Archive | April, 2013

COSTA VERDE PORTUGAL

30 Apr

The Costa Verde is the name of the tourist area covering the districts of the Minho and most of the Douro Litoral. It is an area highly populated with a large percentage of younger people. With unspoilt sweeping bays, charming hillside towns and verdant landscapes of rolling green hills, rivers, waterfalls, and acres of thriving vineyards, the Costa Verde shows visitors a taste of the real Portugal.
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Although small in size, this is an area rich in geographic beauty with mountains, rivers and nature.
This section of Portugal is one of the sections that is not as highly populated, which means that you will be able to enjoy the quiet and calm of these areas, an you will be able to relax during your holidays.

Start your holiday in Porto and enjoy the many activities and attractions which you are proposed. The medieval old town is built on the shores of the Douro River and its steep and narrow cobbled streets are lined with beautiful painted houses topped with typical terracotta roofs. Come see the beautiful Ponte Dom, the bridge that connects the city to Vila Nova de Gaia and visit the cellars in Porto for which the city is famous. In addition to admiring the stunning views of Porto from the seafront of Vila Nova de Gaia, you can also take a cruise along the Douro, which takes you to the heart of the wine region of the same name. If you have time, disembark and make one of the many guided tasting tours.

Everywhere in this region, you will find marks of ancient civilizations: dolmens, traces of dwellings of the Iron Age, Celtic and Roman cities, quiet castles, majestic churches and rich palate.

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The Peneda-Geres is a nature reserve, a sanctuary for wildlife and rare flora. Some specimens of the species of the small Portuguese-Galician wild horses will still exist in the wild. The north is the beautiful walled city of Valença and the graceful town of Ponte de Lima with its medieval towers, its white houses and a beautiful Roman bridge. Viana do Castelo is particularly famous for its beautiful embroidery and religious festivals where girls wear the costumes of the region and exhibit the family jewels. Not far away, in Guimaraes, stands the impressive Castle of the first King of Portugal, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the beautiful medieval Alberto Sampaio Museum.

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BARBADOS

29 Apr

Barbados Island is located on the border of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.

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The paradise island of Barbados offers no less than 110 kilometres of varied beaches, white or golden sand, beautiful coves, calm waters … there is something for everyone.

Go along the Caribbean Sea, the beaches of the west coast, known as the “Golden Coast” are peaceful and suitable for swimming. The turquoise waters and golden sandy coves are ideal for visitors seeking tranquillity or scuba diving and snorkelling. Indeed Barbados is one of the few islands to offer throughout the year, best diving conditions. It is a popular destination for divers from around the world.

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You can also enjoy fishing and boating activities. Barbados is also a paradise for surfers!

The Concorde Experience in Barbados presents the legendary Concorde G-BOAE or Alpha Echo, the British Airways. It is possible to observe from a distance, but also to approach, to walk underneath and even entering the airplane.Located in one of the most beautiful forests in Barbados, Jack-in-the-box Gully is a zipline course that lets you discover Barbados from the top of the trees, closer to its fauna and flora .

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There are beautiful historic homes with old plantations and agriculture and an important religious heritage farms.

An example: Arlington House, a 18th century converted into museum tracing the history of Barbadian heritage. You will be transported to the time of British settlers to discover the secrets of sugar cane and hear the story of an old pirate of Speightsown…

In a former British military penitentiary, the Barbados Museum traces the evolution of the island from the 16th century to today. Everywhere on the island are historical sites and architectural remains that describe the history of the island since the first arrival of the British.

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Taste the specialties of the traditional local cuisine, such as fishcakes and flying fish, all served with a local beer or Rum Punch. With its diverse cultural influences, Barbados offers an eclectic mix of flavors in the European, African and Asian time. Barbados, with its tropical climate, reveals a range of exotic fruits and vegetables: coconut, taro, squash, breadfruit, papaya and many other wonders to discover there. Not to mention the famous Mount Gay Rum Barbados: the oldest rum in the world …To discover the history of this rum, visit the Mount Gay Visitor Center. A tasting of dark rums are also planned.

Crafts and local know-how are also showcased throughout the island

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SICILY

25 Apr

Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean, represents all Italian wealth: gastronomy, landscapes, climate, ancient ruins … The Greek temples, castles, volcanoes, oriental gardens, cathedrals and Baroque churches and beaches in bright sunlight …

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Sicily offers many places to visit, between nature, history and tradition. Among the features of this area are found volcanoes such as Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. Etna is located in the eastern part of Sicily and its spectacular eruptions left over centuries unique landscapes in the world.

