June 9, 2020
The Complete Guide to Exploring Andalusia: All you Need to Know Before you Travel

The Complete Guide to Exploring Andalusia: All you Need to Know Before you Travel

June 9, 2020
Andalusia, Spain
Andalusia is a beautiful region in Southern Spain best known for its dreamy white washed villages and endless beaches. It's the most popular vacation destination in Europe because of its amazing weather, Moorish architecture and heritage and the wide range of leisure options it offers.

If you are planning a trip to Andalusia, or simply looking for inspiration for your next holiday destination, here's a complete guide to exploring stunning Andalusia which includes everything you need to know before you travel, the best things to do plus the latest news about COVID-19 situation and restrictions.
Plaza España, Seville
Plaza España, Seville

Current COVID-19 situation
Recovery from the health crisis is being painful, slow and long. In fact, Spain's lockdown has been the toughest in Europe but fortunately the situation has improved so much that we are almost back to normal. Beaches and many hotels are open. Right now, visitors from European countries are welcome. Regarding other countries, visitors from USA, Russia and Brazil are not allowed in Europe yet.

At the moment, shopping centers, restaurants and cafes are open all over Spain with some restrictions such as capacity limitations and distance between tables. It's mandatory for anyone 6 and older to wear face masks while in public, both indoors and outdoors where it is not possible to maintain interpersonal distance.
Mosque-Cathedral CordobaMosque-cathedral Cordoba

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Weather

This region is extremely hot in summer. In fact, there's a village near Seville called the "frying pan of Andalusia" because temperature gets close to 50ºC in the middle of the day. If you travel during summer months be sure to carry water, sunscreen and a hat. Despite the heat, summer is still peak season in Andalusia.

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Getting Around

There are 5 international airports in Malaga, Seville, Jerez, Almeria and Granada; but if you are traveling from Madrid, the high-speed train AVE to Seville is your best choice. If you prefer to go on a road trip, you can always rent a car.

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Food

Olive oil, ham and olives are everywhere just like the most refreshing and nutritious drinks on Earth: gazpacho and salmorejo. These veggie drinks will be your best ally during scorching summer months. Another Andalusian delicacy you must try is pescaito frito or fried fish.

There's one city in Andalusia famous for free tapas: Granada. In other cities you have to pay for them, you may get for free some chips or olives with your drink but that's it.
Pescaito Frito, Malaga
Malaga
Playa malagueta, Malaga

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Points of Interest

Andalusia is divided in 8 provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville. Provinces consist of a main city with the same name and surrounding town and villages.

Huelva, Cadiz, Malaga, Granada and Almeria have coastline which includes some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
Read this post with the Best Beaches and the Resorts to Stay In
Melia Atlantico, Huelva
Andalusia

On the contrary, Seville, Jaen and Cordoba are inland and offer a different type of tourism. With an impressive amount of World Heritage Sites, there's a lot of sightseeing to do in these cities. When planning your trip, beware that many monuments are closed on Mondays.
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El Patio, Flamenco

The Complete Guide to Andalusia: Holiday Ideas

Because of its unbeatable geographical features, Andalusia has something for everyone. Let's go through all the areas one by one and see the best things they have to offer:

  • Seville: in my opinion, the most beautiful city in Spain. Plaza de España is one of the main highlights, here you can see the most beautiful range of colorful tiles. Plan your trip to Seville with these guides: what to do and where to eat in Seville.
  • Malaga: best known for its coastal towns like the luxurious Marbella or the charming Nerja where you can find amazing beach resorts. Plan your trip to Malaga and around with these guides
  • Jaen smells of olives. The olive trees that surround the area fill the air with the most delicious aroma. It's probably the least known province in Andalusia but still worth visiting. If you like heritage and fancy staying in a castle, I recommend you book Parador de Jaen for an unforgettable experience.
  • Huelva borders with Portugal so you can get a 2 for 1 if you visit this province. Huelva's strong point are its gorgeous beaches and coastal towns. Plan your tip to Huelva and Portugal with these guides.
  • Granada is a city you have to visit at least once in a lifetime. The Alhambra is considered one of the 7 wonders of the world. Nowadays you need to book your ticket online before you go. Get your tickets here
  • Cordoba: best known for one of the most famous monuments all around the world: the mosque cathedral. Check out these guides to plan the perfect trip to Cordoba
  • Cadiz: a favorite summer destination among Spaniards because the beaches in this area are beautiful and go on for miles. You can't miss the charming white washed villages in this area such as Vejer de la Frontera. See more dreamy andalusian villages in this post.
  • Almeria: the desert of Almeria was once the favorite of western movie makers. Nowadays, you must go to visit the stunning natural park of Cabo de Gata. The water that bathes the beaches in this area is the Mediterranean see which makes it much warmer than the rest of Andalusia bathed by the Atlantic Ocean. One of the most famous beaches in Almeria is Roquetas de Mar, read more about it here
Seville, calle Sierpes
I hope you enjoyed this post. If you have more questions while planning your trip to Andalusia, don't hesitate to leave a comment below.
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May 6, 2020
10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

