Loving the beautiful sunshine
We a all love a bit of sunshine! If you're looking for some winter sun I've found some great locations for beach holidays at affordable prices. One of my favourites so far has to be Majorca - some call it Mallorca but it's all one same beautiful island and very popular, so forget Love Island as this is one of the few islands in Europe which I love. A great location; some ways it reminded me of the Caribbean especially the incredible scenery and those gorgeous palm trees which makes the place special. Suppose you're planning a wedding, then here are some great ideal spots for your wedding album to look bright and colourful. I have always said a wedding in the sun is the best - that's just my choice! Its been my third time to the island and nothing stops us going back, it's a very relaxing place with some beautiful beaches. Cala d'or has a buzzing nightlife with people coming from all over the world. Me and my partner had a great time there and would easily recommend. Can Picafort has a large beach with plenty of shops, bars and resturants nearby and on the beach, so go and have a dip in that warm water or relax, kick back on the soft sand and sip on a huge cocktail. Surrounded by many nice hotels with plenty to do, we will always look forward in coming back. Please do check out the Jamaican themed bar or even visit Trotters Bar - many people should know it, just ask for directions as its only walking distance. Alcudia is another beach on the island, didn't really like it much as it felt too overcrowded and not many places to eat or drink on the beach like Can picafort. Port Polencia a lovely small beach, great for the family to enjoy a bit of privacy, very chilled and relaxing, well worth a visit. My biggest struggle in travel is finding ways to communicate in foreign countries, but in Majorca whilst English is very much spoken, I try to learn a few words of the local language before I arrive
and you can also download apps like Babbel which can be very useful, so do try and give it a go fam!
Palma a resort city and capital of the Spanish island Palma de Mallorca, close to the airport and only around fifteen minutes by taxi. Staying there was different from all the other areas listed above, with plenty to see - like the huge Santa Maria cathedral, a gothic landmark which began in the 13th century, it is Majorca's vibrant capital - it's proper lively, stylish and has loads of trendy resturants, cafes, bars and luxury hotels - a really nice place with plenty to its known as Palmas Old Town. There is a port nearby with most cruise ships stopping by and some beautiful yachts. The Estacio Martima ferry and cruise pier is about forty minutes walk from the city centre, most ships will usually dock here and only some ships dock near the commercial and naval port near the Fortress at Porto Pi, that's the western edge of Palma. There is also a large shopping mall just by the port entrance. What me and my girlfriend did to get around was cycle, there are many shops nearby where you can hire a bike starting at ten euros for the whole day and the cycle paths are excellent in Palma. Two thumbs up for that! Do try and get down to Puro Beach Bar depending on the season and the Flip Flop Bar/Café for some nice food and drinks at reasonable prices. Thank you for reading. Enjoy.
Ibiza is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We all know it's the party place right?! The nightlife has got to be one of the best and when I travelled there in May to celebrate my birthday, it was a decent time for the weather and very close to the party season - that is the reason why we always try and book our flights in advance and make the most of it. Can't wait to return this year! Not everyone goes to Ibiza to go raving and clubbing, but the majority do, so it's always open to celebrations so go and enjoy the party vibes and soak up some sun with the family and friends. Have a fantastic time in Playa d'en Bossa, this long beach has so much to offer! To name a few there is Bora Bora, Ushuaia, Nassau Beach club and Sankeys, so for sure y'all be having an amazing time! It ticks all the boxes for us and the people there are very welcoming. I could easily live in Ibiza or spend most of my time there in the hotter months. Flights can be worth checking to save money on sites like Super Escapes or book a cheaper one direct with jet2.com and don't worry if you're traveling with children you can easily plan your holiday. July and August months can be expensive as they're in the high season, also the hotel prices too. Please do continue to check through my blogs as I will be updating more important information about this great location.
Wow didn't expect it to be so hot in the December month. In Costa Teguise the sun was blazing like a kid after school lol. Located on the eastern side of Lanzarote, very close to the capital and about fifteen minutes from the airport, the fourth largest of the Canary Islands, if you're wondering which Canary Island maybe right for you, I'll always recommend this lovely place. This sits on the Atlantic Ocean and is 125 km off the coast of Africa. It's known for its all year round sunshine, rough an picturesque volcanic landscapes, minimalism, architecture and culinary delights. Those are the reasons why I choose Lanzarote over places like Gran Canaria and some of the other places on the islands. OMG! we met some really cool people there from the UK staying at the same hotel - we had so much fun and laughter, the Brits love this place. Flights can be less than £100 return. It's around a four hour flight from UK so do check this out if you want constant sun all year round, this is a great bargain.
Visiting the Algarve was again another nice place to visit. It wasn't as hot as some of the islands listed above but it also happens to be relatively inexpensive. If you're looking to travel somewhere cheaper, I say here is your best bet. There are three airports, Lisbon, Faro and Porto and why not visit the Old Town located near the beach which has a nice lively nightlife as well as the New Town with some relaxing places to chill and see. There are many supermarkets like Lidls which do come in handy for your regular snacks and eating out wont break the bank. The entertainment in the area can be spectacular; the kids will love it there, they have 5D cinema, crazy golf and plenty beach activities too. Eden Resort was where we stayed which has a choice of villas, apartments and lots of hotels to choose from. We'll return but try other areas and stay longer.
