Surrounded with humongous rock formations memorable to an all-day hiking escapade, Utah is notorious for its awesome natural spots that are just magnetic to travelers who seek adventure. But a trip spent outdoors is downright exhausting, and every once in a while; we can find comfort within sheltered roofs and cozy accommodations.
If you were the type of adventurer who would want to get the best of both worlds, then paying Moab in Utah a visit would definitely enlighten you to a fun-filled experience of a lifetime.
Well known for the wilderness upon its very territory, Moab is also a place where the urban and rural styles collide—hiking trails dotted with pubs for your dose of ice-cold beer, camping sites with nearby restaurants to satisfy your appetites and seeking solace through the expansive, uncharted lands where mobile reception is still reliable. Moab is the perfect getaway for those who are vying to have a hassle-free and ‘connected’ outdoor adventure.
Geographically, Moab is located in the Colorado Plateau the same way most Utah towns are. With a minuscule land area spanning 3.6 square miles, Moab is still one of Utah’s prime tourist destinations and is currently being inhabited by roughly 5,200 residents.
Moab is technically just south of the infamous Colorado River and is a good 18 miles away from the Colorado/Utah Stateline. Furthermore, Moab, when you look for it on the map, is situated in the state’s almost southernmost tip and is elevated 4,026 feet above sea level.
According to the Koppen Climate Classification, Moab is under the arid climate type, which is equivalent to very frigid and chilly winters with hot and humid summers. Moab’s rainy days are scattered almost evenly over the course of one year, and the snowy season is rather erratic.
The hottest months are June and July, which peaks at a temperature of a massive 46 degrees Celsius, while the average temperature in an annual scale is at 22.1 degrees Celsius.
The coldest months are from December to February, and temperatures can drop as low as -31 degrees Celsius. Precipitation, as aforementioned, is evenly distributed all year long, all of which accumulates an average rainfall of no more than 1 inch. Snowfall can be observed starting November stretching as far as March and in an annual scale, Moab gets 17.5 inches of snowfall. March is said to be the rainiest month with estimated rainy days of 6-7 days straight.
Since Moab can be seen close to the Colorado River, people who visit the town normally get the convenience of using the bridge, which has been duly restored and upgraded over time. Connected to the bridge is U.S. Route 191, which is a breath of relief for those who use land transportation as their main form of travel to Moab.
Transportation is not too modernized in Moab, and railway stations are quite rare. There’s the California Zephyr Line which gives access to Moab via Thompson Springs, which is not too far from the town’s center.
Other stops include Green River, Colorado and Grand Junction. The nearest airport from Moab is the Salt Lake City International Airport, which is also connected to a closer airport called the Canyonlands Field.
What to See
Hole ‘n the Rock
Visiting the Hole ‘n the Rock will surely warp you back to the 1950s due to its direct approach in terms of architecture and decorative style.
Located approximately 12 miles away from Moab’s township, the expansive 5000-square foot complex is now home to vintage signboards, a miniscule zoo for domesticated pets, some souvenir shops and impressive metal art, which will flip your visit into a more enjoyable one.
Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge
Due to Moab’s dreamy and fleeting sceneries, many movies have been set and produced within its very realm.
If you want to have a quick glimpse of almost all the flicks that have been filmed here, take a quick trip to the Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge, which features old movie posters and film memorabilia preserved for future generations.
Spanish Valley Winery
Specifically located 6 kilometers away from Moab and at a fork on U.S. Highway 191 lies the Spanish Valley Winery, which would definitely bring out the wine connoisseur in you.
Here, you’d be able to see how the people of Moab produce Spanish wine and taste a wide variety of their prized collections during scheduled visits.
Moab Information Website
Satisfy the thirst for nature tripping by visiting the wonders found in the city of Hilo.
The city might be full of activities from its beaches and water recreation spots, but past the fun brought about by the sparkling waters, another kind of adventure awaits those who are daring enough to experience the wonders of the rough trails of nature, solemn falls and awe-inspiring wildlife.
Hilo has a tropical rain forest climate. The city gets an average precipitation of 128 inches per year and around 175 sunny days per annum.
There is a significant amount of rainfall even during months belonging to summer season. The driest month is June while rain falls mostly during November.
(3) A day in Hilo
The city can be reached directly from from Honolulu. Public transportation is not really an option while roaming around the city.
Most prefer to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged during arrival at the airport.
There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Highway, but trips are not as frequent and that’s why a schedule has to be observed.
