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How to Find a Pet Friendly Hotel

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The relationship between men and pets is quite old. If you dig deeper into details and check some history, you will find several examples. For instance, pets were in papyrus canoes that were supposed to be in the Atlantic ocean , sailors had pets onboard while they were exploring some 5,000 years ago, and you could find about Pirates of the Caribbean who had parrots on their shoulders.

Things have not changed today, as people are still in love with their pets, and they want their dogs and cats with them even when they travel to different parts of the world. If you are a pet lover, you should ensure that you’re opting for one of the best pet-friendly hotels. The thing you need to bear in mind that you cannot afford to pick any of the available pet-friendly hotels. Just like you, your pets have needs, and if these needs are not met, neither you nor your pet will enjoy a holiday.

It is worth mentioning that though animals are good travelers and the idea of traveling with pets is nothing new, you can find several pet-friendly accommodations in modern times. Gone are the days when you have to sleep in your van with your critters because you could not locate a good pet-friendly hotel. Now you can find some accommodation options where pets are allowed in the rooms.

In the early 1990s, it was hard to find hotels that welcomed pets. It was mainly because pets were not considered special on the tourist industry’s radar screen. But considering people traveling all over the world with their pets, it is now obvious to find several sites that allow you to find and compare a number of best pet friendly hotels in any part of the world. Hotels have now fully understood the importance of offering baby boomers the facility to bring along their pets, and the market is only going to get better because the pet industry is going to get better, which in fact didn’t get hurt during hard economic times.

People have a higher tendency to stay in a hotel longer if they feel that their pets are being well taken care of, and that they don’t have to worry about them. It’s expensive to travel with your pet, and considering this, people don’t mind shelling out more cash to pick a pet-friendly hotel. It’s the mindset that’s helping this market to grow.

While searching for a pet-friendly hotel, you should consider doing a few things. First of all, try some online sites where you can find different deals from different pet-friendly hotels. You can now compare these deals and pick a good one. Once done, check some reviews and feedbacks different people have left after staying at a particular hotel. People who enjoy staying at a particular pet-friendly hotel go back and tell about that to their friends. It means asking your friends for referrals will also work in your favor. Why not use the potential of lip marketing, may you find favor. 

The Definition of Perfection: An Ibiza Beach Holiday Deal

 by ClaireH88 

 Utterly surrounded by bounteous beaches, the luscious island of Ibiza is without doubt the perfect beach holiday destination. Located in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, not only does Ibiza offer the lucky holiday maker endless amounts of beaches to relax on and glorious swathes of the finest Spanish sunshine, but with so many Ibiza holidays around, you can’t help but pick up a great deal.

With over 50 gorgeous beaches to choose from, you will certainly be spoilt for choice. There are large, small, busy, and quiet ones as well as golden ones, sandy ones (well they’re all sandy), nude ones and child friendly ones – so take your pick. Many beaches are only a short dash from the twinkling boutiques and fine eateries which is perfect for when you’ve overdosed on too much sun. One thing is for sure though; wherever you stay on your Ibiza holiday, you will never be more than a stone’s throw from a sultry, sexy, sun-loving beach – no matter how hard you try.

If you want to get away from the busy resort centres and explore all that Ibiza has to offer, why not grab a water taxi, or for something a bit more exciting, try out some of the thrilling water sports and leisure activities on offer. Bars and clubs in Ibiza are open all night, so if you love music and the buzz of a real nightlife then pack your dancing shoes and head on down to some of the most famous clubs in the world.

If you prefer the quieter life then the history and sheer beauty of the island is something that must not be missed. If you fancy a stroll away from the beach, then visit some of the interesting historical sites and mesmerising museums and take full advantage of the culture captured in this beautiful part of the world.

If you love value for money, then you can’t possibly get more beach for your pound then on a holiday to Ibiza. This beautiful Balearic Island is popular all year round with holiday makers of all ages and an Ibiza holiday is guaranteed to be a great holiday. 

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Holiday Rentals in Ibiza Town – Try Self-catering in the Spanish Balearic Islands

Ibiza Holidays
 by J. Corcoran 

 Ibiza Town is an extremely captivating vacation spot to book apartment holiday rentals in Ibiza or holiday villas in Ibiza town. It features charming historic fortifications, first-class places to eat out, a magnificent cathedral and a superb assortment of retail outlets. Ibiza Town is quite small, so recently it has become popular with some holidaymakers who like the beach, to stay at one of the nearby resorts on the coast such as Playa d'en Bossa, Figueretas or Talamanca. This can be ideal for holidaymakers who like to book Ibiza holiday apartments in a lively resort but who also want easy access to the nightlife and facilities of Ibiza Town. 

If you are staying in Ibiza holiday apartments or holiday villas in Ibiza town you will be interested to know about the local food. As a result of the numerous nationalities who have lived in Ibiza in the past, you will find that many diverse dishes make up the gastronomy of the island. A couple of traditional dishes worth trying are Ibizan-style tuna, roast pork, fish soup and rustic stir-fries with meat, potatoes and vegetables. Ibiza also offers a good selection of drinks to go with your food. Locally produced beer, wine and spirits are available at very reasonable prices and Cocktails are available in most bars. There are also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks available which make use of the wide selection of fruit grown on the island. Ibiza Town boasts a significant selection of restaurants for visitors who are staying in self-catering holiday rentals in Ibiza. 

If you are staying in villa holiday rentals in Ibiza or Ibiza holiday apartments you can find several wonderful beaches in the vicinity of Ibiza Town:

Playa de Talamanca borders Talamanca Bay and is a pleasant sandy beach with clear waters. It can be reached in about 20 minutes on foot, as can playa de Figueretas. The lively resort of Playa d'en bossa has the longest stretch of beach on the island and is dotted with bars and cafés. It is a favorite with tourists who enjoy watersports. If you want to go a bit further afield, the beaches around Ses Salines are easily reached by bus and are thought to be some of the finest on the island. You can also take a ferry to the neighbouring island of Formentera where the beaches are second to none.

