Mundo Marino Museum in Matalascañas

One of the main attractions for tourists in Matalascañas and Caño Guerrero, in Huelva, was the Mundo Marino Museum, closed in 2012 for lack of funding. The Scientific Research Superior Council (CSIC) announced that the objective is reopening its doors in the near future, linked to the National Park Doñana, and with a wider focus.

Situated in the heart of the Parque Dunar of Matalascañas, offered a ludic tour allowing to get closer to the hidden life under the Cadiz golf waters.  Opened in 2002, it had interesting cetacean life size copies, which were taken to Seville and exhibited in The House of Science after it was closed.  If you are planning a getaway to Seville with children, do not miss it!

If, instead of Seville, your holiday destination is Matalascañas, in Huelva, this area offers great opportunities to enjoy, specially if you travel with family, despite the Mundo Marino Museum is not longer opened.  The wonderful Matalascañas beach, its mythic lighthouse, the amazing Cadiz Gulf water and all the environment of Doñana converge in a comfortable destination full of varied services: Hotels and apartments in the heart of the Matalascañas beach, restaurants and typical Andalucian pubs in different places of the region, golf courses, shopping centres, children’s playground…

SANDOS Mexico: Holidays big time!

The coast of Mexico is synonymous of relaxation, fun and beaches, a perfect combination to enjoy a winter holiday in the sun, while the rest of the continent gets covered with snow and  cold weather. Mexico has it all, gastronomy, culture and folklore, history, nature, etc. All these elements have led the main hotel chains in the world to invest in luxury accommodations on the coast of Mexico. Locations like Cancun, Cabo San Lucas, Playa del Carmen have all become first class destinations, recognised for their excellent services, quality and security.

One of the most important hotel chains in the area is the hotel company Sandos, owning 3 beach resorts in Spain and 4 luxury hotels in Mexico, specialised in family vacations and the organisation of events, weddings and celebrations.

Sandos Caracol Hotel

Sandos Caracol Hotel

With a well defined hotel-experience concept, they are large complexes located on the beachfront, with an architecture inspired by local culture, integrated in its environment and perfectly connected to the main road transport system and airports in the country.

The challenge for Sandos Hotels lies in the services offered, that have been designed to connect the hotel and destination in a special way, including tours to nature reserves, golf tournaments, wellness and beauty treatments, concerts and shows for children, an Eco-club of environmental activities…

Sandos San Blas Hotel

Sandos San Blas Hotel

At the same time, the cuisine of each hotel has been thought off in a different way than expected at these type of resorts. Not only the proposals are varied but also the elaboration and presentation of the dishes have been designed in detail. They include fresh products, typical recipes with gourmet touches, exotic dishes, degustations, breakfast buffets with warm and cold dishes, and an endless number of amazing culinary experiences, with which Sandos Hotels has tried to go beyond the traditional kitchens of luxury hotels.

Playa Matorral in Fuerteventura

The beach of Playa Matorral in Fuerteventura is one of the few paradises on the Spanish coast that remain intact, and appears in all its glory despite being located in one of the destinations most demanded in the world. It is located in the southeast corner of the beautiful island of Fuerteventura, declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO for its high environmental value.

Its surroundings are simply an oasis of typical Canarian nature, crowned by the Jandia Nature Park, where you can find the Pico de Zarza, the highest point of the island, and neighbouring beaches like the famous beach Cofete, on the other side of the mountains.

The beach of Playa del Matorral in Fuerteventura

Playa del Matorral is known as Playa de Jandiaas it the most representative of the Jandia Peninsula. The lighthouse of Jandia divides the beach in 2 areas, with 2 differentiated environments: one is a nudist beach, more youthful and popular among couples that would like to enjoy the tranquility of this long sandy beach. To the south is a more familiar beach, next to the town of Morro Jable, with a variety of services, orientated towards families travelling with children.

The beach is surrounded by vegetation and has one of the most striking protected natural areas of Fuerteventura, the Jandia salt marshes, where tidal action creates small ponds of water that dry under the sun and leaves remains of salt between the dunes.

