Barcelona Transport

Bike rental barcelona

How to get around in Barcelona

Barcelona’s authorities have broadened the city’s transportation map to satisfy every single person's needs. As any other comsopolitan city that wants to live up to the title of “one of the best tourist city in the world”, Barcelona provides its visitors and residents with one of the most developed transportation areas in Europe.


Areas in Madrid

Beautiful places in Madrid

Madrid is the capital city of Spain and the main rival of Barcelona when it comes to tourism cities one should visit in Spain. We would recommend Barcelona for those who want to visit a city designed to conquer hearts, and Madrid to those who want to experiment life in Spain’s most cosmopolitan city.


London Areas

Areas in London

London, the capital city of the United Kingdom  is one of the world’s most visited locations. With an important history that extends along many years, graceful London has managed to be considered one of Europe’s most trendy cities. Classic mixed with high vintage fashion, chastity combined with rebel spirit; that is what you will find when walking through the different areas of London.

The Office for National Statistics defined London as a conurbation formed by the City of London and its 32 boroughs. The city is estimated to shelter more than 8 millions inhabitants on an area of 1,624 square kilometres. The city is divided into five main areas: Central, North, West, South and East London; each of them has different boroughs, forming what is called Greater London.


Lotus Suite Review

Lotus Suite Istanbul Short Stay Apartment Rental

Lotus Suite Review

During a short break in Istanbul, two SSA's members had the pleasure to stay at the Lotus Suite in Beyoglu and to review it personally. The Lotus Suite is part of a restored building exclusively dedicated to apartment rentals for short stays. The area is called Beyoglu and it is located in the European side of Istanbul; this is an international home for tourists, expats and students from all over the world, but also a great place to savoir the modern face of Turkey and the local culture without the hassle of gadget shops or other tourist traps.


Kop Van Jut Eetcafe

Kop Van Jut Amsterdam EetCafeAmsterdam Eetcafe

If you find yourself in the Leidseplein district and want to avoid the tourist restaurants of all flavours, from Curries to Argentinian grills, try the only authentic Dutch Eetcafe we managed to find in the area, Kop Van Jut.  Located in the cross-roads of the Leidsekruisstraat, at number 24.  Authentic Dutch style with traditional wooden interiors and cosy ambiance, friendly local staff and authentic house beer  - it makes a change from the famous Heineken - and the food is great too. Try the Dutch pepper-steak which comes with homemade fries and salad (to ease your conscience!).


Areas in Rome

Beautiful areas in Rome

Caesar, betrayal, art, Italian spirit, history, and a city that learned from the Romans how to conquest everyone’s heart, this is part of what you’ll find by visiting Rome. All these are incredible things for a tourist, but the most important thing that Rome has is its capacity to surprise. Visiting Rome is a different experience for everyone because this city offers all its visitors a unique story, one they will never forget. Allow yourself an incursion into the Italian culture, and let Rome surprise you with its beauties.


Barcelona Live Guide

Introduction to the Catalan spirit of Barcelona

It’s hard to write about Barcelona. Between Picasso and Gaudi, La Sagrada Familia and Park Güell, Spanish guitars, sangria and paella, Barcelona casts over its visitors a spell that no one can ever break. We have let ourselves flow with the Barcelona wave and plan on exposing our guide about Barcelona’s beauties.


Best of Rome in three days

Rome Colosseum

A three-day guide to Rome

Rome is a great city and deserves more than a short break to absorb its beauty; however this three-day stay guide, may give you some ideas on how to enjoy a special weekend in the Italian capital.

This guide can help you if you wish to visit some typical Roman sites but not only the most famous. This is what we did when visiting Rome for the third time.


Suñol Exhibition Barcelona

Sunol Foundation art collections BarcelonaArt Dialogues Barcelona

We have decided to focus on the more obscure exhibition scene in this post: The Suñol Foundation, which is showing an small collection entitled 'Dialogues' with art items ranging from re-known artists such as Salvador Dalí and Joan Miró.  The exhibition aims to highlight concept shifts that occurred during the 20th century using a series of combined works from these artists and more.  The Suñol Foundation is a private, non-profit organisation with a collection of contemporary and avant-garde pieces.  Exhibit runs until 3rd October 2009.


Istanbul Areas

Areas to visit in Istanbul

2010 seems is the perfect year to visit Istanbul, especially because the city was nominated as the European Capital of Culture for the current year. Charged with an incredible amount of history and tradition, Istanbul is known for its multicultural roots divided between  Asia and European.  If you are hoping for a different type of experience, Istanbul will definitely not let you down, so indulge into the Turkish hospitality and Oriental influences.


Amsterdam Live Guide


Introduction to Amsterdam

Information you should know about Amsterdam before visiting it.  Despite its rich and sound historic background, Amsterdam is one of the cities that remained devoted to the value that it mainly promotes - liberty. Amsterdam has evolved from a small city to the cultural capital of Holland. For those of you who are planning to visit Amsterdam soon, we provide a live guide with useful information about the main aspects of the city.


Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum AmsterdamAmsterdam Rijksmuseum

Currently under the name "The Masterpieces", the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is exhibiting great works of art from the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th Century.  Although currently under renovation, many of the great works can still be seen, including Rembrandts famous "The Night Watch".  Other Dutch masters represented are Jan Vermeer and Frans Hals.   There is also a fine collection of Doll's houses, Delft porcelein and gilt-work.  Due to renovation the exhibition is relatively small and you should be able to get through it in under four hours.  The museum is open daily from 10.00 until 18.00.


Barcelona Salsa

Salsa BarcelonaSalsa Barcelona

Even though Catalonia claims not to be Spain, that doesn't mean we don't want (or expect) to be able to enjoy Salsa around the calid coastline - which is the perfect place to enjoy it.  In fact, there are some great places for salsa lovers (salseros) in Barcelona, and there are several small groups dedicated to roaming these clubs on a regular basis (See  So, we'd just like to give you a run-down of the salsotecas you can expect to find yourself in once you have arrived in BCN.  Azucarrr!

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