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Fuerteventura Travel Guide

Posted on October 28, 2018 in Uncategorized

With year round sunshine and beautiful sandy beaches, Fuerteventura is the perfect destination for holidaying in the Canary Islands. The island offers quieter resorts than the larger islands with the exception of Corralejo which offers a very lively scene. For families there is the resort of Caleta de Fuste and for couples there is the laid-back Costa Calma on the south coast with its peaceful natural beaches. Other Fuerteventura resorts include Playa Barca and Playa Jandia.

Fuerteventura has more than 150 beaches which are regarded by many as the best beaches in the Canary Islands. All of the resorts have a main beach which is well equipped with sun beds and family facilities. Due to the size of Fuerteventura beaches, visitors can always find a quiet spot, especially on the beaches that continue into long stretches of undeveloped areas of pale sandy beach. All of the beaches shelve safely to the calm clear waters surrounding the island.

The liveliest beaches are found in Corralejo, however you only need to take a short walk and you will find stretches of unspoilt beaches which many regard as similar to those of the Caribbean. Corralejo offers excellent conditions for water sports like windsurfing and kite boarding.

Costa Caleta is a purpose built resort with restaurants, cafes and shops which attracts mainly families.

Just south of Corralejo is a national park of protected sand dunes known as El Jable. This protected area of sand dunes is particularly popular with naturists looking for a secluded area to relax in!

The most beautiful beaches are found on the southern Jandia peninsula. If you are looking for a romantic ‘get away’ then the beaches of Jandia and Costa Calma are the perfect choice with many secluded coves. With long stretches of beach that soon become semi-deserted you will always be able to find a secluded spot for a touch of romance. Both Jandia and Costa Calma also have very nice promenades to stroll along when you want a break from the beach.

For total dessert island seclusion you can hire a car and drive to one of the many naturist havens like Cofete Beach which is located in the Jandia Natural Park.

The island offers some of the best surfing and windsurfing conditions throughout the Canaries. The large stretches of unsheltered coastline offer excellent conditions, especially in the autumn when the large Atlantic swell hits the shores. Corralejo and Caleta have some highly recommended surf schools.

Other water sports available include water-skiing and sea kayaking.

Families will love a leisurely cruise on a glass bottom boat from which they can explore the underwater world without getting wet!

For something different, this beautiful island can be explored by horseback or by quad bike. Most resorts offer horse riding lessons and treks through the islands interior, across the unique red volcanic landscape, passing through quaint villages or just taking a quiet gallop in the surf. For an exciting way to see the countryside you can speed away on a quad bike, riding through beautiful verdant green valleys, sand dunes and volcanic craters.

Away from the glorious beaches there is plenty to do including excursions into the intriguing volcanic interior and taking a ferry ride to nearby Lanzarote. For bird watchers there are some great nature walks which will take you through a variety of habitats which are home to native and migratory birds including hawks, vultures and kestrels. Many of the hotels arrange escorted walks for hiker’s and bird watchers.

Mild winters and hot summers make Fuerteventura a perfect all year round destination. The weather is very similar all year round with June to September being the hottest months with temperatures around 29C and low humidity levels. Summer evening temperatures hover around the low 20’s. Spring is a great time to visit as temperatures hit the mid 20’s, there is an average of 7 hours sunshine a day, beaches are less crowded and there are plenty of special offer holidays to be had.

UK Travel – 10 Enchanting Places to Visit in Britain

Posted on October 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

There are many wonderful and enchanting places to visit in Britain, and I highly recommend the following 10 places. UK travel at its best!

1. Cornwall

Cornwall is famous for its dramatic and stunning coastline, charming fishing villages, tin mines, and ancient moorland. The amazing light has attracted artists to Cornwall for many years, today – apart from London – there are more working artists in Cornwall than any other county in the UK.

2. Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire in South West Wales is full of magic and mystery. The area has a rich Celtic heritage with many pre-historic monuments to see. Famous for its stunning coastal scenery and beaches, Pembrokeshire is a great place to visit for a walking or cycling holiday.

3. Snowdonia

Snowdonia in North Wales is known the world over for its magnificent mountain scenery. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales and England and I highly recommend that you climb to its summit. If that is not possible you can always cheat and get the mountain train to the top!

4. English Lake District

The English Lake District is in the North West of England, and attracts more visitors and tourists than any other region of the UK. The reason why it is a honey pot for tourists is because of its sheer natural beauty, with spectacular lakes and mountains.

5. Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands are a mountain region in Northwest Scotland, famous for its whisky and dramatic moody scenery. If you want to get away from it all, visit the Scottish Highlands for its spectacularly undisturbed beauty.

6. Northumberland

The least visited National Park in the UK; Northumberland is a hidden jewel in the North West of England. The area is quiet and beautiful with a spectacular coastline to explore. It is a wonderful place for cycling and walking, and there are some stunning castles to visit in the area, including Alnwick Castle, which was used as Hogwarts in the Harry Potter films.

7. Norfolk Broads

The Norfolk Broads are a network of lakes and rivers on the East coast of England. The home to rare and beautiful flora and fauna, the Broads are a wildlife haven. A great place to visit if you like water and messing around on boats, and love big open skies.

8. Cotswolds

The Cotswolds are a designated area of outstanding natural beauty in the heart of England. Famous for its honey coloured cottages and range of rolling limestone hills. The area is a quaint corner of England ideal for walking and horse riding.

9. New Forest

The New Forest is a former royal hunting area in the South of England. It is a unique landscape of ancient forest and unenclosed pastureland. The area is a paradise for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

10. Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is an area of great natural beauty in the heart of Northern England. The Dales are a great place to partake in outdoor pursuits, but are also an ideal place to just get away from it all. The area is home to some of the finest cross-country mountain biking in the UK.

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Garden Route Travel Options

Posted on October 25, 2018 in Uncategorized

Few coastal stretches in the world can claim the beauty of the Garden Route, so named for its lush, green, indigenous forests, golden beaches and rushing rivers. An abundance of bird species and wildlife can be found here and the area’s pristine beaches, lapped by azure waters, are home to seals, dolphins and whales (the latter from June to October to calve in the warm Indian Ocean).

Occupying a slender coastal plane from the Gouritz River near Mossel Bay in the west to the Storms River mouth east of Plettenberg Bay, the Garden Route meanders for 350km along the N2, its main arterial road.

While often compared to the Lake District in England, the Garden Route’s climate is considerably more temperate. Summer temperatures average 27 Celsius and the winter average is 14 Celsius in the daytime. The region’s Mediterranean climate and natural splendour are complemented by excellent amenities catering for the most diverse and discerning of travellers.

Nature lovers will be in the their element. Hikes along the craggy coastline takes you through pristine forests and remote beaches with shimmering rock pools and waterfalls along the way. The popular Otter Trail is a five day hike that follows the coastline from Storms River Mouth to Nature’s Valley in the Tsitsikamma National Park. It’s essential to book well in advance as places are limited.

If hiking is not for you, there are many other ways to experience the natural splendour of the Garden Route from horseriding in the Plettenberg Bay mountainside to paddling canoes around the Robberg peninsula. More sedentary options include packaged safaris offered by a variety of game lodges and dolphin and whale watching boat trips.

Needless to say, the Garden Route offers something for everyone and its accommodation is equally varied. Whether its a wooden tree house in indigenous forest, surrounded by monkeys and bird life, a rustic beach house, or a sunny penthouse suite, you’ll find what you are looking for and so much more.

A popular option to see the Garden Route is to hire a car in Cape Town and drive up the coast, stopping at charming seaside towns along the way.

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