Monthly Archives: October 2016

A destination steeped in history

The capital city of Greece, Athens has been called the cradle of Western civilisation, which provides an insight into the length of its history. People flock to Athens for a variety of reasons, which means that visitors there are made up of people from all walks of life. Whether you are a history buff, a culture vulture, a sun-worshipper, or someone just looking for a great time with vibrant nightlife, you will find everything you want in Athens.

How to make the most of your three-day Athens trip

Not everyone who travels to Athens is able to stay for a lengthy period. For those who are only planning to be in the city for a few days, you need to make the most of your short time in this stunning destination.

Day 1 – Explore the local area and enjoy taking in the nightlife

Once you arrive in Athens on your trip, you will be raring to go and explore all this great, dusty metropolis has to offer. You may be more limited for time on your first day, depending on what time you arrive so it is best to stick to more local sights to start. At the centre of Athens you will find Sintagma Square, which is a great place to start. Here, you will find an assortment of historic buildings to explore as well as the arts focused ‘museums in motion’. If you make your way to Kolonaki, you will also be able to do a little browsing at one of the numerous shops. This can be topped off with a refreshing glass of kitron and an excellent mezé at one of the local cafés or restaurants.

Once evening hits, take some time to explore the exciting nightlife here. You will find an array of clubs and bars that will enable you to unwind and really let your hair down. Hugely popular nightclubs such as Loud Mansion provide you with pulsing music and an electrifying atmosphere, with the revelry continuing until the early hours. Psiri is another great place to go to for some raucous revelry, with plenty of options available catering for a wide variety of tastes and preferences.

Day 2 – A day of adventure

With a full day at your disposal, take the time to enjoy excitement and adventure with some serious exploration. A visit to the sites and historical attractions around the Acropolis is a must while you’re in Athens, so this is a great place to head after you’ve kicked off your day with some strong and aromatic Greek coffee and perhaps some figs in honey at your hotel or one of the local eateries. Take in the magnificent ruins, the many temples and the Parthenon as well as the Ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus. Also, keep some time aside to visit museums such as the Acropolis Museum, or for those with kids, the Museum of Greek Children’s Art.

A visit to Plaka will give you a taste and feel of local tradition and culture, allowing you to feel part of this fascinating destination. You can stop off for lunch at one of the local tavernas before resuming your day of exploration and adventure. While in Plaka, head to the tiny neighbourhood of Anafiotika; an attractive and picturesque place where you will find some incredible ancient monuments as well as colourful houses and diverse culture.

Day 3 – Relax and unwind

Your final day in Athens should be reserved for relaxation and fun before you hit the road again (or head to the airport, as the case may be). Athens has some stunning beaches 40 or so minutes’ drive out of town, so slap on your sunscreen, get into your swimwear and head for the custard-coloured sands and azure surf. After your previous day of exploration, you will be ready to kick back and let those aching muscles take a break.

In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around the local shops, which will vary based on which part of Athens you are staying in. Glyfada is a great place to enjoy a unique shopping experience, so hop on a tram or call a taxi and get yourself to this vibrant town. Here you will find a variety of stores where you can pick up all sorts of goods, including local handicrafts and lace. You will also find the Glyfada Golf Course located here, so if you are a keen golfer this is the ideal place to tee off for some gentle and relaxing recreation.

In the evening, it’s best to avoid a late night with partying and clubs if you have an early start the next day. So, head to a local restaurant and enjoy sampling some authentic Greek food such as Dakos (Cretan salad) and Gemista (baked, stuffed vegetables) and maybe a glass (or two) of ouzo, before heading back to your hotel to pack.

Take a package holiday to Greece, and even with only three days in Athens, you can still find time to explore the history, experience the culture and cuisine, enjoy the beaches and nightlife, and even get time to do a little shopping along the way

Perfect winter for travelling

Nothing quite matches the excitement of taking off on a miserable winter’s day and just a few hours later finding yourself on the perfect winter sun holiday, city break or ski adventure.

easyJet’s winter schedule for 2013/14 is on sale now and will be flying to a selection of winter sun, ski and city break destinations which are sure to be exactly what you need to see you through until the Springtime.

The airline’s winter schedule will take off from 27 October 2013 and tickets are available to book online now at easyJet.com. Get in early for the best choice of flights and fares, available up until 2 March 2014.

Ski
Whether you’re a beginner looking for a picturesque nursery slope, a seasoned professional seeking a challenge or an après ski aficionado, we pick out our favourite resorts that will offer some of the best action packed Alpine getaways for everyone to enjoy.

Apart from Cuckoo clocks, Switzerland is best known for its skiing and snowboarding thanks to the renowned ski destination of Geneva. Famed for its scenic snow-capped mountains and with more than 200 resorts within 100 kilometres of the city it is arguably one of the greatest skiing hubs in the world.

