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Bangkok Quotes - 75+ FAB Bangkok Trip Captions for Inspiration! (2024)

This curated list of Bangkok quotes should help inspire your next holiday! Categories like Bangkok trip captions, quotes about Bangkok, Bangkok sayings, and Bangkok trip quotes should help!

Bangkok is a city that’s full of life. It’s where old temples sit next to big buildings, and the streets are always busy. I’ve seen and done so much here, from eating tasty street food to watching boats on the river in the busy floating markets.

I have compiled this amazing collection of quotes on Bangkok that will remind you of your days in the city or motivate you to plan your Bangkok itinerary. As I share these quotes about Bangkok with you, I invite you to see Bangkok through my eyes and the words of others who’ve been captivated by its charm.


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Quotes about Bangkok


I always thought words could never do justice to a city like Bangkok, but then I stumbled upon these Bangkok quotes that made me see the city in a new light.


Bangkok captions for Instagram

 

If you want to make your posts better or just share how much fun you’re having, picking the right Bangkok trip captions can really help. Here is a list of some great Bangkok quotes that really show what this exciting city is all about.


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Bangkok is a place where every corner has a story, and these quotes Bangkok capture those moments perfectly.


  • “Bangkok is the queen of 3 a.m., the spiritual home of those hours that are dead in most places of the world but lit up here with a carnival intensity.“ — Pico Iyer
  • “Travel is very subjective. What one person loves, another loathes. I would say a private paradise in the Caribbean. If you want culture and class, I would say Tuscany. If you want exotic, I would say Bangkok, Thailand.“ — Robin Leach
  • “Bangkok, though, is a rejuvenating tonic; the people seem to have found the magic elixir. Life, a visitor feels, has not been wasted on the Thais”. –Bernard Kalb
  • “Today, Bangkok cuisine can be described as an indigenous Central cuisine with heavy influences from a heady blend of foreign cultures – Chinese, Mon, Persian, Portuguese, modern European, North American, and more – resulting in a beautiful, quirky mix that locals and visitors alike can’t get enough of.“ — Leela Punyaratabandhu
  • “I’d love to visit Thailand someday just for the street food and the energy of a city like Bangkok.” – Bobby Flay
  • “I packed my bags and I moved to Bangkok, Thailand. I spent a year there like completely isolated, no Wi-Fi.” – Dennis Lloyd
  • “ Eating street food in Bangkok is an experience.” – Aishwarya Rajesh
  • “I arrived in Bangkok in 1980: I was 23 years old, and it changed my life.” -Jean-Georges Vongerichten

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  • “I was living in Bangkok and I had a girlfriend during this time, she was travelling and I was jealous. Y’know, I thought she might meet someone, might do something, and I was just worried, and I went and I wrote ‘Nevermind.’” – Dennis Lloyd
  • “In Bangkok, nothing is what it seems. The truth is as elusive as the city’s shifting skyline.“ – Bangkok 8
  • “Once I decided to move to Thailand, it changed all my life and my personality.“ — Jasmine Jazz


Captions for Thailand trip

Whether you’re wandering through the bustling streets of Bangkok, exploring the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya, or soaking up the sun on the pristine beaches of Phuket, the right captions for Thailand trip can convey the essence of your experience.


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  • “Thailand was the transforming experience of my life. Thailand is where I grew up.” – Charles Murray
  • “Everyone’s so nice in Thailand, and it’s a beautiful place – the temples, the culture. But everyone’s so nice that it’s almost inefficient.“ — Scot Armstrong
  • “The crystal-clear water in Thailand offers the best swimming and snorkelling experience.”-Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters
  • “The thing to remember about Phuket is it’s very beach-oriented and relaxed. The trendiest beach is Koh Sirey, which is full of groovy places to have a cocktail and watch the sun go down.” – Tony Parsons
  • “The really nice thing about the town of Hua Hin – and Thailand generally – is that it’s so safe. You can walk around the night market, for example, with complete confidence.” – Prue Leith
  • “The attractions of Thailand for me are the shops and the colourful street markets. There are loads of bargains and it’s a dream destination for shopaholics like myself.“ — Gok Wan


  • “Thailand’s seafood industry is the third-largest in the world. And much of it is ending up on our dinner tables.” – Lourdes Garcia-Navarr
  • “I’ve been visiting Thailand for more than 20 years but didn’t fall in love with it until I visited Phuket Town in Phuket. The northern part of Phuket is one of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been, and largely unspoilt and unknown.“ — Tony Parsons
  • “The first thing I do whenever I go to Thailand is seek out the closest restaurant or stall selling mango-and-sticky rice: it’s a little hillock of glutinous rice drenched in lashings of coconut milk and served with fresh mango.” -Hanya Yanagihara
  • “I’d say the most dangerous thing I’ve ever done is probably bungee jumping in Thailand.” – Simon Cowell
  • “Yeah, I spent a year in Thailand back in 2015-2016, and I wrote, like, 40 songs.“ — Dennis Lloyd
  • “No Visit to Thailand is complete without a visit to an elephant sanctuary. We were happy to see well-treated elephants at Nosey Parkers in Ao Nang.“ — Tony Hadley


Funny Bangkok captions – Bangkok funny quotes

Whether it’s about navigating through the lively markets, the surprising encounters on the streets, or the unforgettable adventures in the city’s nightlife, these funny Bangkok quotes offer a light-hearted glimpse into the joyous chaos that is in Bangkok

  • “Perfect is boring and dreams are not real. Just… do. So you think, “I wish I could travel.” Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I’m serious.” – Shonda Rhimes
  • “Bangkok, like Las Vegas, sounds like a place where you make bad decisions.“ — Todd Phillips
  • “How I love Bangkok! It’s so teeming with everything that should be forbidden. I’m not just talking about the sex trade. I also mean the ways of driving, the ways of putting up buildings, environmental management arrangements, the continual attention of con artists and snatch-thieves, and the quaint local custom of peeing in side streets.” ― John Dolan
  • “I landed in 1980 in Bangkok, and I stopped to eat ten times between the airport and the hotel. It was all lemongrass and ginger and chillies.” -Jean-Georges Vongerichten
  • “I’ve been to Indonesia, but I’ve never been to Thailand. I hear the people are lovely, the food is delicious, and that the heat and humidity are lethal.“ — Ed Helms
  • “Shopping in Thailand is super cheap and generally high quality. Bangkok is also safe. If you see anybody wearing camouflage holding a machete, don’t be scared. They sell coconuts.”- Bobby Lee
  • “I have smuggled so many ingredients across so many borders, like shallot confit from Thailand.“ — Blake Lively
  • “I didn’t get the impression that the policeman cared much about the whole thing either. After another thirty minutes of ruthless interrogation (‘Can you verify you eat banana’ pancake?’) he let me go asking me not to leave Khao San within 24 hours“ — Alex Garland

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In Bangkok, nothing is what it seems. The truth is as elusive as the city’s shifting skyline.“
— BANGKOK 8


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Use these Bangkok quotes Instagram while posting about your Bangkok adventures to really show what this exciting city is all about.


  • “Behind a bend of the Maenam, the entire town of Bangkok appeared in sight. I do not believe there is a sight in the world more magnificent or more striking.“ — Ludovic Marquis de Beauvoir
  • “In Bangkok, the present is a mere whisper, overshadowed by the echoes of its ancient past.” – Bangkok 8
  • “Because wherever I sat—on the deck of a ship or at a street café in Paris or Bangkok—I would be sitting under the same glass bell jar, stewing in my own sour air.” -Sylvia Plath
  • “Follow your heart,” they said. My heart led me to Bangkok.”
  • “The food and the people in Thailand never let you down and Bangkok is an astonishing place – the culture’s lovely and gentle.”- Dave Myers
  • “Bangkok is a canvas upon which dreams and nightmares intertwine, painting a vivid tapestry of life.“ – Bangkok 8
  • “One of the reasons I like living in Bangkok is that, although it’s a megacity, it’s very saturated with nature – the vast and brooding skies, the sudden storms and rains, the vegetation and even the animals that abound.” – Lawrence Osborne
  • “In this city, beauty and decay coexist, creating a strange harmony that mesmerizes the senses.”- Bangkok 8
  • “Thailand was a revelation to me; the landscapes, the culture, the food and the people.“ — Fiona Bruce
  • “The essence of Bangkok is not in its sights but in its sounds, a relentless cacophony that both soothes and haunts.” – Bangkok 8



“The food and the people in Thailand never let you down and Bangkok is an astonishing place – the culture’s lovely and gentle.”
— DAVE MYERS


Bangkok travel quotes

 

These Bangkok trip quotes are more than words; they are a gateway to understanding the soul of Bangkok, where every street has a narrative and every smile tells a tale.

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  • “Bangkok is a city that breathes, a living, pulsating organism constantly evolving and reinventing itself.” – Bangkok 8
  • “The first I heard of the beach was in Bangkok, on the Khao San Road.” – Alex Garland
  • “One of my favourite vacation memories was the Thai foot massage and Internet access salons in Bangkok, followed up by my testing cellphone coverage while wading in Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod.”- Kara Swisher
  • “ Bangkok’s street food culture may have recently been forced to clean up its act but personally, we think there’s nothing better than a steaming bowl of noodles eaten within tripping distance of traffic, washed down with a cold beer, of course.” – Melissa Leong
  • “In Bangkok, the struggle for power is not fought with guns and knives, but with secrets and whispers.” – Bangkok 8


  • “When I was in Thailand, I went into the up-country because Marco Polo didn’t get down into the fleshpots of Bangkok because they didn’t exist in those days.” – Gary Jennings
  • “If you are in Bangkok, you will find that people there will never speak to you without joining their hands. It’s not that they are speaking to you like that because you are tourists. They even speak at their home like that.” – Akshay Kumar
  • “I’ve enjoyed so many fantastic holidays over the years, but some of my best have been in Thailand.“ — Gok Wan
  • “My favourite whisky bar in the world is in my adopted Bangkok. A refined and secretive Japanese speakeasy among the girly bars of Soi 33, it’s called Hailiang.” – Lawrence Osborne
  • “Bangkok is a canvas upon which dreams and nightmares intertwine, painting a vivid tapestry of life.”- Bangkok 8
  • “I love the Shore at Katathani in Thailand! They have the best pool.“ — Eva Gutowski

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“Bangkok is infamously mired in lurid contradiction, but it’s also a city of subtle and distorted moods that journalism and film have hitherto mostly failed to capture.”
— LAWRENCE OSBORNE


Bangkok puns


  • “Why is it a bad idea for Bangkok to host the Olympics? Because all events will end with Thais.”
  • “Yeah, you got that Tom Yum-my yum”
  • “What do business people wear in Thailand? Suit & Thai”
  • “In Thailand, I love a Khao Soi latte.”
  • “That’s Railay nice”
  • “Once Udon a Time”
  • “Chitty, chitty Bangkok.”
  • “She’s my cherry Pai.”
  • “This is the best Thai food I’ve ever pad”


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Bangkok sayings


  • “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Thai proverb
  • “There is no other happiness but peace.”– Thai Proverb
  • “Those who can’t dance blame it on the flute and the drum.”(Meaning: it’s the person’s own damn fault but they blame something else.)
  • “Bad seven times, good seven times.” (Meaning: There is always something positive, even in unfavourable circumstances.)
  • “Ten tongues that spread the word are worth less than two eyes that have seen, and two eyes that have seen are worth less than one hand that feels.”
  • “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
  • “A virtuous person sleeps well.”
  • “There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
  • “To a man, wine is like water is to the boat; it can carry him or swallow him up.”
  • “Those who can’t dance blame it on the flute and the drum.”


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Whether you’re reflecting on peaceful moments, thrilling experiences, or the beauty of nature, i hope these Bangkok quotes help you share your journey in a way that resonates with others.



Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

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7 FAB Options for a 12 Day Spain Itinerary - Top Places to Visit (2024)

This is a perfectly planned 10 day itinerary which includes all the major cities and popular sites as well as a few off-the-beaten Spanish towns. You will also find alternate Spain itineraries in the travel guide if you want to customize your Spanish trip.

Spain is so popular, with the foodies, families and almost all types of travellers; including people that opt to go Spain for pilgrimage.

While I didn’t go to Spain for the latter, it was the very first country I visited in Europe, which makes it quite special for me and I wanted to share the itinerary to celebrate my #MomentInTen to coincide with El Camino Bracelets celebrating their tenth anniversary.

Planning an itinerary for Spain can get daunting for many, as the country is quite huge.

So I have compiled a comprehensive Spain 12 day itinerary, with all the places you can visit including places to stay and guided tours to book!

I’ve also added multiple itineraries at the end of this blog if you’d like more options.


Spain 12 day itinerary


Day 1 of 12 day Spain itinerary –  Madrid

 

Upon your arrival in Madrid, head to your accommodation to settle in.  I recommend the Plaza de España Skyline.

Enjoy a typical Madrid breakfast like churros with hot chocolate or ‘tostada con tomate.’ Spend the rest of the day exploring the heart of Madrid by booking this guided walking tour and visiting the iconic Plaza Mayor and Royal Palace of Madrid, among other major attractions.


Madrid (3 Days)

 

This Spain 12 day itinerary starts in Madrid, the vibrant capital of Spain. Renowned for its rich culinary scene,

Madrid offers a plethora of dining experiences, from traditional tapas bars ( check out this Wine and Tapas Walking Tour)  to high-end gastronomic delights.

A great way to spend 3 days here is by booking this  Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour). Let’s dive into what I suggest you can do in Madrid during your spain 12 days itinerary.


Plaza Mayor

The Plaza Mayor, located in the heart of Madrid, is one of the city’s most famous and historic squares, dating back to the 17th century.

Originally used for various events, including markets, bullfights, and public executions, it now serves as a vibrant social and tourist hub.


DETAILS

Plaza Mayor

Address: Plaza Mayor, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Timings: Open 24 hours, but individual business hours may vary

Tickets: Free


Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid, known as Palacio Real de Madrid, is a symbol of Spain’s rich history and grandeur.

This majestic palace, with its baroque architecture, stands as one of the largest in Western Europe.

You can explore its lavishly decorated rooms, including the Throne Room, Banquet Hall, and the Royal Armory, which houses an impressive collection of medieval weapons.


DETAILS

Royal Palace of Madrid

Address: C. de Bailén, s/n, 28071 Madrid, Spain

Timings: 10 AM – 6 PM (4 PM on Sundays)

Tickets: You can info on tickets here.




Day 2 of 12 day Spain itinerary – Madrid

 

On your 2nd day of this 12 days in Spain itinerary, you can explore the various museums and parks in Madrid such as the Prado Museum, Reina Sofia Museum and Retiro Park.

I recommend having dinner in the vibrant neighbourhoods of La Latina or Malasaña, known for their eclectic mix of traditional and modern restaurants.


Prado Museum

The Prado Museum, officially known as Museo Nacional del Prado, is renowned for its extensive collection of European art.

It houses an exceptional array of masterpieces by Spanish greats like Velázquez and Goya, as well as other European artists such as Titian, Rubens, and Bosch. Allocate at least 2-3 hours to fully appreciate the collection.


DETAILS

Prado Museum

Address: C. de Ruiz de Alarcón, 23, 28014 Madrid, Spain

Timings: 10 AM – 8 PM (7 PM on Sundays)

Tickets: 15 €


 

Reina Sofia Museum

A short walk from the Prado is the Reina Sofia Museum, a treasure trove of 20th-century art.

Officially named Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, it’s renowned for housing Pablo Picasso’s iconic painting ‘Guernica’, along with an impressive collection of works by Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, and other modern masters.


DETAILS

 Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Address: Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid, Spain

Timings: 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 PM ( 2:30 PM on Sundays, Tuesdays closed)

Tickets: 12 €


 

Retiro Park

After lunch, walk to the nearby Retiro Parkor Parque del Buen Retiro, spanning  over 350 acres, offering a tranquil escape with its lush gardens, serene lake, and elegant sculptures.

Key attractions include the majestic Crystal Palace, the tranquil Rose Garden, and the picturesque Palacio de Velázquez.


 

DETAILS

 Parque del Buen Retiro

Address: Plaza de la Independencia, 7, 28001 Madrid, Spain

Timings: 6 AM – 12 AM ( April – September) 6 AM – 10 PM  (  October – March)

Tickets: Free


Walking through the streets of Madrid had made me realize how special this experience was going to be for me. That evening after dinner, while having a chat with friends about how to commemorate this moment, one of them suggested getting a Madrid step. Looking at my confused expressions, she directed me to El Camino which instantly made me smile.

Day 3 of 12 day Spain itinerary – Day Trip to Toledo

 

A north Spain itinerary is incomplete without this day trip to Toledo, the City of Three Cultures, offering a blend of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish heritage.

It includes a bus ride to Toledo and a guided tour of all major spots such as the  Toledo Cathedral, a prime example of Spanish Gothic architecture, the Jewish Quarter, Synagogue of Santa María la Blanca.

Don’t forget to get souvenirs! Toledo is famous for its damascene work (gold and silver inlaid in steel).

If a pilgrimage is your main intent of the trip then to the North of Madrid is Leon, a popular spot for travellers to head off on the Camino from Leon to Santiago.



Seville (2 Days)

 

Next on this Spain 12 day itinerary is Seville, an enchanting city in southern Spain and a famous shooting location for Game of Thrones.

You can spend 2 days in Seville and explore the city by booking this Hop-On Hop-Off City Sightseeing Bus.


Day 4 of  12 day Spain itinerary – Seville

 

Hop on a train to Seville from Madrid’s Atocha train station and board a high-speed AVE train, which takes about 2.5 hours to reach Seville.

Once in Seville, head to your hotel or Airbnb  (a cosy option is Hotel Cervantes)  to drop off your luggage and enjoy lunch, trying some local Andalusian cuisine, such as ‘gazpacho’ or ‘salmorejo’

You can spend the rest of the day exploring the gothic Seville Cathedral and the stunning Alcazar of Seville by booking this guided tour.


Seville Cathedral

Seville Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was built on the site of a former mosque, symbolising Seville’s rich religious history.

This cathedral, famous for its immense size and grandeur, houses Christopher Columbus’s tomb and boasts the Giralda, a bell tower offering panoramic views of the city.


DETAILS

Seville Cathedral

Address: Avenida de la Constitución, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Timings:  11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday to Saturday) 2:30 PM to 6:00 PM (Sunday)

Tickets:  €9


 

Alcazar of Seville

The Alcazar of Seville, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a stunning example of Moorish architecture blended with Christian influences. This royal palace, still used by the Spanish monarchy, will dazzle you with its intricate tilework, lush gardens, and ornate arches.

The Alcazar’s history spans over a thousand years, showcasing a tapestry of cultural influences.


 

DETAILS

Alcazar of Seville

Address: Patio de Banderas, s/n, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Timings: 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM  (October to March)  9:30 AM – 5:00 PM (April to September)

Tickets: €14.50




Day 5 of 12 day Spain itinerary – Seville

 

Start your day exploring the charming Santa Cruz quarter and the spectacular Plaza de España, and take a stroll through Maria Luisa Park. You can end your day with a traditional flamenco show. I recommend booking this Live Flamenco Dancing Show.


Santa Cruz Quarter

The Santa Cruz quarter in Seville is a charming maze of narrow streets and alleys, lined with colourful houses and blooming flowers.

This historic Jewish quarter is best explored on foot and is famous for its quaint shops, tapas bars, and hidden plazas, offering a glimpse into the heart of traditional Sevillian culture.


DETAILS

Santa Cruz Quarter

Address: Barrio Santa Cruz, Seville, Spain

Timings: Open 24/7

Tickets:  Free


 

Plaza de España

Plaza de España is a stunning architectural marvel known for its sweeping half-circle structure, decorated with tiled alcoves representing different Spanish regions.

This iconic landmark, built for the 1929 Ibero-American Exposition, features a canal, beautiful bridges, and grand buildings, offering a picturesque setting for leisurely walks and photo opportunities.


 

DETAILS

Plaza de España

Address: Av de Isabel la Católica, 41004 Sevilla, Spain

Timings: Open 24/7

Tickets:  Free


Maria Luisa Park

Adjacent to Plaza de España, is the Maria Luisa Park where you can relax in a green oasis, enjoying its fountains and shaded avenues.


DETAILS

Maria Luisa Park

Address: Paseo de las Delicias, s/n, 41013 Sevilla, Spain

Timings: Open 24/7

Tickets:  Free



Day 6 of 12 day Spain itinerary – Granada

 

After an early breakfast in Seville, you can either take a bus or train from Seville to Granada. The journey offers picturesque views of Andalusia’s landscapes.

Once in Granada, check into your accommodation and perhaps have a quick lunch at a nearby café. An amazing budget stay in the city centre is Hotel Granada Center

You can spend the rest of the day exploring Alhambra, Granada’s most famous landmark by booking this Alhambra, Nasrid Palaces and Generalife Guided Tour.


Granada (2 Days)

 

Granada, nestled at the base of Spain’s Sierra Nevada mountains, will enchant you with its rich history and Moorish influences. You can spend 2 days in Granada in your Spain 12 day itinerary.


Alhambra

The Alhambra in Granada is perched atop a hill and is a UNESCO World Heritage site offering a stunning view of the city and the Sierra Nevada mountains.

When you visit, you’ll be amazed by the Nasrid Palaces’ intricate Islamic art, the sturdy Alcazaba fortress, and the peaceful Generalife gardens with their beautiful fountains.

You can also try exploring Alhambra by night for a unique experience.


 

DETAILS

Alhambra

Address: Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada, Spain

Timings:  8:30 AM – 6:00 PM (November to February), 8:30 AM – 8:00 PM (March to October)

Tickets:  €14.85


Day 7 of 12 day Spain itinerary – Granada

 

Spend your 2nd day in Granada exploring the Albaicin, Granada’s old Moorish quarter.

This area is a UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its narrow winding streets and whitewashed houses. In the evening, you can enjoy this flamenco show in the Sacromonte neighbourhood, known for its cave venues.


Albaicín

Albaicín is a charming old Moorish quarter, where every winding street and whitewashed house tells a story.

Perched on a hill opposite the Alhambra,  it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site too. And don’t miss the Mirador de San Nicolás – the view of the Alhambra at sunset from here is just stunning.


DETAILS

Albaicín

Address: Albaicín, Granada, Spain

Timings:  Open 24 hours, daily

Tickets:  Free




Day 8 of 12 day Spain itinerary- Valencia

 

After breakfast in Granada, pack your bags and take a bus or train to Valencia, the journey is a bit of a stretch, taking around 5-6 hours. Once you arrive in Valencia, check into your hotel ( a luxurious option is Vincci Lys) and grab a quick bite to eat. You can spend the rest of the day exploring the City of Arts and Sciences


Valencia (2 Days)

 

Next after Granada, you can spend 2 days in Valencia in this Spain 12 day itinerary. Known for its culinary delights, especially the world-renowned paella, the city buzzes with energetic markets and vibrant streets.


City of Arts and Sciences

The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia is a futuristic wonder, a stunning complex that feels like you’ve stepped into a sci-fi world.

This architectural marvel, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is a feast for the eyes. It’s not just about looks, though; inside, you’ll find an interactive science museum, a huge oceanarium, and a planetarium.


DETAILS

City of Arts and Sciences

Address: Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 Valencia, Spain

Timings:  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tickets:  You can book tickets here.




Day 9 of 12 day Spain itinerary- Valencia

 

Start your day by exploring Valencia’s old town by booking this guided walking tour.  visit the impressive Valencia Cathedral and wander through the charming streets.

Next, if you’re up for it, pop into the Central Market for some fresh produce, then head to one of Valencia’s beaches like Playa de la Malvarrosa. To end the day, enjoy the vibrant nightlife in the Ruzafa district.



Valencia Cathedral

Valencia Cathedral, a stunning mix of architectural styles, is a highlight in the heart of the city. It’s a fascinating place where you can see Gothic, Baroque, and Romanesque elements all in one building.

Inside, you’ll find a chalice claimed to be the Holy Grail, adding a touch of intrigue. The Miguelete Tower offers breath-taking views of Valencia – totally worth the climb!


DETAILS

Valencia Cathedral

Address: Plaza de la Reina, s/n, 46003 València, Valencia, Spain

Timings:  10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Tickets:  €8


 

Central Market

The Central Market in Valencia is not just a place to shop; it’s a feast for the senses!

