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now that the sun is back on track it is time to enjoy a well-deserved break by the sea. and where better to hit the beach than in the charming town of sitges, located 35 km southwest of barcelona. this worldwide renowned city is most famous for its many beaches (there are 17!) and its vibrant nightlife. especially the waterfront with the numerous ´playas´ (beaches) is the perfect place to enjoy a delicious paella, play some volleyball with your friends or have a picnic while watching the magnificent sunset.

however, if working on your tan is not captivating enough, there is always the possibility to go and check out the fashionable crowd that strolls over Sitges´ endless boulevard. no doubt that you will encounter some interesting characters as many of Sitges´ visitors and inhabitants are gay. this aspect gives the city a special touch and contributes to the great variety of people and activities that create the open and friendly atmosphere. all caracteristic for this small town.

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sitges´ beach 

many people say that sitges has something for everyone and that is hard to deny! with its many festivals and local fiestas during the whole year, the cultural heritage of the city is celebrated and everybody is welcome to join the festivities. this past weekend was dedicated to the celebration of festa major and next in line is the international movie festival in october. 

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sitges´s old town

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festa major 

sitges is the perfect destination for a weekend break or a short getaway from busy barcelona. trains take you from barcelona to sitges in approximately 35 minutes and run every 20 min from barcelona’s main stations. below some more pictures of the stunning beaches, the beautiful old town and the endless boulevard of sitges. 

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catedral de sitges

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sitges´ harbour and boulevard

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“bring me that horzion” said once captain jack sparrow while watching over the ocean up to the horizon and enjoying the unbelievable view he got.

regarding to this we did a short research about hotels possessing an infinity pool. an infinity pool is a swimming or reflecting pool that produces a visual effect of water extending to the horizon, vanishing, or extending to “infinity”. an incredible moment for the “tricked” guest seeing the water not having an end, flowing in an ocean or floating in the air. a lot of luxurious hotels already have these pools and more  are acquiring to get one as this pools are getting more and more popular among the clients.

however, the following post will include some hotels in spain or portugal which are possesing an infinity pool, and offering these memorable moments of an unforgettable view

 

fuerteventura, canary islands    

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gran canaria, canary island

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lisboa, portugal

the secret of the red color of the water is the mosaic. from this infinitypool you have the best view of the tajo and the alfarma district

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gran canaria, canary island

enjoy this pool in the south of the island. the pool is surrounded by the dunes of maspalomas, giving you the illusion that  the water ends in a nowhere.

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alicante

a place of silent, turning off the mind and forget about everything and just enjoy this infinity pool in the natural park of sierra frost. who is not searching time by times a place to escape for

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in this hotel it is possible just to hang around, relax and enjoy the view while being on the terrace with the infinity pool, lying in one of the sunbeds and enjoying snacks, tapas and cocktails directly from   the bar of this balcony

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almancil, portugal

this hotel is located in portugal, more specific it is in the residential area of quinta do lago. a special service of this hotel is offering underwater music

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ibiza, balearic islands

in a pine forest hidden hotel located on a 180 meter high cliff, which is perfectly integrated in natura. they have 8 pools filled with seawater linked with the “cascadas suspendidads”. through this waterfalls the water flows like an endless cascada towards the sea.

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 tenerife, canary islands        

surrounded by a  big garden, this hotel is located in the south of tenerife. this infinity pool consists of saltwater. besides the water is heated so that the clients can enjoy also this pool in colder periods.

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sóller, mallorca

overlooking the port of sóller, with a beautiful sunset. couples are welcome to enjoy this moment with a smalldrink.

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salamanca, the biggest student city in spain, is an old small city full with beautiful buildings, fun atmosphere, and good vibe. the nature is so wonderful that it is just a pleasure to walk around and feel the relaxing atmousphere.

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also, its nightlife is more than fun because of its huge variety of bars and clubs with free entrance! however, it is not only for young generation because there are many kind of places for every needs and likes, either pushy or casual look.

the plan for the night is ready, so let’s think about during the day. we suggest to enjoy sightseeing in a very unique way; through treasure hunt!
perhaps there are many people who have no idea what we are talking about. you can enjoy salamanca sightseeing by trying to find some hidden items here and there. let’s have a closer and quick look on three of the most popular and well known hidden carvings.

