Scottish Highlands – Land for walkers

Sunset in the Highlands - Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

Sunset in the Highlands – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. It’s a beautiful and inspiring land with a rich and dramatic history. Whatever time of year, the Scottish Highlands are well worth a visit. Discover in this article magnificent lochs, the UK’s highest mountain as well as one of the largest national pathways.

My experience across the Highlands was definitely one of the best of my life so far; the fact of walking 11 days along the Loch Ness, also climbing the Ben Nevis (UK’s highest mountain) and walking again across the West Highland Way made me discover deeply the highlander culture as well as the beauty of this land. If you are an enthusiastic walker, the Scottish Highlands are definitely a place to go, at least once in your life.

1.- The Great Glen Way

It stretches for 117 km from East Coast to West Coast, linking the main regional towns, Inverness and Fort William. Most of the route keeps to lower levels and offers a good introduction to the Highlands running along the shores of the Loch Ness, the Caledonian Canal and the Loch Lochy. You can complete the Great Glen Way wether in 5 or 6 days, depending your strength and the time you have to, with an average mileage of 13 miles per day. What the Great Glen Way offers to you? History, nature, waterfalls, lakes, castles, forests and a huge range of wildlife.

  • Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands.
  • Loch Ness, the most popular lake in the world.
  • Unquart Castle, in the northern shore of the Loch Ness
  • Fort Augustus, the beginning of the Caledonian Canal
  • Loch Lochy, high mountains and magnificent waterfalls.
  • Fort William, the UK’s outdoor capital and base camp to climb the Ben Nevis.

Further info about the Great Glen Way in the following link Great Glen Way

Great Glen Way Map - Provided by Contours.co.uk

Great Glen Way Map – Provided by Contours.co.uk

Loch Ness

Loch Ness – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

2.- Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain

Fort William, the UK’s outodoor capital, is also the “base camp” to climb the Ben Nevis. A tourist route, also known as the Donkey Path, heads up from beautiful Glen Nevis to reach the top of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. The route, although easily seen, is challenging due to its length and height (1344m). Ascend in a South East direction to join the path from the Youth Hostel. Continue the path to a junction above Loch Meall, then continue South to start the zig-zagging section. Eventually you will reach the boulder slopes that head to the summit. Beware the cliffs of the paths. On a cloudy-free day the views from the top are astounding. Then to return walk back the way you came.

Ben Nevis Map- provided by canvis.com

Ben Nevis Map- provided by canvis.com

Ben Nevis zig-zag path

Ben Nevis zig-zag path – Photo taken by Pack Your Bag

3.- The West Highland Way

This was Scotland’s first long distance route, stretching for 154 km from Glasgow to Fort William. Well-waymarked throughout, the route is within the capabilities of most walkers. It offers tremendous variety such a pastoral landscapes, the beautiful Loch Lomond and on into increasingly rugged Highlans. You can also enjoy a glimpse of Glen Coe, probably the most popular Scottish’s landscape. It still has enough challenge to inspire the imagination of the walkers; one of the hardest and most challenging parts is unexpectedly the journey along the Loch Lomond although the fact of walking the major part next to lake makes the day absolutely unforgettable.  You can complete the West Highlands Way in a minimum of 8 days with a daily average walking distance of 20 km. Lots of lodges and B&Bs are found along the way, but if you are brave enough you could sleep in tent anywhere you desire as it is permitted in Scotland.

West Highland´s Way Map - Provided by

West Highland´s Way Map – Provided by Contours.co.uk

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park - West Highlands Way

Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park – West Highlands Way

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5 of 15 reasons why you should visit Castellon #part2

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Castellon, is it only sun and sand? No way… Castellon is more than that.

Castellon is know as the second province with more number of mountains in Spain. Yes, we have mountains, and pretty high if we think about the proximity of the coast. There are up to 8 natural parcs in the province of Castellon which some of them are situated in the highlands. The highlands (known as Maestrazgo) also hides history and heritage, where castles, medieval villages and nature meet together.

6.- Morella

Morella by the night - Photo from Morella Turistica Website

Morella by the night – Photo from Morella Turistica Website


Probably the most beautiful village through the highlands. Morella is a “must” during your holidays in Castellon. With the castle on the top of the rocky mountain, this walled medieval village will take you back in time to rewind the Middle Age. The local food is deliciously good and tasty where the hauting meat is the most demanded good as well as cheese and lots of tradictional pastries.

