Bordeaux and other city’s become the best European destinations

I’ve never been to Europe. However, the data below might be a reference for those who want to travel to Europe.

20 selected destinations competed for the prestigious title of Best European Destination 2015. After a three weeks’ period of online voting, Bordeaux is elected the Best European Destination 2015 and won this prestigious title. Lisbon, Athens, Valetta, Riga, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Innsbruck, Milan, Brussels, Vienna, Rome, Barcelone, Istanbul and Madrid are the next best destinations for a holiday or city-trip in 2015. We thank all the participants from Tourism Offices, community managers of social networks and the 244,696 voters who made their choice and influenced the result !

1. Bordeaux
Bordeaux has always been a dynamic, cosmopolitan city and never ceases to reveal exciting, new facets of its character. The city of Bordeaux’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007 and its bold modernism have made it a key destination for everyone interested in French culture, lifestyle… and wine!

Centre of a legendary winegrowing region, this vibrant and sophisticated city is a top gourmet and culture destination. Synonymous with fine wines, Bordeaux is one of France’s most elegant cities. Bordeaux’s setting on the River Garonne has made it an important port for centuries. Bordeaux is the ideal base for exploring wine châteaux of Médoc, St Emilion and Bordeaux, fringed by the largest pine forest in Europe, just 45 minutes from Arcachon Bay (famous for its delicious seafood and oysters!) and superb beaches. The Basque Country and Spain are only 2 hours away and in 3 hours you can be on the Pyrenean ski slopes.

  1. Lisbon
    Lisbon is an illuminated city. The almost constant presence of sunshine and the River Tagus transforms the Portuguese capital into a mirror of a thousand colours – highlighting the city’s unique architecture and beauty.Have fun in Lisbon, where nightlife continues till dawn. Experience calmer moments in Lisbon in the city’s parks, gardens, belvederes, cafés and esplanades. Or simply enjoy the pure pleasure of being in Lisbon, through its gastronomy, luxury hotels, spas and shopping centres.
  2. Athens
    Athens is considered the cradle of western civilization. Over the years, a multitude of conquerors occupied Athens, and erected unique, splendid monuments – a rare historical palimpsest, evident everywhere in the city.The contemporary urban scenery of the sprawling city reflects its exciting history, its multi-cultural modern personality as well as the infrastructure and facilities. In other words, Athens is a must destination that combines modern urban innovation with history, culture and natural beauty throughout the year.

In Malta you can span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.

4. Valletta – Malta
Malta is holidaying as the mood takes you. And with near year-round sun, you can indulge in outdoor living at its best. And, if this were not enough, there are the other two islands – Gozo and Comino -which can be a pleasant change-of-scene during your stay

5. Riga
The first, indelible impression that most visitors get of the Latvian capital is its majestic skyline, as viewed from the left bank of the Daugava River.

One will find a breathtaking range of architectural styles in the historical centre. Furthermore, Riga’s wealth of Jugendstil or Art Nouveau buildings, complete with their fantastically ornate flourishes, stands out as unparalleled anywhere in the world. Proud of its heritage, it is a thoroughly modern city with a highly developed infrastructure and opportunities for a variety of activities.

6. Zagreb
The impressions of many foreigners who live in Zagreb, business people and tourists can be summed up in a single sentence : a large city which managed to stay romantic and safe. There are unlimited possibilities for visiting music and theatre events, art exhibitions, museums, sporting events and enjoying pleasant walks, interesting architecture, plentiful parks in the centre of the city, pedestrian zones and the atmosphere. Spacious pedestrian zones with many open cafes with garden and street terraces scattered all over the city add to the charm of Zagreb hospitality.

7. Ljubljana
What is it that sets Ljubljana apart from other cities and capitals ? A vibrant city of delights characterized by its unique historical heritage, cultural creativity, friendliness and relaxed atmosphere.

Due to its compact size, Ljubljana is a walking and environmentally friendly city, dotted with many green spaces. Nestled on a hill above the Old Town, the medieval Ljubljana Castle looks like a mighty guardian protecting the city at its foot. Even at first glance, Ljubljana seems pleasant and familiar to visitors.

