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The top 10 destinations of 2017 for a holiday with children

The Lego House in Denmark, the Warner Studios of Harry Potter in London, the Santa Claus Village in Finland: here are the best travel destinations of 2017 for a holiday with children.
Holiday with the whole family

There is Malta with the beaches where to play and swim until dusk. There is Paris with Disneyland Paris and the many attractions inspired by the Disney world to entertain the little ones. There is the village of Santa Claus in Finland, where in addition to knowing Santa Claus you try the sleigh rides. And then London, with the park dedicated to Harry Potter and New York, the sparkling metropolis with its museums for the little ones.

What were the best travel plans for the whole family in 2017? We tried to make a ranking, now that the year draws to a close. We took into consideration on one hand the natural aspects of the place, because we imagined that children and teenagers can not do well to take their eyes off the iPhone and be outdoors, at least on vacation.

Or we have considered family-friendly destinations in terms of budget or have attractions that amuse both adults and children, so that the holiday is enjoyable for all ages. So here is our top 10 of the best destinations for children in 2017, to inspire you perhaps on your next trip together.

The ranking

Ibiza, Spain
Rovaniemi, Finland
Malta
Paris, France
London, United Kingdom
New York, USA
Denmark
Orlando, USA
Valencia, Spain
slovenia

Formentera, Better in Winter!

The Tourist Board of the Balearic Islands (ATB) together with the Patronat Municipal de Turisme de Formentera presents Better in Winter! the campaign to promote the smallest island in the Balearics as an exclusive destination for lovers of active and eco-sustainable tourism. “The promotion of the low season is fundamental for the environmental, economic and social balance of the island – says Alejandra Ferrer, Consellera de Turismo, Territorio y Comercio, Consell Insular de Formentera – who must be able to live in tourism all year long, respecting the its own natural and cultural heritage “.

The ideal period for a green tourism is in fact in the months of May and October, when the temperatures are mild and the island is less crowded. “Autumn is the ideal season to discover our island – continues Ferrer – September and October are perfect for diving, trekking and cycling, but also to get in touch with the most authentic traditions of the island, including gastronomic ones”.

If Formentera is a paradise for lovers of the sea, which can admire its rich seafaring of marine species, caves, and coral gardens, it is also for those who love outdoor activities. On foot or by bicycle it is possible to discover the breathtaking landscape of its 70 kilometers of coastline, or its rural hinterland, through 32 marked green circuits, not accessible to cars and motorcycles, for a total of 110 km with various levels of difficulty and distances. But it is also possible to immerse yourself in the island landscape with a horse ride. Throughout the year the island stables organize excursions and lessons suitable for all ages and levels of preparation.

Mediterranean gastronomy 2017.

The fifth edition of the Forum of Mediterranean Gastronomy, an annual event in Ibiza dedicated to making the island’s gastronomic riches known to the trade press, is all about the recovery of traditional dishes. With chefs, seminars and showcooking.

A whole month of partying for the palate in one of the most popular summer destinations, especially by the youngest. Trendy venues and breathtaking beaches aside, Ibiza is also part of its charm on the cuisine and the ancient gastronomic tradition. For 5 years now, a dedicated event is committed to making this aspect of the island known, often forgotten in favor of its nightlife. With the aim of shedding light on the island’s delicacies, Ibiza Sabor gathers the best chefs of the area every spring, involving them in a series of guided tastings and special menus designed specifically to enhance the taste of local products. Because the Ibizan cuisine is to be discovered, as well as its lush agricultural and fish tradition.

The beating heart of Ibiza Sabor is the Mediterranean Gastronomy Forum, a congress designed for the specialized press and professionals involved this year which involved 20 chefs from Ibiza and neighboring territories, plus many other professionals in the sector, from fishermen to producers of cheese, from professors to agricultural engineers. All collected yesterday, 15 May 2017, at the Hotel Gran Ibiza in the city center, a luxury hotel that hosted the festival in the outdoor garden. To embellish the congress, a series of tasting tables of various local producers: from organic wine to cheese, from typical sweets to vegetables, from liqueurs to extra virgin olive oil.

