Barcelona – great for a week or a weekend

Barcelona is one of the most visited cities in Europe, and it’s easy to see why. For many people, Barcelona is only an hour’s flight away and with many of the budget airlines offering cheap flights there, it’s the kind of place that you can visit for a weekend, even though it has enough to keep a holidaymaker entertained for much longer than that.

Palau Nacional
Palau Nacional (photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

When you are planning Barcelona Spain holidays, think about what you want to see before you go, as depending on the time you have available you may have to choose only a certain number of sights or attractions. Continue Reading

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Top Extreme Activities In Mallorca From Mallorca Farmhouses

The idyllic Balearic island of Mallorca is known for its calm Mediterranean waters, quiet sandy coves, sleepy little villages and majestic mountains. But for families or couples who are after more of a ‘thrillaxation’ holiday, accommodation specialist Mallorca Farmhouses have put together their top extreme sports and activities on the island. Be prepared for action!

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Mallorca Holidays

This adventure is guaranteed to get pulses racing and is ideal for children aged 12 or over. It’s the ultimate wet and wild day out as instructors guide you on an exhilarating journey abseiling off huge cliffs, swimming through caves and scrambling along rocky coastlines. Available year-round, Mallorca Farmhouses work with Experience Mallorca who offer half-day excursions from €50 per person to include all protective kit, wetsuits, buoyancy aid and transportation. Continue Reading

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Finding the Right London Home

Choosing the right style of home for your personal tastes can be a tough decision. Before you start to meet with estate agents in London, however, it would be ideal to have an idea of what you’re looking for. Britain has a rich architectural history that can be seen in the residential streets of London and the surrounding area. If you’re interested in nestling up in an old world home, consider these three styles.

New Home in London
New Home in London

Ranch Style

In London you’ll find the European style ranch homes that are large enough for a growing, or already large family. With an open floor plan, there is plenty of room for running around and creating comfortable living spaces. And, as a newer style home, you don’t have to be too worried about age as with some other styles. Often these houses are built with stone, stucco or brick, and give the outside an old-world kind of feeling, making it seem rustic and vintage. Continue Reading

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Golden Backpack Awards UK Finalists Announced

The finalists for the Golden Backpack Awards UK have now been announced and the countdown begins to the inaugural London gala awards dinner and presentation.

Taking place on Wednesday 12 October 2011, at the spectacular Shaka Zulu in London, the gala evening event will recognise tour operators, airlines, accommodation and transport providers who have shown outstanding commitment to the adventure and youth travel market. Continue Reading

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Getting around Paris on a Budget

Paris is one of the most interesting cities to visit in the world, full of the best fashion, history and architecture; it is a fantastic place to visit. The ‘City of Light’ is not known however for its value for money, here are some top tips for getting around the French capital on a budget.

Metropolitan Paris
Metropolitan Paris

One of the most efficient and cost effective ways of getting around the city is the Paris Metro, the network which is the second largest underground system in Europe carries an estimated 4.5 million passengers a day. There are stops close to all of the major attractions and it is easy to determine which trains are the ones you need. Continue Reading

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Moscow may develop new tourist information system

An information system to help foreign tourists navigate their way around Moscow may be developed this year, Moscow’s top tourism official told the Izvestia daily on Tuesday.

Moscow in Russia
Moscow in Russia

“As part of a complex plan for 2011 we are tasked with developing an information portal and a system of navigation like in other capitals. Measures which require no significant funding will be done as soon as possible,” said Sergei Shpilko, who heads the city’s tourism committee. Continue Reading

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How to find Hunting Tours

Some countries in North America, Africa and Europe are still into Big Game Hunting nowadays. Its is all about the trophy wild animal when a seasoned hunter is out looking for the record breaking and impressive trophy.

The size, type, the length, the weight of the animal is all part of who bagged the biggest trophy. Africa for one is still hooked with the large big game hunting, Big game hunting in the United States is known for hunting the white tail deer, elk, bear, and other animals. In New Zealand, hunting birds and other animals is still popular while in Asia and Russia, black bear hunting is still the top hunting activity. What about Hunting tours? Different countries treat the tours differently.

According to statistics, there is still nearly over 100,000 brown and black bears and the population of the said Bear specie in Russia stays the same over the years with the largest population than any other country today. Since a large portion of black bear hunting is concentrated in the Pacific coast and the European parts of Russia, hunting tours is quite popular in this part of the world.

Equipped with Tactical Gun Armory and Sig Sauer p226 accessories, some hunting tours guides have been taking black bear tourist hunters to the wilderness in Russia for years. Tours offer different types of bear hunting in oat fields, by stalking a large black bear and bear hunting with dogs.

Hunting tours also offer lodging, set meals, hunting itinerary, 4×4 vehicle, hunting guides, hunting licenses, trophy prices, veterinary examination of trophy, cites, and interpreters for foreigners. Hunting tours usually last for up to seven days and it also includes some site seeing in Russia.

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Best Holiday Villas in Cornwall

Sometimes a guy just has to get away from the places he is traveling and go back to square one. For me, that means heading back to Cornwall and renting a holiday villa by the seaside. Sure, it might sound boring and old hat to a lot of people, but I can’t think of any better way to charge my batteries than with a holiday villa in Cornwall.

