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Would it be possible to find today an intact piece of coastline just an hour from a European capital? The answer is yes, in the freguesía (parish) of Comporta, on the Alentejo coast of the district of Setúbal (Portugal). A unique territory, known by the world's coolest travelers, that keeps its beaches immaculate and where happiness consists in surrendering to nature in its purest form.

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From the 360 ​​degree views of The Roof terrace, on the roof of the Una Palace hotel in Catania, you can easily see the dichotomy of the place. On the one hand, the gaze faces the certainty of the sea, always faithful and reassuring. On the other there is an uncertainty, that of Etna, the largest volcano in Europe that is occasionally noted beyond its imposing presence.

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THE VALENCIAN BIARRITZ The promenades of the coastal tourist towns are usually quite similar: top blankets, street performers and happy people who walk parsimoniously taking iodine. But in Benicasim, its long coastline has a very pleasant surprise. These are the Villas, a coastal area where colorful mansions from the early twentieth century line up.

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In the swamp of the port of Hvar the motor boats that serve as a taxi are piled up to arrive in 30 minutes to the semi-desert island of Sveti Klement (the taxi boats, about 66 kunas, around € 10). We are approached by Wolf, the owner of Hula-Hula Hvar, in his outboard boat. He wants to show us the Konoba Dionis, a gastronomic hiding place between olive trees, vines and Mediterranean mist directed by Pjerino Šimunovi, an ecochef that wears a mustache and flip flops with white socks and that makes slow food and Kilometer Kitchen 0 without knowing that it is an ecochef that makes slow Food and Kitchen Kilometer 0.

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See "18" photos "Las Rías Baixas (or why paradise is closer than you think)" Galicia is GALIFORNIA © Alamy PARASOL AND CREAM See 18 photos Las Rías Baixas (or why paradise is closer than you you think) Freak-show at Venice Beach Just like Patti Smith sang to Redondo Beach and Coutney Love to Malibu, the Total Sinister sang to Samil (and Cíes).

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Croatia will be part of the European Union on July 1, 2013. He will be the 28th member of the community club. The initial enthusiasm of the admission has been giving in to the skepticism that produces membership in a club of doubtful reputation. The economic crisis and the measures to stop it are not very popular in the Balkan country.

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Before leaving for Hvar, it is worth approaching the island of Trogir, an example of coexistence between tourists, clothes and stone with history. Trogir is the island of 700 steps. It is located 28 kilometers west of Split and its town was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1997.

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In Caleao the road ends. You can get there by car and by road, but to climb further you will have to pull powerful legs, like a cabaret, or a horse there, used to sweat uphill. All that is above the village are the high mountain valleys, where cows graze, forests with beech and wolves and deer and wild boar and wild cats - all slippery, and do well - and stony and snowy peaks.

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ANDORRA IS A EQUINE COUNTRY The normal reaction of a foreigner when he thinks of this country usually evokes images of snowy peaks or bare peaks. And, at most, the odd Romanesque town of slate and tear stone. But what is not in mind is the amount of horses that live on its slopes, grazing during the summer on the ski slopes.

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Here, on the island of Orango, where the only animals with two legs will be the group of travelers and the native staff of the hotel, you will stumble upon the odd hippo, monkeys and hundreds of green turtle pups. In the heart of a National Park that is only accessed with a boat and once a week from the black continent, a group of biologists, environmentalists and nature scientists manage the Orango Parque Hotel project without labels or pretensions or holdings or Virtually no promotion.

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This island of the Andaman Sea cannot rival in beauty with its neighbors Ko Phi Phi or the impressive Railay. It doesn't have those dramatic rocks emerging from the water that come out in the James Bond movies, nor is it a destination for parties and full moon parties; here the roads are dusty and in the interior there are towns that define well what is so many times in Asia: a long road surrounded by buildings that are house, shop and gas station all at once.

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Thanks to that, its coasts have preserved a halo of calm and the interior continues to be flat, both in mountains and buildings, still rural and somewhat rugged. That Menorcan tendency to follow its own path was forged perhaps already in the Bronze Age, when its inhabitants were unmarked from prehistoric fashions by raising the taulas, unique, strange and imposing megalithic monuments, of which the exact meaning is still unknown today , and that add to the talaiots, necropolis and navigations like those that can be found in other places of the Mediterranean.

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CABOURG: LOOKING FOR LOST TIME It has just over 3,500 inhabitants, but this coastal town of Lower Normandy, about two hours from Paris, has it all: the ocean bathing its magnificent beaches, a promenade lined by bourgeois buildings, a culinary tradition as rooted as delicious (cream mussels and pistachio muffins are memorable) and a hotel, almost a palace, Le Grand Hôtel, which faithfully keeps the memory of its most illustrious guest; Marcel Proust, one of the most important French writers of the 20th century.

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But it is not strange that they have their fans. The beach must be the only place where this almost mystical state occurs in which the waves are heard above the Sunday thunder and where a square meter of sand automatically becomes a private Eden. It's magic: you put your feet in the water, then a little in the sand, batter with the help of the cream and you're not just there anymore; the sun, the waves, the contact with nature become the only thing that exists.

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Naming Patagonia in Chile means naming spaces without limits, infinite forests, pure nature. Patagonia is a sound and beautiful place name that encourages us to think about the last frontiers, in the distance, in untouchable realities for a citizen of old Europe, where every square centimeter of the territory is used, populated, domesticated.

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Three days go a long way. Especially if you have a racing car that runs at the stroke of diesel and a natural and irremediable attachment to the spirit of On the road (for a fee, in these parts). It would take months behind the wheel to travel the kilometers of benefits of Bajo Ampurdán. We put honey on your lips with this succulent appetizer in a region that has become a home today and a benchmark for the global gastronomic elite.

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We fly over the Kathmandu valley and just before landing I can see it from a bird's eye view, with its oval bowl shape surrounded by mountains. It is easy to imagine that formerly it was flooded under the waters of a huge lake until, according to legend, Manjushri - a disciple of Buddha - raised his sword of wisdom to create a passage between the mountains, thus draining all the water and leaving A fertile valley.

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The island of Ré is the summer resort of Parisian high society and many of its celebrities (Gerard Depardieu, Jean Reno or Juliette Binoche have their holiday home here). Rest, eat very fresh oysters, buy in their antique shops and play sports are the plans to (not) schedule here. Getting there is simple (it is connected to La Rochelle by a 3-kilometer bridge); abandon her, not so much.

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And it is that many cyclists find that they never have a suitable place to leave their bicycles, not to mention repair or learn how to make new routes on wheels. The idea of ​​the bikefriendly label came about a year and a half ago, during a meal of friends in Roda de Isábena, who decided to do something to tackle this problem.

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We do not ask you to travel the 800 km route, because it looks like the Loire is long. It all depends on you and your desire, we only tell you that if you want, you can. Almost a thousand kilometers that start very close to Paris and end in the Atlantic. If you do not want to faint, we suggest you combine the exercise with the most tempting and best located restaurants in the valley, so you can enjoy its best views.

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