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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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Is this the most beautiful village in Poland? The painted houses of Zalipie

October 15, 2016

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For the past year I’ve stumbled upon blog posts titled “the most beautiful village in Poland” on various blogs and portals. Imagine my surprise when I learned that the village was close to the city my family lives in, Krakow! I had no choice but to to check if Zalipie was worth all the hype.

Zalipie is know for its hundred years old tradition of decorating the houses with colourful flowers and plants. It was started by Felicja Curylowa who first decorated her home for Catholic feast called Corpus Christi, held in the beginning of summer. The other ladies in Zalipie liked the idea and painted their houses as well. It’s not a forgotten custom though, every year a competition for the most beautiful house is held with more than 100 people taking part! The rules of the contest are harsh though, as contestants have to remove the previous year’s designs from their walls.

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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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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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5 most incredible places in Sardinia

March 25, 2015

Sardinian beaches

Sardinia, an Italian island on the Mediterranean, is mostly visited for its top-rate beaches and great weather. What most of the tourists are missing though is one of the oldest and most mysterious cultures of Europe, deep forest ravines and one-of-a-kind natural wonders. Each day of my visits to Sardinia was a great adventure and it was hard to choose the most unforgettable experiences, but here goes:

Su Nuraxi

Sardinia nuraghes

Sardinia had for centuries remained the home of a mysterious Nuragic civilization, who built distinctive megalithic towns, fortresses and temples, generally called nuraghes. Though they left over 7 thousand of those monuments around Sardinia, little is known about those people, their religion, origin or even the purpose of their constructions.

The most famous place to explore the mystifying nuraghes is Su Nuraxi site near Barumini town – maybe you will be the one to solve the mystery of ancient Sardinian people…?

Golgo plateau

Donkey in Sardinia

The best place to get to the most beautiful beaches in Sardinia – Cala Goloritze and Cala Sisine. Golgo is interesting by itself, with its San Pietro church, donkey pastures, natural swimming pools and… the biggest sinkhole in Europe. Su Sterru might not look impressive, but the though that this 270 metres (885 ft) deep hole was used for human sacrifice can give you the chills.

Capo Caccia

Neptune's Grotto Sardinia

The peninsula near Alghero town has a lot to offer to the tourists who visit it: panoramic views on the sea, great beaches and the famous Neptune’s Grotto. This 4 km long cave, with many of its chambers hidden under water, is one of the most prominent attractions of the island. Even the steep stairs by the sea are worth a visit.

Orgosolo

Sardinia Orgosolo

This town in Sardinian mountains is famous for murals created here since 1968. The paintings tell the history of Italy but also engage in political and social discussion. Artists, even from outside Sardinia, are encouraged to add their own murals.

Visiting Orgosolo can be interesting from another reason: its locals are native Sardinians, unlike the Italians on the coast. Though they now speak the same language, their heritage is different from the rest of Italy which is clearly visible in small towns like this one.

Cala Goloritze

Cala Goloritze

Cala Goloritze remains my favourite place on Earth and I still can’t even believe I’ve even been there! Turquoise waters and rock formations distinguish Cala Goloritze from other beaches in Sardinia and, as it’s unaccessible by car, the number of tourists isn’t overwhelming. You, too can get to this paradise by taking a trekking route from Golgo plateau (1,5 hour one way) or renting a boat.