The Earth Day and the new video on the landscape created by the volcano of La Palma after the eruption

For the fifth consecutive year Earth Day is celebrated with careful audiovisual production that includes the wonderful and unique landscapes of the eight Canary Islands, with a special role dedicated to the new space created by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palma. This video will try to reach 5.2 million people, in particular Internet users who have a particular interest in environmental issues and nature tourism.

Earth Day, which is celebrated every 22 April, has in recent years become the perfect excuse to highlight the natural spaces of the Canary Islands which are now enriched by the newborn volcanic environment of La Palma. This new landscape is called to become a major tourist attraction that will serve to promote the economic recovery of Isla Bonita.
The celebration of this event consolidates the fact that the Islas Canarias brand has become a standard-bearer for the defense of the territory and the uniqueness of the different landscapes offered by the archipelago, great natural attributes of the destination.
With the celebration of Earth Day in recent years, the Canary Islands brand aims to strengthen in the minds of tourists its commitment to defending the territory and the uniqueness of the archipelago’s landscapes.

To achieve greater success in communicating this message, the target audience has been segmented so that the content reaches the Internet users most interested in environmental issues, nature tourism and the discovery of the landscapes of the destinations they visit.
Furthermore, it is hoped that this video will go viral on social networks thanks to the emotional message conveyed by the natural environments, fauna and flora of the eight islands.
This year the video was also made in vertical format to be able to share it on the reels of Instagram and its replica on Facebook.
The piece will be broadcast in ten markets: English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, Belgian, Irish and Norwegian.

9 things to do in Australia in 2022 (and beyond)

Australia never ceases to conquer travelers with its beauties and novelties. In 2022 a series of new attractions await travelers who decide to explore this divine place.
If you are a foodie or a lover of the outdoors, get ready to see the country through a new view made up of novelties and beauties to discover.

  1. The Townsville Underwater Art Museum (MOUA) is the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. His sculptures are made by the underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor. The museum is divided into four areas:
    -The ocean siren reacts to real-time water temperature data from the Davies Reef Weather Station on the Great Barrier Reef and changes color in response to real-time changes in water temperature. The best time to observe it is in the evening.
    -The coral greenhouse is about 50 miles from John Brewer and you will need to snorkel or scuba-dive to fully enjoy it.
    Magnetic Island and Palm Island will open in 2022 – aiming to inspire and educate on reef conservation.
    For all info and reservations you can enter the official website of the MOUA .
  2. Everyone deserves a little pampering. Especially on vacation.
    There’s no better place to treat yourself to some peace, especially in Talaroo hot springs in the Queensland Gulf Savannah, where you’ll find geological wonders blending with Aboriginal hospitality.
    South in Victoria, travelers will enjoy the hot springs of the Mornington Peninsula. Just think of mineral-rich baths in an environment surrounded by wineries and restaurants.
    Don’t miss out on the saltwater springs at Phillip Island with more than 45 swimming pools at varying temperatures.
Hot Peninsula Springs.Australia- Shutterstock photo

3. Many tourists cross Victoria’s Ocean Road by car, hastily passing seaside villages and engaging in water sports.
In realtà esiste una via divina che non potete assolutamente perdere: il wild side of the Great Ocean Road is an extraordinary and flat path of about 75 ‘between eucalyptus woods where koalas and other extraordinary animals abound.

Koala on the Great Ocean Road, Australia
Photo by Zizhang Cheng on Unsplash

4. The bravest must experience the thrill of climbing and “flying” from Perth’s Matagarup Bridge.
It is spectacular at sunset, with a unique view over the city.
Not to be missed if you dare to climb.
https://www.zipclimb.com.au/

Matagarup Bridge in Pert
Photo by Harry Cunningham on Unsplash

5. If you love sauna, you should definitely try the floating sauna in Tasmania. It is a unique opportunity both to test a unique and new experience, but also to regenerate after a long day of trekking or cycling.
And, after the regenerating sauna, what could be better than a dip in the frozen lake?
https://www.floatingsauna.com.au/

6. If you are traveling with children you cannot miss the Monarto Safari Park, a former Australian zoo transformed into a safari park committed to the conservation of endangered species, just under an hour’s drive from Adelaide. Meet lions, meerkats, cheetahs and chimpanzees or become a keeper for a day or discover some hidden side of unique animals that only in a few corners of the earth you could see.

Monarto zoo, Australia
Image by Lucas Clayton from Pixabay

7. About 600 kilometers north of Perth, Kalbarri is a place of towering sea cliffs and peaceful beaches, where pelicans glide over the dolphin-filled waters. Inland at Kalbarri National Park you will find vast canyons cut by rivers and huge rock formations.
The best way to view the immense expanse of the park?
From one of the two lookouts that make up the Kalbarri Skywalk, each suspended on a cliff 100 meters above the Murchison Gorge.
The view is worth a walk there.

Kalbarri national park, Australia
Photo by Nick Dunn on Unsplash

8. The pink lake of Hillier has an incredible shape and color on Middle Island, the largest island in Western Australia in the Recherche archipelago. The scene is highly instagrammable even better if photographed from above on a Helispirit Flight departing from the city of Esperance.
Let us take you to the shores to disembark at Middle Island for a walk to the edge of the lake.
A gourmet picnic awaits you when you’re done taking pictures.

Hillier pink lake Australia
Image by Viaggio Routard from Flickr

9. The Great Barrier Reef of Queensland is filled with magnificent islands. Among the most intact is Lady Musgrave, at the southern end of the Reef, where until 2021 the only accommodation option was a rustic campsite. But now you can choose something more comfortable and luxurious. Waking up to snorkeling and diving expeditions or seasonal sea turtle hunting tours will no longer be an unattainable dream.

Image by Lawrence Wang from Flickr


10 things to do in Leuven, the little big Belgian city.

