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Thursday, 19-Jul-2012 02:57 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Interesting Isles of Spain

There are many small islands around Spain that are worth visiting. Their smallness is by no means a good measure of their potential offerings for the holidaymaker to Spain. Each isle is unique with its own specialties. Their beaches are most delightful together with the other attractions.

Isla Canela

This island may be small but has long been a fisherman neighborhood with the fishing tradition as old as time. Besides the lovely beaches that can be found at Isla Canela, there are a couple of interesting historical monuments such as the “Punta del Moral” Roman mausoleum. These amazing archaeological remains are the best proof of the Romans influence since 300 A.D.

Today, this isle has been transformed into a prosperous fishing and salted fish manufacturing industry. This has led to another highlight of this isle which is the availability of fish and seafood cuisine that is renowned in Spain.

While on Isla Canela, one can try the ferry trip across to Portugal. A day trip is possible in visiting the quaint town of Santo Antonio; alternatively, a boat ride on the river Guadiana would be delightful. The river is about 30 kilometers long leading to Sanlucar del Guadiana which is a quaint village located along the riverbanks on a hill.

Isla Cristina

This small island has plenty of lovely beaches; it is also surrounded by marshes and pine forests which have been designated as “Natural Parks” for the purpose of conservation and preservation. It is a haven for many feathered species such as the spoonbill and avocet.


There is a growing number of developments on Isla Cristina to cater to the growing number of tourists visiting the island. However, care is always exercised to ensure a right blending to the environment.

Its golden sand beaches are awarded the coveted Blue Flag status as well as the Ecoplayas award. These beaches are very quiet outside of summer which is a more popular season for tourists. At other times, Spanish families want take advantage of the beautiful golden beaches.

Many of the beaches at Isla Cristina are quiet which is excellent for tourists who want tranquility as they want to take a breather from the hustle and bustle of city life. The beaches are also very popular with locals who want to spend the weekends at the beach with their families. Most of the beaches at Isla Cristina and tossa de marare virgin beaches which enjoy a high protection by the local authorities.


A holiday where you can enjoy all the comforts of your own villa and another with an abundance of sun, sea and sand ? At Club Villamar you can from various vacation spots such as spanje, costa blanca, barcelona, lloret de mar, tossa de mar. And here you can read my articles at Matthew Scott's Articles and my bookmarks at Matthew Scott's Bookmarks.


Monday, 16-Jul-2012 05:41 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Picturesque Mallorca from Various Angles

Indeed there are many reasons for a tourist to favor Mallorca on the Balearic Islands for a most enjoyable holiday. Mallorca as one of the larger islands of the Balearic Islands has plenty to offer any tourist but the most beautiful attraction of Mallorca is the picturesque landscapes and natural offerings on this island.

Beaches

Mallorca has miles and miles of soft sandy beaches to offer tourists a most delightful time for a fantastic holiday. Most of the beaches at Mallorca are awarded the coveted Blue Flag status which represents quality and cleanliness. There are sufficient modern amenities on the beaches for the tourists’ comfort and convenience.

The beaches are well maintained in terms of cleanliness, amenities availability and water sports offerings. One can enjoy the full range of water activities from the many facilities available.

Caves

There are many beautiful natural caves around Mallorca such as Cuevas Naturales de Artá. One can enjoy a great time of discovery at these caves while enjoying a panoramic view from them. These are quite private spots which one can enjoy some time of solitude around the caves while others can explore their formation and beauty.

Fishing villages

There are plenty of quaint small fishing villages which one can explore in the mornings or evenings when the weather is cooler. Tourists would enjoy the morning catches being brought in by the local fishermen where there may be some busy auctioning of catches activities in the early morning. This is a most delightful sight for any tourist who has not experience fresh catches being sold in bulk to the highest bidder.

Some of these fishing villages also pose as ports for other ships to come in. The place is properly done up to cater to the needs of the tourists and locals who might want to stroll around in the evenings.

Nature Parks

Bahía de Alcudia and other parts of Mallorca offer fantastic discoveries of nature through the natural parks available. The authorities have indeed conserved much of the natural surroundings and vegetation in specially preserved forests for the conservation of flora and fauna such as the Albufera nature park. There are many nature trails and cycling treks available in spanje parks to allow tourists a full enjoyment of nature at its best.

