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Photo Essay from around Costa Brava

There is more delicious food and stunning scenery in Costa Brava than you can shake a Pimientos de Padrón at. We present a photo essay of Costa Brava.

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Sant Feliu de Guíxols lookout

We love to capture our travel adventures in words. We like to put you in the moment with us as we tear around the Tuscan countryside on our scooter. Or we want you to live vicariously through us as we face our own fears when we are deep underground caving in Budapest.

However, sometimes it is just easier to paint a picture in your head with photos rather than words…

Costa Brava in Photos

Girona Cathedral Costa Brava

If you want a place to base yourself in Costa Brava, then start in Girona. Colourful houses, cute bridges criss-cross the winding river, and enough scrumptious food to keep any foodie in heaven. Or a food coma.

Pimientos de padron Green Peppers Spain

Apparently 1 in 10 of these delicious salty Pimientos de Padrón (tiny green peppers an inch or two long) are a hiding a secret spiciness waiting to unleash on the unsuspecting pinxtos eater. Luckily, even though I ate a tonne, I never hit a spicy one.

Costa Brava Rail Trail Biking

When we were not eating, we were on a cycling tour along endless tracks with not a soul in sight.

Costa Brava secret waterfall

And being shown incredible secret spots like this secluded waterfall by our local cycling guides. I just wish I had my swimming togs.

Palamos Beach Costa Brava

Costa Brava runs along the northeast coastline of Spain, so there are empty stretches of beaches like this one near the town of Palamos just waiting to be explored. Wouldn’t be a bad place to live and launch your rowing boat through your castle wall.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery Costa Brava

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols Sunset Costa Brava

One of just the many gorgeous sunsets we watched to finish off our incredible days during our biking adventures.

Sant Feliu de Guíxols lookout

I personally couldn’t think of a better view in Costa Brava.

Disclaimer: Cole was a guest of the Costa Brava tourism board for 3 days. And although I can’t claim that I made the Spanish food and countryside look even more beautiful, my opinions and my photos are always my own.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Laurence

    October 4, 2012 at 4:32 PM

    Some spectacular photos here! Love what you did with the shot of the church at the end – really funky stuff 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Cheers mate. Someone showed me a trick or two recently 😉

      • Laurence

        October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Well, when you’re world famous and touring the world with your camera.. just remember us 😉

        • Cole Burmester

          October 4, 2012 at 5:10 PM

          I will probably need someone to carry my tripod for me. Will ask Vera next time haha.

  2. Andrea

    October 4, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Stunning photos Cole! Glad we got to hang out in Costa Brava for a couple of days. See you (and Adela?) at WTM. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Haha she does exist and will be at WTM! Always fun catching up with you and looking forward to it again.

  3. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    October 4, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    WHOA! Those Lightroom tips from Laurence are clearly paying off! The first and last shots are especially cool. Keep up the good work…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Thanks Bret. Can’t take all the credit, considering how beautiful Costa Brava is 😉

  4. BackPackerSteve

    October 4, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Awesome pictures, Cole – especially the HDR!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Cheers Steve. Now if only I could find the time to put together all our video footage from that bike trip…

  5. Vegemitevix

    October 4, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Awesome photos Cole, shame I missed TBEX but hopefully will catch up with you and Adela at WTM! Vix x

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:02 AM

      Yup we will be at WTM so see you there! Looking forward to it.

  6. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    October 4, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Lovely!

  7. Christina

    October 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Ah wow, that picture of the waterfall – it looks so un-Spanish, at least in my vision of Spain. Makes me think I really haven’t seen much of Spain yet! Love that scene. Great to hear you had such a fab time!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:03 AM

      On our bike tour there are all these little secret spots hidden away that they guide you to. Well worth the uphill effort 😉

  8. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    October 5, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    You earned your “show and tell” by the Costa Brava Tourism Board. One photo is indeed worth a thousand words (well, some photos, like these, anyway). I now have a good excuse for returning to Spain since we never made it to the Costa Brava.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Thanks Suzanne! Costa Brava is definitely one of the best spots in Spain, although to be fair we haven’t been right down South yet. Get in touch with the Tourism Board if you ever get to go. They will tell you all the best places to visit.