The islands surrounding Sicily are numerous and all fascinating. But more particularly the Aeolian Islands, which in 2000 were classified as World Heritage Site from UNESCO.

Another treasure of humanity recognized by UNESCO is the archaeological site of Agrigento, which was one of the most important cities of Magna Grecia. The famous Valley of the Temples also offers magnificent mythical monuments dating from 2,500 years ago.

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Sicilian artists have their own rich traditions and know-how artistic trends from elsewhere, creating a Sicilian art in itself. Those interested in archaeological sites and Baroque art will be satisfied. Sicily has a magnificent natural heritage and offers a wide variety of different landscapes ideal for nature lovers. Many hiking are possible.

This island also has more than a thousand kilometers of coastline and beaches, which are ideal for those who love swimming and diving. Sicily has in recent years become an important destination for golf lovers. The territory has different golf courses, which also takes place every year the famous Sicilian Open.

Earth water and volcanoes, this island offers a wide choice for those who love spa and want to relax through therapeutic and beauty treatments.

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Sicily offers many options and it should be noted that the Sicilian cuisine is one of the most tasty and healthy world. In addition, you can taste wines from Sicily which are internationally recognized for their quality as well as the variety of grapes.

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Sicily is a predilection destination for a holiday with your family, partner and friends.

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ST BARTHELEMY

24 Apr

Saint-Barthelemy is a French island of the Lesser Antilles, located in the Caribbean Sea.

One of the main attraction of St. Bartholomew is its beaches the island has 22, all as good as each other. You can practice many water sports, including diving fins, mask and snorkel (snorkeling).

Among the beaches you will find the St-Jean situated along a scenic bay, perfectly suited to water sports. The bay is divided into two quiet beaches, ideal for children. You will enjoy its turquoise waters, well protected reef, ideal for snorkeling, swimming and windsurfing.

Surfers will appreciate the range of the Cayes Anse which is perfectly adapted.

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Among the places of interest:

Gustavia:

The only real town on the island, also the administrative capital.

Pleasant with its white houses with red roofs, reminiscent of the Swedish history of the island. Gustavia offers several bars and trendy restaurants, but also many shops.

To see:

– The Wall House and City Museum: a beautiful wooden building Swedish style.

– The Fort Gustave installed at the outlet of Gustavia, the ruins of one of the three forts (Fort Kazrl and Oscar) who defended the city. Offers stunning views of the harbor of Gustavia.

– The marina and trade

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Corossol:

An authentic fishing village. Houses and colorful boats give it an irresistible charm. In the late afternoon, do not miss the return of boats loaded with fish and lobsters. You will also find local crafts

As panama (traditional hat) and various artifacts with lataniers making of dried leaves in the sun.

To see:

– The International Museum of the shell: a collection of 9,000 pieces of all the world’s oceans, 1000 samples of sand.

– The range of Corossol: the fishing village bordering the beach is always typical of the traditional lifestyle of the island.

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The variety of restaurants of St Barth allows you to discover and enjoy a wide variety of dishes from a delicious French cooking or Caribbean. From the small family restaurant to the gastronomic St Barth is an ideal destination for those who love to eat. Each site and restaurants will offer you a special atmosphere that you can only appreciate.

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GALICIA

23 Apr

Galicia is an autonomous community located in the northwest corner of Spain. The capital of Galicia is Saint Jacques de Compostela, a historic town that is the final step of the pilgrims from the Saint-Jacques.

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You can visit the amazing cathedral which was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1985. You will also appreciate the charm of its valleys with dense vegetation and impressive beaches. The coastline bathed by the Cantabrian Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, offers spectacular landscapes with cliffs like those of A Costa da Morte or the wonderful National Park of the Atlantic Islands of Galicia.

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Enjoy your vacation in the beaches of exceptional quality. Indeed beaches Marosa and Portela were awarded of the Blue Flag issued by ADEAC. Galicia is an exceptional destination for lovers of rural tourism and green landscapes and for those who want to know the lifestyles of the past. Many small Galician village maintain ancient customs and were not integrated into their daily habits and technologies of our time.