The island of Ibiza has a worldwide reputation as one of the best places for nightlife and holidaymakers often book their holiday rentals in Ibiza to make the most of what is on offer. Ibiza is a dance Mecca and Ibiza Town is one of the dance hotspots. The entrance fees for the big, popular clubs can typically cost around €30 to €60 and drinks are often exorbitant so clubbing in Ibiza is not cheap. It may be worth exploring the possibility of buying your tickets beforehand online. Nightclub opening hours are from around midnight to 6 am, so some people like to have a couple of hours sleep in the early evening before they go out so that they can last the night out!

While you staying in your villa or apartment holiday rentals in Ibiza you may well get to experience one of the many fiestas which take place throughout the year. There are fiestas for each town as well as for the patron saints days. The town fiestas can go on for a week and usually have loads of children’s entertainment, live shows, competitions and parades through the town with floats ending with spectacular firework displays. The Eivissa Medieval Festival is held on the second Sunday in May. This new festival includes concerts and dancing and celebrates the declaration of D’alt Villa as a World Heritage site in 1992.

When visiting Ibiza and staying in apartment holiday rentals in Ibiza or holiday villas in Ibiza town you must explore the Sa Penya and Sa Marina districts near the port. These districts are full of stylish boutiques and unique shops and it is one of the most popular shopping areas on the island. The New Town and Vara de Ray Boulevard also have some good shops and the streets around Carrer d'Enmig are where you will find the famous 'hippy’ markets with their many stalls selling all kinds of art and craft products. If you like a good rummage for a bargain there is a flea market every Saturday at the race-track of San Jordi. 

Try booking self-catering holiday rentals in Ibiza, online. Ibiza holiday apartments and holiday villas in Ibiza town can be booked direct with the property owners. Julie Corcoran, the author, works for the Holiday-Villa-Select website.  

Places to Visit in USA

 by Lia-feature 

 The United States is the most popular and renowned country in the world today, thanks to their financial power, but also to their strong export of culture, among which the film and music industry are the most popular. There are fifty states in the US, not counting Washington D.C., which is the capital and is considered a federal district. There are 48 contiguous states here, meaning they are linked together, but there are also Alaska and Hawaii, which adhered in 1959. We mentioned all this information in order to make a point out of the fact that it can be difficult to choose the best places to visit in USA.

   Every state in the USA has something which makes it different and special, so if you want to make an American road trip, make sure you have enough time and money to check out all its attractions. Nevertheless, we are going to present some of the most attractive places to visit in USA, the first of them being the state of New York, and mainly New York City. This is the largest city in USA and it is a financial and cultural hub. Museums, parks, cafes, restaurants, skyscrapers and a stupendous nightlife are among the things you can enjoy here. Don’t miss a visit to Ellis Island to see the Statue of Liberty and climb on top of the Empire State Building for a spectacular view of the city that never sleeps.

   Among all the places to visit in USA, our favorite has to be the state of California, home of Hollywood and San Francisco. The latter is one of the most beautiful cities this country has to offer, with its hippie culture and nonconformist attitude, its Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and numerous parks and beaches. However, if you prefer a more historical town, go to Chicago, Illinois, where you can also enjoy some of the best American food and not only. Here you can admire the wonderful old and modern architecture, take a stroll through Millennium Park and be impressed by everything you see in the Museum of Science and Industry.

   One of the most famous places to visit in USA, Las Vegas is the major city in the state of Nevada. It is, of course, famous for its casinos and gambling venues, but you can also enjoy the architecture, the spas and hotels, or the Bellagio Fountains. Fine cuisine and fine living in general are celebrated here, but be careful not to over-spend in this brightly-lit city located at the edge of the desert. These were our main picks for USA destinations, but we also recommend Hawaii for its exotic landscape, Los Angeles for the nightlife and beaches, New Orleans for its culture, food and music, and Washington, the unmistakable capital of this country. 

There are many wonderful places to visit in USA, but among them New York City is special, because it is a world capital where people and cultures from around the world clash and create a special and unique atmosphere.

Cycling Vacations In Majorca Spain

Cycling In Majorca

When most people think Majorca, they think of beautiful, white, sandy  beaches. Beautiful beaches and crystal blue waters aren't all Majorca has to offer. In fact, the island has something to offer nearly everyone.

Majorca is one of the most popular family vacation destinations in the world. Mediterranean people love to indulge children of all ages. In fact, the servers at even the most upscale restaurant are likely to offer to cuddle your unruly toddler to give you a moment's peace to enjoy your meal. 

Most of Majorca's beaches are well-geared for families with small children. They offer great features like safe, shallow water for little ones to really enjoy their beach time. Many theme parks and water attractions have family activities, including miniature golf and pony rides. Several resorts and hotels offer babysitting services and programs specifically designed for children.

Vacation packages to Majorca are often all-inclusive. Resorts and agencies often offer packages for honeymooners, babymooners, beach lovers and tourists of all sorts. 

Some of Majorca's most popular vacation packages include scuba diving, boating and relaxing on the beach. The more physically demanding vacation packages are becoming more popular year by year. Cycling vacations have risen drastically over the last few years. This increase is expected to continue to increase by at least 10 percent over the next two to three years. In 2007, more than 87,000 cyclists enjoyed a cycling vacation in Majorca.

Cycling is quickly becoming a favourite activity for tourists around the world. Tourism authorities in Majorca understand this and have worked relentlessly on new bike routes and facilities over the past 10 years.

Their hard work and dedication has been paying off. Currently the island boasts an astounding 260 km of cycling routes. They will continue to improve upon one of the most quickly growing activities on the island. 

Cycling offers a very unique tour of the island. Some hotels and local businesses offer guided tours and bike rentals. Many other bike-friendly facilities offer bike maintenance and secure storage. 

