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What to visit in Algarve

Algarve is a small region in South Portugal that sets out with lots of sunshine, beautiful sandy beaches, a perfect destination for a holiday. The natural beauty of the region is sure to have you come back after a first holiday here.

Algarve region has many to offer, so you need time to uncover all these places. What you will surely be impressed with are the quite and intimate beaches split by rocky formations entering into the ocean. The views are spectacular, and if this is not enough, you should know that there are many activities available such as rock climbing, karting, kitesurfing, wakeboarding and many more.

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Did you know: US largest wild park is in New York

Not in New York City, but close by – in New York state. The State Park Adirondack is the largest wild park in America, as a paradox, being laid down near one of the most densely populated areas: the East Coast with New York City just 320 km away.

This wild park is larger than some US states or world countries, similar in size to Belgium. Over 12,950 square km with lakes, rivers, forests and low level hills were practically unknown until the 1830s. Lincoln Barnett was saying that Stanley found Livingstone in the dark Africa before most New Yorkers found the wildness in their own backyard.

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Tierra del Fuego (Land of Fire), is traditionally marking the End of the World point (relax, we are referring here to Southernmost point of the World, not the end of life on Earth). Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago located southernmost tip of the South American mainland, also known as the region of Patagonia. The archipelago consists of a number of islands just across Strait of Magellan, such as Isla Grande divided between Argentina and Chile, the largest island, and some smaller islands including Cape Horn.

Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego has an area of 48,100 square km, and the region’s economy is mainly dominated by ecotourism, manufacturing and Antarctic logistics. The region has an oceanic climate (surrounded by Atlantic and Pacific Oceans), with short, cool summers and long, wet, moderately mild winters.

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Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey with a population of over 12 million, is located on both sides of the Bosphorus, the narrow strait between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea. Capital of mighty Christian and Islamic empires, Istanbul was always a bridge between east and west. Now, Istanbul is standing as the only city sitting on two different continents: Europe and Asia.

Istanbul manages to link the two continents not only physically, but culturally as well. The differences on the two sides of the city are considerable, and the way the city life is integrating the European and Asian diversity is unique.

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What to visit in Valencia

Valencia is the third largest city in Spain, after Madrid and Barcelona. Founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC, Valencia is situated on the banks of the Turia river, on the east coast of the Iberian peninsula.

The city of Valencia has many things to show to visitors, from the historical center that is one of the largest in Spain, spread with ancient monuments, to the the modern and sophisticated side of the town, where the City of Arts and Sciences rises.

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The Trans-Siberian railway is the most famous train route in the world, and in the same time one of the longest. The Trans-Siberian railway was completed in 1916, and its original route was starting from St Petersburg all the way to Vladivostok.

During the communist regime, the route was modified to start from Moscow, shortening the railway to just 9259 km. Even in these conditions, the railway is one of the longest continuous train services, exceeded just by the Moscow–Pyongyang and Kiev-Vladivostok train services.

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The Great Wall of China, one of the World’s Wonders, is over 7,200 km long, and it was build over a period of 2000 years! The truth is that the real length of the Wall is unknown, as many parts are yet to be revealed.

The Great Wall consists of a network of structures reflecting China’s expansion west and north. The Wall is stretching up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains, plateaus and rivers and it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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That’s right, over 4000 cultural events are hosted each year in the city of Salzburg, Austria, the birthplace of one of the musician genies of this world: Mozart. The old city of Salzburg is in a beautiful location between the Salzach glacial river and the Monchsberg, overlooked by the Hohensalzburg Fortress.

Surrounded by grey rocky mountains and forestry hills, it seems difficult to be born in this city and have nothing to do with artistic life. This maybe explains Mozart or the numerous events taking place here.

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Journeys for a Lifetime: Dracula’s Transylvanian Tour

Transylvania is a region part of Romania, located in Eastern Europe. The word Transylvania became synonymous with dark forests, werewolves and Dracula the Vampire Count. For Romanians and historians, Vlad Tepes the Impaler was a fierce fighter and ruthless ruler. Despite rumors he was a “bloody” count based on his actions, he was not known as a vampire. Vlad Tepes is told to have been in league with devil, where his nickname Dracul comes from.

Vampirism is a part of local folklore that came to world’s attention with Bram Stoker novel, Dracula. His tale is based in Transylvania and invented Count Dracula, the vampire, even though the author never visited these places.

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If you get to Venice in Italy and have one day to spare, than you should know that close by, some 25 km away, there is a small town, Abano Terme. Just as the name suggests, Abano Terme is a place full of spas with natural thermal waters. It is a great way to spend a day at the spa and enjoy the benefits nature has to give you – a naturally relaxed and same time reinforced body system.

And who else would know better about the benefits of the thermal waters than Italy’s ancient inhabitants: the Romans. For those who know little about the Roman civilization, I can say that life hasn’t change that much in the last 2000 years. The few differences between nowadays and the life Romans had are from a technological advancement point of view.

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Your travel plans are important to TripEconomy, and that is why we feel you should get fair rates no matter where you want to go. With over 500,000 hotels worldwide, TripEconomy covers accommodation for most of the world.

TripEconomy.com compares in real time hotel rates from top online hotel booking providers making it easy for anyone to find the best price for any hotel, saving up to 75% on accommodation. But what our users probably don’t know is that despite finding the best rate, they will also enjoy the Best Price Guarantee policy.

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What happens when the volcano ash cloud keeps your flight grounded, what happens when your flight lands or departs at unfriendly night hours, what happens when you need to change flights and you are stuck at the airport for longer period of times and you are really tired on top of that?

A hotel accommodation near the airport sounds quite good in such situations. But finding a hotel near the airport in advance or finding the best rates at airport hotels could be another type of nightmare if you don’t know where to look.

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