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.

Coba, Yucatan, Mexico

Coba is an important archaeological site belonging to the maya civilization. It is located in the Yucatan Peninsula, to the southeast of Mexico (Quintana Roo State) in the small village of Coba, 106 kilometres of Playa del Carmen and 42 km from Tulum. The city stretched over 70 square km and had a network of 45 trails that allowed to circulate between the different sets, but also to travel to the satellite sites. Traces of low platforms and constructions of wood and palm and the dating of the oldest ceramics indicate that the site was inhabited as early as the 1st century BC, but most of the monuments were constructed during the classical era of the maya civilization (500-900 AC). The presence of 5 small lakes has been particularly conducive to the development of the city in providing water for the many inhabitants and facilitating activities, including agriculture. The city was structured into different sets that not only had a chronological relationship between them but also an urban relationship. Thus there are groups almost exclusively residential (Group Coba) and other with ceremonial or funeral functions (Macanxoc group). The site is located in the forest, in a wild and natural location giving the visitor the feeling of being an explorer. Just a part is accessible to the public. There is a temple of 25 metres in height (the Church), a set of palaces and residences. There is also the place of the ballgame with some engraved representations and also a foundation, decorated with engravings, representative human skulls and characters on the edges of the stairs. The temple of Nohoch Mul, with its 30 metres, is one of the highest pyramids of the maya region. On its Summit there is another temple (subsequently built), giving 42 metres above sea level. In this group, we find a residential construction; structure X, which can also be visited. There are also other more recent constructions than the ancient temple buildings.

Tips

As the distance to be covered in the site is large enough, you can do it by bike or you can also be transported by a tricycle paying a fairly reasonable price.
If you decide to do it on foot, you can observe the fauna and flora of the place.
The site is open every day of the year from 8:00 to 17:00 and you will also find guides who speak several languages.
In the village of Coba, you will find a few places to take a snack or buy some souvenirs.

Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, Madrid, Spain

The Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso is one of the residences of the Spanish royal family, in the Sierra de Guadarrama, 13 km from Segovia and 80 km from Madrid. The name comes from an old farm of Hieronymite monks who were nearby. Henry III built the first refuge and Henry IV built a shelter and a small chapel dedicated to Saint Ildefonso Bishop and the Catholic Monarchs in 1477 gave it to the monks who used the rural place to pray and to rest giving origin to the village taking the same name. It was Philip II who converted it into a sumptuous palace. In 1718, Felipe V, in love with the place, bought it from the monks and built a palace like Versailles and its gardens. The palace became the summer residence of the Spanish king and his court. Felipe V and his second wife are buried in the collegiate church. Several important episodes in Spanish history took place in the palace. The palace and its addictions are in U-shaped and in its gardens there are trees that are over 300 years. There are two terraces and a chapel (the Collegiate Church of the Holy Trinity). Inside, the palace is deeply baroque with beautiful frescoed ceilings and gold painted wood moldings with imposing glass lamps.

Tips

The palace is open to the public. It is advisable to wear comfortable shoes to visit the gardens because it is worth it not only for its plants and flowers but also for its fountains and monuments. From Thursday Saint they put the fountains on work at 17:30 on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The eight large fountains are operated alternately, but on May, 30th, July, 25th and August, 25th they work all at once. You have to pay an entrance fee, but on August 25 the admission is free.