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Best Eastern Europe Festivals in August 2019

You already attended at least some Europe festivals in the first months of summer? There is still August left to enjoy! Here we list the best music festivals in Eastern Europe in August 2019. While Eastern European events are generally more friendly to pocket, you can expect the line-ups being as diverse and interesting as their British isle and Western Europe counterparts. Let’s dive in!

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Sziget | Hungary

When? 7-13 August 2019

Music genres? Electronic dance music (EDM), indie, rock, pop, rap

Where? Budapest

 

Born out of the collapse of the Soviet Union and located on the island in the heart of Budapest, this festival features the best world-class musicians. Find your place to stay here or take a hammock with you to sleep between the concerts of your favourite artists!

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UNTOLD Festival | Romania

When? 1-4 August 2019

Music genres? Various pop, rock and EDM

Where?  Cluj-Napoca

 

Romania is famous for its wine, warmhearted welcomeness to guests and rose plantations. But what’s more, Romania is expanding with every year in its music scene, and Untold festival is no different. Hosted in the central park of Cluj Napoca, this festival sees 300,000 visitors yearly, and hosts one of the best dance music DJ’s in the world.

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Defected | Croatia 

When?  8-13 August 2019

Music genres? House

Where?  Tisno

 

Defected is a boutique festival which has found its venue on the shores of Adriatic. Get yourself a tent, or grab a hammock to go to the house music festival!

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Sea Dance | Montenegro

When? 30 August – 1 September 2019

Music genres? Electronic dance music (EDM), electronic, house techno

Where? Budva

 

Montenegro is famous for its yet undiscovered nature with mountains and beautiful coastal area. Dance and house will shake you up, and Buljarica Beach will treat you well.

Image source: Awake FestivalAwake | Romania

When? 15 – 18 August 2019

Music genres?  Drum’n’bass, hip-hop, indie, soul and punk

Where? Teleki

 

Awake is a boutique festival in Romania. The rural baroque castle Teleki Estate homes dancers and music lovers from all over Europe, and with a good reason. Not only the festival offers music, but also enhances the experience with interactive theatre and cinema, a forest library, talks from the “feed your mind” and wellness activities.

 

Image source: Uprising Festival | Europe Music Festivals 2019Uprising | Slovakia

When? 23-24 August 2019

Music genres? Reggae, dancehall, ska, latino, hip-hop, jungle and drum’n’bass

Extras: half-pipe, yoga, capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial art), dance workshops, street art, Jamaican food

Where? Bratislava

 

Slovak festivals marking the anniversary of the second world war resistance movement, the Slovak National Uprising of 1944 is held in a laid-back atmosphere by the natural park with a lake. Take it slow and breathe in – the dance workshops, yoga and other activities will sum up your summer in a relaxing way.

 

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What to Pack for Sustainable Europe Holiday

Holiday in Europe in 2019 is no more about seeing the most touristic cities. But what about visiting tourist-crowded Ancient Greek ruins in Athens, or eating gelato in Rome and taking a boat ride in Venice channels? How sustainable is that?

In order to be a responsible traveller, you can start with the packing list. Zero waste travel ideas, plastic-free life and green holiday is a great idea – and a simple change.

Whether you camp in the German Black Forest with friends or stay at picturesque Croatian village, there is a way to travel smarter, lighter, and more considerate.

Packing List for Sustainable Holiday

Sustainable Travel Packing: Cosmetics

With some simple switches and recipes, you can travel with no waste. Take a jar of coconut oil, and soda and prepare well in advance. Choose a crystal stick over the regular deodorant, and make your own refreshing mint body spray. Use essentials oils to keep fresh when visiting Southern Spain or Italy. Get your bamboo toothbrush and razor with interchangeable parts. Use a natural sponge and lava for scrubbing –  and you are good to go!

What to Pack in Cosmetics Bag:

  1. Bamboo Toothbrush
  2. Wooden hairbrush
  3. Steel razor
  4. Stainless steel nail clippers
  5. Stainless steel tweezers
  6. Biodegradable shampoo soap
  7. Natural sponge 
  8. Soda and mud 

Sustainable Travel Packing List: Clothing

The best way to be more sustainable is to pack less and go with the basics. Mix and match your pieces in a different climate with less luggage taken on board. Added bonus? There is no way you will go shopping aimlessly if you have no luggage space!

Sustainable Travel Essentials: Electronics 

You only need the basics if any. Remember that unplugging is the most important to relax from your city stress! So, unless you need to catch up on work, better leave your PC and tablets at home.
Pro tip? Take your analogue film camera and discover the new way of taking pictures. If you prefer a more authentic way of capturing the moments, try out sketching city scenes or scrapbooking.

Essentials to Bring:

  1. Phone
  2. Camera 

gelato ice cream month 2019 cuddlynestSustainable Travel Tips: Eating and Cooking

Being zero waste does not always mean that you have to stay with restaurant meals. Quite the opposite, if take your own utensils and use no plastic while eating on the street.

What to Pack:

  1. Travel Knife
  2. Travel utensil set
  3. Water bottle
  4. Water purifier tablets
  5. Fruit and vegetable mesh bags for shopping

Even if you do not consider yourself to be a green thinker, then packing more lightly and more considerate will always come with its perks. Smaller luggage sizes, also less stress with finding the right conditioner in the Vietnamese grocery store, and fewer problems with getting a plastic-free street food on the streets of Istanbul.

 

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Spain Travel Best Apps 2019

Spain Travel Apps are most probably the least exciting part of planning your trip to Barcelona or Sevilla in July 2019. Still, to ease your travel planning, here is a list of apps you must download. Most of them are also available for  Android and iOS devices.

