Surely nowhere else on earth are there as many celebratory festivals as there are in Europe each year. For centuries local cultures have gathered to honor and celebrate everything from gaming competitions to religious holidays, to cultural traditions and even an abundance of beloved food items. The result is a kaleidoscope of festivals worthy of your participation.
Here’s a look at some of Europe’s most popular festival gatherings month by month:
The Ramblas: the changing face of Barcelona’s most famous street.
I remember the first time I walked down the Ramblas well. It was February 1998 and Barcelona’s most famous street was full of tourists and locals alike. There were silver-painted human statues, stock still until a coin clattered into their collection boxes, buskers of varying degrees of talent, and card tricksters keeping a keen eye out for the first sign of the law. Whether taking a stroll, people watching, or on their way elsewhere, the street was bustling with activity as people went about their business.
Mugs and Coffee Traditions vary all cross the world and make a fascinating study of our coffee drinking customs.
Everything gets better with coffee. It doesn’t ask questions, it understands, especially during mornings when we’re not even sure how to face the world. Coffee is that one thing that we have in common with the rest of the world. For coffee lovers out there, cups and mugs are the best travel souvenirs. These tokens represent a culture more uniquely and deeply than refrigerator magnets and key chains can ever do.
In this age where most everything is turning digital, DK Eyewitness Travel Guide Books are still your best travel companion for quick, well researched, destination information. DK Eyewitness Travel has just released their newly redesigned Top 10 Guides in a streamlined size that’s perfect for throwing in your backpack or travel bag. Any avid travelers knows that DK Eyewitness Travel guidebooks have always been well known for their succinct information coupled with lots of maps, photos and illustrations.
Unique Locations to Celebrate New Year’s Day (& What Not to Forget when you Go)
New Year’s Day is one of those celebrations you can enjoy the world over. No matter where you head you will see people ringing in the new year, celebrating the last 12 months and getting ready for the next 12 ahead of them. While there are many things in common with how people do this – fireworks, TV shows and a sense of community, there are a few places who know how to celebrate New Year like no other. If you’re looking to celebrate New Year’s Day like you’ve never celebrated before, here are five unique locations to put on your bucket list.
5 Top things to do on your Travels to Sevilla, Spain
Seville, or Sevilla as the locals know it, is the fourth largest city in Spain, located in Andalusia, the southernmost tip of Spain. Founded as the Roman city of Hispalis before being renamed to Ishbiliya during the Muslim conquest of the early 700’s, it’s safe to say that Seville is steeped in history. The Old Town is the third largest in Europe, containing no less than three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and its harbour is the only river port still in existence in Spain. If you’re a lover of history and culture, Seville has an enormous wealth of attractions it can offer you.
There’s a new trend on golf courses around the USA and it doesn’t come with high fees or expensive equipment. In fact, you probably have everything you’ll need to play FootGolf already at home. FootGolf is attracting attention as an ideal activity for families to get out in the sunshine and play together, and makes a great activity while on a family vacation. What is FootGolf, you ask? Take a soccer ball and strategically kick it around a beautiful 18 hole golf course into specially designed 21 inch cups cut into the rough of the course. Simple and fun!
Come Along to Discover Some of Spain’s Most Enchanting Hidden Gems – Great Alternatives To Over-Touristy Cities
When we think about touring countries, we often tend to think about capital cities and their most famous landmarks. But contrary to popular belief, there’s so much more to Spain than the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona and the Royal Palace in Madrid. This article will take you off the beaten track and around the corner to discover exciting new territory. Discover Spain’s most unspoilt and fascinating destinations.
Where To See The World’s Most Dramatic Cherry Blossom and Spring Tulip Festivals
This year more than most, everyone is desperate for a glimpse of spring to help them forget what a disgusting winter 2015 has been. All across the world cherry trees are in bud and ready to burst with pink perfusion to create lacy canapes dancing on spring breezes. Likewise, fat garden bulbs are sending their shoots toward the sunshine and soon gardens will sprout with spring tulips painting the landscape in impossibly bright colors. Oh yes, we need a dose of beautiful spring flowers right now! Here’s our master list of the best Cherry Blossom and Tulip Festivals across the globe.
8 Secret Getaway Spaces for Visiting Barcelona
Don’t be afraid to call yourself a tourist, it is not a bad word. There is nothing wrong with indulging yourself in the chaotically long queues to see the world’s most famous sights, in fact, you’ll regret it if you don’t. However, there will come a time when you will want to escape to find peace and quiet and more out of the way sites. Here I will share with you my 8 secret getaway spaces that kept me going during my time in Barcelona.
