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Argentina is famous for its breathtaking waterfalls, rugged mountains, scenic hills and bustling European-style city, as well as its sensual tango, world-class polo, champion soccer, gauchos (cowboys) , its amazing steak, and its delicious wine (via South America Travel). When it comes to Argentine wine, Mendoza is the place to go. Argentinians adopted the Malbec grape from Bordeaux, France, when Miguel Pouget, a French agronomist, introduced Argentinian winemakers to the grape, in hopes of elevating their wines, according to The Real Argentina.

As with wine regions around the world, Mendoza attracts tourists, offering immersive experiences, wine tastings, luxury hotels and spa resorts. Travel & Leisure named Cavas Wine Lodge, a Relais & Châteaux hotel and spa, nestled in Mendoza, South America’s premier resort town. A huge property with Romanesque and Moorish architecture, the Cavas Wine Lodge offers world-class dining and the concierge can arrange wine-tasting safaris, horseback riding and picnics on request.

Its lavish spa includes temperate pools and baths as well as spa treatments. The two-hour Express Wine Therapy experience combines a Swedish deep tissue massage, aromatherapy and mud facial mask with the Bonarda bath, an indulgent soak in Bonarda grape wine extracts, essential oils and stimulating salts. Book the full-day spa experience and enjoy breakfast and afternoon tea, a three-course lunch, a dip in the pool and sparkling wine, and a facial, massage, and massage. a massage and a Bonarda bath.

Dramatic moment cars wash out on the road in Spain as map shows UK holiday hotspots hit by horror floods Sat, 24 Sep 2022 10:19:16 +0000

This is the dramatic moment cars are swept away on a road in Spain as UK holiday hotspots are hit by horror floods.

Video circulating online shows parked vehicles floating on a road in Tarragona as heavy rain continues to hit the popular destination.


Heavy rain washed away cars in Spain as emergency services are inundated with calls for helpCredit: Twitter
Heavy rain hit Alicante and Benidorm causing flash flooding


Heavy rain hit Alicante and Benidorm causing flash floodingCredit: Youtube-Olive Press


Benidorm and parts of Valencia were also hit by heavy rain on Friday, leaving cars overturned and homes completely destroyed.

Police cordoned off the road as six to seven cars were swept away by fierce floodwaters.

There was enough rain to drip onto the roofs of parked vehicles.

Another clip showed a suburb outside Tarragona engulfed in floodwaters.

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On Friday, the Meteorological Service of Catalonia recorded more than 100mm – 3.9 inches – of rainfall in the region.

Local rescue teams responded to 759 calls for help, 460 of which alone involved flooding.

Meanwhile, residents of the Valencia region are bracing for wilder weather after torrential rains hit local beaches and flooded town centers last weekend.

Damage was recorded to homes and businesses as far north as Castellon de la Plana and 70km south of Valencia in Elche.

On Wednesday, the National Meteorological Agency (Aemet) issued a yellow warning for the Alicante region.

Residents were told to prepare for hailstorms and about 20 liters of rain per square meter in an hour, according to Olive Press.

The same yellow warning was issued for neighboring Valencia.

In Barcelona, ​​authorities have been forced to move festivities linked to the city’s biggest carnival, La Merce, indoors following warnings of heavy rain and tornado-level winds.

The warnings came after high winds and biblical levels of rainfall landed in Benidorm.

The popular British tourist site received 91 liters of rain per square meter in just one hour last Sunday morning.

The nearby area of ​​Senija was hit with 100 liters per square meter and Serra Gelada received 88.2 liters per square meter.

In Alicante, emergency teams responded to 36 calls for help due to the flash flooding while terraces and basements quickly flooded Benidorm’s main streets, such as Avenida Mediterraneo.

Locals and tourists were spotted wading through the rising waters with bin bags over their legs while a British holidaymaker took the opportunity to swim naked.

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Aemet warned that conditions would “barely vary” over the weekend as showers and storms moved from the coast and further inland.

Warnings have also been issued for the Balearic Islands and southern Spain.

