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Tourism in Vibo Valentia

How many different activities we can do during your holidays if you choose to stay in just one place? If the tourist resort choice is in Vibo Valentia, the answer is easy: you can actually do loads of interesting and fun stuff in this amazing location!

Imagine a city where in a few kilometers you can go to the beach, visit a medieval historic center, go shopping or enjoy nature by following enchanting paths.Is something is missing? Already, we have not said that you can sail to the nearby islands (Stromboli, Aeolian islands) or climb up to the castle to enjoy a fantastic view.

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The city itself is located at 476 ms / m; Instead its port is located in Vibo Marina, which is about 10 km far from the town.
Until 1928 the town was called Monteleone di Calabria. It took its present name after the discovery of the remains of Hipponion, founded by the Locrians in the seventh sec.aC. The history of the city is quite troubled, you can figure it out by visiting the National Archaeological Museum which is located in the Swabian-Norman castle of 1070. The castle, built on the ancient Magna Greek Acropolis, dominates the city and offers a magnificent panorama. Below the castle lies the medieval town with its beautiful palaces and fortified walls.

The cathedral dedicated to San Leoluca was built in the second half of 1600 on the ancient Byzantine church. It is Baroque in style and has beautiful bronze doors.
Also the Gate Tower of the Count of Apice and Arco Marzano are also worthy to pay a visit to as they both date back to XII century.

If you arrive here by boat or ferry, the home port is in Vibo Marina, a seaside resort just 10 km from Vibo Valentia. Even in Vibo Marina you can see the castle of Bivona, dating back to 1442.

Vibo Marina is popular for its beautiful white sand beaches, like that of Bivona, the Fortino beach or the Baia Safò. Continuing and heading south, in the direction of Tropea, we find many cliffs overlooking the clear blue sea.
If you go from Vibo Marina to the north, then to the town of Pizzo, we meet beautiful sandy beaches that fully justify the name of this stretch of coast called “Costa degli Dei” (The Coast of Gods).

From the port of Vibo Marina you can sail to ferry both Sicily and the Aeolian Islands and the Isle of Stromboli.

Calabria not only has magnificent coasts and beaches; the interior is just as interesting, especially for those seeking an alternative holiday usual relaxing on the beach. The excursions in the Parco delle Serre are popular with nature lovers. There are various courses offered, along romantic paths in the green.

Also in the Parco delle Serre you can visit the natural oasis of Lake Angitola. It is an artificial lake surrounded by swamps and pine groves of Aleppo, eucalyptus and cork tree. The lake and its surrounding wetlands are home to more than a hundred species of birds found here an ecosystem conducive to nesting. Even the lake tortoise appreciates this place, as well as ducks, herons and osprey.

We know that in Calabria you can eat well and of course it is the case also in Vibo Valentia where you can taste all the dishes, with produce coming both from sea and land. But a word of warning if you are not used to spicy flavour: the famous Calabrian chili pepper fires up almost all the dishes!

Attractions in Kefalonia

If it is true that the Greek islands are always very popular with tourists who appreciate its ancient history, the beautiful beaches and clear sea, it is also true that not all the islands offer peace and relaxation.

Kefalonia Island is still little touristic, so it is indeed ideal for a relaxing holiday (click here to book your ferry). It is part of the Ionian Islands located in the Ionian Sea, and is on the west of Greece and the Peloponnese archipelago. In the south side of Kefalonia you can see the island of Zakynthos, in the East the ancient Island of Ithaca.

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The capital of Kefalonia is Argostoli, but the most important port of the island is that of Sami, in the central part of the East coast.

Despite being the largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia go along easily in an hour and a half’s drive. It is in Kefalonia mainly known for its beaches, but the island hides some interesting surprise even to those who love mountains. In fact, in the South, we find the Mount Ainos (Enos) of nearly 1628 meters above sea level. For several years this area has become National Park.

But the biggest attraction of Kefalonia is certainly the beaches: the most important is Antisamos, near Sami. This beautiful and long beach with small coves on the right, is also famous because here was shot the film “Captain Corelli’s Mandolin” starring Nicolas Cage.

