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Cantabria in Northern Spain

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If you want to see the rural beauty of Spain, head to the north coast and go into the region known as Cantabria. The landscape is stunning. It’s easy to get to with various airlines such as Ryanair flying to Santander – a major city in northern Spain. So, what sort of thing can you expect to see?   Oyambre If you love beaches and being near the sea, you have the windswept coastline at Oyambre. The bay is deep and set between two old towns – San Vicente de La Barquera and Comillas. Oyambre is also within a protected nature park, so you won’t be facing any high rise flats on the shoreline here! The Picos Mountains form a beautiful frame for this enormous golden beach, which is protected from the elements at one end by an estuary, making it an ideal spot for younger children. It’s an exceptional coastal area and a good surf spot too,  if the conditions are right. Winter or summer,  this is a beautiful beach to visit. Comillos and Cabezon  One of the regions' oldest settlemen

Hola Barcelona

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Barcelona is considered as one of the most beautiful and important cities in Europe. A very important element of Barcelona's identity is its rich history and artistic tradition. Tourists are able to spend a lot of their time touring through the city's spectacular streets and attractions.  In Barcelona, we guarantee that there is something for everyone. Popular attractions include visiting the unfinished work of Antoni Gaudí, La Sagrada Familia, a majestic tribute to the city's (and country’s) rich Catholic tradition. If you aren’t familiar with Gaudí, you can also visit other places, such as Casa Milà, one of the most famous apartment complexes of the city. There are other popular art attractions and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art in El Raval, the Picasso Museum in La Ribera and the National Art Museum of Catalonia near Parc d'Atraccions. If cultural events and attractions are not your thing, Barcelona also has a very lively nightlife, with d

Jersey's Best Pubs and Restaurants

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Fine Food & Drink in Jersey  To give you a few ideas about where to go while you're on your break in Jersey, we've put together a quick list of some of the best restaurants and pubs in Jersey - We hope it helps!   So, you've booked your flights to Jersey and you're all set for your holiday - now's the time to start planning what you'll do and see while you're there. When it comes to discovering new places, my absolute favourite thing to do is to try the best local food. One of the nice things about Jersey is that it's got a great mix of cosy, rustic pubs that happen to serve amazing meals and swanky restaurants, so there's a lot to choose from. Restaurants    Let's start with restaurants. There are quite a few in Jersey that have either a Michelin star or a few AA Rosettes, so we'll focus on those. First up is the Ocean Restaurant at the Atlantic Hotel in St Brelade. Perched on the coast, the venue makes the most of it

A Jamaican Vacation

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Jamaica is one of the most popular destinations in the Caribbean, and it is for a reason. Actually, there are several reasons why Jamaica is an excellent vacation spot. Here are just some of the things you’ll enjoy when you visit the island of Jamaica. Seven Reasons to Vacation in Jamaica The Resorts The large, waterfront all-inclusive resorts of Jamaica are excellent places for vacationers. Families in particular will enjoy the wide-range of activities offered by the resorts, which include plenty of fun things to occupy the children. You can’t go wrong with an all-inclusive, but there are other options, too, such as quaint bed-and-breakfasts that offer a quieter atmosphere. Jamaican Beaches Jamaican beaches are simply gorgeous, and they make the country one of the most popular destinations in the world for tropical vacations. The clear, blue ocean waters and the white sand are breathtaking, and there is so much to do besides sunbathing. Snorkeling, jet skiing, k

Discover the history of the Jurassic Coast

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The Jurassic Coast Dorset is one of the many places of outstanding beauty to visit in the UK, with the county offering everything you could want from a trip away - beautiful coastal scenery, peaceful countryside and picturesque villages in abundance. It is also a great place to discover more about the country's past. This is because it is home to the Jurassic Coast - a section of shoreline that has rocks that are more than 185 million years old. With much of the cliffs and beaches remaining unchanged for such a long time, coming to Dorset could turn into a fascinating history lesson! The Jurassic Coast spans 95 miles and has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, becoming England's first natural location to be awarded this title. It is certainly a fascinating place to visit if you're interested in earth science, and many researchers and scientists have spent a long time here learning about evolution and changes in the planet's geology over time. It is amazin

Spotlight on Daios Cove Resort Crete

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A hotel to please everyone – Daios Cove, Crete Picture the scene:  you’re on a hillside with your toes cooling in a deep blue infinity pool, you’re gazing over the azure stretches of the Mediterranean Sea, sipping a Makry-Mojito and enjoying the sunshine. You’re at Daios Cove in Northern Crete , the hotel that is demanding attention from luxury holidaymakers all around the world. What’s in the vicinity? The hotel features its own private sandy beach (unique for Crete as many beaches on the island are pebbled), perfect for lazing away the hours in the sunshine whilst utilising the beach bar for refreshments. You can reach the centre of Agios Nikolaos by car in around 10 minutes, and here you’ll find a pleasant selection of shops as well as the stunning Lake Voulismeni where legend would have you believe that Athena and Artemis bathed in its water. What sets the resort apart from others? Firstly, Daios Cove sits within the affordable end of luxury hotel market and secondly

