Friday, 19 August 2016

Tenerife: The Best Beaches Of The Island

Canary Islands, a volcanic archipelago, are a real paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, easy to reach from Europe by plane. Being close to Africa, their climate is great. These islands are a Spanish autonomous province. Santa Cruz, the capital, is located in Tenerife, the largest island of the archipelago.

Tenerife offers a wide variety of climates, landscapes and beaches for all tastes. Come and discover it by yourself: find the best accommodation among our hotel offers and leave for an unforgettable holiday in what is known as "the island of wonders", "the island of the eternal spring".

Panoramic view of Playa de Las Teresitas,Tenerife, Canary Islands
Photo credits: vil.sandi - Flickr

The Teide volcano (3718 m / 12.198 ft), enclosed in a national park (Unesco Heritage), is the third largest in the world. The sea, with crystal clear water, takes different shades of blue. You can find here golden, white or black sandy beaches; pebbly or rocky ones; popular and fully equipped beaches, or more isolated and pristine ones; wide beaches, or small and sheltered ones. Tenerife is perfect to experience a little of everything!

If you want to explore the island at best you should rent a car. However, you can also move by public transport (you can check the site www.titsa.com).
The island is dotted with hundreds of beautiful beaches. From north to south, we will suggest you some of the most famous and spectacular ones.

The Best Beaches In the North

- Playa de Benijo, on the northern tip of the island, is an uncrowded and windy black sandy beach with volcanic rocks around. You can reach it by walking through a trail, but it is absolutely worth it. It does not offer tourist services, but here you can enjoy a breath-taking natural panorama and a beautiful sunset.

Playa de Benijo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

- Playa de Las Teresitas, near the capital, is a beautiful beach of golden sand imported from the Sahara desert. It is never too crowded and local people also love it. Here many events related to sailing and water sports take often place. Easily accessible, it is fully equipped with bars and services at good prices.

- The natural beach of El Bollullo, in La Orotava valley, presents a pristine landscape with cliffs overlooking the sea, volcanic sand and clear waters. You can reach it only on foot following a trail through banana plantations and palm trees.

beach of El Bollullo, Tenerife, Canary Islands

- The picturesque Playa El Caleton, in the municipality of Garachico, consists of natural pools carved into the black rock of magmatic origin. Be careful when the seas are rough!

- Playa Jardin (Puerto de La Cruz area) is a beautiful natural black-sand beach surrounded by a colourful botanical garden.

Playa Jardin, one of the most beautiful beaches of Tenerife, Canary Islands
Photo credits: Jaume Escofet - Flickr

The Best Beaches In the South

- If you love natural landscapes, southwest you should not miss the beaches nearby Los Gigantes resort town. Its name is due to the high cliffs (they can be up to 800 m / 2624 ft!) overlooking the sea and the volcanic sand beaches. Playa de Los Gigantes and Playa de Los Guios are the most striking ones.

Playa de Los Gigantes, one of the most beautiful beaches in South Tenerife

From the marina you can reach by sea Masca beach, built into the cliffs. This little paradise is also accessible from the homonymous mountain village of Masca, by walking about three hours through a gorge.
- In the south you can find the most important tourist centres.

Costa Adeje is one of the most crowded and tourist areas of Tenerife. Its Paseo Maritimo is the longest in Europe: a long promenade (22 km / 14 miles) surrounded by parks, shops, restaurants, clubs and well equipped beaches. Among the most famous you can enjoy Playa del Duque and Playa Fanabe. Both have been awarded the Blue Flag for their clear waters and clean coastline.

The south coast continues with the famous (and crowded) beaches of Las Americas and Los Cristianos. Here summer life is king!

Playa de las Americas, one of the best beaches in Tenerife

Playa Las Vistas is a popular golden-sand beach ideal for families with children. Thanks to an artificial dam of rocks, the waters are quite calm. A curiosity: here some artists create incredible sand castles!

- Playa de La Tejita, is a charming and quiet golden beach, far from the tourist bustle of Las Americas and Los Cristianos.