Leuven offers everything you could wish for from a welcoming, human-sized city that gives you the feeling of being a metropolis. Discover the traces of history, enjoying the creative and cultural atmosphere, the liveliness of the university and its students, the wide range of cafes, restaurants and shops. Leuven breathes tradition and innovation.
The city is easy to discover on foot through the compact urban center. Everything is within walking distance. In 10 essential points, what you can do to discover the little big city located in the heart of Belgium.

  • Climb the university library tower: Climbing the stairs, you will find a photo exhibit showing the turbulent past of this building.
    At the top is the balcony which offers an impressive view over Leuven. Enjoy the view!
    And don’t miss the Great Reading Room.
  • Visit the church of San Pietro to admire its beauty and the masterpieces located inside: The Last Supper is a jewel of Dieric Bouts. It is still in the place where it was originally painted. This masterpiece and other works of art can be admired for free in the church.
Dieric Bouts, the last supper in St. Peter's Church
Dieric Bouts’ Last Supper
Shutterstock photo
  • Discover Groot Begijnhof, the medieval town of the city: Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Groot Begijnhof is a labyrinth of narrow streets, courtyards, monasteries and houses built in traditional sandstone in the 13th century.
  • Have a beer at the Oude Markt, the longest bar in Europe: Oude Mark is probably the most popular meeting place in the city. The square is home to many bars and restaurants offering the best Belgian beers … all to try, of course!
  • Count the statues of the famous people of the Town Hall: The icon of Leuven is the town hall, one of the most famous Gothic town halls in the world “carved” with biblical scenes. A true ‘Hall of Fame’ with 236 images of historical figures adorning the exterior of the building.
Town hall Leuven, Belgium
Leuven Town Hall,
photo by Shutterstock
  • Visit the oldest Catholic university in Europe: You can stroll through the historic colleges of KU Leuven passing by the University Hall, originally the hall of the city. The Anatomical Theater, the Botanical Gardens and Arenberg Castle are also part of Leuven’s rich university history.
  • Discover the birthplace of Stella Artois: Take the interactive tour of the Stella Artois brewery. Find out everything from the beer hall to filling lines in full action. Throw yourself into the world of brewing and enjoy a refreshing drink straight from the source after the tour.
  • Discover Leuven by bike: Leuven is the city of cycling for excellence. In reality it is not necessary to use public transport, because you can get everywhere by bicycle. Cycling is also a pleasant and quick way to explore the city, just like a true citizen of Leuven.
Bikers in Leuven, Belgium
Photo by Tobias Cornille on Unsplash
  • Relax in the park of the Abbey: This beautiful abbey is one of the best preserved monasteries in Belgium. The buildings, the gates, the church, the water mill, the barn and a fenced vegetable garden have remained virtually unchanged since the 17th century. An oasis of peace just outside the city center.
  • Visit M Leuven, the art museum for art lovers: M Leuven houses a collection of antique and contemporary pieces of art. The visual culture of the present and the past placed in an impressive decor. The museum building was designed by the Belgian architect Stéphane Bee.

Salzburg, UNESCO protected beauties and festivals

Salzburg enchants for its beauty thanks to many elements that distinguish it and make it unique. The unique position between the river and the mountains, the colors, the squares, the baroque palaces, the music and the colors.

The five squares of the old city are the heart of the UNESCO heritage which, this year, will celebrate its first 25 years of official recognition. Residenzplatz, Domplatz, Mozartplatz, Kapitelplatz and Alter Markt are the unmissable and iconic squares to be seen absolutely in Salzburg which together with the Hohensalzburg fortress form the UNESCO heritage of the Austrian city. On April 22, 2022, an Open day will be organized in Salzburg to showcase the beauties of the city on the occasion of the UNESCO World Heritage Day (April 18).
The Franciscan monastery located between the cathedral and the festival districts reflects Salzburg’s eventful history from the Iuvavum (it was the name of the city in Roman times) to the present day.

aged fortress square with leafless tree
Photo by Alexander Kozlov on Pexels.com

A stroll through the alleys of Salzburg

The historic city center of Salzburg, a World Heritage Site, comprises a total of around 1,000 objects and an area of 236 hectares (central zone I). It is impossible to visit the city without encountering buildings, statues and symbols in stone, marble or wood that do not testify to the importance and development of Salzburg. Churches, chapels, monasteries and cemeteries vary with gardens and castles and add to the world famous ensemble.
The magic of Salzburg also emerges during a walk through the alleys and passages of the old town. Each of these 13 passages, which connect the Getreidegasse with the parallel streets, has its own charm, appreciated by both locals and visitors.

Music City Salzburg – W. A. Mozart, Salzburg Festival and Adventsingen

The prince-archbishops of Salzburg were great patrons of the fine arts and thus laid the foundations for Salzburg as a city of music and festivals. Over the centuries, Salzburg’s court music has been able to compete with the best in Europe. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s father Leopold came to Salzburg for professional reasons. His son was considered a child prodigy (1756-1791) and is the most famous son of the city.
The Mozarteum Foundation was founded in 1880, 40 years after the Salzburg Festival. With the Camerata Salzburg, the Philharmonie Salzburg and the Mozarteum Orchestra, the city boasts first-rate orchestras and around 4,500 musical and cultural events take place in Salzburg every year. A particularly impressive musical event takes place every Sunday at 11:45 am: a historical custom is commemorated during the Turmblasen (music from the trumpet tower) at the Hohensalzburg Fortress. In the past, tower trumpeters were used to warn of dangers or to accompany important occasions

