Archive for December, 2013

Adriatic Sea

In the Adriatic Sea and with a population that does not reach the 45,000 inhabitants, Dubrovnik is presented as a great tourist destination that focuses its strengths in its walls, the old town, with its steep streets and its great history. Marks the 20th anniversary of the vote of the citizens who made that Dubrovnik will become part of Croatia and bombings carried out by Serbs and Montenegrins in order to prevent its independence from Yugoslavia. Luckily, today they are more tranquil times and we talk about a city with a special charm. Its main street called Stradun is a route of great beauty with nice terraces from which enjoy going and coming from the crowd of tourists who usually visit the place, almost always on foot, since its Center is almost pedestrian which makes trips between its streets are especially welcome. To visit Dubrovnik must not leave under any circumstances escape through its narrow and steep streets, many of which will take us to places that will remain engraved in our memory for many years by its great beauty. Moreover in some of these places are small restaurant and cheap hotels of great charm. Accessing the wall can get spectacular views of the red roofs that characterize the city and will help us to understand the history of this city and because it was declared world heritage by the Unesco in 1979. Nor should we forget that you as a coastal city, we have at our disposal some small but pleasant beaches and its famous old Bay, as a small Marina.

Claude Lorraine

Discover how the works of JMW Turner is related to the work of the old masters visiting its new exhibition, Turner and the masters in the Museo del Prado in Madrid from June 22 to September 19. Art lovers who will be in a hotel in Madrid this summer may be pleased to see the exhibition that will be open to the public during the three months of summer. This exhibition, which hosts 80 paintings from several prestigious surrounding artistic centers of the world, has some of the works of JMW Turner. However, the Museum has suggested that exposure may also be interesting for those who are faithful the painter’s followers, since it offers a new perspective on his art. What the event aims to is to create a dialogue between some of the great works of Turner, as a shadow and darkness; The eve of the deluge, light and color; The morning after the deluge and peace; Burial at sea and those of other masters of different eras. The organizers explained: the exhibition reveals that the British artist made his work with perfect awareness of the painting of the old masters, who studied in depth, while paying attention to the contribution of some of his contemporaries.

Some of the artists are connected with Turner in the form in which include in their paintings to Rembrandt and Claude Lorraine. The Museum opening hours is from 9 am to 8 pm from Tuesday to Sunday and the cost of the ticket is 8. For more information see the official website of the Museum or call the (34) 91 330 2800. To take the maximum advantage of the Turner exhibition and teachers, book your hotel in Madrid to avoid the inconvenience of doing so at the last minute.

Galapagos Islands

In the central part of Manabi and very close to Portoviejo, is the dam of Poza Honda, where born now Portoviejo River and formerly called Rio Grande; Since the Holy City until the dam has been called the biocorredor, which have implemented proposals for agro-tourism and cultural tourism. North zone: it corresponds to the cantons Pedernales, Jama, area characterized by long beaches and ecological Inns, as well as excursions various bird foot hill and the reserve Mache Chindul, an important habitat for plant and animal species unique; Cojimies is possible to know a stretch of sea in which appear occasionally define. South zone: that It corresponds to the cantons Pajan, Jipijapa and Puerto Lopez. In Jipijapa, the Sultana of coffee, is developing the project the coffee route; It has in addition Puerto Cayo, an extensive Beach and cradle of the whales, this site is suitable for rest and from July through October is possible for whale-watching tours. It has a fairly wide hotel plant. Joined to this area the canton Pajan who are implementing important offers of food manabita and family distractions in rural environments. Puerto Lopez: with attractions ranging from humid tropical forests, reefs, Islands and islets, representative of the area flora and fauna.

Los Frailes Beach: part of the Machalilla National Park, with special characteristics that have made it a totally protected area. Museum of Agua Blanca, in the commune of the same name and in which it is possible to do experiential tourism of pre-Inca customs. Isla de la Plata, continental detachment features similar to the Galapagos Islands; available of trails that allow direct and short viewing distance birds. Whale watching, between the months of July and September; the tours were initiated in Puerto Lopez and it is one of the bases for its tourist development. Additional beaches: Puerto Rico, Ayampe, Machalilla, Las Tunas.

National Central Museum

No longer lack present Madrid, capital of Spain and one community of the same name. Even so, Google earth offers us an exceptional virtual tour through the streets of the capital. Gran Via, Plaza Mayor or door Sun and opposite the Real Casa de Correos, kilometre zero, starting point of the numbering of all the country’s roads, are references to any connoisseur of the capital. Also, we can mention landmarks as the fountain of Cibeles where Real Madrid fans often celebrate great victories for his team or the Plaza of Spain in which the monument to Miguel de Cervantes in addition, Madrid is an influential cultural centre and it has international reference museums including the Prado Museumwithout a doubt one of the most important in the world, the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia and the Thyssen-Bornemisza, which belong to the most visited museums in the world. But Madrid is much more: the Torres Kio, la Castellana, Plaza de Colon, the Retiro Park, the train station of Atocha, the Chueca neighbourhood, etc. If you’ve not visited Madrid or you need to know some area of this wonderful city, Google Earth offers us the possibility to see Madrid in three dimensions as we have never seen. If this virtual tour of the capital has given you desire to return to Madrid, do not doubt it: grab a cheap flight to Madrid-Barajas, book your apartment in Madrid or your hotel room and enjoy the charms of the capital. And, in any case, I hope you’ve enjoyed these Madrid overlooking of the sky!