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…

The Island of Burano • Life in Technicolor

When traveling to Venice, Italy, many people get caught up in the main area where thousands of tourists flock, and seem to overlook one of the most beautiful attractions that Venice has to offer: the island of Burano. Burano is one of the many islands that is located in the Venetian Lagoon, on the coast of the Adriatic…

Balmaha • A Very Scottish Getaway

Just an hour north of Glasgow, within the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, sits a small town, Balmaha, nestled in the hillside on the shore of Loch Lomond. Traffic through the town consists almost entirely of walkers (the famous West Highland Way passes by the town) and there seem to be more boats than…

Iceland • A Hidden Hotpot

This tip comes from Greg Buzulencia at ViaHero.  Laugarvallalaug‏ is a true oasis in the middle of nowhere, if you’re lucky enough to find it. Close to the ruins of a deserted farm there is a geothermal stream that flows into a warm little waterfall, falling into a small pond at the bottom of it.  There…

Agrigento, Sicily • Some Pampering on the Beach

Agrigento means Valley of Temples and Scala dei Turchi, the famous sites where more or less everybody goes, when visiting this part of Sicily. I personally didn’t go to any of these places, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it: simply I didn’t have the time to do it, because I spent amazing days…

Kalbarri National Park • Window to Australian Nature

Australia: the great promise of memorable trips! There’s an amazing spot in one of the numerous natural parks of Australia. Its name is Natures Window and it’s part of the Kalbarri National Park, 568 kms heading to the north from Perth, Western Australia. Western is known as the most wild part of Australia (after the centre dominated…

Taormina & Giardini Naxos, Sicily • The Greeks are Still Alive 

Taormina and Giardini Naxos are well known in Sicily and in the rest of Italy because of their history and beauty. We departed early morning for the ancient Greek archeological site of Naxos, the first Greek colony in Italy. Naxos takes its name from the Greek island of Naxos and shares with it also the main…

Laghetti Di Marinello, Sicily • Legends Under the Sanctuary 

We decided to wander around the area of Messina and a woman we met in Villafranca suggested we go to Laghetti Di Marinello, a small locality on the sea.  So, in the early morning we decided to tempt luck but were confident in the local and nice woman, so we took a train to Oliveri-Tindari. Not…

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…

Copenhagen, Denmark • The Lonely Mermaid

One of Copenhagen’s top attractions is The Little Mermaid statue at Langelinje pier. Hans Christian Anderson’s heroine has now occupied the rock for over 100 years, entertaining around one million visitors a year. She sits on the rock, gazing out across the harbour, just as beautiful as Disney’s interpretation. However, a much more interesting and…

Glen Nevis, Scotland • Easy Access to Another World

Glen Nevis is the neighbouring glen to Ben Nevis, Scotland‘s highest mountain. Or translated into more easily understood language, it is the river valley that sits below the mountain. And it is so beautiful and other-worldly that it amazes even the most experienced and well-travelled walkers. To get there, you drive north from the town…

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…