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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Balearic Islands

These islands enjoy tropical sun throughout the year and hence you can even choose your winter vacation as the perfect time to visit these places. The beach holiday season starts in May and continues till October, however, these islands are full of activities throughout the year.

Mallorca/Majorca

If you are a nature lover, and love biking or walking, then explore the world heritage site of UNESCO-” Serra de Tramuntana.” Climbing the highest peak Puig Major will give you a feeling of success and elation. Being the biggest island in this region, this place has something or the other for everyone in the family.

For the kids in the family, the Palma aquarium is the perfect place to enjoy. Viewing the sharks being fed by the botanists may turn out to be the first of its kind of experience for many. The entire family can take the wooden vintage train from Palma to the sleepy town of Sóller. En route you can see acres of pine forests, olive groves and citrus orchards while the train passes through the Tramuntana mountains.

If you are a wine connoisseur, then visiting the village of Binnisalem might be a fruitful trip. José L. Ferrer, Macià Batle, Vins Nadal and Son Prim are some of the famous wineries in the area. You can witness the process of the transformation of the local varieties of Manto Negro and Callet grapes to red wines and Moll grapes to white wines.

The capital city of Palma will give you enough options to fill your shopping bags with souvenirs and tummies with exotic Mediterranean dishes. The little town of Arta too is a fantastic place to stroll around in the cafes and enjoy a lazy afternoon. If you enjoy a bit of history, then don’t miss the Talaiotic settlement of Ses Païsses just outside Arta. They are believed to be established more than 3,000 years ago.

For the bird-watchers, S’Albufera nature reserve is the perfect place to spend a day watching Eleonora’s falcons and purple herons. There are more than 200 species of birds which visit this natural reserve during different times of the year.

Menorca/Minorca

The lazy island of Menorca is perfect for history lovers to witness some of the unique monuments of the world. Taluas which were built for religious or astronomical purposes, Navetas” which are burial chambers and talaiots, or talayots which were built to be used as watch towers are known for their exceptional architectural value.

Dated back to 1000 BC and beyond, these monuments talk highly about the civilization of the natives of this region. Talua ‘Torralba d’en Salort” and ‘Naveta d’Es Tudons” are the most notable structures for the tourists, however, if you walk or hike in this area, you will explore many such structures.

Ibiza

Ibiza, is very popular destination among the youngsters and is known as an international party destination. World-famous DJs travel to this place to perform and this island is known for its exotic nightclubs.

Lively resorts of Playa d’en Bossa in San Antonio are the perfect places for any party animal who wants to groove to the latest tunes. There are club opening parties which start by mid-May and continue till October. If you are a hardcore rock music lover, then you would not miss the Ibiza Rocks music festival in San Antonio. The lavish partying ends with club closing festivals which start by end of September and continue till October.

To get the feel of the city, visit the Ibiza Dalt Vila which was built by the Phoenicians. The castle was built in the sixteenth century to keep the Turkish pirates out. The Cathedral is at the highest point and one will wonder how this small island’s inmates had made use of the strategic location to keep the city safe.

Diving is another favorite water sport and there are diving centers all over the island, including Active Dive in San Antonio and Subfari in Portinatx.

Aguamar waterpark is loved by the kids and adults alike with has seven slides to choose from. There as pools and playgrounds and separate picnic spots for the entire family to enjoy.

Vacation Condos for Rent

Value and Affordability

Most people want top-notch accommodations when vacationing. However, this type of lodging can come at a high price when choosing amongst various hotels. Instead of limiting your options to hotels and motels, expand the search to include condos for rent. Generally, tourists find that they will get more room and amenities for less expense when avoiding a hotel room. The money saved will put more in your pocket for vacation activities.

Lodging for Larger Parties

Extended families often enjoy vacationing together. Instead of reserving multiple rooms to accommodate everyone, the entire party could stay together in one unit. Many condos for rent have multiple bedrooms and living areas with plenty of room for people of all ages to spread out comfortably.

Extra Amenities

A full kitchen can be a perk of a condo. While you will probably enjoy eating out during your vacation, having a full kitchen can also be a plus. This will enable you to enjoy quiet meals at home on some occasions. Anyone with children or special dietary restrictions will appreciate this option. Washing machines and dryers in the unit will also make it possible to keep up with laundry, so you won’t have to pack as many outfits.