Midsummer Day in Europe

Midsummer Night is traditionally celebrated by the pagan countries in the Northern Hemisphere of Europe. But the shortest night and the longest day is, in fact, also popular in Spain. In Christian tradition called after San Juan, it resembles what Northern Europeans know as St John’s Day (British), Jāņu diena (Latvians), Jaanipaev (Estonians) or Midsommardag (Swedish). But instead of decorating the house with wildflowers, and singing around bonfires all night long, Spanish celebrate Midsummer differently.

Hogueras de San Juan Midsummer Celebration History

The name of the festival “Hogueras de San Juan” translating into “Bonfires of St John” finds the roots in pre-Christian era. As far, it is just like its Northern varieties. On June 24t, when it is the longest day and the shortest night of the year people gathered to celebrate. In ancient times, they lit bonfires on the Midsummer night. Collecting herbal plants of various species like fern, rue and rosemary, and dipping them into water collected from seven different springs to give them the most power on the Midsummer Eve. Then, at night, the bonfires were lit to scare off the evil spirits flying around once the sun turns towards the south. Later on, in medieval times, the bonfire lighting was attributed to scaring away witches.

What to Do on San Juan 2019

Today, you can see people drinking and dancing on the streets of Valencia, where Los Barueccos is celebrated, or burning large monumental figures in Valencia, where the traditional Fallas was coupled with the San Juan in 1928. More than everything else, the San Juan celebrations now feature wild parties on the beach on the Spanish coast. From Malaga to Barcelona and Estepona, you can take part in dancing around bonfires all night long almost anywhere.

Where to Go on San Juan 2019

Some of the largest celebrations in 2019 will take place in Granada towns, like Almuñécar, Andalucia region on June 23rd night. You will see bonfires burning continuously, and around midnight, muñecos or dolls are burnt. Once representing Judas Iscariot, the religious aspect of tradition is much less relevant now.

We also advise you to visit Gran Canaria (read on which island suits you the best!) or Alicante for San Juan. However, the largest celebrations take place in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, where this year you will see the fire burned is specially brought from the sacred mountain in the Pyrenees, from the peak of Canigou.

Spain Travel Best Apps for Midsummer Trip

Best Offline Navigation and Maps App for Spain CityMaps2Go

Bests offline Spain map and navigation app is hands down CityMaps2Go. With this free app, you can plan your trip easily,   your destinations, bucket lists and city guides into trip selections. Added bonus? Apart from organizing your wishlists, you can access it all offline.

Runner-by: Guides by Lonely Planet.

Spain Travel Best Transportation App 2019 BlaBlaCar

Best Spain transportation App for getting around is BlaBlaCar. While we understand your appeal to GoEurope for finding the fastest, cheapest or most convenient transportation mode, or Skyscanner for getting on the cheapest flight, the sustainable ridesharing platform BlaBlaCar works wonders both in and urban areas and countryside. Want to get from Barcelona to Madrid? Or go on a day trip to Sevilla? There is no need to stick to bus schedules anymore. Popular routes work the best.

Spain Travel Best Weather App for Spain ElTiempo

What works best in Spain is ElTiempo. Try it and you will see. When it says it rains, it does. No tricking here.

Spain Travel Best Museums, Culture, Event App

With Prado, the Reina Sofía and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, three of the world’s leading museums, is located on the same boulevard of Madrid, you cannot say otherwise: best museum guide is also the most useful one; visiting the three world’s leading museums will be no problem. Download the app Passeo del Arte.

Spain Travel Best App for Restaurants in Spain The Fork

Best travel food app in Spain goes to The Fork. The app lets you book restaurants and finds special offers even when you are blind-guessing the restaurant prices on your trip to Barcelona, Madrid or Huelva.

Runners-by: Spontaan, EatWith, ForSquare

Spain Travel Best App(s) for Safety 2019

Food Allergy Cards will let everyone know what works for you and what does not, in any language you need. But whilst on the beach, find out where jellyfish are hiding! Use app Infomedusa and never run into problems with jellyfish bites (again).

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25 Most Instragrammable Europe Places to Visit this Summer

AlsoEurope travel in 2019? One thing for sure, the Instagram stakes are now high. Believe it or not, we also crave that perfect vacation Instagram shot!

Here is what to plan and do for Europe visit. Look up our travel Instagram Destination Guide! It will help you to decide on your next Europe destination with ease. From Portugal to Turkey, from Italy to Estonia in the North. We prepared you the most Instagrammable spots in Europe in 2019: best photo spots in Rome, photo guide London and Cinque Terre Italy Instagram-friendly travel route. Scroll down to see the most amazing places to plan your trip around!

Europe: Visit The Tower Bridge, London

Or Just About any Place in Paris, France

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Also Europe: Visit The Plaza Espana in Sevilla, Spain

 

And Nothing Hill in London.

Still Europe: Visit Capela das Almas in Porto, Portugal.

Or Fischmarkt in Köln, Germany

 

Also a European Visit: The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

As well as Casa Batlló – Gaudí in Barcelona, Spain

And Glamorous Galeries Lafayette in Paris, France

Of course, Fisherman’s Bastion in Budapest, Hungary

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Soaring over the city // Случалось ли у вас такое, когда непонятно, чего от вас хочет другой человек? Когда можно раскидывать своим серым веществом сколько угодно, но при этом так и не приблизиться к разгадке? И как потом больно/неудобно/язвительно смешно понять, что ошибался? Идеальный мир для меня – где люди искренне рассказывают то, чего они хотят друг от друга. Где обсуждают все с самого начала. Знакомишься с новым человеком, и он, как только определяет это для себя, делится с тобой своими намерениями и пожеланиями. Объясняет правила игры. И дальше уже тебе решать – принимать эти условия или отойти в сторону. Никаких липовых предложений, недомолвок, непонимания и расхождений в показаниях. Кристальная ясность. Деловое сотрудничество или дружба? Извлечение выгоды или реальное желание помочь? Свидание на одну ночь или серьезные отношения? Ради денег или по любви? Полное подчинение или разделение сфер обязанностей? И никаких «я хотел(а) другого» постфактум. Решаете на месте и баста. Быть может, большинство бы показало свою алчность, жестокость, бессердечие. Любая утопия антиутопична по своей сути: рано или поздно миражи рассеиваются и обнажаются реалии. Возможно, этот мир был бы ужасным. Зато таким простым! P.S. Жалею лишь об одном. Скорее всего, мы бы лишились «Великого Гэтсби». #ЧехЗадание_на_мышление #pochekh_венгрия

