Cagliari - Claudia Tavani
Cagliari [Sardinia on a budget #2 – where to go in Sardinia: Cagliari] is the capital of Sardinia [Take me to Sardinia] (Italy) and a great historic city, set in a beautiful position between mountains, sea and a great plain. It is where I was born, where I grew up, and my home. Here you can enjoy a great summer, mild winter, and very low pollution thanks to the winds that regularly sweep the city. Cagliari has many archeological sites (e.g. a Roman anfitheatre), great architecture (some wonderful buildings and parks, such as the new Parco della Musica), and is full of art, social and cultural life. I love the whole city, but I have my own favourite spots, which I always recommend visiting.
View of Stampace
Castello quarters: This is one of the four historic neighbourhoods of Cagliari, set on a hill from which you can get an incredible view of the city and the gulf. Founded in the 13th century by the Pisans rulers, it is a fortified area with 3 watch towers (San Pancrazio, dell’Elefante and Cristina) that can be visited (beware, you may get vertigo up there!). It is also where the beautiful cathedral is.
Poetto’s beach: Whether you visit Cagliari in the summer or not, you can’t miss strolling along our beloved city beach. It stretches for over 8 km, and on a windy day kite surfers crowd the clear waters. It is a good place to enjoy a cold beer, spot the locals going for their daily run or just relax.
Parco di Molentargius: This is where the locals go on a sunny day to run, bike, or just take pictures of the birds (especially pink flamingos) that nest in the lagoon.
Sella del Diavolo: The promontory overlooking Poetto beach can be reached by an easy, half day trek and offers stunning view.
Sella Diavolo as seen from Poetto beach
Claudia is from Cagliari (Sardinia) and is obsessed with travelling. A former human rights lawyer and academic, after devoting her life to the protection of cultural identity, in November 2013 she decided to give in to her biggest passion and started travelling around Latin America, and she has hardly stopped since. Blogging came as a natural consequence for her, as Claudia wanted to let her family and friends be updated with her adventures.
Bucharest - Alexandra Corbu
Bucharest is the capital city of Romania, a beautiful country in Southeastern-Central Europe. Or, in other words, my home! The people that know me can tell you how much I love it. Moreover, i feel very proud to say that all my international friends that visited Bucharest liked it and plan to come back again.
Spotlight Festival, April 2015
Bucharest has 4 types of beauty in 4 different seasons – spring, summer, autumn and winter. Every 3 months this city changes and offers us astonishing views. Regardless of the weather outside, you will always have something interesting to do. Bucharest has big, beautiful parks where you can see active people practicing sports like jogging, table-tennis, cycling, walking their dogs or just sitting on the grass. During summer you can also relax and enjoy the weather in terraces and gardens while drinking ice tea.
Here you can find many different places to have fun or relax, from tea houses or coffee shops, to pubs, clubs and restaurants with delicious food. While during the day you have so many interesting things to do, the nightlife in Bucharest is vibrant and also full of attractions.
We occupy Dâmbovița River Event
My city is full of culture and this is one more reason why I enjoy it so much. Every year it hosts many cultural festivals, sport competitions and other events. It is not uncommon to go to a park and watch a play, listen to a concert or watch a movie for free. Do you like books? Bucharest has many libraries and some of them are magical, like Cărturești Carusel. You can even find books for sale on the streets – and they are really cheap.
When you talk about active people, Alexandra is definitely one of them. Currently studying marketing management, but also involved in many different things. From being a member of one of the biggest Romanian NGO's (GEYC), to writing about her passion for travelling, photography and whatever she finds interesting. I first met her about 3 months ago and is one of the people that inspired me about travel blogging.
Almería - Angela Torres
When I tell you about my hometown, I am sure you will love it as much as I do. Almeria is a seaside city situated in the southeast of Andalusia, Spain, and was colonized by Moors 1000 years ago. It's a small and nice city that has a population of around 200,000 inhabitants. We feel so happy to enjoy a perfect all-year Mediterranean climate with an average temperature of 19 degrees!
I believe that Almeria is the perfect place to live. It is the city of light, peace and freedom. I love losing myself in the marvelous beaches, and we are lucky because the climate is perfect to do it all year. Also I like the summer parties at the discos on seashore and the delicious food. It is so hard to describe my feelings about it. Almeria is the place of my family, my friends and where I´m going always to return.
At Cabo de Gata Nature Park there are probably the most spectacular beaches you’ve ever seen anywhere. You´ll find there unspoiled beaches, hidden coves, a ruined castle, some awesome coral reefs and dizzying cliffs. And if you like history, the Alcazaba is the perfect place for you. Built in 995 a.D. by the Caliph of Cordoba, this beautiful fortress to defend his trade in textiles and silks. Nowadays you can visit this Moorish castle and let your mind fly to another period.
In Almeria there are also several monuments that you can visit in a nice walk. One of them is the Cathedral, built in the 16th Century. Another attraction are the air raid shelters, underground galleries for civilian protection during the Spanish Civil Wars. And don't forget visiting the Mini-Hollywood: a park located in the only desert in Europe, the Desert of Tabernas. If you think that a desert is only a lot of sand and dust you are very mistaken. Hundreds of actors left their footprints here because it was the paradise for Hollywood cinema for the 60´s and 70´s. ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’, ‘Indiana Jones and the last Crusade’, ‘Exodus’ are some of the films that have been filmed here.
Desert of Tabernas
Angela is a girl at her early 20's, born and raised in the beautiful region of Andalucia. At the moment she is studying at the University of Granada and hopes that she will have the chance to follow her dreams. She has the honour to be the first non-blogger sharing her experience with The Travel Issue.