Some Of My Top Destinations

Some Of My Top Destinations

Some of My Top Destinations

Looking for inspiration? Here are some of my top destinations.  There are ideas for a weekend away, a trek or a splurge vacation. Some destinations are about the culture and mood, while others are for the experiences and activities.  Take a look and be inspired!

Seville - Plaza De Espana Some of My Top Destinations

City break – Romantic – Walkable

Seville, Spain

Seville is one of my favourite cities in the world.  It has stunning architecture, soft sunny colouring, tempting tapas and numerous iconic buildings to visit. It’s very walkable and invites you to explore both day and night.

Seville, Andalucia, South-West Spain, Europe

Sightseeing, food and drink

Visit in the Spring or Autumn

Nyhavn Harbour Copenhagen

City break – Cultural

Copenhagen, Denmark

Reputedly the happiest city in the world, Copenhagen has a lot to offer. Sightsee on canal tours, through beautiful Nyhavn harbour or cycle through the gardens to castles and palaces. There is plenty of culture to soak up too, with an opera house, theatres and museums.

Copenhagen, Denmark, Europe

Sightseeing and culture

Spring through Autumn

Some of My Top Destinations - Lacanau Ocean Beach

Beach holiday – sports

Lacanau Ocean, France

The 14km long sandy beach is a base for lots of family fun, watersports and walking. It’s one of the best surf spots in France – so a great choice for beginners through to pros.  The sandy beach leads into deep forests and nature reserves to explore on foot or by bike.  There’s lots of great locations to day trip to including St Emilion, Bordeaux or the Phare du Cordouan.

Lacanau Ocean, France, Europe

Surfing, hiking, cycling

Early Spring to Late Summer

Some of My Top Destinations - Little Gasparilla Island Boardwalk

Family – beach and relaxing

Boca Grande & Little Gasparilla Island, Florida

If you are in the need of some R&R, then Boca Grande or Little Gasparilla Island might be your spot.  BG is a village on Gasparilla Island Northwest of Fort Myers, and LGI lies a short boat ride away. Low-key beach life blends with delicious dining. Spend your days fishing off a boat, shell collecting on beach walks or perusing the BG shops and cafes.

Boca Grande & LGI, South-West Florida, USA

Relaxing beach vacation

October to March

Some of My top Destinations Trek to Petra through rocky desert

Trek – across the Jordanian desert to Petra

Dana village to Petra – Jordan

This epic trek is one of the finest in the Middle East. Through rugged and rocky terrain across the edge of the Rift Valley. There are canyons and gorges, steep inclines and breathtaking views. Wilderness Bedouin style camping under the stars end each of your trek days. The final destination is magical Petra – one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites.

Dana village to Petra, Jordan, Middle East

Trek and Sightseeing

April, May, October or November

Some of my top destinations Scilly Isles from a boat

Relaxation – outdoor activities

Scilly Isles, England

The Scilly Isles might lie just off the Cornish coast; however they feel a world apart.  140 small islands lie in turquoise waters waiting to be explored by foot, boat or bike. There’s a sense of escaping to these isles as you get to explore and enjoy or equally do nothing but soak up the spectacular views. Each island has a unique feel, and there are sub-tropical gardens, beach, coastal or country walks and water activities to try out.  And did I mention great seafood? 

Scilly Isles, off Cornwall, South-West England

Walking, watersports, relaxation and dining

Spring to Autumn

Some of my top destinations

Couples or Family Beach & Activity Holiday

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Sweeping white-sand beaches are dotted with All-Inclusive hotels, small boutique hotels and restaurants galore. Riviera Maya is perfect for a care-free holiday especially suited when you have a mix of ages to cater for.  Take days out to sacred ruins and sparkling cenotes or get some adrenaline hits with zip-lining, horseriding and activity adventure parks. Quieter than Cancun, you can still seek out Mexican culture and authenticity – but you can equally sit back, relax and recharge. The choice is yours.

Riviera Maya, Caribbean Coast, Mexico

Relaxing beach holiday with activity and cultural days out.

December through to April

Some of my top destinations, Keystone Colorado mountains

Winter or Summer activities

Keystone, Colorado, USA

A fantastic ski resort in the rocky mountains of Colorado.   Mountains of fun – from skiing, sleigh rides, snow tubing and ice skating.  In the summer, take the lifts and cruze down the mountain bike runs.  There are fabulous places to stay, eat and shop too.

Keystone, Colorado, USA

Winter sports and Summer hiking, biking, fishing

January to March (Ski) May to Sept (Hike and Bike)

Rhossili Beach The Gower

Walking, Surfing and outdoor life

The Gower, Wales

It’s no wonder that The Gower was Britain’s first Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty!  There’s so much to explore and do here.  Rhossili, Three Cliffs or Whiteford Sands are the perfect place for a recharge day.  Walk the Wales Coast Path taking in saltmarsh, dramatic cliff or secluded bay views. There’s history and heritage to explore and local food and drink to try. 

