After Dublin, the second largest city of Ireland is the Cork. The city is connected to the sea through Cork harbor and passages the sea trading through West channel passage. It is also surrounded by River Lee as if the river is hugging the city using it’s both arms; you can actually spot the same by visiting the south coast of the Cork. The city has survived various floods and Viking attacks but still stands as it always has been. The history in the city has been depicted from the last 7th century. Here are some places that are a must visit for the city.
St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral
With one of the most famous street, St. Patricks just 20 minutes away, this Cathedral holds the interest of many tourists. The cathedral was made by William Burges in the early 16th century and is the oldest architectural establishment in the Cork. Every limestone or marble used in this cathedral is the self-made stones in this very city. Cork is famous for trading its limestone and marble. The whole church is made of these stones. The tour of this church is provided for free, you can even spot the church’s priest sometimes.
Cork City Gaol
This holds a very important place in the history of Cork as it used to be a prisoner once. Now you can say it has turned into a site or a museum you can visit and take a tour. The cost of such tour is around 100-200 Euros. There are several artificial activities organized inside the prisoner, which depicts the tourists as to how the prisoners used to be finished for their misdemeanors. The prisoner is the biggest prisoner for Ireland and various inter-city prisoners used to be held here.
Coimbra is the city boasting the oldest universities of southern Portugal. Sitting over the high banks of Mondego River, it also houses the highest amount of students in those universities. It is a cluster of a rich ensemble of buildings, also shining the finest and oldest libraries of all times. It has a handsome collection of monasteries and majestic churches, being one of the busiest commercial hubs all around Portugal.
University of Coimbra
It is the oldest and the very first university Coimbra houses and it has been named as the world heritage site. It is situated on the highest hill in the middle of the city. I took the tour to the University, which by the way is free of cost. It is capable of drawing you to itself as it has got 100 years of history to show off. It had to climb over 180 steps of the University to get an inexplicable perspective of the city. I also took a tour of the student’s prison, where they were locked up for being unruly.
This is one of the most esteemed libraries, which is Baroque’s and is situated on the Paco Das Escolas, which once housed the earliest kings of Portugal. This has been coming from the 1720s and the architecture is unbelievably beautiful, you have to see it yourself to believe it. More than 250,000 volumes are boasted in this library dating way back from the 1500s to 1700s. The most intriguing thing I saw a colony of bats which is maintained to eat any insects that might harm the books.
Pedro e Inês Bridge
This bridge was built in 2007 and if you’re going for a walking tour like me, you must go through the bridge. It holds a very cool and clever design. It doesn’t meet in the middle, but there are two walkways which join in the middle to give you a more wide viewing bridge.
Clifden holds tight the historical stories of Ireland and showcases them in their streets, buildings and other architectures very well and deep. The city is surrounded by vistas and various castles and forests covered back roads for trailing through these backroads in the night, made me hear some very spooky horror stories by the locals who reside near those forests. The temperature in this particular city is warm and gives a hang of you to hang out in the beaches and the hiking trails. The city is being established in the western coast of Ireland, appreciates the adventure junkies it hosts. Here are some suggestions.
Connemara National Park
This park originates from the only fjord that is in the Clifden. The park goes as far as the twelve bens of the Rocky Mountains. The total square area of the park is about eleven miles. It is a complete Paradise, located at the outskirts of the Clifden. The park hosts it’s a most popular attraction, Kylemore Abbey, it has the most gothic architecture I have ever seen. The entry for this park is 265 Euros. You will spot many stone bridges to walk on above the most spectacular but small lakes. You cannot miss this beauty.
The Sky Road
This road is the iconic road for traveling. Most tourists hire a car and go on a road trip on this. The sky road is at least ten miles long. It is a very twisted road that stands over the western beach coast of Clifden, while you make turns and twists in the road you can feel the water waves on the windshield of your car. It is the most beautiful road trip I have ever experienced in my life and such spectacularly created road. Some of the turns in the road are so narrow that no two vehicles can cross it together. This is a must getting experience.
Cartagena is one of most colorful cities that I have come across. The friendly neighbors and the historical aspects are surely going to take you for a spin. Its tropical sunlight and colorful buildings will lift up your spirits. There are many tourist attractions to explore. Let’s take a look at the things that you can do when you step foot in Cartagena.
Go Exploring the Old City
A major portion of the city puts up in the old part of the city. This actually includes neighborhoods of Getsemani, Diego, and Centro. Here, I encountered the most picturesque streets, especially in La Ciudad Amurallada, the walled city. In fact, I came to learn that this has been declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site. The flowers, the colorful structure, and the artists are something to look out for.
Street Food Tour
Although, I tried out the fresh lemonade and cheese-filled arepas served by the food vendors of plaza, I signed up for the street food tour, too. I simply couldn’t resist the temptation to try out local dishes. In this tour, a guide is going to accompany you and you can taste items from the shops, alleyways, and carts which you might not have been able to discover all by yourself. Through the tour, you can also learn about the food and culture of the city. Do not forget to try out exotic food items like queso costeño, empanadas and buñuelos, and tinto.
Visit Mud Volcano
Want to do something eccentric? Visit mud volcano. Yes, you heart it right. El Totumo, the volcano has thick mud for you to bath in. You are going to find this just outside of Cartagena. Here, I went in for a quick massage and it was a relaxing experience. Floating in the mud is something that you might not have done before, so try it out.
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