Nothing stands still for long at Clean Cut Media, especially our crew. In the past few months, we’ve been racing round the planet filming music gigs and tennis matches, racking up those air miles. We’ve been to Monaco, Marrakech, Barcelona, Miami and Austin Texas – and that’s just for starters.

While we’re zipping about, we get to visit some interesting places. So in case you’re getting in the holiday mood, here are a few travel tips we’d like to share.

Cacti in Monte Carlo

When we were filming the ATP World Tour in Monte Carlo, the rising Canadian tennis star, Milos Raonic, showed us his favourite places in the principality. At the end, he took us to the Jardin Exotique, a three-acre ‘exotic garden’ filled with over 1,000 stunning types of cactus. From here, you get a spectacular view over the whole of the city and the bay. Milos loves it as a place to get away from it all before – or after – a tennis tournament. See our video of Milos’ tour of Monte Carlo here.

 

Avocado margaritas in Austin Texas

Staying on a botanical tip, you really should check out the avocado margarita if you’re ever in Austin Texas. Not saying you should drink one, but they’re definitely a local curiosity. I was over in Austin capturing highlights of the SXSW festival when I first spotted people drinking this strange green concoction. Curra’s Grill claim to have invented the avocado margarita, but you can find them all over town. If you’re not convinced that frog green is ever a good colour for a drink, Austin is also home to a host of craft beer breweries.

A rooftop bar in Marrakech

After a hard day filming the ATP World Tour in Marrakech, we headed up to the roof of the Kosybar to check out the phenomenal views of the city. We weren’t completely off duty, though. We couldn’t help filming a time-lapse video as the sun went down. Make sure you go to the upper terrace for the best views of the palm trees in Place des Ferblantiers and the desert beyond.

A ferris wheel in Barcelona

The ATP World Tour in Barcelona happens at the Real Club de Tenis, Spain’s oldest tennis club. It’s close to Tibidabo mountain, so we took a detour there at the end of a day’s filming. We caught the sunset and an extraordinary view of the city from 1,700 feet up. Next time we go to Barcelona, we’ll definitely make time to check out the amusement park with its brightly-coloured ferris wheel. We drove there up some picturesque winding roads, but daredevils can also take a 100 year old cable car to the top.

Mexican street food in Miami

After we’d filmed at the Latin American Music Awards After Party, we stumbled across Coyo Taco. This upbeat place serves Mexican street food and margaritas made with their own house-brand tequila. The crew loved it and we can recommend the shrimp tacos and the burritos. Apparently there’s also a hidden tequila bar that’s only accessible through an unmarked door beyond the bathrooms. But that’ll have to wait for our next visit.

Did we miss your favourite spot in any of these cities? Feel free to add your own suggestions. As well as chasing the best sunset filming locations worldwide, the Clean Cut Media crew is also available to film corporate videos, broadcast videos and live event videos.