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BRA_Vive la noche de Salvador de Bahía_2

Salvador da Bahia is a very interesting city when it comes to nightlife. There is no need to wait for the weekend to go out for dinner, drinks and a dance in Salvador. The joy of this city is highly contagious and the parties begin and multiply, even in the street, with an energy that takes over everyone, as there is something for all tastes, palates and wallets. The Pelourinho district is the nighttime headquarters, although there are also many clubs in the Rio Vermelho district.

There are bars and nightclubs of all types, from those which offer culinary delights to the more simple establishments in which you can drink and dance until sunrise to the rhythm of the top DJs. An unmissable place for live music is Sankofa African Bar, located in the heart of Pelourinho. Salsa, samba, reggae and MPB (Brazilian pop music), together with DJs who masterfully mix Caribbean, African and international rhythms, make this place the most comprehensive option for fans of live music. On top of all this, it has the atmosphere of an old mansion, typical of the city and decorated with African masks and flags.

If you are looking for something a little more peaceful or a quiet place to have a drink, the French Quartier is without doubt your place. This spot, located facing the Jardim dos Namorados garden, boasts first-class gastronomy accompanied with live jazz and blues.

JequitiBar is located in the open air, on the balcony of the Sesi theater, and has an excellent menu and drinks list which is very appropriate for good company with friends, enjoying a chat with spectacular sea views. They also offer live music to complement the tranquil setting.

O Cravinho, situated in Praça Quinze de Novembro, is a rustic and welcoming bar that offers the most varied range of flavored cachaças, with more than thirty to choose from. Of course this traditional drink cannot be consumed on an empty stomach, which is why they also offer typical regional dishes to begin the Bahian night in the best possible atmosphere.

The most popular spots: Casa da Mãe, at Rua Guedes Cabral 81, Orla de Rio Vermelho, is where Bahian traditions combine with local specialties at very affordable prices. Another loyal exponent of these traditions is the picturesque Botequim São Jorge bar, where samba blasts at all hours of the day. It is located in Rio Vermelho, on Rua Borges Reis 60.

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 5-star all-inclusive vacation complexes in Salvador da Bahia. the IBEROSTAR Praia Do Forte  and the IBEROSTAR BahíaBoth hotels offer guests the ideal Brazilian vacation and beautiful natural surroundings.”

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The province of Cádiz, in Andalusia, spans 260 kilometers of coast and 138 kilometers of beaches: coves, small bays, stretches of sand several kilometers long. The Cádiz coast boasts of having some of the best beaches in Europe, natural settings of fine sand which remain almost intact and invite you to relax or get on a surf board.

Formed by a pre-historic dune with the pine forest as the backdrop, the La Breña cliffs are a genuine natural monument in themselves. Swimming is only possible when the tide goes out. The cliffs reach a height of 100 meters above the sea at their highest point and in this zone you will find some of the best coves on the Cádiz coast. Close to the small fishing village of Zahara de los Atunes, you will find Playa de los Alemanes (Beach of the Germans). Over 1,500 m long and 50 m wide, this beach owes its name to the fact that in the Second World War it served as a surveillance and supplies post for the German boats which circulated through the strait. Its sand is fine and golden, and its waters crystal. Playa de los Lances beach, in Tarifa, is absorbed in a protected spot within El Estrecho Natural Park. It is a huge beach, mainly occupied by lovers of windsurfing and kitesurfing. The westerly wind makes this beach the best setting for practicing these sports.

Close to Conil de la Frontera you will find the beautiful beach of El Palmar, an immense paradise of fine sand which borders with Zahara de los Antunes on one side and Conil on the other. Playa de Roche beach is another of those paradises that you find in tranquil residential areas on the coast. Therefore, they are beaches that rarely fill up with tourists during the summer. Awarded the blue flag distinction, this protected, semi-urban beach has no promenade. The best option is to step on its golden sand and let its gentle swell carry you away. Caños de Meca offers endless beaches where you can have a good swim or a stroll. Such is the case of Playa de Zahora, with views of the Trafalgar Lighthouse, or Playa del Pirata, with fine sand and clean waters.

La playa de Valdevaqueros, in Tarifa, is one of the most spectacular wild beaches in Cádiz. This preserved beach possesses great natural beauty and is a top spot for global kitesurfing and windsurfing. Not far from Tarifa, you will find one of the beaches with greatest charm in the province: Bolonia. It is considered one of the last unspoiled beaches in the south of Spain. Punta Paloma is perhaps one of the prettiest beaches to be found in Tarifa. Its giant dunes and wonderful views from their high points provide a charm that other beaches find it hard to match. This paradise makes you fall in love from the very first minute.