Salzburg Festival: Three well-known music festivals per year

  • The Salzburg Easter Festival was founded by the conductor Herbert von Karajan and has integrated the Salzburg festival program since 1967. The centerpiece of the Salzburg Easter Festival from 9 to 18 April 2022 will be Richard Wagner’s “Lohengrin”. American tenor Eric Cutler will sing the title role, Christian Thielemann will conduct the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden. This large international orchestra will receive the Herbert von Karajan Prize at the Festival. Richard Strauss’s Alpensinfonie will be performed, the work that the composer dedicated “in gratitude to the Dresden Royal Orchestra” in 1915.
  • The Salzburg Whitsun Festival was started in 1973 by Herbert von Karajan as the Whitsun Concerts – since 2012 the Italian singer Cecilia Bartoli has been in charge of the • artistic director. The program of the Salzburg Whitsun Festival from 3 to 6 June 2022 revolves around the Spanish city of Seville. Gioachino Rossini’s opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia will see Cecilia Bartoli in the role of Rosina, the role she once made her professional debut in. The concert program is also dedicated to the essence of Andalusian culture. www.salzburgerfestspiele.at
  • The Salzburg Festival in summer is the world’s leading festival for classical music and the performing arts. From 18 July to 31 August 2022, the Salzburg Festival will present 174 performances over 45 days across 17 venues. Highlights of the opera include Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Verdi’s Aida. In addition to Jedermann, the theatrical program includes Schnitzler’s Reigen. In addition to the Spirituelle Overture entitled Sacrificium, the concerts will feature first-rate orchestras and soloists. www.salzburgerfestspiele.at

Other information:


Tourismus Salisburgo, Auerspergstraße 6, 5020 Salisburgo, Austria,
Tel.: +43/662/889 87 – 0,
Fax: +43/662/889 87 – 32,
www.salzburg.info,
#visitsalzburg

The magic of spring in Formentera

The nature of Formentera can offer incredible landscapes thanks to the variety of vegetation that grows on the island. The lowest level of rainfall in the Balearic Islands make it a privileged island to be discovered in spring, when the beauty of colors and nature show off all their splendor.

Starting from the forests full of junipers and pines, in Formentera you can discover various plant forms such as rosemary, heather and aromatic thyme, strawberry tree as well as a large area of Mediterranean scrub.
17 species of orchids grow in Formentera. This splendid flower requires special conditions, undisturbed soils and particular pollination strategies. It goes without saying that only here can they grow and find particular conditions and the right stability.
Leave them in their habitat and just photograph them!

The fruit trees are colored in spring, giving tasty fruits in the following months. The fig is the symbol of the island but there is no lack of almond, carob and olive trees. The spring fields are colored with poppies, marigolds, daisies and gladioli.

The beaches of Formentera are home to some of the best preserved dunes in the Balearic Islands, such as Ses Illetes, Cavall d’en Borràs, Levante, Migjorn or s’Alga (on the island of s’Espalmador). They include a submerged part – the cliffs formed by the Posidonia oceanica meadows – and an emerged part, the plants that grow on the dunes, with their deep roots, retain the sandy substratum and fix these dunes.

Valencians Beach; Formentera
Valencians Beach; Formentera

Endemic and coastal plants

In the vicinity of the salt pans various endemic species can be found, such as ‘Limonium formenterae‘, ‘Limonium wiedmanni’ or ‘Limonium gosii’. The rocky stretches of the coast have a more impoverished vegetation. The most common are the ‘Limonium minutum‘, exclusive to the Balearic Islands, and the ‘Limonium cassonianum’ which has white flowers.
The Mola is rich in endemic species, such as the ‘Saxifraga corsica subsp. cossoniana ‘, a tiny plant with white flowers. But it is precisely the endemism that generates fascination for its rarity. In Formentera there are more than twenty endemic plants.


Cretan Easter and its local delicacies

Crete has always been famous for its culinary delights, as well as for the beauty of its sea and its territory. If you happen to be on the Greek island on Easter days, you will have the unique opportunity to discover local delights that only Crete or Greece can offer.

On Holy Thursday, local sweet cheese cakes such as kalitsounia, anevata and lychnarakia are prepared.
On Saturdays, on the other hand, tasty meat dishes are prepared such as mageiritsa (a meat soup based on finely chopped lamb offal, lemon juice, lettuce and dill) or gardoumakia (lamb bacon wrapped in offal) baked or stewed on the stove; fresh cheese and a red wine.

Kalitsounia, Crete
Cretan cheese sweets (Kalitsounia) on a restaurant table, as a gift for guests in honor of the Easter holidays

For Easter day, lamb or kid on a spit roast are traditional Sunday dishes in Crete, which are often prepared using hot embers left directly on the ground.
The party continues with friends and relatives with whom they drink wine, tsikoudia (a strong traditional liqueur), dancing and singing Greek folk music.


Mariupol: beauty demolished by war

In these first weeks of 2022, in which so many news and images have arrived from Ukraine, we have often heard about the cities of this country that we knew something about.
Kiev, the capital has always been known to everyone, but Mariupol and other minor realities have been attacked by the war reports because they were targeted by the bombing of the Russian attacks during the military invasion.

But what was Mariupol like before tanks and bombs passed through here? Surely the position on the sea of Azov made and will make it (soon we all hope) a seaside and tourist city in all respects.
Not only.
Mariupol has a metallurgical factory founded in 1897 that produces hot rolled steel, which is ideal for the construction of ships, oil and gas pipelines.
Unsurprisingly, it was a Russian target for this reason as well.

Mariupol, Ukraine, aerial view

The city center of Mariupol, as it was before the bombing of these first months of 2022, deserves a visit and a few stops among the monuments of the city.

Russian Orthodox Church in Mariupol, Ukraine
Russian Orthodox Church in Mariupol, Ukraine

Passing from the Orthodox church (photo above), up to the Mosque, then to the Cathedral of Archangel Michael and the small monuments such as the Crocodile Goji in Primorsky boulevard.
The peace bell, as never before, should be one of the most representative monuments (if still present).

