100 interesting and fun facts about London that you didn't know
London is the capital of Great Britain and one of the largest cities in Europe, which is the world center of culture, music, education, fashion, politics, finance and trade. It is a vibrant and bustling metropolis with a dynamic life and a wonderful cosmopolitan atmosphere. London is one of the oldest cities in Europe, which has an amazing concentration of a variety of sights, historical and cultural monuments: luxurious palaces, historical buildings, towers, bridges, ancient churches, attractions and world-class museums.
London was founded during the Roman Empire and throughout its rich history has been one of the most important cities in Europe. All the wealth of the United Kingdom flocked here, so its capital has magnificent sights from various historical eras. London is one of the most multifaceted cities in the world, which has absorbed not only the traditions of Britain, but also the cultures of many nationalities and peoples. It is a place of amazing diversity to be discovered and explored endlessly.
London can be visited all year round, so the best time to visit it depends entirely on your preferences. There are fewer tourists in the capital of the United Kingdom during the off-season, so it's easier to book a good hotel and you can comfortably explore the city. There are many festivals and cultural events in London in the summer, but there are also many more tourists.
London is one of the world's shopping capitals. Here is the largest department store in Europe - Harrods, where you can find almost everything. Also in the capital of Great Britain is a huge shopping center - Westfield, which includes 300 stores. The main shopping area is the West End (Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street, Piccadilly and Covent Garden). Near London Bridge is the Borough food market, although it is relatively expensive. Brushfield is home to an old fruit market that now sells up-and-coming designers, housewares and food.
Food in London caters to all tastes. Here you can find everything from fast food and inexpensive pubs to exclusive restaurants. In London, a standard tourist rule applies - food near popular attractions and in the central part of the city is more expensive. Many locals go to restaurants in residential and working areas, where the quality of food and service is higher and prices are lower.
Below you can read more interesting facts.
1. The English capital is about two thousand years old. No one knows the exact date of foundation.
2. In the past, London was known as Londinium, Augusta, Lundenwick and Lundenburch.
3. Native Englishmen make up about 50% of the population of the capital of Great Britain. The rest are mostly from Africa and Asia.
4. The first Londinium was burned by the Britons during their revolt against the Romans.
5. In the 9th century, a huge army of pagan Vikings captured half of England, avenging the death of their king Ragnar. It controlled the territories of London and its environs for 15 years.
6. Judging by archaeological finds, primitive people lived on the site of modern London long before the foundation of the city.
7. Indigenous people in different parts of London have different accents. Foreigners do not notice this, but the locals determine it accurately.
8. Because of the monstrous prices for real estate, most citizens in London rent a house all their lives, and do not buy it.
9. Every Friday every London pub is packed to capacity. Most locals book tables well in advance.
It is impossible to see a stray cat or dog on the streets of London.
10. Residents of London can easily walk around in a T-shirt and jeans, for example, in November. Like their Irish neighbors, they are not afraid of the cold.
11. The apartments here, with rare exceptions, are very cramped. Many also live in old houses with communication problems.
12. London is in the top 10 most expensive cities in the world every year.
13. Drivers of traditional cabs in London know the whole city from memory down to the small lanes.
14. Navigators are not allowed to use them. This rule does not apply to ordinary yellow taxis.
15. You can find at least one bike rental on any major London street.
16. The most popular fast food in London is Indian cuisine.
17. London police officers do not carry firearms.
18. There are usually no washing machines for London apartments, so there is a laundry service on every corner.
19. Every year, people forget about 80,000 umbrellas on the London Underground.
20. Contrary to popular myth, it doesn't rain as often in London as you might think. For example, even in Rome or Milan there is more rainfall than here.
21. According to ancient law, London has the right to refuse the reigning English monarch entry into the capital.
22. Londoners never go out without taking an umbrella with them. Yes, just in case.
23. On one of the branches of the London Underground, trains are fully automated, and they travel without the help of drivers.
24. And here it is customary to leave to read newspapers right in the subway so that someone else can read them. By the way, they are still very popular in London, despite the development of modern technology.
25. The most popular pet in London is a dog, despite the fact that many landlords forbid tenants from keeping pets.
26. Every year, a Christmas tree sent from Norway is set up in London's Trafalgar Square. This is a token of appreciation from the people of Oslo for helping Britain during World War II.
27. Driving into central London costs money.
28. Big Ben is not called the famous London clock tower, but the bell installed in it.
29. Some retail outlets in London only accept credit cards.
30. Most of London's cinemas are specialized - one shows comedies, another shows Hollywood blockbusters, and a third shows retro movies.
31. There are about 5,000 pubs in London. This is more than even in Dublin.
32. Most of London's museums are free to enter, but donations are welcome.
33. About 20 underground rivers flow under London.
34. The multinationality of London society is evidenced by the fact that the locals speak about 300 different languages.
35. Among all the cities in the world, London occupies one of the first places in terms of the number of billionaires living in it.
36. The famous movable Tower Bridge in London weighs 2000 tons, while it takes just one minute to open.
37. It was here that the world's first subway was built.
38. The foggy London stereotype arose from the fact that during the era of the development of local industry, the city was constantly wrapped in thick smog. In fact, fogs are rare here, and mostly in the cold season.
39. In summer it is rarely warmer than +20, but in winter the temperature rarely drops below 0 degrees.
40. In terms of population, London ranks second in Europe, second only to Moscow.
41. Many streets, especially in older areas, are confusing and very winding, so many Londoners carry a map of the city with them.
42. Lines are everywhere here - in museums, pubs and restaurants. Even in the USSR there were not so many queues.
43. London is the only city in the world to have hosted the Olympic Games three times.
44. Less than 50% of Londoners are Christians.
45. The famous Westminster Abbey in London was built over almost 700 years.
46. One of the ancient laws obliges London hotels to accept not only guests, but also their horses.
Buckingham Palace in London consists of 600 rooms.
47. In the USA, as many as 8 cities are called London (interesting facts about the USA).
48. From the center of London to the center of Paris can be reached by high-speed train in just 2 hours.
49. The exact age of London is unknown, but, judging by the chronicles found, it is about two thousand years old.
50. In the Tower of London, the ravens that live there are looked after by a special caretaker. There is a legend that Great Britain will fall when these birds leave the Tower (see interesting facts about birds).
51. There are two types of taxis in London - ordinary and traditional London cabs. To get a cab driver's license, you have to pass the most difficult test on the knowledge of absolutely all London streets, because traditionally cab drivers do not use maps or navigators.
52. London is the largest city in the European Union, and concurrently the second largest in Europe as a whole.
53. Founded by the Romans, London was originally called in the Roman manner - Londinium.
54. For a hundred years, from 1985 to 1925, London was the largest city in the world.
55. Every year at Christmas in Trafalgar Square in London, a Christmas tree is sent from Oslo. This is a token of gratitude for the help provided to Norway during the Second World War (see interesting facts about Oslo).
56. Driving into the center of London during the daytime is paid, and, by the way, costs a lot - ten pounds sterling.
57. There is a statue of George Washington in London, but it was installed on land brought from the United States, because Washington declared during his lifetime that "do not set foot on English soil again."
58. London's famous Big Ben is not a tower, contrary to popular myth. "Big Ben" is the name of the bell tower installed there, and the tower itself is called "Elizabeth"
59. Twenty hidden rivers flow under London (see interesting facts about rivers).
60. The code of rules for ships entering London harbor still allows the constable of the Tower to demand a barrel of rum from each ship as a duty.
61. The inhabitants of London speak more than three hundred languages, which makes London the most multilingual city in the world. However, in English here anyway, of course, everyone speaks.
62. Local law forbids you from hailing a taxi on the streets of London if you are infected with the plague.
63. All London buses became red in 1907. Before that, they were painted in different colors.
64. London is the largest city in the UK. About a third less people live here than in Moscow, and almost fifty times more than in Paris.
65. One of London's museums houses a collection of items left behind by passengers on the London Underground. It includes such extravagant items as a human skull, a samurai sword, a coffin and a puffer fish.
66. London Heathrow Airport receives and sends more international flights than any other airport in the world.
67. During the fire of 1666 in London, about 70 thousand people were left without a roof over their heads, despite the fact that then the population of this city was only 80 thousand.
68. The world's first zoo opened in London. This significant event took place back in 1828.
69. There are over a thousand streets in London.
70. Contrary to popular belief, London is not a rainy city at all. On the contrary, it is one of the driest in Europe. But there are really many cloudy days here.
71. Buses in London run around the clock.
72. The cheapest transport in London is a bicycle. You can rent it on almost every street, and a daily rental will cost half the price of the shortest metro ride.
73. In 2012, the city hosted the Olympics for the third time, no other city has received such an honor.
74. Many museums in London are free to visit, although you can make a voluntary donation if you wish.
75. Eternal rain in London is a common myth. In fact, there is no more precipitation here than, for example, in Rome, but it can start to rain suddenly and end just as suddenly, so it is customary for locals to always carry an umbrella with them.
76. The London Eye Ferris wheel is one of the largest in the world. There are 32 booths fixed on the circle (according to the number of districts of the city), each of which can accommodate 25 people. A full turn of the wheel takes half an hour. The "Eye" is an important element of the pyrotechnic shows that are held on New Year's Eve and other holidays; fireworks are also launched from it.
77. If Japanese restaurants and pizzerias are widespread in Russia, then in London the championship belongs to Indian cuisine.
78. There are as many as 6 airports in London and its environs. Heathrow is the most famous of them, and also the busiest in Europe.
79. There are almost no traffic jams in the central part of the city. The secret is simple - since 2003, on weekdays, entry here is paid and is more than 12 pounds. Moreover, entry in an old car that does not meet environmental standards will cost twice as much.
80. The London Underground is one of the largest in the world with 270 stations. It is also the oldest in the world, its first branch was opened in 1863. The people call the subway Underground (“subway”) or Tube (“pipe”). The fare varies depending on the metro area. The stations have special places for musicians to perform, and it is customary to leave the newspapers in the car, where someone else can read them.
81. London has a Tramlink tram system, but it operates only in south London in the Croydon area and has only 4 routes. The fact is that there is no subway in this part of the city.
82. London is the only place where you need to study to become a taxi driver, and the training takes several years and involves passing the most difficult exams. The fact is that it is not customary for local taxi drivers to use maps, and even more so navigators, they must remember all the streets and even houses by heart! Not surprisingly, about 70% of applicants do not stand up to training. Naturally, we are talking about black taxi cabs that have become the hallmark of the city. It is they who have the right to play the streets and put passengers anywhere, but the prices in them bite. There are also simpler taxis in the city, but they only work on specific calls. If you need to use a transfer to the airport, we recommend that you order a Russian taxi in London. Reasonable price and quality service guaranteed.
83. Famous red double decker buses are called double deckers. The first buses of this type appeared on the streets in 1956.
