CHILE: A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

By NH | 15:51
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Today we’re travelling to the beautiful and amazing Chile, a land of deserts, mountains, glaciers and beaches. A land that has it all. We are about to embark on a journey of discovery, during which we’ll briefly visit the main cities of Iquique, Antofagasta and Santiago de Chile. But don’t think we’ll stay there long… We’ll use these three cities as starting points for other unique adventures in the countries wilderness and some of the most inhospitable areas. 

Are you ready?

IQUIQUE

Iquique is a city that rests on the coast of northern Chile. It was founded in the 16th century, linked to small indigenous fishing communities, and evidence has suggested that the Chango people lived here as early as 7,000BC.

Its location between an enormous sand dune and the Pacific make this one of the world’s finest spots for paragliding. But if you’re not up to the challenge, there are still plenty of things for you to do and see! The city serves as an opening to incredible places, like the UNESCO World Heritage Sites towns of Humberstone and Santa Laura, the Isluga Volcano National Park or the hot-springs of Pica and Matilla.

1. Humberstone and Santa Laura
These two abandoned mining towns are located in the arid Atacama Desert and have gained a well-deserved spot in the world’s most ghostly places list! In spite of being uninhabited, both towns are being well preserved and the visitor will have the chance to visit the remains of the old industrial installations that were used in the towns’ more glorious times and learn all about saltpetre processing.

Our tip? We wouldn’t recommend a night visit, as it is rumoured that the dead of the local cemetery rises at night and pace the town!

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2. Isluga Volcano National Park

Although 190 km separate Iquique from the spectacular Isluga Volcano National park, it is definitely worth the visit. A popular choice for travellers in this area is to hire one of the special tours offered in the park and spend the day admiring and learning about the park’s endemic inhabitants… like the guanaco or vizcacha.

Curious? Or, if you prefer to discover the park on your own, there are several short and easy routes you can follow: the Isluga Trek and the Laguna Arabilla trek.

Our tip? Don’t miss out on the chance to appreciate volcano Isluga and to take in the fantastic panoramic views.

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3. Hot Springs of Pica and Mamiña
Another popular day trip from Iquique, both for local and tourists, are the hot Springs of Pica and Mamiña. If you ever wanted to visit an oasis in the middle of the desert, this is your chance!

Pica and Mamiña appear before your eyes after kilometres and kilometres of dry land, an incredible paradise where you’ll be able to relax in peaceful hot springs and savour delicious tropical fruits; mango, guava, grapefruit…

Our tip? Head to the gorgeous hot-spring of Cocha Resbaladero, in Pica.

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Your hotel in Iquique

 

ANTOFAGASTA


Antofagasta is the second large city in our route. Also known as “The Pearl of the North”, it is a port city located in the north of Chile, often overlooked by travellers visiting the country. We think the city is a great starting point for some amazing day trips to nearby areas, like the Atacama Desert. Here are some ideas to tease your travelling soul!

1. The Atacama Desert
Located between the Pacific and the Andes, the incredible Desert of Atacama is a 131 km drive away from Antofagasta. Without a doubt, a MUST visit during any visit to Chile, the desert offers a unique landscape where rust-colored ravines, salt flats, geysers, rocks and active volcanoes welcome the visitor to the driest place on Earth.

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The desert extends covers over 100.000 square Kilometres of savage beauty but we’ve highlighted some of the top attractions that will ensure an unforgettable experience:

● The Moon Valley, one of our favourites! After a 45 walk, you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenery and fantastic sunsets. Our tip? Make sure to bring lots of water and some warm clothes, it gets chilly at dusk!

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● Salar de Atacama, a healing oasis. Isolated and beautiful, it’s the world’s third biggest salar (salt lake), just behind Uyuni’s. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting your camera, as you will see landscapes you never imagined, lagoons mirroring the cloudless sky and beautiful flamingos flying in the horizon.

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Our tip? A night visit will grant you a memorable stargazing experience.

● Tatio Geysers, a show of nature’s power for the early birds among you, as 6 am is the best time to see the geysers in full action. One thing to keep in mind is that the geysers are one of the major attractions in the Atacama Desert, you’ll most likely find yourself enjoying the show with hundreds of people!

A curious fact about the Tatio Geysers: at 4.320 meters above sea level, it is one of the world’s highest elevations geysers.

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2. Huanchaca Ruins
The gorgeous Huanchaca ruins are the remains of an old silver smelter that operated in Antofagasta from 1982 to 1902, co-owned by Bolivia, Chile and Britain.

We recommend wandering around the ruins while enjoying the views of the sea, you’ll realise that the place actually looks a bit like a medieval castle! Afterwards, enter The Museum and learn about the natural, archaeological and historical heritage of the area. 

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Your hotel in Antofagasta

 

SANTIAGO DE CHILE


From the northern city Antofagasta, we move down to the more cosmopolitan Santiago, the capital of Chile. However, after discovering the city’s unique flavours and personality, we invite you to discover some of the surrounding points of interest, such as Valparaiso or Cajón del Maipo.

1. Valparaiso
As Chile’s second largest city, Valparaiso is the total opposite of Santiago de Chile. Here, the visitor will discover bright coloured buildings, vibrant street art and a bohemian atmosphere.

And did you know that Valparaiso is protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site? You’ll appreciate an incredible mix of cultures, as immigrants from Italy, Spain, Germany and Yugoslavia have left their mark on local traditions throughout history.

Our favourite thing about Valparaiso? Its authenticity and people’s kindness.

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2. Cajon del Maipo
Just an hour south of Santiago, Cajon del Maipo is a natural paradise of wineries, Incan history, beautiful waterfalls, picturesque little towns that spread through the wilderness and a wide range of sports activities perfect for adrenaline seekers.

Our tip? Don’t miss the stunning Cascada de las Animas, a beautiful and relaxed setting.

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Your hotel in Santiago de Chile

These are just some of the beautiful treasures that can be found in Chile. Next month we’ll be taking you to another of our South American destinations: ECUADOR.