Another beautiful beach is Myrtos, in the northwestern part of the island; But here the sea is quite rough due to the currents. Myrtos offers an unforgettable sight from the top of the cliffs – with the beach enclosed between two cliffs.

The Xi Beach in Luxouri peninsula, (you can find it heading to West), is much smaller but is particularly striking with its reddish sand and clay rocks.
The Petani beach is near Paliki; Here we must be careful because the waters are deep.

The resorts of Kefalonia are all very characteristic: in the North there is the small village of Fiscardo where you can spot the Island of Ithaca. In the north, near the beach of Myrtos, there is Assos. It has a fantastic view of the village if you climb up to the ruins of a Venetian fortress. Skala is instead a very well equipped beach resort, with a nice big beach.

Near Sami and its port from which you reach the Greek mainland, the island of Ithaca and Italy, you can visit the ancient Acropolis of Sami, surrounded by its walls, and the Monastery Agrillion. Always close to Sami, there are the caves of Drogarati and Melissani; before you get to it it is very pleasant boat ride on the lake.

In the capital Argostoli there are various possibilities of passing the time pleasantly: you can stroll along the promenade and then continue in parallel street, Lithostroto, a very convenient path as it is pedestrian: there are shops, bars and small businesses offering the products of local crafts and traditional foods. If you want to know or learn the local history, there is the Archaeological Museum or the Museum of History and Folklore. Other attractions would be the bridge over the lagoon Koutavos or the lighthouse of Ag.Theodoron.

A final consideration: the town beaches in Kefalonia are very well kept and clean, and this is something that certainly proves the great civilization of the inhabitants of the island!

Must-see attractions in Positano

The first answer that comes to mind when you go to Campania is “what to see in Positano?”. You do not need historical monuments to make a spectacular resort. In fact, Positano offers amazing sea, the many houses, alleys, staircases, gardens, mountains, all contribute to the great beauty of Positano.

It is well known that the Amalfi Coast (Campania Region) is one of the most attractive areas of Italy, and beyond. The greatest artists, writers and other celebrities have visited the coast who enchanted them with its absolutely unique landscapes.

Positano, as well as being one of the most suggestive area of ​​the Amalfi Coast, allows visitors to also embark for Capri (click here), the island famous around the world.

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Coming from the sea, you can see that in the past there was a need to protect the coast from invasion. In fact there are numerous towers: the first is the Tower of Punta Campanella, from which came the signal of the presence of the enemy. This alarm was passing through the other towers (Riverside, Betrayed and Fornillo) to the villagers who took refuge at the top, on the mountain. Today the houses of Positano form a true picture of beautiful colored spots between rock and sea.

The largest beach is the Spiaggia Grande; from here you can follow the trail of Lovers and, passing close to the Saracen towers, arriving to Fornillo beach. Other beaches such as those of Cavone or Remmese be reached from the sea by boat. Always from the sea you can get to many caves, such as Grotta della Porta or Grotta di Fornillo.

Off the coast of Positano there are 3 small islands: Gallo Lungo, La Rotonda, and also Li Briganti (called Castelluccia) .These islands Li Galli calls were, according to legend, the refuge of the Sirens. Nowadays only the Isle of Gallo Lungo is inhabited.

Visiting Positano you can admire the colorful windows of the workshops; you can buy custom-made sandals, dresses made with the typical floral fabrics, fascinating jewelery or even traditional pottery.

The Church of Santa Maria Assunta has a tiled dome that shines in the sun; inside you can admire a Byzantine icon of the Black Madonna. Near the church is a medieval crypt coming from the eleventh century.

The stairs are a feature of Positano: you can not move without going up or down the stairs. Starting from the Arenzo beach, climbing 1500 steps you will arrive at the village of Nocelle; It is the best spot to enjoy a fantastic view (it is called the Gods’ View): you see to the Island of Capri and its Faraglioni.