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And Drachenburg Castle near Bonn, Germany

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Многие слышали про теорию шести рукопожатий. Мол, через знакомых-знакомых-знакомых-знакомых-знакомых можно достучаться до любого человека на земле (длина цепочки варьируется). ⠀ Мне больше нравится это называть Теорией Созвездий – это не научный термин, только мой неологизм. Просто рукопожатие ассоциируется больше с разовой акцией. А расстановка звезд – с судьбой. ⠀ (я ж закоренелый фаталист) ⠀ И чем больше круг знакомых, тем чаще меня забавляют их Созвездия. ⠀ Дисклеймер: любые совпадения имен с реальностью случайны. ⠀ Случай 1. Паша находит в соцсетях Лизу и ухаживает за ней. Она зовет его на батл Саши, с которым тесно дружила, но они давно-давно перестали общаться. И где-то посредине танцев парочка встречается с Ксюшей, нынешней девушкой Саши – и оказывается, что Ксюша и Паша когда-то были помолвлены. ⠀ Случай 2. Соня, которую фотографирует Оля, оказывается троюродной сестрой Кости, лучшего друга олиного бывшего, но познакомились Соня с Олей вообще через живущую в другой стране Кристину, когда та просто скинула подруге объявление о съемке (это предложение напоминает мне песню “я оглянулся посмотреть не оглянулась ли она…”😅). ⠀ Десятки известных мне историй. Если бы по ним выпустили сериал в восьмидесятые, то “Санта Барбара” потеряла бы все рейтинги. Индийские закосы в новых “Фантастических тварях” (“я твой брат – нет я твой брат”) и рядом не стоят со “случайностями” реальной жизни. ⠀ ⠀ Как на небе есть точные локации для расположения звезд, которые астрономы связывают незримыми линиями, так же, мне кажется, есть места и связи у людей. И я в толк не возьму, как мир, с миллиардами миллиардов личных событий, переплетающихся в дикой формы клубок, умудряется существовать в этой хаосной гармонии на протяжении тысячелетий. ⠀ Не понимаю. Но верю, что в моей жизни это созвездия, а не разовые рукопожатия. ⠀ А в вашей? Были такие «случайные случаи» (тавтология намеренная🙈)? ⠀ P.S. Немного фактического материала среди разговоров о вечном: звездный потолок сверкает над винтовой лестницей в замке Драхенбург (Германия). За голубое платье (а также красное с предыдущего поста и серое с расшитым верхом) – огрооомное спасибо @olga.maslennikova 💙. В сториз новые до-после!

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Afterwards Go to Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Netherlands

King’s Landing in Dubrovnik, Croatia

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Before, Go to St. Mary’s Basilica, Krakow in Poland

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Heute mal aus Krakau ☀️ 👋🏼 Kind regards from Kraków, Poland with 🎒 @grafea #grafea . . This picture was taken in front of st Mary’s church in the city center, in the old town of Kraków 🙂 Church of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven is a Brick Gothic church adjacent to the Main Market Square in Kraków, Poland. Built in the 14th century, its foundations date back to the early 13th century and serve as one of the best examples of Polish Gothic architecture. The most beautiful moment if you ask me is when the typical sound is playing, which is called ‘Hejnał’. . . Have you ever been to Poland? 👍🏼 🇵🇱 (oh and btw if you count all pigeons correctly, I will pay you 5€ 😂) . *Werbung Markennennung *ad not paid . #krakow #poland #polska #cracow #Krakau #love #travel #topkrakowphoto #travelpoland #IGpoland #IGkrakow #iamtb #beautifulmatters #womenwhotravel #ladiesgoneglobal #globelletravels #wearetravelgirls #dametraveler #femmetravel #citizenfemme #sheisnotlost #sidewalkerdaily #darlingescapes #cbviews #bestcitybreaks #passionpassport #wetravelgirls

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Also visit Míkonos, Greece, Europe

And Wander Manarola in Cinque Terre, Italy

But Remember to Visit and Explore Warsaw University of Technology in Poland, Europe

And Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, Portugal while Europe Travel

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Yet another uni exam session is right around the corner, and I'm dreading it so much. On a more positive side, I only have a few subjects to pass before I can finally get my Bachelor in Journalism and communication science. 🙌 whoop whoop … … Where are you at? Are you currently a student, have you already finished..? Curious to know! 🤗 … … BG| Поредната сесия чука на вратата, а на мен толкова не ми е до това. От друга страна ми остават само още няколко предмета  докато завърша бакалавърската си степен по журналистика и комуникационни науки. 🙌 … … А вие следвате ли? Или може би вече сте завършили, или пък никога не сте следвали? Споделете в коментарите! 🤗

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Also, Visit Stari Most, in Bulgaria, while Europe Travel

Europe Travel 2019

And, when deciding on your next vacation spot, also ensure to not to miss out on great deals. Keep track of budget vacation homes in Spain. Or, select your favourite beach villas in Croatia as well as modern rental apartments in London, and Paris or Rome for your stay in Europe.

Also, please remember that sharing is caring. Thus, please make sure to spread the Instagram-worthy vibe on Pinterest!