 

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 4-star vacation complexes in Cádiz: the IBEROSTAR Andalucía Playa and the IBEROSTAR Royal Andalus. Both are in Playa de la Barrosa, close to Cádiz city and Chiclana.”

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Margaret Island, formerly known as the “island of rabbits” due to the fact that it used to be a hunting reserve for aristocrats, is situated in the middle of the River Danube , which separates Buda from Pest. It is 2 km long and its current name goes back to Princess Margaret who lived on the island in the 13th century. During the Ottoman wars, the monks and nuns fled and their homes were destroyed but ruins of the convent and chapel can still be seen on the upper part of the island.

In the year 1908, this enormous green space finally opened to the public and nowadays it is a large park in which all kinds of activities and events are held. As soon as you enter the island via Margaret Bridge you will find a large musical fountain and just a few meters away, the Centenary Monument, erected in 1973 to commemorate the centenary of the union of Buda, Pest and Obuda, leading to the existence of the city of Budapest. Strolling through the vast park on the island you will find a small zoo and a Japanese garden in the northern part, with its rock formations, cascades and plants. In the very center of the island, the rose garden, one of the most beautiful in Budapest, is located. Next to the garden is the Water Tower, 57 meters tall, which used to supply the hotel with water. It is currently a UNESCO protected monument. Located in the vicinity of the rose garden are the Palace Baths, which are not a traditional Hungarian-style spa (although they do have hot springs), but a water park with slides, pools of different sizes, wave pools, etc. A must-visit if you are traveling with kids, they’ll love it!

On the island, the driving of private vehicles is prohibited; only the public bus, the vehicles from one of the two hotels on the island and the tourist train circulate. For a reasonable price you can hire bicycles to explore the location; you can also hire pedal cars with room for up to four people. Another way to visit the island is a horse carriage tour.

Throughout the island there are several cafés, terraces and snack bars where you can have a drink, an ice-cream, and eat a hot dog or a hamburger. You will also find casinos, sports centers, pubs and nightclubs… An ideal mixture of entertainment and nature in plentiful portions.

 

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has a hotel in Budapest: the 5-star IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Budapest. It has a spectacular location, surrounded by important buildings, embassies and shopping areas. It was built in 2011 and its rooms offer perfect luxury.”

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The saying goes When in Rome, do as the Romans do” and this is, of course, good advice. If you visit Morocco and are lucky enough to share a table with a Moroccan family it would be helpful, out of respect, to know how you should act, right? Here are some guidelines to ensure you pass with flying colors.

The first thing you must do before entering a Moroccan home is take off your shoes. Bringing a gift is also a traditional custom. In the city, people usually bring a type of cake or dessert as a gift, while in the countryside, they often bring a live chicken, but don’t worry, if you are invited for a meal in the country your hosts won’t bat an eyelid if you don’t bring them a live animal! ;-)

While in Europe everyone has their own dish and the salad or similar accompaniments sit in the center of the table, in Morocco they place different salads on small plates for each person and share the main dish, which will almost always be tagine in any of its variations (lamb, chicken or vegetable, etc.), a meat stew or couscous. This is because in Morocco eating is sharing.

In addition to this, something else that grabs the attention is that they eat with their hands, so lesson number one is to take your seat at the table with very clean hands. If it is a slightly formal meal, one of the hosts will go round with a pot, a bar of soap and a basin of water so those seated at the table can wash their hands. If the meal is more casual, everyone will go to the washbasin of their own accord. Moroccan houses always have a washbasin situated outside the bathroom for that purpose.

It is polite to eat only with your right hand and only the food that is directly in front of you. It is rude to dive in and eat the food of others and to stretch to take something from the other side of the large bowl. Don’t worry about not having enough food as this will never happen. The Moroccans love to eat and they love to see their guests enjoying the food, eating until fit to burst. It is also customary to eat a lot of bread, as every time you pick up a piece of food; you do so with the help of a piece of bread. A warning, since the Moroccans are used to eating with their hands, they are not as sensitive to heat as we are, so be careful when putting your hand in the bowl, foreigners often have to wait for the dish to cool before sticking their hand in!

After eating, it is also common to clean around your mouth with the water. Burping is not considered rude so don’t be surprised to hear it. In fact, it can even please the host as it shows them that their guest is satisfied.

