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VALENCIA – Flower Shows

 

Valencia, the land of flowers and faults, is one of the largest and most important cities in Spain, and one of the liveliest. Being located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, one finds the beaches in the very heart of the city. Not surprisingly, especially during the summer, many tourists visit it. Well if you want a beach holiday with fantastic possibilities to practice any sport and enjoy a brilliant nightlife, along with a wide cultural offer, then Valencia is the perfect place.

Important International Fairs confirm that Valencia is one of the most dynamic cities in Spain. Strolling through its streets and enjoying the abundant possibilities that the capital offers is something for which the hours can run without realizing it. If after that, you get appetite, then it’s time to try the most famous dish in Spain exactly where it was born, the Paella Valenciana. In addition Valencia is of course the city where the Cid, the national hero, fought against the Moors in times of Reconquista.

Many popular festivals in the city and surrounding villages still remember events of this era. But in this chapter we will not be able to forget about Las Fallas, impressive parties of light and fire that will impress the one who happens here coinciding with these dates. In recent years Valencia has acquired an additional role at the international level. Important cultural events have contributed to this; such as the construction of the City of Arts and Sciences and sports; such as having hosted the Americas Cup, the most important sailing competition in the world, or the Formula 1 Grand Prix, which takes place on a spectacular urban circuit that runs through the Port area.

The old town

The old town is bounded by the tramway, which marks the path through which the walls of the city stood until 1865. Here we find the greatest concentration of monuments, most of which belonged to the period of splendor after the reconquest, in 1238, when Jaime I took the city with black hands.

In this way you can make a comfortable walking tour, passing through the last little squares and solitary alleys that remain in Valencia: We start in the Cathedral, in early Gothic style. It has three covers, one Romanesque, one Gothic and one Baroque.

The main chapel is baroque and the neoclassical sides. Its impressive dome stands out, the bell tower of octagonal plant, symbol of the city, which the Valencians call the “”Micalet.”” From its roof you can see a beautiful panorama (and if you have patience like Victor Hugo, you may manage to count the 300 bell towers that he claimed to have possessed the city.)

But the most extraordinary fact is doubtless the Chapter Hall, where The Cathedral Museum exhibits paintings by Goya and Jacomart, Cellini goldsmiths, Paggibonsi carvings, paintings by the Valencian School from the 15C to the XVII and one It is an extraordinary Custody which, because it is more modern, has no less value than others of greater antiquity.

Basilica of the Virgin of the Desamparados (“”Mare de Deu dels Desemparats””), the patroness of the city, and in an immediate alley the Almud’n, wheat store of the medieval period, now restored and turned into a Museum. Continuing east, in a small square, is the Church of San Esteban, where, according to tradition, the Cid married his daughters and St.

Vincent Ferrer was baptized. In the nearby street of the Palau is the Palace of the Admirals of Aragon, and in the Trinquete de Caballeros, the Church of San Juan del Hospital, Gothic style, as it is, if not more so, the Convent of Santo Domingo, in the Plaza de Tetu˜n, in spite of the additions of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries in its interior or the cover designed by Felipe II.

In the river Turia we find three bridges of ogival trace, the Bridge of the Real one, the Bridge of the Trinity and the Bridge of Serranos, with the Torres de Serranos old gate of the wall (15th century), which has both luxury of triumphal arch and solidity of military bastion.

The river Turia, caused in 1957 a flood that caused numerous deaths and destroyed large number of buildings, so it was decided to divert it to the outskirts of the city. Now the old channel of the river is the scene of sport and recreation of all Valencians as they walk, run, bike (especially mountain), play football, rugby, base-ball, skate and do gymnastics daily the thousands of citizens that congregate in this pleasant lung of life that is the River.

The IVAM – Valencian Institute of Modern Art – is a great museum that should not miss lovers of new trends in art. It is one of the three best museums of modern art in Spain. It is located in front of the old channel of the river, to the height of the Language School, that is just the other side of the channel.

 

Rio de Janeiro: The Wonderful City

 

The Marvelous City full of color and joyRio de Janeiro is a city with a lot of charm, the charm of its beaches and its sea, the charm of its islands, forests and mountains, the charm of the sun-tanned village that shines throughout the year. Rio is like this, a cheerful and extroverted city, easy to love. It will be a love at first sight, as almost always happens. In this web you can find tourist information of Rio de Janeiro to help you with the preparations.

Why is it wonderful?

In Rio, beauty reborn every morning with the sun revealing the panorama of this special city located between the sea and the mountains. That’s why everyone calls it “La Ciudad Maravillosa”, the perfect title for an extraordinary place.