Playa de La Tejita,one of the best beaches in Tenerife island

It is located in the protected area of ​​Montaña Roja, an ancient volcanic hill that offers an almost lunar landscape and forms the boundary with another wonderful beach:

- Playa del Medano, of golden sand, stretches for about two miles and is the largest beach in Tenerife. Well ventilated, it is ideal for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

 windsurfing and kitesurfing on playa del medano, tenerife island

Not Only Beaches

Beyond beach life, would you like to experience something different?
The southern coasts are home to a stable colony of pilot whales that can be admired thanks to whale watching trips organized daily in the most famous resorts of the Adeje coast (we signal here, among many, www.atlanticoexperience.com).
Nearby Arona there is the Siam Park, the largest water park in Europe.
In Puerto de La Cruz you can visit the Loro Parque, a huge bio-park that is home to 800 species of parrots and many other animals.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Copenhagen: 5 Top Things To Do and See

There may have been something rotten in the state of Denmark at Hamlet's time, but you can not say the same about Copenhagen today.
Come to discover this city, take note of the 5 top things to do and see, and book your stay in our best hotels:
- Scandic Sydhavnen – 4 stars
- Quality Hotel Airport Dan – 3 stars
- Copenhagen Go Hotel – 2 stars
- Hilton Copenhagen Airport – 4 stars
- Cabinn Copenhagen Metro – 2 stars

View of the old port area of Nyhavn,Copenhagen

This lively European capital holds several eco-friendly records:
- In 2014 it was elected European Green Capital.
- It aspires to become the first city in the world with zero emissions and no landfills.
- It is considered the world capital of the bicycle (normally used by the royal family!).
- The central Strøget, with its bars and shops, is the longest pedestrian street in the world (something less than one mile).

Copenhagen is nice, beautifully kept, cheerful and colourful. Here ancient and modern, culture and fun, mingle in harmony. It is the city of fairy tales, princes and tragedies. Ten minutes away by train there is the famous Kronborg Castle, where Shakespeare set the Hamlet. In the old town centre you can admire several castles and royal buildings.

And then there is the little Mermaid statue, silent and motionless at the entrance of the new port, bronze and mournful waiting for her beloved. This famous sculpture is inspired by the protagonist of the well-known fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen and has become the symbol of the city.

the little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen

Are you going to stop only for few days? Can you stay a bit longer? Copenhagen will not disappoint you in any case. We will suggest you what to see and do within the inner city. So, what are the 5 things you can not miss, that you have to fix in your mind and take with you forever?

What to See In Copenhagen: Around The City

1. The Nyhavn is the old port area, characterized by the ancient coloured houses. Andersen used to live here for most of his life. Formerly considered a bad neighbourhood, today it is a fascinating tourist destination with shops, clubs, bars and restaurants (check the prices!). This is the perfect place for a walk along the canal and an appetizer waiting for the sunset. Here you can also start for an exciting tour of the city by water down the canal. In just a few minutes walking, moreover, you can reach the statue of the Little Mermaid.

The port area of Nyhavn to see in Copenhagen

2. The Tivoli Gardens, in the city centre, represent the second oldest amusement park in the world. Beloved by tourists and locals, this magical place offers rides, gardens, restaurants, a concert hall and outdoor shows. In the evening, with their light show, they are charged with a romantic atmosphere. You can still see and experience the impressive wooden roller coaster.

Tivoli gardens - top things to see in Copenhagen

The Princely Castles Of Copenhagen

In the historic centre you can experience the charm of real fairy-tale castles: Christiansborg Palace, now the seat of the parliament and the prime minister, the Amalienborg royal palace, the winter residence of the Danish royal family, partially open to the public, and finally the royal castle of Rosenborg.

3. The Rosenborg Castle was once the royal residence, and is now a museum open to the public. Here you will perceive another space-time dimension. The 24 rooms of the castle with their original furniture, fabrics and drapes, together with the remarkable art collections, will create an atmosphere of past times. After the visit you can have a picnic in the beautiful surrounding gardens, the Kongens Have, the oldest park in the city. You can rest in the shade of century-old trees, or take a relaxing stroll around.

