Palau de la Musica Catalana in Barcelona – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , July 7th, 2018

Palau de la Musica Catalana - Keep Calm and Wander

A historic concert hall built in 1908, the Palau de la Musica Catalana is a turn-of-the-century piece of modern architecture by Lluis Domenech I Montaner. Its immaculate design, stained glasses, detailed mosaics, and expressive façade are some of the few things that attract tourists from around the world.

The building is serving the role for which it was initially constructed and that is providing a platform for the talented artists to showcase their talent in the most exuberant way possible. Owing to this fact, many famous artists, including Igor Stravinsky, Woody Allen, and Herbert Von Karajan have performed in this “Palace of Music.”

The modernist era was a movement more than a time period. It completely changed the very fabric of the architectural styles in Barcelona. The form of the palace or the hall speaks volumes of the craftsmanship of Lluis Domenech I Montaner. It is fluid, vibrant, and descriptive of the themes that the place is built on.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Ten Amazing Things to Do in Andalusia – DDG Retreat

Author: , June 15th, 2018

Ronda

The romance of flamenco, fun-filled fiestas, magnificent cities steeped in history, picture postcard white villages perched atop rocky crags, breath-taking countryside, panoramic views and the lure of the ocean – Andalusia has it all.

The folks at DDG Retreat have compiled a list of great places to see and things to do while you’re in the area:

RONDA

Straddling the deep El Tajo gorge, this historic town – only an hour away – is truly spectacular. Its dramatic views, fabulous Old Town and other historic attractions, a fine choice of restaurants and fabulous souvenir shopping make Ronda a must-visit. Ernest Hemingway and Orsen Welles both spent many summers there.

NerjaNERJA

Marvel at the world’s largest stalagmite – a staggering 32-metre high column – at the magnificent Nerja Caves. Also worth a visit are the nearby Detunda Botanical Gardens and the Balcon de Europe where you can enjoy one of the best panoramas over this part of the coast.

TARIFA

Love the ocean, kite-surfing or perhaps some whale or dolphin watching? Located on the Costa de la Luz at the southernmost tip of Spain and within almost touching distance of Morocco, Tarifa is a surfy coastal town with beautiful beaches. It also boasts an old town full of fascinating history.

BAELO CLAUDIA

Combine a trip to the coast with a visit to the Roman archaeological site of Baelo Claudia, one of Spain’s most important Roman excavations. Named after Emperor Claudius, the ruins are fascinating and provide one of the best examples of Roman urban architecture to be found anywhere on the Iberian Peninsula.

BOLONIA BEACH

Escape the crowds and discover the locals’ best kept secret. Next to the Baelo Claudia ruins you’ll find a golden beach that stretches for miles. Backed by a pine forest and ringed by an extensive range of sand dunes Ensenada de Bolonia enjoys crystal clear waters and was once voted a Trip Advisor top 25 Europe beach.

PUNTA CHULLERA

Closer to home is another of our favourite beaches, Punta Chullera, just 20 minutes away. Its translucent waters make it perfect for swimming, diving and fishing. With inlets and small cliffs, this cove is of great ecological value and scenic interest. There’s also the ruins of an old watchtower to explore.

CadizCADIZ

The ancient and bustling port of Cadiz boasts 100 watch towers. Once the richest city in Spain and one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, Cadiz is steeped in history. Christopher Colombus set sail to the New World from here; Sir Francis Drake led the British strike against the Spanish Armada in 1587 and Lord Byron lived in Cadiz.

CASARES

Looking out from our Retreat, you’ll see below you the sugar-cube white houses of the beautiful pueblo blanco of Casares. Walk through the narrow streets until you reach the old fortress at the top. Views are incredible as you’d expect from its majestic position 1400 feet above the sea.

MarbellaMARBELLA OLD TOWN

The ancient walled Old Town of Marbella, known as El Casco Antiguo, is quite charming. It’s full of churches, plazas and lovely boutiques. If you’re looking for souvenirs, you can find hand-made clothing, crafts and jewellery and later you can enjoy a Mediterranean meal at the Plaza de los Naranjos.

