Planes de verano por Europa: de lo último en el Algarve a la mejor ruta en bici del continente

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From Ireland to Vienna and from Oslo to Tuscany. For nature lovers or purebred urbanites. These are some proposals for those who choose to escape this summer to the Old Continent.

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It’s what we like most about Europe: that constant fusion of old and new. Contemporary art in the city of the Grimm brothers, a bike path along a historic canal, a new hotel among thousand-year-old vineyards… These are some proposals that are worth taking a plane for.

Vienna: coffee and adrenaline

One of the main tourist attractions in Vienna, the giant Ferris wheel of the Prater Parkcelebrates 150 years. With its 61 meters high, it was, until the past 1980s, the tallest on the planet. Built on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Emperor Franz Joseph I, it has seen it all. It was even partially destroyed in World War II. Many cinephiles will remember her for movies like the third man Y before sunrise. Today I could continue living on nostalgia and the past. After all, it is considered the oldest Ferris wheel in the world. Instead, celebrate 2022 with a glass platform (without walls or roof) that allows the daring traveler to take a walk in the open sky. More information in wien.info/en

IRELAND ON PEDALS

Attention pedal lovers (and walkers): the Royal Canal of Ireland has been chosen as the Best European Cycle Route of the Year. We will have to try it… Although prepare the saddlebags because we are talking about 130 kilometers. The greenway begins on the outskirts of Dublin and ends on the banks of the River Shannon, a bucolic itinerary through the Emerald Isle that was inaugurated just a year ago and has already been traveled by more than 600,000 people.

As in Spain, these routes follow the layout of the old railway tracks, crossing bridges, locks and aqueducts. An industrial landscape mixed with delightful riverside towns and historic monuments, and dotted with cafes and picnic spots. More information in www.ireland.com/en-us

DESIGN ALGARVE

With 200 kilometers of coastline of cliffs, paradisiacal beaches and caves carved out by the Atlantic, the Portuguese region of the Algarve is one of the most sought-after destinations at this time of year. It has just added one more attraction with the long-awaited inauguration of a design hotelthe W Algarve, which comes to shake up the local seafaring scene with an innovative spa and the gastronomic proposal of chef Nuno Goncalves. More information in www.marriott.com

An incombustible Oslo

The Norwegian capital does not stop. If last year inaugurated the expected Munch Museumthese days it welcomes the new National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, a spectacular center designed by the architect Klaus Schuwerk that has become the largest in Norway. It is not glued to the water, but practically. And that is the detail that interests the traveler. Because on the edge of the fjord, the vibrant Scandinavian city treasures authentic wonders: the Astrup Fearnley museum, the Opera, the Munch… they all wink at the water and even provide a ladder to dive in summer. More information in www.visitoslo.com Y www.visitnorway.es

The art of Tuscany

A window to the world in the hills of Florence. It is not a metaphor, but the installation that the artist Leandro Erlich has created for the hotel Castle of Casolea 39-room Tuscan gem accustomed to hosting movie stars, politicians and royalty. The installation can be seen until the end of summer. Although in reality, there is plenty of art in this 10th-century castle surrounded by olive trees and vineyards. Rural, authentic and, at the same time, full of luxury, this is a pluperfect place to recreate in the Sweet Life at least for one night. More information in www.belmond.com

LONDON continues to celebrate

Many of the events to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee will continue throughout the summer. It is the case of super bloom that colors like never before Tower of Londonone of the most touristic monuments of the city. This spring they were planted 20 million seeds. The result is as beautiful as it is shocking. A path has been created to get lost in this botanical feast, as well as sound installations and sculptural elements. Without a doubt, a London with more color than ever. More information in visitbritain.com/en

WILD GEORGIA

The indomitable nature of the country of the Caucasus is palpable in Lake Kvareli, scene of high peaks, infinite forests and the famous vineyards of the Alazani Valley. There we find the Kvareli Lake Resorta contemporary design hotel that invites foreigners to live an immersion in the local culture through master classes in which they learn to bake bread, prepare traditional sweets, cook barbecue and even distill vodka. The resort is one of the latest additions to the Preferred Hotels & Resorts label that brings together the best independent hotels in the world. More information in preferredhotels.com

THE BIG QUOTE OF KASSEL

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Since 1955 and every five years, the city of Kassel in central Germany has been transformed into a museum of contemporary art for one hundred days. It is the largest and most important exhibition of its kind in the world. The 15th edition of Documenta It is celebrated until September 15, a unique opportunity to mix with the best of the artistic scene, but also to visit the Brothers Grimm Museumwho lived in Kassel, and the huge mountain park of Wilhelmshöhea landscape garden that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. More information at www.documenta.de and in www.germany.travel/en

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