Sunday, November 24, 2013

Madeira Island of Portugal



Madeira Island
There are many island destination in Europe and Madeira Island holds a special place in the list of island destination of Europe. Madeira Island wins Europe’s leading island destination 2013 award.

Madeira is a sub-tropical collection of many island. This island is located in the Atlantic Ocean and an autonomous region of Portugal. This island other names too. Few of the famous nicknames of Madeira Island are ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’, ‘IlhaJardim’ (Garden Island) and ’Pearl of the Atlantic’. The climate of this Island remains mild throughout the year. Madeira Island is a group of two populated island – Madeira and Porto Santo and two unpopulated island – Desertas and Selvagens.

How to Reach Madeira Island

Madeira Island is only 310 miles away from the African coast and 620 miles from Portugal. You can reach Madeira Island via air and water both. Flight takes one and a half hour from Portugal. From other part of Europe, you can reach Madeira Island in approximately 3 hour.

There is also boat/ship service available to reach there. Cruise ships port is also there and well connected to near cities. Ferry service is available between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

Popular Cities of Madeira Island

There are many small cities in Madeira Island. The capital of Madeira Island is Funchal which is also the largest city of Madeira Island. Very beautiful city and a tourist attraction place. You can enjoy beautiful panoramic view here. Other notable cities of Madeira Island are Santa Cruz, Machico, Santana, Camara do Lobos and others.

Accommodation

There are many resorts and hotels in the Madeira Island such that you won’t face any kind of trouble in staying. The rate is affordable and online booking facility is also available.

What to See

There are many historical and modern thing present on the Madeira Island. Levadas is a very impressive system which was built between 1461 and 1966. The main purpose of Levadas is to bring the water from the mountain to farmland. You can see the world’s highest ocean cliffs on Madeira Island. Yes, CaboGirão is one of the highest ocean cliff which is around 590m above sea level. Other important sights to visit are JardimBotanico – Funchal Botanical garden, Sao Vicente Caves to see lava tubes, Orchid garden at JardimOrquidea and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

What You Can Do Here

In addition to enjoying the beautiful view of the nature, you can do a lot of activities on this Island. Scuba diving, Mountain walks, Levada walking are some of the common and popular adventurous activities done here. Hiking at Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a great opportunity to people who likes hiking. The full walk includes a full circuit of the reserve. You will come across secluded beach known as Prainha. This beach is the only beach with natural black sand. This beach is perfect for swimming.

What to Buy

Madeira Island is a very popular for Madeira wine. Madeira wine is a bastioned wine. You will find four different types of Madeira wine – Malvasia also known as Malmsey or Malvazia, Bual or Boal, Verdelho and Sercial.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Islands Of Bulgaria



St. Anastasia island
Bulgaria – a beautiful country in the region of Balkans. It is one of the exotic country of Europe because of its sublime beaches, stunning churches and many more. There are many islands too which comes under Bulgaria. These islands are the major attraction for tourists. Though they are not popular as other but if you want to experience some unnoticed place then Bulgaria is the perfect destination.

St. Anastasia island of BULGARIA

St. Anastasia island of Bulgaria is the largest island and is located only 6.5 Km from the Bourgoas. This island seems to be the result of volcanic eruption. St Anastasia Island is located between the capes of St Anastasia and Atia. Humans started living on this island long back in 5th and 4th centuries AD. Long time back this island also served as a prison and various political prisoners were detained there. The name of this island was changed to Bolshevik island because the political prisoner escaped from the prison. This island is admired by its natural and archaeological beauty. This island has the tendency to be a tourist destination. You can reach St Anastasia Islandby a boat or ship and these are organized by Sozopol, Pomorie, Nessebar, Bourgas. Now, there is a lighthouse as well as pub and many restaurants for the tourists.

St. Cyricus island of BULGARIA

This island is also known as St. Cyril Island or St. Quiricus and JuliettaIsland. These are the Bulgarian island situated in the black sea. This island has road connections to the continent. The infrastructure of this island is set unlike other Bulgarian islands. Long time back a school was opened here for the fisherman and sailors but only sailors were allowed to study. After ten years, this school was converted intothe Bulgarian Naval Academy where Bulgarian naval ships were anchored only. Now this island has become an international maritime tourism spot.

