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September 24, 2010

Teruel Aragon Alpino Hotel

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Teruel Aragon Alpino Hotel

Teruel Alpino Hotel Aragon

For your accommodation in the historic city of Teruel, why not stay at the Alpino Hotel, one of the best value establishments in this city in the Aragon region of Spain. Rooms in the Alpino Teruel offer bathroom, shower, television and internet access, hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, café, wi-fi internet access, city tours etc. Teruel is an ancient city which traces its history back to the Arab occupation of Spain, it is a mountainous region and there are some skiing resorts such as Valdelinares nearby which would be ideal if you are visiting during the winter time, this lesser known ski location will make a nice change from the usual crowded ski resorts. There are also some pretty villages nearby, a good example is Alcala de la Selva, which is a charming place to visit. Rooms in the Alpino Teruel are offered from around 25 euros per night (approx £21). Teruel is in the southern part of Aragon and is about 140 kilometres drive from Valencia on the coast.

September 23, 2010

Santa Ponsa Verdemar Apartments

Santa Ponsa Verdemar Apartments

Santa Ponsa Verdemar Apartments, Majorca.

A good choice for your accommodation in the popular resort of Santa Ponsa on the holiday island of Mallorca in the Spanish Balearic Islands, is the Verdemar Apartments complex, located in Calle Ramon de Moncada close to local amenities and beaches. Apartments in the Verdemar Santa Ponsa offer rooms with bathroom, balcony, kitchenette, safe, etc, complex facilities include 24 hour reception, restaurant, bar, laundry, room service, and meeting facilities, there are also leisure facilities including outdoor swimming pool, ideal when the weather is hot. Santa Ponsa is situated on the south-west coast of Mallorca, close to the resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova, and just 18 kilometres from the island’s capital Palma de Mallorca, it has excellent sandy beaches, a pleasant climate, and good amenities for both daytime and night time entertainment. Apartments are available in the Apartmentos Verdemar Santa Ponsa from around 26 euros per night (£22), perfect for your stay in the Balearics.


September 21, 2010

Fuerteventura Canary Islands

Filed under: Canary Islands,Holidays,Spain — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 8:27 am

The second largest of the Spanish Canary Islands, Fuerteventura is located to the south-west of Lanzarote, off the coast of north-west Africa, it has an are of 1,660 square kilometres and a resident population of around 74,983, over one third of whom live in the capital Puerto del Rosario. Fuerteventura has some of the best beaches in the entire Canary Islands group and has areas of sand dunes similar to those found around Maspalomas in Gran Canaria. Not quite as well known as a holiday destination, Fuerteventura still attracts thousands of holidaymakers each year, they arrive to enjoy the sunny weather and most are looking for a beach style holiday but without the crowds of Lanzarote, Tenerife or Gran Canaria. Not yet developed to the extent of neighbouring islands, Fuerteventura only has a few resorts of any note, the main one being Corralejo, while others exist at Jandia and Caleta de Fuste. The island can be easily reached by air (the airport is near to Puerto del Rosario) or by ferry from Lanzarote and Gran Canaria.

September 17, 2010

Costa Calida Spain

Filed under: Costa Calida,Spain,Travel — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 12:52 pm

A popular Spanish region enjoying a fine climate (it is one of the driest areas of Spain), and lying within the Murcia autonomous community, the Costa Calida has some of the best beaches in this part of the country, especially those along the Mar Menor coastline, which also enjoys a sea temperature five degrees warmer than the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. The best of the beach resorts include Los Alcazares, San Pedro del Pinatar, Lo Pagan, San Javier and Puerto Mazarron, most of these are easily accessible from Murcia (San Javier) airport which is actually located beside the Mar Menor, some distance from the city of Murcia which is some 20 kilometres inland. The Costa Calida is a fantastic area for golfers, with a huge choice of courses which you can try out, around the Mar Menor there are several fine courses including Roda Golf, the Serena Golf Resort, La Torre Golf and the Mar Menor Golf Resort, near to Los Alcazares. There are even more courses surrounding the city of Murcia,with the now troubled Polaris World developing lots of courses and residential complexes in this area.

September 16, 2010

Oasis Club Maspalomas Gran Canaria

Filed under: Canary Islands,Holidays,hotels,Spain — Tags: , , — needahand @ 2:57 pm
Oasis Club Maspalomas

Oasis Club Bungalows Maspalomas

One of the more popular holiday destination on the island of Gran Canaria in the Spanish Canary Islands, the Oasis Club Bungalows in Maspalomas offers a total of 334 bungalows all in a wonderful landscaped setting with palm trees, swimming pools and sun lounging areas. Ideally situated in the popular beach resort of Maspalomas the Oasis Club gives the best features of an established holiday resort, with the uniqueness of a private bungalow rather than just another hotel room. Handy for all the great facilities of both Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, the Oasis Club is ideal for family holidays and breaks and is especially popular for winter holidays as the weather in this part of Gran Canaria is mild and pleasant right through the winter months. Other facilities offered by the Oasis Club Maspalomas include 24 hour reception, internet, laundry, children’s play areas, supermarket and on site parking if you choose to hire a car for your stay. Maspalomas is situated in the extreme south of Gran Canaria and has some of the best attractions on the island including Holiday World and Aqualand, so the kids will be well catered for while you relax and enjoy the sunny weather. Prices for the Oasis Club Maspalomas start at just 45 euros per night (around £37), so staying there will not break the bank! Maspalomas and the Oasis Club are around 30 kilometres from the airport at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, the capital of the island. Gran Canaria Map.


