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Malmö, Sweden

Malmö is Sweden’s third largest municipality with a population of around 305.000 in the municipalty, and around 650 000 in the metropolitan area. It is a port city located in the province of Skåne (Scania) on the southern tip of the country.

At the heart of Malmö lie three squares, called Gustav Adolf’s Square (Gustav Adolfs torg), the Big Square (Stortorget) and the Little Square (Lilla torg). Stortorget and Lilla Torg are directly connected at one corner, and a pedestrians only shopping street connects them with Gustav Adolfs torg. Gustav Adolfs torg is surrounded on three sides by buildings containing shops. At the center of the square is a bus platform. A cemetery lies at the south side of the square, through which one can reach Slottsparken, a beautiful park that surrounds Malmöhus.

Be sure to check out places like:
Malmöhus Castle, located west of the old city core, was built in 1437 by Erik of Pomerania, inhabited by the kings of Denmark in the 1500s, and used as a prison until 1914. Currently it houses a history museum, art museum, aquarium, and terrarium.
Tekniska och Sjöfartsmuseet (Technology and Maritime Museum), located west of the castle. The largest section of the museum is devoted to transport, in particular aviation, and there are lots of cut-away models, including the entire front end and cockpit of a Vickers Viscount.
Möllevångstorget square, south of the city center, has a bustling open-air market on weekends.

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Ålesund, Norway

Ålesund is the largest city in Møre og Romsdal, Western Norway. Ålesund is built on a row of islands extending towards the Atlantic. The compact old city centre is thus surrounded by water and Ålesund is a major fisheries harbor.

Much of the joy of seeing Ålesund is to be found in just strolling past the many art nouveau shops and other buildings. However, the most notable attractions are The Aalesunds Museum, The Atlantic Sea-Park and The Art Nouveau Center. Walk up the stairs to Fjellstua from the city park for a breathtaking view of local fjords and mountains. This can really not be underlined enough. Even if you are not up to climbing all 400 or so stairs, even half way up the view is stunning. Alternatively, you can get a taxi to drive you up there for the view from the top. This is a must-see. At the top of the mountain there are walkways that allow you to walk around in natural surroundings while enjoying the view of the islands and mountains around you. There is also a restaurant at Fjellstua serving basic dishes.

The Atlantic Sea Park at Tueneset is the biggest salt water aquarium in Northern Europe and is built into its stunning environment in the Tueneset conservation area. It offers a range of activities, including  diving. After visiting, you can enjoy Tueneset itself which is a nice green area with walkways and a fascinating seemingly endless view of the Atlantic ocean. Have a nice trip.

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Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia

Plitvice Lakes National Park is the oldest national park in Southeast Europe and the largest national park in Croatia. The national park was founded in 1949 and is situated in the mountainous karst area of central Croatia, at the border to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The important north-south road connection, which passes through the national park area, connects the Croatian inland with the Adriatic coastal region. The protected area extends over 296.85 square kilometres (73,350 acres). About 90 percent of this area are part of Lika-Senj County, while the remaining 10 percent are part of Karlovac County. Plitvice Lakes National Park was added to the UNESCO World Heritage register among the first natural sites worldwide. Each year, more than 1,200,000 visitors are recorded. Entrance is subject to variable charges, up to 110 kuna or around $18USD per adult in peak season.

Plitvice lakes are recognized as an astonishing natural monument for the benefit and enjoyment of the people now and for the generations to come. Today, 60 years after its establishment, Plitvice Park continues to provide inspiration for visitors becoming nowadays one of Croatia’s biggest attractions. Thousands of people from all over the world visit the Park during summer. Hiking is a common activity with organized programs for park visitors, other possible activities include: electric boat and train ride, cycling, skiing and rowing. You can easily find a nice hotel nearby this area.