The nightlife in Madrid is never dull, it’s one of the world’s favorite cities for a great night on the town. Here’s a look at the top spots for memorable Madrid night life!
Madrid, the grand city of luxurious architecture, fine hotels and fancy restaurants has a lot to offer for tourists who want to play at night as well as during the day. There are places that literally never close and others that keep the party going until 2:30 a.m. Nightlife in Madrid can be characterized by a single phrase – “Mucha Marcha” which translates as “a lot of action”. Madrillenos explain it as there is too much see and to much to do, so sleeping is not an option.
Viator.com, the web’s most popular website for booking sightseeing tours around the globe has announced a great end-of-summer sale. Select sightseeing tour tickets in some of Europe’s most popular destinations can be booked at a discount during August and used throughout 2014.
Most translation guides will teach you how to say, “No Thank You”, when you REALLY want to say, “Beat It or Piss Off!” I’m thinking of the gypsy’s in Europe here… how many times do I need to say, “no thank you” to the guys trying to sell us a rose at dinner!!!
The new phrasebook translation guides published by Marco Polo have got you covered whether you want to be strictly correct, or express yourself in a more relaxed way.
What an unforgettable way to spend a few days in Spain! While spending three weeks touring the south of Spain, we were encouraged by friends to check out the city of Ronda in the province of Malaga. So we did.
Approaching the town, the landscape gave us no clues as to what was ahead. The terrain was rather plain and agriculture oriented, until we got to town. Once in town, history starts to come alive as the narrow cobble stone streets echo the voices from the past.
The vast majority of travel guides that crowd dusty shelves in books stores and personal libraries tell you where to find the best hotels, countless museums and endless architecturally significant churches, but they’re missing one of the most important reasons we travel – to discover where locals go to party!
Where To Party Around The World. The Matador Network, a community of young travel bloggers who tell it like it is, has just published the “ultimate guide to partying around the world”, with 101 Places To Get F*cked Up Before You Die.
There are two wonderful ways to experience the gastronomical side of Andalucía. You could head out for a night on the town and pop into a tapas bar to get a feel for the local food and the local people. You’ll find all kinds of things on the menu, ranging from grilled vegetables drizzled with olive oil to beautiful cuts of meat prepared with a variety of sauces such as mojo picón, salsa al whisky or even a la marinera. Here you can find a list of the top ten must-try tapas in Southern Spain.
Or the other most exquisite way to really get a taste of Andalucía is to take a cooking course while you’re there. Learn from a professional local chef just how to make those distinct Spanish flavors pop, how to let the flavors meld and how to make one of the most memorable and delicious meals of your life. There’s nothing more gratifying than learning to cook something delicious for yourself in another country and being able to take that memory home with you to have and share with others.
When traveling for business as well as for pleasure, the wide variety of foods that you can taste and enjoy is often one of the most exciting aspects of the entire trip. Regardless of where in the world you find yourself awaking or how tired you may feel, a hearty breakfast is a great way to start the day, lift your spirits and make you feel like a local.
Western-influenced breakfasts have crept their way onto menus around the world, but be adventurous and tempt your taste buds with the following hotel breakfasts from countries across the globe during your travels.
It makes perfect sense to me that the Canary Island of Tenerife has a reputation around the world as a must-visit location for diving enthusiasts. The volcanic nature of the island makes for some of the most interesting drifts and dives, and the location means a huge variety of wildlife to hope to catch a glimpse of. A natural consequence of Tenerife’s popularity with divers is its plethora of diving schools offering instruction to beginners and improvers, and who run regular organised trips to dive some lesser-known spots around the island – as well as the tourist favourites.
I strongly recommend doing your research when choosing who you book with:
The Douro Valley is a remarkable destination that you will definitely not soon forget. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and flows across Spain and Portugal, offering you the very best way to delve into the area’s tranquil beauty. It has everything you could possibly need from breathtaking natural landscapes, to wine production, and delicious local cuisine. Go and watch a show, relax in a hot spring- the region is full to the brim with exciting things to do and see. And because it has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there is a plethora of architectural wonders that are just waiting to be explored. Here are 7 things to enjoy on your Douro Valley experience:
Spain is more than just a holiday destination offering a sun kissed lifestyle for over 3.8 million expats. The city of Marbella on the southeastern coast of Spain is generally regarded as the crème-de-la-crème for vacation properties in Spain. Marbella is well known for its champagne lifestyle and indulgent quality of life. We have listed the best things to do in this area showing why it has remained a premium safe-haven for foreign investors.
Marbella is famed for its golf championships and beautifully manicured golf courses. There are over 50 golf courses on the coast to choose from all within a 30 minute drive from Marbella.