8. Innsbruck
Picturesque and snazzy, on the pulse of nature and the city at the same time, that is how the city on the banks of the river Inn presents itself to its visitors. Innsbruck, the capital of the Alps, is a vibrant and refreshing city that combines alpine, urban and historical components in a unique way and offers a myriad of possibilities to its visitors.It fascinates with the beauty of the nature surrounding it, its long history and traditions that are interwoven with modern elements: star architects and gourmet restaurants coin the face of this city just as much as the alpine scenery surrounding it.

9. Milan
Milan has been interesting and vibrant at least since it was the capital of the western half of the Roman Empire. Have a look at the imposing marble Duomo, at our churches, palaces and museums. You will also be delighted by contemporary art and architecture.

While you visit, let the atmosphere of Italy’s most modern and advanced city seep in. You will be captured by the elegance and style; by the energy and the international flair. An incredible shopping experience for all tastes and pockets, in a place where design and fashion have made their home.

10. Brussels
Brussels, the capital of 500 million Europeans, is waiting to share its treasures and talents with you and to tell you its story. It has an ability to adapt to its visitors: no matter when you come, there’s always something happening here; no matter how long you stay, there are several different ways to experience Brussels, each with some brilliant surprises in store.

A multicoloured heritage of the most diverse styles, a contagious creativity tinged with surrealism and humour, a sociable and epicurean art de vivre.

11. Vienna
Vienna’s Ringstrasse is the most beautiful boulevard in the world. Nowhere else can you find such a dense concentration of so many representative buildings, palaces and parks. All of these splendid buildings still have their full radiance today. An elegant promenade for the wealthy and beautiful has become a modern boulevard for everyone.  And the section of the Ring along the Danube Canal has become a hotspot: an urban bar scene and modern architecture attract a primarily young audience.

12. Rome
The province of Rome is a matching frame for the many treasures of the capital, and the surrounding area has, more or less directly, experienced the influence of the history of the Eternal City. A region with a great deal to offer: sea, nature, good food and villages rich in history and art. The sea, the hills, lakes, rivers and vineyards: the surroundings of Rome offer a kaleidoscope of diversity and attractions for nature lovers.

  1. Barcelona
    In Barcelona, you don’t have to choose between going shopping or sightseeing. Wherever you go, you’ll see that shops are part of city life. And while you discover unforgettable sights, you’ll be welcomed by the window displays of leading international brands, modern designer shops and traditional shops that have been there since time immemorial. The city has set the benchmark for the international electronic music scene and dances to the sounds of the world’s top DJs. It’s also the perfect place for lovers of jazz, rock, Latin rhythms and pop. 

    14. Istanbul
    With one foot in the East and the other in the West, Istanbul is the perfect city destination with its captivating blend of sights, sounds and colours. Admire magnificent mosques, atmospheric churches, intriguing museums and Sultans’ palaces or take to the waters of the Bosphorus to enjoy fresh fish overlooking the Black Sea. Explore the warren of streets in the Grand Bazaar and discover the metropolis of the moment that Istanbul is today with its stylish art galleries, world-class restaurants and electrifying nightclubs.

15. Madrid
Madrid is an open-minded city where culture and entertainment share a thriving space. The Spanish capital makes everyone feel right at home while providing them with some of the world’s most interesting tourist attractions. Madrid is one of the world’s liveliest, most entertaining and vibrant cities during the day, but even more so at night. The Spanish capital does not only offer art, shopping, nightlife and excellent gastronomy but it also presents both visitors and locals with all imaginable options for leisure.

source : http://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/

The best place in Indonesia is not only Bali

If you come to Indonesia, do not forget to visit the best places below.

When we think about Indonesia, we often think about Bali. But Indonesia is much more than that. It’s a country rich in cultural diversity, home to around 300 ethnic groups and 700 languages. It is one of the largest countries in the world, counting around 17,500 magnificent islands, some of which are still unexplored. This list will explore the top ten places to see while you are traveling across the country.

