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Map of Refugee Routes into Europe

Map of regugee Routes into Europe

 

We have provided a map of some of the refugee routes into Europe. Refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Libya and Iraq have had to mobilize and move out of their respective countries due to the escalation in violence. We at map of Europe will be developing a series of maps that we are hoping will help refugees flee the awful violence that is happening in their homelands. We are also hoping to educate non-refugees as to the plight of these poor people.

There has been a lot of scare mongering in the mainstream media and in our own little way we are trying to offset this with some rational discussion. We do understand that some individuals fleeing these war zones are not refugees but the overwhelming majority are and these people need to be treated with some respect and sympathy.

Map of Spain

Map of Spain

Spain is a lovely place to visit, with one of Europe’s best climates and friendly people to boot. A vacation to Spain will leave you with some amazing lasting memories. Travel around this wonderful country is easy. You can’t escape Spain’s history and culture even if you wanted to. It is simply everywhere. Spain wears it’s history proudly from the Basque region in the north to the borders of Portugal in the south. A summer holiday in Spain is something everyone should at least once in their life. The warm weather will even allow for you to backpack around Spain and if you cant get accommodation just camp somewhere. All you really need is a sleeping bag and a small roll up mattress, this is even better (safer) if you do it as a group. As with anywhere there are elements that could spoil your holiday so make sure to take out some good travel insurance. There are many good travel insurance companies around the web, so do some research and ask your travel agent to get you some quotes. However make sure you check as travel agents can often have incentives to push certain insurance policies and may not always be offering the cheapest or the best. A good map of Spain will not go amiss when travelling through this wonderful country.

Cheap tickets to Spain are always on offer. Budget airlines are constantly fighting each other for business. If you wait and time your purchases right you can get some incredible deals. Spain has one of the best train networks in Europe and rail is a viable alternative to flying. The beauty of rail is that it also lets you take in the magnificent vistas that the countryside offers, rather than just flying over the top of it.

Like France, every type of tourism is catered for. Scenic tourism, cultural tourism, historical tourism, relaxation and shopping. You can do one or more of these in a day. You could take in the historical sites of Madrid by day and then go out to some of the best restaurants, bars and cafes at night. Culture comes in many forms and Madrid has them all from bull fights and running with the bulls all the way through to opera. Madrid has been voted one of the worlds most liveable cities on a number of occasions and there is no wonder why. A gorgeous town with a wonderfully friendly population.

Here are some facts about Spain

Official name is the Kingdom of Spain. It is situated in central Europe. Bordered by the countries : Portugal and France. The Seas that border it are : Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscal and Mediterranean Sea. The land mass is 504,030 km/squared and a population of approximately 46 million people. The capital city is Madrid. Spain’s political system is a Parliamentary democracy and constitutional and the official language is Spanish.

Map of Portugal

map of Portugal

Portugal is sometimes considered Spain’s little brother. Although if you asked the Portuguese, they would hotly dispute this! However having said that, the Portuguese people have the same easy going manner as the Spanish and are friendly and generally happy to help out the lost tourist. Portugal is truly a great country to tour. A very modern country it boasts all the things you would expect from a civilised European country. Things like great roads, excellent railway network and fabulous mobile phone coverage.

Travelling Portugal can be very cheap as it tends to be overlooked compared to the bigger tourist centres such as Spain and France . This can be used to your advantage when booking hotels and flights and rental cars. As the Portuguese love to haggle. Mentioning that it was cheaper in some other country, can often fire up the competitive streak that is found in almost all Portuguese.

Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and is as cosmopolitan as any of the other cultural centres of Europe, such as Madrid, Rome or Vienna. It boasts a population of about a half a million people (545,245 population), which is small when compared to many other European capitals. It is still a big enough population base to give the city a wonderful international feel. However it is not to big to feel crowded and constricted. It is definitely one of Europe’s most liveable cities and with its growing financial centre, it is quickly becoming a city of the affluent.

Portugal being situated where it is, is one of the southern most countries in Europe and there fore experiences a very mild climate. Lisbon is known to have the warmest winters of any European capital city and the rest of the country follows Lisbon’s lead. It’s position within the European continent has often meant that rampaging armies have used it as a base to either attack northern Africa or as a staging place to attack Europe. This was especially so during the Muslim period when the Moors from northern Africa attacked Europe and reached deep into Portugal and Spain. They were eventually pushed out by the Christians however the Moors left a lot of influences on the Portuguese population that carries through to this day. This cultural heritage is wonderful and makes travelling through Portugal a joy as the food definitely has a Moroccan feel about it with lovely aromatic spices featuring heavily.

A good  map of Portugal is a must when touring this country. in these days of gps units, which are fantastic! It is nice to have a paper backup just in case. Even though the mobile/cell phone network is excellent you can not always get a signal as is the case in any part of the world, so you can’t rely totally on the internet for your directions. Have a  backup plan and the lack of worry will allow you to better enjoy your trip.

Map of Montenegro

map of Montenegro

If you love travelling around the world, then you should not miss passing through Montenegro. Because of the scenic and beautiful attractions which the country offers which you will see in the map of Montenegro, the number of tourists and visitors who are coming to the place increases almost every year. In fact, tourism is one of the major industries which keep Montenegro a progressing country today.

