Europe – Travel & Tea http://travelandtea.com Brits travelling the world, one sip at a time Sat, 18 Feb 2017 16:16:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.2 Top Festivals To Visit In Malta http://travelandtea.com/top-festivals-to-visit-in-malta/ http://travelandtea.com/top-festivals-to-visit-in-malta/#respond Wed, 04 Jan 2017 09:48:20 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41245 Any trip to Malta is assured to be a worthwhile occasion in its own right. The beautiful collection of islands that make up the country offer a vast and diverse range of attractions for visitors of all kinds. Whether you are overawed by its natural beauty or charmed by the unique cultural affairs, there’s always […]

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Any trip to Malta is assured to be a worthwhile occasion in its own right. The beautiful collection of islands that make up the country offer a vast and diverse range of attractions for visitors of all kinds. Whether you are overawed by its natural beauty or charmed by the unique cultural affairs, there’s always something to make you smile.

However, if you’re looking for an added bonus on your trip, then why not try visiting around the time of the country’s many exciting festival celebrations. Here are four of the best to give you some ideas!

Malta International Arts Festival

Perhaps the most exciting event in Malta’s calendar year, the International Arts Festival sees performers and artists, from a range of different backgrounds, take to the stage. The festival hosts an eclectic range of exhibits, from live performance pieces and modern installations to film and photography work.

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There is even a whole range of exciting masterclasses on offer, taught by industry professionals. This means that aspiring artists of all kinds have the opportunity to share experiences and hone their skills. Truly an unmissable event for all creative types!

Malta Jazz Festival

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The Malta Jazz Festival is an annual event that is a must-visit for all fans of the genre. The four-day program is split into two halves. One invites some of the biggest names on the scene to perform for fans. The other, Jazz On the Fringe, celebrates up-and-coming talent and even offers workshop for those looking to join in!

Furthermore, the Thursday night of the festival always offers free entry, meaning you can get a taste of the atmosphere before you commit to buying a ticket. The 2016 Festival saw headliners including Snarky Puppy, Marcus Roberts and the Bill Evans band.

Patron Saint Celebrations

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When traveling, the best festival experiences can often be the quaint local celebrations that give you a real feel for the native culture. In Malta, the village festas most definitely fulfill this requirement.

Throughout the year, there are many of these local events in different towns and villages. They often correlate with the Saints day for the Patron of that area. These grassroots celebrations are awash with handmade papier-mâché decorations. Resident footstalls line the streets, providing a taste of traditional cuisine. There are even fireworks displays each evening for all to enjoy!

Isle Of MTV

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If you’re looking for a more conventional festival experience, the Isle of MTV is by far the largest mainstream music event in the country. Every year, some of the biggest names in the charts travel to Malta and provide a weekend of sun, sea and sounds for festivalgoers.

Past lineups have seen the likes of Wiz Khalifa, Jessie J, Snoop Dogg and even Lady GaGa. The event attracts over 50, 000 people and there is no age restriction on the festival. With food, stalls and plenty of bars, it has all the quintessential ingredients for the perfect summer festival.

Malta is a wonderful country and one of Europe’s top destinations. By planning your visit around anyone of these festivals, you’ll be sure to have the experience of a lifetime! Don’t delay and book now for next years events.

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10 Must Do’s in Portugal http://travelandtea.com/10-must-dos-portugal/ http://travelandtea.com/10-must-dos-portugal/#respond Wed, 15 Jun 2016 21:13:18 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41210 Source: Flickr Hop on a flight or set up sail and venture off to the birthplace of Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, where the colors are bedazzling, as surreal as a palette worked by Mário Cesariny. Madeira with its roofs of red tiles, the Algarve and its emerald-green waters, Belem and its soothing whiteness, […]

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10 Must Do’s in Portugal

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Hop on a flight or set up sail and venture off to the birthplace of Vasco da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan, where the colors are bedazzling, as surreal as a palette worked by Mário Cesariny.

Madeira with its roofs of red tiles, the Algarve and its emerald-green waters, Belem and its soothing whiteness, and the beautiful green of the Azores. All are at your beck and call. Add to that the tranquility of the sleepy little fishing villages in Alentejo, the narrowly ascending tram-ridden Lisbon street, and the intoxication to be enjoyed from supping one too many Vinho do Portos, and you’ll soon realize that Portugal is a land of plenty – a land not to be missed. Here’s my top 10, enjoy!

