5 BEST INSTAGRAM SPOTS GLASGOW

Despite being Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow is often overlooked by tourists in favour of the capital city. However, in doing so, people are really missing out!

 

Home to over 600’000 people and 5 universities, the City of Glasgow has a complex history and even played a huge part in the industrial revolution. Everything from steam boats to cash machines and even the television we can be thankful to Glasgow for! It also helps that while areas may have a rougher exterior, Glasgow is actually a beautiful and an extremely friendly city. The locals pride themselves on being always happy to lend a hand, leading to the city’s adopted moniker “PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW”!

 

Don’t believe us, why don’t you see for yourself?

The best places to spend New Year’s Eve 2019 in Europe

Lucky for you we have created a guide which will show you the best places to spend New Year’s Eve in Europe.

We’ll talk about all the best firework displays that you have to see as well as all the best New Year’s Eve parties that happen after.

#1 Berlin

What goes on in Berlin?

Berlin hosts one of Europe’s biggest street parties for New Year’s Eve. Every year on the 31st of December, thousands of people converge upon a two-kilometre stretch of the city between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column.

Here, you’ll find live bands, DJs, and locals and visitors alike enjoying the celebratory spirit of the new year! Of course, no NYE celebration is complete without fireworks, and Berlin more than delivers on that front.

Admission is free and the party atmosphere is legendary with DJ sets, live music and light shows setting the scene. Of course, if you can’t make it into the main stretch, you’ll be able to see the fireworks from almost anywhere in Berlin!

If you like to party then be sure to get tickets to Kulturbrauerei, Berlin’s biggest indoor New Year’s Eve party. It will give you entrance to 13 different dance floors, 30 DJs, and live bands.

Where to stay?

We’ve got your accommodation sorted in Berlin! Check out our Hotel and book your stay now!

#2 Lisbon

What goes on in Lisbon?

Fireworks are an integral part of any NYE celebration and Lisbon has many great spots where you can see them. From any one of the seven hills in the city, by the Tagus River or by Portugal’s biggest square, Praça do Comércio. Let’s not forget the 16th-century tower Torre de Belem, for music, parties and fun with views over the Atlantic.

Alternatively, you can take in Portuguese traditional music at a live fado folk music show, or embark on a bar crawl. Bairro Alto is the best area to experience Lisbon’s vibrant nightlife as it has a wide range of clubs and cool bars.

If you want to celebrate the dawning of a New Year in the Portuguese style, it’s customary to eat 12 raisins, one by one at midnight, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.

Where to stay?

We’ve got your accommodation sorted in Lisbon! Check out our Hostel and book your stay now!

#3 Edinburgh Hogmanay

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What goes on in Edinburgh?

Hogmanay in Edinburgh is the king of all New Year’s Eve celebrations and should be an everyone’s bucket list. It’s a street party beyond compare, with ceilidhs, music, fireworks and rousing renditions of Auld Lang Syne.

The city’s torchlight procession through the city centre is a memorable experience and each year the Concert in the Gardens draws the crowds: this year Mark Ronson is the star attraction.

You’ll have to attend the biggest street party hosted by Johnnie Walker. DJ’s and street performers will be performing as soon as the doors open at 7:30 pm. Visitors will also receive a complimentary Johnnie Walker Premix Highball Cocktail perfect for an Instagram shot. Get your tickets here!

Where to stay?

We’ve got your accommodation sorted in Edinburgh! Check out our Hostel and book your stay now!

#4 Madrid

What goes on in Madrid?

New Year’s Eve in Madrid will show visitors just how much the city like to party. Madrid is famed for its lively bars and some of the best clubs that don’t close until 6am. Crowds gather at Puerta del Sol just before midnight on, which is the historic square from which all Spanish roads are measured and the most popular place to ring in the New Year in Madrid. Festivities begin to ramp up and continue long into the night.

A bottle of cava and grapes is a must. Locals will eat 12 grapes before the 12 strokes of midnight come to a close, so that’s one grape a second! The is definitely not for the faint-hearted, but legend says if you accomplish it, your year will be full of luck. Best get practising!

An alternative spot to ring in the New Year is around Templo de Debod which affords great views of the fireworks. There are also hundreds of nightclubs to choose from in the city.

Two of the most famous are Joy Eslava & Teatro Kapital, which has seven dancefloors and live performances on the night. We advise buying tickets in advance as demand is high!

Begin the new year with another Spanish tradition of churros as your first breakfast of the year. And there is no better churro shop than, San Gines, which has been in business for 125 years and it’s open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

Where to stay?

We’ve got your accommodation sorted in Madrid! Check out our Hostel and book your stay now!

#5 London

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What goes on in London?

London is exhilarating on New Year’s Eve. There are many vantage points where you can see the best fireworks. Some areas include Primrose Hill, Hampstead Heath and Millennium Bridge.
A perennially popular NYE activity is a boat ride on the Thames, with options of traditional boat trips with bubbly and music, speed boats and river cruises.

Some of the exciting events taking place include a Creatures of the Night party at the Natural History Museum and a Viennese New Year’s Eve Gala with the Johann Strauss Orchestra at the Barbican. Start off 2020 on a joyous note with the annual London New Year’s Day Parade the next day.

Where to stay?

We’ve got your accommodation sorted in London! Check out our Hostel and book your stay now!

Explore Central Europe with Safestay

That is why we are growing to give you more affordable accommodation across Europe. That is why we now have over 20 hostels & hotels across Europe with 5 of them in Central Europe! So we think it’s time to show you how to explore Central Europe.

When to visit?

The strange thing about visiting Central Europe is that there are many different advantages to visiting anytime throughout the year! However, no surprise but it is usually very busy during the Summer months as this is when everyone tends to travel.

So to beat the crowds we recommend visiting Central Europe during the spring and fall shoulder seasons, particularly late May and September. During both of these months, temperatures are warm and rainfall is relatively low.

Surprisingly, another pleasant time to visit is in November and December. Central Europe is truly magical at this time of year, especially as snow begins to lightly dust the ground and rooftops. And of course, the Christmas Markets are also out in full force, showcasing the European holiday spirit at its finest.

Why visit Central Europe?

#1 Food glorious food

Central Europe is rich with amazing cuisine which will make any foodie drool—and also home to some of the best beers, wines and liquors in the world. Generally, these smaller countries don’t produce enough to export so they keep the best for themselves. Another reason why you have to visit!

#2 Great value for money

Accommodation and transport are significantly less than those in Western Europe. A private walking tour, for example, might cost $100 or less; a nice meal for two with wine might cost $40.

#3 A variety of cultures

Within a small area, you can experience so many unique and different cultures. Everything is reachable by train so grab an interrail pass and live the travel life.

#4 Strong traditions and authentic experiences

While catching up with modern times, cities like Prague and Warsaw still are steeped in tradition, and their people still celebrate local customs and festivals throughout the year. Narrow alleyways are fun and easy to navigate, with hidden gems in every corner.

#5 Landscapes and vistas abound

The region provides so many different settings, from breathtaking nature with a range of national parks, mountains & lakes to countryside villages and cosmopolitan cities.

How to travel between Central Europe?

Interrail! What better way is there to travel than by train as you get to explore the beauty of the whole city and its countrysides as you travel from one country into another. You can get an interrail global pass starting from €150. We recommend getting the 15-day pass which is €307. This would be the perfect amount of days to explore the 5 cities.

There are also youth discounts for anyone 27 or under where you can get 23% off.

So, we’ll help you make the plan.

We’ve done our research and mapped out the best way to visit the major cities of Central Europe, Berlin, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava & Warsaw, all by train! And the best part! We have hotels/hostels in all of these cities! That’s 2 things, travel & accommodation, you don’t have to worry about now!

For this trip, we are going to be starting this journey in Berlin!

