Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Five great driving routes in Spain: itravelnet.com Travel Blog plus 2 more

Five great driving routes in Spain: itravelnet.com Travel Blog plus 2 more

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Five great driving routes in Spain

Posted: 24 Sep 2012 06:10 PM PDT

With its well-established road networks and vast array of landscapes, Spain provides an excellent opportunity to explore at your own pace by car and there are several driving routes that allow you to experience both the traditional culture and modernity of this eclectic country.

Tenerife.

The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is popular with tourists and is home to several World Heritage Site landmarks, such as El Teide Volcano and San Cristóbal de La Laguna.

The route from Adeje to Vilaflor will take you past former slave markets and several peaceful and picturesque coastal resorts. The route ends with an ascent through the hillside almond groves to the popular town of Vilaflor, which is known for its spa facilities and views across the archipelago.

With over 100 plant species that are native to the island, you can expect to encounter rare and unusual flora, such as the Teide violet.

Majorca.

Holidays in Majorca remain popular for a great many holidaymakers. Majorca forms part of the Balearic Islands and features mountain ranges, underwater caves to explore and sheltered bays that are perfect for swimming and water sports.

Driving from Andratx, in the southwest of the island, to Esporales you will pass pine woodland, vineyards and olive groves as you make your way to the small, traditional village, where you can enjoy locally grown food and views across the Mediterranean.

Plan your arrival in Esporales to coincide with the Saturday market when all the locals turn out to shop, chat and eat. As you climb past the Majorcan villages, look out for palms, eagles, falcons and geckos.

Lanzarote.

Lanzarote is a great choice for holidaymakers and a haven for drivers as its road networks are well-maintained and there’s very little traffic outside of the capital.

Take the LZ1 north from Sands Beach Resort to Tahiche and you will pass several attractions, including Cactus Garden, which is home to 1420 species and a carefully restored windmill.

You can also visit the underground lake at Jameos del Agua and the underground caves formed as a result of La Corona volcano erupting 5000 years ago. The Eleanora Falcon only nests in this area and as your drive along the coast, you may spot Osprey nests and vultures around the sheer Alegranza cliffs.

Murcia.

The region of Murcia in south east Spain is known for its Cathedral and Baroque architecture, the local cuisine and it was the home of sculptor Francisco Salzillo. From the capital, travel southeast to the biggest saltwater lake in Europe, El Mar Menor. Separated from the sea by volcanic rock, the lake is home to several islands, with three of them forming part of a nature reserve.

The reserve is home to a number of plant and animal species, including sea lilies, flamingos and seahorses. En route, you will pass several small fishing villages and colourful meadows and orchards before reaching Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas, a marine reserve that offers the opportunity to dive.

Barcelona.

Known for its football team and cosmopolitan culture, Barcelona makes an excellent gateway to explore the diverse region of Catalonia. The drive from Barcelona to the famous fishing village of Cadaques, which hosted several renowned artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Man Ray, offers the opportunity to absorb the Azure coastline and pass through several quaint coastal towns.

A visit to Cap de Creus National Park, home to a variety of flora and fauna such as rock roses, ash trees, Bonelli’s eagle and the eagle owl, will offer something for everyone.

The route continues along rocky terrain to reveal a picture-perfect panorama before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes, which offers an excellent viewpoint to watch the sun set across the bay.

Five great driving routes in Spain from itravelnet.com - Travel Directory


5 Top Destinations for the Perfect Golfing Holiday

Posted: 24 Sep 2012 05:27 PM PDT

Golfing HolidayThe world can be your golfing oyster but finding the perfect golfing holiday can be problematic; after all there are just so many great courses to choose from in so many destinations. If you're looking for a truly special golfing destination then Club Direct are on hand to help with 5 of the best golfing destinations the world can offer; each featuring brilliant courses in beautiful locations.

Scotland
While it's close you really can't deny that Scotland is one of the most perfect golfing destinations in the world. The course at St. Andrew's is legendary and one of the most exciting in the world to play. It's in an absolutely beautiful location with courses, club houses and hotels to die for. Beyond St. Andrews Scotland has some incredible golf courses and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. There's Kinsbarns, Crail and Lundin amongst dozens of great courses throughout the country. Beyond St. Andrews there's the beautiful city of Edinburgh to explore and further north the Lochs and Highlands which make this a truly perfect golfing holiday.

Florida
Florida's climate lends itself perfectly to golf in the sun and there are dozens of courses throughout the state. Some of the best are around the popular Orlando but you can also find incredible courses from Jacksonville, to Palm Harbour. The scenery of the golf courses is brilliant and the palm trees and sands make this a wonderful place to have a holiday. The towns and cities of the state are perfect for beach holidays and for golfing and there are some incredible courses. Mill Cove Course just outside Jacksonville is probably the best course but there are dozens of perfect places to play including Pembroke Lanes, Mangrove Bay, Calusa Pines and the Players Stadium course just to name a few.