 

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TOP 5 EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS TO VISIT THIS YEAR

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As Christmas time approaches, many are searching for that next trip to take that will add even more cheer to this special holiday. Are you one of those? Our proposal for this year is to visit one (or some) of our favourite Christmas markets found in Europe, some of which are well known and others a bit off the beaten path.

Follow us to Winter Wonderland, we promise it will be filled with traditional delights for the senses, mugs of delicious mulled wine and some very unique Christmas decorations!

Christkindlesmarkt, Nuremberg (Germany)

Our first stop takes us to one of the World’s most famous Christmas Markets, and Germany’s largest. It takes place every year in Hauptmarkt, the central square of the magical and medieval city of Nuremberg, which gets even more beautiful as the sun sets. The market is large enough to handle the crowds that come here to enjoy the festive atmosphere, gingerbread and all.

Make sure to dress warm and ready yourself to discover beautiful decorations and ornaments, including the wonderfully peculiar Prune Men, the infinite variety of Christmas biscuits, Nuremberg bratwurst (a recipe that’s over 700 years old), pretzels and, of course, Glühwein!

When: November 25th to December 24th
Times: Daily from 10:00am to 09:00pm
Where to stay: NH Collection Nürnberg City
Closest Airport: Airport Nürnberg

 

Striezelmarkt, Dresden (Germany)

As one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets, the Striezelmarkt is very traditional. It takes place every year, since 1434, on the old cobblestoned Altmarkt square. Over 200 amazingly decorated stalls and thousands of colourful Christmas lights welcome the visitors along with puppet shows and other performances that will be the delight for both children and adults.

Make sure you save a bit of your travel budget! You’ll be thankful later when you see the traditional decorations and craft gifts displayed in the beautiful fairytale themed stalls.

Our personal advice? Look for the famous Dresden Stollen cake, sausages, potato cakes, chocolate apples and the traditional mulled wine.

When: November 24th to December 24th
Times: Daily from 10:00am to 09:00pm
Where to stay: NH Collection Dresden Altmarkt
Closest Airport: Dresden International Airport

 

Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market, Vienna (Austria)

Our next stop in magical Christmas Markets brings us to Austria. Right outside the Grand Palace in Vienna, the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market is smaller than the Christmas Market located in Vienna’s Town Hall Square, but yet we find it fascinating.

Why? The visitor will find a jaw-dropping assortment of stalls with handcrafted decorations, toys and beautiful art and folkloric items at reasonable prices. Live music, Christmas lights and the wonderful foods, such as Kaiserschmarm and Bauerngröstl, give the market a very festive mood!Plus, here you’ll find a wide variety of mulled wines to sip (or gulp, depending how cold you are.)

Our tip: the Schönbrunn Palace Christmas Market is known for releasing a limited edition of Christmas mugs each year. If you want one, look for it at the Visitors Booth by the market’s entrance!

When: November 19th to December 26th
Times: Daily from 10:00am to 09:00pm
Where to stay: NH Collection Wien Zentrum
Closest Airport: Vienna International Airport 

Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival, Budapest (Hungary)

Our next destination is Hungary where the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival await you. This fantastic Christmas Market is located in the Vorosmarty Square and one could say that it really feels just as Christmas should feel; lots of people, traditional, toned down nostalgic lighting, and lots of wine and traditional foods.

Unfamiliar with the Hungarian cuisine? Just wander around the stalls and try some of the delicacies that Hungary takes pride in and are eager for visitors to try; chicken goulash, sour kraut, fried polenta, apple and kirsch strudel, cherry grog and rum hot chocolate…

And of course, you can’t leave without trying a chimney cake, called Kurtoskalac, a bread spiral rolled in cinnamon, sugar, cocoa or coconut flakes. Delicious!

When: November 11th to January 6th
Times: From 10am to 22pm, Christmas Eve until 18pm
Where to stay: NH Budapest City
Closest Airport: Budapest Ferenc Liszt International Airport

 

Santa Lucia Christmas Market, Bologna (Italy)

 

And last but not least, follow us to Italy and the beautiful Bologna, home to the oldest University in the world. One of the reasons to visit this romantic and historical city is its unforgettable Christmas Market. During this time of the year, the porticos (arched, covered walkways) that line the city like veins are decorated with fairy lights, red and green garlands. It is under the portico of Santa Maria dei Servi that the traditional market of Santa Lucia (or Fiera di Santa Lucia) takes place since the 18th century.

An interesting tradition in Bologna is the unique figures they create for the Nativity Scene, one of the most important Christmas symbols in Italy. The Bolognese nativity scene also includes unfamiliar characters, one known as the Sleeping Man and the another known as La Meraviglia, a woman caught in a moment of overwhelmed enlightenment.

Don’t leave without trying some Torrone, a Christmas nougat made of almonds and honey!

When: November 20th to December 26th
Times: Daily from 9.30 to 20:00
Where to stay: NH Bologna de la Gare
Closest Airport: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport

There is nothing better than Europe at Christmas, there something special about visiting the markets with beautiful architecture in the background, historic traditions shared with visitors, and delicious aromas dancing in the air. Ready for a memorable winter break?

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The Top 8 Instagrammable Destinations

By NH | 19:14
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Instagrammers unite! In today’s world, when planning a vacation, almost everyone anticipates the beautiful pictures they are going to take. Those pictures are then uploaded to our Facebook or Instagram profiles for the world to share and, often, inspire.

Whether it’s to remember your vacation, share moments with loved ones of your or simply be the envy of your friends and followers, here is a list of cities where getting that perfect shot is almost 100% guaranteed. Pack your bags and get your filters ready!

New York
No surprise here that the big apple is the World’s most Instagram city, with over 59.7 million visitors delving into every nook and cranny of this cultural capital. The city is the perfect playground for amazing shots like these, by @frankreporter. Are you up to the challenge?

Discover your perfect NH hotel in New York.

 

London
England’s capital, The Old Smoke, is the most Instagrammed city in Europe and a paradise for all manner of photography lovers with an eye for detail and color (as long as your happy with gray backdrops). We’ve made a list of our favorite 3 London instagramers that have conquered our hearts with their special view of the capital:

1. @MissUnderground: A girl in love with the London Underground.

