Author name: Anita Beyond the Sea

Born in Italy, Anita was bitten by the travel bug before she could walk. After a short experience in the UK, she literally went on the other side of the world and landed in French Guiana. Besides launching rockets, she loves everything about traveling and living abroad and (of course) writing about it!

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Noto Travel Guide, Things to do in the Baroque Capital

Eastern Sicily is full of surprises! I just loved exploring Mount Etna and Alcantara Gorge, but I was very surprised by the beauty of Noto. There are several towns and cities in Sicily where you can admire many baroque buildings, but Noto is probably the most famous and it has rightfully earned the nickname of Baroque’s Capital. The town is about an hour (by car) from Catania and coupled with Siracusa, it makes a great day trip to South Eastern Sicily.

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Things to do in Noto

Stroll along Corso Vittorio Emanuele

Noto is a rather small town and can be visited in a few hours. There are many parkings where you can leave your car and be in no time in Corso Vittorio Emanuele, the most important street.

While walking admire Noto for what is famous, the Baroque architecture. Above the beautiful buildings it was Porta Reale also known as Porta Fernandinea that captured my attention. The funny thing is that this gate was built in 1838 to honor the visit of King Ferdinando II, so it wasn’t built in the same period as the other buildings, yet it perfectly blends in the town’s style.

On Corso Vittorio Emanuele you will find many artisan shops, bars, restaurants, and also monuments. However don’t forget to keep an eye on the buildings, windows, terraces, and doors are heavily decorated with Baroque elements.

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San Nicolò Cathedral

Personally I think the majestic San Nicolò Cathedral is the most beautiful building in Noto. Surely it’s one of the most famous and a landmark from Sicily. What makes it so special? The richly decorated interiors but also the endless stair in the front that connects it with Corso Vittorio Emanuele.

The building dates back to the end of the 17th century but it went through many renovation works. In 1996 the dome and two naves collapsed and the cathedral remained closed until 2007.

In the same square you can find also other notable buildings such as Ducezio Palace, Lodolina Palace and Basilica Santissimo Salvatore.

view of a baroque church at the end of a stair san nicolo cathedral in noto

San Francesco from Assisi and Santa Chiara Churches

As an Italian living abroad my friends always tell me that Italy is the country with the most churches, and of course Noto makes no exception! In addition to the imposing San Nicolò Cathedral, I highly recommend visiting two more churches in Noto.

The first is San Francesco from Assisi Church. This Baroque church was built during the 18th century and inside it has many important paintings and funeral monuments.

The second church I recommend visiting is Santa Chiara. This is one of the most important churches in Sicily because of its impressive interiors that you can visit for free. Even if I was amazed at the stucco and gilding inside, the church point of interest is the panoramic terrace overlooking the city (one of the views is the photo cover of this post). To go up to the terrace there is a small fee that gives you access to an interesting museum inside the attached monastery.

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Ducezio Palace

The elegant Ducezio Palace is the seat of Noto Municipality but for a small fee you can visit its interiors and the panoramic terrace.

The palace has an interesting story: the project is from the 18th century but it wasn’t until the 19th century that the first floor was built. While the second floor and the terrace were completed in the first half of the 20th century.

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Corrado Nicolaci Street

Via Corrado Nicolaci (street) is one of the most famous streets in Sicily. Why? Because every year it hosts the famous Infiorata a very famous flower festival. Following a theme there are thousands and thousands of flowers covering the downhill street with intricate designs. The festival takes place from May to June.

Not able to visit during the festival? When we visited it was outside the festival dates, but even without the flowers you can get a glimpse of the designs that are still visible.

Another must visit from the location is Nicolaci Villadorata Palace. In addition to the exteriors with the famous terraces you can visit the opulent interiors that hosts the public library.

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FAQ

Is Noto worth visiting?

You can get the full tour of Noto in a day and yet I highly recommend visiting it because of the Baroque buildings. Food lovers will also find their joy as Noto was elected best destination at the Food Travel Italy Awards for the year 2023.

And last but not least, it can be a great base to explore Sicily’s South. The town is close to Siracusa, Modica (where they make my favorite chocolate!), Ragusa, and of course the magical Sicilian Southern coast.

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Corrado Nicolaci Palace in Noto.

When is it the best time to visit Noto?

That’s an easy question: during the Infiorata Flower Festival! The city gets more crowded, but that’s a minor price to pay to attend the event and its shows.

If you are planning to go at this time check out the event info on Noto Municipality website.

Planning a trip to Eastern Sicily?

I got you covered with our 5 day itinerary! We just loved exploring this region. People are very nice and helpful, food is to die for, and lifestyle is straight out from la dolce vita manual. How could you ask for more? Well it’s Italy baby! Are you planning a trip to il bel paese? Check out more guides and itineraries in our Italy

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What to do in Martinique for a week (detailed itinerary)

The first time I’ve visited Martinique I was mesmerized by the fact that the heavenly island perfectly blends pristine landscapes with an active lifestyle. It’s truly surprising how Martinique can be modern and wild at the same time. That’s why in this one week itinerary, the best minimum time I’d recommend to stay on the island unless of course you are visiting on a cruise stop, you will find both cultural and nature activities.

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Dubuc Castle.

Day 1 – Balata Garden and Nautical Sports/Catamaran

Perched on a mountain nearby the Western coast of the island, Balata Garden is a lovely walk among the many different plants you will find on the island. And not only! The garden is full of different birds and especially hummingbirds. If you don’t have the chance to admire them in the garden, next to the entrance you will find a feeder that attires them in flocks.

Having lived in French Guiana, of course there are some similarities between the plants that you may find in the equatorial area. But I still recommend visiting as there are some endemic species and hummingbirds are very easy to spot unlike in other places. It’s indeed an enchanting place to explore for a few hours.

PRACTICAL INFO
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6 PM
Website: Jardin de Balata

After the visit to Balata reach one of the Western beaches after Fort de France (if you go up North). I highly recommend the Plage du Coin (look for it on google maps), translates literally as Local Beach, as there are many bars where you can eat and also several services like water sports (I loved wake board!).

Where to sleep?

I’d recommend you to spend the first night in Fort de France. The city has several accommodations on booking.com you will have plenty of options. We stayed in an apartment and dined in. But there are also hotels, and you can rent full villas especially if you are traveling with your friends. Using booking map you can also move your research North.

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Day 2 – St. Pierre and Pelée Mountain

First stop of the day, Martinique Zoo and Latouche Dwelling. I’ve dedicated a complete blog post about this 2 hours activity that will let you discover an ancient distillery that has been damaged during the eruption of 1902. The dwelling hosts now also a zoo which is managed by the same company that runs French Guiana’s Zoo.

After the visit of Latouche Dwelling direct yourself to Saint Pierre, a small fisherman village that became sadly famous after the eruption of Montagne Pelée in 1902, the deadliest of the 20th century. The village has been reconstructed since but there is an interesting memorial the Museum Franck Perret that features many documents of the period as well as informations about volcanology.

In the afternoon go climb an active volcano, and of course I’m talking about Pelée Mountain. There are 4 different trails :

  • Grande Savane, is the shortest (2h) and easiest trail on the volcano.
  • Aileron Trail, is the most popular even if it’s quite long 4 hours and the level is intermediate/difficult depending also on the weather conditions.
  • Hike from Beausejour and hike from Macouba both are 4 and a half hours and they have the highest elevation gain.

Personally I recommend the Aileron Trail as it’s the most interesting and also considering that you will come from Saint Pierre village. No matter the trail you will choose, don’t be surprised by the humidity and be careful not to slip. You may also get caught in the rain so take a raincoat just in case.

Where to sleep?

Saint Pierre can be a charming solution to spend the night. There are many restaurants serving the delicious creole cuisine, you must try the accras de morue (fried fish balls)! Our top pick? Kai Raymond Restaurant, his juices are so delicious!

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Day 3 – Dubuc Castle, Atlantic Side, and Habitation Clément

Cross Martinique to reach the Atlantic coast and the ruins of Dubuc Castle. Situated on La Caravelle peninsula Dubuc Castle was a flourishing estate that produced sugar and tobacco in addition to being a place for the trade of slaves. The place is very interesting to explore and with the ticket you can ask an audioguide for a self-guided tour.

