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Portugal: ALGARVE

Portugal: ALGARVE

The Algarve is the southern most region of mainland Portugal and is made up of 16 municipalities. It enjoys a Mediterranean-style micro-climate with very warm Summers and mild Winters.

Along its 200 km coastline, beaches vary from small sheltered coves to broad endless stretches of sea washed sand. As you travel from east to west, the beaches tend to become more subject to seasonal currents.

Spain: ALICANTE

Spain: ALICANTE

Alicante or Alacant is a province of eastern Spain, in the southern part of the Valencian Community. It is bordered by the provinces of Murcia, Albacete, Valencia and the Mediterranean Sea to the East. The province is named after its capital, the city of Alicante.

It has a typical Mediterranean landscape with beaches interspersed with mountainous terrain. The Province hosts many festivals including the Bonfires of San Juan, the Moors and Christians and the Palm Sunday Procession.

Spain: ALMERIA  PROVINCE

Spain: ALMERIA PROVINCE

The province of Almería offers pleasures which are hard to come by in the Mediterranean: over 100 Km. of untamed coastline, and landscapes of outstanding beauty.

The peculiarities of the landscape and the bountiful Almerían climate have made this province the perfect place to locate a substantial film industry, and the region has played host to some of the most famous stars of the screen.

Its untouched beaches in the east with their emerging nudist complexes and the larger tourist centres in the west offer a quality destination for the more demanding traveller. Its exceptional coastline borders the Cabo de Gata-Níjar Nature Reserve, with long sandy beaches and secluded coves bathed by the warm waters of the Mediterranean. The traditional festivities of the Moors and the Christians will transform your trip to Almería into a wonderful adventure.
Location

In the southeast of the Iberian Peninsula, on the shores of the Mediterranean.

It has a coastline with 200 Km. of beaches, stretching from Pulpí in the east to Adra in the west. It descends from the Sierra de Gádor mountains until it joins the Mediterranean sea in some exceptionally beautiful beaches.
History

Almería, thanks to its strategic situation on the Mediterranean, has been home to different civilisations throughout its history. Significant traces of their presence can be seen in the archaeological remains scattered all over the province.

    Spain: CATALONIA

    Spain: CATALONIA

    Tarragona is a port city in northeastern Spain’s Catalonia region. Many ancient ruins remain from its time as Tarraco, under the Romans. The Amfiteatre Romà is a 2nd-century arena facing the Mediterranean, and traces of the forum stand among the alleys of the walled, medieval Old Town. A walkway along the ramparts, the Passeig Arqueològic, has sweeping views of the city.

      Spain: ESTEPONA

      Spain: ESTEPONA

      Estepona is a resort town on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain. A palm-lined promenade, the Paseo Marítimo, runs next to the Playa de la Rada beach. Nearby are the restaurants and water sports facilities of Puerto Deportivo, plus a fishing port and the cove of Playa del Cristo. The whitewashed old town centers on the flower-filled square of Plaza de las Flores, home to the eclectic artworks of the Colección Garó.

      Near the square stand the 18th-century church of Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, once a Franciscan monastery, and a striking 15th-century clock tower, the Torre del Reloj. To the north is the Parque Botánico-Orquidario, a glass-domed botanical garden with a towering waterfall and over 1,000 orchid species. Beaches stretch down the coast, dotted with centuries-old watchtowers and small seafood restaurants known as chiringuitos. Inland, trails extend through the rocky mountains of the Sierra Bermeja. San Isidro Park is home to the prehistoric tombs of the Necrópolis Prehistórica de Corominas.

        Morocco: FEZ

        Morocco: FEZ

        Fes is a northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital. It’s primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina, with medieval architecture, vibrant souks and old-world atmosphere. The medina is home to religious schools such as the 14th-century Bou Inania and Al Attarine, both featuring elaborate cedar carvings and ornate tile work.

        Spain: MALAGA

        Spain: MALAGA

        The Province of Malaga is located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain in Andalusia. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the South and by the Provinces of Cadiz, Granada, Cordoba and Seville.