Safestay Berlin → Safestay Prague

The best way to get to Prague would be to take the Eurocity from BERLIN SUEDKREUZ (Germany) train station directly to PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) station. The journey usually takes 4 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here

Safestay Prague → Safestay Vienna

The best way to get to Vienna would be to take the Rail Jet from PRAGUE HLAVNI NADRAZI (Czech Republic) train station directly to WIEN HBF (Austria) station. The journey usually takes 4 hours. You can purchase tickets here

Safestay Vienna → Safestay Bratislava

The best way to get to Bratislava would be to take the Regional Train from WIEN HBF (Austria) train station directly to BRATISLAVA-PETRZALKA (Slovakia) station. The journey usually takes 1 hour. You can purchase tickets here

Safestay Bratislava → Safestay Warsaw

The best way to get to Warsaw would be to take the EURO CITY from BRATISLAVA HLAVNA STANICA (Slovakia) train station directly to WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 8 hours. You can purchase tickets here

Safestay Warsaw → Safestay Berlin

The best way to get back to Berlin would be to take the FAST AND COMFORTABLE INTERREGIONAL TRAINS from WARSZAWA CENTRALNA (Poland) train station directly to BERLIN OSTBAHNHOF (Germany) station. The journey is the longest and takes approximately 5 and a half hours. You can purchase tickets here

Why you should visit Athens?

Athens is Europe’s oldest capital and is also filled with a long history and an array of wonderful sights ready too be explored. Here are a few reasons why you should visit Athens:

#1 To see the monuments of the famous ancient Greek civilization

Greek’s civilization is one of the oldest in Europe and can date back 3000 years with the most recognised being the Acropolis. You might have heard of this word at some point in your life and it is actually a very popular landmark of the Acropolis and is visited by many people around the world. The Acropolis is usually mistaken for a building but is actually a large pedestal located on a hill in the centre of Athens. The Acropolis contains many world-famous buildings, such as Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike. Also, there are 2 museums,  the Archaeological museum and the museum of Acropolis, which contain even more amazing artefacts.

 

#2 Greek food

If you love to experience a new culture when you travel then one way of doing so is through food. It is easy to find many restaurants and cafes selling traditional Greek food such as Moussaka, Dolma and Souvlaki. We recommend you try the traditional gyros dish is a mix of meat, chips, salad and tzatziki in a thick pita. It can be bought for as little as €2. Trust us, when you have one you’ll want it for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the rest of your trip!

#3 Great weather

Greece is one of the lucky places to have sunshine year-round. It is very rare to experience bad weather in Greece which is what makes it a great travel destination. We recommend visiting between March and May and from September to November as this is when the weather is still warm but not to the point where you can’t stand outside for 10 minutes. Evenings are also pleasant during these months too!

 

#4 Exciting Nightlife

When the sun sets, the city gets pretty lively. After a later dinner, you can find an abundance of pubs and bars all full! Whilst many shops close at 9 pm, the bars and restaurants stay open really late. The city definitely knows how to party and do so until the early hours of the morning. It’s one of the best ways to see what modern Greek life is all about. The best clubs are located in either Voula, Syntagma Square, or Glyfada

#5 To experience the Greek culture

Whilst you won’t find many top fashion brands and stylish clothes but what you will find is a lot of traditional, handmade goods. There are many small shops that sell jewellery, accessories, and pottery. These are great souvenirs to buy to remind you of your trip and to buy as presents for your family and friends back home. The best neighbourhood to visit is the Monastiraki neighbourhood which lies along one of the most popular routes to the Acropolis. There are many Souvenir stands and little shops in this area so you’re bound to find something!

#6 It’s so close to the sea

If you feel you’ve explored the whole of Athens you’ll be happy to know that the sea is less than an hour away from the centre. In fact, a great place to see the seaside is in Vouliagmeni which is less than 45 minutes from the centre of Athens.

The Best Christmas markets in Europe

The best Christmas markets bring tourists and locals together to celebrate the festive season. If the cold gets too much, a sip of Bailey’s hot chocolate or hot mulled wine will fight off the cold whilst you browse through the stalls on offer. 

Europe is home to the world’s best Christmas markets. They are a great place to immerse yourself in the country’s culture whilst enjoying local food, drinks and festive activities on offer.

Our guide to the best Christmas markets in Europe will show you the best things to do in each market. There is also handy information on opening times and what to do when you’re there.

 

#1 London – Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Location: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W2
Dates: 4pm 21 Nov 2019 then 10am – 10pm every day until 5 Jan 2020

 

About:

During the festive season, the famous Hyde Park is transformed into a winter paradise. On the 21st November, the doors open to show the ever so popular Winter Wonderland.

There are over 100 rides and attractions, thrilling shows, London’s biggest Christmas market and also Santa Land. It also has the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink perfect for everyone to enjoy.

With restaurants, cafes and themed bars you’ll be spoilt for choice but never far from a full stomach. At nights, Hyde Park is transformed by thousands of sparkling lights, so enjoy a mulled wine or Bavarian beer and join in the festive atmosphere.

Attractions:
Skate on the UK’s largest outdoor Ice Rink
Take a journey into the Magical Ice Kingdom
Experience even taller spectacular views from the Giant Observation Wheel
Drink festive cocktails at Bar Ice
Bring out your inner artist at the Ice Sculpting Workshops
& much more!

 

Check out the Hyde Park Winter Wonderland video!

https://youtu.be/85kWcOjw5r0

 

Getting here:
The easiest way to get to Winter Wonderland is to use public transport. Many tubes stations are closely located to Hyde Park including Victoria, Bond Street, Knightsbridge, Green Park, Marble Arch, Hyde Park Corner.

Tickets:
Free to enter
Attractions cost

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got 2 great hostels in the centre of London. One in Elephant & Castle and one in Kensington Holland Park. Prices from £9 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

 

#2 Old Town Square Christmas Market, Prague, Czech Republic

Location: Old Town Square, Prague
Dates: December 1, 2019 – January 6, 2020

 

About:

Where else would you go than the largest Christmas market in Prague! This Christmas market is located right in the centre of Old Town Square in front of the Astronomical Clock. As you’d expect, this also tends to be the most crowded market.

This market is where you’ll be able to see the Prague Christmas Tree. The huge tree is the centrepiece of the market and stands in front of the Church of Tyn so you can get some great photos. The tree is beautifully decorated with lights and ornaments. Be sure to visit at night as this is when it looks beautiful! The first tree lighting takes place on the 1st of December at 16:30 and is animated to music.

There are many stalls with delicious local food to sample. Be sure to try Pražská Šunka which is a large ham roasted on a spit, langoš which is a Hungarian flatbread topped with garlic, cheese and ketchup; and a variety of sweets and cakes, such as trdelník which is a famous hot sugar-coated pastry.

Check out this Old Town Square Christmas Market video to see what it’s like!

 

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in Prague! Prices from €6 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#3 Plaza Mayor Christmas Market

Location: Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Dates: From November to December (Dates to be confirmed)

 

About:

With the advent of Christmas, Madrid’s Plaza Mayor becomes a huge market where citizens and tourists can find all types of festive traditions such as stalls selling Christmas musical instruments & toys.

The Plaza Mayor Market is back to celebrate the festive season with all those who come and visit its 104 stands. The Traditional Christmas Fair of Plaza Mayor Association brings together all the vendors from this venue to offer their traditional products like Christmas decorations and joke items.

Check out Plaza Mayor Christmas Market video!

 

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Madrid! Prices from €14 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#4 Edinburgh’s Christmas

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Dates: 16th November – 4th January 2020

 

About:
Edinburgh’s Christmas Market will return to East Princes St Gardens for another year of festive fun and will offer a range of activities perfect for everyone! It will also feature the classic Santa Land & the famous Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar

Santa Land

Santa Land is a great pop area that features many great festive attractions. Get lost in a Christmas Tree Maze, reach the stars with Candy Cane Bungees, or slide down the big Helter Skelter. There is also a rollercoaster that will get your adrenaline running.

Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar

The Johnnie Walker Bothy Bar will open its doors to the world of whisky this winter. Situated across a two-floor bar on the Mound, it will serve a variety of whisky cocktails and hot toddies to surprise and delight, showcasing the unique flavours of the traditional Scottish whisky

Check out Edinburgh’s Christmas Market 2018

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Edinburgh! Prices from £9.00 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#5 York Christmas Festival

Location: York, United Kingdom
Dates: 14 November – 22 December 2019

 

About:

York adds a special medieval charm to its Christmas Festival. It was voted the UK’s Most Festive City in 2017 and it’s easy to see why. You get scents of spiced mulled wine and delicious food fill the air making it a fun place to be.

