If you are looking for an adventure, Bulgaria is a destination that offers great variety of activities and sports you can do while you are in the country. It is an attractive place, and all this comes at quite cheap prices.
The eastern parts of Bulgaria are located on the shores of the Black sea, thus Bulgaria offers the opportunity of many water sports, besides diving and swimming, there are many clubs where you can rent equipment and go for surfing, kite and wind surfing, there is also Jet Ski and beat excursions. There are also great places to go for fishing, and there is under water fishing.
In the central and western parts of Bulgaria there is more mountainous terrain, actually one third of the country is under mountains and hills, where you can go for hiking and trekking, there are completely equipped establishments in some regions. There are organized marches and routes are traced, so you can enjoy the beautiful looks and the flora and the fauna. In some of the mountains there is possibility to go for a walk on horseback; with guides lowland trips are also included. Mountain biking is also good option in these regions as they offer very interesting paths. The mountains from the period of November to April are in good condition for skiing as there are many ski centers, some of which are regionally very popular.
Another sensation and joy to those who seek more extreme activities is white rafting on fast running rivers, on rivers such as Iskar and Struma, kayaking on the Iskar River is also enjoyable experience, best time to go fir this activity is in May and June.
In the recent years golf has been well developed in Bulgaria, famous golf players have designed some of the golf terrains in the region, for best pleasure of the visitors.
With all the mountains, hills, green fields, beautiful lakes and rivers it is no wonder that many European citizens are willing to fly over these beautiful terrains. If you are one of them and want to come to Europe and try the European air and wind then you should head right to France, because the French are one of the best in Europe. The region of the French Alps and the highest peak in Europe, the Mont Blanc offer some incredible conditions for paragliding, you can go jump from a site of the Alps and descend down to the valley of Chamonix, and it is wonderful experience.
There are also other regions of France popular for paragliding, such is the region of Annecy, there are beautiful mountains here and you can fly over the beautiful lake and even land in the lake. Another destination in France is the mountain Treh, during summer this mountain offers very long flights; you can land near the school. There are many cheap places to stay here. Dune de Pyla in France is a sand dune, which is growing every year more and more, here you can go for long flights, but also for easy and practicing flights, the place is not popular to tourism business because it is not steady and it is moving.
If you go in Germany near Munich in Bavaria is the Neuschwanstein Castle, a remarkable building you can go and fly over it, the mountain above offers many launch points, of course you should jump from here only if conditions allow it. Another destination for great paragliding is the region of Krusevo in the Republic Macedonia, near the town of Krusevo is a launch point from where the biggest plain in the country can be seen, there is a wonderful sight opening in front of you.
Europe is probably one of the continents in the world where cycling is mostly preferred, maybe because of the eco awareness or because of the health awareness or just for fun. Netherlands is one of the countries where cycling is more common than autos, going on foot etc. But the subject of this article is a little more extreme, it is about the best regions for mountain biking in Europe and they are many, so if you are short on adrenaline and ready to go roaming the hills and fields of Europe, you should consider some of these locations.
The terrain of Iceland is just perfect for mountain biking, going through lava fields, desserts, and naked mountains, beautiful sights of raw and pure nature of waterfalls and rivers and hot springs, where you can go and have some relaxing time after you have finished your ride. Another cool location for biking is down south in the United Kingdom in the Calderdale in the region of Yorkshire, there are plenty of routes here, some of which are ones of the longest in Europe, and you can stay in the cottages of the national park Yorkshire dales.
Another good destination is the French town Morzine, it is a town in the heart of the French Alps, there are many lifts here that will take you to trails built for free ride or cross country, and it is beautiful and peaceful place for mountain bikers during summer and attractive to skiers during winter. From France to Italy and to the region of the Lake Garda are located probably the best marked trails on the continent; it is good for either novices or experienced bikers. The routes lead by small villages, ancient ruins, forests and cliffs, olive groves. These regions just call you to grab your bike and take the ride.
The Cusco Region of Peru is famous for its site of the old city of Incas Machu Picchu; this is one of the most visited sites in Peru and maybe in the South America. Tourists come here to see this wonderful city of the old Inca civilization, and enjoy the beautiful sight from the hill.
Down on the hills of the mountain in well – chosen places are built the mountain lodges of Peru. The lodges are built for all those who seek luxury, they offer pure comfort and excellent service, and the surrounding is offering adventurous trips and tours. High in the mountain these lodges are exclusive to visitors who are looking for adventure in hiking the scenic tracks of the Sacred Valley which is around the city of Machu Picchu. The lodges are created by experienced architects and constructors, maximum sun exposure is ensured and also protection of the elements. There is diversity when it comes from lodge to lodge, each offers different atmosphere, but the inspiration is taken from the history of the land of Peru and especially from the old inhabitants, the Incas. The guest rooms have private baths with hot showers, with local organic soaps and shampoos.
