The gardens of Aranjuez, south of Madrid, Spain

The gardens of Aranjuez, located in the fertile plain of the Tagus in the south of Madrid (within an hour), is a space where nature blends with art; resort of kings and source of inspiration for many artists, there are fountains, sculptures and ancient trees. It was here that walked the monarchy and the Spanish court in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The gardens surround the Royal Palace. The best known are the gardens of the Prince, the island and the Parterre. The master Joaquín Rodrigo was able to interpret this place in his famous Concert of Aranjuez. The Island Garden is considered the most important and characteristic of the time of the House of Austria (sixteenth century) and is surrounded by the waters of the Tagus. There are white marble nymphs which adorn the staircase that provides access to the orchard where Queen Isabella II used to stroll. The trails are drawn in a grid and you can smell the aroma of boxwood while you walk through them. There are also small waterfalls. The garden of Paterre before the palace façade, presents paths bordered by hedges, cut following a geometrical balance (like French gardens of the time). Two large fountains are found there, that of Hercules and that of Ceres and also marble vases with colorful flowers. The garden of the Prince, designed in the English style, has almost 150 hectares. Formerly, these huge spaces were dedicated to hunting parties. We find a wide variety of trees, monuments, ponds and fountains there.


If you visit the garden between May and October you can enjoy to do it on board of the Train of strawberry; this is an ancient railway.

Abbey of Beauport, Paimpol, Côtes-d’Armor, Bretagna, France

The Abbey of Beauport is located in the municipality of Paimpol (at a place called Kérity) in Côtes-d’Armor, Bretagne. From here you can find a point zero for the road to Santiago de Compostela. Founded in 1202 with the help of Alain d’Avangour and Goëlo who had appealed the canons regular Premonstratensian community installed at the Abbey of the Holy Trinity of Lucerne, in Normandy. The Premonstratensian Abbey (founded around 1120) included nearly 600 homes from Ireland to Cyprus and from Sweden to Italy. A general abbot ran with a hard hand this multinational company with a mission set by its creator, Saint Norbert, serving the parishes. To create an abbey they need money and land to build the monastery so Goëlo agreed to give to the order a ground on a bedrock between the mouth of the creek of Correc and a marshy area. They built the buildings with a Papal bull. The abbey was very prosperous until the early 18th century but after 1750 it was plundered and destroyed by the revolutionaries, then closed in 1790. Louis Morand bought a part in 1797. The rest became the property of the commune of Kerity. In 1962, it was classified Historical Monument. In 1993, the site became the property of the ‘Conservatoire du littoral’. Important restorations were conducted, the craftsmen, David Puech, Julie Malegol. Gilles Malegol, Alain Plesse, Jean-Claude Motte, took part. From the church built in the 13th century, it remains the façade, the nave under open heaven, the north aisle and the left arm of the transept. Today, the abbey is one of the major tourist places in Bretagne.


The site offers a wide range of animations, you can inquire at the local authority or the Abbey for what is happening in the period where you plan the visit.
Open every day from June 15th to September 15th from 10:00 to 19:00 and the rest of the year from 10:00 to 12:00 and 14:00 to 17:00.

Playacar, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Playacar is an upscale resort area of Playa del Carmen. Located south of Cozumel in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico in the municipality of Solidaridad, it is a gated community that has grown with Playa del Carmen, just south of its main urban area. Playacar is approximately 40 minutes drive from Cancun. It is composed of 2 sections: the first one, Playacar Phase 1 offers nice by-the-sea secluded beaches and very exclusive villas, very close to downtown Playa del Carmen. The second, Playacar Phase II, was built around a golf course designed by Robert von Hagge, and exposes all inclusive resorts and private villas all around.


Playacar is about 4 km from the centre of Playa del Carmen. So If you want to walk, you can do it in less than an hour or you can take a taxi too to get there easily.
You can also rent a car to visit Cancun, Tulum (ruins), Chichen Itza (Maya City), Xel Ha or Xcaret Eco Park (aquatic and cultural parks).
Another possibility of visits could be Cozumel and Islas Mujeres; taking an excursion for a day or only hiring a taxi-boat.
Playacar is very quiet so if you like walking, take your time and enjoy your walk.
If you only want to relax, enjoy the beach and don’t forget to protect your skin and to wear sunglasses.