Corfu – an island in need of a good map

Old Perithia

Old Perithia

 

 

 

Discovery Walking Guides cartographic survey team has just returned from Corfu, and boy, does Corfu need a good map.

It’s a tricky island for visitors wanting to travel around by hire car or bike, because road signage is confusing (or non-existent) and unusually, roads have not been allocated road numbers.

Lefkimis Bay, Corfu

 

 

 

 

A few stretches of tarmac do have kilometre markers though this information is patchy to say the least. We also discovered that car systems such as TomTom and similar don’t work here.

 

 

 

 

Palaiokastritsa Bay, Corfu

Palaiokastritsa Bay, Corfu

 

So, it tuned out to be an interesting and most productive visit. The new Corfu Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map design work will shortly be under way, with a scheduled publication date around December 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kaiser's Throne, Corfu

The Kaiser’s Throne, Corfu

 

With a good, reliable and newly researched map, visitors can confidently go beyond the usual tourist spots and discover the heart of this beautiful island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some ‘main roads’ through Corfu’s mountain villages are a bit of a squeeze!

The 'main road' through Ano Korakiana, Corfu.

The ‘main road’ through Ano Korakiana, Corfu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rare Swallowtail

Rare Swallowtail, Corfu

 

Corfu’s flora and fauna are beautiful.

Wild Tortoise, Corfu

Wild Tortoise, Corfu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Madeira – getting out and about around the island

9781782750260_2Madeira is a beautiful, rugged island. It takes a bit of nerve to drive there if you’re a visitor and unused to the steep, narrow mountain roads and the spirited driving of some of the residents. It’s far more relaxing to take a bus and let someone else take care of the driving for you.

If you still prefer to drive yourself, you need a clear and up to date map. Newly published is the 6th edition of Madeira Bus & Touring Map, the ideal travelling companion for drivers and bus users.

 

For more details, see HERE.

 

 

Madeira – so much wonderful walking

High above the world on Madeira's peaks

High above the world on Madeira’s peaks

Walking researcher/residents Shirley & Mike Whitehead know the island intimately and have followed up their Volume One book of 40 ‘Leisure Trails’ with a new Volume Two, tackling challenging trails and high altitude routes.

 

 

 

 

Pico Areeiro

Pico Areeiro

If you’ve never visited this beautiful and dramatic island, you’re missing one of the world’s great walking destinations.

Mountains, levadas, tiny hamlets and towering cliffs; unique flora and ancient forests.

 

 

In around four hours by air from Europe you can escape the long cold tail of winter and revitalise yourself with strolls, walks and challenging hikes.

Levada Nova

Levada Nova

 

Click HERE for more information.

Madeira Walks Volume 2 cover

Discovery Walking Guides ENews

Madeira

Breathtaking views on the island of Madeira.

Take a look at our latest ENews featuring Ibiza, Formentera, Corfu, Madeira and Dartmoor.

Dartmeet stepping stones

Dartmeet stepping stones

Click here to see the Enewsletter.

Ibiza! Formentera!

Ibizan sunset

Ibizan sunset

Hot off the press are two great new maps, highly detailed and just the thing whatever you want to do on this lovely isle; bikers, hikers and beach-lovers will find just what they seek on Ibiza and its little sister, Formentera.

 

There’s a special offer on for either (or both) maps :-

HERE.

Just one of Formentera's perfect beaches

Just one of Formentera’s perfect beaches

Dartmoor – discover the magic

Dartmeet stepping stones
Devonport Leat

Devonport Leat

Dartmoor – a place of history, myths and legends.

W22 Blackingstone Rock (enhanced)

Blackingstone Rock (Walk 22)

The best way to experience its wild and wonderful moors and ancient stone villages is on foot.

Dartmoor residents and author-researchers Kate & Alan Hobbs know the moors well and are your step-by-step guides through forty wonderful walks, strolls and adventures. They know the best places to call in for a pub lunch along the route too!

 

Detailed walk descriptions, Ordnance Survey mapping and waypoints at decisions points, along with frequent timings, ensure you’ll find your way.

 

Dartmoor ponies

Dartmoor Ponies

 

Each walk is illustrated with photos taken along the route. Walks are graded for difficulty, distance, time required, ascents and descents and refreshments.

 

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Walk! Dartmoor (2nd edition) arrives on the planet 18 January 2016.

For more details look HERE.

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Dartmeet Stepping Stones (Walk 36)

 

Formentera? Where’s that? UPDATE

Just one of Formentera's perfect beaches

You’d be forgiven for not knowing the location of this little gem of an island. It’s surprisingly easy to reach and has a delightful personality all its own.

Formentera is one of the Balearic Islands to the east of mainland Spain, in the Meditteranean. It’s the little sister island to Ibiza and is only a 30-minute ferry trip away.

