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Alternative Travel in Spain

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Spain’s busiest beaches and exciting cities have been hot tourist spots forever. Independent travellers and those looking for an adventure will revel once in these buzzing centres but will soon crave more unique experiences on the Spanish peninsula. How about a road trip through one or more of Spain’s distinct regions, sampling culture and cuisine and staying in historic Paradores hotels?

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Special Easter Offers at Isango.de

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isango!‘s German site isango.de has published two press releases about its special Easter offers. German isango! distributes discount codes, which enable the customers to get 10% off the original price. They simply mention the code in their booking and receive the discount automatically. The offers are an Easter present from the German isango! team.
One Easter bargain is the Alhambra in Granada, which is Spain’s most popular attraction and very popular among the German customers. The discount code CSCRUUJ can be used to book Alhambra tickets (Alhambra Eintrittskarten) for 10% less. The ticket gives visitors access to the Alhambra and includes a 2 ½ hours long guided tour of the Alhambra palace and its beautiful garden.
Alternatively isango.de offers cheap New York helicopter tours (New York Helicopter Touren). Any of the three helicopter tours can be purchased for 10% less with the code CSPBHP7. The flights are the perfect way to discover the Big Apple and guarantee tourists an unforgettable experience in New York.

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Beautiful Barcelona

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We have recently released a page listing the top things to do in Barcelona – the best activities, sights, tours and excursions. Check it out and start planning your trip to Spain’s liveliest city!

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Boredom at the Beach

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Summer is finally here!  This means one thing…its time to hit the beach!  I know a vacation in the sun and sand sounds relaxing, yet this relaxation can soon turn to boredom.  This is why whenever I head to the beach for a break I try to find things to keep me busy.  The typical beach activities are always nice;  reading, swimming, sun bathing, and just simply strolling the beach.  Even with all the classic activities, I sill get jaded by the second day.  This is why I like to spend one day doing something a bit more stimulating.

The white sands of Longboat Key (Flickr by RTC1)

The white sands of Longboat Key (Flickr by RTC1)

Florida Beaches

Having grown up in Florida, heading to the beach for a family vacation was always a yearly tradition.  Every Labor Day my family and I head to Longboat Key on the Gulf of Mexico.  Every year we look forward to lounging about in the sun, however it gets too hot to sunbath for hours on end.  So, one of our favorite things to do is collect seashells.  In Longboat Key there is a sand bar close to shore and every year we snorkel for sand dollars.  One year we found hundreds of dead sand dollars on the sand bar!  I enjoy shelling so much, that one time on a trip to Clearwater we actually took a tour that took us to an island to hunt for seashells.  It was a fun way to mix up the usual humdrum at the beach. continue reading

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Barcelona

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Experience Barcelona

Park Guell (Flickr by MorBCN)

Park Guell (Flickr by MorBCN)

Barcelona is Spain’s second largest city, which explains the city’s wide array of activities to partake in.  When I was a senior in high school I visited Spain with my Art History class.  Looking back, Barcelona was sadly the city where we had the shortest amount of time and I wish I had a couple more days to experience Barcelona.

As of recent, Barcelona has become one of the most visited cities in Spain because of the vast amount of activities to experience.  Whether you enjoy thrilling tours and experiences, the arts, or learning more about a city’s culture then Barcelona has something to offer. continue reading

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No queuing at the Alhambra palace, Granada

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It was my granddad who booked me on a holiday to Andalucia, including a visit to the Alhambra. I was a disinterested teenager back then, not really keen on spending a week having my granddad chasing me around from palace, to tapas bar and back to the museum with a group of 60plus year olds. Anyways, I agreed to one week of snoring, continental breakfast feasts, unfunny jokes and several attempts of my granddad trying to sell me for less than 15 camels, after all it was for free.

Never, would I have spent a week looking at so many sights. There are many wonderful places in Andalucia, but what has fascinated me most were the Alhambra and the Mezquita in Cordoba. The fusion of Islamic and Christian architecture is so unique and I found both buildings representing the admiration for Islamic inheritance and architecture captivating.  So captivating in fact, that part of my studies later focused on Islamic influences in European culture (thanks granddad!!!). No wonder, I am not the only one and the Alhambra is today the most visited landmark in Spain. Luckily, my granddad is a super organised ex-accountant, the type of man who has guidelines on the first page of his files, of how the file has been organised. So unsurprisingly, he had booked us in for a guided walk, with no need to wait in the endless lines outside the ticket booth.

The Alhambra (Arabic for Red Fortress) is set on the foothills of the Serra Nevada Mountains. On a nice day (as most days in Andalucia) the view is breathtaking, the winter landscape in the back and the valleys and the city of Granada to the South. The Alhambra was built as the residence for Muslim rulers in the 14th history. When the Spanish re-conquered Andalucia at the end of the 15th century, the Alhambra became a royal residence once more and Christian characteristics were added. The perfection and unique synthesis have made the Alhambra one of the world’s top sights and last year over 3 million people visited.

Pretty unwelcoming fact, I find, remembering again the miles of queues. I also recall what my colleague from a Spanish travel agency told me recently. Tickets are fixed to a visiting slot and only a set number of visitors will be allowed entry each day. A fellow blogger argues “On a corner of the Alhambra Museum is a picture which shows tourists fighting outside the entrance before ticket numbers were limited” (http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/p/m/25acb1/ ).

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Not surprising then, that Alhambra Tickets sell like hot cakes. When buying your tickets beforehand, whether that is at the destination or online, make sure you get a fair price. Alhambra Ticket Trading is in Granada, what Chelsea Tickets sales are in London. So here are the three golden rules for staying safe and paying fair:

1. Always read the small print. Some tours are expensive because they offer little extras. Others are expensive for the sake of it.

2. The vendor should give you supplier details once you have booked. Check that they really do!

3. Read user reviews from travellers who have booked the same tour in teh past.

It may seem like an effort to do it all before, but believe me, it is nothing compared to the stress you would have at the ticket stand. Take your voucher, meet your guide and enjoy, because the Alhambra is really a magnificent site.

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