If you’re looking for a great place to take some photos, these are some of our top recommendations:
- Andalusia Mountains – Take a drive through the Andalusia Mountain, home to the the highest mountain in Spain is found and also the most southerly ski resort in Europe. A bridge spans the gorge between the new town and the old town and the scenery is unforgettable – but you will want to take your camera just to be sure!
- Aqueduct, Segovia – This roman aqueduct has been in place for 2,000 years and stretches 800 metres long. It is one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments left on the Iberian Peninsula and is great for photos.
- Royal Palace, Madrid at night – The Royal Palace (the official residence of Spain’s King) is lit up every night and is well worth the visit.
- The Pyrenees – a mountain range which stands as the natural border between France and Spain. One of the highlights here are the large number of the mountain torrents which often form waterfalls.
The Old City, Barcelona– this is the oldest part of the city with a history dating back to 1298. The streets are narrow and filled with gorgeous architecture that is just waiting for you and your camera!
In a place where the roots can be traced back to 270,000 BC, you can expect to find an abundance of things to see and do. Greece takes pride in being the birthplace of democracy, Western literature, Western drama and the Olympic Games. It has the 11th longest coastline in the world and 80% of the country is mountains. With such a long list, finding the top picks for things to “see” in Greece wasn’t easy, but we came up with a few of our favourites.
- Mount Athos – located in northern Greece, this peninsula is the easternmost leg of the larger Halkidiki peninsula. It is home to around 1400 monks in 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries. Although it is an autonomous state under Greek sovereignty, in which entry is strictly controlled and only males are allowed entrance; even just a visit to the outskirts is worth it – just to say you did!
- Mystras – Mystras is located near the ancient city of Sparta, and served as the capital of the Peloponnesus in the 14th and 15th The site was abandoned in 1832 and is now a fantastic place to visit to enjoy the medieval ruins and surrounding landscape.
- Old Town in Rhodes – one of the most inspiring places in Greece. Situated in the north-east tip of the island and forming a triangle from north to south, in 1988, the old town of Rhodes was designated as a World Heritage City by UNESCO.
- Acropolis – considered the most important monuments in the Western World, the Acropolis is located on a high rocky outcrop above Athens and contains the remains of several significant and ancient buildings, the most famous of which is Parthenon.
- Filopappos Hill – opposite of the Acropolis, the hill is also known as the Hill of the Muses, since the myth says it used to be the home of the 9 muses. The hill is covered by pine trees and its top is only accessible by foot. Here you will find incredible panoramic views over Athens, the acropolis and the Saronic Gulf.
10 things to DO in Greece
- Discover the Cyclades – visit the whitewashed towns of Ia and Thira, see stunning sunsets, black sand beaches, boutique hotels and gourmet cuisine.
- Hit the town in Mykonos – where you will find some of the best nightclubs in Greece.
- Watch the sunrise in Santorini
- Visit the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – home to some of the most important Greek artifacts.
- Birdwatching – at one of 11 wetlands of international importance and more than 190 “important bird areas”
- Go to the Hellenic Festival – if you’re around from June to September, visit this festival for a music, dance and theatre experience you won’t forget.
- Visit some the region’s stunning beaches
- Go sailing around the islands
- Have some fun with watersports – including rafting, kayaking, scuba diving and canoeing.
- Take a walk to Samaria Gorge – a dramatic, high-sided, rocky canyon which runs 18km from Xiloskalo, at an altitude of 1200m, down to the tiny village of Agia Roumeli, on the coast.
As the second largest country in Western Europe at more than 505,000km2, and with a history that dates back 35,000 years, you just know there are going to be an abundance of things to see when you travel to Spain. We had a look around, and while the list was long, we managed to choose 5 of our favourites to share with you!
- A bullfight, or at least a bullfighting ring – if you’re not keen on watching the fight itself (though this is a part of Spain’s history that is inescapable), at least visit a bullring so you can see the inner workings of this age old tradition.
- Antoni Gaudi Architecture is one thing you really don’t want to miss. Like it, or hate it, you have to admit that its extremely unique and will open your eyes to astounding architecture and an intriguing history.
- Alhambra – a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia. Originally constructed as a small fortress in 889, the Alhambra is well worth the visit. Spend a few hours walking around the stunning gardens and fortress.
- Running with the bulls, Pamplona – whether you’re crazy enough to take part, or just want to take a look as other’s risk their lives, this tradition which stems from the 14th Century is worth watching.
- A Flamenco Show – Flamenco is virtually unique in present day music – a traditional form of folk music that is still as alive today as it has ever been. Flamenco can be heard backed by a full orchestra in the gardens of the Alcazar in Seville, played by a pair of drunken gypsies in a seedy tavern or blaring from the stereo of a youth’s turbo-charged sports car.