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Introduction to Tenerife, Canary Islands: Santa Cruz tour highlights

Please enjoy the following guest submission on the tour highlights of Santa Cruz. All pictures are thumbnails so click to enlarge.

As a blogger, I’ve become a savvy traveller (I tend to think so but reality might be different) and learnt to figure my way round my destinations, embarking on solo tours and expeditions to lesser-known towns because I have a base knowledge of where to go and where to get information but I always think back to when I first started out.
Going on your first trip overseas or visiting a country you know nothing about can be quite intimidating especially when the destination doesn’t speak your home language but luckily most of the popular holiday destinations have friendly people and this is quite prevalent on any of the Canary Islands.

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The Spanish Square (Plaza De España)

This is usually the starting point for most tours of Santa Cruz, mainly for its laid-back atmosphere. After the plane ride and transfer from the airport, then booking into the hotel and getting settled, I found it a calm transition into being on holiday (I understand why people like stay-cations, the stress of travel can overwhelm). Depending on your arrival time and disposition, you can have a coffee, ice-cream, beer or a mojito in any one of the cafés in the Plaza and take in the sights, sounds and smells of this island capital.

The Market of Our Lady of Africa (Mercado de Nuestra Señora de África)

Although I’ve worked in many countries, I am definitely a trinket hound and typical tourist, I’m sure merchants see me and my money coming a mile away and get all the curios they can out in front of me. And I love it. The market has little shops that sell wine, olive oil, jams and preserves. Stalls sell local art, statues, clothing, beads and other jewellery as well as their fish market and local foods made fresh. I’m used to the loud markets of Tunisia and Turkey but at here, people leave you be to mull around and look at things, there was never any feeling of pressure to buy anything, but me being me, I wanted to buy everything.

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The Almeida Military Barracks (Cuartel De Almeida)

I’ve always been interested in the military history of countries. What they have or don’t have or have but never used illustrates the amount of sacrifice one country has made and what the local people have suffered. You get a unique glimpse at the heart of the people. These barracks were converted into the Regional Military Museum in the early 1940’s and houses two important cannons, the Hercules and the Tiger (El Tigre), most noted for injuring Admiral Horatio Nelson during battle in 1797. The museum also highlights historical cartography, history of the San Cristóbal castle and a display of weapons used during the conquest of Tenerife.

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A Guide to Getting There & Back

There are a number of charter flights that connect the islands with mainland Spain as well as most European countries have flights to Tenerife leaving from the main cities at cheap rates. There are also a number of ferry services that run weekly ferries Cádiz, via Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Puerto de Rosario (Fuerteventura) and Arrecife (Lanzarote), departing every Monday at around 3pm.

The island has so much more to offer than the above list, which was in no particular order but it’s up to you to visit the island and see what gems the island has to offer, as well as adopt the Tinerfeños motto of ‘pleasure before business’. I’m positive I’ve forgotten many attractions, so what are your favourite places to visit on the island?

Cyprus: Luxurious Resorts and 5 Star Hotels

Cyprus may not be the first country that comes to mind when deciding where to go for your next vacation, but the island country offers a wide range of attractions and great weather for those who make the journey there. With neighbours such as Turkey, Greece and Israel, the history of Cyprus is rich and engrained in almost every attraction that the country has to offer.
The island is also home to a great number of world class resorts that are perfect for families as well as couples, offering everything from swimming pools to saunas and spas. There are also many luxurious restaurants on the island too, so if you’re thinking of visiting Cyprus in the near future, here’s some of the best places to stay!

Anassa

The translation of ‘Anassa’ to English is ‘Queen’, which gives you an idea of just how luxurious this resort is. Situated overlooking the Mediterranean, it is widely recognised as one of the best resorts in all of the Canary Islands, and furthermore, the facilities are surrounded by massive expanses of natural beauty, meaning you can spend the day relaxing while admiring the stunning scenery.