Iberostar Playa Gaviotas Hotel

The whole beach environment has undergone a careful process of ecological recovery, with the removal of stones and sand that blocked the wind, as well as the replacement of plants that were not native to the area by native species that grew there before man arrived to the area. The public access to the beach, which for years were unrestricted, have been regulated in order to preserve the beauty that makes this beach unique.

Near the area, there are hotels that have been especially designed to coexist with the natural environment and offers tourists an experience beyond a simple rest, as is the case of the Fuerteventura Palace Hotel, the resort with spa of Playa Gaviotas or the Playa Gaviotas Park hotel, all belonging to the Spanish hotel chain Iberostar Hotels & Resorts.

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A relaxing trip to Playa de Amadores

Gran Canaria is a destination where a traveller can find almost everything. Every corner of the islands hide a different holiday experience, from the lively atmosphere at Port Morgan to the incomparable tranquility of the beautiful Playa de Amadores. You only need to choose the right moment, forget for some days the daily obligations and breathe in some freedom on the shores of the Atlantic.

The south of Gran Canaria is a destination full of proposals, one place to go looking for refuge from the routine, a balm to recover and live life in a different way. In autumn, when the days begin to get shorter in central and northern Europe, the view of a semi deserted beach of Amadores is certainly enjoyable: September and October are one of the best times to organise a relaxing trip to this southern coast of the island.

trip to Playa Amadores

Booking a hotel or apartment in Amadores is a guarantee of sunshine and good atmosphere whether one decides to do a romantic escapade with their partner or a holiday with the entire family. There is no need to plan a long stay: a simple 4 day escapade is enough to relax and reconnect with oneself before returning to their daily duties.

For those travelling with children, it is important to note that, although in Spain at this time of the year there are no school holidays, there are daily proposals aimed for the enjoyment of the younger ones of the family. Examples include sport classes in the afternoon, language workshops, traditional dances, painting lessons….A good option for parents to enjoy their own free time while kids are having fun learning.

apartaments Palmera Mar

Romantic dinners in a restaurant with views to the beach of Amadores, a room off the coast of Mogan, a trip by bicycle or horse to the village, lying down under the sun with a good book… Everyone can choose how to live their holidays, without complicated procedures while organising the travel arrangements: the offer in this area of Gran Canaria is so abundant that the difficult part is deciding on what to spend the limited free time we have.

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Beautiful, safe and cheap Mediterranean destinations

Crete, Kos, Sunny Beach, Cavtat, Sardinian, Majorca… The Mediterranean destinations are beautiful, safe and cheap, taking into account that when one flies from any part of Europe travel expenses are much more reduced than if one considers leaving the continent and discovering the beaches of Bali or Australia.

Hoteles en Bulgaria

The possibility to get to any of these cities travelling by land, sea or air makes them comfortable destinations which also guarantee you public services which other areas of the European Mediterranean do not offer: professional national security forces, well-kept roads, first class hospitals, hotels and tourist attention in different languages….

Thanks to decades at the service of the tourist and to stable governments we can cope with a more and more powerful competence centred on close destinations like Tunisia, Egypt or Turkey, where the climate is very similar to the Mediterranean weather and the cultural and natural attractions play an essential role and represent a clear competence for consolidated destinations like Majorca or Sardinia. 

iberostar albatros

Croatia, with areas like Dubrovnik or the exclusive Cavtat, has managed to stand out in the last years inside the Mediterranean circuit, which was a few years ago an area reduced to countries like Spain or Italy. Although, the accommodation services are not as complete and varied as the Spanish ones yet, there is a good hotel network in Croatia precisely managed by Spanish hotel chains like the well-known Iberostar Hotels & Resorts, which is present in the 2 in style destinations of the Mediterranean: 

Hotels in Croatia

  • Iberostar Albatros
  • Iberostar Epidaurus

Hotels  in Bulgaria

2013 Escapades: The Valley of Mogan

Gran Canaria, in common with the rest of the archipelago, is a paradise to enjoy throughout the year with its many beaches and natural areas which repeatedly surprise visitors. Within this beautiful island exist perfect places for a getaway in 2013. Mogan is one of these places, perfect to spend a week or 4 days with the family, friends or a partner.

Puerto Mogan Canaria

This municipality, the second largest of the island, is an extensive valley with a combination of fishing and mountain villages, just a short distance from the Atlantic and surrounded and protected by mountains.

