Epic one week itinerary in Slovenia

Epic one week itinerary in Slovenia

Slovenia totally captivated me when I visited last summer for a week. The endless mountains, all shades of green and the relaxed atmosphere in the country had my heart stolen. My expectations where not only met but exceeded. If Slovenia is still not on your radar it should totally be. Here’s my best advise on how to build the perfect one week itinerary in Slovenia, where to go and all the information you might need to plan it.

Slovenia

The capital of Slovenia is Ljjubljana in the centre of the country, making it the main point of contact with highways. The language spoken is Slovenian. I did not have any problem communicating in English around the capital and all b&b’s /hotels I stayed at.

I found friendly people and even in the countryside when I got lost due to roadworks, finding out where to go with signs and broken languages was not a tedious experience. The currency they use are Euros. There were ATM’s around the main towns and I had no problem paying with credit card in some restaurants or hotels.

Epic one week itinerary in Slovenia

How to get to Slovenia

Ljubljana has an international airport, Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, located half an hour outside of Slovenia’s capital. There are different airlines flying in from Europe. If you are like me and can’t find flights from your hometown (Barcelona) to Slovenia, don’t worry! There are other options.

  • Fly to Venice or Trieste and rent a car there. If you are going to be flying out from there as well it makes sense. You will need to tell your renting company for insurance purposes that you plan to go to another country.
  • Fly to Venice and get a bus to Ljubljana
  • Fly to Trieste or Graz and take the train to Ljubljana

Driving rules in Slovenia

  • Be of legal driving age +18 and have a valid driver’s license
  • Do not forget to have your lights turned on at ALL times. It is illegal to not have them on
  • The highway maximum speed is 130km/h
  • Have your vignette on. It is a sticker that proves you can drive around the country. You can buy it at petrol stations. If you rent a car it will be included
  • If it’s winter: winter tyres are mandatory and police and fine you if you don’t have them

Epic one week itinerary in Slovenia

Epic one week itinerary in Slovenia

Day 1 – Explore the capital: Ljubljana

One week itinerary in Slovenia: Ljubljana

To start this one week itinerary in Slovenia ideally you want to arrive the night before so once you wake up you have all day to explore the city. Aim to leave your accommodation before 9 to have time to visit the beautiful city. It is a charming but small capital that can be walked if you are up for the game. Learn the story of why Ljubljana is the city of dragons before you start exploring: it will make the day more interesting!
Things to do: Discover the capital Ljubljana and check out the artistic side of the city.
Where to stay: If you want a centric and cool looking hostel this one’s for you.

Day 2 – Places to see in Lake Bohinj

One week itinerary in Slovenia: lake Bohinj

Drive from Ljubljana to Lake Bohinj taking the 403. If you have time stop at Skofja Loka and stroll the old town. On arrival to Lake Bohinj your breath will be taken away. Lake Bohinj is an alpine lake surrounded by alpine peaks and the scenery around is spectacular. If you are a mountain person like me, I can assure you it will be one of your favourite visited places yet!
Things to do: Al the activities that you can fit in a day at Lake Bohinj.
Where to stay: Rural guesthouse with basic facilities and amazing views.

Day 3: What to do in Lake Bled

One week itinerary in Slovenia: lake Bled

For the third day of this epic one week itinerary in Slovenia drive to Lake Bled. This lake was made for fairy tales and everything around it and on it has that princess in castles appeal. From a castle with amazing viewpoints of the lake to the church in the island on the lake – lake Bled has activities for the whole family, for couples and groups of friends!
Things to do: 7 reasons to not go to this lake.
Where to stay: Chose from treehouses, glamping tents, pier tents and eco-friendly.