If you love to hike, just follow the path that starts from Montepertuso to reach the Oasis of Vallone Porto, where the landscape changes: here the waterfalls and lush vegetation make you forget for a while the sea and the beach.

Back in town instead for a fun and lively nightlife, with live music and, in the summer, parties are also organized on the beach. Before going to dance, however, it is the case of tasting the traditional dishes, without forgetting to taste the famous limoncello made from the best lemons in the world!

Holidays in Motril

One of the most interesting regions of Spain is certainly Andalusia which is also rich in beautiful beaches; in Granada province, for example, there is a city that is able to offer, given its geographical location, sea and mountain. This amazing town is called Motril. It is located on the Andalusian coast, in the part which is called ‘Costa Tropical’. You can mainly arrive here by ferry, because there is no airport; the closest ones are in Granada, Almeria and Malaga, though.

Motril is located a few kilometers from Granada; the Sierra Nevada protects it from the cold winds coming from the north; its climate is therefore particularly mild, with rare rains. It is therefore an ideal place for a vacation even outside the summer period.

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The old town is very interesting since, as in many other Spanish cities, the Arabs have left many traces of their ruling, such as the characteristic buildings of the Moorish quarter. You can get there going through the Puerta de Granada, an opening in the walls that in the past was the only way to access the city.

There are many churches, including the Church of La Encarnación which was built in 1502 on the ancient mosque. The Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Cabeza (Head Of Our Lady) is in Baroque style and is dedicated to the Patroness of the city. The Patron Saint of sailors is instead the Madonna del Carmen, Reina Mother of Varadero. Every year, in mid-July, they celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Carmen with a procession during which the statue, decked with numerous and colorful flowers, is brought on a boat.

Very recommended is a visit to the Museo de Historia of Motril, located on Calle Cardenal Belluga, where shows and tells the local history.

To relax a little after visiting the city you can head to the Parque de Los Pueblos de America, where it is very pleasant to walk in the shade of big trees to sit and close to lakes.

Obviously you must go to enjoy the beaches of Motril, one more beautiful than the other: the Carchuna beach, the Poniente, La Joya, Playa Granada and many others. Many are equipped, quite crowded during the summer, such as Poniente beach. Others are quieter as the beach of Playa Granada; in the vicinity of the latter there is also a golf course, Los Moriscos.

Following the west coast you get to the pretty village of Salobrena and visit its castle which is visible from afar; the town of Castell de Ferro, which is also very attractive, is located on the east coast.

If instead of the beach you prefer the mountains, then nothing could be simpler: just half an hour and, passing by flowering shrubs and fruit trees amang cultivation of sugarcane (in this region also makes a great rum), you will arrive to the Natural Park of Sierra Nevada, and more specifically to the Sierra de Las Alpujarras. Here the landscape changes but is equally magnificent. This area is rich in springs and thermal waters. Halfway between Motril and Granada are the Terme di Lanjaron, a small town famous for its healing waters, where you can also see the ruins of the Castle.

Continuing north, you reach the beautiful city of Granada, known and famous throughout the world for one of the most beautiful and evocative location that one can admire: The Alhambra.

As it turned out, a holiday in Motril gives the opportunity to relax by the sea or in the mountains, but also to discover many interesting places! So do not hesitate and book now your trip!

What to visit in Milazzo

Whether it’s a long vacation or just a few days, the lovely town of Milazzo (click here to book a ferry) in Sicily, offers a wide selection of beautiful and interesting places to visit, not to mention the costs that it is among the largest in the region.

Starting by its geographical position, it can already say that Milazzo is an important city from a tourist point of view. In fact it is from this location that you can sail to reach the Aeolian Islands.

Starting from the Levante Riviera where you will find the port, heading towards Capo Milazzo and Punta Messina, thus making the rounds of the peninsula to reach the Riviera di Ponente, you can admire the coast which offers a rocky ridge where are crashing the beautiful waves. But also you will be enchanted by the view of the beautiful, long sandy beaches.

