Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Cancun Nightlife: Welcome to the Best Clubs in Cancun

Nightlife in Cancun has progressively become famous, since in the last twenty years the city has turned into one of the favorite university students' destinations during spring break.
Being a fundamental part of Cancun’s tourist economy, nightlife is as important and well-organized as daytime life: restaurants, bars and nightclubs are extremely refined and welcoming.

You only have to choose the perfect place for you.

Nightlife in Cancun can start from the beach

In Cancun there are clubs and nightclubs for all tastes and  all budgets, from the less ambitious to the most luxurious and sophisticated ones, offering also exclusive VIP areas and events.
Generally, you pay for an all-you-can-drink cover ticket at the entrance.
All places offer dancing, themed performances and non-stop music from disco and jazz to techno, from salsa and merengue to rock, from traditional Mexican music to reggae, with the most famous DJs of the country or live music, all accompanied by spectacular lasers and light shows.

Many places are restaurants until 9/10 pm and become then bars and nightclubs.
Senor Frogs (http://www.senorfrogs.com/cancun/), for example, is a children-friendly restaurant with kids’ menu that, after kids' bedtime, turns into a nightclub offering glow parties (on Sundays) and foam parties (on Wednesdays).

What’s the Best Program for an Intense Nightlife in Cancun?

Well, you could start with a drink in a bar: many hotels have their own bars and usually organise bar hopping tours to different nightclubs. This will help you to skip the line to get inside, that is generally very long (but the party is always worth the wait!).

Otherwise you can follow your tastes or mood and choose a place from the best and most famous clubs of Cancun, that mostly concentrate in the hotel zone of the city.

Cancun nightlife and clubs

8 Top Clubs and Nightclubs in Cancun

1. Roots jazz club and restaurantRoots jazz club and restaurant, in downtown Cancun is the most hippie club and it hosts important reggae, jazz and rock bands, and sometimes also flamenco shows.

2. Grand Mambo Cafe and Sabor Latino 
Both located in Plaza Hong Kong, they are ideal for visitors who are fond of Salsa, Merengue and Bachat.

3. La Vaquita 

Do you like hip hop, dance, latino music, litros of your favorite drink and no rules?
La Vaquita is the best place for you. It is a nice and new open-air bar with caw-themed decorations and sexy dancers ready to warm up your night.

4. Cocobongo Show & Disco

Cocobongo is one of the most popular nightclubs during spring break.
Are you after incredible shows all the time? This is the right place. You will see acrobats and even Spiderman flying on your head, and incredible dancers performing on Michael Jackson's songs. The code word here is to dance and dance wherever you can find a spot.
Congo, a small refined open-air club, is Cocobongo's less expensive offspring.

5. Dady'O Nightclub

If you are in your twenties (or you feel like that) and you like crazy dances, latino, techno, hip hop music and spectacular scenic designs do not miss Dady'O nightclub. Here you will have the chance to meet many celebrities. It looks like a five level huge cave with a big dance floor in the middle and intense colorful lighting effects. You will enjoy the performance of the best local Djs and live bands, and its popular bikini contests. It is one of the oldest and most famous club of the city. Dady Rock, nearby the Dady'O, attracts real rock-and-roll lovers.

Clubbing in Cancun

6. Mandala
Inspired by the colors and fragrances of the Indian ambiance, Mandala is one of the most refined and popular nightclubs of the party zone. You will perceive a VIP atmosphere all around.
If you want to experience a night pool party close to the seaside, you cannot miss Mandala Beach Club on Tuesdays.

7. Palazzo NightclubThis famous club has been recently renewed and it is considered one of the hottest in Cancun, well known for its stripper pole contests, but also for inviting the best DJs of the country performing the best music!

8. The City
An authentic must if you love really crowded crazy parties. This club is the biggest of Latin America, and it can accommodate up to 5000 people, all dancing and singing!
It hosts famous artists and offers all kind of music, besides many different breath-taking acrobatic shows.

