Top Travel Chill-Out Spots

Top Travel Chill-Out Spots

l'll share some of my most memorable experiences travelling from the Old Continent to the New World, crossing the borders of the Asian continent.
Here are a few places you can't miss for #relaxation during your travelling in #Rome, #Paris, #Spain, #China, #HongKong, ...

  #1 Janiculum Hill in Rome, Italy

This is an amazing spot to chill out after a long day walking around Rome, while enjoying a breathtaking view of the city! Rome will send you here only if you’re in the surroundings, but if you’re walking from Vatican City to Janiculum Hill, here are two cool things to see on the way:

1 – Vatican City’s private railway station;

2 – The Church of Sant’Onofrio al Gianicolo, the official church of the papal order of knighthood Order of the Holy Sepulcher.

Don’t worry, you can take the bus on your way down the hill!

  View of Rome from Janiculum Hill. © Ivan Liakhovenko |  
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Twilight Guided Tour in Vatican

 Vatican City
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#2 Gardens of the Trocadero in Paris, France

Whether you’re a first-timer in Paris or a native Parisian, this is one of those magnetic places that can hypnotise and make you lose track of time. The river Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars on the horizon are just a bonus! will try to convince you to keep moving around, while sharing with you the best stories about Paris, but it’s difficult to fight the peace this place brings! My tip … do not sit in the gardens to avoid being mesmerized!

  A view of Paris from the Trocadero Gardens. © Tupungato |  
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Historic Heart of Paris Walk

 Paris, France
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#3 Montjuïc in Barcelona, Spain

Montjuïc, translated as “Jew Mountain” in medieval Catalan, is the best place in Barcelona for a walk (or even a run), potentially ending with a breathtaking view of Barcelona near the fortress. It’s a Point of Interest featured in the Barcelona city guide which means that by using our app you can easily reach this place. Just for fun try to identify the main attractions of the city scattered on the horizon! One of them is just too easy… the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí´s emblematic temple! To your right you’ll find the Mediterranean Sea and right in front of you, Las Ramblas. The dynamic of the city hypnotizes us easily! I prefer to sit outside the fortress on the grass to relax and decide what I want to visit on my way down toward the “Fira Barcelona”, amid memories of the 1992 Olympic City. There are always three winners: Fundació Joan Miró, Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya and CaixaForum Barcelona. One more thing about Montjuic: when you visit here, don’t make plans; leave the city, just go and enjoy! For the romantics it is a great place to watch the sunset!

  a breathtaking view of Barcelona near the fortress.   

Catalonia flag in Montjuic Castle, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. © Anastasia Shiler |

#4 Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam, Germany

I don’t consider Germany to be a classic romantic destination, but I will never forget the Sanssouci Palace, the former summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam. It is easy and cheap to travel to from Berlin and is just a short walk from the S-Bahn station. Once you arrive, you’ll see an amazing garden filled with different colors and a beautiful Palace on the horizon. Just lie back, relax, enjoy the view and why not try a Potsdam beer! The nearby lake is also very well known due to the iconic photo of Churchill, Truman and Stalin taken here in 1945. A friend of mine once told me that Potsdam is the German Riviera!

  Just lie back, relax, enjoy the view and why not try a Potsdam beer!  
  The Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam, near Berlin, Germany. © Maxsdesign |  

#5 Lake Bled in the Julian Alps, Slovenia

Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps in Slovenia, a “Natural Wonderland”. Those who’ve had the chance to take an Interrail trip have heard about this location as a mandatory destination for everyone traveling by train. Once you arrive, just chill either resting by the lake, at a castle, in a 5 star hotel, or in a camping tent. This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever been to! (The fact that I was there InterRailing while on my honeymoon was also a bonus!). The water is so transparent and the views are so breathtaking! Last but not the least, when you’re lying on the banks of the lake, you can’t help but feel mesmerized by the isle in the middle of the lake. If feels like you’re in a movie or dreaming (and you just don´t want to wake up)!

Lake Bled in Slovenia. © Janos Gaspar |
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#6 Guilin, China

Guilin city is one of the places celebrated on the backs of Chinese banknotes, more precisely on the back of a 20-yuan bill. You need to travel to the Province of Guangxi and take a cruise along the Li River to fully appreciate this wonder of nature.