Utilizing the freedom of travel a bicycle offers, tourists often get to experience parts of Majorca during their holidays that most do not see. Many bike paths wind their way through the mountains and hills, allowing a very natural view of the island's flora and fauna.

Water sports and golf also make for popular Majorca holidays. Some local businesses offer dive or boat tours and diving lessons. Diving in the Mediterranean Sea is an experience like no other. Some species of tropical fish and marine life exist only in this temperate climate. Crystal clear waters offer a great viewing distance. Local businesses also offer boat and water craft rentals for those who wish to explore the open sea on their own.

The Balearic Islands are located almost directly south of Barcelona, Spain. Also known as Mallorca, Majorca is the largest of the Balearic Islands. Majorca is located in the Mediterranean Sea between eastern Spain and northern Africa. Due to the location, Majorca enjoys an impressive 300 days of sunshine per year. 

A Guide To Enjoy Majorca

by james 

 It’s a coveted tourist destination; it’s the most celebrated and esteemed destination of Spain; it’s your wonderful playground for the tourists; it’s your Majorca, also known as Mallorca. Located off the coast in the Mediterranean Sea of Spain, your Majorca is the largest island of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea. It is part of the Balearic Islands, an archipelago including Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and Cabrera. 

Your Majorca has two mountainous regions occupying northwestern (Serra de Tramuntana or Tramuntana range) and eastern thirds of the island. Located in the municipality of Fornalutx, the Alfabia Mountains and Els Cornadors are the mountain ranges in Majorca. Puig Major (1,445m) is the highest peak in the Serra de Tramuntana of the Island. Your Mallorca has two bays, the Badia de Pollença and the larger Badia d'Alcúdia, on the northeast coast. 
Your Majorca enjoys Mediterranean climate, with higher precipitation in the Serra de Tramuntana. Its summer is hot, and the winter is cool, and gets hilly chilly in the Tramuntana range that gets brief showers of snow. Your Majorca has always been darling of the Hollywood stars and Celebrities. Catherine Zeta-Jones, Michael Douglas, Michael Schumacher, Claudia Schiffer, Annie Lennox, Julian Lennon, Cynthia Charles, Boris Becker have maintained residences on the Island. 

Your Majorca is a perfect vacation destination offering potpourri of beauties, beaches, oceanic pleasures, mountains, Mediterranean cuisine, museums, art galleries, parks, theaters, shopping malls, bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, hotels, etc. Your Majorca offers you a wide range of tourist attractions including Palma de Mallorca (the capital), Playa de Palma, Bellver Castle, Santueri Castle, Palma Cathedral, Cuber Lake, Mallorca Caves, Aquacity, Marineland, Placa Major, Soller, Mallorca Harbour Front, Placa d'Espanya, Valldemossa, Serra de Tramuntana, and lot more.

Palma de Mallorca or Majorca, the island’s capital and largest city, is your “must visit” city on Majorca. Occupying the north western end of a bay in the south west of Majorca, Palma de Mallorca is your destination for Castell de Bellver (site of Muslim ruins, and museum of archaeological finds and classical sculptures), Pueblo Español (architectural museum), Banys Àrabs (the Arab bath building), Museo de Arte Español Contemporáneo (museum of contemporary art), and Catedral de Mallorca and Museo Catedralicio (Majorca's spectacular cathedral & museum). La Seu is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in Palma de Mallorca. Near to La Seu Cathedral, Almudaina Palace is the Muslim palace of the Banu Ganiya, at the edge of the port.
Reaching from Andratx to the Cap Formentor, the Serra de Tramuntana is the mountain chain running along the north-west coast of  Majorca.The scenic mountain chain is your destination for cities, such as Sóller, Pollença, Alcúdia, and Andratx. Soller and Port de Soller are a beautiful town and a local fishing port/harbour. You can access the town by a scenic train journey from Palma, or by tram from Soller to Port de Soller. Mallorca Caves are one of the most visted sites of Majorca. 

You can enter Majorca thru Palma de Mallorca airport. There are a number of discount airlines offering daily flights to the Majorca airport. You can also get a ferry to Palma de Mallorca from the other Balearic Islands or from several points on the Spanish coast, including Barcelona and Valencia. You can also get a ferry to Alcudia from Menorca. 

Orson Johnson writes for Holiday Velvet, a website providing listings for apartments, bed and breakfasts, Majorca apartments, hotels and Majorca vacation and holiday rentals.

Visiting the North Island of New Zealand

North Island
 by TraceyLC 

 Heading to the North Island of New Zealand? Not sure where to go? There are a few must see places, some of them obvious... others, not so obvious. The North Island is probably most famous for its geothermal activity centred around the bustling town of Rotorua. In contrast the island is also known for its rolling green hills and picturesque coastline.  Auckland, New Zealand’s capital city is also located on the North Island and is a great starting point for any New Zealand adventure. 

A trip to the North Island of New Zealand would not be complete without visiting the geothermal fields surrounding Rotorua. Rotorua is primarily a tourist town and has a thriving tourist industry based around the spectacular geothermal fields that are home to some of the largest and most impressive geothermal displays in the world. Rotorua is also the gateway to a number of ski fields and a huge range of adventure sports and activities, some unique to the area. Thrill seekers can try the Luge, the Zorb, OGO, the Schweeb and Railcruising which were all invented in the area. Nature lovers will enjoy the surrounding bushland and local wildlife parks and those who enjoy rest and relaxation will love the local mud baths and mineral hot pools. Rotorua accommodation is plentiful with a great range of world class hotels in Rotorua along with all other styles of accommodation, suitable for most budgets and needs.

Hamilton, just south of Auckland, is the largest inland city in New Zealand and famously the home town of the writer of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. A commemorative statue of the character Riff Raff was erected to celebrate the huge success of the play and recognise its birth place. Hamilton is located on the Waikato River which is ideal for boating and water activities. The recently completed 11km river walkways offer scenic walking and cycling for outdoor enthusiasts and Hamilton Lake in the heart of the city is another scenic spot for picnics and walks. The local arts, culture and heritage are rich and diverse and worthy of exploration. Hamilton accommodation covers all styles of accommodation ranging from B&B’s to motels and hotels. 

