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Kraków's inhabitants suffered enormously during the Second World War, but its buildings were spared the destruction suffered by many other Polish cities, leaving almost intact medieval area of ​​the Old Town: part of the Universal Heritage UNESCO, it includes a castle, a cathedral and one of the largest medieval squares in Europe.

The city is beautiful like a postcard, and if your steps take you beyond the historical center, on the other side of the Vistula and towards the marginal areas, you will find neighborhoods and districts that tell fascinating stories: about Jewish history, about life in communist regime, about the new life that begins to be breathed into this old city.

The second largest city in Poland, Krakow is a top destination for tourists looking for elegant medieval architecture, which includes in its neighborhoods and districts a rich history with one of Europe's most tumultuous moments.

Best historic districts of Kraków
Kazimierz market - Image by pa00lo from Pixabay

Kazimierz - located south to Old Town

After the Holocaust, this part of the city remained "like a ghost town," mostly abandoned, except for a community of artists, attracted here by the low rents. But "everything started to change quickly after Schindler's List (the production from 1993 which was filmed here)". A wave of visitors and investment followed, and the creative and bohemian spirit of the area was revived. Two former tram depots were transformed into an engineering museum and a restaurant, Stara Zajezdnia; a former office block from the 70s became Nova Resto Bar, a very trendy place; and the vacant lots were requisitioned by clusters of food trucks.

Located very close to the Old Town, Kazimierz is one of the most central districts of Krakow, but it still manages to slip here and there, and some green eyes. On sunny afternoons, people flock to the green garden of the Mleczarnia brewery or the quiet Mehoffer Garden (named after the local artist who designed it), hidden behind a museum, among the blocks.

Kazimierz has several museums dedicated to jew history of the neighborhood, but Zydowskie Muzeum Galicja (Galicia Jewish Museum) - succeeds to best combine the past and the present. A chic space, which includes a cool cafe and a bookstore with bilingual books, it has a permanent exhibition with modern photographs that attest to what is left of Jewish culture in the region.

If you want to take a break, choose Ulica Szeroka, a square with trees in the center, lined with cafes open right on the cobblestones. Check out two restaurants, Ariel and Ester, where the best klezmer music in town is played. Go into the Remuh Synagogue, which survived the Nazi occupation and remains the only functional synagogue in Krakow.

Best historic districts of Kraków
Wawel castle - Image by Tadeusz Dziedzina from Pixabay

Podgórze - situated on the right bank of the Vistula River

This district has the most beautiful view of the city. Situated on a hill, Wawel Castle rises above the Old Town, with on the left a former quarry full of trees, which will soon be transformed into a park. Behind it is a cluster of hills, but on a clear day it is well visible far, up to the Tatra Mountains, which form the border with Slovakia.

Krakow has four man-made hills, all of which have rather unclear origins. The one I'm standing on now, Krakus, is named after the mythical founder of the city. It seems that it was the work of the ancient Slavs at least a millennium ago.

Located on the opposite bank of the Vistula from Kazimierz, the area has, by comparison, the air of a suburb. The streets are bordered by houses that look like villas and neighborhood restaurants. It is the most international street corner in Krakow, in terms of culinary offer. You can find Italian, Vietnamese, Basque food.

15 years ago there was nothing here. But in 2009, the pedestrian bridge was inaugurated and everything changed. Thanks to Father Bernatek’s Bridge, more and more visitors also arrive south of the river. Under the Nazi occupation, the Jewish Ghetto was located in Podgorze, and the neighborhood honors its historical Plac Bohaterow Getta (Heroes' Ghetto Square), with a powerful memorial: 33 oversized, empty metal chairs. Nearby, a pharmacy whose owners sneaked food and information to the residents of the ghetto, Apteka Pod Orlem, has been transformed into a museum. As well as the Oskar Schindler enamelware factory, located nearby in Zablocie.

On the river bank, another piece of history found a new purpose. The massive Flotel Forum, built in Brutalist style, opened in 1988. After it was closed in 2002, its rooms were abandoned, and now the ground floor is leased to Forum Przestrzenie: designed as a bar, club and event space, it hosts parties animated in the hotel's former kitchen and conference rooms.

Best historic districts of Kraków
Nowa Huta aerial view

Nowa Huta - easternmost district

Nowa Huta was built between 1949 and 1951, mainly to provide housing for steel workers. It is one of only two cities in the world designed and built in the socialist realist style - that typical Soviet aesthetic, defined by massive, intimidating buildings that seem to beat the drum and make communist propaganda.

"The city was a gift from Stalin", it is said. In fact, it was a kind of showing off. Paranoia being in full bloom, 250 bunkers - shelters in case of bombing - were also built under Nowa Huta. Some of them can be visited now.

The city was to be organized in the shape of a wheel, with Plac Centralny in the center, but only half of the spokes ended up materializing. One of these, Aleja Róż, the Champs-Elysees of Krakow, is a wide street with exclusively pedestrian sections, dotted with small lawns and blocks that dominate you. Also here, there used to be the largest statue of Lenin in the world. Now, it followed the footsteps of the communist regime, but the steelworks that bore the same name still endures.

<![CDATA[5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand]]>https://visitplaces.net/5-best-beaches-in-krabi-thailand/62a628d5f0411714573ae700Sun, 12 Jun 2022 18:51:50 GMT

Few countries on the planet can boast such beautiful tropical landscapes as Thailand. And while the whole country is full of exotic beaches, Krabi Province is home to some of the most spectacular in all of Asia.

Here, the steep limestone cliffs rise above the palm-lined shores and coral reefs that are found in abundance in the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea.

If you are planning a holiday in Thailand, take a look at the pictures below to discover the best beaches in Krabi. Choose the one that suits you best and enjoy it to the fullest or, better yet, explore them all!

1. Tonsai Beach

Although Tonsai Beach is located on the mainland, it can only be reached by boat. Surrounded by palm trees that sway easily in the sea breeze, the beach is nestled between two giant cliffs, with impressive landscapes of rustic beauty. Tonsai is not the best destination for swimming or snorkeling, as the strong currents and the reef here are quite dangerous. However, it is a great place for a kayak adventure, nature hiking and sunbathing for hours.

The relaxed atmosphere, the great street food and the friendliness of the locals make Tonsai one of the best beaches in Krabi province. Moreover, here you will find a lot of hippie bars where you can make new friends and a variety of accommodation options at more than reasonable prices.

5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand
Tonsay Beach - Photo by Hu Chen on Unsplash

2. Railay Beach

Whether you go there to relax in the sun or enjoy the lovely scenery, Railay Beach will not disappoint. Detached from the mainland by several massive limestone cliffs, Railay Beach, like Tonsay Beach, can only be reached by boat. It is a beautiful, unaltered piece of land, the images of which are always present on postcards in Thailand.

With clear turquoise waters, interrupted only by the surrounding limestone cliffs, Railay Beach is a wonderful place to sunbathe surrounded by the majesty of nature.

5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand
Railay Beach - Image by ledoc from Pixabay

3.  Maya Bay

It would have been unfair to make a list of the best beaches in Krabi without including the Maya Bay, whose fame is largely due to the movie The Beach, in which the main character is played by Leonardo Dicaprio.

Since 2000, when the film was released, thousands of tourists visit this beach every year, which seems to be detached from paradise. Sure, it is very crowded, especially during the peak season, which takes place between November and March, but if you visit it early in the morning, Maya Beach is a real delight!

5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand
Maya Bay - Photo by Humphrey Muleba on Unsplash

4. Phra Nang Beach

Just a 10-minute walk from scenic Railay Beach, a walkway through a limestone path, Phra Nang has become very popular for its fine white sand, emerald-coloured waters and numerous tourist activities that can be made here.  

The sharp cliffs around it attract many climbers, and the calm waters are ideal for both snorkeling and swimming. Moreover, Phra Nang Beach offers great opportunities for trekking in the lush rainforest nearby and for exploring the Princess Cave (Tham Phra Nang Nok), famous for its fertility altar.

5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand
Phra Nang Beach - Photo by Sumit Chinchane on Unsplash

5. Koh Mai Phai Beach

If what you're looking for peace and wilderness, look no further than Koh Mai Phai, on Bamboo Island. Located about 45 minutes by boat from Phi Phi Don, this tiny island that can be crossed in a maximum of 30 minutes and has far fewer tourists than the other beaches mentioned above, but has an equally impressive beauty.

The lack of limestone cliffs for climbers and the non-existence of hotels and restaurants keep most visitors and backpackers away. Those who dare to make the long boat trip to Koh Mai Phai Beach do so to enjoy its white sands and extremely clear turquoise waters. Moreover, here are some of the most spectacular corals in Krabi, but you will have to bring your own snorkeling equipment.

5 Best Beaches in Krabi, Thailand
Bamboo Island - Photo by Miltiadis Fragkidis on Unsplash
<![CDATA[10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin]]>https://visitplaces.net/10-best-places-and-activities-in-berlin/617131120c79610e6c968626Mon, 25 Oct 2021 07:12:26 GMT

The city has developed a lot in recent decades, especially from a cultural point of view. In addition, the much lower prices compared to other western cities have convinced a lot of people from all over the world to come and live in Berlin. So, here is a good reason to put the German capital on the list of your destinations, having great chances, we say, to fall in love with this city.

