Articles Tagged with: Unesco World Heritage Site


Bamberg, a Bavarian Treasure


I recently came across a site listing the Top Ten places to visit in any country.  Bamberg was #8 for Germany.  I had never heard of Bamberg so it was time for this senior to go exploring.

Bamberg is a town in Bavaria 40 miles north of Nuremberg. It is said to be one of Germany’s most beautiful old towns and a “Bavarian Treasure.”

It is located in Upper Franconia on the river Regnitz close to its confluence with the river Main. Its historic city center is a listed UNESCO world heritage site and as such, jeb would head there first to inspect this part of the city.

With a population of just over 70 thousand including 13 thousand students, the city has much to offer senior visitors. The Regnitz flows right through the middle of town before it flows on into the Main River. Senior visitors will find Bamberg to be a rare German city, having escaped Allied bombing during World War II. Thus it is in fine shape.


Seniors View Seven Hills And Seven Churches

Bamberg extends over seven hills, each crowned by a beautiful church. This has led to Bamberg being called the “Franconian Rome,” although a running joke among Bamberg’s tour guides is to refer to Rome instead as the “Italian Bamberg”.

The Old Town of Bamberg is listed as a World Heritage Site, primarily because of its authentic medieval appearance. One of the main attractions is the Bamberg Cathedral constructed  in 1237. Another is Michaelsberg Abbey built in the 12th century and is on the summit of one of Bamberg’s “Seven Hills.”


The Altenburg castle is a former residence for bishops and is highly popular with senior tourists. The Little Venice area bordering the river displays classic examples of half-timber construction and German architecture.

Bamberg can claim many historic anecdotes but perhaps most unique is its status as the final resting place of a Pope. This fact is unique because apart from Pope Clement II, no other Pope is buried north of the Alps.

Bamberg A UNESCO Heritage site

The lush green countryside around Bamberg is a charming setting for the seven-hilled town, and in 1993, two decades after the town celebrated the 1,000th anniversary of its founding, Bamberg was included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


The historical fabric of the old town in Bamberg remains generally intact, with over 1000 buildings listed as protected monuments. But there’s more to Bamberg than architecture: with modern shops, a buzzing nightlife, nine breweries producing over 50 different types of beer, and active and varied cultural program including a world-class symphony orchestra, the town is a perfect place for a short break.

 Senior travelers, plan to spend a few days in Bamberg as you are exploring Germany.  You will find a town full of amenities that will remain with your memory for a long long time. jeb

Filed under : Editors Choice, Europe


Seniors, Been to Salvador da Bahia Yet?


Salvador, Brazil’s former capital is renowned for its African-influenced cuisine, music and architecture. Known as “the Capital of Joy,” because of its exuberant week-long Carnaval celebrations, Salvador brims with contemporary music and art amid architecture that has gone untouched since the 17th century.The region is packed with fun things for senior visitors to see and do.

Salvador is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the northeast State of Bahia. The Historic Center of Salvador, frequently called the “Pelourinho”, was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985. It is renowned for its Portuguese colonial architecture with historical monuments dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries.

Most tourists stay in Pelourinho, the historic center, or in Barra, the first urban beach out from the center, which has a lot of restaurants and bars. The next coastal area is Ondina with its big hotels on the cliffside. Ondina beach has lots of reefs.


Pelourinho’s winding cobblestone streets are packed with historical sites, colonial architecture, museums, restaurants, bars, hostels and artisanal shops. And senior “beach goers”, Salvador is home of the 3rd best beach of the World, Porto da Barra Beach.

Seniors Find a Vibrant, Exciting City

Salvador has history on its side. The Baía de Todos Santos (All Saints Bay) was first encountered by the Portuguese explorers and named back in 1500. Salvador was the capital in the heyday of the slave trade. The legacy remains today in its large black population, and the resulting culture in many ways outshines the rest of Brazil.


In music, many of the greatest names from the mid-20th century to the present hail from Salvador. It’s a vibrant, exciting city, and its people are really quite friendly.

Salvador remained the first capital of Brazil until 1763, when it was succeeded by Rio de Janeiro. Salvador settled into graceful decline over the next 150 years, out of the mainstream of Brazilian industrialization. It remains, however, a national cultural and tourist center.

