At the more luxury end of the market, Bosque del Cabo offers everything you need; comfort, great food, rainforest, wildlife, unspoilt beaches and even an education. A research scientist can take you on a four hour tour of pure rainforest where you learn about the ecology of the surroundings. Electricity is supplied via solar power, recycling and composting all done on site and food and staff all sourced locally.
All supplied toiletries are natural and you're not supposed to use your own unless they're also 100% natural. Monkeys, coaties, armadillo's, frogs, toads, snakes, scarlet macaws can all be seen from your cabin and the whole place is TV free.
There's a great five-day coastal walk you can take from Escala to Palau-Saverdera which passes through the old fishing village of Cadaquez. Salvador Dali had a holiday home here which you can visit and there are sea view bars and restaurants to while away the evenings. It's not over run with tourists and manages to hang onto its quaint 'villagey' feel. We stayed at the Dali themed Hotel La Residencia. Great place to rest after walking.
I think even non vegetarians would be impressed with this restaurant. Regular meat eaters might be put off at the thought of going to a vegetarian restaurant but those concerns will be quickly put to one side once you've stepped inside.
The place has a very contemporary feel with its high ceiling arches, tiled floor and trees growing in huge pots. It's bright and you get a sense of the vibrant atmosphere as soon as you enter. There are rows and rows of busy tables served by staff that have a great knowledgeable of the menu and speak very good English. There are also English menus available.
It was our third visit here last year and the standards of the food have remained consistent. The soups for the starters are always a little unusual but are very tasty and hearty (and there's plenty of it.) The mains are very much the same and everything tastes very fresh. The food is very creative without being pretentious. I would recommend this to any 'foodie' type whether a vegetarian or not.
Bikes can be hired from a friendly cycle hire shop just inside the city walls of Siena and from here you spend the next five or six days travelling through the vineyards, olive groves, villages, towns and country lanes of Tuscany.
The route we were given takes you through Chianti, Florence, San Gimignano and Colle di Val d'Elsa before completing the circuit back in Siena. The route presents you all manner of undulating hills as well as busy town centres and the culture and beauty of Florence. All the hotels we stayed at accomodated bikes and all luggage was taken by car and so was in your room ready at the hotel for when you arrived.
This is a great way to experience Tuscany and the bikes were also excellent for tackling some of the more challenging hills surrounding the vineyards.
Anyone who has an interest in photography and likes autumnal scenes should visit the The National Arboretum at Westonbirt. The nearest town is the market town of Tetbury. This 600 acre site will take you the best part of the day to have a proper look round. The colours in the autumn are quite spectacular with oranges, yellows, browns and reds of all descriptions. Even if you’re not into photography, it’s worth a visit just to see this vast collection of trees.
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In Barcelona there is the Casa Milà which is better known as La Pedrera; a building designed by the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The roof of this building was used in the 1975 Jack Nicholson film ‘The Passenger’. La Pedrera means ‘The Quarry’ and refers to the cliff like walls of the building.
Most people might only see the building from street level and admire its structure from there; however, the roof offers something very unique with its strange chimney designs and views over Barcelona, including a view of the Sagrada Familia. It costs around 10 euros to get in and that includes seeing the whole museum.
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