Albania • Gjirokaster’s Castle

At a height of 336 metres, in one of Albania‘s most charming cities, a castle rich in history can be visited. Gjirokaster is in Southern Albania, a mere 30 kilometres from the Greek border. Its old town is also an UNESCO World Heritage site. Gjirokaster’s castle was built in the 12th century by the Despots…

Sardinia, Italy • Planu Sartu: Ruins Between the Mountains and the Sea

Planu Sartu is an abandoned town situated near Buggerru, a village in southwestern Sardinia. Sardinia, which belongs to Italy, is the second biggest island in the Mediterranean Sea and it is located halfway between continental Italy and the Spanish Balearic islands. A few kilometres north, there is Corsica, an island belonging to France and south…

Amsterdam, Netherlands • Alternative Travel Gathering 2016

In the last weekend of July (29th-31st) I have had the chance to participate as a speaker at the Alternative Travel Gathering, held in Amsterdam‘s Vondelbunker, a squat situated inside the Vondelpark, the city’s most popular park. While the name for the event itself may seem self-explanatory, the truth is that there is a lot more…

Plovdiv, Bulgaria • The Oldest City in Europe

Plovdiv is the second biggest city in Bulgaria, located 150 km east of Sofia, the capital city. The first impressive fact about Plovdiv is that it has been inhabited continuously for over 8000 years! You can see this in the extensive variety of archaeological and historical buildings in the Old Town. First, the Roman amphitheatre…

Metelkova, Slovenia • Ljubljana’s Most Original ‘Hood

This tip comes from our Italian Explorer Alessio Amato Metelkova is a self-declared “autonomous cultural zone” located in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a small European country born in 1991 after Yugoslavia collapsed.  It used to be the Slovenian headquarters of the Yugoslav National Army. The area consists of seven buildings. Inside, you may find several clubs…

Kamianets-Podilskyi, Ukraine – A Fairytale Castle

This tip comes from our Italian Explorer Alessio Amato. Kamianets-Podilskyi is a medieval city located in the west of Ukraine. Its architecture, especially the Old Town, is heavily influenced by its past, since the city was a part of the Polish Kingdom and the Soviet Union. The historical presence of Jews and Armenians have also contributed to…