When is the best time to visit?

The Rio Carnival is legendary. Famous parades of samba schools, music groups and dances for all tastes and pockets and a joy that infects the whole city.

What is the typical food?

Rio de Janeiro is a paradise for those who like to eat well. From more sophisticated dishes of international cuisine to the tasty and exotic dishes of typical Brazilian cuisine. Like the feijoada, always accompanied by the caipirinha. There is also the barbecue, grilled meat in large and juicy pieces. The prices are good and the scenery is free.

History and culture Rio was the scene of the most important events in Brazilian history. And that history is preserved today in its museums, libraries and monuments. The other side of Rio: cultural center and enclosure of intellectuals and artists, where they transmit ideas and idioms. La Carioca Night Apart from many restaurants, cinemas and theaters, Carioca night offers other excellent leisure options: shows, samba concerts, modern discos and lively with national and international music or just a cold beer on the beach.

The night of Rio goes until the dawn of the sun. Passion for sport The carioca, like all Brazilians, has a passion: football. Soccer is the national sport. On Sunday afternoons, stadiums are filled with fans to watch the matches of their teams. It is worth going to Maracana, the largest stadium in the world, to see one of these shows.

But Rio is not only football, but also other sporting activities such as tennis, golf, swimming, surfing, volleyball, hang gliding and much more. Spectacular Beaches The beach is a daily fun. In Rio the habit is to go to the beach until dusk. It is on the beach where friends, and even strangers, meet to talk and rest.

 

Argentina – A Destination for Adventurers

 

From the Cordillera to the Atlantic coast, and from La Quiaca to Ushuaia, there are thousands of corners with volcanoes, mountains, mountains, valleys, lagoons, streams, seas and rivers where you can discover unexplored natural attractions that awaken with more or less effort adrenaline and the ambition to continue.

Adventure tourism sports invite you to live a unique experience, as they not only facilitate the full contact with nature, but return to the practitioner protagonist of the natural setting where he is. In addition, they offer alternatives for all sexes, ages and experiences; and generally have different levels of difficulty, which in many cases can even access entire families.

The options

Rafting in gom or canoe is one of the activities of adventure tourism more realized in the Iguazu Falls by the travelers who arrive to Misiones to enjoy their vacations. Navigate the Iguaz? River at full speed for several kilometers, with the infernal noise of waterfalls in the ears, rainbows rising from the sky and water bathed all while the gom’n threatens to capsize, it is an experience that only the extreme tourism can offer.

Photographic safaris in the missionary jungle, visits to the falls during the nights, trekking, canopy, rappel, water rides and visits to the Guarani communities are some of the proposals of adventure tourism in the Iguazu Falls.

Much more quiet and familiar, the 4×4 is one of the most chosen options because it is suitable for a large sector of the population; the typical places where to practice a unique experience are San Bernardo, Pinamar, Comodoro Rivadavia, Puerto Madryn, Puerto Iguaz?, El Calafate and Puna, among others. Mountaineering, rock climbing and rappelling offer extremely exciting experiences, but they demand a significant amount of energy.

For the more challenging, the Cordillera de los Andes, volcanoes, hills and mountain ranges of the central region invite you to live this type of adventure tourism. Also, the South Patagonia, with its climbing and rappel circuits, allows the adepts to know really spectacular sites, many of them unexplored, with forests and rivers that can be covered accepting the challenge of these extreme sports.

The province of Santa Cruz is the ideal place for trainees: the surface extends between mountains and coastal strips, with intense trekking circuits in El Chalt?n; climbing and Tyrolean terraces on the Torre and Fitz Roy hills; and hiking on ice, 4×4 cruises and rafting in El Calafate.

In Tierra del Fuego, it is possible to enjoy adventure tourism with a horseback riding through dense forests, soft areas and turbans, paths on rocks and steep slopes. In this province there is also a variety of places to do extreme adventure tourism, especially climbing and mountaineering, among them Cerro Alvear, Andorra-Ca-ad-n de la Oveja, Monte Olivia, Cerro Domo Blanco, La Esfinge, Martial, Cinco Hermanos, and Bonete ; Vinciguerra glacier, Cerro Portillo and southeastern Cascade of Alvear.

Other adventure sports are equally attractive, but they do not require much energy or previous experience. Such is the case of diving and snorkeling, excellent ways to get to know the underwater world, its flora, its fauna and even legendary shipwrecks. For this type of activity, the Atlantic coast, with its varied beaches, is the preferred site.

