From the south of Tenerife, you can visit the Teide National Park and the town of Puerto de la Cruz in one excursion. This combination will make you enjoy two of the most attractive places in the island.

The Teide National Park occupies the highest part of the island of Tenerife. It is the largest and oldest national park in the Canary Islands, and the third oldest in Spain. In 2007, it was declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO and since then the park is considered one of the 12 Treasures of Spain. In this area is the volcano Teide which, at 3.718 meters, is the highest peak in the Canary Islands, Spain and any Atlantic Ocean landmass. It is also the third largest volcano in the world from its base on the ocean floor, only surpassed by the Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa in Hawaii.

From there, the tour will bring you through the spectacular Orotava Valley falls to the north coast, where is located the city of Puerto de la Cruz. In this city, you can visit the Loro Parque, the Botanical Garden, the Martiánez Lake pool complex, the Beach Garden or the Plaza del Charco, that are just some of the attractions of this locality.

The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is considered as the second most popular and internationally known carnival in the world, after those held in Rio de Janeiro. In fact, the city of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is twinned with the city of Rio de Janeiro for this reason.

During this event, the streets welcome all kind of performances and parades of ‘Murgas’ (groups of singers with lyrics describing political life of Tenerife in a satirical way) or ‘Rondallas’ (small Philharmonics) accompanied by cavalcades, thousands of costumes, spectacular floats, dancers and musicians dressed in their finery.  The best part is that everything takes place in the street so you can live it to the full!

The ‘fiesta’ in the streets of Santa Cruz starts on the Friday before Carnival Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday) with a spectacular opening procession. The party continues night after night around the island until Ash Wednesday and the ‘Burial of the sardine’. It consists of a procession with a huge model fish which is finally cremated. The last weekend, festivities come to an end in a huge ball.

You can take advantage of your stay in Gran Canaria to visit, either by boat or plane, other islands of the Canary archipelago. The flight distance between the islands is less than an hour, with frequent departures throughout the day. Similarly, modern marine vessels make connections linking the islands several times a day.

You can go to discover the magic of Lanzarote, heading down into spectacular volcanic landscapes that seem to belong to distant worlds and where even the heat from inside the earth comes to the surface. You will enjoy its peaceful white beaches and clear waters and savor the breathtaking views of small islands that can be seen from the cliff. The island was declared as one of the universal models of sustainable development by the World Tourism Organization, thanks in large part to the artist César Manrique.

Fuerteventura is an island of long, untouched beaches of white sand set in a coastline bathed by the ocean with calm transparent water that invites you to relax. You will find no better place to enjoy the turquoise sea water glide out on a windsurf and take advantage of the wind. An excursion to Fuerteventura is the occasion to discover the roots of the Canary Islands by admiring the oldest rocks of the archipelago or marine sediments belonging to the time it had not yet begun the process of formation of the Canary Islands!

A different and fresh way to discover Mallorca and most emblematic spots is a city tour that combines gastronomy and local tradition. Indeed, the ‘tapas’ have become a different way of eating: more agile, enjoyable, varied and social. We propose a route through the taverns and wine merchants of Mallorca, the most emblematic of the islands where you will taste typical tapas harmonized with good wine.

You can also have a scenic tour around the islands! Unlike many helicopter leisure flight, you will be able to decide where you want to go and what you would like to see. You can fly through the Traumuntana Mountain Range, along the picturesque coastline, and look for the homes of the many celebrities living around; or visit a place you particularly would like to see!

Back to the land, a scooter tour offers you another original and privileged way to discover one of the islands and its monuments, beaches and people. For example, in Mallorca, you could discover the urban centre of the city, the old Belver Castle and the Palma Bay with its fishing environment. You can also choose to follow the tracks of ‘The Magician’, filmed in 1968 with Anthony Quinn. The fine sand surrounded by the sea and the cliff covered by pines will help participants to evocate the cinema golden era.

Where can I stay in Andorra?

Por el 12 September, 2012

Through its more than 200 hotels of all categories, Andorra offers a variety of accommodations with good quality in terms of services and comfort that can suit all needs and budgets. Even though the hotels are mainly located in the major commercial and recreational areas of the urban centers, you can find good accommodations all over the country that allow you to explore the entire principality.

