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Three unmissable highlights of holidaying in Tanzania
Tanzania, the home to some of the world’s most s...
Tanzania, the home to some of the world’s most spectacular national parks, Africa’s mightiest mountain Kilimanjaro and palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, is one of the absolute must-visit destinations for adventure-hungry travellers. Three unmissable highlights of holidaying in Tanzania Tanzania, the home to some of the world’s most spectacular national parks, Africa’s mightiest mountain Kilimanjaro and palm-fringed beaches of Zanzibar, is one of the absolute must-visit destinations for adventure-hungry travellers. With so many incredible things to see and do in Tanzania, we’ve cobbled together a list of unmissable highlights. Relish the wild spirit of Africa’s number-one holiday destination! Witness the great migration Photo credit: Alex Berger Known to be one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth, the great migration draws safari enthusiasts and animal lovers from all corners of the world. During this annual occurrence, millions of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle migrate from Kenya into Tanzania in search of fresh grasslands and water. To see the dramatic river crossings, you should head to Tanzania’s far west between July and August. If you want to witness the calving season, you should aim for the three-month period from December to March. Conquer Africa’s tallest peak: Mt Kilimanjaro Photo credit: Job de Graff  Standing tall (and magnificent) at 5895 meters, mountain Kilimanjaro is the highest point in Africa, and one of the most popular attractions in Tanzania. It’s pretty busy, but well worth a visit for the incredible landscape views, rare trees, animals and plants that surround the wonderful mountain. The best time to hike Kilimanjaro is during the dry season – from July to October. Ocean-blue skies and a very low likelihood of rain are the perfect conditions to soak in the views of the surrounding region. However, climbers are discouraged from trying to conquer the mountain during the rainy season – from April to June, when rain, fog, mud and ice are rather common. Don’t forget to try the Kilimanjaro beer, which is one of the national beers of Tanzania! Stroll the Stone Town streets in the spice island Zanzibar Photo credit: Drouyn Cambridge  Many say that a visit to Stone Town is a start of a life-long love affair. Once a flourishing spice and slave trading hub, Stone Town has retained its urban fabric and unique architecture that manifests the influences of African, Arabic, European, Persian, and Indian cultures. Defined by its maze of narrow streets and secret alleyways, it’s a city that needs to be explored and enjoyed on foot. When in Stone Town, be sure to experience a sunset dhow cruise. Dhows are traditional wooden sailing vessels that were used by Arab traders. These days, they are admittedly a bit of a tourist trap, but still one of the best ways to take in the Zanzibar sunset! The best time to visit the island of Zanzibar is from June to October. August and September offer amazing snorkelling conditions! Where to stay? Take a look at our collection of the most interesting, unique places to stay at when visiting Tanzania. From an unconventional and truly stunning safari lodge to a luxurious and relaxing house situated in a first-class spot for watching the wildebeests stomp past on their annual migration, you are bound to find a top-of-the-range destination to spend your holiday in ultimate style and satisfaction!
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Live Like a Local: Things to See and Do in Tres Torres, Barcelona 
Photo credit: CPGXK When you fancy getting off Bar...

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When you fancy getting off Barcelona’s beaten track, head on over to Les Tres Torres – a serene neighbourhood in the heart of the Sarria district. By venturing out just that little bit further away from the city’s central artery, you will reap some fine rewards. This is a place where you will find elegant, traditional townhouses situated beside green parks and stylish plazas where locals go about their daily lives untouched by the influence of tourism.

Las Tres Torres is part of the wider neighbourhood of Sarria, which used to be its own municipality but is now part of the city of Barcelona. It still holds the feeling of a small village and a strong sense of individuality, as well as a glimpse into old Barcelona.

Take a stroll

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This is primarily a residential neighbourhood making it a peaceful space that is most likely a world away from the typical image of Barcelona as a buzzing metropolis. Yet the area is a great place to soak up authentic local culture, in particular the space around Mandri Street. Just take a stroll at any time of the day or night along this stylish, laidback boulevard lined with artisan and organic food and clothes shops alongside trendy restaurants and bars.