Make sure you are in the city centre for the first night of the York Christmas Festival so see the official lights come on for the first time. It will without a doubt get you in the festive spirit!

FOOD & DRINK
You won’t be disappointed with the selection of food and drink available at this Christmas festival.

THOR’s Tipi is a wonderful place to be to grab a great drink. Set up in a large Viking type tent you can grab a drink and cosy up around a log fire to get you in the Viking spirit. It is FREE to enter and NO bookings are required

For some delicious grub, you can check our the Shambles Food Court inside the historically famous Shambles Market. It offers delicious street food every day of the week and makes for the perfect spot for a lunchtime treat. It also hosts evening events.

Check out the York Christmas Festival

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of York! Prices from £6.50 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#6 Fira de Santa Llúcia, Barcelona

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Dates: TBC

 

About:
If you’re looking for something different this winter then Barcelona is the city for you! You’ll be able to feel the festive spirit without having to face the cold. The whole city is decorated including the streets and the towering fir trees at in Plaça de Sant Jaume and Portal de l’Angel.

In terms of markets, the one you should visit is the main fair which began over 225 years ago – Fira de Santa Llúcia. It is camped right underneath the Gothic Cathedral and you can find many stalls there selling handmade goods and seasonal items.

If you do want to feel a little cold during the festive season in Barcelona you can visit the Ice Bar. It is open throughout December and has a sub-zero chamber full of amazing frozen sculptures. Even the glasses are made of ice! The bar is right by the beach.

Getting here:
By Metro you can take the Juame I (line 4) and the Liceu (line 3)
By Bus you can take lines 14, 45, 59, 120, V15,V17 and touristic buses.

Tickets: FREE

Looking for somewhere to stay? We’ve got 3 great hostels in Barcelona! Prices from €6 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#7 Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt, Vienna

Location: Rathausplatz, Vienna
Dates: Nov 15 to Dec 26, 2019

 

About:
The most famous Christmas market in Vienna is the Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt. Right in the centre of the market, you’ll find the enormous Rathaus Christmas tree.

In terms of festive foods, you’ll find traditional roast chestnut stalls, a host of stands selling everything from cream-filled pastries and a dozen varieties of pretzels, giant doughnuts and Victorian-style lollipops. These will certainly get you in the festive spirit.

Whilst the Christkindlmarkt is open all day, the best time to visit is at night as this is when the lights and smells combine to give the true Christmas market experience.

Check out this cool video on Rathausplatz Christkindlmarkt

 

Getting here:
The market is easily reached by public transport. The trams 1, 71 and D stop right outside (the stop called Rathausplatz / Burgtheater).

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hotel in the centre of Vienna! Prices from €48 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!!

#8 Winter Wonders Festival, Brussels

Location: Grand Place, Brussels, Belgium
Dates: From 29 November 2019 till 5 January 2020

 

About:
Like many cities, Brussels hosts a variety of Christmas markets. For example, you have the one:

at the Grand-Place, the Marché aux Poissons, around la Bourse de Bruxelles, the Place Sainte-Catherine & the Place de la Monnaie

The main one that we suggest you should visit is the one at the Grand-Place! It’s the heart of the Winter Wonders Festival where the gigantic Christmas tree is set up. The best part of the market is their sound and light show that takes place every half hour. During the show, the buildings all lit up to give you a spectacular show. There is also a gigantic Ferris wheel where you can get the best views of the city.

You can find all types of local treats in the market stalls. Out of all them, we recommend trying the waffles! This is what the city is known for so you have to try one. There are two versions – Brussels waffle and Liège waffle. You can also add any toppings you want.

Check out last year’s Christmas Market in Brussels video!

 

Getting here:
By train
The Central train station is less than a 5min walk from the main market at Grand Place. However, if you’re arriving at the Brussels Midi train station, it’s about 2km to the city centre.

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hotel in the centre of Brussels! Prices from €61 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#9 Wonderland Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon

Location: Parque Eduardo VII, Lisbon
Dates: 1 December to 1 January

 

About:

Several Christmas markets take place across Lisbon but the main and biggest market is the Wonderland Parque Eduardo VII. This is one of the biggest markets in the city. Here you will find stalls selling unique handcrafted goods, an ice-skating rink and a Ferris Wheel! The main tree is located at Praça do Comércio and it’s worth a visit during December as this is where there is a light show and a movie is projected onto the buildings.

Also if you head north of Lisbon (an hour’s drive) you’ll find a small town called Obidos. Every year the town transforms itself into a Christmas village! There is everything there, an ice skating rink, an ice slide, Santa’s house and a fairground.

Looking for somewhere to stay?
We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Lisbon! Prices from €7 per night in November and includes our -35% OFF which you can get for free here!

#10 Advent Feast at the Basilica in Budapest

Location: Budapest, Hungary
Dates: From 23rd November 2019 to 6th January 2020.

 

About:
The festive spirit is set right in front of Budapest’s grandest cathedral. The open-air market will have everything you can imagine. From delightful stalls selling amazing festive items to delicious Hungaris festive food. The most popular tret is ‘flódni,’ which is a Hungaricum chimney cake.

Be sure to go to the 3D light show which will give you a new dimension of the façade of St. Stephen’s Basilica.

Check out this video on Christmas in Budapest

 

Do you think another Christmas Market should make this list? Let us know!

The Best things to do in Glasgow

It’s an easy city to love with its friendly and welcoming residents, dozens of free museums and numerous attractions. A mere glimpse at this list of the best things to do in Glasgow should have you booking your next adventure to the wonderful city!

 

#1 Glasgow Cathedral and Necropolis

Location: Castle St, Glasgow G4 0UZ

Standing tall as Glasgow’s oldest building which was consecrated in 1197, Glasgow Cathedral is an impressive piece of medieval architecture. Wander through the Cathedral and you will spot the beautiful stained-glass ‘Millenium’ windows as well as many stone carvings, monuments and detailed gothic architecture. No wonder it has made our list of the top Instagram spots in Glasgow! Next door, you will find the gothic Cemetery the Necropolis where you can wander through the eerie grounds and get a fantastic glimpse of the Cathedral.

https://www.instagram.com/p/B2mugPYBL6N/

 

#2 Glasgow Film Theatre

Location: 12 Rose St, Glasgow G3 6RB

Constructed in 1939 as the first art-house cinema outside of London, Glasgow’s Film Theatre has plenty of history… and films! What began as a single-screen cinema house, now boasts a three-screen cinema complex and is the home to the Glasgow Film Festival. Whether you are an art lover and want to experience some independent movies or you want to go and watch a classic movie with your friends, this is a great place to visit during your stay.

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#3 Glasgow Science Centre

Location: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Glasgow science centre is every science-lovers dream and more. Situated next to the River Clyde, the titanium-clad building opened in 2001. Boasting a planetarium, an IMAX cinema, as well as the world’s tallest rotating free-standing structure and multiple interactive exhibitions, you won’t be short of things to do here.

 

#4 Buchanan Street

If you want to shop til you drop, Buchanan Street is the place to head. It is the main pedestrian boulevard in Glasgow and if you want choice this is the best place. From high-street stores like House of Fraser and Office to luxury stores like Gucci and Prada, you will be spoilt for choice.

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#5 Glasgow Green

Location: 5 Glasgow Rd

Within walking distance to the city centre, Glasgow Green is one of Glasgow’s oldest parks. With fountains and architectural arches and monuments, there is more to do than just have a picnic in this beautiful park.

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#6 The Barrowland Ballroom

Location: 244 Gallowgate, Glasgow G4 0TT

Opened in 1934 and then renovated in 1960, the Barrowland Ballroom has become a famous landmark in Glasgow. In recent years, it has become a concert hall hosting famous bands like U2, Oasis and Muse. You can visit here and experience great live music all while relishing in the retro vibe of this famous music venue.

Our Top Picks – Things to do in Barcelona

Home to some of the most recognisable modern architectural masterpieces such as Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia, its hard not to take a good photo here.

With so much going on all year round, Barcelona is the perfect stop for both its sandy beaches and bustling city life, hosting an array of musical festivals, summer-long siestas and galleries all throughout the city.

Barcelona is certainly not short of historical landmarks either and very easily discoverable by foot. If art and history is your thing, then you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice here.