(4)Transportation in Hilo
The city can be reached by having connecting a flight from Honolulu to Hilo International Airport. Public transportation is not much of an option while roaming around the city.
Most prefers to have rented vehicles that are typically arranged at the arrival at the airport. There is an option to take a bus by going to Mamaloha Hiighway but trips are not as frequent that’s why schedule has to be observed.
(5) Rainbow Falls
One of the most visited destinations in Hilo, these falls are famous because of the rainbow visible here every day around 10 AM.
The falls itself, even without the view of the rainbow, is a unique sight to behold. The vegetation surrounding it and the pristine water from the falls is picturesque in itself.
Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo
(6) Pana’ewa Rainforest Zoo
This 12-acre zoo serves as a home to around 60 species of animals and more than 40 species of plants and trees. This is the only tropical zoo in the US.
Though small in size, this tourist destination was able to establish a name for itself together with its superstar, Namaste, a Bengal tiger from India that belongs to a genus nearing extinction.
(7) Akaka Falls
Be enticed into hiking that allows you to meet the luscious orchids and bamboo groves while traversing the trails of these falls found inside the similarly named state park.
The short hike takes about 30 minutes and is friendly even to first timers as well as kids. The trip is worth it because it means seeing the gorgeous view of the falls.
Thinking about France, holiday destinations come to mind and topping the list are places like Paris, Nice, and many other cities. Searching for Ile de Re in that list, you will not see it on top, but that doesn’t mean the secret of this wonderful place isn’t slowly getting out.
Drenched in the sun with a flavorful lifestyle, many have come to seek the languid atmosphere of Ile de Re. It should be no wonder: the white-washed walls, town center structures free to walk around, salty view, beaches and many more spectacles.
Ile de Re is an island in France connected to the mainland, specifically to La Rochelle, through an impressive three-kilometer bridge.
It is located in southern France and known to have some of the Atlantic’s best coastlines together with Ile d’Oleron situated on its south. The island spans only for 30 kilometers in length and 5 kilometers in wideness.
Ile de Re is amongst France’s sunniest regions making for an excellent beach vacation. The sun shines the longest in the months of April to August and November. August is its hottest month with an average temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.
Conversely, January is the coldest with an average temperature of six degrees Celsius. The wettest month is October, and you may want to pack extra clothes during these days.
For those who are residing outside the country, you can travel to Ile de Re via airplane to international airports in La Rochelle and Poitiers. Flights here include those coming from the United Kingdom, Belgium, Ireland and Portugal.
From the airport, it will be a short drive to the town center, where you can find the transportation to Ile de Re. However, if you are just around France, you can reach La Rochelle via train. Those who are visiting Paris might as well put Ile De Re as their destination after. It will only take under three hours of travel time to reach La Rochelle.
Saint Martin de Re
This fortified town and harbor in the northern part of Ile de Re is a great place to start your holiday vacation in the island. Every day has a multitude of activities to choose from, but the bubble of nostalgia couldn’t be punctured by modern times, as whitewashed walls, fortifications, and citadels surround the town reminding people of the 17th century.
These eight-meter-tall, two-meter-thick fortifications were built by an acclaimed French military group, Vauban, and are among the “Vauban fortified sites” protected by the UNESCO. Restaurants, cafes, and boutiques are gathered here, so anyone like the high-heeled Parisians and privileged ones won’t have to worry about anything.
Ars en Re
Ars en Re, one of France’s “most beautiful villages,” is better visited when the market is full of activity. It opens during Tuesday and Friday mornings all year round, except for July and August when it opens daily.
This will give you plenty of chances to experience the Retois lifestyle as compared to wintertime when the place is very quiet, but if that is what you prefer, then do pay a visit still.
While getting familiar with the town, scramble across winding streets and hollyhocks to find Saint-Etienne Church, also serving as a landmark for any passing vehicles. During summer, grab the opportunity to climb its spires and see the surrounding forest as well as the oyster beds.
La Flotte en Re
Apart from Ars en Re, La Flotte en Re is also one of the “most beautiful villages in France.” this town share its similarities with the other Ile de Re towns. It is a port town and has the architectural signature of Ile de Re with whitewashed walls and green shutters and hollyhocks.
It also has historical landmarks such as the Fort de La Pree, a Vauban fortification, and Abbey des Chateliers built in the 12th century by the Cisterian monks. The bonus in La Flotte is its interlocking cycle paths.
