Papudo, Petorca, Chile

Papudo is a Chilean commune in the province of Petorca, 175 km from Santiago and 98 km north of Valparaiso. Its main town is the resort of the same name, which has 2 beaches for swimming, Big Beach and Little Beach, and other more distant like Lilen, Playillas and Salinas Puyally. There are also several trails for hiking or horseback riding and to observe the flora and fauna, like the French way, the Maqui and the Tigris way. The site offers many activities also that enjoy the beach and sun, you can go hiking, horseback riding, do underwater expeditions, surfing, mountain biking, etc. There is a beautiful pedestrian promenade along the beach called The Terrace from the grotto of the Virgin to Glorias Navales Avenue. Sto see: Recart Chalet, the church of Our Lady of Mercy, the temple of St. Peter the Fisherman, the Pirate Cave, Pullaly Park, among others.

Tips

A nice excursion to do is go around the bay by boat, about 40 minutes that covers places of major tourist attraction, such as Punta Pite and the Island of Wolves, where you can see marine life in all its splendor, with important colonies of Humboldt penguins, cormorants, pelicans, etc. The boats sail from the municipal wharf and tickets can be purchased at the tourist information office at Little Beach and on the pier.
There are two craft fairs where villagers offer their crafts, one located on the promenade of Big Beach and the other on the Arms Suqare.
If you like fish and seafood, Papudo is a good place to eat very fresh one in the various restaurants in the area.
If you’re visiting in February, you will be able to attend the Festival of integration which brings together hundreds of exhibitors from Latin America.

Mijas, Malaga, Andalusie, Costa del Sol, Spain

Mijas is a municipality in the province of Malaga in the autonomous community of Andalusia in Spain, on the Costa del Sol; 30 km from Malaga airport. It is divided into three areas: Mijas Pueblo (historical center), on a mountainside at 428 meters above sea level, Las Lagunas (industrial and commercial area) and La Cala (closest to the coast). Two rivers cross it, Las Pasadas and El Ojén, which join to form the river Fuengirola. To see: the oval shaped arenas (1900); the caves of the old forge; the church of the Immaculate Conception which was built on the ruins of the old mosque (1541) and which preserved the Mudéjar tower which was adapted as a bell tower; the Chapel of Calvary; San Sebastian Chruch (1541); the Hermit of the Virgin of La Peña, patroness of Mijas; the Gardens of the Wall; the Wine Museum; among others. There are several beaches but the sand is rather obscure and there are often rocks. The Burrotaxi is a special way to move with donkeys.

Tips

Mijas is a place with several year-round festivals. The most important and varied are in summer. Check before if you would like to attend a special festival: jazz, flamenco, Celtic night, latin night, there is something for everyone. During the summer, you will find the Nights of Moon and Beach in the neighborhoods that are next to beaches. Mijas Pueblo is also known to have a lot of life in the evening.