I’ve had the privilege of visiting Barcelona a few times, so I’ve put together a shortlist of my top highlights which the city has to offer.

Whether this is your first time visiting or just a quick stopover, our top picks of things to do in Barcelona will inspire you to check out these spots, or at least include something new to add to your itinerary.

So here are my 5 Top Picks.

1. Admire the works of Antoni Gaudi

When visiting Barcelona it is inevitable that you will run into some of many works of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. So add it to the top of your list of things to do!
Easily recognisable for its colourful dreamlike designs, extravagantly detailed facades it’s hard not to miss these masterpieces throughout the city. Some of Gaudi’s most famous builds include Casa Batlló, Park Güell and La Sagrada Familia.

2. Transbordador Aeri Del Port

If you’re looking for a truly unique way to admire the city then I highly recommend a cable-car ride over Barcelona harbour. Starting from Barceloneta, this iconic ride takes you all the way across to Montjuïc, offering spectacular views across the city skyline.
The cable car itself offers 360 views which you can walk around to grab those perfect photo opportunities.
To get there, head to Passeig de Joan de Borbó, 88 (Torre Sant Sebastià)

3. El Bosc de les Fades – The Fairy Forest Bar

Enjoy sangria in a hidden enchanted fairy forest.
Hidden away just off the busy street of La Rambla, El Bosc de les Fades is a truly unique bar experience that will certainly transport you.
Surrounded by trickling waterfalls in a mythical forest setting along with ambient woodland sounds, this place will truly feel like you’ve stepped into another world.
Be sure to explore the hidden nooks and corners of this place whilst snapping some otherworldly photos (and fairies)

4. Tibidabo

Tibidabo is the tallest mountain in the Serra de Collserola National Park, offering stunning views across the city and coastline.
To truly make the most of these amazing 360 panoramic views then I highly recommend you visit Tibidabo Cathedral and make your way up the winding steps, on the top.
Whilst your there, be sure to check out the amusement park nearby.

5. Font Màgica de Montjuïc (Magic Fountain of Montjuic)

One of my favourite things to do during my stay in Barcelona was taking a visit to the Magic Fountain. The magic fountain is an amazing display of light, classical music and water acrobatics, an absolute must-see. Be sure to take a picnic and grab a spot as the park fills up pretty quickly.

The dates below will ensure you don’t miss this amazing opportunity:
June 1 – September 30: from 21:30 to 22:30 (Wed-Sun) Oct: from 21:00 to 22:00 (Thurs-Sat)

 


Written by:

Sara | Girl About Europe

Sara is a York-based travel blogger on a mission to see the world but more importantly to see it differently. You can find all her amazing articles on her blog Girl About Europe

 

The top 15 things to do in Pisa

Say hello to our New Location – Safestay Pisa!

 

We are so excited that we have landed in Italy that we want to give you some inspiration to come and visit this great city in Italy.

 

What better way than to tell you all the great things you can do here!

 

So we have created a list of all the best things to do in the amazing city of Pisa!

 

Let’s start off with a classic!

 

#1 Leaning Tower of Pisa

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

This is by far the main reason most people visit Pisa. Whilst it is an amazing structure in its own right the craze comes from how it is able to defy the laws of physics with its noticeable tilt. No wonder it makes our list of the Most Instagrammable Spots in Pisa!

 

To this date it is still learning and doesn’t worry, measures are made to make sure it doesn’t fall. You can also climb to the top (€18) if you want the best views. 

 

Time to go get your photo of yourself holding it up!

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#2 Piazza del Duomo 

Location: Piazza del Duomo, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

The leaning tower of Pisa isn’t the only beautiful building. There is also the Cathedral Piazza del Duomo.

 

You can lie on the grass behind the Duomo for the whole afternoon whether you’re a local or a visitor and watch the world go by. The Cathedral Piazza del Duomo was the biggest in Europe at the time when it was built.  

 

Entry into the Cathedral is free. If you think the outside is beautiful wait til you see the inside!

 

Also at the east end of the Piazza del Duomo is the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo. It houses an amazing art collection that will please any art enthusiast. 

 

#3 Sunset Cafe on Marina di Pisa Beach

Location: Via Litoranea, 40, 56100 Marina di Pisa PI, Italy

Hours: Monday-Thursday 7.00 pm to 2.00 am, Friday-Sunday 7.00 pm to 3.00 am

 

Marina di Pisa Beach offers the perfect evening getaway. You can enjoy a pleasant meal by the water. It is a great place to relax and take a break from the city.

 

At Sunset Cafe you can start with your favourite aperitif and one of Sunset Cafe’s delectable appetizers. What’s special about the Sunset Cafe is the atmosphere. Large mats with candles and cushions are spread across the small beach area. Grab a cocktail and watch the stars twinkle above, while listening to the waves roll in.

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#4 Mercato delle Vettovaglie

Location: Centre of Pisa

Nothing can beat an Italian Market. Who doesn’t love Italian food!

The Mercato delle Vettovaglie is the main Pisan market. You can grab a lot of snacks and also fresh products sold by the farmers of the Province. There are also stores selling Italian culinary delights and also colourful flowers.

The Vettovaglie’s Market is open daily (except Sunday) from 7 a.m. till 3 p.m., but some sellers stay much later in the afternoon.

We recommend heading to the market and grabbing a few items for a picnic in the afternoon. 

 

#5 The River Arno

 

This river is one of the most beautiful rivers in Europe. It is surrounded by some of the best colourful buildings. What is needed is an early morning stroll along this river where you can take in the views and fresh air.

 

We suggest you start the walk at the heart of the city, the picturesque Garibaldi Square. With plenty of lighting to make your way, witness beautiful views of the earth-tone palazzi on the River’s banks. Conclude your walk at the Santa Maria della Spina which is a beautiful piece of gothic architecture.

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#6 Visit the Baptistery of St. John

Location: Next to the Leaning Tower of Pisa

After taking in the gorgeous view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa venture only a few feet to the building next door and you’ll find another masterpiece. TheBaptistery of St. John is located right next to the Tower of Pisa and is in fact slightly taller!

The exterior is highly ornamental with intricately-carved reliefs. Its unusual stacked domes and bronze John the Baptist make it one of the most interesting pieces of architecture in Pisa!

The interior is very plain so it may not be worth battling the crowds to go inside. If you do, it costs €5 EUR.

 

#7 Visit the other Leaning Tower

 

We know what you’re thinking. “The other leaning tower??!”

 

Well believe it or not there is another leaning tower in Pisa. The bell tower of the Saint Michael Church leans is what it is called. It is a building is situated in a beautiful green area, Viale delle Piagge, near the Arno River, which is a 5-minute by walking from the centre of Pisa.

 

Whilst it doesn’t have the same hype as the leaning tower it is still an impressive structure and usually has no crowds!

 

#8 Chupiteria: Nothing but Shots!

 

Location: Lungarno Mediceo, 59, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy

Hours: 9pm – 3am nightly

 

With over 250 different types of shot drinks, Chupiteria is the first and only place in Pisa completely dedicated to offering only shots.

 

All of Chupiteria’s shot drinks are presented in a dizzying array of colour combinations. Beautifully layered reds and yellows, stunning explosions of light blue-coloured cloud bursts over darker sapphire hues, are just a few of the drinks you’ll find at Chupiteria.

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#9. Enjoy an Aperitivo in Piazza delle Vettovaglie 

 

There is no need to break the bank with food. Pisa has a lot of restaurants where you can get delicious food for only a few euros.

 

Piazza delle Vettovaglie is one of those restaurants that the locals know well. And who knows where the best food is? The locals do.

 

So it only seems right to trust them. It’s a great place for a group of friends as you can get a lot of starters to share

 

#10 Oak of Witches

Location: Località San Martino in Colle, 55012 Capannori LU, Italy

Don’t worry it isn’t a scary place. Rather it is magical. The Oak of Witches is a 600 YEAR OLD tree located in the Tuscan forest.

 

As you can imagine growing for 600 years it has become so huge and has a unique distinct shape. It doesn’t grow up but rather outwards. Trust us you can’t miss it.

 

It has become a National Monument because of this.

 

#11 Tuttomondo

 

Location: Via Riccardo Zandonai, 56125 Pisa PI, Italy

 

If you go to the city centre from the train station you’ll end up in the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.