Riding a bike there could be the most enjoyable activity in La Flotte, as it will bring you to different relaxing paths finishing off into cafes or restaurants to cap off the day.
Ile de Re has two faces: its nostalgic and bustling towns in the north, and it stunning beaches in the south. With ten kilometers of sandy empty coast to choose from, these white-sandy beaches are pieces of peaceful heaven.
Le-Bois-Plage-en-Ré and Phare des Baleines are two of the most popular beaches in the island. The first is popular for kids, while the latter is much quieter with a lighthouse standing 55 meters high, which is the second oldest lighthouse in the country. Another favorite is Rivedoux Plage, wherein plenty of kite surfers are flocking the place.
Tourism Information Guide
Mary Grace Valdez
Once in our lives, we believed that the famous Christmas icon, Santa Claus, does exist and is lives in the upper hemisphere of the planet.
Celebrating the Yuletide season would definitely mean that talks of what Santa Claus would be giving children as gifts are all afloat during dinners and early morning conversations.
As you grow older, it becomes apparent that there really is no Santa Claus, but your subconscious wouldn’t take it against you if you secretly want him to enter your home through your smoke-belched chimney.
Due to the concept of Santa Claus’ existence, many people have scoured every corner of the Earth to find out exactly where he could have been hiding.
Obtaining some information from folklore and stories passed down from one generation to another, parents created this makeshift story that Santa Claus should be residing in the North Pole, all with the snowy environment fit for his reindeers.
And when one speaks of Santa Claus’ official terrestrial location, the small city of Rovaniemi comes into mind, flipping this humble town into a booming travel destination during the Christmas season.
Rovaniemi is known to belong to Finland’s northernmost province, Lapland, and is both an administrative and commercial center in its own right.
Specifically, it can be found 10 kilometers south of the frigid Arctic Circle, surrounded by hills named as Ounasvaara and Korkalovaara.
The body of water nearest to Rovaniemi is the River Kemijoki, which turns into sheets of ice when snow comes into play.
The total land area of Rovaniemi is at 7,581 square kilometers and is dubbed to be the fifth largest town in the whole of Finland.
An estimated total of 61,000 Finnish and foreigners have been residing in this merry town since June of 2015.
As expected, and according to the Koppen Climate Classification, Rovaniemi is under the subarctic climate, derived from its location close to the Arctic Circle.
Many people love the weather here, not only in specific months, but also in an annual perspective throughout the entire year. Subarctic climate means that the people of Rovaniemi experience summers that are short and comfortable, while winters tend to be long, snowy and very frigid.
Hotter temperatures are observed starting May and stretch until August, averaging at 28-degrees Celsius for the whole summer duration.
The lowest temperatures can be felt starting December and would last until April, all running negatives on the Celsius scale.
Getting in and out of Rovaniemi is quite convenient thanks to the VR Group, a sophisticated Finnish railway system that can transport you to different parts of Finland in a jiffy.
If you’re going to Rovaniemi, you might want to start your journey either on the stations of Oulu, Helsinki, Turku or Tampere, then straight to the Rovaniemi Station.
Aside from the reliable railway system, travelers would also have the chance of getting in and out of Rovaniemi by airplane and the entry point would be at the Rovaniemi Airport, a good 6 miles away from the city center. It is strongly suggested to walk for you to roam around Santa Claus’ town more efficiently.
What to See
Aside from the dazzling landmarks that would remind you of Christmas, there are other points of interest in Rovaniemi that would definitely excite you in one way or another.
Take the Lappia-Talo, for example. This majestic feat of architecture is famous for its design, thanks to the genius Alvar Aalto, and this edifice now stands proudly on city grounds.
Lappia-Talo is actually a concert hall, which attracts more and more tourists due to the grandeur that it displays.
If you want to fulfill your desire to see more of the North’s tapestries of history and events, then getting yourself, within the long queues of Arktikum would do you best.
Many travelers have fallen in love with this place at first glance starting with the imposing glass tunnel that greets you at the entrance. In here, you’d be enlightened on so many things such as Rovaniemi’s history, culture and lore associated with Sami, interactive displays featuring the flora and fauna that can found within Arctic Europe and nearby continents.
This museum is also home to a restaurant, which cooks the finest Finnish dishes and a research hall for your academic needs, if any.
Just adjacent to the mighty building of Arktikum lays another area for you to learn more, called the Pilke Tiedekeskus. In here, all efforts were injected to come-up with captivating exhibitions depicting Finnish forestry and all the magic encompassing this field of knowledge.
