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As one of the top vacation destinations in the country, Florida offers so many options that it’s hard to narrow it down to your favorite spot! Luckily, we’ve done most of the work for you. Check out our top three unique vacation destinations in the Sunshine State to help you choose!
#1 Anna Maria Island
Explore local shops, eateries, and galleries on Pine Avenue on the beautiful coastal Island, Anna Maria. The Island is packed full of rich history and culture and offers unique art and jewelry around every corner. From captivating sunset dolphin tours to the can’t-miss Manatee Beach Park, Anna Maria is a delightful and elegant vacation spot that the whole family will enjoy.
#2 Palm Beach
Feeling fancy? Palm Beach is known for its glitzy estates and beaches and lavish upscale boutiques, restaurants, and galleries. Treat yourself this summer to a glamorous yet relaxing Southern Florida escape. Besides the gorgeous clean beaches, there is so much to do on Palm Beach including anything from checking out local art and antique furnishings, to the entertaining Land and Lagoon tour. There is not a worry in the world at Palm Beach!
We couldn’t forget the ever-so-popular Orlando, Florida. Though Orlando is a hot-spot in Florida, there are many things that are overlooked. Aside from the infamous Universal and Disney, visitors can check out the largest skeleton museum in the country that contains hundreds of skulls and bones of over 500 different animals. From paddleboarding to balloon rides, Orlando offers so many unique experiences that the family will love.
Whichever Florida destination you choose, Rubinsohn Travel wants to make sure that it’s the most memorable vacation of your life. Let us know when you’re ready to start planning!
Ever been arm’s length from captivating creatures like elephants and cheetahs? There is so much to see on an African safari that you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. South Africa is one of the most vibrant and diverse countries in existence, offering a thriving ecosystem and a landscape like no other. Tourists come from all over the globe to interact with the wildlife, climb mountains that overlook stunning scenery, and enrich their lives with the culture of African history and current-day tribes. The southernmost part of Africa, including countries like Zimbabwe, Botswana, and South Africa, is especially known for its beauty and distinctiveness. Check out some of these not-to-miss sights before you plan your African expedition!
South Africa is a popular destination for many reasons, one of them being Table Mountain. This flat-top mountain offers a view that can’t be beaten, overlooking the thriving city of Cape Town, South Africa. There are over 300 trails that lead adventurous hikers to the top of the mountain, or, if you’d rather relax and enjoy the scenery, Table Mountain also has a cableway to transport you to the top. Table Mountain is something you don’t want to miss on your South African adventure!
Botswana is known as one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Home to the Kalahari Desert, Chobe National Park, and the Okavango Delta, this country is full of fantastic tourist destinations.
Experience the magical feeling of riding through the Kalahari watching elephants play around in the water and lions strut around the desert. You’ll be amazed at the liveliness this country has to offer. Make Botswana a top-of-the-list destination for your next trip!
Zimbabwe is another beautiful landlocked country in Africa, known for a similar climate and ecosystem as Botswana and South Africa. Zimbabwe is full of national parks, reserves, and waterways. Victoria Falls is a waterfall located on the Zambezi River (between Zimbabwe and Zambia) that offers exhilarating experiences for the adventurous soul like bungee-jumping and white water rafting. Further down along the base of the waterfall, is a section where hippos and rhinos bathe. Experience the time of your life in a gorgeous setting alongside some of the world’s most interesting wildlife.
Your African adventure awaits you! Book this trip-of-a-lifetime today and start preparing yourself to experience some of the most magnificent biodiverse countries that you will ever witness!
The secret is out…Charleston, South Carolina is our hotspot of the month! This destination is known for award-winning cuisine, deep-rooted history and scenic beaches. What is lesser known is the unique restaurants and nightlife of the Lowcountry. To help you explore the beauty and culture that Charleston has to offer, we have compiled a list of our favorite spots— some known, some lesser-known. Whether you are a local or a first time visitor, Rubinsohn Travel knows the spots.
