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Barcelona’s Architectural Masterpiece -  Sagrada Familia – Must See!

Barcelona’s Architectural Masterpiece - Sagrada Familia – Must See!

Whether your time in Barcelona revolves around a layover, weekend away or a longer break, the one thing you cannot miss during your time in the Catalan capital is a visit to the Sagrada Familia. One of the most magnificent churches in the world, this amazing creation comes from the mind of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The church is still a work in progress even though construction began in 1882 and is expected to finish in 2026--that’s 100 years after Gaudi's death. Tour this magnificent masterpiece with the Sagrada Familia Travel Guide and Offline Map.

1.      The Size, Detail, and Craftsmanship

Towering over its neighboring buildings, the Sagrada Familia is epic in scale. When complete it will have an impressive 18 spires, according to Gaudi's design, and will be the tallest church in the world. Outside the grand facade's intricate designs cover the walls in their entirety, with different styles being embraced in the telling of Christ's birth, life, and death. Visitors pass under the tree of life, with animals and wildlife to be spotted wherever you look and throughout the church areas are dedicated to everything from saints to sins. Inside the columns of the church are designed to look like trees and branches, and the roof so intricately designed you would want to stare at it for hours.

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2.      The Stained Glass Windows

The stained glass brings the building to life, with rainbows of light showering down onto the walls and columns all around you. They really have to be seen to be believed. They are considered an essential feature of the church. Gaudi gave them the same expressive intricacy as the architecture of the carvings. And if you love it enough, you can even pay to have a pane of glass added with your own name on it.

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3.      The View from the Top

The panoramic view of Barcelona will blow you away. The way the blue ocean from the Barcelona beach from afar contrasted with the orange glow of the church and the cityscape is worth mustering up your courage to defy your fear of heights, if you have one that is. The spectacular view is definitely a must-see for Barcelona first-timers and frequent visitors alike.

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Visit Málaga, the Gateway to the Costa del Sol

Visit Málaga, the Gateway to the Costa del Sol

Málaga is the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest municipality in Spain. It is extremely popular with tourists and listed below are some of the reasons why. Don’t forget to get your copy of Malaga Travel Guide and Offline City Street Map the before you arrive at this majestic city.

The Location

Málaga is the Southernmost Large City in Europe and its location cannot be more ideal. It is the perfect jumping board for excursions to nearby destinations such as Sevilla, Cordoba, and Granada. The high degree of accessibility makes it a culture-packed Metropolis where modern amenities mix perfectly well with the traditional vibe of a beach town. Whether you sick modern sophistication or rustic peace and quiet, Málaga can give it to you.

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The Weather

Málaga has around 320 days of bright sunshine each year which will allow you to make the most out of its spectacular beaches. This wonderful weather is unique to Málaga. The mountains prevent the cold from reaching it while the Mediterranean regulates the heat and prevents temperatures from going too high. With an average temperature of 22°C, you can visit Málaga any day of the year and still have a blast. 

The Food

Prepare your taste buds for authentic Málaga wine and freshly caught seafood of all kinds. Easy access to fresh ingredients is one of the perks of being a port town. Speaking, of freshness, make sure you try the city’s specialty, the gazpacho. Gazpacho is a soup made with raw vegetables and served cold. And as with any other Spanish city, there is also a wide variety of tapas to choose from in Málaga. With numerous beach cafes, restaurants, and tapa bars to choose from, you never have to eat at the same place twice. Also, check out the pubs and wine bars. Most of them serve Málaga wine directly from the barrel.

The Museums

Málaga has earned the nickname ‘The City of Museums” because it has more than 20 museums, with 15 of them located in the same vicinity. The most notable of these museums are the Pablo Picasso Birthplace Museum and the Picasso Museum of Málaga which both house a massive collection of Pablo Picasso’s works.

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Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Visit Berlin, the Historical European City

Brandenburg gate at sunset
Brandenburg gate at sunset

Berlin is one of the most coveted tourist spots in Europe. Below are some of the many amazing reasons why you should definitely go and visit Berlin. Refer to the Berlin Travel Guide and Offline City Map & Metro for a more comprehensive understanding of this wonderful city.

Profound History

No other European city is as historically significant as Berlin. In fact, a major part of recent history in the continent began at Berlin, making it the dream destination for history both history geeks and the average Joe who are simply curious. It is the best place to obtain an understanding of World War II and how it impacted Europe. Berlin also has Communist roots. The city has several museums you can spend a few hours on.

