La concha resort san juan puerto rico: Puerto Rico Resort Vacation Packages & Deals

La Concha Resort joins Marriott’s exclusive Autograph Collection Hotels

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«Joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection is a huge step forward in La Concha’s legacy as one of Puerto Rico’s premier hotels,” said John Paulson, President of Paulson & Co


SAN JUAN, P.R. (PRWEB)
February 23, 2023

La Concha Resort, one of the most iconic and storied hotels in San Juan’s fashionable Condado district is set to become the latest addition to Marriott International’s “Autograph Collection,” as announced by Fahad Ghaffar, Partner at Paulson Puerto Rico, the company that owns and operates the hotel.

“La Concha Resort has had a long-standing relationship with Marriott, previously forming part of its Renaissance Hotels group for 15 years. Joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection is a huge step forward in La Concha’s legacy as one of Puerto Rico’s premier hotels,” said John Paulson, President of Paulson & Co. “With this partnership, our guests will enjoy new levels of luxury and an enhanced guest experience.”

The Autograph Collection is part of Marriott’s Distinctive Premium tier of hotels. It includes over 270 independent hotels and resorts located in some of the world’s most desirable destinations spread out across more than 45 countries and territories. Each hotel is hand-selected for its uniqueness in both design and its approach to hospitality, following the motto “Exactly Like Nothing Else.” Currently, it is the most demanded and popular of all Marriott’s brands.

This will be the first Autograph Collection Resort in Puerto Rico. Featuring 473 rooms and suites, La Concha Resort offers tropical modernism and bountiful amenities, showcasing sweeping panoramic views of the ocean right at the epicenter of San Juan’s hottest social scene. Among its main attractions are the popular Casino del Mar, which features the newly built BetMGM Sportsbook, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico, and Fifty Eight Club, at which Grammy award winner, Bad Bunny, has performed multiple times. Originally built in 1958, then renovated and reopened in 2007, the hotel has a rich history and has long been a key component of Puerto Rico’s tourism industry.

As part of the upgrade, Ghaffar announced the investment of $45 million in a full renovation of 238 ocean front suites as well as new additions to La Concha’s offerings and amenities, among them the construction of a new five-star spa and renovations to the Beach Club. The hotel will also be the home of Tekka Bar, a high-end sushi restaurant concept by renowned Las Vegas restaurateur Takashi Segawa. An exciting new restaurant will also be coming to the iconic Perla space, to be announced in the coming months.

The group owns and operates over ten restaurants, including STK and Serafina. La Concha Resort is part of The Condado Collection of hotels owned and operated by Paulson Puerto Rico, one of the largest private firms on the island with over 3,000 direct employees. Other hotels in The Condado Collection include the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel and Condado Ocean Club. The group owns the Forbes Five-Star St. Regis Hotel and Spa as well.

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ABOUT LA CONCHA RESORT

La Concha Resort, a spectacular landmark in modern Caribbean architecture, has 233 oceanfront rooms and a 235-suite tower. The gastronomic offer includes Solera, Sereno Bar & Grill, Marena, Aroma, Lobby Bar, The Loft Beachfront, and Serafina San Juan. All facilities have free high-speed internet. The hotel has a modern gym facing the sea and the newest casino in the Caribbean. For reservations and additional information, you can call (787) 721-7500 or visit the page http://www.laconcharesort.com.

ABOUT THE CONDADO COLLECTION

Condado Collection is a group of hotels and experiences located in San Juan, known for their exceptional service and top-notch amenities. The collection includes the luxurious Condado Vanderbilt, the trendy La Concha Resort, the iconic Condado Ocean Club, and the unique Casino Del Mar with BetMGM Sportbook,  All of these properties are situated by the Atlantic Ocean and offer guests a memorable experience. In addition, the collection features popular dining options such as STK, Serafina, 1919 and many more.

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La Concha Resort An Autograph Collection Hotel in Puerto Rico

La Concha Resort, one of the most iconic and storied hotels in San Juan’s fashionable Condado district is set to become the latest addition to Marriott International’s “Autograph Collection,” as announced by Fahad Ghaffar, Partner at Paulson Puerto Rico, the company that owns and operates the hotel.