By 1948 the city had some 340,000 people and by then was the 4th largest city in all of Brazil. Adventursome seniors, it’s an exciting city to check out.  jeb


Seniors Practice Their Spanish in Segovia


Segovia, pop. 60,000,  is the capital of Segovia Province in Spain, a historically significant city northwest of Madrid. Moors, Christians and Jews coexisted for a long time in the medieval city and worked together during the 16th century manufacturing boom.

Segovia is made up of a harmonious ensemble of buildings that date to the Late Middle Ages (11th and 12th centuries) and the Renaissance (16th century), its two periods of prosperity. Segovia is a picturesque old city with twisting alleyways, the highest concentration of Romanesque churches in all of Europe and pedestrian-only streets, all bordered by a medieval wall and two rivers.

On the Plateau of the Old Catile, at the foot of the Sierra Guadarrama, Segovia occupies a steep promontory at the confluence of the Eresma and the Clamores Rivers. This senior learned that gravestones from a Roman necropolis were recycled in the 11th century to build the city walls. The castle, which looks more Bavarian than Castilian, stands at the end of a limestone ridge at the point where the two rivers meet.

Seniors Find Another World Heritage Site


Long before Madrid became the capital of Spain in the 16th century, Segovia was one of the most important cities, as borne out by the Romanesque churches at almost at every turn as one strolls through the narrow streets. In 1985 the old city of Segovia and its Aqueduct were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Within the environment of the old city, stand diversity of historic buildings both civil and religious.

The Aqueduct of Segovia is a Roman construction and one of the most significant and best-preserved ancient monuments that remain on the Iberian Peninsula. I have seen aqueducts in France and Italy, but nothing matches the aqueduct of  Segovia.

The Roman aqueducts of Sevilla, Toledo, and Calahorra in Spain did not survive. This one looks brand new. It passes overhead in the heart of the city. The first section of the aqueduct contains 36 semi-circular arches, rebuilt in the 15th century to restore a portion destroyed by the Moors in 1072.

Alcázar Draws Senior Visitors


Following its restoration, which took place after 1484 on the initiative of the Catholic Kings (Los Reyes Católicos), the aqueduct was  used and well maintained.  Another principal tourist attraction is Alcázar, a royal palace built around the 11th century. The picturesque palace is said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle.

The modern Four-Star Parador Hotel is one of the best places for senior visitors to stay and to savor the city’s most traditional dish: roast suckling pig. Segovia is an excellent starting point to tour the province of Castile and León. Senior travelers, give yourself one day in Segovia.

On our way to Segovia, my wife and I took a trip to Avila and its UNESCO-protected city walls and towers.  Amazing cities, both of them.  Enjoy all the amenities of this wonderful old historic city.  jeb

Filed under : Adventure Travel, Europe


Seniors Visit a Grand Duchy


I did not know that there were so many places with the name Duchy. Google found: Cornwall, Burgundy Lancaster, Lucca and Milan.  I found several that were rated “Grand Duchy” like Lithuania, Warsaw and finally Luxembourg… and that’s where we are going today, simply because this senior has been there.

Luxembourg’s official name is Great Duchy of Luxembourg. It’s pretty small really (425,000+). There are 290,000 native Luxembourgers and 130,000 foreigners. I remember well passing through the country in just an hour.


This small country is surrounded by Belgium, France and Germany, and its history has been inextricably linked with that of its larger neighbors. It is largely made up of rolling hills and forests as I recall, rolling through the country on my Lambretta motor scooter way back when.

Nowhere else in Europe did I find such a discrete and dynamic mixture of ancient fortresses and contemporary architecture. Among prominent monuments of Luxembourg are the Gothic Cathedral of Notre Dame, from the 18th century, and the Grand Ducal Palace.

Seniors Find Another UNESCO Old City


Luxembourg City, made up of 78,000+ affable folks, is a lively and bustling town. A real cultural platform, it abounds in museums, theaters and concert halls. The center of the country is also home to no less than 150 different nationalities that have chosen to live in this exciting city.

