Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Spain. Show all posts

Saturday, July 28, 2018

A Paradise for Hens and Stags in Marbella

Marbella has become one of the best destinations for hen and stag in Europe .Either for a one night event or if you want to plan a lengthier stay. This section gives you some ideas for activities to keep you all entertained. Marbella is famous for luxury, glitz and glamour. This vivacious beach town also attracts thousands of stags and hen party groups every year.

The Night life section is where you will find all the best bars and clubs for your stag and hen party. For guys it maybe a day at Ascari or some cannoning in the mountain and girls may be you would enjoy learning the art of Burlesque or maybe just having some hours of pampering. Whether its adrenaline fuelled events or more chilled out relaxing that you need we have included a great selection here.

Beach clubs: Marbella is a home to best beach clubs. Enjoy your hen and stag parties by sunbathing by the pool. Many of the beach clubs offer a personal waiter service. Bali lounging beds and great food venues such as Funky Nudha and clean beach have a more animated atmosphere with resident house Djs and champagne parties throughout the summer.

Marbella is famous for its pool parties with guest spraying champagne. Foam parties at Plaza Beach and internally famous Djs entertaining the guest. Usually it is hosted during the day at various beach clubs. Boat parties are a must for hen and stag weekends in Marbella.

Bars and clubs: No hen weekend in Marbella is complete without sipping on a few cocktail. Astral Cocktail bar is one of Marbella’s most famous cocktail bars. It is made entirely of wood the bar has a real beach feel and a great selection of cocktail.

Activities for hen and stag in Marbella

Bubble football: it is also known as Zorbfootball. It is a recreation of the game with players encased in giant inflatable bubbles down to the waist. There’s an option of a bunny girl serving refreshment on the sidelines. This is the perfect activity for stags.

Jet –Lev flight: Experience the exhilarating feeling of levitation, James bond style. Fly like a jumping dolphin as you travel through the air and over the glistening Marbella waters on your adrenaline fuelled celebratory weekend. Jet- levs are powerful, uniquely designed beast with water nozzle repulsion force useful to achieve stable, controlled flight. To activate the throttle there is a digital wire system. The thrill of jet-levving has been linked to bungee jumping and sky diving, perfect to get the adrenalin pumping.

Best bites: 

La sala is a fabulous restaurant using the best local ingredients. La sala is a great place to party with live entertainment and cocktail galore to toast the bride to be.La sala also have live music and DJ’s throughout the week ensuring a great night out and their free valet parking.

Dolphin and whale watching: Marbella has an array of marine life. Take an organised tour trip and get the chance to see three different types of Dolphins sperm whales, orca whales and fin whales in their natural habitat.

Marbella is known for its glamour and fun .This is a town that provides the perfect hen weekend playground. Marbella is a paradise for party goers.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Magaluf, a Spanish Island

Magaluf is a great holiday attractions with its variety of restaurants, cafes, bars and beaches with water sports activities for the holiday maker. There are lots of day out attractions and many beautiful sights to visit and see in Magaluf. It has been a favourite destination for tourist of all ages.

Because of the attraction families, singles and retired people keep coming back year after year. Magaluf is well known for its nightlife during the summer season. Its top nightclubs such as BCN are well known by clubbers throughout Europe and some of the top DJs from the UK turn up here for short stints during these months.

Apart from nightlife there are beaches with small kiosk bars set up during the day which play great music and there are some British pubs which serve ice cold beers and live sport all day long. There are also plenty of water parks and theme parks for a brilliant evening of entertainment for all the family members.

Some of the attractions are: 

Have fun with Magaluf Boat parties: Magaluf boat parties are a great day out. On these boats you party in style and you go through the beautiful crystal clear blue waters, white sandy beaches and coves of Magaluf and Majorca. During the trip you can enjoy the world’s best Djs playing, drink beer or cocktail and party with the coolest people.

Jet boat ride: Blade runner Jet Boat Excursion is a 2 hour thrill ride in Magaluf .It is the only one of its kind in Europe. The boating experience is definitely unique and breathtaking.

Western Water Park is a themed western town with shows and a good selection of slides. Teenagers will love the Magaluf Karting track. It is one of the biggest water parks in Majorca and has lots of water rides. The water park is perfect for both kids and adults. There are free buses plying from Palma Nova, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Paguera to this water park.

Pirates Adventure shows is a great attraction. It is known for its unique blend of world class acrobatics, thrilling gymnastics and breathtaking dance. It is kind of an escape to a magical world of action, thrills, comedy and fun. It is set in a theatre which contains a life size gallon where you’ll enjoy dinner with a pirate theme as you watch a superb show for all the family.

The Kathmandu Park is a vacation spot. Magaluf is one of the most popular theme parks in the Balearic Islands. Kathmandu Park is a fairy tale world, where visitors can experience all kinds of adventures like rides, 4 D encounters, adrenaline inducing climbing courses, a large mini golf course as well as water attractions for the entire family. Step into the Wild West and practice you’re shooting on a stimulated ride, or discover the undersea wonders of the interactive aquarium.

Rent car: there is plenty of entertainment to keep you amused for a fortnight in and around Magaluf you’ll be richly rewarded if you decide to rent a car and head out to explore beyond the resort.

Magaluf is an ideal destination during weekends for stag and hen. It has hundreds of bars and a fine selection of clubs and disco bars. Drink prices are very reasonable because of the competitions, special promotion and happy hours.