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However, the city itself is interesting in so many ways, especially historical and cultural: all the oldest part (we are talking about people who lived here already is located in the high zone) is in the hilly side, while new settlements has been developed over the years on the coast.

The medieval castle overlooks the city. It was built by the Normans and later renovated and enlarged first by Frederick II, and later by the Spanish. It has a beautiful fourteenth-century portal with side towers.

Near the fortress there is the Old Cathedral, which has been built in perfect Sicilian Baroque style. Continuing the ancient town, still partially surrounded by walls erected by the Spaniards, you come to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, made in the sixteenth century. It can be seen near the church the remains of the convent which was once the seat of the Holy Office and the Inquisition. After this site you will find the Sanctuary of Saint Francis, where you can admire the Madonna and Child by the artist Domenico Gagini.

Arriving in the newer part of town the visitor will be welcomed by the New Cathedral, built in the 30′, which houses, among other things, everything that was part of the Old Cathedral.

The town lies on the peninsula until the tip called Capo Milazzo, where there is a lighthouse, which also offers a splendid view. Near Capo Milazzo there is the cave with the shrine of St. Anthony. It is said that the Saint took refuge here after a shipwreck.

Staying on he tip of the peninsula, in the western part, meaning in the proximity of Punta Messina, there is the pool of Venus, or Lake of Venus. It is a natural sea water pool, made up of circular rocks. We get down a stone staircase of over 200 steps, but the effort is rewarded with a pleasant water temperature and by the spectacle of which you can enjoy, especially at sunset, with the background of the Aeolian Islands visible in the distance.

On the rocky ridge there are also several caves, some visible only from the sea; the biggest is certainly the cave of Polyphemus, which is located just below the Castle. There are also the Cave of Gold and, near Punta Messina, a small cave called “The Woman Leg.”

Not far from Milazzo, more exactly 12 km away, you can visit the town of Saint Lucia del Mela, full of monuments to admire, such as the Bishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Castle which dates back to the fourteenth century.

The biggest attractions of Milazzo remain always its clear sea and its fantastic beaches.

 

Puerto del Rosario: What to see

The Canary Islands are very attractive for tourists and the reasons are very simple: the beauty of the landscape of these islands, their mild climate and their great offer of fun.

Looking at the Canarian archipelago, it is seen that the Island of Fuerteventura is just past the island of Lanzarote which is separated by the Channel Bocayna. The African continent is very close and you can feel also almost the Saharan climate as it closely resembles the Morocco’s temperatures here. Puerto del Rosario is the capital of Fuerteventura and lies on the east coast.

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Puerto del Rosario is not a very big city, but its port is connected very well with the other Canary islands with the Spanish or African coast. Even the internal connections with other towns on the island are well organized. This city is less touristy than the rest of the island but certainly not less attractive; indeed, one can say that for this reason it is more authentic and original.

The attractions that characterizes spectacularly Puerto del Rosario is the Parque Escultoreo: it is made by numerous pretty special statues, all by the artist Juan Bordes, scattered in various parts of the city.

The beautiful white houses, typical of the Canary Islands, they become even more attractive in the port area. In the heart of the city, in Calle Virgen del Rosario, you can visit the Casa-Museo Miguel de Unamuno, where the famous Spanish writer and philosopher stayed during his exile. Opposite the Casa-Museo Miguel de Unamuno is the Church of the Patron Saint of the island, Nuestra Señora del Rosario; the construction of the church dates back to 1828.

Near the port there is the beach town of Playa Chica, a beautiful white sand, much loved by the people, given its proximity to the city center; along the promenade you get to Playa Blanca, a modern beach more than 1 km long, well-equipped with hotels, bars and restaurants. The other beaches are developed mainly to the east of the city.

Fuerteventura for his position is always exposed to the winds. This outstanding feature makes it the preferred destination for all surfers. All Puerto del Rosario area is perfect for sailing, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are also courses for beginners. Even fans of diving and underwater fishing will find a wonderful sea where to give vent to their passion.