View of the park of Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen

The Museums Of Copenhagen To Be Visited

Among the most important museums you can choose to take a dip into the Danish history, from prehistory to the present time, at the National Museum (perfect for both children and adults). Otherwise, if you love art and sculpture you should not miss the Ny Carlsberg (yes, those of the beer!) Glyptotek, to be put in our top-five things to see.

4. Carlsberg Glyptotek is located in the city centre, close to Tivoli gardens. Beyond the lobby there is an incredible enclosed garden, dominated by a glass dome. Inside the museum you will find the section dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean civilization art, and that dedicated to the nineteenth and twentieth century French and Danish art.

Opera of the Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

There are here important works by the French Impressionists Gauguin and Rodin. Sundays you get in for free!

Best Things To Do In Copenhagen: Churches To Visit

One of the most famous church in Copenhagen is Marmorkirken, inspired by St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. However, here we indicate:

5. the Church of Our Saviour. It is a charming Baroque church consecrated in 1696. If you have the opportunity to hear the echo of the massive organ, close your eyes and enjoy the moment. Its structure dates back to 1698 and some pipes are still original! The famous serpentine spire, with its 400 steps and 90 metres above street level, will offer you a breath-taking panoramic view of Copenhagen.

the Church of Our Saviour - top things to see in Copenhagen
Photo Credits: Stig Nygaard - Flickr

Other Records of Copenhagen

Did you know that the famous Round Tower is the oldest functioning observatory in the world (1642)? And that the zoo, active since 1859, is the oldest in Europe?
Copenhagen, a city of records, fairy tales, castles, gardens, princes and kings will surely delight you!

Friday, 5 August 2016

Sicily: The 5 Best Beaches to Visit

Sicily, the green Trinacria mentioned by Homer in the Odyssey, sung and loved by many writers and poets, is an outdoor museum of natural history, architecture, archaeology, history of nations and peoples. Among turquoise waters, sandy beaches and cliffs sculpted by the waves over the centuries, this island offers about 1000 miles of coastline.

Being impossible to be exhaustive, we want to suggest here 5 of the best beaches you can not miss:

- the bay of Monte Cofano nature reserve and San Vito lo Capo beach (Trapani)
- Mondello (Palermo)
- Isola Bella (Taormina)
- Calamosche (Syracuse)

View of a Sicilian beach, Italy

 The Best Beaches of the West Coast

- Between Trapani and San Vito lo Capo there are some of the best beaches of Sicily. To enjoy the possibilities this area offers, you can check our proposals at the Torre Xiare Hotel, Valderice, or the Villa Zina Park Hotel near San Vito lo Capo.

These four-star hotels are fully equipped and are strategically located in order to easily reach places of historical and natural interest: Trapani and Erice, the archaeological sites of Segesta and Selinunte and the famous surrounding beaches.

view of trapani, sicily, italy

# 1 The Monte Cofano nature reserve is a must. Its scenery will take your breath away: this dolomitic mountain dominates the gulf below, which is protected and little known; the rocky coast falls onto the deep blue sea. Here you can enjoy the beautiful water, but you can also practice trekking and mountain biking.

The Monte Cofano nature reserve, sicily, italy

# 2 The Zingaro nature reserve, with its coves accessible by sea and other secluded beaches, is a natural paradise. At the borders of the reserve, San Vito lo Capo beach offers 2 miles of white sand. Its blue and clear waters are as good as the Caribbean ones. The shallow water near the shore makes it perfect for families. Inside the reserve you will also find the well known beach of Scopello.

The Zingaro nature reserve, sicily,italy

- Nearby Palermo we suggest the three-star hotel Casena dei Colli. Located north of the city, from here you can use public transport to reach the capital, the beautiful Monreale, with its typical Arabic-Norman architecture, and the famous Mondello beach.

# 3 Mondello is one of the best beaches of Palermo. Its colours range from the dark green of the surrounding Monte Pellegrino and Monte Gallo, to the white sand, and the blue crystal clear sea. Well equipped and organized, during the summer it is very frequented by both tourists and locals. Mondello is definitely for you if you love the summer life. It is considered the VIP beach par excellence and numerous Art Nouveau villas face on it.

view of Mondello, one of the most beautiful beaches of Palermo, italy

In this area you can also find less popular sandy beaches, like those of Addaura and Arenella. Cefalù is another famous beach in the province of Palermo.

