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Europe » Spain » Galicia October 18th 2013

Baiona is a municipality in Galicia, Spain, in the province of Pontevedra. Baiona is a tourist town with a medieval historical center situated by the outlet of the Vigo Bay. Its population of just over 11,000 rises to around 45,000 in the summer, if one includes tourists. Other than tourism the major economic activities revolve around fishing. O Grove is a municipality belonging to the province of Pontevedra, in Galicia, Spain. A peninsula that faces the Atlantic Ocean and the shores of O Salnés valley, enclosed by the southern Galician estuaries, the so-called "Rías Baixas". The historic centre is characterised by many baroque palaces. O Grove is a town of excellence tourism, with many hotels and campsites. In the parish of San Vicente do Grove, one finds the beaches in this municipality. This is where the ... read more
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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava October 18th 2013

Last minute work call to go on extra help mission in Bratislava for 4 weeks. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 460,000, the country's largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the Danube River and the left bank of the Morava River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic center of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament, and the Slovak Executive. It is home to several universities, museums, theaters, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions also have headquarters there. The cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century building... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Palawan » El Nido October 18th 2013

Palawan, officially the Province of Palawan, is an island province of the Philippines that is located in the MIMAROPA region or Region 4. Its capital is Puerto Princesa City, and it is the largest province in the country in terms of total area of jurisdiction. The islands of Palawan stretch from Mindoro in the northeast to Borneo in the southwest. It lies between the South China Sea and the Sulu Sea. The province is named after its largest island, Palawan Island (09°30′N 118°30′E), measuring 450 kilometres (280 mi) long, and 50 kilometres (31 mi) wide. Unlike most of the Philippines, Palawan is bio-geographically part of Sundaland, with a fauna and flora related to that found in Borneo. El Nido (officially the Municipality of El Nido) is a first class municipality and managed resource protected area in ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Banaue October 18th 2013

Banaue is a town on the Cordillera mountain range in the north of the island of Luzon, in the Philippines. It is mainly visited for its stunning rice terraces, which are a UNESCO World Heritage site. Viewpoint. On the road to Bontoc, there is a lot of viewpoints with beautiful panoramas on the rice terraces. Walking from Banaue up to to main view point will take 1 to 2 hours, depending how often you stop to enjoy the superb view. Try to go as far as possible from Banaue: the higher you will go, the more beautiful it will be! Count P100 by tricycle from Banaue. From there it's possible to go down by foot to Banaue through the rice terraces (2-3 hours) but the way is quite difficult and you may need a guide for ... read more
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Asia » Philippines » Manila October 6th 2013

As Maya has been assigned a 1 month NGO project true the company in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, in September & October 2012, did we decided to do a bit of backpacking after her assignment. So we had finally 3 weeks to enjoy as much as possible of the Philippines. We eventually opted for Banaue and Palawan, simply to not overload ourselves. Part 1 : Manila : Manila is the capital city and the second largest city of the Philippines. It is one of the sixteen cities (along with the municipality of Pateros) that make up the National Capital Region called Metro Manila which has a population of 12 million. The City of Manila is located on the eastern shore of Manila Bay and is bordered by the cities of Navotas and Caloocan to the north; ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Valencian Community » Jávea August 21st 2012

Boundary between the Gulf of Valencia and Alicante, Cabo de La Nao is presented to the walker as the nearest mainland point to the island of Ibiza. Its lavish nature makes it a must. In fact, the Department of Environment has highlighted its plant micro-reserves. At the foot of the famous Cape May visit Cova dels Orguens, a natural cavity described by the naturalist Cavanilles late eighteenth century. Its beaches are also presented as suggestive refuges of the Mediterranean. The lighthouse facing the bay from the Cap de Sant Antoni was the successor of other defensive structures that used the privileged position of the plateau. The hermits erected to insulate themselves from the worldly life and so in his honor, was built in the XIV century the chapel of San Antonio, which eventually gave its name ... read more
Granadella
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Almería » Cabo de Gata August 20th 2012

Cabo de Gata-Níjar Natural Park is a natural park in Andalusia, Spain, near the city of Almería. It is the largest terrestrial-maritime reserve in the European Western Mediterranean Sea, covering 460 km² including the town of Carboneras, the mountain range of Sierra de Cabo de Gata, and 120 km² of the sea as a part of a Marine reserve. It is of volcanic origin and is centred around the Cabo de Gata headland. Its climate is semiarid to the extent of being the driest location in Europe. In 1997 it was designated as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 2001 it was included among the Specially Protected Areas of Mediterranean Importance. In 2010 it was proposed as a dump for nuclear waste. Historically, due to the harsh conditions for agriculture and its isolated location, habitation has been ... read more
Cala San Pedro
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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Granada August 20th 2012

Granada is a mid-sized city located in Granada Province in the Andalucia region of Spain. Rich in history and culture, Granada is arguably the single most worthwhile city in Spain for a tourist. In addition to a rich multicultural history, the Alhambra and other monuments, a student-driven nightlife, and skiing and trekking in the nearby Sierra Nevada, Granada offers a break from the summer heat of other Andalusian cities such as Córdoba or Seville. Spring and Fall are also both excellent times to visit. With much more cultural interest than other cities like Malaga, Granada is never overcrowded (although one should still book tickets to the Alhambra at least one day in advance). Most places of interest are with walking distance of central Granada. Plaza Isabel La Catolica is just a block west of Plaza Nueva ... read more
Granada centre
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Europe » Italy » Sicily August 20th 2012

The island's untamed southern coast may not be as pretty as its more famous beaches, but it has plenty to recommend it, not least a secluded uber-chic villa overlooking the Med. It would be ridiculous to claim that southern Sicily is "undiscovered" when we are following in the footsteps of literally centuries of visitors. But if "getting off the beaten track" means not hearing a single British or American voice in a whole week then this small patch of Europe is as uncharted as other more remote regions of the world. A special place is Portopalo, an old maze of nets used to catch tuna fish, with a small cove with clean waters. The dinky fishing village of Marzamemi on the coast of eastern Sicily's Siracusa region is one of the island’s best-kept secrets. Home to ... read more
Ragusa Ibla
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Europe » Italy » Sicily » Taormina August 20th 2012

Taormina is a charming hillside town on the east coast of Sicily, Italy and is one of the island's main tourist resorts. Whilst Taormina can be hot and busy during July and August, crowded with Italian tourists, it is far more pleasant and (slightly) less busy during the rest of the year. Many package tourists stay at the nearby beach resorts of Giardini Naxos (below Taormina on the coastline, some 3 km away to the south) and Letojanni about 5 km to the north.. Do see : - Teatro Greco - impressive open-air (mainly Roman(!)) theatre, with great views up and down the coast and across to Mount Etna. Entrance fee €8.00. - The Torre dell'Orogio clock tower.... read more
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