Surfing, ASP World Tour, France and Portugal The Professional Surfing Association is in charge of organizing the ASP World Tour, a yearly event that brings the world’s best surfers together, as they ride the waves through ten different tests across various parts of the globe, at the end of which one participant will come out victorious.
Common genet, the Arabic cat, Spain The Common genet (Genetta genetta) is the only member of the viverrine family to be found in Spain. Though its origins are unclear, it is believed the Arabs introduced it during their occupation.
The colour of winter, Cantabrian mountain range, Spain Every winter, the landscape in the Cantabrian mountain range forsakes its colours and White; the colour of coldness, of ice and frost, is all that prevails. This is a period during which wildlife and vegetation fight for survival, as they endure temperatures far below zero.
Wild orchids of Spain The orchids are a family of plants characterized by the complexity of their flowers, their natural beauty and their mechanisms for reproduction and interaction with their pollinators. Spain alone is home to 140 different species, which are distributed across 23 genres.
Iguazú National Park, Argentina/Brazil In 1541, the conqueror Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca found himself between Argentina and Brazil and in front of the planet’s most beautiful waterfalls, which he christened Saltos de Santa María, in honour of his Virgin. It was, however, their Guaraní name that remained in use over the years: Iguazú (meaning “great waters”).
The passage of life, Spain The developed world has witnessed an increase in its elderly population, whose quality of life becomes poorer by the day. Their employment options are scarce and their limited social activity causes them to feel excluded and estranged.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Created in 1872, Yellowstone is the world’s oldest natural park. Its 8,983 square kilometres make it the second largest in the US, second only to Alaska’s. But Yellowstone is best known for its geothermal phenomena, hosting no less than two thirds of the Earth’s geysers, as well as numerous hot springs.
The Otter: queen of the river, Asturias, Spain The European otter (Lutra lutra) is a mammal belonging to the mustelidae family that can be found across all types of water-based environments (where they can easily source food), Its preferred environment, however, are still the crystalline waters around dense riverside forest areas, where they can find the needed quiet and protection to hide and reproduce.
Peaks of Europe National Park, Spain The Picos de Europa (aka Peaks of Europe) national park is located between the Spanish provinces of Asturias, Cantabria and León, spanning a surface close to 65,000 hectares. It was officially launched during the reign of Alfonso XIII in the year 1918, making it one of the oldest parks, and one whose historical significance (dating back to the Christian Reconquest) is matched by its stunning natural riches.
Arches National Park, Utah, USA Arches is a national park in the USA. Located in the state of Utah, its nearly 2000 natural arches make it difficult to miss. The park lies on top of a great subterranean salt deposit, which created the arches through progressive dissolution and constant contact with wind and water.
Redes Natural Park, Asturias, Spain Located between the municipalities of Caso and Sobrescobio in the Spanish province of Asturias, Redes Natural Park spans a surface of some 38,000 hectares, spreading across the Centre-west of the Cantabrian Mountains. It is home to 208 animal species, many of which have already disappeared in most other parts of Europe, such as the wolf, the brown bear or the capercaillie.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, USA Grand Teton National Park is situated west of the State of Wyoming and takes its name from the Grand Teton Mountains that overlook it. It extends over 1,255 square kilometres, and its highest point is Grand Teton itself, which stands a mighty 4,197 metres high.
Trails of Sand, Huelva, Spain La Romería del Rocío (Rocío Pilgrimage, Huelva, Andalusia) is one of Spain’s deepest-rooted festivities. It takes place on Pentecost Sunday. Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims come to Aldea del Rocío on foot, by carts, on horseback or by car, to pay their respect and show their devotion to the chapel's Virgin.
The Cantabrian Brown bear (Ursus arctos), Asturias, Spain The Brown bear is a common inhabitant in the montane rainforests of the Iberian Peninsula, though presently it can only be found in a small part of the Cantabrian coast, where one hundred specimens are spread between the provinces of Asturias, León, Palencia and Cantabria.