The cultural program that makes up Luxembourg is made in the image of its city dwellers: multilingual, multicultural, creative and eclectic, simply a fun place to be. The Old City of Luxembourg has long been part of the UNESCO World Heritage with deep roots and ancient fortifications.

Luxembourg, founded in 963, became a Grand Duchy in 1815 and an independent state under the Netherlands. It lost more than half of its territory to Belgium in 1839, but gained a larger measure of autonomy. Full independence was attained in 1867.


Overrun by Germany in both World Wars, it ended its neutrality in 1948 when it entered into the Benelux Customs Union and when it joined NATO the following year. In 1957, Luxembourg became one of the six founding countries of the European Economic Community, later the European Union, and in 1999 it joined the euro currency area.

 Senior Visitors Taste Speciality Dishes

His “Royal Highness the Grand Duke of Luxembourg” is Henri and as such is the monarchial head of state. Luxembourgish, the national language, is akin to German. When senior visitors are ready to dine out, speciality dishes are of the type one would expect in a forested country. They include hare and Ardennes ham, trout and pike, fresh from the country’s rivers as well as many local favorites.


Personally, I’d recommend Judd mat gaardebounen, served with potatoes and washed down with a Diekirch beer. Write that all down and carry it with you, okay? And oenophiles, Luxembourg shares the Moselle valley with Germany and the local white wines are well-known and highly popular.

Enjoy your visit to Luxembourg.  jeb


Seniors Cool Off In Bath


Bath, historically known as “City of Ships”, more recently has a new tag,  Maine’s “Cool Little City.” Big enough to be a commercial and cultural hub and compact enough to be intimate and walkable, Bath is friendly, and a senior visitor’s paradise.

Bath is a port of entry with a good harbor formed by the Kennebec River estuary. The Abenaki Indians called the area Sagadahoc, meaning “mouth of big river.” Most of Bath, Maine was settled by travelers from Bath, England, thus the name.

Folks come from all over the nation to take in Bath’s historic waterfront downtown shops, boutiques, galleries, cafes and restaurants on pedestrian-friendly Front and Centre Streets. Many senior visitors choose to learn about ship-building history at the Maine Maritime Museum.


Ranked one of the “Ten Best” maritime museums in the world and located on a beautiful 20-acre campus on the banks of the Kennebec River, the museum features its own working shipyard complete with boat-building demonstrations and guided kayak or lighthouse tours. Bath is a World Heritage Site.

History and Architecture Draw Senior Visitors

With a plethora of 19th century architecture, visitors enjoy the many outstanding old buildings. Senior travelers will find a conglomeration of Federal, Greek Revival an Italianate architecture, including the 1858 Custom House and Post Office. The more modern Sagadahoc Bridge is an architectural marvel as well.

Not far away is a famous lighthouse on Seguin Island off the mouth of the Kennebec River. Seguin has the tallest lighthouse in Maine and one of the oldest in the United States. It is a fully functional and one of Maine’s most memorable places. Its Fresnel lens is 12 feet tall and beams out 20 miles.


The Bath of today is down-to-earth, unpretentious and features an eclectic mix of historic houses and buildings bordering the river. Front Street, which parallels the river, was named one of America’s Top 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association.

The city, 12 miles from the Gulf of Maine, has a shipbuilding heritage that began in 1743 and continues today. In 1841, the 1,133-ton Rappahannock, then the largest vessel in the world, was built by Bath’s Sewall shipyard. By 1857, Bath was the 5th-largest shipbuilding port in the country in registered tonnage.

Senior Visitors Enjoy A “Greatest Main Street” Town


The Chocolate Church Arts Center is midcoast Maine’s regional performing and visual arts center.  Senior travelers will find plenty of choices for places to bed down in Bath including the Benjamin F. Packard House, offering four guest rooms that reflect the life of an 18th-century shipbuilder. The Galen C. Moses House is an 1874 Italianate Victorian and is painted salmon pink.

America has a long listing of “Greatest Main Streets” and Bath fits right in. Explore Front Street, with its brick buildings and an outpost of Reny’s, a small discount department store chain that’s a throwback to an earlier era.