7.- Peñagolosa Mountain Natural Parc

Peñagolosa "The rocky giant"

Peñagolosa “The rocky giant”

Peñagolosa is the highest point through the wide of Valencia Region with 1813m above the sea level. If you’re looking for a hiking day, this is absolutely your option. You can climb up to the peak following a path, even though the last stage might be little bit difficult. The views over Castellon province are amazing, but in a clear day you might also see Valencia, Alicante or Teruel provinces as well as Ibiza Island. Give a try and climb Peñagolosa.

8.- Vilafames

Vilafames, The Red Village - Photo from Vilafames Council Website

Vilafames, The Red Village – Photo from Vilafames Council Website

This charming village situated in the mountains of Castellon is known as “The Red Village”. Its buildings as well as the castle have been built with red stone. A walk along its small quaint streets can be a great experience and local people will give you a warm welcome. Try one of its popular wines or pastries and climb up to the castle if you want to enjoy beautiful views over the mountains of Castellon.

9.- Sant Josep Cave – The Europe largest underground river

Sant Josep underground River - Photo from its official website

Sant Josep underground River – Photo from its official website

An underground river flows through the Sant Josep Caves, which enables you to enjoy an amazing natural phenomenon. It´s located in the natural setting of the same name, is a system of natural caves located in the town of Vall de Uxó. A small boat will make you discover the different rooms as well as living a great undergrund experience. Don´t miss it.

10.- Montanejos

Millars River in Montanejos - Photo from Montanejos Council Website

Millars River in Montanejos – Photo from Montanejos Council Website

Montanejos is a small town surrounded by mountains, giving it a completely unique location, as its thermal waters have made it become a spa town.
It’s located in the Western part of the Highlands. Hotels are spread throughout the city and there’s a huge spa that a multitude of people frequent through the year. A few meters from the center there are various places to go for a dip in the river. There’s a nice, lit path headed there from the center of town. The Fuente de los Banos is one of the most famous springs. The quality of the water emanated from the inside of the mountain is indicated at various points with a tempretaure of 40 degrees. Come to Montanejos and swin in our beautiful Millars River.

The third part of “5 of 15 reasons why you should visit Castellon” will be up to the blog soon, don´t miss it!

If you want to book your holidays in castellon, visit this website: http://www.castellonincoming.com

2 days around Leman Lake

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A weekend around the Leman Lake in Switzerland and in France could be cheaper than you expect if you travel in the right time. Ski season starts from November until April and the prices are usually more expensive. We flew only few weeks before the winter seasons started when the prices are still low and when nature shows one of its best performance: the colourful autumn. As known, Switzerland is very expensive and a short getaway might become so expensive if you don’t control well your budget. For that reason, we bought are food in England, so for a weekend we spent 20£/each in food.

Flight from Bristol to Geneva: 35£ return/person

At 8.30am we were already in Geneva airport. We booked a car by on-line in the France side of the airport (price cheaper than Swiss side) and we paid 60€ for two days between 3 people, only 20£ each then. Around 9.30am we were driving out of the airport to gain as much time as possible and see as many things as possible.

1.- LAUSSANE

 

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This charming city was our first stop. Laussane is a beautiful city situated in the shores of the Leman Lake. It’s not as big as Geneva, though big enough to enjoy its alive atmosphere. The local market was set up in the heart of the city with small stands selling veggies, fruits and flowers. Little bit higher from the main place and on the top of a hill you will find the cathedral. There is a view point from which you will enjoy beautiful views over Laussane, the Leman Lake and you are lucky…you will see the highest peaks and mountains around the lake.

2.-GRUYERE

 

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Gruyere is a “must seen” during you weekend around the Leman Lake, this charming medieval village situated in the Low Swiss Alps is popular for its cheese. With only two streets and the main square, this village is able to attract thousand of tourists throughout the year. Discover its delightful houses and visit its castle on the top of the hill. The views over Alps mountains are stunning. And don’t forget to taste the Gruyere cheese, Yummy!! 😛  

 

3.- ON THE ROAD

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On our way back to the lake we decided to use a different road and see a small part of the Alps mountains. For 1 hour and a half we drove through the Gruyère Pays d’Henhaut Natural park, passing by beautiful valleys with colossal mountains in both sides. Also, the beautiful colour of the autumn made this experience even nicer. Thousand of cows filled the fields like they’d have been drawn by an impressionist painter. On the way down to the lake, the fog covered the valley thereby creating an terrific atmosphere. You will find the map of the route in the end of the article.