The Algarve
The Algarve is a beautiful summer destination with spectacular countryside, beautiful beaches and incredible towns and villages to explore. It also has some of the best golf courses in Europe and a golfing tour holiday here is a great chance to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery and the courses. Top of any list should be the courses around Vilamoura with Oceanico Old probably being the highlight. In Vilamoura you're within easy reach of 8 fantastic courses and can try the most exciting courses like Vale do Lobo and San Lorenzo; if you can drag yourself away from Oceanico of course.

The Costa del Sol
While it's a haven of cheap budget holidays and sunbathing Brits the Costa del Sol is also one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and perfect if you want a slightly cheaper but no less perfect golfing holiday. Thanks to a lot of development over the last 30 years you can find accommodation everywhere on almost any budget and some of the best courses in Europe. The most popular are probably Santa Clara, Marbella Golf and Country Club and Calanova but there also some great resort courses including Atalaya Park and La Cala. This is a perfect destination for golf and sun, sea and sand and if you want to travel with non-golfers they'll have plenty to do to.

Hawaii
As our final choice we decided that Hawaii has to be a perfect destination for a golfing holiday. Hawaii is completely spellbinding and beautiful with a tropical laid back atmosphere unlike any other place in the world. The volcanic country is wonderful and the courses are also exceptional. Highlights include Turtle Bay, Kapalua and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort but there are plenty of great courses and an atmosphere to fall in love with.

5 Top Destinations for the Perfect Golfing Holiday from itravelnet.com - Travel Directory


The Top 5 Holiday Destinations Ideas for Retirees

Posted: 24 Sep 2012 08:05 AM PDT

Older age is the best time to travel and to take longer breaks in some of the finest destinations in the world. If you're retired you have the luxury of being able to take longer breaks and relax and enjoy some of the most picturesque, elegant and exciting destinations in the world. Here Insure for All takes a look at 5 of the very best destinations for the older generations!

The Loire ValleyThe Loire Valley
The wine, the climate, the Châteaux, the food and the scenery make the Loire Valley one of the best destinations for anyone who wants a peaceful, tranquil and relaxing holiday. Touring the wineries and vineyards while you try not to drink too much wine makes for a fantastic holiday experience. Taking a boat ride along the river and tours of all the wineries is essential and you can spend weeks relaxing in beautiful French villas or exploring quiet rural French towns. The Loire Valley is incredibly beautiful and the warm climate makes this a luxurious destination whether you want to take a cruise or stay in a quiet villa retreat.

The Italian Riviera
The Med has dozens of great summer and winter destinations that give you refreshing sea air, beautiful beaches and incredible weather. The Italian Riviera is one of the best Mediterranean destinations as it has a much less frenetic and touristy atmosphere. The fishing towns and seaside villages are so beautiful that you really won't ever want to leave. The atmosphere is much more local than tourist and the beaches are luxurious, the sea is warm, the food is mouth wateringly delicious and the accommodation on offer is great. For a long summer this is a fantastic place to live!

Florida
Florida is America's answer to Cornwall but with better weather and better beaches. From the Atlantic coast to the Florida Keys the state boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some of its best scenery. There's the Everglades National Park, world famous golf courses and weather that will just melt your woes away. It's a state that's geared towards older people with plenty of resorts tailored for the over 50's, 60's and 70's. There are golf courses, warm waters, a rich diversity of animal and marine life including dolphins and whales as well as over 100 national parks to visit.

Cyprus
Cyprus is one of the prettiest islands in the Mediterranean. It has beautiful light and warmth that has inspired artists for decades. The island boasts an incredible history and culture as well as fabulous beaches to enjoy. Highlights include the old town of Paphos with its harbour and castle, the sprawling cedar valley, Larnaca salt lakes and Kolossi castle. There are dozens of beautiful small villages along the coast and in the country and you can avoid all the major tourist spots easily if you want to. Cyprus is a very popular winter and summer destination and is only cold for a few months each year.

The Caribbean
While it's slightly unfair to lump the Caribbean into one destination the reality is that cruises are incredibly popular to the region and are the best holidays if you want to see a lot of countries at once and enjoy beautiful weather and all the home comforts. Tailored cruises for over 60's offer a great fun environment and you get to visit some of the best countries in the world from Cuba to Jamaica and Barbados. The weather and beaches make this a wonderful destination for anyone and a cruise is a great way to see the world.

The Top 5 Holiday Destinations Ideas for Retirees from itravelnet.com - Travel Directory


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