  1. Sintra: National Palace of Pena (Palacio Nacional da Pena)

In 1809, Lord Byron wrote to his friend Francis Hodgson: “I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world.” Making the assumption that favorable things tend to get better with maturity, is it any wonder that UNESCO now lists Sintra as a World Heritage Site?

Nevertheless, you ought not to be misled by its tiny size. Sintra offers a conglomerate of attractions, many of which are the wonderful cuisines to be had, while others are only discovered when you venture forth off the well beaten track. Irrespective of your location, however, you’ll certainly note the Pena National Palace looking down upon Sintra from up on high. The palace is well worthy of the climb, as it really does outshine its surroundings, irrespective of the brilliance of Sintra itself.

  1. Lisbon: Belem

If the Age of Discovery tends to spur your imagination, stop off at Belem, where both da Gama and Magellan made preparations for their voyages to the New World. With its excellent cultural venues, striking historic monuments, and wonderfully exuberant waterfront vistas, Belem is among the capital’s most popular tourist areas.

With its center being the Monastery of the Hieronymites, Belem proffers a sense of 15th century exploration as travelers make their way between the Maritime Museum, the Belem Tower, and the Monument to the Discoveries.

  1. Lisbon: Fado Bars in Alfama

Arguably, there are no better places to experience fado (popular traditional Portuguese song) nostalgia than in Alfama, the oldest part of the capital, which lies between Lisbon’s Castle and Tejo River.

But do keep your bearings as it’s so easy to become lost among the Museum of Decorative Arts, Lisbon Cathedral, and a number of points along the way where the views are immaculate. Alfama serves to mesmerize with its tiled walls, winding cobbled streets, and of course the fado as it oozes in a melancholic fashion from the quintessential little bars.

  1. Azores

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The Azores, located some 930 miles (1497 km) from the capital, embellish the Atlantic as precious gems adorn a lady’s neckline. A flight of merely two hours from Lisbon International Airport will see you there, leaving plenty enough time in the day to enjoy the verdant valleys, fields of flowers, dreamy lagoons, sleepy villages, and inspired tales of folklore of an evening.

While St. Miguel’s landscape is something akin to a blend of Hawaii and Switzerland, Santa Maria vibrantly enjoys traditional festivals. Altogether, what with the more-than-pleasing scenery together with the natural personal warmth shown towards visitors to the islands, you’ll likely feel compelled to slow down for just a bit in order to reconsider your attitude towards life. All the same, you could on the other hand simply hide yourself away within the confines of an affluent resort, which makes for a thoroughly valid alternative here in the Azores.

  1. Costa Vicentina National Park

In need of a romantic evening? If so, make for Cape St. Vincent to view some of the most incredible sunsets ever. The cape is beautiful at any time, with its windswept rocky headland jutting almost 200 ft. (60 m) above the ocean, which serves to make you feel you’re right at the very edge of the continent.

The cape is where you’ll see stunning ocean views mixed with an exuberant array of marine life. And if you really do crave for that real romantic evening, venture forth to the solitary lighthouse that sits over the ruins of a Franciscan convent from the 16th century.

  1. Lagos: Ponta da Piedade

Lagos is a common port of call when holidaying in the Algarve. After all, it’s a lovely town with its bustling nightlife, fortifications from the 8th century, and the recently added marina area. And yet, if you head a little further south to Ponta da Piedade, this is where things truly begin to unfold.

The headlands of Ponta da Piedade are bathed by waters that are almost indescribable in terms of color, while the rocky headlands have been carved out by the ocean over the centuries to form startling vistas. Hop onto a little boat and venture along the coastline, and make a stop-off at Praia do Camilo or Praia de Dona Ana to enjoy the sandy coves that are hidden from view between the giant cliffs.

  1. Porto: Historic Center of Porto

The commercial hub located on the Douro River delta is more down-to-earth and industrious than the other large cities in Portugal, with its main industry being that of port wine. Nevertheless, tipsy or otherwise, should you travel into Porto’s Historic Center, you’ll quickly notice how well the urban development has inscribed itself so very neatly into the historical aspects.

There’s no end to the narrow, ascending streets that ramble from the neoclassical Stock Exchange to the beautiful cathedral, and onwards to the old-fashioned shops and countless little museums. And eventually, you’ll see those cozy restaurants, and that’s where the flagship product of Porto can be happily enjoyed to the fullest degree.

  1. Évora: Monsaraz

If you wish to revel in the delights of medieval Portugal, pay a visit to Monsaraz in Évora. This little Middle Age town is without doubt among the liveliest of locales in Altentejo. The huge castle maintains a keen eye over the Spaniards not so far away, while the low-rise housing and narrow cobbled lanes guarantee a perfectly laidback evening while supping at the local wine and nibbling at any number of local dishes.

