Stelios Valtzis

Stelios Valtzis

The Basque Mountains are a range situated in the northern Iberian Peninsula. Geographically it is considered as the eastern section of the larger Cantabrian Range. The range runs through the Basque Autonomous Community and western Navarre. In the inner range the main massifs from west to east are: Sierra Salvada (Orduña). Mounts of Vitoria, the most important is Kapildui (1,177 m). Izki. Urbasa, a 1,000 m high plateau. Andía, with the impressive Beriain (1,493 m). In the coastal range its main massifs from west to east are: Gorbea (Gorbeia) 1,481 m, maximum height of Biscay. Urkiola, Anboto (1,331 m) being its highest peak. Elgea. Aizkorri. Altzania, the Aratz is the maximum height (1,442 m). Aralar, its most known peak being Txindoki (1,346 m).

The Galician Massif is a system of mountain ranges in the northwestern corner of the Iberian Peninsula. In traditional local folklore the forests of the Galician System are said to be inhabited by a variety of elves, fairies, ghosts, the Santa Compaña, the Nubeiro and witches (meigas).The southwestern ranges: the highest elevations are found in this sector, including 2,047 m high Pena Trevinca, the highest point of the whole system. These ranges reach into the provinces of León and Zamora. Rivers Tera, Cabreira and Bibei run through glacial valleys and the San Martín de Castañeda Lake, Laguna de Lacillo lakes are moraine-dammed lakes. The Galician Dorsal Range: with 1,778 m high Cabeza de Manzaneda, its highest elevation. A tectonic basin running in a north-south direction separates it from the southwestern ranges. It includes the Central Ourensan Massif. The coastal ranges: such as Serra da Barbanza, are generally of a much lesser height and are separated from the Galician Dorsal Range by the Tui-Verín-Vigo intermontane basin.

Veliko Tarnovo. Often referred to as the "City of the Tsars", Veliko Tarnovo is located on the Yantra River and is famously known as the historical capital of the Second Bulgarian Empire, attracting many tourists with its unique architecture. The old part of the city is situated on the three hills Tsarevets, Trapezitsa, and Sveta Gora, rising amidst the meanders of the Yantra. On Tsarevets are the palaces of the Bulgarian emperors and the Patriarchate, the Patriarchal Cathedral, and also a number of administrative and residential edifices surrounded by thick walls. Trapezitsa is known for its many churches and as the former main residence of the nobility. Veliko Tarnovo is an important administrative, economic, educational, and cultural centre of Northern Bulgaria.

Constantine. During Roman times it was called Cirta and was renamed "Constantina" in honor of emperor Constantine the Great. There are museums and important historical sites around the city (one of the most beautiful is the Palais du Bey, in the casbah). It is often referred to as the "City of Bridges" due to the numerous picturesque bridges connecting the mountains the city is built on. The city is framed by a deep ravine and has a dramatic appearance. Main Sights: Musée National Cirta, previously Gustave Mercier Museum (displays ancient and modern Algerian art). Abd al Hamid Ben Badis Mosque. The Casbah (Kasbah). Emir Abd al-Qadir University and Mosque. Soumma Mausoleum. Massinissa's Mausoleum. The Palace of Ahmed Bey. Ruins of the Antonian Roman aqueduct. Ben Abdelmalek Stadium. Nearby are: the Roman city of Tiddis, the megalithic monuments and burial grounds at Djebel Mazala Salluste.

Ninety Mile Beach (official name Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē / Ninety Mile Beach). The beach is actually just 88 kilometers (55 miles) long. The beach and its northern dunes are a tourist destination. The dunes, looking much like a desert landscape, are often used for bodyboarding. In 1932 the beach was used as the runway for some of the earliest airmail services between Australia and New Zealand. It is officially a public highway and sometimes used as an alternative road to State Highway 1 north of Kaitaia, though mainly for tourist reasons, or when the main road is closed due to landslides or floods

The Cares Trail or Ruta del Cares, referred to as the "Divine Gorge" of the Cares river, is one of the most popular treking paths within the Picos de Europa. The Cares Trail was first opened between the years of 1916 and 1921 and was later improved and expanded between 1945 and 1950. The pathway, at mid-height, is approximately 11 kilometers in length and is considered one of the most beautiful natural sites in Spain. It runs along caves, bridges and pathways sculpted in the rock. The spectacular scenery and the moderate slope make it ideal to enjoy as it is the most popular within the National Park. To avoid hiking accidents the use of proper footwear is advised.

Corvin Castle, is a Gothic-Renaissance castle, built in 1446, in Hunedoara, Romania. It is one of the largest castles in Europe and figures in a top of seven wonders of Romania. The castle features tall and strong defense towers. Beside the towers, bastions, the inner courtyard, and the drawbridge, the wall is actually double and flanked by round or rectangular towers, an innovative feature for Transylvanian architecture. In 1480, work was completely stopped on the castle and it was recognised as being one of the biggest and most impressive buildings in Western Europe. The current castle is the result of a fanciful restoration campaign undertaken after a disastrous fire and many decades of total neglect.

The Harz is a low mountain range in the Central Uplands of Germany, famous for its historic silver mines that brought prosperity to the region. The terraced plateaus are cut by many narrow, deep valleys. Towns:Bad Harzburg — charming spa town, ancient cable car and base for walks in the surrounding hills. Bad Lauterberg — spa town, beautiful shopping street. Blankenburg — quaint former East German town and home to an imposing castle. Braunlage — the main ski resort and cable car to Lower Saxony's highest peak, the Wurmberg. Clausthal-Zellerfeld — a resort in the Harz Mts; its manufactures include textiles and wood products; the town was once a centre for the mining of copper, zinc, and lead ores. Goslar — gateway to the Harz. Quedlinburg — its beautiful town centre is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sankt Andreasberg — former mining town. Schierke — historic border village and starting point for walks up the Brocken. Stolberg — is a health resort in the state of Saxony-Anhalt. Torfhaus — the highest settlement in Lower Saxony and base for numerous walks. Thale — old mining town and former summer resort for Berliners; gateway to the Bode Gorge. Wernigerode — known for its impressive Romanesque castle and its timber-framed houses that have been largely preserved in their original styles. Other destinations: Bode Gorge, Oker Valley, Rübeland.

Dadès Gorges, "Road of a thousand Kasbahs" is a spectacular ride winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages and palm groves. The ride is spectacular, with hundreds of Kasbahs lining the route, winding through stunning desert landscapes, villages, palm groves, and with the expansive Jebel Sarhro lunar-scape to

Gower Peninsula. In 1956, Gower became the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. About 70 square miles (180 km2) in area, Gower is known for its coastline, popular with walkers and outdoor enthusiasts, especially surfers. Gower has many caves, including Paviland Cave and Minchin Hole Cave. The highest point of Gower is The Beacon at Rhossili Down at 193 metres (633 ft) overlooking Rhossili Bay. The interior of Gower consists mainly of farmland and common land. The population resides mainly in villages and small communities. The southern coast consists of a series of small, rocky or sandy bays, such as Langland and Three Cliffs, and larger beaches such as Port Eynon, Rhossili and Oxwich Bay. The north of the peninsula has fewer beaches, and is home to the cockle-beds of Penclawdd.