4.- EVIAN-LES-BAINS

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This popular village in situated in the south-east of the Leman Lake. This side of the lake is France and the border is only few kilometres before Evian. Popular for its springs, this small village has become one of the most important spa destinations in Europe. Either winter or summer, Evian is a nice place for your skiing holidays, spa holidays or simply a chill getaway. We booked 2 rooms in a beautiful wooden house  by Airbnb in the zone, above 1000 metres height. The couple were so nice and we got a charming welcome from them. The price: 15£ each with an delicious home-made breakfast included in the price.

5.- YVOIRE LE LEMAN

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Yvoire le Leman is a very tinny medieval village situated in the French side of the lake. Vehicles are not allowed inside its walls, only bikes can ride. Delighted houses built in stone take you back on time to the middle age like if you were the protagonist of a historical novel. With full of traditional shops, the popular French sweet “macarron” is probably the most sold product in Yvoire as the most of the shops are patisseries, although you will also find wooden objetcs made by hand. The most of the houses are decorated with flowers which make even nicer the atmosphere. This village is a “must” during your getaway around Leman Lake, don’t miss then.

6.- GENEVA 

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With only an afternoon you will have enough time to visit the most important highlights of Geneva. There is a beautiful “promenade” along the shore of the lake. The Old City is not so far from the lake and a walk through the Old City is absolutely worth it.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE ROUTE, CLICK THE LINK BELOW

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Skiing in Prague

The winter is coming, the first snow drops are falling down and all the ski resorts throughout Europe open this weekend due to the good snow conditions.

Everyone knows Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The city offers a huge wide range of  things to do as well as a variety of places to visit in its surroundings. If you love skiing Prague is a good option to spend one week, combining culture and sport together in the same trip.

El invierno está a la vuelta de la esquina, los primeros copos de nieves ya están cayendo y todas las estaciones de esquí a lo largo de Europa abren este fin de semana gracias a las buenas condiciones de nieve.

Todo el mundo sabe que Praga es una de las ciudades más bonitas de Europa. La ciudad ofrece un amplio abanico de cosas que hacer así como una gran variedad de lugares que visitar, no solo en la ciudad, también en sus alrededores.

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Prague Castle from Charles Bridge – Prague

If you are a skiing lover,but you would also like to enjoy a city-break, Prague is probably the best option to choose as well as one of the cheapest one. Only one hour far away Prague, you will find Jested Ski Resort in the city of Liberec. This ski resort, situated in the north of Czech Republic, and not too far from Poland and Germany offers for the visitors all the needed complements to enjoy a nice skiing day. You will find ski slopes with all the difficult official levels (green, blue, red and black), restaurants and beautiful views over the city of Liberec and its plateau. This sky resort is popular due to its icon, the massive mast situated on the highest point of the mountain which includes a restaurant and a view point for those who do not want to slide down by the ski slopes but would love to enjoy the ski resort as much as possible.

Si eres un amante del esquí, pero también te gustaría disfrutar de un city-break, Praga es probablemente la mejor opción a elegir así como una de las mas económicas. A tan solo una hora de Praga encontrarás la estación de esquí de Jested, situada en la ciudad de Liberec. Este estación de esquí, la cual se encuentra en el norte de la República Checa y no muy lejos de Polonia y Alemania ofrece al visitante todos los complementos necesarios para un gran día de esquí. Encontrarás pistas de esquí de todos los niveles oficiales (verde, azules, rojas y negras), restaurantes y unas magníficas vistas a la ciudad de Liberec y su meseta. Esta estación de esquí es conocida mayormente por su icono, un mástil situado en la cima de la estación el cual incluye un restaurante y un mirador perfecto para aquellos que no se atreven a deslizarse por las pistas de esquí pero quieren disfrutar de la estación tanto como sea posible.

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Ski slope in Jested

How to get Jested Ski Resort from Prague? There are buses running from Černý Most Bus Station to Liberec every 1 hour, click the link below for more information.

Cómo llegar a la Estación de Esqui de Jested desde Praga? Hay autobuses que salen de la EStación de Autobus de  Černý Most a Liberec cada hora, pincha en el link de abajo para mas información:

http://www.studentagencybus.com/

Once in Liberec, there is a tram going direct from Liberec Bus Station to Jested Ski Resort which takes 10 minutes.