      (P.S. Glad to have you back again) 🙂

  9. Samantha Bangayan

    October 5, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    Wow! These are absolutely gorgeous photos! My favorite is the one of the secluded waterfall, which looks like an HDR image. Somehow, those very places that not all tourists see are the most special.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      It was edited a little to look HDR but really was more beautiful in person 🙂 These “secret” spots you can really only access if they tell you where they are personally. That’s why I loved it so much.

  10. Shamis @ Gawaya Travel Blog

    October 5, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Beautiful photos, Cole! Love the waterfall. I wouldn’t miss to take a dip there. It just so amazing.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      I only had my underwear unfortunately and didn’t want to strip off in front of the group of strangers haha. No need to terrorise them 😉

  11. sasha the traveller

    October 5, 2012 at 10:53 AM

    You certainly have the photographer’s eye…absolutely stunning pictures. I hope you have printed some out and framed them on your wall as they need to be shown!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:04 PM

      We will once we settle down and have somewhere to hang them 😉

  12. Jeremy Branham

    October 5, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    What a beautiful area! I’ve been to Barcelona but not the Costa Brava area. Jealous that you got to go to TBEX. Hope you had a great time but I know you enjoyed the views!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Was a great event and would like to get to the North American TBEX sometime in the future. Bit far for us though.

  13. laini

    October 5, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    Wow, beautiful shots! Your colors are exquisite!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:07 PM

      Thanks Laini 🙂 Not hard to take good photos with a landscape like that!

  14. Jenna

    October 5, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    I am really looking forward to taking a long trip to Spain one of these days, and these photos inspire me to visit Costa Brava. Looks like such a great mix of history, natural beauty, and culture.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

      We have spent 4 weeks there now and cannot get enough. Need to head further south on our next visit I think! See ya there 😉

  15. Jeff Titelius

    October 5, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Such a vibrant tour through Costa Brava my friend. Gorgeous pics! I would have loved to visit the Sant Feliu de Guíxols Monastery pictured above. And relieved to hear that you never hit a spicy Pimientos de Padrón! Great post!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:09 PM

      I kind of wanted to eat a spicy one to see what all the fuss is about… But glad I didn’t haha. You definitely would have loved the architecture around some of the Spanish villages we visited.

  16. Sharon Glanville at BeBetsy

    October 5, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    I love reading travel blogs-fun places to visit. Photos are wonderful!

  17. Marlys

    October 5, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    Great shots! Are those deep fried chilis? Were they hot! Yum!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 5, 2012 at 6:10 PM

      Definitely fried in something and quite salty. Luckily they are sweet, apart from 1 in 10 apparently.

  18. Debbie

    October 5, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Stunning, stunning photos. It looks gorgeous! The waterfall looks so inviting!

  19. Andy

    October 5, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Really awesome pictures. They make me miss Spain a lot! Although I am a sucker for beaches, I’d have to go with picture 1 or 4 for creativity and perspective.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 6, 2012 at 9:04 AM

      I prefer the last photo but just because the ocean looks inviting and the clouds just pop!

  20. Jeff Dobbins

    October 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    Wow. Absolutely stunning. I just got home from the region Tuesday, and you make me want to turn around and head back. Sorry I didn’t meet you at TBEX, but hopefully soon.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 6, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      Unfortunately I probably only met about 25% of the people I was trying to meet up with! Would definitely be keen to catch up though Jeff if you make it to Scotland or somewhere else on our travels.

  21. Audrey

    October 6, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    The cornfields look like a blast! I’d love to cycle through there. 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 7, 2012 at 2:44 PM

      Very relaxing cycle and such a beautiful spot to do it.

