On Wednesday 6 July 2011 3 06 /07 /Jul /2011 06:32

Hoyo de Manzanares is situated in the northwest of the Community of Madrid, in the southern slope of the Guadarrama Mountains. With a stable population of about 8000 people, which considerably increases in summer, is located in the Regional Park of the Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, who is also a Biosphere Reserve. We're going to discover this municipality.


In the Muslim era, built two watchtowers in Hoyo de Manzanares to monitor access to Magerit (Madrid).

After the Christian conquest, like the other peoples of the area, was the subject of the dispute between from Segovia and Madrid for centuries. In Hoyo de Manzanares 1636 receives the title of villa and is independent from the Manzanares El Real.

In 1947, it installed the Academy for Engineers of the Army in Hoyo de Manzanares, what caused the increase of the population, which continues today. In our days, visitors come to the famous sanatorium of the "Healthy City" or to enjoy the Sierra.


Hoyo de Manzanares is entirely in the Regional Park of Cuenca Alta del Manzanares, who is also a Biosphere Reserve. Also belongs to a network of municipalities that defend the Iberian imperial eagle.

In this atmosphere of appreciation for the environment, there is a environmentalist association, call The Cork Oak, Which defends the natural environment of the village.

There is also a tourist information center in Hoyo de Manzanares, which carries out activities in the nature.


Hoyo de Manzanares has a rich architectural heritage, and many other buildings that were made with traditional materials are retained.

Thus, in granite are made the House of Culture and the Town Hall of Hoyo de Manzanares between the most representative, along with other buildings in the Plaza de Cervantes and the Plaza Mayor, in addition to many old houses of the people that are retained and some villas of the early twentieth century

There are also presumably visigoth tombs and a Jewish cemetery.

Fiestas and traditions

In Hoyo de Manzanares will join traditional festivals, along with other modern that are carried out in summer, with theatrical and musical performances.

In addition to celebrations such as the Carnival with the burial of the sardine; or Christmas, with Bethlehem popular and ride of the Kings; there are other specific to the locality.

Specific Fiestas would be the Feast of the massacre, or the Feasts of Our Lady of the oak, in early September, where in Hoyo de Manzanares held novilladas and tasting of more than 1000 kilograms of caldereta de toro de Lidia.

1 Plaza Mayor and Town Hall, Hoyo de Manzanares, Madrid, Spain 1 Plaza
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On Tuesday 5 July 2011 2 05 /07 /Jul /2011 03:57

London, is one of the leading destinations of the world, the headquarters of some of the best museums, mecca for the shopping and creative trend from the Beatles. But it is also one of the most expensive cities in the planet. Here we have tricks to get cheap accommodation: in b&b, hostels and apartments, with two finders: booking.com and londontoolkit.com.

Bed and breakfast

Staying at a B&B in London can be economically advantageous (prices of June 2011). As the supply is so wide, have been selected which had better valuation, that were centrally located and had interesting prices:

Ravna Gora Hotel, in the glamourous Nothing Hill. It is a Victorian-style hotel, near Portobello and Kensington Palace. From the 37 euros per person, in the metro station of Holland Park.

The Olympic Victoria B&B, just five minutes from Victoria Station. Also from the 37 euros.

The Carnaby Street Guesthouse, is another b&b central and affordable, from 51 euros to only 10 minutes from Hyde Park.

Nothing Hill B&B, functional and at the same time cozy,available for 37 euros.

Remember that the B&B are very needy to sleep cheap in London, but the service is limited to the accommodation and the bathrooms sometimes has to be shared.

Since then, there is another type of bed & breakfast, such as Luna & Simone, located at Victoria Station and the Cardiff Hotel, in the neighborhood of Paddington, but the price is also of another type: 99 euros for a double room.


Hostels in London more centrally located and cheap (prices of june 2011) are in Bayswater and Paddington. Some possibilities:

Royal Bayswater Hostel, in Hyde Park and with breakfast included: 9 euros per night.

Green Man, in an English pub, there is always fiesta.15 euros.

In Paddington, from 15 euros this Equity Point Hostel, opposite Hyde Park and 200 meters from the underground.


An apartment in London can be more economical than a hotel, especially if we travelled in a group. In addition we can prepare our food, and a capital city where the food is so expensive, it is a saving.

There is a very wide range, which ranges from the luxury and the cheap, as guidance know that a studio apartment costs what a 3 star hotel. Cheap apartments and hotels in London are:

Royal Court Apartments from 69 EUR, in the Paddington area.

Astons Kensington, in Gloucester Road, available from 118 euros.

Marlin Apartments are located at Mansion House, just a few minutes from the cathedral of Saint Paul. From 130 euros.

The prices are for June 2011.

|  Source | Date 2009-03-27 | Author Mario Modesto Mata  | Permission
By Francisco José - Published in: Hotels & Clubs
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On Monday 4 July 2011 1 04 /07 /Jul /2011 01:25

With 708 km2, la Palma is a mountainous island and abrupt, stunning scenery; in the north, the Caldera de Taburiente National Park since 1954, and later created the Natural Parks of Cumbre Vieja and de las Nieves. To these were added more protected areas until, in 2002, it was stated to the entire island Biosphere Reserve. We're going to discover this treasure.

Nature on the island of La Palma

Vegetation and landscapes of the Palma:

Due to the geological formation of volcanic origin and its geographic location, La Palma has a few original and unique landscapes, not in vain is known as La Isla Bonita.

The Palm is divided into different zones of vegetation, which is divided into floors of vegetation more or less distinct, around the two aspects of the island. The trade winds carry clouds filled with moisture that clash with the mountains, and form a haze that is condensed by the vegetation.

Of the endemic plant species of the palm, the most attractive and impressive are those which form the laurisilva forest, that form of a dream-like landscape.