A stroll around the Sarria neighbourhood also affords the opportunity to enjoy some of Barcelona’s most traditional architecture, with quaint, narrow streets lined with centuries-old houses and shops. The former town hall is well worth a visit; make sure to stop and appreciate the sculpture at the front of the building.

Go shopping

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The food market is one of the original features of which locals are most proud and a destination that has served the local community for more than 100 years. Barcelona is a haven for foodies at the best of times and Sarrià Market offers a great way to experience the sights, smells and taste of a variety of traditional foodstuffs whilst rubbing shoulders with local families who have shopped at the market for generations. Many stallholders will even create dishes on-site and offer tasters – a memorable way to enjoy your visit!

The market building itself dates back to 1910 and still retains decorative period features, including a series of pillars that sit alongside huge windows and add to the ambience. Although it is much smaller, the Mercado de les Tres Torres has been in operation since the 1950s and is a lovely place to buy some fresh food. For a more modern shopping experience, head over to the L’Illa shopping centre on Avenida Diagonal. This really retains the colourful and wacky Barcelona personality thanks to its unusual architectural style – it’s built as a skyscraper but a horizontal one!

Relax in the park

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One of the most enjoyable aspects of a stay in the Tres Torres neighbourhood is the fresh air and abundance of green space. The Turo Park is a pleasant stroll from the hotel and comprises a small and extremely charming enclosed space flanked by colourful flowers and towering trees as well as a landscape pond and intricate sculptures.

For a lovely place to while away an afternoon, the Parc de l'Oreneta is a beautiful urban woodland featuring traditional Mediterranean flora and fauna and listed species, as well as a miniature steam train and pony rides for the little ones. The higher parts of the park also welcome panoramic views over the city. Slightly further afield, you will find the gateway to Collserola Park from which you can explore the Natural Park on a relaxing cycle ride and appreciate even more dazzling city views.

Discover Gaudi’s lesser-known sights

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One of the best attractions in the area is the Casa Bellesguard. Translating as ‘house of beautiful views’, this medieval-style, neo-Gothic structure was built by Gaudi in the early 1900s. It stands below Collserola and beside a viaduct on the site of an ancient castle that once housed members of the Catalan royal family. Its design was influenced by the traditional castle style and features towers, turrets, wrought iron elements and intricate mosaics, as well as Gaudi’s distinctive four-armed cross.

Another wonderful local attraction that was built by Gaudi is the Teresian College, a neo-Gothic style structure that the famous architect designed in line with the religious function of the college as a convent, school and boarding school. Built in the late 1880s, it features traditional symbols of the Teresian order as well as details that have come to be associated with Gaudi, such as parabolic arches. It reflects his modernist style and complements the artisan nature of the Sarria neighbourhood, which was introduced during the 19th century when the Catalan elite flocked to Sarria.

Where to eat

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Reflecting its upper-class community, the restaurants around Tres Torres and Sarria offer world-class, entirely elegant cuisine. Tapas bar Montesquiu on Mandri Street offer delectable dishes which you can enjoy on the outdoor terrace whilst embracing the buzz of the area’s most happening street. For something a bit different, head further down Mondri Street to Once Upon A Time. This restaurant boasts shabby chic décor and an all-day menu offering local cuisine with French, European and Oriental twists. There are also many Italian restaurants in the area. Nonna Maria offers great traditional Italian fare while Restaurant Le Quattro Stagioni changes its menu throughout the year in order to offer the freshest seasonal cuisine.

Where to stay

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Indulge your inner princess with a stay at the Primero Primera, a luxurious hideaway tucked away in the Tres Torres neighbourhood. Boasting privacy and relaxation in spades along with some of the largest rooms and suites in the city, this is a wonderful place to rest your head.

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