The resort offers families the opportunity to use the friendly kids club while there are lots of beach activities available for the young ones. Anassa is also home to numerous five star silver restaurants giving you a variety of options for dinner. During the day, why not relax in the beautiful gardens if you don’t want to head down to the beach, or enjoy one of the beautiful sunsets that Cyprus has to offer.

Amathus Beach Hotel

Another fantastic option for those seeking a classic luxury hotel, the Amathus Beach Hotel is situated a short distance away from the city of Paphos and can be found on the seashore with some wonderful landscaped gardens surrounding it. Flights to Cyprus are inexpensive if you book a few months in advance, so check out http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/cyprus/ and begin planning for your luxurious holiday!

Amathus Beach Hotel offers an impressive range of facilities for its guests and has over 200 brilliantly decorated and serviced rooms and suites. Most of the rooms offer a pool and sea view which you can enjoy from your own private balcony, but for those who want the ultimate experience, you can opt to choose from a range of 12 suites that offer guests their own private swimming pools.

Columbia Beach Resort

This luxurious resort is located in the beautiful Bay of Pissouri which is complete with a beach that stretches for miles along side stunning white cliffs. Columbia Beach Resort boasts an 80 metre long lagoon-styled pool for guests to relax by which overlooks the blue sea of the Mediterranean.

While the surroundings of the resort may be wonderful, the interior of the resort is just as amazing. Facilities include an award winning spa, gourmet restaurants and friendly staff. Additionally, with over 94 beach resort suites on offer, you can choose from a junior, executive or family suite to meet your needs and get the most out of your holiday.

Vacation Destination – Mallorca in the Mediterranean

The island of Mallorca (Majorca) off the coast of Spain was chosen for several scenes in the sci-fi movie Cloud Atlas, released in 2012. The film is based on David Mitchell’s book of six interwoven stories. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Susan Sarandon, and other members of the cast experience success and failure while traveling from the past to the present and beyond to the year 2300. We are reminded of Orwell, Melville, and Huxley, as the Cloud represents the changes and adaptations of the characters within a predictable pattern, the Atlas of human nature.

Of course most of us will be walking around Spain rather than traveling through time. The warm, usually mild climate in April, May, and June is perfect for walking holidays in Spain and attracts travelers worldwide, as well as members of the Spanish royal family and many artists and celebrities who visit or live on the island. Filming locations for Cloud Atlas included Port de Sóller, a small village away from the tourist areas, Sa Calobra beach nearby, the cliffs at Cap de Formentor, and Puig Major, the highest mountain on Majorca for the post-apocalyptic scenes. We will focus primarily on Palma the capital, as most visitors arrive at the airport here.

Things to See & Do:

Bellver Castle is an excellent example of 14th century architecture with 3 towers, a moat, and central courtyard. Besides a great view of the city below and the Bay of Palma, the castle has a museum of artifacts, the Despuig Classical Sculpture Collection, and the chapel of St Mark.

Hours: Daily. 8am-8pm, Oct thru Mar. 8am-9pm, Apr thru Sep. Sunday hours vary. Admission: Adults, $3.50, Students & Seniors, $1.50, Under 14 Free. Guided group tours free.

Pueblo Espanol was originally designed as a small village replica of famous architecture and artisan workshops. After changing ownership, however, the original atmosphere has changed into a place to hang out with discos, cafes, and fast food outlets as the main attractions.

Open: Daily, 9-7pm. Admission: $6.50 & $4

Visitors enjoy walking around the interesting old historical center within the city walls of Palma. There are many small shops, sidewalk cafes, and art galleries, with some of the best shopping along the Passeig des Bom and Avenida Jaume III. Shop at Antiguedades for locally made jewelry, Arte-Facto for handicrafts, or at the Placa Major underground shopping mall. Produce, fish, and craft markets open early at 6 or 7am, 6 days a week; Olivar indoor market receives positive reviews.

Spend some time at the small museum featuring the collection of the wealthy banker Juan March. Here are permanent displays of 70 paintings by Picasso, Dali, and Miro, the masters of contemporary art, as well as temporary exhibits by over 50 national and international artists.

