Montezuma, get lost to find piece with Mother Nature

My boyfriend and I traveled around Costa Rica for three weeks. One of my favorite spots is Montezuma. It is a lovely town located at the Pacific Ocean.

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TRAVEL TO MONTEZUMA – COSTA RICA

  1. AIRPLANEto San Jose Airport (airlines such as American Airlines or Lufthansa flight there)

From the airport to Montezuma

  1. BUSfrom San Jose to Puntarenas (it takes about 2 hours and it costs £3.4/3 €/$4.9)
  2. FERRYfrom Puntarenas to Panquera (it takes about 1 hour and 40 minutes and it costs £1.2/1.5 €/$1.7)
  3. BUSfrom Panquera to Montezuma (it lasts around 1 hours and it costs £1.6/2€/$2.3)

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Once we arrived in Montezuma we looked for a place to stay. Because we didn’t book a hostel in advance, there was hardly anything to find. Most of the hostels were booked out… But after the day relaxing at the beach, we found a great hostel – Luz en el Cielo Eco B&B/ Hostel – with our private cabin. We had to spend a little more money as we planned though.

LUZ EN EL CIELO ECO B&B/ HOSTEL

Prices from: £48.6/61.5€/$70 per night per room in private cabin.

The next morning the hostel owner recommended us to visit a waterfall nearby. So we did. We walked through the jungle until we could hear the water running. And we were stunned as we reached it, because in front of us there was a three-stage waterfall! We enjoyed the cold water in the heat of the sun.

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But we didn’t rest for long. We wanted to reach the next stage of the waterfall and so we hiked up the rocks. On top of the first waterfall there was another one. And because it was a little bit hidden, there were not many people beside us. After swinging with a rope into the water and relaxing some more we went all the way up to the very top. We followed the river until we returned to Montezuma.
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Now we were hungry and had a tasty meal at a family owned restaurant (many restaurants here are small and family owned). My boyfriend ate the typical Costa Rican meal with rice, black beans, eggs and fried bananas. I had a Nacho salad with lots of Guacamole, tomatoes and cheese plus some fresh watermelon juicy.

MONTEZUMA RESTAURANTS

Prices in average: £3.2 to £15.8/4€ to 20€/$4.6 to $22.8

Suggestions: Playa de los Artistas, Cocolores and Puggo’s

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Since we spent that much money for a room the first night, we decided to sleep at the beach the second night. With an improvised camp we made it through the night and were the witnesses of the most beautiful sunrise I have ever seen. We took a long walk along the beach and had to say good bye to the beautiful and peaceful town Montezuma.

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Montezuma is a small place worth for its nature and beautiful landscapes. Visiting wise that is all there is to do but it is totally worth it. It is a peaceful place where you get in real contact with nature.

beachWith a stunning speedboat ride over the Pacific Ocean we reached our next destination. It was the perfect start of our Trip through Costa Rica.

Montezuma, Costa Rica – take a note

Montezuma is a town in Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica located in the south of Cóbano – the district that it belongs to and where most services are at. It started as a remote fishing village and has gained popularity since the 1980s among tourists on a budget.

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The town features a mix of local residents as well as foreign who come for the beaches, rivers, and beautiful waterfalls that can be found surrounding the village. Montezuma has well-known healing arts and yoga communities and is known by filmmakers and artists from across the world for the annual Costa Rica International Film Festival in May.

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The center of Montezuma consists almost entirely of accommodations, restaurants, and souvenir shops. There is no bank and no post office in Montezuma (although there is an automated teller machine that works at certain times when there is not a huge crowd in town).

“One of my favorite spots is Montezume. It is a lovely town located at the Pacific Ocean where you get an amazing experience of pure contact with mother nature. It makes you feel peaceful and grateful. Unforgettable.”

Leonie Leandra

Country: Costa Rica

Country’s capital: San Jose

Official language: Spanish

Currency: Costa Rican colón (1€ = 598 CRC; $1 = 534; 1£ = 760 CRC)

Population:  7494 inhabitants

Total area: 316.61 km²

Paris, France – take a note

Paris is the capital and most populous city of France. It is located on the Seine River in the place known as “région parisienne” (Paris Region). 

