Salta, Argentina

Salta is a city in Argentina, capital of the province of the same name, located at the foot of the Andes in the fertile Lerma Valley at 1187 m. Thanks to its location, the city is well communicated with Bolivia and northern Chile. There is even a weekly flight that connects it to Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia). It is also an important agricultural region with several export products (cereals, sugar cane, tobacco, etc.). The city is an episcopal seat. There are two universities, museums and libraries. Renowned for its colonial architecture, known as Salta la linda (Salta the Beautiful). It is a tourist place of course. To see: the Cabildo (City Council building), the Cathedral and San Francisco Church.

Tips

If you want to get a spectacular view of the city and the Lerma Valley, go to the Cerro San Bernardo (Mount St-Bernard, 200m). If you are going to spend a few days in the city, do not miss the opportunity to take the Train of the Clouds which climbs the Andes Cordillera in the province of Salta, on a railroad with sections that exceed 4000 meters of altitude, a rather special walk in the area of the Puna arriving at the small village of San Antonio de los Cobres located at more than 3500m. If you have heart problems, breathing problems or are pregnant, this is not recommended. If you like grills, you will find restaurants called Asador where you can taste all the parts of the cow by eating excellent Argentinian meat. Do not leave without having tasted the typical empanadas that according to the region from which they come, change a little the recipe and their ingredients. The empanadas of Salta are among the most famous of the country.

 

Ljubljana, Slovenia

Ljubljana also named Lubiana, is the main city and the capital of Slovenia at 298m altitude in the valley of the river Ljubljanica. Its central position between Austria, Hungary, the Venetian region in Italy and Croatia have influenced its history having different cultures: Germanic, Latin and Slavic. In 1991, she became independent of Yugoslavia. Located 140 km west of Zagreb, 250 km northeast of Venice, 350 km southwest of Vienna and 400 km southwest of Budapest. Its historical centre is intact and we find baroque and art nouveau styles, strongly influenced by Austrian cities like Salzburg. There is a headquarter of town district with the main architectural buildings and the headquarter of the Knights of the Cross where we find the Cankar House, the Church of the Ursulines and the building of the society Philharmonic (1702). Unfortunately, the city is in a seismic zone and it has experienced several earthquake quite important spetially one in 1511 and another in 1895 who forced to rebuild the city fthat’s why we found different styles. To see: the Ljubljana Castle (12th century), which dominates the hill, Saint Nicolas Cathedral, Saint Pierre church, the Franciscan church of the Annunciation, the Robba fountain, the Dragon bridge, the Triple bridge, Cobblers bridge, the National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art among others.

Tips

To visit the Castle you have a funicular. Alternatively, you can consult the calendar of cultural events that take place in the castle to enjoy your visit twice.
A nice stroll throughout the market of Plecknik is nice. It is built on two floors, one of them dedicated to the stores, the other just to stroll beside the river. On Sundays in the old town there is an antique market.
There is also a zoo of about 20 hectares.
Depending on the season of your visit, you will find excursions on boats who go on the Ljubljanica River, giving you the possibility to see the city from another angle. There are also terraces with cafés, bars, restaurants that invite you to take a pleasant break.

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Prado Gardens, Talavera de la Reina, Spain

Prado Gardens is a historical heritage of Talavera de la Reina surrounding the Basilica which gives them their name. We find a mixture of different European and Arab styles with a predominance of French-style garden. Its design and construction was made in 1864 but obviously there have been renovations and restorations. At the origin the Prado was the meeting place and walk around the city. We notice the Arabic and Moorish influence in the decor with the use of bricks and ceramics from Talavera; for example, in the construction of public toilets, we see that they are of Arabic origin. Among the most important monuments we find the Fountain of the frogs, the Temple of Music, the lake known as the home of ducks where we can see some cages with birds and pheasants; the monument to the mother, among others. In the park Alameda, which is an extension of the Prado Gardens, we can see artistic ceramics bridges. Ceramic is present even in banks.

Tips

In the Temple of Music there are shows during the summer.
You can go by bus from central Madrid.