Housed in a stunning Art Nouveau building, it’s one of the oldest-running food markets in Europe. Inside, you’ll find over 900 stalls overflowing with fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, and cheeses.


 

DETAILS

Central Market

Address: Plaça de la Ciutat de Bruges, s/n, 46001 València, Spain

Timings: Monday to Saturday, from 7:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Tickets:  Free


 

Playa de la Malvarrosa

Playa de la Malvarrosa in Valencia is the perfect spot if you’re looking to soak up some sun and enjoy the Mediterranean vibes. This wide, sandy beach is a favourite among both locals and tourists.

Lined with a lively promenade, it’s dotted with numerous restaurants and cafes where you can indulge in some delicious seafood or a refreshing drink.


 

DETAILS

Playa de la Malvarrosa

Address: Paseo Marítimo, Valencia, Spain

Timings:  Open 24 hours, all year round

Tickets: Free


Ruzafa district

The Ruzafa district, once a traditional neighbourhood, has transformed into a hub of creativity and modernity. It is bustling with hip cafes, unique boutiques, and some of the city’s most exciting nightlife spots.


Day 10 of 12 day Spain itinerary

 

Take a high-speed train from Valencia to Barcelona which will take around 3 hours. After you check in to your accommodation you can grab a quick bite before you start exploring the city. An amazing accommodation option in the city is Hotel Omnium

You can visit the Gothic Quarter, the famous streets of Las Ramblas and Barcelona Cathedral.  End your day by trying some Catalan dishes for dinner.


Barcelona (3 Days)

 

The last stop in this Spain 12 day itinerary is the buzzing city of Barcelona.  It’s right next to the Mediterranean Sea, offering lovely beaches and a lively atmosphere. You can spend 3 days exploring this city before you head home.


Gothic Quarter

The first stop would be the Gothic Quarter, nestled in the heart of Barcelona.

This historic quarter is a delightful mix of ancient Roman remnants, gothic buildings, hidden squares, lively shops, and quaint cafes. It’s particularly enchanting at night when the streets come alive with a vibrant atmosphere.


DETAILS

Gothic Quarter

Address:  Gothic Quarter, Barcelona, Spain

Timings:  Always open; individual business hours may vary

Tickets: Free


Las Ramblas

Next, stroll down Las Ramblas,  Barcelona’s most famous street. You’ll find everything from flower stands to living statues, and the air is filled with the aromas of local and international cuisines.

Las Ramblas is also home to La Boqueria, the famous market where you can sample fresh local produce.


DETAILS

Las Ramblas

Address: Las Ramblas, Barcelona, Spain

Timings: Open 24/7, but shops and stalls have their own opening hours

Tickets: Free


Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral, officially known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is a stunning example of Gothic architecture. This impressive cathedral, with its towering spires and intricate stonework, dates back to the 13th century.


DETAILS

Barcelona Cathedral

Address:  Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona, Spain

Timings:   8:30 AM – 7:30 PM

Tickets: Free



Day 11 of 12 day Spain itinerary

 

On your 11th day of this  Spain 12 day itinerary, you can explore Gaudi’s iconic Sagrada Familia and  Park Güell.


Sagrada Familia

First up, take this guided tour of the iconic Sagrada Familia,  an incredible church like no other.

Designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, it’s been under construction for over a century, but it’s still stunning. The tall towers reach up to the sky, and inside, the stained glass windows create a rainbow of colours that light up the space.

It’s a mix of nature, religion, and art, all rolled into one amazing place. Definitely a must-see when you’re in Barcelona!


DETAILS

Sagrada Familia

Address:  Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

Timings:  Open 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Tickets: €20


Park Güell

Then, book this guided tour of  Park Güell, and step into a fairy-tale world.

Designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí, it’s full of colourful mosaics, quirky sculptures, and curvy pathways. The park offers some of the best views of Barcelona from its terraced areas.


DETAILS

Park Güell

Address:  08024 Barcelona, Spain

Timings: 7:30 AM – 9:30 PM

Tickets: €10



Day 12 of 12 day Spain itinerary

 

If you’re up for an adventure on the last day of this  Spain 12 day itinerary, take this day trip to Montserrat from Barcelona, before you head on to your flight home.

Your trip will include a bus ride and a scenic to Montserrat, where you will get a guided tour of the

Montserrat Monastery, nestled in the mountains.

Once there, you can explore the basilica, see the famous Black Madonna statue, and maybe catch a performance by the boys’ choir. The surrounding natural scenery is perfect for hiking, too.

You can find more info on various day trips from Barcelona here.



Alternative 12 day Spain itinerary

 

Here are some other options for a 12 day Spain itinerary :

 

Classic 12 day Spain itinerary

Madrid (3 days) – Toledo (Day trip) – Seville (2 days) – Granada (Day trip) – Barcelona (2 days) – Zaragoza (1 day) – Santander (2 days)

 

Northern Spain 12 day itinerary

Barcelona (3 days) – Zaragoza (1 day) – San Sebastian (2 days) – Bilbao (2 days) – Burgos (1 day) – Salamanca (2 days) – Madrid (1 day)

 

Southern Spain 12 day itinerary

Malaga (2 days) – Granada (2 days) – Cordoba (1 day) – Seville (3 days) – Ronda (1 day) – Cadiz (1 day) – Madrid (2 days)

 

Cultural and Historic Spain itinerary 12 days

Madrid (3 days) – Segovia (Day trip) – Salamanca (2 days) – Leon (1 day) – Santiago de Compostela (2 days) – Oviedo (1 day) – Bilbao (2 days)

 

Mediterranean Coastline Itinerary Spain

Barcelona (2 days) – Majorca (2 days) – Valencia (2 days) – Alicante (1 day) – Granada (2 days) – Malaga (2 days) – Madrid (1 day)

 

Off Beat 12 day itinerary Spain

Bilbao (2 days) – Pamplona (1 day) – Zaragoza (2 days) – Cuenca (1 day) – Toledo (2 days) – Mérida (1 day) – Seville (2 days) – Madrid (1 day)

 

Additionally, a great addition to your Spain itinerary would the Canary Islands, where you can enjoy the warm sun. delicious food and stunning beaches.



I hope this blog has inspired you to embark on your own Spanish adventure.

Whether you’re savouring tapas, marvelling at art, or soaking up the sun, Spain promises an adventure that stays with you long after you return home.

I wanted to make sure I never forgot this trip of a lifetime and so once back home, I brought myself a Spain Step, an Earth Step and Small Steps like Madrid to make sure I could carry them with me wherever I go and keep adding to the bracelet, which not only looks good but also helps me connect to the community.



FAQS – 12 day Spain Itinerary

 

Is 12 days enough for Spain?

Twelve days in Spain can provide a fantastic overview, offering a taste of its major cities and attractions.

 

How much money would you need for 2 weeks in Spain?

For two weeks in Spain, budget travellers might spend about €700-€980, staying in hostels, using public transport, and eating modestly.

Mid-range travellers could expect to spend around €1400-€2100, enjoying 3-star hotels, dining out, and some activities. For a luxurious trip, costs can exceed €2800, with high-end accommodations and experiences.

 

How many days in Spain is enough?

The ideal duration for a trip to Spain depends on your interests and itinerary. Generally, 10 to 14 days are enough to explore major highlights in cities like Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Granada, along with a few day trips.


Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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Is Florence Worth Visiting - FAB Reasons Why You Should and Not!

Italy is full of numerous pretty places – so which do you pick for your holiday? Is Florence worth visiting? What are the places to avoid in Florence? Is Florence safe at night? Is Florence expensive to visit? Read on for first hand info, what to do and why you should visit (or not!)

Is Florence worth visiting? Feels a bit like asking if pizza tastes good – it almost answers itself. In a world where every travel destination claims to be a must-see, it’s fair to wonder why is Florence Italy worth visiting. It is but read on to decide for yourself!

Florence is more than just a city; it’s a journey back in time to the heart of the Renaissance. Every corner has a story, every building a masterpiece. But beyond the obvious, there’s the food, the culture, the vibe of the city streets that make you feel alive.

I’m going to take you through my own experiences, the sights, and flavours that make Florence unforgettable. By the end, I hope not just to convince you why is Florence worth visiting but to inspire you to experience it for yourself and include it in your Italy itinerary. So, let’s discover all the reasons why is Florence worth visiting.


Cathedral of Santa Maria against in the mountains is Florence worth visiting

Why is Florence worth visiting?


When planning a trip you might scroll through numerous Instagram reels and images on social media trying to put together the prefect itinerary or weekend break for Italy and wonder “Is Florence worth visiting?”

Located in the heart of Tuscany, that is full of rolling hills and vineyards with the most stunning sunsets, it is quite easy to guess why one would visit, as it is the picture-perfect interpretation of Italy.

I did wonder myself if Florence was more than just a checklist city for tourists. Could it be a must visit as everyone says?

Let me take you through all the things I did, my experiences so you can decide for yourself if it is worth visiting, or not. Florence sure did make it worthwhile for me!


Reasons to visit Florence


Monuments and Landmarks that portray the Renaissance

The Renaissance period in Europe that followed the middle ages brough about numerous changes in the continent. One of the most significant was the surge of art and architecture.

Numerous artists whose work is synonymous with this period were Italian so it’s no mystery that when people are keen to delve into the Renaissance period and step into a slice of history, Rome, Florence and numerous Italian spots are the top pick!

The gigantic domes, pillars you would see in Florence came funded by wealthy merchants and families like the Medici and are still awe inspiring.

In Florence it feels like every street has a story and is worth capturing through words and pictures!

 

Here’s a few top sites is Florence Italy worth visiting from this period.



Brunelleschi’s Dome at Florence Cathedral

The Florence Cathedral, with its iconic dome by Brunelleschi, not only dominates the city’s skyline but also showcases the ingenuity of architects in this period.

The red bricks used in the cathedral for the dome make it stand out and instantly captures everyone’s attention.


DETAILS

Florence Cathedral
Address: Piazza del Duomo, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: 10:15 am – 4:45 pm ( Sunday Closed)
Tickets: Free

The Uffizi Gallery

Full of masterpieces from the Renaissance period, is one of the things what Florence Italy is known for as it houses the ‘Birth of Venus’ by Botticelli, one of the most famous pieces of art in the world that was painted for the house of Medici.

In addition to this, you will also find pieces like the Birth of Venus, the Madonna of the Chair, The beheading of St John the Baptist and pieces from Baldinucci, Leonardo da Vinci and Fattori here.

DETAILS

Uffizi Gallery
Address: Piazzale degli Uffizi, 6, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: 8:15 AM–6:30PM
Tickets: 25€


Monuments in the Piazza della Signoria as seen from above in Florence Italy

The Accademia Gallery

Seeing Michelangelo’s David in the Accademia Gallery was a moment I’ll never forget. It is the main draw to the gallery however the museum does house many other pieces and is worth visiting if art is your cup of tea.

I did spend some time here however did have my attention on David; made completely in marble, it stands at an impressive 17 feet tall and has been at the gallery since 1873.

If you’re planning on visiting both Uffizi and Accademia then this skip the line tour is perfect to save time and possibly money!

DETAILS

Accademia Gallery
Address: Via Ricasoli, 58/60, 50129 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: 8:15 AM–6:20PM
Tickets: 16€


Basilica of San Lorenzo

The parish Church of the Medici family the Church is one of the oldest Renaissance structures in Florence. What makes it unique is that there hasn’t been any renovations carried out on the facade leaving it as it was originally!

Located in the main centre it is also one of the largest and houses the crypts of the Medici family.

DETAILS

Basilica di San Lorenzo
Address:  Piazza di San Lorenzo, 9, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: 10.30 AM – 5.30 PM. Closed Sundays


Famous statues by artists in the Piazza in Florence

Additional things to do in Florence


The Ponte Vecchio

The Ponte Vecchio is quite synonymous with Florence and can be seen in numerous pictures. The sunsets here are quite remarkable however it is architecturally significant too as it was the first segmental bridge in the West of Europe. Built over the Arno river, it was completed in 1345 and was the only bridge spared by the Germans during WWII.

DETAILS

Ponte Vecchio
Address: Ponte Vecchio, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: All day
Tickets: Free


Piazzale Michelangelo

The stunning images you see of the whole of Florence are usually captured in Piazza Michelangelo. The sunset I witnessed here was one of the best ever in Europe and its worth spending an evening here.

Located in the Oltrarno district, it is a hill on the Arno river on the south bank and has replicas of statues made by Michelangelo.

Its also worth considering have a quick picnic here so make sure to grab some meats, cheese and bread before you get here!

DETAILS

Piazzale Michelangelo
Address: Piazzale Michelangelo, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: All day
Tickets: Free


Bargello National Museum

For everyone who loves a city because of its art, history and architecture, Florence has much to offer. While I don’t usually spend a lot of time in museums, for a cloudy or maybe too hot a day, a museum hop is worth it!

Bargello is a little different as it houses panel pieces and wooden sculptures in addition to art. Located in the Palazzo del Bargello or Popolo which was a former prison in Florence, it now houses the museum and also has works by Michelangelo, Verrocchio and Donatello to name a few.

DETAILS

Bargello National Museum
Address: Via del Proconsolo, 4, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy
Timings: 8.15 AM – 1.50 PM weekdays, 8.15 – 6.50 PM on Saturdays and Mondays. Closed Tuesdays
Tickets: Around 19 Euros for adults and 8 for kids


Piazza della Signoria

It took me a trip or two to realise that piazza’s are city squares in Italy and the Piazza della signoria also called as Palazzo Vecchio is the main, W shaped square in Florence. Perfect any given day for a stroll. you’ll find the Neptune Fountain here and a David replica here to name a few. The Uffizi Gallery is a quick walk from the square and also has the city council here.

You’ll also find the Loggia del Lanzi here; a loggia is the Italian word for lodge – and outdoor gallery or corridor here.

If you’re looking to visit most spots in a day then this guided city walking tour that covers most attractions is highly recommended!


An aerial view of Florence with the Ponte Vechhio bridge over the Arno river

Enjoy the food (and wine) on offer

 

Tuscany is famous for its offerings and Florence being located at its centre you’re sure to find many top notch items here.

I had an amazing time in Florence trying all the Tuscan specialities as most of them concentrate on the flavour of the ingredients used, keeping the dish simple yet hearty. Some you need to try are –

  • Ribollita – I love soups and if you’re visiting during autumn or the cold months, this soup made from veggies, bread and beans
  • Bistecca alla Fiorentina – Steak on the bone from Chianina cattle that’s cooked till rare and smoky. A Tuscan favourite especially for meat eaters
  • Pappardelle al Cinghiale – Cinghiale aka wild boar are found aplenty in Tuscany and are usually served as ragu over pasta. Pappardelle is a type of pasta from Tuscany that wider and flatter than spaghetti. The two with some parmesan make a great meal!
  • Panino al Lampredotto – A sandwich popular to the region, it is made from tripe however it is very tender and flavourful. A street food, the tripe is placed usually inside a hollow crusty bread with some broth inside
  • Panzanella – A salad made with fresh veggies and stale bread it is refreshing and filling. Perfect for a hot summer day!

These are just a few items you could try however Florence is heave for foodies and there’s a lot you can try here! Meat eaters will never fall short of things to try!

If you like wine – you’re in Tuscany so you’re bound to find the ever popular Chianti range. However the Brunello and Vino Nobile from the Val d’Orcia make excellent pairings too.

With all the restaurants on offer, you’ll find the perfect setting no matter the type of meal, be it romantic or solo, Florence will leave you feeling full!

Curious to first try a bit of everything before splurging on a full plate? Then this Sunset walking tour with Food and wine tastings is perfect!


A small glass of wine with Italian biscuits is Florence worth visiting

What to do at night in Florence

 

Florence doesn’t go to sleep when the sun sets; it simply changes its vibe, offering a whole new set of experiences after dark. I’ve explored what to do at night in Florence and can confirm the city is equally pretty if not more at night.

Exploring what to do at night in Florence is an adventure in its own right, offering experiences that range from the serene to the exhilarating including this Night Tour by Electric Bike. Let me share what to do in Florence at night to make sure you have the best time no matter the time of day in Florence!


Take a dreamy walk along the Arno

If you are wondering what to do at night in Florence visiting the Arno River is a must. As the sun sets, the Arno River becomes a mirror, reflecting the glowing lights of the city. A walk along the riverbanks offers a peaceful experience, with the iconic Ponte Vecchio sat atop it.

Irrespective if you’re looking for some quiet after a busy day or are visiting with your partner and would prefer something romantic – it ticks both boxes!


Dive Into the bustling nightlife

Florence isn’t just about old buildings and art; it knows how to have fun when the sun goes down. There are neighbourhoods like Santo Spirito and Santa Croce that come alive at night. Here, you’ll find bars that are perfect for hanging out, making new friends, or just enjoying a drink. It’s lively, friendly, and a lot of fun.


Experience Live Music

From intimate jazz clubs to lively street performances, Florence’s music scene thrives at night. Venues across the city host live bands and solo artists, covering genres that span classical to contemporary. Discovering music in such historic surroundings adds a layer of magic to the experience, blending the old with the new in perfect harmony.

Casa del Popolo di Settignano and Tamero are highly recommended!


Take in the View from Piazzale Michelangelo

For a truly amazing view, a night-time trip up to Piazzale Michelangelo is a must. The city spreads out all lit up and beautiful. It’s a bit of a walk, but totally worth it. The whole city is twinkling, and you can see all the famous spots from up high.


Join a Night Tour for a Unique Perspective

If you though Florence was fascinating during the day, there’s lots of mysteries to be uncovered at night as well! Consider this Exclusive Walking Tour by night, offering insights into the city’s rich history and culture. From ghost tours to historical walks, these tours add a layer of adventure to your Florentine trip.


End Your Night with a Gelato

No day in Italy is complete without gelato, and Florence’s gelaterias serve up some of the best. Even late into the night, you can find locals and visitors alike queuing up for a scoop (or two) of this delight. Walking through Florence’s ancient streets, gelato in hand, is the perfect way to end your evening.

A night in Florence is a world by itself, offering a mix of excitement, culture, and culinary excellence. Whether you’re seeking a quiet moment of reflection by the river or a lively night out with friends, Florence after dark is sure to entertain and keep you busy!

Curious to try your hand at making some? Then this Pasta and Gelato making class at a Tuscan farm is the perfect activity if you’d like to take some authentic tastes back home!

Monuments on the street of Florence with an orange building in the back

Tips for exploring Florence by night

 

  • Stay in well-lit areas: While Florence is generally safe, it’s best to stick to well-lit, populated areas at night, especially when exploring solo
  • Know the taxi numbers: Public transport in Florence is limited at night, so have the numbers for reputable taxi companies saved in your phone
  • Check night-time openings: Some museums and attractions have evening hours on certain days. It’s a great way to avoid the crowds and see the sites in a different light
  • Explore the nightlife with caution: If you decide to enjoy Florence’s nightlife, be mindful of your drinks and keep them close, especially when alone, to ensure you are safe

A replica of David of Michelangelo in the streets of Florence on a sunny day

Things to know before going to Florence

 

Visiting Florence, especially if it’s your first time in Florence Italy and you’re travelling to Florence alone, is an exciting adventure.

There are a few things to keep in mind that can make your trip smoother and more enjoyable, whether you’re exploring during the day or discovering things to do in Florence at night.

 

  • Book major attractions in advance: Popular sites like the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery often have long queues. Booking your tickets online in advance can save you a lot of time.
  • Get a Florence day pass: Florence offers several day passes to enhance visitors’ experiences, providing access to a plethora of attractions and efficient ways to navigate the city.
    The Firenze Card is particularly popular, offering 72-hour access to over 72 museums and sites, with options to skip lines and add public transportation. Alternatively, the Florence City Pass caters to those seeking flexibility, including fast-track entry to major museums and a hop-on hop-off bus tour.
  • Cash is king: While credit cards are widely accepted, smaller shops, markets, and some restaurants prefer cash. It’s always a good idea to carry some euros with you
  • Dress code for religious sites: Many of Florence’s attractions are religious sites where modest dress is required. Make sure to cover your shoulders and knees when visiting places like the Duomo and other churches. A scarf is also recommended in some places
  • Language: While many Italians speak English, especially in tourist areas, learning a few basic Italian phrases will be appreciated and can enhance your interaction with locals
  • City tax: Florence charges a small city tax for tourists staying overnight. This is usually not included in hotel or Airbnb prices and needs to be paid in cash upon arrival
  • Explore beyond the centre: Florence has much to offer beyond its most famous attractions. Exploring less-visited neighbourhoods can provide a more authentic experience of the city
  • Walking is good: Florence is a compact city best explored on foot. Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk on cobblestone streets during your time in Florence
  • Public transportation: Florence’s public transportation system includes buses and trams. Purchasing a ticket in advance and validating it upon boarding is a must
  • Try local specialties: Don’t miss out on Florentine steak (bistecca alla Fiorentina), ribollita (Tuscan soup), and, of course, gelato
  • Drink water from the Nasoni: The Nasoni are public water fountains found throughout Florence. The water is clean, cool, and safe to drink
  • Aperitivo time: Many bars offer an ‘aperitivo’ in the early evening, where you can enjoy a drink accompanied by snacks, often buffet-style, which can serve as a light dinner


The streets of Florence on a sunny day

Rolling green fields in Tuscany on a sunny day is Florence worth visiting

When is Florence Italy worth visiting?

 

Florence is a city that shines in every season, offering unique experiences throughout the year. Deciding when is Florence Italy worth visiting, depends on what you’re looking for in your travel experience. Here’s a seasonal breakdown to help you choose the best time for your visit.


Is Florence worth visiting in the spring?
Spring (March to May) brings Florence to life with mild and pleasant weather, ideal for exploring the outdoor beauty and historic sites without the sweltering heat of summer. The city starts to bloom, both literally and figuratively, as outdoor cafes and gardens become particularly inviting.

While Easter and other public holidays can draw crowds, this season is generally less packed than the peak summer months, allowing for a more relaxed exploration of the city’s treasures.

 

Florence in August – is Florence Italy worth visiting in Summer?
Summer (June to August) in Florence is characterized by hot, sunny days and a bustling vibe. Florence in August sees the city at its most lively, with a plethora of festivals, outdoor concerts, and events that fill the long days and warm nights.

If you don’t mind the crowds and heat, summer offers the full Florentine experience, though it’s wise to book accommodations and tickets to major attractions well in advance.

 

Is Florence Italy worth visiting in Autumn?
Autumn (September to November) offers respite from the summer heat and the crowds begin to thin out, making it a fantastic time to visit. The weather remains warm in September but gradually cools down, creating perfect conditions for enjoying the outdoors and the vibrant colours of the changing leaves.

The grape harvest and wine festivals in the surrounding Tuscan countryside are a major draw, offering a perfect excuse to explore beyond the city limits.

 

Is Florence Italy worth visiting in the winter?
Winter (December to February) presents Florence in a different light, with colder temperatures and fewer tourists, except around the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The city takes on a magical feel during the holiday season, with festive lights, markets, and decorations. It’s the best time for art lovers and those who prefer to wander museum corridors in peace, away from the crowds. Plus, you’ll find the best deals on accommodation during this low season.


Basilica Di San miniato in Florence

Where to stay in Florence

 

Luxury: Portrait Firenze
Overlooking the Arno River and just steps away from the Ponte Vecchio, this luxury hotel is part of the Ferragamo Group, offering bespoke service and elegantly designed suites.

Midrange: Hotel David
A short walk from the historic centre, Hotel David offers a perfect balance of comfort and value.

Budget: Plus Florence
This modern hostel offers both dormitory and private rooms, making it a great option for budget-conscious travellers.



Why it may not be worth visiting Florence

 

As with almost every Italian city in the warmer months, Florence may get crowded and busy. Here’s why you may want to skip it although I may suggest skipping summer and visiting in the shoulder months if you prefer avoiding the crowds.

