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Angkor Wat:
Angkor Wat (Khmer: អង្គរវត្ត or “Capital Temple”) is a temple complex in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world, on a site measuring 162.6 hectares (1,626,000 m2; 402 acres). It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple of god Vishnu f
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Bora Bora Island:
Bora Bora Island is a 19.91 km2 (8 sq mi) island in the Bora Bora Islands Group, within the Society Islands of French Polynesia. It is the main island of the commune by the same name.Together with its surrounding islands of Tapu, Ahuna, Tevairoa, Tane, M
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Egyptian pyramids:
The Egyptian pyramids are ancient pyramid-shaped masonry structures located in Egypt.As of November 2008, sources cite either 118 or 138 as the number of identified Egyptian pyramids. Most were built as tombs for the country’s pharaohs and their consorts
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Chichen Itza:
Chichen Itza ( chee-CHEN eet-SAH, Spanish: Chichén Itzá [tʃiˈtʃen iˈtsa], often with the emphasis reversed in English to CHEE-chen EET-sə; from Yucatec Maya: Chi’ch’èen Ìitsha’ [tɕʰiʔtɕʼèːn ìːtsʰaʔ] “at the mouth of the well of the Itza people”) was a lar
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Pompeii:
Pompeii was an ancient Roman town-city near modern Naples, in the Campania region of Italy, in the territory of the comune of Pompei. Pompeii, along with Herculaneum and many villas in the surrounding area, was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m (1
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Mont Saint-Michel:
Le Mont-Saint-Michel (pronounced [lə mɔ̃ sɛ̃ mi.ʃɛl]; Norman: Mont Saint Miché, English: Saint Michael’s Mount) is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometre (0.6 miles) off the country’s northwestern coast, at the mouth of th
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Great Wall of China:
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect the Chinese states and empires agains
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Petra:
Petra (Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα), originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for P
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Kashmir Valley:
The Kashmir Valley, also known as the Vale of Kashmir, is a valley in the portion of the Kashmir region administered by India. The valley is bounded on the southwest by the Pir Panjal Range and on the northeast by the main Himalayas range. It is approximat
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Topkapi Palace:
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Taj Mahal:
The Taj Mahal (, more often ; meaning Crown of the Palace) is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of the Yamuna river in the Indian city of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan (reigned 1628–1658), to house the
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Nile:
The Nile (Arabic: النيل‎‎, Egyptian Arabic en-Nīl, Standard Arabic an-Nīl; Coptic: ⲫⲓⲁⲣⲱ, P(h)iaro; Ancient Egyptian: Ḥ’pī and Jtrw; Biblical Hebrew: היאור, Ha-Ye’or or השיחור, Ha-Shiḥor) is a major north-flowing river in northeastern Africa. It is commonl
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Old Town (Prague):
See other places named Staré Město (disambiguation).The Old Town of Prague (Czech: Staré Město pražské) is a medieval settlement of Prague, Czech Republic. It was separated from the outside by a semi-circular moat and wall, connected to the Vltava river
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Rio Carnival:
The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro (Portuguese: Carnaval) is a festival held every year before Lent and considered the biggest carnival in the world with 2 million people per day on the streets. The first festivals of Rio date back to 1723.The typical Rio car
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Serengeti:
The Serengeti () ecosystem is a geographical region in Africa. It is located mainly in northern Tanzania and extends into south-western Kenya between 1 and 3 degrees south (latitudes) and between 34 and 36 degrees east (longitudes). It spans approximately
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Easter Island:
Easter Island (Rapa Nui: Rapa Nui, Spanish: Isla de Pascua) is a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, at the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in Oceania. Easter Island is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called mo
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Golden Temple:
Sri Harmandir Sahib (“The abode of God”), also known as Darbar Sahib, (Punjabi pronunciation: [dəɾbɑɾ sɑhɪb]), informally referred to as the Golden Temple, is the holiest Gurdwara of Sikhism, located in the city of Amritsar, Punjab, India. Amritsar (liter
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Stonehenge:
Stonehenge is a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England, 2 miles (3 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. It consists of a ring of standing stones, with each standing stone around 13 ft (4.1 metres) high, 6 ft 11 in (2.1 metres) w
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Galapagos Islands:
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Cappadocia:
Cappadocia (; also Capadocia; Turkish: Kapadokya, Greek: Καππαδοκία Kappadokía, from Old Persian: Katpatuka) is a historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in the Nevşehir, Kayseri, Kırşehir, Aksaray, and Niğde Provinces in Turkey.According to Herodo
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Amalfi Coast:
The Amalfi Coast (Italian: Costiera Amalfitana) is a stretch of coastline on the southern coast of the Salerno Gulf on the Tyrrhenian Sea, located in the Province of Salerno of southern Italy.The Amalfi Coast is a popular tourist destination for the regio
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Angel Falls:
Angel Falls (Spanish: Salto Ángel; Pemon language: Kerepakupai Meru meaning “waterfall of the deepest place”, or Parakupá Vená, meaning “the fall from the highest point”) is a waterfall in Venezuela. It is the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with
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Grand Canyon:
The Grand Canyon (Hopi: Ongtupqa; Yavapai: Wi:kaʼi:la, Navajo: Tsékooh Hatsoh, Spanish: Gran Cañón) is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River in Arizona, United States. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and
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Colosseum:
The Colosseum or Coliseum ( kol-ə-SEE-əm), also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre (Latin: Amphitheatrum Flavium; Italian: Anfiteatro Flavio [aŋfiteˈaːtro ˈflaːvjo] or Colosseo [kolosˈsɛːo]), is an oval amphitheatre in the centre of the city of Rome, Italy.
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Meenakshi:
Meenakshi (Tamil: மீனாட்சி, lit. ‘Mīṉāṭci’, Sanskrit: मीनाक्षी, lit. ‘Mīnākṣī’), is an Avatar of the Goddess Parvati, her consort being Shiva, here named “Sundareswarar”.She is mainly worshipped in South India where she has a major temple devoted to her k
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Yellowstone National Park:
Yellowstone National Park is a national park located in the U.S. states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. It was established by the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. Yellowstone was the first National Park in t
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Machu Picchu:
Machu Picchu (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈmatʃu ˈpitʃu]) (Quechua: Machu Picchu; [ˈmɑtʃu ˈpixtʃu]) is a 15th-century Inca citadel situated on a mountain ridge 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Cusco Region, Urubamba Province, Machu
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Fjord:
Geologically, a fjord or fiord (English: or ) is a long, narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, created by glacial erosion. There are many fjords on the coasts of Alaska, British Columbia, Chile, Greenland, Iceland, the Kerguelen Islands, New Zealand, N
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Chartres Cathedral:
Chartres Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres (French: Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres), is a Gothic Catholic cathedral of the Latin Church located in Chartres, France, about 80 km (50 miles) southwest of Paris. The current cath
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Santorini:
Santorini (Greek: Σαντορίνη, pronounced [sandoˈrini]), classically Thera (English pronunciation ), and officially Thira (Greek: Θήρα [ˈθira]), is an island in the southern Aegean Sea, about 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece’s mainland. It is the largest
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Tourism in Antarctica:
Tourism in Antarctica started with sea tourism in the late 1960s. Air overflights of Antarctica started in the 1970s with sightseeing flights by airliners from Australia and New Zealand, and were resumed in the 1990s. The (summer) tour season lasts from No
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St. Peter’s Basilica:
The Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican (Italian: Basilica Papale di San Pietro in Vaticano), or simply St. Peter’s Basilica (Latin: Basilica Sancti Petri), is an Italian Renaissance church in Vatican City, the papal enclave within the city of Rome.
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Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba:
The Mosque–Cathedral of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba), also known as the Great Mosque of Córdoba (Spanish: Mezquita de Córdoba) and the Mezquita, whose ecclesiastical name is the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption (Spanish: Catedral
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Matterhorn:
The Matterhorn (German: Matterhorn, [ˈmatərˌhɔrn]; Italian: Cervino, [ˈtʃerˈviːno]; French: Le Cervin, [mɔ̃ sɛʁvɛ̃]) is a mountain of the Alps, straddling the main watershed and border between Switzerland and Italy. It is a large, near-symmetrical pyramida
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Iguazu Falls:
The Iguazu Falls, Iguazú Falls, Iguassu Falls, or Iguaçu Falls (Spanish: Cataratas del Iguazú [kataˈɾatas ðel iɣwaˈsu]; Guarani: Chororo Yguasu [ɕoɾoɾo ɨɣʷasu]; Portuguese: Cataratas do Iguaçu [kataˈɾatɐs du iɡwaˈsu]) are waterfalls of the Iguazu River on
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Egyptian Museum:
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder
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Damascus:
Damascus (Arabic: دمشق‎‎ Dimashq [diˈmaʃq], Syrian: [dˈməʃe(ː)ʔ]) is the capital and likely the largest city of Syria, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic: الشام‎‎
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List of tallest buildings in New York City:
New York City, the most populous city in the United States, is home to over 6486 completed high rise building of at least 35 meters, of which at least 113 completed are taller than 600 feet (183 m).The tallest building in New York is One World Trade Cente
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Bali:
Bali (Balinese: ᬩᬮᬶ, Indonesian: Pulau Bali, Provinsi Bali) is an island and province of Indonesia. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. It is located at th
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Borobudur:
Borobudur, or Barabudur (Indonesian: Candi Borobudur, Javanese: ꦕꦤ꧀ꦣꦶꦧꦫꦧꦸꦣꦸꦂ, translit. Candhi Barabudhur) is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist temple in Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia, as well as the world’s largest Buddhist temple, and also one of the g
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Dubrovnik:
Dubrovnik ([dǔbroːʋniːk]; historically Ragusa) is a Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, in the region of Dalmatia. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations in the Mediterranean Sea, a seaport and the centre of Dubrovnik-Neretva County. Its total
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Marrakesh:
Marrakesh ( or ; Arabic: مراكش‎‎ Murrākuš; Berber: ⴰⵎⵓⵔⴰⴽⵓⵛ Meṛṛakec), also known by the French spelling Marrakech, is a major city of the Kingdom of Morocco. It is the fourth largest city in the country, after Casablanca, Fez and Tangier. It is the capita
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Amazon rainforest:
The Amazon rainforest (Portuguese: Floresta Amazônica or Amazônia; Spanish: Selva Amazónica, Amazonía or usually Amazonia; French: Forêt amazonienne; Dutch: Amazoneregenwoud), also known in English as Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle, is a moist broadleaf for
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Valley of the Kings:
The Valley of the Kings (Arabic: وادي الملوك‎‎ Wādī al Mulūk), the Valley of the Gates of the Kings (Arabic: وادي ابواب الملوك‎‎ Wādī Abwāb al Mulūk), is a valley in Egypt where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, rock cut t
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Uffizi Gallery:
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Eiffel Tower:
The Eiffel Tower ( EYE-fəl TOW-ər; French: tour Eiffel, pronounced [tuʁ‿ɛfɛl] listen) is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.Constru
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Ngorongoro Crater:
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Hong Kong:
Hong Kong, officially the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, is an autonomous territory south to Mainland China and east to Macao in East Asia. With around 7.2 million Hong Kongers of various nationalities in a terri
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Rio de Janeiro:
Rio de Janeiro (; Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʁi.u d(ʒi) ʒɐˈnejɾu]; River of January), or simply Rio, is the second-most populous municipality in Brazil and the sixth-most populous in the Americas. The metropolis is anchor to the Rio de Janeiro metropolita
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Ladakh:
Ladakh (“land of high passes”) is a region in Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir that currently extends from the Kunlun mountain range to the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. It is one of the most spa
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Great Barrier Reef:
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres (1,400 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi). The reef is loc
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Sistine Chapel:
The Sistine Chapel (; Latin: Sacellum Sixtinum; Italian: Cappella Sistina [kapˈpɛlla siˈstiːna]) is a chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope, in Vatican City. Originally known as the Cappella Magna, the chapel takes its name fro
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Niagara Falls:
Niagara Falls () is the collective name for three waterfalls that straddle the international border between Canada and the United States; more specifically, between the province of Ontario and New York state. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge
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Burj Khalifa:
The Burj Khalifa (Arabic: برج خليفة‎‎, Arabic for “Khalifa Tower”; pronounced English: ), known as the Burj Dubai before its inauguration, is a megatall skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) and a roof height
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Delphi:
Delphi ( or ; Greek: Δελφοί, [ðelˈfi]) is famous as the ancient sanctuary that grew rich as the seat of Pythia, the oracle consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world. Moreover, the Greeks considered Delphi the navel (or cent
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British Museum:
The British Museum, located in the Bloomsbury area of London, United Kingdom, is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in exis
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Victoria Falls:
Victoria Falls (Tokaleya Tonga: Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders”) is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It has been described by CNN as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the world.
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Alhambra:
The Alhambra (; Spanish: [aˈlambɾa]; Arabic: الْحَمْرَاء‎‎ [ʔælħæmˈɾˠɑːʔ], Al-Ḥamrā, lit. “The Red One”), the complete Arabic form of which was Qalat Al-Hamra, is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constru
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Saint Basil’s Cathedral:
The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed (Russian: Собор Василия Блаженного, Sobor Vasiliya Blazhennogo), commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral, is a church in the Red Square in Moscow, Russia. The building, now a museum, is officially known as the Cathedra
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Burj Al Arab:
The Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب‎‎, Tower of the Arabs) is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the third tallest hotel in the world (although 39% of its total height is made up of non-occupiable space). Burj Al Arab stands on an
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Forbidden City:
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912. It is in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households
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Louvre:
The Louvre (US: ) or the Louvre Museum (French: Musée du Louvre, pronounced [myze dy luvʁ]) is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city
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Abu Simbel temples:
The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel (أبو سمبل in Arabic), a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by r
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Yangtze:
The Yangtze (English: or ), which is 6380 km long, is the longest river in Asia and the third-longest in the world. The river is the longest in the world to flow entirely within one country. It drains one-fifth of the land area of the People’s Republic of
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Bagan:
Bagan (Burmese: ပုဂံ; MLCTS: pu.gam, IPA: [bəɡàɴ]; formerly Pagan) is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Myanmar. From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Pagan Kingdom, the first kingdom that unified the regions that
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Venice:
Venice ( VEN-iss; Italian: Venezia, [veˈnɛtsːja]; Venetian: Venesia, [veˈnɛsja]) is a city in northeastern Italy and the capital of the Veneto region. It is situated across a group of 118 small islands that are separated by canals and linked by bridges, of
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St Mark’s Basilica:
The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (Italian: Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco), commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica (Italian: Basilica di San Marco; Venetian: Baxéłega de San Marco), is the cathedral church of the Roman Cathol
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Yosemite National Park:
Yosemite National Park ( yoh-SEM-i-tee) is a national park spanning portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in Northern California. The park, which is managed by the National Park Service, covers an area of 747,956 acres (1,168.681 sq mi; 302,68
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Karnak:
The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak (), comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Construction at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic p
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Palace of Versailles:
The Palace of Versailles (French: Château de Versailles), or simply Versailles (English: vair-SY or vər-SY; French: [vɛʁsaj]), is a royal château in Versailles in the Île-de-France region of France. It is now open as a museum and is a very popular touris
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Florence:
Florence ( FLOR-əns; Italian: Firenze [fiˈrɛntse]) is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany. It is the most populous city in Tuscany, with 383,083 inhabitants in 2013, and over 1,520,000 in its metropolitan area.Florence was a centre of mediev
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Uluru:
Uluru (Pitjantjatjara: Uluṟu), also known as Ayers Rock and officially gazetted as “Uluru / Ayers Rock”, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It lies 335 km (208 mi) south west of the ne
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Teotihuacan:
Teotihuacan , also written Teotihuacán (Spanish pronunciation: [teotiwa’kan], modern Nahuatl pronunciation ), is an ancient Mesoamerican city located in a sub-valley of the Valley of Mexico, located in the State of Mexico 40 kilometres (25 mi) northeast o
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Carlsbad Caverns National Park:
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a United States National Park in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico. The primary attraction of the park is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. Carlsbad Caverns National Park is open every day of the year except
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Moscow Kremlin:
The Moscow Kremlin (Russian: Моско́вский Кремль, tr. Moskovskiy Kreml; IPA: [mɐˈskofskʲɪj krʲemlʲ]), usually referred to as the Kremlin, is a fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, overlooking the Moskva River to the south, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and R
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Hermitage Museum:
The State Hermitage Museum (Russian: Госуда́рственный Эрмита́ж, tr. Gosudárstvennyj Ermitáž; IPA: [ɡəsʊˈdarstvʲɪnɨj ɪrmʲɪˈtaʂ]) is a museum of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The largest in the world, it was founded in 1764 when Empress Cather
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Banaue Rice Terraces:
The Banaue Rice Terraces (Filipino: Hagdan-hagdang Palayan ng Banawe) are 2,000-year-old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. They are frequenty called the “Eighth Wonder of the Wo
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Mecca:
Mecca () or Makkah (Arabic: مكة‎‎ Makkah [ˈmaka]) is a city in the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia that is also capital of the Makkah Region. The city is located 70 km (43 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level
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Varanasi:
Varanasi (Hindustani pronunciation: [ʋaːˈraːɳəsi]), also known as Benares, Banaras (Banāras [bəˈnaːrəs]), or Kashi (Kāśī [ˈkaːʃi]), is a city on the banks of the Ganges in the Uttar Pradesh state of North India, 320 kilometres (200 mi) south-east of the st
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Château de Chambord:
The Château de Chambord at Chambord, Loir-et-Cher, France, is one of the most recognisable châteaux in the world because of its very distinctive French Renaissance architecture which blends traditional French medieval forms with classical Renaissance struc
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Bora Bora:
Bora Bora is a 30.55 km2 (12 sq mi) island group in the Leeward group in the western part of the Society Islands of French Polynesia, an overseas collectivity of France in the Pacific Ocean. The main island, located about 230 kilometres (143 miles) northwe
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Kathmandu Valley:
The Kathmandu Valley (Nepali: काठमाडौं उपत्यका, Nepalbhasa:स्वनिगः, नेपाः गाः), located in Nepal, lies at the crossroads of ancient civilizations of Asia, and has at least 130 important monuments, including several pilgrimage sites for Hindus and Buddhists
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Li River:
The Li River or Lijiang (Chinese: 漓江; pinyin: Lí jiāng) is a river in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China. It flows 83 kilometres (52 mi) from Guilin to Yangshuo, where the karst mountains and river sights highlight the famous Li River cruise.
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Acropolis:
An acropolis ([ancient Greek]]: ἀκρόπολις, tr. Akrópolis; from ákros (άκρος) or ákron (άκρον) “highest, topmost, outermost” and pólis “city”; plural in English: acropoles, acropoleis or acropolises) is a settlement, especially a citadel, built upon an area
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Metropolitan Museum of Art:
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, colloquially “the Met,” is located in New York City, and is the largest art museum in the United States. With 7.06 million visitors in 2016, it was the second most visited art museum in the world, and the fifth most visited
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Shwedagon Pagoda:
The Shwedagon Pagoda (Burmese: ရွှေတိဂုံဘုရား, IPA: [ʃwèdəɡòʊɴ pʰəjá]), officially named Shwedagon Zedi Daw (Burmese: ရွှေတိဂုံစေတီတော်, [ʃwèdəɡòʊɴ zèdìdɔ̀]) and also known as the Great Dagon Pagoda and the Golden Pagoda, is a gilded stupa located in Yango
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Neuschwanstein Castle:
Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn], English: “New Swanstone Castle”) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Ge
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Potala Palace:
The Potala Palace (Tibetan: ཕོ་བྲང་པོ་ཏ་ལ་, Wylie: pho dang Potala) in Lhasa, Tibet Autonomous Region, China was the residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to India during the 1959 Tibetan uprising. It is now a museum and World Heritage
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Mount Everest:
Mount Everest, known in Nepali as Sagarmāthā and in Tibetan as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain, located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. The international border between China (Tibet Autonomous Region) and Nepal runs across its
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Sahara:
The Sahara (Arabic: الصحراء الكبرى‎‎, aṣ-ṣaḥrāʾ al-kubrā , ‘the Greatest Desert’) is the largest hot desert and the third largest desert in the world after Antarctica and the Arctic. Its area of 9,200,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi) is comparable t
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Banff National Park:
Banff National Park is Canada’s oldest national park and was established in 1885. Located in the Rocky Mountains, 110–180 kilometres (68–112 mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, Banff encompasses 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 sq mi) of mountai
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Old City (Jerusalem):
The Old City (Hebrew: העיר העתיקה‎‎, Ha’Ir Ha’Atiqah, Arabic: البلدة القديمة‎‎, al-Balda al-Qadimah) is a 0.9 square kilometers (0.35 sq mi) walled area within the modern city of Jerusalem.Until 1860, when the Jewish neighborhood Mishkenot Sha’ananim was
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Emerald Buddha:
The Emerald Buddha (Thai: พระแก้วมรกต Phra Kaeo Morakot, or พระพุทธมหามณีรัตนปฏิมากร Phra Phuttha Maha Mani Rattana Patimakon) is considered the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand. It is a figurine of the meditating Buddha seated in yogic posture, made o
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Leaning Tower of Pisa:
The Leaning Tower of Pisa (Italian: Torre pendente di Pisa) or simply the Tower of Pisa (Torre di Pisa [ˈtorre di ˈpiːza]) is the campanile, or freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa, known worldwide for its unintended tilt.
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San Francisco:
San Francisco (initials SF) (, Spanish for Saint Francis; Spanish: [san franˈsisko]), officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. The consolidated city-county covers an area of
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Terracotta Army:
The Terracotta Army (simplified Chinese: 兵马俑; traditional Chinese: 兵馬俑; literally: “Soldier-and-horse funerary statues”) is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary ar
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Hagia Sophia:
Hagia Sophia (; from the Greek: Αγία Σοφία, pronounced [aˈʝia soˈfia], “Holy Wisdom”; Latin: Sancta Sophia or Sancta Sapientia; Turkish: Ayasofya) was a Greek Orthodox Christian patriarchal basilica (church), later an imperial mosque, and is now a museum (
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Baalbek:
Baalbek (), properly Baʿalbek (Arabic: بعلبك‎‎) and also known as Balbec, Baalbec or Baalbeck, is a town in the Anti-Lebanon foothills east of the Litani River in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, about 85 km (53 mi) northeast of Beirut and about 75 km (47 mi) north
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Portofino:
Portofino (Italian pronunciation: [ˌpɔrtoˈfiːno]; Ligurian: Portofin) is an Italian fishing village and holiday resort famous for its picturesque harbour and historical association with celebrity and artistic visitors. It is a comune located in the Metropo
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Modern London:
[responsive_youtube 30vMkHM1XNY]Discover the history of Modern London from the early 20th century where it was the capital of one of the largest empires in history up to the 21st British capital becoming one of the most influential cities on the planet.Video Transcript:Modern London: the story of the 20th/21st century British capitalLondon entered the 20th century at the height of its influence as the capital of one of the largest empires in historyDuring World War I, London experienced its first bombing raids carried out by German zeppelin airshipsThe Interwar period saw London expanding faster than ever before facilitated by the growth of the rail network and widening car ownershipBut it suffered severe unemployment during the Great Depression of the 1930sIt was also home to Britain’s suffragettes such as Emmeline Pankhurst who campaigned for women right to voteDuring World War II Blitz, London suffered severe damage by the bombs of the Luftwaffe killing some 30,000 peopleThe raid of December 1940 became known as the Second Great Fire of London as a firestorm destroyed many historic buildingsShortly after the war , in the summer of 1948 London held the Summer Olympics at the original Wembley StadiumStarting in the mid-1960s London became a centre for the worldwide youth culture , exemplified by Carnaby Street ‘s Swinging LondonLondon’s role as a global trendsetter was strongly revived in the 1980s during the new wave and punk erasIn the mid-1990s this was revived to some extent with the emergence of the Britpop eraAround the start of the 21st century, London marked the new century with projects such as the Millennium Dome at Greenwich and the London EyeOn 7/7 the city was rocked by a series of terrorist attacks in three bombings on Underground trains and a fourth on a double Decker bus near King’s CrossOn the summer of 2012 London became the first city to host the modern Olympics games three timesIt remains today one of the most influential cities on the planet
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West Hendon Brent reservoir:
[responsive_youtube -QHtU3ilPpI]Discover the Brent Reservoir in west Hendon popularly called the Welsh Harp from the public house called the name which stood nearby until the early 1970s. The reservoir is the only site of special Scientific Interest in Barnet and Brent and hold enough water to fill 3 million baths. It is located at the boundary between the London boroughs of Brent and Barnet only 30 minutes from central London. The Welsh Harp is home to the Hendon Waterside project, a regeneration development set within 170 hectares of beautiful green surroundings.
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Victorian London: 19th century global capital:
[responsive_youtube 6a8NCz8NLeU]Discover Victorian London, the 19th century capital of the British Empire and the most important political, financial, and trading  hubs on the planet.  When London became the world’s largest city with its population expanding from 1 million in 1800 to close to 7 million a century later.Video transcript:London became the world’s largest city with its population expanding from 1 million in 1800 to close to 7 million a century laterIt became the capital of the British Empire and the most important political, financial, and trading hubs on the planetIts central position, was largely unrivalled until the latter part of the century, when Paris and New York City began to threaten its dominanceIn the 19th century London was also a city of poverty, as shown the in the Charles Booth’s poverty mapand immortalized by Charles Dickens novels such as Oliver TwistAs the heart of a global empire, Victorian London became an immigration magnet with Irish, Jewish, Russian and small Asians community settling in the cityThe Great Exhibition of 1851 was one of the most famous events of 19th-century London showcasing Britain at the height of its Imperial dominanceIn 1890 London laid the foundations for the modern London Underground system with the world’s first subway systemLondon’s urbanised area continued to grow rapidly, spreading into Islington, Paddington, Belgravia, Holborn, Finsbury, Shoreditch, Southwark and Lambeth.Many famous buildings and landmarks of London were constructed during the 19th century including Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament
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Georgian London: rapid growth, Industrial Revolution and British expansion:
[responsive_youtube OyXjwjzUZBs]Discover Georgian London where the British city became the capital of a vast empire importing goods from all over the globe from Indian cashmere to China ceramics.  It was a time of rapid growth, the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and a time of British expansion throughout the world.Video transcripts:Georgian London: 1714–1837A time of rapid growth for London after the Great fire of 1666In size and population, wealth and power, there had never been a city like itLondon became the capital of a vast empire importing goods from all over the globe from Indian cashmere to China ceramicsThe period is well known in the context of social history , with its society and preoccupations well portrayed in the novels of writers such as Jane AustenWith the emergence of the Romantic poets like Lord Byron describing pleasure gardens and period costumesThe paintings of the young M. W. Turner among others illustrated the changing world of the Georgian periodIt was a time of immense social change in Britain, with the beginnings of the Industrial RevolutionWhich intensified class divisions and emigration to other parts of the British EmpireThe Georgian era was a time of British expansion throughout the worldBut with its fair share of warfare, from the Seven Years’ War (1756–63) and the American Revolutionary War (1775–83) to the Napoleonic Wars (1803–15).The period was named because of the first four Hanoverian kings were all named George1714 marks the beginning of the House of Hanover’s with King George IIn 1727 George II ascends to the throne followed by George III in 1760In 1811, George IV, replaces George III who has become delusional and the following nine-year are defined as the regency periodIn 1830 George IV dies and is replaced by his brother, The Prince William, Duke of Clarence, who became William IVIn 1837 William IV dies, ending the Georgian Era, and is succeeded by his niece, Queen Victoria, the last member of the House of Hanover
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London’s Tudors and Stuarts history:
[responsive_youtube quaabiXygck]Discover London’s Tudors and Stuarts history , a time of religious conflicts, civil wars and reformation, the age of Queen Elisabeth explorations,  and times of intense political changes with the creation of parliament, Cromwell’s  English republic, the restoration and the glorious revolutionVideo transcript:Tudors and Stuarts London: 1485 to 1714After the War of the Roses Henry VII centralised power and expanded the monarchy’s financial reserve , which his son Henry VIII continuedHenry VIII is famous for having 6 wives and establishing the Church of England, braking away from RomeEdward VI succeeded Henry VIII and during his reign the Book of Common Prayer was written, which is still in use todayDuring the reformation Elisabeth re-established Church of England as official religionShe is famous for defeating the Spanish Armada sent to restore Catholicism and to empoisoned Mary Stuart Queen of ScotsIt was a time of exploration where Explorer sought new routes to the east and Colonised the Eastern coast of AmericaIt was the time of Shakespeare, famous for his plays performed at the Globe theatre, including Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and JulietJames VI became King James I of England, Wales and Ireland and is best known for commissioning a new translation of the Bible, the Kings James VersionBut in 1649 , at the end of the English Civil War, he was charged with treason by the Parliamentarians and executedFor the only time in its history England became a republic when Cromwell was recognised as the Lord protectorIn1660 parliament invited Charles II to come back from exile and crown him King Charles II of England, Wales, Scotland and IrelandIn 1666, a small accidental fire, caused the Great Fire of London which lasted four days and wiped out 80% of the city, which buildings were mostly build from woodMr Samuel Pepys kept an extensive diary of the tragedyIn 1679 the Habeas Corpus Act was created which enforced to present the person in courtDuring the period known as the Glorious revolutions Mary (James II daughter) married William of Orange from Netherland and  invaded England with no resistance
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Medieval London: the rise of the most important city in Europe:
[responsive_youtube wAxWU1z317g]Discover Medieval London when Britain’s capital became the largest, wealthiest and most important cities in Europe despite its fair share of diseases, famine, religious controversy and invaders attacks.  A city belonging to craftsmen and merchants producing and selling remarkable handcrafted objects with engraved designs.Video transcript:Although prone to diseases, famine, religious controversy and invaders attacksIt is in this period that London became one of the largest, wealthiest and most important cities in EuropeIt was a city belonging to craftsmen and merchants producing and selling remarkable handcrafted objects with engraved designsThose workers organised themselves into guilds and livery companies to maintain a high workmanship standardsDaily Medieval life was quite hard harsh and could vary considerably depending on a person’s social statusIt had its fair share of crime including forgery, robbery and drunken fighting often leading to serious injuries or deathLondon and especially Westminster was becoming the effective centre of government for EnglandThe Roman Catholic Church became central to medieval people’s lives ever since the Christianity was introduced to England in the late 500sThe Church provided spiritual guidance, education, employment and the hope of salvation after deathIt was during Medieval London that Common Seals where introducedLondoners often used different languages for different purposes, with many of the residents bilingual or even trilingualThe music soundtrack is Valley of Tears composed by zero-project and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3.
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Roman London: 55BC to 5th Century AD:
[responsive_youtube Q847hNc-EBQ]Discover Britain’s Roman history including Julius Caesar failed invasion in 55BC, Claudius successful invasion in 43AD, clash with Boudicca Iceni,  Hadrian’s wall, the Picts, the 400 year roman occupation, and their legacy including roads, buildings, law and the beggining of Christian communities around 3AD.Roman London: 55BC to 5th Century ADIn 55 BC Julius Caesar led a Roman invasion of Britain but failed and for nearly 100 years Britain remained separate from the Roman EmpireIn AD 43 the Emperor Claudius successfully invaded Britain, but only after a fierce opposition from Local tribes such as Queen Boudicca’s IceniThe Romans remained in Britain for 400 yearsLondinium was the name given to this strategically important port town on the River ThamesWith a good position to trade with the rest of the Roman Empire, introducing new plants and animalsThey built roads, bridges and public buildingsincluding the Forum which was the central market and meeting placeThey build amphitheatres where gladiators fought to the dead to entertain the crowdsThey created a structure of law with the Basilica serving as the town hall and the court of justiceThey built the Temple of Mithras for protecting good against evilIn the 3rd century the Roman built a defensive wall around the city on the site of the present day City of LondonSome 50,000 people lived inside the cityOver a thousand a half years later the remains of defensive London Wall are still visible in the City of LondonIt was during the 3rd and 4th centuries AD that the first Christian communities began to appear in BritainBy the 5 Century there was only a few troops left in Britain and many towns including Londinium declined drastically over the next few decades
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Prehistoric London: history of Britain’s capital before the Romans:
[responsive_youtube sKeI1d6PLP8]Discover Britain’s history before the Romans including hunter-gatherers, stone age, land bridge, English channel 10,000BC, farmers 4000BC, 2000BC Bronze Age, metalworkers, Iron Age, Celtic languages and the first coins.Hunter-gatherers where the first people to live in Britain during the period known as the Stone AgeA land bridge connected Britain to the continent and people came and went, following the herds of deer and horses which they hunted.Britain only became permanently separated from the continent by the Channel about 10,000 years ago.The first farmers arrived in Britain 6,000 years ago from south-east Europe.These people built houses, tombs and monuments on the land.Around 4,000 years ago, people learned to make bronze which led to the period known as the Bronze Age.People lived in roundhouses and buried their dead in tombs called round barrowsThey became talented metalworkers who made many beautiful objects in bronze and gold, including tools, ornaments and weapons.During the Iron Age, around 800B people learned how to make weapons and tools out of ironMost people were either farmers, craft workers or warriors.They spoke a Celtic language, which is related to languages still spoken today in some parts of Wales, Scotland and Ireland.The people of the Iron Age had a sophisticated culture and economy,They made the first coins to be minted in Britain, some inscribed with the names of Iron Age kings.This marked the beginnings of British history.
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Bedford Square: London’s best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture:
[responsive_youtube DCudMP7g43Y]Discover Bedford Square, a lovely garden square in the heart of the Bloomsbury district of the Borough of Camden in London.  It is considered one of the best preserved set pieces of Georgian architecture in London and many of the surrounded houses are grade I listed buildings.  It was built between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential area and its name comes from the main title of the Russell family, the Dukes of Bedford, who owned much of the land in what is now Bloomsbury.Lovely Garden Square in the heart of the BloomsburyBuilt between 1775 and 1783 as an upper middle class residential areaName comes from the Dukes of Bedford who owned much of the BloomsburyLondon’s best preserved set pieces of Georgian architectureWith many of the surrounded houses are grade I listed buildings.The music soundtrack is Immortality composed by Gregoire Lourne and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Bloomsbury Tavistock Square: home to Gandhi statue and cherry tree:
[responsive_youtube 57UcSOAiEcc]Discover Tavistock Square a public square located in the heart of Bloomsbury within the London Borough of Camden.  A statue of Mahatma Gandhi, sculpted by Fredda Brilliant and installed in 1968 is the gardens centre-piece.  Tavistock Square was originally developed on the estate owned by the Dukes of Bedford in the 1820s.  It is also home to a fabulous cherry tree planted in 1967 in memory of Hiroshima victims.Video transcript:Tavistock SquareLovely Public Square in in the heart of BloomsburyWithin the London Borough of CamdenWith a statue of Mahatma Gandhi as the garden centre-piece
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Sopot Molo: Europe’s longest wooden pier:
[responsive_youtube 0hSg_qbkgOQ]Discover the Sopot Pier known as Molo, considered the longest wooden pier in Europe with 511.5 meters.  It was  first built in 1827 as a pleasure pier stretching from the middle of the popular Sopot beach and Spa Square on one end, way into the marina and Baltic sea to the other end.  The pier is one of Sopot’s most visited tourist attractions but also serves as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxis.Video transcript:Sopot Molo (Molo w Sopocie)Europe’s longest wooden pier at 511.5 metersFirst built in 1827 as a pleasure pierStretches from the Spa Square to the Baltic sea marinaServes as a mooring point for cruise boats and water taxisThe music soundtrack is Andoria Main title composed by Butterfly Tea and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.  
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Sopot: Molo, Lighthouse, Monte Cassino and the Crooked House:
[responsive_youtube s0ALysmJJaA]Discover Sopot, a charming seaside town famous for being a major health-spa resort destination.  Part of the Tricity (Trójmiasto) with nearby Gdansk to the south and Gdynia to the north, it is located in the northern part of Poland, within the Pomerian voivodeship on the southern coast of the Baltic Sea.  It has a population of approximately 40,000 and is mostly visited during the summer months where it hosts one of Poland’s most famous music festival, the Sopot International Song Festival, the second largest event in Europe after the Eurovision Song Contest.It’s main tourist attraction is the Molo wooden pier stretching out into the Bay of Gdansk considered the longest in Europe with  515.5 metres.  It is also famous for the unique Crooked House on the touristy Monte Cassino street as well as the Inhalation Mushroom fountain of bromide spring water.Video transcript:Charming seaside town part of the Tricity with nearby Gdansk and GdyniaFamous for being a major health-spa resort destinationMolo: Europe’s longest wooden pierLighthouse: old lighthouse offering amazing views on the pier and the cityHeroes of Monte Cassino street: Sopot most animated locationCrooked House: amazing construction within the Monte Cassino StreetInhalation Mushroom fountain: bromide spring water source on MonteForest Opera: unique opera located on fresh air in the nearby forestTricity Landscape Park: a beautiful forest-park surrounding TricityNorth Park: a renewed park ideal for a morning strollThe music soundtrack is The ride of the Dark Knight composed by zero-project and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Gdansk Old Town by night:
[responsive_youtube MRqJhVqrKgE]Discover Gdansk Old Town by night, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against communism and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime.Video transcript:Gdansk Old Town by nightGdansk prison tower and Torture Chamber: originally built in the 14th century as part of the city’s fortificationsGolden Gate: designed in a Dutch Mannerist style, located at one end of the Long LaneLong Lane (Ulica Długa): Gdansk’s most popular Medieval street with Dutch-inspired architectureMary’s Church (Bazylika Mariacka): world’s largest Gothic brick church fitting nearly 20,000 peopleMain Town Hall (Ratusz Głównego Miasta): Gothic-Renaissance building dating back to the 14th centuryPiwna Street: charming medieval street parallel to Long LaneBaszta Jacek: Gdansk highest medieval towers built around 1400 and once part of the town’s fortificationsThe music soundtrack is Battle at the misty valley by zero-project and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Hel Peninsula Northern Poland:
[responsive_youtube Mzx_zBCUzlk]Discover Hel Peninsula, a 35-km-long sand bar peninsula in the Northern part of Poland home to the sea resorts of Chałupy, Jastarnia, Jurata and Hel.  It is located some 50 kilometres north of the Tricity it is one of the most visited Baltic destinations especially during the summer months where it is an ideal place for camping and enjoying various water sports including kite surfing.The peninsula width is the narrower near the Jurata region with only a few hundred meters and much larger at the eastern tip with over 3 km in the town of Hel.  Interestingly up until the 17th century, because it is mainly formed of sand, the peninsula was a chain of islands that formed a strip of land only during the summer.Top sights in Hel Peninsula:35-km-long sand bar peninsula home to the sea resorts of Chałupy, Jastarnia, Jurata and HelChałupy: well known for its good windsurfing and kite surfing conditionsJastarnia: popular seaside resort town with small fishing portHel: town at the eastern tip of the Hel Peninsula with a lovely beach and harbourThe music soundtrack is Andoria Main title composed by Butterfly Tea and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Trans Maldivian Airways: Paradise Air Taxi:
[responsive_youtube bBKAEnRmCgo]Discover the Trans Maldivian Airways (TMA), the best way to get to your piece of paradise in the Maldives.  TMA is a private airline in the Maldives operating out of the Ibrahim Nasir International Airport in Male, the Maldives biggest city and capital. Being the World’s largest seaplane fleet, it provides seaplane transfer services to a large number of tourist resorts.Video transcript:Trans Maldivian AirwaysMaldivian Paradise Air TaxiOldest air transfer operator in the MaldivesWorld’s largest seaplane fleet in operationWith a fleet of 45 Canadian Twin Otter seaplanesWith over 120,000 flights per yearCarrying more than 950,000 passengers a yearProvides seaplane transfer services to most of the islands resortsThe music soundtrack is I Can Fly  I Can Fly composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Kuredu Resort: Maldives’s Top Destination (Lhaviyani Atoll):
[responsive_youtube Q4q1dJR7bKQ]Discover one of the most popular and top rated destinations of the Maldives, the Kuredu Resort & Spa, offering an excellent choice of accommodation and facilities to match. Home to some of the world’s most pristine beaches and often referred to as the only truly remaining Paradise on Earth, it is ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and enjoying the wild live both on the land and under water.The music soundtrack is I Can Fly  I Can Fly composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Maldives Beach: white sand and azure waters:
[responsive_youtube _W44qU_3SVI]Discover one of the world’s most pristine beaches in the island nation of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean.  Often referred to as the only truly remaining Paradise on Earth, it is ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and enjoying the wild live both on the land and under water.  Known as the Sunny Side of life, Maldives is really one of the most beautiful place on the planets will it be because of its breathtaking beaches, turquoise water or incredible underwater kingdom filled with sharks, turtles and a variety of other colourful tropical sea life.The music soundtrack is Run Faster, Jump Higher composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with Go Pro Hero3.
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Maldives: swimming with Manta rays:
[responsive_youtube SlMv1z3pgOU]Discover the Maldives Manta Rays or Manta birostris ray who live in the open water of tropical oceans or close to coral reefs. It feeds on tiny plankton organisms, krill and small fishes and can go up 5 meter in size, making it the biggest type of rays . Manta females give birth to 1 to 2 young after a 13 months gestation period and pregnant females have been seen jumping out of the sea spectacularly while giving birth to their young!Video transcript:Maldives: swimming with Manta raysLive in the open water of tropical oceansOften close to coral reefsCan go up 5 meter in size, making it the biggest type of rays.Feeds on tiny plankton organisms, krill and small fishes.The music soundtrack is Run Faster, Jump Higher composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with Go Pro Hero3.
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Maldives: swimming with Dolphins:
[responsive_youtube q_V4DG6h4zA]Discover Dolphins in the Maldives, one of the best places on Earth to watch them with over 20 different species or about  a quarter of the world’s total.The music soundtrack is swimming with Dolphins composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Maldives Underwater Kingdom: colourful tropical sea life:
[responsive_youtube IKI4pGRkIiM]Discover the Maldives underwater kingdom, a snorkelling and diving paradise with astonishingly clear azure water and an abundance of tropical seal life including turtles, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Oriental Sweetlip, the Ribboned sweetlips and the Orange Spine Unicorn Fish.The Oriental Sweetlip or Plectorhinchus orientalis,  are commonly found in the Indo-Pacific waters on outer reefs usually in groups.  Adults size  usually go up to 50 cm and are easily recognized by the striped pattern.The yellow Ribboned sweetlips or Plectorhinchus polytaenia,  is a species of grunt native to the Indian Ocean and the western Pacific Ocean, where they can be found on coral reefs at depths from 5 to 40 m (16 to 131 ft). This species can reach 50 cm (20 in) in TL with black stripes as Juveniles and with stripes becoming more yellow as they age, which help them blend into the coral in which they live.The Orange Spine Unicorn fish or Naso literatus, Lives on shallow inner and outer reef crests and slopes.  They are widespread in the Indo-Pacific region, especially in the Maldives and van be easily identified by the bright orange spines on the tail.The music soundtrack is There’s a hole, there’s a wall composed by Arnoldsrecords and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with Go Pro Hero3
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Maldives: Swimming with Blacktip Reef Sharks:
[responsive_youtube _iB60Mr3BT0]Discover the Blacktip reef shark from the shallow inshore waters of the Maldives, easily identified by the prominent black tips on its fins.  The Blacktip reef shark or Carcharhinus melanopterus is a species of requiem shark, in the family of Carcharhinidae,  among the most abundant sharks inhabiting the tropical coral reefs of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.  This species typically attains a length of 1.6 m (5.2 ft).The music soundtrack is Run Faster, Jump Higher,  there’s a wall composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with Go Pro Hero3.
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Gdynia: Baltic sea port & Experyment Science Center:
[responsive_youtube 39wdXM5SWcY]Discover Gdynia, home to the Baltic’s sea biggest port, founded in 1926.  Located within the Kashubia region in Eastern Pomerania, Gdynia is Part of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and Sopot, and considered one of the most visited sea resort town in the regionVideo captions:One of the most visited sea resort town in the regionLocated in Kashubia in Eastern PomeraniaPart of the Tricity with neighbouring Gdansk and SopotGdynia port: Founded in 1926 and one of the Baltic’s Sea biggest portsExperyment: Gdynia’s Science CentreThe music soundtrack is Odyssey Finale composed by Gregoire Lourme and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Maldives: Swimming with turtles:
[responsive_youtube 1SzZT8mGhO8]Discover the Maldives hawksbill sea turtle or  Eretmochelys imbricata, a a critically endangered species part of the Cheloniidae family.  Its appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles with a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean.The music soundtrack is Beach Dream composed by Master of the Subway Ninjas and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with Go Pro Hero3.
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Underwater Maldives: diving paradise:
[responsive_youtube rQ7T9scrYME]Discover underwater Maldives, a snorkelling and diving paradise with astonishingly clear azure water and an abundance of tropical seal life including turtles, Blacktip Reef Sharks, Oriental Sweetlip, the Ribboned sweetlips and the Orange Spine Unicorn Fish.The music soundtrack is Eighty Four Tears composed by Arnoldsrecords and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Maldives: Paradise on Earth:
[responsive_youtube nh5vdRlKxsM]Discover the Maldives island nation in the Indian Ocean, the only remaining Paradise on Earth, ideal for sunbathing, snorkelling, diving and other water sports.  Known as the Sunny Side of life, Maldives is really one of the most beautiful place on the planets will it be because of its breathtaking beaches, turquoise water or incredible underwater kingdom filled with sharks, turtles and a variety of other colourful tropical sea life.The music soundtrack is Breeze Gyako 2014 composed by Gyako and under Creative Commons (CC) licence Attribution and Share Alike and approved for commercial purposes.HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam.
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Gdansk Industrial City (Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers):
[responsive_youtube l3Ot2LnGFcc]Discover Gdansk the Industrial City, sometimes referred to by its German name Danzig, a strategic and highly influential port for nearly a thousand years.  What was once the stronghold of the Teutonic Knights and an influential city within the Hanseatic League during the Middle Ages has become northern Poland largest city and capital of the Pomeranian Voivodeship.  It gain notoriety in the 70s and 80’s when it became the heart of political upheavals against the communist regime and  the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers on the Plac Solidarności visibly commemorate victims of the ancient regime.CC music by Zero Project, Track- Knights of the darknessHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear SteadycamGdansk images
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Écusson by night: Montpellier’s Historical centre:
[responsive_youtube d6pW0oVWaXg]Discover Montpellier’s Historical centre, also known as the Écusson district home to over a thousand years of history within its labyrinth of typical medieval streets.  It is home to a variety of sights including the Place de la Comédie at its heart, the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre and a variety of Historical Hotels and private mansions.  The vast majority of the buildings in this historic centre have medieval roots and were modified between the 16th and the 18th centuries.Of particular interest in the old centre:Place de la Comédie: grandiose square with its 18h century opera houseCarré St Anne on the location of original Saint Paul Church dating back to the 12th CenturyPorte du Peyrou: triumphal arch entrance to the Royal placeCathédrale Saint-Pierre: Montpellier Cathedral originally built in 1364Musée d’Anatomie: Museum of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine in MontpellierMusée Fabre: Montpellier art museumMontpellier Historical Hotels and private mansionsMedieval mikve: 12th century Jewish ritual bathPlace de la Canourgue: 17th-century gardensTour des Pins: the only remaining tower of the city medieval wallsTour de la Babotte: medieval tower modified in the 18th century to welcome an observatoryRue du Bras de Fer: Iron Arm typical medieval StreetPréfecture de l’Héraut: Montpellier’s region administrative centreÉcusson by night images
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Çeşme beach sequence shot:
[responsive_youtube -INaB_Sfl1o]Discover Çeşme beach sequence shot one of the most beautiful coasts within the Aegean coast on the extreme western tip of Turkey.  Popular holiday destination with celebrities and well known for its luxury resorts, spas and one of Turkey’s most amazing beach.CC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- RingtoneHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear SteadycamÇeşme images
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Alasehir Pia Hotel: Alasehir most exclusive Hotel:
[responsive_youtube KxXxgalE2RA]Discover Alasehir most exclusive Hotel with fantastic facilities, including a lovely garden and restaurant, a beautiful outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, offering a vast array of services.Check out the Alasehir Pia Hotel rates:CC music by Luxurious, Track – Dr PianoHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear SteadycamAlasehir Pia Hotel images
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Montpellier BMX Street Art (by Mr BMX):
[responsive_youtube 0qT5bXTmfxs]Discover Montpellier’s unique historical district Street Art where at numerous locations BMX bikes hang from medieval houses.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – ImmortalityHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Rue du Plan d’Agde : Bohemian Montpellier by Night:
[responsive_youtube LLJNRBSzIY0]Discover Rue du Plan d’Agde one of the most animated streets in the heart of the Écusson,  Montpellier historic district.  It is filled with a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants including the charming and unique Bouchon St Roch at the corner of the Rue du Petit Saint Jean.  The street ends on the beautiful Église Saint Roch and its facing St Roch Trompes l’Oeil mural painting.Video transcript:Rue du Plan d’Agde : Bohemian Montpellier by NightOne of Montpellier’s most animated medieval streetsLocated in the heart of the Écusson Montpellier historic districtFilled with a variety of cafes, bars and restaurantsIncluding the charming Bouchon St Roch at the corner of the Rue du Petit Saint JeanThe street ends on the beautiful Église Saint Rochand its facing St Roch Trompes l’Oeil mural paintingCC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- Vintage (Accoustic)HD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear SteadycamRue du Plan d’Agde images
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Le Bouchon St Roch: Montpellier restaurant:
[responsive_youtube 6HJtb4FYZmE]Discover Le Bouchon St Roch, a very unique restaurant in the heart of Montpellier Historical Center.  Located on the corner of the pedestrian and very vibrant Rue du Plan d’Agde packed with its varieties of bars and restaurants and the rue du Petit St Jean, only a stone’s throw away from the beautiful St Roch church.  This remarkable restaurant is well known for its indoor French decorations, very friendly staff and its large terrace at the front.Le Bouchon St Roch:  15 Rue du Plan d’Agde, 34000 Montpellier, FrancePhone:+33 4 67 60 94 18
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Place de la Comédie: Montpellier’s central square:
[responsive_youtube B6qVJtZaPhY]Discover la Place de la Comédie, Montpellier’s central square and most famous rendez vous point.  Located at the heart of historical district, only 200 meter north of the railway station, it was built on the location city’s fortifications and has become today the hub of Montpellier’s activities.  It is indeed one of the most vibrant destinations of the city packed with restaurants, cafes, bars and street artists.  It is home to the Opéra national de Montpellier on one side, the Fontaine des Trois Grâces at its heart and the Esplanade green space on the other side.Place de la Comédie: Montpellier’s central square:Main focal point of the city: 200 meter north of the railway stationBuilt where the city’s fortifications were located.It has become today the hub of Montpellier’s activitiesFontaine des Trois Grâces: Montpellier’s s most famous fountainWith plenty of restaurants, cafes, bars and street artistsOpéra national de Montpellier Languedoc-Roussillon: 18h century opera housePlace de la Comédie images
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Pamukkale: Turkey’s most impressive natural sight:
[responsive_youtube em6kHe9pVvA]Discover Pamukkale, Turkey’s most impressive natural sight composed of terraces of carbonate minerals and hot springs known as Travertines.  Located within the Denizli Province, in the River Menderes valley it has become one of the most visited destination in south-western Turkey.The Pamukkale sight is also home to the ancient Greco-Roman and Byzantine city of Hierapolis, known for its Archaeology Museum and a well preserved 12,000-seat Roman amphitheatre.  The Hierapolis-Pamukkale attractions was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988.
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Izmir: Anatolia’s charming metropolis:
[responsive_youtube 2TjTXRPDwp4]Discover Izmir, Anatolia’s largest metropolis and one of the principal mercantile cities of the Mediterranean Sea, with over 3,500 years of recorded urban historyTopicsIzmir HD videoIzmir in a nutshellIzmir key sightsIzmir imagesIzmir in a nutshellSome interesting facts about Izmir:Located on the waters of the Gulf of Izmirit is one of the principal mercantile cities of the Mediterranean Seawith 3,500 years of recorded urban historyit is one of the oldest settlements of the Mediterranean basinonce known as the Ancient city of SmyrnaIt emerged as a major international port starting in the 17th centuryIt is now the largest metropolis in western Anatoliacomposed of several metropolitan districtsand with over 3 million inhabitantsit is the third most populous city in Turkey, after Istanbul and AnkaraAttracting many foreigners with the city’s European orientationClock Tower (Saat Kulesi): beautiful marble tower in the heart of the Konak SquareKonak district: Izmir’s historical neighbourhood around Konak SquareIzmir key sightsIzmir most popular attractions:Alsancak (shopping and dining quarter)Forum Bornova Shopping CenterKordonboyu (boardwalk)AsansorSynagogue Street (Havra Sokagi)Konak SquareKadifekale Ancient RuinsKemeralti MarketRoman Agora of SmyrnaIzmir Coast viewIzmir images
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Montpellier: most seductive city in the South of France:
[responsive_youtube oWT3L6TXH5A]Montpellier located on Mediterranean Sea coast is one of the most charming and seductive cities in the South of France.  It is the elegant capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, the Hérault department and the third-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice.  It is considered the fastest growing city in the country over the past 25 years, filled with culture with a selection of museums, a young dynamism with numerous universities and world-class architecture including over a dozen of very stylish private mansions and Historical Hotels. Even its tramways designed by Christian Lacroix as moving tableaux are often considered as the sexiest of the world.TopicsMontpellier videoIntroductionMontpellier in a nutshellMontpellier’s top sightsMontpellier’s imagesMontpellier in a nutshellSome of Montpellier’s most interesting facts:Most charming city in the South of FranceCapital of the Languedoc-Roussillon regionCapital of the Hérault departmentLess than a hour bus or cycle ride from the beachFastest growing city in France over the past 25 yearsPacked with culture with a selection of museumsFilled with a young dynamism with numerous universitiesHome to world-class architecture with over a dozen of Historical HotelsWorld’s sexiest tramways designed by Christian LacroixMontpellier’s top sightsMontpellier’s must see attractions:Montpellier Historical centre: a labyrinth of typical medieval streetsPlace de la Comédie: grandiose square with its 18h century opera houseAntigone District: central area known for its neo-classical architecture designed by Catalonian architect Ricardo BofillCharles de Gaulle Esplanade: beautiful green space extending la Place de la ComédiePorte du Peyrou: triumphal arch entrance to the Royal placePlace Royale du Peyrou: three hectares esplanade build in 1689 with fountains and monumentsJardin des Plantes: France’s oldest botanical garden in, founded in 1593and maintained by the UniversityCathédrale Saint-Pierre: Montpellier Cathedral originally built in 1364Musée d’Anatomie: Museum of Anatomy of the Faculty of Medicine in MontpellierMusée Fabre: Montpellier art museumMontpellier Historical Hotels and private mansionsFollies: splendid châteaux built by wealthy merchants surrounding the cityMontpellier’s images
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Alaçati: aegean town in western Turkey:
[responsive_youtube _g9TmqIEoeo]Discover Alaçati, a charming Aegean town renowned for its  windmills, architecture and vineyards.  Located on the western coast of the İzmir Province, next to the sea-side resort town of Çeşme.  It is considered one of the most authentic towns in western Turkey with its pedestrian narrow streets filled with stone houses, boutique hotels and Mediterranean restaurants.  It is also famous for its nightlife with plenty of places opened until the morning.
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Çeşme: Beautiful Turkish sea-side resort town:
[responsive_youtube yFzDXF1PlAs]Discover Çeşme one of the most beautiful sea-side resort town within the Aegean coast on the extreme western tip of Turkey.  Popular holiday destination with celebrities and well known for its luxury resorts, spas and one of Turkey’s most amazing beach.TopicsÇeşme HD videoÇeşme in a nutshellÇeşme imagesÇeşme in a nutshellSome interesting facts about Çeşme:Beautiful sea-side resort townLocated on the extreme western tip of TurkeyWithin the Aegean coastOnly 85 km west of IzmirHas a population of around 20,000Name translated to fountain in PersianWell known for its luxury resorts, spas and …one of Turkey’s most amazing beachÇeşme images
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Traditional Turkish Wedding Alasehir:
[responsive_youtube HVelzSnQt7M]Discover a traditional Turkish Wedding in Alasehir Turkey with a typical orchestra, music and ceremony.
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British Museum: world’s second most visited museum:
[responsive_youtube 6_SwlHkgONM]The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris.  It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents.  It is a museum of history and culture which mission it  to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.  Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies.  The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
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British Library: United Kingdom national library:
[responsive_youtube 5Ef9Z321nSY]Discover the British Library, the United Kingdom national library home to over 150 million items from all over the world with historical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BC.  It is considered the world’s second largest library, right after the American Library of Congress.British Library Video Transcript:United Kingdom national libraryWorld’s second largest libraryHome to over 150 million itemsHistorical manuscripts dating back as far as 2000 BCCC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- RingtoneHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Dollis Valley Greenwalk: 16 km long footpath in North London:
[responsive_youtube f1MeLAFtlYM]Discover the Dollis Valley Greenwalk, an amazing 10 miles (16 km) long footpath in North London.  Located in the Borough of Barnet it connects Hampstead Heath to the Mount Nature Reserve in Mill Hill and.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Camden Canals: North London 13km canal network:
[responsive_youtube gwgx0xycDvc]Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listed horse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Camden Stables Market: part of North LondonCamden Market:
[responsive_youtube N4A4PaDhRPU]Discover the Stables Market part of the Camden Market in North London Camden Town. It is located in the former Pickfords stables and Grade II listedhorse hospital, where numerous stalls and shops set in the large arches in railway viaducts.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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West Heath: Beautiful forest part of North London’s Hampstead Heath:
[responsive_youtube twUwwZSLALE]Discover West Heath, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead HeathPark.  It is adjoining theGolders Hill Park to the North and Sandy Heath to the East, and strategically located between the tube station of Hampstead and Golders Green on the Northern Line.  It has an amazing duck pond at its heart and is the perfect place for nature lover.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Hampstead Heath Extension Park: North London beautiful green space:
[responsive_youtube ChGdDylBWKU]Discover Hampstead Heath Extension, a beautiful green space in North London part of the famous Hampstead Heath Park.  It is adjoining Sandy Heath to the South, and located between the tube station of Golders Green to the west and the Hampstead Golf Course to the east.  It offers a variety of sports pitches and a small forest on the southern End.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion: neo-Gothic terrace:
[responsive_youtube iwrtRTrYlnU]Discover Budapest’s Fisherman’s Bastion located on the Buda Castle hill next to the Matthias Church, a unique neo-Gothic and neo-Romanesque terrace offering spectacular views over Budapest.Video transcript:Fisherman’s BastionA neo-Gothic terrace on the Buda Castle hillBuilt in the 19th century to serve as a lookout towerWith 7 turrets representing the original 7 Hungarian tribesCC music by Butterfly Tea, Track – Back to AdventureHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest Fisherman’s Bastion Sequence Shot:
[responsive_youtube LuStkWBet4c]Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.CC music by Gregoire zero-project, Track Knight of the DarknessHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest Danube River at sunset:
[responsive_youtube 2vD2ADnCF4k]Discover Budapest Danube River at sunset with some of the Hungary Capital top landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.CC music by Gregoire zero-project, Track Knight of the DarknessHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica:
[responsive_youtube xUh95b4_9Iw]Discover Budapest’s St. Stephen’s Basilica, a grandiose Roman Catholic Church located at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian Street.  It was named in honour of the first King of Hungary and is considered one of the largest church buildings in Hungary.Video transcript:Stephen’s BasilicaOne of Budapest’s most iconic landmarksLocated at the end of the Zrínyi Pedestrian StreetGrandiose Roman Catholic ChurchNamed in honour of the first King of HungaryOne of the largest church buildings inHungaryCC music by Butterfly Tea, Track Back to AdventureHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Széchenyi Chain Bridge: Budapest’s most iconic bridge:
[responsive_youtube VX9LF3ybp_Q]Discover the Széchenyi Chain Bridge, one of Budapest’s most recognisable sights, spanning across the River Danube between the western Buda and eastern Pest.Video transcript:Széchenyi Chain BridgeBudapest’s most iconic bridgeSuspension bridge connecting western Buda to eastern PestDesigned by English engineer William Tierney ClarkOpened in 1849and considered one of the world’s engineering wondersFirst permanent bridge across the DanubeCC music by Butterfly Tea, Track Back to AdventureHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest Parliament on the Danube:
[responsive_youtube E5xg5-BXEWc]Discover the Hungarian Parliament building on the Danube River at sunset, one of Budapest’s most iconic landmarks.Video transcript:Hungarian Parliament BuildingOne of the most iconic landmarks of BudapestOfficial seat of the National Assembly of HungaryOne of Europe’s oldest legislative buildingsCC music by Gregoire zero-project, Track Battle at the misty valleyHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Gellért Thermal Bath: Budapest’s most famous hot spring spa:
[responsive_youtube FWNVVwDTyA4]Gellért Thermal Bath is one of the Budapest’s most famous Bath complexes with a Swimming Pool and many hot water pools with temperature up to 40 °C.  It is part of the famous Hotel Gellért on the Buda side of the city.Video transcript:Gellért Thermal BathBudapest’s famous natural hot spring Bath complexOne of Europe’s most iconic thermal spa bathsWith swimming pool, wave pool and spa treatmentsOffer a great relaxation and entertainment all year roundPart of the famous Hotel GellértLocated next to the Gellért Hill on the Buda side of the cityLarge Swimming Pool(water temperature 26° C)Central Thermal Pool (water temperature 36° C)Side Thermal Pool (water temperature 40° C)Steam baths and immersion pool (water temperature 19° C)CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track – The Adventure BeginsHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Best of Budapest: Hungary’s capital top sights:
[responsive_youtube RVnlRuVgYro]Discover Budapest’s top sights including the Buda Castle and hill, the Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street and the St Stephen basilica, the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge, the Fisherman’s Bastion and the Matthias Church, the Széchenyi Thermal Bath and the Vajdahunyad Castle in the VárosligetCity Park, the Szepmuveszeti Muzeum and the Heroes’ Square, the famous Andrássy Avenue and the House of Terror museum, the Dohány Street Synagogue, the Hungarikum Bisztro and the Dob3 bar.CC music by Gregoire zero-project, Track Pactum servaHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear steadycam
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Budapest by night: Buda Castle, Parliament & Chain Bridge:
[responsive_youtube 9oFIkNHsTBs]Discover Budapest by night with some of the Hungarian Capital key landmarks including the Buda Castle and hill, Hungarian Parliament building and the Danube river, the Zrinyi pedestrian street, the St Stephen basilica and the grandiose Széchenyi Chain Bridge.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track ImmortalityHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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St-Pancras International: world’s most wonderful railway station:
[responsive_youtube ps5jzMA0eLE]Discover St-Pancras International, considered one of the world’s most wonderful railway stations.  It is Located on Euston Road in the London Borough of Camden, between the British Library and King’s Cross station . The station is situated within a Grade I listed building and is widely known for its Victorian architecture.  It was originally opened in 1868 by the Midland Railway, and had at that time the world’s largest single-span roof.  It later escaped planned demolition in the 1960s and was renovated and expanded during the 2000s at a cost of £800 million s.  Once connecting London with the East Midlands and Yorkshire, it is today linking the capital with the North and South-East of England, as well as a connection with Paris since 2007 via Eurostar.  The St-Pancras International station is home to 15 platforms, a shopping centre, a bus station and to the St. Pancras Renaissance London Hotel, which opened in 2011.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track ImmortalityCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal Park:
[responsive_youtube wncKRWMLMIk]Hyde Park, part of the Royal Parks, is one of the largest and most famous parks in central London.  It is divided in two by the Serpentine Lake and the western extension of the Kensington Gardens is often considered part of the park, although technically separate since 1728.Video transcript:Part of the Royal ParksLargest park in central LondonWas the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851CC music by Opus Opium, Track MomentumsCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Royal Albert Hall: London’s most famous concert hall:
[responsive_youtube yKFI6SFmMiM]The Royal Albert Hall is the impressive concert hall located south of the Kensington Gardens opposite the Albert Memorial.  It hosts a variety of performances each year from ballet and opera to rock concerts.  It is perhaps best known for being home to the annual summer Proms concerts.Video transcript:One of London’s most impressive concert hallsLocated south of the Kensington GardensRenown for hosting annual summer BBC Proms concertsCC music by Zero Project, Track Pactum servaCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Royal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoire:
[responsive_youtube HoOhLeLJ2A0]The Royal College of Music is South Kensington well known conservatoire situated between the Royal Albert Hall and the Imperial College.  It was founded by Royal Charter in 1882, with its first director being Sir George Grove and followed by Sir Hubert Parry.Video transcript:Well known London conservatoireLocated in South Kensington next to the Royal Albert HallFounded by Royal Charter in 1882CC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- RingtoneCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Exhibition Road: London’s cultural heartland:
[responsive_youtube 1iMYI-oo1Xg]Discover Exhibition road in South Kensington, considered London’s cultural heartland being home to the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  It is also the location of various higher education institutions such as the Imperial College London, the Pepperdine and Jagiellonian University Abroad. Its name comes from the 1851 Great Exhibition held in nearby Hyde Park at the northern end of the road.CC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track Odyssey FinaleCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear SteadycamVideo transcript:London’s cultural heartland in South KensingtonHome to the National History MuseumHome to the Science MuseumHome to the Victoria & Albert MuseumHome to the Imperial College London
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Marble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal arch:
[responsive_youtube uq8mN1npsLE]Discover Marble Arch one of central London’s key landmarks, a 19th-century triumphal arch in white marble, located at junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park Lane, on the Northern East Edge of Hyde Park.  It was design in 1827 by John Nash to be the state entrance to the Cour d’honneur of Buckingham palace, and was later relocated to its current location in the 60s.Marble ArchCentral London’s key Landmark19th-century white marble triumphal archAt the junction of Oxford Street, Bayswater Road and Park LaneCC music by Daniel Bautista, Track ArrorroCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Best of Kensington Central London:
[responsive_youtube lA0f5MJSBCg]Discover the best of Kensington, within the western part of central London, home to some of the world’s best known museums.  Indeed, Exhibition road in South Kensington is the location of the National History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum.  Kensington is also famous for its parks including Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Holland Park.Video transcript:Hyde Park: London’s most famous Royal ParkSerpentine: Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lakeKensington Palace: British Royal residenceKensington Gardens: London’s Royal ParkExhibition Road: London’s cultural heartlandAlbert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington GardensNational History Museum: World’s Most Renowned Museum of its kindScience Museum: Astonishing Science Spectacular MuseumVictoria & Albert Museum: for art and design lovers for art and designRoyal Albert Hall: impressive concert hallRoyal College of Music: London’s best known conservatoireMarble Arch: impressive white marble triumphal archCC music by Gregoire Lourme, Track Once Upon a TimeCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Kensington Palace: British Royal residence:
[responsive_youtube 7qUFi_VPH4o]Discover the astonishing royal residence of the Kensington Palace within the beautiful green space of Kensington Gardens, the western side of Hyde Park.  The palace has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century, and is the official London residence of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son Prince George of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.Video transcript:Residence of the British Royal FamilyThe Duke and Duchess of CambridgeWithin the beautiful green space of Kensington GardensCC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- RingtoneCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Serpentine: London’s Hyde Park’s Amazing recreational lake:
[responsive_youtube SW1GrQ54Hdw]Discover the Serpentine, an amazing 40 acres (16 ha) recreational lake in the heart of Central London’s Hyde Park.  It was created in 1730 at the behest of Queen Caroline. The Serpentine takes its name from its snakelike, curving shape, although it only has one bend.Video transcript:Amazing 40 acres recreational lakeIn the heart of Central London’s Hyde ParkTakes its name from its snakelike shapeCC music by Zero Project, Track Battle at the misty valleyCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Albert Memorial: Prince Albert statue in Kensington Gardens:
[responsive_youtube x1kzQnk7utU]Discover the Albert Memorial a grandiose statue of Prince Albert, husband of Queen’s Victoria, located on the Southern tip of the Kensington Gardens, opposite the Royal Albert Hall.  It was designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott in a Gothic Revival style and took over ten years to complete.CC music by Zero Project, Track Battle at the misty valleyCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Kensington Gardens: London’s Royal Park:
[responsive_youtube Sc66lM3QTTU]Discover the Kensington Gardens the beautiful green space west of Hyde Park and delimited by the Serpentine recreational lake.  The park, once part of the private gardens of Kensington Palace is a perfect destination to unwind away from the crowds with no less than 111 hectares of space.Video transcript:One of London’s Royal ParksHome to the Albert MemorialHome to the Kensington PalaceCC music by Daniel Bautista, Track- RingtoneCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Covent Garden Sequence Shot (5D Mark3 and Steadicam):
[responsive_youtube cngSr1SkDUI]Explore this amazing Sequence Shot of the Covent Garden district in London’s West End from the Covent Garden Piazza to the Covent Garden Tube Station.  Covent Garden is one of the capital’s most popular entertainment districts with various theatres, free street performers, cafes and world known operas.CC music by Zero Project, Track Battle at the misty valleyCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam 
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Exploring Barcelona: one of Europe’s Greatest Cities:
[responsive_youtube 9nmw3CwJv_k]Discover Barcelona and some of its most important sights including la Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town, Barcelona Beach, Barri Gotic, La Rambla, El Raval, Eixample, Gràcia, Sants-Montjuïc and Plaça d’EspanyaCC music by Gregoire Lourne, Track The Adventure BeginsCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona Amazing views: Harbour Cable Car:
[responsive_youtube CizWqyqswuE]Discover Barcelona Amazing views from the Harbour Cable Car, a 1450 metre long harbour aerial tramway with red cars which connectsBarceloneta to the Montjuic.The entrance is in Barceloneta on the top of the 78 metre tall Torre San Sebastian tower.  It passes by the Torre Jaume I tower, considered the world’s second tallest aerial tramway support tower, before reaching the Montjuic, offering amazing views over Barcelona.  The Harbour Cable Car journey takes about 15 minutes and the one-way ticket is €11.CC music by Gregoire Lourne, Track The Adventure BeginsCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona by night: Plaça de Catalonia & Plaça d’Espanya:
[responsive_youtube tvjFlxa-zqg]Discover Amazing Barcelona by night and some of its most important district and sights including Plaça d’Espanya in Montjuic, Avenue Parallel and Place de Cataluña in the Eixample.  
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London’s Regents Park: London’s most famous green space:
[responsive_youtube -UhPJVGo9T4]Discover Regent’s Park, one of the most famous green spaces in the capital, and part of the Royal Parks of London.  It is situated north of Marylebone road and Regent’s Park tube station and surrounded by Park road to the West, Prince Albert road to the North and Albany Street to the East.  It is home to a variety of recreational sights including the London Zoo, the Boating Lake and the Open Air Theatre within the Inner circle.CC Music by Gregoire Lourne, track Once upon a timeCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona Unbelievable Sequence shot: Portal de l’Angel:
[responsive_youtube CARXOHVtQYo]Unbelievable Sequence shot of Central Barcelona Portal de l’Angel from Plaça de Catalonia to the south of the Pedestrian Avenue with its street music artists.Created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam  
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Barcelona: Catalonia capital city:
[responsive_youtube 8PhwqQqu-i4]Discover Barcelona, capital of Catalonia and everything it has to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world and.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, cultures, sport or lifestyle.CC Music by Daniel Bautista, track The Rain in Spain Falls Mostly on the PlainCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona Gothic Quarter (5D and Steadicam):
[responsive_youtube ua_q86agR-g]Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic considered the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona old town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino.CC Music by Zero Project, track The ride of the Dark KnightCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona beach boardwalk (5D & Steadicam):
[responsive_youtube Vh5yoOxRhXE]Discover one of the world’s Best City Beach Boardwalk in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona Beach Boardwalk with its numerous bikers, joggers and rollerbladers.CC Music by Daniel Bautista, track Vintage (Acoustic)Created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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World’s Best City Beach: Barcelona beach (sequence shot):
[responsive_youtube uQn6g0V0qdQ]Discover the world’s Best City Beach and its boardwalk in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona Beach in Barceloneta.CC Music by Daniel Bautista, track ArrorroCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Barcelona Barri Gotic by night: Ciutat Vella oldest part:
[responsive_youtube Dw3exduQIsk]Discover the amazing Barcelona Barri Gotic by night with a few astonishing sequence shots. The Barri Gòtic is the oldest part of the Ciutat Vella, Barcelonaold town. It literally has its foundations in Roman times as it was built upon the old settlement of Barcino. It’s quite easy to see these portions of the Roman wall through this area and for those looking to see more, you can visit the City History museum which takes you below ground to tour the 2,000 year-old foundations. Fully pedestrian, this area is quite popular for visitors to see the history of the city.CC Music by Zero Project, track Knights of the darknessCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2014:
[responsive_youtube 1tmBL2gqykc]The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the biggest events of its kind, attracting over 70K people from all continents each year.  It is the perfect networking event with the majority of attendees being executives and CEOs, from large Telecom giants such as Vodafone and Orange, to device manufacturer (Nokia, Samsung, and HTC) and app builders.Some of the hot topics at the MWC this year included:Facebook acquisition of WhatsAppInternet.org & connect everybody on the planetDigital identity & Open ID connectFirefox OS and mobile apps4G getting mainstream (in some part of the world at least)MEducationWearable devicesSmart citiesFacebook acquisition of WhatsAppOne of the hottest topics of the conference was the purchase of WhatsApp.  The founder of Facebook himself, Mark Zuckerberg defended that the instant messaging app is worth much more than the incredible $19 Billion price tag, with currently some 500 million active user a month and growing.  WhatsApp just announced that it will soon launch a voice service, which might once again disrupt the current mobile ecosystem, especially for operators who are generating the majority of their revenues from voice calls.Internet.org & connect everybody on the planetFacebook and other founding members of the Internet.org organisation including Ericsson, Qualcomm and Samsung have big plans for the nearby feature with the goal to connect everybody on the planet.  The main strategy will be to reduce to only 1% of the current costs by make mobile technologies more affordable, using data more efficiently and developing new business models.Interestingly, Mark mentioned that the Facebook experience on mobile is quite bad in developing countries due to the lack of proper infrastructure. To counter this, he is sending each new Product Manager to some of the world’s poorest countries so they may experience the situation first hand and help build better app afterwards, by using data in a smarter way or offer image only services for the illiterate.Digital identity & Open ID connectAnother big topic of the conference is Digital identity services, which give users the ability to authenticate themselves securely via their mobile devices.  The current trend is to use third parties services such as Facebook and Google connect.  Some propose a different route with Mobile Connect which would enable the user to identify himself from a click of a button using their device.  Leading the way is Open ID connect which will launch in the next couple days, and will have excellent security and will be easy to implement.Firefox OS and mobile appsThe Firefox OS which was revealed last year at the MWC 2013 is getting tractions especially in emerging countries such as Brazil.  Mozilla partnered with a variety of mobile manufacturer (LG, Alacatel, ZTE…) to launch devices with their Firefox OS running HTML5 mobile apps.  Most of the OS features are as smoothly as on iOS and android.  One of the devices, a full feature smartphone will be sold for only $25, which will be a game changer for newcomers and will help connect the next billion people.4G getting mainstream (in some part of the world at least)South Korea is leading the way when it comes to 4G connection, with 100% coverage and already over 50% of their mobile users with a LTE plan.  The data usage on LTE have double compared to users with 3G connection, and in many cases users are even skipping available wifi to guarantee an uninterrupted experience.MEducationMobile education is transforming student’s life all over the world. Some cities like Dubai and Seoul are already offering their primary students mobile device to help them learn, collaborate and acquire some essential IT skills.Wearable devicesWearable devices have dominated many of the discussions at MWC.  Sony announced their Smartwear range with a variety of bracelets, joining other devices makers including LG, Samsung and Fitbit.  Samsung even won the best-in-show award with its Gear Fit smart band, showing the importance of those mobile gadgets for consumer.  Another start up called Immersion showcased the future of those wearable devices, where a simple watch could control lights, music, room temperature and other home/office equipment.Smart citiesSmart cities, which are leveraging all sorts of data source to improve the life of their citizens, are appearing all over the globe. Out of the 31 indicators measured by the GSMA, the most important included:NFC POS : the number of Near-Field-Communication enabled points of sale in the cityMobile Feedback: the mechanism to give citizen the possibility to give feedback and suggestions in real time from their mobile device once being digitally identifiedMobile apps: the volume and quality of apps  available for residents and tourists, which are either built or sponsored by the citySmart Surveillance: presence of real time video camera that feeds data in real  time to improve city traffic, safety and overall city efficiencyOpen Datasets: the degree of openness of the gathered data (with available APIs) so citizens, app developers and businesses can leverage it to build new apps or improve servicesMobile Broadband: the percentage of citizens that have a 3G or LTE connectionAs one might expect Barcelona is leading the way with a very high score with plenty of NFC POS, Smart Surveillance and available Open Datasets.  Other smart cities included, Singapore, Dubai and Amsterdam, but unfortunately London haven’t made the list yet.They are currently many silos within a city (council, businesses, academia…) but real success can only be achieved when true collaboration will prevail between all those sectors.  Same thing on a global scale, as even though all cities are unique, they all share the same anatomy, and there is a lot we could learn from each other. Some propose a World league of smart cities, which could share data and knowledge, in order to make smarter, safer and more efficient urban destinations.