This very interactive venue is fit for kids and adults alike, all equipped with high-tech features such as multilingual touch-screens and bear hunting simulations to enhance your trip to Rovaniemi.
Standing since the 1950s, this place of worship has witnessed how Rovaniemi improved from the wars to what it is today.
Upon entry, you’d be delighted to see a huge fresco showing a Christ-like figure emerging from a scenery that is certainly Lappish in nature.
Rovaniemi | The Official Hometown of Santa Claus
Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi in Lapland Finland
One thing that’s noticeable in Malmo is the youthful charge brought about by the inhabitants residing within the realms of the city.
Almost half of the populace is aged 35 years old and below, and the basic expectation is the ultimate flamboyance brought about by young minds and creative hearts.
Malmo is now saturated with larger-than-life architecture, lavish accommodations and the best Scandinavian cuisine.
Dynamism is one of the obvious potentials that Malmo is pegging on, and with how the city is faring; it is off to a soaring start.
If you want to be surrounded with utter positivity, an ecstatic culture and a trip, which will invoke smiles, then Malmo is the best option for your next excursion.
Sitting on the bedrock of the famous Scandia Province, Malmo is a sure haven for tourists as it harnesses all the glory of being on Sweden’s southwestern edge. Malmo’s land area covers almost 61.2-square miles of land, 0.6- square miles of water and is currently being inhabited by nearly 550,000 people.
Malmo is a huge strip of land surrounded by an equally gargantuan body of water on its western edge. Malmo is also known to be a part of the Oresund Region, which is separated by the might Oresund Bridge.
Like it’s mother country, Malmo follows Sweden’s oceanic climate, which equates to summers being warm and enjoyable, while winters are generally cold with temperatures dropping all too low.
In an annual estimate, Malmo has a average temperature of 34.1-degrees Celsius, while the all-time low is recorded at 5.4-degress Celsius. The hottest months are June, July and August, with heat climbing as high as 33.6-degrees Celsius.
Rain showers and accumulated precipitation are best observed during the month of November, ranging at 2.4-2.5 inches of rainfall.
One of the most notable modes of transport in Malmo is through the benefit of the recently erected Oresund Line, accommodating trips every 20 minutes. This travel option would connect Malmo to the equally famous area of Copenhagen and Copenhagen Airport.
While the Copenhagen Airport offers most of the international tours, Malmo has an airport of its own, which is mainly used for domestic, charter and low-cost aviation trips. Also, you’d be surprised to see that most Malmo inhabitants are leaning onto cycling and the government put importance to it by paving a bike path measuring up to 250 miles.
Travel by water would also be another option, as Malmo is a seaside city as well. If you want to ride cruise ships and ferries, then you can go to Limhamn Marina and Lagunen for scheduled trips and services.
What to See
If you want to be amazed by an establishment pegged on technological advancement, then getting a glimpse of the legendary Tuning Torso would suit your insatiable craving of the unknown.
Now being heralded as one of Malmo’s most significant landmarks, this is Sweden’s tallest building at 190 meters in height and was opened just in August 2005.
What makes the Turning Torso a must-see is its ability to literally turn at 90 degrees as a chunk of an edifice. Seeing this would make you feel the same way as when you watched The Matrix.
Just a short distance away from Malmo’s city center, the Malmo Museer is an expansive establishment that houses different artifacts worthy of being included in your local museum’s collection.
You’d be immersed on a myriad of things from insects and bats, shiny armor and war armaments, to the aquarium sitting at the edifice’s grand hall. All of Malmo and the life that had transpired here is enclosed in glass cages and reinforced walls. Paying this place a visit would do you good in enriching your knowledge about the town.
Sticking with what Malmo is known for, the Form/Design Center is an avenue for you to be acquainted with all the advancements this little town has received over the years.
In here, you’d be able to see cool art pieces from Scandinavian locals, fashion and crafts, and even minuscule things such as toys, furniture and appliances.
Smell and feel how Malmo chocolate artisans craft their coveted edible pieces in the Malmo Chokladfabrik. Since 1888, this factory has been producing organic chocolate, and has been putting prestige in chocolate making by earning coveted awards.
Once inside, you’d be oriented with how Malmo creates their chocolate and you’d even have a 20% discount once you bag these delicacies from their in-house shops.
Malmo – Visit Sweden
Malmo Tourist Guide – Malmo, Sweden
Despite the fact that the city of Whitehorse has a lot of steel structures and cemented pavements, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have anything exciting to offer. With a very serious ambiance due to high-rise buildings and humongous businesses built within its realms, Whitehorse also invested in numerous reasons as to why everyone should pay attention to paying them a visit.
Known as Yukon Territory’s capital city, you’d be delighted to know that Whitehorse does possess quality restaurants, a well-funded arts community and various places for you to stay after an exhausting day of roaming around.
With the epic Yukon River flowing by its outskirts, enjoying Whitehorse involves traversing mountain trails, bicycle paths and paying attention to the city’s relentless efforts in establishing it’s rich culture and deep-rooted heritage.
True enough, Whitehorse is worth every minute of your time, as you’d be submerged into a place where development ensues without a sound and nature thrives without a hassle.
Known to be Northern Canada’s largest city with a combined area of 3,400 square miles from the city itself to metropolitan area, Whitehorse is specifically located at the historic Mile 918.
Whitehorse is strategically surrounded with three famous mountains, namely Grey to the east, Haeckel Hill to the northwest and Golden Horn to the south. Currently, Whitehorse is Canada’s 79th largest city, which also denotes a near rectangular shape and leans towards the country’s northwest / southeast area.
Due to its colossal land area, Whitehorse’s territory is classified the same way as Yukon, which is under the subarctic type. The lowest temperatures can be observed in the months of December until February, which set an all-time record of -52.2 degrees Celsius.
Heat begins to emanate around Whitehorse when the months of May and June kick in and can even stretch as far as September. During its warmest months, the city averages a temperature of 33.2 degrees Celsius.
Every year, Whitehorse records an estimate of 10.33 inches of precipitation, with August and September being the rainiest months. The clearest month is dubbed to be June with almost 267 hours of sunshine to be expected.
If you’re coming in from a different part of Canada, the airport that you can rely on is the Erik Nielsen Whitehorse International Airport, which has scheduled and chartered flights to equally famous Canadian cities such as Kelowna, Edmonton, Yellowknife, Ottawa, Old Crow and Fairbanks.
International flights to Alaska and Frankfurt are also said to be available at this aviation terminal. For now, Whitehorse doesn’t have any railway services, as the nearest stations available are the Yukon and White Pass stations, hundreds of kilometers away from the city center.
Despite the fact that Whitehorse is under the Yukon River bed and is accessible via the Bering Sea, there hasn’t been any known freight and ferry services that have disturbed the calm of the aforementioned body of water. Whitehorse Transit makes bus services available, with schedules on weekdays and Saturdays.
What to See
Originally built in 1937, the legendary SS Klondike made its final run via the Dawson River in 1955, and has been a place of interest for locals and visitors of Whitehorse ever since.
Today, this sternwheeler is carefully revamped and restored for tourists to admire, and is known to be one of Whitehorse’s landmarks as a national historic site.
A group of craftsmen and restorers put their best foot forward in ensuring that the SS Klondike would be able to get the care it deserved.
Located past the city’s hydroelectric plant to the south, go ‘salmon watching’ at the Whitehorse Fishway and be mesmerized by how abundant the wildlife of the Yukon River is.
Accessible via the infamous Millennium Trail, get into the Fishway and succumb to your inner child as you witness salmon swimming past the wooden fish ladder found in an area which is 366 meters in length and is the longest in the world.
Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center
What’s a city without a museum? The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Center serves it purpose in endorsing the arts and culture as seen in the olden days of Whitehorse.
See how the city thrived during the Ice Age and even set your eyes on a live skeleton of a giant ground sloth said to have existed on the place called Beringia.
Visitor Information Center
The fusion of different cultures has been one of Malindi’s best assets. Thriving to be considered as Kenya’s very own European town, Malindi is more than just a copycat of a huge nation. With all the activities going on every day, one will definitely not experience boredom, as there is great interaction between tourists and locals altogether.
Be face to face with the freshest oysters gathered from the blessed Indian Ocean, get a taste of their homemade sweets and delicacies, and wander through historical alleys and pathways that once have been very essential in Malindi’s development as a town, all wrapped up with the sheer hospitality of the Malindi populace.
Vacations would be saturated with so many things to see and do, and this small area in Kenya would educate you to embrace diversity as if it were the best that reality has to offer.
Malindi is located at Kenya’s coastline facing the Indian Ocean. You can also see from the map that it lies on the same bed as the Galana River,, which is roughly 120 kilometers from the city of Mombasa.
Founded in the early 13th century, Malindi is one of the oldest Kenyan towns, harboring an estimated 208,000 inhabitants as of the latest census.
