World’s Most Incredible Deserts

On every corner of the world wide web the planet’s most striking forests, mountains, tourist attractions, and lakes, are showcased. However, the desert is neglected to a great extent.

A barren, arid land with little vegetation is known as a desert. In comparison to most other biomes, deserts are essentially uninhabited because of the unfriendly environment. One-third of the planet’s land area is covered by deserts. When we think of deserts what usually comes to mind is a sweltering and sandy barren land. But some of Earth’s deserts extend to the planet’s freezing zones.

Compared to the past, deserts are not so unwelcoming today. The modern means of transportation has made it easy to visit these unbelievable places on the earth.  Here is a peak into some of the world’s most incredible deserts.

Namib Desert- Southern Africa

The Namib is the world’s oldest desert, and was formed 43 million years ago. It is home to a wide variety of animals, which you will find nowhere else. The Namib Desert extends into Angola and South Africa.

Namib Desert-Black Rock Desert – Nevada

The Black Rock Desert, where you will find alkali flats and lava beds, is most famous for an annual weeklong event – Burning Man, which sees the construction of Black Rock City. During the festival Burners reside here and all traces of it are removed after they leave.

Atacama Desert

The driest non-polar desert in the world is the Atacama. A plateau that measures 600 miles in length, it is spread over Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

Sahara Desert

The Sahara is the third-largest desert in the world and covers a large part of Northern Africa. The Sahara has been shaped by sporadic rainfalls and winds into a landscape of valleys, dunes, sand seas and flats. Water from the desert’s underground aquifers nourishes the oasis infringe on the dry area.

Gobi Desert

The Gobi spans parts of China and Mongolia. The Mongolian death worm is alleged to exist in this desert. Locals claim that it can kill its victim by discharging acid, and is two to five feet in length.

Negev Desert

The desert constitutes over 55% of Israel’s land area. This region has been settled by the Byzantine Empire, the nomads, Romans, and many others throughout the ages.

Mojave Desert

The Mojave is the lowest point in North America and contains Death Valley. It sits at an elevation of 282 feet below sea level. The boundaries of the region are marked by Joshua trees. The Mojave’s largest city is Las Vegas, Nevada.

Antarctic Desert

The least hospitable desert is Antarctica mainly because of its annual rain of around eight inches. There are no permanent residents in this continent.

Sonoran Desert

The Sonoran Desert sprawls across California, Arizona, and Mexico. The natives to this rocky desert are the organ pipe cactus and the saguaro cactus, which have federal preserves named after them.

Thar Desert

The Thar Desert forms a geomorphic border between India and Pakistan and covers 77,000 square miles. There are 25 species of snakes and 23 species of lizards in this desert.

Rubʿ al Khali

The centrepiece of the Arabian Desert, the Rubʿ al Khali, is also known as the Empty Quarter. It’s the largest sand desert on the planet. Due to the feldspar within the sand it has orange-red sand dunes.

 

Interesting Facts about Whitehaven Beach

 is situated on Australia’s Whitsunday Island. It’s Queensland’s cleanest beach, and is washed by turquoise, green and blue water. It has been voted the world’s top eco-friendly beach. Here are some more interesting facts about Whitehaven Beach.

whitehaven-beach-day-cruise2The impossibly white sand: It is seven kilometres of unbelievable white sand, which gives it a brilliant, near luminescent colour. It is the whitest sand you will find anywhere on earth.

The sand that never retains heat: The sand on Whitehaven is composed of 98 per cent silica, hence it has a powder-like consistency and doesn’t retain heat. Tourists can walk along its seven kilometres of sand comfortably even in the hottest part of the day. The immaculate beach is the perfect place to relax and sunbathe even at the height of summer.

A beach made of pure silica: Whitehaven is made of 98% pure silica unlike most beaches in the world. The silica gives the sand its snowy complexion and other unique traits. When compared to regular beach sand that consists of uneven bits of minerals, the silica sand is of a finer grain. Hence it is softer, and has a velvety feel.

