2 days in Tehran, part I: the old town

2 days in Tehran, part I: the old town

The Islamic Republic of Iran, also known as Persia, is one of the most captivating countries that I’ve ever visited. A very unpopular touristic destination due to its bad relations with most Western countries and its very strict Islamic law, the truth is that this Middle Eastern country has the most welcoming people that I’ve ever encountered during my travels.

I started my two week visit to Iran from its capital, Teheran, a chaotic metropolis home to over 8 million people where the old history and modern architecture live together in perfect harmony. During my first day I visited the old town to discover its busy bazaar, the National Museum of Iran and the gorgeous Golestan Palace. Discover with me the fascinating capital of Persia!

4 days in the Maasai Mara & Lake Nakuru, Kenya: how to plan a low cost African safari

4 days in the Maasai Mara & Lake Nakuru, Kenya: how to plan a low cost African safari

Everyone has ever dreamed of going on an African safari. Every year, from honeymooners to intrepid travellers venture into the African savannah to explore nature at its purest state. However, an African safari is not in everyone’s budget. Always thought to be one of the most expensive trips, the truth is that you can visit the African parks for very affordable prices if you do some research.

During my trip to Kenya, I took a 4 day safari leaving from Nairobi and visiting the Maasai Mara, the most popular park in the country for safaris, and Lake Nakuru, an indispensable visit to see aquatic animals and beautiful birds. Check out this post to learn how to plan a safari in Kenya for less than €100 per day!

Half-day cruise from Ohrid to the Monastery of St. Naum

Half-day cruise from Ohrid to the Monastery of St. Naum

If you’re spending a few days in the lakeside city of Ohrid, you cannot miss one of the most sacred places in North Macedonia: the Monastery of St. Naum.

Located 30km south from Ohrid, there’s no better way to explore the monastery than taking one of the frequent boats that leave from the port. During my visit, I took a half-day cruise from Ohrid to St. Naum not only to explore this interesting monastery and its water springs, but also to enjoy the views wonderful of Lake Ohrid on the way!

Ohrid: what to see in North Macedonia's lakeside city

Ohrid: what to see in North Macedonia's lakeside city

Ohrid, located on the shore of a lake with the same name, is one of the most charming cities of North Macedonia.

A very popular getaway destination for local visitors, Ohrid not only offers gorgeous traditional architecture, but also a breathtaking nature. See a list of the best things to do in Ohrid, North Macedonia!

Pristina, a day trip to Kosovo from North Macedonia

Pristina, a day trip to Kosovo from North Macedonia

After the unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo has become the newest country in Europe. Still not recognised as an independent country by many nations, this landlocked territory is off the radar for most international visitors.

During my last visit to neighbouring North Macedonia, I decided to take a day trip to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo. Although the city lacks in historical sites, a visit to Europe’s youngest capital with its numerous cafes and welcoming people is still a must. I even was lucky enough to spot former President Bill Clinton, who was in town to celebrate the 20th anniversary since the NATO drove out the Serbian forces and put this former province on the path to independence!

Matka Canyon, half-day trip from Skopje

Matka Canyon, half-day trip from Skopje

Just on the outskirts of Skopje, Matka Canyon is one of the most popular destinations for a half-day trip from the capital of North Macedonia.

If you’re looking to explore the natural beauty that this country has to offer, read more to learn how to reach Matka Canyon from Skopje and what to do there during your visit!

Skopje: the modern capital of North Macedonia

Skopje: the modern capital of North Macedonia

Skopje is without a doubt one of the most peculiar cities in the Balkan region. With a history that dates back to the ancient times, the capital of North Macedonia is a diverse and modern European city, where different ethnic, religious and national groups cohabit in harmony.

Since the project Skopje 2014, which re-built the entire city to give it a more classical appeal, Skopje has become one of the most attractive European capitals. See what to expect from a visit to this unknown yet exciting destination of wonderful food and peoples, beautiful neo-classical buildings and statues… statues everywhere!

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

The hanging monasteries of Meteora

Crowning the rocks of the Kalambaka region in Greece, the hanging monasteries of Meteora are a place like no other. A centre of spirituality for centuries, visiting this UNESCO Heritage Site is a must in any trip to the Hellenic Republic.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took an incredible day tour to Meteora with Ammon Express. Read more to discover with me this unique site with breathtaking landscapes!

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

Pella & Vergina: following the path of Alexander the Great

With a kingdom that expanded all the way to Asia, Alexander the Great is one of the most emblematic figures of ancient Greece. Born in Macedonia in 356 BC, a visit to northern Greece is a great opportunity to discover the origins of one of the greatest emperors of all time.

During my stay in Thessaloniki, I took a guided visit with Ammon Express to Pella, birthplace of Alexander the Great and the historical capital of the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia, as well as Vergina, home to the Royal Tombs of Aigai where Alexander's father Philip II is buried.

Thessaloniki in 2 days - Part II: the Roman ruins & Ano Poli, the upper town

Thessaloniki in 2 days - Part II: the Roman ruins & Ano Poli, the upper town

After having visited the Byzantine and Ottoman monuments of the lower town, I continued my two-day trip by exploring the Roman past of Thessaloniki and the three most emblematic sites built during those times: the Agora, the Rotunda and the Arch of Galerius.

My trip would finish with a climb all the way up to the Ano Poli, the upper town. Crowned by a Byzantine and Ottoman-era fortress, it offers the best panoramic views of the Thessaloniki. Continue reading to check them out!