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Madness of Kings, Andradina, São Paulo, Brazil

Andradina is a municipality in the state of São Paulo in Brazil. It is located in the region of Araçatuba and Andradina. The Cultural Centre pioneers of Andradina: better known as the old station, is undoubtedly the Andradina postcard. The commune has a theatre (external), circumflex, where there has already been a scene of festivals, concerts, musicals, dances. The natural beauty can be seen in the woods and fields all around.
A tradition is maintained there. Of Portuguese origin, the sources say that the tradition came to Brazil in the 18th century. In the period from December 24th , Christmas Eve, until January 6th , the Epiphany, a group of singers and musicians roam the city singing verses about the visit of the magicians kings to the child Jesus. Ranging from door to door looking for offers, especially to collect food, animals, for the realization of the Saints Kings. The ‘Folia de Reis’ (madness of Kings), inherited from developed and Portuguese settlers in Brazil with its own characteristics; expressions preserved from generation to generation; it is a Catholic holiday that celebrates the three magicians kings. Homes visit, which lasts from the end of December until the day of the Kings, is made by organized groups, which many are motivated by social and philanthropic purposes. Properly dressed with costumes and instruments, approaches to magicians and other characters through music, dance and poetry, people who belong, enchant the population. In some cities, it is possible to admire a wonderful Nativity life-size. In addition to the musicians and singers, the group often also consists of dancers, clowns and other folk figures properly characterized according to local legends and traditions. All are organized under the direction of the master of the Kings and follow in the footsteps of the flag, performance of traditional rituals of beauty and cultural richness with veneration. In addition to this part, you could not miss the stalls of food, drinks and games, which sets the tone of the profane.

Tips

If you want to spend the holidays in the period of the ‘Folia de Reis’, it is better to make an appointment with any hotel or with owners of houses to rent for not you find without any place to stay.
This time of year is extremely hot; do not forget to take with you sunscreen and fresh clothes.

Koroni Beach, Kefalonia, Greece

Koroni Beach is in Kefalonia (the largest island of the Ionian Sea). It’s a beautiful sandy cove that lies around the natural bay of Mounda and it’s 22 km east of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. It’s also very near Skala too. Koroni is a nice sandy beach surrounded by tall steep cliffs and lush vegetation. It used to be an important haven for the turtles but the clay from the cliffs has made the sand quite dense, creating an inhospitable environment for these small creatures. Today, the beach is quite developed with sunbeds and umbrellas but it remains still a quiet place where you won’t find a massive tourism. To arrive to the beach, you have a track path from Skala or Mavratas. It’s a very good place to swim, lay under the sun and relax. The area offers some spots where you will have very nice panoramic views of the cape and the blue horizon.

Tips

If you like sunsets, you are at the good place. Stay there and you’ll have one of the best you have ever seen. Don’t forget your camera.
Another beautiful villages to visit near Koroni Beach are Assos, Argostoli and Sami.
Thiromnas is a nice village to go to eat.

Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

Funchal is the capital of the island of Madeira and the autonomous region of Madeira with the islands of the archipelago. It is the only major city on the island. It is a port of call with its beautiful bay and is surrounded by mountains, it became mainly a destination for cruises. It owes its name to the fennel (‘funcho’ in Portuguese), it grew in abundance at this location when the island was discovered. Along the narrow streets of the old centre, the stands of fruits, parks and cobblestone squares, lined discrete palaces and baroque churches, remind the richness of Portuguese heritage. Funchal’s attractions can be visited on foot as the Sé Cathedral which is one of the monuments of style Manueline which is still on foot with its cedar inlaid ivory and gilt ceiling, fort São Lourenço, Columbus Museum, Santa Catarina Park, the residence of the Governor, the town square, the Jesuit college with its baroque church with a pretty facade of black lava enhanced marble, the episcopal Palace (18th century), which houses a Museum of art sacred as also other parks, museums and churches. The fortress of São Tiago is one of the most colorful corners of the old town, now it is the Museum of Contemporary Art of Funchal. You can also find an elegant restaurant inside.

Tips

Don’t miss the ‘Dos Lavradores’ market, you can buy a wide variety of exotic flowers, local crafts, tropical fruits, vegetables and fresh fish.
On the promenade by the sea to the port, you will have beautiful views of the coastal area and you will find several cafés near the marina to enjoy good traditional coffee.
In the east of Funchal, you will find the fishing village with its narrow cobbled streets which many bars and popular fish restaurants.
If you like plants, visit the botanical gardens, a fantastic garden with more than 2,000 species from around the world. It is 3 km from the town, at 300 m altitude. The discovery of the surrounding residential area is almost a must if you go there on your own. Many lookouts provide beautiful views of the city. Here you will find benches, tables, for a little rest because the elevation of the park is 100 m and it can be tiring with hot weather.