Its unusual origin: The nearby rocks do not have silica, despite the fact that the sand on the beach is made of pure silica. This means that tides carrying the silica grains must have deposited the sand on the island millions of years ago.

Strict regulations:  Regulations have been put in place to keep the beach in its heavenly state. In order not to mar the posh surroundings dogs and cigarettes are not allowed on the beach.

The most photographed beach: The Whitehaven is the most photographed beach of Australia.

Beautiful fusion of colours: To create beautiful fusion of colours a tuning cove shifts the tide from sand and water of Whitehaven beach.

A trip to Whitehaven is unforgettable: International holiday packages include many exotic luxury cruises to Whitehaven Beach, which makes it a memorable trip for visitors.

The right destination for those who love adventure: If you love adventure, you can include activities like sea kayaking, rafting, etc in your international holiday package to Whitehaven beach. The beach also offers a lot of fun activities for tourists.

Value for money holiday: A trip to Whitehaven Beach matches perfectly with the budget of any person as it is highly affordable. To make their stay comfortable there are hotel accommodations and dining facilities that are extra ordinary and offer full comfort to tourists.

What you’ll love about Whitehaven Beach:

The pure, pristine environment

Whitehaven Beach is in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef and is protected by the Whitsunday Islands National Park.

It’s an easy trip from Hamilton Island

On a high-speed catamaran Whitehaven Beach is just a 30-minute trip. And international holiday packages include many day trips and tours to Whitehaven Beach. You can sail to the beach on one of the island’s yachts or explore the beach via a seaplane or helicopter from the island.

 

Sightseeing in Red Deer Alberta

An exotic holiday location that is fun and safe is what honeymooners look forward to when they plan an international holiday.

Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, is full of beautiful places, picnic spots, eateries, and museums. It will be an ideal holiday haunt for honeymooners. Here are some of the places you should add to your honeymoon tour package.

Red-Deer-Camping-FeatureAlberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum

Its easy access makes it a favourite spot for young couples. It offers a lot of fun activities which you can enjoy as a couple. Their Hall of Fame is another attraction. The museum features cool sports related artefacts.

Heritage Ranch

The Heritage Ranch is located next to the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. If you are travelling along the highway it is a good stop. There are horse stables, playgrounds and walking paths. At the Heritage Ranch you will also find Westlake Grill. Featuring locally sourced food the restaurant is rustic posh.

Kerry Wood Nature Centre

The Kerry Wood Nature Centre is situated in Waskasoo Park. It has a lot of attractions. There is a natural playground. It is a great place to take a walk as the scenery is breathtaking. You can walk through the nature preserve, which is the perfect spot for bird watching.

Bower Ponds

Bower Ponds, located on a former sawmill, is for couples who would love to engage in some sporty thrills. You can rent helmets, skates, and skating aids and skate on the ponds in the winter. You can rent kayaks, paddleboats, waterballs and canoes in the summer. Take a romantic ride on one of the paddleboats. There is an excellent playground, suitable for all ages. To reach the playground you have to walk a bit, but it is definitely worth it. There are also plenty of walking paths and picnic spots.

Downtown Red Deer

If you are a foodie Downtown Red Deer should be your haunt. It has some great places to eat out. There is also a picnic park, where you will find plenty of picnic tables, large trees, and a great playground. To the South of the Red Deer Rec Centre there is the Red Deer Market, which is open on Saturday mornings in summer.

Sunnybrook Farm Museum

A visit to this farm museum, which is located right inside Red Deer, will give you a taste of the good old farm life. The farm is located on part of the unique farmstead of pioneer farmer James Bower. Thousands of artefacts that have been gifted to the museum are housed here. You will also find many original buildings. If you are visiting the museum during the summer months you can take wagon rides, and visit farm animals.

The Donut Mill

The Donut Mill with its cream filled donuts is certainly a must visit. They stock some creative options, including Rolo, orange creamscicle, and apple pie. They also have a cafe that serves sandwiches, soups, etc.

You will find some of the best honeymoon tour packages in India. If you are fascinated by Red Deer, Alberta, ask your travel agent to include it in your travel itinerary.