Magaluf is not just for party goers. It is wonderful for couples and families also looking for sunshine filled holiday in a stunning location.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Puerto Banus, The World Famous Port

 Puerto Banus
Puerto Banus is 6km to the western side of the town Centre. PUERTO BANUS is Marbella’s world famous port. It is locally known as Costa del Sol’s. Their expensive lifestyle can be seen in the form of shops and restaurants. There are plenty of Ferraris and luxury yachts that can be admired. A number of rich and wealthy people come to this place to enjoy the beach clubs, beaches and the buzzing nightlife. Puerto Banus is one of the compact harbor towns. Holidays to PUERTO BANUS means celebrity spotting, glitzy restaurants and designer boutiques, not to mention champagne style clubs. One can enjoy sightseeing and do many things for enjoyment.
This festival is celebrated in the month of June. A large number of people wear the flamenco costumes and take over the streets of Puerto Banus. Especially the restaurants host a special flamenco dance nights. This festival is kind of a music festival. When one thinks of such festival, one dreams of an open air and all the fragrance that the warm summer night has to offer. One of the major aspect of this festival is the bar, where people get together to have drinks and a few conversations. It is the only festival which shows the true aspect of flamenco.

The only thing on the stage during the festival is the voice and the guitar. There is all excitement prevailed in the atmosphere during this festival. All the people no matter what age group they belong to attend this wonderful festival. This festival always takes place in an open ground or a field. This festival always starts around ten thirty and would come to an end till three or four in the morning. Even the most die heart fans would find it difficult and exhausting to last at night. During this festival everyone including women, children and even the pets would be dressed in the traditional Spanish outfit. It brings everyone into Great Spirit.
A restaurant where one can enjoy a delicious Sweden skagen meal that is plump prawns in creamy sauce spread out on cereal bread in the midst of a very beautiful white interior and wooden furnishing, enjoying a beautiful scenic view from the terrace and eating into a platter of juicy mussels cooked in choices of beer and cream laced with coconut milk.
In order to get the taste of the old Costa del Sol, one must go to Marbella’s old town. The most enchanting place that offers something lovely to see at every corner is its whitewashed, partially enclosed Casco Antiguo (Old Town) i.e. a perfect maze of narrow streets that twist and turn. This old town consists of two historical quarters- Barrio Alto and Barrio Nuevo. Most of it is still in its original layout though it is of the 16th century. It is one of the main shopping and dining areas in the city. It is also a well-known place to party as it has a nice array of bars and clubs with different music for all tastes.
VIP AREAS, HEN AND STAG NIGHTS AND 25 sports screens make linekers one of the most well populated bars in Puerto Banus. Club are open throughout the night with cocktail flowing and resident DJ playing soul, disco and the latest pop tunes.
Puerto Banus is famous for its beach clubs- these very fancy, all-day beach bars have spilled out onto the sands just west of the port. The clubs have big luxurious sun loungers and a bar serving up cocktail and champagne. To the west of the port is the more traditional Mistral Beach, a sandy number with a beach shack restaurant called a Chiringuitos. And 10 mind drives away is Nagueles beach-its Marbella’s busiest beach and offers wind surfing, Jet Ski and pedalos.
So enjoy the port with all the different entertainment.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Valencia, The vibrant city


Valencia: Vibrant Expat City

Valencia comes in as Spain’s third largest city. Valencia has a strong cultural tradition. It is well known amongst holidaymakers and expats.this city has a mix of old and new buildings right from medieval castles and towers to modernist generation,of course a glut of shopping centers and plenty of places to eat and drink too. It is one of the most vibrant, forward thinking and cosmopolitan cities.

Valencia is centered in the middle of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline surrounded by the beautiful golden beach.Spain is a big place. There is so much to see and do in this vast and diverse country. Most of your time you will spending in the old town El Carmen.There are important buildings including the cathedral, the art deco food market and the ceramic museum. However, floods and war have been cruel to Valencia, forcing Valencianos to tear down buildings that today would be architectural treasures.

Unspoiled Beaches around Valencia

A holiday in the sun is incomplete without a visit to the beach, but thanks to nature the city has many beaches along it's coastline, most of which are unspoilt and undeveloped .Try the most popular beach, Malvarrosa, El, El Cabanyal (Las Arenas Beach), Pinedo Pueblo Beach, L’Arbre del Gos Beach, El Saler Beach, La Garrofera Beach, La Devesa Beach and Recati Beach.

Since Bars and Restaurants are very few around the beaches, so it is better one carry his packed lunch from home.

Main Tourist Attractions of Valencia:

Oceangraphic Aquarium:
The area surrounding the Oceangraphic aquarium is unbelievable. The aquarium is very unique. The entire zoo is dedicated to the creatures of water. They also have the dolphin show, workshop where you can learn more about various animals, exhibitions and whole range of activities.

 This place displays a range of flora and fauna. There is something very different in this park of bringing the visitor totally into the habitat of the animals. It has no cages, allowing you to feel very close to the animals.

Cathedral and the Holy Grail:
This city is called Holy Grail where Jesus drank from the actual cup at the last supper. The cathedral is lovely old place and worth visiting.

