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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: CADIZ

    Spain: CADIZ

    The City of Cadiz

    Cadiz stands on a peninsula jutting out into a bay, and is almost entirely surrounded by water. Named Gadir by the Phoencians, who founded their trading post in 1100 BC, it was later controlled by the Carthaginians, until it became a thriving Roman port. It sank into oblivion under the Visigoths and Moors, but attained great splendour in the early 16th century as a launching point for the journey to the newly discovered lands of America. Cadiz was later raided by Sir Francis Drake, in the struggle to gain control of trade with the New World, and managed to withstand a siege by Napoleon's army. In the early 19th century Cadiz became the bastion of Spain's anti-monarchist, liberal movement, as a result of which the country's first Constitution was declared here in 1812.

      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.

        France: LIMOUSIN

        France: LIMOUSIN

        Limousin is a former administrative region of France. On 1 January 2016, it became part of the new region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It comprised three departments: Corrèze, Creuse, and Haute-Vienne.

          United Kingdom (Great Britain): LIVERPOOL

          United Kingdom (Great Britain): LIVERPOOL

          Liverpool is a city in North West England, with an estimated population of 484,578 in 2016 within the City of Liverpool borough. With its surrounding areas, it is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in the UK, with over 2.24 million people in 2011. The local authority is Liverpool City Council, the most populous local government district within the metropolitan county of Merseyside and the largest within the Liverpool City Region.

          Liverpool is located on the eastern side of the Mersey Estuary, and historically lay within the ancient hundred of West Derby in the south west of the county of Lancashire. It became a borough in 1207 and a city in 1880. In 1889, it became a county borough independent of Lancashire. Its growth as a major port was paralleled by the expansion of the city throughout the Industrial Revolution. Along with handling general cargo, freight, raw materials such as coal and cotton, the city merchants were involved in the Atlantic slave trade. In the 19th century, it was a major port of departure for Irish and English emigrants to North America. Liverpool was home to both the Cunard and White Star Line, and was the port of registry of the ocean liner RMS Titanic, the RMS Lusitania, RMS Queen Mary and RMS Olympic.

          The popularity of The Beatles and other groups from the Merseybeat era contributes to Liverpool's status as a tourist destination. Liverpool is also the home of two Premier League football clubs, Liverpool and Everton, matches between the two being known as the Merseyside derby. Liverpool is the sole British club to win five European Cups. The world-famous Grand National horse race takes place annually at Aintree Racecourse on the outskirts of the city.

            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".

            United Kingdom (Great Britain): NORTH EAST ENGLAND (Washington)

            United Kingdom (Great Britain): NORTH EAST ENGLAND (Washington)

            Washington is a town in the City of Sunderland, in Tyne and Wear, England, and part of historic County Durham. Washington is located geographically at an equal distance from the centres of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland, hence it has close ties to all three cities.

            Washington was designated a new town in 1964; it expanded dramatically, by the creation of new villages and the absorption of areas of Chester-le-Street, to house overspill population from surrounding cities.

            At the 2011 census, Washington had a population of 67,085, compared to 53,388 in 2001.[1]

              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.

              Spain: RONDA

              Spain: RONDA

              Ronda

              Despite being Andalucía's fastest-growing town - it overtook Córdoba in the big three Andaluz tourist attractions, behind Sevilla and Granada, in the early 21st century - Ronda retains much of its historic charm, particularly its old town. It is famous worldwide for its dramatic escarpments and views, and for the deep El Tajo gorge that carries the rio Guadalevín through its centre. Visitors make a beeline for the 18th century Puente Nuevo 'new' bridge, which straddles the 100m chasm below, for its unparalleled views out over the Serranía de Ronda mountains.

              Ronda is also famous as the birthplace of modern bullfighting, today glimpsed once a year at the spectacular Feria Goyesca. Held at the beginning of September, here fighters and some of the audience dress in the manner of Goya's sketches of life in the region. Legendary Rondeño bullfighter Pedro Romero broke away from the prevailing Jerez 'school' of horseback bullfighting in the 18th century to found a style of bullfighting in which matadores stood their ground against the bull on foot. In 2006 royalty and movie stars were helicoptered in for the Goyesca's 50th anniversary celebrations in its small bullring, while thousands jammed the streets and parks outside. Otherwise the bullring, Plaza de Toros, is now a museum, and visitors can stroll out into the arena.

              Ronda also holds a lovely 'romería' pilgrimage each year. This is in honour of the Virgen de la Cabeza and is organised by the local Catholic brotherhood of the same name. For those wishing to see the lighter side of life in Ronda this is a wonderful way to participate in a local tradition that dates back to the beginning of the 20th century.

                France: SAINT-JEAN D'ANGELY

                France: SAINT-JEAN D'ANGELY

                Ternant is a commune in the south-east of the Nièvre whose territory has a common border with the Saône-et-Loire . The commune is located between the mountains of the Morvan and the valley of the Loire . The climate is temperate, of oceanic influence.

                United Kingdom (Great Britain): SCOTLAND (Taymouth)

                United Kingdom (Great Britain): SCOTLAND (Taymouth)

                Scotland, the U.K.’s northernmost country, is a land of mountain wildernesses such as the Cairngorms and Western Highlands, interspersed with glacial glens (valleys) and lochs (lakes). Its major cities are Edinburgh, the capital, loomed over by its iconic castle, and Glasgow, famed for its vibrant cultural scene. Scotland is also the ‘home of golf’, typified by the 16th-century Old Course at St Andrews.

                  Spain: VINAROS - Castellon/Barcelona

                  Spain: VINAROS - Castellon/Barcelona

                  Castellón de la Plana, Castelló de la Plana, or simply Castellón / Castelló, is the capital city of the province of Castellón, in the Valencian Community, Spain, in the east of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Costa del Azahar by the Mediterranean Sea.

                  Costa del Azahar (Spanish: [ˈkosta ðel aθaˈar], literally in English "Orange Blossom Coast") or Costa dels Tarongers (Valencian: [ˈkɔsta ðeɫs taɾoɲˈdʒeɾs], literally in English: Orange Tree Coast) is the name for the coast of the province of Castellón in Spain, from Vinaròs to Almenara.

                  Towns on the Costa del Azahar include Peñíscola, Oropesa del Mar, Benicàssim and Castellón de la Plana.