84. In many places of the city there are parking lots with bicycles that can be rented with a bank card.
85. The Greenwich meridian passes through London, which in 1884 was decided to be considered zero (until that moment, different countries counted longitude from their national meridians). It used to pass through the observatory in the town of Greenwich, but now the town has become one of the districts of the sprawling capital.
86. Under London there are many underground rivers and streams. In the Victorian era, they were hidden underground - in the sewer system. At that time, it was the right decision, because Londoners threw garbage at them and poured sewage.
87. The Tower of London on the banks of the Thames is considered one of the oldest buildings in the UK. Its construction is attributed to William I, the legendary Norman conqueror who radically changed the whole way of Great Britain. Construction began in 1066 and ended in 1078. Later, Richard the Lionheart ordered to build several more towers and dig a moat around the fortress, and from 1190 the fortress gradually began to turn into a prison and a place of executions, and representatives of the nobility and even unsuccessful monarchs often became prisoners. King Henry VIII and his descendants were especially zealous in this matter in the 16th-17th centuries. It was only after World War II that they stopped keeping prisoners. Part of the fortress was occupied for a long time by the mint and the menagerie, later transferred to the London Zoo. Today, the Tower has become a museum and repository of the treasures of the British crown. Among the staff of the modern Tower there is a ravenmaster - an employee who monitors the well-being of the local flock of crows. There is a belief that when they leave the fortress, many misfortunes await the country. To prevent this from happening, crows have their wings clipped.
88. Big Ben is another well-known landmark that is actually not called that. The clock tower of the Palace of Westminster bears the name of Elizabeth, and "Big Ben" is not even the name of the clock, but the largest of the six bells inside the tower.
89. The London Zoo has been operating since 1828 and is the oldest in the world. Interestingly, it does not receive government funding and exists on proceeds from ticket sales, charitable fees and donations.
90. Like other major cities, London has not been spared by great tragedies. In 1952, the Great Smog hung over the city for several days - a toxic fog that led to the death of several thousand people. Immediately after this environmental disaster, the Clean Air Act was passed, but London is still considered one of the most polluted European cities today.
91. In 1666, during the Great Fire of London, most of the city burned out in just three days. The exact number of victims is unknown, the fact remains that more than 80% of the population was left homeless, and the restoration of the city took more than a dozen years. Although everything can be found pluses. For example, the fire helped to cope with the Great Plague Epidemic, which at that time had been raging in the capital for a year.
92. The Great Stench is another environmental disaster in London's history. In 1858, there was no sewerage in the largest city in Europe. And during the hot summer, the Thames overflowed with sewage and poisoned the surrounding areas. Cholera began to spread (they did not yet know that it was transmitted through water), there was a disgusting stench, residents fled to the suburbs, and the British Parliament resigned. The disaster ended by itself with the advent of rainy weather, but the government realized that the problem had to be dealt with somehow, and a year later a sewer system appeared in London.
93. The city is the main political, cultural and economic center of Britain.
94. In the Tower, a local fortress, a special person watches over the ravens living in its territories. According to one legend, Great Britain will fall immediately after the birds leave the fortress.
95. An interesting fact is that in London, anyone can, instead of a traditional taxi, call a cab - a horse-drawn carriage.
96. There are 20 piped rivers flowing under the surface of London.
97. Did you know that over 300 languages are spoken in this capital, making London the most multilingual city on earth. But there is no doubt that everyone here knows English.
98. The British take their culture and traditions very seriously. As a result, the tower constable has the right to demand from the ships entering the harbor - a barrel of rum.
99. By law, a person suffering from the plague is not allowed to call a taxi.
100. Since 1907, all London buses have been painted red, although before that they were of a wide variety of colors and shades.
Sunny Greece is a picturesque land created by the gods for the rest of the soul and body. The islands of Kos, Santorini, the western part of Rhodes, the Halkidiki peninsula, and the eastern part of the Peloponnese are washed by the Aegean Sea. The east coast of Rhodes and the northern and southern beaches of Crete caress the waters of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Ionian Sea will help you enjoy a holiday in western Crete, eastern Corfu, and the western part of the Peloponnese. Lovers of invigorating swimming will enjoy the refreshing Adriatic Sea on Corfu's western and northern shores.
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From May to October, you will get an incredible relaxation on all the seas, sunbathing on the comfortable beaches and enjoying the gentle turquoise waters of the sea. Many resorts in Greece by the sea offer tourists to see the ancient attractions, immerse themselves in the dizzying atmosphere of the nightlife and enjoy the taste of the local cuisine, and you can choose where to relax.
In the necklace of the Greek islands, the legendary homeland of Zeus, Crete, stands out as the most fabulous pearl. It hosts the southernmost resorts in the country, where it enjoys almost 340 days a year of sunny weather: beautiful mountain scenery, sandy beach areas, and beautiful inns for romantic and family vacations.
Among the many resorts, an unforgettable holiday on the sandy shores surrounded by picturesque nature will be provided by Agios Nikolaos, Elounda, Rethymno, Chania, Heraklion, and Hersonissos, Malia, Lassithi. If you prefer more comfort, staying in the eastern part of Crete, on Lassithi, with sandy beaches in the Gulf of Mirabella and "star" hotels, is better.
In the northern region, the resort of Rethymno has gained popularity with a coast dotted with a mixture of sand and pebbles, a gentle descent into the water, and a freshwater lake with its beach. There are many hotels on the first line in the city. It is pleasant to walk around, enjoying the picturesque combination of Venetian and Oriental architecture.
The Heraklion coast stretches along the central part. It is a lively resort for young people, with water parks and an aquarium. Moving to the west coast of Crete, you are in the most exotic resort - Chania, surrounded by lush exotic vegetation, famous for the best sandy beaches, architectural monuments, and Venetian-style mansions. Those who are just interested in spending time on the beach can safely choose Elafonisi, the red beach in Matale, the Vapay beach on Lassithi, and the wild Balos beach with luxurious white sand.
Rhodes will satisfy the most demanding tourists with its natural beauty, all-encompassing tourist infrastructure, and fantastic weather. There are beaches on the island for all tastes: sandy and pebble, comfortable and wild, picturesque and relaxing bays, and open to all winds.
All beaches are accessible. Fans of a versatile beach holiday, sightseeing, and active nightlife should choose the capital - Rhodes, located in the north. Here, on the spit, there are beaches from two nearby seas - the Mediterranean Sea and the Aegean Sea, which differ in terms of water temperature and the presence of sea waves.
It is preferable to rest with the children, heading south, where peace reigns. A famous beach - Ellie with white sand overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and excellent infrastructure. The sandy pebble beach of Paropoul and the pebble beaches of Ixia and Ialyssos, which stretch along the rolling shores of the Aegean Sea, are suitable for extreme sports fans.
Several unique beaches in Kallithea, nestled in cozy little bays, are famous for their Roman hot springs. Among the Mediterranean resorts, Faliraki stands out with its clean, golden sand beaches of almost 4 kilometers, followed by Anthony Quinn Beach, located in a bay surrounded by cliffs.
Among the Mediterranean beaches awarded with "Blue Flags," we would like to mention Kolimbia and Afandou, the comfortable sandy beaches of Tsambika, Stegna, and Agati. In Rhodes, spending time on the beach goes well with visiting medieval forts, Byzantine and Catholic churches, museums, old Lindos with its acropolis, and visiting Rodini Park, the Butterfly Valley, and the ostrich farm.
Kos Island offers many pleasant moments, surrounded by picturesque nature and stunning beaches with resorts and attractions. Its gravel-dominated coastline is washed away by the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. In the central city - Kos, the beaches are too crowded.
Tourists intending to combine sea bathing and sunbathing on the beach with hiking in historic sites should head to Kamari and Kefalos with their quiet sea and well-equipped beaches separated by a bay. Near Kefalos, there is a cozy sandy beach with paradise, surprising with water bubbles near the coast coming from the volcanic gases emitted.
Kardamena Resort, located in the southwest, has hotels with beautiful beaches and the ancient temple of Apollo. In the northern part of Kos, there are unique black sand beaches that have settled on the shores of the volcanic eruption and Lake Aliko with flamingos.
Psalidi, with its gravel coastline, is a favorite among windsurfing enthusiasts. The wide white sandy beach of Maskhari, with a slight slope in the sea, is perfect for families. Terma Beach, famous for its hot springs, is located 10 kilometers from the capital.
There are many ancient attractions on Kos - the ancient city of Paleo Pili, the castle of Animachia, the site of the Asclepius sanatorium, the old Roman Odeon, and many medieval temples.
Immersed in greenery, Corfu is located 2 kilometers from mainland Greece in the northern part of the Ionian Sea. Several resort complexes with cozy hotels and cozy pebble beaches stretch along its coast.
A paradise hidden among small bays and bays is called Paleokastritsa Protected, located in the northwestern part of Corfu. Here sunbathing on the beach, swimming in the sea, and diving is complemented by plenty of entertainment options.
No less attractive for young people in the town of Kavos, located in the southeastern part of Corfu, famous for its active nightlife. For mature tourists and families, the southern resorts of Moraitika and Mesongi could not be found better. The settlement of Lefkimi will ensure an atmosphere of solitude and tranquility.
The deep warm shores of the sea, the clean beaches, and the daily comfort attract families with children here. The resort towns in northeast Dasia, Bourbaki, Nissaki, and Kontokali are also in good condition. Glyfada will appeal to those who like to combine an active daytime life with evening entertainment in restaurants and entertainment venues.
The young audience likes to gather in the northern resort of Sidari, famous for the legendary Love Channel, in Kassiopi, Rhoda, and Acharavi, with a high level of comfort and many entertainment options. Kommeno resort is preferred with luxury hotels, villas, expensive restaurants, and nightlife entertainment for the elite tourist category. There are many unique attractions on the island - 4 cities, several medieval churches, Achilleion Palace and Pontikonissi Island.
In the geographical trident of Halkidiki, the Kassandra Peninsula, named in honor of the king, who was the son-in-law of Alexander the Great, stands out. It is connected to the mainland by the beautiful Nea Potidea bridge. Kassandra is only 15 kilometers wide but stretches along the Aegean coast for 50 kilometers.
Young people go to lively and crowded resorts with a wide range of nightlife: Eriopigu, Kallithea, and Hanioti. Tourists with children prefer to relax in Nea and Sani. A delightful bay in the village of Nea Fokia, next to the beach strip, draws near the Byzantine tower by the sea, from which the sermons of the apostle Paul were read.
The golf course leads to a healing spring and a chapel. The comfortable location of Nea Potidea is famous for its magnificent beaches, covered with sand and fragments of an ancient fortress. The golden sand-covered Pevkohori coast is a paradise for lovers of solitude, surrounded by mountains, pine forests, and a gentle sea.