  22. Tim @ Marginal Boundaries

    October 8, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Beautiful stuff 🙂

    Spain is high on my list of places to head to after I finish up in South America, and these photos only reinforce the desire. Good times, good times 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Maybe we can swap places then Tim! We want to get to South America sometime soon 🙂

  23. Caanan @ No Vacation Required

    October 8, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    We completely fell in love with the Spanish coast earlier in the year. Discovering the area on a bicycle sounds especially nice.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      It is great because you can escape all the crowds you usually get in these beautiful coastal spots.

  24. D.J. - The World of Deej

    October 8, 2012 at 2:40 PM

    Great pics…I definitely missed out at TBEX it seems!:)

    • Cole Burmester

      October 8, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Try and get to the one in Toronto. Even if you buy a ticket now and have to sell it because you can’t go. Totally worth it.

  25. Pete

    October 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

    Some really nice shots Cole, I especially like the road through the corn fields. It is composed really well.

    I’m really bummed we didn’t make it over for TBEX, but we’ll get to this region eventually.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Would have been great to finally meet you guys Pete. Oh well, next time for sure!

  26. Angela

    October 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    Beautiful pictures, it’s a stunning region!

  27. Mariana Calleja / TravelThirst

    October 8, 2012 at 6:43 PM

    Great pics guys! Definitely this place is a little treasure in the whole region. I’ve been able to explore it slowly since living in Barcelona. Totally worth it! Glad you enjoyed. Cheers!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Cheers Mariana 🙂 You are super lucky to be living in Spain!

  28. Amanda

    October 8, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    It looks so gorgeous! I especially love that last photo.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      Not hard to take good photos of beautiful spots 😛

  29. Cathy Sweeney

    October 9, 2012 at 3:39 AM

    Girona is so photogenic, isn’t it? Of course, so is most of Costa Brava. I loved it there. I wish I could have taken a cycling tour like you did. Looks like a great area to do that.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 9, 2012 at 9:28 AM

      Peaceful, relaxing and easy cycling. Couldn’t ask for much more than that 🙂

  30. Mike@frenchtravelguide.co.uk

    October 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    I like your pictures of the tourist sports of Costa Brava. It is really inviting me or making me go there very soon! I appreciate the waterfalls! By the way, I must commend you for taking great captures!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 11, 2012 at 9:49 AM

      Thanks Mike. Costa Brava is one very beautiful place to visit.

  31. crazy sexy fun traveler

    October 11, 2012 at 8:56 PM

    Aww, I want to go to that waterfall!

  32. Mellisa Turner

    October 23, 2012 at 1:24 PM

    Absolutely stunning pictures there! Going through these
    images leaves a lingering image of Costa Brava. It is just so fabulous. It is
    amusing that not one of those green peppers turned hot and spicy 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      I finally got a hot pepper! But it wasn’t in Costa Brava, was down in Vigo 🙂

  33. PurpleTravelKate

    October 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Love it, your pics really show a lot of the gorgeous sides of the Costa Brava. It’s like a whole bunch of reasons to go all in photos. 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 9:43 AM

      Thanks Kate! It is easy to take photos of beautiful places though so I can’t take much credit 😉

  34. PurpleTravelKate

    October 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Yeah, but a good eye always helps! 🙂

  35. Alex

    April 18, 2016 at 8:25 PM

    Hello, I spent my summers in the costa brava and these are some of the best pictures I have seen so far of it. I just wonder where the waterfall is? I wanna know since I have already been in the other places.

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Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

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Trekking through the valleys of Cappadocia’s fairy chimneys with Middle Earth Travel feels more like the set of a Star Wars movie than a historical region once carved out and lived in by humans. Churches, homes and pigeon houses are scattered throughout the valleys, all waiting to be explored. The best part is, Middle Earth Travel know all the hidden secrets.

