Notting Hill Carnival – London #spanish

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Cada año, el último fin de semana de Agosto, se celebra en el popular barrio londinense de Notting Hill uno de los festivales urbanos más multitudinarios del mundo, Notting Hill Carnival. Este colorido (y gratuito) festival atrae a más de un millón de personas todos los años, dónde la diversidad y la música son el principal atrayente y la diversión y el “buen rollo” están asegurado. El festival está organizado por la comunidad Afro-caribeña de Reino Unido y se lleva celebrando cada año desde 1996.

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buen rollo están asegurado

Desde las 11 de la mañana hasta bien entrada la noche el desfile recorre las principales avenidas de Notting Hill. Miles y miles de personas, mayormente de procedencia afro-caribeña, muestran orgullosos su riqueza cultural a través de sus coloridas vestimentas, su animada música y sobre todo a través de su carisma y simpatía (o como lo conocemos aquí en Inglaterra, con su particular “flow”). No resulta muy difícil dejarse llevar y en cuánto menos te lo esperas, ahí estás moviendo tus caderas al son de los tambores, siendo uno más en el desfile. Cabe destacar la simpatía de los miles de participantes, siempre dispuestos a dejarse fotografiar o a mostrarte sus exuberantes y seductores bailes.

Si te gustan los festivales, o vives por tierras británicas, no dudes en añadir Notting Hill Carnival a la lista.

 

Bulgaria 6 días – Itinerario y presupuesto

Bulgaria es uno de los pocos países que he visitado que me ha dejado un sabor agridulce. No es un país monumental, ni está preparado para acoger turistas (al menos en las zonas más profundas del país) ya que la gente no muestra su mejor simpatía, quizás por el frío? img_6269Sin embargo sí hay lugares que valen la pena visitar y sobre todo hay que decir que se come muy bien. Aunque mi experiencia no haya sido la mejor si recomiendo que vayáis, puede que vuestra experiencia sea diferente. Nosotros fuimos 6 días, quizás no mucho para poder explorar el país al 100% aunque sabía que a la semana siguiente volvería para una semana de esquí en una de las estaciones de esquí más desconocidas de Europa, pero de ello hablaré en otro artículo. Ahora nos centraremos en el itinerario que realizamos así como en información del coste que supondría visitar Bulgaria por 6 días. Puede que nuestro presupuesto final fuera más barato de lo habitual ya que visitamos el país en Enero, completamente fuera de temporada, eso sí el paisaje era precioso ya que días antes había nevado bastante fuerte y la nieve llegaba fácilmente al metro de altura en muchos lugares, incluido en Sofia.

Día 1.- Sofia

La verdad que Sofia no es una ciudad muy monumental como otras capitales de Europa. El centro histórico es accesible andando y no hay muchos lugares de interés a los que visitar. La catedral de Alexander Nevsky, la iglesia ortodoxa de Sveti Sedmochislenitsi y el Boulevard de Vitosha son posiblemente los más interesantes y pueden fácilmente visitarse en un día o menos.

Vuelo Birmingham – Sofia: 25€/persona

Tren Aeropuerto Sofia – Centro: 1.60BGN= 0.80€/persona

Hotel 3* centro ciudad: 15€/persona

Comida y cena en Sofía en A/D: 30BGN: 15€

Entradas a monumentos: gratis

Catedral de Alexander Nesvky - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Catedral de Alexander Nesvky – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Día 2.- Sofia – Veliko Tarnovo – Arnabasi

El segundo día decidimos visitar Veliko Tranovo, la antigua capital de Bulgaria. La verdad que 1 día fue suficiente para visitar Sofia así que cambiamos los planes y ganamos un día más por el país. Cogimos un autobús en la estación central de autobuses de Sofia, bien pronto por la mañana para poder así ganar tiempo en Veliko. El recorrido en bus tiene una duración de 3 horas, no se hace pesado ya que el paisaje es bastante bonito y la mayor parte del recorrido se realiza entre montañas y pueblos pequeños. Una vez en Veliko Tarnovo, decidimos visitar Arbanasi, una pequeña población medieval situada en lo alto de una colina y a tan solo 4km de Veliko. Arbanasi es el lugar de Bulgaria con mayor número de monumentos, todas las casas están construidas en piedra y cuenta con 4 iglesias y un monasterio. Cogimos un taxi desde Veliko y al volver cogimos un “bus local”. Aquí en Arbanasi comimos en un restaurante de comida tradicional bulgara, de primer entrante nos pedimos un plato de embutido y quesos locales bastante buenos, no dejes de probar la Lukanka, quizás el mejor embutido del país; se trata de una longaniza de ternera seca con especias, tiene su toque picante pero no mucho.

Autobus Sofia – Veliko: 15BGN= 7.80€/ persona

Taxi Veliko – Arbanasi: 4BGN= 2.05€/ persona

Comida en restaurante tradicional: 20BGN=  11€/ persona

Bus Arbanasi – Veliko: 1BGN= 0.52€/ persona

Hotel 3* 2 noches centro Veliko Tarnovo con A/D: 20€/ persona

Cena en Veliko: 15BGN= 7.80€/ persona

Arbanasi - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Arbanasi – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Castillo de Tsarevets en Veliko Tarnovo - photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Castillo de Tsarevets en Veliko Tarnovo – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Dia 3.- Veliko Tarnovo

Veliko Tarnovo fue la antigua capital del país durante el II Reíno de Bulgaria, allá por la edad media y durante varios siglos. La ciudad se emplaza entre una serie de hoces que el Río Yantra moldea en forma de serpiente a su paso por ella.  El Castillo de Tsarevets es considerado orgullo nacional y es el monumento más visitado del país. La verdad que con la estampa blanca las vistas son espectaculares y la visita se hace interesante y divertida por la dificultad de caminar con tanta nieve (hablamos de 1 metro de nieve acumulada). Necesitas prácticamente una mañana para visitar el castillo, tomar fotos y disfrutar de las vistas a la ciudad. Dominando el castillo, en la parte más alta de la colina, se encuentra una iglesia ortodoxa, el interior es pequeño y quizás lo que más nos llamó la atención fue la colección de pinturas negras y tenebrosas que decoraban las paredes. Después de comer visitamos el centro histórico, situado también en la parte alta de una de las colinas de la ciudad y bastante interesante por su aspecto medieval . Veliko Tarnovo sí es uno de esos sitios que vale la pena visitar en Bulgaria y pasar a menos un par de días.