  • Busy busy everywhere – You may want to book attractions in advance and even then be prepared for queues as major spots may be filled to capacity, this includes restaurants as well as bookings may be full
  • Pricier stays – Accommodation may be more expensive that usual especially in the summer months and you may not get the hotels you would prefer. I would highly suggest booking in advance
  • School holidays –  You may want to track summer school holidays and try to avoid this period as it tends to get super busy
  • Too much to do –  I faced this in Rome and Florence was no different. If you’re here only for a couple of days it may be overwhelming to try to do everything has Florence has a lot to offer. Consider planning in advance and listing your top spots to visit. There’s always another time!
  • Usual scams –  As with any busy European city, you may find pickpockets and common scams especially at touristic spots. The key is always to stay vigilant, keep your belongings close and not in a easy to get spot


Cathedral of Santa Maria against in the mountains is Florence Italy worth visiting

So, is Florence, Italy, really worth a visit? After everything I’ve seen and experienced, my answer is a wholehearted yes. From getting lost in the endless masterpieces of the Uffizi Gallery to catching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo, every moment in Florence feels like stepping into a living postcard.

For me, Florence isn’t just a stop on a travel itinerary; it’s a dream destination that exceeds expectations, offering a deep dive into the best of art, history, and Italian life. Trust me, once you visit, you’ll understand why saying goodbye to this city is so hard.


FAQ’s – Is Florence worth visiting

 

Is Florence safe at night?

Florence is generally considered safe at night, especially in well-lit and busy areas. Like any popular tourist city, it maintains a lively atmosphere after dark, thanks to its restaurants, bars, and gelaterias. However, as with traveling anywhere, it’s smart to stay vigilant, especially if you’re exploring less crowded or darker streets.

 

What places to avoid in Florence?

While Florence doesn’t have specific “no-go” zones, it’s wise to be cautious in less touristy areas late at night and around the train station, as these places can attract pickpockets. Stick to the main streets and populated squares, and you should feel quite secure.

 

Is Florence expensive to visit?

Florence can be pricey, especially in terms of accommodation and dining in the city centre. However, with some planning, it’s possible to enjoy Florence without breaking the bank. Consider visiting museums on free entry days, eating at trattorias just off the beaten path, and using the city’s affordable public transportation to navigate around. By managing your budget wisely, you can experience the best of Florence without overspending.



Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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Is Bangkok Worth Visiting - 15 FAB Reasons to Visit Bangkok

Planning a trip to Bangkok and still on the fence wondering, is Bangkok worth visiting? Here’s 15 reasons to visit Bangkok and why is Bangkok a good place to visit. From temples to markets and cabaret shows to Thai massages, visiting Bangkok will make for a memorable vacation!

Bangkok, the capital of Thailand, is a whimsical mix of temples, markets, street food, cabaret shows, muay boxing, nightlife, and traditional massages.

The centuries-old religion and modernity go hand in hand, making the vibrant canvas of old and new. The warm and welcoming locals ensure your visit in Bangkok will be comfortable.

Do you still wonder is Bangkok worth visiting? Then let me give you a detailed list of 15 reasons to visit Bangkok and cover this colourful contrast as much as possible. A once-hidden city is now

transformed into a party destination in Asia where majestic temple towers stand shoulder to shoulder with glittering skyscrapers.

Have you ever come across such an interesting combination? All this and more makes Bangkok worth visiting, no matter how long you stay in this extraordinary city.

So, read on to decide and maybe then you could come back to this Bangkok itinerary!


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Is Bangkok worth visiting?

Top reasons to visit Bangkok


Sacred temples with their ornate architecture

 

Bangkok is dotted with temples, called ‘wat’ in Thai. A Wat is a complex dedicated to Buddhist temples that reflect Thailand’s rich culture, diverse history, and harmonious religion.

Sites like 17th century Wat Arun make Bangkok worth visiting with its tall porcelain spire, coloured ceramics, and intricately decorated grand altar.

When you visit Wat Pho, you will see Thailand’s largest collection of Buddha images and statues, including a 46-meter-long reclining Buddha.

Its sprawling complex is where close to a hundred stupas along with multiple rock gardens can be found. Wat Pho is also known as the first public university in Thailand to focus on traditional medicine and massage.

I would suggest booking this Bangkok City Highlights temple tour where you can customize which temples you want to explore.

Wat Saket with its gleaming golden stupa, Wat Phra Kaew with its emerald Buddha statue, Wat Traimit with a large statue of the sitting Buddha, and Wat Ratchanatdaram which is home to the beautifully built Loha Prasat Temple are some of the reasons why visit Bangkok, Thailand.


Eccentric night markets with all their dazzle

 

Wondering what is Bangkok known for? It’s the combination of shopping, eating, and entertainment that this city delivers and attracts millions of tourists every year.

And what better place than a Thai night market to find all of this in one place, right? With more than 15 night markets in Bangkok, you can hop from one spot to another the whole night.

Chatuchak Weekend Market is one of the most popular places in Bangkok where you can find various foods and drinks.

Few of the drinks are a speciality of Chatuchak and are hard to find anywhere.

Asiatique The Riverfront is an open-air mall on the bank of Chao Praya River where everything from shopping and entertainment to food and sightseeing is available. Head to Asiatique in the evening to witness the sunset and then explore the market.

Pak Khlong Talat, also known as Bangkok’s flower market, is open 24 hours a day.

Not your typical Thai night market, but this colourful, fragrant canvas of a market is perfect for spending some time. Saphan Phut Night Market is where you can find multiple tattoo and piercing stalls along with shopping at low prices.

Is Bangkok worth visiting for all its night markets? Yes, you can spend days wandering around the markets and meeting interesting people.

This guided Midnight Food Tour by Tuk-Tuk in Bangkok is loved by tourists.

If you are looking for something that starts a little early, then this Market, Temples, and Food tour with a local guide starts in the evening.


People selling street food in the floating market in bangkok is bangkok worth visiting

People buying items near the floating market in bangkok is bangkok worth visiting

Vibrant nightlife scene that ticks all the boxes

 

The nightlife in Bangkok goes beyond the typical bar hopping and clubbing.

It presents you with some of the wildest experiences and extravagant shows.

People line up for Muay Thai Boxing as well as cabaret shows, and believe me, both equally keep you on the edge of your seat. Is Bangkok worth visiting to experience this side of nightlife? Definitely!

Calypso Cabaret Show Entry Ticket will let you skip the line and you can get the front seats to witness this unique performance.

Remember to buy Muay Thai Boxing Tickets at Rajadamnern Stadium in advance to book VIP seating. An adrenaline rush is guaranteed during this traditional Thai sportsmanship.

You can also opt for a dinner cruise experience where live music and a delicious buffet will ensure your evening is perfect.


Lip-smacking street food and fusion of tastes

 

From the bustling night markets to small alleys, street food in Bangkok will greet you everywhere. If you are a foodie and wondering if is Bangkok worth it, then the answer is a definitive yes!

The combination of colours, textures, fragrances, and tastes will take your taste buds on a roller coaster ride.

Is Bangkok worth visiting for all its hyped street food? A hundred per cent yes!

If you are visiting this city for the first time, book this Incredible Food Walking Tour with Tastings and you are good to go. Visit Lumpini Park in the morning and you will find different stalls ready with food, juices, and sweets.

You can go to Liab Duan night market where different ramen bowls at cheaper rates are available.

Khao San Road is where you will get a fusion of classic Thai dishes and unconventional foods. This is the place if you want to try a variety of fired bugs. Thai Crepes, also known as Khanom Bueang, is the Thai version of flavourful tacos.

Khao Man Gai, Khao Phat, and Khao Kaa Moo are a variety of rice dishes where different ingredients like chicken, pork, eggs, crabs, or shrimp are used. Gaeng Massaman, green Thai curry, or red Thai curry are enough to make any meal satiating.


A pretty temple in bangkok with pillars


Explore the world’s largest Chinatown in Bangkok

 

The winding alleys of Chinatown dotted with temples and street food vendors welcome you with sensory overload. The smells, the noises, the crowd, the traffic, and all the corners worth photographing make it one of the best sights in Bangkok.

How do you know you have entered Sampeng Lane when exploring Chinatown?

You will be surrounded by shoes, jewellery, stationery, silk sarongs, toys, and all the knick-knacks you can think of. This narrow lane is buzzing with so many tourists and vendors that you will have a hard time navigating through shops.

Temples like Wat Traimit and Wat Mangkol Kamalawat make for popular points of interest.

Head to Yaowarat Road at night and you will find everything from exotic fruits to fresh seafood.


Exploring, bargaining, and shopping to your heart’s content

 

No matter when you are going to Bangkok and how many days you are spending there, shopping is a must.

With sprawling malls, diverse outdoor markets, and eccentric night markets, Bangkok is a shoppers’ paradise. And the best part is, you can shop till you drop without even burning a hole in your pocket.

You can head to the grand Icon Siam Mall if you want hundreds of high-end shops under one roof.

The indoor fountain and several restaurants serving different cuisines are a highlight here. Other places like Siam Paragon, Talad Rot Fai Train Market, and Central World make Bangkok worth visiting for shopping enthusiasts.

Chatuchak Weekend Market houses thousands of stalls in more than 25 different sections.

This is where everything from clothes, shoes, and food to antiques, art, and accessories can be found at cheaper rates. Bargain away and grab the best possible deal at Chatuchak Weekend Market.

If you are a digital nomad like me, then you will appreciate this list of cafes in Bangkok that are ideal for working online.


Ideal for family vacations as well

 

If you are planning a family vacation and wondering what is Bangkok like, know that this city holds so many attractions ideal for all age groups.

Along with different temples, visiting the Grand Palace is a must. Built in 1782, this royal residence has witnessed and shaped Thai culture and history over the centuries.

This ornate structure is known for its impressive architecture and also has the Museum of the Emerald Buddha Temple on the premises.

SEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World is another place for adults and kids alike. With hundreds of marine species and different underwater experiences, this is one of the reasons why you should visit Thailand with your family.

Asiatique The Riverfront is proud to be the one-stop destination for everyone in the family.

Be it Bangkok’s tallest Ferris wheel or the Sirimahannop Heritage Ship, this place has so many attractions along with shopping and food.

You can spend half a day at Safari World Bangkok where different safari rides, live feeding sessions, an Orangutan boxing show, and a Cowboy stunt show will keep you engaged.

Lumphini Park, Jim Thompson’s House, Madame Tussauds, and Art in Paradise Museum are also perfect for your Bangkok itinerary.


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Railway market and water markets

 

Want to know what can we do in Bangkok apart from all the popular sights? After all the famous night markers, you will find some unique destinations in and near Bangkok.

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is less than 2 hours away from Bangkok and is one of the most sought-after destinations in Thailand.

Farmers in traditional blue shirts wearing straw hats and selling local produce of fruits and vegetables have become the identity of this place.

You can also visit the Khlong Lat Mayom Floating Market, Bang Nam Phueng Floating Market, Taling Chan Floating Market, and Kwan-Riam Floating Market.

The Maeklong Railway Market seems like a regular market that’s settled around the railway tracks. That is until the train horns echo from afar.

The moment you hear the horn, vendors start packing their stalls, pulling down umbrellas, and moving away the chairs from the tracks.

In a few minutes, the train will pass through the market, too close to the stalls, you may feel. But the locals are used to all the drills as they happen as often as 8 times a day.

Unique things like floating markets and the railway market are the answer to the question – is Bangkok worth visiting? You will enjoy these experiences when visiting Thailand.

If you are interested in a day trip from Bangkok, this Damnoen Saduak Market and Maeklong Railway Market tour is perfectly tailored for you.


Experience luxury without burning a hole in your pocket

 

High-end hotels, luxury resorts, chic spas, and upscale restaurants make Bangkok a hypnotising place. It is a destination where you can spend days pampering yourself and that too without spending a fortune.

If you plan your trip in advance or if you are visiting Bangkok during the off-season, chances are you will find accommodation rates way cheaper than regular.

Food and dining are usually affordable, no matter which cuisine you are eating.

If you are okay with street food and night markets, then it will be a treat for your taste buds as well as your pockets.

If you are an adventure sports enthusiast and want to know is Bangkok worth visiting, then you will find plenty to keep your adrenaline rushing. The same goes for adventure sports including scuba diving, surfing, rock climbing, and sky diving.

In major cities like Bangkok or Phuket, you may find that the rates are a little steep compared to other Thai destinations. But it is still cheaper than European or American destinations.


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Boating to get away from all the chaos

 

Bangkok is a city that’s always buzzing with touristy energy and I won’t lie that sometimes it can feel like too much hustle and bustle.

If you are anything like me, I am sure you will try to find a peaceful spot to relax for a bit. There are tiny cafes hidden away from chaos, there are city parks where you be in the heart of nature, and then there is boating!

River taxis and lunch/dinner cruises are popular along the Chao Phraya River. Bangkok Canal Tour By Long-Tail Boat that lasts for 2 hours is also loved by tourists.

If you would like to explore the city during the day and reserve a night for yourself, then the River Dinner Cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess is a must for you.

Is Bangkok worth seeing from the water? Yes, the twinkling city lights and towering temple structures that highlight the skyline look fantastic.


Perfect for a day trip to Ayutthaya Ruins

 

Bangkok is less than a 2-hour drive from Ayutthaya ruins, making it an ideal city to stay in if you are a history buff.

This ancient Thai capital dates back to the 14th century and was a flourishing centre for politics, culture, trade and commerce. Unfortunately, it was attacked and burned down by Burmese forces in the 18th century.

Today, after weathering the storms for centuries, the expansive monasteries, temples, and splendid statues still stand tall. If you ever wonder why you should visit Thailand, then know that places like Ayutthaya make it worth all the time.

Witnessing Ayutthaya ruins, exploring the sites, and learning about all the historical and cultural developments here is an interesting experience.

The best way to ensure you understand the true significance of this place is to go on the Ayutthaya Temples Small Group Tour with a local guide where lunch and transport are included. You can spend a whole day exploring the ruins of Ayutthaya.


Ayutthaya temple on the outskirts of bangkok

Welcoming weather most of the year

 

Bangkok is known for its tropical savanna climate that ensures hot weather throughout the year.

Many travellers wonder what is Bangkok like and how the weather is year-round. With 6 months of rainfall, humidity is also expected. But the best part about Bangkok’s weather is even with the rainfall and hot-humid climate, you can still explore the city comfortably.

The rainfall impacts a few outdoor activities, but the rainy months of June to October also mean cheaper accommodation rates and fewer tourists.

The winter months from November to March are downright pleasant where you can explore outdoor markets and enjoy different activities.

Want to know how you can combine Kanchanaburi and Phuket with Bangkok? Here is the best way to spend 7 days in Thailand.


Experience the magic of traditional Thai massage

 

Visit Bangkok and you will find Thai massage centres around every corner.

But look beyond the counterfeit massage parlours to find the one that embraces holistic therapy with all its ancient knowledge. Traditional Thai massage is a science that has been taught for generations. You can visit Wat Pho, where Thai massage was first taught publicly.

Even though this massage does not take place in a spa-like facility and is usually conducted in an open-air pavilion, Wat Pho massage is the guaranteed way to understand how it was done traditionally.

You can also check with the hotel staff and get recommendations for genuine places.


A tuk tuk on the streets of bangkok at night what can we do in bangkok

Safe for tourists from around the world

 

Bangkok is a city of smiles and warmth. With no hate crimes or racial crimes against travellers from all walks of life, Bangkok welcomes everyone with open arms.

Many a time, I have come across queries like – is Bangkok safe for American tourists? Or is Bangkok safe for Americans?

I understand people may feel wary when visiting a new destination, but believe me, Bangkok is generally safer for American and European tourists.

The petty thefts like bag-snatching or pickpocketing are common. You may also come across tuk-tuk scams where drivers take you for a city tour at cheaper prices but end up demanding money aggressively for different activities.

Such tourist traps in Bangkok can easily be avoided if you book your tours and activities with trusted agencies.

English is commonly spoken in major touristy cities like Bangkok, so communication won’t be an issue here.

All in all, Bangkok is safe for American/European tourists as well as travellers from other parts of the world. Plan your Thai vacation without worrying about safety.


Well-connected to Thailand as well as other major countries

 

The benefit of visiting Bangkok is that this Thai capital city is well-connected to the rest of the country.

The extensive network of trains and national highways make it easy to travel from Bangko to other parts of Thailand. There are 2 airports in Bangkok – Don Mueang Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport – handling domestic and international flights.

So, if you are still asking yourself if is Bangkok worth visiting, then rest assured, that you can visit this city, stay for a few days, have fun, and explore Thailand comfortably afterwards.

You can check this detailed 7-day Phuket itinerary to plan your entire trip.

If you’re traveling alone and don’t want to plan your own itinerary, the Thai Intro tours cover many of the basics throughout Thailand, including Bangkok.


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Is Bangkok worth visiting – all the necessary information


Best time to visit Bangkok

 

Even though Bangkok is a year-round destination, you may want to avoid it during certain months if you are uncomfortable with hot and humid months.

The best time to visit Bangkok is in winter from November to February.

The Bangkok winter is pleasant, rainfall is rare, and humidity is minimal with the temperature staying around 22 degrees Celsius. You can also visit Bangkok during the shoulder season in the summer months from March to May if you are used to hot weather.

Is Bangkok worth it in April? For those planning a lot of outdoor activities, April should be avoided as temperatures go above 35 degrees Celsius.

The month of October is also considered best for those travelling on a budget.

The monsoon is retreating and tourists from all over the world still have a couple of weeks to arrive. You will be able to grab good deals on accommodation and flight tickets during the Bangkok shoulder season.

It is highly recommended to check this customizable one-month Thailand itinerary and then decide when to plan your vacation.



How to reach Bangkok

 

Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and is well-connected with the rest of the world. You will find flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport from almost all the major cities.

This airport handles international flights to Thailand and is one of the biggest airports in Southeast Asia.

If you are planning to travel by road, then Thailand is connected to neighbouring countries by international highways. But you will need to take permissions and handle permits in advance.


Beautiful carvings on a temple in bangkok

How to get around Bangkok

 

For those visiting Bangkok for the first time, getting around and handling public transport may seem a bit confusing.

The crowd, the constantly buzzing streets, and the tourists, it can be hard to navigate. But read this simple guide and you will understand how getting around Bangkok works.

The Bangkok MRT Metro and Bangkok BTS Skytrain are the best ways to get around the city.

Navigating the transit lines can be a bit tricky and you will need to follow the official websites for detailed maps. But, once you get the hang of it, you won’t have to worry about traffic congestion in Bangkok.

Motorbike taxis are common in Bangkok and are affordable as well. It is a pretty convenient option to navigate through Bangkok traffic. But for inexperienced tourists, riding on a bike may feel a little unsafe at first.

Taking a tuk-tuk ride in Bangkok is one of the must-have experiences. Keep in mind that drivers quote higher prices for tourists. Bargain the final price before getting in a tuk-tuk as there is no meter system.

The air-conditioned and non-AC buses run fairly well and cover long routes like Krabi, Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Mai, and Ayutthaya.

Metered taxis are a comfortable way to move around Bangkok. But, Bangkok traffic jams are common and a taxi can take much longer to cover the distance.

You can consider water taxis if you are exploring riverside areas.


Where to stay in Bangkok

 

Bangkok is dotted with hotels, hostels, and homestays. This touristy city has something that will fit everyone’s budget.

If you are backpacking or looking for a budget stay, then the Khao San area is a perfect choice. Keep in mind that Khao San is a favourite amongst budget travellers and there aren’t many high-end hotels here.

If you book a stay here, keep in mind that loud music and traffic make it hard to catch some sleep at night. Depending on your budget, you can decide how many days for Bangkok you need. I would recommend at least 3 days in Bangkok to understand this city a little better.

Sukhumvit neighbourhood is for those who want to experience luxury and still stay close to all the popular places. The dining and nightlife in this area will keep you on your toes all through the night.

Silom area is where the famous Lumphini Park is located.

With numerous restaurants and cafes around, staying in Silom is a treat. If you are a shopping enthusiast, then Sial neighbourhood is for you. This is where malls like Central World and Siam Paragon can be found.

You can also consider staying in Chinatown where a mix of luxury and budget hotels awaits tourists. It will also mean being a part of this colourful canvas during your stay.

 

Here are a few recommended hotels in Bangkok –

Budget hotel in BangkokHere Hostel Bangkok is located near Khao San Road and comes with a plethora of amenities. There are AC private or shared dormitory-style rooms and storage cabinets for luggage.

Mid-range hotel in BangkokK.V.Mansion is where you will find a blend of comfort and budget. Located in trendy Sukhumvit, this Bangkok hotel comes with a private balcony, an on-site restaurant, free parking, and free wifi.

Luxury hotel in BangkokRenaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel is the best place to stay where elegant rooms come with a classy spa, different dining options, fitness facilities, and an indoor swimming pool. It is conveniently located in the central district near Central World Plaza.



So, is Bangkok worth it? Absolutely! Be it backpacking across Southeast Asia or a quick, adventurous trip, Bangkok welcomes all with similar zeal.

Plan your visit in Bangkok without any delay and this Thai city will take you for a once-in-a-lifetime ride.


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FAQs – Is Bangkok worth visiting

 

  • How many days should I spend in Bangkok?

It is recommended to spend at least 3 days in Bangkok to explore top sights like Wat Arun, the Grand Palace, the Temple of Emerald Buddha, the Jim Thompson House Museum, a plethora of night markets, and shopping malls. So, when wondering is 3 days in Bangkok enough, know that you can make the best of your time.

 

  • Is Bangkok city worth visiting?

Bangkok city is worth visiting for the fusion of history and culture it offers. Bangkok is also worth a visit as the bustling energy this Thai capital has is hard to find anywhere. From cabaret shows to food markets, there are several eccentric points of interest that make Bangkok worth all the time.

 

  • Is Bangkok a good tourist destination?

Bangkok is one of the top tourist destinations in the world with warm locals welcoming travellers from all corners of the globe. Bangkok is affordable for budget travellers, offers a variety of foods, has a vibrant mix of shopping scenes, and is known for its bustling nightlife scene, making it one of the best places for tourists.

 

  • Should I go to Bangkok or Phuket?

It depends on the kind of experience you are looking for. If you are interested in a bustling city where everything from cabaret shows to cheap street food is available around the corner, then Bangkok is for you. If you are looking for a beach vacation in a laid-back town, then Phuket is the ideal place.



Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

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Is Athens Worth Visiting - TOP Reasons Why you Should and Shouldn't!

First-time Athens visitor who wants to know ‘Is Athens worth it?’ Here are my favourite things and top reasons to visit Athens and what makes this Greek city special. I’ve included unique places and all the ways to stay safe too!

Many have asked ‘Is Athens worth visiting?’ or what are the reasons to visit Athens?

For me, age-old ruins that are spread across the Acropolis, engaging museums that hold pieces of ancient history, colourful lanes of Plaka that steal your heart, and beautiful islands that are a stone’s throw away make Athens worth visiting.

The best decision was to buy the Acropolis and 6 Archaeological Sites Combo Ticket in advance. It helped me save so much time and I could use that to explore the best bits of Athens.

I loved how spellbinding the ruins of the Parthenon are, when you first visit Athens. And no matter how many times you explore Plaka, you always manage to find quirky cafes.

So, for those who wonder ‘Is Athens worth it?’, I have compiled a list of reasons to visit Athens, Greece and what makes this city special including ways to save money and safety tips!

Colourful buildings in Athens with a mountain behind is Athens worth visiting

Is Athens worth visiting?


Yes, Athens is worth visiting for all types of tourists.

It is a vibrant quilt stitched together with ancient ruins of the Acropolis, fascinating exhibits of the National Archaeological Museum, numerous historic temples, the picturesque neighbourhood of Plaka, the bustling Central Market, and mouther watering traditional Greek food mixed with modern cuisines.

So, if you are wondering ‘Is Athens nice to visit?’ then rest assured that this Greek city has a lot to offer and can turn out to be one of the nicest vacations.

You can refer to my travel guide that explains how many days in Athens are enough for a great trip, especially if its your first visit.


When is Athens worth visiting?


Athens is one of the European destinations worth visiting all year round. Of course, each season has its lows and highs, but depending on your budget, you can plan an Athens trip anytime you want and still get the best of Greece.

 

Summer in Athens is from mid-May to September and is the peak tourist season. Even though the weather stays hot and dry, Athens still sees most of its visitors in summer.

Athens pros and cons in summer include – the days are long and attractions start staying open late in the evening.

Is Athens expensive to visit during summer? The prices for accommodation, tours, and flights start surging up and budget travellers may find it hard to book decent stays at reasonable prices.

 

Fall in Athens is from mid-September to November with temperatures coming down and touristy crowds leaving the city.

You will still find lines at most of the popular attractions, but it won’t be that time-consuming. Keep in mind that many sites start following winter timings and closing times are shifted to late afternoon.

