Beat the winter blues: European holidays in the sun

January 27, 2014 at 9:44 AM
Beat the winter blues in places like Malaga (Photo: Aiala Garcia)

Beat the winter blues in places like Malaga (Photo: Aiala Garcia)

If you’re struggling with the winter blues it’s not too late to book a last-minute holiday in the sun. While the rest of Europe is shivering under blankets of snow, there are some destinations that offer a great escape from the gloomy weather. Here are some of my favourite winter warmers to see you through until the warm weather arrives.

The lure of the Lakes

January 2, 2014 at 3:00 AM
lake_district_2012_56 Photo: Charlie Marshall

Landscape from the Lake District. Photo: Charlie Marshall

The Lake District: it’s synonymous with the beauty of Britain’s hills (well, fells!), pastures, woodlands and–of course–lakes. The undoubted jewel in North West England’s natural crown, it’s not only home to England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, but also its longest and deepest lakes, Windermere and Wastwater respectively. Of course, most people envisage coming here when the skies are clear and blue; when pastures are green, meadows filled with wild flowers, and lambs frolic with one another in the sunshine.

St Ives: Christmas at the coast

December 17, 2013 at 8:00 AM
Pedn Olva hotel  Photo: Cool Places

Pedn Olva hotel Photo: Cool Places

St Ives, Cornwall; there’s nowhere in the UK quite like it. Year on year, visitors are compelled to return to their favourite beaches and natural landmarks, or discover for the first time a whole host of outdoor activities. Is it the scenery; the wildlife? Or is it the opportunities for family-friendly fun?

Whatever it is that attracts tourists to St Ives and its surrounding area, there’s little wonder with so much to see and do. First-off, the beaches; and they’re as suited to sunbathing and swimming (well, if you’re here in the summer) as they are to extreme sports. Few activities allow you to appreciate Cornwall’s wide, open sands as power kiting—a rather windy and wild affair on the shore—and if you’ve ever fancied coasteering, Cornwall’s cliffs and clear waters make for perfect conditions. With Vertical Descents, even beginners can get to grips with wetsuits, waves and wild days out: just check their site for details.

Through the lens: 20 winter attractions and activities to add to your bucket list

November 20, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Put on your warm winter woollies and discover a playground of attractions and activities for some serious winter fun. From visiting ice hotels and Christmas markets, to bobsledding and husky trekking, here is a look through the lens at 20 amazing winter attractions and activities to add to your bucket list.

1. Sweden’s famous Icehotel

ICEHOTEL, SWEDEN (Photo: imagea)

Icehotel, Sweden (Photo: imagea)

Sweden’s famous Icehotel is located in the small village of Jukkasjärvi, Sweden, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle. First built in 1990, the hotel is reconstructed each year. The winter season runs from December to April, and if you don’t fancy spending the night surrounded by ice, you can visit for the day and take a guided tour before enjoying lunch at the Icehotel restaurant.

Awarded by the Sunday Times Travel readers

December 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

HomeAway.co.uk has been selected by the Sunday Times Travel magazine readers as one of the best companies for villa holidays. Being recognised by UK holidaymakers really encourage us to continue with our job: Helping you find the perfect accommodation for your holidays.

One of the points highlighted by the Sunday Times readers when it comes to booking holidays with HomeAway.co.uk is that it’s the best place to find holiday bargains. We have made this selection of affordable villas and apartments for the February half term and Easter holiday periods.

Alcudia, Majorca. 5 sleeps. £60 - £644 per week. Property 498770.
Ogn og Fjordane, Norway. 4 sleeps. £22 - £66 per night. Property 75079.
Ronda, Malaga. 6 sleeps. £172 - £343 per week. Property 818831.
Praia da Luz, Algarve. 2 sleeps. £69 - £661 per week. Property 444249.
Fuengirola, Malaga. 2 sleeps. £140 - £345 per week. Property 76313.
Crete, Grece. 4 sleeps. £120 - £375 per week. Property 91879.
West Kensington, London. 4 sleeps. £60 - £119 per night. Property 417679.
Portes du Soleil, French alps. 5 sleeps. £150 - £700 per week. Property 438463.
Cannes, France. 4 sleeps. £60 - £95 per night. Property 499046.
Javea, Spain. 5 sleeps. £144 - £1,073 per week. Property 84434.
Property 443777. 3 sleeps. £25 per night. Javea, Spain.
Ibiza, Spain. 4 sleeps. £257 - £515 per week. Property 429070.
Villa Olimpica, Barcelona. 10 sleeps. £21 - £48 per person per night. Property 451791.
Palermo, Sicily. 2 sleeps. £120 - £592 per week. Property 489754.
Sofia, Bulgaria. 4 sleeps. £25 per night. Property 489952.
Sardinia, Italy. 4 sleeps. £154 - £1,201per week. Property 637317.
Paphos, Cyprus. 4 sleeps. £49 per night. Property 811720.
Mellieha, Malta. 2 sleeps. £150 - £330 per week. Property 807848.
Majorca, Spain. 7 sleeps. £86 - £850 per week. Property 817003.

At HomeAway.co.uk we provide you with the tools to find special offers and late deals on holiday villas, apartments and cottages all over the world. If you want property suggestions check out our deals finder, where you will find special offers around the world very easily.

If you want some facilities to be included (dishwasher, internet access, air conditioning, etc) have a look at the left side of the page and tick the boxes for the facilities you need. You can also email the owner of the property and ask for any extra that is not included in the description. Maybe they can provide it.

Those who have a destination in mind can also find cheap holiday deals. Just select your destination in our website and go to the left side of the page and include the maximum price you can afford. Don’t forget to introduce the number of bedrooms needed for your holidays!