Hidden on the corner of East Bay Street, Minero combines traditional Mexican cuisine and southern charm in a fun and lively environment. The casual eatery is tucked on the second floor of a restored building in the Historic District of Charleston. The 1,000-square-foot restaurant creates an intimate dining experience filled with infused tequila blends and handmade tortillas. By using a traditional nixtamalization process to make fresh tortillas every day, Minero grinds the corn in house, which results in a truly authentic corn tortilla for guests.
Henry’s On the Market:
Henry’s is centrally located in the Historic city market of Charleston. Established in 1932, Henry’s is the oldest continuous restaurant in Charleston, but what is hidden from most visitors is, the lively nighttime scene for visitors after 10:00 p.m. When guests first enter Henry’s it appears to be an old fashioned sports bar but very few people venture up to the four additional stories of the building. Starting on the second floor, is a swanky jazz club with an all leather bar and cozy booths. If this is not your scene, keep climbing to the next floor and visitors will see a hopping two-story nightclub featuring three bars, two dance floors and an open air patio but that is not all. On the fourth floor, the restaurant opens up to a large rooftop where visitors can relax under the stars of the Lowcountry.
Do you believe in ghosts? Well, if you do then Poogan’s Porch will satisfy your fancy. The Victorian home built in 1888 was formerly owned by a family who lived in Charleston for over 50 years. Poogan’s Porch which is located on a predominately residential street, was named after the former owners dog, Poogan, who was left on the front porch of the house after the owners left in a haste. The new owners wondered why they left such a sweet dog, but ended up naming the restaurant after him. When Poogan passed away employees claimed that his spirits still lurked around the restaurants along with other energies.
However, for visitors, the southern classic cuisine is the main attraction. Whether it’s shrimp and grits, country fried chicken or a daily local seafood selection, guests will never be disappointed with an unforgettable meal at Poogan’s Porch.
Don’t judge a book by its cover because Dave’s Seafood is big on flavor. Throughout its many years of business Dave has mastered the skill of perfectly frying all types of fresh seafood. He is known for his light batter that crisps to perfection, while keeping the quality of the seafood. So, if you’re looking to experience some soul-food staples then pick up Dave’s on your next stroll through Charleston.
The Shelter Kitchen + Bar
For visitors who want to explore beyond downtown Charleston they should visit Shelter Kitchen. The restaurant is conveniently located directly over the Ravenel Bridge in Mount Pleasant. Shelter has a reputation for outstanding locally sourced food, amazing brunch and a lively daytime scene. The family-friendly establishment was opened in 2012 and has been a hit around the small town ever since. Throughout the week, visitors are encouraged to bring their dogs to dine on the deck while overlooking the scenic waterways of Shem Creek. This hidden gem is a hotspot for locals looking to escape the rush of downtown.
If you want to explore the historic cobblestone streets of Charleston, call Rubinsohn Travel to book an unforgettable experience.
With summer in full swing, our Canadian neighbors to the North are taking to the bars! They are experiencing an exciting nightlife with a thirst the Great Lakes can’t even quench. In this week’s blog, we are featuring the hotspots in Toronto where the locals can get their drink on, day or night! Now, you can too. Rubinsohn Travel has hand-picked the best spots for you to join them.
The Porch is a local favorite and one of the more bustling bars on the list. It will make a great first start on your nightlife journey here in Toronto. Being a rooftop bar, located right in the city’s entertainment district, it offers an unmatched view of the city. People come for the ice-cold beer and refreshing margaritas that are uniquely served in buckets, but stay for the view! If you like getting an early start on the day, The Porch is brunch-goer friendly! We suggest The Porch Breakfast spread; the go-to choice for many locals. No matter if you are going on a sunny day or a warm summer night, you will always find good times and good vibes here!
With their walls covered in graffiti, Sneaky Dee’s offers a unique environment for their patrons. This is a perfect spot for the low-key bar hopper. This place is known for their cheap eats and insanely delicious nachos—no seriously, the nachos are that noteworthy, ask any local! Their food is traditional Tex-Mex cuisine, the perfect blend of Texan and Mexican inspiration. Despite being miles away from either region, Sneaky Dee’s hits it out of the park! From their fajitas to their quesadillas, you can’t go wrong. All of their ingredients are locally sourced, except for their avocados and tomatoes, giving you a true taste of the city. For the music buffs, many of Toronto’s respected indie bands got their start here. Stop in, and you might see the city’s next big talent performing.