Start your day early in the morning to cover all the major points of interest without any hassle.  Carry a rain jacket as November in Athens sees light showers.

 

Winter in Athens is from November To March, making it off-season for tourism. Is Athens worth visiting in December? Yes, Athens is one of the cities where rain and cold do not bring it to a halt.

Pack winter jackets and carry an umbrella as Athens in December is worth visiting with fewer tourists and cheaper accommodation and attractions prices.

 

Spring in Athens is from March to May and many consider it a shoulder season to explore the city.

Is Athens cheap to visit during spring? Yes, many of the sites offer reduced rates for tickets hotels, tours, and flights are at lesser prices.

Spring is a great time for budget travellers to visit Athens.


Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens with a hill behind on a sunny day


Is Athens worth it?

Top reasons to visit Athens


Acropolis of Athens

 

The Acropolis of Athens has dominated the skyline of Athens for centuries is an ancient citadel known for art, architecture, and historical importance.

Is Athens worth visiting for the Acropolis? Yes! It dates back to the 5th century BC and even after weathering the storms and human interventions, the ruins still stand tall, telling a story of a bygone era.

Some of the most popular structures here are the Parthenon, the Erechtheion, the Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, and the Stoa of Eumenes.

For a seamless experience, I suggest buying the Acropolis Entry Ticket with Optional Audio Guide in advance. It will help you skip the lines and an audio guide will help you understand the true significance of the Acropolis.

DETAILS

Acropolis of Athens

Address: Athens 105 58, Greece

Timings: Winter timings are from 8 am to 5 pm. Early summer timings are from 8 am to 7.30 pm with a gradual reduction in closing time every 15 days.

Price: €20 for adults in summer and reduced price of €10 for adults in winter. Free for children up to 18 years old


Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is a treasure for history buffs. More than 4,000 objects right from the Greek Bronze Age were found in the ruins of the Acropolis and are housed in this museum today.

No doubt the Acropolis Museum is one of the top things to do in Athens. The sleek glass and steel design of the museum interestingly contrasts with all the ancient artefacts that are exhibited here.

The Parthenon Gallery has several stunning sculptures. The space is designed in such a way that you can also see the archaeological excavations that are still underway. Spend at least 2 hours here to understand the historical and cultural importance of the ruins.

DETAILS

Acropolis Museum

Address: Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina 117 42, Greece

Timings: Monday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm. Friday 9 am to 10 pm. Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 8 pm. Summer timings may vary.

Price: Acropolis Museum ticket prices and group bookings


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Panathenaic Stadium

The Panathenaic Stadium has several reasons to be proud of.

It was built around 330 BC mainly for the Panathenaic Game where the natural slopes on the side of the ravine were beautifully incorporated in the structure.

This is the place where the first modern Olympic games were held in 1896. Known to be the world’s only stadium built entirely of marble, this unique archaeological monument is one of the reasons to visit Athens.

DETAILS

Panathenaic Stadium

Address: Leof. Vasileos Konstantinou, Athina 116 35, Greece

Timings: March to October – 8 am to 7 pm. November to February – 8 am to 5 pm

Price: €10 for adults, €5 for students, and children under 6 can visit for free


Ancient Agora of Athens

The ancient Agora of Athens was a public gathering place for social or political activities.

Two of the most important finds here include the Temple of Hephaestus and the Stoa of Attalus.

The Temple of Hephaestus is among the best-preserved temples from ancient times whereas the reconstructed Stoa of Attalus is used as the Museum of the Ancient Agora today.

This famous landmark with so much history packed in one place is one of the reasons that make Athens worth visiting.


DETAILS

Ancient Agora of Athens

Address: Athens 105 55, Greece

Timings: 8 am to 5 pm.

Price: Full €10, Reduced €5


Athens National Garden

Athens National Garden was known as the Royal Garden until the 1970s and when you visit it, you will realise how true the garden stands to its past name.

This 38 acres of nature right in the heart of Athens is everything that you need for a leisurely time.

When you are done exploring the Acropolis or hiking the Lycabettus Hill, this is the place you can head to for relaxing your feet. Different types of trees, including the Washingtonia palm trees, can be found here.

You will also come across a few ruins while strolling the shaded walkways. Athens National Garden is the perfect place to add to your Athens trip.

DETAILS

Athens National Garden

Address: Leof. Vasilisis Amalias 1, Athina 105 57, Greece

Timings: 6 am to 6 pm

Price: Free


Kerameikos Archaeological Site

Kerameikos Archaeological Site is one of the lesser-known places in Athens that deserves a spot in your itinerary.

This was first known as the potters’ Quarter and the outer part was used as a cemetery for more than a thousand years.

Today, the on-site museum exhibits burial-related artefacts where everything from marble sculpture to jewellery and funerary urns is displayed.

All these absorbing exhibits answer the question ‘Is Athens worth it?’ You can visit the Outer Kerameikos ruins located near the museum.

Temple columns and remains of public buildings were also found during excavations, marking their historical importance.

DETAILS

Kerameikos Archaeological Site

Address: Ermou 148, Athina 105 53, Greece

Timings: Summer timings from 8 am to 7 pm with a gradual reduction in closing time every 15 days. Winter timings from 8 am to 3 pm.

Price: Full €8, Reduced €4


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Mount Lycabettus

Take a cable car to reach the top of Mount Lycabettus or choose to hike to get to the highest point in Athens. Offering spectacular views of the Acropolis and the city,

Lycabettus will take you away from all the hustle and bustle. If you have wondered ‘Is Athens worth it?’ then standing on the hilltop, taking in the vistas will tell you how this city is worth all the efforts.

Visit the Church of Saint George of Lycabettus, eat something at the hill-top restaurant, and check if the Amphitheater of Lycabettus is planning any event of your interest.

DETAILS

Mount Lycabettus

Address: Mount Lycabettus, Athens 114 71, Greece

Timings: Timings may vary depending on the weather.

Price: Free


Varvakios Central Municipal Market

Varvakios Central Market is heaven for foodies where everything from traditional Greek cuisine to fusion dishes come together.

As fresh produce, unique spices, seafood, and dried fruits dominate the stalls, this market turns into a colourful canvas every day.

No matter how much time you are planning to spend here, you need to stop by Karayiannis to try the Greek version of ‘tapas’.

The market usually closes around 3 pm, but a few shops stay open till evening. So, I would suggest visiting the Athens Central Market early in the morning or for brunch to make the most of your time.


 

DETAILS

Varvakios Central Municipal Market

Address: Νο68 Βαρβακειος Αγορα, Athina, Greece

Timings: 7 am to 6 pm

Price: Free



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Museums in Athens

 

Athens is home to several interesting museums that are spread across the city and have stayed under the tourist radar for many years.

Apart from the popular Acropolis Museum and the National Archaeological Museum, you may have heard of The Jewish Museum of Greece and the Benaki Museum.

If you have wondered ‘is Athens worth visiting?’, then know that a variety of attractions like these make this city worthwhile.

It is recommended to buy this popular Athens City Pass with 30+ Attractions and Hop-On Hop-Off Bus tour to save time and money.

The Byzantine and Christian Museum was founded a century ago and has an extensive collection of 25,000, fabrics, frescoes, manuscripts, pottery, pictures, and scriptures.

The Museum of Cycladic Art is a known place amongst art enthusiasts.

The Numismatic Museum of Athens is solely dedicated to ancient as well as modern coins, gems, medals, stamps, and weights.

War Museum Athens is a sombre reminder of how wars have shaped the history of the world from time to time.

Hellenic Motor Museum is a unique place for car lovers.


Neighbourhoods in Athens

 

Most of the visitors know of Plaka, but Athens has plenty of such neighbourhoods hiding in plain sight that are a delight to explore.

Monastiraki is another picturesque area where iconic neoclassical houses dot around the streets.

The Monastiraki Flea Market and traditional tavernas are worth exploring when strolling here. The bohemian vibes of Psyri combined with wonderful street art and a plethora of cafes make it an attractive place to explore.

Taking a Street Food Tasting Tour in Athens is the perfect way to pamper your taste buds while understanding different neighbourhoods.

The glamorous Kolonaki is where you can go for upscale shopping and enjoy a variety of tiny boutiques and designer shops.

Those interested in experiencing Athens nightlife can head to Kolokotroni Street where the sun sets and makes way for refined nightlife scenes.

If you enjoy live music shows, then Exarcheia is your place to be.


The acropolis in Athens on a sunny day

Top islands near Athens worth visiting

 

The archipelago of Saronic islands is closest to Athens, making it a popular destination for day trips or quick weekend getaways.

You can choose an island or two for island hopping and plan your trip on your own or you can consider booking one of the popular tours like Hydra, Poros, and Aegina Day Cruise with Lunch to make transportation easier.

Saronic Swimming Cruise with Lunch & Unlimited Wine is another option if you are interested in an off-beat island tour from Athens.

 

Poros – the island of Poros (not to be confused with Paros) is all about tiny beaches and greenery. Its vintage charm ensures you are transported to the past while taking a walk here.

But is Athens worth visiting for a day trip to the Saronic islands? Of course, if you cannot spend a couple of days finding out what these islands have in store, taking a day trip from Athens is the perfect way to step back in time.

The Askeli Beach, Vagionia Beach, Monastiri Beach, tiny Poros Port, the Monastery of the life-giving Spring, and the Archaeological Museum of Poros are some of the places to keep you engaged here.

 

Hydra – One of the popular islands near Athens, Hydra is only one and a half hours away from the Greek capital.

Cars and motorcycles are not permitted on Hydra, preserving its quaint charm. But the island is so compact that you can easily cover it on foot.

You can explore the exhibits at the Kountouriotis Mansion and Museum of Hydra. There are several tiny churches and the Prophet Elias Monastery that you can visit. Beaches in Hydra include Spilia, Avlaki, Vlychos, and Mandraki.

 

Spetses – Spetses is another vehicle-free island with a well-preserved history. The best way to see what the island offers is to rent a bike and explore the cobbled streets of Spetses.

You can stop by the Bouboulina Museum as this 300-year-old mansion will tell you a lot about maritime history. The kid-friendly beach of Agios Mammas, the popular Agia Marina, and the picturesque Agia Paraskevi are some of the beaches in Spetses where you can catch some tan.

You can also spend one day in Athens and cover most of the important sites. Wear your best comfortable footwear and get ready for an action-packed day in Athens.


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Where to stay in Athens?

 

Most of the first-time Athens visitors choose to stay around Syntagma Square or in Plaka as this area offers excellent public transport and easy connectivity to all the popular Athens attractions.

If you are a budget traveller, consider booking a stay in Exarcheia or Metaxourgeio. If you are looking for luxury hotels in Athens, then Kolonaki neighbourhood is the place to be.

The bustling area of Psiri is for those who want to immerse themselves in the nightlife of Athens. Here are a few popular hotels in Athens suggested for your stay –

 

Luxury hotels in AthensGatsby Athens is one of the 5-star hotels in Athens located in the heart of the city. The classy art deco aesthetic, comfortable AC rooms, airport transfers, and 2 on-site restaurants make it an ideal place to stay.

 

Mid-range hotels in AthensAdrian Hotel in Plaka is one of the top hotels in Athens city centre with amenities like free wifi, private parking, and family rooms. If the weather permits, you can enjoy a rooftop breakfast with a view of the Acropolis.

 

Budget hotels in AthensPella in Hotel near Monastiraki Square is amongst the best budget hotels in Athens near the Acropolis. This is where AC rooms, free wifi, toiletries, and luggage storage are available at pocket-friendly rates.

 

Of course, you can also head to the famous island of Santorini for the next part of the trip and know why visit Santorini for a true Greek experience.



Is Athens safe for tourists?- Athens safety tips

 

Many people who are visiting the Greek capital for the first time wonder – Is Athens safe for tourists? Yes, Athens is safe for travellers. But here are a few Athens safety tips for you to follow to ensure you have a trouble-free trip.

Petty theft like pickpocketing is common, mainly in touristy areas. So, take care of your valuables while visiting the popular sites.

Never leave your phone unattended in a cafe or a bar as phone snatching incidents are usual.

Is Athens safe for tourists using public transport? Yes, the Athens metro and tram are quite safe if you keep your bags near and ensure your phone and wallet are not in the back pocket.

Many people ask ‘is Athens walkable?’ You can cover a few attractions on foot, but I would suggest using a licensed taxi for a safe and cheap journey around the city.

Tourist scams like offering jewellery and then demanding money for it are common in Athens. Keep your hands in your pockets if someone tries to offer you a friendship bracelet.

Is Athens safe for tourists and solo female travellers? It is if you avoid quiet areas after sunset and carry a pepper spray if that makes you feel safer.

If you are visiting Athens in summer, be mindful of heat waves. Follow the instructions and stay hydrated.

Now that you know this is a safe city, why don’t you plan to spend 7 days in Greece and soak in the local culture?



No need to worry about whether is Athens worth visiting as the Greek city will welcome you with open arms. Athens is everything you have hoped for and then some more from a city break. With so many reasons to visit Athens, when are you planning to explore Athens?


FAQs – Is Athens worth visiting?

 

  • How many days in Athens is enough?

3 days in Athens is enough time to visit popular places like the Acropolis, the Acropolis Museum, Ancient Agora, and the Panathenaic Stadium. In 3 days, you can also stroll around famous neighbourhoods like picturesque Plaka and quirky Monastiraki.

 

  • Which is better Athens or Rome?

Athens and Rome, though historical, both the cities offer different things and are hard to compare. But if you are looking for a city break to spend 3 days or more, then Rome is the better choice as it has more places to explore and things to do. If you want a quick getaway, you can cover Athens in 2 days.

 

  • Why do people want to go to Athens?

Athens, the birthplace of Western civilisation, is an amalgamation of ancient ruins, vibrant neighbourhoods, fascinating museums, scrumptious cuisine, and bustling nightlife, attracting all types of tourists from all around the world.

 

  • What is so great about Athens?

The skyline of modern Athens is dominated by the ancient ruins of Acropolis. This city carries the well-preserved traces of a bygone era in its bustling heart. Coupled with that, Athens has wonderful museums, interesting districts, cute cafes, fine-dining restaurants, and happening nightlife to make it inviting for tourists.



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Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

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Is Lucerne Worth Visiting in 2024? - Here's Why you Should and Shouldn't!

Lucerne is quite busy in summer, however it is one of the most popular cities in Switzerland! If you’re wondering ‘ Is Lucerne worth visiting ‘ then here’s why you should and shouldn’t visit Lucerne, the must see in Lucerne and how to get to Lucerne!

When I think of Lucerne, I always remember the reflection of the twinkling lights of Chapel Bridge dancing in the blue water of the Reuss River.

After a tiring day I spent strolling the lanes of this medieval town, that simple yet charming sight was all I needed to feel refreshed. And that’s how Lucerne is- simple and charming.

You may wonder – is Lucerne worth visiting? Should I go from Zurich to Lucerne for this promised charm? The short answer is, yes!

The well-preserved old town, medieval architecture like the Jesuit church, and the cobalt blue lake surrounded by snow-capped Alps make Lucerne worth visiting.

Want to know the long answer? Here’s my experience of going to Lucerne from Zurich and why it became one of my favourite Switzerland cities.


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Recommended tours in Lucerne 


Best hotels in Lucerne –


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Why is Lucerne worth visiting?


When is Lucerne, Switzerland worth visiting?

 

Lucerne is worth visiting throughout the year. Lucerne in summer as well as Lucerne in winter make for an equally inviting destination where the true beauty of Switzerland will soothe your eyes.

 

Is Lucerne worth visiting in winter? Lucerne in winter from December to March is a majestic sight with snowy Alps ready for skiing and Lucerne Christmas market welcoming you with open arms. Ensure you are packing thermals and jackets to keep you warm as you get ready to explore this compact Swiss destination.

 

Is Lucerne worth visiting in spring? Lucerne in spring from mid-March to June is when you get this city without tourists and crowds. As the snow starts melting after April, check if hiking trails are ready for you. Here’s the travel guide to refer to when visiting Switzerland in spring.

 

Is Lucerne worth visiting in summer? Lucerne in summer from mid-June to September is the best time to visit Lucerne. This is the peak tourist season with hiking, paragliding, swimming in Lake Lucerne, and summer festivities all around.

 

Is Lucerne worth visiting in Autumn? Lucerne’s autumn months are October and November when tourists start leaving the town but the winter cold is yet to arrive. This shoulder season makes Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting for budget travellers. Read all about Autumn in Switzerland and how you can enjoy this time before planning your vacation.


A duck swimming in Lucerne lake with the Alps behind on a sunny day

View of Lucerne from Lucerne lake in Switzerland

How to get to Lucerne Switzerland?

 

Lucerne is linked to Zurich and Berne by road and rail system. You can catch a flight to either Zurich or Berne and then take a taxi, bus, or train to Lucerne.

It is recommended to buy a Swiss Travel Pass for unlimited travel on train, bus, and boat.

Buying the Swiss Travel Pass will give you free entry to more than 500 museums, city tours at discounted rates, and easy access to scenic trains.

The preferred way is to go from Zurich to Lucerne as the Zurich airport is well-connected with all the major European hubs as well as to the world.

Lucerne to Zurich distance is around 50 kilometres and you can cover the road in less than an hour. You can hire a taxi or rent a car as this road trip promises some stunning views.

Many prefer to take a train from Zurich to Lucerne as it is convenient. There are around 40 direct trains that travel between Zurich and Lucerne.

You can check the timetable of Swiss Federal Railways to decide which train suits your Lucerne itinerary.

Some tourists also cover Basel and Lucerne in one trip. The Basel to Lucerne train runs around 50 times a day and takes 1 hour 20 minutes to cover the distance.

After you reach Lucerne, it is easy to get around the city. You can cover the Old Town on foot or rent a bicycle.

You can use a bus system to go to different areas of Lucerne and reach nearby attractions. The Swiss Travel Pass will be helpful when using public transport in Switzerland.

If you are planning any half-day trips from Lucerne, then Swiss rail will serve you best.


A flag on a cruise in Lucerne on Lucerne lake

What makes Lucerne worth visiting – Must see in Lucerne

 

Connectivity and all is okay, but is Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting and what can you do here?

This must be your next question. So, here’s the list of all the things that make Lucerne worth visiting. You can also check the detailed day-by-day Lucerne itinerary to plan your itinerary.

No matter how you plan your days in Lucerne, this Walking Tour with Chocolate & Cheese Tastings is a must. Combining cheese, chocolates, and wine with architecture and history is the best way to understand a city like Lucerne.


Lucerne Old Town

 

Lucerne Old Town, Altstadt, forms the heart of the city and has several historic buildings dotting the bank of river Reuss.

One of the prettiest towns in Switzerland, Lucerne Altstadt is where you can spend hours wandering around, soaking in the medieval vibes that still dominate the modern city.

If you want to know more about the history of Lucerne, then this 1-Hour Historical Tour with Night Watchman is an interesting option.

You will find plenty of cafes and restaurants along the old town boulevard where you can grab a coffee or a bite to eat when you want a break. I loved how tiny cafes overlooking the river felt so soothing amidst all the hustle and bustle.


Chapel Bridge

 

A wooden bridge that only needs 5 minutes to cross over is actually the oldest covered bridge in the world.

Dating back to the 14th century, you will find several paintings from the 17th century decorating the interior of this lovely structure.

Many of these paintings were destroyed during the 1993 fire and even though it was restored to its former glory, I still wonder how beautiful it must have been before this tragedy.


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Church of St. Leodegar

 

Church of St. Leodegar is of religious as well as historic importance when it comes to must-see in Lucerne.

This 17th-century Roman catholic church is known for its stunning white stone interior and the twin Gothic belltowers that mark the Lucerne skyline.

It’s near the Chapel Bridge and you can stop by for some time on your way to the Lion Monument.

DETAILS

Hofkirche St. Leodegar

Address: St. Leodegarstrasse 6, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

Timings: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Price: Free


Lion Monument

 

The famous Lion Monument of Lucern stands as a reminder of the sombre history this country has been through.

During the French Revolution, more than 700 Swiss Guards were massacred in 1792 at the Tuileries Palace in Paris.

This monument of the dying lion is dedicated ‘to the loyalty and bravery of the Swiss’. A tragedy that happened centuries ago will move you today as you stand in front of this 10-metre-long and 6-metre-high monument.


Lucerne Promenade

 

Taking a stroll along Lucerne Promenade is the best way to be a part of the local canvas.

This delightful area with a backdrop of Lucerne Altstadt is a popular place to hang out.

If you get a chance to visit Lucerne during one of the events, chances are you will find this Lucerne Promenade dotted with food stalls and lively with music performances.


The monument of a sad dying lion in Lucerne

Swiss Transport Museum

 

The Swiss Transport Museum, one of the most popular museums in Switzerland, is located in Lucerne.

Perfect for kids and adults alike, this place has everything from ships and aircrafts to automobiles and trains under one roof.

The interactive museum also has a planetarium and a theatre on the premises. The space exhibit is interesting to explore as it has three full-size models of Mars rovers along with a 4.5-tonne satellite that was returned safely to Earth.


DETAILS

Swiss Museum of Transport

Address: Lidostrasse 5, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all days

Price: Check here


Richard Wagner Museum

 

The Richard Wagner Museum in Lucerne is a villa-turned-museum and holds cultural importance.

A popular German composer and theatre director Richard Wagner stayed in this city during the late 1860s and completed epic operas like Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Siegfried here.

This 15th-century villa exhibits historical photographs, original manuscripts, and paintings, making it a treat for music lovers as well as history buffs.


DETAILS

Richard Wagner Museum

Address: Richard-Wagner-Weg 27, 6005 Luzern, Switzerland

Timings: Tuesday to Sunday – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. / Monday closed

Price: Adults – 12 CHF per adult, 5 CHF for kids



Glacier Garden

 

Glacier Garden of Lucerne is one of the unique places to visit in the city.

This open-air museum will take you back in time and will tell you a story of how this rocky terrain was formed. The mirror maze created in 1896 is an interesting sight for kids and adults alike.

The rocky underworld, Giant’s kettles, and the Alpine park are enough to keep you engaged for a couple of hours.


DETAILS

Gletschergarten Luzern

Address: Denkmalstrasse 4a, 6006 Luzern, Switzerland

Timings: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. all days

Price: Adults – 22 CHF per adult, 12 CHFT for children above 6



View of the promenade in Lucerne on a sunny day

Attend the carnival in Lucerne

 

Lucerne Carnival is the biggest annual event in the city where streets come alive with unique parades.

It is held every year in winter for six days, where every day is marked with all the creative costumes, impressive masks, Guggen musicians, and people dancing in alleys.

If you can plan your Lucerne trip during Carnival Lucerne, you will get to witness a wild celebration.

It will be a great opportunity to be a part of the local canvas and mingle with people from all walks of life.

I would suggest confirming carnival dates in advance and booking your stay at least a couple of months before. With tourists pouring from all around the world during the Lucerne Carnival, it gets hard to find a good place to stay.


Mountain excursions from Lucerne

 

I love staying in Lucerne because even though I am in a city, the magnificent Alps are always a stone’s throw away.

Mount Titlis Day Tour makes for an exciting experience as the Rotair revolving cable car takes you on a panoramic journey to the mountaintop where fascinating views await.

Another famous day trip from Lucerne is Mount Rigi with a cruise and cable car ride. This journey includes a scenic cruise across Lake Lucerne, then a ride on a cogwheel railway, and finally an aerial cable car to take you to the top of Mount Rigi.

Mount Pilatus is another destination that can be reached in under an hour. Depending on your schedule, you can plan for a half-day trip or go for a full-day adventure to Mount Pilatus.

So, for all those who wonder is Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting, all these thrilling mountain excursions and breath-taking landscapes make Lucerne one of the best Switzerland cities.


A day trip to Lucerne – Zurich to Lucerne

 

If you are visiting Switzerland only for a couple of days, then consider planning a day trip to Lucerne from Zurich.

I would suggest taking a train to Lucerne as it takes less than an hour, promises a journey through some stunning landscapes, and is faster than a road trip.

As the Lucerne to Zurich distance is only around 50 kilometres and Lucerne is a compact city, you can plan a fast-paced Lucerne itinerary to cover significant sights.

Are you wondering – is Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting? Is it Lucerne worth all the hustle? Then the answer is – yes!

For me, the easiest way to cover Lucerne in one day was to book a customized tour. I would suggest booking the Lucerne & Mount Pilatus Day Tour from Zurich as it guarantees the best of Lucerne.


