Friday, May 14, 2010

48 hours in...

Very often tourists take what we call city break holidays in which they spend a couple of days in a well-known city. To be able to make the most of such a short visit, it is a must for the traveller to have a leaflet with tourist information for a city break visit. This is typically known as a 48 hour-in-a-city report. As a Tourism student you should know how to write this type of leaflet. It has to follow a certain pattern. Let´s see in the following document the parts a 48 hours-in-a-city report must have. This is just a basic example whose structure can be modified:




For examples, click here to read a 48 hours in San Francisco report and watch the following video about 48 hours in Singapore by Simon Calder from The Independent, who has a whole collection of 48hours in....


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What about in your city? What would you recommend tourists to go and see if they only have 48 hours in your?

8 comments:

Gonzalo said...

Hello,

First of all, I´ve found the post very interesting because I had never heard about 48 hours leaflets before.

Visiting Almería in such a short time requires to know that most amazing places are out of the capital city. In fact, visitors would just need a couple of hours to walk around the city center, visiting of course the Alcazaba, a Muslim fortress, which well worth a visit.
After having some tapas at some restaurant or bar, tourists should drive to Cabo de Gata where the most arid area of Europe takes place. In addition, the most beautiful dusk could be enjoyed there.
The last day depends on whether it is summer or winter. While The Desert of Tabernas can be visited in cold seasons, those people who prefer the sun and the sea should go to Roquetas de Mar and spend the rest of the visit in a relaxing atmosphere before going back home.

I´m sure I´m missing a lot of interesting places, but these ones will create an unforgettable experience to all tourists.

Cheers,
Gonzalo Corral.

María Villanueva said...

Visiting Huelva in such 48 hours can be a little boring for the tourist, because Huelva isn't a tourist capital city. But I think around of the town you can found places more atractive where there are a lot of tourism resources.
The first day tourist could visit Doñana's natural park and after going to eat in a small village very famous for its pilgrimages called El Rocio. Near to it there are wonderful beaches where they would see a stunnig sunset.
The second day, would be nice change of scenery. If the first day they were in the beach, the second day they will spend the day in the mountains where there are amazing sceneries and they will enjoy the taste of the delicious gastronomy of the area. There the could visit the old castles and churches that have some villages around.
I think it's a fantastic itinerary for to do in 48 hours. I'm sure that tourist will enjoy that these experience so different.

Regards,
María Villanueva.

annie said...

Hi,

This is a very interesting post, because it's totally true that when we have only 2 days to visit a city, we have to organise all the things we want to see, in order to see as much as possible.

In Málaga, you can visit a lot of things. For example, the city center is very interesting and very nice. If you are a tourist you can go to the Picasso Museum or the house where Picasso was born. Also, the Alcazaba is such a beautiful arabic castle in the top of a mountain and it is connected to Gibralfaro castle, from there you can see a beautiful view of Málaga. The Cathedral is a must-see and of course you can miss Larios street or the Constitution Square.
You can visit the city whenever you want, because we have mild weather during the whole year.

There are many attractions, for example: beaches in Marbella, Torremolinos,Benalmádena...In my opinion they are a little bit dirty and the water is too cold. Also there are lots of interesting places not far away from Málaga.
Nerja's Caves are very beautiful, but if you like monuments you should go to Antequera or Ronda.

I hope you'll visit Málaga someday!

Irene said...

Hello,

I find this kind of travelling in 48 hours very usable, it reminds me a section from "El País", "The Traveller". It tells you how to make the most of time well spent.

I have watched the video from Singapore and it is unbelievable the things you can do in 48 hours if you get yourself well organized.
I am going to try with my city, Almería: 48 hours in Almería.
1st day :

-Arrival at Almería airport and you head for NH hotel, good service and price, opposite the bus station.

- A guided tour towards “ La Alcazaba”, a Muslim monument.

-A tour around the zone in order to taste the real good “tapas” from Almeria.

-A tour around “Mini Hollywood” a small tourist zone with a small zoo,and where some important western films were shot.

- At night, go for a walk around the city and have a drink in its pubs.

2nd day :

-A tour around the “Cabo de Gata”, you can dive in its clear water and sunbathe.

-Next, you head for Mojacar Beach, and have a good “paella” in “el Puntazo”.

-Go for a walk around Mojacar and Garrucha villages.


- At night, go dancing at Mojacar Discos.

And that is all my friends, have a nice 48 hours in Almeria.

Bye.

Irene said...

Hello,

I find this kind of travelling in 48 hours very usable, it reminds me a section from "El País", "The Traveller". It tells you how to make the most of time well spent.
I have watched the video from Singapore and it is unbelievable the things you can do in 48 hours if you get yourself well organized.
I am going to try with my city, Almería: 48 hours in Almería.

1st day :

-Arrival at Almería airport and you head for NH hotel, good service and price, opposite the bus station.
- A guided tour towards “ La Alcazaba”, a Muslim monument.
-A tour around the zone in order to taste the real good “tapas” from Almeria.
-A tour around “Mini Hollywood” a small tourist zone with a small zoo,and where some important western films were shot.
- At night, go for a walk around the city and have a drink in its pubs.

2nd day :

-A tour around the “Cabo de Gata”, you can dive in its clear water and sunbathe.
-Next, you head for Mojacar Beach, and have a good “paella” in “el Puntazo”.
-Go for a walk around Mojacar and Garrucha villages.
- At night, go dancing at Mojacar Discos.

