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A Guide To Ischia, Italy

October 10, 2017

Ischia is a volcanic island in the Bay of Naples filled with mineral rich thermal waters, sandy beaches and stunning scenery. I explored Ischia with the help of Imperatore Travel, here is a list of great things to do on the island.

Boat Trip

We went on a 3 hour private boat tour around the island, giving us an insight to Ischia’s history and culture. Whilst taking in views of the castle and pretty pastel buildings.Boat trip Ischia - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogGiardini La Mortella

These botanical gardens are a great place to relax, admire the beautiful flowers and get a drink in the lovely tea room.Botanical Gardens - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThermal Baths

We went to Poiseden the largest thermal park on the island, here you can relax in over 20 pools with varying temperatures.

Tip: bring towels, robes, swimming hat and flip flops with you or you’ll have to purchase them there, also bring a Euro for the lockers

Thermal Baths Ischia - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThermal Baths Ischia Italy Enjoy the Adventure travel blogHike up Mount Epomeo

There are several routes you can take the shortest being half on hour to the longest of 5 hours. Ours lasted about 2.5 hours, it wasn’t very difficult but some areas are quite steep. When we started the hike it was quite cold and cloudy but once we reached the top luckily the sun had come out again. At the top there’s a lovely restaurant serving lunch and drinks.

Tip: Bring a jacket as it can be chilly at the top

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Visit this medieval castle to learn more about the history of Ischia and for spectacular views over the island.Ischia Castle - Enjoy the AdventureThe Food

La Bussola – located in front of Forio harbour and close to the town centre, this place has a variety of local Ischian dishes and fresh fish.

 Montecorvo – My favourite dish from the trip was “the Rabbit in the style of Ischia” which we had at this restaurant. All the courses we had here were incredible and I’d highly recommend going! This place is quite hard to find so I’d recommend getting a taxi there.

Casa Celestino Restaurant – this is a great place to enjoy fresh seafood whilst overlooking the Sant’Angel coast.

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Starter from La Bussola Restaurant

When to go

I went in October and it was still sunny and warm, around 21-25 degrees and since most of the tourists are gone you can enjoy cheaper hotels and emptier beaches. Peak season is June to August which will be nice and hot but a lot busier.

Getting Here

In order to get to the island you need to fly to Naples then get a ferry to Ischia. We flew from London Gatwick around 2pm and arrived at the hotel at 9.30 so it is quite time consuming. When choosing how long to stay in Ischia bear in mind the commuting time. We spent 4 days in Ischia and had a packed itinerary so you could easily spread this over 5-7 days.

Where to stay

We stayed at Garden & Villas which was absolutely stunning, 3 acres of gardens with flowers, 2 swimming pools a gym and restaurant. Check out the availability here.

If you want to treat yourself to a 5 star hotel check out Terme Manzi, check out prices and availability here. We visited the hotel for a delicious lunch and the spa here looks incredible!

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*Thanks to Imperatore Travel for inviting me on this press trip, all opinions remain my own*

Travel

25 Hours Hotel Berlin – Review

August 11, 2017

25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Berlin which is quirky, stylish and fun then head to the 25 hours Bikini Berlin hotel. 25 hour hotels have a range of hotels across Europe, each hotel is tailor made to it’s surroundings. The Berlin hotel has an urban jungle theme as it’s located next to Berlin zoo, which you can get panoramic views of from the rooftop bar.  It incorporates the best things of a hostel with many social hotspot’s to hang out in or meet new people but with the privacy and design of a boutique hotel. They even let you rent a Mini Cooper for free, which is a great way to explore Berlin!

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe Bedroom

The rooms are amazing, I could have spent my trip here rather than exploring Berlin. The dark green, plant pots and monkey toy give the send of ‘urban jungle’ The jungle rooms directly overlook the zoo, equipped with a hammock where you can hang out and watch the monkeys playing around. With the window shut you won’t be disturbed by the animals but if you open up the window in the morning you’ll be able to hear them. On the other side of the hotel are the urban rooms, with a view over the city. The rooms are equipped with a doubled sided mirror which is great for two people getting ready and open plan high pressure showers with a sleek black tile design.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

The Breakfast

The buffet breakfast is by far the best I’ve had in Berlin with a wide range of foods served. It includes fruits, cereals, yogurts, eggs and perfectly crispy bacon. They have a variety of loose leaf teas, so you can help yourself to a pot of tea or for the coffee lovers they have a variety of blends you can make with their great machine. If weather permits you can enjoy your breakfast outside overlooking the zoo and city.