To finish the lesson, it is useful to learn the word ‘cul’ if you are a man and ‘culi’ if you are a woman They will repeat it endlessly while they place the biggest pieces of meat on your side of the dish. It means ‘eat!’ When you have had enough, you can say: ‘safi’ or ‘baraka’, which means ‘Finished’.

 

“The hotels of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Morocco, with 4-and 5-stars, are an oasis of luxury and comfort, where guests will find everything they seek during their stay. They offer welcoming rooms as well as culinary, sports and entertainment services to suit all tastes.”

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1-    Kilometers and kilometers of fairytale beaches: beaches of all types and colors, for playing, for lying on a sun lounger, for nudists, for dancing…

2-    Its tropical climate: an average annual temperature of 26ºC as well as the temperature of the sea. The rainy season is between May and October.

3-    The delicious local cuisine: its tropical fruit and the tasty method of preparing vegetables, fish, meat and seafood will not disappoint!

4-    Lush nature: Jamaica is green. Its lush plants, gardens, parks, streams and cascades are green. All this nature will make you happy as a kid at Christmas if you like adventure sports.

5-    Water sports: whether the water is like a second home to you or you are completely new to water sports, in Jamaica you will find something to suit you. There is water all around: in the sea, in the rivers, in the waterfalls… go snorkeling, diving, rafting, surfing… you choose!

6-    Children are welcome: if you travel to Jamaica as a family you shouldn’t worry about how you’re going to occupy the kids! You will find activities designed for little ones all around, and they will, of course, be kept entertained in the resorts, but outside is no different. Take them on a boat trip, sign them up for some surfing classes or go slow-rafting on a log raft. They’ll love it!

7-    Ideal for golf lovers: if the idea of leisure always makes you think of your favorite sport – golf – Jamaica will not let you down. Some of the Caribbean’s best golf courses are in Jamaica. In the Montego Bay area you will have a choice, as well as a charming landscape.

8-    An island rich in culture: if, in addition to relaxing, the sea, sport and adventure, you are also interested in the culture of the places you visit, Jamaica is a treasure trove. The Jamaicans are open and friendly, experience them up close, and immerse yourself in their culture. Steep yourself in their rich history, get a deep experience of Rastafarian culture, study their markets and their wonderful crafts deeply…

9-    A good place for shopping: at any point of the island you will find markets where you can buy almost anything: crafts, jewelry, paintings, bags, caps, spices, etc.

10-All-inclusive resorts: stop worrying about your wallet, an all-inclusive resort always makes life easier when on your trips, and they take care of everything so that you only have to worry about enjoying yourself and relaxing.

 

Do you need more reasons?

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has three 5-star vacation complexes in Montego Bay: the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Beach, the IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Rose Hall (adults only) and the IBEROSTAR Rose Hall Suites. In these luxurious lodgings guests will find exquisite cuisine, a comprehensive entertainment program for all the family and fully-equipped luxury rooms with every detail catered for so that you can enjoy your Jamaican vacation to the full.”

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Painter, sculptor, engraver and draftsman. Pablo Picasso is considered one of the geniuses of contemporary art. Creator of Cubism, together with Georges Braque and Juan Gris, Picasso, the son of also-artist José Ruiz Blasco, was born in Málaga in 1881. In 1895 he moved with his family to Barcelona, where the young painter surrounded himself with a group of artists and men of letters, with whom he would meet in Els Quatre Gats bar. Between 1901 and 1904 he alternated his residence between Madrid, Barcelona and Paris, while his painting entered the stage known as the Blue Period (Periodo Azul), heavily influenced by symbolism. In the spring of 1904, he decided to move definitively to Paris and set up a studio on the banks of the Seine. In the French capital, he began a friendship with poets Guillaume Apollinaire and Max Jacob and playwright André Salmon, among others; meanwhile, his painting underwent a fresh evolution, characterized by a color palette leaning towards earth and pink tones. Soon after arriving in Paris he entered into contact with characters from outside of the little artistic and bohemian world, like the Americans Leo and Gertrude Stein, or the man who would forever be his art dealer, Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler. Towards the end of 1906, he began to work on a large-format composition which would change the course of 20th century art: Les demoiselles d’Avignon.

Many influences converged in this masterpiece, taking elements from El Greco and Cézanne. Under the constant influence of the latter, and in the company of another young painter, Georges Braque, he began to thoroughly revise a large part of the sculptural heritage which had been dominant since the Renaissance, particularly in the area of the pictorial representation of volume: it was the beginning of Cubism.

