Wednesday, October 26, 2005


ARAN VALLEY


The area of Aran Valley is situated in the west extreme of the Catalan Pyrenees and it has an Atlantic climate. Nowadays the Valley is divided in 6
areas called: Quta Locs, Lairissa, Marcatosa, Castièro Arties Garós and
Pujòlo.
The capital of Aran Valley Is Vielha, that has a very interesting church from the XII century and it`s important because it lodges a Romanic crucifix and a museum that shows us elements of the culture in the zone.
You can find Romanesque art in every corner of the valley; small churches surrounded by natural frames, most of the churches have become in Gothic art.
The landscape of Aran Valley has mountains more than 300 metres high
and deep valleys with areas of forest, areas of pasture and crystalline
lakes, all of this makes a beautiful and natural space to relax.
The valley has the appropriate climate that favours the existence of
different animals like eagles, partridges, quails… Hunters and fishermen have a paradise where the forests lodges several savage species like fallow deer, wild bears, rabbits…and the rivers have different species of trout .
You can practice sports too like mountaineering, climbing, archery, rafting,
canoeing , paragliding and more…there are many enterprises that are
specialized in organizing and coordinating the sport activities of the area
in order to guarantee the security of these sports .

The ski has a very important role in this zone because there is the Baqueira
Beret ski resort, that has an enormous extention. The Baqueira Beret ski
resort is one of the most important in Spain .
The best way to recover from a day of adventure is to taste one of the most
important dishes in the area: “Olla Aranesa” .Other products can be the pâtés, the wild boar or the deserts.
You can participate in the local parties celebrated during the year;
traditional dancing like “Es Esclops” , “Es Aubades” and “Eth Puntet”
there are parties related to the country and the animals.
People from the valley are very hospitable and share their local parties with visitors.

.-BY PV-.

Monday, October 24, 2005











Vigo

Vigo is a very confortable city to spend many days, because is in the north coast of Spain. The climate is soft, and the most important is that the people are very funny.
You can spend your evening in the beach with your umbrella to sunbathe, or in the other hand,you can go to the mountain and make a picnic.
The "Cies island" is the place most visited by turist in summer.
In the afternoon you can visit differents museums, "Arte museums"in the center, "Verbum museum" in samil and "Sea museum" situed in Alcabre.
At night, the best place to go for a walk is the center,there you can go with your partner to see "The Nautico" and the differents boards,...Then if you want to go dancing, in the center the most popular street is "El Arenal"
The parties in Vigo are very varieties; each area have got a party in particular.
The place more visited by teenagers are shopping center; there you can go to spend the time with your friends.
A very important event will happen in Vigo: in November 2005 will leave the " The Volvo Ocean Race"



Angela A.D


Thursday, October 20, 2005



DEATH COAST, SINKING INTO MY DOTAGE
From Jacqueline CANCELA

When my father remembered his village, he was sick at heart.

All along my childhood, my parents told me stories and legends arising from a remote period and a distant country. Later, my father explained to me, why my mother and himself, migrated to France. He told me about the difficulties of poorness that fell on Spain just after the Civil War and the impiety of dictatorship. His sorrow touched me, when he remembered his childhood, his grandfathers around the fireplace, the setting sun in Cabo Vilán or in Laxe of Bergantiños (in the galician coast- west Spain).

When I grew up, I decided to go off the lost past of my parents and I discovered with admiration every village, every city and every beach of the Death Coast. Its geographic limits are located from spit of Roncudo to Cabo Fisterra, including the bays of Cee and Corcubión. It inherits its name from frequent wrecks of this coast (the last one happened on 2002, it was the Prestige´s oil tanker). I immediately prefered Traba of Laxe.
The parish of Traba lies down along a valley that holds the same name, and ends in an extensive beach of white sand. The Counts of Traba probably proceeded from this parish. Durind the Middle-Age, they ruled this territory and the most of Galician coastal zone from Fisterra to Ribadeo. The most famous of them was Pedro Fernandez de Traba, the grandfather of the King Alfonso VII who lived during his childhood in the Monastery of Moraime (Muxía). The church of Santiago of Traba is located in the centre of the valley. The edifice still preserves its original Roman structure on its walls and in its apse, but the façade is baroque (XVIII century). The Cardinal of Hoyos picked up a legend in his Memorial (1607): a Scottish soldier entered into this temple to steal a silver cup thinking that it was the “Holy Graal”, but he realized that the cup did not exist and he ate Eucharistic hosts to be revenged. Suddenly, he felt a big suffering and he dead.

