Playa del Carmen. Entertainment, great weather and postcard beaches

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  The locals simply call it Playa, because Playa del Carmen is THE BEACH par excellence of the Mayan Riviera. Located at the heart of the Mayan Riviera, it boasts the best restaurants, hotels, shops and night clubs. What was once a fisherman’s village of 1,500 inhabitants gradually became one of the major tourist centers in the world thanks to its multiple attractions. Here go some of the most appealing things you will find: · Quinta Avenida (Fifth Avenue) is the main Street of this Caribbean city. Those who thrive on shopping will find handicrafts stores alongside shops selling the…

Go hiking in the impressive Samaria Gorge

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Samaria, on the Greek island of Crete, is one of the most imposing gorges in Europe, which year after year draws in hundreds of people from all over the world wishing to experience this beautiful, unique and spectacular natural setting. It is the longest gorge in Europe, measuring 16 km and rising up to an altitude of 1,200 meters. At its widest the gorge spans 150 m and the narrowest part is a mere 3 m wide. The park only opens in the summer season, from May to October, because in winter the river waters can be quite dangerous. The…

Things to do in Yaiza

  Yaiza is a town located in the south of the island of Lanzarote, featuring beautiful white constructions built in a traditional architectural style, a calm atmosphere and impressive surroundings. Since it is near Timanfaya National Park, the volcanic landscape stretches from the mountains and reaches the town, captivating all those who visit this area. You can relax on any of the beaches or explore the exotic sights afforded by the many magma formations. Here go a few of the essentials: · With an area of 51 square kilometers, Timanfaya National Park spreads from the Mountains of Fire and reaches…

Let’s go to the beach bar!

We all love a good beach bar, known as a chiringuito in Spain! These small beach bars and restaurants, found all along the Spanish coast, are a physical token of the good life. There is nothing like emerging from the sea and walking up to the chiringuito and ordering a nice, cold beer or sitting down to eat sardines or Spanish omelette with a pitcher of sangría! Beach bars in Spain have become more sophisticated over the years and many of them enjoy a cult following among visitors, either for their perfect beachside location, the chill out music, the exquisite…

The Madrid of the Hapsburgs

  This incredible district in the city of Madrid was built during the years when the Hapsburg dynasty was in power, between 1516 and 1700, at a time when Spain enjoyed the most exceptional years of its history. The Hapsburgs (known as the Austrias in Spain) rose to power with King Charles I (Charles V of Germany) and enhanced the city with elegant palaces, catholic churches and monasteries. This is the oldest part of the city—medieval and renaissance Madrid. It comprises the streets around the Calle Mayor, the Plaza de la Villa, Plaza de la Paja and Plaza Mayor. The…

There’s a lot more to Mallorca than just beaches

  Mallorca possesses dazzling natural beauty that is enhanced by the taste for the good things in life. Its beautiful limestone cliffs, distant, dreamlike mountains, charming little villages, magical forests of oak, pine and olive trees, vast and exuberant plains covered with carob trees, almond trees and vineyards… all these things contribute to make this Mediterranean island much more than just beaches with turquoise waters and fine, white sand. The Serra de Tramuntana, included on the World Heritage List, is a mountain range that rises in the northwest of the island. It is made up by paths, walls and terraces,…

Secret hideouts in Mallorca

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The Balearic island of Mallorca has places that are unknown secrets even for many locals. The daring guys of Hi Balearic reveal one of the most beautiful hideouts on the island: Caló del Contraban in Capdepera. It is truly mesmerizing. >> Caló del Contraban – Hi Balearic   “The hotels in Mallorca of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts  provide visitors with irresistible emotions that you can experience on the largest of the Balearic Islands. The excellent location of the IBEROSTAR hotels in Mallorca, spread out throughout the island, provides an incomparable opportunity to discover all its secrets.”

Cuba

Locked in time, Cuba is much more than simply a place for a quick getaway. It has so many appealing features that you’ll have to plan out the purpose of your trip to this fascinating country. Cuba is blessed with the most beautiful and exuberant natural gifts, vibrating, colorful landscapes, protected natural areas and paradisiac beaches. It is a country of contrasts, where past and present, freedom and restriction cohabitate. Its people are generous, intellectual, cultivated, dreaming, cheerful and passionate. They are the backbone of a musical nation, with deep-rooted culture and perfectly preserved history. The decadent architecture is beautiful…

Partying along the beaches of Jamaica

  Jamaica is not only a paradise with beautiful beaches, crystal-clear water and impressive landscapes; it is also the Party Capital of the Caribbean. Few countries are so defined by their music as Jamaica. Besides reggae, you’ll also find plenty of raggamuffin, calypso, dancehall, soul, hip-hop, jazz, gospel, ska and rock. The island has many beach establishments dedicated to fun and music lovers. The best places in the country for partying are the Hip Strip in Montego Bay, which is not on the beach, and the entire Negril Beach, where the party lasts until breakfast time. Every day hundreds of…

Hellshire Beach in Jamaica

    Jamaica is plentiful in sublime beaches that are impeccably kept and cared for. Hellshire is not among them, although as far as beauty is concerned it could compete with the rest, thanks to impressive blue sea and the fine, white sand. But it is not the typical beach you find on a catalogue, with cots and parasols neatly arranged and fine cabins. Instead you’ll find old wooden tables and boards to sit on. This genuineness is what makes it so charming—it is a beach made by Jamaicans, for Jamaicans to enjoy. Located in Hellshire, the namesake beach is…