Liberal Mindset

Berlin is regarded by many as the most liberal European capital. It is a place where you can just be yourself and no one will judge you or act awkward towards you because of it. It has numerous alternative neighborhoods and vibrant places where you can just chill and relax.

Impressive Monuments

The Berlin Wall alone is worth your visit to Berlin. It is a mammoth structure that once separated East Berlin from West Berlin. Then there is also the Holocaust Memorial where you can gaze at remnants from the most terrible genocide in history. In contrast, there is the East Side Gallery, a particular 1316m section of the Berlin Wall that serves as an international memorial for freedom. There are other remarkable monuments scattered all over the city.

Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin
Wow! Graffiti House in Easten Berlin

Delicious Food

Berlin offers a wide selection of cuisine. First of all, it is a haven for vegans. It has the most number of vegan restaurants in the continent. You won’t even have to look for one to see one. Berlin also has the highest population of Turkish people in Europe so there is an abundance of Turkish restaurants and supermarkets. Other cuisines you can quite easily find in Berlin include Oriental, Italian, and Mexican.

Fun Shopping

Berlin has its fair share of colossal shopping malls such as the Berlin Mall, the KaDeWe and the Gallery Lafayette. The city also has a plethora of booth shops and small stores as well as flea markets full of vintage items. There are also secondhand bookstores and sellers of second hand designer clothes.

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Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

Outstanding Reasons to Visit Havana, a Premium Destination for Americans

The Cuban Government has made making it easier for Americans to visit the country a key part of its tourism campaign. There are now direct flights to Cuba from many cities in the United States. A lot of major American cities even have nonstop charter flights to Cuba. This alone makes it a good idea to visit this country. And if you will visit Cuba, might as well choose its capital and largest city, Havana. For easier time navigating Havana’s busy streets, get the Havana Travel Guide with Offline City Street Map. The Tourist Area of Old Havana (La Habana Vieja)

There is no better way to immerse yourself in the culture of Havana than taking a casual walk through the busy, crowded Calle Obispo from Calle Mercaderes, near Havana Harbor, west to Avenida Bélgica. You might even pick up souvenirs along the way as the sidewalks are littered with closet-sized shops selling refrigerator magnets, stuffed dolls, marionettes, t-shirts, and more.

You can also grab some street food as you go along with your stroll. An elote (corn on the cob on a stick) is a must try. You will also come across vendors selling sticky pastries and small Cuban sandwiches along the way. You might also encounter musicians giving free performances on a random street corner.

What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall
What a view! Havana Morro and the city Malecon seawall

Historical Havana

Cuba had its fair share of battles. It came under Spanish occupation for many years. Americans also tried to invade and conquer it numerous times. In Havana, you can find various fields, buildings, and promontories that were once battlefields. Take a walk on the walkway through the lawn facing the Malecón and the beautiful water beyond. Look for the historical markers that provide clues of when Cubans and Americans faced off using rifles and cannons.

1950s and 1960s American Cars

Havana is a paradise for automobile enthusiasts who have a taste for the antique. You will surely be amazed by how many vintage Buicks, Pontiacs, Chrysler Plymouths, Ford Fairlanes, Chevrolets, Dodges, and Studebakers parade the streets. Perfectly restored cars are often parked near hotels and plazas waiting for tourists who want to rent them.

Havana's Typical Old American Cars
Havana's Typical Old American Cars

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Reasons to Visit Budapest, the Explorer’s Paradise!

Reasons to Visit Budapest, the Explorer’s Paradise!

Visiting Budapest? Check out Budapest Travel Guide and Offline City Map. Budapest, the capital of Hungary, is also referred to as a paradise for explorers as one could find something interesting at every turn. The city is jam-packed with cool cafes, hipster hotels, and countless structures with grand and exciting architecture. Below are just a few of the many reasons!

1. It's affordable

Budapest is one of the cheapest tourist destinations in Europe. Your 3-day budget for other cities can last for more than a week on this one. Hotels, cafes, and pubs are everywhere and the tight competition makes the prices of their products and services quite consumer friendly.