Day 4 and 5: things to do in Solcava

One week itinerary in Slovenia: Solcava

Drive to the mountains touching Austria. Here you will be able to follow different hiking trails and scenic roads. Make sure to stop at the different farms for viewpoints of the mountains and to try the local food.
Things to do: Road trips and farm made typical food sound good?
Sleep at: Experience the rural accommodation

Day 6 – Sightseeing Predjama, Skocjan and Piran

One week itinerary in Slovenia

Rise nice and early and drive to Predjama castle for a guided tour of a hanging on a rock castle, get down on the UNESCO Solcava caves and wander the coastal town of Piran. Make sure to end the day with a good seafood delicatessen by the shore.
Things to do: Visit UNESCO caves and a hanging castle and feel the charm of the small coastal town of Piran.
Where to stay: accommodation in Piran was quite expensive for the dates so I chose to stay outside, about 15 minutes driving.

Day 7 – Drive back to Ljubljana

End your one week itinerary in Slovenia by returning your rental car and flying/taking the bus home or to your next destination.

Want to know where I went next? Took two buses (that were delayed) and ended up in Dubrovnik.

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NOTE: you could use Ljubljana as your base, because everything is relatively close to the capital. I would suggest not doing so because you will spend more time than needed commuting and staying outside the capital is wonderful.

Hiking Gémena lakes: Full route

Hiking Gémena lakes: Full route

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Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is located in the north of Catalonia, in Spain, in the Pyrenees region. There are a number of hiking routes available for different fitness levels, from panoramic walks to summits. The hike I’m going to describe here is my favourite. As a child I used to come to a summer camp near to Caldes de Boí, and when I was a teenager I attended again as a summer camp leader. The hikes around the area are quite familiar to me and I feel like I belong in those mountains. Today I’m going to be talking about the full hike route to Gémena Lakes, in the Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.

Views from Gémena lake

FAST FACTS

Location: Caldes de Boí, Catalunya, Spain
Altitude: starts at 1500m above sea level. Finishes 2257m
Highlights: VIEWS
Fitness level required: medium
Cost: free
Estimated duration: 2h30 – 3h depending on shape and stops

What to pack

  • Hiking boots
  • Long socks
  • Reusable water bottle (be responsible!)
  • Wind jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Snacks

Views close to Gémena lake

Gémena Lakes hike

We start at the parking lot about 2km past Caldes de Boí. From Caldes de Boí, exit towards the mountains on a tar road for less than 2km. You will leave the Toirigo information house on your right, then turn left to cross the river. After the bridge there’s a parking sign. From there on out it’s all walking.

From the parking lot to Llubriqueto

The first part of the hike is the hardest one. You will climb more than 800m in about 45min-1h. It is very steep and the path goes up in zigzags all the way. I find the start of the hike quite challenging as you literally start and must get into a good rhythm and breathing pace very quickly. It also allows for most of the hardest effort to be expended at the beginning, which personally I prefer.

This path takes you mostly underneath leafy forest. It is a very shady path and that makes it better than being in direct sun. The path is clearly marked and you just have to follow the yellow signs and cairns (groups of rocks that previous hikers have left on the path to be followed).

Once you are done with the forest you arrive at a river, which you will cross and turn off to your right and then continue up until you arrive at Pla de la Cabana, where you can find the Llubriqueto Fountain. This area is very flat and the ideal half way stop. It has fresh water coming from the surrounding lakes and waterfalls.

Arriving to Llubriqueto Llubriqueto Llubriqueto

From Llubriqueto to first Gémena Lake

To continue your ascent you will have to cross the river (wooden bridge) and follow the small path until you see a sign pointing to Gemena Lakes. From this point it goes up on a rocky path. There is another steep slope where you will have to be climbing big rocks. Once you arrive at the top you will see the first of the two Gemena lakes

The first Gémena Lake

This one is my favourite. It is breathtakingly beautiful once you see it for the first time. And when you repeat the hike, it gets even better. The sight of this lake makes my heart sing and my jaw drop – a feeling only places that are close to my soul can give me. I have spent not more than 5 days here during my life, but it has made a change in how I see nature, how I truly appreciate it and what I do to share my passion with friends and colleagues.