Looking for a more upscale Toronto bar experience? Look no further than the luxurious Lavelle. The second rooftop bar on the list offers true decadence in food, atmosphere, and drink! Cocktails, like the Bad & Boujee and Violet Vibe, will get you in the mood for one of their Wagyu Meat Burgers with garlic aioli fries. The upscale experience doesn’t stop there, because when you are done with your drinks and top-notch bar food, you can head to their pool. Yup, that’s right!—because what rooftop bar would be complete without a rooftop pool??? They invite you to escape the city heat by relaxing poolside, or in a private cabana, sipping cocktails . Lavelle will make you feel a part of Toronto’s elite, a must visit for any bar-goers with a taste for the finer things!
Head to Chinatown to find a bar that feels like home. At Farside, if you aren’t taking a seat at the bartop, you’ll be sitting in what feels like your dad’s favorite armchair. Their zany, mismatched, furniture is found all over their lounge areas. Frequent patrons to the bar enjoy calling it “the home away from home.” If you are traveling solo, or with a group of people, they got something here for you. Into cheap domestic beer? Check! Wanna try some rare Ontario ciders or IPAs? They got it! Enjoy the novelty shot scene? They offer some of the best! Everyone will be able to find their drink of choice here. Farside plans a multitude of events, and entertainment, throughout each month, for its patrons to attend. Movie, game, or trivia nights, they got it all covered. This living-room style bar is perfect for a night of drinking and lounging!
For all the wine lovers out there, any Toronto native will send you straight to Grey Gardens. The place itself is a restaurant that is well known for its Wine Bar. If you think yourself a wine connoisseur, then this place comes highly recommended. They do have a small beer and cider list, but if you want to seem like a true Toronto insider, ask for their secret sake menu! Wine and sake aside, this place has an intoxicating atmosphere. Everyone in Grey Gardens, from the staff to the patrons, are among the friendliest people you’ll ever meet. Don’t be surprised if you walk out of there with some new friends!
Okay, so it’s time you’re let in on a little secret. Make your way to Marben Restaurant, on Wellington Street West. Enter, then in between the restaurant’s bar and its kitchen, there is a narrow hallway that leads to a velvet curtain. Behind that curtain is a stairwell that leads down to one of Toronto’s hidden bar-gems, The Cloak. Shhh! Only a handful of Toronto natives know, now you do too! Why not join them? If you are a seeker of hidden/secret bars, add this one to your list. Located below Marben Restaurant, this speakeasy-style bar serves out of this world cocktails, and the finest scotch in town!
Hurry! These bars aren’t going to visit themselves. Toronto is waiting for you! Book with Rubinsohn Travel today!
In today’s blog, we are taking you to the east coast, and showing you some of the best places to travel to during the summer. Whether you’re in the mood to take a solo trip, or a family vacation we have a destination that will make everyone happy. Rubinsohn Travel has found the perfect summer getaways.
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rehoboth Beach is a great place for a family vacation. There are many attractions to go and see. The north boardwalk is a family paradise! The kids will never be bored because of the countless amusement rides, and carnival-style food. During the summer months, there are free concerts, and wineries (for parents). If you are looking to escape the boardwalk then visit Funland. It is a day-long carnival with rides for children of all ages. Rehoboth Beach is also known for having great shops and restaurants, such as, Penny Lane Mall. These shops are nestled in a quaint European inspired, open-air mall setting. There is a diverse selection of shops ensuring that the whole family’s shopping needs are satisfied.
Block Island, Rhode Island
Block Island is just south of mainland Rhode Island. At Rocky Beach tourists can merely relax or if you’re feeling adventurous, snorkeling and sailing is also offered. Also located on the island is Southeast lighthouse, built in 1873. This lighthouse was made a historical landmark in 1997, marking it as one of the most architecturally sophisticated lighthouses built in the 19th century.
