Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Puerto Madero is the youngest area of the city of Buenos Aires. Its location close to the city center, the major expansion of its surface and its view of the La Plata River makes this area one of the most special and loved of the city. It is named after Eduardo Madero, shopkeeper in town who presented three port projects, the last of which was approved by the then president of Argentina (1882) Julio Argentino Roca. Unfortunately, 10 years after its construction it was already obsolete because of the size of the time boats, so the industry went into decline and became one of the most degraded areas of the capital. In 1989 the Puerto Madero Old Corporation had the agreement to deal with the sector to develop a new neighborhood. They traced the streets, avenues, they created the parks, squares, they installed the monuments and restored the existing historical infrastructure. There was the construction of cultural centers and many offices and family homes settled there. Restaurants, a university and the sports field of the National College completed the new sector. Numerous towers were built in a second time raising real estate prices to the point that Puerto Madero has become the most expensive neighborhood in the capital. The Woman’s Bridge also beautifies the area. Hotels (3 five-star) and other stores were added to the project also making it a very touristy area. In the district there is also the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve (located on land reclaimed from the river La Plata) which is covered with native vegetation.

Tips

The area is the ideal place to spend a day full to walk around, especially enjoy the famous Argentinian beef with good Argentinian wine in a restaurant on the harbor promenade, as a sweet end, have an artisanal ice cream in one of its dairies and also enjoy visiting the first Argentine training ship; the frigate Presidente Sarmiento who is currently a museum.
You will also find street posts where to buy a meat or sausage sandwich with a drink on the way to the ecological reserve.

Madeira, Portugal

Madeira is an archipelago of Portugal that consists of the island of the same name and several other small islands, located in the Atlantic ocean, about 900 kilometres of continental Portugal and about 600 km from the coast of the Morocco. Tropical archipelago with a remarkable subtropical climate and a landscape breathtaking, Madeira is also called ‘the floating garden’ or ‘the Pearl of the Atlantic’. The archipelago consists of the populated islands of Madeira (the largest) and Porto Santo, as well as of a group of uninhabited islands, wild and deserted. Its valleys are majestic and with mountains of very diverse flora. The island is also famous for its wine, its embroidery, the ‘bolo de mel’ (this is a typical cake), the exotic flowers, the tropical fruit, the mildness of its climate and the hospitality of its inhabitants. The ‘old world’ consider it like a paradise for holidays of dreams; it became one of the favorite destinations of Europeans. She is also known to be a stop of liners and tourism cruises which have chosen it by its charm.

Tips

The island of Madeira offers a wide variety of activities throughout the year, excursions on the island, walks, hiking in the mountains, the observation of birds, fishing, boat trips, paragliding, surfing, horseback riding, in sum, a beautiful combination of beaches, landscapes breathtaking, activities for all ages and tastes, a place to really enjoy the holiday. You can rent a motorcycle or small car to traverse the island. There are many interesting places like village Ribeira Brava with its church of the 16th century and its square tiled. If you want to have a beautiful view, you can visit Cabo Girão, a 600 meter promontory overlooking the sea; Santana and Sixal are also pretty small towns to know. Santana has colourful houses and Sixal was built on a promontory of lava. Another place not to be missed is Porto Moniz (fishermen’s town), bordered by black basalt forming natural pools where you can swim. The small town of Caletha, surrounded by banana trees and vines, has a 17th century church that is worth the detour.

New York City, United States

New York City, the largest city in the United States, consists of 5 boroughs: Manhattan, Brooklyn, The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. A very important global city in the business, finance, media, technology, art, fashion, entertainment, research and education sectors. Being cosmopolitan between its ethnic neighborhoods, Little Italy and Chinatown are the best known. It receives about 50 million tourists a year and its most visited places are Times Square with its lights and shops of all kinds and Broadway with theaters, shows and restaurants. It also counts with several bridges, parks and the very famous skyscrapers. Wall Street is its financial district where we find the Stock Exchange and the One World Trade Center with the memorial.

Tips

The fastest way to travel is the metro but note that the same metro ticket can be used to catch a bus.

If you like walking, do not hesitate, the city is very easy to go and at every step you will find something to see or something to do.

A beautiful day of walking and shopping could start at Central Park and continue in a straight line to Times Suqare, you will be amazed to find so many famous brands stores and you could end the day between the lights of Times Square in one of the restaurants or cafes around.

New York City is not a city where you can really save money so one way to save would be to find a well-placed hotel and take a room with the included breakfast. You could have a great succulent meal for almost the same price as you will pay for a coffee and a pastry; that will make that right after that you should stop eating something again.