First gémena lake First gémena lake First gémena lake

I have slept up here once, on my way to a longer route. Camping is not allowed but if you find yourself here while on a route you might decide to spend the night. It was hands down my favourite sunrise in the world.

Sunrise from first Gémena lake

The second Gémena Lake

A short hike from the first, the second lake can be found while circling the first lake and going a few more meters up. It is also very beautiful and if you are lucky there will be some leftover snow for you to slide yourself on!

If you want to continue the hike you can continue towards the Besiberri Summit.

Views from the second lake looking to the first Gémena lake Second Gémena lake

Recommendations for hiking the Gémena Lake

Sleep the previous night close to the starting point so that you can start very early to have all day to enjoy by the beautiful sight. If you are an eager nature lover you can wake up at night to see the sunrise from the lake, I can guarantee the views are phenomenal.

Once you arrive at the first lake you can follow the river to a waterfall which has panoramic views of the Llubriqueto flat area.

Views from the Gémena waterfall Views from the Gémena waterfall

Have you ever done this hike? Do you like mountain hiking?

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101 things to do in Barcelona

101 things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a vibrant city full of activities and monuments that keep locals and tourists coming back for new, different or repeat experiences. After calling it home for the past 22 years, I’ve compiled a list for you to start ticking off, enjoy!

Looking for recommendations in Barcelona? Let’s get started!

101 things to do in Barcelona

Classic things to do in Barcelona

  1. Visit Parc Guell and enjoy Gaudí’s mosaic dragon
  2. Marvel at the impressive Sagrada Familia building both from outside and inside
  3. Enjoy the best sunsets and sundowners from the Bunkers el Carmel
  4. Experience the neighbourhood of Gràcia visiting the squares one tapa at a time (Plaça del Sol, Plaça del Diamant, Plaça de la Virreina, Plaça de la Revolució)
  5. Visit the Christ Pantocrator and learn about Catalan romanesque at MNAC
  6. Walk along Les Rambles avenue (early morning to avoid the masses) and..
  7. .. have a taste of Catalan gastronomy at the never sleeping market of La Boqueria
  8. Enjoy the majestic Cathedral
  9. Have a peak at the cutest wall on Plaça Isidre Nonell
  10. Feel like a local in Plaça Felip Neri, arguably the smallest and cutest little square in the Gothic Quarter
  11. View the city from a different viewpoint from The Castle of Montjuïc
  12. Walk the promenade o Passeig marítim from Hotel Arts to hotel Vela
  13. See the undulating façade of La Pedrera or Casa Milà, another of Gaudí’s buildings
  14. Get lost in El Born quarter, especially visiting C/Princesa
  15. Be amazed by Basílica Santa Maria del Mar
  16. Get ready for the busiest meeting point of the city: Plaça Catalunya
  17. Visit the Camp Nou, official stadium of Barça
  18. Walk underneath the Arc de Triomf
  19. Have a paella close to the sea. My favourites are Pez Vela and Cheriff
  20. Visit shelter 307 in Poble Nou