Weather warnings remain in place for much of Spain's east coast


Weather warnings remain in place for much of Spain’s east coastCredit: Youtube-Olive Press
This unknown city in Mexico is becoming one of the most popular destinations in the country Thu, 22 Sep 2022 14:47:39 +0000

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It looks like Mexico has a new star in the making, as an unknown city that had never been widely promoted as a destination takes center stage as part of the country’s tourism offering. It has no coastline and therefore no pristine beaches like those found in the Caribbean, nor the Mayan monuments of the Yucatan Peninsula, but it is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations south of the border.

Colorful houses of Guanajuato, colonial city in Mexico

Since the borders of the world have reopened to tourism and normal tourism has resumed, Mexico has claimed the coveted title of king of tourism, and it is not difficult to understand why. Being a country rich in nature and home to many iconic sites, it is a natural leader in holiday bookings, especially when it comes to sunny getaways.

Surprisingly though, most visitors to Mexico still fail to grasp just how diverse and multicultural it really is – or did until this year:

The secret is out: Mexico is so much more than a sunny break at the beach

Iglesia De San Roque and colorful houses in Guanajuato, Mexico

To reduce Mexico to its resort areas and the occasional mystical ancient pyramid is a big mistake. Yes, these attractions go a long way to making the country great, and we certainly can’t underestimate the power of Cancun as a winter hotspot, but at the same time a majority of Mexico, and arguably where her spotless beauty lieshas been hidden from the public eye for years.

Fortunately, things are changing and tourists, including American vacationers, have started venturing further inland in search of “more Mexico”, instead of being isolated in one of the resorts. colossal tourist attractions of the Riviera Maya year after year. This trend translates into real numbers: an increasing number of travelers are looking for more unique experiences during a visit to Mexico.

Historic Colonial Era Tunnels in Guanajuato, Mexico

At the tip of The revival of tourism in Mexico are its colonial towns, many of which are protected by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. One of them, the unknown Guanajuatohas skyrocketed arrival figures, not only because it has its own international airport, allowing easier access, but due to the fact that it is simply stunning.

Although many don’t know it, Mexico is where some of the oldest European colonies in the Americas are located. Guanajuato is a prime example, with narrow, winding streets lined with ocher-colored houses mimicking those found in Spain, and Neo-Gothic churches piercing the horizon.

What makes Guanajuato so special?

El Oratorio de San Felipe temple in Guanajuato, Mexico

In 2021 and 2022 it was named the best city in the world according to Travel + Leisure, while Mexico itself considered it the most beautiful in the country this year. Guanajuato is indeed a sight to behold, not to mention bucket list materialbut those who might have wished to keep this gem to themselves a little longer may be disappointed to learn the secret is out.

According to Juan Jose Alvarez Brunel, Guanajuato’s tourism secretary, by the end of 2022 the city should recover roughly 70 percent of its tourists, a much higher rate than entire countries – we see you Australia and Canada – and a surprising figure for a non-coastal city which for the most part has not been a priority for Mexican tourism.

Aerial view of Guanajuato, Mexico

The data was provided by different service providers, including those in the private sector, academics and even the World Tourism Organization. As Brunel says, should Guanajuato keep up the pace, by the end of 2023 it should be back to where it was in 2019 and even “start to grow again”. Doesn’t that sound too impressive?

Well, maybe that’s because the vast majority of Americans visiting Mexico flock to Cancun, and Cancun only. Of course, when it comes to arrivals and gross incomes alone, nothing beats the jewel of the caribbeanbut we must understand that due to its popularity, there are over-representation regarding tourism trends and the Riviera Maya.

In a world where giants like Cancun exist, Guanajuato’s recovery rate is nothing short of stellar.

Colonial era town of Guanajuato, Mexico, Latin America

Much of Mexico’s hard-earned tourist dollars are spent in Cancun, Tulum and other nearby municipalities, and naturally these will rebound much faster, if not completely eclipse, other minor destinations in the country. The fact that Guanajuato is repositioning itself as a much stronger contender this year and continuing to get its share as much of Mexican travel revolves around Caribbean cities is nothing less than stellar.

This achievement is widely attributed to regional tourism authorities, who boldly envisioned Guanajuato as Mexican culture, wine tourism, and capital of gastronomy. When it comes to the latter, they surely have enough to brag about, as UNESCO itself granted Guanajuato’s food scene the status of “World Heritage of Intangible Gastronomy” in 2020.