Views of villages on a cruise to Lucerne on a day trip to Lucerne

Where to stay in Lucerne

The best places to stay in Lucerne

 

Is Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting if you are a budget traveller? I have seen this question about many of Switzerland’s popular destinations.

When it comes to Lucerne, the mix of luxurious 5-star properties, elegant 3-star hotels, and budget stays makes Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting no matter what your budget is.

I would suggest booking a stay in or around Lucerne Old Town to make the most of your time.

If budget is not a concern, consider booking hotels in Lucerne next to the lake. Some of the best hostels in Lucerne are located around Lucerne Lake and the views you will wake up to here will take your breath away.

I am listing some of the best places to stay in Lucerne. Remember to book your Lucerne hotel in advance as most hotels are sold out during peak season.

 

Luxury hotel in LucerneHotel Schweizerhof Luzern is a 5-star hotel located in Lucerne Old Town and is only 10 minutes away from the train station.

Elegantly decorated modern rooms overlooking Lake Lucerne, a Finnish sauna, a bio sauna to pamper you, and 2 restaurants offering exotic gourmet cuisine on the premises make Hotel Schweizerhof Luzern one of the best places to stay in Lucerne.

 

Mid-range hotel in LucerneHotel De la Paix is a 3-star property located in the heart of the city near the Lion Monument. This pet-friendly Lucerne hotel offers free wifi, room service, and baggage storage.

The Restaurant Lapin-brasserie on the premises is known for catering with perfection.

 

Budget hotel in LucerneBarabas Luzern is one of the cheap hotels in Lucerne with an excellent location. Even though a budget hotel, it does not compromise on comfort.

With an interesting past, Barabas Luzern is a historic building that was used as a prison in the past. Today, after modern renovations, the cells are transformed into cosy rooms with free wifi. How fascinating is that?


Safety tips

– is Lucerne Switzerland safe?

 

Yes, Lucerne Switzerland is absolutely safe for all types of travellers.

Lucerne is friendly to everyone, welcoming of solo female travellers, and is a kid-friendly Swiss city with a low crime rate.

Even when it’s late evening or late at night and the city is quiet, you will feel safe in Lucerne as police presence is noticeable.

When I was visiting Lucerne, I explored different city areas after sunset, some of which are not that popular and touristy. But not once have I felt unsafe in Lucerne.

This city is one of the best travel destinations for solo female travellers.


View from Mount Rigi one of the days trips you can take from Lucerne

I have been to Lucerne multiple times and I feel Lucerne is worth visiting for its stunning Altstadt, alluring city experience, and the Alps that surround Lake Lucerne.

If you have already visited Lucerne and looking for more inspiration, then here are some of the best 2-days in Switzerland train itinerary ideas for your next vacation.


FAQs – Is Lucerne Switzerland worth visiting?

 

  • What is so special about Lucerne?

Lucerne is one of the prettiest cities in Switzerland that has managed to preserve the true Swiss beauty. The fascinating medieval architecture stands shoulder to shoulder with modern buildings, reflects in sparkling blue Lucerne Lake and is surrounded by majestic Alps.

This charming combination makes Lucerne worth visiting when it comes to top Switzerland destinations.

 

  • Which is better to visit Zurich or Lucerne?

Zurich offers the typical city experience with better connectivity to the rest of the world whereas Lucerne is where the charm of snowcapped Alps enveloping a pretty Altstadt can be found.

So, if you are looking for a typical Switzerland experience where the charm of mountains can be found even when staying in a city, then it’s better to visit Lucerne.

 

  • How many days do you need in Lucerne?

You need to spend at least 3 days in Lucerne to explore the best Lucerne attractions and also give some time to nearby destinations.

You can spend 2 days wandering around Lucerne Old Town and soaking in the allure of this Swiss city. Then on the 3rd day in Lucerne, you can plan a day trip to Mount Titlis or Mount Pilatus.

 

  • Which is better Interlaken or Lucerne?

The answer to which is better Interlaken or Lucerne depends on how many days you are spending at these locations. If you are in Switzerland only for a couple of days, then Lucerne is the best choice considering it can be covered in lesser time.

Interlaken, though a traditional resort town, offers a typical Alps experience with numerous hiking and skiing trails. So, Interlaken deserves more time.


Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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Is Burano worth visiting? - Here's Why you Should and Shouldn't Visit!

Burano is a pretty island near Venice that has grown popular over the last few years. Is Burano worth visiting when you’re already in stunning Venice? Absolutely! Read on why is it worth going to Burano and why you shouldn’t!

Have you ever found yourself scrolling through travel photos online, only to stumble upon images of a place so vividly colourful it seems almost unreal? That’s how I first encountered Burano, a small island in the Venetian Lagoon, which led me to ask myself: Is Burano worth visiting? Should I allocate extra days to check it out? 

As someone who has this island, I’m here to tell you – YES! 

Amongst all the destinations Italy has to offer, Burano is a masterpiece with houses painted with all the colours of the rainbow. So, here’s what Burano has to offer, why is it worth going to Burano and things you need to consider if you decide to visit, including tips and tricks!

Note that both islands can be reached within the hour and are usually covered in a half-day trip unless you plan on staying longer to enjoy after the crowds have left!

People walking along the canal in Burano with colourful houses next to it

Is Burano worth visiting


Asking ‘is it worth going to Burano?’ is like asking if it’s worth having a scoop of your favourite ice cream on a hot day. The moment you step foot on Burano, you’re hit with a vibrant splash of colours. It’s not just about the pretty houses; it’s about the feeling you get wandering those streets. It’s peaceful, yet alive with culture and history.

Famous for its lace-making, Burano offers a glimpse into a craft that’s been perfected over generations. The locals are friendly, the seafood is fresh and delicious, and every corner offers a new photo opp. It’s not just about the visuals, though they are stunning. It’s the feeling of stepping into a community that’s held onto its traditions while welcoming visitors with open arms.

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Why is Burano worth visiting – What to see in Burano


Heading to Burano was like stepping into a vibrant postcard, and let me tell you, every corner of this island is bursting with stories waiting to be discovered. Here’s what I did when I visited and will answer the question- Why is Burano worth visiting?

A convenient way to explore Burano is by booking this Guided Tour of Burano Island. You can also check out this article about more things to do in Burano.

Use the Table of Contents at the top, to check how to get to Burano and tentative costs if you’d like to check those out first!


Explore the colourful streets

First things first, you can’t visit Burano without taking time out to wander through the streets to get lost – intentionally. Every street and corner has bright houses, which were apparently made bright, so that fishermen could find their way home when a fog came in from the sea – a big reason why is Burano worth visiting.

Each house is painted in a bright, bold colour, making every street unforgettable. Trust me, you need to carry your camera so that you capture all of them!


Visit the Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto)

Next up, the Lace Museum was a highlight for me and a reason why is Burano worth it. Housed in the historic Palazzo del Podestà di Torcello, the Lace Museum traces the history of lace-making in Burano, an art for which the island is renowned worldwide.

It was fascinating to see how Burano’s famous lace is made. It takes ages for the craftsmen to produce their work which is why items from here are quite exquisite!

The museum displays fine examples of Burano lace, from intricate tablecloths to delicate garments, and offers insights into the techniques and history of this fine craft. It’s a deep dive into a craft that’s been perfected over centuries, and seeing it up close is truly special.


DETAILS

Lace Museum (Museo del Merletto)

Address:P.za Baldassarre Galuppi, 187, 30142 Venezia VE, Italy

Timings: 10 AM –4 PM 

Tickets: Adults – €5, Children €3.50

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Shop for Authentic Lace Products

After learning all about lace, I couldn’t resist picking up a few lace items to bring home. The shops around Burano are filled with authentic, handmade lace products, from delicate doilies to elegant dresses. It’s a great way to support local artisans and take a piece of Burano’s heritage with you.


Explore Piazza Galuppi

Named after the 18th-century composer Baldassare Galuppi, this square is the heart of Burano. Lined with restaurants, cafes, and shops, it’s a perfect place to enjoy a meal or a coffee while exploring the town. The square is also where you’ll find the statue of Baldassare Galuppi, paying homage to the island’s musical heritage.


Enjoy the Local Cuisine

No visit to Burano is complete without trying some local specialities. The island is famous for its seafood, particularly the Risotto de Go, a creamy risotto made with the local goby fish. Also, be sure to try the Bussolà and Esse cookies, traditional sweets that make a perfect snack as you explore.

 

Restaurants in Burano Venice

Here are some notable restaurants in Burano that are worth checking out:

Trattoria al Gatto Nero stands out as one of Burano’s most beloved eateries. This place has a cosy vibe that makes you feel right at home, and the seafood risotto? Absolutely to die for.

Then there’s Riva Rosa Ristorante. It’s a bit more upscale, with modern takes on classic Venetian dishes. Eating their mixed seafood antipasto with the canal view in the background felt downright luxurious. It’s perfect for a special evening out.


Visit the Church of San Martino Vescovo

This church is notable for its 16th-century bell tower, which, much like the Leaning Tower of Pisa, has a noticeable tilt. Inside, you’ll find a Crucifixion scene by the Venetian painter Giambattista Tiepolo. The church itself is a serene spot that reflects the island’s spiritual heritage.


DETAILS

Church of San Martino Vescovo

Timings: 8 AM –12 PM, 3 PM – 7 pm

Tickets: Free



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When is Burano worth visiting


Deciding when to visit Burano depends on what you’re looking for in your travel experience.

 

  • Spring (March to May): This is a fantastic time to visit Burano. The weather is starting to warm up, but it’s not too hot yet, making it perfect for walking around and exploring all those colourful streets without the summer crowds. Plus, the spring light is just incredible for photos.

 

  • Summer (June to August): Summer is peak tourist season, and while Burano will be busier, it’s also when the island is at its most vibrant. The weather is warm, ideal for those boat tours around the island or enjoying a gelato as you stroll. Just be prepared for more people and higher prices.

 

  • Fall (September to November): Fall in Burano is like a hidden gem. The crowds start to thin out, and the weather is still pleasant, especially in early fall. It’s a great time to enjoy the local cuisine and experience the island’s culture more authentically. Plus, the changing seasons add a beautiful backdrop to the already stunning scenery.

 

  • Winter (December to February): If you’re not a fan of cold weather, winter might be challenging, but it’s worth considering. The island is much quieter, giving you a more intimate experience of its beauty and traditions. Just note that some restaurants and shops might have reduced hours or be closed.

So, when is Burano worth visiting? Honestly, it shines all year round, but if I had to pick, I’d say spring and fall are the sweet spots. You get the beauty, the culture, and more elbow room to explore. But no matter when you go, Burano’s charm is always in full bloom.

A water boat in Venice taking tourists to Burano on a sunny day with colourful buildings behind
Red and pink houses in Burano by the canals on a sunny day

Where to stay in Burano

 

While Burano itself is a small island with limited accommodation options, most visitors choose to stay in Venice or on nearby islands and make day trips to Burano. However, there are a few places to stay on the island if you’re looking for an immersive experience in Burano’s colourful setting.

Luxury: Venissa Wine Resort

Located on the nearby island of Mazzorbo, which is connected to Burano by a footbridge, Venissa offers a luxurious stay amidst vineyards, with elegantly designed rooms and high-end amenities. It’s known for its restaurant and wine production, providing a unique Venetian experience.

Midrange: Casa Burano

Casa Burano is an aesthetically pleasing boutique hotel located directly on Burano. Each room is individually designed to reflect the island’s vibrant colours and artisanal heritage, offering a comfortable and stylish stay.

Budget: Casa Nova

If you are looking for a more budget-friendly option, Casa Nova provides simple, clean, and cosy accommodation in Burano. It offers the charm of staying on the island at a more affordable price point, perfect for travellers who want to experience Burano’s beauty without breaking the bank.


Where is Burano

 

Burano is a picturesque island located in the Northern Venetian Lagoon, in the Veneto region of Italy. The Venice to Burano distance is about 7 kilometres (about 4 miles), making it easily accessible by Vaporetto (water bus). This charming island is part of an archipelago of four islands linked by bridges.


How to get to Burano Italy

 

Now that you know why is it worth going to Burano, getting there, is straightforward. Since Burano is an island, the most common and practical way to reach it is by water transport ie Vaporetto. Here’s how you can get to Burano from Venice.

A water boat near the island of burano taking tourists to visit on a sunny day

Is it worth going to Burano from Venice?

 

For visiting Burano from Venice, you typically take a vaporetto from Venice. The main departure points are Fondamente Nove or San Zaccaria near St. Mark’s Square. Line 12 is the direct service to Burano, offering scenic views of the lagoon during the approximately 45-minute journey. Tickets can be purchased at the Vaporetto stations, and it’s advisable to check the timetable in advance for the latest schedules.

The journey offers a scenic route through the Venetian Lagoon, allowing you to soak in the serene water views before reaching Burano’s vibrant shores.

A major reason why is Burano worth it is the island’s small size makes it perfect for exploring on foot, and its proximity to other islands like Murano, famous for its glass-making, and Torcello, known for its ancient churches and quiet charm, makes it a great choice if you are looking for day trips to the islands to experience the beauty and heritage of Venice’s less crowded neighbours.


Is Murano or Burano better?

 

Is Murano and Burano worth visiting? Yes! Especially if you’re already planning to be in Venice.

Choosing between Murano and Burano comes down to what you’re into. I visited both on my trip to Venice on this Murano & Burano Guided Tour and Murano is all about the glass.

Walking through the island, you’ll see glass workshops and showrooms at every turn. I was fascinated watching artisans transform globs of molten glass into delicate art right before me.

The Glass Museum was a highlight, showing off centuries of glass-making history. Murano feels a bit more laid-back, with its focus squarely on this incredible craft.

Burano, on the other hand, is a blast of colour. It’s not just for show; the tradition has deep roots in the island’s fishing history as mentioned above.

Then there’s the lace. Burano’s lace is exquisite, and seeing the precision with which it’s made is astounding. The Lace Museum dives into this history, but just walking into shops and seeing the lacework is enough to appreciate its beauty. Plus, the seafood in Burano is some of the best I’ve had – fresh and simple.

So, if you ask me, is Murano and Burano worth visiting? It depends. If you’re captivated by art and the magic of glassblowing, Murano it is. But if you’re after vibrant scenes for your photos and a taste of traditional lace, visiting Burano won’t disappoint.

I found both islands offered a unique slice of Venetian culture that you don’t get in the city. Can’t go wrong with either, but the contrast between Murano’s glass artistry and Burano’s colourful, lace-lined streets provided two very different, yet equally memorable experiences.

I would pick both!


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How long do you need in Burano?

 

Spending time in Burano, you’ll find that a half-day to a full day is generally enough to soak in the island’s charm, explore its colourful streets, visit the lace shops, and even enjoy a leisurely meal.

I found that starting early in the morning allowed me to experience Burano before the crowds arrived, making the exploration of its vibrant, picturesque streets more enjoyable.


So, if you’re still wondering “Is Burano worth it?” my answer is a big yes. It’s not just about seeing the bright houses or learning about the special lace they make there.

What makes Burano special is how it keeps its traditions alive and how everyone works together to keep the island looking beautiful. I found out that the government even decides what colour you can paint your house!

This place is more than just a pretty spot; it’s a community where old customs are still a big part of everyday life. For anyone looking for a real, lively place to visit, Burano it is!


Is Burano worth visiting– FAQs

 

  • Is Burano expensive?

For experiencing Burano’s charm—its spectrum of colourful houses and picturesque canals—costs nothing. Yes, If you’re dining out or shopping for its renowned handmade lace. Affordable eats and treats can be found if you venture off the main paths. Planning helps manage expenses, ensuring you can soak in the beauty and culture of Burano without overspending.

 

  • Is Burano safe?

Yes, Burano is very safe for tourists, offering a friendly and welcoming environment.

 

  • How long does it take to get to Burano from Venice?

It takes approximately 45 minutes by Vaporetto (water bus) from Venice to Burano.

 

  • How far is Burano from Venice?

Burano is about 7 kilometres (roughly 4 miles) from Venice.

 

  • Is Burano a good place to visit?

Yes, Burano is a fantastic place to visit. Renowned for its vividly coloured houses and intricate lace-making, this charming island offers a unique blend of art, culture, and history. Its tranquil canals and friendly atmosphere provide a serene escape from the hustle of Venice, making it a must-see destination.



Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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Is Malta Worth Visiting - Here's Why you Should and Shouldn't!

Many travellers tend to ignore Malta as it’s not connected to mainland Europe! However, Malta completely caught me by surprise! Beautiful climate, budget friendly spots and warm people! Here’s why is Malta worth visiting, why it is good for holidays and what it’s like!

When I first thought about visiting Malta, a small island in the Mediterranean, I wondered, “Is Malta worth visiting?” Tucked away in the Mediterranean, Malta might not be the first country that springs to mind for a holiday as it’s not connected to the mainland, but as I discovered, it’s a country that’s hard to ignore and perfect for an extended weekend break.

Imagine azure seas, sunny skies, and towns filled with history. Malta isn’t big, but it’s got a lot of charm. Walking through the old streets of Valletta, the capital city, feels like stepping back in time. Malta’s history is a mix of different cultures like the Romans and the British, which makes it interesting. The most interesting part is that many places in Malta are the  Game of Thrones locations.

If you’re sceptical is Malta nice to visit, read along while I explain why is Malta worth visiting and give you several reasons why is Malta worth a visit.


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Is Malta worth visiting?


Why visit Malta and what is Malta like

 

Before heading on to the reasons to visit Malta, let me tell you a little about this tiny island in the Mediterranean. Malta is packed with history – ancient temples, stunning churches, and old forts. Walking around the cities, especially Valletta, the capital feels like stepping back in time or the stunning St. Paul’s Bay.

But Malta’s history isn’t the only reason why is Malta worth visiting. The beaches here are gorgeous, with clear blue water, they are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Blue Lagoon? It’s like something from a postcard. And don’t get me started on the food – it’s a delicious mix of Italian and Mediterranean flavours. You’ve got to try the local dishes!

The people in Malta are super friendly, too. They make you feel welcome right away. In short, if you’re looking for a place with great history, beautiful beaches, awesome food, and kind people, Malta’s got it all. It’s a small island, but it leaves a big impression.


Is Malta a good holiday destination?

 

Is Malta good for holidays for history buffs? Absolutely. Malta’s rich history is evident in its well-preserved sites. Some of the sites that you can visit proves why is Malta a good place to visit. Let’s jump into the reasons why is Malta a good place for a holiday and why is Malta worth visiting.


Is Valletta worth visiting?

 

Valletta, Malta’s capital, is not just a city but a historic jewel, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site and a big reason why is Malta nice to visit. This city is a treasure trove for anyone fascinated by 16th-century architecture, highlighting the grandeur of the Baroque era.  You can book this Guided Walking Tour of Valletta to fully explore the city.

Wandering through the city, I came across the magnificent St. John’s Co-Cathedral. Inside, the artistic richness, particularly Caravaggio’s masterpieces, left me in awe.

DETAILS

St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Address: Triq San Gwann, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

Timing: 9:00 AM – 4:15 PM ( Sunday closed)

Tickets:  € 15 for Adults and € 12 for Students


Another must-visit is the Upper Barrakka Gardens, offering not only a peaceful retreat but also spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, framed by ancient cannons and fortified walls.

DETAILS

Upper Barrakka Gardens

Address:292 Triq Sant’ Orsla, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

Timing: 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM ( Everyday)

Tickets:  Free

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For a more recent historical perspective, you can visit the Lascaris War Rooms that highlight Malta’s strategic role during World War II. Touring these underground tunnels and rooms, originally the headquarters for the British and Allied Mediterranean campaign, I gained insight into the island’s crucial role during this tumultuous period.

DETAILS

Lascaris War Rooms

Address: Lascaris Ditch Valletta, VLT 2000, Malta

Timing: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM ( Sunday closed)

Tickets:  € 14 for Adults and € 7 for Children


Mdina and Rabat

 

If you are still confused about is it worth visiting Malta, let me tell you about Malta’s ancient cities. Venturing to Mdina and Rabat on this Guided City Walking Tour, I felt like I was stepping back in time.

Mdina, the ‘Silent City’, is this incredibly serene and ancient walled city. As soon as I stepped through its gates, the modern world seemed to fade away. The streets are narrow and maze-like, lined with old noble houses and palaces that speak volumes about its past. The standout for me was the Cathedral of Saint Paul – its baroque architecture is just stunning, and it really dominates the city’s skyline.


DETAILS

St Paul’s Cathedral

Address: 2 Triq San Pawl, L-Imdina MDN 1061, Malta

Timing: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM ( Sunday closed)

Tickets:  € 10 for Adults and € 8 for Student

Then there’s Rabat, right next to Mdina, but it’s a whole different vibe. It’s more lively and bustling with everyday life. Walking through Rabat, I explored St. Paul’s Catacombs – an intricate network of underground burial sites that gave me a unique glimpse into early Christian Malta. I also visited the Roman Villa, where I saw some amazing ancient mosaics.

DETAILS

St. Paul’s Catacombs

Address: Hal-Bajjada, Ir-Rabat, Malta

Timing: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ( Tuesday closed)

Tickets:  € 6 for Adults and € 3.5 for Children

 

Roman Villa

Address: Wesgha tal-Musew Rabat, RBT 1202, Malta

Timing: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ( Monday and Wednesday closed)

Tickets:  € 6 for Adults and € 3 for Children


Hagar Qim and Mnajdra

 

The incredible prehistoric temple sites Hagar Qim and Mnajdra are among the oldest free-standing structures in the world, and being there, I could really feel the weight of history around me. I booked this Prehistoric Temples of Malta Tour.

Hagar Qim, perched on a hilltop with a breath-taking view of the Mediterranean Sea, was awe-inspiring. The temple’s massive megalithic stones, some of which are several meters high, left me wondering about the ancient people who built them without modern technology. The way the temple is aligned with the solstices and equinoxes showed me how advanced these ancient builders were in understanding astronomy.

A short walk from Hagar Qim took me to Mnajdra, set in a rugged landscape that felt like a world away from anywhere I’d been before. This temple complex felt even more mystical, especially with its precise astronomical alignment.

DETAILS

Hagar Qim and Mnajdra Archaeological Park

Address: Triq Hagar Qim, Il-Qrendi QRD 2501, Malta

Timing: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM ( Tuesday  closed)

Tickets:  € 10 for Adults and € 5.5 for Children

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Is Malta worth visiting for Natural Wonders and Beaches


For those asking, “Is Malta nice for a holiday for nature lovers?” Malta’s natural landscapes provide a resounding yes.

 

Blue Grotto

The Blue Grotto, located on the southern coast of Malta, is a series of sea caverns that are nothing short of mesmerizing. These natural wonders are known for their brilliant blue waters and the play of light that creates a magical spectacle.

DETAILS

Blue Grotto

Address: Blue Grotto, Malta

Timing: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Why visit Malta for its Beaches

 

Malta’s beaches are really something special and a big reason why is Malta a good place to visit. Golden Bay is a big hit with its wide sandy beach and super clear water. It’s perfect for swimming and just chilling out in the sun. The beach is surrounded by these tall cliffs which make it look amazing.

Mellieha Bay is another great beach, especially if you’re with family or like gentler waters. It’s got shallow water, making it safe for kids or anyone who just wants to wade and splash around making it one of the reasons why is Malta a nice place to visit with family. Plus, it’s the longest beach in Malta, so there’s lots of room for beach games and fun.

Then there’s the Blue Lagoon in Comino, a tiny island between Malta and Gozo. This place is like a piece of paradise with its bright turquoise water and white sandy bottom and you can explore it by booking this Blue Lagoon boat cruise. The water is shallow and super clear, and it’s like swimming in a giant pool. It’s so peaceful and beautiful there, making it a must-visit spot in Malta.

 

Dingli Cliffs

For those who appreciate rugged landscapes, the Dingli Cliffs offer spectacular views of the Mediterranean.  These are the highest points in Malta, offering panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Walking along the clifftops, I was greeted with an unspoiled landscape and the vast expanse of the open sea, which was tranquil. The cliffs are also a great spot for birdwatching, especially during migration seasons.

DETAILS

Dingli Cliffs

Address: V92P+V45, Dingli, Malta

Timing: Open all day, every day

Tickets: Free

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Is Malta worth visiting for adventure and activities

 

If you are still wondering why is Malta worth visiting an array of adventure activities will definitely convince you.

