Exploring Bali – Amed, Ubud, Lovina, Canggu, Seminyak

This is part 2 of my Indonesia travel guide and report of our one month trip through Indonesia. We started on Bali, went to Nusa Penida, Lombok and did a boat tour around the Komodo Islands for five days – so if you want to read about that and don’t miss anything from our Indonesia trip, head to part 1 first!

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Amed

So after our five-day boat tour ended on Lombok, we had one more night before we headed back to Bali, to be exact: to Amed, by fastboat.

We stayed in Amed for a few nights and really just relaxed after the adventurous days on the boat tout. We had a really nice massage, snorkelled in the bay in Amed and also went to the Japanese Ship Wreck to snorkel there which was so cool! (second video)

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I can highly recommend Amed, if you are looking for a quieter place. More relaxed, families, lots of divers and chilled people and not much partying and clubbing going on.

The city is on the east side of Bali and basically spread along the coast, which is why it’s the paradise for divers as there are so many bays and riffs.

There is not really any of these fancy famous restaurants or cafés in Amed but we still found some nice places to eat, nothing special and more local.

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Sunset Beach, Amed

How we went places

Anna and I both had no experience driving a scooter and we figured that Bali’s traffic was not the best place to try. Next time, I would definitely want to get a scooter to go places and be able to explore more, but at that time we didn’t feel safe doing it.

Also, we had quite a lot of bags and it would have been a big struggle to take everything with us, especially when we’re not good drivers.

That’s why we always booked a private driver when we had to move to the next city and that was still pretty cheap, very comfy and practical.

In the towns, we always tried to walk most distances, which isn’t really safe either (probably even more dangerous as most of the times there is no walkway). Or we took a GoJack / Uber scooter, where you ride on the back and the local driver really knows how to ride this crazy traffic :D

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Ubud

From Amed, we went to Ubud and stayed right in the centre in a really beautiful AirBnB / Homestay called ‚The White House‘ with a really nice garden and pool area and super cute little bungalow rooms.

Ubud is a really busy but also a very nice area in the middle of the jungle and rice fields, that is popular for its hippie and yogi vibe.

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We can highly recommend looking for things to do on AirBnB! We did a batic class and made our own colourful cloth.

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If you like Yoga, or want to try it out, we can also highly recommend ‚The Yoga Barn‘ where you can book in for one single class or get a pass for several classes or even do Yoga retreats and teacher trainings there.

The room we practised in had huge windows and it felt like practising in the jungle and the Yoga teacher was really great as well.

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We also did a rafting tour which was a lot of fun and so great to see the beauty of nature from the river! I can highly recommend doing it.

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There is also so many good restaurants in Bali. As everything is super hippie, there is so many health food cafés and fancy foodie places that we tested.

We went to ‚KAFE‘ several times and loved it there! The card is so huge and full of delicious stuff that it was so hard to decide what to order and we had to come back. They have some really delicious smoothies, a lot of vegan & healthy food and really great iced mocca and coffee.

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We can also highly recommend the ‚Atman Nourish Kafe‘ which is a completely vegan place that has so many delicious options (perfect to convince someone that vegan is delicious!) and I really loved their gluten-free pizza!

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When in Ubud, you also have to do the Campuhan Ridge Walk. The best time would be just before sunset for the perfect light over the hills!

Monkey Forest is also really famous and it was nice to go there – just so we’ve been there, but not really that epic. We’ve seen lot’s of monkeys before and you basically see them everywhere, but it’s still a nice thing to do.

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It is also really fun to do a coffee and tea tasting on a plantation. There is so many around Ubud and it is great to taste all different kinds of coffee and tea they make and sell there. You can also try the worlds most expensive coffee (about 8€ per cup, so not that expensive), where the coffee beans get digested by wild cats :D sounds weird but tastes really good!

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The North – Lovina

Our next stop was Lovina, which is in the north of Bali. Not super touristy and crowded at it is a bit further away, but if you have time, I really would recommend you to go there!

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We stayed in a beautiful AirBnB ‚Oaza Bali Bungalows‘ with a pool and not far from ‚Spice Beach Bar‘ a beach club that we spend 1 days at – just relaxing, sunbathing, reading and enjoying.