The lagoon of Traba is located at the bottom of the valley between a lot of sand-hills and grasslands. The inhabitants knew an old legend. They told that in a past time, in this lagoon, it existed a city called “Valverde” that disappeared under the sea to punish its inhabitants because they wandered from the apostle Santiago who preached in these countries.

In the mountains, we can find curious rocks eroded along time. They took different forms being like animals. According to me, it is the best place to let oneself go and to liberate your imagination. When I was thirteen, I spent hours and hours laid down on grass, hypnotized by this place, feeling the finest thing imaginable and, in a way, getting back the childhood of my father. I imagined a little boy, running across the valley, shouting to hear his own echo. I thought about the legend of “Buserana”, the story of Florinda (the daughter of a knight) who fell in love with a troubadour, called Buserán. Florinda´s father ordered to kill Buserán and to throw him in the sea. Florinda became crazy. She looked for Buserán during several days. One day, she heard Buserán´s voice proceeding from the very bottom of the sea. Suddenly, waves closed in upon her and she disappeared for ever.

If you come to Traba, you will hear Buserán´s love songs and you will never forget them, just as I did.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005


The Ribeira Sacra is situated in the southern part of the river Sil from Castro Caldelas to Ourense.

It’s important for the monasteries place there. You can visit them, such as Montederramo’s monastery built in the sixteenth century in herreriano Style, Xunqueira’s monastery in Romanesque building, Santa Cristina’s monastery, and San Estevo’s monastery that nowadays It ‘s a state hotel.
The oldest is Esgos’ monastery dating from the sixth century.
Also you can visit Castro Caldelas’ castle.

You can walk for the wonderful landscapes along the river Sil, the tall mountains, and you can play different sports such as cycling, climbing, horse-ridding etc.

You can know different cultures or life styles. The people who live there work on the land. they eat their own farm animals. You can learn a lot of things about the countryside.

You must visit this place, It's impresionant!


E.Montilla




“FESTIVAL ORTIGUEIRA”

As soon as our exams were over, some friends and I took the backpacks and went to Ortigueira. It’s a town, situated in the North of A Coruña, that every summer hosts a large number of pilgrims to the Celtic Festival. Besides folk music concerts, there are several shows, exhibitions, craftsmanship fair and several activities during all day. The festival has been celebrated since 1978 and its strength is so important that it was declared “Fiesta de Interés Turístico Nacional”.

Ortigueira is a meeting-place for thousands of very mixed people from anywhere in the world, for friendship, cultures, music, fun, experiences… There, life is shared between the town and the camping place, in a large area where freedom is the only law (although the distance between both is also a moment for collecting good anecdotes).Nevertheless, if you want to find some relax and peace (yes, it’s possible!), the beach, near the camping area, is the best nook.

It was a pity when we left Ortigueira but everyone took a lot of stories to tell and good memories. We will return!

By Black Tangerine

Monday, October 17, 2005






NATINAL PARK:
MARÍTIMO-TERRESTRE DE LAS ISLAS ATLÁNTICAS

Location is in the Rias Baixas: Cies, at the mouth of the Vigo ría, Ons in the Pontevedra ría, Sálvora in the Arousa ría and Cortegada at the end of this ría.
If you want to visit this national park you have boat services from June to september to Cies and to Ons but there is no access to Sálvora, Cortegada or the other islands.
The thinnest sand expanses and the beast ocean waters can be found here, colder and saltier than in the rías.
In Cíes you can see the larguest colony of seagulls around our coasts, with about 22000 pairs. In addition this island has a sea bottoms of rich biodiversity.
The main routes take visitors to each of the three island’s lighthouses.
On the Island of Ons you can visit to the solitary and beatiful Melide Beach. If you go to the south you will find the Cova and Burato do Inferno, a well where it is possible to hear the power of the sea.
In the National Park to the Illas Atlánticas de Galicia you will find dunes in good preservation, there are rich sea bottoms, with 200 seaweed species, also one of the largest laurel groves in Europe lies in Cortegada. There are numerous world important colonies of sea birds and rich presence of crustsaceans, molluscs and fish.


SAN FERMÍN. PAMPLONA

Pamplona, the capital of Navarra, is situated in the north of Spain. There in July, is celebrated one of the most spectacular parties in the world, San Fermín.
First of all, this party is known for its famous races before the bulls by the oldest and narrowest streets in the city.
Pamplona at that time triple its population, 200.000 to 800.000 people in a few days. Here you can find people from all over the world, even Australians and Japanese people looking for a new and exciting experience in the country of bullfighting and flamenco music (the majority of “guiris” thinks that in Spain there are only these costumes, xD). Personally I recommend you to go to Pamplona to enjoy yourselves with this spectacular party.
If you have gone to San Fermín and you have some experience with bulls or something write to me at this blog. Thanks.

