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Spain is a European country with lots of beauty and dynamism. The country has a dynamically metropolitan structure with fascinating landscapes and rich cultural heritage. All these contribute to why it’s high ranking on many tourists’ lists. The country has diverse cultures that’ll interest you, and its location between great water bodies contributes to its beauty. While there are many beautiful places to visit in Spain, let’s take a look at the Top 7 Places to Visit in Spain.

 

GRANADA

Grenada is the capital of the Granada province situated within the base of the mountain, Sierra Nevada, around the southern part of Spain. It is a medium-sized city with a mixture of several sites of attraction.

The beauty of this city mostly lies in the diversity of the lifestyle and history of its inhabitants and the numerous attraction sites within.

Top attraction sites in Granada include

  • Alhambra (a pinnacle of Moorish art which embodies the history of the Andalusians). It is one of the most spectacular sights of masterful architecture all through Europe.
  • Granada Cathedral (built in the 16th century ), it also houses the Alhambra
  • Albaicin (a landmark neighborhood that tells of the city’s culture
  • Sacromonte; Tourists visit this place to view the Gypsies resided in the various caves. From here too, tourists view the live performances (dances) of Zambra and Flamenco.
  • Spice Market (located in Albaicin).

SAN SEBASTIAN

This city is the capital of the province of Gipuzkoa and is located off the Biscay Bay, within the Northern part of Spain. The city is loved for a lot of things, including its perfect sea view and unique culinary.

Top attraction sites in San Sebastian

  • Old Town (has many ancient buildings, which were reconstructed in the 19th century, just before the city was almost entirely crushed during the Napoleon wars).
  • Playa de la Concha; which is one of the best and most glamorous within Europe. Here, you can go Sunbathing, water skiing, swimming or kayaking.
  • Playa de la Zurriola, a lovely beach too, a spot for surfing tourists.
  • Mount Igueldo & Monte Urgell: Two very high hills, across the city. On these hills or around them, you can take some funicular rides, visit the amusement parks or go hiking.

 

VALENCIA

Anyone that knows Spain must have heard of beautiful Valencia, one of the largest in Spain. Over the years, the city has witnessed steady major reconstruction and renovation and is known for a couple of outstanding pieces of architecture. The city has a rich Christian background and is also known for its Arts and Fallas Festival. It also has a rich culture and many attraction sites and locations.

Top attraction sites in Valencia

  • San Miguel de los Reyes, one of the oldest monasteries around.
  • Silk Exchange Market; a center of the ancient silk trade
  • City of Arts and Science; an extensive entertainment and cultural complex, constructed after redirecting the Turia River. Here, there are science museums, art museums, aquariums, planetariums as well as IMAX theatre.
  • Barri del Carme; One of the well-known neighborhoods in the city of Valencia. In this neighborhood, there are different ethnic groups, shops, cafes, and diverse architecture mix.

In March every year, the city organizes the Fallas Festival. Here, all the neighborhoods make a display of figures made with paper-mache. This is one event you would love to witness.

 

SEVILLE

Seville is a beautiful place with many fascinating sites and is among the Spanish cities you would love to visit. Seville is the capital of Andalusia and also the financial and cultural center of the same region. Yearly, the city hosts the April Fair, which is very popular event lit with celebration.

Seville has lots of historic buildings and attraction sites to make your visit worthwhile.

Top attraction sites in Seville

  • Cathedral of Seville; a historic building where Christopher Columbus is believed to be buried.
  • Real Alcazar, a lavish Moorish palace with an extravagant garden.
  • Metropol Parasol; a structure shaped like an umbrella encompassing a major market. It is also believed to be the world’s largest structure made of wood.
  • Museums, galleries.

 

MADRID

Madrid is the capital of Spain and also the largest city in the country. The city is the melting pot of history and culture and is one of the most colorful cities in Europe. Madrid is also known for sporting events, interesting social life, and is home to sporting legends like the Tennis champion, Rafael Nadal.

 

Top Attraction Sites in Madrid

  • Plaza Mayor; has different cafes, souvenir shops, as well as the bubbling San Miguel Market.
  • Royal Palace; the monarch of Spain resides here.
  • There are also lots of museums, galleries, parks, zoos, churches, and many other historic buildings.