        It has over 160 km of coastline with a total of 14 districts located directly on the Mediterranean Sea. The beaches in both the eastern and western part of the Province are so attractive that they have made the Costa del Sol one of the top international destinations.

        Spain: MENORCA

        Spain: MENORCA

        San Luis1 (in Catalan and officially: Sant Lluís) is a municipality of Menorca (Spain). Founded by the French in honor of the King of France Louis XV during his brief domination (1756-1763), in the Garriga de Binifadet, with the construction of the church that was completed in 1783. Next to the temple the houses were built following a rectilinear layout in the French style. This style is characterized by straight streets cut by other perpendiculars. It consists of a main street known as Es Cós in which the main commercial activity is carried out.

        Its festivities, with the traditional fuss, are celebrated the first weekend after the festivity of San Luis, on August 25

        Spain: MURCIA-Costa Calida

        Spain: MURCIA-Costa Calida

        Murcia is characterized by its old history of commerce and agriculture. Already its original inhabitants, Iberian tribes, established commercial relations with Phoenicians and Greeks. Later on it became first a Carthaginean colony, then a Roman colony. (Carthago Nova, today's Cartagena still reminds of that fact). The Moors established effective and modern agricultural production, which still today is an important economic factor, thanks to their advanced technologies.

        Of major touristical interest is of course the Mediterranean coast, Costa Calida ("the warm coast"), with beaches of fine sand. The salt-water lagoon Mar Menor and La Manga del Mar Menor offer great possibilities for water sports. The inland is almost desertic, and you may visit several towns which still preserve their medieval structures.

        Typical cooking includes stews, salads, roasted meat, rice, and of course great sea-food along the coast. Murcia also produces wine of high quality.

        Major attractions:

        Murcia
        The capital of the region, located inland at the banks of the river Segura. Major attractions include the Baroque cathedral and the spectacular "Real Casino".

        Cartagena
        The above mentioned Carthaginean Cartago Nova is of great historical importance, with numerous monuments from ancient times until today. It also has the region's most important port.

        Mazarron
        Due to its protected location in the Gulf of Mazarron, water temperatures are about higher 5°C higher than in the surrounding Mediterranean and its pleasant micro-climate makes it an ideal holiday destination.

        La Manga del Mar Menor
        "La Manga" is a sandy promontory with great beaches, located inbetween the Mediterranean sea and the largest salt-water lagoon of Europe, the "Mar Menor".

        Cyprus: PAPHOS

        Cyprus: PAPHOS

        Cyprus, officially the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean and the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is located south of Turkey, west of Syria and Lebanon, northwest of Israel, north of Egypt, and southeast of Greece.

        The earliest known human activity on the island dates to around the 10th millennium BC. Archaeological remains from this period include the well-preserved Neolithic village of Khirokitia, and Cyprus is home to some of the oldest water wells in the world. Cyprus was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves in the 2nd millennium BC. As a strategic location in the Middle East, it was subsequently occupied by several major powers, including the empires of the Assyrians, Egyptians and Persians, from whom the island was seized in 333 BC by Alexander the Great. Subsequent rule by Ptolemaic Egypt, the Classical and Eastern Roman Empire, Arab caliphates for a short period, the French Lusignan dynasty and the Venetians, was followed by over three centuries of Ottoman rule between 1571 and 1878 (de jure until 1914).

        Portugal: PORTUGAL-West Region of Portugal/Silver Coast

        Portugal: PORTUGAL-West Region of Portugal/Silver Coast

        Obidos is the classic Portuguese fortified town, and is one of the most picturesque locations in Portugal. Obidos radiates Portuguese charm, from the narrow cobbled streets, the quaint houses, through to the imposing medieval castle, which once guarded the region.

        The region surrounding Obidos is as equally fascinating, there is the working fishing port of Peniche, the pristine beaches of Lagoa de Obidos and even Europe’s largest collection of Buddha statues at the Buddha Eden. Obidos is a great base from which to exploring this enthralling region, and the town is rapidly becoming a popular destination for holidays or longer stays. This article will provide an introduction to Obidos, either as a day trip from Lisbon or for a holiday.