The natural exuberance of the National Park of the East in the Dominican Republic

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Santo Domingo is still the beautiful paradisiac island described by Columbus in his first voyage to the Americas, and here the National Park of the East stands out for its beautiful and exuberant Nature. This park is located in the southeast tip of the country, on a peninsula jutting into the Caribbean alongside the beautiful island of Saona. It is one of the largest protected natural areas in Santo Domingo, a fascinating place that you would be wise to visit. Designated as a national park in 1975, it spans over an area of over 310 square kilometers, most of which…

From the Rif Mountains to the desert of Erg Chebbi

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This realistic and amazing video shows us genuine sights of Morocco, from the Rif Mountains to the desert of Erg Chebbi. These fantastic images, as always, are an invitation to travel.   >>The Maghreb   “The hotels that IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has in Morocco are 4 and 5-star oases of luxury and comfort where guests will find everything they need during their stay. You can enjoy cozy rooms and cuisine, sports and entertainment services to suit every taste.” 

‘Hope Gardens’, the royal botanical gardens of Jamaica

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  Hope Gardens is the largest public park in Kingston, spanning 81 hectares and featuring the largest collection of endemic and exotic botanical species in Jamaica. The gardens receive their name from Major Richard Hope, one of the English settlers who invaded Jamaica and was granted ownership of an estate to reward him for his fidelity to the Crown. In 1881 the estate was acquired by the government to establish an experimental garden used to carry out tests for the introduction of new plants. It is currently administrated by the Nature Preservation Foundation, a non-profit association, and it can be…

Boca de Yuma, away from mass tourism

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Boca de Yuma, in the Dominican Republic, is a charming little village surrounded by beautiful beaches and inhabited by simple, hard-working people. Boca de Yuma is surrounded by plenty of attractions for visitors, including fishing, excursions, cycling, photography, a mile-long river that’s good for rowing, beaches, caverns, photography, and the National Park of the East, one of the biggest in the country and one of the largest marine reserves of the Caribbean. Boca de Yuma was a small river port from where Juan Ponce de León travelled in 1508 on a voyage to conquer Puerto Rico. In colonial days the…

Archduke Ludwig Salvator and Frédéric Chopin: two men in love with the Serra de Tramuntana

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The Serra de Tramuntana, the mountain range in Mallorca included on the Unesco World Heritage List, emerges majestically over the Mediterranean, sheltering the island from the north wind known as Tramuntana. The beautiful towns, the magical forests of oak and pine trees, the curved olive trees and the rugged mountains towering over the horizon of the blue sea have captivated many. Two of the most celebrated admirers were Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria and the Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. · Archduke Ludwig Salvator of Austria came under its spell in 1869, at the age of 20, and asked the Emperor…

Our video of the month

  Mallorca! Again! We’ll never tire from watching videos of this beautiful Mediterranean island. These images make us love it even more. Don’t you feel the same way? Vídeo filmed and edited by Thomas Richter       “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.”  

Bay of Cadiz Natural Park

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In the middle of the Atlantic coast of the province of Cadiz, on a large damp area, is the Bay of Cadiz Natural Park. Some zones are conserved virtually untouched such as the Marshes of Sancti Petri and the Island of Trocadero, declared natural parks in themselves. Phoenician and Roman remains can be found around this area: the Temple of Hercules, on the Island of Sancti Petri, and the old Port in Caño del Trocadero, used in the days of the trade with the Indies. The strategic and defensive importance of this zone prompted the appearance of human settlements in…

The charcos or natural swimming holes of Tenerife

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Tenerife in the Canary Islands is a place where you can see a wonderful phenomenon known as natural swimming holes, called charquitos (little puddles) by the locals. Due to the shapes adopted by the volcanic rocks, the receding tide provides small holes of cool, crystal-clear salt water that invite you to enjoy this natural privilege. Here go a few of our favorite charcos or natural swimming holes in Tenerife: · Bajamar: This village within the municipal district of San Cristóbal de La Laguna boasts some very well-equipped natural swimming holes that bear the Blue Flag distinction. · El Caletón: The…

Diving and whale watching in Tenerife

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Tenerife is a paradisiac island with exuberant forests, exotic fauna, impressive mountains, enigmatic deserts, dormant volcanoes and an incredible coastline with many beautiful beaches. You can go inland to explore the island, delve into its culture or rest on the beach, but you can also take a plunge in the waters or on a boat to enjoy marine treasures that not too many people know about. The rich seabed and the excellent water temperature attract a wide variety of marine fauna. 26 different cetacean species can be found in these waters, ranging from the huge blue whale to six different…

Raw 100

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  Here goes our favorite video of the month. 100 seconds of images in restricted conditions: no music, no slow motion, no thrills. The author, Mike Hopkins, had to resort to his imagination and think out of the box to be creative. We think he did a pretty good job. What do you think?   >> RAW 100 – Mike Hopkins     “Present in over 50 destinations, IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts takes you to the best tourist destinations in Spain, the Mediterranean and the Americas to enjoy a vacation with spa & wellness, golf and paradisiac beaches.”