 

CANARY ISLANDS

Though not large, the Canary Island is one city you would love to visit, if you find yourself in Spain. It is located off the northwestern coast of Africa and is a combination of seven Islands within the nation of Spain. This island is known as paradise in the tropics and presents lots of attraction sites.

Top attraction sites in the Canary Islands

  • Santa Cruz; a lively arena where one can have a feel of the local life.
  • Shores; there is an array of shores where surfers, sunbathers, and scuba divers, can have a lovely time. Here, they will enjoy the soft sands, underwater world as well as the gnarly waves.

 

BARCELONA

When this name comes to mind, Barcelona F.C comes to mind. The city is located within the northeastern part of Spain and has the most number of visitors in the country.

The city is known as a cultural center with beautiful landscapes, an exciting social life, and rich historical heritage.

Top attractions in Barcelona

  • Ciutat Vella; an ancient city and an important site of attraction. Here, there are the Gothic Quarter housing, nice-looking cobblestone streets, Churches, and Romans. Within this place, you will also find lots of cafes and restaurants.
  • Historic statues
  • Fountains
  • Barceloneta; is among the most popular beaches in Barcelona.
  • Casa Batllo and Sagrada Familia; architectural masterpieces.
  • La Placa Catalunya, a known spot for gatherings.
  • Museums, flamenco shows, art galleries, and theatres.

 

There are many reasons to visit Spain. Even if you have been here, guesses are that there is a plane to return. The social life, classic structures, beautiful scenery, and many more, sum up the reasons tourists visit Spain.

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MY TRIP TO GHANA A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

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MY TRIP TO GHANA

My first trip to Ghana was an amazing experience that i still fancy a lot till today,

the events i experienced starting from the Airport to my final destination was an

exceptional journey. when I got to the airport it took the plane less than 15mins to take off.

On the plane, I sat close to a tall, handsome guy, with a smile I said hi, and he replied with a killing smile. Immediately I fell in love with him (Love at first sight).

He told me how beautiful Ghana was .

I imagined how beautiful Ghana would be with likes

of this young man by my side and the lovely historical stories i heard from him,

I decided to explore the country and make more research about Ghana.

Ghana

Ghana means warrior king which was gotten from the ancient empire and

existed in the 11th Century with numerous kingdoms.

It is a west African country, located along the Gulf of Guinea in the south,

boarded in the North by Burkina Faso, in the west by Ivory Coast and in the east by Togo.

The landmass of Ghana is about 238,535km2,

with a total population of  29.99 million people.

98% percent of Ghana’s population, are native west Africans.

Making English their official language and

one of the best English Speaking Countries in Africa.

There are over 100 different ethnic groups in the country, each with it’s distinct languages.

their diversity in culture, arts, music, and dance is one of a kind.

I saw their best national costume (The kent).

Kente, known as nwentoma in Akan,

is an indigenous Ghanaian textile, made of interwoven cloth strips

of silk and cotton. Kente is made in

Akan lands, in Ghana, from the historic Ashanti Kingdom.

Kente is a popular Ghana ceremonial traditional attire, used as their national costume and It comes in different colors.

 

In Africa, Ghana remains one of the countries with stable

democracy since 1992, second best producer

of Gold (after South Africa).The country is also blessed with

other solid minerals, diamond ore, Aluminum ore (Bauxite),

and oil. Clearing most of their debt in 2005

they able to focus o the important thing they

need to make their country a save place one can have peace of mind

With all this information about the country, I decided to visit their tourist centers.

  • Accra
  • Kakum National Park
  • Kumasi
  • George’s Castle
  • Lake Volta

 

  1. Accra

By the time I arrived at the hotel which was in Accra, the first thing I said was wow because the city was a beautiful one you would love to explore too.

Accra being the capital city of Ghana has over two million resident and one of the happening city in the country. Two important places are in this city(i.e the Makola Market and the National Museum.)

 

  1. The Makola Market

Is a popular market dominated by women traders. This market is situated in the center of the city

It’s business district which is similar with Balogun market in Lagos, Nigeria and a bit similar to markets in Kampala where you really can get whatever you want.Fresh, imported and native products are sold in this market. The market is surrounded by street in the city. Common street names are 1 Tema community to 12 Tema street.