 

10 Places to Visit in Igatpuri

Igatpuri is a favourite weekend holiday destination, especially for those from Pune and Mumbai. Its evergreen mountains, fascinating trekking trails, ancient architectural wonders and breathtaking landscape welcomes hordes of travellers from all over India, too. If you are fascinated by Igatpuri and would love to visit the place, ask your travel agency to include these spots and activities in the tour package.

IgatpuriRatangad Fort Trek

The Ratangad Fort is situated in the jungles of Western Ghat. The fort has one of the most beautiful architectures you have ever seen. Trekking through the jungle trails is the best way to reach the fort.

Trek to Harihar Fort

You can enjoy this trek through picturesque landscape with your friends and family. Harihar Fort has a peculiar shape. While the rectangular fort is built on a triangular prism of rock, its edges are vertical. To reach the fort you have to pass through rock carved staircases.

Villa Stay in Saavani Cottages in Alibaug

Your stay at Saavani Cottages will be memorable if you love the charm of countryside. You can relish authentic Konkani veg and non-veg delights here.

Trek to Kalsubai Peak

This is a nature lover’s haven. To photograph the clear starry sky this is an incredible spot.

Ghatan Devi Mandir

Located near Igatpuri, the Ghatandevi Temple is an architectural wonder. This is a must visit if you are visiting Igatpuri. Goddess Ghanta Devi is worshipped at the shrine by the locals. From here one can see the sight of the majestic peaks of Durvar Utvad, Harihar, and Trimak.

The Bhatsa River Valley

The Bhatsa River Valley is a beautiful spot. What makes it one of the best places to visit in Igatpuri is its stunning hills and sparkling flora.

It has a celestial charm and woos tourists towards its powerful wilderness. If you are a nature lover who are also adventurous at heart, the Bhatsa River valley is a must visit.

Camel Valley

A visit to the Camel Valley can be a rejuvenating experience. The Camel valley lies close to the Bhatsa River Valley. The amazing waterfall, which falls from a height of 1000 feet, formed due to rain is the charm of this place. The captivating view of the waterfall is a mesmeric experience. You can also go for rafting here.

Tringalwadi Lake

The Tringalwadi Lake is the perfect spot for camping. If you want a little more comfort, you can book rooms at the lake houses here, which provide a splendid view of the magnificent mountains. The ambience is out of the world. It will clam your body and mind.

Tringalwadi Fort

The Tringalwadi Fort stands at an elevation of 3000 ft and is famous for its enthralling architecture. It covers the mesmerizing view of the whole of Igatpuri and the Sahyadris. To visit the Tringalwadi Fort monsoon is the best time. The rains make it a treat for the eye. Try trekking in these rocky terrains if you love to be in the lap of nature.

Vaitarna Dam

The Vaitarna Dam built in the mid 50s, provides water and power to Mumbai. It lies amidst a picturesque landscape. The dense woods and the black waters attract nature lovers to this spot.

 

Things to do in Zakynthos

Zakynthos or Zante, home to a wealth of natural wonders, is an ideal holiday spot. There are a lot of things to do in this “Green Island”. Here are some of the activities you can indulge in while holidaying in Zakynthos.

zakynthos-036Book a Boat trip

The island is famous for its Blue Caves. They were discovered in 1897 by Antonio Komouto. Inside the caves you will find the stunning turquoise water, hence the name. You can take a boat ride to the caves, situated just under the lighthouse. To give you a great view of the marine life below, the boats are glass-bottomed.

Visit Navagio Bay

Navagio Bay is also known as the Smugglers’ Cove and Shipwreck Bay. In the whole of Greece this is one of the most beautiful beaches situated near the charming Volimes, a mountain village.

Head to Zante Town

In the 1953 earthquake many of the buildings in Zante Town were destroyed. They were later rebuilt in traditional Venetian style. The quaint town has lovely squares and pretty paved streets. The church of Aghios Dionysios, where Zakynthos’ patron saint is buried, is a must visit. The town has a flourishing art scene as well.