The Gower, Wales, Europe

Coastal walks, watersports, history and heritage

Year round

Top Photo Opportunities in Seville, Spain

Top Photo Opportunities in Seville, Spain

Top photo opportunities in Seville, Spain

Seville has to be one of the most photogenic cities in the world.  Soft lighting, warm paint tones, tropical planting and deliciously detailed architecture all make Seville perfect for a photo.  Pick the right spots at the right time of day and you’ll be able to capture all your stunning Seville moments.  Maybe you are taking photos to journal your trip or perhaps to wow family and friends when you get home.  Sometimes there is simple joy in seeking out that perfect holiday shot, the shadows, the details or the symmetry of a certain place.  Whatever your reason, here are some ideas for top photo opportunities in Seville, Spain.

Alcazar Seville

Alcazar

The Alcazar is a stunning Moorish Spanish Palace still frequented by the Spanish Royal Family. In fact, it’s the oldest royal palace in Europe still to be in use. It’s a breathtaking example of Mudejar design, full of history and atmosphere which is why it is great for photos.  Tour the palaces, patios and gardens and you’ll be spoilt for choice with magical photo spots.  No wonder that the producers of Game of Thrones used four separate areas of the Alcazar as backdrops for the series. The Alcazar is sure to inspire some great photographs.

Palaces in Seville

Palatial Photos

You’ll be spoilt for photo choice in some of Seville’s stunning palaces. Whether you love tilework detail, architectural symmetry, or romantic gardens, the palaces have something for everyone to photograph.

Which palace?

Casa de Pilatos is a splendid blend of Renaissance, Mudejar and Baroque styles. Fine marble sculptures nudge against manicured box hedge gardens.  Then walk in the footsteps of Grace Kelly and Jacqueline Kennedy in the Casa Palacio de Las Duenas and you’ll feel like royalty.  There are pretty courtyards, halls and gardens all awaiting that perfect photo opportunity.

Plaza de Espana Seville

Plaza de Espana

Built for the Ibero American Exhibition of 1929, the Plaza de Espana certainly is a centerpiece with scale and grandeur. 

Top tips 

Visit in the early morning for soft lighting and fewer tourists to edit out.  Allow enough time to explore the whole plaza which has been the backdrop of several movies including 2 Star Wars films.  Head up the central stairway to find a balcony spot from which you’ll be able to take a sweeping Plaza photo.  Or get up close to the detailed tilework in one of the 48 alcoves that front the Plaza building. Each alcove represents a Spanish province displaying a map, coat of arms and famous historic events. 

Seville Sunset

Seville Sunsets

Something about Seville conveys sunsets – maybe it’s the warm architectural colours contrasting with fading bright blue skies.  Whatever the magic, it only becomes more enhanced at Sunset.  So, head up high for a stunning sunset photo. Try the sunset view from the Setas de Seville, the Giralda tower or maybe it’s a good excuse to visit a rooftop cocktail bar?

Moorish detail Tiles Seville Top Photo opportunities in Seville, Spain

Ceramic tilework

You don’t have to look very far in Seville to see Moorish or Mudejar tilework.  Ceramic tilework is everywhere, from the depths of the Alcazar, above archways and doorways to the alcoves fronting Plaza de Espana.  Warm mustard tones often combine with nautical blues and burnt ochre colours. Some tiles weave intricate design while others tell stories or show historic maps. Look up, look down and get up close and personal as Seville tilework is in a league of its own and very photo worthy. 

A View from the Giralda Seville

A view from the Giralda

The Giralda bell tower of the Cathedral is the most emblematic monument in the city. Made of two parts, the Muslim lower half was built as the minaret of the Almohad mosque.  Take the 35 ramps (wide enough to ride on horseback) to ascend the upper 17th Century Christian bell tower.  Frame your photos through the windows on each side of the tower as you rise.  Or, at the top, enjoy some wonderful 360° views across this beautiful city.
Setas de Seville

Setas de Seville

The Mushrooms of Seville is a wooden and concrete column structure built over the top of the Plaza de la Encarnación.  It was the winning design structure in a city renovation competition designed by Berlin architect, Jürgen Mayer. The six large, mushroom-shaped parasols house an event space, restaurant and an Antiquarian Museum in the basement.

Take the access elevators to the top floor to enjoy a wooden walkway and viewing platforms with sweeping views across the city.  Around every corner there are interesting perspectives and photo opportunities as the wooden structure rises and falls across the skyline view.  It’s an absolute must at sunset!

So many sights and so many top photo opportunities in Seville, Spain – what are you waiting for?

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