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Paris was founded in the 3rd century BC by a Celtic people called the Parisii, who gave the city its name. In the 12th century Paris was home of the University of Paris, one of the first in Europe. In the 18th century the capital of France became an important centre of finance, commerce, fashion, science, and the arts, a position it still retains today.

Paris is home of the most visited art museum in the world, the Louvre and along with many other famous museums it is also covered of contemporary art and many notable architectural landmarks. Paris is also known for its fashion, particularly the Paris Fashion Week, and for its high quality food having some three-star restaurants.

In 2014 Paris received 22.4 million visitors, making it one of the world’s top tourist destinations. 

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Sofia Casotto is back with us and on tomorrow’s post she is going to tell us all about her romantic trip in the city of Paris! Check out all the suggestions and ideas she has for you to do in the city as well as to where to eat and stay!

“You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can’t. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there’s nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.”

From the movie Midnight in Paris (quote chosen by Sofia Casotto to describe Paris)

Country: France

Country’s capital: Paris

Official language: French

Currency: Euro (£1 = 1.29€; §1 = 0.90€ )

Population:  117,170 inhabitants

Total area: 105,4 km²

Bruges, for the best chocolate at the best view

Brugge (how is written in Dutch) is a small picturesque town in Belgium. It is a beautiful place, with the canals and gardens and plazas and chocolateries. It is great to walk around, enjoy the stunning views, and have a picnic.

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My boyfriend and I went there in the winter, so it was cold and dark early, but it was still an amazing trip. A little advice: if you visit it in the winter, go prepared for the cold.

TRAVEL TO BRUGES – BRUSSELS

  1. AIRPLANE to Brussels Airport (airlines such as Air India or Jet Airways flight there)

From the airport to Bruges

  1. TRAIN – it is the best way to travel to Bruges. It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes and you can take it at the Brussels-South Railway Station (20 minutes away from the airport also by train).

We stood at De Vijf Zuilen. A little inn owned by a really nice and welcoming couple which we totally recommend. The decoration is really unique, and every room is different from the other. The owner, Ginette, serves you a fresh breakfast every morning, and you can take the leftovers for lunch or as a snack if you wish.

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Prices from: £31.8/40€/$45 per room and per person

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The inn was just outside the city centre, but it was a perfectly walking distance, even in a rainy weather like we had. The city has countless beautiful corners, gardens and plazas so walking is definitely the best way to move around.

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If you like chocolate, Brugge has a LOT to offer, there are chocolateries everywhere. We tried three different ones, but I’m sure they are all delicious.

And there are the waffles! Along with chocolateries, you can find little waffle shops everywhere. But try them outside and not in a coffee, their better and cheaper.

About restaurants, we tried Bistro Du Phare by recommendation of the De Vijf Zuilen’s owner and had a delicious pasta dinner. There were other options, all looking delicious, but pasta was the most budget friendly. This is considered a cheap restaurant in Brugge.

Bistro Du Phare Restaurant

Prices in average: £12/15€/$17 per person (like most pasta restaurants)

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Places to visit I recommend Belfry of Bruges (Belfort van Brugge): it is a medieval bell tower with a beautiful view to the city and surroundings. It costs £6.3/8€/$9 (if you are under 25 years old)

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The City Gates, quite pretty also!
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It is a small city but all parks and canals are worth seeing also!
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Lisbon, Portugal – take a note

Lisbon is the capital and the largest city of Portugal. About 27% of the country’s population lives in Lisbon making the capital the 11th most populated city in the European Union. It is continental Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. The westernmost areas of its metro area is the westernmost point of Continental Europe.

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Lisbon is the 7th-most-visited city in Southern Europe, with 1,740,000 tourists in 2009. 

Lisbon is one of the oldest cities in the world, and the oldest in Western Europe, predating other modern European capitals such as Paris and Rome by centuries. In 1147, the Crusaders under Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, reconquered the city and since then it has been a major political and economic centre of Portugal.

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Lisbon enjoys a Mediterranean climate. It has the warmest winters of all European capitals, with average temperatures 15 °C (59 °F) during the day and 8 °C (46 °F) at night from December to February. The typical summer season (from May until October) reaches around 28 °C (84.0 °F).

Tomorrow I will be posting all the tips and places to go while visiting Lisbon, the capital of my country. So if you want to get inside suggestions from a local don’t miss out tomorrow’s post about the fabulous city of Lisbon.

“Lisbon is not only my country’s capital but also one of the cities I love the most. It is a place where the sun meets with great food, a warm breeze, nice people, beautiful monuments and a maze of streets  full of history.”

Carolina Lopes

Country: Portugal

Country’s capital: Lisbon

Official language: Portuguese

Currency: Euro (£1 = 1.29€; §1 = 0.90€ )

Population:  2.7 million inhabitants

Total area: 100.05 km²

MARCH – Best Travel Deals!

Hello March and travelers! Here are the best travel deals for you if you’re planning on travelling soon and aren’t quite sure where to go yet or where to stay at!

MARCH TOP DEALS

Flights

(note: all the flights are from the United Kingdom and the price is one way only; for other countries you can check the travel website link)

  1. London Luton, United Kingdom –  Copenhagen, Denmark: £9.99 (via Ryanair)
  2. London – Amsterdam, Netherlands: £17 (via Momondo)
  3. London – Lisbon, Portugal: £42 (via Momondo)
  4. London – Mumbai, India: £185 (via Momondo)
  5. London – Los Angeles, United States: £272 (via Momondo)
  6. Manchester, United Kingdom –  Shannon, Ireland: £9.99 (via Ryanair)
  7. Manchester, United Kingdom –  Dublin, Ireland: £9.99 (via Ryanair)

Hotels/Hostels:

  1. Wakeup Copenhagen Carsten Niebuhrs Gade ** Copenhagen, Denmark – from £46
  2. Hotel Van Gogh *** Netherlands, Amsterdam – from £17
  3. Radisson Blu Hotel Lisbon **** Lisbon, Portugal – from £41
  4. The Lalit Mumbai ***** Mumbai, India – from £66
  5. La Quinta Inn & Suites LAX *** Los Angeles, United States – from £115
  6. Shannon Court Hotel *** Shannon, Ireland – from £41
  7. The Charles Stewart Guesthouse Dublin *** Dublin, Ireland – from £90

If there is a particular place you are interested to check the discounts or if there are any kind of deals and discounts you would like to know more apart from hotels and flights please comment below and I will do my best on helping you!

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

Goa, India – take a note

Goa is a state located in the South western region of India. It is by area the smallest state of India and the fourth smallest by population. With beautiful beaches Goa is one of India’s richest states and it was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure. It was also ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population.

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Panaji is the state’s capital and Vasco da Gama, named after the Portuguese navigator who discovered India, is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in 1498 and conquered it after. Goa is a former Portuguese province and it was not until 1961 that it was annexed to India being no longer Portuguese overseas territory.

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Goa is visited by a large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year for its clear water beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture. It also a wide variety of flora and fauna making the landscape even prettier.

Tomorrow Manuel, a Portuguese student and traveler, shares his experience with us about a place he has truly enjoyed and even went back a second time! Don’t miss out!

“Goa was the place where I felt for the first time the real meaning of peace. It was the first time I was in a very different reality but felt comfortable with it.”

Manuel Ribeiro

Country: India

Country’s capital: Goa

Official language: Konkani

Currency: Rupee (1€= 73.5 INR ; £1 = 94.4 INR ; §1 =67.6 INR )

Population: 1,817 millions

Total area: 3.702 km²

Lyon, a beautiful treasure of France

Lyon is a place worth visiting, due to its beautiful architecture, but it’s also an awesome city to live in, due to its atmosphere. It is a couple hours west from the French Alps, and an hour south from the Burgundy vineyards. 3 days are enough to visit most touristic sites, I’ve lived there 3 years and the city still surprises me with what it has to offer.

