monument, also known as Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II – the typewriter or the wedding cake. This huge white marble monument was built in honor of the first king, Victor Emmanuel II. The view from the terrace – the Terrazza delle Quadrighe is also impressive. From up here you will enjoy a gigantic 360 ° view of Rome!

Trajan’s Markets

The Trajan’s Markets are also interesting to see. They represent a collection of ancient buildings. They can be viewed from the outside, by walking past free of charge, as well as from the inside (entrance fee). These brick buildings were built in the time of the Emperor Trajan, but the construction had already begun under Emperor Domitian (81–96 AD).

Capitol Square (Piazza del Campidoglio)

Also worth seeing in Rome is the Capitol Square, Piazza del Campidoglio. In the middle of the square is the bronze equestrian statue of Marc Aurel. And right on the square is the Palace of the Senators, which houses the city hall and the official residence of the Mayor of Rome. At night it’s lit and provides tourists with a great photo-spot.

Park Villa Borghese

The Park Villa Borghese is a beautiful  5 square-kilometer city park that convinces with well-tended gardens, fountains, temples and a pretty lake. The Galleria Borghese with its museum, the zoological garden and the lake Laghetto di Villa Borghese is really worth seeing. Here you can enjoy the scenery on a romantic rowboat ride.

Piazza del Popolo

The Piazza del Popolo, also known as the People’s Square, is one of the most famous places in Rome. There are also some interesting attractions here, such as the 3300-year-old Obelisk in the middle of the square, the small church of Santa Maria del Popolo and the two almost identical churches of Santa Maria in Monte Santo and Santa Maria die Miracoli.

Tip: if you take the steps from Piazza del Popolo up to Villa Borghese Park, you will be rewarded with a fantastic view of Rome!

Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant’Angelo is another important sight in Rome. It was originally built as a mausoleum for the Roman emperor Hadrian and later converted into a castle by various Roman popes. Today the Castel Sant’Angelo is used as a museum which is now accessible to the public. Also this Rome attraction is beautifully lit at night.

Trastevere

The trendy Trastevere neighborhood was once a working-class neighborhood and is now one of the coolest areas in Rome. There is a huge selection of hip trattorias, bars, cozy cafes, great shops and cheap accommodations. The most famous sights here include Piazza di San Calisto and Piazza Santa Maria, where a church enchants with magnificent mosaics. The Trastevere district is on the other side of the river, but still it is only a few minutes’ walk from the historical center in Rome and absolutely worth seeing!

Via Appia

Via Appia, which is 2,300 years old, is one of the oldest streets in the city and was the link to the smaller regions of the greater Rome area. Along this historic cobblestone street, various highly interesting sights, such as mausoleums, catacombs, temples and other remains of ancient Rome can be explored. The best way to visit the 18 km long Via Appia is by bike or e-bike, which can be hired on site.

Tip: A guided bike tour along Via Appia is a really popular activity in Rome!

Bocca di Verita

Another special attraction in Rome is the Bocca di Verita, the mouth of truth. This marble disc has the shape of a face and is said to have been an antique lie detector. You can still try it today: if you put your hand in the mouth of the Bocca della Verità and don’t speak the truth, then, according to legend, it will be bitten off.

Circus Maximus

In ancient times, Circus Maximus was mainly used for chariot races. It had a total length of 600 meters and a width of 140 meters. At that time, up to 250,000 people visited this huge arena. Unfortunately, there is not much left of the Circus Maximus. Today the view to the Palatine is especially beautiful.

City tours of Rome

If you do not want to go on your own to visit the most beautiful sights of Rome, you have the option to join a guided tour. You can find city tours, entrance tickets, bike tours, cooking classes and much more online on GetyourGuide. In addition, there are tons of reviews to help you choose your favorite tour.

 

Where to stay in Rome

Rome has a variety of accommodations. Whether backpacker hostel, B&B, mid-range hotel or pure luxury, everybody will find their place to stay in Rome. If you are not sure which hotel to choose yet, we have put together a few amazing accommodations here.

