6 beautiful things that we saw in Adelaide (and why we almost decided to stay)
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This summer, my wife picked Adelaide as our holiday destination. At the beginning, I was a little skeptical about it - we would usually spend out holidays in foreign countries instead of exploring our own. Turns out we've been missing out on some amazing places. I never expected Adelaide to capture my heart like this - living in busy Sydney, I couldn't believe a city could have such a relaxing and vibrant atmosphere.
Here are 6 things we saw in Adelaide that made our stay so great that we considered moving there.
1. The city is just stunning
Adelaide might not have the same wow effect of Sydney or Melbourne, but once you take a closer look you're just bound to discover immense beauty and tranquility. The city is inhabited by roughly a million people which is just enough to make things interesting, but not overcrowded.
And believe me, I know what I'm talking about - the streets of Sydney are always full of people and the traffic tends to get pretty bad. Adelaide charmed us with its beaches, greenery and hills. It's a city of open spaces that really allow you to breathe and enjoy a quieter lifestyle.
2. Areas surrounding Adelaide are so diverse
We were surprised to learn about the sheer diversity of landscapes surrounding Adelaide. That's what makes this amazing city a perfect gateway to beautiful wine regions, fun hilltop villages, amazing beaches or interesting historical towns. All set in really beautiful landscapes. In fact, many beaches are located just within half an hour drive from the city - and they can be enjoyed all year round.
3. Events and festivals that are to die for
Adelaide is by no means a quiet town. There's always something going on and all the festivals or events organized here are top notch. Adelaide is home to some of the most famous Australian festivals - recall the Fringe Festival, WOMADelaide, or Tasting Australia?
But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Walking along the streets of Adelaide during summer evenings, you're bound to enjoy some spontaneous performance, pop-up street parties, or night markets. Needless to say, this city is very much alive.
4. Adelaide biking culture
My wife and I are avid cyclists and often go on biking trips around Sydney. Adelaide is just perfect for passionate bikers - it's flat, and there are lots of scenic biking routes. Thanks to well-marked bicycle lanes on the city streets, biking in Adelaide is very safe.
We biked along Torrens River and through the parks of East Adelaide - one day, we decided to bike out to a nearby beach, and the ride was very much worth the effort. If that's not enough to make you fall in love with Adelaide, try this - you can rent a bike from city services for free.
5. Delicious wine
I'm a wine lover, so I was more than happy to explore several great wineries that are located within just an hour's drive from Adelaide. It's here that you can find Australia's best brands such as Penfolds, Wolf or Creek.
My wife and I organized a day trip to Barossa Valley and the Adelaide Hills, but I know that we've just scratched the surface when it comes to Adelaide wine scene. I'm sure no other city offers access to so many wine regions.
6. Mouthwatering food
While I'm all for the wine, my wife is a real foodie. We visited the Adelaide Central Market and instantly fell in love with this place. With more than 80 stalls, cafes and restaurants full of local produce, the market is a very special spot for those who like to explore local culinary delicacies.
Our trip to Adelaide was one we'll remember for the rest of our lives. The city captured our hearts so much that we even decided to meet with a real estate agent we found on OpenAgent who told us lots of interesting things about the housing market in Adelaide.
As the summer came to a close, my wife and I decided that we'll return to Adelaide next year - and this time, we'll seriously consider moving here to enjoy the nature, wine, and relaxed attitude of this amazing city.