In a leisurely fashion, pace along the almost deserted streets and thrive on the ambience of this particularly well-preserved piece of Portuguese history. And don’t miss out on Santa Maria Parish Church or the castle, or if your preference is for a spot of shopping, head for São Pedro do Corval, a small village which is famed for ceramics that are locally produced.

  1. Lisbon: Nightlife of Bairro Alto

As Lisbon’s bohemian and cultural heart, shopping mecca and nightlife are the words to epitomize Bairro Alto. There’s something of a Jekyll and Hyde scenario at play here, since while it’s calm and generally quiet during the daytime, it comes well and truly alive at night.

Explore the sleek bars, the alternative fashion shops, and cosmopolitan wine bars to discover a highly explosive side to Lisbon’s nature, whereby the city’s party animals and music-oriented subcultures all come together to make Bairro Alto the place to be.

  1. Alcobaça: Monastery of Alcobaça

Afonso Henríques when opposing the Moors at Santarém, vowed that he would build a dramatic monastery should God grant him victory. As it happens, he did gain achieve his goal and he maintained his promise thereby establishing the Monastery of Alcobaça. These days the monastery is a top tourist attraction and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It represents the first Gothic design in Portugal, and it’s not only huge, but also laden with medieval monastic treasures, and filled with accounts of royal lovers such as that of Dona Ines and Dom Pedro who now lie in tombs face-to-face so they may gaze lovingly upon one another on Judgment Day.

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7 Great Day Trips from Munich http://travelandtea.com/7-great-day-trips-munich/ http://travelandtea.com/7-great-day-trips-munich/#respond Tue, 17 May 2016 17:56:25 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41197 Munich is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in all of Europe for many good reasons. Oktoberfest is held there which is definitely quite a tourist attraction in itself. The beer culture is great! If not for that, then you will surely be attracted by the varied cultural. Besides, it is one of […]

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Munich Travel

Munich is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in all of Europe for many good reasons. Oktoberfest is held there which is definitely quite a tourist attraction in itself. The beer culture is great! If not for that, then you will surely be attracted by the varied cultural. Besides, it is one of the most beautiful cities, with all its glorious castles with ample parks and gardens that dot the area. It offers a lot of activities such as museum hopping, sightseeing, shopping, rafting, river surfing, hiking and beer drinking! If you got more than a couple of days to spend there, you might as well rent an Aston-Martin in Munich via online car rental agencies like PrimeRent so you can drive to some of the best daytrip spots near the city.

  1. Neuchswanstein Castle – Because of its fairytale-like design, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions near Munich. Yet, there’s more to it than its impressive exterior. With the alpine foothills in the background, the panorama creates a stunningly romantic impression on anyone. The interiors, though not completely finished, have rooms that are lavishly decorated. Visitors can also visit the beautiful bright orange castle, Hohenschwangau, conveniently located nearby.

  2. Nuremberg – For those interested in Nazi history, this is one place to see. You can visit the Party Rally Grounds. Or, when you go during the Christmas season, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to drop by Germany’s biggest and most famous Christmas market.

  3. Dachau Concentration Camp – Only around 40 minutes away, this once Nazi labor camp is a chilling reminder of the atrocities of the Nazi regime. Worth a visit, indeed, it is now a museum and a memorial for life.
  4. Rothenburg – Seemingly frozen in time, this picturesque village will give you an authentic taste of medieval times with the architecture very well-preserved. Visit the Imperial City Musem, the ruins of the 1142 Imperial castle, the Medieval Criminal Museum and drop by the shops along the streets. You can also view the village from above by taking a 90 minute hot air balloon ride!

  5. Nuremberg – Heavily bombed during WWII for being a Nazi stronghold, it was one of the most beautiful cities in the continent. With a lot of rebuilding of what remained, it is again a top tourist destination. There are a lot of things to see such as the Craftmen’s Courtyard, the Kaiserburg Castle, the Hangman’s Bridge and the Weinstadel. Check out the Original Nuremberg Rostbratwursts and the city’s beer!
  6. Bamberg – Known as Little Venice, one can rent a boat to row down the Regnitz River to see some of its attractions. Note the Old Town Hall that is located in the middle of the river and the murals painted on the sides of its walls. If you enjoy beer, you will be happy to know that the place is popular for its brews and is jam-packed with breweries and local taverns! Go in July during the International Magician and Street Performers’ Festival or in August for the Sandkirchweih Fair.