Interior garden of a building in San Miguel de Allende,

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Guanajuato is where visitors can experience great stories

You might be wondering why, given that Guanajuato might not have been a priority on your planned Mexico itinerary until you came across this article. Allow us to explain why according to the Secretary’s own assertions:

  • It is truly one of the main wine tourism destinations in Mexico, being the fourth producer with 43 vineyards*
  • Its old town, dating from the 16th century, has been considered by UNESCO as a true architectural marvel
  • East Guanajuato a short drive away many other colonial hotspots in Mexico, including charming San Miguel de Allende
  • Guanajuato International Airport offers direct flights from several US cities, including Chicago, both Midway and O’Hare, Houston, Dallas and Los Angeles

*21 of these vineyards welcome tourists/guided tours

Aesthetic image of a young woman enjoying a drink from a Mexican style mug with the colorful houses of Guanajuato depicted in the background,

Other benefits of making Guanajuato your next winter vacation

Once in Guanajuato, tourists have easy access to 46 municipalities in the state, including its eponymous capital, by means of a “comprehensive road system” crossing the territory and penetrating deep into Mexico. more picturesque and authentic countryside. Other highlights mentioned include:

  • Various hotel chains as well as independent accommodation providers
  • A myriad of hot springs, spas and wellness centers that will give a hard time to the Mayan worlds
  • World-class restaurants (Guanajuato’s cuisine was noted by UNESCO, remember?)
  • 20% of the state of Guanajuato is a “protected natural area”home to 45 percent of all bird species in the country – nature lovers here?
  • Excellent infrastructure, something we already briefly discussed when writing about San Miguel de Allende
Juarez Theater in Guanajuato,

As Mr. Brunel brilliantly puts it, Guanajuato doesn’t have beaches, but it doesn’t need them: its man-made colonial wonders and foodie scene are exactly what sets it apart from the Mexican coast and precisely why it is has been experiencing a revival lately.

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]]> Kashmir among likely venues for meetings ahead of G-20 Tue, 20 Sep 2022 20:55:34 +0000 THE LIST of possible destinations for upcoming G-20 meetings, which will set the stage for the group’s summit next year in the nation’s capital, includes Kashmir, Siliguri, the Rann of Kutch and Goa, The Indian Express has learned. Deliberations in this regard have taken place at the ongoing conference of state tourism ministers in Dharamshala, officials said.

The selection of Kashmir as one of the possible locations could have diplomatic repercussions, as some G-20 countries may have differing views on the situation in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir after the repeal of section 370.

In addition, India-based foreign diplomats, foreign officials and even India-based foreign journalists need special permission to visit J&K, which presents a procedural challenge for the government.

The more than 200 meetings to be held ahead of the G-20 summit on September 9-10 next year will mainly include meetings at ministerial and official levels. There will also be meetings at the level of diplomats based in India apart from non-governmental interactions: civil society groups, think tanks, businesses, media and other similar groupings from G-20 countries.

Several cultural and heritage sites are also likely to host some of these meetings, including UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra, Hampi in Karnataka and Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu.


Focus on the valley

Following the repeal of Section 370, the government had arranged visits by diplomats and envoys from various countries to J&K’s Union Territory to emphasize normalcy in the Valley. Elevating Kashmir as a possible venue for G-20 meetings will take this exercise to the next level.

Addressing the conference in Dharamshala, Tourism Union Secretary Arvind Singh said there will be 215 meetings spread across 55 venues covering most of the states. The meetings will take place between January 1 and September 10, 2023.

The International Exhibition Cum Convention Center at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi is expected to be ready early next year for the summit. Prior to that, the nation’s capital will undergo a beautification campaign, particularly in areas around hotels, public spaces and roads leading from the international airport to the summit venue.

Officials said the upcoming G-20 presidency will also be used as an opportunity to make India a favorite tourist destination. Delegates arriving for various meetings will be taken on familiarization tours to scenic spots across the country.

During India’s G-20 chairmanship, as many as 250 cultural events will be held on the sidelines of key meetings for delegates, officials from the culture ministry said.

India will assume the chairmanship of the G-20 for one year from December 1, 2022 and will invite Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, Singapore, Spain and the United Arab Emirates as invited countries to the summit.