May 6, 2020
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If you love a good coffee place, you can't miss these spectacular cafes. One thing they have in common is the amazing decoration which will make your coffee/tea experience even more amazing. Whether you like cozy vintage coffee shops, being surrounded by the most beautiful plants and flowers or splendorous and exquisite 19th century cafes, I've got you covered. So what are the best coffee shops in the world?

Here is my roundup of the most amazing, unique and breath-taking cafes around the world.

10 Amazing Cafes Around the World

Sydney, Australia: The Grounds of Alexandria
I had been obsessed with The Grounds long before our trip to Australia. To me, entering the Grounds felt like Charlie entering Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. I was in awe. This dreamy venue consists of different areas that serve as cafe, restaurant or market stalls. The impeccable decor, high quality products and adorable animals are just some of its strong points. It's so amazing that commuting for 45' in Sydney to get breakfast or brunch is totally worth it. Oh and they sell their own homemade granola, be sure to pick up a bag!
Read more about The Gorunds
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grounds alexandria cafe restaurant sydney australia
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grounds alexandria cafe restaurant sydney australia

Boston, USA Tate Bakery
A beautiful coffee shop with an unbeatable location in the heart of downtown Boston. The amazing quality of their products and vintage decor will make you fall in love with this place. It's very popular among locals and tourists alike so the downside is that it gets really busy during breakfast time. But it's still great for brekkie and brunch!
Read more about Tate
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tate bakery cafe restaurant boston usa breakfast brunch

Boston, USA Nero
Cafe Nero is one of the coziest coffee shops I've ever been to. It looks like a library and has a few sofas so it's like hanging out in your living-room. Perfect for work or hanging out with friends, I guess Cafe Nero qualifies as home away from home, right?
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Budapest, Hungary: New York Cafe
New York City Cafe is the self-proclaimed "most beautiful cafe in the world". The decoration is exquisite indeed. There was live music, with a trio of musicians playing at the top of the stairs, and we felt as if we were having lunch in the middle of Vienna New Year's Concert. I strongly advise you to make reservations, we had to queue anyways, but you have to wait longer if you haven't booked a table.Come here for high tea as well!
Read more about foodie experiences in Budapest
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new york cafe restaurant hotel high tea breakfast brunch hungary budapest

Budapest, Hungary: Gerbaud
Gerbeaud Cafe is one of the most famous confectioneries in Hungary. Just like New York Cafe, they do not only serve delicious comfort food but also fish or meat dishes as well as sandwiches and salads. This beautiful cafe opened its doors in 1858 and has a unique elegance and classic style. As soon as you get in you feel as if you were part of a 19th century novel. There are not that many places that make you feel that way, right?
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Madrid, Spain Salon des Fleurs
Picture yourself having a warm beverage among the most beautiful flowers. That is Salon de Fleurs, a beautifully decorated flower shop with a few lovely chairs and tables to hang out in the prettiest environment. The best time to visit this spot is Christmas when it is transformed in winter wonderland.
Read more about beautiful cafes in Madrid
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salon des fleurs cafe coffee flower shop breakfast brunch madrid spain

Paris, France: Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole
It's a lovely Parisian cafe but a little bit different from the typical cafeteria with bistro chairs perfect for people watching that we dream about. The plant covered facade and purple chairs and tables make this spot unique. Located near Notre Dame and Shakespeare and Co bookstore makes Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole a must stop during a day of sightseeing.
Plan your next trip to Paris with this guide
Paris France Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole cafe restaurant
Paris France Au Vieux Paris d'Arcole cafe restaurant