Day Experience: A boat ride along the Li River is a peaceful and relaxing experience. Besides the beautiful views, you can learn how the local fishermen catch fish with birds! Yes, birds (aka cormorant fishing)! Fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in the river. You don’t need to wait or search for worms or a fishing rod. It is quite an amazing thing! After the boat trip, return to Guilin by bus to get an extra glimpse of the Longsheng Rice Terraces.

  It is quite an amazing thing!  

Night Experince: In Guilin city you can taste the local teas and enjoy the lights surrounding the local pagodas. Take a boat trip on the lake if you want to see them all while enjoying traditional music and a fireworks display.

  China Guilin Li River (Lijiang) Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo. © Soon Wee Meng | Dreamstime  

#7 Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront, Hong Kong

Often a chill-out spot is a nature-related point of interest. Well, not in Hong Kong. If you’re walking along the Tsim Sha Tsui East Waterfront in the early morning hours or after dark you will get a kick out of the view, not because of the bay stretching before you, but because of the sight of the city skyscrapers on the other bank.

At night you get three bonus features: less humidity, illuminated skyscrapers and a strong typical smell – not bad, just different. Staring at the shore you can see traditional boats and cargo ships, paired with the hills and skyscrapers in the background. Everything keeps moving 24 hours a day here and its easy to get lost in your thoughts.

Once you “wake up”, go to the Conrad Hotel on the other side, and enjoy the view from the opposite side while sipping a drink to the soundtrack of a live piano recital!

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Hotel Conrad Hong Kong

 Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
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  sipping a drink to the soundtrack of a live piano recital!  
  Tsim Sha Tsui Waterfront Promenade, Hong Kong. © Keng Po Leung | Dreamstime  

#8 Crissy Field in San Francisco, USA

Walking from the Embarcadero (Downtown San Francisco) to the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre takes about 1 hour (3.5 miles / 5,6 km). On the bay-shore side you can see the Coit Tower, Pier 39 and Alcatraz, but the best place to chill after this walk is in the back garden of the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

At the Crissy Field Center you have a huge green zone by the bay where you can lay down and relax with the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz in sight! After taking your time to relax in this amazing spot you can visit the nearby Walt Disney Family Museum. On a clear blue-sky day, while lying by the bay, Crissy Field is the kind of place where time just vanishes! (I would imagine that this is the spot where everyone would like to have a villa in San Francisco!)

  Crissy Field & Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California. Harris Shiffman | Dreamstime  

#9 Merkez Park in Adana, Turkey

Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana is the largest mosque in Turkey. It has an amazing garden where each flower or tree seems to have been deliberately placed by an architect. The mosque is amazing, similar to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, but bigger. The garden behind the mosque, by the Seyhan River, is just fabulous! Sitting in this beautiful garden during spring or summer, surrounded by colorful flowers and the mosque’s peaceful environment, it almost feels like we are in the Garden of Eden (Christian or Jews) or Jannah (Muslims).

  it almost feels like we are in the Garden of Eden  

In the winter you can spot the snow on the hills in the horizon. The Sabancı Central Mosque has six minarets like the Blue Mosque, while Mecca has nine and Medina has ten. On the opposite side of Adana to the north, lies the city of Trabzon, on the Black Sea shores, known for its beautiful gardens that border the old city walls.

  Sabancı Central Mosque in Adana, Turkey. © Andre Klaassen |  

#10 Ibirapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil

Amidst the “Concrete Jungle” that is São Paulo you find a small version of Central Park: Ibirapuera Park. São Paulo is one of the largest cities in South America and also features one of the largest green parks within a city. Brazil is known for its fabulous natural scenery, but also for the city crime immortalized in films such as “City of God” and “Elite Squad”.

São Paulo has its slums, but also a wide diversity of activities and areas. Despite the social problems common to large cities, when we walk through Ibirapuera Park it seems we have entered an alternate reality. A huge lake, surrounded by trees and greenery, dozens of people doing yoga, practicing sports or visiting the museums within the park, in a calm and relaxed atmosphere, away from the stress of the city and its chaotic traffic. I suggest a walk in the park, a visit to the Afro Brazil Museum (free entry) and a coffee in the cafeteria of the São Paulo Museum of Modern Art and of course discover the city with São Paulo!

  calm and relaxed atmosphere, away from the stress of the city  
  birapuera Park in São Paulo, Brazil. © Alexandre Fagundes De Fagundes | Dreamstime  

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