Hours: Mon-Fri, 10-6:30pm, Sat – 10:30-2pm, Closed Sun. Free admission.

High on a hill above the city is the majestic Sa Seu cathedral, which was originally built as a mosque in the 13th and 14th centuries by Jaume I. Officially completed and consecrated in 1601, the cathedral is a national historical monument. Rebuilt after the 1851 earthquake, it features 4 towers, lots of stained glass, sculptures and paintings of the saints, and symbols of the Marian Litany. Sa Seu has the largest Gothic rose window in the world, over 100 meters square divided into 24 triangles representing the Star of David. This impressive structure includes 16 interior chapels, an Alms House, tombs of Mallorcan kings, a 9-bell tower, and a ceramic mural by famed Miquel Barceló. Gift shop of religious art, souvenirs, and other memorabilia.

Hours: Apr-May & Oct, Mon-Fri, 10-5:15pm. Jun-Sep, 10-6:15pm. Sat,10-2:15pm.

For something different, take the wooden train built in 1912 from the Plaza d’Espanya in Palma to Sóller. Travel through tunnels and citrus groves; stop at any one of 10 villages along the way. Runs 5 times a day every 2 hours, 1-hour rd trip about $22. The tram runs every 30 minutes from Sóller to the seaside port on the Bay. Cost: $11 rd trip.

Travelers will find numerous beaches along the Palma coastline–at popular tourist resorts including the Playa de Palma, Peguera, and Camp de Mar, as well as more secluded beaches at Illetes, Andratx, and Cala Mayor. Majorca is more than beaches, however, as there are numerous caves in the mountains to explore. Visitors to the Caves of Drach at the village of Portocristo enjoy a gondola ride beneath multi-color lights in the huge chambers while listening to a classical concert on the Martel, Europe’s largest underground lake.

Hours: Daily. 10-5pm, Apr thru Oct. 10:45-12, 2-3:30pm, Nov thru Mar. Admission: Adults, $15, Under 7 Free.

Accommodations:

Castillo Hotel Son Vida ranks among the best in luxury class for its location, service, and numerous amenities. Guests have a choice of elegant guestrooms or suites, even an option for a personal butler at an extra charge of $150 a day. There are 4 outdoor pools and one indoor at the Arabella Spa onsite, 4 tennis courts, and golf courses nearby. Interchangeable dining arrangements at 3 different luxury hotels. Rates: From $250 (incl breakfast).

Hotel Gran Melia Victoria on the waterfront has an excellent location near main attractions and town center. There are 3 restaurants, outdoor pool and fitness center, indoor pool, and a casino in the lobby. Rates: Std room – From $140, Seaside room – From $178. Buffet brkfst, $26; Half board, $73.

The Puro is a reasonably priced hotel with guestrooms and suites, a spa, sushi nights on the rooftop terrace, and good food in a somewhat Bohemian atmosphere. Probably fun for young couples; the bar/lounge and DJ music next door is a popular nightspot. Rates: Avg $200/night

If you prefer getting out of the city, there’s a beautiful hotel about 40 miles away at the Cap de Formentor where some of the cast of Cloud Atlas stayed. The Barceló Formentor offers guests numerous amenities including 6 restaurants, piano bar in the gardens, horse and bicycle trails, mini-golf, tennis, and sailing. Rooms and suites have satellite TV, wi-fi, and iPod connections, as well as splendid views of the mountains or the sea. The hotel is closed from November to 21 April, but reservations can be booked for 2012. (Small pets accepted.)

Rates: Sea view – $314, Mountain view – $222

Dining: A variety of food and tapas (popular for lunch and late afternoon snacks) can be found at La Boveda, Cellar Pages, and seafood at La Lubina near the harbor. Most cafes are open for lunch, closed for siesta. Among the recommended restaurants in Palma are Caballito de Mar near the town center, and the very elegant, expensive Chopin for French and international gourmet cuisine located near the cathedral square. The Aramis for Italian/Mediterranean and Opio in the Puro Hotel for Asian atmosphere and food receive good reviews.

