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Top 4 Destinations for a Solo Traveller to Visit

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Various travel agents, holiday comparison websites and cruise companies are starting to adapt to this growing trend, by method of updating their packages and facilities to cater for the budding “solo traveller”.

Particularly for first-timers it can be a daunting prospect so safety, the level of friendliness of the locals are important factors. Embark on a voyage of self-discovery and see some of our top picks for those who are travelling solo.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”50″ css_animation=”element_from_fade”][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_text image=”19636″][vc_column_text]

Mediterranean Cruise

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Let’s face it, a cruise down the Med does sound like some piece of heaven but some solo travellers can get caught out with paying double the price for their tickets.  This occurs in an effort to recuperate the cost for the spare bedroom bunk along with a host of other costs such as; of food, drinks and spa treatments. However, various cruise companies are now beginning to accommodate single bedroom cabins catering for the growing number of solo travellers.

For all age groups; either single or married solo travellers, cruises are known to be a good way of making friends, meet like-minded people which often lead to arranging future holidays.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”50″ css_animation=”element_from_fade”][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_text image=”19634″][vc_column_text]

Reykjavik, Iceland

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]After a holiday with a difference, that has friendly locals, a relatively strong level of English and is safe? Get a four-in-one and look no further then Reykjavik, Iceland. The coastal-capital has become a hot spot among solo adventure seekers. With a white blanket picturesque back drop, Iceland is a holiday you won’t forget.

According to a previous AA Travel Insurance poll, over half of survey respondents said that Aurora Borealis, or more commonly known as the Northern Lights topped their bucket list. Spot the breath-taking Northern Lights and if you get a clear night you can even see these over the city.

Thrill seekers can enjoy glacier hiking, horse-riding on a friendly Icelandic horse, whale watching, puffin watching or the opportunity to go snorkelling in the nearby Sifra, in Thingvellir Valley where your tour guides can arrange to collect you.

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Bali, Indonesia

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Calling all yogis. How does practicing yoga, deep meditation, attending spirituality workshops, spas, massages until your heart’s content sound to you? Topped with the usual bells and whistles of blissful beaches, enough markets to satisfy your inner shopaholic and once in a lifetime experiences. Not to mention, truly breath-taking views and did we mention Bali is also very cheap upon arrival? Though there is a catch of a 20 hour flight involved! But if you equate Bali into that trip you have been putting off to visit your son/daughter/niece/nephew/sibling/friend in Australia, it may not seem that bad.

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Costa Brava & Barcelona

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Still not convinced on a long haul flight? Then, sunny Spain is perfect and just a short flight away. Costa Brava is a top pick for solo travellers best known for its scrumptious food and restaurants, scorching weather, beautiful blank sandy beaches, magnificent landscapes and isolated coves.  Get the most out of your holiday and head south to Barcelona for a couple of days and soak up some culture, admire the Gothic architecture, browse shops down the Las Ramblas, gaze at the lively Magic Fountains of Montjuïc or tour the Barcelona FC Stadium.

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Top Things to do in Barcelona

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Heading to Barcelona for a short getaway? We have hand-picked some of the best things to do in Barcelona that should make the top of your itinerary.

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La Sagrada Família

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If you only visit one tourist attraction, the La Sagrada Família should be it. It is one of the most visited landmarks in Barcelona and indeed, Spain attracting in excess of 2.8m tourists each year. The monument began construction in 1882 and the famous architect, Antoni Gaudi took over leadership in 1883 until he was killed in a tragic accident in 1926. To this day the famous Cathedral is still unfinished and is scheduled for completion in 2026.

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Barcelona FC Stadium Tour

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Soccer fanatics, assemble. Is it a childhood dream of yours to play for one of the world’s greatest football teams? Well, we have the next best thing: get a behind the scenes pass to the Barcelona FC Stadium, where you can experience the adrenaline rush of walking (or running) in the footsteps of soccer legends on the pristine pitch.

The virtual experience will give you a feel of what it is like to stand in the boots of Lionel Messi, himself and play on one of the most famous pitches in the world, if only for 10 minutes.

You can also get a slice of what it is like to be a visiting team where you can tour the changing room as well as the presidential box, Barcelona FC Museum, chapel, press room and more.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” padding_top=”20″ padding_bottom=”50″ css_animation=”element_from_fade”][vc_column width=”1/1″][image_with_text image=”19623″]

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The Magic Fountains of Montjuïc

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Attracting about 2.5 m tourists each year, the Montjuïc magic music and light show is definitely on of the top things to do in Barcelona. Immerse yourself in a true spectacle with synchronised water jets that move in tune to the lights and music. If visiting in September, you are in for a real treat where the Piromusical, a firework, laser light and music display is held. This is the main closing event to Barcelona’s largest annual festivals named the La Merce.

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Las Ramblas

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Touted as one of the most popular streets in the city, Las Ramblas stretches 1.2 kms in length where you can catch a note at an opera at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, shop the Boqueria Market and attend an exhibition at the Palau de la Virreina.

