Summer-travel

5 Reasons To Visit Florence

Often dubbed as one of the most beautiful cities in Italy (sorry, Venice), Firenze is just a short trip from Rome and easily accessible by car, train or even plane. Still looking for a few reasons to add this magical city to your bucket-list this summer?

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The history

The Uffizi Gallery and Accademia are both fascinating art galleries located right in the centre of Florence. Did you know that they are home to some of the less-popular pieces by Michaelangelo? Who knew!

If art isn’t really your forte, just look up. The streets are filled with stunning buildings are architecture you can enjoy – for free. Not to mention that Florence was the birth of the renaissance…

5 Reasons To Visit Florence

The food

The glorious, glorious, food! You’re definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to a delicious meal in Florence, especially if you’re into the holy trinity (pasta, gelato, and pizza).

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The proximity

Florence is definitely a city in which you should bring a pair of comfortable shoes. There’s lots of walking involved, but this isn’t always a bad thing! Even if your hotel isn’t booked in the historic city centre, you’re bound to find something to love about this picturesque city.

Skip the bus, pass on the cab, and don’t even bother getting an Uber to explore the rustic alleyways of Florence.

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The wine

Wine-tasting tours are plentiful, especially during the summer months, so take advantage and head to beautiful Tuscany for a weekend getaway. It’s the best way to escape the hustle of the city, and relax with a delicious glass of homemade Italian wine.

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The shopping

Finish off your trip with a touch of shopping at some of the famous markets in the city. Known for their leather goods (bags, clothes, accessories), you can score a bargain if you know how to haggle. Just make sure to keep your eyes on your belongings – pick-pocketing is popular in these areas.

5 Reasons To Visit Florence

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August 12, 2015

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

If you’re planning a trip to the stunning Amalfi Coast this summer, then you’ve probably heard about Positano. This picturesque seaside village is a located in Campania and is one of the most popular vacation spots in Italy. Easily accessible by bus or private car, below are five of the many reasons to visit this summer.

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Architecture

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta – Piazza Flavio Gioia

One of the only sites in Positano has to be the Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta which is popular for summer weddings and baptisms. Boasting 13th century Byzantine architecture, it’s one of the most well-known sites in Positano – the line to get through is completely worth it.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Food

Italy is known for its delightful food and drink which is inspired by the Mediterranean and Positano is no exception. Local delicacy ‘baba’ is a must-have dessert (a small cake drenched in butter and rum, usually filled with a soft cream).

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Sea

Marina Grande

The perfect shores of Positano are just one of the many ways to relax and enjoy your holiday on the Amalfi Coast. The fashionable Marina Grande is known for its brightly coloured umbrellas and clear waters all around the world.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Drinks

One of the best places to relax and enjoy a drink in Positano has to be Buca di Bacco. It’s located right on the beach and makes for a romantic evening, whether you’re travelling as a couple or even with the kids. For more of a party night-out, La Brezza comes highly recommended – especially if you love a classic Aperol Spritz!

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

Fashion

Who knew that Positano is known for its summer fashion? Head down to Les Chic and have your very own bespoke sandals made right in front of your eyes! Simply have your foot measured, pick your design, and your leather shoes are crafted in less than 10 minutes.

5 Reasons To Visit Positano in Summer

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July 2, 2015

7 Bucket List Summer Destinations

Have you accumulated weeks of annual leave but have no idea where to go this summer? We have compiled seven of the hottest summer destinations you have to visit at least once in you life; so grab a friend, pack your bags and have the time of your life this season in one (or all) of these exotic destinations.

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Mykonos, Greece

It goes without saying that Mykonos is one of the biggest party destinations every summer. Clubs are open until 7am, the beach is just a stones throw away and the drinks never seem to stop flowing. Plus, you can get some pretty amazing travel shots for friends, family, and Instagram.

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Split, Croatia

Sail the Adriatic Sea of Split, which has the best party atmosphere in all of Europe during the summer months. Croatia is known for its intense music festivals that bring in the big names like Ultra Music Festival, which this year, includes David Guetta, Hardwell and Afrojack.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

The colourful coast of Cinque Terre is known for it’s pastel homes and beautiful views of the Italian Riviera. It includes the towns of Monterosso, Vernazza, Comiglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore. That was a mouthful! Come for the breathtaking views and stay for the crystal-clear waters and delicious food and drinks.