Enjoy the sun rising after clubbing in Cancun

Just in Time for Sunrise

Once you get out the club, it will be time for sunrise, we promise.

So, if you want to fully enjoy Mexican summer-life and make the most of your days (wonderful white beaches during the day and intense party-life at night), then Cancun is the place where you want to be: fun is guaranteed all day and all night.

After a day spent on one of the most astonishing beaches of the area, get ready for a very long night full of music, dance and energy.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Papakolea Beach: Discovering a Green Paradise in Hawaii

Dreaming of a true Hawaiian paradise?
Papakōlea beach, better known as the Green Sand Beach, in the Big Island, is precisely what you are looking for.

Papakolea Beach Hawaii: an authentic paradise on earth
The beach is an authentic jewel, being made of small green crystals, the so called Hawaiian diamonds, that give it its famous color. This is due to a green mineral of volcanic origin called olivine.
Papakōlea beach is located, in fact, in the eroded cinder cone of an extinct volcano, that last erupted 49.000 years ago. Olivine crystals are separated from the cinder by the action of the ocean and mixed with the sand of the beach.

Olivine sand from Papakolea Beach

How to Reach Papakōlea Beach 

If you rent a car, you have to follow Highway 11 up to South Point (Ka’u area, between mile 69 and 70), which is the southernmost tip of the United States. There is a parking area where you can leave the car.

Can I Get to the Beach by Car?

You usually cannot drive your rental car in the beach area. The road is dangerous and it is only for expert 4X4’s drivers. You'd better ask local people for a ride in their 4WD jeeps: they usually charge about $15 round trip per person.

Hiking to Papakōlea Beach

If you like adventure and peace, this place is worth the hike, which is also the best choice to preserve the environment.

Now you are probably wondering "Is it easy to reach?"
It is not: paradise is never easy to reach. Nevertheless, the hike is feasible.
The round trip hike to the beach is about 5 miles, it can be uneven and rocky, and the climate can be very hot and windy. You will find no tourist services in the beach: so, it is important to be properly equipped and organized! If you decide to go there, it is better to leave early in the morning.
You'll need to wear hiking shoes (no flip-flops please!), walk carefully and bring some water, food and sunscreen with you and proper clothes.

Reaching Papakolea Beach after a long hike from the parking area.

The panoramic view from South Point is amazing and the trip down to the beach is breath-taking. During the walk you will also see the remains of ancient heaiu (Hawaiian temples) dedicated to fishing. Being hard to get there, the beach is isolated and rarely-visited.

Once there you will enjoy the incredible color of the sand, the unspoilt nature, the silence broken only by the wind and the sound of the ocean. The waters can be rough and the wind strong, but swimming and snorkeling are possible with better conditions (for example in the morning).

Accommodation on the Big Island

If you have made your mind up and want to see the sublime Green Sand Beach, you need to find a confortable accommodation on the island. You can have a look at our best hotels in Hawaiʻi before organising your holiday there.

To Conclude... Did You Know That? 

  • the Green Sand Beach is one of the only 4 green beaches in the world (the others being Talofofo Beach on Guam - USA, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet in Norway)
  • it is the greenest of the 4 green beaches because of its concentration of olivine into the sand
  • it has 3 names. Besides the self-explanatory name (Green Sand Beach) and its Hawaiian one (Papakōlea beach, where kōlea is a bird you can see in winter), it is also called Mahana beach, from the name of the original volcano Pu’hu Mahana.
Hornindalsvatnet in Norway

Friday, 2 September 2016

The Top 5 Things To Do In Seville

Seville, the capital of Andalusia, is a perfect tourist destination during all year. Whether summer or winter, the city is always cheerful and lively. Along the Guadalquivir river in summer, or in one of the numerous cafes in winter, the warmth of the locals and their cheerfulness will always welcome you. Walk down its medieval old town and the interweaving of alleys, palaces and picturesque squares and you will breathe the history and the stories of three continents that here meet: Europe, Africa and America. Romanesque, Arabic, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture coexist in a fascinating aesthetic embrace.

view of seville historic centre

Book your hotel and fly to Seville, your eyes will be filled with beauty. Among our best hotels in Seville we suggest:

- Hotel Silken Al Andalus Palace – 4 stars
- Hotel Nh Sevilla Plaza De Armas – 4 stars
- Hilton Garden Inn Sevilla – 4 stars
- Hotel Murillo - 2 stars

So what are the top 5 things you must do and see in Seville?