Entrada al Castillo: 5BGN= 2.55€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN= 15€/ persona

Veliko Tarnovo – photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Día 4.- Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv

A primera hora de la mañana cogimos en tren que nos llevaba a Plovdiv. Compramos la opción de primera clase ya que la diferencia de precio era mínima, como de mínima era la diferencia entre primera clase y turista en el tren. La verdad que cuando subimos al tren pensábamos que en vez de llevarnos a Plovdiv nos llevarían a Auschwitz. Todo él era muy tenebroso y “gore” así como todas las pequeñas poblaciones que fuimos pasando a lo largo de las 4 horas y media que tardo en llegar. Fue posiblemente la mejor de las experiencias de todo el viaje. El paisaje fue fantástico y las primeras 3 horas del recorrido fueron a través de ríos y montañas nevadas. Una vez en Plovdiv y ya por la tarde exploramos el centro de la ciudad, declarada PH por la UNESCO, donde destaca todas los vestigios de la época romana tales como el Teatro, el circo, el foro y el anfiteatro. Además, el centro histórico es peatonal y sus elegantes caserones de estilo medieval te invitan a un agradable paseo. Ya al anochecer, disfrutamos de unas cervezas en un bar con magníficas vistas; hay que decir que las cervezas están buenísimas y son más bien baratas. Sun duda Plovdiv es lo mejor de Bulgaria.

Tren 1ª clase Veliko Tarnovo – Plovdiv: 16BGN= 8.20€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN= 15€/ persona

Cerveza: 3.20BGN= 1.60€/ cada una

Hotel centro historico 2 días con A/D: 18€/ persona

Plovdiv city centre

Plovdiv city centre

Día 5. – Monasterio de Bachkovo – Fortaleza de Asen – Plovdiv

A tan sólo media hora de Plovdiv se encuentra el Monasterio de Bachkovo, es el segundo más grande del país y el enclave es espectacular; esta situado entre montañas, al final de un precioso y estrecho valle. Las pinturas bizantinas del interior de la iglesia del monasterio son dignas de ver. Nosotros tuvimos la suerte de poder hacer la visita con un guía local de Plovdiv, el cual se las apañó para que un monje del monasterio nos dejara tomar fotos del interior de la iglesia y de las pinturas. Después visitamos la Fortaleza de Asen, situada en la cima de una montaña bastante agreste y con una iglesia única de dos pisos. Por la tarde volvimos a Plovdiv para acabar de visitar esta preciosa ciudad.

Excursion medio día Monasterio y Fortaleza + transposte + guía + entradas: 12€/ persona

Comida y cena: 30BGN: 15€/ persona

Monasterio de Bachkovo

Monasterio de Bachkovo

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Día 6.- Plodvid – Sofía – Birmingham

Día básicamente de vuelta a casa. Cogimos el bus de Plovdiv a Sofia, pasamos el mediodía dando una vuelta por el centro de Sofia y ya por la tarde-noche cogimos el vuelo de regreso a Inglaterra.

Autobús Plovdiv – Sofia: 16BGN=8€/ persona

Tren Sofia – Aeropuerto: 1.60BGN=0.80€/ persona

Total: 201.10€/ persona total del viaje, podría ser más barato si dormís en albergues/hostels. Para una escapada barata de unos días, a pesar de no ser un país monumental, Bulgaria está bien, la verdad. Yo os animo a visitarla! 

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Bath Christmas Market

Bath Abbey - picture pack your bag

Bath Abbey – Picture Pack Your Bag

We all know that Christmas Markets are getting more popular for the past years around Europe. Visitors has increased and more cities and towns throughout Europe join now this “Christmassy revolution”. Thanks to these markets, number of tourists during the month of November and beginning of December has grown considerably thus creating a new trend in our way of travelling and in the same time helping local economy in critical months for travel industry.

Pack Your Bah has visited Bath, one of the most beautiful cities in UK, popular for its Romans baths and hot springs. The city of Bath rewarded as a World Heritage Site by Unesco is the home of the biggest Christmas market in the Southwest of England. Thousands of tourists come every year to visit the Bath Christmas Market as it’s considered one of the most beautiful in Europe. *keep reading after the picture

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Picture Pack Your Bag

 

The organised rows of wooden chalets, decorated with twinkling fairy lights and set against the illuminated backdrop of Bath Abbey line the streets of Bath city centre.  From local artwork, handmade Christmas decorations, toys, clothes…you will be sure to find the perfect present.  If you’re a homemade food lover, let yourself be tempted by the stallholders with a whole host of delicacies,including premium quality cheese, dried herbs and spices, chutneys and preserves, pastries and cakes, luxurious chocolate, infused liqueurs and award-winning ales.

As you can see, each year the centre of Bath is transformed into a magical Christmas shoppers paradise that you should visit st least…once in life 🙂

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2 days in Northern Ireland

dsc_0259If there is a country which really impressed me and also took my expectations higher than I thought that is Northern Ireland. Although we only could spend two days I was very impressed of its beauty. Also the good weather that we had really helped to enjoy even more this small but lovely country.  Is it two days enough to visit the country? The answer is “NO”, but you can get a brief idea of the beauty of this country with only two days. The fact of having the flight in the early morning and also the flight back to Bristol in the late evening of next day helped us to take those two days in a very slow mode. I have to say that the country is not so big as you can drive from South to North in only 1 hour and a half, same from East to West. The short distance between the most interesting highlights makes even easier the short getaway.

Do you want to know what you can do in only two days in North Ireland? Take note of the following round trip across this country.

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Day 1 – The North Coast

We hired a car in Belfast International Airport, the cost for two days was only 60£ (around 75€) including the full insurance, just in case. First stop was Portrush, a small fisher village with an amazing white sand beach situated in the north, also it was the starting point of our trip . Not so far (only 3 miles far away) you can find the Dunluce Castle, a medieval castle which is basically destroyed although the breathtaking views due to its placement in the edge of the cliff make this place worth to visit. If you are a whisky lover don’t miss the Whisky Distillery in Bushmill, the oldest working distillery in Ireland; the price is 7.50£ including a taste of different varieties of whiskies. Next stop during our journey was the magnificent Giant’s Causeway, awarded as World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986. This place is a must not only while visiting North Ireland but your life. Millions of years ago a natural phenomenon transformed the rocks into particular geometric shapes and now more than 3000 people visit this place every day to admire its beauty. Don’t miss the mythological legend of the giant and how he built the causeway between North Ireland and Scotland (I’ll write soon about this legend). There is a shuttle bus which takes you from Bushmill to the main entry and the price is 7£ all inclusive, otherwise if you park the car next to the main entry you will pay 9£ for the admission plus 5£ for the car, I hardly recommend to take the shuttle, it only takes 5 minutes and the price is much cheaper. You can easily spend 4 hours only walking along the cliffs and taking pictures in here(we spent 4h 15 minutes) therefore prepare camera and walking shoes as you will regret if not.  Our B&B was placed just in front of the Giant’s Causeway main entry with stunning views over the sea and the countryside. The weather was sunny and we could admire a stunning sunset from our room, local people said to us that this is something what happens rarely so we were fully lucky this day.