The farms of this area of Gran Canaria cultivate bananas, avocado pears and mangos which evoke an exotic touch of colour which together with the intensive blue of the sea invites you to rest and enjoy the ocean. Relax in the sun on one of the exquisite virgin beaches, walk along the fisherman’s jetty, surf, sail or dive.

Near to the village is this landscape typical of the south of Gran Canaria, where you can discover many well known places such as Amadores, Maspalomas or Puerto Rico, Arguinequin, and Lomoquiebre….  All these locations, according to the experts, offer the best climate in Europe: the temperatures remain stable throughout the year, offering permanent summer which permits you to swim both in June and during the Christmas holidays.

Playa Amadores Mogan

The offer of accommodation in Mogan is extensive and comfortable, with many possibilities, to enable the traveller to maximize their holiday according to their requirements.

Among the most comprehensive accommodation in the area, highlighted are the apartments in Amadores, one of the beaches most highly valued by locals and visitors.

Also, in the centre of the valley, it is possible to find charming hotels, however, the most

convenient is to book a hotel with restaurant by the Amadores beach, just a steps from the beach and then rent a car to enable you to visit the rest of the parish and, of course, the island.

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The coves of Conil

Conil de la Frontera is the paradise of beaches in Cadiz. This small territory concentrates some of the most beautiful coves of the province, such as Fuente del Gallo o the naturists Cala Melchor, Cala del Pato and Cala del Tio Juan de Medina.

Cove Pato Conil

With clean waters, quiet and with varied backgrounds, from rocks to extremely fine sand, its main characteristic is that they preserve, almost intact, its natural condition: despite the presence of residential and tourist areas in the proximities, the beaches retain all their charm and, in most cases, provide a space away from the noise and bustle.

Divided into 2 main areas, the beaches of Levante and the coves of Poniente (also known as Roche coves as they are next to the village bearing the same name) the visitor can choose between the lively Cala Encendida, with easy access and a family atmosphere,  or quieter and more isolated coves and beaches for athletes, like Puntalejo that is very attractive to those seeking the winds from Levante.

Accommodations are very diverse. There is a wide range of apartments for groups and hotels with miniclub in Calas de Conil, ideal for family holidays. They all offer good services such as parking, free Wi-Fi, swimming pools and even meeting rooms for those who wish to organise a company trip to Cadiz.

This beach area is located close to the popular area of Sancti Petri, Chiclana, and Canos de Meca and centre of Conil de la Frontera, where you can find some of the best hotel deals in Cadiz.

Summer smells like the Mediterranean

The Costa Brava, the beaches of Barcelona, Calella, the Balearics… The Mediterranean is synonymous of summer, of warm nights and long sunny days marked by the intense light that can only really be enjoyed by the calm sea, designed for family holidays and relaxing escapades with your partner.

Calella Barcelona coastline

Choosing just one place off this beautiful coastline is complicated, as there are places for all tastes, from lively bustling towns, tourist services of all kinds and many outdoor activities, to the most remote places, with hidden coves, and places ideal to disconnect from the world and simply disappear in its nature.

One of the most beautiful areas of the Mediterranean, precisely because of its natural wealth, is the coast of Majorca, an Island where the traveler can enjoy a thousand different experiences:  relax at the beach, active tourism in the Sierra de Tramuntana, recently declared World Heritage Site by UNESCO, nights of glamor and luxury holidays in places like Port Adriano, Puerto Portals, the entire coast of Andratx and Calvia, or family fun with guarantees and safety in Santa Ponsa, Palma Nova or Playa de Palma.

Majorca couples escapades

The connections to the island from Europe are magnificent and hotels in Mallorca offer all kinds of benefits and services tailored to each traveler: from family hotels in El Arenal to hotels for groups in Playa de Palma through charming hotels in Santa Ponsa.

The hotels on the coast of Barcelona or the Costa Brava, are also an ideal choice to enjoy a relaxing holiday in the Mediterranean. The comfort offered by the road connections to both points and the proximity to a large city such as Barcelona provide a bonus for these locations, especially regarding to family holidays.