The Best Beaches of The East Coast

- Taormina is a perfect location to enjoy the sea and the nearby beaches, to make cultural trips or explore this part of the island. The Ariston hotel is situated in the city centre, overlooking the bay. From here you can go to visit the archaeological area of ​​Taormina, Messina, or arrange a trip to Etna, the famous volcano.

Ancient theatre of Taormina, sicily, italy

# 4 Isola Bella beach is about 4 miles away from Taormina. As the name suggests, it is considered the most evocative beach of the area. This rocky and sandy bay, surrounded by intense vegetation, connects to the islet forehead through a strip of white sand. The sea around offers incredible shades of blue.

Isola Bella beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in sicily, italy

The beaches around are mainly pebbly or rocky. However, you can find beautiful sandy beaches as Spisone and Sant'Alessio (north).

Going south, Syracuse is a place of great historical interest. We recommend the Hotel Centrale in the city centre. It is located in an ideal area for discovering the city and reaching the most beautiful beaches, including Fontane Bianche and Calamosche.

# 5 Calamosche beach, south of Syracuse, is probably considered the most impressive of the province. It is located within the beautiful wildlife oasis of Vendicari and it is at a walking distance from the car park. Enclosed between two headlands this quiet bay characterized by white sand and blue sea opens almost suddenly. The show will leave you speechless.

Calamosche beach, syracuse, one of the most beautiful beaches in sicily, italy

Sicilian beaches are perfect for all your needs: here you can rest, enjoy beach life, water sports and, thanks to the extraordinary colours of the sea, snorkelling and diving.

Thanks to its art, history and natural landscapes this wonderful island offers incredible places that will give you unforgettable memories.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Leaving EU: Brexit Impact on Tourism Industry

What was once unthinkable is now inevitable, Britain has voted to leave the European Union. The bitterly fought referendum, which many pollsters and politicians found too close to call as voting day drew closer, resulted in a narrow 52 percent victory for the 'Leave' campaign, throwing Britain, Europe and the rest of the World into economic and political turmoil.

But how will Brexit affect the tourism industry? What can those wishing to travel to, or from, Britain expect to happen in this new, unprecedented era? While the exact details of how post-Brexit Britain and Europe will look are still up in the air, here are a few areas that will be affected when Britain finally takes the plunge.

brexit referendum, supporters of leave campaign

The Price of the Pound

Following the Brexit result, the pound fell to a record 31-year low. This has massively increased the costs for Brits wishing to travel, but for anyone wishing to visit Britain, the price has just fallen dramatically
This will inevitably boost Britain's tourism industry, as an influx of tourists arrive to enjoy the cheaper holidays. For your stay, we recommend our best hotels in the United Kingdom:
- Hotel Ibis London Earls Court in London - 3 stars
- Hotel The Angel in Cardiff - 3 stars
- Hotel Ibis Belfast City Centre in Belfast - 3 stars
- Hotel Mercure Edinburgh City - Princes Street in Edinburgh - 3 stars

view of the houses of parliament london

However, this boost may only be temporary, exchange rates are notoriously volatile and when the logistics of Brexit are decided, this fall in pound may reverse. Additionally, the fall in the pound will negatively affect other industries, which may offset any initial boost. 

Air Fares May Soar 

A rise in air fares had long been a concern of those wishing to remain in the EU, with Prime Minister David Cameron urging voters to consider the impact Brexit would have on plane tickets costs back in October. This concern was well founded and air fares now look set to rise considerably.

As part of the EU, Britain receives access to the "single aviation area", known officially as the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA). This gives airlines the freedom to fly, largely unrestricted, across mainland Europe and has been fundamental to the rise of budget airlines and the fall in ticket prices. As an EasyJet spokesperson told The Telegraph, the ECAA has caused "fares [to] fall by around 40 percent and routes increase by 180 percent".

london stansted airport, duty free zone

Whether Britain will retain access to the ECAA, or be forced to leave, depends entirely upon the exit negotiations. If it does leave, airlines and routes will be reduced and air fares are certain to rise, which will have devastating impacts on budget airlines and will make travelling more expensive for those going to, or from, Britain.

