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Ibiza The smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands it is a real paradise lost.
A Hedonistic Vacation Awaits You: Escape This Summer to Ibiza. I highly recommend discovering the pristine beaches with white sands and blue lagoons of Formentera Island.
PLACES TO VISIT IN IBIZA
The Ibiza Rocks venue hotel grants guests access to weekly pool parties and live DJ sets from big name house music veterans. Meaning that the perfect party is available all under one roof. Make your summer a memorable one, let Ibiza Rocks lead the way.
SOL BEACH HOUSE MIXED BY IBIZA ROCKS
Ibiza’s new sunset destination. The 4 * hotel, formerly Sol Pinet Playa, has had a revamp which boasts an impressive pool overlooking the fine stretch of sandy beaches.
In the evenings watch the tranquil sunset whilst chilling out to the resident DJ, in the contemporary surroundings which host daily pool parties and have breathtaking panoramic views on the hotels rooftop.
Hotel guests easy access to the stretch of coast line for brisk relaxing walks. There is also water taxi’s from the pier that take you into San Antonio Town, which is the second-largest town on the island.
Hotel guests easy access to the stretch of coast line for brisk relaxing walks.
PUNTA PLAYA BEACH
Water taxi’s from the pier that take you into San Antonio Town, which is the second-largest town on the island.
Watching the Sunsets as the sun goes down to white sand dunes on Formentera Island are memorable experiences
WATER SPORTS ACTIVITIES
From jet ski’s, speed boat tours to diving it’s available from local vendors on the beach with various Bars and Restaurants including a Reggae themed bar to quench your thirst whilst you soak up the sun.
WATCH THE SUNSETS
The amazing sunsets in Ibiza are breathtaking and my ideal place to watch it from is the legendary Cafe del Mar on the beach you wont be disappointed.Its the most tranquil experience which your mind boy and soul will appreciate after a long afternoon sunbathing on the beach.
Sample the legendary nightlife scene Ibiza has to offer.
Alternative excursions I highly recommend are discovering the pristine beaches with white sands and blue lagoons of Formentera Island. The smallest of Spain’s Balearic islands it is a real paradise lost.
It’s only 30 mins away from San Antonio Bay in a taxi to the heart of clubland with Ushuaia,
Space and the infamous Blue Marlin. Although, the legendary Cafe del Mar on the Sunset Strip is not too far away, the the Ibiza Rocks venue hotel grants guests access to weekly pool parties and live DJ sets from big name house music veterans. Meaning that the perfect party is available all under one roof.
DISCOVER A TASTE OF CULTURE THROUGH CUISINE
There are so many great places to select and from a fashion insiders point of view I love STK Ibiza. If you take a stroll down by the marina pier there are a promenade of cafes, bars and restaurants to sample the Spanish tapas or other continental dishes there’s lots to choose from.
San Antonio Bay is perfect for chilling out if you prefer getting away from the hustle & bustle of the clubbers paradise.Make your summer a memorable one, let Ibiza lead the way.
Editorial Disclaimer: I visited Ibiza for a long weekend and reviewed places I stayed and give my personal recommendations. As always all opinions will be my own. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.
Feel like a local and experience vermouth fuelled lunches, late dinners that extend into late night evening drinks til the early hours – take in the picturesque views of the Gaudi trail
Welcome to Barcelona the cosmopolitan capital situated in the Catalonia region of Spain renowned of its fabled architecture to impressive art scene. It’s laid back culture by the seaside makes it one of Europe’s coolest destinations to visit during the summer months from Trendy hotels, tourist attractions to restaurants.
Each year Barcelona attracts millions of visitors making its Europe’s top destination for holiday makers and international tourism for fantastic weather to rich cultural heritage. It’s also home to Barcelona F.C for those fans interested in Football.
Upon visiting the city you will find many attractions, sites to landmarks in and around Barcelona, but where should you start. I’ve put together a guide of the best things to do including must see tourist attraction’s and other places to make the most of your summer vacation.
WELCOME TO BARCELONA
I decided to head out town for some last minute sun. Care to join me for a short city break to catch some rays and do a bit of sightseeing. Barcelona is the most cosmopolitan city in Spain with fantastic shopping, tourist attractions to a thriving nightlife scene. It’s unique architecture, culture and history is definitely a must see to explore all this city has to offer including its landscape and beautiful scenery. During my visit I share with you some of my favourite places in this cosmopolitan city.