For those looking for privacy, do not hesitate to stay alive in the city of Nea Moudania. The peninsula is famous for its cozy sandy beaches, many of which have been awarded the Blue Flags of the European Union and have water parks.
On the beaches of Nea Fokea, it is good to snorkel at Glarokavas, where the depth is excellent, and lovers of boat trips and yachts like it. On the golden coast of Haiti, on the shores of the fine sand, both young people and families with children like to sunbathe and swim.
The second peak of Poseidon's trident - the Khalidiki peninsula - was Sithonia. Conquer with stunning scenery in a combination of mountainous terrain, clean pine trees, and coastlines, washed west by the waters of Kassandra Bay, east - by Singitimos Bay. The diversity of the coast, with fishing villages, comfortable bays, picturesque harbors, and clean unobstructed beaches, makes it possible to choose a safe place to relax for lovers of independent tourism.
Accommodation in Sithonia will not be a problem. The most prominent tourist center is Neos Marmaras, with two stunning beach areas on both sides of the town. Spend a wonderful holiday on the beautiful coastline of Parthenonas, with luxury hotels and a 17th-century temple. In the center, it is worth visiting the resorts: Kriaritsi, Marafias, Azapiko, Kalamtiko, Tristi Paradiso, and Caracas.
On the opposite side is the stunning mountain village of Sykia, with lovely terraces, the towns of Vourvourou and Sarti, and the breathtaking beauty of the Panagia Bay coast. Relaxing on the sandy shores of Porto Koufo Bay will attract families with children. The azure sea and numerous taverns with seafood delicacies offer an opportunity to eliminate the daily hustle and bustle.
The Athos Peninsula, where the sacred mountain rises, is part of Halkidiki. It is known that only men can visit Athos Monastery, so a joint venture or family should come to the peninsula to settle in Ouranoupoli, the nearest resort town of Athos, with developed tourist infrastructure.
You can stay here at relatively affordable prices even in the city center in a hotel with a pool, a little more expensive - in an apartment. But for lovers of luxury, it is also not difficult to find a hotel with a private beach. The city's main attractions are the 14th-century Byzantine tower and the Frankish castle.
The coast near Mount Athos is covered with pebbles and sand. The beach areas are equipped with everything you need for a comfortable stay. For travelers who want to take in the sights and sounds of a Campsite, it is fashionable to stay at a campsite near Ouranoupoli on Komitsa Beach with bars, cafes, and shops.
On the peninsula of Athos is interesting the city of Stagira, where the famous philosopher Aristotle was born, whose statue is in the city park. For anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of local traditions, we recommend visiting the city of Ierissos, with the ruins of an ancient settlement and several Byzantine temples.
Near the Halkidiki Peninsula, there is a beautiful Amoliani, which fascinates tourists at first sight. It has become a paradise for all those who prefer a secluded vacation. The landscapes with picturesque bays and sandy beaches, surrounded by olive groves on the hills, provoke an indescribable delight and the desire to stay here for a long time.
The guests' comfort is created by perfectly equipped beaches and comfortable hotels, of which there are more than 40 nightclubs and taverns with excellent seafood dishes. For lovers of active entertainment, there is everything for water sports. It is undeniable that the main asset in favor of the trip is the ecologically clean sandy beaches caressed by the warm azure sea.
In terms of their popularity, Alykes awarded the Blue Flag, is in the lead. The golden sandy shore, surrounded by lush vegetation, with a convenient entrance to the sea, attracts families with children. For couples in love, more secluded corners of the beach are suitable: Agias Georgios, Megali Amos, Karagatsi, Zaska, Faka, Nisakia, where there are fewer people, but all the equipment for the beach, swimming, and water activities are available.
The small island does not have a lot of attractions. Still, a relaxed life surrounded by flowery Mediterranean nature and authentic local houses will make you feel like a natural paradise.
The northernmost and greenest Greek island in the Aegean Sea. It is covered with forests, oaks, chestnuts, and banana plantations. It has such a small surface that it is not difficult to move around it in a day. The ancient capital of Thassos has long been considered the city of Limenas, surrounded by old city walls, behind which there are many ancient shrines and altars.
The beach and swimming will be fun in the resort of Potos, and in the evening it is fun to relax in the entertainment facilities. Theologos mountain village, notable for the ruins of an ancient city, has a beautiful, well-kept beach, especially suitable for surfers. In the historic town of Alik, apart from the beautiful beach and nature area, the fragments of an ancient temple with inscriptions are impressive.
For 115 kilometers, a luxurious beach stretches along the island, where the beaches of San Antonio, Paradise, Psili Amos, Makrimos, Glymoferi, and Marble shine with shining pearls, many of which have received the international Blue Flag rating. Tourists are ready to accept more than 180 hotels at affordable prices, both for standard accommodation and through the "all-inclusive" system.
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Charming little sunny Skiathos, with its luxurious nature, is washed by the emerald waters of the Aegean Sea. It offers its guests a wide range of marine pleasures and entertainment. To enjoy its charms in full force, you need to spend more than a week on Skiathos. Along the 44-kilometer coastline, towns and villages with excellent resort infrastructure and areas—well-kept beaches covered with fine and delicate sand.
The only difficulty for tourists is choosing a beach, of which there are 60. They have crystal clear water, sandy shores, and many water activities everywhere. Tourists are advised to sunbathe and swim at Little and Big Banana, the picturesque Vromolimnos. On the secluded beaches of Nikotsara, Castro, and Lalaria, which it is impossible to reach on foot, boats leave the port every day and take everyone to town in the evening.
It is the ideal destination for yachts. Little Chersonesos will conquer with the romance of the fortress Burtzi and a beautiful port. Skiathos will delight you with the ruins of the medieval Castro fortress, 17th-18th-century monasteries, and excellent hotel services and entertainment facilities. Excellent transport links are a perfect opportunity to get around the most beautiful places inside and out.
It is part of the Ionian Archipelago. Its name, "white" in Greek, comes from the white rocks that flank the west coast. The resorts of Lefkada are buried in dense vegetation, and the comfortable bays are beautiful places, with excellent beach infrastructure, lots of entertainment, and comfortable hotels of different stars.
The main tourist center is the picturesque town of Lefkada, which delights guests with colorful mosaic houses. Everyone calls the main wealth of Lefkada resorts its excellent beaches, which are firmly rooted in the ranking of the best in the world. On the southeast coast is Porto Katsiki, with its purest soft sand, azure waters, and luxurious natural surroundings.
If you are traveling to the southwest, it is impossible not to fall in love with the cozy and secluded beach corner - of Egremni. The lovely sandy beaches of Kathisma and Nydri, surrounded by pine forests, cypresses, and olive groves, are loved by tourists who prefer a comfortable and relaxing holiday. The leisure time of the island's guests will be diversified through its historical and cultural monuments.
A small sunny island in the Ionian Sea, with picturesque beaches, which has recently become a resort. The capital is Argostolion, with a population of 40,000. Nature has generously endowed the resorts of Poros, Skala, Spartia, Lassi, and Svaronata with a quiet coastline, beautiful mountains, and the purest ecology.
Among the most picturesque and comfortable beaches will be in the village of Assos, with a gravel coast and a sandy coast of Kaminia, with a shallow entrance to the sea, which is excellent for families with children. Well-maintained blue flag beaches: white sandy-pearl-covered Myrtos with white pebbles and white gravel Antisamos surrounded by lush hills, shallow water near the coast, which is good for the health of adults and children.
Fans of the taming of the waves will enjoy a stretch of miles of the coastal strip called Petani, with high cliffs, a deep transparent sea, a strong waves. Kefalonia offers guests almost 800 accommodation options in hotels with different statuses, apartments, and villas. There is an airport and in any tourist town, nightclubs, cafes and a cinema.
The tiny island, which became the birthplace of the legendary Odyssey, belongs to the administrative district of Kefalonia. This is a little-visited Greek resort, mainly due to the inconvenient transport connections from the mainland. But tourists visiting Ithaca notice the extraordinary charm of its comfortable bay and natural landscapes.
The most populous city - Vati, is considered the capital of Ithaca, so it is better to start getting to know the resorts here. The city conquers with its buildings, built in the Venetian traditions of architecture, historical monuments, and a natural harbor, the largest in the world. Holidays in Ithaca enjoy coasts mostly covered with small pebbles, clear waters, and low tourist density.
The comfortable Filiatro Beach, which stretches into a bay between a mountain range near Watu, is considered the best on the island. Poli Beach, located next to the Stavros settlement, is not inferior in its beauty and range of services. Wild beaches - Agios Ioannis with beautiful views, Piso Aetos - yacht and other rental boats, Gidaki and Dexa - great for snorkeling.
The only stretch of sand on the Mnimat coast, surrounded by olive groves, is popular with tourists and offers services. Finding accommodation in Ithaca will not be a problem. You can rent a decent room with a sea view or an apartment during the tourist season.
The Ionian island of dreams attracts tourists with beautiful scenery, golden beaches, warm turquoise sea, the healing scent of emerald coniferous forests, and attractions covered with exciting legends. No wonder it has been granted the status of an international nature reserve with unique creations of nature: Navagio Bay, the Blue Caves, the addition of relict turtles, and the Axos stone park.
The capital - the city of Zakynthos, is notable for its historical monuments and the charming beach area of nearby Kalamaki. Many comfortable hotels have recently been built on the east coast, and restaurants with traditional Mediterranean cuisine and bars have been opened.
The eastern towns of the island are recommended as magnificent resorts with sandy beaches: Alykes, Argassi, Vasilikos, Agios Nikolaos, Gerakas, and Laganas. The beautiful Porto Limnionas is hidden in a bay surrounded by cliffs to the west. The coastline surrounds the island for 120 kilometers, on which there are more than a hundred beaches, which stand out for their perfect cleanliness. All the beaches are lovely. Regardless of the choice of resort, you will be assured of many vivid impressions.
The most romantic Greek island, stretching like a crescent through the waters of the Aegean Sea. On the tops of its majestic cliffs are islands of white towns with stunning Cycladic architecture and views of the volcano's warming. The unforgettable charm of the landscapes, the relaxation at sea, and the tasting of the cuisine and wine of Santorini will remain in your memory with sweet memories.
The compact territory of Santorini is dotted with resorts with a wide selection of hotels of various categories, excellent infrastructure, and many beaches with volcanic sand. The main resort town is the capital - Fira, which is located on rock terraces, decorated with heavenly domes of churches, streets of snow-white houses, and scaffolding (cave houses).
There are plenty of hotels, bars, and restaurants here. The main beach area is Kamari, with a coastline of a mixture of pebbles and dark sand and several hotels and bars that stretch along the coastline. The quiet resort of Perissa, located at the foot of Mount Mesa Vouna, is not inferior to Kamari. A comfortable tan and marine activities await you on the shores covered with volcanic sand.