Between 1915 and the mid-1920s, Picasso began to abandon the rigors of Cubism to lunch himself into a new phase of figurativism, in the framework of a reunion between classicism and the growing influx of what the artist called “Mediterranean origins“.

Married in 1919 to Russian ballerina Olga Koklova and father to a son, Paulo, he began to take an interest in sculpting as a result of his meeting with Catalan artist Julio González in 1928. The year 1935 brought the birth of a daughter, Maya, from a new relationship with Marie-Therèse, with whom he openly lived despite remaining married to Olga Koklova; from 1936, both had to share the painter with a third woman, photographer Dora Maar. The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War pushed him towards greater political awareness, and this bore fruit in one of his best-known works, the large mural of Guernica. In 1943 he met Françoise Gilot, with whom he would have two children, Claude and Paloma. Three years later he left Paris to set up home in Antibes, where he added ceramics to his favorite tools. In 1961 he entered into a second marriage with Jacqueline Roque; this would be his final relationship of importance. Having become a legend of his lifetime and the epitome of the avant-garde, the artist and Jacqueline retired to the Château of Vauvenargues, where he continued to work tirelessly until the day of his death, in 1973.

The Museo Picasso Málaga (MPM) is one of the two art galleries dedicated to Pablo Picasso in his birthplace, Málaga, together with the Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal (Picasso Foundation Birthplace Museum). The 285 works which make up the MPM collection include the revolutionary innovations of Picasso, as well as the wide variety of styles, materials and techniques he mastered. If you visit Málaga it is well worth a visit.

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 4-star resorts in Málaga: the IBEROSTAR Marbella Coral Beach in Marbella and the IBEROSTAR Málaga Playa in Torrox-Costa. Both complexes are perfect for couples’ escapes or vacations with children in Málaga.”

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In his Odyssey, Homer tells that Ulysses and his sailors, fleeing the siren song, fell upon “the island of the lotus-eaters”, where the crew tried the strange “lotus fruit” which caused them to lose their memory, as if they had fallen into the Lethe.

Only Ulysses refrained from eating that dangerous fruit, which could well have been a date, and with great strength he managed to rescue his men from their amnesia. And today, it is the Tunisians who proudly claim that their island of Djerba, anchored in the Gulf of Gabès was the scene of that episode. But beyond legends, history tells us that the island envied for thousands of years was defended to the death by the Barbarossa brothers, feared and fearless pirates in service of the Ottoman Empire, who defeated the invading Spanish troops.

Known as the “Garden of the Mediterranean” due to its vegetation and gastronomy in the form of fruit, fish and olive oil, with the green and gold of its palm trees, Djerba reflects a full spectrum of tones when these are combined with the blue of its waters and its whitewashed houses.

Nowadays, Djerba has a population of around 80,000 and boasts some beaches of great beauty which make up a tenth of the Tunisian coastline…

Situated facing the coastal town of Zarzis, established on the Roman city of Gergis and perfectly equipped with hotels, clubs and leisure facilities, Djerba will seduce you with its ocher land full of palm trees, as well as its menzels, small, white dome-shaped homes. And this is without counting the multiple discoveries and seaside activities on offer.

The oldest Jewish town in Djerba, Erriadh, is home to the synagogue of Ghariba, where every year there is a pilgrimage that attracts Jews from all countries. This synagogue has one of the oldest Torahs in the world.

To enjoy a nice stroll along the shore, head for the port of Ajim, around where you will find the thickest palm tree on the island. The arrival jetty of the El Jorf ferry, which connects Djerba with the rest of the country, is also there.

Cycling, tennis, horse rides, water skiing, ultralight flying, diving and fishing are some of the activities available in Djerba. Get bored? Impossible!

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has a recently-renovated, welcoming 3-star hotel in Djerba. With a Tunisian style and located on the Djerba beachfront, this hotel offers the option of all-inclusive accommodation. Those looking for peaceful vacations in Tunisia can enjoy the best services in this hotel, which has every detail catered for to ensure the maximum comfort of its guests.”

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Located in the town of Imbert, Puerto Plata, the famous 27 Pools of Damajagua are a true natural wonder. Without any shadow of a doubt, Puerto Plata is one of the most complete tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. The origin of the name of the river and its pools lies in the fact that Damajaguas are trees that grow along the river. The Damajaguas keep water in the river and have done so for a long time. You can find these trees in the pools, particularly from pool number twelve onwards. The river is the result of the confluence of various cascades and springs which develop on the mountain peaks of the towns of Altamira and Imbert in Puerto Plata.