 

On the left of this area, you’ll discover one of the hidden gems of Pisa. In Sant’Antonio square, on one of the walls of the church with the same name, there is Keith Haring’s mural called “Tuttomondo”.

 

It is a beautiful mural of 30 figures which that fit together like a puzzle to help present the theme of peace and harmony in the world.

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#12 The Botanic Gardens

 

Location: Via Luca Ghini, 13, 56126 Pisa PI, Italy

 

You can get inside one of the world oldest academic botanical gardens which was founded in 1544. Discover three hectares of plants from all over the world, including medicinal plants like foxgloves, aquatic plants, and centuries-old trees, such as a majestic magnolia and ginkgo which was planted at the end of the 1700s.

 

#13 Experience real music at Borderline Club

Location: Via Giuseppe Vernaccini, 7, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy

 

Borderline Club is a live concert venue, which was founded in 1996. The desire is to create a locale where people could gather to listen and enjoy great live music.

 

Enjoy countless varieties of musical performances from blues to jazz, to rock & pop. You’ll certainly be able to experience the party lifestyle here!

 

#14 Take a day trip to Lucca

Lucca is a beautiful, small city only 25 minutes away by train from Pisa.

This site is filled to the brim with history. Explore the medieval and renaissance buildings, and absorb the city’s atmosphere. Walk or bike along the 16th century fortified walls. This will also be perfect for your Instagram!

There are also over 100 churches!

 

#15 See the Museo di San Matteo

Location: Piazza San Matteo In Soarta, 2, 56127 Pisa PI, Italy

This is an art and history museum housed inside an astonishing 13th-century Benedictine convent with a special collection of art from the churches of Pisa.

Even though it is quite small, this museum is host to one of the biggest exhibits of Tuscan renaissance art in all of Europe. The collection includes sculptural masterworks by Nicola Pisano and Donatello.

Entry is €5 EUR and it’s open daily (except Mondays).

 

Ready to go and See Pisa? Well, then you’re in luck! We’ve got a great hostel in the centre of Pisa perfect for all travellers and perfect to venture out into the city!

Fun Things you didn’t know about York (#5 will amaze you!)

York is the perfect halfway stop between London and Edinburgh.

A walled city steeped in history, most popularly known for its stunning architecture such the city bars and towering Minster which dominates the skyline.

From Vikings and Ghost’s to chocolate crafting and Horse Racing, York’s significant ‘uniqueness’ will certainly appeal to a wide variety of people who visit.

York reigns as one of the most haunted cities in Europe and boasts a plethora of ghoulish tours and other quirky secrets waiting to be explored.

Some in the guidebooks and other from local knowledge…

So let’s begin,

Here are some fun things you didn’t know about York

1. Take part in the York selfie trail

Grab your phone and take part in the York selfie trail, the lovely folks over at the official Visit York website have carefully cherry-picked some of the most beautiful landmarks and locations scattered around the city, from there you can also download the interactive map which will guide you. Not only is these spots totally Insta worthy but a perfect opportunity to explore and learn more about this fascinating city.
You can learn more here: https://www.visityork.org/explore/selfie
Alternatively, you could set up your own trail to share with friends to truly create a unique experience.

2. Get spooked on a nightly Ghost hunt

Did you know that in 2002 the city of York was claimed to be one of the most haunted cities in Britain according to the Ghost Research Foundation? So spooky in fact, that the popular television shows ‘Most Haunted’ even broadcasted their live ghost investigation at York, Knavesmire in 2003.
Nowadays there are as many ghost tours as there are actually ghosts in the city, so you will never fall short of choosing one to take part in, some popular tours include, The Original Ghost Walk of York, The Bloody Tour of York and the York Terror Trail, all of which gather each night for a guided spooky wander around the city.

3. Wander back in time

The Shambles, an idyllic narrow street lined with cobblestones and overhanging Tudor builds is not only one of the most beautifully preserved medieval streets but also believed to be some of the oldest streets in the UK too. Dating as far back as the fourteenth and fifteenth century.
Today the Shambles is most popularly known and recognised for the inspiration of Diagon alley in J.K Rowling’s Novels, Harry Potter. You can’t help but feel transported back in time whilst exploring this gem. Be sure to check out the local independent shops scattered throughout the street.

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4. Immerse yourself in a piece of Roman History

That Constantine the Great was the only ever emperor to have been crowned in the Roman city of York? (Formerly known as Eboracum) In fact, the only Roman emperor to have been crowned outside of Rome, you can find the bronze statue of Constantine situated next to York Minster.

5. Remember, remember the 5th of November

Did you know that the infamous Guy Fawkes, who plotted to blow up and destroy the Houses of Parliament in London, was actually born on Stonegate, York? The building itself can still be visited just a stone throw away from York Minster and now serves as a pub, The Guy Fawkes Inn. Be sure to look for the plaques attached outside and enjoy a pint whilst learning more about this story.

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6. Lightning Strikes

Back in 1984, there was a powerful lightning bolt which struck York Minster, which caused horrendous damage to both the rooftop and South Rose Window. Four years and £2 million later the repair and restoration were finally completed.
The scaffolding you see around the Minster today is there for the protection of the building. It is still undergoing ongoing restoration, however, don’t fret, this will not affect your photos.

7. Find the smallest street with the longest name

Whip-ma-Whop-ma-Gate. The smallest street in York with the longest name, the street itself only stretches just a few meters long. It is said to be the smallest street in Britain, located at the corner of Colliergate and pavement, just try not to miss it.

8. Learn more about the significance behind ‘The Heart of Yorkshire’

Just like the bridge of Sighs in Venice, apparently kissing your beloved significant other beneath York Minsters western window supposedly means that you will remain together forever. Just be sure to look up the meaning of the ‘Heart of Yorkshire’ beautifully crafted within the stained glass of the window before rushing off for a smooch.

9. Admire one of the largest Cathedrals in Europe

York Minster was completed in 1472 is the second largest Gothic Cathedral in Europe. The city itself according to York Press attracts over 6.9 million visitors each year, yet is still so underrated compared to other popular cities such as London and Edinburgh.

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Written by:

Sara | Girl About Europe

Sara is a York-based travel blogger on a mission to see the world but more importantly to see it differently. You can find all her amazing articles on her blog Girl About Europe

 

How to Backpack in Vienna on a Budget?

However, for many travellers, Vienna can be expensive and this can make it hard for you to stick to your travel budget.

 

That is why we have created this guide, to show you how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.

 

We’ll be discussing a range of things you can do to cut costs. From cheap places to eat and things to do to tips on where you can save some cash!

 

Ready? Let’s go!

Just before we start!

 

If you plan to visit Vienna’s historic attraction, then we highly recommend investing in a Vienna Card here online (CLICK). This will allow you unlimited public transport, and even a special discount to 210 museums, shops, restaurants, and sights.

There are 3 different cards you can get:

  • For €17.00 you get a 24 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €25.00 you get a 48 hour Vienna Card.
  • For €29.00 you get a 72 hour Vienna Card.

 

Right, let’s start!

 

What to eat?

1. Street Food

As you wander down the streets of Vienna you’ll come across a few stalls selling a variety of cheap and delicious food!

Keep an eye out for classic dishes such as Doner Kebabs and Sausages. These taste amazing and are relatively cheap. Doner Kebabs can cost between €2.50-€3.00 in non-tourist areas and around €4.00 in tourist areas.

So be sure to head to the cheaper areas then when you work your way into the main bit, you’ll have more money for other things other than food!

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2. Supermarkets

Supermarkets in Vienna have sections that sell different cuts of meat. You can get some great sandwiches from here for around €1.50 – €2.50

 

3. Restaurants

Our best advice when backpacking in Vienna on a budget is to not go to a restaurant for dinner. Rather go during lunch time as that is when you can get a variety of set menus and deals for cheap! For example, a lot of places offer 2-3 course meals for lunch for under €100.

 

Things to do

1. Visit the Karlskirche

Location: Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040 Wien, Austria

Karlskirche is a gorgeous baroque-era church that dates back to the 16th century and one of the best things to do in Vienna on a budget! Locals gather to spend their summer evenings basking in the building’s glow, drinking and socialising.

