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The temperature doesn’t exceed 28 degrees Celsius, the sea is lukewarm and the waves just right for lovers of water sports to feel they have reached their paradise; the sand surrounds the bare feet of visitors who, little by little, are finding their yearned-for location of relaxation, a town which takes to the street after a period of hurricanes and storms. Fleeing the cold to the Caribbean during the winter months is all this and much more.

Some Caribbean countries have practically the same temperatures all year round, but during the summer the thermometers can reach 40ºC and even 50ºC in some zones, which makes it almost in possible to keep your body functioning for any type of activity. Furthermore, when we talk about the climate of the region it is inevitable that we will mention hurricanes. These storms officially threaten the zone from the month of April until November, and so you can mark the period from December to the end of March on your calendar as the best time to land on one of the most fascinating locations in the world.

The Caribbean offers a great quantity of activities during these months so that nobody can get bored, even for a minute, as they relax their body and mind. In its waters, lovers of water sports such as surfing and snorkeling will encounter some moments that they will remember for years to come. However, it is the sporty visitors, who have to expend greater physical energy, who will enjoy the favorable lukewarm climate which allows all kinds of outdoor activities with no problem.

Even so, it must be taken into account that, precisely because it is the best time to travel to the region, it is also the time when the prices rise and the number of visitors multiplies considerably, so you have to plan sufficiently in advance to ensure that you don’t encounter problems when booking. But the Caribbean has enough charm and possibilities for spending the perfect vacations with all the tranquility, relaxation, party, liveliness and intensity you could want – and what is more, they will be unforgettable.

 

Some tips: As well as jet lag, it is important to bear in mind the change of temperature in terms of clothing when you arrive at your destination. Furthermore, good sun protection and avoiding spending too many hours on the beach during the first days is essential

 

IBEROSTAR Hotels&Resorts has an endless list of hotels in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Cuba and Mexico, ideal for a winter escape. Come and discover them!”

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Visitors to Cádiz do not live by sun and beach alone. In this Andalusian province there are seven parks, each with their own specific characteristics, each with their native and visiting species, each with a whole world to be discovered. On the coast, you will find the Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park, La Breña y Marismas del Barbate Natural Park, El Estrecho Natural Park, Doñana National Park and its Guadalquivir Marshes. Inland, there is Los Alconocales Natural Park and the Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park.

Bahía de Cádiz Natural Park

This park has been protected since 1989 and extends along more than ten thousand hectares. Marshes, beaches, pine forests and a scrubland area, as well as the San Fernando Botanical Garden for the conservation of native fauna, make this park a fascinating place for bird watching. In addition, it boasts two natural spots, the islands of Trocadero and Sancti-Petri, both considered to hold special interest for lovers of ornithology. You can visit it on foot, with your own bike or one you have rented, by canoe or by the train specifically designed for tours around its territory.

La Breña y Marismas del Barbate

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This park spans more than 2,000 hectares on land and a nautical mile of water. The road that crosses it from Barbate, a port with an age-old tuna fishing tradition based on the almadraba (netting fence) method, passes through a large pine forest area. On the branches of the pine trees you can see falcons, kestrels and barn owls, as well as shearwaters, seagulls and gannets.

El Estrecho Natural Park

The most southerly protected space on the European continent brings together ecological, scenic, historical and cultural values with unique characteristics. Its coasts are bathed in the waters of both the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, and it has a large number of migratory birds and marine mammals.

It has four large on-land vegetation communities: the wooded Estreno hills, the surroundings of Punta Camarinal, with a high level of humidity, the inland territory, with scant prospect of water, and the coastal zone, with dunes set against the shore.

Furthermore, its marine ecosystems are considered to have the greatest richness of fauna on the Spanish coast and it boasts a wide variety of caves featuring paintings and several archaeological sites.

Doñana National Park

This space is considered one of the most important natural zones in Europe, as it is an intersection for the migratory paths of birds between the African and European continents.

It has three main landscapes: the marshes, freshwater plains which dry up in summer and are the meeting point for an infinity of aquatic birds; the Mediterranean forest, which stands and grows on a predominantly sandy surface; and the pine forest, of great economic value.