Fondation Clément celebrates the heritage of one of the richest families in Martinique, the Clément family. Rhum Clément has become one of Martinique’s unofficial symbols, and you can visit the distillery. Nowadays the domain also host a permanent exhibition of modern art, the largest in Martinique.

PRACTICAL INFO
Opening Hours: 9 AM to 6.30 PM
Website: Fondation Clément

Where to sleep?

The Atlantic coast has several nice options, you’ll also find that the best rated are often villas or apartments, like the beautiful Anagani suites in Le François. The only inconvenient about these accommodations is that breakfast and dinner aren’t provided, but mostly have fully equipped kitchens.

Day 4 – Pétrifications and les Salines

On day four I propose you to discover two amazing landscapes in the South East of Martinique: Pétrifications and les Salines beach.

Start the day early (very early) to avoid the harsh sun while walking through the Pétrifications. The beautiful landscape has only a flaw: it’s a rocky land with amazing views but with no shadows, therefore the advice to start your trek early and bring water. After about 1 hour you will discover the heavenly and wild beach of Anse Trabaud, perfect for a picnic!

In the afternoon head to one of the most famous beaches of Martinique, les Salines. How to describe it? Well do you have in mind the postcard white sand beaches with coconut trees and turquoise waters? That’s it! Les salines is probably one of the most idyllic places I’ve had the chance to visit.

If your itinerary allows you avoid visiting during the weekend as its assaulted by locals and tourist. Also I absolutely recommend tasting the delicious coconut ice cream they sell!

Where to sleep?

The area called Rivière-Pilote is perfect to continue your exploration in the South of the island. You can also get closer to Le Diamant, the village in front of Diamond Rock.

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Day 5 – Sail around Diamond Rock

Diamond Rock is a natural reserve to many sea bird species and while cruising around it you can admire many of them. There are several catamarans sailing everyday to Diamond Rock and Martinique’s southern coast. One of the best features of this excursion is the possibility to swim with sea turtles and observe many other sea creatures in their natural habitat.

After your excursion before getting back to your hotel stop by the panoramic point on D37 the road between Les Anses d’Arlet and Le Diamant. On the same road you will also find the Memorial 110, a tribute to the slaves that were imported in the West Indies.

Where to sleep?

As distances aren’t far in Martinique (just remember car traffic!) you could either get back to Rivière-Pilote, or go in the area of Trois Ilêts. I’d recommend you the latter option as Trois Ilêts has some of the coolest and most famous accommodations in Martinique. Check out La Suite Villa or Hotel Bakoua just to mention two.

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Photo by Teddy Charti.

Day 6 – Anses D’Arlet (Arlet’s Bays)

Arlet’s Bays are a group of 5 small bays in the South West of the island that are extremely popular for their beauty, wilderness, and for swimming with turtles!

Coming from the South you will find Small Bay, Arlet’s Bay, Large Bay, Dufour’s Bay, and Black Bay. Arlet is a lovely (and very instagrammable!) fishing village on the South West coast of Martinique. Its bay is one of the most photographed in Martinique, because of the picturesque church in front of the beach.

Besides visiting Arlet I highly recommend exploring Dufour’s bay, one of the turtle’s favorite locations and Black Bay, the only black sand beach in the South, funnily it’s only a few meters from Dufour’s bay which has white sand.

Where to sleep?

Arlet’s bays aren’t far from Trois Ilêts so I’d recommend spending a second night there.

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Photo by Steve Bennett.

Day 7 – Fort de France and return flight

Fort de France is a bustling city notable for its colonial architecture and delightful food. When visiting don’t miss the Grand Market (Le Grand Marché de Fort-de-France) for an immersion among tropical and heady flavors. My must buy : the famous rhum arrangé, delicious rhum flavored with different fruits. If you want to buy local fruits to bring back don’t forget to check custom’s law for transport (some fruits and vegetables are forbidden) as well as to pick the less ripe ones, or you may find jam at your arrival!

How to plan your Martinique itinerary

How many days should you spend in Martinique?

If you are travelling all the way to Martinique, you should spend at least one week on the flower island to make good use of the ticket planes. The island offers many different activities for everyone. From trekking on the Pélée Mountain to snorkeling or scuba diving with the beautiful sea turtles, without forgetting all types of nautical sports. And also history lovers will discover the interesting heritage of Martinique and its people.

Another great idea is to combine a cruise in the Caribbean starting from fort de France like we did. We loved it because we discovered many different islands, like Guadeloupe, and the day we will go back to the Caribbean we can select which islands we want to explore more thoroughly.

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How to get around in Martinique?

The best way is to rent a car from the airport, there is almost no public transportation in Martinique unfortunately outside Fort de France. You can easily rent a car from the airport thanks to Discover Cars. The roads are generally in very good condition on the island but due to the volcanic nature of the island roads are often winding.

Good to know: Car traffic can be quite something! Avoid if you can the “hot” hours 7-8 AM and 4-5 PM.

It’s a wrap of our What to do in Martinique for a week

My last tip: I gave you several inspiration for the best accommodations to stay all around the island, if you enjoy driving pick your 2/3 favorite and consider spending several nights there. An example? Spend 3 nights in Fort de France (I’m counting your arrival a day before D1), 2 nights on the Atlantic side, and 3 nights in Trois Ilêts.

Are you looking for inspiration for your next trip? Check out our Destinations Page for more ideas.

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50 A-maize-ing Fall puns that your readers will love!

Are you ready for some unbe-leaf-able puns about your favorite season? Fall puns are here and they can’t wait to be used! I feel I’m the pump-king (I should have said queen, but then it wouldn’t work), of falling leaves season. So don’t hesitate to save this post in your favorites and use it for your amazing shots of the red and yellow season. Grab your camera and let’s start!

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One Word Fall Puns

Fall-ing.

Gourd-geous.

Unbe-leaf-able!

Beauty-fall.

A-maize-ing!

Fall-eluja!

Short Fall Puns

It’s time to squash those worries.

Isn’t this the most wonder-fall season?!

This season is truly magi-corn.

Aww-tumn is here!

Don’t be afraid to fall.

Crop it like it’s hot.

Fall is unbeliev-apple.

Here today, corn tomorrow.

Seeds the day.

You autumn know.

Cute Fall Puns for your beloved one

Stay cozy and fall in love.

Pie love you.

Are you fall real?

I’m Fall-ing for you.

I want s’more of your love.

I’m nuts about you.

Finally found my apple-y ever after.

I’ll never leaf you.

I miss you a latte!

You are the apple of my pie.

Autumn-atic about you.

Fun Fall Puns

I’m acorn-y person.

Autumn is leaf-tiful.

Do nut worry, be happy!

I’m corn-fused about all these colors.

Hay there!

Are you oak-ay? Yes, I’m pine.

You can chai everything!

Orange you glad it’s Fall?

Feeling gourd.

Oh my gourd!

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Autumn Puns for Baddies

Resting witch face.

Take it or leaf it.

Give ‘em pumpkin to talk about

Falling leaves, rising spirits.

Spice spice baby.

Let’s harvest some good times.

Drink up witches.

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Movie Title that makes Perfect Puns

Gourd of the Rings.
Lord of the Rings.

Fall Street.
Wall Street.

Fall Metal Jacket.
Full Metal Jacket.

The Maize Runner.
The Maze Runner.

Pie Hard.
Die Hard.

The Amazing Cider-Man.
The Amazing Spider Man.

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It’s a wrap of the best Fall Puns!

If you loved these, you will love even more our falling leaves captions or our pumpkin captions for Instagram! They are perfect for captioning your photos from Autumn. And I have more coming soon, stay tuned.

Before you leave, if you are passionate about travel, check out our destinations page! Having traveled since a little kid I love to travel and sharing info about the most beautiful places and locations that I have the chance to visit.

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The most Important and Unusual Statues in Budapest

Budapest is the city of statues! Hungarians love to celebrate their heroes or even fictional characters. It could be a monument to the victims of fascism, or to some of the greatest national artists, without forgetting the small statues created by Mihaly Kolodko that are hidden all over the city. Without further ado let’s dive in the guide to find the most unusual statues in Budapest!

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Monuments and memorials in Budapest

Shoes on the Danube Bank

The shoes on the Danube bank are one of the most evocative memorials about the Holocaust ever built. A few meters away from the Parliament about 70 pairs of shoes stands lined on the Danube bank, remembering the thousands of Jews who were executed on the water side of the Danube.