The G-20 is an intergovernmental forum made up of 19 countries – Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, UK, US — and EU.

Mapping culinary tourism in Europe through restaurant reservations Mon, 19 Sep 2022 07:30:00 +0000

From Michelin-starred restaurants in Paris to Rome’s pizza vendors to Lisbon’s mouth-watering pastéis de nata, European culinary specialties and the quality of its restaurants – as well as their diversity – are such that food-loving travelers have plenty of options. . And this summer, vacationers have certainly found themselves stuck in the menu of culinary delights across the continent. By Travel + Leisure

With the resurgence of tourism, following the reopening of borders and the relaxation – or abandonment – ​​of travel restrictions, travelers are back on the road and back on the restaurant trail. Inspired by the ever-growing selection of foodie guides and specialist foodie media, this tasty approach to travel was already in full swing before the pandemic. According to the tourist office of the Paris Ile-de-France region, 13.1 million tourists who chose to visit the French capital and its region discovered French gastronomy in 2018.

This is how travelers map culinary tourism in Europe

At the time, these travelers were spending some 8.9 billion Euros (7,08,19,11,28,143 INR). In an in-depth study, Visit Paris Region found that international travelers who came to sample the local cuisine were on average 39 years old, while French people who came to the capital for the same reason were a little older, at 43. As for foreign visitors, Americans are the most gourmet clientele (14.3%).

Now that the summer season is over, we can better understand how tourists enjoy European culinary delights thanks to The Fork, the first restaurant reservation network on the Old Continent (and in Australia). The platform lists nearly 60,000 restaurants in 12 countries. Based on reservations made in July and August with its partner restaurants, La Fourchette concludes that it was a “record summer”. Compared to last year, bookings increased by 11% Europe-wide, and even exceeded those of 2019 – the pre-pandemic reference year – by around 3%.

Italy is a culinary favorite

Unsurprisingly, given its countless opportunities to eat well and at a lower cost, Italy is the continent’s top culinary destination for The Fork’s international guests. It is the European country that generates the largest share of international bookings (29%), ahead of Spain (22%) and France (20%).

French travelers have a particular taste for Italian culinary tourism (39%), with Spanish and Portuguese restaurants attracting fewer French travelers (25% and 18% respectively). And the feeling is mutual, it seems, since Italians come out on top of tourists booking restaurants during their holidays in France (17%).

Travelers from the United Kingdom are almost as numerous (16%), far ahead of visitors from Germany (9%), Belgium (8%) and the Netherlands (7%). When foreign visitors come to France and decide to eat, they logically choose French cuisine, and to a lesser extent Italian or even Japanese restaurants. In terms of bookings made by international visitors by city, rather than country, Paris leads with 8% of international visits, ahead of Barcelona (5%) and Lisbon (5%).

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10 amusement parks around the world (that aren’t Disneyland) Fri, 16 Sep 2022 20:00:00 +0000

Disneyland has several amusement parks around the world, receiving millions of visitors each year. Yet the The happiest place on earth is not the only one with theme parks worth visiting. In Tokyo, for example, there are great options for park-goers and there are attractions for everyone.

The truth is, great theme parks can be found in almost any country, and they make for an exciting day trip for families or even tourists trying to avoid tourist attractions. While some theme parks offer cultural immersion rather than rollercoasters, others are great for avoiding endless lines as they are less famous.

ten Efteling, Netherlands

Efteling is one of the largest theme parks in Europe, and it was created to create a fairy tale atmosphere which, combined with thrilling attractions, has made it extremely famous.

Located in Kaatsheuvel, the Netherlands, the park attracts many Belgian visitors, as it is not far from the border.

The place is divided into five kingdoms, including Marerijk, the magical, and Ruigrijk, with the most exciting attractions.

One of the most notable rides in Efteling is Draak, a wooden roller coaster and Fata Morgana, a water attraction inspired by Arabian tales. Visitors who wish to stay longer can book one of their hotels and villas.

Price:From €38 (about $38.58)

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9 Dollywood, United States

Surprisingly, the best theme park in the United States is not Disney World or Universal. Dollywood topped Tripadvisor’s Top Travelers list of 2022 and the place is famous for its award-winning shows, rides and special events.