Ukraine.Mariupol. Mosque of Suleiman and Roksolana
Ukraine. Mariupol. Suleiman and Roksolana Mosque

War now

Vostochnyi district of Mariupol city (Ukraine) after missile attack of the pro-russian terrorists. January 24, 2015. - The cars which burned down on a parking.
Vostochnyi district of the city of Mariupol (Ukraine) – Shutterstock photo

Although Mariupol is not new to terrorist attacks or guerrillas (the photo above refers to a terrorist attack on January 24, 2015), the wound carved by Russian troops in this war is truly violent.
We have seen shocking images passing through TV, newspapers and the internet without the slightest pause giving a little respite.
Above all, the bombed children’s hospital and the transport of the wounded out of the destroyed building.
A situation that our society, defined as civil, should not even dare to imagine.
Let alone accept.

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - JULY 19, 2015: Mother with baby walking near of destroyed building of Mariupol Police City Department
Mariupol

In order not to fall into the error of spreading incorrect information, we will simply conclude by hoping to see these and all the other Ukrainian cities shine with their beauty, with all their tourists (including Russians of course), their traditions and local festivals soon.
So that hatred, war and injustice can be fought peacefully.






Mariupol: la bellezza demolita dalla guerra

In queste prime settimane del 2022, in cui sono arrivate tante notizie e immagini dall’Ucraina, abbiamo sentito spesso parlare delle città di questo paese di cui conoscevamo qualcosa.
Kiev , la capitale è da sempre nota a tutti, ma Mariupol e altre realtà minori sono state assalite dalla cronaca di guerra perché prese di mira dai bombardamenti degli attacchi russi durante l’invasione militare.

Ma com’era Mariupol prima che carri armati e bombe passassero da qui?
Sicuramente la posizione sul mare di Azov ne facevano e ne faranno ( presto ci auguriamo tutti) una città balneare e turistica a tutti gli effetti.
Non solo.
Mariupol ha una fabbrica metallurgica fondata nel 1897 che produce acciaio laminato caldo, ideale per la costruzione di navi, oleodotti e gasdotti.
Non sorprende che sia stato un obiettivo russo anche per questo motivo.

Mariupol, Ucraina, Vista aerea

Il centro città di Mariupol, così com’era prima dei bombardamenti di questi primi mesi del 2022, merita una visita e qualche sosta tra i monumenti della città.

Russian Orthodox Church in Mariupol, Ukraine
Chiesa Ortodossa Russa a Mariupol, Ucraina

Passando dalla chiesa ortodossa (foto sopra), fino alla Moschea, poi per la Cattedrale di Arcangelo Michele e i piccoli monumenti come il Crocodile Goji in Primorsky boulevard.
La campana della pace, mai come ora, dovrebbe essere uno dei monumenti più rappresentativi ( se ancora presente).

Ukraine.Mariupol. Mosque of Suleiman and Roksolana
Ucraina. Mariupol. Moschea di Solimano e Roksolana

La guerra adesso

Vostochnyi district of Mariupol city (Ukraine) after missile attack of the pro-russian terrorists. January 24, 2015. - The cars which burned down on a parking.
Distretto Vostochnyi della città di Mariupol (Ucraina)- Foto shutterstock

Sebbene Mariupol non sia nuova ad attacchi terroristici o guerriglie ( la foto sopra si riferisce a un attacco terroristico del 24 gennaio del 2015), la ferita scolpita dalle truppe russe in questa guerra è davvero violenta.
Abbiamo visto immagini sconvolgenti passare attraverso TV, quotidiani e internet senza che la benché minima sosta desse un po’ di respiro.
Sopra ogni cosa, l’ospedale pediatrico bombardato e il trasporto dei feriti fuori dall’edificio ormai distrutto.
Una situazione che la nostra società, definita civile, non dovrebbe nemmeno osare immaginare.
Figuriamoci accettare.

MARIUPOL, UKRAINE - JULY 19, 2015: Mother with baby walking near of destroyed building of Mariupol Police City Department
Mariupol

Per non cadere nell’errore di diffondere informazioni errate, concluderemo semplicemente augurandoci di rivedere presto queste e tutte le altre città Ucraine risplendere della loro bellezza, con tutti i loro turisti ( anche russi ovviamente), le loro tradizioni e le feste locali.
Così che si possa combattere pacificamente l’odio, la guerra e l’ingiustizia.






Abu Dhabi will celebrate culinary excellence with the launch of the 50 Best Week Abu Dhabi

To celebrate the inauguration of the 50 Best Restaurants Awards of the Middle East and North Africa on February 7, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of the 50 Best Week Abu Dhabi, a culinary festival with experiential dining experiences, cooking masterclasses and unique collaborative dinners.

From February 4-11, 2022, the eight-day culinary festival will feature the city’s vibrant food experiences and some of its best restaurants. Ideal for food lovers looking to explore Abu Dhabi’s diverse culinary scene, the event will be filled with mouth-watering moments, with renowned international chefs coming to the UAE capital to showcase their skills and local Emirati talents who will show their skills.

Culinary leaders will provide insights into their food philosophy by inspiring food lovers of their dishes, ingredients, stories and experiences. The acclaimed restaurant awards and gala dinner will recognize 50 outstanding restaurants from across the region that showcase their culinary excellence and dining experiences.

Fatima Saeed Al Baloushi, Acting Director of DCT’s Abu Dhabi Events Bureau, said, “We are thrilled to celebrate culinary excellence throughout Abu Dhabi, reaching out to residents and visitors alike, seasoned food lovers and diners alike. more casual by offering them a taste of our varied food and to try the excellent dishes of some of the world’s leading chefs who will head to our multicultural capital next month.”

Dish prepared at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Dish prepared at the Abu Dhabi Food Festival
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

Events include three interactive Masterclasses taking place on Friday 4th February, in which acclaimed chefs from around the world will showcase their skills as they prepare signature dishes in front of a live audience.

The Chefs – Tim Raue of the Tim Raue Restaurant in Berlin; the innovative confectioner Will Goldfarb and Pía León from Central; and Kjolle, the current holder of the title of best female chef in the world, will accompany visitors on a culinary adventure. Ticket holders will also have the opportunity to interact with international chefs.