To visit Berlin properly you need at least a whole month, but we have compiled a list of some places that we recommend for a city break of 3-4 days.


We start with the largest and, implicitly, the most famous public market in Berlin, which is also an important node in the city's transport infrastructure. From the cattle market as it was in the beginning, Alexanderplatz, became in time what it is today and received the name in honour of Tsar Alexander I who visited the city at the beginning of 1800s.  

Today, the square is surrounded by imposing buildings, built after the World War II, because, as it happened in other German cities, everything was destroyed. Thus, Fernehturm, the famous television tower, 368 meters high, the pedestrian area, Weltzeituhr or World Clock, but also many shopping centres make Alexanderplatz a main tourist attraction.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Alexanderplatz - Photo by Stefan Widua on Unsplash

Victory Column

Located in the middle of a very large roundabout, Grosser Stern, the statue was built to celebrate the Prussian-Danish War.  As the completion of the works took a little longer, and in the time that elapsed there were some conflicts that ended in victories, the statue somehow celebrates them all.  

Although not part of the original plan, which provided only a column, the statue of the goddess Victoria, sculpted by Friedrich Drake, was added later. The tower has a staircase inside, with no less than 270 steps to the top, open today to the general public.  As such, if you feel able, you can climb to the top, but be prepared - not only physically, but also mentally - because it is not easy to handle so many stairs, that are in a spiral. The panorama, however, is fabulous and well worth it. The ticket costs 3.00 euros for adults, respectively 2.50 euros for concessions.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Victory Column - Image by Miodrag Asenov from Pixabay

This is, perhaps, the most important symbol of the Cold War and of the barrier that stood between the two German republics, the federal one, in the west, and the democratic one, in the east. After almost 28 years of existence, the wall was demolished in November 1989, following mass demonstrations against the Eastern government.  

The wall was almost completely destroyed, leaving very little of what it once was. The longest preserved section is called the East Side Gallery, which is also the largest open-air gallery in the world.  

You must not miss Checkpoint Charlie, the place where you could legally move from one Germany to another. Basically, this was the border point, but also a painful symbol of separation.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
East Side Gallery - Image by Caro Sodar from Pixabay

Unter den Linden Boulevard and Brandenburg Gate

Due to the name of the huge lime trees planted in the 1600s and connecting the gates of Berlin to the City Palace, the boulevard is also the source of inspiration for those who designed other famous boulevards, such as the Champs Elysées in Paris.

At its end is the Brandenburg Gate, one of Berlin's most powerful symbols, where, over time, significant events in German history have taken place. The gate was built on the site of another gate, which in the past represented the beginning of the road that connected Berlin to the city of Brandenburg an der Havel.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Brandenburg Gate - Photo by Florian Wehde on Unsplash

The Holocaust Memorial and the Eberstrasse Holocaust Memorial

In 2005, on the sixtieth anniversary of the fall of the Nazi regime and the end of the  World War II, this memorial was inaugurated, the construction of which is meant to always remember, over time, the death to the more than six million jews during the Nazi regime.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Holocaust Memorial - Image by emoro from Pixabay

Tempelhofer Park

Built on the site of a former airport, the park is today a place of recreation for which the Berliners had a bit of a fight with the authorities. It seems that, initially, this space was intended for the army, as a place for parades and military exercises, so that, on weekends and national holidays, it was invaded by the population to spend their free time.  

Only later was the airport built, but in 2008 it ceased operations. Well, at this point, the city has claimed over 300 acres of land, so Berliners are once again enjoying the old recreation area by biking, picnicking, paragliding or lots of other outdoor activities.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Tempelhofer Park - Image by modi74 from Pixabay


A walk in this area will reveal another side of unconventional Berlin, with factories used as spaces where art exhibitions or urban events are organized. Also here you will eat, if you are passionate about local cuisine, the best currywurst in town at "What a wurst!".

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Landmark of the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg district - Photo by Gregor Samimi on Unsplash

Flea market

One attraction you should not miss in Berlin would be the flea markets. You can find here everything you want and what you don't want: from food of all kinds to precious antiques, and even to all kinds of old and very old trifles that you can buy at convenient prices if you put your negotiating spirit to the test.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Berlin Flea Market - Photo by Nikola Đuza on Unsplash

Street Food

The famous currywurst I told you about above, but also one of the best burgers in town, probably even the best, can be found on the site of a former public toilet. Don't raise an eyebrow, that's right. It's called Burgermeister, in Kreuzberg, and they make an absolutely delicious burger here.  So delicious that the world is crowded like the holy relics, not another, so you will have to wait in a generous queue, with a promissory note. The prices are really decent and the taste is sensational.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Image by Veganamente Rakel S.I. from Pixabay


Berlin is known as a city that doesn't sleep much. If during the day it is very lively, then during the night it becomes explosive, and this is due to the numerous parties with music of all kinds - traditional, jazz, electronic, for all tastes, but always live music.  

If you arrive in Berlin, don't miss the nightlife and don't miss the famous beer gardens, music terraces, festivals, clubs and all those places that make the city so lively.

10 Best Places to Visit and Activities to Do in Berlin
Photo by Des Récits on Unsplash
<![CDATA[8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend]]>https://visitplaces.net/best-places-to-visit-in-prague-during-a-weekend/614e151b2fd1b0a542c155c5Thu, 07 Oct 2021 20:31:55 GMT

Known as the "the city of a hundred spires", Prague is one of the most visited cities in Europe. No wonder why over 7 million tourists from all over the world

Also nicknamed the "golden city", the beautiful capital is full of historical, cultural and architectural sights preserved with sanctity over the centuries, which appear everywhere. The Renaissance, Baroque, Gothic or Art Nouveau style intertwine wonderfully in a chorus of shapes and colours, which creates a beautiful facade at every step you take in the Czech capital.

If you arrive on a city break in Prague, it is very important to have a plan in advance, so as not to miss the essential tourist attractions and to be able to check out the list of most notorious places of this city. Being surrounded by so many must-visit places and having only a few days available, you may not know which one to choose, so we will come to your aid and present the most important ones:

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Prague Castle - Photo by Léa on Unsplash

Prague Castle

One of the top tourist attractions, that probably occupies the first place in the preferences of tourists who arrive in the Czech capital, is the Prague Castle. Built in 970, it was originally a fortress, only to be gradually transformed into what it is today. Officially, Prague Castle serves as the residence of the President of the Czech Republic, being used over time as a home by the kings of Bohemia.

Its grandeur is complemented by other attractions you can find here, such as St. Vitus Cathedral, the Old Royal Castle, St. George's Basilica and its gardens. Also here you can walk on the Golden Street, or Golden Lane, the place where Franz Kafka once lived. Next to the house where the writer lived, at number 22, you will find, on the narrow street near the castle, 10 other historic houses that belonged to the castle guards, alchemists, jewelers or artists of the time. You will feel like in a dwarf story, the reason being the colourful facades of the buildings here.

You can visit Golden Lane for free, after 5 pm in summer and 4 pm in winters.

St. Vitus Cathedral (Katedrala St. Vita)

It is important to know that this is the largest, implicitly the most important Roman Catholic cathedral in the Czech Republic. Work on its construction began in 1344 and lasted no less than 525 years, during which changes and improvements were made or even new parts were built, leading to mixing several architectural styles.

You can see how the Gothic style blends perfectly with the Renaissance, and the Baroque fits very well with the neo-Gothic style. The interior of the cathedral is also a majestic one, overwhelming its visitors with its imposing and impressive stained glass windows.

The entrance ticket can be bought here, but if you do not have much time, you can see some of the imposing place of worship for free. It is also worth watching the exchange of guards, which takes place every hour, on a regular basis, between 6:00 and 23:00.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Charles Bridge - Photo © VisitPlaces.net

Charles Bridge (Karlův Most)

Charles Bridge is probably the most authentic attraction for visitors in Prague. Measuring 520 meters long, the bridge can never be seen empty, because thousands of tourists want to step on it every day. He is attracted by its 23 important points, consisting of beautiful statues, including that of King Charles, during whose reign the bridge was built, at the base of which street artists cannot wait to offer you a unique souvenir - a painting or a portrait drawing or singing something romantic.

The history of this bridge construction has at least an interesting superstition behind it, because its cornerstone was placed at 5: 31 am in the morning of July 9, 1357. The builders wanted to take numerology to another level, that is why they opted for the number 13579531, which they were convinced would give the bridge more stability and existence. In addition, the craftsmen of that time insisted that the legs of the bridge to be perfectly aligned with the tomb of St. Vitus and the exact place where the sun set at the equinox.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Photo by Azamat Esmurziyev on Unsplash

Old Town Square (Staré Město)

Probably just by looking at some photos with this wonderful place you will understand why millions of tourists come here every year to taste a beer made according to a 1000 of years old recipe, to enjoy a delicious dinner with duck meat or pork, cooked over low heat in beer or simply to take holiday photos that everyone would be envious. But these can only be considered details that perfectly complement the list of reasons why the old center of Prague attracts like a magnet lovers of beauty.