With the airport located only six minutes away from the Alpine mountains, Innsbruck makes the perfect family ski destination within easy reach of the slopes for everyone to enjoy. Located in between the German and Italian borders, the beautiful city is surrounded by picturesque snow covered scenery for the ultimate winter break.

Other resorts in the Alpine slopes to visit include the picturesque Lyon for its pine-framed slopes and chic French charm or for a more bustling ski break, why not try Grenoble which is famed for its clubs and bars.

Winter Sun
Winter breaks in the sun continue to be a popular choice for sun-starved Brits, making it never too early to plan a holiday. If you’re a sun seeker looking for sea and sand – easyJet has it covered. Here are a few of our favourites to help shake off those winter blues.

The beautiful Canary Island of Fuerteventura is just off the coast of Morocco and is drenched in sunshine all year round. Fuerteventura’s gorgeous stretches of beach and amazing sand create the perfect destination for the winter beach holiday, with the clear warm waters perfect for water sports and the nightlife fun-filled and exciting.

Located only 80 miles from the coast of Africa, Lanzarote is a great family focussed winter sun destination offering sunshine from January to December. Lanzarote’s unspoilt beaches are spectacular, from the white beaches of Playa Blanca to the black sands of Playa Quemada. Las Cucharas beach on the Costa Teguise is famous for its windsurfing and other water sports.

For an alternative to the Canaries, head south to Egypt which is fast becoming a popular winter sun destination thanks to its guaranteed sunshine, rich culture and fantastic value for money. The stunning coastal resort of Sharm El Sheikh is located on the tip of the Sinai Peninsula and framed by the barren Sinai desert and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea. With sun, sea and sand, watersports, horse and camel riding as well as desert safaris, it is one of the best-known spots on the Red Sea Riviera that offers a winter sun break with a difference.

Other winter sun destinations that are sure to have you revitalised after leaving the cold weather behind are the popular Canary Islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, or try the beautiful Mediterranean island of Cyprus, with its blend of lively city resorts, water parks and rich history perfect for sight-seeing, it’s a great holiday for all the family to enjoy.

Top Affordable Caribbean Breaks

For most people, the very thought of a trip to the Caribbean tends to conjure up images of turquoise waters, powder white beaches, sizzling sunshine and lush foliage. Happily, this is all quite close to fact. Include a laid-back atmosphere, tropical breezes, sumptuous local cuisine, and a diverse culture, and you’re pretty much spot on.

No matter where you go in the Caribbean, you’ll find yourself having unforgettable experiences and a holiday that will leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and eager to come back and sample more of what the Caribbean has to offer. At The Co-operative Travel, you can choose from a great selection of fabulous Caribbean holidays, each of which has something unique and exciting to offer.

Three top affordable Caribbean holidays with The Co-operative Travel

Many people are keen to escape to a paradisiacal destination and get away from the stresses of daily life for a week or two. However, with the current financial climate the way it is, most people are having to be mindful about how much they spend on their annual holiday. At The Co-operative Travel you can choose from a great selection of affordable yet incredible Caribbean holiday experiences, so you get to enjoy the best of both worlds.

The following Caribbean holidays available from The Co-operative Travel are some of the most affordable getaways available.

Cuba holidays

Independent since 1902, Cuba is a wonderful, fascinating and unique Caribbean destination, that’s home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. If you want to get up close and personal with paradise on earth, Cuba is the place for you. It’s not simply a destination for sun seekers, idyllic beaches and tropical heat, (though there are nearly 300 beaches on the island if that’s what you want) – it’s also an island steeped in a fascinating and sometimes disquieting history, where visitors can immerse themselves in the unique culture of the place.

When it comes to expense, this island is one of the most affordable in the Caribbean, which makes it a great choice for those looking to experience the region at a non-prohibitive price. There are many incredible places to stay, visit, and explore in Cuba, such as the historic capital city of Havana with its Cadillac-filled streets and candy-coloured buildings, its second city, Santiago de Cuba, or the stunning Cayos islands.

Dominican Republic holidays

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations among holidaymakers, and this is not surprising as it also tends to be the most affordable. This is a place where you will find stunning resorts alongside breath-taking natural beauty. There is a very diverse landscape to take in here, from its incredible coastline to lush rainforests and majestic mountains.

There is also plenty of history and culture to explore in the Dominican Republic, with a range of fascinating historical sites to explore. One of the most significant of these places is the first city in the New World, Santo Domingo, which was discovered in 1496 by Christopher Columbus’ brother, Bartolomeo. The city, one of the most heavily populated in the Caribbean, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers a curious mix of medieval and the ultra-modern in terms of architecture.

Barbados holidays

Barbados is a Caribbean destination that is enduringly popular with the British. While some of the architecture and even the recreational activities give off a very British feel, the gorgeous landscapes, beautiful beaches and sizzling sunshine will make you think of any place but home. Barbados combines a relaxed vibe and chilled out ambiance with vibrant nightlife, exciting festivities and fascinating culture.