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Best 5 Vegan Restaurants in Alicante, Spain

Travelling to Italy or Spain, as well as Portugal may be at times burdensome for those thriving on vegan diets. Vegan restaurants Alicante does not spot on every corner. Sure, there is plenty of fresh fruit, plenty of vegetables and salads available, but what about something more substantial?

There are very few places to find your morning croissant made out of vegetable oil in France, and even less if you find yourself in a place one cannot call a metropolis. Such as Alicante, Spain, for example.
The pristine beaches and mind-blowing paradise-like waters are amazing, but when it comes to vegan restaurants, one can count them on one hand.

For this particular reason, we at CuddlyNest visited the few to give you a first-hand approach to all of them.

Where to Eat Vegan in Alicante Spain 2019

Vegan Restaurant Alicante: Purpura Project

Unlike the mainstream in Spain, Purpura Project will be a great place to take your kids if you are unsure about their table manners. The food you will eat with hands, and the restaurant serves you wide variety of salads, tasty main courses and desserts. Added bonus? Craft beers and house wines are on the menu. Definitely worth a try!

How to get to Purpura Project?

To get to Purpura project, you will have to walk about 30 minutes up the city, so plan your lunchtime ahead.

What are the opening hours?

Open on through Monday to Wednesday for diners from 6 pm to 11 pm. On Thursday to Saturday the restaurant is open for lunch from 1 pm to 4 pm and dinner from 7 pm to 11 pm. On Sundays from 1 pm to 4.30 pm.

Our recommendation

The staff is always friendly and recommend you the freshest food, but we loved the Battered ‘squid’ sandwich for early lunch and green rice (arroz verde) and tiramisu for our dinner.

El Embrujo

While you would expect the restaurants to have a set menu, this vegan restaurant has 3 courses available. There are 2 options for each course, and they are rotating day by day. You have to order in Spanish, though, so beware! To get what you are looking for, you should speak at least some basic Spanish. Apart from the main menu (salads, risotto, crepes), there are options for a pudding. You are likely to end up with $20 per 2 persons (including wine).

How to get to El Embrujo?

The restaurant sits about 20 minutes ride away from the historical centre of Alicante in a town named Elche. To get there, take a train from for about 30 minutes, or get in a car or taxi to get to Elche.

What are the opening hours?

The restaurant is open in lunchtime from 1 pm to 3 pm and for dinner from 8 pm to 11 pm every day, except for Mondays.

Our recommendation to the menu in vegan restaurants Alicante

Apart from getting the main course, we suggest you to take a pudding as well – after all, there will be almost no other place on the street where you can get a vegan sorbet – and not a gelato – for your sweet tooth.

Vegan Restaurant in Alicante: Tres Semillas

Tres Semillas will cater your sweet tooth for a fresh start of the day. Serving cakes, pastries, cookies, croissants and everything else you may crave for. Get a freshly squeezed juice, and this vegan cafeteria may become your daily breakfast place (it almost did for us!)

How to get to Tres Semillas?

You will find Tres Semillas on Avenida de la Constitucion, 16 in the centre of Alicante. No wonder why everything is so tasty – the patisserie is located right across the central food market Mercado Central de Alicante.

What are the opening hours?

The cafeteria is open all day long on weekdays from 7.30 am to 8.30 pm, from 8.30 am on Saturdays and from 9 am on Sundays.

Our recommendation

When visiting, we could not help but get two treats for everyone – everybody loved their choices. However, some of our team’s favourites were the almond croissant for breakfast with the freshly squeezed juice. Also, we must mention lemon mousse and Spanish empanadas. 

Vegan Restaurant Alicante: Natura Gourmet

Natura Gourmet is a fusion restaurant, turned vegan since 2016. Open for lunchtime, this eaterie serves you burgers, pasta, croquetas, and even imitation shrimps. Wide variety of options and take-away are added benefits when you are in the centre of the city, hungry.

How to get to Natura Gourmet?

The place is in the centre of Alicante, García Morato street 4. Get here by foot, there is no need to take transportation.

What are the opening hours?

Open on Sundays and other weekdays for lunchtime 13:30-16:00. On Fridays and Saturdays for evening meals from 8.30 pm to 11.30 pm. Overall, the restaurant serves a large variety of tasty vegan food, one of the best of vegan restaurants Alicante ever saw.

Our recommendation to vegan restaurants Alicante menu

Get yourself a vegan alioli or enchilada – these are just amazing! But other than our recommendations, follow the cook – they know what’s the best on that day.

Where to Eat Vegan in Alicante: Eat Vegan Anywhere

You may also get some vegan tapas in the regular tapa bar. Look on our previous post for what is tapa! Vegan tapas available in most bars are gazpacho soup, baked potatoes and risotto. Just let your waiter know that you are a vegan. And you will be served delicious salads, risottos, and freshly squeezed juices.

Print it out or remember by heart:

Soy vegana Sin lácteos, sin huevos, sin productos animales, por favor.

Happy travels!

 

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Best Croatia Beaches for Family Holidays

Croatia is famous for its wild beaches and resorts, it’s wine and the pristine blue Medditarean sea. Best Croatia beaches are well known, yet not all are very suitable for large families, or families with small kids. Here are some of the best sandy stretches for your family and you to enjoy a relaxing and fun day by the sea.

Already planned your summer holiday for this year? No worries – Croatia is best enjoyed in early September or even the start of October, hence, on the shoulder season.

Croatia Beaches for Family Holiday

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Croatia Sakarun Beach, Dugi Otok

Croatia beaches cannot look any more paradise-like than this gets. Sakarun beach is well known as one of the best beaches in Dalmatia coast (read: why you should visit Dalmatian coast) of Croatia.  And it is no wonder, as it is included in the Croatian ecological network to protect the biodiversity.