2. Jacintha Verdegaal: Dutch travel blogger living in London Always dreaming about my next trip and my next meal

 

3. Alexandra Lhermite-Schwass: I love traveling, autumn, Earl Grey tea, dreams, the sea, bicycles, dogs, fluffy white clouds, perfume and kissing.

Discover your perfect NH hotel in London.

Budapest

Mesmerizing Budapest is Hungary’s city with two personalities, full of eye-catching architecture, camera-ready urban jewels, and a positively rich history that steal your heart and your imagination. Fall in love with its traditional gastronomy and its vibrant ambiance, then make photographic keepsakes for your Insta personality. And here’s a curious fact, did you know Budapest often plays Paris’ doppelganger in movies? Easy to understand when we see pictures like these, by @markpozsonyi:

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Amsterdam

Also known as The Venice of the North and one of the most photogenic cities in the world, Amsterdam offers fascinating views of canals and bridges, romantic houseboats & traditional narrow houses and courtyards that date back to the 13th century. A few well-composed shots in this city will guarantee you instant likes between your followers! If you don’t believe us, take a look at these beautiful Instagram accounts:

1. Sander • Hi, I’m Sander

2. Mylittleamsterdam: Capturing the most beautiful city in the world.

Discover your perfect NH hotel in Amsterdam.

Habana

We move to more vibrant lands. Ever dreamed of visiting La Habana? It certainly is an unforgettable trip, where the visitor travels back in time to a city marked by its culture, colonial past, and its preserved architecture, perfectly captured by @low843:

Discover your perfect NH hotel in Habana.

Rome

Our Instagram adventure takes us to Rome, the Eternal City. With its ancient roman ruins, museums, crooked streets, robust aromas and beautiful churches, the 2000+ years of history certainly make Rome well-rehearsed for the camera. Perfect places for breathtaking snapshots! In case you can’t travel to Rome, let us take you there. Just swipe through following gallery by @Giuliopugliese:

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Barcelona

This city is an unforgettable trip for the senses. Let your imagination fly while you admire Gaudi’s architectural work, embrace the jostle of modern vs. classic, and discover Picasso’s legacy. Awaken your taste buds with the best of the Mediterranean gastronomy and treat your ears to the sound of Classic Spanish guitar. If this doesn’t tickle your fancies, these incredible pictures by @nicanorgarcia surely will:

 

Discover your perfect NH hotel in Barcelona.

Porto

Located by the Duoro river, Porto is one of our favorite settings for Instagram-perfect shots. Take a stroll along its historic riverfront and make sure you stop the Palacio da Bolsa, the Sao Francisco Church, the colorful medieval district of Cais da Ribera or the iconic Clerigos Tower! Instagrammer @davo_dw shows us some amazing shots of Porto: 

Discover your perfect NH hotel in Porto. 

So, the big question is, which of these cities will become the prized subject of your next travels?

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The 3 most beautiful European cities to visit this autumn

By NH | 11:22
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For many travellers, autumn’s arrival opens the door to an excellent time to travel: lower temperatures, fewer crowds and beautiful colours that remind us of impermanence. So, where to? We’re taking you to some of our favourite European cities to visit during the autumn months. The hard part for you is deciding where to go.


Lisbon
The capital of Portugal offers visitors a wide range of things to do, from cultural hotspots that immerse you in the country’s history, to gastronomy, music, arts, and wonderful parks and gardens. Here’s a list of things not to miss when visiting Lisbon in autumn!


The Alfama District is Lisbon’s oldest area, where visitors can stroll around narrow cobblestone streets while discovering cute and cosy cafes, shops, historical buildings and a special ambience accented with the unmistakable Fado music in the background.

The old Alfama District in Lisbon

Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, a must visit if you want to enjoy the best views of Lisbon at sunset. From the terrace and after a little hike, you’ll have a spectacular view of the Castle de São Jorge and the river.
Talking of views, if you’re not in the mood to stroll up to the castle, our NH Collection Lisboa Liberdade is not only the perfect choice for the best stay when in the city, but also has one of the best terraces in the city, bar Atico. From here, you can soak up the cityscape whilst tasting a top class cocktail from our menu designed by Diego Cabrera.

As for gardens and parks, Parque do Palácio Pena is a favourite! Less than an hour train ride away from Lisbon’s Rossio train station, this wonderful area encompasses several historical sites such as the Palácio Nacional de Sinta, de Palace of Pena and the Moorish Castle. Bring your camera out and don’t leave without capturing its magnificent gardens of vibrant beauty with an autumn tint.

Parque do Palácio Pena

There are many luscious parks to enjoy at this time of year, and our NH Lisboa Campo Grande is perfectly positioned to make the most of them, including the aforementioned Campo Grande, Parque da Bela Vista, the Jardim Zoologico de Lisboa, and much more.

After so much walking around, you’ll want something to eat! When it comes to gastronomy, Lisbon has lots of delicacies to offer. Make sure you go into a tasca and ask for sardinhas assadas (charcoal-grilled sardines), pastéis de bacalhau (cod fishcakes) or caldo verde (a soup of cabbage and potatoes). And for those who have a sweet tooth, our advice is to try the typical Pasteis de Belem from Antiga Confeitaria de Belem, the only bakery where they still work with the original recipe!

Pasteis de Belem

Budapest
The capital of Hungary is a picturesque city, friendly to tourists and easy to get around. It is considered by many as one of Europe’s most beautiful capitals and is home to many World Heritage Sites. And did you know that the Budapest Zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the world? It opened its doors on 9 August 1866. Don’t be surprised if you fall in love with Budapest after a few days!

Budapest

Any visit to Budapest should start with a walk around its quiet streets. Let your feet take you to The Parliament, stop to admire this Gothic building with more than 350 towers and its intricate and artistic stonework. Located right next to the Danube, this building is one of the most eye-catching you’ll encounter! If you have the chance to visit it at night, be prepared to be amazed. 