  • Budget Hostel: The RomeHello central location is fantastic and there is also an underground station right next to the hostel. In addition to dormitories, double rooms are also available!
  • B&B: The Relais 155 Guest House is a small and affordable guest house with lovely hosts, good breakfast and nice rooms.
  • 4-Star Hotel: The Hotel Degli Artisti is conveniently located to quickly reach many sights in Rome. Breakfast is very good, and you can enjoy a great atmosphere on the roof terrace.
  • 5-Star Hotel: The Hotel Splendide Royal is a beautiful and elegant 5-star hotel, close to Villa Borghese and within walking distance of the Spanish Steps and many other highlights of the city.

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How to get to Koh Lipe? | A Perfect Guide

How to get to Koh Lipe? | A Perfect Guide

Koh Lipe, the small island pearl in Thailand’s Andaman Sea, is one of the most impressive travel destinations in the country. The many dream beaches and an intact underwater world amaze tourists from all over the world. Due to its location in the very south, close to the Malaysian border, getting to Koh Lipe takes a bit longer and is maybe not as easy as getting to other holiday islands in Thailand. But how to get to Koh Lipe? From Bangkok to Koh Lipe, for example, you have to cover around 950 kilometers to reach the dream island. Another popular option is to reach this paradise via island hopping. Starting from Langkawi in Malaysia is also an option.

In this travel guide we provide you with the easiest and most convenient ways how to organize your trip to Koh Lipe. Additionally, we have useful tips that will help you to plan your perfect journey.

 

The 3 Best Ways To Get To Koh Lipe

 

How to get from Bangkok to Koh Lipe

The best way to get from Bangkok to Koh Lipe is to book a domestic flight to Trang or Hat Yai. The flight takes around 1.5 hours and getting to both airports is usually a real bargain. Consider:  the earlier you book your flights in Thailand, the cheaper the ticket. The flight then usually costs around 25 to 50 euros.

Tip: The best way to find cheap flights is online, for example on Skyscanner!

Then you will have to catch a minibus and continue to Pakbara Pier in Satun. From both airports (Hat Yai and Trang) the journey will take around 1.5 hours. Tickets for the minibus are available on site at the airport but can of course also be booked online in advance.

Once you arrive at Pakbara Pier, the journey to Koh Lipe continuous by speedboat. In the main season (approx. Nov-May) the crossing to the island takes place 4 times a day at 9.30 a.m., 11.30 a.m., 1.30 p.m. and 3.30 p.m. Again, a 1.5 – 2 hours driving time by boat should be planned.

Tip: You can easily organize your journey with a combination ticket on 12go.Asia. The flight, minivan and ferry are already included in the price!


From Phuket, Krabi, Koh Lanta to Koh Lipe

Since Koh Lipe is located in the Andaman Sea, holiday regions such as Krabi, Phuket and also Koh Lanta are well situated to easily get to the desired island.

The longest journey is from Phuket to Koh Lipe. If you want to take the speedboat or speedboat ferry, you should plan a journey of around 7 hours.

But also the journey from the mainland of Krabi to Koh Lipe is easy to organize. First you take the minibus from Krabi to Pakbara Pier in Satun and then continue the journey by speedboat to the island. You can expect around 4.5 – 6 hours for the entire trip.

Another popular island which can be a good starting point to get to Koh Lipe is the beautiful island Koh Lanta. With the speedboat you can reach Koh Lipe in just 3 hours!

Tip for island hoppers: On the way, boats will stop usually on other small islets, such as on the island of Koh Ngai, the island of Koh Mook, the island of Koh Kradan or the island of Koh Bulon. Many combine a visit to these island pearls and organize their own perfect Thailand Island Hopping.

The onward journey from one island to the other is easy to organize online or on site. The exact times, tickets and prices can be found on 12Go.Asia.


How to get from Langkawi (Malaysia) to Koh Lipe

Another popular option for anyone coming from Malaysia is to get to Koh Lipe from Langkawi. It is the most northern Malaysian island and only 50 kilometers from Koh Lipe. It only takes around 90 minutes by ferry to get to the Thai island. Also here, ferry tickets or speedboat tickets can be booked online.

Langkawi has two harbors, the Telaga Harbor Marina and the Kuah Jetty Port. Exit formalities are completed directly at the ports. On Koh Lipe, you will be taken directly to the immigration office wherefrom you will enter Thailand.

How to get Tickets

As already mentioned, cheap airline tickets should be booked as soon as possible. Domestic flights, such as those from Bangkok to Hat Yai or Bangkok to Trang can be found on flight search engines such as Skyscanner.