2. Marvelous design

Numerous structural marvels are spread all around Budapest. Most popular ones are:

  • Kiosk, Március – a former gymnasium converted into a bar and grill. It offers authentic Hungarian cuisine with an amazing view of the Danube. The interior is filled with remarkable items such as exposed brickwork, side tables made from oil drums, banquette seating made from alive leather lined with copper plates, light bulb clusters, and a real-looking faux tree planted at the heart of the bar. The mouthwatering smell of grilling is also a welcome bonus.
  • Mazel Tov – an old courtyard transformed into a modern ruin pub. It has a glass roof light and a garden at the back and serves affordable Middle Eastern dishes.
  • Menza – this eatery will take you back to the 70’s with its oversized plastic and copper pendant lighting, lurid ceilings, and loud, abstract floral walls. It serves simple and extremely affordable food.

3. Coveted filming location

Budapest is one of the most popular filming locations in Europe thanks to its distinctive Mitteleuropean atmosphere. It is a place where the chances of running into a world famous actor or an active film set is quite high.

4. The café culture

The rich café culture can already be enough justification to visit Budapest. It is the most populated city in Hungary and cafes are the primary means of satisfying the populace’s need for food and drinks.

Budapest Cafe City. Don't miss one
Budapest Cafe City. Don't miss one

5. The thermal baths

The mineral-rich thermal baths offer quite a unique experience and the Szechenyi Thermal Baths is the most popular. Chill your afternoon away and wander at:

  • painted mint green changing rooms
  • black and white tilted floors
  • 15 indoor pools
  • 3 outdoor pools
  • 10 saunas and steam chambers
Budapest Thermal Baths. Relax and enjoy!
Budapest Thermal Baths. Relax and enjoy!

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The Art of Meriggiare: How to Leisurely Travel Rome in One Day

The Art of Meriggiare: How to Leisurely Travel Rome in One Day

If there is one person who knows the right way to see Rome, it’s Italian poet Eugenio Montale. In his famous work, Meriggiare, he talks about spending the day in deliberate languidness - observing the cracks on the pavement and watching the ants march in a single file - and the pleasure derived from doing it.

Meriggiare means “to pass the hottest hours of the day in a shady outdoor place.” It has no direct translation in English, but if it did, it would simply mean “the best way to enjoy Rome,” which is to say purposefully unhurried.

Even if you’re only in Rome for a layover, all you have to do is download the Rome Travel Guide and Offline City Map find a cozy café using its offline maps, order an espresso, and check out eTips suggestions on how to travel in Rome based on the art of meriggiare.

Take A Walk

Rome is notorious for its bad traffic. In fact, it’s widely recognized as one of the worst places to drive in the world. So, if you only have a few hours to spare in the city, forget about traveling by car.

There is no better way to see Rome than by foot. Take a stroll in the alleys of the Jewish Ghetto,

the oldest Jewish community in Europe, and indulge in the community’s historic and picturesque charms.

One of the ghetto’s must-see attractions is Bocca della Verità or the Mouth of Truth located in the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedia. Legend has it that it was used in ancient times as a lie detector during trials.

The way it works is that the accused will place his hand inside the mouth. If he’s telling the truth, he gets to keep his hand. If he lies, the Mouth of Truth will punish him by biting off his hand.

You’ll probably recognize the Mouth of Truth from Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck’s film Roman Holiday.

Rome best places to visit
Rome best places to visit

Visit A Local Market. But first, a grattachecca.

As Anthony Bourdain would tell you, if you want to know a city, you have to visit its local market.

Found just south of Piazza Navona, Campo de'Fiori is known as one of the best open-air markets in Rome. It has everything from fruits, vegetables, spices, cheese, flowers, even tableware. There are also stalls that hawk unique souvenir items.

But the highlight of any market are the food stalls. Snack on some porchetta, pizza al taglio, deep fried cod, supplì, and even a cone or two of gelato for a pre-pub hopping fill, before Campo de’Fiori transforms from midday market to an open-air pub at night.

But first, get yourself a refreshing glass of grattachecca, a dessert made from shaved ice, syrup, and fruit toppings, to start your day.

Don't miss Rome amazing markets
Don't miss Rome amazing markets

Nightcap at Trastevere

Trastevere translates to “across the Tiber” is a laidback neighborhood which seamlessly combines Rome’s medieval past and bohemian present.

Indulge in its hipster neighborhood vibe while getting a bite from a trattoria or sipping on wine in an outdoor cafe.

You can start your day with a walk through Trastevere’s winding cobblestone streets. Get your aperitivo on while admiring the well-preserved Medieval architecture, before heading to Piazza Santa Maria to do some people watching.