Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Golden Coast of the Costa Dorada

The Golden Coast of Costa Dorada

The Costa Dorada , or “Gold Coast”, is a stretch of southern Catalonia in Spain, deservedly famous for its gorgeous sandy shores and great summer weather. With numerous blue-flag beaches, you’ll find the resorts on your Costa Dorada holidays are perfect for sun and sea. And if you like adventure, you’ll find fun activities for you and the whole family. The region has a strong culture with an amazing history, so if you love exploring beautiful places, then you have a great choice: the ancient city of Tarragona, the spectacular mountain monastery at Montserrat, and only a couple of hours away - Barcelona, one of the world’s most stunning cities.

Holidays to Costa Dorada are simple; a couple of hours by plane from the UK, and as it’s within the European Union there’s no visa hassle. You’ll find superb resorts all along the coast; places like Salou, Cambrils, and La Pineda, and these are fully geared for your holidays, with a good range of hotels and restaurants offering good food at reasonable prices, which means cheap Costa Dorada holidays are within easy reach.

Summer time is the most popular for holidays to Costa Dorada. The coast is dry and hot but nicely cooled by the Mediterranean breezes, and the temperature is generally around 25-30°C. One of the great things about holidays in Costa Dorada is the beaches, many of them blue-flag beaches that shelve gently, so they’re ideal for young families. Salou, La Pineda and Cambrils are also worth a visit. The watersports on offer range from windsurfing to kite-surfing to sailing, and at La Pineda there’s a superb waterpark. Or you could visit the exciting amusement park at Salou; Port Aventura has some great rides, including some outstanding rollercoasters.

Holidays in Costa Dorada are ideal if you love culture. Catalonia is a region with a strong sense of its own identity and with its own language, Catalan, so you don’t have to go far to find the true Catalonia. Barcelona is only a couple of hours away, with its amazing cathedral designed by Gaudi, the famous Ramblas and the old city. Or take the cable car up to the monastery at Montserrat, worth it just for the spectacular views. Your cheap Costa Dorada holidays will be a wonderful time for you and your family.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

The Ancient Temple of Debod in Madrid

You may well ask what is such an Egyptian monument doing in the centre of Madrid.

Well the Debod Temple ( Templo de Debod ) was relocated to Madrid due to the construction of the Aswan Dam in 1960. During the construction of thre world famous dam in Egypt , UNESCO made a special appeal to countries around the world to help save many historic monuments that where in danger of being lost underwater maybe for ever.

The temple was dedicated to the gods of Amon and Isis and was built in the fourth century in Debod, near to the sacred temple Philae in the Nile valley, which is located not far from Aswan .

Due to the invaluable aid given by Spain at that time, and in particular in helping to save the sacred buildingsof ABU SIMBEL, the Egyptian government decided in 1968 to donate the ancient monument to the Spanish people.

In 1969 the temple was dismantled stone by stone and shipped to the Spanish Port of Valencia where it was moved to Madrid and painstakingly reconstructed, finally opening to the public in 1972. The temple is located on the site of a former army barracks within the Parque de la Montana area of Madrid.

There is also an interesting exhibition which depicts the rebuilding of the temple in Madrid.

Location : Parque del Cuartel de la Montaña
Ferraz, 1 - 28008 Madrid.
Telephone: (+34 ) 91 366 74 15

Nearest Metro: Plaza de España

Buses: Number 74

Opening times:Tuesday to Friday, 1 April to 30 September: 10am to 2pm and 6-8pm. 1 October to 31 March: 9:45am to 1:45pm and 4:15 - 6:15pm. Saturday and Sunday: 10am to 2pm.

The temple is closed Mondays and public holidays.