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Algarve among top travel destinations for 2012

If you are a travel enthusiast, then you must be familiar with  Faro and Algarve. The southernmost region of Portugal is renowned for being one of the top travel destinations not just in Europe, but also on the planet. Known for its amazing coastline, wonderful beaches, limestone formations and exotic caves, the region is the third richest in all of Portugal and tourism is the driving force behind its thriving economy.

With economies across the world now starting to get back on track and people far more willing to once again spend cash on luxury vacations, the tourism industry is gaining momentum and the experts at New York Times believe that Algarve is among the best places to visit this year. The region has something for everyone thanks to its mild climate year round and booming luxury hotel industry that is only expanding by the day.

The city of Faro is the ‘seat of the Faro District’ and capital of the Algarve region and the place where your trip kick-starts. Around 7 million international tourists visit the region each year and the best way to get here is obviously flying to Faro. The region is very well connected and flights operate on a daily basis from various parts of Europe and even across the Atlantic.

The limestone caves around Lagos, unending fun on the many beaches and the delectable cuisine, along with this amazing connectivity and the safety of the region make it the tourist hotspot that it is. With a total of 10 million tourists each year and many expatriates from countries like the US, Germany, Britain and Holland coming to spend retirement years here, Algarve tourism industry can only experience an upswing in the years to come.

How about you tell us if the NYT was right or not? Pay Algarve a visit and let us know in the comments below!

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Where to Visit in Cardiff

 

 

The Welsh capital has been enjoying a Renaissance in recent years. Cardiff is described as a ‘gem’, and can easily be compared to other exotic destinations such as the Azores in Portugal and Patagonia in Argentina. If you’re planning on adding the city to your personal list of destinations, then here is how to get the most from your visit.

Cardiff Castle

Cardiff is known more for its cultural scene and upbeat nightlife than it is for its history. But Cardiff Castle will give you a sense of the city’s historical development. Built 2000 years ago by the Romans, it has been added to and developed by everybody from William the Conqueror to the Victorians, and now has a fun-packed calendar of events and historical reconstructions suitable for all ages.

The National Museum of Wales

Cardiff’s thriving cultural scene helped win the city its National Geographic accolade. Immerse yourself in Welsh culture at the National Museum of Wales, which has an extensive natural history exhibit as well as visiting works of art that have included pieces by Raphael and Leonardo Da Vinci. Great for both kids and adults, this highly interactive museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of art in the country.

Cardiff Bay Waterfront

From the historical to the supremely modern – Cardiff Bay is Europe’s largest waterfront development and boasts everything from theme park-style attractions to a plethora of fantastic restaurants. Take a boat trip across the bay to the coastal town of Penarth to escape the hustle and bustle of the inner city.

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

Cities Reflected in Water

 

The play of light can create a unique picture. The reflections of palaces, houses and trees in the waters of rivers, lakes and oceans caught in camera is just amazing to look at.

Here are some of the best photos of cities that are reflected in waters, that creates an illuminated double vision.

Boston, Massachussets

Lisbon, Portugal

Los Angeles, California

Sacramento, California

Vancouver, Canada

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5 Fantastic Clubs in Faro

Faro caters to trendy, hot people who love a good night on the town. Some of the most exciting clubs in the world call Faro home. Around Rua do Prior, the vibes of celebration put everyone in a party mood. Below are the five best places to celebrate. With cheap flights to Faro now is the time to get grooving, see you on the floor.

Upa Upa Café Bar
First on the list is the Upa Upa Café Bar, where tourists and locals prepare for the night over luscious cocktails on the huge patio. Soak up the Mediterranean climate as jazz or world music plays. The spacious bar is a great place to meet a group of friends for laid back preparation.

Conselherio Bar
The Conselheiro Bar is almost always packed full of a mixed crowd. The entrance area bar usually fills up with an older crowd in to enjoy their drinks, but there is another section with a large dance floor that fills up with younger jet setters, plus another bar. The club has two levels with pool tables and video games as well. Every mood is matched in this Faro nightlife staple.

Eddies

Each summer, the International Motorcycle Rally happens in Faro, so it’s not surprising that hard rock music permeates much of the culture. Eddie’s, a unique Iron Maiden themed bar, draws both bikers and metal heads looking to party with their kind of music. The late manager of the club, Manu da Silva, was great friends with the band and thus, a nightlife legend was made. This club enjoys international fame not only with sub-culture fans, but for people who occasionally enjoy a headbanging walk on the wild side.

Bora Bora
Bora Bora is one of the more popular venues for a young hipsters who love to mingle internationally. The beats spin long and hard. The staff tends to be on the younger side, too, and they keep things very upbeat. Fridays is ladies night, but they offer drink specials for all at other times. Hip-hop, blues, rock, and house is just some of what Bora Bora spins.

CheSsenta
CheSsenta Bar has long reigned as a nightlife giant in Faro. They offer cheap mugs of beer and selective music that creates a careful ambiance. This place fills up quickly, with a crowd that ranges from the early twenties to the late thirties. But no matter the age, they are all serious partiers who take advantage of the more than affordable mugs.

As you can see, these places provide more than enough to make the nights vibrate. Most of the clubs open around ten in the evening and play time lasts until dawn, otherwise known as around four in the morning. Faro overflows with adventure for tourists and locals alike, so take advantage of the fun.

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A Vacation in Lisbon

Culture, art and fun. No city combines all the three so effortlessly as Lisbon—Portugal’s capital. The city is a maze and a pleasure to visit. You will be amazed by its splendor and beauty.

Besides the beauty of the buildings, even the sidewalks feature art. You’ll find Donald Duck and Bugs Bunny on Avenida de Roma and the crest of the city on Avenida Almirante Reis. Attractions not to be missed are the parks and the lookout, called miradouros. One of the parks to visit is Parque Eduardo VII, which is ideal for walking and relaxing. City center is the Praca Dom Pedro IV, which is surrounded by great cafes and the National Theater. The Bairro Alto is one of the most fascinating and is the oldest neighborhood. Do not miss one of the most spectacular sunsets from miradouro de Santa Caterina. A visit to the district of artists and intellectuals, the Chiado district with schools of theater and art, is a must.

Another stop is at Elevador de Santa Justa, which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Baixa Pombalina. The Baixa is a burgeoning shopping center. In the vicinity of the harbor is the Praca do Comercio, considered for long as one of the finest in Europe. Then if you want to enjoy some sun, you can visit Carcavelos beach. Carcavelos is less than half an hour from downtown. You may also opt for the beaches of Costa da Caparica, south of Lisbon, beyond the Tagus.