As a diver’s paradise, Malta boasts some of the clearest waters in Europe, teeming with rich marine life and intriguing wrecks. Diving spots like the Um El Faroud and the Blue Hole are not just about exploring underwater marvels; they’re an experience in witnessing history and natural beauty converge beneath the waves.

Also, Malta’s countryside offers stunning hiking trails. Walking the trails of Mgarr or along the Dingli Cliffs, I was struck by the picturesque landscapes and the peaceful ambience.

Water sports enthusiasts will find Malta’s crystal-clear waters perfect for activities like windsurfing, sailing, and jet-skiing.


Is Malta a good place to visit for cuisine and gastronomy

 

Exploring Malta isn’t complete without diving into its local cuisine, a delightful blend of flavours influenced by its Mediterranean neighbours. The traditional Maltese pastizzi, with its flaky pastry filled with ricotta or peas, became my go-to snack.

Wine tasting in Malta was another delightful surprise. The island’s wineries, which are starting to gain international recognition, offer tastings of local wines that are as unique as the island itself. I recommend booking this Maltese Food and Drink Guided Walking Tour to fully enjoy Maltese cuisine.


Is Malta a nice place to visit for arts and learning

 

If you are wondering is Malta good for art lovers, Malta’s vibrant arts scene and museums provide a positive response.

The Manoel Theatre in Malta is an absolute treasure, being one of the oldest theatres still in operation in Europe. When I visited, I was immediately struck by its stunning baroque architecture and the cosy, intimate feel of the place. They host all sorts of shows here – from classical music and opera to modern plays and dance performances.

DETAILS

Teatru Manoel

Address: Old Theatre Street, Il-Belt Valletta, Malta

Timing: Depends on shows

Tickets:  You can buy tickets for shows here.


Not far from the theatre, I found the National Museum of Fine Arts in Valletta. This place is a paradise for art enthusiasts. It’s filled with a wide range of art, spanning from medieval times right up to the modern era. Walking through the museum, I saw everything from classic Maltese paintings to international modern art. They also have sculptures, historical furniture, and even silverware.

DETAILS

MUZA – Museum of Fine Arts

Address: Auberge D’Italie, Merchants St, Valletta, Malta

Timing: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ( Tuesday closed)

Tickets:  € 10 for Adults and € 5.50 for Children

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When is Malta worth visiting?

 

If you are thinking about when should i visit Malta, let me tell you that Malta is a great year-round destination. Spring and autumn are ideal for comfortable weather and fewer crowds, perfect for exploring and outdoor activities.

Summer is best for beach lovers and vibrant nightlife, while winter offers a quieter, more cultural experience with mild weather, ideal for sightseeing and enjoying local festivities.

 

Is Malta worth visiting in October

Is Malta nice in October? Yes! October in Malta is delightful. The weather is warm but not too hot, perfect for beach activities and outdoor exploration. The sea is still warm for swimming and the summer crowds have thinned, making it a great time to enjoy both land and sea attractions.

 

Is Malta worth visiting in November

November is a good time to visit Malta for those who prefer a more tranquil experience. The weather is cooler and wetter, but still pleasant for sightseeing. It’s an ideal time for cultural visits and enjoying the local cuisine without the peak season rush.

 

Is Malta worth visiting in December

Yes, Malta in December is charming. The island is quieter, perfect for exploring historical sites without the crowds. Festive decorations and Christmas markets add a special ambience. Though cooler, the weather is mild compared to much of Europe, making outdoor activities still enjoyable.

 

Is Malta worth visiting in January

Visiting Malta in January means fewer tourists and more opportunities to interact with locals. The weather is cool, but not freezing, ideal for leisurely walks through ancient cities. It’s a time to experience Malta’s authentic charm at a slower pace.

 

Is Malta worth visiting in February

Malta in February offers a peaceful getaway. The weather can be unpredictable, ranging from cool to mild, but it’s great for exploring the great indoors – museums, historic buildings, and cafes. The island celebrates Carnival in February, a vibrant and colourful festivity.


Colourful Popeye village in Malta why visit malta

Is Malta expensive to visit

 

Visiting Malta can be moderately expensive, but it largely depends on your travel style and choices.

  • Accommodation Costs
    • Budget: €15-€30/night for hostels
    • Mid-range: €60-€120/night for hotels
    • Luxury: Over €200/night, especially in peak season
  • Food and Dining
    • Street food: €5-€15/meal
    • Mid-range restaurants: €20-€40/person
    • High-end dining: €50+/meal
  • Transportation
    • Public buses: Around €2/journey
    • Day passes Approx €4.50, good for extensive travel
  • Attractions
    • Historical sites/museums: €5-€20 entrance fee
    • Other activities (e.g., boat tours): €10-€30


Where to stay in Malta

 

Luxury: The Gomerino Hotel

This 4-star hotel is situated in Valletta, offering amenities like an outdoor and indoor pool, fitness centre, and terrace. It’s a great blend of luxury and location.

 

Mid-range: La Falconeria Hotel

Located in a convenient yet quiet part of historic Valletta, this hotel offers stunning rooms with Maltese balconies and excellent service

 

Budget: Inhawi Boutique Hostel

Known for its outdoor pool and sea views, it’s a great choice if you are looking for comfort in a budget.


Fishing village of Marsaloxx on a sunny day in Malta is it worth visiting Malta


Malta travel tips

 

Traveling to Malta can be an enriching experience if you’re armed with some handy tips:

  • Accommodation: Book in advance, especially during the peak summer months. Consider staying in Valletta for its central location or in coastal towns for beach access
  • Transportation: Public buses are reliable and cover most of the island. Renting a car is a good option for flexibility, but remember that Maltese drive is on the left. Also, parking in popular areas can be challenging
  • Currency and Expenses: Malta uses the Euro. It’s wise to have some cash for smaller establishments, but most places accept credit cards. Keep an eye on your budget as tourist areas can be pricey
  • Cultural Etiquette: Maltese people are generally warm and friendly. Respect local customs and traditions, especially when visiting religious sites – dress modestly in such places
  • Language: Maltese and English are the official languages. English is widely spoken, so communication is generally not an issue
  • Weather: Pack according to the season. Summers are hot and dry, so light clothing, sunscreen, and hats are essential. Winters are mild but can be rainy, so bring a light jacket

Colourful fishing boats in Malta near a fishing village


In conclusion, the question “Is Malta worth visiting?” finds its answer in the island’s history, natural beauty, culture, and warm hospitality. From wandering through the historic streets of Valletta to relaxing on the stunning beaches, each moment was a discovery. The rich history, diverse landscapes, and delicious food made my trip unforgettable.

Malta’s warm hospitality made me feel right at home. It’s a place where history, nature, and culture blend seamlessly, making every day exciting. For anyone wondering – is Malta nice to visit for a holiday, I say go for it. You’ll find something unique and memorable, just like I did.


 Is Malta worth visiting – FAQs

 

Is Malta a good place to go on holiday?

Absolutely, Malta is a great place for a holiday. It’s got everything: beautiful beaches, loads of history, tasty food, and a really friendly vibe. Whether you’re into exploring old cities or just want to chill by the sea, Malta’s got you covered.

 

How many days in Malta is it worth visiting?

Around 5 to 7 days is ideal for a trip to Malta. This gives you enough time to explore its historic cities, enjoy the beaches, and experience the local culture and cuisine. It’s perfect for a thorough yet relaxed exploration of the island’s main attractions, including a possible day trip to Gozo.


Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

She can be found on Twitter and Instagram.


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Where is hot in October in Europe? 35 FAB Warm Spots for Some Sun!

October in Europe is when autumn is at its peak with yellow leaves everywhere and a nip in the air, with people steadily bringing out the winter coats and cardigans. But all of Europe isn’t so! Here’s where is hot in October in Europe for some winter sun, maybe even a dip in the sea and brilliant getaways!

Winter is finally at the doorstep in October in Europe however not all places are chilly! There’s places in Europe that are not a secret yet many don’t tend to think of – even when they really need to catch some sun and sea!

These places are the perfect answer to the question – Where is hot in October in Europe? As these are the hottest places in October in Europe and they’re budget-friendly too!

If you are not looking to travel to far off spots, here’s where the warmest places are before winter sets in!

 


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Where is hot in October in Europe?

Here’s the hottest places in October in Europe


Warm places to visit in October – Italy

October is an ideal time to visit Italy due to the warm temperature, fewer tourists, and cheaper prices. Rome and Venice are better in October than in the summer or winter. You will find Italy all wrapped up in Autumn air during this time, making it one of the best warm holiday destinations in October.

This is the month when you can explore all the major cities, catch some tan on Italian beaches, and hike up the mountains without worrying about the weather.

 



Venice

The average temperature in Venice in October: 19° / 9°C

What makes Venice unique in October: Venice is the city where you will find warm weather in October in Europe. And as October is the start of the opera season, you can catch Opera at La Fenice Theater.

Things to do in Venice in October: Here’s a 2 day Venice Itinerary Italy that has information about everything you need to see in Venice. You can also take part in the Venice Marathon and enjoy the spirit of Halloween in Venice in October.

Pro-tip to visit Venice: Do not forget to carry a light jacket when wandering around Venice in the autumn season.

 

Milan

The average temperature in Milan in October: 18° / 11°C

What makes Milan unique in October: Even though Milan starts getting cold after September, you can still add this to your October trip. The best part about this city is it usually has Milan Fashion Week around the 1st week of October. A perfect opportunity for fashion enthusiasts to visit this fashion capital of the world, isn’t it?

Things to do in Milan in October: Duomo di Milano, II Cenacolo, Castello Sforzesco, Santa Maria Della Grezzo, Monte Napoleone, Pinoteca De Brera, Teatro Alla Scala

Pro-tip to visit Milan: Even though the weather definitely makes it amongst the hot holidays in October, be prepared to experience a little chilly evening once in a while. So, carry your layers accordingly.

 

Rome

The average temperature in Rome in October: 22° / 12°C

What makes Rome unique in October: Even though Rome experiences rain showers in October, you will find it a pleasant month to wander around the city. One of the warm places to go in October, visiting Rome during this time will give you hours of outdoor time to spend at places like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Things to do in Rome in October: Colosseum, St. Peter’s Square, Trevi Fountain, Vatican museums and the Sistine Chapel, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps, Roman Forum, Galleria Borghese and Musei Capitolini.

Pro-tip to visit Rome in October: It is important not to add Vatican Museums to your itinerary on the same day as the Colosseum. Both places need hours to explore and visiting them on the same day will not do justice to either.

 

Florence

The average temperature in Florence in October: 21° / 11°C

What makes Florence unique in October: Visiting attractions like Boboli Gardens in October will give you a chance to soak in the beautiful colours of fall foliage.

Things to do in Florence in October: Santa Maria Del Fiore, Uffizi Palace and Gallery, Leonardo Active Museum, Accademia Gallery, Piazzale Michelangelo, Musée Marino Marini, Pitti Palace, Basilica of Santa Croce

Pro tip to visit Florence: Want to know where is it hot in October? Florence is the answer you are looking for. Occasional rainfall is welcomed by locals and the wind calls for warm clothing or a light jacket.


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Warm European countries in October – Spain

Spain is as diverse as any country can get. Home of Pablo Picasso, heaven to football lovers, and a paradise for foodie souls, every day is a fiesta when you are in Spain. This is where you will come across Museo Nacional del Prado, La Sagrada Familia, Alhambra, and the famous party island of Ibiza. Welcoming everyone from backpackers to billionaires, you must visit Spain for all the unique experiences it has in store.

Coastal regions like the Canary Islands and Barcelona have warm temperatures, which are ideal for enjoying the beaches. Madrid, Seville, and Granada have pleasant temperatures as well.

 

Canary Islands

Average temperature in the Canary Islands in October: 26° / 20°C

What makes the Canary Islands unique in October: When you go to the Canary Islands in October, the bright skies and warm sea will welcome you with open arms. Though the Canary Islands are known for being hot places in Europe in October, this month can actually prove ideal for a visit.

Things to do in the Canary Islands in October: You  can include Mount Teide, Timanfaya National Park, Siam Park, Playa de Las Teristas, Jameos del Agua, and Las Canteras Beach in your itinerary apart from the famous tourist destinations.

Pro tip to visit the Canary Islands: It can be a good time to plan outdoor activities and be in the heart of nature. But remember to pack light clothes and stay hydrated.

 

Barcelona

Average temperature in Barcelona in October: 23° / 17°C

What makes Barcelona unique in October: Barcelona is popular for being a summer destination, but it is still one of the warm destinations in October where you can experience pleasant temperatures during the day. The Barcelona weather in October can be a little unpredictable with occasional showers. So, pack accordingly.

Things to do in Barcelona in October: La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, Casa Milà, Casa Batlló, La Rambla, Tibidabo, Palau Nacional de Montjuïc, Camp Nou, La Boqueria market Maritime, Museum and sailing in a sunset cruise at Port Vell.

Pro tip to visit Barcelona: The days are balmy enough to go sunbathing but keep in mind that the sea can start getting chilly for a swim.

 

Madrid 

Average temperature in Madrid in October: 19° / 11°C

What makes Madrid unique in October: Madrid is one of the warm places in October where warm and sunny days await you during this month. Spending a day lazing around in the 19th century El Retiro Park can be the best way to start your vacation.

Things to do in Madrid in October: Royal Palace, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum of Art and the Reina Sofia Museum, Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, El Retiro Park, Thyssen-Bornemisza, San Miguel Market, Puerta de Alcalá

Pro tip to visit Madrid: The metro is the best way to get around; travel above ground if you’d like to see what you’re passing as the sights are worth it!


Palm trees on a sunny day on the beach in Barcelona where is hot in October in Europe

Hot places in Europe in October – Greece

Greece is a vibrant quilt that is stitched together with ancient ruins of the Acropolis of Athens, soulful monasteries of Meteora, pink sandy beaches of Elafonisi, and the surreal beauty of Melissani Cave.

Greece’s unofficial party capital Mykonos will ensure you have an exciting time here whereas hauntingly beautiful Navagio beach will give you a chance to be in the heart of nature. And of course, you cannot miss the magical sunsets Santorini is famous for!

Greece is warm in October. So, you do not have to worry about ‘is it hot in Greece in October?’ during this time. Evenings are chilly in some places, but daytime temperatures are in the mid-20s. You won’t find summer crowds in October, plus hotels have shoulder season rates.

 

Athens

Average temperature in Athens in October: 23° / 15°C

What makes Athens unique in October: If you are wondering ‘is Greece hot in October?’ and if you should visit cities like Athens during this time, then don’t worry. Athens has the perfect weather in October where you can feel the winter approaching, but so slowly that you can still enjoy the outdoors.

Things to do in Athens in October: This itinerary has all the information you’ll need for visiting Athens in a day

Pro tip to visit Athens: Do not miss a chance to take walking tours around this Greek city as less crowds and pleasant days will help you make the best of your time.

 

Santorini

Average temperature in Santorini in October: 22° / 17°C

What makes Santorini unique in October: With dry weather and temperature that can go up to 25°C, Santorini ranks amongst hot places in October, Europe. No matter what the weather is, you will still find the breath-taking sunsets to soothe your soul here.

Things to do in Santorini in October: Here’s 2 days in Santorini itinerary. But if you’d like to spend more time on this mesmerising island, here is more information about what you can do in Santorini: How many days in Santorini Greece.

Pro tip to visit Santorini: As this month is not a peak tourist season in  Santorini, remember that some businesses may close down towards the end of October. So, confirm that before booking any tours and activities.

Or you can visit any of the islands near Santorini, like Mykonos, Naxos, and Ios.


Blue domed church by the sea in Santorini where is it hot in october
Acropolis in Athens one of the warm places to go in october

Warm destinations in October in Europe – Portugal

Portugal is the perfect combination of bustling cities and sleepy villages. This country is known for its distinctive architecture that dates back to the 1500s–1800s.

It has popular sights like Park and the National Palace of Pena, the Portugal cuisine is simple and yet scrumptious, the Algarve beaches are breath-taking, and the resorts are luxurious. All these things ensure your trip to Portugal will be a memorable experience.

October is one of the best months to visit Portugal. It has a mix of sunny and rainy days. It rains more in the country’s northern port, making southern destinations like Lisbon, Sintra, and Porto ideal for an October vacation.

 

Lisbon

Average temperature in Lisbon in October: 23° / 15°C

What makes Lisbon unique in October: If you visit Lisbon in October, you will find sunny skies or at least partially sunny skies to allow several beach days. It may not be warm enough for sunbathing, but you can take a stroll on a beach.

Things to do in Lisbon in October: Carmo Convent ruins, Belem Tower, Lisbon Cathedral, Castelo de. S Jorge, Jerónimos Monastery, Santa Justa Lift, Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon Cathedral, Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Pro-tip to visit Lisbon: The early days may require a sunhat as it is one of the hot places in October whereas late October may need a light jacket.

 

Sintra

Average temperature in Sintra in October: 21° / 13°C

What makes Sintra unique in October: Making a list of warm places to visit in October? Add Sintra without any delay! Sintra starts getting mildly colder with gentle winds in October. You can spend hours at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Quinta da Regaleira or get out of the city and head to the Sintra-Cascais Natural Park.

Things to do in Sintra in October: Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, Park and Palace of Monserrate, Convent of the Capuchos

Pro tip to visit Sintra: The only thing you have to worry about is peak tourist hours between 11 am to 3 pm. So, try to start your day early.

 

Porto

Average temperature in Porto in October: 21° / 12°C

What makes Porto unique in October: Try visiting Porto around mid-October and you will find it a lot less crowded than in other months. As it is part of one of the warm European countries in October, the autumn month of October brings balmy days.

Things to do in Porto in October: Ribeira Square, Luís I Bridge, Clerigos Church and Tower, Porto Cathedral, Bolsa Palace, Igreja do Carmo, Monument Church Of St Francis, Avenida dos Aliados

Pro-tip for visiting Porto: The city of Porto is all about narrow cobbled streets dotted with cafes and shops. So, wander around, sip a cup of coffee, and make the best of your time. Make this trip a leisurely one.

A yellow tram carrying passengers in Lisbon warm european countries in october

Warm places to go in October – Turkey

 

Turkey is a country where Asia and Europe come together to create a distinctive mix of history, culture, and religion. The narrow streets of Istanbul will captivate you with the aroma of spices, the sounds of prayers, and the numerous mosques and museums. Bodrum is the city where you will find several relaxing beaches.

The Turkish resort city of Antalya will keep you engaged with fascinating ruins. Do not miss a chance to take a hot balloon ride over the unique rock formations of Cappadocia.

October is the shoulder season in Turkey. However, many tourists visit Cappadocia and Istanbul in October. The weather is warm and pleasant in October.

It is ideal for walking around and admiring the architecture and natural beauty of the country. Daytime temperature is around 18°C in Cappadocia and 25°C in the capital Istanbul.

Here’s an itinerary that includes the best of West Turkey (Istanbul, Cappadocia, Izmir, Pammukale and Antalya): 10 day Itinerary turkey 


Hot holidays in October in Europe – Malta

The tiny archipelago of Malta suddenly became famous after Game of Thrones was filmed here. Thanks to this world-famous series, the world has come to know the beauty of Valletta, Mdina, and Gozo. Its well-developed beaches add a modern touch while different museums and theatres are busy preserving ancient history and culture.

The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum and Megalithic temples of Malta are where history (and of course, GOT) comes to life!

Except for the months of November, January, and February, any of the months are a good time to visit Malta. In October, the temperature is between 25 and 17°C. The days are long and sunny. So in October, Malta has the perfect beach weather to enjoy the beach.

October is an excellent time for swimming in Malta’s scenic Blue Lagoon. Other than the Blue Lagoon, here’s what you should see in Malta in October.

 

Valletta 

The average temperature in Valletta in October: 25° / 18°C

What makes Valletta unique in October: October is the off-season in Valletta and that means you can explore the streets of this historic city without worrying about crowds. Even though it is one of the warm places to go in October, you may witness occasional showers. So, check the weather forecast while planning your trip to Valletta.

Things to do in Valletta in October: St John’s Co-Cathedral, Upper Barrakka Gardens, Fort St Elmo, Valletta Waterfront, Lascaris War rooms, Saluting Battery, Three cities, Casa Roca Piccola

Pro-tip to visit Valletta: Taking a walking tour of the city and seeing Game of Thrones filming locations will be the best way to spend a day. If you have more time, it’s also worth going to St Paul’s Bay, a small port town just 17 km from Valetta. It’s a small coastal town that has a lot to offer. Here’s all the information: St Paul’s Bay Malta things to do

 

Mellieha

The average temperature in Mellieha in October: 25° / 18°C

What makes Mellieha unique in October: You will love visiting Mellieha in October as it can be one of the places hot in October. The weather is ideal for sunbathing and the water temperature is perfect for taking a dip.

Things to do in Mellieha in October: Mellieha/Ghadira Bay, Ramna Bay, Popeye village, Mellieha Air raid shelter, Coral Lagoon, Ghadira Nature Reserve, Armiere Bay Beach, Paradise Bay

Pro-tip to visit Mellieha: This Maltese resort town is all about a laid-back vacation where you can catch some tan and relax on a beach. So, do not forget to pack sunscreen and a sunhat.

A landscape by the sea in Turkey a warm holiday destinations in october
Buildings and monuments by the sea with boats in the harbour in Malta for hot holidays in october

Warm places to visit in October in Europe – Gibraltar

Gibraltar is a narrow peninsula at the southern edge of Spain, under the jurisdiction of the UK. Gibraltar’s main attraction is the Rock of Gibraltar, a monolithic limestone that’s been a strategic military base for the British since 1704.

The Moorish Castle dating back to the 14th century and 18th century Great Seige Tunnels are enough to attract travelers from around the world. A trip to Gibraltar is bound to be a historic affair with a touch of adventure activities and relaxing beaches.

The maximum temperature reaches 23°C, and the lowest temperature is 17°C making Gibraltar one of the ideal warm holiday destinations in October.

 

The average temperature in Gibraltar in October: 23° / 17°C

What makes Gibraltar unique in October: Gibraltar is the place where you experience the Mediterranean autumn season in October as it is one of the hot countries in October. So, comfortable weather is almost guaranteed even when most parts of Europe already started experiencing winter air.

Things to do in Gibraltar in October: The Rock of Gibraltar, St Michael’s Cave, Upper Rock Nature Reserve, The Great Seige Tunnels, Ocean Village, Gibraltar Botanic Gardens

Pro-tip to visit Gibraltar: Taking a cable car ride is a must and of course, you cannot miss the Moorish Castle and Botanic Gardens. Carry a light jacket in case the wind is chilly but other than that, you are good to go.


Warm places to go in October – Cyprus 

Cyprus is where traditions are respected above anything else and heritage is preserved with all its might. Its turbulent history and kaleidoscopic culture have resulted in offering many churches, monasteries, and castles.

Be it the blissful vibes of Nissi Beach or the mythological gem of Petra Tou Romiou, or the sun-kissed coastal areas, vacationing in Cyprus is an experience you shouldn’t miss.

October is warm enough to enjoy swimming on Cyprus’s beaches and spend time in the picturesque countryside. The average highs are 26°C during the daytime.

Towards the end of October, evenings start getting chilly, but it’s not unbearably cold. In October, the average low temperature is 15-17°C in Nicosia, Paphos, and Larnaca.

 

What makes Cyprus unique in October: When you look for warm countries in October, you will be surprised to find Cyprus on the list. This island country may look small, but it makes for a lovely October vacation with its beaches, wineries, and different archaeological sites.

Here’s a 7-day Cyprus itinerary to enjoy the October holiday sun in Cyprus: Itinerary Cyprus 7 days. This itinerary includes information about Nicosia, Paphos, and Larnaca.

Pro-tip to visit Cyprus: Planning a Cyprus vacation means spending most of the day outside exploring manmade as well as natural sights. So, carry plenty of water, stay hydrated, and do not forget to carry sunscreen!

Aphrodite's rock in Cyprus hot places in europe in october

Where is hot in Europe in October: Croatia

The Mediterranean paradise of Croatia is the place where ancient and modern worlds collide with each other. The ancient walls of Dubrovnik, the 4th-century structure of Diocletian’s Palace, and the beauty of Plitvice Lakes National Park will take you back to simpler times during the day. The peppy nightlife on the beaches of Korčula and Brač will pull you into the modern world after sunset. With a blend of different flavours, Croatia is bound to be a memorable vacay.