Another impressive landmark is St. Stephen’s Basilica. Those who appreciate architecture will be infatuated with the beautiful dome and ceiling inside the Basilica, simply stunning! Afterwards, climb the more of 300 stairs to get an incredible 360-degree view from Budapest, unmissable!

The icing on the cake will be a visit to the Budapest Zoo & Botanical Garden, a must for those travelling with children this autumn… Or without them! Located within Városliget Park, a short walk from our NH Budapest City, it is the home to more than 1.072 animal species and is considered a natural reserve. Have you ever fed a Bactrian Camel? Here you can! And keep an eye out for the most special animal in the Zoo: the Komodo Dragon. Our advice is to keep a whole day aside to get most out of the visit!

Last but not least, if you’re planning a visit to Budapest this year, keep in mind that starting on November 11th you’ll have the chance to visit the Budapest Christmas Fair and Winter Festival, which some say, wins hands down against German Christmas Markets! In the lovely Vörösmarty Square, the market is located right in front of the prestigious Gerbeaud Coffee and exudes a fantastic atmosphere full of inviting sights, smells and sounds. Don’t forget to stop by the cottage-style wooden food stalls and order a Krampampuli, a traditional Hungarian punch drink, together with traditional honey cookies.

Berlin
Berlin is a city that has a lot to offer but it is in autumn when it turns into a huge work of art. Can you imagine walking on an endless carpet of red and yellow leaves bordered by golden trees? That’s how it feels to walk around Berlin’s parks during this time of the year, the perfect mood for a romantic autumn stroll… You’ll have plenty of parks to choose from, as there are approximately 2.500 in the city! Some of our recommendations are the Wuhlheide Park or the fascinating Tiergarten Park, a favourite for locals and visitors alike thanks to its marvellous lakes and of course, the park’s Biergarten.

Ever heard of the Light Festival? If you happen to visit the city between the 7th and 16th of October, you’ll have the chance to explore Berlin’s famed sights and cultural attractions in a new light, like the Brandenburg Gate, the Fernsehturm, Berlin Cathedral and the Berlin Victory Column. The event that takes place every year during 10 days, and turns the city centre into a giant canvas for light and video projections where visitors can enjoy different art and music events, as well as guided LightSeeing tours.



You might also be interested to know that autumn is kite season in Berlin, another great and fun activity if you’re travelling with children! Locals fetch their colourful kites and let them fly high at the former Tempelhof Airport, right in the middle of the city. The kids will love the colours in the wind! For more family plans in Berlin, check our travel guide.

And an old German tradition to adopt while in Berlin, is visiting its Christmas Markets. Most of them start on November 21st and go to the end of December or even into the first week of January. By popular choice, the Gendarmenmarkt, located next to the German church, is considered the most beautiful and popular. Just walk around while you enjoy the cosy atmosphere, its many food and drinks stalls, and beautiful Christmas decorations. Feeling the Christmas spirit yet?

Every season is a reason to travel but autumn is the best time of the year to fully take in the beauty of this three incredible cities. Where will the Autumn be taking you?

 

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First visit to Hamburg? Here’s a list of the TOP things you need to do

By NH | 15:44
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Did you know that Hamburg has a greater number of bridges than Venice and Amsterdam combined? And that it’s seven times bigger than Paris? These are just some of the things that make Germany’s second largest city well worth a visit. Want to know more? Keep reading!


Located on the Elbe River and known as the “Gateway to the World”, Hamburg was once considered the world’s most mercantile location, mainly thanks to the development of connections to distant lands like Africa, South America or the Far East. With time, the harbour city swallowed up many small villages in the vicinity and established itself as a major economic power in Europe.


Today, Hamburg is increasingly becoming a trendy tourist spot and one of the most amazing destinations in northern Germany. The best time to visit is between May and October, although each season has its own charm.

So, what is there to do? What to see? Let’s start with some must-see sights in Hamburg :

- The old Fish Market.

Don’t be fooled by the name, it’s not all about fish! This 300 year old market sells an eclectic range of wares and is a fun way to spend a few hours experiencing a unique atmosphere right on the harbour . Be ready for live music bands, all sorts of food and a fun crowd. Curious fact: Back in 1934, after a longtime rivalry between them, the Altona and Hamburg fish markets merged into the shared Fischmarkt Hamburg-Altona, becoming the leading market for gourmet fish in Germany.


- HafenCity.

The famous city quarter oozes history and shows an interesting contrast between the old and the new. Did you know that the city is Europe’s most important development project? Since 2008, this urban regeneration project focuses on turning the existing old warehouses into residential areas, shops, hotels and office buildings. Our tip? Take a stroll along the waterways and enjoy the UNESCO buildings, such as the Speicherstadt, the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall, the International Maritime Museum of Hamburg, and the numerous bridges. Visiting this place at night will give you a perfect sight of the ships’ and city lights reflecting on the water.

 

- Reeperbahn.

The “Dark Side” of the city, the place where the Beatles became famous. This street is one for Hamburg’s nightlife centers. Expect an interesting mix of bars, night clubs, walls covered with graffiti, live theaters and sex shops. Curious fact: Between the 17th and 18th centuries, Reeperbahn was a ropewalk, hence the name. Reeperbahn means ropewalk, the place where ropes are made. If you need a more detailed list of the sights and sounds of the Reeperbahn, check this travel guide!

 

Next stop, the museums . The city is home to many galleries and museums where you can learn all about the Hamburg’s wonderful history, like the International Maritime Museum, with a variety of exhibits and displays that will take you on a trip through the city’s past and the relationship between humanity and the sea. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll have the chance to learn how chocolate is produced (and then try some) at the Chocoversum Museum, they even let you make your own chocolate! The Miniatur Wunderland Museum is a must for the little ones and adults alike. Want to visit 15 different areas around the world in a couple hours? It’s not impossible thanks to the great mini-cities models, you’ll utterly love its details and quirks! Tip: don’t forget to press the button at the chocolate factory when visiting the Switzerland miniature exhibition, you’ll get a miniature chocolate!

