Manzaneda, Galicia (Spain)
According to LOVERISTS, Manzaneda is the only ski resort in the autonomous region of Galicia. It is located in the Central mountain range of the province of Ourense, about 70 km from the center of the province.
The resort village is located at an altitude of 1500 m, and the upper lift stations are at an altitude of 1800 m. The height difference is 300 m, so the resort’s slopes are perfect for both experienced skiers and beginners. In total, 15.5 km of ski slopes are laid here: 1 “green”, 12 “blue” and 7 “red”. The slopes are served by 6 lifts. There is a snow park in the middle part of the mountain slope. For fans of cross-country skiing, 5 km of flat skiing are laid.
The resort village has a ski school with experienced instructors and equipment rental. It is worth noting that Manzaneda is a year-round resort, that is, you can relax here not only in winter, but also in summer. In the vicinity of the resort, many hiking trails have been laid along the mountain slopes and dense forests. Manzaneda is also considered one of the best European centers for mountain biking. A specialized bike park with downhill mountain bikes has been opened here, where international competitions are constantly held. Also in the village you can find tennis courts, football fields, a go-kart track, an equestrian school, an archery school, a bicycle and ATV rental, a climbing wall, a heated outdoor swimming pool and a sports center. There are 3 hotels to accommodate touristsin the village itself and 17 hotel complexes in the surrounding villages. Manzaneda also has supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, bars and a nightclub.
In the vicinity of Manzaneda, on the slopes of the Central Mountain Range, there is the O Invernadeiro nature reserve, which is famous for its numerous waterfalls. In order to go on a trip to the park, you must obtain permission.
Leitariegos, Castile-Leon (Spain)
The small ski resort of Leitariegos is located 80 km northwest of Leon near the village of Villablino, on the border of the provinces of Leon and Asturias. The elevation difference within the resort is 290 m (1510-1800m). There are 10 ski slopes (1 green, 4 blue and 5 red) with a length of 7 km and 6 lifts. Also in Leitariegos there is a snow park for snowboarders. Directly at the resort itself, only a ski school, equipment rental, a cafe and a restaurant work. Hotels, entertainment centers and shops can be found in the neighboring villages.
Malaga, Andalusia (Spain)
Malaga is the main city of the Costa del Sol. It was founded by the Phoenicians and was a major trading port in the Middle Ages.
In the east of Malaga rises the “mountain of the lighthouse”. Here stands an ancient castle, which is badly damaged. At the foot of the hill is another castle – Alcazabar. This is the former residence of the Mauritanian rulers. The building is surrounded by powerful walls, behind which buildings of the 9th-10th centuries are hidden. Inside the castle, you can visit the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Ceramics.
Near the entrance to the Alcazabar are the ruins of a Roman amphitheater dating back to the 1st century. If you go from the Alcazabar along Calle del Sister, you will find yourself in front of the Cathedral of La Manquita, which means “one-armed” in Spanish. Indeed, the Cathedral has only one tower. Its construction began in the 16th century and continued for several centuries. As a result, it was never completed due to lack of money. Such a long construction led to a mixture of different styles – Renaissance, Baroque and neo-classical style. Inside the Cathedral is a Gothic altar and a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Malaga known for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. His house is located on Mercedes Square. Picasso is the most revered master of the city, and indeed of Spain as a whole. On St. Augustine Street you can visit the Picasso Museum.
You can take a break from the bustle of the city and take a walk in the Paseo del Parque park, which is located next to the port. There are a lot of exotic trees and local vegetation here.
El Rompediso International Airport is located 8 km from the city.