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A small cafe  and newscorner where you can chill out or grab some breakfast. The hammocks here are so comfy you will not want to get out of them! The hotel also sells a range of postcards, notebooks, travel guides and toiletries the hotel uses. You can also buy your own Monkey cuddly toy as found in the bedrooms.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogMonkey Bar

Situated at the top of the hotel, it boasts impressive views of the cityscape and zoo. Make sure you head up from your room, rather than the main bar entrance as there tends to be a queue. It has a large range of cocktails, beers and nibbles. We loved coming up here in the evening to soak up the atmosphere.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLocation

Located next to Berlin zoo, with S and U bahn stations just a few minutes walk away

Additional Info

  • Take the lift to the 3rd floor for the reception
  • Sauna and gym 10 euros per person per stay
  • Each room comes with a bag you can use during your stay which will come in handy if buying any shopping
  • Boom bluetooth speakers in each room
  • High speed Wifi and IMAC workstations in lobby area
  • Can rent good quality bikes from the hotel, if staying in the large room you’ll have a bike in your bedroom
  • Book lunch or dinner at  the Neni restaurant in advance as it can book up fast
  • Free Mini Cooper rental

Overall experience

I loved this hotel, it’s one of the most unique and exciting hotels I’ve stayed at. The food, bar, rooms and service are all excellent. I’m already planning on staying in other 25 hour hotels as each one has it’s own quirky design.

Check dates and availability here

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*Thanks to 25 Hours Hotels for a complimentary night stay all opinions remain my own*

Food Germany

Secret Food Tours Berlin

August 8, 2017

The best way to explore the history, culture and food across Berlin is with a food tour! Secret Food Tours have a range of tours across Europe and the USA including Paris, Barcelona, Rome, New York and many more.

This is so much more than a food tour, it’s a chance to learn about the past and present culture of Berlin, our tour guide Margot was brilliant giving us insider tips and showing us some amazing street art along the way.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureI can’t spoil the locations of the tour as you’ll have to go experience this for yourself but here are some foodie photos to make your mouth water.

The Food

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur first stop was a doner kebab, normally I’m not a fan of these but I loved this one. The chicken was really succulent and went well with the creamy sauce and salad. At most of the stops you have the option to get a drink such as a beer, wine or soft drink.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur next stop we had spaetzle, this is very similar to mac and cheese, it tasted amazing so rich and creamy and topped with crunchy onions.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureWe stopped for some tasty candied nuts

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureNext up is the infamous currywurst, we went to a butchers which had loads of German builders sat outside, you can always tell it’s good quality when locals eat there.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureThe schnitzel is delicious!

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureLast but not least is the German cheesecake which was delicious!

If you have any allergies or preferences these can be catered for, also if your too full like I was near the end you can always ask for smaller portions. The price for the tour is reasonable for the amount of food and drink you get. I highly recommend this tour and if your a foodie fan looking for the best spots in Berlin then this 3 hour tour is perfect for you.

To check out the tours click here

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Days Out Travel

#1 Zoo in Europe – Loro Parque Tenerife

May 3, 2017

On my recent trip to Tenerife me and my parents spent the day exploring Loro Parque situated in the north off the island. We started of the day with the discovery tour. Our friendly tour guide showed us round and explained all about the zoo. They work with many different projects to protect endangered species and to help protect the environment. Loro means Parrot in English and Loro Parque actually started off as a refuge for Parrots. They still have loads of parrots there and breed them there. The zoo previously won the Tripadvisor’s travellers choice for zoos and aquariums and came number 1 in Europe and 2nd in the world. The zoo is amazing and there’s so much to see and do!