101 things to do in Barcelona: Horta Maze

Different things to do in Barcelona

  1. Stroll in the cacti garden of Jardins de Josep Mossen Batlle
  2. Hop on a bus for a day of sightseeing
  3. Break the bank shopping at Passeig de Gràcia, the “5th Avenue of Barcelona”
  4. Enjoy an orchestra in Palau de la Música
  5. Visit the Horta Maze and try to get out quickly (spoiler: I totally failed!)
  6. Read a book in La ciutadella park
  7. Take the blue tram to go from Avinguda Tibidabo to Tibidabo Theme park
  8. Enjoy the Picasso paintings in the Picasso Museum
  9. Catch up with the latest fashion trends in Pelai St
  10. Have Bravas at Bar Tomás or La esquinica – widely accepted as some of the best in town
  11. Find the enchanted Madrona Chapel
  12. Taste the typical Catalan dishes Fideuà at Arrosseria Xàtiva
  13. Roam the streets of the Raval for the best pre-drinks ambiance
  14. Learn in the Barcelona History Museum
  15. Spend sunset watching the Magic Fountain show in Montjuic
  16. See 360 views of the city from Las Arenas, an old bull fighting stadium turned into a mall
  17. Have brunch in one of the trendiest pedestrian streets in town, Enric Granados
  18. Drink vermut and eat ‘Bombs’ at Cova Fumada
  19. Soak up the sun in the terraces of Sarrià quarter
  20. Have a drink in the terraces overlooking the city at Mirablau or Mirabé
  21. Discover the party scene on the harbour strip
  22. Gamble away your money in the Barcelona Casino
  23. Eat all the Iberian ham/Iberian acorn ham in tapas
  24. Try the budget restaurant of chef Ferran Adrià at König (patates braves and burger 34 are my favourites!!)
  25. Go for a run/walk at carretera de les aigues
  26. Get lost in another time visiting Poble Espanyol de Montjuic
  27. Eat delicious tapas at La Flauta, a busy restaurant
  28. Go sailing and witness Barcelona from the sea
  29. Enjoy the Castellers human towers at the City’s various events

101 things to do in Barcelona: Plaça del Sol

More things to do in Barcelona

  1. Enjoy all the chocolate in the chocolate Museum
  2. Try to not stain your clothes while learning how to eat Calçots, a Catalan food
  3. Do an audio tour in Casa Batllo, one of Gaudí’s iconic buildings with an amazing façade
  4. Visit the modernist hospital of Sant Pau
  5. Go to the plane park next the airport to watch the planes landing and taking off
  6. Swim in La Barceloneta beach
  7. Walk along Rambla del Poblenau and discover the true Barcelona charm
  8. Enjoy a concert in el Jardí de Pedralbes or walk along the tranquil gardens
  9. Go to Palo Alto Market
  10. Visit la casa Vicens
  11. Visit gracia at night to mingle with the locals having drinks
  12. Walk around barri de la ribera to see the harbour
  13. Discover the narrow streets of the jewish quarter
  14. Visit the santa catarina market with its undulating coloured tiles
  15. Go see the modernism shops Colmado Murria
  16. Watch “l’ou com balla” (the egg that dances) at the cathedral during Corpus
  17. Wine tasting at La viniteca
  18. Go to Tibidabo
  19. Appreciate the façade of Casa Comalat (and check it from Corsega st for the back view!)
  20. Take a picture in the pink façade in Pàdua st
  21. Visit the roman temple of August (MUHBA)

101 things to do in Barcelona: Me_Lata art


CONTINUE READING: The 10 best attractions to visit in Barcelona


Some extra things to do in Barcelona

  1. Walk Carolines st
  2. Visit the tunnels underneath Gracia
  3. Eat one of their 4 tapas in Bar la Plata, opened in 1945
  4. Travel back in time by walking in Passatge de les Manufactures to experience the old Barcelona
  5. Enjoy the architecture of the former monastery and church of Sant Pau del Camp
  6. Look down in Passeig de Gràcia and appreciate the tiles covering the street
  7. Get goosebumps in a classic concert at Auditori
  8. Visit els 4 gats, the bar where Picasso and Dalí met up and had dinner most nights
  9. Check the exhibits of Caixa Forum
  10. Visit the Olympic stadium of Sant Jordi
  11. Get lost in the Botanical Gardens
  12. Feel like a noble in Plaça del Rei and Palau Reial
  13. Visit the MACBA (museum of contemporary art) and marvel at groups of skaters in the square in front
  14. Attend any of the neighbourhood Festa Major, the party of each quarter (throughout the year, most of them during Summer months)
  15. Visit the Centre Cultural del born to see the ruins of one of the buildings that were demolished by Felip V
  16. Check for vintage and old things at flea market Els Encants Vells
  17. Look for AXE colours graffiti (featuring John Snow or Sansa Stark!)
  18. Look up to not miss the can sentences in different streets corners by Me_Lata
  19. Visit the underground tunnel of La casa de l’Aigua
  20. Relax in the Arab thermal baths and spa of Aire