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Nice, France

Not only is Nice a rich destination for French culture, but it’s also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. From sitting in a local café with an aperitif or heading out for dinner and drinks, Nice combines the best of both worlds for an ultimate summer holiday.

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Seville, Spain

Spend a lazy weekend passing through Seville if you’re looking to unwind and relax from the mayhem which is Madrid and Barcelona. As the capital city of Andalusia, Seville is overflowing with tasty food, wine and architectural sights.

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Oludeniz, Turkey

The small village of Oludeniz on the Turkish coast is home to hundreds of tourists every single year. With the Aegean Sea on one side and the Dead Sea on the other, there’s no reason why this is such a popular resort every summer.

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Porto, Portugal

The romantic city of Porto is another stunning summer holiday destination due to it’s close proximity to the beach, traditional food and even the local port – where it was named!

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June 22, 2015

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

While we all know that between the months of June to late September, Greece is just one of the party capitals of the Mediterranean. Lots of endless summer nights, blue skies, cocktails and too much sun is the reason everyone wants to escape to the other side of the globe.

If that’s not reason enough to book your ticket, here are five more reasons Greece should be on your bucket list.

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Food

A healthy Mediterranean diet is just what the doctor ordered – seriously, no wonder it’s one of the most healthiest eating plans in the entire world.

Indulge in fresh seafood, dishes containing in-excess of olive oil, and most importantly make sure to sleep away the food coma with an afternoon nap.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Weather

This one might seem a little obvious, but the weather in Europe is unlike anywhere else. Hot summers, humid nights, followed by a cool thunderstorm to set everything back to normal.

Don’t forget to pack some heavy duty SPF 50+ since the sun can be brutal. But it does give us a good excuse to cool off with a cold frappé.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Islands

Nobody does summer better than the Greek Islands (no shade to the mainland or Athens either). Whether you’re looking to relax with a good book, or party hard at Tropicana until the sun comes along, you’ll find something which is perfect for your trip.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Culture

Take a few days off the party calendar and make sure to visit some of the culture institutions your holiday has to offer. The island of Crete is home to endless memorials during WWII, which are sure to bring you back down to earth after a whirlwind holiday.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

Cruise

If you’re in Greece for a few weeks, why not plan a cruise trip around the major islands? This way, you can visit some of the major sites without over-staying your welcome, and meet new friends along the way. Escape the party atmosphere of Mykonos and visit other islands such as Kos, Naxos, and Ios for a relaxing end to your trip.

5 Reasons To Visit Greece This Summer

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May 24, 2015

Why You Must Visit San Sebastian 

This small coastal city located on Bay of Biscay in Spain, is one of the most popular summer travel destinations in Europe.

Whether you’re going for the beaches, arts, festivals or simply to un-wind or sightsee, there’s always something exciting to do in San Sebastian during the summertime.

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Beaches

Playa de la Concha

Kick-back and relax at one of the many beaches located in San Sebastian during the spring-summer months where the water is just right.

There’s so much to do in the surrounding areas such as water sports in Playa de Gros, activities with the kids, and even a sightseeing tour which operates round-the-clock.

5 Reasons To Visit San Sebastian 

Seafood

Bodegon Alejandro: Calle de Fermin Calbeton 4

There’s one thing San Sebastian is known for, and that’s the seafood. Bodegon Alejandro is one the best restaurants to enjoy baked lobster, take in the view of the ocean, and indulge in some of the local wines.

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Sightseeing

Monte Igueldo

Check out one of the main observation decks in Monte Igueldo which is best at dusk. Here, you will have complete views of the stunning coastline, surrounding mountains, and of course the beauty of Bahia de la Concha.

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Drinks

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Who can resist a good drink after a long day of sightseeing in the sun? San Sebastian is packed with bars, brasseries, and everything in between so you’re bound to find a place you like.

Our favourite is Bar Borda Berri which is known for its decor, and similarly the large selection of beverages. Open from noon-midnight 7 days a week.

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Water sports

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If you’ve ever want to learn how to surf, Playa de Gros is the perfect place for beginners to learn on the mellow waves. Weekend courses are available if you’re travelling with a group, or you could take some surfing lessons at nearby Pukas.

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May 11, 2015