But, in addition, Doñana is the natural space with the greatest diversity in Europe, boasting more than 300 species of birds, among which the golden eagle stands out; 37 species of mammal, with the Iberian lynx, considered the most endangered feline on the planet, as this category’s top representative; 21 reptile species, such as the spur-thighed tortoise; 11 species of amphibian and 20 freshwater fish species.

Los Alcornocales Natural Park

The majority of its almost 168,000 hectares are taken up by native Mediterranean forest areas, with very different uses: forestry, livestock, mushroom and heather harvesting, as well as cork production, from where it takes its name, the Spanish word for cork oaks being alcornoques and given that the park has the largest cork oak forest in Spain and one of the biggest in the world. In addition, it boasts a great wealth of fauna. In the park, you can partake in various activities, such as climbing, hiking and horseback, kayak, bicycle and 4×4 tours; it even has a vehicle and equipment rental service.

Sierra de Grazalema Natural Park

In reality, this park is a mountain range which forms part of the extreme west of the Subbaetic System and has a surface area of over 53,000 hectares. It is basically made up of limestone rocks, the cause of a series of phenomena that lead to the formation of caves, gorges, sinkholes, etc. Among them, the Cueva del Gato, with its underground river, and Cueva de la Pileta caves with its own cave paintings, as well as the Garganta Verde, a gorge which serves as the only drain for the whole Sierra del Pinar mountain range, stand out. The latter is significant as this park has one of the highest rainfalls in the southern region of the peninsula, even during the summer months, Hence why, in addition to the large number of towns that make use of all its resources, its fauna is particularly rich.

The offer of equipment for public use is very wide: two visitors’ centers, three eco-museums, two information points, a botanical garden, a nature classroom, four vantage points, four recreational areas and more than 100 kilometers of signposted hiking paths.

 

“IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has two 4-star vacation complexes in Cádiz : the IBEROSTAR Andalucía Playa and the IBEROSTAR Royal Andalus. Both are on the Playa de la Barrosa beach, near Cádiz city and Chiclana. They have been conceived for relaxing and entertaining vacations in Cádiz as a couple or family.

 

 

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The city of Berkane is located in the Moulouya valley, at the foot of the Beni Hassan Mountains. Far removed from mass tourism, it is the center of the agricultural region of Trifa and is a dynamic zone which focuses on greenhouse cultivation. Its beaches, the longest in the country, are tranquil stretches of sand on which to disconnect from the bustling rhythm of life in the cities and let yourself be rocked by the waters of the Mediterranean.

Among them, Saïdia beach, one of the longest in Morocco at 14 kilometers, takes its name from the fishing village which still today conserves the idyllic flavor and image of the past. Its shallow waters, warm temperature and gentle waves make it perfect for visiting with children.

Ras el Ma beach boasts some magnificent views of the Chafarinas Islands and is by no means short either. Its 10 kilometers of fine, golden sand are surrounded by eucalyptuses and it possesses a wide variety of services in the town from which it takes its name.

Another of the beaches on which tourists can find a long list of services, and which can be reached by car, is the Arkmane beach, a magnificent 7-kilometer stretch of fine sand and lukewarm, tranquil waters.

But for visitors in search of unspoiled beaches, Playa Roja is the place you must head for. Surrounded by lush vegetation and natural dunes, it is a place of great ecological interest and has been considered a protected zone.

Playa de la Bocana is another of those corners in which lovers of undeveloped areas, who don’t mind a little difficulty in reaching their destination, will find peace and tranquility. This 7 kilometer beach is perfect for disconnecting and enjoying the peace offered by the Mediterranean.

The beaches of Nador, for their part, also form part of a protected natural area, making access a little difficult. This group of very long beaches is particularly highly valued by those in search of peace and tranquility, and, among them, those of Bou ‘Areg stand out.

 

Do not miss: If you are looking for something more than just beaches, close to the city of Berkane you will find the incredible El Zergral gorges and the caves of Camel and Pigeons, discovered in 1908 and where paleolithic remains dating back to 80,000 years B.C. have been found.