Visitors can expect to find different celebrations for each season and 11 thrilling attractions spread across its 160 acres.

Among their most popular attractions are Daredevil Falls and the Dollywood Express train depot. In 2023, visitors will also be able to take a ride on Big Bear Mountain, its longest rollercoaster.

Price:$79 + taxes and fees (day pass)

8 Europa-Park, Germany

Travelers visiting Germany can also schedule a day to visit Europa-Park, the country’s largest theme park and the second most visited theme park in Europe, after Disney Paris.

The place has more than 100 attractions, suitable for all ages. Located near France and Switzerland, nearly five million people visit Europa-Park each year.

The park has several themed areas, each celebrating a European country. Of course, visitors will also find thrilling attractions, including fairytale woods and 13 roller coasters.

One of the coolest times to visit Europa-Park is during the Halloween season, when it features extraordinarily spooky decorations.

Price:Seniors and children 4 to 10 years old: €47 to €53 (about $47.72 to $53.81) | Adults – €55 to €62 (approx. $55.84 to $62.95)

seven Songcheng Theme Park, China

Songcheng Theme Park, China is the largest in Hangzhou and is a great way to learn more about the Song Dynasty.

They managed to recreate a city from 800 years ago and visitors can get a glimpse of their way of life through buildings, shows and theaters.

One of the most recommended attractions is the Song Dynasty Romance, a show that explains ancient myths.

This theme park is a different experience, as it doesn’t have thrilling rides or water attractions.

Price: From $61.54

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6 Puy-du-Fou, France

This is another theme park for those who love history and would like to have an immersive experience in a medieval French village.

Visitors can watch dancing horses, fireworks, and multiple historical pageants. Children are often impressed by the Viking ship and the eagles, owls and hawks they meet.

This park is perfect for those who want to skip the endless lines while enjoying shows that appeal to all ages. They also have a second park in Toledo, Spain.

Price: From €39 (about $39.59)

5 Beto Carrero World, Brazil

Brazil is home to Beto Carrero World, the largest theme park in Latin America. Initially, the park aimed to recreate the atmosphere of the American Wild West, but now has nine themed areas with 100 attractions, including shows and rides.

The park is located in Santa Catarina and receives over two million visitors a year.

According to Tripadvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Best of the Best, Beto Carrero World is the third best theme park. It’s a great option for travelers who want to do something different while visiting Brazil.

Price:From R$109 (about $21.17)

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4 The Milky Way Adventure Park, UK

Milky Way Adventure Park is located close to Cornwall, the UK’s favorite theme park for visitors. The Cosmic Typhoon roller coaster and gravity donut slide are some of their most popular attractions.

As this park is smaller than other theme parks, there are also fewer lines, so it’s a great option for visitors who want something less crowded.

The place is still family owned and the attractions are designed for families to enjoy together.

Price: Tickets for children aged 1-3 start at £7.95 ($9.22) | Other Visitors – £14.95 ($17.34)

3 Gardaland Resort, Italy

Located near Lake Garda, this park is an amazing day trip to enjoy sunny days in Italy. The place is full of thrill rides and family attractions spread over ten themed areas.

Adrenaline seekers can enjoy their four thrilling roller coasters. Families can hang out at the San Andreas 4D cinema.

Of course, younger kids have plenty of options, but their favorite is Peppa Pig Land, the Funny Express, and Doremifarm.

Price:Begins to€44 ($44.67)

2 Terra Magica Florybal, Brazil

Terra Mágica Park is located in Canela, a popular family destination in Brazil. One of the most interesting things about this place is that local artists created all the attractions.

There are over 40 attractions and sculptures in the park; some can move and talk.

Their most famous attraction is the 7D cinema, which features snow and rain. This park is exciting for the youngest, because they can enjoy this unique universe.

Price:R$110 (about $21.37)

1 Yomiuri Land, Japan

Yomiuri Land is Tokyo’s largest amusement park and is open year-round. Beyond the attractions, the park is a popular destination to check out the famous Japanese cherry blossom in the spring.

They are also home to Jewelllumination, the world’s first LED lighting inspired by the colors of gemstones.

The park has ten themed areas and is always adding more attractions to its portfolio.

Among the most exciting places in Yomiuri Land is “Goodjoba!” space, which was designed to celebrate Japanese craftsmanship.

