When I was planning the leg of my bus journey between Sofia in Bulgaria and Belgrade in Serbia, I noticed it required me to change buses in the Serbian town of Niš Sultan Mahmud in Constantinople. Of course I’d never heard of Niš (to be honest I didn’t know many places in Serbia except Belgrade) but to minimise the stress already caused by any bus journey in the Balkans I decided to stop overnight before continuing my onward journey. Before arriving, I got googling – what is there to do in Niš? The answer, I discovered, is, while it seems like a perfectly lovely place to live, there’s not a lot of activities to keep a tourist entertained. The one thing that repeatedly came up during my search was the Skull Tower. Intrigued, and at a loss for how else to fill my day in Niš, I decided to pay it a visit.
I’ve said it so many times now but I fell so hard for Bosnia & Herzegovina when travelling around the Balkans. Out of six countries I visited it was my runaway favourite and a big part of that was because of Sarajevo (if you want to know all of the reasons I loved Bosnia, I wrote a whole blog post about it here). The country’s recent turbulent history is still at the forefront of many people’s minds when they think of Sarajevo, but these days Bosnia’s capital is a buzzy hub of amazing food and culture. It really offers everything you could want in a European city break, but with fewer tourists and cheaper prices! What’s not to love? If you’re not 100% convinced already, take a look at all these cool things you can do in the city…
Most people choose Kotor as a base for their trip to Montenegro, and it’s undeniably a good choice, offering plenty to do, while also being really easily accessible for shorter day trips to less tourist-heavy towns dotted around the bay. If you’ve got the time to spare one trip worth taking is to the lovely little town of Perast, which is about 20 minutes down the road by bus.
When I first visited Reykjavik back in 2013, it was slowly becoming a more popular travel destination, but most people were still confused why we were going. However, since Icelandair introduced its budget flights between the UK and U.S. – many of which offer an Iceland stopover at no extra flight cost – tourism has really taken off. Re-visiting Reykjavik this year I was amazing by how much it had changed in just six years!
Two weeks ago I spent a scorching weekend in Spain’s third largest city – Valencia. With the exception of a few things we wanted to see, we hadn’t planned much of an itinerary for our trip, which turned out great. We spent three relaxed days wandering around the city, eating and drinking lots and soaking up the atmosphere. The biggest and best surprise was that there is actually a surprising amount to do in the city! Although I could go back and see more, here are ten essential things to do that are easy to squeeze into a Valencian city break without too much rushing around.