 

IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts has a 5-star all-inclusive vacation complex close to Berkane: the IBEROSTAR Saïdia, situated right in the heart of the Sahara facing a 14-km beach.”

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Speaking of cold winters in Majorca when temperatures fall to a high of 15 ºC during the day and a low of 5 ºC at night is something that almost provokes laughter in some areas of Spain and wider Europe. But the characteristic humidity of these islands plays a more important role than it seems here. When the cold gets into your body, (almost) nobody can get rid of it. So the Majorcans, who are very accustomed to living in tranquility and almost always following the same routines, look at this matter in a very clear manner: during the coldest months, the island has as many or more possibilities as when heat (and humidity) take their stranglehold and you can do no other than get into the water.

In addition to visiting monuments and famous buildings, such as the cathedral or the Bellver Castle, the city of Palma and the towns offer a world of possibilities which make it a spectacular location in which it is easy to feel at home.

Happening to fall upon any of the towns of the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range is always a pleasure, but even more so in winter. Their stone houses and the smoke billowing from the chimneys, the hiking paths that join them in the middle of the mountains, the clean air and the sound of nature are like a small piece of paradise on an island that goes from stone to sand in just twenty minutes. This makes strolling along the shores of beaches, which are either deserted or full of runners depending on the time of day, another pleasure that the traveler can experience in almost any part of the coastline and at any time. The sand below your feet and the cold air lift your spirits and clean out everything including your lungs.

But this island is not only seen on foot. The special geography of the island, with a large plain and mountains of more than a thousand meters, in addition to relatively low rainfall, make it perfect for exploring by bike. The large network of minor roads which cover all the towns and corners of Majorca makes it a magnificent landscape to explore calmly, gazing at the spectacular almond blossoms at the end of January and beginning of February, or the leafiness of the Serra’s forests, to later relax in any little bar where they will be delighted to serve the most amazing foods, with pa amb oli, cold cuts and local cheeses as the staples of the region.

But, if tourists want to focus their activity in the capital, they will see that Majorcans are staunch followers of customs. One of them, for example, is that of “anar a Plaça”, going to the market, where your eyes will get lost in the meat, vegetables and, above all, the fish, recently brought from the Llotja to enjoy in any of its stews. And the island possesses many stews, casseroles and rice dishes, all of them very soupy, very hot, but magnificently complemented by all the vegetables of the season.

And among the winter products, pork is king. From mid-November until mid-January, any self-respecting local family completes one of the most eagerly-awaited rituals of the year: las matanzas (sacrificed meat). It consists of a pig going from a live animal to a world of delicacies that will fill tables all year round and over which the queen, sobrassada (Majorcan sausage) reigns, an element necessary for any time of year and which goes perfectly with any dish worth its salt.

 

Do not miss: Any true traveler cannot forget the small details that give them a sense of belonging. And one of these details is eating an ice cream or chocolate with ensaïmada (Majorcan pastry) or Cuarto (Majorcan cake) at Can Joan de S’Aigo, the oldest ice cream parlor on the island, and outside of which you are likely to see incredibly long queues.

 

“The great range of leisure options in Majorca will seduce any visitor seeking an active vacation full of fun on the island. In Majorca you will be able to practice all kinds of sports, such as sailing, golf, diving, horse riding and hiking, to name but a few. The resorts and hotels provided by IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Majorca offer guests welcoming stays complemented by the best services available for enjoying some unforgettable vacations as a couple or a family.

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Two million people dressed in white with flower necklaces await, dancing away in front of the multiple stages on which groups make the most of their live performance, until the last day of the year ends, until the clock chimes twelve times for the last time after 365 days which close a period of their lives. Copacabana, in Rio de Janeiro, has dressed for the occasion. Carts of fresh fruit, food and drinks stalls, and rhythm, lots of rhythm, fill this never-ending line which separates the sea from the land on one of the most spectacular and visited beaches on the planet. Everyone has written a wish on a piece of paper and they all have a hope ready for Iemanjá (Yemalla), the goddess, protector and queen of the sea, to read and, if she so chooses, to be made reality.