St. Ivan Island of BULGARIA

Ivan island is located just one Km away from Sozopol. For guiding the vessels to the Burgas Bay, there is a lighthouse on the island. Ancient Thracians built their sanctuary there that is why this place is used as a sacred place for the Thracians. Apart from the rich history of this island, it is now a national reserve. Around 72 species of birds including endangered species find their new and safe home on this island. Tourist can reach here through boats from Sozopol Bay. St John Prodrom church was also built on this island with is the centre of attraction.

St. Thomas Island of BULGARIA

St. Thomas Island is also known as the Snake Island. The way to reach this island is via Bourgas Airport steering to Russia, UK, Central and Eastern Europe. At the time of booking hotels, you can ask for the cabs. Bus and taxi service is also available from the airport. This island is named after the chapel committed to St Thomas. The reason behind calling this island as the Snake Island is due to the inhabitant of grey water snakes that feeds on fishes. This is the only place in Bulgaria where wild cacti grow. The most of the island is covered from Cactus now.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Dodecanese Island of Greece


Dodecanese
Dodecanese is the collection of 12 larger islands and numerous smaller islands in the Aegean Sea. The group of Dodecanese islands is located near the border of Turkey and to the eastern side of the Aegean Sea. Dodecanese itself means 12 islands. In the middle ages the island was conquered by the Venetians. The Venetians trade was based on shipping and it built castles to save their town. That is why every island of the Dodecanese has at least one Venetian castle.The Dodecanese finally got independence after they signed the peace treaty with Italy in 1947.

The twelve islands that are the part of this Dodecanese Island are Rhodes, Kos, Patmos, Astipalea, Kasos, Karpathos, Leros, Kalimnos, Symi, Tilos, Kastellorizo, Nisyros. Rhodes is the capital of the Dodecanese islands. No rivers are flowing in Dodecanese Island but you will see running water.

Attraction of Dodecanese Islands 

The beautiful islands of the Dodecanese are very well famous for their rich traditions and cultures and festivals. The festivals are celebrated with great enthusiasm by local fairs, musical events and every Greek culture are popular there. The August 15 is the largest celebration day in the Dodecanese islands as this day is celebrated for the demotion of the virgin and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. The November 8th and August 23rd are also celebrated with great enthusiasm. Dodecanese islands hold the summer festival cultural program where Rock climbing festival takes place in the September month, Rose festival in Rhodes and music festival in Patmos is celebrated.

How to Reach Dodecanese Islands 

Reaching Dodecanese islands is very easy as there are airports and ships. These are the easiest way to reach there. Airports are located in the islands of the Dodecanese. Rhodes, Kos, Karpathos have airports that receives domestic flights from Athens but their Charter flights are also received from abroad. Ships can also be used for transportation from the port of Piraeus. The distance covered by the ships is very long so people usually don’t prefer it. In this case,flights are the easiest and most convenient way to travel to Dodecanese.

What is Popular in Dodecanese Islands 

Dodecanese islands are very famous for their folklore tradition. Production of various natural resources takes place and beautiful artwork by craftsmen is a must watch. Tourists will love the ceramic items. Honey, cheese and wine are the local products of the Dodecanese islands. Meat, vegetables, fruits, wine, honey and other products are in abundance on this island.

Places to Visit in Dodecanese Islands 

The huge collections from the medieval period are stored in the beautiful museums located in the Rhodes. The modern art museum and Archaeological museums are very much recommended to visit when you travel Dodecanese islands. The local tradition of the island is displayed in the Folklore Museum of Karpathos and ancient Agora is present in the Archaeological Museum of Kos. Rhodes, Kos, Kalymnos, Leroshas the most beautiful churches. Along with beautiful Churches and Museums, you will find numerous small and big structures which tells you about the culture and history of Dodecanese Islands.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Balearic Islands of Spain

Balearic Islands
The Balearic Islands are an archipelago of Spain which is in the west of the Mediterranean Sea. The island is near to the coast of the Iberian Peninsula. There are many islands which collectively known as the Balearic Islands. The largest islands of Balearic are Majorca, Minorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The capital of the Balearic Island is Palma. Spanish and Catalan are the co-official languages in the Balearic Island.


