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Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, the Lennon Wall, and Petřín hill. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.
If you’re more of a night owl, Prague breaks won’t disappoint. There’s a distinctly underground club scene, but you will also find sophisticated cocktail bars, Irish pubs, plush whisky lounges and hip DJ-bars, giving the city a truly eclectic feel after dark. Czech cuisine is traditionally based around pork or beef accompanied by dumplings, potatoes or chips, but Prague also has some great contemporary restaurants serving exciting food with hospitality to match.
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YouTube: Amman – A City in Motion
Amman is a bustling city of colour, people, and lights. Enjoy this time lapse video of a day in the city: from sun rise to sun set, from downtown to modern uptown, from street markets to malls – a day in the city of Amman is never boring.
Bussorah Street and Sultan Mosque – Singapore.
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When it comes to luxury holidays, Dubai is pretty much the ultimate destination. Its hotels are famous the world over for their level of luxury – but which top the list when it comes to decadence? We’ve picked out the most renowned establishments to help you decide where to go.
Burj Al Arab
Since this is widely considered to be the most luxurious hotel in the world, it’s likely you’ll have heard of the Burj Al Arab already. Designed to look like a billowing sail, it’s one of the city’s most iconic buildings and, if you want to experience a level of luxury you just won’t get anywhere else, this is the place to go.
So, what’s all the fuss about? Situated in the popular Jumeirah Beach area, this hotel goes to great lengths to maintain its reputation. Things like having reception desks on each floor and kitting out every single suite with Jacuzzis and rain showers have definitely helped it stay ahead of the game.
What’s really great about it, though, is all the extra touches. Its restaurants, for instance, are all award-winning and each has something unique to offer. At the Al Mahara, you can dine surrounded by beautiful marine life, while at the Al Muntaha you’ll enjoy some of the best views over Jumeirah Beach, thanks to its position some 200 m above sea level.
Also offering a lavish spa and a 24-hour butler service, this hotel really is the piece de resistance for all you luxury travellers.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This is another of Dubai’s most iconic hotels. Constructed in the shape of a breaking wave and situated on the Jumeirah beachfront, it offers all its guests rooms with ocean views, as well as a really wide range of amenities – including a whopping 22 restaurants, five swimming pools, a fitness centre, spa and a shopping arcade.
If you’re into your water sports, this hotel should particularly appeal to you, since there are heaps you can try without leaving the resort, including scuba diving, sailing and windsurfing. Plus, as well as having the option to stay in the hotel itself, there are 19 beachside villas up for grabs too.
Should you have your heart set on a suite inside this iconic building, you’ll be pleased to hear you have plenty of choice. There are all kinds of rooms, including those with a balcony facing the water, your very own sun terrace, a living area and kitchenette. And, if you really want to feel at home, you can even get suites split over two floors.
Atlantis, the Palm
Perched on the crescent of the ever-impressive manmade island the Palm, Atlantis is a really interesting option, since it calls itself an integrated entertainment complex, rather than simply a hotel. With its own nightclub – N’Dulge – and selection of 18 restaurants, bars, swimming pools, ShuiQi Spa and land sports facilities, it probably has a point.
The highlight of its entertainment facilities has to be Aquaventure, a water park that spans around 17 hectares and has basically everything you’d expect from this kind of attraction, including water slides and pools, as well as its very own beach. You can also check out The Lost Chambers, a series of underground passages that lets you discover ‘Atlantis’, peeking at ruins and colourful marine life as you walk.
Every year families from all over Europe and further afield go on holiday to Spain. The popularity of Spanish holidays means that you are almost certain to know someone who treats their family with a trip there on a regular basis.
There are plenty of reasons for taking a break and camping in Spain and there are also some good tips for making the most of your time there.
Do Some Research
You may be going to stay in a resort or an out of town campsite but in Spain there are stunning attractions all round the country to look out for. It is definitely a good idea to spend a bit of time checking out what is within day trip distance. Getting on a local bus and heading off somewhere can be one of the most interesting parts of the whole break.
Learn a Few Words
No one expects you to become fluent in the language for the sake of a fortnight’s holiday but learning a few words could help you get by more easily. If you go to one of the more tourist oriented places then you will probably be able to get by in English but the locals will appreciate you giving their language a try.
Try the Food
Spain is famous for its food these days, and it is well worth trying something while you are there. International food is easily found in most cities and resorts but paella, tortilla, chorizo or some tapas are definitely recommended. An economic choice is to look for family holiday deals on a self-catering basis and check out the local supermarket. A camping trip with a site like keycamp.co.uk is a smart choice to make in this respect.