And if you’re visiting Hamburg with the family, there are plenty of plans to do with the little ones, like a visit to the fantastic Hamburg Zoo, where the children can hand feed the elephants, admire the lions and tigers and enjoy the impressive underwater scenery of the Aquarium. The Zoo opened in 1907 and is one of a kind; there are no cages and the animals freely roam in open enclosures surrounded by moats. For more exciting Hamburg entertainment for families, here’s another useful list! 

You shouldn’t have any doubts by now, Hamburg is definitely a place to visit. Alone, with friends, with that special someone or with the family. There are interesting and fun things to do for everyone!

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Top 6 European Cities for Autumn 2016

By NH | 17:12
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From Summer to Winter holidays, this year, why not take a break during the season of change, Autumn?

A season of transition, where leaves start to fall from the trees and cities are dashed with spectacular reds, yellows and oranges. The days become shorter, making the indoors cosier while the sun hides and the wind carries the telltale signs of Winter.

Discover the top 6 European cities for that perfectly picturesque Autumn city break.

 

BERLIN

A city that beats with nightlife as much as it does with history, Berlin is easily one of the most loved and fascinating cities in Europe, and charms visitors even more during Autumn. This is the time for major events and art exhibitions, such as El Siglo de Oro: The Age of Velázquez and the Berlin Art Week, both happening on September. And of course not forgetting the Oktoberfest which kicks of September 23rd.

But out of all of this, it’s Berlin’s 2500+ parks and gardens to be explored, and what better way than in autumn, and using it as an excuse to walk on a carpet of yellows, oranges and red? Just to name a few ideas, there is the Unter den Linden, Berlin’s historic tree-lined boulevard, close to our NH Collection Berlin Mitte Friedrichstrasse, and the Volkspark Friedrichshain, the oldest public park in the city, only few minutes’ walk from our NH Berlin Alexanderplatz. If you want to go further afield, the majestic Spree River provides a different sight of the city, and also here you’ll find Graffiti and Street Art named East Side Gallery. As you can tell, Berlin is a city that implores you to be outdoors, even when the weather’s fresh.

 

BRUGES

Fairytale or wonderland? Horses, swans, gothic cathedrals, medieval streets, vast greenery and boating canals makes this UNESCO listed city a perfect Autumn destination. During this season, the city transforms with colour, which can be taken in on foot or by boat along the quiet canals and medieval walls. Outstanding bursts of colour compliment the picturesque neo-gothic, Flemish facades and gothic peaks.
Known as the “Venice of the North”, the warm, cooling weather will make you want to do all kind of activities, but best choice is definitely gaze at clear skies of autumn, taking in the surroundings, eating local, handmade chocolate (if you’re a chocolate-lover you should definitely visit Choco-Story while in the city) and taking a stroll through Oud St Jan, close to our NH Brugge. Discover one of Belgium’s most precious hidden jewels!

 

LISBON

Named Europe’s top city break destination at last year’s World Travel Awards, Lisbon is full of culture, offers vibrant lifestyles, and, of course, the beaches close to the city center. The famed winding and undulating streets are filled with the indescribably wonderful smell of roasted chestnuts, as the leaves turn and the sun cools. September-November is the perfect time to visit Lisbon, a place made for every kind of traveler.

An interesting fact is that during the Autumn, many of the city’s loved museums and galleries, like the Chiado and the National Museum of Ancient Art, offer special events, and music lovers are invited to the Out Jazz Festival, which takes place in September. Our NH Campo Grande is 15 minutes by bus to Parque das Nações, with shopping center, aquarium and Vasco da Gama Tower. Get ready to soak up the Autumn sun with the spectacular light adding new colours to the beauty of Lisbon.

 

ROME

You know what they say, all roads lead to Rome! Well, it’s true what they say, and those roads lead to a historical city that’s paved with modern culture. This European Metropolis, teeming with Italian and local tradition, is perfect for an autumn break, to visit the festivals and art events happening, like the one and only Festa del Cinema and the very particular Chesnut festival. But trust us, there are many more to be found.

Obviously, as the weather and the hot summer ebbs away, a walk around the city is an obligatory activity; visit the Coliseum and the Pantheon, close to our NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento. No visit to Rome is complete without tasting their culinary traditions and the fall season fits perfectly for lovers of wine, olive oil, broccoli, zucchini and chestnuts. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg (lettuce), as once you’re in the city, you’re sure to stumble upon many more culinary treats. After all, this is where the dolce vita is.

 

PRAGUE

A tour of colors! Even if you have been in Prague before, you haven’t really been there if you haven’t visited during Autumn. The days in this city are wonderfully chilly, with soft golden sunshine decorating Prague, fitting its title as Golden Prague perfectly.

First thing you’ll notice when going to the city is the majestic Charles Bridge, for incredible views of the castle and town, where you’ll see a collection of structures and historic buildings built between the 10th and the 20th centuries. Close to all of this is our NH Prague City, perfect to explore the city and find hidden treasures. In Autumn you can experience the most extraordinary panoramic of this historic city. Just don’t forget to pack long sleeves and jackets.

 

BARCELONA

After the long, humid summer, Autumn brings Barcelona to life again, with local stores and many restaurant owners returning from their holidays. The city kicks back into action, with the locals flooding the streets with that vibe that makes Barcelona one the world’s most popular tourist destinations. The weather during September-November in the city is warm, sunny days, complimented by cooler nights. But don’t worry! Just because it’s autumn, doesn’t mean you can’t go and relax on the beach; the sun still on the sky, the water remains warm and the city is lit by a deep yellow.

The city is known for football, festivals and free tourist attractions. Well, this Autumn is the best season to enjoy all three of them; La Liga season starts and Barcelona fans live it up at the Camp Nou, just a 10 minutes walks away from our NH Barcelona Stadium. There are also the events and festivals, Festes de la Mercè and the International Jazz Music Festival, to highlight a couple. Barcelona definitely comes to life at this time and should not be missed.