Nature trails in the Palma:

Emphasizes the Caldera de Taburiente National Park, a depression of 7 km of shaft that contains the unique flow rates of water flow of the islands, dominated by the presence of the canary island pine and with spectacular views.

It also has a large attractive the Route of the volcanoes of the Palma. This route runs through the southern part of the island and passes through a series of extinct volcanoes, that have given rise to a series of landscapes of volcanic origin impressive.

Tourism on the island of La Palma

With just 7500 hotel beds in the Palma there is no mass tourism, but one cannot know whether the Palma will evolve in this direction.

Although they speak constantly of the benefits of sustainable tourism, are promoting projects in the Palma tourist and urban development that threaten several natural spaces, according to ecologists.

Since a few years ago, is implanted the Rural Tourism in La Palma. They are remodeling and modernization of old houses respecting the traditional architecture, not only in the facade, but also in the interior.

The project was initially funded by the European Union through the project leader. The project seems to be going in the right direction, and is helping to conserve the landscapes of La Palma, and continue to be known as La Isla Bonita.

1 Fotografía desde donde se ve la dorsal de la Isla de La Palma. |  S1 Mapa | Source | Author Marbregal  | Date 2009-12-12 | Permission | o
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Saturday 2 July 2011 6 02 /07 /Jul /2011 10:50 PM

The Nasrid kingdom of Granada city, has the reputation as one of the most beautiful cities you can visit. Immortalised by the pen of Washington Irving, remains a romantic destination where it succumbs to the grace of its monuments, its alleys and the continued murmur of the water. Here you have three recommendations to find cheap hosting in it.


The first recommendation to find cheap accommodation in Granada, is to stay in a hostel. It is not just an economical option, but also the possibility to find passengers with concerns and desire to share experiences.

The hostel in the city of Granada is the Hostel Inturjoven Granada, in the calle Ramon y Cajal, 2. Is open 24 hours (then there is no curfew). Reservations can be made in Reaj.com, page of the Spanish Network of Youth Hostels.

Hostels and apartments

The second recommendation to find accommodation in Granada at a good price is to go to the hostels. In the Hostelbookers.com page in addition to having an offer vast, have promotions:

Oasis Backpackers' Hostel Granada, is intended for a public backpacker, very well located,in the Albaicin neighborhood, a few minutes from the Alhambra. For 16 euros a shared room. Price of July 2011.

White Nest Hostel is located in a XVII century building, close to the Alhambra. With excellent service and polyglot, offered for free in your kitchen coffee, tea, and olive oil. Have several types of rooms: suite, shared, private, with or without bathroom,etc. The private room with bath costs 20 euros; the shared, 18 euros. Prices in July of 2011.


The third recommendation to find cheap accommodation in Granada: apartments. It can also be found in Hostelbookers.com. Very centrally located and cheap are:

Aparts Abbey. This is renovated apartments, but the aesthetics of traditional architecture. The location is unbeatable in the Albaicín: 100 meters from the Royal Hospital of Granada and 600 meters from the bus stop that takes you to the airport. At 23 euros the private room, in July 2011.

Apartments Abililla. The owners have turned a Granada house typical in 8 apartments with a traditional decor. Located in the Realejo, the historic center. Fully equipped with bathroom and kitchen. At 21 euros the private room, price of July 2011.

1 Alhambra, Granada, Spain 1 Patio de Machuca.  Alhambra, Granada, Esp
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On Thursday 30 June 2011 4 30 /06 /JUN /2011 00:36

The current flag of Germany was born in the nineteenth century, was adopted as official flag by the Weimar Republic in 1919, abandoned during the Third Reich and back to adopt in 1949. This is a taught tri-color, with three horizontal stripes, black, red and gold. In terms of its origin and meaning the flag has a long gestation, that we are going to explain.

The formation of the German flag

The first state formation germanica, the Germanic Holy Roman Empire, did not have an official flag; but the black two-headed eagle on a gold background was fixed from the fourteenth century as imperial flag, becoming the banner of the House of Habsburg.

When Napoleon Bonaparte in 1806 created the Confederation of the Rhine and ends with the Holy Roman Empire, the Emperor Francis is declared emperor of Austria and adopts the imperial banner.

In parallel, in the Napoleonic wars; the volunteers who fought against the French, the Freikorps, Lucian in their uniforms the colors black, red and gold, both for practical reasons (the black dye was the most easy to stain), as policies (the colors of the defenestrated Holy Roman Empire).

In 1815, after the war, the former volunteers founded a brotherhood in Jena, creating a flag with the colors of their old uniforms.

In the Revolution of 1848, the German nationalist calling for the creation of a united Germany in the Frankfurt Parliament, where it was adopted as German flag colors black, red and gold.

German unification came not from the hand of Austria, nor of the revolutionaries, but conservative Prussia, which adopted as flag of the II Reich the flag with the colors white, black and red of the kingdom of Prussia (black and white) and of the Hanseatic League (white and red). The non-adoption of the dorado symbolized the exclusion of Austria to Germany.

The twentieth century

After the dissolution of the German Empire after the revolution of 1918, the new Weimar Republic adopts the former flag of the revolutionaries of 1848.

The black flag, red and gold of the new republic was associated by many nationalist sectors to the defeat of 1918, arriving and policemen who tried to denigrate it.

The Nazi victory in 1933 the banned and the new third Reich adopted a new flag, combination of the colors red, black and white of the II Reich and the swastika as a symbol of the Aryan race.

The victors of World War II proscribing the swastikas. In 1949, the tricolour was adopted as the flag of the FRG, to symbolize the continuity with the Weimar Republic.

In 1959, the GDR communist adopts the shield, which will disappear with the fall of the Berlin wall.

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