Travel enthusiasts also come to this part of the city to visit St. Nicholas Church (Tyn Church) or to admire the City Hall's Astronomical Clock Tower. Built in the 15th century, the watch still works flawlessly today, not needing any repair or calibration over time. In 2010, the people of Prague celebrated 600 years since the inauguration of the Clock Tower.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Photo by Beth Macdonald on Unsplash

Havelská Market

Since you are are a few steps away from it, we recommend that you book a few hours for souvenir shopping. Havelská is the place where you can buy pieces of art at very good prices, but also keychains, magnets or other small items that will make you remember with pleasure the experience you had in the heart of Prague.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Dancing House - Photo by Ugur Peker on Unsplash

Dancing House (Tančící dům)

Another symbol of beautiful Prague is the Dancing House, with a slightly fresher history than the other tourist attractions here. Built between 1992 and 1996, the Dancing House building, which would make a skilled architect curious, makes you think of two dancers.

Also known as Ginger and Fred, after the famous dancers Ginger Rogers and Fred Astair, Frank Gehry's creation caused great controversy in the first years of its existence. The locals complained that the design of the building does not fit in any way with the architecture of the area, but over time, they adopted the building, and today they are happy to put it on the list of important objectives in the city.

One of the towers seems to be wearing a skirt, representing the female part of the pair, and inside it the building houses office space. On the top floor you will be able to linger for a few minutes and admire a delightful view from the heights of the city, while you wait for your ordered food to be served, because one of the most sought of Prague restaurants has its place here.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Wenceslas Square - Image by Lukáš Jančička from Pixabay

Wenceslas Square (Václavské náměstí)

It would be a shame to arrive in Prague and not spend at least a few minutes to walk through Wenceslas Square, the place where the people of Prague used to come to sell their horses.

Created in the 14th century by King Charles IV, the square now houses the National Museum and other institutional or civil buildings. The square has witnessed many historical moments in the Czech Republic, including the Prague Spring, which took place in 1968, and the Velvet Revolution.

It is also the favorite place of today's Prague residents, where the main events in the city or street demonstrations are organized, also because  Wenceslas Square continues with a fairly spacious boulevard for a few restaurants, shops or clubs, where you are invited to spend some money.

8 Best Places to Visit in Prague in a Weekend
Petřín Tower - Photo prague.eu

Petřín Tower (Petřínská rozhledna)

Prague can also brag about a tourist attraction that seems to be an Eiffel Tower of Czech Republic, which acts as an observation tower. Admittedly, its dimensions are smaller than those of the Parisian brother, but its appearance is strikingly close to the original.

The Petřín Tower has been guarding the entire city since 1930 and seems to extend to the sky, although its height does not exceed 63 meters.  You can reach the top using the elevator or, if you are in good physical condition, on the stairs, but once you reach the top be convinced that your effort will be rewarded with a unique view, wherever you look. Up to the tower you can use the funicular, to further spice up the experience in the heart of the Czech Republic.

<![CDATA[6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece]]>https://visitplaces.net/6-best-places-to-visit-in-zakynthos/613db8cafad86210988b2612Sun, 12 Sep 2021 12:08:05 GMT

Being a part of the Ionian Islands, Zakynthos is truly the place that will amaze you with its idyllic landscapes and the seemingly unreal turquoise water will make to want to revisit the island.

Of all Greece, Zakynthos is the sunniest, and the chances of rain are minimal starting with May and until the end of September (successful holiday guaranteed). The mild Mediterranean climate together with the humidity and the rains that arrive here only in winter have created in green landscapes, that abound in lush vegetation and a varied fauna.

There are many places to visit on the island and you will definitely not get bored, so to make it easier for you to organize your trip, I made a list of the best  6 attractions not to miss in Zakynthos:

1. Navagio Beach

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Navagio Beach Panorama - Image by Great2Travel from Pixabay

Navagio Beach has been included in Top 10 - The most beautiful beaches in the world and you will surely be impressed by it.

Navagio Beach (translated as wreck) is a small secluded bay on the north west coast of Zakynthos island. The name of the beach was given a long time ago when a ship coming from Turkey, in 1980, loaded with smuggled cigarettes, got stuck in the sand on the beach as a result of its pursuit by the coast guard ships.

Access to the beach is only possible by boat on the sea, but you can check its panorama from above, and there is also a furnished balcony with safety nets from where you can admire this treasure of Zakynthos Island.

If you decide to visit the beach by sea and rent a boat or book an optional excursion, you will be able to admire not only Navagio Beach, but the entire wild coast of the island. Usually you can spend about 60 minutes on this beach, given the large flow of tourists who visit it daily.

Check out below a cruise trip which will take you to see the legendary shipwreck up close:

Zakynthos: Shipwreck Beach Boat Tour from Porto Vromi
Cruise to one of the most famous beaches in the world and get dropped off at the magnificent Navagio Beach in Zakynthos. See the legendary shipwreck up close, and get the option to stay longer at the beach if you choose.
6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece

2. Cameo Island

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Cameo Island - Photo by Kevin Charit on Unsplash

Cameo Island is a miniature paradise in the Gulf of Laganas , and access to this place is made on a wooden bridge. The water is crystal clear, perfect for snorkeling. You will also find bars, open both day and night. Drinks can be purchased from the stone bar, while summer music hits can be heard in the background.

The sea breeze, the view of Laganas resort, the Greek music and the white canvases specific to Cameo island fluttering in the wind, create an atmosphere that you will not soon forget.

3. Marathonisi or Turtle Island

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Marathonisi Island - Photo by Andreas Weilguny on Unsplash

Marathonisi is also called Turtle Island, due to the fact that the island has the shape of a turtle and it is an essential breeding ground for the sea turtles.

Considered a paradise for both turtles and tourists, the island has a natural charm, without shops or taverns, being accessible only by boat. You can explore the two spectacular caves on the island through the water full of fish or you can go to the beach or visit the surroundings.

It is not excluded that in the water you can see the special Caretta-Caretta turtles, the pride of Zakynthos island , a part of Marathonisi Island being the natural habitat in which they lay their eggs.

You can book an eco-friendly turtle spotting tour on a glass-bottomed boat below:

Zakynthos: Turtle Spotting Cruise on a Glass-Bottom Boat
Take unique photos of turtles at a close distance as you sail through the crystal clear waters off the coast of Zakynthos on a glass-bottomed boat. Explore the amazing Keri caves and cross the famous Arches from underneath.
6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece

4. Blue Caves

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Blue Caves - Photo by Max van den Oetelaar on Unsplash

The north coast of the island is dotted with caves, each being more spectacular than the other.  The water in these bays has a depth of over 5m and has an unreal color and clarity, its blue color being majestically reflected on the rock walls, hence the name "Blue Caves".

The largest and easiest cave to visit, with possible inside access also by sea, is the Kianoun Cave, many boats being available for rent in the town port.

If you have ventured down to there, do not miss a visit to Skinari, a quiet village, perched on the rocks, which offers you the chance to admire two old flour mills and a charming lighthouse, but also to capture dreamy panoramas of the Blue Caves.

5. Zakynthos (Zante) Town

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Zante Town - Photo by Raimond Klavins on Unsplash

All roads lead to the island's capital, Zante Town, a small, seaside town. The port of Zakynthos is full of luxury boats, fully admired by tourists, from time to time appearing also huge ferries, eclipsing the view.

Among the many things to do in this city, you can also visit the Cathedral of St. Dionysius (the protector of the island), admire the beautiful panoramic from Bohali Hill, situated 1,5 km right above the town, shop (outside the range 12-17, when the shops are closed) or take meal at one of the Greek taverns and try also "frigania", a delicious local dessert.

6. Keri Lighthouse

6 Best Places to Visit in Zakynthos, Greece
Keri Lighthouse - Photo by Anastasius on Unsplash

Keri is one of the few places that escaped the 1953 earthquake without massive destruction. An asphalt road climbs to the village, where you can stop to visit the old church. The road through Keri is steep and with one lane, so drive carefully.

After you check the traditional houses, you must head for Keri Lighthouse, where you can admire the beautiful panorama while also enjoying your food at the restaurant located 150 meters above the blue sea under the pine trees.

<![CDATA[The Best Safari Destinations in the World]]>https://visitplaces.net/world-best-safari-destinations/612e92a24148a25061033e52Wed, 01 Sep 2021 16:05:22 GMT

Some tourists want long vacations by the pool and hours spent in the sun with a cocktail in their hand. Others want to explore cities and destinations that attract through history and culture or some are eager to truly enjoy the landscapes, to see nature in all its beauty and wildness. If you fit into this last category, then a vacation with safaris and wildlife is what suits you.

Let's check today the most interesting places for safari!