  1. The National Museum

One of their largest and oldest museum in the country.  It was opened in the year 1957 as part of Ghana’s independent’s celebration, this official opening was performed by the Duchess of Kent, princess Marina.

It is owned and operated by Ghana museum and monuments boards (GMMB). And has been in operation in 1957 it has three (3) primary collection areas such as

  • Archaeology,
  • Ethnography, and

 

  1. Archeological Section

This section has objects from the Stone Age era.

The Stone Age was the period which stone was widely used to

make tools with an edge, a point, or a percussion surface.

The period lasted for roughly 3.4 million years,

and ended between 8700 BCE and 2000 BCE , with the advent of metalworking.

 

  1. Ethnograpy

This section includes indigenous Ghanian musical instruments, gold-weights, beads, traditional textiles, stools,  and pottery.

Arts,

This section section houses the works of famous Ghanaian contemporary artists like El Anatsui and Ablade Glover. You can also spend time in the museum’s splendid sculpture garden.

 

2.. Kakum National Park.

Kakum National Park is located in the coastal environs of the Central Region of Ghana, covers an area of 375 square kilometer.it was established in 1931 as a reserve, and it became a national park in 1992 after an initial survey of avifauna which was conducted in the Coastal Plain region, the best-preserved region of virgin rainforest in the country. It provides the easiest access to the rainforest along with its famous canopy.

 

Kumasi

I made sure I visited Kumasi too before I left Ghana .Ghanaians spell it as Coomassie, is an ancient kingdom , Kumasi became a major commercial centre after defeating the Asante empire in 1874, the British opened new trade routes in the region, thereby greatly reducing Kumasi’s influence as a clearinghouse. The city did not revive until the early 1900s, when the British took control; cacao cultivation was introduced, and the railroad from Sekondi was built. A rapid population increase led to the city’s expansion and to the drainage of swamps, the installation of a sewage system, and modern city planning.

 

Kumasi remains the seat of the Asantehene (Asante king) and the site of the Golden Stool, symbol of royal authority and unity of the people. Billed as the “Garden City of West Africa,” Kumasi is zoned into commercial, industrial, and residential areas.

St. George’s Castle

This is a UNESCO world heritage site and

managed by Ghana museum and monuments boards (GMMB)

Renowned as the first major European construction in tropical Africa,

St. George’s Castle, in the town of Elmina in the Central Region of Ghana,

was founded by the Portuguese in 1482. The site of the Castle was

selected by Portuguese navigators, as it was advantageously

located at the end of a narrow promontory , a stone’s throw away from both the Atlantic Ocean and the Benya River. The lee of the low headland provided an excellent natural harbour.

t was expanded when slaves replaced gold as the major object of commerce, with storerooms converted into dungeons. Also known as Castelo da Mina or simply Mina (or Feitoria da Mina) in present-day Elmina,  Ghana.

 

Lake Volta

 

Seeing this lake , I remember  the failed arm of the rive Niger which was caused by the failed arm of the rift which is known as the RRF.

Is the longest  man made lakes in the world . The lake’s creation involved the inundation of 15,000 homes and of 740 villages and the resettlement of 78,000 people..

At this point all that was in my head was geology, nature and the calming lake made me remember  the  Prince Charming  on the plane  who sat close to me.

What an experience i had in Ghana.

 

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TOP SEVEN PLACES TO VISIT IN MALAYSIA

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It is easy to assume that many people know of the country called Malaysia. The Asian country stands out in many regards and ranks very high in terms of diversity. It is a country defined by a blend of ethnicities, religions, customs, and by extension cuisines. The country is geographically diverse, too, being made up of large islands, tropical rainforests, and the fertile highlands. Furthermore, Malaysia is made up of two major landmasses – East Malaysia, situated across the South China Sea within the Borneo Island and West Malaysia, located along the entire southern part of a peninsula shared with Thailand.

Putting into perspective the natural attraction sites, cultures, history, and many factors, we make a list of the TOP 7 PLACES/SITES TO VISIT IN MALAYSIA.

