With a population of just over 7000 and no airport, Formentera is usually quieter than its neighbor Ibiza. However, in the peak season of July-August, it draws huge numbers of tourists. The overwhelming majority are Italian and the Italian language is heard more often than any other. Some are independent travellers, but many come on package holidays. In peak season, advance booking for hotels is absolutely essential. The hotels on the island are mostly small and independently owned. The majority are in the one- and two-star categories. There are also many small apartment developments. There are no high rise buildings on Formentera. Camping is forbidden on the island.
The island is flat and sandy with magnificent, unspoilt beaches. There are a few places where the land rises to present spectacular cliffs to the sea. It is perfect for cycling, walking, snorkelling and sailing. However, it has very few cultural or historical attractions such as museums, castles, churches or art galleries. Its cultural attractions include some megalithic sites, a roman road, some watch-towers (18th century), the 18th century chapel of Sant Francesc Xavier and a small Ethnological museum.
Some of the islanders make their living from small-scale traditional fishing. In parts of the island, the soil is good enough to support vines and fruit trees. Several parts of the island are covered in Mediterranean pine trees. Salt marshes (now abandoned) are defining features of parts of the island. However, tourism is the biggest sector of the local economy.
Outside the peak season when the tourists are high spenders, Formentera has an atmosphere of simplicity and back-to-nature that is the heritage of its past hippie phase. More and more, parts of the island are actively managed as a national park with, for example, board-walks through the sand dunes to enable them to regenerate their vegetation. In addition, areas of the surrounding seas are designated as zones of particular scientific interest in which certain plant and fish species are protected.
To arrive into Gibraltar is to be awestruck by the sheer majesty of the Jurassie limestone Rick that dominates the horizon .The Rock has attracted visitors ,some friends,some foe .Throughout its colorful history .All drawn its unique charm and character ,which still thrive today in the Gibraltarian people .
Strategically situated on the southern tip of the Iberian Peninsula ,the British Overseas Territory is almost entirely surrounded by water other then the narrow isthmus which links it to mainland Spain .
Gibraltar is less then seven square kilometers on the outside ,but inside lies a myriad of caves and tunnels that stretch for almost fifty kilometers .Herein lie some of Gibraltar ‘s biggest mystery and secrets .
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Cape Verde is an Archipelago of nine islands lying like a jeweled necklace off the coast of West Africa
Cape Verde’s beauty was largely kept a secret – the long beaches of endless white sand, lapped by turquoise ocean: the historical mystery of colonial style towns like Ribeira Grande, the first European City in the tropics: the wide variety of landscapes – from dramatic volcanic to lush and verdant. If you enjoy fine beaches, beautiful scenery, vibrant cultures and have a sense of adventure, Cape Verde will not disappoint.
The Cape Verde islands are a great destination all-year round for a getaway that refreshes your soul. You can expect temperatures from 24-27 degrees in the Spring/Summer season, and 22-25 degrees in the Autumn/Winter season.
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha is one of the most beautiful places in the world .
The statement that may sound pretentious can be confirmed by anyone who has ever visited archipelago .A proof are the three prizes received from one of the most respected magazines in the segment of the country,which put the island as one of the best destination in the country.In addition Baia de Sancho has been chosen as the best beach in Brazil.
The archipelago is still highlighted by the Baia de Sancho and Baia dos Porcos in the world’s largest tourism site ,which also list the Baia do Sancho as the fourth best in international rankings ,which comprises 25 destinations altogether .
Formed from volcanic rocks and located 545 km from Recife,it is a natural patrimony of humanity.only the main island is inhabited and administrative centre works in the Palace of Sao Miguel.
Before being an important centre of environmental preservation and research ,the coveted target today used to be a prison.Part of the structure built to house the inmates can still be visited.Later the archipelago was a military base during World War II .The facilities build by the Americans during the war currently serve as the tourism centre .
From the 60’s Fernando de Noronha has been visited by researchers from all over the world ,interested in its immense marina fauna.
There were also breakthrough discoveries of endemic species of reptiles and birds .Noronha houses one of the few oceanic mangroves In the world .Today archipelago is controlled by environmental agencies,to preserve its delicate ecosystem .
The tourist is always welcome and the natives who work in receptive tourism undergo constant training ,to serve better and better .
However visits are limiter in number ,so it is important to schedule your trip in advance .
Upon arrival at the archipelago ,the tourist will find an unrivaled paradise .The see offers up to 30 meters visibility ,perfect for diving .Those Who can’t or don’t want to dive can see submarine life through
Projeto Navi ,consisting of a vessel with a large lens at the bottom which allows observation of the marine environment .
For those who enjoy surfing ,Fernando de Noronha is one of the finest peaks in South America .Tubular waves guaranteed to place the nickname of Brazilian Hawaii.it is possible to go hiking on trails through oceanic woodland,which lead tourist to wonderful lookouts .
At night the excitement is the “forro de pe de serra”,which gathers tourist and natives .
Recife is the fifth-largest metropolitan area in Brazil with 3,743,854 inhabitants, the largest metropolitan area of the North/Northeast Regions, the 5th-largest metropolitan influence area in Brazil, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco.
Recife is located where the Beberibe River meets the Capibaribe River to flow into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic Ocean. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city’s shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city center characterize its geography and gives it the moniker of the “Brazilian Venice.” As of 2010, it is the capital city with the highest HDI in Northeast Brazil.
A combination of a large supply of labor and significant private investments turned Recife into Brazil’s second largest medical center modern hospitals with state-of-the-art equipment receive patients from several neighboring States. Like all other cities in the Northeast, Recife is developing its tourist sector. The beach of Porto de Galinhas, 60 kilometers (37 mi) south of the city, has been repeatedly awarded the title of best beach in Brazil and has drawn many tourists, and the Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda, 7 kilometers (4.3 mi) north of the city, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982.Recife’s infrastructure is among the most developed in Brazil for travellers and business people, though there is wide room for improvement.
The city is also an educational center, and home to the Federal University of Pernambuco, the largest university in Pernambuco. Several Brazilian historical figures, such as the poet and abolitionist Castro Alves, moved to Recife to attain their education. Recife and Natal are the only Brazilian cities with direct flights to the islands of Fernando de Noronha, World Heritage Site.