Places to visit in Argentina besides Buenos Aires

When we think of a trip to Argentina, Buenos Aires seems to be the destination. However, although the capital of Buenos Aires is really charming and great to explore, the country has much more to offer its visitors.

In the list below, you will find varied activities, ranging from the cold of Patagonia to the dry desert climate, through vineyards, incredible trails and much history in the second largest country in South America.

Mendoza

When visiting the friendly city of Mendoza, almost on the border with Chile, visitors will find two distinct tourist options, but both very interesting. The first and best known is the exploration of wineries, where some of the best wines in the world come out, especially with the traditional Malbec grape. The second option is related to nature, with a beautiful walk to the Aconcagua Provincial Park, which will take you to the foot of the continent’s highest mountain, passing incredible landscapes
along Route 40.

El Calafate

For those looking for an even more connected destination with nature, another tip is a visit to the city of El Calafate in southern Argentina. Although small, it has a great structure of lodging and gastronomy for travelers. It is from there that you will leave to visit the beautiful Perito Moreno glacier, which is considered by UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. Beautiful and icy landscapes await you.

Córdoba

Córdoba is the second largest city in Argentina. During your visit, you will be able to see in the colonial architecture a little of the history of the country and also the presence of the Jesuits in South America. It was once considered the Capital of Culture, which is justified by the good art museums that you can meet by there, like the Evita Museum. Even being in a big city, at dusk the central square is taken by its residents, who take the opportunity to chat and take a good mate.

Bariloche

If you want to ski in the snow and relax with the look of the icy mountains, it is a must-see trip. However, not only winter is made San Carlos de Bariloche. In summer it is much sought after by the Argentines themselves, as it is a good destination for those who wish to practice water sports, go hiking in the middle of nature and even enjoy a beach.

Ushuaia

Known as the “end of the world”, being the southernmost city on the planet, Ushuaia reserves beautiful landscapes for its visitors, such as snowy mountains, lakes, glaciers, and others. With temperatures as low as 10 degrees Celsius, even in the summer, it is surrounded by wildlife, with penguins and marine mammals, and is a good choice of the script at any time of the year.

Mandatory places to visit on the island of Madeira – Portugal

Madeira is a big island, if you want to know it relatively well, the ideal is a week. However, depending on the time you have available you can set up a script, knowing which are the mandatory places to visit on the island of Madeira.

Funchal

The whole trip through the island of Madeira must pass through in the capital, Funchal. One day you get to know and experience what Funchal has to offer, such as the Monte cable car, the basket carts, the Lavradores market, the historic area around Santa Maria street or the magnificent gardens. Funchal is the ideal place to start visiting on the island of Madeira.

Where to stay?

If you are traveling to Funchal know that the best hotels to stay, according to Booking are:  Casa da Praça,  Quinta B.,  Belvedere Boutique,  Babosas Village,  Belmond Reid’s Palace,  Quinta da Casa Branca,  Castanheiro Boutique Hotel,  Hotel Porto Santa Maria – PortoBay and  Hotel Baia Azul.

Cabo Girão

The magnificent Cabo Girão is the largest natural promontory in Portugal, with a verticality of 589 m. A recent, glass-bottomed gazebo allows you to contemplate even better the fajãs grown at the base of the promontory. The views of the gazebo extend from Câmara de Lobos to Funchal, with these cities facing the Atlantic.

Curral das Freiras

With a little more than two thousand inhabitants, Curral das Freiras is a small village in the heart of the mountains of Madeira. Once practically isolated in an enclosed valley, accessible only by a dizzying road, today it is possible to cross a tunnel and reach the village easily. It is worth to feel the claustrophobia of the place, but also contemplate the village of some of the most beautiful viewpoints of Madeira, as is the case of Mirador Paredão and Miradouro of Eira do Serrado. This is one of the must-see places on the island of Madeira.

Pico Areeiro

Pico Areeiro, on clear days, is one of the most beautiful places on the island. The colorful rocks of the peaks of the island of Madeira extend on the horizon and are lost sight of. This is one of the must-see places on the island of Madeira. For the more adventurous, it is necessary to make the PR1 – Pico Areeiro – Pico Ruivo trail, but for those who do not have the time or do not want to, it is advisable to start the route to the mirador over the counter, about 1 km. By the way, you will already enjoy the most superb views of the island.