Midnight arrives and the hundreds of kilos of gunpowder, which await in the small boats just a few meters from the waves, illuminate the sky with the magnificent and unforgettable fireworks. The faces of those in attendance say it all: smiles, kisses, hugs, amazement, eyes wide open and the desire that this year which we are embarking upon will be better than the last, but not so much so that future years cannot keep surpassing the previous ones. It is a spectacle which is well worth seeing and, particularly, feeling, in a communion of positive thoughts which, in unison, ensure enjoyment of the New Year’s celebrations.

At that moment, hundreds of thousands of small boats full of white flowers, fruit, candles and wishes embark upon their path as offerings, so that the wishes will come true and the upcoming days bring smiles and wellbeing. Believers and non-believers, for once, have the same idea, the same passion and the same desire to have fun and enjoy the moment.

The night ends slowly. Those still on their feet move to the rhythm of the music, some let their bodies rest on the sand which finally has some space for the revelers to get some shuteye. The sun appears over the horizon, a new year has just begun. Will it be better than the last? Everyone is hoping so!

The gastronomic detail: One of the basic elements of the party is the dinner to bid farewell to the year. Its ingredients are tapioca and beans seasoned with spices, served with rice, chicken and passion fruit mousse. On the other hand, for the more refined palates, the Camarão na morgana, a dish made with cheese and shrimp, served inside a pumpkin, is one of the most highly-regarded delicacies.

 

“Brazil conceals a world of endless natural and cultural treasures waiting to be discovered. The  IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Brazil offer the utmost comfort and most complete services so that entire families can enjoy their stay in Brazil to the full.”

 

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It is unthinkable and practically impossible to make a list of Mexico´s traditional food without ending up writing dish after dish of the most diverse and peculiar recipes that tourists have the pleasure of sampling. A fusion of Mesoamerican and European cooking, it is one of the national cuisines that have most influenced the different styles of cooking around the world and it has also been influenced by others, such as the Spanish, African, Middle-Eastern and Asian gastronomy. It is one of the greatest cultural representations of the country, long before the Spanish conquest. It was not recognized as Intangible heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2010 for nothing. You can only ask for one more thing: to try it.

Diversity is the essence of this cuisine, which goes far beyond tortitas, tacos, guacamole and beans. Almost every Mexican state has its own cookbook featuring its own traditions and there is no town in the country that does not have one or several specialties that would leave many gourmets licking their fingers, some of them of recognized prestige and age-old creation. Such is the case with the Yucutan cochinita pibil, a slow-roasted pork dish with a pre-Hispanic condiment called achiote, orange juice and spices; the mole sauce from Puebla, the most symbolic of Mexican cuisine, or the black sauce of Oaxaca, considered one of the best; or even the cabrito asado (roasted goat) of Nuevo León, served with flour tortillas and accompanied with a good guacamole and frijoles charros (cowboy beans). We must not forget the typical pozole (corn stew) of Guerrero either, a ritual food which became a broth of cooked corn with pork or chicken, to which lettuce, radish, onion, oregano, lemon and a touch of spicy chili are added. We could complete the list with Campeche pan de cazón (rock-salmon bread), Michoacán corundas (similar to tamales), Sinaloa, Sonora and Chihuahua menudos (soups) and the unbeatable tacos al pastor (tacos with spit-grilled meat) which are made throughout the country with hardly any differences between the regions. In any of these dishes, however, you will find two or three, if not four, of the basic ingredients of Mexican cuisine: corn in all its possible uses, chili, beans and jitomate (fresh Mexican tomato), also in any of its uses.

But, in addition to the food, drinks are one of the elements that make Mexico and its gastronomy a place for all palates, from the most refined to those that eat everything with everything. Mezcal and tequila, now widespread across the world and available in many variations, join tepache, a drink formerly made with corn and now with pineapple skin and various additional ingredients. To these, we must add the rapid growth of Mexican beers beyond the country’s borders and a huge tradition in wine production, particularly in Baja California, Querétaro and Coahuila.

