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Metropol Parasol

Seville Off the Beaten Tourist Trails

Metropol Parasol

If you want to see more of Seville off the beaten path, here are some of the best places to go and things to do as you start exploring its little-known getaways and hidden gems.

1. Explore the Metropol Parasol or what is locally known as the Las Setas de la Encarnación. Take a stroll around the area to marvel at the gigantic wooden structure. You can also enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the observation platform. Then you can enjoy a delicious treat or drink at one of the bars or restaurants in the area.

2. Visit the Iglesia de Santa Marina which dates back to the 14th century.

3. Have some of the delicious yemas that the nuns of the 13th-century Convento de San Leandro sell.

4. Enjoy a quiet moment just taking in the surrounding scenery at the charming Plaza de Doña Elvira. Pick a spot in this elegant square that serves as an oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city.

5. Watch a game or explore at the home stadium of Sevilla FC — the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán. This 45,500-capacity stadium opened in 1958 and has since hosted international football events.

6. Cross the bridge and head out to the Triana market to explore its delicious culinary offerings. From sweet treats to cheeses and tapas and more, you will find plenty of mouthwatering foods to satisfy your cravings. For a tapas bar experience, you can take your pick of tapas at the Las Golondrinas.

7. Explore the city on two wheels. Go on self-guided bicycling tours as you cruise along the bike and pedestrian-friendly streets.

6 of the Coolest and Quirkiest Hotels in Japan

If you are looking for an accommodation in Japan that offers something different, you will be in for a treat. The country boasts of a lot of unique and quirky accommodations begging to be explored. With so many places to choose from, here are some of the coolest and quirkiest that should be on your list.

9h nine hours | Kyoto
Location: 588 Teianmaeno-cho, Shijyo, Teramachi-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto

Why stay here: Japan is the birthplace of capsule hotels. And staying in one is on many tourists’ must-do list. The 9h nine hours in Kyoto takes a more modern look and feel approach to the capsule hotel concept. It is a minimalist place where you can rent a bed for a night or more and enjoy the unique amenities and experiences it offers.

Book and Bed Tokyo
Location: 〒171-0021 Tokyo, Toshima, Nishiikebukuro

Why stay here: Book and Bed is a hostel that bookworms would love. The capsule-like sleeping areas are built-in to the shelves. The idea is to enjoy the experience of falling asleep with a good book or manga (Japanese comics).

Henn na Hotel
Location: 〒859-3243 Nagasaki Prefecture, Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch Machi, 6−5

Why stay here: If you want have as little interaction with people as possible, then the
Henn na Hotel may just be the perfect place for you. The hotel has robots taking on duties like check-in, concierge, and luggage storage.

Hoshi Ryokan
Location: Awazu Onsen, Komatsu City, Ishikawa

Why stay here: Hoshi Ryokan not only offers the unique experience of staying in a traditional Japanese inn. It also presents the one-in-a-lifetime experience of spending some time in the world’s oldest inn. Built in 718, the ryokan has been around for around 1,300 years and has been run by the same family for more than 40 generations.

Hotel Pamplona Osaka
Location: Dotonbori, Osaka

Why stay here: In a land where love hotels abound, Hotel Pamplona in Osaka takes a no-apologies approach in staying true to the concept. From adult-themed party rooms to the S&M rooms that feature round caged bed, this love hotel is definitely for adults only.

Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO
Location: 2-20-1 Asakusa,Taito-ku,Tokyo

Sukeroku no Yado SADACHIYO is one of the traditional Japanese inns or ryokans that remain in the heart of Tokyo. Staying in this ryokan is like stepping back into the Edo period with tatami-matted rooms that showcase wood block prints and antique Japanese items.

Bagan

Top Reasons Why You Should Visit Myanmar

Bagan

Unlike its tourist magnet neighbor Thailand, Myanmar has remained under the radar for many travelers. For over four decades, the country has remained fairly isolated. But a lot of changes have happened in recent years and as one of the fastest growing economies in the region, Myanmar is poised to become an attractive destination for travelers. If you are thinking of visiting the country, here are some of the best reasons why you should.

Discover Southeast Asia off the beaten tracks
Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia are among the top tourist destinations in Southeast Asia. If you want to go off the beaten paths, now is your chance to explore Myanmar before it becomes a popular tourist hub.

Explore the ancient temples and ruins of Bagan
The ancient city of Bagan, also known as the Bagan Archaeological Zone, covers 26 square miles. It is home to over 2,000 temples and pagodas that remain standing out of the more than 10,000 constructed between the 11th and 13th centuries. Walking along the vast plain and taking a hot air balloon ride are among the best ways to witness the splendor of this place.

Experience the warmth and friendliness of the locals
The Burmese people are among the most welcoming and friendliest in the world. They exude warmth and genuine friendliness to travelers, which makes your experience traveling around the country more memorable.

Get more value for your money
Myanmar is a budget-friendly destination where you can enjoy a lot of good things for cheap. From food to taxi rides, it is a place where you can expect to get more for your money.

See the country’s beautiful nature scenery
Spectacular mountain ranges and rugged landscapes are just some of the nature attractions you will find in Myanmar. It is a country where outdoor lovers will find plenty of destinations to explore.

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