Day Trips

A day trip to Sintra

Hi all,

when we were staying in Lisbon a few weeks ago we decided to go to Sintra for a day. It's not to far, we took an Uber and it took about 45min. On weekends definitely start your day early to avoid the crowds. Our first destination was the National Place of Pena which is situated on top a little hill in a national park. It's a beautiful and colourful building with a stunning view over the surrounding forest. And if you're early you can have it pretty much all by yourself.

Also definitely explore the surrounding gardens. There are some hidden viewpoints that have a stellar view over the national park. 

From the exit of the palace it's just a short walk to the remains of an old castle. (You can get combi-tickets for both palace and castle) It's generally pretty steep to make sure you bring good shoes. Once you leave the castle just follow the path down the hill where you'll arrive in the old town of Sintra, just in time for lunch.

After a rejuvenating lunch at one of the local bakeries, we took another Uber to Azenhas do Mar, a sleepy little seaside town right at the ocean. Because of the strong waves and currents there is a seawater pool carved into the cliff walls so can safely go for a swim. A walk along the cliffs is a must, the scenery is absolutely stunning. 

Azenhas do Mar is probably one of the greatest places in Portugal to watch the sunset. It's facing almost exactly west, therefore the sun dips the ocean just in front of the beach. There are deckchairs and cocktail bars just at the seafront, making it the perfect end to a perfect day out.

I hope you enjoyed this post about our trip to Sintra. Also check out what we did in Lisbon and why you should go there too!

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See you soon,

Tobi

Island Hopping on Koh Yao Noi

Hi all,

after two nights in the North of Thailand it was finally time to travel towards the coast. We flew from Chiang Mai to Phuket, where we took a local taxi to the pier. We made it just in time for the sunset, and the ferry ride was nothing but stunning.

But first of all here's a map for everyone (including me) to show you where Koh Yao Noi is located:

 
 

It's a breathtaking scenery, unlike anything I had seen before. The landscape is vastly different from the North of Thailand: Dense palm-tree forests growing all the way to the white sand of the beach, the water is warm and crystal blue, the cliffs are steep and rough. Even though there is a lot of tourism, a lot of islands are still mostly unihabited. 

We started the island hopping tour early in the morning the following day. Except another couple and the captain we had the Longtail-boat pretty much for ourself. Since we started quite early we managed to skip the crowds at the most popular spots and our tour guide did a fantastic job showing us the most picturesque spots in the area. He even showed us a few islands that were solely inhabited by monkeys. 

And of course I didn't want to miss the opportunity to fly the drone in this stunning landscape. I don't think I've ever seen water that blue. 

The whole tour took about 6 hours. The rest of the day we spend at the at the hotel beach and pool.

Have you seen the other posts from our trip to Thailand? See what we did in Bangkok and follow us through the mountains of Chiang Mai. If you want to stay up to date with all of our travel updates follow us on Instagram and Twitter. See you soon.

Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters

Hi,

after weeks of dark and grey weather spring finally arrived in London. Just in time for our weekend trip to Eastbourne and the Seven Sisters, both located just a few miles south of London. The Seven Sisters are named after the seven highest peaks in the chalkstone cliffs and offer an impressive view over the Sussex coast.

After spending the morning walking along the scenic cliff we headed east towards the lovely seaside resort Eastbourne. The Victorian style seafront and the pier are perfect for a laid back coffee or lunch in the sun. All in all definitely worth a visit, especially since its only 1.5 hours on the train from London.

Sitges - A beach day trip from Barcelona

Hi guys,

Our last trip to the amazing city of Barcelona already feels long gone, the leaves on the trees in London are continuously making their way down for autumn. So it's just about time to get back that summer feeling with some sunny pictures from our day-trip to Sitges.

Sitges is about 30 minutes train-ride away from Barcelona and costs just about 8€ for a return ticket. The train sets you off right in the middle of the historic old town, just follow the road downhill which will bring you directly to the beach. The waterfront is overlooked by the quite iconic Church of Sant Bartomeu. Sitges is a really welcoming and open place with lot's of little shops and restaurants, most of them are open till late at night. And while you're there, definitely try the seafood, it's pretty fantastic. 

So next time you're in or around Barcelona, pack your swimsuit and your camera, cause this little catalan gem is undeniably worth a visit.

Daytrip to Hastings

Hi,

another great weekend trip recommendation: Hastings. It's about an hour and a half from Charing Cross Station and cost approximately 30£., and Hastings Station is only minutes away from the beach. Additionally Hastings has a stunning scenery to offer: From the ruins of Hastings Castle you have an amazing view over the sea, on clear days you can see miles along the coast. 

 

In order to get to the caste you can either walk or take the cliff railway for 2.50£ (incl. return). The admission for the castle is 4.50£ and the view is quite nice. On the way back down the cliff you should make your way through the old town and stop for some lovely antique shops and some pasties in one of the cafes.