Here’s a few facts and figures:

  • Beaches, beaches – so many of them for such a small island and white, clean and beautiful.
  • The island had been occupied by the Carthaginians, then the ancient Romans, the Visigoths, the Byzantines, the Vandals, and the Arabs.
  • Eventually the island added to the Crown of Aragon and later became part of the medieval Kingdom of Majorca.
  • The main island of Formentera is 19 kilometres (12 miles) long and is located about 6 kilometres (4 miles) south of Ibiza in the Mediterranean Sea.

    Sant Fancesc Xavier

    San Francesc, Formentera

  • The major villages are Sant Francesc Xavier, Sant Ferran de ses Roques, El Pilar de la Mola and La Savina.
  • Formentera comprises one municipality, also called Formentera, and has a population of 9,962 (as at 1 January 2010).
  • Its land area is 83.24 square kilometres (32.1 sq mi).
  • Cars are easily hired in the port and there’s a good choice of conventional or electric vehicles. There are more electric vehicle charging points here than anywhere else in the world, given its land area.
  • Mopeds and bicycles are available to hire; the terrain is mostly flat and there are dedicated cycle lanes in some areas.
  • The island has four Martello towers.
  • Ferries to Formentera from Ibiza operate every half hour in high season.
  • A local Ibizan (eivissenc) variant of the Balearic dialect of the Catalan language is spoken in Formentera though English and other European languages are frequently heard too.

Discovery Walking Guides carried out an intensive cartographic survey on Formentera a few weeks back and design of the new Formentera Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

For full details about the new FormenFormentera TT Map 9781782750246 half sizetera map, click here.

 

KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to be a part of this exciting project.

Take a look at DWG’s Kickstarter Project here.

 

Ibiza – white beaches, azure seas, verdant pine forests UPDATE

One of Ibiza's beautiful coves (on the west coast)

Forget the tabloid image of all-night clubbing, loud music and young visitors in various states of inebriation and undress.

The real Ibiza is a beautiful place, blessed by a wonderful climate with many hours of sunshine each month.

Numerous fine white beaches and little coves tempt the swimmer and sun-worshipper, while walking/biking trails meander through wild flowers underneath a canopy of fragrant pine woods.

A few Ibizan facts:

  • Ibiza is one of the Balearic Islands, in the Mediterranean east of the Spanish mainland.
  • It’s a naturally beautiful island with white sand beaches, turquoise seas and verdant pine woods, olive groves and wild flowers.
  • The island has a long history of invasion by various forces including the Ancient Romans, the Vandas, Byzantines, the Moors, the Norwegians and were finally claimed by Spain. Nowadays, the ‘invaders’ are tourists.
  • Ibiza is 572.56 square kilometres (221.07 sq miles) land area.
  • The highest point of the island is Sa Talaiassa, at 475 metres (1,558 ft).
  • The population is estimated at approximately 132,500.
  • Eivissenc, a dialect of Catalan, is spoken on Ibiza, as is Spanish. English is widely spoken in tourist areas.
  • Though renowned for its clubbing scene, there are beautiful beaches, pine woods and walking/biking routes across the island.

 

Ibiza Sunset

One of Ibiza’s beautiful coves (on the west coast)

Until now, the maps available for the island of Ibiza have been basic and without the kind of detail you need to enjoy exploring.

That’s all set to change as Discovery Walking Guides has completed their ‘on the ground’ mapping survey. Design of the new Ibiza Tour & Trail Super-Durable Map is well under way.

Click HERE for all the details of the new Ibiza map.

Ibiza TT Map I9781782750239 half size

 KICKSTARTER PROJECT

How would you like to be part of the launch of this exciting new map project? For a modest pledge you can help this project to fly – and receive free maps too.

There’s still time to part of this exciting project.

Take a look  at DWG’s Kickstarter project here:

Kickstarter Project

 

La Palma – the World’s Steepest Island

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Walk! La Palma – new 3rd edition
Authors: Charles Davis and Jan Kostura
ISBN 9781782750215 £12.99

La Palma is the most north-westerly and the steepest of the Canary Islands; arguably it’s the steepest island in the world.

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Views to Pico de la Nieve (Walk 29)

 

If you’re looking for a walking destination that’s wild, beautiful and unforgettable, La Palma will not disappoint.

 

Here’s a sample map section; there’s one for each of the 37 routes, along with full walk descriptions, photographs and GPS information.

 

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Pico Birigoyo, Cumbre Vieja, La Palma (Walk 7)

 

Book 06 Cumbre Nueva Loop CROP

For more information about Walk! La Palma and the companion La Palma Tour & Trail Map see Discovery Walking Guides’ website.

Click here for more information.

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