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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Costa Blanca Vacation

Mundomar

Mundomar is next to Aqualandia in the Rincon de Loix area of Benidorm. Mundomar translates as Sea World which should give a clue as to the enjoyment that awaits inside it’s gates. Dolphins, sea-lions and such cavort and show off to the delight of the crowds watching. Other shows include meerkats, parrots among many more. It’s easy to spend the entire day in Mundomar, or a twin-park ticket for Aqualandia can be bought.

Aqualandia

Aqualandia is a riot of tubes, slides, rapids and rides. All manner of aquatic fun can be had in Aqualandia, next to Mundomar in Benidorm’s Rincon de Loix. There are some pretty scary slides, which will have you hurtling towards the waiting pool at breakneck speed in a virtual free-fall. At such times, it is difficult to remember that the rides are very safe!

Elche

Elche is not a tourist resort, but has so much to see, it should be more prominent on any list of places to visit. It is inland from the sea and as such, has managed to preserve its slightly olden feel. The Casco Antiguo – the old town centre has some marvellous buildings, not least of all its parish church. The world-famous Misteri D’Elx is held here, and the largest palm plantation in Europe, El Palmeral, is a delight to wander through. Elche is the Spanish shoe-making capital, and several of the larger shoe-making companies sell their wares direct from the factory. Not only footwear, but all manner of leather goods can be found at bargain prices.

Alicante City Centre

Alicante city centre is often missed by tourists, which is a shame as there is much to see and do. The seafront area has been developed with leisure in mind. A marina full of pleasure-craft of all sizes gives a sophisticated air to the city, with multi-million euro yachts bobbing about in their moorings alongside more modest craft. There is a casino and several fine restaurants on the marina complex, along with Alicante’s club and disco centre – a must for clubbers. Along the promenade, in the dappled shade cast by centuries-old trees, people walk along at a leisurely pace, stopping to browse among the cabins selling all manner of exotic handicrafts, or pausing to take refreshment in on of the many pavement caf├ęs and restaurants. Further back from the seafront, narrow streets, lined with wonderfully-preserved ornate buildings open up into tree-filled plazas, the perfect place to sit and enjoy this fine Mediterranean city. Those more energetic can visit the Castilla de Santa Barbara, perched on top of a 600-foot high crag of rock, and there are also many fine museums in which to escape the heat of a summer afternoon.

Altea Old Town

Altea is considered the jewel in the crown of the Costa Blanca. It’s old town, crowned by the parish church sat high above a stunningly beautiful bay, is full of narrow streets, lined by tiny whitewashed cottages, their balconies spilling over with geraniums and margueritas, and blazingly bright bouganvillea climbing their walls. Many of the cottages have been converted into art and craft galleries, others still into quaint bistros. A lovely place to spend some free time.

Benidorm

Whatever you want from your Costa Blanca holiday, Benidorm strives to provide. The city is the largest resort on the entire Mediterranean coastline and is thronged with happy holidaymakers during the summer months. Divided into three main areas, Levante (the noisy bit), Poniente (the quiet bit) and the Old Town (well, the old bit) Shopping, eating and drinking, sunbathing and people-watching seem to be the main past times of the Benidorm visitors during the day, with innumerable pubs, bars and clubs providing terrific entertainment throughout the night.

Fonts Del Algar

An oasis of cool in the height of summer, the Fonts del Algar is the source of the river Algar which irrigates the coastline further down the sierras onto the coastline. Cool, crystal-clear water cascades from the rocks, forming pools, diving into which is irresistable on a hot day. Fragrant herbs and shrubs line the pathways and steps up to a wonderful picnic area at the top.

Florida Vacation

When you have groups of people that are vacationing together – whether family or friends – it makes much more sense to pool your resources and stay in one house. Rather than having to rent multiple rooms that might be on different floors in the same hotel you will have multiple bedrooms, but they will all be together, giving you much more space and the ability to communicate freely without interruptions or imposing on other people around you.

Costs for food alone make renting one of the many thousands of Orlando villas available a much more sensible solution – particularly with children, as often when eating out they don’t even finish the food that is ordered or don’t like it. In a villa you will have your own fully equipped kitchen so you can prepare meals whenever you want and the way your family likes it. You can snack in the middle of the night if you wish without a problem or have your meals on your time schedule – not only when the hotel kitchen is open. With a back yard you can also barbecue instead making a big meal and eat outside if you want to.

Parking is available in the garage (if the garage hasn’t been converted into a luxury games room) or in the driveway of the vacation rental rather than paying a daily rate at a hotel plus the valet parking tips required every time you go in or out of the hotel! All of your amenities are provided in a villa rather than having to pay separately for them in a hotel. With large groups of people these fees can add up very quickly, particularly with children.

