First of all, I’d like to thank John from Continental Breakfast Travel for challenging me to think of 5 places that I’d love to revisit. When I first read about the Top Destinations to Go There blogging competition, organized by Booked.net, I had two destinations that popped into my head immediately, without a doubt. The rest of the five took some time and consideration, as there are so many places I’ve never been to but also so many places I’d love to revisit. How to pick only a few?
Somehow I managed to make my decision. The order of my choices is purely random but here they are, the five places I want to revisit one day:
San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain
From a tourist’s point of view, San Pedro isn’t probably that amazing, but if you are looking for an authentic Spanish village, away from crowded beaches but still in the perfect climate of the Costa del Sol, San Pedro is your spot. And the location is great for many things to do – less than hour away from Gibraltar and the city of Málaga, walking distance to Puerto Banús and very short way to lively Marbella and the tranquility of the mountains. For me, personally, it’s the place where I spent a year of my life and absolutely loved it. I guarantee that one day I will return to San Pedro and fill myself up with the lovely memories, meet my friends at my old local and visit my old working place.
After all, San Pedro was the place where I first started living my dreams.
Dominican Republic, the Caribbean paradise, where the winter temperature is +35 degrees and the local people are wearing similar kinds of thick winter jackets as us Finns are wearing when it’s -30 degrees or even less. I can only wonder how hot it gets during the summer season
Lake Como, Italy
In July 2013, we made a two-week trip to Italy, Berlin and Poland. In Italy we stayed with our friends in Pavia, near Milan, and made a day trip to Lake Como. During our visit in Como, I was only able to think “oh, we should definitely come back here one day with time and make a trip around the lake.”
In Como you can have quite nice views over the lake by taking the funicular to the little village of Brunate, on top of a mountain, 715 meters above the sea level. I still regret we didn’t have time even for a small cruise at the lake, so in case you are planning to visit Como, reserve some time for that. The shores of the lake are full of beautiful villas and palaces, surrounded by stunning mountain views.
In 2010 we had a little bit of a different Christmas. Together with my brother, his girlfriend and her family, we replaced traditional Christmas with a boat trip to Riga and back. 22 hours on the boat, 6 hours in Riga and another 22 hours on the boat coming back to Finland. There’s no doubt 6 hours in Riga was a too short time and even though the Christmas market was amazing, I want to revisit Riga and see the beauty of the Latvian capital in summer.
During my trip to Belgium a few months ago, I stepped back in time by visiting Bruges, the Northern Venice. I have never been to the real Venice, yet, but I absolutely loved the Belgium version of it. Why I would like to go there again? It’s not a place to visit by yourself! So I want to correct that mistake. In addition, an unfortunate head ache spoiled my day in Bruges and I feel I didn’t get the most out of it on my first visit.
Passing on the challenge
The five bloggers I’d like to ask the same question, which are the five places you’d love to revisit, are: