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Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel

Travelling does not always have to be about discovering new places and walking in the wilderness. Usually places become tourist resorts because they are worth visiting, tried and tested places that attract hoards of tourists year after year can be just as exciting as climbing Everest and definitely a lot more relaxing. Many an intrepid traveller has knocked the idea of staying in hotels in Spain or villas in Greece simply because other people like to visit. The Mediterranean is popular with holiday makers for good reason though. Take for example the Canary Islands and specifically Correlejo on the island of Fuerteventura.

Correlejo has been attracting tourists from groups of friends to families and couples since package holidays to The Med took off in the1960’s. The gorgeous resort town of Correlejo is set around a natural harbour which allows for safe swimming and water sports under blue skies and searing sun. Correlejo grew from a Spanish traditional village, parts of which still remain giving the flashier parts of the resort a rustic contrast.  Most people do want to escape the crowds from time to time and though and with miles of sandy dunes and plenty of beach space choose from along the coast, anyone can find a spot where they can pretend to be Robinson Crusoe for a day.

So, when it comes down to it, booking hotels in Spain or any other tourist resort does not have to be the end of adventurous days. For those that do not revel in the idea if staying in a large hotel and sitting down to breakfast with a hundred other people though, self catering apartments can be the perfect antidote. Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel is a complex of spacious apartments, each with their own living room, kitchen and furnished balcony or terrace. On the flip side, if preparing your own meals is not your idea of a holiday, apartments can be booked on a bed & breakfast, half board or full board basis. The options are endless.

For an added sense of adventure Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel has a salt water pool, aw well as a regular swimming pool, so guests can feel like they are swimming out at sea in the safety of a closed pool. For a wild jungle adventure adults and children can get lost in Las Marismas De Correlejo Hotel’s gardens which are packed with cacti, palms and over forty species of indigenous flora and fauna which are native to the volcanic landscape of Fuerteventura.

Aside from beaches, bars and sand dunes, real adventure enthusiasts have plenty of options on the water for activities. The coast line around Correlejo catches a lot of wind, allowing for windsurfing and paragliding to take place regularly. For anyone with less sporting ability, regularly ferries take tourists to the neighbouring island of Lanzerote or on daily fishing trips. Anywhere in the world can be an adventure with just a little imagination. Who said that taking holidays in hotels in Spain had to be boring?

Guest Author: Travel Republic

Tourist Attractions To Visit In London

More than 14 million people visited London in 2010, making it one of the world’s leading cities for tourism. The city itself is vast, and there is enough to see and do there to keep you busy for weeks. If you’re an older visitor to London, you might not be seeking the bright lights and noise of Piccadilly Circus or the fast-paced urban bohemia of Camden Town. But London caters for people of all ages, and the following attractions offer a slice of London life that you can take in at your own pace.

The London Eye
For as little as £16.74, you can get a truly panoramic view on London’s famous skyline from the London Eye. This huge wheel takes visitors on a 30 minute journey up into the air to get the best view of London, taking in all the city’s biggest and most famous landmarks at once. If you’re concerned about using the London Eye or about any other aspect of travelling around London, search online for ‘travel insurance over 65’ and buy yourself some personal insurance cover for your London trip.

The Geffrye Museum, Hoxton
Far from being the most famous museum in London, the Geffrye is nevertheless one of the most important. The Geffrye has been dubbed ‘the museum of the home’ and showcases a unique collection of quintessentially English furniture, textiles, paintings and artworks. The Geffrye is a must-visit attraction for any newcomers to the UK seeking to get a taste of the way British people have been living for the last 400 years.

Tate Modern
Open all but three days of the year and free to enter, the Tate Modern is the largest collection of modern art in the UK. Visit this former power station in Southwark to get up close and personal with works by Picasso, Dali and Warhol.

Kew Gardens
If you are visiting London in spring or summer, you might not want to spend the entirety of your trip among the built-up, concrete areas that make up such a large part of the city. Luckily for you, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew offers visitors a world of flowers, greenery and plant life that can take you away from it all without even leaving the city.

Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
Learning about a city’s children is a great way to get to the heart of a place. Over 400,000 people each year learn about the life of London’s children through the ages at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum is one of those London attractions that is so good you struggle to believe that entry is completely free. Huge exhibits detailing the natural history of the world will keep the whole family busy for days at the NHM.

The Royal Observatory
Visit the very point where Greenwich Mean Time originated, and enjoy spectacular astronomy galleries, planetarium shows and stunning collections of information and telescoping imagery about the planet and the universe beyond. The Royal Observatory is free to members, just £10 for adults and even less for children.

The Courtauld collection in Somerset House
It would be all too easy to complete this list with attractions like Shakespeare’s Globe, the Tower of London or Buckingham Palace, and those places are all wonderfully fun and interesting to visit. But, for me, the Courtauld Gallery deserves a mention for the stunning collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces that it holds. Whether or not you are an art lover, this collection will take you on an enlightening journey through the history of impressionism.

A Weekend in Blackpool

Whatever you’re looking for, from a weekend break to a cheap holiday, you can be sure that you will find it in Blackpool. In fact, the Lancashire seaside town has so much to see and do you may struggle fitting everything in over the course of 48 hours!

Although people visit Blackpool all year round, you will find it is during the summer and the school holidays that it is most popular. Not only is it busiest at this time but it is also when the town tends to experience its best weather.

However, that shouldn’t put you off from visiting during the off-season as there will be still be lots to do.
Whenever you visit the town you can be confident that you will be able to take in some fascinating art and culture.
Make sure you stop by the Grundy Art Gallery. Built in 1908 and named in tribute to artists John and Cuthbert Grundy who funded the cultural institution, a revolving door of temporary exhibitions are held here all year round.

Going for a walk through the town’s Stanley Park can not only be a great way to stretch your legs – it is some 390 acres wide – but could give you the chance to see some beautiful floral displays. The Cocker Tower, a structure built in tribute to Blackpool’s first mayor Dr William Cocker, can also be seen here. The town’s Sea Life aquarium can also make for a fantastic day out, particularly if you are driven inside in the event of rain.

Of course, you are likely to want to see some of Blackpool’s most famous sights and there is perhaps none more iconic than Blackpool Tower.

Standing at 518 feet tall, the structure cannot only be seen for miles around but contains some fascinating attractions in itself, including the Jungle Jim’s indoor adventure playground, the ballroom and a circus.

While you can pay to enter each of these individually, you can save money by buying a multi-site pass which costs £12 each for children and adults. Opting for a family pass – for two adults and two children – may prove to be an even better deal!

From September it will also be possible to go on a ride up Blackpool Tower and take in fantastic views from the top.
Blackpool is also famous for its Pleasure Beach theme park resort. This may be the perfect day out for people seeking some white-knuckle excitement as there are more than 100 rides and attractions, including the Pepsi Max Big One – which is one of the biggest rollercoasters in the continent. If you’re after a slightly more relaxing break, head to the beach and munch on some Blackpool rock. Any kids in your party are sure to be keen to go on a traditional donkey ride while enjoying the sun!

However, children may also enjoy a weekend break in Blackpool during the autumn. Between September and November, the town’s promenade is lit up as part of the world-famous Blackpool Illuminations. Millions of people flock to see the light display, which is usually turned on by a big-name celebrity. If you’re looking to stay in any of the available hotels in Blackpool during this time, then be sure to book in advance, as it’s Blackpool’s busiest time in the year.

There are plenty of other things for you to see and do in the evenings. You can dine at a number of fantastic restaurants before going for a few drinks at a bar or pub. And if you want to really make a night of it, there are plenty of nightclubs where you can let your hair down and dance. Blackpool is a popular destination for stag and hen dos so you can certainly party into the early hours here!

For a slightly more serene evening, head to the 1,100-seater Grand Theatre. Some of the biggest names in UK entertainment perform here and with everything from musicals to stand-up comedy taking place all year round, you can be sure that there will be a show you just have to see.

With so much going on, you may find that two days is just not enough to fit in everything that this captivating town has to offer!

Cumbria’s Top Attractions

After their notoriously harsh winters, Cumbria and the Lake District burst into life in spring and summer, attracting visitors from all over the world. Here are five of the best places to head to this year.

Lake Windermere
The largest natural lake in England, Lake Windermere never looks more majestic than it does during the spring and summer months. Take a boat ride along its waters or, if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try water skiing around this 10-and-a-half mile long lake to enjoy its spectacular views. Holiday cottages and camping are also available along the banks of Lake Windermere.

Brantwood
The home of English art critic, philanthropist and social thinker John Ruskin, Brantwood is one of the finest places to enjoy a day of art, nature and activities in the Lake District. Set against a picturesque mountain backdrop on the banks of Lake Coniston, Brantwood was built towards the end of the 18th century. Ruskin lived there from 1871 until his death in 1900, where he taught his students art, philosophy, literature and sociology. His legacy lives on at the house, which is filled with his artwork and the artwork that inspired him; the garden was one of Ruskin’s favourite places to be, and visitors can enjoy the 250 acres of lake shore, pasture, oak woods and ornamental shrubs all year round. Activities at Brantwood include drawing workshops with local artist Patrick Corbett and gardening workshops with estate manager Sally Beamish. Brantwood is a short drive away from the Keswick Cottages, and many people flock there for a taste of traditional Lake District living.

Dove Cottage
The house that English poet William Wordsworth called home from 1799 to 1808 is now both a museum dedicated to his memory, and one of the Lake District’s top attractions for literature and poetry lovers. A visit to Dove Cottage gives visitors the chance to learn about Wordsworth’s life and works, as well as enjoying art exhibitions, a gift shop and family activities throughout the year. Dove Cottage is located in Grasmere, just a few minutes away from Ambleside Cottages, which offer first class accommodation all year round.