Less Workers, Less Travel?

The travel and tourism industries, like many others, rely heavily on migrants. If immigration is reduced, which the 'Leave' campaign strongly hinted is desired, these industries may find themselves short staffed, making travel more difficult and more expensive for those wishing to see a little more of the world. However, if Britain wishes to remain part of the single market, free movement of labour will be a requirement, so whether or not this fear will come to light remains to be seen.

panoramic view of the city of london

The Possible Loss of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Leaving the EU places the future of Britain's relationship with the EHIC on fragile ground. With the EHIC, UK citizens are entitled to free or reduced-cost medical treatment in EU countries, which was very reassuring for any Brit looking to travel within the EU. As with the ECAA, Britain's relationship with the EHIC depends upon exit negotiations. There is little doubt that, if Britain wants to keep the EHIC, concessions will have to be made and EU citizens will be allowed similar access to the NHS, the protection of which was a focus point for the "Leave" campaign.

Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst

All in all, it's too early to say for certain how bad the impact of Brexit will be on the tourism industry and those wishing to travel to and from Britain. At the moment, the situation is unappealing, especially for Brits wanting to travel. At best, Britain will keep the status quo and at worst, travel may become more complicated and expensive.

tourists visiting london

With this said, the future is still uncertain and undecided. These issues listed above consider the short-term effects of Brexit and will only happen when Britain officially leaves the EU, which could be as far away as 10 years from now. So we will have to wait and see what the future holds and hope for the best, and who knows, those wishing to travel to, or from, Britain may be pleasantly surprised.

Friday, 8 July 2016

The Best Restaurants and Tapas Bars in Barcelona

Are you hungry? Then maybe you should not read this post. Actually, read it and take the opportunity to go to Barcelona with our hotel offers, to make a dip into the gastronomic specialities of the best restaurants and tapas bars of the city!
For your stay in Barcelona, ​​we recommend some of our top seller hotels:

- Hotel Lyon
- Hotel Rialto
- Centre Esplai Hostel
- Hotel Ilunion Barcelona

Façade Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain

The Tapas

Their name comes from the habit to plug the glasses with saucers containing appetizers. Hailing from Andalusia, traditionally the tapas used to accompany the drinks, but they have become over time real specialities of vegetables, meat and fish.

The tapas in Barcelona are not just a snack, they are an institution. Eating them with friends while drinking a good beer, local wine or sangria is time for informal socialising. They say that throwing the dirty towels on the floor means that you enjoyed the food.

tapas bar in barcelona, spain

How to recognize a tapas bar? That’s easy: by the crowd of people chatting and eating in the street around the bar’s area, and by the quite unique interior. Don’t be afraid of the appearance of some bars, you can’t judge the book by its cover!

There are many tapas bars and restaurants in Barcelona. Here we can only show you some of them. When you get to the most popular districts of the city you will be spoiled for choice: you can enjoy the aperitif with drinks and tapas, or stop for dinner with paella, seafood and other specialities.

Free Tapas With A Drink

There are tapas bars where you get free tapas by ordering a drink. Usually the value for money is great.

In the Gràcia area you can find Gata Mala, a small and very crowded bar. It is worth it, but if you want to linger there you better make a reservation.

three dishes of tapas

In the lively district of Barceloneta we suggest Cal Chusco (it is not very tourist: it offers good food at reasonable prices), or El Moll de Rebaix. If you are looking for a tapas bar mostly attended by locals, the latter is the place for you.

In Sants area you can try El Capritxo, famous for fried fish, and Casa Mayo, a small Galician place with great food.

At Bar Mingus (in the Gothic Quarter) meatballs and Russian salad are a real delight to the palate.

Pay Tapas 

Definitely you have to try some traditional, historical and chaotic place as a tapas bar should be. Often they offer excellent fixed price lunch menu. The quality of the tapas and the food will not disappoint you.

- Jai-ca, Cova Fumada (here the famous meat and potatoes bombas are killer!) and Can Paixano (called la Champagneria, very folkloristic!) in Barceloneta.