 

Veracruz Tourism Guide

 

On the coastal plains of the state, bathed by the waters of the Atlantic, the Port of Veracruz proudly shows us its white appearance, its squares and colonial center surrounded by buildings of the beginning of the century, its quays of great mercantile and naval movement guarded by a strong, its long and modern avenues that border the sea and its placid and beautiful beaches.

The Historic Center of the Port reveals a Creole character in the set of fades, balconies and ornaments of its buildings, in which harmoniously intermingle the different architectural influences that the city has experienced throughout its hectic life.

Highlights:

Cathedral: Before Parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, of century XVIII.

The Municipal Palace: Seat of the first city hall of Continental America, located in the Plaza Mayor.

Likewise, the Post Office building and the Maritime Customs, in neoclassical style, reflect the French aristocratic eagerness that tinged the life of Mexico in the late nineteenth century; the site of the Reformation, a museum installed in the old church of the exconvento of San Francisco, erected in 1715.

The City Museum, neoclassical building of beautiful courtyard and sober arches, exhibits the history and the folklore of the city; the Museum of the Revolution, located in the original building of lighthouses; the Chapel of the Christ of the Good Travel, of the sixteenth century, a simple parish in which the Moreno Christ, a protector of the mulatto fishermen who initially inhabited the neighborhood, is venerated.

The Fort of San Juan de Ula (XVI – XVIII centuries)
Now a museum, it was built to protect the port from the greed of corsairs and filibusters, as it was a place of continual coming and going of ships that brought men and goods from overseas and headed for Europe loaded with gold and silver.

The Baluarte de Santiago with its drawbridge is a small museum: It was part of the wall built in the XVII century that protected the city until 1850.

Also Veracruz has two islands of special appeal:

The island of the Monkeys: Where you can appreciate the large number of monkeys that inhabit the place

Isla de Sacrificios: It has a beautiful underwater natural park.

 

Guadalajara – Center of Tourism

 

It is the capital of Jalisco, considered the fourth largest state in Mexico, where important traditions such as tequila and mariachis are concentrated. It is also considered an important focus of economic, commercial and cultural development of the country.

It has a diversity of landscapes that satisfy all tastes, with an excellent climate and rich gastronomy. On a tour the visitor can find beaches, snow-capped mountains, forests, but also desert areas, lakes and jungles. Jalisco is every year the scene of many and varied events. And in 2014 Guadalajara, its capital, is precisely the site of World Tourism Day (DMT) festivities. This event is held every year under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization.

“Tourism and community development” is the motto chosen for this year. This theme seeks to highlight the potential of tourism as a driving force for the development and sustainable growth of all countries, through decisions and initiatives that benefit their communities.

World Tourism Day (DMT) is a suitable date for the search for inclusion mechanisms for all the communities involved in such an important activity. The World Tourism Organization seeks to promote the cultural richness and traditions of the peoples, always orienting the respect of the inhabitants and guaranteeing the equitable distribution of the benefits of the sustainable development of their regions.

With regard to the celebration of World Tourism Day 2014 , months UNWTO invited web surfers to send their comments on how they would celebrate this day in their respective countries by sending photos inspired by this year’s motto for a Facebook album. Via Twitter was established the label # WTD2014 in order to facilitate participation in conversations, sending opinions and to share experiences before September 27th. This day in Guadalajara will be held the meetings, presentations and debates ruled by the WTO in the Museum of Art of Zapopan.

 

OLMEC CULTURAL VISITS

 

In the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean is St. Maarten, a beautiful destination with crystal clear waters, renowned not only for its pristine beaches but also for being a duty free shopping center and for its famous takeoffs and landings on Maho Beach adjoining the Airport International Princess Juliana.

But there is much more to take advantage of on this island of 37 square kilometers. The practice of water activities is one of the main proposals of the destination.

Scuba diving, kitesurfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, jet skiing and surfing are some of the options, which will provide a different air to the visitors’ stay. If the idea is to learn to surf, some places dictate classes, such as Coconut Reef in Simpson Bay.

They also offer stand up paddle, snorkel and canoe tours. Aqua Mania is another alternative. It has classes at the St. Maarten Sailing School, as sailing is one of the sports that stands out on the island.

In addition, this place organizes tours to the neighboring island of Anguilla, with activities like Dolphin Discovery, in which the visitor lives the experience of swimming with dolphins. And to stay informed about events and news from the sporting world, the key is at Trisport.

Founded in 1992 and inspired by the passion of athlete Malcolm Maidwell for triathlon, the organization sponsors bicycle and kayak races, as well as marathons and children’s events. The place also offers kayak and snorkel tours.