Palmerston North, a university town, has a happening vibe and a chic restaurant and cafe scene.  There is an active arts and theatre community in this city, so taking in a local production is a must. New Zealanders are passionate about their Rugby Union and Palmerston North is the home of the New Zealand Rugby Museum, which houses New Zealand’s largest collection of Rugby Union memorabilia and records. The collection includes some of the rarest Rugby artefacts in the world and Rugby enthusiasts will find it easy to spend a day exploring the museum. The Te Manawa Museum contains a mix of art, history and science and is interesting for both young and old while Owlcatraz Wildlife Park lets you get up close and personal with New Zealand’s native birds in a cage free environment. Palmerston North accommodation caters for all types of travellers and is generally good value for money. There is a great range of accommodation options from budget to luxury and everything in between. 

If time permits, Auckland and Wellington are other great cities to visit and the Bay of Plenty is simply stunning. The north island of New Zealand offers a plethora of holiday options each with its own unique offerings and charm. 

For more information on Palmerston North accommodation, hotels in Rotorua and Hamilton accommodation visit Choice hotels online.

Lanzarote hotels

 The word ‘leisure’ and ‘relaxation’ is very important for human beings. Without this two human life would be so strenuous. So, from the early days to now man has been busy to shape their life to get rid of monotony. Therefore, it is a continuous effort of man to building up a systemic chain of leisure and relaxation. It is the only way through which human life can be refreshed. That is why most of the peoples in this universe are now very cautious about their leisure and relaxation. In this direction hotel in popular tourist places plays a vital roles. Lanzarote-a 5 star hotel in Canary Island is consistently developing and spreading with their innovative ideas to make a strong idea among the global tourist for bypassing the day to day stress of city-dwellers.

Lanzarote- gives you the ultimate pleasure through which you can feel relaxed and refreshed. Feel good factor mainly depends upon entirely on the location and atmosphere and so many other conditions of the surroundings. Management is one of the key factors in highly sophisticated hospitality sector. Lanzarote is such a brand in this sector beyond your imagination. In lanzarote they have arrange all kinds of amenities for you without any hesitation. In a word, luxury hotels in lanzarote neo-classically defined a class by itself organization. Whatever you want in it they have the supply chain for you. Once you step in hotels in lanzarote Spain you are simple being spell bound. If you are a familiar in hospitality then your automatic choice would definitely rest on lanzarote. First time it seems to you a paradise suddenly falls on earth.

A five star hotel in lanzarote is beautifully located in Canary Island so close to biosphere reserve maintained by UNESCO. A luxury hotel also beautified by the lap of Indian Ocean. Crystal clear sky and silky sand just added another feather to crown of Lanzarote. It is such a place where you can enjoy the difference with others. Hotels in lanzarote Spain have its own attraction which might be steal your all attention. In another words you will be simply moved. A five star hotel with a unique feature moved the global visitors to check in for spending their holiday life style as first as possible.

A luxury hotel in lanzarote has different types of facilities for various visitors. Whether you are a family man? Then you need not to be worry. They have a special arrangement for family members. In fact, they can take care of your entire family. On the other hand, if you are a young couple or just married couple, then lanzarote is your choice of hotels in Spain.

A luxury hotel has a solid infrastructure including multi swimming pools, separate gardens and malty food cousin and ultimate leisure gives you ultimate pleasure on earth. 

5 star hotels in lanzarote truly provides you the best range of hospitality in a affordable price. So, pocket friendly hotels in lanzarote spain would emerge as a one of the best five star hotels in the world.

Gran Canaria – an island of possibility

Gran Canaria

There are so many reasons to holiday in Gran Canaria, you really need to visit to see for yourself.

As with all the Canary Islands, Gran Canaria boasts a comfortable climate all year round – even in December the temperature can reach a balmy 19 degrees centigrade.

Gran Canaria is located 130 miles off the North African coast in the Atlantic Ocean, making it a highly accessible destination from the UK and indeed, the whole of Europe. Its location contributes to its warm weather, and a flight to Gran Canaria is far shorter than travelling to Cyprus, for example.

Gran Canaria holidays offer an abundance of activities, from beach holidays with calm waters for families, to coves that offer water sports of every description for the more adventurous. With miles of sandy beaches to explore, you won’t be disappointed if you are looking for a beach holiday in Gran Canaria.

For those seeking vibrant nightlife during their stay,  Gran Canaria holidays have much to offer. The south of the island has hundreds of bars and clubs to satisfy your thirst for fun, with plenty of likeminded individuals to party your nights in Gran Canaria away with.

Travel to the north of Gran Canaria for a more sedate, relaxed holiday. The scenery is far more rugged, and the mountains are truly breathtaking. If you enjoy walking, the cooler temperatures in this part of Gran Canaria offer an ideal environment.
Gran Canaria also prides itself on its world class golf courses, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you realise the quality that the island has to offer.

Whatever holiday you’re dreaming of, Gran Canaria really does offer everything. 

Danny Jones has been working in the travel industry for over 15 years. He enjoys writing about travel destination, especially  Egypt holidays.

Gran Canaria - 5 Great Day Trips By Car

 by Mairead Foley 

 Tejeda and its National Park

A day trip that is well worth taking in Gran Canaria is a drive into the mountain ranges to the village of Tejeda and its wonderful National Park, with stunning flora and fauna to be seen. Tejeda is located in the central mountainous area of Gran Canaria. The park is located on its highest mountain, Cruz de Tejeda, which rises to a height of 2,000 metres. 

The best route to get to this park is either from the west where you will pass through the small town of Mogan, or from the south where you will join the road that will take you to San Bartolome de Tirajana at Maspalomas. The charming mountain villages of Artenara and Pinos de Galdar along this day trip route are well worth exploring.