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Amazing Barcelona apartment with views on Mediterranean Sea:
[responsive_youtube MMauk9U3AOk]Discover an amazing 14th Floor Barcelona apartment with views on the beach, Mediterranean Sea, Ciutat Vella and the Montjuïc.  Had the chance to stay there for a couple days during the Mobile World Congress, the World’s Biggest Mobile Event held in Barcelona each year.CC Music by Zero Project, track Knights of the darknessCreated by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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World’s Best City Beach: Barcelona:
[responsive_youtube vycjbxWmzjg]Discover the world’s Best City Beach in Barcelona.  Amazing sequence shot of the Barcelona  Beach from Barceloneta west side to the Olympic beach on the eastern side.  With such an amazing city beach it is no wonder that Barcelona is considered one of Europe’s most popular destinations.CC Music by Daniel Bautista, track Vintage (Acoustic)Created by Mat Siems with 5D Mark 3 and GlideGear Steadycam
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Chinese New Year London Celebration:
[responsive_youtube ZE3U2FWOErI]The Chinese New Year Celebration in Central London is considered the largest outside Asia attracting tens of thousands of visitors each year. The ceremony showcases a variety of traditional Chinese performances including Chinese dragons and lion dances.The festivities take place in the heart of London, within Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
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Jerash: World’s Largest Roman ruins:
[responsive_youtube CGdUIn102UE]Discover Jerash a city in northern Jordan best known for its Roman ruins within the archaeological site.  It is home to remains dating back to the 3rd century BC when it was part of the Greek Decapolis cities.  It strategic location, at the crossroads of the spice trade route, enable the city to prosper during the Roman area where most of the sights were built including the Forum, Cardo colonnaded street, the Agora, Nymphaeum and the Artemis Temple. Today it has become one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions, second only to Petra, and should definitely be on your list when visiting Jordan.CC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp – Little Petra Jordan:
[responsive_youtube lROoElqL8RU]Discover the Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp in Little Petra within the South of Jordan a unique Traditional Bedouin accommodation experience only a 15 minute drive away from Wadi Musa.Video transcript:Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp: a unique accommodation experienceTraditional Bedouin accommodation in Little PetraIdeal location only a 15 minute drive away from Wadi MusaNext to Petra – one of the World’s Seven WondersAccess the back way into Petra itselfEnjoy Desert camping & traditional Bedouin hospitalityDiscover centuries old way of lifeExperience the magic under the night starsSleep in a cosy tent roomCC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Aqaba: Jordan’s Red Sea resort destination:
[responsive_youtube kno2tYbrf7c]Aqaba is Jordan’s best known resort destination, located on the Red Sea within the southern tip of the country.  With its crystal-clear sea, underwater marine life and all year-round sunshine it has a lot to offer its visitors.  It has various entertainment and activities, including world class facilities and luxury hotels.  The Gulf of Aqaba water are considered one of the world’s best diving spots and great for all water sport enthusiast will it be for snorkelling, water skiing, windsurfing or fishing.  It is also a historic city dating back to many millennia and the unique Aqaba Museum is a perfect way to discover everything about its past.  Aqaba has become today one of the major tourist attractions in Jordan best known as a seaside and diving resort, for its warm water and rich marine life as well as home for Jordan’s mega projects.CC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Instagram for feeling: Imagini App (iOS and Android):
[responsive_youtube Tu3zXXfWd5M]Imagine what it would be like to see how the world is feeling right now…Now you can, with Imagini, an innovative new app that connects our feelings to the world around us.  Instantly capture and share your mood wherever you are — at home, in a restaurant or on a beach.Upload photos and add a one-word reason why you feel that way.  We will then tag the exact time and place so you can compare your feeling to people around you, and understand whyYou can discover how the rest of the world is feeling too, thanks to a world feeling map. By connecting the globe’s emotions, we can explore the world in a whole new way.Download now to discover how the world is feeling.Site: http://imagini.net/
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Petra Jordan: one of the world’s new 7 Wonders:
[responsive_youtube BFqfeY3nS8Y]Petra one of the new 7 Wonders is by far the most visited attractions in Jordan.  It was once the capital of the prosperous Nabataean people and today attracts millions of visitors each year.  This breathtaking complex of ruins and temples built into red rocks was recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.Located to the South of the country, it is easily accessible from Amman’s capital or from the resort town of Aqaba on the Red Sea.CC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Dead Sea Jordan Travel:
[responsive_youtube 5QZSwUWIGA0]The Dead Sea is one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in Jordan.  It is famous for being the lowest body of water on earth, for its therapeutic qualities, as well as for its historical and spiritual legacy with numerous religious sites to be explored. What was once the home to the biblical cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zebouin and Zoar, has become a south after destination with local and international tourist.  The Death Sea Hotel strips as well as the Amman Beach are located some 50 kilometres south west of the capital within the Jordan Valley.  With only a half an hour drive from Amman, Madaba and the International Airport, it is no wonders the Dead Sea attracts numerous local visitors as well as international tourist.CC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Little Petra Jordan Travel (Siq al-Barid):
[responsive_youtube 2WaP4PzKPIM]Discover the lesser known but incredibly unique Little Petra, only a short 15 minute drive away from Wadi Musa and Petra, one of the World’s Seven Wonders.  It is officially named Siq al-Barid but often referenced as Little Petra due to its resemblance to the original sight with astonishing carved facades and its high gorge.CC music by Weightless – track Bellydance MusikHD travel documentary film created by Mat Siems
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Hendon by night, North West London:
[responsive_youtube ONrXTZxFG0U]Discover Hendon by night, a nice neighbourhood in North London with some of its key sights including Hendon Underground Station, Hendon Way, Hendon Park, Brent Street and Middlesex University.First footage shot with the Canon EOS 5d mark 3 by Mat Siems.CC music by Momentums – track Opium Opium
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World’s Best Places 2013:
Welcome to World’s Best Places, the online resource for the planet’s most spectacular destinations.  From the idyllic beaches of Phi Phi, to the exciting metropolis of Amsterdam, Bangkok or Singapore, passing by the lovely towns of the French Riviera, it has something for every taste and budget.Discover the Top Destinations in EuropeEurope also called the old continent refers to both a cultural and political distinction as well as a physiographic one.  It is, and especially Ancient Greece, the birthplace of Western civilization and still offers today a very rich cultural heritage.  Europe can be divided into a variety of regions, but a common grouping is between the North and South, East and West.Discover the Top Destinations in AsiaAsia is perhaps one of the most diverse and intriguing continent on Earth offering an abundance of cultural and historical heritage, and a variety of natural wonders.  It comes to no surprise that Asia has become one of the most sought after destination in the world with millions of tourist flocking in each year.  From the idyllic beaches of Thailand to the Himalayas, the world’s biggest mountains, passing by some of the 21st century biggest cities include Shanghai, Hong Kong or Bangkok, it really has everything to blow your mind away.Discover the Top Destinations in Oceania Oceania is a geographical and geopolitical region consisting of numerous lands and islands in the Pacific Ocean.  The most important and biggest country is by far Australia followed by New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.  The remainder of the continent is divided between the smaller nation groupings of Melanesia in the west, Micronesia to the north and Polynesia the Far East, and home to some of the world’s most idyllic islands destinations.Discover the Top Destinations in the AmericasThe is a vast continent referring to the landmasses of both North, South, Central America and often including the idyllic islands of the Caribbean’s.  It represents about a third of all the world land mass and some 13% of the world population.  It is a place of great diversity, from the Rockies mountains in the North West of Canada, to the beaches of Brazil, passing by some of the worlds’ greatest cities such as NYC, LA and Buenos Aires.Discover the Top Destinations in AfricaAfrica is the second largest continent in terms of both land area and population and is best known to as the cradle of human civilization.  It is a land of breathtaking natural wonders, from infinite deserts to amazing falls passing by safaris, friendly and genuine people as well as a variety of bustling metropolises.  It is home to the longest river, the 6,650km-long Nile River running from Burundi to Egypt and home to the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, the 5,890mMount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
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Museum of London:
The Museum of London is a well known cultural attraction which explores the history of Britain’s capital from the prehistoric times up to the 21st century.  It is strategically located next to the remains of the Roman city wall within the south west corner of the Barbican complex.  The museum is composed of nine permanent chronological galleries from prehistoric, Roman and Medieval London way up to the People and World City, as well as a few temporary exhibitions.  It offers the visitor a great history lesson with some 7,000 original artefacts, painting and sculptures as well as numerous interactivities and videos.The Museum of London has the following permanent galleries:London before London: 450,000BC to AD50Roman London : AD 50-410Medieval London: 410 to 1558War, Plague & Fire: 1550s-1660sExpanding City: 1666-1850sPeople’s City: 1850s-1940sWorld City: 1950s-todayThe City Gallery: Showcasing our most iconic treasureMuseum of London imagesLondon before London: 450,000BC to AD50When London was a wildernessThe first gallery of the London Museum, right next to the entrance discovers the Thames Valley in prehistoric time, roughly from hundreds of thousands of year ago way up to the Roman conquest.  A time when the World’s greatest city was only a wilderness and the whole population could fit into a double-decker bus.Must see:Prehistoric story of the Thames Valley: when London was a wildernessFlint Hand Axes: thousands of those cutting tools discoveredWild ox skull : extinct auroch inhabited London during 245,000-186,000 BCWestern Alps Axehead:  6000 year old ceremonial tool made from jadeiteShepperton woman skeleton: 5,640  year old remains of the oldest person in LondonRoman London: AD 50-410When Londinium was a key port of the Roman EmpireThe beginning of London as a city is often associated with the Roman invasion which started in 50AD.  The Roman built the city on the ground of the current City of London and called it Londinium.  The port was a strategic destination, linking Britannia to the rest of the Empire and importing and exporting a variety of goods.Must see:Marble sculptures:  some of the best art works discovered in Britain from the Temple of MithrasLimestone sarcophagus: contained remains of a 4th century womanRoman City: largest in BritanniaCity port: linking Britannia to the rest of the EmpireRoman home interior: from the kitchen to the living roomA Roman leather bikiniMedieval London: 410 to 1558When London became one of Europe’s largest and most important citiesFollowing the collapse of the Roman Empire, the dark ages took over London.  It’s during those times that the city experienced a bit of bad fortune, torn apart with famine, fire, diseases and invasions.  It somehow managed to become one of Europe’s largest and most important cities.  The medieval gallery covers over 1000 years of history from the Anglo-Saxon settlements and Viking raids to the Reformation of the church in England, passing by the Black Death, one of the city’s darker memories.  The medieval section offers over 1300 artefacts including religious statues, crosses and children’s toys, as well as some impressive medieval leatherwork.The key themes of the Medieval London gallery include:Anglo-Saxon settlementViking raidsBlack Death and its aftermathThe importance of the River Thames to medieval LondonDaily life of medieval Londoners:  eating, drinking, fashion and entertainmentDeath and diseaseMedieval Government & politicsMedieval ReligionMedieval LanguageCraft, trade and industryWar, Plague & Fire: 1550s-1666sWhen London was cut between disasters and great expansionThe War, Plague and Fire gallery explore one of the darkest times in London History where various disasters afflicted the expanding city which claimed a total of over a 100,000 deaths.  Despite all those terrible devastation, it was during those Elizabethan times that London moved outside the original city limits and started its ascension as one of the world’s most influential cities.Must see:Great fire experience:  video and model recreating the eventRose Theatre: detailed model of where Shakespeare performedDeath mask of Oliver CromwellFire fighting tools: including a 1600s fireman’s helmetArundel StoneCopperplate mapExpanding City: 1666-1850sWhen London became the World’s greatest cityThe “Expanding City” gallery explores London’s phenomenon growth after the infamous Great Fire of 1666.  It was a time of expansion with London the capital of England but of its vast British empire.  Luxury goods where imported from all over the globe from Chinese porcelain to Indian cashmere.  A new wave of immigration brought to London their own culture and new skills, which had a positive impact on the city cultural and commercial life. The London of the second half of the 18th century was an unparalleled city and one of the world’s greatest both in terms of wealth and power, as well as size and population.Must see:Printing press: 240 year old tool showcasing news stories combining old and new technologiesNelson’s sword: one of the museum most admired treasuresNewgate Prison door: original gate from one of London’s most notorious prisonFanshawe dress:  made by French Huguenots from Spitalfields silk in 1752Original Prison cell: Wellclose Square 18th century prison cell with remains of prisoners’ engraved graffiti18th century luxury items and chinaPleasure Gardens:  a large scale reconstruction of an 18th century pleasure gardens with plenty of masks, hats and costumesPeople’s City: 1850s-1940sHow London’s rapid expansion created a wealthy but divided city.The People’s City gallery goes from the mid-19th century into the end of the Second World War, where it explores some of the most challenging times in the city’s history including wars, various communist and fascist groups and Suffragettes hunger strikes and imprisonment.  It is also during those times that London became the world’s wealthiest city symbolized by the Selfridges spectacular art deco lift.  It was a time of great wealth and glamour for some, but misery for others as reflected by the Charles Booth’s poverty maps about social divide.  From the remarkable Victorian Walk filled with boutiques and speciality shops to the much darker war room of the blitzed city, the People’s City gallery truly showcases the life of Londoners during that period.Must see:Map of Poverty: Charles Booth’s Map from 1887-9 displaying various levels of poverty in Victorian LondonVictorian Walk: various London shops, post office and local pubHunger strike medal: Suffragettes struggle for women rightsWar room: during London’s World War Two BlitzWorld City: 1950s-todayWhen London became a truly international and multicultural cityThe World City gallery explores the remaining history of London from the rebuilding 50s to the 21st century passing by the swinging 60s, punk rock 70s, disco 80s and technological 90s.  It shows the evolution of this great city from the hard beginnings after the end of the war to a truly multicultural and vibrant modern city.  It is today one of the most important global city often at the forefront of international arts, sports and finance, attracting investment and skilled forced from all over the world.Must see:Swinging London FashionVespa scooter: popular bike during London swinging sixtiesFirst Apple Mac: revolutionize home computingHistory Painting: John Bartlett’s painting about Poll Tax riots in Trafalgar Square on March 1990The Ghetto: 1994 photosculpture about lives of East End squattersInteractive displays: understanding issues affecting LondonMuseum of London images
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Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2013:
Every year in February, Barcelona hosts the GSMA Mobile World Congress (MWC), considerd the world’s largest exhibition of the mobile industry.  The event which usually attracts some 70,000+ participants has this year welcomed a record-breaking 100,000+ visitors from over 200 countries at their new cutting edge Fira Gran Via facility.  The congress showcased 1,500 of the most influential mobile operators, device manufacturers and software builders, but also acted as a conference with numerous key speakers discussing the latest issues and opportunity within the Mobile space.TopicsMWC IntroductionMWC top trendsMWC imagesMWC videoMWC top trendsThe following are some of the mobile trends discussed during the congress: We will be connecting the Next Billion of users to the Mobile Internet in the next couple of years.  Many of the device manufacturers agreed to provide a $30 price points for standard smartphones (similar to the concept of the $100 computer).  Most of those newcomers will be very young and ambitious and will certainly want to learn more about themselves (and why not through an image quiz?)Marketing and brands will increasingly move to the Mobile space.  Many businesses should have a much large mobile budget (representing the user’s device share) and target more efficiently smartphone and tablet users.Although Android and iOS will be leading the way, some newcomers such as Mozilla, Ubuntu and Jolla might take centre stage.Enriching the User Experience (also known as Quality of Experience – QoE) will be a very hot topic in 2013 and the best way for mobile operators to maintain their share of the market.The Mobile industry is currently worth an astonishing $1.8 trillion and this figure will only get bigger, especially due to the rise of high quality content such as video on demand and mass adoption of cutting edge technology such as LTE 4G.The move from laptop to mobile is much faster than expected.  In the last 7 months alone the market share of mobile vs. desktop moved from 16% to 37%.  Some predicts that smartphone will account for 2/3 of all data traffic by 2017.Global operators data revenue will surpass voice in the next years (2015) mostly due to the surge in demand for connected devices and Machine to Machine (MtoM).Globally mHeath, mAutomobile and mEducation will revolutionise user’s lives, by saving them money, time, reducing carbon emission and also saving lives (especially in sub-Saharan markets).4G LTE will become more and more popular, especially in developing countries such as India where it will skip 3G.  In the UK EE estimates that about a quarter of its subscribers will switch to their 4G network which already covers about half of the country’s population.The Cloud Market is worth an astonishing $31 Billion annually and expending at the incredible speed of 25% annually.  Most of the revenue is generated from online-advertising, ecommerce and online media on the consumer side, and from software-as-a-service on the business side.Mobile Operators Networks should lead the cloud services revolution, as they are already one of the world’s biggest clouds.  They have the power to drive economy of scales and accelerate time to market.Mobile numbers in China are going through the roof both in terms of subscriptions and devices.  Huawei is leading the way, with their flagship 4G phone, considered the fastest smartphone ever, supporting download speed of up to 150MB much faster than the iPhone or Galaxy S3.Small Cell technology (low-powered radio access nodes with a range of up to 200 meters) will play a fundamental role to cope with the expanding surge of data.  Already all the major LTE carriers have a small cell programme to get ready for an eventual deployment.One of the hottest topics of the conference was around Connected Living where various industries including automotive, home utilities, consumer electronics and education will be connected to the cloud.  This will lead to safer cars, more customized homes, better schools, more efficient hospitals and smarter cities.The Mobile Automotive will become a popular trend with car manufactures integrating their vehicles into the mobile space.  Their goal is to have about half of all their cars connected to the cloud in the next couple of years, reproducing the same interactive experience that the customer might have at home or at the office.Many companies such as AT&T with their Digital Life will be leading the way for home automation incorporating a variety of mobile services such as smart security, 24/7 video, energy monitoring, door package monitoring, water detection and control.There will be new Business Models emerging surrounding the expansion of connected wireless devices in homes, schools, and cars.  Many predict that the number of wireless devices will exceed the number of mobile handsets over the coming decade, which will represent significant new business opportunities for mobile operators, vendors and industry partners such as Visual DNA.Mobile technologies can transform the effectiveness and efficiency of education and training delivery.  Some of the key concepts in mEducation include flip classroom, Samsung tablet classroom (learn with only a device), special data plans for school, augmented reality and Singapore 3G experiment where all 3rd grader were offered a smartphone as a learning tool.With a global youth population now exceeding 2 billion, the mobile generation are driving demand for connectivity, services and applications.  The digital natives are a huge and expanding market offering massive opportunities for the mobile industry.There should be a huge concern for European governments about our current educational system, which doesn’t prepare kids for the digital economy.  There will be an estimated 700K ICT related unfilled jobs by 2015.Digital literacy should become a key part of states educational curriculum along with English, math, science, and art.  Research reveals that 67% of UK kids are interested in coding but only 3% know how to do so.The 2012 Global Mobile Youth study involving 5 big countries (Japan, India, Indonesia, Egypt and Chile) showed that the average age for getting a mobile device is 12, that 65% of kids own a mobile phone (and up to 91% in Egypt) , 27% own a smartphone, 20% are online for over an hour per day, 60% download or use mobile apps including entertainment apps, 60% use education apps,  50% use SNS, 70% make new friends with an average of 300 friends (and over 580 in Indonesia – way more than their parents), 80% say that having a mobile phone boost their confidence and up to 90%  say that it improves their existing relationships.There should be more tech events such as the Campus party, known as the worlds’ biggest youth hack, attracting some 7k participant and over 200K visitors.  Just as we do during the Hackathon, it is important to give youngster a place where they can hack and share ideas, so we may build a more entrepreneurial young Europe.HTML5 OS like Firefox OS will be a game changer for the mobile industry especially in emerging markets such as Brazil.  Alcatel One Touch, ZTE and LG will all launch a Firefox OS device this year.HTML5 will provide a “third way” for building apps discarding the proposed 70/30 business model of Android & iOS.Mobile has become a significant source of revenue for Facebook representing almost a fourth of their income in the last quarter.   Over 600 million users currently access it on the go and an astonishing 70% of those accessing it every day.The mobile browser will remain very important and many sites and businesses should think of responsive design to improve the user quality of experience both on smartphone and tablet devices.Many data businesses face multi-platform challenges (laptop, smartphone, tablet) such as trying to track unduplicated audience.Mobile devices will have disrupting effect at home with more users owning a variety of devices (already over 6 million Brits own a tablet & smartphone), many of them multi-tasking (phone and TV) and using them in a variety of places including bedroom, family room, home office and kitchen.Mobile Commerce is gaining momentum, with already 1 in 5 smartphone users buying on device.The GSMA OneAPI exchange, a new flexible tech platform aiming to easily deliver network capability such as ID and payment, will facilitate the build of more advanced apps by third party developers leveraging network specific functions.Near Field Communication (NFC) technology is gathering momentum, already launched in various markets including the US, Canada, France, UK and Turkey.To become a game changer, NFC should not only be presented as a fast payment method but also provide the consumer with a much richer and integrated experience in the form of digital discount, coupons and loyalty programs.Apple wasn’t part of the convention and many believe that doing things independently isn’t the best approach in our very connected world (Flash Player, Google Map… and now not accepting NFC…is that the way to go?)MWC imagesThe following is a selection of some of photographs from the MWC in Barcelona.MWC videoThe following is an HD Film created by Mat Siems about the best of the MWC in Barcelona.Click here to watch the Best of MWC video.
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World’s Top Cities to live in 2012:
What are the top cities to live in this year?  In 2012 the most liveable places on the planet are Melbourne, Vienna and Zurich, topping respectively the Economist Intelligence Unit’s, Mercer and Monocle index.  Australian, Canadian, German speaking and North European cities such as Helsinki and Copenhagen are favourites on the list, considered some of the world’s best places to live with a high quality of life standard.TopicsIntroductionEconomist’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012Mercer’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012Monocle’s World’s Top Cities to live in 2012World’s Top Cities to live in complete listEconomist’s Top Cities to live in 2012The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU’s) Global Liveability Report 2012 puts Australian cities on top position with 4 spots on the top 10 list including Melbourne voted the world’s most liveable city.  Vienna, Helsinki and New Zealand feature on the list as well as 3 Canadian cities with Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary on the 3rd, 4th and 5th position respectively.The Economist World’s most Liveable cities order and ratings:Melbourne, Australia, 97.5Vienna, Austria, 97.4Vancouver, Canada, 97.3Toronto, Canada, 97.2Calgary, Canada, 96.6Adelaide, Australia, 96.6Sydney, Australia, 96.1Helsinki,  Finland, 96Perth, Australia, 95.9Auckland, New Zealand, 95.7Mercer’s Top Cities to live in 2012Mercer 2012 Quality of Living Survey puts German speaking European countries on top position with Vienna taking the lead and other cities including Zurich, Munich, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva and Bern on the list.The Mercer World’s most Liveable cities list:Vienna, AustriaZurich, SwitzerlandAuckland, New ZealandMunich, GermanyVancouver, CanadaDüsseldorf, GermanyFrankfurt, GermanyGeneva, SwitzerlandCopenhagen, DenmarkBern, SwitzerlandSydney, AustraliaMonocle’s Top Cities to live in 2012As for the Monocle’s magazine Most Livable Cities Index have Zurich topping the list, Helsinki second and Copenhagen third.  Other Global cities unique on this list include Japan’s and Sweden capitals Tokyo and Stockholm.The Monocle’s World’s most Liveable cities list include:ZurichHelsinkiCopenhagenViennaMunichMelbourneTokyoSydneyAucklandStockholmWorld’s most Liveable cities complete listThe following is the complete list of the world’s most Liveable cities 2012 in alphabetic order (including the top 10 of the :AdelaideAucklandBernCalgaryDüsseldorfFrankfurtGenevaHelsinkiMelbourneMunichPerthStockholmSydneyTokyoTorontoVancouverViennaZurichPositionEIUMercerMonocle1MelbourneViennaZurich2ViennaZurichHelsinki3VancouverAucklandCopenhagen4TorontoMunichVienna5CalgaryVancouverMunich6AdelaideDüsseldorfMelbourne7SydneyFrankfurtTokyo8HelsinkiGenevaSydney9PerthCopenhagenAuckland10AucklandBern & SydneyStockholmWorld’s Top Cities to live in HD videoThe following is an HD Film about the World’s Top Cities to live in created by Mat Siems.  It includes some of the world’s most important cities such as Melbourne, Vienna, Vienna, Vancouver and Auckland.Click here to view the World’s Top Cities to live in HD.
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World’s Top Destinations:
Each year, the Tripadvisor community selects the top 25 most popular destinations on the planet. This year’s winner is the British capital of London, considered one of the world’s most cosmopolitan places and host of the XXX Summer Olympics.  It is followed by other well known economic capitals, including New York and San Francisco on the American East and West Coast, as well as Paris, Rome and Barcelona in continental Europe.  Marrakech leads the way in the northern part of the Africa, and Cape Town in the Southern part of the continent.  Istanbul remains a popular destination linking East and West, and Beijing and Shanghai destinations in Asia.  Finally Sydney, French Polynesian Bora Bora and American Honolulu are favourite within the vast sea covered continent of Oceania.TopicsIntroductionWorld’s Top Destinations 2012 mapWorld’s Top Destinations 2012 listWorld’s Top Destinations 2012 videoWorld’s Top Destinations 2012 mapThe following is full screen interactive map of the World’s Top Destinations 2012 with image slider and HD video.  The map includes the best places in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.World’s Top Destinations listThe World’s Top 25 Destinations in 2012 as voted by travellers include:London: one of the world’s greatest global cities and second most visitedNew York City: one of the only World’s Alpha ++ CitiesRome: considered the birthplaces of western civilizationParis: world’s most visited citySan Francisco: one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinationsMarrakesh: home to one of the world’s largest and busiest squaresIstanbul: world’s only metropolis situated on two continentsBarcelona: one of Europe’s more exciting citiesAngkor Wat: Cambodia’s most well known treasureBerlin: capital and largest city of GermanyChicago: largest city in the state of Illinois and major international hubFlorence Cityscape: one of the most beautiful cities in the worldBuenos Aires: capital and largest city of ArgentinaSydney: most populous city in Australia and one of the world’s most liveableBeijing: China political, cultural, and educational centrePrague: one of Easter Europe’s most popular destinationsLas Vegas: World’s Gambling Capital best known as Sin CityBora Bora: one of the world’s most sought after tropical paradisesShanghai: China’s largest cityHonolulu: capital and the most populous city of HawaiiLos Angeles: World’s Entertainment CapitalNew Orleans: the most unique city in AmericaCape Town: Africa’s most popular tourist destination.Chiang Mai: Northern Thailand most popular destinationDublin: capital and largest city of IrelandLondon,United KingdomLondon: one of the world’s greatest global cities and second most visitedLondonLondon is one of the world’s greatest cities hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.  It is a vibrant and exciting metropolis packed with a variety of different cultures, influences, world class attractions and entertainment for every budget and lifestyle.   It is a really diversified city offering so much to its residents as well as to the millions of tourists coming in every year.  From world class museums and galleries such as the British Museum to well known attractions such as the Tower of London and the London Eye, well known shops to exquisite restaurants, passing by a variety of music venues and chic hotels, it has something for everyone.Check out London’s best rated hotels.New York City, United StatesNew York City: one of the only World’s Alpha ++ CitiesNew York CityNew York is the most populous city in the United States as well as a global metropolis with a significant impact upon international commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education and entertainment (Broadway shows).   It is home to the United Nations Headquarters, to the world’s largest stock exchange (New York Stock Exchange), to numerous top rated universities as well as home to well known recognisable sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building and Times Square.  It is also well known for its diversified communities from the African-American culture in Harlem to the Italian and Asiatic immigrants on the Lower East Side or Greenwich Village.  It is often being described as the cultural capital of the world, hosting a variety of museums and art gallery such as the popular Metropolitan Museum of Art. It is located within the world’s largest natural harbours and its skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world.  It is especially impressive at night when all the skyscrapers are illuminated.Check out New York City’s best rated hotels.Rome, ItalyRome: considered the birthplaces of western civilizationRomeRome is Italy’s capital and most populous city.  It is located within the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region.  Rome’s history spans two and a half thousand years, and was once at the heart of the Roman Empire, one of Western Europe and the Mediterranean region most dominant power for over seven hundred years (from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD). The city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization, as well as the seat of the Papacy since the 1st century AD.  It is today ranked as a beta+ world city and is the most popular tourist attraction in Italy and third within the European Union.  It is also considered one of the world’s most successful city brands, both in terms of reputation and assets, with its historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being home some of the world’s top 50 most visited tourist destinations such as the Vatican Museums, Trevi Fountain, Roman Curia and the Colosseum.Check out Rome’s best rated hotels.Paris, FranceParis: world’s most visited cityParisParis is not only the capital and biggest city in France but the world’s most visited city, home to a variety of well known attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay.   It is located on the river Seine at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits, is largely unchanged since 1860 and has an estimated population of over 2 millions.  The metropolitan area however has a population of almost 12 million and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.  An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.  Some of its most visited attractinsCheck out Paris’s best rated hotels.San Francisco, United StatesSan Francisco: one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinationsSan FranciscoSan Francisco is one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, ranked on top position on the most visited cities lists.  It is best known for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and its various landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, Ferry Building Marketplace, Mission District and Chinatown.  It is also considered the financial, cultural, and transportation centre of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City.  The city is also a principal banking and finance centre, and the home to more than 30 international financial institutions, placing it on the world’s top twenty global financial centres.Check out San Francisco’s best rated hotels.Marrakech, MoroccoMarrakesh: home to one of the world’s largest and busiest squares MarrakechMarrakech, known as the “Ochre City”, is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. It is the capital of the mid-south-western economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  The city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city known as the médina and modern neighbourhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz.  Marrakech is famous for being home has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the world’s busiest squares.  Indeed Djemaa el Fna bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians, and by night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.  It is the perfect place to lose yourself in the narrow winding streets of the Medina of Marrakech or enjoy the view at one of the districts welcoming rooftop garden.Check out Marrakech’s best rated hotels.Istanbul, TurkeyIstanbul: world’s only metropolis situated on two continentsIstanbulIstanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople is today the largest city of Turkey, with a population of over 13 million inhabitants, as well as the country’s cultural, economic and financial capital.  The Hagia Sophia, the Sultanahmet District and its Old Town are a good example of the city’s mix of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences.  Istanbul strategically lies on the Bosphorus strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, within the northwest part of the country.  It is the only metropolis situated on two continents, extending both on the European (Thrace) and Asian (Anatolia) sides of the strait.  It ranks among the world’s fastest growing metropolitan area.  Its historic areas were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, and it was named a joint European Capital of Culture for 2010 and the European Capital of Sports for 2012.Check out Istanbul’s best rated hotels.Barcelona, SpainBarcelona: one of Europe’s more exciting citiesBarcelonaBarcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the north eastern part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters (Barri Gotic) and fascinating Gaudi architecture (Sagrada Familia, Guell Park) to an afternoon in Montserrat or at the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, culture, sport or lifestyle.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada.Check out Barcelona’s best rated hotels.Berlin, GermanyBerlin: capital and largest city of GermanyBerlinBerlin is the capital and largest city of Germany as well as the country cultural, political, media and science center.  It is home to a variety or world class sights including the Pergamon Museum, Gendarmenmarkt and the Berlin Wall.  It is Located in north-eastern Germany within the European Plains and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues. Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport and is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, electronics, traffic engineering, and renewable energy.  Berlin is also home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, international film productions and celebrities, as well as host of many sporting events.Check out Berlin’s best rated hotels.Chicago, Illinois, United StatesChicago: largest city in the state of Illinois and major international hubChicagoChicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States after Los Angeles and New York City.  It was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, Chicago is a major alpha+ global city and is known as a major international hub for finance, industry, telecommunications and infrastructure, with O’Hare International Airport being the second busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements. The city’s notoriety has found expression in numerous forms of popular culture, including novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals and the news media.  Some of its most visited attractions include the Museum of Science and Industry, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Millennium Park and the Chicago Architecture Foundation as well as Alinea, one of the finest restaurants in the US.Check out Chicago’s best rated hotels.Florence, ItalyFlorence: one of the most beautiful cities in the worldFlorenceFlorence is often ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with its numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.  It is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany within the province of Florence. It is famous for its history, once being at the heart of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time.  It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the middle Ages.  It is today a major tourist hub part of UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its vast artistic and architectural heritage including the Boboli Gardens, Uffizi Gallery and the Basilica di Santa Croce.  The city also remains a great influence in the fields of art, culture, fashion and politics.Check out Florence’s best rated hotels.Buenos Aires, ArgentinaBuenos Aires: capital and largest city of ArgentinaBuenos AiresBuenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater Sao Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent.  Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life.  It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with a lot of cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for travelling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños or people from the port, implying that many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city mains attractions such as the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), Puerto Madero and Palacio Barolo (Palazzo Barolo), but also to have an exceptional urban adventure.Check out Buenos Aires’s best rated hotels.Sydney, AustraliaSydney: most populous city in Australia and one of the world’s most liveableSydneySydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, as well as being classified as an Alpha+ World City.  It is located on Australia’s south-east coast off the Tasman Sea and has a metropolitan area of about 4.6 million people.  It is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities as well as one of the world’s top fashion capitals.  The city was built on the site of the first British colony in Australia (1788) on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour.  It is where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. The hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Within the city are many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.  It has hosted major international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games and the 2000 Summer Olympics.Check out Sydney’s best rated hotels.Beijing, ChinaBeijing: China political, cultural, and educational centreBeijingBeijing is the capital of China, second largest city after Shanghai and one of the most populous cities in the world. The metropolis, located in northern China, has been the heart of China’s history for centuries, renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, huge stone walls and gates, art treasures and universities.  Beijing is today the country’s political, cultural, and educational centre, as well as home to the headquarters for most of China’s largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. Beijing’s Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.  Some of its most exciting sights include the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City  and the Great Wall at Mutianyu.Check out Beijing’s best rated hotels.Prague, Czech RepublicPrague: one of Easter Europe’s most popular destinationsPraguePrague is by far one of the most amazing cities in Easter Europe offering a wonderful architecture and various sites to be discovered within the historic centre part of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.  Some of the top attractions the city has to offers include the narrow streets of the old town with at its heart the Old Town Square, the famous Karol Bridge and the magnificent Prague castle located on a hill. Prague is not short of entertainment as well, offering various Opera and Ballet spectacles, a variety of restaurants and bars, where guest can enjoy a delicious meal tasting local specialities and enjoying a variety of Czech beers. Since the fall of Communism, Prague has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations, offering a wide array of culture sights as well as numerous entertainment venues.Check out Prague’s best rated hotels.Las Vegas, Nevade, United StatesLas Vegas: World’s Gambling Capital best known as Sin CityLas VegasLas Vegas is the most populous city within the state of Nevada and an internationally renowned resort destination for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as the World’s Entertainment Capital, famous for its consolidated casino hotels and associated entertainment.  It is also a growing retirement and family city, but remains mostly popular for its adult entertainment and is therefore dubbed as the Sin City.  It is famous for its numerous outdoor lighting displays mainly on Fremont Street, the Bellagio Fountains and the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.Check out Las Vegas’s best rated hotels.Shanghai, ChinaShanghai: China’s largest cityShanghaiShanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world.  It is located within the Yangtze River Delta in the eastern part of the country.  It was once a small fishing and textiles town and only grew in importance in the 19th century, when the European recognized its economic potential with its strategic port location.  The city soon flourished as a centre of commerce between east and west but its international influence declined during the second half of the 20th century, until the economic reforms in the 1990s.  Shanghai is today an important global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport, as well as being a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world.  It has also become a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Pudong skyline, which is a symbol of the booming economy of mainland China.Check out Shanghai’s best rated hotels.Honolulu, Hawaii, United StatesHonolulu: capital and the most populous city of HawaiiHonoluluHonolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is a major financial centre of the islands of the Pacific Ocean.  The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour near the city on December 7, 1941, and as the birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States.  Honolulu has a massive skyline with a total of over 470 high rises, which is ranked 4th only behind New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.Check out Honolulu’s best rated hotels.Los Angeles, California, United StatesLos Angeles: World’s Entertainment CapitalLos AngelesLos Angeles or the City of Angels is one of the US and the world’s most important business entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education centres. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles has been ranked the world’s third richest city and fifth most powerful and influential along with the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. It is perhaps best known as the World’s Entertainment Capital, being home to Hollywood and a leader in the creation of television and stage production, motion pictures, video games, and recorded music, as well as other popular attractions such as the Getty Center, Griffith Observatory and Venice Canals Walkway.Check out Los Angeles’s best rated hotels.New Orleans, Louisiana, United StatesNew Orleans: the most unique city in AmericaNew OrleansNew Orleans located in southeastern Louisiana on the bank of the Mississippi River is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state.  The city is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage and often referred to as most unique city in America.  New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music, being the birthplace of jazz and its annual celebrations and festivals such as the famous Mardi Gras.Check out New Orleans’s best rated hotels.Cape Town, South AfricaCape Town: Africa’s most popular tourist destination.Cape TownCape Town is the seat of the National Parliament, the legislative capital and the second-most populous city in South Africa, as well as Africa’s most popular tourist destination.  The city is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is located on the shore of Table Bay and was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company and quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope.  It has today become the economic and cultural hub of the region and one of the world’s most multicultural cities.Check out Cape Town’s best rated hotels.Chiang Mai, ThailandChiang Mai: Northern Thailand most popular destinationChiang MaiChiang Mai is considered the hub of Northern Thailand with over a million people living in the metropolitan area.  It is often referred to as the “Rose of the North“, being strategically located on a plain at an elevation of 316 m and surrounded lush countryside and mountains.  It is a much greener and quieter alternative to the capital.  It is well known for its Elephant Nature Park, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Phra That Doi Suthep.Check out Chiang Mai’s best rated hotels.Dublin, IrelandDublin: capital and largest city of IrelandDublinDublin, known as the town of the hurdled ford is the capital and largest city in Ireland.  It is located near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  It was originally founded as a Viking settlement and evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century, it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe.  Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. It is today a fascinating destination to visit, being a historical and contemporary cultural centre in Ireland, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.  It is well known for its Glasnevin Cemetery, Kilmainham Gaol and St. Stephen’s Green.Check out Dublin’s best rated hotels.
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World’s Best Beaches:
[responsive_youtube Oft-hffG_cM]The following is what we believe are some of the World’s best beaches from the popular destinations off the coast of Florida, to the remote islands of the Pacific passing by the idyllic resort destinations such as the Maldives and the Seychelles.  We combined sought after places from all over the globe including snorkelling and scuba-diving favourites, romantic honeymoon gateways, and most popular spring break destinations.  Hopefully you will find the perfect escape beach among some of the most breathtaking spots on the planet.  If we missed any one of your favourite beaches please make sure to let us know in the comments. World’s Best Beaches is a list of the most incredible sunshine regions on the planet from North America to the Pacific islands, passing by the Caribbean’s, South America, Europe and Asia most amazing destinations. It includes beaches from the USA, Brazil, Mediterranean Islands, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, Egypt, South Africa, Goa, Maldives, Thailand’s, Malaysia, Philippines, Seychelles, Goa, Maldives, Thailand’s, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, New Zealand & Pacific Ocean BeachesWorld’s Best Beaches videoIntroductionWorld’s Best Beaches mapWorld’s Best Beaches regionsWorld’s Best Beaches mapThe following is full screen interactive map of the World’s Best Beaches with image slider and HD video.  The map includes top beaches in the Caribbean’s, North and South America, Europe, South East Asia and the Pacific Islands.World’s Best Beaches regionsFrom East to West (and North to South), starting with the US and terminating on the Pacific, passing by the Caribbean’s, South America, Europe and Asia the following are the World’s Best Beaches regions:California Beaches: US most expensive coastal real estateEast Coast Beaches: Nantucket Island, the Hamptons & Virginia BeachFlorida Beaches: welcome to Miami, Fort Lauderdale & Daytona BeachMexico West Coast Beaches: home to Acapulco and Puerto VallartaMexico East Coast Beaches: Mayan Riviera with Cancun & Yucatan beachesBahamas Beaches: perfect the romantic gatewayGreater Antilles Beaches: Varadero, Jamaica & Punta CanaLesser Antilles Beaches: home to Providenciales, voted the world’s best beachCentral America Beaches: Pacific shores & the Caribbean SeaBrazil Beaches: home to the world famous Rio’s Ipanema BeachArgentina and Uruguay Beaches: Punta del Este, Bikini Beach & Punta del DiabloChile Beaches: balnearios with a warm Mediterranean climateSouth Europe Beaches: Word’s most ExpensiveSpanish Beaches: Costa de Sol’s Marbella & MalagaPortuguese Beaches: Algarve’s unique spotsBalearic Islands Beaches: Palma de Mallorca, Ibiza & Port d’AlcudiaMediterranean Beaches: Sardinia, Malta, Cyprus, Sicily and CorsicaGreek Islands Beaches: Crete, Ionian, Mykonos & SantoriniCanary islands Beaches: with unique fine black sandSouth Turkey beaches: home to Ölüdeniz & its world famous Blue LagoonEgypt beaches: home to Red Sea resort town of Sharm El SheikhSouth-Africa beaches: home to Durban’s Golden Mile & South BeachSeychelles beaches: world’s most photographed beachGoa Beaches: India’s primary holiday destinationSri Lanka Beaches: between the Indian Ocean and the Bay of BengalMaldives Beaches: palm-fringed heaven in the Indian OceanBangladesh Beaches: home to the World’s Longest BeachThailand’s Beaches: world’s most famous including Phangan, Samui & Phi PhiMalaysia Beaches: home to Langkawi the land of one’s wishesPhilippines Beaches: Southern Negros, El Nido, Boracay, Cebu and SiargaoEastern Australia Beaches: Fraser Island, Bondi Beach & Whitehaven BeachSouthern Australia Beaches: surfers spots at Ninety Mile Beach and Bells BeachWestern Australia Beaches: world’s best surfing spotsNew Zealand Beaches: Waiheke Island’s, Coopers Beach & Ocean BeachPacific Ocean Beaches: Bora Bora, Cook Islands & HawaiiCalifornia BeachesCalifornia Beaches might not be the most breathtaking natural destinations, but they are certainly one of the most popular appearing in numerous Hollywood productions.  Scattered across over 1,000 miles of the USA’s west coast they are usually flat with rocky shores and some of the most popular include Laguna Beach, Newport Beach, Santa Barbara, San Diego’s Ocean Beach (OB), Ocean Beach San Francisco, Encinitas, Huntington Beach, Pismo Beach, Carmel and Santa Cruz.  Those beaches are also famous for being the US most expensive coastal real estate, especially around the Newport Beach area, where the average home price is about $2.5 Millions.East Coast BeachesThe US is also blessed with splendid natural destinations on its Eastern side including the sought after Hamptons Beaches in the state of New York with its unspoiled coastline of windswept dunes, the popular family destination of Nantucket Island in Massachusetts, the Myrtle Beach in South Carolina with its breathtaking views of Atlantic Coast and Virginia Beach considered one of the greatest seaside resort.Florida BeachesFlorida the sunshine sates is considered the world’s most popular Beach destination for overseas visitors, attracting over 3 million overseas tourists each year in Miami alone.   The 7-mile-long Miami Beach is by far the most popular attractions in the city, made famous by the famous Art Deco Historic District of South Beach as well as for its nightlife and world class shopping location.Other famous beach destinations in the state of Florida include the picture perfect Saint Pete Beach with its Sugary-white sand and off shore dolphins, Daytona Beach made popular by its auto racing and spring breaks, and finally  Fort Lauderdale offering a long stretch of beautiful beaches and great swimming,Mexico West Coast BeachesThe West Coast of Mexico is blessed with several hundred miles of coastline facing the Pacific Ocean.  It offers a variety of well known resorts such as Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, as well a smaller beautiful beach destinations such Chamela, Navidad and Zihuatanejo.Mexico East Coast BeachesThe Easter side of Mexico also known as the Mayan Riviera has become a popular resort destination not only with American students coming for Spring Breaks, but also with European travellers. Some of the most sought after resorts include Tulum famous for its breathtaking Yucatan beaches and the Chichén ancient ruins located nearby, Playa del Carmen known for its nightlife, Cabo San Lucas for spotting celebrities and Cancun the favourite beach resort destination for students and families alike.Bahamas BeachesThe Bahamas are one of the most sought after places in the Caribbean especially for those looking for an on-the-beach wedding or just a romantic gateway.  With some seven hundred islands offering fine white sand and surrounded by clear water, it is not a surprise that it is for many the idea of tropical paradise.  Some of the most beautiful beaches are located on the Out Islands such as Abaco, Andros, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island and Long Island Beaches.Greater Antilles BeachesThe Caribbean islands of the Greater Antilles have become one of the world’s most popular beach destinations.  It is relatively large in size compared to the Lesser Antilles and strategically located South East of Florida, if offers a variety of colonial and cultural sites surrounded by picture perfect natural destinations.Some of the most sought after resorts include Varadero with its 13-mile-long peninsula and Cayo Coco with its powder-white beaches in Cuba, the luxury Cayman Islands with its crystal clear waters, Jamaica with its laid back vibe and its Seven Mile Beach, Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic known for its party atmosphere along its 25 miles coastline and Puerto Rico famous for its Championship golf courses.Lesser Antilles BeachesThe Lesser Antilles although much smaller than its neighbour is blessed with some spectacular natural beauty.  The Providenciales beaches of the Turks and Caicos Islands was voted the world’s best beach for two years in a row. As for the island of St. Barthelemy, often referred to as St. Barts it is considered the best beach for celebrity watching, with many A-listers such as Uma Thurman, Beyonce and Jay-Z have been spotted there.  Another magnificence sunshine destination is the Palm Eagle Beach in Aruba, world famous as a diving spots with is turquoise waters and unique sites such as the wreck of the torpedoed tanker Pedernales.Central America BeachesThe Central America Beaches are blessed with soft sands and warm waters that span on two diverse coastlines, the Pacific shores on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other.  Some of the best destinations in the area include the very laid back Placencia in Belize ideal for water sport lovers, the nightlife and international dining experience of Playa Tamarindo in Costa Rica, the small and wildlife packed San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Bocas Del Toro known as the surfing capital of Panama and Roatan within the Bay Islands which offers a truly Caribbean experience for a much smaller price.Brazil BeachesSome of the Brazilian Beaches such as Ipanema in Rio de Janeiro are world famous for its sex appeal, immortalized in various songs.  Other amazing spots surrounding the great city include Arpoador beach, Leblon Beach and the Tijuca National Park.Argentina and Uruguay BeachesMar del Plata’s coastline is considered Argentina’s premier beach destinations, however nothing beats the beach resorts of its small southern neighbour of Uruguay, considered to have the best vacation spots in the whole of South America.  Depending on what you are looking for, the sleeping state has it all.  From Punta del Este as a Glamorous jet-set destination with its upscale nightlife to Colonia del Sacramento for peace and quiet, passing by Bikini Beach or the Gorriti Island for the beach experience and the small village of Punta del Diablo for a top surfer destination.Chile BeachesWith over 4000km (2500 miles) of coastline, it comes to no surprise the Chile offers some of the best beach resorts on the Pacific front of the Southern Hemisphere.  Indeed the country is packed with a variety of islands, coves, rocky cliffs and bays, making it the ideal destination for the more adventurous type.  Some of the most sought after resorts known as balnearios are located in the central part of the county, with a pleasantly warm Mediterranean climate.South Europe BeachesMany say that the French and Italian Riviera are the most beautiful in the world. On thing is for sure, is that it is home to the Word’s most Expensive Beach, with a square foot of real estate in Monaco costing over $58,000 a square meter ($5,000 a square foot).Some of the most sought after destinations within the French Riviera include Nice seaside town with its pebbles beach, Cannes famous for its Film festival as well as for having the only sandy beach in the area, Menton considered the pearl of France and the sexy glamorous St-Tropez.As for the Italian Riviera, the Amalfi Coast with its unique limestone cliffs plunging into the turquoise Mediterranean Sea is a must see destination, so is the remarkable Monterosso al Mare town in the heart of Cinque Terre, known as the area’s only sandy beach.Spanish BeachesSpain is perhaps the European country most famous for its beach destinations.  Indeed millions of tourists from the continent northern states (especially from the UK and Germany) flock in each year to enjoy the diversity of the Spanish coast.  The Costa de Sol is one of the most visited regions on the southern coast, especially around the city of Marbella famous for its casinos, marinas and a glamorous vibe, Nerja packed with various water sport activities and the Malaga port city with its long coastline.  Further east are located the more peaceful beaches of Costa Brava in Catalonia such as the sleepy town of Cadaques.Portuguese BeachesThe Portuguese Beaches of the Algarve are perhaps one of the most unique in Europe, often comprised of charming sandy coves surrounded by dramatic cliffs on one side and natural clear water on the other.  One of the most sought after destination is the historic city of Lagos offering a 2.5-mile coastline and a variety of water sport facilities.Balearic Islands BeachesThe Balearic Islands located south of mainland Spain offer some of the most beautiful beaches as well as some of the most exciting parties in Europe.  The most popular destinations include Palma de Mallorca with their picturesque beaches of gold sand, Ibiza world famous for its nightlife offering no less than 50 beaches along its 100 miles coastline and Port d’Alcudia with one the longest beaches in Majorca.Mediterranean BeachesApart from the coastal towns, Balearic and Greek Islands (which are covered separately), the Mediterranean have plenty of magnificent Beaches within the islands of Sardinia, Malta, Cyprus, Sicily and Corsica.Greek Islands BeachesGreece is the Mediterranean country blessed with the highest number of Islands from Crete the biggest, to the charming Ionian, Dodecanese or Mykonos Islands.  Santorini is considered the most beautiful island and is home to the astonish Red Beach and Kamari Beach.Canary islands BeachesThe Canary, a group of islands located off the Western coast of Africa have become a sought after destination for Europe.  Tenerife is the island with the most popular and largest resorts.  It is known for its unique fine black sand, as well as a windsurfer’s paradise, due to its constant wind.South Turkey beachesThe Mediterranean coast of Turkey has one of the most amazing beach destinations in the region.  The most popular is the small village of Ölüdeniz, world famous for its Blue Lagoon surrounded by mountains and known for its paragliding.Egypt beachesEgypt is not only home to world class historical sites but it is also blessed with some of the most jaw dropping natural spots such as the Red Sea resort town Sharm El Sheikh or the Marsa Alam beach holiday town, both famous for their underwater treasures.South-Africa beachesSouth-Africa offers astonish natural beauty with its numerous beaches offering white sand and turquoise waters.  One of the most sought after destinations is Durban within the KwaZulu-Natal Coast, blessed with miles of sandy shores known as the Durban’s Golden Mile and is especially popular around South Beach.Seychelles beachesThe Seychelles are known to be one of the most amazing tropical destinations and it comes to no surprise that it is officially considered the world’s most photographed beach.  This archipelago of the Indian Ocean is protected from the ocean’s waves by a reef and is blessed with astonishing turquoise waters and very fine white and pink sands.  One of its most praised spots is the beach of the Anse Source d’Argent within the island of La Digue.Goa BeachesGoa is by far one of the most visited regions in India, located less than 600km south of the buzzing Mumbai.  It is considered the primary holiday destination in the country, attracting 2.5 million visitors each year including numerous foreign tourists, with its fabulous beaches and green lush vegetation.Sri Lanka BeachesThe island of Sri Lanka is blessed with over a thousand miles of beautiful golden beaches and blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal.Maldives BeachesThe Maldives is another of those magical destinations one should visit at least once in their lifetime.  This beautiful palm-fringed heaven offers spectacular beaches, warm waters and an astonishing underwater word. Located south of India and Sri Lanka within the Indian Ocean it is composed of over a thousand islands packed with a variety of luxury resorts.Bangladesh BeachesBangladesh is known to have the World’s Longest Beach, the Cox’s Bazar with over 75 miles of uninterrupted sand on the coast and edged by beautiful cliffs.  It is a relatively unvisited destination making an ideal place for those looking for something a bit different.Thailand’s BeachesThailand’s Beaches are perhaps one of the most famous in the world. Some of the most sought after destinations include Hua Hin, Thailand’s first beach resort town, Koh Phangan known for its full moon party, Koh Samui one of the most beautiful island, Koh Tao Thailand’s divers paradise, picture perfect Phi Phi Island, Koh Lanta the country’s most unspoiled destination and Phuket considered Thailand’s largest and most popular island.Malaysia BeachesMalaysia although less popular than its Thai neighbour it is blessed with astonishing natural beauty and have the advantage of being much cheaper and less crowded.  One of its top destination is Langkawi known as the land of one’s wishes, which has become the ideal place for an escape vacation with its clear waters, white sands to lush green forestsPhilippines BeachesWith over 7000 islands the Philippines has some of the most breathtaking beach locations in South East Asia. Some of the best areas include Southern Negros with its world-class beaches and top diving spots, the picture perfect limestone formations of El Nido, Boracay known as the crown jewel of Philippine beaches, the banana-shaped island of Cebu and Siargao the country’s best know surf spot.Eastern Australia BeachesThe Eastern Coast of Australia is often considered the most spectacular place in the country.   One of its most amazing destinations is the Fraser Island, off the coast of Queensland which offers some 640 square miles (1,664 square kilometres) of unspoiled natural paradise.  As for top city beaches, Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Palm Beach are by far the favourite for sun worshippers.  Other key destinations within Australia’s East Coast include Byron Bay known as the country’s most easterly point, Four Mile Beach with its clean white sand, the Gold Coast one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, Hyams Beach famous for having the world’s whitest sand and Whitehaven Beach a long stretch of sand surrounded by azure water, located near Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef.Southern Australia BeachesThe South coast is another amazing destination in Australia with a 3,800 kilometres coastline offering amazing beaches.  It is famous for being home to Australia’s most important surfers destinations including the Ninety Mile Beach and Bells Beach.Western Australia BeachesThe lesser known South Western Coast of Australia is considered to be the world’s best surfing spots, with its huge challenging waves.  Some of its key destinations include Cable Beach considered one of the world’s most stunning beaches, Cottesloe one of Perth’s most popular beaches, Monkey Mia ideal for nature lovers with a huge variety of animal and bird life found nearby and Scarborough for surf fanatics.New Zealand BeachesNew Zealand is considered one of the most unique countries when it comes to Natural Beauty.  It is no surprise that it offers some astonishing beaches including the Waiheke Island’s Onetangi Bay with its stretch of golden sand, the Karikari Peninsula’s Beaches with endless white sand and crystal-clear waters, Coopers Beach surrounded with red-emblazoned pohutukawa trees, Hot Water Beach famous as a natural spa experience, the Ocean Beach ideal for surfing and Kaiteriteri Beach near Canterbury.Pacific Ocean BeachesThe Pacific region has the world’s most remote islands but at the same time offers some of the most idyllic tropical destinations.  Those include the magical French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora often considered the most beautiful islands in the world, the Cook Islands comprised of fifteen beautiful islands and the more popular island of Hawaii, often consider America’s surfer paradise.
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Best of Normandy, North of France:
Normandy is a beautiful region in northern France bordered by the English Channel.  It is well known for its spectacular natural beauty with its white cliffs within the Alabaster Coast, its long stretch of sandy beaches and a variety of parks and gardens.  It comes to no surprise that it became the heart of the Impressionism art movement headed by Monet at his studio in Giverny.  Normandy is packed with a variety of lovely resort towns such as Deauville, Trouville and Cabourg within the Cote Fleurie, as well as various historic destinations such as the old city of Honfleur.  The region is also the land of chateaux and impressive medieval architecture, being once the land of William the Conqueror, one of the greatest warriors of all time.  It is home to the Mont-St-Michel, one of Normandy’s most spectacular sights and France’s most visited attractions.  The region of Normandy is also known for the D-Day allied invasion (on June 6, 1944) within the Omaha and Utah Beach, which became a significant turning point during the Second World War.TopicsNormandy IntroductionNormandy mapNormandy areasNormandy top sightsNormandy best hotelsNormandy imagesNormandy videoNormandy factsNormandy mapThe following is the location of the region of Normandy in the North of France.Normandy areasThe region is administratively divided into the Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy regions, as well as into the British islands known as Channel Islands. The following are the most important areas in Normandy:Upper Normandy:  Seine-Maritime & EureLower Normandy: Orne, Calvados, and MancheThe Channel Islands: Guernsey and JerseyUpper NormandyUpper Normandy or Haute-Normandie is the North Eastern part of the region and is comprise of the French departments of the coastal Seine-Maritime and the inland Eure.Lower NormandyLower Normandy or Basse-Normandie is the Western and Southern part of the region and include the departments of Orne, Calvados, and Manche.  The department of Calvados is best known for its cider and apple brandy also known as Calvados, as well as for its charming coastal towns within the beautiful Côte Fleurie such as Trouville-sur-Mer, Deauville and Cabourg.The Channel IslandsThe Channel Islands, referred to as Îles Anglo-Normandes in French are historically part of Normandy.  They include the British Crown Dependencies of Guernsey and Jersey and cover a total of less than 200 km².Normandy top sightsThe region of Normandy has so much to offer in tourist attractions, from its imposing medieval Châteaux, Manors and major world heritage sites to peaceful villages, coastal resort towns and a significant numbers of Abbeys. The top sights in Normandy include:Mont-St-Michel: the most recognisable attractions of NormandyBayeux: home to the remarkable Bayeux TapestryHonfleur:  home to the Vieux Bassin harbour and various museumsDeauville : host of the American Film FestivalRouen: Normandy’s capital cityCaen:  modern college city known for its Second World War remainsLisieux: charming town home to the impressive Lisieux CathedralGiverny: rural retreat of Impressionist painter Claude MonetLe Havre: famous port city once harbour for ParisOther less popular but interesting destinations in Normandy include the Pays d’Auges, Cote d’Albatre, Grainville, Coutances, Cherbourg, Dieppe, Evreux, the Cotentin Peninsula, Barfleur and St-Vaast and La Hague.Mont Saint MichelMont Saint Michel is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of Lower Normandy in northern France.  It is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, and surrounded by winding streets and a medieval architecture.  It is one of France most visited tourist attraction and the most recognisable sight in Normandy. Learn more about Mont-St-Michel including top sights, best hotels, map, images and video.HonfleurHonfleur is a lovely coastal destination surrounding a beautiful 17th-century harbour known as Le Vieux Bassin.  This charming town is located in Calvados, within the region of Lower Normandy in the North of France.  The town is known for its well preserved historic architecture of traditional buildings, museums and churches such as the Église Ste-Catherine and the Musée de le marine.  Historically it is famous for being the departure point of some of Europe’s greatest sea explorers including Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec.  It has many pedestrian streets at its heart including the Rue de la Ville, packed with various cafes, restaurant and boutiques offering some of Normandy’s best known specialities such as Cider, Calvados and local cheese. Learn more about Honfleur including top sights, best hotels, map, images and video.Deauville Deauville, located within the Côte Fleurie of the Calvados department of Lower Normandy, is one of the most fashionable seaside resorts, often referred to as the Queen of the Norman beaches or the Parisian Riviera.  It is best known for its wide sandy beach with huts named after movie stars, its boardwalk promenade with numeours cafes, sumptuous hotels and its Grand Casino.  Every year the town also hosts the Festival of American films which attracts some of the greatest stars from the other side of the ocean.BayeuxBayeux is a small town within the Lower Normandy region best known for its remarkable Bayeux Tapestry (Tapisserie de Bayeux) that chronicles the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy, in the 11th Century.  Bayeux is also home to the D-day Museum considered one of the best on the topic and the central Bayeux Cathedral which towers over the entire town.RouenRouen, strategically located on the River Seine and only 135 km northwest of Paris, is the capital of Upper Normandy.   It is famous for its beautiful Rouen Cathedral at its heart which inspired Monet to paint over 30 canvases.  Rouen is also known as the home of Gustave Flaubert, one of France’s most celebrated writers, as well as the location where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.CaenCaen is the second largest city in Normandy after Rouen.  It is a modern college city as most of it was destroyed during the war and rebuilt in the 50s and 60s.  It is today known for its Second World War remains and Memorial for Peace, popular in the summer, especially with British and German tourists.LisieuxLisieux is a lovely town within the Calvados department of the Basse-Normandie region.  It is the capital of the Pays d’Auges, which is characterised by valleys and hedged farmland and is best known for its grandiose Basilica of Sainte-Thérèse de Lisieux.GivernyGiverny is a small French village located within the valley of the river Seine in Upper Normandy, only 80 km to the west of the capital city Paris.  It is best known as the rural retreat of the impressionist painter Claude Monet, famous for his series of paintings including waterlilies from his garden pond and the Rouen cathedral.Le HavreLe Havre which can be translated to the harbour is a famous port city located at the mouth of the Seine, within the English Channel in Upper Normandy.  It was historically the harbour for Paris because of the variety of goods transferred from the ocean to the capital by barges via the Seine.  The city is today part of a UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Normandy best hotelsNormandy has some of France’s most sought after accommodations from luxury hotels to charming bed & breakfast also known as Chambres d’hôtes.Some of the top rated hotels in Normandy include:Auberge Saint Pierre, 3 Stars Hotel in Mont Saint MichelLe Relais Du Roy, 3 Stars Hotel in Mont Saint MichelLa Ferme Saint Simeon, 5 Stars Hotel in HonfleurAlmoria Hotel, 3 Stars Hotel in DeauvilleLe Tardif Noble, 4 Stars Hotel in BayeuxMercure Rouen Centre Cathedrale, 4 Stars Hotel in RouenInter Hotel Otelinn, 3 Stars Hotel in CaenChateau Les Bruyeres, 3 Stars Hotel in LisieuxNovotel Le Havre Bassin Vauban, 3 Stars Hotel in Le HavreCheck out the best hotel deals in Mont Saint Michel, Honfleur, Deauville, Bayeux, Rouen, Caen, Lisieux,  Giverny and Le Havre , with up to 75% discount.Normandy imagesThe following is a selection of some of Normandy’s best photographs including some of the region’s most important destinations such as Mont-St-Michel, Cabourg, Honfleur, Lisieux, and Deauville.Click on the images to view them in full-size within a lightbox.Normandy videoThe following is an HD Film about the best of Normandy created by Mat Siems and including some of the region’s most important sites such as Mont-St-Michel, Cabourg, Honfleur, Lisieux, and Deauville.View the best of Normandy video now.Normandy FactsNormandy is predominantly agricultural in character, being a significant cider-producing region and dairy produce.  It is also home to French nuclear power stations, and has an important fishing, seafood, and tourism industry.  The following are some of the key facts about the French Northern region of Normandy:Normandy continental territory covers 30,627 km² Normandy is about 5% of the territory of France Normandy played a central role during the Second World War with the D Day landings on the coast Normandy has a total population of around 3.5 millionNormandy has a continental population of around 3.2 million
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Best of Honfleur, Normandy, France:
Honfleur is a lovely coastal destination surrounding a beautiful 17th-century harbour known as Le Vieux Bassin.  This charming town is located in Calvados, within the region of Lower Normandy in the North of France.  The town is well known for its well preserved historic architecture of traditional buildings, museums and churches such as the Église Ste-Catherine and the Musée de le marine.  Historically it is famous for being the departure point of some of Europe’s greatest sea explorers including Samuel de Champlain, who founded Quebec. It has many pedestrian streets at its heart including the Rue de la Ville, packed with various cafes, restaurant and boutiques offering some of Normandy’s best known specialities such as Cider, Calvados and local cheese.TopicsHonfleur introductionHonfleur mapHonfleur top sightsHonfleur best hotelsHonfleur imagesHonfleur videoHonfleur mapThe following is the Location of the Honfleur in Normandy in the North of France.View on Google Map.Honfleur top sightsThe top sights in Mont-St-Michel include:Le Vieux Bassin: beautiful 17th-century harbour at the heart of townRue de la Ville: busy pedestrian street with cafes, restaurants  and boutiquesÉglise Ste-Catherine: France largest wooden churchMusée de le Marine: port history museum located in a 14th century churchHonfleur market: with plenty of local productsQuai de la Quarantaine: lovely pier next to the Vieux BassinMusée Eugene Boudin: founded by Boudin & Dubourg, Honfleur best known artistGrenier a Sel: large salt stores once needed to preserve codPont de Normandie: famous contemporary bridge linking Honfleur to Le HavreHonfleur best hotelsSome of Honfleur best hotels include:Best Western Cheval Blanc, 3 Stars HotelOtelissim Castel Albertine, 3 Stars HotelLe Manoir du Butin Hotel, 4 Stars HotelLa Ferme Saint Simeon, 5 Stars HotelLa Chaumiere Hotel, 4 Stars HotelCheck out the best hotel deals in Honfleur, with up to 75% discount.Honfleur imagesThe following is a selection of some of Mont-St-Michel best photographs including some of the most important sites such as Le Vieux Bassin harbour, Rue de la Ville, Église Ste-Catherine, Musée de le Marine and the Honfleur market.Click on the images to view them in full-size within a lightbox.Honfleur videoThe following is an HD Film about the best of Honfleur which include some of the most important sites such as Le Vieux Bassin harbour, Rue de la Ville, Église Ste-Catherine, Musée de le Marine and the Honfleur market.Click here to watch the Best of Honfleur video.
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Best of Mont Saint Michel, Normandy France:
Mont Saint Michel is a magnificent UNESCO World Heritage site located on an island just off the coast of Lower Normandy in northern France.  It is best known as the site of the spectacular and well-preserved Norman Benedictine Abbey of St Michel at the peak of the rocky island, and surrounded by winding streets and a medieval architecture.  It is one of the most visited tourist attraction in France and the most recognisable sight in a Normandy.TopicsMont-St-Michel introductionMont-St-Michel mapMont-St-Michel top sightsMont-St-Michel best hotelsMont-St-Michel imagesMont-St-Michel videoMont-St-Michel mapThe following is the Location of the Mont Saint Michel in the western part of Lower Normandy in the North of France. View on Google Map.Mont-St-Michel top sightsThe top sights in Mont-St-Michel include:Norman Benedictine Abbey of St MichelRamparts: large towers surrounding the town including the Tour de l’ArcadeGrande Rue: cobbled street with the fortified Porte du RoyMusée Historique: museum home to a 14th century monk bathLogis Tiphanie: once home to the Chief of the King’s armyArcheoscope: home to a large model of Mont St MichelEglise St-Pierre: 11th century church with a silver statue of St-MichelChapelle St-Aubert:  small 15th century chapelMont-St-Michel best hotelsSome of Mont-St-Michel best hotels include:Auberge Saint Pierre, 3 Stars Hotel Le Relais Du Roy, 3 Stars HotelMouton Blanc, 2 Stars HotelFormule Verte, 2 Stars HotelMere Poulard, 3 Stars HotelMont-St-Michel imagesThe following is a selection of some of Mont-St-Michel best photographs including some of the most important sites such as the Benedictine Abbey, the Ramparts, the Grande Rue and the Musée Historique.Click on the images to view them in full-size within a lightbox.Mont-St-Michel videoThe following is an HD Film about the best of Mont-St-Michel which include some of the most important sites such as the Benedictine Abbey, the Ramparts, the Grande Rue and the Musée Historique.Click here to watch the Best of Mont-St-Michel video.