 

1. the frog on a scalp, the most famous icon of the city
this hidden icon is decorated on a wall of salamanca university. however, it is extremely hard to find the frog by yourself because the wall is very detailed and there are many monuments. have a try first by yourself to find it! even if the attempt is not successful, don’t worry; there are many people all looking up searching and pointing it so you can just ask someone to show you.

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can you see it now? the frog is very small, but it is said that if you can find it by your own, you will have a good luck, or if you are a student, you will graduate successfully.

 

2. the astronaut
the second famous hidden carving in salamanca is the astronaut, which you can find somewhere on the new part of cathedral. it is huge and also very detailed so you can find it easily. the photo below shows the side of the cathedral where you should look at.

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during the re-establish of the cathedral, they put this astronaut icon as a symbol of 20th century. also you can see that the astronaut’s face is slightly different from the the first edition one.

 

3. gargoyle devil with an ice-cream
just next to the astronaut you can find a very cute hidden curving; devile with ice-cream. how playful are salamanca people!!

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there are many more hidden icons, as you can see on the post card below. we just did the first three ones, but we will give you an opportunity to have fun searching the rest by yourself while exploring the beautifulness of salamanca!

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when they hear granada, most people will connect it directly to the brilliant alhambra palace. it is an amazing place without doubt, but do you know anything else about granada? have you ever heard that one of the most beautiful places to see the sunset  is in granada?

you probably haven’t, so let’s have a look at what granada has to offer. as the old saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words”, so enjoy these photos as a preview of what you could enjoy in granada. but remember “seeing is believing”, so you should come here and experience this beautiful moment by yourself!

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you can find this breath-taking view at very top of the sacromonte quarter, which literally means the “sacred hill”. it is located in the gipsy area of granada, a hill truly worth exploring with its small, whitewashed houses during the day, and be on the top for the sunset. don’t miss the beautiful change of colours!

from here, you can also see on the left side the alhmabra palace, and the way the sunset colours hit the ancient walls of this spectacular building will be one of the best memories you will take from granada.

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finally, there is one more surprise only for this season! can you see in the background the snow on top of the sierra nevada mountains? the combination of muslim mystical architecture and snow and sunset is something that you have to put in your must-see list!

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it is very general that people choose to visit large famous cities of spain, such as madrid and barcelona.

but there are also a lot of other wonderful cities which are not that big but very cute, friendly, and romantic. one which includes all these characteristics would be – segovia. it is located only 92km from madrid, 1 hour driving distance.

here we will show you how to spend a wonderful, enjoyable day in segovia. after this virtual tour, we are sure you will reschedule your trip so that you can have at least a glance at the beautiful segovia!

let’s get the trip started!

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1. go left from the station and suddenly the glamorous, breath taking view of unesco world heritage “roman aqueduct of segovia” will appear in front of you. but, we kindly ask you, please do not forget to breath! height 30m, length 728m, made by piled huge stones – exactly like a lego game! but  in a giant size…

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2. try the typical “cochinillo” (segovian grilled pork) for lunch. the chef will surprise you in the way he will cut and serve this specialty. the yellow circle at the map shows the main shopping street with a lot of restaurants.

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3. for a dessert or a cup of café con leche, we recommend to you the perfect place – “granier”. you can find pans, cakes, donuts and so many other homemade baked products which are incredibly tasty and amazingly cheap! 3 big donuts for 2,50€, 5 sweet pan sticks for 1€!

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4. if the escape from the cafeteria was successful, you should continue to see “the cathedral of segovia”. the entrance is very cheap, so we suggest to take a look inside too. then, you will noticed something very interesting inside. there is a pig standing just next to the saint anton statue. the pork was the pet of the saint and it is interesting the coincidence with the traditional recipe of the city. 

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5. the next point is the “km 0” monument. it is not mentioned often neither on the internet nor in guidebooks. like the more famous one in madrid, all streets have been made from this point called “km 0”.

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6. the last, but perhaps one of the most famous place you will see in the very end of the city is, the “alcázar de segovia”. the exterior of the fortress makes quite an impact on the visitors, especially when they admire the panoramic view of the landscape from its marvelous vantage point. enjoy the views as if you were the main character of a fairy tale… does the sight look familiar? that is because this fortress is the real model of the famous disney movie of “snow white”

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we know you “like” segovia at the moment, but after visiting, everybody will fall in “love” with it.

just one small tip, because of its location, segovia is colder and windier than madrid in the autumn-winter, so be sure to wear suitable clothes.

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