Friday 22 July 2011 5 22 /07 /Jul /2011 4:41 PM

Sierra Espuña is in the Regional Park of the Segura basin, in the east end of the Cordillera Betica. Limestone terrain, has a variety of geomorphological formations (karst landforms, bad-lands, glacis) and Barranqueras and gorges that, united to the beauty of the landscape, make it an ideal place for hiking or caving. In this article are recommended routes and accommodations to know it.

Routes in Sierra Espuña

There is a large amount in Sierra Espuña of routes that make; they go to give several of them with different levels of difficulty to get a complete picture of this beautiful sierra de Murcia:

. Up to the castle of Alhama

It is very simple; with a duration of no more than hour and a half, is ideal for making contact with the Sierra Espuña landscape by its incredible views.

. Espuña river route

Of medium difficulty, 4 hours in length and 8km. It is part of the Central Electric mills to the path by the river bed of the Espuña upstream until reaching Source Bermeja, where there is a refuge and a table to eat. Then it's back to the Power Plant along the banks of the river.

. Path of the Watercress

Much more serious, route of 7 hours. You have to climb the north face of the Barranco de Leiva until you reach the Barranco de Valdelaparra and after to Prado and Collado Greater white. The first 10 km are up open area. Since Collado White you have to go down the remaining eight kilometers until you return to the watercress.

A map of the Sierra de Espuna is more than recommended for the realization of the path to the path of the watercress.

Accommodations in Sierra Espuña

For Sierra Espuña adequate accommodation is fundamental. Depends on the type of tourism that you want to perform, you can choose between several types:

. Hotel Santa Eulalia, a former monastery in Totana dating from the XVI century. This hotel Monasterio has been declared of Cultural Interest, set among landscaped gardens is very well situated as starting point for all kinds of adventure activities in the Sierra Espuña. Reservations in the + 34 968 487 004.

. You can also rent cabins in Sierra Espuña camping. There are 11 wooden cabins fully equipped, 2 to 6 squares. Can be booked at Campingsierraespuna.com.

. Another option is the hostel Sierra Espuña, in Totana, in the Paraje de Santa Leocadia. For reservations phone +34 968 422 556.

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On Tuesday 19 July 2011 2 19 /07 /Jul /2011 01:22

The Sant Joan de les Abadesses, or San Juan of the Abbesses in Spanish, is a municipality in the comarca of Ripollés in Gerona. Up until the age of 80 was reported by with Ripoll and Barcelona by rail, the origin of a current green route which runs through the valley of San Juan, watered by the Ter. Here are the best routes through this beautiful area of Catalonia.

Path of the Ferro

The origin of the route of the Ferro is located in the north of a great line whose origin was Barcelona to carry its coal industry tucked away in the basement of Sierra Caballera in Ogassa, very close to Sant Joan de les Abadesses. The crisis of the mining caused the final stretch of the line, between Ripoll and Ogassa and you will end up closing in 1985.

The Vía Verde of the path of the Ferro starts at the station of Ripoll. If turns his gaze toward the north, appears the old train line of Sant Joan de les Abadesses, follow this old line, thepath del Ferro is internal among meadows and wooded spots in a absolutely rural landscape.

About 6 Kms from Ripoll, an iron bridge that saves the Ter river has been adapted to become the vehicles and there are that go along with them. Be careful: the railings are low and the former gateway service has disappeared.

Past the bridge, the route of the Ferro returns to devise among meadows and forests of the hillside. Gradually climbs to reach a considerable height to cross the ravine carved by elTorrente of Pudol. Going through forests, the route crosses the torrent of Ginebrosa.

TO 10 Kms away from Ripoll, the Vía Verde arrives at the train station of Sant Joan de les Abadessesdonde has recovered the station building. Is in the upper part of the population, with what you have to cross the river Ter by its gothic bridge and discover the jewels of Romanesque art that it encloses.

Finally, about 2 kms from San Juan, the path of the Ferro ends at the wharf You then continue on toward Toralles.

Hiking paths.

The Ripolles in Girona, is known for its natural landscapes of captivating beauty and its attractive rural tourism. The area of Sant Joan the Abadessas combines the beauty of the natural environment and the jewels of Romanesque architecture that it encloses. Of the enormous amount of hiking trails that can be practiced there are two very attractive with a different level of difficulty:

.Sant Joan de les Abadesses- Collada Santigosa - Sant Joan, this is a circular route very attractive and easy:

Distance: 19.16 km

Minimum altitude of 774 meters and a maximum of 1,123

Degree of difficulty: Moderate

Time to complete: in 5 and a half hours

.Sant Joan de les Abadesses - Coll of dogs- Puig Estela-Sant Joan. For walkers motivated:

Distance: 35.62 km

Minimum altitude of 771 meters and a maximum of 1,556 meters

Degree of difficulty: Difficult

Time to complete: in 9 and a half hours

Sant Joan de les Abadesses vista pont
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On Wednesday 13 July 2011 3 13 /07 /Jul /2011 04:38

Santander, the capital of Cantabria, you are lucky enough to be in a privileged environment, in a bay of the most beautiful in the world, combining to perfection the sea and the mountains. With its 180,000 inhabitants, is a quiet town, which, together with its beaches and nature makes it an ideal place to relax and enjoy a holiday in Santander. This article shows you what to see and where to stay.