Can Paixano, one of the best tapas bars in barcelona, spain

- La Masia (Raval district); El Xampanyet and Bornmuth (Born area). The latter is known for its excellent vermouth to be drunk with the tapas.
- Quimet i Quimet (between Montjuic and the Raval), well-known local, is very small and you have to stand up.
- Casa Alfonso, in the Eixample district.

The Best Traditional Restaurants

Here you will find not only the best tapas, but also the most delicious meat and fish specialities, both Catalan and not. Prices are generally reasonable. Remember to book in advance.
- Nass, in Barceloneta, proposes a great lunch menu at a fixed price. You should try it.
- Xiringuito Escribà, facing the sea, offers a fantastic paella. Bodega Joan is also famous for its paella (in Eixample).

paella dish in one of the best restaurants in barcelona, spain

-  La Paradeta is a chain of 6 restaurants around the city.
- Can Culleretes, founded in 1786, is the oldest restaurant in Barcelona. Despite this, its prices are affordable.
- Cal Pep, in the Born district, is a popular restaurant, but it is quite expensive.

“Designer” tapas

Can you afford to pay more? Some renowned chefs have created “designer tapas bar”. Be careful to the prices, of course!
Among these the esteemed chef of the famous Sauch restaurant proposes drinks and snacks at the Gastrobar, Boutique Bars and Terraza Chill-out (all inside the Hotel Ohla).

bar of the hotel ohla in barcelona, spain

You can find famous chefs also at the Tickets bar, Bodega 1900, Moments and, with more accessible prices, at Bambarol.

Vegetarian Restaurants, Vegan and Gluten Free

In the tapas bar you surely will find vegetarian and vegan tapas, but there are in Barcelona excellent restaurants careful about specific needs at reasonable prices. Zaatar is a well-known vegetarian restaurant. Gopal and Cat Bar are vegan locals. The Biocenter restaurant offers a variety of integral and organic food, while Granja Viader has gluten-free products. Buenas Migas (it is a chain) is great for those who are looking for gluten-free and lactose-free snacks. The Veg World restaurant proposes vegan and gluten-free traditional Indian food.

vegan tapas in one of the best vegan bars in barcelona, spain

Do you want to discover the world of tapas? Are you vegan or vegetarian? Are you allergic to gluten or lactose intolerant? Here you will find a detailed guide suitable for all tastes (and budgets)! And now ...You just have to leave for Barcellona!

Friday, 1 July 2016

The 5 Best Beaches in Malta, Gozo, Comino

Malta, immersed in the Mediterranean Sea, is a tourist destination for everybody’s taste. The archipelago offers beautiful sandy beaches, incredible rocky coves, clear waters, and places of naturalistic and historical interest. The island includes 3 UNESCO heritage sites: the Hypogeum of Ħal-Saflieni, the only underground prehistoric temple in the world, the capital city La Valletta and the megalithic temples.

You should rent a car to explore the island and book in advance your hotel. Our top hotels in Malta include:
- Art Hotel Cavalieri in St. Julian's - 4 stars
- Topaz Hotel in Buġibba - 3 stars
- Golden Tulip Vivaldi Hotel in St Julians - 4 stars
- Osborne Hotel in Valletta - 3 stars
- The Plaza Hotel & Plaza Regency in Sliema - 3 stars

azure window malta

In this post, we are going to take you through the most beautiful and peculiar beaches, plus a top 5 selection of those we think you should not miss.

The sandy beaches

The largest and most famous sandy beaches are located in the north sector of Malta.
If you are looking for authentic beach life (umbrellas, sunbeds, bars, restaurants and the opportunity to enjoy water sports such as sailing, surfing, windsurfing and water skiing), here you will not be disappointed.
The most popular Golden Bay and Ghajn Tuffieh (in the north-west) and Mellieha Bay (in the north-east), offer all this. And much more.

view of the golden bay, malta

If you prefer smaller but still suggestive sandy beaches, you can go to Gnejna Beach, to the west. It is not so busy and its crystal clear water is perfect for snorkeling.
Further north you will find Paradise Bay, famous for its vibrant nightlife and the beautiful sunsets. Going north-east there are Armier Bay and Selmun, much appreciated by the local people.