1. The Alcazar 

The Alcazar, built by the Arabs in the tenth century, was originally a fortress. Today the palace, partly still used by the royal family, is Unesco world heritage site. It is an impressive building with many rooms, patios and courtyards, which has grown over the centuries and has seen a sequence of caliphs, kings and architectures. Arabic, Gothic, Romanesque and Renaissance styles mingle in harmony in an unbelievable aesthetic triumph, one of the most beautiful things to see in Seville!

Real Alcazar, one of the 5 best things to see in Seville

Wonderful seventeenth century tapestries are preserved in the nearby palace of Charles V. Take a walk along the beautiful Alcazar gardens to experience a sort of space-time jump (some scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed in this extraordinary place).

2. Seville Cathedral and Giralda

Another thing to do in Seville is to visit the Gothic cathedral of Saint Mary of the See. The cathedral, UNESCO heritage site, is one of the most beautiful religious buildings in the world.

View of the Gothic cathedral of Saint Mary of the See, Seville

Divided into five naves and two chapels, it is the third largest church in the world after St. Peter's in Rome and St. Paul's in London. It symbolizes the Christian reconquest and it was built in the fifteenth century on the structure of a mosque. Inside you can pay homage to the majestic tomb of Christopher Columbus.

Originally a minaret, the so-called Giralda was later transformed into a bell tower, but it fully preserves the beautiful Arab architecture. Simple and monumental at the same time, it is 96 metres high (314 ft). It is possible to reach up to 70 metres (229 ft) and admire the city. Its name derives from the bronze statue that turns on itself with the wind, which was added in 1568.

Giralda, a bell tower to see in Seville, Spain

If you have a bit of time you should visit the nearby General Archives of the Indies, a huge collection of books and documents that testify the times of the Spanish conquest and the colonization of the Americas.

3. Plaza de España

Near the Maria Luisa Park, which is well worth a walk, you can find the huge Plaza de España, built for Expo 1929. The so-called "Venice of Spain" will leave you speechless: decorated with bricks and colourful ceramics, it covers 50,000 square meters and it includes an oval square with a fountain, a semi-circular building in neo-classical style, a porch and a channel that symbolically unite in an embrace Spain and its colonies, glorifying the Spanish power.

Another curiosity for movie lovers: here some scenes of Star Wars - The Clone Wars were filmed.

Panoramic view of Plaza de España, top attraction in Seville

4. Pilate’s house

If there is still something of Seville architecture that can impress you, this is the Casa de Pilatos. It is a private house of the sixteenth century, maybe inspired by the house of Pilate in Jerusalem. This building sums up and exalts a form of a typically Spanish mixed art, the Mudejar, which merges the Arab and Christian traditions and the most diverse architectural styles. Your eyes will be caught by the arcaded courtyard, the surrounding garden, the decorations and colourful ceramics, the stuccoes, the paintings and sculptures that you can find along the whole building.

Pilate’s house, a must-see in Seville, Spain

5. Museum of Fine Arts in Seville

Among the museums we suggest the Museo de Bellas Artes. It is the second most important museum of Spanish art after the Museo del Prado in Madrid and is the most important in Andalusia. Also here the architecture is king. The museum is in an impressive building dating back to 1600, it is built around three courtyards and is divided into 14 rooms. It houses works from the medieval period to the modern one and devotes a section to the painters of the Seville Baroque school.

Museo de Bellas Artes, Seville one of the most important museums in Spain

And what are the 5 things you must do if you spend a few days in this city?