There is influence of the old civilization in everything around you, and all is done to ensure the best for your stay in the lodge and the hiking in the wild. So the menu is traditionally Peruvian, light and with ingredients that will give you boost of energy and all the necessary nutrients, all packed in a delicious dish. Variety of nuts and dried foods and muesli bars are also served in the establishments as snacks during the hiking. On a special occasion there is a preparation of a Pachamanca meal over a fire in open air.
There is a five star hotel in one of the most remote and pure regions of the world, at Canada in the region of British Columbia in the Great Bear Rainforest. It is called the King Pacific Lodge and it floats for four months of the year from the period of June to September. Another interesting fact about it is that visitors can get in the hotel only by floatplane.
The lodge is made of luxurious and fine materials, such as cedar, pine and fir and stone. It has capacity of 34 guests; it has 17 rooms and suites for guests, a deck around it and spa, Jacuzzi and a pool. Here you can visit with the whole family knowing that your kids are well taken care of. There are many activities that will keep the children calm. The crew tells stories around a fire, there are movies to watch, movies about the forest and the whales near, many games such as treasure hunt, crafts and arts etc. For the older children there is the course on fishing and fly fishing and also organized treks in the forest with experience guides.
Activities for the adults are way more, the include outdoor activities such as hiking and trekking in the forest, kayaking and beach combing, fly fishing and trolling and observation of the flora and fauna, the sight of grizzlies and black bears but also wolves is not unusual, the marine life is also very mobile here, so you can see orca whales, sea lions, seals etc.
There is also a possibility for a group booking for companies, so the employees can be involved in team building programs such as fishing tournaments, races in the forest or survival games. There is also fishing, boat rides and many more activities. For cooking are used local ingredients such as organic produced vegetables and fresh seafood and meat. This is highly eco-friendly hotel, and it has won some awards for this idea.
Bali is the Hindu region of the Indonesian archipelago, it is the province where most of the population is Hindu and where most of the Hindu religious objects are located. The shrines and temples (known as puras) are scattered everywhere; there are over 20.000 religious objects on the island, this is why the island is often referred as “The island of the Gods “or “The island of thousand Puras”. Bali’s offers many beautiful sites from mountains and hills to beautiful sandy beaches, the green ladder fields of rice, the volcanoes and the lava fields it is diverse and unique place that offers wonderful experience.
The beauty of the land and the diversity of terrain, along with the climate make the island of Bali, one of the top tourist destinations for water sports. There are big waves rolling down the shore, surfing is one of the favorite water sports. Diving, scuba diving and snorkeling are also common activities, there are black and white sand beaches and each of them offers different experience. You can also go white water rafting in the Ubud region, many places in Bali are attractive to sport fishers, and you can go for jigging, trolling or fishing on the bottom and make a good catch. Other activities include jungle hiking, mountain biking, paragliding, horseback riding, bungy jumping etc.
Opposite to the Republic of Indonesia, where Islam is main religion and pork is being prohibited in the diet, in Bali the diet is centered on pork. If you go in Bali you surely should try the Balinese cuisine, there are many specialties that include pork, such as the roasted pig – Babi guling, it can be served at market stalls too, the cuisine uses duck in many dishes, such as Bebek Betutu – darkened duck etc. There is much to try and see in Bali, you can only enjoy it.
Grenada is a small island country in the Caribbean; there are several islands of which Grenada is consisted. Its name comes from the Spanish sailors who found similarity with the region of Granada in Andalusia, in Spain; it was called Granada, than Le Grenade and finally Grenade. This island country is also known as the Island of spice, because of its long production of spices, such as nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, cocoa and vanilla, it is one of the major exporters of some of this spices in the world.
Tourism in Grenada is mostly focused on the region round the capital city of St. George, but slowly ecotourism takes his rise and many smaller places are also visited. There are many beautiful beaches, with white soft sands and clear waters. There are several black sand beaches on the island; it is the Levera Beach in the north of Grenada that is one of the most popular black sand beaches. But do not confuse the island as a beach resort, it has many diverse activities to do on these islands, besides swimming, sunbathing and many waters sports, on the islands you can go and visit historical forts and other historical places. There are many waterfalls and beautiful nature made pools in the natural surroundings. There are also many gardens, with rainforest plants to see.
A visit in the spice plantations is one thing you should not miss, the island are also famous for the rum distilleries, there are organized tours where you can see the production facilities and taste the rum, which is one of the most quality rum in the world. Another thing you should not miss on your visit here is the chocolate, Grenada produces one of the darkest and purest chocolate, which is great combination with the rum.
In the central part of Europe, near Germany and Austria, is the Czech Republic, in history these lands were usually occupied either by Germany or by Austria, Austro – Hungary. As most of the countries in Central Europe, it is a country of rich past, many cultural events, good sense for music and food. If you are going to visit Czech, the Czech traditional cuisine and drinks is what you surely should not miss.
