IMS Ibiza’s line-up at Dalt Vila is a contender for the island’s best this year; Dave Turner; MixMag

Spain – Ibiza, Biodiversity and Culture

A fine way to round off the International Music Summit

IMS Ibiza’s annual party at Dalt Vila, in association with Pioneer DJ, returns on May 25, with Sven Väth, Nastia (pictured), Peggy Gou and Jackmaster among those playing.

The party at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, which overlooks Ibiza Old Town, also welcomes Dubfire, IMS co-founder Pete Tong, Paco Osuna, Guy Gerber, Danny Tenaglia, Bedouin and Andrea Oliva. Furkan Kart, the winner of 2017’s Burn Residency will open proceedings.

Further announcements, including back-to-back sets, are to be expected soon. Last year saw Masters At Work go back-to-back with Dixon and Maceo Plex pair up with Tale Of Us.

Seth Troxler calls Dalt Vila “the most iconic venue on the entire island” and B.Traits says “it’s like a scene from a movie.”

The Dalt Vila party is the finale of the three-day International Music Summit, which turns 11 this year.

Source: IMS Ibiza’s line-up at Dalt Vila is a contender for the island’s best this year

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Spain’s other idyllic small city; Mark Chipperfield; Traveller

Spain – Old City of Salamanca

Salamanca, home to the third-oldest European university, is known as ”The Golden City”.

Until stepping into Salamanca’s Plaza Mayor, a magnificent 18th-century town square built to host epic bullfights, I’d always regarded San Sebastian as the most idyllic of Spain’s many historic small cities.

Unlike its northern counterpart Salamanca does not come with surf beaches, cider houses and an international film festival, but more than compensates with splendid architecture, elegant streets and mouth-watering cuisine.

Known throughout Spain as “The Golden City” because of its honey-coloured sandstone, Salamanca has the distinction of hosting Spain’s oldest university. Founded in 1134, the University of Salamanca is the third-oldest university in Europe, after those of Bologna and Oxford.

“The university was granted a royal charter by Alfonso IX of Leon in 1218,” explains my guide Christina. “So next year marks 800 years of continuous operation. As a citizen of Salamanca I am incredibly proud of that.”

Source: Spain’s other idyllic small city

Spanish pilgrimage route soon in Baidu encyclopedia; Wang Kaihao; China Daily

Spain – Routes of Santiago de Compostela: Camino Francés and Routes of Northern Spain

The Camino de Santiago (also known as the Way of Saint James), which is a legendry pilgrimage route in Spain, will be included in Baidu Baike, China’s major online encyclopedia.

The encyclopedia, managed by tech giant Baidu Inc, will have an entry in its museums’ section on the roads in northern Spain that lead to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

An agreement was reached between Baidu and Barcelona-based Gaudi Project in the Spanish embassy in Beijing on Tuesday.

This year also marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Spain.

The digital project on the Camilo de Santiago, which covers information on hundreds of towns, churches, castles and museums, will be available on Baidu Baike later this year. High-definition pictures of architecture facades, interiors and cultural relics will be uploaded to better display this pilgrimage route in cyberspace.

Camino de Santiago got its UNESCO World Heritage status in 1993, and is one of the most important Christian pilgrimage sites since medieval times.

Carlos Canals Roura, co-founder of Gaudi Project, calls it the “Silk Road in Spain”.

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A Guide to the Must-See Spots of Canary Islands; Jarno; Ecophiles

Spain – Teide National Park

The Canary Islands is a popular tourist destination in Spain. It is composed of seven main islands which are frequently visited by tourists all year round. Located 100 km just west of Morocco, this place is on the bucket list of most travelers.

The archipelago boasts of natural attractions, stunning beaches, impressive volcanic landscapes, and world heritage sites. With a subtropical climate, the islands have warm winters and long summers which is the perfect destination for an ideal holiday vacation.

Here are five places in the Canaries that you shouldn’t miss when visiting.

Timanfaya National Park, Lanzarote

A visit to the Timanfaya National Park is an otherworldly experience. Once you set your eyes on this natural attraction, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet. The park boasts of numerous amazing shows most of which require no effects and are merely natural which range from a dry bush catching fire in an instant upon touching the ground and water turning to steam. The park also has a restaurant that cooks food using heat from the volcano.

Teide National Park, Tenerife

Source: A Guide to the Must-See Spots of Canary Islands – Ecophiles

6 Beautiful Cities in Europe Everyone Should Visit; Dorothy; Tripoto

Spain – Alhambra, Generalife and Albayzín, Granada

Today we present you 6 beautiful cities in Europe, as an inspiration for those who are still thinking about where the next city trip in Europe should go! We deliberately avoided the classics of London, Paris, Barcelona and Rome.

Cardiff

Cardiff is the capital and largest city in Wales and currently one of the UK’s most exciting cities! Just recently, she was voted third place of the best cities to live in Europe. With its maritime location, many cultural attractions and beautiful parks, Cardiff is a great destination for a city break and can also be used as a wonderful base from which to explore the beautiful landscapes of Wales.

Zurich

Zurich actually has everything the vacationer’s heart desires. With its location on Lake Zurich and the Limmat River that flows through the city, there are many opportunities for water sports or a refreshing dip both in the river and in the lake. Surrounded by the Uetliberg and the Zürichberg, you can hike up here quickly and enjoy the view of the surroundings, even mountain bikers get their money’s worth on the corresponding trails.