The rocky beaches of Malta

The Sliema seafront is a very tourist rocky area, not far from the capital.
The most striking rocky beaches, ideal for diving and snorkeling, are in the south-east area near the picturesque fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where you can stop to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner.

The most famous beach in the surroundings is the natural swimming pool of St. Peter, to be included no doubt in our top list.

In this area we also suggest Kalanka bay, surrounded by stones and rocks whose sandy bottom makes the water deep blue, and Xrobb L-Ghaġin, nestled in the cliffs and accessible only by sea.

Xrobb L-Ghaġin, rocky beach of Malta

The best beaches of Gozo

Gozo is a charming little island in the north of Malta, still unspoiled in some areas, a must for snorkeling and diving lovers. The Gozo Channel Company runs the links between the 2 islands. Otherwise you can move around by water taxis.

Dahlet Qorrot is located in the cliffs north to Gozo. This bay is mostly frequented by fishermen, so it is perfect for escaping the crowd of the most famous coasts. It is characterized by natural environment, some caves and crystal clear waters.

Dahlet Qorrot bay, gozo, malta


Hondoq Ir-Rummien is a small pebble beach in the south of Gozo offering panoramic views and natural caves.

The Dwejra bay area has an incredible natural scenery. Here you will find the Azure Window, a stone arch dipping in the sea and the Inland Sea, a real inland sea section separated from the rocky cliffs by a cave.

The most popular and famous beach of Gozo is undoubtedly Ramla bay, the red beach. Surrounded by countryside, it is the largest sandy beach in Gozo. Of course we have included it in our list!

view of the Ramla bay, gozo, malta island

The best beaches of Comino

This island, where cars are not allowed, is a corner of natural paradise in the archipelago of Malta. The connections with Malta and Gozo are managed by United Comino Ferries and Ebsons Comino Ferries.

If you search for a movie beach, with unspoiled nature and stunning colours, the famous Blue Lagoon is a must (and it is also very popular). But this beautiful island reserves other surprises. Walking about 20 minutes from the Blue Lagoon, you will reach the equally charming and less crowded Santa Maria Bay, with clear waters and white sand.

view of the Blue Lagoon, comino, malta

The 5 best beaches and bays on the island of Malta

Among sand and uncontaminated cliffs, busy areas and remote ones, you know now what to expect from the beaches of Malta. Go to discover the most suitable to you, pocketing our top-list of the 5 best beaches that you can not miss:

# 1 Ghajn Tuffieha: surrounded by incredible cliffs, this sandy beach is more pristine and sheltered than others. You can reach it from the car park through 200 steps. For this reason, it is less busy than other beaches in the area. It is the perfect location to enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Għajn Tuffieħa beach, malta

# 2 Ghadira bay, in Mellieha Bay: the water of this sandy beach is shallow and crystal clear. Well-equipped, it is ideal for families.

# 3 St. Peter's Pool. Nestled in the rocks, its crystal clear blue water offers an amazing sight. It is not easy to achieve and does not offer specific services, then you have to get organized to spend a day there. But it is definitely worth!

San Peter’s Pool, top beach in malta

# 4 Ramla Bay, in the island of Gozo, with its unique red-orange sand is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago. Dip yourself in the legend visiting the cave of Calypso of Homer's Odyssey, on the western side of the bay.

# 5 Finally, the Blue Lagoon in Comino, whose name says it all!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Crete: What To See In 10 Days | Itinerary

Immersed in the Mediterranean Sea, Crete is washed on the south by the Libyan Sea. This island offers incredible views of mountains and plains, Caribbean beaches (more touristy in the north coast, more isolated and wild in the south) and a dip into history and legend. It is said that Zeus, the father of all gods, was born in Crete.

