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Address: Rua de França Lote 80 8125 Algarve

The Apartments Rio are friendly, well maintained and comfortable, a perfect place to relax and get away from it all. Located on a hillside in a quiet area, the resort centre and nearest beach are around 2km away. A small ‘noddy’ train operates around the resort and there is a regular bus.

PROPERTY AMENITIES

* There are six magnificent golf courses, all within a maximum of ten minutes of Rio Apartments. Restaurant facilities range from elegant dining to more informal meals, or simple snacks, washed down by refreshing local beers and wines.

ROOM AMENITIES

* Very nice complex composed of 64 apartment’s studio one and two bedrooms, all with kitchen and balcony. They are well equipped and furnished.

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Lisbon Travel Pictures

Alfama District Red Roofs - Lisbon

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon (Portuguese: Lisboa) has experienced a renaissance in recent years, with a contemporary culture that is alive and thriving and making its mark in today’s Europe. Perched on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, Lisbon is one of the rare Western European cities that face the ocean and uses water as an element that defines the city. Lisbon enchants travelers with its white bleached limestone buildings, intimate alleyways, and an easy going charm that makes it a popular year round destination.

The Spanish Towns of Southern Costa Blanca

The Spanish Towns of Southern Costa Blanca

The Spanish Towns of Southern Costa Blanca

By: Macon Gravlee

 

Torrevieja

This is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the southern part of Costa Blanca. It is located 40 minutes away from Alicante airport to the north, or 20 minutes away from the Murcia airport. Torrevieja is a busy tourist hub and has been so for many years now, thanks to the 2 large saltwater lagoons that continue to harvest salt. The lagoons are also home to flamingoes and other bird species, thus attracting all manner of tourists. Being a busy commercial centre, the town serves both the locals and tourists. Torrevieja town features a Spanish design evident in the living style of the locals as they reside in apartment blocks.

The town of Torrevieja is not lacking in terms of beaches as just recently, the main beach walkway was renovated to give a pleasant soothing stroll or an ideal spot for relaxation and unwinding as one sips a cup of coffee from a beachfront café. There are lots of beaches to choose from, and if you are a dare devil, you can always go to the water parks. Along the beach promenade, most of the days you will find a small market equipped with collectibles and souvenirs while every Friday, there is a large open air market that sells all kinds of goods at unimaginable bargains.

Holiday accommodation in this part of Costa Blanca is not a problem as there is everything for everyone, from luxurious golf courses villas and beachfront villas, to apartments and townhouses.

Alicante

If you are like many people, you know the city of Alicante by your view through the window of an airplane as you arrive in the international airport in Costa Blanca, or through the windows of a rental car as you make your way to other destinations in Costa Blanca. However, if you took some little time in Alicante, you will be amazed by how much it really has in store for tourists.

Alicante is the capital city of Costa Blanca, dating back to the Roman times. As you make your way from the airport towards the town, you will be forgiven to think that it is a boring city as the first impressions are quite poor. However, just past the urban sprawl you will be greeted by a palm lined walkway on the front part of the town. Alicante further boasts a buzzing nightlife, irresistible restaurants serving mouthwatering delicacies and a great shopping avenue for an irresistible shopping experience. Southwards from the town the city’s coastline stretches for miles of stunning golden sandy beaches.

La Manga

La Manga del Mar Menor (Little Sea) is a resort town located near Murcia and boasts of beaches in a 40km stretch and various golf courses. The Little Sea is a covered salt water lake that forms part of the Costa Calida, a perfect resort for water sport activities. There are lots of coastal strips hotels, rental holiday apartments, houses, bars, and restaurants stretched along the Mar Menor. If time is on your side, you can always visit the nearby coastal towns of San Javier and Murcia and Cartagena or San Pedro del Pinatar, or if you are a fishing enthusiast, the old fishing village known as Los Alcazeras. Football fanatics will find the famous La Manga Club that is located close by irresistible, particularly during the winter months.

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Amsterdam Makes Such a Great City Break

Amsterdam

By: Andrea Delucia

An Amsterdam city break really can appeal to anyone. No where else has such a satisfying mix of liberal madness and high brow culture. It s quite incredible that despite all the potential for controversy, Amsterdam rarely attracts criticism and continues to appeal to people of all ages, and from all walks of life.

Amsterdam has got to be one of Europe s top city break holiday destinations, and to be honest there is so much going for it, it s hard to know where to start.

First is the ease of getting there. Schiphol Airport had been voted one of the finest in Europe and its high speed trains will whisk you the 14 km into the city centre every 15 minutes. Then there is the ease of getting around. Amsterdam has excellent tram and bus services, not to mention the canal cruises that take in all the cultural holiday hotspots as well as the beautiful byways.

Above all Amsterdam city centre is physically small and relatively quiet, with many streets traffic free and bicycles the transport of choice for most Amsterdammers. It s a great place to wander around and so easy to take in the top cultural sights and what treasures there are. This is the home of both Rembrandt and Van Gogh two giants of the art world, with museums dedicated to both. Opera, theatre, dance, street theatre Amsterdam has it in buckets.

But high art is not all that s in the frame in this cosmopolitan bowl of multicultural delights. There s the infamous Red Light District where scantily clad girls parade for custom behind neon lit windows. And there are the notorious coffeeshops where cannabis is openly sold and smoked as customers sip their cappuccinos. There is street theatre in Dam Square, open air concerts in the huge city centre Vondeldpark and one of the best zoos in Western Europe.

