Who knew that a fiesta can be so valuable that it deserves a Unesco World Heritage nomination, but that’s what the Fallas fiesta in Valencia, Spain has achieved. The carnival, held annually from end of February to mid-March, is a massive (even in fiesta-crazy Spain) celebration of spring. Here is what goes on during the festivities.
Around the year, the Mediterranean coast of Spain attracts camper van travelers, motor home drivers, and all types of vehicles designed for long road trips. The city of Alicante in a central location along the Spain’s long coastline is a perfect place for a fair that’s all about road trips and camping with a campervan or motorhome. Here is what I discovered at the 2018 show.
Les Coves de Vinromà is a peaceful village of 1800 inhabitants in Spain, located about halfway between Tarragona and Valencia. The village is a typical Spanish small community with an old church and central square where life goes on relatively quietly – except for the moments when loud music blasts from the church tower.
When visiting unfamiliar places, one of the most difficult things for a tourist is to estimate travel times within the destination. Perhaps you would like to know how long it takes to walk to the old town from your hotel, or how far from the city you can drive in two hours. TravelTime Maps is an online service that lets you study travel times from a point you define using multiple transport methods.
I had an opportunity to join a party that entire cities and towns in Spain celebrate during the Epiphany. The fiesta is called Reyes Magos (three kings or three wise men). The main event is a parade that travels through a city’s main streets in the evening. I joined the fun in Elche, Costa Blanca.
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Even if you have toured the magnificent castles of the Loire Valley in France, you haven’t seen the Mothe-Chandeniers. The magnificent building has been abandoned and closed for years. Now, the power of crowdfunding has saved the castle. 6500 new owners of the castle have invested 500 000 euros in order to buy it.
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) is a spectacular phenomenon that occasionally lights up the dark sky in the far north. Green, blue, red, violet and many shades of these colors dance in the sky, forming shapes and pulsating like a work of art. It is pure magic to see the lights, an experience you won’t forget. There is no photograph or video that can show how impressive the real thing is. Here is a how-to-guide (with permission from the Lapland travel guidebook author) to viewing and filming the Northern Lights.
Read the story “How to find, view and photograph the Northern Lights”
Certain regions of Europe and especially, a number of big cities on the continent have so much traffic that inevitably, roads become congested during peak hours. If you are planning a road trip in Europe, the best thing is that it is very easy and usually fast to drive from one country to another, but the downside is that some cities can be choked with vehicles. Here is the top 20 ranking for the most congested cities in Europe.
If you know the quiet back roads and cycling lanes of Europe, you have a fantastic opportunity to cycle in many countries. The best thing with cycling is that during the daily pedaling journey it is possible to see many sights and absorb local culture. But where are Europe’s best cycling routes? EuroVelo has mapped 15 routes that let cyclists explore Europe along cycling-friendly roads.