Nightclubs: Pacha’s overlooking the yacht harbor is probably the best-known club. Open 10pm-6am, summer admission about $27. Tito’s is open daily from 10pm, and the Garito Club opens at 7pm, with DJ and live music, admission is free.

Transportation: International flights, train and bus service between villages. No bridges from the mainland, but ferries operate daily from Barcelona and Valencia. 8-hour trip, rd trip $90 and up. Cruise ships dock at Palma regularly.

Sharon L Slayton

College Football Fever in America

Excitement fills the air as millions of college football fans welcome the first days of fall and the beginning of Saturday football games. The passion for college football, which began in the late 1800’s, is now widespread across America among enthusiastic students, parents, alumni, and visitors. An estimated 49 million spectators filled NCAA stadiums in 2012 to watch their favorite teams play at home and away, another two million attended collegiate bowl games, and record numbers went to conference championship games, the Final Four, and the BCS Championship, the biggest event of the college football season. Although television and radio bring football to viewers, there is nothing like traveling to enjoy the pre-game festivities, eagerly watching the clock tick down the final minutes to kickoff, and being in the stands along with other cheering fans.

Towns and cities welcome football fans from out of town and the money they spend on tickets and accommodations, at restaurants and retail establishments. Many travel a great distance to follow their teams all the way to a championship and the chance to play in one of the big Bowl games. Numerous travel agencies offer advance ticket purchases online and all-inclusive football packages to fit every budget. College football fans may want to check out travel packages to the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day, or the BCS National Championship on January 6, 2014. Premiere Sports Travel has standard and deluxe packages which include three nights’ accommodations at a top-rated hotel, end zone tickets, transfers, and other extras.
Prices: $1155 to $1585.
(Note: Enter the American Airlines Sweepstakes, sponsored by American Way magazine for a chance to win a travel package to the SEC game in Atlanta. Contest ends 31 Oct.)

Vendors gain from the sale of food, drink, and souvenirs on game day, as well as memorabilia which football fans purchase year round. Employment opportunities for ticket takers, concession stand operators, parking and gate attendants, maintenance and construction workers, and many other service industry jobs are plentiful during football season.

Two of the largest universities for college football fans are Ohio State (OSU) in Columbus and the University of Texas (UT) in Austin, although many others are just as popular and well known among sports fans. Both cities are serious about their football team and go all out when football season is about to begin. From the burnt orange and white of Texas to the scarlet and grey of Ohio, people everywhere wear their team’s colors and put signs and flyers on vehicles and storefronts throughout town. The highlight of UT’s football season is the Thanksgiving Day game vs Texas A&M, preceded by the Hex Rally on the Monday before Thanksgiving and the Torchlight Parade the night before. The stadium rocks with “The Eyes of Texas,” while the celebrated arrival of Bevo the 14th generation Longhorn steer delights the fans.
Avg Ticket Prices Regular Season Games – $98, End Zone – $105. End Zone – $105

The entire town of Columbus comes alive in college football season with a whole calendar of events to celebrate the scarlet and gray traditions of the Ohio State Buckeyes. In addition to O-H-I-O cheers, dotting the “I” in script Ohio, and victory bells, the largest all-brass and percussion marching band in the world is the main attraction. Known as TBDBITL,“the best damn band in the world,” the band performs before and during every OSU game, while a student in costume and wearing the face of a Buckeye captivates the audience. Students in Block O entertain the fans by singing “Hang on Sloopy” at the end of the 3rd quarter.
Tickets for regular games begin at $79 for the general public and go up to $900+ for the best seats. Students – Reserved Full Season Package, $252

Tailgating is a popular American tradition of bringing food on wheels going back to the days of the chuckwagon in the Old West providing food to cowboys on the open range. Today’s modern concept of tailgating is bringing food on a vehicle to a parking space for a group of people to party at a sports event – college football in this case. A few people may say they enjoy tailgating as much as watching the game, but they’re probably not die-hard football fans. Tailgating is a place to have fun, share good food and drink, and enjoy the camaraderie among family and friends.