And that is all my friends, have a nice 48 hours in Almeria.
Bye.

marykate1988 said...

Hello,

I think this type of tourism is usually done by tourists nowadays, because they go to see a city in a couple of days or in a weekend.

If tourists only have 48 hours in Huelva, I would recommend them to go and see the following:

The first day you could visit “La Rábida”, where you can see the three caravels and you can know a bit the Christopher’s Columbus story. Later, you could go to the beach. You can choose between a lot of beaches but if I were you, I would go to “Punta Umbría” because is closer to Huelva. And you could eat there, because there are a lot of restaurants where you could enjoy eating fish and seafood from the coast. And lastly, you could go to visit the city, where you could see: “La Merced Cathedral”; Queen Victoria’s Neighbourhood, it is an English neighbourhood constructed by workers of Riotinto’s mine;
and the Monument to the Faith Discoverer, it is a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus.

The second day, I suggest you go to the mountains, where there are a lot of small and nice towns to visit. You could stay here all the day, and you could visit “Aracena” and “La Gruta de las Maravillas”, where there are beautiful caves. You could eat there, because there are a lot of restaurants where you can enjoy eating meat and Iberian cured ham from the mountains. In the evening, you could go to “Almonaster” and you could see its mosque.

I think it can be a beautiful itinerary to do in 48 hours.

Bye!

Mari Carmen Serrano González

maria del carmen said...

Huelva isn´t a very turistic city, but the province has a lot of places to visit, ranging from the beach to the mountains.
I think that the most interesting things that a tourist can see or do in Huelva in 48 hours are: to visit the coast and to swim in the Atlantic Ocean, to visit its beaches, to eat typical food from the coast of the province, to visit the place where colon left spain to go to America and to visit the Natural Park of Doñana. The second day can be spent visiting the mountain’s towns and the mines, eating the typical food of another places of the province, and visiting a place called "Gruta de las Maravillas" which is in Aracena. These are the most important and beautiful places to visit in Huelva quickly, within 48 hours.

MªCarmen Rodríguez Faneca

Silvia said...

Related to Huelva, I don’t agree with other blogger posters at all. Huelva is certainly not a touristic city like Madrid or Seville, but it is also true that they cannot be visited in a couple of days, instead Huelva offers that possibility.

HUELVA, the pleasure of discovering nature in its landscapes & people’s personality.

GETTING THERE
Both top-quality airlines and low-cost companies have daily flights from any part of Europe to Faro international airport or Seville. Damas Coaches (www.damas-sa.es) will take you in just one hour to Huelva.

Socibus from Madrid, Renfe railway or taxis are other possibilities.

GET YOUR BEARINGS
history and modern projects coexist in the same place. Go into Modern Age doing the Columbian route (La Rábida, the Three Caravels dock…) or know our English past visiting the Barrio Obrero, the Muelle del Tinto, the Casa Colón, the train station and La Milagrosa church.

CHECK IN
Many hotels chains of recognizable brands like NH, AC, Eurostars or Hoteles Monte are emplaced in major avenues for a reasonable price. Barceló, Iberostar or Oasis are also located along the coast close to Huelva.

People under 30 can stay in the youth hostel, situated in the most beautiful borough.

Visithuelva.com, online travel agency, collects all the information about the touristic offer of the province.

TAKE A WALK
A walk around the town centre should be unmissable. You could see buildings of different architectonical styles: classicist, modernist or historicist ones. You cannot miss Mora Claros’ Palace, the Casa del Millón, the seat of UGT, the Paris Hotel, the Great Theatre and the Rabida High School.

LUNCH ON THE RUN
It is advised to go to Pablo Rada, a long and dynamic avenue where you could tasty all kind of “Tapas” in its “terrazas”. Specially, Ziaro is well-known for its potato omelets. Don’t miss it!

Hermanos Rodríguez Hamburguers’ are considered a delicatessen too. They are located in Las Monjas Square.

WINDOW SHOPPING
A nice way to visit the typical market that takes place every Friday by the Tinto river bank, next to the football stadium called “Colombino”. In this open-air market, you could find real bargains like clothes, shoes, decoration objects and many other useful things.

If you prefer to spend your shopping time in a more historical environment, you have to go for a walk around the town centre. Shops will be opened from 10 to 10 without interruptions.

TAKE A VIEW
Huelva is full of places to relax like the Moret Park where rowing boats will be waiting for you any day in summertime or perfect spots to do a barbecue.

The port also offers the possibility to admire the surprising views of natural sites around the city: Marismas del Odiel for birdwatchers, Muelle del Tinto for lovers, La Cinta or Aqualon mall to see colorful sunsets.

DINNER WITH THE LOCALS
The list of restaurants with more elaborated meals are available at www.huelva.es (the web site of Huelva’s Town Hall) or at any tourist information office. You could taste dishes made with products from the sea like prawns, fishes or shells; products from the mountains like Jabugo ham, meats, mushrooms… or wines from El Condado, especially at Vilanova Vinoteca Restaurant.

SUNDAY MORNING: GO TO THE MUSEUM
Only on Sundays, the Museo Provincial organizes free-guided visits for anyone to go. There is a permanent archeological exposition but also others which change from time to time. Many activities for children are planned to dynamize the museum and to show our cultural heritage.

I hope you like it and visit us!

Regards,
Silvia Delgado.