Valencia’s Central Market:
When most tourists come to the city of Valencia, one of the places they are always directed to be the historic central market, where you can purchase items from fish to the grocery items it is a very big market under one head.

Many people visit this place only for shopping .It is flooded with malls,shops,boutiques and department stores to suit all taste and budgets right from clothes,shoes and supermarkets.

Essential Valencia Sport:
Biking, Golfclubs, Jetskiing, Tennis, watersports, yatchcharters are some of the sports practiced here.

Where should I go for a night out in Valencia?

Where you go at night in Valencia depends on when you visit. Valencia is famous for its nightlife and for its bohemian bars.The most prestigious orchestras in the world, as well as directors and soloists, appear here, between September and October.

Hang out with beautiful people by dipping into Valencia’s exciting restaurant .Visit Av.Boilvar to Bambu where sea food can be enjoyed on an attractive wooden deck where later towards the night people rock to the music.Casa Valencia offer juicy steak in an old hanciends-style grill house.

Valencia is a beautiful city with plenty of accommodation at reasonable prices.

So please plan your trip and make the most of your time in this gem of a city.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Majorca, the Island Of Beaches


Majorca, King of Balearics:

Majorca is a famous Spain’s Mediterranean Islands. Majorca is also called as Mallorca in Spanish. It is the largest of the Balearic Island and Palma is the capital in the south. This place attracts visitors from all over the world. The cost of living in Spain is very affordable therefore Tourist prefer visiting this place. The economy totally depends on Tourism. Holidays in Majorca offer more than lazing on the beach and night parties. This Island is an explorer’s paradise in its exterior.

There are many reasons to visit this island because of its beaches and coves, countryside golf, culture; water sports this Island and many other entertainments. There are surprises found at every corner of.

Things to See and Do in Majorca:

The 365 Calvary steps is a step leading to a chapel situated at the top of the hill known as Calvary. On Good Friday they have the enactment of the Station of the cross. This procession attracts large crowd of spectators each year.

santuari de sant salvador is an old monastery on top of the hill with attractive views. There is a monument of Jesus Christ and the Cross. Around the church there is a café and a small souvenir shop. On top of the hill you get superb view of the entire is a fabulous half day outing.

Caves of Drach: These caves are one of the island’s main tourist attractions. The caves contain large underground lake called as Lake Martel.It is also called as Dragon cave. One has to go down the step around 82 feet to explore the magnificent caves with stalactites and stalagmites along with the light shows and the musicians performing their musical concert sitting in the boat.

Jungle Park,Western Water Park, Kathmandu Park and Sol wave house are some exciting Amusement parks that one can experience.

Popular Beaches in Majorca:

Formentor Beach is a bit different because of the views which are more interesting than the sea. The coves are surrounded by mountains and landscapes. This beach is covered by pine forest so one can sit under the pine tree for shade.

Alcudia Beach is a fine white sandy beach with clear waters. Many sun hungry relaxation seekers come here mainly in summer for peace and entertainment. They have water sports like pedal boat, banana boats, kayak, Sups jet skis, fly boarding and Para sailing and speedboats.

Es Trenc Beach; This is the longest beach on this Island .There are no resorts on this beach therefore it is more wild and natural.

Cala Mondrago is a National park where you can tour the park but also you can find some beaches, so if you prefer both visiting the beach and national park together then you can have a great day trip.

Calo De Moro Beach; This Beach has clear blue water .It is not that big but it is romantic and different compared to other beaches.

PortalsVells is a luxurious beach. They have a fun park in the water with slides and obstacle courses.They also have bars on the beach.

SaCalobraBeach is in the middle of two very large boulders. To reach this beach you have to walk through some caves. The water is clear but you will find pebbles on the beach.

Horseriding and SunsetBarbecue is the best thing one should not miss out.After viewing the beautiful scenery you can have a lovely barbecue dinner.

Tourist also spend their Nightlife in the Pubs and Bars, They party in the evening. All the hotels entertain tourist from live music to various different shows.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Galicia, Spain


Galicia – One of the 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain

Galicia is one of the 17 Autonomous Communities of Spain which is located in the green and lush north western corner of Spain. The region of Galicia is an area of grass and granite which has a rugged coastline. It comprises of four provinces, namely LaCoruna, Pontevedra, Lugo and Ourense that have been named after their capital cities and is Europe’s western most regions. Towards the west and north it tends to face the sea, it faces the mountains shared with Asturias and Castile y Leon at the east and faces Portugal at the south.

Its coastline is the most remarkable in the peninsula with several fjords and various outstanding beaches. Geographically, Galicia is placed just above Portugal and faces the Atlantic Ocean and the Mar Cantabrico. This are of the country has an economy which is based on farming, fishing, agriculture and progressively tourism. Its climate tends to have four distinct seasons. Galicia is an autonomous community having a cultural heritage, climate and geography which is distinct from the rest of Spain. Though the history of the region as well as the scenery are regularly promoted as the areas foremost vacation attractions, beautiful beaches tend to fill the bays of three of the four provinces in Galicia combined with the scent of pine and eucalyptus.

Galicia Termed as Green Spain

In recent years, Galicia and especially the towns near to Santiago de Compostela together with its airport has become very popular with the British and American tourists. Galicia is often termed as green Spain due to its temperate climate as well as the elevated rainfall, when compared to the resorts of hotter South of Spain.