Day 2 – Causeway Coastal Route

The Causeway Coastal Route is a designated way marked drive around the coast of Northern Ireland. The route is 190km long and links Londonderry with Belfast. The landscape is varied from coastal roads to mountains tops and crossing beautiful glens (valleys). The best manner to experience the route is by driving relaxed while enjoying the landscape. First stop during our journey was the Carrik-a-ride Rope Brigde, suspended almost 30m above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago. Next stop was Ballycastle, another fisher village placed between the sea and high hills which make the scenario of the village quite incredible. You have the option of taking a ferry to visit the Rathlin Island, but forget to take the car with you as it’s forbidden for tourists and the departures times from both places are limited. Then the route cross few glens between high mountains (thinking we are in UK) which make more than 500m of height. This part of the route is separated from the coast although in only few km you will be enjoying again the breeze of the sea. Our next stop was Cushendall, another fisher village placed between high cliffs. From here the route goes along the coast during almost 100km, in some of the points the road is basically in the same level than the sea with incredible high mountains in the other side. Amazing cliffs, small fisher villages, sheep, cows as well as rural cottages will be part of the journey and the breathtaking landscape will make the journey absolutely unforgettable. After a morning driving along the coast, we arrived to Belfast, capital of Northern Ireland. The city is not so big and you can visit city centre as well as the main highlights with only 6-7 hours. In terms of tourism related Belfast pays tribute to the most important ship ever, Titanic. There is a walking tour from city centre to Titanic Museum which takes around 45 minutes where you will find information about the ship every few steps. The admission to get into the museum is 17.50£, we decided no to pay as the price is abusive, anyway as I told before, there is much information along the tour so you don’t really need to pay that amount of money. City centre is small, full of Victorian building and narrow streets, If there is something that really impressed me of Belfast was its street art, basically concentrated within the Cathedral Quarter. This spot really deserves a different article in the future. Also the mix between old warehouses with modern buildings make the harbour area quite particular.

I really had a great experience visiting Northern Ireland and I probably will go back at some point although I didn’t like Belfast that much. Here few pictures of this short getaway in this small but stunning country.

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Causeway Coast

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Causeway Coast

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Causeway Cliffs

Causeway Cliffs

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Giant's Causeway Bay

Giant’s Causeway Bay

Giant's Causeway Rocks

Giant’s Causeway Rocks

Causeway Coast

Causeway Coast

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast with the Titanic Museum as background

Belfast City Centre

Belfast City Centre

Street Art in Belfast

Street Art in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Narrow street within the Cathedral Quarter in Belfast

Belfast

Belfast

3 hidden places in Ibiza with “On Ibiza Clouds”

Ibiza is one of those places which I don´t mind to go often. It has the ability to supernaturally force me to visit it at least twice a year; maybe its magic atmosphere, its music, its people or its beauty…all what involve this island attract me so hard. The past month on July I had the chance of discovering new hidden and unknown places thanks my blogger friend Natalia; her blog On Ibiza Clouds is one of the most popular of Ibiza which feature interesting fashion articles as well as fantastic videos of the best spots in the white island. If you want to know more about On Ibiza Clouds and Ibiza please feel free to check her blog. You will also find her article about my visit by clicking next link http://www.onibizaclouds.com/time-and-space-ibiza-open-air-monumental-work/

My friend Natalia from On Ibiza Clouds and I during the tour guide

My friend Natalia from On Ibiza Clouds and I during the tour guide

Natalia and I spent the morning visiting 3 different and hidden places in Ibiza, she was really good as a tour guide and despiste the awful heat I was able to enjoy the tour as well as all related comments that she made during our time together. Join us and discover those 3 hidden Ibiza´s spots which you don´t usually find at any guidebook.

1.- Sant Agusti

Sant Agusti

Sant Agusti

Ibiza´s architectural style - all in white

Ibiza´s architectural style – all in white

This small and charming village is situated on the top of a hill between Sant Antoni Bay and Sant Josep. The views over the countryside are fantastic which is fully filled of almond trees, despite the coast is a bit far, you can also enjoy views over the sea. Ibiza is known as “The White Island” due to the colour of the houses and Sant Agusti is probably one of the best examples of this local architecture. When you visit this village it seems like the time has not passed by, tough there is still place for local restaurants and B&Bs which make Sant Agusti more alive within its rural atmosphere.

2.- “Time & Space” Sculpture

Time & Space Sculpture

Time & Space Sculpture

Natalia and I in the middle of the sculpture.

Natalia and I in the middle of the sculpture.

This open air sculpture which has a similar appearance to Stonehenge is situated in the southwest coast of Ibiza. Its named is “Time and Space” and was designed by the famous Australian artist Andrew Rogers and financially funded by the Canadian millionaire Guy Laliberte (owner and founder or the Cirque du Soleil which has his enormous villa in Ibiza just in front of the sculpture). Formed by 13 pillars of basalt in a 24 meters of diameter this sculpture is inspired in the island of Es Vedra,  it represents the movement of the planets around the sun and its lined up with the winter solstice sunset. if you want to know more about it, have a look to my Ibiza blogger friend’s article by clicking in the following link http://www.onibizaclouds.com/time-and-space-ibiza-open-air-monumental-work/

3.- Cala Llentia

View of Cala Llentia from the top of the cliff

View of Cala Llentia from the top of the cliff

Natalia and I enjoying the views from the top of the cliff

Natalia and I enjoying the views from the top of the cliff

 

Cala Llentia is known to a few locals as a place to escape the madness that takes over the island during the high season. If you are looking for a place to lay down and enjoy the tranquillity, this is absolutely one of the best spots for that, although tricky access will put you on in a risky and funny adventure. The turquoise and clear water (which you can see from the top of the cliff) invites you to take the risk of climbing down the cliff. Give a try and visit this hidden beach, but you need to find the way to get there; for that reason I recommend you to contact Natalia; she will give you further information about it, click the following link and contact her On Ibiza Clouds

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8 days in Romania. Itinerary and budget

Romanian countryside

Romanian countryside

Romania is one of those unknown east-european countries which people don’t usually travel to. Our friend Sandra Morell has visited it the past month of May and she wants to show us her experience as well as give us some ideas about what to visit. She travelled 8 days along this country visiting places like Bucarest and Translvania. The follow article will also give you a rough idea of the money that you might need. If you want to see the itinerary, click the following link Itinerary

Day 1 & 2- Bucharest

How to get city centre from Otopeni airport?

  • Bus number 873
  • Price 2€
  • It takes around 35 minutes

What to visit in Bucharest?

  • Palace of the Parlament
  • Triumphan Arch
  • Old Town
  • Herăstrău Park

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Bucharest city centre: from 7€/ night
  • Food: 8€ all meals/ day

Palace of the Parlament

Palace of the Parlament

Day 3. Bucharest – Sinaia – Brasov

How to get Sinaia from Bucarest?

What to visit in Sinaia?

  • Peles Castle: 4.50€
  • Old Town
  • Otional: during winter season, Sinaia is one of the popular skiing destination

How to get Brasov from Sianai?

  • Bus or train: from 2€, click the following link for more information From Sianai to Brasov

Hostel and Food

  • Hostel in Brasov: from 8€/ night
  • Food: 8-10€/ day

Peles Castle

Peles Castle

Day 4. Brasov – Bran Castle – Sighisoara

What to visit in Brasov?