 

For the most daring: If you are always seeking experiences, you cannot miss some of the culinary specialties made with cooked and seasoned insects. The most popular are chinicuiles (butterfly larvae), mezcal worms, Atta ants, chapùlines (grasshopper), jumiles (stink bugs) and escamoles (ant larvae, considered the caviar of Mexico). Not for the faint hearted! ;-)

 

The hotels of IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts in Mexico are located in spectacular zones to bring guests closer to all the country’s attributes: they are situated just a stone’s throw from the beaches, surrounded by nature and within reach of the most important archaeological sites.”

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Jamaica is one of the most fascinating Caribbean islands, one of those places where nature offers its best version of itself and allows the visitor to discover and fall hopelessly in love with almost all of its corners. From the beaches to the mountains, passing through rivers, cascades, cliffs and islands, everything seems to be waiting for you to discover and enjoy it.

Bob Marley´s island beaches, just like the vast majority in the Caribbean; they are literally breathtaking and allow you to relax your body and dream, rocked by the gentle sea breeze. The list is endless, but some must be highlighted. The crystal waters of Bloody Bay in Negril are perfect for setting up the base camp for your trip; the idyllic and most characteristic waters of the zone are on Seven Mile Beach, which is also the best-equipped for tourists; the black sand and crystal waters of Hellshire Beach are fascinating and popularly visited; the beach which has reached mythical status as one of Ian Fleming’s favorite places is that which bears the name of his most famous character, James Bond Beach; and the furthest from mass tourism and a refuge for peaceful vacations is Cornwall Beach.

But Jamaica does not live by beach alone. Its sparkling rivers and waterfalls are perfect to let yourself go amidst their crystal waters and swim in any of their natural pools. Port Antonio and its caves hidden behind waterfalls in the middle of the forest will leave you breathless; St. Elizabeth and its pools of high-quality waters will allow you to enjoy a swim as a family or climbing its waterfalls, and the excursion around the sky-blue waters of the White River will offer one of the best views on the island.

The Blue Mountains, an incredible landscape in the longest mountain range in Jamaica, with the highest point of the island, are worthy of special mention for lovers of hiking or mountain biking. They can be visited from Kingston and boast what is considered one of the best cafés (for some, the best) in the world.

The Negril Cliffs are also a reference point of nature which go beyond swimming at the beach. These fascinating geological formations can be visited on excursions to swim in their waters and experience jumping from their rocks. A visit is almost mandatory.

But if what you are after is tranquility and the opportunity to practice water sports, there is nothing better than Navy Island Beach, an island that offers the best of the Caribbean Sea.

 

Bear in mind: If you are thinking of exploring the Blue Mountains, you will need to be in good shape, as walks through them are quite long and difficult. For walks of a lower level of difficulty, you can enjoy, for example, the gardens of Lime Tree Farm.

 

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 full entertainment program for all the family and rooms with every detail taken care of so that you can enjoy your Jamaican vacation to the full.”

 

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Andalusia, Spain’s autonomous community of golf par excellence. Between Cádiz and Málaga alone, the number of golf courses nears one hundred, and Málaga and its Costa del Sol boast the vast majority of them. With over 300 days of sunshine a year, it is the ideal spot to practice this sport. Take this list as an example.

-    Aloha Golf. This is a course of precision and punch which has been recognized by the Department of Tourism, Commerce and Sport for the “great scenic value of the delightful and varied orography of the land and the naturalness and spontaneity of the flowering trees and bushes which accompany the grassland of the course”.

-    Alcaidesa Golf. Two courses, one southern Europe Links course and a Heathland course, kilometers of unspoiled beach, restaurants, hotels and properties to live in all year round make it a perfect Resort for lovers of this sport.

-    Alhaurín Golf. Designed by Severiano Ballesteros, this is a course of incredible beauty, with a great variation of pars and one of the best practice areas on the coast.

-    Antequera Golf. Located next to the Torcal Natural Park, this course has broad fairways and a wide variety of native vegetation.

-    Añoreta. Designed by José María Cañizares, this is a course for players of all kinds, with a highly varied design, whose negotiation ensures that players will have to use all the clubs at their disposal.

-    Baviera Golf. A flat course of vast greens, nestled to the north in the foothills of the Sierra Tejada, Alhama and Almijara Natural Park, and with a microclimate which makes it one of the best on the Costa del Sol.