The fascist militia obliged the prisoners to take off the only belongings they had which had value before shooting them. The shoes are often filled with flowers or candles by the locals who come to pay their tribute.

Szent István

Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most enchanting locations in Budapest. Its romantic terraces and towers, but also its statues. And among those how not to mention the beautiful equestrian statue of Stephen I of Hungary?

The first king of Hungary is also one of the most honored Saints in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. The statue inside Fisherman Bastion celebrates both the hero and the saint and is a very important monument.

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Anonymus

One of the most fascinating statues in Budapest is nearby the amazing Vajdahunyad Castle, which is also one of the most photogenic locations in the capital. There can be several interpretations of the faceless men that seats on a squared stone throne, but the statue is nothing less than a tribute to the mysterious figure of the chronicler of king Bela III.

Author of the Gesta Hungarorum, thanks to him we have a precious testimony of the early history of the Hungarian kingdom. According to superstition touching the point of its pen brings luck to writers.

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Imre Nagy

Situated nearby Margaret Island, the statue to Imre Nagy is one of the most important in the city as a tribute to the ancient prime minister and national hero. The statue shows the politician standing halfway on a bridge, symbolizing his fight to free Hungary from the Stalinist regime.

Imre Nagy was prime minister under the communist regime from 1953 to 1955. Very popular among the intellectuals and people, he was the leader of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, before being arrested and executed by the soviet government.

Did you know? Recently the statue has been at the center of a controversy as it was moved from its original location by Victor Orban government.

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Attila József

One of the most famous Hungarian poets, Attila József, sits nearby the Parliament in a melancholic pose. The statue reflects the tragic life of the poet who died at only 32 years old probably by suicide.

Under the statue you can read a transcription of one of his poems:

“As it would flown from my heart,

confusing, wise and big was the Danube.”

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Ignác Roskovics

Famous Hungarian painter of the 19th century, Ignác Roskovics (1854/1915) statue perfectly celebrates the artist painting a view of the neighboring Chain Bridge.

The statue was made by Ukrainian artist Mykhailo Kolodko in two copies: the second can be found in the Ukrainian city where the painter was born Uzhhorod.

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Gyula Krúdy

Famous writer Gyula Krúdy statue sits at one of his favorite places in Budapest: the ancient location of Downtown Café now Matild Café. Many of Gyula’s novels saw the light inside the café, and there is even a legend saying that he used red wine as ink for one of his short stories.

Sindbad’s author patiently awaits inspiration while saving a seat for you to pose with him. Don’t hesitate, you will also see many other people taking pictures.

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Unique and Unusual statues in Budapest

The Fat Policeman

Nicknamed “Uncle Karl”, the Fat Policeman statue guards St. Stephen’s Basilica since 1987. You will notice that many people, including locals, rub his belly while passing by, according to a popular legend, this will prevent you from becoming fat.

Legend or not Uncle Karl’s fame has spread wide and sometimes you will even find lines to get shot with Budapest’s most famous policeman.

The Prince of Buda and the Princess of Pest

The romantic sculpture of the prince of Buda and the princess of Pest is worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy. It represents two lovers who are divided by the Danube river.

The real history is much less tragic and after several centuries of expansion the two cities of Buda and Pest united in 1873. The small statue, situated in the Philosopher’s Garden on Gellert Hill is also a tribute to the union of the two cities.

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The tiniest statue of King Franz Joseph

While walking on the elegant Liberty Bridge, on the side from where you can see the Parliament and the city center you will notice a very small statue about 20 centimeters of the Ukrainian artist Kolodko. The statue represents King Franz Joseph peacefully lying in an hammock with beatitude.

This is only one of the many small statues that Mykhailo Kolodko has disseminated around the city as Easter eggs. The majority are quite difficult to find as they often aren’t larger than a hand.

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The tiny Ferenc Liszt at Budapest Airport

Also oeuvre of Kolodko, the tiny Ferenc Liszt, outside terminal 2A close to the bus stop, was placed there to honor the musician’s 200 birthday. Positioned on a granite column, you will need to approach in order to admire the tiny statue.

A small suitcase where Liszt is seating and a paper plane at his feet complete the composition reminding the location of the statue.

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The Paul Street Boys

One of the most famous Hungarian novels is celebrated with a statue a few meters away from the famous Pal Street, in via Prater.

The novel by Ferenc Molnar marked the spirits of many generations and is considered a classic book for children in many different countries. There are also several movie adaptations that were produced over the years.

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Skála Kópé

Outside the Skála Metró nearby Nyugati station you will find a small boy smiling, he’s Skála Kópé, the mascot of Skála General Store.

Skála Store was a very popular shopping center in Budapest. And around the 80s it had its TV advertisement featuring Skála Kópé, a cheeky boy with a big heart, symbolizing the fact that the store was very popular.

Note: the boy’s heart used to be red but the paint didn’t stand the test of time and it’s now the same bronze color as the rest of the statuette.

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Herendi Fountain

Herendi Fountain is a good marketing exemple. It was built using Herend original pieces, one of the most famous porcelain’s manufacturer. The fountain represents the tree of life.

In the same square you will find another porcelain fountain, it’s Zsolnay Fountain also built from an illustrious porcelain manufacturer Zsolnay. Both fountains were commissioned by the city of Budapest to decorate József Nádor Square.

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The Little Princess

One of the most beloved statues in Budapest is the Little Princess by László Marton. The statue represents the artist’s daughter who used to wear princess-like clothes and a crown made of journal paper, which is the bizarre headdress she’s wearing.

The statue is situated on the Danube bank and has a very nice view on Buda Castle. Through the years it has become the unofficial symbol of Budapest and one of its most important statues.

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It’s a wrap of the must see statues in Budapest

There are several more beautiful statues you will find while walking around, but I feel these are really the ones you shouldn’t miss! Are you preparing a trip to Budapest? Check out our travel guide for more tips and ideas on visiting.

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The 17 Most Instagrammable Places in Budapest

Budapest is one of the most intriguing European capitals. Gothic and Neo Classic buildings mix with a lively and modern lifestyle, making it a great destination both for having fun and immerse yourself in culture and history. But in a city that has so much to offer, which are the best photo spots to catch its highlights? In this guide I’ll lead you through the most Instagrammable places in Budapest.

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1. Fisherman’s Bastion

The fairy tale looking Fisherman’s Bastion is probably the best of all the photo spots in Budapest. It’s so dreamy! The Neo-Classical building was built between the end of 1800 and the first years of 1900, on the ancient fondations of a military fortress, as a monument to celebrate the beauty and grandiosity of the city.

Nowadays Fisherman’s Bastion has become one of the most photographed spots. And that’s not only because of the undeniable beauty of the Bastion’s towers and terraces, but also because of the panoramic view that unfolds before the visitors eyes.

Cost: Free or small fee depending on the area you want to access and time of the day. Learn more on the official website.

Best time of the day to get there: Early in the morning. As a VERY touristy site, the best time to have the Bastion all by yourself is until 8-9 AM. After that time you will see many people showing up to enjoy the location.

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2. Matthias Church

Similarly to Fisherman’s Bastion, Mathias Church was renovated after a turbulent past, that left only ruins of it, by the end of the 19th century. The new Church is in Neo-Gothic style.

The Church is one of the most interesting sites in Buda as many historical events, such as coronations, weddings, etc…, took place inside its walls.

Cost: You can freely access to the exteriors. If you want to visit the interiors you can buy the tickets here.

Best time of the day to get there: To visit the Church interiors you must wait 9 AM (opening time) or 1 PM on Sunday.

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3. Buda Castle

Very close to the above mentioned locations, the imposing Buda Castle stands as one of Hungary’s most famous landmarks. Ancient residence of kings, nowadays Buda Castle hosts the Hungarian National Gallery and the Budapest History Museum.

Cost: The castle is free but if you want to visit the two museums, and I highly recommend them, there is an extra fee. If you buy the Budapest Pass (which includes transports as well!) both museums are included.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime, but the museums open only at 10 AM.

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4. Castle Hill Funicular

Connecting the lower part to the hill of Buda Castle the funicular is a very interesting subject to photograph. You can take the funicular to the top, but honestly I don’t recommend it if there are too many tourists. You’ll end up squeezed inside a wagon and you won’t enjoy the ride much.