There is also a walking festival and a music festival during the summer. Visitors can stroll through the art galleries and the wineries. Block Island also offers horseback riding.
St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. There are two beaches to go to in St. Augustine, which are St. Augustine beach and Crescent Beach. Both beaches offer surf lessons at the Surf Station. If you are not someone who wants to ride the waves, throughout many parts of the old town there are bike rentals and trolley tours to discover all the historical sites of St. Augustine. For the history buffs, stay at the edge of St. Augustine’s historic district. Walk to the sightseeing train station and hop aboard for a bell-ringer tour.
Cape May, New Jersey
Traveling to Cape May for a vacation or just a day trip? There are plenty of fun activities that you and the rest of the family can enjoy! Just minutes away is the Wildwood boardwalk, featuring, Morey’s Pier and beachfront water parks. So, if it’s a hot day and you’re looking to cool down, this is the perfect place. During the summertime, Wildwood boardwalk has Friday night fireworks that can be seen from Cape May. This is a perfect way to end a fun filled day at the beach with your loved ones.
For parents that are looking for a night out from the kids, the dining options are plentiful. Award winning Beach Creek Oyster Bar and Grille has nightly entertainment situated on a waterfront deck under the stars.
Provincetown is at the northern tip of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The seaside town is the site of the Mayflower’s landing in 1620. Today, many visitors visit Provincetown, for the beaches and mild climate. The two most popular beaches are Herring Cove Beach and Race Point Beach where visitors can watch surfers catch a wave. After a long day at the beach, a classic “P-town” lunch spot is, Canteen. Choose from classics like lobster rolls and barbecued pulled-pork sandwiches, or innovations like cod bahn mi and shrimp sliders, Canteen has it all.
The Hamptons, New York
The beach to go to when visiting The Hamptons is Cooper Beach. Cooper Beach in Southampton embodies all things Hamptons, from the pristine quiet beaches, to celebrity sightings. For many years, this beach has been ranked one of the top 10 beaches in the country where you can sit, relax, and let all your worries get washed away. If you’re not a beach bum, there are amazing vineyards surrounds many parts of the Hamptons. One of the most popular wineries is Wolffer Estate and it is truly magical!
You may not have heard of Kennebunkport, but it is a gorgeous place to visit. There are two beaches to see when you travel. Goose Rocks beach and Arundel beach are beautiful. Goose Rocks beach is secluded, and the water is a pale turquoise blue. Arundel beach is dog friendly with rocky cliffs. Kennebunkport also offers lobster fishing, concerts in the park and a biking tour around the area.
Book with Rubinsohn Travel, and let us take you to the best east coast getaway. Call us today to discuss these seven incredible destinations, and make this summer one to remember!
Machane Yehuda Market:
When you’re in Israel there are so many markets to visit. The Machane Yehuda market is one of the many markets you must visit. The market known as “The Shuk,” has a variety of stands throughout. One stand in particular to visit is the iconic candy stand that everyone goes crazy for because of all of the sweets that they have in one place. This stand is always crowded, but it is worth the wait. The other stands at the market include fresh fruit, jewelry, and different gift shops. A must try restaurant at the Machane Yehuda market is Pasta Basta. Pasta Basta has incredible homemade pasta, and sauce that is to die for.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and it is an amazing experience. At the Dead Sea, there is a spa where you can purchase mud, and other products. The mud is an important role when going to the Dead Sea. You take the mud and rub it on your body. After the mud, you go into the Dead Sea and float It is pure salt water. Heads up: wear water shoes and, do not get the water in your eyes, or mouth because it will sting. After cooling off in the Dead Sea, you can check out the bars and restaurants surrounding the area on the beach.
The most popular place in Israel is Tel Aviv. If you are looking for more of a city, Tel Aviv is the place you want to be. Tel Aviv has great nightlife, a beach, and a cool market. The Tel Aviv beach is a great family beach, but you can also relax. After relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea, you can get a bite to eat at the Carmel Market or a restaurant on the beach. The Carmel Market is similar to Mechane Yehuda market, except this one has more food options. There is a famous club in Tel Aviv named Shalvata which is an outside bar that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.