A day trip to the south of the island at Maspalomas is well worth exploring – the motorway on the east side of the Island (GC1) will take you quickly and conveniently to Maspalomas.  The wonderful dunes are known as the Maspalomas Costa Canaria. The landscape consists of 17km of massive dunes. The dunes expand year by year, and the beaches are safe with plenty of shallow bathing areas. 

Sioux City Gran Canaria

The Western styled Theme Park was originally constructed in 1969 at a cost of $2 million. It has been a very popular tourist attraction since. It was designed by the land owner del Castillo together with 20th Century Fox film producers, who enlisted designers to recreate the US Western type area. In the early 1970’s Sioux City was opened as a Wild West Theme Park. The popular Western film "Take a High Ride" was filmed here. The theme park is open every day except for Mondays from 10am until 5pm, with a special barbeque night on Fridays. 

The park is easily reached from Playa del Inglés in Cañon del Aguila, San Agustín, and you will be enthralled by the recreation of a Wild West Village and you can try your hand at horse riding and there are restaurant and bar facilities. There is also a reptile zoo there!

Guayadeque – Village of the Caves 

Guayadeque National Park is perched on the eastern edge of the mountains of Gran Canaria. The National Park affords you some majestic mountain scenery and views of rich green valleys laden with almond trees. 

But the real jewel in the crown of the National Park is the caves. The majority of the caves are put to good use, by farmers or locals who have converted them into houses. One part of the caves area has been recreated into an entire village, with walkways, a church, bar and street lights! A real treat is dining at the "Tagoror" restaurant, which is a huge cave transformed into a wonderful restaurant which seats more than 100 people. With tables and chairs carved from thick oak trees, and great food, what could be a more perfect end to a day trip to the Village of the Caves!

To get to Guayadeque, take the GC1 motorway north, branching off from the exit before the airport heading for Ingenio. Take the Ingenio road through to the town of Arguimes and when arriving in Ingenio, you will see the sign posts for the caves.

Mundo Aborigen

Mundo Aborigen is located on the route from Maspalomas to San Bartolome, and quite close to the village of Fataga. It recreates early island life in a realistic village, created with an authentic feel. You will learn all about the early inhabitants of the islands, who are known as the Gaunche. The history of the early dwelling people of the island has been re-enacted with authenticity in the village with a separate museum.  You will learn about the lifestyle of the people, how they lived, their world of magic, religion, and rites of burial. 

Parque Cocodrillos (Crocodile Park)

The Crocodile Park located at the Villa de Agüimes has always been a popular family attraction and is home to hundreds of crocodiles, of differing sizes. It is situated in a wonderful scenic setting. The crocodile setting of the park gives you a display showing the lifecycle of a crocodile from the egg stage and newly born in tanks, to the full-grown stage. It is perfectly safe to explore so do not be alarmed! 

Gran Canaria's Crocodile Park also contains many more of your favourite animals from the zoo, including zebras, leopard, monkeys and exotic birds. Daily shows are available, together with gardens and a souvenir shop.

The park is run as a charity and receives no backing from the government, and relies on the entrance fee money to cater for the animals, many of whom were badly treated by previous owners. It is a very worthy cause to support by visiting. To get there, get on the GC1 motorway, and take the exit at Vecindario, past the Carrefour shopping centre on the left while you head north. At the roundabout take the last exit and this will bring you to the park. 

Mairead writes for - an independent car hire reservation website where you can book low cost car hire at over 5000 locations worldwide.

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Stingray City At Grand Cayman

 by Clint Leung 

 One of the most famous natural attractions in Grand Cayman Island is Stingray City.  This is an area in the ocean not far from the northern tip of Grand Cayman where tourists can get up close to hundreds of friendly stingrays.  Stingray City will be one of the organized tours from cruise ships visiting Grand Cayman as a port of call.  There will also be tours available from local operators in the town of Georgetown where the cruise ships dock and bring passengers into town via tender boats.  The cruise organized tours will almost always be the more expensive option.

Scuba divers can book specialized dives at Stingray City through one of the many diver operators in Grand Cayman.  The scuba diving at Stingray City is at a deeper section away from the tourist crowds who are usually brought to a very shallow area where one could even stand in waist deep water.  Certified scuba divers and even snorkellers are recommended to take the dive trip option with the dive shops to experience Stingray City with fewer crowds.  For non-divers, the sandbars here are high enough to offer such shallow waters and stingrays will come to these areas.  It is believed that many years ago, sailors visiting the area threw fish remains overboard and soon noticed the stingrays coming for the free food.  These particular stingrays became conditioned over the years to the humans and the food handouts unlike stingrays elsewhere in the Caribbean.

The stingrays here are friendly enough that people could touch them and local guides have been known to even hold them.  The guides will warn everyone that even though these stingrays appear to be quite friendly, they should still be regarded as wild animals so it is never recommended to touch them by their razor sharp tails or abuse them in any manner.  It is possible to feed them with the squid parts provided on site.  The mouths of the stingrays are located underneath their bodies and people are instructed to hold the food in their palms flat facing up.  With their keen sense of smell, the stingrays will hover towards and over the food to collect their snacks.  

Although Stingray City can be crowded at times due to its popularity, it does offer a very unique experience to see these wonderful sea creatures up close.  Stingrays are usually very shy animals and will swim away from scuba divers and snorkellers but not here at Stingray City in Grand Cayman. 

Clint Leung is owner of Free Spirit Gallery ( , an online gallery specializing in Inuit Eskimo and Northwest Native American art including carvings, sculpture and prints.  Free Spirit Gallery has numerous information resource articles with photos of authentic Inuit and Native Indian art as well as free eCards.

