Cuaderno de Viajes

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Sure you’ve all heard at some time of localities at Las Alpujarras as well known as Lanjarón (famous for its medicinal waters), Órgiva (the international and alternative capital of La Alpujarra) Trevelez (the highest village in Spain and the birthplace of their prized hams) or any of the towns that dot the Poqueira ravine (Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira). All these populations are quite touristic and probably would become the...

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A cold sweat wraps him and the blood and his heartbeats hit strongly on his temples. Is it vertigo that strong nausea that grips his stomach or merely terror? From the top terrace of the Galata tower, in Istanbul, which crowns the defensive stronghold of the Genoese everything is seen otherwise. The populous city lies at his feet, but in the solitude of the heights, only surround him the clouds and birds. He has spent years studying...

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The image that comes to our mind when we hear of Málaga is the typical sun and beach destination. In fact, decades of touristic development by promoting just that have turned it into a very well-established destination in Europe and Spain, and on the engine of the regional economy. However, it is a rather simplistic definition. Málaga has much more to offer and it is why I decided to post gradually about the most curious places and...

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If anyone doubts that Istanbul is a city in which having the sense of adventure and exploration is still posible, simply enter the maze of streets and lanes that extend and branch out as a large open market communicating the Grand Bazaar with Tahtakale market. The whole city is plenty of curious places and full of history that will be at your fingertips if you dare to leave the beaten track, crossing the passage leading away from the...

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After the dismantlement of the French colony that occupied the North of Africa until 1912, Tangier was under the joint administration of nine countries nearly all Europeans, and somehow abandoned to its fate. Because of this, until 1956 Tangier was an international city, capital of the European and American bourgeois exile and a meeting place for people of the most disparate conditions and nationalities. As a free city with quite...

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Nepal is an interesting blend of religions, territories and peoples, which comprises more than 30 different ethnic groups. Half Indian, half Tibetan, Hindu and Buddhist, both major religions coexist harmoniously and it is difficult to determine where one begins and the other ends because both share deities and rituals. And not to forget that Buddha (Siddartha Gautama) was born here in the Kathmandu Valley, specifically in Lumbini in...

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I had already visited Morocco on two other occasions and Tetouan had never appeared in any of these tours.  It is not that is not listed in the travel guides, but too often is described as “city of pass” or as a “city to avoid” for travelers for the insecurity. However, in this time I must say I was quite curious and with high expectations for the visit to the city of Tetouan. It seemed to be the hub of a largely...

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Located 64 km from Tetouan, 100 km from Ceuta and 120 km from Tangier the beautiful city of Chefchaouen in the region of Gomara western Rif sits at the foot of the mountains Jebel Tisouka and Jebel  Megou, about 2000 m high. The toponym of the city means “looking at the horns” in reference to these two towering peaks that dominate it. Chefchaouen, Chefchaouen or Xaouen, is one of the most photogenic and most pleasant...

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Istanbul never cease to amaze me. In a city of nearly fifteen million inhabitants it’ll almost always be surrounded by the crowd, the noise, the activity, however, and often as I could see, you can feel like you’re alone in the world. In the popular Tahtakale market the feeling is more or less being a canned sardine, in fact if you are unsure where to go it is best to step aside or get into a store or you might ben...

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