“La Concha Resort has had a long-standing relationship with Marriott, previously forming part of its Renaissance Hotels group for 15 years. Joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection is a huge step forward in La Concha’s legacy as one of Puerto Rico’s premier hotels,” said John Paulson, President of Paulson & Co. “With this partnership, our guests will enjoy new levels of luxury and an enhanced guest experience.

The Autograph Collection is part of Marriott’s Distinctive Premium tier of hotels. It includes over 270 independent hotels and resorts located in some of the world’s most desirable destinations spread out across more than 45 countries and territories. Each hotel is hand-selected for its uniqueness in both design and its approach to hospitality, following the motto “Exactly Like Nothing Else.” Currently, it is the most demanded and popular of all Marriott’s brands. This will be the first Autograph Collection Resort in Puerto Rico. 

Featuring 473 rooms and suites, La Concha Resort offers tropical modernism and bountiful amenities, showcasing sweeping panoramic views of the ocean right at the epicenter of San Juan’s hottest social scene. Among its main attractions are the popular Casino del Mar, which features the newly built BetMGM Sportsbook, the first of its kind in Puerto Rico, and Fifty Eight Club, at which Grammy award winner, Bad Bunny, has performed multiple times. Originally built in 1958, then renovated and reopened in 2007, the hotel has a rich history and has long been a key component of Puerto Rico’s tourism industry.

As part of the upgrade, Ghaffar announced the investment of $45 million in a full renovation of 238 ocean front suites as well as new additions to La Concha’s offerings and amenities, among them the construction of a new five-star spa and renovations to the Beach Club. The hotel will also be the home of Tekka Bar, a high-end sushi restaurant concept by renowned Las Vegas restaurateur Takashi Segawa. An exciting new restaurant will also be coming to the iconic Perla space, to be announced in the coming months. The group owns and operates over ten restaurants, including STK and Serafina. 

La Concha Resort is part of The Condado Collection of hotels owned and operated by Paulson Puerto Rico, one of the largest private firms on the island with over 3,000 direct employees. Other hotels in The Condado Collection include the Condado Vanderbilt Hotel and Condado Ocean Club. The group owns the Forbes Five-Star St. Regis Hotel and Spa as well. 

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Spain in summer: June, July, August

At one time I was quite surprised that summer in Spain starts on June 21st. True, and ends on September 21st. So the beginning of June in this country is still spring. Even when discussing the summer holidays that most Spaniards spend in their country, they talk about July, August and September. Summer in Spain is very hot and not very suitable for exploring cultural and historical values ​​in the center of the country. I love traveling in Spain, but the hot summer sun always makes me think of the sea.

So, in this hot season, it is probably better to limit yourself to some sort of outings from the coast or, as an option, rent a house with a pool in a mountainous area. If we exclude the peak time, and this is the second half of July and August, the pleasure is more than affordable.

If, nevertheless, the craving for beauty is very high, and there is no other time for vacation, then during the trip you need to switch to the Spanish daily routine. Walk around the city early in the morning and see all the interesting things, somewhere until 12 o’clock. During the hottest hours of the day, observe a siesta.

For those who really feel sorry for the time, during the day I advise you to at least escape from the hot streets to the air-conditioned coolness of museums or large shopping centers, and in the evening go hunting for tapas and new impressions from Spain and the Spaniards.

June in Spain

June in Spain, as I have already noted, is not quite summer yet. The beach season is just coming into its own, but the sea is mostly still cold, not to mention the ocean. This does not apply to the Canary Islands, where the water temperature is almost always constant. Traveling to Spain in June has its advantages: housing prices are lower than in July and August, and there are still not so many tourists.

Costa Blanca

In June, for a beach holiday, I recommend going to the Costa Blanca, the coast with the warmest sea in mainland Spain. This coast has a record number of sunny days a year, warm sea, beautiful beaches for every taste: huge and wide, small, cozy in bays, urban civilized and wild. When planning a beach holiday in Spain in June and counting on more or less warm water, you are unlikely to find an alternative to the Costa Blanca. The sea at this time will warm up for swimming only here. At the same time, housing prices have not yet reached their peak, and if you take care of booking in advance, you can rent a studio or a double room for only 30-40 EUR. And the crowds of tourists will be much less than in July-August. What else will attract tourists to the Costa Blanca in June? Of course, the San Juan holiday, the brightest and most cheerful celebrations of it are here.