Loro Parque Zoo Penguins - Enjoy the Adventure

On the tour we went to the Penguin enclosure its amazing you stand on a moving platform and can see them dive into the water. There’s also a machine to create snow falling from the ceiling.

Loro Parque Zoo Fish - Enjoy the Adventure

Loro Parque Zoo Flamingos - Enjoy the Adventure

For lunch we stopped off at Casa Pepe which serves Canarian specialities tapas-style. I would recommend the cheese with Mojo sauce for a starter. They also have a selection of meat dishes such as chicken skewers and a variety of sausages.

Animal shows

The shows are well worth seeing! Its amazing what the animals can do. I would recommend trying to see as many of the shows as possible. We missed the parrot show as we had to get back on the coach. Try and get to Loro Parque early as there’s so much to see there.

Loro Parque Zoo Whales Enjoy the Adventure

There are six Orca Whales at OrcaOcean who perform, even a deaf one who receives guidance through special hand and light signals. Bear in mind if you sit near the front you’ll get soaked.

Dolphins Loro Parque Enjoy the Adventure

The Dolphin show is brilliant and all of the shows give you information about the animals.

Sea Lions Loro Parque Zoo Enjoy the Adventure

My favourite show was the Sea Lion show. One of the sea lions wanted all the attention. Every time the trainer went to do something with the other sea lions it would jump down and get in the way.

Loro Parque entrance - Enjoy the Adventure

I loved this zoo there’s so much to see and the animals are treated well. It’s easy to see how the zoo has won so many awards. If I visit Tenerife again I’d love to go back as I didn’t get to see the bird show and could have spent longer exploring the zoo.

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Bosnia Weekend Away

10 Things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina

October 26, 2016

Turquoise rivers, tumbling waterfalls and lush green landscapes. The beautiful lands of Bosnia and Herzegovina are one of Europe’s best kept secrets. Wandering around Mostar feels like stepping back in time. Even if you only have a few days its worth visiting Mostar’s old bridge and exploring the alleys in Sarajevo. Here is my list of 10 things to do in Bosnia & Herzegovina.

1.Stari Most – Old Bridge

Stari Most means old bridge in Bosnian and is located in the old town of Mostar. This bridge is just as beautiful in real life as it is in photos. The bridge was built by the Ottomans in the 16th century. A word of warning the bridge is very slippery so wear sensible shoes. Crowds gather here during the day to watch people dive from the bridge into the River Neretva. Tourists can pay a fee for advice and a practise jump however this is not safe and travellers have died attempting to jump into the river.

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2.Blagaj

Blagaj is a small village town which is becoming a popular tourist destination. Its a lovely place to relax by the beautiful turquoise river. You can also visit the Dervish house in Blagaj (Tekija) for a small fee.This house is an important monument from the Ottoman period where religious ceremonies took place. You have to cover up before you go in and there are scarves and cover ups that will be given to you.

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3.Kravice Waterfalls

This is an amazing lake surrounded by large waterfalls where you can enjoy a swim but be aware the water is freezing! There is also a restaurant next to the lake so you can relax with lunch or a beer whilst you take in the wonderful scenery.

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4. Ancient Pocitelj

This is a UNESCO world heritage site located to the south of Mostar. The walled town of Pocitelj was built by the Ottomans.

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5. Viewpoint in Mostar

I went here on a day trip and this was our first stop with a view over Mostar our tour guide told us about the history of Mostar.

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6.Feast on meat

You have to try Ćevapi it is a traditional Balkan dish. Consisting of small grilled meat sausages made of lamb and beef mix; served with onions, sour cream and Bosnian pita bread.

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7.Learn about the history – Bosnia has had a turbulent past with a horrific war in the 90s, the effects of which are still massively visible especially in Mostar. You can still see bullet holes in buildings. I went on a walking tour in Mostar it was definitely the creepiest walking tour I’ve ever been on. I went with the hostel I was staying at, we walked to the sniper tower and had to climb over a huge wall to get in. It was at night so it was pretty dark. We walked around the corner and saw the graffiti as pictured below soo creepy!

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We then walked up the stairs over lots of broken glass to get to the roof. Once at the top there was a great view of the city.

