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Fuerteventura – a beach guide for sun seekers

The Canary Islands are pretty famous for their combination of gorgeous weather and stunning beaches. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of the sandy stretches in Fuerteventura, and if this is where you’ve decided to go on holiday this year – or if it’s somewhere you’re considering – make sure you check out my guide to the top local beaches below.

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A note on the Parque Natural de Corralejo

If you’re heading to Fuerteventura, it’s worth remembering that some of the most beautiful and luxurious beaches can be found in the Parque Natural de Corralejo. This is essentially a huge dune field spanning 2,669 hectares, running from Puerto Remedio beach to La Salina.

Here, you can discover everything from popular beaches to hidden, virtually untouched gems like Del Moro – a 300 m white sand beach tucked away in the island’s north.

Corralejo

Let’s start with Corralejo, a small port beach spanning 195 m. Boasting calm waters, this stretch of sand is a popular mooring area and offers a host of amenities despite its relatively small size.

For instance, there’s a promenade lined with restaurants and bars, while it’s also a great place to give windsurfing a go. Of course, if you’re not feeling too active, you can always simply lie back and soak up the sun!

Morro Jable

Located in Pajara, Morro Jable is a huge beach and one of the best-known on the island. Spanning an impressive 4,325 m, it is well maintained and lined with hotels, so it will come as no surprise to hear that this particular stretch of sand is one that’s especially popular with tourists. Plus, there’s plenty to do in the way of water sports here, so you can be as active or as lazy as you please.

Playa del Mattoral

The lovely Playa del Mattoral at Morro Jable is a great little sandy stretch if you fancy having a quiet afternoon in the sun, thanks to the fact that it rarely gets crowded. It’s quite surprising that it doesn’t, really, because it’s absolutely stunning, and it’s also a fantastic place for playing on the water, whether you fancy trying a serious water sport or just having a relaxing ride on a pedalo.

El Cofete

Like Morro Jable, El Cofete beach can be found in Pajara. As this is somewhere known for its unspoilt beauty, it’s definitely the place to go if you want to relax in the most natural surroundings possible.

In my opinion, what’s particularly impressive about this beach is that it’s not only fantastically unspoilt, but that there is so much of it. If you think about it, a 14 km stretch of utterly unblemished sand in a tourist haven like Fuerteventura is quite a feat! As a quick note, if you do come here, bear in mind it is known for having quite strong waves.

Costa Calma

Last on my list is Costa Calma, which is also in Pajara. This charmingly named beach is so-called thanks to the fact that, while it’s windy, the sea tends to stay quite calm.

What this means for you is that it’s quite a versatile place to visit. For instance, it’s particularly popular with windsurfers, since it’s possible to practise the sport at any time of year, while it’s also good for scuba diving. Plus, if you’re someone who wants to do nothing more than relax on the sand, then a real bonus of coming here is that it’s pretty easy to find sheltered, uncrowded spots even in the height of summer.

Can you recommend any beaches in Fuerteventura? Leave a comment and let us know! Meanwhile, you can click here to find some great places to stay.

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Traveling to Costa de la Luz (Cadiz)

 

The Costa de la Luz is known as the coast with the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Snow-white sea areas will help tourists unwind as they enjoy the constant breeze and gentle waves of the Atlantic. And Tarifa Africa seems close enough to touch.

Two provinces share this beautiful piece of earth: From Tarifa just talked to Sanlucar de Barrameda which is translated as the “Coast of Light” in Cadiz , the other part – from the mouth of the Guadalquivir River to Portugal – is the province of Huelva.

With over 300 days of annual sunshine, the name Costa de la Luz really suits because the yellow celestial bodies never seem to go down here. Places like Conil de la Frontera, Rota or Sanlúcar act sleepy and fewer tourists visit than its neighbors on the famous Costa del Sol .

West of the provincial capital Cádiz primarily speaks Spanish. The Germans seek their recovery especially around Novo Sancti Petri and Conil de la Frontera. Those who likes stormy place and the waves for kite surfing, surfing and sailing needs of keep their best at Tarifa, Barbate or Zahora. The lighthouse at Cap de Trafalgar is basically the dividing line between Bath and active holiday.