There is a wide range of transfer options as well as combination tickets (ferry, train, flight, minibus, etc.) for all of Thailand on 12GO.Asia. The reviews will help you choose a good company.

 

Best Things To Do on Koh Lipe

During a holiday on Koh Lipe, in addition to beautiful picturesque beaches, a fantastic underwater world awaits you. Around the island are beautiful coral reefs that are perfect for snorkeling and diving. The colorful underwater world makes the island an ultimate diving mecca in Thailand. In the evening, you can have fun on the lively Koh Lipe Walking Street where there are numerous restaurants, shops and bars.

All the information about the island and the best beaches can be found here, in the island guide for Koh Lipe!

 

Where to Stay in Koh Lipe

Koh Lipe has a fantastic selection of beautiful beach bungalows, luxury accommodations and cheap backpacker hostels. If you are not sure which hotel to book yet, we have put together a few accommodation tips for Koh Lipe.

  • Hostel: The Bloom Café and Hostel is one of the best and cheapest hostels on the island. It is very centrally located on Walking Street and all of the island’s beaches can be reached by a short walk.
  • Beach Bungalow: The Zodiac Beach Resort is located at Pattaya Beach and amazes with the direct beach location and the clean wooden huts.
  • Luxury Hotel: The Ten Moons Lipe is located directly at the sunrise beach of Koh Lipe and the large and intact coral reef, right in front of the hotel, provides you with the opportunity of snorkeling. The perfect hotel for a very special vacation!

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Top 7 Beaches on Koh Larn

Top 7 Beaches on Koh Larn

Koh Larn in Thailand is known for its fabulously beautiful beaches and especially the main beach, the so called Tawaen Beach, is a popular place for day-trippers from Pattaya. And although the island is relatively small, there is a variety of wonderful sandy beaches to enjoy on a holiday. The beaches on Koh Larn impress with white fine sand, a crystal clear sea and the most beautiful turquoise watercolors. A few of the bays are even really quiet and, therefore, the island is the perfect place for a relaxing holiday, away from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya.

In this blog post we will show you the 7 best beaches on Koh Larn. There are also useful tips which help you plan your trip!

 

Tawaen Beach

The 700-meter-long Tawaen Beach is the main beach on the island and also the largest beach in Koh Larn. Here you can expect a gently sloping snow-white sandy beach and turquoise blue sea like out of a travel magazine. Since both, the ferry and the speed boats from Pattaya dock at Tawaen Beach, this beach is by far the busiest on the island. Beach activities, such as jet skiing, underwater walking and banana boating are offered at every corner along Tawaen Beach. There are also plenty of restaurants and souvenir shops that are customized for the needs of day tourists.

Nevertheless, Tawaen Beach is an absolute dream beach. It is worth visiting in the late afternoon when the day trippers have left the island. Then peace returns and you will enjoy the beauty of the beach to the fullest.

Nual Beach (Monkey Beach)

Nual Beach, better known as Monkey Beach, is located in the very south of Koh Larn and is definitely quieter than the island’s main beach. In the bay you will find a fabulous sandy beach, red rocks, turquoise blue water and, with a little luck, you can also spot some monkeys. A restaurant and a beach bar provide food and drinks. Nual Beach delights with a very wonderful ambience and is without a question one of the best beaches in Koh Larn. Accordingly, it is well attended, but not overcrowded.

Tien Beach

Another TOP beach on the island of Koh Larn is the beautiful Tien Beach in the west of the island. For many, this bright sandy beach is the most beautiful beach in Koh Larn. And really, this bay is heavenly! Things are still really quiet here, perhaps because you cannot reach this dream beach directly by taxi. A 5-minute walk along the coast leads to the beach via a small footbridge. Once you are there, you will enjoy a wonderful panorama, the crystal-clear sea and plenty of space. Tien Beach is also great for snorkeling.

Ta Yai Beach

Ta Yai Beach, often known as Grandparents Beach, is located in the north of the island and is one of the absolutely best beaches in Koh Larn. Here, in the small bay, beautiful watercolors, fine and light sand and a calm and relaxed mood awaits you. Although there are sun chairs and umbrellas, there is still enough space to spread out your own towel. If you like snorkeling, you will also find good spots here to experience the underwater world of Koh Larn. A dream beach that should not be missed on any vacation!