Check Out Some Culture
You won’t want to go to Spain and miss the chance to see a flamenco show, some local football games and maybe some of the most historic sights in the country. These are the kinds of thing which can add a real Spanish flavour to your trip.
Get Out and About
The final point is a kind of catch all for those people who don’t do any of above. You can still get out and about and enjoy an active holiday. Early morning and evening are the coolest times of day in the summer in Spain and these are fine for going a walk. Whether you fancy a stroll on the beach or a walk into town you can stretch your legs and see some of the place while you are at it.
Bio: This guest post is authored by Cassy Johnson, a wannabe travel writer who works within the travel industry and writes regularly for Keycamp.
Cruise liners were getting so big and unwieldy that there had to be a backlash from discerning cruise lovers and it should come as no surprise that many cruise fans are starting to think that ‘small is beautiful’ and opting for small ship cruising.
Essentially it’s all about getting back to the itinerary and reconnecting with the opportunity to explore those beautiful off-the-beaten-track parts of the world that you can only really get to in a boat. In many ways small cruise ships define the difference between being a ‘tourist’ and being an adventurer.
It started along the coastline of the Turkish Aegean with Gulet cruises in the traditionally built wooden boats that have sailed these waters since time immemorial. In themselves they are things of great beauty and charm, all graceful lines and warm timbers. Add a few ‘mod cons’, air-conditioning and a crew that pull supper straight from the sea and put it on a plate with a little fresh salad and fruit and Gulet cruises gained a new lease of life for friends and family holidays.
The great benefit of a Gulet Cruises is the ability to drop anchor and have a swim where the fancy takes you, then sail into a small harbour for a drink in a little waterfront taverna away from the thronging crowds disgorged from the factory cruise liners. Those who like a greater level of creature comforts can do the same in more luxurious fashion on the new breed of ‘Mega Yachts’.
Think ‘guest of a billionaire on his yacht for a week on a Greek Island Cruise’ and you’re there. Sleek elegant vessels you see moored up in the best marinas of the world, all smoky glass, chinking cocktails and mystery, Mega Yachts offer an amazing small cruise ship experience. More amazing is that you can book yourself on to a small ship cruise for a lot less than you think.
Finally those for whom creatures are more important that comforts should explore the joys of river cruises. Here a small ship cruise is essential to explore the shallow waters and see the wildlife. Take a Gambia river cruise and you’ll see everything from lions to hippopotami. Alternatively try a Thailand river cruise up the River Kwai to visit temples and elephant sanctuaries. Sometimes thinking small leads to much bigger broader experiences.
Have you seen the world? Flown to places that are known to many people only in the movies? Sailed to ports where stories of whiskey and sunken treasures went on long into the night? Bronzed your skin under an Equator sun as cocktails flowed like water on tap? Now are you looking for somewhere secret? A little getaway where the scenery is stunning? The culture being inviting and generous? The history steeped in folklore and Hollywood retelling? The destination that is unlike no other and unique amongst a travel agents stack of brochures?
Welcome to Scotland!
Not only the homeland of many world renowned actors and musicians, comedians and authors. Scotland can be a second home to you.
With views as far as the eye can see that nowhere else in the world will you be able to witness, a thick rich and warm accent on the tongue of every person you greet high in the hilly ranges or at the local store. Scotland has everything to offer you and lots more for that secret getaway, the mystical and mythic holiday destination.
Parkdean has 6 parks in Scotland, where you can stay close to major cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh, or venture further north, closer toward arctic realms. Holiday close to the crystal waters on Scotland’s coastlines and take up some fishing! There is nothing better than a flask of hot tea, biscuits, radio quietly on as you wait for a fish to bite on your casted out bait.
It’s impossible not to find some of the extremities of Scottish culture in every footstep of the land. From inner city culture to vast unexplored territory that takes your breath away. With a very good train service that can quickly shuttle you around any places you want to visit (including the annual Edinburgh Festival), with Scotland holidays their world is your oyster.
Attractions that every traveller should witness include Dunrobin Castle, the Black Isle Country Park, the legendary Loch Ness and Mabie Farm Park. Get your souvenirs from Dublin, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Inverness, Ayr or pay a quick cheeky visit to Gretna Green! Some of the top golf courses in the world can be found in Scotland as well as some great football teams if sport is a tick box option for holiday planning.
Come over to Scotland from anywhere in the world and enter the new dimension thanks to Parkdean’s fantastic resorts at Grannie’s Heilan’ Hame, Nairn Lochloy, Tummel Valley, Sundrum Castle, Southerness or Wemyss Bay.
With last minute bookings available through Parkdeanholidays.co.uk you are a click away from physical peaks that’ll be hard to top!