 

Food and wine tourism: the new spearhead of the island
It was Julia Pérez and José Carlos Capel Vicent Torres who introduced the Spanish chefs, the same organizers of one of the most important gastronomic congresses on an international level, Madrid Fusion. “Ibiza boasts a series of unique and exceptional raw materials. Unfortunately, the intense tourism linked to the entertainment industry often prevents visitors from appreciating the other soul of the island, the culinary one. But it is time for Ibiza to focus on its gastronomy and start conquering foreigners with its flavors “. Thus begins the Forum of Mediterranean Gastronomy, with the words of José, which invites visitors to be more curious about the local specialties. “Through the story of the chefs, who work every day in the front line to enhance local products, we hope to give you an idea of ​​the concept of Ibizan cuisine”, adds Julia. A table that draws from the most diverse traditions, that of the Iberian Peninsula in primis, but also that of North Africa, combined with a series of different influences for each local: many of the restaurants of the Isla Blanca, in fact, are run by chefs from other cities or countries, which reinterpret tradition in their dishes by adding a personal touch of a different school. “It is time to overcome prejudices” continues Julia “and go beyond the stereotype that associates Ibiza only with unbridled fun and alcohol. Because there is no better and more immediate way of food to understand the identity of a place “. A kitchen, the Ibizan, which is characterized by character and personality, based on a few ingredients, which in the traditional recipes retain all their original taste.

Unique raw materials, those of the island, which thanks to the work of younger and passionate chefs are gradually recovering the deserved pride of place on the tables of Ibiza. “In recent decades, many products have risked disappearing because of the slow but steady loss of interest from consumers.” Like the blat de xeixa, an ancient variety of soft wheat that the bakers Vicente Cardona (bakery Can Blay) and José Luis Riera Coves (bakery Can Coves) committed themselves to recover. “It is an easy to mill wheat that gives rise to light and versatile flours, ideal for making pasta and bread, but which lend themselves well to sweets”, says Vincente And like him, many other local artisans have long been searching for the ancient native grains, to restore value to the historical varieties of the island and rediscover the flavors of the past. “Food is emotion and is an instrument capable of telling stories “adds Julia,” recovering the products of the past helps us to communicate with ourselves “.

Mallorca, the island with three hundred beaches

Sea, sun but also extraordinary protected natural areas and an important cultural heritage

Majorca, the main of the Balearic Islands, is characterized by its contrasts: it has magnificent beaches, mountains, countryside and a characteristic hinterland. Mallorca is also known for its traditional food and craft products, as well as for its wonderful beaches, which are almost three hundred, which surround the whole island and are one of the main reasons why tourists from all over the world decide to spend here their holidays.

Speaking of Majorca means in fact to speak of beaches and its 550 km of coastline reserve a great variety of landscapes. The large tourist beaches, with the most advanced services, are located in places such as Playa de Palma, El Arenal, Palmanova, Magaluf, Santa Ponsa and Alcudia. In the south or in the area of ​​Migjorn we find long sandy tongues like Sa Ràpita or Es Trenc, a landscape of dunes and bright waters. There where the contrast between white and bright blue is spectacular.

Beaches and sports – The coast is also an important incentive for water sports. The ports and regattas like the “Copa del Rey” highlight its importance. Water sports and golf, sport of which Mallorca is a paradise: in fact, it has 24 well-equipped courses. Those looking for quiet and family beaches have a long list to choose from: Ponent beaches, others like Sant Elm or Llevant, or those located in the northeastern area of ​​the island like Arta and Capdepera. Then there are the hidden coves, which can be reached on foot. Jewels of landscape that are found mostly in mountain areas, such as the Sierra de Tramuntana, the Formentor peninsula or the Llevant Natural Park.

Natural and historical paradises – In fact, Majorca has magnificent protected natural areas. The most important is undoubtedly the Terrestrial Maritime National Park of the archipelago of Cabrera, located in the south of the island. It is a stronghold that remains absolutely intact, which can be visited by organizing organized trips that depart from the south of the island. Other naturalistic attractions are the wetlands of the lagoon of Mallorca, in Muro; the Natural Park of Llevant in the mountains of Artà; the islet of Sa Dragonera or the coves of the area of ​​Mondragó. The Serra de Tramuntana has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the cultural landscape category, as a recognition of its landscape, cultural, historical and ethnological values. The Serra de Tramuntana is a naturalistic area with a great heterogeneity, a succession of mountains and valleys that occupy almost a third of the island. Even the coastline is suggestive, starting from the two distinctive symbols of the island: the islet of Dragonera and Cabo Formentor.

Gastronomy and culture – To get to know Mallorca we must also taste the food. Both in Palma and in any other region, there are operative restaurants where you have to try dishes like “ses sopes” soup, pork loin with cabbage, or “frit di matances” or fried meat. Mallorca is also a key place for cultural tourism. Music, painting and literature have always found inspiration in this island, of which Chopin and George Sand were in love.