The landscape of Galicia is lush, mountainous with forests of pine and eucalyptus though like the rest of the Iberian regions, it tends to have a high level of autonomy and provincial self-determination. The biggest difference between Galicia and the more commonly visited southern Spanish resort to a tourist will be the landscape and the climate. More the 80% of the people in Galicia speak fluent Galician but almost most of them also speak Castellano, which according to them is known as Spanish and may also opt to use it most of the time.

Region of Contrast

Galician is known as Galegao in the local language and Gallego in Castellano. Galego is one of the five Iberian languages from where Latin changed itself. The other four are Spanish – Castellano, Catalan, Asturian and Portuguese. Besides this, there is Basque which bears no connection to any of these or to Latin. It is said that Portuguese seemed to develop from Galego, which was the original language that spread south before it had been standardised is Lisbon.

 Presently the people of Galicia and north Portugal seem to understand each other quite well. Galicia tends to offer some of the best hotels in Spain and is a pleasant place for vacations. It is a region of contrast and as one tends to explore it, they will find areas offering different backdrops. The coast of Galicia is known as the `Costa de la Muerte’ or `Coast of Death mainly due to the number of shipwrecks along the rocky coast, which has tiny fishing villages, untouched covers and fine shady beaches.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Plaza Mayor, Salamanca


Plaza Mayor – Large Plaza, Utilised as Public Square

Plaza Mayor in Salamanca, Spain is said to be a large plaza situated in the centre of Salamanca and is utilised as a public square. An exceptional grand square, it is considered as the heart of Salamanca and widely regarded as the most beautiful central plaza of Spain. Salamanca is known as La Dorado – The Golden City owing to the glow of its sandstone buildings which the Plaza Mayor tends to represent at its core.

The square is mostly memorable during night when it is illuminated till midnight to magical effect. It has been designed by Alberto Churriguera with its amazing harmonious and controlled baroque display and the medallions placed around the square bear the bust of famous figures.

It has been built in the traditional Spanish baroque style and is a famous gathering area which is lined by restaurants, tourist shops, ice cream parlours, and much more along its perimeter except in the front area of the city hall.

It is linked to the shopping area Calle del Toro from the northeast area, Calle de Zamora from the north, the restaurant on Calle de Concejo from the northwest, Calle del Prior and the small Calle de la Caja de Ahorros from the west and as Plaza del Corrillo from the south.

Utilised for Bullfighting

In 1729 the construction of the plaza had started and was completed in 1755.Felipe the V had ordered the construction of the plaza to be utilised for bullfighting and was designed by the Churriguera family in sandstone. Till mid-19th century, it had been used for bullfighting, one hundred years after it was completed. The construction had started in two phases and the first was between 1729 and 1735 while the second was between 1750 and 1755.

The first phase was said to be built under the guidance of Alberto Churriguera and the second phase was built under the direction of his nephew, Manuel de Larra Churriguera. Eventually Andres Garcia de Quinones had built the City Hall. UNESCO had declared the old city of Salamanca as a World Heritage Site, in 1988. Presently there is a plaque place towards the centre of the plaza marking its significance to enhancement on the baroque style beauty of the plaza.

Irregular Square, Its Facades not Measuring the Same Height

The plaza is said to be an irregular square with none of its facades measuring the same height. The walls have three floors above its ground terrace level except for the main façade portion. There are six entrances which lead to various streets from opposite areas of the plaza. It features a clock – El Reloj tower and five larger façade entrances on only two floors towards the frontal area under the clock.

Besides this, it also features 88 arches which are raised on stout pillars and decorated medallions on it several spandrels. The plaza also tends to have 247 balconies which now belong to private residents. Originally the plaza was intended to be designed with two towers on each side of the clock but was not completed due to fear that the portion would not be capable of supporting the weight and thus the 1745 plan was used instead. The city hall is also placed on this side of the plaza, built in the baroque style with five granite arches and a steeple.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Setenil de las Bodegas

Setenil de las Bodegas

Setenil de las Bodegas – Popular for Its Dwellings

Setenil de las Bodegas, a town which is in the province of Cadez, Spain, is popular for its dwellings that are built in rock overhangs above the Rio Trejo. This small town is situated 157 kilometres northeast of Cadez and has unique setting beside a narrow river gorge. The Setenil de las Bodegas tends to extend along the course of the Rio Trejo where some of the houses are built in the rock walls of the gorge itself which have been developed due to enlarging of natural caves or overhangs, adding an external wall.

According to Messy Nessy Chic, several of the houses are built in and under the walls of the gorge itself, eliminating the need to build the whole house and live in the contorted caves, just building a frontage. The sheltered caves seem to be perfect for blocking the hot and cold temperatures that tend to sweep the country. Though the residents live under the rock, they are evidently in touch with their surroundings. The bars, food shops and restaurants are considered to be the best in the region and prized delicacies like chorizo, olive oil, honey, jam and Andalucía wines are sold in the town.

Town’s Name – Mixture of Two Defining Features of History

The Setenil de las Bodegas town’s name is a mixture of two defining features of its history and Setenel is derived from the Latin septem nihil which meansseven times nothing’.This refers to the Moorish town’s resistance to Christian assault apparently captured only after seven sieges. This took place in the last years of the Christian Reconquest. In 1407 surrounded unsuccessfully, Setenil eventually fell in 1484 when the Christian forces excluded the Moorish occupant.