  • Council Square
  • Old Town
  • Black Church
  • Mount Tampa by cable car
  • Bran Castle-Dracula´s Castle: 7.80€
    • Bran Castle or the Dracula´s Castle isn´t so far from Brasov, there is a bus line departing from Brasov. Click the following link to know more info about the most terrific castle of Europe http://www.bran-castle.com/
    • How to get Bran Castle from Brasov? Click the following link From Brasov to Bran Castle

How to get Sighisoara from Brasov?

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Sighisoara: from 10€/ night
  • Food: 8-10€/ day

Bran Castle or Dracula´s Castle

Bran Castle or Dracula´s Castle


Brasov

Brasov

Day 5. Sighisoara – Sibiu

What to visit in Sighisoara?

  • Citadella
  • Old Town
  • Clock Tower
  • Church on the hill

How to get Sibiu from Sighisoara?

  • Train: 3€ (ask for times at tourist info office of Sighisoara or click the following link Train from Sighisoara to Sibiu )
  • Time: 3h30

Hostel and Food

  • Hostel in Sibiu from 10€/ night
  • Food: 10€/ day

Clock Tower of Sighisoara

Clock Tower of Sighisoara

Day 6. Sibiu – Cluj Napoca

What to visit in Sibiu?

  • Big Square
  • Catholic Cathedral
  • Ortodox Cathedral
  • Old Town

How to get Cluj Napoca from Sibiu?

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Cluj Napoca: from 13€/ night
  • Food: 10-12€/ day

Local houses in Sibiu

Local houses in Sibiu

Day 7. Cluj Napoca – Salina Turda – Cluj Napoca

What to visit in Cluj Napoca?

  • Banffy Palace
  • Avran Lancu Square
  • National Museum of Transilvania
  • Old Town

How to get Salina Turda salt mine?

Salina Turda Salt Mine

  • Price: 5€
  • Time to visit: between 2-3 hours

Hostel and food

  • Hostel in Cluj Napoca from 13€/ night
  • Food: 12€/ day

Salina Turda mine

Salina Turda mine

Day 8. Cluj Napoca – Airport

If your flight is in the evening, you will have still enough time to visit Cluj Napoca during the morning. Cluj Napoca has an airport with flights connecting Transilvania with London and few more Europe capital cities. Check http://www.skyscanner.com for more information.

  • Bus to the airport: number 8
  • Price of the bus: 3€

Cluj Napoca

Cluj Napoca

Thank you very much Sandra Morell for all information that you have given to us. Absolutely a worth trip to Romania!

Our friend Sandra Morell

Our friend Sandra Morell

5 of 15 reasons why you should visit Castellon #part2

Sunset

Castellon, is it only sun and sand? No way… Castellon is more than that.

Castellon is know as the second province with more number of mountains in Spain. Yes, we have mountains, and pretty high if we think about the proximity of the coast. There are up to 8 natural parcs in the province of Castellon which some of them are situated in the highlands. The highlands (known as Maestrazgo) also hides history and heritage, where castles, medieval villages and nature meet together.

6.- Morella

Morella by the night - Photo from Morella Turistica Website

Morella by the night – Photo from Morella Turistica Website


Probably the most beautiful village through the highlands. Morella is a “must” during your holidays in Castellon. With the castle on the top of the rocky mountain, this walled medieval village will take you back in time to rewind the Middle Age. The local food is deliciously good and tasty where the hauting meat is the most demanded good as well as cheese and lots of tradictional pastries.

7.- Peñagolosa Mountain Natural Parc

Peñagolosa "The rocky giant"

Peñagolosa “The rocky giant”

Peñagolosa is the highest point through the wide of Valencia Region with 1813m above the sea level. If you’re looking for a hiking day, this is absolutely your option. You can climb up to the peak following a path, even though the last stage might be little bit difficult. The views over Castellon province are amazing, but in a clear day you might also see Valencia, Alicante or Teruel provinces as well as Ibiza Island. Give a try and climb Peñagolosa.

8.- Vilafames

Vilafames, The Red Village - Photo from Vilafames Council Website

Vilafames, The Red Village – Photo from Vilafames Council Website

This charming village situated in the mountains of Castellon is known as “The Red Village”. Its buildings as well as the castle have been built with red stone. A walk along its small quaint streets can be a great experience and local people will give you a warm welcome. Try one of its popular wines or pastries and climb up to the castle if you want to enjoy beautiful views over the mountains of Castellon.

9.- Sant Josep Cave – The Europe largest underground river

Sant Josep underground River - Photo from its official website

Sant Josep underground River – Photo from its official website

An underground river flows through the Sant Josep Caves, which enables you to enjoy an amazing natural phenomenon. It´s located in the natural setting of the same name, is a system of natural caves located in the town of Vall de Uxó. A small boat will make you discover the different rooms as well as living a great undergrund experience. Don´t miss it.

10.- Montanejos

Millars River in Montanejos - Photo from Montanejos Council Website

Millars River in Montanejos – Photo from Montanejos Council Website

Montanejos is a small town surrounded by mountains, giving it a completely unique location, as its thermal waters have made it become a spa town.
It’s located in the Western part of the Highlands. Hotels are spread throughout the city and there’s a huge spa that a multitude of people frequent through the year. A few meters from the center there are various places to go for a dip in the river. There’s a nice, lit path headed there from the center of town. The Fuente de los Banos is one of the most famous springs. The quality of the water emanated from the inside of the mountain is indicated at various points with a tempretaure of 40 degrees. Come to Montanejos and swin in our beautiful Millars River.

The third part of “5 of 15 reasons why you should visit Castellon” will be up to the blog soon, don´t miss it!

If you want to book your holidays in castellon, visit this website: http://www.castellonincoming.com

2 days around Leman Lake

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A weekend around the Leman Lake in Switzerland and in France could be cheaper than you expect if you travel in the right time. Ski season starts from November until April and the prices are usually more expensive. We flew only few weeks before the winter seasons started when the prices are still low and when nature shows one of its best performance: the colourful autumn. As known, Switzerland is very expensive and a short getaway might become so expensive if you don’t control well your budget. For that reason, we bought are food in England, so for a weekend we spent 20£/each in food.

Flight from Bristol to Geneva: 35£ return/person

At 8.30am we were already in Geneva airport. We booked a car by on-line in the France side of the airport (price cheaper than Swiss side) and we paid 60€ for two days between 3 people, only 20£ each then. Around 9.30am we were driving out of the airport to gain as much time as possible and see as many things as possible.

1.- LAUSSANE

 

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This charming city was our first stop. Laussane is a beautiful city situated in the shores of the Leman Lake. It’s not as big as Geneva, though big enough to enjoy its alive atmosphere. The local market was set up in the heart of the city with small stands selling veggies, fruits and flowers. Little bit higher from the main place and on the top of a hill you will find the cathedral. There is a view point from which you will enjoy beautiful views over Laussane, the Leman Lake and you are lucky…you will see the highest peaks and mountains around the lake.