Nature lovers would be delighted to discover the many unique flora and fauna available in these reserved parks. Those seeking solace would be refreshed with a walk through these parks.


A holiday where you can enjoy all the comforts of your own villa and another with an abundance of sun, sea and sand ? At Club Villamar you can from various vacation spots such as spanje, costa blanca, barcelona, lloret de mar, tossa de mar. And here you can read my articles at Matthew Scott's Articles and my bookmarks at Matthew Scott's Bookmarks


Monday, 16-Jul-2012 05:19 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Enchanting Punta Umbria in Huelva

Punta Umbria is one of the best beaches in Huelva; it lies between Huelva and the vast Atlantic with plenty of fine golden sand. It is a wide beach that is clean with lots of modern amenities; hence, it enjoys the coveted Blue Flag status award for top quality on cleanliness and amenities. It also lies near to several protected natural environments such as Laguna del Portil, Enebrales and Marismas del Odiel.

Laguna del Portil is a large lake that is the habitat of many fauna species including birds and chameleon. Marismas is a 17,754-acre natural park of wetlands that serve thousands of migratory birds transiting between Africa and Europe. Enebrales on the other hand is as wide as 29,652 acres as a lush juniper forest.

History

Punta Umbria was founded by Phoenicians before the Greeks and Romans came over. There have been many ancient relics from these past epochs especially between 5th and 2nd century B.C.

The village was set to get into the salted fish industry with the local fishermen and abundant fresh catch from the seas. Then the British came in during the 19th century to found the mining industry through their “Rio Tinto” mining company.

Relaxation Punta Umbria is an ideal holiday spot for those who want a quiet winter while the summer invites a large crowd that seeks a vibrant nightlife. They would not be disappointed with the large wealth of entertainment that is available in Punta Umbria. There are lots of pubs, bars, clubs and discotheques which give a lively environment to all who holiday in Punta Umbria.

The days in Punta Umbria encourage all holidaymakers to make the best of the offerings available. There are many water sports which can be enjoyed such as surfing, sailing, fishing, scuba diving or snorkeling. There are many water sports shops in Punta Umbria to ensure a fantastic beach holiday.

There is also a quaint local fishing port which is purported to be the largest around the region. Local fishermen come in to the port every morning with their daily catch for auctions.

Ancient monuments

Although Punta Umbria’s major attraction is its beach, there are many ancient monuments which can be enjoyed around its area. There is the quaint Baroque La Merced cathedral which was formerly a monastery. There are plenty of ancient churches in tossa de mar that go back as far as 16th century. The town hall is usually an interesting building with plenty of exquisite architectural offering.

A holiday where you can enjoy all the comforts of your own villa and another with an abundance of sun, sea and sand ? At Club Villamar you can from various vacation spots such as spanje, costa blanca, barcelona, lloret de mar, tossa de mar. And here you can read my articles at Matthew Scott's Articles and my bookmarks at Matthew Scott's Bookmarks.


Friday, 13-Jul-2012 03:05 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Beautiful Attractions at Alcoy, Alicante

Holidays at Alcoy are delightful with the diverse landscapes from sandy beaches to high refreshing mountains or Mediterranean forests. Alcoy lies hidden between el Carrascal and Serra de Mariola with Rivers Riquer, Molinar, Serpis and Benisaidó. Hence, Alcoy is often known as “The city of bridges”.
Overview

Alcoy can be reached easily from Alicante as it is only 45 km away. The highways connect well with an efficient railroad towards Valencia and Játiva. The booming industries at Alcoy are currently paper, cotton, metal and food. It is now a developed town of important commercial as well as cultural center that has around 60,000 inhabitants.

Alcoy was ‘modernized’ during the nation’s industrial revolution with many industries booming in the XIX century. Alcoy Alicante allows one to enjoy a leisurely walk taking in the fresh air and beautiful landscapes around, especially from its bridges.