 Utilising gun powder artillery, the Christians captured the castle after fifteen days, whose ruins dominate the town presently. Owing to the planned position of Setenil, the victory was widely celebrated in Castile and is the source of many legends in local folklore. Setenil de las Bodegas, unlike several of the cities tend to continue to flourish and home to over 3,000 inhabitants. The houses seemed to be built directly in the stone walls, not completely underground but in the mountains of the Spanish town. Most of the town is constructed out in the open areas and is considered to be an amazing destination to visit and explore the unbelievable carved structure.

An Antipodal City

As per the 2005 census, the Setenil de las Bodegas had a population of around 3,016 people and has a precise antipodal city, Auckland, New Zealand. The full name of Setenil de las Bodegas dates back to the 15th century when the new Christian immigrants besides maintaining the Arab olive and almond groves, had introduced vineyards. It is said that the first two crops had flourished in the district though the once flourishing wineries, the bodegas had been wiped out by the phylloxera insects’ infestation in 1860s resulting in damage of most of European vine stocks.

Taking into account the nearby cave dwelling societies like those at the Gueva de la Pileta, west of Ronda, where the habitation is tracked to over 25,000 years, there is a possibility that Setenil could have been occupied much earlier. Much of the evidences could havebeen wiped away due to continuous habitation.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Lanzarote, Spain


Lanzarote – Spanish Island, A Volcanic Origin

Lanzarote, a Spanish island is towards the eastern area of the autonomous Canary Island in the Atlantic Ocean about 125 km off the coast of Africa and 1,000 km from the Iberian Peninsula. Lanzarote has a volcanic origin and was born through scorching eruptions.

It has hardened lava streams and excessive rock formation. The island had emerged around 15 million years ago as a creation of the Canary hotspot Alfred Wegner’s research of the island when he visited in 1912 and showed how it fitted with his theory of continental drift.The island is said to emerge along with the others after the break-up of the African and the American continental plates.

The biggest recorded eruptions took place between 1730 and 1736 in an area which is now designated Timanfaya National Park. The huge environmental value of the island received UNESCO recognition in 1993.As an UNESCO biosphere reserve, Lanzarote is an intriguing island having extraordinary geology of 300 volcanic cones. It has interesting sights, great beaches with good number of restaurants and hotels. The landscape here has an unambiguous and ethereal appearance with occasional bucolic, palm filled valley compared with surreal, furrowed black lava fields.

Unique Landscape Creates Valuable Ecosystem

The strange volcanic soils of Lanzarote welcomes the tourist and the islands’ tranquillity and silence enables you to disconnect and recharge the energy level during the long sunny days spent on this amazing island. Its unique landscapes create a valuable ecosystem which is recognized all across the world.

 It has an ideal atmosphere where one can relax and lose themselves amidst the volcanoes, lava tubes together with the pristine beaches. The islands’ main sights have been appealingly developed by the late Cesar Manrique. He was a Lanzarote native and an artist who still tends to have a considerable effect on the island through a cultural foundation which promotes Lanzarote’s conservation architectural and cultural integrity.

To get to know the island is to visit its wineries and wine cellars and taste their delicious Malvasia wines. The rolling vineyards of the La Geria wine region having rows of pits and stone wall to shelter the vines tends to surprise the tourist. It is where most of the islands delicious Designation of Origin wines are made.

Crater By Sea – Natural Amphitheatre by Sea

Most of Manrique’s art is in Lanzarote and at the popular Fundacion Cesar Manrique gallery which attracts thousands of visitors each year due to his harmonious vision of Lanzarote as well as its landscape. One can explore it still further by visiting the Jameos del Agua or the Mirador del Rio viewpoint. A crater by the sea, Charco de los Clicos, formed during the 1730 eruptions, is a natural amphitheatre by the sea comprising of emerald green lagoon shaped by the sunken crater.

The colour that comes out is from natural algae living in the warm water that contrast with the black sand beach giving a most remarkable view to the tourist. When one walks down into the lava cave, which was earlier used as a shelter from pirate attacks, one enters a volcanic territory where molten magma solidified into twisted shapes.

 The colours of the magma still tend to remain in the rocks with reds, created by rusting iron from the fresh lava along with ochre and greens which is caused by the reflection of light of the salt that has saturated in from the ocean. Several sites are there to be explored at this amazing destination with each having its own charm and beauty.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Things to Do In Madrid

Madrid is the capital of Spain. It is a crowded city. The people here are of a very friendly nature. The citizens are called Madrilenos. This city is situated along the sides of the Manzanares River and the mountain of Guadarrama. There are beautiful things to see. This city is a lively city. There are many places for sightseeing.

BEUN RETIRO PARK: It is a largest park known as The Park of the Pleasant retreat. There are beautiful sculpture, monuments, galleries and a lake where they have boating’s and events like concerts. This park contains Zoological gardens, Crystal palace which is made of a glass building famous for art exhibition. And not forgetting a garden of roses.

ROYAL PALACE OF MADRID: It is an official residence of king of Spain but he and the royal family doesn’t stay there. It is mainly used for state ceremonies and for some other celebrations. It is located on the Bailen Street on the western part of Madrid. The statue of the king and the queen is all over the square. This palace is open to public all-round the year. The throne room should be visited. It remains the same from the reign of Carlos III.