Source: 6 Beautiful Cities in Europe Everyone Should Visit

How to see two European cities in 24 hours on the ultimate day-trip; Simon Calder; Independent

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Spain – Works of Antoni Gaudí

Pity the summer traveller. Britain’s aviation industry is designed on the premise that airlines will trade at a loss for much of the time. But in July and August fares soar, allowing airlines to make hay and possibly even turn a profit while the sun shines.

Take the most popular route from Gatwick to Barcelona. On Saturdays in July, even the antisocial first flight of the day on British Airways will cost you £135 one-way or more. Most midweek days this winter, make that £35.

Even those unable to take much time off can seize the day and splice together an international journey.

Forget your toothbrush: from London, Birmingham, Manchester and many other major airports, you can feast on sunshine, culture and cuisine for less than the cost of a one-way Anytime train ticket from Watford to Warrington (currently £169). And if you’re careful with scheduling, you can explore two great cities, while having a meaningful amount of time in each and achieving some “firsts”. Here’s how I combined Barcelona and Lisbon – more alluring than Watford. And Warrington.

6am: Gatwick South Terminal

Source: How to see two European cities in 24 hours on the ultimate day-trip

Art of Travel in Zaragoza, Spain – World Heritage, Legacy & Urban Revival; Becki; Borders Of Adventure

Spain – Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

Nestled between Madrid and Barcelona, skipping a visit to Zaragoza en route means missing out on ones of Spain’s most artistic and underrated cities. I’m glad I got to jump off and explore on an AVE train journey from Tarragona to Madrid, feeling like I’d stumbled upon a Spanish secret.

The capital of mighty Aragon, Zaragoza is the gritty and urban mixed with the ancient and decadent, held together by a historical thread of architecture and art, and a heritage showcasing a continuous turnover of design and expression.

Mudejar Art

– UNESCO World Heritage Zaragoza

Native to Aragon, Mudejar art blends Islamic and Christian elements from a time during the 12th and 17th centuries when both faiths coexisted. A core part of Zaragoza’s architectural heritage, the sheer amount of Mudejar art earned it a UNESCO World Heritage title, with the Ajafería Palace being the most symbolic.

This 11th century medieval Islamic palace remains one of the most beautiful and important of all the sights in the city as well as the seat of the regional parliament.

Source: Art of Travel in Zaragoza, Spain – World Heritage, Legacy & Urban Revival

On the trail of the rarest cat on Earth (a short drive from the Costa del Sol); Brian Jackman; Telegraph

Spain – Doñana National Park

In the wilds of Andalucia, only an afternoon’s drive from the holiday beaches of the Costa del Sol, lives the rarest cat on Earth. With its spotted coat and stubby tail, the Iberian lynx is the smallest of the world’s three lynx species, about twice the size of a domestic cat.

Tracking down this elusive feline will be a challenge, but should be made easier by Sergio Gonzalez Asian, my naturalist-guide and lynx-tracker extraordinary. With Sergio at the wheel we drive from Seville to Cordoba and then into the Sierra Morena – the Dark Mountains whose 4,000ft summits roll across Andalucia for 280 miles (450km). Once a famous haunt of bandits, their hidden valleys and wooded slopes are now a refuge for Spain’s most important lynx population.

In living memory they still roamed widely across Iberia, but by 2001 only 90 animals were left. Had they become extinct they would have been the first cat species to be lost since the sabre-toothed tiger 10,000 years ago.

Source: On the trail of the rarest cat on Earth (a short drive from the Costa del Sol)

How To Visit Mont Saint-Michel: France’s Most Picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site; Melissa Kravitz; Forbes

France – Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay

Everything you need to know before visiting the iconic tidal island.

For being one of the most-visited tourist destinations in France, Mont Saint-Michel remains a semi-mystery to non-French speakers. I first saw the island and its iconic tidal reflection on Instagram and became obsessed with visiting this supernatural UNESCO World Heritage Site. Only problem — I couldn’t quite figure out how to do it perfectly. All my friends who had been there either took organized tours or had less than helpful advice about renting a manual car and just winging it. But if you’re in Paris, or road tripping through France, like I was this past fall, a stop at the vertically-constructed castle surrounded by picturesque French countryside or fantasy film-worthy reflective water, depending on the time of day, is a worthwhile detour.

Source: How To Visit Mont Saint-Michel: France’s Most Picturesque UNESCO World Heritage Site

Inside Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones’ abandoned £32m Majorca party palace that’s failed to sell…despite bizarre Trump scarecrow; Jay Akbar; The Sun

Spain – Cultural Landscape of the Serra de Tramuntana

MICHAEL Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones have slashed the price of their luxurious, 11-bedroom villa in Majorca to a mere £36million.

They have so far failed to shift the 247-acre country estate in Puerto Valldemossa which boasts a home cinema, gym, vineyard and a Donald Trump scarecrow.

The glamorous couple hosted parties for the likes of Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer at the rustic S’Estaca property which overlooks the Balearic Sea.

But it has been largely abandoned since they first put it on the market for £44million in 2014 and the mansion, built on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is showing signs of decay.

The windows are shut, the doors closed and neighbours say they barely see the owners.

Ant Man star Douglas, who co-owns the sprawling property with ex-wife Diandra Luker, once referred to it as his “spiritual home”.

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