The villages on the coast and in the hinterland are full of history: Cadiz is the oldest city in the Western world, Conil counts with Vejer, Medina and Tarifa to the white villages . In Jerez, El Puerto de Santa Maria and Cadiz are the famous sherry at home. Trips away from the beaches do not only leave formative impressions but it also relaxes the soul.

 

 

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The Rock of Gibraltar

 

 

 

While visiting the region of Andalusia, it is worth your time to make a detour for Gibraltar, a tiny British colony in the land of Spain. This headland, just a few kilometres off the coast of northern Africa, is the extreme edge of the Ancient Mediterranean and once corresponded as the end of the world.

Gibraltar is a strange place. People say that it is the corner of England which is nestled in the warm colors of Spain. It appears so while walking through the town waving the Union Jack next to palm trees and lush plants. The Rock of Gibraltar is a free port, so traveling traders can do good business, especially in the shops of Main Street (where the most famous brands can be found). The Spaniards tried several times to regain the control of the Rock, which is evident by the Great Siege Tunnels, the tunnels dug by the British in the rock to supply the guns during the Great Siege (1779-1783). If you want to know the history of Gibraltar, it would be a marvelous idea to visit the Gibraltar Museum, which houses exhibits of the military events that took place there.

A photograph is almost mandatory of the lookout point of Europe, on which stands a lighthouse. From that lighthouse on a beautiful, clear day, you can see the African coast. The cave of S. Michael is truly beautiful, a magnificent natural cave, once inhabited by primitive people. It now hosts concerts and plays written by famous musicians and artists. Do not forget to climb the Rock, where you’ll find a large natural reserve that is home to the Barbary macaques, the only European species of monkey in the wild residing at the Rock of Gibraltar.

Gibraltar is open all year round. Generally, the temperature in January ranges from 15 to 10 degrees while July and August it doesn’t exceed 27 degrees. Birdwatchers, between July and November, can observe the migration of birds to Africa; while from January to June prey of storks can be seen returning to the north.

 

 

 

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Galicia: The Spanish Gem

 

 

Spain is a diverse country, rich in beautiful landscapes. Among those places, Galicia stands out despite being a destination less frequented by tourists. In fact, the region to the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula has a unique and extraordinary charm, especially while traveling by car. After the sunny plains of the center, you can see green forests, steep mountains and rivers. A trip to this place will surely be memorable.

Looking at the coast, you will be struck by the wild beauty of the high rugged coastline, cut by the majestic “rias”, deep fjord like inlets.  “Rias” is also where most of the villages are focused, which are inhabited by people who are mainly dedicated to fishing and tourism. The beaches of Galicia are among the favourite destinations for surfers and I could easily see why even without being a great surfer myself. The beaches are so good that they could even be compared with the some of the greatest American beaches.

However, Galicia does not only offer beautiful landscapes but also a city rich in art and history. It is rightly considered as a World Heritage Site, such as the La Coruna. The main town of Galicia is famous for its Las Galerias, the Theatee and the Tower of Hercules Rosalia, the oldest lighthouse still in operation, and the Colosseum.Inside, you will be completely overwhelmed by the pressure of these ancient grounds. Also, do not miss the Santiago de Compostela, which is the end point of the ancient journey of faith from Roncesvalles in the heart of the Pyrenees, winding through streets full of ancient history. The magnificent Gothic cathedral houses at the tomb of St. John and along the entire old city were rightly declared a World Heritage UNESCO Unit. It felt so great seeing all these places up close and examining them.

 

 

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The Magic of Wine in La Rioja

 

Visit the Spanish province of La Rioja, famous for its wines, to discover its magic. This autonomous region, located north of the Iberian Peninsula, is the traditional wine region of Spain. In the last five years, it has been reinvented with proposed buildings and cutting-edge oenological designs that attract more and more visitors.