Once you land at Kilimanjaro Airport you will know that you have entered another world. Here are our recommendations:

  • Tarangire National Park and Lake Manyara National Park are two areas where you can truly enjoy an African safari experience: you can see with your own eyes the Oryx and Gerenuk antelopes (particularly rare species), lions, leopards and pythons, a rich fauna and flora, countless rare animal species.
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area - a visit in Tanzania is incomplete if you miss out this area. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world and home to the densest known population of lions. Black rhinos, hippos, zebras, gas, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and leopards also have their habitat in the crater.
  • The Serengeti National Park is one of the most important ecosystems in Africa, with an amazing diversity of fauna and flora. Get ready to take as many photos as possible, because here you can spend a whole day with antelopes, buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles, lions, cheetahs, leopards, monkeys and different species of birds.
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If you have already seen photos of giraffes walking freely among tourists, you know that these images are taken in Kenya, the best place to go on a safari.

  • Nairobi - Your safari holiday should start with a city tour. Kenya's capital is comparable to New York when it comes to infrastructure, skyscrapers and nightlife, but it doesn't compare to anything else when it comes to the abundance of nature here. A trip to Nairobi should include visits to: Nairobi National Park, Giraffe Center, Karen Blixen Museum and Elephant Orphanage.
  • Maasai Mara - a safari in the Maasai Mara Nature Reserve will give you the opportunity to see and understand a complex, varied and surprising ecosystem. Maasai Mara is the birthplace of the Big Five: the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the rhino and the bison. In addition to these, you will see dozens of species of birds and cats.
  • You can also visit Maasai Mara in a relatively unconventional way: a balloon ride that will give you a completely different perspective on the wild expanse of the savannah and the four different forms of relief that make up the reservation.
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South Africa

The most developed and fascinating country on the African continent, South Africa is a perfect experience for all those who want to combine safari tourism with an understanding of the world's history.

  • The Cape Peninsula is an area with exclusive neighbourhoods and beaches, landscapes and natural areas entered in the UNESCO patrimony, an oasis of greenery. A trip here will give you the opportunity to see Boulders Beach with its famous penguin colony, Simon's Town, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, Hout Bay, Sailor's Pier and Cape Point.
  • Gondwana Reserve - here you can see and take many photos of antelopes, zebras, giraffes, elephants, the great carnivores of Africa, ostrich farms, dozens of species of birds, local fauna and flora. The safari should also includes a ferry trip to Knysna Lagoon, as well as entering the depths of Africa's wilderness with 4 × 4 vehicles.
  • Johannesburg is a city steeped in history, well known for the Apartheid Museum, but also because it is home to the Cradle of Mankind (a UNESCO World Heritage site that contains humanoid fossils and a set of caves, where the first human remains have been discovered).
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Costa Rica

Costa Rica mixes the tropical jungle with exotic beaches in a landscape of beauty that can not leave you indifferent.

  • San Ramon - a safari in Costa Rica starts here: 890 species of birds to see and photograph and countless living adventures. Walk on the suspended walkways of San Luis, to admire the wildlife or the zip line descent in the Rio Cataratas area. For those who need a little adrenaline, the San Luis Canopy Tour will allow you to experience the so-called "elevator", with the help of which you will be able to rise above the forest and you will be able to admire the spectacular landscape.
  • Arenal - Caro Negro - Manuel Antonio - the beauty of the region will accompany you at every step in your safari adventure that starts from Arenal Volcano , a true monument of nature. Take a tour of the Cano Negro Protected Natural Area and enjoy many species of plants and animals (some of which are very rare), such as Quetzal birds, capuchin monkeys, caimans, turtles, sloths or basilisks). In Manuel Antonio National Park, however, you will live a truly unique experience: you will reach the jungle by walking a distance of only a few steps from the beach you will pamper yourself.
  • Osa Peninsula - you can not leave Costa Rica without participating in a tour of this peninsula, a tourist experience that attracts thousands of tourists annually. Take a trip in the heart of the jungle, to the area of ​​El Remanso Canyon. If you want to have an extreme adventure, you can descend by rappel from the canyon through four spectacular waterfalls. With over 400 species of birds and a multitude of exotic animals and plants, the Osa Peninsula is vast and challenging, so it will be difficult for you to choose between a tour of the waterfalls, one of herbs and medicinal plants or one that includes observing the most rare species of birds in the area.
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The Best Safari Destinations in the World
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<![CDATA[10 Best Places to Visit in Egypt]]>https://visitplaces.net/best-places-to-visit-in-egypt/610c2407a078f7c7cd6e9b71Fri, 06 Aug 2021 06:36:13 GMT

The world of ancient Egypt gave birth to a sparkling spiritual culture - admired by both the ancient Greeks and the Romans with the same amazement and emotion that millions of tourists feel today in front of temples, pyramids or obelisks erected by pharaohs.

To make it easier for you to create your travel itinerary when you plan to visit Egypt, we made you a list of the best 10 places to visit in this beautiful country:


Being among the grandest structures ever built, the Pyramids are perhaps the most powerful and fascinating symbols of the civilization of ancient Egypt.

The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the 7 Wonders of Antiquity and also the only one that remains intact to this day. It was built as a tomb for an Egyptian pharaoh over a period of 20 years, being completed in 2.560 BC.

It is estimated that the pyramid consists of approximately 2.3 million limestone blocks that were transported from nearby mines. At first, the pyramid measured 146 meters, being the largest man-made structure for more than 3.800 years.

Most Egyptologists believe that the Sphinx dates from the reign of Pharaoh Menkaure (2532-2503 BC, the 3rd ruler buried on the plateau of Giza, after Khufu and Khafre) and that the facial features of the huge statue would reproduce those of to the pharaoh.

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Luxor is one of the oldest cities of all time. It is located in southern Egypt and has a third of the world's monuments.

Luxor was the ancient city of Thebes, the great capital of Egypt during our reign, and the glories of the city to the god Amon-Ra. Thebes was also known as "the city of a hundred gates".

The city was divided into two main areas on both banks of the Nile: the West Bank and the East Bank. From the east bank, you will find, among others, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, museums, train station, hotels and restaurants.

Most of the ancient sights are located in the western part of the Nile (West Bank Luxor). The most important of these are: the Valley of Kings and Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Temple of Medinet Habu, the Temple of Ramesseum, the Colossi of Memnon and Malkata.

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Abu Simbel

The archaeological complex of Abu Simbel has as its main components the two temples built during the reign of Ramses II in the thirteenth century BC, commemorating the famous battle of Kadesh and to intimidate the Nubian rivals of the pharaoh.

The peculiarity of the temples consists in the fact that they are carved directly in stone, being an impressive work through its monumentality and originality. The temples stand out through the two huge statues of Ramses and his wife guarding the facades of the temples.

Like many monuments of Ancient Egypt, in order not to be flooded by the waters of Lake Nasser, the temples were completely relocated in 1960. Abu Simbel is a top tourist destination in Egypt.

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Wadi es-Sebua

The temple at Wadi es-Sebua was built by Setau, Viceroy of the Kush Province of Nubia in honor of Ramses II. The temple was dedicated to the gods Amun and Ra, the main facade having monumental stairs and an alley guarded by sphinxes.

The temple has three inner courtyards and a sanctuary, inside bas-reliefs of great finesse and the construction was erected on circular pillars. In translation, Wadi el-Seboua means the Valley of the Lions, the name referring to the creatures with the body of a lion and the head of a man, frequently found in front of the temples in this area.

After the construction of the Aswan Dam and the appearance of Lake Nasser, the temple was moved to avoid to be flooded, its original location being 2 km to the east.


Formerly a fishing village, Hurghada has become since 1980 due to tourists and spa center established here, a top tourist landmark in Egypt. The beaches of the Red Sea and the multiple hotels and facilities attract many tourists, especially from Europe.

The area near the resort is a desert region where safari excursions are organized with visits to Bedouin settlements. An international airport has been built to facilitate access near the city. North of Hurghada is the Suez Bay Oil Management Center.

Hurghada presents itself as a string of hotels with oriental architecture, lined along the coast of the Red Sea. The El-Guna settlement located on the shore of a lagoon was built exclusively for tourist purposes; there are also such lagoons on a length of about 22 km.

Hurghada is known for its always warm, pleasant weather, for water sports activities, but also for its intense nightlife.

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The second longest river in the world after the Amazon, the Nile reaches a remarkable size of 6.690 km. With an area of ​​24.000 km2, its delta is home to 85% of Egypt's population.

One of the most controversial geographical issues that led to many legendary expeditions was the location of its spring sources, some of which are found in the states of Burundi and Rwanda.

The presence of the Nile has led to the impressive development of Ancient Egypt and its culture, but it still greatly influences the state's economy today. Although they lived in the desert, the ancient Egyptians were among the first groups of people to practice large-scale agriculture by developing ingenious irrigation basins.


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The city of Aswan is located in southern Egypt on the east bank of the Nile and is the administrative capital of the province of the same name, a lively shopping center and important tourist center.

The city rises on the site of the old border town of Swenet which marks the southernmost area of ​​ancient Egypt, being built on a peninsula formed by the meanders of the Nile. In modern times the city has expanded and includes the previously separated community on Elephantine Island.