  7. Landshut – Some of the main attractions of this Bavarian town is Trausnitz Castle and the multi-coloured facades of the homes. Time your visit during the Royal Wedding Festival where it commemorates the royal wedding between Bavaria and Poland. You will see people in medieval clothing and watch the reenactment of the original affair. The next one is in 2017.

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Where to Shop in London http://travelandtea.com/where-to-shop-in-london/ http://travelandtea.com/where-to-shop-in-london/#respond Fri, 29 Apr 2016 23:36:12 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41177 London is a dream destination for people who love to shop. The city houses a wide range of markets. From luxury goods at high-end places to cheap and quirky stuff at some famous street markets, London has it all. Let us look at some of the places you should go to in London if you […]

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London is a dream destination for people who love to shop. The city houses a wide range of markets. From luxury goods at high-end places to cheap and quirky stuff at some famous street markets, London has it all.

Let us look at some of the places you should go to in London if you love to shop and explore. Here you go!

Covent Garden

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Covent Garden is one of the most happening destinations in London. It is where you can brands like Chanel, Dior, Hackett, Burberry, Paul Smith and Sandro.

If you want to shop for fashion and clothing, you should go to Poste Mistress, Unconditional+, Coco de Mer, Pop Boutique, Orla Kiely and Stephen Jones.

For jewellery, go to Tatty Devine, Kaleido, Laura Lee, Thomas Kettle.

Oxford Street

London Shops

Located in the heart of London, Oxford Street is home to more than 300 designer stores and outlets. The famous departmental stores include Debenhams and John Lewis.

The closest tube stations include Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus.

Old Spitalfields Market

London Shops

The market is located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and is close to Christ Church. It is just outside the City of London. Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street and Aldgate East tube stations are a five minutes walk from the market.

The market offers an extensive range of stalls that sell original fashion, antiques and food offerings. The market brings together the styles of old and new. It comes with niche shops and fashionable boutiques.

For the foodies, Old Spitalfields is a gastronomic paradise. Come and explore!

Regent Street

London Shops

Regent Street is situated in West End of London. The place is home to some 75 international flagship stores like Liberty, Apple, Hamleys, Banana Republic and Anthropologie. It is home to numerous bars and restaurants.

The closest tube stations include Oxford Circus and Piccadilly Circus.

Camden Lock Market

London Shops

The cultural heart of London, Camden Lock Market features some of London’s best artists, designers and sellers. There is an extensive range of food vendors in the area to satiate your hunger pangs. You get excellent street food here.

Petticoat Lane Market

London Shops

Petticoat Lane Market is situated in the East End of London. It is a famous fashion and clothing market in London. You can get anything from street-cred clubwear to designer clothes and also an extensive range of household goods.

Petticoat Lane Market is very well connected to public transportation. The closest underground stations are Aldgate East tube station and Aldgate tube station.

Some of other places to shop in London include Portobello Road Market, Westfield Shopping Centre, Carnaby Street, Brick Lane Market, King’s Road, Mayfair/bond street and Knightsbridge. If you want to give substantial time of your trip to shopping, choose a serviced apartment in London close to the nearby neighbourhoods of these markets and have a comfortable time.

About the Author

I am Pradeep, an avid traveller and blogger. Exploring new places and sharing my experiences with people is my passion. I am currently working as a blogger for Ratedapartments – serviced apartments providers specifically dealing in major cities of the world such as London, Paris, New York, New Delhi and Singapore.

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Why Should You Stay Near The Central Station, Amsterdam? http://travelandtea.com/stay-near-central-station-amsterdam/ http://travelandtea.com/stay-near-central-station-amsterdam/#respond Tue, 12 Apr 2016 20:45:05 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41173 The central station at Amsterdam is one of the most crowded places located in the whole of the Europe. The station does the catering for the tourists from all around the earth and also locals and processes large volumes of people each and every day. The central station is situated at a close proximity of […]

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The central station at Amsterdam is one of the most crowded places located in the whole of the Europe. The station does the catering for the tourists from all around the earth and also locals and processes large volumes of people each and every day.

The central station is situated at a close proximity of the city center and is usually known as the transport junction or hub for trains, metros, buses, trams and also for ferries, which are situated at the northern side of the station.

It is a marvelously striking flaming red colored brick building that was built during the late 19th century, majorly in the neo-renaissance fashion on the three man-made islands.