TRAVEL TO LYON – FRANCE

  1. AIRPLANE toLyon Saint Exupéry (Cheap airlines such as Easyjet and Germanwings fly there)
  2. OUIGO– low-cost TGVs from £8/10€/$11 (very fast trains) so you’ll reach the city in less than 2 hours, however they can only be reached in Paris Bercy and Marseille Saint Charles, and you’ll have to leave very early or arrive in Lyon very late.
  3. TER a tiny bit more expensive than Ouigos and take a bit more time, but there usually are a lot of them so you can choose to arrive early or late, it’s up to you. (for example Geneva – Lyon costs £22/20€/$32 and takes 2 hours)
  4. TGVs –expensive, super-fast, and numerous (for example Madrid – Lyon costs £101/127€/$143 and takes8h25)
  5. BY RIDE SHARING– many people offer a ride on Blablacar, usually it is not expensive – from £16/20€/$22.50 Paris – Lyon – (sometimes Flixbus is the cheapest, but it stops a lot a takes a long time), you might want to check it out (for your own safety, make sure they have been recommended by other Blablacar users)

From the airport to the center

  1. The Rhone Express, a tramway, will take you from the airport to the city’s main train station in 25 minutes, a one-way tickets costs about£12/15€/$17
  2. BUS Flixbus is available in Lyon

Once you reach Lyon there are many things to visit and see!

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The Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière. (Take line D until Vieux Lyon, then takes the funicular railway or climb up) There is an absolutely amazing view of Lyon in the back of the Basilique, and the interior is very impressive too, especially since there are 2 « churches », one on each floor. You can go there using the funiculars, but I personally recommend climbing up from Vieux Lyon and passing by the antique amphitheater, then go down through the garden straight to the Vieux Lyon, there’s plenty to see on the way.

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Vieux Lyon (Take line D and stop at Vieux Lyon). The atmosphere in the old town is really lovely. The area has several nice shops and restaurants, and, even if very touristic, there are not so many tourist traps. It’s a mandatory destination when going to Lyon. If you want Lyonnaise food on a budget, you might well find it here, however, some might not cook homemade or fresh food. If you want to try typical Lyonnaise and French food, I recommend Aux 24 colonnes (where you’ll most likely need to book a table) and Un Deux Trois. They’re both tasty yet affordable places!

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The Vieux Lyon traboules. These small, “secret” passages are fun to explore. They are dark hallways between buildings, usually connecting courtyards. It is a completely different way of seeing the city, and you never know what you will stumble upon. Apart from their original use by the silk trade, they were used during WW2 for people to move around the city unseen by the Nazi invaders. But remain quite when taking them, people do live there.

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Parc de la tête d’or (Take B line and stop at Gare Part Dieu, then take bus C1, C2 or C6 and stop at Parc Tête d’Or). Take at least half a day to explore this park (no entrance fee). There is an excellent walk around the lake with toilets and refreshments (expensive ones, you might want to get your own at a store before entering the park). After walking around the lake you can visit the free zoo and botanical gardens. The park is very popular with the locals and it is crowded during hot summer days. (It is allowed to lay on the grass).

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The Presqu’ile = Almost-island. (Take D or A lines and stop at Bellecour). This is the neighborhood which is between the Rhone and the Saone rivers, a peninsula that has the main shopping district for Lyon. I recommend taking the A line to Bellecour and then walk on the whole Rue de la République until you reach Hotel de Ville and the Opera, and the Place des Terreaux, where you’ll see the beautiful Bartholdi Fountain.

TRAVEL AROUND LYON 

1. TCLpublic transport of Lyon

  • Ticket costs£1.40/80€/$2 at the machines (2€ on the bus) and allows you to use any type of transport (bus, subway, tramway, funicular) for 60 minutes;
  • Day ticket costs£4/5€/$5.6;
  • The last subway/tramway/bus leaves the stations at 00:30am, and then you’ll need to get a cab or an uber driver, until 5am, when public transports start their shift.

2.VELO’v: public bikes

  • If you want to rent a Velo’v for60 minutes, it’ll cost you £1.20/50€/$1.70;
  • You won’t have to bring it back where you got it, you can just leave it at another velo’v station, and there are tons!
  • However, you’ll need to have at least£119/150€/$169 on your account, which the Velo’v company uses as a deposit.

I truly recommend you to not drive to Lyon, unless you are willing to drive for hours in order to find a parking spot, and unless you are willing to pay tons of money for parking…

When your stomach starts to ask for some food there are many places I recommend you to go eat in Lyon. The best ice-cream you will find at Terre adélice in Vieux Lyon (D line)

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For the best typical French restaurants I would recommend Paul Bocuse is a well-known restaurant in the surroundings of Lyon. However it is an expensive one. They opened many Bocuse brasseries all over Lyon (Le Nord, Le Sud, L’Est, L’Ouest) where you will eat delicious and affordable meals.