Tip: The sunsets at Ta Yai Beach are just magical and are among the insider tips of the island!

Sang Wan Beach

To the west of Tawaen Beach, right next to Tawaen Pier, a boardwalk leads to Sang Wan Beach. This fine, light sandy beach is an absolute eye catcher and a wonderful place to swim. The small bay is also ideal for snorkeling. Here, the sea is crystal clear and underwater you might be lucky to spot some colorful fish. Especially in the early morning, the beach is still pleasantly calm, but after that the beach crowds steadily.

Samae Beach

Another beautiful and popular beach is Samae Beach in the west of Koh Larn. The long bay offers plenty of space and the clear sea is ideal for swimmers. Here, the sand is a little darker and coarser than on other beaches on the island of Koh Larn. Especially the view from Samae Beach Viewpoint, a pavilion on a hill on the island, is really fascinating. This point can be reached via a few steps at the end of the Samae beach.

Tip: The colorful Xanadu Beach Resort is one of the view beach hotels on Koh Larn!

Tong Lang Beach

Tong Lang Beach is another beautiful beach on Koh Larn. It is located in the north-eastern part of the island and is particularly popular with day trippers coming from Pattaya. A comprehensive beach activities program, such as jet skiing, banana boating and much more awaits you here too. In the afternoon, when the excursion boats leave the beach, there is much more peace and quiet and you can enjoy this wonderful stretch of beach all to yourself.

 

Best accommodations on Koh Larn

On Koh Larn you will find a small choice of simple hotels, accommodations and bungalows. Especially during the week you can find very cheap room prices. Most of the accommodations are located in the east of the island, in the vicinity of Naban Pier. From here you are very centrally located to explore the most beautiful beaches of Koh Larn.

Budget price resort: The Koh Larn Sea Side Resort, right by the sea, is highly recommended. This resort impresses with clean rooms, beautiful balconies, affordable prices and a breathtaking view of the Pattaya skyline. Cheap scooters can be rented here!

Bungalows with pool: The Nomad impresses with beautiful and modern rooms and a pool with a view to the forest.

Resort: The Blue Sky Resort convinces with an excellent quality and price. The rooms are very lovely and the breakfast is delicious.

 

Conclusion: The small island of Koh Larn is known for its awesome beaches and also offers some pretty attractions. Due to the proximity to Bangkok and Pattaya, spending a few nights on this dream island really pays off. Above all, it gets really quiet and chilled in the afternoon, and you can enjoy the island almost to yourself.


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Top 7 Beaches at Ao Nang | Beach Guide

Top 7 Beaches at Ao Nang | Beach Guide

Ao Nang is the largest holiday destination on the mainland of Krabi and amazes with fantastic beaches and with huge limestone-rocks as a backdrop. The main beach is Ao Nang Beach, a 2 km long sandy beach, located on a waterfront lined with bars, restaurants and shops. But there are also plenty of fantastic places to swim close by. Some beaches are absolutely heavenly, and they are even among the most beautiful in Thailand. Velvety soft sand, turquoise blue sea colors and huge palm trees, embedded between mighty rocks, create an unforgettable panorama! But where are actually the most beautiful beaches in Ao Nang?

In this article we will reveal the ultimate best beaches in Ao Nang. We also share amazing beach pictures and give useful tips that will help you to plan your trip!

 

Ao Nang Beach

Ao Nang Beach is located right in the center of Ao Nang and is the main beach in the region. This is where the most tourists are staying: on the main street that runs along the beach. In the many side streets there are numerous shops, excursion agencies, massage parlors, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. Due to its central location, Ao Nang is ideal to start trips to Krabi’s island world or to explore real dream beaches nearby. The sunsets in Ao Nang are also incredibly beautiful and a highlight of every vacation.

The eastern end of the beach, where the striking cliffs are located, is more suitable for swimming and sunbathing. There are no longtail boats in this area. That is why this section is a bit quieter.

Tip: The Whalecome Aonang Resort has affordable and lovely rooms in an ideal location. From there you are at the beach in a few minutes!