Carlisle Cathedral
Dating back to 1122, Carlisle Cathedral is one of the smallest – and arguably most attractive – in England. Having stood through centuries of warfare and turmoil, the cathedral continues to ring out with song every day and visitors flock to listen and to look at its beautiful stone carvings and Gothic-style windows. The tea rooms in the cloisters are also highly recommended!

World of Beatrix Potter
If you’re taking the kids to Cumbria and the Lake District this spring and summer, don’t forget to take them to the World of Beatrix Potter attraction at Bowness-on-Windermere. This wonderful miniature theme park brings to life the stories of one of the most celebrated children’s authors through the sights, sounds and smells of displays, films and exhibits. Nearby accommodation is available all year round for those who wish to stay overnight and truly immerse themselves in the world of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle!

5 Must-See Landmarks in Madrid

Madrid is truly one of Europe’s treasures. A versatile city as alive with nightlife as it is bursting with culture, Madrid has so much to offer visitors its hard to know where to start. Whether you watch the world-famous Real Madrid play in the spectacular Bernabeu or quietly amble through some of the most beautiful parks in the world, Spain’s capital city won’t disappoint. There is so much variety that whoever you are and whatever you love, you’ll love Madrid. To help you decide what to see first here are five of the best landmarks the city has to offer.

1. Plaza Del Toros de Las Ventas – Bullfighting is one of the most controversial aspects of Spanish culture; some say it’s a traditional past time that’s integral to national identity whilst others say it’s mindless and barbaric. No matter which side of this line you fall, the venue for the bullfighting, Las Ventas, is a symbol of Spain and a must-see for anyone visiting Madrid.

2. The Royal Palace of Madrid – The official residence of the King of Spain, even though King Juan Carlos doesn’t currently live there. The Royal Palace is a stunning piece of architecture and is the largest palace in Europe. It’s well worth visiting despite only a small portion of the 2,800 rooms being open for viewing. If you’re looking for a room of your own before you fly out to Madrid it’s worth checking out Heathrow airport hotels for some great deals.

3. Plaza de Cibeles – Symbolic of Madrid and home to enthusiastic celebrations whenever Real Madrid win a football game the Plaza is a beautiful place to visit. Overlooked by the impressive Palacio de Comunicaciones, which is now Madrid’s city hall, the plaza’s central feature is the magnificent fountain built in 1777 and featuring a statue of a chariot in its pool.

4. Teatro Real – Recognised as one of Europe’s most prestigious Opera houses the Teatro Real is of huge historical significance to Madrid. Tours take in the theatre’s beauty but the best way to experience what it has to offer is to attend a live performance, it is amazing.

5. Parque el Buen Retiro – This huge and simply beautiful park is one of the best in the world. With a host of events, festivals and shows being held here there’s always something to see or do. Even a casual walk around its many fountains, sculptures and the Palacio de Cristal is entertainment enough.

A tour of Majorca

Spain is one of my favourite destinations in Europe…..and that includes the paradise Balearic Islands. In my opinion, they are the nearest thing to the Caribbean in Europe.

Would you like to go somewhere warm and sunny this summer? Somewhere that could be compared to Barbados or Cuba but would lead you in the direction of Europe…….? Let me tempt you to do a road trip of Majorca, like I did. Anyone I have talked to loves Majorca and its coves, isolated beaches, nightlife and seaside towns. Believe me….you don’t have to spend a fortune and it will give you the chance to discover one of Spain’s most popular islands.

Start planning your tour of Majorca by searching for airline tickets to Palma de Majorca Airport, which is the main gateway to the island. I would also recommend pricing flights to Barcelona and then taking the ferry from Barcelona Port to Majorca…..see which option works out the cheapest. If you find that the cheapest way is by flying to Barcelona, make sure you stay a few days to discover the city.

So…flights and boats arrive at Palma, the capital of Majorca, and so this is the perfect place to start your tour of the island. Spend a few days in the city and visit the most famous tourist attractions, such as the cathedral and Bellver Castle. This city is also the perfect spot for clubbing and eating out. If you decide to stay here for a few days, you will find a cheap hostel without any problems….however, I would recommend booking ahead if you are planning on staying between June and August.

After visiting Palma, you should head to the north-west coast, which is famous for its mountain range Serra de Tramuntana. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty where you can see olive groves and admire the rugged coastline, and discover what life is like in Majorca’s little towns and villages, which are renowned for their white walls and deserted streets during the midday sun.

Continue your journey to the north coast of the island to discover some of the most popular tourist resorts such as Pollenca and Alcudia….stop off to discover Majorca’s hidden coves, with crystal clear waters and white sand.

Go on…..a tour of Majorca with a group of friends is great fun. Hire a car and split the cost between 5…….you will get to sunbathe, swim, party and see some of Spain’s most beautiful assets.

© 2012 Pat Travels the World