The Boston Globe notes that…Bath is only a half a tank north of Boston. jeb


Seniors Take A Look At World Heritage Sites

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There are 21 historical sites in the US declared by UNESCO a World Heritage Site. Eight of these sites are Cultural and the rest are considered Natural. 13 more are on a list called Tentative. Being a guide at Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, this senior was pleased to note that 11 of Frank Lloyd Wrights Buildings are on that list.

The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage is an international agreement that was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 1972. It is based on the premise that certain places on Earth are of outstanding universal value and should therefore form part of the common heritage of mankind.

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Myself, I am real big on World Heritage Sites. It’s a great way to fill up any itinerary wherever you travel. UNESCO notes that a World Heritage Site is “a natural or man-made site, area, or structure recognized for its outstanding international importance and therefore deserving special protection.”

Sites are nominated to and designated by the World Heritage Convention, an organization of UNESCO. Sites can be a forest, a mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex or even an entire city.

The Pyramids of Egypt, the Great Barrier Reef, Versailles, Galapagos Islands, Victoria Falls, Machu Picchu, Taj Mahal, Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower and the Acropolis are examples. They simply “stand out”. Thousands and thousands visit each of these sites annually.

Seniors Enjoy World Heritage Sites

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Wikipedia states that “As of 2013, 981 sites are listed: 759 cultural, 193 natural, and 29 mixed properties, in 160 states parties. By sites ranked by country,  Italy is home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites with 49, followed by China (45), Spain (44), France and Germany (both 38).

Senior travelers, if you have personally seen some of these, were they not a highlight of your visit? UNESCO references each World Heritage Site with an identification number; but new inscriptions often include previous sites now listed as part of larger descriptions.

As a result, the identification numbers exceed 1,200 even though there are fewer on the list. They are everywhere in the world. While each World Heritage Site remains part of the legal territory of the state or country where the site is located, UNESCO considers it in the interest of the international community to preserve each site.

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There is an additional listing of World Heritage Sites considered to be in danger. The list is intended to increase international awareness of these threats and to encourage counteractive measures. Threats to a site can be either proven imminent threats or potential dangers that could have adverse effects on a site.

What makes the concept of World Heritage exceptional is its universal application. World Heritage sites belong to all the peoples of the world, irrespective of the territory on which they are located. So, next time you travel, input into a search engine where you want to go, then add World Heritage Sites and note what comes up. Bon Voyage! jeb

Filed under : Editors Choice


Seniors Love La Cuidad de Mexico

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Mexico is unlike any other country this senior citizen has visited, and I love Mexico City!  The friendly people, the cultural and historical sites, the weather, the prices, the countryside and just hanging out where the locals hang out add to my many fond memories.

As Mexico’s capital it is one of the liveliest and largest cities in the world, with a renowned arts-and-culture scene, an entire district that has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  and some of the best cuisine in the world.

The city was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs in 1325. Spanish conquistadors founded Mexico City in 1521 atop the razed island-capital, that was the cultural and political center of the Aztec (Mexica) empire.  Subsequently it was redesigned and rebuilt in accordance with the Spanish urban standards.

Seniors Visit Biggest City

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La Cuidad de Mexico is an awesome city and like any great metropolis, it presents a wide mosaic of scenes. One moment you’re enjoying tequila at a grand old cantina, the next you’re listening to world-class DJs on a rooftop terrace. Senior travelers, on your first trip to Mexico City, I’d suggest a Hop On-Hop Off Bus Tour to get you acquainted with the city.

It’s called the “Biggest City in the World.”  Others say Tokyo, Jakarta, Seoul, Delhi or Shanghai. Daily Mexicans are pouring in, however, just as many are pouring out. Mexico City is one of the most polluted cities in the world. Entrapped in a large valley, the automobile exhaust, industrial smoke and other ozone depleting causes leave many with breathing difficulties.

History abounds everywhere with at least a dozen major working archaeological sites within the city limits. Our guide said that her family dug up Aztec ruins doing some remodeling in their basement.

Seniors Visit Historic Center

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This fascinating capital beguiles senior visitors with endless options. Many of the most visited tourist attractions in Mexico City are concentrated in the historic center, including the Plaza de la Constitucion or Zócalo that is an absolute “must see.”

