Ocean Casa del Mar, Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba

The Ocean Casa del Mar is a complex with 800 modern and comfortable rooms located on the beach in Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba. All-inclusive hotel, considered a 4 stars and a half one. There is a kids club, many activities and sports, à la carte restaurants and the opportunity to enjoy a honeymoon package. There are various shows every night either in bars or at the theater. The staff is very friendly and they are always there to help with a smile. The hotel also counts with a Privilege section for 18 years and over and you have to pay to enjoy it. In this section, you will have 1 hour of free internet in the lobby, breakfast à la carte, separate check-in and late check-out, bathrobes and slippers in the room, access to pool and lounge privilege, priority reservations at à la carte restaurants and drinks premium brand.

Tips

Please note that the hotel is almost 2 hours from the airport so if you don’t want to travel by bus so much, choose another hotel. 

Regarding the vegetation, it will take a few years to see it in all its splendor.

There are some rocks at the entrance to the beach, but other than that, you will find beautiful sand, you don’t need beach shoes.

 

Taliouine, Taroudant, Souss-Massa, Morocco

Taliouine is a Berber town in the province of Taroudant, in Morocco, in the region of Souss-Massa; region of rural populations of the Anti-Atlas. The village is a large producer of saffron and its production is very important. There is a local cooperative where you can buy the red gold directly, as they name it. Since 2007, there is the International Safran Festival which helps to promote this production every year.

Tips

If you visit the area you will find sellers of saffron next to fields and you will have the opportunity to walk on the fields, drink saffron tea and of course, buy fresh saffron directly from the producer.

This year’s international festival will be held from October, 20th to November, 15th 2017.

Botanical Garden of Padron, La Coruña, Galicia, Spain

The Botanical Garden of Padron is next to the N-550 road in the province of La Coruna, autonomous community of Galicia, Spain. It contains many species of plants, some of them highly developed and mature, being a rarity or a singular plant in Galicia. The garden date from the first decades of the nineteenth century constructed of a farm belonging to the Counts of San Juan. It was built in the pattern characteristic of the time, mixing Italian, English and French styles. The garden has a herbarium, greenhouse and new areas were added to the original structure. We find many monuments like the statue of the fourteenth century of the Galician troubadour known as “The lover” or another as the Castelao bust. There are almost 300 plant species that come from different parts of the world. Many social and cultural events of the village of Padron take place in the garden.

Tips

The garden is a beautiful place to walk, relax on a bench reading something or just enjoy nature and the variety of plants found there.