In the Collaborative Dining Series, visiting chefs will join Abu Dhabi’s most esteemed local talent to create a variety of extraordinary dishes. Raue is bringing his taste to Cantonese restaurant Dai Pai Dong, blending his signature Asian-inspired creations with regional dishes to create a truly memorable menu, while Natsuko Shoji of Eté in Tokyo, winner of the title of best Asian pastry chef, will show his fusion of French and Japanese dishes at the Tori No Su restaurant.

Additionally, Julien Royer of Odette in Singapore, a two-time Best Restaurant in Asia winner, joins forces with LPM to offer a unique collaborative menu that will combine some of the biggest hits from both restaurants for one night only. Budding barbecue masters can light the fire as Dave Pynt, of Burnt Ends in Singapore, showcases his talent in a one-of-a-kind experiential culinary event “Playing with Fire” at Emirates Palace.

Meanwhile, León will host an exclusive “Peruvian Paradise” lunch at Zaya Nurai Island. Showcasing some of the city’s best regional culinary talent continues with Chef’s Table promotions, taking place across the city from February 4th to 11th. On these incredible dining experiences, guests will be treated to bespoke menus created by some of Abu Dhabi’s best chefs.

On February 5th, a live stage event, # 50BestTalks, will also be open to all food lovers, with leading chefs like Goldfarb and Kamal Mouzawak presenting and discussing current topics and trends, as well as personal stories about their travels. culinary. For the grand finale, the first list of MENA’s 50 best restaurants will be unveiled on February 7 at a glamorous awards ceremony.

Over the course of the evening, the emirate’s outstanding restaurants and culinary talent will be honored alongside colleagues from across the MENA region, with a number of special prizes.

Ibiza: a journey through beaches, markets, gastronomy and nature

Ibiza is well suited to all types of travelers. Whether you are a family, a couple, a group of friends or maybe sportsmen looking for a particular environment, in Ibiza you will find an island full of unique emotions and suggestions.
With its 572 km² of total area, Ibiza is easy to explore, as you won’t have to travel too many kilometers from one point to the other on the island. The points of greatest interest are generally about 15 ‘away from each other and thus, you will have all the time to discover the beauties, the beaches and the gastronomy that this Balearic island has to offer.

The pleasures of the island

Kayaking in Ibiza
Kayaking in Ibiza
Image from Promoción Turística de Ibiza

Ibiza enjoys a typical Mediterranean climate that allows you to visit it, taking advantage of a good climate all year round.
With 3000 hours of sunshine per year, very little rainfall, turquoise waters and the possibility of practicing many “sea sports”, Ibiza offers many possibilities and freedom for recreation.
There is certainly no lack of nature, sunsets, the typical scents of the Mediterranean and the opportunity to fully enjoy the beaches of the island.


The nature

Posidonia Oceanica
Posidonia Oceanica
Underwater sea, Mediterranean, Balearic Islands, Ibiza, Spain

40% of the island is covered with pine and juniper forests divided into 1800 different species.
The flora, of the Mediterranean type, has a variety of 940 different species. 43% of Ibiza’s land area is protected, of which around 18% is divided into eight natural areas.
If that wasn’t enough, keep in mind that 75.4% of the island’s coastline is protected. Just to name a few, make a note of the Marine Reserve of the north-east coast of Ibiza-Tagomago, the Natural Reserves of Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and the islets to the west.
Although the wetlands of the island attract many species of birds, the characteristic animal of Ibiza remains the pythous lizard, easy to spot on the walls or in the paths.

Ibizan podenco
Podenco
Promoción turistica de Ibiza
Image by Vincent Marí

Another characteristic animal of the island is the Ibizan podenco, a particular breed of native dog of Egyptian origin that seems to have brought the Carthaginians in 654 AD, when they founded the city of Ibiza.
It is an elegant, agile, strong breed with a very supple walk.

According to UNESCO, Ibiza is a privileged environment for the conservation of Posidonia Oceanica, a World Heritage Site as well as an aquatic and endemic plant of the Mediterranean.
These aquatic plants are not only responsible for the purity of sea water but significantly contribute to reducing the erosion of marine coasts. Posidonia Oceanica is also a form of nourishment for various marine species and, for all these reasons, it is essential that it be preserved, avoiding damage or loss over the years.

Sea Salines, Ibiza
Sea Salines
Image by Vincent Marí

Sea Salines has become a natural park since 2001. With an area of 3000 land hectares and 13,000 sea hectares, the natural park of Ibiza is an environmental wealth and protected reserve for 210 species of birds, among which flamingos, Himantopus and the Balearic Shearwater stand out.
The park, thanks to its salt pans, is able to produce 50,000 tons of salt every year.


The UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Phoenician city, sa Caleta, Ibiza
Phoenician city, sa Caleta, Ibiza
Image Consell d’Eivissa

In addition to the aforementioned Posidonia Oceanica, Ibiza can avail itself of UNESCO heritage sites of all respect and historical importance. In 1999, UNESCO declared the walls of Dalt Vila a World Heritage Site, as the best-preserved coastal fortress in the whole of the Mediterranean.
The same goes for the remains of the Phoenician city of sa Caleta and the necropolis of Puig de Molins, perfectly preserved over time.

The Renaissance walls that “envelop” the ancient city with the Cathedral and the Almudaina Castle on top, are the most important monuments of Ibiza.
Dalt Vila is made up of narrow labyrinthine streets, calli and squares that give a sense of serenity completely opposite to that of the port, the bay and the commercial area of the barrios of la Marina and Sa Penya.

According to UNESCO, the remains of the Phoenician city of Sa Caleta and the Phoenician-Punic necropolis are a very important testimony of the life, culture and urbanization of the Phoenician and Carthaginian cultures.

