Thassos – Greece – The Emerald of the Aegean

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Thassos is the northernmost island of Greece, located in the Aegean Sea, and is a quiet holiday destination with spectacular views, high beautiful mountains, Mediterranean flowers fragrant, turquoise bays, gorgeous pine forests and olive groves, white marble recognized as the most whitest in the world, being the only Greek island covered with lush vegetation.

Thassos climate is mild, the average annual temperature is 17.2 degrees C, and the average temperature is 23.4 ° C in summer (July).

Thassos Town, known also as Limenas, is the largest port of Thassos island and its capital. Here you can see archaeological sites, sculptural ensembles, you can visit the Archaeological Museum, the Acropolis, the Bridge District Silen, the ancient amphitheater, or you can go on one of the beautiful beaches awarded with the “Blue Flag” or choose one of the shopping areas of the city.

Some of the wonderful beaches on the island are the beaches Tripiti and Aliki, Tripiti being famous because it has a bathtub shape, but also because of the caves leading to the ocean. Aliki Beach is especially famous for its white sand, and the surrounding villages and marble quarry.

Marble Beach is among the top choices of tourists, being whiter than you can imagine, from fine stones created by grinding the marble from the quarry wall. Green water is surreal, heartbreaking beautiful and captivating.

Paradise beach is by far the most spectacular beach in Thassos, with amazing mountains that are seen in the back, a perfect beach with incredible fine sand. However, Golden Beach is the largest beach in Thassos, with sandy beach in the water too, with a smooth blue sea, where you have to go very far until it becomes deep, offering you an overwhelming scenery, where the mountains are closer to you than ever.

For a total libertine experience, choose to go to GIOLA, a natural hole, like a pool, hollowed in stone, with blocks of marbles on the bottom, an incredible green water, all the creation of nature. Whether you bathe or make some raving shots, seeming detached from another planet, GIOLA is a must see once you have arrived in Thassos.

Currently, the island has dozens of historical places of pilgrimage. Deserves a visit the Monastery Virgin Maries and Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel, which is the largest and most famous monastery in Thassos. Be aware that access rules are very strict: men must have long pants and women must wear decent dresses, no shorts.

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Opatija in Croatia – Travel Guide

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Opatija is one of the pearls of Croatian coast, situated at the foot of Ucka mountain, in eastern Istria, at Rijeka Bay, a place full of history, beautiful views and architecture combines elegance and cultural diversity of the various imperial houses and the ideal place for treatments. The resort is distinguished primarily by its elegant architecture, especially the hotels built during the Austro-Hungarian Empire, most beautifully renovated by splendid vegetation and manicured parks, with impeccable service, lively atmosphere and the extremely diverse offer for all ages, all tastes, all the possibilities. Opatija Riviera stretches a length of 40 km along the Kvarner bay, having a unique microclimate that provides year-round mild temperatures and ever green vegetation.

The best known tourist attractions are ancient fishing villages Icici and Ika, picturesque Volosko, Meveja and Moscenicka Draga, with sandy beaches, old town and the hotels Lovran with modern and medieval nearby towns and hills – Kastav, Veprinac and Mošćenice.

Buses are the cheapest way to move through the resort Opatija and nearby, although the best way to discover the island’s beauty is to come by car or rent one. However, most major attractions can be visited without using any means of transport, as most hotels are near them. I recommend going till Rijeka, the largest city located near the resort, about 50 km. It is easily reached by bus or tourist bus. You will pay in the local currency: kuna. Specifically, 1 euro equals about 7.4 kuna and foreign exchange is the most advantageous to the banks.

What can you visit:

- Villa Angiolina built in 1844 by businessman Higinio von Scarpa. Its construction was the beginning of tourism in Opatija. It’s located in a park full of exotic plants on the Adriatic and inside were often held exhibitions of art and classical music concerts.

- Park Sv. Jacov (St. Joseph) / Opatija Central Park covers an area of ​​3.64 hectares, is divided into 60 sectors and hosts over 160 species of plants.

- Church of Sv. Jakov was documented in 1439, built on the foundation of the former monastery Benedict.

- Fontana Helios and Selena is located in Central Park near the church Sv. James. Fountain symbolizes the sun and the moon, mythological characters transposition brother and sister.