Here are my local insider tips on where to eat, stay and drink for Top Things to do in Barcelona this Summer. If you enjoy warm weather, amazing food and cultural diversity this is the place for you to live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports and fine cuisine. Head to Barcelona’s Chiringuito bars to experience some of the best beach parties in the city.
Live the real Catalan lifestyle, leisure sports on the beach and taste local culinary cuisine
Take a picturesque walk along to the highest point of the city on the Gaudi trail to experience the best panoramic views of the city is the most exhilarating experience once you reach the top – take a moment to appreciate the Barcelona skyline on a warm sunny afternoon
Check out the nightlife scene at the W HOTEL’S Eclipse Bar on the Top Floor
The infamous W Hotel is situated along the city’s main coastline stretch of beach and host pool parties in the evenings especially on weekends catering to an international discerning clientele is the best place for people watching and a late night rendezvous at The Eclipse Bar in the top floor of the hotel.
Check out the Designer Boutiques in the Gothic quarter of El Borne.
For designer shopping this is your one stop destination to finding all the style you need under one neighborhood where you can find most of the mainstream stores with no shortage of designer outlets..
To experience the highest point of the city’s altitude in Barcelona I highly recommend taking a hike up to Park Guell and take in the views of the vast landscape. Once you reach the top expect to find allot of souvenir market stalls selling everything from arts and crafts to costume jewelry which make great gifts. The Gaudi Building is also found here and is open to the public as a Museum celebrating the Architects life and home.
PARC DE LIBERINTO DE HORTA
The Labyrinth Park in Barcelona is the most intriguing place to visit just North of Barcelona on the Metro line which houses The Torre Soberana an old 14th century country estate with beautiful Tudor gardens..
Get lost in the maze if you fancied taking a wonder exploring the city’s historic culture. It’s Barcelona’s oldest garden by Architect Elies Rogent. Although I did come across a high fashion editorial shoot which was happening during my visit to this famous historical landmark.
The beach is where all the action happens similar to that of Venice Beach Los Angeles where the beautiful people flock as Barcelona has a community of working fashion models in the city working out in the beach gym. A range of leisure sports are available including paddle boarding and places to eat and drink along the promenade known as the Chiringuito Bars such as Moma and Budha Beach is a great dining experience on the sand.
The beautiful church in the heart of the city is something very special to admire Sargada Familia’s Gothic architecture and stained glassed windows is truly a remarkable experience to appreciate Barcelona’s rich cultural history. It reminds of the Duomo Cathedral in Milan also very beautiful inside.
Discover a taste of culture through cuisine
JOANET BAR RESTUARANT
This charming little restaurant found in the Old Town of Barcelona known as the El Born quarter is within 5 mins walk of the Arc Monument where you can sample the best authentic local Spanish Cuisine. The fresh Sea Bass is my favorite and they have a selection of great wine too. It’s great value for money and I visited this place quite frequently if I ever happened to drop by the neighborhood to meet friends.
The food here at Joanet is by far one of my favoutrite spots to dine alfresco outside during the summer with a glass of Sangria or Rioja to watch the day go by. Ever heard of Spanish Tomato Bread? then try this Catalonia delicacy is often used as a starter with main meals is created with the following ingredients of garlic cloves, fresh ripened tomatoes seasoned with sea salt and extra virgin olive. This in same ways can be compared to the Italian tomato bruschetta.
Make Joanet your first stop to sample local cusine in Barcelona.
I will definitely be back on my next visit to Barcelona because I really enjoyed the freshly prepared seafood here and the atmosphere is great here I can’t recommend it enough, so please check it out next time you’re in town and let me know what you think?
THE EL BORNE QUARTER FOR ITS RESTAURANTS AND LATE NIGHT BAR LOUNGES
A variety of trendy bars on the corner of El Born with delicious food and great vibes has the most amazing selection of cocktails including some venues that have live music some nights and open til late.
I just found out that the city host Barcelona Fashion Week known as 080 Barcelona where international designers Desigual and Custo Barcelona showcase their new fashion collections on the runway. I hope you enjoyed reading about my recommendations for top things to do in Barcelona. What do you think so far?