 

CAMERON HIGHLANDS

This is one of the oldest destinations of attraction in Malaysia. It comes with a gentle atmosphere, an escape from the heat the lowlands are known for. It is located within the Titwangsa Mountains and is a beautiful tableland with a touch of English garden lure. The area is the major flower and tea producer in Malaysia.

Top attraction sites and fun activities in the Cameron Highlands:

  • Tea plantations, forests, lakes.
  • Time Gallery; a museum that throws more light into the development, history, and people from the region.
  • Brinchang and Tana Rata; the most popular and historic towns.
  • Honey bee farms, vegetable farms, and fruit orchards.
  • Mount Brinchang; one of the most outstanding mountains of the Camerons, offering impressive views.
  • Mossy Forest

While in the Camerons, you can take a car drive to the mount, partake in the wildlife recreation, or take a boardwalk across the standing plants and trees.

 

PENANG

This Island of Penang is a well-known destination for tourists and visitors. It is located within the Strait of Malacca off the northwestern coast of the western part of Malaysia. It is known for its list of colorful cultures, which is attributed to the location around the busiest shipping routes around. It is popularly known as the food capital of the country.

Top attraction sites and interesting activities to do in Penang

  • George Town; a historically diverse location and the capital of the island
  • Botanic gardens.
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • White Beaches
  • Butterfly Park
  • Jerejak Island (which was a prison and leper colony)
  • Temple of Supreme Bliss

 

KUCHING

Across the entire Borneo Island, Kuching is the largest city. It is a well-known destination because it is a nice base for combing the state of Sarawak and Borneo’s rainforest. There are a lot of remarkable sites that would be of interest to visitors and tourists.

Some of these top attractions sites in Kuching are:

  • Astana Palace and Fort Margherita; historic landmarks,
  • DUN complex; a classic structure
  • Sarawak River
  • Main Bazzar; the oldest street in Kuching.
  • Planetrium
  • Picturesque

 

TAMAN NEGRA

The Taman Negra stretches across three states along the northern part of West Malaysia. It is known as one of the oldest tropical rainforests that can be seen anywhere in the world. Also, it is a known popular destination for adventure and ecotourism. Taman Negra is a national park that bubbles with wildlife. Some of this wildlife range from Malayan Tiger (rare species), Asian elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, and exotic birds.

Some of the top activities to do in Taman Negra, Malaysia includes; canopy walk, hiking, fishing, jungle hikes, climbing the Teresek Hill. You can well as use the guided night safaris to see nocturnal animals like leopards, owls, water dragons, and cats.

 

KUALA LUMPUR

This is the capital city of Malaysia and was created about two hundred years ago. The city was calm and bare, but today, it is full of life and activities and is the largest metropolitan city in the country. KL, as the natives call it, is a melting pot of culture. It is also known for the high-rise buildings, exotic shopping centers, and exciting nightlife. The diversity of the cuisine options are admirable too.

Top sites of attraction in Kuala Lumpur include;

  • British colonial buildings
  • Petronas Twin Towers
  • And many others.

 

GUNUNG MULU NATIONAL PARK

This particular site is known for its outstanding formation of karst limestone as well as the unique cave systems. Coming to this park, you will get to see for yourself why it is known as one of the most glamorous sites in the entire country. In it are some of the largest cave systems in the world. Some of these include:

Sarawak Chamber, which is one of the most extended cave chambers in the world. It is so large that it can contain up to 40 Boeing 747 aircraft. Furthermore, the park is located along the sparkling rivers, rainforest, deep ravines, and rugged mountains. Owing to the Gunung Mulu Park location, the most efficient mode of transportation to this place is by air, through the Mulu Airport.

LANGKAWI

The Langkawi is situated off the northwestern coast of Malaysia within the sea of Andaman. It is an archipelago of 99 islands.

Some of the top beautiful sites in Langkawi include:

  • Beaches, rainforest, forest-clad mountains and mangroves
  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Limestone cliffs
  • Furthermore, Langkawi allows tourists to witness the natural beauty of the archipelago.