September 15, 2010

Lanzarote Princess Hotel Playa Blanca

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Lanzarote Princess Hotel Playa Blanca

Lanzarote Princess Hotel Playa Blanca

Lanzarote Princess Hotel Playa Blanca – If you are looking for a winter holiday this year you could well be considering the Canary Islands, among the most popular winter holiday destinations. One of its top holiday islands is Lanzarote, a volcanic island which only has about three major resorts, of which one of the best is certainly Playa Blanca, right in the south of the island away from the over developed Puerto del Carmen. If Playa Blanca is you choice of resort in Lanzarote, you will be looking for a hotel in which to stay, and one that you will no doubt consider is the Lanzarote Princess Hotel which is one of the largest and most popular, with over four hundred rooms, and perfectly situated only three hundred metres from the nearest beach. With superb outdoor swimming pools and sun terraces for enjoying the marvellous Lanzarote weather, this fine hotel has everything you would need for an enjoyable family holiday, and rooms are offered in the Lanzarote Princess Hotel from just 47 euros per night (about £40), so it is very affordable for your holiday in Playa Blanca. The resort and hotel are about 30 kilometres (25 minutes drive) from Lanzarote airport, which is located at Arrecife, taxis, transfers and buses are available to get you to the resort. Lanzarote is the most northerly of the Canary Islands.

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September 13, 2010

Fira Palace Hotel Barcelona

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Fira Palace Hotel Barcelona

Fira Palace Hotel Barcelona

An elegant hotel well located in the city of Barcelona, Spain, the Fira Palace Hotel is ideal for both leisure and business visitors to this great city. Offering two hundred and seventy six rooms, all both excellent facilities, the Fira Palace Hotel Barcelona could be your ideal accommodation. The hotel offers such fine facilities as an indoor swimming pool, health and fitness centre, sauna, gift shop, piano bar, two restaurants, patio garden, gymnasium, hair salon etc. Rooms in the Fira Palace Hotel are available from 77 euros per night (around £64), very reasonable for a city centre hotel in Barcelona. Located in the Catalonia region of north-eastern Spain, Barcelona is the countries second largest city, it is around 150km from the border with France and about 100kn from Girona. The city has a huge variety of attractions, whether you are looking for culture, entertainment of even a beach holiday, and a visit to Spain would not be complete without a visit to this amazing place. Barcelona Map.

September 10, 2010

Cuenca Hotel Buenavista

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Hotel Buenavista Cuenca Spain

Hotel Buenavista Cuenca Spain

For your visit to the Spanish city of Cuenca, you will hardly find a better place to stay than the Hostal Buenavista, which is ideal for both leisure and business guests, and perfect for touring this historic city. Offering non-smoking rooms, all with internet access, air-con, and TV, the Buenavista also has outdoor swimming pool, disabled facilities, twenty four hour reception and room service, and a choice of recreational and leisure facilities. Located in the Castilla-La Mancha region of Spain, Cuenca is one of the most highly visited cities in the region, seconded only by the magnificent Toledo, one of the finest cities in Europe. Popular as a day trip destination from Madrid, Cuenca will not disappoint those who choose to visit, whether it be to see the 12th century cathedral or the ruined Moorish castle. Rooms in the Hostal Buenavista are offered from just 52 euros per night (£43), for a great value stay in Cuenca. If you wish to get to the city from outside of Spain, you will need to use Madrid airport from where you can get a transfer, bus, train or even hire a car in order to travel the 130km to Cuenca. Madrid airport is of course served by most of the main United Kingdom airports, so getting a cheapish flight there should be easy. An alternative airport that you could use for Cuenca, is Albacete, which is about 50 kilometres away. To reach Cuenca by road you can use the A-40 from Madrid or other roads if you are travelling from a different direction.


September 9, 2010

Stroud Gloucestershire

Filed under: England,History,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , — needahand @ 3:36 pm

Boasting some 5,000 years of human settlement the Gloucestershire town of Stroud is a fascinating place to visit. First settled by peoples of the Neolithic period, who practised agriculture in the areas around Stroud, and an ancient barrow (Hetty Pegler’s Tump) gives evidence of their time here, and dates from around 2,800 BC.  Two of the finest ancient burial grounds in the region, Uley Bury and Nympsfield are also close by. Much later during the Industrial Revolution, Stroud became important for cloth production, and its perfect location for the powering of water mills, was a significant factor in this. Rainy weather brought a deluge of water from the Fibe Valleys, which meet at Stroud, and this power was well utilised in the production of woollen cloth for which the area became well known.  Only 2 woollen cloth mills remain from 150 which once stood here, a sign of the ever decreasing industrial production of both Stroud and England in general. Among places to visit in Stroud are the Bank Gardens, the Church of St Lawrence, the Cornhill Market Place, Sim’s Clock and the Museum in the Park. Stroud is situated south of Gloucester and Cheltenham and is around eighty five miles from London.