At the University of Texas, tailgating usually means beer and barbeque, but some bring wine and fancy hors d’oeuvres. Groups of students, fans, and visitors wearing team colors arrive in trucks, cars, and RVs displaying Hook ‘Em Horns signs and stickers, and the occasional set of Longhorn cattle horns over the front bumper. Vehicles are loaded with ice chests, outdoor grills and smokers, tents and canopies, lawn chairs, and lots of food. Tailgating spaces are open from 7am on game day to 6pm the day after, but fill up fast. Each of the 92 spaces at Centennial Park are 30′ x 30′ and can be reserved for $55/per game or $300/season. If you don’t want to bring your own tailgate setup, these are available for rent and include everything but food and beverages. Top of the line setup includes two TVs with Dish. Prices from $500-$1100.

Ohio State tailgating is huge, with three lots forming a horseshow around the stadium. Lots open six hours before game time, and early morning fans often stop at Tim Horton’s or Buckeye Donuts on their way to the stadium for a quick breakfast to go. Most tailgaters bring their own food and drinks, but some buy prepared meal packages from City BBQ or other restaurants in Columbus.
Parking space for vehicles no larger than 8½’ x15′ – $15. Larger vehicles – RV pass or parking at the Ohio Fairgrounds. – $105. Extra $$ for Brutus Buckeye to make an appearance at the tailgate party.

(Note: Prices vary considerably depending on where and when you buy them. The schools’ official websites are a good source for seating charts, ticket prices, football schedule, and other details.)

The success of college football through the years is extraordinary if you consider a sluggish economy and world problems dominating the news. Yet, millions of loyal fans seek the entertainment and pleasure college football provides each year. Football season is a definite morale booster for students who may be overwhelmed by the academic requirements, and having fun while learning is a sometime thing. It may well be as important as Vince Lombardi once said “A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.” The future of college football looks bright as long as money continues to flow, new facilities are built, hometown heroes become national football stars, and dedicated fans eagerly await opening day.

Sharon L Slayton

Camping in Cornwall with attractions for nature lovers

Regular readers may remember that I’ve mentioned Cornwall a time or three. Cornwall and its neighbor Devon are definitely on my list. I don’t remember writing about camping recently, which is funny because in real life I talk about camping way more than I talk about going to Cornwall. Camping is higher on my list, even if part of the reason for that is you can camp in lots of places.
All this is brought on because I recently found some information about camping in Cornwall. From that site, it seems summer is the right time to go. This matches up with everything I’ve heard about weather in England. A summer Cornwall and Devon travel plan seems like a possibility. The same travel plan could work based in a hotel, but since this all revolves around nature, camping seems appropriate.

Day 1

The campsite I link to above is nearby coastal walks, both into Looe and down to Polperro. So day 1 we spend taking in the views. Since it’s summer, it should be beach weather. Looe is the closest to the campground I found and often the busiest beach. A fun alternative could be the tiny smugglers’ beach at Talland.

Day 2

Next we travel inland, enjoying the countryside and the Kilminorth Woods nature reserve. Enjoy the old woods’ moss and lichen plus the estuary, a good place to see kingfishers, curlew and little egret.

Day 3

Looking further afield, the largest indoor rain forest in the world has very high reviews from nearly all visitors. Cornwall’s Eden project is just a half hour drive away. Its primary mission is to educate on the relationship between people and plants. As you might imagine, you’ll see thousands of different plants, some from a tropical rain forest and some from a Mediterranean climate. This is an all-day visit.

Day 4

The Cornish towns of St Austell (Snozzle to the locals) and Bodmin are also well worth a visit. About 12 miles apart, there’s a pretty good cycling route between the two. I wouldn’t actually go to Bodmin, but St Breward is a pretty village on Bodmin Moor. There are some shops and a nice pub in a very rural location. St Austell is on the Cornish Riviera so it’s known for beaches, but the Holy Trinity Church is worth a peek.