The highlight in Lovina is, that you can go on a sunrise boat tour to see and swim with dolphins (video 3). A tiny boat takes you out to find a big family of dolphins and then you get to go in the water and see them underwater. It was such a magical experience and definitely one of my favourites in Bali!

I’ve always dreamt of swimming with dolphins and did not expect this to happen on Bali.

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Temple, Waterfall & Rice Terrace Tour

Another one of our favourite days where we got to see so so many famous places of Bali. Because we had no scooter, we couldn’t ride around and visit any places outside the cities, so we booked a tour over AirBnB where a private driver took us around all the beautiful places that we wanted to see.

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Our first stop was the famous ‚Gate of Heaven‘ that we really wanted to go to because it just looks so so beautiful. The funny thing is though: it doesn’t actually look like that in real life :D There is no lake, they take a mirror to reflect the sky and you also have to wait about one hour in a line to get your minute of standing in the gate and getting your picture taken. Still worth it though in my opinion – it is so beautiful!

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Next stop was the water palace. Another really famous and picture-worthy place and really so beautiful in real life as well.

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Then we went to two waterfalls that were really nice, but so so crowded that we couldn’t even take a nice picture without anyone in the back :D Oh well!

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The last stop was the ‚Tegallalang Rice Terraces‘. The most famous and most photographed rice fields. On pictures, they probably look even better at sunset/sunrise but live they were beautiful anyways!

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Another brekkie at ‚Crumb & Coaster‘

Canggu

Our last few days together where spend in Canggu. Shopping, strolling around, watching surfers and having a surf lesson as well, enjoying cheap eating out, getting massages and all that good stuff.

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Bali has so so many nice places for shopping. Local wood art and dishes, bamboo interior, beautiful swimwear and clothes in general! Next time I’ll bring only one dress and a bikini and shop a whole new closet and interior for my future home :P

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One of the best pizza crust I’ve ever had at ‚Luigi’s Hot Pizza‘ in Canggu. They also have vegan cheese and the place is really cool!

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Our last breakfast together at ‚The Avocado Factory‘. Anna left a few days earlier and I stayed in a hostel by myself to reflect, spend some more time solo, think about my whole year of travelling and everything that happened before going home.

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I went to Yoga classes every day at ‚Yoga 108‘ which I highly recommend! It was so much fun and the people there are really nice.

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I took myself out for breakfast by myself a lot. Might be totally weird to some, but I actually enjoy being alone sometimes – just not too often. And if I felt lonely, I loved listening to podcasts. It’s like listening to a friends conversation while eating :D

But I also felt lonely at some points. That’s part of travelling solo as well.

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‚Shelter Café‘ was by far my favourite place! The spirulina smoothie was heaven, the wrap amazing and the vegan waffle to die for…

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I also went to ‚Peloton Super Shop‘ and ‚KYND‘ by myself for dinner or breakfast. Two very famous vegan foodie places.

The food part is definitely one of the main reasons to go (back) to Bali! It is a foodie heaven and looking at this now really makes me want to go back ASAP :P

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I really enjoyed the last few days, not as much as my time with Anna, but I still made the most of it and really took the time to myself, reflect, meditate, yoga and soak up the last bits of sunshine.

I mean – look at me – don’t I look super zen, relaxed and tanned :D

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That’s it! That was my time in Bali… And now, take me back please!

Algarve’s Breathtaking Beaches & Awesome View Points | Portugal Pt. 2

After talking about the cute little towns at the Algarve that we explored and the yummy food we ate, as well as some general recommendations in the first part of my travel guide for Portugal I want to share a list of our favorite beaches and some places you need to visit at the Algarve.

There will be a third part where I talk about our two-day trip to Lisbon soon!

Portugals Breathtaking Beaches at the Algarve Coast

The Algarve Coast is truly beautiful and special. High rock cliffs combined with lovely white sand beaches floating into the turquoise ocean.

