Faro, Algarve, Portugal

The city of Faro, capital of the Algarve, is located in the extreme south of Portugal. The international airport is in this city and receives more and more tourists, some of which remain in the beach of Faro which is on an island while the rest are distributed in the various seaside resorts of the coast. There is a beautiful part of the city which is surrounded by Roman walls having a place that formerly was a Roman forum. There are many small restaurants, bars, cafes and theaters as well as apartments. There are not many ancient buildings or monuments as the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake, however there are some Moorish and Roman ruins. To see: the Cathedral; the Church of Our Lady of Carmel, well known for bone collections of more than 1200 skeletons; the Archaeological Museum; the Ria Formosa Natural Park (10km from the city); among others.

Tips

If you like golf, you will find several courses all along the way to Albufeira.

If you are in the city between June and September, enjoy visiting the island of Barreta, one of the barrier islands of Ria Formosa Park, which is accessible by boat only (20 minutes from Faro). You could admire several species of birds and practice sailing or windsurfing. There are no buildings there except what is strictly necessary for the activity of the beach.

If you are with your family, the most popular beach to go with children is on Tavira Island. You could go by ferry only; there are two lines leaving from Tavira but only one from the city center, offers regular service. You will find 7 km of fine sand with several restaurants and cafes around and also a campsite. Unfortunately, the water is cold even in summer.

The Grand at Moon Palace, Cancún, Mexique

The Grand at Moon Palace is an all-inclusive hotel located 14 km from Cancún International Airport, a 20-minute drive from the city center. It is considered luxury with all kinds of accommodation; all rooms have whirlpool for two people, balcony, large bathroom with dryer, dining area, desk, flat screen TV, coffee maker, mini fridge with a wide variety of drinks, dispenser with other alcoholic beverages, bathrobe, slippers, safe and bottle of wine upon arrival and chocolates and snacks that are refilled daily; in short, the great comfort! You also count with 24-hour room service. There is a souvenir shop, a hairdresser, 24-hour front desk, a buffet, several restaurants and bars, a nightclub, theater, conference rooms and large spaces for events. Among the activities, you have water sports, golf, spa, bike rental, several pools, water park and private beach. Staying at this hotel you can visit the other hotels in the chain except The Blanc, you can enjoy the facilities and services of each hotel. The property has a system that gives you a credit equivalent to $ 1500.00 which can be exchanged for excursions, romantic dinners, spa treatments, etc .; you must stay a minimum of 3 nights to have them.

Tips

As the property is very large, you will find stops of small carts that will take you from one place to another. The shuttles pass very often. You can also use these shuttles to visit the two nearest establishments: Sunrise and Nizuc. There is also a free bus service. If you want to visit the other hotels that are further away (Cancun, Cozumel, Isla Mujeres), you can take a taxi by reserving it at the reception. You will have a flat rate for the round trip.

If you want to eat something anytime you want, there’s a cafeteria opened 24/24 that serves sandwiches, cookies, tea, coffee, chocolates and also a good variety of icecream.

Carmen Convent, Padron, La Coruna, Spain

The Carmen Convent is located in Padron, La Coruna, Spain, on the way to Santiago de Compostela, 22 km from the city of Santiago. The building was built between 1717 and 1752 with a neoclassical style on a promontory next to the river Sar, under the leadership of the Discalced Carmelites Brother Peter of the Mother of God. Alonso de la Peña y Montenegro, Bishop of Quito, had donated a sum of money for its construction. The convent was opened in 1752, belonging to the religious community of the Discalced Carmelites, but in the twentieth century, the building was taken over by the Dominicans who occupied it until the early 80s of this century, but as the building was in very poor condition and the community did not have enough resources to repair it, they had to move. Only a Dominican remains on site to direct and supervise the restoration work carried out by trade schools, with the provision of various public institutions, the students here found their center of learning and work. Carpenters, masons, locksmiths, in fact, young people around the city who are learning a trade, are part of this great work.

Tips

You can reach the monastery by bus, train, car or simply on foot.
The only Dominican who lives in the monastery continues to give the mass in the usual schedule.
On the convent site, you can get great photos of the place.