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5 Underrated European Destinations to Visit Before They Get Popular *

I love travelling <3. Despite not being able to travel as much as I did when I was a bit younger, I still love getting lost around new cities and places.

I believe that every place in the world has something magic to offer, something t that makes that particular place special. We all know about the European hot spots of Spain, Italy or France but there are other unusual cities in Europe that can be the perfect destination for your next holidays. I’ve chosen 5 of the most underrated destinations in Europe that still remain a well-kept secret.

1. Croatia

Few destinations are as versatile as sun-kissed Croatia. There’s something to suit all, whether you’re seeking beachside fun or a sightseeing extravaganza. Start your adventure in the Old Town of Dubrovnik and admire its jaw-dropping architecture, which features in TV’s “Game of Thrones” as locations including King’s Landing and Qarth.

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At this medieval seaport, you’ll witness stunning scenery including ancient palaces, crumbling fortifications and ornate churches. From there, the crystal waters of the Dalmatian Coast are within easy reach. Also recommended is the town of Nin in the Zadar County, an area home to the country’s best stretches of coastline. Continue Reading

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City Break: Things to Do & Places to Visit in Venice

There are plenty of things to do in Venice, for a weekend, for a week and for a month. I only spend four days on this amazing city but I can guarantee that it wasn’t enough to see everything the city has.

I would have loved to stay a little longer, be able to eat in all the nice restaurants and see all this city has to offer: museums, cathedrals, theatres, shopping, etc.

Following my previous post about my visit to Venice, here you have my favourite places I visit and things to do around Venice.

Basilica di Santa Maria Della Salute & Punta Della Salute

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Grand Canal

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City Break: A wonderful Weekend in Venice

This year my <3 had a big birthday, he changed from one decade to another… hahahaha (I don’t know why this makes me laugh, but it does!). The thing is that in his work everyone thinks he’s on his early twenties LOL

I decided to surprise him with a long weekend in Venice for his birthday and I must say that it was the best present ever (not only for him but for both of us!).

I booked everything through EasyJet Holidays as they have good offers and the service is quite straightforward. We had previously booked holidays from there so I didn’t look at other options.

On this post and the following one, I would like to share my experience and wonderful days in Venice (I wish I was there right now!).

How to get from Marco Polo airport to Venice city?

We left from Gatwick to Marco Polo Airport during the evening, getting there by midnight. I was a bit worried about how to get to Venice as it was quite late but there are plenty of options. We took a boat (or vaporetto) and within 30 min.  we were in Venice. It costs 15€ each and the ‘adventure’ was so cool!

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Where to stay?

It was very difficult to choose the hotel all by myself but I made the best decision ever when I booked Residenza Cannaregio hotel from the Eurostars Hotel chain.

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The hotel was in the Cannaregio area, quiet and nice. There were restaurants and pubs near the hotel and people drinking on the boats, how cool is that?

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The room was amazing, we stayed at the junior suite and OMG, it was so spacious, clean and cosy. The service was also friendly and helpful; they even offered us a free welcome drink on the terrace the day after we got there. I would definitely come back again.

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Lifestyle, Travel

A day in Formentera – What to do

Yes, I’m still in a holiday mood after more two weeks of sun, beaches, cocktails and seafood.

In the first two weeks of August, I went to visit my family and friends in Spain. I went to Denia (Alicante), my hometown and a beautiful paradise in the Mediterranean Sea. While I was there, me and my <3 decided to take a day trip to Formentera. I highly recommend doing this trip if you have the chance.

So, let me tell you everything we did in Formentera:

  1. Rent a scooter

We took the ferry from Denia at 9am, got to Formentera by 11 and went straightaway to the motorbike rental place where we had previously booked a scooter. The rental place is called La Savina rent a car and they offered us a very good deal. The place was very easy to find

  1. Visit Cala Saona

Once we had the scooter we went to Cala Saona, a beautiful beach with crystal clear water, a real paradise.

As the sandy beach was quite busy, we decided to go a bit to the right of the beach and climb some rocks where it was a bit quieter.

My family had recommended this beach as they used to go to Formentera every Summer. You can see in the pictures how amazing it is!

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  1. Eat seafood – yum!

After Cala Saona, we went to have seafood paella in a wonderful restaurant called Es Cap. Bearing in mind how expensive this island is in Summer, this one was pretty affordable. The restaurant is not by the beach but by the main road, however, the service and food were amazing and I will definitely come back if I have the chance.

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Formentera has two very famous lighthouses, one on the East of the island and another one on the West.

4 & 5. Go to the two lighthouses: La Mola and Barbaria

They are called ‘Faro de La Mola’ (East) and ‘Faro de Barbaria (West). This last one got really famous after the Spanish movie ‘Lucia y el sexo’.

Both lighthouses have amazing views, and they are a must visit if you are in Fromentera.

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  1. Stopover Ses Salines

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Food & Recipes, Travel

Weekend away: places to eat in Barcelona

Following my latest post about “Places to visit in Barcelona” I though I would put together a little guide for foodies in Barcelona.

The places below are where my friends and I went on our last city break in Barcelona. However, I’m sure this lovely city has many many fabulous bars and restaurants.

Iriati Taverna Basca

If you are staying or visiting the Gothic Quarter (El Barri Gotic), the Iriati Taverna Basca is a tasty tapas restaurant. The tapas are 1.90€ and they also offer a wide range of wines.

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Bodega Biarritz

We went to Bodega Biarritz for dinner. They also do tapas and the prices go up to 4€/tapa. We ate and drank a lot and we didn’t pay more than 12€ each.

They also do mojitos… mmmmm.  The place is not very big and when they are full they won’t let anyone else come in unless someone has finished.

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