Basque Country Spain and France weekend getaway

Basque Country Spain vineyards

The Basque Country Spain (and France) is an ideal place to spend a three-day weekend if you like good food and wine, and want to explore the delights of San Sebastian. Here is the itinerary I followed, with recommended hotels, restaurants and wineries. Basque Country France: Day 1 Saint Jean de Luz Fly into Biarritz […]

Travel guide Avignon: best hotels, restaurants and shops

travel guide avignon

Mapplr’s Travel Guide Avignon presents our editors’ selection of the best hotels and restaurants in Avignon, must-see attractions and shopping recommendations in the city. Travel Guide Avignon: best hotels If you are going to stay in Avignon during the annual festival in July, you must make reservations well in advance. Here is our list of […]

Sicily travel guide: best hotels, restaurants, itineraries and cuisine

travel guide sicily

This Sicily travel guide tells you how to get the most out of your holiday in Sicily: the best hotels and restaurants, the most interesting places to see, and the culinary highlights of Sicilian food. Sicily has been inhabited since ancient times. The island’s position in the Mediterranean, the richness of its volcanic soil (thanks […]

Gili Islands, Indonesia travel guide

Gili Islands

Not long ago, the Gili Islands were just a popular stop for sun- and beach-loving backpackers travelling through South East Asia. Cheap accommodations, white sand beaches, crystal clear blue water and a laidback atmosphere were the main attractions. All that can still be found on the Gili Islands, but recently, luxurious villas, posh restaurants and […]

Top 10 Travel Tips

top 10 travel tips

Here are our Top 10 Travel Tips that will make your trip a smooth and enjoyable one: (1) Visit the right place in the right season, which is usually during the shoulder-season: don’t visit Paris or Rome in August if you want to see locals and visit places frequented by locals, and not only tourists. […]

A Visit to Cultural Cuba

Photo by Doug Wheller

Cuba is a nation born out of cultural fusion, a fact which is evident in both its buildings and settlements but also in the rich musical, artistic and culinary landscape. The island’s intoxicating brand of unpredictability seems natural for a place that birthed a communist revolution, was revered by Ernest Hemingway and introduced the musical […]

Turkey Travel Guide: Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus

Turkey travel: Ephesus

If you are interested in visiting a country with impressive historic monuments and stunning natural beauty, read our short Turkey travel recommendations which include Cappadocia, Pamukkale and Ephesus. Cappadocia Cappadocia is located in central Turkey (eastern Anatolia) on a high plateau. It is famous for the Fairy Chimneys (rock formations that soar like tall towers) […]

Top 10 destinations for spring

Luxury hotel Taormina

Springtime means sunshine, warmth, flowers and fresh brilliant green pastures, and our top 10 destinations for spring promise to bring you just that. Spring also means Easter, Passover (Pesach), Ascension (Himmelfahrt, Hemelvaart) and Pentecost (Pinkster, Pfingsten) holidays, during which many people take a few days or a week (or two) off. Here are our favorites […]

Travel guide to Seoul, Korea

seoul shopping district

Seoul, South Korea, is a gem of an Asian city, though it is sometimes overlooked in favor of places such as Hong Kong and Tokyo. Seoul is a blend of West and East, with clear American influences infusing fashionable areas of the city (e.g. Dunkin’ Donuts in the tony and now infamous Gangnam neighborhood). The […]

Hiking in Israel’s Judean Desert

Photo © Shmuel Browns

Hiking in Israel is a national pastime – youth groups, the scouts, the army connect to the Biblical land with their feet. Schools have an annual, end of year hike. Many young people when they finish their army service reconnect with friends by hiking together on the Israel Trail, a 945 km trail that crisscrosses Israel, […]