 

In conclusion, Malaysia is a unique country with a deep sense of diversity. The rich culture, lush scenery, exotic cuisines, and outgoing natives should be enough reasons for you to make a trip to this beautiful Asian.

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TOP SEVEN PLACES TO VISIT IN INDONESIA

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Indonesia is one of the most popular, populous, and largest countries in Asia. It is a lively country with colorful and sumptuous meals and lots of sprawling sights to make you relish your stay. The lakes, rivers, mountains, caves, and beaches will be worthwhile if you take the time to tour them. If you are a lover of history, you will certainly enjoy being taken through Indonesia’s rich historical heritage.

One of the things that add to the beauty of Indonesia is the fact that it’s a mixture of ‘ancient and modern’ with skyscrapers situated next to ancient temples and mosques.

To help you have a feel of this country, let’s take a look at the Top 7 Places to Visit in Indonesia.

UBUD

This is one of Indonesia’s cities with an increasing number of tourists, owing to its rising popularity. Taking a few minutes drive beyond the heart of the city, you will be greeted with serene towns and paddy fields, situated within the outskirts. The city has a rich history you would love to explore as you make your way through the streets.

Top attraction sites in Ubud

  • Unique temples (having great stone carvings)
  • Museums
  • Nice restaurants
  • Local shops (for your humble shopping)
  • Bars

 

YOGYAKARTA

Yogyakarta is one city you would love to tour because it is the base of culture and arts within the island of Java. It is beautified by the rich cultural heritage of the Javanese, which radiates across many parts of the city. This city is one of the oldest cities in entire Indonesia and is a nice point from where you can tour the other regions nearby.

Top places to visit in Indonesia

  • Art Galleries
  • Museums
  • Walled palace (where the Sultan lives)
  • Shopping malls
  • Spectacular temples

Also, you can witness the beautiful street arts, dining options, among other things.

 

JAKARTA

This is one of the most popular cities in Indonesia. Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and a megalopolis city in structure. Visitors usually love the lively atmosphere, which could sometimes be too frenetic. It is home to more than thirty million residents, with the indigenes being very visitor-friendly. Over the years, Jakarta has been defined by her high rate of development, with an increasing number of high-rise buildings.

Top places to visit in Jakarta, Indonesia

  • Ancient towns
  • Classic restaurants
  • Eclectic bars and cafes.

You will also enjoy the numerous cuisines, cultural diversity, and energetic nightlife of the city.

 

KUTA

Kuta is known for its portable size – a small village with a fast-paced development rate, which is one of the reasons to visit Kuta. The environment is enjoyably serene and welcoming to all.

Top places to visit in Kuta, Indonesia

  • Fast-food joints
  • Bars
  • White beach (a primary attraction site in the city)

 

You can also make a trip to Legian and Seminyak for some quality time of quietness; take a boat ride to the glamorous beaches located within the Island of Gili.

If you are a lover of nightlife, then you will love Kuta.

 

SURABAYA

Surabaya is the second-largest city in Indonesia. It is notorious for the noise and traffic, which is not unrelated to the fact that this city is like a thoroughfare to tourists being a significant transport hub.

Top attraction sites in Surabaya, Indonesia include;

  • Old colonial buildings
  • Arab quarter (with beautiful streets)
  • Large Chinatown (with many bars and restaurants)
  • Beaches of Bali.

 

BANDUNG

Bandung is the third-largest city in Indonesia, after Surabaya and is a lively city, known for its heavy traffic. Owing to this heavy traffic, it can be challenging, yet fun to explore the city.

Top attraction sites in Bandung include;

  • Shopping centers
  • Mountains
  • Architectural masterpieces and many more.

You can also make a trip to the Plea plantations, walk the volcanic peaks, or go for hot spring baths.

 

MEDAN

Medan is situated close to the northeastern coast of Sumatra and is a unique city with an exciting lifestyle and cuisine diversity. If you choose to, you can make a trip from Medan to the beautiful Lake Toba. This city, which is close to Malaysia, has lots of lovely restaurants and food stalls you would love to explore.

 

Conclusively, this beautiful Asian nation has captivating and interesting places to visit and things to do. The architectural masterpieces, diverse cuisines, museums, parks, and mountains are experiences worth exploring.

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