The underwater grasslands of Posidonia oceanica represent a natural wealth both for Ibiza and for the global marine biodiversity. The so-called “lungs of the sea” present in the waters of the island are among the best preserved in the Mediterranean and, as such, they must remain.

Shopping and markets

Artisania market, Ibiza
Mercado artisania, Ibiza
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Shopping in Ibiza could be just as rewarding as doing it in a big city: from major international brands to small and young designers, passing through local crafts, it will be possible to find and discover everything on the island.
Dalt Vila, the barrio de La Marina, Avenida Bartolomé Roselló and Marina Botafoch are just some of the areas where you can go shopping for “depth”. Letting yourself be carried away by the colorful shop in the middle of a street is certainly the best thing to do. You can come in and find many surprises all of a sudden.

Sant’Eulària, Sant Josep, Sant Antoni and Sant Joan contain a multitude of excellent commercial boutiques inspired by local products where you can find authentic treasures.
The markets of Las Dalias and Punta Arabí are absolutely worth a visit. Las Dalias opens all year round on Saturdays, while in summer it also has a night “version”; unique.
Punta Arabí for 25 years every Wednesday with about 400 stalls.

But if you love stalls and markets, you cannot miss the local handicraft stalls at the Port of Ibiza, Figueretes, Sant’Eulària, Sant Antoni, Sant Joan, San Miquel or the works of the potters of San Rafael.

Local gastronomy

Squid fried
Frita de calamar
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The gastronomy of Ibiza is mainly based on the Mediterranean trilogy, consisting of wheat, wine and olive oil. The sea and the land so generous have always given possibilities and multitudes of traditional recipes, elaborated according to the season and the climatic conditions of the island.

Flaó
Flaó
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Ibiza wine
Vino de Ibiza
Image by Vincent Marí

The food markets


The traditions of the island

Ball Pagés: Traditional Ibiza dance
Ball pagés
Image San Joan de Labritja

Ibiza boasts a rich heritage of traditions that allow anyone who visits it to immerse themselves even more in the heart of the island. The island’s countryside has been self-sufficient for generations thanks to the spirit of self-adaptation and the ability of the people of Ibiza to make the most of nature’s resources.
On the island you will find many examples of traditional architecture that, over the years, have allowed the Balearic island to get the nickname of Isla Blanca. Just get lost in the back streets to admire how many white houses have been converted into restaurants or to discover some very white building submerged in nature.

Rural architecture in Ibiza
Rural architecture, Ibiza
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Ball pagès, the traditional Ibiza dance, stands out for being a unique folkloric representation in the Mediterranean. With centuries of antiquity and an uncertain origin, this ancient courtship dance takes place in all the popular festivals of the island and in the weekly performances scheduled during the summer tourist season.

Playing sports in Ibiza

By bike in Ibiza
By bike in Ibiza
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Finding a sport that suits you in Ibiza shouldn’t be difficult. After eating, shopping, sunbathing on the beach and maybe staying late at night, a little healthy sport would be good for anyone. A lot of greenery lends itself well to sports such as golf, horse riding, walking, running or cycling, while the sea and the beaches offer the canonical multitude of water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and much more.

It is almost superfluous to remember that Ibiza is also full of many sporting events throughout the year: marathon, half marathon, regattas, cycle tour, trial and much more. For professional and non-professional sportsmen, but also for all fans, in Ibiza there are always interesting events to follow.


What to do and see in Ibiza

Dalt Vila

Plaza de Vila, Ibiza
Plaza de Vila
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All months are perfect for visiting the fortress district of Ibiza, although it is during the afternoons and summer evenings that you will find more “life” thanks to the restaurants open around the squares of Vila, Sa Carrossa and del Sol.
A walk to the cathedral and the castle will make you discover medieval palaces, secluded squares, art galleries and beautiful corners in the purest Mediterranean style.

The walls and ramparts: declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, the Renaissance citadel of Ibiza is the best preserved in the Mediterranean. It was built during the second half of the 16th century following the plan promoted by the monarchs Carlos I and Felipe II to modernize the military infrastructure of the strategic coastal territories of the Spanish Crown with the aim of improving the defense against attacks by the Ottoman Empire and others enemies of the time.
The complex, which was originally only accessed from the Portal de Ses Taules and the Portal Nou, is made up of seven bastions, of which the two on the western side are museumized: Sant Jaume and Sant Pere.
From the rest of the ramparts you can admire magnificent views of the city, the beaches of Ses Figueretes, Platja d’en Bossa, Es Cavallet and the nearby island of Formentera.

Museums:

  • Necropolis of Puig des Molins
  • Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art(MACE)
  • Puget Museum
  • Cathedral and Diocesan Museum

The historic districts outside the walls: La Marina and Sa Penya maintain the port character of Mediterranean cities, with simple houses with white facades and a marked seafaring air. Located near the port, the streets of these neighborhoods are full of entertainment during the summer tourist season thanks to their boutiques, shops, bars, restaurants. Ice cream parlors and cafes, many with views of the marina and the luxurious boats that dock there. The Parque and Vara de Rey squares, with their remarkable colonial-style buildings, are worth a stop during a stroll through the center of Ibiza.

La Marina in te ebvening, Ibiza
La Marina
Image by Aurelio Martinelli
From Promoción Turística de Ibiza

7 things to do in Ibiza

  1. Go shopping in La Marina, Dalt Vila or Eixample, where Adlib fashion boutiques, stalls, traditional shops, national and international brands, art galleries, multi-brand shops await you.
  2. Take the water taxi that connects the district of La Marina with the promenade and the beach of Talamanca.
  3. See how the artisans work their pieces in the Sa Pedrera craft market, open to the public on Fridays.
  4. Enjoy the lively nightlife of the city, especially that of Dalt Vila, La Marina, the port, the promenade and Ses Figueretes.
  5. Walk along the walls from bastion to bastion, paying attention to its informative panels and museum spaces.
  6. Join the theatrical guided tours organized by the Municipality of Ibiza.
  7. Buy sweets in the cloistered convent of Sant Cristòfol, popularly known as Ses Monges Tancades (the closed nuns), and other Ibizan gastronomic products in the Mercat Nou and Mercat Vell markets.

