Wednesday, 14 February 2018

WHERE TO GO ON HOLIDAY THIS SUMMER

It is now February and everyone is well over witner, the cold wind and those gloomy days. It is fun and cosy in October. It is festive in December. But now the low temperatures and lack of sunshine is simply annoying - and we are all looking forward to the warmer months. 

And we are also dreaming of that summer holiday; whether that is with friends, family or on your own. 


I am most certainly not an expert in travelling, and I do have a lot of the world left to explore. Like, a lot.  But I have visitied quite a few places in Europe, some of which I was basically dragged to but ended up loving. There are so many incredible countries that are so different from each other, and they are only a few hours away by plane. 

I personally prefer sight-seeing holidays rather than beach holidays. Growing up surrounded by beautiful beaches in Spain set the bar very high - so unless you take me to Mauritius, I will not be impressed by some water and white sand. Sorry not sorry. 

So if you are looking for a nice beach holiday, this is probably not your post. If you love cities, museums, nature and architecture, keep reading. 

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

I went to Prague a few years ago with my family. I had absolutely no input in that decision and I thought Prague was going to be a boring city in the middle of Europe.

Oh boy, was I wrong! 

Prague is one of the most beautiful cities I have ever visited. Maybe it was the unexpected charm, or the majestic castles. Something about the city captured me. It is the perfect place to just walk around, get lost and enjoy some ice cream in a hot day.



During that holiday, I also discovered one of my favourtie foods ever: goulash. I cannot stress enough how absolutely delicious it is - if you are ever in the Czech Republic you have to try it (unless you don't eat meat...).

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos from that holiday on my laptop as that was before the Instagram era, where taking beautiful dreamy photos was not a priority. As always, though, Unsplash has saved the day with this beautiful stock photo. 

DUBROVNIK, CROATIA 

Again, I had no idea what to expect when I went to Dubrovnik. All I knew about it was that all my friends who loved Games of Thrones were dying to go. Now, I have only seen a few episodes of GoT in my life (I know, I know: shame on me) but when I stepped into Dubrovnik I literally felt like I was in the show.



I did not do art history or study architecture so I suck at accurately descirbing buildings, but the best way to describe is: GoT style buildings everywhere. It's like the whole city is a beautiful ruin (even though it is not actually ruins, they are actual houses.)

Okay, I get it, I do suck at descirbing cities but Google it - Dubrovnik is beautiful. 

We also got to swim near the Old Town which was so beautiful, the views from the sea were breathtaking and the water was so clear with so many colourful fishes!

ROME, ITALY

Italy in general is such an amazing country. I feel like most countries have one or two cities that stand out, and everything else is quite average. Itlay has Rome, Florence, Venice, Milan, and so much more. I could have a two month holiday in Italy and I would still find more places to visit. 

Rome is, however, my favourite one so far. To begin with, it is where the Lizzie McGuire movie was filmed so there is that. 



Jokes aside, it is truly a breath taking city. There is an incredible old building, fountain, etc. on every corner. It also has the best ice cream in the world and their pasta is to die for. I have to say, though, the pizza I have had in Italy has not lived up to the expectations. It is good but I  have had equally good pizza elsewhwere. 

One tip: do not go to Rome in July or August - the heat is unbearable. And that comes from someone who grew up in Spain. 

MALLORCA, SPAIN

Lads, lads, lads. 

Just kidding. Mallorca is the place to be in summer (lads can go back home though).

I was born and raised in that beautiful island and I can 100% say that no place is better during ther warmet months than Mallorca. Just make sure to avoid Magaluf, you would have to pay me to go there - it is honestly disturbingly disturbing. 


The rest of the island has crystal clear water, paradisiac beaches, incredible hiking routes, an equally beautiful cathedral, tasty food and lovely weather. If you do some research you can honestly find beaches that are so stunning that look fake (Google Cal√≥ des Moro). 

My only advice is to, again, avoid July and August unless you enjoy super busy places and being surrounded by sweaty-sun-cream-covered-yet-sunburnt tourists. It is not nice, trust me. 


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