The Balearic Islands is well connected through flights and ships. The airports in the Balearic Islands are Palma de Majorca, Ibiza and Mahon. The journey from nearby popular cities such as Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia takes less than an hour to reach Balearic Islands. You can reach the Balearic Island by sea in eight hours from the nearest port.

The most popular city of the Balearic Islands is its capital – Palma de Mallorca. This beautiful city offers the scenic view of sunrise and sunset, large number of bars and restaurant. This city is being a historical center. Whenever you heard about the Balearic Islands, beautiful beaches, sandy wonders are the one whose pictures comes first in the mind. Every year, millions of visitors come to the Balearic Islands and spend their vacation and for partying.

As earlier mentioned, Majorca or Mallorca is one of the largest island of the Balearic Island. This island is converted into a commercial hub. It is mostly covered with hotels, restaurants, bars and holiday resorts. The capital city of Balearic Island is also located on this Island only. Despite covered with lots of entertainment buildings, there are mountains too and caves. The best way to explore the Balearic Island is by foot or you can hire a car or bicycle.

Another large Island of Balearic is Ibiza. If you are a party-loving person, then Ibiza is the right Island for you. It is also famous among gay tourist because of its friendly environment and behavior towards them. You will find stunning resort, bars and discos which easily attract the club-going European people. The morning is spent on the beaches and night in the bars. A perfect entertainment and relaxation destination. You can explore Ibiza more by visiting the old towns and by enjoying some Balearic food and culture.

Formentera is considered as the ideal paradise. This island of Balearic is only 30 square miles in area. It is the least developed island and due to this it is known as “Forgotten Balearic” for some period. You will find stunning beaches here which is considered as one of the best beaches in Europe. If you are looking for a destination where you want peace then Formentera is the ideal location. The construction is also not much as there is a limitation on the number of hotels.

The Balearic Islands are also famous for the local food which is exotic and exquisite. Sobrasada – a type of red pork pate is the official foodstuff. Ensaimada is the official cake which contains pumpkin jam. The two famous beverages of the Balearic Islands are Palo and Hierbas. These are the local liquors. Palo liquor is made from carob tree’s fruit.

Luxury Accommodation In The North East


Croft hotel
Intimate and luxurious accommodation can be availed through online portals with various options to cater to the needs of users. This luxury accommodation in the north east in the close proximity of Darlington is made available at the hotel which is perfectly situated to explore Richmonshire and the surroundings with fabulous golf course at Rochliffe Hall and the Croft Circuit. This is a Grade II listed hotel, situated near Darlington within the picturesque surrounding of nature and has extensively refurbished function suites, bedrooms, Gastropub, their new Tea Rooms and many more attractions.

Their chain of hotels with twenty bedrooms has been furnished with the highest standards to enable their visitors with an elegant as well as a relaxing vacation during their visit to this destination. The hotel also has a variety of traditionally decorative Executive bedrooms besides offering the option of contemporary rooms which has its own distinctive style décor of its own which needs to be seen to be believed. Moreover each of these bedrooms are designed for work, leisure as well as pleasure with the bedrooms equipped with flat screen LCD TVs, broadband access and desk space.

Being a Grade II hotel it is a perfect venue for an important event in one’s life, where a selection of amazing wedding packages are offered which are also tailored according to the requirements of their clients. Clients can avail the opportunity of the special pricing made available, which is applicable from March 2013 to March 2014 and make the most of this offer while it is available to them. The highlights of the offer is provision of a special Wedding package for a reception of fifty people, Champagne reception with canapés, a three course wedding breakfast, two glasses of wine provided with the meal and Champagne toast.

This is followed by an evening function with an evening buffet for eighty guests and disco till midnight trimming with Superior Bedroom for the bridal couple. Clients can book in advance for the venue to avoid disappointments for a great event they may have in mind All updates are made available at the site along with monthly newsletter for the benefit of the users.

Madeira Island of Portugal

Madeira Island

There are many island destination in Europe and Madeira Island holds a special place in the list of island destination of Europe. Madeira Island wins Europe’s leading island destination 2013 award.
Madeira is a sub-tropical collection of many island. This island is located in the Atlantic Ocean and an autonomous region of Portugal. This island other names too. Few of the famous nicknames of Madeira Island are ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’, ‘IlhaJardim’ (Garden Island) and ’Pearl of the Atlantic’. The climate of this Island remains mild throughout the year. Madeira Island is a group of two populated island – Madeira and Porto Santo and two unpopulated island – Desertas and Selvagens.