On the contrary, if you take the stairs there is a better and unobstructed view of the photogenic funicular from one of the small pedestrian bridges that pass on it.

Cost: Free if you walk your way on the stairs, for entering inside the cabins check the prices on bkk.hu.

Best time of the day to get there: During Summer the funicular is crowded almost at every time of the day. That’s why I recommend evaluating the stairs instead.

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5. Chain Bridge

Every capital has an iconic bridge. In Budapest that’s Chain Bridge. Chain Bridge was the first built on the Danube between the then Buda and Pest areas.

Fun fact about the bridge: there are two massive lions on each side of the bridge. When they were first positioned on the bridge around 1830 not many people had the chance to see lions for real. For this reason word had spread that the artist who sculpted the lions forgot to sculpt their tongues. As he later explained lions have their tongues, they are just not visible as they are inside the lions’ mouths.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: The bridge is both for pedestrians and vehicles, so even if you can get there anytime you want you should avoid the high traffic hours (during the week is when the offices open or close).

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6. Hungarian Parliament

The Hungarian Parliament is one of the most iconic landmarks in Hungary. Visible from many panoramic points in the city, you can photograph it from many different angles.

The best spot for your photos? On the riverside of the Danube facing it. There are no better places to capture the grandiosity of the whole monument. An extra tip? Take a walk at night and admire it enlightened by thousand lights, magical!

Cost: To visit the magnificently decorated interiors of the Parliament you can book a tour on site. Check schedules and prices on the Parliament website.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime. For a soft sky opt the early morning or sunset hour, while for a strong contrast privilege the evening.

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7. Heroes’ Square

Did you know? There are 4 different Heroes’ Square in Budapest! The one I’m talking about is close to the Parliament and next to the city park.

Heroes’ Square is a monument to Hungarian millennial history with statues of the Magyar chieftains and other political leaders. At the center the Archangel Gabriel stands on tall column holding the symbols of Christianity and power.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: For an uncrowded sight of the iconic square go early in the morning.

8. Ferris Wheel of Budapest

Budapest Ferris Wheel or Eye is the third highest wheel in Europe and has one the best views on the city. It’s also an ideal backdrop from the ground, and you have a nice small park around the wheel where you will find the beautiful Danubius Fountain.

Cost: Check the tickets prices here.

Best time of the day to get there: Go with the golden colors of the sunset, although there will also be more tourists, but the views are the best.

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9. View from Gellért Hill

Gellert Hill stands a solid 235 meters above Budapest and is one of the best viewpoints of Budapest. To reach the top you will have to traverse a lush park. What awaits you on top? An enchanting view of Budapest, the Citadel, and Liberty Statue, an inspiring monument to all those who fought for Hungary’s freedom trough the centuries.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime.

The photo below is not from the top of the hill, but from an intermediary point.

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10. Gellért Thermal Spa Baths

On a short itinerary you could skip Gellert Hill, but it would be a pity as it’s the location of Gellert Thermal Spa Bath. The delightful art nouveau establishment is one of the most beautiful Thermal Baths establishments in Budapest. You can relax in an idyllic picture while enjoying the benefits of the thermal treatments.

Cost: Varies following the formula you are taking, see all the prices here.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime.

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11. Vajdahunyad Castle

Budapest has several enchanting locations, but one of the most romantic is without a doubt Vajdahunyad Castle. This majestic building is the mixed replica of several castles in the area which come from different architectural styles: Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic.

The icing on the cake? Vajdahunyad Castle is located inside a vast park. The Castle hosts also the largest agriculture museum in Europe.

Cost: You can freely enter inside the park and castle. If you want to visit the agriculture museum there is an entry ticket.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime.

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12. Margaret Island

Margaret Island is a tranquil getaway in the middle of the Danube. The island is famous for its park, the water tower and Palatinus Strand, a thermal bath complex that has several outdoor pools.

There are several spots which can provide for a great shot, and if you are lucky you may even get wildlife pictures of the adorable squirrels that live on the islands.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime.

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13. Shoes on the Danube Bank

There are several memorials all around Europe, but this is definitely one of the most evocative and touching. The monument consist in several pairs of shoes aligned on the Danube bank, which pay tribute to the massacres operated by the fascist Hungarian militia, who executed the Jews just in front of the water edge so that their bodies were carried away.

The shoes were the only precious belonging they left behind as the soldiers would resell them. You will often find people leaving flowers to honor the victims.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime.

14. Széchenyi Spa Baths

Széchenyi Spa Baths are the largest and most famous in Budapest. They are famous because of the chess pools where you can play chess while enjoying a bath.

These baths are an amazing backdrop especially in colder days when the hot pool water creates a mist effect which look so good on pictures, see down below an example.

Cost: Varies following the formula you are taking, see all the prices here.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime, but to take surreal pictures with the mist coming up from the pools, you should privilege colder days, or evenings.

15. The Great Market Hall

Built in the end of the 19th century, the Great Market Hall is the largest in Budapest. The location has a fascinating architecture which mix industrial features to Art Nouveau.

Even if you are not looking to buy something in particular, and there are shops for all tastes, the place is still a must visit, and also an ideal stop to have breakfast or lunch.

Cost: Free.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime. Note that it’s closed on Sundays.

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16. Szimpla Kert Ruin Bar

The concept is quite modern, in 2002 a new bar saw the light inside an abandoned urban area. Szimpla Kert (translates as Simple Garden) was born. Since then many other ruin bar were built in the area. Although Szimpla Kert remains the most unique and also one of the largest.

The bar gradually expanded and it even has an open air cinema and a vast relaxing area. With its unique urban decay style, Szimpla Kert is ideal for some different shots of Budapest city life.

Cost: You can visit the Ruin Bars alley for free.

Best time of the day to get there: Anytime. Note that it’s closed on Sundays.

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17. New York Cafe

New York Café is rightfully considered the most beautiful coffee bar in the world! This elegant Renaissance style café has it all for being one of Budapest most iconic locations.

Of course, just like many hyped places it comes with a high price tag. As you would expect from a place like, this everything is quite pricey and you mostly pay for the decor. That said New York Café remains still one of the must photograph places in Budapest.

Cost: This is the menu.

Best time of the day to get there: New York Café is often overcrowded and you could wait a long time in line before being served. To avoid the waiting time you should book a reservation. Opening hours: 8 AM to 12 AM.

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One Last Word about the Most Instagrammable Places in Budapest

Budapest is a city where you can find a good photo spot around every corner, so don’t limit yourself. Keep your camera ready and charged and enjoy this amazing city that has so much to offer. And don’t forget to check our Budapest travel guide to prepare a perfect trip!

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40 Unbea-leaf-able Falling Leaves Puns, Captions, Quotes, and Songs

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A whirl of leaves in a dance of red, orange, yellow, and brown, Autumn is here. Grab your cozy blanket, a pumpkin latte, a good book, and you are all set to a good me-time while admiring the nature cloak changing its colors. And if you want to share the moment on your socials with a #fallingleaves you are in the right place ’cause I have a whole selection of falling leaves puns, quotes, and songs that will be perfect captions for you! Let’s see.

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Simple Falling Leaves Captions

Autumn’s confetti.

Dancing leaves in the breeze.

Nature’s artistry in motion.

My favorite color is October.

The ground is a canvas, and leaves are the paint.

Nature’s graceful ballet.

Autumn’s beauty falling all around.

Catch a falling leaf, make a wish.

Autumn leaves, a quilt of colors.

Leaf by leaf, nature’s masterpiece unfolds.

Autumn’s farewell in hues of gold and red.

Leaves falling like golden raindrops.

Funny Falling Leaves Captions

Enjoying Fall one leaf at a time.

Today’s forecast: Fall foliage.

You’re never too old to jump in a pile of leaves.

Peace, love, and leaves.

Orange is the new black.

Leaves puns perfect for Fall Season

Leaf me alone, I’m trying to enjoy autumn!

Orange you glad Fall is here?

Leaf-ing a trail of laughter wherever I go.

Autumn is the season of the most tree-mendous stories!

Here for the pumpkin spice and leafy punchlines.

Looking for pumpkin captions? I’ve got you covered!