There are various occasions during the year of celebration, but the party as fun and is certainly one that takes place during the carnival. There are parades of floats with prizes and, above all, the parade at the decorated sea rafts called “Los Achipencos”.

Another feature worth seeing is without any doubt the Ecomuseum de Alcogida. It’s walking distance from Puerto del Rosario, heading inland; is a true “living” museum consists of 7 lodgings where are played all the typical activities of peasants and artisans of the past of Fuerteventura. There are also some workshops for children (for their admission is free).

Another excursion is to do absolutely the Montana de Tindaya, considered a sacred mountain. It is located to the north of Puerte the Rosary and there are still traces of the first inhabitants of Fuerteventura, the people of Majos; all around the mountain there are some rich lagoons of various species of birds.

The city of Rosario Puerte is not only interesting, but it can certainly become a starting point for discovering the beauty of Fuerteventura (click here to book a ferry).

Arrecife, the friendly capital of Lanzarote

Are you dreaming of making a holiday in the Canaries? So do not hesitate: just choose Arrecife, the capital of Lanzarote, and surely you will not regret (click here to book a ferry).

In fact, this welcoming city will surprise you with its fascinating cliffs and amazing scenarios (the name Arrecife means precisely “the cliff”), white houses and clear sea.

Coming from Spain by sea, Lanzarote is the first island in the Canaries that you meet; its capital, Arrecife, is located on the east coast. You will be amazed by the high and jagged cliffs and small islands. The fishing village has become a tourist destination and it is full of seaside resort, but without losing its original charm.

From the cultural point of view, there are plenty of places to visit, such as the San José Castle, with its International Museum of Contemporary Art. There we arrive, safely on foot, starting from Avenida del Mar and along the waterfront.

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La Casa Amarillo (yellow house) is located on Calle Leon y Castillo and also hosts various exhibitions.

La Casa de Los Arroyo is a beautiful colonial style building; It hosts the Scientific Cultural Center Blas Cabrera, important physical born in Arrecife.

A very characteristic district is San Gines; San Gines is the patron saint of the town and is celebrated in the month of August. He has dedicated the Parroquia Matriz de San Gines, 1665, in Baroque style.

The Lagoon of El Charco de San Gines is a natural harbor. The whole neighborhood has been upgraded, featuring bars, restaurants and the theater, everything is well blended with the fishermen’s houses.

For shopping there is Calle Real, also called Calle Castillo y Leon. Instead for the nightlife we ​​move on Calle José Antonio or Avenida Fred Olsen, with plenty of bars, clubs or pool halls.

If you want to walk in the shade of large tropical trees and the beautiful fountains murmur, just go to the Parque de la Marina where there is also the Kiosco de la Musica.

Just opposite the city there are some islands such as that of San Gabriel, with its fortress. The San Gabriel Castillo houses the Museum of History. It is connected to the coast by the Puente Nuevo de Piedra, a driveway, and the Puente de Las Bolas, a pedestrian way. The view from the Castillo is exceptional: you can admire the vast expanse of the sea but also the entire city.

The nearest beach to the city center, reachable on foot, is the Playa de El Reducto, long more than 500 meters. It is a bay with beach and parking.

A few kilometers away, there is the Playa de Matagorda, a beautiful sandy beach with clear, cold water (do not forget that we are on the Atlantic, so the sea water is colder than the Mediterranean).

It’s worth a few kilometers away (roughly 11) to visit the Cactus Garden that is located in the town of Teguise. This spectacular botanical garden that includes many species of cacti is the work of the famous architect Cesar Manrique; at the entrance there is also a windmill.

A 5 km from Arrecife, in Taro de Tahiche, is precisely the foundation dedicated to Cesar Manrique with some of his works such as paintings, sculptures and architectural designs.

Therefore, no doubt that, if you go on holiday in Arrecife, you will be able to relax, to see so many beautiful things, but also to appreciate the wonderful hospitality of the entire city.

The most beautiful beaches of Molise along the green coast

Do you like to fit in a few centimeters of sand, almost glued to the closest umbrella? And are you wondering if there are beaches on the Adriatic coast  far from the mudding crowd? The answer is yes, they exist and we can find them along the “green coast” which is located in Molise.