This place never sleeps! The great part about Amsterdam was staying at the gorgeous Westcord Fashion Hotel and getting around was great via tramline which takes you into town (Amsterdam Centraal) very quickly. We will always return to check out some of the bars as me partner had a great time. DJs at some of the bars were playing a decent selection of good music; Hip Hop and RnB was big in Amsterdam. Our favs are De Duivel, FlowerPower and Cafe Struik. A nice quick and easy break.
On our second visit we checked out QO Hotel in Sparklerweg and WOW that hotel was out of this world, very techy and modern. The iPad controlled the blinds, tv, lights as well as room service. Fantastic!
Tenerife is a gem we stayed in Adeje at the Hard Rock Hotel and I must say its an idyllic place with a rocky beach and a small selection of restaurants and bars its ideal to stay in this quieter location to lap up some Spanish surroundings. Getting to the livelier area of Tenerife travel to Las Americas which is around twenty minutes drive there you can find nice long beaches with the hustle and bustle of holiday makers and large variety of shops some designers, a mall with plenty of restaurants and bars ie Linekers bar, Tramps, Hard Rock Café etc at night the place is buzzing until the wee hours of the morning with many places you can purchase a pint for just one euro or even a three course meal for just under seven euros. Families, couples, singles, hen and stag dos have one thing in common here, fun, sun and beach on loop. The glitzy lights and long broad walk mirrors the USA. Los Cristianos is another beautiful area its perfect for relaxing and sunbathing where some prefer this than Las America's its still busy and has a lovely beach but we prefer Las America's. Playa del Duque (Costa Adeje) is loved by shoppers a great location to purchase all your designer wear its so pretty and has a beach surrounded by some really nice high end five star hotels on and off the beach, great if your into wind surfing and a must place to visit if your planning in traveling to the lovely Tenerife you will surely have a great time. The flight took just over four hours from London Gatwick.
Malaga attracts more than its fair share of brits abroad, spending a few nights there I can say its worth a visit. Torremolinos is a municipality in southern spain west of malaga which has beautiful beaches to check out. Staying there was so easy to get around its only around fifteen minutes in a taxi ride from malaga airport and there are so many hidden gems a great place for shopping so you can find many great bargains and eating out is cheap on the pocket compared to marbella which can be a bit more.
One of the canary islands which is part of the north african region and the second largest of the canary islands after Tenerife. This is a lovely place to visit giving you all year round sunshine. We stayed in Corralejo which is about 45 mins to the airport via taxi but please take note that if your not in any rush you can save taking two buses which were only 5 euros in total instead of a 55 euro taxi ride its well worth it. A place to visit which I recommend is the sand dunes this place has the cleanest sand I have ever seen a great place if your into wind surfing also with many other great activities too like the dunes buggy tours a great way to explore some of the island in the beautiful sun I would love to be back here soon.
The City of Love! We grabbed a good deal at the Hidden Hotel, a quaint gem 6 mins walk from L'arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees; designer shopping on point! Getting around is very easy via Metro even to/from Charles de Gaulle airport. Grab a travel card from the airport which can be used on multiple days within the City. The buzz of the Parisian bars, restaurants and shops always lit up the streets night and day. We enjoyed the hiphop bar fat.bar on Saturday night - this place was jam packed with the right energy to dance the night away! Unfortunately we didn't have time to stop off at Zero Zero bar as Sundays not many places were open. You will find some restaurants, shops and definitely banks closed on this day which leaves a calm and quieter time in Paris. A flight from Southend will get you to the lovable City in under an hour.
Cala Ratjada, one of the most important fishing villages and ports in Mallorca, is located in the beautiful town of Capdepera. Situated in the northeast of the Balearic Islands, it is particularly famous for its beaches of fine golden sand, its beautiful crystalline waters, and for being the closest point to Menorca. You will surely enjoy this holiday, we can guarantee it. What wasn't expected was how lively it becomes at night with so much to do you will be spoilt for choice.
Gran Canaria is well known for its exciting nightlife, not just the typical ‘brits abroad’ but sophisticated bars with entertainment and popular local venues. The most popular resort for night life would be Playa del Ingles where nobody seems to sleep. Dance the night away in great places such as the famous Pacha disco bar or the Kasbah centre filled with a mixture of bars and shops to meet everyone’s tastes. Tipsy Hammock is a great place for good cocktails also good house music to listen to makes it a favourite spot in Playa del ingles. Las Palmas is also an excellent town at night, whether it be local pubs or lively bars such as the paper club. For something more sophisticated Aqua ocean club in Maspalomas is a popular night time haunt. Located near a very nice lebenise restaurant which is only a few minuites walk away.
CANARY ISLANDS VS BALEARIC ISLANDS
Why am I such lover of these two fabulous islands? It's because I've always loved Spain - a quick getaway to go and get some vitamin D. The Balearics sits in the Mediterranean and are made up of four islands; Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera and Majorca, whilst the Canary Islands are: Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierr. Leaning towards the Canary Islands for the warmer weather and possibly a swim in the warm water makes this our favourite, wanting us to keep coming back. As a keen traveler I will try out some other places as there is so much more to see.
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