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Why Go To Cyprus

With so many airlines now offering flights to Cyprus at competitive rates there is no excuse for people not to go and visit this beautiful island. There are so many reasons why thousands of tourists flock there every year so it’s no surprise that so many low cost airlines are offering flights to Cyprus on a regular basis.

One of the reasons why so many people choose to holiday on the island every year is because it is famous for its warm Mediterranean sun and is known for being an island of natural beauty with a combination of beautiful coastlines and mountain scenery.

With so many cheap flights to various locations around the world it’s very difficult to try and decide where to holiday every year. However, with such beautiful surroundings and cheap flights to Cyprus there isn’t really any competition. With such a vast array of things to see and do from fine, sandy beaches and a lively nightlife along the south coast, wild, unspoiled national parks north – west of the Akamas Peninsula to ancient culture further inland where villages haven’t changed for generations.

Many people are attracted to the unique variety of food on offer that you can’t quite find anywhere else in the world. Drawn from sources all around the Eastern Mediterranean, salads, fruits and meat dishes are popular amongst locals and tourists. There are also many options for vegetarians with tasty dishes that are cooked with olive oil, tomatoes and local herbs and spices which give them distinctive flavours. If you would like more traditional Cypriot dishes then try Meze. This is a very popular feast with a combination of up to 30 small dishes of just about everything which means you get to sample a bit of everything.

There is so much to do in Cyprus including golf, bird watching, water sports, diving and mini cruises. There are also events which occur regularly throughout the year that you can participate in. For example, every Tuesday there is a Medieval walking tour in Nicosia and every Wednesday there is a walking tour of Larnaca which shows you everything from the past and present.

Diving is a particularly popular activity that many tourists try while in Cyprus as the coastline off the Akamas is widely regarded as the most exciting diving area on the island. With sites like St. George’s Island, The Blue Lagoon and The Garden of Eden, there is plenty to explore. There are virtually no tides and currents and the sea is comfortably warm all year which are all factors contributing to why diving in Cyprus is so popular. For those who have never done it before or who don’t feel comfortable going out without a professional, then there are various diving schools on the island.

It really couldn’t be easier, if you want a great holiday with plenty of excitement then book your flights to Cyprus today.

Holidays to antalya 365 days a year

Holidays to Antalya 365 days a year

After almost thirty years of constant holidaying several times a year by us, the British love affair with cheap holiday deals to Spain finally started to wane. All the countries that were crammed in the periphery and barely glanced at, started to come to the fore front and none more so that Turkey. The then exotic sounding resort names like Bodrum and Marmaris came to the fore and after a decade these destinations became synonymous with any of the Costas that the British traveller frequented, and many a pub visit in the September promoted it further by word of mouth. It was cheap and friendly, with great beaches and most importantly it was new. Of course our constant desire for something new is what prompts us to discover pastures new, and with this in mind, the Turkish Riviera or what is also known as the Antalya region was discovered by us Brits. Actually, truth be told we didn’t really do the discovering at all, it was the German’s and in general the European’s that first discovered this region of Turkey (apart from the locals, they always knew it was there!). Antalya city is in fact one of the largest cities in Turkey and what sets apart the whole of the Antalya region and network of what we call holiday resorts is that none of them are purpose built resorts unlike the ones you see when you go on a cheap holiday to Marmaris and Icmeler, but genuine real towns and cities, most of them with quite a few thousand years of history behind them, and stretching throughout the Antalya Bay there is several hundred kilometres of sandy beaches, most of them unspoilt, and please don’t think of unspoilt as a dirty word those of you searching for a little more fun in the sun. There is plenty of fun to be had if that’s your cup of tea. From Side down to Lara Beach, you’d be hard pressed to be bored; bars and taverns, swish little boutiques and lokantas are dotted everywhere.

Due to the geographical location of the Antalya Region (Turkish Riviera), this part of Turkey is operational twelve months of the year, the temperatures in late December through to late January are rarely lower than fifteen degrees, and if you perchance happen to be holidaying there in November you will still be able to swim in the sea, and walk around in a tee-shirt and shorts. You will also find a varied and rich cultural environment especially around Side (pronounced See-day) which is approximately seventy five kilometres from Antalya, the old Roman Agora is incorporated into the modern day shopping square and, and for at least a kilometre when walking from the colourful harbour towards the centre of Side town, you can see the sea from either side of the road. Due to the size of Side, you will find most of the hotels dotted around the Side perimeter as opposed to the actual city centre; most of these local holiday resorts like Manavgat, Kumkoy and Sorgun have cheap deals on four and five star hotels offering All Inclusive food basis, and a dolmus (the preferred mode of transport in Turkey) will take about twenty minutes to get to the centre of Side, however, in the height of the summer season they pedestrianise Side centre and you will need to walk about around a kilometre to get to the picturesque harbour and towards all the restaurants and specialist fish restaurants that are there.

Antalya is the biggest city in the south of Turkey and has a fascinating history and amazing mountain scenary. Legend has it that King Attalos II asked his courtiers to find heaven on earth and after finding the old Antalya city that lay in ruins, Antalya was re-built into one of the glittering jewels of the Med! Apart from the tall tales and colourful legends the historical significance of the area, modern holidaymakers will definitely have plenty to do and the holiday resorts in that region are becoming even more popular and well known than Antalya itself. The resort of Lara Beach to name but one, has become a popular favourite with British holidaymakers, the hotels there are of exceptional high quality, and all offer All Inclusive and in some cases Ultra All Inclusive, the latter offering an almost luxury cruise liner food experience but on land, with twenty four hour food and drink available and full day and night entertainment and mini clubs for the kids that need to be entertained so that parents can also have a holiday too.