How to Reach Madeira Island 

Madeira Island is only 310 miles away from the African coast and 620 miles from Portugal. You can reach Madeira Island via air and water both. Flight takes one and a half hour from Portugal. From other part of Europe, you can reach Madeira Island in approximately 3 hour.
There is also boat/ship service available to reach there. Cruise ships port is also there and well connected to near cities. Ferry service is available between the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.

Popular Cities of Madeira Island 

There are many small cities in Madeira Island. The capital of Madeira Island is Funchal which is also the largest city of Madeira Island. Very beautiful city and a tourist attraction place. You can enjoy beautiful panoramic view here. Other notable cities of Madeira Island are Santa Cruz, Machico, Santana, Camara do Lobos and others.

Accommodation 

There are many resorts and hotels in the Madeira Island that you won’t face any kind of trouble in staying. The rate is affordable and online booking facility is also available.

What to See 

There are many historical and modern thing present on the Madeira Island. Levadas is a very impressive system which was built between 1461 and 1966. The main purpose of Levadas is to bring the water from the mountain to farmland. You can see the world’s highest ocean cliffs on Madeira Island. Yes, CaboGirão is one of the highest ocean cliff which is around 590m above sea level. Other important sights to visit are JardimBotanico – Funchal Botanical garden, Sao Vicente Caves to see lava tubes, Orchid garden at JardimOrquidea and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

What You Can Do Here 

In addition to enjoying the beautiful view of the nature, you can do a lot of activities on this Island. Scuba diving, Mountain walks, Levada walking are some of the common and popular adventurous activities done here. Hiking at Ponta de Sao Lourenco is a great opportunity to people who likes hiking. The full walk includes a full circuit of the reserve. You will come across secluded beach known as Prainha. This beach is the only beach with natural black sand. This beach is perfect for swimming.

Our next article will be about hiking tours south africa

Friday, November 8, 2013

Mexico an amazing tourist getaway

Mexico
Mexico is one those countries which tops the list when it comes to a great holiday destination. The high rugged mountains with low coastal plains and high plateaus covered with temperate grasslands, Mezquite trees in the northeast region with desert and rugged mountains in the northwestern regions, tropical rainforest towards the south and southeastern area, sums up the amazing country of Mexico. It is a country located in North America between the United States of America at its north with Guatemala and Belize to the southeast. It has an extensive coastline which includes the Gulf of Mexico with the Caribbean Sea to its east and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

 The climate here is very pleasant and warm and visitors can have a fantastic time exploring the country with its unique food, art, museums, pyramids and archeology. The main attraction of Mexico which draws many tourists to this place is the ancient ruins of the Olmecs, Maya and Aztec, the train routes used by the brash and the legendary Pancho Villa not forgetting the beaches of Acapulco and Cancun. Mexico City, the capital of the Republic is one of the three largest cities of the world with sophisticated urban hub having a 700 years old history. Cancun is one of those famous beaches, known for its clear Caribbean waters, its recreational facilities and a lively party environment and one can make the most of their stay especially during spring time. Acapulco which is a sophisticated urban beach is known for its nightlife, elegant style in dining and night traffic. Other destination worth exploring is the Copper Canyon which is an exotic site for travelers who are on the lookout for a unique remote adventure.

The mountain rail ride which is one of the best in the world takes the tourist up to 8000 feet on the Chepe. Besides this there are other attractions like the Chihuahua al Pacifico Railway Hiking, horseback riding and much more. Copper Canyon is a magnificent remote wilderness and tourist can indulge in exploring this place of interest on their visit to this destination. Another interesting place is the Sea of Cortex where one can get the opportunity of watching the whale swim with dolphins and sea kayak in the waters along the eastern coast of Baja California towards La Paz. Tourist should not miss the sunsets at Puerto Penasco and San Carlos which is one of the best sights of the visit.