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World’s countries 2012:
The World in 2012 still officially contains 195 countries.  Taiwan is still not on the list as it officially a province of the People’s Republic of China, even though it has relations with over 100 countries.   The newest created countries include South Sudan, which gained independence from Sudan on July 9, 2011, Kosovo, which declared independence from Serbia in February 2008 and Montenegro which became a country in JuneTopicsIntroductionWorld’s countries mapWorld’s countries complete listWorld’s countries videoWorld’s countries mapThe following is a full screen interactive map of the World’s countries map with image slider and HD video.  World’s countries 2012 complete listThe following is the complete list of the 195 world’s countries 2012.AfghanistanIslamic Republic of Afghanistan, AF, Kabul The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan is a landlocked country in South-Central Asia.  It is bordered by Iran to the west, Pakistan to the south and east, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north, and China in the far northeast.  Afghanistan has a long history, being an ancient focal point of the Silk Road. It is today an important geostrategic location, connecting East and West Asia.AlbaniaRepublic of Albania, AL, Tirana The Republic of Albania is a country in South Eastern Europe bordered by Montenegro to the northwest, Kosovo to the northeast, Macedonia to the east and Greece to the south and southeast. It lies on the Adriatic Sea coast to the west and on the Ionian Sea to the southwest. Tirana is the country’s political and financial capital, home to over 700K of the 3.6 million people state population.  In the last decade, free-market reforms have opened the country to foreign investment, especially in the development of energy and transportation infrastructure.AlgeriaPeople’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, AG, Algiers The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria is a country located in North Africa bordered by Tunisia, Niger, Mali, Mauritania and Morocco.  It is considered the largest state on the Mediterranean Sea.  Algeria is known as the land of endless sand dunes within the Grand Erg Occidental Desert and its tropical oasis such as the lovely El Golea and Siwa.  It is home to splendid Cave paintings in the Tassill N’Ajjer National Park and numerous World Heritage sites such as the Romans ruins in Djemila within the Ahaggar Mountains.AndorraPrincipality of Andorra, AN, Andorra la Vella The Principality of Andorra is a tiny mountainous country within Europe’s Pyrenees Mountains. It is strategically located between France and Spain’s Iberian Peninsula.  It has a total population of around 70K people within 464 km2 and its capital city is Andorra la Vella.ArgentinaArgentine Republic, AR, Buenos Aires The Argentine Republic is the largest and one of the most prosperous countries in South Americas.  It is best known for its vibrant cities such as Buenos Aires and for its carnival such as the Santa Cruz Carnival.  Other key sights include the Perito Moreno, Patagonia, the Iguazu Falls and Trancosco.ArmeniaRepublic of Armenia, AM, Yerevan The Republic of Armenia is considered the world’s first Christian country established in 301 AD, some 1,700 years ago.  It is a unique state being the only remaining one from 3,000 year old maps of Anatolia.  Strategically located between Asia and Europe, it is bordered by Turkey, Georgia, Iran and Azerbaijan.  It has a very rich culture and hospitable people.  It is also well known for its micro climates especially around the Lake Sevan.AustraliaCommonwealth of Australia, AS, Canberra The Commonwealth of Australia is best known for its easygoing, laidback and welcoming people.  It is also well known for its sandy coasts, being a surfers and diver’s paradise especially within the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef system.  Other key Australia sights include the Ayers Rock of Uluru, the numeours National Parks such as Kakadu and Noosa, the jewels of the Whitsunday islands, the Yara Valley vineyards and some amazing cities such as Canberra and Sydney.AustriaRepublic of Austria, AU, Vienna Austria is blessed with a remarkable natural beauty with plenty of small villages set in the heart of the Austrian mountains.  Other key attractions include the Carillon and the Clock tower in Graz, and Vienna the iconic capital of 18th century classical music.AzerbaijanRepublic of Azerbaijan, AJ, Baku The Republic of Azerbaijan is a country located in the Caucasus, lying on the Caspian Sea, bordered by Georgia, Armenia, Russia and Iran.BahamasCommonwealth of the Bahamas, BF, Nassau The Commonwealth of the Bahamas which name can be translated to Shallow Water is a splendid archipelago within the Caribbean.  It consists of some 2,000 islands and is well known for its amazing coral reefs.BahrainKingdom of Bahrain, BA, Manama The Kingdom of Bahrain is a small country within the Arabic peninsula.  It has one of the most easy-going lifestyle in the gulf and is known for its old pearls in shallow waters industry, contemporary skyscrapers and the Formula 1 Grand Prix event.BangladeshPeople’s Republic of Bangladesh, BG, Dhaka The People’s Republic of Bangladesh is a small but very populous country East of India.  It is often considered one of the last remains of authentic culture in Asia.  Some of Bangladesh’s best known destinations include the ancient sites in Bagerhat the bustling city of Old Dhaka and the canals of Sunderbans.BarbadosBarbados, BB, Bridgetown The Barbados is an island in the Caribbean, located to the northeast of Venezuela. It is often referred to as the Little Britain of the Caribbean because of its long association as a British colony.BelarusRepublic of Belarus, BO, Minsk The Republic of Belarus is a large country within Eastern Europe bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia.  Its capital city is Minsk, and other important destinations include the Western regional capital of Brest with impressive architectural sights and the towns of Gomel, Grodno, Nesvizh, Sharkovshchina, Vitebsk, Mogilev, Mahiljou and Mahilyow.BelgiumKingdom of Belgium, BE, Brussels The Kingdom of Belgium is a small country in Western Europe squeezed between France and the Netherlands.  It is renowned for its capital city of Brussels as well as many charming medieval towns such as Bruges with its narrow streets and canals.BelizeBelize, BH, Belmopan Belize is a small country in Central America located between Guatemala to the west and south and Mexico to the north.  It is the only state in the region with English as its official language being once the British colony of Honduras.  It is best known for its long Caribbean coast and its native Maya influence.BeninRepublic of Benin, BN, Porto-Novo The Republic of Benin is a country in West Africa bordering Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north.BhutanKingdom of Bhutan, BT, Thimphu The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small country in Central Asia bordered by China and India.  It lives in a time of its own within the splendours of the Himalaya and is perhaps the most mystique country in the world. BoliviaPlurinational State of Bolivia, BL, La Paz (administrative) & Sucre (legislative/judiciary) The Plurinational State of Bolivia is a beautiful, multiethnic and landlocked country in the heart of South America bordered by Chile, Peru, Argentina and Paraguay.  It is often referred to as the Tibet of the Americas, being one of the most isolated states in the western hemisphere and the one with the most pure Native American ancestry. It is famous for being home to the world’s highest navigable lake, the Lake Titicaca, as well as for its charming cities including Sucre and La Paz.Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina, BK, Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina is a European country located within the Balkan Peninsula bordering Croatia, Serbia and Montenegro.  It is mostly composed of a mountainous terrain but also has access to a tiny portion of the Adriatic Sea coastline in the south.  It was formerly part of Yugoslavia but gained independence in 1992. BotswanaThe Republic of Botswana, BC, Gaborone The Republic of Botswana is a land-locked country located in Southern Africa bordered by Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  It gained its independence in 1966 and became one of the strongest states in the region, influenced by its booming tourism and diamond mining industry.  Botswana is famous for its wildlife, especially around the areas of the Chobe National Park, Moremi National Park and the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.  The country is also known for its shared Kalahari Desert home to most of the world’s San bushman population.BrazilFederative Republic of Brazil, BR, Brasília Federative Republic of Brazil is one of the largest and strongest economies within South America.  It is best known for its exciting cities, idyllic beaches, including Rio de Janeiro, Ilha Grande, Barra Grande, Fernando De Noronha, Buzios, Florianopolis, Jericoacoara and Monte Verde and Salvador.BruneiBrunei Darussalam, BX, Bandar Seri Begawan The state of Brunei Darussalam is a small country within the Southeast Asia and one of the wealthiest monarchy rule state in the region.  It is best known for its Ulu Temburong national park, Kampung Ayer water villages and the Brunei Museum, home to the past ruling monarchs.BulgariaRepublic of Bulgaria, BU, Sofia The Republic of Bulgaria is a Balkans country on the coast of the Black Sea surrounded by Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.   It is a beautiful nation offering lots of activities, fabulous sights and amazing beaches.Burkina FasoBurkina Faso, UV, Ouagadougou Burkina Faso formerly known as Upper Volta is a landlocked country in West Africa. It is bordered by Mali to the north, Niger to the east, Benin to the south east, Togo and Ghana to the south, and Côte d’Ivoire to the south west.BurmaUnion of Burma, BM, Rangoon & Nay Pyi Taw (administrative) The Union of Burma also referred to as Burma or Myanmar is a unique country in Southeast Asia. It is located on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea coast, between the states of Bangladesh and India to the west, China to the north, and Laos and Thailand to the east.BurundiRepublic of Burundi, BY, Bujumbura The Republic of Burundi is a small country in East Africa, with some cultural and geographical ties with Central Africa. It is surrounded by Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.CambodiaCambodia: Kingdom of Cambodia, CB, Phnom Penh The Kingdom of Cambodia is the land of the most magnificent temples in Southeast Asia, especially around Angkor Wat known as the biggest religious temple in the world.  Other key destinations include the intriguing capital of Phnom Penh and the isolated tropical paradise of Sihanoukville on the on the southern coast.CameroonRepublic of Cameroon, CM, Yaoundé The Republic of Cameroon is a large country in West Africa bordered by Nigeria, Chad, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo.  It is often referred to as Africa in miniature with its mix of Muslim, Christian, French and English influence.  It is also known for its breathtaking natural beauty being home to the desert plains, rain forest, high plateau and mountains including one of the tallest peaks in the region.CanadaCanada, CA, Ottawa Canada is the world’s second largest country and one offering amazing natural beauty.  It is famous for the Rockies Mountain and British Columbia on the west side, the multicultural metropolis of Toronto at its heart and the unique French speaking province of Quebec on the eastern side.Cape VerdeRepublic of Cape Verde, CV, Praia The Republic of Cape Verde is an island country off the coast of Senegal in West Africa. It is part of the region of Islands collectively known as Macaronesia within the Atlantic Ocean.Central African RepublicCentral African Republic, CT, Bangui The Central African Republic is at the geographic heart of Africa, bordered by Cameroon to the west, Chad to the north, Sudan and South Sudan to the east, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo to the south.ChadRepublic of Chad, CD, N’Djamena Chad is a country in the Sahel within Central Africa.  It is bordered by Libya to the North, Sudan to the East, Central African Republic to the South, Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon to the west. ChileRepublic of Chile, CI, Santiago Chile is one of the most amazing destinations in South America stretching for over 5,000 km on the bank of the Pacific Ocean.ChinaPeople’s Republic of China, CH, Beijing China remains one of the most unique world’s countries combining thousands years old tradition with a booming economy.  It has indeed one of the fastest growing world economies and there is no sign of slowing back. Some of its greatest attractions include China’s Great Wall, the spectacular Terracotta Army and some of the largest and most dynamic cities on the planet such as Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing.ColombiaRepublic of Colombia, CO, Bogotá The Republic of Colombia is a country in South America bordered by Panama to the North, Venezuela to the east, and Ecuador, Peru and Brazil to the South.  It is the only country in South America with coastlines on both to the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. ComorosUnion of the Comoros, CN, Moroni The Union of the Comoros is an island nation off the coast of East Africa, in the Indian Ocean between northern Mozambique and northern Madagascar.Congo (Brazzaville)Republic of the Congo, CF, BrazzavilleThe Republic of the Congo also referred to as Congo-Brazzaville or simply Congo is a country located in Central Africa. It is bordered by Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda.Congo (Kinshasa)Democratic Republic of the Congo, CG, Kinshasa The Democratic Republic of the Congo often shortened to DRC or Congo-Kinshasa is the largest and most populous country in Central Africa. It is surrounded by Angola, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and Zambia.Costa RicaRepublic of Costa Rica, CS, San José Costa Rica is best known as the land of natural diversity, home to rain forests, amazing Caribbean and Pacific beaches, spectacular high mountains, marshy lowlands and volcanoes.Côte d’IvoireRepublic of Côte d’Ivoire, IV, Yamoussoukro The Republic of Côte d’Ivoire is a country in West Africa facing the North Atlantic Ocean.  It is bordered by Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Liberia and Guinea.  It is known for its amazing National Parks including the Taï National Park, the Comoe National Park and the Mount Nimba Strict Nature Reserve which are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.CroatiaRepublic of Croatia, HR, Zagreb The Croatian coast is becoming an increasing popular summer holiday destination, especially on the Makarska Riviera facing the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea.  It is the land of hidden coves and hillside greenery ideal for nature lovers, as well as the perfect place to enjoy more cultural experiences, with numerous UNESCO listed treasures including the most famous places of Dubrovnik, Zagreb and Split.CubaRepublic of Cuba, CU, Havana Cuba is best known as the jewel of the Caribbean’s with its idyllic beaches, laid back atmosphere and vibrant music.  This authentic island and its capital Havana will set you back to another area.CyprusRepublic of Cyprus, CY, Nicosia The Republic of Cyprus is an island nation within the Mediterranean Sea, south of Turkey. After Sicily and Sardinia, Cyprus is the third largest island in the Mediterranean Sea. Although the island is geographically in Asia it is politically a European country and is a member of the European Union.Czech RepublicCzech Republic: Czech Republic, EZ, Prague The Czech Republic is one of the smallest countries in Eastern Europe but perhaps one of the most charming.  At its heart lies the beautiful capital Prague with its fabulous medieval architecture with key sites such as the Cesky Krumlov Castle and the Charles Bridge.  The country is also famous for Spa towns such as Brno and Janske Lazne, and other towns such as Karlstejn and Konopiste known for their grand medieval castles.DenmarkKingdom of Denmark, DA, Copenhagen The Kingdom of Denmark is an exciting small country in North Europe with its wonderful capital city of Copenhagen and the Tivoli Gardens considered the country’s most popular tourist attraction.DjiboutiRepublic of Djibouti, DJ, Djibouti The Republic of Djibouti is a small country in East Africa strategically located at the bank of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.  It is bordered by Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia and can be divided into three regions including the coastal plain, the volcanic plateaus and the northern mountain ranges.DominicaCommonwealth of Dominica, DO, Roseau The Commonwealth of Dominica is a Caribbean island state located between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean. It is often named as the Nature Island of the Caribbean due to its spectacular, lush, and varied flora and fauna, which are protected by an extensive natural park system.   It is also considered the most mountainous island of the Lesser Antilles, with its numerous volcanic peaks such as the Boiling Lake, the second-largest thermally active lake in the world. Dominican RepublicDominican Republic, DR, Santo Domingo The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country that occupies the eastern two-thirds of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, also shared by Haiti. It is strategically located between the North Atlantic Ocean to the North and the Caribbean Sea to the south.EcuadorRepublic of Ecuador, EC, Quito The Republic of Ecuador is a small country within the North-western part of South America, facing the Pacific Ocean and bordered by Colombia and Peru. It is famous for the Galapagos Islands, located hundreds kilometres off the coast, Cotopaxi the world’s highest active volcano and many cities and sites listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as Cuenca.EgyptArab Republic of Egypt, EG, Cairo The Republic of Egypt is perhaps one of the most visited destinations in Africa, offering a variety of cultural attractions, from the famous temple of Ramses II near Aswan to the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnack in Luxor, passing by the great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx.  Egypt is also home to the White Desert and the Mount Sinai, where some believe was the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments.El SalvadorRepublic of El Salvador, ES, San Salvador The republic of El Salvador is a small country in Central America with a long coastline on the Pacific Ocean.  It is bordered by Guatemala to the North, Honduras to the East and Nicaragua to the South.Equatorial GuineaRepublic of Equatorial Guinea, EK, Malabo The Republic of Equatorial is a small country in West Africa bordered by Cameroon and Gabon.  It is divided into the mainland and the islands within the Gulf of Guinea and Atlantic Ocean.  It is one of the largest oil producing countries in Sub-Sahara.EritreaState of Eritrea, ER, Asmara The State of Eritrea is a country in East Africa on the bank of the Red Sea, located between Sudan, Djibouti and EthiopiaEstoniaRepublic of Estonia, EN, Tallinn The Republic of Estonia is a Baltic state within north-eastern Europe bordered by Latvia and Russia. With a coastline on the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, Estonia also has a sea border with Finland and Sweden.EthiopiaFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, ET, Addis Ababa The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is a less known but amazing country to be discovered.  It offers an abundance of amazing destinations such as Gondar, the country ancient capital, the Churches built in rock in Lalibela, the Ruins of the ancient city Aksum in north-eastern Ethiopia and the Simien National Park in the north-eastern mountainous region.FijiRepublic of Fiji, FJ, Suva The Republic of Fiji is a Melanesian country within the South Pacific Ocean, half way between Hawaii and New Zealand.  It consists of an archipelago that includes 332 islands, a handful of which make up most of the land area and approximately 110 of which are inhabited.FinlandRepublic of Finland, FI, Helsinki The Republic of Finland is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe bordered by Russia, Norway and Sweden.  It is a thoroughly modern welfare state with well-planned and comfortable small towns and cities, and offering vast areas of unspoiled nature.  It has over 180,000 lakes and similar number of islands. It is best known for its Northern Lights which can be seen in the northernmost part of the country.FranceFrench Republic, FR, Paris France is one of the best choices of holiday in Europe, being only a short flight or train from Britain or other continental destinations.  The capital Paris is one of the most beautiful and most visited cities on the Old Continent.  And if you are looking to spend some time near the sea, then the French Riviera in the south is the place to be.GabonGabonese Republic, GB, Libreville The Gabonese Republic is a small country in Western Central Africa on the Atlantic Ocean coast.  It is bordered by the Equator, the Republic of the Congo, the Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon.  It is considered one of Africa’s wealthier countries blessed with oil, mineral reserves and pristine rain forest.GambiaRepublic of Gambia, GA, Banjul The Republic of Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent, occupying the navigable length of the Gambia River.  It is surrounded by hills and the country of Senegal and bordered by the North Atlantic Ocean coastline to the west.  The country can be divided into Western Gambia the area near the mouth of the river, and Upriver Gambia the less populated region to the east only visited by the more adventurous types.  Some of the key sites to be discovered include Juffureh and the Bandiagra Plateau.GeorgiaGeorgia, GG, Tbilisi Georgia is a country in the Caucasus in Central Asia at the eastern banks of the Black Sea.  It is bordered by Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Russia.GermanyFederal Republic of Germany, GM, Berlin Germany is another country with plenty of cultural and historical sites to be discovered from the port town of Breman and its Market Place to the vibrant lifestyle of Berlin, the historic capital of Germany.  The Cathedral at Cologne is also worth exploring, so is the magical Black Forest in a beautiful alpine surroundings and the world most famous castle of Neuschwanstein in the Bavarian Alps.  Finally Germany is all about its beer variety, especially during Oktoberfest in Bavaria.GhanaRepublic of Ghana, GH, Accra The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa bordered by Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo.  It is an ideal destination for first time travellers to Africa, being a very friendly, helpful and welcoming country with a laidback attitude.  Tourism in Ghana is growing very quickly, and more tour operators are seeing increased requests for Ghana as a travel destination. GreeceHellenic Republic, GR, Athens Greece is another of Europe top holiday destinations, famous for a multitude of paradise islands such as the breathtaking Santorini.  It is known to be the cradle of Western civilisation and home to some of the world’s most splendid architecture including many classical area monuments such as the Parthenon in Athens.  Greece is also the land of good food, olive oil and wines. Grenada Grenada, GJ, Saint George’s Grenada is a group of islands in the Caribbean between Trinidad and Tobago to the north and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to the South. It is composed of three larger islands including Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique, as well as several tiny islands.   It is known as the Spice Isle being a major source of nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and cocoa.GuatemalaRepublic of Guatemala, GT, Guatemala The Republic of Guatemala is a small country within South America with a rich and distinctive culture mixing Spanish and native Mayan influences.  It is blessed with natural beauty with its Pacific coastline to the southwest and a tiny piece of Caribbean coastline to the east, and offers numerous breathtaking sites. GuineaRepublic of Guinea, GV, Conakry The Republic of Guinea is a country in West Africa and former French colony.  It borders Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Sierra Leone to the south.Guinea-BissauRepublic of Guinea-Bissau, PU, Bissau The Republic of Guinea-Bissau is a country in West Africa, former Portuguese colony and bordered by Senegal to the north and Guinea to the south and east.GuyanaCo-operative Republic of Guyana, GY, Georgetown The Co-operative Republic of Guyana is a small country in north-eastern South America with an Atlantic Ocean coastline in the northeast.  It lies between Suriname to the east, Venezuela to the west, and Brazil to the south.HaitiRepublic of Haiti, HA, Port-au-Prince The Republic of Haiti is a Caribbean country that occupies the western one-third of the island of Hispaniola shared with the Dominican Republic.  It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the south.  It has a troubled past and is today considered the poorest nation in the western hemisphere.Holy SeeHoly See, VT, Vatican City The Holy See which encompasses the Vatican City state is one of the world’s smallest states located in the heart of Roma.  It is considered the center of Catholicism and is known for the Late Renaissance Papal Basilica of Saint Peter.HondurasRepublic of Honduras, HO, Tegucigalpa The Republic of Honduras is best known for its great beaches and coral reefs where snorkelling and diving are exceptional by any standards.HungaryHungary, HU, Budapest The Republic of Hungary is a beautiful country set in the heart of Eastern Europe which is slowly becoming one of the most sought after destinations.  It is a wonderful place with great people, mixing various influences and cultures.  Hungary is home to some of the most amazing natural wonders such as the Lake Balaton, known as Europe’s biggest lake and the Tokaj wine region which produce some of Hungary best white and sweet dessert wines.  The capital Budapest is also one of the most beautiful of all European cities.IcelandRepublic of Iceland, IC, Reykjavík The Republic of Iceland is one of the most unique destinations within the northern hemisphere.  It is a mountainous island nation in the North Atlantic Ocean, between Europe and North America.   It is known for its breathtaking natural beauty with its geothermal hot-spots and glaciers which cover about a tenth of the island.IndiaRepublic of India, IN, New Delhi The Republic of India is the land of charming people and a variety of colours, smells, religions and landscapes.  It is perhaps one of the world’s most life changing countries. It is packed with cultural, religious and natural sites including some of the world’s most dynamic cities such as Mumbai and Delhi, the spectacular Taj Mahal mausoleum in Agra, the charming Portuguese influenced Kochi, the French inspired Chennai and the incredible Himalayan mountain region.IndonesiaRepublic of Indonesia, ID, Jakarta The Republic of Indonesia is one of the most diverse counties in Southeast Asia offering various experiences, with its unique landscapes, wildlife and culture.  Some of Indonesia’s top experiences include the Buddhist monument of Java on the peaks of Borobudur, the Tanjug Putting national park in Kalimantan’s and the exceptional waters and coral reef off Maluku’s Banda Islands.IranIslamic Republic of Iran, IR, Tehran The Islamic Republic of Iran is a large country between the Middle East and Central Asia, strategically set between the Gulf of Oman, the Persian Gulf and the Caspian Sea. It is bordered by Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan.Iraq Republic of Iraq, IZ, BaghdadIrelandIreland, EI, Dublin Ireland is home to breathtaking scenery and rocky cliffs of the Dingle Peninsula.  It is the ideal place to enjoy a couple of pints and traditional music in one of many Dublin’s Pubs.IsraelState of Israel, IS, Jerusalem The State of Israel is a small yet diverse country in the Middle East with a long coastline on the eastern Mediterranean Sea and a small window on the Red Sea at the Gulf of Eilat (Aqaba).  It is bordered by Egypt and the Gaza Strip to the southwest, by Jordan and the West Bank to the east, and by Syria and Lebanon to the north. ItalyItalian Republic, IT, Rome The Italian Republic is one of the world’s most beautiful countries packed with an abundance of natural and cultural sites.  Some of its best attractions include the fabulous mountainous regions to the north, the beautiful beaches of Sicily and charming cities of Venice, Naples or Rome. Whatever you dream holiday looks like, from discovering ancient architecture or relaxing by a lake, the charming country of Italy has it all.JamaicaJamaica, JM, Kingston Jamaica is a beautiful island nation within the Caribbean.  It is located to the south of Cuba and to the west of the island of Hispaniola and remains a Commonwealth realm with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.  It is the third most populous Anglophone country in the Americas, after the United States and Canada, with a population of almost 3 million people.JapanJapan, JA, Tokyo Japan is the world’s most high tech country with the ability to still preserve its traditions. Some of Japan’s top destinations include the vibrant cities of Tokyo and Osaka and the great Buddha of Nara.JordanKingdom of Jordan, JO, Amman The Kingdom of Jordan might be one of the most peaceful countries surrounded with tough neighbours. Its top destinations include the Roman ruins of Jerash, the city of Amman and the beautiful waters off the coast of Aqaba.KazakhstanRepublic of Kazakhstan, KZ, Astana The Republic of Kazakhstan is the biggest country in central Asia, with its nomadic and horse people past combined with one of the world’s largest oil reserves. Its top destinations include the Kol Say lakes, the Kozha Akhmed Yasaui Mausoleum and the booming cities of Almaty and Astana.KenyaRepublic of Kenya, KE, Nairobi Kenya is perhaps the most known of all the Eastern African countries, mainly due to the variety of safari offered within amongst other the Amboseli National reserve and the Masai Mara Game Reserve.  Other amazing natural wonders include the Lake Turkana and its crocodiles north of Nairobi, the volcanoes, hot springs and birds in the Rift Valley in the Kenyan Highlands, the Lake Nakuru National Park and its Flamingos, Mount Kenya, the mountain of brightness, the elephant caves at Mount Elgon National Park, the Lugards Falls and the Tsavo National Park.KiribatiRepublic of Kiribati, KR, Tarawa The Republic of Kiribati is an island group in Micronesia composed of 33 atolls dispersed over an area of 3.5 million km².  It is famous for being the place where the day first rises.Korea NorthDemocratic People’s Republic of Korea, KN, Pyongyang The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, simply known as North Korea is one of the most unique country in East Asia. It occupies the northern half of the Korean Peninsula, lying between the Korea Bay and the Sea of Japan. It borders China to the north, Russia to the northeast and South Korea to the south.  Tourist travel to North Korea is only possible as part of a guided tour, as independent travel is not permitted. Korea SouthSouth: Republic of Korea, KS, Seoul South Korea is a remarkable country with Asia with its own special touch.  South Korea top destinations include the chaotic Seoul, the fortress in Suwon City, the Jjim Jjobang hot spring spa and the Jejudo honeymoon island.KosovoRepublic of Kosovo, KV, Pristina The Republic of Kosovo is one of the newest declared states located in South Eastern Europe. It borders Albania to the west, Montenegro to the northwest, Macedonia to the south, and Serbia to the northeast.  Kuwait State of Kuwait, KU, Kuwait The State of Kuwait is one of the most dynamic countries in the Middle region, strategically located at the entrance of the Arabian Gulf and bordered by Iraq and Saudi Arabia.  Kuwait top destinations include its south-eastern beaches, the capital Kuwait city and the Al-Hashemi II known as the world’s largest wooden boat.KyrgyzstanKyrgyz Republic, KG, Bishkek The Kyrgyz Republic is perhaps the most welcoming republic in Central Asia, with its welcoming people and spectacular landscape of mountains and yurts.  Kyrgyzstan top destinations include the Osh bazaar, the lake Issyk-Kul and the magnificent blue waters of the Band-emir Lakes.LaosLao People’s Democratic Republic, LA, Vientiane Lao People’s Democratic Republic is a small country in South East Asia squeezed between Thailand’s and Vietnam.  It is considered one of the most laid back places on the planet with a very ecological approach.LatviaRepublic of Latvia, LG, Riga The Republic of Latvia is a north eastern European country located off the coast of the Baltic Sea.  It is bordered by Estonia to the north, Lithuania to the south, Russia to the east and Belarus on the south east.  It is best known for the capital Riga, a World Heritage Site and the Baltic’s region most cosmopolitan city.  Other interesting destinations include the unique former secret military town of Karosta, Europe’s widest waterfall at Kuldiga and the medieval castle ruins of Cesis.LebanonLebanese Republic, LE, Beirut The Republic of Lebanon is a small country within the Middle East region with its capital being Beirut. It has a long coastline on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a long land border with its much larger neighbour Syria to the north and the east, a much shorter border with Israel to the south.LesothoKingdom of Lesotho, LT, Maseru The Kingdom of Lesotho is a country within the Southern part of Africa totally surrounded by South Africa.  It is often referred to as the Kingdom in the Sky because of its lofty altitude being the only country to be entirely above 1000m.LiberiaRepublic of Liberia, LI, Monrovia Liberia is a country located in West Africa and bordered by Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Côte d’Ivoire.  Its history is closely linked to the United States with even its flag closely resembling the American flag.  Its capital city is Monrovia, named after James Monroe.LibyaLibya, LY, Tripoli Libya is blessed with a great historical heritage with plenty of cultural site to be discovered including the greatest Romans ruins in Cyrene and the Roman amphitheatre in Leptis Magna.LiechtensteinPrincipality of Liechtenstein, LS, Vaduz The Principality of Liechtenstein is a small west European country located in the Alps between Switzerland and Austria.  It enjoys a very high standard of living and is home to some incredibly beautiful mountain scenery. The state commercial, financial and political center is the modern capital of Vaduz.LithuaniaRepublic of Lithuania, LH, Vilnius The Republic of Lithuania is a small country in Northern Europe located on the bank of the Baltic Sea and surrounded by Latvia, Belarus, Poland and Russia (Kaliningrad).   It has a long history, spanning over eight hundred years and once (during the 15th century) considered the largest state in Europe, where crafts and overseas trade prospered.LuxembourgGrand Duchy of Luxembourg, LU, Luxembourg The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a landlocked country strategically located in the Benelux region of Western Europe.  It is the only Grand Duchy in the world, one of the world’s richest states and is the second-smallest of the European Union member states.  It is famous for its finance and high technology industry, as well as for its breathtaking natural beauty.MacedoniaRepublic of Macedonia, MK, Skopje The Republic of Macedonia is a landlocked country in the Balkans bordered by Serbia and the disputed region of Kosovo, Albania, Bulgaria and Greece.  It is considered one of Europe’s last undiscovered countries, with its natural wonders composed of lakes, rivers and mountains and historical ruins and idyllic villages that have remained practically unchanged for centuries.  It has a fascinating mix of Macedonian, Albanian, Turkish, and Mediterranean influences.MadagascarRepublic of Madagascar, MA, Antananarivo The Republic of Madagascar is a large island state in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Eastern Africa.  It is considered the world’s fourth largest island and is known for its natural beauty.MalawiRepublic of Malawi, MI, Lilongwe The Republic of Malawi is a country in Southern part of Africa, bordered by Mozambique to the south and east, Tanzania to the north, Zambia to the west. It is often referred to as the Warm Heart of Africa because of it welcoming and friendly people.  It is home to the Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa.MalaysiaMalaysia, MY, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia is a unique destination in Southeast Asia with a diversified environment, people and culture.  Malaysia’s top destinations include the beautiful sandy beaches of Pulau Perhentian, the exceptional waters of the Tun Sakaran Marine Park and the Mt Kinabalu Mountain.MaldivesRepublic of Maldives, MV, Male The Republic of Maldives is one of the world’s remaining tropical paradises.  Some of its top sights include its numerous idyllic sandy beaches and the tiny capital of Male.MaliRepublic of Mali, ML, Bamako The Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in Western Africa surrounded by Mauritania, Algeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, and Senegal.  Although it remains one of the poorest countries in the area, it has some incredible sights, including four UNESCO World-Heritage sites and the historic city of Timbuktu.MaltaRepublic of Malta, MT, Valletta The Republic of Malta is a small island country located south of the island of Sicily within the Mediterranean Sea. The archipelago is composed of various islands with only the biggest being inhabited including Malta, Gozo and Comino.Marshall IslandsMarshall Islands, RM, Majuro The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a group of atolls and reefs in the Pacific Ocean, about half-way between Hawaii and Australia.MauritaniaIslamic Republic of Mauritania, MR, Nouakchott The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in northwest Africa bordering Algeria, Senegal, Mali, and the disputed territory of Western Sahara. It is a land of astonish natural beauty including the UNESCO protected area of Banc d’Arguin and the desert in the Adrar and Tagant areas.MauritiusRepublic of Mauritius, MP, Port Louis The Republic of Mauritius is a small, multicultural island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles.  Mauritius also controls Rodrigues Island and the remote, sparsely populated Agalega and Cargados Garayos (Saint Brandon) islands.MexicoUnited Mexican States, MX, Mexico The United Mexican States is one of the biggest states in Hispanic Americas.  It has plenty to offer with its unique food, pyramids, museums, Haciendas and 6,000 miles of shoreline.  It offers some of the world’s most sought after holiday destinations including Acapulco, Cancun, Cozumel, Los Cabos and Patzcuaro.MicronesiaFederated States of Micronesia, FM, Palikir The Federated States of Micronesia is a groups of islands located within the north-western region of Oceania.  It includes some of the world’s most idyllic destinations such as Kiribati, Nauru, Northern Mariana Islands and Palau.MoldovaRepublic of Moldova, MD, Chisinau The Republic of Moldova is a small land-locked country in Eastern Europe, north of the Balkans, surrounded by Romania to the southwest and Ukraine to the northeast.MonacoPrincipality of Monaco, MN, Monaco The principality of Monaco lies in between the Alps and the Mediterranean Sea, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east.MongoliaMongolia, MG, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia is one of the most humble states in Northeast Asia with an incomparable remarkable wild beauty.MontenegroMontenegro, MJ, Podgorica Montenegro is a country in the Balkans on the banks of the Adriatic Sea and bordered by Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina to the north, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, and Albania to the south.   The tourism industry has been booming since the last couple of years.MoroccoKingdom of Morocco, MO, Rabat Morocco is one of Africa’s most charming and welcoming destinations offering plenty of excitement for the visitors.  There are plenty of great cities to be discovered such as the capital Casablanca and the unique red city of Marrakesh and its grandiose Djemaa el-Fna central place, as well as plenty of other key sites such as the Moroccan Versailles in Fes-Fez el Bali, the caves of Hercules and the prehistoric rock carvings in Tafaraoute and the Anti-Atlas Mountains.  Other key places worth mentioning include the coastal town of Sidi Ifni and its art deco architecture in the place Hassan II, the Plaza Uta El Hammam where to enjoy a delicious mint tea or look at the stars in Ait-Ben-Haddoum, a Moroccan version of Hollywood.MozambiqueRepublic of Mozambique, MZ, Maputo The Republic of Mozambique is a large country in Southern Africa with its entire eastern coast facing the Indian Ocean, making it the ideal place for sailors, scuba divers and beach lovers.  It is bordered by South Africa to the south, Tanzania to the north and has inland borders with Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Swaziland. NamibiaRepublic of Namibia, WA, Windhoek The Republic of Namibia is a beautiful Southern Africa country with a variety of great destinations to be discovered including the Okavengo Delta, the Skeleton Coast, Cape Cross Seal Reserve, Spitzkoppe and the Namib Desert.NauruRepublic of Nauru, NR, Yaren District (no capital city) The Republic of Nauru is a small island in the South Pacific Ocean, south of the Marshall Islands.  It is considered the world’s smallest independent republic. NepalFederal Democratic Republic of Nepal, NP, Kathmandu The Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal located in the Himalaya chain, is the Mecca for mountain travellers.  Some of its top destinations include the Annapurna Everest Base camp, the Bhote Khosi River and the fantastic temples in Kathmandu.NetherlandsKingdom of the Netherlands, NL, Amsterdam & The Hague (seat of gov’t) The Netherland makes for an ideal short holiday.  Indeed it has some of Europe’s friendliest and welcoming people, famous for knowing how to have a great time.  The country is extremely flat making it an ideal place for cycling or walking.  Amsterdam, the capital, known for being the Venice of the north with its network of canals, offers a rich cultural, architectural and artistic heritage. New Zealand New Zealand, NZ, Wellington New Zealand is a country of stunning and diverse natural beauty which includes mountains, steep fiords, pristine lakes, raging rivers, scenic beaches and active volcanic features. The islands are one of Earth’s richest flora zones and are inhabited by some unique fauna, including many flightless birds such as the kiwi, which is the national symbol.  The Maori culture continues to play an important part in everyday New Zealand life, and there are abundant opportunities for the visitor to understand and experience the history and the present day form of Maori life.Nicaragua Republic of Nicaragua, NU, Managua The Republic of Nicaragua is an amazing country in Central America with coastlines on both the Caribbean Sea to the east and the North Pacific Ocean to the west.  It is known as a land of beauty and richness offering eco-tourism, adventure, beach, colonial cities, nightlife, and a low cost of living.NigerRepublic of Niger, NG, Niamey The Republic of Niger is an arid, landlocked country of the Sahel in North Africa, bordered by Algeria, Mali, Burkina Faso, Benin, Nigeria, Chad and Libya. It is a former French colony which was granted independence in 1960. The land is mostly desert plains and dunes, with rolling savannah in the southeast.NigeriaFederal Republic of Nigeria, NI, Abuja The Federal Republic of Nigeria is a country in equatorial West Africa. It is the continent’s most populous nation, largest oil producer and the third largest economy.  It is bordered by the Gulf of Guinea and Benin to the west, Cameroon to the southeast, Chad to the northeast, and Niger to the north. NorwayKingdom of Norway, NO, Oslo The Kingdom of Norway is the westernmost, northernmost and even easternmost of the three Scandinavian countries.  It is best known for its complex and deep fjords along its west coast.  It is bordered by the North Sea to the South, the Norwegian Sea to the west and north, and Sweden, northern Finland and Russia to the East.OmanSultanate of Oman, MU, Muscat The Sultanate of Oman is a modern country with traditional values located in the South part of the Arabic peninsula.  It is a state immensely rich in natural and cultural beauty.  Some of Oman top sites include the lost beauty of the destroyed Buddha’s of Bamiyan and the magnificent blue waters of the Band-emir Lakes.PakistanIslamic Republic of Pakistan, PK, Islamabad The Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a land of colours and beauty, with various ancient ruins, beautiful mountains and legendary trekking routes remaining of its tribal cultures.  Some of Pakistan top destinations include the remaining ruins of the ancient city of Mohenjo-Daro, the Baltistan Mountains and the beautiful Hindu Kush valley.PalauRepublic of Palau, PS, Melekeok The Republic of Palau is a group of islands located within the Micronesia region of Oceania to the southeast of the Philippines.  It gained its independence in 1978 rather than joining the Federated States of MicronesiaPanamaRepublic of Panama, PM, Panama The Republic of Panama is the strategic land bridge connecting North with South America as well as the Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.  It is considered one of the most important shipping routes in the worldPapua New GuineaIndependent State of Papua New Guinea, PP, Port Moresby Independent State of Papua New Guinea is an island nation in Oceania.  There is evidence of human settlement as long ago as 35,000 years.ParaguayRepublic of Paraguay, PA, Asunción The Republic of Paraguay is a landlocked country in South America bordering Argentina, Bolivia, and Brazil. The country is rich in natural resources being the world’s largest drinking water reservoir (Guarani Aquifer) and the biggest hydroelectric producer (The Itaipú Dam).PeruRepublic of Peru, PE, Lima The Republic of Peruis a country in South America, situated on the western side of that continent, facing the South Pacific Ocean and straddling part of the Andes mountain range that runs the length of South America. Peru is bordered by Ecuador and Colombia to the north, Brazil and Bolivia to the east, and Chile to the south. Peru is a country that has a diversity and wealth not common in the world. The main attractions are their archaeological patrimony of pre-Columbian cultures and the center of Inca’s Empire, their gastronomy, their colonial architecture  and their natural resources.PhilippinesRepublic of the Philippines, RP, Manila The Philippines is the Southeast Asian country with the most islands with no less than 7000 of them.  Philippines top experiences include the Coron Bay home to the sunken Japanese war ships, the rice terraces of the Cordillera Mountains and the capital city of Manila.PolandRepublic of Poland, PL, Warsaw Poland is one of the less known holiday destination in Europe.  It is however gaining some popularity, especially by those that want to experience something a bit different.  From the charming cities of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea coast to the breathtaking natural beauty of the Carpathian Mountains in the South, passing by the unique wilderness of the Bialowieza National Park or the Great Malsurian Lakes to the East, the country has something for everyone.  Most of the Polish cities were destroyed during the Second War, but miraculously the city of Krakow remained untouched.  It is therefore not a surprise that it is today the most visited place in Poland offering much in cultural attractions as well as numerous places for party lovers.PortugalPortuguese Republic, PO, Lisbon Portugal offers some of the best weather in Europe along with thousands of kilometres of beautiful coastline blessed with sandy beaches.  The heart of the country is worth visiting as well, with many picture perfect towns, ideal to get away from it all.  Portugal is an excellent choice for golf lovers with plenty of excellent courses to choose from, some even with impressive views over the Atlantic Ocean.  If you are looking to spend a wonderful time with friends or family, enjoying great food and succulent local wines then Portugal is definitely the place to choose for your next sunny holiday.QatarState of Qatar, QA, Doha The State of Qatar is another fashionable place in the Middle-East.  Its top destinations include the Doha’s cornice, the rock formation at Bir Zekreet and the camel races track in Al-Shahhainiya.RomaniaRomania, RO, Bucharest Romania is a country located north of the Balkan Peninsula on the western shores of the Black Sea. It is a country of great natural beauty and diversity and a rich cultural heritage. Romania enchants visitors with its scenic mountain landscapes and unspoilt rural areas, but also with its historic cities and its busy capital.  RussiaRussian Federation, RS, Moscow Russia is the world’s largest country offering a variety of exciting destination from the famous Winter Palace, in the former Russian capital of St-Petersburg to the Red Square, Kremlin and metro in Moscow passing by the views of the Lake Baial from the Trans-Siberian ExpressRwandaRepublic of Rwanda, RW, Kigali The Republic of Rwanda is a relatively stable East African country easily accessible from Kenya and Uganda. It is known as the land of a thousand hills, and for its stunning natural beauty, rich in flora, fauna and its breathtaking green savannahs. The country hosts some rare species of animals like the silverback mountain gorillas as well as unique birds and insects in the tropical forest of Nyungwe.Saint Kitts and NevisFederation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, SC, Basseterre The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is a pair of tropical islands in the Caribbean, about one-third of the way from Puerto Rico to Trinidad and Tobago.  The Islands are known for their remarkable natural beauty with rare tropical bird species and famous monkeys which, it is said, were introduced by the pirates.Saint LuciaSaint Lucia, ST, Castries Saint Lucia is an island state within the Caribbean, off the coast of Central America.  It lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, north of Trinidad and Tobago. The island is famous for its striking cone-shaped peaks south of Soufriere known as the Twin Pitons.Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesSaint Vincent and the Grenadines, VC, Kingstown Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island nation within the Caribbean located north of Trinidad and Tobago. It shares the southernmost Grenadines Islands with the independent island nation of Grenada.SamoaIndependent State of Samoa, WS, Apia The Independent State of Samoa is an island nation within Polynesia in the South Pacific Ocean. It is located half way between Hawaii and New Zealand, and has a volcanic interior.  San MarinoRepublic of San Marino, SM, San Marino The Republic of San Marino is the third smallest state in Europe (after the Holy City and Monaco) surrounded by Italy.  It claims to be the world’s oldest republic, founded by the Christian stonemason Marinus in 301 A.D. according to tradition. Sao Tome and PrincipeDemocratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, TP, São Tomé The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is a small island nation off the Atlantic coast of Central Africa.  It is located in the Gulf of Guinea, straddling the Equator, west of Gabon. Saudi Arabia Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SA, Riyadh The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a Middle Eastern country that occupies most of the Arabian Peninsula and has coastlines on the Indian Ocean, Persian Gulf and Red Sea. It is bordered by Jordan to the northwest, Iraq and Kuwait to the northeast, Bahrain and Qatar to the east, the United Arab Emirates to the southeast, and Oman and Yemen to the south.  It is home to the holy Muslim cities of Mecca and Medina, to which all physically and financially able Muslims are required to make a pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.SenegalRepublic of Senegal, SG, Dakar The Republic of Senegal is one of the best known Western Africa countries surrounded on one side with the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by Mali, Mauritania and Gambia.  Some of Senegal key destinations include the capital Dakar, the former capital Saint-Louis and the beautiful island of Gorée.SerbiaRepublic of Serbia, RI, Belgrade The Republic of Serbia is a country located in the Balkans, in Southern Europe. It was a founder and one of six republics forming the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. It is surrounded by Montenegro to the south, Bosnia and Herzegovina to the west, Bulgaria to the southeast, Croatia to the northwest, Hungary to the north, Macedonia and Albania (through Kosovo) to the south, and Romania to the northeast. It is situated on one of the major land routes from Central Europe to Turkey and further on to the Near East.SeychellesRepublic of Seychelles, SE, Victoria The Republic of Seychelles is a group of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa and northeast of Madagascar.  Only a few of the nation’s islands are inhabited and are home to some of the world’s most luxurious tropical resorts.Sierra LeoneRepublic of Sierra Leone, SL, Freetown The Republic of Sierra Leone is a small country within West Africa bordered by Guinea to the North and East, Liberia to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean with over 400km of coastline to the west.  It is known for its capital city of Freetown, Sierra Leone commercial centre and for the Banana Islands, a sought after tourist destination with an idyllic tropical environment.SingaporeRepublic of Singapore, SN, Singapore The Republic of Singapore is one of Southeast Asian most dynamic and cosmopolitan city-state with an impressing array of quality shopping, nightlife and Asian cuisine.  It is said to be the world’s most globalised city, with a long history of immigration and a big expatriate community.  It has today a population of around 5 million consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and with about 40% of the city being foreigners both students and workers.  It is the world’s second most densely populated city right after Monaco. This cosmopolitan city, which is part of the four East Asian Tigers (with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) also play a fundamental role in the finance and international trade world. SlovakiaSlovak Republic, LO, Bratislava The Slovak Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe surrounded by Austria to the west, Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east. It is known for its astonishing natural beauty with nine national parks and Carpathian Mountain Range, vivid history and great opportunities for relaxation SloveniaRepublic of Slovenia, SI, Ljubljana The Republic of Slovenia is a country in Central Europe that lies in the eastern Alps at the northern end of the Adriatic Sea, with Austria to the north, Italy to the southwest, Hungary to the northeast and Croatia to the south. It offers a surprising variety of terrain, ranging from the beaches of the Mediterranean to the peaks of the Julian Alps, to the rolling hills of the south. Solomon IslandsSolomon Islands, BP, Honiara The Solomon Islands is an archipelago within the South Pacific east of Papua New Guinea.   It is located in a strategic location on sea routes between the South Pacific Ocean, the Solomon Sea and the Coral Sea.SomaliaSomalia, SO, Mogadishu Somalia is a large coastal country located on the Horn of Africa and bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the north-west, and Kenya on its south-west. This is a country with a troubled past and present, divided between civil war, military coups, border disputes and warlordism.South AfricaRepublic of South Africa, SF, Pretoria (administrative) & Cape Town (legislative) & Bloemfontein (judiciary) The Republic of South Africa is by far the most visited of all the Southern African countries.  It is a vast country with widely varying landscapes and an equally diverse population.  It is renowned for its wines and is one of the world’s largest producers of gold. South Africa has a strong economy and is an influential player in African politics.  Some of its key sites include the great Drakensberg Mountains one of the highest in the region, the bridge of the Blyde river Canyon one of the greatest natural wonders of the region, Cape Point and Table Mountain.South SudanRepublic of South Sudan, OD, Juba South Sudan is a country in Central Africa. It was formerly a breakaway region of Sudan and became an independent country on 9 July 2011 after a referendum held at the beginning of the same year. It borders Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Central African Republic.SpainKingdom of Spain, SP, Madrid Spain is an all time favourite of the best holiday destinations list.  It is not a surprise, with one of Europe’s longest and most beautiful coastline, a fascinating culture and an emphasis on good life, with delicious food and great local wines.  Not to forget that Spain is renowned to be the party capital of Europe, especially on the Southern islands of Ibiza.  With a great weather all year round, Spain has become a favourite destination amongst European, and especially British.Sri LankaDemocratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, CE, Colombo & Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative) Sri Lanka offers one of the most exotic and beautiful scenery in the region.  Sri Lanka top experiences include the Esala Perahera festival, the green tea plantation on a moppet and the capital city of Colombo.SudanRepublic of Sudan, SU, Khartoum The Republic of Sudan is the third largest country in Africa and borders Egypt, Eritrea, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Libya, and South Sudan.  The Sudanese people are known for their hospitability, and the country has some awesome and remote tourist attractions.SurinameRepublic of Suriname, NS, Paramaribo The Republic of Suriname is a country in the northern part of South America. It has a North Atlantic Ocean coastline in the north and is surrounded by French Guiana to the east, Brazil to the south and Guyana to the west. It is the smallest independent country on the South American continent, with a relatively small population, most of who lives along the coast.SwazilandKingdom of Swaziland, WZ, Mbabane (administrative) & Lobamba (legislative) The Kingdom of Swaziland is a small landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by South Africa to the west and Mozambique in the east. Swaziland is considered one of the world’s last absolute monarchies and one of Africa’s oldest.  It has a well-earned reputation for friendliness and is popular for its numeours large game parks and reserves sponsored by the government.SwedenKingdom of Sweden, SW, Stockholm The Kingdom of Sweden is the largest of the Nordic countries, with a population of about 9.3 million. It is bordered by Norway and Finland and is connected to Denmark via the bridge of Öresund. The Baltic Sea lies to the east of Sweden, as well as the Gulf of Bothnia, which separates Sweden from most of Finland. The northernmost part of Sweden belongs to the Arctic.SwitzerlandSwiss Confederation, SZ, Bern The Swiss Confederation is perhaps one of the most charming destinations in the heart of Europe.  It is known for its beautiful old cities, the astronomical clock in Bern, luxury watches, quality chocolate, world’s finest boutiques in Geneva and one of the Swiss Alps, one of the largest mountain chains in the world.SyriaSyrian Arab Republic, SY, Damascus The Syrian Arab Republic is one of the larger states of the Middle East.  It has a short coastline on the Mediterranean Sea to the east and is bordered by Turkey, Iraq¸ Jordan, Israel and by Lebanon.  Syria top destinations include the roman ruins of Palmyra, the theatres at Bosra’s fortress, the ghost towns, the charming Aleppo and the capital city of Damascus.TajikistanRepublic of Tajikistan, TI, Dushanbe The Republic of Tajikistan is located in the most remote corners of Asia.  It is known for offering an authentic central Asian adventure with its beautiful mountain scenery, the turquoise lakes in the Fan Mountains and the towns of Korong and Osh.TanzaniaUnited Republic of Tanzania, TZ, Dar es Salaam & Dodoma (legislative) Tanzania is a land of remarkable beauty with key sites including the mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa with an elevation of 5,895m, the island of Zanzibar also known as the Spice Island, the Serengeti National Park and its migration of wildebeests and zebras, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, knows as the 8th wonder of the world with its 16km diameter volcanic calderas and a variety of wildlife including flamingos and sleeping lions at the Lake Manyara.ThailandKingdom of Thailand, TH, BangkokThailand is by far one of South East Asia’s most visited destinations.  It has one of the world’s most magnificence scenery with its picture perfect beaches, azure waters and incredible islands.  Its inhabitants are friendly and welcoming, known for their Zen like approach and hedonistic attitude towards life. Some of the Thailand’s greatest destinations include the bustling capital city of Bangkok, the northern charm of Chiang Mai, the popular holiday province of Phuket, the breathtaking Phi Phi Island, the laid back Koh Lanta and the idyllic Gulf of Thailand islands including Koh Samui and Koh Phangan.Timor-LesteDemocratic Republic of Timor-Leste, TT, Dili East Timor is the world’s newest country, only gaining independence in 2006.  Some of the country’s top destinations include the north coast reefs, the Mount Ramelau and the islands of Maubara.TogoTogolese Republic, TO, Lomé The Togolese Republic is a narrow country in West Africa, located between Ghana on the west and Benin on the east, with a small border with Burkina Faso to the north.  It has a 56km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean to the south.TongaKingdom of Tonga, TN, Nuku’alofa The Kingdom of Tonga known as the Friendly Islands is an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean divided into four island groups,.Trinidad and TobagoRepublic of Trinidad and Tobago, TD, Port-of-Spain The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is a nation consisting primarily of two Caribbean islands just off the north-eastern coast of Venezuela. The country is the most industrialised and one of the most prosperous in the Caribbean. Overall, tourism is not a major industry, leaving the islands replete with natural unspoiled beauty not found in most other Caribbean countries.TunisiaTunisian Republic, TS, Tunis The Tunisian Republic is a small and charming country in the middle of North Africa.  It has a rich historical heritage and offers a wide array of remarkable destinations to explore, from the cities of Tunis and Carthage to the north to places such as Dougga with its roman ruins or Douz on the edge of the Sahara.  Tunisia also offers numerous places for the perfect sun and sea holiday with plenty of idyllic destinations along its Mediterranean coast such as Djerba or Sfax.TurkeyRepublic of Turkey, TU, Ankara The Republic of Turkey is a large country on the Mediterranean, located in the Anatolian region of West Asia.  It has a small section in Southeastern Europe separated by the Turkish Straits (Bosphorus, Sea of Marmara, and Dardanelles). With the Black Sea to the north and the Aegean Sea in the west and Mediterranean Sea to the southwest, Turkey is surrounded by Bulgaria and Greece to the west, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia to the northeast, Syria, Iraq and Iran to the southeast.TurkmenistanTurkmenistan, TX, Ashgabat Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia almost entirely located within the desert of Karakum and with a coast on the Caspian Sea.  It is bordered by Iran and Afghanistan to the South, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to the North.  Some of Turkmenistan top experiences include the 12 meters high golden statue of the president in Aszgabut, bazaars in Tolkucha and the Karkum black sand desert with its Yurt people.TuvaluTuvalu, TV, Funafuti Tuvalu is a group of low-lying islands and atolls in the South Pacific that form the fourth smallest country in the world.  It is a delightful pacific destination, where your time is well spent in the shade of a palm trees on one of the pretty beaches. Traditional local culture remains very much alive, making the people of Tuvalu one of the nation’s best assets. UgandaRepublic of Uganda, UG, Kampala The Republic of Uganda is a small country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.   It is famously called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, being home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the highly endangered mountain gorilla and the endangered common chimpanzee.UkraineUkraine, UP, Kyiv Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe located on the edge of the Black Sea and bordered by Russia to the east, Belarus to the north, Poland to the northwest, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Moldova and Romania to the south west.  It is the second-largest country in Europe.United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab Emirates, AE, Abu Dhabi The United Arab Emirates is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Arabic Peninsula.  It combines the exotic of Bedouin culture with western modernity.  Some of UAE’s top destinations include the magnificent building and constructions of Dubai such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm, the magnificent crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea.United KingdomUnited Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, UK, London The United Kingdom offers a variety of great attractions, museums, galleries, theatres and nightlife especially around its capital.  There is also a variety of wonderful sites outside of the capital including the 5000 years old standing stones in Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous prehistoric sites, and the remains of the Roman lifestyle in the beautiful and peaceful city of Bath.  England is also home to numerous colleges and university including Oxford and Cambridge, some of the world’s oldest and most prestigious academic institutions.  Towards the north of the UK, one may discover the Scottish Highlands with its astonishing natural beauty and a variety of old castles, such as the Scottish lochs and the Edinburgh castle.United StatesUnited States of America, US, Washington, DC USA famous for numerous popular tourist destinations,  from NYC skyscrapers on the east coast to the glamorous Hollywood and California on the West coast passing by the natural wonders of Yellowstone, Alaska and sunny beaches of Florida and Hawaii.UruguayOriental Republic of Uruguay, UY, Montevideo The Oriental Republic of Uruguay, which name can be translated t river of the colourful birds, is one of the smallest countries in South American located between Brazil and Argentina.  It has a rich cultural heritage and is blessed with excellent beaches.UzbekistanRepublic of Uzbekistan, UZ, Tashkent Uzbekistan is located in the middle of the central Asian Silk Road and has one of the most hospitable people in the region.  Some of Uzbekistan top destinations include the Bukhara market and the spectacular architecture in Samarkand’s Registan.VanuatuRepublic of Vanuatu, NH, Port-Vila The Republic of Vanuatu is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand and east of Australia.Venezuela Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, VE, Caracas The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela is a country in South America. It has a shoreline along the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and borders Colombia to the west, Guyana to the east and Brazil to the south. It is known for the Angel Falls (Churun Meru) in the Guiana Highlands considerd the world’s highest waterfall and one of Venezuela’s major tourist attractions.VietnamSocialist Republic of Vietnam, VM, HanoiVietnam is known to be the hidden charm of South East Asia as it is perhaps one of the most exotic countries you may visit.  It is the latest of the Asian dragons to fully emerge.  From its long and beautiful coastline packed with vibrant cities to the impressive mountains and rice fields in the heart of the country, Vietnam is a jewel for every traveller.  Indeed it is a country of vivid colours, amazing smells, breathtaking views and warm people.  From the North to South, from Hanoi to Ho Chi Min City and the island of Phu Quoc, passing by the spectacular Halong Bay, Vietnam is definitely a place to visit.YemenRepublic of Yemen, YM, Sanaa The Republic of Yemen is a country located on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula bordered by Saudi Arabia and Oman. Yemen has had a troubled recent history with civil wars and tribal conflicts predominating. It is however known for his welcoming people as well as for its deserts and ancient ruins, the magnificent Shibam known as the Manhattan of the deserts and the magnificent temples at Ma’rib.ZambiaRepublic of Zambia, ZA, Lusaka The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia (Caprivi Strip), Angola to the west, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the northwest.  Zambia is known for offering some of the world’s best safari opportunities, as well as for the Victoria Falls, one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.ZimbabweRepublic of Zimbabwe, ZI, HarareThe Republic of Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordered by South Africa to the south, Botswana to the southwest, Zambia to the northwest, and Mozambique to the east and north.  The country is famous for the massive Victoria Falls considered the world’s largest curtain of falling water. World’s countries videoThe following is an HD Film about the World’s countries 2012 created by Mat Siems.Click here to view the World’s countries 2012 HD video.
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Notting Hill Carnival: Europe’s biggest street festival:
The Notting Hill Carnival taking place in West London each year is Europe’s biggest street festival.  For two days at the end of the month of August, the members of the West Indian community flock the streets of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea for one of the biggest celebration on the planet.   The carnival has lived in the area since the 60’s and is today attracting over a million people a year.  If you are looking for a vibrant celebration, with plenty of sound systems for street dancing and numerous Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, then the Notting Hill Carnival is the place to be.TopicsNotting Hill Carnival IntroductionNotting Hill Carnival imagesNotting Hill Carnival videoNotting Hill Carnival imagesThe following is a selection of some of Notting Hill Carnival’s 2012 best photographs.  Click on the images to view them in full-size within a lightbox.Notting Hill Carnival videoThe following is an HD Film created by Mat Siems about West London’s Notting Hill Carnival 2012. Click here to view the Notting Hill Carnival video.
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Best of Stockholm: sights, map, images and video:
Stockholm is considered the capital of Scandinavia, being the region largest populated metropolitan area with over 2 million inhabitants.  It is the economic, cultural and administrative centre of Sweden, with over a fifth of the country’s population.  It was founded in the 12th Century and has since become one of the key cities in Europe.  Stockholm is often referred to as the Venice of the North, best known for its remarkable natural beauty surrounded by clean open water and an abundance of green spaces.  The city is composed of 14 islands and interconnected by more than 50 bridges, sitting at the mouth of the Lake Mälaren which flows into the Baltic Sea.  It is a part of the Stockholm archipelago consisting of over 24,000 islands and islets.  Stockholm also offers splendid medieval architecture with its terracotta and saffron coloured buildings especially around the well preserved historical island of Gamla Stan.  As the royal and political center of Sweden it is home to the Swedish monarch, the national government, the Parliament and the Supreme Court.  The city is also famous for its world class museums such as Skansen, Vasamuseet and the Nationalmuseum, as well as for its sleek designs.TopicsStockholm VideoStockholm IntroductionStockholm MapStockholm AreasStockholm top SightsStockholm best HotelsStockholm ImagesStockholm mapThe following is a map of Stockholm central areas including the historical islands of Gamla Stan and Skeppsholmen, the shopping district of Norrmalm, Östermalm affluent area and the Djurgården green island.  The central Stockholm map also contains the city’s top attractions and best hotels.Stockholm areasThe following are the most important areas in Stockholm:Gamla Stan: historical heart of the citySkeppsholmen: central island home to the Moderna MuseetNorrmalm: shopping district home to the DrottninggatanÖstermalm: one of Stockholm’s most affluent areaDjurgården: island-park home to Skansen and VasamuseetGamla StanGamla Stan also known as Stockholm’s Old Town is the best known island of the city with its narrow cobblestone streets and well maintained medieval buildings.  It is where the city was founded back in 1252 and is today considered one of the best preserved and biggest medieval city center in Europe.  This historical heart of Stockholm is home to the majestic Royal Palace, the well preserved Riddarholmskyrkan church, the Riksdag Swedish parliament and a variety of smaller museums.  It is best discovered on foot and is easily accessible by the Gamla Stan metro station on the west side of the island.SkeppsholmenSkeppsholmen is the other beautiful island located at the heart of the city center between the Gamla Stan Island to the east, Östermalm and Norrmalm districts to the North and the Djurgården island-park to the east. Due to its ideal location at the mouth of the Baltic Sea it was once a major military destination, but it has since became best known for its art scene, with numerous museums such as the Moderna Museet as well as being home to the summer Stockholm Jazz Festival.Norrmalm The Norrmalm district also known as City is Stockholm main commercial area often popular with a younger crowd.  It is a great shopping and nightlife destination especially around the Sergels Torg square and the north-south pedestrian street of Drottninggatan.  Within the northern part of Norrmalm is the residential Vasastan neighbourhood home to the vibrant Odenplan square.Östermalm The Östermalm district, located to the east of Norrmalm is one of Stockholm’s most affluent areas, with its tree-lined boulevards and beautifully decorated stone houses.  It is well known for its green spaces and squares such as the Nationalstadsparken or Stureplan square, as well as for its museums such as the Historiska Museet.DjurgårdenSödra Djurgården or simply Djurgården located to the east of the city center is considered Stockholm’s playground.  Indeed this amazing island-park is home to a variety of sought after sights including the Nordiska Museet, the Vasamuseet, the Gröna Lund amusement park and the unique Skansen open air museum.Stockholm top sightsStockholm has a variety of exciting sights to be discovered, from the natural beauty of the archipelago to its world’s class architecture including the City Hall, passing by the Royal Palace home to the Swedish monarchy.  The city is also blessed with very interesting cultural sites such as the Skansen open air museum and Zoo, the Historiska museet with its Viking History and the unique Vasa museum home to a very well-preserved 17th century warship. The top 10 sights in Stockholm include: The Royal Palace: Sweden’s monarchy official residenceStadshuset: Stockholm’s City HallStockholm archipelago: composed of over  24,000 islandsVasamuseet: World’s only seventeenth-century warshipSkansen: Stockholm’s open air museumNationalmuseum: Sweden’s most important Art MuseumNordiska Museet: Sweden’s cultural heritage MuseumModerna Museet: Stockholm’s Museum of Modern ArtHistoriska Museet: Stockholm’s Museum of HistoryKungsträdgården: Sweden’s monarch residenceThe Royal PalaceThe Royal Palace is by far one of the most visited attractions in the capital.  It is the official residence of His Majesty the King of Sweden and is considered one of the largest palaces in Europe with more the 600 rooms.  The Changing of the Guard and the Guard Parade is also worth assisting to while visiting the palace.Stadshuset The Stadshuset is Stockholm’s City Hall and one of the city’s most recognisable sights known for its spire featuring the golden Three Crowns. It is open to the public through guided tours.Stockholm archipelagoThe Stockholm archipelago known as skärgården is one of the world’s most spectacular, stretching for over 80 kilometres east of the city centre and comprised of some 24,000 islands, islets and rocks. The VasamuseetThe Vasamuseet or Vasa Museum is best known as being home to the world’s only well preserved seventeenth-century ship decorated with hundreds of carved sculptures.  The museum also offers unique displays about Swedish life in the 17th century.SkansenSkansen also known as Östermalm is Stockholm’s unique open air museum and zoo.  It is known for its displays about historical life in Sweden as well as Swedish fauna.  It is located within the western side of the Djurgården and easily accessible by Tram number 7.NationalmuseumThe Nationalmuseum is Sweden most important art and design museum offering vast collections of drawings, graphics as well as older sculptures and paintings.  It is famous for its prominent Rembrandt, Dutch 17th-century collection as well as for its splendid art library.Nordiska MuseetThe Nordiska Museet showcases displays about the Swedish cultural heritage composed variety of artefacts including textiles, fashion items, folk art and furnished rooms.Moderna MuseetThe Moderna Museet is Stockholm’s Museum of Modern Art and offers a vast collection of modern classics as well as temporary exhibitions.  It is situated within the beautiful island of Skeppsholmen and offers breathtaking view of the Djurgården form its restaurant.Historiska MuseetHistoriska Museet located within the Östermalm district is Stockholm’s Museum of History best known for its very well presented Viking exhibition.  It covers a good portion of Swedish cultural history from the Stone Age up to the 16th century.Drottningholm PalaceThe Drottningholm Palace located to the west of Stockholm city center within the Ekerö Municipality, has been the residence of the monarch since the 1980.Stockholm best hotelsStockholm has some of Scandinavia’s most sought after accommodations from some luxury hotels chains such as the Sheraton, Hilton and Radisson to more unique Collector’s places such as the Collector’s Victory Hotel or the Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel. The following are some of the best rated hotels offering great value for money in the central part of Stockholm:Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers, 4 Stars hotelHilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel, 5 Stars hotelCollector’s Victory Hotel, 5 Stars hotelRadisson Blu Strand Hotel, 5 Stars hotelRadisson Blu Waterfront Hotel, 4 Stars hotelCollector’s Lord Nelson Hotel, 4 Stars hotelFirst Reisen Hotel, 4 Stars hotelAdlon Hotel, 3 Stars hotelCentral Hotel, 3 Stars hotelComfort Stockholm Hotel, 3 Stars hotelSheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers The Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers is one of Stockholm’s best located hotels for business and leisure guests. All of the 459 guestrooms at this 4-star hotel offer guests a comfortable and pleasurable stay with modern in-room amenities. Guestroom appointments consist of mini bar, telephone, non-smoking rooms, television, in-house movies, television and air conditioning.  Guest can make the most of their stay at the hotel by unwinding with an array of recreational facilities, including sauna and fitness room. Visitors to Stockholm will see that the hotel is the right choice with its convenient location and complete service and facilities. Book a room at the Sheraton Stockholm Hotel & Towers now, best prices guaranteed.Hilton Stockholm Slussen HotelDesigned for both business and leisure travel, Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel is ideally situated in City Center – Södermalm; one of the city’s most popular locales. Only 27 mi away, this 5-star hotel can be easily accessed from the airport. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Stockholm’s Stadsmuseum, Katarinahissen and Maria Magdalena Kyrka. Book a room at the Hilton Stockholm Slussen Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Collector’s Victory HotelWell-positioned in Stockholm Old Town, Collector’s Victory Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Stockholm. The hotel is not too far from the city center: just 1 km away, and it normally takes about 40 minutes to reach the airport. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Postmuseum, Gamla Stan, and Riddarhuset. Book a room at the Collector’s Victory Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Radisson Blu Strand HotelNestled in the heart of City Center – Norrmalm, Radisson Blu Strand Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With the city’s main attractions such as The Royal Dramatic Theatre, National Art Museum, Hallwylska Museet within close reach, visitors to the hotel will just love its location. Book a room at the Radisson Blu Strand Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Radisson Blu Waterfront HotelWell-placed in the business, sightseeing, culture area of Stockholm city, Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel provides a most conducive spot for you to take a break from your busy days. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. This modern hotel is in the vicinity of popular city attractions such as Viking Line Terminal, Stadshuset, and Cityterminalen Bus Station. Book a room at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Collector’s Lord Nelson HotelConveniently located in Stockholm, Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. Situated only 1 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town’s attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see destinations. Book a room at the Collector’s Lord Nelson Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.First Reisen HotelWell-positioned in Stockholm Old Town, First Reisen Hotel is the ideal point of departure for your excursions in Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. No less exceptional is the hotel’s easy access to the city’s myriad attractions and landmarks, such as Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Livrustkammaren, and Tyska Kyrkan. Book a room at the First Reisen Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Adlon HotelConveniently located in Stockholm, Adlon Hotel is a great base from which to explore this vibrant city. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Cityterminalen Bus Station, Klara Kyrka Church, Hotorget Metro Station. Book a room at the Adlon Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Central HotelIf what you’re looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Stockholm, look no further than Central Hotel. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. Visitors to the hotel can take pleasure in touring the city’s top attractions: Cityterminalen Bus Station, Klara Kyrka Church, and The Royal Palace. Book a room at the Central Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Comfort Stockholm HotelNestled in the heart of City Center – Norrmalm, Comfort Stockholm Hotel is an ideal spot from which to discover Stockholm. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city’s numerous attractions such as Cityterminalen Bus Station, Viking Line Terminal, and Klara Kyrka Church. Book a room at the Comfort Stockholm Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Stockholm imagesThe following is a selection of some of Stockholm’s best photographs.  It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Nationalmuseum, the City Hall and the Royal Palace.Stockholm factsThe following are some of the Stockholm’s most important facts:Stockholm is the capital of SwedenStockholm is a lively cosmopolitan cityStockholm is composed of modern Scandinavian architecture Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and Over 30% is made up of parks and green spacesStockholm has one the freshest air of any European capital.
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Top 100 World’s cities:
The following are the World’s Top 100 cities that you should visit once in your lifetime.  From the most fascinating Asian cities such as Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong to the recent metropolis such as Dubai and entertainment capital such as Las Vegas and Macau, the list is packed with some of the planets most exciting destinations.  Our list is divided into various sections, starting with the top 10 most famous cities, followed by the key urban destinations within the various world regions including the Americas (North, Central, South), Europe, Africa, Asia and finally Oceania. Each item on the list comes with a short description as well as a photograph.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 CitiesTop Cities in the AmericasTop Cities in EuropeTop Cities in AfricaTop Cities in AsiaTop Cities in OceaniaComplete Top 100 World’s cities listTop 10 CitiesThe following are the world’s Top 10 Cities with some of the most famous global metropolis in Europe, Asia and America including Paris, London, New York City, Bangkok and Singapore.ParisLondonBangkokSingaporeNew YorkKuala LumpurHong KongDubaiIstanbulRomeParisParis: world’s most visited cityOrignal image by Sean MacEnteeParis is not only the capital and biggest city in France but the world’s most visited city.   It is located on the river Seine at the heart of the Île-de-France region. The city of Paris, within its administrative limits, is largely unchanged since 1860 and has an estimated population of over 2 millions.  The metropolitan area however has a population of almost 12 million and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.  An important settlement for more than two millennia, Paris is today one of the world’s leading business and cultural centres, and its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.LondonLondon: one of the world’s greatest global cities and second most visitedOrignal image by Mat SiemsLondon is one of the world’s greatest cities.  It is a vibrant and exciting metropolis packed with a variety of different cultures, influences, world class attractions and entertainment for every budget and lifestyle.   It is a really diversified city offering so much to its residents as well as to the millions of tourists coming in every year.  From world class museums and galleries to chic hotels, well known shops to exquisite restaurants, passing by a variety of music venues, it has something for everyone. BangkokBangkok: one of Asia’s most visited and vibrant citiesOrignal image by Mat SiemsBangkok, with its wide array of cultural and religious sites, bargain shopping locations, famous nightlife and many business and technological centre is one of the most contrasting and compelling of all Asian cities. It is indeed a very cosmopolitan city with a good mix of Thai, Chinese and other Middle Eastern influence, not to forget the millions of tourist from all over the world flowing in every year.  With a population of over ten million it is a surprisingly safe and clean city, offering many transport options including a multitude of elevated highways, the Sky train (BTS), the underground (MRT), and boats, not to mention the famous tuk-tuks.  It is also the perfect city to enjoy a relaxing Thai massage or experience a Muay Thai kickboxing match. SingaporeSingapore: the world’s most globalised cityOrignal image by Mat SiemsThe city state of Singapore is one of the most interesting and inspiring city of all South-east Asia.  Officially called the Republic of Singapore, it is a set of islands located in the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, south of Thailand.  Singapore is said to be the world’s most globalised city, with a long history of immigration and a big expatriate community.  It has today a population of around 5 million consisting of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and with about 40% of the city being foreigners including both students and workers.  It is the world’s second most densely populated city right after Monaco. This cosmopolitan city, which is part of the four East Asian Tigers (with Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan) also play a fundamental role in the finance and international trade world. Its port is one of the busiest in Asia and the country is considered one of the worlds’s most technologically advanced. New York CityNew York City: one of the only World’s Alpha ++ CitiesOrignal image by DAVID ILIFFNew York is the most populous city in the United States as well as a global metropolis with a significant impact upon international commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.   It is home of the United Nations Headquarters, the New York Stock Exchange considered the world’s largest stock exchange, as well as numerous of the world’s top rated colleges and universities.  It is often being described as the cultural capital of the world, hosting a variety of museums and art gallery. It is located within the world’s largest natural harbours and its skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world.  It is especially impressive at night when all the skyscrapers are illuminated.Kuala LumpurKuala Lumpur: one of Asia’s fastest developing citiesOrignal image by GuyfrombronxKuala Lumpur is the federal capital and most populous city in Malaysia, and considered one of the fastest growing metropolitan regions in the country, in both population and economy.  It is rated as one of the world’s alpha cities being an important cultural, financial and economic centre in Malaysia and Asia.  It also played host in a variety of international events such as the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the Formula One World Championship.  Kuala Lumpur is best known today as the home of the Petronas Twin Towers, considered the tallest twin buildings in the world and representing an iconic symbol of the country.Hong KongHong Kong: World’s best example of East meets WestOrignal image by eGuide TravelHong Kong, along with Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China.  Situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of just 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated areas.  Its population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.  It has become a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War, until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.  The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era, which greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as East meets West.DubaiDubai: home to one of the world’s most innovative construction projectsOrignal image by JagermeshDubai is by far the most famous city within the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located south east of the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula within the emirate’s northern coastline.  When oil was discovered in the region in the late 60’s, it quickly led to a massive influx of foreign workers, expanding the city by 300% and bringing in international oil interests. The modern emirate of Dubai was created after the UK left the area in 1971. Today, Dubai has emerged as a global city and a business hub. Although Dubai’s economy was built predominantly on the oil industry, its main revenues are now from tourism, real estate, and financial services, similar to that of Western countries.  Dubai has recently attracted world attention through many innovative large construction projects including the Palm, the World, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest manmade structure and the famous Burj al Arab considered the world’s only seven-Star hotel.IstanbulIstanbul: world’s only metropolis situated on two continentsOrignal image by Senol DemirIstanbul, historically known as Byzantium and Constantinople is today the largest city of Turkey, with a population of over 13 million inhabitants, as well as the the country’s cultural, economic and financial capital.  Istanbul strategically lies on the Bosphorus strait and encompasses the natural harbour known as the Golden Horn, within the northwest part of the country.  It is the only metropolis situated on two continents, extending both on the European (Thrace) and Asian (Anatolia) sides of the strait.  It ranks among the world’s fastest growing metropolitan area.  Its historic areas were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985, and it was named a joint European Capital of Culture for 2010 and the European Capital of Sports for 2012.RomeRome: considered the birthplaces of western civilizationOrignal image by Stefan BauerRome is Italy’s capital and most populous city.  It is located within the central-western portion of the Italian Peninsula, on the Tiber River within the Lazio region.  Rome’s history spans two and a half thousand years, and was once at the heart of the Roman Empire, one of Western Europe and the Mediterranean region most dominant power for over seven hundred years (from the 1st century BC until the 7th century AD). The city is regarded as one of the birthplaces of western civilization, as well as the seat of the Papacy since the 1st century AD.  It is today ranked as a beta+ world city and is the most popular tourist attraction in Italy and third within the European Union.  It is also considered one of the world’s most successful city brands, both in terms of reputation and assets, with its historic centre listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as being home some of the world’s top 50 most visited tourist destinations such as the Vatican Museums and the Colosseum.Top Cities in the AmericasThe following are Americas top cities including some of the most renown metropolis such as NYC, LA and Las Vegas in the United States, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in Canada, and Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and São Paulo in Southern America. Top 1011-2021-28New YorkLos AngelesLas VegasMiamiTorontoSan FranciscoVancouverRio de JaneiroMexico CityBuenos AiresSeattleWashington D.C.MontrealAtlantaBostonPhiladelphiaChicagoSan DiegoCancunDallasPunta CanaOrlandoSão PauloNew OrleansHoustonLimaSantiagoBogotaLos AngelesLos Angeles: World’s Entertainment CapitalOrignal image by Mfield, Matthew Field Los Angeles or the City of Angels is one of the US and the world’s most important business entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, sports, technology, and education centres. It is home to renowned institutions covering a broad range of professional and cultural fields and is one of the most substantial economic engines within the United States. Los Angeles has been ranked the world’s third richest city and fifth most powerful and influential along with the Greater Tokyo and New York metropolitan areas. It is perhaps best known as the World’s Entertainment Capital, being home to Hollywood and a leader in the creation of television and stage production, motion pictures, video games, and recorded music. Las VegasLas Vegas: World’s Gambling Capital best known as Sin CityOrignal image by LasvegasloverLas Vegas is the most populous city within the state of Nevada and an internationally renowned resort destination for gambling, shopping, and fine dining. The city bills itself as the World’s Entertainment Capital, famous for its consolidated casino hotels and associated entertainment.  It is also a growing retirement and family city, but remains mostly popular for its adult entertainment and is therefore dubbed as the Sin City.  It is famous for its numerous outdoor lighting displays mainly on Fremont Street.MiamiMiami: US Capital of Latin America and World’s Cruise CapitalOrignal image by Matt H. WadeMiami classified as an Alpha World City is a major centre and a leader in finance, commerce, culture, media, entertainment, the arts, and international trade.  It is located on the Atlantic coast within the south-eastern state of Florida and is considered America’s Cleanest City due to its vast green spaces, clean streets and year-round good air quality. It is nicknamed the Capital of Latin America, with a majority Spanish-speaking residents many of who originally from Cuba. The Downtown Miami area is home to the largest concentration of international banks in the United States.  As for the Port of Miami it is best known as the World’s Cruise Capital, accommodating some of the largest cruise ships and operations.TorontoToronto: Canada’s most important city and commercial capitalOrignal image by Mat SiemsToronto is Canada’s commercial capital and one of the top financial centres in the world, as well as considered an alpha world city.  It is home to the Toronto Stock Exchange, the world’s seventh largest in terms of market value, and has more corporate headquarters, including those of Canada’s five largest banks, than any other Canadian city.  Toronto’s leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, music, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism, engineering, and sports industries.San FranciscoSan Francisco: one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinationsOrignal image by El FritoSan Francisco is one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, ranked on top position on the most visited cities lists.  It is best known for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and its various landmarks such as the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars and Chinatown.  It is also considered the financial, cultural, and transportation centre of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City.  The city is also a principal banking and finance centre, and the home to more than 30 international financial institutions, placing it on the world’s top twenty global financial centres.VancouverToronto: Western Canada’s most important citiesOrignal image by DimbekoVancouver is one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse cities in Canada, with 52% for whom English is not their first language.  It is always on top positions in the world’s most liveable city rankings.  It has hosted many international conferences and events, including Expo 86, and the 2010 Winter Olympics.Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro: most visited city in the southern hemisphereOrignal image by Artyom SharbatyanRio de Janeiro, simply referred to as Rio and nicknamed the Marvellous City is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, with more than 6 million people within the city proper.  It is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, one of the world’s largest football stadiums and the balneario beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. It is also famous for its spectacular panoramic city views, best seen from the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain.Mexico CityMexico City: largest city in North AmericaOrignal image by UsfirstgovMexico City or D.F (distrito federal) is the capital city of Mexico and the largest city in North America.  It is one of the most important financial centres in the continent and an alpha global City.  It is located within the Valley of Mexico, a large valley in the high plateaus at the centre of Mexico, at an altitude of 2,240 metres (7,350 ft) and is divided into sixteen boroughs.  Buenos AiresBuenos Aires: capital and largest city of ArgentinaOrignal image in public domainBuenos Aires is the capital and largest city in Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater Sao Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the Río de la Plata estuary, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent.  Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination, known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life.  It is one of the largest cities in Latin America, with a lot of cultural offerings, and is the point of departure for travelling to the rest of the country. Inhabitants of Buenos Aires are called porteños or people from the port, implying that many of the inhabitants are immigrants in some ways or another. Buenos Aires is a singular, open, and integrating destination that allows the visitor not only to view the city but also to have an exceptional urban adventure.SeattleSeattle: largest city in the Pacific NorthwestOrignal image by Daniel SchwenSeattle, known as the Emerald City is the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. It is Located within the state of Washington, between Puget Sound and Lake Washington, overlooking Elliott Bay. The city is a damp green gem, with an abundance of evergreen trees throughout and spectacular views of the Cascade Mountains to the east and the Olympic mountains to the west.   As the most important business centre in the Pacific Northwest it attracts a variety of businesses including Boeing, Microsoft, Amazon, Costco, Nintendo and Starbucks.  It is also a cultural destination, home to the University of Washington, as well as a vibrant arts scene with plenty of Jazz nightclubs along Jackson Street in the current Chinatown/International District. Washington D.C.Washington D.C.: capital of the United StatesOrignal image by Matt H. WadeWashington D.C. is the capital of the United States and the seat of its three branches of government.  It offers a vast collection of free, public museums unparalleled in size and scope throughout the history of mankind, as well as being home to the nation’s most treasured monuments and memorials, including the National Mall, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, the White House and the Lincoln Memorial.  Those attractions have become icons of America as one of the world’s wealthiest and most powerful nation.  It also offers a variety of excellent shopping, dining and nightlife venues, making it an exciting destination to visit.MontrealMontreal: the world’s second largest French speaking city right after ParisOrignal image by Mat SiemsMontreal is by far one of the top and most unique destinations in North America. The city lays on a 50km long island surrounded by the Saint Laurence River.  It is the world’s second largest French speaking city (second only to Paris) and is the perfect mix between European and American culture.  For nature lover to party animals, for world class cuisine to big shoppers, Montreal has something for everyone.  It is home to over 40 major festivals and events including the International Jazz festival and Just for Laughs.  Montreal is also a big sport city, hosting the F1 Grand Prix and is home to the mostly awarded hockey team in the NHL, the Montreal Canadians.  AtlantaAtlanta: home to the world’s busiest airport by passenger trafficOrignal image by Brett WeinsteinAtlanta is the capital and the most populous city in the state of Georgia and considered a world alpha city.  It is one of the cultural and economic centres of the region with an impressive concentration of Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting, The Home Depot, AT&T Mobility, UPS, and Delta Air Lines.  It is one of the most visited cities in the United States, with over 35 million visitors per year and has the world’s busiest airport by passenger traffic.BostonBoston: one of the oldest cities in the United StatesOrignal image by Henry HanBoston is the capital of and largest city in Massachusetts as well as being one of the oldest cities in the United States.  It is the region most important economic and cultural hub with a variety of top rated colleges and universities within the city and surrounding area.  It is considered an international centre of medicine and higher education with an emphasis on research, finance and biotechnology.  Boston is also considered one of the most innovative cities within North America, but has also one of the highest costs of living in the United States.PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia: the USA first political capital Orignal image by Parent5446Philadelphia often referred to as Philly is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States and the commercial, cultural, and educational centre of the Delaware Valley.  It is located within the North-eastern region of the United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. Philadelphia has shifted from being a manufacturing powerhouse to an information and service-based economy, with financial activities accounting for the largest sector of the economy.   Philadelphia attracts many tourists with a variety of key attractions such as the Liberty Bell which receives over 2 million visitors a year and the Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park considered the world’s largest landscaped urban park.  It is also famous for its fast food cuisine with the cheesesteak and soft pretzel a must have speciality.ChicagoChicago: largest city in the state of Illinois and major international hubOrignal image by Daniel SchwenChicago is the largest city in the state of Illinois and the third most populous city in the United States after Los Angeles and New York City.  It was incorporated as a city in 1837, near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed. Today, Chicago is a major alpha+ global city and is known as a major international hub for finance, industry, telecommunications and infrastructure, with O’Hare International Airport being the second busiest airport in the world in terms of traffic movements. The city’s notoriety has found expression in numerous forms of popular culture, including novels, plays, movies, songs, various types of journals and the news media. San DiegoSan Diego: one of the world’s largest biotechnology research hubOrignal image by U.S. NavySan Diego is the birthplace and second-largest city in California. It is located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean within Southern California, immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. It is known for its mild year-round climate, natural deep-water harbour, extensive beaches, long association with the U.S. Navy and recent emergence as a healthcare and biotechnology enclave. San Diego metropolitan area is the region’s key economic engine attracting a variety of industries including tourism, international trade, manufacturing and military. Moreover the University of California in San Diego (UCSD) with its important affiliated Medical Centre has helped make the city a major research hub in biotechnology.CancunCancun: world-renowned beach destinationOrignal image by Mauro I. Barea G.Cancun is a Mexican city best known as an attractive and world-renowned beach destination.  It is located within the south-eastern region of the country, on the north-east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo. The city is located off the Caribbean Sea, and is one of the eastern-most points in Mexico. It offers an ambulance of resorts and hotels and is often referred to as the Riviera Maya.DallasDallas: largest metropolitan area in the South of the USAOrignal image by drumguy8800Dallas is one of the largest metropolitan areas in the South of the US and is an important commercial hub especially within the oil and cotton industries.  It is considered a world Alpha city and is the only city in the South Central and Southwest regions to achieve that status.Punta CanaPunta Cana: one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean’sOrignal image by InmoucharPunta Cana is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean’s.  It is located within the easternmost province of the Dominican Republic and is best known for its beaches and balnearios, which face both the Caribbean and Atlantic Ocean. The ocean waters are mainly shallow, with several natural marine pools in which visitors can bathe without any danger.  The majority of the megaresorts are owned by Spanish hotel chains, which add to the Punta Cana eclectic variety of architecture and interior design blending native Dominican with Europeans cultures.  OrlandoOrlando: one of the favourite family destinations in the USA Orignal image by Bill DickinsonOrlando is a city in the central region of the state of Florida and one of the favourite tourist destinations in the USA especially with young families, attracting over 51 million local and international tourists a year.  It is nicknamed the City Beautiful and is best known for its entertainment venues such as the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort and the SeaWorld theme park. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions, as well as for its schools being home to the University of Central Florida, the second largest university in the United States in terms of enrolment. São PauloSão Paulo: largest city in Brazil and in the southern hemisphere of the AmericasOrignal image by RobertoZimmeSão Paulo popularly known as Sampa is the largest city in Brazil and within the southern hemisphere of the Americas.  It is a major commercial and financial hub, as well as an important city for arts and entertainment, maintaining a strong international influence.  The city houses several important monuments, parks and museums including the Latin American Memorial, the Museum of the Portuguese Language, São Paulo Museum of Art and the Ibirapuera Park.   São Paulo is also famous for holding many of the world’s known events such as the Brazil Grand Prix Formula 1, São Paulo Indy 300 and the Sao Paulo Fashion Week.  The city is also known for its unreliable weather, the size of its helicopter fleet, its architecture, gastronomy, severe traffic congestion and multitude of skyscrapers.New OrleansNew Orleans: the most unique city in AmericaOrignal image by M. Lamar Griffin, Sr.New Orleans located in southeastern Louisiana on the bank of the Mississippi River is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state.  The city is well known for its distinct French Creole architecture, as well as its cross-cultural and multilingual heritage and often referred to as most unique city in America.  New Orleans is also famous for its cuisine, music, being the birthplace of jazz and its annual celebrations and festivals such as the famous Mardi Gras. HoustonHouston: the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutionsOrignal image by Hequals2henryHouston is the largest city in the state of Texas and the fourth-largest city in the United States. It was founded in 1836 on land near the banks of Buffalo Bayou and the burgeoning port and railroad industry, combined with oil discovery in 1901, has induced continual surges in the city’s population. In the mid-twentieth century, Houston became the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions and NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.  Houston is rated as a global city, with its economy based around energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation.  The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. LimaLima: capital and the largest city of PeruOrignal image by DozenistLima is the capital and the largest city of Peru and defined as a beta world city. It is located within the central part of the country, on a desert coast overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Together with the seaport of Callao, it forms a contiguous urban area known as the Lima Metropolitan Area. It was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro in 1535 and named la Ciudad de los Reyes, the City of Kings.  It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru, and following the country’s independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Today, around one-third of the Peruvian population lives in the metropolitan area.  Lima is home to one of the oldest higher learning institutions in the New World, the National University of San Marcos, founded in 1551, making it the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas.SantiagoSantiago: Latin America’s most modern metropolitan areaOrignal image by MetaforicoBogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia and one of the biggest of Latin America. It is considered a beta+ global city and figures amongst the thirty largest cities in the world and it is the third-highest capital city in South America (after La Paz and Quito) at 2,625 metres (8,612 ft) above sea level.  With many universities and libraries, it has been known as the Athens of South America.  Santiago is the capital and largest city of Chile, as well as the country’s commercial and financial hub, home to numerous multinationals headquarters. It is located within the country’s central valley, at an elevation of 520 m (1,706.04 ft) above sea level. Chile’s steady economic growth has transformed Santiago into Latin America’s most modern metropolitan area, with extensive suburban development, dozens of shopping centres, and impressive high-rise architecture. It has a very modern transport infrastructure, including the steadily growing underground Santiago Metro.BogotáBogotá: capital and largest city of Colombia and one of the biggest of Latin AmericaOrignal image by somnolientoBogotá is the capital and largest city of Colombia and one of the biggest of Latin America. It is considered a beta+ global city and figures amongst the thirty largest cities in the world and it is the third-highest capital city in South America (after La Paz and Quito) at 2,625 metres (8,612 ft) above sea level.  With many universities and libraries, it has been known as the Athens of South America.  Top Cities in EuropeThe following are some of the Europe’s best known cities including Paris, London, Rome, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Moscow. Top 1011-2021-29ParisLondonRomeBarcelonaDublinAmsterdam      Moscow           Prague  ViennaMadridBudapest          Berlin   St.PetersburgAthensMunichVeniceFlorenceStockholmWarsawMilanOsloLisbonKiev“>Brussels           CopenhagenVarnaEdinburghZürichBarcelonaBarcelona: one of Europe’s more exciting citiesOrignal image by Mat SiemsBarcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the north eastern part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, culture, sport or lifestyle.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada.DublinDublin: capital and largest city of IrelandOrignal image by BarcexDublin, known as the town of the hurdled ford is the capital and largest city in Ireland.  It is located near the midpoint of Ireland’s east coast, at the mouth of the River Liffey.  It was originally founded as a Viking settlement and evolved into the Kingdom of Dublin and became the island’s principal city following the Norman invasion. The city expanded rapidly from the 17th century, it was briefly the second largest city in the British Empire and the fifth largest in Europe.  Following the partition of Ireland in 1922, Dublin became the capital of the Irish Free State and later the Republic of Ireland. It is today a fascinating destination to visit, being a historical and contemporary cultural centre in Ireland, as well as a modern centre of education, the arts, administration, economy and industry.AmsterdamAmsterdam: capital of the Netherlands and one of Europe’s most visited citiesOrignal image by Mat SiemsAmsterdam is considered one of the best destinations and most visited in Europe.  It has so much to offer its visitors from a wonderful architecture to a unique system of canals, passing by great entertainment.  It is the capital of the Netherlands, located within the province of North Holland and the country’s biggest city.  It is the financial centre of the Netherlands and one of the most important in Europe, with many multinational headquarters in the city as well as being home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.  Amsterdam is also considered the dominant cultural and creative centre of the country packed with various museums and art galleries.  The city has a population of 750k inhabitants, with most of them speaking very good English, being very friendly and welcoming.MoscowMoscow: city with the greatest number of billionairesOrignal image by Dmitry AzovtsevMoscow is the capital and the most populous city in Russia. It is the country’s major political, economic, cultural, scientific, religious, financial, educational and transportation centre. It is located on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of European Russia.  It is considered the northernmost megacity on Earth, the most populous city in Europe with over 11 million inhabitants.  It is one of the richest and most expansive cities in the world with 79 billionaires making it the city with the greatest number of billionaires.  Moscow is the site of the Kremlin, one of several World Heritage Sites in the city and an ancient fortress that is today the residence of the Russian President and of the executive branch of the Government of Russia. The city is served by an extensive transit network, which includes four international airports, nine railroad terminals, and one of the deepest underground tubes in the world, the Moscow Metro, second only to Tokyo in terms of ridership and recognized as one of the city’s landmarks due to the rich and varied architecture of its 185 stations.PraguePrague: one of Easter Europe’s most popular destinationsOrignal image by DAVID ILIFFPrague is by far one of the most amazing cities in Easter Europe offering a wonderful architecture and various sites to be discovered within the historic centre part of UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.  