THE SOROLLA MUSEUM: This museum was opened in the name of Joaquin Sorolla who was anartist. His paintings wereof different styles. He used to paint on topics like Social criticism, family portrait, work depicting typical local customs and self-portraits. His paintings showed a very calm and quiet scene mostly of the sea, children and women. His paintings were mostly done by oil paint. Andalusian Style garden is also designed by this artist. Before dying he painted on a canvas which still remains intact till today.

NATIONAL ARCHAEOLOGY MUSEUM: It exhibits archaeology, ethnology, decorative coins and arts. All items like the Egyptian mummies, Mudejar stone work and ceramics are displayed. The Bust of lady of Elx an Iberian women is the main highlight of this museum found in south eastern Spain by a French archaeological which describes her hair, headgear. There are many more artifacts displayed in this museum. There are many wealth of religious articles removed from churches and monasteries displayed here also.

PLAZA DE CIBELES: There is a fountain situated in the middle of Cibeles Square depicts the goddess sitting in a chariot pulled by two lions. The Madrid is famous for many monuments. It has become a celebration place after winning the football match. There are three monuments that is Cibeles palace which at present is a City Hall, Banco de Espana and Linares Palace. These palaces are lit up very beautiful in the night.

CASAde CAMPO PARK: Also known as Country House Park.It is situated in the west on central city in Moncloa Aravaca district. There is a beautiful lake with flora and Fauna. They have Kayaking, fishing and swimming in this lake. It has an amusement park where all the rides are based on cartoon character. A zoo, an aquarium, Madrid Arena Stadium and a cable car also there to entertain the public. This place is ideal for family vacation tours.

MUSEO DelAIRE: It is an Aviation Museum situated in Cuatro Vientos Air Base out of the city limits. The children get very fascinated with the different collections of aircrafts. They have old and historic airplanes right from the beginning of aviation. One can tour around the hanger. There is a large display of wooden propellers of different shape and size, Gliders, rescue helicopter and passenger airlines.

WARNERS BROS PARK: It is a theme park. It is divided into five areas that are Hollywood Boulevard, Warner Bros, Studio, DC Superheroes world, Cartoon village. The rides are very unique.They have a Chinese theatre, looney tunes statue, Rio Bravo flume ride, inverted roller coaster, exploring the gold mine mountain; the children can drive in the Flint stone cars, batman ride, wooden roller coaster and river rapid ride. So enjoy the trip by visiting this park.

ENTERTAINMENT: Apart from visiting museums and other historical places there is something where you can enjoy yourself by watching flamenco, a bull fight, go in an open topped bus tour, eat at the world oldest restaurant , take a ride on the Madrid’s cable car, visit Madrid’s weekly flea market , sweeten your tooth by tasting Chocolate con churros.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

10 Things You Must Experience in Barcelona

Phoenicians and Carthaginians set up the city of Barcelona. It stands second largest city of Spain. The scenery is outstanding. Autumn season is the best time to visit this city.

There are many things to do. You can spend your time in various events, sight-seeing and shopping. Few of them are as follows.

1.Visiting the Royal Basilica of Montserrat: it is one of the most important pilgrimage sites with Romanesque carving of Virgin Moreneta known as “THE BLACK VIRGIN”. The Virgin of Montserrat statue is placed in the Monastery’s Royal Basilica. Marvels were done by The Virgin and this place became a pilgrimage centre.

2.Barcelona football stadium and museum: Camp Nou football is the third largest stadium in the world. Here many famous footballers Ronaldinho,Maradona and Gary linker etc. has played in this stadium. This stadium was founded by Hans Gamper in 1899 and FC Barcelona became a symbol of football and social cultural identity. One can have a look at the stadium by visiting the changing room, chapel, press room, by walking on the pitch, sitting in the participant’s benches and celeb’s lounge. Olympic Games in theyear 1992 were held here.

One can visit the museum and learn about the past history of the club.There is a distinctive area dedicated to Leo Messi to see his four balloons d’or and his three golden boots. There are shields, photos, sports equipment and players kits all exposed in the museum.

3.Port Aventura Park:It has an amusement park and water park. Adventure and excitement is experienced in this park. This park has breathtaking roller coaster ride and free fall water slide.

4.Girona, Figueres and Dali Museum: Girona is a medieval city one of the best preserved Jewish houses in Europe .These houses are built at the banks of the Onyar River. It is so huge one will get lost in its streets looking at the medieval walls, baroque buildings, Romanesque, and gothic landmarks. The city Figueres is a home town of Salvador Dali. He decided to open the Dali Theatre Museum. It is a largest sunrealistic object in the world which replaces the town’s former municipal theatre which was destroyed in the Spanish civil war. Painting, drawing, hologram, photography, sculpture, engraving etc. are displayed in the museum.

5.Hot air balloon over Catalonia: While floating in the air in a Hot air balloon the natural landscape of Catalonia’s, the panoramic view of the Pyrenees, Montserrat peak, Barcelona city and the Mediterranean Sea can be seen from above. It is very exciting adventures to travel in the Hot air balloon. To see the beautiful view one must leave early in the morning. The sun shadow can be seen on the mount. There are certain causes also where one can’t take a ride on the Hot air balloon.