However, this is only valid in a limited number of villages. Galicia is a vast natural paradise, mountains to the river and the Atlantic Ocean through mountainous landscapes and deep valleys. The architectural and religious heritage is the richest in Europe. Galicia offers many routes for the practice of hiking among the beautiful scenery.

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The delicious Galician cuisine: excellent meat, delicious seafood (prawns, langoustines, scallops Jacques, mussels, scallops, lobsters, crabs), and recipes like octopus “a feira”, the “con grelos lacón “(bacon with turnip greens) or the” tarta de Santiago “(Saint-Jacques cake) are the highest representatives. With these dishes nothing better than its most famous wines, Ribeiro and Albariño, or the famous “queimada”.

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The climate and  the geographical and cultural richness of Galicia will surprise you if you choose this tourist destination for your next trip …

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FLORIDA

22 Apr

Florida, the “Sunshine State” is located on a large peninsula at the southern end of the east coast of the United States, 1000 miles south of New York.11673_welcome-to-miami-301981

Real invitation to dream, Florida is the sunshine state of, the sea, nature reserves, theme parks, the Kennedy Space Center and the production of oranges. Florida is a state with many advantages t. Tropical climate, white sandy beaches, parks, architecture, leisure activities, everything is there for a great vacation.

World of dreams and imagination, Florida remains a favorite destination for families, Disney theme parks, Universal Studios and the fabulous history of the Cape Canaveral space.

Nicknamed “The Sunshine State” because of its 240 days of annual sunshine, Florida is a very pleasant state for beach tourism. In addition it offers hundreds of miles of virtually unspoiled beaches with turquoise and warm waters of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, enjoying all year round tropical climate.

Deserted beaches, fine sand, clear water and natural environment, it is the scenery of St. George Island. The beach of State Park is a real piece of paradise away from the tourists and urban construction. You can spend peaceful and beautiful days with dolphins…

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Because of its turbulent past and a growing reputation, Florida offers an eclectic architectural styles, mixing different influences. Museums of Florida are among the finest in the United States. The state still has forts, lighthouses and ruins such as Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins. Visitors can also stroll through the charming small towns like St. Augustine and Pensacola. Architecture and culture enthusiasts will love strolling through the Art Deco District, an eccentric city always ready to party. The use of certain techniques has even introduced the “Tropical Art Deco” style.

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Finally, the nightlife is buzzing in Florida, particularly in Miami South Beach, which is famous in the world of night, you can enjoy cocktails in a lively music. Regarding food, the food is much more varied than in the rest of the United States, especially in the south of the country where the Latin American and Caribbean influences are present. You will appreciate the variety of fish, fruits and other tasty specialties in numerous restaurants.

In definitive,Florida is an ideal destination for a dream vacation under the tropical sun …

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TENERIFE

18 Apr

Tenerife is the largest island of the Canary Islands, it has a variety of landscapes dominated by Mount Teide, and in the hinterland there are banana plantations, which mix with the soft white or black sand and lava fields.

Two Heritage Sites, a National Park and 42 natural protected areas here are some of the treasures you find in Tenerife.

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This island, crowned by Mount Teide volcano, is sparse with picturesque villages, beautiful landscapes and wonderful beaches.

Indeed Tenerife is a place where you can enjoy a wide variety of beaches with sands of all colors, the benefits of the sun and the vastness of its coasts. Its beaches are among the best known of the Canary Islands and 16 of them were labeled by ADEAC Blue Flag for the quality of their waters.

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TEIDE National Park is the most visited in Spain and offers impressive and original volcanic landscapes. From there, the route goes through the spectacular Valley of La Orotava to the north coast, where is the capital, Puerto de la Cruz.

It is a cosmopolitan city, with magnificent bathing complexes such as swimming pool complex of Costa Martiánez and its huge artificial lake, designed by the artist from Lanzarote, Cesar Manrique, where is the luxurious Casino Puerto de la Cruz. There are many churches and chapels to see as the Church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia, Fort San Felipe and the Casa de la Aduana. You can also go shopping in the many malls.

There is also Anaga which is one of the natural spaces the most ecologically rich of Tenerife. It is a relic of Mediterranean forests of the Tertiary period, now extinct in mainland Europe.

tenerife botaTenerife, as well as having the best climate in Spain, is an ideal place to relax and have fun. You will find many typical or international restaurants, theaters, cafes and everything you need for entertainment and fun.

Alone, with your spouse, friends or family, get ready to enjoy a unique experience on the island of Tenerife

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