AquaVera – Lots of Fun under the Almeria Sun

AquaVera Waterpark, located on Spain’s sunny Almeria Coast in the southeastern part of the country, offers lots of safe fun for the entire family. The waterpark is great for both the young and the old. Here, you can enjoy a perfect day with friends or the family full of sun and water, and fun.

AquaVera’s Kamikaze is perfectly suited for the brave and most intrepid who would like to feel the sensation of falling into the Aquodrome’s void and making water races with friends and family. AquaVera’s top-notch attraction is the “Black Hole” that lets you slide down a waterfall in complete darkness.

The waterpark’s Zig-Zag slides twist and turn on two gigantic slides. This attraction is a lot of fun that crisscrosses and descends pretty quickly. If you’re in for something more gentle, you can try the Aventura Rio (Adventure River) by yourself or with your company. Here, you’ll be taken along a great water channel that is descending gently in Spain’s sunlight. There are two pools for relaxation, the Wave Pool and the Lake Pool.

Aqualandia offers the perfect entertainment for your little ones. This attraction includes Tree Adventure, a beautifully shaped treehouse with walkways, sliding bars, a Tibetan Bridge. This is a sheer endless adventure for the young ones under the shade of pine trees.

AquaVera offers numerous places where you can relax and eat your own food or enjoy what the chefs at the park have prepared for you. The park offers something for all tastes and there are plenty of refreshments available as well as, of course, for kids the probably most important thing in a holiday, Ice Cream!

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Malloca in Winter

Mallorca really is the jewel of the Western Mediterranean. It is the summertime playground for the many tourists during the warm and sunny summer months, but the Island may even feel better in the winter.

Sure, strolling along the beautiful beaches, or diving into the azure sea may not be as welcoming as in the summer months, but in Mallorca, winter temperatures feel like spring in Northern and Central Europe and there are so many out of season beautiful sunny days that there should be nothing that holds you back from coming back by the time the summer throngs have long gone home.

Prices are down pretty much in winter, a great benefit for people like my American friend Amanda who comes here whenever she can, though never in summer. Not only doesn’t she like the crowded tourist season, but she also couldn’t afford it probably!
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Highlights of Almeria Province

Sierra Nevada

Monte Solarius de Los Romanos, Sierra Nevada, is one of the most important natural parks in Europe, corresponding one-third of its area to the province of Almería. This Biosphere Reserve is the place with the highest concentration of plant endemisms in the Iberian Peninsula.

Although the highest peaks of perpetual snow, a memory of ancient glaciers, are located in the part of Granada, in the Almeria area you can see peaks that exceed 2,000 m. like El Chullo, El Almirez, the vulture or the Polarda, where you can also enjoy the snow in winter, especially in the Port of La Ragua, with the possibility to practice cross-country and cross-country skiing.

By the slopes of the mountain range, you can see wild goat specimens looking for pastures. From the basal areas to the Cumbres region, you can observe the different vegetation floors and the communities of fauna that they house, among which the birds and especially the Raptors stand out.

In the Middle Mountain, you can find oak groves, oak, chestnut, and pine whereas, in the highest parts, there is a greater number of endemisms, such as the camomile real, which adapts in extreme climatic conditions.

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The Towns and Villages of Almería

Discover the charm and beauty of the Villages of Almería, my favorite region in Spain. If you like local and rural tourism, La Cumbre could well be your best option. Located in Sorbas, La Cumbre has a rural house and a hostel.

On this page, you can find all the information about the towns, routes, natural spaces, etc. Here, we’ll provide you with everything you’ll need to know to convince yourself. Let’s discover the towns and villages of Almería!

Almería Province is a region of extremes. When visiting the area, you should explore not only the heavenly beaches but also check out the interior portions where you´ll enjoy the Alpujarra Almeriense, a green and humid beautiful area that offers you a stunning landscape that’s sprinkled with ancient white towns.

ALMERIA – The city of Almeria retains monumental and historically important buildings like the city’s Cathedral in the old quarter and the Alcazaba. The Almeria Natural Park begins in San Miguel del Cabo de Gata. The park boasts the highest ecological values ​​in Almeria Province. A must-visit is the Species Reserve situated behind the Alcazaba.