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MY FOVOURITE PLACE

My favourite place is Monforte, my “little city”.
In Monforte you can visit monuments: Castle San Vicente, Clarisas, Escolapios…; make sport: swim, golf, football, mountain- bike…;walk by countryside; etc.
For me, the best place is a little town, “A Meda”, where I go almost everyday. There I walk along the country with a dog. My friend in the walking is a little loving dog : “Mimosin”, he always goes with me.

VERIN AND CHAVES


Verin is a little village of the north of Ourense (Galicia).´

This place is known for important mineral water such as souses, cabeiroá, fontenova…
Also it’s known for its popular parties such as carnival, magosto….

Because Verin is near the north frontier of Portugal I recommend to do an excursion from Verin to Chaves.

Chaves is located in the north of Portugal in the tourism area known as “alto tamega e barroso”. I recommend this place for its monumental-historical building and its wonderful and natural landscape.

Chaves is also known as thermal place with the famous Aqua Flavae, and Vidago´s thermal area with its Palace Hotel(belle époque stile) golf camp and park….

As cultural tourism I recommend to visit “museo da regiao Flaviense”, Chaves historical centre…

The gastronomy of Chaves is important overall for its “jamon Serrano” known in all the country, for the “alheiras”, meal cake, the feijoada…


SANXENXO


Sanxenxo is known for its beautiful landscape, beaches and sunny weather.
During the summer months it turns into the tourist centre of the Rias Baixas.
It is full of the best places to practice an active tourism like sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing, horseriding…etc.
It has many parties for the neighbourdhood and all the visitors that want to join in.
“La Lanzada” is probably the best of its beaches and on the last Saturday of August a very popular festival is celebrated there. The festival is called the “bath” of the nine waves. People bathe at midnight in order to be able to get pregnant son.
Sanxenxo is the centre of Galicia for having fun and enjoying the parties. Between the centre of Sanxenxo and its nearly village “Portonovo” ,you are able to find a great number of pubs and discos. Many young people stay up till early hours in the morning in some discos like “The Zoo”.
Well, as you can see, there is no doubt that Sanxenxo is a place you can´t and shouldn´t miss. Come now!!

My favourite place in Spain.


My favourite place in Spain is the National Park of The Cies islands because in this place you can do many things and you are always in contact with nature.

The archipelago of The Cies islands are formed by three islands: the island of the Faro, The North island and the San Martiño island or the South island.

The climate of the islands is good to have a rest relax

The best time to visit these islands is the summer because if you want to stay on the islands several days you must camp.

You can walk along the countryside, you can swim, you can dive…

I enjoy photographing landscapes and the Cies islands present many opportunities for spectacular photography because it is a place in which the man´s hand hasn´t made many things yet.

If you go in a group you`ll enjoy more than if you go alone

I recommend to any visitor who travels to Galicia to visit the Cies islands.

By Pedro Quintas

Padrón

Padrón is a village in the south of A Coruña, in Galicia. Here we can see esceneries like the hermitage of Santiaguiño de Monte, the viewpoint of Lapido where we can see the river Ulla, the Mount Meda and the urban park with exotic trees and plants.
The monuments which we can visit are the house-museum Rosalia de Castro, the museum of “arte sacro de la colegiata”, romanesque churchs of Herbón and Cruces and the barroque shrine of A Escravitude.
The typical gastronomy is the seafood, the fish and overcoat the peppers.these peppers are known because in the end of summer they are hot.
Moreover, every sunday Padrón makes crowded fairs.
This village is a quiet and small place except on sundays because there are too many people.

“SANTILLANA DEL MAR”

Santillana del Mar is a historical jewel of the noble Cantabria, in Santander.
Santillana del Mar is near the sea. .The town is between extensive meadows and corn fields.
Santillana del Mar is located on the road, along the coast, which leads from Torrelavega to San Vicente de la Barquera, near from Santander.
Santander is the capital of the province.
In this town, there is a Monastery very famous in which remains of Santa Juliana are kept.
Santillana del Mar has conserved this historical nature until the present.
Always lovers of art and history have been in this town.
Traditional monuments are important part of this town.
Santillana del Mar has a church. The interior of the church is rectangular with three naves. Of special interest are the spires with vegetal decoration, others with human or animal figures.
In this church, the main altar is much higher and also it has important things of the past.
Two religious buildings must be mentioned, the Monastery of Regina Coeli (founded by the Dominicans) and the convent of San Ildefonso (occupied by Dominicans sisters).
In Santillana del Mar also, we can see the Tower of D. Borja Barreda.
Santillana del Mar has a national parador “Gil Blas” and there are many fine restaurants, campings and interesting zoo.
Obviously, Santillana del Mar is a natural scenery.
This is the best place for to visit. Here, there isn´t pollution. This place is pure nature.
By….tourist…..