Some of the top attractions the city has to offers include the narrow streets of the old town with at its heart the Old Town Square, the famous Karol Bridge and the magnificent Prague castle located on a hill. Prague is not short of entertainment as well, offering various Opera and Ballet spectacles, a variety of restaurants and bars, where guest can enjoy a delicious meal tasting local specialities and enjoying a variety of Czech beers. Since the fall of Communism, Prague has become one of Europe’s most popular destinations, offering a wide array of culture sights as well as numerous entertainment venues. ViennaVienna: known as Europe’s City of Music and City of DreamsOrignal image by FskkingVienna is the capital and largest city of Austria, as well as the country’s major cultural, economic and political centre, hosting many major international organizations including the United Nations and OPEC.  It is located within the eastern part of Austria and is close to the borders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary. It is regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy and the City of Dreams because it was home to the world’s first psycho-analyst Sigmund Freud known as one of the greatest interpreters of dreams.  The City’s roots lie in early Celtic and Roman settlements that transformed into a Medieval and Baroque city, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Vienna is also considered one of the world’s most liveable cities.MadridMadrid: one of Europe’s greatest cultural destinationsOrignal image by Mat SiemsMadrid is known to be the city of great monuments, world class museums as well as one of Europe’s football and nightlife capital.  It is foremost a fantastic cultural destination with a great historic and artistic heritage.  Indeed it is home to the best known art galleries such as the El Prado and Reina Sofia museums within the so called golden triangle of Art located along the Paseo del Prado.  The amazing medieval centre where most of the key attractions are located is a wonderful place to get lost along its narrow streets packed with terraced cafes and restaurants.  At the heart of Old Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, an excellent starting point for a day of sightseeing or an evening with friends.BudapestBudapest: largest city of Hungary and in East-Central EuropeOrignal image by Christian MehlführerBudapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary and in East-Central Europe.  It is the country’s principal political, cultural, commercial, industrial, and transportation centre.  Budapest became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with unification on 17 November 1873 of west-bank Buda with east-bank Pest.  It was originally founded as a Celtic settlement and later became the Roman capital of Lower Pannonia. It then became one of the humanist culture centres during the Renaissance and entered a new age of prosperity between the 18th and 19th centuries, where it became a global city.  Today the city is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with extensive World Heritage Sites includes the banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter, Andrássy Avenue, Heroes’ Square and the Millennium Underground Railway, the second oldest in the world. Other highlights include a total of 80 geothermal springs, the world’s largest thermal water cave system, second largest synagogue, and third largest Parliament building. BerlinBerlin: capital and largest city of GermanyOrignal image by Robert DebowskiBerlin is the capital and largest city of Germany as well as the country cultural, political, media and science center.  It is Located in north-eastern Germany within the European Plains and is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city’s area is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes. Its economy is primarily based on the service sector, encompassing a diverse range of creative industries, media corporations, and convention venues. Berlin also serves as a continental hub for air and rail transport and is a popular tourist destination. Significant industries include IT, pharmaceuticals, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, electronics, traffic engineering, and renewable energy.  Berlin is also home to renowned universities, research institutes, orchestras, museums, international film productions and celebrities, as well as host of many sporting events.St. PetersburgSt. Petersburg: the once Imperial capital of RussiaOrignal image by yasmapaz & ace_heartSaint Petersburg is a city of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea.  It was founded by Tsar Peter the Great in 1703 and became the Imperial capital of Russia, until it moved from to Moscow in 1918. It is today Russia’s second largest city after Moscow with almost 5 million inhabitants and a major European cultural centre, as well as an important Russian port on the Baltic Sea.  It is often described as the most Western and most beautiful city of Russia with the Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Groups of Monuments constitute a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also famous for being home to The Hermitage, one of the world’s largest art museums.AthensAthens: the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracyOrignal image by Christophe MeneboeufAthens is the capital and largest city of Greece. Athens dominates the Attica region and is one of the world’s oldest cities, as its recorded history spans around 3,400 years. Classical Athens was a powerful city-state, being a centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, and home of Plato’s Academy and Aristotle’s Lyceum.  It is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy largely due to the impact of its cultural and political achievements during the 5th and 4th centuries BC. Today Athens has become a modern and cosmopolitan metropolis, and the country’s economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural centre. The heritage of the classical era is still evident in the city, represented by a number of ancient monuments and works of art, the most famous of all being the Parthenon, widely considered a key landmark of early Western civilization. The city also retains a vast variety of Roman and Byzantine monuments, as well as a smaller number of remaining Ottoman monuments projecting the city’s long history across the centuries. Athens is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Acropolis of Athens and the medieval Daphni Monastery. MunichMunich: capital and the largest city of the German state of BavariaOrignal image by DiliffMunich is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in liveability rankings. VeniceCanals of Venice: one of the world’s most unique destinationsOrignal image by Tango7174Venice is by far one of the world’s most unique destinations, often described as Europe’s most romantic cities or even as the most beautiful city built by man.  It is located on the northeast part of Italy and is composed of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It is best known for its unique setting, its architecture and artworks, especially in the history of symphonic and operatic music. The city was historically the capital of the Venetian Republic and is today listed as World Heritage Site.  FlorenceFlorence Cityscape: one of the most beautiful cities in the worldOrignal image by LonginoFlorence is often ranked as one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with its numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.  It is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany within the province of Florence. It is famous for its history, once being at the heart of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time.  It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the middle Ages.  It is today a major tourist hub part of UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its vast artistic and architectural heritage, and its remaining influence in the fields of art, culture, fashion and politics.StockholmStockholm: known as Venice of the NorthOrignal image by GamlaStanStockholm is the capital and the largest city of Sweden and constitutes the most populated urban area in Scandinavia.  It was founded in the 12th century and has long since been one of Sweden’s cultural, media, political and economic centres.  Its strategic location on 14 islands on the south-central east coast of Sweden at the mouth of Lake Mälaren, by the Stockholm archipelago, has been historically important. It is a global Beta+ city and is known for its beauty, its buildings and architecture, its abundant clean and open water, and it’s many parks, and often referred to as Venice of the North. Stockholm is the site of the national Swedish government, the Parliament of Sweden (riksdagen), the Supreme Court of Sweden (Högsta domstolen) and the official residence of the Swedish monarch as well as the prime minister. WarsawWarsaw: an important economic hub in Central and Eastern Europe.Orignal image by DocentXWarsaw is the capital and largest city of Poland, as well as being an alpha global city and a major international tourist destination and an important economic hub in Central and Eastern Europe. It is located on the Vistula River, roughly 260 kilometres (160 mi) from the Baltic Sea and 300 kilometres (190 mi) from the Carpathian Mountains.  It is also known as the phoenix city because it has survived many wars throughout its history most notably, the city had to be painstakingly rebuilt after the extensive damage it suffered from World War II, during which 80% of its buildings were destroyed. Warsaw has given its name to the Warsaw Confederation, the Warsaw Pact, the Duchy of Warsaw, the Warsaw Convention, the Treaty of Warsaw, the Warsaw Uprising, the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. The Warszawianka is widely considered the unofficial anthem of the city.MilanMilan: major world fashion and design capitalOrignal image by DodoMilan is the second-largest city in Italy and the capital of Lombardy as well as of the province of Milan. It was founded by Celtic people and later captured by the Romans in 222 BC and became the capital of the Western Roman Empire from 286 until 402 AD. Milan became one of the most prosperous Italian cities during the High Middle Ages, playing a primary role in the Lombard League.  Today, Milan is the main industrial, commercial and financial centre of Italy, with its business district hosting the Italian Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the largest national banks and multinational companies. The city is recognized as a major world fashion and design capital, as well as an Alpha world city. It is home to important museums, theatres and landmarks, including the Santa Maria delle Grazie UNESCO World Heritage Site, decorated with Leonardo da Vinci paintings, which attracts 2 million annual visitors.  It is also an important education center, hosting numerous cultural institutions and universities, including Bocconi University, which ranks 5th among European Business Schools. The city is also well-known for several international events and fairs, including Milan Fashion Week and the Milan Furniture Fair, the largest of its kind in the world, as well as being home to two renowned football teams, A.C. Milan and F.C. Internazionale Milano.OsloOslo: Norway cultural, scientific, economic and governmental capitalOrignal image by Leif-Harald RuudOslo is the capital and most populous city in Norway as well as the country’s cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of which are amongst the world’s largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers.  Oslo is considered a global Beta World City and offers one of the world’s best quality of life.LisbonLisbon: one of the most unique capitals in EuropeOrignal image by Mat SiemsLisbon is one of the most unique capitals in Europe.  It offers the perfect combination of a cultural destination and vibrant city life combined with a chilled beach holiday.  Indeed there are numerous places to relax in an around Lisbon, enjoying the sandy beaches or trying some water sports such as kite surfing.  As for the city itself it offers a variety of museums, castles and churches where you will be immersed in the county’s culture and history.  Lisbon is a shopper paradise with its Centro Commercial Colombo being the largest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula, as well as other smaller local markets such as the interesting Campo de Santa Clara flea market.KievKiev: capital and the largest city of UkraineOrignal image by LiilliilKiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, as well as an important industrial, scientific, educational and cultural centre of Eastern Europe.  It is located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. It is home to many high-tech industries, higher education institutions and world-famous historical landmarks. The city has an extensive infrastructure and highly developed system of public transport, including the Kiev Metro.BucharestBucharest: capital, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of RomaniaOrignal image by Mihai PetreBucharest is the capital, cultural, industrial, and financial centre of Romania, as well as the largest city in the country.  It is located in the southeast part of the country on the banks of the Dambovia River. The city was first mentioned in documents as early as 1459 and since then it has gone through a variety of changes, becoming the state capital of Romania in 1862 and steadily consolidating its position as the centre of the Romanian mass media, culture and arts.   The city’s elegant architecture and the sophistication of its elite earned Bucharest the nickname of Little Paris (Micul Paris).  Economically, Bucharest is the most prosperous city in Romania and is one of the main industrial centres and transportation hubs of Eastern Europe. The city has a broad range of convention facilities, educational facilities, cultural venues, shopping arcades, and recreational areas.BrusselsBrussels: capital of Belgium and of the European UnionOrignal image by ZinnekeBrussels is the capital of Belgium and the de facto capital of the European Union (EU), as well as the largest urban area in Belgium.  It has grown from a 10th-century fortress town founded by a descendant of Charlemagne into a metropolis of more than one million inhabitants.  The metropolitan area has a population of over 1.8 million, making it the largest in Belgium. Since the end of the Second World War, Brussels has been a main centre for international politics. Hosting principal EU institutions as well as the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the city has become the polyglot home of numerous international organisations, politicians, diplomats and civil servants. Although historically Dutch-speaking, Brussels became increasingly French-speaking over the 19th and 20th centuries. Today a majority of inhabitants are French-speakers, including a significant population of immigrants with French as second language, and both languages have official status.CopenhagenCopenhagen: capital and largest city in DenmarkOrignal image by Martin Nikolaj ChristensenCopenhagen is the capital and largest city in Denmark, as well as a major regional centre of culture, business, media and science with Life science, information technology, research & development and shipping are amongst the most important sectors.  Its strategic location and excellent infrastructure, including the largest airport in Scandinavia, Kastrup, located 14 minutes by train from the city centre, have made it a regional hub and a popular location for regional headquarters and conventions.  It is also one of the cities with the best quality of life and one the world’s most environmentally friendly cities, with the inner harbour clean and safe for swimming and some 36% of all citizens commute to work by bicycle. VarnaVarna: largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea CoastOrignal image by Harrieta171Varna is the largest city and seaside resort on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast, commonly referred to as the marine or summer capital of Bulgaria.  It has become a major tourist destination, as well as an important business and university centre, seaport, and headquarters of the Bulgarian Navy and merchant marine.EdinburghEdinburgh: the second most visited tourist destination in the United KingdomOrignal image by Saffron BlazeEdinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and the seat of the Scottish Parliament. It is the second largest city in Scotland and the seventh most populous in the United Kingdom. The city was one of the historical major centres of the Enlightenment, led by the University of Edinburgh, helping to earn it the nickname Athens of the North.  The Old Town and New Town districts of Edinburgh were listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 in recognition of the unique character of the Medieval Old Town and the planned Georgian New Town.  Edinburgh attracts over 1 million overseas visitors a year, making it the second most visited tourist destination in the United Kingdom.ZürichZürich: largest city in SwitzerlandOrignal image by AndyindiaZurich is the largest city in Switzerland and the capital of the canton of Zurich. It is located in central Switzerland at the north-western tip of Lake Zurich. Permanently settled for around 7,000 years, the history of Zurich goes back to its founding by the Romans, who, in 15 BC, called it Turicum. During the Middle Ages Zurich gained the independent and privileged status of imperial immediacy and, in 1519, was the place of origin and centre of the Protestant Reformation in German-speaking Switzerland. Zurich is today a leading global city and among the world’s largest financial centres.  It is home to a large number of financial institutions and banking giants. Also, most of the research and development centres are concentrated in Zurich and the low rate of tax attracts overseas companies to set up their headquarters there. An impressive number of museums and art galleries can be found in the city, including the Swiss National Museum and the Kunsthaus, as well as hosts one of the most important theatres in the German-speaking world.Top Cities in AfricaThe following are some of the most important cities in Africa from Cairo, Luxor and Marrakesh in the north to Cape Town and Johannesburg in the South of the continent.CairoCape TownSharm el-SheikhJohannesburgMarrakeshLuxorCairoCairo: capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world and AfricaOrignal image by Martin SteigerCairo which can be translated to the Conqueror is the capital of Egypt and the largest city in both the Arab world and Africa.  It is located near the Nile Delta and was founded in the year 969 A.D. making it 1,042 years old.   It is often referred to as the City of a Thousand Minarets, due to its preponderance of Islamic architecture.  The city has long been a centre of the region’s political and cultural life and is often associated with Ancient Egypt due to its proximity to the ancient cities of Memphis and Giza, home to the Great Sphinx and the pyramids of Giza. Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab World, as well as the world’s second-oldest institution of higher learning, al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city. Cape TownCape Town: Africa’s most popular tourist destination.Orignal image by Kay Cape Town is the seat of the National Parliament, the legislative capital and the second-most populous city in South Africa, as well as Africa’s most popular tourist destination.  The city is famous for its harbour as well as its natural setting in the Cape floral kingdom, including such well-known landmarks as Table Mountain and Cape Point. It is located on the shore of Table Bay and was originally developed by the Dutch East India Company and quickly outgrew its original purpose as the first European outpost at the Castle of Good Hope.  It has today become the economic and cultural hub of the region and one of the world’s most multicultural citiesSharm el-SheikhSharm el-Sheikh: one of the world’s most extraordinary diving destinationsOrignal image by Marc RyckaertSharm el-Sheikh is a city situated on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, within the coastal strip along the Red Sea. It is famous for being one of the world’s most extraordinary diving destinations, with its aquamarine waters and golden beaches, attracting numerous visitors each year. JohannesburgJohannesburg: largest and wealthiest city in South Africa and Sub-Saharan AfricaOrignal image by austinevanJohannesburg is the largest and wealthiest city in South Africa, having the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa. The city is one of the world’s 50 largest metropolitan areas in and claims to be the lightning capital of the world. The city is the source of a large-scale gold and diamond trade, due to its location on the mineral-rich Witwatersrand range of hills. Johannesburg is served by O.R. Tambo International Airport, the largest and busiest airport in Africa and a gateway for international air travel to and from the rest of Southern Africa. MarrakeshMarrakesh: home to one of the world’s largest and busiest squares Orignal image by Michal OsmendaMarrakech, known as the "Ochre City", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. The city of Marrakech is the capital of the mid-south-western economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  The city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city known as the médina and modern neighbourhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz.  Marrakech is famous for being home has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the world’s busiest squares.  Indeed Djemaa el Fna bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians, and by night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.LuxorLuxor: world’s greatest open air museumOrignal image by HajorLuxor city is at the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, and has frequently been characterized as the world’s greatest open air museum.  Indeed the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs on the West Bank Necropolis, which include the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens. Thousands of international tourists arrive annually to visit these monuments, contributing a large part towards the economy for the modern city.Top Cities in AsiaThe following are some of the best Cities in Asia including Dubai, Jerusalem and Istanbul on the western side; Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur in South East Asia and finally Hong Kong, Shanghai, Tokyo and Seoul on the eastern side of the continent. Top 1011-2021-32Bangkok          SingaporeKuala LumpurHong KongDubai   Istanbul            Shanghai          TokyoSeoul   JerusalemDelhiMumbai           BeijingHo Chi Minh CityAntalyaMecca  MacauPattayaGuangzhouShenzhenTaipeiChennaiPhuketEdirneBali      AgraRiyadhJakartaPetraHanoiManilaPhnom PenhShanghaiOrignal image by dawvonShanghai is the largest city by population in China and the largest city proper by population in the world.  It is located within the Yangtze River Delta in the eastern part of the country.  It was once a small fishing and textiles town and only grew in importance in the 19th century, when the European recognized its economic potential with its strategic port location.  The city soon flourished as a centre of commerce between east and west but its international influence declined during the second half of the 20th century, until the economic reforms in the 1990s.  Shanghai is today an important global city, with influence in commerce, culture, finance, media, fashion, technology, and transport, as well as being a major financial centre and the busiest container port in the world.  It has also become a popular tourist destination renowned for its historical landmarks such as The Bund, City God Temple and Yuyuan Garden, as well as the extensive and growing Pudong skyline, which is a symbol of the booming economy of mainland China.TokyoTokyo: World’s economic command centreOrignal image by MorioTokyo is the capital of Japan and the largest metropolitan area of the world.  It is the seat of the Japanese government and the Imperial Palace, and the home of the Japanese Imperial Family.  It is located within the Kanto region on the south-eastern side of the main island Honshu.   Tokyo is considered an alpha+ world city and is one of the unofficial economic World command centres for the world, along with New York City and London.  It is considered one of the world’s most expensive cities as well as one of the World’s Most Livable Megalopolis.  It is also famous for having the most Michelin stars of any city in the world.SeoulSeoul: one of the world’s greenest and most technologically advanced citiesOrignal image by SakokuSeoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea as well as one of the world’s leading global city being an important financial and commercial centres.  It is a megacity with a population of over 10 million, considered the largest city proper in the OECD developed world.  It is located in the Han River and has been a major settlement for over 2,000 years.  The city area is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Changdeokgung, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty.  It is considered the world’s greenest major city, with over 27% of the city dedicated to public parks such as Namsan Park, home to the N Seoul Tower.  It is also considered one of the world’s most technologically advanced cities, both in terms of its communications facilities (fastest broadband network) and transports (KTX bullet train).  Finally it has also become a popular tourist spot especially with Chinese, Japanese and Thai tourists, where it was voted the top travel destination.JerusalemJerusalem Old City: one of the world’s most important religious sitesOrignal image by BienchidoThe Old City of Jerusalem is one of the world’s most important religious destinations.  The 0.9 square kilometres (0.35 sq mi) walled area, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lists is located within the modern city of Jerusalem. It is home to several sites of key religious importance including the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.  The Old City can be divided into four quarters including the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. DelhiDelhi: India’s political and administrative capitalOrignal image by Mat SiemsDelhi is India’s political and administrative capital as well as one of the most important cities in the country.  It has some of the most expensive areas to live, and has recently surpassed Mumbai as the most sought after city to live in India.  It has a long history, with the first archaeological evidence dating back to 300BC, and had since been conquered and ruled by numerous empires and kings.  The city was at the heart of India’s independence, when in 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister.  Today, Delhi has become a big metropolis, hosting the 2010 Commonwealth games and as well as recently opening a wide and efficient metro network. MumbaiMumbai: India’s financial, commercial and Bollywood capitalOrignal image by Mat SiemsMumbai often referred through its former name Bombay is one of India’s most important cities.  Indeed it is the country’s financial and commercial capital as well as a major artistic centre, home the world’s biggest film industry, commonly known as Bollywood.  It is where some of India’s most powerful and richest entrepreneur implements their vision, right next to the country’s poorest in some of the planet biggest slums, where about half of the city population live.  Mumbai, as a city of contrasts is definitely an understatement, with old and new, rich and poor, colonial heritage and Indian influence, skyscrapers and slums, constantly touching and overlapping each other. This mix of chaotic traffic, ancient bazaars, variety of religions and a melange of cultures, makes the city truly unique and definitely worth discovering.  It is perhaps not for everyone, but for those looking for adventure it will be a life changing experience, once one will feel the unconventional pulse of the city, and start truly appreciates everything it has to offer.BeijingBeijing: China political, cultural, and educational centreOrignal image by CobbleCC Beijing is the capital of China, second largest city after Shanghai and one of the most populous cities in the world. The metropolis, located in northern China, has been the heart of China’s history for centuries, renowned for its opulent palaces, temples, huge stone walls and gates, art treasures and universities.  Beijing is today the country’s political, cultural, and educational centre, as well as home to the headquarters for most of China’s largest state-owned companies. Beijing is a major transportation hub in the national highway, expressway, railway and high-speed rail network. Beijing’s Capital International Airport is the second busiest in the world by passenger traffic.Ho Chi Minh CityHo Chi Minh: Vietnam’s largest and most important commercial cityOrignal image by Mat SiemsThe city of Ho Chi Minh (HCMC) also known as Saigon is located on the banks of the Saigon River and on the edge of the Mekong Delta in the South of Vietnam, some 60 kilometres from the South China Sea. What was once known as the Khmer sea port of Prey Nokor in the 17 century, today became Vietnam’s largest city and the most important economical and industrial hub of the country.  It is a dense, crowded, noisy and very busy metropolis with a city population of around 5 millions. Many believe that HCMC is the essence of the nation with many exciting historic and cultural places to be discovered and a vibrant street life to be enjoyed day and night.  It is a perfect mix of old and modern, French and Asiatic influence.AntalyaAntalya: world’s third most visited cityOrignal image by BozaltanAntalya is a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast of south-western Turkey, considered the world’s third most visited city by number of international arrivals in 2011, displacing New York.  It has a population of over a million residents making it the eighth most populous city in Turkey and the country’s biggest international sea resort.MeccaMecca one of the world’s most important religious sitesOrignal image by Al Jazeera EnglishMecca is one of the world’s most important religious sites.  It is located 73 km (45 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level, within the Makkah province in Saudi Arabia.  It is best known as the birthplace of Muhammad, a site of the composition of the Quran, as well as an essential pilgrimage site for Muslims known as the Hajj.  Today, more than 13 million Muslims visit Mecca annually, including several million during the few days of the Hajj.  As a result, Mecca has become one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the Muslim world, although non-Muslims remain prohibited from entering the city.MacauMacau: one of the world’s leading gambling and tourism capitalOrignal image by David. Macau is one of the two special administrative regions of China. It lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong-Kong which is to the east, bordering Guangdong province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.  It has become one of the world’s leading gambling and tourism capital, which represent the majority of its economy.  Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and interestingly is both the first (16th century) and last (1999) European colony in China. Under the policy of "one country, two systems", the PRC’s Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defence and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy. Macau participates in many international organizations and events and has the second highest life expectancy in the world.PattayaPattaya: Thailand’s sex capitalOrignal image by Sergey S. DukachevPattaya is a city in Thailand, located on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, some 165 km southeast of Bangkok, within the heavily industrial Eastern Seaboard zone.  It has a population exceeding 100,000 with the Metropolitan area total population exceeding 1,000,000.  It is famous for its sex industry especially with European visitors.GuangzhouGuangzhou: largest and most important city in the southern part of ChinaOrignal image by :慕尼黑啤酒Guangzhou is the third largest city in China, the biggest in the southern part of the country, with a population of 12.78 million and identified as a Beta World City.  It is located in southern China on the Pearl River, some 120 km (75 mi) north-northwest of Hong Kong.  Guangzhou is a key national transportation hub and trading port, part of the five National Central Cities. ShenzhenShenzhen: one of the world’s fastest-growing citiesOrignal image by Manipur20Shenzhen is a major city in the south of Southern China’s Guangdong Province, situated immediately north of Hong Kong. The area became China’s first and one of the most successful Special Economic Zones (SEZs), being southern mainland China’s major financial centre.  It is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies. It is also the third-busiest container port in China, after Shanghai and Hong Kong.  Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of the vibrant economy made possible by huge investment by Chinese and foreign nationals.  Indeed, more than US$30 billion in foreign investment has gone into both foreign-owned and joint ventures, at first mainly in manufacturing but more recently in the service industries as well. Shenzhen is now considered as one of the fastest-growing cities in the world.TaipeiTaipei: one of the world’s major global citiesOrignal image by trchengTaipei City is the capital and most important city of Taiwan.  It is the political, economic, and cultural centre of Taiwan, home to the National Palace Museum which has one of world’s largest collections of Chinese artefacts and artworks.  It is located on the northern tip of the island, within the bank of the Tamsui River, some 25 km southwest of Keelung, a major port on the Pacific Ocean. Taipei was founded in the early 18th century and became an important centre for overseas trade in the 19th century. The Republic of China took over the island in 1945 following Japanese surrender. It is today considered one of the world’s major global cities served by two airports and high speed rail and highways connection with the rest of the island. The city proper (Taipei City) is home to an estimated 2,618,772 people, with the metropolitan area of almost 7 millions.ChennaiChennai: South India major commercial, cultural, and educational centreOrignal image by PlaneMad.Chennai once known as Madras is the capital city of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and a major commercial, cultural, and educational centre in South India. It is Located on the Coromandel Coast off the Bay of Bengal.  It is the country sixth most populous city with a population of a bit less than 5 million residents and with its port of the second largest port in India.   It is well known for its colonial history, with the British East India Company arriving in 1644 and subsequently defended several attacks from the French colonial forces.  The city soon became a major naval port and presidency city by late eighteenth century. Following the independence of India, Chennai became the capital of Tamil Nadu and a hotbed of regional politics that tended to bank on Dravidian identity of the populace.  Today the city is sometimes referred to as the Detroit of India with a major chunk of the country’s automobile manufacturing industry based in and around the city.  The city has a vibrant music, theatre, dance as well as film scene, hosting a variety of large cultural event such as the annual Madras Music Season.PhuketPhuket: one of the Thailand’s most important tourist hubsOrignal image by Mat SiemsPhuket with its 48 km length and 21 km width is Thailand’s largest island. Located in the southern tip of the Phang Nga Province surrounded by the Andaman Sea, it is known to be the Party capital of Thailand. Situated 862 kilometres south of Bangkok, the island is easy accessible, by road with two bridges on the northern tip connecting to the mainland and by air with an international airport with numerous daily flights. What was once a major trading stop between India and China has become today the favourite touristic destination in the region offering as many as 17 beautiful sandy beaches to choose from. The island is also known to be a wonderful place for diving, considered to be one of the top 10 diving sites in the world.  Even though Phuket city is officially the province capital, the more developed west coast Patong beach is the city that gets all the glamour.EdirneEdirne: one of north-western Turkey most important citiesOrignal image by Nevit DilmenEdirne is a city in Eastern Thrace, within the north-western part of Turkey, close to the borders with Greece and Bulgaria. This historical city once served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1453, before Constantinople (Istanbul) became the empire’s new capital. At present, Edirne is the capital of the Edirne Province in Turkish Thrace, and has an estimated population of 138,793.BaliBali: one of the world’s most beautiful tropical islandsOrignal image by sektorduaBali is an Indonesian island, best known for its stunning natural beauty, with beautiful sand and turquoise waters.  It is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.   It is the country’s largest tourist destination and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.  Bali have been a tourist heaven for decades, but has especially became a sought after destination in recent years.AgraAgra: home to the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and Fatehpur SikriOrignal image by Mat SiemsAgra is by far one of the most visited and unique tourist destinations in India.  Indeed being home to the world famous Taj Mahal and numerous other splendid heritage sites such as the Agra Fort, the city attracts millions of visitors each year, both from India and internationally.  With a great railway connection from the capital, many choose a quick day trip to visit the key sights, but a good couple of days is recommended to fully experienced everything the city has to offer, as well as the attractions located nearby such as Mathura and Fatehpur Sikri.  This grandiose city located within the northern part of the Uttar Pradesh state, is part of the golden triangle, along with New Delhi and Jaipur, and often considered the main places to visit for a first trip to India.   Agra, established in the 16th century was at the heart of the Mughal Empire, today best remembered for their architectural legacy of fascinating forts, tombs and other majestic buildings.RiyadhRiyadh: largest city of Saudi ArabiaOrignal image by سعدون باشاRiyadh is the capital and largest city of Saudi Arabia and World’s Beta City.  It is located in the heart of the Arabian Peninsula on a large plateau, and is home to over 5 million people.  The city is divided into 15 municipal districts and is home to the largest female university in the world, the Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University.JakartaJakarta: Indonesia’s largest and most important cityOrignal image by Daniel BertholdJakarta is the capital and largest city of Indonesia with a population of over 10 millions, as well as the country’s economic, cultural and political centre.  The official metropolitan area, known as Jabodetabekjur, is the second largest in the world, yet the city’s suburbs still continue beyond it has seen more rapid growth than Kuala Lumpur, Beijing and Bangkok.  It was established in the fourth century, and soon became an important trading port for the Kingdom of Sunda. It was once capital of the Dutch East Indies, when it was known as Batavia and has continued as the capital of Indonesia since the country’s independence was declared in 1945.PetraPetra: most important historical and archaeological site in JordanOrignal image by archer10 (Dennis) OFFPetra, which can be translated to stone, is by far the most important historical and archaeological site in Jordan, as well as its most visited tourist attraction.  It was built during the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans and became famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduit system.   It has since became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1985) and is often on top positions on best places to visit lists. HanoiHanoi: oldest capital in South-east Asia and major destination in VietnamOrignal image by Mat SiemsHanoi is the oldest capital in South-east Asia and the second largest city in Vietnam right after Saigon (HCMC).  It is located in the North of the country some 150 kilometres from the South China Sea and the breathtaking Halong Bay.  Hanoi is not only the centre of politics but also offers many exciting historic and cultural places to be discovered and a vibrant street life to be enjoyed day and night.  Hanoi, which lies on the bank of the Red River, was founded some 1000 years ago, when in 1010 the emperor Ly Thai structured the city around a massive citadel.  This area later became the Old City, and today is one of the most popular district of Hanoi. ManilaManila: Philippines most important cityOrignal image by Mike Gonzalez Manila is the capital of the Philippines and is the most populous metropolitan area in the country and on the 11th position worldwide with an estimated population of 16,300,000.  It is located on the eastern shores of Manila Bay and is home to numerous bustling commercial areas, some of the most historically and culturally significant landmarks in the country as well as the seat of the executive and judicial branches of the government. It is home to many scientific and educational institutions, as well as numerous sport facilities. These make the city a major political, commercial, cosmopolitan, cultural, educational, religious, and transportation center of the Philippines. Phnom PenhPhnom Penh: capital and largest city of CambodiaOrignal image by Mat SiemsPhnom Penh which can be translated to Penh’s Hill is the capital and largest city of Cambodia with its 2 million inhabitants.   Located at the confluence of the Mekong and the Tonle Sap rivers in the south east part of the country it is by far the biggest economical, political and cultural centre of Cambodia. The city was once named the Paris of the East, mainly because of its majestic boulevards and many French style buildings including the Royal Palace and Phsar Thmei.  It has been the national capital since the French colonized Cambodia in 1866 and remained after the country’s independence in the 1960.   Phnom Penh was evacuated under the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 70s to be later repopulated and revitalized in the 80s and 90s.Top Cities in OceaniaThe following are some of the best cities in Oceania and the Pacific including Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand and Honolulu in Hawaii.SydneyAucklandHonoluluWellingtonMelbourneSydneySydney: most populous city in Australia and one of the world’s most liveableOrignal image by DiliffSydney is the most populous city in Australia and the state capital of New South Wales, as well as being classified as an Alpha+ World City.  It is located on Australia’s south-east coast off the Tasman Sea and has a metropolitan area of about 4.6 million people.  It is considered one of the world’s most liveable cities as well as one of the world’s top fashion capitals.  The city was built on the site of the first British colony in Australia (1788) on hills surrounding Port Jackson which is commonly known as Sydney Harbour.  It is where the iconic Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge feature prominently. The hinterland of the metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks and the coastal regions feature many bays, rivers, inlets and beaches including the famous Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Within the city are many notable parks, including Hyde Park and the Royal Botanic Gardens.  It has hosted major international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games and the 2000 Summer Olympics. AucklandAuckland: largest and most populous urban area in New ZealandOrignal image by PartyzaneThe Auckland metropolitan area in the North Island of New Zealand is the largest and most populous urban area in the country with a population of about 1,377,200 residents or about a third of the country’s population. It is consistently ranked among the World’s Most Livable Cities and is classified as a Beta World City. It is located between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. It is one of the few cities in the world to have harbours on two separate major bodies of water.  It is known to have the largest Polynesian population of any city in the worldHonoluluHonolulu: capital and the most populous city of HawaiiOrignal image by Diamond Head.Honolulu is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Hawaii. It is a major financial centre of the islands of the Pacific Ocean.  The city has been the capital of the Hawaiian Islands since 1845 and gained historical recognition following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour near the city on December 7, 1941, and as the birthplace of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States.  Honolulu has a massive skyline with a total of over 470 high rises, which is ranked 4th only behind New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. WellingtonWellington: world’s coolest little capitalOrignal image by DeanpembertonWellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area of New Zealand. It is at the south-western tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Range. It is home to 393,400 residents and considered the major population centre of the southern North Island.  Wellington also holds the distinction of being the world’s most southerly capital city. It is classified as a Gamma World City as well as host top position on the worlds’ best quality of life surveys and gained the title of world’s coolest little capital.MelbourneMelbourne: cultural capital and second most populous city in AustraliaOrignal image by DiliffMelbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria and the second most populous city in Australia.  The Melbourne City Centre is the hub of the greater metropolitan area with a population of four million.  The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River.  Melbourne is referred to as the cultural capital of Australia, known as the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the world’s first feature film), Australian television, Australian rules football, and the Australian impressionist art movement and Australian dance styles such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle. The metropolis is also home to the world’s largest tram network.Complete listThe following is the complete list of the World’s Top 100 Cities in order of importance.Top 2526-5051-7576-100ParisLondonBangkokSingaporeNew YorkKuala LumpurHong KongDubaiIstanbulRomeShanghaiLos AngelesLas VegasMiami  TorontoBarcelonaDublinAmsterdamMoscowCairoPrague  ViennaMadridSan FranciscoVancouverRio de JaneiroBerlin   TokyoMexico CityBudapestBuenos AiresSt.PetersburgSeoul   AthensJerusalemSeattleDelhiSydney            MumbaiMunichVeniceFlorenceBeijingCape TownWashingtonMontrealAtlantaBostonPhiladelphiaWarsawChicagoSan DiegoStockholmCancunSharm el-SheikhDallasHo Chi MinhMilan   Oslo     LisbonPunta CanaJohannesburgAntalyaMecca  MacauPattayaGuangzhouKiev     ShenzhenBucharestTaipeiOrlandoBrusselsBali      CopenhagenChennaiMarrakeshPhuketEdirneSão PauloAgraVarnaRiyadhJakartaAucklandHonoluluEdinburghWellingtonNew OrleansPetraMelbourneLuxorHanoiManilaHoustonPhnom PenhZürichLimaSantiagoBogota
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The following are the World’s Top 100 Wonders, destinations the will blow your minds.  From the most fascinating places of the ancient world such as the Pyramids of Egypt and Chichen Itza to the most amazing structure of the recent years such as the Burj Khalifa, it has everything to impress the traveller.  Each mentioned landmark comes with a short description as well as a photograph.TopicsTop 100 WondersComplete listTop 100 WondersThe following is each of the World’s Top 100 Wonders with an image short description.Pyramids of EgyptPyramids of Egypt: world’s most iconic wonder of the ancient world The Egyptian pyramids are by far one of the most recognised wonders of the ancient world.  It includes some 138 pyramids discovered in Egypt, of which the majority were built as tombs for the Pharaohs and their consorts during the Old and Middle Kingdom periods.  The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo.  One such example is the Pyramid of Khufu, considered the largest and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.  It is estimated that around 100,000 workers were needed to build the pyramids.Orignal image by Mrs LogicChichen ItzaChichen Itza: world’s largest pre-Columbian city Chichen Itza is perhaps the best know site in Mexico, attracting an estimated 1.2 million tourists every year.  Located in Tinum within the Mexican state of Yucatán it was one part of a huge pre-Columbian city built by the Maya civilization.  It was considered one of the most important places from the Late Classic (c.600–900 AD) way up to the Early Postclassic period (c.900–1200).  It is believed that the city had the most diverse population in the Maya world, a factor that could have contributed to the variety of architectural styles within the site.Orignal image by Celso FloresPompeiiPompeii: world’s best known remain of a classical Roman city Pompeii is one of the world’s best known remains of the classical Roman area.  It is located near Naples and is considered one of Italy’s most sought after tourist destinations attracting no less than 2,500,000 visitors each year.  Originally built during the roman area, it was lost for nearly 1700 years after buried under numerous meters of ash following the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.  Since its excavation in 1749, the site has provided an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of a city during the Pax Romana. Orignal image by PerrimoonMont St MichelMont St Michel: world’s best known French monastery The Mont Saint-Michel, a rocky tidal island is one of the most visited attractions in Normandy, in the North of France.  The island has been a strategic point holding fortifications since ancient times, and since the 8th century AD it became the seat of the Saint-Michel monastery, from which it draws the name. Today, the Mont-Saint-Michel and its bay are part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites, attracting more than 3,000,000 tourists each year.Orignal image by TravelingInEuropeGreat Wall of ChinaGreat Wall of China: one of the World’s Seven Wonders The Great Wall of China is considered one of the World’s Seven Wonders.   It is comprised of a series of fortifications built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China, mainly to protect the Chinese Empire against intrusions such as the Mongols.  It was originally built in the 7th century BC, but reinforced many times over, and the most famous section was built between 220–206 BC by the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.  Since then, the Great Wall has been rebuilt and enhanced, with the majority of the existing wall reconstructed during the Ming Dynasty.  The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia. Orignal image by matt512PetraPetra: most important historical and archaeological site in Jordan Petra, which can be translated to stone, is by far the most important historical and archaeological site in Jordan, as well as its most visited tourist attraction.  It was built during the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans and became famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduit system.   It has since became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1985) and is often on top positions on best places to visit lists.Orignal image by archer10 (Dennis) OFFKashmir ValleyKashmir Valley: one of Asia’s most beautiful natural wonders The Kashmir Valley also referred to as "Paradise on Earth" is a breathtaking valley between the Himalayas and the Pir Panjal Range, bordering North India, Pakistan and Western China.   It was formed by the Jhelum River and is today around 135 km long and 32 km wide.  Srinagar is considered the main city and the summer capital of the state, but other places in the valley such as Gulmarg, Dal Lake, Pahalgam, and the Amarnath Temple, are also popular tourist destinations. Orignal image by kun0meTopkapi PalaceTopkapi Palace: one of Turkey’s most beautiful palaces The Topkapi Palace is a large and beautiful palace in Turkey’s capital city Istanbul.  It was once that the primary residence of the Ottoman Sultans for some 400 years between 1465 and 1856.  As well as a royal residence, the palace was a setting for state occasions and royal entertainments. It is now a major tourist attraction and contains important holy relics of the Muslim world including the Prophet Muhammad’s cloak and sword.  The Topkapi Palace is among the monuments contained within the "Historic Areas of Istanbul", which became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and is often described as one of the best example of ensembles of palaces of the Ottoman period. Orignal image by Bjørn Christian TørrissenTaj MahalTaj Mahal: one of the modern world seven wonders The Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble.  It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.   The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations. Orignal image by Mat SiemsNile River CruiseNile River Cruise: one of the world longest and important rivers The Nile is the most important north-flowing river in north-eastern Africa, as well as considered the longest river in the world, with its 6,650 km. It runs through no less than ten countries including Sudan, South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Egypt.  The northern section of the river flows almost entirely through desert, from Sudan into Egypt, a country whose civilization has depended on the river since ancient times. Most of the population and cities of Egypt lie along those parts of the Nile valley north of Aswan, and nearly all the cultural and historical sites of Ancient Egypt are found along the riverbanks. The Nile ends in a large delta that empties into the Mediterranean Sea.Orignal image by Michael Gwyther-JonesPrague Old TownPrague Old Town: best preserved medieval settlements in the Czech Republic Prague Old Town or Staré Mesto is one of the best preserved medieval settlements in the Czech Republic as well as in the whole of Europe. Notable places in the Old Town include the Old New Synagogue, Old Town Square and the Astronomical Clock. Across the river Vltava is the Lesser Quarter, called Malá Strana in Czech connected by one of the city most famous landmark, the Charles Bridge. Orignal image by AbeeeerCarnival in RioCarnival in Rio: world’s biggest carnival The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is by far one of the world’s most famous festivals.  It originally started in Rio 1723 and had since become the biggest carnival in the world attracting some two million people per day to the streetsOrignal image by Diogo DubiellaSerengeti MigrationSerengeti Migration: one of the World’s greatest natural phenomenons The Serengeti Migration is one of the World’s greatest natural phenomenons, where great wildebeest migrate from the Ngorongoro area of the southern Serengeti to Tanzania.  Determined by the availability of grazing, it usually takes place between January and March, where some 750,000 zebras, 1.2 million wildebeest and followed by hundreds of thousands of other plains game, move across the border.Orignal image by Marc VeraartEaster IslandEaster Island: one of the world’s most remote inhabited islands Easter Island is a Polynesian island within the southeasternmost point of the Polynesian Triangle in the Pacific Ocean, and claimed to be the most remote inhabited island in the world.  It is famous for its 887 extant monumental statues, called moai and created by the early Rapanui people.  It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with much of the island protected within Rapa Nui National Park. Orignal image by MattJPGolden TempleGolden Temple: one of India’s most important attractions The Golden Temple, officially known as the Harmandir Sahib is a prominent Sikh gurdwara located in the city of Amritsar, in the Indian state of Punjab.  It was originally built by Guru Ram Das, the fourth Sikh Guru, and completed by his successor, Guru Arjan Dev. In the early nineteenth century, Maharaja Ranjit Singh secured the Punjab region from outside attack and covered the upper floors of the gurdwara with gold, which gives it its distinctive appearance and English name of "Golden Temple".Orignal image by Arian ZwegersStonehengeStonehenge: one of the world’s most renowned prehistoric monuments Stonehenge is one of the most renowned prehistoric monuments not only in England but in the World. It is located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 3.2 kilometres (2.0 mi) west of Amesbury and 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) north of Salisbury and is a 2 hours drive from London. Because of its history and remarkable features it is classed as a World Heritage Site. Archaeologists believe that it is about 5000 years old as some recent research shows that it was probably erected around 3000 BC.Orignal image by Mat SiemsGalapagos IslandsGalapagos Islands: one of the world’s best known volcanic islands The Galápagos are one of the world’s best known volcanic islands located around the equator in the Pacific Ocean, some 972 km west of continental Ecuador. The Islands and its surrounding waters form an Ecuadorian province, a national park, and a biological marine reserve.  The islands are geologically young and famed for their vast number of endemic species, which were studied by Charles Darwin during the voyage of the Beagle. His observations and collections contributed to the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.Orignal image by David BerkowitzCappadociaCappadocia: one of the world’s most splendid natural regions Cappadocia is a well known historical region in Central Anatolia, largely in Nevsehir Province.  It comprises a splendid natural region packed with exceptional wonders, characterized by fairy chimneys and a unique historical and cultural heritage. Orignal image by testAmalfi CoastAmalfi Coast: Italy’s most famous Riviera The Amalfi Coast or Costiera Amalfitana is it Italy’s most famous Riviera within the Province of Salerno in Southern Italy.  This perfect stretch of coastline is one of the country most popular tourist destination attracting thousands of tourists annually.  It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its remarkable cultural landscape.Orignal image by Jimmy HarrisAngel FallsAngel Falls: one of Venezuela’s most important natural landmarks Angel Falls, also known as the waterfall of the deepest place are one of Venezuela’s most important natural landmarks and part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.  It is considered the world’s highest uninterrupted waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui Mountain in the Canaima National Park.Orignal image by Erik Cleves KristensenGrand CanyonGrand Canyon: one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders The Grand Canyon is the US most recognised natural wonder and one of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders.  Located in the state of Arizona, it is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River some 17 million years ago.  The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 metres).  It is part of the Grand Canyon National Park, as well as the Hualapai Tribal Nation and the Havasupai Tribe.  For thousands of years, the area has been continuously inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves.  The Grand Canyon is still today considered by the Pueblo people a holy site and made pilgrimages to it.Orignal image by Moyan_BrennColosseum of RomeColosseum of Rome: world’s greatest remain of the Roman era The Colosseum, originally named the Flavian Amphitheatre is perhaps the world’s greatest remain of the Roman era.  This breathtaking elliptical amphitheatre in the heart of Italy’s capital Rome is considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering as well as the largest ever built in the Roman Empire.   Its construction started in 72 AD and completed in 80 AD could once seat up to 50,000 spectators and became famous for its gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.  It is one of Rome’s most popular tourist attractions and perhaps the best iconic symbol of Imperial Rome.Orignal image by chrisparkerukMeenakshiMeenakshi: most important religious site in South India Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple or Meenakshi Amman Temple is considered one of the most important religious and historic sites in the holy city of Madurai within the Southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.  The temple forms the heart and lifeline of the 2500 year old city of Madurai, with the entire complex housing14 gateway towers known as gopurams, each ranging from about 45 to 50m in height, as well as some 33,000 sculptures.  The temple is a significant symbol for the Tamil people as well as international visitors, attracting 15,000 visitors a day, and up to 25,000 during sacred Fridays.Orignal image by testYellowstone National ParkYellowstone National Park: world’s first national park Yellowstone is one of the US most important natural wonder and considered to be the first national park in the world.  Located primarily in the U.S. state of Wyoming, it spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain.  It is famous for its wildlife such as, wolves, bison and Grizzly Bears, as well as many geothermal features, especially Old Faithful Geyser, one of the most popular features in the park.  It has a variety of ecosystems, but the subalpine forest is dominant.  Native Americans have lived in the Yellowstone region for at least 11,000 yearsOrignal image by Luiz Carlos FeliponiMachu PicchuMachu Picchu: one of the world’s seven wonders Machu Picchu, which can be translated to Old Peak, is considered one of the world’s seven wonders.  This pre-Columbian 15th-century Inca site is located 2,430 metres (7,970 ft) above sea level within Peru’s Cusco Region in South America.  It was unknown to the outside world before being brought to international attention in 1911 by the American historian Hiram Bingham. Since then, Machu Picchu has become an important tourist attraction, with many of the outlying buildings have been reconstructed, giving a better perspective of what the structures originally looked like.  It is referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas" and often considered the most iconic landmark of the Inca World.Orignal image by cspruitFjords of NorwayFjords of Norway: one of the world most beautiful natural landscapes The Fjords of Norway are perhaps one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in the northern part of Europe.  Those spectacularly long and narrow inlet with steep sides or cliffs, were created in a valley carved by glacial activity.  Most of Norway fjords are deeper than the adjacent sea such as the grandiose Sognafjord, which reaches as much as 1,300 m (4,265 ft) below sea level. As for the Saltstraumen Fjord it is often described as the world’s strongest tidal current. Orignal image by TinglestanChartres CathedralChartres Cathedral: one of France most remarkable medieval church The Our Lady of Chartres or Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres is one of France most remarkable medieval High Gothic architecture as well as part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  It was originally built between 1193 and 1250, and is still in an exceptional state of preservation with the majority of the original stained glass windows.  Located only 80 kilometres (50 mi) southwest of Paris and has become an important destination for travellers, especially with Christian pilgrims.Orignal image by ell brownSantoriniSantorini: Mediterranean Sea most remarkable island Santorini is perhaps the Mediterranean Sea most remarkable island.  It is located within the southern Aegean Sea some 200 km (120 mi) southeast from Greece’s mainland. It is the largest island of a small, circular archipelago which bears the same name and is the remnant of a volcanic caldera. It forms the southernmost member of the Cyclades group of islands.  Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic explosion that destroyed the earliest settlements, on a formerly single island, and created the current geological caldera. Orignal image by testAntarctica CruiseAntarctica Cruise: one of the world’s most unique experiences Tourism in Antarctica started with sea tourism in the 1960s, followed by Private yacht trips and even sightseeing flights in the 1970s.  The Antarctica Cruise have today become an increasingly popular experience with over 40, 000 people visiting those remote continent each year.Orignal image by George M. GroutasSt Peter’s BasilicaSt Peter’s Basilica: the world’s greatest building of its age The Papal Basilica of Saint Peter is a Late Renaissance church located within the Vatican City.  It has the largest interior of any Christian church in the world, and is often regarded as one of the holiest Catholic sites. It has been described as "holding a unique position in the Christian world" as well as "the greatest of all churches of Christendom".  The basilica is the burial site of its namesake Saint Peter, who was one of the twelve apostles of Jesus and, according to tradition, the first Bishop of Rome and therefore first in the line of the papal succession.   St. Peter’s is also a famous place of pilgrimage. As a work of architecture, it is regarded as the greatest building of its age.  Orignal image by jimmyharrisMezquita CordobaMezquita Cordoba: one of the world’s most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture The Cathedral and former Great Mosque of Córdoba, is today a World Heritage Site and the cathedral of the Diocese of Córdoba.   It is located in Andalusia’s city of Córdoba in South of Spain.  The site was originally a pagan temple, then a Visigoth Christian church, before the Umayyad Moors at first converted the building into a mosque and then built a new mosque on the site.  After the Spanish Reconquista, it once again became a Roman Catholic Church, with a plateresque cathedral later inserted into the centre of the large Moorish building. The Mezquita is regarded as the one of the most accomplished monuments of Islamic architecture. Orignal image by kevinpohMatterhornMatterhorn: an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps The Matterhorn is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy. Its summit is 4,478 metres (14,690 ft) high, making it one of the highest peaks in the Alps.  The four steep faces, rising above the surrounding glaciers, face the four compass points. The Matterhorn has become an iconic emblem of the Swiss Alps and the Alps in general. Since the end of the 19th century, when railways were built, it attracted more and more visitors and climbers. Each summer a large number of mountaineers try to climb the Matterhorn via the northeast Hörnli ridge, the most popular route to the summit.Orignal image by Jeff PangIguazu FallsIguazu Falls: one of South America most grandiose waterfalls The Iguazu Falls are the famous waterfalls of the Iguazu River, located on the border of the Brazilian State of Paraná and the Argentine Province of Misiones. The falls divide the river into the upper and lower Iguazu. The Iguazu River originates near the city of Curitiba. It flows through Brazil for most of its course. Below its confluence with the San Antonio River, the Iguazu River forms the boundary between Brazil and Argentina.Orignal image by SF BritEgyptian MuseumEgyptian Museum: one of the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, located in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.   Indeed it offers over 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms.Orignal image by Unhindered by TalentDamascus Old CityDamascus Old City: one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities Damascus is the capital and the second largest city of Syria after Aleppo. The Old City is considered one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, as well as being a major cultural and religious centre. It is strategically situated in south-western Syria, on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range.  It was first settled in the 2nd millennium BC, and later chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige, and in 2008 has been the Arab Capital of Culture.Orignal image by Ömer ÃœnlüNew York SkylineNew York Skyline: one of the world’s most recognisable one New York is the most populous city in the United States as well as global metropolis with a significant impact upon international commerce, finance, media, art, fashion, research, technology, education, and entertainment.   It is home of the United Nations Headquarters, New York Stock Exchange considered the world’s largest stock exchange, as well as numerous of the world’s best colleges and universities.  It is often being described as the cultural capital of the world, hosting a variety of museums and art gallery. It is located within the world’s largest natural harbours and its Skyline is one of the most recognisable in the world.  It is especially impressive at night when all the skyscrapers are illuminated.Orignal image by Zach KleinBaliBali: one of the world’s most beautiful tropical island Bali is an Indonesian island, best known for its stunning natural beauty, with beautiful sand and turquoise waters.  It is located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.   It is the country’s largest tourist destination and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music.  Bali have been a tourist heaven for decades, but has especially became a sought after destination in recent years.Orignal image by sektorduaBorobudurBorobudur: one of the most important Buddhist sites in Indonesia Borobudur is a 9th-century Mahayana Buddhist monument part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is located in Magelang within Central Java in Indonesia. The monument consists of six square platforms topped by three circular platforms, and is decorated with 2,672 relief panels and 504 Buddha statues.  At its heart lies the main dome, which us surrounded by 72 Buddha statues.Orignal image by M Reza FaisalDubrovnikDubrovnik: one of the most unique destinations in the South of Europe Dubrovnik is by far one of the most unique destinations in Croatia and one of the most prominent tourist destinations on the Adriatic.  The prosperity of the city of Dubrovnik has always been based on maritime trade, ever since the Middle Ages. Supported by its wealth and skilled diplomacy, the city achieved a high level of development, particularly during the 15th and 16th centuries.  The beginning of tourism in Dubrovnik is often associated with the construction of the late 19th-century luxury hotels in Croatia, such as Grand Hotel (1890) in Opatija and the Hotel Imperial (1897) in Dubrovnik.  It is today part of the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.Orignal image by hozinjaMarrakeshMarrakesh: home to one of the world’s largest and busiest squares Marrakech, known as the "Ochre City", is the most important former imperial city in Morocco’s history. The city of Marrakech is the capital of the mid-south-western economic region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz, near the foothills of the snow-capped Atlas Mountains.  The city of Marrakech comprises both an old fortified city (the médina) and modern neighbourhoods, the most prominent of which is Gueliz.  Marrakech is famous for being home has the largest traditional market (souk) in Morocco and also has one of the busiest squares in Africa and the world, Djemaa el Fna. The square bustles with acrobats, story-tellers, water sellers, dancers and musicians. By night food stalls open in the square turning it into a huge busy open-air restaurant.Orignal image by Michal OsmendaAmazon Rain ForestAmazon Rain Forest: world’s largest and species-rich tropical forest The Amazon Rainforest is a moist broadleaf forest that covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America. This basin encompasses seven million square kilometres (1.7 billion acres), of which five and a half million square kilometres (1.4 billion acres) are covered by the rainforest. This region includes territory belonging to nine nations. The majority of the forest is contained within Brazil, with 60% of the rainforest, followed by Peru with 13%, Colombia with 10%, and with minor amounts in, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. States or departments in four nations contain "Amazonas" in their names. The Amazon represents over half of the planet’s remaining rainforests, and it comprises the largest and most species-rich tract of tropical rainforest in the world.Orignal image by ggalliceValley of the KingsValley of the Kings: one of the world’s best known ancient Egyptian sites The Valley of the Kings is the best known valley in Egypt where, where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.  It is located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. This area has been a focus of archaeological and egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest.   In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world.  Along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis it has became a World Heritage Site. Orignal image by Eugene RegisUffizi GalleryUffizi Gallery: Italy’s best known museum The Uffizi Gallery is the best known museum in Florence and Italy. It is considered one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the Western world.  It home to variety of well known artists including paintings collection of Leonardo da Vinci (The Annunciation, The Adoration of the Magi), Sandro Botticelli (Primavera, The Birth of Venus, The Adoration of the Magi and others), Giotto (The Ognissanti Madonna, Badia Polyptych), Titian (Flora, Venus of Urbino), Michelangelo (The Doni Tondo) and Raphael (Madonna of the Goldfinch, Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi).Orignal image by jmenard48Eiffel TowerEiffel Tower: world’s most-visited paid monument The Eiffel Tower is Paris most iconic landmark, often in the establishing shot of films set in the city.  It is Located on the Champ de Mars in Paris, on the bank of the Seine.  It was built in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, and considered the world’s tallest man-made structure, until surpassed by the Chrysler Building in New York City in 1930.  It has since become both a global cultural symbol of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. It is the tallest building in Paris standing at 320 metres and about the same height as an 81-story building. It is the world’s most-visited paid monument, attracting millions of visitors each year. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.Orignal image by testNgorongoro CraterNgorongoro Crater: one of the world’s largest calderas The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera, which was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago.  It is 610 m (2,000 ft) deep and its floor covers 260 km2 (100 sq mi).  Although thought of as "a natural enclosure" for a very wide variety of wildlife, up to 20% or more of the wildebeest and half the zebra populations vacate the Crater in the wet season.   The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas.Orignal image by epcpHong KongHong Kong: one of the World’s most densely populated and unique city Hong Kong, along with Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People’s Republic of China.  Situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world.  Its population is 95 percent ethnic Chinese and 5 percent from other groups.  It has become a colony of the British Empire after the First Opium War, until 1997, when China resumed sovereignty.  The region espoused minimum government intervention under the ethos of positive non-interventionism during the colonial era, which greatly influenced the current culture of Hong Kong, often described as East meets West.Orignal image by eGuide TravelRio Panoramic ViewRio Panoramic View: one of the world’s most spectacular harbour Rio de Janeiro, simply referred to as Rio and nicknamed the Marvellous City is the capital city of the State of Rio de Janeiro and the third largest metropolitan area and agglomeration in South America, with more than 6 million people within the city proper.  It is the most visited city in the southern hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations, samba, Bossa Nova, one of the world’s largest football stadiums and the balneario beaches such as Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. It is also famous for its spectacular panoramic city views, best seen from the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain.Orignal image by laszlo-photoLadakhLadakh: one of the world’s most spectacular natural wonder Ladakh, which can be translated into land of high passes, is a region of Jammu and Kashmir within the northernmost state of India and Pakistan.  It lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent.  It is considered one of the most sparsely populated regions in Jammu and Kashmir.Orignal image by mckaysavageGreat Barrier ReefGreat Barrier Reef: world’s largest coral reef system The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (133,000 sq mi).   The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in north-east Australia. The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from outer space and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. This reef structure is composed of and built by billions of tiny organisms, known as coral polyps and supports a wide diversity of life.  It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981, and a large part of the reef is protected by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.Orignal image by Kyle TaylorSistine ChapelSistine Chapel: best-known chapel in the Vatican Sistine Chapel is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in the Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and its decoration that was frescoed throughout by Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, Pinturicchio and others. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 1,100 m2 (12,000 sq ft) of the chapel ceiling between 1508 and 1512. The ceiling, and especially The Last Judgment (1535–1541), is widely believed to be Michelangelo’s crowning achievement in painting.  Since the time of Sixtus IV, the chapel has served as a place of both religious and functionary papal activity. Today it is the site of the Papal conclave, the process by which a new Pope is selected.Orignal image by Francisco AntunesGolden PavilionGolden Pavilion: one of the most popular temples in Japan The Temple of the Golden Pavilion officially known as the Kinkaku-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto, Japan. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design, a period is considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design. A minimalistic approach was brought to the garden design, by recreating larger landscapes in a smaller scale around a structure.  It is designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, and it is one of 17 locations comprising the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto World Heritage Site.  It is also one of the most popular buildings in Japan, attracting a large number of visitors annually. Orignal image by Chi KingNiagara FallsNiagara Falls: most powerful waterfall in North America Niagara Falls is the collective name for the Horseshoe Falls and the adjacent American Falls along with the comparatively small Bridal Veil Falls.  Horseshoe Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America, measured by the vertical height along with the flow rate.  It stands on the international border between the Canadian province of Ontario and the U.S. state of New York, also forming the southern end of the Niagara Gorge. Orignal image by Mat SiemsAngkor WatAngkor Wat: best known archaeological sites in Cambodia Located only a few kilometres north of Siem Reap, Angkor Wat which can be translated to “City Temple” is perhaps the mostly know of all the Angkor archaeological sites.  It is considered as one of the most inspiring wonders of the world, because of its grandeur, Khmer architectural balance and numerous sculptures adorning its walls. It is not only the most important tourist attraction of the country but also a very symbolic monument for Cambodian, even appearing on the national flag. It was built in 12 century for king Suryavarman II as part of the capital city of the Khmer Empire, first as a Hindu temple and then as a Buddhist Wat.Orignal image by Mat SiemsBurj KhalifaBurj Khalifa: world’s tallest manmade structure Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is the tallest manmade structure in the world, at 829.84 m (2,723 ft).  It was completed on 1 October 2009 and officially opened on 4 January 2010 as part of the new 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Dubai at the First Interchange along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai’s main business district. The tower’s architecture and engineering were performed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Chicago.  The total cost for the project was about US$1.5 billion; and for the entire "Downtown Dubai" development, US$20 billion.Orignal image by thetravelguruDelphiDelphi: one of the most important sites of ancient Greece Delphi is both an archaeological site and a modern town in Greece on the south-western spur of Mount Parnassus in the valley of Phocis.  In Greek mythology, Delphi was the site of the Delphic oracle, the most important oracle in the classical Greek world, and a major site for the worship of the god Apollo after he slew the Python, a dragon who lived there and protected the navel of the Earth. Orignal image by Arian ZwegersBritish MuseumBritish Museum: world’s second most visited museum The British Museum is the second most visited museum in the world with more than 5.5 millions of visitors a year, just after the Louvre in Paris.  It has an enormous collection of over seven million objects originating from all continents.  It is a museum of history and culture which mission it to document and illustrate the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.  Some of the key highlights of the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Ancient Egypt mummies.  The museum is free but special exhibitions require tickets.Orignal image by Mat SiemsVictoria FallsVictoria Falls: one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls The Victoria Falls also known as the Smoke that Thunders is one of the world’s most spectacular waterfalls.  It is located in southern Africa on the Zambezi River between the countries of Zambia and Zimbabwe.  While it is neither the highest nor the widest waterfall in the world, it is claimed to be the largest. This claim is based on a width of 1,708 metres (5,604 ft) and height of 108 metres (354 ft), forming the largest sheet of falling water in the world. Orignal image by garybembridgeAlhambraAlhambra: one of the world’s best known Berber Islamic architecture Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, within the Spanish region of Andalusia.  It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Berber rulers on the top of the hill of the Assabica on the south-eastern border of the city.  After the Reconquista by the Catholic Monarchs in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers.  After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was "discovered" in the 19th century by European scholars and travellers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well known Berber Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.Orignal image by serge ySt. Basils CathedralSt. Basils Cathedral: one of Russia’s best known Orthodox Church The Cathedral of the Protection of Most Holy Theotokos on the Moat commonly known as Saint Basil’s Cathedral is a Russian Orthodox Church erected on Moscow’s Red Square. It was built in 1555–61 on orders from Ivan the Terrible, to commemorate the capture of Kazan and Astrakhan.  St. Basil’s marks the geometric centre of Moscow, being the hub of the city’s growth since the 14th century.  It was once the city’s tallest building until the completion of the Ivan the Great Bell Tower in 1600.  It is unique as there are no analogues in Russian architecture, with a design shaped as a flame of a bonfire rising into the sky.Orignal image by BBM ExplorerBurj al ArabBurj al Arab: world’s only seven-Star hotel Burj Al Arab is considered the world’s only seven-Star hotel as well as one of the symbols of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.  It stands remarkably on an artificial island out from Jumeirah beach, connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. It is currently the fourth tallest hotel in the world with a total height of 321 m (1,053 ft) and is uniquely shaped to remind of the sail of a ship.Orignal image by JoiForbidden CityForbidden City: one of China’s most iconic landmarks The Forbidden City located in the heart of Beijing is one of China’s most iconic landmarks.  It was the Chinese imperial palace for some 500 years, between the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty.  The huge complex with over 980 buildings is home to the Palace Museum since 1925, offering an extensive collection of artwork and artefacts built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties.  It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site with the world’s largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures.Orignal image by IvanWalsh.comLouvre MuseumLouvre Museum: world’s most visited art museum The Louvre or Musée du Louvre is the world’s most visited art museum, as well as being one of the biggest and more respected art complexes.  Located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the splendid 1st district, it is one of the most important landmarks of Paris.  It offers no less than 35,000 objects on display, from prehistory to the 19th century, covering an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet).The collection can be divided among eight curatorial departments including Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings.Orignal image by Håkan DahlströmAbu SimbelAbu Simbel: one of Egypt best known ancient temples The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples in Abu Simbel in Nubia, southern Egypt. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan (about 300 km by road). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Nubian Monuments, which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae.  The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.Orignal image by Mrs LogicYangtze River CruiseYangtze River Cruise: one of the world’s longest The Yangtze, Yangzi or Cháng Jiang is the longest river in Asia, and the third longest in the world. It flows for 6,418 kilometres (3,988 mi) from the glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai eastward across southwest, central and eastern China before emptying into the East China Sea at Shanghai. It is also one of the biggest rivers by discharge volume in the world. The Yangtze drains one-fifth of the land area of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its river basin is home to one-third of the PRC’s population.Orignal image by QuiltsaladBaganBagan: the once capital of the Kingdom of Pagan Bagan is an ancient city located in the Mandalay Region of Burma (Myanmar). From the 9th to 13th centuries, the city was the capital of the Kingdom of Pagan, the first kingdom to unify the regions that would later constitute modern Myanmar. During the kingdom’s height between the 11th and 13th centuries, over 10,000 Buddhist temples, pagodas and monasteries were constructed in the Bagan plains alone, of which the remains of over 2200 temples and pagodas still survive to the present day.Orignal image by antwerpenRCanals of VeniceCanals of Venice: one of the world’s most unique destinations Venice is by far one of the world’s most unique destinations, often described as Europe’s most romantic cities or even as the most beautiful city built by man.  It is located on the northeast part of Italy and is composed of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges.  It is best beauty of its setting, its architecture and its artworks, especially in the history of symphonic and operatic music. The city was historically the capital of the Venetian Republic and is today listed as World Heritage Site.  Orignal image by www.justgrobio.comSt Mark’s BasilicaSt Mark’s Basilica: one the world’s best known examples of Byzantine architecture The Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark commonly known as Saint Mark’s Basilica is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice in northern Italy. It is the most famous of the city’s churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge’s Palace. Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city’s cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice.  It is nickname the Chiesa d’Oro or Church of gold, mainly because of its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power. Orignal image by o palssonYosemite National ParkYosemite National Park: one of the US most visited attractions Yosemite National Park is one of the US most visited attractions with over 3.7 million people visitors each year.  It is located within the Sierra Nevada mountain chain in the central eastern portion of California.  Covers an area of 761,268 acres (3,080.74 km2) it is considered one of the world’s biggest parks.  It was designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, being recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity, with some 95% of the park is designated wilderness.Orignal image by SteveDKarnakKarnak: one of Egypt’s most important Temple Complexes The Karnak Temple Complex or simply referred to as Karnak, is comprised of a mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings.  It makes part of the monumental city of Thebes and its name is taken from the nearby modern village of el-Karnak, some 2.5 km north of Luxor.  It was originally built during the reign of Sesostris I in the Middle Kingdom but continued into the Ptolemaic and New Kingdom period. The area around Karnak was the ancient Egyptian Ipet-isut, known as the Most Selected of Places, being the main place of worship. Orignal image by Tanya.K.VersaillesVersailles: France most iconic Palace Château de Versailles or simply Versailles is perhaps the France’s most iconic Palace.  It is located some 20 kilometres southwest of the French capital, in a once country village, now a city suburb. The court of Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when Louis XIV moved from Paris, until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 after the beginning of the French Revolution. Versailles is therefore famous not only as a building, but as a symbol of the system of absolute monarchy of the Ancient Régime.Orignal image by Wolfgang StaudtFlorence CityscapeFlorence Cityscape: one of the most beautiful cities in the world Florence is often ranked as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with its numerous museums and art galleries, such as the Uffizi Gallery and the Pitti Palace.  It is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany within the province of Florence. It is famous for its history, once being at the heart of medieval European trade and finance and one of the wealthiest cities of the time.  It is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, and has been called the Athens of the middle Ages.  It is today a major tourist and hub part of UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its vast artistic and architectural heritage, and its remaining influence in the fields of art, culture, fashion and politicsOrignal image by stevehdcAyers RockAyers Rock: one of Australia’s most important natural landmarks Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is an incredibly large sandstone rock formation, listed as a World Heritage Site. It is located within the southern part of the Northern Territory in the heart of Australia.  It is a pretty remote destination, lying 335 km (208 mi) of Alice Springs,  the nearest large town.  It is a sacred place for the Aboriginal people of the area.  It is part of a National Park, home to a variety of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.Orignal image by Richard.FisherTeotihuacanTeotihuacan: one of the largest cities in the pre-Columbian Americas Teotihuacan is an enormous archaeological site, established around 100 BC, and perhaps the largest city in the pre-Columbian Americas.  It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987 and is today the most visited archaeological site in Mexico.  It is located in the Basin of Mexico some 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Mexico City, and contains some of the largest pyramidal structures built in the pre-Columbian Americas. Apart from the pyramidal structures, Teotihuacan is also known for its large residential complexes, the Avenue of the Dead, and numerous colourful, well-preserved murals. Orignal image by bdebacaCarlsbad CavernsCarlsbad Caverns: home to one of the world’s largest natural limestone chamber Carlsbad Caverns is a beautiful National Park located within the Guadalupe Mountains in the US south-eastern New Mexico state.  Its cavern is the park’s primary tourist attraction, which can be entered via the natural entrance, or take the elevator directly to the Underground Lunchroom some 750 feet (230 m) below.  It includes one of the world’s largest natural limestone chamber, known as the Big Room, which is almost 4,000 feet (1,220 m) long, 625 feet (191 m) wide, and 255 feet (78 m) high at the highest point. Orignal image by bradspryKremlinKremlin: one of Russia’s most iconic monuments The Moscow Kremlin, simply referred to as the Kremlin, is a historic fortified complex at the heart of Moscow, which serves as the official residence of the President of the Russian Federation.  It overlooks some of the capital most famous sights including the Moskva River, Saint Basil’s Cathedral and the Red Square.  It is the best known of all the Russian citadels, composed of four palaces, four cathedrals and the enclosing Kremlin Wall with Kremlin towers. Orignal image by moakseyHermitage MuseumHermitage Museum: one of Russia’s most famous museums The State Hermitage is one of Russia’s most famous museums, as well as being one of the world’s oldest and largest.  It is located Saint Petersburg and was founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great and has been open to the public since 1852. Its collections, of which only a small part is on permanent display, comprise nearly 3 million items, making it the largest collection of paintings in the world. The collections occupy a large complex of six historic buildings along Palace Embankment, including the Menshikov Palace, the Museum of Porcelain and the Winter Palace, a former residence of Russian emperors. Orignal image by archer10 (Dennis) OFFBanaue Rice TerracesBanaue Rice Terraces: the most amazing natural wonder in the Philippines The Banaue Rice Terraces, also known as Payo, are 2000-year old terraces that were carved into the mountains of Ifugao in the Philippines by ancestors of the indigenous people. The Rice Terraces are commonly referred to by Filipinos as the "Eighth Wonder of the World", as it is commonly thought that those terraces were built with minimal equipment, largely by hand. The terraces are located approximately 1500 meters (5000 ft) above sea level and cover 10,360 square kilometres (about 4000 square miles) of mountainside, and said that if the steps are put end to end it would encircle half the globe.  They are fed by an ancient irrigation system from the rainforests above the terraces. Orignal image by jojo nicdaoMeccaMecca one of the world’s most important religious sites Mecca is one of the world’s most important religious sites.  It is located 73 km (45 mi) inland from Jeddah in a narrow valley at a height of 277 m (909 ft) above sea level, within the Makkah province in Saudi Arabia.  It is best known as the birthplace of Muhammad, a site of the composition of the Quran, as well as an essential pilgrimage site for Muslims known as the Hajj.  Today, more than 13 million Muslims visit Mecca annually, including several million during the few days of the Hajj.  As a result, Mecca has become one of the most cosmopolitan and diverse cities in the Muslim world, although non-Muslims remain prohibited from entering the city.Orignal image by Al Jazeera EnglishVaranasiVaranasi: world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities Varanasi, often referred to as Benares or Kashi the city of light, is considered India’s most holiest destination by Hindus, Jains and Buddhist believers.  This charming place lying on the banks of the celebrated River Ganges is also considered the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities.  Indeed for thousands of years, its attracted some of the most important philosophers and philosophers, as well as being a key artistic magnet, especially with classical music.  It has today a variety of beautiful temples, ashrams and plenty of museums and is a key centre for education.  Perhaps the city main attraction is its Ghats, those set of stairs leading to the holly Ganges river, where pilgrims and believers from all over India to cremate those that left or simply clean themselves of their sins.  Varanasi is by all mean one of India’s most colourful, spiritual and unique destination, for many the gateway to the other world, and for other a captivating place offering a memorable experience.Orignal image by jonrawlinsonChambord ChateauChambord Chateau: one of France most recognizable palaces The royal Château de Chambord is one of France most recognizable palaces with its very distinct French Renaissance architecture which blends of traditional French medieval forms.  The building, which was never completed and considered the largest château in the Loire Valley, was constructed by King François I in part to be near to his mistress the Comtesse de Thoury.  Orignal image by sybarite48Bora BoraBora Bora: one of the world’s most sought after tropical paradises Bora Bora is one of the world’s most sought after tropical paradises famous for its aqua-centric luxury resorts.  It is a remote island part of the Leeward group within French Polynesia in the Pacific Ocean.  It is surrounded by a lagoon and a barrier reef and has at its heart the remnants of an extinct volcano rising to two peaks, Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu, with the highest point at 727 metres (2,385 ft).  In recent years Bora Bora has become a major international tourist destination.Orignal image by tensaibutaKathmandu ValleyKathmandu Valley: crossroads of Asia’s ancient civilizations The amazing Kathmandu Valley lies at the crossroads of Asia’s ancient civilizations and offers over 130 important monuments, including several places of pilgrimage for the Hindus and the Buddhists, some of which are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  The Valley is located in Nepal and known as the capital of their empire.Orignal image by jeeheonLi River CruiseLi River Cruise: one of China’s most famous scenic areas The Li River or Lijiang River offers is considered one of China’s most famous scenic areas, featured in many scroll paintings and with the top classification by the China National Tourism Administration.  It offers some 100-kilometer stretch of water, surrounded by mountain peaks rise into the sky such as the Mountain of Splendid Hues, as well as limestone caves such as the Reed-Flute Rock with its cave corals.Orignal image by Bernt RostadLijiangLijiang: one of the most remarkable destinations in China The Old Town of Lijiang is one of the most remarkable destinations in China, with a unique architecture, history and culture influenced by the traditional residents known as the Nakhi people.  Located in Lijiang City with the Yunnan region, it has over 800 years history, one being at the heart the old tea horse road.  It is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Orignal image by eviltomthaiAcropolisAcropolis: one of the most recognizable icons of the ancient World The Acropolis is perhaps one of the most recognizable icons of the ancient World.  It is located in the heart of Athens at the top of a hill which rises 150 m (490 ft) above sea level.  The citadel was originally built for defence purposes, but has become the nuclei of the city.Orignal image by Arian ZwegersMetropolitan Museum of ArtMetropolitan Museum of Art: New York City most important art gallery The Metropolitan Museum of Art commonly known as The Met is New York City most important art gallery.  Its permanent collection offers more than two million works, divided among nineteen curatorial departments from Ancient Egypt and classical antiquity to well known paintings and sculptures from nearly all the European masters, passing by an extensive collection of American and modern art.  The Museum occupies more than 2,000,000 square feet (190,000 m2), measures almost 1/4-mile (400 m) long and is located on the eastern edge of Central Park within Manhattan’s Museum Mile.Orignal image by Rob YoungShwedagon StupaShwedagon Stupa: one of Burma’s most spectacular Pagodas The Shwedagon Pagoda officially known as the Shwedagon Zedi Daw is a spectacular 99 metres (325 ft) gilded pagoda and stupa located in Yangon, Burma. It is located to the west of Kandawgyi Lake, on top of the Singuttara Hill and offering amazing views of the city skyline.  It is considered the  most sacred Buddhist pagoda for the Burmese with relics of the past four Buddha’s enshrined within, namely the staff of Kakusandha, a piece of the robe of Kassapa and eight strands of hair of Gautama, the historical Buddha. A same-sized replica of Shwedagon Pagoda, known as the Uppatasanti Pagoda is located within the new capital of Burma, Naypyidaw.Orignal image by ThrillseekrNeuschwansteinNeuschwanstein: one of Europe’s most impressive Castles The Neuschwanstein is one of Europe’s most impressive Castles, located within the village of Hohenschwangau in the southwest German region of Bavaria.  This19th-century Romanesque Revival palace proudly sits on top of a rugged hill offering breathtaking view of the surroundings.  The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.  The palace has since become a popular tourist attraction attracting more than a million visitors each year.  It also appeared in a variety of movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty CastleOrignal image by Nite Dan – EnjoypixelPotala PalacePotala Palace: once chief residence of the Dalai Lama in Tibet The Potala Palace, which sits on top of the Marpo Ri or Red Hill, some than 300 m (1,000 ft) above the valley floor, is one of the most important places within Tibet Autonomous Region of China.  It is best known as the once chief residence of the Dalai Lama and is today a museum. The building measures 400 metres east-west and 350 metres north-south, with sloping stone walls averaging 3 m. thick, and 5 m. (more than 16 ft) thick at the base, and with copper poured into the foundations to help proof it against earthquakes.  It has thirteen stories of buildings with over 1,000 rooms, 10,000 shrines and about 200,000 statues.Orignal image by mckaysavageMt EverestMt Everest: world’s highest mountain Mount Everest is the world’s highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas, in between the border of China and Nepal.  The mountain attracts many well-experienced mountaineers as well as capable climbers willing to hire professional guides. While not posing substantial technical climbing challenges on the standard route, Everest presents dangers such as altitude sickness, weather and wind.Orignal image by mckaysavageSahara DesertSahara Desert: world’s largest hot desert The Sahara is the world’s largest hot desert and second largest desert, after Antarctica, with some of its sand dunes reaching over 180 metres (590 ft) in height.  It covers most of Northern Africa, with over 9,400,000 square kilometres (3,600,000 sq mi), making it almost as large as China or the United States. The Sahara Desert stretches from the Red Sea, including parts of the Mediterranean coasts, to the outskirts of the Atlantic Ocean. To the south, it is delimited by the Sahel, a belt of semi-arid tropical savannah that composes the northern region of central and western Sub-Saharan Africa.Orignal image by Flávio EiróBanff National ParkBanff National Park: Canada’s most spectacular natural wonder The Banff National Park located within the splendid Canadian Rocky Mountains is the country’s oldest national park (established in 1885 in).  It offers 6,641 km2 (2,564 sq mi) of mountainous terrain, with numerous glaciers and ice fields, dense coniferous forest, and alpine landscapes. The park, located some 150 km (90mi) west of Calgary in the province of Alberta, is famous for its luxury retreats, such as the Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise. The park is today one of the world’s most visited national parks.Orignal image by JonoMuellerJerusalem Old CityJerusalem Old City: one of the world’s most important religious sites The Old City of Jerusalem is one of the world’s most important religious destinations.  The 0.9 square kilometres (0.35 sq mi) walled area, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Lists is located within the modern city of Jerusalem. It is home to several sites of key religious importance including the Temple Mount and its Western Wall for Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, and the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque for Muslims.  The Old City can be divided into four quarters including the Muslim Quarter, the Christian Quarter, the Jewish Quarter and the Armenian Quarter. Orignal image by Arian ZwegersTemple Emerald BuddhaTemple Emerald Buddha: Thailand’s most sacred Buddhist Wat The Temple Emerald Buddha officially known as the Wat Phra Kaew is regarded as the most sacred Buddhist temple (wat) in Thailand.   It is located within the precincts of the Grand Palace in Bangkok historic centre of Phra Nakhon. The Emerald Buddha is a dark green standing statue, about 66 centimetres (26 in) tall, carved from a single jade stone.Orignal image by Mat SiemsLeaning Tower PisaLeaning Tower Pisa: one of Italy’s most visited attractions The Leaning Tower of Pisa is freestanding bell tower, famous at leaning at about 3.99 degrees.  It has become one of Italy’s most visited attractions, attracting millions of visitors each year.  It is located behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square.  Its height is 55.86 m (183.27 ft) from the ground on the low side and 56.70 m (186.02 ft) on the high side. Orignal image by .waldecSan FranciscoSan Francisco: one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations San Francisco is one of the world’s most sought after tourist destinations, ranked on top position on top most visited cities lists.  It is best known for its chilly summer fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and its famous landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and Chinatown.  It is also considered the financial, cultural, and transportation centre of the San Francisco Bay Area, a region of 7.5 million people which includes San Jose and Oakland. It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California and the second-most densely populated large city in the United States after New York City.  The city is also a principal banking and finance centre, and the home to more than 30 international financial institutions, helping to make San Francisco rank 18th in the world’s top producing cities, eighth in the United States, and twelfth place in the top twenty global financial centres.Orignal image by El FritoTerracotta WarriorsTerracotta Warriors: one of the world’s largest sculptures collection The Terracotta Army or the "Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses", is a collection of sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BC and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife, and to make sure that he had people to rule over.  The figures, dating from 3rd century BC, were discovered in 1974 by some local farmers in Lintong District, Xi’an, Shaanxi province, near the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. Current estimates are that in the three pits containing the Terracotta Army there were over 8,000 soldiers, 130 chariots with 520 horses and 150 cavalry horses, the majority of which are still buried in the pits.  The figures vary in height according to their roles, with the tallest being the generals and include warriors, chariots, horses as well as non-military figures such as officials, acrobats, strongmen and musicians.Orignal image by kevinpohHagia SophiaHagia Sophia: one of Turkey most important site Hagia Sophia is a former Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later a mosque, and now a museum in Istanbul, Turkey. From the date of its dedication in 360 until 1453, it served as the Greek Patriarchal cathedral of Constantinople, except between 1204 and 1261, when it was converted to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Patriarch of Constantinople of the Western Crusader established Latin Empire. It was the largest cathedral in the world for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.  From 1453 until 1931 Hagia Sophia became a Mosque and for nearly 500 years it was the principal mosque of Istanbul, and served as a model for many other Ottoman mosques.  Finally since 1935 it opened as a museum and is today famous for its massive dome and is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture, said to have "changed the history of architecture.     Orignal image by Senol DemirBaalbekBaalbek: Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure Baalbek is a charming town in the Beqaa Valley of Lebanon.  Located east of the Litani River, it is famous for its exquisitely detailed yet monumentally scaled temple ruins of the Roman period, when Baalbek, then known as Heliopolis, was one of the largest sanctuaries in the empire. It is Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure, and it can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world, containing some of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins.  Baalbek is today home to the annual Baalbeck International Festival. Orignal image by Arian ZwegersPortofinoPortofino: one of the Italian Riviera most unique villages Portofino is a small Italian fishing village and tourist resort located in the province of Genoa on the Italian Riviera. The town is crowded round its small harbour and is closely associated with the lovely Paraggi Beach, which is a few minutes up the coast.   Portofino is also at the heart of other charming beaches including Camogli, Chiavari, Lavagna and Sestri Levante.Orignal image by Umberto FistarolComplete listPyramids of EgyptChichen ItzaPompeiiMont St MichelGreat Wall of ChinaPetraKashmir ValleyTopkapi PalaceTaj MahalNile River CruisePrague Old TownCarnival in RioSerengeti MigrationEaster IslandGolden TempleStonehengeGalapagos IslandsCappadociaAmalfi CoastAngel FallsGrand CanyonColosseum of RomeMeenakshiYellowstone NPMachu PicchuFjords of NorwayChartres CathedralSantoriniAntarctica CruiseSt Peter’s BasilicaMezquita CordobaMatterhornIguazu FallsEgyptian MuseumDamascus Old CityNew York SkylineBaliBorobudurDubrovnikMarrakeshAmazon Rain ForestValley of the KingsUffizi GalleryEiffel TowerNgorongoro CraterHong KongRio Panoramic ViewLadakhGreat Barrier ReefSistine ChapelGolden PavilionNiagara FallsAngkor WatBurj KhalifaDelphiBritish MuseumVictoria FallsAlhambraSt. Basils CathedralBurj al ArabForbidden CityLouvre MuseumAbu SimbelYangtze Riv. 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Best of Jaipur: top places, map, images and video:
Jaipur, best known as the Pink City, is the capital and largest city of the northern state of Rajasthan.  It is considered one of the best planed cities in the country, with its wide 34 m roads, precisely divided sectors and networks of gridded streets.  For Indian’s standards, it is a relatively new city, founded in 1727 by the Maharaja of Amber as the capital of the royalty.  Today, with its population of over 3 millions, the city has become a major tourist destination as well as an important economic center.  It houses some of the country most remarkable places including the Sanganer , Jhotwada, Mansarovar, the Raja Park and Vaishali Nagar, as well as being packed with a variety of religious sites including Hindu temples, mosque and even churches.  It is also a city of numerous parks, forts and gardens, making it one of the best cities to live in India.  This lovely metropolitan city, is a must visit place when exploring the North of India with its unique coloured buildings, magnificent forts, temples and a variety of gardens, authentic Rajasthani cuisine. TopicsIntroductionMap of JaipurBest hotels in JaipurTop sights in JaipurJaipur imagesJaipur videoMap of JaipurView the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Jaipur, with an image slideshow and video player.  It includes some of the city’s most sought after sights such as the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Rambagh Palace and Albert Hall Central Museum. Launch the Jaipur interactive map now.Best hotels in JaipurJaipur is proud to have some of the world’s best hotels including the Oberoi Rajvilas and the Rambagh Palace, as well as plenty of accommodations offering great value for money.  The following are some of the best establishments in Jaipur as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.  Best Jaipur 5 Stars HotelsThe following are some of the best rated 5 Stars luxury accommodation offering the highest service level in a majestic location.The Oberoi Rajvilas Jaipur, 5 Stars HotelRambagh Palace, 5 Stars HotelFortune Select Metropolitan, 5 Stars HotelJai Mahal Palace, 5 Stars Hotel Jaipur Marriott, 5 Stars HotelBest Jaipur 4 Stars HotelsThe following are the best rated 4 Stars luxury accommodation offering plenty of comfort with all the latest amenities.Sarovar Portico Jaipur, 4 Stars HotelTrident Jaipur, 4 Stars HotelRamada Jaipur, 4 Stars Hotel Best Jaipur 3 Stars HotelsThe following are the best rated 3 Stars accommodation offering excellent value for money.Sugan Niwas Palace, 3 Stars HotelFour Luxury, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel  Royal Heritage Haveli, 3 Stars HotelHotel Vimal Heritage, 3 Stars Hotel  Aurum, 3 Stars Boutique Hotel Barwara Kothi, 3 Stars Boutique HotelUmaid Bhawan Jaipur, 3 Stars Boutique HotelUmaid Lake Palace, 3 Stars Boutique HotelBest Jaipur Budget HotelsThe following are the best rated budget accommodation in Jaipur offering good service, and a nice location with an affordable price tag.Hotel Tara Niwas  Chitra Katha HotelKrishna PalaceRawla Mrignayani PalaceHotel H R Palace  Top sights in JaipurThe city of Jaipur has some of India’s most visited attractions including a variety of spectacular monuments like the City Palace, grandiose forts offering breathtaking views such as the Amber Fort, museums such as the Albert Hall, important temples and religious sites, as well as a variety of gardens including Central Park and the Ram Niwas Garden.  The following are Jaipur most important attractions:Albert Hall Central MuseumJantar MantarHawa MahalCity PalaceGaitorNahargarh FortAmber FortJaigarh FortJal Mahal Water PalaceAlbert Hall Central MuseumThe Albert Hall or Central Museum set within a lovely building with a Indo-Saracenic architecture is located in the heart of the city next to the Ram Nivas Garden.  It is home to the biggest exhibition of art in Jaipur, offering a variety of Indian, Chinese, Christians and Ancient Egyptian artefacts. Jantar MantarJantar Mantar is a large observatory built by the Maharaja Jai Singh during the 18th century which has today become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It houses a variety of geometric devices including ones to track stars in their orbits, measure time or even predict eclipses.Hawa MahalHawa Mahal, nicknamed the Palace of breeze, is a fabulous multi storey complex built in red sandstone.  It was originally built in 1799 by the Maharaja Sawai Singh, with the intention to give royal ladies the freedom of observing daily street life without being seen.City PalaceThe City Palace complex which takes up a good portion of central Jaipur is comprised of a variety of buildings, gardens and courtyards.  It was built by the Maharaja Jai Singh II in a mix of Mugal and traditional Rajput style.  It is home to two of the world’s largest silver vessels, the textile museum and other private and public halls.  GaitorThe Gaitor is a famous cremation site for the Jaipur royal rulers, located in the northern part of the city, at the foothills of the Nahargarh Fort. This beautiful landmark is also known for its colonies of monkeys, shared between the macaques and the larger grey langurs species. Nahargarh FortThe Nahargarh Fort, located on a hilltop on the northwest side of the city, is the smallest of the three forts within the Jaipur area.  It was once home to the King Sawai Jai Singh II and offers spectacular views over the Man Sagar lake and surroundings.Amber FortThe Amber Fort is a massive pastel yellow coloured fort and palace complex built in the 17th century and located some 11 km north from the heart of Jaipur.  The fort is divided into various sections each with its own entry gate and courtyard.  One of the key attractions is the Sheesh Mahal with its numerous tiles on the walls and ceiling.Jaigarh FortThe Jaigarh Fort is perhaps the most spectacular of the three forts surrounding the Jaipur area with its lovely gardens and spectacular views.  It is famous for the Jaivana, considered the site of the world’s largest cannon with according to legend a reach of over 35 km. Jal Mahal Water PalaceThe Jal Mahal best known as the Water Palace is a remarkable piece of Rajput style architecture sitting at the heart of the Maan-Sarovar Lake.Jaipur imagesThe following are some of the best photographs of Jaipur, including some of the most sought after attractions such as the City Palace, Amber Fort, Jaigarh Fort, Nahargarh Fort, Jal Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Rambagh Palace and Albert Hall Central Museum.Jaipur videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Jaipur’s most important sights such as the famous City Palace, grandiose forts such as the Amber Fort and well known museums such as the Albert Hall.