The area is full of incredible restaurants and bars too, as it perfectly blends together inspiring local history and modern comforts. Our resident office Austrian Viktoria swears by Karlskirche. Can’t go wrong with local recommendations! They also have a variety of church concerts on a regular basis.

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2.Wander around the Naschmarkt

Location: 1060 Vienna, Austria

Naschmarkt is Vienna’s biggest market for food and more! It’s filled full of delicious food and handcrafted gifts that you can buy as a souvenir for your friends and family at home! There are a variety of cheap restaurants in the area which will give you an insight into the local cuisine.

 

3.Attend an opera at State Opera (Stadtoper)

Now we know what you’re thinking, ‘aren’t operas expensive!’ Well yes, yes they are but State Opera want everyone to experience an opera performance. You can get tickets for as low as €3! This will give you entrance to the opera in the standing area.

But that’s no issue, you would still get to see an amazing performance in the heart of State Opera. For more information on this check out this blog on how to see an opera in Vienna for €3.

 

4. Take part in a FREE walking tour.

You can learn and explore Vienna for free! Now if that’s not great we don’t know what is. Tours usually start at 10 am or 2 pm and you’ll get to visit many great places such as Hofburg, St. Stephens Cathedral, the Jewish Quarter and many more.

There are two companies that offer free walking tours in Vienna. These are Good Tours and PrimeTours.

 

5. The Danube Island

Although built to protect the city from flooding it is now a very popular spot for many locals and tourists to visit. Everyone usually gathers to play sports, chill out on the beach or attend festivals. There is a lot going on there and one thing is for sure – you won’t have the break the bank to visit!

For more ideas on what to do be sure to check out our other blog on the  6 best things to do in Vienna.

 

When to head out to Vienna?

You want to make sure you head out to Vienna at the right time! Usually, the right time when there is an event as they are packed full of entertainment and most of them are either free to attend or only involve a small fee.

 

1. Vienna Film Festival

Location: In front of the city hall

Date: 24 Oct – 6 Nove

Austria’s most important international film event, as well as one of the oldest and best-known festivals. It is one of the largest, attracting over 75,000 people. The great thing is that it is completely free to go and will keep you entertained for your time there.

 

2. Christmas Markets

Date: mid-November until Christmas Eve

Vienna goes all out for Christmas and there’s no the reason why 2019 Christmas markets won’t be any different. It is free to attend the markets and if you wanted to buy things from the stalls they aren’t expensive. That is why it has made our list of how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget.

 

3. EUROPRIDE

Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria
Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019

What?

Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. 1 million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.

There will be many events during the 16-day festival:

EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right at the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you!

And you can’t forget the magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz.

Both of these events are completely free!

If you’re looking for more Pride festivals check out our blog on the 15 gay pride festivals you have https://www.safestay.com/the-explorer/15-gay-pride-festivals-you-have-to-go-to-in-2019/

 

4.) New Year’s Concert

Normally, for New Year’s, you would expect to pay a substantial amount if you wanted to celebrate it anywhere. Well, in Vienna you can attend a New Year’s Concert, with the Philharmonic Orchestra. It is one of Vienna most prestigious events and starts from €35.00! That is really cheap for a New Year’s party.

 

There you have it, our guide on how to backpack in Vienna on a Budget! If you think we’ve missed any let us know.

Be sure to share this blog on social media if you’ve enjoyed it. If you want more travel inspiration check out our [E]xplorer Blog!

Cheap things to do in Prague!

Whoever said you need to spend a lot to have fun was wrong. You can visit many great places across Europe without having to break the bank. For example, cities like Prague are magical in their own right and also aren’t too expensive to visit. There are many things to do in the beautiful city and within this blog, we are going to show you the best cheap things to do in Prague!

The best Bank Holiday events in London 2019!

Everybody loves a Bank Holiday! A long weekend gives you much-needed rest from work and the much-needed time to spend your weekend properly! There are many events happening this 2019 during the bank holidays that you don’t want to miss. But which one do you go to? For that reason, we sat down and researched thoroughly to pick out out all the best Bank Holiday events happening in London 2019 just for you!

 

1. April Bank Holiday:    19th – 21st

 

Sounds Familia Music Quid Easter Special

Location: The Grand, 21 – 25 Saint John’s Hill SW11 1TT

Date: 18th April 2019

Time: 18:30 – 22:30

Price: Ticket from £16.00

 

What?

This quiz is the biggest and best music quiz in the UK. It is held every week and it is always a sellout. For this Easter, they are hosting a special event! If you are a competitive individual you’ll be fired up from the start of this quiz. It is completely different from your standard pub quiz rather it is described as a ‘party disguised as a quiz’

There will be over 100 different songs filling up the whole room covering loads of genres over all the decades so get your vocal cords ready as you can’t help but sing along. There are prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even last place so everyone’s practically a winner. After the quiz, the event turns into a club like night where people get dancing and start belting out all the tunes they’ve been listening to for the quiz.

Think you and your friends can win? Grab your ticket to find out! https://www.designmynight.com/london/clubs/clapham/the-clapham-grand/sounds-familiar-music-quiz-easter-special-at-the-grand

Check out the scenes from last year!

 

DeadDrop Chocolate

Location: Piccadilly, London, W1J 9DZ
Date: 20th April
Time: 10:00 am
Price: From £30

 

What?
DeadDrop hosts cool clue-based events that will get you to run your way around the coolest sites in London. Instead of being in a room you are thrown into the city of London and have to solve your clues by travelling around the city! You’ll be competing against others so make sure you’re quick!

This Easter, DeadDrop is hosting an adult only Easter egg hunt. This will be the only time where you can eat loads of chocolate and exercise it off at the same time! All the benefits with none of the consequences. You will have to follow several clues to find rendezvous points where you’ll discover an Easter bunny if you’re at the right spot. And of course, you get to eat it!

Feel like taking part and getting some chocolate? Oh, and of course some exercise? Sign up here

 

Buketrace Easter Hunt

Location: Brewer St, Soho, W1F 9HR (nearest station Piccadilly Circus)

Date: 20th April

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

Price: Tickets are from £10.00

 

What?

BUCKETRACE have certainly got an amazing event planned in time for Easter! They have organised a scavenger race around London where teams will compete against each other by completing tasks on a ‘bucket list’. The idea behind this is to help people discover all the new places and hidden gems in London. There are some important rules you will have to follow if you do not want to get disqualified which can be found here

The team that wins the first place will receive tickets to Cadbury World!

Ready to compete? Get your tickets here.

 

2. May Bank Holiday: 4th – 6th May & 25th – 27th May

 

Queen’s Yard Summer Party

Location: Queen’s Yard, White Post Lane, Hackney Wick, London, E9 5EN United Kingdom
Date: Sat, 4 May 2019 – Mon, 6 May 2019
Times: Each Day: 12:00 – 06:00
Price: Tickets from £15.50

What?
This is a multi-venue event that celebrates the best of UK club music, local culture and art across Hackney Wick! Queen’s Yard Summer Party wanted to show everyone that the UK is responsible for some of the most innovative electronic music in the world so, as a result, there are no big international headliners. Rather, it’s all about showing you those label heads, party starters and local heroes who will show you their take on house, techno, disco and drum & bass.

Lineup:
Saturday: Tosh Ohta, James Sativa, Kate Hutchinson & more

Sunday: Begin, Bodyhammer, Josh Da Silva, Jude Woodhead & more

Tickets:

Want to grab some tickets for this amazing event? Click here

 

Reggae Boat Party – Sun 5th May

Location: SE10 0EW
Date: Sun, 5th May 2019 @ 15:00 – 19:00
Times: 15:00 – 19:00
Price: Tickets from £20.00 – £30.00

What?

What a way to spend your Sunday! On a BOAT! That’s right on the 5th of May there is a Reggae BOAT PARTY happening! Be ready for 4 hours of non-stop day vibes as we take you on a WAVEY journey of the river Thames. DJ Reiss Mx Lovin will commence the party as he takes you through a selection of tropical tracks from your favourite Reggae, Soca, Calypso, Reggaeton, Bashment, Afro, Soul, Ska & other Commercial artists.

