27-10-2016 by redazione
The word "Buen Retiro" was coined by the Spanish king Charles of Bourbon, who so wanted to Call are his country house outside Madrid, where he loved to retire to rest from the strain of power. Since then, the term came into common use around the world to define a place of peace where time seems to be able to stop and serenity pervades the human soul.
For thousands of Europeans, for decades, that place is the Swahili Coast, or areas of Kenya bordering the Indian Ocean, roughly from Diani, south of Mombasa, to the archipelago of Lamu.
Fulcrum of the coast, for the tranquility and the services, the tourist resort of Watamu, Malindi and Mambrui.
Not only Italian, but also German, Swiss, British, Scandinavian, Dutch and Americans, with the first Westerners cool, like relocating the equator and chose Kenya for the climate, the nature and the value for money of life, especially compared with that of modern Western society.
The period between the end of October and beginning of November, which coincides with the first real hot on the Swahili coast, coinciding with the first arrivals of those coming to "winter" and will retain in many cases at least until March. As you know the three-month tourist visa is renewable for another three, and there are many who use it to the last drop. Several tourists also former (now it would be better to call them long-time vacationers) who bought a property in Kenya and therefore, a fortiori, they feel at home.
For obvious reasons of work, family freedom and economic opportunities, it is mainly the end of the elderly and of people over 60 to take advantage of such long periods in Kenya and also for this reason, can you explain the boom of specialized medical clinics (for the heart, for the therapies of diabetes), the physiotherapists and the birth of SPA and wellness centers along the coastal region. The seaside towns near Mombasa (Nyali, Bamburi, Shanzu Beach) after years are seeing a return of German tourists and is also picked up the construction industry, to erect modern hotel and suited to today's needs.
The Minister of Tourism Balala in this regard has presented a bill to loans on low interest rates to tourist facilities that want to retrain. In Malindi and Watamu, meanwhile, there are the first seasonal arrivals. People now are at home and that seasonally bring jobs, having employees and moving now as citizens of markets, shops and daily needs.
Plus people who have an unequivocal "Africa sickness" and that infect friends and relatives, proving to be one of the most efficient promotional vehicles for tourism on the Swahili coast. Karibu tena Kenya, welcome back in the "retreat", vacationers!
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