I’m unbe-leaf-ably excited for fall!

Leafing summer behind.

Autumn leaves me with great memories.

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Inspiring Falling Leaves Quotes

“Then the trees, after their long silence, began to talk again, in yellow and red.” – Mirrlees, Hope

“When the leaves start to fall, our heart beat starts to rise.” – B.K. Sweeting

“Be like autumn leaves which follow exactly the rhythm of the wind!” – Mehmet Murat ildan

“There is a subtle magic in the falling of old leaves.” – Avijeet Das

“The leaves are changing, I feel poetry in the air.” – Laura Jaworski

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Songs about Falling Leaves

“When autumn leaves start to fall.” – Nat King Cole, Autumn Leaves

“Float down, like autumn leaves, hush now, close your eyes before the sleep.” – Ed Sheeran, Autumn Leaves

“Through autumn’s golden gown we used to kick our way.” – Jeff Wayne, Forever Autumn

“Autumn leaves falling down like pieces into place.” – Taylor Swift, All Too Well

“As I pause to recall the leaves seem to fall like tears.” – John Coltrane & Johnny Hartman, Autumn Serenade

“In this autumn town where the leaves can fall on either side of the garden wall.” – Iron & Wine, Autumn Town Leaves

“Oh the leaves are turning gold.” – Lorrie Morgan, Autumn’s Not That Cold

“Sidewalk painted color red leaves are taking final breaths.” The Tuesday Crew, Just Like Autumn

“Through the spring and summer he loved me and his love died with autumn leaves.” – Dolly Parton, Walls Of My Mind

“Breeze blows leaves of a musty-coloured yellow.” – The Kinks, Autumn Almanac

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It’s a wrap of the best falling leaves puns you will find!

You got an idea of how you can play with the words leaf and leaves. Now it’s your turn to mix and match the fall puns you have found here to perfectly fit your photos. And why not use a good quote from a book or song too? The choice is yours. For more seasonal and travel captions, check out our Travel Inspiration section for more themed captions and puns.

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Budapest Travel Guide: Everything you need to know

You may call it Twin City, City of Bridges, or Waters, no matter the name you will choose Budapest is an extraordinary city for many different reasons. It’s ancient and modern at the same time. You will find many art nouveau buildings, but also a very active night life. Without forgetting its heritage, with buildings like the Parliament and Fisherman’s Bastion. Unlike other European cities, like Paris and Rome, prices are more affordable for eating and sleeping but without compromising the quality. Although less famous internationally, Hungarian food is absolutely delicious!

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When is the Best Time to Visit

The best months to enjoy Budapest are April/May and September/March. At this time of the year temperatures are more mitigate and there are less tourists around.

Music lovers will privilege Summer as it’s the time of the great music festivals, like Sziget or Kolorado, to mention two. And during Winter, the city becomes the stage of Christmas markets, that celebrates Hungarian craftsmanship and food.

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How to get to Budapest from the Airport

Besides taxies, which aren’t recommended as they are very expensive for tourists, you have two options:

  • the airport shuttle 100E, which connects the airport to the city center. This solution is more expensive but will let you go “strict to the point”. I especially recommend this solution if you are staying 1 or 2 days. Time to the city center: about 40 minutes.
  • the second transfer is made via airport shuttle 200E, that will drop you to the metro station on the blue line, from there you can easily get to the city center. This shuttle is included in the Budapest Card (only in the 72h formula), a pass which includes public transport and several attractions. Time to the city center: 1 hour.

How to Move Around

The public transport’s web in Budapest is pretty wide! Buses, metro, and trams you name them without forgetting the ferries on the blue Danube. The best way to move around? Getting the already above mentioned Budapest Card. After you buy it on getyourguide, you can claim it at one of the airport terminal (2A or 2B) after your arrival.

If you are staying for 2 days or less, consider the Travelcard instead as it’s cheaper (it doesn’t include the museum entrances) and the Budapest Card deals under the 72h card are less worth it.

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Hungarian Currency and how much should you carry?

Even though Hungary is part of the European Union, the local currency is the Hungarian Forint.

It’s highly recommended not to change your value at the airport, instead you can change once you are in the city center. Changers can have very different conversion rates between them, for this reason don’t forget to ask also the commission they take before changing your money.

Another good alternative is to withdraw the amount of money you want directly from an ATM. Of course in this case make sure you check the commission rates from your bank before to avoid salty bills!

If you already payed for your hotel, and the majority of your activities and tours you may also consider just paying with your credit card. Most restaurants accept it. Although I would still withdraw a small amount for the extra expenses which may not accept it.

What to see and do in Budapest (Top 6)

Cruise along the Danube

Going to Budapest without cruising on the blue Danube would be a pity, after all they call it the city of waters! And if you are up for it I recommend dinner cruises, the beauty of the Parliament and other buildings illuminated at night takes a magical allure when admired by the river.

The cruises start at a very reasonable price with several options included (like drinks and live music). Want a hint on which cruises is ideal for you? As I already mentioned, a cruise at night is magical. Wether you choose to have dinner or simply sip a cocktail it will be a lovely experience!

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Explore Buda Castle

Buda Castle is situated on a hill dominating the Danube and the city. When visiting you can attend the change of the guard, which is every hour, except for the last saturday of the month that takes place only at noon.

The castle is also home to two interesting museum, the first is the National Gallery for art lovers. While Budapest History Museum will walk you through the history of the city and its people.

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Visit the Parliament

One of the most famous Hungarian landmarks is Budapest Parliament. The iconic building is a must see when visiting Budapest. You can book a visit to its interiors to learn more about the fascinating building and its history.

At night the building gets under the spotlight of a thousand lights and is a sight not to be missed during a walk in the area. The above mentioned river cruises also pass by it as an highlight of the tour.

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Get Budapest at your feet on the Ferris Wheel

Located in a lovely park not far away from the Parliament, Budapest Ferris Wheel will let you see Budapest from new heights.

For a reasonable price you will get 4 tours on the wheel, with the last one stopping for a short time to let you get a 360° view of the city. You can check the wheel schedule and book the tickets on the official website.

Pro tip: Best time for this experience? Undoubtedly at sunset, when you can admire the city’s lights starting to appear and the sky changing colors.

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Admire Fisherman’s Bastion

Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most photographed spots in Budapest. That’s for two main reasons: the beauty of the city views from there, and also the beauty of the location itself, and that’s because the bastion was completed in the early 20th century as a viewing terrace with lookout towers.

If you want to take some undisturbed shots the advice is to go very early in the morning as Fisherman’s Bastion is one of the most popular locations in the city (if not the most popular).

Do you wanna to know more about the schedule, events and tours? Check out the official website.

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Relax at the Thermal Baths

With over 100 springs, Budapest is very well known for its Thermal Baths. There are several of many different sizes all around the city. So which one should you visit?

Szechenyi Thermal Bath is the largest medicinal bath in Europe. Hosted in a magnificent Neo-Baroque complex, the spa has 15 indoor pools and 3 large outdoor basins where you will notice people playing chess. There are several different formulas you can check on Széchenyi Thermal Bath official website.

Smaller in size (but not less interesting!) Gellert Thermal Bath has some deliciously art nouveau designs that contribute to create a luxurious experience. You can buy tickets on Gellért Thermal Bath website.

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The interiors of Gellert Thermal Bath.

Where to Stay in Budapest

As any capital, Budapest has a large choice of hotels and accommodations.

Best Mid-Range Hotel (our pick!)

We personally went with a mid-range accommodation, the T62 Hotel. The hotel is hosted inside an ancient building that was completely renovated. The interiors are modern and very clean with a touch of modern.

One of the best things about T62 Hotel is its position close to Margaret Island and in front of Nyugati Train and Metro Station which makes it an ideal base to explore the city.

Best Luxury Hotel

One of the best rated hotels on booking, it also has a private spa, is Kozmo Hotel. 5 minutes away from the closest tram stop and 10 minutes from the closest metro station, Kozmo Hotel is in an ancient building.

As the guests who stayed there say, Kozmo Hotel guarantees an excellent stay in Budapest. The continental breakfast buffet is very abundant and delicious as well as the restaurant.

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The restaurant in T62 Hotel.

What to eat in Budapest, local delicacies

In Budapest food is delicious and not really expensive. There are several restaurants in the city center and you won’t have any difficulty finding a good one near you.