101 things to do in Barcelona: John Snow graffiti

Further things to do in Barcelona

  1. Visit one of the better well-known clubs in the city, Razzmatazz
  2. Go back in time in Mercat de Sant Antoni on a Sunday and exchange cards, vinyl’s or chromos
  3. Watch the stars from Observatori Fabra
  4. Have a drink at OHLA hotel rooftop
  5. Enjoy 360 views of Barcelona from El Raval Barceló hotel
  6. Antiaircraft shelter underneath Plaça del Diamant
  7. Go to Pedralbes Monastery
  8. Take an amazing cooking class + dinner/lunch at Just Royal Bcn (their braves sauce and risotto recipe has earned me many good friends)
  9. Visit the famous Estrella Damm Factory
  10. Go up to the 10th floor of Torre the Collserola and admire the city from up high
  11. Attend Sonar Music Festival (only possible in June)

101 things to do in Barcelona: Sagrada Família

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The romanesque churches in the Boí valley – full route guide

The romanesque churches in the Boí valley – full route guide

The Boí Valley has a very special place in my heart. As a kid I started going to summer camp from when I was only 2 years old and later on I became a summer camp leader. In fact, my favourite hikes of all time have been in the mountains surrounding Caldes de Boí. During those years of hiking and exploring, I had visited two of the churches located in the area, just because they were in the village where the hiking finished. But I had never done the romanesque churches in the Boí valley route.

My friend Miriam (also a summer camp leader) and I had been meaning to go on an overnight hike not that long ago but the day was cloudy and there were thunder storms. One thing you don’t want to do is find yourself on a mountain in the middle of crazy rain and a thunder storm, so we abandoned our hiking plans and instead decided to visit the Romanesque churches.

 

What is the Romanesque Route in the Boí Valley

The Romanesque Route in the Boí Valley is a Unesco Heritage Side formed by 9 Romanesque churches scattered between tiny villages on the slopes of mountains. They are all part of the municipality of Alta Ribagorça located in the Pyrenean mountains of Lleida’s region in Catalonia, Spain.

The Romanesque movement was very big in Catalonia around the 11th and 12th centuries and there are many different churches in the territory that fit into the Romanesque style. These churches are in an excellent condition and have been on the Unesco World heritage list since 2000.

Important information to note

How long it takes

This route can be done in one day. In fact, it will probably take you only half a day. It all depends on your level of interest and the time spent in each location.
Local pro tip: you should stop in some of the villages for a well-deserved drink and tapa.

What to pack

You don’t need to pack anything specific, nor make any reservations. You can check here for the opening times of the various churches and for the information centre so you can plan your day around that.
Depending on the season short rain falls are possible and quite common, so come prepared.

How much does it cost

The total route is about 30km long. Depending on the car you are using and the petrol costs the price range will be approximately 2.39€ – 4.54€ for the one-way route.

To enter the churches you can either pay each entrance or get a pass covering their combined entrances. There are different options:

Pay individually (€ per person)Get a pass (€ per person)
  • Sant Climent de Taull entrance fee: 5€
  • Sant Joan de Boí, Santa Eulàlia d’Erill la Vall, Sant Feliu de Barruera, Santa Maria de Cardet la Nativitat de Durro and Romanesque information centre: 2 €
  • Visit 3 churches for 7€
  • 3 churches + entrance to the romanesque centre of information for 8€
  • 5 churches + entrance to the Romanesque centre of information for 10€
  • Boí Valley and entrance to MNAC museum (in Barcelona) 15€

If you want to have a guided visit the price is +2€ per person on top of the church price.

 

Doing the Romanesque churches Route in Boí Valley

First Stop: L’Assumpció Del Coll

The materials used for building this church are different, and the details visible on the portal are one of its main attractions.

Assumpció del coll Assumpció del coll

Second stop: Santa Maria de Cardet

The first thing you’ll realise is just how beautiful the apse is on this one. Located inside the village, you can only access it through the main entrance. It’s the only one with a small crypt inside.