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Discover the new gourmet paradise of the Amalfi Coast: Kyushu

By NH | 13:09
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A table set on a suspended balcony on a cliff, 80 meters above the sea, peering over one of the world’s most loved coasts, is where you’ll find Kyushu, the first Japanese Restaurant in Amalfi.  The views is quintessentially Italian; from the terraces dotted with lemon trees, colourful bougainvillea flowers bursting with colour against the white walls, and cropped Mediterranean gardens setting greens against the blues of the sea. Kyushu is situated at our NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi, where Spanish chef Julián Marmol’s menu offers a meeting of two traditions – the highest level of Japanese cuisine combined with touches of Mediterranean-Italian flavors, thus providing a unique and extraordinary dining experience; two distant cultures fused effortlessly. 

 

 

The location itself is charming, even chef Julián Mámol describes it as living in a constant delightful dream with the sea nearby, and the light of the Amalfi Coast, which is both seductive and beautiful. The coast is an extraordinary treasure of Italy, where different peculiarities harmoniously coexist and testify the glorious artistic, historic and cultural heritage of the territory. The gastronomical experience is the result of a meticulous and accurate research.

At Kyushu restaurant, choose to dine on the elegant terrace overlooking the Italian Dolce Vita, or within the dining hall that is fitted with beautiful furnishings, set against clean lines. There is also our infinity pool, where the blues of the water, sky and sea seamlessly meet, blurring the horizon with enchanting results. Whether a well-traveled lover of Italy or a new adventure, choose the Amalfi Coast and our hotel as your destination. For information and reservations, please contact our NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi.

 

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Top 10 NH Terraces around the world

By NH | 10:24
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A breezy day is not bad news at all and brings joy to your life. Natural light is always a great idea and, well, some of our NH Hotels have, indeed, great terraces with the best views of the city. In fact, our greatest locations have the most unbelievable landscapes for the city and some of our terraces even have open-air pools to enjoy the sun (or the moon). Best part? Enjoying them is not exclusively for our guests, you can delight in our terraces with bars and pools anytime, you can also check for special events and parties. It’s hard to choose the best ones but we can help you find yours, here are our top 10 terraces around the world.

 

10. NH Antofagasta – Antofagasta, Chile

 

This terrace is captivatedly beautiful. While being there you cannot only enjoy getting one of Chile’s world famous Pisco Sour cocktails in the bar and relax by the pool, you can also choose between being under the sky or being in-door. Let’s not forget about the amazing sea view from the pool just like a movie scene happening in front of you. So many details about this rooftop will make you want to be there forever. If you would also like to enjoy the city our NH Antofagasta is close to the Historic ruins of the Huanchaca Museum, an iconic point of reference of Chile. 

 

 

 

9. NH Collection Guadalajara Centro Histórico – Guadalajara, Mexico

 

The best place to analyze dreams, as our guests likes to call it while drinking the best cocktails of the city and enjoying Mexican food or international dishes. Elegant modern hotel is housed in a period building with easy access to all the museums and landmark buildings, like Catedral of Gualajara, of this vibrant city. Don’t miss the sunset from our exclusive rooftop and discover how Nature can surprise you with *perhaps* the most photogenic sky.

 

8. NH San Pedro de Alcántara- Marbella, Spain

This is the best place to get chill drinking mojitos on Spain’s Costa del Sol, with mountains view and a look to the golden beach located just on a 5 minutes’ walk from our hotel. The rooftop is a chic venue with breakfast restaurant. An the best part is that you can really enjoy the parties and chill without having to be our guest but… if you’re planning to stay with us, an interesting fact is that all our rooms have balconies. It’s time to search for new sensations at our NH San Pedro de Alcántara rooftop.

 

7. NH Collection Royal Medellin – Medellín, Colombia 

Modern yet luxury is what describes this terrace best, with mountains and modern buildings surrounding. Enjoy our pool and the hot tub but don’t forget this terrace perfectly fits for your business meetings with live music twice a week. Plus when you’re not here you can enjoy Medellin Museum of Modern Art just 15 minutes away by taxi and, lucky you, guests get free entry-tickets. 

6. NH Collection Liberdade, Lisbon, Portugal

Right on Avenida de Liberdade, the most elegant street on the city, Ático by NH with an outdoor pool plus view towards the Tagus River and exclusive cocktails by celebrated international bartender, Diego Cabrera. Find tempting and stunning landscapes featuring the most refreshing swimming pool of Lisbon, making it also a perfect location for small weddings because of the perfect 360º panoramic view. This rooftop offers you the most unique space for the best pictures of an ultimate life experience!

 

5. NH Alicante – Alicante, Spain

One of the best terraces to take a dip in a refreshing pool, surround with perfect shade of blue sky and a perfect VIP view of Santa Bárbara castle, one of the most impressive and largest medieval fortresses in Europe. Then outside of the pool, relax and enjoy modern Mediterranean dishes. Stop imagining and go have fun with the precious sun of Alicante at our NH Alicante.

 

4. NH AtlanticDen Haag – The Hague, The Netherlands

We brought the beach ambient to our NH Atlantic Den Haag terrace! Savour a fresh drink at charming Kijkduin and you may as well enjoy a few nights of a live DJ set. Come and feel even more relaxed and enchanted by the atmosphere of the perfect sunset and the view of the North Sea plus an fresh-air dining. Just the perfect description of a coastal summer holiday!

 

3. NH Collection Sevilla – Seville, Spain

The place to connect quickly with the whole city and fairly the most stylish terrace at Sevilla is our NH Collection Sevilla. A delightful combination of gardens, drinks and outdoor pool. Feel our elegant soirées with the perfect lights and a fresh drink. The location? A financial, business popular district of the gorgeous capital of Andalusia. But if you look for summer relax with luxury this is definitely the perfect fit for you!

 

2. NH Collection Taormina – Taormina, Italy

 

“La piscina più bella che abbia mai visto” (“The most beautiful swimming pool I’ve ever seen”), as our guest likes to describe, our NH Collection Taormina is on the most famous seaside destination in Sicily. Its infinite pool will make your eyes glitter from the moment you get there. The perfect view of the city looks like a real life fairytale which makes this place unique and extraordinary on its own way. The city itself is great to explore and the special location of our hotel is close to the Palacongressi and ancient Greek theatre, giving our guest an overall overview of the History of Sicily.

