Underground lake of Saint-Léonard, Switzerland

The underground lake of Saint-Léonard is the largest underground lake in Europe, 300 m long and 29 m wide. It lies between the towns of Sion and Sierre, in Switzerland, in the Valais Alps. It was discovered in 1943 and operated since 1949. It is navigable and its water is constantly at 11° C. As the cave is completely submerged, all tours are done aboard rowing boats with around 40 people at a time. Inside the cave, there is the statue of Saint Barbara, patron saint of geologists. You can also enjoy the beauty of the vineyards which lie just outside, above the lake.

Tips

To make the visit, you must register online. It is possible from March, 19th to November 1st. The visit lasts half an hour in the company of a multilingual guide.

Children under 5 enter for free.

Occasionally there are acoustic concerts. You can find information on their official page.

If you usually feel the cold, bring a sweater or jacket because the temperature there is around 15 degrees.

Rivière du Chêne Winery, St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

The Rivière du Chêne Winery was founded in 1998 in St-Eustache, Quebec. At present, it counts with 16.5 acres of vineyards and more than 11,500 cases of wine are produced annually. It has received several honors at prestigious international competitions. The area also counts with banquet halls for events such as weddings, birthdays, business meetings, etc. From September to mid-October you can participate in the harvest; you must be 16 years old and be in good physical shape and know that you must participate in a work day that will go from 7:00 to 16:00.

Tips

The winery offers tastings throughout the year from 10:00 to 17:00 . Between June and the end of October it is also possible to visit the vineyard.
For groups , the visit and tasting are available year round by reservation.

Bačvice, Split, Croatia

Bačvice is a fairly popular beach in Split, Croatia, which is about 1 km from the city center towards the ferry port. It is a small sandy beach that usually has a lot of people because of the proximity of the port and the city center. There is a cafe on the beach and there are other cafes, bars and pizzerias not far from it. Sun umbrellas and chairs rental is also possible, but as the place is not large there are not for everyone. There are also showers out of the sea. If you prefer there is a part where you will be a bit quieter where the sand finishes and the rocks take place.

Tips

If you are on a cruise and you make a stop to visit the city, it is the closest beach to the port and you can access it by walking about 500 meters. There are no large structure, but it’s okay to enjoy a good time of sea and sun.
If you stay in Split and you want to take a good space on the sand, you have to go early because the beach is small and if there are cruise ships, the place is too crowded with tourists.