Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Visit Spain in North Africa! (Melilla, Spain)

Melilla Fort, North Africa (Spain). Photo by Simon Raven ©
Take a day trip by ferry from mainland Spain, and visit the less visited Spanish autonomous city of Melilla. Only 12.3 square kilometres in size, Melilla is the gateway to the Rif mountains in Morocco.

This is the Mediterranean Coast & the Rif chapter from Lonely Planet’s Morocco guidebook.

Mediterranean Coast & the Rif - Morocco (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

Northern Morocco offers a beautiful coastline, a mountainous hinterland rarely explored by visitors and just one major city. East of beguiling Tangier lies one of the last stretches of undeveloped Mediterranean coast with high cliffs and sandy coves.

- dream the day away at a pavement cafe beneath the kasbah in Chefchaouen’s Plaza Uta el-Hammam

- browse Tangier’s myriad art galleries and stop for coffee at the Petit Socco, haunt of the Beat poets

- marvel at the dragons launching from the roof of a palace in Ceuta

Coverage includes: West Mediterranean, Tangier, Cap Spartel, Road to Ceuta, Ceuta (Sebta), The Rif Mountains, Tetouan, Chefchaouen, Oued Laou, Targa to El-Jebha, Al-Hoceima, Al-Hoceima National Park, Cala Iris & Torres de Alcala, Trekking in the Rif Mountains: Talassemtane National Park, Chefchaouen to Bab Taza, East Mediterranean Coast, Melilla, Nador, East of Nador, Saïdia.

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Spain - Valencia & Murcia (Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Spain - Valencia & Murcia

Valencia exudes confidence. Its sophisticated cultural scene, kicking nightlife, quality mu-seums, great restaurants, understated beach and stunning Modernista and contemporary archi-tecture make it one of the peninsula’s real jewels. Throughout this sun-bathed coastal pleas-ure-ground, a wealth of festivals awaits you.

- Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias: gasp at the daring architecture of this complex of Va-lencia buildings

- Russafa: live it up in this popular barrio’s tapas, cafe and bar scene

- La Tomatina: paint the town red at this famous Buñol tomato fight

Coverage includes: Valencia, Around Valencia City, La Albufera, Re-quena, Sagunto, Costa del Azahar & El Maestrazgo, Benicàssim, Peñíscola, El Maestrazgo, Costa Blanca, Gandia, Denia, Xàbia, Calp, Benidorm, Altea, Alicante, Inland from the Costa Blanca, Xàtiva, Villena, Guadalest, Elche, Orihuela, Murcia, Murcia Province, Cartagena, Costa Cálida, Lorca and Parque Regional de Sierra Espuña.

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South Africa Airlink to finally establish flights to St Helena

South Africa Airlink will offer scheduled commercial air services to St Helena when it starts flights between South Africa and the island later this year.

This follows a period of contractual negotiations between St Helena government and the airline.

Initially Airlink is expected to offer a weekly Saturday service to-and-from South Africa to St Helena using the new Embraer E190-100IGW ETOPS certified aircraft that has already undertaken a number of very successful test flights to the island.

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Etihad brings Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Lebanon route

Etihad Airways today introduced the Boeing 787-9 on its scheduled daily service from Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, to Beirut, Lebanon.

The new 787 Dreamliner service replaces the Airbus A321 aircraft previously operating the airline’s EY535/EY538 flights to and from the Lebanese capital.

The Boeing 787-9 features Etihad Airways’ next-generation Business and Economy Class cabins and is configured with 299 seats – 28 Business Studios and 271 Economy Smart Seats.

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Bali & Lombok - North Bali (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Bali & Lombok - North Bali (PDF Chapter)

The big draw here is the incredible diving and snorkelling at nearby Pulau Menjangan. Arc-ing around a nearby bay, booming Pemuteran may be Bali’s best beach escape. To the east is Lovina, a sleepy beach strip.

When to Go

Most of north Bali doesn’t have a high season in terms of visitors.

The exceptions are Pemuteran, which is busy July, August and around Christmas and New Year; as are the diving and snorkelling sites around Menjangan, which can get overcrowded with schools of swimming visitors.

Weather-wise north Bali is drier than the south. Days of perpetual sun are the norm year-round (most visitors get accommodation with air-con). The only real variation is when you venture back into the hills; mornings can be cool.

- plunge into the depths at Pulau Menjangan, Bali’s best dive spot, or enjoy the show while snorkelling; all before discovering Bali’s oldest temple on the namesake island

- explore underwater marvels while staying at the idyllic beach town of Pemuteran

- lose track of time, but not of your budget, at the laid-back, beachside town of Lovina

Coverage includes: Yeh Sanih, Singaraja & Around, Lovina & Around, Seririt & Around, Pemuteran, Banyuwedang, Labuhan Lalang, Bali Barat National Park.

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Japan - Shikoku (PDF Chapter) Lonely Planet

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Japan - Shikoku (PDF Chapter)

Shikoku is synonymous with natural beauty and the pursuit of spiritual perfection. It’s home to the 88 Sacred Temples, Japan’s most famous pilgrimage. But Shikoku is not just for the seeker of enlightenment - the island’s Iya Valley, rugged coastline, rivers and mountain ranges all beckon to be explored.

- walk the time-worn route on the 88 Temple pilgrimage

- find seclusion, if not enlightenment, at Muroto-misaki

- hike up sacred Ishizuchi-san, one of Japan’s most gripping ascents

Coverage includes: Tokushima, Naruto, the Anan Coast, Muroto-misaki, Iya Valley, Nishi Iya, Higashi Iya, Ōboke & Koboke, Tsurugi-san, Kōchi, Shimanto City, Ashizuri-misaki, Ehime Prefecture, Matsuyama, Ishizuchi-san, Uchiko, Ōzu, Yawatahama, Uwajima, Takamatsu & Kagawa Prefecture, Takamatsu, Yashima, Marugame, Zentsuji, Kotohira and Kanonji.

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