Calella, Santa Susanna, Pineda de Mar, Malgrat de Mar and Lloret are classic destinations that never disappoint when looking for a Mediterranean holiday. They stand out for their beautiful beaches and above all, its calm and family atmosphere that reminds of those summer towns in which families with children to enjoy the beach and sea.

Families Costa Brava

The hotels in Calella and Pineda de Mar usually have very competitive prices and a high quality, regarding both their facilities as well as the gastronomy and activities for children. Very similar are the hotels in Malgrat de Mar, thought for rest, designed with simplicity and comfort to suit all guests needs, of any age and at any time of the year.

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Ibiza’s family side

Ibiza is known worldwide as the capital of electronic music, the centre of house during the summer,shelter to all kinds of famous people and the where the best DJ’s in the world concentrate for 4 months. However, the so called White Island is much more and offers leisure proposals and plans for all ages and tastes.

Children beach Ibiza

Within its 575 km², Ibiza hides a more tender and familiar side, with quiet corners, amazing natural areas, children’s playgrounds and play areas designed especially for those who choose Ibiza for family holidays.

The beaches and small coves that abound the entire coast of the island is one of its main attractions: in total, the visitor can choose from more than fifty of them. The most familiar are the famous Ses Salines, which is crowded with bathers during the high season, Ses Figueretes in Ibiza city, Cala Gracio or Es Puet in Sant Antoni, Sa Caleta in Sant Josep, but are also well worth visiting the incredible Benirrás, surrounded but its exuberant nature, and Cala Tarida.

Ibiza quiet coves

One should mark on the calendar a visit to the Aquarium of Cap Blanc, where children can enjoy discovering the different marine species that populate the Mediterranean. Another excursion that will allow you to discover in depth the island of Ibiza is a tour of its underground caves: Can Marça, the Cueva de las Langostas or the Cave of Es Culleram.

Another must visit place to visit with the family in Ibiza is that of the hippy markets: Wednesdays in Es Canar and Saturday in Las Dalias, places where to buy the odd souvenir and enjoy the smells and colours typical of the island.

Family accommodation in Ibiza is extremely varied and there are holiday hotels for children with special services, complete rooms and activities designed for the amusement of children.

The Hotel Hawaii Ibiza, on the beach of Es Puet (San Antonio) and the Hotel Miami Ibiza, on the beach of Es Canar (Santa Eulalia) are two of the clearest examples of the wide range of hotel offer the island provides its visitors. The family apartments in Ibiza are also a good alternative as they provide extra privacy and independence.

Choosing this summer holidays destination

One more year comes the time to choose destination for the summer holidays and the arduous search for a resting place can become a major headache.

Internet searches, reading reviews and comments from other customers, finding cheap flights online, booking a rent a car, programme activities to do during the stay… All to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable holiday with all possible services.

La Cocina del Mencey

One of the favourite places for Spanish tourists, is the island of Tenerife. Its climate, its beautiful beaches, its ample hotel offer and their quality services are claims for thousands of tourists seeking a consolidated destination with guaranteed optimal services.

Of all the hotels, the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey stands out as a historic landmark hotel on the island of Tenerife, which meets the highest conditions for the most demanding travellers. It is also a renowned gastronomic hotel where quality, tradition and innovation come together to highlight the pleasures of fine dinning.

restaurant in Tenerife

At the Iberostar Grand Hotel Mencey you will find the restaurants Los Laureles, Los Menceyes and Casino, each with differentiated menus and services, where to enjoy an excellent cuisine every day of your stay.

Fronting the restaurant Los Menceyes is the renowned Chef Juan Carlos Clemente, who in turn is the Executive Chef at the Grand Hotel Mencey. Born in the Canary Islands, Chef Juan Carlos Clemente leads this restaurant in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from his passion for local produce and the traditional dishes of the Canary Islands.

Restaurant Los Menceyes

The restaurant Los Menceyes offers delicious gourmet breakfasts, gourmet menu, daily menu, brunch service, degustation dessert menu and a selection of wines, with special emphasis on local wines.

A recommendation for food lovers and cooking fans: The cooking classes at the Cookery Classroom of Mencey. A great opportunity to discover the secrets of a great chef and local cuisine during your holiday without all the hustle and bustle of daily life.