Beaches

Talamanca, Ibiza
Talamanca, Ibiza
Image from Promoción Turística de Ibiza

The capital has accessible beaches where you can enjoy swimming and water sports. North of the town hall, in the bay of Talamanca, there is the 900-meter-long beach of the same name, with various services and catering. Closer to the historic center is the beach of Ses Figueretes, along which the district of the same name extends and a multitude of accommodation, restaurants, shops, cafes, bars and pubs. Following on from Ses Figueretes, there is Platja d’en Bossa, a long sandy beach shared by the municipalities of Ibiza and San Sant Josep which has one of the most developed tourist offers on the island.


8 things to do in Sant’Eulària

Las Dalias Market
Las Dalias market
Image from Promoción Turística de Ibiza
  1. Reach the islet of Tagomago by kayak or explore the stretches between Pou des Lleó and Canal d’en Martí and between Cala Llonga and Santa Eulària.
  2. Enjoy the rural landscape of Santa Gertrudis on horseback.
  3. Follow the circular trekking paths of the town hall, such as the one that goes up to the Torre d’en Vall.
  4. Surfing in Cala Martina and Cala Pada, getting started in the world of sailing on the beach of Santa Eulària and diving in Cala Llenya, Cala Mestella or Pou des Lle.
  5. Buy Ibizan-style souvenirs at the hippy markets of Las Dalias and Punta Arabí and visit the artisan market of Santa Gertrudis.
  6. Approach Sant Carles, Cala Nova and the hippy market of Las Dalias aboard a tourist train.
  7. Enjoy a trip along the east coast on board the ferry that connects the port of Ibiza with the tourist centers of Es Canar, Santa Eulària and Cala Llonga.
  8. Set foot on eleven shores in a single day following the Route of the Beaches, a circular route for mountain biking that passes through Cala Nova, Cala Llenya, Cala Mestella, Cala Boix, Es Figueral and S’Aigua Blanca, among other beaches.



The beaches of Sant’Eulària

Cala nova, Ibiza
Cala Nova
Image from Promoción Turística de Ibiza

Sandy beaches, steep cliffs rising from the coast, wild coves and a generous number of islets form the beautiful littoral landscape of Santa Eulària. Along its 46 kilometers, there are frequent shores of calm waters suitable for bathing children and with a wide range of services, such as Cala Llonga, Cala Pada, Cala Martina, Es Niu Blau, S’Argamassa, Es Canar, Platja des Riu de Santa Eulària and the urban beach of Santa Eulària, the first of the Balearic Islands to declare itself a “smoke-free beach” where smoking is not allowed.
The shores best known for their photogenic beauty are S’Aigua Blanca and Es Figueral – both overlooking the islet of Tagomago-, Cala Nova, Cala Llenya and Cala Boix – Ibiza’s only dark sand beach-, while the most intimate coves are Cala Mestella, Pou des Lleó, S’Estanyol and Cala Olivera.


What to do in San Josep

Es vedrà, Ibiza
Es vedrà, Ibiza
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The village of Sant Josep is quiet and surrounded by cultivated fields. Its small urban core has grown around its church and street. The temple was built in 1730 following the characteristics of popular Ibizan architecture and is the only church on the island with a sundial on the facade. You can have a coffee in the charming little square located in front of the temple, browse its shops and galleries and enjoy many local dishes in its many restaurants. In addition, fans of cinema and theater will find a rich program at the Can Jeron Culture Center.

The Phoenician settlement of Sa Caleta is located a few meters from the Es Bol Nou beach. This deposit is one of the four sites in Ibiza declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Its origin as a settlement dates back to the 8th century BC. and you can see the remains of the urban layout and two ovens.

7 things to do in San Josep

  1. Visit the Ses Salines Interpretation Center near the church of Sant Francesc. Inside, information is provided on the ecological importance of the salt ponds, the dune strings, the Posidonia oceanica meadows and the cliffs of the natural park and on the numerous marine and terrestrial species that host these habitats, such as the pitiusa lizard (Podarcis pityusensis ), the seahorse (Hippocampus ramulosus), the peregrine falcon (Falco peregrinus), the flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), the Balearic shearwater (Puffinus mauretanicus) or the stilt (Himantopus himantopus).
  2. Stroll along the coast in search of the surveillance towers in the south and west of Ibiza: Es Carregador or Sa Sal Rossa, Ses Portes, Es Savinar and En Rovira.
  3. See the Ibiza sunset from the various bars and cafes located in Portmany bay or from the shores of Cala Tarida, Port des Torrent or Platges de Comte.
  4. Practice numerous water activities in the bay of Portmany, and in the nearby tourist centers of Cala de Bou and Platja Pinet.
  5. Plan an excursion to discover the ecological and landscape values of the Natural Reserves of Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and the western islets.
  6. Go to the Sant Josep market on Saturdays to look for local agricultural products (open during the summer tourist season) or take part in the colorful atmosphere of the Sant Jordi second-hand market (all year round).
  7. Climb to the top of Sa Talaia, the highest mountain in Ibiza with a height of 475 meters. It is one of the most attractive trips for hikers and cyclists in the municipality, as from the top you can enjoy a wonderful view over a large part of the island.

The beaches of San Josep

Platges de Comte
Platges de Comte
Image by Vincent Marí

Sant Josep has more than 20 beaches and coves for all tastes and needs, including Platja d’en Bossa, the longest sandy beach in Ibiza and one of the busiest thanks to the wide range of hotels, restaurants, clubs , pubs and water and nautical businesses.
The wild beaches of Ses Salines, Cala Jondal, Cala Bassa, the set of coves that make up Platges de Comte and Cala d’Hort stand out for their beauty and popularity, the best viewpoint on the famous islet of Es Vedrà. Other unique shores are Es Cavallet – of nudist tradition -, Cala Codolar, Es Bol Nou, Cala Carbó, Cala Molí or the beaches of Cala Vedella, Cala Tarida and Port des Torrent, with a family atmosphere.

