Pastrana, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain

Pastrana is a village and municipality in the south of Guadalajara province, autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, at 95 km from Madrid. It is the capital of the region of La Alcarria. The city was important in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There are still a few presences of the medieval city. We find the Ducal Palace, where the Princess of Eboli lived, an important figure in the history of the place, now owned by the University of Alcalá. You can also find the convents founded by Saint Teresa of Jesus, the tapestries of Alfonso V, the Collegiate Church with its Baroque altars, statues and shields, the fountain of four Sewers (1588), Dean Square with its historic buildings that remember the grandeur of the past, the street of the Palm, with its palaces: of the Inquisition, Burgos, knights of Calatrava and the synagogue, among others.

Tips

St Joseph’s Convent, founded by St Teresa, is part of St Teresa’s traces a route of culture and tourism pilgrimage which brings together the 17 cities where St Teresa has left foundations or “traces”. The road is not in an established order or time because every pilgrim can do it when he wants and in the order he wishes.
If you visit the city in January, you can participate in two festivals, the 17th is the day of St. Anton and the 20th is the day of Saint Sebastian, you’ll find songs, processions and typical food. At Easter, you will find similar festivities. The day of St Teresa, October 15th, is also celebrated.

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.

Avithos, Kefalonia, Greece

Avithos is a quite beautiful beach with crystalline waters located 12km southwest of Argostoli, the capital of Kefalonia. It’s very near to the village of Svoronata. The beach consists of reddish sand and an impressive mountain backdrop. It has nice facilities and it’s considered among the best ones in the south coast of Kefalonia. There’s lot of vegetation around. This is a beautiful and quiet place to go with children. There are a couple of places where you can have delicious meals from the local cuisine. From Avithos Beach, you can see the tiny islet of Dias and the small church that stands on top.

Tips

Avithos Beach is still a quiet place where you can have a nice day without too many people around you. It’s quiet and safe to go with children and the sea is very good for them.
There are hostels, bed & breakfast, resorts or apartments to rent.
The beach is appreciated specially beacause it’s very, very clean.