The little bay is just like heaven. You get the turquoise and calm water, white sand and sun most days in the summer will allow you to relax. The beach is also not extremely crowded, which means your kids would have space for the play while you can pick up a book to read facing Zadar archipelago Tri Sestrice, Sestrunj, Molat, Zverinac), and the lighthouse Veli Rat.

How to get to Sakarun Beach?

The beach is located on the west side of Dugi Otok.

If you are in Zadar, take a tourist train from Hotel Maxim in Zadar to the beach in the summer, afterwards taking ferry.

However, you can also take a ferry from Zadar city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast. Ferries are going daily year-round, and it takes approximately 1 hour 20 minutes for you to get to the beach.

Dražiča Beach, Biograd na Moru

The sun and shade make this the perfect beach for families with younger kids.

This short gravel beach is fun and offers lots of sports activities, so you can relax while keeping kids occupied.

How to get to Dražiča Beach?

The beach is just 10 minutes walk away from the centre of Biograd, and you can reach it by pathway.

Slatina beach, Martinšćica, Cres Island

Located near camp with the same name, this is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cres-Lošnij archipelago. Unlike other beaches, Slatina water is very warm and clean, and it looks green due to its sandy bottom. The beach itself is partially sandy and partially concrete, making it a  good choice for those seeking the happy middle between wilderness and family-friendly infrastructure.

The beach has a restaurant, showers, changing rooms and a lifeguard’s tower, as well as sports and animation centre just in walk’s reach.

How to get to Slatina Beach?

The beach is located on the Kres Island, so if you are in Opatija, and wish to visit Slatina for the weekend, get in the car, drive the beautiful coastal motorway and get to the beach by ferry. 

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Zaton Beach near Zadar

While Zatar is one of the top choices for families visiting Croatia exclusively for beach holidays, Zaton and Nin are famous for their sandy coasts. Zaton Beach stretches more than 1.5 km. It is on premises of Zaton Holiday Resort, a family vacation paradise. You will see many musement parks and water attractions here. Other attractions, like bars and restaurants, are also available serving delicious Croatian food. For your comfort, the beach offers with outdoor showers, cabins, sports shop. Also, beach chair and umbrella rental, public toilets and a grocery store. The coastline water pools are safe and the coast area is shallow, making it perfectly safe for younger ones as well.

How to get to Zaton Beach

Either you are residing in Zadar, or make your way from Dubrovnik or Split for a day by the beach by car. You can get around by both public and private transport.
If you are staying in Zadar, you can take a suburban bus running between Zaton and Nin. The ticket will cost you 13 kuna (EUR 1.75)  one-way.
If you are coming with your family from Split or Dubrovnik, the Game of Thrones film set, we suggesting hiring a car and driving the picturesque coastal road on your way to the beach.

Where to stay near Zaton Beach

You can stay in Zadar country houses, beach villas and condos with your family. Here are some of our favourites.

Family House with Private Pool

Private Villa with Pool

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Vela Beach, Baška, Krk Island

As we already wrote, Krk island is amazing purely to experience the Croatian winemaking tradition,  but you may as well enjoy the beachside at the daytime.

Vela Plaza is the most popular beaches on Krk island, and you are likely to find yourself between crowds of Croatian, Italian and German tourists whilst sunbathing. The water is calm in the perfect turquoise shade, making it seem just like a postcard.

Visiting Vela beach with kids will fit both; those who love making sand castles as well as those preferring pebble stone fortresses. That said, the beach has it all – white sand and gravel alike, supplied with a couple of beach bars and opportunities to keep one active playing sports. You can rent a volleyball and play it in with friends, or get on a pedal boat and enjoy the blue sea from waves.

How to get to Vela Plaža, Krk island

If you find yourself on the island, the beach is just near the centre of town Baska. If, however, you are visiting Krk island from the mainland, you can either take a bus or walk your way on the bridge, as there are no ferries linking Krk with the mainland directly.

Buses from Rijeka to Krk town are running daily, and the journey lasts around 1 hour and costs EUR 9. You can look up the bus schedule on Autotrans website. If you are coming from Zagreb, it will take 3 hours and cost EUR 19. You can take a bus run by Autotrans or Croatia Bus.

What to Keep in Mind Visiting Best Croatia Beaches

While we strongly encourage you to enjoy your family beach holidays when your schedule allows to, the best times to visit Croatia is nevertheless the shoulder seasons, that is May and September – October.

Although speaking only English is not going to be a barrier, as 81% of Croatians speak English, practising German is not a bad idea, either, as German and Italian are both popular languages as well.

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Granada, Spain: Tapas Guide 2019

If you find yourself hungry when exploring Alhambra, amazed by the Justice gates, Palace of Charles V and all other Moorish wonders, you may seek refreshment and taste some of the region’s famous tapas.

What Is Tapa

Before tapping into tapa culture of the Basques, let us explain what is it and where does it come from.

Arriving in Spain, you will see tapas everywhere, from street tavernas to up-street speciality restaurants. First things first, tapas are appetizers, served as a small portion of any kind of food. Therefore, it does not matter what you prefer – cold or hot dishes; you can get either mixed olives or chopitos, as to your liking.

Spanish Tapa Origins and Granada

Although tapas are commonly associated with Spain, you can find a tapa-style of eating all around the region. From Portuguese petiscos to Greek meze,  this style of eating is common to most Medditarean cultures. The word “tapa” (cover, lid) is that old and widely used that have a range of explanations, from a flatbread placed over the glass to save the wine glasses from flies, or placing the whole plates over glasses, making way to small portion sizes.

