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Ystad & Österlen, South-East Sweden

Have you ever wondered why so many people are attracted to Ystad and Österlen? For many years artists, writers, birdwatchers and gardeners have made their way here, like holiday-makers looking for a unique combination of tranquillity and intensity. Come and see our sights at your own pace and experience the delights. Discover food, art, light and history. Explore a region which attracts film-makers from all over the world. A region where visitors choose to stay a little bit longer, perhaps in a traditional cottage close to the sea. The Ystad & Österlen area, the southeast corner of Skåne, is a popular destination, especially in summer, but increasing numbers of people are coming here all year round, attracted by the peace and quiet, the excellent food and wonderful cultural and natural experiences.

Galapagos Islands

In 1831 Charles Darwin sailed to South America aboard the H.M.S. Beagle. On the return voyage across the Pacific, the vessel stopped on a small group of islands far off the Ecuadorian coast, changing the course of human scientific endeavour and self-understanding forever. Fascinated by the unique wildlife on the islands, Darwin collected biological specimens and studied them over the next 30 years. His findings led to the formulation of the scientific theory of evolution by natural selection. This small group of islands and their one-of-a-kind wildlife are to thank for one of humanity’s most remarkable discoveries, and today, almost 200 years later, they remain a source of endless fascination, and a favourite travel destination for scientists, nature and wildlife enthusiasts, scuba divers, and anyone interested in the wonders of the natural world.
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: Theatre Area

The Theatre District owes its name to the many theatres here. This is the working habitat of many directors, actors, dancers and musicians: in the pubs you can almost hear the creativity bubbling away. It’s worth a visit during the day, too, because you’ll find many fashion, antique and interior design shops here, as well as two small but beautiful museums: the Maiden’s House Museum and the Museum Mayer van den Bergh.

Fort-de-France

With its unique mix of Creole culture and European cosmopolitanism, the French overseas territory of Martinique, and in particular the capital of Fort-de-France, has just the right blend of tradition and sophistication. First-class shopping and dining combine with a fascinating artistic legacy in a quickly developing city, where modern construction projects are reinvigorating urban life. But the main draw remains the surrounding natural beauty of the island, which, with its looming volcanic peak, lush tropical rain forests and picture-perfect beaches, has captivated visitors for centuries.
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: St. Andrew's

St. Andrew's was once known as ‘the Parish of Hardship’, but those days are long since passed. The Fashion Museum is the public face of the neighbourhood, and in the Nationalestraat and Kammenstraat area vintage clothing and haute couture go hand in hand. There’s always something going on in this district. And don’t miss Kloosterstraat, with its shops full of antique treasures and bric-a-brac.
Antwerp, Belgium

Tasty in Antwerp: Historic centre

The old city centre is steeped in history. You will find it in ancient building-fronts on narrow streets or in the imposing Grand-Place. The Plantin-Moretus Museum is the only museum in the world to be classified as a Unesco World Heritage site. In the shadow of the Cathedral of Our Lady, the city teems with life in intimate pubs and restaurants. The banks of the Scheldt are a great place for a breath of fresh air.

Valladolid

Valladolid oozes history from every ancient stone. King Felipe II was born here, the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabel married here and Christopher Columbus died here. This was once the capital of Spain, but although it has lost this title, it is still now the principal city of Castilla y Leon, the land of castles from which the word ‘Castilian’ derives. Today, Valladolid is a bustling university city that thrives on its manufacturing industries. It is a down-to-earth, lively place that energetically blends old with new.

Split

The coastline of the Atlantic Sea cradles the elegance of the historical city of Split. Chosen by the Roman emperor Diocletian as his city of residence, Split accommodates his Palace, an over 1700 years old giant that comprehends an intricate complex of quaint alleys and square. Due to its vastness and impressively excellent conservation, the ancient colossus can be referred to as a city within a city. While the charm of the city's historical sites captivates the multitude of holiday-makers who flock to Split throughout the hot Croatian summer, the unspoiled nature and crystalline waters just make them fall in love. The people of Split claim that their city is "the most beautiful one in the world and beyond," and the well spirited Split aims to convince you of this! The city is full of life and soul, and the friendly local people of Split are waiting to welcome you with open arms. Only a few cities in the world can offer such variety of entertainment and excursions in their closest surroundings as Split.
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