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Viewing Pena Palace from the top of the Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal

Fairytale Sintra

Less than 30 km away from Lisbon, hidden in woodlands, you will find the fairytale town of Sintra, with its rainbow palaces, century-old castles, exotic gardens and breathtaking sceneries. Once a sanctuary of the Portuguese royalty, this region is nowadays a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most visited tourist attractions of Portugal. We visited Sintra as a day trip from Lisbon, but once we arrived there, we felt like a world apart from Portugal’s bustling capital city, as Sintra is an oasis of peace and greenness. As we knew there is a lot to see in Sintra, […]


Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, Portugal

Must-See Attractions of Lisbon (2)

After spending one day visiting the main attractions located farther away from Lisbon city center, you should dedicate the second day to exploring the important landmarks situated in the central neighborhoods of the city. Where should you start? That depends on the location of your accommodation or where you will find a good parking place for your car. As we were accommodated near Lisbon, we traveled to the city by car, parked in the parking lot of the Port of Lisbon and paid for an entire day just 8€. From there we could walk to all the places we planned […]


Overview over Lisbon with Ponte 25 Abril and Sanctuary of Christ the King in the background

Must-See Attractions of Lisbon (1) 1

While researching our trip to Lisbon, I realized that the capital of Portugal, although one of the oldest and prettiest cities in Europe, is underestimated. If Paris, Rome or London are always on top of travel rankings, Lisbon is not that popular and honestly, I find this unfair, as it is charming, full of historic spots, close to the ocean and the sunniest capital city of Europe. What else could you ask from a city? Short history The city built on seven hills is one of the oldest cities in the world (older than Rome) and has a very rich […]


Praia da Marinha in Algarve, Portugal

What you shouldn’t miss in Algarve

Algarve is one of the best known European summer destinations. The sandy golden beaches, long sunny season and crystal waters of the Atlantic Ocean attract millions of tourists every year. Yet, this Portuguese region is worth visiting, not just for sunbathing and swimming, but also for its scenic and spectacular landscapes. If you want to have an active holiday, but spend also a couple of days lying in the sun, this is the place for you. As you know by now, we don’t like to sunbath, so we don’t often choose to go to beach destinations. But Algarve is another […]


Sunset at Boca do Inferno in Cascais, Portugal

16 Places that will make you fall in love with Portugal 1

Imagine secluded beaches, wild sceneries, rainbow castles, medieval cathedrals and captivating cities, all together in one country. You would say this is a fairytale country, right? Well, this fairytale country exists on the Iberic Peninsula and is called Portugal. As this became one of my favorite places in Europe, I will try to show you in 16 pictures what makes it so special, so be prepared to fall in love with Portugal and put it on your travel list. Begin the journey in the south, on its picture-perfect beaches. Take a boat trip to the world famous Benagil Cave Finish […]


Valletta by day seen from Sliema

Malta – Good to Know Before You Go

Now you know what you shouldn’t miss when visiting Malta island, Gozo and Valletta, but I am sure you are also interested in some practical tips that will make your trip a lot easier to plan and enjoy. How to get to Malta So, let’s begin with how you can get there. There are two main ways to travel to Malta: by plane from a multitude of cities from Europe, North Africa or Middle East, or by ferry from Sicily. The vast majority of you will choose to go to Malta by plane, so I will concentrate on this option. […]


Watching the Carmelite Church dome and city skyline in Valletta, Malta

Malta – the Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea (3)

It is said that one should always save the best for the last and this is exactly what we’ve done in Malta. We began our journey by exploring the main island, which we thought is simply stunning, than we continued with Gozo, an island that surprised us with its beautiful landscapes, surpassing in my view Malta Island and last but not least, we got to Valletta, the smallest capital city of the European Union and one of the most charming. History of Valletta The so-called “city built by gentlemen for gentlemen” owes its existence to the Knights of St. John. […]


Sanap Clifs on Gozo Island, Malta

Malta – the Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea (2)

If you find yourself in Malta, it would be a shame not to take a ferryboat to visit Gozo island and, if you fancy swimming and snorkeling, also Comino. You may think Malta is small and you can get very quickly from one place to the other, but wait to see Gozo. Once you arrive on the island, it will take you less than half an hour to reach the opposite side of it. But although the island is tiny, you can spend at least one day there, as it offers many beautiful spots. Sanap Cliffs After arriving on Gozo […]


Colored Boats in Marsaxlokk harbour port Malta

Malta – the Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea (1) 2

When I first booked our flight tickets to Malta, I didn’t expect much from this little country, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. Malta is an impressive country, which not only has stunning landscapes, but also a rich culture and fascinating history. Short history Located in the Mediterranean Sea, at the crossroads of Europe and Africa, Malta was invaded and colonized by many people, because of its strategic position. It was part of the Roman and Byzantine Empires, was later invaded by the Arabs, whose domination ended with the arrival of the Normans. In the 16th century the Norman […]


Singapore skyline daytime

Singapore – Good to Know Before You Go

Although Singapore is one of the safest and most easy-to-travel countries in the world, there are a few things you should know before you go, in order to make the most of your trip, so I thought I should share some travel tips with you. How to get there Changi Airport is one of the best connected airports in the world, so you will find a flight from all parts of the globe. Singapore Airlines, the national carrier, flies to more than 50 international destinations in 30 countries on 5 continents, so you can fly from all these destinations directly […]