- Walk in the evening along the picturesque Barrio San Bartolomè and Barrio de Santa Cruz, the Jewish quarter.
- Drink a beer at Calle Betis in the charming district of Triana.
- Enjoy the fresh air of Seville terraces listening to music and having an aperitif in one of the many bars.
- Fix in your mind the beauty of the city, from the Ferris wheel in the garden of Prado de San Sebastian, or from the terrace of the futuristic Metropol Parasol, a must if you love contemporary architecture.
- Finally, attend a flamenco show!

Friday, 26 August 2016

The 6 Best Theme Parks In The World

Do you want to realize your children’s dream? Do you have the Peter Pan syndrome and would you like to be a child again? Do you want to live a fairy tale with your partner? Do not miss the chance to visit at least one of the best theme parks in the world, where light, colour, fantasy and adrenaline mix!

1) Legoland - Denmark

Legoland is located near Billund Airport. This park is divided into nine thematic areas that you can explore travelling on exciting trains, boats and roller coasters.

Legoland, Denmark one of the best theme parks in the world

Younger guests can have fun at Duplo Land. In the Imagination zone you will live incredible 4D adventures, and will travel in a submarine among the sharks. At Logoredo Town you will discover the Wild West, while in the Knight's Kingdom roller coaster you will face a huge dragon. Mini land is a real miniature world made of Lego bricks. Adventure land offers the most thrilling roller coasters. Explore Pirate land, the ice and fauna of Polar land and the new Ninjago world!

If you are a big fan of Lego, do not miss the chance to sleep in one of the colourful rooms of the Hotel Legoland.

2) Gardaland - Italy

Gardaland, in the province of Verona, is famous throughout the world. It offers attractions also in the evening (Night is Magic), in winter and for Christmas (Gardaland Magic Winter). Here you can find thematic areas with attractions for all ages (divided into fantasy, adventure, adrenaline) and the most breath-taking roller coasters (such as the famous Magic Mountain, Blue Tornado or the recent Oblivion, a vertical fall). The new Kung Fu Panda area has been inaugurated in 2016.

Blue Tornado roller coaster of Gardaland theme park, Italy

Fantasy Kingdom is dedicated to children. The park has several theatres and offers shows on different themes and with various special effects. Nearby there is Gardaland Sea Life Aquarium (with separate entrance), home to about 5,000 species of animals.

3) Mirabilandia - Italy

It is located in Emilia Romagna in the province of Ravenna and includes a theme park, divided into seven areas, and a water park (Mirabeach). Here you can find attractions for all tastes, ages and for different degrees of courage (peaceful, moderate, extreme!).

katun attraction, mirabilandia theme park in Ravenna, Italy

Bimbopoli and Dinoland are dedicated to children. You can then venture into the attractions of Route 66, Adventureland and Wild West Valley, or enjoy the view from Eurowheel. If you love the thrill and adrenaline do not miss iSpeed ​​and Katun.

4) Disney World - United States

Disney World in Orlando (Florida) is divided into four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom) and two water parks (Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach Disney).

Magic Kingdom, with the famous Cinderella Castle, is the most visited one. It is divided into six lands: Main Street, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland.
Along its path it offers shows, meetings with the most beloved Disney characters, attractions of all kinds, rides and roller coasters (such as the famous Splash Mountain) that take you to explore amazing worlds: the jungle and unknown lands, the world of pirates of the Caribbean, the wild West and the Grand Canyon, the mines of the seven dwarfs and much more!

Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom, Orlando, Florida

Epcot celebrates technology and innovation, scientific discoveries and space travel. Enters the Spaceship Earth, a huge silver sphere, and prepare to travel back in time and space, and to tour the world in miniature.

Do not miss Everest Expedition roller coaster in Disney's Animal Kingdom!

To enjoy the park and at the same time to relax with all amenities you should look at our offers at the Hotel B Resort & Spa (4 stars) located in the surroundings.