Price: From $32.99

Want to camp by the sea on the Costa de Trasmiera? Wed, 14 Sep 2022 18:59:23 +0000 Cliffs off the coast of Santander, Spain. Image: Kevin George/

Camping Derby Loredo in Cantabria offers views of blue waters and a quiet sandy beach over a kilometer long.

The campsite has direct access to the beach via a private path and also offers its own surf school with lessons and equipment rental.

Loredo is located east of the bay of Santander in the municipality of Ribamontan al Mar, about 6 kilometers from the municipal capital, Carriazo.

The excellent natural environment enjoyed by the municipality has made it an important tourist attraction, although agricultural activities have not been completely abandoned.

Loredo and Somo are the two towns with the largest number of tourist establishments.

For trips further afield Camping Derby Loredo is a solid choice, as the site is less than half an hour’s drive from central Santander and its ferry port.

Santander officially became a city in 1755, thanks to King Ferdinand VI. In 1833, the Spanish territorial reform gave Cantabria an administrative center for the first time in its history, and in 1983 the Spanish “province” of Santander became the autonomous region of Cantabria.

The town was a favorite resort of King Alfonso XIII, leading to a boom in architecture and the development of Santander as a resort still popular today.

Today Santander is a charming, modern city with a rich cultural and historical heritage and seaside elegance. One of the most beautiful cities in Spain and a privileged destination for beach holidays.

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Playa Del Carmen and Tulum set new tourism records Sun, 11 Sep 2022 14:37:57 +0000

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This summer, Playa Del Carmen and Tulum broke records, as they received 822,000 vacationers between the months of June through August, as reported by the Riviera Maya Hotel Association (AHRM). This figure is the highest since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, with 625,000 visitors during the same months in 2019. The growth of the two cities as tourist hotspots has also been signaled by the increase in l accommodation, with 6,821 new rooms. and suites built for tourists to relax.

Tourists in Playa del Carmen

The State Secretariat for Tourism also found that more than 44% of hotel and resort rooms are concentrated in the Riviera Maya region, highlighting how Tulum and Playa del Carmen have become huge tourist hotspots. over the past few months. This will only continue, with average occupancy rates of 65% in September, 70% in October and 80% in November.

Fifth Avenue decorations in Playa del Carmen

In addition, the first eight months of the year recorded an average occupancy rate of 75.8%, well above the 2019 average. The months of March and August recorded the highest occupancy rates high, with more than 80% for each destination.

The AHRM oversees more than 140 accommodations throughout the region, reviewing each for their standards and dedication to tourist safety. This year, the group found that tourism in the entire Riviera Maya region has increased significantly over the past year: July ended with 80% occupancy, August reaching 76 %, greatly exceeding what was achieved three years ago at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

tulum seaside with hotels

Tourism experts believe that the growth of these two regions is due to excellent air connectivity and a recent increase in the promotion of the two cities. Primarily, Playa del Carmen International Airport is responsible for transporting hundreds of passengers daily to and from the United States, Canada and beyond. The fact that visitors can fly directly to Playa del Carmen without having to change at Cancun International Airport reduces travel time, with a much smoother journey overall.

Tourists seen walking towards Cancun airport as highway renovation causes traffic

While Tulum International Airport is not yet open, experts have suggested that it will be able to carry 4 million passengers per year when completed. This is expected to further increase tourist records, as passengers will be able to fly directly to Tulum from hundreds of destinations around the world.

Planes lined up

In addition, the AHRM participated in many events this year to promote the excellence of the Riviera Maya, including Tulum and Playa del Carmen. By speaking at the International Tourism Fair in Spain and the Road Show in the United States and Canada, the Quintana Roo Tourism Board was able to reveal the beauty and splendor of these Mexican and Caribbean places to first-time tourists.

Police car Tulum Mexico

Tulum recently made headlines after four bodies were found in Tulum’s hotel zone last month. While the victims were not tourists, the fact that the bodies were found so close to a tourist area sent shockwaves through the Mexican media, dissuading tourists from booking their next winter vacation in the region.

Playa del Carmen, Mexico

Playa Del Carmen drew similar negative headlines after shootings and instances of violence occurred frequently over the summer months. In particular, tourists and locals were shocked after two people were injured after a shooting at a popular Fifth Avenue tourist bar.