Due to the above mentioned amazing things about the Central Station, Amsterdam proves to be one of the best places to live by. The best Amsterdam houses for short stay that are located nearby the Central Station in Amsterdam are as mentioned below:

Amsterdam Travel

1. Dam Square Monument:

The Dam Square Monument is situated right opposite to the royal palace on the completely another side of the Dam. It was designed and constructed by one of the most famous artists, J.J.P. Oud in 1956 to commemorate the victims during the World War II.

It is one of the most popular hangouts and gathering place for all the residents of Amsterdam, and also, many of the tourists find the place to be really exciting. The place hosts many public events; the most amazing thing about the place is that the pigeons are always found wandering there in search of food, making it a beautiful place to live.

2. Hema:

Are you on a trip to Amsterdam and have misplaced or forgotten any necessary items? HEMA is at your service 24 x 7. This place renders you all assortments of household items and various other things that you might need while on your trip.

The place has the layout, which is quite straight forward and some amazing packaging fashion. The prices rendered at the place are quite affordable, and if at all you feel hungry, you can always enjoy a lip smacking smoked sausage.

3. Bulldog:

The Bulldog is a place that is one of the local Amsterdam establishments in the Red Light District, located nearby the central station, which is quite famous among the tourists. No matter what day it is, the place is always crowded with people dancing or smoking one of the best selections of cannabis, available at the place.

This place is particularly known for their menu of green and black hashish. Bulldog is a place that has one of the best snack foods and hence, making it a must be visited the place to enjoy its amazing nightlife experience.

Conclusion

One of the busiest communication areas in Amsterdam is the central station and so to live near by the central station in Amsterdam is one of the very best things to do in there. A variety of Amsterdam houses for short stays are available close to the central station, Amsterdam.

The place renders various choices to the travelers of several best places, all of the antithetic class, style, and culture. We hope the above-mentioned information was beneficiary to you. We would be glad to answer your questions as well as assist you.

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A Chillled Out Weekend in London http://travelandtea.com/a-chillled-out-weekend-in-london/ http://travelandtea.com/a-chillled-out-weekend-in-london/#respond Wed, 03 Feb 2016 18:02:48 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=41098 London is a wonderful city to visit especially for weekend break. Your visit to the big smoke can be as relaxed or as fast-paced as you like. Personally, being a tea-swilling Brit introvert like I am – I like to enjoy my country’s capital at a more chilled out pace. Seeing a West End show is a […]

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London is a wonderful city to visit especially for weekend break. Your visit to the big smoke can be as relaxed or as fast-paced as you like. Personally, being a tea-swilling Brit introvert like I am – I like to enjoy my country’s capital at a more chilled out pace.

Seeing a West End show is a must whilst in London. There are many, many wonderful shows to enjoy. There are highly popular shows like Les Miserables, Miss Saigon and Wicked choose from and many family shows such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Billy Elliot-The Musical. To make your night at the theatre truly special you could use Blacklane, a well-known, global Chauffeur Service to pick you up from your accommodation and take you to the theatre. Blacklane are an affordable car service and you could also use their service to pick you up from the airport when you arrive in London.

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If you want to do something romantic with your partner or have fun with your friends, The London Eye is a great destination. As you move higher around The London Eye you see for miles across the city. The difference of the view when seen at night is amazing, you see London come alive. Those who don’t like heights might think The London Eye isn’t for them but it is well worth it. You will soon forget about the height when you see the views.

If you wanted a similar view of the London skyline, The Sky Garden in London is another great destination. The Sky Garden is the highest public gardens in London and allows people to see the beautiful sights of London while you can enjoy a cocktail in the Sky Pod Bar or enjoy delicious food in the two restaurants.

If you prefer to spend your time in London with your feet firmly on the ground a beautiful park to visit is St James’s Park. St James’s Park is one of eight Royal Parks in London and is the oldest of these parks. St James’s Park is a wonderful place to take a picnic and spend time relaxing. If you did not fancy a picnic you could visit Inn the Park, a restaurant situated within St James’s Park for some seasonal food. You can also watch the beautiful pelicans enjoying their day and getting their daily feeds. The pelicans are glorious creatures that are known to interact with the public watching them.

You cannot visit London without doing some shopping of some sort! Whether you want some new designer clothes or to look around for some unique bargains, London has got what you need. You could head to Oxford Street and Bond Street for your favourite high street and luxury items. If you want to find more unique treasures, Carnaby Street and Covent Garden are great places to start. Covent Garden is also a great place to see some street art and find some beautiful artwork.