The resorts of the Costa Blanca also delight with their diversity, from quiet authentic to ultra-modern. Separately, I would like to note the excellent transport links between all coastal towns from Alicante to Denia, they are connected by the TRAM narrow-gauge railway, I would call this transport a light metro.

Modern air-conditioned trains run even at night on holidays and weekends. The main tourist centers are Benidorm and Alicante.

Things to do and see
  • Benidorm, which is called the «New York of the Mediterranean» or simply «Beni York», gives me mixed feelings. On the one hand, this city has broken all records in terms of the number of skyscrapers per capita and per square meter, on the other hand, we are not going to the Mediterranean Sea for skyscrapers, but on the third, resorts should be different, why not. In the mid-50s of the last century, it was decided to turn a small fishing town with an unusually favorable microclimate into a modern resort. Which is what was done. Now about 100 thousand residents permanently live in the city, about 25-30% of them are foreigners, mostly British. The modern resort offers a huge variety of entertainment, which is to be expected. Benidorm has 5 (!) amusement parks for children and adults: Terramitica amusement park, 2 water parks; and 2 zoos. The nightlife is also varied, with a huge number of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. In general, the resort is good for everyone: young people, parents with children, tourists planning to devote part of their vacation to sightseeing trips. But here are the beaches. No, no, everything is in order with the beaches, they are clean and comfortable, all are awarded the «blue flags», but in the season, of course, they are wildly busy. In June — still nothing, not 100%.
  • For lovers of holidays in cities more traditional for Spain than Benidorm, I can advise Alicante. Despite the fact that a large number of historical sights have not been preserved here, the old center is very compact, and the beautiful embankment with mosaic waves is only 1000 m long, the city definitely has its own charm and flavor. Staying in Alicante, you diversify your beach holiday. You can try to get into the Gothic basilica of Santa Maria of the XIV century, but it has a difficult mode of operation, you won’t be able to admire it from the outside. Interesting Town Hall Square with fountains. By all means, all guests of Alicante go on a hike to the fortress of Santa Barbara. This is if anyone wants. But no — you can take the elevator, all the pleasure is a couple of euros. If you go on foot at least down, then by all means look into La Ereta park, a very romantic place. Oleanders, pomegranates, jacaranda grow in the park, and there are many cozy corners where you can sit and admire the beautiful panorama of the city. A replica of the legendary ship «Santisima Trinidad», which participated in the American War of Independence and later heroically fought against the British in the Battle of Trafalgar, is moored at the embankment. For me, a vacation at sea is not quite complete if you can’t go to this very sea on a boat and preferably for some purpose. In Alicante, there is such an opportunity: from here catamarans go to the island of Tabarca, about an hour one way. The island, which has a long history, has preserved ancient walls and a church. The sea around is great, there is a beach. In June, Las Hogueras de San Juan is celebrated all over Spain, the most spectacular is the holiday in Alicante. It lasts from 19to June 24, at this time there are many events. Special sites for bonfires, plantas, are being prepared, on which various sculptures made of wood, cork and cardboard are installed, which are usually satirical in nature, las mascletas explode with wild noise throughout the city, barraquas pavilions are set up, where the townspeople dine together and have fun, various events take place. costume processions. On the last day, or rather, the night of Ivan Kupala, oh, San Juan, bonfires are lit, and the sky is decorated with fireworks.

In addition to these two resorts, you can stay on the Costa Blanca:

  • Villajoyosa. Ten kilometers from Benidorm there is a small unusual town of Villajoyosa, which means «cheerful village». There are three chocolate factories and even a chocolate museum in the town, and what improves your mood if not this delicacy? The old part of the city pleases the eye with bright houses. It is believed that the fishermen painted their houses in different colors in order to recognize their own from the sea.
  • In beautiful bohemian Altea.
  • In the pretty resort of Javea, a fifteen minute drive from which is the wonderful pebble beach of Granadella,
  • In Calpe, located at the foot of the Ifach mountain and famous for its fish restaurants.
  • In respectable Dénia.
Weather in June on the Costa Blanca

June on the Costa Blanca will delight you with warm and quite mild weather. The daytime air temperature at this time fluctuates between 25-30 degrees, the night brings coolness, 14-16 degrees. The water in the sea warms up to 22 degrees, there are such years as up to 25. Rains are extremely rare.