Vienna, Austria Cafe Sacher
Sacher cake is one of the most famous types of cakes in the world. If you go to Vienna, you must have the original one at Cafe Sacher. This grand cafe is famous for the dessert with the same name or as Viennese call it "Sacher Torte", a delicious chocolate cake filled with yummy apricot jam that used to be Emperor Franz Josef's favorite.
Visiting Vienna? See the best photos to plan your trip here
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Venice, Italy: Cafe Florian
In the iconic Piazza San Marco in Venice you can find Cafe Florian. Its origins go back to the 1700s which makes it the oldest cafe in Europe. It preserves its Neo-Baroque splendor with uniformed waiters serving coffee and prosecco on silver trays while you are sitting on plush maroon banquettes.
Read about other unique places in Venice
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cafe florian piazza san marco venice italy
piazza san marco venice italy

Porto, Portugal: Majestic Cafe
This Belle-Epoque cafe is one of Porto's highlights. With its ornate interior featuring carved wood, mirrors and chandeliers, Majectic Cafe will take your breath away as soon as you get in.
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April 19, 2020
6 Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid

6 Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid

April 19, 2020
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There's no shortage of amazing coffee shops in Madrid. From flower shops where you can grab a cup of tea or coffee to a British cafe that will make you feel as if you were in London, the options for unique coffee spots are endless.

Atmosphere is everything in coffee shops. That cozy vibe together with comforting warm drinks and delicious treats make you feel so much at ease that you want to stay there for hours reading, working on your laptop or catching up with friends. It's like home away from home. Cafe owners know this and they try to create the best, most amazing and unique places for us.

Coffee shops are my absolute favorite hang out place in the world that's why I've created this roundup of the best cafes in Madrid. Let's check them out.

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Salon des Fleurs

Picture yourself having a warm beverage among the most beautiful flowers. That is Salon de Fleurs, a beautifully decorated flower shop with a few lovely chairs and tables to hang out in the prettiest environment. The best time to visit this spot is Christmas when it is transformed in winter wonderland.

Read more about Salon des Fleurs
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salon des fleurs floristeria cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea flower shop
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Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Living in London

If you are looking for a 100% British experience in Madrid this is the place to go. Located in the fancy Barrio Salamanca, Living in London offers the best scones and teas in Madrid. With its British country house decor, the place makes you feel as if you were in England without even getting on a plane. If you are a fan of British traditions, you can't miss this place. Plus, there's an all-things-British shop in the back of the cafe which you won't be able to leave empty handed.
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living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca
living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca
living in london cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea scone shop barrio salamanca

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Mama Framboise

The most delicate and delicious sweets are to be found in Mama Framboise. With several locations around the city, this is one of Madrid's most iconic and best bakeries. Impossible not to fall in love with its vintage decor and their scrumptious treats.
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mama framboise cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea patisserie shop
mama framboise cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea patisserie shop

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Cafe Run Run Run

The name gives it away, this is a cafe for sports addicts. Cafe Run Run Run offers the healthiest options in a unique environment. For some reason cafeterias tend to be decorated in vintage or traditional designs so entering Cafe Run Run Run with its modern decor feels like a breath of fresh air. Vibrant colors and lego-looking chairs, this place seems to be part of a futuristic movie.
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cafe run run run cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea saludable healthy

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: Cafe de Oriente

With an outdoor area opposite the Royal Palace, Cafe de Oriente has the best view in Madrid. This coffee shop looks like a palace inside as well with its colorful furniture and beautiful wallpapers. Another strong point is that their professional staff is among the nicest in Madrid. The experience at Cafe de Oriente is always a true pleasure for the senses.
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cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza
cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza
cafe oriente cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea palacio real plaza

Amazing Coffee Shops in Madrid: La Duquesita

Open for the first time in 1914, this is one of the oldest sweet shops in Madrid. It was closed for years before it reopened in 2016. The specialties of this traditional patisserie nowadays are chocolates and other baked goods. Fortunately, the refurbishing respected the elegant and majestic decor of the confectionery with its high ceilings, palatial mirrors and dreamy lamps so we can enjoy it just like in the old days.
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duquesita cafeteria madrid coffee cafe tea pasteleria patisserie dulces
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I hope you enjoyed this selection of the best cafes in Madrid. If you want to learn more about all the amazing things Madrid has to offer, I recommend you check out these posts
How to Order Coffee in Spain
Best Brunch and Breakfast Spots in Madrid

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