Soak up the scents and aromas of the cafés and restaurants and get involved in the buzzing atmosphere of street vendors, shops and street performances. You can’t say you have been to Barcelona if you haven’t paid their most famous walking street a visit.

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If Barcelona has made your list of travel destinations this year, don’t forget to take out Travel Insurance.

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Alhambra

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The palace and fortress that is Alhambra is an architectural gem which offers an alternative look at a side of Spanish history. Constructed in 889, the most iconic symbol of Islamic presence on the Iberian peninsula is located in the city of Granada in Andalusia.

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General Info

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]As time passed its significance diminished until a mid 11th century decision by the Emirate of Granada to renovate the ruins and build the current palatial structure which has now become one of Spain’s main tourist attractions.

The Islamic palace is nestled on the banks of the River Darro and was built to serve as the court of the last Muslim dynasty of Spain (Nasrid dynasty) before the Palace of Charles V was built in 1527, at the site. The area then fell into further decline before it would eventually come to be restored in the 19th century. The Alhambra represents Spain’s most well known Islamic architecture, together with a collection of 16th-century style decor. Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with its glorious external architecture showing a brief insight into what lies behind its walls.

A number of educational tours are available at Alhambra both day and night, complete with a tour guide in many different languages, affording visitors an excellent opportunity to sample the majestic architecture on offer.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Getting There

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]Alhambra De Granada is located ninety minutes north east of the popular tourist city of Malaga on Spain’s Costa Del Sol. If driving from Malaga join the A-45 heading north. Follow A-45, A-92M an A-92 to Ctra. Granada Malaga/A-92G. Take exit 230 from A-92 before joining the A-44 in Granada. Follow A-44 and A-395 to Santa Maria de la Alhambra. Follow this road to your destination.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Price

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Opening Hours

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The opening hours vary from March 16 to October 15, with opening times of Monday to Sunday 8.30am – 8pm with additional opening hours every day from 10pm to 11.30pm (excluding Sunday and Monday).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”32px” image_repeat=”no-repeat”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Nou Camp, Barcelona

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There’s a reason Nou Camp is the most popular football stadium in all of Spain.  Since it opened its doors in 1957, it has housed thousands of avid supporters. Fans of Barcelona FC come from across the globe to marvel at the sheer size and beauty of this magnificent arena, as well as take a sneak peek at the player’s dressing rooms, tunnel and dugouts on the ‘Camp Nou Experience’. With a capacity of 98,787, it currently stands as the biggest football stadium in all of Europe.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Price” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”yes”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1434725354352{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]General admission to the museum and tour is €23. Children, students, OAPs and members of the Barca Supporters Club get a discounted fare of €17 while children under 6 go free.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”How to get there” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1434725369629{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]If you’re using public transport to get to Camp Nou, your best bet is to use the metro. Various stations lie close to the stadium and are all approximately 10 mins walk from the grounds. From the city centre, you can take Metro Line 3 in the direction of Zona Universitaria and stop off at Les Corts.

If you’re travelling by car from the B-20 motorway, take exit qq and follow the B-23 towards the city centre. Keep right on the B-23 and after about 2km, you’ll FC Barcelona will be signposted.

There’s free parking available in the grounds during the ‘Camp Nou Experience’ opening hours but if it’s a match day, parking is only available up to 4 hours before kick-off.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Opening Hours” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1434725427606{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]The stadium tour is generally open from 9:30am to 7:30pm during peak summer season. Those hours change slightly during the off-peak season. Opening hours are also restricted during match days so check out their website, here before heading to the stadium.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_raw_html]JTNDZGl2JTIwY2xhc3MlM0QlMjJmYi1jb21tZW50cyUyMiUyMGRhdGEtaHJlZiUzRCUyMmh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZ3d3cudGhlYWEuaWUlMkZ0cmF2ZWxodWIlMkZ0aGUtZWlmZmVsLXRvd2VyJTIyJTIwZGF0YS1udW1wb3N0cyUzRCUyMjUlMjIlMjBkYXRhLWNvbG9yc2NoZW1lJTNEJTIybGlnaHQlMjIlMjBkYXRhLXdpZHRoJTNEJTIyMTAwJTI1JTIyJTNFJTNDJTJGZGl2JTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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La Sagrada Familia

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General Info

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Since its existence the church has relied on donations from the public in order to enable it’s dedicated architects to attempt to bring Gaudi’s vision to reality. The cathedral serves as a tribute to the holy family and when finished it will boast 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists and one for both Jesus and Mary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Price

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Getting There

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1435680435573{margin-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]La Sagrada Familia is a 13 minute drive (3.6km) from La Rambla in the heart of Barcelona. Head north on La Rambla until you come to the junction of Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes where you should take a right turn. After 800m turn left onto Carrer de Girona. Then take the right turn 1.7km ahead to Carrer de Valencia. Continue to Carrer De La Marina and turn left, your destination will be located on your left.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Opening Hours

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The cathedral opens daily at 9 am, with closing times varying throughout the year. From November through February the cathedral closes at 6 pm, 8 pm for April through September and 7 pm for October through March. The cathedral remains open 365 days a year, with an early closing time of 2 pm on December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 6th.

 

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