Belek the furthest from Antalya, is in fact the only purpose built uber resort in the area with over fifty, four and five star hotels, and some of the best golf courses in Europe, easily rivalling Spain and the Algarve. The immaculate green of Belek’s golfing range is starting to attract more and more professional golfers and the lack of the Euros money issues and the mild and dry weather that the area enjoys in the winter is a definite plus. It is hard to surmise the Antalya Region; it’s almost a country in its own right with its own climate and history its numerous resorts and its own airport it has a lot to offer any type of traveller, from the adventurer and the history buff, to families with young children and teenagers to honeymooners looking for a romantic getaway and lastly to the cult of golfers, who usually travel in large packs, the Antalya Region has got to be the near perfect holiday destination.

Touring cyprus, the land of aphrodite

Touring Cyprus, The Land Of Aphrodite

The legendary land of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, Cyprus is a mix of sunny modern beaches and the more traditional, and even historical, locales which aptly set off its geographical location. Once the centre of interest for major civilizations; Cyprus still is a land that is disputed. Just like Persia and the Greek empire once fought for it in 400BC, not too long back the Turks and Greeks were at loggerheads for it as well.

For tourists, though, Cyprus is a haven of the beautiful Mediterranean climate and traditional monuments and structures. In its midst are fashionable spas and yet the culture of the land has not died out. Some of the popular locations to visit when you tour Cyprus are the historical ruins and monuments. Salamis is just one area you can visit. The archeological remains here are from early 11th century BC, when it was a major link in trade routes of the Greek Empire, but the town itself dates long into history.

A contrasting attraction, yet the Ayia Napa district in Southeast Cyprus is a major tourist hub as well. The beach resort is popular all over Europe for its beauty and its fine golden sands. Not only is the Ayia Napa resort attracting almost 10,000 tourists per day, the local population of 1000 is a friendly and helpful host to boot. On top of all that is the nightlife that compliments the serene morning excavations to this breathtaking resort. A romantic getaway for couples as well as for friends, who are out for a good time amongst fresh blue waters, Ayia Napa is not by far, all Cyprus has to offer.

Cyprus’s Mediterranean climate is inviting all year round, but the tourist season is at its full swing during from June to August. Of course that means the accommodation costs more, and the general prices are high as well in keeping with the demand. If you wish a budget vacation, Cyprus still can cater to your needs if you visit just before the summer heat is at its peak, or just after. With the tourist numbers going down when the hustle bustle of the peak season slows April-May and September-October are still good months for a tour of the land where East meets West.

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Car hire belfast city airport

Car Hire Belfast City Airport

Renting a car in Belfast allows you to explore not just the buzzing city centre, but also the breath-taking scenery of the nearby coastline. The following is a guide to your perfect Belfast getaway.

Belfast Mini Guide:

George Best Belfast City Airport is situated on the A2 Sydenham By Pass linking Belfast and Holywood. The airport offers a range of services and facilities including cafés, bars, tax-free shopping, ATMs and a Bureau de Change-for last minute British sterling exchange.

Things To See/Do Belfast:

Belfast is a very compact city, which offers much scope for walking tours. Many of the streets of Belfast city centre are now pedestrian only. Fascinating places of interest to visit in this once turbulent city include City Hall, where visitors can avail of a free guided tour-including the chance to sit on the mayor’s throne. Belfast’s architectural highlights include the Grand Opera House, which has been restored to its Victorian glory. Belfast boasts the world’s largest dry dock and shipyard, where Harland and Wolff created the world-famous Titanic ship. Suburban Belfast is home to some of the most beautiful and poignant outdoor murals in the world, depicting everthing from political unrest to local sporting heroes like George Best.

Itchy feet? Why not take off on a car hire adventure to explore what the surrounding towns and coastline have to offer. The Antrim coastline can be reached within a half hour’s car hire drive of the city. The highlight of this journey is undoubtedly the view of the Giant’s Causeway; a mysterious natural structure comprising 38,000 hexagonal rocks jutting out into the sea.

Ulster Folk and Transport Museum is another option. The park offers visitors the opportunity to go back in time to discover the traditions, culture and transport of ye olde Ulster.

Eating Out/Nightlife/Accommodation in Belfast:

Belfast offers a wide variety of places to eat out, suiting all tastes and budgets. Thrifty backpackers will enjoy cheap eats at restaurants and gastro pubs like The John Hewitt, located on Donegal Street, where hungry patrons can soak up the traditional music and welcoming atmosphere as they tuck into their hearty but low cost Irish stew. Those willing to pay a little bit more will enjoy fine fare and ‘all you can eat’ special offers at Metro Brasserie on Great Victoria Street.

Belfast is a young, lively city, which offers something for everyone in terms of nightlife and entertainment. Shaftesbury Square is the main focus of the city’s bars and pubs. Trendy nightclubs in Belfast include The Apartment and The Milk Bar on Tomb Street.

Accommodation in Belfast is reasonably priced and there are some good deals available for short breaks and weekend get-aways. Those travelling on a budget can avail of discount rates during the low season at quality hotels including the central four star Europa Hotel on Great Victoria Street. There are also plenty of budget lodgings located around the outskirts of the city for those who want a cheap sleep, no matter what time of the year.