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Top Things to Do in Málaga

Italy, Travel Blog - Ross French - November 15, 2018

Located in the south of Spain, the city of Málaga is known for its beaches, beautiful cityline and a unique history. A centre of the Moorish empire, Málaga is also where Picasso took his first steps. All this cultural phenomenon has established the city as a global destination, making thousands of tourists visit the place every year. The city is quite tourist friendly, you can hire a car at the airport and getting around is thus quite easy. Read on to know more about the top things to do in Málaga.

1. Hang out with the local flamenco artists at Kelipe

In case you are a fan of the flamenco culture and want to explore the beauty of South of Spain, head over to this beautiful centre of art Kelipe. A tight knit community of musicians and dancers perform here, which means the audiences are a mix of locals and tourists, all of whom are in love with the folklores and the Spanish guitar. The place is located quite close to the city centre, and the ambience inside is finely curated to enable the visitors to feel the grace and frailty of this artform at its best.

2. Witness the regality of the Moorish empire at Alcazaba

Perhaps the most iconic structure in the whole of Málaga, this beautiful castle is so grand that its walls can be seen from the city itself. Many people prefer to walk up to Alcazaba, which makes for a picturesque trek. Its proximity to the historic Roman amphitheatre adds to the whole trip. Imagine courtyards, fountains and acres of lush gardens – Alcazaba has it all and much more!

3. Visit the iconic Catedral de Málaga

Another iconic addition to the beautiful city of Málaga, this grand cathedral is famous for its incomplete project – one of the bell towers which was never finished – which is why it is in fact named La Manquita (One-Armed Lady). The chapels and the domes full with religious art of the time make this place a must-visit on your trip here. You can also visit the museum housing several African artefacts of that period inside the cathedral.

4. Enjoy the early works of Picasso himself

Among other things, Málaga is famous as the birthplace of the iconic artist Pablo Picasso. You can pay a visit to his childhood home, where his parents lived before and after he was born. The city also is home to Museo Picasso, a museum housing many early works of the painter, especially in his early twenties. The museum itself is present inside Buena Vista Palace and holds several exhibitions from time to time.

5. Taste the authentic Asian in the middle of Spain at Óleo

After spending a day roaming in the streets of Málaga, one definitely needs a treat to rejuvenate. Enjoy a filling and delicious meal at Oleo, which is a minimalist restaurant located inside the contemporary art museum of Málaga. You can enjoy everything from sushi, sake, duck breast to unusual mediterranean food. The drinks and food here are sure a welcome distinction from the traditional Spanish fare.

So, how about packing your bags to jetset to Malaga on your next vacation!

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TOP FOUR THINGS WHICH YOU MUST TRY OUT WHILE YOU ARE IN SICILY

Italy - Ross French - November 10, 2017

Located just off the southernmost coast of Italy, Sicily is the largest Mediterranean island full of history, culture and beautiful architecture. Famous among the travellers for its historic temples and monuments, Sicily is just the perfect place to spend your vacation on an Italian island. Along with all its cultural and historic attractions, Sicily is also blessed with natural beauty and breathtaking scenery. With its beautiful coastline and incredible landscape, Sicily is one such Italian destination which takes your breath away. Verdura resort in Sicily is one of the places where you can stay during your vacation in Sicily to indulge in the utmost luxury that this island has in store for you. There are a lot of attractions for you to see and things to do while you are on this island, and here are the top four things which you must try out while you spend your vacation.

Visit Palermo

Palermo is the regional capital of Sicily, which is an incredible historical and cultural destination all in itself. This place is situated at the crossroads of several important Mediterranean trade routes and has a lot of connections with the Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantine Greeks, Arabs, Normans and Spaniards. This long history has made this place into a multi-cultural historic place, which makes a trip to this place a must-do thing while you are in Sicily.

Take a trip to Mount Etna

Located in the Sicilian province of Catania, Mount Etna is the largest active volcano in Europe. You can easily rent a car or book a group tour to see this majestic natural attraction. After you reach the site, you will be able to go for a hike to some of the craters. However, if you truly want to go higher, then you have to take a cable car ride from the Rifugio Sapienza building. After getting off from the cable car, you can hike to an even higher safe viewing point. You can also take a tour in one of the tour trucks available at the drop off point.

Spend a relaxing day at San Vito lo Capo

San Vito lo Capo is arguably the most beautiful beach on the island of Sicily. The beautiful warm-coloured sand is lined by the looming limestone cliffs, which act as a breathtaking backdrop to the Sicilian shoreline. You can come here with your family or loved ones to have a beautiful, relaxing day by the sea. Grab some things to eat at the small eateries located by the beach. The famous annual Sicilian food festival, Cous Cous Fest is also held at this location.

Take a trip to the Valley of the Temples

This is another one of the must-see-sites located on the Sicily Island. The Valley of the Temples is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is not actually a valley. It is a ridge which is covered with seven temples which date back to 5th century BC. The different temples are dedicated to different deities, and this historic site comes to its true glory at night, when the moonlight bathe the temples into a site of breathtaking beauty.

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TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO IN PISA

Italy - Ross French - September 7, 2017

Pisa attractions

Located in the Tuscany region of Central Italy, the beautiful city of Pisa is famous for its iconic monument, the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, there’s much more to this beautiful city than just this world famous monument. You can enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, eat delicious food, enjoy the delectable local wine produced fresh in the Tuscany region and see the historic churches situated in the city. Very few tourists actually take time out to leave the touristy tower site. This leaves you a great chance to truly enjoy the local culture if you decide to explore the city. There are a lot of Pisa attractions in and around the city. Visiting them will truly give you an insight to the real Italy, waiting for you to explore. So the next time you travel to Europe , remember to check out these five must visit Pisa attractions. Continue Reading

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TOP THINGS TO DO IN FLORENCE

Italy - Ross French - September 6, 2017

holidays in Florence

The city of the lily, Florence, is the birthplace of Renaissance. This city changed the way we look at the world, and thus, it is a necessary recommendation in every Italy travel guides. Travelers from all over the world have been flocking over to Florence for centuries, to experience and get inspired from the phenomenal artworks and discoveries this city gave birth to. Visit this beautiful city in Italy’s Tuscany region for its museums and artworks. Along with the Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David and Brunelleschi’s dome-topped Duomo, you’ll also find the best gelato in Italy right here in Florence. Holidays to Florence are always full of fun and lively activities, and here are few of the top things to do during your holidays in Florence. Continue Reading

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Top 10 Things to do in Rome

Italy - Ross French - September 5, 2017

Attractions in Rome

Rome, the capital of Italy, needs no introduction. This historic city was the heart and soul of the Roman Empire. You’ll find a lot of historic monuments and buildings like the famous Colosseum, Pantheon, Forum and much more. Explore the Vatican and get awed by the grandeur of the Sistine Chapel. Enjoy romantic walks through the floodlit-fountain squares, and indulge in the charm of this beautiful city. There are so many attractions in Rome that you just have to come back again and again to this city. Spend your days relaxing in any of the Luxury hotels in Rome, do some shopping and sightseeing and you will have the perfect vacation. There is no best time to visit Rome, as no matter when you visit, you’ll have a plethora of things to do. Here are the top 10 things which you must do while you are in Rome. Continue Reading

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