Hungarian cuisine is a mix of European, and Eastern cuisine. Most dishes includes meat and seasonal vegetables. Among the most delicious you should absolutely try:

  • Goulash, a hearty stew with beef, potatoes, onions and paprika. Goulash is also Hungary’s national dish.
  • Chicken Paprikash. Hungarians love paprika and use it a lot in all of their dishes. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most beloved dishes is chicken served with tomatoes, onions, and garlic, and abundantly covered with paprika which gives it a reddish color.
  • Fisherman soup. It may sound weird for a country that has no access to the sea that one of its main dishes is based on fish. Carp, catfish, or perch are commonly used to make this delicious red (of course there is paprika in it) soup.
  • Deep-Fried Flat Bread, for a vegetarian meal choose this delicious fried bread! Served with sour cream or with sprinkled cheese on its top, it can be a delicious street food to try on the go.
  • Chimney Cake, you will find this delicious pastry around the city under the name of kurtoskalacs. The pastry is one of the most ancient deserts in Hungary. Even though you can eat them empty as they have sugar on their surface, some street foods sell it with ice cream or nutella inside.
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How many days should you spend in Budapest?

Ideally 3 nights 4 days. There are many things to see and do, and 3-4 days are the perfect amount to explore the major highlights of the city.

Is Budapest expensive?

Compared to other European capitals, Budapest prices are very competitive. Hotels and food are excellent and not really expensive. And with good deals like Budapest Card or Budapest Travel Pass it won’t be an expensive trip.

One last word about visiting Budapest

Visiting Budapest is an exciting experience and Hungarian food is a must try. So book your tickets and take the leap! If you need more travel inspiration from Europe check out our guides. And stay tuned, more content about Budapest is coming soon 😉

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Where to stay in Petra? The Best Hotels in Petra for a Wonder-ful stay

Congratulations, you finally booked that ticket to your bucket list destination: the Rose City of Petra. Be prepared to put yourself in the shoes of Indiana Jones and explore one of the most incredible wonders of the world. The ancient Nabatean city of Petra is an archaeological site very close to Wadi Musa, where all the hotels are. As one of the most touristy sites in the world there are several accommodations, but which are the best hotels in Petra, and how to choose among them? In this guide we compare all the things you should consider when making a reservation. Let’s go!

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Best Luxury Hotel

Having to pick only one hotel from this list is an hard task, but probably I’d go with Petra Marriott Hotel because of the views it has on the surrounding mountains.

Best Mid-Range Hotel

More in the high-mid-range Petra Guest House is unbeatable for its position a few meters outside Petra entrance. Need another winning point? Its cave bar! I mean, when will you have another chance to drink a cocktail inside a 2000 old cave?!

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The most beautiful hotels in Petra, Wadi Musa

One of the most important things to consider when booking a night in Wadi Musa, is its proximity to the visitors center. Believe me when I say that after spending a whole day walking, the distance from the tourist center to your hotel will be very VERY important!

Following this logic, the comparative table and hotels list are sorted by the hotel’s closeness to the entrance of Petra, I even added a column with the exact distance.

Good to know: All the hotels mentioned can pack lunch boxes that you can bring inside Petra, that’s a good alternative to the very expensive official kiosks inside.

Hotel NameBooking scorePetra DistancePool + Spa*Price range
4⭐ Petra Guest House8,80 m€€
5⭐ Mövenpick Resort Petra8,6240 m🏊 + 💆🏻‍♀️€€-€€€
3⭐ Edom Hotel8,9300 m💆🏻‍♀️€-€€
5⭐ Petra Moon Luxury Hotel9,3350 m🏊 + 💆🏻‍♀️€€-€€€
5⭐ H Luxury Hotel9,5550m🏊€€-€€€
3⭐ Town Season Hotel9,61,4 km€-€€
5⭐ The Old Village Hotel & Resort9,42,6 km🏊 + 💆🏻‍♀️€€
5⭐ Petra Marriott Hotel8,83,7 km🏊 + 💆🏻‍♀️€€-€€€
5⭐ Petra Bubble Luxotel8,411 km🔥🛁€€

The Best Hotels in Petra (closest hotel to Petra Entrance first)

Petra Guest House

Petra Guest House is strategically built literally a few meters to the visitors center. It’s the closest you can be to the Rose City. The rooms are clean and they have an abundant breakfast buffet.

The hotel has probably the oldest bar location in the world! In fact their cave bar is situated inside a 2000 years old Nabatean carved cave. Hotel’s guests have a discount at the restaurant, which can be an excellent experience even if you are an external visitor.

If you have mobility issues, the hotel maybe isn’t ideal for you as it has no elevators and some rooms have many stairs to climb. Don’t worry about luggage though, personnel is there to help you.

Check out prices/book your stay at Petra Guest House.

Wondering how dining inside a 2000 years old Nabatean cave would look like? ⬇️

Mövenpick Resort Petra

Mövenpick is a guarantee of quality and luxury all around the world and they make no exception in Petra. Their luxurious hotel is just a few meters outside Petra gates making it a great deal for the early birds.

As a luxury hotel, Mövenpick sets the bar high with its Middle Eastern delightful decor and interiors, its delicious food, and high quality services.

Check out prices/book your stay at Mövenpick Resort Petra.

Edom Hotel

A budget friendly choice providing a very good service. Edom Hotel is one of the best compromises between quality and price you will find in Wadi Rum. Rooms are simple, but clean and spacious, and the breakfast buffet is very abundant and good.

The hotel is also still very close to Petra entrance on Tourist Street, the area is full of typical Jordanian restaurants (Jordan cuisine is excellent!) and souvenirs shops.

Check out prices/book your stay at Edom Hotel.

Petra Moon Luxury Hotel

Another great solution to luxuriously rest after a tiring day is Petra Moon Luxury Hotel. The rooms are very beautiful and large, they have an excellent continental buffet for every tastes. The rooftop pool is ideal also to relax after the long hours under Petra’s sun.

Don’t let the booking.com map fool you! The hotel is NOT situated just outside the entrance, you will have to get out from the tourist center and have a short 3-4 minutes walk. The hotel’s position is still one of the best in Wadi Musa.

Check out prices/book your stay at Petra Moon Luxury Hotel.

H Luxury Hotel

The H Luxury Hotel is a brand new luxury hotel in Petra. The hotel is top notch quality but still unfinished, like the spa services aren’t available yet. But there are no doubts that this will be one of the best hotels in Petra once it’s over!

Many guests who have already stayed there, loved the hotel to the point that H Luxury Hotel is one of the highest rated hotels in Petra! The only downside of staying there is the gentle slope you will have to climb after your exploration in Petra, but the jacuzzi and pool will cheer you up.

Check out prices/book your stay at H Luxury Hotel.

One of Petra’s lovely inhabitants.

Town Season Hotel

Situated in the city center of Wadi Musa, the Town Season Hotel is a bit far from the entrance of Petra. If you don’t have a car or are not willing to cross the 1,4 kilometers on foot, the hotel as a shuttle which is available for an extra fee.

What makes the Town Season Hotel one of the best in Petra is its great compromise between quality and price. You will think you’ve stepped in a luxurious hotel when you actually payed half the price than if you stayed in a 5 stars hotel. Of course the hotel don’t have a pool or spa, but for the price that’s normal and completely forgivable.

Check out prices/book your stay at Town Season Hotel.

The Old Village Hotel & Resort

The Old Village Hotel & Resort is a secluded property very close to the King’s Highway and Wadi Musa Northern part. The resort has an excellent position for a panoramic view of Wadi Musa, although that means it’s quite far from Petra entrance. To bring its guests to the Rose City, the hotel has a free shuttle to Petra visitor’s center.

The outdoor pool, which is adults only, and the relaxing area are perfect for relaxing (be careful to the sun!) as an alternative to exploring Petra all day long. For families, the hotel has an indoor pool with a bar. The rooms are also beautifully decorated giving the hotel an extra luxurious touch.

Check out prices/book your stay at The Old Village Hotel & Resort.

The view of Wadi Musa and The Old Village Hotel and Resort (you can see the pool).