Una vez en Liberec, hay un tranvía que te lleva desde la misma Estación de Autobuses de Liberec hasta la Estación de Esquí de Jested, el cual le cuesta no más de 10 minutos.

For more information about Jested Ski Resort, forfait prices and rental equipment prices click the link below:

Para más información sobre la Estación de Esquí de Jested, precios de los forfaits así como precios para alquilar el material, pincha en enlance de abajo:

http://www.skijested.cz/

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Views of Liberec and its plateau from Jested


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Ski Resort Map 

3 places where you can be hypnotised

When you are travelling, sometimes you find places which you might spend hours just observing the same point and being hypnotised for their attraction power.You can feel this attraction for sure in the following places.

Cuando estamos viajando, algunas veces nos encontramos lugares en los cuales pasarías horas tan solo observando el mismo punto, dejándote hipnotizar por su poder de atracción. Podrás sentir esta atracción por seguro en los siguientes lugares.

ES VEDRA ISLAND – IBIZA – SPAIN

Photography of Luis Mercader

Es Vedra Island from Cala d’Hort Beach

Es Vedra Island is an ardours rock arising out of the Mediterranean Sea. It is situated in the south-west of Ibiza and lots of mysteries involved this magic island. Its insolent and seductive shape is able to attract your attention for hours. There is a viewpoint just in front of the island which is popular for being the best spot of Ibiza to see the sunsets. There is also a beach opposite the island named Cala d’ Hort Beach where you could spend hours observing the island and getting hypnotised by its magnetic power.

La isla de Es Vedra es una impetusosa roca que emerge desde las profundidades del Mar Mediterraneo. Está situada en el sur-oeste de Ibiza y muchos misterios se le atribuyen a esta isla mágica. Su insolente y seductiva forma es capaz de atraer tu atención durante horas. Hay un mirador justo en frente de las isla, el cual es popular por ser uno de los mejores lugares Ibiza para ver las puestas de sol. También hay una playa llamada Cala d’Hort en la cual podrías pasar horas observando la isla y quedarte hipnotizado por su poder magnético.

GILI TRAWAGNAN ISLAND – LOMBOK – INDONESIA

Gili T sunset with Bali on the background

Gili Trawagnan Sunset with Bali as a background

Gilli Trawagnan Island is one of these idyllic and tropical island where you would like to stop the time forever. It also offers one of the most impressive sunsets you might see in your entire life. The colourful sky hypnotises you for as long as the sun is going down and Bali Island is part of the show as a background. Once the sun is set down behind the Bali’s Volcano, the sky becomes even much colourful, changing the colours practically every minute and offering a real nature show which is able to hypnotise you and take you out of this world. The sunset takes around 45 minutes, but if it was longer, you could spend hours and hours observing it.

La isla Gilli Trawagnan es una de estas típicas idílicas y tropicales islas donde te encantaría para el tiemo para siempre y la cual además ofrece uno de las más impresionantes puestas de sol que jamás podrás ver en tu vida. El cielo colorido te hipnotiza tanto tiempo como dura la puesta de sol y con la Isla de Bali de telón de fondo. Una vez el sol se ha puesto por el volcán de Bali, el cielo se convierte aun más colorido, cambiando los colores practicamente cada minuto y ofreciendo un aunténtico espectáculo el cual es capaz de hipnotizarte y transportate fuera de este mundo. La puesta de sol tiene una duración de unos 45 minutos, pero la podrías ver tanto tiempo como durara la puesta de sol.

CIRC OF GAVARNIE – PYRENEES – FRANCE

Circ of Gavarnie in the Pyrenees – French face

If someone asks me one day where is the most beautiful place I have ever slept, I probably would say the Circ of Gavarnie in the French Pyrenees. A huge glacier surrounded by magnificent mountains and the highest Europe’s waterfall combine together to create one of the most stunning places in Europe. The views of this nature spectacle are able to keep your attention for hours, and the sound of the waterfall helps to create a mystic and magic atmosphere whereby you will be attracted forever.

Si alguien me pregunta algun día cúal es el lugar más bonito en el que jamás haya dormido, probablemente diría el Circo de Gavarnie en los Pirineos Fanceses. Un enorme glaciar rodeado por imponentes montañas y la cascada más grande del mundo combinan juntas para formar uno del los lugares más preciosos de Europa. Las vistas de este espectáculo de la naturaleza son capaces de captar tu atención por horas y el sonido de la cascada de fondo crea una mística y mágica atmosfera la cual quedarás atraído para siempre.