 

Whichever explanation of the origin of tapas appeals to you, one thing is given; you will find tapas on every corner of Granada. Varieties range from the well-loved tortilla Española (Spanish omelet),

Croquetas de Jamón (ham croquettes) and Gambas al Ajillo  (Garlic Shrimp)  to varieties suitable for vegetarians, like Patatas Bravas (Bravas Potatoes) and vegans, like Berenjena con Vinagreta ( grilled eggplant) and grilled salted green peppers Pimientos de Padrón Fritos.

 

So, why are Spaniards all about tapas?

As you may have noticed, the appetizers can serve for everyone, form meat-lovers to vegans, from hot to cold and refreshing varieties, from winter spell to summer heat. The tapa style of eating is also common to Meddditarean, as the hot climate asks for a slow enjoyment of food, tasting it as an experience.

Granada and Andalucia Tapas

Although you may not need to get tapas for free with a drink in Granada, do not expect the same happen in Seville. Either you have to order separately, or not, it is a sure way to experience Spanish culture from the very important cultural perspectives, that is, gastronomy and food.

 

Andalusia, having access to the ocean, is all about the seafood. You can get one of the best-fried fish (pescaito frito), shellfish, tiny fresh anchovies (boquerones), or rings of tender squid (calamares), as well as the meaty Andalucia Olives, sometimes called Sevilla Olives, or taste all of them, and many more, if doing tapa-hopping, one of the favorite Andalusian activities.

So, what are the best places to eat tapas in Granada, Spain?

Where to Eat Tapas in Granada

Where to get tapas in Spain comes down to several points. Do you want to get a local-like experience, or do you rather opt out for an upscale restaurant? Either way, we have our favorites here, coming to be yours.

The previously mentioned famous Andalucian varieties you are most likely to get anywhere you go. However, to taste of tapas is best savored when eaten in a traditional way, it is, with Andalucian wine aside. As a wine region, Andalucia offers the world-famous Sherry, a fortified sweet wine. With one or two tapas on the side, you can eliminate the effect of the high alcohol percentage there, allowing you to continue exploring Granada afterwards.

Best Granada Tourist Tavernas for Tapas 2019

Hands down, Tavernas is the way to go if you are serious about enjoying the local experience. Here is our short guide,

Local Experience Tapas Bar in Granada: Bodegas Castañeda

The place is always full of locals catching up while getting a glass of Sherry and a crusty bread with the Spanish ham on top. Restaurant has an especially wide variety of hams, from smoky to woody, to spicy, so you will have a large set of options.

Granada Budget Taverna for Families: Bar Poe

If you are about to taste something completely new or get a tapa or two for every family member, Bar Poe will be one of the most pocket-friendly options out there in Granada. Families with children can find their children-menu similar dishes, as the owner and host Matt Poe is moving to less Spanish and more international, Western food selection.

Tapa Bar in Granada Centre: La Fragua

If you are a little more hungry than simply taking a small refreshment from the bar, and want to have a meal instead, we suggest La Frague, located on the beautiful Albaicin Granada streets. The environment just calls “bohemian,” and you will be amazed by the friendly staff and many nationalities you will meet. This is a good option if you find yourself in teh tapa-area of tapa bars after climbing to see Mirador San Nicolás. Plus, beer is cheap and good here!

Fine Dining Tapas Granada: La Fabula

If you look for a place for a laid-back night with your travel partner, and wish to enjoy the gourmet mastery of tapas, or just escape at time hectic bars, we suggest going to La Fabula. You will enjoy a good service here, and one of the most masterfully plated tapas in Granada. The restaurant has a wide menu of lobster dishes, but for tapas, they are free. We suggest crab and zucchini tapa when dining here.

That’s if you wish to visit Granada and become one of the tourist attraction visitors. But the following suggestions are like hidden gems, uncovered by our local CuddlyNest advisor.

Top Granada Local Tapa Bars 

Want a local experience, at the quality locals find extremely good? Look no further and follow our advice, listed by location you find yourself at.

Plaza de Toros

After visiting the bullring square and its surrounding monument, we cannot but agree you need some refreshments. But you may easily be taken back by the variety of them – which one to choose?

Go for this:

El Nido Del Búho

The tapa bar is one of the best if you around the area. With big portions and reasonable prices, you can find yourself all you may need, from green beans to burgers. It is no wonder the place is always packed with locals, especially the Granada youth! Read Tripadvisor reviews here.

Nuestro Bar & D’Cuadros Original

Nuestro bar is the top local of all locals; you cannot find a one review in English, and rightly so. Just as the El Nido Del Buho, these bars are full of local youth, Granada students. Read and look it up yourself here and here. After the eatery gets closed, the places open as bars, allowing you to enjoy the young vibes of the city.

Basílica de San Juan de Dios

If you are around the basilica, our local guide has some suggestions in mind, too.

El Establo

If you are looking for some great beer and cheap tapas, then look no further; at EUR 2.30 for tapas, you will save on eating out at other bars. Added bonus? They have French fries and sandwiches, too!

Al Pan Pan

The highly local tapa bar is truly a hidden gem; not known to many, it is one of the best places to go to, in case you wish to get some fantastic breakfast. Freshly baked goodies and orange juice is all you need for a good start of the day. Look it up here.

Chana Neighbourhood

Look for some other place? Visit the Chana neighbourhood. It is full of tapas bars, and the whole area, definitely worth a visit and tapa-hopping.

Day of Tapas 2019 in Granada

If you happen to be in Granada on the World Tapas Day June 16th, make sure to get some Sherry and enjoy a tapa or two with your drink before dining! Book Granada apartments and rooms with Cuddlynest for the best experience. Here are our economy stay in Granada options and the special offer upscale Granada properties.

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Game of Thrones Dubrovnik: Croatia Uncovered

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Where does the King of the Andals live, with the First Men, his family and his court?