Day 5

It’s about 30 miles to Devon. Plymouth has a lot to offer, including the famous National Marine Aquarium and Plymouth Hoe, where you’ll want to climb to the top of the Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse to enjoy the views.

Most Popular Tourist Attractions in Phuket

As a summer holiday destination, Phuket is easily up there with the very best – it is surely one of the most beautiful vacation getaways on the planet. With crystal clear blue seas, beaches fringed with lush palm trees and beautiful golden sands. And that’s without even hinting at the vibrant, pulsating nightlife on offer!

Phuket is also home to a number of great shops, offering up all sorts of variety, and a varied and incredible array of foods just begging to be tried. If all this information still hasn’t sold you on the advantages of a Thai break this summer, we’ve put together this little list of some of Phuket’s most popular tourist attractions.

If you’re not salivating at the thought of your trip away by the end of it, you must be a truly hardened traveller!

Karon

If you are looking for the ultimate in beach getaways (and come now, let’s face it: who isn’t?), then Karon is the place for you. This small town is a popular destination for tourists, and plays host to one of the most beautiful beaches you’re ever likely to see.

It’s significantly less touristy than the nearby Patong Beach, so you won’t have to worry about getting your towel down! The neighbouring Nai Harn Beach has been called “the best beach in the world”, and is even more secluded than Karon. It’s perfect for snorkelling too!

Ton Sai Waterfall

Although this isn’t the largest waterfall in the country of Thailand, Ton Sai creates a beautiful setting for a bit of respite. The panoramic view will take your breath away, and the seclusion it offers is like being hundreds of miles from civilisation, even though it’s only about a 15 minute drive from Phuket town.

A second lovely waterfall is Bang Pae, which you’ll find nestled in the Khao Phra Thaeo National Park. Still a fairly small one by global standards, it’s Phuket’s biggest, and it’s a great spot for a picnic and to go for a little swim.

Big Buddha

Start to compare flights online now, because this is a must-see – the Big Buddha of Phuket is a magnificent sight, standing at a whopping 45 metres tall and covered in gleaming white Burmese marble. Located on top of a mountain just south of Phuket town, the Buddha statue just oozes majesty.

It can be seen from pretty much anywhere on the southern part of Phuket island, and is joined by a smaller image of the Buddha, dedicated to the Thai Queen Sirikit. This one stands at 12 metres, but is made from 22 tons of shining brass!

Wat Chalong

Phuket’s most important Buddhist temple (out of a total of 29), Wat Chalong is visited by thousands each year. Come to pray or to learn, or simply to take in the beauty and elegance of the buildings.

The Grand Pagoda is arguably the star of the show – it looks amazing from the outside and the in, and contains a splinter of one of Lord Buddha’s bones, symbolising its religious importance. Remember to take your shoes off before entering!

Tips for a Memorable Island Stay in Menorca

As with many of the islands that are dotted around the Mediterranean, Menorca has a rich and colourful history that visitors to the island can explore. A quick scan of Menorca’s history will show you that it was occupied by a varied amount of people from the Romans, Carthaginians, Moors and British which accounts for its diverse culture that has been left behind.

The island has been popular with holiday goers looking for some sunshine since the 1950’s and over the years has still remained a favourite amongst tourists from all over the world. This is due to the fact that even though it has become increasingly popular, the island has not lost its charm that helps make a trip here just a little bit different from other places.

Here are some tips to really get the most out of your trip to Menorca.

Soak Up the Culture

Menorca is home to lots of beautiful beaches which are extremely tempting to spend your holiday on just relaxing and enjoying the sun. If you did this you would be missing out on some of Menorca’s rich historical landmarks that date back as far as 2,000 years.

Ciutadella and Mahon are two of the largest towns on the island and were founded by the Carthaginians when they occupied the island. Exploring these towns will lead you to some brilliant architecture such as the magnificent Arabian palace and the famous 18th century military governor’s palace.

