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Top Places to see in Porto: your Travel guide + map

November 28, 2016

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Porto is one of my favourite cities in Europe, I’ve spent more almost two months exploring its streets, churches, restaurants and wineries. Now I’ve prepared a walking tour of all the must-sees and dos in this unique town, along with some unknown and unforgettable places. Here’s everything you need to see in Porto – and more!

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Alfama district, Lisbon

April 27, 2015
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The view from Miradouro das Portas do Sol

Lisbon’s Alfama district must be the weirdest and most unexplainable place in Portugal. Being the oldest place in the city, just by the walls of Sao Jorge castle, it attracts a great number of tourists who love walking its narrow and steep streets. Alfama is like a medieval village, not only because it’s small and has a provincial feel, but also thanks to its community of people who lived here their whole life and know each other pretty well.

The people of Alfama have become quite an attraction themselves. Tourists are obsessed with Alfama’s quirky decorated doors, street art and most of all – laundry. That’s right, fresh laundry hanging outside the residents’ windows is the most documented sight of Alfama!

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The best and quickest way to get to know Lisbon’s old town is by tram 28, which will take you on a tour around the most popular sights of Alfama, Baixa and Estrela districts.

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Top 5 reasons to visit Kraków

April 14, 2015

krakow_what_to_seeBeing the most important city in Poland, Kraków attracts millions of tourists yearly. Why do they come here and why should you? Here are my reasons:

Kraków has long history and a multitude of attractions

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Settled in 10th century, Kraków is one of the oldest towns in Poland. The 500 years when Kraków was the capital is though to be the golden age of the country, when the most prominent buildings were built, the most beautiful artworks created and a great cultural progress was made.

It also resulted in numerous monuments (some say it’s over 6 thousand!) and every visitor will learn the city is full of history. From the organization of medieval towns, to communism in Poland, Kraków can feel like time travel.

The choice of restaurants and cafes is huge

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The centre of Kraków is the Main Market Square and it’s said the number of cafes and pubs per kilometre² is the largest in the world. I can confirm that not even the locals know all the spots and the new ones are created almost every week.

Poland is cheap

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Though the prices have risen the past couple of years, Poland is still so much cheaper than most European countries. You can get a full meal in a nice restaurant for about 10 dollars and a beer is only 2 dollars. 30 dollars per night get you a very decent hotel in the city centre.

People speak English very well

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Kids in Poland start to learn English in kindergarden and most young people speak the language fluently. Compared to France or Italy, it’s a paradise for English speakers so don’t hesitate to ask for directions or even start a conversation at a bar. Just be careful with what you’re saying in public transport, as most of the people actually understand you.

Kraków is not that big

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It’s easy to explore the city on foot so if you like hiking you’ll surely appreciate it. Most of the attractions are close to each other so you can not only visit most of them in just a weekend but will also have time to explore Kraków’s surroundings and distant districts.


Interested in reading more about Kraków from insider’s perspective? Check out my book Kraków for Adventurers and learn about the most interesting attractions, the tastiest restaurants and the best spots. 

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Moorish Castle in Sintra, Portugal

April 8, 2015

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One of this month’s highlights of our stay in Portugal was a visit to a village called Sintra. With three castles, constant cloudy weather and mysterious forests, it has long been a place of fairytales and legends.

On one of the hills above Sintra sits an 8th century Moorish castle, built during the period of Muslim Iberia. Some say the rocks in the castle grow like trees and one can find the entrance to an underground city there. Others claim the Holy Grail is hidden somewhere in the stronghold.

Either way, the view on the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon and its suburbs is incomparable. The Castle of the Moors can be explored freely without a guide and is among the best castles I’ve seen in Europe. Highly recommended!

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All photos © Aleksandra Boguslawska.

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Kraków for Adventurers – the first Book of Wonders

March 31, 2015

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Finally I’m sharing what I’ve been working on the past couple of months.

Kraków for Adventurers is the first book I wrote about the city I’ve been living in for the past 20 years: Kraków, Poland. As I despise travel guides for throwing useless information, uninspiring places and ugly photos at you, I decided to make the change myself.

Kraków for Adventurers contains the essence of what I love and hate about the most important city in Poland. You can find my favourite spots, cycling routes, cutest cafes and most inspiring places. Me and Milosz tried hard to make the book a visual adventure as well and are proud to say it’s pixel perfect.

But most of all, this guide is for people like me, who love to explore, taste and feel the city. Who are not afraid to go off the beaten path. For the Adventurers.


Kraków for Adventurers is in English. It contains my photos and texts, maps, ideas for spending your time in the city and a ton of useful info. It will be constantly updated.

An interactive version is available on iTunes, static PDF can be bought here.

Check out BooksOfWonders.com because you know, it’s just the first book.

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