Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Avila, Castilla y León, Spain

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Avila, the first Gothic cathedral in Spain, is the bishopric of the same name, in Castilla y León. It was designed as a temple and fortress, its apse being one of the hubs of the city wall. It is located alongside several houses or majestic palaces which ensured the defense of the Loyal Door or the Weight of the Flour. It is not known with certainty the date on which it was built, but most historians say it was in the twelfth century with the completion in the XVI century, except for a tower that has not been completed. The back of the choir is limestone and it is very large. We find a French influence with a resemblance to the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Outside, it is fortified, but inside its double ambulatory with thin columns and arches give it an impression of lightness and clarity, also with a very good light. The three naves are of equal width, but the central one is significantly higher, and opens with large windows to the outside. There are the remains of the penultimate historian and prime minister of the Second Republic in exile, Claudio Sanchez Albornoz and those of the Spanish President Adolfo Suarez (1977-1981) and his wife.

Tips

The cathedral is open daily, but you should consult the daily schedule.
You have to pay an entrance fee for sightseeing, but children under 12 years old and people with disabilities do not pay.

Budva, Montenegro

Budva is a town on the Adriatic Sea belonging to the Budva Riviera in Montenegro. It is very popular for its beautiful beaches and even for its nightlife. The old medieval town, one of the oldest cities on the Adriatic Sea, is surrounded by walls and its architecture, in general, has many Venetian influences: doors, windows, balconies. Its streets are narrow and there are several small squares and three main churches, the oldest of which dates from the 7th century BC. The walls of the city date from the fifteenth century. To visit: the citadel, the church of St. Ivan, the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Benedictine monastery of St. Mary of Punta, the Little Mermaid, the marina and the promenade. You can also visit the island of Sveti Stefan where the luxury hotel Aman Sveti Stefan is located. The beach of Budva is usually full of tourists but you also have the Mogren 2 beach which is accessible by a narrow path.

Tips

If you want to enjoy a beautiful sandy beach, visit Becici beach which is just a few minutes away from the city. There is also a yacht club where you can rent pedal boats. Other activities are possible such as jet ski or banana boat.
If you like casinos, visit the one on the top floor of the Splendid Hotel. You will also have a beautiful view of the city thanks to its glass installations.
If you go with children, you have the Aqua Park Mediteran that will delight the whole family.
For epicureans, you can enjoy beautiful typical plates with good beer or locally produced wines.
 

Pitinga Beach, Arraial d’Ajuda, Bahia, Brazil

Pitinga Beach is located in the region of Arraial d’Ajuda, in the northeastern part of Brazil, about ten kilometers south of Porto Seguro. It is well known because it is surrounded by pink cliffs and also because natural pools are formed with the low tide. These cliffs have dense vegetation and this gives even more beauty to this natural environment. You will find small restaurants on the beach, showers, toilets, sun loungers that you can rent for the whole day. The sea is very calm, the water is hot and crystalline and the sand is golden. You can take a long walk or just relax and enjoy the sun. It is a very quiet place to spend the day or to stay around for longer holidays. Enjoy trying local food and exquisite juices or coconut water.

Tips

It is a great place to go with children since the sea is calm and with the low tide the whole family will be able to enjoy watching the colorful little fish in the natural pools. You can really walk a lot until you get to have water at your knees.

You can arrive by car, there is a paid parking, or you can take public transport from Porto Seguro (ferry + bus).

If you like crafts, you will find several vendors who walk on the beach.