Thursday, 24 May 2012

Cultural and Sport Tourism in Umbria, Italy: "Sagrantino Route"


Starting and finishing point: Montefalco
Distance: 41 km.
Total ascent: 400 metres
Grade: medium
Road surface: asphalt
Recommended type of bike: road and hybrid
Places to visit in the area: Montefalco, Campello sul Clitunno, Pissignano, Trevi.

Montefalco is famous throughout the world for its superb Sagrantino, perhaps the very best of Umbrian wines, as well as for its excellent olive oil and the beauty of the surrounding hills.

 Montefalco has been classified as one of the "Most beautiful small towns in Italy", and its wonderful position overlooking the central part of the region has earned it the name of “the Balcony of Umbria”.

The surrounding area is also an easy place to cycle around, which is why we have chosen a spot just outside the town walls as the starting point of this particular route. In fact, you are going to leave from the large car park on the outside of the walls, and from here ride through the town and carry on in the direction of Spoleto and Trevi.


First of all you should have a rucksack in which you can put all the things you need for this type of trip: water, food, a change of clothes, a map, a compass, a towel, paper handkerchiefs, a cap


You can get to Moltefalco by your own car, or, if you travel  by train,  you should stop at Foligno Station and from there you can take a bus up to Montefalco. To check the bus timetable: 
For the train timetable:


There are plenty of  beautiful "agriturismi", B&Bs,  hotels and hostels in Umbria, especially in and around Montefalco, so you have a large and rich choice of  accommodation. Anyway, if you like nature, swimming, beauty and traditional cuisine, you can choose among these accommodation:
Villa Pambuffetti  Viale della Vittoria 20, (06036 Montefalco, Perugia)
 Tenuta Colverano

This trip may last 3 to 5 days, but it can be longer if you wish to visit some of
the marvellous Umbrian villages.

This trip might be a bit expensive if you choose a high level accommodation. In this case the price could be around 500 E for a five-day trip (bike rental included).


This kind of bike tour is the advised route for discovering the Sagrantino wine as well as the numerous art beauties of Umbria while peacefully and pleasantly cycling through the green olive groves and grapeyards . It is possible to tour the zone of Montefalco and Bevagna tasting the Sagrantino and Rosso di Montefalco wines on the way, purchasing fine olive oil directly from the producers and visiting very interesting medioeval and renaissance churches as well as important historical monuments.
Montefalco, the starting town of this tour,  is the home of Sagrantino and is known as the 'ringhiera dell'Umbria' or 'balcony of Umbria' for its panoramic position. The town is equally celebrated for the series of frescoes by Benozzo Gozzoli.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Sport tourism in Paris: Le Palai Omnisport de Bercy

1.What are the characteristics of this type of tourism?
 Sport tourism in France is one of the most developed in Europe.
In Paris, all year round, tourists can discover the Palais Omnisport de Bercy where they can practice several types of sports such as skating, basketball, football and plenty of other activities
Where is it located?
This place is situated in the 12th district of Paris, in Bercy, near the Seine
Who can go there? 
 Tourists who want to practice sports or attend competitions.
2.What should there be in the bag of the traveler performing this trip?
 An energetic drink, bottled water, a tracksuit and don’t forget to take a camera.
3.How can transportation be provided for this trip?
  You can take the subway because there are several subway lines nearby such as lines 6 and 14 and lots of bus lines also go to Bercy. There is also a train station, Gare de Lyon. Why not rent a vélib?
4.Where can the traveler accommodate?
 There are several hotels near the Palais Omnisport, but don’t forget that they are very expensive, at least 70 euros per night.

5.How long does this trip last? (Minimum time-day)
You can stay as long as you wish during opening hours:
Tuesday:3-6 pm
Friday : 9 :30 pm to 0 :30 am
Saturday : 3pm – 6 :00 pm  and 9 :30 pm – 0 :30 am
Sunday 10 :00 am – 12 :00 and 3 :00pm – 6 :00 pm

Of course all depends of your favorite sports.

 6.How much money is needed for this trip?
The entrance fee is 12 Euros per day but some activities like tennis demand an extra payment for the reservation of the court.
 A lot of sporting events take place in Bercy, such as the Cup Final of Basket ball, the tennis tournament of Paris Bercy or the world championships of martial arts.
The price of the tickets varies according to the sport event.

