Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland

Glendalough is a glen (long and deep valley of glacial origin where a river can flow down the valley) and a village in Ireland, located in the Wicklow County Mountains National Park. Its name means Valley of two lakes. The village was established by a hermit priest, Saint Kevin, in the 6th century on the site of a former monastery. Many of his followers wanted to follow him and settled in the valley too. There is a 33-meter round tower, which was used to protect relics, books and chalices, and a Celtic high cross known as Saint Kevin’s Cross. The village was established on the side of Lower Lake and the cliffs north of Upper Lake are recognized as popular climbing places.

Tips

There is no admission fee to enter the park or the site of the old monastery but you should leave your car in the car parks nearby and pay for your place. From here you can visit everything on foot.

You can visit all year round respecting the opening hours of the parking barriers, which are closed at night.

You will find several mountain trails. However, there are no guided or supervised hikes.

 

Pipa, Tibau do Sul, Rio Grande of North, Brazil

Pipa is a well-known beach, 85 km south of Natal, in the municipality of Tibau do Sul; State of Rio Grande of North in Brazil. It has this name because when the Portuguese went by boat, they saw a rock in the shape of a barrel of wine and that is precisely what the name Pipa means in Portuguese. First it was a small fishing village but once the surfers discovered it, the place became known everywhere. From the town of Tibau do Sul, you can meet a series of beaches and Pipa is one of them. Another well-known beach is the Beach of Love, very popular with tourists and surfers as well. You will find hostels, hotels, restaurants, bars and shops open all year round. There is also a sea turtle preservation area not too far from the village.

Tips

If you want to practice kite-surfing, you will find a better place between Pipa and Tibau.

If you like the night, the village is also known for having a quite active nightlife.

 

The Grignetta, Lombardy, Italy

The Grignetta or Grigna south or Grigna of Champion is a mountain in Lombardy (2177 meters) and is part of the group Grigne, being the highest the Grigna or Grignone. Its form is quite regular and there are two sides: one to the south (with a view of Lecco and the Resinelli valley) and another to the north (which connects it with Grignone). There are also other well-defined ridges such as the Sinigaglia Ridge (it can be reached from the Porta refuge) and the Segantini Ridge which connects the Valsecchi hill to the summit, showing a degree of difficulty III. It is a very important place well-known by local and international climbers. The torrent Grigna, born at Canalone Porta, flows into the Caldone and ends at Lecco. The normal route of ascent is the Cermenati ridge (easy walk). The Cecilia trail connects with the Rosalba hut at the top and there are trails with chains. The highway connects the summit of Grignetta to the summit of Grignone.

Tips

The paths for regular walkers are marked with the letter E, while those for experienced climbers have a double E. These are very difficult and physically demanding tracks, it is necessary to calculate an average of three hours to climb and two hours to go down.

Trails are free and there is no control to record climbers; so be careful if you do not really have experience; taking the trails is just at your own risk.