These few kilometers of coast (less than 40 km), therefore, which belong to one of the smallest Italian regions, namely the Molise area. This region is perhaps well-known for its mountain resorts, such as Capracotta, to 1363 m. But the coast, although not too long, offers all the amenities with its hotels, restaurants and campsites. The most important coastal cities is Termoli; its port you can reach the Tremiti Islands by ferry and Croatia (click here to book a ferry).

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Starting from the North of Molise, just after the border with Abruzzo, we find Marina di Montenero. It continues with Petacciato, and shortly after we meet Torre Petacciato; the Saracen tower is located instead in the North of the town of Termoli, where we also find one of the two beaches frequented by local residents and the neighboring ones. Sant’Antonio beach is the longest, almost 10 km away and is very well equipped. It has also received the blue flag (the beach in the past was also awarded the green flag which is given only to the child-friendly beaches). Its fine sand and its clean waters fully justify these awards, not to mention the wonderful spectacle that offer the walls of the Borgo and the Castello Svevo, the southern end of the beach.
All the ancient village is very impressive and in town you can visit the Cathedral dedicated to S.Basso, with its beautiful facade of Alfano Termoli. The Cathedral was built in the sixth century, burnt down by the Turks only to be restored in the eighteenth century.
The other beach of Termoli is to Rio Vivo, in the South side of the city, much less extensive than that of St. Anthony, but equally interesting, especially for those who practice water sports, windsurfing and sailing; about it here is also the circle of the wing that organizes regattas.
Campomarino Lido is located before the border with Puglia; This beach has been awarded the blue flag and also comes with beautiful fine sand dunes and pine trees that offers the possibility, after a swim in a crystal clear and calm sea, with no need to rest in the shade of umbrella (there are areas equipped alternated with free). Close to the beach there is the Oasis of Bosco di Ramitelli. A Campomarino is worth visiting the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, the twelfth century, with its beautiful frescoes.
Returning to the North area of Termoli, we find many beaches, like in Petacciato Marina; this area is much more wild and reserved, and even here the beach has received the Blue Flag. The town of Petacciato is located 7 km and has a beautiful Romanesque church, dedicated to St. Rocco.

Climbing further we find the Marina di Montenero which is in fact the beach of the town of Montenero di Bisaccia, that is 16 km. Also you got many places to visit in the countryside: as for example the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Bisaccia.
After relaxing on the beach we recommend to try the local specialties, rich in tradition and taste. It is certainly the best way to end your day!

Ceuta: exploring the town

The characteristic of Ceuta, a wonderful city with a double heritage, has to be Spanish, despite its location on the African continent.

It is a peninsula on the Mediterranean Sea, east of the Strait of Gibraltar, on the African coast, not far from the Moroccan city of Tangier and Tetouan. But we do not confuse: Ceuta is a Spanish autonomous city; it is opposite to Andalusia, and more specifically to the Spanish town of Algeciras reached by ferry in no time.

What makes it unique and certainly interesting Ceuta is precisely the combination of European and African culture that are not absolutely opposed, but instead live happily, creating an atmosphere that fascinate visitors.

Once arrived at the port, which is on the mainland, you have to cross the moat of San Felipe to get to the center, enclosed around the peninsula.

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The first thing that attracts attention is the big fortifications overlooking the Plaza de Armas, that is, the “Murallas Reales”, founded by the Arabs to defend the city. Following the walkway and walking on the walls, you can enjoy a fantastic view of the blue sea and the entire city, with its beautiful Andalusian palaces and large squares.

One of the latter is the Plaza de la Constitucion, which is connected to the promenade Plaza de Africa “Paseo de Las Palmeras”. On the Plaza de Africa, with its very well-kept flower beds, overlooking the Cathedral Santa Maria de la Asuncion, built the mosque between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in predominantly neo classical style, with a beautiful black marble facade.