Today, the ancient Alhama de Almeria Arab baths feature an impressive spa while the important stately historic structures were beautifully preserved. In its vicinity, you’ll find the town of Millares, the best-preserved example of the Megalithic period as well as landscapes of the most stunning beauty in Rambla Huéchar.

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Interesting Towns in Salamanca Province

Segovia, A tale of two mints

Disney and history buffs alike won’t fail to be impressed by Segovia and it’s famous Alcazar Castle. Not only is it said to be the inspiration for the Walt Disney castle, but it is also where Queen Isabel promised Christopher Columbus the financial backing for his trip to the New World.

The high concentration of Romanesque churches, along with the 16th-century cathedral, the castle and the world-renowned Roman Aqueduct all contribute to an impressive skyline, set against a dramatic backdrop of the mountains.

Segovia is also home to the world’s oldest industrial factory, the old Mint. The Friends of Segovia Mint Organisation organizes guided tours around the Mint, which overlooks some of the most spectacular views in the city.

Cars are not allowed into the city center, which makes sitting in the dozens of sidewalk cafes all the more peaceful and enjoyable. Like the majority of Spanish towns in this area, the Plaza Mayor is a veritable hub of social activity on summer evenings.

Ciudad Rodrigo (Ribera del Duero, the capital of wine)

Situated about 50 miles outside Salamanca, this small, historic town will transport you back to the medieval times. City walls, dating back to the middle ages, surround a cluster of charming gothic houses, a Romanesque cathedral and a castle overlooking the Agueda River Valley.

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Salamanca – Plaza Major and Museums

Plaza Mayor of Salamanca

This famous feature of Salamanca is highly regarded throughout Spain and Europe, so you will be able to find lots of information about its history, construction and everyday use. But the only way to truly learn about it is to go there yourself, so we have decided to stray from the ordinary (and let´s face it, boring!) and give you some of our personal favorite information about it:

  1. This fabulous Baroque structure is not, in fact, a perfect square! None of its sides measure the same, making it an irregular quadrilateral!
  2. It is truly a romantic spot – it has a quality that even the Eiffel tower and the side streets of Venice lack. (Honestly! I even saw a man propose to his girlfriend there once!) Now find someone to canoodle on the benches with and see for yourself!
  3. For a real taste of the café culture of Spain, this is the place to come. You can´t say you´ve been to Salamanca unless you have sat in one of the many cafés there and shared ´chocolate con churros´ or  Spanish wine/beer and tapas with friends. So get to it!
  4. It is the ultimate sun-worshipping spot. Join the crowds as they move around in time with the sun…top up your tan or just people watch and feel the real Salamanca.
  5. If all the people-watching and sun are making you hungry, but the cafés are full, never fear – hidden in the walls of the Plaza you can find every type of snack from ice cream to chorizo to MacDonald´s (we won´t tell if you don´t!) and anything else you need for that matter – kiosks, a pharmacy and a tourist information point should keep you happy for a few hours!
  6. Don´t worry about sitting or lying on the ground – the streets are cleaned every morning (as you will soon discover when leaving the clubs at 6 am and the only people around other than us students are the street cleaners!)
  7. It may not be a perfect square in shape, but for sunbathing, socializing, eating, drinking, sleeping, reading, wandering or observing Spanish people – old and young alike – there is nowhere more perfect.

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Mallorca’s Beautiful Northeast Coast

Mallorca’s touristic hotspots are, of course, overcrowded, but the beautiful northeastern coast of this gorgeous island in the Mediterranean Sea offers the most pristine beaches and secluded villages.

This part of the island is really not for bling-bling seekers, they are left with plenty of other locations on Mallorca. The rest of the island been set on getting more commercial, cooler, and snappier over the past decades, the northeastern portion with its soft golden light, the impressive azalea bushes, and rustic olive groves has pottered along in all tranquility.

Why or just how this area has succeeded in remaining under the radar truly is a great mystery, but the fact of the matter is that here you still can find authentic historic villages, as well as the most stunning sandy beaches of the entire island.

A not-so-well-kept secret is Cala Agulla, but you can also take a 30-minute walk from Cala Mesquida’s unspoiled dunes to picturesque tiny Cala Moltó. There you’ll see many goats just nibbling away on beach grass and you can relax comfortably among the sun-dried seaweed that surrounds the beautiful unspoiled beaches.