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A Fantastic Trip to Cefalu http://travelandtea.com/a-fantastic-trip-to-cefalu/ http://travelandtea.com/a-fantastic-trip-to-cefalu/#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2016 22:02:58 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=40998 The ancient town of Cefalù, situated along the Northern coast of Sicily, remains one of the top attractions for tourists due to its historical and cultural heritage, sandy beach-line and extraordinary panorama. Long considered one of the most important maritime trading centers in the Mediterranean since antiquity, it has preserved the exotic variety of influences […]

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Cefalu

The ancient town of Cefalù, situated along the Northern coast of Sicily, remains one of the top attractions for tourists due to its historical and cultural heritage, sandy beach-line and extraordinary panorama. Long considered one of the most important maritime trading centers in the Mediterranean since antiquity, it has preserved the exotic variety of influences which permeated Sicilian culture throughout the ages.

Its Greco-Roman temples, ruins and amphitheaters; Arabic, Spanish and Norman/Gothic and Byzantine monuments and cathedrals all make Cefalù an important travel destination for visitors who want the experience the Mediterranean culture in all its fullness, and step back in time to glimpse the principal cross-cultural elements which shaped and molded Cefalù and Sicilian life in general over the span of more than two and a half millennia.

There are are also many Sicilian villas that are an integral part of the historical fabric and architecture of Cefalù, and which are an important point of reference for those eager to discover the origins of its historical value. Renovated with their original blend of Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Norman and Arabic artistic and architectural designs, Cefalù villas are fast becoming popular among tourists and visitors who want to experience the local cross-cultural folklore in all its ancient mystique. To this end, they are highly encouraged to refer to online resources such as Wishsicily.com, with its extensive selection of Cefalù villas that even come equipped with private pools and gardens and that offer the best view of the Mediterranean sea and the ruins and temples adorning the countryside.

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The Duomo, a Norman Cathedral with two towers located in the town’s medieval centre, whose construction began in 1131 A.D., is a spectacular work of art and architecture decorated with splendid Byzantine mosaics featuring Christian motifs that are one of the most prized treasures in Cefalù. It overlooks the Greco-Roman Temple of Diana, situated on top of the Rocca, a massive crag which makes for a beautiful hiking experience and offers a view of other carefully preserved ancient ruins and amphitheatres.

Along with medieval palaces like the Osterio Magno (13th Century) and the Arabesque Lavatoio (a Saracen bath house),the Museo Mandralisca is another essential stop on your trip to Cefalù. Being a seaside town, one of the principal attractions in Cefalù is the lovely sandy beach that runs along its coastline and is highly frequented by tourists in the months of July and August. Lodging at one of the private villas located in proximity of the beach can lessen the anguish and anxiety of an over-crowded atmosphere and improve the chances for a relaxing and fulfilling stay while still enjoying walks along the beach line and the fortified remains in and around the town.

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5 Best Beaches in the UK http://travelandtea.com/5-best-beaches-uk/ http://travelandtea.com/5-best-beaches-uk/#respond Sun, 01 Nov 2015 10:42:32 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=3474 When tourists picture the United Kingdom, its beaches may not be the first thing that spring to mind. The U.K., made up of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, is home to many impressive cultural and historical attractions, but its miles of picturesque shorelines include many beaches that aren’t to be missed. With comfortable temperatures […]

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Porthminster Beach, St Ives by Graham Horn (Creative Commons)

When tourists picture the United Kingdom, its beaches may not be the first thing that spring to mind. The U.K., made up of England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, is home to many impressive cultural and historical attractions, but its miles of picturesque shorelines include many beaches that aren’t to be missed. With comfortable temperatures and stunning waters, beaches in the U.K. are like none other in the world, and whether you’re looking for a destination a little bit off the beaten path or a family-friendly spot, this country has a beach for you.

1. Porthmister Beach, St. Ives

Porthminster Beach is well-known for it’s and calm, clear waters, which make it an excellent spot for both swimming and relaxing on the shore. Tourists taking a stroll along the sandy shore can enjoy the amazing views of Godrevy Lighthouse, located in St. Ives Bay, which Virginia Woolf made famous in her novel To the Lighthouse. Conveniently located near the center of St. Ives, this Beach is one of the largest in the area, and there are several award-winning beach cafes nearby. St. Ives’ sunny weather and palm trees may make visitors feel as if they’re in the tropics rather than the southwest of England, and there is lots to see in the area, including several popular art galleries.