A Great Cuba Holiday for All: take the whole family along!

 by Susan Crown 

 Summer is near, do you know what you and your or family are going to do during the summer holiday break this year? If you usually go abroad during the summer school break and take your whole family somewhere nice and sunny, great Cuba holidays are a great option at a price you can afford. Forget all about Spain and its immensely crowded beaches in Costa Dorada and Costa del Sol; head to Cuba for a week and enjoy its tropical beauty and paradisiacal beaches that are well beyond comparison to any beach you may find in Europe or the Mediterranean.

Cuba not only has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, it also has some of the spiciest nightlife, colourful culture and fun attractions for tourists! If you're not holidaying in Cuba, then you're definitely missing out and your next summer break could be the perfect time to try this fascinating destination out; your family is sure to love it! Cuba is rich in culture, has plenty of attractions that appeal to kids, whether visiting the vibrant capital of Havana or the endless beach of Varadero, and everywhere you go in Cuba there is an exciting surprise around every corner. 

The important part to remember is that since Cuba is so popular among Canadian tourists all year  long and among European travellers as well, it is best to play your holiday in advance so the tickets won't sell out before you buy them and you won’t be left disappointed when you find out that your chosen hotel is fully booked for the season. To keep up with increasing demand in recent year, the government plans to build more Cuba hotels, but at the moment and with the surge of tourists flocking down to the island in unprecedented numbers you may find  many hotels to be fully booked up.
Cuba holiday

However many tourists head to Cuba though, it will never feel nowhere near as crowded as Spanish beach resorts and there are plenty of secluded beach resorts and pristine keys in the island to choose from. Planning with friends and family to go to Cuba can be a fun unforgettable experience for everyone. Go online now to find the best deals. You can find out all the information about your Cuba holiday and pricing details right from your computer. 

After a successful year for tourism in 2011, having surpassed all expectations with over 2.7 million of visitor arrivals to the island, Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism is gearing up to welcome even more holidaymakers in 2012 as Cuba holidays enjoy an unprecedented boom among worldwide travellers eager to discover the island’s unique appeal.

London on a Budget


Found yourself in London on a shoestring budget? That's perfectly fine. You could not have picked a better city to visit. With a population of over 8 million people, London has become a great option for budget travelers. Here are some free things to do in London. 

Watch the Changing of the Guards in front of Buckingham Palace

The Changing of the Guards is a ceremony that takes place in front of Buckingham Palace every day during the summer. During the winter, it takes place every other day. The ceremony involves guards mounting their hoses and switching stations. Be sure to arrive early because huge crowds tend to gather to watch this ceremony. When it's over, feel free to snap some photos of the Queen's Guard or the palace. 

Plan a picnic at Regent's Park

Regent's Park is a beautiful and huge park in the city. In the park, you'll find beautiful flowers, plants, wildlife, lakes, and canals. If you enjoy biking or running, there are paved laps. There's also the London Zoo for travelers with children, although it's not free.

Listen to Big Ben ring its bell

Built in 1858, Big Ben is the nickname for the Elizabeth Tower. It could be the most famous landmark in London. It stands at 315 feet tall. Big Ben is actually the name of the main bell that weighs 13.5 tons. The bell rings every hour on the hour. It's closed for tourists, you must be a UK resident to go inside. 

Do some window shopping in Portobello Market

Every Saturday, there's a lengthy market that opens on Portobello Road in Notting Hill. You'll find antiques, second-hand goods, fruits, veggies, vintage clothing, jewelry, and more. Just imagine a huge flea market. 

Walk across the Tower Bridge

Built in 1886, the Tower Bridge is crossed by 40,000 people per day. Walking across the bridge should take about 5 to 10 minutes. After dusk, the bridge glows in a brilliant blue light. It's perfect for a romantic stroll. 

Visit the British Museum

The British Museum is the most popular museum in London. It focuses on human cultures from different centuries and multiple countries. It's also free to visit. It has over eight million historic artifacts. Some famous pieces include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian statues, and a manuscript of Beowulf.

Spend some time at the Tate Modern Museum

The Tate Modern Museum is an international, contemporary art museum. The full museum is seven floors. The permanent collection makes up half of the museum and is free to view. You'll find collections dedicated to Surrealism, Cubism, Impressionism, and Pop Art.

Admire the art at the National Gallery

With over 2,000 art pieces from the 13th to 20th century, the National Gallery is the fourth most visited museum in the world. Its free admission probably helps its rank. You'll find famous works by Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Claude Monet, and Vincent van Gogh. 

Other things to do in London

London is filled with culture, history, and activities. I've put together a list of things to do at What To Do in London. If you're only in town for a day, here my recommended attractions are at London in a Day.

London Tourist Attractions Not To Miss

London is filled with exciting attractions, but it can be difficult to fit them all into one vacation. If you're pressed for time, here are some of the very top London tourist attractions that you should include in your itinerary.

The London Eye – This towering ferris wheel sits opposite Parliament and absolutely lights up the skyline. The comfortable cars on this attraction can be booked individually for a private experience, or shared with some of the other tourists vying for a look at London from above. As one of the most popular London tourist attractions in this city, this ferris wheel sees about 10,000 people each day. At the top, you can see 40 kilometers in every direction on a clear day. 

British Museum – If you're interested in London tourist attractions that have something to teach you, the British Museum should be near the top of your list. The exhibits here cover more than two million years of history. View Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone, Michelangelo's drawings, and more.

London Aquarium – Many London tourist attractions focus on offering you the flavor of London to excess. The London Aquarium is a refreshing break from all things London that you can still enjoy right in the city. In this relaxing retreat, you can view sharks, jellyfish, piranha, Gentoo penguins, sea turtles, crocodiles, and more.

Natural History Museum – The Natural History Museum should be right alongside the British Museum in your agenda if you're interested in fascinating exhibits and interesting facts on your visit. You can browse the Dinosaur's gallery, see a piece of the moon, glimpse precious stones from around the world, and learn about all manner of wildlife. 

