Sun, sand and the city

August 24, 2013 at 2:22 AM
Enjoy sun, sand and the city at urban beaches like Barceloneta (Photo: Mislav Marohnic)

Enjoy sun, sand and the city at urban beaches like Barceloneta (Photo: Mislav Marohnic)

If you’re torn between blissful relaxation on a sun-kissed beach, or a big city break, why not combine the two? You can catch some rays without ever having to leave the city. From artificial pop-up beaches in Paris and Vienna, to beautiful sandy expanses of coastline in Barcelona, you can enjoy the best of both worlds at Europe’s urban beaches.

Vibrant Sitges

July 16, 2013 at 7:35 AM
Sitges

Sea and mountain views from Sitges coast

Sitges is a vibrant and energetic town, which oozes fun and frivolity from every corner! Set in the most gorgeous of locations, it’s surrounded by beautiful beaches and boasts the Garraf Massif mountain range as its back drop. It’s also home to the Parc Natural del Garraf, and lies just 30 kilometres from the city of Barcelona.

Hosting several renowned events each year, including its world-famous carnival which takes place over the months of February and March, this picturesque town often sees colourful parades, music and dancing filling its streets. Add to this the firework display which takes place after the election of the Carnival King and Queen, and Sitges is a magnificent destination for celebration.

Summer in the UK: Beaches of the Scilly Isles

July 10, 2013 at 5:43 AM

I hope you’ve been enjoying our Summer in the UK series, with tips and guides from some of the country’s best travel bloggers. This week, Kelly Quance shows us you don’t need to fly half way around the world to experience beautiful archipelagos. With unspoilt beaches, water sports and ancient history, the Isles of Scilly are just a short hop from the Cornish mainland. Getting there is easy: hop a flight, or board a ferry from Penzance.

So why have the hassle of long-haul flights to the Maldives when the Isles of Scilly are on your doorstep?

Isles of Scilly, beaches (Photo: Lyndsey Gribble)

Isles of Scilly beach (Photo: Lyndsey Gribble)

Explore Kenya’s natural beauty

May 10, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Kenya's National Parks

Amboseli National Park in Kenya

Why not plan to take your next holiday in Africa? A place like Kenya would be a great start and could be the experience of a lifetime. Kenya is one of those countries you can visit all year round; no matter what the season, you’ll find something to do and see. Below we bring you our recommendations for what to do and see year round in Kenya.

Soak up the sun abroad during your May bank holiday break

April 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

In my previous post I suggested some great local getaways for the upcoming May bank holidays, but if your idea of a great long weekend is travelling outside of the UK for some spring sunshine, here are some holiday destinations you may want to consider:

The rugged interior of Gran Canaria (Photo: El coleccionista de instantes)

The rugged interior of Gran Canaria (Photo: El coleccionista de instantes)

Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

One of the best beach holiday destinations has to be the magnificent Canary Islands.  Although any Canary Island holiday would be fantastic, my personal favourite island in this Spanish archipelago is Gran Canaria for the amazing variety of landscapes and its rugged beauty. Gran Canaria holiday apartments and villas overlook sun-drenched beaches where you can enjoy water sports like surfing, sailing and scuba diving, while the rugged interior of the island is the perfect setting for outdoor recreation. If you enjoy hiking you’ll love the spectacular natural scenery around Tejeda and Veneguera, and the pine forests of Tamadaba Natural Park.