6.Cruise sailing and water tour: There are private cruise on a classic yacht. You can experience the romantic sunset cruise by touring in the sailboat. There is group cruising and exploration with a private skipper. They have a training session of sailing. You can experience a 125 years of the past while touring in a boat.

7.Outdoor activities: Activities like rowing at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Skateboarding, Urban Safaris, Beaches, Climbing at Montjuic, Open Air cinema; Wind Surfing and Table Tennis do take place.

8.Climb up the Magical Montjuic: People who travel by sea get the first glimpse of this Montjuic. Forest and parks are popular with joggers, cyclist and strollers. It is also an entertainment place. It attracts the old and the young. The computerised water fountain dances to the mixture of sounds and lights. Visiting of the castle and other attraction at Montjuic is done via the cable car which crosses the port.

9.The best seafood: Don’t miss out on tasting the best sea food at 7 Portes, Can Majo, CASA Leopoldo, El Raco Del Mariner, Escribe, Els Pescadors and Pez vela located at the beach.

10.Barcelona zoo:It is ranked among the top zoos in Spain. There is an infant zoo where small children are exposed to the animals. They have an indoor aquarium. Dolphin shows attract many tourists. The White Gorilla is a tourist attraction in the zoo.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain
Madrid – Largest Capital City of Spain

Madrid is the largest and the capital city of Spain as well as the capital of the autonomous community of the Comunidad de Madrid. It is also the third largest city in the European Union following London and Berlin and its metropolitan area is the third largest in the European Union after Paris and London. The city’s population is around 3.3 million and the metro area population is around 6.5 million.

 The city spans a total 604.3 sq.kmarea and is located on the Manzanares River at the centre of both the country and the Community of Madrid, comprising of the city of Madrid with its conurbation and extended suburbs and villages. The community is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile and Leon together with Castile-Le Mancha.Being a capital city of Spain, residence of the Spanish monarch and seat of government, Madrid is also the political, economic as well as the cultural centre of Spain and is known for its great cultural as well as artistic heritage. It is a city of great monuments and among its highlights is the medieval centre which dates back to the Habsburg Empire together with El Prado museum. One will find some of the liveliest nightlife in the world here.

Major Global Cities in the World

The urban agglomeration of Madrid has the third largest GDP in the European Union with influences in education, entertainment, politics, environment, fashion, media, science, arts and culture which contribute to its status as one of the major global cities in the world.

Its high standard of living, economic output together with its market size has made Madrid as the major financial centre of Southern Europe and the Iberian Peninsula. Besides this, it also heads the offices of the vast majority of the major Spanish companies like the Telefonica, Iberia or Repsol and according to Monocle magazine in its 2014 index, is the 17thmost liveable city in the world.

Majority of the companies have established their headquarters here which have profited from the wide range of service made available in the city, such as good public transport, conference resorts and the course of its leisure facilities. These include some of the excellent restaurants, theatres, opera, shopping centres, together with the popular museums and much more.

International Airport with Three Terminals

Barajas, which is its international airport with three terminals, is the busiest airport in Spain which receives domestic as well as international flights from several major cities across the globe. One will find plenty of interesting things to do and explore in Madrid and the city provides a wide range of offers for tourism, business, and culture with good facilities and services.

It was also elected as the city of European Capital of culture in the year 1992 and was also a candidate city in hosting the Olympic Games in the year 2012 though eventually the winning city was London. Madrid had been one of the favourites and has reached a third position in the competition. Moreover, Madrid has also been a home to two world famous football clubs in Real Madrid as well as Atletico de Madrid. Madrid is an amazing destination with several interesting sites to explore.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Seville – Largest Historical Centres of Europe

Seville was founded by Hercules and its origin was linked with Tartessian civilization. It lies on the banks of the Guadalquiver River and is one of the largest historical centres in Europe. It is locally a Spanish city, the capital and largest city of the autonomous community of Andalusia as well as the province of Seville.

The inhabitants of this city are known as sevillianos/sevillanas or hispalenses, called after the Roman name of the city, Hispalis. In 2011, this city had a municipal population of around 703,000 and a metropolitan population of around 1.5 million which has made it the fourth largest city in Spain as well as the 30th most popular municipality in the European Union.

Three UNESCO Heritage Sites

It has three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in its Old Town namely the Alcazar palace complex, the Cathedral and the General Archive of the Indies, where the historical records of the American continent are kept, the Fine Art Museum, one of the second largest picture gallery in Spain besides convents, parish churches and palaces.

The minaret of La Giralda, the cathedral is one of the largest in Christendom and part of the treasure includes Casa de Pilatos, Torre del Oro and the Town Hall. To visit the old city with the Cathedral and the Giralda tower, one can climb the steps inside the tower for a great view of the city.

Close to it is the royal Mudejar palace with beautiful gardens with the Santa Cruz quarter having cramped streets, flowered balconies with richly decorated facades and hidden patios. It has a harbour which is located about 80 km from the Atlantic Ocean and is the only river port in Spain.

The quarter of Triana on the other end of the river, La Macarena, Santa Cruz and San Bartolome, the street of Las Sierpes, and La Maestranza bullring, together with Maria Luisa part and the riverside walk are all the images of Seville.

A Joyous Town with Impressive History

Seville is universally considered being a joyous town with all its important monuments and impressive history and is the largest town in Southern Spain, the city of Carmen, Don Juan and Figaro. The people of Seville are known for their wit and sparkle while the city is full of vitality.