2.-GRUYERE

 

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Gruyere is a “must seen” during you weekend around the Leman Lake, this charming medieval village situated in the Low Swiss Alps is popular for its cheese. With only two streets and the main square, this village is able to attract thousand of tourists throughout the year. Discover its delightful houses and visit its castle on the top of the hill. The views over Alps mountains are stunning. And don’t forget to taste the Gruyere cheese, Yummy!! 😛  

 

3.- ON THE ROAD

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On our way back to the lake we decided to use a different road and see a small part of the Alps mountains. For 1 hour and a half we drove through the Gruyère Pays d’Henhaut Natural park, passing by beautiful valleys with colossal mountains in both sides. Also, the beautiful colour of the autumn made this experience even nicer. Thousand of cows filled the fields like they’d have been drawn by an impressionist painter. On the way down to the lake, the fog covered the valley thereby creating an terrific atmosphere. You will find the map of the route in the end of the article.

4.- EVIAN-LES-BAINS

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This popular village in situated in the south-east of the Leman Lake. This side of the lake is France and the border is only few kilometres before Evian. Popular for its springs, this small village has become one of the most important spa destinations in Europe. Either winter or summer, Evian is a nice place for your skiing holidays, spa holidays or simply a chill getaway. We booked 2 rooms in a beautiful wooden house  by Airbnb in the zone, above 1000 metres height. The couple were so nice and we got a charming welcome from them. The price: 15£ each with an delicious home-made breakfast included in the price.

5.- YVOIRE LE LEMAN

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Yvoire le Leman is a very tinny medieval village situated in the French side of the lake. Vehicles are not allowed inside its walls, only bikes can ride. Delighted houses built in stone take you back on time to the middle age like if you were the protagonist of a historical novel. With full of traditional shops, the popular French sweet “macarron” is probably the most sold product in Yvoire as the most of the shops are patisseries, although you will also find wooden objetcs made by hand. The most of the houses are decorated with flowers which make even nicer the atmosphere. This village is a “must” during your getaway around Leman Lake, don’t miss then.

6.- GENEVA 

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With only an afternoon you will have enough time to visit the most important highlights of Geneva. There is a beautiful “promenade” along the shore of the lake. The Old City is not so far from the lake and a walk through the Old City is absolutely worth it.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ROUTE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW

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5 of 15 reasons why you should visit Castellon #part1

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Castellón is probably one of those hundred unknown places along the Mediterranean coast which you might also fall in love with it. The reason why this beautiful Spanish province is less known than other is actually due to its slow growing tourism industry against other popular places like Alicante, Valencia, Salou or Barcelona when the “tourist boom” arose in Spain in the 60’s years. This province is situated exactly between those popular places and people usually passed through Castellon, but never stopped. Now those popular places are getting obsolete and Castellón is getting more popular. It seems like the tourism industry is pushing the wheel to different direction, making Castellon a trending topic for both Spanish and foreign travellers. Finally people have realised how much beauty Castellon is and how many things you can do.

Castellón is situated between Barcelona and Valencia. Its coast is named “The Blossom Orange Coast” and you can beach hop all the way along 110km of coast; your perfect summer holiday might come true here as Castellón has all you need. But Castellón is not only beach and sun, in that hundred of mountains, small villages, thousand of activities and charming people are waiting you for your entertainment throughout this stunning and unknown place.

Pack Your Bag is going to give you 15 reasons of why Castellón is the best place for your summer holidays this 2016. Considering the huge amount of reasons as well as the useful information of the article, Pack Your Bag is going to divide it in three different sections to make a better feature article.

Castellón (Spain), why I should spend my summer holiday in Castellón next summer?

1.- The weather

Castellón offers more than 310 sunny days throughout the year (wow 😱). Yes, you have read perfectly. The Orange Blossom Coast is probably one of the sunniest places in Spain. It seems like it has its own micro-climate. The rain (wet) season usually is only a week, whether in spring or autumn; therefore Castellón is a perfect place for your holidays as the sun is guaranteed all year long.

More than 310 sunny days in Castellón

More than 310 sunny days in Castellón – Photography of Pack Your Bag

2.- The beaches

Castellón has 78 beaches along its 110km of coast, that means you will find a beach every 1.41km. From rocky, rough & hidden creeks to white, long & sandy beaches Castellón offers to the visitor a wide range of options for your beachy time. The water is clean and clear and 32 beaches are awarded with blue flag (indication of a high environmental and quality standards). More information and pictures about Castellón’s beaches, click here

Oropesa del Mar Beach

Oropesa del Mar Beach – Photography of Oropesa del Mar Council

3.- Castellón de la Plana

This alive and vibrant city is the capital of the Province where tradition and modernity combine perfectly in harmony. Why being lost in Castellón de la Plana can be an amazing experience? Dozen of Mediterranean fragrances hit your face when you gallivant through its streets and thousand of oranges trees dress the city. The pedestrian city centre offers to the visitor the option to interact with the charming local people and shopping at any of the local shops. Perhaps, you shouldn’t miss the colourful central market and try all the tasty local food.  A walk into the old fisher quarter El Grau de Castellón (which is 4 km far from the city) brings to you the pure essence of a traditional Mediterranean village,  furthermore you will find one of the best beaches of Spain, with more than 14 km long, woow!!

Major Square - Photography of Comunitat Valenciana Tourism Website

Major Square – Photography of Comunitat Valenciana Tourism Website

4.- Peñíscola.

Peñíscola is a beautiful little town, lively & full of character and also a very popular holiday spot amongst Spanish and foreing tourists throughout the year. There is a castle, called The Moon Pope Castle which is a very popular attraction nowadays. The castle is part of the tale. It sits on a rock about 64 metres above the sea, a rock which is joined to the mainland by only a narrow strip of land. Due to its strategic location, was wanted and taken by all sorts of invaders in the past: the Greeks, the Romans, Arabs and Christians. The Knights Templar built the castle on the remains between 1294 and 1307. Later, in the 15th century, Pope Benedict XIII (Moon Pope)moved in for 6 years until he died. Popular films like El Cid or famous series like Game of Thrones have filmed in this particular place. Peñíscola is cosidered the most beautiful village in Spain according different survey researches. Come to Castellón and visit Peñíscola.

Peñíscola - Photography of Drones Filmers

Peñíscola – Photography of Drones Filmers

5.- The airport

The new Castellón Airport was opened last September 2015. For now Ryanair is the only airline which operates in the airport, connecting Castellón with Bristol and London. The flight from London to Castelón operates 3 times a week, on Tuesdays,  Thursdays and Saturdays along the year. Otherwise the flight from Bristol only operates during the summer season, from April to October and twice a week, on Wednesdays and Sundays. A new flight connection between Bucarest and Castellón with Blue Air will start from June and you can already buy your tickets in the website. This new airport is a signal that Castellón is getting popular, the numbers of the passengers flying “from” “to” Castellón confirm this growing and this airport has already passed in front of many Spanish airports. 

Castellón Airport - Photography of Diputación de Castellón

Castellón Airport – Photography of Diputación de Castellón

 

These are only five reasons of why Castellón is the best place for your summer holiday. Castellón offers to the visitors hundreds of options for their entertainment and Pack Your Bag wants to make people know the beauty of this place as well as to promote Castellón as a popular travel destination.