5) Europa Park - Germany

Europa Park is located in Rust, Germany (not far from Freiburg), and it worthily competes with Disneyland Paris. It offers a hundred attractions (including 12 roller coasters) and live shows for all ages.
It includes 17 thematic areas, and 14 of them are related to the uses and customs of different European countries.
You will travel on board a steamer or a raft, face the maze of giant slides, discover ancient Greece on board Poseidon roller coaster.

Poseidon roller coaster, Europa Park in Rust, Germany

Or you can refresh yourself with Fjord-rafting and discover Scandinavia, observe Iceland by wooden roller coasters, and much more!
The most recent thematic areas are "Arthur- In the Minimoys kingdom" (inspired by Luc Besson’s movie “Arthur and the Invisibles”) and "Ireland - The world of children" (opened in 2016).

6) Disneyland Paris - France

Disneyland Paris is the most famous amusement park in Europe and one of the best in the world. It consists of two theme parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios.

Disneyland Park is divided into five thematic areas, each full of attractions: Main Street USA, for discovering the American cities in Walt Disney’s times; Frontierland where you will experience the Wild West and the story of Pocahontas; Adventureland with its rides and roller coasters inspired by Aladdin and Pirates of the Caribbean. Fantasyland, where you enter the castle of Sleeping Beauty and meet your favourite Disney characters. Discoveryland is dedicated to the future, the discoveries and the space.

Discoveryland, attraction of Disneyland Paris,one of the best theme parks in the world

Walt Disney Studios shows the film sets of the most beloved stories, and includes much adrenaline attractions for adults, like the Tower of Terror, a free-fall ride.

For your stay at Disneyland Paris we suggest the Hotel Relais Spa Chessy Val d'Europe (4 stars), which provides a free shuttle service to the park.

Did You Know That ... ?

- At Legoland more than 60 million Lego bricks have been used?
- Gardaland is the most visited amusement park in Italy with 3,000,000 tickets sold each year?
- In Mirabilandia the Divertical water coaster is the highest in the world?
- Magic Kingdom Disneyworld is the most visited theme park in the world with about 18 million visitors a year?
- Disneyland Paris is the most visited amusement park in Europe with about 15 million tickets sold each year?
- Europa Park is the second most visited park in Europe after Dineyland Paris?

Friday, 19 August 2016

Tenerife: The Best Beaches Of The Island

Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago, are a real paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, easy to reach from Europe by plane. Being close to Africa, their climate is great. These islands are a Spanish autonomous province. Santa Cruz, the capital, is located in Tenerife, the largest island of the archipelago.

Tenerife offers a wide variety of climates, landscapes and beaches for all tastes. Come and discover it by yourself: find the best accommodation among our hotel offers and leave for an unforgettable holiday in what is known as "the island of wonders", "the island of the eternal spring".

Panoramic view of Playa de Las Teresitas,Tenerife, Canary Islands
Photo credits: vil.sandi - Flickr

The Teide volcano (3718 m / 12.198 ft), enclosed in a national park (Unesco Heritage), is the third largest in the world. The sea, with crystal clear water, takes different shades of blue. You can find here golden, white or black sandy beaches; pebbly or rocky ones; popular and fully equipped beaches, or more isolated and pristine ones; wide beaches, or small and sheltered ones. Tenerife is perfect to experience a little of everything!

If you want to explore the island at best you should rent a car. However, you can also move by public transport (you can check the site www.titsa.com).
The island is dotted with hundreds of beautiful beaches. From north to south, we will suggest you some of the most famous and spectacular ones.

The Best Beaches In the North

- Playa de Benijo, on the northern tip of the island, is an uncrowded and windy black sandy beach with volcanic rocks around. You can reach it by walking through a trail, but it is absolutely worth it. It does not offer tourist services, but here you can enjoy a breath-taking natural panorama and a beautiful sunset.

Playa de Benijo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

- Playa de Las Teresitas, near the capital, is a beautiful beach of golden sand imported from the Sahara desert. It is never too crowded and local people also love it. Here many events related to sailing and water sports take often place. Easily accessible, it is fully equipped with bars and services at good prices.

- The natural beach of El Bollullo, in La Orotava valley, presents a pristine landscape with cliffs overlooking the sea, volcanic sand and clear waters. You can reach it only on foot following a trail through banana plantations and palm trees.

beach of El Bollullo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

- The picturesque Playa El Caleton, in the municipality of Garachico, consists of natural pools carved into the black rock of magmatic origin. Be careful when the seas are rough!

- Playa Jardin (Puerto de La Cruz area) is a beautiful natural black-sand beach surrounded by a colourful botanical garden.

Playa Jardin, one of the most beautiful beaches of Tenerife, Canary Islands
Photo credits: Jaume Escofet - Flickr

The Best Beaches In the South

- If you love natural landscapes, southwest you should not miss the beaches nearby Los Gigantes resort town. Its name is due to the high cliffs (they can be up to 800 m / 2624 ft!) overlooking the sea and the volcanic sand beaches. Playa de Los Gigantes and Playa de Los Guios are the most striking ones.

Playa de Los Gigantes, one of the most beautiful beaches in South Tenerife

From the marina you can reach by sea Masca beach, built into the cliffs. This little paradise is also accessible from the homonymous mountain village of Masca, by walking about three hours through a gorge.
- In the south you can find the most important tourist centres.

Costa Adeje is one of the most crowded and tourist areas of Tenerife. Its Paseo Maritimo is the longest in Europe: a long promenade (22 km / 14 miles) surrounded by parks, shops, restaurants, clubs and well equipped beaches. Among the most famous you can enjoy Playa del Duque and Playa Fanabe. Both have been awarded the Blue Flag for their clear waters and clean coastline.

The south coast continues with the famous (and crowded) beaches of Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Here summer life is king!

Playa de las Americas, one of the best beaches in Tenerife

Playa Las Vistas is a popular golden-sand beach ideal for families with children. Thanks to an artificial dam of rocks, the waters are quite calm. A curiosity: here some artists create incredible sand castles!

- Playa de La Tejita, is a charming and quiet golden beach, far from the tourist bustle of Las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Playa de La Tejita,one of the best beaches in Tenerife island

It is located in the protected area of ​​Montaña Roja, an ancient volcanic hill that offers an almost lunar landscape and forms the boundary with another wonderful beach:

- Playa del Medano, of golden sand, stretches for about two miles and is the largest beach in Tenerife. Well ventilated, it is ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

 windsurfing and kitesurfing on playa del medano, tenerife island

Not Only Beaches

Beyond beach life, would you like to experience something different?
The southern coasts are home to a stable colony of pilot whales that can be admired thanks to whale watching trips organized daily in the most famous resorts of the Adeje coast (we signal here, among many, www.atlanticoexperience.com).
Nearby Arona there is the Siam Park, the largest water park in Europe.
In Puerto de La Cruz you can visit the Loro Parque, a huge bio-park that is home to 800 species of parrots and many other animals.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Copenhagen: 5 Top Things To Do and See

There may have been something rotten in the state of Denmark at Hamlet's time, but you can not say the same about Copenhagen today.
Come to discover this city, take note of the 5 top things to do and see, and book your stay in our best hotels:
- Scandic Sydhavnen – 4 stars
- Quality Hotel Airport Dan – 3 stars
- Copenhagen Go Hotel – 2 stars
- Hilton Copenhagen Airport – 4 stars
- Cabinn Copenhagen Metro – 2 stars

View of the old port area of Nyhavn,Copenhagen

This lively European capital holds several eco-friendly records:
- In 2014 it was elected European Green Capital.
- It aspires to become the first city in the world with zero emissions and no landfills.
- It is considered the world capital of the bicycle (normally used by the royal family!).
- The central Strøget, with its bars and shops, is the longest pedestrian street in the world (something less than one mile).

Copenhagen is nice, beautifully kept, cheerful and colourful. Here ancient and modern, culture and fun, mingle in harmony. It is the city of fairy tales, princes and tragedies. Ten minutes away by train there is the famous Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare set the Hamlet. In the old town centre you can admire several castles and royal buildings.