Croatia’s average daily temperature is 18°C in October. The highs range from 20°C to 18°C, and the low temperature ranges from 14°C to 12°C. It has pleasant weather, and popular destinations in Croatia have fewer crowds during October. October is shoulder season in Croatia, so some hotels along the coast start closing for winter ferries operate on the winter schedule.

 

Zagreb

Average temperature in Zagreb in October: 16° / 9°C

What makes Zagreb unique in October: Zagreb is known for hosting different festivals in October. So, do check the updated schedule and be a part of the local canvas. If you are planning hiking, biking, or swimming, then it is recommended to check the weather forecast.

Things to do in Zagreb in October: Cathedral of Zagreb, St Mark’s Church, Park Maksmir, Lotrščak Tower, Museum of Broken Relationships, Stone Gate, Jarun, Sljeme

Pro tip to visit Zagreb: Zagreb sees around 11 days of rain on average in October and that means you have to carry an umbrella or a rain jacket when wandering the streets. But, do not let that stop you from soaking in the fall landscapes around here.

 

Motovun

The average temperature in Motovun in October: 18° / 8°C

What makes Motovun unique in October: Motovun is a tiny, medieval hilltop village that is all about nature and surrounding landscapes. And that also means it gets moderately chilly with a gentle breeze. The weather is usually ideal for biking along the winding roads or a leisurely olive oil tasting.

Things to do in Motovun in October: Hilltop Walled Ancient City of Motovun, Benvenuti Winery, Ancient City Walls, Bell Tower, Fakin, St Stephen’s Church

Pro-tip to visit Motovun: If you are lucky, you will also get to be a part of the Truffle Days’, a festival that is celebrated every Fall. This festival can be attended in Motovun, Croatia as well as other neighbouring villages.

 

Dubrovnik

The average temperature in Dubrovnik in October: 22° / 16°C

What makes Dubrovnik unique in October: Even though mild, Dubrovnik showers in October can be enough to pause your outdoor pursuits. Carry an umbrella just to be safe. Dubrovnik is also one of the places where warm weather in October in Europe can be experienced. So, pack your bags keeping that in mind.

Things to do in Dubrovnik in October: Walls of Dubrovnik, Old Town, Lokrum island, Fort Lovrijenac, Copacabana beach, Koločep Island, Uvala Lapad beach, Bellevue beach, Mount Srđ

Pro-tip to visit Dubrovnik: Irrespective of the weather, you must walk around Dubrovnik Walls and the old town to truly understand the charm of this Croatian town. And of course, opt for the King’s Landing tour to make the best of your vacation here.



Orange buildings in Dubrovnik hot places in october europe

Warm holiday destinations in October in Europe – Bulgaria

Bulgaria is a country for adventure enthusiasts as well as laid-back tourists. As the Balkan mountains will call your name, the beaches along the Black Sea coastline will welcome you to catch some tan.

The capital Sofia will introduce you to the rich culture and turbulent past whereas places like Rila Monastery make sure you understand the country’s history and heritage. Bulgaria is often ignored by travellers and it needs to be changed now!

Bulgaria isn’t hot in October but pleasant enough to visit the beaches and mountains. The maximum temperature is 17-19°C during the day and 5-10°C at night. It rains for 10-15 days in October, so plan your trip accordingly.

 

Sofia

The average temperature in Sofia in October: 17° / 5°C

What makes Sofia unique in October: Ride an iconic tram to be a part of the local life and spend hours at the National Palace of Culture. If you like to be in the heart of nature, then taking a direct bus to the top of Vitosha mountain is highly recommended. As it is among the warm destinations in October, you will love the autumn air on the mountain.

Things to do in Sofia in October: St. Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, Boyana Church, St George Rotunda Church, National Palace of Culture, National Museum of History, Museum of Illusions Sofia, Saint Sofia Monument, South Park

Pro-tip to visit Sofia: The average daily temperature in Sofia in October can drop below 10°C in the evenings and that is why it is necessary to carry a light jacket.

 

Plovdiv

The average temperature in Plovdiv in October: 19° / 7°C

What makes Plovdiv unique in October: Plovdiv usually sees dry weather in October and there are only 3 to 5 rainfall days on average. So, this is the perfect city for those interested in checking warm holiday destinations in October.

Things to do in Plovdiv in October: Plovdiv Old Town, Plovdiv Roman Theatre, Park Tsar Simeon, Alyosha, Ancient Stadium of Philippopolis, Ethnographic Museum, Kapana suburb, Air Museum Plovdiv

Pro-tip to visit Plovdiv: Stroll around the old town, explore the Ancient Theater, take a wine tour, and you will have a perfect October day in Plovdiv.


A monastery in Sofia Bulgaria where is hot in europe in october

Hot countries in October near Europe – Egypt

 

Magnificent monuments, primaeval pyramids, bustling souks, and sandy beaches. Egypt is this and a lot more! Even though it can be one of the hottest places in October, visiting this mythical country is a must.

The cities like Cairo are slowly turning into modern abodes and the shades of the desert will swoon you right away. Sunshine may remain your constant companion throughout the day. So, pack your bags accordingly.

October is considered shoulder season in Egypt. So, prices are lower in October as the number of tourists increases from November onwards. December-January is the peak season for Egypt.

There’s a lot of difference between the northern part of Egypt and the central and southern regions. Except for the Mediterranean coast, the country receives very little rainfall throughout the year, so rain shouldn’t be a problem.

 

Egypt in October: Where you should go

Cairo

The average temperature in Cairo in October: 30°/ 19°C

What makes Cairo unique in October: You may think that the answer to ‘where is hot in October?’ can be Cairo, but no! October can be the perfect month to plan your trip to Cairo as it is neither too warm nor too cold.

Things to do in Cairo in October: Giza Necropolis, The Egyptian Museum, Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Coptic Cairo, Cairo Citadel, Khan-e-Khalili, The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities

Pro-tip to visit Cairo: The weather will be ideal for quad bike ATV rides in the desert or for a camel ride by the Giza.

 

Alexandria

The average temperature in Alexandria in October: 28° / 18°C

What makes Alexandria unique in October: Alexandria in October is known for its dry weather. The chances of rain are as low as only 3 days on average. It gives you plenty of time to explore the city on foot.

Things to do in Alexandria in October: Citadel of Qaitbay, Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Royal Jewellery Museum, Ancient Roman theatre, El Mahmurah Beach, Stanli Beach, Montazah Beach, Corniche, Greco Roman Museum

Pro-tip to visit Alexandria: After you are done exploring Alexandria on foot, head to Antoniades Garden to relax or find El Mamurah Beach to watch the sunset.

 

Hurghada

The average temperature in Hurghada in October: 32° / 22°C

What makes Hurghada unique in October: Hurghada is one of the hot places in October where you can spend a day under sunny skies without worrying about temperatures dropping below 20°C.

Things to do in Hurghada in October: Boat trip to Giftun islands, Hurghada Marina,

Pro-tip to visit Hurghada: If you are an adventure enthusiast, then this beach resort town is an excellent scuba diving spot. If you are a foodie, then there are plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from. Whatever you opt for, do not miss a chance to explore El Dahar – the old town area – where traditional Egyptian coffee shops are located.

 

Luxor

The average temperature in Luxor in October: 35° / 19°C

What makes Luxor unique in October: When you want to explore the ‘world’s greatest open-air museum’, October marks the start of peak season and yet experiences fewer crowds.

Things to do in Luxor in October: Luxor can get hot in October. Its average high is 35°C. But if you want to see the ancient royal tombs and temples of Egyptian royals, consider taking a day trip from Hurghada to see the city’s highlights. Here’s all the information you’ll need for a Hurghada to Luxor day trip.

Pro-tip to visit Luxor: October is the ideal time to take a cruise on the Nile River. You can take it either from Luxor to Aswan or take one starting from Cairo.

The Sphinx with the pyramid behind in Cairo in Egypt where is hot in October in europe
Mosque minarets in the city of Cairo in Egypt warm destinations in october


Morocco

Morocco is sometimes called a ‘cold country with a hot sun.’ And you would be able to experience this the most in winter. But you can visit many cities in October, which is Autumn.

The weather varies a lot in different regions of Morocco. It’s a great time to visit Marrakech as daytime temperatures are still as high as 29°C. You can also see Essaouira, but coastal cities in Morocco get windy during this time. Morocco receives less rainfall, but if you are visiting North Africa in October, be prepared for the occasional rainfall.

 

Morocco in October: Where you should go

Marrakech

The average temperature in Marrakech in October:  28° / 15°C

What makes Marrakech unique in October: The city starts experiencing autumn air and you can pack light clothes without worrying about the scorching sun or rain. You can even plan a camel ride or quad tour during this time.

Things to do in Marrakech in October: Marrakech is famous for its souks, hammams, and delicious local food. Here’s a Marrakech 3 day itinerary with everything you need to know about what’s worth seeing in the city.

Pro-tip to visit Marrakech: October is a great time to see the Atlas Mountains, for which you can start your trip from Marrakech. Mount Toubkal, the highest mountain peak, is about 164 km from Marrakech.

 

Essaouira

The average temperature in Essaouira in October: 23° / 18°C

What makes Essaouira unique in October: The city of Essaouira is known for its pleasant weather in October. The chances of rain are lesser and day temperatures hover around 20°C. That gives you a lovely day to witness and experience the combination of old and new Essaouira has to offer.

Things to do in Essaouira in October: Sqala du Port d’Essaouira, Plage d’Essaouira, Palma Quad, Mogadore island, Gallery Kasbah, Mogador Island (near Kasbah), Bayt Dakira

Pro-tip to visit Essaouira: When in Essaouira, mix things up a little. From 18th-century seafront ramparts of Skala de la Kasbah to the beach where you can go surfing, you will find a variety of things to do here.

 

Ouarzazate

The average temperature in Ouarzazate in October: 27° / 13°C

What makes Ouarzazate unique in October: Gentle breeze, cooler days, and 9 hours of sunshine ensure Ouarzazate is ready to greet travellers even when rest of the Europe is busy anticipating cold winters.

Things to do in Venice in October: Cinema Museum, CLA Studio, Cinema Studio Atlas, Taorirt Kasbah, Tifoultoute Kasbahl. Or if you want to plan your trip to cover Marrakech- Ouarzazate- Dades Valley, this 7 day itinerary for Morocco has all the info for it.

Pro-tip to visit Ouarzazate: Ouarzazate is a gateway/stop on the way to the Merzouga desert and is well known for its film studios. Game of Thrones, Lawrence of Arabia, and The Living Daylights are some of the many things filmed here.


A stack of colourful spices in Marrakech hottest places in October

Jordan

 

Jordan is all about weathered sandstones and sand dunes that carry reddish hues. From the ancient historic monuments of Petra to the glamorous resorts on the seashore, Jordan has it all. And how can you forget Wadi Rum Valley where rock climbing, camel safaris, and horse rides are offered for adrenaline junkies. One of the hot countries in October, Jordan will welcome you with sunny skies.

Autumn (September to November) is when many tourists visit Jordan. Tourist sites get fairly crowded, and airfare and hotels are expensive too. The temperature is ideal for swimming in the dead sea and visiting nearby places like Amman, Aqaba, and Petra.

 

Jordan in October: Where you should go

Amman

The average temperature in Amman in October: 26° / 14°C

What makes Amman unique in October: Even though October temperature starts decreasing in Amman, the days are ideal for walking tours, hiking or other outdoor activities.

Things to do in Amman in October: Amman, the bustling capital, is where most international tourists start or end their tour. Here’s more information about the top Amman things to do.

Pro-tip to visit Amman: The Dead Sea is about 60 km away from Amman. So from Amman, you can go to the Dead Sea for a day trip or stay at one of the resorts near the Dead Sea. Here’s all the information to get from Amman to Dead Sea.

 

Aqaba

The average temperature in Aqaba in October: 33° / 21°C

What makes Aqaba unique in October: Aqaba is the port city in Jordan that turns into one of the considerably hot places in October. But going to the beach for scuba diving, windsurfing, or simply sunbathing will ensure you have all the fun during this Jordan trip.

Things to do in Aqaba in October: Berenice Beach Club, South Beach, Aqaba Fortress, Aqaba Park, Sharif Hussein bin Ali Mosque, Ancient Islamic City of Isla, Aqaba Marine Park

Pro-tip to visit Aqaba: If you are interested in scuba diving or other water sports, try to book your activities in advance to avoid last-minute hassle.

 

Wadi Rum

Average temperature in Wadi Rum in October: 26° / 14°C

What makes Wadi Rum unique in October:

Things to do in Wadi Rum in October: October is the best time to visit Wadi Rum. Here’s a detailed guide about the top things to see in Wadi Rum: What to do in Wadi Rum

Pro tip to visit Wadi Rum:  Try spending a couple of nights in Wadi Rum as its one of the best places to see the Milky Way with the naked eye! It was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had!

 

Petra

Average temperature: 27° / 12°C

What makes Petra unique in October: Milder temperatures and budget-friendly prices as the winter crowds are yet to arrive in full force!

Things to do in Petra in October: History buffs will love Petra. Here’s what you can expect inside Petra Jordan.

Pro-tip to visit Petra:  Its is quite the walk to the Treasury. So make sure you wear comfortable shoes and carry water! Its either that or donkey carts. If it is walking then make sure you start early and leave at sunset as else it can get quite hot in the noon!



Woman sitting staring at cityscape in Amman hottest places in October

UAE and Oman

 

UAE and Oman have hot and dry weather in October. Spend time in Dubai in the UAE before heading to Oman. October is the transitional period before the peak season starts in Dubai. So if you visit in October, hotels, and flights are cheaper.

UAE and Oman are only 5 hours away through a road trip. So you can take a bus or drive from Dubai to Oman or vice versa. If you have the time, it is worth visiting Oman for its natural beauty. Oman has picturesque deserts, mountains, beaches, and fjords. Here’s a guide for travelling from Dubai to Oman by road.

 

UAE and Oman in October: Where you should go

The average temperature in Dubai in October: 35° / 24°C

What makes Dubai unique in October: For those who are not used to warm weather, Dubai can be one of the hot countries in October. But, as compared to other seasons, Dubai experiences pleasant weather with cooler temperatures in October.

Things to do in Dubai in October: Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Mall, Dubai Miracle Garden, Ski Dubai, Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Museum, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Spice Souk

Pro-tip to visit Dubai: The skies are clear and sunny with rare rainfall. So, stick to shopping malls, souks, and gardens during the day and head off to the desert and beach in the evening.

 

Oman

Muscat

The average temperature in Muscat in October: 34° / 24°C

What makes Muscat unique in October: The answer to ‘where is it hot in October?’ is Muscat. With temperatures similar to Dubai and lesser rainfall, Muscat in October experiences a hot autumn month. But that also means it is the perfect time to enjoy beach adventures and activities. The water temperature is perfect for those who like to swim.

Things to do in Muscat in October: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Mutrah Souq, Royal Opera House Muscat, Al Alam Palace, Mutrah Corniche, Bait Al Zubair Museum, Qurum Beach, Bimmah Sinkhole (128 km away from Muscat)

Pro-tip to visit Muscat: If you are an outdoor enthusiast, then from Muscat, you can travel to the Wahiba Sands region and Jebel Akhdar mountains.

 

Musandam

The average temperature in Musandam in October: 34° / 27°C

What makes Musandam unique in October: One of the hot holidays in October, Musandam is not the place to explore outdoors for hours together. But, spending some relaxing time on Bassa Beach and taking a Dhow cruise will ensure you have a good vacation.

Things to do in Musandam in October: Bassa Public beach, Bukha fort, Khawr Najd, Khasab Fort

Pro-tip to visit Musandam: The temperature in Musandam in October is notorious for reaching high and you will need to carry light clothes to sustain the heat.

Where is hot in October in Europe – FAQ’s

 

Where is the hottest holiday destination in October?

When it comes to some of the top hottest holiday destinations in October, Cancun in Mexico tops the list with its 32°C average temperature. Marrakesh in Morocco and Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt share 28°C whereas Cyprus and Rio De Janeiro come near with its 26°C.

 

Which is the best place in Europe to visit in October?

You can head to Dubrovnik to soak in the warm sea and catch some tan on white sandy beaches. Cities like Madrid and Barcelona are perfect if you want to be a part of the local canvas as lots of cultural events and festivals are celebrated here in October.

 

Is October a good time to go to Europe?

Visiting Europe in October will help with budget-friendly accommodations. As October is the shoulder month in many European countries, you will find lesser crowds as peak summer months are finally over and winter tourists are yet to arrive.

 

How is Greece in October?

Greece in October is known for its mild weather where the average temperature during the day is 23ºC and it may come down to 14ºC at night-time. The sea is usually warm and you will love swimming in the water, especially during the first 2 weeks of October. It may start getting chilly towards October end.



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Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

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How Many Days in Mykonos? (2024) - Here’s How Many Days You Need!

Mykonos is a destination that many visit with Santorini. If you’re wondering how many days in Mykonos to spend, this post should help as this has info on how many days you’ll need exactly to see all the sights in Mykonos.

 

Mykonos is a vibrant island with beautiful towns and glamorous bars and clubs. It is known world-wide for its wild parties, as there are luxury hotels scattered across with tourists drinking and dancing.

The second most popular tourist destination of Greece often included in a Greece itinerary has often been described as the Ibiza of Greece.

But apart from the buzzing nightlife, this Greek island has a lot to offer during the daylight hours, catering to all kinds of travellers.

With so many options, tourists find it difficult to figure out how many days in Mykonos is enough.

It can differ according to the requirements of every kind of traveller. A partying traveller would find 2 days enough while for a slow traveller, figuring out how many days in Mykonos would be easy – you’d need at least 4 days to start with.

If you’re unsure, read on to know more about the best things to do in Mykonos and figure out how many days in Mykonos are enough for your trip.

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Here’s how many days in Mykonos you need

based on how many nights in Mykonos you have

 


One day in Mykonos

 

Mykonos is a very trendy destination for cruises and generally, one day is spent by those passengers. Although the time is limited, there is still much that can be explored in 24 hours.

Walk along the narrow paved paths of Chora for a genuine Cycladic-style experience.

Take in the whitewashed houses with the bright hues illuminated in the Grecian sunlight with each corner offering a picture spot. On the way, spot Petros the Pelican, which is the mascot of Mykonos.

Spend some time in Little Venice, which is the romantic portside neighbourhood featuring houses that look like they travelled from the Italian city.

The coffee shops, restaurants and bars in this space have a bustling and sophisticated feel. Additionally, the small shops selling sandals, jewellery and other souvenirs pay an ode to the craftsmen on the island.

Don’t miss the historical windmills of Mykonos that are scattered around the island. The most famous spot is by the flour mills, where five mills stand together offering unforgettable scenery.

Another windmill that is worth visiting in Boni in Apano Myloi offers views of the lovely white-washed houses and sparkling water. These are also great places to watch the sunset.

Also, spend the afternoon at one of the famous beaches of the island. For recommendations on the best beaches, see the section under ‘3 days in Mykonos’ further down in the post.

Grab dinner at one of the restaurants on the harbour. Or head to a 24-hour beach club for scrumptious local food, beach views, cocktails and dancing all at one spot.

For recommendations, see the section under ‘3 days in Mykonos’


2 days in Mykonos

 

After spending the first day as described above, on the second day visit the beautiful church of Panagia Paraportiani.

With over 600 churches in Mykonos, this traditional stone church is the most photographed one of the island.

This all-white church consists of 5 churches built on top of one another and is located outside Mykonos town’s entrance.

After that, spend time at the neighbouring island of Delos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This paradise for history lovers was the birthplace of Apollo, the god of light and music, and, thus, it is considered a sacred island for the Greeks.

They built a temple to Apollo and a theatre for performances on the island. But, gradually, it came a popular trade centre and the centre of the Athenian League.

There are many full-day and half-day boat trips that connect from Mykonos to Delos.

This island is frequented for its ancient sites and especially the Street of the Lions, which lined the path to the temple.

There is also a small archaeological museum in Delos that displays the findings of the excavations.

If you’d rather spend more time on the island, refer to the recommendations in the section below.


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Where to stay in Mykonos

Anywhere in Mykonos can be a good place to stay, however in the peak season, it can get a little crowded and pricey in the areas around Little Venice and the windmills. Here are a few of the top places to stay while visiting the island:

ANEROUSSES MYKONIAN TRADITIONAL HOUSES – a luxurious stay with some of the best amenities and decor that is about 3 minutes from Houlakia’s beach, with views of the Aegean Sea and is surrounded by palm trees.

 

Some other stays which you can consider:

 

PENELOPE VILLAGE – A few feet from Kavo Livadi’s shoreline, this is a semi-luxury building with some rooms offering mesmerizing sea views. Easily accessible from the town and equipped with hot tubs and swimming pools.

 

ANGELA’S ROOMS – Located in an area highly preferred by tourists, the beach is about a 10-minute walk from this traditional lodging. Despite being close to the city, it’s not too crowded.


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3 days in Mykonos

 

Spend the first two days as described above.

On the third day, spare time to dive into Mykonos culture and history. And the best way to do that is through museums.

 

The best museums to visit on the island are:

  • The Archaeological Museum of Mykonos houses the findings from the Prehistoric to the Hellenistic period.

  • Folklore Museum was established in 1858 that features the 18th-century exhibits found in the former house of the sea captain.

  • Lastly, Maritime Museum displays nautical instruments, exhibits and tools.

 

After that spend the rest of the day, lounging and enjoying cocktails at another beach in Mykonos. While there are too many beaches on this Greek island, here is a list of the best ones to enjoy in Mykonos.

 

  1. Paradise Beach – Originally known as Kalamopodi, this is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It houses many beach bars, water sports and one of the oldest diving centres on the island.

  2. Super Paradise Beach – This beach is very vivid during the summer season and is known as Greece’s most queer-friendly bay. During the peak season, they host night-long parties.

  3. Agrari Beach – Looking for beaches and bars minus the wild party scene? Agari Beach is pretty and great for hanging out at taverns and bars.

  4. Paralia Megali Ammos – A quiet beach located outside of town, this long beach offers plenty of space to spread out. It is the ideal place to kick bank on the sand for a few hours without any crowds around.

  5. Agios Stefanos – Another beach located away from the main town, it is tucked into a small way. This beach is an ideal location for swimming and other casual water sports.

 

Lastly, before dinner, watch the sunset at Armenistis Lighthouse which offers incredible views over the Aegean. The 1891-built lighthouse has a view of Tinos Island on the northwest coast of Mykonos.

 

Spend one more night exploring and enjoying the wild nightlife of Mykonos. Some must-visit clubs are:

 

  • Cavo Paradiso – The island’s most beloved open-air club hosts EDM parties with the beautiful sun and sand serving as backdrops.

  • Skandinavian Bar and Club – Located in the midst of Mykonos Town, this place has its own open-air dance floor and patio.

  • 180 Sunset Bar – With a chilled-out atmosphere, sip exotic cocktails at this open rooftop bar with panoramic views.



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4 and more days in Mykonos

 


With 4 or more days to spend in Mykonos, it is time to visit the lesser-known places. After finishing the first three days as said above, here are some additional things to add to the itinerary.

 

Visit Ano Mera

Another village in Mykonos, Ano Mera is an under-appreciated place and, therefore, retains its local self. It has many cafes and bakeries and is a definite must-try.

The main attraction here is the Monastery of Panagia Tourliani, which dates back to the 16th century. This beautiful church is filled with intricate carvings and grand frescoes.

Another place to explore here is Gyzi Castle, located on a hilltop overlooking the town.

 

Go on a biking tour

The best way to discover the beauty of the Mykonian landscape is via a bike. Rent a bike on your own and paddle through the streets of the island to experience every corner.

 

Relax and party at a seaside pool

The SantAnna beach bar and restaurant was founded in 2017 and houses the largest seaside swimming pool in Europe.

With two separate bars, gorge on the delicious fusion cuisine, relax by the pool on the comfortable loungers and frolic in the pool. During the summer season, they host multiple music events and private parties.

 

Savour wines at a wine-tasting tour

We believe that tasting the local flavours provides an insight into the place. And that is definitely true with Mykonos and its wine-making tradition.