For centuries the Aswan waterfall has been the border between ancient Egypt and the neighbouring country, Nubia. Today a large number of Aswan and neighbouring villages are of Nubian origin and differ from other Egyptians in taller stature and darker skin color.

One of the most peaceful places in Egypt, Aswan impresses not only with the beauty of the Nile, but also with the small islands, the sites from the time of the pharaohs and the lively market.

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Nasser Lake

The construction of the dam on the Nile gave rise to a reservoir - Lake Nasser, a huge water reservoir that stretches about 83% in Egypt and the rest being in Sudan.

The construction of the dam was carried out between 1958-1970 following the project launched by the President Gamal Abdel Nasser of Egypt, in whose honour the name of the lake was given. The lake covers an area of ​​5.250 km2, has a storage capacity of 157 km3 of water and has dimensions of 550 km long and 35 km wide.

The accumulation lake and the Aswan dam meant the development of over one million hectares of agricultural land and the obtaining of 10 billion kWh/year.

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Sharm El Sheikh

Also known as the City of Peace, due to the frequent international peace conferences in the Middle East that have taken place here, Sharm El Sheikh (Gulf of Sheikh) is known as an attractive center of Egyptian tourism.

Sharm El Sheikh is also the administrative center of South Sinai Governorate and includes even the smaller cities of Dahab and Nuweiba. The former fishing village is located on a promontory overlooking the Tiran Strait, which gives it a strategic importance of first rank, being used as a naval base by the Egyptian navy.

The area was under Israeli control for a long time after the Suez Crisis and until 1982, when after the Peace Treaty between the two states it returned under Egyptian administration.

The economic development of the area began during the Israeli occupation. The state of Israel built the city of Ofira, overlooking the Gulf of Sharm El-Maya and the Nesima area, opened the first tourist units in the Naama Bay area that included hotel accommodation units, diving clubs, a promenade and the Naama Bay Hotel. Ras Nasrani, opposite Tiran Island, is now a diving area.

After the Sinai Peninsula was returned to Egypt in 1982, the Egyptian government encouraged the development of the city and the area. Foreign investors - some of whom discovered the town's potential during the Israeli occupation - have contributed to a number of projects. Environmental zoning legislation currently limits the height of Sharm El Sheikh buildings to avoid obscuring views of the area's landscapes.

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The capital of Egypt - Cairo holds the supremacy of the largest city in the Arab world, the largest city in Africa, one of the cities with the highest density of cities in the world and obviously the largest city in Egypt.

Due to the numerous mosques and the Arabic architectural style, Cairo is also called the city of a thousand minarets. The city is located in northern Egypt (the area called Lower Egypt) 165 km south of the Mediterranean Sea and 120 km west of the Gulf of Suez and the Suez Canal.

Its historical dating as a city is placed before the 10th century, the land on which the city was built being the site of an ancient town whose remains are visible today in some parts of the city called Old Cairo.

Since ancient Egypt, the area where Cairo and Memphis are located have been centres of strategic, economic and cultural interest. The city stretches along the Nile River to whose existence it is linked from its beginnings to the lower regions of the Nile Delta.

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<![CDATA[5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece]]>https://visitplaces.net/5-best-places-to-visit-rhodes/60e9d7ea7f72500a02970002Sun, 11 Jul 2021 20:06:13 GMT

Rhodes, the fourth largest island in Greece, is full of beautiful beaches, lush forests, places full of history and extremely interesting sights. With 300 days of sunshine a year and the home of the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world, this vibrant island off the west coast of Turkey is a place that will impress you immensely and will captivate you with its landscapes.

To make it easier for you to create your travel itinerary when you plan to visit the island of Rhodes, we offer you a list of the best 5 places to visit in this land:

The medieval city of Rhodes

The medieval city of Rhodes is the oldest inhabited medieval city in Europe. It has several gates that remained standing from that period, the most important being the Eleftheria (Freedom) Gate , which will open the way to Plateia Simi (Simi Square), where are the ruins of the Temple of Venus dating from the third century.

The medieval city of Rhodes offers its visitors a lot of ways to spend time. But the most beautiful way is simply to wander the approximately 200 charming alleys around the main street.

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5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece
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Anthony Quinn Bay

One of the most beautiful parts of this island is, without a doubt, Anthony Quinn Bay, where you will find beautiful turquoise waters and a narrow beach. Formerly known as Vagies, the beach was the place where some important scenes from the film production The Guns of Navarone were filmed around 1960.

The name of the beach changed right after the filming ended, being given its new name after the famous actor who played the role of Colonel Andrea Stavros, Anthony Quinn.

The beach is only 15 km from the island's capital and stretches around a charming little bay with extremely clear turquoise waters and is considered one of the best places for snorkelling in Rhodes, with an impressive underwater life, especially cliffs, multicoloured corals of a beauty hard to match.

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5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece
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Lindos Acropolis

Built on a rock, Lindos Acropolis is the star of the famous medieval village of Lindos. Its most important points are on the second level of the Acropolis, where you will see the Temple of Athena Lindia and a bridge dominated by 20 columns.

The old archeological site has magnificent views over the port of Lindos and the surrounding coast, and the contrast of the ancient ruins with nature is amazing!

To reach the Acropolis, follow the road to the hill. The medieval walls are the first ruins you will encounter, following the fortifications built by the Crusaders (at the beginning of the 14th century).

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Seven Springs (Epta Piges)

The smell of pine with every breath, the rustic bridges and the soothing images of the springs are the reason why this place located 30 km from the city of Rhodes is a must-see when you arrive on this island.

If you are a more adventurous spirit, wander the paths of the valley to find the source of each of the seven springs. Most visitors choose to go through the dark tunnel 186 meters long, but it is not recommended for claustrophobes.

5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece
5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece

Tsambika Monastery

The small Byzantine church dedicated to the Virgin Mary is located on top of a hill with impressive views of the surrounding coast. The road to the monastery is almost the same as the one that leads to Tsambika beach, stopping a few meters from the beach, from where it continues through the hill.

According to the legend, any woman who has fertility problems should go barefoot to the monastery, pray to the Virgin and will certainly be blessed with children.

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5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece
5 Best Places to Visit in Rhodes, Greece
<![CDATA[7-day in Madeira - A Week of Ultimate Adventure Itinerary]]>https://visitplaces.net/madeira-7-day-adventure-itinerary/60c9e1cbbd220b03800d511cSun, 20 Jun 2021 17:40:38 GMT

Discover the fascinating Madeira in an adventure itinerary, by enjoying hikes, walking along Levada, making incursions with jeeps in the most iconic places of this island and relaxing evenings in the chic city of Funchal. You will be able to encounter venturesome experiences and capture the most breathtaking shots.

Day 1: Hike to Ponta De São Lourenço

Go trekking to Ponta De São Lourenço, where on the route you will notice unique rock formations, the result of the island volcanic origin. The route is a little over 3 km and will take about 1h 30min. At the end of the hike, at Cais do Sardinha, you will be able to swim (don't forget your swimsuit!) or simply relax in this amazing place! Check out here a tour guide from GetYourGuide !

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Ponta De São Lourenço
7-day in Madeira - A Week of Ultimate Adventure Itinerary
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Day 2: Trekking Levada Rabacal

For the this day, explore the Laurisilva forest in the Rabacal area. Laurisilva Forest is one of the most important forests in the world and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. In this area you will be surrounded by plants, trees, birds and wonderful lakes and waterfalls.

After the walk you can try a local restaurant situated in this beautiful forest. You can also opt for a guided tour here.

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Waterfall in Madeira, Rabacal, Madeira, Portugal - Photo by Reiseuhu on Unsplash

Day 3: Trekking Levada Vereda do Larano

The Vereda do Larano is one of the most beautiful places on the island of Madeira. You will walk along the ridges, very close to the sea, and you will enjoy superb views over Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto da Cruz and Penha D’Aguia cliff. The hike is quite demanding, but the views will be worth the effort!

Day 4: Visit the west side of Madeira

Leave Funchal to the west, along the coast, to the small fishing village of Camara de Lobos, where you can make a stop at Pico da Torre. You can continue the route to Ribeira Brava, then you will climb to the Sierra de Agua to Encumeada, from where, in sunny weather, you can admire both the northern and southern coasts of the island.

Arrive in Sao Vicente where you can admire the laurel forest, part of the UNESCO Heritage. Surrounded by these unique landscapes is Quinta do Barbusano where red, rose but especially white wine is produced. You can pay a visit here and you will enjoy wine accompanied by local cheeses and sauces.

Check out the tour we propose here.

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Day 5 - Visit the east side of Madeira

Leave for Camacha, the centre of the wicker industry and the cradle of Madeira folklore. Arriving in Poiso, you can take a tour to Pico de Areeiro, the third highest point of the island. From Poiso you can head to Ribeiro Frio, crossing beautiful primitive laurel forests.

Continue the road to Santana. Here, the triangular houses, with thatched roofs and wonderful gardens, make up one of the most emblematic views of Madeira.

You can choose for an organised tour here.

