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Why I Want to Visit Iceland: 5 Reasons That Nod To Our Northern Neighbour

Heading up a site that profiles lots of other people’s impressions of other countries is definitely a fun thing to do even if you don’t get to speak about what you’d like to get out of travel too much.

Today is an exception to that rule. I’ve decided to hijack the blog to shed a bit more of a spotlight on Northern Europe, and, specifically, Scandinavia, in order to share some of my thoughts about one country in particular that’s always had me pretty captivated.

Sitting a fair way to the north of my native England it’s not too far to reach either. Not to be confused with its supermarket namesake, I’m talking about an Iceland that’s famous for being in movies where landscapes are of the essence. Not frozen food.

So here are my five main reasons I want to go to the land of ice and snow.

And, just so that you know in advance, you’ll find that these have little to do with stocking out my freezer and everything to do with adventure. Read the full story

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10 Beatles Landmarks You Must Visit in Liverpool

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The Beatles changed the way we listen to music forever, inspiring countless artists to pick up a guitar, pen or microphone to create the music we know and love today.

Their hits, such as Hey Jude and All You Need is Love, are as loved today as much as they were once released, and we have only one city to thank for the Fab Four: Liverpool.

So, if you’re a fan of The Beatles, you must check out the following 10 landmarks in Liverpool. Read the full story

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Lesser Known London: 4 Little Known About Treats

Given its stature as a leading world destination, there aren’t many unturned stones in London as far as city secrets go. Read most guides and tourist information about the city and the same old attractions rear their heads again and again. Look a little closer though and scratch the surface and you’ll see London has a lot of little known about treats to offer newcomers and more seasoned visitors alike.  Read the full story

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Springtime in the UK

If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind taking a gamble with the weather, a spring break in Britain can be great fun – and there’ll be some travel and accommodation bargains available if you look carefully. Read the full story

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Why Should You Visit Tenerife During the Cold Season?

Tenerife is undoubtedly one of the most popular tourist destinations in the warm sunny summer months, but what about during the cold season? This island also called the “Island of eternal spring” benefits of pleasant weather all year round due to its perfect location, near the coast of Morocco, in the Atlantic Ocean. Read the full story

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Travel The Netherlands: Jan from Netherlands Tourism

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Another day, another great destination interview. As the holidays near we’re all itching to learn about attractive little destinations too right? Well The Netherlands might not be particularly balmy this time of year but it sure is beautiful! As Jan, webmaster over at Netherlands Tourism, knowns too well!

Here he is letting us know just why The Netherlands should be on our yuletide yes list of places to see next. Read the full story

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Events and Festivals in Istanbul

Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, is an exciting and vibrant place to visit and there are many things to see and do. Over the course of a year Istanbul hosts dozens of events and festivals, encompassing everything from traditional music and drama performances to sports and art exhibitions.

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Travel Guide to Nice, France

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The city of Nice, nestled upon the French Mediterranean coast, has long beckoned people from far and near. A group of ancient Greeks moved into the area and named their settlement Nikaia, after the goddess Nike. And certainly Nice’s warm weather and gorgeous scenery are suitable for a goddess. If you’re planning a trip to Nice, surely you will wish to include at least some of the following attractions on your itinerary.  Read the full story

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Alcudia’s magic in Mallorca

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Every now and then you come across a place full of contradiction and charm in equal measure, a place where you are never sure what will be encountered around the next corner, or the following day.

Alcúdia is one of those places. Located in the north of Mallorca, it is a resort popular with families and other holidaymakers. Dominated by the nine mile long stretch of beach from Port d’Alcúdia and Platja d’Alcúdia to Can Picafort, this is where you can find most of the hotels, bars and cafes. Here Alcúdia offers visitors all the fun, excitement and entertainment of the best Spanish beach resorts.

The family friendly, relaxed atmosphere means that it is suitable for various types of tourists, including those with young children as well as couples and singles, and the emphasis is very much on providing a quality experience, suitable for those seeking relaxation and active pursuits.

However, the town also has other sides. If bar hopping and clubbing are your thing, you may well not be disappointed in Alcúdia. Arguments abound for Alcúdia not representing the true, authentic Mallorca, and this may certainly be true of the nightlife district, but it is undeniable that the town does not offer visitors an excellent choice when it comes to bars and clubs. However, the atmosphere at Alcúdia is not quite as raucous as some of its counterparts and there really is something here for everyone, so dive in and have fun.

The most popular spots for nightlife include the Banana Discos complex and Bells Disco. Sabor Latino is the place to head for salsa, while Goodfellas serves up exquisite cocktails. Other options include a range of Irish bars and upscale restaurants around the marina, and Mar y Mar Beach Club is a great spot for chilling out.

Those in search of history and culture do not have far to go. The town of Alcúdia has a turbulent past, replete with invasions and pirate attacks, and evidence for this can be found throughout the Old Town. Just outside the walls are the remains of a Roman town, the town of Pollentia. The walls themselves date from the 14th century, following Moorish invasions. The Old Town is a typical place of alleyways, plazas and medieval architecture, and there are many bustling cafes and restaurants, along with several boutique hotels, to be found within its walls. Sights include the Church of St. Jaume and the Roman theatre, and there are also markets on Sundays and Tuesdays.

Pirate attacks were especially frequent during the 16th century, and during this time the population gradually dwindled, as people chose to desert the village – for it was only a small community at this time – rather than risk their lives and livelihoods. There became a real possibility that Alcúdia would become a ghost town, consigned to the history books, before it was decided to protect the city by building a harbour.

The city itself, fascinating as it is, should not be the extent of any visit to Alcúdia. Not when the surrounding area is so scenically rewarding. Around the town are numerous coves and beaches, where you can swim and snorkel, while the natural park of S’Albufera is a great spot for bird watchers and other nature enthusiasts. Car hire Mallorca is the best way to get out of the city and explore the nearby landscapes.

Alcúdia, then, is a place of contrasts and contradictions, a place where the old intermingles with the new and the natural world sits around the border of various historical Spanish settlements. If you are happy to embrace and explore the many aspects of this intriguing and magical city, then you will be richly rewarded.

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5 Types of Holiday to Break the Mould in 2013

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Group Tour around Europe

There has never been a better time to tour Europe. While many are mourning about the economic meltdown, take advantage of reduced prices and group travel through Europe’s countryside and cities. What’s more, most times you will only need a single visa to cross borders. Also, high speed train connections, great roads, and cheap flights make travelling between countries a breeze. If you are travelling as a group, you can also take advantage of great discounts because of your number. Read the full story

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