Palma, an extraordinary historical center – Palma, the capital, concentrates in itself numerous attractions. In the first place, the historical center, full of exceptional buildings and monuments from an architectural point of view, with picturesque alleys that run between houses and courtyards, churches and convents. The greatest symbol of the heritage of Majorca is undoubtedly the magnificent Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria; to admire, not far away, the Almudaina Palace, official residence of the king of Spain during his stays on the island.

Balearics in Music: musical appointments between Mallorca and Menorca

Vincaré-Sitarie Mallorca and Menorca this winter is nicer if you follow the notes that pervade the two Balearic islands. Classical music lovers – and not only – will be able to take advantage of the many appointments that mark the calendar of the coming months.

The Concert Season
The first date on the event calendar was the opening of the concert season for music by the Balloar Symphony Orchestra, which took place on 19 October. A schedule that counts a total of 15 concerts that will continue until May 17 and which take place in the Auditorium of Palma, an important venue for symphonic enthusiasts, which hosted international concerts. The Balearic Symphony Orchestra is one of the main symphonies of Spain. Founded in 1988, the orchestra goes much further than concerts in the Auditorium of Palma: you can actually hear it in many other places on the island of Majorca, like Bellver Castle, but also in Menorca at the Maó Theater .
Also in Majorca, from November to June, the concert season of the Fondazione Studium Aureum, which was created in 2009 by music director Carles Ponseti, aims to promote artistic values ​​and support the work of its musicians through concerts and activities. Two are the soul groups of the Foundation, the Studium Cor de Cambra, a chorus that surprises the audience by exploring new sounds, and Studium Aureum, a vocal-instrumental group that works on the earliest harmonies. The eclectic repertoire of the two groups is appreciable in the Auditorium of the Conservatory of Palma, in a series of initiatives that include interesting proposals grouped in cycles, monographs, representations and conferences.

Celebrating Santa Cecilia
Around November 22nd, a day dedicated to Santa Cecilia, the famous Roman martyr of music, the island is filled with melodies of all styles and tastes. In Palma, for example, on November 19 at 20 at the Cathedral of Majorca there will be a concert organ organized in honor of the Holy, while November 22 will be an opportunity to attend the Centro de Cultura Sa Nostra at the last concert of the IV Autumn Festival, and November 25 at 18 will be held the Tobrada de Bandes de Santa Cecilia, a meeting of music bands at the Conservatory of Palma. Concluding this rich musical calendar, the 29th and 30th November at Teatre Principal will be an opportunity to attend concerts for families.
The Santa Romana is also honored with events dedicated to Menorca, precisely to Maó, where on November 27th the Concerto di Santa Cecilia is organized by the Choir of Maó. Born in the second half of the nineteenth century, this choir originally came together to sing serenades and to perform during popular festivals. Since then, its activity has been unbroken and today, with its 40 voices and over 125 years of history, is one of the most famous musical groups on the island, as well as one of the oldest choirs in Spain.

At Tutto Jazz
Even jazz lovers will find what they do for Majorca in Majorca. From November 28 to December 10, there is the Alternatilla festival (Jazz Auf Mallorca 2017), a cultural project that is the meeting point of local, national and international musicians. An extensive program of jazz concerts, workshops and photo exhibitions promises to make the island fall in love even in late fall. The slogan of the festival, and the key to its success, is to give priority to quality with respect to works or styles that are more commercially available, embodying the cultural landscape as a truly attractive and innovative leisure alternative that spans between the various scenarios of the island ; in fact, every concert is scheduled to be in a different place to give maximum emphasis to every appointment.

Holiday Music
The Majorca party week opens in music on December 21, with an extraordinary concert in San Francesc, followed by a second appointment for the next day at the Conservatory.
The Christmas night in Majorca is celebrated throughout the island with the Matines (Messe of Midnight) to commemorate the birth of Jesus. The most significant moment of these appointments is the Cant de la Sibila that every year leaves the audience open . Declared UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage in 2010, is a show worth seeing and living. This song, of very ancient origin, is preserved only in Alguer – in Sardinia – and in Majorca. The most spectacular matines are that of the Cathedral of Majorca and that of the sanctuary of Lluc, where also the christening choir known as Els blauets de Lluc, which with its extraordinary voices completes this celebration full of meaning.
The first day of 2018 will be the occasion to attend the Teatre Principal at an extraordinary concert, while on January 2,