Petra Marriott Hotel

Generally I’d recommend Hotels that are close to the entrance, so why am I recommending Petra Marriott Hotel? The reason is very simple: the view! The mountains that delimit the border between Aqaba and Ma’an regions create a surreal landscape which is typical in Southern Jordan (especially in Wadi Rum area).

Marriott has an amazing view on the surrounding area and is on the King’s Highway which is practical to continue your journey to the South.

As a 5 star hotel Petra Marriott Hotel has beautiful large rooms and an impeccable customer service. The pool area is perfect for relaxing and the opening time are also ideal as it closes at 8 PM allowing you to rest after a FULL day of exploration in Petra.

Check out prices/book your stay at Petra Marriott Hotel.

Petra Bubble Luxotel (perfect for couples 💑)

Nearby Little Petra, North from the ancient Nabatean city, Petra Bubble Luxotel is a bubbles camp! Just like Marriott, Luxotel benefits from an excellent view on the surrounding mountains even if Luxotel is North from Petra and Wadi Musa.

The bubbles are spacious and very private and they all come with a jacuzzi which makes this accommodation ideal for couples who are planning a romantic escape. The hotel is far from Petra entrance but they have a free shuttle which will lead you to the entrance. The system which keep the bubbles up may be a bit noisy. If you can bring you earplugs for a perfect beauty sleep.

Did you know? Bubbles are one of the coolest accommodations in Wadi Rum! If you are traveling there check out our selection of the best bubbles in Wadi Rum.

Check out prices/book your stay at Petra Bubble Luxotel.

Things to consider when deciding where to stay in Petra

The hotel must be near Petra entrance (visitor center), or have a shuttle. This is very important as I already mentioned as at the end of the day you will be pretty tired of all the walking, climbing, and cooking under the sun. Any extra meter to your hotel room will look endless, unless of course you are taking a taxi.

Many hotels that are far from the visitor’s center provide a shuttle (most often free). Although you will be linked to their schedule.

Do you really need a pool or spa center? Even though I love traveling in style and comfort I feel like in Petra some extra luxuries like a spa or pool won’t be necessary. And most pools and spa centers close around 6 PM. Unless you sacrifice some precious time from your wandering you won’t be able to enjoy those services.

I’d prefer investing in a good spa treatment on the shores of the Red Sea in Aqaba, or indulge in some curative baths on the Dead Sea.

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Relaxing in Aqaba. Treat yourself in Aqaba at one of these luxurious hotels.

So where will you stay in Petra?

I hope this article helped you clear your mind about the accommodations Wadi Musa offers. Once you have established your budget it should be very easy to pick the right choice for you! If you are planning a trip to Jordan check out our travel guides for more helpful advices.

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50+ Norway Puns and Norway Captions that are Loki the Best

Norway can leave you speechless when it comes to its beautiful landscapes and outdoor activities. Don’t worry you won’t need to find any more words when it comes to find the perfect Norway puns for your Norway captions for Instagram! We have them all, easily sorted for you to pick the one you are looking for. And if you are looking for more Instagrammable places (I have a specific post to Lofoten) or inspiration posts, check out our Norway page.

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Norway Captions for Instagram

When in Norway…

Adventure awaits in Norway.

I love you to the fjords and back.

My heart belongs to Norway.

To Norwegian adventures.

Life is better by the fjords.

There is no better place to experience the magic of nature.

In the land where fairy tales are brought to life.

Viking heritage is alive and well.

When life gives you fjords, embrace the Norwegian lifestyle

Seasonal Norway Captions

Lost in the land of the midnight sun and Northern Lights.

Embracing the midnight sun.

In the land of the midnight sun.

Chasing the Northern Lights.

Welcome to the Winter wonderland.

Northern Lights in Nusfjord.

Funny Norway Captions

When in Norway, do as the Norwegians do: eat lots of Brunost and pretend you like it!
Note: Brunost is one of the most popular local cheeses.

In the land where trolls are friendly.

Lost in translation: Asking for ice cream and getting a reindeer instead…

When you can’t tell if it’s a fjord or just a really wide river.

Norwegian winters: When your hair freezes faster than your brain.

When the fjord’s so stunning, you forget how to take a normal selfie – windblown hair, don’t care!

Tried to blend in with the locals by wearing a Viking helmet, now I just look like a tourist with a horned hat.

In Norway, ‘rustic’ means it’s been around since the Viking era.

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White tailed sea eagle as spotted during a RIB safari.

Norway Puns for every occasion

There is Norway I’m leaving this place!

I think I peaked in Norway.

I can’t a fjord to come back.

Oh, whale.

Norway gets my seal of approval.

I can bear-ly contain my excitement.

Trips to Norway are the most a-moose-ing.

Ship happens.

I love you ferry much!

Norwegian Mythology Puns

it’s Loki annoying how beautiful this place is.

Trying to keep a Loki profile as I’m traveling to Norway.

This place is Frigg-en amazing!

I don’t need a hammer to be Thor-tastic.

Viking puns are so axe-iting!

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View of Hamnøy from Hamnøy Bridge.

Puns about Norwegian cities and places

Life is better if you go Oslo.

I love how Norway places are different. Sommarland and some are water.

I have Lofoten goals.

Bergen, it’s cold in here.

Where should I Bergen my Norwegian trip?

Feeling Blå-ssed.

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Inside a rorbu, learn more about rorbuer and where you can sleep inside one.

Norway Jokes

How did viking ships communicate with each other? Norse code.

What math do Norse gods use? Frigg-anometry.

What do you call a vain person from Norway? A norse-cissist.

How do you call the Norse god of lightning after he turned into gold and began writing books? Au-Thor.

What’s the most popular car in Norway? A Fjord Fjocus.

Have you heard about the Viking who was reincarnated? He was Bjorn again.

Do you know the Norse god who couldn’t stop losing hair? Balder.

How did you say getting a movie about Norse gods from the Internet? Downl-Odin.

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A view of Olstind from Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway.

Let’s wrap the best Norway puns and Norway captions!

I hope like us you liked our captions ferry much (sorry)! And if you are regularly lacking inspiration for your social posts, check out our Travel Inspiration page for more captions, quotes, etc… You will never be caption-less! See you back soon.

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The 17 Best Photo Spots in Lofoten: the Most Instagrammable Places

Lofoten are by far one of the most mesmerizing places on our planet. The beauty of the sharp and irregular peaks surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Norwegian Sea, and the little red houses (by the way, did you know you can sleep inside one?) dotting the irregular surface of the islands, make it a bucket list location for many photographers. But with so many places to visit it’s easy to get lost. With this helpful guide, complete with a map, I’ll help you choose the best photo spots in Lofoten to visit all year long!

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Where to find the Best Photo Spots in Lofoten?

Lofoten are easy to explore. There is one main road, the E10, and a few narrow roads that will lead you to the most remote places. Even so a practical guide can help you to save time, and that’s why you made be interested in this road trip itinerary tailored on a 5-days journey.

Otherwise the map down below will help you locate all the points on our list. I choose to order them by geographical area starting from the North-East and saving the best part, Moskenesøya island, for the end.

1. Trollfjord (Svolvær)

How to get there: by boat on a cruise or on a sea eagle safari tour.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Situated between Vesteralen and Lofoten, Trollfjord became famous after a battle between fishermen in the late 19th century. Following the events, a painting illustrating the naval fight captured the attention because of the landscape.

Since then Trollfjord is an iconic location that can be reached only by boat, or during Summer after a long an difficult trek in the surrounding mountains.

Want two birds with a stone (or should I say eagles?!) ? RIB sea eagles safari will bring you there after showing you the majestic bird of prey in their natural habitat. Want to learn more about this experience? Check out our detailed guide.

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2. Svolværgeita (Svolvær)

How to get there: Northern Alpine Guides.
Best time to get there: Summer.

Climbing the Svolværgeita, literally Svolvaer’s Goat (because of the two spires that look like horns), is one of the best activities to do in Lofoten. And the view from up there is insane! The hike isn’t as difficult as it may look and with Northern Alpine Guides you will get on top in no time.

If you are not feeling confident enough to go up to the horns, Fløya trail head is an easy/moderate that will gift with some incredible views as well.

On top of Svolværgeita Photo credits to Tarjei Mo. License.

3. Henningsvaer Stadium

How to get there: Road 816 to Henningsvaer.
Best time to get there: Summer, when the field is clearly visible.