NATINAL PARK:
MARÍTIMO-TERRESTRE DE LAS ISLAS ATLÁNTICAS

Location is in the Rias Baixas: Cies, at the mouth of the Vigo ría, Ons in the Pontevedra ría, Sálvora in the Arousa ría and Cortegada at the end of this ría.
If you want to visit this national park you have boat services from June to september to Cies and to Ons but there is no access to Sálvora, Cortegada or the other islands.
The thinnest sand expanses and the beast ocean waters can be found here, colder and saltier than in the rías.
In Cíes you can see the larguest colony of seagulls around our coasts, with about 22000 pairs. In addition this island has a sea bottoms of rich biodiversity.
The main routes take visitors to each of the three island’s lighthouses.
On the Island of Ons you can visit to the solitary and beatiful Melide Beach. If you go to the south you will find the Cova and Burato do Inferno, a well where it is possible to hear the power of the sea.
In the National Park to the Illas Atlánticas de Galicia you will find dunes in good preservation, there are rich sea bottoms, with 200 seaweed species, also one of the largest laurel groves in Europe lies in Cortegada. There are numerous world important colonies of sea birds and rich presence of crustsaceans, molluscs and fish.

CARNOTA, A LOST PARADISE IN A COSTA DA MORTE
Carnota Is a small town with about 5.285 inhabitants, places in A Costa da Morte (A Coruña, Galicia)
Carnota has one of the prettier beaches than I have ever seen. This beach has a fine and white sand in its 7km. It invites to take a walk, but doesn’t invite to take a bath because the water is very cold.
If you go to carnota, you have a lot of things that you can visit, in addition to its beach
In carnota there is a mountain, Monte Pindo,that I like, personally, for its views. If you want to arrive at the top, you can arrive doing trekking,but you always can resort to the car. When you are in the top a sensation of enormous freedom invades you, while you are seeing a wonderful view of the town, the see, the beach, the cliffs…
In a end of the town, there’s a cascade near the beach. The only river in Europe that ends in the sea like a cascade .it Is a very beautiful spectacle.
Other thing that you can visit in carnota is its horreo. People says that is the biggest in the world, it has 6,23 ft of wide and 113,98 ft of long.
Carnota is a perfect combination between sea and mountain.
We can’t forget its gastronomy where we cannot miss the seafood or the fish, that have a very good quality, as happen in all coastal towns . I can’t explain you the sensations, only try to go!
by maya

MADRID, the capital of Spain and one of the finest capital cities of Europe, but Madrid is not just a cultural destination.. It is also a lively metropolis with many pubs, cafes, discotheques and nightclubs open late into the night.
The night life in Madrid is diverse.
Between Puerta del Sol and Plaza de Santa Ana, specially in a street called “Calle Huertas”, you will meet a lot of folks. In winter you can stay in a traditional caffes and in summer in the terraces.
In Madrid, you can visit those places:
 Plaza Mayor
 Palacio Real, is an impressive example of classisistic Italian baroque style.
 Casa de Correos, this building impresses by its facade and the two beautiful interior courts.
 Museo de Prado, perhaps the most beautiful neoclassic building of all Madrid.
 Fuente de Cibeles, is considered one of the landmarks of Madrid.
 Puerta de Alcalá, is a beautiful triumphal arch.
 Puerta del Sol, this door was, in 15 th century, the main entrance to Madrid.
The celebrations of New Year, anyhow, are spectacular.
There are many different shops for diverse styles, where you can find everything that you are looking for.
The Parque del Retiro is a special symbol from Madrid.
Madrid offers a rich, big and select international gastronomy, The gastronomy is rich in meats, wines and fresh vegetables.
By Susana


Guardia

La Guardia is a village of 10000 inhabitants situated in Baixo Minño (Pontevedra).
It has an important archaeological site of the military civilization in the first and second century Before Christ.
La Guardia has a mountain (Santa Tecla) and, from there, you can see The Atlantic Ocean, Portugal and the Miño River mouth, and, if you prefer you can hike while you are watching the sceneries and the fauna (there are a lot of exceptional birds). But, if you are looking for a good time, in La Guardia you have a lot of beaches, discos and parties all the year. The best party is Fiestas del Monte, in the second week of August, where you can dance and drink all day!
In La Guardia, you will find always funny people.


Noelia Portela.