Visit the National Palace located on the same square and and view several of Diego Rivera’s restored frescos.  Also on the Zócalo is the Metropolitan Cathedral. It is huge and due to earthquakes, is filled with scaffolding supporting the arches and the main roof.

Close by is the Templo Mayor, a large stone pyramid with the familiar wide staircases and temples seen throughout Mexico. The Palace of Fine Arts is beautiful and has sunk several feet into the ground having been built on soft soil.

One of the most important museums in Mexico, Museo Nacional de Antropologia, contains one of the world’s largest collections of archaeological and anthropological artifacts from pre-hispanic Mayan civilizations to the Spanish conquest. A visit to this museum was a highlight for me and my students.

Senior travelers will find Mexico City to be one of the most fascinating, fun and exciting cities you have ever visited. jeb


Seniors Find Mauritius In The Indian Ocean

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Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent. Senior friends, grab your coffee and enjoy a visit to Mauritius.

History abounds. The first Portuguese explorers found no indigenous people living on the island in 1507. The Dutch settled on the island in 1638 and abandoned it in 1710. Five years later, the island became a French colony and was renamed Isle de France.

If you know where Madagascar is, look just off to the east and there is the island. Port Louis, the modern capital of this 38-mile by 29-mile island, is a bustling port with a revitalized waterfront and a busy market.

 Today it’s a stable democracy with regular free elections. The country has attracted considerable foreign investment and has earned one of Africa’s highest per capita incomes with its 1.3 million inhabitants.

The main agricultural products are sugar, sugar derivatives, tea, tobacco, vegetables, fruits, flowers and fishing. Seniors discover Mauritius to be a paradise for deep sea fishing. Past visitors called the country “an island of emotion“.

A Great Senior Destination

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Mauritius is one of Africa’s great destinations. Located in the middle of the turquoise Indian Ocean, Mauritius is inhabited by a multi-racial, peaceful people, has great golf courses, offers myriad water sports, mountain trekking, hunting, birdwatching, luxurious resorts, an old colonial capital, great food, three- and four-star hotels, one of the world’s best botanical gardens, good nightlife, beautiful beach bars, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, one of the oldest horse racing tracks in the world and wonderful  sightseeing.

 When an island is surrounded by perfect white sand beaches, themselves surrounded by the stunning blue Indian Ocean, and the center of the island contains mountains and breathtaking scenery, plus almost year-round sunshine, it’s difficult to be miserable.

Blue Bay, Baie du Tamarin, Cap Malheureux, Belle Mare and Flic-en Flac are some of the most well-known beaches in Mauritius. And for you senior gourmets, the cuisine of Mauritius is a blend of Creole, Chinese, European and Indian. It’s common for a combination of cuisines to form part of the same meal.

And for you senior birders, Casela is a bird sanctuary located in the district of Riviere Noire. Stretching for more than 25 hectares, it has as many as 140 species of birds coming from all the five continents.

Image 3And get this…The official language in Mauritius is English. Lonely Planet finds the island to be loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract visitors from the daily grind of beach and pool.

They further note that perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people. And for such a small island, TripAdvisor notes 107 things to take in.  So…put the island in your “travel bucket list”. Senior travelers will find it very inviting.  jeb

Filed under : Africa, Editors Choice


Seniors Explore Andalusia

One of the most fascinating and memorable trips my wife and I made to Spain was to the southern region called Andalusia. This senior had made a special point to visit as many UNESCO World Heritage Sites as possible, and there were several.

Andalusia has a rich Moorish heritage, including many fantastic examples of Moorish architecture which were built during the eight centuries when Andalusia was the center of the Arab population in the Iberian peninsula. The Moorish rule effectively ended in 1492 when Christians recaptured Granada. The entire region has a rich and varied history and includes some of Europe’s best wildlife sites.

The area abounds in olives trees, the glorious Mediterranean seacoast, ancient historical cities, wonderful food and superb lodging facilities. I entitled this blog “Explore Andalusia” as that is precisely what senior travelers will want to do.