2. Rhossili Bay, Wales

Stretching for three miles along Wales’ southern shoreline, the beach at Rhossili Bay is known for its golden sand and beautiful waters, and the backdrop of stunning cliffs isn’t bad either. The beach is great for swimming and relaxing, but tourists looking for excitement will also find a wealth of water sports in the area. Surfing is especially popular, with the Atlantic swell making for some great waves. Hikers will find some great footpaths where they can take in the views, and the Worm’s Head, a mile long island that juts out into the bay, is a must-see destination. As Rhossili is a small village, the area rarely becomes overcrowded, which makes this beach a great spot for travelers who want a more secluded feel to their vacation.

3. Woolacombe Bay, Devon

The coastal path to wonderful Woolacombe Bay in Devon by Fingerszz (Creative Commons)

The coastal path to wonderful Woolacombe Bay in Devon by Fingerszz (Creative Commons)

Located in north Devon, the beach at Woolacombe Bay is known for amazing scenery, but it’s also very accessible and clean, and the lifeguards on duty make it a safe spot for families with children. With many activities in the area, Woolacombe Bay is an ideal destination for travelers who want to do more than swim. Surfing is a popular sport in the area, and visitors will find several schools that offer lessons for beginners. Also popular are boat tours that offer glimpses of the local sea life. Visitors can also take an excursion to Lundy, a small island in the Bristol channel that has been named one of Britain’s greatest natural wonders.

4. Nairn Beach, Nairn

Situated along the Moray Firth, Nairn Beach offers some of the most spectacular views Scotland has to offer. Nairn also has some of the sunniest weather in the country, but visitors will find that this sandy beach is a largely undiscovered gem, and even in the summer months, it doesn’t get overcrowded. This leads to a laid-back atmosphere, which is ideal for visitors who just want to sunbathe or relax on the shore with a book. While taking a swim, tourists may even spot one of Moray Firth’s famous dolphins. Nairn is in the Scottish Highlands, and the town is and ideal point to start exploring the area. Walking tours are a great way to see the local wildlife, and birdwatching a popular activity.

5. Blackpool Central Beach, Blackpool 

The seaside resort town of Blackpool is one of England’s most popular holiday destinations, and staying in a hotel by Blackpool’s seafront is a quintessential English holiday. Blackpool Central Beach is located near many hotels, making it one of the most convenient and popular destination. Visitors will find sandy beaches and blue waters, but there are also many restaurants, ice cream stands, shops, and arcades located near the shore. This beach is an excellent place for families with small children, and there are plenty of activities, including donkey rides, to keep them occupied.

 

 

 

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Get your personal planner for a stag weekend in Prague http://travelandtea.com/get-personal-planner-stag-weekend-prague/ http://travelandtea.com/get-personal-planner-stag-weekend-prague/#respond Tue, 20 Oct 2015 05:28:33 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=3434 An article exploring why Prague is a fantastic location for a stag weekend along with the benefits of having an expert planner creating your itinerary for you. Why Prague? Prague is the beautiful capital city in the Czech Republic. It is quick and easy to get to as flights from the UK are around 2 […]

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An article exploring why Prague is a fantastic location for a stag weekend along with the benefits of having an expert planner creating your itinerary for you.

Why Prague?

Prague is the beautiful capital city in the Czech Republic. It is quick and easy to get to as flights from the UK are around 2 hours and the flights are cheap as many low cost airlines fly direct. The Czech Republic is part of the EU so no visa is needed to visit.

How to organise it?

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Having an expert planner to organise your stag weekend abroad can be a great way to know you and your friends will experience the best Prague has to offer without having to spend lots of time researching it yourself. Specialists at Redseven or similar companies have many years experience of organising stag weekends all over the world and will have plenty of contacts to arrange the activities you want to enjoy during your time away.

When to go?

The spring and summer temperatures are very similar to UK temperatures so not much acclimatisation will need to take place. The winter months can be quite cold and regularly drop below freezing so warm clothes will be needed when exploring the city.

What to do?

Specialist help from Redseven will assist you in making the most of your stag weekend in Prague. Take a river cruise during the day on the Vltava River followed by lunch at a splendid restaurant overlooking the river. Or visit the castle, the Old Town Square and the Charles Bridge to experience some of the Prague culture and to witness its history.

The historic centre of Prague was designated a world heritage site in the early 1990’s with a lot of the architecture being from the Gothic and Renaissance eras. Prague was taken over by the Nazis in 1939 and was witness to some terrible atrocities. It didn’t suffer too much damage during World War II so many of its historical buildings are still standing. It is the sixth most popular European city to visit behind, London, Rome, Madrid, Paris and Berlin.

