EL VIAJERO

How €900 can take you a long way

To celebrate its 900th issue, EL PAÍS’s ‘El Viajero’ offers its vacation picks for under a grand

Modica, on the island of Sicily.
Modica, on the island of Sicily.Anel Fernández

An island to indulge in

Seven nights, €860

The array of available lodging on the Canary Island of Lanzarote ranges from modest apartments to luxury hotels. For those wishing to indulge themselves, travel agency Halcón Viajes is offering a seven-night package that includes flights, transportation, accommodation at the Hesperia Lanzarote hotel and meals for €860 per person.

Tenerife on foot

Five nights, €890

“To walk is to open up to the world. It restores to man the happy sense of his existence.” The quote is by French writer David Le Breton, and it also sums up the philosophy of the Tenerife Walking Festival. From March 29 to April 2, this event offers guided walks along the island’s volcanoes, laurisilva forests and coastal paths. There is a €20 fee for participating in the festival, plus an additional €25 per guided walk. Coinciding with those dates, Logitravel is offering five-night stays at Hotel Meliá Jardines del Teide, in Costa Adeje, for €845 per person, all included.

Dolphins in the Azores

Seven nights, €893

Volcanoes, thermal lakes, marine mammals and green scenery are all on display across the nine Portuguese islands that make up the Azores. The islands are connected by boat and provide plenty of opportunities for trekking and whale- and dolphin-watching. Logitravel offers eight-day trips to São Miguel, Faial and Terceira that cover flights, accommodation at four-star hotels, half board and a rental car, starting at €893 per person.

Canopy beds in Alentejo

Six nights, €810

You don’t need to travel far to undertake a great journey. Just a stone’s throw away from the Spanish province of Badajoz is the Portuguese region of Alentejo, with its enticing old towns and villages. Places such as Alvito, Estremoz, Elvas, Vila Viçosa, Évora, Marvão, Crato, Arraiolos and Beja have converted their medieval palaces, castles and convents into comfortable pousadas, the Portuguese equivalent of Spain’s paradores, or state-run luxury hotels. The pousada of D. João IV in Vila Viçosa is located inside the ladies’ pantheon at the Royal Convent, while the pousada Rainha Santa Isabel in Estremoz is housed inside the castle that King Denis built for his wife. A six-night stay during Easter (March 21 to 27) costs between €800 and €1,000 per room.

Corsica on the ‘Queen Victoria’

Eight days, €839

Corsica, a French island of craggy outlines and beaches looking out to Tuscany and the Côte d’Azur, is one of the stops on an eight-day cruise along the western Mediterranean aboard the Queen Victoria. The Cunard-owned ocean liner will travel between Rome and Barcelona with the departure date set for August 6. Logitravel has an offer ranging between €839 and €1,994 per person, depending on the cabin category. The price includes full board and taxes.

Rural Italy

Seven nights, €980

Heirs to the country villas of Roman times, the casolare are country homes that have been converted into hotels. They make good base camps for exploring rural Italy, from Umbria to Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany. The travel agency Occius proposes a stay in Tuscany that includes accommodation at a casolare in Chianti, around 25 kilometers from Arezzo. Prices start at €680 per person, including flights to Bologna or Pisa and a rental car for seven days. Food and other expenses are not included.

Sicilian circuit

Seven nights, €825

Using Norwegian Airlines’ routes between Madrid and Catania, the travel agency Bidtravel offers an eight-day circuit on the Italian island of Sicily, starting at €825 per person. The route includes visits to the Greek temples of Syracuse, Cefalù, Palermo, Monreale, Marsala, Agrigento and Mount Etna. Prices include flights, accommodation at three and four-star hotels, guided tours, transportation, full board and taxes.

 English version by Susana Urra.

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