FIESTAS

Andalusia, a region rich in folklore and tradition, is famous for its festivals. The season begins in earnest in April with the most well-known of all being the Feria de Abril in Seville. Over the Summer months most towns have their own fiestas – many are religious celebrations, but they’re always fun-filled.

ABOUT DDG:

DDG Retreat

If your idea of the perfect holiday is a sunshine getaway that nourishes mind, body and soul all in one short super-break, head to the heart of beautiful Andalusia and combine a cultural city trip with a relaxing getaway. Our adults-only couples bolt-hole is a haven of calm and tranquillity, ideal for a restful few days of respite before you head off for the hustle and bustle of the Golden Triangle.

DDG Retreat

Or opt instead for the city life first and then rejuvenate afterwards in the peaceful ambience here as you immerse yourselves in our stunning woodland estate with its hilltop setting and breath-taking panoramic views. In total contrast to your city stay, at DDG Retreat you will truly be at one with nature.

DDG Retreat

And if you choose one of our two luxury Suites, as featured in this weekend’s Times newspaper Travel section, you can bask in a truly one-of-a-kind experience – our canvas suites come complete with marble floors, chandeliers, air conditioning, luxury furnishings and original artefacts, as well as plenty of private outdoor space and either a hot tub or plunge pool.

As travel writer Liz Bird says, glamping has hit a new level!

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Story provided by Daria at DDG Retreat

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Gay Costa del Sol, Spain – Gay Star News

Author: , August 14th, 2017

Costa del Sol

If you’re looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there’s been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

Beyond the coast, is the Andalucia territory. Much of the iconic symbols of Spanish culture can be found in Andalucia – the bullfights, the flamenco, the sherry, and the remnants of the rule of the Moors. You can easily spend days exploring the small villages nestled within the hills – all accessible from the coast.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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DDG Retreat – Gay Friendly Andalucia Getaway

Author: , July 16th, 2017

DDG Retreat

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

DDG Retreat offers the ultimate experience for couples looking for romantic getaways, weekend breaks, honeymoon or anniversary celebration on Costa del Sol. We are not a standard hotel but a family run Retreat. We don’t sell rooms – we bring you exotic Ambience within a stunning Natural setting with personalized services. DDG Retreat has more then 200 – 5 stars reviews and has been voted as Best in Honeymoon and Romantic Getaway 2016. We have also been covered extensively by World Press including Conde Nast, The Times, Sunday Times, Elle, Cosmo etc.

You can choose to stay at DDG Retreat’s luxury designer Villa for up to 12 Guests or enjoy a romantic break away with your Loved One at our beautiful Casa Pino with private plunge pool and tropical garden. DDG Retreat also offers you two the most luxurious Tents in the Europe.

Absolutely 5-bedrooms, 4 bathrooms Unique Luxury Villa surrounded by tropical gardens and panoramic views. Ideal for family breaks, special celebrations or anyone looking to get away from it all. This fantastic designer Villa with private heated Jacuzzi is located within a territory of natural Retreat within 4 hectares of land surrounded by tropical exotic gardens, natural pines and flowers. Stunning panoramic views stretching over Mediterranean sea, Gibraltar and Africa. If you are looking for a very private property to get away from everyday life, then this villa would be perfect. Villa has many terraces with panoramic views.

Casa Pino offers absolute privacy and solitude. Serene views stretch over to Gibraltar and African coast. Designed for seamless indoor-to-outdoor living, this property enjoys private plunge pool with outdoor lounging and dining area with BBQ. Outside bath in the garden will complete the romantic touch and exotic Ambience.

Boasting a private territory of 500m2, Royal Tent offers one of the most breathtaking uninterrupted views over Gibraltar, African coast, Pueblo Blanco Casares and the sea. Hot tub over the cliff will provide the most romantic and luxurious experience for Couples. Enjoy the feeling of being at a real cinema with your personal in home theatre dolby surround system and wine Cabinet with Award Winning Wines.