Melon

This summer I was in Melon, a beautiful village in the west of Ourense, near the border with Pontevedra.

One of the tourists attractives of Melon are the Pozas. The Cerves River, in which they are, falls from high mountains in a few kilometres, through a rocky zone with a lot of vegetation. In its descent, there are waterfalls and good places for the bath. The river is very clear and cold. In the highest part of this, the pozas are use by the nudist who search the calmness don’t find in the beach in this place.

In summer, the pozas are visited by many tourists, above all people from Ourense that escape from the hot of the city.

Melon has an important Cistercian monastery: Santa Maria. It is located in the centre of the village, but I couldn’t go in because it was close.

By ShiM


MY FAVOURITE PLACE IN SPAIN: COAST OF DEATH


I want to dedicate this article to the “Coast of Death” in Galicia.
When you ask people about the principal tourist destinations in Spain, you normally can hear: Barcelona, Costa del Sol, White Coast, Baleares Islands or Canarias…but I think that the “Death Coast” is very special. This place has a great tradition and a lot of celebrations, most of all in saints’ honor.
According to my experience, I can recommend you to go to Muxía in September because the “Virgen de la Barca” celebration takes place in this month. Don’t forget that if you go to this celebration, you have to visit the famous stone because the legend says that it moves alone; just with the Virgin power. Then, you can eat lucky biscuits that some elderly women sell next to the church.
You can also choose to go to “Finisterra” and see the spectacular scenery: the big waves beating against the rocks, the green and large plains, some typical animals of the region like dairy cows and the enormous ocean that drowned many sailors’ lives.
Of course, you can’t leave this place before tasting its traditional and incomparable cooking. I advise you to eat, if the weather is cold, the stew called “cocido gallego” or the original pie called “empanada” if you prefer to eat something rather light but nutritious too.
Finally, if you decide to stay still a few days, you can find accommodation in many hotels and hostels too but I recommend you to stay in a rural house because there are a lot of them, cheaper or expensive, but everyone is unique and beautiful.
Come to the Coast of Death and see it with your own eyes; you are going to be fascinated like me!


Lugo


The best city in the World is Lugo. It’s small, peaceful and very interesting.
Lugo is one of the four provinces of Galicia. It is situated in the North of Galicia.
In this city we can enjoy art, for instance, we can see Lugo’s wall that was built in the third century by the Romans. We can also observe the Cathedral that is of Romanesque style.
In addition to art, we can enjoy nature in the recreational area called “Los Robles”. This recreational area is situated near river Miño. Here we can embark on a boat that travels along the river.
The most important party celebrated in Lugo is “San Froilán”, in October. A tradition of “San Froilán” is going to the stalls to eat octopus. University parties are also very famous, since there are a lot of people looking for fun in the streets.
Would you like to come here to visit this beautiful city? There are also numerous concerts and others activities.
By Kily


Pardubice, Czech Republic
My favorite place in the Czech Republic is the city where I study. The city is called Pardubice. This city is quite small but full of students, everything is very close. I can say that there is more students then habitants. My first impression was not so familiar like now. Everything was new for me and far away from my home, but I met lots of new people. Next to my hostel, where I live during my studies, is small bar called Dydy. On Tuesdays and on Wednesdays nights it is full of students and they play Czech songs or popular songs for that time.
There are two main roads which are crossed and everyone says you can never lost thereJ. On every corner is café. But if you want have your cup of chocolate or coffee in café where you can breath the tradition of the coffee, you should go to the café called Bajer. And this café is maybe why I feel so familiar with this city. I have never had such a great chocolate like in this café and every time when I want to go for chat with my friends, date somebody or just have my cap of chocolate, I go there.
There is lots of place where to spend time like theater or cinema or very popular match of ice-hockey. Or if you are more interested in historical part of the city, you can visit castle which is situated near to the centre of the city with beautiful gardens with peacocks. For beautiful view on Pardubice you have to travel 20 minutes by bus on remains of the other castle called Kuňka.
Would you like to come?
Petra Skopalova

TUNISIA

As I’ve not been to any real interesting place in Spain (I don’t find Zamora or Barcelona interesting enough), I will write about Tunisia. It’s not like I would recommend it, but as it is the only foreign place I’ve been to, I’m going to write about Tunisia.

Tunisia is located in north-eastern Africa, just south of Italy, and it is a good and cheap destination for people that seek out sun and beach along with something else.

There you can find a nice variety of landscapes. The first is the coast line, which is aimed at beach tourists, with lots of hotels, discos and tourist facilities. But the fact is that those places seem somewhat rushed, there are lots of hotels under construction and even the hotel where I resided seemed not to be 100% finished. When it’s done it will be a top destination for sure, but we’ll have to wait at least 5 years.

