Piazzetta in Capri, Italy

The Capri funicular deposits passengers at Piazzetta, a small plaza with cafes, restaurants, shops, and a tourism office. From this height, visitors get beautiful views of the sea stretched for miles. Occasionally, one might brush shoulders with celebrities and Hollywood stars as Piazzetta is a popular place for those visiting the island.

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Funicular in Capri, Italy

The Capri funicular connects Marina Grande to the center of the island. The lines get rather long during midday hours, but it may be worth the wait as the climb up can be steep. We took the funicular early in the morning and walked back down towards Marina Grande for a mid-morning excursion on a boat. Running approximately every fifteen minutes, the € 2.00 ticket is well priced and the journey up offers a spectacular view of the island.

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Marina Grande in Capri, Italy

Marina Grande is the main port to the island of Capri, Italy. A steady flux of ships and boats come in and out of the port, carrying cargo and passengers alike. Boats travel to Naples, Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast, and simply around the island for a tour of the grottos. Restaurants, hotels, and shops line the main strip, serving locals and tourists.

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Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain

Park Güell is this magical wonderland of whimsical architecture, complete with colorful mosaics, detailed tiles, and odd shapes. The same Antoni Gaudí of Sagrada Familia fame also designed this masterpiece, which served as a public park. Located atop a hill, the park boasts panoramic views of Barcelona.

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Hiking in Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Hiking in Montserrat is a great way to stretch your legs. The panoramic views of Catalonia are exquisite. Trails range from brutal to challenging to moderately paved paths. Popular hikes are laid out on maps and it's easy to just follow people along as the trails are bustling. A rack railway or cable car can take you up to the main square and two funiculars are available to take you to trails above or below the abbey.

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Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain

Santa Maria de Montserrat is a Benedictine abbey nestled into the Monserrrat mountains in Ministrol de Monserrat in Catalonia, Spain. A mere train ride away from bustling Barcelona, it is a wonder to behold. Founded early in the 11th century, it has since been rebuilt between the 19th and 20th century and is a working monastery with about seventy to eighty monks. Monserrat means serrated mountains, referring to the jaggedness of the natural formations.

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Turó de les Tres Creus in Barcelona, Spain

From the Turó de les Tres Creus, which is located in Park Güell, you can see a magnificent 360 degree view of Barcelona, stretching from the mountains to the sea. The structure itself is made of stacked stones and three crosses. It's a bit of a trek from Park Güell, but not impossible to walk up the paved pathways. 

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