And then there is the little Mermaid statue, silent and motionless at the entrance of the new port, bronze and mournful waiting for her beloved. This famous sculpture is inspired by the protagonist of the well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and has become the symbol of the city.

the little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Are you going to stop only for few days? Can you stay a bit longer? Copenhagen will not disappoint you in any case. We will suggest you what to see and do within the inner city. So, what are the 5 things you can not miss, that you have to fix in your mind and take with you forever?

What to See In Copenhagen: Around The City

1. The Nyhavn is the old port area, characterized by the ancient coloured houses. Andersen used to live here for most of his life. Formerly considered a bad neighbourhood, today it is a fascinating tourist destination with shops, clubs, bars and restaurants (check the prices!). This is the perfect place for a walk along the canal and an appetizer waiting for the sunset. Here you can also start for an exciting tour of the city by water down the canal. In just a few minutes walking, moreover, you can reach the statue of the Little Mermaid.

The port area of Nyhavn to see in Copenhagen

2. The Tivoli Gardens, in the city centre, represent the second oldest amusement park in the world. Beloved by tourists and locals, this magical place offers rides, gardens, restaurants, a concert hall and outdoor shows. In the evening, with their light show, they are charged with a romantic atmosphere. You can still see and experience the impressive wooden roller coaster.

Tivoli gardens - top things to see in Copenhagen

The Princely Castles Of Copenhagen

In the historic centre you can experience the charm of real fairy-tale castles: Christiansborg Palace, now the seat of the parliament and the prime minister, the Amalienborg royal palace, the winter residence of the Danish royal family, partially open to the public, and finally the royal castle of Rosenborg.

3. The Rosenborg Castle was once the royal residence, and is now a museum open to the public. Here you will perceive another space-time dimension. The 24 rooms of the castle with their original furniture, fabrics and drapes, together with the remarkable art collections, will create an atmosphere of past times. After the visit you can have a picnic in the beautiful surrounding gardens, the Kongens Have, the oldest park in the city. You can rest in the shade of century-old trees, or take a relaxing stroll around.

View of the park of Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

The Museums Of Copenhagen To Be Visited

Among the most important museums you can choose to take a dip into the Danish history, from prehistory to the present time, at the National Museum (perfect for both children and adults). Otherwise, if you love art and sculpture you should not miss the Ny Carlsberg (yes, those of the beer!) Glyptotek, to be put in our top-five things to see.

4. Carlsberg Glyptotek is located in the city centre, close to Tivoli gardens. Beyond the lobby there is an incredible enclosed garden, dominated by a glass dome. Inside the museum you will find the section dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean civilization art, and that dedicated to the nineteenth and twentieth century French and Danish art.

Opera of the Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

There are here important works by the French Impressionists Gauguin and Rodin. Sundays you get in for free!

Best Things To Do In Copenhagen: Churches To Visit

One of the most famous church in Copenhagen is Marmorkirken, inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. However, here we indicate:

5. the Church of Our Saviour. It is a charming Baroque church consecrated in 1696. If you have the opportunity to hear the echo of the massive organ, close your eyes and enjoy the moment. Its structure dates back to 1698 and some pipes are still original! The famous serpentine spire, with its 400 steps and 90 metres above street level, will offer you a breath-taking panoramic view of Copenhagen.

the Church of Our Saviour - top things to see in Copenhagen
Photo Credits: Stig Nygaard - Flickr

Other Records of Copenhagen

Did you know that the famous Round Tower is the oldest functioning observatory in the world (1642)? And that the zoo, active since 1859, is the oldest in Europe?
Copenhagen, a city of records, fairy tales, castles, gardens, princes and kings will surely delight you!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Sicily: The 5 Best Beaches to Visit

Sicily, the green Trinacria mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey, sung and loved by many writers and poets, is an outdoor museum of natural history, architecture, archaeology, history of nations and peoples. Among turquoise waters, sandy beaches and cliffs sculpted by the waves over the centuries, this island offers about 1000 miles of coastline.