Tewkesbury Gloucestershire

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 3:14 pm

The Gloucestershire town of Tewkesbury stands at the confluence of the River Avon and the River Severn, a fact which has resulted in many floods in the town over the centuries, during rainy weather. A charming old world town, Tewkesbury still has many fine old timbered buildings in the town centre, with picturesque old inns and houses to look at, two of the finest and best known of these houses are known as the Ancient Grudge and the Golden Key, both located in the High Street and worth a look if you are visiting. Tewkesbury has a magnificent Norman Abbey Church which was consecrated in the early 12th century. Tewkesbury is located to the north of Cheltenham and is around eighty seven miles from London.

September 8, 2010

Cheltenham Gloucestershire

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , — needahand @ 3:44 pm

Starting life as a typical Cotswolds village, Cheltenham was transformed into a bustling town after the discovery of a mineral spa in 1715. A pump room to utilise the spring was built in 1738 and immediate approval given by George III, resulting in the town developing at a rapid rate, with some first class architects working on the varied building projects. Cheltenham became prosperous and in turn attracted the rich and educated to the town. Cheltenham still has a Regency feel and much of that architecture still exists today giving the town a grand look indeed. Of course this Gloucestershire town is also very famous for its Steeplechase meeting the Cheltenham Festival which takes place in March, again attracting the very best of what horse racing has to offer. When the weather is pleasant this is a great event to attend, and indeed thousands do attend, being especially attractive to the Irish racing fraternity.

Gloucester in Gloucestershire

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , — needahand @ 1:15 pm

Originally a Roman fortified city guarding the routes into nearby Wales, when it was known as Colonia Glevum, Gloucester, now the county town of Gloucestershire, was later a market town receiving its first charter from King Henry II in 1155. Its early cathedral built in the Norman to Perpendicular style, has the tomb of the murdered King Edward II, and an interesting 14th century stained glass window in the east wing. Still boasting many medieval and Tudor half-timbered buildings, Gloucester is a fascinating place to visit at any time of year. The timbered Parliament House, dates from the 15th century, other places of interest to visit include the City Museum, in Brunswick Place, ideal for spending an hour or two when the weather is inclement, and the cross of the martyred Bishop Hooper in The Close. Gloucester has a population of 123,205 and is located thirty two miles from Bristol. Gloucester Map.

September 2, 2010

Budleigh Salterton Devon

Filed under: England,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , , , — needahand @ 2:15 pm

Located between the towns of Exmouth and Sidmouth in the north of Devon, the small town of Budleigh Salterton has a population of just under 5,000 and sits at the mouth of the Otter river, in an area of great natural beauty. The estuary around Budleigh Salterton is a significant area for migratory birds and attracts many “twitchers” to this tranquil residential town. The town does attract some holidaymakers, as it has a decent beach, and the surrounding coastline is popular with walkers and hikers as well as fossil hunters who are attracted to the Jurassic World Heritage Site. When the weather is fine, it welcomes many day trippers from nearby Exeter and other surrounding towns, though for most of the year it is a peaceful place. Nearby towns include Seaton, Sidmouth, Ottery St Mary and Exeter

Crediton Devon

Filed under: England,History,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 12:56 pm

A town and parish situated between Exeter and Barnstaple in Devon, Crediton has a population of around 7,000 and a history which stretches back to the times of the Saxons, when St Boniface is reported to have been born there in the 7th century AD. Over the ages a mostly agricultural town Crediton was important for the production of wool between the 13th and 17th centuries. Much of the original medieval town was destroyed by a great fire in 1743. Twentieth century Crediton was mostly involved in tanning, tin-plating and shoe making, it has also been significant for cider production and for confectionery. Crediton enjoys a typical Devon climate with the best weather being during the months of June to September, winters are usually mild in comparison with much of the UK.

Teignmouth Devon

Filed under: England,History,Holidays,Travel,United Kingdom — Tags: , , , — needahand @ 10:51 am

A popular town and seaside resort located in the county of Devon, England, Teignmouth stands on the River Teign estuary to the north of Torquay. With a population of around 14,000, Teignmouth is just a small town, though its numbers of course grow during the summer season as thousands of holidaymakers descend on the resort for their summer vacation. For many centuries just a small fishing village, Teignmouth became popular as a holiday destination during Victorian times, after the arrival of the railway line connecting it with neighbouring towns as well as London and Penzance. The fine weather experienced by the town was of course the major draw, but bathing in the healthy sea waters was much the rage during the Victorian era. Historically Teignmouth is famous as being the last place in England to be invaded by a foreign power (1690). The port of Teignmouth has had significance since the 13th century, and handled grain, timber and clay, the first quay was built during the 18th century. These days tourism is the major industry for the town and it has plenty of hotels and guest houses for those wishing to visit the town.

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