The denomination of Rioja origin is one of the strictest in the world, covering more than 500 producing wineries. Most have their door open for travelers and tasters.

Getting well armed with an itinerary, helps to build the memory of a trip. If you have a complete experience, you can not miss visiting the six wineries that they can be proud of.

 

 

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The Cathedral of Saint Mary

 

In the Bay of Palma de Mallorca, located at La Seu, is the Cathedral of Saint Mary. It is such a wonder to see how this imposing building is reflected in the sea, knowing that it is the only structure that has a Gothic style feature.

If you are traveling to Palma, this is definitely one of the places worth stopping.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary was erected in 1229 . The cathedral was constructed because James I, being in a storm at sea, promised to build a cathedral if he survived. When he reached the mainland, he ordered to build this monument.

Now, it is widely visited by tourists all over the world.

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A Spanish Town in Palma de Mallorca

 

 

Some travelers do not need reasons to go to a new destination. If you are someone who needs a nudge to choose between a city and another, then there is a reason to head to Palma de Mallorca.

Palma de Mallorca is considered the Spanish Mediterranean jewel.

A place like no other, the Espanyolet was built during the 60s by architect, Fernando Chueca Goitia. The concept of the Spanish town of Palma de Mallorca was devised to create a museum that would meet the main characteristics of the people of Spain. The result was so good that today, it competes with Barcelona as the best Spanish city of the country.

The total area of 6,365 m², is where you will see replicas of various buildings, plazas and streets, representing various Spanish cities. This will be an original ride where you get a general idea of the Iberian essence.

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The Penthouse in Madrid

Madrid is firmly and unquestionably one of the best places in Europe. The marvel and spectacle even becomes better during the night. There is no other place where you can find lovers of the nightlife, than in Madrid.

From small bars to mega clubs, there’s something for everyone: The Penthouse is, as I see it, is a happy medium. This elegant lounge bar seems out of context, in the busy place of Plaza de Santa Ana. The Penthouse is the middle of the night-life in Madrid.

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The Penthouse has an elegant interior and exterior. It has comfortable sofas and a beautiful terrace, which makes it a better place to relax and drink. If you plan to enjoy thr night at the Penthouse, reservations are recommended, since the place is usually packed.

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Flower Time at Girona

The Spanish city of Girona is inevitably associated with the nearby Barcelona, ​​which is the favorite stop for those who fly lowcost. We have already seen that Girona is well worth a visit. It is a destination not to be missed while on a holiday in Costa Brava.

One more reason to take a break in Girona is that it offers the Temps de Flors event. The Temps de Flors is a festival dedicated to spring. You can see flowers everywhere in the alleys, bridges and monuments.

Last year, the Temps de Flors was held from May 7 to May 15. So if you plan to land at Girona, schedule a tour of the historic center. You can also hang out in the delicious restaurants, tapas bars and pubs.

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The Soplao Cave

The Soplao Cave has become one of the most famous despite being open to the public only from July 1, 2005. The Soplao is a cave located in the towns of Rionansa, and Herrerías Valdáliga in Cantabria (Spain). This place was discovered by chance while conducting a mining exploration work.

The Cave Soplao has become internationally famous due to the abundance, beauty and spectacular formations eccentric treasures in its 17 kilometers of galleries, of which only 6 are open to the public. The interior is a natural paradise because of its dense surfaces of aragonite, stalactites, stalagmites, formations and very rare as helictites (eccentric stalactites defy gravity ) and draperies (formations similar to flags hanging on the ceiling ). The ceiling is an area considered as the Sistine Chapel of the underworld because of its conservation and grandeur.

 

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Girona: Jewel in the North Catalonian Crown

Where are you heading for, this weekend? If you are somewhere around France, we would want to suggest this destination called Girona. Just a stone’s throw away from France, Girona is the perfect place for a memorable weekend. Placed strategically at the confluence of four rivers, the capital of north Catalonia is a charming city offering visitors streets and monuments filled with history, delicious cuisine and outstanding hospitality of its people.

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