At Monarch Butterfly Breeding Sites, which is a protected natural area in the highland of Michoacan, one will find millions of butterflies between November and March. Mexico is a country with plenty of interesting sites to explore and many say that Mexico is a country where no one ever leaves. Visas are not essential for British, Canadian or American citizens though proper identification like birth certificates, passport or voter registrations may be needed with the tourist details appropriately filled in upon arrival which can be valid for a period of three to six months and the currency used here is Mexican Peso

Private Jet Inforgraphic



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Private charter flight service can be availed from service providers catering to their passengers with optimal aircrafts, capable to accommodate their requirements which include luxurious appointments, in flight amenities, passenger capacity, cabin size, flight range along with airport accessibility. Individuals could choose from the various options available namely, light, midsize, super midsize or a heavy jet which would suit them best. Besides these, one also has the choice of considering on chartering helicopter, an amphibious plane or a turbo prop from their extensive fleet available for their passengers. This Private Jet Inforgraphic has a class of its own enabling clients to decide on an appropriate aircraft most suitable for their mission with the convenience as well as the luxury to travel to any desired destination on a private aircraft at a price which is much lower than most private charter flights. Passengers can take advantage of the great value from their one way charter flights and on demand charters flights. Moreover they can also choose from their core aircrafts like Hawker Charter or Sikorsky Charter and much more.

Individuals can benefit from this aviation company by flying on one of the most sophisticated aircraft and limiting the down time on the ground which will not be limited by duty day restriction with the service provider. Multiple crews are also provided during the trip to ensure productivity of the charter flight as well as to compliment the private travel experience.

Moreover they are available 24/7 while rendering their services in operating around the globe with all inclusive private jet prices without any additional fees or long term commitment for in flight standard catering along with amenities, well trained pilot, experienced staff and aircraft maintenance team, the authority to fly into Reagan National Airport – DCA as well as an Over flight permit to make returns from international locations an enjoyable one.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Rio de Janeiro, The city of landscape


 Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro one of the second largest cities of Brazil is situated on the South Atlantic coast and is famous for its beautiful landscape, its annual carnival and its laidback beach culture. Rio de Janeiro’s harbor has a unique entry from the ocean and is surrounded with geographic features which include Sugar Loaf Mountain of 395 meters, Corcovado Peak – 704 meters, and the hills of Tijuca – 1,021 meters and the combination of these features collectively has made the harbor one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. These beaches are simply amazing and even the most seasoned tourist will find it hard to resist them which are wide and clean with soft white sand.

The main beaches from Leme to Brazil conduct a variety of services for beach lovers which include free showers at the beach, clean pay toilets, life savers with police, tents as well as chairs on rent, wet trails to walk on cool sand together with soft and alcoholic drinks with food. Some of the beaches which are inappropriate for bathing are Ramos, Flamengo, Botafogo, Urca while Abrico is an oceanic and the only official nudist beach in Rio de Janeiro and is accessible by car or taxi. Rio de Janeiro has a wide range of museums and many cultural centers that are managed by banks and other organizations. They also host free exhibitions and the details of these are available in the daily newspaper O Globo in their weekly Friday supplement.
One of the reasons for visiting Rio de Janeiro is the Carnival which lasts for two weeks and is well known for samba schools or the escolas de samba which parade on gigantic structures known as Sambadrome in Centro. This country has plenty to offer during carnival by way of fun music and entertainment lasting for two weeks. Rio de Janeiro is the cradle of three of Brazil musicals namely samba, bossa nova and choro and one will find here, some of the best musicians of the country. It also has some big and small clubs which play every kind of music and the major mainstream clubs perform whatever is played on the USA radio and MTV while the underground offer Rock, Rap E-music and much more.

Enjoying the music at one of the countless samba live music bars is a novelty which should not be missed while on a trip to this country. The nightlife district of Rio at Lapa, have many bars with great music where locals go dancing and meeting people..The New Year’s Eve celebration is one of the largest and most popular events celebrated in Rio de Janeiro with huge fireworks display along with musical shows which attracts around two million people to the sands of Copacabana beach each year. During this celebration, people dress in white for luck and toast the arrival of the coming year. Some national as well as international concerts are held at the beach which is entry free. When shopping on streets, one can strike a good bargain at lower price if done smartly since there is always a tendency of overcharging tourist who comes to the country.