While you are wandering through the streets of Ciutadella, be sure to visit the fantastically preserved burial site there while you can also visit the En Goumes Tower in Alaior for a feeling that you have been transported to the past when they were still functioning.

Get Off the Beaten Track

If you are brave enough to wander around some the villages and towns on the island that are not on beaten track, you will be rewarded with experiences many people will never discover. If you do not have enough time then you can consider going on guided tours or day trips around the main attractions and some tours even take you to various quaint fishing villages where will be able to sample some of the locally caught and cooked cuisine.

For those who do not like the idea of following a tour guide for some of your holiday then you can always hire a car and explore the villages at your own pace. Visit cheapflights.co.uk for Menorca flight deals and save yourself some money to make the most of your holiday.

Festivals

Other regions of Spain throw brilliant festivals that people look forward to all year round. If you plan to travel around the summer months you might just catch one of these colourful fiestas and the St. Joan Festival is held on the island at the end of June in Ciutdella. This is widely considered to be one of the best fiestas of the season so try not to miss it should you be on the island around the right time.

More to Ibiza than clubs

If you’re after a week of hedonistic fun in the sun, then head to the party island of Ibiza. But if you’re not into clubbing and partying, then don’t discount going to this beautiful Spanish island – it has plenty more on offer apart from all night raves and the clubs of San Antonio.

For those looking to party, then San Antonio is definitely the resort to choose. You will find a great choice in accommodation – both self-catering and hotels. Deciding where to stay is not just about the facilities that are on offer, you might also want to bear in mind the location as well. If you’re looking for a more peaceful place to stay within the resort, then check out the Hotel Gran Sol Ibiza, which although handy for all the resort facilities, is tucked away in a quieter corner of the town, so on those nights that you fancy getting your head down, you won’t have to listen to everyone else partying round the corner.

However, if you’re more interested in spending your days awake and your nights asleep, there are much more suitable resorts than San Antonio. For example, you could stay in any one of the following resorts and not see a clubber the whole time you’re there – Santa Eulalia, Es Cana, Portinatx, Cala Vadella and Cala Llonga.

Wherever you choose to stay in Ibiza, one constant is that you won’t be far from some really beautiful coves and bigger beaches. It’s advisable to book a hire car if you enjoy seeing more of the island than the resort you’re staying in. The old town of Ibiza – D’Alt Villa is definitely worth half a day of your time at least. It’s a World Heritage UNESCO site and has been in existence since Roman times. It’s a walled city and you can walk along the walls where you’ll see some amazing views over the town and sea beyond.

Ibiza and its people welcome holidaymakers of all ages, not just clubbers in their twenties. Don’t be put off giving it a try this summer.

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Things For Couples To Do In Florida

Florida is one of the greatest places in America, and every year millions of domestic and international tourists travel to the sunshine state to experience the best beaches, food, attractions and south-eastern culture. Florida is also an amazing place to visit with your partner, and there are a number of spectacular sights to see and things to do.

Take Orlando for example. 1971 saw the gates of The Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney’s children paradise creation, open to rapturous applause, not only placing Florida on the entertainment map, but also making Orlando the number one resort for young families everywhere. Let’s take a look at some of the best things for couples to do in Florida, and see whether you can be persuaded to book a holiday to this fantastic destination!

Romantic Adventures

Real romance means finding beautiful, tranquil and special landscapes to serenade your wife or husband – and where better to see such places then from a hot air balloon flying high above Florida! Not only will you be able to enjoy amazing horizons and warm breezes, but there are a number of optional extras offered by the local hot air balloon companies to make your experience that little bit more special. From one to four hour excursions, to champagne toasts and video recordings of your flight, a hot air balloon ride over Florida is a great way to introduce yourself to the sunshine state.

Fresh Fruit and Fresh Air

If you’re looking to take a stroll with your other half, then why not visit the Orlando Farmer’s Market, one of the most vibrant and cultured places in the entire state. If you’re catering for yourself on your holiday to Florida, then this market is a great place to source out the finest and freshest ingredients for your meals.