The boat is 2 floors with a capacity of 400 and includes a fully stocked bar. Be sure to arrive there early than 3 pm as they will leave straight on 4 and you don’t want to miss out on this awesome party! Pick up is at North Greenwich Pier. There is also a free after party to Reggae Brunch Beach Club Party.

Ready to party? Get your tickets here

Margarita Rumble – Bottomless Margarita Festival

Location: 369 & 370 Helmsley Place E8 3SB
Date: Sunday 5th May 2019
Times: Multiple start times (click here) 
Price: From £35 click here to buy yours

What?
Margarita Rumble is pretty much a royal rumble of margaritas! More than 15 of the best bars and restaurants send their expert mixologists in to compete against each other so that one of their margaritas can be crowned the Best Margarita in London.

The best part of it all is that you get the deciding vote! You’ll get to Sample the best margaritas for free for a full 2 hours. Once you’re done enjoying all those delicious drinks you’ll then vote for your favourite one!

Tickets:
They are priced from £35 and there are two types of tickets: VIP and General Admission. The VIP tickets get you in an hour earlier which means you’ll get first dibs on all the drinks!

 

Check out the video experience here

 

 

 

3. August Bank Holiday:    24th – 26th

 

South West 4

Location: Clapham Common, London
Dates: 24 Aug – 25 Aug 2019

What?

This two-day festival falls perfectly on the August Bank Holiday giving you a day off to recover, and trust us, after this festival you’ll need it! This festival is 2 days and is held at Clapham Common which is on the Northern Line of the Underground. There were mentions about this festival being the biggest one yet and by all means after their line up announcement, they have certainly achieved this! The lineups include artists such as Alison Wonderland (debut), Wilkonson, Shy FX, Andy C, Champion, Dappy, James Hype and more. No wonder it has made our list of best Bank Holiday events in London 2019!

Tickets
Tickets start from £55 for individual days and from £99 for an early bird!

Buy yours here! 

For more festival information check out our blog post on the 20 best techno festivals in Europe 2019.

 

Thames Boat Party


Location: Crown Pier in London

Dates: 24th August 2019

Time: 7:45pm until 5am (last entry is 8:15pm)

What?

This boat party is gonna be amazing! Get ready to party from the late evening until the early hours! You’ll start at Crown Pier and party all night until you reach some of the top venues in London. It will be a 2 deck boat party with different DJ’s on both decks. Obviously only London’s best DJ’s will be performing so you can expect some good tune.

Lineup:

Deck 1: Totally Addicted, Van George, Tony, Ves, Diamond May
Deck 2: Amor Residents, Eddie Van Poppel, NYCity Soundz, VanRock, Mr Fresh Official

After the boat party, you can continue partying at the after party which is £20 entry! You’ll be able to collect your after-party wristband on the boat.

 

London’s Biggest Daily Pub Crawl at Zoo Too.

 

Location: Zoo Too Bar, Leicester Square, London, UK

Dates: All Bank Holidays

Price: From £10-£15 Get yours here. https://1bignightout.com/#buytickets

 

What?

You’ll need your bank holiday Monday to recover after this one! If you love a pub crawl then this will your best one yet! Hosted by ‘1 BIG NIGHT OUT’, you will travel to 5 different bars with over 100-300 other people. It’s a great way to meet new people!

 

1 BIG NIGHT OUT has an event for all the bank holidays this year with an added theme for each one:

April 19th-21st: Easter Bunny Bar Hop

May 3rd – 5th: May Day UV Pub Crawl

May 24th-26th: Spring Break Frat Party Pub Crawl

Aug – 23rd-25th: Carnival Pub Crawl

 

In each of these events you’ll receive:

5 bars in 5 hours with free shots in each one

You’ll end at a big club which you’ll be able to queue-jump for

Drink deals will be present in every bar

 

For more details, you can click here

 

Well, there you have it all the best Bank Holiday events in London 2019! Which one are you going to go to? Be sure to let us know and don’t forget to tag us in your pics using the hashtag #Safestay

Know any other events happening? Tell us!

 

Where to stay?

 

If you’re looking for a place to stay in London during the bank holidays then we’ve got two great hostels in Central London with easy access to all these events!

 

Check them out!

 

Safestay London Elephant & Castle

Safestay London Kensington Holland Park

 

Book your stay with us now!

15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019!

Many people gather together and celebrate with a march and host several parties! With so many events happening in Europe it’ll be helpful to have a roundup of the best ones you should attend! That is why we have created a list of the 15 Gay Pride Festivals you have to go to in 2019!

 

1. EuroPride 2019 Vienna

Location: city centre Pride Village, City Hall Square, Vienna, Austria

Dates: 1 – 16th March 2019

 

What?

Vienna has been selected to host the EuroPride 2019. Over a million people are expected to attend the festival which is held in the city centre of City Hall Square.

 

There will be many events during the 16-day festival

 

EUROPRIDE VILLAGE will be held right in front of the city hall of Vienna where On the Pride Stage, local and international acts will perform magnificent shows for you! Entrance to the village is completely free! Opening hours of the village are open can be found here. https://europride2019.at/pridevillage/

 

The magnificent Rainbow parade will be held on the 15th of June 2019! It will pass through the Wiener Ringstrasse. The parade will start at 12 AM in front of Rathausplatz (the square in front of the Viennese city hall).

 

Feel like participating in the festival?

Apply here to get your chance! https://europride2019.at/de/regenbogenparade/teilnahme/

 

Be sure to dress up and wpork on your entertaining skills! There is a prize for the best parade contribution.

 

2. The Belgian Pride | Brussels 2019

 

Location: Mont des Arts – Kunstberg, Brussels, Belgium

Dates: 18/05/2019

 

What?

Brussels pride is a little different from other pide festivals. Apart from hosting the usual partes, parades and acts, Brussels pride focuses on the more political side to pride with debates and conferences being held about everything from gay rights to global culture. At 12 o’clock on the 19th May Mont des Arts opens its doors to the public! With surprising acts, music and culinary specialities you are bound to have a great time at this pride.

 

Want to donate?

Follow this link if you would like to donate to Belgian Pride

https://www.pride.be/getinvolved/donationsandsupport/

 

Take part and volunteer!

You can help make this pride a success by helping out! Use this link to volunteer. https://www.pride.be/getinvolved/helpinghands/

 

Tickets

Tickets have not yet been released but keep your eyes peeled here for updates

https://www.pride.be/event/belgianpride2019/

 

Check out the after movie of Belgian Pride 2018 in Brussels

3. Stockholm Pride 2019

 

Location: Stockholm

Dates: July 29th – August 3rd 2019

 

Stockholm Pride is Scandinavia’s  largest pride festival!

The offical parad is set for the 3rd of August and will start at 1pm. It will take you through central Stockholm where a joyful and colorful manifestation of love for human rights begins.

 

The parade train consists of 45,000 participants distributed on around 200 vehicles. The parade is performed under the demonstration right and everyone who wants to participate or watch. The parade will end at Pride Park on Östermalms IP.

 

Want to join the parade?

Well, good news! You don’t need to register rather simply find a space somewhere along the parade and join in!

 

However, if you are a group that would like to join you will have to register. Simply fill in the application form

https://www.stockholmpride.org/prideparade/

 

Tickets:

Should you wish to attend the festival you can buy your ticket here!

https://secure.tickster.com/en/n4a84nxzevwcayn/products

 

4. Prague Gay Pride 2019

 

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

 

Date: 5th – 11th Aug 2019

 

What?

Prague’s first gay pride event was in 2011 and was a huge success as it gathered over a million people! It has gotten bigger and bigger since then and is looking to hold more parties and more acts this year.

 

The parade will start at 2pm and will take approximately 3 hours to complete. It will leave from Wenceslas Square via Příkopy and Revoluční Streets across the river to Letná Park. At Letná park you will find 3 DJ stages, beer, cocktails and great food!

 

Check out the highlights of Prague Gay Pride 2017

 

 

Looking for somewhere to stay?

We’ve got a great hostel in Prague that you can check out!

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5. Copenhagen Pride 2019

 

Location:

 

Date: 13th-18th August 2019

 

What?

During Copenhagen Pride Week the square at Radhuspladsen and Stroget is transformed into Pride Square, offering a grand stage show and various shops offering food and goods. Access to the square is free.