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Marbella Club Hotel, Spain

The Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa, is a beach resort offering a unique blend of old and new, located in a natural paradise on the shores of the Mediterranean. Guests are enjoying the most exclusive luxuries in a relaxed and intimate setting at the Marbella hotel, surrounded by exuberant gardens steeped in history and pampered by the best climate in Europe. Guests of our Marbella spa hotel are also invited to enjoy the exquisite cuisines and excellent service of the restaurants, as well as our world famous Beach Club, Golf Club, Riding Stables and Thalasso Spa. Every detail of the Marbella Club Hotel offers an unforgettable experience and distinctive touch. Those who are familiar with the Marbella Club Hotel know that, elegance is more than just a matter of style: it’s who they are.

The hotel is located on the Southern Spanish Costa del Sol, on the “Golden Mile” near Old Town Marbella and Puerto Banús. The Marbella Club Hotel was built in 1954 by Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg as his private residence. The hotel features 121 bedrooms and suites, spread over the beach front resort, and 16 Andalusian-style villas throughout 42,000 square metres (10 acres) of gardens. In 1999, the hotel completed its own private 18-hole golf course, designed by Dave Thomas. The hotel has a British P.G.A. Professional, Gary Vautier. A riding stable for hotel guests is also present. Enjoy.

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Sevilla, Spain

Sevilla is the capital of Andalucia and the cultural and financial centre of southern Spain. Sevilla has a great public transportation system. The buses run frequently and cover the majority of the city in their routes. Visitors to Seville should consider purchasing a Sevilla Card, designed to aid city exploration and conserve precious travel funds. The card includes free admission to most Seville museums and monuments, unlimited use of public transportation, a guided visit of the Real Alcazar of Seville, unlimited use of sightseeing buses, boat rides on the Guadalquivir River and admission to the Isla Mágica Theme Park. The card also allows access to significant discounts in shops, restaurants, shows and leisure centres for adults and children. The Sevilla card is accompanied by a guide and city map. However, please note that Sevilla Card cannot be used for trams and buses.

The places you should consider visiting are The Cathedral of Seville, La Giralda, The Real Alcázar, The Jewish Quarter, The Hospital de los Venerables, Torre de Oro, Parque María Luisa, Plaza de España, Universidad de Sevilla, The Palacio de la Condesa de Lebrija, Casa de Pilatos, Palacio de Arzobispal and Archivo General de Indias. As far as museums go, you should definitely check out The Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo de Carruajes, Museo del Baile Flamenco and The Archeology Museum.

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Queenstown, New Zealand

Queenstown, New Zealand, is the Southern Hemisphere’s premier four season lake and alpine resort. Surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of crystal clear Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown’s stunning scenery from nearby mountains is inspiring and revitalising. Queenstown is now known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. It recently became a destination where people come from all over the world. Around 1.9 million visitors are drawn to Queenstown each year to enjoy their own unforgettable travel experience. Visitors come to experience our awe-inspiring scenery, to search for adventure, to seek out relaxation and rejuvenation, or just to breathe the pure mountain air.

Queenstown is a perfect place for adventurists. Skiing, snowboarding, jet boating, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, mountain biking, skateboarding, tramping, parapenting, sky diving and fly fishing are all popular activities. Or, if you want something a little more relaxed, you can choose from numerous family activities, nature experiences, tours and beauty spas. Queenstown also now hosts an annual International Jazz Festival. Recent international performers include Anika Moa and Di Bird. It has a reputation for being ‘Adventure Capital of the World’. There is no way you will not enjoy this destination.

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Kerala

Kerala, a state in Southern India is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches. It is a narrow strip of coastal territory that slopes down the Western Ghats in a cascade of lush green vegetation, and reaches to the Arabian sea. Due to its unique geography, Kerala gets rain for at least 7-8 months of the year and the forests are classified as rainforests. There are many opportunities to trek, camp and see wildlife.