How to dress for your trip

Although the weather in June is fairly stable, remember that Spain is Europe and cool and rainy days are quite possible at this time. In addition to summer clothes, a light windbreaker or blouse will not hurt.

Aragonese Pyrenees

I suppose that there are such strange people in the world as my husband and I, who can go in the summer not to the sea, but to the mountains. Or allocate at least half of the vacation for this. The best month for a trip to the Pyrenees is June, its second half. This is the very beginning of the season, when the greenery has not yet lost its bright colors, the waterfalls are full of water, the weather is quite comfortable and all popular routes are accessible. At the same time, there is still no such influx of tourists as in July and especially in August, and housing prices are not so high. However, keep in mind that this region is very popular among the Spaniards for short trips on the weekend, so plan not the most popular routes for the weekend, and book your accommodation in advance.

Things to do and see

  • Walk the route to the Cola de Caballo waterfall. One of the most spectacular and impressive places is the Ordesa and Monte Perdido nature reserve. The trek to the waterfall Cola de Caballo (Horsetail) is perhaps the most popular hiking route.

There is a track very simple, accessible for unprepared tourists, but its length is about 16 km. Another disadvantage is that it is not circular, that is, you go back and forth along one road. Its second option is just circular, but it requires quite serious preparation, as it involves a sharp rise of 700-800 meters, while the total climb is about a thousand meters. But the views that open from this trail are so amazing that I could not refuse the idea of ​​​​climbing there.

And I found a third, physically easy option. There are several companies in the reserve that organize 4×4 jeep tours in the mountains. Thus, we were taken to the top by car, showing the most incredible landscapes, and we went down by ourselves, on foot, something about 8-9 km.

If you are too lazy or unable to walk, you can return by car, the choice is yours.

  • follow the route in the La Pineta valley. Another route that we have chosen and which I highly recommend is the trek to the waterfalls in the La Pineta valley. It is with a small climb, 350-400 meters, and a length of about 12 km. There are many waterfalls, large and small, on this route, the most picturesque is La Cinca.

The route is well marked and passes through such places that you don’t know what to do: grab a camera or just enjoy the surrounding beauty.

  • In addition to hiking and enjoying mountain nature, it is interesting to travel around the surrounding towns and villages, where the spirit of the Middle Ages is still preserved. The nearest town to the reserve is Torla.
  • You can also stay in neighboring Broto. Literally ten minutes walk from this town you find yourself right at the foot of the Sorrosal waterfall,

besides the falling stream of water, you can see climbers climbing the via ferrata.

  • Another curious, even mystical place is the abandoned Canfranc railway station. This international station was conceived as a gateway to Spain for foreign visitors, so it was built on a grand scale. Since 1970, due to the collapse of the bridge on the French side, the iron work has been closed. In 1965, when the railway was still in operation, episodes of the film Doctor Zhivago were filmed here, which received 5 Oscars and an incredible box office. You can get inside the station only with an organized tour, but there is not much to see there. And on weekend evenings, light shows are held at the station.
  • Jaca is notable for its Citadel, a pentagonal fortification built in the 16th century. The main tourist flow here is in winter, there are two ski resorts nearby.

Half an hour’s drive from Jaca is the monastery of San Juan de la Pena, founded in the 10th century.

  • Roda de Isabena is the smallest town in Spain with a cathedral.
Weather in the Pyrenees in June

Going on such a trip, you need to focus on the fact that at different altitudes above sea level the air temperature is different. Every hundred meters up the air cools down by half a degree. So, at an altitude of 1000 m it will be colder by at least 5 degrees. In the valleys it will be, if not hot in summer, then warm in spring, 20-25 degrees, but higher — it is difficult to predict. Night temperatures are still very low, 8-10 degrees. Rain and cloud cover are possible, but in general June is much drier than the previous two months.

How to dress for a trip

Considering the unpredictable mountain weather, I advise you to take windproof jackets and warm sweaters. But you also need to take care of a set of summer clothes. Raincoats or umbrellas, the former being much more comfortable, can also come in handy.

July in Spain

July finally brings the heat to Spain. The temperature in the south and in the center of the country is confidently above 30 degrees, the north gives relative freshness. Rains are rare. July is the beginning of the holiday season, housing prices are still lower than in August, but already quite high. This month, the choice of a beach holiday is not limited by the temperature of the water; on almost all beaches in Spain, the water is warmer than 22 degrees. Not counting, of course, the coast of Galicia and periodic cold currents in the east of the Costa del Sol.