The second environment lies to the southern region, next to the Sahara desert. This place is a lot more “Arabic”, and much poorer. The best it has to offer is a lot of tours by jeep or even by camel through the Sahara desert, the salt desert, oasis or visiting the markets, where gambling is the rule, you can get anything of its starting cost.

And at last there is the capital city, which is very similar to any European city; democracy and our influence are shown there. There not much to see there, except the biggest market in the country.

About the people… well, there is much left to be desired here. If they can cheat you in any way, they WILL… if they can make jokes out of you between them just in front of you by speaking Arabic, they WILL… Let’s hope they change their mind as their tourist count increases with the time.

Pedro A. Gómez Blanco – 2º Turismo

Saturday, October 15, 2005


PARK OF THE CABÁRCENO NATURE

Visiting this reserve of species in danger can be contemplated, as in no another corner of Europe, the spectacle of a distant fauna: tigers, bears, lions, jaguars, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes, buffalo, cute... There are some spectacles with exotic birds, or the amusing dolphins are some of the additional attractions of Cabárceno. The park is found situated inside the territory of the municipalities of Villaescusa and Penagos, fauna and flora from the world to only 17 kilometres of Santander. The best way to arrive is since the freeway. The park counts on lakes where to practice the fishing, spaces prepared for it camped and a very extensive space to enjoy, to practice the sport of the bicycle or to pass the day with the family seeing the park since the car. The enormous extension that occupies Cabárceno almost obliges to visit it with the car if did not you give- we put of too much time. On the other hand, to carry out a tranquil visit, walking through this great green belt and natural can be the major delight for the senses and to enjoy the tranquillity of one of the parks more important and beautiful of Spain. I recommended visiting this place because I stayed there some years ago and I passed a great day in the nature and I saw lots of animals.

Monday, October 10, 2005


MAGOSTO

Ourense is my beautiful and wonderful city. Ourense is important for the history and the places that you can visit. It´ s very famous for the Miño River and the Burgas but it’s really well-know for the Magosto.
Magosto it’s a traditional Galician party that it’s celebrated in the month of November whose principal elements are the chestnut and the fire. It’s very funny.
The party goes from 1 of November to 11 of November (the day of San Martin), chestnut, new wine and highly-seasoned pork sausage are a must.
San Martiño is the patron saint of the Magosto party. It’s usual that there is a concentration the “magosteiros” that are the main character of the offering.
The products are roasted, while the neighbours drink “queimada”.
The whole week is a party, with the Magosto in the square and the gastronomic party of octopus. The party is organized by a commission and the city council cooperate.
This party is celebrated in the forest where people drink and eat all day.
All schools celebrate the Magosto and children play, eat chestnut and they dirty their face with ashes.
It’s a funny and unforgettable party. I recommend it to everybody.


Carla Menor












A PLEASANT PLACE. MADRID

In Spain, Madrid is a big city and it´s the centre of our country.
It contains most of our history.
The city of Madrid has been the Court of the King of Spain since 1561. Madrid is packed with places that have been the privileged settings of Court activities during this time.
Madrid has important marks of the successive monarchs have left on the city.
This city has good and historical art. One of Madrid´s most traditional areas, it´s “Paseo del Prado”. In this area of city, you can find three important museum : The Prado Museum, The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum and The Reina Sofía National Museum Art Centre. The Royal Botanic Garden is also located in the Prado Museum.
Perhaps, Its bars are famous around the world, because in all city there is a scent of fried food in the air. It is typical of Madrid and I have checked it is true.
It is a pleasure to visit this city for many reasons. You can discover most of our culture and history.


Web site.
www.esmadrid.com DIANA VIGO



THE CASTLE OF MONTERREI


Monterrei is located in Verín (Ourense), near Portugal. It takes forty minutes from Ourense. I have chosen this village because there is a fortress which is preserved intact: the historical Castle of Monterrei. This beautiful medieval bastion served as a refuge for Pedro I El Cruel while fleeing from his brother Enrique II de Trastámara.

The castle is on the top of the mountain, you can get there by car, although the road is not good. Inside the fortress there are old houses; when I was young I remember that some people lived there. Few years ago, when the last neighbour died, the council forbad living there. I think it is a very reasonable. All the constructions are made of stone and the way is not asphalted.

The castle opens Wednesday to Sunday. At the entrance in the patio, you can find a tourist guide that explains the castle’s history and he shows the rooms, the homage tower and the chapel.

