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Barcelona is the number one visitor destination in Spain ahead of Madrid, Seville, Granada, Corralejo and Malaga. Since the regeneration of the city for the Olympics in 1992 its reputation as a friendly, vibrant and interesting city has flourished. The top five visitor attractions in Barcelona Basilica of the Sagrada FamiliaOnly recently completed after years of toil, Gaudi's masterpiece is one of the main visitor attractions in the world, let alone Barcelona. The strange, freeform architecture of the towers have dominated the skyline for some time...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


As we approach the summer proper and temperatures across southern Europe rise to the point where swimming pools and the sea become usable this is also the time when a number of owners choose to offer the remaining dates on special offer. Most of the deals on offer this year are for Spain, in particular in the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava, Costa Dorada and the Costa del Sol. The biggest weekly saving in Spain is to be found at the villa Jerry NOV802 which has a private pool which is fenced so really good for small children. The weeks of 30th May and 6th...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Lisbon is the number one attraction for visitors to Portugal, ahead of Funchal, Porto, Albufiera, Portimao and Lagos.   The city has grown in popularity in recent years as recognition has grown of its reputation as a gourmet centre and trendy place to be.   The top five attractions in Lisbon   The GulbenkianMuseum is generally rated as the best museum in Lisbon. This relatively small museum houses a unique collection gathered by the oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian in the 1930/40's when it was rated as one of the best in Europe....

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


The lure of warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine are reasons enough for many to head towards the Mediterranean in the south of France. Then it becomes a bit more complicated to decide between the main areas of Provence and the French Riviera.Many choose Provence mainly because of the Romans. Yes strange as it may seem it is the legacy of the Roman occupation of large swathes of the South of France and Provence in particular which attracts visitors from all over the world to Provence as it has some of the best preserved feats of roman engineering...

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


The coast of Spain offers many options and all of them are within similar flying distance, here we try and help you decide between the two principal holiday destination for family villa holidays in Spain, the Brava and the Blanca.The Costa Brava stretches from the frontier with France down the coast as far as Blanes. It is distinctive for its red rock coastal section with numerous pretty creeks and sandy bays, an area of great natural beauty.There are a number of charming small resorts along the Costa Brava which are ideal for family holidays, offering...

Friday, December 12, 2014


Rome saw the first workings of democracy in the civilised world and it is this which also made Rome a world power with a legacy unmatched anywhere, which we can still marvel at today. There are a number of reasons why people visit Rome which skews many lists of what to see and do. The major unique swing factor is religion which whilst obviously massively important isn't behind your average tourists reasoning although it does contribute to the prime splendours of the Eternal city. The top five attractions in RomeThe Colosseum is undoubtedly the main...

Friday, December 05, 2014


Brittany is located in the extreme north west of France and it is really big, so large in fact that independentist Bretons have for some time been campaigning for a referendum like the one held in Scotland recently as they feel actual self governance would be appropriate.Most holidaymakers have next to no interest in such weighty matters, they are far more concerned with the big decision which is "do we go for the north coast or the south". The administrative capital of Brittany, Rennes is in the middle, it tends to be bypassed.The north of...

Wednesday, December 03, 2014


Bordeaux is one of the most popular and visited cities of France after Paris, Lyon and Nice, here is what you can expect to see and do on a day visit.Given its status as the wine capital of France it is no surprise that the local Bordelaise folk have a refined pallet for their food and drink. Consequently there are a large number of gastronomic restaurants in Bordeaux, so it is well worth eating out whilst you are there as you can experience some of the best food and wine France has to offer. There are literally thousands of restaurants to choose from...

Monday, December 01, 2014


The islands of Croatia are legion and offer a quite unique holiday experience, the two main ones are Brac and Hvar, the question is, which one to choose?As far as travelling to Brac and Hvar is concerned there is little to choose between the two as the ferry from Split to Supertar on Brac takes just short of an hour whilst the boat connection from Split to Hvar takes is a little further but is still only an hour and twenty minutes journey time.One of the big swing factors for Brac is the Zlatni Rat beach which is unusually beautiful and sandy, it...

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Greece is the cradle of western European civilisation and has a history complemented by legends which is second to none. Geographically it is unusual too as it has a large mainland which fragments as you go south, with a vast peninsula and numerous islands, large and small and is flanked by three seas, furthermore it is close to Europe and Africa. So the question many legitimately ask when it comes to Greece is where do I begin? Well to an extent, generally speaking it depends where you are at in life, if you are young and free, a romantic couple, a...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Infinity and beyond to any parent with young children immediately brings up images of buzz lightyear and his fellow toy friends but for villa holidays it is something else; a blue water blend with the sea to the horizon.It is an image which whenever you come across it staying in holiday villas in France, Spain, Greece or even Saint Barths in the Caribbean the visual effect never ceases to have an effect on you and you find you don't want to leave. A view of the sea and an open horizon has something else to offer, an open perspective.Put a swimming...

Monday, October 27, 2014


Thought about renting a villa with a heated pool? The children might thank you for it!Just the idea of being able to wake up in the morning and take a quick splosh in the swimming pool before a shower and breakfast is enough for many of us to push the boat out and rent a villa with a pool for next years holiday.But what if that inviting looking pool holds a chill which will have you jumping out of it as fast as you got in?By and large if you and your family are staying in a holiday villa with a swimming pool just about anywhere in Europe south of the...

Monday, October 20, 2014


Anyone for tennis? There is a lot to think about in life and getting organised for future events is often hard to do. I'm going to try and help you focus on one of them.Tennis is a sport which has dominated my family life and my father in particular was a real fanatic, playing at least four times a week right up to the age of 80 and my brother aged 70 was boasting only last week of winning his latest match in Cape Town S.A. where he now lives. My experience is that it is a game which all the family can enjoy and it doesn't really matter what...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


Villa in Spain for 2015, there is far more than just sun, sea and sangria.For many it is the first choice destination, others hesitate, perhaps because they don't realise how much more Spain has to offer.This is what Spain has in spades:1 Spain is one of the best served short haul flight destinations in Europe with numerous regional airport options. In less than three hours you are there. Car hire is also very reasonable and easy to organise so your journey is straightforward and when you step off the plane you can be sure it will be nice and...

Monday, October 06, 2014


 
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