Phra Nang Cave Beach

Phra Nang Beach with its Phra Nang Cave is an absolute dream beach in Thailand and not far away from Ao Nang. Its picture embellishes the cover of many travel magazines, and really, this sandy beach is amazingly beautiful and a real eye catcher. Spectacular rocks, turquoise blue sea and deep green jungle in the hinterland make this beach a real highlight. Also interesting is the Phra Nang Cave, also called Princess Cave, where you can find a very special fertility shrine with tons of phallic symbols.

Phra Nang Beach is located on the Railay Peninsula and is not connected to Ao Nang by land. The best way to get there is to take a longtail boat from Ao Nang Beach. Early morning and late afternoon are the quietest times to visit this beach!

Tip: There is only one very exclusive luxury hotel on Phra Nang Beach – cheaper accommodations can be found at Railay Beach!

Pai Plong Beach

Pai Plong Beach, more often known as Centara Beach, is an absolute dream beach next to Ao Nang. This beautiful bay is somewhat secluded, located right next to Ao Nang Beach and can be reached by longtail boat, but also via a small trail – the so-called monkey trail. Once you arrive, a beach awaits you, just like straight-out of the travel catalogue: palm trees, light, fine sand and imposing stone formations create a breathtaking backdrop. It is pleasantly quiet here, as almost only hotel guests frolic on the beach.

The sea is also wonderfully clear here and therefore perfect for swimming. However, you should take food with you if you are a non-hotel guest. You can use the beach, but unfortunately the restaurant is only for hotel guests!

Tip: There is only one hotel on Pai Plong Beach, the beautiful 5-star Hotel Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. Perfect for a very special stay in Krabi!

Railay Beach

Beautiful and another awesome beach near Ao Nang is the world famous Railay Beach. This fabulous dream beach is located on the Railay peninsula and impresses with its emerald-colored sea, incredible rock formations and a long sandy beach. Even this beach is no longer an insider tip anymore, but still it is really worth visiting! Along Railay Beach there are some great resorts and good restaurants that serve local delicacies.

Here, too, Railay Beach can only be reached by longtail boat from Ao Nang Beach. If you want to explore other dream beaches nearby, you can explore Phra Nang Beach and Tonsai Beach by foot!

Tip: Spending your vacation on Railay is a real highlight. The Bhu Nga Thani Resort & Spa is very romantically located at the sea and the modern pool area is an absolute eye-catcher.

Tonsai Beach

Another beautiful beach not far from Ao Nang is Tonsai Beach. Here you will find tall palm trees, a wonderful sea and impressive limestone cliffs, where brave souls climb the steep walls. This beach is one of the secret tips of Krabi and, above all, it is a really popular spot for backpackers and rock climbers. The mood is really relaxed here, although the many hippie and reggae bars probably largely contribute to that.

If you are looking for a quiet beach in Ao Nang, you might find your perfect bathing spot at Tonsai Beach. This dream beach can only be reached by longtail boat from Ao Nang or Railay.

Tip: In Tonsai you will find some quaint backpacker accommodations!

Nopparat Thara Beach

The beautiful Noppart Thara Beach is just around the corner from Ao Nang and is another popular beach where you can swim and relax. This rather quiet beach is part of the Hat Nopparat Thara-Koh Phi Phi National Park, and over a length of around 3 kilometers, everyone is guaranteed to find their perfect spot under the Thai sun. The bright sandy beach is lined with trees that provide pleasant shade on hot days. When there is low tide, the sea pulls back really far and the beach becomes really wide.

Tip: The Holiday Inn Resort Krabi is located directly on the white sandy beach of Nopparat Thara Beach, a bit away from the hustle and bustle.

Klong Muang Beach

The Klong Muang Beach in Krabi is really recommended for a relaxing holiday. This wonderful beach is located around 10 kilometers from Ao Nang and it’s the quiet alternative to the lively Ao Nang Beach, because everything is really relaxed on the beautiful Klong Muang Beach. Right on the wide sandy beach there are really cozy bars where you can watch the wonderful sunsets of Krabi. In addition, this beach is also ideal for diverse excursions to Krabis Islands, but also to explore the mainland.

There are some really lovely hotels and resorts along the beach. Perfect if you are planning to have an unforgettable beach holiday in Krabi. The Nakamanda Resort & Spa impresses with its direct location on the beach, wonderful views, large pool and very nice rooms!


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