Cheapest/Freshest place to eat: Yaafa (A line until Hotel de Ville, walk until the Place des Terreaux, and it is right behind the corner). They make amazing vegetarian falafels. It’s a very good place to eat on the go; they also make homemade lemonade and iced-tea (you get free refills if you get a menu)

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Best restaurant for coffee/tea time: Café des Négociants (A line until Cordeliers). It is a bit expensive but their hot chocolate made with real melted chocolate is the best thing you’ve never had (yet).

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Guinness, Green & Great People – Hello Dublin!

Dublin is a great city to visit if you don’t have long vacations. A weekend is enough to visit the main points of the city. I personally went there on a weekend trip and I did it again later so I guess this is enough to show you how I recommend visiting Dublin.

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TRAVEL TO DUBLIN – IRELAND 

From England:

  1. AIRPLANE ROUND TRIP FROM £9.99/13€/$14 (all flights) – Ryanair from London or Birmingham – England TO Dublin– Ireland (duration: 1 hour)

From the airport to the center

  1. TAXI FROM £20/25€/$28 (duration: 25 minutes)
  2. BUS FROM £4.6/6€/$6.7

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You can also get there by boat and then taxi to the center but if you book in advance flying is easier and cheaper. The first time I went there due to St. Patrick’s flights were a bit expensive and I did not book in advance so the boat ended up being the option taken.

I visited Dublin for the first time during St. Patrick’s. The city was very crowded and everything was slightly more expensive but I will give you the general prices for hostels and flights and not the ones during St. Patrick’s (17th of March). I went there with a friend and we stayed in a hostel. They offer a variety of cozy hostels just above their bars and restaurants in the city center which is a perfect spot to visit all the main attractions by foot.

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Our hostel offered a free guided tour which I recommend: guides are super nice and they explain everything to you! You get to walk through all the main touristic points which makes it easier to then select what do you want to see.

HOSTELS AND HOTELS

  1. Oliver St. John Gogarty DORMS FROM £11/14€/$15.50This is the one I stood at the first time I went there and the one that offers free guided tours and also an welcome drink. It is right in the center but condition are suitable only for those who need a room just to sleep and plan to stay all day out since you do not have much of your own space but I guess that is any hostel!
  2. Abigails Hostel DORMS FROM £8.5/11€/$12.20This is the hostel I stood at the second time. In my opinion is more comfortable and offers better conditions than Oliver does. It has a big variety at breakfast (food lover here!) and the rooms look newer, bigger and nicer. Location wise is pretty much just as good as Oliver as it lays right in front of the river Liffey that runs in the center of the city.
  3. Herbert Park Hotel **** FROM £99.60/129€/$144                                                                                                      This is a nice hotel if you are looking for a high quality and modern place to stay. It is a bit further from the center but if you are not on a budget it offers great quality service with a wide range of facilities and only a 15 minute taxi drive from the center.

From our free guided walk tour we choose to visit Trinity College, the post office, the castle, the Viking museum, Guinness Store House, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the City Hall. We arrived on the 16th of March at night and we stood for three days – 17, 18 and 19. This was plenty of time to visited all we wanted and there was also free time for souvenir shopping. We also did a Viking tour in a car that goes on the water at a certain point which was a lot of fun!

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On the night we arrived we had dinner at an Irish restaurant which had Irish live dance and music at dinner! The menu was a typical Irish food menu that included their famous Irish stew which I recommend trying!

ARLINGTON HOTEL full dinner menu with live dance: £26/33.95€/$37.80

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Trinity College is world known for being one of the best colleges and it has a classic style making it very pretty. The refectory looks like Harry Potter’s eating room and in fact the students also wear long back gowns which means when it’s full looks just like in Hogwarts!

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Guinness Story House is very nice experience! They take you through all the process of making the beer and you even get free beer!

At least one night I think is mandatory to get the feeling of what is like to be in an Irish pub – so much fun!! I am studying in England where I did not enjoy the night life. Being from Portugal I thought maybe I didn’t like it becayse it is very cold but I was wrong! Dublin is quite cold also and rainy but the nightlife is unforgettable! Most pubs have live music with great singers and everyone is so nice making you feel welcome at any door you go in!

