The Carnival Ortisei

The Carnival is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for skiers and there are many events for those who want to spend it on the slopes of Val Gardena. From Thursday 8 February to 13 in Val Gardena you can have fun on the slopes and discover the traditions that have been handed down for generations and color one of the most popular times for the White Week.

An example is the “theft of barley soup” on Thursday Fat: the cook has to watch closely her soup because the neighbors could sneak into the house and steal it. But joke calls a joke and then often had fun fooling thieves leaving on the stove a pot full of hot water in which cooks … a sole of shoes.

Thursday at 2.30 pm appointment in Selva di Val Gardena to start the festivities of the most folkloristic period of the year with the Carnival Trick: you decorate your face while waiting for the Carnival Ski Show organized by the Ski & Snowboard School of Selva 21:30.

In Ortisei: Thursday at 3 pm, the village hosts a large parade of masks to which everyone is invited to participate wearing their favorite disguises while at 9.15 pm instead of the fun Carnival Ski Show of the School of Ski & Snowboard in Ortisei.

On Sunday 11th February from 2.30 pm in S. Cristina you can have fun on the ice skating rink with the little monkey Bobby. At 4.30pm the Wizard Remì will attract your children with a show of magic in Selva. Another appointment with Face painting is in S. Cristina on Monday 12th from 2.30pm.

The same happens on Tuesday 13 in Selva Val Gardena. In S. Cristina, from 2 pm, the Carnival Olympics for children with lots of skill games are scheduled.

And to round off the Carnival, in the center of Ortisei from 9.15 pm there is the traditional Carnival Ski Show of the Ski & Snowboard School Ortisei and Saslong. The fun is guaranteed thanks to the incredible acrobatics that will challenge these experts and nice professionals.

Everything is just a side dish for skiing days on the magnificent slopes that run from Ortisei to Passo Gardena.the carnival Ortisei

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your own sweet half if not with a trip?

How to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the feast of love, with your own sweet half if not with a trip?

A perfect gift for two, to enjoy a pleasant break, devoting oneself to your favorite activities and enjoying a very special party. Total relaxation, walks in the mountains, a candlelit dinner, a journey to discover pleasantly unusual cities or a romantic sunset over the sea. Simply choose and book.

France hosts the splendid capital of love par excellence: Paris. A long weekend full of pure romance, with walks in hand along the Champs Elysees or a moonlit kiss on the glittering Eiffel Tower.

Where to stay – This small duplex studio is located in central Paris and offers the opportunity to spend a lovely weekend for two.

Those who prefer a more sporty couple holiday, the Dolomites are the perfect solution: they offer breathtaking views, but also the opportunity to practice winter sports (given the season), such as skiing and snowboarding.

To combine the love of taste, Sicily is certainly the ideal place, as it holds one of the best known and appreciated gastronomic traditions in the world and is also famous for its crystal clear waters, which also offer the feeling of being in a paradise in winter .

Palermo, a city rich in culture and delicious gastronomic specialties,
If you want to visit a city of art and culture, Bruges, just a few minutes by train from Brussels, is the perfect destination: it is impossible to remain indifferent to the charm of its medieval old town, declared Unesco World Heritage.

For lovers of the sea and relaxation, Valentine’s Day can also represent the perfect opportunity to simply enjoy the company of the sweet half, heading to the Canary Islands, in Spain, with a warm climate all year to escape both from the bitter cold and from the frenzy of everyday life.

Vila offers guided tours to learn more about the heritage

Eivissa City Council is organizing the Itineraris Patrimonials activity on 11 February, the aim of which is to inform the general public of the different aspects of the historic city, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, as Vila recalled in a press release .

In total, there will be eight visits and four different itineraries between the month of February and the month of May. All visits will be directed by personnel assigned to the Madina Yabisa Interpretation Center. Interested persons must register in advance in this center in person, by calling 971392390 or by writing to madinayabisa@eivissa.es. The schedule of this interpretation center is from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and on Mondays and holidays it is closed.

The first visit (February 11 and will be repeated on the 24th) will deal with the history of Dalt Vila and its buildings, while the second itinerary (Sunday 11 and Saturday 24 March) will be by Sa Penya and the Navy. In April they will continue through the bastions and the skyline of Dalt Vila will also be covered.

Holidays in Menorca: 10 basic questions & 10 essential answers

I have been living and working in Menorca for some time now and for some years now I have created and managed, with the precious help of other Italian friends living on the island, the Facebook group Discovering the island in my pocket. The purpose of the group is to give information to those planning a holiday on the island or to those planning a future transfer here.

Managing the group is definitely fun and rewarding but at the same time very challenging (members are more than 6,000). For this reason I thought to bring back here the most frequently asked questions, and their answers. I hope it can be useful.

In the summer there are only many cities that directly connect Italy to Menorca (direct flights Menorca 2018). The flight lasts 1 hour and 15 approximately. Winter is more complicated. You have to take a flight to Barcelona or Madrid and from there the flight to Menorca. The alternative to the plane is the ferry for those who may want to come by car. Here you will find the connections from Spain to Menorca by ferry (there are no companies from Italy that lead directly to the island).