Enjoying Community

Staying in a hotel provides one type of vacationing experience, and staying in condos for rent provides a different type of environment. At a hotel, you will experience a tourist environment at your destination. At a vacation rental, you can get a taste of the local community in a new and different way. Within the local community, you may be surprised to learn about restaurants and destinations around the area that tourists do not typically visit.

Individual Flair

Hotels offer rooms with little character or personality. In contrast, other rentals can be different and unusual. You will likely experience individual decor and personality in the unit you select. It’s possible to base your selection upon your own individual taste to ensure that your unit fits your style.

Privacy

Many tourists appreciate the extra level of privacy they experience in individual units. Instead of squeezing into a tiny hotel room with occupants on every side, a condominium often offers more privacy. Without common lobby areas, private entrances offer just the level of seclusion desired for a getaway.

Joy of Backpacking

Backpacking requires a lot of research. Backpackers do not depend on packaged tours from travel agents because they make their own itineraries. They look out for cheap but suitable hostels. They also research a lot about the local food fare and where to find them. Make a list of tourist spots to see and find a way to navigate from one point to another. Most importantly, it is advisable to calculate your budget for the trip in advance.

Most of the backpackers seek inspiration and ideas from travel websites and travel blogs. They often pattern their itineraries with other traveller’s journey or they make their own route.

Some people often wonder why some travellers love backpacking, instead of the conventional packaged tours that are usually more convenient. The answer is that backpacking has numerous benefits including the following:

1. Acquiring New Wisdom

One important thing about this humble way of travelling is that you get to learn something new along the way. You can also learn a lot about people, culture and ideas from your firsthand experiences. It’s also a good opportunity to learn something new about yourself.

2. The Sights

The sights are the main reasons why tourists visit a place and backpackers often see tourist spots in a different light. It is quite different with packaged tours where you are brought to a certain place and only allowed to visit certain sights with limited amount of time.

3. Your Personal Time to Reflect

Backpackers enjoy their personal time and they happen to experience that during their travel time – those long hours of bus rides going to a tourist spot, or their idle time on the hostel. Those are great times to marvel on the beauty of the scenery or even have enough time for personal reflection.

4. Get to Know the Person Travelling with you

Travelling strengthens bonds and relationships between companions, and a backpacker’s itinerary often entails a lot of teamwork and rapport. Problems and troubles will most likely arise along the journey and your response and attitude towards the situation will eventually surface. Based on such situations, you will learn something about one another and will also ascertain your compatibility with each other.

5. Meeting New People

Backpacking creates opportunities to meet other travellers and locals alike. It is a good way to socialize and share travel stories, and find new friends and future travel buddies.

Static Caravans

For those who recently purchased static caravans it has hit them hard. With water leaks and burst pipes as well as boiler breakdowns the cost to unprepared caravan owners was immense.

Many should have learned a lesson, that winterisation of your Static Caravan is paramount to ensuring that costs are reduced. However, it seems that many will still forget what happened last year and not drain down their static caravans.

For many caravan owners the start of the 2012 season has been a difficult one. They started their season with costs arising from burst pipes which in some cases could run into £1000’s. Winterisation is something owners can forget, but they should learn lessons of the past and ensure they drain their caravan before winter.

Some caravan parks offer a year round maintenance plan to help owners ensure that their caravans are in tip-top condition. This allows them to help owners spend quality time when they visit their holiday home and for those who cannot get to their caravan in time for winter or are unsure of what to do.

It is paramount that before extreme weather conditions start and having purchased a static caravan for sale, it should be checked to ensure that the big investment is protected as owners cannot afford or it to be damaged.

With many worrying about their investments it seems that their holiday home investment is something that they sometimes forget. As with any harsh winter preparation seems to be the key to ensuring as little impact is made on holiday homes as possible.

If your caravan park doesn’t offer this service their are some things you can do.

1) drain off all pipes
2) disconnect from the main water supply
3) unplug any electrical equipment
4) turn off the electricity at the fuse box
5) turn off and disconnect your gas supply