Editorial Disclaimer:As always, all opinions are my own and I will never promote something I don’t personally support and believe in. I was on vacation in Barcelona so this a personal review only and not sponsored trip. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any airlines or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed or endorsed by any of these entities.
Discover Culture in the Souks of the Medina when visiting Morocco.
Ciao, it’s me again. I just wanted to let you know I’m very excited and returned from my recent trip to Marrakech to attend a friend’s wedding. It’s my first time visiting Morocco and just could not wait to find out more about the countries rich cultural history and local customs. And, so my experience begins as I pack for a long weekend to escape the cold weather and heavy rain in London.
WELCOME TO MARRAKECH
Let’s explore the city’s streets together and get lost in the souk dens of the Medina’s Main Square, to sampling the local cuisine, a spot of Moroccan Mint Tea and favourite sun bathing spots on the roof tops to take in the city’s breathtaking scenery in a short few days. Here’s my guide of what I consider are the best places to visit that Marrakech has to offer.
The luxury resort Dar JL is certainly a hidden gem for those fortunate to enjoy their stay and experience the best Marrakech has to offer. Dar JL is spread over an organic garden with picturesque landscape and the perfect wedding venue as experienced during my long weekend visit to escape the cold weather in rainy London town. It was worth it. The luxury Villa and Wedding Venue is centrally located in Marrakech with 4 villas, three swimming pools which boast an impressive 12 acre garden. Total privacy and high security assured.
The hotel even has a resident tortoise and Leopard Gecko Lizard lurking about on the ground floor.
I managed to stumble across another hidden gem to discover The Riad El Fenn a luxury hotel and spa retreat owned by Vanessa Branson the sister of Sir Richard Branson discreetly hidden and tucked away in a small alley. I highly recommend making your way up to the roof terrace and enjoy all its splendour.
Treat yourself to a luxury city break, stay in the hotel, eat, drink in the bar & restaurant or shop in the boutique. My friends hotel was centrally located amidst the hustle and bustle of the Souk Markets Marrakech is well renowned for. Smaller boutique hotels known as Raid’s are all charming which have converted courtyards with plunge pools are perfect for relaxing in the evenings. Enchanting illuminated lamps sets the scene for intrigue.
Things to try and Experience
A spot of Moroccan Mint Tea in morning is just the perfect wake up call to start your day. If you like things sweet then this is the best sugar rush you will find. Morrocan Mint Tea at the Riad Alida where my friend stayed was a splendid ordeal with fresh fruit and olives during Breakfast followed by sun lounging on the rooftop terrace to take in the rays of sunshine.
A spot of Moroccan Mint Tea in morning is just the perfect wake up call to start your day. If you like things sweet then this is the best sugar rush you will find. Morrocan Mint Tea at the Riad Alida where my friend stayed was a splendid ordeal with fresh fruit and olives during Breakfast followed by sun lounging on the rooftop terrace to take in the rays of sunshine. On days like today it’s important to Keep it cool in a crisp white by the plunge pool in Marrakech, Shorts, Sunglasses are the essentials and suncreen
My wonder through the Souk’s in the Medina brought me to an exquisite Moroccan lanterns market stall as there was lots to see inspired me to look deeper into the world of high fashion as Vogue once did before me visited Marrakech for Fashion Editorial shoots. It was my chance to see for myself and wow it was a wonderful experience.
Take in the breath taking views of the city from any of the hotel Riad Rooftops is highly recommended.
Take a moment for some photo’s or if you prefer a spot of quiet sunbathing in the afternoon there’s something for everyone including plunge pools in some hotels.
This suburb Moroccan restaurant is conveniently located next to The Riad Alida Hotel. The Dar Marjana restaurant boast an impressive gourmet set menu which enables you to sample the local cuisine beef tagine in the opulent surroundings of majestic souk den for a magical experience. Its discreetly hidden away in an alley away from the busy streets but once you enter you are transformed into an Oasis bliss and tranquillity the perfect way to end your evening.
Lastly, be prepared to haggle and bartar for the best price of authentic antiques, handmade products such as jewellery produced by the finest local artisans to the most exotic food and spices can all be found here. Take in the culture of the city and immerse yourself in the wonders and intrigue of the city in all its beauty.
Thanks for reading and look forward to taking you on my next trip.
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