What to do and see in Sant Antoni

Puesta de sol Sant Antoni
Puesta de sol Sant Antoni
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The beauty of its bay, the spectacular sunsets with the Ponente islets in the background and a practically unchanged rural landscape are three of the great attractions of Sant Antoni, a destination open to all travelers that always surprises, whether near the sea or inland.

Sunset in Ses Variades: the stretch of the promenade between Caló des Moro and the breakwater is known as Ses Variades and during the summer it becomes one of the most visited places on the island thanks to the bars and cafes that play music at sunset, often offered by famous DJs.
Outside the summer tourist season, the promenade allows you to enjoy beautiful sunsets in a peaceful environment.

Route of the churches: the temple of Sant Antoni, whose origin dates back to the 14th century, is an excellent example of a Pythian church-fortress that still has its defensive tower and the starting point of this itinerary. Inland, the silhouettes of the small church of Santa Agnès, whose portico is located near the ancient main entrance, and the temple of Sant Mateu, crowned by a simple bell gable, give a singular beauty to the rural landscape of both. valleys.
For its part, a visit to the church of Sant Rafel, built in the late eighteenth century, offers an excellent view of the city of Ibiza and a curvilinear bell tower that gives lightness to the austere facade.

Almond blossom
Almond blossom
Image from Promoción Turística de Ibiza

Santa Agnès and the almond trees: this small hamlet is located in the Pla de Corona valley, one of the most peaceful places in Ibiza. The best time to visit is between January and February, when its hundreds of almond trees bloom.

The vineyards of Sant Mateu: the north of the municipality is traditionally linked to wine production and currently hosts the plants of two wineries on the island that produce wines with I.G.P. Ibiza, Vino de la Tierra | Vi de la Terra.

5 things to do in Sant Antoni

  1. Practicing water and nautical sports offered in the bay: diving, sailing, kitesurfing, paddle surfing, water skiing, parasailing, jet skis, kayaking, fishing …
  2. Enjoy a boat trip to admire the beauty of the cliffs of Ses Balandres and Cala d’Albarca, as well as the Natural Reserves of Es Vedrà, Es Vedranell and the islets to the west.
  3. Walk the coastal path that connects Sant Antoni to Cala Salada, go cycling in the area known as Es Broll, stroll through the Pla de Corona until you reach the cliff overlooking the islets of Ses Margalides
  4. Buy local products in the Forada Market (Saturday), at the Sant Antoni Agricultural Market (Friday) or at the Sant Rafel Handicraft Market (Thursday, from July to September).
  5. Visit a winery to taste the wines of the island.

The beaches of Sant Antoni

Cala Gració
Cala Gració

Sant Antoni is home to coves and beaches ideal for children who also stand out for the beauty of the environment or its views. Within the urban core of Sant Antoni there are the beaches of Es Puetó, S’Arenal and Caló des Moro, which are added to the beaches of the bay that administratively belong to Sant Josep.
A few minutes by car or bus from the town are Cala Gració and Cala Gracioneta, two coves surrounded by pine trees, separated by a small promontory; the turquoise waters of the photogenic coastline formed by Cala Salada and Cala Saladeta – one of the most photographed in Ibiza – and the stone terraces of Punta Galera, an ancient stone quarry that has become a favorite place for nudist practitioners.

What to do and see in Sant Joan

Sant Miquel church
Sant Miquel church
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Sant Joan and its church: the town that gives its name to the town hall is a quiet and charming place, whose few houses are located along the road and around the church dedicated to an John the Baptist. The temple, completed in 1770, is structured around a single rectangular nave with a ribbed vault and seven side chapels. Other hallmarks of the temple are its bell tower, built in the 19th century, and its portico with two arches. On Sundays, the square in front of the church becomes a meeting point for visitors who go to the artisan and gastronomic market.

6 things to do in Sant Joan

  1. Admire the beauty of the cliffs of northern Ibiza aboard the excursion boats that depart from Portinatx.
  2. Explore the surroundings of the beaches of Portinatx, Port de Sant Miquel and Cala de Sant Vicent on a paddle surf board or on a pedal boat.
  3. Follow the itinerary that leads to Punta des Moscarter and the homonymous lighthouse, the highest in the Balearic Islands; or walk down to the remote virgin cove of Es Portitxol, on the coast of Sant Miquel.
  4. Admire the fabulous views from the top of the Torre des Molar, located a few kilometers from the Port de Sant Miquel and where you arrive after a trek.
  5. Buy handicrafts and agricultural products from the north of Ibiza at the Sant Joan Sunday market.
  6. Get on the tourist train that leaves from Portinatx and discover some of the most beautiful corners of the north of the island.

The beaches of San Joan

Cala de Sant Vicent
Cala de Sant Vicent
Images from Promoción Turística de Ibiza

The north coast is home to coves for all tastes, from those with all services to those hidden under the cliffs, suitable for those who want to get away from the hustle and bustle or practice nudism. The beaches of Port de Sant Miquel, Cala de Sant Vicent, S’Arenal Gran, S’Arenal Petit and Port de Portinatx have equipment, restaurants, shops and water activity rentals, making them a very suitable choice for families.
Benirràs is also very popular, thanks to its hippy environment, its sunsets and the uniqueness of the landscape of its fishermen’s cottages with the islet of Cap Bernat. The remaining coves of Sant Joan are perfect for those who do not need services or for those who simply want a kiosk close at hand to be able to rent sunbeds and umbrellas: Cala de Xarraca, Cala des Xuclar, Cala d’en Serra, S’Illot des Renclí, Es Pas de s’Illa and Caló des Moltons.