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Praia de Anna and Praia do Camilo 

…are both near Lagos and truly beautiful! You can find the known wooden stairs leading to the small bays surrounded by the cliffs. From above you have an awesome view over the ocean, the cliff formations and the beach. Both beaches are pretty small at first sight but expand when you are willing to follow short tunnels through the stones.

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@gypsea_lust visited Praia de Ana as well – just some days before we went there!

Meia Praia, Lagos

Lagos main beach can be recommended as well, even tho it’s „only“ a long sand beach without the typical cliffs. But because of its length, it is not overcrowded at all and you can rent jet skis, stand up paddles and kayaks or do other fun activities there.

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after a long day at the beach

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Praia de Benagil

This beach is probably the most popular one, although it’s not lovely at all. Way too many people and pebble beach – not what we are looking for. But you have the shortest access to the well known cave hence there are lots of boats, kayaks and paddle boards going in and out of the cave. My dad and my brother swam into the cave which is not a very long way, but the water in Portugal is pretty cold (cause it’s Atlantik water) and took some video clips and pictures there but we didn’t stay at the beach for longer.

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@hilvees and @eljackson took some amazing pictures at the cave when they where there!

Praia da Marinha

Instead, we went to Praia da Marinha located nearby and definitely worth seeing. It is also a bit crowded, but the scenery is just insane! We went to this popular photo spot with the natural stone bridge where you had to climb a bit to get there and you could even jump from one of the big rocks in the water.

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Praia de Carvoeiro / Algar Seco

My brother searched for a place to do cliff jumping and found one near Carvoeiro which was called Algar Seco. You walk some stairs from a parking lot to the cliffs where you can jump in the ocean. They constructed stairs into the stone so you can climb back easily and the height was – depending on the changing water level – around 5-7 meter (where I jumped from), 12-15 meter (my brother jumped from here) and around 30 meters (where some boys jumped from). The beach in Carvoeiro wasn’t very special, but still good enough to rest after the cliff jumping :D

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Praia da Luz

The closest beach to our house in Espiche (talking about that in part 1 of my travel guide) was in Luz. It is pretty long and when you take the time to walk some meters you can find a more private place in the sand with a beautiful view of Luz.

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Praia do Beliche

Last but not least our favorite beach: Praia do Beliche near Sagres and the viewpoint Cabo de São Vicente, the only beach we visited twice on our vacation. It is separated in two parts where only one can be arrived through stairs and the second part is only accessible while ebb tide or when you walk through the water. Therefore the second part was very empty and perfect for taking pictures. Also, the waves were pretty high at this beach and it was a lot of fun playing in them and we even rent a surfboard at this beach to try surfing for the first time (not very successful but still fun :D ).

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Amazing viewpoints and places worth going

We haven’t done many sight seeing besides scrolling a bit through some cities and towns at the coast and the two-day city trip to Lison. Besides that, we spend most of our vacation at the beautiful beaches. But there are still two viewpoints I highly recommend you to go to.

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Ponta de Piedade

A very popular viewpoint near Lagos at the Algarve and so so beautiful! Sadly we didn’t go there in the morning so the lightning in our pictures isn’t very charming.

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Luckily @eljackson captured the beauty of this place

Cabo de São Vicente

The lighthouse at the Cup de São Vicente is another lovely photo spot, especially for sunset when the sun kisses the ocean good night…

We went there in the late morning to see the lighthouse and explore the area, spend the rest of the day at the Praia do Beliche nearby and came back for sunset after dinner to take some of my favorite pictures from that trip. Sunset at the sea is just magical!

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More blog posts about Portugal:
- Part one of my travel guide with tips & recommendations for your trip and our favorite 
towns and where & what to eat

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That’s it for my second part of my Portugal Travel series and there will be a third one about our two days in Lisbon next week!

Also, my brother is editing a short video from our Vacation – are you excited to see some moving images from all these beautiful places? 

Shades of Blue | Outfit

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An dem See und an der Spree waren wir jeden Tag baden, als ich für ein paar Tage beim Ferienhaus meiner Freundin war. Für Fotos war die Location natürlich auch perfekt, auch wenn man von den letzten Badegästen am Abend etwas schief angeguckt wird :D hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt :)

Pullover – Zara  //  Hose – H&M 

 

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