You are right, King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms it is. And what’s more, you can now visit the dreamland – or war-land – of the Seven Kingdoms in Dubrovnik. Dubrovnik is the place for Game of Thrones fans traveling. 

Dubrovnik, Croatia, is one of the most must-visit cities on the Eastern Mediterranean. So, try to add it to your trip this summer if you are a  Game of Thrones fan. Most of King’s Landing filming is set in Dubrovnik. Visiting Croatia,  you may recognize many famous scenes.woman wearing gray and white striped sleeveless top and brown sun hat at daytime

Croatia – When to Go on Holiday

If your vacation planning is not entirely up to you and you are going on a trip. Are bound to summer months? Not for bad! Dubrovnik is a hotspot for summer months from June to September. On the other hand, summer in Croatia is hot, and visiting the streets of Dubrovnik when they are piled up with tourists is no fun. We suggest going to Croatia in tourist season shoulder months. That is, either in May or October. In May, it is 20° C in Dubrovnik, instead of the overwhelming daytime 30° average from June to September. However, if you cannot decide between May and October, we suggest going for May. After all, October rainfalls may very well ruin your trip.

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What Places to Go to See in Dubrovnik Game of Thrones

If you have a limited time in Dubrovnik, here are some of the best places to visit, even if you are in Dubrovnik for just a while. To get the best feeling of what it is like to live in the “Game of Thrones” world, we suggest you not to try to cover all the spots – there are so many of them! Rather, go to a few selected places and get the right vibe  – and no worries, we did the job for you. No need to research further.

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Dubrovnik Lovrijenac Fort – The Red Keep

Just as the King of Andals governs his Kingdom from a castle by the Aegonfort, Dubrovnik can be nicely overlooked from the Lovrijenac Fort. The filming was indeed set here, and you can get the grip of how it is to live in the Castle. It feels like the Cersei and Littlfinger is going to appear as soon as you turn around the corner, conversing just like in Season 1 series. The fort is also known as the St. Lawrence Fortress or the Dubrovnik’s Gibraltar and is included in the ticket price of the City Walls.

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR (adults)

Opening hours: 9 AM – 6 PM

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The Game of Thrones (film still)

 

Minčeta tower – The House of Undying

While you seek the life-enhancing experience by travel, why not to try making Shade of the evening? Remember the scene of Danaerys and Ser Jorah to run the house, and just around the corner, Danearys disappearing? To your surprise, the House of Undying can be visited, and no doors, no windows, no visible openings is not far from the truth. The headquarters of the Warlocks of Qarth is just a walk away from the centre of Dubrovnik, and while not surrounded by such picturesque trees as in series, you can easily get wanderlust. What’s better, with the ticket you can go in and out the whole day long, and also have  free entrance to Fort Lawrence.

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

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The Rector’s Palace – Game of Thrones’ Qarth

Quarth is filmed in various spots around Dubrovnik, and one of the best places to visit for indoor scenes CuddlyNest suggests to visit the Rector’s Palace, the Dominican Monastery. The beautiful arches of Medieval architecture, a mix of Gothic and Renaissance architecture with some Baroque details lies just between the Town Hall and the Church of St. Blaise. To get a vibe of what it feel liek in Quarth, we definitely suggest you visit the Rector’s Palace!

Ticket price: 70,00 Kuna / 9,30 EUR

Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM

Dubrovnik St Dominic Street

Most probably, you will not notice St Dominic Street at first, just because it is nothing significant, especially when compared to Stradun. However, as you are a fan (just as we at CuddlyNest), there are several Game of Thrones scenes set here. Walk the street after visiting Ploče Gate and get on the busy Stradun!

Ticket price: free!

Dubrovnik, Game of Thrones: Where to Stay in 2019

While you may love staying in the wild Croatian mountains, we suggest booking your Dubrovnik stay as close to the city centre as possible to immerse yourself into the architecture of Dubrovnik, one of the oldest towns in Croatia and Eastern Medditarean.

Croatia is known for its budget luxury, and you can find great offers for cheap. But keep in mind that you are not the only one – to stay in the loop with best offers and learn more about CuddlyNest, click here and get the best deals just for you! You can stay in a modern artist apartment or colourful apartments just in the middle of the medieval city.

What to Eat in Dubrovnik: Updated 2019 Guide

Dubrovnik Food Guide: Capon with the ginger-wine sauce, anyone?

You may want to try it just like from the old-day recipes, or from the Game of Thrones. However, if cooking is not your idea about a nice weekend, and you just are not into roasted capons or “gose taks”, and taking it seriously, following the recipe “tak the leef of grece parsly ysope rosmarye and ij lengs of saig”, then visiting Dubrovnik to get the medieval dish is a good idea.

Where to go? Konoba Koloseum

Croatia Food: Fuži and Pljukanci

If you are into pasta, go for fuži and pljukanci. These are pasta varieties, cut into squares and rolled around a wooden spoon, resembling something similar to Italian gnocchi. Get yours and savour the Croatian taste, adding served truffle cream sauce, straight from Croatian Motovun forests.

What else to do?

If you have time, we would suggest you to go to Korčula Island, best known for its winemaking tradition. Here you should try the dry white grp wine, one of the Croatian foodie traveler must-tries.

If you are into music, make sure not to miss Ultra Europe, one of the electronic music and affordable music festival leaders.

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Bike Month 2019: European Cities while Pedalling

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Whether you cycle or not, National Bike Month 2019 is a great opportunity to give it a try. Getting around on a bike in Copenhagen or Bordeaux is not a problem, and so is the accommodation booking.

We have luxury hotels, apartments, affordable budget-friendly, and economy class hostels. You, in turn, you have all the opportunities to enjoy bike-friendly European capitals, no matter your budget.