As expected of a Kenyan town, Malindi has a tropical climate, as stated in the Koppen Climate Classification, which equates to summers that are rainier rather than winters.
In an annual scale, Malindi’s temperature is under the median average of 26.4 degrees Celsius, with March considered to be the hottest month. The heat and steam is said to stretch for up to 3 months until July, when the cold season starts to kick in.
Precipitation is virtually present throughout the whole year, but it is the month of May, which contributes the most rainfall. April starts the wet season at an average of 181 millimeters of accumulated precipitation, followed by May with a whopping threshold of 293 millimeters.
Temperatures drop to as low as 21.4 degrees and can endure from the last quarter of the year until the beginning of the next.
Since it is somewhat far from the capital city of Mombasa, travelers can only get to Malindi via private transportation, such as taxi services. The main airport, which caters to both domestic and international flights, can be found only in Mombasa, and as of the most recent inquiries, there haven’t been any plans of putting even a smaller aviation terminal in Malindi soon.
Once inside the territory of Malindi, tourists are suggested to scour the town on foot due to its manageable land area. Most tourists have succumbed to the idea of scanning the whole place by hopping between different locations with the use of public buses roaming the whole area, such as roaming beaches, hotels and other points of interest in one convenient trip.
Tuk-tuks, a local method of roaming around is also present for you to use as an alternative.
What to See
House of Columns
A town won’t be considered as exciting as it should be without the light glimpse of what it had been during the olden times, and that is what the House of Columns invites you experience.
Boasting Swahili architecture, this small edifice is a marvel of its own, all adorned with the intrinsic designs and specific details.
The House of Columns is also home to several archaeological artifacts that have been unearthed from Malindi’s coastline, which displays how rich and diversified Malindi’s culture is.
For some divine inspiration while on your enjoyable vacation in Malindi, never forget to pay the Portuguese Church a visit. Located in the city center, this edifice of faith was erected by Vasco De Gama and is memorable to Malindi’s entire race due to the historical value it holds.
This church, mentioned in folklore, was visited by St. Francis Xavier when his Holiness was on his way to Kenya.
Malindi Marine National Park
If you wish to enjoy Malindi’s marine life, then you definitely have to visit the Malindi Marine National Park. Covering an impressive land area of 213 square kilometers, feast your eyes on the different creatures in Malindi’s aquaculture.
Get in touch with different species of fish, sea turtles and well-maintained sea grass. The probability of seeing whale sharks might be high, depending on the season of your visit.
Kenya Travel Guide
Silver Coast Portugal is perhaps your all-in-one holiday destination. The 150-kilometer coastline of sun-trap beaches provide a Mecca for all kinds of watersports. From big, crashing waves to satisfy the adventurous, to lagoons safely tucked for kids to swim in, there are choices for everyone.
If you’re already already tired of the beach, the seafront is a good break with cafes and restaurants, which is evidence to the springing development in the area. Fortunately, the authenticity of the atmosphere remains with Portuguese palates, and the native language still very much alive and used everyday.
Proceeding further inland, cycle paths, hiking trails, and different stops over the countryside to the vineyards provide different activities outside the sea.
Silver Coast, Portugal, also locally known as the Cold Coast, is a stetch of 150 kilometers of coastline.
It is situated north of Lisbon up until the fishing town of Nazare and goes south ending in the town of Cascais, due south of the borders of the city capital and is almost a part of Estoril.
Due to Atlantic currents, Silver Coast enjoys a mild climate. While dry, the summers here are relatively cooler than that of Algarve, averaging at 25 to 30 degrees Celsius. The same applies for winter.
The sea currents prevent the temperature from dipping below 15 degrees, making it is considerably warm.
The best season is of course in summer, running from July to August, packing the place with people ready to populate the beach. For a more intimate visit, one can go in spring or autumn.
The main mode of transportation is through the city of Lisbon where the general trafficof tourists touches down and departs. There are daily flights available in Lisbon to and from different cities of different countries with many carriers operating daily.
Once in Lisbon, one can rent a car or use public transportation to reach the different resorts in Silver Coast. The travel time only lasts for approximately an hour.
While most tourists travel to Silver Coast for its sweeping beaches, the landscape offered by Silver Coast and its towns should not be missed. Situated in Mira de Aire are Portugal’s largest caves featuring stalactites and different rock formations cutting through the underground lakes and streams. This is further highlighted by the sounds and light show developed to attract more visitors.