Ibiza: It's Not Just About the Clubbing

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Ibiza: It's Not Just About the Clubbing Ibiza does have a huge reputation for clubbing, misbehaviour and all-night partying. However this is by no means all that Ibiza has to offer. In this country where even the sunset is accompanied by rhythms and electronic beats it is easy to overlook the many peaceful places where natural beauty blooms quietly. The government is beginning a campaign to erase the ‘Gomorrah of the Med’ image that Ibiza has acquired as a result of its reputation as party capital of the world and they are delighted to point out the many beauties and attractions of this lovely island. Balearic Islands Ibiza is the third largest of the Balearics and was originally settled on by the Phoenicians centuries ago. Some of the original settlements are archaeological digs and it is possible to visit them to be offered a glimpse into the past. Ibiza’s very first industry, limestone quarrying, began when the Phoenicians were on the island and some of the stone was use

The Great Serengeti Migration

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Once a year, over a million wildebeest make an incredible journey across the Serengeti in search of food and water. They’re followed by hundreds of thousands of other hoofed, grazing mammals – known as ungulates – like zebras and gazelle. The Serengeti is an area that spans around 30,000 square kilometers, reaching from the north of Tanzania down to south-west Kenya. It name is derived from the language of the Maasai, fierce warriors who lived in the area, and means “Endless Plains”. The migration that takes place in the Serengeti is the largest terrestrial mammal migration in the world and is ranked as one of the world’s ten natural wonders. A Diverse Ecosystem The Serengeti is home to about 70 large mammal species, as well as 500 bird species. Its biological diversity is due to the diversity of the habitat, which features forests, swamps, grasslands and riverine woodlands. Among the most common large mammals found in the Serengeti are Blue wildebeests, g

Top Locations For An All Inclusive Holiday

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Finding a good deal on an all inclusive hotel can make the difference between being able to jet off somewhere sunny or staying at home. Accommodation that includes drinks, meals and activities in the overall price means no surprises when it comes to the final bill! Not all offers are created equal and there are some destinations that have really perfected the all inclusive package. For a quick peek at where these are, check out the list below. Turkey Turkey is such a versatile all inclusive destination. It's celebrated as somewhere that caters for families, couples and groups alike, with popular resorts like Marmaris. Years ago, Marmaris was just a small fishing village, but these days it has grown into a thriving port city. The essential facts about Marmaris are it's about 60 miles from Dalaman Airport, so it's not too hard to reach once you land. It's home to all kinds of accommodation, but the bulk of it is three-star hotel and it's a great destination for

A Guide To Antigua's Best Historical Sites

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One of the main attractions of a trip to Antigua is its beautiful beaches and azure waters. But if you're into history as much as I am, you'll also be tempted to head to the Caribbean island to explore its historical sites. Here are just a few you can visit: Sugar Plantation At Betty's Hope Antigua has a very rich and interesting history and there is lots to discover about its past. One thing you'll learn is that it has a very strong sugar industry and this is the result of Sir Christopher Codrington, who came to the island in 1684 in the hopes of creating the same level of sugar cultivation on the Caribbean island as there was elsewhere in the region. By heading to Betty's Hope, you'll see Codrington's original sugar plantation. After this was established, more than 150 windmills processing sugarcane could be found on the island. Although many of these can still be seen on a trip to Antigua, they have been transformed into other tourist features suc

Discover Cornwall’s Intriguing Smuggling Past.

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Piracy and smuggling is as much a part of Cornish heritage as the traditional pasty. As you make your way around the county you will see for yourself that the sweeping sandy beaches and harsh rocky coves make it the perfect location for the illicit deeds that these rogues took part in. The main goods that were transported around the county included tea, china, and rum. Travelling anti-clockwise from the North coast to the South, the first stop is Cornwall’s historic fishing village of Port Isaac; situated in an area of superior natural beauty, the winding roads and alleyways point to the clandestine activities that previously occurred here. The infamous ‘Cruel’ Copinger once ruled the land and sea in this picturesque Cornish village and there are tales of how he’d lure the revenue cutters into the shallow waters so that they would wreck on the jagged rocks that line the coastline. Port Isaac has many tales of the legend of Copinger, and a fun way to explore this area is through t

Holidays to Rhodes

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Visit Rhodes when it is celebrating major festivities and you are sure to be delighted with the list of activities this region of Greece has to offer. Of course, this would mean reserving hotels in Rhodes earlier than the rest of the tourists who will be visiting the place for a guaranteed room in the city. The Medieval Rose Festival: June This is a magnificent way of honoring the Knights of the Medieval Period because it is a time where participants walk the streets of the Old Town in medieval costumes, reconstructing the glorious past of the Medieval World. Your kids will be so excited to shake the hands of brave knights, see charming ladies, jesters, and wizards freely wandering the Old Streets. It is most definitely a successful way of reviving the Medieval Age and an excellent opportunity to remind the youth of the glorious past of Rhodes and the sacrifices laid by those brave men who have defended the fortress until their last breath. The Hellenic Festival of Sound and Li