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Best of Agra: top places, hotels, map, images and video:
Agra is by far one of the most visited and unique tourist destinations in India.  Indeed being home to the world famous Taj Mahal and numerous other splendid heritage sites such as the Agra Fort, the city attracts millions of visitors each year, both from India and internationally.  With a great railway connection from the capital, many choose a quick day trip to visit the key sights, but a good couple of days is recommended to fully experienced everything the city has to offer, as well as the attractions located nearby such as Mathura and Fatehpur Sikri.  This grandiose city located within the northern part of the Uttar Pradesh state, is part of the golden triangle, along with New Delhi and Jaipur, and often considered the main places to visit for a first trip to India.   Agra, established in the 16th century was at the heart of the Mughal empire, today best remembered for their architectural legacy of fascinating forts, tombs and other majestic buildings.TopicsIntroductionMap of AgraBest hotels in AgraTop sights in AgraAgra imagesAgra videoMap of AgraView the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Agra, with an image slideshow and video player.  It includes some of the region’s most sought after sights such as Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar’s Tomb, Mariam’s Tomb, Jama Masjid Launch the Agra interactive map now.Best hotels in AgraAgra has plenty of hotels to choose from, from budget accommodations to luxury 5 stars establishments.  The following are some of the best establishments in Agra as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.  Agra top 5 Stars hotelsThe following are some of Agra most luxurious accommodations offering the highest level of service in idyllic surroundings:Oberoi Amarvilas, 5 Stars HotelTrident Agra, 5 Stars HotelThe Gateway Fatehabad Road, 5 Stars HotelClarks Shiraz Agra, 5 Stars Hotel  Wyndham Grand Agra, 5 Stars Hotel  Agra top 3 Stars hotelsThe following are some of Agra best value for money 3 stars accommodations.Hotel Taj Resorts, 3 Stars hotel  Hotel Amar, 3 Stars hotel  Agra top budget hotelsThe following are some of Agra top hotels for more budget conscious travellers looking for a pleasant stay.Sai Home Stay, budget Bed & BreakfastHotel Sidhartha, budget hotel  Hotel Taj Plaza, budget hotel  Taj Home Stay Hotel, budget hotel  Hotel Deviram Palace, budget hotel  Top sights in AgraAgra as one of India’s most visited city has a variety of attractions to offer its visitors including three UNESCO World Heritage sites. The Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort are by far the most popular sites within the city limits, but Fatehpur Sikri or the Ghost City is the favourite desination in the outskirt of Agra.  Some of the most famous sites in Agra include:Taj MahalAgra FortFatehpur SikriAkbar’s tombMariam’s TombJama MasjidBaby TajTaj MahalThe Taj Mahal proudly sitting next to the sacred Yamuna river is consider one of the 7 wonders of the modern world.  It is a breathtaking mausoleum built over 20 years, between 1631 and 1648, from beautiful and rare white marble.  It was constructed by the grandson of Akbar, Shah Jehan, one of the greatest Mughal emperors, as the mausoleum for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.   The Taj Mahal is today a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it is one of the most photographed and easily recognisable Indian attractions. It is considered one of the country’s best preserved and architecturally interesting sites, putting India at the forefront of the world’s top cultural destinations. Agra FortThe Agra fort is the second most visited attraction in Agra.  This red sandstone palace and defensive structure is a remarkable piece of architecture, often considered a much better preserved version of the Delhi’s Red Fort.  It was built by the Emperor Akbar between 1565 and 1571 as a testament of his power.  The fort was later improve by Shah Jahan, the grand child of Akbar, but ironically ended up as a prisoner.  Fatehpur SikriFatehpur Sikri, often referred to as the ghost city, is one of the most important sites outside of Agra.  Located some 40kms west of the city centre; it is the perfect example of the richness of the Mugal civilization.  Built at the end of the 16th century the complex is comprised of a variety of buildings including Mosques, Tombs and Palaces. Akbar’s TombThe Akbar tomb, located in Sikandra, a couple of kilometres north of Agra, is entirely dedicated to one of the greatest Mugal Emperors.  The tomb complex is at the heart of a beautiful garden and surrounded by four red sandstone gates.Mariam’s TombThe Mariam Tomb is a beautiful white marble grave, built by Jahangir for his mother Mariam Zammani.  The complex is also home to a school and a church built by Akbar in the memory of his Christian wife.Jama MasjidJama Masjid is a large mosque built in 1648 during the reign of the father Shah Jahan.  It is famous for its unusual dome and absence of minarets.Baby TajItmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb, often simply referred to as the Baby Taj, was built by the Empress Nur Jehan for her father, the Chief Minister of Emperor Jahangir.  It uses white marble and is surrounded by a lovely garden.Agra imagesThe following are some of the best photographs of Agra including some of the most sought after attractions such as the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Jama Masjid, Baby Taj, China Ka Roza, Ram Bagh Gardens, Akbar’s, Mariam’s Tomb and Fatehpur Sikri. Agra videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Agra’s most important sights such as the famous Taj Mahal as well as other world heritage site including the Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri.
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Best of Rishikesh: top places, map, images and video:
Rishikesh, often referred to as the Gateway to the Himalayas, is one of the most charming hill stations within the state of Uttarakhand in the Northern part of India.  It is perfectly situated at the foothill of the world’s largest mountain range, proudly sitting on the bank of the holly Ganges River.  For many Indians, it is one of the most important pilgrimage sight in the region, with a variety of religious temples, as well as being the first stop of the Char Dham Yatra Sacred Journey.  As for the international travellers, it has become a sought after destination, ever since it was visited by the Beatles some decades ago.  Rishikesh is also considered the World’s Capital of Yoga with plenty of ashrams, meditation and fitness centres to be found.  This lovely hill station is the perfect place to be discovered will it be for spiritual reason, for its yoga schools or extreme sports, or just to contemplate its breathtaking mountain and river scenery.TopicsIntroductionMap of RishikeshBest hotels in RishikeshTop sights in RishikeshRishikesh imagesRishikesh videoMap of RishikeshView the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Rishikesh, with an image slideshow and video player.  It includes some of the town’s most sought after sights such as the Lakshman Jhula bridge, the Ram Jhula Bridge, the Trayambakeshwar Temple, the Ghats and the Ganges river. Launch the Rishikesh interactive map now.Best hotels in RishikeshThe following are some of the best hotels in Rishikesh as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.  All the hotel mentioned have their location, a short description and booking link offering the cheapest possible rate with up to 75%  off, from our partner site Agoda Rishikesh.The following are the best rated hotels in Rishikesh:Godwin hotel, 5 Star HotelNaturoville Luxury Spa Resort, 4 Star HotelHotel Ganga Kinare, 3 Star HotelHill Top Swiss Cottage, 3 Star HotelThe Riviera Hotel, 3 Star Hotel  Hotel Ganesha Inn, Budget Hotel  Click here to learn more about the top rated Rishikesh hotels with a short description, location, image and a booking linking with the best available rate guaranteed.Top sights in RishikeshRishikesh is one of the most popular hill stations within the foothill of the Himalayas.  It is a charming town packed with numerous temples and ashrams, as well as two splendid suspension bridges set across the fast-flowing Ganges.  It is the ideal place for meditation, yoga or spiritual reason.  The following are some of the best attractions in Rishikesh:Lakshman Jhula BridgeRishikesh MonkeysRam Jhula BridgeTrayambakeshwar TempleTriveni GhatRishikesh viewsLakshman Jhula BridgeLakshman Jhula Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks of Rishikesh, located on the northernmost past of town.  This iron suspension bridge which crosses the river Ganges, was constructed in 1939 and offers amazing views of the surroundings.Rishikesh MonkeysRishikesh is packed with numerous monkeys cohabiting peacefully with the locals.  One of their favourite spot is the entrance tower of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, where old and young hangout and observe the street action.Ram Jhula BridgeRam Jhula, crossing the Ganges River, is the second famous pedestrian bridge in Rishikesh.   It is located to the South of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge and was built in the 1980s.Trayambakeshwar TempleThe Trayambakeshwar is perhaps the most iconic temple in Rishikesh.  It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is set in a beautiful 13 floors high building with its unique orange colour.  It is strategically located on the banks of the river Ganges at the eastern end of the Lakshman Jhula Bridge.  Triveni GhatThe Triveni Ghat, located next to the Rishikesh beach and the Lakshman Jhula Bridge is a well known bathing Ghat within the bank of the river Ganges.  It is the perfect place to experience a piece of traditional India during the Maha Aarti ceremony taking place at dusk and attracting many devotees.  It is a very Zen and peaceful experience, with a mix of chants, bathing and traditional music.Rishikesh viewsThe views in Rishikesh are one of the most breathtaking in the regions.  With the sacred Ganges flowing at the footstep of the grandiose mountains packed with various temples and ashrams.  It is a unique experience and a must visit destination with exploring the Northern part of India.Rishikesh imagesThe following is some of the best photographs of Rishikesh including some of the most sought after attractions such as the Lakshman Jhula bridge, Ram Jhula bridge and Rishikesh monkeys.Rishikesh videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Rishikesh most sought after sights including the Lakshman Jhula Bridge, the Ram Jhula Bridge, the Trayambakeshwar Temple, Hindu temples and the Ghats next to the Ganges River.
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Best of Delhi: top places, map, images and video:
Delhi is India’s political and administrative capital as well as one of the most important cities in the country.  It has some of the most expensive areas to live, and has recently surpassed Mumbai as the most sought after city to live in India.  It has a long history, with the first archaeological evidence dating back to 300BC, and had since been conquered and ruled by numerous empires and kings.  The city was at the heart of India’s independence, when in 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru became the first prime minister.  Today, Delhi has become a big metropolis, hosting the 2010 Commonwealth games and as well as recently opening a wide and efficient metro network.  TopicsIntroductionMap of DelhiBest hotels in DelhiTop sights in DelhiImages of DelhiVideo of DelhiMap of DelhiView the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Delhi, with an image slideshow and video player.  It includes some of the city’s most sought after sights such as the Connaught Place, Old Delhi, the Rajpath, the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate, Lodi Garden, Qutab Minar and Purana Quila. Launch the Delhi interactive map now.Best hotels in DelhiDelhi has some of India’s most luxurious world class hotels, with no less than 4 out of the 14 Indian hotels appearing on the top 100 list, including the Taj Mahal, Taj Palace, the Imperial and the Oberoi.   The following are the best rated 5 stars hotels in the central part of Delhi:Taj Mahal New Delhi, 5 Stars HotelTaj Palace New Delhi, 5 Stars HotelThe Imperial New Delhi, 5 Stars HotelThe Oberoi New Delhi, 5 Stars HotelThe Oberoi Gurgaon, 5 Stars HotelTrident Gurgaon, 5 Stars HotelHilton Garden Inn New Delhi/Saket, 5 Stars Hotel  Crowne Plaza Gurgaon, 5 Stars Hotel Shangri-La New Delhi, 5 Stars Hotel  Country Inn & Suites by Carlson, 5 Stars Hotel  Click here to learn more about those Delhi 5 Stars hotels with a short description, location, image and a booking linking with the best available rate guaranteed.Top sights in DelhiThe following are some of Delhi’s most important sights including Old Delhi and its beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque and the splendid Lal Qila Red Fort, the Rajpath home to the Government, the India Gate and the amazing Lodi Garden, the remarkable Islamic monument of Qutab Minar and the lesser known Purana Quila fort.Connaught PlaceThe Connaught Place is often considered the hub of the capital.  It is centrally located around the Connaught Circus and Indira Chowk metro station and to the South of the city’s busiest train station, the New Delhi railway Station.RajpathThe Rajpath area, located to the South of the Connaught Place, is considered the political heart of the city.  The district is a good example of urban planning, with its wide avenues and grandiose governmental buildings including the parliament known as Sansad Bhavan and the very impressive Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official residence of the president of India.India GateAt the eastern end of the Rajpath is where the grandiose India Gate is located, one of the county’s most important landmark.  This national monument was inspired by the Parisian Arc de Triomphe and built to commemorate the numerous soldiers who fought for the Indian Empire.  The sight is often very crowded, packed with school kids and numerous local and international tourists.Old DelhiOld Delhi, located to the north of the Connaught Place, was once known as the Mugal capital and famous for its “Stream of Paradise” flowing at its heart.  Today the location of the waters was transformed into one of the area busiest street, known as Chandni Chowk and ending on the Red Fort.  Old Delhi was once a fortified city, and although many of its original 14 gates have disappeared, it still has some remaining including the western Ajmeri Gate.Jama Masjid MosqueIn the heart of Old Delhi, at the end of the very crowded and busy Chawri Bazar road is the beautiful Jama Masjid Mosque.  It is one of the largest constructions of its kind, with a capacity of up to 85,000 people.  It has numerous entrances, but the southern gate is the main and most popular one, with its large set of stairs.Lal Qila (Red Fort)Perhaps the best known landmarks of Old Delhi is Lal Qila commonly referred to as the Red Fort.  This impressive 17th century fort complex, once the residence of the Mugal Emperors has become one of the most visited attractions in the capital.  This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site cover s no less than 121 acres.Lodi Garden The Lodi Garden, located south of the Rajpath area is one of the most impressive green spaces in New Delhi.  It is home to a variety of historic remains such as old mosques and small fortress, as well as an abundance of birds and beautiful flowers.  This charming park is an ideal place to find some peace in the crowded city.Humayun’s tomb The Humayun’s tomb is another UNESCO world heritage within Delhi and the model for the Taj Mahal.  Purana QuilaThe Purana Quila is Delhi’s lesser known but splendid Old fort surrounded by a lake.  It is located on the eastern side of the city centre, and was founded in the 16th century by Humayun, the second Mugal Emperor.  It is today a popular destination with tourists as well as local families and lovers.Qutb Minar ComplexSouth of the city centre and easily accessible via the metro network, is the Qutab Minar complex, a fabulous piece of Islamic architecture. With its 379 stairs and 72.5 meters (237.8 ft) height, it is considered the tallest minaret in India and is today inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Pahar GanjPahar Ganj is the very vibrant area on the western side of the New Delhi Railway station.  At its heart, is the busy Arakashan commercial road, packed with various hotels, huge neon lights and plenty of street action, especially in the evening.  Images of DelhiThe following is a selection of some of Delhi’s best photographs including some of the city’s most important sites.Videos of DelhiHD film about Delhi’s most important areas such as Old Delhi, the Connaught Place and the Rajpath, as well as the city’s most sought after sites including the Red Fort, Jama Masjid Mosque, the India Gate, Lodi Garden, Qutab Minar and Purana Quila.
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Best of Kerala: top places, images, map and video:
Kerala, known as God’s Own Country, is often considered one of India’s most beautiful states.  It is situated on the south western tip of the country, on the beautiful Malabar Coast between the Arabian Sea and the larger states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.  It has become a sought after tourist destination, blessed with an amazing natural beauty including lovely Southern beaches, lush tropical forest and superb mountains, as well as its unique backwaters and houseboat experience.  It has also become an increasingly popular destination for health and fitness enthusiast with its numerous yoga and Ayurvedic treatments.  It is no wonder that Kerala is often cited as one of the world’s best destinations, including as being on the top list of the National Geographic Traveller magazine "ten paradises of the world” and "One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century".  The tropical paradise of Kerala is definitely worth discovering to enjoy all it has to offer from natural beauty to eco-tourism and health treatments.TopicsIntroductionMap of KeralaBest hotels in KeralaBest of Fort KochiKerala imagesKerala videosMap of KeralaView the top sights, natural wonders, cities and hotels on our Kerala interactive map with images and videos.Launch the Kerala online guide now.Best hotels in KeralaKerala has some of the country best hotels and resorts, from budget accommodations to luxury 5 stars establishment right on the beach. Indeed, with its golden sandy beaches, splendid backwaters and mountainous hill stations, the state has plenty of remarkable destinations to be discovered.  The following are some of the best establishments in Kerala as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.  Click here to learn more about those hotels including a short description, address and booking linking following.Top North Kerala hotelsVivanta By Taj – Bekal Hotel, 5 Stars HotelKanan Beach Resort, 4 Stars HotelTop Kochi hotelsSoma Birds Lagoon Resort, 2 Stars HotelHotel Arches, 3 Stars HotelHoliday Inn Cochin, 4 Stars HotelDream Hotel, 5 Stars HotelGoodkarma Inn, 1 Stars HotelElite Palazzo, 4 Stars HotelPoovath Heritage Home Hotel, 3 Stars HotelKadalkkara Lake Resort, 4 Stars Hotel Vivanta by Taj – Malabar, 5 Stars HotelTissa’s Inn, 2 Stars HotelWyte Fort Hotel, 3 Stars Hotel  Vedanta, 2 Stars Hotel The Avenue Regent Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel  Lotus 8, 3 Stars Hotel The Mercy Luxury Business Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel  Top Thekkady hotelsParadisa Plantation Retreat, 4 Stars Hotel    Top Alleppey hotelsKrishnendu Ayurveda Wellness Centre, 3 Stars HotelCoir Village Lake Resort, 4 Stars Hotel  Top Trivandrum hotelsKeys Hotels Trivandrum, 4 Stars Hotel  Classic Avenue Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel  Top Kovalam hotelsFragrant Nature Retreat & Resorts, 4 Stars Hotel  Abad Harmonia Ayurveda Beach Resort, 3 Stars Hotel The Leela Kempinski Kovalam Beach, 5 Stars Hotel  Turtle on the Beach Hotel, 4 Stars Hotel  Best of Fort KochiFort Kochi, once an important trading-post, has become a sought after destination in the heart of Kerala.  It is indeed packed with various cultural and historic sites including plenty of buildings and remains influenced by Portuguese, Chinese, Jewish, Syrian, Christians and Muslim merchants, visitors, traders and settlers.Ernakulum boat ferryThe easiest way to get to the Fort Kochi peninsula is by taking the boat ferry from the much busier commercial Ernakulum, packed with hustling merchants and a vibrant street life.  Chinese NetsThe northern tip of Kochi is home to the famous Chinese Nets, perhaps the city’s most iconic landmark. Those large wooden constructions, which require several fishermen to operate, are still in use today, but mostly for touristic purposes, as modern fishing technique has proved more effective. Jew TownThe eastern side of Fort Kochi is home to the once Jewish neighbourhood known as Jew Town. At the end of the pedestrian street is located the Paradesi Synagogue, a complex comprised of four buildings and considered the oldest active Synagogue within the Commonwealth.Dutch PalaceThe Dutch Palace, located next to the Jew Town is a popular museum showcasing the history of Fort Kochi.  It is set within a beautiful colonial building and displays a variety of artefacts from magnificent royal clothing to beautifully decorated swords.  Dutch cemeteryNext to the local Fort Kochi Beach, lies the unique Dutch cemetery with its large standing tombs, reminding us once again of the town’s rich European heritage.  Kochi museumsApart from the popular Dutch Palace, Kochi is also home to the Indo Portuguese museum and the Maritime Museum displaying various planes and other military equipments.Kochi Hockey Fort Kochi is the proud host of a regional Hockey tournament, surprisingly India’s most popular sport.  The event take place within the town’s Parade Grounds next to the charming St-Francis Church.Kochi Backwaters The backwaters, a complex network of criss-crossed canals and lagoons surrounded by coconut trees, is by far one of the most unique attractions in Kerala.  Although they are mostly concentrated around the Alappuzha and Kottayam region, they can also be found in the southern part of the Kochi peninsula.Kerala imagesThe following is a selection of some of Kerala s best photographs.  Click here to view the complete Kerala image gallery. Click here to discover more beautiful images of India.Kerala videosThe following is a selection of some of Goa’s best videos including about the unique Fort Kochi and the splendid Kovalam Beach.  Click here to view the complete India videos gallery.Fort Kochi videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Central Goa most sought after destinations including the Santa Cruz Church, the Jew Town, the Dutch Palace, the Hockey tournament the Backwaters and the famous Chinese Nets.Kovalam Beach videoClick here to discover more amazing videos of India.
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Best of Goa: top places, images, map and video:
Goa is by far one of the most visited regions in India, located less than 600km South of the buzzing Mumbai.  It is considered the primary holiday destination in the country, attracting 2.5 million visitors each year including numerous foreign tourists, with its fabulous beaches and green lush vegetation.  As a former Portuguese colony, it is considered one of India’s most charming regions with its rich history, unique architecture and culture.  Indeed having been isolated from the rest of the country for some 450 years, it offers today a truly unique experience with a much more relaxed vibe.TopicsIntroductionMap of GoaTop hotels in GoaBest of North GoaBest of Central GoaBest of South GoaGoa imagesGoa videosMap of GoaDiscover the top sights, towns and best hotels on the Goa interactive map with images and videos.Launch the Goa online guide now. The region of Goa can administratively be divided into two districts including North and South Goa, which can be further divided into 11 sub-districts called talukas. As both of the districts are very similar geographically and share the same history, many believe that the real distinction is between the central coastal areas where most of the resorts and beaches area located, and the other inland regions.Top hotels in GoaGoa has some of the country best hotels and resorts, from budget accommodations to luxury 5 stars establishment right on the beach.  The following are some of the best hotels in Goa as voted by the users, divided into 5 Stars, 4 Stars, 3 Stars and budget accommodations.  To learn more about those hotels a short description, address and booking linking following.Goa top 5 Stars hotelsVivanta by Taj Panaji, 5 Stars hotelTaj Exotica Goa, 5 Stars hotel  Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada, 5 Stars hotel  Vainguinim Valley Resort , 5 Stars hotel Alila Diwa, 5 Stars hotel  Goa top 4 Stars hotelsThe Crown Goa, 4 Stars hotelCitrus Goa, 4 Stars hotel  The Village Square, 4 Stars hotelLemon Tree Amarante Beach Resort, 4 Stars hotelCoconut Grove, 4 Stars hotelGoa top 3 Stars hotelsA’s Holiday Beach Resort, 3 Stars hotel  Casa Britona, 3 Stars hotelFahrenheit Hotels and Resorts, 3 Stars hotel  Casa Severina Hotel, 3 Stars hotel  Soul Vacation Resort, 3 Stars hotel  Goa top budget hotelsAlor Holiday Resort, budget hotelHotel Viva Goa International, budget hotel  Martin’s Comfort Hotel, budget hotel  Cochichos Resort, budget hotel  Little Italy Resort, budget hotel  Best of North GoaThe Northern part of Goa is famous for its historical remains such as the Chapora and Aguada Forts, as well as numerous coastal resort destinations such as Anjuna, Calangute and Candolim. Anjuna           The charming coastal town of Anjuna, located in the Bardez taluka is best known for its flea market located on top of cliffs, offering a variety of souvenirs and colourful clothing, and with spectacular views over the sea and the surrounding areas.  Passed the shops and restaurants, is the very long Anjuna Beach, where a variety of holiday makers share the white sand with Indian’s sacred cows.Chapora FortThe splendid Chapora Fort is a large and strategically located hilltop fort with spectacular views over the Chapora River and the surrounding unspoilt beaches of Northern Goa.  Vagator Beach Those Portuguese remains proudly sit next to the amazing Vagator beach, an unspoilt coastal destination, an ideal place to get away from the crowds.  Baga and Calangute Baga is best known as the primary resort holiday hub in Goa sharing the coast with the southern Calangute beach.  It is considered one of the busiest and most popular holiday destinations with both local and international visitors.  Aguada FortThe southernmost tip of North Goa is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty and a variety of historic sites.  Indeed it is home to the spectacular Fort Aguada, one of Goa’s best-preserved seventeenth-century Portuguese fort and lighthouse.  Sinquerim beach Finally on the western Arabian Sea side is where the charming Sinquerim Beach is located.  This peaceful beach is home to some amazing historic ramparts and offers a variety of luxury hotels such as the amazing Fort Aguada Beach Resort.Candolim beachThe superb Candolim resort village and beach is perfectly located between Calangute and the Aguada southern tip.  This once quiet fishing village of the North Goa’s Bardez taluka has became a crowded and busy tourist destination. Best of Central GoaCentral Goa is where the current capital Panaji is located, as well as the charming Old Goa, once the colonial Portuguese headquarters.  The region is a major tourist hub, especially around Miramar beach and Dona Paula, famous for being the backdrop of various Bollywood movies.PanajiPanaji is Goa’s capital and one of the state biggest and most important cities.  It is located on the bank of the Mandovi River with its numerous Casino boats.  At its heart lies the Panaji Latin Quarter, home to the Municipal Garden, various restaurants, shops and the city’s most important landmark the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception.Dona PaulaDona Paula, once a small fishing village, has become a popular tourist destination within the central part of Goa.  It is best known for being home to the Dona Paula viewpoint offering spectacular views of the bay with its colourful boats, unspoilt beach surrounded by palm trees.  Old GoaOld Goa, once the Portuguese capital city is located on the bank of the Mandovi River. The small town, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site is packed with a variety of sixteenth century churches, convents and historic monuments.Miramar BeachMiramar Beach is one of the most popular destinations in with Panaji locals, especially in the evening where a variety of young kids and older colourfully dressed ladies come to enjoy the beautiful sunset.  Best of South GoaThe southern part of Goa is best known as the primary transport hub of the region, home to the Madgao Junction railway station as well as some of Goa’s most sought after beaches including Agonda and Palolem.AgondaAgonda is considered one of South Goa most peaceful destinations and the perfect place to get away from it all.  It has a unique laidback atmosphere, with plenty of travellers coming to meditate, practice yoga or martial arts on the beach.  Cabo de RamaCabo de Rama is an ancient fortress built before the arrival of the Portuguese and considered one of Goa’s oldest forts.   With its very steep cliff drops, it offers spectacular panoramic views of the region including the Canacona stretch and the Colva beach. PalolemThe charming village of Palolem is located a few kilometres from the Chaudi market town and the Canacona bus and railway station.  This coastal destination is famous for its breathtaking natural bay, colourful fishing boats, and a variety of water sports.Patnem BeachOnly a few kilometres south of Palolem is the idyllic Patnem Beach, a much peaceful and quieter version of its neighbour.  It has a limited number of beach huts and restaurants, and shares its coastline with the private Galjibag beach home to a luxurious 5 Stars resort.MargaoMargao is one of the most important cities in Goa and the main tourist hub for South Goa’s idyllic coastline.  It is the administrative capital of the Salcete taluka and the commercial capital of the Indian state.Goa imagesThe following is a selection of some of Goa’s best photographs.  Click here to view the complete Goa image gallery. Goa videosThe following is a selection of some of Goa’s best videos including one of about the Northern, Central and Southern region.  You may click here to view the complete India video gallery.  North Goa videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about North Goa most sought after destination including the idyllic beaches of Calangute, Anjuna, Vagator and Candolim as well as the breathtaking Portuguese forts of Aguada and Chapora.Central Goa videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Central Goa most sought after destinations including the current capital city of Panaji, the charming Old Goa and the beaches of Dona Paula and Miramar.South Goa videoHD Film created by Mat Siems about Central Goa most sought after destinations including the remarkable beaches of Agonda, Palolem and Patnem, as well as exceptional historic sites such as the Cabo de Rama fortress.Click here to discover more amazing videos of India.
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Best of Mumbai: top places, images, map and video:
Mumbai often referred through its former name Bombay is one of India’s most important cities.  Indeed it is the country’s financial and commercial capital as well as a major artistic centre, home the world’s biggest film industry, commonly known as Bollywood.  It is where some of India’s most powerful and richest entrepreneur implements their vision, right next to the country’s poorest in some of the planet biggest slums, where about half of the city population live.  Mumbai, as a city of contrasts is definitely an understatement, with old and new, rich and poor, colonial heritage and Indian influence, skyscrapers and slums, constantly touching and overlapping each other. This mix of chaotic traffic, ancient bazaars, variety of religions and a melange of cultures, makes the city truly unique and definitely worth discovering.  It is perhaps not for everyone, but for those looking for adventure it will be a life changing experience, once one will feel the unconventional pulse of the city, and start truly appreciate everything it has to offer.TopicsIntroductionMap of MumbaiTop 10 sights in MumbaiBest hotels in MumbaiMumbai imagesMumbai videoMap of MumbaiView the top sights and best rated hotels on our interactive map of Mumbai with a slideshow, full screen images and HD video.Launch the Mumbai interactive map now.Top 10 sights in MumbaiAs one of India’s primary business and tourist hub, Mumbai has an abundance of attractions most located around the central area of South Mumbai.  The top 10 sights in Mumbai include:CST StationKala GhodaTown HallGateway of IndiaColaba CausewayChowpatty beachMalabar hillMani Bhavan Gandhi MuseumHaji AliMahalaxmi Dhobi GhatCST StationThe Victoria Station, officially known as the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus or simply the CST station, centrally located in the heart of South Mumbai is one of the most impressive remains of the British colonial heritage.  It was completed in 1888, designed by Frederick William and richly decorated with domes and arches in the Victorian Gothic tradition to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.  It is today, one of India’s most busy train station, as well as the headquarter of the Central Railway, with no less than 2 million passengers and over a thousand trains every day.Kala GhodaKala Ghoda, located in South Mumbai’s Fort  area, is often considered the city’s cultural epicentre, due to numerous museums and art galleries being based there.  Indeed the district is home to the acclaimed Jehangir Art Gallery, the Prince of Wales Museum and the National Gallery, as well as numerous historic buildings such as the High Court, the Army and Navy building and the Rajabi Clock Tower.   The Kala Ghoda name can be translated to Black Horse in reference to a statue once located at its heart.Town Hall The Town Hall located in the Kala Ghoda district and set in a remarkable building was first establish in 1804, the year the Literary Society of Bombay was formed.  It is today classified as one of Mumbai’s heritage sights and famous for housing the Asiatic Society of Bombay, which helps promote useful knowledge about India.Gateway of IndiaThe Gateway of India, the grandiose Triumphal Arch with its honey coloured basalt is Mumbai’s most iconic landmark.  It  was built in 1911to commemorate the visit of Queen Mary, and later served as the welcoming sight for European boats during the British Raj.  It is today one of the most important tourist destinations proudly sitting within Colaba’s waterfront, next to beautiful Tower Hotel and Taj Palace.  The structure offers two imposing reception halls, as well as great view of the Sea.  It has a lively atmosphere, day and night, often packed with various street vendors offering numerous products such as Indian tea and balloons.Colaba Causeway The Colaba Causeway, officially the Shahid Bhagat Singh Road is perhaps Mumbai’s most famous commercial street packed with a variety of boutiques, cafes and restaurants.  It goes from the southern Colaba to the Wellington Fountain in between the Fort area and Nariman Point.Chowpatty beachChowpatty beach located within the Girgaun area at the North Western tip of the Marine Drive is Mumbai’s most popular beach overlooking the Arabian Sea.  It get especially crowded during the evening, when many locals come to sit down in the sand and relax.  As for the Marine Drive, known as the Queen’s Necklace it is a famous arc-shaped coastal road going from Nariman Point in the East to Marine Drive to the West, passing by Churchgate, Marine Lines and Charni Road.Malabar hillMalabar hill  is southern Mumbai highest point at a height of 50 metres.  It is famous for being home to the Walkeshwar Temple, the Tower of Silence and the Hanging Gardens.  It is considered a very upmarket residential area of the central part of the city.Mani Bhavan Gandhi MuseumThe Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum is one of Mumbai’s most sought after cultural desination, paying homage to one of India’s most celebrated figure.  Located on Laburnum Road within the Gamdevi district, not far from Chowpatty beach, the multi stories mansion offers a variety of photo and painting galleries, a library and even the actual room where the Mahatma lived. The house once served as the epicentre of Gandhi’s political activities.Haji AliHaji Ali is a beautiful mosque and tomb,  uniquely located on a small island in the middle of the Arabian Sea, within Mumbai’s western coast and accessible through a 500 yard long walkway during the low tide.  It was  establish by a Haji Ali in 1431, a Muslim merchant known to have given up all his wealth, shortly after pilgrimage to Mecca.Mahalaxmi Dhobi GhatThe Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, a very large open air laundry is one of Mumbai’s most unique sight.  It is where thousands of dhobis or washermen, literally do Mumbai’s dirty laundry, hand-washing hundreds of items a day in a concrete cubicle for a 100 rupees.  Interestingly the craft is handed from generation to generation, and require immense physical strength.  The laundry is located next to the Mahalaxmi railway station, not far from the Haji Ali mosque.Best hotels in MumbaiAs one of India’s most important finance and business center, as well as the gateway to the southern tropical resorts of Goa and Kerala, Mumbai has an abundance of accommodations available, from its prestigious landmark-like Taj Mahal Palace or Oberoi, to smaller and more affordable hotels.  One must keep in mind, that due to its strategic location, Mumbai has some of the most expansive accommodations compared to the rest of the country, but then again it is a small price to pay to be at the heart of one of the world’s most unique and vibrant cities.Top 5 Stars hotels in MumbaiThe following are the best rated 5 stars hotels in the central part of Mumbai, especially around the Colaba region.The Taj Mahal Palace , 5 Stars hotelThe Oberoi Mumbai, 5 Stars hotelTrident Nariman Point Mumbai, 5 Stars hotelVivanta by Taj – President, 5 Stars hotelMarine Plaza, 5 Stars hotelTop 3 Stars and budget hotels in MumbaiOther great value for money hotels in Mumbai includes the 3 Stars Grand Hotel and the budget Travellers Inn accommodation, both conveniently located near the Victoria Station in the heart of the city center.Mumbai imagesThe following is a selection of some of Mumbai’s best photographs.  It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Khala Ghoda, Chowpatty beach, Haji Ali and the Crawford Market.Mumbai videoThe following is an HD Film about the best of Mumbai edited from the footage taken during our two days visit.  It includes some of the city’s most important sites such as the Gateway of India, Colaba Causeway, Khala Ghoda, Chowpatty beach, Haji Ali and the Crawford Market.Learn more about Mumbai, the top attractions, the best places to stay or view the Mumbai interactive map.
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Spain Portugal Road Trip Interactive Map:
Combining content, pictures and video of our Spain Portugal Road trip top destinations and HD Film, comes the Spain Portugal interactive map application which include some of the key places on the journey such as Caceres, Elvas, Evora, Sintra, Sines, Sagres, Lagos, Ferragudo, Faro, Tavira, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Puerto De Santa Maria, Gibraltar, Malaga, Almunecar, Murcia city, Alicante, Benidorm, Valencia city, Costa Dorada and Barcelona.  The Spain Portugal Road trip application is a full screen experience featuring an interactive map, a content slideshow, an image slider with high quality photographs and a video player section.Launch the Spain Portugal Road trip application now.Check out the latest hotel deals in Spain or Portugal, best prices guaranteed.
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Spain Portugal Road Trip Film:
Following our article about the top destinations on our Spain Portugal Road trip, from Madrid to Lisbon and from the Algarve to Catalonia, comes the Spain Portugal Road Trip HD Film which includes amazing footage of some of the key places on the journey such as Caceres, Elvas, Evora, Sintra, Sines, Sagres, Lagos, Ferragudo, Faro, Tavira, Seville, Jerez de la Frontera, Cadiz, Puerto De Santa Maria, Gibraltar, Malaga, Almunecar, Murcia city, Alicante, Benidorm, Valencia city, Costa Dorada and Barcelona. Check out the latest hotel deals in Spain or Portugal, best prices guaranteed.
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Spain Portugal Road Trip:
Last September, we had the chance to go on a road trip of the Iberia peninsula, travelling for several weeks through Southern and Eastern Spain as well as Central and Southern Portugal.  We started our journey in the grandiose capital city of Madrid, first moving West to the charming Lisbon passing by the unspoiled region of Extremadura, then South to the amazing Algarve region.  We then moved back to Spain, exploring the astonishing regions of Andalucía, Murcia, Valencia and finally terminated in the heart of Catalonia in Barcelona.  This is an overview of the trip with links to the specific content, videos and hotels.TopicsMadrid: Old Madrid and MalasañaExtremadura: CaceresAlentejo: Elvas and EvoraLisbon and surroundings: Alfama, Baixa, Belem and Sintra Southern Portugal Atlantic Coast: SinesWest Algarve: Sagres, Lagos, FerragudoEast Algarve East: Faro, TaviraWest Andalucía: Seville, Jerez de la FronteraSouth Andalucía : Cadiz, Puerto De Santa Maria and GibraltarEast Andalucía and Murcia: Malaga, Almunecar and Murcia cityValencia: Alicante, Benidorm, Valencia cityCatalonia: Costa Dorada and Barcelona Madrid: Old Madrid and MalasañaOur first destination was the beautiful city of Madrid, the Spanish capital blessed with a great historic and artistic heritage.  It is home to some of the best known art galleries such as the El Prado and Reina Sofia museums in the Malasaña district and a variety of walking squares such as the famous Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol within Old Madrid. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Madrid, view our Madrid HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Extremadura: CaceresAfter a few days in the capital we moved West to the autonomous region of Extremadura, where the charming medieval town of Caceres is located, some 300 kilometres South West of Madrid.  This lovely destination is a UNESCO World Heritage City, mostly famous for is unique old town with a mix of Moors and Christians influence. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Caceres, view our Caceres HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Alentejo: Elvas and EvoraAfter leaving the  Spanish Extremadura  region, we crossed over to Portugal, starting by the southern region of Alentejo where a variety of beautiful towns are located, filled with thousand years of history.  Some of the key places we visited include the strategic border town of Elvas and the remarkable historic city of Évora.ElvasOur first destination was Elvas, an impressive fortified city just a few kilometres west of the Spanish border and surrounded by a variety of plantations of olives and quality plums.  It is built on a hill offering spectacular views of the surrounding villages from within the castle and its old town. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Elvas, view our Elvas HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.ÉvoraOur second destination within the lovely region of Alentejo was the historic city of Évora, famous for its numerous cultural sites such as the Roman Temple and the medieval cathedral. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Évora, view our Évora HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Lisbon: Alfama, Baixa, Belem and Sintra Lisbon and its surrounding region was our next major destination on our Iberian peninsula road trip.  The lovely Portuguese capital is a cosmopolitan and creative city, a perfect blend of traditional and cutting edge, with a vibrant and laidback atmosphere, from the historical center of Alfama, to the Eastern district of Belem passing by the Baixa area in the heart of town. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Lisbon, view our Lisbon HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Sintra and Castle of the Moors Less than 30 kilometres west of the capital is the unique Castle of the Moors sitting within  the Sintra Mountains and offering spectactular views over the charming town of Sintra. Learn more about the Castle of the Moors in Sintra by viewing our Sintra HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Southern Portugal Atlantic Coast: SinesWe left the amazing Lisbon to head towards the South of Portugal, alongside the spectacular Atlantic Coast.  One of our many stops was Sines, a charming coastal town best known for being home to the famous Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama, and today considered one of the biggest sea port in the region. Learn more about the best attractions in Sines, view our Sines HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.West Algarve: Sagres, Lagos, FerragudoWe finally reached the Southernmost coastal region of  Portugal, the Algarve, by far the most popular beach resort destination of the country, blessed with warm waters and amazing natural beauty.Sagres We started our Algarve discovery from Sagres, one of the Westernmost towns in the region and famous for its breathtaking Sagres Point. Learn more about the top attractions in Sagres, view our Sagres HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Lagos We continued our West Algarve trip with the gorgeous resort town of Lagos with its lovely beaches surrounded with large cliffs as well as its charming old town enclosed within its Roman walls.  Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Lagos, view our Lagos HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.FerragudoFurther east we headed to the quiet fishing town of Ferragudo on the Arade River with its spectacular bay surrounded with typical Portuguese houses. Learn more about the best attractions in Ferragudo, view our Ferragudo HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Caneiros BeachA few kilometers East of Ferragudo, is one of the Algarve best kept secret, the amazing Caneiros Beach, a small piece of paradise with its beautiful blue water, lovely sand and grandiose sandstone cliffs. Learn more about the best of Caneiros Beach, view our Caneiros Beach HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.East Algarve East: Faro, TaviraThe Eastern part of the Algarve is home to the region only international airport, within the city of Faro, as well as home to plenty of lovely historic town such as the charming Tavira.TaviraOne of the Easternmost places of the Algarve is the lovely city of Tavira with its splendid architecture dating back thousands of years as well as its pristine beaches on the idyllic Ilha de Tavira. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Tavira, view our Tavira HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.West Andalucía: Seville, Jerez de la FronteraAfter exploring the eastern side of the Algarve, we moved back to Spain starting with Andalucía.  The well known region is the perfect destination to find the typical Spanish experience, from flamenco to Bullfighting passing by charming white washed towns, Picasso galleries and romantic sea ports.  Andalucía is blessed with a rich historical heritage composed of a variety of castles, palaces and cathedrals to be discovered.  Our journey through the Western part of Andalucía started with Seville and continued with Jerez de la Frontera.Seville Our first stop was Seville, an amazing city within north western Andalucía,  home to flamenco, a variety of spectacles, art galleries, great tapas bars and nightlife as well as the famous bullfighting venues.  The city is the perfect place to discover Andalucía’s best kept traditions. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Seville, view our Seville HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Jerez de la FronteraOur second stop was the lesser known Jerez de la Frontera, a town filled with history, dating back to the Moorish times.  Its Casco Antiguo old town is especially worth discovering, where a variety of old churches, palm lined squares and the Alcazaba fortress are located. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Jerez de la Frontera, view our Jerez de la Frontera HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.South Andalucía : Cadiz, Puerto De Santa Maria and GibraltarFrom Western Andalucía we moved to the region’s Southern tip, where we started with Puerto De Santa Maria and finished with the unique British Gibraltar passing by the remarkable Cadiz, known as the oldest inhabited city in Europe.El Puerto de Santa Maria El Puerto de Santa Maria is a lovely coastal town located around the mouth of the river Guadalete and sitting on the northern side of the Cadiz Bay.  The town is packed with a variety of cultural and historic sites including its Castle, the Plaza España and the local museum.  Learn more about the best attractions in El Puerto de Santa Maria, view our El Puerto de Santa Maria HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.CadizCadiz is a walled port city entirely surrounded by water, capital of the Cadiz Province and famous for its long history starting with the Phoenicians some thousands years ago.  Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Cadiz, view our Cadiz HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.GibraltarGibraltar often referred to as The Rock is a small British overseas territory located on the southern coast of Spain, bordered with Andalusia and the Mediterranean sea.  The majority of the area is occupied by the Rock of Gibraltar, which is visible from a far distance. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Gibraltar, view our Gibraltar HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.East Andalucía and Murcia: Malaga, Almunecar and Murcia cityWe concluded our Andalucian journey with the vibrant city of Malaga followed by the quieter resort town of Almunecar, before crossing the border to the small region of Murcia.MalagaOur first destination on the eastern side of Andalucía was Malaga considered the primary tourist hub in Costa del Sol.  Indeed the city, its surrounding resort towns and beautiful beaches attracts millions of people each year. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Malaga, view our Malaga HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.AlmunecarWith its natural beauty, plenty of historical sites, a lovely old town and easy transport connections, Almunecar was our second destination in East Andalucía.  The city is often considered the capital of the lovely coastal region of Costa Tropical, offering a lovely subtropical climate, ideal for a sun and sea holiday.  Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Almunecar or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.  MurciaOur next place on our Spanish road trip was the city of Murcia, capital and most populated city of one of the smallest region’s in Spain, the  Autonomous Community of Murcia.  The city is rich in history, have a vibrant student’s vibe and is definitely worth discovering.  Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Murcia, view our Murcia HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Valencia: Alicante, Benidorm, Valencia city The region of Valencia was the next Autonomous Community on our list after Murcia.  It is one of the most touristic part of Spain, blessed with a beautiful coastline and packed with a variety of resorts towns within its famous Costa Blanca and Costa Calida coastal regions.  We started our journey with the Southern city of Alicante, followed by the skyscrapers packed resort town of Benidorm and finished with the region’s capital, Valencia city.AlicanteAlicante is part of the beautiful Costa Blanca, over 200 kilometres of coastline offering white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and a background of mountainous region parallel to the coast. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Alicante, view our Alicante HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.BenidormBenidorm is the perfect purpose built resort town, an ideal destinations for a stress free beach holiday.  The city offers all the amenities vacationers could wish for, combined with a safe but exciting atmosphere with an abundance of dinning and nightlife. Learn more about Benidorm, view our Benidorm HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Valencia cityBeing one of the world’s most historical and intriguing cities, packed with a variety of sites to be discovered, it is no wonder Valencia is one of the top touristic cities, attracting millions of visitors each year. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Valencia city, view our Valencia city HD video and map or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Catalonia: Costa Dorada and BarcelonaCataluña was the last Spanish region we visited.  It is one of the most popular destinations in the country, being home to the unspoiled beaches of the Costa Dorada to the south, the packed resort towns of Costa Brava to the north and the vibrant Barcelona at its heart.  We stared our Catalonia journey, with Hospitalet de l’Infant a fairly unknown but lovely resort town and finished with the very popular Barcelona.Hospitalet de l’Infant Hospitalet de l’Infant is a lovely coastal town within the vacation friendly Costa Dorada.  It is located only a few kilometres from Tarragona and some 125 kilometres South of Barcelona. Learn more about the best attractions in Hospitalet de l’Infant, view our Hospitalet de l’Infant HD video or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.BarcelonaOur final destination of our Spanish Portuguese road trip was the famous Catalonian capital, Barcelona, one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Indeed the city is packed with a variety of exciting attractions, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarter and fascinating Gaudi architecture to its beautiful beaches and vibrant nightlife. Learn more about the top 10 attractions in Barcelona, view our Barcelona HD video and map  or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Launch the Barcelona Interactive Map full browse experience now.
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Jerez de la Frontera video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Jerez de la Frontera , a unique Andalucian destination known to be the city of sherry, flamenco and horses, comes the Jerez de la Frontera  HD video which includes some of the city’s key attractions such as the Alcazar fortress, the Plaza del Arenal, the San Francisco Church, the Antigo Cabildo and the San Dionisio Church.Check out the latest hotel deals in Jerez de la Frontera , best prices guaranteed.
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Lisbon Video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Lisbon, the unique capital of Portugal, comes the Lisbon HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city key attractions such as Castello de Sao Jorge, Jerónimos Monastery, Praca do Comercio, Torre de Belem, Sé Cathedral, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Museu do Azulejo, Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and the Palácio Nacional de Queluz.Check out the latest hotel deals in Lisbon, best prices guaranteed.
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Madrid Video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Madrid, the beautiful Spanish capital in the heart of the country, comes the Madrid HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city key attractions such as the Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, Palacio Real, Plaza de Oriente, Museo del Prado, Plaza de Independencia, Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. Check out the latest hotel deals in Madrid, best prices guaranteed.
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Caceres video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Caceres, a remarkable medieval city in the Extremadura region of Western Spain, comes the Caceres HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city key attractions such as the Plaza Mayor, Arco de la Estrella, Plaza de Santa María, Concatedral de Santa María, Plaza de San Jorge, Palacio de las Ciguenas,  Plaza Veletas, San Mateo, Museo de Caceres and Plaza Pinuelas.Check out the latest hotel deals in Caceres, best prices guaranteed.
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Evora video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Evora, a charming city in the Alentejo region of Portugal, comes the EvoraHD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city key attractions such as the city walls, the Roman Temple of Évora, and the Cathedral of Évora.Check out the latest hotel deals in Evora, best prices guaranteed.
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Elvas video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Elvas, an amazing fortified city in the Alentejo region of Portugal, comes the Elvas HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city key attractions such as the Praca da Republica, the Elvas Castelo, the Largo Santa Clara, the Nossa Senhora da Assunção church and the vibrant pedestrian Rua do Alcomin.Check out the latest hotel deals in Elvas, best prices guaranteed.
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Sintra video:
Following our article about the Sintra’s Castle of the Moors, a spectacular hilltop medieval military outpost west of Lisbon, comes the Sintra HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the castle’s key attractions such as the Chapel of São Pedro de Penaferrim, the inner walls, the Castle Keep and various strategic towers, as well as astonishing views over the town and its surroundings.Check out the latest hotel deals in Sintra , best prices guaranteed.
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Sintra’s Castle of the Moors:
The Castle of the Moors or Castelo dos Mouros set on top of the majestic Sintra Mountains is one of the most breathtaking destinations in the heart of Portugal.  It is located less than 30 kilometres west of the capital, within the charming town of Sintra,  and is a wonderful place to discover when visiting the Lisbon region.  The Castle is considered by many one of the most spectacular medieval remains in the whole of Europe.Check out the latest hotel deals in Sintra , best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionMap of Castle of the MoorsAbout Castle of the MoorsAbout SintraFlights to SintraTop hotels in SintraCastle of the Moors imagesSintra imagesMap of Castle of the Moors The following is the Castle of the Moors map which include some of its key attractions such as the Chapel of São Pedro de Penaferrim, the inner walls, the castle entrance, the Castle Keep and various of its towers.About Castle of the MoorsThe Castle of the Moors is perfectly located on a hilltop in the civil parish of Santa Maria e São Miguel in the municipality of Sintra.  The castle has a 450 metre perimeter on top of various mountainous cliffs and is surrounded by double walls with a variety of strategically located towers.  It was originally built between the 8th and 9th century by the Moors which occupied the Iberian peninsula, and served to protect its mostly agricultural population.  It was later took by the Christians shortly after the fall of Lisbon, and became a strategic site during the Reconquista.  It is today classified as a Portuguese National Monument, both because of its cultural significance and for its outstanding natural beauty.About SintraSintra is the town where the Castle of the Moors is located which offers spectacular views over the city from its northern walls, especially from the northern towers and the Castle Keep. The municipality is perfectly located between the Estoril Coastal region and Lisbon, only 28km East from the old city center.  Apart from the surrounding Moors remains, Sintra is home to the magnificent nineteenth-century Pena Palace set within the Historic old town, a UNESCO world Heritage site.Flights to SintraThe best way to get to Sintra is through Lisbon’s  airport , the Aeropuerto da Portela.  It is Portugal’s largest international airport serving about 13 million passengers per year.  It is home to various known airlines including Star Alliance TAP Portugal, US Airways, British Airways, Air France, Lufthansa, Iberia, Easyjet and KLM, covering an extensive network throughout Europe, Africa and the Americas. Check out the latest flight deals to Lisbon Airport.Top hotels in Sintra Sintra has plenty of excellent value for money accommodations to choose from.  The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Sintra as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Sintra smarter Hotel Booking.Tivoli Sintra HotelPraça da República, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal 2710-616 All 77 rooms at this 4-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Each room includes non smoking rooms, air conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find meeting facilities, restaurant, bar/pub on-site. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as sauna, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), kids club at this hotel. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at Tivoli Sintra Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta De Sao Thiago HotelQuinta De Sao Thiago Estrada De Monserrate, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal There are bathtub, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. This excellent hotel in Sintra also has room service, meeting facilities, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including outdoor pool, massage, tennis courts. This charming property has long been a favorite in Sintra for both business and leisure travelers. Book your room now at Quinta De Sao Thiago Hotel via our secure online booking form. Book a room at Quinta De Sao Thiago Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta Da Vigia HotelRua Da Praia Pequena Nº 20, Sintra, Sintra, Portugal Every room in the hotel offers guests microwave, hair dryer, shower, television. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, golf course (on site), tennis courts. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book your room now at Quinta Da Vigia Hotel via our secure online booking form. Book a room at Quinta Da Vigia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Castle of the Moors imagesSintra images
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Sines video:
Following our article about the top attractions and hotels of Sines, a remarkable coastal town within the Portuguese Southern Atlantic coast, comes the Sines HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city’s key attractions such as the Castle of Sines, Matriz Church of Sines, the Vasco da Gama statue and the Sines bay. Check out the latest hotel deals in Sines , best prices guaranteed.
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Sagres video:
Following our article about the best attractions and hotels of Sagres, a remarkable coastal town within the Algarve’s region of Southern Portugal, comes the Sagres HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city’s key attractions such as the Sagres Point, the Sagres promontory and the Sagres beaches.Check out the latest hotel deals in Sagres , best prices guaranteed.
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Lagos video:
Following our article about the top 10 attractions and hotels of Lagos, a lovely historic town within the Algarve’s region of Southern Portugal, comes the Lagos  HD video which includes amazing footage of some of the city’s key attractions such as the Walls of the old city, the Praia da Batata and the Santa Maria Church.Check out the latest hotel deals in Lagos , best prices guaranteed.
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Ferragudo video:
Following our article about the best attractions and hotels of Ferragudo , a lovely fishing town on the Arade River in the Algarve’s region of Southern Portugal, comes the Ferragudo  HD video which includes amazing footage of the Ferragudo bay.Check out the latest hotel deals in Ferragudo , best prices guaranteed.
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Cadiz video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Cadiz , a charming Andalucian destination best known as the oldest city in Western Europe, comes the Cadiz  HD video which includes some of the city’s key attractions such as the Cadiz Cathedral and Plaza San Antonio.Check out the latest hotel deals in Cadiz , best prices guaranteed.// //
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El Puerto De Santa Maria video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of El Puerto De Santa Maria , a charming Andalucian fishing port next to theCadiz Bay, comes the El Puerto De Santa Maria  HD video which includes some of the city’s key attractions such as the Castle of San Marcos, the Iglesia Mayor Prioral, the Plaza España and the lively Calle Palacios.Check out the latest hotel deals in El Puerto De Santa Maria , best prices guaranteed.
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Gibraltar video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Gibraltar , this unique Mediterranean British overseas territory located in the South of Spain, comes the Gibraltar HD video which includes some of its key attractions such as the Europa Point Southern tip.Check out the latest hotel deals in Gibraltar , best prices guaranteed.
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Marbella video:
Marbella is famous for being the Costa del Sol’s playground for the rich and known for offering  a variety of high end accommodations, restaurants and nightclubs to choose from.  It is also a great location for golf lovers with some of the best golf courses in Europe.TopicsMarbella VideoMarbella IntroductionMarbella attractionsMarbella imagesMarbella attractionsMarbella’s key attraction is the two lovely beaches, ideal for sunbathing and relaxation or to dive into the excitement of a new water sport.  The wide seafront boulevard is another of the key places of Marbella offering a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from.  Marbella’s marina known as the Puerto Banus is another remarkable place to enjoy yourself especially in the evening where you may enjoy a drink with friends while glimpsing at the glamorous yachts and sea boats.  This port is also the place where you might come across a celebrity in one of the upbeat nightclubs. For a bit less glamour and more charm, then the old town of Marbella is the place to be.  It is where you will find numerous small squares, outdoor cafes and boutiques surrounded by palms and orange trees. With a 320 day average of sunshine and year-round temperature Marbella is the perfect place for a stress free holiday.  From nightclubs to golf, it has everything to spoil you with luxury. Check out the latest holiday deals or hotels in Marbella, best prices guaranteed.Marbella images
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Malaga Video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Malaga, the capital and the primary tourist hub of Costa del Sol, comes the Malaga HD video which includes some of the city key attractions such as Malaga’s Moorish castle and spectacular views of its port, city center and northern side.Check out the latest hotel deals in Malaga, best prices guaranteed.
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Alicante Video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Alicante, the capital of Alicante’s province in Southern Spain, comes the Alicante HD video including breathtaking views of its coast as well as its lovely Castle of Santa Barbara.Check out the latest hotel deals in Alicante, best prices guaranteed.
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Murcia Video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Murcia, the capital of the Autonomous Community of Murcia in Spain, comes the Murcia HD video which includes some of the city key attractions such as Murcia’s Cathedral, Plaza de Santo Domingo and the Murcia Casino.Check out the latest hotel deals in Murcia, best prices guaranteed.
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Benidorm Video:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Benidorm, one of Spain’s most touristic coastal destination, comes the Benidorm HD video includingbreathtakingviews of its coast as well as its lovely Poniente Playa.Check out the latest hotel deals in Benidorm, best prices guaranteed.
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Valencia video and map:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Valencia, one of Spain’s most historical and intriguing destinations, comes the HD video and the Interactive Map Application.  The Valencia Interactive Map Application is a full screen experience which include an interactive map, an interactive content slideshow, an image slider with high quality photographs and a video player section. Check out the latest hotel deals in Valencia, best prices guaranteed.TopicsValencia HD videoIntroductionValencia Interactive MapValencia Interactive MapLearn about Valencia’s top attractions and hotels with the Valencia Interactive Map Application.  Launch the Valencia Interactive Map full browse experience now.Check out the latest hotel deals in Valencia, best prices guaranteed.
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Hospitalet de l’Infant Video:
Following our article about the coastal town of Hospitalet de l’Infant in theheart of Costa Dorada comes the HD video.
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Barcelona Video and Map:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Barcelona, one of Europe’s most exciting destinations, comes the HD video and the Interactive Map Application.  The Barcelona Interactive Map Application is a full screen experience which include an interactive map, an interactive content slideshow, an image slider with high quality photographs and a video player section. Book a Barcelona holiday now or check out the latest hotel deals in Barcelona, best prices guaranteed.TopicsBarcelona HD videoIntroductionBarcelona Interactive MapBarcelona video captionFlights to BarcelonaBarcelona Interactive MapLearn about Barcelona’s top attractions and hotels with the Barcelona Interactive Map Application.Launch the Barcelona Interactive Map full browse experience now.Book a Barcelona holiday now or check out the latest hotel deals in Barcelona, best prices guaranteed.Barcelona video captionThe following are the caption  of the Barcelona video:Barcelona: an introductionGothic QuarterLa Sagrada FamíliaLa RamblaMontjuïcEixamplePark GüellPlaça de EspañaBarcelona BeachParc de la CiutadellaBarcelona: an introductionBarcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the north eastern part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot to offer its visitors, from its well preserved Gothic quarter and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches, parks and hills.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada.Gothic QuarterThe Gothic Quarter is considered the most famous area in Barcelona.  It is located in the heart of the old city, surrounded by La Rambla to the West, Plaça de Catalunya to the North, Via Laietana to the East and Barceloneta and the  beautiful beach seafront to the South.  Most of the Quarter dates back to the Medieval times, with its labyrinth of narrow streets closed to regular traffic.  The area is packed with a variety of beautiful sites, including the lovely Plaça Reial next to the Rambla, the Plaça Sant James with its City Hall and presidential palace towards the center, and the Cathedral of Santa Eulàlia also known as Barcelona’s Cathedral to the North.La Sagrada FamíliaLa Sagrada Família is perhaps one of the most  famous work of Antoni Gaudí, set in the heart of the Eixample district.  The construction of this large Roman Catholic church started in 1883 in a unique to the artist mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau style and is still unfinished today.  The Sagrada Família with its remarkable architecture is consider a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting millions of visitors each year.La RamblaLa Rambla is a one of the most vibrant and busy streets in the heart of Barcelona, popular with both locals and tourists.  This partly pedestrian avenue, is packed with top hotels, great restaurants, terraced cafes and a variety of entertainment.  It is over one kilometre long, going from Plaça de Catalunya towards the North to the Christopher Columbus’s statue and Maremàgnum towards the South, as well as separating the Barri Gòtic to the east and El Raval to the west. MontjuïcMontjuïc is Barcelona’s best known hill.  It is located to the southwest of the city centre offering spectacular views over the harbour and the old city.  The northern end of the park is home to various museums and galleries including the Fundancio Joan Miró, the Museu Arqueologic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.EixampleThe Eixample is one of Barcelona’s most sought after districts.  It is located to the north of the Old Town starting at the Plaça de Catalunya.  It is packed with the city’s most luxurious hotels, great shopping boutiques and trendy restaurants. The Eixample was constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has become famous as the home of many of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces including the Casa Milà and La Sagrada Família.Park GüellPark Güell is considered Barcelona’s most beautiful park, attracting millions of visitors each year.  It is located on the residential district of Gràcia, north of the Eixample, on the El Carmel hill and offers breathtaking views over the whole city.  The park is another masterpiece of the famous Catalan artist Antoni Gaudí, built between 1900 to 1914, and today considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The park’s main highlights include the two remarkable buildings at its entrance as well as the main terrace with its serpent shaped bench.Plaça de EspañaPlaça d’Espanya is another of Barcelona’s main squares, packed with various statues and a fountain at its heart.  It was built in 1929 for Barcelona’s International Exhibition.  The Plaça is home to the grandiose bullring which has been converted into a shopping center.  On the southern end of the square lies the 47 m tall Venetian Towers, the entrance to the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina which leads to the Palau Nacional and the Montjuïc Park. Barcelona BeachBarcelona famous Beaches are considered one of the world’s best urban beaches according to National Geographic.  The city is blessed with no less than seven beaches starting at the Port Vell and Barcelonetea to the west and going way pass the Port Olympic on the Eastern Side of the city.  The oldest, the most popular and the closest to the town center include Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches, both more than a kilometre wide.  As for the other beaches, they are a bit smaller, usually less crowded and built for the 1992 Summer Olympics. Parc de la CiutadellaThe Parc de la Ciutadella is a beautiful park located on the Eastern side of the Old City, next to the remarkable  Estació de França.  It is one of the biggest green area in the city center with no less than 70 acres, making it a perfect place to relax away from the city buzz.  It is home to the Barcelona Zoo, the Parliament of Catalonia, a lake, various museums, as well as a spectacular fountain designed by Josep Fontserè.Flights to BarcelonaThe best way to get to Barcelona is through the Barcelona international airport which is located some 20km west of the city centre.  The airport is served by over 100 airlines including many low cost brands and offers direct flights to some 170 cities.Check out the latest flight deals to Barcelona.
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Amsterdam Video and Map:
Following our article about the Top 10 attractions and hotels of Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most visited destinations, comes the HD video and the Interactive Map Application.  The Amsterdam Interactive Map Application is a full screen experience which include an interactive Google map, an interactive content slideshow, an image slider with high quality photographs and a video player section.TopicsAmsterdam HD videoIntroductionAmsterdam Interactive MapAmsterdam HD Video captionAmsterdam Interactive MapLearn about Amsterdam’s top attractions and hotels with the Amsterdam Interactive Map Application.  Launch the Amsterdam Interactive Map full browse experience now.Amsterdam HD Video captionThe following is the Amsterdam video caption :Amsterdam: city of BikesAmsterdam: city of CanalsAmsterdam: city of BoatsAmsterdam: city of MuseumsAmsterdam: city of CoffeeshopsAmsterdam: city of the Red Light districtAmsterdam: city of FinanceAmsterdam: Capital cityAmsterdam: Historic cityAmsterdam: Top touristic destinationAmsterdam: the city of BikesAmsterdam is the city of Bikes.  Indeed it is considered the Bicycling Capital of Europe with no less than 600,000 bikes for a population of 750, 000 people.  As it is not a city meant for cars, with plenty of canals and narrow streets, the best option to explore its numerous sites is by foot or by bike.  Those  famous Amsterdam  Bicycles come in a variety of colors and shapes, and are used by almost everyone from young to old, local and tourist.Amsterdam: the city of CanalsAmsterdam is the city of Canals.  It is often called the Venice of the North, with its important Canal Ring, with hundreds of kilometers of canals and no less than 1, 500 bridges.  Those famous canals  or “Grachtengordel”, where built during the 17th century and had since become a UNESCO World Heritage site.Amsterdam: the city of BoatsWith so many canals, it is no wonder that Amsterdam is also known as the city of Boats.  Indeed the city is packed with a variety of boats of all shapes and size, from grandiose yachts next to the port to the smaller romantic dinner boats on the canals, one of the most authentic Amsterdam experience.   The city is also home to the Houseboat Museum which let visitors explore the inside of a real houseboat.Amsterdam: the city of MuseumsAmsterdam is the city of Museums.  Indeed it is considered the cultural and creative centre of the Netherlands.  Many of the city’s most popular museums are located next to the Museumplein square on the Southern end of the canal belt.  Those include the Rijksmuseum, known as the Dutch national museum with its large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age, and the Van Gogh Museum with the world’s largest collection of that artist’s paintings including famous masterpieces such as the Bedroom in Arles and The Potato Eaters.  Amsterdam is also home to the Anne Frank’s House, a museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist, located on the Western side of the city center on the Prinsengracht canal.  Amsterdam: the city of Coffee ShopsAmsterdam is the city of Coffeeshops.  Indeed those Coffeeshops have become a well known city attraction with hundreds of those establishments set across the city, especially around the Old town. Each of those cafes have their own vibe and is a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.Amsterdam: the city of the Red Light districtAmsterdam is the city of the Red Light district, one of the city’s best known tourist destination.   Indeed the De Wallen area located on the eastern side of the old city is where most of the red light illuminated windows are located, with girls offering their services. Amsterdam: the city of FinanceAmsterdam is the city of Finance.  Indeed it is the Financial centre of the Netherlands as well as one of the most important one in Europe.  It has many multinational companies headquartered in the city, as well as being home to the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, known as the oldest stock exchange in the world.  Amsterdam: capital cityAmsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.  It is the country’s biggest city located within the province of North Holland.  Amsterdam is packed with some great attractions, from its central Dam square to its amazing museums passing by its charming Canal Ring. Amsterdam: Historic cityAmsterdam is a Historic city.  Indeed the history of Amsterdam goes back to the 12th century when fishermen settled next to the Amstel river.  The city came to prominence during the 17th-century, known as the Dutch Golden Age, when it became one of the biggest international ports.  It was also during those great commercial years that Amsterdam built its famous canals and became the leading center for finance and diamonds.Amsterdam: Top touristic destinationAmsterdam is considered one of the best and most popular destinations in Europe.  It has so much to offer its visitors,  from a wonderful architecture to a unique system of canals, passing by world class entertainment.  The city is also known for being a really welcoming place, with most of its residents speaking good English and  being very friendly. For an exciting holiday break, packed with  culture, history and great places to shop, party or chillout, Amsterdam is the perfect destination.