Pamplona

The most interesting event in July and the most famous Spanish holiday all over the world is San Fermin in Pamplona. The tradition of organizing festivities in honor of St. Fermin is about 800 years old, but Hemingway’s book The Sun Also Rises brought her worldwide fame. If you are interested in this side of Spain, I highly recommend visiting Pamplona in July.

Things to do and see

Of course, San Fermin. Now the holiday is held from 6 to 14 July, and until the end of the sixteenth century, its time was in October. Due to the unpredictability of the autumn weather in Navarre, the celebration of San Fermin has been postponed to the summer. At noon on July 6, firecrackers are fired from the balcony of Pamplona City Hall and the fun begins. On this first day, a magnificent religious procession takes place.

Starting from the following day until July 14, the encierros, the races of people and bulls, are held daily at 8 am, in which thousands of men take part: locals, desperate tourists and professional torrero. Every year the number of participants is growing. The encierros last only 2-3 minutes, during which time the bulls run 849 meters, and the people — how many, but experienced participants no more than 50 m. The incredible influx of tourists has done its job: the cost of a place for one person on the balcony is about 400 euros. However, the price includes snacks and drinks.

Every evening during the holiday there is a bullfight. The arena in Pamplona is the second largest in Spain and can accommodate up to 20,000 spectators.

In addition to encierros, many other events are held in the city: processions of giant dolls,

carnivals, dances, jumping into the crowd from a five-meter fountain and wine, of course, flows like water.

The celebration ends at midnight on July 14 at Consistorial Square, where it started. About 3 million tourists come to San Fermin in Pamplona, ​​so hotel prices are exorbitant, and you need to rent accommodation in advance.

Weather in Pamplona in July

The average daily temperature in July is about 27-29 degrees. However, year after year is not necessary. For example, last year, in 2016, it was hot at the opening of San Fermin — 35 degrees, and by the end of the week it got colder to 20. Rains are quite possible.

How to dress for a trip

At San Fermin, it is customary to wear white plus a red neckerchief. But this, of course, is not a mandatory dress code. Here’s what I can really advise for those who are planning to plunge into the thick of things, so it’s to wear clothes that you don’t mind throwing away. After all, the wine here flows like a river in the literal sense. Fortunately, this is not difficult to do, because the weather in Navarra in July is quite warm.

Basque Country

July is a very good month to spend in the respectable Basque Country. The cool and rather rainy region in July appears in a slightly different light. There is a lot of sun here, the rains are no longer so frequent, and at the same time there is no that suffocating heat that prevails in most of Spain. The Bay of Biscay warms up to a temperature quite acceptable for swimming, so even a beach holiday is possible. The Basque country is a non-budgetary region, and in August the prices become completely indecent, so July is also a combination of prices within reasonable and good weather.

Things to do and see
  • Visit Bilbao. The largest city of the Basque Country impressed me as an incredibly harmonious city. And this is not surprising. Thanks to its distinguished mayor, Bilbao transformed itself in the 2000s, becoming one of the best and most livable cities in the world. What is the metro line, drawn from the city center to the ocean. And not just to the ocean, but to beautiful sandy beaches. So, in the summer it is very pleasant to stay not in the center of Bilbao, but in its ocean suburbs. By metro you can get to the beaches of Plentia and Gorlitz,

to the windy and very beautiful beaches of Arriatera — Atxabiribil

and Salvaje — Barinatx, a bus goes to them from the metro, the small Arrigunaga beach near Getxo is interesting, rarely visited by tourists.

Bilbao’s atmospheric old town is Casco Viejo, home to an endless number of pintxos bars. Pinchos is a kind of northern tapas.

A stroll along the Nervión riverfront from the Arriaga theater to the Guggenheim Museum will show Bilbao in all its beauty and diversity of architectural forms. Don’t miss Zubisuri, Calatrava’s White Bridge, by the way, the airport is also his design.

The Guggenheim Museum is the main attraction of the city, attracting a good flow of tourists here. The museum presents mainly works by contemporary artists, so it will be of interest to lovers of the latest trends in fine arts.

Puppy the puppy is nearby, such a huge and cute flower bed.