They are listed as the largest islands in the Aegean Sea. There are seven municipalities with over 200 thousand inhabitants. Larger cities are located along the coast, and small settlements are located on bays, mountains, and river valleys. The mountains divide the island into north, central, and south.
Each of them has all the conditions for receiving tourists in hotels, private cottages, various houses at affordable prices, and loyal services. On Euboea, the beach areas stretch for 680 kilometers, located in crowded resorts and isolated bays. At sea, the bottom is covered with cracks and underwater caves. The constant wind attracts surfers.
However, the wind does not catch up with the big waves, and tourists who prefer passive fun can sunbathe and swim safely. The most popular resorts are located mainly on the west coast, near the mainland: Edeps, Politics, and Eretria. Among the objectives of interest are several ancient monasteries and the remains of fortifications.
The country's southern peninsula is connected to the Balkans by the Isthmus of Corinth. It is divided into seven regions, where each has created a wide range of services for tourists. You can stay in a simple two-star hotel or a luxury five-star hotel in any coastal resort. Most of the beaches in the Peloponnese are sandy, remarkable for landscaping.
For a family vacation, it is best to head to the shores of the Achaea region, where cheap hotels or places between Kastoria and Corinth attract the magnificent bays and beaches of Loutraki and Xylokastro, and the pebbled coastline of Sykia is marked for the purity of the sea. Blue flag. " In the south, you should pay attention to Laconia for tourists who prefer secluded coastal places surrounded by cliffs. In Arcadia, there is a beautiful city Leonidion.
When choosing the Argolis region, you can't go wrong with Porto Heli, Plepi, and Tolo, where you will find both sandy and gravel beaches. In addition to being on the sea, the Peloponnese will impress with the monuments of the history of ancient Greece. As you rest, you will see the legendary palaces of Agamemnon, the famous Olympia with the ruins of the temple of Zeus, beautiful ancient temples, and medieval castles.
The third-largest Greek island has become a popular resort in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Glorified by ancient poets, he gained the ambiguous fame of a place where the cult of same-sex love flourished. The capital Lesvos is the port city of Mytilene, with two ports located in the southeast.
The best beach in Mytilene with hotels, sports fields, and restaurants is called Vatera. It stretches along the seafront for 8 kilometers. In the north of Lesvos, the Molyvos beach area is attractive, offering comfortable conditions for the beach, swimming, and entertainment. The beach area of Petra, 5 km from Molyvos, is the best place for families with children.
Going west, you will find the stunningly beautiful beach area of Skala Press, which has been repeatedly marked with the "Blue Flag" and the nearby hot springs. The island has a wide range of hotels and apartments. The history of the world includes the sights of Lesvos: the castle-fortress of Mytilene, the monastery of Archangel Michael, the Church of Panagia Glykofilus, and the Gulf of Calloni. The healing air of the resorts, saturated with pine aroma, will boost vivacity for the whole year.
The landscape consists of white windmills, white and blue streets, famous luxury villas, stunning sandy beaches, and an azure sea. In Mykonos, called Chora by the townspeople, there are many expensiVIPsVIP and luxury hotels and restaurants where you can meet celebrities from shows and movie actors.
Most resorts are located in the south, where there is less wind. You can spend a good holiday in Agios Iannis, Platis-Yalos, Psarou, Ornos, Azrari, Elia and Paraidaz. Nudists favor Paranga and Paradise, and Super Paradise traditionally attracts homosexuals and noisy parties.
Several cozy beach areas with yellow sand and clear sea are popular: Elia beach, Patis Yialos, and Super Paradise beach. People who prefer solitude should go to the coast of Agios Sostis. The marine rest is completed by visiting the tourist objectives: the Church of Our Lady of Paraportiani, the monastery of the Virgin from the 18th century, and the archeological and ethnographic museum.
The Aegean town on the Gulf of Pagasitikos has about 100,000 inhabitants. But at the same time, it is the third most important port in the country and a favorite location for tourists. Despite its industrial importance, the city has a well-developed infrastructure for a comfortable stay for many guests.
Walking along the embankment, you will find many attractions: various monuments and sculptures, architectural structures, a vast number of beautiful palm trees, the Orthodox Church of Saints Constantine and Helen, taverns, restaurants, and cafes where you can taste Greek national cuisine or enjoy the familiar taste of traditional European dishes.
No matter what interests him, every tourist will find his free time among the attractions of Volos: the Brick Museum, the richest Archaeological Museum, the castle of Volos, built in the sixth century, many cathedrals, and temples. And in the vicinity of Volos, tourists will find exciting trips to the site of the ancient cities of Dimitriada and Diminios, the old European settlement Sesklos, a copy of the legendary ship "Argo," anchored forever on the outskirts of the town.
According to tourists, Volos is a picturesque place where you can experience Greek hospitality, immerse yourself in ancient history, enjoy the gastronomic pleasure of Greek national cuisine, and learn more about the culture of one of the oldest civilizations.
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Amsterdam is one of those cities that perpetuates the idea that it can only be visited on a generous budget. However, we tell you that it is not impossible to find many places and activities that you can do with pleasure and that will not cost you anything.
I Amsterdam - beyond the witty slogan.
With a height of three meters and a width of 23.5 meters, the letters in red and white were one of the biggest tourist attractions and were in front of the 14-year-old Rijksmuseum. The pun "I Amsterdam" had become a city symbol. Hundreds of thousands of tourists posted photos of it on Facebook and Instagram.
In addition, the vast letters were an excellent way to promote the Dutch capital and contributed to the massive growth of tourism, which in recent years has left a negative mark on residents and the city. Therefore, the withdrawal of the sign was also a consequence of the overwhelming increase in the number of tourists facing Amsterdam.
The city with 850,000 inhabitants was visited in 2017 by over 21 million tourists, which led to overcrowding of streets, cafes, and restaurants. "These letters in Museum Square have become a symbol of mass tourism that has negative effects," said Councilor Udo Kock.
It is estimated that over 6,000 selfie photos were taken daily in front of these volumetric letters. The "I Amsterdam" sign also has a dedicated web address.
What is Amsterdam famous for?
Amsterdam is one of the largest cities in the world, with a unique lifestyle and style. Once an artistic and cultural center that rivaled the largest in history, Amsterdam now enjoys a reputation as a fascinating metropolis with a more spicy side.
Not to be missed for any traveler, Amsterdam has a culture in which the classic and the modern elements coexist and work together harmoniously. Amsterdam's attractions include a beautiful 17th-century Baroque architecture that once housed concert halls and merchants and now houses state-of-the-art trendy restaurants, bars, and clubs in one of the most progressive and liberal. Cities of the world.
What are the top things to do in Amsterdam?
Amsterdam, the city of diamonds, canals, bicycles, flowers, and windmills, the cultural capital of the Netherlands, but also a significant financial and institutional center, is a multicultural city, a mosaic of nationalities and religions, whose history is one of freedom, tolerance, and nightlife.
20. Boat trip on the city canals
The best way to enjoy the "Venice of the North" is by boat. A walk on the canals of Amsterdam is a must! During this walk, you will discover many new things about how the city was born, the narrow houses on the shore, and the canals.
As you wander around the city looking for the street artworks of the locals, take a look at the canals you pass. Amsterdam has 165 channels, and dozens of bridges cross them. Their role is to protect the city from the North Sea and is much more than a Nirvana for modern art lovers. On their routes, you will find many of the cafes and shops in Amsterdam, and many of the canals have gained fame just because they are… canals! Prinsengracht stands out through the beautiful trees that guard it and which hide some of the lake houses here, and Brouwersgracht passes by the historic area of the city, the most sought after by tourists after the residential one.
19. Walking through the Jordan
This neighborhood appeared in the 17th century and is known as the home of immigrants and the working class. At that time, Amsterdam was invaded by waves and waves of immigrants from France, England, Spain, etc., due to the political and religious tolerance that the city showed. Because of this, Jordan was initially a poor, overcrowded neighborhood with no running water.
Today, the neighborhood has a different face. It is famous for its typical Amsterdam cottages, restaurants, and canals. Personally, Wesaw this area less touristy and much quieter than the chaos and congestion in the central area. It's well worth a few tens of minutes.
18. A snack in the Foodhallen
Foodhallen is a food court set in a former tram depot. You will find many stands with fresh and delicious food: sushi, pizza, Greek food, hot dogs and burgers, Vietnamese, Iberian, or Mexican food. We were delighted with this place and, as a result, recommend it!
17. Visit a cheese factory
Does it make sense to tell you that We left with 2 kg of Dutch cheese? Gouda and Edam are just two of the best and most famous types of cheese from the Netherlands. We recommend you take a cheese farm tour and taste all the assortments.
Catharina Hoeve Farm in Zaanse Schanse is the ideal place. The farm is more of a museum where you are presented with the history and how this farm produces cheese. In the end, you are invited to a store where you can taste every assortment of cheese.
16. Visit the windmills
And let's talk about the Catharina Hoeve cheese farm. We must also mention the windmills in Zaanse Schans, which is why the Zaan region is so famous.
In the 17th-18th centuries, there were approx—600 active windmills, which positively impacted the country's economy. Over time, their number has decreased significantly, with only ten active in Zaanse Schans. They are used in wood, pigment, or oil processing.
15. Visit the oldest inner courtyard in Amsterdam, but also the narrowest house
Although it is not known precisely when this small charity was founded, most sources say that Beijnhof has its origins around the 1300s, which is why it is considered the oldest part of Amsterdam. After establishing Protestantism in Amsterdam in 1578, the Beijnhof was the only Roman Catholic institution in the city.
The most miniature house has three floors and is about 2 m long. Most likely, each floor is a room.
14. French fries and herring sandwich
Although the french fries come from Belgium, you will be able to enjoy them in Amsterdam as well. There is a stand only with french fries called Manneken Pis on station street.
If you arrive in Volendam, you should try a sandwich with herring, onions, and pickles. We don't promise you that it is the best sandwich you will eat, but it is traditional, and as a result, you should at least taste it.
13. Red Light District
We don't think anyone visited this city without going through the Red Light District or the prostitution district, as it is known, at least once, out of curiosity. The area abounds with shops with all kinds of products (We think you can imagine what kind of "products"), so-called museums and showcases.
You cannot take pictures in the Red Light District, especially in the evening. It's better to know this and not cheat because you don't want a very well-made guard to come to you who might tell you otherwise that you're not allowed to take pictures.
12. Rent a bicycle and go cycling
Cycling is a way of life in Amsterdam facilitated by the unbalanced cycling network and flat landscapes. It is one of the top 10 things to do in Amsterdam because Amsterdam is the greenest city in the world. You'll be surprised to know that there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam! You can take the bike by train to Haarlem and by bike through the tulip fields for a pleasant, refreshing and picturesque experience. There is no better way to explore Amsterdam's streets, canals, museums, and attractions than by bicycle.