I will write more about Castellón in future articles whereby will give you more reasons of why Castellón is the best place for your summer holiday this 2016.

If you want to book your holidays in Castellón, please visit this website http://www.castellonincoming.com/

 

 

10 reasons why you should visit Copenhagen

Nyhavn Canal

Nyhavn Harbour

Built around the shores of the European’s nicest natural harbour, this colourful and vibrant city is a mix & match of architectural styles and Scandinavian influences. The Danish capital is fast becoming one of the most visited cities not just in the Europe, but for people all across the globe. Do you want to know why Copenhagen is getting popular? Pack Your Bag is going to give you ten reasons why you should visit Copenhagen.

 

1.- Because of the people.

Danish people are voted as the happiest people in the world and a large majority speaks a high standard of English. They will make you experience a friendliness which you rarely will find in other cities. Also the “hipsters” will make you dive into that particular culture-life-style in one of the various hipsters areas of Copenhagen.

People from Copenhagen

People from Copenhagen – Picture from Visitcopenhagen

 

2.- Because of the bikes

The city is super progressive when it comes to urban transport and it’s not surprising that the city is often cited as the world’s most bike-friendly city. With cycle lanes and flat streets, the appeal is obvious. That’s why one-third of the inhabitants of Copenhagen ride a bicycle to work or school. Also tourists hire a bike for a city-ride-bike experience throughout their time in Copenhagen. It feels like everyone cycles, meaning Copenhagen probably has the quietest and most peaceful streets of any capital city  at least in Europe. This green approach has even led to the term ‘Copenhagenise’ being used by urban planners.

Bike's Parking

Bike’s Parking – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

3.- Because of the Smørrebrød

If you are visiting Copenhagen, you must try the Smørrebrød at least for once, even though I bet you will try all different options every day, mostly after a long cycling morning throughout Copenhagen. The sandwich is basically made by sliced rye bread (rugbrød) topped with cold meats, smoked fish, cheese or pate and it has been a lunchtime staple for the Danish for as long as anyone remember. Give it a try!

Smørrebrød

Smørrebrød – picture taken by Lynda Balslev for NPR

 

4.-Because of Christiania

Christiania is an autonomous free-town in Copenhagen. It’s been exempt from many of Denmark’s laws since it was set up by squatters and idealists back in the 1970’s. Now Christiania is home to about 850 people who manage shops, cafes and veggie restaurants. And sell soft drugs from stalls. It all feels like a fascinating mix of organic cultural paradise and alternative music festival. So go, smoke and smile 🙂

Christiania

Christiania – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

5.- Because of its mermaid

A little and lonely mermaid sculpture is conclusively the Copenhagen’s most popular icon and one of the most photographed statues in the world. The little mermaid sits close to the shore of the cruise harbour “Langelinie” on her granite resting place, in the old port district of Nyhavn. This small sculpture was unveiled at Langelinje in 1913 even though she’s been decapitated several times since then; poor Little Mermaid. Anyway,  don’t miss it as everybody does. Do the same like everybody and be a real tourist!!

The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

6.- Because of the water and canals. 

Copenhagen is criss-crossed by a network of canals and these waterways are still an integral part of the city’s character. Lots of cruise-boats laden with sightseers sailing through the elegant shuttered town-houses. Then Copenhageners don’t have to travel too far for a dip. Just south of the centre is the Island Brygge Havnebadet, one of five outdoor swimming pools in Copenhagen. The quality of the water is checked daily and has to be approved by the authorities before swimmers are let in. There are five pools in all, two of which are specifically for children.

Nyhavn Canal

Nyhavn Canal – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

7.- Because of the urban beaches

You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but not too far of the centre is one most popular Copenhagen’s urban beaches You might not think of Copenhagen as a beach destination, but three miles south of the centre is one of Denmark’s finest stretches of sand: Amager Strandpark, a huge white beach extending along a lagoon, covered by small dunes and green grass. It’s popular all year round with cyclists and rollerbladers. But Amager Strandpark is not he only urban beach yo can find in Copenhagen, up to 5 different beaches are only few miles away from city centre.

Amager beach - picture from broketourist.net

Amager beach – picture from broketourist.net

 

8.- Because it’s green

Copenhagen was the European Green Capital of 2014, just before Bristol (UK) in 2015.  Copenhagen is a highly successful role model for the green economy, with an efficient urban cycling network and with a strong strategy Copenhagen intends to be carbon-neutral by 2025 with an estimated 75% of the CO2 reduction. Copenhagen is that city that you would love to live.

European Green Capital 2014

European Green Capital 2014

 

9.- Because of the accessibility 

Less than 20 minutes by Metro or train from the Airport to the City centre, a large variety of public transport and a well-developed cruise ship port. A huge cycling network will help you to explore Copenhagen in a very friendly and easy way as bikers have the priority everywhere and any time. But if you prefer to discover this city by walking, don’t be worried about the distances as Copenhagen feels like it was designed to be explored on foot. From galleries to monuments to parks, everything is really compact. You can easily walk from one side of the city to the other in a few hours. there’s a modern, efficient and affordable metro system you can use.

Christiania Canal and its boats

Christiania Canal and its boats – picture taken by Luis Mercader

 

10.- Because of the “Hygge”

The best way of translating the word “hygge” is “cosiness” but you don’t know what “hygge” is until you’ve been to Copenhagen. You basically you can do lots of “hygges” things in Copenhagen during your time in the city, just come and find them out. Meantime in Pack Your Bag we give you 10 “hygges” reasons to visit this amazing city: Copenhagen!

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be "hygge" - picture taken by Luis Mercader

Christiania. Go, smoke and smile!! Be “hygge” – picture taken by Luis Mercader

7 reasons why living in Bristol is lush

Are you thinking to move somewhere else for a new life next 2016? Bristol, in United Kingdom is one of the cities that you should have in your list. Pack Your bag is going to give you some reason of why you should move to this amazing city and why it is lush for living.

Estás pensando en moverte a otro lugar para una nueva vida en este 2016? Birstol, en Reino Unido, es una de esas ciudades que deberías tener en tu lista. Pack Your Bag va a darte varias razones de por qué deberías moverte a esta fantástic ciudad y porqué mola vivir aquí.

Bristol Suspension Bridge

Bristol Suspension Bridge

1.- European Green Capital 2015

Bristol has been the European Green Capital during this 2015. It’s been the first British city of getting this award. There are more than 400 parks in Bristol, so basically the city is covered by green. Also there are more than 170 city farms where they grow organic vegetables and fruits. You will find a huge wide range of organic shops as well. Few national natural reserves are situated not too far from city, like Leigh-woods, which takes only 15 minutes to get there by cycling from city centre. There is a big cycling network throughout the city, so you won’t get bored waiting the bus or getting stuck in traffic jams as you will love to use your bike.