Prague is full of places to eat and drink which has made it popular with stag weekends in recent years. Your specialist planner can arrange outdoor activities for you like 4×4 driving or paint balling if you would like. 5 a side football, tank driving or indoor sky diving are popular activities too. For evening entertainment there are strip clubs and mud wrestling venues.

Accommodation

There is a whole range of accommodation to choose from in Prague to suit every budget. Basic hotels will serve you well for a weekend while those looking for a little bit of luxury can find several 5star establishments in the heart of the city.

Getting around Prague is easy too as many stag weekend organisers will arrange for private transfers from the airport to your chosen accommodation. Prague itself has a plentiful bus and train service making the city that is home to 1.3 million people accessible to all.

Prague has been a popular destination for hen, stag and general weekend visitors for a number of years. It is a very cosmopolitan city that has a vibrant night life and plenty of activities to whet everyone’s appetite during the day. It is a cheap place to visit and its beautiful surroundings make it a very popular city. If you’re looking for the perfect stag weekend location then a city like Prague could be just what you are looking for.

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Is Marbella a Victim of Its Own Popularity? http://travelandtea.com/marbella-victim-popularity/ http://travelandtea.com/marbella-victim-popularity/#respond Tue, 02 Sep 2014 20:58:17 +0000 http://travelandtea.com/?p=8634 Since the Costa del Sol became the place to go in the 1960s Marbella’s popularity has grown and grown. Favoured by the rich and famous, who purchased gigantic properties and super yachts which they moored in the exclusive Puerto Banus Marina, holidaying in Marbella was a sign that you were doing pretty well for yourself. […]

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Since the Costa del Sol became the place to go in the 1960s Marbella’s popularity has grown and grown. Favoured by the rich and famous, who purchased gigantic properties and super yachts which they moored in the exclusive Puerto Banus Marina, holidaying in Marbella was a sign that you were doing pretty well for yourself. Fast forward to the start of the noughties and things in Marbella started to change…

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The rise of Z-list celebrities such as Katie Price and Kerry Katona, not to mention the myriad of reality TV stars that rose to fame in the noughties, who flocked to Marbella on holiday started to attract a new kind of holidaymaker. Magazines were (and still are) constantly filled with pictures of these bargain bucket celebrities partying in Puerto Banus, sailing to coast on yachts or shopping for designer clothes in Marbella.

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Beach clubs such as Nikki Beach, La Sala and Ocean Beach Club opened their doors and began charging astronomical prices for the privilege of sitting on a sun lounger and enjoying a cocktail at one of their ‘exclusive’ pool parties. There are plenty of people who will pay these silly prices just to say that they have partied with half the cast of TOWIE but for those wanting a relaxing holiday in the sunshine or a family getaway on the Costa del Sol this is not the place to be.

Champagne beach parties at the Ocean Beach Club

Champagne beach parties at the Ocean Beach Club

The good news is while Marbella has been morphing into a playground for z-listers and hen parties resorts nearby on the Costa del Sol have had huge investments made into them meaning they are now fantastic options if you want relaxed beach bars, good restaurants and the occasional night on the town. Fuengirola and Benalmadena are prime examples of resorts that have transformed from their image of a high-rise resort for pensioners to attractive, well maintained and affordable holiday resorts.

Beautiful long sandy beaches of Fuengirola

Beautiful long sandy beaches of Fuengirola

The accommodation outside of Marbella is also greatly cheaper. Villas and Apartments on the Costa del Sol are available in abundance and staying in areas such as Mijas Costa, La Cala, Estepona or Fuengirola can save you a fortune rather than paying the premium rate for being a stone’s throw from Marbella. Public transport and cheap taxi fares mean that you can get into Marbella easily from any of the other quieter resorts along the coast.

Relax outside the cafes in Orange Square, Marbella

Relax outside the cafes in Orange Square, Marbella

Of course Marbella is not all bad. The Old Town is beautiful with Orange Square and the Town Hall amongst the highlights. It is a lovely place to enjoy a meal and take a stroll in the evenings. Puerto Banus is worth a visit if you like designer shops, or even if you just like to people watch. The beaches in Marbella are good and very family-friendly if you avoid the beach clubs. It is just a pity that much of the town is invaded by champagne swilling 20-somethings in the summer months. If you want to take a trip to Marbella do it between October and May when the town returns to its former glory! Better still, give one of the resorts nearby a try, I think you’ll be impressed.

 

 

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