If you have been given the responsibility of organising a best friend’s hen do, or you are the lucky bride-to-be yourself, then look no further than Marbella for the most luxurious and memorable foreign hen party resort you could wish for. In recent years, Marbella has become THE hen do destination for any discerning potential bride. So why is Marbella the go-to destination for such gatherings?
The week leading up to Easter, and especially Holy Thursday and Holy Friday, is full of ritual, display and devotion. Throughout the week, costaleros from Thirty Catholic associations, or brotherhoods, bear images of the Passion of Christ and of the Virgin Mary on their shoulders through the narrow streets for hours, taking turns under the heavy load. Thousands of candles and masked penitents leading the way and trailing behind, accompanied by music, add to the solemnity and symbolism.
Apart from a few rocky stretches, the Costa de la Luz is a continuous line of fine sandy beaches backed by pine groves. Flanked by saline and marsh, the lower reaches of the rivers present a scene that has barely changed in centuries. The name Costa de la Luz, or Coast of Light, comes from the way the sea reflects the sunlight like a mirror.
The vibrant little coastal town, Nerja, lies at the foot of the Sierre Almijara, Andalusia. Here, mountains plunge straight into the crystal clear sea and coastlines jut proudly against an backdrop of sea and sky.
Balearic Islands holidays
Artists from a variety of disciplines (painting, music, sculpture, theatre…) come together for over a week in Ibizatown. Dates from Oct 17, 2012 to Oct 19, 2012.
The Fira del Ram is an amusement park that brings together attractions by the hundred and visitors by the thousands every year. March/April.
The sanctuary at Lluc is the spiritual centre of Mallorca and has been a place of pilgrimage for over 800 years. The main point of interest is the little statue of the Virgin (La Moreneta de Lluc), which, so the story goes, was found in a cave by an Arab shepherd boy who had converted to Christianity. The image was initially moved to the church but it kept returning to the same spot. A chapel was built to house this miraculous object and this has since been decorated with precious stones. Thousands of pilgrims now arrive here every year to pay homage.
Santanyi old town is full of stone houses built from the local honey-coloured sandstone. The same sandstone was used in the building of the cathedral in Palma and Castell Bellver.
Canary Islands holidays
Los Gigantes lies at the foot of the imposing cliffs of los Gigantes at an average height of 500 metres and 30 km northwest of the playa de las Americas. This spot which is not as crowded as las Americas or los Cristianos, has first class hotels associated with a sports port, excellent views of the sea and cliffs and a very nice beach of volcanic sand.
San Agustín is one of the leading tourist centres lying on Gran Canaria’s southern flank. Although nowadays it tends to form part of the generalised sprawl that spreads through the Playa del Inglés and Maspalomas areas, it is nevertheless an entity in its own right, located around the beaches of San Agustín and Las Burras.
The popular resort of Los Cristianos lies in a sheltered bay in the south-west corner of the island of Tenerife, merging into the more glitzy purpose-built resort of Playa de las Americas.
Once just a small fishing village on the north coast of Fuerteventura, Corralejo’s harbour now receives ferries full of day-trippers from Playa Blanca in Lanzarote every day and the town plays host to hundreds of visitors who are drawn to spend a sunny, sandy holiday in the island’s tourist Mecca.
Mention Benidorm and with it, by implication, the concepts of package tourism, hotel buffets, British bars with one euro a pint lager, northern English Working Men’s Club turns imitating something neither themselves nor their audience have ever been, lobster-impersonating spit-burnt sunbathers and fried English breakfasts with the bacon already coated in tomato sauce, and I would bet that very few punters would auto-associate the phrase “cultural experience”. More likely, perhaps, might be the image of over-revelled revellers spewing out from the industrial-sized, garish and scruffy discos along the strip at nine in the morning, seated wavering by the roadside amidst the split, cracked and squashed plastic waste which these no doubt environmentally aware individuals seem to generate by the ton.
As well as museums, Alicante also has a great monumental heritage. Examples include: Santa Bárbara Castle overlooking the Mediterranean atop Mount Benacantil and providing unrivalled sea views; the Santa María Church, a 14th century Gothic temple that houses a priceless documental and artistic collection whose oldest piece is an incunable dating back to the 13th century; the San Nicolás Co-cathedral in the city’s historic quarter, which is a church used as a cathedral and a clear example of Spanish Enlightment from the first half of the 18th century; the Town Hall, an 18th century baroque-style palace interesting in that it houses the reference point for measuring the height above sea level of any place in Spain which is known as “cota cero”, and can be found on the first step of the building’s main staircase; and the Santa Faz Monastery just 5 kilometres outside the city centre, which is home to a relic brought from the Vatican in the 15th century, which, according to popular tradition, is part of a veil that Veronica used to wipe the bloodied face of Christ on his way to Calvary.
Elche is the Region of Valencia’s third largest city in terms of population and is the Spanish footwear capital. The mere mention of Elche immediately evokes images of its spectacular palm tree grove, El Palmeral, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and of the Misteri, one of Spain’s most important cultural events, which has also been acknowledged by UNESCO as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity and involves the staging of a sung two-part mediaeval drama held on 14th and 15th August.
Located in Alicante province, Spain, Javea is a well known market town and seaside resort. Its climate is considered one of the healthiest in the world making it a popular tourist location, more so during the winter seasons. The next time you plan to visit Spain, make it a point to include this town in your itinerary. This town is well connected to the rest of the world via Valencia and Alicante airports. Alternatively, one can also visit the same via rail. If you are visiting this place for the first time, you will discover that the town is divided into three distinctive zones… the beach, the port, and the town.