Bask in the sunset

At the tiny village of Kampi watch the stunning view of the sun disappearing into the sea from the peak of the cliff. You’ll come across the Shiva cross on the cliff, which is around 300m above sea level. It is the Greek civil war memorial.

Visit the beautiful islet of Marathonisi

The islet of Marathonisi, the nesting homes of the famed Greek loggerhead turtles, is situated in the middle of the Laganas Bay. You can take a boat to reach this beautiful islet, which is shaped like a turtle.

Sunbathe at Gerakas beach

The beautiful beach of Gerakas is home to the Sea Turtle and Wildlife Information Centre. The wildlife of Zante and its rich heritage are looked after by this centre. It also works to protect the turtles from extinction.

Indulge in some water-sports

At St Nicholas Bay on the south of the island you can enjoy water-sports. From ringo rides to banana boats and paragliding and canoeing, you’ll find everything here. There are also plenty of bars next to the beach to quench your thirst.

Go scuba diving

One of the best locations for scuba diving is Zante. ‘Lobster claw’ peninsula, which lies in the east of the island, offers great conditions for diving. At the beautiful Keri Caves you can also take diving lessons.

Sightseeing

A visit to the small village of Anafonitria is a must visit for those who love history and architecture. The Byzantine monastery built in the 15th century is a study in architecture. It is built in honour of the Virgin Mary. Zante’s patron saint Agios Dionysios spent his last years here.

Take an adventurous safari

To uncover the island’s hidden gems a safari will be just right. It will take you from the coast into the heart of Zante. The drivers usually double up as guides showing you places you would miss otherwise.

 

Things to do in Budapest

Budapest is a favourite tourists’ haunt. There is a lot to see and do in this historic city. Savour the local cuisine, take a dip in one of the city’s famous baths, check out some of the cool shops featuring local designs, or just sit and people-watch at one of the great downtown cafés. Your travel agency will be able to guide you on your Budapest tour. Here are some of the things you must do while visiting Budapest.

BudapestVisit Széchenyi Baths

A visit to the thermal baths, one of the last leftovers of the Turkish control in Hungary, is an ideal Budapest experience. Don’t miss the grandiose Széchenyi Baths. The best time to visit these thermal baths is early morning or just before sunset.

Take a Danube River Cruise

Budapest is simply breathtaking at night as the buildings lining the banks of the Danube sparkle and reflect on the dark waters. Take a Danube River sightseeing cruise at night. It will be a memorable experience. You also get to learn interesting facts about the history of Budapest. You can take buffet-style romantic dinner cruises or one-hour cruises.

Walk Across the Chain Bridge

The Chain Bridge completed in 1849 was considered as one of the wonders of the world at that time. It is a magnificent sight when the bridge is lit up in the evening. Take a stroll across the bridge in the evening to soak in its beauty.

Go Hungarian Wine Tasting

Wine tasting in Budapest is yet another activity you should not miss. The wine cellars here have a relaxed and romantic setting. You can learn a lot about the Hungarian wine, too.

Sneak Around the Labyrinth of Buda Castle

The Labyrinth of Buda Castle is one of the 7 wonders of the underground world and adding to its mystery and allure it was closed down in 2011 after a police raid. It has reopened, and you can visit 1 mile of the 6 mile long labyrinth.

Take a Segway Tour of Budapest

There is no need for you to have any former experience operating a segway. You can see all the major attractions and get to know the city better on a segway. There will be plenty of photo opportunities along the way, too.

Shop at the Central Market Hall

The Central Market Hall built in the 19th century is a large indoor market. You can buy all the typical Hungarian products here. The food hall is on the first floor where you get to buy anything from Hungarian sausages to vegetables and Hungarian wines. You will find vendors selling wares like traditional Hungarian embroidery and souvenirs on the second floor.

Indulge on Pastries

Budapest is full of cafes, where you get to eat truffles, fresh pastries, and coffee concoctions. With antique furniture and tools of the old confectionery trade in the glass curio cabinets the decor is charming, too.

Ask your travel agency to incorporate all these places in your travel itinerary.