 1. NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi – Amalfi, Italy

 

From the moment you step into our NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi you’ll feel like living in a dreaming but with eyes wide open: even the strut to the terrace is fancy and every spot is a picture of a perfect paradise! Honoring the “Dolce Vita” motto, this is a reference spot for a relaxing time and for finding peace out of the city. From the heights dug into the stone, the pool overlooks the port, the center of Amalfi and the sea. This place is definitely unforgettable and the difficult part is, indeed, to leave. 

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Top Urban Exploration Holiday Destinations 2016

By NH | 16:24
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Summer is in full swing and, if you’re not already jetting off somewhere, here’s our guide to the best urban holiday destinations for 2016.

Though relaxing, a vacations is never complete without learning about the history and culture of your chosen destination. Discover more about the iconic buildings, streets and people that make a place what it is, and even little facts about our NH hotels which you’ll find in these urban playgrounds.

 

Florence, Italy

The capital of Tuscany, the birthplace of the Renaissance, the Athens of the Middle Ages, just a few of the many names that the city of Florence goes by. What’s more is that you don’t even have to be an art or history buff to get the most out of this Italian wonder. Simply wandering the streets you’ll find a mix of frescoes, statues and architecture, even street Tabernacles.

Even our hotel embraces the city’s history; incorporating the original 13th century tower, making it one of the oldest hotels in Italy, NH Collection Porta Rossa pairs its magnificent frescoes with antiques and modern design. And this is just the hotel! it’s just a few steps away from unforgettable masterpieces like the Duomo, Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio, Giotto’s Campanile, to name but a few.

Looking for a cultural break from the sun, gaze on in awe at one of the most important art collections in the world at the Uffizi Gallery, where you’ll be given a visual masterclass in renaissance art. Give yourself a proper caffeine buzz and un caffè at a bar, order a gelato and cool your heels. If it gets too hot you can enjoy of Le Pavoniere pool, found in the city’s largest park in Florence, which is open until midnight Wednesday to Sunday. What more could you want from Florence.

 

Berlin, Germany

 

One of the most dynamic cities in Europe, full of its history, street-food favourites (such as Currywurst and Boulette) and, of course, its famous night life. But, of course, this city comes with its turbulent recent history, from which has emerged one of the most open-minded cities in the world. Why perfect for Urban Exploration?

How about the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag Building, Potsdamer Platz, Tiergaten, the glorious Konzerthaus concert hall, Treptower, the Berlin Wall… need we say more?

While the city caters for all your cultural needs, you’ll find a home at our NH Collection Berlin Friedrichstrasse, a new concept hotel for a city with thousands of stories to tell. A not so common fact about our hotel is that the Spanish contemporary designer, Patricia Urquiola signed some of the furniture pieces in our lobby

 

Madrid, Spain

A charming building with travertine marble, French mouldings, upholstery, boiseries… The recently inaugurated NH Collection Abascal pays tribute to classic decorative styles sided with modern sophistication. It resides on Paseo La Castellana, a historic avenue that connects the financial and business hub of the north to the historic centre that extends towards the south. Heading to the north, you are 13 minutes away stand the Cuatro Torres which represent the modern and futurist face of the city, and 6 minutes away from the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, a sport site that draws people from all over the world.  

But it’s during summer that Madrid’s historical past can really be embraced. With the rising temperatures, people avoid the city meaning that the famed Prado, which houses a wonderful collection of European masterpieces, the Plaza de la Villa that’s a preserved example of 17th century barroco madrileño, Plaza Mayor and much more are almost empty. Too hot? Escape the streets right in the centre of the city in one of the beautiful parks and green spaces in Spain, where a boating lake makes the perfect place to relax.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Ah Barcelona! What a wondrous city you are. One of our favourite spots is Parc de la Ciutadella, which may not be the most well-known park in Barcelona but it should definitely be on your list of things to see. It features a dramatic waterfall created by Josep Fontsere, with the help of a young Antoni Gaudi, that is flanked by winged creatures. Barcelona is pretty much the perfect landscape for Summer; a sprawling metropolis that sits on the Mediterranean, the city has a unique vibe that is alive whether rain or shine, plus a variety of foods.

So what is it that this urban beauty has on offer, of course there are the works by Miro, Picasso and Gaudi, there is the Gothic Quarter, Casa Mila, Montjuic, Park Güell, the Caixa Forum complex, Torre Agbar, and so much more. 

Near Parc de la Ciutadella, our NH Collection Podium, an old building from the late 19th century lies in the heart of Barcelona, newly refurbished and well-connected. Even when feeling lazy, take a refreshing dip and a tan on our rooftop pool while enjoying a drink and a beautiful view of the city. Then, when you’re ready head to the Rambles and make your own adventure. 

 

Bogotá, Colombia 

The Museo Del Oro, Parque de la 93 and Plaza de Bolivar, are right on the doorstep of our NH Metrotel Royal, which is located in Zona Rosa district of Bogotá, and decorated with wood furniture and contemporary style. From here you can visit the beautiful Bolivar Square,  the Primatial Cathedral, and, of course, Monserrate.

Summer, the greatest time to amble through Cerro de Monserrate, which is perfect for adventurers that like hiking, where reaching the  top offers breath taking views of the magical city. What’s more is that in early August Bogotá hosts its Carnival, a celebration that requires an extra mini holiday just to recover from the fun. 

 

Hamburg, Germany

Bring your picnic blanket, something warm and popcorn! Hamburg is known for its festivals and during Summer is when the open air cinema in Sternschanzen Park is open. Got itchy feet? Pick up a bike and take it for a ride around the sights, listening to live music played by street musicians. Hamburg is a lively place with a vibrant soul that always makes sure that you have something to do, as well as surprise you from day-to-day.

