Friday, 30 July 2010

The Costa Almeria - Hidden Gem of Andalucia

The Costa Almeria is located on the south east of the Iberian peninsular on the Mediterranean sea and is a land of contrasts offering over 322 km of Coastline, rugged , desolate in parts it also jealously guards some of the best beaches and cleanest waters you will find along the whole of the Spanish Mediterranean coastline.

The Costa Almeria is the coastline of the province with the same name and is a unique land of desolate barren wastelands and contrasting idyllic coastlines, quiet pristine beaches, picturesque fishing ports, busy tourist towns and an historic capital ( Almeria ). It is also a nature lovers paradise with pure unspoilt areas of great natural beauty.

The Costa Almeria offers everything to the traveler with busy tourist towns which lure the holiday makes year which include Roquetas del Mar, El Ejido and Almeria . Howvere it is the more tranquil coastal towns such as the picturesque mountain village of Mojacar, Vera, Garrucha , Bedar and Turre that are becoming firm favorites with the international traveler and holiday maker alike.

o the east of the capital Almeria lies the Cabo de Gata Natural park which encumbers a dessert like landscape with a long rugged coastline. The park is sparsely populated with a few small fishing villages and has become a magnet for nature lovers which enjoy unspoilt coves and beaches , some of which can only be reached by foot. The actual town itself of Cabo de Gata is a quiet unimpressive town so you have to head north along the coast road to enter the main natural park where the towns of as San Jose, Los Escullos and La Isleta are located. From there on you can explore the coast and enjoy one of the many hidden coves with sandy beaches and warm clear waters.

MOJACAR for its unrivalled position and natural beauty is probably one of the most popular towns to visit on the Costa Almeria. Mojacar is a spectacular village set in the Sierra Cabrera mountains. Due to its sheer unique beauty Mojacar is a visitor magnet drawing in all kinds of travelers from artists, painters , poets and photographers to of course manya curious holidaymaker. This ancient town has an Arabic appearance which was a fortress settlement for the Moors. Mojacar old town center is a myriad of narrow streets with hidden corners, picturesque local bars and small local tourist shops. Walt Disney was said to have been sired here before immigrating with his parents to the United States of America.

The town of Vera is located slightly to the north of Mojacar and Garrucha and due to it having long sandy quiet beaches has become home to a number of nudist areas, growing considerably over the last 10 years with new modern complexes being built to accommodate the naturist lovers.

Located within the Natural Park is the small fishing village of San Jose and although it has become more popular with holiday makers the village has retained its charm with only low rise buildings, small population and stunning beaches. There are several shops and a good smattering of bars and restaurants . Top attractions also include bike rides, horse riding, 4 x 4 tours and windsurfing. The two most popular beaches in the area include the Playa de los Genoveses and the unique Playa Monsul which has large lumps of volcanic rock scattered and fine grey sand.

Roquetas del Mar is the main tourist destination on the Costa Almeria. It is an important fishing village located some 15 minutes drive south from the capital Almeria. The tourist area of the municipality, Aguadulce ( Sweet water ) became popular back in the 60s and is now been classified as a Centre of National Touristic Interest. Natural parks either border or are included in the area, Roquetas is also well known for its local gastronomy and the annual fiestas. Lobster an pasta dishes are local favorites along with a selection of fresh fried fish ( pescado frito ).

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Michelle Obama to holiday at Villa Padierna - Spain

Americas first lady Michelle Obama has chosen to spend a few days with her daughter and friends in the luxurious Hotel Villa Padierna located in Benahavis near Marbella on the Costa del Sol - Southern Spain.
It was first reported on web sites in Spain that the entire family would be with her although that was quickly denied by the white house claiming that the president has other urgent matters to attend at home.

It is understood that the trip will tale place from the 4th to the 8th August 2010 and is likely to include a courtesy visit to see King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia in Majorca where they regularly holiday each year.

Styled as a Tuscan palace, the Villa Padierna lies in the hills just outside the upmarket resort of Marbella. It is surrounded by the prestigious Flamingos Golf Club and its own exquisite gardens. Relax with a stroll through these grounds or with a session in the hotel’s state-of-the-art spa centre.