Also on the same square there is also the Shrine of Nuestra Senora de Africa, also called “Parroquia de Santa Maria de Africa”, built on the Portuguese shrine. On August 5, at the end of Feira de Ceuta, which includes various events, it is celebrated precisely Nuestra Senora de Africa.

Walking along the “Paseo de la Marina Espanola” you can already see the spectacular Parque Maritimo del Mediterraneo architect Cesar Manrique. Here ponds, waterfalls, fountains and gardens are so harmonious that it seems completely natural. But there are not only beautiful gardens. In fact, there are also various games for children, bars, restaurants and even a casino. Parque is therefore very popular both day and night.

Mount Hacho, east of the city, is one of the places not to be missed. It is said to be the mountain moved from Hercules to open a passage between the Mediterranean and the Atlantico. You can reach the top of Mount Hacho by cable car, and from there see everything strait from the Mirador de San Antonio. Perched on the cliff there is the fortress of the Castillo del Desnarigado, with its museum.

The most visited beaches by the inhabitants of Ceuta are the Playa de la Ribera and, to the southeast, the Playa del Chorrillo; They are both sandy, from fairly shallow and obviously with clear sea. As in any other Spanish beach, there are kiosks that sell not only drinks, but are instead equipped to cook fish or grilled meat.

Ceuta is a small town but, for all that it offers to its visitors, is a roaring success!

Christmas markets in Croatia

What a wonderful feeling to feel again like children, at least at Christmas time! All the colorful decorations, the lights in the Christmas trees and the sweet scent coming from the streets have the amazing power to bring us back to a time when you waited impatiently for Christmas and Santa Claus.

In Europe there are so many of these kind of Christmas markets that the choice becomes difficult, however. If you want to rediscover the meaning of the tradition, the best choice is to visit the markets of Croatia.

You may decide to go to the capital, Zagreb, but also in coastal towns like Zadar, Rijeka, Split and Umag where you can find, at Christmas time, so many opportunities to experience the magic of Christmas, not only in the markets, but also with many other opportunities and events.

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To reach Croatia is simple; There is of course the plane, but there is above all the ferries that allow you to make the Adriatic crossing very easily and in a short time, from various Italian ports.

If you choose as a destination the city of Fiume (Rijeka), you will have the chance to admire the fabulous decorations of the Korzo (Corso), turning the stands and stalls in a live Christmas decorative shows! Here you will find everything that can serve to decorate the Christmas tree, and much more. Children can have fun with Santa Claus train that runs through the streets of the city; adults will appreciate, if the stay in the city coincides with that date, the Christmas concert which takes place in the Cathedral.

In Split (Split), also called the Star of Croatia, throughout the Advent season “Adventilacija“, there are festivals, concerts and folklore shows, both in the streets of the central city squares. The Christmas market is held all over the promenade and offers traditional, colorful decorations, handmade crafts of all types and typical Christmas sweets like those in gingerbread. If you can, it’s really worth, at Christmas, to follow the midnight mass in the Church of Our Lady of Bethlehem, Mount Marjam.

If you decide to go to the capital, Zagreb, you will be able to immerse yourself in a fantasy world; everything in the city, the streets of the historic center to the tree-lined streets, reminds us that we are in the most wonderful time of the year: lights, decorations, colorful installations, a real magical kaleidoscope! All this accompanied by music and concerts for all tastes, not to mention the various shows for children.

The markets are the pride of Zagreb: in fact they give their colorful animation at various points of the city located in Piazza Europa, in Ban Josip Jelačic Square e a Zrinjevac. From large halls to simple stalls, everything is perfect to tickle the imagination of visitors. The decorations for the Christmas tree and the cribs are the result of the creativity and skill of the local craftsmen, but also from around the world. You can find many other items, all absolutely fabulous, to give to loved ones as a gifts from your heart. Then there are the various food stands where, among many other specialties, can not be missed all the traditional sweets, to give as gifts, but also to taste at the time, with a hot mulled wine that warms from the bitter cold, but it also has the power to warm the hearts!