Standing at the top of Cappadocia

Top of Cappadocia day trek – with Middle Earth Travel

On the 26th of July (which just so happens to be my birthday!) Middle Earth Travel took us on their private and guided Top of Cappadocia day trek. From Pasabag, along the top of Cappadocia and down through the Gulludere Rose Valley to Goreme, we trekked 15kms in one day! (We recommend getting your bearings with this map)

Upon arrival to the Middle Earth Offices, we were warmly greeted by our new friend Atil whom we had met a few days earlier while mountain biking through the Kizilcukur Red Valley. We were then introduced to our guide and given a briefing regarding the day. Normally, the Top of Cappadocia tour would start from Çavuşin, however, since we had already explored Çavuşin Castle, they adapted our tour to compensate ensuring we would explore new terrain!

With charged cameras, plenty of water and our running shoes on, we were driven to our starting point of Pasabag. We wandered through the fairy chimneys, coming across camels and markets – then the true hike began.

Pasabag in Cappadocia

The police station in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

Camel in Pasabag, Cappadocia

It was a slow and gentle incline. With no trees to provide shade, I quickly realised why our tour guide had chosen to wear fully covered clothing! As the sweat quickly set in (a waterfall in Moss’s case) we snapped away with our cameras and enjoyed the entertaining shapes of Imagine Valley and the amazing view. We also passed a lot of rock piles, which according to our guide mean ‘father’ and are built to help lead the way.

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Animal shaped formations in Imagine Valley

Middle Earth Travel, Cappadocia

Making our way to the top of Cappadocia

Father leading the way (rock pile)

Father leading the way (rock pile)

The higher we trekked, the more breath taking the views became! As we walked along the summit of Bozdag mountain (the Top of Cappadocia) we could see EVERTHING – Pasabag, Çavuşin Castle, Kizilcukur Red Valley, Gulludere Rose Valley and Goreme. We were on the Father of Valleys! After a quick nod of agreement to the guide, we pushed ourselves the extra distance and made our way to the flag, as this HAD to be the highest point and was definitely worth a photo and a selfie or two!

View from the top of Cappadocia

View from the top of Cappadocia

Flag at top of Cappadocia

From the flag we looked down upon Aktepe Hill which is known as a popular destination for watching the sun set and could spot Kizilvadi Restaurant, our destination for lunch! Kizilvadi Restaurant is an attraction of its own. With its own historic winery and Grape church, plus some Middle Earth Travel treks even stay there for the night! After having a massive feed of soup, salad and pasta plus a surprise birthday cake, we made our way down into Gulludere Rose Valley.

Kizilvadi Restaurant

Kizilvadi Restaurant

The scenery is amazing, with strong colours visible in perfect layers on the chimneys, you would wonder what an artist was thinking, had it been a painting. Also, hidden to the side of the track we walked across a little bridge and not expecting anything to be there we were wowed by the massive church carved. It was absolutely huge and hard to believe that its most recent use has been as a pigeon house!

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Coloured chimneys in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Pigeon houses in Cappadocia

Church in Gulludere Rose Valley

Hard to believe this Church is carved inside a fairy chimney!

Middle Earth Travel Review

  • The team at Middle Earth Travel were extremely knowledgeable and certainly know Cappadocia’s hidden secrets. They have friendships with local tea garden owners which is also of benefit as it gained us entry to locked churches and hidden rooms that we would not have otherwise seen.
  • We covered a lot of ground, however we did not feel rushed. The whole day focused on showing us the region, therefore we had as much time as we needed to explore each church and to take ‘just one more photo’.
  • It wasn’t all about trekking. With a whole day and 15kms to cover, there were a few silly poses (especially in Imagine Valley), and we learnt a lot about the myths, legends and way of life in Cappadocia.
  • In conclusion I highly recommend Middle Earth Travel if you wish to go trekking or mountain biking in Cappadocia.
  • Cost: Day treks with Middle Earth Travel range from 50-90 euro, depending on the number of people taking part. This includes lunch, guide, vehicle transfers and entrance fees to historical sites, but excludes alcoholic and soft drinks.
  • Middle Earth Travel are outdoor enthusiasts and offer multi-day over night treks, mountain biking, abseiling, or custom made itineraries, in multiple regions throughout Turkey.
  • www.middleearthtravel.com

Disclaimer: We were provided with a discount for the trek with Middle Earth Travel, however, as always our thoughts on our adventure travel blog our own.