Eilat is a beautiful resort in Israel where you can do the most amazing things. In Eilat, you can rent anything from a banana boat to a yacht for the day. When out in the sea, you can also go rafting and water tubing. In Eilat, they have an underwater observatory, or you can snorkel with dolphins. Another fun thing you can do is a Jeep tour around the beautiful island. Israel is known for having the best gelato, so while exploring Eilat, get a delicious scoop of gelato.
Ride Camels in the Negev Desert:
If you are an adventurous person, then you should most definitely ride a camel. The whole experience is surreal and something you would never forget. The Negev desert allows you to take a ride on a friendly camel through the desert. You can even do the full experience which is sleep in a bedouin tent, and have the bedouin people teach you about their culture. Wake up early sunrise and ride a camel while the sun is coming up, it is beautiful.
If you want to book your next trip to Israel contact Rubinsohn Travel Today!
The Great Pyramid of Giza, the Galapagos Islands, Jerusalem, and more are all a part of our World Heritage Sites list. These ancient destinations have withstood the test of time and Rubinsohn Travel thinks that they deserve a spot on your bucket list!
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The pyramids were built during a time when Egypt was considered one of the wealthiest and most powerful civilizations in the world. Their massive scale reflects the significant role that the pharaoh, or king, played in ancient Egyptian society. More than 4,000 years later, the pyramids continue to be a majestic destination for travelers around the world, while also providing a glimpse into the past.
Travelers can choose between staying in the city of Cairo, which is about an hour from the pyramids of Giza or choose to stay directly in front of the pyramids at one of the few hotels. At the pyramid, visitors are able to go directly inside or can opt to explore the architecture outside with a camel ride.
The Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, offers diverse wildlife and landscapes that aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Between 3 and 5 million years ago, the islands were formed by a volcanic eruption, forming a chain of 19 islands. Still to this day, the volcanoes are active and eruptions can be seen throughout many parts of the Galapagos. Today, over 230,000 people visit the animals and landscapes of the island every year. For travelers, surprisingly, there are many accommodation options. If visitors choose to be land-based there are many hotel options on San Cristóbal Island, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela and Floreana islands. For a more luxurious stay, visitors also have the option of staying on board a ship for the duration of their stay, which allows for island-hopping.
Salzburg is famously the homeland of Mozart, making it one of the most famous World Heritage cities. Throughout the last 250 years the city has kept its original charm with ancient buildings and beautiful architecture. If you are a Sound of Music fan, the film was shot in the streets of Old Town, where Baroque architecture meets enchanting gardens. While visiting, visitors can take a tour of the 11-century Hohensalzburg fortress that sits on top of the hill, or explore one of the many monuments and palaces.
No city in the world compares to Jerusalem, not only is it historically one of the oldest in the world but it is the center of some of the most widely known religions— Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Annually, visitors flock from around the world to worship the religious memorials, monuments and its souqs, from the Temple Mount to the Western Wall. When venturing around the city, the glorious sound of church bells is ever present. Amidst Jerusalem’s holy sites, rich history and ancient streets, there is a vibrant nightlife and extraordinary cuisine for every type of traveler.
So if you’re a history junky like we are at Rubinsohn Travel, these destinations will surely satisfy your travel dreams. Whether you want to stroll through the cobblestone streets of Salzburg or tour the religious monuments of Jerusalem, we can make it happen!
We know travelling for Memorial Day weekend can be a hassle, so don’t get stuck in a crowd before you leave, just to get right back into one when you arrive. This Memorial Day be different, avoid popular vacation spots, and discover some of America’s hidden gems. The folks at Rubinsohn Travel have pieced together four possible beach destinations that you’ve probably never heard of, won’t be packed with tourists, and will make you wish every weekend was a long one.