There is the local Archaeological Museum which features the town’s vibrant ancient history from the Iberian origins through the Greco-Roman epoch. Several archaeological sites like El Puig and La Serreta date back historical events since 5th century B.C.

One would enjoy viewing the 12th century Barchell castle and the 13th century Na Valora tower as well as the 14th century San Antonio Abad hermitage. The buildings of architectural interest encompass the Casa Consistorial city hall, the Casa de la Cultura which is the local library and city archive and the exhibition center of Lonja de San Jorge.

There are many interesting churches like the Santa Maria and San Augustin churches.

Fiestas

Fiestas are vibrantly celebrated in Alcoy where the Moros y Cristianos fiesta comes on in April. This is the town’s most important fiesta with a cultural strand and of international tourism interest. This festival was originated in 1672 from the mythical version of the people of Alcoy battling the Muslim rule in 1276.

Musicians play traditional music with colorful processions on the following day where participants are in full medieval army attire. The third day in Barcelona celebrates the local patron San Jorge while the last day re-enacts the famous el Alardo battle with soldiers marching through the town streets with shotguns.

The day and fiesta celebration end with the signing of the peace treaty by representatives of both parties. The night becomes fully ignited with partying, music, dancing and merry making by one and all in Alcoy. The tourists would enjoy a grand spectacle of this fiesta if they come to Alcoy at the right season.


A holiday where you can enjoy all the comforts of your own villa and another with an abundance of sun, sea and sand ? At Club Villamar you can from various vacation spots such as spanje, costa blanca, barcelona, lloret de mar, tossa de mar. And here you can read my articles at Matthew Scott's Articles and my bookmarks at Matthew Scott's Bookmarks.


Friday, 13-Jul-2012 02:49 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Visiting the Quaint Old Town of Altea

Altea is a quaint old town closely located to Alicante and Benidorm. Altea is a typical town of Costa Blanca with a population of only 20,000 inhabitants. It lies between the Mediterranean Sea and Sierra de Bernia Mountain; these natural landscapes protect Altea from cold winds. The Algar River running through Altea gives the town a special and pleasant microclimate. The name Altea stems from the Greek word ‘Altahia’ which means “I cure”.

Altea is well connected to other Costa Blanca cities and towns through the well structured highways and public transportation. Alicante airport is barely 57 kilometers away with an efficient local train connection.

Holiday treasure

Altea is one of the best holiday spots in Spain although it is a small town which many tourists might miss in their haste. Altea would offer a lot of charming experiences besides allowing one to enjoy the other beauties close by like the skyscrapers of Benidorm. However, Altea is a medieval gem that comes with quaint whitewashed houses along a labyrinth of narrow cobbled streets.

Life is tranquil at Altea without the hustle and bustle of city life. The night is peaceful with no noisy clubs, discos or music. However, there are many talented musicians, artists and painters who would thrill the tourists with their skills and craftsmanship.

Attractions

There are many tourist attractions in Altea’s historical centre such as the Nuestra Señora del Consuelo church which is a distinctive landmark in Costa Blanca. There are two impressive domes with glazed blue and white ceramic tiles. Streets are found everywhere with colorful flowers that give the town a softness and sweet fragrance.

Small restaurants serving local and international foods are available to appease the appetites of the locals and tourists. There are quaint handicraft shops, art galleries and cafés placed at strategic locations for one’s enjoyment with live music.


Altea is an ancient town located at a hilltop with amazing bay and beach views. One can also view Calpe , lloret and Benidorm on its north and south respectively. The shopaholics would not be disappointed with the available local products found in the other side of Altea near the town hall. A well decorated promenade can be found down the hill stretching to the coast with refreshing palm trees lining its side. Restaurants serving fresh seafood ply the area to tantalize the tourists and locals visiting the spot. Local dishes such as the delicious paellas and tapas are a must while holidaying in Altea.

A holiday where you can enjoy all the comforts of your own villa and another with an abundance of sun, sea and sand ? At Club Villamar you can from various vacation spots such as spanje, lloret de mar, costa blanca, barcelona, lloret de mar, tossa de mar. And here you can read my articles at Matthew Scott's Articles and my bookmarks at Matthew Scott's Bookmarks.


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