7.Why should a traveler do this trip? What will the traveler's benefit be?
All the sports fans, whether spectators or players of sports activities will appreciate to spend a day in thePalais Omnisport. There they can have fun and experience sporting values.

Sport Tourism in Menorca: Triatlon

1. What are the characteristics of this type of tourism?
If you like practicing sport, Menorca is your place. The sea offers a range of options, from bathing in any of the island’s coves, to windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, scuba diving or fishing. The most important ports along the coast are Mahón, Fornells, Ciutadella, Addaia and Cala’n Bosch.
On land you can also enjoy the unique hiking routes, whether on foot, on a cycling tour or on horseback. Horse riding is an activity that is offered in all of the riding centres and clubs on the island, which are concentrated particularly in Mahón, Ferreries and Ciutadella. The island’s equestrian routes are of particular interest, specially the Camí de Cavalls (Horses’ Path)
If you are decided to combine three sports, join the triathlon and you will be able to swim 1.9 kilometers, cycle your bike for 90 kilometers and run 21 kilometers.

2. What should there be in the bag of the traveller performing this trip?
You will need two pairs of trainers, ones for running, and the other ones to for cycling; you will also need special swimming trunks. Using this special equipment, you will be able to swim, run and ride a bike without problems. Obviously you need your own bike.

3. How can transportation be provided for this trip?
If you want to do the triathlon, you can go there by bus (if you arrive by plane there is a bus every 30 minutes from the airport to the bus station, and there you can take a bus to Fornells; check your timetable at before leaving) or, if you prefer it, you can hire a car, but it is going to be more expensive. Another possibility is going there riding a bike. In that way, you are going to train, but you are going to be tired for the triathlon.  
Another possibility is coming by boat and bringing your own car. It’s the best place to know the island. Transmediterranea have got special offers for people taking part in the triathlon (
4. Where can the traveller accommodate during this trip?
The traveller can accommodate in a hotel or, if he stays more days, he can hire a villa near the beach. It's better to stay near Fornells, because it is the place where the triathlon is celebrated. If it's not possible, Menorca is small, so the distance isn't too long.
Some hotels offer special prizes for triathletes. For example, you can get an apartment for three people in Playas de Fornells from 26 euros/night (
5. How long does this trip last? (Minimum time -day)
You have to be there at least 3 days. The race takes you 2 days, but, the day before starting the race, you have to be there to get your material and to accredit and register yourself. Finally, at the third day, you also have to be there because the winners of the race will get the prizes. So, you have to be there at least 3 days.

6. How much money is needed for this trip? (minimum)
The 300 first people that will inscribe in the race, will have better prices. If you are one of those 300 people, you will only need 125 euros if you participate individually. But, if you are not one of those 300 people, you will need at least 150 euros to participate individually. If you are a group of 3 people, you will have to bring minimum 140 euros for the entire group if you're one of the 300 people. If you're not, it doesn't matter, you will need 170 euros.
7. Why should a traveller do this trip? What will the traveller’s benefit be?
Menorca, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve is a location in the Mediterranean Sea where to enjoy nature, adventure and sport. It’s the perfect place to practice some sport. Discover Menorca, it’s unique.
By: David Caules, Mustapha Bouskla and Manel Triay

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Comenius Week Maó Menorca: 8th May 2012

Lycée Colbert (Paris, France)

Lycée Colbert is located in the North East of Paris, close to Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est.
It is a classical Lycée, with students aged from 14 to 19, from various origins. A lot of families face financial difficulties, and do not have the opportunity to travel a lot. Many of them come from Northern Africa, but also from Eastern Europe, China or India. We also have bobos students, as our district which is close to the Canal Saint Martin is the home of a lot of artists.
There are approximately 600 students in 22 classes, and 60 teachers. English, Spanish, German, Russian and Hebrew are taught and the students have to learn two foreign languages. Some subjects are optional, such as arts or economy.
There are also extra curricular activities such as drama, sports or cinema.
Our principal intends to start a Classe européenne next year, which is a class in which a subject such as history or science is taught in a foreign language, most of the time English.
So The Comenius programme is an opportunity for our students to get acquainted with students from all over Europe and exchange ideas and experiences.

Gare du Nord

Gare de l'Est

Mostra un mapa més gran

Comenius Week Maó Menorca: 7th May 2012

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