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The Camino de Santiago Journey

The Camino de Santiago may be considered in seven phases, each of which has its own inner coherence. The geographical location, the nature of the topography, the sacred spaces, the signs and symbols of the masons, as well as local myth and legend all contribute to making the experience of each of these phases or sections of the Camino unique in nature.

In this sense, to travel the Camino is to have an experience of applied alchemy, with its different stages or gates in an effort to perform the Great Work.

To get a good impression, check out the following video of how Hank Leukart experiences the 540-mile (865 kilometers) Camino de Santiago across Northern Spain with his spiring group of dear friends. This is truly a one-of-a-kind documentary:

While these “stages” could surely be disputed or considered differently, they continue to be helpful to us as a general guideline for the interpretation of this journey and the message of the masons. Above all, it can be said that the actual experience of the Camino will be unique for each person.

1. From Jaca to Puente la Reina

There are at least three different routes through the Pyrenees that pilgrims to Santiago have used throughout history. The one we describe here enters Spain via Somport in France and follows the valley of Astun. We begin our journey in the city of Jaca, in Aragon. Built in the XIth century, the Cathedral of Jaca is the first significant monument on this route into Spain from France.

Visit also the extraordinary Xth century Benedictine Monastery of San Juan de la Pena and consider the legend of the Holy Grail that links the two. Next, in the nearby village of Santa Cruz de la Seros, check out unusual sister convent of San Juan de la Pena before making your way to Leyre.

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Alhambra, Gaudi, and the Camino de Santiago

Alhambra in Granada

Spain holds the most beautiful Arabian palace. Southern Spain has been under Maury occupation for over 800 years as Africa is very close to Spain along the Mediterranean Sea. It is said that in Malaga, if it is a clear day, you can see Casablanca. So, being such good neighbors they decided to stick for a while, leaving a strong impact on Spanish culture.

The name of the palace is given by a white-flowered tree which covers the entire area around it. The edifice is amazingly well preserved, all chambers and inside gardens, the harem, the throne hall, the surrounding park. It is as if it froze so that we can picture what it used to be like. Entrance fee is required and tour guides in several languages are available.

Gaudi’s Barcelona

The masterpieces of Gaudi’s are admired by architects from across the globe as being among the most distinctive and unique architectural styles. Gaudi’s work was predominantly influenced by forms and shapes found in nature and this shows clearly by his use of twisted iron sculptures, curved construction materials, and a sort of organic-shapes forms which are characteristics and traits of Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona. There’s no symmetry in Gaudi’s designs, not in the windows, the buildings, the doors. No two of his items are similar.

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Serra de Tramuntana – Mallorca

Mallorca’s beautiful and rugged mountain range, the Serra de Tramuntana, was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 2011. The spectacular mountain range stretches from the town of Andratx, in Mallorca’s southwestern region, to Cap de Formentor in the island’s far north, for nearly 90 km (56 miles).

In the area, you can find two lakes, the reservoirs of Cúber and Gorg Blau, and the soaring peaks of Teix, Tomir, Massenella, and the Puig Major (1,445 m, 4740 ft.). The beautiful landscape boasts centuries-old olive groves and several villages and towns that are definitely worth visiting for their historical and cultural interest,

The towns of Valldemossa, Deià, Sóller, and Fornalutx are all situated in the Tramuntana region, where you also can marvel at the dramatic Torrent de Pareis with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Lluc monastery.

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The Beauty of Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands and located off the coast of Spain, in the Mediterranean Sea. The island is a touristic hotspot where visitors can enjoy a wide range of holiday destinations, from leisure and sunbathing to the most spectacular outdoor activities such as mountain climbing and kayaking. Whatever your goal, you’re sure to have an unforgettable Mediterranean vacation in Mallorca.

The island is a true natural beauty that was ruled by several kingdoms during its impressive and centuries-long rich history. Today, Mallorca is one of the best-known holiday destinations for tourists from all corners of the world who are not only seeking sun and sand but also a stunningly beautiful mountainous environment that invites . for outdoor and sportive entertainment.

Mallorca is made up of three major regions. The island’s western and northwestern portions are dominated by the rugged Tramuntana mountains, the east coast is marked by the mountains of the Serra de Llevant ridge, while the island’s central region is referred to as ‘es plas’, the plain.

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