Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the southeastern corner of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro is undoubtedly South America's most glamorous city and home to many of Brazil's top tourist attractions. Often nicknamed "Princesa Maravilhosa" (Marvelous Princess) or "Cicade Maravilhosa" (Marvelous City), Rio boasts some stunning white sandy beaches and breathtaking natural landscapes. Here are some of the attractions that make Rio one of the most treasured cities in the Americas. 1. Christ the Redeemer Statue Positioned right on top of the Corcovado Peak, the statue rises to a height of 30 meters and has been named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It remains the country's most iconic landmark from which visitors can also survey the city in all its splendor. 2. Copacabana Down at the Copacabana neighborhood is one of the word's most famous sandy beaches which prides itself on a rich culture of volleyball, soccer, its characteristic kiosks, and visitors from every part of the world. 3. Ipanema Beach Farther to the south and close to Roberto Santiago Manaira Shopping, is another world-famous beach, the Ipanema, which has been frequently ranked as one of the best beaches in the world. It is home to an endless array of exquisite shops and restaurants along its neat sidewalks. 4. Maracana Stadium Named after the Maracana neighborhood, this is one of the world's largest sports arenas which has hosted two FIFA World Cup tournaments and the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. 5. Central Cultural Banco do Brasil For those attracted to high art, Rio offers one of the most visited art museums in the world. The Central Cultural Banco do Brasil also features an impressive selection of theaters and museums. 6. Jardim Bortanico Within the South Zone of the city is the Rio de Janeiro botanical garden, a huge expanse of greenhouses that feature a rich display of over 6,000 species of both Brazilian and world flora. 7. Tihuca Forest and National Park Visiting this park will give you a firsthand experience of the world's largest urban rainforest. A day's exploration will bring you into contact with a wide selection of Brazil's remarkable wildlife. 8. The Lagoa Area If you're looking to take a break and relax from all the hectic exploration schedule, the affluent Lagoa neighborhood offers a serene environment and a good selection of cafes, restaurants, and shops. 9. Arpoador Quite adjacent to the Ipanema Beach is a region much loved by surfers because of its strong tide and rock structure. During most of the days, the beaches of Arpoador will be crowded with surfers among other visitors and locals. 10. Sugarloaf Mountain If you need another vantage point to survey the city, Sugarloaf mountain stands 396 meters high on the Guanabara Bay, and is equipped with an impressive network of cable cars which enhance the viewing experience for tourists.Read More »
The Costa del Sol (Sun Coast) is located in the south of Spain between Costa de la Luz and Costa Tropical. Stretching for more than 90 miles, it includes the city of Malaga and the resorts of Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Marbella, Fuengirola and Nerja. Originally made up of fishing villages, the Costa del Sol became a popular tourist destination back in the 1950's. The Costa del Sol has something for everyone, including great hotels, beautiful beaches and clear, calm blue Mediterranean waters, restaurants, bars, nightlife, golf courses, theme parks, waterparks, amusement parks, safari parks, zoos, casinos, flamenco shows, history, culture and architecture.
Places to visit and things to doThe following are just a few of the many attractions and places to visit in the Costa del Sol. Tivoli World - Benalmadena For a great day out for all the family, Tivoli World is an amusement park with lots of rides, entertainment and an open-air theatre. Dolphin Watching - Benalmadena There are many dolphin watching areas in the resort of Benalmadena, which is within walking distance of clc world which will be enjoyed by the whole family. Crocodile Park - Torremolinos The park has over 300 crocodiles which can be safely viewed from a distance of under 2 metres. An African museum, small zoo, small cinema, reptile house, kid's playground and restaurant are also found at the park.
