Christmas in America is pretty much over the minute the clock strikes 12 AM on the 26th of December. Spain, however celebrates Christmas or Navidad all the way until the 6th of January. This day marks the feast of epiphany or the feast of the three kings in the Catholic calendar and usually signals the end of Christmas.
I got to spend Christmas in Spain last year and really enjoyed the extended celebrations. Here are some of the cities I visited in Spain during Christmas and the festivities in each city.
Nicknamed the Venice of the Netherlands and the Venice of the North (one of many!), Giethoorn is a little, car free village with thatched roofed houses and idyllic canals in the Northeastern part of the Netherlands. This dreamy little picture perfect village of Giethoorn makes for a great day trip from Amsterdam.
This post covers all you need to know about doing a day trip to Giethoorn from Amsterdam.
Hallstatt originated as a salt mining town, and is one of Europe’s oldest salt mining places, dating back to prehistoric times. The name Hallstatt literally means the place of salt and was a prominent town in its hay day, due to the importance of salt as a commodity. Today, this fairytale town is busy with tourists from all over the world who come to pay their homage to its beauty and ancient charm.
Here is all you need to know about visiting and spending one day in Hallstatt.
If storybook castles, riverside towns and rolling hills full of vineyards sound like your kind of thing, then look no further than the lush Mosel Valley. While there are many quaint, cobbled towns with fairy tales castles perched high up on hills to choose from in this area, I chose to explore the town of Cochem for a couple of days when I last visited Germany. Although, the main reason I chose to stay in Cochem, Germany was to visit a nearby attraction, I quickly fell in love with this little town with its medieval town center, colorful riverfront promenade and scenic vineyards.
While the bigger cities like Barcelona and Madrid are the face of Spain, smaller cities like Córdoba are Spain’s sole. Rich in culture and steeped in history, Córdoba was once an important Roman city and then an Moorish stronghold in the middle ages. Today, this Andalucian town in the South of Spain, with its well intact remnants of the past, attracts tourists from all over the world. This post covers top attractions in Cordoba and its best highlights.
Colorful tiled facades, port wine and stunning vistas – that’s probably how I would describe Porto in a few words. Porto, the second largest city in Portugal is a coastal town in the north of the country. Although smaller than Lisbon, Porto is unique in its own way and deserves a few days on your Portugal itinerary. Here are 18 things to see and do in Porto
I love small towns in Europe and Rothenburg ob der Tauber or Rothenburg as it’s more famously known is the textbook definition of “cute small town”. This post covers how to spend one day in Rothenburg.
Iceland’s Route 1 or the Ring Road as it is famously called, provides for the ultimate road trip around the country. This Iceland Ring road itinerary covers how we spent 9 days around the Ring Road with other amazing detours.
My Iceland Ring road itinerary is one of three posts I have written about Iceland. The other two being a travel guide with information you need to know before planning a trip to Iceland and a packing list (both are linked below). But for now, here is my Iceland Ring road itinerary.
I recently got back from a road trip around Iceland and I can tell you that it’s probably the most diverse terrain I have ever set foot on. Iceland is called the “Land of Fire and Ice” and it’s easy to see why as the terrain changes from icy glaciers to steaming geysers within minutes. This Iceland packing list will help you be prepared.