Buckingham Palace – It's almost impossible to think about London tourist attractions without thinking of Buckingham Palace. As the official residence of the Queen, this is a popular spot for trying to spot British royalty. Even when the royal family isn't in residence, this is a must-see stop. Seasonal tours are available, depending upon the schedule of the royal family.

Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament – Though the Houses of Parliament may seem to be a rather dry stop on your vacation, this is quintessentially London and difficult to miss if you're serious about getting to know the city. Tours of Parliament are regularly held for those who enjoy these types of London tourist attractions. If you're not interested in Parliament, a souvenir photo in front of Big Ben is nearly impossible to leave without.

Madame Tussauds – You can visit Madame Tussauds locations all over the world. Any time you're within range of one, it's worth stopping in for a visit. The London location has lifelike wax figures of the Royal family, Marvel superheroes, Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, and many more. Finally, enjoy the Spirit of London cab ride that takes you back through some of the most important parts of London's history.

When you're planning your next visit to this historic city, make sure you include some of these London tourist attractions on your agenda so you can see the very best of what this city has to offer. offers information regarding  London tourist attractions. For more on London tourist attractions, please visit us at

The Island of Ibiza

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If you thought that Ibiza was nothing more than a package party destination, then think again. Away from the hotspots, the island retains a sleepy, picturesque charm, with plenty of isolated beaches and traditional towns waiting to be discovered. If you''re planning a holiday to Ibiza this summer, don''t miss out on these great day trips.

1. Ibiza Town: Forget vast clubs and drunken debauchery ? Ibiza Old Town is a haven for culture vultures. It''s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, complete with crumbling city walls, narrow winding streets and a stunning 13th century cathedral. Great for sightseeing, souvenir shopping, and generally passing the time of day.

2. Formentara: Ibiza''s twin island is less populated, more verdant and, if possible, even more beautiful than its larger sister. Located just an hour''s boat ride from Ibiza Town, it boasts a historical capital city and, perhaps more importantly, mile upon mile of stunning sandy beaches.

3. Es Broll: If you''re sick of the crowds and fancy a relaxing hike in beautiful countryside then head to Es Broll. This famous freshwater spring really is in the middle of nowhere, and the surrounding scenery is perfect for walking or simply relaxing with a picnic.

4.  Wine tasting: While it''s true that many tourists to Ibiza tend to stick with alcopops and beer, the island is also a small but significant wine producer. Take a trip to Bodegas Car Rich vineyard, and you can enjoy exploring the site''s 20 acres while learning about the ins and outs of wine production. Your tour will, of course, conclude with a tasting session.

5. Aguamar: Looking for a way to entertain the nippers? They''ll love a trip to Aguamar, Ibiza''s biggest water park and a popular family attraction. Just a quarter of an hour drive from Ibiza Town, it''s perfect if you''re looking for a fun day out with the kids. For those based closer to Talamanca, the Aqualandia water park is a great alternative.

6. Can Marca Caves: If you''re travelling with children then don''t miss out on a trip to the Can Marca Caves. They offer great adventure potential as well as far-reaching sea views ? and when you''re tired of exploring, you can relax on the golden beach nearby.

To make the most of a holiday to Ibiza, it''s a good idea to hire a car and explore the less accessible parts of the island. Away from the tourist trappings, there are still some idyllic spots where you relax, kick back, and really get away from it all. 

Thomasena Ghantt is very fond of the Balearic islands and has been going to Ibiza for years. Getting a car is very useful, you can get cheap car hire in Ibiza from

Kayaking in Ibiza

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 by Hector

 If you are looking for a holiday that stands out from all the rest then you should most definitely try a kayaking holiday in Ibiza and stay in one of the luxurious boutique hotels in Ibiza. Anyone who has tried it will tell you it is one of the best ways to see the island. Kayaking is a fantastic activity for all the family as both young and old can enjoy it. It is not a very strenuous activity physically and of course it is enormous fun. You can jump off your kayak into the clear blue waters as soon as you feel like a rest or just a splash around in the warm Mediterranean sea. The secluded bays are just perfect for swimming in as they are warm, shallow and very calm too. 

 Kayaking takes you to parts of Ibiza that would otherwise be completely off limits. Imagine enclosed bays and hidden coves and that is what you can expect to see plenty of when you use a kayak to navigate your way around Ibiza. Ibiza is a party island and one benefit of this is that early in the morning you have the beaches and lagoons virtually to yourselves. Clubbers and party goers are too busy sleeping it off to be outside first thing in the morning! If you get out in your kayak in the morning you will experience peace and tranquillity that you wouldn't have imagined possible.

Water lapping against your kayak, beautiful birds soaring overhead, a light breeze ruffling your hair and views and landscapes that are second to none are just of the experiences on offer when kayaking in Ibiza. Just because Ibiza has a reputation as a party island does not mean the island is not a family destination. In fact more and more people are choosing Ibiza as a relaxing holiday destination for all the family. There is a lot more to the island than just a pumping night life. 

 There is 210 km of coastline on Ibiza and any of it can be navigated in a kayak. The southern shores are the perfect place to visit if you want to get away from holiday makers and instead see fisherman tending to their nets, incredible hidden lagoons and dramatic scenery.  Stay in one of the  best hotels in Ibiza  too to really put the cherry on your holiday cake. Enjoy  Ibiza's luxury boutique hotels  for comfort and style and kayaking for activity and adventure on the stunning Mediterranean island. 

Hector is a passionate blogger and travel is one of many favourite past times. Finding the right hip hotels in Ibiza or elsewhere is a mission hotels in Ibiza can only be found by determination and lots of travelling around the great Balearic Island.

Tourist’s Guide to Fit-in In London

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Going to London, whether traveling or migrating can be a lot of fun, but we all know that things can easily get awkward when you don’t plan ahead right, especially in a foreign place with a highly diverse culture. American has the reputation in UK as being arrogant, rude and often times annoying tourists, an impression you don’t want to have.  Here are some tip-top tips to fit in nicely in London. Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself enjoying the company of Londoner friends. 