Pico Ruivo

The Pico Ruivo is the highest point of the island of Madeira, with 1861 m of altitude. Getting there requires walking. You can go to Achada do Teixeira, in Santana, and then walk about 1h30 (round trip) to get to the peak. On clear days the views are magnificent.

Santana

The traditional houses of Santana are the postcard of the island and the archipelago of Madeira. But let yourself be discouraged if you think you will find a village of colorful houses in Santana. Once thatched houses were once more common, but with the rising standard of living, the majority of the population abandoned traditional houses and lived in communal dwellings. Although there are some houses scattered around the area, especially in small towns, to see the traditional houses will have to go to the town square, where there are six houses, four of which converted into tourist shops. The houses are all recovered and you can visit them from the inside. There are also two that function as private housing. These are not visitable. If you want to see one of these traditional houses inside, as they were used, you have to go to the Madeira Theme Park in Santana and pay € 1 / entrance fee.

Caves and Volcano Center of São Vicente

São Vicente, in the northern part of the island of Madeira, was built in a lava corridor, where the incandescent and fluid material flowed from erupting volcanoes towards the sea. To realize this and much more, especially as it formed the island of Madeira, it is worth visiting the Volcanism Center of São Vicente. The visit to the center includes a visit to an exhibition on volcanism in the world, where the volcanic origin of the world reliefs and archipelagos is contextualized. Below is a video showing the formation of Madeira and another one in 3D. After the geological and geomorphological contextualization, a visit to the caves is followed, the lava tunnels through which the fluid material expelled by the volcano and that moved towards the ocean. This is one of the most fascinating places in Madeira.

Natural pools of Porto Moniz

The Povoação of Porto Moniz grew around the tip of the island where natural pools, cornered in the volcanic rocks attracted the vacationers. Once completely natural, today there are more and more structures, such as stairs, walkways and various infrastructures to support tourists. You can bathe in the natural pools or the modern ones, already arranged, but the essence is still there, swimming in the midst of the solidified lavas of the volcanic eruptions that formed the island. All with a magnificent view over the Mole islet. Although it is a tourist place, it is a place to visit on the island of Madeira.

Ponta de São Lourenço

The Ponta de São Lourenço, in the extreme northeast of Madeira, is a magnificent place for a walk. You can opt for the PR8 – Vereda de São Lourenço rail, with 4 km of extension (you have to make the round trip which gives 8 km of the route from Baia d’Abra to the Sardine Pier). The complete route takes about 5 hours and has magnificent views of the point where you will have landed the boat of Gonçalves Zarco when he discovered Madeira. If your time is more limited, there is a rail to the right of the closet that skirts the slopes and has magnificent views over the very tip. Another option to contemplate this place is to climb to the Belvedere of Ponta do Rosto. This is one of the must-see places on the island of Madeira.

Madeira Island has this and many other amazing places to visit. If you are planning your trip to Portugal, schedule your transfer to and from the airport.

Best music festivals in Spain – Summer 2019

Spain has always been known for the amount of fiesta there is. As a consequence, each year there are celebrated different summer music festivals there. Check the 4 best ones in this post for the 2019’s summer!

Since Spain is such a big country, this can be reflected in the wide musical variety of festivals that it offers. So, no matter which one is your favourite music style that Spain will have a summer festival for you this 2019.

Primavera Sound (Barcelona)

If you want to start this summer with the best entrance ever, Primavera Sound is the festival you need to go.

Since 2001 this festival has been giving to his multi-generational and international public the best music experience ever. This festival provides an amazing mix of the most alternative and modern music with different generations music legends. Although it started being  a festival focused on the rock, pop and dance scene nowadays it is quite wide in modern music styles (but also they stay loyal to its roots somehow).

This year is going to be happening from 30th of May until de Sunday 2nd of June. Some of the headliners of this year will be: Future, Interpol, Mac Demarco, Tame Impala or Mura Masa.