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Top 10 Barcelona:
Barcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the north eastern part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, culture, sport or lifestyle.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada. Book a Barcelona holiday now or check out the latest hotel deals in Barcelona, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Barcelona attractionsFlights to BarcelonaTop 10 Barcelona hotelsBarcelona imagesTop 10 Barcelona attractionsBarcelona is a truly unique place in Spain.  It is famous for its outstanding architecture, mostly known for Gaudi’s breathtaking masterpieces such as the iconic Sagrada Família cathedral, as well as for its vibrant café culture and nightlife on and around the Ramblas.  The top 10 Barcelona attractions include: La Sagrada FamíliaLa RamblaMontjuïcEixampleBarcelona’s Museu PicassoPark GüellPlaça de CatalunyaMuseu Nacional d’art de CatalunyaPlaça de EspañaBarcelona BeachLa Sagrada FamíliaLa Sagrada Família is perhaps one of the famous work of Antoni Gaudí, set in the heart of the Eixample district.  The construction of this large Roman Catholic church started in 1883 in a unique to the artist mix of Gothic and Art Nouveau style and is still unfinished today.  The Sagrada Família with its remarkable architecture is consider a UNESCO World Heritage Site attracting millions of visitors each years.La RamblaLa Rambla is a one of the most vibrant and busy streets in the heart of Barcelona, popular with both locals and tourists.  This partly pedestrian avenue, is packed with top hotels, great restaurants, terraced cafes and a variety of entertainments.  It is over one kilometre long, going from Plaça de Catalunya towards the North to Christopher Columbus’s monument and Maremàgnum towards the South, as well as separating the Barri Gòtic to the east and El Raval to the west. La Rambla can be really crowded, especially during the peak summer season as it has become one of Barcelona’s key landmarks.MontjuïcMontjuïc is Barcelona’s best known hill.  It is located to the southwest of the city centre offering spectacular views over the harbour and the city center.  There are various sites that can be found on the Montjuïc hill including several fortifications such as the Castell de Montjuïc at its highest point and the Montjuïc Olympic Stadium towards the western side.  The northern end of the park is also home to various museums and galleries including the Fundancio Joan Miró, the Museu Arqueologic and the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya.EixampleThe Eixample is one of Barcelona’s most south after districts.  It is located to the north of the Old Town starting at the Plaça de Catalunya.  It is packed to the city’s most luxurious hotels, great shopping boutiques and trendy restaurants, especially around the Passeig de Gracia, the neighbourhood’s main avenue with its lovely street lamps designed by Pere Falques.  The Eixample was constructed in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and has become famous as the home of many of Gaudi’s architectural masterpieces including the Casa Milà and La Sagrada Família.Barcelona’s Museu PicassoThe Museu Picasso is home to the largest collections of artworks by Spain’s most renowned artist.  Located within the medieval palaces in the heart of Ciutat Vella, it has become one of Barcelona’s most famous and most visited museums. It first opened in 1963, with most of the original collection donated by Picasso’s lifelong friend, Jaume Sabartés, with some 574 of the artist works.  Today there are more 3,500 items to be seen as part of the permanent collection, many showing Picasso’s relationship with the city of Barcelona.Park GüellPark Güell is considered Barcelona’s most beautiful park, attracting millions of visitors each year.  It is located on the residentially district of Gràcia, north of the Eixample, on the El Carmel hill and offers breathtaking views over the whole city of Barcelona.  The park is another masterpiece of the famous Catalan artist Antoni Gaudí, built between 1900 to 1914, and today considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  The park’s main highlights include the two remarkable buildings at the entrance of the park as well as the main terrace and its serpent shaped bench.Plaça de CatalunyaPlaça de Catalunya  is Barcelona’s largest and most famous Square.  Perfectly Located between the vibrant Barri Gòtic district and its famous Rambla to the South and the classy Eixample towards the North.  It is filled with some amazing fountains and statues at its heart, and surrounded by grandiose hotels and shopping centres.  It has become one of the meeting place with locals, as well as the departure spot for the Barcelona Airport shuttle.Museu Nacional d’art de CatalunyaThe Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya also often known as MNAC is one of Catalonia best known museum of visual art .  It is situated at the southern end of the grandiose Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina within the Northern side of the beautiful Montjuïc hill, offering great views over the Plaça de España and the remaining of Sants-Montjuc district.  The museum is set within the lovely Palau Nacional since 1990 and offers a variety of art collections including Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque style, as well as a coinage, medals and Photography Department.Plaça de EspañaPlaça d’Espanya is another of Barcelona’s main squares.  It is located at the junctions of some of the city’s best know roads including Avinguda del Parallel and Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. The square offers numerous statues and a fountain at its hearts, built in 1929 for Barcelona’s International Exhibition.  The Plaça is home to the grandiose bullring which has been converted into a shopping center.  On the southern end of the square lies the 47 m tall Venetian Towers, the entrance to the Avinguda de la Reina Maria Cristina which leads to the Palau Nacional and the Montjuïc Park. Barcelona BeachBarcelona wouldn’t be the same without its famous Beaches.  Indeed they are considered on the world’s best urban beaches according to National Geographic.  The city is blessed with not less than seven beaches starting at the Port Vell and Barcelonetea on the west side and going way pass the Port Olympic on the Eastern Side of the city.  The oldest, the most popular and the closest to the town center include Sant Sebastià and Barceloneta beaches, both more than a kilometre wide.  As for the other beaches, including Nova Icària, Bogatell, Mar Bella, Nova Mar Bella and Llevant, they are a bit smaller, usually less crowded and opened since the 1992 Summer Olympics. Flights to BarcelonaThe best way to get to Barcelona is through the Barcelona international airport which is located some 20km west of the city centre.  The airport is served by over 100 airlines including many low cost brands and offers direct flights to some 170 cities.Check out the latest flight deals to Barcelona.An excellent way to visit the top attractions around Barcelona and within Catalonia is to rent a car from the Barcelona airport. Check out the latest car rental deals in Barcelona airport.Top 10 Barcelona hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Barcelona as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Barcelona smarter Hotel Booking. Grand Hotel CentralVia Layetana, 30, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain 08003 – 4 Stars Grand by both name and nature, this is a new modernist’s heaven hotel and located in one of the best spots in central Barcelona. Designed to appeal to the new wave of young professional tourists, the Grand Hotel Central hides its minimalist yet warm decor behind an original 1920s facade, adding a touch of style and nostalgia to the property. Large rooms are perfectly furnished and aim to provide maximum comfort with modern facilities, including Wi-Fi and designer toiletries. The rooftop pool is the literal crowning glory of the hotel, complete with spacious deck and loungers. Book a room at the Grand Hotel Central now, best price guaranteed.Bagues HotelLa Rambla 105, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 8001 – 5 Stars Located near the city center of Barcelona, Bagues Hotel is convenient for guests who want to explore the city. The art deco hotel style is exquisitely decorated to make your stay a unique and pleasant experience.  Bagues Hotel has a Brasserie where guests can relax and enjoy their meals and also a business center for those who are on business trip. Fitness room, sauna and Jacuzzi are available at the hotel. Nearby the area is Boqueria Market (Mercat de la Boqueria). For an accommodation with prime location, Bagues Hotel is a great choice. Book a room at the Bagues Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Grupotel Gran Via 678Avda. Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes , 678, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain 8010 – 4 Stars Situated on one of Barcelona’s main avenues, this luxury 4-star hotel blends elegant design with modern comfort and convenience. The Grupotel Gran Via 678 Hotel is within easy walking distance of Passeig de Garcia, Ramblas and Plaza Catalunya. There are 98 spacious guest bedrooms, each offering contemporary styling and essential mod cons such as air conditioning and Wi-Fi Internet. The hotel’s dining option which blends Mediterranean cuisine with international cuisine is highly rated, while the bar is an ideal spot for a casual drinks and snacks. Business travelers will find premium business services in the hotel. After a long day of work or exploring, the large outdoor swimming pool provides an ideal way to unwind. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at the Grupotel Gran Via 678 Hotel. Book a room at the Grupotel Gran Via 678 now, best price guaranteed.Jazz HotelPelai 3, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 8001 – 3 Stars This economy class hotel, situated in the city center, is located within walking distance to the Old City. A location 15-kilometers from the airport makes this hotel perfect for international travelers. Guests will enjoy easy access to a massive amount of historical, cultural, and tourist attractions, including the Ramblas, Olympic Village, and La Sagrada Familia Church. The Liceo Theatre, Plaza Real, Guell Park, and the Picasso Museum are also within easy reach. The hotel features 108 modern rooms that are designed with a unique European theme that uses pastel hues and intricate patterns to promote relaxation. The Jazz Hotel is perfect for travelers that want affordable accommodation in the Old City. Book a room at the Jazz Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel MontecarloLa Rambla, 124, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 08002 – 4 Stars Guests will find all of the finest amenities in each of the 50 rooms in this popular 4-star hotel. Guests will find internet access – LAN, in room safe, bathrobes waiting in each room. The hotel boasts bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Please enter your dates on our secure online booking form to make a reservation at Hotel Montecarlo Barcelona. Book a room at the Hotel Montecarlo now, best price guaranteed.Eurostars Grand Marina Gl HotelMoll de Barcelona WTC, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain 08039 – 5 Stars Perfectly located by the sea with the view of Barcelona, the 5-star hotel sits in the World Trade Center building. The elegant yet modern hotel is right across the road from La Rambla and a few minutes away from the Gothic Quarter. Plaza Catalunya and Cruise terminals are also within a short distance. With Drassanes Underground station close by, guest can get around the city and come back to the hotel with no difficulties. With excellent location as well as impeccable service and dining, Eurostars Grand Marina Hotel should definitely be considered when travelling to Barcelona. Book a room at the Eurostars Grand Marina Gl Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Moderno HotelC/ Hospital 11, La Rambla, Barcelona, Spain 8001 – 3 Stars This recently-refurbished hotel is in the center of the Las Ramblas district of Barcelona. The Moderno Hotel is a value-for-money option, that offers visitors to this magnificent city, the chance to stay right in the heart of the action. Rooms and suites are contemporary and functional, with bright colors, spacious en-suites, and modern amenities. Exploring the delights of Barcelona is easy, a short walk brings visitors to the Gothic Quarter, where the magnificent Barcelona Cathedral is located, and also the Picasso Museum. Further reaches of the city are easily accessed via the Metro, with the nearest stop just two minutes from the hotel. For those who can’t bear to be away from the beach, Barcelona’s beaches are as good as any found on the rest of the coast, and are popular with locals and tourists alike. Ask at the reception for travel directions. Book a room at the Moderno Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Soho HotelGran Vía, 543-545, Eixample, Barcelona, Spain 08011 – 3 Stars Soho Hotel combines high technology with high style to create the perfect atmosphere and ultimate comfort. From the moment you enter our crystal entrance hall, you’ll know you are in a unique and innovative hotel. Designed by Alfredo Arribas, our 51 guest rooms feature minimalist fashion blended with state-of-the-art technology. The room décor is a mix of earth tones and neutral colors to radiate a soothing and relaxed aura. All rooms have free Internet access and LCD TVs. A hotel like this naturally has a great location to compliment the outstanding facilities. Soho Hotel is close to the Plaza Catalunya, Paseo de Gracia, Las Ramblas, and the Gothic neighbourhood. If you are looking for an innovative and 21st century hotel in Barcelona, you won’t find anything more advanced, stylish, or comfortable as Soho Hotel Book a room at the Soho Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Majestic Hotel & Spa BarcelonaPasseig de Gracia 68, Eixample, Barcelona, Spain 08007 – 5 Stars This hotel is ideally situated right in the heart of Barcelona amid the designer shops and trendy art galleries of the Passeig de Gracia district. The hotel houses an impressive 303 guest rooms which offer good views of the local area and come with modern amenities and spacious bathrooms. The Majestic Hotel also features a range of leisure activities including a swimming pool, fitness center and the excellent Majestic Spa which offers guests soothing massages and a relaxing sauna. The hotel also serves and excellent buffet style breakfast with delicious fresh coffee and there are plenty of local cafes and bars in the vicinity to sample. Book a room at the Majestic Hotel & Spa Barcelona now, best price guaranteed.H10 Montcada HotelVia Laietana, 24, Ciutat Vella, Barcelona, Spain 08003 – 4 Stars Centrally located, the hotel provides 89 comfortable guest rooms and is situated in the famous Gothic Quarter. The 4-star hotel is 15 km from the Barcelona International Airport and a short walk from many sightseeing attractions, such as Plaza de Catalunya, Passeig de Gracia, Picasso Museum, Gran Theatre del Liceu, and Las Ramblas, which is the famous shopping street. The Cathedral is just behind the hotel. The onsite restaurant features Mediterranean cuisine. The hotel is an excellent choice for travelers seeking modern accommodation that is very close to the attractions in central Barcelona. Book a room at the H10 Montcada Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Barcelona images
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Top 10 Amsterdam:
Amsterdam is considered one of the best destinations in Europe.  It has so much to offer its visitors from a wonderful architecture to a unique system of canals, passing by great entertainment.  It is the capital of the Netherlands, located within the province of North Holland and the country’s biggest city.  It is the Financial centre of the Netherlands as well as one of the most important in Europe, with many multinational headquarters in the city as well as being home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.  Amsterdam is also considered the dominant cultural and creative centre of the country packed with various museums and art galleries.  The city has a population of 750k inhabitants, with most of them speaking very good English, being very friendly and welcoming.The history of Amsterdam goes back to the 12th century when fishermen settled next to the Amstel river.  In fact its name is derived from Amstelredamme, which can be translated to a dam in the river Amstel.  The city came to prominence during the 17th-century, known as the Dutch Golden Age, mainly due to its innovative developments in trade, which quickly made it one of the biggest international ports.  It was also during those great commercial years that Amsterdam built its famous canals and became the leading center for finance and diamonds.For a cultural and historic visit or a great a place to shop, party or chillout, Amsterdam is the perfect destination for an exciting holiday.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Amsterdam attractionsDistricts of AmsterdamFligtsh to AmsterdamTop 10 Amsterdam hotelsAmsterdam imagesTop 10 Amsterdam attractionsAmsterdam is packed with some great attractions, from its central Dam square to amazing museums such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, passing by its charming Canal Ring.  The Top 10 Amsterdam attractions include:RijksmuseumVan Gogh MuseumAnne Frank HouseDam SquareCanal RingStedelijk MuseumHermitage AmsterdamAmsterdam MuseumDe Wallen DistrictCoffeeshopsRijksmuseumThe Rijksmuseum is perhaps the best known museum in the city of Amsterdam.  It is located at the Southern end of the central canal belt, next to the Museumplein square, where many of the city’s art museums are located.   This Dutch national museum is dedicated to arts, crafts, and history, offering a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.  Some of its key artist include Jacob van Ruysdael, Frans Hals, Johannes Vermeer, Jan Steen and Rembrandt.Van Gogh MuseumThe Van Gogh Museum is another cultural landmark of Amsterdam, offering the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings.  The museum was built in 1962 by the state-initiated Vincent van Gogh Foundation.   The permanent exhibition shows the various phases of Van Gogh’s artistic life including the famous painting of The Potato Eaters, Bedroom in Arles, The Yellow House, Still Life: Vase with Twelve Sunflowers and  nine of the artist’s Self-Portraits.Anne Frank HouseThe Anne Frank House is the famous museum dedicated to the Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank.  The museum is set in the actual house where she and her family hid from the Nazi persecution in tiny rooms at the back of the building.  The museum is located on the Western side of the city center on the Prinsengracht canal.  The Achterhuis or the hiding place can be visited as well as an exhibition on the life and times of Anne Frank.Dam SquareThe Dam Square located in the heart of the Old City at the end of the Nieuwmarkt and Damrak street is considered the ultimate centre of Amsterdam.  It is home to some remarkable buildings including the Koninklikj Paleis and the Nieuwe Kerk on the western side, the well known Hotel Krasnapolsky on the eastern side and the famous Madame Tussauds attraction on the Southern Side.Canal RingThe Canal Ring is perhaps one of the most authentic Amsterdam attraction.  Those famous canals  or “Grachtengordel”, where built during the 17th century to attract wealthy home owners.  It has became a UNESCO World Heritage site in  2010 and still is considered one of the city’s richest neighbourhood with plenty of Dutch celebrities living there.Stedelijk MuseumThe Stedelijk is a Museum for classic modern and contemporary art.  It is located along other great art buildings on the Museum Square Museumplein next to the Van Gogh Museum.  It sits in a Neo-Renaissance style building with original red brick designed by architect Adriaan Willem Weissman.  It is currently being renovated and expects the grand reopening in 2012, with some thought-provoking contemporary art collections.Hermitage AmsterdamThe Hermitage Amsterdam is a lovely museum displaying two permanent collections including one about the Netherlands–Russia relations and the other about the history of the building Amstelhof.  It is a dependency of the Russian Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg.  It is located on the eastern side of Amsterdam  central on the Amstel river. Amsterdam MuseumThe Amsterdam Museum is a museum about the history of Amsterdam located in the heart of the old city.  It opened at its current  location in 1975, taking over a in building built in 1580 and originally served as Amsterdam’s orphanage.  The museum exhibits various items related to the history of Amsterdam, from the Middle Ages all up to the present time.  It displays no less than 70,000 objects kept in various buildings and storage areas, with about a third of those photographed and made available online to the public. De Wallen DistrictDe Wallen also best known as the Amsterdam’s red-light district has become one of the city’s best known tourist destination.  Located in the eastern side of the old city it is where most of the red lights illuminated windows are, where girls offer their services. The district also offers an abundance of other unique attractions including numerous sex theatres, a sex museum and a cannabis museum.CoffeeshopsThe Coffeeshops has became another well known institution in Amsterdam with hundreds of those establishments set across the city, especially around the Old town. Each of those cafes have their own vibe and is a perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing.Districts of AmsterdamAmsterdam is divided into various districts and neighbourhoods, with the most popular around the city center and the canal belts.  Those include:Old CentreJoordan and Western CanalsSouthern Canal BeltEastern CanalsOld Centre The Old Centre is by far the most touristic area of Amsterdam.  It was historically the   mediaeval centre of the city and still offers plenty of beautiful architecture.  The Old Center includes the Central Station to the North, the Wallen District to the East, the Amsterdam Museum to the South  and the Dam Square at its heart.  The streets of  Nieuwmarkt and Damrak are also some of the busiest in the Old Centre packed with various boutiques, shops and restaurants.Joordan and Western CanalsThe Joordan and Western Canals is as its name suggest located to the West of the city center. What was once a more traditional working class area has became a trendy neighbourhood with various hip boutiques, restaurants and art galleries.  It is where the Anna Frank museum and the lovely Westerkek church are located.Southern Canal BeltThe end of the Southern Canal Belt is where the Museum Quarter is located, home to Amsterdam’s best known museums including the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk and the Rijksmuseum.  The  Museumplein and the Vondelpark nearby is a good place to relax or enjoy a pick nick during the summer time.  As for the western side of the Southern Canal Belt, especially around the Leidseplein Square, it is an excellent place to go out, packed with exciting cafes, restaurants and bars.Eastern CanalsThe Eastern Canals refers to the area east of the city center, and combines the district of Nieuwmarkt and Plantage.  The Nieuwmarkt area is known for its vibrant Nieuwmarkt square packed with terraced cafes towards the north,  and the Rembrandthuis and the Museum of Jewish history towards the South.  As for the Plantage distinct located further east it is considered an extension of the Canal Ring and is home to the Hortus Botanicus, the botanical gardens and the Artis Zoo. Flights to AmsterdamThe best way to get to Amsterdam is through the Amsterdam Schiphol international airport (IATA: AMS).  It is located some 15 km south-west of the city centre with a 20 minutes train transfer operating couple of times an hour to Amsterdam Central Station.  Schiphol is considered one of the busiest airports in the world, with great connections within Europe as well as North America.  It is served by various airlines including AirFrance, KLM, Delta Air Lines, British Airways as well as low-cost carriers such as Transavia and Easyjet.  The airport is also home to the Rijksmuseum Schiphol branch, worth having a look while waiting for your flight. Check out the latest flight deals to Amsterdam.Top 10 Amsterdam hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Amsterdam as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Amsterdam smarter Hotel Booking. Ambassade HotelHerengracht 341, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 4 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature non smoking rooms, daily newspaper, desk. Also to be found at the hotel are room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as spa at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Ambassade Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Dylan HotelKeizersgracht 384, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1016 GB – 5 Stars This is a trendy and chic hotel suitable for business and pleasure and located in the famous Keizersgracht. The 41 guestrooms of the Dylan Hotel are individually decorated and conceptualized. Enjoy French cuisine from the onsite restaurant Vinkeles. Be sure to finish up a swanky dinner with a post-meal drink from Bar Barbou. The hotel’s location on the Keizersgracht provides guests with close proximity to other popular venues such as the many canals that flow through the city. Boat rental is available for cruising along the canal while the bike rental allows guests to join the masses in travelling around the city. An added bonus is that the hotel has a fully equipped fitness center available for the more health conscious guests. Book a room at the Dylan Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hampshire Beethoven HotelBeethovenstraat 43, Oud Zuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1077 HN – 3 Stars Whether on business or holiday, each of the 52 rooms at this 3-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are hair dryer, separate shower and tub, coffee/tea maker, air conditioning. Also to be found at the hotel are room service, safety deposit boxes, shops. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Hampshire Beethoven Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel EsthereaSingel 303-309, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012WJ – 4 Stars All rooms have non smoking rooms, mini bar, desk as well as other amenities. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find bar/pub, elevator, meeting facilities on-site. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as gym at this hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Estherea. Book a room at the Hotel Estherea now, best price guaranteed.Best Western Blue Square HotelSlotermeerlaan 80, Geuzenveld / Slotermeer, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 3 Stars Each room includes inhouse movies, air conditioning, hair dryer. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Best Western Blue Square Hotel. Book a room at the Best Western Blue Square Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hilton Amsterdam HotelApollolaan 138, Oud Zuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 5 Stars This hotel has a particular claim to fame as the location of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1969 bed-in for peace. Guests are within walking distance to the old city, Vondelpark, the famed Van Gogh Museum and the Rijks Museum. Also catering to the business traveller, the hotel is just 15 minutes from the airport and with 21 meeting rooms. It is easy to feel comfortable in the large, bright, and airy rooms with large opening windows to garden, city or river views. Enjoy top-notch Italian dining in the award-winning Roberto’s Restaurant or sit back and relax with a beer or cocktail in the Half Moon Lounge, complete with marina views. Near a great many restaurants and tourist attractions, Hilton Amsterdam maintains the level of luxury and elegance that is expected by the Hilton chain name. Book a room at the Hilton Amsterdam Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Best Western Delphi HotelApollolaan 101-105, Oud Zuid, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1077 AN – 4 Stars Situated in a residential area of the city, guests will enjoy the close proximity to many tourists hotspots and the distance away from the noise. Guests of the Delphi Hotel are treated to televisions, en-suite bathrooms and telephones. The breakfast room serves a continental breakfast daily for guests. The Museum Quarter and RAI exhibition center is located very close to the hotel so sightseeing should be an easy task. After a long day of venturing around the city, retire to the cocktail bar for a few evening drinks and relaxation. The parking facilities, lobby lounge and room services make for an enjoyable stay at the Delphi Hotel. Book a room at the Best Western Delphi Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Novotel Amsterdam City HotelEuropa Boulevard 10, Zuideramstel, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1083 AD – 4 Stars A four-star hotel just out of the center, close to the Amsterdam RAI Events Centre. Close proximity to the international airport makes the Novotel Amsterdam Hotel a popular choice amongst both business visitors, and those enjoying a weekend away in Amsterdam. Like all the Novotel Hotels, rooms are modern and well-appointed, matched by prompt, friendly service. For those wishing to dine in, the hotel’s in-house restaurant serves up a wide choice of traditional and contemporary cuisine in a relaxed, informal atmosphere. Trips in to town are painless, with the tram and train passing close by, taking just 15 minutes to arrive in the center. Be sure to check with the reception staff regarding what’s on and where, as the city host any number of events, year-round, from outdoor concerts and exhibitions, to sporting events and festivals. Book a room at the Novotel Amsterdam City Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Eden Leidse Square Amsterdam HotelNassaukade 387-390, Oud-West, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 3 Stars Balcony/terrace, hair dryer, in room safe, desk are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Also to be found at the hotel are shops, bar/pub, 24hr room service. Unwind after your day with a choice of garden – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Eden Leidse Square Amsterdam Hotel. Book a room at the Eden Leidse Square Amsterdam Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre HotelNieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, Amsterdam-Centrum, Amsterdam, Netherlands – 4 Stars Combining a spot-on location with modern comfort and first-rate service, Crowne Plaza City Centre Hotel is an ideal base from which to explore Amsterdam. The hotel is located near Dam Square and Central Station and is surrounded by the city’s most exciting cultural sights and museums, shops, bars and restaurants. There are 270 rooms and suites, warmly decorated and furnished with all that’s required for a comfortable stay. Guests can eat at Dorrius Brassiere, which serves traditional Dutch cuisine and the relaxed Amsterdammer bar and patio, both of which have excellent reputations for food and service. Facilities include a well-equipped business and conference center, indoor pool, kids’ suites, sauna and gym. Book a room at the Crowne Plaza Amsterdam City Centre Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Amsterdam images
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Hospitalet de l’Infant:
Hospitalet de l’Infant is a lovely coastal town within the vacation friendly Costa Dorada.  It is located only a few kilometres from Tarragona and some 125 kilometres South of Barcelona,  Catalonia’s region capital.  The city dates back to the 14th century when a hospital was built to house pilgrims and from where the current town name comes from.  Today only a wall and a tower remains of the hospital.Hospitalet de l’Infant is a set in astonishing natural beauty, with a long coastline offering golden sand, beautiful shallow and clean waters and amazing mountains in the backdrop.  Along the bay, is a long boardwalk, ideal for relaxing and romantic walks.  The city also host a lovely marina, separating the towns two main beaches, the Hospitalet de l’Infant bay to the West and Crystal beach to the East.  The region is mostly alive during the summer months where plenty of tourists flock in, to enjoy the great weather and fantastic beaches.  It is also when the town host its various shows, and musical events, making it a great place to stay with family, keeping children entertained.  Off season, the region is relatively quiet, making it an ideal destination for those looking for peace, privacy and great holiday deals, yet enjoying an idyllic location.  To enjoy a relaxing holiday or discover the surrounding areas, with a small and friendly vibe, Hospitalet de l’Infant is an ideal place to be.TopicsIntroductionAbout Costa DoradaFlights to Hospitalet de l’InfantTop Hospitalet de l’Infant hotelsHospitalet de l’Infant imagesAbout Costa DoradaThe Costa Dorada which can be literally translated to the "Golden Coast" is set in the beautiful region of Catalonia within the province of Tarragona.  It is situated south from Barcelona stretching over 200 kilometres between Cunit and the mouth of the Ebro River. This amazing coastal region is home to many great beach resorts, the Universal Port Aventura, the Aquopolis water park and trendy seafront towns with a vibrant nightlife. It is perhaps the most popular shopping location along the various coastal regions offering visitors more that they can bargain for.  From the world’s top designer brands in Barcelona to the local boutiques in Tarragona, passing by Cambrils traditional markets, Costa Dorada has something for every taste and budget.Flights to Hospitalet de l’InfantThe best way to get to Hospitalet de l’Infant is through the Barcelona international airport which is located some 125 km north of the city centre.  The airport is served by over 100 airlines including many low cost brands and offers direct flights to some 170 cities.Check out the latest flight deals to Barcelona. An excellent way to get from Barcelona to Hospitalet de l’Infant is to rent a car from the Barcelona airport. Check out the latest car rental deals in Barcelona airport.Vistamar HotelCarrer del Mar22, Tarragona, Spain 43890 – 3 Stars Vistamar is a lovely hotel located in the beautiful coastal city of L’Hospitalet de l’Infant.  The hotel is right on the beach, with direct access from the pool area and offers spectacular views of the bay.  The room are very clean and most of them have a balcony with sea views.  All rooms have internet access, in room safe, television as well as other amenities.  The restaurant is nicely decorated with good service and food.  With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll definitely enjoy your stay at Vistamar. Finally the price was very reasonable, making the Vistamar excellent value for money. Book a room at the Vistamar hotel now, best price guaranteed.To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates within the Costa Dorada region, you may visit our partner site Agoda Tarragona smarter Hotel Booking. Hospitalet de l’Infant images
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Top 10 Valencia:
Valencia is the capital and largest city of the Autonomous Community of Valencia on the Eastern side of Spain bordering the Mediterranean Sea.  It is located some three hours east of Madrid and four hours south of Barcelona.  The city is famous for its Fallas Festival in March as well as being the birthplace of the paella, one of the most popular traditional Spanish dishes.  Valencia is home to various key sites including many within in its charming old city filled with narrow streets, small squares and churches.  Its most known attraction is perhaps the City of Arts and Sciences, an avant-garde museum complex with a remarkable piece of  architecture.  Valencia is often referred to as the city of flowers as it is very well equipped in various green spaces and beautiful gardens.  The most impressive of those parks is the Turia gardens, passing through the heart of the city where the river used to flow.  It is the perfect place to enjoy various leisure and sport activities with friends and family.Being one of the world’s most historical and intriguing cities, packed with a variety of sites to be discovered, it is no wonder Valencia is one of the top touristic cities in attracting millions of visitors each year.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Valencia attractionsFlights to ValenciaTop 10 Valencia hotelsValencia imagesTop 10 Valencia attractionsValencia is blessed with a variety of cultural and historic sites such as the Cathedral, the Serranos Towers, the Plaza del Mercado and the remarkable City of Arts and Sciences complex.  The Top 10 Valencia attractions include:Ciutat de les Arts i les CiènciesCathedral of ValenciaBarri del Carme Plaça de l’AjuntamentTuria gardensPlaza del MercadoLonja de la SedaPlaça de la Verge Torres de SerranosMuseu de Belles Arts San Pío V Ciutat de les Arts i les CiènciesThe Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències is the futuristic City of Arts and Sciences museum complex, which is considered the symbol of Valencia, attracting no less than 4 million people each year.  It is located south of the historical centre next to the Turia Park, and was designed by architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela.  The complex host an IMAX theatre, a planetarium, a science museum, the largest oceanographic park in Europe,  as well as the grandiose Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, an opera house and performing arts centre.Cathedral of ValenciaThe Cathedral of Valencia known as the Iglesia Catedral-Basílica Metropolitana de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora de Valencia or just the Saint Mary’s Cathedral, is the best known church of the city.  It is located in the heart of the old town, next to the Plaza de la Virgen, a square which once served as the city’s forum during Roman times.  It was built on the site of an old Visigoth cathedral between the 13th and 15th century and consecrated to the Pere d’Albalat, the first bishop of Valencia after the Reconquista.  The Cathedral has a unique Gothic architecture with mix of Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-Classical elements.  Some of its key features include the El Miguelete bell tower and the church’s three gates including the Irons, Apostles and Palace Gate, each built in its unique style.Barri del Carme The Barri del Carme is perhaps the best known neighbourhood in the centre of the city.  It is considered the historical centre of Valencia and is packed with a variety of cultural remains including amazing buildings from the Romans and Moors times. The area is today packed with various trendy restaurants, cafes and bars, with a unique mix of people, making it the ideal place for enjoying a nice meal or an exciting night out.Plaça de l’AjuntamentThe Plaça de l’Ajuntament is considered the largest square of Valencia.  Located in the heart of the historical old town it is home to the city ‘s town hall, a classical film movie theatre as well as various terraced cafes, bars and restaurants.  The square is also a central place during the exciting festivities taking place during the Fallas Festival. Turia gardensThe Turia gardens is the largest and most equipped park of the city. Indeed it is home to an artificial lake, various sports fields, bike paths, children’s playgrounds, a fountain, and the Royal gardens.  What was once the bed of the Turia River, was converted to this massive elongated park, following severe floods in the 1960s.  The gardens run from the Parque de Cabecera in the North to the City of Arts and Sciences at the southern end, and has became the exercise and fun area of Valencia.Plaza del MercadoThe Plaza del Mercado is home to Valencia’s colourful Central Market, considered one of the largest in Europe.  It is located in the heart of the Old Town, set within an aging modernist building.  The Mercat offers a variety of fresh products from local meat and fishes to a variety of fruits and veggies. The Plaza del Mercado is also the location of the baroque designed Santos Juanes Church and the La Lonja de la Seda. La Lonja de la SedaLa Lonja de la Seda is a beautiful building located on the northern side of the Plaza del Mercado.  It used to be the centre of the local silk trade and had become a World Heritage Site since 1996.  The building is considered one of the best examples of gothic civil architecture in Europe.  It had recently been refurbished and is definitely worth visiting.Plaza de la Virgen The Plaza de la Virgen is a lovely square in the historic part of Town with the beautiful Turia fountain at its heart and surrounded by orange trees.  It is located to the north of the Plaça de la Reina and the Cathedral, and is considered a popular spot for both locals and tourist.  The square is also an important administrative and spiritual centre, home to the El Palau de la Generalitat and the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken.Torres de SerranosThe Torres de Serranos located to the north of the old town and adjacent to the Turia gardens are some remarkable medieval towers.  They were built during the 15th century as part of the ancient wall that surrounded the old city and are considered one of the largest Gothic city gateway in Europe.  They have since been massively renovated and modernized and are really worth a visit.Museu de Belles Arts San Pío V The Museu de Belles Arts San Pío V is Valencia’s Fine Arts Museum located within the 17th century Palace of the same name.  The art gallery was found in 1913 and today houses over 2,000 art works, most dating from the 14th-17th centuries.  The museum also features a section dedicated to sculpture, contemporary art and archaeological findings.  Some of its key features include the Self portrait of Diego Velázquez, St. John the Baptist by El Greco and a Madonna with Writing Child and Bishop by the Italian Renaissance master Pinturicchio. Flights to ValenciaThe best way to get to Valencia is through the city’s own airport, the Valencia international airport.  It is located less than 10 km west of the city centre and is served by various airlines including Iberia, Spanair, Lufthansa, AirFrance, AirBerlin, TuiFly, Ryanair, Transavia and Vueling.Check out the latest flight deals to Valencia.A perfect way to discover the city of Valencia is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city.Check out the latest car rental deals in Valencia.Top 10 Valencia hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Valencia as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Valencia smarter Hotel Booking. Las Arenas Balneario ResortC/Eugenia Vines, 22-24, Poblats Maritims, Valencia, Spain – 5 Stars Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 254 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. All rooms have hair dryer, air conditioning, in room safe as well as other amenities. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Valencia hotel offers 24hr room service, executive floor, shops, meeting facilities. Sauna, outdoor pool, garden are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Las Arenas Balneario Resort now, best price guaranteed.Novotel Valencia Palacio de Congresos HotelValle de Ayora 1, Campanar, Valencia, Spain 46015 – 4 Stars Every room in the hotel offers guests inhouse movies, non smoking rooms, hair dryer, ironing board. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, bar/pub, restaurant on-site. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find gym, sauna. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travelers. Book a room at the Novotel Valencia Palacio de Congresos Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Abc Bnb 2 0 HotelTaquigrafo Marti 10, Eixample, Valencia, Spain – 3 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature air conditioning, shower, hair dryer, television. Featuring pets allowed, business centre, laundry service/dry cleaning, this Valencia hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. After a day of work or exploring, garden are some of the ways to unwind. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travelers. Book a room at the Abc Bnb 2 0 Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sh Ingles HotelC/ Marques de dos Aguas, 6, Ciutat Vella (City Center), Valencia, Spain 46002 – 3 Stars Dating from the 18th century, the boutique hotel has 63 guestrooms and is based at the Palace of the Duke of Cardona. The Melia Ingles Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of historic Valencia and is just opposite the palace of the Marqu’s de Dos Aguas. It is close to the city’s most exclusive shopping area, as well as many landmarks, such as the Gonzalez Marti National Ceramics Museum. The historic palace once belonged to the Duke and Duchess of Cardona, and has been completely renovated and decorated into a charming 19th-century English country-style hotel. The 3 star hotel allows guests the privilege of staying in a historic palace that is a short walk from the city’s main attractions. Book a room at the Sh Ingles Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Home Youth HostelLonja, 4, Ciutat Vella (City Center), Valencia, Spain – 3 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are internet access, in room safe, internet access (wireless). In addition, this property in Valencia has bar/pub. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Book a room at the Home Youth Hostel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel DimarGran Via Marques del Turia 80, Eixample, Valencia, Spain 46005 – 4 Stars Featured in each room, among other amenities, are non smoking rooms, ironing board, daily newspaper. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Valencia hotel offers business centre, shops, coffee shop. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find gym. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travelers. Book a room at the Hotel Dimar now, best price guaranteed.Barcelo Valencia HotelAvda de Francia 11, Camins al Grau, Valencia, Spain – 4 Stars Located right next to the Arts and Science Complex and only 5 minutes away from the Malvarrosa beach and historic quarter, The Barcelo Valencia Hotel features 187 well-appointed guestrooms and three themed restaurants, serving up innovative Mediterranean cuisine, breakfast buffet and new wave cuisine. There are a host of facilities on-site including a fitness room, pilates area, slimming area, massage room, wine therapy, chocolaterapy, Cyber Corner, offices and meeting rooms. Guests can also take advantage of the hotel’s free WiFi and travel services. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Barcelo Valencia Hotel. Book a room at the Barcelo Valencia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sh Valencia Palace HotelPaseo De La Alameda 32, Camins al Grau, Valencia, Spain 46023 – 5 Stars Perfectly located near the arts centre and metro lines and within a manageable distance to old town, this stylish glass hotel is a safe bet. For exploring the picturesque Turia Gardens, guests here have hit the right spot. Take the garden views in from your spacious hotel room offering a range of amenities from a large TV getting BBC to state-of-the-art bathroom and lighting fixtures to big beds and comfortable, temperature controlled environs. Set on a charming rooftop terrace, the hotel pool gets plenty of sun in the summer months. It has an astro-turf flooring easy on the feet and offers excellent views of the skyline; this is a fine little spot to unwind after a day at the museums nearby or business in old town. Drop by the restaurant for a light dinner and cool, minimalist and artistic ambience. Book a room at the Sh Valencia Palace Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sercotel Sorolla Palace HotelAvda. De Las Cortes Valencianas, 58, Campanar, Valencia, Spain 46015 – 4 Stars Inaugurated in 2006, the luxury hotel offers 271 guestrooms decorated in contemporary style, and is just 20 meters from the Valencia Convention Center. The Sorollo Palace Hotel is only 15 meters from the Valencia Convention Centre and is very close to the fairgrounds. It is also a 10 minute drive to the historic centre and a 15 minute drive to the City of the Arts and Sciences. Guests can begin their day with an excellent, varied breakfast buffet. The onsite restaurant features Mediterranean and international specialties. The 4-star hotel offers its guests a warm and inviting atmosphere with modern luxuries and an excellent location right next to the convention centre. Book a room at the Sercotel Sorolla Palace Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Kris Abadia HotelAvenida Campanar, 90, Campanar, Valencia, Spain 46015 – 3 Stars The modern six-story building has 70 fully-equipped guestrooms and is located in front of the El Corte Ingles shopping mall. The Kris Abadia Hotel is 10km from the Valencia Airport. It is also just a 15 minutes drive to the City of Arts and Sciences and 10 minutes drive to the Feria de Valencia and the Exhibition Centre. Guests are in front of the La Fe Hospital and El Corte Ingles shopping mall, and very short walk from the new Turia gardens. The onsite cafeteria has affordable daily menus. The three-star hotel provides guests with modern rooms and an excellent location near both the commercial and historic area. Book a room at the Kris Abadia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Valencia images
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Benidorm:
Benidorm is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destination in Costa Blanca.  It offers a wide range of activities for both families and younger crowds, from various aquaparks to a mix of traditional Spanish and international restaurants, jazz bars and all night discos.  Perhaps Benidorm’s most popular attraction in is the four kilometres long Blue Flag beaches which include Poniente Playa on the western side and Levante Playa on the eastern side, separated by the Old City in the middle.  Moreover, a 13 million Euro promenade have recently opened which include a lovely boardwalk at beach level.Benidorm is the perfect purpose built resort town if you are looking to have fun and enjoy yourself.  It is indeed one of the perfect destinations for a stress free beach holiday.  The city offers all the amenities vacationers could wish for, combined with a safe but exciting atmosphere with an abundance of dinning and nightlife.TopicsIntroductionAbout BenidormAbout Costa BlancaFlights to BenidormTop Benidorm hotelsBenidorm imagesAbout BenidormThe city of Benidorm is most famous for its tall hotels and holiday apartment blocks some of which are over 25 floors high. Home to a large Spanish population as well as a huge retired British population, the city offers value holidays to over 5 million visitors each year. It has plenty of accommodations to fill this touristic demand with no less than 41,000 hotel beds and apartments spread across the city.  As for places to eat and drink it is not short on those either, with over 1,000 places to choose from day and night.Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Benidorm.About Costa BlancaCosta Blanca is one of the most developed touristic regions on the Spanish Coast attracting millions of European vacationers each year, with its wonderful coastline and an abundance of sea side resorts.  It is part of the Province of Alicante and includes the major tourist destinations of Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Xabia.  It is the land of beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters, friendly local people, fiestas and a vibrant nightlife.  Costa Blanca year round sunshine and numerous attractions both on the beautiful coast and in land with its numerous white washed villages, makes it a very sought after destination especially with British and other northern European vacationers. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.Flights to BenidormThe best way to get to Benidorm and Costa Blanca is through the Alicante international airport, located some 60 km south-west of the city centre. Check out the latest flight deals to Alicante.A perfect way to discover the city of Benidorm and the Costa Blanca is to rent a car from the Alicante airport or the city of Benidorm. Check out the latest car rental deals in Alicante or Benidorm city centre.Top Benidorm hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Benidorm as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Benidorm smarter Hotel Booking.  You may also check the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca.Madeira Centro HotelEsperanto,, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are shower, non smoking rooms, hair dryer, television. Other features at the hotel include restaurant, shops, bar/pub. Sauna, jacuzzi are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Madeira Centro Hotel now, best price guaranteed.La Estacion HotelAvenida de la Comunidad Europea S/N, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain – 4 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature television, separate shower and tub, air conditioning. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, concierge, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are sauna on the grounds. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the La Estacion Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Luxmar HotelAvenida Zamora 3, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain 03503 – 3 Stars Ideally located in the well known Rincón de Loix district, Luxmar Hotel is just 450 meters from Levante Beach and in the heart of entertainment and fun of Benidorm in Costa Blanca. You’re surrounded by shops, supermarkets, cinemas, bars and clubs in the area. This property offers 66 apartments which are stylishly furnished and well appointed with a range of modern amenities. The rooms are fitted with fully equipped kitchen, bathroom and large terrace, while the hotel’s complex includes a wide range of recreational facilities, including swimming pool with section for kids, solarium, cafeteria and snack bar with pool tables, television and reading room. Book a room at the Luxmar Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel AlamedaAlameda 34, Benidorm Old Town, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain – 3 Stars There are non smoking rooms, television, daily newspaper in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Benidorm – Costa Blanca hotel offers 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Hotel Alameda now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Palm BeachCalle Viena 2, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain – 4 Stars Mini bar, daily newspaper, air conditioning, desk are among the amenities guests will find in every room. In addition, this property in Benidorm – Costa Blanca has shops, meeting facilities, 24hr room service, bar/pub. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include garden, indoor pool, massage. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Palm Beach. Book a room at the Hotel Palm Beach now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Servigroup CastillaJaén, 3, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain 3503 – 4 Stars Balcony/terrace, hair dryer, non smoking rooms, in room safe are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Shops, bar/pub, elevator are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Benidorm – Costa Blanca hotel. Outdoor pool, gym are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Hotel Servigroup Castilla. Book a room at the Hotel Servigroup Castilla now, best price guaranteed.Servigroup Calypso HotelAvda. Derramador, 4, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain 03503 – 3 Stars A large property in Benidorm, the Servigroup Calypso Hotel offers spacious comfortable rooms a couple of minutes from Levante Beach. As well as the golden sands of Levante, the property is located within easy reach of lots of places to eat, drink and party, making this a lively spot ideal for fun-loving travellers. On site there is a swimming pool with a large sun terrace, as well as a garden area and a poolside bar. There is a children’s playground and entertainment is provided on the hotel’s grounds, while there is even the opportunity for free dance lessons from the Servigroup Dance Academy. Book a room at the Servigroup Calypso Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Ambassador Playa HotelGerona 29, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain – 3 Stars n room safe, hair dryer, air conditioning, television are among the amenities guests will find in every room. In addition, this property in Benidorm – Costa Blanca has elevator, 24hr room service, shops. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find jacuzzi, massage, golf course (on site) at the hotel. This charming property has long been a favourite in Benidorm – Costa Blanca for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Ambassador Playa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Servigroup Diplomatic HotelGerona, 9-11, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain 03503 – 4 Stars The Servigroup Diplomatic Hotel is a large, elongated property that offers luxury holiday facilities in a prime location in Benidorm. The hotel is close to Levante Beach, as well as within easy reach of the Plaza Triangular, Poniente Beach and the church of Saint James. On site the hotel has a restaurant serving buffet meals morning, noon and night, with a different theme for each meal. There is lots to do on the hotel’s grounds, including making use of the two adult swimming pools, while there are two pools for kids as well as a playground and games room. Book a room at the Servigroup Diplomatic Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Belroy HotelAvda. Mediterráneo, 13, Playa de Levante, Benidorm – Costa Blanca, Spain 03503 – 4 Stars The modern black and white hotel offers 125 tastefully decorated guestrooms and is just 50 meters from the beach and close to town centre. The Belroy Hotel is just a five minute walk from Benidorm’s town centre, where guests will find many restaurants, shops and bars. It is also just 50 meters from popular Levante Beach, where guests will find plenty of water sports activities. The Mediterranean market-style restaurant serves buffet meals. The rooms in the hotel have an inspired avant-garde design. The four-star hotel offers fresh, modern accommodation and a great location that is close to the resort centre and the beach. Book a room at the Belroy Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Benidorm images
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Top 10 Alicante:
Alicante is the capital and biggest city of the province of Alicante.  The city is home to a variety of historical attractions, with the majority situated within the old town, delimited by the coast and the Explanada de España to the South, the Ramblas to the west and the castle to the East.  The narrow streets of the old city are where the town hall, cathedral and old Covent are located.Perhaps the most important sight of Alicante is the Castle of Santa Barbara situated on the top of the Mount Benacantil, built in the ninth century by Muslims rulers and considered one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain.  The city host another castle on the northern part of the city centre called San Fernando.  Alicante is also home to several art museums including the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts home to excellent Spanish artworks. Alicante is part of the beautiful Costa Blanca, over 200 kilometres of coastline offering white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters and a background of mountainous region parallel to the coast.  The city remains an ideal place for a memorable holiday, full of exciting city attractions as well as plenty of great beach activities.Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Alicante.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Alicante attractionsFlights to AlicanteTop 10 Alicante hotelsAlicante imagesTop 10 Alicante attractionsAlicante once known as Lucentum or City of Light is a lovely coastal city packed with splendid beaches and parks, as well as plenty of historic sties such as castles, churches and old plazas.  The top 10 Alicante attractions worth visiting when visiting Costa Blanca include:Castle of Santa BarbaraGravina PalaceIglesia de Santa MariaCastillo de San Fernando Playa de San JuanAyuntamientoAlicante TheatreAlicante MarinaCanalejas Parkisland of TabarcaCastillo de Santa BárbaraThe Castillo de Santa Bárbara is perhaps the best known landmark of Alicante as well as one of the largest Spanish mediaeval fortresses.  Located in the heart of the city , it sits proudly on the summit of Mount Benacantil, overlooking the old town  and the marina, and offering spectacular views.  Although some believe that the fort existed for a much longer time, most of the current construction dates back to the 16th century.Gravina PalaceThe Gravina Palace  located in the heart of the old town was built between 1748 and 1808.  Today the Palace is home to the 3 floors Gravina Museum of Fine Arts, which showcases a variety of Spanish artworks.  The museum also has a very interesting video about Alicante’s history.Alicante’s other key museums include the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, hosting more than 80,000 historical pieces as well as the Asegurada Museum of Modern Art where the work of some of the world’s greatest artists including Picasso and Miró are displayed. Iglesia de Santa MariaThe Iglesia de Santa Maria or St Mary’s Church is another key site in Alicante.  It was built between the 14th and 16th centuries over the remains of an old Moorish mosque.  The cathedral was designed in a Gothic style, with some of its key features include the richly decorated Baroque portal, the Rococo style altar as well as a variety of objects of art some dating back to the 15th centuryCastillo de San FernandoThe Castillo de San Fernando is the second  splendid castle of Alicante, after Castillo de Santa Bárbara, located north of the city centre.  It was built on the Tossal hill during the 19th century and offers plenty of historical objects to be discovered.AyuntamientoThe Ayuntamiento is Alicante’s Town Hall located in the heart of town,  just behind La Explanada Park.  It is set in a baroque style building and some of its key features include the lovely 35m long twin towers as well as a remarkable chapel and plenary room.  The Town Hall also home to a statue of Dali as well as an interesting instrument that once served to measure the height above sea level.Co-Cathedral of San NicolasThe Co-Cathedral of San Nicolas is a beautiful church with a lovely blue dome, mixing renaissance and baroque style.  It is located in the heart of the old town not far from the Ayuntamiento and surrounded by a lovely garden.  It was built between the 15th and 18th centuries over the remains of a Moorish mosque and is today considered the main church of Alicante, home to the bishop’s seat.Alicante TheatreThe Alicante Theatre is one of the city’s greatest monuments showcasing a neoclassical style.  It was built in 1847 following Italian architecture of the period, with a six-columned porch on the outside and a with very richly decorated interior.  It is today one of the city’s artistic centre serving for various theatre activities as well as opera and ballet.Alicante MarinaThe Alicante Marina is perhaps one of the best known marine centre in Costa Blanca.  It is the perfect place to admire a variety of luxury yachts and pirate boats, but it is also a great entertainment and shopping centre.  Indeed the Marina of Alicante is packed with a variety of boutiques, restaurants and bars, that will contribute for an exciting experience day or night. Canalejas ParkThe Canalejas Park is Alicante’s oldest green space.  It was developed by architect Gonzolez Altus in 1886  and offers a variety of fountains and magnificent sculptures such as the stone carved  map of Spain.Playa de San JuanLa Playa de San Juan or San Juan Beach is often considered the best beach of Alicante.  It was awarded the Blue Flag beach status, making it the ideal place for swimming, sunbathing and trying some new water sports.  The playa is also equipped with all the facilities one would need including a variety of shops as well as great cafes, bars and restaurants.Island of TabarcaThe Island of Tabarca is located off the coast of Alicante and is considered the largest natural island within the region of Valencia.  The island is known to be a refuge for the pirates, who planned their invasion on the coastal villages of Costa Blanca.  Today the town if Tabarca is considered a national historic heritage with beautiful Baroque churches and other splendid monuments such as the Governors House converted into a luxury hotel. The island is also an excellent place for divers, as its water are part of a protected marine reserve.Flights to AlicanteThe best way to get to Alicante and Costa Blanca is through the city’s own airport, the Alicante international airport.  It is located some 9 km south-west of the city centre. Check out the latest flight deals to Alicante. A perfect way to discover the city of Alicante and the Costa Blanca is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city. Check out the latest car rental deals in Alicante.Top Alicante hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Alicante as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Alicante smarter Hotel Booking.  You may also check the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca.Melia AlicantePlaza del Puerto 3, Alicante, Alicante, Spain – 4 Stars Included in all rooms are in room safe, desk, satellite/cable TV, air conditioning. Featuring meeting facilities, 24hr room service, Wi-Fi in public areas, this Alicante hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include massage, sauna, outdoor pool. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Melia Alicante. Book a room at the Melia Alicante now, best price guaranteed.Sercotel Spa Porta Maris HotelPlaza Puerta Del Mar 3-5, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain – 4 Stars Guests will find daily newspaper, desk, non smoking rooms, air conditioning waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in Alicante – Costa Blanca also has elevator, meeting facilities, shops, 24hr room service. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, golf course (on site), water sports (non-motorized), gym. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Sercotel Spa Porta Maris Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza HotelPlaza del Ayuntamiento 6, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3002 – 4 Stars Ideally located in the beautiful and lively city of Alicante, Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza Hotel offers a quiet sanctuary right in the town centre. This upscale property puts you in the vicinity of many interesting sites, so exploring the area is an easy matter. A short distance away is the Postiguet Beach with the grandeur backdrop of Castle of Santa Bárbara where you will find an amazing scenic spot and those who are in the mood for a beach nightlife will certainly find something to suit their liking. End your eventful day with a panoramic view of the Mediterranean from the roof-top and recline in the comfort of the guestrooms before a good night sleep. Book a room at the Eurostars Mediterranea Plaza Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Eurostars Lucentum HotelAvenida Alfonso X el Sabio, 11, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3002 – 4 Stars The modern building of the Hesperia Lucentum is perfectly situated in the centre of the newly built downtown Alicante. Visitors can equally enjoy indoor activities including spa, sauna, Turkish bath, steam bath and Jacuzzi. The hotel also has its own golf course where guests can enjoy a full 18 hole round or practice on the driving range. With 169 well equipped and soundproofed rooms, guests are provided with comfort, safety and convenience to complete their memorable experience. The hotel also provides complimentary daily newspapers, luggage storage, and wheelchair accessible rooms. Book a room at the Eurostars Lucentum Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Alicante Hills HotelGlorieta Reino Unido, 6, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 3008 – 4 Stars With its location a mere minute walk to the European Union office, Alicante Hills Hotel offers an ideal accommodation for business travellers with its prime spot. The brand new hotel features a contemporary design with attractive exterior that matches its state-of-the-art facilities. Its quiet setting away from the city centre provides guests with the luxury of peace, while the complete list of in-room amenities makes it perfect for either short or long term stay. Those travelling with family will appreciate the children’s activity area, not to mention children swimming pool and its strategic location close to the Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market (OHIM) will be advantage to those with business needs. Whether you’re in for a business trip or a casual Mediterranean vacation, Alicante Hills Hotel is an easy choice. Book a room at the Alicante Hills Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Apartments Be Live Plantio GolfAntigua Carretera Alicante – Elche (CV-86) Km.3, Elche, Elche, Spain 03114 – 5 Stars Included in all rooms are bathtub, air conditioning, daily newspaper, hair dryer. Elevator, disabled facilities, safety deposit boxes are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Elche hotel. Water sports (motorized), garden, water sports (non-motorized) are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Apartments Be Live Plantio Golf now, best price guaranteed.TRYP Alicante Gran Sol HotelRambla Mendez Nuñez 3, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain 03002 – 4 Stars In the very heart of this popular Spanish resort town, lies this TRYP property overlooking the sea. Located next to the Explanada seafront promenade and the Paseo Marítimo port area, you are just 200 meters from the Postiguet Beach, and 800 meters from the train station. For the golf enthusiasts, there is the option of more than 10 courses within 15 kilometers. The hotel includes a restaurant on site, but within walking distance guests will come across numerous dining and wining venues to suit all budgets. From water sports to cultural sights, Alicante offers a little something for everyone. The TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel provides guests with a convenient location from which to explore all that this coastal city has to offer. Book a room at the TRYP Alicante Gran Sol Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Express By Holiday Inn HotelAvda Elche 112, Alicante, Alicante – Costa Blanca, Spain – 3 Stars This economy class hotel, situated on Avenida de Elche, is located near the IFA Exhibition Center. Guests will have easy access to shopping venues, restaurants, and public transportation links, allowing for unfettered exploration of the area. Multitudes of recreational activities are situated nearby, including swimming, sunbathing, and nature hikes. The 120 bright and modern guestrooms are equipped with a variety of amenities designed to promote a tranquil and relaxing stay in addition to panoramic vistas of the sea. Guests are invited to enjoy a cool drink at the bar, or enjoy a hearty breakfast in the morning. The Express By Holiday Inn Hotel is ideally suited for guests that want affordable and well places accommodation. Book a room at the Express By Holiday Inn Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Husa Alicante Golf HotelAvenida de las Naciones, s/n, Alicante, Alicante, Spain 3540 – 4 Stars There are hair dryer, desk, mini bar, non smoking rooms in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including meeting facilities, laundry service/dry cleaning, business centre, 24hr room service. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include sauna, gym, outdoor pool. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Husa Alicante Golf Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel La Serena10 Alba Street, Alicante, Alicante, Spain 03590 – 3 Stars There are non smoking rooms, bathrobes, desk, DVD/CD player in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find safety deposit boxes, elevator, business centre, restaurant on-site. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including golf course (on site), outdoor pool. This charming property has long been a favourite in Alicante for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Hotel La Serena now, best price guaranteed.Alicante images
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Top 10 Murcia:
Murcia is the capital and most populated city of one of the smaller region’s in Spain, the  Autonomous Community of Murcia.  It is set on the Segura River, blessed by a mild climate and often referred to as the capital of the comarca Huerta de Murcia, considered Europe’s orchard due to its large production and exports of vegetables, fruits and flowers, as well as for its long agricultural tradition.Murcia, located inland only a 20-minute drive from the coast, is part of the Costa Calida or "Warm Coast"  which covers a 250 km long stretch of Mediterranean coastline.  The region is blessed with a micro-climate offering a comparatively hot mean of annual temperatures and a relative degree of aridity.  The city was founded by the emir of Cordoba Abd ar-Rahman II in 825, which is relatively recent for Spain.  It is today considered a University City, mainly because of is well known University of Murcia which attracts more than 30,000 local and international students.  Murcia is also famous for its Holy Week processions, its Spring Festival, the Fiestas de Primavera and a tasteful local cuisine, adding to the city vibrant ambiance.Murcia is blessed with a variety of cultural and historical sites, especially around its old town where numerous splendid Baroque buildings can be found.  The most important landmarks of the city is the Cathedral of Murcia and its key sqaure the Plaza de Santo Domingo.  As for art lovers, the city is home to the most popular museum of the region, the Salzillo museum, where numerous sculptures of the artist can be found.Being rich in history, with a student’s amtmosphere, Murcia should definitely be on your list when visiting the South of Spain. Check out the latest hotel deals in Murcia, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Murcia attractionsFlights to MurciaTop Murcia hotelsMurcia imagesTop 10 Murcia attractionsMurcia has a variety of exceptional sites to be discovered, mostly located within its old city from its Cathedral to the Santa Clara monastery passing by the Salzillo Museo.  The top 10 Murcia attractions include:Murcia CathedralPlaza de GlorietaPlaza de Santo DomingoMurcia CasinoMuseo SalzilloPuente de los PeligrosRomea theatreSanta Clara monasteryMonteagudo Castle San Juan de Dios church-museumMurcia CathedralThe Cathedral of Murcia which dominates the old city skyline is the most important attraction as well as the symbol of the city.   It is located on the Plaza Cardenal Belluga, also home to the 18th century Bishop’s Palace.  The church was mostly built during the 15th century in a Castilian Gothic style but its ninety six meter tower with its twenty- five bells was only completed in 1792.  The inside of the Cathedral were built in a mix of Renaissance and Baroque styles.  As for its main façade completed in 1754 it is considered a masterpiece of the Spanish Baroque style, with various entrance doors including the main one called Puerta del Perdon. The Cathedral of Murcia is also home to a museum, showing the details of its construction.Plaza de GlorietaThe Plaza de Glorieta is a lovely square lying on the banks of the Segura River, not far from Murcia’s Cathedral.  It was built during the 18th century and was for a long time considered the centre of the town.  It is today filled with various fountains and flowers as well as being home to Murcia’s city hall or Ayuntamiento.  There is a private parking underneath, a perfect place to leave your car when visiting the old town.Plaza de Santo DomingoThe Plaza de Santo Domingo is Murcia’s main square.  It is located in the heart of the old town at the end of the famous Trapería street once home to the Jewish garment trade.  It was formerly a bustling market square and is today packed with various cafes and restaurants.Murcia CasinoThe Casino is another key attractions of Murcia.  Built in 1847 as a social club it offers luxurious interior decorated in a Moorish-style inspired by the royal chambers of the Alhambra near Granada.  It also has a grand exterior covered in a variety of statues.Museo SalzilloThe Museo Salzillo located near the church of Our Lord Jesus in the central Plaza de San Agustin, is the most visited museum in the Region of Murcia.  It is exclusively dedicated to the works by the Murcian sculptor Francisco Salzillo, considered the most famous Spanish image-maker of the 18th century and one of the greatest Baroque artist.  Salzillo worked exclusively on religious themes, and almost always in polychromed wood.  Some of the artist’s most famous artworks within the museum include the Nativity Scene, The Dinner and the Fall.Puente de los PeligrosThe Puente de los Peligros is the most famous bridge over the river Segura.  This stone bridge was built in the eighteenth century incorporating a unique Lady chapel on one of its side.  Another more modern bridge worth discovering in Murcia include the Puente Nuevo made from Iron at the beginning of the twentieth century.Romea theatreThe Murcia Romea theatre is a beautiful building located on the Plaza Julian Romea, west of the Plaza de Santo Domingo.  It was built in 1862 by Manuel Molina on the former Santo Domingo convent and known for its excellent acoustics.  It was restored in 1985 in a Neo-classical and Modernist style.  Its name comes from Julian Romea, a famous local actor.Santa Clara monasteryThe Santa Clara monastery is located in the heart of the old town just a minutes to the north west of the main square.  The monument is built in a mix of Gothic and Baroque style , on the remains of Alcázar Seguir, a 13th century Moorish palace.  Today the monastery host a Museum where various architectural components can be seen such as the Arab Portico as well as a 12 century wall painting showing a flutist.Monteagudo Castle Located to the north east of the city centre is the breathtaking Monteagudo Castle.  It was  first built in the 11th century and remains very well preserved.  Due to its strategic location it once served a Murcia’s fortress as well as played the role of a prison and even a grain store.  It is today considered one of the best preserved fortresses in the region and definitely worth visiting if passing through Murcia.San Juan de Dios church-museumThe San Juan de Dios church-museum is an 18th Century church converted into a museum.  It showcases various exhibitions of religious imagery from the 16th to 19th century and includes remarkable wood carvings.  This circular church was built in a Baroque and Rococo style, on the remains of the Alcázar Nasir, a 12th century Moorish palace mosque.Flights to MurciaThe best way to get to Murcia is through the city’s own airport, the San Javier or Murcia international airport.  Although relatively small it offers various facilities including regional transport and car hire.  It is located some 45 km south of the city. Check out the best flight deals to Murcia. A perfect way to discover the city of Murcia and the Costa Calida is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city.Check out the best car rental deals in Murcia, Spain.Top Murcia hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Murcia as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Murcia smarter Hotel Booking.Nelva HotelAvda. Primero de Mayo, 9, Murcia, Spain 30006 – 4 Stars With 208 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel.  Desk, inhouse movies, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. The hotel boasts laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, meeting facilities as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find golf course (on site), gym at the hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Nelva Hotel. Book a room at the Nelva Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Silken Siete Coronas5 Garay Avenue, Murcia, Spain 30003 – 4 Stars With 155 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Every room in the hotel offers guests non smoking rooms, inhouse movies, balcony/terrace, separate shower and tub. Featuring bar/pub, restaurant, elevator, executive floor, this Murcia hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Unwind after your day with a choice of garden – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Book a room at the Hotel Silken Siete Coronas now, best price guaranteed.Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and SpaCl. Ceiba S/n, Torre Pacheco, Javier, Murcia, Spain 30700 – 4 Stars Featured in each room, among other amenities, are ironing board, internet access – LAN, internet access – wireless. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, meeting facilities. Unwind after your day with a choice of indoor pool, massage, kids club, outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa. Book a room at the Intercontinental Mar Menor Golf Resort and Spa now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Churra VistalegreArquitecto J.J.Belmonte, 4, Murcia, Murcia, Spain 30007 – 3 Stars Each room includes air conditioning, hair dryer, in room safe, mini bar. The hotel boasts 24hr room service, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include gym. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Hotel Churra Vistalegre. Book a room at the Hotel Churra Vistalegre now, best price guaranteed.Hesperia Murcia HotelMadre De Dios 4, Murcia, Spain 30004 – 3 Stars Every room in the hotel offers guests mini bar, non smoking rooms, television. Also to be found at the hotel are room service, 24hr room service, bar/pub. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hesperia Murcia Hotel. Book a room at the Hesperia Murcia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Novotel Murcia HotelCamino de Nelva, s/n, Murcia, Murcia, Spain 30006 – 4 Stars There are inhouse movies, air conditioning, internet access (wireless) in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including car park, Wi-Fi in public areas, restaurant. Outdoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Novotel Murcia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sercotel Jc1 Murcia HotelAvenida Juan Carlos I, 55, Murcia, Spain – 4 Stars Air conditioning, bathrobes, desk, non smoking rooms are among the amenities guests will find in every room. The hotel boasts shops, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include spa, sauna, indoor pool. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Sercotel Jc1 Murcia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Intercontinental La Torre Golf Resort MurciaCalle Anchoa 6,La Torre Golf Resort, Murcia, Murcia, Spain – 5 Stars Included in all rooms are ironing board, internet access, hair dryer. Also to be found at the hotel are laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, shops, poolside bar. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as sauna, golf course (on site), kids club, outdoor pool at this hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Intercontinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia now, best price guaranteed.Hotel El ChurraMarques De Los Velez 12, Murcia, Spain – 3 Stars Included in all rooms are daily newspaper, in room safe, hair dryer. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including meeting facilities, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Unwind after your day with a choice of gym – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Hotel El Churra now, best price guaranteed.Hotel RiscalAutovía A-7 Salida 580, Murcia, Spain – 3 Stars Each room includes television, non smoking rooms, separate shower and tub, mini bar. This excellent hotel in Murcia also has laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, shops. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are garden on the grounds. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Hotel Riscal now, best price guaranteed.Murcia images
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Top 10 Almunecar:
Almunecar is a charming coastal town located in the eastern part of the Spanish Autonomous Region of Andalusia.  It is set between Malaga to the west and Granada to the north, each about an hour drive and both with their own international airport.  Almunecar is sometimes considered the capital of the beautiful coastal region of Costa Tropical and with is subtropical climate is the perfect destination for a sun filled holiday.  It is blessed with breathtaking natural beauty, from its lovely coast and remarkable beaches, to its rivers on either side of the old town and the surrounding hills with various almond and olive plantations.The History of Almunecar dates back thousands of years, starting with the Phoenicians as the first occupiers.  It was then conquered by the Romans, followed by the Moors and finally by the Catholic Monarchs.  Today there are still many historical and architectural sites remaining from its glorious past such as the Roman Aqueduct and the Castle.With its natural beauty, plenty of historical sites, a lovely old town and easy transport connections, is it no wonder that Almunecar is one of the most sought after holiday destination in Costa Tropical. Check out the latest hotel deals in Almunecar, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Almunecar attractionsFlights to AlmunecarTop Almunecar hotelsAlmunecar imagesTop 10 Almunecar attractionsAlmunecar is packed with great sites to be discovered from its Roman Aqueduct to the San Miguel Castle passing by a variety of beautiful parks and beaches.  The top 10 Almunecar attractions include:San Miguel CastlePlaza de ConstituciónRoman AqueductMajuelo ParkArchaeological Museum Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnación Torre de los DiablosAlmunecar beachesCotobro BridgeStatue of Abd-ar-RahmanSan Miguel CastleThe San Miguel Castle is perhaps Almunecar’s most famous landmark.  Strategically located on one of the southernmost tips of the city, separating the town’s main beaches it offers spectacular views on each side of the Mediterranean sea.  It was originally built by the Arabs on Roman foundations as a fortress to protect the city from the pirates, and later extended by the Christians.Plaza de ConstituciónThe Plaza de Constitución is Almunecar’s main square.  It is located in the heart of the old town which is packed with narrow streets and beautiful old houses with Geranium-filled balconies.  This pedestrian only plaza is home to the town’s archaeological museum, the Town Hall as well as various terraced cafes, making it an ideal place to sit-down and enjoy a hot chocolate with some fresh made churrios.Roman AqueductThe Roman Aqueduct is a remarkable piece of engineering dating back to the 1st century and one of the most important construction in the Rio Verde valley.  It is located some 2 kilometres north  of Almunecar.Majuelo ParkThe Majuelo Park is home to the splendid Almunecar’s Botanical gardens as well as the archaeological area containing the Roman ruins.  It is located not far from the castle and is famous for its old fish-salting pits and wide variety of exotic flora.Museum archaeologicalThe Cueva de los Siete Palacios archaeological museum, once a  Roman building is located in the heart of Almunecar’s old town, within the Plaza de Constitución.  The museum offers a variety of historical artefacts such as its unique vase from Egypt.Iglesia Mayor de la EncarnaciónIglesia Mayor de la Encarnación is the town’s main church.  It is located next to the Plaza de la Constitución.Torre de los DiablosThe Torre de los Diablos is Almunecar’s famous watchtower once serving as a defence fort protecting the town from pirate invasions.  It dates back to the 18th century and is located along the coast, on a hill between the Enmedio and Cabria beaches.Almunecar beachesAlmunecar is blessed with some 20 kilometres of beautiful coastline, home to a variety of beaches, from the popular town centre beachfront packed with various restaurants to more secluded coves on either side of the city.  Many of those beaches are the perfect place to try some water sports.  The areas is especially famous for its underwater scenery, often praised as having some of the best diving spots in Andalucía. Almunecar’s principal beach is t he Playa Puerta del Mar located along the palm-lined Paseo del Altillo.  Other remarkable beaches worth discovering includes the Almunecar Playa Velilla and the Playa de San Cristobal.Cotobro BridgeThe Cotobro is a lovely Medieval bridge probably built on Roman foundations, which looks exactly as it did some 1000 years ago.  The stone bridge crosses the Barranco de Cotobro water course and was once on the main road that connects Cartagena to Malaga.  It is located on the west side of Almunecar’s, near the Cotobro beach.Statue of Abd-ar-RahmanAlmunecar is packed with a variety of dedicated monuments and statues, paying an homage to the town’s historical characters.  One of the most known is the statue of Abd-ar-Rahman founder of The Emirate of Cordoba who landed at Almunecar in 755 AD.  It is located right next to the San Miguel Castle.  Next to the statue is a remarkable fishing boat, a symbol of the city’s sailors and fisherman.Flights to AlmunecarThe best way to get to Almunecar is through Malaga’s international airport to the west or Granada’s  international airport to the north. Check out the best flight deals to Malaga  or the best flight deals to Granada.A perfect way to discover the get to Almunecar  from Malaga and explore the surrounding areas is to rent a car from the airport or the heart of the city. Check out the best car rental deals in Malaga, Spain.Alternatively you may book a car in Granada’s international airport. Check out the best car rental deals in Granada, Spain.Top Almunecar hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in and around Almunecar as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Almunecar  smarter Hotel Booking.Victoria Playa HotelAmelia Sanchez, Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain – 3 Stars Guests will find in room safe, air conditioning, balcony/terrace waiting in each room. Meeting facilities, bar/pub, business centre, room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find gym, pool (kids) at the hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Victoria Playa Hotel. Book a room at the Victoria Playa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Bahia Almunecar HotelAvda. Juan Carlos 1, Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars Guests will find hair dryer, television, air conditioning waiting in each room. Elevator, 24hr room service, shops, disabled facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including massage, jacuzzi, outdoor pool. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Bahia Almunecar Hotel. Book a room at the Bahia Almunecar Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Bahia Tropical HotelPlaya Del Pozuelo, s/n , Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature television, hair dryer, in room safe. Laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub, elevator are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Costa Tropical hotel. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include jacuzzi, massage, sauna. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Bahia Tropical Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Almijara HotelAcera del Pilar, 6, La Herradura, Costa Tropical, Spain 18697 – 3 Stars Each room includes air conditioning, in room safe, non smoking rooms. The hotel boasts bicycle rental, elevator, business centre, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Unwind after your day with a choice of water sports (non-motorized) – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Almijara Hotel. Book a room at the Almijara Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Arrayanes Playa HotelPaseo de Cotobro, 5, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain – 3 Stars Guests will find mini bar, air conditioning, shower, non smoking rooms waiting in each room. Featuring elevator, shops, business centre, 24hr room service, this Almunecar hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find garden, outdoor pool. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Arrayanes Playa Hotel. Book a room at the Arrayanes Playa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Playa CotobroPaseo de Cotobro, 1, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain 18690 – 4 Stars All rooms have hair dryer, desk, in room safe as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub, restaurant as part of its superior facilities and services. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Playa Cotobro. Book a room at the Hotel Playa Cotobro now, best price guaranteed.La Santa Cruz Resort & Spa Hotel – 3 StarsCarretera Suspiro Del Moro Km 1, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain Some of the features you’ll enjoy are hair dryer, non smoking rooms, desk, shower. Bar/pub, shops, elevator are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Almunecar hotel. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including indoor pool, massage, garden. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the La Santa Cruz Resort & Spa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Apartamentos ChinasolAvda. del Mediterraneo, 51, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain 18690 – 3 Stars Included in all rooms are shower, bathtub, in room safe. The hotel boasts pets allowed, meeting facilities, bar/pub, business centre as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including outdoor pool. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Apartamentos Chinasol now, best price guaranteed.Almunecar Playa Spa HotelPaseo de la China s/n, Almunecar, Almunecar, Spain – 4 Stars With 227 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Featured in each room, among other amenities, are television, desk, non smoking rooms. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Almunecar hotel offers room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant. Gym, massage, spa, outdoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Almunecar Playa Spa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Almunecar images
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Top 10 Malaga:
Malaga is Andalucía’s second largest city after Seville and the primary tourist hub in Costa del Sol, with millions of people arriving at the International airport annually.  It  is an amazing place to visit with plenty of cultural sites, wonderful beaches, excellent golf courses and a variety of other attractions both for children and grownups.Perhaps the best known site of the city is the astonishing Moorish palace of Alcazaba situated on top of a hill and offering amazing views over the city and the Mediterranean sea.  Other key attractions include the magnificent Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga and the Picasso Museum with a collection of over 150 of the artist paintings.For golf enthusiast, Malaga is the place to be.  The region, often dubbed as the “The Costa de Golf” offers some of the world’s best 18 hole courses, some with amazing views of the coast.  It is also a perfect place for kids offering various attractions from theme parks and safaris to go-carting centres, in and around the city.  Malaga remains one of Spain’s top destinations  because of the proximity of its international airport, the quality of its beaches, world class golf courses, exciting theme parks and a variety of historical and cultural sites. Check out the latest hotel deals in Malaga, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Malaga attractionsFlights to MalagaTop 10 Malaga hotelsMalaga imagesTop 10 Malaga attractionsMalaga has become an important tourist destination and often referred to as "the capital of the Costa del Sol".  It has plenty of exciting attractions for visitors including the Alcazaba, the Cathedral and the Museo Picasso.  Some of the top 10 key sites worth discovering include:Castillo and AlcazabaMalaga cathedralPicasso MuseumThe Roman TheatreCentro de Arte ContemporáneoCarmen Thyssen MuseumLa Concepción gardenPlaza de TorosMuseo de MalagaMalaga BeachCastillo and AlcazabaThe Castillo de Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba of Malaga is a Moorish castle and its fortifications sitting on a hill in the heart of the city.  It was built in the 11th century by King Badis, the ruler of Granada.  Today those two attractions represent the key landmark of Malaga and offer spectacular views of the city and the port.Malaga cathedralThe Malaga cathedral is another key attraction of the city.  Located in the heart of the old town, within the ancient limits of the old Arab walls and not far of the Alcazaba.  It was built in a Renaissance style by Diego de Siloe between 1528 and 1782.Picasso MuseumAs the city where one of the most famous Spanish artist was born, one of Malaga’s key cultural attraction is the Picasso Museum.  It first opened its doors in 2003 at the Buenavista Palace, with some 155 works donated by members of the Picasso’s family.  The museum has today some exclusive paintings and exhibitions, and is also committed to support Malaga’s cultural life.The Roman TheatreThe Roman Theatre located next to the Alcazaba Palace entrance is definitely an exceptional site worth discovering in Malaga.  It dates back to the the Roman times to the 1st century BC, but strangely was only rediscovered in 1951.  It has a radius of 31 meters and height of 19 meters, and is currently being carefully restored, to become a key element in Malaga’s Roman heritage.Centro de Arte ContemporáneoThe Centro de Arte Contemporáneo or CAC is Malaga’s museum of modern art and the most visited museum in Andalusia. It is located on the right bank of the Guadalmedina river, in a former wholesale trade market and designed by Spanish architect Luis Gutiérrez Soto.  It opened in 2003 and with some 6,000 square meters of space offers an impressive collection of works of art and installations.  It has become one of the leading Spanish and European art centre of the twenty first century, intended as a place of reflection on contemporary art.Carmen Thyssen MuseumThe Carmen Thyssen Museum recently opened in 2011 in the Calle Compañía, one of Malaga’s central pedestrian area.  It is located in a beautiful building purposely renovated with modern architecture, creating a unitary whole and harmonious place to display the artefacts.  It offers an excellent collection of both 19th and 20th Century Spanish paintings.La Concepción gardenLa Concepción is Malaga’s famous botanical and historical garden.  It was firs created by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring in 1855 and later extended by the Echevarria-Echevarrieta family.  The garden offers a splendid open-air collection of both tropical and subtropical flora, including a variety of plant species from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.  It is today own by the city of Malaga and recognised as site of Cultural Interest.Plaza de TorosMalaga’s Plaza de Toros, La Malagueta is one of Spain’s most famous bullring. It is located in the Paseo de Reding in the heart of the city and can hold up to 14,000 persons.  It was built in a Neo-Mudéjar style by Joaquín Rucoba in 1874.  The bullring is also home to the Antonio Ordoñez Bullfighting Museum where various objects can be found including the “suits of light” matadors outfits and various photographs and posters.Museo de MalagaThe Museo de Malaga located in the heart of town, offers an impressive collection of art and archaeology items.  It was created in 1973, combining the Provincial Museum of Fine Arts and the Provincial Archeological Museum.  The building is today still divided into two sections corresponding to the older museums.  The Fine Arts collection has more than 2,000 pieces such as the Anatomia del Corazon (Heart’s Anatomy, 1890) from Enrique Simonet.  As for the Archaeology collection it displays some 15,000 historic items including a very well preserved Hercules mask dating back to the 1st century.Malaga BeachesMalaga is not only an excellent cultural destination but also a perfect place for a more laid back type of holiday.  Indeed the city and the surrounding areas are packed with lovely beaches, being an ideal place for relaxation and sunbathing.  The closest beach to Malaga’s city centre is La Malagueta, located just south of the Castle.  More quieter beaches can be find further east of town.Flights to MalagaThe most convenient way to get to the Malaga and the Costa del Sol is through Malaga’s international airport from many of the major European destinations. Check out the best flight deals to Malaga, Spain.A perfect way to discover the city of Malaga and the surrounding areas is to rent a car. Check out the best car rental deals in Malaga, Spain.Top 10 Malaga hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Malaga as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Malaga smarter Hotel Booking.Salles Malaga Centro HotelCalle Mármoles, 6 Malaga, Spain, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29007 – 4 Stars This is a suitable accommodation for both business and leisure travellers as it is located in the centre of the city’s commercial and business district. Guests enjoy stylish and modern decor throughout the hotel and guestrooms. Dining at the Guernica Restaurant is quite an event as it specializes in seasonal themes and local cuisines. Sightseeing and navigating the city is made easy as the hotel provides tour and taxi services. After a busy day of roaming around the city and exploration, enjoy a massage therapy session back at the hotel. The outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and sauna all promise a relaxing and enjoyable stay at the Salles Malaga Centro Hotel. Book a room at the Salles Malaga Centro Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vincci Selección Posada del PatioPasillo de Santo Isabel, 12, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29005  – 5 Stars The Vincci Selección Posada del Patio Hotel is the first and only 5 star hotel in Malaga. Within walking distance are some of the city’s most popular sites, including the Cathedral and the Picasso and Thyssen Museums. Contemporary accommodations along with modern conveniences such as in-room Internet access and LCD screen television are standard at this elegant Spanish hotel. Guests at the Vincci Selecccion Posada del Patio Hotel can sample the delectable cuisine in the restaurant or sip on a refreshing cocktail in the bar. Also on offer for guests is a library for those quiet days in and an outdoor swimming pool. Set in the historical heart of Malaga, this luxury hotel is ideal for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Vincci Selección Posada del Patio now, best price guaranteed.Molina Lario HotelMolina Raro 20-22, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29015 – 4 Stars The Molina Lario Hotel is located in the city’s prime commercial and cultural centre, close to the Cathedral of Malaga and just a few minutes from the Port, the Picasso Museum, as well as numerous restaurants and stores. There are 103 rooms in all, as well as a number of facilities including meeting rooms, a restaurant and an outdoor pool. With a full range of popular amenities and an emblematic nineteenth century design, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to the Molina Lario Hotel. Book a room at the Molina Lario Hotel now, best price guaranteed.TRYP Malaga Alameda HotelCentro Comercial Larios. Avda. de la Aurora, s/n, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29002- 4 Stars With an ideal location, staying here makes it extremely convenient to discover Malaga. Located within a shopping centre, you are never too far from shops, restaurants and bars. Additionally, the hotel is just one kilometre from the Malaga Cathedral and the city centre, and with the train station within walking distance. Art lovers should not miss the nearby Picasso Museum as the artist was born in Malaga in 1881. The hotel offers complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the property, making it convenient to stay connected with friends and family back home or to conduct business. Discover this Mediterranean city from the comfort of TRYP Malaga Alameda Hotel. Book a room at the TRYP Málaga Alameda Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Room Mate Lola HotelStreet Casas de Campos, 17, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29001 – 4 Stars This gorgeous and contemporary boutique hotel is the ideal base for visitors looking to explore Malaga. The hotel is within walking distance of the centre of town and the cathedral, and the Picasso Museum is just a kilometre away. The beautiful seaside resort of Torremolinos is 12 kilometres away. The hotel’s sleek and minimalist design will appeal to the modern traveller and rooms are well equipped with complimentary wireless Internet access, making it convenient for both business and leisure travellers. The concierge is knowledgeable and able to book tickets, suggest tours and make restaurant recommendations. There are plenty of dining options in the area and guests are in the middle of all the best that this Spanish city has to offer when staying at the Room Mate Lola in Malaga. Book a room at the Room Mate Lola Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Atarazanas Malaga Boutique HotelAtarazanas, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain – 3 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are desk, ironing board, hair dryer.  For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant, meeting facilities on-site. Unwind after your day with a choice of golf course (on site) – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Our secure online booking form makes reserving your room at Atarazanas Malaga Boutique Hotel Malaga simple – just fill in your desired dates and click. Book a room at the Atarazanas Malaga Boutique Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Parador Gibralfaro HotelCastillo de Gibralfaro S/N, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain – 4 Star A very distinctive and uniquely built stone building, the Parador Gibralfaro Hotel is pleasantly surrounded by greenery and pine trees. The fresh air, coupled with a good location at the centre of Gibralfaro Mount, blends with the ambiance and tranquillity found at the nearby Gibralfaro Castle. The hotel dramatically rises up to face the Alcazaba Citadel as well. The panoramic views over the city of Malaga and the Bay are breathtaking from every angle. The location is just 10 kilometres from the city airport and three kilometres from the railway station, making it very accessible and convenient for travellers. On top of the state-of-the-art amenities and facilities, the hotel serves different local delicacies in the onsite restaurant. Book a room at the Parador Gibralfaro Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Ms Maestranza MalagaAvda. Canovas del Castillo, 1, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain – 4 Star Overlooking a stunning city view, the 12-floor Hotel MS Maestranza is the best place to get the feel Malaga. Friendly and multilingual staff help make the atmosphere warmer, safer and more secure no matter what country a visitor comes from. The management also provides town car and limousine for guests who want to go around the city. The 90 guestrooms are equipped with modern facilities with a touch of contemporary and classical decoration. There are Picasso prints hanging in walls and polished wooden floors and in-room amenities include designer toiletries, Wi-Fi internet access, direct dial telephones and cable TV. Book a room at the Hotel Ms Maestranza Malaga now, best price guaranteed.Monte Malaga HotelPaseo Maritimo Antonio Machado 10, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29002 – 4 Star This is a family friendly accommodation conveniently located in the centre of town and surrounded by popular tourist attractions. Guests are treated to modern amenities and contemporary decor inside each of the guest rooms. The hotel’s El Puerto restaurant specializes in show-cooking, buffet breakfasts and a variety of local dishes. The Monte Malaga Hotel’s position in the city provides guests with quick and easy access to popular attractions such as Picasso Museum, Fortress and Gibralfaro Castle and the Malaga Cathedral. The pool and terrace are spacious and perfect for long days relaxing in the sun. Business travellers of the hotel will enjoy the large conference facilities that can hold up to 450 occupants. Book a room at the Monte Malaga Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Room Mate Larios HotelStreet Marques de Larios 2, Malaga City Center, Malaga, Spain 29005 – 4 Star This international class hotel, situated on Marques De Larios, is located in the centre of Malaga. The hotel is nestled within a close proximity of restaurants, shops and traditional pubs. The hotel is uniquely positioned for easy exploration of this beautiful area. The hotel features 41 elegant rooms adorned with modern appointments and a creative Art Deco style that combines Spanish and regional art. The hotel features an onsite restaurant that serves delectable Spanish and regional cuisine. The Room Mate Larios Hotel is perfect for guests that want a prime location within easy access to cultural sites. Book a room at the Room Mate Larios Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Malaga images
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Top 10 Gibraltar:
Gibraltar often referred to as The Rock is a small British overseas territory located on the southern coast of Spain, bordered with Andalusia and the Mediterranean sea.  The peninsula has an area of a bit less than 7 square kilometres, occupied by some 30,000 Gibraltarians most of whom are British Citizens, making it one of the more densely populated city in the region.  The majority of the area is occupied by the Rock of Gibraltar, which is visible from a far distance.Gibraltar became British in 1713 under the Treaty of Utrecht when it was ceded by Spain "in perpetuity".  It was since mostly known as an important base for the British Royal Navy with its naval dockyards but in the last decade has also became a important touristic destination.  Indeed being just a quick 2,5 hours flight from the UK, it is a strategic place to stay to discover Spain, or take a boat trip to Morocco, while still being almost at home.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Gibraltar attractionsFlights to GibraltarTop Gibraltar hotelsGibraltar imagesTop 10 Gibraltar attractionsGibraltar is today a great place to be discovered packed with a variety of interesting attractions from its Upper Rock home to the famous Gibraltar monkeys to the Europa Point on its southern end, passing by numerous caves and tunnels to be explored.  The top 10 most interesting Gibraltar attractions include:Europa PointUpper RockSt Michael’s CaveSiege TunnelsGibraltar MuseumMediterranean StepsMoorish CastleCatalan BayGibraltar CasinosDolphin WatchingEuropa PointThe Gibraltar’s Europa Point is located on the southernmost point of the peninsula.  It is considered the place where the Atlantic meets the Mediterranean, and where the coast of North Africa can be seen on a clear day across the Strait of Gibraltar. The area is mostly flat and is home to a tourist centre, a kids playing field as well as the Europe Point Lighthouse, the Roman Catholic Shrine of Our Lady of Europe and the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque.  The mosque complex with its unique design that also contains a lecture hall, a library and a school, was a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia which cost several million dollars and took two years to build.Upper RockThe Upper Rock which was declared a nature reserve since 1993 covers no less than 40% of Gibraltar’s land area.  It is perhaps mostly famous for being home to the Rock Apes, the Barbary Macaques as well as a variety of Flora and fauna such as Gibraltar’s own Chickweed, Thyme and the Gibraltar Candytuft.  The unique vegetation on the Rock attracts a variety of migratory birds on their journeys to Western Europe.  As for the inside of the rock it is an absolute labyrinth with the secret internal roads and tunnels 4 times longer than those on the surface.  The Upper Rock also host some important military installation. The best way to visit to visit the Upper Rock is through the Cable car service which also may offers entrance to the St. Michael’s Cave and the Siege Tunnels.  There is also the option to take a taxi-tour around the peninsula.St Michael’s CaveThe St Michael’s Cave or Cueva de San Miguel are located within the Upper Rock Nature Reserve and consists of a network of limestone caves.  It is believed that this breathtaking natural grotto was used a far back as the Neolithic times.  It is today, with a million visitors a years the most visited cave in Gibraltar.Siege TunnelsThe Great Siege Tunnels also known as the Galleries is a system of underground passages and tunnels which once acted as a defence system.  It was first built towards the end of the four years’ siege which lasted from 1779-1783, and quickly followed by other tunnels constructions.  It is today possible to visit this system of more than 300 metres of various passages, halls and embrasures, with some offering a spectacular views over the Bay of Gibraltar and Spain.Gibraltar MuseumThe Gibraltar Museum situated in the Bomb House Lane is the perfect place to discover the history of the peninsula.  Indeed the museum chronicles Gibraltar’s key events starting some 30,000 years ago up to more recent one such as the Great Siege. It also try to explain what it mean to be Gibraltarian.Mediterranean StepsThe Mediterranean Steps, recently renovated in 2007 is a great hike on the Rock, offering breathtaking views at the top.  The walk starts at the end of Engineer Road, where the Jew’s Gate bird observatory it located and goes up  to the top of the rock on the eastern side.  Alternatively, there is always the option to take the cable car going up and come down using the Mediterranean Steps.Moorish CastleThe Moorish Castle is one of the most spectacular landmark of the Rock, dominating the area and once considered of the largest construction of its kind in Europe.  The current Castle dates back to 1333 and built by the Moors but a previous version goes back 711 when the Berber chieftain Tariq ibn-Ziyad first landed on the Rock.  Today the main building remaining is the Tower of Homage.Catalan BayThe Catalan Bay is a small charming village on the north eastern side of Gibraltar offering great local pubs and a wonderful beach.  It is mainly used by Genoese men who once came to repair the ships of the British Fleet and today many still fish from traditional boats.Gibraltar CasinoThe Gibraltar Casino located on the central west side of the peninsula is the perfect place to test your luck.  It is often considered the place to be when it comes to elegant night life in Gibraltar.Dolphin WatchingThe Dolphins are another key attraction of Gibraltar.  With only a short trip to the bay of Gibraltar you may watch plenty of playful dolphins including the striped and bottle nosed one, which are sometimes gathering in herd of more than a hundred.Flights to GibraltarAlthough very small, Gibraltar has its own airports, making it the fastest way to get to British territory.  It was built during the Second World War and is uniquely located in the middle of the road, stopping the city traffic each time a planes needs to land. Check out the latest flight deals to Gibraltar.Top Gibraltar hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Gibraltar as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda Gibraltar smarter Hotel Booking.O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel2 Governors Parade, Gibraltar, Gibraltar – 4 Stars With 120 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. All rooms have internet access – wireless, hair dryer, in room safe as well as other amenities. This excellent hotel in Gibraltar also has bar/pub, restaurant, meeting facilities. Golf course (on site), gym, massage are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the O’Callaghan Eliott Hotel now, best price guaranteed.The Rock Hotel3 Europa Road , Gibraltar, Gibraltar – 5 Stars Each of the 104 rooms at this 5-star hotel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature bathrobes, coffee/tea maker, satellite/cable TV. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including meeting facilities, restaurant, Wi-Fi in public areas. After a day of work or exploring, outdoor pool are some of the ways to unwind. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to The Rock Hotel. Book a room at The Rock Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Gibraltar images
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Top 10 El Puerto De Santa Maria:
El Puerto de Santa Maria often only referred to as El Puerto by the locals is a lovely coastal town located around the mouth of the river Guadalete and sitting on the north side of the Cadiz Bay.  As its name suggest it is one of the key fishing port in the region with plenty of excellent seafood restaurants to choose from.  It is blessed with a variety of excellent beaches making it a great place for a beach holiday as well.  The town is packed with cultural and historic sites worth visiting such as the Castle, the Plaza España and the local museum.  The town centre, mostly traffic free, is especially worth discovering with its palm lined streets, old building and a lively central market.The town is well known for its production of Puerto Sherry, a local light and dry variation of the wine.  As part of the Sherry Triangle, it offers numerous bodegas worth discovering, such as the age-old Terry or Osborne which offer wine tasting and a free tour.El Puerto de Santa María is also famous as the port from which Columbus sailed on his second voyage to the Americas.  It is today possible to taste some of the explorer adventures, by sailing across the Cádiz bay in a replica of “La Niña” oceanic ship.The lovely town of El Puerto should definitely be one of your next destination when visiting Andalucía. It is a charming place packed with history, notable monuments and museums, as well as offering delicious seafood and sherry wine, not to mention the Bahia de Cádiz casino to test your luck.  The city is also one of the few remaining places in the region that is not spoiled with mass tourism and kept all of its traditional charm.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 El Puerto attractionsFlights to El PuertoTop 10 El Puerto hotelsEl Puerto imagesTop 10 El Puerto attractionsEl Puerto has a variety of fascinating historical sites to visit, from the San Marcos castle to its bullring passing by the main squares and various historic buildings.  The top 10 El Puerto attractions include:Castle of San MarcosIglesia Mayor PrioralPlaza EspañaPuerto BullringMuseo Arqueológico MunicipalMonastery of the VictoryCalle PalaciosCalle AuroraEl Puerto beachesParque natural Bahia de CádizCastle of San MarcosThe Castle of San Marcos or Castillo de Alfonso X El Sabio is perhaps one of the most important landmark of the city, famous for once being home to Christopher Columbus before his trip to the Indies. This medieval castle located in the heart of town, was built by order of Alfonso X of Castile in the 14th century.  It was constructed on the site of a 10th century Moorish mosque, using the remains of a nearby ancient Roman edifice.  Next to the castle lies a replica of the famous Juan de la Cosa map, produced in 1500 and one of the first world map which included the Americas.Iglesia Mayor PrioralThe Iglesia Mayor Prioral is perhaps the most famous church of the city which combines various styles and host remarkable portals.  Located on the Plaza España, it was first built in the 15th Century in a Gothic architecture, but later in the 17th century partially rebuilt in a Baroque style, after it was damaged by an earthquake.  Since 1982  it is considered a Bien de Interés Cultural or Spanish heritage building.Plaza EspañaThe Plaza España is the lovely square located in the heart of El Puerto de Santa Maria.  It is where both the Iglesia Mayor and the Museo Arqueológico Municipal are located, as well as various terraced cafes.Puerto BullringThe bullring is one of the key attractions of El Puerto, made famous by Joselito, one of the greatest Spanish bullfighter , who once said: “He who has not seen a bullfight in El Puerto does not know what bullfighting is”.  This 99 metres area which can hold up to 15,000 spectators, is considered one of the largest rings in Spain, right after the one in Madrid and Valencia.  The Bullring dates back to 1880, was built by Manuel Portillo de Avila y Herrera and remain until today an exciting place for both locals and tourist.Museo Arqueológico MunicipalThe Museo Arqueológico Municipal centrally located on the Plaza España is the main museum of El Puerto.  Founded in 1980, it offers a variety of artworks including numerous sculptures and paintings from various artists such as Rafael Alberti, Manolo Prieto and Francisco Lameyer y Berenguer.Monastery of the VictoryThe Monastery of the Victory is a beautiful former monastery dating back to the early 16th century and built by the Dukes of Medinaceli.  Its church is today considered a Bien de Interés Cultural or heritage building.Calle PalaciosCalle Palacios is one of the main pedestrian street in the centre of El Puerto.  It goes from the Plaza España and the Iglesia Mayor in the north to the river further south.  It is a busy shopping street packed with various boutiques, restaurants and small coffee shops, and ideal place to meet the locals.Calle AuroraThe Calle Aurora is another main street in the heart of El Puerto.  It is parallel to the river Guadalete and is home to spectacular large palm trees as well as a variety of  excellent sea food restaurants.  It is also where the El Resbaladero, an 18th century market is located.El Puerto beachesEl Puerto de Santa Maria which is part of the lovely Costa de la Luz is blessed with over 20 kilometres of coastline.  It offers no less than 8 different beaches, some with fine golden sand, as well as a variety of excellent accommodations, making the city a great place for a beach holiday.Parque natural Bahia de CádizFurther South of El Puerto de Santa María is the lovely Parque natural Bahia de Cádiz, an ideal escapade for nature lovers.  It mostly consist of pine trees and offers  a variety of rare species of birds and reptiles such as the chameleon. Flights to El PuertoThe easiest way to get to El Puerto de Santa Maria is through Jerez de la Frontera’s La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located about 20 minutes drive to the north of the city centre.  The airport is used by a variety of low cost airlines with direct connection to many key European cities such as London.  The other flight options, which are a bit more distant but perhaps better connected include the airports of Sevilla to the North or Malaga further East. Check out the latest flight deals to La Parra International Airport.Top 10 El Puerto hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in El Puerto de Santa Maria as voted by the users.  To view the full list of available hotels and apartments on specific dates, you may visit our partner site Agoda El Puerto de Santa Maria smarter Hotel Booking.Los Jandalos Santa Maria HotelAvda. De La Bajamar, S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 3 Stars Situated in heart of El Puerto de Santa Maria, the four-story mansion-style hotel provides 100 comfortable guestrooms and is close to the beach. The Santa Maria is located in the small harbour town of El Puerto de Santa Maria, which is 15km north-east of Cadiz. It is also 1.5km from the nearest railway station. Guests are a very short walk from the many sherry bodegas of the wine cellar district, and 800 meters from the beach. The onsite restaurant overlooks the river and serves a variety of regional and international dishes. The three-star hotel provides guests with comfortable accommodation and a great location in the town’s centre. Book a room at the Los Jandalos Santa Maria Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Apartamentos Jandalos Vistahermosa & SpaAmparo Osborne S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are television, separate shower and tub, bathtub, kitchenette. Shops, restaurant, bar/pub, disabled facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including massage, outdoor pool, jacuzzi. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Apartamentos Jandalos Vistahermosa & Spa. Book a room at the Apartamentos Jandalos Vistahermosa & Spa now, best price guaranteed.Puertobahia Hotel Avenida De La Paz 38, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars Featured in each room, among other amenities, are desk, television, air conditioning. Featuring bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. After a day of work or exploring, water sports (non-motorized), tennis courts are some of the ways to unwind. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Puertobahia Hotel. Book a room at the Puertobahia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Duques De Medinaceli HotelPl. De Los Jazmines, 2, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 5 Stars As romantic and beautiful as one would expect from a former palace, this 18th-century property woos with period Spanish ambience. Located in the centre of Puerto Santa Maria, the Duques De Medinaceli Hotel is a fully restored former Duke’s residence complete with courtyard, antiques, fountains, botanic gardens and original oil paintings. Rooms are similarly decorated according to classic Andalucian style, evoking feelings of nostalgia and history while providing the necessary comforts demanded by a boutique five-star hotel. When not swanning about the gardens pretending to be nobility, guests can take a day-trip to Cadiz (the trip takes less than 30 minutes) or walk into the centre of town for a plate of tapas and a late night with the locals. Book a room at the Duques De Medinaceli Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Bodega Real HotelCl. Albareda, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars Guests will find non smoking rooms, daily newspaper, hair dryer, internet access waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria also has 24hr room service, babysitting, laundry service/dry cleaning. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including spa. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Bodega Real Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Los Jandalos Vistahermosa And SpaAmparo Osborne S/N, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 4 Stars Located in the residential area of El Puerto de Santa Maria, the hotel has 30 well-furnished guestrooms is surrounded by 2500 meters of gardens. The Los Jandalos Vistahermosa Hotel is two kilometres from the city centre and El Puerto Santa Maria Train Station. It is close to many attractions, such as the Puerto Sherry Marina, the Vistahermosa golf course and beaches. The Vistahermosa shopping mall is also close by, and has banks, restaurants, bars and a supermarket. The onsite restaurant has an a la carte menu and also serves an extensive dinner buffet. The four-star hotel provides modern accommodation and a great location in one of the most popular residential areas of the city. Book a room at the Hotel Los Jandalos Vistahermosa And Spa now, best price guaranteed.Casa Palacio De Los Leones HotelLa Placilla 2, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars Each room includes in room safe, air conditioning, ironing board. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel offers elevator, babysitting, bar/pub. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include golf course (on site). This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers. Casa Palacio De Los Leones Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed. Book a room at the Casa Palacio De Los Leones Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sercotel Monasterio San Miguel HotelVirgen de los Milagros 27, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 4 Stars In room safe, mini bar, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. This excellent hotel in El Puerto de Santa Maria also has meeting facilities, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Unwind after your day with a choice of outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers. Sercotel Monasterio San Miguel Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Simply enter your dates and click to proceed. Book a room at the Sercotel Monasterio San Miguel Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Puerto SherryAvenida Libertad, s/n, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain 11500 – 4 Stars Featured in each room, among other amenities, are hair dryer, air conditioning, non smoking rooms. Meeting facilities, laundry service/dry cleaning, salon, bar/pub are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this El Puerto de Santa Maria hotel. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find massage, outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized), garden. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Hotel Puerto Sherry now, best price guaranteed.Del Mar & Spa HotelBabor 5, El Puerto de Santa Maria, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain – 3 Stars All rooms have shower, air conditioning, bathtub as well as other amenities. Also to be found at the hotel are shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service. Garden are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. This charming property has long been a favourite in El Puerto de Santa Maria for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Del Mar & Spa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.El Puerto images
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Top 10 Cadiz:
Cadiz is a walled port city sitting on a peninsula almost entirely surrounded by water.  It is best known for its long history starting with the Phoenicians some thousands years ago and is often considered the oldest city in Western Europe.  It is the capital of the Cadiz Province within the southern Spanish region of Andalucía and with its current population of 128,000 souls, it is one of the most densely populated urban areas in Europe.Cadiz is packed with history, being first established by the Phoenicians as a trading post in 1,100BC, later conquered by the Carthaginians and then came under control of the Romans.  The city was then occupied by both the Visigoths and the Moors, and its most famous days came during the 16th century when it played a key role in the discovery of the new world.By far the most culturally significant part of Cadiz is the Old Town or Casco Antiguo, located at the western end of the peninsula.  It has mostly a Moorish architectural style consisting of small squares, narrow streets and white seafront houses offering a lovely view over the bay.  The old town is packed with remarkable churches and various historic buildings, many reflecting Cadiz maritime heritage.  The town also has an abundance of magnificent parks filled with a variety of exotic plants brought back from the New World by Christopher Columbus.Even during the colder months the town has plenty to offer, being host to the biggest Carnival in mainland Spain and considered one of the top 3 in the world.  The Carnaval usually starts in February the weekend before Ash Wednesday and continue for a week with all sorts of costumes, singing, dancing and other entertainment.If you are looking for a glimpse of the real Andalucía, with plenty of historic sites to be discovered and lovely beaches to be enjoyed, then look no further as Cadiz is the perfect choice.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Cadiz attractionsFlights to CadizTop Cadiz hotelsCadiz imagesTop 10 Cadiz attractionsCadiz has a variety of great cultural sites from its famous cathedral to various squares, passing by the ancient Roman theatre and the city walls.  The top 10 most interesting  attractions in Cadiz include:Cadiz CathedralPlaza de MinaCadiz beachesPlaza San AntonioRoman theatrePlaza de San Juan de DiosTavira towerPlaza de EspañaGran Teatro Falla Plaza de CandelariaCadiz CathedralThe Cadiz Cathedral, located in the Plaza de la Catedral on the south-eastern coast of the old town is perhaps the most famous landmark of the city.  It was built over more than a 110 years between 1722 and 1838, on the same site as a previous church dating back to 1260 and supervised by the architect Vicente Acero, the man behind the Granada Cathedral.  One of the key features of this Baroque-style Cathedral , with a mix of rococo and neoclassical elements, is its golden cupola which looms above the old town houses and dominate the skyline.Plaza de MinaThe Plaza de Mina is considered by many the most beautiful of all the various squares in Cadiz.  Situated in the centre of the old town, it dates back to the 19th century, when the orchard of the convent of San Francisco was redesigned into a public plaza by various architects.  Today this lovely square is filled with large trees and various statues as well as the Museum of Cadiz which offers artworks by famous artists including Peter Paul Rubens, as well as a variety of objects from Cadiz’s 3000 year history.  The beautiful houses surrounding the Plaza de Mina are a mix of Isabelline Gothic and neo-classical architecture.Cadiz beachesCadiz is not only a great cultural city but also an excellent sea and sun destination offering a variety of amazing beaches on its southern front.  Indeed the city offers more than 10 km of some of the cleanest beaches of the region, starting from the edge of the old town and continuing alongside the Calle Campo de Sur.  Some of the top beaches worth discovering includes Santa Maria del Mar, Victoria, and Cortadura, offering beautiful sand, a refreshing Atlantic breeze and plenty of activities such as volleyball, surfing and kite flying.  It is also where most of the most sought after hotels, apartments and restaurants are located.Plaza San AntonioThe Plaza San Antonio is another famous and beautiful square in the heart of Cadiz,  surrounded by splendid neo–classical mansions.  It was originally built in the 18th century and was once considered the main square of the city.  Its name is taken from the San Antonio church which dates back to 1669 and occupies the southern corner of the plaza.  Today the Plaza San Antonio is considered one of Cadiz heritage historic sites, prohibiting all new constructions.Roman theatreThe Cadiz Roman theatre located in the El Pópulo district in the centre of the Casco Antiguo, is considered the second largest Roman theatre in the world.  It was built during the 1st century BC by order of Lucius Cornelius Balbus using hand shaped limestones.  It was however only discovered recently, when in 1980 a huge fire destroyed an old warehouse built on the site of the theatre.  What was first thought to be some medieval remains, have revealed a largely intact Roman theatre after systematic excavations.Plaza de San Juan de DiosThe Plaza de San Juan de Dios is a very touristic square situated on the eastern side of the old city.  It dates back to the 15th century and built on lands reclaimed from the sea.  Its main feature is Cadiz’s Old City town hall,  a remarkable building overlooking the square.  The Plaza de San Juan de Dios is today packed with various terraced cafes and restaurants, serving a variety of traditional Andalucian tapas.Tavira towerThe Tavira tower located on the north western side of the Old Town is the tallest remaining watchtower in Cadiz.  It is believed that during the 18th century, there might have been over 160 such towers, usually as part of the houses from which the merchants could view the sea and check for the arrival of its ships.  The tower main feature is the cámara oscura, an optical technology that uses a specially-prepared convex lens to project panoramic views into a concave disc.Plaza de EspañaThe Plaza de España is a large square on the Eastern side of Cadiz Casco Antiguo not far from the port.  At its heart lies the Monument to the Constitution of 1812, surrounded by a variety of trees.Gran Teatro FallaThe Gran Teatro Falla located on the lovely Plaza Fragela in the western side of Cadiz Old Town is set in a spectactular building in a Moorish revival style.  It was first built in 1871 by the architect García del Alamo but unfortunately destroyed by fire a few years later.  The current theatre was built between 1884 and 1905 by architect Adolfo Morales de los Rios.Plaza de CandelariaThe Plaza de Candelaria located in the Eastern side of Cadiz old town, not far from the Cathedral is a lovely square packed with various palm trees.  Its name is derived from the Candelaria convent which was once on the site of the plaza until it was demolished.  The key feature of the square is the statue of the president of the first Spanish republic, Emilio Castelar born in a house facing the Plaza.Flights to CadizThe quickest way to get to Cadiz is through Jerez de la Frontera’s La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located about 30 minutes drive to the north of the city centre.  The airport is used by a variety of low cost airlines. Check out the latest flight deals to La Parra International Airport.Top Cadiz hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Cadiz as voted by the users.TRYP Cádiz La Caleta HotelAvenida Amílcar Barca s/n, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain 11009 – 4 Stars Right on Playa Victoria, this beach-side property offers guests direct access to the sand and surf. Suited to those on beach-centric holidays, the TRYP Cádiz La Caleta Hotel is steps from the water, and a ten-minute drive from the centre of Cadiz. Rooms are vividly decorated to a high standard with modern bathrooms and wifi access, and guests driving through the area have secure private parking available to them at a charge. Along the promenade, guests will find all the dining and entertainment one would expect from a Spanish coastal town, including cheap breakfast cafes, tapas bars, clubs and restaurants for every budget. Enjoy a fun filled vacation under the sun from the extremely convenient TRYP Cádiz La Caleta Hotel. Book a room at the TRYP Cádiz La Caleta Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Senator Cadiz Spa HotelRubio y Díaz 1, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are separate shower and tub, desk, non smoking rooms, bathrobes.  Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, restaurant. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are sauna, jacuzzi, gym, spa on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Senator Cadiz Spa Hotel. Book a room at the Senator Cadiz Spa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Patagonia SurCobos 11, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 3 Stars Every room in the hotel offers guests in room safe, non smoking rooms, balcony/terrace, hair dryer. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Cadiz hotel offers bar/pub, elevator, shops. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Hotel Patagonia Sur. Book a room at the Hotel Patagonia Sur now, best price guaranteed.Spa Cadiz Plaza HotelGlorieta Ingeniero La Cierva, 3, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain 11010 – 3 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature in room safe, air conditioning, television. Laundry service/dry cleaning, room service, 24hr room service, business centre are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Cadiz hotel. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are massage, spa on the grounds. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Spa Cadiz Plaza Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Monte Puertatierra Avda. Andalucía, 34, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain 11008 – 4 Stars Air conditioning, inhouse movies, desk are among the amenities guests will find in every room. This excellent hotel in Cadiz also has shops, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find tennis courts. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Monte Puertatierra. Book a room at the Hotel Monte Puertatierra now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Las Cortes De Cadiz C/San Francisco 9, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 3 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are air conditioning, mini bar, non smoking rooms, shower. This excellent hotel in Cadiz also has 24hr room service, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including jacuzzi, gym. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Hotel Las Cortes De Cadiz now, best price guaranteed.Playa Victoria HotelGlorieta Ingeniero La Ciervo 4, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 4 Stars This is a clean and friendly hotel resort right on the beach with a sunny outdoor pool area and spacious rooms. The hotel offers wireless internet and immaculate accommodations with fine balcony areas with pristine sea-views. If you’re here on honeymoon, be sure and reserve one of the top floor rooms with more extensive views. For getting out to the beach in the afternoons you won’t have to fight for lawn-chairs and umbrellas; the hotel offers enough to go around. Lounge around on the beach or return to the hotel pool for a clean and sunny environment. Lounge around poolside and receive attentive care by the wait staff, order up some cocktails and unwind. For lunch and dinner options the hotel offers intimate dining atmospheres for honeymoon and family travellers alike Book a room at the Playa Victoria Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Parador Atlántico HotelAvenida Duque De Najera,9, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain 11002 – 4 Stars Excellent seaside location, great swimming pool and outdoor areas and spacious rooms come together with a romantic atmosphere here.  The accommodations are colourful and offer plenty of furnishings and sitting areas. Enjoy the large windows looking out over the sea and unwind. Raised above the beach even from the pool area, this hotel features brilliant views throughout. The courtyard area, with its old-world Spanish setting and sunny atmosphere, is the perfect little spot to relax and enjoy a bottle of wine in the afternoons. After exploring the recreational options head back to the marble lounge area in the evenings for a pristine environment and a nightcap. Enjoy the Cadiz Bay from the restaurant and dine on a delectable dinner. Book a room at the Parador Atlántico Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Barcelo Cadiz HotelAvda. de Andalucía, 89, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 4 Stars The Barcelo Cadiz Hotel is conveniently located on the main avenue of the city and is close to the seafront promenade bordering Victoria Beach. The hotel offers 96 guestrooms fitted with modern amenities. Dine at the a la carte or buffet restaurants. There is also a terrace area during the summer. Additional on-site facilities include a private car park, cyber corner and four meeting rooms (capacity for up to 170 people). Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Barcelo Cadiz Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Regio HotelAvenida Ana De Viya 11, Cadiz, Cadiz, Spain – 3 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature in room safe, non smoking rooms, desk. Featuring 24hr room service, room service, bar/pub, concierge, this Cadiz hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Regio Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Cadiz images
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Jerez de la Frontera with over 200k inhabitants is one of the largest city in the province of Cadiz within the south-western region of Andalusia.  Perfectly situated between the sea and the mountains it has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even the provincial capital of Cadiz in economic activities.  Jerez de la Frontera is famous for its passions for sherry, flamenco as well as for horses with a variety of cattle ranches, making it the perfect destination to taste the unique Andalucian experience.  It’s name is derived from Arabic “sherry”, which has become one of the city’s most acclaimed wines.  The town is also filled with history, dating back to the Moorish times.  It’s old town or Casco Antiguo is especially worth discovering, packed with narrow streets, small palm lined squares, plenty of old churches and the Alcazaba fortress.  As for the rest of the town, it has wider streets with rows of jacaranda trees.  For a weekend break or a longer stay, Jerez de la Frontera is the perfect town in Andalucía to be explored. Check out the latest hotel deals in Jerez de la Frontera.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Jerez de la Frontera attractionsFlights to Jerez de la FronteraTop Jerez de la Frontera hotelsJerez de la Frontera imagesTop 10 Jerez de la Frontera attractionsJerez has a variety of great historical and cultural sites from its Cathedral to the city fortress, passing by numerous Gothic churches. The top 10 attractions worth discovering include:Alcazar fortressJerez CathedralPlaza del ArenalSan Francisco ChurchAntigo CabildoSan Dionisio ChurchCharterhouse of JerezSan Mateo ChurchSantiago ChurchArchaeological MuseumAlcazar fortressThe Alcazar is a remarkable Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century which has been partially restored. The fortress which was built by the Arabs, include a mosque, the only one remaining from the numerous one once present in the city. During the Christian conquest of the city, the mosque was turned into a church and the minaret converted into a bell tower.Jerez CathedralThe Cathedral del Salvador is perhaps one of the most famous landmarks of Jerez de la Frontera.  It was built during the 17th century, in a mix of Gothic, Baroque and Neo-classicist style.  Some of its key features include the Cristo de la Viga, a late 15th century Gothic Crucifix as well as the Sleeping Girl, a beautiful painting of the Virgin Mary by acclaimed artist Francisco Zurbarán.Plaza del ArenalThe Plaza del Arenal, located in the heart of the city, was once known as the place for duels or battles, and has today became one of the most famous squares in Jerez.  At its heart lies the statue of Miguel Primo de Rivera on its horse as created by Mariano Benlliure.  It is believed that the plaza is “where Jerez dreams”.Church of San FranciscoThe Church of San Francisco located a few meters east of the Plaza del Arenal, is one of the few religious sites built outside the walls of Jerez perimeter.  It belongs to the attached Franciscan convent and the current construction dates back to 1787, built on the previous original church.  The Church of San Francisco is where lie the remains of Blanche of Bourbon, the once French Queen of Castile and Leon.Antigo CabildoThe Antigua Casa del Cabildo is a beautiful building dating back to1575, once home to the Jerez de la Frontera Town Hall.  It is perfectly located in the heart of the old town, in front of the Plaza de la Asuncion and next to the San Dionisio Church.  This landmark building is one of the finest examples of Renaissance architecture and was declared one of Jerez Cultural Monuments.San Dionisio Church The San Dionisio Church was built in the late 15th century in a Gothic-Mudéjar style and later improved in a Baroque style during the 18th century.  It is situated in the centre of Jerez old town squeezed between the Plaza de Plateros to the north and Plaza de la Asuncion to the West.  One of its key features include a remarkable image of Jesus dating back to the 15th century.Charterhouse of Jerez de la FronteraLa Cartuja de Jerez de la Frontera or Charterhouse is the city’s most known monastery. It was first built in a late Gothic style during the 15th century and later completed in the 17th century with a Baroque touch.  It has been designated as a Historic-Artistic Monument by the Spanish government.San Mateo ChurchThe Church of San Mateo, located in the west part of the Jerez old town,  is said to be the oldest in the city.  It was first built in a Gothic style by Alfonso X during the 13th century on the location of an old Arab mosque, and later rebuilt during the 15th century.Santiago ChurchThe Church of Santiago was built by Alfonso X of Castile’s and dedicated to the Apostle Santiago,  responsible for the conquest of the city.  Most of the church is in a Gothic style, with a Baroque tower added in 1663.Archaeological MuseumThe Museo Arqueológico Municipal de Jerez de la Frontera is an archaeological museum situated on the Plaza del Mercado which was first established in 1873.  It offers a variety of splendid objects,  many donated by wealthy individuals, including various Roman ceramics and a very rare Corinthian helmet.Flights to Jerez de la FronteraThere is an excellent flight connection from many European cities to Jerez de la Frontera through La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located less than 10km north of the city centre.  The airport is used by a variety of low cost airlines. Check out the latest flight deals to La Parra International Airport.Top Jerez de la Frontera hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Jerez de la Frontera as voted by the users.TRYP Jerez HotelAlameda Cristina 13, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11403 – 4 Stars In the heart of the city of Jerez, this hotel offers value for money accommodation. Guests are within walking distance to the cathedrals, palaces and museums from here. A must do when in the city, is a visit to the Arabic Baths. Begin your day with an extensive buffet spread at breakfast before you head out to explore the city. TRYP Jerez Hotel is a comfortable option when visiting the city. Book a room at the TRYP Jerez Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Sherry Park HotelAvenida Alvaro Domecq 11, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405  – 4 Stars Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 170 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are non smoking rooms, air conditioning, desk. This excellent hotel in Jerez de la Frontera also has 24hr room service, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning. After a day of work or exploring, outdoor pool, sauna, gym are some of the ways to unwind. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Sherry Park Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Los Jandalos Jerez & Spa HotelNuño De Cañas, 1, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11402 – 4 Stars Each of the 77 rooms at this fine 4-star hotel feature superior amenities. Featured in each room, among other amenities, are ironing board, air conditioning, daily newspaper, non smoking rooms. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities, 24hr room service. Unwind after your day with a choice of massage, golf course (on site), spa – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Los Jandalos Jerez & Spa Hotel. Book a room at the Los Jandalos Jerez & Spa Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Tierras De Jerez HotelCorredera, 58, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11402 – 3 Stars All 50 rooms at this 3-star hotel are tailored to satisfy guests’ needs. Some of the features you’ll enjoy are air conditioning, hair dryer, daily newspaper.   Elevator, restaurant, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Jerez de la Frontera hotel. After a day of work or exploring, golf course (on site) are some of the ways to unwind. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Tierras De Jerez Hotel. Book a room at the Tierras De Jerez Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel GuadaleteAvenida Duque de Abrantes, 84, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11407 – 4 Stars The recently renovated Hotel Guadalete is located in the centre of Jerez de la Frontera. With its prime location and the extensive list of facilities, the property is an ideal venue for business gatherings and a wide range of professional events, including seminars, gala dinners and cocktail parties. The stylish hotel also has all the facilities for guests to relax and enjoy a more casual atmosphere, with swimming pools, children’s area and a terrace for sunbathing. Hotel Guadalete’s professional services in business needs combined with a space for relaxation make it the perfect choice for a formal events and a casual trip at the same time. Book a room at the Hotel Guadalete now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Jerez and SpaAvenida Alcalde de Alvaro Domecq N35, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405 – 5 Stars Each of the 121 rooms at this 5-star hotel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. Included in all rooms are daily newspaper, ironing board, bathrobes, air conditioning. In addition, this property in Jerez de la Frontera has restaurant, room service, shops. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include massage, jacuzzi, outdoor pool. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Book a room at the Hotel Jerez and Spa now, best price guaranteed.Ac Jerez HotelAvenida Chiribitos s/n, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11405 – 4 Stars Whether on business or holiday, each of the 90 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. All rooms have bathrobes, non smoking rooms, daily newspaper as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts business centre, shops, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as garden at this hotel. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Ac Jerez Hotel. Book a room at the Ac Jerez Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Palacio Garvey HotelPlaza Rafael Rivero, Torneria 24, Jerez de la Frontera City Centre, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain Featured in each room, among other amenities, are non smoking rooms, in room safe, daily newspaper, hair dryer. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Jerez de la Frontera hotel offers shops, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service, bar/pub. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site) on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Palacio Garvey Hotel. Book a room at the Palacio Garvey Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Barcelo Jerez Montecastillo And Convention Centre HotelCtra Arcos Km 6, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain – 4 Stars Included in all rooms are mini bar, non smoking rooms, bathtub, shower. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find 24hr room service, bar/pub, elevator on-site. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as jacuzzi, massage, golf course (on site) at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. To make your reservation at Barcelo Jerez Montecastillo Book a room at the Barcelo Jerez Montecastillo Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Villa Jerez HotelAvda. de la Cruz Roja, 7, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 11407 – 5 Stars Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 20 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature air conditioning, desk, in room safe. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, room service. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include outdoor pool, jacuzzi, massage. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Villa Jerez Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Jerez de la Frontera images
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Following our article about Seville’s top 10 attractions, hotels and images, comes the HD Video showing the amazing historic sites of one of Andalucía’s most fascinating towns.