 Moreover, the Sevillians are known to be great actors with their extraordinary performance at their annual Feria de Abril which is a weeklong event with food, drink and dance that takes place day and night in over a thousand especially mounted tents for this occasion.

Besides this, it enables men to parade on fine horses while the women dance in their brilliantly coloured gypsy dresses to the tune of the music. During the Holy week, Semana Santa, a religious festival is held where hooded penitents march along in long processions followed by large baroque floats on which is mounted the image of Christ or the Virgin amidst a crowd of cheerful Sevillians.

Some of the sights which should not be missed in the old city, are the Casa de Pilatos which has a large sixteenth century mansion that blends with the Mudejar, Renaissance and Gothic styles, harmoniously with exuberant patios and gardens.

Crossing of the Triana Bridge over the large Guadaquiver River and the lively quarter of Triana with its charming narrow streets all around the church of Santa Ann together with the traditional ceramic factories are worth exploring.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

San Sebastian – Modern Cosmopolitan Destination

San Sebastian
San Sebastian located on the shores of the Bay of Biscay in Basque Region of northern Spain is a modern cosmopolitan destination for exploring interesting sites in the country and is one of Spain’s pearls of touristic supremacy. San Sebastian flanked by a number of promenades with awesome beaches, the most famous being the Playa de la Concha.

The La Concha Bay has a small offshore island which enables visitors with a few hours of pure enjoyment in this beautiful setting while the nearby popular Ondaretta Beach is a better version for those interested in relaxing by the sea or swimming in chilly clean water. Geographically being a small city, San Sebastian is divided into areas which are worth visiting and exploring.

The Old Part has a variety of amazing restaurants and tapas or pintxo bars which are of great reputation both among tourist and locals. One of the city’s most amazing Michelin Star restaurants has some delicious and the finest quality of food stuff which should not be missed while visiting this appealing destination.

Known for Parades and Festivals

Leisure strolls by the seashore on a warm afternoon towards sunset will give one the privilege of the best fresh fish and shellfish together with a vibrant nightlife that follows thereafter in the city. One could also take the opportunity on some affordable and homely menus at the back streets. The summers is the best time to visit the city with the climate being mild with comforting warmth and during the day it is just pleasant and not too hot.

San Sebastian is also known for its several parades and festivals throughout the year most of which takes place during the summer months. The main economic activities are tourism and commerce and it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain.

 Being the city’s small size, events like the San Sebastian International Film Festival have given this destination an international recognition together with Wroclaw, Poland, and will be the European Capital of Culture by 2016.

Oldest Museums – San Telmo Museo

The Culture in San Sebastian as the Basque speakers call Donostia, is a costal beauty which is experienced best in the summer season accompanied with music, film festivals together with bar snacks and one will always find some sort of culture where visitors can involve themselves at any point of time. The dFeria, held in March, a festival of theatre and dance is held in order to present performing arts creation with focus given to Basque theatre groups which runs for five days.

 It brings the global theatre down to Donostia with a lot of festive ambiance and should not be missed by enthusiastic of dance and theatre.The San Sebastian Heineken Jazz Festival in July is a tradition which is followed since 1966, hosted with a hundred concerts across twelve indoor and open space venues. It is shown at Kursaal Auditorium and Zurriola Beach which are very popular.

The San Sebastian International Film Festival in September is an annual Donostia festival which is considered as important as the Cannes festival showcasing about 200 to 250 international films, awarding the Golden Shell. One of the oldest museums, San TelmoMuseo in the Basque country was built in 1902 which is situated below Mount Urgull housing over 26,000 art pieces across 11,000 square meters of space.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The Coast of the Sun

The temperature on the Costa del Sol is truly delicious. The Costa del Sol has the most sunshine in Europe. In the summer it is an average temperature of almost 30 ˚ C sunny and warm, but also in the winter, the temperature about 16 ˚ C. Just 10 minutes drive from our cottage lays the peaceful beach of La Cala del Moral, with only three beach bars where you can eat delicious fish. You have to travel through a path along the rocks to get to Rincon de la Victoria. A long boulevard and wide sandy beaches make it quiet on the beach. You will not encounter high rise buildings but a lot of nice restaurants where especially the delicious seafood. Torrox is a little further. This village consists of two parts Torrox Costa and Torrox Pueblo. Torrox Costa has a lovely sandy beach and a nice boulevard. Slightly further inland lays the village of Torrox Pueblo with white houses and winding alleys.

The seaside town of Nerja, situated on an attractive plateau above the sea, has the look of an authentic Spanish village retained. Nerja has a fairly large center, a number of narrow streets and in the authentic core two squares where the terraces and restaurants. Definitely worth a visit is the famous Balcon de Europa, which offers a magnificent view over the coast. You can be a beautiful walk along the coast which runs along the cliffs and beaches are beautiful. Just outside Nerja are the famous caves of Nerja Cuevas de Nerja ". On the other side of Malaga, just 30 minutes drive is the seaside resorts of Torremolinos. Torremolinos, the name refers to the many windmills (Torremolinos) previously stood in this village. In this active resort provides ample shopping. The promenade of Torremolinos is via a path along the rocks on the beach in Carihuela, this avenue to get a lot of Netherlands traditional bars and restaurants. This boulevard is back on the promenade of Benalmadena.