Benefiting from live entertainment all through the market, from street performers to bands and artists, shopping for fresh fruit, vegetables and meats has never been so much fun. Furthermore, the farmer’s market is also a great place to buy fabrics and other arts and crafts materials!

Dinner at the Theatre

Usually couples have dinner before their evening entertainment, but when it comes to the theatres in Florida, they offer nothing less than an entire evenings service, looking after all aspects of your night. Although there is a lot of evening entertainment competition in Florida, the dinner theatres are one of the best ways to spend some time with your loved one, while experiencing some of the best dishes and wines in the state too. From Pirates Dinner Theatre to Al Capone’s, interactive theatres are located all over Orlando, and they offer the best entertainment as well as the best evening meal menus.

Dolphin Training

If you want to surprise your loved one with an experience they’ll never forget, then why not book a day of dolphin training! The ‘Trainer For A Day’ program offered by Florida’s Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive experience with your own dolphin, and with the help of a trainer, you’ll be able to work one to one with one of the world’s most amazing sea creatures. From swimming to feeding, and even talking with the dolphins, this is truly an unforgettable experience.

Guest author Jamie Kind writing for www.cheapflights.com the flight comparison website.

Car travel in the UK

When my wife and I moved from Korea to America, one of the things we were looking forward to were the road trips. And after driving from Orlando to Boston and few lesser road trips around the South, we have managed to put more than 11,000 miles on our 6-month-old Honda CR-V.

So what if we wanted to do it again? I mean we could move to New Mexico and drive around the Southwestern US, but what if we really did it again – just moved to a new country, bought a car, and started driving? Sure I might need to work a little bit to save up for such an adventure but what would it cost to buy a Honda in the UK. Our CR-V has been good to us on our road trips but we could go more economical too. Car deals from Honda UK seem comparable to those in the US. I’m not sure about taxes and insurance though. I know gas is going to cost more, and I know diesel is more popular in Europe than in the US for passenger cars. The new Honda Civic Diesel sounds like fun. Or stick with what we know and like, the CR-V.

But in exchange for the money you could take some nice, long road trips. I know I have seen tons of self-drive tours in Ireland where you drive yourself from one tourist attraction to the next. I haven’t heard of as many self-drive tours in England, but I know they have lots of bus tours (I went to Canterbury on one) so driving has to make some sense for seeing England.

Just looking at the map, and thinking out loud, here’s one possible drive around the UK.

London

I don’t think I’ll attempt a summary here. I spent a week in London, but there’s plenty left for me to do, I’m sure.

Oxford

Long-time readers may remember that I have a friend studying at Oxford. He’s still there and I’m still looking to visit him before he finishes his PhD. Known as the ‘city of the dreaming spires’ – a term first coined by poet Matthew Arnold in reference to the gentle spires and harmonious architecture of the city’s university building, Oxford is most famous for its big university. It’s not bad for literature or movie fans either, with lots of links to both. Candlelit evensong in college chapels reminds me of my time in Westminster Abbey in London. Shakespeare in the park reminds me of my time in NYC. And being a college-town, you know there will be stuff to do.

Bath

Bath is a World Heritage Site, developed around its hot spring waters discovered by the Romans over 2,000 years ago. Most people go to see the famous Roman Baths that remain. Thanks to the tourist trade, there are a good number of museums, galleries, gardens and other tourist attractions.

Bristol

A short drive from Bath, and still not very far from London, we have Bristol, the capital of the South West of England. This historic maritime city has different festivals and events depending on what time of year you’re in town. The most famous are probably the waterfront regattas and the ballooning. There’s shopping at Cabot Circus,fresh food markets in the medieval Old City, restaurants and cafes on the Harbourside and theaters and concert halls. Nearby is Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds.

From there you’d probably want to drive along the coast and visit some nice coastal towns in Wales, but I’ll need to do a bit more research before continuing the particular trip.