11. Feel the adrenaline rush in the "Highest Swing in Europe."
With your toes spinning 100 meters above the IJ, this giant swing built for two on the A'DAM Toren Lookout platform is the perfect fuel for your adventurous soul. One of the best things to do in Amsterdam and a safe, unobstructed adventure, Over The Edge in Amsterdam, will make all these roller-coaster adventure sanctuaries look like children's parks.
10. Go ice skating in Amsterdam in the winter
There is a reason for ice skaters who love Amsterdam. Traditionally, the canals are crowded in the winter, providing the perfect frozen playground for skating locals and travelers. Visit every winter morning, and you will hear the enchanting sounds of skates spinning and cutting fearlessly over the narrow canals. One of the most fun things to do in Amsterdam in December and February is travelers can put on their skates and join the locals in skating for a skating competition while the spectators cheer you up!
9. Go paddle-boarding & ziplining in the Fun Forest
For all those who love nature and adventure, the Fun Forest, located at the northern end of the Bosse Bosse, offers you a combination of both! Fun Park is a fun place for your family or friends. Fun Park gives kids and adults some of the best things to do in Amsterdam - everything from running, jumping, and climbing to challenging rope courses and ziplining. Fun Park is one of the best natural landscapes in Amsterdam, offering the experience of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) at the nearby lake.
8. Go on a Waterland guided boating tour of the Netherlands
Old Holland offers a perfect escape for adventure for water kids wondering what to do in Amsterdam. Overtake in the Waterland area of the Netherlands with a 5-hour canoe experience in Amsterdam. With an expert guide on your side, drive north to Waterland, and see time-warp villages, quaint waterways, and lush pastures, which are enough to tell you why Amsterdam is one of the 30 most beautiful cities globally. Europe!
After boarding the canoe, you will find yourself surrounded by the idyllic roads of this charming landscape, with the sweet sounds of birds that will salt the scents of wild plants hanging in the air. You will glide along the rivers and bordered villages as you talk about the traditional way of life of the region.
7. Get lost in some fluorescent art
Amsterdam is full of weird little museums. One of them is the Ladyland Tweede Leliedwarsstraat Electric Museum, where everything starts to glow in the dark! The subject of the museum is fluorescent geology, and it is one of the few museums in the world where you are allowed to take pictures. A trip to this museum is one of the best options for those wondering what to do in Amsterdam, apart from wild parties and noise clubs. Enter this world of brilliant exposures, which will give you a high level!
6. Go for a beer tasting at a windmill
The Gooyer windmill in the Eastern Islands neighborhood, one of Amsterdam's eight windmills, is not just another windmill. Under the pavilions of this attractive landmark, you will find "t-Brouwerij IJ," an award-winning mini-artisanal minibar with an open-air drinks room and a 30-minute guided tour. Although you will find a vast range of standard and seasonal organic products produced here at the many bars and pubs around the city, nothing will taste as good as the freshly prepared ones in these locations. Go on a beer tasting tour at t-Brouwerij IJ so among the best things to do in Amsterdam for beer lovers.
5. Explore the best museums in Amsterdam
Enter the city's past at Amsterdam's many museums. Visit the Amsterdam Museum to change the evolution of urban life using objects such as 700-year-old shoes. Hop to the Ons Lieve Heer op Solder Museum, recently restored to its 17th-century glory. Then head to the Joods Historical Museum, where photographs, paintings, and artifacts speak volumes about the history of Judaism in the Netherlands.
Don't forget to visit the world's most fashionable art museum, the Rijksmuseum, which houses the most extensive collection of art and artifacts from the 15th century to the present day. Another excellent addition to the city is the Van Gogh Museum, an art museum dedicated to the work of Vincent Van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam. If you think that this whole city has nightclubs and vital parks, you will be surprised to find some of Amsterdam's best things to do in its museums.
4. Visit the famous flower market
When one thinks of Amsterdam, views of stockings, tulips, cheese, and windmills begin to rise. While the endless, multicolored tulip fields are a paradise for photographers and nature lovers, they are sold in abundance at Bloemenmarkt - one of the few floating flower markets lined up in packages with this definitive symbol of Dutch culture. One of the best things to do in Amsterdam in March to enjoy these beautiful flowers is to visit this market. If you want to see these perfect beauties in their original glory, take a short bike ride to the most famous Bollenstreek tulip fields, where these blooming flowers stretch in colorful stripes from the plain areas, it will blow your mind!
3. Go on a picnic in the Vondelpark
The most significant green space in Amsterdam, Vondelpark, is named after the most famous poet Joost van den Vondel (1587-1679) and is perfect for a picnic with your family, children, or partner. From picnicking on checked fruit baskets and buns to smoking and having a drink grill, people can engage in various activities in this park. The park also attracts visitors with several sculptures, including one by Picasso. Blooming in summer, the park becomes a center for music, dance, and activities for children and is thus one of the best places to visit in Europe in summer.
2. Meet giraffes and camels at the Amsterdam Zoo
Giraffes and camels are a queer combination. Why not? This is not the city's zoo, with a few monkeys and tigers in a cage. The Amsterdam Zoo, known as ARTIS, is home to more than 700 different animal species and over 200 types of plants and trees. Here you will find all kinds of wildlife worldwide, such as giraffes, orangutans, elephants, crocodiles, penguins, zebras, antelopes, flamingos, and even camels. In addition, the zoo boasts an impressive butterfly pavilion, a climate-controlled insectarium, a fascinating aquarium with all sorts of marine exotics, and an exhibition where tourists can learn about flora and fauna here.
One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is visit the zoo's planetarium, which will take you on an exhilarating journey into outer space! Visiting this zoo will surely be a unique and unforgettable experience for children and adults!
1. Explore the city's attractions with a Hop-On Hop-Off bus
Exploring Amsterdam has been made much easier by introducing Hop-On Hop-Off buses. They allow tourists to easily visit various places in the city, including famous tourist spots. But then, how is it different from the regular bus service in Amsterdam? Here's how - the HOHO bus service allows you to travel and travel to convenient locations in the city where you can visit some of the famous attractions and pamper yourself with all the exciting things to do in Amsterdam before boarding another bus. from the same station, remade. It's like a subway, just more colorful!
Mexico is a country famous for its fantastic beaches and Mayan and Aztec ruins and pyramids. But this country full of history has much more to offer and this is the reason why it is tenth in the list of preferences of tourists around the world, when it comes to spending the holidays. Here are seven of the most beautiful and popular things about Mexico.
Mexicans represent a combination of over 50 different indigenous groups. This means that almost all Mexican citizens have indigenous blood flowing through their veins. The inhabitants of this country are very friendly and proud of the culture and heritage of their country.
Mexican food is famous all over the world, but the offers are much more varied than decattacos, fajitas, burritos, hot peppers, beans and tomatoes. In fact, the basis of most Spanish dishes is corn. The people here have been making corn tortillas for centuries, for which they have used varieties grown in the country. But you will also find other excellent dishes with vegetables, seafood and meat.
1. Burritos and tacos are national and very popular food here, based on tortillas made from corn, wheat and even cactus flour. The second component is meat, chicken or vegetables and necessarily beans, all seasoned with a hot chili sauce.
2. Freshly squeezed juices, as well as various soft drinks sold on every corner, are very cheap, but be careful - ice is generously put there or diluted with water of unknown origin.
3. Fruits on the streets are sold peeled and cut, in plastic bags. Before selling them, they are offered to be sprinkled with chili powder with sugar on top - for hot lovers.
4. Homemade ice cream, which can be found on sale, is sold without packaging, and what looks like chocolate chips may turn out to be chili peppers. Even when buying ice cream you need to clarify - "no spicy pliz" =).
5. Tequila (full name of Santiago de Tequila) is the name of the Mexican city in which the main production of the drink of the same name is located.
6. Blue agave is the plant from which Tequila is made, contrary to popular belief that it is made from cacti. Blue agave belongs to the asparagus family and looks like a small bush with thorns, which is probably why the stereotype about cacti appeared.
7. Tequilero - this is the name of a tequila specialist.
8. Popular local sweets: apple and other fruit candy - in the form of toffee and in the form of cubes; candied coconut in lime; Juchela-shaped sweet beans with chili.
9. Boiled corn is also a popular delicacy here - you can buy the whole cob or already peeled in a glass. The seller, in addition to corn, adds salt, mayonnaise to the glass, sprinkles with cheese and squeezes lime juice onto all this mash. And for the ear and for the glass the price is the same - a little more than a dollar.
10. Corn here is generally a universal product - it is eaten raw, boiled and grilled; it is used for making tortillas, stew, yogurt and even corn ice cream with pieces of corn.
11. Meat in villages is often sold without refrigerators - despite the heat, it simply hangs on a hook.
12. In large supermarkets, sellers work in gauze bandages.
13. Mexican Groupon is very developed in large cities - interesting offers are often found, promotions will appeal to discount fans. We bought coupons in a cafe more than once, booked a hotel room (3 nights for the price of two), paid for an "extreme tour" with a 75% discount, a visit to a crocodile farm for 50% and a segway tour for 30% of the tour cost.
14. The sand on the Caribbean coast of coral origin is very fine, white and hardly gets hot. In 40 degrees heat, you can walk barefoot on it.
15. The water in the Caribbean Sea is very warm, about 25-28 degrees all year round.
16. The underwater museum with four hundred sculptures located at a depth of about 2 to 10 meters is located near Cancun. Divers who are bored with tropical fish and coral reefs will surely like it.
17. The beaches of Cancun and Tulum are among the ten best beaches in the world according to TripAdvisor.
18. Cenotes are natural wells or small lakes that the Mayans used as sources of water and places for sacrifices, they will surely appeal to snorkelers. Most cenotes are located in caves with many bizarre stalactites and stalagmites. The water there is crystal clear and pleasantly cool, well suited for relaxing from the heat outside.
19. Iguanas of different colors and sizes are very common in villages and small towns in Mexico.
20. Official taxis in Mexico City have a state license with a photo of the driver on the glass. To avoid misunderstandings, it is recommended that you check the photo with the person driving.
21. Taxis in Mexico City differ in safety classes. The safer - the more expensive, but generally it is quite cheap. For 3 or 4 people, it is often more profitable to take a taxi than to travel by public transport.
22. The cost of local calls from a pay phone does not depend on the duration of the call. For example, an unlimited city call will cost 3 pesos (25 cents).
23. Mexico City is located in the mountains, at an altitude of 2240 m, so if you are flying from the coast or lowland parts, prepare to wear a sweater or jacket at the exit from the airport. It is warm during the day and quite cool in the morning and evening.
24. The metro in the capital of 20 million, in comparison with St. Petersburg and Moscow, is relatively uncrowded, even at rush hour.
25. In addition to the name, each metro station has a picture designation - this is done especially for those who cannot read.
