The Questo players have circled the Earth

You did it! You completed so many quests, and explored for so long, that you could have circled the Earth by now! Exactly, that’s 40.075 km – and counting.

That means thousands of clues followed, challenges completed, new locations discovered and unknown stories read.

You discovered details about the lives of the rich and famous, spicy gossip about ancient and contemporary public figures, little known facts about imposing or hidden buildings, and many, many more.

You fought mythical creatures, you saved cities from harmful spies, you got spooked in haunted parts of towns, you followed a penguin in an adventure, and played like a pro all along.

We want to thank everyone for playing this world exploration game of ours. And we appreciate all the time and effort put in by the quest creators, who started as players and then chose to be quest architects themselves.

Questo is just getting started, so keep an eye on us for future features and quests soon to be launched.
And don’t forget to, once again, Play Your City a Visit!

Things to do in Constanta while at the Neversea festival – handpicked by locals

constanta casino

Music fans around Europe are invited to the second edition of the already famous Neversea festival, the sister event of Untold, another musical phenomenon.

This year, if you visit Constanta, Neversea promises to travel to uncharted territories of entertainment, with even more artists, memorable shows and other exciting things to do on the welcoming beach of Constanta.

Those who have attended last year already know that the land of Neversea offers everything you need for a few days of freedom on this enchanted island. Starting from all the musical experiences you can enjoy, to surprising drink mixes or taste-bending dishes, a day spent here covers most of your needs.

But the full Neversea experience also includes the wonderful city of Constanta, surrounding the Neversea realms with its iconic touristic attractions and city escape activities.

We asked our local contributors in Constanta which are the top 5 things to do when visiting for the first time, and this is what they recommend.

Food

Bacaro Port

My personal favorite restaurant has to be Bacaro Port, located in the Tomis Harbor. It offers a large range of dishes, from sea food to pasta. The restaurant is perfect for design enthusiasts – tasteful interior setting and wonderful plating. Also, the view at sunset is quite something. You can find the restaurant here. – Alexandra

La Scoica

La Scoica is the place you are looking for if you’re with your friends and you’re starving. They are known for their special XXL Pizza (only two X’s don’t do it justice) and the low prices. Of course, their menu has a variety of italian and romanian dishes, from chicken dishes to sea food and desserts. You can find them all here.

– Recommended by Alexandra

Coffee

Arabica the Coffee Shop

One of the places I usually choose when looking for a strong coffee is Arabica the Coffee Shop. Located in the old city and close to the Tomis Harbor, it serves all types of coffee – Turkish, Italian, French, but specializes in strong flavors. Also, they serve tea and hot chocolate, Romanian craft beers and cocktails.

Haute Cup

Quite close to the first one you can also find Haute Cup. This place leans towards the “industrial” style. It also serves a decent selection of coffee, hot or cold. They also serve snacks, such as muffins, banana bread or sandwiches, before lunch. In the evening, it switches to a bar with wine and cocktails. They are right here.

– Recommended by Costin

Activities

Mall

Tomis Mall is just a 15 minutes walk away from Neversea Beach. If you forgot your sunglasses at home, or you just need to get something fast to eat, this is the place. It also has a cinema, for those who would rather stay in and watch a movie. Just in case you have some spare time to go shopping, they are open daily from 10:00 to 22:00 and this is where you can find them.

Aquarium

You can find the aquarium right in front of the Constanta Casino. It’s open daily from 9:00 to 20:00, and the admission ticket for students is just 5 lei (1 euro), while for adults is 20 lei (4 euro).

acvariu constanta

– Recommended by Silvia

Sightseeing with a free walking tour

At night, you marvel at the works of gods such as van Buuren, The Script or Steve Aoki. But your days could be filled with sightseeing – Constanta priding itself with impressive views along its shores and inside the old city.

You can visit the Constanta Mosque, on top of which you will discover spectacular panoramic views of the entire city (a very popular place for Instagrammers).

Or you can explore an even more instagrammable setting, that of Casino Constanta, an iconic place built in the art nouveau style. Once home to elite social classes, now it’s just an antique landmark visited by thousands of tourists every month.

Casino Constanta

These and many more top attractions (hand-picked and voted by locals) have been brought together in a free self-guided walking tour available without a guide (directly on your smartphone), through the Questo app. The tour follows the story of Neversea and takes you into an alternate reality, full of fantasy stories and characters, delivered on top of the main touristic attractions of Constanta, while walking in the city.

Whatever you choose to spend your days doing during the Neversea experience, remember to enjoy an epic sunrise on the beach together with your friends, it’s one of the most memorable moments Constanta has to offer.

Visit the most beautiful open-space museum in Bucharest: Bellu Cemetery

bellu cemetery

I know, I know… who would ever want to visit a cemetery for fun? It might sound strange, but it’s actually just strangely entertaining.