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Seville is the capital and largest city of the autonomous community Andalucía, as well as often referred to as the artistic, historic, cultural, and financial centre of southern Spain.  Located on the banks of the River Guadalquivir it has a city population of over 700K, with a metropolitan area reaching more than 1.5 millions people.  Seville is known to be one of the largest historical centres in both Spain and Europe, offering a variety of cultural sites from Palaces to Cathedrals. The legend says that Sevilla was founded by Hercules during the Tartessian civilisation, later conquered by the Romans when it was called Hispalis and then named to Isbiliya during the Moors occupation. Seville is also known for being an entertainment centre, being home to flamenco, a traditional Spanish dance and a variety of other spectacles and art galleries.  If you are looking to discover the real Andalucía, then Seville is the place to be, to find some of the best kept traditions, as well as great tapas bars, nightlife, bullfighting venues within the Spanish Southern region.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Seville attractionsFlights to SevilleTop Seville hotelsSeville imagesTop 10 Seville attractionsSevilla is blessed with a variety of great historic attractions such as the Cathedral, the minaret of La Giralda and the Alcázar Palace, as well as various world class museums such as the Fine Arts Museum considered one of Spain’s greatest.  The top 10 attractions worth discovering in Sevilla include:Alcázar Palace Cathedral de SevillaLa Giralda tower Casa de PilatosTorre del Oro Universidad de Sevilla Plaza de EspañaPlaza de Toros de la Maestranza Museo de Bellas ArtesBarrio Santa CruzAlcázar PalaceThe Real Alcázar is the amazing Palace situated next to Seville’s Cathedral.  It was first built by the Moors in 1181 and its development continued for over 500 years with a mix of Moorish and Renaissance style.  It is a fascinating place to discover, with its unique architectural features as well as splendid lavish gardens.  The Alcázar Palace is also famous for being the place, where Christopher Columbus planned its journey to the new world.Catedral de SevillaThe Catedral de Sevilla is considered one of the world’s largest church, with an area of over 11,000 square metres and with the central nave rising up to 37 metres.  It was built during the 15th century  on the former site of the city’s mosque, keeping some of its key elements such as the columns and the Giralda minaret.  The Cathedral is lavishly decorated and is famous for having the tomb of Christopher Columbus, perhaps Spain’s greatest explorer.La Giralda towerLa Giralda is the amazing tower next to the Cathedral and perhaps the most recognisable symbol of Seville.  It was originally built in the 15th century  as a the Mosque minaret and was later converted into a bell tower.  The tower has remarkably 34 ramps instead of stairs, once enabling to ride it on horseback.  It’s top floor, has the statue of El Giraldillo representing Faith, as well as offering spectacular views over the city.Torre del OroThe Torre del Oro is a beautiful thirteenth century tower which once served as a the river’s watchtower.  It was equipped with a defensive chain at its base which prevented boats to enter the port.  It is today home to the very interesting local maritime museum.Universidad de SevillaThe Universidad de Sevilla once known as the Tobacco Factory of Seville was  first constructed in the 18th century.  It was then the largest industrial building in Spain and its wealth is still visible today through the splendid factory architecture and surrounding Gardens, packed with a variety of stairways, fountains and patios.  It was only in the 50’s that the Tobacco Factory was converted into the Seville University, which is today considered one of the top ranked schools in Europe.Casa de PilatosThe Casa de Pilatos is a wonderful palace dating back to the sixteenth century mixing various architectural styles including Gothic, Mudéjar and Renaissance.  It is situated on the northern edge of barrio Santa Cruz and today host a splendid museum offering various artefacts including grandiose frescos by European masters as well as Roman sculptures.  The Casa de Pilatos is also famous for its astonishing verdant gardens packed with numerous orange trees.Plaza de EspañaThe Plaza de España located in the Parque de Maria Luisa south of the city centre, is a perfect mix of typical glazed tiles with Neo-Mudéjar and Art Deco style.  It was built in 1929 for the Ibero-Americana Exposition by the architect Aníbal González.Plaza de Toros de la MaestranzaThe Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is perhaps one of the most famous bullfighting ring in the world, which can hold up to 13,000 people.  It also holds a museum, the Museo de la Maestranza , showcasing the heads of slain animals as well as various matador memorabilia and artwork.  It can be visited daily, however the Bull fighting season starts at Easter and run through October.Museo de Bellas ArtesThe Museo de Bellas Artes is by far the most important museum in Seville with a very large and important art collection.  First established in 1835 it offers fifteen exhibition rooms showcasing  mostly Sevillian art, starting  from the Gothic period and up to 20th century paintings passing by the master of Baroques. Some of the key artists include Pacheco, Zurbarán and Murillo.Barrio Santa CruzThe Barrio Santa Cruz is perhaps one the most famous districts in the heart of Seville located eastward of the Cathedral and the Alcázar.  Once known as the Jewish ghetto it is an excellent place to wander about its narrow medieval streets, small squares and charming house with flower-filled balconies. Flights to SevilleThe fastest way to get to Seville is with the Sevilla International Airport ( SVQ) which is located some 25 minutes East drive from the city centre.  There is a fast bus service from outside the airport that usually runs every 30 minutes. Check out the latest flight deals to Sevilla International Airport. The other option is through the La Parra International Airport (XRY) which is located further south some 10km from Jerez de la Frontera.  Although a longer option  it is used by many discount airlines. Check out the latest flight deals to La Parra International Airport.Top Seville hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Seville as voted by the users.Vincci La Rabida HotelCastelar, 24, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 4 Stars A historic building in the old quarter, this property has views of the cathedral from its rooftop bar. Exploring the heart of Seville is easy from this position, five-minute’s walk from the Giralda and within strolling distance of Santa Cruz, the bullring and myriad little shops and tapas bars. Pretty Andalucian decor adorns all interiors – the lobby and internal courtyard the most impressive spaces – with rooms quaintly furnished in an elegant Spanish style, all including satellite TV and charged internet. The crowning feature of the hotel – literally – is its rooftop terrace on which cocktails or dinner can be enjoyed as twilight falls over the cathedral. The surrounding alleyways also present opportunities for getting lost and finding secret nooks for drinking and dining. Book a room at the Vincci La Rabida Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel America SevillaPlaza del Duque, 9, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars As a centrally located accommodation, both tourists and business travellers are treated to close proximity to many of the city’s main attractions and venues. The hotel’s restaurant offers delicious cuisine throughout the day while the breakfast buffet is a must have. Sightseeing isn’t difficult to do as the Hotel America Sevilla is only a few minutes away from tourist hotspots such as the Alcázar Palace and Giralda. After a busy day of roaming around the city, relax at the hotel’s cocktail bar with a few evening beverages. The parking facilities, room services and laundry facilities all contribute to an easy going stay at the Hotel America Sevilla. Book a room at the Hotel America Sevilla now, best price guaranteed.Petit Palace Santa Cruz HotelMunoz y Pabon st, 18, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41004 – 4 Stars Renovated from a 16th century palace, Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel offers an accommodation with a sleek and contemporary design with touch of old charms. Apart from its attractive appearance, the hotel also features state-of-the-art facilities to complete the transformation. Hidden in the labyrinthine streets of the Jewish Quarter, this historic property boasts an ideal location near the Cathedral and the Giralda. In the comfort of the guestrooms, you will find a welcoming contrast of modern technology with a laptop, Internet access and LCD TV. Get a taste of the old world without compromising your convenience at Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel Book a room at the Petit Palace Santa Cruz Hotel now, best price guaranteed.San Gil HotelParras 28, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 4 Stars A rooftop pool and holdovers of Moorish design draw travellers to this historic building in the old quarter of Seville. Located in a peaceful semi-residential area, the San Gil Hotel occupies a building of some standing, having been designed by prominent Spanish architect Jos Espiau in 1901. Common areas – such as the elaborately tiled lobby and the internal courtyard – are the most impressive but rooms are suitably luxe and comfortable themselves, with classical style furnishings and large modern bathrooms. From here, it’s a 15-minute walk into the centre of town and all the sights, and to help motivate the walk home guests have a dip in the rooftop pool to look forward to. Book a room at the San Gil Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Derby HotelPlaza del Duque,13, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars This is an elegant and contemporary accommodation suitable for honeymooners and couples while conveniently situated in Plaza del Duque. The hotel offers delicious local cuisine throughout the day while breakfast is a must have. The Derby Hotel’s location on Plaza del Duque allows for quick and easy access to the shopping district. The more fitness obsessed guests of the hotel can visit the onsite gym. For those interested in more leisure and relaxation, the cocktail bar is open throughout the day. The laundry facilities, room services and tour desk services are all available for an enjoyable stay at the Derby Hotel Book a room at the Derby Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Fernando Iii Hotel  San José, 21, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41004 – 4 Stars  Included in all rooms are air conditioning, hair dryer, daily newspaper. The hotel boasts 24hr room service, restaurant, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Fernando Iii Hotel. Book a room at the Fernando Iii Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Eurostars Regina HotelSan Vicente Street, 97, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41002 – 3 Stars The Eurostars Regina Hotel is housed inside a quaint Andalucian edifice in the vibrant San Lorenzo district. From here, guests are within walking distance of attractions such as the Gran Poder Basilica, the Fine Arts Museum, the Convent of St. Clement, Gavidia Square and Becquer’s House. Situated just 10 minutes from Seville’s best shopping streets as well as the Giralda, the Cathedral, the Maestranza, Sierpes Street, Reales Alcázar and Torre de Oro, this property consists of well appointed bedrooms to suit every need. There are two courtyards decorated in true Andalucian style, as well as bar, Internet access, covered parking and a 95 square meter reception room for meetings and banquets. Conveniently located, the Eurostars Regina Hotel is the perfect base from which to discover Seville. Book a room at the Eurostars Regina Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Confortel Puerta De Triana HotelC/ Reyes Católicos , 5, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 3 Stars The 3-star Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel, situated in the heart of the historic quarter, is located close to the city’s main shopping area. From here, guests will have easy access to a wide selection of shops and local attractions. The hotel offers 68 warm rooms that have all the comforts and conveniences of home including wireless Internet access. An Internet point, a library as well as a coffee lounge are among the facilities guests of the hotel will enjoy. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at the lovely Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel. Book a room at the Confortel Puerta De Triana Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana C/ Jimios 9-11, Casco Antiguo, Seville, Spain 41001 – 3 Stars Housed in an emblematic mid-19th century building, the hotel provides 57 tastefully-designed guestrooms and is perfectly located in the heart of the city, near Cathedral. Situated in the quiet Jimios Street, the Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana is right in the heart of the city. It is a very short walking distance from the famous Cathedral, as well as the other major tourist attractions in central Seville. Every morning, guests can start the day with a buffet breakfast. The three-star hotel provides guests with modern accommodation and a prime location that is close to all tourist and historical zones. Book a room at the Petit Palace Marques Santa Ana now, best price guaranteed.Melia Lebreros HotelLuis de Morales 2, Nevrion, Seville, Spain 41018 – 4 Stars Close to Santa Justa train station, this large Melia property offers a wide range of services to both tourists and business travellers. Handy to major thoroughfares and within a few steps of a Cortes des Ingles supermarket, the Melia Lebreros Hotel is a 20-minute stroll out of the old town centre. The property has extensive business and conference facilities, including meeting halls and an executive Royal Service floor for those who like added pampering, plus there’s a gym and pool with bar service providing a nice way to escape Spain’s summer heat. Cabs are easy to get from this location and it is a cheap fare to the cathedral or the shopping area of Santa Cruz. Breakfast onsite features fresh produce from the region and those after some tapas will find it in the hotel’ street-side tavern. Guests can also enjoy the new Bravo Sevilla restaurant which offers the best cocktails and beautiful views in an environment that blends traditional Andalucian style and modern Manhattan jazz. Book a room at the Melia Lebreros Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Seville images
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Following our article about the lovely city of Tavira with high resolution images, top 10 attractions and a selection of the best hotels, comes the HD Video showing the amazing historic sites of one of Algarve’s westernmost town.
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Top 10 Tavira:
Tavira is a beautiful historical town situated on one of the easternmost locations of the Algarve.  It is blessed with remarkable natural beauty surrounded with orange, almond and fig trees.  The city offers a splendid architecture dating back thousands of years as well as pristine beaches on its idyllic Ilha de Tavira only accessible by ferryboat.  As reminded by the ancient bridge on the River Gilão in the heart of the old town, the romans were the first to set foot on its coast, followed by the Moors, which gives the Tavira a  truly unique charm.  Indeed it is a relaxed, peaceful town with a great deal of cultural heritage and is often referred to as the town of churches with no less than 37 of them spread across the city. Tavira is also known for its world class golf courses such as the Benamor and Colina Verde, which will contribute for a remarkable experience.  Combined with a choice of great value for money accommodations the town has everything for a perfect holiday for both couples and families. Check out the latest holiday deals or hotels in Tavira, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Tavira attractionsTop Tavira hotelsTavira imagesTop 10 Tavira attractionsTavira is blessed with a variety of amazing sites within its narrow streets from its lively main square to the peaceful Moorish castle on top of the majestic hill passing by its famous Roman bridge.  Not to forget, the various wonderful attractions situated around the city such as the as the picture perfect Tavira island or the unique Tavira Anchors Cemetery.  The top 10 sites worth discovering in Tavira include:Tavira castleTavira Roman bridgePraca da RepublicaChurch of MercyChurch of Santa MariaChurch of SantiagoConvent of Nossa Senhora da GraçaTavira anchors cemeteryIsland of TaviraParque Natural da Ria FormosaTavira castleThe Tavira Castle was first built during the 13th century, but later re-built by the Moors and the Christians and finally partially destroyed during the 1755 earthquake.  Located on a small hill, it offers spectacular views over the city and the surrounding areas.Tavira Roman bridgeThe Ponte Romana or Roman bridge, situated over the River Gilão and linking the two parts of the town is one of the most famous features of Tavira.  This seven arch bridge was first built by the Roman some 2000 years ago, then redesigned during the 17th century and became a  pedestrians only crossing after the 1989 floods.Praça da RepúblicaTavira wealthy past can be seen when visiting Praça da República, the main town square surrounded with grandiose Portuguese houses with tiled fronts.  Bordered by the Ponte Romana and the River Gilão on one side and the Town Hall on the other, it is today packed with a variety of terraced cafes and restaurants, ideal to take a break and enjoy a refreshment.  Next to the square, longing the river, are some lovely gardens, for those looking for a shaded place to sit and enjoy the local life passing by.Church of MercyThe Igreja da Misericórdia or Church of Mercy is one of Tavira’s oldest church dating back to the 16th century.  Located on a hill next to the tourism office, west of Praça da República, it is one the towns’ finest, showing a variety of beautiful carvings depicting the life of Christ as well as magnificent traditional blue and white azulejos.Church of Santa MariaThe Igreja de Santa Maria do Castelo or Church of Santa Maria was first built in the 13th century on the site of a Mosque right next to Tavira’s Castle.  It is famous for presumably holding the tombs of Dom Paio Peres Correia and his seven knights, the man responsible for taking back the city from the Moors.Church of SantiagoThe Igreja de Santiago is a lovely Church dating back to 1270 located in the heart of the city next to both Tavira’s castle and the Igreja de Santa Maria.Convent of Nossa Senhora da GraçaThe Convent of Nossa Senhora da Graça or Our Lady of Grace dates back to 1542 and built by the Augustinian Order, which soon became one of the key centre of education in Tavira.  During the 19th century it was taken by the army and more recently in 2006 it was converted to a Portuguese Pousada called the Pousada Convento da Graça.  It is now possible to book a luxury room in this great establishment, located next to both the Igreja de Santa Maria and Santiago. Book a room at the Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Island of TaviraThe Ilha de Tavira or Tavira Island is perhaps the most important attraction for sun worshipers.  Indeed this beautiful island , located south of the city and only accessible by ferryboat has no less than 11 km of coastline, offering some of the best beaches of the region.  From the safe family bathing option on one side of the island to the other wilder side with large waves and passing by naturism areas, the Ilha de Tavira really has something for everyone.Tavira anchors cemeteryThe Tavira Cemitério das Âncoras or Anchors Cemetery situated on the Praia do Barril in the Island of Tavira, is a truly unique and spectacular site, definitely worth discovering when visiting the region.   Indeed it is where an impressive number of anchors rust in the sand alongside the Atlantic coastline.  This cemetery is a reminder of Tavira’s importance in the tuna fishing industry, which once represented the main livelihood of the city’s inhabitants.Parque Natural da Ria FormosaThe Parque Natural da Ria Formosa is the perfect place for nature and bird lovers being a nesting ground for Flamingos, King Fishers and Storks amongst other species.  This beautiful park with over 60km of coastline has plenty on offer from freshwater lakes to sand dune islands where live a great variety of fauna and flora.Top Tavira hotelsThe following are some of the best 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Tavira as voted by the users.Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça HotelRua D. Paio Peres Correia, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-407 – 4 Stars Non smoking rooms, desk, hair dryer are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including business centre, bar/pub, shops. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find garden. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça Hotel. Book a room at the Pousada de Tavira Convento da Graça Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta Da Lua HotelBernardinheiro 1622-X, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal – 5 Stars There are non smoking rooms, balcony/terrace, hair dryer, bathrobes in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. This excellent hotel in Tavira also has shops, safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are massage, outdoor pool on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Quinta Da Lua Hotel. Book a room at the Quinta Da Lua Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Pedras D’El Rei HotelAldeamento Pedras D el Rei Santa Luzia, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal – 3 Stars Television, balcony/terrace, separate shower and tub, shower are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include 24hr room service, bicycle rental, bar/pub. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are water sports (non-motorized), outdoor pool, massage on the grounds. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Pedras D’El Rei Hotel. Book a room at the Pedras D’El Rei Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Gale Tavira HotelRua 4 de Outubro, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-362 – 4 Stars There are desk, air conditioning, hair dryer in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. Featuring laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, restaurant, this Tavira hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Jacuzzi, gym, golf course (on site) are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Vila Gale Tavira Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Porta Nova HotelRua Antonio Pinheiro, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800-323 – 4 Stars Every room in the hotel offers guests television, hair dryer, non smoking rooms, in room safe. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Tavira hotel offers bar/pub, 24hr room service, elevator. Golf course (on site), garden, indoor pool are on-site for guests’ enjoyment. This charming property has long been a favourite in Tavira for both business and leisure travellers. Porta Nova Hotel can be easily booked with our secure online booking form. Book a room at the Porta Nova Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Gale Albacora Hotel Quatro Aguas, Tavira, Tavira, Portugal 8800 – 4 Stars There are in room safe, television, desk, hair dryer in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. In addition, this property in Tavira has meeting facilities, shops, laundry service/dry cleaning. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site), gym, jacuzzi on the grounds. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Vila Gale Albacora Hotel. To make your reservation at Vila Gale Albacora Hotel Tavira, just enter your travel dates on our secure online booking form and submit. Book a room at the Vila Gale Albacora Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Tavira images
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Following our article about the lovely Caneiros Beach with images and a selection of the surrounding top hotels comes the HD Video showing your this amazing natural beauty of the Algarve in Southern Portugal.
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Praia dos Caneiros situated in the municipality of Lagoa next to the town of Ferragudo is one of the most charming beaches in the central part of the Algarve in Southern Portugal.  This wonderful bay, is a small piece of paradise offering amazingly soft sand surrounded by large sandstone cliffs and beautiful azure water.  The Caneiros blue flag beach offers a variety of facilities including a small parking lot, sunbeds for rent, toilet facilities, kiosk for ice-creams and a restaurant, making each one of your trips a remarkable experience.  The Rei das Praias restaurant is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal, offering a wide choice of fresh fish and seafood and spectacular views over the Atlantic ocean.  The normal beach season at Praia dos Caneiros goes from April to the end of September, where it is supervised by lifeguards. For a unique beach experience in the Algarve, the Caneiros Beach is the place to be.TopicsAbout Caneiros BeachTop Caneiros Beach hotelsCaneiros Beach imagesTop Caneiros Beach hotelsThe following are some of the best rated hotels surrounding Caneiros Beach.Vila Gaivota HotelVale Da Azinhaga, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars Each room includes ironing board, television, hair dryer, non smoking rooms. In addition, this property in Ferragudo has 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Vila Gaivota Hotel. Book a room at the Vila Gaivota Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Presa De Moura Hotel Sesmarias, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature in room safe, air conditioning, non smoking rooms. This excellent hotel in Ferragudo also has restaurant, business centre, bicycle rental, laundry service/dry cleaning. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find golf course (on site), garden, outdoor pool. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Presa De Moura Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Colina Da Lapa Club Hotel Vale Da Lapa- Sesmarias, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have in room safe, ironing board, air conditioning as well as other amenities. Room service, restaurant, safety deposit boxes are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Ferragudo hotel. After a day of work or exploring, tennis courts, golf course (on site) are some of the ways to unwind. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Colina Da Lapa Club Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Castelo HotelUrb Vila Castelo, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have television, bathtub, shower, ironing board as well as other amenities. Other features at the hotel include laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, business centre. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site), massage, water sports (non-motorized) on the grounds. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Vila Castelo Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Caneiros Beach images
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Ferragudo is a lovely little town right next to the bigger Portimão, within the central part of the Algarve, Southern Porutgal.  It is situated on the bank of the Arade River which flows into the Atlantic Ocean and is known for its picturesque scenery with a variety of islets, caverns and cliffs.  What was once a quiet fishing town has become a touristic destination in the last part of the 20th century.  Today it is an ideal place for vacationers offering excellent accommodations and some of the most beautiful beaches the regions has to offer.  It did kept however its traditional fishing village charm making it the perfect place to relax and absorb the typical Southern Portuguese lifestyle.  Indeed Ferragudo is perhaps one of the only remaining places where you will still find fishermen fixing their nets or locals sitting outside their house within narrow streets and enjoy charcoal grills sardines.TopicsIntroductionTop Ferragudo attractionsTop Ferragudo hotelsFerragudo imagesTop Ferragudo attractionsThe following are some of the key sites worth discovering when visiting FerragudoFerragudo bayFerragudo beachesFerragudo squareForte de São João do AradePonta do AltarFerragudo bayThe Ferragudo bay is perhaps one of the most beautiful feature of the town.  It is where numerous small fishing boats are parked set on the backdrop of traditional white washed fisherman hillside houses.  It is a truly picturesque scene, unique to Ferragudo.Ferragudo beachesThe region outside Ferragudo has some of the most breathtaking beaches in the Algarve.  Those include from east to west Pintadinho Praia, Caneiros Praia, Vale de Lapa Praia and Carvoreiro Praia.Ferragudo squareThe Ferragudo main square called Praça Rainha Dona Leonor is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee or taste some of the fresh fish in the various cafes and restaurants surrounded by palm-fringed trees.Forte de São João do AradeOn the tiny Praia da Angrinha facing the Arade River and opposite the Portimão marina is where the Forte de São João do Arade is located.  This grandiose Fort first built in the 15th century and extended in the 17 century, served as the city protector from various sea invaders.  In the 20th century the poet Coelho Carvalho turn the Forte into his private home.Ponta do AltarThe Ponta do Altar is well known promontory situated south of Ferragudo.  Its key feature is its  farol or lighthouse, a south facing white house with a red roof.Top Ferragudo hotelsFerragudo is well equipped in various accommodations, offering a variety of luxury villas and apartments, for a comfortable and peaceful stay.  The following are some of the best 3, and 4 stars hotels as voted by the users.Vitors Village ResortRua Infante D. Henrique, Apartado 88, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars Every room in the hotel offers guests television, non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including room service, bar/pub, elevator. After a day of work or exploring, water sports (non-motorized), outdoor pool, garden are some of the ways to unwind. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Vitors Village Resort. Book a room at the Vitors Village Resort now, best price guaranteed.Colina Da Lapa Club Hotel Vale Da Lapa- Sesmarias, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have in room safe, ironing board, air conditioning as well as other amenities. Room service, restaurant, safety deposit boxes are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Ferragudo hotel. After a day of work or exploring, tennis courts, golf course (on site) are some of the ways to unwind. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Colina Da Lapa Club Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Gaivota HotelVale Da Azinhaga, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars Each room includes ironing board, television, hair dryer, non smoking rooms. In addition, this property in Ferragudo has 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Vila Gaivota Hotel. Book a room at the Vila Gaivota Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Presa De Moura Hotel Sesmarias, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature in room safe, air conditioning, non smoking rooms. This excellent hotel in Ferragudo also has restaurant, business centre, bicycle rental, laundry service/dry cleaning. Those looking for first-rate sporting and leisure facilities will find golf course (on site), garden, outdoor pool. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Presa De Moura Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Castelo HotelUrb Vila Castelo, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have television, bathtub, shower, ironing board as well as other amenities. Other features at the hotel include laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, business centre. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are golf course (on site), massage, water sports (non-motorized) on the grounds. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Vila Castelo Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Villas Vitors HotelRua Infante D.Henrique Urb.Vitor´S Village, Ferragudo, Ferragudo, Portugal 8400 – 3 Stars Featured in each room, among other amenities, are television, non smoking rooms, shower. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including restaurant, car park, shops, Wi-Fi in public areas. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as gym at this hotel. This charming property has long been a favourite in Ferragudo for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Villas Vitors Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Ferragudo images
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Lagos is one of the largest city on the western side of the Algarve as well as one of the South Coast Portugal most popular destination. It is small enough to walk everywhere, but offers plenty of attractions to visitors, from the traditional and colourful centre to the beautiful sandy golden beaches.   The old town enclosed within its Roman walls  have a variety of charming small streets to be discovered.  As for the breathtaking Ponta da Piedade and its beautiful lighthouse it is an excellent starting point for the various boat tours to explore the area natural caves or dolphin populations. As for the beaches within and around Lagos, they are said to be one of the most beautiful in the region, offering amazing sand, transparent waters, various rocks formations and caves.  For those interested in water sports, the city beaches offers a variety of facilities including kayaking, canoeing, surfing and even waterskiing.Lagos is also famous for its vibrant nightlife, from beach bars and cocktail lounges to night clubs playing the latest hits.  Lagos has indeed something for every taste.Check out the latest holiday deals or hotels in Lagos, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Lagos sitesTop Lagos hotelsLagos imagesTop 10 LagosThe following are the top 10 key attractions in Lagos:Walls of the old cityPraia da BatataPonta da PiedadeFortaleza da Ponta da BandeiraSanta Maria ChurchSao Sebastiao ChurchSanto António ChurchMuseu RegionalLagos Slave MarketMeia PraiaWalls of the old cityThe Walls of the old city are perhaps one of the most fascinating feature of Lagos.  They were originally built by the Romans, later reinforced by the both the Arabs and Christians, and finally restored in the 16th century.Praia da BatataThe Praia da Batata is one of the smaller but most charming beach of Lagos.   Located south of the city, across the old town Walls and surrounded by large cliffs it is the perfect place to enjoy a quick beach escapade. Ponta da PiedadeThe Ponta da Piedade or Mercy Point is a magnificent promontory couple of kilometres northwest of Lagos.  It is a unique and breathtaking mix of sandstone cliffs, large rocks and hidden grottoes. It is also home to the beautiful Ponta da Piedade Lighthouse.Fortaleza da Ponta da BandeiraThe Fortaleza da Ponta da Bandeira is an amazing fortress built in the 17th-century to protect the harbour and only accessible by a small drawbridge.  It was restored and acquired by the city of Lagos during the second part of the 20th century, and today host a little museum about the Age of Discoveries showing the city’s maritime history.Santa Maria ChurchThe Igreja de Santa Maria is a lovely Church in Lagos old town, originally built in the 16th century and later restored in the 19th century.  It’s key features includes remarkable statues of São Pedro and São Paulo and a splendid Renaissance doorway. Sao Sebastiao ChurchThe Igreja de Sao Sebastiao is a Baroque-style Church located in the heart of Lagos.Santo António ChurchThe Igreja de Santo António is a lovely18th-century church, one of the few buildings that survived the Great Earthquake of 1755.  It has a quite modest facade but offers a splendid interior with Azulejo tiles, various painted woodworks and numerous Baroque paintings.  As for the wooden vault it was remarkably painted with a trompe-l’oeil effect.Museu RegionalThe Regional Museum of Lagos situated next to the church of Santo António offers a wide collection of artefacts going back to the Neolithic times.  It follows the region history from prehistoric time up until the 16th century, passing by the romans, Moors and Christians eras.Lagos Slave MarketThe Lagos Slave Market or Mercado de Escravos situated in the lovely Praça do Infante Dom Henrique is where began one of Europe darkest moment in history.  Indeed it is where during the 15th century, the first African slaves were sold across the continent, bringing fortune to Portugal merchants and monarchy.Meia PraiaThe Meia Praia which literally mean “Half Beach” is ironically the largest in Lagos with a 4km length.  It is the perfect spot for water sport enthusiasts, especially windsurfers and paragliders.Top Lagos hotelsThe following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Lagos.Villas D. Dinis Charming ResidenceUrb. Costa Doiro, Lote 26, City Centre, Lagos, Portugal – 3 Stars Included in all rooms are in room safe, satellite/cable TV, balcony/terrace, non smoking rooms. Also to be found at the hotel are safety deposit boxes, business centre, bicycle rental. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find outdoor pool at the hotel. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Book a room at the Villas D. Dinis Charming Residence now, best price guaranteed.Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village HotelRua Costa D’Oiro Lote 38 ,8600-544 Lagos – Algarve, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars With 67 rooms, this property contains all the amenities and services you would expect from a 4-star hotel. Each room includes non smoking rooms, in room safe, desk. In addition, this property in Lagos has restaurant, meeting facilities, 24hr room service. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, indoor pool, garden at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel. Book a room at the Costa D’Oiro Ambiance Village Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Marina Club Lagos Resort Marina de Lagos, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have bathtub, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, in room safe as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts restaurant, bar/pub, 24hr room service as part of its superior facilities and services. Facilities for recreation and leisure available include indoor pool, outdoor pool, gym, jacuzzi. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Marina Club Lagos Resort now, best price guaranteed.Tivoli Lagos HotelLagos Algarve, Lagos, Portugal – 4 StarsEach of the 324 rooms at this fine 4-star hotel feature superior amenities. Every room in the hotel offers guests bathtub, hair dryer, shower. This excellent hotel in Lagos also has safety deposit boxes, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops, meeting facilities. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as indoor pool, pool (kids), outdoor pool, gym at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Tivoli Lagos Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta Do Mar Da Luz HotelCama da Vaca – Praia da Luz, Lagos, PortugalIncluded in all rooms are bathtub, hair dryer, air conditioning. The hotel boasts shops, bar/pub, business centre as part of its superior facilities and services. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as golf course (on site), tennis courts, outdoor pool at this hotel. This charming property has long been a favourite in Lagos for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Quinta Do Mar Da Luz Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Vila Gale Lagos Hotel Estrada da Meia Praia s/n 8600-315, City Centre, Lagos, Portugal – 4 StarsEach room includes hair dryer, non smoking rooms, air conditioning. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including 24hr room service, elevator, disabled facilities, meeting facilities. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including indoor pool, outdoor pool, garden, massage. This charming property has long been a favourite in Lagos for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Vila Gale Lagos Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Aqualuz Suite ApartamentosRua Sacadura Cabral 8 ,8600 Lagos, Lagos, Portugal – 4 StarsWhether on business or holiday, each of the 163 rooms at this 4-star property are designed help guests relax in comfort and style. All rooms have bathtub, television, shower as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Lagos has meeting facilities, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including massage, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), garden. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at Aqualuz Suite Apartamentos. Book a room at the Aqualuz Suite Apartamentos now, best price guaranteed.Albergaria Marina RioAvenida Dos Descobrimentos S/N, Lagos, Portugal   – 4 StarsBathtub, hair dryer, satellite/cable TV, television are among the amenities guests will find in every room. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find shops, elevator, disabled facilities on-site. After a day of work or exploring, outdoor pool are some of the ways to unwind. Guests seeking that perfect blend of attentive care and modern convenience will find it at this lovely hotel. Book a room at the Albergaria Marina Rio now, best price guaranteed.Club House Casa Velha Da LuzRua Do Jardim – Praia Da Luz, Lagos, Portugal 8600  – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are kitchenette, non smoking rooms, in room safe, air conditioning. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Lagos hotel offers business centre, 24hr room service, bar/pub. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as spa, jacuzzi, golf course (on site), outdoor pool at this hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Hotel Club House Casa Velha Da Luz, best price guaranteed.Vilabranca ApartamentosTorraltinha, Lagos, Portugal – 4 Stars There are air conditioning, coffee/tea maker, bathtub, television in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Lagos hotel offers 24hr room service, babysitting, bar/pub, restaurant. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, outdoor pool, tennis courts at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Vilabranca Apartamentos. Book a room at the Vilabranca Apartamentos now, best price guaranteed.Lagos imagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Lagos.
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Sagres is a beautiful coastal town situated in one of the westernmost side of the Algarve region in the south of Portugal.  The town is known for being home to the Prince Henry the Navigator famous school of navigation.  Indeed during the great Age of Discoveries the city became a reference for ship-builders, astronomers, cartographers and various great mariners.  It was the place to be for anyone dreaming of discovering new horizons. Compared to other more touristic towns of the Algarve, Sagres is relatively unspoilt and  conserves an old time charm.  Indeed between the breathtaking Sagres Point and the lovely harbour at Baleeira, passing by the charming square at Praça da República, it has everything for a lovely day out.  Its name goes back to roman time, when the region was part of the Promontorium Sacrum area.  It was then believed that Sagres was the westernmost point on Earth and that at sunset the nearby ocean waters boiled.  Today the same Atlantic waters combined with a strong wind, makes it the perfect place for surfers with excellent waves. With low rise houses and quiet streets, Sagres is the ideal tranquil town to get away from the tourist packed resorts of the Algarve and enjoy the breathtaking oceanic views.TopicsIntroductionHow to get to SagresTop attractions in SagresTop Hotels in SagresTop imagesHow to get to SagresThe easiest way to get to Sagres from abroad is through the Faro international airport, which is the only airport in the Algarve region and the second busiest air hub in Portugal.  It is also possible to get to Sagres from Lisbon, which is about 300km to the North, if you are looking for a nice road trip along the splendid Portuguese Atlantic coast. Check out the latest flight deals for Faro international airport or the latest car rental deals.Top attractions in SagresThe following are the top 5 key attractions in Sagres.Sagres PointSagres promontoryCabo de São VicenteVila do BispoSagres beachesSagres PointPerhaps the region most known attraction is the Sagres Point, which became famous during the Age of Discovery.  The area, once considered the “end of the world” is set on top of spectacular cliffs and offers breathtaking views of the surroundings. This strategic place has been known for religious purposes since Neolithic times, proved by the standing menhirs found in the nearby Vila do Bispo.Sagres promontoryThe Fortaleza de Sagres or Sagres promontory which covers most of the Sagres Point is a 16th century fortress with very thick walls.  It was heavily destroyed during Portugal’s Great Earthquake in 1755, but rebuilt in the second half of the 20th century.  At its heart lies the Rosa dos Ventos, a 43 m in diameter compass rose divided into 40 segments instead of the usual 32.  The fortress is also home to the Nossa Senhora da Graça, a lovely church dating by to 1579.Cabo de São VicenteCouple kilometres west of Sagres lies Cabo de São Vicente or Cape St. Vincent which is considered the south-westernmost tip of Europe. The name is taken from when the body of St. Vincent was located there in order to protect the region from Moors invasion.  It quickly became a popular pilgrimage destination.  Cabo de São Vicente is also home to one of a Europe’s most powerful lighthouses.Vila do BispoVila do Bispo, situated only a couple kilometres north of Sagres, on the only road out of the region, is a small Portuguese town with lot of charm and surrounded with great historic sites.  Indeed it is home to standing menhirs, showing settlers living in the region as soon as the Neolithic times.Sagres beachesApart from its breathtaking views and cultural attractions, Sagres is the perfect place to unwind and relax at one of its many beaches.  By far the biggest one is the Praia da Mareta, offering more than 600 metre of beautiful sand and pebbles, and situated only minutes from the town centre.  It is perhaps most popular with families and vacationers.  On the eastern side of the harbour is the smaller but lovely beach of Praia da Baleeira. As for the water sport lovers, especially surfer, then the Praia do Tonel on the exposed northern side of Sagres point is the ideal place.  Finally for the more adventurous types looking for seclusion, the Praia do Martinhal surrounded by dunes and located east of Sagres is an excellent alternative.Top Hotels in SagresSagres has plenty of excellent value for money accommodations to choose from.  It is worth mentioning that it is home to one of only three Pousadas, the Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel, a luxurious resort once supported by the government to maintain Portuguese culture and history. The following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Sagres.Aparthotel NavigatorInfante D. Henrique, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 3 Stars To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature balcony/terrace, television, bathtub, hair dryer. Bicycle rental, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, 24hr room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Sagres hotel. For the enjoyment of guests interested in sports or leisure, there are outdoor pool, water sports (non-motorized) on the grounds. This charming property has long been a favourite in Sagres for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Aparthotel Navigator now, best price guaranteed.Memmo Baleeira HotelSítio Da Baleeira, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 Stars Included in all rooms are television, non smoking rooms, air conditioning, in room safe. This excellent hotel in Sagres also has meeting facilities, shops, elevator, laundry service/dry cleaning. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as massage, garden, outdoor pool, indoor pool at this hotel. Convenient location, a dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make this hotel a favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Memmo Baleeira Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Pousada de Sagres Infante HotelSagres, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal 8650-385 – 4 Stars The Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel is situated in the heart of Sagres, making it ideal for any visit to the region. The hotel has 51 guestrooms with fine decor and modern amenities. In-room facilities include minibar, clock radio, air conditioning, hairdryer, television, telephone (IDD), and television (cable). Services and facilities available comprise of car rental, laundry service, babysitting, wake-up call, restaurant, city transfers and room service. For relaxation, guests can make use of the swimming pool, tennis courts and solarium. Book a room at the Pousada de Sagres Infante Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Don Tenorio ApartHotelCercas Velhas, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are desk, shower, separate shower and tub. Elevator, restaurant, room service are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Sagres hotel. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as garden at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Don Tenorio ApartHotel now, best price guaranteed.Mareta Beach Boutique Bed And BreakfastPraça Da República, Sagres, Sagres, Portugal – 4 StarsIncluded in all rooms are hair dryer, ironing board, television, air conditioning. To make each guest’s stay more complete, this Sagres hotel offers bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including jacuzzi. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Mareta Beach Boutique Bed And Breakfast. Book a room at the Mareta Beach Boutique Bed And Breakfast now, best price guaranteed.Sagres ImagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Sagres.
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Sines is a lovely little Portuguese coastal town situated between Lisbon and Sagres.  It is the perfect place for a short stop or overnight stay when heading south to the lovely beaches of the Algarve or north going back to the capital.  Sines is part of the district of Setúbal in the beautiful Portuguese region of Alentejo.  What was once only a small fishing village, has become since the 70’s one of biggest sea port on this side of the Atlantic, dominated by various oil refinery and other industrial businesses.  It has however still plenty to offer in cultural attractions, with a long history dating back to the Roman times when it was called Sinus.  Sines is also famous for being the birth home of one of the greatest Portuguese explorer Vasco De Gama, which helped Portugal establish trade routes with India.TopicsIntroductionTop Sines AttractionsSines hotelsSines imagesTop Sines Attractions The following are the top 5 key attractions in Sines.Sines ancient centreCastle of SinesMatriz Church of SinesVasco da Gama statueSines old quarterSines ancient centreThe ancient centre of Sines is where all the major sites are located including the Matriz Church and the Castle. It sits on a cliff, offering spectacular views of the small sandy bay and the sea.Castle of SinesThe Castle of Sines was originally built in 1362 to protect the town inhabitants of the pirates.  It is said that Vasco da Gama father was the alcalde mayor, responsible for the administrative running of the castle.Matriz Church of SinesThe Matriz of Sines is a charming little Church with a beautiful front façade located next to the castle.  It is known for being the place where Vasco da Gama was christened.Vasco da Gama statueIn between the Church and the Castle, lies the statue of Vasco da Gama, one of Portugal greatest explorer and perhaps the best known citizen of Sines.Sines old quarterThe old quarter of Sines, with its narrow streets and older architecture, is the perfect place to wander about and get lost.Sines hotelsThe following are some of the best rated 3 and 4 stars hotels in Sines.Hotel Apartamento SineramaRua Marquês De Pombal, Nº 110, Sines, Sines, Portugal 7520-227 – 3 Stars Sit back and relax in one of the hotel’s 105 guestrooms, all designed with guests’ comfort in mind. Guests will find non smoking rooms, satellite/cable TV, kitchenette, bathtub waiting in each room. This excellent hotel in Sines also has bar/pub, shops, 24hr room service. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including water sports (non-motorized). With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Hotel Apartamento Sinerama. Book a room at the Hotel Apartamento Sinerama now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Dom VascoParque 13, Sines, Sines, Portugal 7520 – 4 Stars All rooms have hair dryer, non smoking rooms, internet access (wireless), air conditioning as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Sines has restaurant, Wi-Fi in public areas, laundry service/dry cleaning, room service. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as kids club, outdoor pool at this hotel. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Hotel Dom Vasco now, best price guaranteed.Sines imagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Sines.
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Top 10 Lisbon:
Lisbon is blessed with amazing natural beauty, set between seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus.  It offers an abundance of great districts with great attractions, amazing cultural sites, great shopping boutiques and remarkable views.  From the Castello de Sao Jorge to the vibrant nightlife of Bairro Alto passing by the Baixa city center with its various squares, Lisbon is packed with wonderful treasures to be discovered.  The Portuguese capital is a cosmopolitan and creative city, the perfect mix of old and new, of traditional and cutting edge, vibrant and laidback packed with top of the hills cafes and riverside restaurants, making it an absolute must visit destination.  TopicsIntroductionTop 10 Lisbon AttractionsTop 10 Lisbon HotelsLisbon imagesTop Lisbon AttractionsLisbon is a culturally and historically rich city packed with museums, churches and palaces.  The top 10 Lisbon must see sights include:Castello de Sao JorgeJerónimos Monastery Praca do ComercioTorre de BelemSé CathedralMuseu Nacional de Arte AntigaMuseu do AzulejoMuseu Calouste GulbenkianPalácio Nacional de QueluzSintraCastello de Sao JorgeThe Castello de Sao Jorge or St. George’s Castle is one of the best historical  attractions of the capital.  Located on a hill, within the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria, it offers spectacular views of the city.Jerónimos Monastery The Jerónimos Monastery is a Manueline architectural masterpiece classified as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site.Praca do ComercioThe Praca do Comercio is the magnificent plaza facing the river, sometimes referred to as “Terreiro do Paço”, meaning Grounds of the Palace relating to its function before the Great Earthquake of 1755.Torre de BelémTorre de Belém or Belem Tower is one of the most recognizable landmarks of Lisbon.  Located in the western area of Belem on the Tagus river it used to be the key entrance point for sea explorers.Sé CathedralThe Sé Cathedral officially named the Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa is perhaps the most famous church of the city.  It is not only one of the oldest church of Lisbon but also offers the perfect mix of various architectural style since its original built in 1147.Museu Nacional de Arte AntigaThe Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga is Portugal’s most impressive national art collection which includes 14-19th century European painting, artefacts of Portuguese contact with the East and Africa and a collection of ecclesiastical treasures.  The museum Highlights include Dürer’s St Jerome, Hieronymus Bosch’s Temptations of St Antony, Nuno Gonçalves Adoration of St Vincent, and 16th century Japanese paintings of Portuguese traders.Museu do AzulejoThe Museu do Azulejo is one of the most important museums of the country offering a unique collection of tiles or Azulejo, an art form which is truly embedded in the Portuguese culture.  The museum building, a former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Dona Leonor is also one of its kind.Museu Calouste GulbenkianThe Museu Calouste Gulbenkian is another famous museum in Lisbon offering a wide collection of both ancient and modern art. Palácio Nacional de QueluzThe Palácio Nacional de Queluz is the Portuguese 18th-century palace considered one of the last great Rococo buildings to be designed in Europe.SintraAlthough not technically part of Lisbon city , but within the Grande Lisboa subregion it is an absolute must place to see when visiting the Portugal capital.  Indeed this charming town is a designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site mainly because of its amazing 19th century Romantic architecture.   The top attractions in Sintra include the remarkable Pena Palace and the impressive Castelo dos Mouros offering amazing views.Top 10 hotels in LisbonThe following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars in Lisbon.Altis Avenida Hotel            Rua 1 Dezembro 120, Lisbon / 5 stars The Altis Avenida Hotel is a 5 stars hotel in the heart of Baixa offering a variety of services and facilities to make each guest’s stay as comfortable and as luxurious as possible.  All rooms are fully equipped with internet access, separate shower and tub, bathrobes and  daily newspaper.  The hotel superior facilities and services include various shops, a restaurant, as well as a spa and an outdoor pool.  The Altis Avenida Lisbon is the ideal Hotel for guests seeking that perfect blend of modern convenience and attentive care. Book a room at the Altis Avenida Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel  Avenida Da Liberdade 127, Lisbon / 5 stars The Sofitel Lisboa is a wonderful Hotel perfectly placed in heart of Lisbon, within walking distances from famous attractions such as the Se cathedral and Castelo De Sao Jorge or the vibrant districts of Baixa.  The hotel is the ideal place for both leisure and business travellers, offering a wide range of facilities with not less than ten fully equipped conference rooms with screens and projectors.  The Sofitel is an excellent choice while visiting Lisboa for a stay full of comfort, style and luxury. Book a room at the Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Lavra Guest House             Calçada de Santana 198 A, Lisbon / 3 stars The Lavra Guest House is a 3 stars accommodation conveniently situated in the heart of Baixa and offering all the needed comfort for its guest.  Indeed each room comes fully equipped with a desk, a bathtub and a safety deposit boxes.  The hotel also offers various facilities for is guest including a very popular babysitting services.  For a great stay in the centre of Lisbon, Lavra Guest House is a perfect option. Book a room at the Lavra Guest House now, best prices guaranteed.Internacional Design Hotel          Rua Da Betesga Nº 3, Lisbon / 4 stars The Internacional Design Hotel is a nicely styled 4 stars hotel perfectly located in the centre of Lisbon.  Each of its room comes fully equipped including a safe and hair dryer for the convenience of its guests.  The hotel facilities include room service, a in house restaurant, a laundry/dry cleaning service, as well as various sporting and leisure activities such as massage treatments.  Internacional Design Hotel is an excellent place to stay with their focus on hospitality and commitment to service. Book a room at the Internacional Design Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Vincci Baixa Hotel              Rua Do Comércio, 32-38, Lisbon 1100-150 / 4 stars The Vincci Baixa Hotel Guests is a popular 4-star Lisbon hotel offering 66 rooms, each fully equipped with a desk, wireless internet access and daily newspaper.  The hotel has all the needed facilities including an elevator, various shops, public areas Wi-Fi and an onsite restaurant.  The Vincci Baixa Hotel offers its guests quality accommodations since 2008 by combining the most modern facilities with a first-class service. Book a room at the Vincci Baixa Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Eurostars Das Letras HotelRua Castilho 6 – 12, Lisbon / 5 stars The Eurostars Das Letras is a 5 stars Hotel set in a charming property and ideal for both business and leisure travellers.  All the rooms offers all the needed amenities including in-house movies and daily newspaper.  The hotel offers meeting facilities, a bar, various shops as well as a sauna for guests enjoyment.   With so much to offer, it is no wonder that the Eurostars Das Letras is a long time Lisbon favourite. Book a room at the Eurostars Das Letras Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Tivoli Jardim HotelRua Júlio César Machado, 7-9, Lisbon 1250-351 / 4 stars The Tivoli Jardim is another great 4 stars Hotel in the heart of Lisbon.  It is offers 119 rooms, each featuring  superior amenities such as a board, hair dryer and a 24hr room service. The hotel boasts a restaurant and offers various services such as laundry and dry cleaning services.  It also has a variety of excellent sporting and leisure facilities including a choice of massage, kids pool and club as well as a onsite golf course.  The Tivoli Jardim set in a convenient location with its dedicated staff and first-rate facilities make it an all time favourite among travellers. Book a room at the Tivoli Jardim Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Lisbon City Hotel    Av. Almirante Reis, N49, Lisbon / 3 stars The Lisbon City is an excellent hotel in the centre of the capital.  It offers a variety of rooms, each equipped with a balcony/terrace, desk and daily newspaper.  This hotel has a laundry service/dry cleaning, a business centre and equipped with an elevator. The Lisbon City hotel provide guests with a memorable stay by blending state-of-the-art facilities with expert service. Book a room at the Lisbon City Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Avenida Palace Hotel        Rua 1 De Dezembro 123, Lisbon 1200-359 / 5 stars The Avenida Palace is an amazing  5 stars Hotel  set within a restored palace in the heart of Lisbon.  It is famous for being been a part of the city since the late 1800’s , making it an ideal place for a romantic getaway or honeymoon.  The Hotel can serve as the perfect hub for exploring and sightseeing around Lisbon with famous attractions including the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the Ancient Art Museum nearby.  It also offers a car rental service to facilitate its guests exploration of the city.  A great location combined with excellent facilities within a charming building, makes the Avenida Palace one of the most sought after places to stay in Lisbon. Book a room at the Avenida Palace Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel      Avenida da Liberdade, 28, Lisbon 1250-145 / 4 stars The Heritage Av Liberdade offer a luxurious boutique Hotel experience.  The hotels is conveniently located on Avenida Da Liberdade ideal for quick and easy access to other vibrant areas of the city.  It is perfectly set within a restored 18th century building, combining classic charm with modern and contemporary amenities.  As for the hotels stylish and trendy interiors it was designs by the  genius Miguel Cancio Martins.  The hotel also offers an on onsite gymnasium as well as an onsite spa available for the health conscious guests who wish to relax and rejuvenate. Book a room at the Heritage Av Liberdade Hotel now, best prices guaranteed.Lisbon imagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Lisbon.
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Top 10 Evora:
Évora is a fascinating historic city located in the Alentejo province, in the south-central part of Portugal.  Situated on top of a hill, some 150 km south east of Lisbon, it is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage City with plenty of remarkable ancient sites to be discovered.  With more than 2000 years of history it has a perfect mix of various architectural influences from large Roman squares to narrow streets with a Moorish influence. The old town of Evora is especially remarkable, partially enclosed by medieval walls and containing the city’s key attractions such as the Roman Temple, the cathedral and the Geraldo square.  Evora is also known as a ”golden age city” embracing various influences from other part of the world including Brazil.TopicsIntroductionEvora top 10 attractionsEvora top 10 hotelsEvora imagesEvora top 10 attractionsThe following are the top 10 sites one must visit while exploring Evora.Roman Temple of Évora Cathedral of ÉvoraPraça do GeraldoUniversity of ÉvoraÁgua de Prata AqueductSaint Francis ChurchCity MuseumRenaissance fountainAlmendres Cromlech megalithic complexRoman Temple of Évora The Roman Temple is perhaps the cities most known landmark.  It was built in the 1st century by the Romans and some believe it was dedicated to the Emperor Augustus.  It is build in a Corinthian style with a total of fourteen granite columns currently remaining of which six on the front.Cathedral of ÉvoraThe Cathedral is another key attraction of Évora as well as one of the most important gothic monuments of Portugal.  It was built across many periods but mainly  between 1280 and 1340.  Some of its key features include the statues of the Apostles, the Manueline style transept chapel, the Baroque main chapel and the renaissance pipe organ.Praça do GeraldoThe Praça do Geraldo is the main square of Évora and perhaps an ideal place to start a visit of the city or enjoy a small break at the various terraced cafes or restaurants. What was once an execution ground, where no less than 22, 000 condemnations took place during the Inquisition, it has today became the locals most famous meeting place surrounded with beautiful townhouses and various boutiques.  At its heart lies a fountain erected in 1571 and containing eight jets which symbolize the eight streets leading into the square.  At one end of the square is the 16th century Renaissance Church of Santo Antão.University of ÉvoraThe University of Évora which was Formerly a Jesuit college was built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559.  It includes the 16th century Mannerist church and the academic buildings surrounding the large 17th-18th century cloister.Água de Prata AqueductThe Água de Prata Aqueduct or Aqueduct of Silver Water is a remarkable piece of engineering stretching for no less than 9 km.  The aqueduct was designed by the military architect Francisco de Arruda, the man behind the famous Belém Tower in Lisbon, and built between 1531–1537 by King João III to supply the city with water.  It is especially famous at one end, where various houses and shops where built in between the large arches.Saint Francis Church The Igreja de São Francisco or Saint Francis Church is a perfect mix of Gothic-Manueline styles.  Built during the 15th and 16th century it is mostly famous for its Capela dos Ossos, the Chapel of Bones which is entirely covered with more than 5000 human  skulls.  As for the wide nave of the church it is a masterpiece of late Gothic architecture.City MuseumThe City Museum, located right next to Evora’s cathedral is the perfect place to learn more about Evora’s complex history with various artefacts from Roman columns to modern sculpture passing by 15th and 16th-century paintings.  Perhaps one of the most admire piece of Art it the 15th century Holy Virgin with Child by Alvaro Pires.Renaissance fountainThe Renaissance fountain at Largo das Portas de Moura is the original fountain built in 1556.  It refers to the Age of Discovery with its globe surrounded by water.Almendres Cromlech megalithic complexThe Cromeleque dos Almendres which are not located in Evora as such , but some 15 km outside town, are definitely worth a visit.  Those Megalithic monuments are known to be one the largest existing group of structured menhirs in the Iberian Peninsula and in Europe.Evora hotelsThe following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Evora. Click here to view all the hotels avialable in Evora.M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel Rua Candido Dos Reis 72/78, Evora, Portugal  – 5 Stars All rooms have television, desk, in room safe as well as other amenities. Featuring restaurant, 24hr room service, bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, this Evora hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Unwind after your day with a choice of massage, garden, outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. With its commitment to service and focus on hospitality, you’ll enjoy your stay at M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel. Book a room at the M’Ar De Ar Aqueduto Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Albergaria Solar de MonfalimLargo da Misericordia nº1, Evora, Portugal – 5 Stars Each room includes in room safe, hair dryer, television. The hotel boasts business centre, safety deposit boxes, bar/pub as part of its superior facilities and services. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Albergaria Solar de Monfalim now, best price guaranteed.M’Ar De Ar Muralhas Hotel Travessa de Palmeira 4, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars Guests will find inhouse movies, daily newspaper, desk, air conditioning waiting in each room. Guests will enjoy the hotel’s excellent facilities and services including laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, shops. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as outdoor pool at this hotel. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the M’Ar De Ar Muralhas Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Best Western Santa Clara HotelTravessa Da Milheira 19, Evora, Portugal 7000-545 – 3 Stars Guests will find all of the finest amenities in each of the 41 rooms in this popular 3-star hotel. All rooms have desk, internet access – wireless, hair dryer as well as other amenities. Laundry service/dry cleaning, bar/pub, meeting facilities are some of the extra comforts you’ll find at this Evora hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Best Western Santa Clara Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Evora HotelQuinta Do Cruzeiro – Estrada Nacional, City Centre, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars All rooms have mini bar, television, air conditioning, in room safe as well as other amenities. In addition, this property in Evora has shops, restaurant, 24hr room service. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including garden, jacuzzi, indoor pool, gym. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Evora Hotel. Book a room at the Evora Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Dom Fernando Hotel Avenida Dr. Barahona N-2, Evora, Portugal – 3 Stars Each of the 102 rooms at this 3-star hotel have all the comforts and conveniences of home. To make each guest’s stay comfortable, all rooms feature desk, mini bar, air conditioning. Also to be found at the hotel are laundry service/dry cleaning, elevator, bar/pub, meeting facilities. Guests may take advantage of sporting or leisure activities such as outdoor pool at this hotel. With a full range of popular amenities and a friendly, caring staff, it’s no wonder guests keep returning to Dom Fernando Hotel. Book a room at the Dom Fernando Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Hotel RivieraRua 5 de Outubro 47-49, Evora, Portugal – 4 Stars There are bathtub, television, in room safe, satellite/cable TV in each of the hotel’s well-equipped rooms. The hotel boasts car park, laundry service/dry cleaning as part of its superior facilities and services. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Hotel Riviera now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Quinta Dos BastosQuinta Dos Bastos, Estrada Senhor Dos Aflitos (A 1,5Km De evora), Evora, Portugal  – 3 Stars Desk, television, air conditioning are among the amenities guests will find in every room. For the comfort and convenience of guests, you’ll also find disabled facilities on-site. The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Hotel Quinta Dos Bastos now, best price guaranteed.Casa De S. Tiago Hotel Largo Alexandre Herculano 2, Evora, Portugal  – 4 Stars Some of the features you’ll enjoy are air conditioning, non smoking rooms, television. Featuring 24hr room service, laundry service/dry cleaning, valet parking, concierge, this Evora hotel is sure to make each guest’s trip an enjoyable one. Guests may make use of the hotel’s excellent recreational and leisure facilities including garden. Everything the hotel does is centred around the guest’ experience, ensuring comfort and relaxation. Book a room at the Casa De S. Tiago Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta Da Espada HotelApartado 68, Evora, Portugal 7002 – 3 Stars Non smoking rooms, bathtub, television are among the amenities guests will find in every room. Other features at the hotel include bar/pub, laundry service/dry cleaning, shops. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including garden, water sports (non-motorized). The hotel blends expert service with state-of-the-art facilities to provide guests with a memorable stay. Book a room at the Quinta Da Espada Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Evora imagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Evora.
