Self-catering holidays have long proven to be a popular style of holiday. In fact, according to research carried out by the London School of Economics in 2015, the demand for self-catering holiday properties is on the rise.
Nothing is worse than having your long awaited summer holiday spoilt because you did not take a few easy precautions to keep yourself safe. The sun often plays a big part in where we choose to go but it can also cause us one or two problems, especially for those with pale skin, who can be prone to being burnt. There is another danger with too much sun, the risk of getting sunstroke.
There has been a recent surge in the number of British residents wanting to take their summer holidays in Spain and Portugal. Recent figures have shown a rise of 27% to 32%, for these two popular destinations, with places such as Cyprus and Malta not far behind. This has prompted tourist organisations to warn that to delay booking your holiday to Spain and Portugal could cause disappointment.
So what has caused this sudden surge in interest?
Being jet lagged when we arrive at a new location can seriously hamper how we kick-start our holiday. Fortunately, there are steps we can take to help stave off dreaded jet lag and arrive at our holiday destination ready to explore and enjoy our new surroundings to the max.
Once upon a time in the not too distant past, we packed our suitcase and wondered whether we’d have access to a phone whilst on holiday. How times have changed; as today we have the ability to stay in touch with the rest of the world even when halfway up the Amazon. If you’re a traveller who likes to stay connected with life back home when you’re on your travels, take a look at the following top ten travel gadgets for the technological discerning traveller.
From finding the relevant desk at the airport and enduring the lengthy queues, to ensuring you have the correct paperwork in order, hiring a car abroad can be stressful.
Knowing what to expect and preparing for car hire can make the experience considerably less taxing.
Whether it’s a rosy-cheeked toddler trying his luck on the slope for the first time, or a smile put on a moody teenager’s face who has finally succumb to the fun of the piste, family skiing holidays can be a rewarding and bonding experience for everyone involved.
That said, heading to the slopes of Europe with the family in tow is not without its ups and downs (excuse the pun). If you are planning a skiing holiday this winter with the family have a read of the following tips to help your holiday run as smoothly as the snow you’ll be skiing down.
One of the greatest pleasures of travelling to Italy is discovering the many delicious dishes the country is world-renowned for. Italian cuisine is strongly influenced by local traditions and histories and none more so than stuffed aubergine. This mouth-watering Italian delicacy owes its origins in “cucina povera”. Cucina povera refers to the cook of the house making use of whatever ingredients were at hand and could be picked from the garden or even hedgerow.
Stuffed aubergines can be served hot or cold and make a fantastic delicacy at a dinner party. What’s more they are ever so simple to make!
Take a look at how to make cold stuffed aubergine the Italian way
It is fairly safe to say, there aren’t many destinations in southern Spain that comprise of stunning stretches of sun-drenched sand, atmospheric cafes and bars, top class restaurants and a white-washed old-town clung majestically to a hillside, that aren’t teeming with tourists.
If you did make this proclamation, you’d be almost right, but not quite.
The town of Mojacar, on the Costa de Almeria in the south-eastern corner of Andalucia, would prove your assumption wrong.
When driving along Costa de Almeria, past the bustling port towns of Villaricus and Garrucha, an incredible sight soon dominates the vista – a whitewashed pueblo clung almost precariously to a hillside, looking serenely out towards the Mediterranean.
Welcome to Mojacar!
Mojacar comprises of two infinitely contrasting existences – the ‘Playa’, which consists of a string of pretty, sandy, well-facilitated beaches, and the Pueblo, an old town with cobbled twisting streets housing quirky bars, restaurants and boutiques round every corner.
One of the greatest things about Mojacar is that you get the ‘two in one’ ideal. The ‘Playa’ beckons for a memorable beach holiday, where swimming, sunbathing, banana boats and ice-cream are available and waiting.
Once you’ve had enough of the sand, sangria and squeals of delight from those riding the banana boats, the tranquil, timeless and bohemian world of Mojacar Pueblo awaits you.
Simply drive, catch the bus or walk a kilometre or so up a steep road from Mojacar Playa and you’ll find yourself in an entirely different world altogether. This fascinating, white-washed town provides a taste of timeless Spain. A network of cobbled alleyways ascend and descend around the village.
‘Alternative’ boutiques selling quirky clothes, jewellery, pottery and gifts puts shoppers in paradise. As does lovers’ of authentic Spanish cuisine, with tapas and Sangria being served in abundance in the pueblo’s characterful bars and restaurants.
What’s more, being relatively inconspicuous from the predominant tourist trail, both Mojacar Playa and the Pueblo never get bombarded with an overcrowded stream of visitors.
If you want to discover the best of both of Spain’s irrefutably different worlds, designate a day on your Andalucian holiday to visit Mojacar.
Traditional yet modern would be an apt overall description of Ca’n Trillo. Located not far from the traditional town of Pollenca on the eastern end of Serra de Tramuntana, this beautiful villa sleeps up to six guests in comfort and luxury.
The exterior and interior building design has been used to make houses like this one for a hundred years. The American style fridge in the kitchen is however a relatively recent addition along with all the other modern day necessities that contemporary society demands.
Wooden beamed ceilings and ceramic floor tiles with white-washed walls give a genuine Spanish feel to Ca’n Trillo. The colourful and stylish furniture, artwork and furnishings place a modern stamp on a bygone age of house design. Cool, light and roomy, houses such as Ca’n Trillo were built to a practical standard in order to deal with many hundreds of hours of sunshine beating down relentlessly onto the rooftops of the houses of Mallorca.
The house has three bedrooms plus three bathrooms. The traditional bedroom layout with iron beds and wooden cabinets contrasts with the modern requirements of satellite TV and air-conditioning. All the bedrooms are en-suite and comprise of two twins and a double. Doors lead out into the garden from the bedrooms.
The kitchen, dining room and lounge fuse together in one huge light and roomy open plan room. Cooks can enjoy getting to grips with the local cuisine in Ca’n Trillo’s well-equipped kitchen.
Ca’n Trillo’s exterior is equally as alluring. A sparkling swimming pool surrounded by a large lawn area means guests can bathe and dry off spread out under the sun. As well as the inviting pool there is a hot tub for guests to relax in. Whether it’s being immersed in the hot tub or bathing in the pool, with pretty pencil thin cypress trees planted round the perimeter you can enjoy total privacy at Ca’n Trillo. .
The built in barbecue is further enticement to lure guests at Ca’n Trillo into outdoors. It is easy to imagine a vibrant and joyful party taking place in this beautiful outside area of the house.
Less than a ten minute drive from Ca’n Trillo and all its fabulous amenities puts you at the horse shoe-shaped bay of Pollenca. This characterful town is framed by two mountains, each with their own sacred site on top. Pollenca and all its charms looks incredible against the backdrop of the Tramuntana Mountains.
With wonderful scenery, great restaurants and glorious beaches, your time spent holidaying in this refreshingly unspoilt region of Mallorca will be torn between staying at Ca’n Trillo or exploring the town of Pollenca.
For more information about Ca’n Trillo visit: https://www.vintagetravel.co.uk/villa_details.cfm?p_id=1269