Dieng Plateau, Central Java

Formed after the eruption of the mountain Prau, the Dieng Plateau is a caldera complex situated at 2,000 meters above sea level. Its location makes it one of the coolest destinations in Indonesia, and the change is easily noticeable coming from the surrounding lowlands. The major sights to visit there include a multicolored lake, a hot spring, breathtaking sceneries from the peaks and ancient Hindu temples. Different in character from the rest of Java, trekking through the lush rolling hills, passing by beautiful plantations, and breathing in the fresh air while looking at the mountains in the horizon, is one of the most fascinating journeys to be taken in the area.

Lake Maninjau, West Sumatra

A little off the beaten path, in a region where many unspoiled natural wonders can still be found, lies the beautiful Lake Maninjau. The lake is located in a volcanic crater, 461 metres above the sea. To reach the end destination, the journey involves negotiating 44 hairpin turns on the steep road down from Bukittinggi. With all the twists and bends, the ride can be eventful, but with the breathtaking views over the blue lake and the surrounding hills, it is worth the effort. The lake Maninjau is one of the most serene and quiet places in the country, far away from the hustle and bustle of big cities. The area is one of the best spots to relax, restore inner peace and live a slow paced life.

Thousand Islands, DKI Jakarta

Who would have thought that heaven on earth could be so easily accessible from the overwhelming capital city of Jakarta? Just a 90 minutes speedboat ride from the marina in Ancol lays the beautiful Pulau Macan, namely the Tiger Island. For breathtaking views, crystal clear water, white sand, great snorkeling spots in a well preserved environment, mouthwatering and fresh food, and a chilled atmosphere, this is the place to be. There is one resort on the island: the Tiger Islands Village & Eco Resort. The staff there makes sure everything is provided and runs smoothly. The resort engages in conservation activities by planting corals and mangroves, aiming to be a model for other eco-resorts nationwide.

Yogyakarta and Surroundings, Central Java

It would be no exaggeration to say that Yogyakarta is the arts and culture and culinary hub of the island of Java. Days could be spent exploring its streets in search of the best batik, puppet makers, gamelan concerts, food vendors, street art and much more. But it does not end here. The city is also the main hub for the more historical Java, constituting the perfect base to go explore the nearby temples of Borobudur and Prambanan. Dating back to the ninth century, the former is one of the oldest Buddhist temples, with more than 2,000 relief panels and 500 Buddha statues. Dating back to the same time, the latter is a Hindu temple where you can enjoy beautiful evening dance performances staging the Ramayana, one of the greatest Hindu epics of all times.

Komodo Island, East Nusa Tenggara

Close to Timor Leste, the Komodo Island is home to one of the most fascinating creatures on earth: the Komodo dragon. The dragon is native to Indonesia, and these islands are the only place where they can be found living in the wild. It is the largest lizard in the world, sometimes growing as tall as three meters long and weighing up to 70 kilograms, with sharp claws and poisonous saliva. Their natural habitat is the tropical forest where they live in groups. The Komodo National Park is a protected site in Indonesia, and it has become illegal to hunt or harm these deadly dragons. With the permission of the local government, local and foreign tourists alike visit the islands every year.

Bandung, West Java

Bandung, commonly referred to as the Paris of Java, is a green and cool city situated in West Java. Scenery lovers will be delighted with the breathtaking views, especially around the tea plantations, volcanoes, and Kawah Putih – the turquoise sulfur lake. And food lovers will fall in love with all the culinary delicacies. Bandung is famous for its cuisine, and many locals from all around the country go there just for the food. The city is also a commercial one, where cheap fabrics can be bought from the markets, and fashionable branded clothes from the outlets. Last but not least, it is a great place to enjoy the traditional music of Sunda played with the local instrument called angklung.

Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara

Similar in density and size to neighboring Bali, and sharing some cultural heritage, Lombok has developed as one of the main tourist destinations in Indonesia. It is around Senggigi that most facilities have developed, and it also from there that the three very popular Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air – are most commonly accessed. Even though they can be said to be increasingly changing in character, the Gili Islands still have enough diversity to provide for all tastes. From luxury resorts, to laidback backpackers’ retreats, the islands have it all. Other tourist spots south of Lombok include Kuta Beach, famous for its quasi-deserted white sand beaches, and as one of the best surfing spots worldwide, and Mount Rinjani, an active volcano.