A tour takes you across a pleasant hiking path along the banks of the Damajagua River and through its 27 “pools”, known as charcos, each with its own character. The charm of little birds, the melody of the streams and the beauty of the landscape will delight you while you climb from the first waterfall to the last. You will enjoy crystal and fresh waters, caves, natural “slides” and enormous rocks shaped to perfection by the slope of the waters falling from the top of the mountains.

Exploring the 27 pools of Damajagua is an invitation to forget about the world and to be yourself, alone with nature, with no problems or worries. These pools have wonderful spots which invite visitors to intertwine themselves with nature and forget the monotony and heat of the city.

Now you know, during your trip to Puerto Plata do not forget to visit this wonder of Nature. It will reinvigorate you!

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & resorts has a hotel on the beachfront in Puerto Plata. The IBEROSTAR Costa Dorada is a 5-star, all-inclusive complex which offers its guests all the care and services they need for a perfect stay in the Dominican Republic.”

 

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Are you someone who loves excursions and discovering new places but who gets lost easily? Then you need to download the Smartphone application presented by the regional government of Andalusia to promote its geological heritage.

Now you can have all the information about the geological heritage of Andalusia in the palm of your hand, with maps, GPS location and information on the various points. Do you not have your boots on yet?

The geological heritage of Andalusia in an app.

It is an application which, through mapping and GPS location, allows you to follow a route through different points of Andalusia’s geological heritage, and on which, in addition, you can find interesting information and other nearby points. The application is designed to be as intuitive as possible, so you don’t have to worry about anything other than enjoying the landscape.

For now, there are nine routes through the zones of the Sierra de Gádor mountain range, Cabo de Gata-Níjar Geopark, Sierras subbéticas Geopark, Sierra norte de Sevilla Geopark, the Sierra Nevada and Doñana natural parks, the El Estrecho and Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas national parks, and the Torcal of Antequera.

To adapt the application to the user as much as possible, you can choose different levels of experience in hiking, choosing between basic, medium and advanced. Additionally, the platform is available in several languages, enabling it to attract international tourism. Of course, you can share your experiences, photos and videos on social networks directly from the application. Hurry up and begin your adventure!

 

Download the app

 

Hotels in Andalusia are home to unique experiences. The excellent location of IBEROSTAR hotels in Cádiz, Huelva and Málaga constitute an unparalleled opportunity to explore the Costa del Sol, Costa Tropical and Costa de la Luz.”

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Here, we are in favor of calm trips, better known as “slow travel”. And the point is that the clock and the calendar do not mix at all well with enjoying what you are doing, in this case traveling. Don’t you think? The “slow food” movement was born around the year 1989 in Italy in response to the opening of the first McDonald’s there. In 2005, Carl Honoré, the guru of this movement, published his “Eulogy to slowness”, in which he explains the philosophy of this way of thinking and acting; of experiencing and understanding life. This thought was leaving its mark on other areas, and inevitably, it reached travel. Thus, the concept of “Slow Travel”, which is more a different focus on trips than a form of traveling, was born.

The “Slow” Movement reignites the pleasure of living with no rush, enjoying the wealth of diversity and the small pleasure in life. And we are in complete agreement with this philosophy of life, and all the more so where trips are concerned. With no planes, no rush, waking up with no alarm clock, having breakfast calmly, taking a relaxing dip in the sea, lying on your lounger as the sun and sea breeze caress your skin, or if you are in a city, wandering through the streets with no fixed destination, taking in every area, every corner, every square… without thinking about visiting a thousand sites in record time. Of course it is good to experience the place you have visited, but this does not contradict the slow philosophy; on the contrary, it is simply a question of looking at it in another way: The objective of the trip is not to visit a city or zone but to discover it, experience it, enjoy it and become a part of it. Eating the typical gastronomy of the location, trying to experience its people and their customs… Taken to the maximum, this spirit is about enjoying the journey as much as the destination, that is to say, choosing the train to gaze at the landscape or the bike to become part of it. In this way, we avoid the obsession of doing the maximum number of kilometers per hour by car without allowing ourselves to stop off and see the nice towns along the way. Missed the train? Well then calmly have a cup of coffee until the next one passes.

 

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