Anna Maria Island, Florida
Anna Maria Island is a gorgeous island right off the coast of Manatee County, Florida. Everyone is always hungry after a day of travelling, so once you get there, drop your bags off, and head to the Sandbar Restaurant. Tables are available in the sand, as the restaurant is located right on the water. Dip your toes in the sand, enjoy the fresh and delicious seafood available, and soak in the beautiful view in front of you. After you’re done eating, simply stand up and you’re at the beach! If you are looking for a more secluded, but still public beach, look no further than Bean Point. This beach is located at the very trip of the Island, and maintains a relaxation factor that is hard to come by on most public beaches. The beautiful blue water and soft-white sand make this the perfect place to spend your day at. If you’re looking for a little bit more of an adventurous activity, then give parasailing a whirl at Bradenton Beach! Bradenton Beach Parasailing has been in business for more than 35 years, and maintains its perfect safety record to this day. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see the Gulf Coast like never before.
Jekyll Island, Georgia
A stay at the Jekyll Island Club Resort will make for an unforgettable trip whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family. This historic resort used to serve as a meeting ground for industry titans like the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers. The resort features three distinct accommodation settings; the Island Club rooms, Island Cottages, and Ocean Club Suites. All three will offer a different experience, yet you can’t go wrong with any of the options. The resort features a gorgeous dining hall with a delectable menu, however we recommend spending at least one night dining at The Wharf. This riverfront restaurant features a menu centered around Southern classics, open-air dining, live music, and will certainly make for an entertaining night for everyone in attendance. A complimentary shuttle service is provided to all guests of the resort, enabling everyone the chance to explore all 9 miles of the island’s beautiful beaches. If you brought the kids along and they’re yearning for a fun activity, a complimentary shuttle service is also offered to and from Summer Waves Water Park. The park has multiple water slides, a lazy river, and a large wave pool, making it the perfect place for a family fun-filled day.
Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
A part of North Carolina’s coastal Outer Banks region, Ocracoke Island makes for a beautiful beach getaway that won’t be packed with people. Referred to by locals as “the cure for the common beach,” Ocracoke Island is a unique destination because of its 16 miles of undeveloped beaches. No hotels or condos line the beach, so step out onto the sand, look for miles in each direction, and all you will see is sand, dunes and the ocean. If you’re looking for some excitement, surf boards, kayaks, and waverunners are all available for rent at various locations. Tours are also available, but one of the best ways to explore the island is to rent a golf cart and take a tour of your own. Every restaurant in the town of Ocracoke is locally owned and operated, so you won’t be finding any of your favorite chains on the island. What you will find is freshly prepared food that will melt in your mouth and family style service at every restaurant. The island is especially known for its perfection of marine based cuisine, so we highly recommend something from the sea!
Block Island, Rhode Island
Most people might not think of Rhode Island as a typical vacation destination, but that’s exactly our point! A trip to Block Island will offer a unique experience and take you somewhere you probably never thought of going before. While visiting, head to the Mohegan Bluffs. This doesn’t have to be the first thing you do, but it will wind up being the most rewarding part of your trip. The 150-foot clay cliffs on the south side of the Island offer incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean and a rich history. Take the stairs down the cliffs, and arrive at one of the most beautiful and relaxing beaches you will ever come across. It is the perfect place for a picnic and relaxing by the water. Once you get hungry for dinner, The Oar Restaurant is the perfect place to mingle with locals, enjoy a casual atmosphere with a couple drinks, and eat some of the best New England style food you can imagine. The Oar is located right on the water of the Great Salt Pond, and boasts some of the best clam chowder, and lobster rolls around. However, what they’re really known for are their frozen mudslides. They are the perfect combination of a delicious dessert, and an ice-cold cocktail. To fully appreciate the beauty of Block Island’s natural environment, head to Pond and Beyond Kayak for group ecotours around The Great Salt Pond, an area of Block Island filled with nature’s beauty and wildlife. Tours are suitable for even the most inexperienced kayakers, but for those of you with experience, rent one of your own, and create a new scenic route.
Memorial Day is a time for you to get away for a bit, and forget about all the stress that comes with everyday life. This year, allow yourself to try something new, and truly relax by surrounding yourself with loved ones, and avoiding the masses. All four of these locations are unique in their own way, but all of them will provide you with the vacation you’re looking for, and they might even become your new secret go to spot. Book with Rubinsohn Travel today by calling (215) 886-5200, and let’s get started on your Memorial Day getaway.