Bristol ha sido durante este 2015 la capital europea verde, siendo la primera cuidad del Reino Unido en obtener este galardón. La ciudad cuenta con más de 400 parques, básicamente la ciudad esta cubierta de verde. También cuenta con más de 170 granjas dentro de la ciudad donde cultivan frutas y verduras orgánicas. Encontrarás también un gran número de tiendas donde venden cómida orgánica. Varias reservas naturales nacionales están situadas no muy lejos de la ciudad, como Leigh-woods, el cual está a tan solo 15 minutes en bici desde el centro. Hay una gran red de carriles bici en la ciudad, no te aburrirás a la hora de esperar el autobús o de quedarte atrapado en un atasco ya que seguro disfrutarás de moverte por la ciudad en bici.

Bristol European Green Capital 2015

2.- City of Universities/ Ciudad Universitaria

Bristol has two Universities, The UoB (University of Bristol) and the UWE (University West of England). More than 22.000 students from different countries come every year to study at any of those Universitites. Also the University of Bristol (UoB) is rated like one of the top 30 Universities of the world. Young and international atmosphere is guaranteed in this city and it’s becoming one of the most important multicultural cities in United Kingdom outside London.

Bristol cuenta con dos universidades, La UoB (Universidad de Bristol) y la UWE (Universidad del Oeste de Inglaterra). Más de 22.000 estudiantes de diferentes paises del mundo llegan cada año para estudiar en alguna de sus universidades. La Universidad de Bristol (UoB) está catalogada como una de las 30 mejores del mundo. El ambiente juvenial e internacional está garantizado y se está convirtiendo en una de las ciudades más multiculturales de Reino Unido fuera de London. 

View of the University of Bristol

View of the University of Bristol

3.- Urban Art Street/ Arte Urbano 

Bristol is popular due to its international graffiti artist Banksy. Scour the streets of Bristol and you will struggle not to find a cutting-edge piece of graffiti art decorating the city’s walls. Along narrow streets, through under-passages and across building walls, a piece of graffiti art will jump out, making Bristol the European Urban Art Street Capital. Banksy has painted few graffiti in Bristol, and there is a Art Street Tour available showing the  Banksy most popular graffiti.

Bristol es conocida gracias a su grafitero internacional Banksy. Rebusca por las calles de Bristol y ya verás que no tendrás que enforzarte en encontrar vanguardistas grafitis decorando las fachadas de la ciudad. A lo largo de calles estrechas, a traves de pasajes suterráneos y en la fachadas de los edificios, un graffiti seguro te aparecerá en cuanto menos te lo esperes, haciendo asi de Bristol la Capital Europea de Arte Urbano. Banksy ha pintado varios grafitis en Bristol y hay una visita guiada dedicada al Art Street disponible la cual te mostrará los grafitis más conocidos de Banksy.

Banksy Graffiti in The Canteen Pub - Stokes Croft

Banksy Grafiti in The Canteen Pub – Stokes Croft

4.- Music everywhere at anytime/ Música en todas partes y a cualquier hora

If you are a music lover, Bristol is absolutely your place. You will find live music every day at any of the hundreds of Bristol’s pubs, clubs and venues. Both local bands and popular bands come to Bristol every year as they know that Bristolian people love music. Yes…we love music!! Also amateur singers and bands play in the street (if the weather helps) to make themselves known in that industry. All music genres like rock, reggae, electronic, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B, trip-hop and the popular Bristolian music style Dubstep are tuned every day making Bristol a world music reference. Come to Bristol and tune a song with us!

Si eres un amante de la música, Bristol es definitivamente tu sitio. Encontrarás múscia en directo todos los días de la semana en cualquiera de los cientos de pubs, discotecas y espacios musicales de la ciudad. Tanto bandas locales como famosas vienen a Bristol a tocar cada año ya que sabes que los Bristolianos aman la música Si… nosotros amamos la música! También bandas y cantantes amateurs tocan en las calles de la ciudad (si el tiempo ayuda) para darse a conocer en el sector. Todos los géneros musicales como el rock, reggae, música electrónica, jazz, soul, heavy-metal, salsa, pop, hip-hop, R&B y el Bristoliano Dubstep son sintonizados todos los días haciendo de Bristol un referente musical a nivel internacional. 

Local Band playing in Corn Street

 

5.- Festivals – Festivales

If there is music, obviously there are festivals, even though the festivals are not only oriented to the music industry . You will find Food & Drinks Festivals, Cinema Festivals, Urban Art Street Festivals, Green Festivals, Marathons & Races, Animation Festivals, Family Festivals and perhaps the most popular one: Bristol International Ballon Fiesta. Do you know what’s the best of Bristol’s festivals? You can enjoy them all year long, they take place every month!! Wow… Here the most popular festivals! Check them out!

Si hay música, obviamente hay festivales, aunque sin embrago no todos los festivales están orientados a la industria musical. Podrás encontrar diversos festivales gastronómicos, festivales de arte callejero, festivales verdes, maratones y carreras deportivas, festivales de animación, festivales para familias y por supuesto el más conocido: Festival Internacional de Globos Aerostáticos de Bristol. Podrás disfrutar de festivales todo el año en Bristol, ya que se realizan festivales cada mes. Guauuu…Aquí teneis los festivales más importantes! Echale un vistazo!!

January – Slapstick Festival

February – BBC Radio 6 Music Festival

March – Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

April – The Bristol Improv Theatre Festival

May – Bristol Walk Fest 2016 & Loves Saves the Day & Dot to Dot Festival

June – Let’s Rock Bristol! The RETRO Festival & Bristol Festival of Nature

July – Bristol Harbour Festival

August – Bristol International Ballon Fiesta

September – Factoberfest

October – Simple Things Festivals

November – Half Marathon Bristol & Christmas Lights

December – Christmas Market & Christmas Events & Festivals

Bristol Harbour Festival

Bristol Harbour Festival

6.- Multicultural city/ Ciudad multicultural

You can find in Bristol up to 170 different nationalities, all of them living in harmony. And you also might learn up to 150 different languages. When you are walking across the city, you rarely will only see British people. Spanish, Italian, Greek… up to 170 different nationalities turn the city into a colourful atmosphere. We bring to the city not only different languages, we bring and share our cultures with local people and you know what? They love it. We all are making Bristol a different city, with a strong personality and very alternative. Bristol is definitely a multicultural city whereby Bristolian people feel proud of it. 

Podrás encontrar en Bristol hasta 170 nacionalidades diferentes, todas ellas viviendo en armonía. También podrás llegar a aprender hasta 150 idiomas. Cuando vas andando por la ciudad, raramente solo verás Británicos. Españoles, Italianos, Griegos… y así hasta 170 diferentes nacionalidades llenan la ciudad de una colorida atmósfera. No solo traemos idiomas diferentes, también nuestas culturas, las cuales compartimos con la gente local y sabeis qué? Les encanta… Todos juntos estamos haciendo de Bristol una ciudad diferente, con una fuerte personalidad y muy alternativa. Bristol es definitivamente una ciudad multicultural y los Bristolianos se sieten orgulloso de ello. 