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Day 6 - Dolphin and whale watching tour

Set off by catamaran on a dolphin and whale watching tour of the Atlantic Ocean. During this expedition, the team of marine biologists on board the boat will explain to you certain types of behaviours of the animals that live in these waters. During these trips you will stop near the famous Cabo Girao point, for a cool swim in the ocean.

Here you can find a dolphin watching tour from Funchal!

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Day 7 - Spend time at the beach or nearby cities

For the last day, you can relax and spend your time at the beach or you can choose from the many optional tours or pay a visit to nearby cities (Santana, Porto Moniz, Sao Vicente, Santa Cruz etc.). In the evening you can opt for a traditional style dinner, besides which you will enjoy a show of local folk dances.

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7-day in Madeira - A Week of Ultimate Adventure Itinerary
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<![CDATA[Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions]]>https://visitplaces.net/bucharests-old-town-top-10-attractions/60bcf484179bee098e62b0feWed, 09 Jun 2021 18:07:12 GMT

One of the most important attractions in Bucharest is certainly the Old Town. Here are some of the most fascinating and important buildings in the city, but also restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs, places of relaxation, entertainment, shopping, places of culture and art.

All this top 10 attractions can be discovered on foot, in a couple of hours of romantic walk through historical Bucharest, let's check them all!

1. Macca-Villacrosse Passage

Covered mostly with yellowish glass, Macca-Villacrosse is probably the most elegant passage in Bucharest. Built in the shape of an elongated horseshoe, it consists of two branches that start from Calea Victoriei and that join near the exit of Eugeniu Carada Street.

The main purpose of the passage was to create commercial spaces on the ground floor and at the same time to connect the National Bank, located on Lipscani, with the other important artery of the city, Calea Victoriei. Between years 1960-1980, Macca-Villacrosse was also called the Jewel Passage.

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2. CEC Palace

Located on Calea Victoriei, the CEC Palace is one of the most beautiful buildings in French Baroque style, and also an emblematic building of the capital. The building known as the Palaca of the House of Savings and Consignments was built between 1896 and 1900, according to the plans of the French architect Paul Gottereau, and located on the site of the former monastery of St. John the Great.

It was built mostly with Romanian materials: solid stone and Dobrogea marble. Of the five domes, four are symmetrical, and the middle one, made of glass, covers the central hall. The counters operated in the palace for almost a hundred years - from 1900 to 1999.

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3. Stavropoleos Monastery

Built in Brancoveanu style and dedicated to the Archangels Michael and Gabriel, the Stravopoleos Church is distinguished by its shape and colors still alive. The name is the Romanian form of the Greek word Stauropolis (City of the Cross).

It was built in 1724 by Archimandrite Ioanichie Stratonikeas. From the inn revenues, he built a church and a monastery in the same courtyard. As was the case at the time, some of the local proceeds went to support the place of worship. Elected in 1726 metropolitan of Stavropole and exarch of Caria, Ioanichie named his foundation in Bucharest - Stavropoleos.

Of the old ensemble, only the church remains, the rest of the buildings being demolished. A newer body, dating from the early twentieth century, still houses a library, a conference room, a collection of old icons and objects of worship. Fragments of frescoes from churches demolished during the communist regime were saved and brought here.

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4. Romanian National Bank (BNR)

After the establishment of the National Bank of Romania, the institution needed its own headquarters. Thus, the land on which the Şerban Vodă inn was located, the main inn of the city, was purchased, due to its size, which was demolished to make way for the old BNR palace.

In 1882, the project of the French architects Albert Galleron and Cassien Bernard was approved, in which the facade was on Lipscani Street, being rejected the one that provided a facade on Smârdan Street. The deadline, year of 1889, also inscribed on the façade with Roman numerals, was much exceeded, especially due to the works inside. It is an eclectic style building, richly decorated on the outside with statues and columns, and on the inside with paintings by G. D. Mirea, Nicolae Grigorescu etc.

On Lipscani Street there is not only the BNR Museum, but also the foundations of the royal construction of Şerban Cantacuzino, covered with large glass panels, in front of and even under the facade of the old building of the National Bank.

Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions
Romanian National Bank (BNR)

5. National Museum of Romanian History

The lion-headed building in Calea Victoriei was originally the headquarters of the Central Post Office, built between 1894 and 1900. The project was made according to the plans of the architect Alexandru Săvulescu. He visited post offices in several European countries, and the one that is said to have inspired him the most was the one in Geneva.

In 1968 the building became the Museum of National History of Romania. It hosts over 3000 exhibits of metals and precious stones, gold and silver treasures discovered in Romania and dating back to ancient times - coins, weapons, harness, etc. Among the most important pieces are the treasures discovered at Pietroasa and Apahida, cult objects and jewels of the rulers, as well as the royal crowns worn by Carol I and Ferdinand I or the Queens Elisabeta and Maria.

The lapidary houses at the lower level the natural scale copy of Trajan's column from Rome, and at the upper level - pieces of marble, limestone or sandstone, dating from the Greco-Roman period, the late Roman era and the Romanian Middle Ages.

Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions
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6. Old Princely Court (The Old Court Museum)

The oldest historical testimonies in Bucharest are kept in the Old Court Museum. The history of the royal residence is linked to the names of important rulers: Mircea the Old, who in the opinion of researchers is the founder of a first fortress with brick walls at the end of the 14th century, and Vlad Tepes, who consolidated the fortress and raised it to the rank of royal residence , in parallel with the one in Târgovişte.

Other voivodes - from Matei Basarab to Constantin Brâncoveanu - also rebuilt and expanded the courtyard, the main building, the guards, the watchtower and the bathrooms. During the latter, the palace experienced its greatest flourishing, occupying 25.000 square meters next to the gardens. In 1775 it was abandoned, Alexandru Vodă Ipsilanti moving his residence to Curtea Nouă, new streets and neighborhoods being built on the old perimeter.

Only in 1967 did the archaeological excavations led by Panait I. Panait and Aristide Ştefănescu begin. It was one of the largest archaeological investigations in Bucharest: streets were uncovered, houses were demolished, numerous excavations and consolidation, completion and restoration works were carried out.

The museum was arranged until 1974 and preserves fragments of walls from the reign of Vlad the Impaler, along with the foundations of the first residence from the 14th century.

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The Old Court Museum - Photo © Sorin Tudorică

7. Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche)

The oldest church preserved in Bucharest, founded by Mircea Ciobanul during his first reign, between 1545 and 1554, is the Old Court Church, dedicated to the Annunciation and St. Anton. The Serbian-style trefoil building was influenced by the church of the Cozia monastery. On the other hand, for the first time in Wallachia, the buttress with a constructive role, of Moldovan influence, was used.

The place of worship of the royal court hosted for two centuries (XVI - XVII) the main religious events, from services to the coronations of the rulers of Wallachia. The church was built on the site of an older one, built of wood. The most important transformations of the place were made during the reign of Ştefan Cantacuzino. The beautiful stone-carved portal also dates from that time.

The church underwent several stages of restoration: in 1847 it was affected by the Great Fire (the fire that destroyed a quarter of Bucharest), but within five years it was renovated, taking over the patron saint of the neighboring church. The original architecture was restored following general restorations undertaken between 1928 and 1938.

Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions
Old Court Church (Biserica Curtea Veche) - Photo © VisitPlaces.net

8. Manuc Inn

One of the few inns that has been preserved in its original form in Bucharest is Manuc's Inn, located across the Old Court Church, in St. Anton Square. Emanuel Mârzaian, as Manuc was actually called, was born in Rusciuc, in 1769. The rich Armenian merchant came from a family with origins in the village of Karpi, Ararat region, he spoke no less than 12 languages, and his intelligence and ability they helped amass a fabulous fortune. Manuc Bei settled in Bucharest in 1806, due to the Russo-Turkish war, and soon the construction of the inn began.

The architecture of the building was innovative, differing from the old inns-fortresses especially by the beautiful porches supported by wooden pillars, which are supported by equally beautiful arches that guard the inner courtyard and are spread along the entire length of the walls.

In the basement there were 15 vaulted cellars, on the ground floor there were 23 shops, two large halls, 10 warehouses, to which were added the servants' rooms, the kitchens and a tunnel that could hold about 500 people. Upstairs were 107 rooms, most of which were reserved for guests. In the inner courtyard there is a café and a garden with an artesian well.

9. Pedestrian streets with cafes and restaurants

From The Old Court Church, go to Smardan Street, where a view reminiscent of Little Paris awaits you: dozens of cafes with flowered terraces and a teaspoonful of teaspoons chewing in cups, restaurants waiting for their guests to cool their breath with a pint of beer and to satisfy their hunger with unsafe dishes, shops with nothing or souvenirs only good to turn into memories.

All the winding streets of the historic centre (Lipscani, Gabroveni, Blanari, Covaci, Doamnei Streets) will show you another Bucharest, something between old and new that you will immediately fall in love with: old buildings (mostly renovated), modern cafes (where not you will lack wireless internet) and people of all kinds. The Old Town is definitely an area of ​​contrasts, with a special charm.

Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions
Photo by Adrian Dascal on Unsplash

10. Caru' cu Bere Restaurant

Opened by the Transylvanian Ion Căbăşanu in 1879, Caru’ cu Bere is one of the oldest breweries in the Capital. The name, it is said, comes from the horse-drawn carts with which the beer kegs were brought. Two of his nephews (Ion and Gheorghe Mircea) followed him in Bucharest as disciples in the place then located on Calea Victoriei, but the third brother - Nicolae Mircea - was the one who made the famous Caru 'cu bere restaurant, opened in 1899 on its current location.

He built the construction in Stavropoleos Street, in Gothic style, according to the plans of the Polish architect Zigfrid Kofczincky.

The fame of the brewery has increased due to its culinary preparations. The house specialties were horseradish sausages, beef salad and frankfurters, and black radish and olives were offered free of charge. Old wines and famous "little ones" (mititei) were served, and the beer was brought by Ghita the cellarman, directly from the barrel, without acid.

Bucharest Old Town: Discover 10 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions
Photo: carucubere.ro

<![CDATA[Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands]]>https://visitplaces.net/greece-is-open-for-vaccinated-travelers-visit-the-best-islands/60b7a9e7179bee098e62b039Thu, 03 Jun 2021 13:02:45 GMT

Greece has announced that they’ve opened up to vaccinated travellers, no need of presenting negative results of a PCR test, allowing to enter citizens and residents of the European Union and Schengen nations, as well as citizens of several other countries, including Canada and the United States.

Greece is a country that attracts millions of tourists from all over the world, being the destination that never disappoints, regardless of everyone's claims. So, if you have finally decided that you will arrive in Greece this summer, how do you decide  on what island to explore?

Greece has over 2000 islands, one more beautiful than the other, so to make your decision easier, we present you a list of the 5 most beautiful islands in this country.


It is a beautiful island, which attracts the eye through the immaculate white of the buildings and the perfect combination of sea and rocks. Also known as Thera or Thira, the island of Santorini is located in the Aegean Sea and is formed by a volcanic eruption that took place in the 15th century BC.

It does not have a very large area, measuring 73 square km, but it is an island with an intense tourist activity. The capital Fira is special because it is located on the edge of the crater formed by the volcano and is built only of immaculate white buildings, with narrow streets, full of traditional taverns.

Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Santorini Sunset - Photo by joel protasio on Unsplash
Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Santorini Sea View - Image by Didiwo from Pixabay


Lefkada is one of the most famous islands in Greece and is located in the Ionian Sea, very close to mainland Greece. Its authentic villages built in the mountains and the white beaches with fine sand and crystal clear water will captivate you irretrievably.

Here you should not miss the famous taverns in the port of Lygia, Vassiliki Beach which is a real paradise for surf lovers or Porto Katsiki beach. Porto Katsiki beach is famous for its wild landscape and is one of the top 10 beaches in Greece.

Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Porto Katsiki, Lefkada - Photo by Joris Beugels on Unsplash
Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Lefkada - Photo by Sophie Dale on Unsplash


Zakynthos has a rich history, which blends perfectly with the legends of the place. Preferred by the gods Artemis and Apollo, the island was discovered by Dardanos, king of Troy. Its name comes from Zakynthos, son of Dardanos.

It is an island appreciated by all tourists, because it has really special landscapes, a mild climate and a water with a stunning colour. Many consider Zakynthos to be the most beautiful island in Greece and this is justified by the wonderful landscapes it offers. Those in love with nature will spend the most special moments of their lives here.

A great attraction of this island is the fact that it was rules in turn by Macedonians, Romanians, British, Venetians, French, Italians and Turks, which brings together a lot of cultures and forms a unique identity.

Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Zakynthos - Photo by Katya Shkiper on Unsplash
Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Zakynthos - Photo by Julian Timmerman on Unsplash


By far the most famous island in Greece, and this is due to its size and historical richness, Crete is the largest island in Greece and the 5th in Europe. This is a perfect destination for any tourist, regardless of the budget he has, because on the surface of 8400 square km, you can find absolutely everything you could want, from wonderful landscapes to a perfect nightlife for young people.

The island marks the border between Europe and Africa, but even though it is on the edge of Europe, it manages to concentrate most of the Greek essences. So, if you want to know Greece in depth, Crete is a perfect destination, which offers both cultural objectives and the opportunity to have fun or spend time on an exotic beach.

Crete is a place where you can't get bored even if you have a stay that lasts all summer.

Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Crete - Photo by Dawid Zawiła on Unsplash
Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Crete Tavern - Image by Albrecht Fietz from Pixabay


Corfu proudly bears the name of "Emerald Island of Greece" in the Ionian Sea. Every year, Corfu attracts 1 million tourists and the reasons are very obvious. Corfu Island manages to amaze any visitor, no matter how pretentious it is, being the destination of all social categories and all age categories.

Located 32 km away from the coast of Greece, Corfu is the owner of wonderful beaches, extremely attractive museums, lots of fun and a rich history.

Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Corfu - Image by darkeyed from Pixabay
Greece is Open for Vaccinated Travellers - Visit the Most Beautiful Islands
Corfu - Image by arshopenby from Pixabay
<![CDATA[4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021]]>https://visitplaces.net/best-european-destinations-travel-summer-2021/60b6583a179bee098e62af4cTue, 01 Jun 2021 18:12:00 GMT

With the arrival of the warm season and the advancement of vaccination campaigns, the interest for holidays has increased exponentially, and the borders are reopening one by one, even in Europe, where until recently the situation was not very rosy.

So, in what European destinations are we traveling this summer and under what conditions?

1. Canary Islands or Balearic Islands, Spain

The second most popular tourist destination in the world, Spain, recently announced that it will restart tourism starting June 7. After months of fairly firm restrictions, all vaccinated people are welcome in the land of Gaudí, tapas and paella, naps and flamenco rhythms, regardless of the country of origin of tourists.

Spain will also receive visitors from outside the EU, from countries considered "low risk", such as the United Kingdom, the United States or China. Until June 7, however, tourists must present at the border / boarding to Spain a negative PCR test in order to enter the country, plus fill in a health form available at www.spth.gob.es .

Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Las Palmas or Fuerteventura on the one hand, or Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza or Formentera, on the other hand, are some of the most popular destinations in Spain. Because, regardless of the chosen place, the Latin spirit and the eternally relaxed atmosphere of the Spaniards make you dream with open eyes.

Whether you prefer colourful and historic towns, spectacular beaches or the gastronomy of the Canary Islands, or the nightlife, beaches hidden by an incredible turquoise or the green coast of the Balearic Islands, Spain is an incredibly cheerful country, where you can have an unforgettable vacation this summer of 2021.

4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
El Teide, Tenerife - Photo by Hert Niks on Unsplash
4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Es Vedra, Ibiza - Photo by @charlybron.pro on Unsplash

2. Sardinia, Italy

Since the start of the pandemic in Europe, everyone's attention has been focused on Italy, the country hit hard by the virus and the first state on the continent to enter a complete lockdown. Furthermore, the Italian authorities are quite cautious, the country being in an emergency state until at least July 31, and travel between regions is not necessarily encouraged.

However, Italy recently announced that it is giving up the 5-day mini-quarantine imposed on tourists in Europe and, as of May 16, those coming from the EU, can enter Italy without being mandatory the self-isolation if we present a negative PCR test at the border and fill in a location form, which can be accessed at: app.euplf.eu.

Thus, if you want to enjoy the "dolce far niente" style of the Italians this summer, my suggestion would be Sardinia, an extremely diverse island with beautiful sandy beaches, smooth entry into the water, mountains with rich vegetation and spectacular landscapes, a destination suitable for both a family holiday and one with a group of friends, whether you are fond of relaxing on the beach or trekking and boating trails.

Sardinia is said to be the "Caribbean of Europe", so if you haven't been to these places, maybe consider this destination for the summer of 2021.

4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Cala Gonone, Sardinia - Image by Alexander Fradellafra from Pixabay
4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Cala dei Gabbiani, Sardinia - Photo by Katie Kalmykova on Unsplash

3. Kefalonia, Greece

One of the revelations without a doubt is the island of Kefalonia, when you wake up in the morning and see that idyllic combination of mountain and sea, instantly a big smile appears on your face.

The southern half of the island has long beaches with fine golden sand, chic hotels and taverns, a kind of riviera for sun and beach lovers, while the northern part of the island has almost lush vegetation, a relaxing breeze, beaches with fine white pebbles and water in the most beautiful shades of turquoise.

To enter Greece, one of the following conditions must be met:

- Be vaccinated with both doses for at least 14 days  

- Present a negative PCR test  

- Have had COVID at least 2 months before, at most 9 months before arrival on Greek territory.

Also, at least 24 hours before entering Greece, complete a location form available at travel.gov.gr and don't forget that the measure of random testing with rapid test by the Greek authorities remains in force, at border crossing control points.

4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Kefalonia - Photo by George Hiles on Unsplash
4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Kefalonia - Photo by Ale Paraschiv on Unsplash

4. Madeira, Portugal

Portugal has, in my opinion, a special charm (and especially a special "kitchen"), the choice of the island of Madeira was quite natural.

