Cathedral of Christ the Savior, Avila, Castilla y León, Spain

The Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Avila, the first Gothic cathedral in Spain, is the bishopric of the same name, in Castilla y León. It was designed as a temple and fortress, its apse being one of the hubs of the city wall. It is located alongside several houses or majestic palaces which ensured the defense of the Loyal Door or the Weight of the Flour. It is not known with certainty the date on which it was built, but most historians say it was in the twelfth century with the completion in the XVI century, except for a tower that has not been completed. The back of the choir is limestone and it is very large. We find a French influence with a resemblance to the Basilica of Saint-Denis. Outside, it is fortified, but inside its double ambulatory with thin columns and arches give it an impression of lightness and clarity, also with a very good light. The three naves are of equal width, but the central one is significantly higher, and opens with large windows to the outside. There are the remains of the penultimate historian and prime minister of the Second Republic in exile, Claudio Sanchez Albornoz and those of the Spanish President Adolfo Suarez (1977-1981) and his wife.

Tips

The cathedral is open daily, but you should consult the daily schedule.
You have to pay an entrance fee for sightseeing, but children under 12 years old and people with disabilities do not pay.

Pitinga Beach, Arraial d’Ajuda, Bahia, Brazil

Pitinga Beach is located in the region of Arraial d’Ajuda, in the northeastern part of Brazil, about ten kilometers south of Porto Seguro. It is well known because it is surrounded by pink cliffs and also because natural pools are formed with the low tide. These cliffs have dense vegetation and this gives even more beauty to this natural environment. You will find small restaurants on the beach, showers, toilets, sun loungers that you can rent for the whole day. The sea is very calm, the water is hot and crystalline and the sand is golden. You can take a long walk or just relax and enjoy the sun. It is a very quiet place to spend the day or to stay around for longer holidays. Enjoy trying local food and exquisite juices or coconut water.

Tips

It is a great place to go with children since the sea is calm and with the low tide the whole family will be able to enjoy watching the colorful little fish in the natural pools. You can really walk a lot until you get to have water at your knees.

You can arrive by car, there is a paid parking, or you can take public transport from Porto Seguro (ferry + bus).

If you like crafts, you will find several vendors who walk on the beach.

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.