If you are organising your 10 days trip to Crete, you could check out the most popular hotels among our users. Book in advance to ensure the best offer:
- Galaxy Hotel in Heraklion - 5 stars
- Aquila Atlantis Hotel in Heraklion - 5 stars
- Hotel Haris in Agia Marina - 3 stars
- Hotel Fereniki Holiday Resort and Spa in Georgioupolis - 3 stars

elafonissi beach in crete


There are many things to see and it is essential to rent a car to freely explore the island. At the Heraklion airport you have several rental options, from the most famous companies (Europcar, Hertz) to the minor ones (such as Royal Car Rental). Some of them offer the possibility to rent without credit card and sometimes without advance payment (see http://carrentalcrete.gr and http://www.cretarent.gr). However, it is better to book your car before leaving, especially in high season.

Heraklion and its surroundings: what to see

Spend some time in the capital city whose architecture clearly reflects the past Venetian hegemony, such as the imposing city walls and the fortification that still dominates the city. Visit the archaeological museum and continue your plunge into the Minoan civilization going to the nearby archaeological sites of Knossos and Malia.

the archaeological sites of Knossos, crete, greece

The archaeological area and Matala

Move south and stop to the archaeological areas of Gortyn, Phaestos and Agia Triada. You can have then a restorative bath in the clear waters of the famous Matala beach, from where you can walk to the less touristy Red Beach.
Nearby there are other beautiful and generally less busy beaches, such as Kommos and Kalamaki.
Matala, also known for being an active centre of the hippie movement during the ‘60s, offers a range of accommodations.

Matala beach, creete, greece

Visiting the province of Rethymno

From Matala you can move to the province of Rethymno, which embraces parts of both the south and the north coast. You can pause at Agia Galini, with its characteristic terraced restaurants overlooking the Libyan Sea. From here you can easily reach by boat the less popular beaches of Agios Georgios and Agios Pavlos.
In the south coast it is also definitely worth the sandy beach of Preveli, bordered by a small forest of palm trees and dominated by the monastery of Preveli, that offers an amazing view.

view of preveli beach, crete, greece

Driving northwards you will enter an enchanting mountain area with numerous villages and the famous Arkadi monastery.
Rethymno, dominated by the seventeenth-century fortress, is a charming little city that mixes its history and architecture with both the Venetian and Turkish influence.
In the south coast you can find the village of Hora Sfakion, 70 kilometres (43,5 miles) far away from both Rethymno and Hania. From here walk or more easily take a boat to reach some beaches with incredible sea bottoms, like that of Glyka Nera, or the charming fishing village of Loutro.

view of the fishing village of Loutro, crete, greece

Chania and its surroundings: what to see

The lovely and vibrant town of Chania is located about 60 kilometres (37,28 miles) from Rethymno and represents a strategic point to discover the western part of the island. Its architecture also reveals the interweaving of the Venetian and Turkish culture in the history of Crete. It has several places of historic interest, including the Archaeological Museum and the Venetian castle.
The large area north-west and south-west of Chania includes some of the most enchanting and famous beaches of the Mediterranean Sea.

view of the charming port of chania, crete, greece

The day trip to the Samaria Gorge, the longest gorge in Europe, is a "must". Ask your hotel about this excursion. Otherwise, you can organize it by yourself.
From Chania you can reach Omalos, about 40 km (24,85 mi) far, a mountain village at 1200 metres (3937 feet) above sea level. From here you will walk downhill for about 16 km (9,94 mi) to the scenic seaside village of Agia Roumeli, through a breathtaking and wild landscape. If you left your car in Omalos, from here you can catch a ferry and then a bus back to the starting point.

Falasarna, Balos and Elafonissi: the most beautiful beaches of Crete

If you prefer not to drive for long, you can choose to stay in the area of ​​Kissamos (40 km/24,85 mi west of Chania) to more easily reach several must-see beaches:
- The Balos lagoon and the facing Gramvousa islands offer wild nature, white sand and a Caribbean landscape.
- Falasarna, with its white dunes and turquoise sea is much loved by tourists and surfers. Do not miss its incredible sunsets.
- Elafonissi, is considered the most beautiful beach of Crete. Its white and pink sand and crystal-clear and warm waters make it a real gem.

panoramic view of balos lagoon, crete, greece

Chania has its own airport. However, if your 10 days in Crete are over and you have to depart from Heraklion, the two cities are about 140 km (86,99 mi) far away by motorway.

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