Santa Maria de Cardet

Third Stop: Sant Feliu de Barruera

Inside of the village of Barruera but not on a main street, it is surrounded by fields which makes it easier to appreciate from different angles.

Sant Feliu de Barruera

Fourth Stop: La Nativitat de Durro

One of the biggest in the area which shows how important the village was in the past. Over the years it has been renovated and as a result you can find not only Romanesque features but Baroque and Gothic details as well.

La Nativitat de Durro

Fifth Stop: Sant Quirc de Durro

This one was one of my favourites because of the incredible views of the valley you get to enjoy from the church. It is probably the smallest of the nine churches in the Romanesque route and located 1500m above sea level.

Sant Quirc de Durro

Sixth stop: Santa Eulàlia D’erill la Vall

Having one of the biggest bell towers in the Boí Valley, this church was used to have views of the surrounding area and to watch over it. Visit the information centre to learn more about the area and the churches.

Santa Eulàlia D’erill la Vall

Seventh Stop: Sant Joan de Boí

The restorations have aimed to leave it unaltered as it was in the 12th century and it is here where we can see the importance of all the mural paintings of that era.

Sant Joan de Boí Sant Joan de Boí

Eight stop: Santa Maria de Taüll

This church is in the village centre, and is the only one of the route that has buildings surrounding it. This church has Romanesque mural paintings that are now on exhibition at MNAC museum, in Barcelona. Nowadays there are reproductions of the originals shown. The mural painting in this church is the Ephiphany scene.

strolling next to Santa Maria de Taüll Santa Maria de Taüll

Ninth stop: Sant Climent de Taüll

This church dates from the 11th century and has a basilical plan. The mural painting in this church was the famous Christ in majesty scene, the symbol of Catalan Romanesque. The Christ in majesty is also exhibited at MNAC museum in Barcelona. Inside the church they show video mapping of the paintings of the major apse. This is a new technique that provides added value to visitors.

Sant Climent de Taüll Sant Climent de Taüll

Visit the Romanesque centre

 

If you feel that having more background or further information about the different churches in the Romanesque route of the boí Valley would help you, visit the centre, it is located in the village of Erill la Vall, and offers it’s visitors interactive maps, videos and leaflets to help understand the architecture.
You can shop for souvenirs, organise group or guided tours and get practical information on how to complete the route.

 

Wrap for the romanesque churches route in the Boí Valley

We did the route from north to South (that is starting on stop nine) as we were in the mountains already. Both ways of doing it are just as good as one another, and if you are anything like me, the main attraction comes from witnessing the churches themselves. Maybe because I have been to the Romanesque centre so many times the ins and outs of the architecture didn’t interest me as much (because I already knew some of them).
With the information you can read on the churches I had enough, but I would recommend a visit for first timer’s.

Romanesque churches in the Boí valley

Do you have extra time? Do not miss the visit to Caldes de Boí thermal spa and hotels, and walk along the water route (singed inside the village) trying different water tastes!

Have I forgot to mention anything important for the Romanesque churches Route in the Boí Valley? Please let me know in the comments!

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Top 10 attractions to visit in Barcelona

Top 10 attractions to visit in Barcelona

Barcelona is the city where I was born and raised, and Barcelona is home. Loving the city is so easy millions of people come every year to discover what my home city has to offer. And being one of the most visited capitals in Europe, Barcelona shows off to every traveller that wants to discover it. Located on the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona has monuments, gardens, views and restaurants for every type of traveller. Narrowing the list to the most important things to do and see has been hard but if you have limited time in the city these attractions and sights are the ones you can’t miss.

10 Must do things in Barcelona

1. Parc Güell

One of famous architect Antoni Gaudí’s most emblematic work, the park is on the hills of the Carmel neighbourhood, boasts incredible city views and offers its visitors the option to pose with the world-known “dragon”. Other attractions inside the park include the hypostile room and the 100 columns.