The rich soil and windy nature of the island result in excellent deep, earthy-flavoured wines. And therefore incorporating a wine-tasting tour can help you savour them.

There are two options: the winery of Mykonos Vioma or Mykonian Farm. The first one is in Ano Mera and can be clubbed with a visit to the village.

 

Watch a movie in open-air

Imagine Greek summertime mixed with fresh popcorn and a soft drink. That’s right! Cine Manto in Mykonos Town has a romantic environment where movie enthusiasts can watch classic and blockbuster movies underneath the stars.

This cinema offers throughout the tourist season. And it also has a bar restaurant that caters to all the stomach needs.

 

Tour Rhenia Island

There are countless daily boat trip options from Mykonos. And one of the must-visit is Rhenia Island.

The history of Rhenia is intertwined with Delos as it once served as its necropolis. This island is visited for its crystal clear water which helps balance out the busy atmosphere of Mykonos.

 

Sample the local Greek cuisine

Mykonos has a fantastic gastronomic scene and is internationally popular for its local Greek cuisine.

To try homemade Greek dishes, head to To Maereio in Mykonos Town or Fokos at Myrsini Bay. For a more upscale dining experience, try Hippie Fish which offers Greek Mediterranean flavours.

 

Admire art at Dio Horio

Mykonos has a pretty impressive contemporary art scene.

And Dio Horio has some fascinating pieces. They also run a residency program giving an opportunity to meet the artists and discuss the artworks personally.

The gallery also has a rooftop bar, which is considered a hidden gem. Enjoy a cocktail or two whilst enjoying views of the island.

 


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Tips for your Mykonos trip

 

  • Book all your ferry tickets online

  • Accommodation sells out quickly during the peak season. Plus it is also very expensive. Therefore, plan a trip to the island outside of July and August, the peak summer months

  • Mykonos is a relatively small island. But I recommend using the local bus or hiring a car to explore the whole of Mykonos if you have only a few days to spend in Mykonos

  • It is possible to visit the island via a cruise, however, keep in mind you will have only a few hours, about 4-5 dedicated ones to visit the island. If you plan on doing this yourself plan in advance

  • The windmills of Chora and the colourful streets are a short walk away from the port however on a sunny day it can get quite hot so it is best to opt for the shuttle that takes you from the port to the town

  • Ferries leave from Athens to Mykonos almost on a daily basis. You can also catch one from Santorini to get to Mykonos

  • The shoulder months of April, May and September and October are some of the best months to visit Greece


Irrespective of how many days in Mykonos you spend, it can be a fun-filled and adventurous trip.

It is worth visiting Mykonos even if it is just once, you won’t be disappointed!


FAQs – How many days in Mykonos

 

How to travel from Santorini to Mykonos?

 

Take a 2.5-hour ferry ride from Santorini to Mykonos. Between April and October, the Greece ferry system runs multiple trips between the two islands. Remember to book your ticket ahead of the trip online.

 

Where to stay in Mykonos?

 

It depends on the kind of traveller. If nightlife is the main purpose, stay in Mykonos Town to be within walking distance from all bars and restaurants. For a relaxing quiet beach kind of vacation, stay outside Mykonos Town and rent a car for exploring the island.

 

Is 3 days enough in Mykonos?

 

3 days on this Greek island is enough time to enjoy the main highlights of the island like the beaches, nightlife, Mykonos Town, Little Venice, and day trips.

 

What is the best time to visit Mykonos?

 

The peak tourist season in Mykonos is during the summer. However, visit the island in April-May or September-October for great weather, affordable prices, and fewer crowds.

 

How to get around Mykonos?

 

For visiting sites in the town area, walking is the best option as everything is close by. However, for visiting the less touristy places, the two options available are renting a car or bus.

 


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Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

She's also a speaker passionate about DEI and champions solo travel. She has collaborated with numerous renowned brands such as Intrepid Travel, TripAdvisor, Travel and Leisure and Adobe, to name a few.

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Inside Petra Jordan (2024) - Guide to All Info Visiting Petra

Petra is a historical lover’s daydream. Ever wondered what’s inside Petra and how to best go about visiting Petra? Here’s a guide to Petra: how to get there and what to see and do. Be a day trip Petra or couple of days visiting Petra, Jordan, you’ll find all you need here!

I tried to imagine what it must have felt like filming in Petra in 1989 – the year the last Indiana Jones movie, ‘Indiana Jones and the last crusade’ premiered.

Petra and what was inside Petra and Wadi Rum, was almost unknown to the world. This golden pink mini city although discovered, wasn’t on people’s radar till they saw on the big screen what it had to offer.

Almost 20 years later, Petra still continues to be fascinating and magical – and even the large number of tourists visiting it, can’t take the beauty away.

We spend 2 days in Petra and honestly, if you’re a fan of history, architecture and ancient lore, even a week isn’t enough.

So here’s all you need to know about Petra – one of the top things to do in Jordan, what’s inside of Petra and images of Petra so when visiting Petra this article works as a guide to Petra, be it for a day trip or more!

An inside Petra map is also included!


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How to get to Petra

 

By flight: A trip to see the inside of Petra is fairly easy to arrange, as it is a major tourist attraction in Jordan. The closest airport is King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba (100 KM or under 90 minutes by road to Petra)

Alternatively, visitors can fly into Queen Alia International Airport, which is just outside of the central city of Amman – the best place to start your Amman to dead sea adventure. From here, you can visit Petra Jordan –  Petra is only 200 km away from Amman. That’s about three hours by car.

By bus: A JETT bus travels from Amman to Petra – but only one bus runs per day, at 6.30 AM The bus starts from the JETT bus station in Abdali. You can also catch a bus from Aqaba if you arrive at King Hussein International Airport. The bus starts from the JETT office, on King Hussein street, about 10 KM away from the airport. Both buses cost around 12£ for a one-way trip and 19£ for a two-way trip. Remember to budget for a taxi between airports and bus stops.

On foot: Once in the town of Wadi Musa, the only way to enter Petra is on foot or by mule or camel. Buy a ticket at the visitor centre and make your way into the Al-Siq from there. It’s worth noting that because a lot of your visit here will be spent on foot, the best time to visit Petra is between September and November.

If you’re exploring more options, this should help.


Tickets for Petra and location details

 

DETAILS

Address: Tourist street Visitors center, Wadi Musa, Jordan

Location can be found here

Hours: Open Daily 6 AM – 6 PM

Entry Fee: Prices vary by the type of visitor

If you’re staying for at least one night in Jordan: One day in Petra: 50 JD, 2 days in Petra: 55 JD, Three days: 60 JD
If you visit Petra the same day you arrive in Jordan and are staying for at least one night in Jordan: 50 JD* (* visitor to pay border ticket fees (90JD) and return in the next day to get a refund of 40 JD)
Fees for people not staying in Jordan for even a single night: 90 JD
Jordan pass: Visit to Petra is included in the Jordan Pass. Starts from 70 JD and can be booked here

Additional info:
Entry is free for children under the age of 12
Jordan pass inclusion for Petra does not include Petra by night
Daylight tickets are to be purchased for Petra by Night

Guides: Prices for guides start from 50 JD for 4 KMS.

For answers to FAQs like How many days in Petra, can you go inside Petra buildings etc. please refer to the FAQ section at the bottom of the post. For how big is Petra inside, continue reading!

Inside Petra


Inside Petra Jordan : A comprehensive guide to Petra


Where to stay in Petra


There’s so much to see in Jordan – consider spending at least 5 days in Jordan. You can do a Petra trip in a day. But if you think it would be too hectic, it’s worth staying back to explore the historic area.

The Petra Guest House Hotel is right at the entrance of Petra. Its walls are lit up colourfully at night, and the Cave Bar offers a delicious variety of local and European delights.

If you’re prepared to stay just outside Petra. The Petra Marriott Hotel is a mere 3.5 km from the entrance to Petra and features lots of classic Arabian decor touches, a pool and a top restaurant.

The most popular Petra travel accommodation spot is the Mövenpick Resort Petra, a 5-star, first-class hotel resort at the entrance to Petra itself. Guests here love the rooftop garden terrace, which offers views of the Petra hills.


If you’d prefer a day trip to Petra

 

If you’d prefer a day trip Petra, and not stay here longer it is possible to do so from Amman, the Dead Sea or even Wadi Rum.

Here’s some great options to consider:

From Amman: A private day trip from Amman with pickup

From Amman: Wadi Rum and Petra day trip with pickup

From Amman: Half day trip to Petra with pickup

From Aqaba: Day trip petra with pickup


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Here’s things to do and see inside of Petra with descriptions for each

 

More than likely, the image of the Treasury in Petra is familiar to you. It’s been featured in movies, magazines and world heritage culture for decades. To make it even cooler, to get here, you need to walk through a mysterious path through a ravine.

This path – walked or taken by horse – is the gateway to Petra and its most astounding attractions.

Here is a list of all the attractions you should visit in Petra.


Inside Petra map

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Bab Al-Siq Triclinium

 

Inside Petra, the first historical monument you’re likely to discover near the visitor’s centre is The Triclinium or the Bab Al Siq. The name literally translates to ‘the gateway to the siq’ in Arabic.

The Triclinium is known for its three ‘Djinn blocks’ which are massive block tombs carved out of the rock; the monument’s first feature the moment you see it. The Bab Al Siq is – or was – a ceremonial chamber that hosted feasts every year. The devout would sacrifice offerings to the dead here.

A lesser-known spot around the Triclinium is the Snake Tomb. To reach here, you must go climb up a narrow trail over the dried-up stream bed of Wadi Musa which was meant for horses to pass through.

The climb might feel like a bit of an effort but once you reach it, the architectural design of the tomb makes it all definitely worth it. It is believed that the tomb must have been a burial site for a family inside Petra. Beyond the site are two impressive relief walls with Nabatean snake imagery running up.

The Bab Al Siq sets the tone for your journey into Petra, serving as the gateway to the Siq and the sites beyond.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm

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Obelisk Tomb

 

There are a number of royal burial sites around Petra. The Obelisk tomb is a funeral hall that is among the first monuments on the Siq walk. The tomb is actually made up of two sections: The triclinium or ceremonial hall, and the tombs, sitting above.

The tombs are said to be even more remarkable in the evening light, as the sun sets. The low light gives colour to the rocks, which are quite unique and beautiful.

The Obelisk Tomb derives its name from the four obelisks towering above the tomb. This monument is a piece of architectural marvel. Its design takes from a beautiful mix of Nabatean, Indian, Greek and Egyptian architectural styles.

The tomb is said to have been constructed in the first century CE and features four pyramids or nafesh over it, as well as a statue that symbolizes the five people buried under the tomb.

Somewhere on the pathway to the tomb inside of Petra, is also an ancient inscription that dates back to when the owner of the tomb was still alive. The inscription is carved in Greek and Nabatean language and lists three generations from his paternal lineage.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm


The Siq

 

The Siq is a canyon walk that has existed for a thousand years or more. Traces of the ancient Nabateans and their culture still survive here.

They ran a complicated water supply system, and constructed many statues and monuments all of which can be discovered by an observant visitor on the walk.

Though one could access the Nabatean metropolis of Petra from all main directions, the Siq remained the main entrance to the city. You can take the 1.2 kilometres route by foot, camel or mule (and even a drawn cart).

This ancient entrance to the main city of Petra begins at the Dam and ends inside Petra at the Treasury. The rocky landscape of the Siq is an impressive sight to behold in itself, but its intricacies are remnants of the Nabatean skills and techniques.

Throughout the Siq, you can find Nabatean sculptures adorning the rock walls – most of which are dedicated to gods. On both sides of the Siq are also rock-cut canals and terracotta pipes through which drinking water flowed into the city. The Siq is a brilliant photo tour to be a part of – with each nook and cranny unearthing magnificent historical sites one after the other.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm in summers and 6 am to 4 pm in winter


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Al Khazneh – The Treasury

 

Towards the end of your Siq tour, you’ll discover Al Khazneh, literally translating to ‘the Treasury’ in Arabic. It stands just over 40 M high. It is highly recommended you try to see the treasury at night.

There’s a certain mystical element to the monument when artificially lit by candles. Unfortunately, you can’t enter the treasury. But the view of the facade alone is said to be well worth the price of admission.

Though the name might suggest it to be an administrative building, Al Khazneh was actually a Nabatean temple carved out of sandstone rock. This temple is believed to have been the mausoleum of the Nabatean King Aretas IV and is one of the most elaborate structures in all of Petra.

The name Al Khazneh was actually given to the place by the Bedouins who believed that pirates hid their treasures inside the structure. The Treasury has not only been popular with historians and tourists but has also been popular in movie culture.

This remarkable site has made an appearance in an Indiana Jones film, a Mortal Kombat film, one of the Tintin’s Adventures and many other TV shows, video games and movies.


Outer Siq

 

As you wind up your visit of Al-Khazneh or The Treasury and begin going further into the inside of Petra city, the massive narrow winding lanes flanked by tombs and other ruins give way into a vast open area known as the Outer Siq.

This plain area has now become a thriving – albeit small – marketplace. There are several shops selling souvenirs and other memorabilia as well as quick meals and beverages.

Local bedouins can also be seen dressed in their traditional clothing, selling knick-knacks and offering rides on their camels decked up with eye-catching saddles.

If you’re on a walking tour of this ancient city, the Outer Siq might be a good place to stop and rest for a while and soak in the contrast, between the then and now of the city of Petra.


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Streets of Facades

 

The Streets of Facades inside Petra, Jordan, consists of monumental Nabatean tombs lined up one after the other right past The Treasury. These massive, mansion-like tombs have been carved on the southern cliff face adjacent to The Siq and are a wonderful site to visit for all art and architecture enthusiasts.

These tombs have been built in the ‘crow step-style’ which dates back to the Assyrian style of architecture. Of these rows of tombs, the one that stands out is the BD 70 tomb tower which is unusually high and freestanding, towering the other tombs at 15 meters.

All the facades on this street are Hegra type facades, some still showcasing their intricate details on the otherwise withered walls.

As you walk past the Treasury, the narrow gorge suddenly widens for a bit, revealing over 40 of these ancient tombs. BD 67 is another tomb worth exploring, thanks to its unusual funeral chamber on the upper floor. Another one is the BD 825 which is fascinating because of its 17 graves and beautiful details. The Uneishu Tomb is also worth having a look at, standing tall atop the Jabal al-Khubtha massif.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm in summers and 6 am to 4 pm in winters


Petra Roman Theatre

 

The Petra Theater is a Nabatean monument dating back to the first AD. A huge chunk of this theater was carved out of a single rock and this massive theater is believed to have hosted as many as 8500 people at once.

Though the Petra Theater looks more Roman in design, the simple characteristic that it was carved out and not constructed makes it more Nabatean in style.


Royal Tombs

 

Carved out of the Jabal al-Khubtha rock, the Royal Tombs of Petra are one of the best things to see inside Petra. These fascinating historical sites lack enough archaeological evidence to associate them to a particular Nabatean ruler, but these tombs definitely do belong to that era.

Of these mausoleums, the Urn Tomb is one that stands out for its intricately carved out facade. It is said that the Urn Tomb was also an important site of worship during the Byzantine Empire.

Other notable tombs in this lineup include the Silk Tomb – named so because of the rich texture of the sandstone it was built from, Corinthian Tomb, Tomb Of Sesto Fiorentino and the Palace Tomb.


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Byzantine Church

 

Also known as Petra Church, the Byzantine Church inside Petra, Jordan is one of the finest monuments remaining from the Byzantine era in Petra. Located at Colonnaded Street, this church is where the 140 papyri were founded, which enabled scholars of that time to document life in Petra and for scholars of the present era to find and preserve them.

The Byzantine Church is one of the three famous churches from the Byzantine Era. The other two include the Ridge Church also known as the Red Church and the Blue Chapel made of Egyptian granite.

This church is believed to have been built during the 5th and 6th century CE. It sits on an elevated surface in the center of the city and one must hike a bit to get here.

The Church is famous for its mosaic decorations but also bear iconography from Romanic and Hellenistic schools.

These mosaics depict a wide variety of things including animals, people, pottery, seasons, plants and more.


Colonnaded Street

 

Originally founded during the Nabatean era, the Colonnaded Street (there’s one also in Jerash) was later refurbished when the Romans took over. This street has been the go-to place for shopping in Petra since ancient times.

Traders and buyers alike would line up here and it was the center of most commercial activity in the region. Right at the beginning of the Colonnaded Street also used to be the Nymphaeum, a place to worship nymphs, but today, only its ruins remain.

Built around 106 AD, Colonnaded Street inside Petra, marks the center of Petra city.

At the end of the Colonnaded Street is the Temenos Gateway dating back to the 2nd century AD. This gateway featured massive wooden doors and towers on the side. Temenos Gateway separated the commercial hub of Colonnaded Street from the sacred courtyard of Qasr al-Bint to retain the temple’s sanctity.


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Great Temple

 

The Great Temple lies south of Colonnaded Street and is one of the grandest attractions amidst the ruins of Petra city. From here, you can see Qasr-al Bint, the Siq and the Lower Market in different directions, making it a prime spot inside Petra.

Though the name of this monument signifies a place of religious worship, archeologists are still unclear on whether it was really that, or an administrative or parliamentary building.

Even if it was a religious place, it is unknown who this religious space was dedicated to. Regardless of the purpose of this grand monumental complex, it is definitely one of the most spectacular places you can visit inside Petra.

It is believed that the construction of the Great Temple was completed in the first century CE, under the rule of King Aretas IV. As is traditional with the Nabatean style of architecture, you can find rectangular cellars at the heart of the Temple after climbing up the stairs.

This space opens up to a vast ‘theater’ of sorts, with a capacity to house about 600 people. The Great Temple is definitely an architectural marvel with stucco columns carved into the rock face – a treat for architecture and history buffs!


Qasr al-Bint

 

Also known as the Temple of Dushares, Qasr al-Bint is a temple supposedly dedicated to one of the main Nabataean gods, Dushara, though no clear inscriptions remain for a clear answer.

The name ‘Qasr al-Bint’‘ translates to ‘the palace of Pharaoh’s daughter’ and is said to have been given by a bedouin; the origin of which is associated with a local folk tale. This temple is one of the best surviving buildings from the past and is well known for its stucco decorations found both inside and outside the temple.

 


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The Monastery (Ad Deir)

 

The Ad Deir, ad-Dayr or el-Deir Monastery itself is a marvel on its own. You’ll need to do a fair hike to get there, but the effort is well worth it. Your hike might take up to 90 minutes at a moderate pace, going up a steep 800 steps path, while you’re still inside Petra.

Thankfully, locals offer a mule climb to the monastery for about £10 GBP. On the way to the top, you can also check out Lion’s Tomb, Wadi Kharrubeh as well as several small grottos and biclinia.

The Monastery was originally a tomb, and may also have been used as a church during the Byzantine era. Carvings of crosses adorn the walls, and you can still see remnants of the courtyard, where ceremonies would take place. It is because of these carvings, the local Bedouins of the region named the site Ad Deir which literally translates to ‘the monastery’ in Arabic.

Ad Deir is also where you can start the 6 KM walk to Little Petra mentioned below. Apart from its historical and archeological significance, the Ad Deir Monastery is a great viewpoint as well. From the top, the landscapes and stunning gorges of Wadi Araba will take your breath away.


The High Place of Sacrifice (The best view)

 

There is a particular spot in Petra that is reputed to have the ‘best view’. The view encompasses the surrounding hills and mountains. And it is found just a few steps from the old monastery. The location is called the High Place of Sacrifice.

These days, it’s not as sinister as it may sound. It is, however, holy ground for the ancient Nabateans, and a site where many religious ceremonies were performed. Presumably, it was agreed to be a great setting for these rites and rituals, with good reason.

The High Place of Sacrifice inside Petra, is built atop Jebel al-Madhbah, a mountain in Petra which literally translates to ‘mountain of the altar’ in Arabic. Situated at a height of 1,070 meters above sea level, it is also believed that Jebel al-Madhbhah is the Biblical Mount Sinai.

The site at High Place of Sacrifice is dedicated to the Nabatean gods of Al ‘Uzza and Dushara. The hike to the top is not very long (about 2 KM), but is definitely a steep climb and takes about 45 minutes to complete starting from the Theatre at Petra.

The views of Waid Musa from the top are unmatchable. From here, consider walking further through Wadi Farasa and combining other attractions like the Garden Tomb, Garden Triclinium and Soldier’s Tomb.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: Open 24 hours


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Things to do outside Petra


Little Petra

 

A few kilometers north of Petra is an archeological site known as Little Petra – or Siq al-Barid. In Arabic, Siq al-Barid literally translates to ‘cold canyon’. The ‘little’ in its name refers to its smaller scale, though it is still a part of the larger Petra Archeological Park.

It is thought to have been built at around the same time as the main Petra site, during the first century BC. It is a worthwhile addition to a Petra visit, especially as it requires no tickets to visit.

That said, you will need to gain access to the main Petra site first, in order to get here. Apart from the obvious route to Little Petra from the main city of Petra, you can also attempt the 6 kilometers long hike starting from the end of the canyon and going all the way to Ad-Deyr in Petra.

The purpose of the Siq al-Barid is not abundantly clear. However, some archeologists believe it to be a suburb of sorts to the Nabatean capital of Petra. It is believed this suburb usually hosted traders on the Silk Road visiting Petra.

Later when the Nabatean Empire fell, Little Petra was more or less left entirely vacated and was then taken over by the nomadic Bedouins passing through the region. The ancient paintings and frescoes here are extraordinary examples of the Nabataean and Dionysiac influences in the region.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 6 am to 6 pm


Meet The Bedouins

 

The desert people are welcoming of visitors and are more than willing to share their stories and traditions while you wait at any of their camps.

The Bedouins have also set up tent camps to provide much-needed shade and refreshments – it gets hot out here.

The B’doul tribe is the biggest Bedouin tribe in Petra, and are believed to be descendants of the Nabatean people. Also known as Al Bdoul or the Bedul tribe, it is most likely you will run into someone from the B’doul tribe on your visit to Petra.

The village of Umm Sayhoun is where a lot of B’doul people live now, and most of them are engaged in the tourism industry – running hotels or camps, or offering horse and camel rides. You can still find many people dressed in their traditional Bedouin clothes, however, signs of modernization are very evident as well.


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Wadi Musa

 

Literally meaning ‘Valley of Moses’ in Arabic, Wadi Musa is the neighboring town you’ll encounter when you travel to Petra. And many of the accommodations and standard facilities will be found here. In fact, it is the gateway to Petra, so you’re likely to spend some time here, especially if you’re staying in one of the hotels or resorts.

Wadi Musa is said to be an important Biblical town as well. It was here where Moses struck water for his followers at Ain Musa or Moses’ Well. Jebel Harun, a mountain believed to be the Biblical Mount Hor, where Moses’ brother Aaron is said to be buried, is also located very close to Wadi Musa.

While here, why not check into a traditional hammam? The Turkish bath experience involves a spa, massage and a traditional steam bath. It is available to men and women.


Cave Bar

 

The famous Cave Bar of Petra located inside Petra Guest House, is believed to be the oldest bar in the world, and as the name suggests, it is located inside a 2000-year-old cave! This cave was originally built by the Nabateans as a tomb and most of its structures still remain intact today – where one can now wine and dine.

This dimly lit Indiana Jones type cavernous atmosphere might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of nightlife in Petra, but its traditional musical performances and local Jordanian wine are sure to put you in a good mood.

Entry fee: None

Visiting hours: 2 PM to 12 AM


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Petra, also fondly known as ‘the rose city’ is a unique place to visit when in Jordan. With its many archeological sites, it almost feels as if you have walked back in time.

The landscapes of Petra are as unique as the city’s historical sites. The High Palace of Sacrifice is the perfect place to go hiking on a good day and making your way through Wadi Rum will take you to a whole different world entirely.

Everything about Petra is just near perfect. The nightlife is amazing with bars and restaurants lining up the city, and there are plenty of photo ops throughout the city to get your Instagram game rolling, making Petra a must-visit place in Jordan.


Lavinia Dsouza

Award-winning Analyst, multi-nominated digital content creator and photographer Lavina Dsouza's words capture stories about culture and tradition mainly through its food and people. She has written and contributed to publications such as The Washington Post, Lonely Planet and Matador Network, to name a few. She is the editor of UntraditionalHumans.com, a non-profit created to share inspiring stories from women of colour who break free from traditions and choose happiness.

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