Being impossible to be exhaustive, we want to suggest here 5 of the best beaches you can not miss:

- the bay of Monte Cofano nature reserve and San Vito lo Capo beach (Trapani)
- Mondello (Palermo)
- Isola Bella (Taormina)
- Calamosche (Syracuse)

View of a Sicilian beach, Italy

 The Best Beaches of the West Coast

- Between Trapani and San Vito lo Capo there are some of the best beaches of Sicily. To enjoy the possibilities this area offers, you can check our proposals at the Torre Xiare Hotel, Valderice, or the Villa Zina Park Hotel near San Vito lo Capo.

These four-star hotels are fully equipped and are strategically located in order to easily reach places of historical and natural interest: Trapani and Erice, the archaeological sites of Segesta and Selinunte and the famous surrounding beaches.

view of trapani, sicily, italy

# 1 The Monte Cofano nature reserve is a must. Its scenery will take your breath away: this dolomitic mountain dominates the gulf below, which is protected and little known; the rocky coast falls onto the deep blue sea. Here you can enjoy the beautiful water, but you can also practice trekking and mountain biking.

The Monte Cofano nature reserve, sicily, italy

# 2 The Zingaro nature reserve, with its coves accessible by sea and other secluded beaches, is a natural paradise. At the borders of the reserve, San Vito lo Capo beach offers 2 miles of white sand. Its blue and clear waters are as good as the Caribbean ones. The shallow water near the shore makes it perfect for families. Inside the reserve you will also find the well known beach of Scopello.

The Zingaro nature reserve, sicily,italy

- Nearby Palermo we suggest the three-star hotel Casena dei Colli. Located north of the city, from here you can use public transport to reach the capital, the beautiful Monreale, with its typical Arabic-Norman architecture, and the famous Mondello beach.

# 3 Mondello is one of the best beaches of Palermo. Its colours range from the dark green of the surrounding Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo, to the white sand, and the blue crystal clear sea. Well equipped and organized, during the summer it is very frequented by both tourists and locals. Mondello is definitely for you if you love the summer life. It is considered the VIP beach par excellence and numerous Art Nouveau villas face on it.

view of Mondello, one of the most beautiful beaches of Palermo, italy

In this area you can also find less popular sandy beaches, like those of Addaura and Arenella. Cefalù is another famous beach in the province of Palermo.

The Best Beaches of The East Coast

- Taormina is a perfect location to enjoy the sea and the nearby beaches, to make cultural trips or explore this part of the island. The Ariston hotel is situated in the city centre, overlooking the bay. From here you can go to visit the archaeological area of ​​Taormina, Messina, or arrange a trip to Etna, the famous volcano.

Ancient theatre of Taormina, sicily, italy

# 4 Isola Bella beach is about 4 miles away from Taormina. As the name suggests, it is considered the most evocative beach of the area. This rocky and sandy bay, surrounded by intense vegetation, connects to the islet forehead through a strip of white sand. The sea around offers incredible shades of blue.

Isola Bella beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in sicily, italy

The beaches around are mainly pebbly or rocky. However, you can find beautiful sandy beaches as Spisone and Sant'Alessio (north).

Going south, Syracuse is a place of great historical interest. We recommend the Hotel Centrale in the city centre. It is located in an ideal area for discovering the city and reaching the most beautiful beaches, including Fontane Bianche and Calamosche.

# 5 Calamosche beach, south of Syracuse, is probably considered the most impressive of the province. It is located within the beautiful wildlife oasis of Vendicari and it is at a walking distance from the car park. Enclosed between two headlands this quiet bay characterized by white sand and blue sea opens almost suddenly. The show will leave you speechless.

Calamosche beach, syracuse, one of the most beautiful beaches in sicily, italy

Sicilian beaches are perfect for all your needs: here you can rest, enjoy beach life, water sports and, thanks to the extraordinary colours of the sea, snorkelling and diving.

Thanks to its art, history and natural landscapes this wonderful island offers incredible places that will give you unforgettable memories.

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