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8. Relax with Tea or coffee and a cake –  The Bosnians drink their coffee & tea Turkish style

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9. Wander the old streets of Sarajevo, visit the winding alleys to discover antique shops and cute cafes. Buy some handmade copper coffee sets to enjoy Bosnian tea back home. Make sure you also check out the city hall!

10.Viewpoint in Sarajevo – As I only had 1 day in Sarajevo I didn’t have time to go during the day so went here at night and it had a great view of the city lit up. I saw the cutest proposal here. A man had bought his friends along and put some candles in a heart shape and played Bruno Mars “I think I want to marry you”he got down on one knee and proposed and she said yes! Their friends let go of red balloons and they floated off into the night sky it was so romantic. This viewpoint would be great to visit during sunset.

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10. Visit the street corner that changed the world. This is where Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. This incident led Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia within weeks the conflict soon spread over the world causing world war one.

Accomodation

Boutique hostel skylounge – Mostar

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Photo from Hostelworld

  • Centrally located
  • Events in the evening such as walking tour then head to restaurant and bar which is a great way to meet other hostel guests
  • Breakfast included
  • So cheap around £7 a night
  • Organised tour day trip with hostel as shown in photo below

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Hostel Inn Luxury – Sarajevo

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Photo from Hostelworld

  • Nice design very white and clean
  • Selection of teas and coffee available for free – tea is so important for a British traveller haha

Information

  • If travelling by bus buy at the station as I couldn’t find any tickets available online
  • Currency: Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark (BAM) £5 = 11 BAM
  • Where to go next: Explore Croatia’s wonderful coastline such as Split or Dubrovnik or head to Montenegro and another option would be to visit Belgrade in Serbia.

Croatia Travel Weekend Away

A Guide to Hvar Island, Croatia

October 22, 2016

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Hvar is a small bay town that attracts a lot of tourists. Visitors can explore the winding stone streets, old Venetian architecture, crystal clear waters and crazy nightlife. It’s easily accessible for a day trip or for a longer stay. The only way to get to Hvar is by ferry, I got a ferry from Split with Jadrolinija. Its not too expensive either it was around £5-10.  This island is perfect for a fancy getaway but is also suitable for backpackers with a number of hostels available. Here is a list of of things to do in Hvar.

St Stephens Square

This is the main square filled with restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and St Stephens cathedral.

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Hvar’s Fortica

The fortress is perched on a hill above the old town. To get here walk up the steps off the main square and continue until you get to the top. It’s a steep walk to the top but well worth it with stunning views over Hvar town and the sea. It costs 30kn (£3.60) to get in and there’s a small museum and shop. It would also be a amazing to visit during sunset.

hvar-view

Beaches

Near the town centre most of the beaches are rocky but if you keep walking to the right of the centre you’ll get to a nice beach near some hotels. There is also a closer beach by the Franciscan Monastery.

Party

Hvar has a great nightlife and was super busy when I was there in August. Carpe Diem is a big nightclub in Hvar and you have to get a water taxi to there.Entrance to the club is £20. If you like partying this is definitely worth going to at least once. The water taxi’s are free but stop running around 2.30am.

Boat trip to the Palenki Islands

There are many companies offering boat trips so have a look around for a good deal.

Wine Tour

Hvar has been a city of wine since the ancient Greeks sailed into the bay at Stari Grad. Have a look in the tourism shops for a different range of wine tours.

Accommodation

Try to book in advance especially in peak seasons as when I went I had to move hostels as the first one I was staying at was sold out on the second night.

Hostel Villa Skansi

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Photo from Hostelworld

  • Good for solo travellers as has a bar
  • Has a free pub crawl, this only consists of one bar then your’e left to do your own thing but its still a good way to meet new people and you get a free shot
  • Free pizza

The White Rabbit Hostel

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Photo from Hostelworld

  • Centrally located near shops and restaurants
  • Also a good place to meet people as has a small cheap bar upstairs
  • Air con
  • Lockable storage

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Information

  • Hvar can be quite expensive so budget accordingly
  • Some of the beach is quite rocky so bring the right footwear
  • The streets are marble which can be quite slippy
  • There are a few ferries running daily and you can book a ferry by the port

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