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Amsterdam Food Guide

If you think of Amsterdam you don’t think of food. However if you try the food here in our Amsterdam food guide you might get lucky.

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Amsterdam Food Waffles

We are total foodies and our travelling has allowed our passion for food to grow considerably (not to mention our waist lines)!  We love trying new food when we visit foreign countries and always make a huge effort to eat the local cuisine. Check out some of the food we ate below in our cheap and delicious Amsterdam Food Guide.

Amsterdam Food Waffles

We had heard from a number of people that the Amsterdam food was nothing to rave about. To be honest food was not really our main interest in visiting but then again neither was an Amsterdam Peep show and we ended up enjoying that!

However we were pleasantly surprised. I think the people whom we had talked to had it wrong. Sure Holland doesn’t really have a local cuisine but once we got over this fact we realised there is still some damn good food to be had from the various Amsterdam Restaurants.

Amsterdam Food

The best meal we had was actually next door to the Red Light district in Chinatown. Crossing the canal to the east away from the neon lights your nostrils are attacked and your mouth begins salivating from the delicious smells wafting along the narrow cobbled streets.

As we walked into Bird Thai restaurant the enticing aroma hit us instantly leaving us drooling in anticipation. It was definitely up there with some of the best Thai food we have had. We went for the classic Green curry, fried rice and duck combo.

The Green curry was so flavoursome with the richness of the coconut milk blending perfectly with the traditional spices.  The duck was cooked to perfection and for the first few minutes of the meal all you could hear was the crunching of the crispy outside layer as we devoured the duck in minutes. Needless to say the fried rice was a taste explosion too!

Cheap and delicious Amsterdam food is easy to come by. With hangovers and munchies affecting your hunger it is no surprise that there are an abundance of Fast Food chains and takeaways in Amsterdam. In fact it was actually more the way that the fast food was served that surprised us as you could buy it out of massive vending machines at Febo!

Amsterdam Food Febo

Hidden workers stand behind the vending machines churning out burgers, fries and sausage rolls so all you has to do is insert a Euro and “hey presto” you have a hot meal in your hungry hands.

Then there were the frites stores which seemed to be on every corner. The first thing you noticed about these was the tantalising smell. There is nothing like the smell of chips straight out of the fryer and covered in salt to get you tummy rumbling. Served in a triangle cardboard carton and covered in mayo which meant that that you couldn’t reach the chips at the bottom without covering your greedy fingers in sauce. Just a tad annoying!

But there is nothing like hot chips to warm you up on a cold day.

Finally, while hot chocolates are not typically food I feel they still deserve a mention especially because the usually come paired with waffles! Ahhhh the perfect breakfast.

Amsterdam Hot Chocolate

We loved nipping into a cafe or bar like Cafe Bar Eddy in Amsterdam to warm ourselves up with a hot chocolate. It literally tasted like they had melted chocolate down and added cream. Heaven in a cup. And the choice of waffles was daunting as you could have whatever you wanted. Fruit, chocolate, syrups, cream or all of the above!

If you are heading here then don’t expect to find an array of traditional Amsterdam food. Instead treat yourself to a hot chocolate and waffle for breakfast, grab a quick bite from a vending machine and sample some of the different cuisines found near the Red Light District.

If you stick to this Amsterdam food guide then your taste buds will have a great holiday too!

If you have visited before then what did you think of Amsterdam food?