You should check out Backwaters of Kerala – a maze of lagoons criss-crossed with rivers, shallow pools and canals, all separated from the sea by a narrow strip of sand banks. Backwaters are present throughout the state but Alappuzha and Kottayam are most notable in this regard. There more unexplored backwater stretches in Malabar, particularly in Kannur District. You can also visit Kovalam Beach, Varkala Beach, or The Blue Mountains of the Western Ghats. But that is not all this place has to offer, you also may choose to explore Periyar National Tiger Park, Eravikulam Reserve, Silent Valley Park, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Wayanad Reserves.

Kerala is also considered as land of festivals, with numerous festivals falling across the year. The national festival of Kerala is Onam, marking 10 day long festivities across the state, happening between August-September. The second biggest festival is X’mas due to large Christian population in the state, celebrated in grand zest in many cities, particularly in Kochi and Kottayam. This is such a great place to visit, because your day can always be filled with adventures.

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Hotel Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, Finland

Hotel Kakslauttanen is located in the Saariselkä fell area amidst beautiful Lapland scenery in the vicinity of Urho Kekkonen National Park. The Igloo Village Kakslauttanen Hotel boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every guestroom and superb service. If you are asking why would somebody choose glass igloos in spite of a normal luxurious hotel where you can enjoy your room and privacy more than the location? Well, just imagine you laying down in your bed after an exciting day in a national park nearby and a road-trip to the Nordkap and the Arctic Ocean, when you think that the day can’t be more beautiful, you open your eyes and marvel the amazing northern lights and millions of stars in the sky. The experience is also unforgettable when there is a snowstorm.

There is more! While thinking that this hotel is not able to provide you a delightful stay, you are wrong, this Saariselka accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class. Each guestroom has non smoking rooms. The hotel offers sauna to provide extra pleasure and relaxation for all guests. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay. Secluded and nestled into a beautiful setting of pine trees, it features the world’s largest snow restaurant and the largest smoke sauna. It also features a snow restaurant, ice gallery, and an actual snow igloo instead of the glass. If you want a different type of wedding celebration, guess what!? There is an Ice Chapel.
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Carcassonne

Carcassonne is a city in south-west France that is best known for its UNESCO World Heritage listed walled city. It can be visited comfortably as a day trip. Carcassonne is divided into two main parts:

The Cité de Carcassonne, a medieval fortress settlement with a history that exceeds two and a half thousand years. Picturesque fortifications (over 3 km of walls with 52 towers, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves was partly shot here) were reconstructed by Viollet-le-Duc in 19th century (like with most monuments reconstructed in that time authenticity was not the main objective). It is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The town center, known as the ville basse (literally ‘lower city’), where the other sights and hotels are located.

There is much to see in this somewhat neglected region of France. Get into the hills and visit little villages like Minerve. Try using the Michelin maps but forsake the red roads and take to the little white roads. You will be rewarded by seeing lovely little places that tour buses never visit. Medieval jousting displays are held twice a day between the two walls. Whilst this may sound like a typical tourist activity, this is actually a very impressive and entertaining display of horsemanship and combative competition. This is something you should definitely check out.

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San Marino

Because of San Marino’s high altitude, the view when walking around this enclave of central Italy is a bit like looking out of an aeroplane window onto endless clouds and the spectacular snow-capped Apennines. Founded in AD 301 by a stonemason named Marino, the rugged city-state claims to be the world’s oldest republic. Steeped in medieval history, a visit here is not complete without trekking up to the three imposing tower-fortresses perched along the cliff tops, the oldest of which, the Rocca Guaita, dates back to the 10th century. Also check out the infamous torture museum, which uses diagrams to explain how the gruesome instruments were used.

The tourist sector contributes over 2.2% of San Marino’s GDP, with approximately 2 million tourists visiting in a year. Be respectful when having photos taken with the guards, a smile will do, hand gestures/funny faces are not received well. It would be considered very offensive to call them “Italians” – not that they don’t like Italians, but they are just extremely proud of their independence.

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