First and foremost, have your attitude checked. 
No matter jet-lagged and stressed you become, you don’t have any excuse to be ill-mannered. You’re a guest in a foreign country; you should act like one by being respectful and respectable at all times. Never complain with foul-mouth when something doesn’t go right. You may get the wrong dish for dinner, but not understanding the things in the menu doesn’t give you right to scold your waiter. 

Second, blend in with the locals.  
Don’t wear something that screams “tourist” like shorts. Both guys and girls can wear casual clothes, such as jeans and sneakers, but keep it low-key at all times. After all, you’ll be walking for hours around the city; it would be nice to wear something very comfortable. Well of course, you have to consider the weather and the season of your visit. 

Third, do your homework and learn some British slang.
If you want to be able to communicate to Londoners well, then you better learn some of their common lingo, such as greetings or basic important things you may need to ask. Elevator for example, is called “lift,” bathrooms are called “loo,” pants are called “trousers,” subway is called “tube.” 

When you hear the word “belt up” that means shut up. British accent can sometimes confuse you of other words, so if you don’t really understand someone’s accent, just say “Pardon me?” or “Sorry?” or ask him or her to repeat himself. 

Fourth, travel right
London is a big city, with several districts and thousands of streets. Panoramic sights and structures can easily grab your attention, but to be able to enjoy London and not miss a thing in your visit (or stay), you should always have a map of the city and a good understand of where you’re heading. If you need a ride, you can take a black cab, or better yet, you should be able to locate in your map the London Underground Subway.

Fifth, go where the Londoners Go
There are tons of tourist attractions all across London, but there’s no better way to experience the true essence of the culture a particular place than experiencing if through the locals. Dine, party and enjoy your stay with the locals. 

Last and certainly not the least, never speak with an English accent, ever
Londoners can easily notice that you’re faking it. You don’t have to fake anything, you’re a tourist. They understand neutral accent, and they appreciate it more. 

Getting to Know Long Island

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There is an island that stretches eastward from New York City. Long Island, as they call it, extends to about 115 miles. The western tip is where you find Brooklyn and Queens, which are part of New York City. When people speak of Long Island, they generally just mean Nassau and Suffolk counties. As you may have heard, the island is occupied by a little over three million people, but the number of people on the island increases due to the influx of visitors. The island has several spots that lure tourists. Luxury Long Island hotels ensure fine vacation places for wealthy visitors. Long Island is probably not the right place to go if you wish to be thrifty.

The most developed parts of the island are in Nassau and western parts of Suffolk. Population is also densest in these areas. The rest of Suffolk, on the other hand, has typical countryside feel, where wineries, farms, and beaches are common. However, these quiet places are where you can find summer vacation houses and hotels. 
Tourist destinations are spread throughout the island. Tourism is at its peak during summer and fall. These are the seasons when one can get to see the beauty of the island. Winter months see a drop in the number of visitors, who usually find the winter freeze too cold. Aside from bitter winters, the cost of traveling to and staying in Long Island keeps many potential tourists away. The Hamptons or the Gold Coast could strip you of your big cash in minutes. There are towns in Long Island though wherein prices are friendlier. But generally Long Island does not invite tourists with a budget price tag. 
Many people go to Long Island to experience its beautiful beaches, like the ones on the North Shore and South Shore. One can get to see the harbor towns on North Shore—Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, and Huntington Village. Restaurants and shops are spread across these towns. 

There a number of things to do for tourists. They can board the Hampton Jitney for a one-day tour or visit the Wine country on the North Fork. You can also visit the villages of Huntington or Great Neck and check out small shops there. Those who like to see magnificent views of the bay should go to Port Washington. 
Long Island is also a place of wonderful museums. One of the popular museums there is the Atlantis Marine World Aquarium, where you can appreciate the beauty of marine ecosystem. Many visitors also visit what used to be the summer home of President Theodore Roosevelt, the Sagamore Hill. It is now run by the National Park Service. Other museums are the Hicksville Gregory Museum, Cradle of Aviation, Garvies Point Museum and Preserve, Sands Point Preserve, Wantagh Museum, Village of Roslyn, and Sagtikos Manor. 

Long Island hotel accommodations are never a problem. There are a lot of hotels and motels where you can stay. They are all over the place, and you can look them up on the internet and make online reservations. 
Keep in mind that Long Island is a huge island. Once you are in there, it does not really look or feel like an island. You won’t see water unless you get near the coast. 

How to Know if Mauritius Holidays are Good for a Family

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 Since winter is almost over, and since it has been a particularly long and strange one, you might be starting to consider where you would like to take your family on holiday. Well, good for you! If you’re badly in need of sunshine why not go for family Mauritius holidays and treat every family member to an unforgettable retreat in the Indian Ocean; somewhere tropical and exotic that everyone will love.

Mauritius is beautiful and relaxing island paradise with many things to see and do, but also an idyllic place that stands stills with the gentle sounds of the tropical breeze, the swaying of the palm trees and the soothing lapping of the waves, all of which are elements taht make it just as easy to do absolutely nothing and go for extreme serene relaxation during a holiday in Mauritius.

 Maybe you have kids, or maybe you don't. If you do, you're probably asking yourself if planning Mauritius holidays for the whole family in general is a good idea. The answer to that, in my humble opinion is: Yes, I'd say so. While the destination is also ideal for couples seeking for uninterrupted romance and beach seclusion, there are several resorts catering for little ones, including a fully supervised children’s club with many also providing special programmes, excursions and games for children to enjoy during the whole duration of their stay. No matter who you bring along and what age group they belong to, with a trip to Mauritius, they will not be disappointed. However, get over the "thinking about booking" phase as soon as you can if you wish to get a good deal on your flight tickets and accommodation. The best thing to do is to go online and find a reputable tour operator selling affordable Mauritius holidays, like The Holiday Place in London and waste no time in placing your booking and making the most of the special deals they offer.