Travelling Tips to Menorca

When you are talking about the beaches in Menorca just about every tourist brochure line is actually true. They are idyllic and unspoilt with turquoise water and glistening sand. Truly a paradise on earth!

Travelling Tips to MenorcaFor years the island has been silently encouraging tourism. For activities such as walking, cycling or riding its gentle landscapes are ideal.

Scattered across the countryside are stone monuments dating back thousands of years. They are just perfect for a hiking holiday.

For the perfectionists a visit to the tiny Cala Binidali is a must. Its natural beauty is breathtaking. Families will enjoy Cala Binibequer in the south coast.

The best time to visit Menorca

Though the tourist season starts in May and ends in October, the islands are beautiful in early spring. You can also see the beautiful almond blossoms if you visit the place in spring. The place receives a lot of sunlight. But if you visit in late autumn be prepared for some rains.

Activities you should not miss

Menorca’s beaches are famous. You can go for swimming, kayaking, diving, sailing, or paddleboarding. On the land you can go for cycling on the countryside or hiking. Also, you can just stroll around the well-designed towns of Mahón and Ciutadella at opposite ends of the island, and then relax at a harbourside table to devour a seafood platter.

Know before you go

During the winter months — from November to March — a lot of places are closed. Mid-July to mid-September is the peak season, but it will be expensive. The prices will drop either before or after these dates.

For exploring the island cycling is a good option as Menorca is largely flat.

A drink you should not miss

The Menorcan gin with lots of ice and lemonade called pomade is truly refreshing. Do try it out.

When making phone calls…

Local prefixes must be used when making phone calls throughout Spain. Wherever you are in the islands you have to dial the Balearics prefix 971.

Tourist offices

Airport: Arrivals hall; 00 34 971 157115

Ciutadella Harbour: 00 34 971 380927

Mahón: Plaça Constitució 22; 00 34 971 363790

Tourism websites: illesbalears.es; menorca.es; balearsculturaltour.es

Ciutadella: Plaça des Born (town hall); 00 34 971 484155

Currency: Euro

Emergency services: 112

Phone code: 0034

Local laws and etiquette

  • Carry your passport, and show your passport when paying by credit or debit card
  • You must have two reflective bibs, two warning triangles, spare headlamp bulbs, and a spare tyre if you are driving. Children below the age of 12 are allowed only in the front seat and must wear safety belts.
  • People don’t share tables in eateries, including fast-food joints.
  • When you are introduced to someone by friends they will greet you by kissing on both cheeks.
  • Lunch and dinners usually start a little late. While lunch hours are from 2 pm, dinner starts from 9 pm (which is quite early). Dinner usually starts by 10 pm. However, you can eat any time in resorts.

 

 

Things to do in Guatemala City

Guatemala offers a diverse range of activities. From the must-see, world-famous archaeological wonders of the Maya, to its unspoiled jungle reserves, never-ending hiking opportunities, and a mix of colonial towns, modern cities, and tiny villages, Guatemala is a tourist’s paradise. And the best part is it’s satisfyingly inexpensive, too.Guatemala

Here are few things you must certainly do if you get a chance to visit Guatemala.

Enjoy colonial Antigua

Antigua doesn’t have splendid architectural wonders, but its colonial charm with cobblestoned streets provides a perfect laid-back atmosphere for its visitors. There are many busy street markets, cheap restaurants, bars, welcoming plazas, and fancy dessert places. And the views are breathtaking. For the shopaholics there are charming souvenir shops to indulge in some retail therapy.

Owing to its colonial heritage Antigua Streets in Guatemala are very pretty. That is one of the reasons why tourists visit Antigua instead of the capital. For the adventurous, there are Volcano hikes, which are arranged by most hotels.

Visit Lake Atitlan

It may look tranquil, but it’s a party town. To go to any lakeside villages you can take boat trips. Each village has its own different native cultural heritage. To experience the non-colonial culture of the Maya, who still populate the region, a visit to these villages are a must. The more athletic visitors to Atitlán can explore the mountains. You can take all sorts of hikes, or lighter walks, and trekking up the mountains to catch the sunrise.

