Here are some of Amra and Elma’s favorite places to travel for photo ops:
1. Venice, Italy
One of our favorite place to visit is definitely Venice because of its unforgettable romantic ambience. The charming canals, the grandoise villas, and the out of this world gelato…This lovely city is built on water and usually in the summer there are huge crowds of people from all over the world, but even when it’s busy, you can dodge the crowds –- go just a few streets from the Rialto and San Marco. You are always just an alley away from a secret square like the stunning Gothic palazzi and lively neighborhood wine bars. Venice is very unique, largely due to its canals and history, so you will enjoy breathtaking views and eye catching villas, where you can capture some of the best scenery with your camera.
Venice also has some of the best restaurants and Venetian food is full of seafood specialities. My favorite is the black ink pasta, you must try if you haven’t already! If you want to have an exquisite city view, go across to the island of San Giorgio, there’s a fantastic view and there’s hardly anyone there!
Jamaica has long been the jewel of the Caribbean for its white sand beaches and its crystal clear emerald waters. With that said, if you visit Jamaica, there is far more to discover than its beaches and all-inclusive resorts. To getaway from your resort, I suggest going inland and seeing the waterfalls and protected caves. While enjoying the sunshine, you can play in the surfing waters, ride horses or even swim with the dolphins. In that case, go to the Dolphin Cove, it’s a marine attraction at which guests can swim and interact with dolphins and even sharks in their natural environment!
Generally, the local food is spicy but always fresh and very tasty. Jamaica is one of the liveliest places to be, as it has amazing culture, history and some of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever seen! You can take some of the best photos on the blue lagoons or beautiful streets of Jamaica. Oh, and did we mention that its inhabitants are very friendly?
3. Cinque Terre, Italy
This was by far one of my favorite places I have ever visited. This lovely Italian Riviera is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites with its breathtaking Ligurian coastline. It consists of five seaside villages and and the towering cliffs behind them. It feels like a dream with its colorful houses atop of the cliffs overlooking the majestic Adriatic Sea! You will see churches in the colorful villages, with an amazing history and some unbelievably-stunning places to take photos. The rocky coastal cliffs are breathtaking, you can take a train, a boat or a car, the national park stands on its own away from Milan.
We enjoyed dining on a few terraces overlooking the sea. You can enjoy the seaside from the towering cliffs or just go for a great meal and a glass of wine in a tucked away restaurant. We tried some of the local specialties and the fresh seafood was out of this world! This is a place with special charm, breath-taking views, and it must be on your travel bucket list.
4. Monaco, French Riviera
In the heart of Mediterranean, bounded by the French Riviera to the west and the Italian Riviera to the east, Monaco is truly full of the “old Hollywood glam and glitz,” on top of being a perfect summer escape. Just walking through the streets of old town of Monte Carlo reminded me of the Old Hollywood glamour of Princess Grace Kelly and visiting the Palace and being at Port Hercules of the vintage James Bond movies. We loved every second of it!
Monte Carlo has some of the most elegant boulevards. There is much shopping to be done on Avenue de la Costa with its luxury boutiques. The Palace is uniquely-positioned, high above the sea with a panoramic view. When in Monaco, you can enjoy museums, exotic gardens, or you can visit the Opera House. The blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the fancy restaurants and Monaco’s harbors make it such a picturesque place.
5. Alicante, Spain
Located on the Mediterranean Sea, with a rich history and such friendly people, Alicante was a perfect destination for us. It is a quaint city with lots of European tourists in the summer. Alicante is an amazing summer destination, it has both sandy and rocky beaches, depending on what you prefer. You can take some of the best beach photos here with its rocky caves and emerald green waters. The various districts maintain their own characteristic flare while simultaneously and effortlessly complementing each other.
Here, there are restaurants for all tastes and budgets. This city has that magic charm and it is definitely worth a visit! Also, if in Alicante, you must visit the charming island of Tabarca — it’s just one hour away by boat and it’s absolutely stunning! Not many tourists visit this island, but it’s definitely worth the journey. We spent a day there, enjoying its local seaside restaurants and also swimming in its calm waters.
6. Ibiza, Spain
Known for its rambunctious nightlife, the island of Ibiza has amazing beaches and some of the most picturesque sunsets. If you want to avoid the young and lovely summer crowd, there are beaches tucked away with white sand and turquoise water. Ibiza has so much to offer for photographers with its lovely sandy bays and photogenic rocky terrains.
Visiting the old town was amazing, going and through labyrinth-like streets, it felt like we were in a different century! Also, their gastronomy is amazing, as there is variety of delicious beach restaurants — and you need to try some of their cocktails. Ibiza is definitely more than a party island, full of old world charm, and its secluded beaches make it a perfect getaway spot!