Another delight for tourists is the mountain of Montejunto. The village of Praganca, situated on the northern side of the peak, is the gateway to the summit. To reach it, one must follow the signs, which will lead to ruins of a monastery and an ancient church.
At the summit, one can indulge in a picnic and the view, or for some, mountainside cycling and trekking. Upon descending, one may see the remains of an old royal ice factory.
The Countryside and the Wine Routes
Exploring the countryside is one of the best decisions one can make in visiting Silver Coast. It provides an ample amount of opportunities to sample the wines in different wine cellars, taste the cuisine served by different restaurants along the way, and see some historic sites cradled by these amazing villages.
There are three popular and established wine cellars one can visit in Silver Coast: Obidos wine cellar, Linhas de Torres wine cellar, and Quintas de Alenquer wine cellar. Visiting requires pre-planning and advance booking.
Being Portugal’s new and hottest golf destination, it would be worth trying their golf courses whether you are new to the scene or a veteran golfer. Among the most popular is Praia d’el Rey where the Atlantic scenery and world-class standard catches the attention of golfers.
Another one is the Golden Eagle Golf Course, setting the players into Portugal’s longest and most challenging golf course yet. There are new developments happening and soon, there will be new golf courses open to anyone.
Portugal’s best kept secret; the seascape here not only provides stunning views of the glinting Atlantic water but different activities as well to suit anyone’s preferences. The Obidos lagoon proved Siver Coast to be a great playground in the Atlantic.
Surfing is the most popular activity, but you are not limited to this watersport alone. Windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, canoeing, wake boarding are also among your choices of activities. There are also kayaking and jet skiing for anyone wanting to explore the seascape.
Algarve vs Silver Coast
Mary Grace Valdez
Myrtle Beach can be considered as the center of a long strip of scenic, uninterrupted coast called Grand Strand due to the number of people visiting the region annually.
It should be no wonder why Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is a grand temptation, with so many activities for people of all ages to choose from.
Myrtle Beach is a part of the famed Grand Strand, which is a stretch of around 60 miles of uninterrupted beaches facing the Atlantic Ocean.
Myrtle Beach is right off the Grand Strand’s center with famous promenades and landmarks pointing to its location.
Below Myrtle Beach is the relatively less famous Huntington Beach and to the north are other beaches that comprise the Grand Strand.
The best time to visit Myrtle Beach would be during the summer, from the months of June to August. It is the best time to enjoy the beach and other outdoor activities the place has to offer.
It is also the best time to go for a walk at dawn or twilight along the brown sugar-colored coast and witness the rising and setting of the sun.
Fortunately, other seasons could also be appreciated due to its temperate climate. Visitors should also be happy to know that in case of hurricanes, Myrtle Beach is well prepared with its Hurricane Preparedness Plans in which the city has taken great care of to ensure everyone’s safety.
Myrtle Beach has its own airport – Myrtle Beach International Airport – that serves as the main transportation hub for anyone wanting to visit the Grand Strand.
The airport serves flights to both public and private companies.
For getting to and from the airport, bus services of around 80 vehicles flock the area to transport anyone to 22 different destinations seven days a week and 365 days a year.
The SkyWheel should not be missed both for its size and experience. While you’re not swimming in the sea or eating out, this is the best time to try this ride.
This glass-enclosed, temperature-controlled gondola will reward you with a sight of the Atlantic Ocean’s coastline, a definite must-see especially at a time when the sun is almost setting and the LED lights of the ride are just about ready to bathe the place with neon colors.
Broadway is the place to cater to all your needs at Myrtle Beach all year round. This 350-acre territory with a stunning view of the sea has different recreational centers, dining spots, and shopping centers, all within walking distance.
It includes Wonderworks, a place where laser tag is extremely fun, or riding a virtual 360-degree roller coaster and perhaps piloting a fighter jet. There are also three theaters if you’re looking for a movie to watch or a live show to dance the night away.
During the day, don’t miss out on the Ripley’s Aquarium Museum, and of course for those thrill-seekers, the Myrtle Beach Speedway is where one can meet and drive some laps with professional racers, or see the death-defying show every Wednesday.
With around 100 golf courses to choose from, Myrtle Beach is rightfully considered as the golf capital of the world. The most famous is known as the Grande Dunes.
Since its inception in 2001, the Grande Dunes has already been attracting golf players around the world because, why not? With six sets of tees and upgraded Champion Bermuda greens together with the panorama of Intercoastal Waterways, this is sure to be an excellent vacation.
While all of the above-mentioned favorite spots all ensure a great stay at the area, swimming in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean at least once will complete the experience.
Kayaking, surfing, or holding on for your dear life in a banana-shaped boat, there is always to something give you an exquisite time at the beach.
That includes sampling the salt-water taffy while strolling on its shore.
Myrtle Beach Vacation Guide
Mary Grace Valdez
Highlighting the Cultural and Luxurious Lifestyle of Bangkok‘s Best Offerings
A place of fetid canals and monsoonal rains, Ratchaprasong in Bangkok managed to get the top spot as the most visited city in the world in 2013.
Therefore, the drawbacks of visiting Bangkok have been highly overshadowed by what it has to offer.
Although the glittering temples and spicy cuisine are a major force that draws tourists, another factor to consider is shopping.
According to the Thai-Chinese Tourism Alliance, Chinese tourists in Bangkok cough up more than a thousand dollars each, most of which is spent in shopping while staying in the city.
Situated in the world’s most famous tourist hub, the Ratchaprasong District in the city of Bangkok boasts fifty years of history in its roughly one square mile of land area.
Stretching from Siam to The Emporium, this district contains the best offerings for luxury living in Bangkok, from five-star hotels and fine dining restaurants to glorious shrines and shopping centers.
Connected through the Skytrain from the areas of Silom and Sukhumvit Road, anyone would find it easily accessible
Visiting Ratchaprasong would be best when the weather is cool and dry. This happens between the months of November and February, a time when you can avoid the sweltering heat at the start of the summer months and the humidity of the rainy season.
Although you are not going to be exposed to much of the outdoors while visiting Ratchaprasong, having to know that cool, crisp climate and clear skies could add to a more enjoyable experience.
If your accommodations are outside the district of Ratchaprasong, you can use taxis or hop into the Skytrain to reach the shopping centers.
Ask the taxi driver to drop you off at the Erawa Shrine, or if you choose the Skytrain, exit at the Chidlom or Rajadamri BTS Stations.
However, if you are staying within the district, you can walk to reach the different malls from your hotel. Just avoid people offering “last day sales” or drivers who do not use meters.
Shopping Centers Catering To Cultural Highlights
The Ratchaprasong District has become a battleground of malls. This gave rise to unique key features in every mall erected in the district to set them apart from each other.
Among these shopping centers is the Isetan Mall, a mall chain originating from Japan that highlights many Japanese products as well as authentic cuisine straight from the Land of the Rising Sun.
Apart from Japanese products, there are also international brands, particularly Louis Vuitton, since the brand is an icon for its high desirability in Japanese social circles.
Apart from Isetan, anyone who visits the district will not miss the CentralWorld mall. With an area of 830,000 square meters, its incredible size offers an extremely wide range of activities, having 15 cinemas, 100 cafes and restaurants, and 500 stores.
What makes the CentralWorld mall stand out is its architecture inspired by a street-shopping concept. It uses natural light as much as possible through its open wells, and displays sculptures made by different artists.
Visiting shopping centers highlighting culture would not be complete without visiting the Amarin Plaza. The Amarin Plaza is a five-storey shopping mall that draws in mixed crowds from affluent to simple tourists.
It offers highly acclaimed brands such as Valentino, as well as other local names. However, the feature that draws a stream of shoppers to the Amarin Plaza is its unique offerings.
Each floors focuses on certain specialties. Thai and Asian Cuisine, spas, and health centers flock the fourth floor, while rare and antique Thai collections are located in the third floor.
On the two lower floors are flagship brands in cosmetics and clothing. The top floor, however, is a unique spot devoted to creativity, such as learning to play instruments, dance salsa, and practice cosmetics to name a few.
From Exclusive Malls to All-Around Shopping Centers
Apart from the featured malls above, there are also shopping locations in the Ratchaprasong District that thrive in catering to a more exclusive clientele, while others focus on having cheaper products.
The malls that cater to only the affluent are the Gaysorn shopping mall and the Erawan Bangkok.
Brands such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Emilio Pucci, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Hugo Boss are among the international names found in these malls.
On the other hand, those who are on a limited budget will not miss the fun in malls like Cental Chidlom and Big C Superstore.
From fresh produce, discounted clothing stores, and home appliances, there are a variety of offerings in these shopping centers.
While most of the restaurants in these malls do not provide fine dining, the food is still great and there is an assurance that you’ll be fully satisfied.
Mary Grace Valdez