Viewpoints on Whale Watching in Hermanus!

Written by Gregory Hudson

If you're looking to spot a whale,repparttar first few things you'll hear people say is:

“Hermanus hasrepparttar 141931 best land-based whale watching inrepparttar 141932 world” and “You're sure to see hundreds of whales breaching fromrepparttar 141933 waters offrepparttar 141934 rocky cliffs torepparttar 141935 West” or “You'll definitely see them lob tailing fromrepparttar 141936 vantage point ofrepparttar 141937 golden beaches torepparttar 141938 East”.

And this indeed is a fact.

Every year, like clockwork,repparttar 141939 whales return to Hermanus for their yearly rendezvous in Walker Bay, carrying out their annual rhythms of mating and calving.

Considering what people actually understand aboutrepparttar 141940 Southern Right Whale - named because it wasrepparttar 141941 “right” whale to hunt –repparttar 141942 whales perspective will always be something mysterious and unknown.

What we do know is that they preferrepparttar 141943 warmer waters of Walker Bay for a breeding ground rather thanrepparttar 141944 cold waters of their usual haunt,repparttar 141945 Arctic Circle.

According torepparttar 141946 calendar they can be seen from July to November. What areas of Walker Bay orrepparttar 141947 time of day to expect them is hard to say. But there is one expert in Hermanus who is sure to know.

The Whale Crier of Hermanus

If you've never heard ofrepparttar 141948 Whale Crier of Hermanus, it’s because Hermanus isrepparttar 141949 only place inrepparttar 141950 world to have one. If you're interested in whales this is one whale expert you definitely need to meet.

Pieter Claasen wasrepparttar 141951 first to lift a horn-shaped tube of kelp to his lips at age 11, soundingrepparttar 141952 first base notes announcingrepparttar 141953 arrival ofrepparttar 141954 whales. Since then, his predecessor, Wilson Salukazana, has become Hermanus's second whale crier.

He answers any questions posed to him about whales…

Wilson can tell you where they come from, what kinds there are inrepparttar 141955 bay and evenrepparttar 141956 names ofrepparttar 141957 aerial stunts they perform. He also knowsrepparttar 141958 best coves alongrepparttar 141959 shore andrepparttar 141960 places where you can get within 20m of these gentle submariners.

However, his most useful service is a system for notifying whale enthusiasts by coded calls issued from his kelp trumpet.

Travelling To Spain - The Spanish Regional Travel Guide

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

Up to 60 million visitors travel to Spain every year to delight inrepparttar country’s 315 sunny days and its rich and diverse history and culture. As a resultrepparttar 141801 Spanish government spend millions of Euros per year onrepparttar 141802 travel and transport infrastructure to servicerepparttar 141803 country’s growing population and its ever growing numbers of visitors.

Therefore Spain has to be one ofrepparttar 141804 easiest and most affordable ofrepparttar 141805 world’s popular destinations in terms of its accessibility - particularly fromrepparttar 141806 UK and Northern America. For example there are cheap flights available from all British airports to main and regional airports across Spain daily and direct flights fromrepparttar 141807 main Spanish hubs torepparttar 141808 US daily. As an alternative for British and European travellers there are fantastic countrywide train, coach and ferry links and great access for those who prefer to travel by car.

This article breaks downrepparttar 141809 main Spanish travel options by region.

Northern Spain – The easiest way to access this region is by plane from one ofrepparttar 141810 main UK airports flying directly to Bilbao or fromrepparttar 141811 US to Malaga with transfer to Bilbao. It’s possible to connect with Iberia flights for connections acrossrepparttar 141812 North and throughout Spain. Alsa and Eurolines have sophisticated coach networks and it’s possible to travel allrepparttar 141813 way across Europe to Bilbao or San Sebastian and then pick up local coaches or rail connections. You can also sail fromrepparttar 141814 UK port of Plymouth to Santander with Brittany Ferries, or you could takerepparttar 141815 P & O route from Portsmouth to Bilbao.

Castile and La Rioja – The cheapest way to access these regions is possibly to fly to one ofrepparttar 141816 main Spanish hubs – Barcelona, Bilbao or Madrid for example, and then either drive or get connecting flights. You can connect with Iberia for flights to Logrona in La Rioja or Valladolid in Castile. Castile, Rioja and Navarre are serviced by an excellent road network which makes getting around simple and again, Alsa coaches will connect you with major and minor destinations acrossrepparttar 141817 regions andrepparttar 141818 entire country.

Aragon, Navarre andrepparttar 141819 Pyrenees – As these regions are easily accessible by car or coach from Madrid it may be best to get a cheap flight to Madrid and then driverepparttar 141820 E90 torepparttar 141821 heart ofrepparttar 141822 region. You could consider getting a connecting flight to Zaragoza inrepparttar 141823 middle ofrepparttar 141824 region which is a good jumping off point for explorations in this stunning part of Spain. Alternatively access to this region can be made by rail or coach. Eurolines coaches will connect you with Pamplona or Zaragoza; Eurostar rail will take you fromrepparttar 141825 UK to Paris and from Paris you can catch an overnight high speed rail link to Madrid…from Madridrepparttar 141826 options are varied, from local rail and coach connections, car hire, and local flight connections with Iberia.

Costa Brava and Costa Dorada – As we move east torepparttar 141827 beautiful Northern Catalonian coastal regions ofrepparttar 141828 Costa Brava and Costa Dorada, so accessibility increases. Barcelona airport isrepparttar 141829 main airport for these regions and it welcomes cheap UK and US flights. You can then connect to Girona inrepparttar 141830 Costa Brava region or Reus inrepparttar 141831 Costa Dorada region. Barcelona itself has an underground train network for access throughoutrepparttar 141832 city, and if you want to travel further afieldrepparttar 141833 Spanish rail service RENFE has many mainline and local services servicing both regions. The main coastal road in Costa Brava isrepparttar 141834 A7, withrepparttar 141835 A2 taking you west away from Barcelona andrepparttar 141836 C32 taking you south from Barcelona intorepparttar 141837 Costa Dorada. Barcelona has a port with ferry services to Genoa, Rome, Mallorca, Menorca and Ibiza.

Central Spain and Madrid – Central Spain’s main airport is Madrid and it welcomes direct flights from allrepparttar 141838 major UK and US airports and some ofrepparttar 141839 smaller ones as well. As Madrid is such a major city you can imagine it acts as an important travel hub forrepparttar 141840 whole of Spain. Coach and rail networks and main auto routes all radiate fromrepparttar 141841 city. Madrid has two main stations with trains departing for regional and international destinations, andrepparttar 141842 city has an underground metro system as well.

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