Elegant and light – Maharaja Tent is located on the elevated hill with beautiful views over the mountains. Spend your day relaxing by your private plunge pool, enjoy a bath under the stars or watch breath-taking sunsets from your private terrace. Outside shower will complete your exotic experience.

  • Stunning heated infinity pool 15×5 meters
  • sauna
  • steam room
  • gym
  • games
  • table tennis
  • tennis court
  • CD, DVD, books library and much more are of complimentary usage of guests.

See the DDG Retreat Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Beach Escape to the Costa del Sol

Author: , April 29th, 2016

Costa del Sol

If you are looking for a destination that delivers some quality beach time and great weather, then it’s hard to beat Spain’s Costa del Sol.

The term Costa del Sol refers to the stretch of coastline surrounding the city of Malaga – this region is one of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations.

The weather and the beaches are the key attractions, and there has been extensive development along the coastline to cater for the influx of international tourism.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Andalusia Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Casa El Castano, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

Author: , February 10th, 2015

Casa El Castano, Jaen, Andalusia, Spain

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Andalusian Hospitality at its Best: Totally renovated former olive mill, 4 luxury ensuite bedrooms, some with handmade beds, cool cotton sheets and linens; all individual yet uniquely Andalusian. Gorgeous pool and gardens, with amazing 360 views. Situated in the rolling olive groves of rural Andalusia – come and experience this gem.

See the Casa El Castano Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Finding Inspiration in Sevilla

Author: , February 24th, 2014

Seville, Spain - Adam GroffmanI’ve already publicly stated my newfound, deep love for Seville. But looking back on my past four weeks of learning Spanish there, I realize my love went even deeper. I spent so many of my days in Seville walking and wandering the streets, between orange trees and over cobble-stoned paths. If you missed my live updates on my Tumblr about Seville, here’s my Instagram travel diary from my four weeks in Spain.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

See Adam’s full blog here.

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Looking Back at My Month in Seville, Spain

Author: , February 14th, 2014

Seville - Adam GroffmanI’ve already publicly stated my newfound, deep love for Seville. But looking back on my past four weeks of learning Spanish there, I realize my love went even deeper. I spent so many of my days in Seville walking and wandering the streets, between orange trees and over cobble-stoned paths. If you missed my live updates on my Tumblr about Seville, here’s my Instagram travel diary from my four weeks in Spain.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

See Adam’s full blog here.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Alavera de los Banos, Ronda, Andalusia, Spain

Author: , February 6th, 2014

Alavera de los Banos, Ronda, Andalusia, SpainPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Next to the Moorish Baths of Ronda: Located in the medieval jewry of Ronda, Alavera is a small family business offering affordable accommodation and meals. It stands next to the Moorish baths, which are regarded as being one of the finest examples of their kind in the Islamic world and date back to the 13th century, when Ronda was ruled from Granada by the Nasri dynasty.

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When I Fell in Love With Seville

Author: , February 6th, 2014

Seville, Spain - Adam GroffmanLast week was a turning point for my month-long adventure in Seville. Sure, I’ve been singing the city’s praises pretty much since I arrived. Sunshine, warm temperatures and the Spanish lifestyle were to thank for my immediate, knee-jerk love for the city. But now that I’ve been here for a while, I’ve definitely come to the conclusion that, YES, you should visit Seville.

Andalusia, the southern Spanish state, is famous for its tapas, oranges and flamenco. Seville, the state’s capital, is Spain’s fourth largest city but when I visited Andalusia for the first time (in 2010) it was probably my least favorite city. That’s not to say I didn’t like it, because I did (and god knows I had a fun time!), but I just didn’t think it stood up well against Granada. This time it was different though.

Spending more than just a few days in Seville, I’ve come to really appreciate the city. It’s a big city, yes, but it still feels like a small town. My studio apartment is located in central Seville (near the very cool Alameda de Hercules) and from there, nothing is really much further than a half hour walk. Of course there are buses and bike-rentals (including a public bike-rental program!) but with the decent weather that we’ve had in Seville so far, walking was never a problem either.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

See Adam’s full blog here.

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