The Hamburger Dom, the biggest public festival which happens three times a year, where you can enjoy of a speed fast ride in a modern high-tech rides and you can be enchanted by old snow booths and fact, probably more fun during summer. A warm season with activities. If you rather stay laid back and chill in a beautiful garden, our NH Collection Hamburg City is on the quieter fringes of the historic St Pauli district, where sailors once passed their time on shore. 

 

 

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The top 7 most beautiful coasts around the world with NH

By NH | 16:02
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Summer, the time of year when hordes of people fly thousands of miles for a slice of beach life. But it’s not all about beaches in 2016; Urban exploration is big and we have a selection of ideal hotels, located on the world’s best coastlines that also happen to be urban wonderlands. But where are these hotels? Well, from Italy to Cuba, and from breezy coasts to sun drenched hot spots, this year, search the perfect sand and island, here are our top 7 destinations

 

1. The Amalfi Coast, Italy

The Amalfi Coast gives you dreamlike views

 

If you think that the best things come in small packages that pack a big surprise, then the Amalfi coast is for you. It has captivated the world over for centuries, and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s just the beaches and sublime Mediterranean views that draw people here in droves… Well, you’re not wrong! But there is another side to the Amalfi coast begging to be explored.

If you’re a hiker, then Amalfi is the perfect place from where to explore the ancient terrain. Why not head up to Ravello, a cliff-side village where you’ll be rewarded by breathtaking views and the chance to rest a typical trattoria to replenish energy levels. There is also Positano, with its steep, café lined streets, or Sorrento, where you’ll find the infamous Gelateria Primavera, a local favourite that even the Pope visited.

 

2. Valencia Coast, Spain

Old farmhouses around Albufera lake

 

When visiting Valencia , step away from the golden sands and explore the city’s architectural triumphs; The City of Arts and Science, The Congress Centre, and Veles e Vents, to name but a few. Or why not go a step further and reconnect with nature in the Albufera national park, where you’ll find the largest lake in Spain, an important wetland prized, for its ecological values.

If you feel incomplete without a wander down history lane, the 13th-century Valencia Cathedral should be on your checklist, as well as the Torres de Quart and Plaza de la Reina. Like to work-out, why not switch your routine up with kayaking, kite surfing or anything else on the water, giving you the perfect reason to hit the beach afterwards.

 

3. Gijón, Asturias, Spain

The view of Gijón’s old university

 

How about a city that takes you back thousands of years yet is still vibrant and youthful? In Gijon, do as the locals do and while away the time fishing, playing golf, bird watching or take to the waters with Estación Náutica Gijón Costa Verde that offers sailing lessons on from row boat to yachts. Then there is the Universidad Laboral de Gijón, a must-see. Like trains? You’ll be surprised to learn that Gijón has a museum full of steam and diesel locomotives, wagons and trams.

If you’re looking for a Spanish getaway with a breezy climate, now you know where to go. A place to stay with a beautiful pool and views of the beach? Yes, we’re describing our NH Gijón, close to San Lorenzo beach and 15 minute walk from the historic centre of the city.

 

4. Palermo, Italy

The view of Palermo. What a city!

 

Lose yourself when visiting Sicily’s charismatic Palermo; a city dotted with historic gardens, Byzantine mosaics, Sicilian Baroque, and street food that includes the famous Arancini.

But away from the beaches (and food), you’ll find examples of Norman Palermo (1130-1194), UNESCO World Heritage sites, that are a testimony to the coexistence of people of different origins and religions (Muslim, Byzantine, Latin, Jewish, Lombard and French). From the rooftop of Palermo’s impressive cathedral, you’ll find breathtaking views. Feeling fearless? Visit the Catacombe dei Cappuccini, an alternative tourist attraction where dead friars, local luminaries and mummified children rest. Tempted?

  

5. Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena, colonial and colorful balconies

 

Cartagena, a city founded in 1533 that has a magnificent walled city of cobblestoned streets and colonial buildings at its core. Sitting on the Caribbean Coast, feel inspired just as Nobel Prize Winner, Gabriel García Márquez did, strolling down the beautiful streets of Cartagena de Indias. Approach the Castle of San Felipe, and be captivated by the moment you step up towards its grand entrance. 

Need peace? Then, go to one of the many churches of the city. This coast is the perfect place for relaxing, vibrant nightlife, watersports and, of course, honeymoons. Food lover? Make sure you hunt down Cartagena’s stew, Sancocho. Paradise awaits you.    

  

6. La Habana, Cuba

Collection of old fashioned cars parked in La Habana, Cuba

 

La Habana, capital of Cuba, one of the most unique cities in the world. Old Havana, an UNESCO World Heritage site, immerses you in world’s past, with the likes of the Cathedral of San Cristobal and Castillo de la Real Fuerza, the old military fortress. Of course, a car fanatic or not, you’ll be in awe of the classic cars that line the streets of this city.

El Malecón, the famous seafront boulevard it’s perfect to watch the sun goes down, which casts unforgettable colours and shadows across the already colorful buildings and landscapes. Waves crashing against a mildewed sea Wall, close your eyes for a moment and imagine you’re there. Make it happen!

  

7. Nice, France

The beautiful coastline by night

 

Deep, blue seas await you on the Côte d’Azur, the perfect destination for sun seekers. Climb the winding staircase of Parc du Château to discover the best views of the city, making sure to make a stop off and see the artificial, yet wonderful, waterfall. Looking for markets of fresh produce or a flowers? Get lost in Vieux Nice, the old town full of colours, sounds and fragrances. Or if you’re an architecture lover you’ll have to see the Cathédrale Ste-Réparate.

Fancy a skating/cycling tour seafront view at your side? Take yourself down Promenade des Anglais, a short stretch, packed with all manner of must see sights. Then, finish the jaunt off with a walk along the smooth-pebbled beach. 

 

So there you have it. A selection of the best coastal destinations through the eyes of NH Hotel Group. Inspired? Then why not check out the NH Hotels and NH Collection properties that can be found in these destinations and more… plus, book now and you might just land yourself a nice Summer Deal

 

 

 

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