Antonio Gaudi is Barcelona’s patron architect. Much of the city bears his stamp. Nowhere is this more evident than in his unfinished masterpiece, The Temple of the Holy Family. Work began in 1883 but halted after the architect’s untimely death from a tram accident in 1926.
Barcelona is a city by the sea, the Mediterranean Sea to be exact. Like most coastal towns its history and ambiance are affected by that fact. For centuries the harbor was the scene of seafarers and townspeople bustling about on the traditional business that takes place at any port.
The Catalan National Art Museum offers a complete history of native art from the Romanesque period through the 1940s. In between are hundreds of samples of the finest art Barcelona has to offer.
At the base of Montjuic in Barcelona, while standing in the Placa d’Espanya, visitors see before them two majestic towers. Constructed in 1929 as part of the Palau Nacional for the World Exhibition, they form the entrance to this Spanish city’s magnificent hilltop park.
Apart from its unbeatable location, this original and exciting means of transport links Madrid to one of the green spaces that acts as a lung for the city: Casa de Campo. Extremely modern thanks to its high tech, reliability and safety, this transport covers 2.5 kilometres that combine a cultural visit and contact with nature.
Imax Madrid offers its visitors the most advanced projection system in history. It is possible to get into a sound and light show that will make you feel there is another dimension, a challenge to your senses, with three impressive screens that will literally surround you and make you feel you are the main character: Imax, Omnimax and Imax 3D.
The largest flat screen worldwide, with 21 m in height and a surface of 600 m2, Imax projects images of an extraordinary quality and high definition. Omnimax is a cupola-shaped semi-spherical screen of colossal size: a 900 m2 surface and a 30-metre diameter. Spectators are surrounded by the screen and they have the feeling they are incise the film.
To enjoy the most perfect projection system in history, you must come to Imax 3D, with such living and real images that you think you can touch them. Rather than watching a film, you feel you are “living the film”.
C/ Meneses, s/n.
28045 – Madrid.
Phone: +34 91 467 48 00.
How to get there
Road: M-30, exit 11 (Méndez Álvaro). Metro: Line 6, Méndez Álvaro station. Bus: Lines 8, 102 and 148. Suburban train: Méndez Álvaro station.
Cafeteria. Access for people with disabilities. Free car park.
Aquópolis San Fernando aqua park is to the south east of Madrid. Don’t miss the Kamikaze, two water slides on which you can reach speeds of up to 40 km/hour.
Its main objective is to disseminate Astronomy and Science from two standpoints: one educational and one informative, always geared at promoting both disciplines among school students and the public at large.
The crystal clear waters, golden sands and sunshine make Spain a year round holiday destination. Whether you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol or the calm serenity and beauty of the Costa de Almeria you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Spanish Costas.
Mediterranean beaches, sangria in the sun and paella by the plateful, Spain is a treasure chest of unforgettable experiences. From the breathtaking scenery of the Pyrenees to the beauty of Barcelona; whether you’re looking for culture, skiing, adventure or a relaxing break – Spain has it all. Continue Reading
La Cala Resort -an exclusive residential complex located between the Sierra de Mijas range and the Mediterranean Sea- offers a golf complex with three eighteen-hole golf courses, a six-hole, par 3 course, a club house, a luxury five-star hotel, and a spa.
A fantastic buggy ride to discover the beautiful countryside near Marbella along routes planned by expert guides. Fun for the whole family and the possibility to discover unspoiled spots. Buggies are safe vehicles, so previous driving experience isn’t required to turn the excursion in an unforgettable moment. Get a day off the beach and golf courses and spend it discovering the magnificent Marbella countryside while driving a buggy along special trails.
Not only do resorts in US Virgin Islands boast comfortable and luxurious accommodations, but the impressive choice of activities are guaranteed to keep even the fussiest holiday-maker entertained. Continue Reading
Are you looking for the best getaway possible? If you are then you are probably looking for Turks and Caicos All-Inclusive Resorts, these guys know how to make sure that you and your family are having a great time. Visit turksandcaicosallinclusiveresort.com for more details. Why not take them here instead of another boring old trip to Disney world? Continue Reading
You may or may not have tried bungee jumping, sky diving, white water rafting and any number of imaginative ways to get from the sky to the ground, but if you are willing to try something radical, completely different from other adventure sports, then you’ve got to try Sphereing®! You will experience the hill rolling ride of your life! SphereMania is a brand new adventure activity that has hit the UK and at last has reached Marbella.
Malaga Museum is one of the cultural institutions with the longest tradition in the capital of Malaga, with a history which dates back to the foundation of the Provincial Museums of Fine Arts in 1905 to which can be added Provincial Archaeology Museum in 1947 and united since 1973 as a more powerful institution in both its collections and presence in the province.
This restaurant in the delightful city of Ronda is situated by the Bullring, on the edge of the Tajo cliff, whose Puente Nuevo (New Bridge) links the Arab part of the city with the more modern district, one dating back to the Middle Ages, the other to the sixteenth century. The magnificent location affording spectacular views and the food turn the establishment into a must-visit.
Barcelona’s Sonar International Festival of Music and Art is one of the biggest events of the summer for electronic music and digital arts fans alike. Here are just a few reasons why Sonar should be at the top of your list of things to do this season, along with a couple of helpful tips on how to get there and what you need to bring. Continue Reading