Despite being a motorcycle lover, my advice is: hire a car in Menorca. You do not need a big car, just a 500 or a Panda, they are more than enough. Why the car and not the bike / scooter? First of all because in Menorca (except for short distances) there are no coastal roads. There is a main road that crosses the island in two and connects Mahon with Ciutadella and is about 50 km long. It is a two-lane road and not illuminated in the evening. In the summer months it is busy and you will have to travel to go almost anywhere (beaches, archaeological sites, towns, etc). Then there is the wind factor. Here it blows often and when there is the north wind it is very strong. In motion it disturbs. The evening also refreshes, and you could find yourself, in case you took the scooter, to return in the evening with “double sweater” temperatures. Having said that, many people hire it anyway, and they say they are very good that it is the ideal means of not being bottled (in August) in the parking lots of the busiest beaches.

Menorca is very suitable for those who feel comfortable in nature, in silence, doing sports and in close contact with the sea. Families, couples and adults who love outdoor life, active and healthy. Less suitable for those who like to be late in the evening, ostentatious luxury, disco life. Finally it is not very suitable for those who have dogs because there are very few beaches that allow access in the summer with 4-legged friends. (beaches for dogs in Menorca)

Very difficult question (and unfortunately very frequent). It depends on many factors. Do you like equipped or virgin beaches? Of white or red sand? Do you want to take a long walk to reach it? Do you have any children? For this reason I refer you to the pages of the most authoritative guide on Menorca in Italian and its section Beaches of Menorca.

So, if you ask us to have more or less an idea of ​​what temperature you will find in a certain period very well. There are climate tables and we will be happy to pass them. But if you write to us (and it happened) in June asking if during the second week of September it will rain or there will be the sun, well … here things get complicated. Perhaps the shamans of South America, but we still do not. Unfortunately.

Here too it depends on your preferences. Also on Menorca Island you will find a series of reviews of the many restaurants that are located in Menorca. In addition to a series of tips on the best restaurants in Menorca where to eat, fish, meat or paella.

Easy holidays with scooter rentals in Formentera: beaches, sun and markets

Scooter holidays in Formentera

The Balearic Islands are now an affordable destination for everyone and one of the first choices when it comes to summer holidays, and given their beauty and lifestyle, also one of the favorite destinations when young and old are thinking about packing to move indefinitely. Before taking such a big step, it is always better to get to know the destination, and the scooter hire in Formentera could be an intelligent and practical way to visit the island undisturbed and get to know every corner of it.

Formentera, also called the Spanish Caribbean thanks to its beaches with turquoise waters and golden sand, is a small island south of Ibiza with kilometers of coastline but also with thousands of tourists from every part of the world that every day they pour on its pristine beaches .

Forget the beaches of Illetes or Els Alrenals, spectacular, yes, but crowded. Hire a Cooltra scooter and head straight south. Here you will find the beach of Cala Sahona, with blue sea that contrasts with the red of the rocks giving one of the most breathtaking landscape views ever seen, and then push further south to the privacy and tranquility of Migjorn, one of the most beautiful beaches less frequented than Formentera.

In addition to reaching the most hidden beaches with the scooter rental, Formentera will also give you different moments that will make you taste the true life of the island as only the locals can do, and this is our purpose, no?

There are many alternative activities to get to know the island, so much so that you will probably not have enough time to visit this place.

Get around one of the 3 lighthouses of Formentera, the one of La Savina is the oldest, and then remounted in the saddle towards one of the salt pans, once a source of livelihood of the inhabitants of the island, which now give pink horizons more than anything else. And if nature is not enough, immerse yourself in one of the characteristic markets for local shopping and to look among the inhabitants present, one that still proudly bears the remains of the hippie period of Formentera. Because time sometimes stops in certain places.

How to get to Formentera? The island does not have its own airport, so to get there it is mandatory to book a ferry from Ibiza, or from Barcelona. If you are a traveler and not a tourist, you will be able to juggle the thousands of offers of the different ferry companies for Formentera, and for convenience there are also offers that allow you to book at the same time a scooter and ferry with Cooltra.

Being a small island, fast and practical to visit by scooter and close to the busiest Ibiza, the advice is to stay one or two days at most, the right time to relax and enjoy a moment of air between a disco and a drink in Ibiza. And if you then have no desire to return to civilization, no one will be able to blame you unjustly, and if it does, it means that it has not yet happened in this earthly paradise.

From responsible travelers, the advice is to whiz with your comfortable two wheels yes, but to do it with responsibility and respect towards the uncontaminated environment and the inhabitants who might feel invaded by a tourism that is sometimes unwittingly selfish and rowdy. On the other hand, in a few years you may be on the other side, having decided to drop everything and move here. Because what is certain is that this island will remain in your heart and thoughts, as well as on the screens of your cell phone.