Those who look for this small country on a map, easily think that a few days would be enough to visit Malta. Yes, it is possible, one can “visit” the country, but certainly won’t have enough time to enjoy it properly. I did that same mistake, thinking that one long weekend would be enough, and I came back home eager to go back.
When visiting Scotland one must also travel to the country side. Of course there are gorgeous and interesting cities like Edinburgh and Glasgow, but it is in the country side where the Scottish magic lies. One of the most visited points of interests is the Isle of Skye, one of of the largest islands in the country (region) and with a lot of beautiful sites to visit.
Dresden is a city I love, I lived there for 11 months while I was in Erasmus. When I decided to move to Dresden I didn’t even had a clue about the city. I simply wanted to live in Germany, without any city in mind. The only research I did before moving there was to check for city maps. I was amazed by what I first saw, a gorgeous city!
One of the newest countries in Europe, and also one of the smallest. Montenegro is located in the Balkan Peninsula, touched by the Adriatic Sea. Even though it is a young country, since it’s recent independence, it is a country with a lot of history and some interesting facts.
I visited this country in 2015, without any expectations, which lead to be very pleasant surprise. It isn’t too touristic yet, extremely nice people, and without a doubt, a gorgeous country!
And this adventure starts with a trip to Figueira da Foz, train starting in Santarém to Pombal, then regional train to Alfarelos, and at least a suburban train to Figueira da Foz. And I still managed to exchange 1000 points from my Galp card for the return ticket, a trip from Coimbra do Oriente by Alfa-Pendular for free! A quality trip without stops! The first step towards the north of Spain!
Iceland‘s beauty leaves no one indifferent. The waterfalls, the geysers, volcanos, glaciers and much more. It is a magical country, and it definitely deserves to be visited! One of the places I liked the most was Silfra, a fissure between two tectonic plates where one can dive! Yes, diving between two tectonic places, an incredible experience that I recommend to all!
Not even 72 hours after arriving in Athens, and I already had so much to share. I don’t even know from where to start, but let’s go from the beginning and hopefully I won’t forget any detail!
For those who visit Cork and have the chance to rent a car, exploring a bit more of the country side is something I highly recommend. Not too far from Cork there is a Megalith Stone Circle with a stunning view, the Drombeg Circle. With clear skies you can take gorgeous photos from the circle until the sea.
Another island I’ve visited in Greece! This time it was Hydra‘s turn, a special island where there are no motorized vehicles! Or you cycle (I didn’t see any bikes), or you take a donkey…, or you do like myself, and you walk.
This was my first time in Madeira Island, and the main reason why I went there was for a wedding of a friend of mine, though, I also had time for some sightseeing obviously. And of course I would have to visit the island’s capital, Funchal, even if just for a few of hours.
Usually I like to leave my plans open, but in the past I had some not so good experiences. But it is with those experiences that we learn how to avoid the same mistakes to happen again. For this trip, the plan wasn’t for just one country, but for a whole area. A trip of 10 days crossing the Balkans.
Germany was the first country where I lived abroad, it was an unique experience which I mentioned countless times in this blog. And also one experience that changed me as a person, and contributed deeply to my passion for traveling.
I didn’t know much about this country before I moved there, in fact, I haven’t even searched anything about the city. Moving to a city and a country that I knew very few of was a quite unlike adventure for the 24 years old me. Though, that experience was the gateway for other travels, even to get to explore my own country.
Those who lived abroad know well how a city or a country can brand us for ever. With good and not so good memories, it is always a step towards outside of our comfort zone. For me, Germany was that first step, and the first time I lived outside my Portugal, and the first time I had to learn how to be absolutely independent. Over 10 years passed since that adventure, and in those 10 years a lot happened, but Germany… Those memories are here very close to my heart, and to keep them here!
Ohrid isn’t just another city in North Macedonia, Ohrid is also UNESCO World Heritage! If you decide to visit Ohrid, I can assure you won’t bet bored. It is like living and breathing history in a gorgeous city.
After several years living in Ireland, there are a few places where I simply love to “re-visit”. Recently I took a friend to visit the Ring of Kerry and Dingle areas, and this time it was time to show counties Clare and south of Galway to another friend. The Cliffs of Moher are some cliffs that look like a saw in the West coast of Ireland. And also one of the most visit places in Ireland, maybe even only after Dublin. This area was finalist as a candidate to the New 7 Wonders of Nature, however it didn’t make it to the top 7. Even though, it’s a place that was already featured in some movies, like the Harry Potter.