However, these negative headlines have failed to deter tourists, as Playa del Carmen and Tulum are more popular this year than ever. With 22% more tourists this year than in 2019, it is clear that these destinations have truly made their mark in the world of Mexican-Caribbean travel.

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This beautiful colonial town in Mexico is becoming more popular day by day Wed, 07 Sep 2022 15:58:38 +0000

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Mexico may be popular for its pristine beaches and Mayan heritage, but in truth, it’s an incredibly various country whose cultural offer extends far beyond the usual tourist hotspots of the Mexican Caribbean. It is home to a plethora of historic towns few Americans dare to explore, and it had been largely overlooked for decades – until now.

After hearing about this gorgeous colonial gem nestled in the heart of the state of Guanajuato that seems straight out of a fairy tale, you might even feel inclined to miss Tulum this fall.

San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, Latin America

Mexico’s colonial-era settlements are becoming more popular by the day, appearing on many online travel lists and going viral on video-sharing apps such as Instagram and TikTok. Yes, the Riviera Maya remains the top attraction south of the border, gearing up to welcome over 9 million tourists this winter alone, but other relatively smaller destinations have also seen a revival of late.

That said, it really comes as no surprise that one of Mexico’s Best Kept Secrets is now in the open:

Female tourist wandering the colorful streets of San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Guanajuato State, Latin America

This is where you should go in Mexico next

San Miguel de Allende is a city that is part of the state of Guanajuato, located 170 northeast of Mexico City and just 60 miles from the city of Guanajuato, the state capital. In 2018, he was crowned the most Best small town at the World Travel Awards, proving that he followed a successful path long before the revival of tourism in Mexico*.

*What we’re dubbing the North American giant’s record-breaking return to the top of the tourism charts in a post-Covid scene.

Colorful house in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

As claimed by CEIC, a data provider that tracks the growth of tourism in specific destinations, the state of Guanajuato, of which San Miguel de Allende is part, has seen a steady increase in the number of arrivals during the first quarter of the 21st century, growing from just over 400,000 annual visitors in 2007 to nearly one million, or 956,465 in 2018.

Although official figures for this year are not available at the time of writing, the state has already been declared The fifth most important tourist center in Mexico in 2022 — after all, turquoise-water beaches and luxury resorts are only part of Mexico’s much larger allure. Increasingly, visitors are drawn to its historical relevance and vast cultural wealth.

Mexico is a cultural center like no other

San Miguel de Allende in Mexico, Latin America

Arriving in San Miguel, tourists who have already been to Europe, or more precisely to the Iberian Peninsula, will feel like brought back to Spain or even to Portugal: the old historic center is an incoherent maze of 16th, 17th and 18th century buildings that could easily pass for one of the traditional old Spanish towns, showcasing the old empire’s iconic skyline tinged with ocher and brightly colored houses.

Of course, dominating the picturesque streets below, stands a majestic monument evoking neo-Gothic architecture, and the main tourist attraction of the city, the Juan de San Miguel brother – a quintessential Latin American postcard.

San Francisco Church in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

These monuments have been recognized not only by UNESCO, which has declared the “protective city” of San Miguel and the Sanctuary of Jesus Nazareno of Atotonilco World Heritage Sitesbut also by the visitors who in recent years have flocked to the Mexican gem to bask in its splendor.

Some of the highlights of San Miguel are:

  • Although it is not a small city, being a strong city of more than 100,000 inhabitants, it’s much smaller and much more scenic than the overly chaotic megalopolises of Mexico
  • It’s not yet tarnished by overdevelopment, as evidenced by more traditional destinations like Cancun
  • The prices are relatively lower than in other larger and more popular cities, especially accommodation prices and tourist attractions
  • He is easy accesswith many bus companies serving the city from Guanajuato, Mexico City or other major departure points

San Miguel finally finds social media fame

Tourist bus in historic downtown San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

lifestyle blogger Aline Tamirwhich is approaching its historic 100th country and has amassed over 335,000 followers on Instagram while encouraging women to travel, recently visited San Miguel de Allende and spoke to Traveling out of the way on his experience. According to Alyne, it is one of the most “photogenic and instagrammable” cities she has already visited:

That’s not to say that Alyne thinks San Miguel is Instagrammable in the “boring, generic way”: it’s full of “Old World Charm”of a beauty that does not seem artificial – it has been maturing and refining for five centuries.

