Cuba Holiday 2017

Want to travel back in time? Visit Cuba! This unique country has an old-world feel with plenty of fun activities and delicious food to go with it.

Explore the wonders of Cuba from the sandy beaches to the European architecture. Walk down the streets to see the Cuban flag flying and explore the various shops and restaurants. See with your own eyes the classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s, which is almost like walking through a time capsule.  Bright colors, ancient instruments and plenty of flare and jaw-dropping driving.

Head to the beach and experience the white sandy beaches of the Caribbean. Have a sunset picnic with a wide variety of local foods and create some fun memories with family! Also, refresh your thirst with delicious coconut juice, served to you directly from a coconut (with a straw) by a beach waiter.

On a sunny afternoon explore the history of this unique country, by touring local parks, monuments and historic sites for their remaining ruins, cultural significance and beauty. At night, feast on a never-ending supply of fresh seafood and larger than life vegetables (a main export for the island), that you need to see to believe.

Enjoy the wide-open cultural opportunity that Cuba has to offer. Hang out at the beach, participate in fun water activities like surfing and scuba diving, or simply take in the sights. Feast on seafood delicacies from multiple restaurants and try out foods only available in the surrounding ocean waters. Explore the city on foot to get a real feel for the lifestyle, walking through town and having a 360 degree view of new places and sights.

Ancient Hermitages on Montserrat’s Tebes Trail

Take a hike in Montserrat and learn about the indigenous hermitages that used to be there. These hermits were first living here before the recorded existence of the monks of the monastery in the 12th century. Get an extra education from local guide Ricard of Guies Montagne Montserrat, and all of his insight into the history and traditions of the mountain.

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A Look at the Catalonia Castellers

Who are the Catalonia Castellers? They are a local acrobatic group that builds human towers nine stories tall in the local streets.

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There are several groups of Catalonia Castellers. These groups of people come out in the Barcelona streets and plazas to perform for everyone. It’s quite a feat to watch these acrobats form a circle, and then climb one by one up on each other to form circle after circle. The tower eventually becomes nine stories tall, and the acrobats do not fall and make the entire experience look very easy.

 

It’s mesmerizing to watch and these groups regularly practice in the streets of Barcelona with the streets packed with people. There is also a competition to see which Castellers are the best group. It’s quite something to watch these climbers balance on each other’s shoulders, and climb up and down using only their hands and feet.

There are climbers circled around at the bottom of the tower to help stabilize it as well. It is also not uncommon for children to participate or at least practice, and they are always wearing helmets. Sometimes they are the ones who make it to the top of the tower due to their smaller size. The performers that climb up and form the tower do not wear helmets (except the children) or any other type of safety gear. They just climb up with the clothes on their backs. These climbs also don’t wear shoes, and having bare feet makes it easier to grip and balance.

Sometimes the performers will stand on each other shoulders from the ground up the middle of the tower, and when the tower breaks down, there is one straight line of people, usually with a child at the top, which is also an impressive feat to witness.