Martinique

Martinique is (beach) lovers. And food lovers. And divers. And hikers. And above all, Franco-Phil. A marriage of Gallic culture and customs of the Caribbean, this overseas department of France is a sunny, slightly less crowded version of the homeland. People looking for more sophisticated pleasures, whether of the kind you put on the plate or the type is placed on a credit card will be pleased to know that good food and the latest fashions are not optional here, but a mandatory accessory where visitors congregate – especially in its capital port of Fort-de-France.

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Of volcanic origin, the island is crowned by the still-smoldering Mont Pelée, which destroyed the old capital of Martinique, St-Pierre in 1902. There are plenty of hiking and nature observation on the slopes of the volcano. And since this is known as the “Island of Flowers’ is botanical gardens tucked into the rugged landscape.

Long beaches and plenty of delicious diving are the main attractions in the south. Fishing villages dot the coast, most of them have managed to hang on your seafaring soul while offering visitors plenty to see and do.

Not much to do here, but everything happens in time in the Caribbean. Except for the northern mountains, is an exceptionally easy island to drive around. One can browse Presqu’île Caravelle in the morning and return to Fort-de-France in time (to avoid rush hours) to test the nightlife of the city in the making.

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Fernando de Noronha

fernando de noronhaFernando de Noronha is a group of 21 volcanic islands 340 miles from Recife, Pernambuco, which was declared a National Marine Park since 1988, to protect vegetation as well as land and marine life.

Actually it is not correct to label as Fernando de Noronha beach, because it is actually a group of islands with many beaches, but we decided to do it on Best Beaches because it would be unfair not to include the most beautiful place in the whole country, and one of the 10 best beaches in the world in this ranking.

The largest island in Fernando de Noronha, which has the same name as the island group, has 7.1 square miles and a population of 2,100 inhabitants. Here you can find the most interesting historical sites to visit, such as the ruins of Fort of Sao Pedro, but of course the main attraction at Fernando de Noronha is its islands and beaches.

You can also find other 20 beaches near Fernando de Noronha, which are divided into those aimed at Brazil (10 beaches and Dolphin Bay) and pointing to Africa (4 beaches, many natural pools and a stream).

Archangel Somerset Hotel

Here is a fantastic owners – and the architect – have adopted a new approach: it has left the building to talk.

The Angel Inn was in a particularly terrible. Despite its long history, dating back to the Domesday Book, it had become a very attractive pub, where he had been a while since love had been lavished. In fact, when the new owner was Simon Waterfield in the months after it had closed suddenly, he found beer in pint glasses and even ashtrays cigarettes. The regulars who have moved to another location, although it is difficult to know where, with bars at the close of the Great Britain at 50 per week in those days.

Simon changed the name of the Archangel and began placing the restoration. Think medieval modern. Taylor springs architect has retained the old beams and walls and put in the program, retaining its sheen and leaving them largely unadorned speak eloquently for themselves. This is especially true in the restaurant and the barn, which has a mezzanine and a suspended glass “cube”, which holds a private dining table close to the transverse beams in the rows of “candles” (actually power) seem to burn and dripping wax.

Lighting everywhere, by Bruce Munro – the wonderful shower of light in the cathedral of Salisbury – is an imaginative wonder. Renaissance paintings of angels have been deployed around as extravagant wallpaper, and glass and steel, zinc and slate, leather and copper have been used to create a rustic style that feels lux is the case , as the decision to preserve the medieval narrow path that bisects the building across the back. Step length with slate floor gives out, no stables, but two living rooms, reception area and excellent toilet facilities, each with its own particularly impressive angel roof floor.

Morocco

For many travelers, Morocco could be a short hop by ferry or by one of the low cost airlines myriad of Spain, but is a much further distance to travel culturally. The regular certainties of Europe suddenly swept away by the arrival in full technicolor Africa and Islam. It’s a complete sensory overload.

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Tangier, which faded libertine on the coast, has traditionally been a first port of call, but the winds quickly blow along the Atlantic coast in the cosmopolitan and famous movie star in Casablanca, and white gems of fishing ports of Asalih and Essaouira. Inside, the great imperial cities of Fez, Marrakech and attract visitors en masse as they have for centuries. The streets of the ancient medinas have plenty of surprises around every corner to fill a dozen repeated trips. Far from the urban pace, you will find Roman ruins and steep valleys to distract drastically.

If you really want to get away from everything, Morocco still has a few trump cards. The High Atlas Mountains seems tailor-made for hiking boots, with endless trails between Berber villages, and the highest peak in North Africa (Jebel Toubkal) to the conquest. Or if you prefer someone else to do the walking, you just have to hold your camel and walk straight in the Sahara, to see the sunset over an ocean of sand.

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