It is one of the most important monuments of the province. It is a quiet place which you can enjoy impressive panoramic views over the town of Verín and the vineyards. I must tell you that this summer the countryside was devastated by the fire. What a pity! In despite of it, the castle has a charmed atmosphere

By Igne






THE PARADOR OF MONFORTE DE LEMOS
The Parador of Monforte de Lemos, it’s a very beautiful place where you can eat very well and you can spend a good day. You can enjoy both the countryside and the town because it’s is situated on the crest of a mountain, from there, you can see all the town of Monforte, the monuments… For example the “ Escolapios”, this is a very important monument, its similar to the “Escorial of Madrid”, this is very interesting. You can also see the river; you can walk along the river bank because it is near the Parador!! Besides, the Parador is interesting because it was a very important castle in other years. Nowadays, it is restored and you only can see the principal tower but if you like you can ascend to the top. There, you will enjoy a spectacular view. You should to try it. It’s a very nice experience.
The food is very good, you can choose different plates, and enjoy with each one of them and the accommodation is very comfortable.
The inconvenient is that it’s a bit expensive, but you can come here when there are offers.
I recommend you to visit this place, if you can come here, you will enjoy very much.
By: Xiki


BONAVAL PARK

Bonaval is a very nice park situated in the city center of Santiago de Compostela. Long ago it was a known cemetery, but nowadays it has turned into a meeting place for most of the santiagueses.
In Bonaval you can find the best lawn in all Santiago where you can relax playing cards with some friends, visiting the old ruins or going for a romantic walk with somebody special.
If you visit Bonaval don´t miss going to San Domingos de Bonaval building which houses the Galegos Ilustres Mausoleum and the Pobo Galego Museum, two interesting places to know a bit more about our history.
So, if you want to spend a peaceful afternoon, alone or in good company, I think you should visit Bonaval Park, and to enjoy your visit much more I recommend you to go in spring or autumn.

sabela


BARCELONA

My favourite place is Barcelona. It is in the northeast of Spain and it is placed near the Mediterranean Sea.
I like this city because it is very interesting for me, it has many monuments to visit, for example the Sagrada Familia, the Güell Park, the Ramblas, the Cristobal Colon statue at the Port Vell, the magic fountain of Montjuic, the gothic district, the Royal Square and many good places. The Güell Park it is my favourite. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, it was covered by pieces of mosaic. From here we can see the city in all its splendour. Antoni Gaudí was the author of most of the work of art of Barcelona
It is amazing for tourists; they have a good and great football stadium: it is the Camp Nou. The city has many beaches. All the year people go to Barcelona because it is very attractive both in winter and in summer.
Barcelona is full of people in the night too because tourists like parties, and there are many pubs, discos and parties in the open air.
I recommend people to go Barcelona once in their life because they would like to go back there and repeat the experience.

By: Peke


"Cultura Quente"

“Cultura Quente” is one of the most important rock music festivals in Galicia. It is in Caldas de Reis and, on the other hand, Caldas is an important thermal village of Spain.
The festival takes place in July every year. There is 2 days with 12 hours full of good music in the famous oak grove of the town.
The concerts receive 7000 people by day, and every year the number of people increases. It has lots of important groups of music such as Deluxe, Dover…even international groups as The Jeevas or Danco Jones. It is completely free and you can go with all your friends because the city council prepares two big areas to camp; it is free for all the visitors, of course!
“Cultura Quente” is known as a rock festival but it has many different kinds of music, for example pop, garage, folk, beat…
Furthermore, there is a group of people in the town who make lots of art in the streets that symbolize the hatred to the wars, the terrorism…; every year they elect the main topic and they prepare poems, statues…
To conclude, I can tell you: I go every year and I think that it is a striking mixing of different races, habits…and you can meet lots of people, to listen good music and visit an important town in the Galician geography as Caldas de Reis.


Vanesa Fuentes


"LOS CAÑONES DEL SIL"

There are a lot of stories of this place but the most surprising is this: God Júpiter fell in love with the beauty of the Galician land and to own it, he crossed it with a river, the Miño. But his wife, Goddess Juno, didn’t want to share her love with a stranger. In this way Juno thought that if she opened a great wound in that beautiful land, Júpiter would finish hating it. A wound that almost reaches 300 metres of unevenness. Today these are the maravellous “Cañones del Sil”.
“Cañon del Sil” is one of the most impressive places of Galician geography to visit. The contrast between rocks and vegetation, the diversity of the fauna, a special climate and the different Monasteries are an unbeatable pleasure for the visitor.
If you go for a ride on the “catamarán” through the river, you will enjoy a lot with its beauty.

Come and visit “El Cañon del Sil”!!!!!!