26. There are parking lots for bicycles at some metro stations - many people get to the station by bike, hang it on special handrails in the lobby in front of the turnstiles and then go by metro.
27. Many merchants can be found in the metropolitan subway - both spreading their goods in the passages, and moving along the wagons. In funny, howling voices, like a church priest singing psalms, they offer to buy a variety of goods - food, clothing, shoes, souvenirs, etc. - often like ours "three for a dozen" =).
28. The sellers of music discs are visible, or rather heard the most. They enter the carriage with a backpack-column behind their backs and turn on a CD with hits so that they can be heard at the next station.
29. Free bike rental - a special city program for tourists operates in Mexico City. Bicycle hotspots are located close to many attractions.
30. Metrobus is a special type of transport in the capital, something between the metro and the bus. Outwardly this is a bus, but it consists of two parts and travels, most often, along a dedicated lane. The entrance to it is carried out through turnstiles at specially equipped stops.
31. The first subway car is intended for disabled people and women - such a separation is a forced measure of the state to protect women from the harassment of hot Mexicans.
32. There are a lot of currency exchange offices in tourist places, but it is best to change the currency in banks - the rate is always better. You must have a passport with you.
33. Double names are the norm for local people (for example, Addi Maria or Carlos Antonio). This has nothing to do with the parents, just at birth they give not one name, but two at once.
34. Medical care for the Mexican population is free, but, as the locals themselves say, it is of very poor quality, so if you want normal conditions and assistance, you need to go to a private clinic.
35. Education is also almost completely free. Various social programs are provided for schoolchildren - up to free meals and uniforms. The universities pay decent scholarships, but many still do not want to study - they go to work.
36. Quinceañera - one of the important events in the life of a Mexican girl, symbolizing the entry into adulthood. Quinceañera is celebrated on the 15th anniversary and is usually celebrated on a grand scale - with a ceremony in the church, flowers, gifts, professional photography and video filming, dancing and live music. The guests and the hero of the occasion dress in expensive outfits and jewelry to match the wedding.
37. The numbering of streets and houses in cities is very curious - streets are named by numbers: Calle 1, Calle 2. And even numbers go perpendicular to odd ones, and the address is listed as "Calle 2, house 56, between Calle 1 and Calle 3". This is very convenient and allows you to quickly find the desired street and house on it, even without having a map at hand.
38. One-way traffic is organized in many cities due to the fact that most of the streets are narrow. Moreover, the direction of movement alternates - for example, on Calle 1 in one direction, and on Calle 3 - in the other. There is two-way traffic on wide streets, they are usually called Avenida - avenues.
39. Most small towns and villages are built on the same principle: a square central square, where the cathedral gathering and the police building are located, and in the middle there is a park area.
40. Tricycles are the most common form of transport in small villages. Moreover, one wheel is located at the back, and 2 - in front and on them there is a large basket in which they carry everything in a row - from firewood to people.
41. Inhabitants of very poor villages live in reed huts. Often inside such a hut, the only "piece of furniture" is a hammock.
42. Chips, biscuits and Coca-Cola - a permanent set of products, which is in every shop, in every run-down village. The Coca-Cola inscription is here on all stores.
43. Insurance with a franchise is offered by most car rental companies. Finding full coverage insurance takes hard work.
44. The difference between "automatic" and "mechanics" when renting a car, as a rule, is not very significant - usually overpaid only $ 12 per week.
45. License plates are missing on many cars - instead of them there is a "technical passport" on the rear window.
46. Imprinting - this ancient procedure had to be subjected to a bank card to pay for a rented car. A few days later, the bank blocked the card due to the fact that it was "compromised". It is not known if this is due to imprinting or simply to spending in Mexico.
47. Heavy things, especially basins, are often worn by women on their heads.
48. Policemen patrolling the streets of the city, standing in the back of an SUV - a frequent occurrence in tourist cities.
49. Corruption is very common among police officers - in case of any violation on the road, they begin to gently offer to "resolve the issue on the spot."
50. The city of the Maya Indians, Chichen Itza, which belongs to the list of "7 new wonders of the world" is located on the Yucatan Peninsula.
It's the time of year again when we start thinking about those beautiful summer days on the beach. If you dream of a holiday in a seaside town, these places offer something for everyone, whether you want to enjoy an idyllic stretch of sand and solitude or enjoy a series of fun, along with the chance to spend a day at the shore.
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21. Chincoteague, Virginia
This serene tiny island off the coast of Virginia has been made famous by a children's book. Still, travelers of all ages will want to check out this beach town to see wild ponies and enjoy access to Assateague Island. 37 miles long. The National Coast. In addition to being home to wild ponies, you will find foxes and a bird-watching refuge with over 320 species of birds, including herds and woodpeckers. Every year at the end of July, the ponies are rounded to swim on the canal, one of the most unforgettable tourist attractions to experience. You can also enjoy filling with fried seafood baskets such as shrimp, deer, and flames at Chincoteague Diner after a day of playing on the beach.
20. Long Beach, Washington
In southwest Washington, not far from the Oregon border, where the Columbia River empties into the Pacific, the Long Beach Peninsula offers plenty of fun for almost everyone and lots of seafood and colorful shops. In addition to 25 miles of beautiful public beaches and state parks, the area is home to a new national park, two historic lighthouses, cranberry ponds, and oyster farms. Long Beach's charming streets are lined with entertainment, including a carousel and carnival rides, game rooms, bike rental shops, unique museums, candy stores, and various oyster burger dining options. And fried potatoes to luxury meals offered by the Northwest cuisine region. Long Beach is also world-renowned for hosting the annual Kite Festival and the Kite Museum.
19. Provincetown, Massachusetts
Provincetown, located at the far end of Cape Cod, in an intensely beautiful setting, including vast scenes and over 30 miles of beaches, is known for its photo welcome for people of all kinds. Enjoy the quiet beach of Herring Cove, stroll through the sands of Race Point Beach and explore the colorful downtown area, from all types of seafood and fudge shops to art galleries. Grand mansions, fine restaurants, bookstores, and coffee houses. It is also a great place to watch whales. Keep in mind that this is not a place for conservatives, as you will be forced to see a lot of same-sex public posters. On the other hand, an open mind will enjoy many beautiful people.
18. Pescadero, California
Located between Santa Cruz and San Francisco, this charming coastal rolling town is home to less than 700 residents and makes f perfect weekend getaway for S.F. The inhabitants of the Gulf area, with its clean, clean air and impeccable, uncrowded beaches. Visit the Ano Nuevo State Park, known as the home of the elephant seals that use the dunes here to rest and mate, as well as the multitude of beautiful beaches in both directions where you can explore the tidal pools full of all kinds of sea creatures. . Enjoy bike trails and off-road hikes through the majestic axes of the Santa Cruz Mountains, and head to the many colorful shops and restaurants in downtown Pescadero. Don't miss Pie Ranch, a sustainable, slice-shaped pie farm that offers a farm stand with fresh produce and seasonal pies, and picnic tables.
17. Corolla, North Carolina
Corolla, the northernmost city on the outer shores, is known for its wide, clean, sandy beaches that lean slightly toward the Atlantic and wild horses. These mustang ponies are descended from Equidae brought here by Spanish explorers more than 500 years ago. Take an off-road safari tour in a caravan or try to find them yourself. In the Mecca of this fisherman, you can also enjoy excellent fishing and participate in various water sports, including kayaking, jet-skiing, and surfing. You will find several local golf courses, hiking trails, and great seafood restaurants on land. Although it lacks "super-stores," shopping enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the interesting local shops.
16. Kennebunkport, Maine
Most people associate this beach town of Maine with shopping and restaurants in Dock Square, known for its colorful dishes, such as the legendary lobster at Mabel's Lobster Claw Restaurant, but the real point of a visit to Kennebunkport is driving on the country roads and looking for piled lobster traps: high Cape Porpoise, the small strip of sand at Goose Rocks Beach. The lucky 1,200 people living in the area know that it is one of the true treasures of Maine. While you’re here, you can enjoy one of the best meals in all of England, at The White Barn, west, across the river, on neighboring Kennebunk Beach, serving an incredible four-course menu.
15. Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island, Florida
Fernandina Beach, a small town on Amelia Island, a barrier island off the north coast of Florida, has been charming to visitors for nearly 500 years. It offers a lively culture on the beach, the charm of the seaside, and a history of the city center, with a booming scene. It is also home to Fort Clinch State Park, the largest natural area on the island, with 8,400 meters along the banks of the Amelia River and 4,000 meters along the Atlantic coast. The dunes are perfect for a walk, and you will also find a half-mile-long pier for fishing and spectacular waterfront views. The brick fortress itself is one of the best-preserved 19th-century fort fortifications in the nation. Visitors can sit on the outer walls and enjoy Cumberland Sound and the Atlantic coast's more breathtaking views.
14. Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Carmel-by-the-Sea, a colony of former Monterey Bay artists, maybe the ideal beach town for romance. Enjoy the fiery sounds of the waves crashing on the rocks, walk with your loved one through a seal along the shore, and pamper yourself in one of the many wine-tasting places in the city center. You’ll also find various romantic restaurants with gourmet cuisine and ocean views and high-end shops and jewelry stores such as Tiffany & Co. A wide range of accommodation options perfect for setting the scene for romance awaits, including L'Auberge Carmel-style castle and Mission Ranch, an old dairy farm rescued by developers of the city's most famous former mayor, Clint Eastwood.
13. Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington
Friday Harbor, the county seat of San Juan Islands, just a ferry ride from Washington State, is an ideal getaway for those who prefer cooler summers (high weather in the 70s), are active, and enjoy an abundance of animals. wWild Several beaches can be found throughout the island, including Jackson Beach, just two miles from the ferry landing, providing access to the calm waters of Griffin Bay. Visitors can also rent a bicycle or a moped and explore the city center full of galleries, ride a kayak around the waters or take a whale-watching cruise for a chance to see local killer whales and other marine life. Otters are hungry, and seals are. You will also find several exceptional restaurants offering gourmet cuisine at the table. The Place offers fresh local seafood, including fried oysters from the neighboring island of Orcas, with fantastic views of the ferries coming and going from the harbor.
12. Bandon, Oregon
The spectacular beauty of Oregon's Bandon Seashore draws visitors to the mid-19th century, some of whom decide never to leave. This tiny town on the south coast of Oregon is a quintessential seaside destination with bald birds, precipices, geese, and bald eagles sitting in a clean swamp just east of the city. At the same time, puffins, dead, and cormorants frequent the ocean only at sea. Shell Point. Gray whales migrate along with the shower, and killer whales are sometimes seen in the estuary. The old town of Bandon is full of restaurants, galleries, boutiques, and bookstores, while the beachfront apartments just south of the city are ideal for the beach.