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Check out our guide for the first timer in Amsterdam visiting a coffeeshop.

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How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Before getting started I just want to clarify that we are not drug users. We don’t condone using illegal drugs. And we are not telling you to go and smoke weed in Amsterdam. BUT, our goal of this travel blog is to help advise, educate and provide travel tips for ALL situations. So if you are headed to Amsterdam then we hope our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam will help you out.

And check out this smoker friendly accommodation for your next trip.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam Coffeeshop

When you tell people that you are visiting Amsterdam then they immediately think of one thing and one thing only. Weed. Dope. Herb. Buds. Spliff. Whacky Tobbacky. Pot. Marijuana. Cannabis. 

Call it what you will but just know that the biggest name for it is “ILLEGAL”.

Yes it is actually illegal to smoke weed in Amsterdam. But for now the Netherlands government do tolerate smoking in designated “coffeeshops”. This is slowly changing as the Government tries to moderate the tourism drug trade and in 2013 there will be new laws which we won’t go in to now as they are continuously changing.

In the meantime if you obey the rules, are not a moron and use our guide to smoking weed in Amsterdam then you are going to be fine.

Smoke weed in Amsterdam

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t smoke weed in Amsterdam in public such as on the streets. There are over 300 designated coffee shops where you are tolerated to smoke weed. These places are regulated and everything is done in the open.

Don’t get confused and try to smoke in a koffiehuis (coffee house) which sells coffee and light meals or a café that is a casual restaurant and/or bar.

The coffeeshops are super easy to spot with marijuana leaves in the windows and Bob Marley paintings on the doors. Not to mention the smell wafting through the cold breeze. There will also be the usual tourists that have stupidly over-indulged and are glassy eyed.

We visited one of the five Bulldog coffeeshops when we were in Amsterdam and had no complaints. We even enjoyed a delicious hot chocolate while we were there!

Bulldog Coffeeshop in Amsterdam

Buying weed in Amsterdam

As long as you are over 18 then you will be allowed to buy up to 5 grams of weed in the regulated coffeeshops. Plus you have the added security knowing that your marijuana is not going to be laced with anything else if you are attempting to buy it off someone on the street. And who knows, they might be setting you up to get busted.

We were (and are) total amateurs and had no idea what to do once we actually stepped foot in the coffeeshop. But quickly sussed it out. There will generally be a “dealer bar” with full menu’s and everything for you to choose. So if you are an expert you will probably know what to order! Prices will of course vary by quantity (grams, bags, individual joints) and quality.

For a beginner ask lots of questions. Don’t be shy like we were. Ask the staff what they recommend and what effects each type has. They will know then that you are a newbie and will guide you. Just know that they are very accustomed to tourists who don’t know exactly how to go about the whole process.

What we found out is that it is actually perfectly fine for you to visit other coffeeshops and smoke weed that you have already purchased somewhere else. However, it is considered rude not to at least buy a hot chocolate or coffee if you do this. Coffeeshops do also have some of the best coffee in Amsterdam.

How to smoke weed in Amsterdam

Don’t be an idiot

Number 1 rule: Don’t smoke too much weed in Amsterdam! Even if you are a pot loving hippie from a commune you are probably going to find the marijuana really strong in Amsterdam. Just take it slow.

If you are enjoying a drink as well then again take it easy with the booze. All the coffeshops won’t sell you beer as well as cannabis.

EAT! Don’t go drinking and smoking on an empty stomach as cannabis lowers your blood sugar level and this can turn a fun day into a disaster if you haven’t eaten recently. Check out our Amsterdam Food Guide for some quick eating tips here.

A final word of warning, please watch out for the spacecake! Eating cannabis will knock you on your ass and is much stronger than when smoked.

Finally, enjoy yourselves and for goodness sake obey the rules, laws and customs while you are smoking weed in Amsterdam.

If you have an addiction to drugs then reach out and seek some help.

Check out these Weed Products for your next travel adventure.

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