You see, this is no common cemetery. A visit here is one of the top things to do as a tourist in Bucharest. This is because the people resting here were all famous and insanely rich Romanians, each with a fascinating life.

Now, they’re helping you learn cool facts about Romania’s history, culture and architecture, while you visit Bucharest.

bellu cemetery

The cemetery hosts over 300 monuments attested by UNESCO, each with its unique architectural style and influences. There are more monuments, crypts and chapels here than in the entire city.

Fun quest through the cemetery

The most popular monuments along with their occupant’s hidden stories are now available in a quest created by locals, with help from museum’s own guides.

Follow the clues in the quest and will discover the weirdest and most unexpected deaths of well-known Romanians, as well as borderline dark jokes approved by locals and frequent visitors of the museum.

The quest starts at the main entrance of the cemetery (near Eroii Revolutiei metro station) and it takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Go find it in the app and get your spooks on!

Things to do while in Bucharest, handpicked by locals

bucharest

Bucharest is a city of surprising contrasts. Exploring it almost feels like going through portals. You can be overwhelmed by art nouveau architecture, graffiti art and hipster cafes on one side, and almost instantly walk into a completely authentic area full of local farmers markets or traditional restaurants.

You can go bar-hopping in hundreds of contemporary themed bars in the Old Town and then immediately fall into a traditional tavern where a violinist plays Romanian ballads for you, while you enjoy the traditional ‘sarmale’ wraps.

There are plenty of different things to do and see while in Bucharest. We’ve selected the must-do’s and must-see’s by asking local contributors which are their favorites.

Must-see places in Bucharest

Valley of the Kings

Designed at the end of the 19th century, this valley covered in dazzling glass is the meeting place for locals when going out in the Old Town. It’s many fashion shops, oriental cafes, and different themed restaurants paint a great picture of Bucharest’s vibrant atmosphere. You can also find this location in a free walking tour going through the Old Town.

– Recommended by Anton

Bellu Cemetery-Museum

Yes, a cemetery. Believe it or not, this cemetery is a must-see place when in Bucharest. You can discover over 300 monuments (protected by UNESCO) of famous and wildly-rich Romanians. From poets to inventors, this place is home to hundreds of celebrities, each with their own fascinating life story. You can hear them all if you take the free tour that starts at the entrance.
– Recommended by Mihaela

Palace of the Parliament

The jewel of the communist regime, this palace, which now hosts the Romanian Parliament, was built by and for the infamous Nicolae Ceausescu, the Romanian dictator. It’s one of the largest buildings in the world, and the most visited place in Bucharest. If you’re into this type of communist grandeur displays, this is the place for you.
– Recommened by Natalia

Discover the Old Town of Bucharest by playing a city game

stavropoleos church

The Old Town is maybe the most picturesque area of the city, and serves as the focal point for tourists who visit Bucharest and want to have a good time at night. One of the lesser-known aspects of it, though, is the potential it has for daytime exploring.

stavropoleos church

So if you’re in Bucharest and you’re looking for things to do during the day, try playing a quest in the Old Town. You can discover ancient churches, inns and streets, you can visit museums along the way, and you can find out stories such as of the Great Fire of Bucharest, or the legend of the 123-day long Roman party following the conquest of these lands.

City Game in the Old Town of Bucharest

The most interesting hidden stories and the most popular places can all be found in a tour created by locals. You can access it very simply, through Questo, the app that helps you guide yourself around the city, while offering never-told-before stories about the places you visit.

The quest costs 7.99 euro and it was created by local contributors and guides, using their favorite spots and stories.

bucharest tour

This specific quest is called The Old Town Treasure, and it’s focused on finding the most looked for treasure of Bucharest.

Quest description:

Some people have written books about it, others have dedicated ballads and entire poems. Romanians even made it the main theme of their hymn. The lost treasure of Bucharest is the most precious thing Romania has ever owned. Go search for it and see for yourself. The tour starts in Piata Unirii, on the bridge over the river Dambovita, next to Starbucks, and it usually takes about an hour and a half to complete.

Go find it in the app.

Questo has won a grant from Booking.com’s Booster Labs in Tel Aviv

booster lab

Booster Lab is an event organized by Booking.com, which wants to give early-stage start-ups a fighting chance in the sustainable tourism area. It offers talks, hands-on workshops and constructive feedback from tourism experts. Our pitch was judged based on Questo’s roadmap for the next year and the social impact it creates in communities around the world.

questo booster lab

We have received 20.000 Euro and priceless knowledge from mentors and key players in the tourism industry. Also, we made great friends and are currently in talks with other participants to build partnerships in the near future.

We want to thank Booking for the opportunity, and our wonderful mentor Abbie for all the help.
Good luck to next year’s competitors!