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11. Santa Cruz, California
Santa Cruz is the perfect beach town for those who want a lot of excitement, along with time in the sun and sand. Adventure seekers and outdoor enthusiasts will find virtually an endless number of attractions, including hiking in Henry Cowell State Park, just a few miles from the city, sailing to Pleasure Point, kayaking, and beach boarding on Santa Cruz's main beach, and horseback riding. With emotions like the Giant. Dipper roller coaster at Beach Boardwalk. The Santa Cruz Pier is ideal for watching sea lions in the water, shopping for beachwear, and enjoying fresh seafood at any number of restaurants while enjoying beautiful views of the ocean.
10. Lahaina, Hawaii
This former whaling village on the west side of Maui is a place where the island's kings hung in the 19th century. It offers historic charm with colonial-style buildings that proudly display their date of origin. Take a walking tour to visit many of its landmarks, such as the local prison, built-in 1853 to block delinquent sailors. The surrounding streets are lined with art galleries, cafes, and trinket shops. It is also a great place to watch whales from December to May and for a picnic at any time of the year, especially under the epic banyan tree of the city, which darkens almost an acre in its park. Kaanapali Beach offers an ideal stretch of three miles of white sands at the edge of the crystal clear azure waters just a few kilometers north.
9. Newport, Oregon
NOnthe central coast of Oregon, Newport s a beautiful beach town for families. It is home to many child-friendly attractions, such as the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the Hatfield Marine Science Center along the bay. You can also watch sea lions and spend time on idyllic sandy beaches building sandcastles, flying kites, and other everyday beach activities. They'll love literary types here, too, with a bookstore on almost every block in the Beach'swaterfront district; While you're at it, you won't want to visit Yaquina Head, Oregon's tallest and oldest active lighthouse. The 93-meter-high lighthouse was completed in 1872, built in a natural area created by the lava flow 14 million years ago.
8. Beaufort, South Carolina
This friendly town next to Hilton Head on Port Royal Island is famous for its historic pre-war architecture and water-soaked local cuisine. It offers a perfect combination of southern charm and urban sophistication and an excellent base for exploring the surrounding natural surroundings, such as Hunting Island, a 5,000-acre state park with over three miles of unaltered beach, known as one of the most more attractive sands. In the state. Enjoy leisurely walks with the fragrant winds of Mandevilla as you walk the slower pace of life in Beaufort. The lively center boasts bookstores, art galleries, antiques, and restaurants with classic Lowcountry cuisine, including thick and spicy gums.
7. Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee Island has been named the perfect beach town with plenty of white sand and great seafood dishes, including Crab Shack, which claims to be the "barefoot elite" spot, and North Beach Bar & Grill, with its delicious shrimp and crab cakes. Visitors can also take tours to see resident dolphins and explore two military forts. One of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a beach cruise at Fat Tire Bike Rentals and take a free cruise. Check out the 239-year-old Tybee Lighthouse and head to the historic McQueen Island plateau. If you visit in the fall, don't miss the annual Pirate Fest, an event held every Columbus Day weekend that brings pirate enthusiasts from across the nation.
6. Ogunquit, Maine
Ogunquit translates to a beautiful place by the sea and just happens to be known as the home of the most beautiful beach in the south of Maine. In summer, locals and visitors plan their day according to the tide. Between the high seas and the low tide as the current of the Ogunquit River flows into the Atlantic, people are heading for the stretch of flat sand that rolls along the river, carrying a range of floating devices such as inner tubes and rafts. The city is also known as the birthplace of the summer stock theater, with the Ogunquit Playhouse still thriving after more than 80 years. No matter where you are, you will be within easy walking distance of the beach, classic seafood boats, and boutique items made by local artisans.
5. Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May is an ideal destination for both families and those looking for a romantic getaway, with its charming host, horse-drawn carriages, and some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Throughout the year, you can find entertainment, art shows, boating, visit the zoo, taste a craft beer at local breweries, take a self-guided wine tour or spend some time at the arcades on the promenade. It offers beach resorts, romantic inns and family hotels, and great shopping at Washington Street Mall.
4. Carpinteria, California
The southernmost town in Santa Barbara offers exceptional quality beaches in Southern California, a relaxed pace, mild weather all year round, and a wide sandy beach with waves of beginners, perfect for learning on board. While it may be foggy in the morning, it can be an ideal time to enjoy the delights of Linden Avenue, shaded by palm trees and lined with cafes, galleries, and clothing stores. Enjoy breakfast at Esau, famous for its fantastic chili Relleno omelet, and when it's time for lunch, stop for a burger at The Spot. This eclectic, art-filled city is one of the few beach communities in California that hasn't lost its original flavor.
3. Haleiwa, Hawaii
This northern shore town of Oahu is the Hawaii you had in mind, with clean beaches, white sand, palm trees, and perfect surfing. It is also the social and artistic center of the area and has long been known as a surfer's paradise, with great waves and a relaxed and laid-back attitude. The waves certainly do not disappoint - surfers and spectators gather here for the exciting daily water show from October to April. Whether you are an expert or a beginner, Haleiwa has waves for you. The town is full of local style, excellent surf shops, boutiques, art galleries, and charming restaurants.
2. Treasure Island, Florida
While Treasure Island used to be a treasure hunt, today, this island on the Florida Gulf Coast, near St. Petersburg, is known for its three miles of green, white-sand beaches. The barrier island offers an ideal beach getaway for swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, running on the beach, and just walking backward and watching the sun sink under the water's edge. During the summer, on the first and third Saturdays of June, July, and August, the city sponsors a sunset festival with street performers, artisans, and live music. Try to ring the steel drum and watch the magicians and fire eaters, leading to the grand finale: a glorious sunset.
1. Bar Harbor, Maine
Situated on Desert Island Mountain, at the gateway to Acadia National Park, this historic city still retains its Victorian splendor of days gone by. It is full of Victorian mansions transformed into elegant restaurants and romantic guesthouses. The downtown area is particularly crowded with walks and bikes. It has been voted the best beach town for cyclists by Smarter Travel. Cycling enthusiasts will love the miles of trails in nearby Acadia National Park, with over 40 miles of unique transportation routes ranging from easy to challenging. Bar Harbor even offers free rides in the park for you and your bike.
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One of the most beautiful cities in the world, there is so much to see and do in Barcelona that, when visitors arrive, they sometimes feel lost, with no idea where to start. If you want to take advantage of some of the best things on offer, this list will get you started.
When is the best time to visit Barcelona?
To decide when to go on holiday to Spain, you should determine the place and purpose of the trip. You can go on the ski slopes from the beginning of winter until April, and you can enjoy the beach from June to October. But the water only warms up nicely in July. You can come on excursions all year round, as the air here rarely cools below +10 oC (except for ski resorts).
September, considered the velvet season, is the best time to travel to Spain if the purpose of the trip is beaches and diving (water up to +27 C, air up to +29 C). In the Canary Islands, the season lasts longer: the temperature at which the air warms in October is about +26 C, and the water is about +22 oC. The Balearic Islands are a bit cooler. You can organize a rich program of trips to Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia during the November holidays, as the temperature of + 18-20 oC is ideal for long walks. But in November the tour will be cheaper.
Is Barcelona an expensive city to visit?
It is worth noting that Barcelona is a relatively expensive European city. Still, even here, you can find excellent options where you can have a tasty and cheap.
Barcelona’s attractions span nearly 2,000 years of history. They include a medieval old town, a unique street network that reflects 19th-century urban trends, and many interesting, unusual, and slightly fabulous buildings, including its architectural delights. Antoni Gaudí in particular. On the streets of the Catalan capital, you can easily find ancient rarities of the Roman past, medieval neighborhoods, cathedrals, and sculptural and architectural masterpieces of modernism and modernity. Barcelona is the city where Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró got their inspiration. You can stroll aimlessly through its streets, stumble into charming corners, listen to street musicians or have fun in cozy cafes.
What are the top things to do in Barcelona?
Barcelona is a city in northeastern Spain, the capital of Catalonia. It is the largest metropolis on the Mediterranean coast, with over one and a half million people, and the second-largest in the country. Barcelona is a lively seaside town and port with a magnificent cultural and historical heritage, a unique atmosphere, and charming architecture. The center of Catalonia attracts with its mild climate and relaxed lifestyle, surreal buildings - masterpieces of Gaudí, beaches and the sea, delicious food, and entertainment for all tastes.
20. Taste some of the best drinks in town
Barcelona is famous for its Catalan cava. Catalonia's white (or pink) sparkling wine is obtained by the same method famously used by its French cousin, obtaining its effervescence and complexity from the fermentation of bottles. It is trendy in Barcelona and throughout Spain. At Vinya del Senyor, you can taste some of the best products in the area. The intimate restaurant serves a range of boutique-style glass cava. If you can get a meal on the plate, you’ll be able to enjoy it while enjoying views of Santa Maria del Mar. If you want to delve into the cave and its history, visit Cavas Codorniu, the oldest family cava company in Spain and one of the oldest in the world, with over 450 years of history to date. Here, you can enjoy excursions, museums, tastings, and more.
19. Discover the fascinating history of Barcelona
Knowing the history of a city is always a good idea when you visit a place you've never been to before. It will help you understand some of the characters of its people, architecture, art, and more. With so many different cultures, it is possible to stumble across part of Barcelona's history around every corner. One of the best places to start is at the MUHBA (Museu d’Historia de Barcelona), where the city’s heritage is preserved and displayed in several locations, such as Call, Temple Temple, Plaça del Rei, and Refugi 307.
You can also learn more about the history of Barcelona by visiting the newly opened Born Cultural Center, Columnas de Adrian, the Royal Shipyards of the Maritime Museum, several shelters that were built to survive the civil war, and the modernist Illa de la Discòrdia and the Fossar de les Moreres. It was once one of the historic cemeteries near the church of Santa Maria del Mar and served as a war memorial for those who lost their lives during the siege of eighteenth-century Barcelona.
18. Access one of Picasso's most complete art collections
The Picasso Museum in Barcelona was founded by the iconic friend of the artist's life, to whom he donated many of his works. While Picasso was from Malaga, in the south of Spain, it was Barcelona; he chose it as the location for his name museum because it was the city he forgot when he was just starting. It is housed in five connected Catalan Gothic palaces and houses one of the complete Picasso art collections. It has over 4,000 early works in sculpture, painting, and engraving. In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions explore his life, artistic interests, and love for the city. The five adjoining residences from the 13th and 14th centuries that complete the museum boast many treasures.
17. Be enchanted by the Magic Fountain
Font Magica, or Magic Fountain, is one of the most charming sights in Barcelona. Created for the 1929 International Exposition, it is located at the Montjuic Palace. "Magic" happens every weekend, as well as on Thursdays during the summer, with half-hour shows featuring water dancing to colorful lights and the rhythm of music ranging from classical songs to the Star Wars soundtrack. . The Magic Fountain is a fantastic display of acrobatics of color, light, movement, music, and water - making it appear as "pure magic."