Henningsvaer Stadium is one of the most iconic soccer fields in the world! Since the use of drones became so accessible, Henningsvaer saw its popularity increase because of the particular location of its stadium.

The stadium is a few meters away from the small city center, to have the most non-aerial view of it climb to the rocks opposite to the entrance. You can also take on the right when arriving to the cod drying stacks for a panoramic view of the surrounding islets.

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Photo from Pexels.com. Credits to op23.

4. The cemetery in front of Vik

How to get there: on Voieveien direction Hauklandstranda.
Best time to get there: Winter.

Cemeteries in Lofoten are the place where I can really imagine people “resting in peace”. There is something poetic about them, and when snow lays its veil on the island they become surreal.

When going to Hauklandstranda and Uttakleiv strand, Vik cemetery stands on the right backed by one of Lofoten typical mountains you can stop there and respectfully admire the view.

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5. Buskenes Kirche

How to get there: on the road 818 direction to Ballstad.
Best time to get there: all year long.

If you come to Lofoten with the idea of seing viking-like buildings and boats, you may be disappointed. Although we did see a drakkar staying at Solsiden Brygge.

On the building side, you can visit Lofotr Viking Museum, which is hosted inside the largest viking longhouse that survived the test of time. And of course you can admire the beautiful Buskenes Kirche.

Situated nearby Ballstad, Buskenes Church is built in dragestil, an architectural style very popular in the 19th and 20th century in Scandivia, that takes elements from the ancient viking constructions.

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6. Uttakleiv strand

How to get there: on Voieveien direction Hauklandstranda.
Best time to get there: all year long.

There are many incredible beaches in Lofoten and Uttakleiv stands proudly among the top to visit. During Summer you can enjoy the hike to the top of Mannen Mountain. While in Winter you can walk from Hauklanstranda to Uttakleiv along the coast.

The parking fee is cheaper in Hauklanstranda, but if you are not willing to walk skip directly to Uttakleiv. The area is also open to camping and there are toilets nearby that are often closed during Winter.

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7. Flakstad Kirche

How to get there: along the E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Flakstad Kirche is nearby the beautiful beach of Skagsanden. Popular during summer as a camping site and a good spot to enjoy the freezing arctic waters, in Winter it’s a very popular surfing spot.

The church is interesting because of its typical architecture. If you are staying nearby, camping in Flakstad or staying in Ramber consider coming there in the freezing winter nights to admire the Northern Lights.

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8. Nusfjord

How to get there: take the Fv807 before Flakstad to Nusfjord.
Best time to get there: all year long.

The most well preserved fishing village in Lofoten is also an open air museum and UNESCO World Heritage Site that is absolutely worth visiting! Nusfjord preserved many historical buildings and original rorbuer (where you can spend an unforgettable stay!).

The open buildings features everyday objects and fishing tools. I highly recommend visiting the ancient general store, which is now a café but kept many of the original objects on display.

Learn more about Nusfjord in our travel guide.

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9. Ramberg Rorbu

How to get there: along the E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Ramberg Rorbu became famous thanks to socials and is probably after Eliassen Rorbuer, the most photographed rorbu in Lofoten. Easily accessible, it’s very close to a parking, photographers favorite spot to photograph it is from the bike path next to the road.

There is no best time to photograph Ramberg Rorbu, but let’s be honest when the red house is surrounded by snow the white/red/blue contrast is just perfect!

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10. Yttersand

How to get there: leave the E10 direction Fredvang, surpass the village, you will find the beach on your right.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Yttersand beach is a tranquil beach framed by large rocks with the incredible backdrop of Volandstind, the mountain you can admire coming back from the beach while crossing the curvy Fredvang bridges, and Ramberg mountains.

Just like many other beaches in Lofoten, Yttersand is very popular during Winter among the arctic surfers.

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11. Kvalvika Beach

How to get there: leave the E10 direction Fredvang, surpass the village, the parking to the hike is on your left.
Best time to get there: Summer.

One of the most beautiful locations in Lofoten is Kvalvika Beach, although to get there you will have to complete a moderate 1 hour and a half hike. The beach is a famous camping site, and it’s easy to see why!

If you are looking for the most beautiful spot to photograph Kvalvika, consider the trail to Ryten (the view below is from the trail). It’s a moderate hike that will take you 2 more hours to complete, once you’ll be up there you won’t regret it!

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Photo from Pexels.com. Credits to Stein Egil Liland.

12. Hamnøy Bridge

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

The view from Hamnøy Bridge is probably the most famous view of Norway, and I’m sure as you are preparing your trip you’ve already come across it at least once.

This view is very representative of Lofoten: Festhelltinden peak towering over the red rorbuer on the waterfront. It describes the islands so perfectly!

To get the perfect photo park your car after the bridge and go back, there is a small sidewalk. Good to know: the bridge has alternating traffic, if you want to cross it entirely from the parking just wait that the last vehicle has passed before the green light goes on for the other side.

Did you know? You can sleep in one of the mythical rorbu you see from the bridge!

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13. Sakrisøya Yellow Rorbu

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Accidentally Wes Anderson Book made this location world famous by changing the yellow rorbu into a dog (wearing a yellow raincoat).

But of course even if you don’t have a Jack Russell with you you can still match the view of Olstind peak with the yellow rorbu in front of it.

In case you end up on Sakrisøya for lunch or dinner, you can stop at one of Lofoten’s most famous restaurants: Anita’s Seafood. Their menu is simply delicious, and the view is unmatched!

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14. Reine

How to get there: on E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Reine is one of the most famous villages in Lofoten, and for a good reason: its bay which includes also Sakrisøy and Hamnøy is one of the most spectacular in the world.

There are several points to admire the beauty of this small village but one of the most famous and the one from this you can have the view you see below is from the bridge that connects E10 to the center.

If you are traveling during Winter it’s also an excellent point to get the Northern Lights.

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15. Reine lighthouse

How to get there: from the Reine center there is parking nearby where you can also camp.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Reine has a typical small Lofoten lighthouse, unlike Andenes 40 meters giant, nothing particularly photogenic. But the views you can admire along the lighthouse pier are amazing!

The bay of Reine is surrounded by dramatic peaks, below you can see Olstind, and wherever you will turn the view is magical. The spot is very good especially for photographing the Northern lights. In that case I strongly advise you to stay in Reine Rorbuer by Classic Hotels Norway. These rorbuer are very close to the pier and they itself are a beautiful subject to photograph.

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16. Reinebringen

How to get there: from Reine there is a trail that brings you to the top.
Best time to get there: Summer.

The hike to Reinebringen is a must if you are traveling in the area during Summer, and sometimes even during Winter, although it’s way less safer.

Reinebringen is a moderate/expert level hike of 3 hours (round trip). On the top it will feel like you have the world to your feet with Reine bay just below. The view below is taken along the trail, there is a panoramic view on top that will let you see all the bay including Hamnøy.

Photo from Pexels.com. Credits to Ertabbt.

17. Å

How to get there: reach the end of E10.
Best time to get there: all year long.

Å is the last village in Lofoten that you can reach on the road. Even if through the years the fishing village has evolved and has a modern look, there are some areas that have maintained an old times charm, such as the open air museum and the Southern part which is where the rorbuer are.

For taking some memorable pictures you can visit the above mentioned Å Open Air Museum, or the Stockfish Museum, displaying objects and explaining techniques from centuries of fishing history.

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When is the best time to visit the Lofoten islands?

Take it from my father, an award winning photographer, who has visited the Lofoten islands multiple times: nothing can beat the beauty of exploring the Lofoten islands during the Winter. Especially if you are a photographer!

There are two main reasons for that: the Northern Lights and snow. To be sure to have both plan you trip in February or March. December and January are the darkest months and you have almost no daylight, while in November you will see the Northern Lights but sometimes it doesn’t snow until the last days of the month.

In case you are planning to enjoy the hikes and outdoor activities Summer is of course the best period, with June and July being the most touristy months.

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It’s a wrap of the best photo spots in Lofoten

I have seen so many incredible places around the world, but I must admit that Lofoten are one of the most beautiful I have visited and I’m already considering to go back! So even though they are pricy, they are absolutely worth visiting. And you won’t regret any cent you invested. Before leaving check out our Norway page for more inspiration and guides to this incredible country.

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