Explore the ancient Mayan ruins

A visit to the lost Mayan city is an out of the world experience. Discovering the lost civilizations of the ancient Maya is something you should not miss. Here you will find millennia-old abandoned pyramids adorned by intricate carvings. Tikal is one of the most widespread Mayan cities ever discovered in the world. You can spend all day here, discovering ancient monuments.

Admire the natural wonders of Semuc Champey

Semuc Champey set deep in the jungle in what seems to be the middle of nowhere is a huge natural limestone formation. You can go for hiking trails. You will find guided tours and easy transportation, to take you through the park. If you really want to get away from civilization you can even stay inside the park itself in one of the lodges. If you like swimming, you can take a tour to the Kan’Ba caves, a vast maze where you’ll swim along an underground river.

Immerse yourself in traditional culture

This is yet another highlight of visiting Guatemala. You’ll see people dressed up in traditional outfits selling souvenirs in many countries. But in the highland towns in the west of Guatemala, even teenagers are dressed in the traditional outfit known as a huipil.  It existed before the arrival of the Europeans and is common throughout parts of Mexico and Central America.

Lake Izabal

Lake Izabal is a massive lake where you can in fact swim. Here you will find a river cutting right through a perpendicular rock canyon, a Spanish castle, riverside eco-lodges, warm spring waterfalls… Isn’t that enough reason to visit?

Visit the mountaineer’s paradise of Xela

People can have all sorts of outdoorsy fun here. You can also visit the Municipal Theater, and even see a play. Xela, also known as Quetzaltenango, is a perfect base for mountain trips or volcano hikes. The city is the second largest in Guatemala, and is modern and lively.

Enter the jungle

Guatemala is covered by unspoiled wilderness. Massive jungle reserves remain intact although deforestation is a continual problem. For instance, Tikal is surrounded by jungle, and filled with wildlife. Many other Mayan sites are likewise concealed away, enclosed in forest.

Wonderful Places to Spend New Year’s Eve 2017

It’s worth to make the festivities memorable on New Year’s Eve because it comes only once a year. But which is the best place to ring in the New Year?

Many cities offer a wide variety of New Year’s Day activities so you can have fun even after the New Year’s Eve.

Here is a low-down on some of the best cities in the world to spend New Year’s Eve 2017.

NEW YORK CITY

Few other cities can rival New York City’s buzzing atmosphere. For the very reason millions of people gather in Times Square to see famous musicians and the ball drop, in which a crystal ball that is 12-foot-wide and weighing nearly 12,000 pounds descends atop on Times Square. If you want to avoid the crowd, book a reservation at one of the bars or restaurants, from where you can see the Times Square. To enjoy the best views of the midnight fireworks take a boat ride on New York Harbour.

RIO DE JANEIRO

The world’s wildest New Year’s Eve party happens on the Iconic Copacabana Beach. This unique Brazilian celebration known as Réveillon is a mix of traditional, superstitious and religious beliefs. Large stages will be erected on the ocean front where live music performances will be held. You can shake a leg with samba dancers and also enjoy the colourful fireworks.

SYDNEY

The largest fireworks display in the world is put up at Sydney.  The fireworks against Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House backdrop are indeed breathtaking. The waterfront show is attended by more than a million people, which also includes a water and air show featuring aerial acrobatics.

LONDON

Londoners ring in the New Year to the chiming of Big Ben at midnight. To see the stunning fireworks display and lightshow thousands of people gather on the banks of the Thames and its many bridges. The streets of central London will see a parade on New Year’s Day. There will be marching bands, a march of the Queen’s horses, colourful floats, and costumed dancers.

LAS VEGAS

The party capital is visited by more than 250,000 revellers on New Year’s Eve. With pyrotechnic displays, laser shows and live bands, the Las Vegas Strip transforms into a giant street party. The city also hosts an incredible number of parties in hotels, clubs, and casinos, concerts, and shows.