San Miguel de Allende Botanical Gardens, Guanajuato, Mexico

Additionally, Alyne highlights San Miguel’s rising art scene and the weekly exhibits that take place in local parks every Sunday, where tourists can purchase paintings and other unique handmade souvenirs.

Kashlee Kucheranfounder of Traveling out of the way (TOP), is another of the thousands of North American explorers to have been drawn to the mysticism of San Miguel. Despite the city’s approval is beautiful, she adds ‘it’s not very affordable‘ compared to others budget colonial-era destinations, such as Guadalupe (Zacatecas) or Valladolid (Yucatan).

Calle Empedrada in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico

Even then, Kashlee believes tourists can “for sure” get good value for money compared to the rates of hotels in the Riviera Maya or even in the capital. For the travel expert, one of the benefits associated with San Miguel’s growing popularity is the obvious “change in infrastructure.”

New boutique hotels, modern spa facilities, art galleries and leisure centers “that wouldn’t have existed 15 years ago” are now an integral part of the tourist offer – not to mention better food availability.

Kashlee concludes that San Miguel is a ‘very good‘ city where Americans can find the best of both worlds. Namely, it is both a wellness destination and a place where history is found in every corner, courtyard and intricately built churches:’This is become high-endso it’s ideal for an upscale traveler who still wants a taste of culture‘.

Top sights in San Miguel de Allende

Interior garden of a building in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Some of San Miguel de Allende’s must-sees include:

  • The cobbled streets of the old town lined with traditional houses from the Spanish era
  • Las Monjas, officially the Church of the Immaculate Conception, one of the oldest religious buildings in the city
  • The breathtaking frescoes of the Sanctuary of Atotonilco, commonly called The Sistine Chapel of Mexico
  • The El Tiangues de los Martesa giant street market held on Tuesdays on the outskirts of town where you can find traditional Mexican food at affordable prices
  • Benito Juarez Park, a relaxing walk in nature flanked on all sides by elaborate fountains and lush gardens
  • Iglesia de San Francisco, an 18th-century church that owes its fame to a solitary tower of high standing and brightly colored decor Baroque facade

How to get there

Air travelers wearing face masks while transiting through an airport, air travel concept

Queretaro International, serving the city of Queretaro, is the nearest airport to San Miguel de Allendeabout an hour drive.

Alternatively, tourists can arrive via Del Bajio International in Guanajato, an hour and a half from the city, or by car from other entry points further afield, such as Mexico City (4 hours).

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Monday, September 5, 2022 – La Minute Monocle Mon, 05 Sep 2022 05:06:04 +0000

For the first time since 2019, IFA, Berlin’s gigantic electronics trade show, is back in full glory in person with more than 20 huge halls filled with innovation, home appliances, TVs and electronics. other gadgets. Sustainability is by far the biggest theme this year, with companies trumpeting that their products will last longer and help the environment.

HMD Global, the maker of Nokia phones, has launched three new smartphones and a new way to buy them called Circular. This encourages users to keep their devices longer and to take them back when they are finished to refurbish them and resell them or donate them to charity, for example. Samsung’s major home appliances will all be connected to Wi-Fi from next year, so owners can see exactly how much energy they’re using, and newer models are designed to use less. There is a washing machine that calibrates the water and detergent not only according to the weight of the clothes but also how dirty they are. The company is also offering a revolutionary new 20-year warranty for key components, such as the inverter motor in its refrigerators and washing machines.

Panasonic also promises to focus more on caring for people and the environment. This includes a modular travel kit that lets you use a battery-powered handle that attaches to a razor, hair clipper, and even a toothbrush. There is also a focus on heat pumps, factories running on 100% renewable energy and more sustainable appliances. I asked Panasonic about the need to retain and was told the business model would shift to offering repairs and maintenance to help products last longer. After all, if companies really take the environment seriously, it’s not just about gimmicks; they will have to manufacture and sell fewer novelties.

David Phelan is Monocle’s Technology Correspondent.