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Top 10 Elvas:
Elvas is an amazing fortified city in the Alentejo region of Portugal, situated only a few kilometres west of the Spanish border.  This Episcopal city and frontier fortress is located within the district of Portalegre, some 230 km east of Lisbon. The town can be easily reached from Evora, Lisbon or the nearby Spanish Badajoz.  Remarkably set on top of a hill, it is the perfect defensive city, offering impressive views on the surrounding lands. The old town is unique in its genre famous for being one of the most heavily fortified frontier towns in Europe.  Indeed, Elvas is historically known for having some of the most sophisticated and best preserved military fortifications, completely surrounded by a series of strong walls and gates.  This strategic star-shaped architecture enabled protection from most angles of possible attack. Combined with impressive fortifications there are two fortresses surrounding Elvas, Forte de Grace to the North and the more famous Forte de Santa Luzia to the south. As for Elvas beautiful surrounding, they are mostly known for their production of olives, brandy as well as quality plums which are famously conserved in a honey mixture and exported all over the world.TopicsIntroductionElvas mapTop 10 Elvas sitesTop Elvas hotelsElvas imagesElvas mapTop 10 Elvas sitesThe following are the must see attractions in Elvas from famous squares to known streets and churches passing by the castle with its astonishing views.Praca da RepublicaElvas CasteloLargo Santa ClaraAqueduto de AmoreiraMuseu RegionalNossa Senhora da AssunçãoNossa Senhora da ConsolacaoRua do AlcominConvento dos JesuitasForte de Santa LuziaPraca da RepublicaThe Praca da Republica is Elvas main Square, a lovely place to take a break on one of its many terraced cafes.   It is also home to the town’s main church, Our Lady of the Assumption.Elvas CasteloThe Elvas Castelo is one of the most important sites of the city, strategically sitting on the northern end of the fortified old town.  It is unclear as to when it was originally built but was rebuilt in 1226 and followed numerous alterations afterwards.Largo Santa ClaraThe Largo Santa Clara is a small triangular shaped square, located on one of the highest point of the Elvas.  At its heart lies the 16th century marble Manueline Pillory containing various hooks, reminder of punishment in older times. On the eastern side of the square is a10th century archway which leads to the castle and astonishing views of the  countryside.Aqueduto de AmoreiraThe Aqueduto de Amoreira is the other key attraction of Alvas. This amazing aqueduct has 843 arches spread over 8 kilometres, with some places reaching up to 30 metres in height.  It is said that the built started in 1498 and took some 125 years to finish.  Remarkably, this impressive piece of engineering still brings water to town.Museu RegionalThe Museu Regional is a great place to learn more about the history of Elvas with a variety of artefacts including weapons, religious paintings, Roman mosaics and even Neolithic remnants.Nossa Senhora da AssunçãoThe Nossa Senhora da Assunção is a 16th-century Manueline-style Church and the main religious site of Elvas.  This fortress like cathedral is located of the northern side of the main square, built on the same place where the cross of the Bishop Warrior stood.  It was originally designed by the same architect who planned the Forte de Santa Luzia, but has been remodelled several times since. Nossa Senhora da Aflitos ChurchThe Nossa Senhora da Aflitos originally a Templar church is a beautiful religious site with 17th Century tiles that reach into the cupola. This octagonal church is located right next to the Nossa Senhora da Assunção, and although seem unimpressive from the exterior, its interior with painted marble columns is worth discovering.Rua do AlcominThe Rua do Alcomin is perhaps the most known pedestrian street of Elvas.  It is packed with small cafes and various boutiques, making it the ideal place to find a charming souvenir to take back home.Convento dos JesuitasThe Convento dos Jesuitas situated close to the town’s main square was once home to the Jesuit convent and currently host the Elvas library continuing over 55,000 volumes including a 16th century Bible.  The Convento dos Jesuitas is also home to the António Tomás Pires museum.Forte de Santa LuziaThe Forte de Santa Luzia is a very well-preserved 17th Century fortress situated south of the old town.  It was designed by the French architect Marquis de Vauban which was also the man behind the Nossa Senhora da Assunção church.Top Elvas hotelsThe following are some of the best rated 3, 4 and 5 stars hotels in Elvas.Hotel D Luis  Av. de Badajoz, Elvas, Elvas, Portugal, 3 Stars The Hotel D Luis offers guests non smoking rooms, television, air conditioning as well as shops, 24hr room service, elevator, bar/pub. Guests seeking exercise or leisure will be pleased to find outdoor pool at the hotel. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book a room at the Hotel D Luis now, best price guaranteed.Hotel Sao Joao De DeusLargo São João De Deus 1, Elvas, Elvas, Portugal, 4 stars Hotel Sao Joao De Deus offers fully equipped rooms, all including in room safe, air conditioning, television as well as other amenities. The hotel boasts an elevator, business centre, laundry service/dry cleaning, meeting facilities as part of its superior facilities and services. Unwind after your day with a choice of outdoor pool – just a few of the hotel’s excellent sporting and leisure offerings. Guests will find this service-oriented hotel with superb facilities and amenities provides excellent value. Book your room now at Hotel Sao Joao De Deus via our secure online booking form. Book a room at the Hotel Sao Joao De Deus, best price guaranteed.Pousada De Elvas Santa Luzia HotelAvenida De Badajoz, Elvas, Portugal , 3 Stars Pousada De Elvas Santa Luzia Hotel  is the perfect choice when staying in Elvas.  All rooms include a desk, mini bar, separate shower and a tub. After a day of work or exploring, pool (kids), garden, outdoor pool are some of the ways to unwind. Comfort and convenience are the hallmarks of Pousada De Elvas Santa Luzia Hotel. Book a room at the Pousada De Elvas Santa Luzia Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Quinta De Santo Antonio HotelQuinta De Santo António Apartado 206, Elvas, Portugal, 5 Stars Quinta De Santo Antonio Hotel  will make each guest’s stay comfortable, with all rooms featuring hair dryer, television, non smoking rooms and shower. The hotel also features meeting facilities, restaurant, room service, bicycle rental, making each guest’s trip in Elvas an enjoyable one. The hotel provides superior recreational and leisure facilities including tennis courts, outdoor pool. This charming property has long been a favourite in Elvas for both business and leisure travellers. Book a room at the Quinta De Santo Antonio Hotel now, best price guaranteed.Elvas imagesCheck out the latest hotel deals in Elvas.
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Top 10 Caceres:
Cáceres is perhaps one of the most interesting sites within the lesser known autonomous community of Extremadura in Spain, only some 300 kilometres South West of the capital Madrid.   It is said there have been settlements near Cáceres since prehistoric times but the city was officially founded by the Romans in 25 BC.  The Ciudad Monumental or old town still has some of the Roman remains blended with a mix of Islamic, Northern Gothic and Italian Renaissance architecture, making the town a must see destination for every history fan.  This historic city is where many of the battles between Moors and Christians took place.  The Arabic influence is still visible with some 30 beautiful towers from the Muslim period indulging the famous Torre del Bujaco.  The old town has so little modern elements that it comes to no surprise that numerous movies were shoot there.  Because of all its remarkable features , Cáceres was declared a World Heritage City by UNESCO in 1986.Top 10 sitesThe top 10 Caceres attractions include:Concatedral de Santa MaríaPalace de los Golfines de AbajoMuseo de CaceresPlaza de Santa María         Plaza/ Iglesia de San MateoPlaza MayorArco de la EstrellaParador de CaceresCarvajal PalaceBarrio de San AntonioCaceres hotels3 Star Hotels in Caceres4 Star Hotels in CaceresCheap Hotels in CaceresCaceres Luxury HotelsCaceres imagesPopular Caceres Hotels: Ah Agora HotelAhc HotelAlameda Palacete HotelApartamentos H2 CaceresApartamentos La Casa PintadaBaldio Grande Hotel RuralBarcelo V Centenario HotelBungalows Ciudad De Caceres HotelCaceres Golf HotelEl Turcal HotelFontecruz Caceres HotelH2 Caceres HotelHospederia Alcantara HotelHospederia Parque de Monfrague HotelHotel AlbarragenaHotel Alfonso IXHotel Casa Don FernandoHotel CastillaHotel Don Carlos CAceresHotel Iberia Plaza AmericaHotel Iberia Plaza MayorHotel La LagunaHotel Los NaranjosHusa Alcantara HotelHusa Gran Hotel Don ManuelIsla del Gallo HotelLa Tierra Roja HotelNH Palacio de OquendoNH Palacio de Santa MartaParador de Guadalupe HotelParador de Jarandilla de la Vera HotelParador HotelRio Convento de la Luz HotelRio Las Marinas HotelSercotel Extremadura HotelSierra De Monfrague HotelCheck out the best hotel deals in Caceres.
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Top 10 Madrid:
Madrid is foremost a fantastic cultural destination with a great historic and artistic heritage.  Indeed it is home to the best known art galleries such as the El Prado and Reina Sofia museums within the so called golden triangle of Art located along the Paseo del Prado.  The amazing medieval centre where most of the key attractions are located is a wonderful place to get lost along its narrow streets packed with terraced cafes and restaurants.  It is where the beautiful walking plazas are located including Plaza Mayor and the Puerta del Sol, both an excellent starting point for a day of sightseeing or an evening with friends.TopicsTop 10 Madrid attractions include:Puerta del SolPlaza MayorPalacio RealPlaza de OrienteReina Sofia Art museumMuseo del PradoThyssen-Bornemisza MuseumPlaza de Independencia    Plaza de CibelesPlaza de Toros de Las VentasPuerta del SolPuerta del Sol is the plaza considered the actual heart of the city and perhaps one of the best known plaza in Madrid.  It is the location of Kilometre Zero a plaque showing the point where the measuring of national highways begins, as well as the home to the famous statue of a bear climbing the madroño tree, which is the symbol of Madrid.Plaza MayorThe Plaza Mayor used to be the centrepiece of Madrid, home to bullfights, markets, tournaments and executions.  Today this buzzing square and best known plaza in Madrid remains a popular tourist attraction, ideal to enjoy a coffee on one of the many terraces and feel the pulse of the local lifestyle.  At its heart is the statue of Felipe III across from the beautifully painted Casa de la Panadería, the former headquarters of the bakers guild. To enjoy some of the best Andalucian tapas surrounded with a bullfighting memorabilia décor, head to La Torre del Oro restaurant on the Plaza Mayor. Palacio RealThe Palacio Real, the Royal Palace of Madrid is said to be the biggest of its kind in Europe.  It is the official residence of the King of Spain, however the royal family does not actually reside there and it is generally only used  for state ceremonies.Plaza de Oriente La Plaza de Oriente is a famous square close to the Royal Palace, home to a park, various glorious statues and the famous Royal Theatre, the Teatro Real with its restored 1850 Opera House.Reina Sofia Art museumThe Reina Sofia Art museum is perhaps best known to be home to some of Picasso’s most famous paintings including the Guernica which denounced war and fascism.Museo del PradoThe Museo del Prado is one of Madrid’s greatest museum, home to a variety of fabulous masterpieces from Titian and Rubens to Rafael and Botticelli, passing by Goya and Velázquez.Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, housed in the renovated Villahermosa Palace offers plenty of permanent exhibitions and is part of the “Golden Triangle of Art”.Plaza de IndependenciaPlaza de Independencia, the Independence Square situated in the heart of Madrid is perhaps one of the most symbolic site in the capital.  It is home to the Puerta de Alcala built in 1778 at the behest of King Carlos III and is today one of Madrid’s most famous monuments.Plaza de CibelesThe plaza de Cibeles is one of Madrid’s greatest square.  This neo-classical complex of marble sculptures contains the Cibeles Palace, home to the City Hall and to some impressive fountains.Plaza de Toros de Las VentasThe Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas is Spain’s largest bullfighting arena and a great way to discover the exciting Spanish vibe while assisting to the show.
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Best of Costa Brava:
Costa Brava, the wild one is perhaps one of the most enchanting regions on the Spanish Coast, ideal for a package holiday retreat with a variety of resorts to choose from and plenty of idyllic beaches where to relax.  The region has its fair share of historic and artistic heritage with numerous charming old towns such as Cadaques near the French border where some of the world’s greatest artist including Picasso and Dali stayed for a dose of inspiration. Costa Brava is the north-eastern coastal area of Spain within the Catalonia region. It stretches from the border city of Portbou in the north to Blanes, some 60 km northeast of Barcelona. The region is blessed with an excellent summer climate and breathtaking natural beauty including amazing beaches on the coast and remarkable wilderness further inland. It is the region where white summits of the Pyreneans meets the golden coast, dark rugged cliffs meet turquoise water and where Spain meets Catalonia.  If you are looking to be inspired, Costa Brava is the place to be. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Brava or book a hotel in Costa Brava, Girona, Lloret de Mar, Roses or Tossa de Mar. TopicsIntroductionCosta Brava mapTop places in Costa BravaCosta Brava holidaysAbout Costa BravaCosta Brava mapGirona is the most popular Costa Brava airport, but Barcelona is a good alternative. Check out the latest cheap flight deals or car rental deals in Costa Brava.Top places in Costa BravaThe top places in Costa Brava include:BlanesLloret de MarTossa de MarSant Feliu De GuixolsPalamosGironaPalafrugellL’EscalaBanyolesFigueresRosesCadaquesPortbouBlanesBlanes is a famous seaside resort town offering a variety of hotels and apartments.  The beautiful fishing villages of Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar nearby are also very interesting places to discover. Check out the latest hotel deals in Blanes.Lloret de MarLloret de Mar is known to be one of the first resorts in the Mediterranean to be developed for tourism and still continue to attract a mass of vacationers after 50 years.  The town is blessed with natural beauty offering stunning beaches and packed with a variety of restaurants and entertainment.  Lloret de Mar has a unique charms with its palm-tree lined promenades, pretty squares, remarkable houses and a relaxed atmosphere. Check out the latest hotel deals in Lloret de Mar.Tossa de MarTossa de Mar, which can be translated to  “flower of the sea” is a charming coastal resort famous for being one of the best-preserved fortified towns in Spain.  It is perfectly situated between the gorgeous sandy bay and the peaks of the Cadiretes mountains in the backdrop.  It is a typical Catalan town with a rich cultural heritage, ideal for a laidback holiday. Check out the latest hotel deals in Tossa de Mar.Sant Feliu De GuixolsSant Feliu De Guixols is a traditional fishing port,  with a beautiful architecture and excellent sea food restaurants.  The town is famous for its large monastery which now houses the town museum and is a protected historico-artistic monument. Check out the latest hotel deals in Sant Feliu De Guixols.PalamosPalamós is a town located in the comarca of Baix Empordà next to a large bay.  It was first found in 1279 by the Comte de Barcelona as a new royal port on the coast.  In the last century the town saw a rapid growth of tourism but the architecture remained relatively unchanged. Today it is a great holiday destination offering plenty of water sports to choose from including swimming, sailing and windsurfing as well as a fantastic nightlife around the old port with a variety of bars and restaurants. Check out the latest hotel deals in Palamos.GironaGirona is ideally situated between the excitement of Barcelona and the calm of the Pyrenees.  It is known for its breathtaking views and archaeological sites.  It is worth coming on a Sunday where the main shopping street, the Ramblas is transformed into a beautiful flower market. Check out the latest hotel deals in Girona.PalafrugellPalafrugell is a small summer holiday town, a favourite with residents of Girona and Barcelona, as well as more and more north Europeans.  It has some wonderful beaches as well as a remarkable medieval old town with packed narrow streets, various boutiques, restaurants and bars as well as the Plaça Nova square and the 11th century St. Marti’s church at its heart. Check out the latest hotel deals in Palafrugell.L’EscalaL’Escala is lovely small sea town within the northern part of Costa Brava, situated between the southern end of the Gulf of Roses and the Cala Montgó bay.  The town remains an important fishing port and tourist centre and id perhaps best known for its festival dedicated to anchovies. Check out the latest hotel deals in L’Escala.BanyolesBanyoles is the perfect place for a family adventure where its lake, the primary attraction offers a variety of water experiences. Check out the latest hotel deals in Banyoles.FigueresFigueres is known for being home to the Dali Theatre and Museum, one of the most important and visited attractions in Catalonia. Check out the latest hotel deals in Figueres.RosesRoses is a lovely coastal town and important fishing port located at the at the northern end of the Gulf of Roses.  The town has a very rich historic heritage first founded by the Greeks some 3000 years ago.  Today it is a largely tourist destination with plenty of hotels and resorts to choose from. Check out the latest hotel deals in Roses.CadaquesCadaques is a beautiful coastal town offering sandy beaches and clear blue water, as well as charming narrow streets.  By night, the town is known to offer live jazz session, making it ideal to relax and enjoy a pitcher of Sangria.  The nearby Portlligat town is also worth visiting, famous for having the house where Salvador Dali’s lived. Check out the latest hotel deals in Cadaques.PortbouPortbou is a small town in Costa Brava located near the French border and serves as a dropping off point for trains coming from France.  It has a really quiet atmosphere and a beautiful landscape. Check out the latest hotel deals in Portbou.Costa Brava holidaysThe Costa Brava tourism adventure all started in the 50’s when the government and more importantly local entrepreneurs decided to explore the potential of this unique landscape.  Today the region has become one of the most popular holiday destination in Spain especially with nearby French and other Northern Europeans tourist, with thousands of resorts, hotels and other accommodations.  The  biggest soon became the seaside resorts of Blanes, Tossa de Mar and Lloret de Mar. What was once a mainly fishing region had become a primary touristic destination. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Brava or book a hotel in Costa Brava, Girona, Lloret de Mar, Roses or Tossa de Mar.About Costa BravaCosta Brava, which can be literally translated to the “rugged coast” is the easternmost Spanish coastal regions.  It is part of Catalonia in the province of Girona and stretches from Blanes, 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Barcelona, to the French border.  It is the land of remarkable beaches and hidden villages along the coast, as well as a variety of historical and architecture sites worth discovering.  Although many of the coast are now packed with resorts, the inland area has mostly stay untouched and retained its traditional charm.  It is especially true in and around the artistic town of Cadaqués or other lovely villages of Palamós, Begur, Calonge or Tamariu. Costa Brava in particular has a rich historical heritage from the Palaeolithic hunters  in the caves of Ulldecona to its golden Middle Ages where Catalonia receive its own constitution, passing  by Roman and Moor settlers. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Brava or book a hotel in Costa Brava, Girona, Lloret de Mar, Roses or Tossa de Mar.
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Best of Costa Dorada:
The Costa Dorada which can be literally translated to the "Golden Coast" is set in the beautiful region of Catalonia within the province of Tarragona.  It is situated south from Barcelona stretching over 200 kilometres between Cunit and the mouth of the Ebro River. This amazing coastal region is home to many great beach resorts, the Universal Port Aventura, the Aquopolis water park and trendy seafront towns with a vibrant nightlife. It is perhaps the most popular shopping location along the various coastal regions offering visitors more that they can bargain for.  From the world’s top designer brands in Barcelona to the local boutiques in Tarragona, passing by Cambrils traditional markets, Costa Dorada has something for every taste and budget. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Dorada or book a hotel in Salou, Tarragona or Barcelona.TopicsIntroCosta Dorada mapCosta Dorada holidaysTop places in Costa DoradaAbout Costa DoradaCosta Dorada mapBarcelona, Reus and Lleida-Alguaire are the main airports to the Costa Dorada. Check out the latest cheap flight deals or car rental deals in Costa Dorada.Costa Dorada holidaysThe name Costa Dorada or gold coast comes from the beautiful stretch of coast with its endless miles of flat golden sandy beaches and crystalline shallow water, a different landscape then the  more rugged northern neighbour of Costa Brava.  It has some 240 kilometres of coastline packed with numerous resort towns, making it one of the favourite holiday regions on the Spanish coast.  Indeed the region has a capacity for half a million tourists with its various resorts, hotels, villas, apartments and campsites.  With everything the region has to offer its is perhaps no surprise that the region receives more than 3,500,000 visitors per years. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Dorada or book a hotel in Salou, Tarragona or Barcelona. The most important holiday resorts in Costa Dorada include:SalouCambrilsLa PinedaSalouSalou has a reputation of one of the liveliest resorts with plenty of attractions for the visitors from happy hours and British-style pubs to karaoke bars and discos.  It is blessed with a beautiful and long beach which is bordered by palm trees and a variety of restaurants and cafes.  Salou is also an ideal destination for a family holiday offering a wide range of activities and entertainment for both children and grownups. Check out the latest holiday deals in Salou.CambrilsCambrils is another popular coastal town in Costa Dorada, but perhaps more quieter then neighbouring Salou.  It has more of a traditional Spanish vibe, with its daily fish market and numerous tapas and local bars.  Cambrils is frequently visited by those travelling by air using the Reus Airport, which is only a few kilometres away. Check out the latest holiday deals in Cambrils.La PinedaLa Pineda is the perfect combination between the vibrant Salou and the more laidback Cambrils town.  It is blessed with a wide stretch of golden sand, various bars and restaurants, as well as a excellent waterpark nearby. Check out the latest holiday deals in La Pineda. Apart from those 3 main holiday hotspots, Costa Dorada has a lot more to offer for a complete exciting holiday.  Indeed it is home to PortAventura, said to be Spain’s biggest theme park, as well as plenty of cultural attractions such as the Roman ruins in Tarragona.  Finally being so close to Barcelona it is always a huge benefit, will it be for a whole day of sightseeing, shopping  or for an exciting night out. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Dorada or book a hotel in Salou, Tarragona or Barcelona.Top places in Costa DoradaCosta Dorada has a variety of excellent places to offers, from its long golden beaches to charming villages, passing by a lively and vibrant nightlife.  Its proximity and easy access to the remarkable Barcelona makes it the perfect place for a great holiday,  combining the excitement of the city with the relaxing atmosphere of the coast. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Dorada or book a hotel in Salou, Tarragona or Barcelona. The top places in Costa Dorada include:TarragonaSitgesCap SalouSalouBarcelonaTorredembarraCambrilsL’Ametlla de MarTarragonaThe wonderful city of Tarragona is mostly famous for its hilltop cathedral and Roman remains, giving this historic town a truly rustic atmosphere.  After a day of sightseeing head to the port to enjoy a drink in one of the numerous Spanish bars. Check out the latest holiday deals in Tarragona.SitgesSitges located only a few kilometres south of Barcelona is perhaps the most popular tourist resort in Costa Dorada with excellent beaches and a vibrant nightlife.  It is home to important historic sites such as the Church of Sant Bartomeu as well as offers charming shopping streets packed with good restaurants and cafes.  The club scene is one of the most important in the area offering a variety of location to party all night. Check out the latest holiday deals in Sitges.Cap SalouCap Salou is perhaps one of the best marine destination in the area offering an amazing sandy beach and Europe’s largest theme park.  The nearby fishing village of Cambrils is definitely worth a visit, known for having some of the best seafood restaurants in the area. Check out the latest holiday deals in Cap Salou.BarcelonaBarcelona is a truly unique place not only in Spain but within Europe as well.  It is famous for its outstanding architecture, such as Gaudi’s breathtaking masterpieces or the iconic Sagrada Familia cathedral, as well as for its vibrant café culture and nightlife on and around the Ramblas.  The unique city of Barcelona is an absolute must when visiting the Costa Dorada. Check out the latest holiday deals in Barcelona.TorredembarraTorredembarra is a small town within the province of Tarragona, known for its lovely beach. Check out the latest holiday deals in Torredembarra.L’Ametlla de MarL’Ametlla de Mar is a charming resort town perfectly Situated between Tarragona and the  Barranc de l’Aliga in the Southern part of Costa Dorada.About Costa DoradaCosta Dorada is the southern region of Catalonia, stretching from Alcanor in the South to the Torredembarra and the province of Barcelona in the North. It has about 6,283 square kilometres of land area set across 10 counties and 183 municipalities.  Its capital and biggest city is Tarragona and other important towns include Amposta in the South and Cambrils and Salou towards the north. The Costa Dorada has its fair share of cultural sites with various small towns built around the remains of a medieval castle and surrounded by a variety of olive groves, almond trees and Vineyards.   Many of those charming ancient towns or old fisherman’s quarters are situate on top of hills on the coast, once a strategic location to prevent from pirates and corsairs attacks.   Others small towns located in land and worth discovering includes Tortosa, Montblanc, Valls and Reus.  The region is also packed with various religious sites including many churches spread around various towns and numerous medieval monasteries set within idyllic locations such as Santes Creus, Scala Dei and Poble. For the more adventurous type, the area has a lot to offer especially around the delta of the Ebro river with its labyrinth of lagoons or various action-packed water sports along the coastal resorts. The region is also famous for producing some of Spain’s greatest wines including some excellent reds within the Priorat area. The Costa Dorada really has a lot to offer and makes it a perfect place for a holiday.  Indeed packed with beautiful beaches and other natural wonders, plenty of history within its charming secluded villages and with an exciting nightlife around Sitges and close enough to Barcelona, it has something for everyone. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Dorada or book a hotel in Salou, Tarragona or Barcelona.
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Best of Costa Blanca:
Costa Blanca is one of the most developed touristic regions on the Spanish Coast attracting millions of European vacationers each year, with its wonderful coastline and an abundance of sea side resorts.  It is part of the Province of Alicante and includes the major tourist destinations of Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Xabia.  It is the land of beautiful beaches, clear turquoise waters, friendly local people, fiestas and a vibrant nightlife.  Costa Blanca year round sunshine and numerous attractions both on the beautiful coast and in land with its numerous white washed villages, makes it a very sought after destination especially with British and other northern European vacationers. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.TopicsIntroductionCosta Blanca mapTop places in Costa BlancaCosta Blanca beachesAbout Costa BlancaCosta Blanca WeatherCosta Blanca mapCosta Blanca main aerial hub is the Alicante airport with millions of European tourists flocking in each year.  There is also a second airport further south in Murcia or a bigger one in Valencia in the northern province of the same name. Check out the latest cheap flight deals to Alicante, Murcia and Valencia airport or check out the latest car rental deals in Costa Blanca.The top places in Costa BlancaCosta Blanca combines some of Spain best beaches and nightlife with a beautiful mountain scenery in the background.  It is the perfect place to enjoy a stress free holiday.   Some of the top places in Costa Blanca include:AlicanteAlteaBenidormCalpeDeniaJaveaTorreviejaCheck out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.AlicanteAlicante is the capital and biggest city of the province of Alicante.  The city is home to a variety of historical attractions, with the majority situated within the old town, delimited by the coast and the Explanada de Espana to the South and the Rambla de Méndez Núnez to the west.  The narrow streets of the old city are where the town hall, cathedral and old Covent are located. Perhaps the most important sight of Alicante is the Castle of Santa Barbara situated on the top of the Mount Benacantil, built in the ninth century by Muslims rulers and considered one of the largest medieval fortresses in Spain.  The city host another castle on the northern part of the city center called San Fernando. Alicante is also home to several art museums including the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, hosting more than 80,000 pieces, the Gravina Museum of Fine Arts home to excellent Spanish artworks and the Asegurada Museum of Modern Art where the art of some of the world’s greatest artists including Picasso and Miró are displayed. Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Alicante.AlteaAltea is a small town located to the north of Benidorm, famous for its beaches, good weather and the beautiful labyrinth of streets with whitewashed houses.  The city is blessed by a microclimate, protected by the Serra de Bèrnia to the north and a cool sea breeze towards the coast.  Altea has a an amazing  seafront esplanade, covered with palms and offering remarkable views of the bay. The old town is also worth discovering with numerous historical sites including the church of La Mare de Déu del Consol with its picturesque blue and white domes and glazed ceramics. Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Altea.BenidormBenidorm is perhaps one of the most popular tourist destination in Costa Blanca, offering a wide range of activities for both families and the younger crowd, with a mix of traditional Spanish restaurants, jazz bars and all night discos. The city of Benidorm is most famous for its tall hotels and holiday apartment blocks some of which are over 25 floors high. Home to a large Spanish population as well as a huge retired British population, the city offers value holidays to over 5 million visitors each year. It has plenty of accommodations to fill this touristic demand with no less than 41,000 hotel beds and apartments spread across the city.  As for places to eat and drink it is not short on those either, with over 1,000 places to choose from day and night. Perhaps the most popular attraction in Benidorm is the four kilometres long Blue Flag beaches including the western side Poniente Playa and the eastern side Levante Playa, with the Old City in the middle.  Moreover, a 13 million Euro promenade have recently opened which include a boardwalk at beach level. Benidorm is the perfect purpose built resort town if you are looking to have fun and enjoy yourself.  It is indeed one of the perfect destinations for a stress free beach holiday.  The city offers all the amenities vacationers could wish for, combined with a safe but exciting atmosphere with an abundance of dinning and nightlife. Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Benidorm.CalpeCalpe is another paradise destination in the heart of Costa Blanca offering two long stretch of sandy beaches, making it the ideal place for an all-inclusive holiday.  It is indeed a very popular tourist resort north of Benidorm, especially with British and German tourists coming for a holiday or living there on a more permanent basis.  The Penyal d’Ifach, an immense rock emerging from the sea is perhaps the most iconic sight of the city. It is a designated nature reserve, but it is possible to climb to the top via a tunnel, bored steeply through the middle of the rock. The nearby smaller town of Altea with its whitewashed houses and narrow street is also worth discovering. Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Calpe.DeniaDenia is a small tourist town situated north of Alicante. It’s primary attractions is the numerous idyllic beaches set within the 20 km of coastline and divided into a harbour, rocky and sandy section.  The favourite with most tourist is the sandy beach, but for the more adventurous type or for divers, La Punta Negra or the end of Les Rotes might be worth exploring. Apart from its amazing natural beauty, Denia offers a variety of Historical sites, remains of its long history dating back from before the Romans and passing by the moors influence. Some of the key sights include the castle, the old wind mills and its historic old town including the main street Carrer Marqués de Campos, the harbour and the old fisherman area.  For more details about Denia’s history, the  ethnological museum is packed with various artefacts and information. Check out the best value hotels in Denia. JaveaJavea or Xabia is a lovely town within the Costa Blanca region and a popular seaside resort destination.  It is perfectly located behind a wide bay and sheltered between two rocky headlands. It is a favourite destination with many tourist due to its old charm and natural beauty but also because of its good road connections, located between two of the main air hub of the region, notably the Alicante and the Valencia airports. The city can be divided into three  main sections including the Javea old town, Javea port, & the beach area.  The Javea old city is a lovely maze of narrow streets packed with white washed houses, gothic style windows and iron balconies, and is also home to various churches and other historic sites.  As for the city port it is the ideal place for a good meal or a night out as it is packed with various restaurants and bars, some offering amazing views on the sea.  Finally, the most popular district of Xabia is the Arenal beach area considered the main commercial and recreation centre of the town. Check out the best value hotels in Javea.TorreviejaTorrevieja is a popular coastal resort town some 40 kilometres north of Alicante.  It is an area blessed with natural beauty containing a protected Parque de las Naciones Natural Park with two salt lakes and no less than 20 km of coastline packed with numerous cliffs coves.  The Torrevieja area is home to six large beaches including La Mata, Cabo Cervera, Los Locos, El Cura, Los Náufragos and Ferris, which represent the city main attraction.  Other natural sights include Las Salinas, the salt lakes to the west of the city There is however plenty more to Torrevieja than lovely beaches and amazing natural parks.  Indeed it is home to a variety of cultural and historic sites including various churches such as the Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción and Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Rosario, the Museo del Mar y de la Sal or the Sea and Salt Museum, The Market, various Water Fountains and the Old Railway Station.  The city’s Juan Aparicio Seafront and the Boom Boom street are also worth discovering. Check out the latest holiday deals or best value hotels in Torrevieja.Costa Blanca beachesThe numerous beaches of Costa Blanca are perhaps some of the nicest within all the Spanish coast.  There is a variety of great spots to choose from with over 100 kilometres of coastline from Aguilas in the South to the playas past Gandia In the north. From the resort crowded and Blue Flags beaches of Benidorm to the more rugged ones away from the cities with breathtaking cliffs, there is the perfect beach spot for everyone. Some of the top beaches areas in Costa Blanca include:Alicante beaches, bordered by a known walkway leading to the cafés and restaurants Javea coastline, with 25 kilometres of sandy beaches framed by palm trees and promenadesDenia, known for Les Rotes beach, with 20 kilometres of rocks and coves packed coastline. ideal for divers Benidorm beaches, one of Europe’s favouriteCosta Blanca has an immense variety of beaches to choose from, will be amenities packed coast near big resorts to its isolated coves and bays, making it a favourite destination for beach bums and sun worshipper looking for the perfect sun and sea holiday. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.About Costa BlancaCosta Blanca which literally means "White Coast" refers to over 200 kilometres of coastline on the Spanish eastern coast within the Province of Alicante.  The region stretches from Pilar de la Horadada or more known Torrevieja to in the southern Costa Calida to Denia in the north, passing by the Capital Alicante and one of the most famous resort town of Benidorm.  The region remains one of the most popular destination with northern European especially with British and German tourists.  Costa Blanca offers a variety of attractions from small white washed villages such as Villajoyosa to popular entertainment parks like Terra Mitica, passing by the numerous towns and wonderful beaches along the coast. The clear turquoise sea and miles of white sandy beaches surrounded by rows of cafes and restaurants are obviously the region’s main attraction, but for the more adventurous type, the mountains parallel to the coast offers plenty of excitement as well.   Indeed there are various trekking trails worth discovering as well as the unique Moorish villages surrounded with hidden coves and olive trees.  Those mountainous interior offer a completely different vibe then the tourist packed coastline, where fortified villages and medieval towns share the landscape with citrus, almond trees and date palms. Costa Blanca is a great place for a fabulous holiday with plenty of great spots under the sun from small peaceful villages to purpose built exciting cities offering all the attractions needed. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.Costa Blanca WeatherCosta Blanca is blessed with some of the best climate in Europe and is even recognised as one of the top in the world by the World Health Organisation.  It is even a bit better than other coastal Spanish regions, being not as hot during the peak summer period and not as cold or wet in the winter months.  In other words its central position gives it the ideal weather for sun seeker vacationers all year round, even during the colder season.  It is even said that many traveller with arthritis come to the region for therapy and improve their overall wellbeing within days. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa Blanca or best value hotels in Benidorm, Alicante, Denia and Javea.
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Andalucia is the perfect destination to find the typical Spanish experience, from flamenco to bullfighting passing by charming white washed towns, Picasso galleries and romantic sea ports.  The region is blessed with a rich historical heritage composed of a variety of castles, palaces and cathedrals to be discovered.  It is perhaps one of the Spanish region’s mostly influenced by medieval Islamic Spain with is grandiose architecture such as the fabulous La Alhambra Palace in Granada.  Andalucia is also world famous for being home to some of the most sought after coastal resorts from the popular and densely crowded Costa del Sol to the more rugged but beautiful Costa de Almeria.  Check out Andalucia’s latest holiday deals starting at only £115pp in Costa de La Luz, Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria or book a hotel in Seville, Granada, Malaga, Córdoba, Marbella or any other Andalucian destinations.TopicsIntroductionAndalucia MapAbout AndaluciaAndalucia’s regionsTop Andalucian citiesTop Andalucian holiday destinationsOther Andalucia destinationsAndalucia MapThe following is Andalucia Map featuring its provinces, major cities, holiday Costas as well as charming towns.About AndaluciaAndalusia with more than 8 million people is the most populous, the second largest and often considered the most beautiful of all the Spanish regions.  It is the southernmost Spanish area and is bordered by Portugal to the west and has the strategic British colony of Gibraltar on its southernmost tip which is separated from North Africa by just a few miles. Andalusia’s largest city and capital is the beautiful Sevilla offering a variety of historic as well as artistic attractions. With a charming cultural heritage combined with the excitement of cities such as Malaga, Cádiz and Córdoba filled with the hippest bars and nightlife, as well as the idyllic natural wonders composed of various beaches and the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the backdrop, Andalucia remains one of the top places in the country to discover the real Spain. Check out Andalucia’s latest holiday deals starting at only £115pp in Costa de La Luz, Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical and Costa de Almeria or book a hotel in Seville, Granada, Malaga, Córdoba, Marbella or any other of your favourite Andalucian destinations. Andalucia’s regionsAndalusia is divided into eight provinces including Huelva facing the Atlantic Ocean, three in land including Seville, Córdoba and Jaen, as well as the most popular regions facing the Mediterranean sea including form East to West, Cádiz, Malaga, Granada and Almeria.Huelva provinceSeville provinceCórdoba provinceJaen provinceCádiz provinceMalaga provinceGranada provinceAlmeria provinceHuelva provinceHuelva is the westernmost province of Andalucia with Huelva city as its capital.  The province is famous for its Donaña national park home to a variety of flamingo species. Top destinations in Huelva province include:Huelva, the province capital cityAlmonte, known for its El Rocío village an important pilgrimage pointPalos de la Frontera, known as the place where Columbus developed his travel plansPunta Umbria, a seaside town near the flamingo-filled salt flatsCheck out the latest hotel deals in Huelva, best prices guaranteed.Seville provinceSeville is an inland province of Andalucia with a population of a bit less than 2 millions of whom 40% live in the capital, Seville.  The city of Seville is one of the leading touristic destination in Andalusia coming right after Barcelona and Madrid.  The province other key attractions is the Parque Nacional de Doñana shared with the western Huelva province. Top destinations in Seville province include:Seville, the capital and biggest cityLebrija, known for its pottery and earthenware heritage, including búcarosSantiponce, a charming town near the ruins of Roman city of ItalicaUtrera, considered the cradle of the fighting bull and the flamencoCheck out the latest hotel deals in Seville, best prices guaranteed.Córdoba provinceCórdoba is the north-central province of Andalusia set between the southern regions of Málaga, Seville, Badajoz, Ciudad Real, Jaen and Granada.  It has a population of over 800k people of whom more than 40% live in the capital, Córdoba, spread across 75 municipalities. Apart from the lovely capital, the other top destination in the province is Iznájar, a small village set next to a 1 million hectolitre manmade lake.  Situated about an hour drive from Córdoba city it is the southernmost village of the Sierra Subbética mountain range and famous for once being home to the Iberian Lynx.  Iznájar is an ideal place for fishing or enjoying water sports such as sailing and kayaking all year round.Check out the latest hotel deals in Córdoba, best prices guaranteed.Jaen provinceJaen is the easternmost inland province of Andalucia famous for being the largest olive producing area in the world, producing about one tenth of all worlds olives and 60% of all the Spanish production.  The province is packed with various medieval Cathedrals, Castles and very old Arab baths with an impressive architecture.  It has plenty of great spots to enjoy breathtaking view or relax over a coffee surrounded by a unique landscape.  Jaen province is also a great destination for nature lovers with four national parks including one being the size of the entire Spanish region of La Rioja. Top destinations in the Jaen province include:JaenCazorlaUbeda and BaezaLinaresCazorla village is set in a beautiful landscape surrounded by a river, mountains, wildlife such as deer and eagles and plenty of olive trees. As for the villages of Ubeda and Baeza they are beautiful Renaissance cities set in the typical region landscape and both recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Check out the latest hotel deals in Jaen, best prices guaranteed. Linares  is best known for attracting some of the world’s best chest players during its annual chess tournament.Cádiz provinceCádiz province is set within the Spanish regions of Huelva, Seville, Málaga and the British overseas territory of Gibraltar, as well as  bordered by both the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.  It has a population of  a bit less than 2 millions, of whom about 600,000 live in the Bay of Cádiz area. It is home to the city of Cadiz the region’s capital as well as considered by many the oldest city in Western Europe.  The province is blessed with a variety of pueblos blancos or white villages such as the picture perfect Grazalema, Alcala de los Gazules and Zahara de la Sierra.  Cádiz province is also a great place for nature lovers with a variety of walking routes and centres. Top destinations in Cádiz province include:Algeciras, known as the gateway to MoroccoBarbate, a famous fishing port on the south-west coast of Cadiz provinceCadiz, capital city home to 128,000 peopleEl Puerto de Santa Maria , beautiful port across the Cadiz bayJerez de la Frontera, the province largest city with more than 204,000 inhabitantsOlvera, known for its 18 Century Church offering spectacular views of the cityTarifa, Andalucia’s southernmost city Tarifa is famously located at the southernmost tip of Andalusia.  It is best known as an ideal place for windsurfers and kiters, as well as for its charming old town with its beautiful architecture such as the Ayuntamiento Town Hall.Check out the latest hotel deals in Costa de la Luz – Cádiz, best prices guaranteed.Malaga provinceThe Province of Málaga is situated in the heart of Andalusia bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on one side and surrounded by the provinces of Cádiz, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada.  It has a population of about 1.6 million of whom two-fifths live in the capital Málaga. The province is mostly known for its booming tourism industry, packed with a wide array of tourist resorts, hotels and apartments, especially along the Sun Coast or Costa del Sol.   Indeed the beaches and resorts towns are world famous visited by millions of tourists each year, mostly from north Europe. The Malaga province is divided into six comarcas or counties, including:Malaga region, known as the largest city stretch along the Costa del SolAntequera region, known as the "heart of Andalucia"Axarquía region, often referred to as the "Eastern Costa del Sol"Costa del Sol, the well-known Sunny Coast packed with beachside resort townsValle del Guadalhorce,  known as the natural region along the Guadalhorce riverSerranía de Ronda, the region north of the Costa del SolTop destinations in Malaga province include:Malaga, province capital and largest cityÁlora, famous for its castle set on top of a hillAntequera, known for its two large Bronze Age dolmensBenalmádena,  famous for its long stretch of sunny beaches and a lively nightlifeFrigiliana, a white mountain town with a labyrinth of charming narrow streetsFuengirola, known  for its Moorish castle on the top of a hill next to the beachMarbella, famous for its beaches, marina and old townRonda, known for its deep gorge and Puente Nuevo bridge Torremolinos, famous for its pedestrian-only Calle San MiguelCheck out the latest hotel deals in Malaga, best prices guaranteed.Granada provinceGranada is a coastal province of Andalusia bordered by the provinces of Albacete, Murcia, Almeria, Jaen, Córdoba, Málaga and the Mediterranean Sea.  Its capital city is also called Granada and the region’s most touristic destination is the Costa Tropical.  It has a  population of some 900K people, of whom about 30% live in the capital and set accross168 municipalities.  Granada province is blessed with astonishing natural beauty from the lovely coastal spots to the breathtaking Sierra Nevada mountain range.  It is also home to a variety of cultural attractions will it be in Granada or within the Las Alpujarra region, composed of traditional Moorish villages scattered throughout the mountains.  The region is also world famous for its laid back way of life. Top destinations in Granada province include:Granada, capital city home to the Alhambra PalaceAlhama de Granada, an old spa village perched above a river gorgeAlmunecar, home to ancient Phoenician and Roman ruinsGuadix, known for its Cathedral, the Plaza de la Constitución and various churchesPitres, a charming village part of Las AlpujarrasPortugos, a small Alpujarras town in the heart of the Sierra Nevada National ParkSalobrena, an old town dating back 6000 years famous for its Moorish castleSierra Nevada, the highest mountains in SpainSierra Nevada Ski Resort, the most southern ski resort in EuropeMotril, famous for its "Playa Granada" beachCheck out the latest hotel deals in Granada, best prices guaranteed.Almeria provinceAlmeria is the easternmost province of Andalucia bordered by the provinces of Granada, Murcia and the Mediterranean Sea. The region has a lot to offer including great beach resorts, national parks, a desert and amazing mountains as well as the capital city of Almeria itself. Almeria is considered one of Europe’s driest areas especially around the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park which made the province an ideal setting for Western films.  Indeed, the area near the Desert of Tabernas, was the location of some of the best spaghetti westerns ever made including some of Leone’s classic A Fistful of Dollars, For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Top destinations in Almeria include:Almeria, the province capital Adra, famous for its three lovely beachesCabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park, a UNESCO Biosphere ReserveMini Hollywood, home to Spaghetti Westerns studios and museumsLas Negras, small coastal village with the nice El Playazo beach surrounded by cliffsNijar, a charming typical Moorish town Roquetas de Mar, famous for lovely sandy beaches and laid back beach bars and clubsVelez Blanco, home to ancient ruins and beautiful desertVelez Rubio, home to a lovely church and interesting museumCheck out the latest hotel deals in Almeria, best prices guaranteed.Top Andalucian citiesThe following are the top most important cities in Andalucia:SevilleGranadaMalagaCórdobaRondaMarbellaAlmeriaCádizTorremolinosJaenJerez de la FronteraHuelvaSevilleSeville is the capital and largest city of Andalucia, as well as home to flamenco.  It is Spain 4th largest city and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. The city is situated on the banks of the smooth and slow Guadalquivir River, which divides the city into two halves: Sevilla and Triana, and later crosses the Doñana National Park.  Key attractions include the fifteenth century Cathedral of Seville, one of the world’s largest churches, La Giralda is a large and beautiful minaret tower, the Real Alcázar, a beautiful palace in the Mudéjar Moorish style and the Jewish Quarter or Barrio Santa Cruz located around the Cathedral. Check out the latest hotel deals in Seville, best prices guaranteed.Granada Granada is a is a mid-sized city in Andalucia and home to the magnificent La Alhambra Palace.  It is rich in history and culture and often considered the most worthwhile touristic city in Spain.  The city is also an ideal starting point to the nearby Sierra Nevada.Check out the latest hotel deals in Granada, best prices guaranteed.Malaga Malaga is Andalucia’s second largest city after Seville and the primary tourist hub in Costa del Sol, with millions of people arriving at the International airport annually.  It  is an amazing place to visit with plenty of cultural sites, wonderful beaches, excellent golf courses and a variety of other attractions both for children and grownups. Perhaps the best known site of the city is the astonishing Moorish palace of Alcazaba situated on top of a hill and offering amazing views of the city.  Other key attractions include the magnificent Renaissance cathedral and the Picasso Museum with a collection of over 150 of the artist paintings. For golf enthusiast, Malaga is the place to be.  It is often dubbed as the “The Costa de Golf” offering some of the world’s best 18 hole courses, some with amazing views of the coast. It is also a perfect place for kids offering various attractions from theme parks and safaris to go-carting centres, in and around the city.  Malaga remains the perfect location mainly because of its international airport but also for the quality of its beaches, world class golf courses, exciting theme parks as well as offering a variety of historical sites.Check out the latest hotel deals in Malaga, best prices guaranteed.Córdoba Córdoba is the capital city of the province of Córdoba as well as the ancient capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages.  Historian believe that during the 10th century and beginning of the 11th century, Córdoba might have been the most populous city in the world and during these centuries became the intellectual center of Europe. Today it is a mid- sized modern city of about 300K people containing numerous architectural sights reminding of its glorious past especially around its old town.Check out the latest hotel deals in Córdoba, best prices guaranteed.RondaRonda is a small city located within the province of Málaga, Northwest of its capital.  It is set around a deep gorge spanned by an impressive bridge, making it for spectacular views.  The Puente Nuevo is the large and incredible bridge over the gorge completed in 1793 and today host a small museum.  Ronda’s other key attractions include the Calle Espinel, the main shopping and strolling street in town, la Plaza de Toros, said to be the oldest and one of the most highly regarded Spain bull rings,  La Alameda a lovely park with shady trees and ample walking space as well as La Ciudad the old district of RondaCheck out the latest hotel deals in Ronda, best prices guaranteed.Marbella Marbella’s key attraction is the two lovely beaches, ideal for sunbathing and relaxation or to dive into the excitement of a new water sport.  The wide seafront boulevard is another of the key places of Marbella offering a variety of cafes, bars and restaurants to choose from.  Marbella’s marina known as the Puerto Banus is another remarkable place to be especially in the evening where you may enjoy a drink with friends while glimpsing at the glamorous yachts and sea boats.  This port is also the place where you might come across a celebrity in one of the upbeat nightclubs. For a bit less glamour and more charm, then the old town of Marbella is the place to be.  It is where you will find numerous small squares, outdoor cafes and boutiques surrounded by palms and orange trees. With a 320 day average of sunshine and year-round temperature Marbella is the perfect place for a stress free holiday.  From nightclubs to golf, it has everything to spoil you with luxury.Check out the latest hotel deals in Marbella, best prices guaranteed.Almeria Almeria is an Andalusian city on the Mediterranean Sea, capital of the province of the same name.  It is famous for the variety of medieval remains and fortresses including Alcazaba and the Cathedral, with its fortress-like appearance created to defend itself from pirate invasions.  Other key sights worth discovering include the Renaissance church of Santiago, built in 1533, with tower and portal beautifully decorated with reliefs, the Chanca, a group of houses carved into rocks and what is left of the famous Castle of San Cristobal. The city is connected to the Alcazaba by a line of walls, the Museum of Almería and Paseo de Coches, a modern seaside promenade with gardens and palms.Check out the latest hotel deals in Almeria, best prices guaranteed.Cádiz Cadiz is the capital of the Cadiz Province, famous for being the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula.  It was first founded by Phoenician sailors some 3000 years ago and quickly became a commercial stronghold.  Various remains from this glorious past can be found inside the Archaeological Museum or behind the Old Cathedral where what is left of the Roman theatre can be seen.  Other key sights in Cadiz include the old town Cathedral and its spectacular views from the top of the North Tower, the church Oratorio de San Felipe Neri, The Torre Tavira, near the Central Market Mercado de Abastos home to the Camara Oscura, an optical instrument offering birds-eye panoramic-views of the old part of town.Check out the latest hotel deals in test, best prices guaranteed.Torremolinos Torremolinos is a lovely coastal town on the Costa del Sol situated some 12 km south of Malaga between the Malaga Bay and the Mijas Mountains.  What was originally a small fishing village has  become a very popular touristic destination, quintupling is 43,000 population into 250,000 during the peak summer season.  The city key attractions include its lovely beaches and the pedestrian-only Calle San Miguel packed with numerous shops, cafes and bars, which runs from the town center down to the coast.Check out the latest hotel deals in Torremolinos, best prices guaranteed.Jerez de la FronteraJerez de la Frontera is one of the largest city in the province of Cádiz in south-western Andalusia.  Perfectly situated between the sea and the mountains it has become the transportation and communications hub of the province, surpassing even the provincial capital of Cádiz in economic activity. Check out the latest hotel deals in Jerez de la Frontera, best prices guaranteed.Top Andalucia Holiday destinationsThe following are some of the top holiday destinations in Andalucia from the Costa de La Luz facing the Atlantic to the eastern coast of Almeria, passing by the most famous of all the Costa del Sol. Costa de La LuzCosta del SolCosta TropicalCosta de AlmeriaCosta de La LuzThe Costa de la Luz which can be translated to the Coast of Light is one of the westernmost region in Spain.  It is part of the bigger Andalusia region and it is the only coast facing the Atlantic ocean.  It extends  from the Guadiana River in the North to Tarifa in the south along the Province of Huelva and Cádiz. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa de La Luz.Costa del SolThe Costa del Sol which can be translated to the Coast of the Sun is the most popular of all the coastal regions.  It is set between less touristic Costa de la Luz to the East and Costa Tropical to the West and is part of the bigger autonomous community of Andalusia.  It extend from Punto Chullera in the west to the cliffs of Maro in the East.  What was once a land of small quiet fishing settlements, became in the last century, one of the most known holiday destination in the world.  Indeed it has today become the land of major touristic hotels and resorts development, high rise apartments, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and many other touristic attractions.  Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa del SolCosta TropicalThe Costa Tropical is the eastern neighbour of popular Costa del Sol part of the larger Andalusia region.  It is often referred to as  “Costa de Granada” because of the importance of it s major city Granada.  Unlike its resort developed neighbour, the Costa Tropical is made up mostly of agricultural zones and small resort towns and villages. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa TropicalCosta de AlmeriaThe Costa de Almeria is 217 kilometres (135 mi) of wonderful Mediterranean coast, from Adra on the border with the province of Granada to the province of Murcia in the East.  The land is blessed with a variety of beaches from the deserted ones within the Natural Parks to those enjoyed by numerous vacationers with  golden sand and clear sea waters. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa de AlmeriaOther Andalucia destinationsThe following are the other spectacular destinations in Andalucia, consisting of amazing natural wonders and charming regions less known by most of tourists.Alhama de GranadaBaza National ParkDoñana National ParkCabo de Gata-Níjar Natural ParkLa AlhambraLa AlpujarraLa AxarchíaSierra NevadaAlhama de Granada Alhama de Granada is a charming old spa village above the Alhama gorge famous for its thermal baths where water is naturally at 47 degrees C.  There is also a Roman Bridge dating back to the 1st century on the way to the Balneario. Baza National Park The Baza National Park is no less than 53hectares of beautiful Natural Park offering superb dominated by pine woodland but also offering some 100 different plant species, including gall oaks and junipers along with some berries and aromatic herbs.  It is also a sanctuary for wild animals, home to Golden eagles, Egyptian vultures, kestrels and eagle owls to name only a few. The park also has breathtaking view from the Santa Barbara highest point.Doñana National Park The Doñana National Park is a recognised UNESCO Biosphere reserve offering a unique biodiversity of a variety of ecosystems and shelters wildlife.  Those including thousands of species including migratory birds, Spanish red deer, wild boar, European badger, Egyptian mongoose and even some endangered species such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle and Iberian Lynx.Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural ParkThe Cabo de Gata-Níjar is a beautiful natural park from volcanic origin recognised as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, near the city of Almería.  It is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata as well as 120 km² of the sea as a part of a Marine reserve. La Alhambra La Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in the province of Granada constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada.La Alpujarra La Alpujarra is a landlocked historical mountainous regions south of the Sierra Nevada home to a variety of traditional Moorish villages.  The area is known for its scenery and slow, laid back way of life.La Axarchía La Axarchía is the wedge-shaped area east of Málaga, known for its  beautiful white washed  towns such as Frigiliana.  Its capital is Vélez and its highest mountain is La Maroma.Sierra NevadaThe Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range on the Iberian Peninsula offering a variety of beautiful ski holiday destinations.  It is known to be Europe’s southernmost ski resort and is the perfect place for skiing, snowboarding and hiking.
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Portugal is one of the Iberian Peninsula’s most fascinating  destination.  With a combination of old-fashioned charm, friendly people and breathtaking natural beauty it has everything to impress its visitors.  From the beautiful beaches of the southern Algarve, to the amazing inland countryside with picture-perfect villages it is the ideal place for nature lover.  As for culture buffs, Portugal amazing history can be felt everywhere, from the World heritage sites such as Sintra to the ancient university town of Coimbra, passing by numerous medieval castles across the country.For the sun worshipers , the resort towns of Cascais and Sagres are the ideal place for a beach holiday.  As for the more adventurous type, Portugal has plenty to offer as well, from its fabulous remote islands of Madeira to the dramatic end-of-the-world cliffs and hidden coves bordering it’s never ending Atlantic facing coastline.Portugal is also a fantastic place for city lovers, with the charming Porto to the north and Lisbon, the country’s capital further south.  Both are ideal places to wander around their narrows streets or take a tram from the riverside to the top of the hill.If you are looking to spent a wonderful time with friends or family, be immersed with world class cultural and natural sights, enjoy delicious food and succulent local wines or vinho do Porto,  then Portugal is definitely the place to be for a memorable holiday. Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.TopicsIntroductionPortugal mapPortugal holidaysTop hotels in PortugalPortugal top places to visitTop 10 Portugal citiesPortugal factsAbout PortugalPortugal weatherPortugal winePortugal mapHow to get to PortugalPortugal is served by many international airports including Faro, Lisbon , Madeira, Porto and Porto Santo as the main hub for the Madeira islands.  Once on location,  Portugal is also a great country to be discovered by car, to get to those remote romantic beaches and charming towns.  Check out the latest car hire deals in Portugal. Check out the latest flight deals to Portugal, best prices guaranteed.Portugal holidaysPortugal offers some of the best weather in Europe along with thousands of kilometres of beautiful coastline blessed with sandy beaches.  The heart of the country is worth visiting as well with many picture perfect towns, ideal to get away from it all.  Portugal is also an excellent choice for golf lovers with plenty of excellent course to choose from, some even with impressive views over the Atlantic. Book an Portugal holiday now, best prices guaranteed. Top holiday destinations in Portugal  include:Algarve holidaysLisbon holidaysPorto holidaysAlgarve holidaysAlgarve is the southern coastal region of  Portugal  and perhaps the best known and most popular beach resort destination of the country.  It is a naturally blessed region with amazing sandy beaches surrounded with impressive cliffs and rocky coves, guaranteeing you a memorable sun and sea holiday.   The region is also famous for offering some of the best golf courses in the whole of Europe with no less than 14 out of the top 100.The Algarve region offers great weather, the finest beaches, beautiful natural wonders, and a variety of historical attractions, making it the perfect holiday destination.  From all inclusive family deals to self catering and camping sites, the region has hundreds of resorts and hotels to choose from. Book an Algarve holiday now, or check the hotel deals in the most popular city destinations including Lagos, Vale De Lobo, Albufeira and Faro.  Best prices guaranteed.Lisbon holidaysLisbon is one of the most impressive capital  in Europe.  It offers the perfect combination of a cultural destination and vibrant city life combined with a chilled beach holiday.  Indeed there are numerous places to relax in an around Lisbon, enjoying the sandy beaches or trying some water sports such as kite surfing.  As for the city itself it offers a variety of museums, castles and churches where you will be immersed in the county’s culture and history.  Lisbon is also a shopper paradise with its Centro Commercial Colombo being the largest shopping mall on the Iberian Peninsula, as well as other smaller local markets such as the interesting Campo de Santa Clara flea market.Lisbon is blessed with amazing natural beauty, set between seven hills on the banks of the River Tagus.  It offers an abundance of great districts with top attractions, cultural sites, shopping boutiques and remarkable views.  From the Castello de Sao Jorge to the vibrant nightlife of Bairro Alto passing by the Baixa city center with its various squares, Lisbon is packed with wonderful treasures to be discovered.The Portuguese capital is a cosmopolitan and creative city, the perfect mix of old and new, of traditional and cutting edge, vibrant and laidback, packed with top of the hill cafes and riverside restaurants, making it an absolute must visit destination.  Book a Lisbon holiday now or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Porto holidaysThe northern city of Porto sits on the Douro River and is steeped in history. It is an ideal place to start discovering Portugal unique architecture and try fantastic Portuguese cuisine. Porto is also home to the famous strong wine bearing its name, and it’s a must when visiting the city. Book a Lisbon holiday now or check out the latest hotel deals, best prices guaranteed.Top hotels in PortugalPortugal has a vast array of excellent accommodations to choose from at very reasonable prices, especially compared to other European destinations.  From budget hotels to luxury accommodations such as the amazing Moorish styled Sheraton Algarve set on top of cliff overlooking the Algarve’s stunning coastline, the country has it all. Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.  Some of the most popular hotel and resort locations include Lisbon, Porto, Albufeira, Lagos, Faro, Tavira, Villamoura, Portimao, Coimbra, Funchal, Vale De Lobo, Cascais, Evora, Fatima, Braga and Guimares.  Check out over 400 destinations and over 2000 hotels all across Portugal.Portugal top places to visitPortugal has some of the most interesting places to explore from cultural and historical sites to amazing natural destinations.  The most touristic hotspots include the country’s biggest city of Lisbon and its surrounding area, the southern coast of Algarve as well as the Atlantic island of Madeira.  Other amazing places becoming increasingly popular, include the northern region of Costa Verde and Douro Valley, home to excellent wines and port, the southern in land region of Alentejo as well as the island of Porto Santo, the smaller northeast neighbour of Madeira.  Portugal is also home to various UNESCO’s World Heritage sites including the restored towns with well-preserved architecture of Evora, Batalha and Alcobaça.  As for the lesser known tourists destinations offering remarkable beauty it included Templários, Costa Azul, Douro Sul and Planície Dourada. Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.Top 10 Portugal RegionsThe most exciting places in Portugal include the following top regions:North West Portugal: MinhoNorthern Portugal: Douro Literal and Tras-Os-MontesPorto: birthplace of PortugalCentral Portugal : The Beira and CoimbraCentral West Portugal: Estremadura and RibatejoLisbon region: between the city and the coastSouthern Portugal: AlentejoAlgarve: perfect beach holidayAtlantic islands west: Azores Atlantic islands west: Madeira North West Portugal: MinhoMinho is the north west region of Portugal famous for is verdant landscapes and various rocky terrains such as what can be found in the spectacular Peneda-Geres, the only National Park of the country.  The region is famous for its wine Vinho Verde especially around the capital city of Braga and the coastal region of Viana de Castelo.Check out the latest hotel deals in North West Portugal including the cities of Braga and Viana de Castelo.Northern Portugal: Douro Literal and Tras-Os-MontesNorthern Portugal is a historic region consisting of the country’s second largest city Porto on the western coast as well as the provinces of Douro and Tras-Os-Montes. The various urban areas north of the Douro River valley are becoming an  increasingly popular destination especially with wine lovers, some placing it as the third most visited destination in the country.Check out the latest hotel deals in Northern Portugal including the cities of Porto and Guimares,  Braganca and Villa Real.PortoPorto is perhaps Portugal’s most famous city right after the capital, especially considering that it gave its name to the country.  It is often considered the birthplace of the nation as well as known for being home to the country’s greatest export,  the Porto wine. Check out the latest hotel deals in Porto.Central Portugal : The Beira and CoimbraThe central region is often identified as the Portugal traditional province of the Beira which can be further divided into Beira Alta and Beira Baixa.   The city of Coimbra is the main hub of the area is a must-sees destination.  Other places of interest worth discovering within the Central Portugal region includes Aveiro towards the Atlantic coast and other inland towns such as charming Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco.Check out the latest hotel deals in Central Portugal including the cities of Coimbra, Aveiro, Viseu, Guarda and Castelo Branco.Central West Portugal: Estremadura and RibatejoThe Central West Coast is shared between the historic province of Estremadura and Ribatejo.  The area is blessed with some excellent Ribatejan wines, beautiful medieval monasteries and the 14th century walled town of Obidos.  Other key cities include Leiria and Santarem.Check out the latest hotel deals in Central West Portugal including the cities of Obidos, Leiria and Santarem.Lisbon region: between the city and the coastLisbon, welcoming over seven million tourists per year is one of the most visited cities in Europe.  It has recently even surpassed the popular coastal region of Algarve as the leading tourist destination in Portugal.  Some of the key destinations of the region include the charming Sintra, the resort towns of Cascais and Estoril as well as the lovely municipality of Setubal further south.Check out the latest hotel deals in Lisbon region including the cities of Lisbon, Cascais, Estoril and Setubal.Southern Portugal: AlentejoThe Southern Portugal is mostly covered by the Alentejo region, which can be translated into “’beyond the Tagus River’” and mostly famous for its wide horizons which changes colour according to the season.  The local people are known for their easy-going lifestyle and song-like accent, making it the ideal place if you are looking to relax and get away from the crowds. The key city of the region is Evora, known as the Museum City with a variety of historic monuments, churches and museums.  Nearby is one of Europe’s most important megalith centre, with amongst other various standing stones dating back thousands of years.  Other cities worth discovering is Portalegre in the north , Beja towards the south and Sines towards the Atlantic coast. Check out the latest hotel deals in Southern Portugal including the cities of Evora, Portalegre, Beja and Sines.Algarve: perfect beach holidayThe Algarve is the most popular destination in Portugal when it comes to the perfect beach holiday with a variety of charming towns and fully equipped resorts to choose from.Book an Algarve holiday now, or check the hotel deals in Algarve most popular city destinations including Lagos, Vale De Lobo, Albufeira and Faro.  Best prices guaranteed.Atlantic islands west: Azores The Azores are the westernmost Portuguese group of islands in the Atlantic.  The archipelago has a variety of sights to be discovered including the Lagoa das Sete Cidades, the active caldera of Lagoa das Furnas and the Lagoa da Fogo or Fire Lake.Check out the latest hotel deals in the Azores.Atlantic islands east: Madeira Madeira is a sub-tropical archipelago and the most popular of the all the Portuguese islands.  It consists of two populated islands including Madeira the biggest and Porto Santo, as well as the unpopulated islands of the Desertas and Selvagens.   Madeira  is world famous for being the Islands of eternal Spring with a mild climate throughout the entire year.Its biggest city and regional capital is Funchal, home to a variety of tourist resorts and  gorgeous panoramas.  Some of the island key attractions include the Levadas aqueducts, the Cabo Girão, one of the world’s highest ocean cliffs and various gardens such as the Jardim Botânico Funchal Botanical garden, the Jardim do Monte Palace and Jardim Orquídea Orchid garden. Check out the latest hotel deals in Madeira including the city of  Funchal.Top 10 Portugal citiesThe following are the top 10 most important cities in PortugalLisbon is the national capital famous for is cultural heritage and vibrant nightlifeAveiro is known as the Venice of PortugalBraga is known as the city of ArchbishopsCoimbra is home to one of the world’s oldest universityÉvora is Alentejo regional capital also known as the Museum CityFunchal is the capital of MadeiraGuimarães is known to be the founding place of the nationPorto is the northern capital known as the Invincible CityViana do Castelo is famous for hosting the Nossa Senhora da Agonia FestivalFaro is the biggest city in the Algavre regionBook a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.Portugal factsThe following are some of the key facts about Portugal:Full name: Portuguese RepublicPopulation: 10.7 million (UN, 2010)Capital: LisbonArea: 92,345 sq km (35,655 sq miles)Major language: PortugueseMajor religion: ChristianityLife expectancy: 76 years (men), 83 years (women) (UN)Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 centsMain exports: Textiles and clothing, wood products, electrical equipmentGNI per capita: US $20,940 (World Bank, 2009)Internet domain: .ptInternational dialling code: +351Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.Portugal FlagAbout PortugalPortugal is the westernmost country of Europe sharing the Iberian peninsula with neighbouring Spain on the east and bordering the Atlantic Ocean on the west.  The country also have a set of archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores and Madeira. Portugal is named after its famous city Porto which Latin name was Portus Cale.Portugal is a country with a very rich history from prehistoric to modern time, passing by the Roman, the Moors, the Christian Reconquista, the age of the grest Discoveries, the Spanish invasion, absolutism and the area of reforms amongst other.  The country’s external influences can still be seen today in its architecture , arts, dance and folk music such as the melancholic fado.  Another great example of its historical heritage is the increasingly popular tourist destination of Jeronimos Monastery.One of the greatest time in all of Portugal history goes back to the 15th century when some of the best explorers and sea navigators such as Vasco da Gama took upon the challenge to find a new way to the commercially lucrative India.  Less than a century later , Portugal and its famous sailors managed to build an empire from Brazil to Asia passing by South Africa.  Even today, a vast community of Portuguese speakers remains with no less than 200 million spread across the world.The story of the 20th century Portugal is mostly remembered by the decades of Antonio de Oliveira Salazar dictatorship.  Until 1974 that is, the year of the coup also known as the Revolution of the Carnations, which resulted in a democratic Portugal and the independence of former African colonies. The story of Modern Portugal starts in 1986 with the country’s integration into the European Community and followed a constant growth.  What was traditionally an agricultural economy started to move towards more of the service sector including tourism.Today, tourism is playing an increasingly important role in Portugal’s economy, with the country receiving an average of 13 million foreign tourists each year, putting it within the top 20 most visited countries in the world.  Most tourists come from Britain, Spain  and Germany, travelling by low cost airliners.  Those visitors are looking for a sun and sea holiday as well as to discover various cultural, gastronomic, environmental or nautical experiences. Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.Portugal weatherPortugal has perhaps one of the best climate in Europe with some of the warmest regions such as the southern Algarve and Alentejo.  In mainland Portugal, yearly temperature averages are about 15°C (55°F) in the north and 18°C (64°F) in the south. Madeira and Azores have a narrower temperature range as expected given their insularity, with the former having low precipitation in most of the archipelago and the latter being wet and rainy.Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.Portugal winePortugal, blessed with a great weather and a variety of vines type, produce some of the best wines in the world’s.  From red to white passing by a delicious rose and famous port, it has everything to satisfy even an experienced connoisseurs.  With such a quality of wines at affordable prices, it is no wonder that wine drinking during and after meals remains a very common practice in Portugal.Vinho VerdePortugal along with neighbouring Spain is known to have a special kind of white wine, which is actually green.  This Vinho Verde is a light, dry and refreshing wine with a very crisp taste, best served cold accompanying fish dishes.  The Vinho Verde is a must when visiting the regions especially knowing that it is very affordable.PortPortugal is best known as the home of Port wines, its most famous export and ideal drink both as an aperitif or with dessert.  Porto or Port is a fortified wine (20%) made by adding brandy to the wine before fermentation is complete.  According to EU laws, port wine can only be named as such if the grapes are grown in the Douro valley, and the wine is brewed in Porto. The end product is strong, sweet, complex in taste and if properly stored will last 40 years or more. There various varieties of port include:Vintage port is the real deal but very expensive as it is kept for 5-15 years.LBV port or Late-Bottled Vintage is a simulated vintage kept in barrel longer, ready to drink and perfect if you are on a budget.Tawny port is aged for 10-40 years before bottling, which distinguishes itself by a more brownish red colour and a slightly smoother bouquet and flavour.Ruby port is the youngest and cheapest characterize with a deep red "ruby" colour.Book a Portugal holiday now, or check out the latest hotels and flight deals, best prices guaranteed.
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Spain or España is a beautiful and diverse country taking the most part of the Iberian Peninsula in the westernmost place of Europe.  It is famous for having the largest number of World Heritage Cities as well as the second-largest number of World Heritage sites.  It is an all time favourite for the best holiday destinations blessed with amazing natural beauty.  It is not a surprise, with one of Europe’s longest and most beautiful coastline, a fascinating culture with an emphasis on good life, spoiled with delicious food and great local wines.  Not to forget that Spain is renown to be the party capital of Europe, especially in the Southern Balearic Island of Ibiza.With a great weather all year round, Spain has become a favourite destination amongst European.Check out the latest Spanish summer holidays with deals starting at only £115pp (based on a September departure) or book a hotel at your favourite Spanish destination.TopicsAbout Spain: from Andalucia to Pamplona.  Check out the latest hotel deals in Spain.Madrid: the unique capital.  Check out the latest hotel deals in Madrid.Barcelona: the heart of Catalonia. Check out the latest hotel deals in Barcelona.Andalucia: the real Spain. Check out the latest hotel deals in Andalucia.Balearic Islands: Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. Check out the latest hotel deals in the Balearic Islands.Canary Islands: from La Palma to Lanzarote.  Check out the latest hotel deals in the Canary Islands.North-western Spain: Galicia, Asturias and  Cantabria..Northern Spain:  Basque Country, Navarre and La Rioja.North-eastern Spain: Cataluna and Aragon.Central Spain : Community of Madrid, Castile-La Mancha, Castile-Leon and Extremadura.Eastern Spain : Murcia and Valencia.About SpainSpain has a relaxed and easygoing lifestyle, with a the perfect combination of great cuisine, top wine regions, idyllic beaches, world-famous folklore and a vibrant nightlife.  From its capital Madrid in the heart of the country to the numerous beach destinations in Andalucia, passing by exciting  cities such as Barcelona and world known festivities such as Pamplona the Running of the Bulls Spain really have it all.  Not to forget the fabulous islands destination of  the Balearic and Canary Islands ideal for a sun and sea holiday especially during the colder European months.The country of Spain is divided into a number of autonomías or autonomous regions and two independent cities.   Those regions can be grouped into Central,  Northern, North-eastern, Eastern Spain  and Andalucia provinces for the continental Spain and into Balearic and Canary Islands for the Spanish islands.Madrid: the unique capitalMadrid is truly unique, mostly known to as the city of great monuments, world class museums as well as one of Europe’s football and nightlife capital.  It is foremost a fantastic cultural destination with a great historic as well as artistic heritage.  Indeed it is home to the best known art galleries such as the El Prado and Reina Sofia museums within the so called golden triangle of Art located along the Paseo del Prado.  The amazing medieval center where most of the key attractions are located is a wonderful place to get lost along its narrow streets packed with terraced cafes and restaurants.  At the heart of Old Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, an excellent starting point for a day of sightseeing or an evening with friends.Madrid is not only a fantastic cultural destination but is also famous for being one of  Europe’s most vibrant party cities pushing the limits of hedonism.  Indeed this exciting metropolis has an abundance of bars, discotheques and live music clubs opened until the early morning.  From La Latina district where you may enjoy succulent tapas to Huertas home of the famous live flamenco shows,  passing by the party districts of  Malasaña and Marula, Madrid is packed with great locations for an outstanding night out.Check out the latest Spanish summer holidays with deals starting at only £115pp (based on a September departure) or book a hotel at your favourite Spanish destination.Barcelona: the heart of CataloniaBarcelona is by far one of Europe’s more exciting cities. Located on the northern eastern  part of Spain and capital of Catalonia it has a lot to offer its visitors, from the continent’s best-preserved Gothic quarters and fascinating Gaudi architecture to the beautiful beaches served by multiple underground stations.  Barcelona is Spain’s most cosmopolitan city offering a variety of world cuisine including succulent Catalan dishes.  The nightlife and music scene is also one of the most vibrant and their football team is known and supported around the world and.  In short, Barcelona is perhaps the most equipped of all European cities will it be for arts, cultures, sport or lifestyle. Book a Barcelona holiday now, best prices guaranteed.Andalucia : the real SpainAndalucia is the perfect destination to find the typical Spanish experience, from flamenco to Bullfighting passing by charming white washed towns, Picasso galleries and romantic sea ports.  The region is blessed with a rich historical heritage composed of a variety of castles, palaces and cathedrals to be discovered.  It is perhaps one of the Spanish region mostly influenced by medieval Islamic Spain with is grandiose architecture such as the fabulous La Alhambra Palace in Granada.Andalucia is also world famous for being the place to find some of the most sought after coastal resorts from the popular and densely crowded Costa del Sol to the more rugged but beautiful Costa de Almeria.  Andalusia with more than 8 million people is the most populous, the second largest and often considered the most beautiful of all the Spanish regions.  The region is divided into eight provinces including Huelva, Seville, Cádiz, Córdoba, Malaga, Jaen, Granada and Almeria, with the largest city and capital being Sevilla.  Andalusia is the southernmost Spanish region and is bordered to the west by Portugal and has on its southernmost tip the strategic British colony of Gibraltar which is separated from North Africa by just a few miles.With a charming cultural heritage combined with the excitement of cities such as Malaga, Cádiz and Córdoba filled with the hippest bar and nightlife, as well as the idyllic natural wonders composed of various beaches and the Sierra Nevada mountain range in the backdrop, Andalucia remains one of the top places in the country to discover the real Spain. Check out the latest hotel deals in Andalucia.Top Andalucian citiesThe following are the top cities in Andalucia in alphabetical order:Almeria is home to a variety of medieval remains and fortressesCádiz is famous for being the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the Iberian PeninsulaCórdoba is the ancient capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle AgesGranada is home to the magnificent La Alhambra PalaceHuelva is a maritime port town with the oldest football club of SpainJaen is the world’s capital of olive oil and a booming cultural tourism destinationMalaga is a large harbour city right on the Costa del SolMarbella is a wealthy resort town on the Costa del Sol, the play ground of the richSeville is the capital and largest city of Andalucia, as well as home to flamencoTop Andalucia Holiday destinationsThe following are some of the top holidays destination from the Costa de La Luz facing the Atlantic to the eastern coast of America. Costa de La LuzCosta del SolCosta TropicalCosta de AlmeriaSierra Nevada Costa de La LuzThe Costa de la Luz which can be translated to the Coast of Light is one of the westernmost region in Spain.  It is part of the bigger Andalusia region and it is the only coast facing the Atlantic ocean.  It extends  from the Guadiana River in the North to Tarifa in the south along the Province of Cádiz of Huelva.Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa de La Luz.Costa del SolThe Costa del Sol which can be translated to the "Coast of the Sun" is the most popular of all the coastal regions.  It is set between less touristic Costa de la Luz to the East and Costa Tropical to the West and is part of the bigger autonomous community of Andalusia.  It extend from Punto Chullera in the west to the cliffs of Maro in the East.  What was once a land of small quiet fishing settlements, became in the last century, one of the most known holiday destination in the world.  Indeed it has today become the land of major touristic hotels and resorts development, high rise apartments, restaurants, bar, nightclubs and many other touristic attractions.  Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa del SolCosta TropicalThe Costa Tropical is the eastern neighbour of popular Costa del Sol part of the larger Andalusia region.  It is often referred to as  “Costa de Granada” because of the importance of it s major city Granada.  Unlike its resort developed neighbour, the Costa Tropical is made up mostly of agricultural zones and small resort towns and villages. Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa TropicalCosta de AlmeriaThe Costa de Almeria is 217 kilometres (135 mi) of wonderful Mediterranean coast, from Adra on the border with the province of Granada to the province of Murcia in the East.  The land is blessed with a variety of beaches from the deserted ones within the Natural Parks to those enjoyed by numerous vacationers with  golden sand and clear sea waters.Check out the latest holiday deals in Costa de AlmeriaSierra NevadaThe Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Spain offering a variety of beautiful ski holiday destinations.  It is known to be Europe’s southernmost ski resort.Balearic Islands : Majorca, Menorca and IbizaThe Balearic Islands which are a set of islands in the Mediterranean sea, just South of mainland Spain offer some of the most beautiful beaches of the region as well as some of the most exciting parties in Europe.  It is no wonder that numerous youngsters flock in each year to enjoy some cold sangria, a warm sea and hot sandy beaches.Check out the latest hotel deals in the Balearic Islands.Top Balearic Islands Holiday destinationsSome of the top holidays places in the Balearic Islands include:MajorcaMenorcaIbizaBook a Majorca, Ibiza and Menorca holiday now, best prices guaranteed.MallorcaPalma de Mallorca, capital of the Balearic Islands, not only offers plenty of sunshine, a variety of bars, restaurants and shops but also a beautiful harbour and a historical centre.  It is not wonder it is one of the most popular holiday destination in Europe particularly with British, Scandinavian and  German tourists.Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands, with Palma city being the capital of the island as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands.  It’s name is derived from Latin insula maior which can be translated to larger island. Check out the latest holiday deals in the Mallorca and top hotels, best prices guaranteed.MenorcaMenorca offers a more tranquil vibe compare to the other Balearics islands.  Blessed with unspoilt natural beauty, it is the perfect place for a laidback beach vacation with more idyllic beaches to choose from than the total of Mallorca and Ibiza sandy spots combinedIts name comes from the Latin Insula Minor which can be translated to minor island as it is  smaller than the nearby island of Majorca.  It has a population of a bit less then 100k people and El Toro or Monte Toro is the highest point with 358 m/1174 ft above sea level. Check out the latest holiday deals in Menorca and top hotels, best prices guaranteed.IbizaIbiza is perhaps the most popular of all the Balearic Islands, being famous as one of the biggest party destinations in Europe especially during the summer, where clubbers can dance all night long at the various  parties.  Some of the most notorious clubs include Es Paradis, Eden, DC10, Amnesia, Space, Privilege and Pacha.  As for Ibiza most famous bar it must be Café del Mar known for its chill-out music.Parties and nightlife aside, Ibiza offers a variety of culture attractions such as the famous Ibiza district port, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearic Islands and is located some 80km off the coast of Valencia.  It has a population of some 111K inhabitants with this number increasing during the peak summer months.  Some of its most important towns include Ibiza Town, San Antonio and Santa Eulària des Riu. Its highest point is Sa Talaiassa at 475 m/1,558 ft above sea level.  The island along with Formentera are known as the "Islas Pitiusas"  from the Greek word pitys meaning pine tree because of the abundance of those tree on the land.Check out the latest holiday deals in Ibiza and top hotels, best prices guaranteed.Canary Islands: from La Palma to LanzaroteThe Canary Islands is a group of island off the African western coast best known for their volcanic landscape and subtropical vegetations.  This Atlantic region is blessed with unique natural beauty comprised of spectacular volcanic formations and a unique black sand on some of its lovely beaches. The Canary region is divided into the following Islands from west to east:The Western Canary Islands:  La Palma, La Gomera and El HierroTenerife:  a variety of attractionsGrand Canaria: tropical north and resorts packed southFurteventura: beautiful beaches with a windy climateLanzarote: volcanic formations and best beach holiday resortsCheck out the latest hotel deals in the Canary Islands.North-western Spain: Galicia, Asturias and  CantabriaThe North-western region of Spain includes the autonomías of  Galicia, Asturias and  Cantabria. Galicia is the western most region of Spain and is famous for its verdant landscapes and a dramatic coastline as well as being home to the medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, known as the end route of the legendary pilgrimage.  The inland of Galicia includes a variety of charming villages and monasteries set across hills and forests.  As for its breathtaking coastline such as the Rias Baixas it is where one will find the best beaches and resorts. Asturias and Cantabria are part of the Spanish northern green region known for the abundance of forests, as well as home to the Picos de Europe mountain range at its heart and lovely bays and beaches towards the coast.  Those two regions are blessed with a rich historical heritage with sights such as the famous Altamira caves with paintings dating back thousands of years or the beautiful medieval town of Santillana del Mar and Oviedo.Check out the latest hotel deals in Galicia, Asturias and  Cantabria.Northern Spain: Basque Country, Navarre and La RiojaThe Northern part of Spain which is home to the regions of Basque Country, Navarre and La Rioja, is one of the oldest and most interesting  part of the Iberian peninsula.  Indeed its lovely coast is blessed with amazing natural beauty from the Basque beaches to the Navarre Pyrenean foothills passing by a variety of cultural and historical attractions. The Basque Country is known to be home to the world famous Museo Guggenheim in Bilbao as well as having a variety of picturesque towns along the coast.  The city of San Sebastian is a perfect example blessed with a near perfect rounded bay and plenty of holiday resorts to choose from.  As for the Navarre region it is best known for the excitement of its unique bull running festival in Pamplona. Finally La Rioja, it the smallest of all the Spanish regions but perhaps one of the most charming and famous around the world for its wine production.Check out the latest hotel deals in Basque Country, Navarre and La Rioja.North-eastern Spain: Cataluna and AragonThe North-eastern Spain is home to two of Spain most beautiful and culturally diverse regions, Cataluna and Aragon. Aragon is perhaps one of the lesser known region of Spain but offers perhaps one of the most breathtaking natural landscape in the country.  Indeed from the spectacular views of the Pyrenean to the cliffs and canyons packed Ordesa National Park, it has some much to offer for nature lovers.  The San Juan de la Pena monastery hidden in the heart of the mountains is also worth discovering As for Cataluna its is one of the most visited regions in the Spain.  Indeed,