There are so many countries to visit, so many cultures to immerse oneself in and so many culinary dishes to be explored, that choosing where to travel to can be downright impossible. Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has taken care of the headache of making the choice between so many great options, and put together a vacation that will take you on a Mediterranean adventure you will never forget. Strap in for this 10-day vacation that will take you on a journey through Portugal and Spain.
Lisbon, Portugal – Recommended stay: 2 days
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is only a short one-and-a-half-hour flight from Barcelona. It is located right on the coast of Portugal, so it’s surrounded by beautiful beaches, however much of its wonder remains in the city, rather than on the water. If there is one landmark that is an absolute must see in Lisbon, it is the Torre de Belem. The tower was constructed back in the 16th century, and it has grown to become one of the most iconic features in the city. One of the best ways of travelling the city and exploring all of its vital monuments and landmarks is to take a ride in an eco-friendly tuk tuk, and allow your driver to show off their amazing hometown. Take in the beautiful architecture, and marvel at the unique Arabic textile designs coating many of the building as you explore the depths of the city. Lisbon is certainly a scenic town with its bright colored buildings, but is also famous for its seafood, which will light up your taste buds and make only a small dent in your wallet. All of the seafood is freshly caught, with the coast no more than 45 minutes away from most locations. While everything off the seafood menu is mouthwatering and delicious, the Portuguese prawns are a national treasure, and a must have for anyone venturing to Lisbon for the first time.
Sintra, Portugal – Recommended stay: 1 day
Sintra is only a 30-minute train ride from Lisbon, costs only 10 euro to get there and back, and is one of the most aesthetically unique and beautiful cities in all of Europe. Once there, various tour options will be available the moment you hop off the train. All of them are suitable methods to take in the sites of Sintra, and all of them will eventually take you to Sintra’s crown jewel, the Palacio de Pena. In order to reach the palace, tickets must be purchased at the entrance to El Parque Nacional de Palacio de Pena. The national park is full of various hiking trails that will showcase nature’s beauty, while the main path takes you up the mountain to the castle. The Portuguese castle was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site back in 1990, and is something out of a fairytale with its unique architecture, bright colored towers and location sitting atop a mountain peak. Walk around the outside of the castle, and enjoy some of the best views in all of Sintra. Then take a tour of the inside, and discover how the Portuguese royalty once lived. After exploring the castle, venture down the mountain to enjoy a traditional Portuguese meal at one of many local restaurants and cafes. We really recommend trying a dish with cod, it’s what they’re known for!
Barcelona, Spain – Recommended stay: 3 days
Barcelona is the second most populated city in Spain, with just over 1.6 million residents, and it is the first stop on your adventure for a reason. There is so much unique architecture that gives Barcelona a personality of its own, and oddly enough, the most important piece of that architecture isn’t even completed yet. La Sagrada Familia embodies the dreamlike works of Antoni Gaudi and is a sight to behold, despite being only ¾ of the way done. It includes architectural styles such as Catalan Modernism, Art Nouveau, and Spanish Late-Gothic, however it cannot be placed definitively in any one category because it is truly one of a kind. Next, take a stroll over to Gràcia, and see what small town life is like for the locals of Barcelona. The narrow streets and plazas are packed with bars and restaurants that are filled with people at all times during the day. It is a great place to sit down and relax with some delicious tapas, enjoy good company, and truly embrace the laxed Spanish lifestyle. In order to experience the full might of Barcelona’s culture, venture to Camp Nou, the 99,000 capacity fútbol stadium which has been home to FC Barcelona since 1957. The booming energy and intense loyalty can be felt throughout the entire stadium each and every game, and it is a spectacle to behold.