-    Doña Julia Golf. This is a course of vast greens and with two very different rounds: the first runs alongside native trees, lakes and streams, while the second has a more gentle relief.

-    Estepona Golf. This is one of the most popular courses, either for the pleasant round full of twists and turns that it presents or for the setting, from which you can gaze at the sea and the Sierra Bermeja mountain range.

-    La Quina Golf. This course satisfies all types of players, as it boasts three very different rounds: one with broad fairways, one with narrow fairways and complex greens, and a third with great variations in height. Furthermore, it also boasts a Clubhouse, the epicenter of La Quina social life.

-    Guadalhorce Golf. This course is ideal for big tournaments as it only has two pronounced slopes, but beginners and intermediate fans also enjoy playing on it.

-    Lauro Golf. A spectacular course with five artificial lakes, waterfalls and a setting which reaffirms the beauty of this 27-hole golf course, each hole named after a bullfighter.

-    La Zagaleta. With lush vegetation, numerous lakes and spectacular views of the Mediterranean, the African coast and the Strait of Gibraltar.

-    Las Brisas. A difficult and attractive course for players with good accuracy, given that its greens are very raised and the vast majority of them are protected by bunkers.

-    Marbella Club Golf Resort. A complex for the exclusive use of guests of the hotel, it is a paradise for players who love a constant challenge.

-    Los Arqueros. Severiano Ballesteros’s design was based on maintaining and adapting the orography of the land, so the course always poses a challenge for experienced players and a real test for beginners.

-    La Dama Noche. This is the only course on which you can play both in the day and at night.

-    Marbella Golf. Full of bunkers, lakes and taking advantage of the spectacular orography of the land, this is considered one of the most difficult courses in Spain.

-    San Roque. Considered one of the best courses in Europe for practicing this sport, this is one of the few on which the design allows spectators on the holes.

-    Santa Clara golf Marbella. This is a technically difficult course to negotiate, yet also forgiving and pleasant, which has been designed with respect for the natural setting of native fauna and vegetation.

-    Santa María. This course occupies a merited place among the elite golf clubs of the Costa del Sol due to its charm and character.

-    Guadalmina. This club boasts two very different courses: the Southern Course, with a high level of difficulty, and the Northern Course, with more sloping land and water hazards.

-    Santana Golg & Country Club. With broad and well-defined fairways on flat and easy land, it has a large presence of water features.

-    Flamingos. This is one of the most recognized courses on the international level, as it has played host to numerous tournaments, among which the finals of the European Seniors circuit three years in a row stand out.

-    El Paraíso Golf Club. This is a course that offers a good challenge to anyone who would like to test their abilities, as well as those whose only hope is to have a good time playing a game of golf.

-    Los Naranjos. This is one of best courses in Spain, as it boasts a round which covers all the possible needs of a champion.

-    La Cala Resort. This is the largest golf complex in Spain, with three 18-hole courses of great difficulty, a five-star hotel, a golf academy and a practice course.

-    Finca Cortesín Golf Club. This estate has a hotel, a practice course with two training platforms, an academy, a clubhouse and a spectacular 18-hole course, each of which requires different technical abilities.

-    Miraflores. Perfect for a pleasant game, this course presents interesting challenges as well as a large variety of native bird species, which fly over and use the lakes found along the course at their own free will.

-    El Chaparral. Considered the best golf course on the Costa del Sol by Andalucía Golf magazine, it boasts a wonderful setting surrounded by magnificent vegetation.

-    Montenmedio. This is different to the rest of Spain’s courses, as, on its fairways and greens you will not find a single structure. Therefore, deer, rabbits, ducks and other animals constantly accompany players along their round.

-    Mijas Golf Internacional. Made up of two courses with characteristics that define the rounds to perfection. Los Lagos (lakes) owes its name to the abundance of water and sand hazards, while Los Olivos is strategically squeezed together with fairways enclosed by trees and elevated greens.

-    Real Club de Golf Sotogrande. Considered one of the best courses in Europe, it is included among the top 100 in the world. It boasts a long course of 18 holes and 6,304 meters, and was designed by architect Robert Trent Jones.

