Canterbury, Kent, England

Canterbury is a small city in Kent, one of the country’s oldest cities, in the southeastern of England, on the river Stour. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Kent. In 597 the city became the seat of the Archbishop Primate of England. The nine first archbishops have been canonized there. It is well known due to its Cathedral, which has seen a large part of English history; residence of the head of the Anglican religion, the Archbishop of Canterbury; which attracts thousands of tourists. There are still walls (2nd and 3rd century) that surround the city; they have been strengthened during the middle ages and they are relatively well preserved. High Street is the real economic and tourist point of the city; located at the west end of the famous High Street, and marking the end of the pedestrian city center, the Westgate Tower is one of the main monuments of Canterbury. See also: the ruins of the main building of the Castle (11th century), Dane John Gardens, the ancient Royal Museum and the library, The old Buttermarket, the small canals, among others. Canterbury is also considered a college town.

Tips

If you don’t have time to stay in Canterbury but you’re in London several days, you could dedicate a day to this small town given the short distance that separates them (about 60 km). You can visit it in a day and even enjoy its beautiful gardens for a picnic if the weather is good or relax in one of its cafes, bars, restaurants particularly in the pedestrian city centre if the rain is with you because it rains quite often in the region.
If you like shopping, High Street will be your favorite street with a lot of shops: used bookstores, big department stores likeMarks & Spencers, minimarkets, shops for clothes, etc, you will find everything there.
If you have several days in the city, enjoy and visit the interior of the Cathedral in a sunny day because you’ll see better its decorations but you especially will have the chance to see the stained glass windows in full color, it’s worth it!
And if you like chocolate, make you a present and go to Hotel Chocolat, a few steps away from the Cathedral, at the corner of Parade Street and the St Margaret’s Street. Here you will find an extraordinary selection of chocolates of all kinds: pots for fondue in white, black, hazelnut chocolate, whole decorated chocolate tablets, ballotins firmly packed, etc., it will make your happiness for sure…

Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Spain

Lanzarote is a Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean, 1.000 km of mainland Spain and 140 km from the Moroccan coast; part of the province of Las Palmas in the Autonomous Community of the Canary Islands. Its capital is Arrecife. The island is of volcanic origin and its volcanoes have been much activity in the early eighteenth century. There is the Atlantis tunnel not far from its shores and is considered the longest lava tunnel underwater world. The island is about 25 km wide by 60 km long and has 26 km of beach and it preserves its quite natural environment. Its climate is semi-desert with very little rain. The Timanfaya National Park is one of the main attractions of the island which has been recognized as a biosphere reserve by UNESCO. In addition to the National Park; there are many other interesting places to visit like Blanca and Papagayo beaches, the Port of Carmen, the viewpoint of the river (Mirador del Rio), the cactus garden, the Janubio salt lake, the Green cave (Cueva de los Verdes), among others.
Tips

If you want to get a good view of the Timanfaya National Park, climb the volcano Caldera Blanca, it is a nice place for photo enthusiasts.
If you like the serenity, go to the natural pools that are between Punta Ginés and Janubio salt lake.
If you prefer something unique, visit the National Park and its restaurant where you could taste the meat, cooked with the heat of the volcano, on the barbecue. You must pay the entrance to the park but it is worth it. You should leave the car in the restaurant parking because you will be driven in a van through the park; you will have the chance to observe the lava fields, craters, stunning scenery. If you want to deepen your knowledge, visit the visitor’s center.

Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn is the capital and main port of Estonia; situated on the coast of the Gulf of Finland, forming part of the Baltic Sea. The city contains vestiges of different eras that go from the medieval to the classic. The historical center, fairly well preserved, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ramparts that surround it are from the 13th century and there are several towers. The Marguerite tower (16th century) now houses the Museum of the Sea. The old town is located between the Lower Town and the Toompea hill or the Upper Town where the Parliament is located in the castle. To see: the Pirita Convent, the Town Hall Square, the Estonian Outdoor Museum, Alexander Nevski Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Olaf’s Church, St. Nicholas’s Church, Freedom Square; among others. The port of the city also receives many tourists thanks to the cruise ships that have chosen it in their itineraries. Kadriorg Castle, 2 km east of the old town, houses the presidential residence and foreign art department of the country’s art museum. Since 2013, Tallinn has a free transport service for residents.

Tips

An interesting place to see is the oldest pharmacy in Europe still active (15th century) which is located in the Town Hall Square. The building where the National Library is located and the door at 38 Pikk Street are other places it worths visiting.

You can enjoy your visit and take a ferry to Helsinki, just 2 hours from the city. A bus to St. Petersburg or a night train to Moscow.