When we were all down in the dumps about global finances some clever soul somewhere invented the ’Staycation’: An opportunity for weekend inspiration to do all the great things in your area which you never do because they’re local and you could do them anytime. But there’s definitely a next level to that invention. And that would be some kind of Stay-adventure. Let’s plan a break around one of the really memorable, bucket-list-y experiences in our local area!
Summer holidays are about to kick in, still wondering where to head for? The Hotel Guru have come up with some top tips. How about ballooning in central Turkey? Or if you'd rather save that for a cooler season, then perhaps a beach lolling break with a hint of interest will tick the box? There's always culture and landscape of course, so whichever, we've got it covered.
There are no crashing waves, crowded beaches or wafts of sun cream here! Serenity reigns amongst the alpine lakes with stunning mountain views over still clear glacial waters. Churches and castles nestle into the shores, each with their own stories to tell. If activity is the name of the game, then Lakeside is where it's at, you just have to choose which Lake you'd prefer to visit.
This summer, destination Algarve! But do you really know where you're heading? Where are the beautiful sandy stretches of shoreline? Which beaches lie beneath the honey hued cliffs? How do you reach them? And are there any caves you can motor into over the warm quiet turquoise waters?
Never been to Berlin ? Put it on the list and put it at the top. On the surface, a capital city much like any other, shopping, art, restaurants, museums etc but its twentieth century history raises it above any other city I can think of. It may be a cliché to say that you can imagine a jack boot round every corner and a Red under every bed, but it’s easy when you’re there.
A snapshot of the Unmissable Museums in Naples, why the're worth the visit? Where to stay for easy access to most, with the added bonus of a memorable walk or fabulous view from others.
This year, France celebrates the 70th anniversary of the world's first jazz festivals, held in Nice and Paris in the summer of 1948. Now, you'll find festivals in Paris parks and Roman amphitheatres, village bandstands country meadows, medieval fortresses and Renaissance chapels.
Avignon is one of France's most beautiful cities. It's also one of the most visited. Sadly, not many of those who visit stay long. As a result, it's all too easy to eat a mediocre meal in one of the restaurants that lure tourists with multilingual menus in the city centre. But follow the locals to quieter streets to have your faith in local cooking restored.
I've never been a fan of mortadella. Every version I've tried reminds me, greasily, of school dinners. But it's Bologna's signature sausage and this is my first trip to the city. Maybe, I think, the real thing will be different from the ersatz version.
Boutique-style city hotels sometimes seem like a child-free zone, with parents and kids relegated to destinations that offer a 21st-century take on the old-school bucket-and-spade holiday.But it doesn't have to be that way. Families like cities too – and let's not forget that we're not all metropolitans.