Parc Guell views of Barcelona

Local tip: walk away from the crowds after visiting the attractions listed above and follow paths up the mountain to fins better viewpoints of the city

2. Sagrada Familia

Another one of architect Antoni Gaudí’s works and one of Barcelona’s symbols, this work of art shows on the skyline with its towers. Designed by him, the plans weren’t finish when he died and it has only been built thanks to donations and trying to follow his same style (although, if you ask my humble opinion, the old part of the Sagrada Familia has way more charm). This is the reason the construction of the Sagrada Familia is still on-going. The inside is spectacular and domes and stained glass windows are the main sights.

3. Les rambles

The street located between Barcelona’s city centre and the beach is wide and full of restaurants and shops on each millimetre. On your walk along the pedestrian middle of the street you will see live statues and flowers, newspapers and bird little stalls. If you are walking towards the beach on your right you will find La Boqueria market, possibly Barcelona’s most tourist market and a colourful and loud market to try some of the Catalan cuisine in a very informal ambience. Also on your right hand sand the Liceu, Barcelona’s theatre, hosts almost nightly functions for those wanting to see a ballet or an orchestra.

Les Rambles at night

4. Gothic quarter

The gothic quarter is the oldest of the old town of Barcelona’s quarters, and it has the government headquarters together with the city hall. The gothic quarter has a charm like no other and we can find the cathedral of Barcelona, the plaça Sant Jaume and a little bit off the beaten path the little square of Plaça de Felip Neri. The neighbourhoods boasts a wide range of alleys and cobbled streets that can be discovered every day by tourists and locals alike. Walking around the gothic quarter means travelling back to the roman ages and discovering the roman Barcino with the palaces and the gothic churches.

Barcelona's cathedral Gothic quarter, Barcelona Gothic quarter, Barcelona Kiss collage in Barcelona

5. Montjuïc mountain

This mountain has five attractions you can’t miss all in the same place. Montjuïc has a long avenue leading to the MNAC, the Nacional museum of art of Catalonia. Right before the impressive museum, where romanesque parts of catalan churches are exhibited, the magic fountain has lights and water shows at night giving all visitors an unbeatable sunset view. Continuing walking up the mountain we will find different gardens – all of them with incredible views of the city. The Castle of Montjuïc can also be located at the summit of the mountain. It can be accessed by car or by foot and there’s also a cable car. Around the MNAC we can find the olimpic game stadium, built for the 1992 games.

Views from Montjuïc Cactus garden in Barcelona Barcelona city views from Montjuïc Barcelona city views from Montjuïc


DO YOU WANT TO VISIT MORE OF BARCELONA? Read here a list of 101 things to do in Barcelona

6. Casa Milà o la Pedrera

Located in the “5th Avenue” of Barcelona, another of Gaudi’s architectural stars shows its winding shapes and towers to every tourist that walks or drives past the Passeig de Gràcia, the avenue with the luxury shops.

La pedrera in Barcelona

7. Barceloneta neighbourhood and promenade

It can’t be a great city if, located next to the sea, one of the most interesting quarters isn’t the one right by the beach and the promenade. With more than 3 km on the main area of beach, the promenade hosts bikers, walkers, runners and more every day. The views are unbeatable and the ones that want a more village-like experience just need to get into the streets of La Barceloneta. Clothes hanging from the windows, old people sitting on the balconies and restaurants that can’t be traced back because they’ve always been there are it’s main stars.

8. El born

El born is another of Barcelona’s oldest neighbourhoods. We can find the basilica Santa Maria del mar. It rivals the gothic quarter as one of the favourites of the general public. It combines the old Barcelona with some new and innovative buildings. Easy to stroll without a direction around the maze-looking cobbled streets and discover the charm of the city by foot. It is one of the best neighbourhoods to sit down for a beer and a tapa or two, and embrace the Catalan gastronomy.