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Rovaniemi, Lapland – The Santa’s Home

It only takes a flight to Rovaniemi, known as the Santa’s home airport and with a 10 minute taxi drive you will not only meet Santa himself but also his adorable elves. You can also ride reindeers, huskies and many other things!


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A trip to Rovaniemi is the perfect vacation with or without children since there is entertainment for everyone but in fact once you reach Santa’s town you will be a child again!

The best way to get there is by airplane but if you have some time to spend you can also take a sleeping train from Helsinki to Rovaniemi and have a view of the finish landscape. It will make you feel just like in the Polar Express movie. But if you can’t wait to meet Santa we recommend taking the airplane.

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Be aware that once you reach Rovaniemi not many transports will be available. There are barely any buses so best way to travel is taxi. From the airport there are taxis to all central location in Rovaniemi and usually they accept credit/debit card to pay if you don’t have any cash (there aren’t ATM at Rovaniemi airport so if you want to have some pocket money it is better to do before flying to Santa’s airport). There is a group taxi to take people to the hotels otherwise you can also call a private taxi (phone number: 00358 200 88000).

TRAVEL TO ROVANIEMI, LAPLAND – FINLAND

  1. AIRPLANE to Helsinki Airport (airlines such as Finnair Airlines flight there)
  2. AIRPLANEto Rovaniemi Airport (flight duration from Helsinki to Rovaniemi: 1 hour 15 minutes)

From the airport to Rovaniemi centre

  1. TAXIFROM £5.40/7€/$7.6 (duration: 10 minutes)

The best options to stay during your vacations are either in a hotel or in a house.

RENT AN HOUSE

Prices from: £58/73€/$82 per night at one bedroom house

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Hotel prices may vary depending on what are you looking for since there are many hotels in Rovaniemi.

HOTEL SUGGESTIONS:

Snowman World Igloo Hotel 

Prices from: £185/232€/263$ per night for 2 people w/ breakfast included

A great choice to truly experience the city of the snow since you will be sleeping on actual igloos! The hotel also has a restaurant made of ice where you can enjoy typical food.

Santa Village Hotel 

Prices from: £268/337€/$379 per night per room w/ breakfast buffet included

It is located right at the village and the rooms offer high quality and atmosphere since they were built quite recently back in 2010.

If you are a meat lover you must try their reindeer meat or if you prefer fish than they have a fresh smoked salmon on their traditional rye bread which is a must try!

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Their bakery is also quite tasty, I personally recommend a delicious apple pastry they have which you can find in most places!

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Santa village and Santa Park are close to the airport only a 10 minute drive. The Santa village is free to visit however if you wish to do any of the activities they offer such as ride a reindeer or a husky you have to pay.

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ACTIVITIES AND ITS COST:

  1. Ride Huskies (500 meter ride will cost £22/28€/31$ for an adult);
  2. Ride a snowmobile (30 minute ride costs £54/68€/$76 and it is minimum 2 people)
  3. Ride a reindeer (400 meters costs £13/16€/$18 for an adult);
  4. Visit the snowman world (where you can experiment ice restaurants and bars where a full menu costs £69/87€/$98 or go for some fun ice activities);
  5. Visit Santa Park (costs £24/30€/$34 a two day ticket);
  6. Do a safari (if you wish to explore the surroundings there is a variety of safaris you can choose from including to go see the Northern lights).

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Santa Park is a two day valid ticket. Yet an afternoon should be enough to visit it as t is fairly small. Santa Park is like a theme park where most activities are aimed mainly for children (yet remember everyone will be a child once you pass the magic doors!). Activities include elf school, many workshops where you can build some nice souvenirs to bring home, watch some ice sculptures among other things.

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This year Santa Park opens in the 21st of November 2015 and closes in the 9th of January 2016. It is open from 10am until 17pm and from the 1st of December until the 9th of January it stays open until 6pm. On the 24th of December it will be also open from 10am until 16pm.

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One thing that surprised me was the fact that once you get into Santa Village you have to pay for everything and everything is quite expensive. Yet I truly enjoyed what I saw and the best thing for me was the snowy landscape on which the park lays on.

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