- “The Girl with the Seagull ‘is a symbol of the city, made in 1956 by Zvonko Car, being situated on a promontory visible from the promenade called ’’ Lungomare’’, a 12 km long promenade that goes from town Volosko, crosses Opatija and Lovran, the nearby locality.

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Veliko Tarnovo Attractions

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Veliko Tarnovo is a medieval town, very picturesque and full of charm, located in the north-central Bulgaria, in a hilly area that attracts a lot of foreign tourists. Veliko Tarnovo is famous as the historical capital of the Third Bulgarian Empire, situated on three hills and along the Yantra River, the medieval town is the perfect place for lovers of palaces, fortresses, monasteries and houses of stone and also here, you’ll see up the hill, the village Arbanassi, with its century old houses, from 16-17 century, some of them have become museums, churches and monasteries. Besides the medieval air, the city offers numerous pubs and terraces with delicious dishes, and prices are more than decent, also you’ll find clothing, jewelry, handbags and shoes, all handmade and great quality.

Tiny Gurko Street, with its narrow cobbled streets, picturesque houses and some wonderful views of the city which is not visible from the hill fortress Tsarevets, will definitely catch your attention. The fortress was, in turn, a fortress, a royal house and a patriarchal palace, a part of the ruins actually being even reconstructed in medieval spirit. The fortress covers a large area and the walk is pleasant, especially since you can admire an impressive view towards Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi. Here is found the Bulgarian kings palace, of which there are still some ruins, especially debris throne room. Here is the residence of the Bulgarian Patriarchate, currently, consisting of the Patriarchal Cathedral “Holy Ascension of the Lord.”

On Rakovsky Lane Street, you will find antique shops, clothing boutiques , workshops where craftsmen paint, sculpt or make jewelry. Beside the fortress, it is interesting to visit also the Cathedral, built in the nineteenth century and renovated in 1913.

The church of the 40 Martyrs was built by order of Tsar Ivan Assen II in honor of the victory of Klokotnitsa in March 1230 and was largely demolished, being the place where Bulgaria was declared independent.

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Lake Kaindy – The Submerged Forest

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Lake Kaindy is located in Kazakhstan, approximately 130 kilometers from Almaty, the second largest city in Kazakhstan.

The lake was created after 1911, when an earthquake triggered a large landslide, forming a natural dam and over time rain filled the valley creating in the middle of the mountains, a majestic turquoise view. Because of the clear mountain water, you can see deep into the depths of the lake.

What is extraordinary, are the dried trunks of ‘’Picea schrenkiana’’ spruce trees rises above the water surface causing a strange picture yet splendid. Lake Kaindy measures approximately 400 meters in length and its depth in some places measures even 30 meters.

The Submerged Forest of Lake Kaindy is 2,000 meters above the sea level, so the water is so cold that trunks and the deeply branches were perfectly preserved. If you are fond of fishing trout, this is the perfect spot, also for diving, although the water is cold.

The lake is visited by many tourists even in winter, when the trunks are trapped in the ice crust and the landscape seems even more unusual and stunning.

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The most visited city in the world ?

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With the most fascinating museums, the best theater scenes in the world, with green spaces and places for sports but also with low crime rates, London, the capital of England, dethrones Paris, according to MasterCard Index of Global Destination Cities, being annually visited by millions of tourists, especially from July to September.

Let’s discover some tourist attractions in London:

Big Ben – one of the most important sights of London, being the emblem of the city, with its giant pendulum that is controlled by a bag of coins and is an excellent clock which rarely has stopped.
London Eye – another symbol of London which offers a panoramic image of the entire British capital, being the famous giant wheel located on the south bank of the Thames. Without doubt it is a must see attraction!
Madame Tussauds’s Wax Museum, which offers an insight into the world of celebrities and famous characters. If you want to feel and see the fame and grandeur you can see it live at Blush section, if you want to experience the feeling of fear, try the Horror Room and if you want to have some fun, you can choose Planetarium.
Piccadilly Circus is one of the busiest squares in the heart of London. It is famous for the fountain that can be seen here and which was built in the late 19th century and for its bright ads that turned the market into a miniature version of the famous market, Times Square in New York.
With an area of ​​142 hectares and over 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow, riding facilities and more, Hyde Park is one of the most important historical sights of London.
Square Trafalgar is located in the central part of the city and is an important tourist attraction in London. Here you can visit the wonderful Nelson’s Column and the four lions at its base or admire the fountains.
British Museum is the oldest and one of the largest museums in the world with its superb drawing and sketching exhibitions or Egyptian mummies, hosting over six and a half million of artifacts and approximately 94 permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Tower Bridge was built over 100 ago and it represents an emblem of London, with its pedestrian passages that serves as galleries where you can admire the stunning panorama over the Thames.
Westminster Palace is a masterpiece of Gothic Renaissance architecture and is another important tourist attraction.
Tower of London was founded by William the Conqueror, and attracts many tourists eager to uncover the mystery.
National Gallery has one of the most interesting European paintings in the world, which is exhibited in a building built specifically for her in central London.
Westminster Abbey, with its choir of 22 boys and 12 Vicars, who are singing during the service day, occupies a unique place in British history, being the place where almost all sovereigns were crowned here.

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La Sagrada Família – Barcelona, Spain

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Sagrada Familia is an impressive cathedral in the capital of Catalonia, in Barcelona and Antoni Gaudi’s impressive work, being one of the most visited monuments of Barcelona and one of the most famous buildings in the world.

The architecture of the building is unique and has hundreds of interesting and original characteristics. The official name is ‘’Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família’’ and is part of the UNESCO world heritage.

The construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and has not been completed. Initially, it was conceived by the Catalan publisher Josep Bocabella. The work was started by the architect Francesc de Paula Villar in a traditional neo-Gothic style but unfortunately or not, the two of them have not agreed to some aspects and Gaudi took over the project. Gaudi did not live to see his finished work, but part of his soul is in the stately Basilica, in the crypt where the body finds its eternal rest.

For 43 years, Gaudi added original Gothic structures and bizarre towers like chimneys, Sagrada Familia remaining a great masterpiece of the architect, even if it was not finished yet and the construction of this church will continue for at least several decades. The Neo Gothic style has been replaced by Gaudi’s modernist style, which was based on shapes found in nature.

Although it is called “cathedral”, the building is actually a basilica, as established Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. The cathedral is the seat of an archbishop, while the basilica is a church bigger, with more rights received from the Pope.

La Sagrada Familia is in the form of a Latin cross, with five ships, two to a side and two to another of the central nave, separated by rows of columns inclined inwards. Its architecture manages to embody the vision of Gaudi, about God and all that is divine.

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Barcelona Magic Fountain of Montjuïc

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A fountain with over 3,600 water jets and more than 4,700 lights “dancing” in the rhythm of the music. This is the Magic Fountain of Montjuic, located at the head of Avenida Maria Cristina in the Montjuïc neighborhood of Barcelona, ​​Catalonia, Spain. The fountain is situated below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill and near the Plaça d’Espanya.

In the evening, the show is so beautiful and the whole area of Plaza de Spagna and the National Palace is the scene of impressive games of water, light and color: on one side and another of the boulevard Reina Maria Cristina and between the Magic Fountain and National Palace are interspersed, in the stairs area, more waterfalls. The colors, shapes, jets dancing on famous songs people dancing, singing, and the Full Moon watching over the Castle, is the perfect scene of a romantic evening!

Montjuic Fountain began functioning in May 19, 1929, during the Great Universal Exhibition and continues to delight Barcelona’s visitors and even today, bringing joy and color in the souls of visitors and residents of Barcelona. More than 3000 people worked on the project, the construction being completed in less than a year. The Magic Fountain is elliptical, measures 65 meters long by 59 wide, and in total, may contain more than 3 million litters of water.

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Vaadhoo Island Maldives – The Sea of Stars

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Blue sand and waves in a starry night are giving you the impression that the stars are resting on the ground in all their splendour. Thus, it shapes a scene drawn from stories or an enchanting process that happens in reality: Sea of Stars, Vaadhoo Island, a small island south of Male Atoll and one of the inhabited islands of Raa Atoll in the Maldives. The island is famous for bioluminescent dinoflagellates that create the illusion of stars on earth…

The sea of stars of Vaadhoo Island attracts annually millions of tourists eager to capture the natural phenomenon that turns sea water into a colour of electric blue-neon. The reason why the shore and waves have those neon blue stained particles and that unbelievable twinkle, is due to a natural chemical reaction called ‘’bioluminescence’’, what happens when a microorganism in the water is disturbed by the oxygen.