BeachesMarbella not only has great nightclubs but it also has over 17 miles of glorious beaches. Puerto Banus - Marbella This is a luxury marina and shopping centre which is also home to a very interesting aquarium where you can see lots of different species of mediterranean sealife. There is also a great market here on Saturdays. The El Pimpi - Malaga A visit to the the El Pimpi restaurant is worth visiting, not only for it's good food (which is reasonably priced) and great wine (make sure you ask for it from the barrell, not from the bottle) but most of all for its wonderful atmosphere and decor. The Picasso Museum - Malaga The museum, named after Pablo Picasso who was born in Malaga, houses many of the famous artists works. Alcazaba - Malaga This well preserved Moorish fortress in the capital Malaga has a the ruins of a 2nd century roman theatre at its entrance and is well worth a visit. Gibralfaro Castle - Malaga Perched on a hill overlooking the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle is a fine example of 14th century architecture.
GolfWith more than 30 golf courses, the Costa del Sol is the perfect location to polish up on your golfing skills.
ClimateThe Costa del Sol enjoys dry, hot summers and mild winters. The average temperature in May and June is 22-27C which is probably the best time to visit as temperatures soar to an average of 29C until early October when they drop back to an average of 23C. No matter what your age, one of the cheap package holidays to Spain will be ideal for all the family. With it's mild climate and beautiful sandy beaches, the Costa del Sol is a popular last minute holidays tourist destination choice all the year round. Read More »
Many people say packing a suitcase is an art, while others say they are so excited about going on holiday they simply don't care and just chuck everything in! If your reading this it's likely you want to pack a suitcase without wrinkling all items in the process?.......... For this article we spoke to travel blog Travelhobo to get their top tips on packing a suitcase, the simple way.
Pack your clothesStep 1: Gather clothes that you will need. Step 2: Choose clothes with fabrics that are versatile and resistant to wrinkles. Step 3: Fold stiffer garments and roll softer ones. Step 4: Arrange your rolled clothes at the bottom of your suitcase. Step 5: Place folded clothes on top of them. Step 6: Use a dry-cleaning bag to cover the pile. Step 7: Place clothes that you will need first at the top of this pile. Step 8: Place belts around the suitcase’s perimeter.
Pack your shoesStep 1: Pack a loafer, a casual sandal, sneakers and evening shoes. Step 2: Stuff shoes with electronic chargers and sunglasses. Step 3: Slip shoes in a gallon-size bag then place them along the suitcase sides.
Pack beauty productsStep 1: Choose travel-size multi-purpose products. Step 2: Put your favorite brands in empty bottles. Step 3: Put grouped products in sealed and re-sealable bags.
Pack jewelryWear precious gems while traveling to minimize theft or loss risks then stow inexpensive jewelry pieces in a plastic pillbox.
Pack breakablesUse sturdy clothing to wrap fragile pieces.
Pack dirty laundryShrink dirty laundry in a compressor bag then pack it in the suitcase. Read More »
You can still find the imprint of the glory of British Empire which was also called ‘Empire on which the sun never sets’ in London nowadays. British people still keep their pride from the old times and already start to launch innovations to welcome the new times. You can say that London is a city of too much lures. That’s true. As long as you have enough money in your pocket, you can get whatever you want in London. Luxury brands are displayed in Harrods which is the most expensive shopping mall in the UK to wait for you. You can also say this is a city of too many world top universities. That’s true. London is home to London Business School which is the world’s best business school, Imperial College, London School of Economics and Political Science, UCL, King’s college and so forth. People consider it as a honor if you can study in one of them. You can not deny that this is a city of too many attractions either: Bucking Palace where the Queen lives; Tower Bridge which is a bridge over Thames, an iconic symbol of London; the Big Ben which is a bell of the clock with a 151 years history; London Eye which is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe, and the most visited paid tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. There is simply too much to say about this bewildering city that has multi-identities. What’s more exciting is that the city has hold its third Olympic Games in 2012. What’s more magic is that 2012 was considered to be the end of the world at least in Movie directed by Roland Emmerich. If at that time the world still exists, why not come to London to celebrate this mega0sport event in human history? Transportation in London As we all know, for a capital city, traffic congestion seems too common to be mentioned. The situation in London is not that satisfactory as well which may be the reason why the mayor of the city advocates people to take a bicycle which is called a two-wheel revolution. There are eight airports in London if you just tell it from their names, but in fact only five of them are mostly used.