Cadaqués, Spain – Recommended stay: 2 days
Cadaqués is a vacation town located on the Costa Brava in Spain, and it is one of the most beautiful towns in the entire country. It takes just under 2 hours to drive there from Barcelona, but once there, it will be worth every minute spent on the road. Upon arrival, drop your things off in your hotel, and go out for a stroll around the town before heading towards the Far de Cala Nans hiking trail. It is a beautiful trail that will give you a view of the Spanish coast unlike anything else. You will be engulfed in nature throughout the hike, and after about 3 km of walking you will come across a set of stone steps that will take you down to a private beach. It is the perfect place to bring some traditional Spanish bocadillos, soak in the sun and go for a swim to cool off. Cadaqués boasts some of the best seafood you will have in your entire life. From some of the most flavorful calamari in the world, to freshly caught fish grilled to perfection, Cadaqués will provide you with a culinary experience you will never forget.
Barcelona, Spain – Recommended stay: 2 days
Yes, that’s right it is time to head back to Barcelona! After a few days of constant travelling, relaxing by the beautiful Barcelona beaches is the perfect way to end your trip. If you are up for one final adventure, travel up to the old Spanish civil war bunkers. It doesn’t cost a thing to venture to the bunkers and for your efforts, you will be rewarded with the best view in the entire city. The entire city landscape can be captured in an instant, and you will truly feel on top of the world. It is important to cap off your vacation with a trip to a restaurant called Terraza Martinez. This restaurant is missed by most tourists because it is not located in the heart of the city, however don’t make the mistake of missing out on what many consider to be the best paella in the city. Paella is a traditional Spanish dish consisting of rice, vegetables and a sea or land-based protein that will melt in your mouth with each and every bite. Enjoy a fine dining experience, some of the best food you will ever have, and look back at the memories you have gained over the course of you trip.
Immersing yourself into the rich cultures of Spain and Portugal will show you a completely new way of life, and we guarantee that when the time to head home rolls around, you won’t want to leave. We have planned an unforgettable journey for you and your travel companions to embark on, so what are you waiting for? Give us a call at (215) 886-5200 and get your Mediterranean adventure planned today!
St. Patrick’s Day is already this week, and Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200 has plans for the holiday! Don’t worry if you forgot to make your celebration plans this year. We’ve thought ahead, and have the perfect trip for you to book for 2020 to spend St. Paddy’s Day in Ireland!
St. Patrick’s Day is the feast day for the patron saint of Ireland, Saint Patrick, held on March 17th every year. In the 17th century, this feast day was recognized by the Catholic Church. The day was made to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. It also celebrates the culture and heritage of the Irish people. The holiday became more of a celebration with parades when immigrants started to celebrate in American cities, such as New York, Boston, and Chicago. Parades didn’t begin to happen in Ireland until the 20th century.
The place to go for a St. Patrick’s Day parade in Ireland is definitely Dublin. Dublin actually holds a five day festival for the holiday. It runs from March 14th to March 18th, and has a variety of things to do and see. The main day of course is March 17th, when the parade is held. The parade marches through Dublin, with bands playing music, dancing, theatre arts performing, and high energy. Of course, there is plenty of green and Guinness to go around too! You can finish your night off with a pint in the popular Temple Bar area of Dublin.
Extend your stay in Ireland, and see some of the most noted places right by Dublin. St Patrick’s Cathedral is a must see. The Cathedral is Ireland’s largest church. It has a rich cultural history dating back to 1191. The church has breathtaking Gothic architecture, and is a great stop to make while here.
Keep your St. Patrick’s Day celebration going by heading over to the Guinness Storehouse. Also located in Dublin, the Guinness Storehouse is where Guinness beer is brewed. They offer guided tours throughout the factory where visitors can learn about the brewing process. The tour ends with a pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar which overlooks all of Dublin.
If you want to venture out of Dublin, finish off your trip with a journey to the Blarney Castle. Legend has it that if you kiss the Blarney Stone at the top of the Castle, it will bring you good luck. Don’t be afraid to lean back and kiss the stone, guides will help you, and there are secure rails around it now.
Plan ahead for next St. Patrick’s Day with Rubinsohn Travel (215) 886-5200. We know the perfect places in Ireland to experience the holiday, and true culture of Irish people. Don’t wait! Call us today before everything is booked!