Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Ibiza: Europe's party capital

Ibiza is the party capital of the Balearics and for this reason is popular with fun lovers in search of a heady mix of cheap drinks, banging music and blazing sunshine. The first tip for having the best possible time in Ibiza is to head to the liveliest parts of island and somewhere like party capital, San Antonio!

The holiday resort of San Antonio is the go-to place for the biggest and best parties on the island and is a great spot for a cheap Ibiza holiday. The key clubs here are Cafe Del Mar and Mambo, both of which attract some of the biggest names in the world of club music. Mambo in particular regularly attracts the likes of Radio one DJs Dave Pearce and Judge Jules. The club is also open every night of the week for a different musical experience ready to cater to all. Mambo also serves as an excellent venue for pre-drinks before venturing to the super club of Pacha which is situated just down the road.

Ibiza town is also a great place to visit for a party. This vibrant and compact town is fantastic for those looking to get away from the sand and sea and instead enjoy the luxury of traditional inland Balearic island living. Don your shades and take a stroll around the quaint streets by day, enjoying fine Baleraic cuisine and a cheeky glass of wine and by night head out to the island's biggest club, Privilege. This sprawling club offers revellers an amazingly varied clubbing experience that is without rival on the island due to its vastness and sheer amount of floorspace that caters to every conceivable taste!

If full-on partying isn't your thing, you can always have a quieter holiday in Ibiza. Cheap holidays to Ibiza are easy to get hold of and you will find great deals to be found in quieter locations such as Portinax. This purpose-built holiday town is the perfect place for couples and small families and is home to numerous quiet beaches such as S'Arenal Petit and Playa Porto. You will find that these beaches are amongst the best in all of the Balearics with their white sands and crystal clear waters lapping at the shore.

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

The Algarve: Jewel in Portugal's crown

The Algarve is an area that spans the southernmost tip of Portugal and is home to many well-equipped resorts. Albufeira is perhaps the most popular resort offering you seven white, sandy beaches and a lively town that remains busy day and night. You'll find plenty of entertainments such as golf courses and water parks as well as a thriving nightlife. Areias de São João is the name of the main bar strip in Albufeira and is the perfect place for letting your hair down and sampling some of the Algarve's best nightlife. By day, head down to Albufeira's marina where you will find a wealth of cracking trips heading out along the Algarve coast, surveying Portugal's interesting coastlines and varied marine life.

For pure, unadulterated luxury head to the richest spot in the Algarve and Vilamoura. This place is idyllis if money is no object to you! The marina is bustling with hundreds of expensive vessels and the promenade is lined with a multitude of expensive and classy bars and restaurants. For a cheaper approach, you will also find that Vilamoura is the best place in Portugal for deep sea fishing. You can charter a boat for a reasonable rate and attempt to catch your own supper on seas that are far quieter than in peak Summer holiday months.

The most peaceful spot in all the Algarve must surely be Carvoeiro. This quaint town is the go to place for classical Portuguese architecture and ruins from the 15th century. You will be delight by the myriad of windy streets and beautifully scenic views out into the sea. For something a little out of the ordinary head along the coast to the nature site of Algar Seco – a natural cliff-top wonder that boasts a series of complex rock formations and caves that have been sculpted by the aggressive waves and swell below.

Budget holidays to the Algarve are easy to come by right now. The area is currently out of season, not kicking in for a couple of months yet. The weather is still excellent, though with temperatures currently hovering around the mid-twenties providing you with a welcome contrast to the bluster and rains back home!

Praia da Rocha

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Things to do in Antalya

Holidays to Turkey seem to gain in popularity year-after-year. It's little wonder when relatively new holiday retreat areas such as Antalya continue to blossom and grow into attractions that are capable of entertaining even the most demanding of holiday makers!

Antalya holidays have much to offer everyone. The city itself is a wonderful mix of beauty and history. Of the main beaches in Antalya, you will find that the shingle beach of Konyaalti is the most beautiful. It stretches for 7km and is bordered by Antalya's cliffs on one side and the wondrous Beydaglari mountains on the other which look close enough to touch on a clear day! If you're looking for a beach with a little more excitement on you Antalya holiday, head to Lara. This beach is 10km from Antalya harbour and once there you gain gain access to numerous luxury private beaches that you must pay to gain entry to. This may sound like a cynical ploy to get your cash,, but once in you will have access to all manner of watersports, facilities and entertainments.

There are all sorts of things to do in and around the city. The old city of Antalya is a wonderful place for a stroll and you'll discover all manner of classical Turkish architecture and a range of traditional restaurants in which you can savour the flavours of this great cuisine. For a little more information on the buildings of Antalya you should certainly consider a trip to Antalya's archaeological museum where you can view all sorts of pieces from ancient Roman and Byzantine empires. An attraction that will take up your whole day is the ancient city ruin of Termessos. Located at the top of Antalya's nearby mountains, these ruins are a phenomenal sight that require an arduous hike to get to but are well worth a visit for the fitter members of your group!

Broaden your horizons a little more and you will discover resort holiday heaven at Side. With a vast stretch of golden sand and more than enough hotels that cater for the whims of all families, the area is fantastic if you like your holidays to be filled with excitement and amenity galore. Venture along the coast a little more and you will discover watersport and diving central at Alanya. Indulge your thrill seeking side here with diving, snorkelling and parasailing activities all at reasonable prices.
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