WALT DISNEY WORLD

For the family crowd the best place to ring in the New Year is the Disney’s Magic Kingdom — Walt Disney World. It’s packed with fun activities all day long and is open until 1 am. There are dance parties, Cirque du Soleil performances, live entertainers, and more culminating in midnight fireworks show. There will be laser shows, Jingle Jungle Parade, just before midnight.

BANGKOK

The Central World Square is where all the action happens on New Year’s Eve. Thousands of people gather here to witness live concerts, video screens projecting celebrations from around the world as well as stunning light shows. The riverside gets illuminated at midnight with a series of fireworks displays.

10 Must See Places in Barcelona

Millions of tourists visit Barcelona every year. It is one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations with a lot of fascinating places to visit. A buzzing nightlife, favourable weather conditions, beautiful mountains, attractive beaches and exotic local cuisine make Barcelona a favourite tourist haunt. If a travel agency is planning your tour package ask them to include these must-see places in the itinerary.

BarcelonaSagrada Familia

One of the most popular attractions in Barcelona is La Sagrada Familia. Designed by Antoni Gaudi in the late 1800s it is a large and complex basilica. The religious symbolism built into all the spaces of the church and the exquisite design elements are mind-blowing. La Sagrada Familia is a study in architecture and it’s worth a visit.

La Rambla

The busiest street in Barcelona is La Rambla, located just off Plaza Catalunya. It is popularly known as Las Ramblas, because it is not just one street but several different streets with a distinct feel. It is indeed a feast to the senses with the fabulous Boquería Market, restaurants serving delicious local cuisine, bars, and street performers.

Casa Mila

Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, Casa Mila’s construction started in 1906 and was completed in 1910.  The alluring architectural creation doesn’t have one straight edge on the exterior The colourful building is considered Gaudi’s most eccentric creation. Not only its interior and exterior but even its roof has an incredible structure.

Barceloneta

Barceloneta is probably the most popular among Barcelona’s seven different beaches, and is closest to the city centre. It has a coastline stretching over 4.5 km. It has a beautiful walkway, which is quite popular with cyclists and joggers. During the summer months when the beach bars open up this beach is very crowded.

Parc Guell

Home to the famous Salamander sculpture, Parc Guëll is one of the most celebrated works of architect Antoni Gaudí and is certainly one of the most symbolic of Barcelona. Gaudi did much of the planning and landscape design in the area, which was originally meant to be a residential property. The land was later sold to the city of Barcelona and turned into a park. Gaudi has designed many buildings and structures in this park. And a walk through the park is indeed a magical experience.

Casa Batllo

Casa Batlló, a remodelled nineteenth century building, is Gaudi’s yet another masterpiece. Its exterior and interior is unique and look straight out of a fairytale. Like La Pedrera, and La Casa Batllo, Casa Batllo is equally stunning with its unique architecture and infamous ornamental pillars in the entrance to the terrace.

Font Magica

Located below the Palau Nacional on the Montjuïc hill, Font Màgica is a fountain, which was constructed for the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition. Its display of water, light and music is spectacular, and attracts hundreds of visitors. The illuminated Palau National provides a beautiful backdrop for the mesmerising fountain.

Montjuic

Montjuic is a broad shallow hill with a relatively flat top and gives a commanding view over the city’s harbour below.  Another interesting sight is the Palau Nacional (National Palace). The majestic building is home to the Museu Nacional d’Art. A number of sports facilities were build in Montjuïc for the 1992 Olympics.

Museu Picasso

The Museu Picasso in Barcelona’s La Ribera houses over 4,000 works by Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. You get a glimpse of Picasso’s relationship with the city of Barcelona if you visit this museum. The museum is housed in five adjacent medieval palaces, which itself is a sight to behold.

Camp Nou

This is one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions and Europe’s largest sporting arena. Home to formidable European football champions F.C. Barcelona, it can accommodate almost 100,000 people. A tour of the ground is must for all sports fans.

A trip to Barcelona can be easily arranged by a travel agency. And most of these places will be included in their tour packages. They might even help you with passport services. All you need to do is relax and enjoy the trip!