Back in the 1980’s, the country is well known be a good tourist destination because of the combination of coastal and mountainous sceneries. Until today, the country receives a lot of international awards because of the beauty it possesses. Some of the recognitions which were awarded to the country include “50 Places of a Lifetime”, “Top 31 Places to Go in 2010″ and “10 Top Hot Spots of 2009″. In fact, the country is considered to be one of the fast growing tourism industries in the worlds.

Getting to Montenegro has never been this fast because of the presence of Montenegro Airlines, the national airline of the country. If you are coming from Paris, the flight would usually take around 2 hours and 40 minutes while from Budapest, it would just take you 1 hour and 10 minutes. However, you could still get to Montenegro by water, by rail or by the land.

Sightseeing in Montenegro would be more efficient and worthwhile if you get to have a car. To cater your need for car rental, there are lots of for hire car firms in the airport as well as in the maintown which are 24/7 ready to be of service to you.

To travel Montenegro would surely be a worthwhile and memorable experience to you and your family. For your comfortable and cozy accommodation needs, you may check in to some of the most luxurious hotels found in coastal areas which are rated from 1-star to 5-star hotels. The mountainous and coastal sceneries found in the country lead the hotels to be fully-booked all year round. This is why is strongly advised to have an advance booking or reservation to the hotels of your desire.

Montenegro has really lots to offer which is why many tourists keep on coming back to the place. In Kotor, you will be amazed with the ancient Venetian architecture, a clock tower which has already been present since the 17th century, the Cathedral of St Tiphun which is known for its glorious twin towers and museums. Just above Kotor, you will be able to take a mountain trek in Lovcen.

Montenegro is also proud to present the beauty within Ulcinj which is considered to the one of the most aged towns. Ulcinj contains the Renaissance Church Mosque and the Balsica Tower which really engrossed people to come again and visit the place. In Ulcinj, you could have day trips along the lengthy beach of Velika Plaza, go to Sasko Lake, scuba diving, Jet Ski, boat tours and kite surfing. In fact, it is deemed that Montenegro possesses the finest and the best beaches in the Mediterranean. With the place’s 2000-year old history, extensive fine sand beaches, rolling hillsides and hospitality of the Montenegrins, it is no wonder that Montenegro highly commend this place to be a great spot to have your family vacations. You will also enjoy other activities such as hiking, paragliding, rafting and biking in one of the UNESCO awarded World Natural Heritage because of the glacial landscapes, pine forests, deep gorges and high peaks, the Durmitor National Park.
With the country’s beauty endowed by nature, it is no wonder that Montenegro continues to be the emerging tourist destination in Europe today.

Map of Malta

map of Malta

Malta is a country of Europe made of three small islands. It has a population of over 300,000 people and the capital city is Valletta. The three main islands that make up Malta are Malta, Gozo and Comino. Each one of these islands is small but magnificent in its own way. Malta’s official languages are Maltese and English. The terrains of the three islands are low and almost plateauflat. The country has a republican form of governance led by the president. Though small in both size and population, Malta is an active member of the European Union and takes part in making key decisions of the union.

Getting cheap flights can be challenging for anyone thinking of flying to Malta. The only way you can come across a cheap ticket to travel Malta is during the rare times airlines mark celebrations or during festive seasons where there are offers and flight tickets rates are greatly reduced. An important thing you have to ensure you have is a good insurance travel cover. This will take good care of you should anything happen during the time of your journey. With good travel insurance, you can be sure you are in safe hands no matter what happens.

There are so many activities to be enjoyed in the Malta islands. With a map of Malta in your hands, you will be ready to explore. Nearly everything about the three islands is music to one’s ears. You can surf on the blue waters or bas in the caressing golden summer sunshine. For those who enjoy under water adventures and activities, there are divers who can help you have a memorable time scuba diving. There are also wonderful coastal games that can be enjoyed in the beach like the beach soccer or the beach volley ball. With all these activities and even more, one only wishes the vacation could last a lifetime.

Then there are the mouthwatering seafood and drinks that have distinct tastes and flavors experienced nowhere else in the world. They are available in all the big hotels and restaurants in Malta at affordable prices. They can be enjoyed on the beach with cool breeze or one can make an order for room service and enjoy the delicacies in his or her own privacy. With such a nice treatment, one feels like a king or queen and may easily think of extending his or her days in the wonderful island of Malta. This happens to most tourists or others go and fail to resist to the temptation of coming back. To them, Malta is a home away from home.

Weather and Climate in Malta

It sure was great to know the best scenic spots around Malta, but what is the perfect time to enjoy those tourist destinations? Prepare yourself by finding out the expected weather at the time of your planned vacation to Malta. Between the months of May to October are the best times to visit Malta. These are the warmest and among the driest seasons of the year. The usual temperature during summer is 73 degree Fahrenheit or 23 degree Celsius yet you may need some sweater at night. Winters here are extremely cold often drizzly, windy and snowy, most especially in the north and its interior. It snows much during winter which may cause some delays on your travel.

Before leaving take time to chat with the locals. They are good people to talk to and interact with. If you are a passionate about making new friends or meeting new people, then you will definitely have a wonderful time in Malta. One thing you will notice about all the locals is the passionate love they have for their country and culture. As you leave you will begin to feel some form of emptiness that comes as a result of detaching yourself from a paradise. Each time you will have the map of Europe in your hands, you will notice Malta quicker than any other European country.