BY TERRORISSSSSSSTA

DISCOVERING VIGO
Vigo is Galicia´s largest town, situated in the north-west of Spain. Vigo is reputed to be the biggest fishing port in Spain. This modern and cosmopolitan city is located in the mouth of a deep ria spanned by a high bridge called “Rande”.
Vigo is comfortable to visit at summer so you can enjoy its long and sandy beaches, forget coming in autumn or winter because it is an awful rainy city. In the city centre, near the sea, you can find the old part of town; it is my favourite. If you are interested in art, here you can visit the cathedral, but if you are only looking for the best place to eat, you have to come here; it’s specialized in seafood, especially in oysters. Furthermore, it is an excellent place to go out at night.
The most beautiful place in Vigo is the Natural Park of Cies Islands. The islands are quite near the city, it only takes 15 minutes to arrive there, by boat of course. At Cies there are the most beautiful beaches of all Spain, with fine sand and crystal clear water. As you can see in the photo (see above) there are three islands with a lot of vegetation and a lot of birds: in one of the islands there is a bird’s observatory and a lighthouse.
I hope this information motivate you to visit this beautiful city because it is worthy.
C. Merayo

LUGO´S COASTS.

The galician area of north of Lugo is very famous because of their beautiful beaches, which are visited, principally in summer, for millions of tourists.
There is the beach of Ribadeo, beatiful beach with white and thin sand; in this beach the lukewarm water of the sea is suitable to take a bath and summer sports, moreover, the beach turism is very development in this area, and it is perfect if you want to eat anything or have a good time. Other picturesque place in the north of Lugo is Cathedrals Beach, years and years of erosion turned the rocky cliffs of this beach into beautiful caves with big pillar that seem natural cathedrals, with the sand and sea in the landscape.
The tourist that travel to north of Lugo will be in love of their beatiful scenes, it´s perfect to a calm and relaxed vacations.













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ARNOIA

Arnoia is located in Ourense in O Ribeiro’s region. It’s a very rich village by their cultivation of wine and pepper because it’s next to Miño’s river. There are several enterprises which make wine and sell it in the market or to other enterprises. It’s a very important point of the place economy.

You have so many things to do in Arnoia. You can stay in Hotel- Balneario Arnoia Caldaria where you can relax and you can enjoy a good meal, you can buy tipycal products, walk by the bank of the river, to travel in Catamarán trough Miño’s river, or make sports such as walking through the forest, archery... Hotel- Balneario is a hotel with a spa where you can make treatments of beauty, relax or health.

You can stay in Abadía- Arnoia Caldaria too. There you can enjoy of the landscape and to walk until the Spa along the river bank. The abadía were the place where lived priests formerly. Now it’is a very quiet place to rest.

The most famous in Arnoia is the “Festa do pemento”, a gastronomic party where you can eat peppers, and you can dance at night.

Besides, Arnoia is near Ribadavia, a village with an interesting historical culture.


By Balance

CELANOVA

Celanova is a small village near Ourense. It is a quite and safe village. Celanova is a great place to stop off. For most visitors the main attraction is the big monastery and the beautiful square, that you find in front of this historic building. Its streets are very small but they are crowed of shops. Besides, all thursday the tourists can buy in the street market that it is in the square. The people of this village are very friendly with the tourists. In the summer it is crowed with american tourists.
Not far from the city center is Castromao,a celta village. The visitors can know the way the celtas lived. It looks as if you were living in the past.
On the other hand, Celanova is a place of writers, of this place, there are a lot of famous writers of the gallega literature.
So, if you want to see an interesting place, Celanova is the ideal destination for you.

by moon

San Peter of Rocas



San Peter of Rocas is placed in the middle of the forest and it has a difficult access road ,this road is very old and narrow, near the town of Esgos.
Esgos is a small and beautiful town where a lot of people lived of the great number of people that go to visit the monastery.
Esgos is to the north of Galicia, approximately 20 kilometres from Ourense, it is an important city of Galicia.
The Monastery of Rocas was built in the X century when a member of a religious order installed here his house. the monastery was built in a rock .
At begining the life in the monastery was more difficult for the monk.
This monk belong to the order of the Benedictinos and in this order the monk had to work and pray.
In the architecture ,we can say that San Peter of Rocas have three parts.
In one part you can see the cloister ,in the second part you can see the church ,it is a most beautiful and grandiose part of the built because it is the part that is building in the rock ,and finally you can see the cemetery which it is out of the house.In conclusion San Peter of Rocas was reconstructed for tourism in 1992 and you can visit the monastery whith a guide tourist which can speak a lot of languages.

Forjador@amigosdelsofa.com