-    Valle Romano Golf. The Valle Romano Golf & Resort is characterized by maximum care for the environment and the efficient use of energy resources, as well as providing a round for all kinds of players.

 

“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

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Montenegro is that small country between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo and Albania in the Adriatic Sea, yet, intriguingly, it is known as “the hidden pearl of the Mediterranean”.  Its surface area is less than 14,000 square kilometers and its population does not exceed 700,000. And still, it is one of those places that nobody thinks of, but which every traveler who has set foot there and explored remembers.  Its changing geography offers mountains, plains and beaches; its climate, sun and snow; and its cultural and historic wealth make it the perfect place for any time of year.

One of its greatest attractions is nature in its purest state, bathed in fast-flowing rivers, crystal-watered lakes and majestic mountains. In fact, the incredible Durmitor National Park is home to the deepest canyon in Europe and the second in the world after Colorado in the USA. All of this makes it a magnificent spot for trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rafting and Nordic and Alpine skiing during the winter months, as well as the possibility of fishing and camping. A real gem for travelers in search of physical activity.

Another of the most extolled zones among visitors are the beaches, the vast majority of them sandy, which occupy 72 kilometers of a coastline full of towns that have managed to preserve their charm over many years. It is no strange thing that the country was considered one of the “50 places to visit before you die” by National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Its culture and history of wars, independence, federalism, unions and schisms, and the fact that it is a country which has still not undergone great tourist exploitation, make its towns and cities symbolic places in which travelers will find much more than just a postcard. On top of this, the country has a gastronomy full of surprises for the palate, which make visits to almost any restaurant or small pub a range of experiences that your taste buds hardly remembered were possible.

 

Do not miss: If you are in the city of Budva, you cannot miss the Juice Bar Budva, a strange place in which to have breakfast or try some of the most peculiar sandwiches. Alternatively, you can have a snack when hunger sets in and there is no time for anything more substantial. Quick, effective and incredibly imaginative.

 

“The IBEROSTAR Hotels & Resorts hotel in Montenegro brings the tourist closer to discovering the history, culture and tradition of this country. The excellent location of the IBEROSTAR hotel in Budva-Becici provides the perfect base for discovering this enchanting country full of contrasts.”

 

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Few places in the world are as fascinating as the rainforest. Movies, photos, stories and endless nature in a space in which the passing of the years has stopped, in which the passing of time goes hand in hand with the seasons and not with the advances that concern and burden the residents of large cities. And if there is a spot on the planet which possesses all these characteristics, it is the Amazon rainforest and all of its vastness. And, to explore it, there is nothing better than an IBEROSTAR river cruise.

From the moment the boat begins to move through the waters of the river and its tributaries, the Amazon embraces the visitor, who feels like a witness to a spectacle which will hardly ever be repeated. The endless list of plants and birds which inhabit the region are the expression of a place which remains almost entirely true to the definition of paradise. The boat becomes the perfect mobile base ensuring you don’t miss the great range of activities and visits that this rainforest which spills over into the river offers travelers. Thee points of convergence of multiple tributaries, sailing in small boats through the igarapés (streams) and the igapós (parts of the rainforest which are flooded in the periods when the rivers rise), and visits to cities such as Manaus will ensure that the trip becomes engraved in your memory like few others.

Furthermore, these river cruises also offer the possibility for more daring tourists to go on long hikes through the rainforest, on which they will get a sense of the nature in all its glory. One of the most popular activities, alongside piranha fishing, is the visit that allows visitors to enter into contact with the habitat of the natives (caboclos), where you will be able to see and try out the lifestyle of some of the inhabitants of this fascinating place, with locations yet to be explored and tribes which have no contact with civilization.

All these activities are always complemented with audiovisual documentaries that will allow visitors to gain a much more complete understanding of what life in the Amazon entails, as well as the explanations of the crew and guides, who will have no hesitation in helping or clarifying anything that was unclear or unexplained.

 

“And, if that were not enough, IBEROSTAR river cruises offer all the services that have made quality one of their primordial characteristics. Magnificent facilities, on-board shows, the best offer of gastronomy, perfect for satisfying any taste, and a place like the Amazon will make any trip a unique experience beyond what you can see in brochures.”