New Zealand is a paradise country. One of the strongest economies in the world, and the desired destination by expatriates from all over the world, the Kiwi country is definitely among the top places in the world to visit. The official land of Middle-Earth in real life, New Zealand has got many locations to visit. Amongst them lies Auckland, New Zealand’s most populous city. Originally populated by the Maori population in the 14th Century, it became a British colony in 1840 and has since then experienced non-stop growth since then. Auckland has benefited from both its ports, one on the Tasman Sea, and the other right on the Pacific Ocean, as well as its gold mines, farmlands and manufacturing industry, which allowed the city to become the main financial hub of New Zealand.

While it is true that some people may consider Auckland not to be a great place for tourists, truth is there are plenty of activities for travellers to enjoy their stay in this cosmopolitan city. One of the most recommended activities is to go climbing at any of the 53 dormant volcanoes that lie all around the surrounding hills of Auckland. The most famous of this is Mt Eden where tourists can get a sublime picture of the beautiful city landscape. Going for a stroll on Queen Street is another great recommendation. Queen Street, the main artery of the Auckland, is a cheerful street brimming with shops, restaurants and good vibes. There you can go on a shopping spree, have something to eat and relax, or visit some of the most emblematic places in the city. Aotea Square, one of such places, is an open-air venue which can host crowds of up to 20.000 people for concerts, gatherings, political rallies, and many other shows. Queen Street also leads you to Britomart, the public transport hub which combines modern architecture with a century-old, Edwardian post office building. Another must-see building in Auckland is the Sky Tower which, at 328 meters, is the tallest free-standing building in the whole Southern Hemisphere.

Auckland’s great city and buildings, and its lovely natural environment are not the only attractions the city can offer to tourists. Visiting the different coffee shops all over town, and having a taste of Kiwi cuisine, is mandatory. Auckland gastronomy offers flavours from all over the world; tourists can try European, American and Asian finger licking fusion cuisine at any restaurant in the city. However, getting to know the locals is perhaps the most advisable activity. Auckland is the city with the largest Polynesian population in the world, and getting to know the Maori culture up-close is something tourists can only do here. Playing a rugby game, going to festivals, visiting the beautiful harbour of the “City of Sails”: there are many things to do in Auckland, definitely a wonderful holiday destination.…

Barcelona – Spanish Cultural Hub

Spain is one of the most culturally significant countries in the world, and Barcelona is one of the reasons why. Barcelona, the heart of the Cataluña region, is a major port on the Mediterranean Sea. It is a unique city when it comes to architecture and culture, overflowing with artistic and social movements. With its more than four millennia of history, this large metropolis is a major touristic destination for travellers from all over the world.

There are some wonderful places to visit in Barcelona. Las Ramblas, for example, is a beautiful walk between the Cataluña square, the historical city centre, and the old port. From this walk, on which restaurants, coffee shops, news and flower stands can be found, as well as many street performers and artists, you can spot some interesting buildings, such as the Virreina Palace, La Boqueria, and El Liceo Theatre. On the old port, visitors can take a tour of the Sea Museum, whereas on the historical city centre some of the most significant sights include the Barcelona Cathedral and the City Hall.

The must-see attraction in Barcelona is, without a doubt, Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, the world-famous unfinished basilica. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the recently consecrated church has been in construction since 1882 and is expected to be completed by the year 2026. This exemplary building of both Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, it is an obligatory picture to whoever visits the Catalan capital.

Aside from the famous buildings and sights, the city of Barcelona itself is a stunning place to tour around. La Barceloneta and the Gothic Quarter are two excellent segments of the city to be marvelled by.

Of course, many of Barcelona’s visitors are sports fans. While the Spanish city has had some relationship with all sports – most importantly perhaps being the host of the 1992 Summer Olympic Games, – Barcelona is synonymous with football. Barcelona FC has always been one of the most important and successful football teams in the world, so a visit to the Nou Camp, the team’s football stadium, is an obligation. There, tourists can take a tour of the whole stadium, visit the wonderful museum, and buy unparalleled souvenirs for their Messi-fan friends.

Barcelona’s grand touristic appeal comes from its artistic and cultural worth, no doubt about it. However, travellers are not just confined to visiting museums and going sight-seeing in Barcelona. The Catalonian city is the perfect place to relax and have some fun. Barcelona’s beaches on the coast of the Mediterranean are a great choice for the summertime. On top of that, tourists can have a delicious taste of local cuisine all year round, for example, paella, tapas or esquexiada.

Barcelona, the second-largest city in Spain, is a holiday destination like no other. A place of history and innovation, travellers will have only the best time there.…