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Book and Stay in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the world’s most bike-friendly city, and it is no wonder. With 5 bikes for every car, Copenhagen perfectly suits anyone willing to explore the wonders of Denmark’s capital while sitting on a saddle. There are 675,000 bicycles and rising in Copenhagen! The great infrastructure, like bike pathways, Danish even build bicycle superhighways with specialized bridges. No wonder Danes love pedalling, as it is the most convenient way to get around, and also extremely safe. You can take a stroll from Tivoli gardens to the Little Mermaid in no time, and be sure you will have advantages of those who take the metro.

Copenhagen Apartment Booking

If you are going to Copenhagen, consider staying at upscale Nørreport apartments to have one of the best experiences of CuddlyNest!

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Amsterdam on a Bike

If you are all about canals and romantic Holland-style bicycles, then going to Amsterdam should not be a problem. But cycling is not reserved for those going to the Netherlands solely for booking a hotel near Vondelpark, Amsterdam. You may stay in the central hotels in Amsterdam.  Or, prefer to book an apartment in the outskirts of the city. No matter your choice, appartementen in Amsterdam offer a real luxury feel to your stay in the capital of the Netherlands.

Amsterdam Hotels and Apartments

Looking for either budget or corporate long-term aparthotel in Amsterdam may not be that hard, either. Consider staying at a business-friendly apartment with your team for more productive meetings and presentations.

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Ghent Accommodates Cyclists, Too

Ghent, Flanders is among the most bike-friendly and safe cities you can get to in Europe. Belgium is famously known for chocolates and hosting the spitzenkandidaten amongst other high-level European politicians, but you can safely go there just for fun. Or, for chocolates.

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Flanders Budget Apartments

Getting to Ghent, Belgium is not expensive in case you book in advance while booking a hotel last minute can get pricy. To save and travel on cheap, consider booking  Flanders budget apartment.

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Booking Hotel in Bordeaux with Bike

Booking a bed-and-breakfast at the elegant St. Pierre District in Bordeaux? It may not allow you to sport your rental bike in Bordeaux through grand mansions, narrow streets restaurant tables, but booking a room or hotel in nearby districts will let you enjoy cycling. Getting around fast while sensing the city with a breeze of fresh air and a glass of Bordeaux wine. Sounds like a plan?

Booking Bordeaux Loft

Bordeaux is greatly appreciated for its wine, and just so you know, it is illegal to ride a bike while even a bit tipsy in France. So, we suggest you go with central Bordeaux apartments to come back home from restaurants walking and enjoy your bike exploration separately.

Nouvelle~Aquitaine Best Vacation Rentals to Book

Nouvelle~Aquitaine is the largest and one o the most amazing regions of France. Before choosing if whether to stay in a vacation rental in Limoges, or go for booking a room in the Romanisque Politiers, check out what they have to offer, from Episcopal Palace, the Musée des Beaux-Arts and summer light shows on walls of Église Notre-Dame la Grande.

 

Whichever bike city and region you prefer, make sure to rent a bike from a respectable dealer or service, get your helmet on and start pedalling!

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Guide to Stunning Solo Travel Portraits

No, we do not mean that your travel photography needs to be limited to selfies. Although you just captured the moment before diving into a large bowl of pho. And that photo with you sipping port wine, or showing off the blue lagoons in Greek islands? It seems like the best memories frozen in the frame. Yet, there is another way to capture your travel moments, even if you travel on your own.

Gear Up

We mean it. How many times have you been on the edge to drop your phone down in the river while catching the best angle for the waterfall selfie? To take photos of yourself without your selfie-stick showing, take a camera tripod with you. This will make your long-exposure portraits perfect. To save your space, choose the variety which does not compromise with your travel luggage size, and get yourself a tripod with legs you can wrap around any object imaginable to take the portrait anywhere. Well, except the desert, perhaps.

As for flashlight, you can easily skip those. Flash most of times does not make your photography better, and even more so, portraits. Substitute for phone flashlights, if you must!

If your travel bag allows for some space, we advise you to pack the expandable reflector. This can seriously level up your photography game, as shadows are lightened up and allow for easier processing afterward, naturally bringing out colors and details in otherwise shadowed areas.

If you are going to rural areas and especially love hiking and discovering nature, consider getting a drone. All that cliff photography? The blue lagoon showing you chilling on the coast? Guess where does it come from!

Tech is Everything

You already book a place to stay online, and you most certainly use an app to figure out the best places for your shootings. But what about using an app to actually see what your camera does while shooting? You can now virtually be behind the lens, seeing the end result and clicking the button on the right moment, right pose.

And yes, there is a pre-condition there, as well. When you are looking for a camera, making sure it is Wifi-compatible and will be able to sync with your phone real-time. The cheapest, lightweight and tiny cameras out there do not lack most of what you are looking for in travel photography. We recommend such options as Samsung NX Mini, Panasonic GX80 and Olympus PEN E-PL9.

Spot the Photographer-looking person

Because you know exactly how good do the photos turn out when you hand the camera to a normal passerby.

For one, you may not get it back if you find yourself in a city where tourists are frequent targets of pickpocketers. Second, you cannot but ignore the fact that most of the time, people simply do not care or do not know how to take good photos. Hence, you end up having shots without your head, with the front scene blackened out in contrast to the bright and structured city scene, and the horizon to shift as one would expect from a trip to Amsterdam.

We do not advise you to give your camera away, but if there is no other option, please judge your heart out. Spot the photographer-looking person out there and hope for the best.

Here you have it.

To put simply, make sure your tech is up to date.  While shooting analog is awesome, there is no way you can hand down your camera to another person and expect stunning photos. With digital cameras, if you are opting out of phone-taken selfies, your best bet will be getting a wrap-leg tripod, have a camera syncing with your phone to adjust exposure, and if nothing else works, a good intuition on people’s photography skills.

Have fun while capturing your stay!

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