You must explore the whole region, so you have to rent a car and enjoy the spectacle of nature in this corner of the world. Here, in one day, you can see the green hills around the capital Funchal, you can reach over 1800 meters altitude and you can admire the fantastic shapes created by the lava that fell into the ocean.

The culmination is in Porto Moniz, where a series of natural pools were formed in the lava meshes.

Besides the spectacular scenery and the nice people, once you arrive in Madeira be prepared for delicious food in large portions.  Expect to find seafood, fish and well-prepared meats in restaurants: from the sword and sea bream super well cooked and spiced, to the perfectly prepared octopus, beef skewers, espetada, bolo do caco, a kind of bread with sweet potatoes and all sorts of crazy things in it, such as cheese, fish, spices and even the indispensable cream cake (tart with egg cream and vanilla).

At least for the time being, you need a negative PCR test performed at most 72 hours before the flight to Portugal, the result being necessary when boarding the plane.

4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Madeira - Photo by Tim Roosjen on Unsplash
4 Best European Destinations Where We can Travel in Summer 2021
Ponta del Sol, Madeira - Image by Frank Nürnberger from Pixabay
<![CDATA[5 High Structures that Defy Gravity]]>https://visitplaces.net/high-buildings-that-defy-the-law/609e6db2179bee098e62ade2Thu, 27 May 2021 06:10:36 GMT

Architects often manage to surprise us with their bold projects, but some of them manage to take our breath away. Placed in an apparently precarious balance above the hills or suspended on pillars or with very narrow foundations, these buildings seem ready to collapse at the first gust of wind.

The Bailong Elevator

The Bailong Elevator, also known as the "Hundred Dragons Elevator", is located in China's Zhangjiajie National Park. It has an ascending trajectory of 326 meters, and once you reach the top, tourists have an amazing panorama of the Zhangjiajie Mountains.

The elevator was built on a rock and reaches the top in just 32 seconds, being the fastest passenger elevator in the world.

5 High Structures that Defy Gravity
The Bailong Elevator - source: localchengdutours.com

Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge

If you want to test your nerves and balance, Zhangjiajie National Park also has the longest glass bridge in the world. The bridge connects two mountain peaks and is 430 meters long.

The landscape is absolutely fabulous, but take your breath away are not the surroundings, but the fear of crossing the impressive bridge. To understand why, we recommend that you watch the video below:

Skylodge Adventure Suites

This place is not for those who have altitude sickness. Sky Lodge is a luxury hotel "hanging" on a rock in Peru's Sacred Valley.

The hotel has several rooms, each in the shape of a transparent capsule. Each capsule can accommodate 12 people and is made of aluminium and polycarbonate. During the day, you can look at the canyon below, and at night you can enjoy millions of stars above.

5 High Structures that Defy Gravity
Skylodge Peru - source: airbnb.com

56 Leonard Building

The 56-story Leonard Street skyscraper was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. It is so named because of the number of floors and because of the street where the ingenious construction is: Leonard Street, Tribeca region, New York City.

The building has a striking exterior design, for example the different ceiling heights on the lower floors and the nine upper floors are staggered one on top of the other, through which the floors stabilize each other. The glass walls makes admiring the lights of New York from up here after dark pure magic.

5 High Structures that Defy Gravity
56 Leonard Building - Photo by Rachael Ren on Unsplash

Louis Vuitton Foundation

A new museum of contemporary art, in which many millions of dollars have been invested, designed by the famous Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, has opened to the public, in Bois de Boulogne, the park in the west of Paris. Gehry's project for the Louis Vuitton Foundation has already been hailed as one of the most ingenious of his five-decade career.

Twelve curved glass panels, like the waving of sails wrapping their "sails" around the central structure of the building, give personality to this museum with 11 art galleries for the exhibition of works from the private collection of billionaire Bernard Arnault.

5 High Structures that Defy Gravity
Louis Vuitton Foundation - Photo by Louis Colbee on Unsplash

<![CDATA[Greece New Travel Conditions Starting May 14]]>https://visitplaces.net/travel-condition-greece-14-may/609e958f179bee098e62ae1fFri, 14 May 2021 16:44:20 GMT

On May 14, the summer season of 2021 in Greece officially opens. However, some restrictions remain in place. Check out below all the travel conditions and rules that you must follow in order to enter and stay in Greece starting from May 14:

Travel conditions in Greece valid from May 14:

  • All tourists are required to complete the online form (PLF) at least 24 hours before entering Greece
  • All persons, including children over the age of 5, are required to present the result of a negative RT-PCR test, not older than 72 hours. Vaccinated individuals are excluded if 14 days have passed since the last dose of vaccine.

From 14 May, the following rules apply throughout Greece:

  • Travel is free and written declarations or SMS announcements disappear.
  • Traffic is prohibited between 00.30 am - 05.00 am.
  • Wearing a mask is mandatory for all persons, including children aged 4 years or older, both indoors and outdoors. The only exceptions are cafes and restaurants, private cars (for members of the same family / people living together / first-degree relatives) and exercise.
  • The obligation to keep a distance of 1.5 meters is maintained.
  • Up to three people in total (driver + two passengers) are allowed in both private vehicles and taxis. There are exceptions for families with young children, for people in need of medical care and for teachers and students in rural areas.
  • Private boating and recreational fishing are allowed.
  • Nightclubs, theaters and cinemas remain closed.

Functional services in the summer season 2021

  • Currently, taverns, restaurants and cafes operate only outdoors, with no music. There is a maximum of 6 people who can sit at the same table.
  • All retail stores, malls, Supermarkets, bakeries, butchers, fish shops, other grocery stores, kiosks are open.
  • Street markets, zoos, nature reserves, archaeological sites, museums reopen from 14 May

Travel conditions in Greece to the islands, valid between 14 May and 30 June

  • Passengers over the age of 5 will have to take a test before traveling by ferry or plane and show them to the staff of the ferry or airline, as appropriate. Visitors can choose between a PCR test or a quick test.
  • Anyone who has been vaccinated (14 days or more before the trip) or has contacted COVID-19 (2 to 9 months before the trip) and can prove with documents this is exempt from the obligation to test.
  • Important!!! If you enter Greece and spend one or more days on the mainland and then go to the islands and if the test you presented at the entrance in the country expires, you will have to repeat the test. The exceptions are persons vaccinated or that already had COVID-19 as presented at the previous point.

At the time of writing, there is no information on testing when traveling between different islands. Please check this article again, which I will update with all the new information.

Source: https://media.gov.gr/enimerosi-ton-politikon-syntakton-kai-ton-antapokriton-ksenou-typou-13-5-2021/

<![CDATA[5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest]]>https://visitplaces.net/best-places-to-watch-the-sunset-in-bucharest/609adcd7179bee098e62ad4aFri, 14 May 2021 13:54:24 GMT

The sunset is magical and you can enjoy it in some of the most beautiful places in Bucharest. Below you will find some really special locations.

1. Linea/ Closer to the Moon

It is a restaurant on the rooftop of a building on Calea Victoriei. Located in the heart of the city, Linea / Closer to the Moon offers a great sunset view. In summer you can sit at the tastefully arranged tables, and in the cold season special igloos are installed, which offer comfort and do not disturb the view of the city. Linea is clearly a place to visit in Bucharest, considering that most public figures have at least one instagramable photo there.

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest
Linea/ Closer to the Moon Sunset View - source: zilesinopti.ro

2. King Mihai I Park

Known to residents as Herăstrău Park, it is perhaps the most visited place during the summer. The central attraction is the boats surrounding Herastrau Lake and offers an unforgettable sunset view. If you do not want a boat ride on the water, then you have almost 6 km of alleys around the lake. King Mihai I Park was built in 1936, on the shores of a lake that is part of the anthropic chain of the Colentina River. If you have not been there before, then you must hurry, because it is clearly one of the most special places to see in Bucharest.

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest
Herastrau Sunset View - Image by Cosmin Nedelcu from Pixabay

3. The Arch Of Triumph

The Arch Of Triumph is an emblematic monument for Bucharest, being the symbol of Romania's victory in the First World War, when all the territories occupied by the Romanians were united. It can be admired very well from the outside, but the really interesting part is the top. You can climb there to the top, and at sunset you can see a warm reddish view over the northern part of the Capital.

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest
Bucharest Arch of Triumph Sunset View

4. The Dâmbovița River

The Dâmbovița River flows through the Capital over a distance of 22 km. Along the banks of the Dâmbovița River there are many terraces and restaurants. At sunset, the orange-red color is reflected in the river water, and the view is truly magical. Therefore, Dâmbovița Quay is part of the perfect list of places to visit in the evening in Bucharest.

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest
Sunset on Dambovita River - photo: Alexandra Gogu

5. The island on the Morii Lake

Morii Lake is an artificial lake created by the communist authorities to prevent the spills of Dâmbovița river.
The area is animated at sunset, especially those from Crangasi neighborhood come here for jogging or riding a bicycle. Some of them are even fishing.

5 Best Places to Watch the Sunset in Bucharest
Sunset on Morii Lake - photo: Mihai Raducanu