This year Renault invited me to visit one of the most popular music festivals in Croatia – Fresh Island Festival. I had an amazing with my fellow blogger Tesa (Magnifique blog) and my best friend Aida. We enjoyed the beautiful scenery and relaxed atmosphere on Pag, the highlight of the trip was seeing Chris Brown perform live. You can read more about our adventure with Renault Captur here, the text is this time only in Slovene, but you can still enjoy the photo diary.
From white, romantic streets of Mykonos to colourful, historically rich Barcelona my summer was in full swing. Together with three of my friends, I explored the landmarks of the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona was full of delicious food, architectural masterpieces, vibrant streets and relaxed atmosphere. Eric Vökel BCN Suites was our baseline for discovering the city and it turned out to be a great pick.
A short walk from Sagrada Familia
Born in Denmark, Eric Vökel inspired by the minimalistic Scandinavian design and architecture decided to add a Mediterranean touch to his first project, Eric Vökel Boutique Apartments in Barcelona. Shortly after followed Madrid and Amsterdam, with New York being the newest upcoming addition. One of the three places in Barcelona, Eric Vökel BCN Suites are located just a short walk from Barcelona’s biggest attraction, the magnificent Sagrada Familia and the Eixample district. Easy access to other Barcelona must sees makes the place a great starting point for discovering the city.
Scandinavian design meets Mediterranean vibe
Our one bedroom apartment with an extra double sofa bed was spacious, minimalistic and sophisticated. My favourite spot was definitely the terrace, which was a perfect place to have morning coffee, snack on croissants or have a glass of sangria in the evenings. The whole place was tastefully furnished and functionally designed to make guests feel welcome and comfortable.
Mykonos is known for its clear turquoise sea and sandy beaches. Most of them are organized, many famed for crazy parties. All across the island, there are many beaches worth visiting. Staying at Sofia’s Bungalows Mykonos, villa manager Esmeralda shared with us some insider tips and gave us her own beach recommendations. She recommended going to one of the southern beaches when it is too windy (they are better protected from the strong wind) and shared some of her personal favourites. For all of you who are planning to visit Mykonos, the following beach guide might help you plan your days soaking up the sun and swimming in the sea. If you are looking for a wild party experience go for Paradise, Paraga or Super Paradise beach. You can enjoy the sun and sea at one of many organized beaches (like Agios Ioannis, Psarou or Kalo Livadi) or visit one of my 4 recommendations:
Elia beach is the largest of all beaches in the south. It’s a golden sandy organized beach (25€ for two beds and umbrella), you’ve got some nice restaurants and bars there. It has a cosmopolitan vibe, it’s not loud and it’s a good choice for when the wind is strong.
Agios Sostis beach
Agios Sostis is one of the most remote beaches on the island. In my eyes probably one of the most beautiful as well. It is not organized (you don’t need to rent any sunbeds, you can bring your own umbrella or sunbath – Esmeralda said it’s easy to get a super dark tan there), it’s tranquil and not that touristy. A short walk from the beach is the locally famous Kiki’s tavern, which used to be a true hidden gem of Mykonos. It has now become a hip place where reservations are not available, customers sit and wait for hours to get a table (we waited for over 45 minutes!). However, the waiting is always fun as they serve free wine and the crowd gets chatty. It’s a place to meet new interesting people and enjoy the goods of the grill (we enjoyed our sea bass). Check it out if you get the chance!
Ornos beach was probably the nearest organized beach from where we stayed. It’s located on the southwest part of Mykonos, only 2km away from Chora (Mykonos town). It’s large and well organized, you can find everything from umbrellas and sunbeds for rent and many restaurant, bars and cafes. It’s easily accessible and family friendly. On the opposite site of Ornos town there’s a famous kitesurfing spot, a beach called Korfos.
A true hidden gem, small sandy beach near Agios Ioannis, which has a rocky west shore. It’s somehow not that popular (you need a car to get there, I would say), there really weren’t a lot of people there when we visited it. And that’s probably it’s beauty. It’s secluded and tranquil, perfect for days when you want some peace and relaxation in the clear and refreshing green-blue sea.
wearing: Women’Secret swimwear and dress
photo: Aida Šabić & me
Mykonos offered amazing clear vivid green-blue waters and sandy beaches. Swimming in the sea was invigorating and fun, while the private swimming pool at Sofia’s Bungalows was equally relaxing and refreshing. Picking out summer swimwear this year was particularly fun for me. Aida went shopping with me, gave me some well-appreciated advice (only a true lady friend can give you). The goal of finding a suit that flatters and flaunts the assets we love is so much easier if you’re shopping with someone who has great sense of style, knows you well and is not afraid to be critical. So, this year I decided to say goodbye to the basic bikini and go for something more interesting and fun.
The palm print one-piece swimsuit caught my eye!
To be completely honest, I haven’t been the biggest fan of one-piece swimsuits. I always thought they were more of a “grandma style” and I probably haven’t tried any that would suit me nicely. There came the palm print one-piece from Women’Secret, which totally changed my mind. Halter neck swimsuit in bold tropical print with open back and beading at the neck turned out to be extremely useful – it is not appropriate only for swimming, but looks fab as a bodysuit (wearing it with a pair of short jeans and a white shirt).
photo: Aida Šabić