Manado, North Sulawesi

Formerly used as a Dutch stronghold, and cultural center of the Minahasa ethnic group, Manado was, for a long time, a prosperous city trading with neighboring Philippines, and the rest of the world when it came to spices. However, most of the older buildings did not make it through WWII. The city is still worth a visit though as it is home to the biggest and most important churches in the region. Contrary to the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, Christianity here is the main religion. Other interesting sights include the impressive Lake Tondano and Lake Linow, the nearby volcanoes, and the Christ statue in a flying posture in the Citraland Park.

Pontianak, West Kalimantan

The second longest in the world and the longest in Indonesia, the Kapuas River in the jungles of Borneo brings you all the way into the hinterlands, home to the indigenous Dayak people. Deep in the rainforest, traditional ways of life have survived throughout the years. In an incredible natural setting, rich in diversity, boat rides starting from Pontinanak are the ideal way to explore the region. You can also experience the Dayak way of life by staying in traditional longhouses. In the villages, elders still use traditional medicine, perform rituals, mark bodies with intricate tattoos, and wear heavy earrings. Borneo is also the best place to spot black orchids, orangutans, and fresh water dolphins.

Raja Ampat, Papua

Situated in Papua, the archipelago of Raja Ampat, comprising more than 1,500 small islands, is a diver’s dream destination. The underwater scenery is incredibly beautiful, and includes one of the richest coral reef ecosystems on earth. It also includes around 1,300 different species of fish, 530 species of coral, and around 700 species of mollusk. The islands remain remote, and are hard to access, which makes them relatively undisturbed by human activity and expensive to get to. But for divers, this place is highly recommended.

source : http://theculturetrip.com/

Travelling in Pangandaran Indonesia is EAST COAST

The natural beauty of West Java, in particular the presence of various beaches was amazing like Pangandaran, is a tourist destination which is the goal of everyone to spend the holiday. Located in the southeastern part of West Java, or 91 km from Ciamis, beaches have white sand turned out to save this beautiful variety of interesting things which many people do not know.

Some things are interesting and worth to be visited is located in the eastern part of the coast of Pangandaran. Therefore, it is highly recommended for those of you who visit this tourist spot for trying to explore the eastern coast of Pangandaran are no less interesting.

Underwater beauty Pangandaran Beach East Section

* Not far from the park nature reserve Pangandaran travel, that is precisely in the east coast of Pangandaran itself there is a place that must be visited by them that are very fond of underwater beauty.

* Renowned for its underwater natural beauty and diversity of marine life, on the east coast of Pangandaran often used as a spot for snorkeling. To enjoy the beauty of this underwater, then each person will be charged extra.

* Not only that, the east coast of Pangandaran is also very famous for its beautiful beaches when the sun will begin to rise. Not infrequently if many tourists who will spend time on the east side coast of Pangandaran in the morning. Unbeatable beauty is used as a place for tourists to take photographs.

* The beauty of that is on the east side this includes the beauty of natural park located on the left side and reclaiming the island, located on the right side. In fact, if you visit when the weather is sunny, then you will be able to see the majestic Mount Slamet very charming.

Pangandaran beach rides East Side

* Also known for its underwater natural beauty, on the coast of the east coast of Pangandaran also presents a wide range of tourist facilities are very interesting and are obliged to try. Various facilities such as the water games like banana boat, big mable, jumper donut, parasailing and several other challenging game that is sure to trigger your adrenaline going.

* Although considered quite extreme, some games are still in demand by every visitor who came to the east coast of Pangandaran, because security is guaranteed.

* Known as the beach that has a very enchanting beauty, Pangandaran beach area is a tourist destination that is never devoid of local and foreign visitors.

* The beauty of the beach is also located on the east coast of Pangandaran that presents the beauty of the sea, the feel of the morning was amazing and do not miss a variety of water sports are quite challenging. So, it is advisable not to forget the east side of Pangandaran when you visit West Java.

Source : travelpangandaran.com