From Malin Head to Mizen Head on Ireland’s west coast, the MizMal – a cycling route created by a former IT consultant is one of the country’s best bike rides that also takes in the Wild Atlantic Way. That’s all Mark Stratton needed to hear. Read the story “How an IT consultant created Ireland’s most spectacular endend cycling route”
It seems that some countries in Europe are specializing in eccentric events that are attracting tourists to otherwise quiet towns, but these festivities also reveal a lot about local people and their culture. In Northern Europe, Finland is renowned for a football tournament played in marshland. In Southern Europe, Spain has a big fiesta in Pamplona where bulls are harassed, a tomato throwing fiesta in Bunol, and a fight of two teams in Ibi where flour and raw eggs are the only weapons available.
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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.
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When there is an opportunity to have a fiesta in Spain, it will not be missed by anyone. A major sports event, the Tour of Spain (La Vuelta a Espana) road cycling race stops traffic on major and minor roads for the professional cyclists to ride along their route, and spectators congest the rest of the nearby roads. In any case, the most important thing is to get out there, and have a fabulous picnic with friends or family.
Read the story “A day at the bicycle race Tour of Spain is a fiesta day”