Andorra is divided geographically into seven parishes that have the name of their capital. The most populated city is Andorra la Vella, which is also the capital of the country. It is located in the south west of Andorra, at the confluence of two mountain streams.

Two of the parishes have their frontier with France, two other with both France and Spain and three are located exclusively on the Spanish side.

Málaga’s west coastline hosts ones of the most renowned tourist localities of the country such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella or Estepona. This area concentrates a lot of leisure facilities, with funfairs and water parks, casinos, golf courses and prestigious marinas, such as Puerto Banús, a luxury area full of expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars.

The Serranía de Ronda forms part of the most traditional white villages route. Then, you can plan an excursion over this area starting from Ronda, one of the most romantic cities in Andalusia, where you can visit the Tajo, a 100-metre deep gorge, the New Bridge by Martín de Aldehuela or the Real Maestranza de Caballería bullring. Then you can reach, the localities of Atajate, Benadalid, Algatocín or Gaucín .

Finally, you can go to the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, which conserves the remains of a conifer wood dating back to the Tertiary Period. You will discover one of the most unique pine species in the world!

Valencia is, without a doubt, a unique and original destination that offers the most modern facilities equipped with advanced services, historic buildings available for customers, and a wide range of venues suitable for all types of events that adapt to the needs of their users.

One of the main venues in Valencia is definitely the Ciudad de las Artes y Las Ciencias, a giant and avant-garde cultural center that offers about 15 large capacities and futuristic spaces to organize any kind of event for of large and multinational companies.

Valencia also proposes a complex with 60.000m2 in a natural environment with lakes, fountains, waterfalls and ancient restaurant menus or a farmhouse in the middle of a orange-growing farm that has been restored and reformed for organizing top-level corporate events as well as indoors or outdoors activities, and much more original venues to discover!

A bus tour is a nice way to visit the surroundings of Madrid. Indeed, you will discover beautiful landscapes in the mountains as well as some typical villages and cities whose two of the most visited are Aranjuez and Toledo.

The city of Toledo, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, is located on a rocky headland, bordered by the river Tajo, just 70 kilometres from the capital. You will certainly enjoy its beautiful historic center that has been through three cultures from three religions – Muslim, Hebrew and Christian. Full of heritage and monuments, it also counts a marvelous gothic cathedral of the 15th century.

At 48km from Toledo, you will find Aranjuez, another municipality lying in the south of Madrid. Located at the confluence of the Tagus and Jarama rivers, its cultural heritage is declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will enjoy passing by the Royal Palace, impressive gardens and its remarkable well-preserved arena.

The Puerta del Sol is the centre of Madrid and is the point from which all Spain’s radial highways begin: the ‘kilometre 0′ of the country. In the central area of the Puerta del Sol you will find a statue based on Madrid’s coat of arms. It shows a bear standing against a tree. You will find this symbol all over Madrid.

The Palacio Real, or Royal Palace is the official residence of the Spanish royal family but actually used for state ceremonies. It is probably one of the most important places in Madrid and it is open to the public, except when official business is taking place. It is set in formal gardens on the site of a Moorish fortress that burned down in 1734.

The third most important place in Madrid is the Plaza Mayor, a huge square constructed in 1617. It has been pedestrianised and can be entered by any one of nine arches. From time to time, events such as concerts and fiestas are staged here. The square contains 136 houses with 437 balconies from which people used to watch the events held here!

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What is the art triangle?

Por el 3 August, 2012

The Art Triangle is an area of Madrid where we can find the most notable museums, the ideal situation for a group wishing to discover Madrid and all its treasures! The three main museums you can find are the Prado museum, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and the Reina Sofia Galleries which will bring you through the art history of Spain from the 12th century to the most contemporary styles.

The Prado Museum hosts an impressive selection of masterpieces which features one of the world’s finest collections of European art, from the 12th century to the early 19th century. Not far from there, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum welcoms the visitors through its impressive historical collection that counts more than 1600 pieces. To finish with a moderner style, the Reina Sofia Galleries offers you to admire contemporary Impressionist, Expressionist European and American paintings.

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