16. Take a walk in the park
Barcelona is home to almost 70 parks, and one of the largest and most popular is Ciutadella Park. This green oasis is a great place to escape the chaos of the city's crowds and offers all sorts of things to do. Enjoy a picnic under the crowded palms, go to the zoo, take a boat in a row on the lake and look at the fountains and the medieval Castell dels Tres Dragons. If you want to see more of Antoni Gaudi's wonderful works, go to Park Guell, commissioned by Eusebi Güell, who wanted to create an elegant park for the aristocracy of Barcelona. There are some incredible stone structures and fascinating buildings, as well as a spectacular dragon, adorned with vibrant and colorful tiles. At the top of the park there is a terrace area, where you can enjoy views of the park and the city.
15. Immerse your toes in the Mediterranean
If you’re here in the hot summer months, as well as late spring and early fall, make sure you head to one of Barcelona’s two mile-long sandy beaches. Water temperatures are often ideal for swimming around the end of May to mid-September. Each of the beaches, from Sant Sebastia and Barceloneta, closest to the city center, to the sandy stretches of Nova Icaria and Mar Bella, have their own selection of chiringuitos (beach bars), perfect when you need a beach. break from the sun and many offer fun nightlife after dark. If you are looking for a quieter and more relaxed beach to relax in, just head along the coast to the beaches north of Olympic Port, such as Bogatell, which is only 15 minutes away. walking distance from Barceloneta.
14. Participate in a local festival
Barcelona loves to party and if you are looking for a non-stop party, or just want to mingle with the locals, take part in one of the many festivals. Most of the city's major festivals take place between late spring and early fall, such as the world's largest indie and alternative music festival, Primavera Sound, which takes place in late May or early June. August brings the new spring day Gracia Gracia, while September hosts the biggest fiesta of the year, the four-day Festes de la Merce, which honors the city's patron with a run, harbor swimming race and all sorts of concerts, parades, Catalan dances and holidays. Barcelona also celebrates Carnival in February, which includes carnival events and parades, being almost as colorful as the legendary Cologne festivities.
13. Buy something from the El Born neighbourhood
If you are passionate about shopping and want to enjoy strolling through a charming local area, head to El Born. Between the Gothic Quarter and the Parc de la Ciutadella, the main shopping street, Calle dels Flassaders, is narrow, but offers plenty of delights, such as cool cafes, modern art galleries, shops and vintage boutiques. Some of the highlights of the district include a Chocolate Museum, Chocolate Museum, MUTT Bookshop & Art Gallery, Museu Picasso de Barcelona and Museu de Cultures Del De Barcelona, which feature exhibits from private and public collections that take the visitor on a journey. journey through the ancient cultures of Africa, Asia, America and Oceania.
12. Take a cooking class
Barcelonans are proud of Catalan cuisine and should be. A geographically diverse region, Catalunya produces a variety of fresh, high-quality seafood, meat, poultry, game, fruit and vegetables, which sometimes come in unusual combinations, such as meat and seafood, poultry. and fruits, fish and nuts. It's absolutely mouth-watering, and by taking an authentic cooking class, you can even bring some of it home and learn a lesson about the rich culinary history of Spain. BarcelonaCooking offers daily cooking classes in the morning and in the evening, offering a practical experience preparing Catalan dishes. A typical class starts with a trip to La Boqueira Market to buy local products for the class before entering the kitchen to cook appetizers, soup, paella and dessert. The classes are designed for everyone, from beginner to advanced cook, with activities in the process of preparing food for each skill level.
11. Enjoy Catalan cuisine
If you don't want to cook them yourself, you should try at least the best Catalan dishes in Barcelona. One of the most recommended places to try it is Cinc Sentits, where the talented Canadian-Catalan chef Jordi Artal serves the local classics with a twist. Often referred to as an indispensable experience for dishes, you can enjoy items such as shrimp in ajoblanco (garlic soup) with cherries and ice cream made from their stones. Catalan artisanal cheeses are deadly, and the foie gras that rests on a caramelized sugar rind, mashed leeks and chives, has been called the "taste of heaven". Each course is perfectly suited to all five senses, for an unforgettable dining experience. And while the restaurant has been recognized with a Michelin star, it is still one of the most affordable restaurants in Barcelona.
10. Complete great tapas
Your trip to Barcelona is not complete without filling out your tapas at least once. This culinary trend, which is spreading beyond the city and even overseas, is, in the most basic sense, appetizers, like small plates of enlarged delicacies. The right way to eat tapas is to jump from bar to bar, sipping a drink or two and devouring them along the way. The old fishing village of Barceloneta is where many locals go for the best tapas in the city, despite the area full of tourists, especially in summer. Ask for the house specialty, if the unit does not have one, it is not a real tapas bar.
If you want an insider to take you to some of the most authentic tapas bars, join the Tapas & Beer tour, where you will enjoy some of the best regional beers, along with fantastic tapas from the Gracia district. hip, where Iberian ham, mussels and patatas bravas is often to order.
9. Montjuic cinema experience
What could be better than open-air cinema in the night sky of Barcelona at Montjuic Castle? The beautiful surroundings, the relaxed atmosphere and the dark night add a magical touch to a summer evening, offering a unique experience in Barcelona. It is often rated as one of the best open-air cinemas in Europe and includes a selection of top films, accompanied by short films, concerts and a picnic area. You can bring your own meal and snacks or pick up something on the spot. And don't worry if you don't understand Spanish, most of the movies in the program are either in English with Spanish subtitles or in Spanish with English subtitles.
8. Rent a bicycle and take the Carretera De Les Aigues
While you can look at the incredible views of the city skyline from Park Guell, the peaks of Barcelona's skyline along the ancient road known as the Carretera de les Aigues. Although it has been officially renamed Passeig de les Aigües, those who travel here still call it by its original name. Well on the beaten tourist road, it revolves around the mountains, overlooking the city and the Mediterranean. It has been transformed into about 13 km of relatively flat bicycles and footpaths, and from Sant Pere Màrtir to Carretera de la Rabassada, the view from Collserola, overlooking Barcelona, is absolutely perfect.
7. Catch a game at the Camp Nou
Millions of football fans make the pilgrimage to Barcelona every year to cheer up Barcelona's home team, FC Barcelona. The level of enthusiasm that the fans bring is equal to the stadium, Camp Nou. It boasts the largest capacity in Europe and can accommodate almost 100,000 spectators and hosting one of the best football teams in the world, many believe that a trip to the city would not be complete without going to a match. The schedule is set each year around mid-July, and matches usually begin in late August and end in late May, with a winter break around the Christmas and New Year holidays. Although nothing compares to participating in a live game, if you can't do that, you can still enjoy the experience by taking a guided tour that includes the rush of the "player tunnel", simulating what it's like to go to a creepy, crowded stadium. capacity.
6. Take a tour of the roof of Barcelona Cathedral
Barcelona Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of Seu, was built as a monument to Eulalia, the city's co-owner. One of the most magnificent Gothic structures in Barcelona, it has gargoyles, flying buttresses and barrel vault accents. You can enjoy them from above, along with the city skyline, taking a tour of the rooftop. While you're there, try to locate all 13 geese that can be seen around the cloister. It contains small chapels, gardens, fountains and geese. It is said to represent every year of Eulalia's life before she was martyred, and you can hear their loud sounds inside the church building. The geese used to perform an important task: they warned against intruders and thieves.
5. Climb Mount Montjuic
If you want to give your legs a great workout, go to Montjuïc Mountain. Not only is it an ideal place for a scenic walk, as many do not want to make the effort to get there, it tends to be less crowded with tourists. In addition to enjoying the spectacular views and natural surroundings, on top of the hill are the Olympic Stadium and the Jardi Botanic Garden. You will also discover buildings from the 1992 Olympic Games, such as the Palau Sant Jordi and a telecommunications tower. Be sure to visit Laribal Gardens, a romantic hilltop park with its mix of fountains, water and shady trees reminiscent of gardens at the Alhambra Palace in Grenada. The park is best known among locals for Font del Gat, or Cat's Fountain, built in 1918 - it was once a popular meeting place for young couples in love and was featured in the popular song "La Marieta de l'ull viu."
4. Hidden tours of the city by the homeless
Homeless people in Barcelona have been touring the city for several years. According to the company's quote, who better to show you on the streets of Barcelona than someone who lived on those streets? It's a great way to give a job to someone who needs it and visit to use the incredible knowledge of trained guides. Don't worry, the guides must meet strict requirements, including fluency in English, no alcohol and / or drug addiction, be a good public speaker, and be well-presented. The approximately two-hour historical tour will take you through the city's Gothic Quarter and the Raval, combining the classics with several off-road sites. Hidden City Tours says its goal is to "connect history and social history with our day and discuss the social reality of Barcelona's old town with a unique perspective from our previously homeless guides."
3. Explore the artistic side of Barcelona
Art lovers will find a lot of appreciation in this city, in fact, listing all the museums and art galleries in Barcelona would be a great thing. In addition, just a walk through a park like the Greek Theater can lead to the discovery of fabulous works. MNAC (Museu Nacional pentrurt de Catalunya), is one of the top treasures of the city, which boasts pieces representing Catalan art from the Romanesque period to the middle of the twentieth century. One of the largest museums in the world is Fundacio Joan Miro. It houses a collection of over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and pieces by the Spanish surrealist painter, along with a series of works by his contemporaries. Palau Robert offers smaller rooms, and the building itself is well worth a look. Other gems include Joan Prats, Gallery 3 Punts, DNA and Toni Tapies.
2. Take a walk along Las Ramblas
A walk along Las Ramblas, the busiest thoroughfare in the city, is a must for any visitor to Barcelona. This wide, shaded boulevard runs through the heart of the city from Plaça de Catalunya to Port Vell and is a lively, action-packed promenade, full of action, including street performances, as well as the live statue show presented here and lots of interesting character. Enjoy amblinging under the trees, people watching from a terrace and sipping a drink at an outdoor cafe. If you want to enjoy a bird's eye view of all events, head to the Columbus Monument's 18-story viewpoint, which offers panoramic views of both the city and the sea.
1. Admire the magnificent Gaudi architecture
One of Barcelona's biggest attractions is its architecture, including magnificent works by Antonio Gaudi, such as the Sagrada Familia, which combines Gothic and Art Noveau styles in unique ways. Some consider it the greatest achievement of the Catalan building, while others consider it a clear example of waste. However, it is quite impressive inside and out. Hyperboloids, vivid colors, and unconventional representations of animals such as pelicans, turtles, and chameleons illustrate Gaudí's belief that nature and the divine were inextricably linked. Other landmarks include Palau Guell, Casa Batlló and Torre Bellesguard. Also noteworthy are the Palau de la Musica, Casa Amatller, and Casa de las Terrades.