In fact, there are more than a few villa holidays option if you want to do the same. The best holiday villas in Cornwall are those that cater to the activities you enjoy the most.

For example, if you love bach combing or simply strolling on the sands before the sun becomes too hot, you probably should consider something like the quiet cottages away from the bustle of town.

However, if you are bringing the family for a full beach vacation, you should probably look at the executive suites. These often have three bedrooms or more and provide your family with plenty of options for fun in the sun.

One option that many people overlook is renting a caravan. The caravan’s of today are quite posh and give you an affordable option for your seaside holiday.

One thing is for sure, when you decide to rent cottages in Cornwall, you are going to have a wonderful time. If you want to see the broad range of options available, the best place to start is on the internet.

From there you can find the best companies and the best holiday villas in Cornwall.

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New Hotels Across England Offer Visitors Unrivaled Luxury From Which to Explore the Country’s Most Unique Attractions

Throughout England, significant new hotel openings, situated by some of the country’s most iconic attractions, are set to make the destination even more appealing for visitors looking to enjoy luxurious accommodation while exploring England’s unique history, heritage, culture and countryside. From the historical city of York’s first five-star hotel and spa, to the first boutique style hotel in Shakespeare’s Country, to London’s largest hotel opening in a generation with more than 1,000 rooms, travelers to England can benefit from an abundance of options to meet every accommodation need. Including chic and contemporary urban hotels, sophisticated countryside estates and manor houses featuring imaginative golf courses and spas, properties across England are being created to cater to the most discerning traveler’s tastes.

Cedar Court – Bedroom

Following the £20 million conversion of the city’s old North Eastern Railways Headquarters, Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, which opened in May, 2010, is York’s first five-star hotel. Retaining the original features and beauty of the building, the hotel was designed to restore the feel of the Golden Age of travel, while providing visitors with modern and state-of-the-art amenities. In addition to providing guests with electrical outlets that accept British, European or North American plugs, the hotel receives television channels from around the world and when a customer checks in with their credit card, the TV in their room is activated to receive channels from their home country. Furthermore, for guests staying in one of the hotel’s four lavish suites, a 24-hour butler service is provided, offering an unparalleled level of personal service. At The Grand restaurant, Head Chef David Sharp sources as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers in Yorkshire ensuring guests enjoy a fresh, local menu. Complete with107 rooms, the hotel will include a swimming pool, gym and Jacuzzi as well as an open-air roof garden that will open later this summer. Continue Reading

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The first shopping festival in Lithuania starts this July 2010

On 9th, of July 2010 in Lithuania will start the first shopping festival “Akropolis Kaunas Grand Shopping Festival 2010”. Duration of the first shopping festival “Akropolis Kaunas Grand Shopping Festival 2010” will be 3 days.

The shopping festival in the Baltic countries will be the first time. It organizes the largest in the Baltic states shopping and entertainment center “Akropolis Kaunas”.

“All over the world have traditionally held festivals shopping. As the largest shopping and entertainment center in the region, we decided to establish a tradition – every year in Kaunas create a real shopping festival for Baltic States, Poland, Kaliningrad and Belarus. Geography Kaunas simply beautiful – from many cities in Latvia, Byelorussia, Russia (Kaliningrad and Pskov regions), Poland separate us no more than 300 kilometers.

Akropolis Mall in Lithuania

The main purpose of the festival to attract shopping shopping fans from all over Eastern Europe, Kaunas present as a viable alternative to the European capitals of fashion and “revive” domestic tourism “, – says the manager of shopping and entertainment center “Akropolis Kaunas”, Vladimir Kononenko. Continue Reading

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Summer Diving In Egypt For The Whole Family

Families looking to go away with water-babies of all ages need look no further than Tropical Sky Family Diving Holidays ( who offer a wide selection of diving holidays around the world that the whole family can enjoy.

What’s more, there’s still availability during peak school holidays and savings of up to £100 per person, with prices starting from £619 per adult and £459 per child, travelling on 24 July to Egypt.

At Tropical Sky Family Diving, the focus is on parents who would like to dive whilst on holiday and want the reassurance that their children will be safely looked after by qualified carers.

Kids Scuba Diving

All resorts in the portfolio have children’s clubs and some also offer qualified childcare or a fly-and-stay nanny service where a personal nanny is made available for the duration of their holiday. Continue Reading

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Tour de Force announces a new discount campaign for all the customers that book and pay an online St. Petersburg excursion in June 2010.

The great aspect of booking and paying online is that Tour de Force offers a 15% deduction off the regular price in June 2010. So, it doesn’t matter if you plan your St. Petersburg excursion in august or the following months, if you book it and pay for it in June 2010 the deduction applies. All the online operations are totally secure and discreet.

Tour de Force is a travel company that appeared on the market in 2000. With 5 million dollars insurance, the company is designed to make everything easy for its clients.

All you have to do is go online and make all the arrangements from the comfort of your living room, without having to make unnecessary calls, write tons of emails or waste your time on the road going from travel agency to travel agency.

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France Tourist Destinations

The website is really intuitive and easy to use, giving you all the information you need with a simple click of a button. Continue Reading

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