Free tapas and gorgeous setting: Cuenca

You have only a few days to spend outside the Spanish capital? You’ve had enough of the noise and smog of Madrid? Or you’d like to experience the Andalusian tradition of free tapas without traveling hours to the South? Check out Cuenca. As we admire the dramatic setting of the old town, it’s hard to understand how the ancient Iberians and even the Romans could overlook this place. It was the Arabs who built the first fort between the two rivers and called the town Kunka. It remained in Muslim hands for centuries before it was taken by the Spanish. …

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The French Way – 10 tips to prepare for your pilgrimage

El Camino Francés, or the French Way, is a centuries old pilgrimage route that takes you from the French side of the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela. The French Way is only one alternative route of El Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James) but definitely the most popular and best known one. In recent years it has been described and promoted in a number of books and films and thousands of people walk (or cycle) the roughly 800 km. Although it is usually described as a journey to take in one go in about a month, this is …

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Tokaj wine region walk

Take a pleasant and not too difficult walk with me in the Tokaj wine region of Hungary. It’s the best time now that the leaves are turning yellow and red but the days are still mild. And if you are lucky you can find some leftover on the vines although vintage is over. Quick facts: Distance: 22 km Difficulty: easy to medium, suitable for children Time needed: 5-6 hours for the walk and the rest of the day to enjoy the landscape and the wine Starting point: Bodrogkeresztúr End point: Tarcal Transportation: there are several trains a day from Budapest …

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Atlas trek, Part 2

The M’Goun Massif is part of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, North-West Africa. Its highest peaks are well over 3000m (Mount M’Goun is over 4000m). These days many of the small villages are connected with good quality paved roads but if you want to discover the higher regions, you’ll have to follow old mule tracks. This is the second part (days 3 and 4) of our Atlas trek, which crosses the range from Agouti to Ait Hamza. (Of course, you can change the start and end points.) Quick facts: Total distance: 55 km (if you don’t get lost) Time needed: …

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Mount Agung: 5 faces of Bali’s holy volcano

  Mount Agung is Bali’s most holy mountain, the abode of the gods. With its 3031 metres, Mount Agung is visible from many locations and provides great photo opportunities. Looking through my archives, I picked my top 5 viewpoints. Pura Agung Besakih The Mother Temple of Bali is a complex of more than 80 temples sitting 1,000 metres high on the western slopes of Mount Agung. The Balinese believe the top of the majestic volcano is where the gods live. It was first mentioned in 1007 AD and today it is one of Bali’s top tourist attractions. Besides, it is …

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Bohemian Paradise: 3 must see places

The Bohemian Paradise in Czechia (the Czech Republic) is a place where you become a child again. Or feel like Indiana Jones. You can find rocks of bizarre shape, labyrinths of moss-covered cliffs, lakes and waterfalls in a relatively compact area. And if that’s not enough, history lovers can admire old castles and everyone will enjoy a walk in one of the cute towns of the region. You can find the Bohemian Paradise in the Czech Republic, or more precisely in the north of Bohemia. It’s around 100 km north-east from the capital, Prague. This land of special natural beauty …

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M’Goun Traverse in the Atlas, Morocco – Part 1

” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] The M’Goun Massif is part of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, North-West Africa. Its highest peaks are well over 3000m (Mount M’Goun is over 4000m). These days many of the small villages are connected with good quality paved roads but if you want to discover the higher regions, you’ll have to follow old mule tracks. The M’Goun offers several opportunities for multi-day hikes. One of the most popular routes is the M’Goun Traverse, which crosses the range from Agouti to Ait Hamza. (Of course, you can change the start and end points.) Quick facts: Total …

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Sidi Ifni, a touch of Spain in Africa

  ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″] Your bus arrives in Avenue Hassan II and you can feel the salty breeze on your face. Somebody greets you with a cheerful ‘Hola!’ as you walk down the streets lined with white and blue houses. A man sells cactus fruit outside one of the many arcaded houses and two women cross the street ahead of you to disappear in a narrow alley. Then you walk past beautiful but long abandoned colonial buildings and the eerie atmosphere of Sidi Ifni captures you. Sidi Ifni is located in the south of Morocco (if we don’t …

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Uludag trek in 3 days, Part 2

Three days in the Uludag Mountains in West Turkey, Part 2/2 The hike continues to the ridge of the mountain, where you can see lakes of amazing blue, and back to Bursa on a different route on the 3rd day Walking trip, medium hard Where: Uludag Mountains, West Turkey Transport: you can reach the trail head by taxi from Bursa Return trip: by metro after some more walk Distance: about 56 km Accommodation: hotel in Bursa (like Güneş Hotel, 75 lira (about 25 Euros/room) Camping in the wild on the hill or there is an abandoned refuge on the ridge in …

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Albanian coffee culture

Sophisticated and highly social ” order_by=”sortorder” order_direction=”ASC” returns=”included” maximum_entity_count=”500″]   It’s a typical morning scene in the thousands of cafés and bars thriving throughout this small Mediterranean country. People young and old (though mainly male) are sitting around small round tables, leisurely sipping their cups of espresso. You won’t see people having a quick cup at the counter like in Italy. They take their time with their Albanian “avash-avash” attitude and not only in the morning, far from it. It’s quite OK to have 4-5 cups of strong coffee a day and even late in the evening. Albanian coffee culture …

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