In Portugalete, a suburb of Bilbao, the curious Biscay Bridge, designed by one of Eiffel’s students in 1893, spans Nervión. Movement on this bridge is carried out using a suspended gondola, which still carries passengers and cars. You can also walk along this structure along the upper, pedestrian part.

  • Go to San Juan de Gastelugache. Near the town of Bermeo, on a small coastal island, this ermita (hermitage) is located. The staircase leading to the monastery is so beautiful and unusual that it attracts photographers from all over the world. During our visit, the stairs were being restored and we didn’t get to visit the island, but it’s been a couple of years now, so hopefully you’ll have better luck.
  • Walk around San Sebastian. City-fairy tale, city-dream. San Sebastian, in the Euskadi Basque language — Donostia, is compared with Paris due to the sophisticated atmosphere of its streets.

A shell-shaped lagoon flanked by white railings.

The best gastronomic experience you could imagine awaits you in the old town and near the port.

Only two cities in the world can boast three three-star Michelin restaurants: Paris and San Sebastian. Theaters host the best troupes, ballet, opera, operrets, casinos are visited by various interesting personalities. In addition to the world-famous film festival, others are held here: a festival of jazz music, advertising, sailing regattas, a surfing film festival and much more.

Mount Igueldo can be reached by funicular, it offers a beautiful view of the city and there is an amusement park, opened at the beginning of the last century.

There are several beaches in the city: La Concha, Ondaretta, Zurriola and the beach on the island of La Clara, five hundred meters from the coast.

  • Continuing the theme of the ocean, I strongly advise you to drive through small towns on the coast. I especially liked Getaria, a small town with excellent fish restaurants, the Balenciaga Museum, born here, and surrounded by vineyards. Grapes are grown here, from which Chakoli wine is produced, maybe not very famous, but quite worthy.
  • Nearby, on the coast between the towns of Deba and Zumaya, one can observe the geological history of the Earth. Such an unusual breed is called flysch, each layer corresponds to a certain stage of evolution. Even if geology is completely alien to you, the sight is still very beautiful, isn’t it?
Weather in the Basque Country in May

The air in July warms up to 22-27 degrees, in my opinion, very comfortable weather. In addition, the water temperature in the Bay of Biscay becomes more or less «swimmable» — about 20 degrees, sometimes warming up to 22. Rains in the north of Spain are not uncommon, even in summer, but there is something to do in inclement weather.

How to dress for a trip?

An important issue for the northern Spanish regions. A windbreaker, a warm sweater, a swimsuit, and a sundress will not hurt. Unfortunately, you will have to take an umbrella.

August in Spain

In August it is hot, expensive and crowded in Spain, it seems that the whole of Europe has flocked here. But everything is also tasty, fun and festive. And since it so happened that your vacation fell on this month, try to plan your trip in advance. The earlier you buy your tickets and book your accommodation, the more you save. With housing, it’s not only and not so much about prices, the best options will be booked six months in advance, or even earlier.

Journey to Galicia

Galicia, cold and rainy, but endlessly beautiful, in August can smile with clear weather. Despite the fact that rains are the hallmark of this region, it is more pleasant to travel in good weather, isn’t it? In addition, prices in Galicia, although they rise in August, are still incomparable with popular resorts. In August, many local holidays are held here, in which it is very interesting to participate. Traveling around this northern edge of Spain was a revelation for me, so I would venture to advise the places that impressed me the most.

Things to do and see
  • Let’s start with Ribeira Sacra, where many medieval monasteries are concentrated on the rocky banks of the Sil and Miño rivers, grapes are grown on stone steps, from which divine wine is obtained, and dizzying landscapes amaze the imagination.

You can stay in a parador, a hotel in the ancient monastery of San Estevo, or in hotels and guest houses simpler.

It is not bad to stay in Ourense, hot springs are located in the city itself, there are paid and free beaches. On the second weekend of August, the village of O Carballino hosts the Festival of the Octopus, a favorite Galician dish.

It is prepared in the traditional way, the Galician way, and is used to make empanadas pies.

Delicious festivity accompanied by bagpipes and dancing.