That view

This would be a tour to take in account to see the main landmarks of Santander:

To know the Santander monumental can be from the Pereda gardens with the cedars and palm trees.

Nothing more pass through the gardens you will reach the building of the Bank of Santander.

In just a few steps you will reach the Pombo Square and the magnificent architecture of the surrounding buildings, highlighting the Real Club de Regatas of Santander.

Right away you will find the church of Santa Lucia, neobaroque style and built of Banesto, known for its ornamentation.

To be followed by the street Hernán Cortés leads to the arcaded square, a symbol citizen very loved by the Santander.

If the traveler is approaching the sea you will find the building of Post and Telegraph, regionalist style and, immediately after, with the neoclassic building of the Banco de España and the commemorative sculpture of reconstruction after the fire of 1941 of Santander.

Compared to the whole of the Church of Christ and the Cathedral of Santander is the Church of the Company, typical Jesuit style temple.

Going through Juan de Herrera, is the center of the city where you will find the Ayuntamiento de Santander and the stately home and the Library of Menéndez Pelayo.

Of course, and outside of this route, you cannot visit Santander without knowing the Magdalena Palace, the most emblematic image of the city, nor getting to enjoy some of its eleven beaches.

Where to stay

The offer of accommodation in Cantabria is very wide, and its capital is no exception. Of course, the variety of categories and prices in Santander of accommodation is very high. Here there are a number of them, with high ratings for its users:

-Hotels with Charm: In this category falls the Sonanes Palace, of the eighteenth century; it is a baroque construction was fully respected. With garden, library and lounge. Reservations in Rumbo.is.

-Apartments: ideal choice to go as a group or family. The official website of the City Hall of Santander offer a selection of them, of different keys and prices: Portal.bounda-Santander.is.

-Las Posadas: In the mentioned page of the Town Hall you can book the garden of Angela, catalogd as rural housing and located within the town of Santander, in Barrio Rucandial, 4.

santander, magdalena
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Sunday 10 July 2011 7 10 /07 /Jul /2011 09:42

The vocation of Lanzarote conservationist, reflected in its sustainable model of economic development, has earned him the whole island the declaration of a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1993. Is the existence of unique natural spaces, the environmental awareness of the population and the integration of economic activities with the environment that make Lanzarote one of the most beautiful destinations in the world. Here three tips to know.

Before traveling

The first council to go to Lanzarote is have some information to avoid surprises and enjoy the most of your trip:

  • In terms of documentation, medical insurance, etc. there is to proceed as you would to go to any other place in Spain.
  • With regard to the climate of Lanzarote, there are more than 300 days of sunshine per year and an average annual temperature of 22º C, do not forget a sunscreen and any garment of light long-sleeved for the night.
  • This causes that there is no seasonality dependent on the climate, but holiday periods. The seasons of maximum occupancy are summer, Christmas and Holy Week.

Transport in Lanzarote:

Guacimeta Airport is 6 km from Arrecife. There is bus stop (buses) that connect the airport and the capital and the different municipalities between if. You can also hire a taxi. The phone of radio taxi from the airport is +34 928 520 176.

What to do

The second tip is to know a wide range of activities in Lanzarote to enjoy our stay.

Lanzarote European sports destination, is a brand launched by the Tourist Board of Lanzarote, which fight to strengthen Lanzarote as sports destination known worldwide. In this sense, it has been launched the Ironman Triathlon.

Also boost indigenous sports such as:

  • The lucha canaria

  • All kinds of water sports

  • Hiking

  • Mountain bike

  • Golf

The Cabildo of Lanzarote has a page where you can see all the sports information: Lanzarotedeportes.com.

Of course the island of Lanzarote is known for its wonderful beaches, but his vocation was not for aquatic here: there is a great offer of thalassotherapy centers and Spa, with all kinds of massages and treatments.

That view

The Cabildo insular has chosen a series of places valued for their beauty, integrated in volcanic landscapes and under the philosophy of sustainable development that earned him the statement to Lanzarote of Biosphere Reserve.

The canarian artist of international fame César Manrique the conducted under this principle, trying to join Art and Nature: they are the so-called "centers of art, culture and tourism. It is of 7 magical places that cannot be left to visit if you want to know the essence of the island:

1. Mirador del Rio.

2. Cueva de los Verdes.

3. Jameos del Agua.

4. Garden of the Cactus.

5. Castle of San José (Museum of Contemporary Art).

6. The house-museum peasant.

7. Mountains of Fuego-Timanfaya .

lanzarote_2009_17A fine example of Rigobert Bonne and G. Raynals 1780 map of the Canary
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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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