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Asturias, Menorca and Aran, among the 52 places to visit in 2020 according to the NYT

New York / The New York Times has included in its list of 52 places to visit this year 2020 the Spanish enclaves of the region of Asturias, the island of Menorca and the Catalan region of the Aran Valley.

 

 
From Asturias, which is in the 25th position in its recommendations, the Times recalls that it has long been the “summer refuge for Spaniards who avoid the crowds that crowded the Mediterranean coast”, so it suggests visiting the region before 2021, when it is estimated that the AVE reaches this region of northern Spain.

Among the suggestions, the newspaper says that “visitors will find hiking and cycling routes,” the Picos de Europa National Park, the oldest in Spain, ancient Celtic “castros”, Roman gold mines and a cultural centre designed by Oscar Niemeyer in Aviles and it highlights the cheese capital of Oviedo.

The island of Menorca is in the 41st position of this list and about this it says that it’s “loved for its wild landscapes and pristine beaches, the second largest of the Balearic Islands of Spain in the Mediterranean and a Biosphere Reserve of UNESCO is preparing to attract an artistic crowd in 2020 ″.

Specifically, it cites as an example the arrival of Hauser & Wirth, among the best contemporary galleries in the world, which will open an art center on the King’s Island, an islet hidden in the port of Mahón, inside an old naval hospital of the 18th century and its dependencies.

“The gallery promises to contribute to the complete restoration of the hospital and preserve the ecosystem of the area through gardens designed by acclaimed landscape artist Piet Oudolf,” explains the Times.

It places the Aran Valley in the 46th position. It’s known meeting point for skiers and that, although it has now improved its communications, its “centuries-old isolation preserved its medieval villages, the Aranese language and the virgin nature, which serves as the magnificent backdrop for an emerging outdoor adventure scene that remains largely eclipsed by the glare of Barcelona and the coast.” (January 17, 2020, EFE/Practica Español)

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Principalmente, el texto habla de... (Mainly, the text talk about...)  
A
una recomendación turística que hizo un diario.
B
las rutas de senderismo que hay en Asturias.
C
las playas de la isla de Menorca.
Question 2
En el texto se dice que el diario 'The New York Times'... (It's said in the text that 'The New York Times'...)    
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publicará pronto una lista con los mejores lugares turísticos.
B
recomendó una serie de lugares para que la gente vaya a visitarlos.
C
recomendó a sus lectores que visiten más de un centenar de regiones españolas.
Question 3
Sobre Asturias se dice que... (About Asturias, it is said that...)  
A
solo se recomienda visitar Avilés y Oviedo.
B
los turistas pueden hacer ciclismo y senderismo en los Picos de Europa.
C
ocupa la tercera posición de la lista elaborada por ese diario.
Question 4
En el texto se dice que... (It's said in the text that...)  
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se destaca de Menorca sus paisajes salvajes y playas.
B
Menorca es la isla española más grande.
C
no es cierto que haya playas en Menorca.
Question 5
Según el texto, el Valle de Arán... (According to the text, the Valley of Aran...)    
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está en la zona norte de la capital de España.
B
es un lugar al que suelen ir los esquiadores.
C
se encuentra en una isla que está cerca de Barcelona.
Question 6
En el vídeo se  dice que Menorca... (It's said in the video that Menorca...)  
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ha sido poblada por diferentes pueblos.
B
los fenicios nunca llegaron a asentarse en Menorca.
C
nunca llegó a ser territorio francés.
Question 7
En el vídeo se ve que... (It's watched in the video that...)  
A
no aparece ninguna embarcación durante todo el vídeo.
B
las taulas están hechas de piedra.
C
todas las construcciones que aparecen son fortificaciones.
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En el texto, 'enclave' se refiere a... (In the text, 'enclave' refers to...)  
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algo que está fuera o muy alejado de un lugar.
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un territorio que está dentro de otro.
C
algo que es importante.
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Si se dice que 'las masas abarrotan las costas' quiere decir que... (If it says  that 'las masas abarrotan las costas', it means that...)  
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las costas están llenas de gente porque hay muchísimas personas en ellas.
B
las costas no son lugares a los que suelan acudir en masa las personas.
C
las costas están casi desiertas porque casi nadie va allí.
Question 3
En el texto, 'masa' hace referencia... (In the text, 'masa' refers to...)  
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a un gran número de personas.
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al volumen de algo.
C
a la mezcla de unos ingredientes para hacer pan.
Question 4
La palabra 'quesera' está relacionada con... (The word 'quesera' is related to...)  
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el queso.
B
un tipo de pan.
C
el senderismo.
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"Siglo XVIII" se lee... ("Siglo XVIII" is read...)    
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"siglo diecisiete".
B
"siglo equis uve triple i".
C
"siglo dieciocho".
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El artículo determinado para 'ecosistema' es: (The definite article for 'ecosistema' is:)
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la
B
lo
C
el
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