  • Then you can go to Lugo, the main attraction of which is the Roman wall.
  • On the coast, you should definitely visit Playa de Catedrales, checking the time of low tide. We were a little late, and walked under rocky vaults knee-deep in icy water. It is better to come when the water has not yet reached the minimum mark.
  • In La Coruña, one of the main attractions is the 13-kilometre promenade, where the oldest lighthouse in the world, the Tower of Hercules, built by the Romans, is located. Nearby is a park of menhirs created today, they symbolize the Celtic history of Galicia.

Despite the fact that you will find glazed facades of houses in every city in Galicia, they are especially good in Coruña.

  • Santiago de Compostela is one of the world’s major pilgrimage centers, and its cathedral attracts both pilgrims and connoisseurs of architecture and art.

If you’re lucky, you can see the Botafumeiro, the world’s largest censer, in action, but this is rare.

  • Some pilgrims going to Santiago de Compostela do not end their journey at its cathedral, but continue on towards Cape Finisterre. The ancient Romans believed that this particular cape was the end of the world. Celtic legends say that the sun dies there.
  • On the first Saturday of August, a wine festival is held in the town of Cambados.

The foundations of winemaking were laid in the 12th century by monks who brought recipes from the Rhine Valley. Today Albariño is appreciated all over the world.

During the holiday, all local wineries exhibit their products, and a great addition to white wine are seafood dishes, persebes, scallops, and the indispensable octopus.

  • Until we arrived in Galicia, I could not imagine that one of the best beaches in the world is here. Probably, this rating did not take into account the temperature of the water. Nevertheless, Rodas Beach, located on the island of Cies near Vigo, was awarded this title ten years ago.

The archipelago of the same name, which includes the island, is a national park, and visits to the island are limited to 2,000 people per day. You can get to the island by catamaran, tickets for which in August must be taken in advance via the Internet and it is better not on weekends.

  • The remains of the Celtic settlements, kastro, can be found in every corner of Galicia, but the largest one is on Mount Santa Tegra, near the town of La Guarda. I recommend this place also because from the top of the mountain there is an unforgettable panorama of the mouth of the Minho River, which separates Portugal and Spain, and a magnificent view of the ocean.
Weather in Galicia in August

August is the warmest month, the air temperature rises to 25-27 degrees. The temperature of the water in the ocean, however, is not conducive to swimming, even in August it is 16-17 degrees. The situation is a little better in the Bay of Biscay, on the coast of the province of Lugo: 19-20 degrees. Rain is still possible, but much less frequently than in other months.

Holidays in Gran Canaria

In the hottest month of the year, it is good to go to the islands of «eternal spring» for a comfortable beach holiday. The air temperature here, even in August, rarely exceeds 32-24 degrees, and the Atlantic winds bring comfortable freshness. But keep in mind that, despite the fact that winter is considered the highest season in the Canary Islands, in August there are also very, very many tourists here.

Things to do and see
  • I can recommend a classic beach holiday in the resort area of ​​Maspalomas. It has excellent infrastructure, a lot of nightlife, wide sandy beaches.

This resort is home to the main amusement parks of Gran Canaria: water park, Palmitos zoo, amusement park. Dune Maspalomas, located between the resort of the same name and the neighboring Playa de Ingles, can take you to Africa for half an hour.

  • Another very popular resort in the south of the island is Puerto Rico. I can recommend this place to those who prefer the view of the ocean, and not the proximity to the beach. The town is located on the slopes of the mountain and the panorama from the windows is unforgettable. However, if you plan to travel on foot, then you need to take into account the difficult terrain or use public transport. By the way, taxis are quite affordable.
  • One of the unusual and interesting places to stay on the island is the town of Agaete. Even in August, it will not be as crowded as the main resorts of Gran Canaria. Nevertheless, there are several beaches in the area, sandy, pebbly and natural stone pools Las Salinas.

Agaete is the start of the most picturesque and dizzying route along the rocky coast, from which Tenerife is visible. Here is an interesting archaeological park with barrows, which are more than 1300 years old. The town is located on the west coast, so you are guaranteed beautiful sunsets. And in August, Agaete hosts the Fiesta de la Rama, Nuestra Señora de Las Nieves. This is a Canarian, not a pan-Spanish holiday. On August 4, on the eve of the holiday itself, thousands of dancers move along the streets of the town, holding palm branches in their hands. In ancient times, the local inhabitants of the islands thus caused rain.

  • An indispensable trip for lovers of mountain routes is a trip to the central part of the island and the ascent to Roque del Nublo.

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