Sardinia

Gennargentu National Park

Although ‘roughing it’ is likely to be the last thing on your mind when staying in any of the luxurious villas in Italy on Sardinia, do be sure to pack your best hiking boots, as you’re going to need them to explore the incredible Gennargentu National Park. Here, ecology and tourism work very closely to preserve what environmentalists agree is some of the most unspoilt landscape in Europe. For the best view, hike up to Punta La Marmora, which is the island’s highest peak, at 1834 metres. Among the fauna to spot are Sardinian kites, foxes, boars, deer, moufflon, the occasional golden eagle, and even wild horses and donkeys. The towering limestone walls and cliffs offer some impressive formations; at over 400 metres tall in places, they flank the surrounding areas, including Gola Su Gorropu, the massive canyon nicknamed ‘Europe’s Grand Canyon’.

Alghero

Many villas in Italy have their own private pools but that’s no reason to miss out on the experience of exploring what have been described as the clearest waters in the Mediterranean. Alghero’s world-famous red coral is just one of the fascinating marine species you’ll get a chance to see up close and personal as you explore the network of underwater caves and tunnels off its coast – including Nereo Cave, the largest underwater grotto in the Mediterranean. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, to the north of Alghero is Capo Cacccia, which features desolate promontories and a variety of bird life including the herring gull, peregrine falcon, cormorant, red kite, and the rare griffon vulture. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon of bird watching or nature photography.

Golfo Orosei

Although staying in any of the stunning villas in Italy is an experience in itself, the island’s wild and natural beauty makes it impossible to deny the call of the outdoors. For the ecologist and nature lover, Golfo Orosei offers the opportunity of a lifetime to spot the endangered monk seal, which was previously thought to be extinct. Limestone cliffs create isolated and picturesque coves that can only be reached by boat, or you can take long hikes through the macquis – heavily vegetated areas typical to the Mediterranean coastlands. The effort is definitely worth it. The hour-long hike to Cala Goloritze, for example, which is reputed as one the island’s of the most picturesque coves. Once you arrive you’ll be greeted with a tree-shaded canyon with limestone cliffs, rock arches and steps leading down to the white-pebbled beach and crystal blue waters.

Mallorca Holiday

Maybe you’d like a luxury villa in Mallorca close in an exclusive location, or perhaps you might enjoy being near to a big, family-friendly beach if you’re travelling with little ones. Whatever you’re looking for, you can be sure to find it on the island.

Mallorca is off the coast of eastern Spain and has long been popular with holidaymakers for its warm climate and glorious sunshine. In some parts, you’ll find a great party atmosphere, with the beach lined with clubs and bars, while other sections are quiet and secluded – perfect if you’re after a relaxing getaway.

The island is also steeped in history and if you explore, you can find Roman ruins and all manner of archaeological sites and museums. But as well as the cultural draws, a huge attraction for visitors to Mallorca is its vast beaches.

If it’s the partying you’re travelling for, you’re sure to enjoy a trip to the popular resort of Magalluf. The location is a haven for Brits looking to let loose and boasts 900 metres of sand lined with clubs, bars and restaurants. With an average of more than 300 days of sunshine every year, it’s also a great spot for topping up your tan. And if you’re an adventurous sort, there’s plenty to keep you busy. The beach at Magalluf offers a wide range of watersports, such as parasailing and waterskiing, so prepare for a soaking.

And if that hasn’t burnt off all your energy, you might like to head to Formentor beach for some more action on the water. Also known as Cala Pi de sa Posada, the beach is situated in an exclusive resort popular with celebrities, so keep your eyes peeled. Make use of the sunbeds on the sand to dry off after you’ve tried your hand on the waves with some lessons at the nearby surfing school.

The calm sea at the water’s edge makes it a great spot for paddling and the beach stretches for one kilometre so you’ll have plenty of places to choose from when propping up your deck chair. There’s also a mooring point at the beach, so why not take a day trip on a boat over to Puerto Pollensa Marina and explore more of the island?

You’ll find Puerto Pollensa at the northernmost tip of Mallorca, not too far from the popular resort of Alcudia. Both locations boast great beaches and are close enough to visit in one day if you like. For a long time there was no beach in Puerto Pollensa but one was created artificially relatively recently and it has since become a big hit. At one kilometre long and 30 metres wide, there’s plenty of room here, making it particularly popular with families. Close by is the marina and it’s here you can try out sailing or scuba diving, among other activities.

Next, head over to the beach at Alcudia, where you’ll find the atmosphere is relaxed. The resort is in stark contrast with thriving clubbers’ paradise areas like Magalluf as you’ll find it’s much more family-friendly. There’s also loads to keep history buffs entertained here, with Roman ruins to explore, and along the coast there are numerous seafood restaurants, so make sure you try out some of the local delicacies. If you’re hoping for a taste of authentic Spain, you’ll find it in Alcudia, especially if you visit the Sunday market after enjoying a relaxing morning lounging on the beach.