The glow of the night is a side effect of the blooming red algae, known as the ‘’red tide’’, so that during the day you can see the entire beach red. In fact, the beautiful blue light is the result of phytoplankton, the marine microbes that create this blue glow and the amazing scenery.

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Sharm el Sheikh – The City of Peace

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Located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, in Janub Sina ‘, Egypt, on the strip cost between the Red Sea and Mount Sinai, Sharm el Sheikh offers sunshine, a refreshing breeze, soft sand, luxury, colorful tents, water sports and fun, like golf courses, casinos, shopping, windsurfing, horse riding, safari, being one of the most beautiful, exotic and elegant resorts on the Red Sea.

Turquoise mines, sunrises and sunsets admired from the top of the mountain, arid and mountains desert, the mysterious St. Catherine’s Monastery, situated at the foot of Mount Sinai, one of the oldest in the world, with its priceless treasures: a unique collection of icons, mosaics, paintings and miniatures, many dating from the V-VI, Bedouin people seen on the streets, exotic fish and giant turtles, all of these assembles a wonderful landscape.

The sea is beautiful, warm and clear and ashore is brought small pieces of corals. PAY ATTENTION! You CANNOT take them from the country, because are applying severe penalties if they found them in your luggage, considering that reefs are protected by law.

To visit

· Ras Mohammed – The National Park, has a spectacular marine habitat, situated in the southern part of Mount Sinai, is one of the most famous diving areas in the Red Sea, with 800m depth, being a true coral garden. Here you can ride horses or camels, can do safari or you can buy souvenir, from the shops nearby.

· Located north of Sharm, Na’ama Bay Beach is one of the main tourist’s attractions, having hotels with private beaches.

· Shark’s Bay – offers many diving centers.

· The historic part Sharm el Sheikh: Sharm el Maya, surrounding Sharm harbour, with its sandy beach and huge palm trees and fishing boats.

· Sharm el Moiya port – offers opportunities for shopping, with its malls, shops of all kinds, and a Yacht Club with rooms for accommodation.

· A trip to Mount Sinai – For believers, Mount Sinai has a special value and meaning, because here Moses received the 10 Commandments, for which tourists are attracted to this area, including night tours, which are organized specially to catch the sunrise when reach the top, as did Moses.

Sharm el Sheikh is a wonderful holiday destination that offers the chance to discover the Egyptian culture and lifestyle that carries the footprint of Bedouins who live in this area and also lush landscapes and hotels, with prices more than acceptable.

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10 Tourist Attractions in Tanzania

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Tanzania is a country in Africa stunningly beautiful, with a variety of recreational opportunities such as safari, wonderful scenery, wildlife and last but not least the famous mountain Kilimanjaro. Here are some of the most unforgettable tourist attractions in Tanzania.

1. At 5,892 meters (19,331 feet) above sea level, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the world’s highest free-standing mountain. Even if you fail to get on it, you can enjoy a walk through the rain forest at its base, populated by elephants, rhinos, leopards and monkeys.

2. Zanzibar – the paradise island, located on the coast of Tanzania, is a mysterious place with white sandy beaches, crystal clear water full of corals. Here you will find also numerous bazaars, mosques, gardens and narrow streets full of charm. Also you may visit Stone Town, which is the most important city of the island, a typical African city, exotic, with a warm and humid climate.

3. Ngorongoro National Park contains a treasure of animals: lions, elephants, rhinos, grazing, flamingos that inhabit Lake Magadi, a salty lake. For this reason, the park has been compared to Noah’s Ark and the Garden of Paradise. Ngorongoro Crater – a sensational view.

4. Serengeti National Park – The most famous park in Tanzania, and the big game safari destinations, where you can see the African elephant, buffalo, leopards and also the wildlife migration of wildebeest and zebra.

5. Lake Manyara National Park – with its forests of fig trees, acacia and mahogany, allows you to see the rich flora and fauna, including hundreds of species of birds, hippos, elephants, giraffes and also a rarity: the climbing lions.

6. Arusha National Park – offers spectacular forms of volcanic, flamingos around the lake, and a beautiful view of Mount Meru.

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