Head up that road that looks interesting or visit that castle up on the hill. TripAdvisor suggests 1,209 things to see and do. Wow! There seems to be something for every senior in Andalusia.  Stay in a Paradore, the luxury hotel accommodations in Castles, Palaces, Convents, Monasteries, Fortresses and other historic buildings all over Spain.

The Guadalquivir is Andalusia’s most important river and brings life to many areas in its journey across the region. Andalusia offers a range of attractions that range from impressive monuments in large towns to typical small villages, which have provided a constant source of inspiration for all kinds of artists.

 Seniors Find Medieval Ruins, Olive Trees and Hostales

Each of Andalusia’s eight provinces are loaded with unforgettable highlights. Circle all the cities that you won’t want to miss on a map. We suggest that you pick a rental car in Madrid. Then swing northwest to Avila and Salamanca and then head south to Andalusia. On your route back to Madrid a must visit is the city of Toledo.

 Andalusia = the heart of flamenco, lots of medieval remains and fortresses, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the Iberian Peninsula, the former capital of an Islamic caliphate in the Middle Ages, the magnificent La Alhambra Palace, a maritime port town with the oldest football club of Spain, the world’s olive oil capital, a harbor city right on the Costa del Sol, and Marbella, a wealthy resort town on the Costa del Sol.

We discovered hostales, a type of lodging found mostly in Spain and Hispanic America. Hostales tend to be less expensive than hotels, comfortable and in most cities and even smaller villages. You can save a lot by lodging in a hostal (not a hostel). Look for a sign that reads Hostal, not Hotel.  We hope that you enjoy Andalusia as much as we did. jeb


Filed under : Adventure Travel, Europe


Seniors Descend to the Baja and Loreto

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About three quarters of the way down the Baja Peninsula from the US border is Loreto. I discovered that Loreto, pop. 10,000+,  is one of the oldest settlements in the Baja California peninsula.

Loreto carries senior travelers deep into a Mexico of legends and colonial splendor, whether you’re wandering its winding streets, exploring caves and admiring prehistoric cave paintings, or enjoying a dip in the Sea of Cortez.

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I was surprised to learn that there were pre-historic caves in the area. Fishing is Loreto’s main tourist attraction. Senior visitors can hire a “panga”, a small flat-bottomed boat, with a guide and set out into the Sea of Cortez for “Mahi-Mahi”, also called “Dorado” and “Dolphin Fish”.

Pleasant weather year-round and less crowded than some resort towns, Loreto is a great base for snorkeling, sport fishing or just relaxing on the beach. Loreto remains a quiet seaside gem.

There are no cruise ships. Instead, there is the Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site made up of five islands accessible only by boat. In Nopoló, just few miles to the south, golfers will find an 18-hole, par-72 course, and tennis enthusiasts can enjoy a first-rate facility with 8 tennis courts.

Seniors Discover Rich History

Senior visitors will enjoy unsurpassable natural surroundings including beautiful beaches, breathtaking cliffs, impressive rock formations and, of course, a closer look at where the colonization of Baja California all began.

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Loreto is rich in culture, as you’ll see when you witness its colorful traditions and festivities. The most important celebration in this picturesque city, the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto, is held on September 8th in honor of its beloved patron saint.

 As the first capital of the Californias, Loreto’s culture runs as deep as its rich history. Loreto was the first Spanish colony on the Baja Peninsula, founded by Jesuits in 1697.

Visitors can learn about Loreto’s historic past at the Jesuit Missions Museum, next to the old and still well-preserved parish church, Our Lady of Loreto.

 Senior Sport Fishing

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Enjoy world-class sport fishing and play golf and tennis at the Nopolo recreational sports complex. With year round temperatures averaging in the 80′s, outdoor activities are always available.

The Loreto Bay National Marine Park, the Mission San Javier and the Marina Park Bahia de Loreto are three major attractions that seniors find fun and interesting.

The Malecon, a surfside avenue, is Loreto’s center for people-watching, by day and night. Whale watching is another possibility if you have never done this before. Then try sailing, kayaking, diving, horseback riding, mountain biking and beach combing or take a tour to the beautifully restored Mission of San Javier high up in the mountains behind the city of Loreto.

This is a town real with authentic Mexican charm that attracts travelers to its gracious hotels and slow-going lifestyle.  jeb

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