With a great sense of passion, a soccer team to rival the best in the world, as well as a proud population that truly loves a good party this is the destination on the costa brava to make you feel like you have just found your new home
I was learning Spanish in Barcelona for more than two months, living in three different unique neighbourhoods and experiencing Barcelonas best together with friends made during the Spanish course I could only start to get to know the city, its nightlife and its diverse activities. Read on for some of the greatest impressions I could encounter while studying Spanish in Barcelona.
Barcelona – the capital of Catalunya is undoubtedly Spain’s most cosmopolitan and international city. Its the cultural magnet of one of Spains wealthiest regions boasting a captivating mix of classic charm and timeless attraction. It’s unique architecture by famous Antonio Gaudi shows off the element of pleasure and experimentalism inspired by the city.
The famous boulevard Las Ramblas is usually on every visitors schedule with its combination of caf’s, street artists and open air markets. During every year the city offers a large number of festivals and events, with September’s not-to-be-missed Festival de la Merc being the most famous amongst them.
Barcelona is located at the Mediterranean and has mild evenings for more than half of the year. It is a great place for going out and has a number of excellent night clubs right at the beach where you can listen to fine tunes, enjoy the sun and have a cocktail or two. The city also has thousands of inviting bars and underground clubs to choose from if you are up for a good party. You can also sign up for a dance lesson if you dreamed of learning some nice salsa or flamenco moves.
The city has a rich history and there are plenty of museums, galleries and a plethora of old gothic style streets to get lost in. The food in Barcelona is also world renowned with many top chefs calling this place home.
You will get to try some of the nicest restaurants in Spain, try contemporary fusion food crafted from local delicacies like Iberic ham as well as top international products matched with beautiful wines from the region. Most traditional Spanish restaurants dont open before 9 in the evening and its not unusual to stay out at dinner until late after midnight.
If you feel like planning your trip already why not consider a language course in Barcelona? Its a great and easy option to soak up the local culture . You will learn Spanish, meet locals and find yourself surrounded by many friends who want to explore the city with you. Its a great opportunity to get to know the city and enjoy it with friends.
It’s actually a area which hides a great deal of what it really offers. You can believe waiting on the small immigration shack at the air port that everyone is coming for a similar sort of break as you are. Many travelers are arriving for the very same reasons as you – skydivingand fishing. I used to be unaware that the island features one of the most diverse ecosystems on this planet. Nordic forest plus parched plateau can be found a couple of minutes from verdant jungle.
Tenerife possesses significantly more diversified categories of visitors than it does forms of climate nonetheless. I suppose it really is the case with other places, yet Tenerife absolutely does have different subcultures and incredibly different varieties of holiday maker (once you take a close look).
These different types of interest may overlap (the bicyclist and the trail runner), or perhaps could be very different, so diverse that you may possibly find it hard to envision them visiting the same island. Even though I’ve found fishermen who like clubbing and once shared a taxi cab back to the hotel, directly from a very late club, with a husband and wife who were going to shower and then embark on a horse ride down one of the island’s wonderful valley’s.
The particularly amazing variety of weather, brings with it a wide assortment of bird and animal, not forgetting flora. Bird watchers and botanists continuously move across the island hoping to find rare species or locate new ones.
Coming as I do from a major town in the UK I’ve always been amazed at the massive amount of observable stars, it nevertheless surprised me to discover the fact that Tenerife along with the Canary Islands as a whole are home to several observatories, and beyond the continually spreading light contamination of the coast, one can discover various star gazers criss-crossing the night heavens.
Naturally before I came to dwell here, I had a picture of the island as a budget holiday destination, but not anything else. Low cost trips along with rather unusual habits made the Spain of my childhood simultaneously exotic and yet familiar. I had been oblivious in those days exactly how much the country had to offer, and exactly how much this modest isle had to offer – a great deal more than year-round sun and stunning beaches – the five million travelers visiting each year.
Mabye this good-looking young guy with the cool body art and the attractive girl alongside him may well experience a bit of clubbing, but only after studying the marvels of the night sky or be hunting an rare species of insect.
Going on vacation is exciting for everyone involved but finding activities to suit the whole family can be a little tricky. Entertaining children, teens and parents isn’t as hard as you may think, and there are plenty of New Zealand attractions that are sure to impress everyone. Here are the top 5.
Whale Watching Adventure
No matter where you are a whale watching tour is a must-see attraction. One of the most spectacular places to do this in New Zealand is with Whale Watch Kaikoura, their tours are one of the most popular things to do in Christchurch for people of all ages. Everyone will enjoy the magical experience of seeing whales in their natural habitat with some tours even getting quite close to the amazing creatures. These tours are educational, fun and provide a memorable experience that kids and adults alike will appreciate so make a booking and pack the camera.
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Fun Park Adventure
Theme parks are great for the whole brood, they provide an entire days entertainment for both young and young at heart. There is still plenty to do even if adrenaline pumping roller-coasters aren’t your thing, take a spectators pass and check out the more reserved areas while the kids explore the rides. New Zealand’s largest theme park, Rainbows End has something for the whole family. There are even areas for children under 5 and great places to eat and have refreshment stops as the day progresses. Theme parks can make for a great fun-filled day out.
Visit a Museum
Museum visits have become much more child-friendly in recent times and are now a fun day out, without an ounce of boredom. New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa, is located in the country’s capital city of Wellington. Many of their exhibitions have some interactive features and there are fun and educational play areas for exploration without limits. There is no better way to learn than with a museum tour so book one in you might be pleasantly surprised with the kid’s response.
Day at the Beach
If your vacation in planned anywhere near a beach during summer there is no chance of boredom with the array of beach activities available. Relax on the sand while older children splash about in the water or try some of the many beach activities, such as blow-carting, wind-surfing, kayaking, body-boarding or even sand castle competitions. Hitting the beach is a great way to spend quality time with the family, while still having a blast on your vacation.
Horseback riding is a great family experience, although it is less suitable to those who have children under 5. For the littlies opt for pony rides and petting farms instead. Horse treks can run through farms, forests, beach and more providing everyone with a humbling day out. Start with a short trek and gear up to day-long adventures or even overnight campouts!
There are lots of other holiday fun to be had depending on the season and location so be sure to investigate all options. Keep the kids involved in the decision process and they will be keen to compromise on different ideas.