El born, Barcelona Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

9. Bunkers del Carmel – Turó de la Rovira

Arguably the best views of the city, the Bunkers del Carmel receive groups of friends every day that just want to spend time sitting on the edge of the platforms. Located on top of one of Barcelona’s hills, arriving is easy by car or bus and after a little walk you are rewarded with incredible city views.

Búnkers del Carmel lookout, Barcelona

10. Barcelona city centre

The central skeleton of the city is without a doubt Plaça Catalunya. It is not the prettiest square but it’s where all buses, metro and train stations converge. Where people set meeting points and connects with the Passeig de Gràcia, the commercial avenue with all the luxury brand shops. On the other end it connects with Les Rambles, another important street.

Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona

Need more recommendations for your time in Barcelona? Don’t hesitate to message me for more tips!

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Pier tents in lush gardens: Garden Village Bled

Pier tents in lush gardens: Garden Village Bled

During our road trip around Slovenia we had the chance to stay in a very eco-friendly resort: Garden Green Village Bled. This eco-friendly resort is located next to Lake Bled, one of the main attractions of Slovenia. What made me want to stay there were not only their accommodation types but also how different it looked from every accommodation I had ever stayed at. Camping has been a thing my parents have taught me to love, so glamping just feels like a more comfortable experience of the same concept. I wanted to stay there!Garden Village Bled is an eco resort. The energy is powered through solar panels, they have a river running through the property that feeds both the pool and drinking water for guests. Instead of using chemicals for the pool, there is a pond with different plants that filter and clean the water. How cool is that? Their gardens are full of different vegetables that are served in the Greenhouse restaurant at a later stage.Greenhouse restaurant at Garden Village Bled

Quick facts:

  • Good for: families, couples, friends
  • Starting from: 275€ per night
  • Location: lake Bled, Slovenia
Greenhouse restaurant at Garden Village Bled

Garden Village Bled

The resort is located barely 3 minutes away driving from Lake Bled. It has a main restaurant and swimming pool area on the first level, and the rest of the village is located on tiered wooden structures that go down to the river.Garden Village BledTheir room categories offer glamping tents, tree houses, pier tents and apartments. I only found this incredible resort when our whole trip had already been planned (and it was close to the date) so all their tree houses and glamping tents were booked out. I have to say that I would happily stay in a Pier Tent every day. Ok, I was lying, I would but only after trying the other two room categories.From the restaurant level one can see the tree houses almost on the same level. Going down the wooden structures we arrived at different viewing decks and when we were almost to the river we were shown our Pier Tent. Pier tents are located on individual wood decks overlooking the river, only 2 metres down from the balcony. Some Pier tents even have stairs down to the river so you can refresh yourself right from the privacy of your own deck.viewing decks at Garden Village BledThe pier tents amenities include mattresses and sleeping linen, two little lamps at each side. On our private deck a lamp, a big box to store our belongings, two chairs and a mini fridge complemented the room. For all of you worried about the safety of your belongings, both the tent and the box have a lock.Our pier tent at Garden Village Bled Our pier tent at Garden Village Bled

Stay at Garden Village Bled

On arrival we were offered a signature non-alcoholic cocktail to be enjoyed in their VIP table, located in the middle of their pool, with a canape. While we waited for our key we could just look around and see how green everything was.signature cocktail at arrival Garden Village Bled VIP tableEverything in the village has been taken care of. Gardens are perfectly aligned with tents and paths, there are little waterfalls throughout the property and all the wood structures are polished. It feels like walking around Wonderland.The pier tents do not have private en-suite bathrooms, they are communal. The Treehouses and glamping tents do have en-suite bathrooms.

What I loved most

The attention to detail throughout the property is really satisfying. The staff were over the top kind and the resort was a quiet place to rest after a busy day.Garden Village Bled offers glamping at its best in lush green gardens. It is a peaceful quiet garden to reconnect with yourself.Garden Village BledSleeping so close to the river made the whole sleeping in a luxury tent even better. Hearing the water running below us the whole night was very soothing.
Do you want to sleep here? PINT IT!
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