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian... we all share our life in harmony

Hungarian, Spanish, Polish, English, Italian… we all share our life in harmony

7.- A city of opportunities/ Una ciudad de oportunidades

Bristol has the fastest growing economy of any of the city outside London this 2015. Bristol is young, vibrant and funny city which offers thousands of opportunities for both British people and foreign people. Bristol also has one of the lowest number of jobless people, maybe due to that fast growing economy. Students coming from everywhere usually decide to settle here after they finish their studies as they find good job opportunities. Foreign people come straight to Bristol as the economic numbers are absolutely brilliant and we know that. Bristol is getting more and more popular lately, which is seen in the news and also in the streets of the city. Do you need more reasons to come to Bristol?

Bristol puede presumir de ser la ciudad de mayor y más rápido crecimiento de Inglaterra fuera de Londres este 2015. Es una ciudad joven, dinánica y divertida la cual ofrece miles de oportunidades tanto para británicos como extranjeros. Bristol también puede presumir de ser una de las ciudades con menos desempleo del Reino Unido, posiblemente gracias a su gran crecimiento económico. Estudiantes de todas partes del mundo deciden quedarse en la ciudad una vez finalizan sus estudios ya que suelen encontrar buenas oportunidades laborales. Extranjeros vienen directamente a Bristol ya que los números económicos son brillantes y nosotros lo sabemos y los proyectamos. Bristol se está poniendo de moda ultimamente y lo puedes ver tanto en las noticias como en las calles de la ciudad. Necesitas más razones para venir a Bristol

 

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3 fascinating cemeteries in Bristol UK

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My viewpoint about visiting cemeteries changed when I came to England. A nice walk along any cemetery could be an interesting experience due to their colossal tombs & sculptures. Some cemeteries also offer tours, activities and seasonal events for all range of ages. In Bristol (UK) there are six cemeteries which three of them stand out due to their architectural desing and location. Also, one of them offers thematic tours as well as events throughout the year. Pack Your Bag has visited these three “unusual” cemeteries which will give you a different viewpoint of what a traditional cemetery could be.

Mi punto de vista sobre visitar cementerios cambió cuando llegué a Inglaterra. Un agradable paseo a través de cualquier cementerio podría ser una interesante experiencia gracias a sus colosales tumbas y esculturas. Algunos cemeterios también ofrecen visitas guiadas, actividades y eventos para toda las edades. En Bristol (Reino Unido) hay 6 cementerios de los cuales tres de ellos destacan por su arquitectura y localización. Uno de ellos tambien ofrece visitas temáticas así como eventos durante todo el año. Pack Your Bag ha visitado estos tres “inusuales” cementerios los cuales te darán un punto de vista diferente de los que es un cemenerio tradicional.

1.- Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

Arnos Vale Cemetery

This is probably the most beautiful cemetery in Bristol. It’s a hillside Victorian cemetery and also a conservation park. It is situated on the side of a hill, with nice views over East Bristol and hidden inside a leafy forest.   This cemetery offers to the visitors both wildlife and historical tours. There is a cafe situated in one of the main buildings and a visitor centre in the main gate. Depending the season Arnos Vale cemetery organises different events, thematic tours and also traditional markets. You also will see dozens of stone-sculptures decorating the most popular tombs.  Who said a tour cemetery is not a good option for fun? Visit Arnos Vale Cemetery in Bristol, it’s absolutely worth it!

Probablemente es el cementerio más bonito enBristol. Se trata de un cementerio de estilo Victoriano. Esta situado en el lateral de una colina, con preciosas vistas al Este de Bristol y escondido entre un bosque frondoso, de ahí que también sea un parque de conservacion de animales salvajes y plantas. Hay un café situado en uno de los edificios principales y un centro para el visitante en la entrada principal. Dependidendo de la época de año el Cementerio de Arnos Vale organiza diferentes eventos, visitas temáticas así como mercadillos tradicionales. También podrás ver decenas de esculturas de piedra decorando las tumbas más populares. Quién dijo que una visita a un cementerio no era una opción divertida? Visitar el Cementerio de Arnos Vale, vale la pena!

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2.- Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Avonview Cemetery

Its name gives us an idea about what’s interesting in this cemetery: the views over Bristol and Avon River as well as the place where it’s based. This cemetery is located in St Georges Area, only five minutes walking from St George Park and Church Road. It is also situated in a hillside, but less sharp than Arnos Vale hill. Here you also will enjoy beautiful views over Avon River and South, West a & Central Bristol. Thousands of tombstones are well lined-up with harmony and style, offering to the visitor an interesting overview of the cemetery. In this case, Avonview Cemetery doesn’t have too many stone-sculptures like Arnos Vale, neither events or traditional markets,  but just the views over Bristol are good enough for a chill walk through this cemetery.

Ya su nombre nos da una idea de qué es interesante de este cementerio: las vistas sobre el Río Avon así como el lugar donde se encuentra ubicado.  Este cementerio está localizado en el barrio de St Georges, a tan solo cinco minutos andando de St George Park y Chruch Road. Está tambien situado en el lateral de una colina, pero está vez menos escarpada que la colina de Arnos Vale Cementerio. Aquí también difrutarás de vistas sobre el Río Avon y el Sud, Oeste y Centro de Bristol. Miles de lápidas esta alienadas con harmonía y estilo, ofreciando al visitante una interesante panorámica del cementerio. En este caso, Avonview Cementerio no ofrece demasiadas esculturas como Arnos Vale Cementerio, tampoco eventos ni mercadillos tradicionales, pero tan solo por las vistas sobre la ciudad de Bristol es suficiente para un tranquilo paseo a través de este cementerio. 

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3.- Greenbank Cemetery

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Victorian Church in Greenbank Cemetery

Situated between Eastville Park and St George Area, GreenBank is a peaceful cemetery which offers wide green-grounds filled with tombstones, a stone-sculpture close and an abandoned  Victorian Church situated in the middle of it. The main path-walks which cross the cemetery are fully surrounded by lined-up trees in both sides and thereby creating a scary atmosphere. There is a small close filled with stone-sculptures of different virgins and angels. It is probably the most peaceful cemetery as there are not views over the city and it is hidden in between houses, even though it’s a big cemetery where enjoying a full peace.

Situado entre Eastville Park y el barrio de St Georges, Greenbank es un tranquilo cementerio el cual ofrece amplias zonas verdes repletas de lápidas, un callejón de lleno de esculturas y una abandonada iglesia Victoriana  situada en el centro. Las principales callejuelas que cruzan el cementerio cuentan con largas filas de árboles en ambos lados, creando así un ambiente espeluznante. También cuenta con un pequeño callejón repleto de esculturas de piedra representando a vírgenes y ángeles. Es probablemente el cementerio más tranquilo de los tres ya que no ofrece vistas a la ciudad y está situado entre casas, aunque sin embargo es un gran cementerio donde disfrutar de plena paz. 

Visiting cemeteries may be funny if you change your view point about them. Visitar cementerios podría ser divertido si cambias tu punto de vista sobre ellos.