Czech cuisine has been influenced by the surrounding countries, as mentioned above mostly Germany and Austria. Czechs are not really used to practice healthy diet; these are maybe characteristics from the eastern neighbors of the country. It is a diet mainly focused on meat, especially pork meat, one of the favorite dishes in Czech Republic is roast pork with cabbage it could be fresh or sour cabbage, or roasted pork with dumplings. Beef is another traditionally used meat, chicken, duck, goose are also included. Meat from wild game is also common to Czech cuisine, rabbits, deer meat etc. Because of the location of the republic, which is land, locals are not really into fish, except for the fried or baked carp, which is actually one of the fish specialties through most of the Eastern Europe.
All this tasty foods can be accompanied with quality Czech wine, but mostly and for a good reason lunch and dinner are served with one of the best beers in the world, the Czech beer. Beer in bars is usually server with fried cheese, fried potato pancakes and tradition sausages. Beer has been brewed here for many centuries; there are many breweries and even monasteries that brew it. Many of the desserts in Europe are made in Czech, fresh cakes and pastries are delicious and are served in many establishments.
France is the top leading country in the world tourism; the reasons for this are numerous. The country history and culture is one of the most influential in the world, its royal families and kings are famous around the world, some of the most powerful and influential characters of history are from France, Napoleon Bonaparte and Joan D’ Arc. It is the country of the Eiffel Tower and many other architectural wonders, many colossal museums and art galleries. France has the Azure coast, the festival of Cannes, the French Alps and the Mont Blanc. France literally has everything and everything that comes out of France is famous. That is the case with the French cuisine too.
When it comes to the French cuisine, there are certain foods and drinks that come right away in mind, the wine and the cheese and to those with sweet tooth the croissant. Of course wines are most famous, vineyards are scattered all around France, and every region offers different wine, most of the worldwide sorts of grape varieties have origin from France, such are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir which are red sorts, and Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling from the white varieties and many more red and whites.
Main regions in wine production in France are: Alsace, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Normandy and many more regions. Almost in every region in wineries and wine houses there are organized tours of wine tasting, there are such tours in the cities too, where the best wines and cheese from France are tasted. When it comes to cheese, France is the origin country of many favorite types of cheese such are Camembert, Roquefort, Brie de Meaux, Munster and many more. There are also cheese shops, where you can taste the cheese and buy.
Cruising is most of the times connected with white sandy beaches and warm and clear seas, but if you are into something a little different than you can go and cruise a little more on the north, take a cruise liner on the Scandinavian. Cruising in Scandinavia gives you one unique and memorable pleasure because of the history and culture of the Scandinavian countries and because of the beauty of these northern lands.
Most of cruises in the North and in the Baltic Sea include the Kingdoms of Norway, Sweden and Denmark, a visit to the Republic of Finland is also very common, some of the longer tours visit the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, even Poland and stop at one of the most famous cities in Russia St. Petersburg is also possible. Although there are more cities and ports to visit, Sweden, Norway and Denmark are usually in the focus of the tours.
There is many things to see on the Scandinavian peninsula, a cruise usually starts with the visit of Norway, there are majestic fjords to see at the coast of Norway, a visit to Bergen is one of the highlights of most of the cruise, in this important city of Norway is located the old Hanseatic wharf Bryggen, a Unesco World Heritage Site, there are also many museums and a district with authentic wooden architecture. Even one week cruising is not enough to see all the beauty of the Norwegian coast. Southern of Bergen and on the edge of the northern sea you can visit Copenhagen and Stockholm and try the Swedish and Danish cuisine, and in Stockholm visit the museums of the Vikings and the Vasa museum where whole and well preserved is a Viking warship, while in Copenhagen the sight of the gardens at Tivoli will leave you mesmerized.
The Indonesian Archipelago is on the equator, it is consisted of more than 13.000 islands and it is stretched at nearly 5.000 km from east to west and even more than 2.000 km from south to north. Lands with mountains and volcanoes, with jungles and diverse flora and fauna, there are six seas here, many coasts beautiful dark and light blue waters, many ye unexplored reefs and one of the greatest marine life systems in the world. Indonesia is also very diverse in cultures, customs and religion; you can see many Islam, Buddhist and Hindu temples on the islands.
With so many locations and wanders to see and visit, you would thing that cruises are very often, but it is not so, there are not so many cruises in Indonesian archipelago throughout the year. The cruises that are present will visit only a small number of island and ports, this is mainly because of the huge number of islands. Cruises will take passengers on the many and wonderful tropical beaches, the temples on the islands are peaceful and marvelous, there are native villages that are lively and colorful. Although this is Indonesian Cruise it is very often that cruises are focused on Bali, which is of course the most popular port in the region.
Among the other islands that cruises involve is the island of Java, the island of the Volcanoes, where the finest examples of the tropical flora can be seen, on the island of Java are also the most stunning coasts of Indonesia. Another popular place to visit is Semerang, with the Buddhist temples; here you can see the biggest Buddhist complex in Borobudur. On every port and stop of the cruise visitors can go for swimming and enjoying water sports. Some of the cruises go further down to Australia.
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