 

This program will also include free concerts, debates, workshops, seminars, parties and activities all aiming to celebrate love and diversity and to make a platform to take Pride to the next level. The full detailed program will be released soon. Keep your eyes peeled here.

http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/copenhagen-pride-week-2018

 

Want to volunteer?

You can help with a variety of things at Copenhagen Pride 2019. You could be helping out with Bar or be part of the info team to help guests have the best experience! You can find more roles and apply here.

 

http://copenhagenpride.dk/#!/en/page/about-volunteering

 

Want to donate.

Follow this link to donate

 

Check out the after movie of Copenhagen Pride 2018

 

6. Helsinki Pride 2019

 

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Date: 24th – 30th June 2019

 

What?

 

This year’s Pride at Helsinki will be a special one! There is a new site that is currently under construction! The theme of Helsinki Pride is freedom and responsibility and it will start from Senate Square and continues to a Park Party and the closing party in the evening.

 

Want to volunteer?

There are many ways you can help this Pride festival. From making a donation to helping out during the day you can find other ways here

 

 

7. Paris Gay Pride 2019

 

Location: Paris

Dates: Saturday, 29 June 2019

 

What?

Paris Gay Pride (or the “Marche des Fiertés” in French) has one of the world’s most vibrant LGBTIQ scenes. Over half a million people are expected to venture onto Parisian streets to take part in France’s biggest gay Pride event.

 

It will commence at 2 pm on the 29th of June.

 

A few weeks before the main Paris Gay Pride Parade, there are a series of parties and other LGBTQ events take place across Paris, many in the city’s gay district – Le Marais. It will start at Place de la Concorde, in front of the National Assembly, and will wind its way through Châtelet, Le Marais, Pont Sully, and Bastille, before concluding with a massive party at Place de la République.

 

After the parade, the party doesnt stop rather it just begins! DJ’s and concerts keep everyone partying from 5 pm until 10 pm. If you still want to continue partying several of the city’s top gay clubs will be throwing different parties to celebrate the day.

 

8. Madrid Orgullo MADO 2019

 

Location: Madrid

Dates: 28th of June to 7th July 2019

 

What?

One of Europe’s largest pride events turns Madrid into one colossal celebration with outdoor concerts, cabarets and a rollicking parade. The official parade will commence on the Saturday 6th of July 2019 at 5 pm. This is a must attend! It takes place in the centre of Madrid, starting at Atocha Station and ending in the Plaza de Colón. However, be sure to arrive a few days earlier as there are many parties for Pride that kick off in the Chueca neighbourhood prior to the actual festival. You’ll be able to meet many people from all over the world as around 2 MILLION people are expected to attend.

Where to stay?

We have a great hostel in the centre of Madrid! Book your stay with us now

9. Pride Barcelona 2019

 

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Dates: 29th June 2019

 

What?

On the 29th of June, thousands of people will come together to celebrate Pride 2019! From 5 pm they will have concentration floats & a pre-party! This is great to meet fellow people!

 

The parade will be held at the Jardine de les Tres Xemeneies. The parade will start at 6:00 pm and last for 2 hours.

 

To see the full program list so you can find out what is happening on each of the days click here

 

Want to volunteer?

Simply fill out this form if you would like to help out in some way with the festival!

 

 

Competitions

At 7 pm on the 29th of June at the Av. Maria Cristina (Main stage) there will be a High Heel Race! The winner will receive a massive €250. You can sign up on the day, 15 minutes before the start of the race

 

There will also be a Pride Drag Exhibition where you can dress up and perform! This will be held on the Main stage of María Cristina at 7:15 pm on the 29th of June.

 

Check out the after movie of Pride Barcelona 2018

 

 

10. York Pride 2019

 

Location: York, United Kingdom

Date: 8th June 2019

 

What?

 

The York Pride Parade leaves from York Minster (Duncombe Place) at approx 11:45 am and arrives at the Knavesmire (Tadcaster Road End) at approx 1:00 pm. The event is completely free but donations are welcome to help support the cause!

 

There is also an after party which will be held at Mansion Nightclub on Micklegate from 8:30 pm.

 

Want to get involed

There are many ways to get involved:

 

You could set up a stall! It’s a great way to meet and engage with 1000’s of people.

Click here if you’d like to set one up

You can also have your part in the parade and it’s completely free to be involved. Large groups would need to contact the Pride’s Parade Officer which you can do here

11. Pride Edinburgh 2019

 

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Date: 22nd June 2019

 

What:

 

The theme of this year’s Pride Edinburgh 2019 is titled ‘This is me’. The Festival has LIVE Music, Health and Community Fair and lots more.

The day beings with Annual Pride Scotia March which has seen more than 10,000 take part in previous years.

Pride Edinburgh is Scotland’s biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) festival. There are also events in both Teviot House and Potterrow. There is a full programme of entertainment such as ceilidh dancing.

The parade starts from 12 pm and takes places south along Horse Wynd. You’ll then venture into Queens Drive and pass many of Edinburgh’s areas such as the Holyrood galt, Holyrood Road, Cowgate and Candlemaker Row. At around 1 pm the march arrives at Teviot House where the day events mentioned earlier commence.

 

Want to get involved!

Volunteer here

 

 

Check out this amazing video of the Pride Edinburgh experience!

12. Pride in London 2019

 

Location: London

Dates: Saturday 6th of July 2019

 

What?

The 2019 Pride in London Parade will take place on Saturday 6th of July. Be part of the parade! Individuals can take part in the parade. There are many activities that you can do ranging from carrying the giant rainbow flag to joining the individual’s group. More details are expected in March 2019! Keep your eyes peeled here.

 

 

There is also a Pride’s got talent event at the London Pride! It is designed to ensure the existing pool of talent in the LGBT+ community were given a fair chance to take part in Pride in London and were exposed to industry recognised judges to aid them in their artistic career.

 

Check out the video of Pride’s got talent 2018!

 

Check out the aftermovie of Pride London 2018

 

Want to take part in Pride?

You can take part in the parade as a group. Applications are now open! Click here to apply!

 

Applications are now open if you want to get a stall! Click here to apply

 

Where to stay?

We have two great stylish hostels in the centre of London! Book your stay with us now!

 

 

13. Pride Amsterdam 2019

 

Location: Amsterdam

Date: July 27th – August 4th, 2019

 

What:

From 2pm on the 27th July 2019, thousands of participants will arrive in the Vondelpark. On this day you can enjoy sports and games throughout the day, get informed at the Rainbow Market and enjoy performances.

The Pride Walk will occur on the same day but more information will be available closer to the date. Keep your eyes peeled here

 

On the 3rd of August 2019 at 12:30 the canal parade will commence! You can see last years event and how much fun it was below:

On Sunday, August 4th the official closing of Pride Amsterdam will take place at the Dam square. Enjoy all of our artists, performances, dancers and a whole lot more! See you there!

 

Want to organize an event?

From April 1st you’ll be able to register your event! Keep your eyes peeled here https://pride.amsterdam/?lang=en

 

Check out the Pride Amsterdam 2018 highlights!

 

14. Reykjavik Pride 2019

 

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

Date: 8th-17th August 2019

 

What?

2019’s Reykjavík Pride marks its twentieth anniversary. It will actually run for 10 days instead of 6 and on the first day, there will be an amazing opening ceremony! What started with fifteen hundred onlookers, has evolved into a colourful celebration that attracts over 100 thousand guests from all over the world. You wouldn’t want to miss that! The official Pride Parade, outdoor festival and Pride Party on will be held on the 17th of August.

 

Groups can participate in these events so if you wish to apply to be part of the parade click here.

 

 

 

15. Roma Pride 2019

 

Location: Rome, Italy

Date: 8th of June 2019

 

What?

The official parade will be held at 3:00 pm at the Republic square. Then it will wind along the centre of Rome and will end at Piazza Della Madonna di Loreto. For a more detailed list of the areas, it will go past click here

 

There is also a creative contest held which is open to everyone who wants to develop a graphic or audiovisual project linked to the promotion of the Roma Pride 2019 event! If you wish to register to click here!

 

Roma Pride always looking for volunteers! If you wish to volunteer to apply here

 

You can donate to this event to show your support! Roma Pride has activated a free donation service through PayPal.

 

 

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