Bilbao BBK Live (Bilbao)

Bilbao BBK Live since 2006, it has been the best option for those who want to experience a more isolated music experience in Spain. Located at the top of Kobetamendi mountain, it brings the best international rock and pop concerts and the best deejay sets with the best landscape ever. So, you can either enjoy all the stunning views of the Bask Country with electric guitars on the background; or you can also become a night owl and get lost in the woods dancing at the best techno!

This year is going to be happening from 11 until 13 of July. Some of the headliners of this year will be: The Strokes, Weezer, and much more to be confirmed.

Sónar (Barcelona)

Sónar is not only one of the oldest festivals hold in Barcelona (since 1994) but also the reference electronic festival from Spain. This festival explores every corner of the electronic music: from the most underground sounds until the most well-known artist. Also, Sónar it is not only about listening to music, but also discovering through the different conferences and talks from the industry.

This year is going to be happening from 11 until 13 of July. Some of the headliners of this year will be: The Strokes, Weezer, and much more to be confirmed.

Rototom Sunsplash (Benicasim)

Are you looking for the best reggae experience of your life? Then Rototom Sunsplash  is your festival! It is the best festival in Spain to go if you want to embrace the whole reggae culture. There are different settings with different themes:  concerts, dancehall area, market places, conferences and even yoga classes!

This year is going to be happening from the 16th until the 22nd of August. However, there are still no artists confirmed, last year main head-liners were: Alborosie, Mellow Mood or Julian Marley.

So if you are planning to go to Spain seeking for a more musical kind of holidays, now you know! Also, if you plan to get there by taxi, you already know we can make it easier for you.

Global Fast and Furious Report: These are the countries with the biggest petrol-heads

Car enthusiasts have been around since, well, the invention of the car, and there’s always been that same competition about whose the car is best, what’s the best brand of car, who can drive the fastest, who can race the best, etc. etc.

Basically, people are obsessed with their cars – in fact, no doubt you know at least one person who has their Facebook profile picture set as a picture of their car – maybe it’s you!

Of course, here at Taxi2Airport, cars are an important part of what we do – you can’t exactly get a taxi to the airport without a car, can you? Since 2003, we’ve been offering thousands of pleasant rides every month, all over the world, to people trying to get to – or from – an airport. And all of these rides have got us thinking: which country cares the most about their cars.

 

To answer these questions, we collated our Global Fast and Furious Report, analyzing which countries around the world are most passionate about their cars from a number of car sales to money spent on cars and national F1 champions.

Results

Coming out as the country with the most petrolheads is the UK, followed by France, USA, Luxembourg, and Italy comprising the top five.

Blighty came out on top, as it raced towards the top score for almost every category analyzed.

The UK made it into the top 30 for the number of road vehicles per 1000 people, which sits at 519 (not bad for a relatively small little country), it came 5th for the number of car sales (3.8% of the country bought a new car in 2017), and it scored an impressive 5.1 for the quality of the roads. Best of all, the UK came first for having the most Formula One winning drivers, with a total of 19 wins overall from UK racers.

In addition, the average price of petrol is $1.53 per litre (converted from £ to $), which is by no means the highest price we found – that was Zimbabwe with $3.34 per litre – but it is high enough to prove there is sufficient demand for petrol across the country.

Following the UK, the top 10 countries are:

2- France

3- USA

4- Luxembourg

5- Italy

6- Finland

7- Portugal

8- Switzerland

9- Germany

10- Australia

France again ranked highly for most of the categories analyzed in the report. The country ranked in fourth place in terms of national F1 wins with an impressive 12 wins in total, while the quality of their roads was deemed some of the best. Petrol prices were a staggering $1.67, proving there is considerable demand for enough petrol to race around on the great road system, and there is an average of 578 vehicles on the road for every 1000 people.

The results by continent are as below:

Europe: UK

Africa: Mauritius

South America: Chile

North America: USA

Oceania: Australia

Asia: Singapore

Methodology

To compile the Global Fast and Furious Report, we used the following methodology.

We examined a variety of different factors in our research, including:

The number of road vehicles per 1000 people;

The number of passenger car sales in a year (calculated as a % of population size);

The average amount of money spent on the same specification car in each country;

Average gas price;

Road quality;

National F1 champion drivers;

We scored every country across each of these categories and then ranked the countries by this score, with a total of 30 being the highest available.

The full dataset is available upon request.