The property is set just 1 km from the beaches of the Costa del Sol. From its mountainside setting you get a magical view across the water to Africa, and a spectacular sunset most evenings.

Friday, 16 July 2010

Ibiza - Spanish Island Paradise


Holidays in Ibiza have long been known for their focus on partying, and with superclubs such as Pacha, Amnesia and Privilege, it is easy to see why so many young people flock to the island in search of dance music. With many of the top DJ’s headlining throughout the year, searching for great Ibiza deals has become a regular past time for music lovers worldwide wanting to book their next trip away.

Starting with the opening parties in June right through to the closing parties in September, Ibiza is constantly drawing new and familiar faces to the island. Whether your taste in music is trance, electronic, garage, dubstep, RnB, drum and bass or happy hardcore, you will easily find nightlife to suit you.

The island provides a wide range of quieter areas with beautiful beaches and clear warm waters too, perfect for couples, families and older people, but if you want your days to be just as lively as your nights, Bora Bora beach is a must. With a wide range of bars and music throughout the day it is easily the best place to spend your time. Enjoy simply relaxing to tunes or really get involved with the party atmosphere and continue dancing right through until sunset.

If you feel the need to escape the lively hotspots for a day or two during your Ibiza holiday why not take a day trip to the island of Formentera where you can relax on the beach and soak up the rays. If it’s a little more adventure you’re searching for, maybe a jeep safari would be more up your street or a trip to Aguamar Waterpark – perfect for kids – both big and small!

Whatever you plan to do on your Ibiza holidays you can guarantee a fun time and can enjoy a wide range of beaches to spend your days relaxing or partying on. Make sure you get out there while the summer is still in full flow and Ibiza is at its peak!

Friday, 9 July 2010

LANZAROTE Self Catering From only 25 Euros

Lanzarote -  Self Catering Apartments 
Apts AENA DORADA - From only 25 Euros - Book Now !!

Just 25 m from the golden beach, these cheerful apartments have an outdoor pool and are set in exotic gardens – complement your holiday with great buffet meals in the restaurant.

Enjoy your own private space in which to spend your holiday in Lanzarote at your own pace. The Arena Dorada’s apartments are decorated in colours that reflect their island setting with yellows and aquamarine blues in both the artwork and the furnishings. Each Arena Dorada Apartment boasts a private terrace looking out onto the garden or island, where you can sit and enjoy a refreshing drink.

The Arena Dorada apartments and studios are set within 7,800 m² of exotic gardens. You can enjoy an afternoon siesta or read your book in the shade of the palms and pretty plants. Cool off in the outdoor pool or with a refreshing drink from the poolside bar.

Dine in the fantastic buffet restaurant which serves dishes typical of Lanzarote as well as international cuisine. In the evening, head to the bar for a relaxing drink among friends.

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Parador of the Month - The Hondarribia - San Sebastian


A very special Parador in Spain

The Parador occupies a beautiful castle built by the King of Navarre, Sancho Abarca, in the 10th century. The building still retains the appearance and atmosphere of an original medieval fortress and provides a magnificent backdrop to the coastal location. The thick-walled exterior of the fortress belies its beautifully renovated interior. The stonework in the courtyard is exquisite and the seaviews from the terrace (and some of the guestrooms) are stunning. There are magical arches, coffering, wrought iron, suits of armour and medieval decor throughout the Parador. In addition to double rooms with either two beds or a queen bed, there are superior rooms (2 beds), suites and a double with canopied kingsize bed.

A very special room is The Reina Maria Cristina, a suite with a 2x2 metre four poster bed. The large stone vault lends the room a touch of majesty which, added to the stunning views out over Hondarribia and the River Bidasoa basin enjoyed from the window, will make your stay unforgettable. It has a cosy living room on an upper floor, providing peace and quiet.

Famous figures such as Admiral Oquendo, the Duke of Alba, Garcilarso de la Vega, the Marquess of Spínola, Sofía Loren and Natalia Figueroa have stayed in this special room.

Note: This Parador does not have a restaurant - only breakfast is served - no other meals, but there are many restaurants in the vicinity. One guest who stayed at the Parador recommends eating at Sebastian close to the Parador for great food and service.