And for those who like nothing better than to wander, Amsterdam is a weekend city break destination like no other. The quaintly gabled 17th and 18th century houses are a Dutch delight, as are the cosy rings of picturesque tree lined canals than encircle the whole city with their cobbled canalside streets full of boutiques, curio shops and book stalls.

Amsterdam defies its northerly location with an alfresco street cafe society that cashes in on every glimpse of sun. Add a wide and varied ethnic mix and you have the recipe for an astonishing range of cuisine, with virtually every international taste catered for from Thai to Turkish, Icelandic to Indonesian. Add a dash of Amsterdam s home grown speciality pancake restaurants that offer an endless choice of pizza sized pancakes and omelettes and you are guaranteed some fabulous meals.

Enjoying Amsterdam city breaks has never been easier. There is a great choice of cheap flights to Amsterdam from most UK airports and a wide range of hotels from luxury to budget accommodation. You can even book a room at a floating hotel or a canal boat. Book online and open the gates to discount airfares and cheap flights plus many holiday hotel packages that offer cheap breaks in Amsterdam.
Author Resource:-> Andrea Delucia writes for TravelSavvy Amsterdam – independent city guide for tourists. For more information visit: http://www.travelsavvy-amsterdam.com/.

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Sofia Airport Guide

Sofia Airport - Bulgaria

The international airport in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia was completely renovated in 2006. The new Terminal 2 was built next to the old Terminal 1. It is a now a modern airport with good facilities. Terminal 1 is exclusively for budget companies and charter flights.

Local transport

Train

There is no train connection with the Sofia airport.

Car And Bus

The airport is ten kilometers east of the center of Sofia. Not all destinations on the road signs are given in English, but the route from the airport to the center is given in English.

Terminal 2 is directly connected with the bus station. Line 84 leaves every 15 minutes to Orlov Most which is close to the city center, the route goes via the bus station by the Pliska Hotel, travel time is approximately 20 minutes. You can buy a ticket at the window in the bus station. For large baggage you must purchase an extra ticket.

Car Rental

In the Arrivals Hall in Terminal 2 there are counters for car rental companies: Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Budget, Moto-Pfohe Rent-a-car and Tany Rent.

Taxi

Taxis are in front of the Arrivals Hall. The airport has done many things to keep away fraudulent taxi drivers. It is recommended, using OK Supertrans (tel: + 359(0)2 973 2121), this company has a window in the Arrivals Hall.

Airport Parking

You can find parking spaces close to the terminal, there are no separate places for short and long-term parking. There is also an underground parking garage with 4 levels below Terminal 2.

Services

Hotels

There are no hotels at the airport.

Shops and restaurants

The airport has a reasonable range of rather simply arranged snack bars and cafés. There is a large Duty Free shop in Terminal 2, there is also a full service restaurant called Da Vinci restaurant.

Baggage

The window for lost and found items is in Terminal 1

Information

You can find general information counters in both terminals which are also accessible by the general telephone number.

Business

On the second level of Terminal 2 there is a Business Class Lounge, here you can use the fax machine, copy machine and read international magazines and newspapers. There are also computers with internet connection.

Disabled facilities

The new terminal has outstanding accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps, adapted restrooms, elevators and telephones. For assistance you can contact the general information counter.

Other services

There are banks, money exchange offices and an ATM, next to the United Bulgarian Bank, there is also a post office. The First Aid station is on the ground floor of Terminal 2. On the second level of Terminal 2 there are look-out terraces.

Contact

Address

Sofia Airport
1 Christopher Columbus Boulevard
1540 Sofia
Bulgaria

Telephone, fax, email

Telephone: +359(0)2 937 2211/2
Fax: +359(0)2 937 2010
Email: public@sofia-airport.bg

Airport codes

IATA airport code: SOF
ICAO airport code: LBSF

 

 

Bulgaria – A Big-Small Treasure

Bulgaria

Bulgaria – A Big-Small Treasure

One can describe many things as big-small. Actually, big-small is something small that has the characteristics of something much bigger than itself. And with that in mind, I come to think of Bulgaria. I am sure that many of you who read this have heard of this countryand will ask “Why is Bulgaria a big-small” Well, I will try to explain.
Bulgaria covers a total territory of 111 000sq/km – that is why it is small. But I am sure you have no idea of how many beautiful things there are in this small area – and here comes the big part.

Bulgaria is a country with a long history, full of ups and downs and critical events. The country culture has been influences by many other nationalities and that is why Bulgaria has now many important historical places. One such place is Etara. It is an open-air museum, but seems more like a whole town, still capturing the traditional spirit and architecture of the Bulgarian national revival. The people there still practice the old Bulgarian crafts, including pottery. Etara is like a place out of time, where the past is still alive. Another such place is the village Arbanassi. It is an old settlement and holds some ancient monasteries. One of them is the St. Nikola monastery that was built during the Assen dynasty – there still can be seen preserved wall decorations and icons dating back to 1716. Near Arbanassi is the town of Veliko Turnovo, where you will be amazed by the great fortress Tsarevets, which was the capital of the Second Bulgarian Kingdom. It still is a mighty settlement and there even is a “Sound and Light” show in the evenings. An amazing place is the Madara Horseman – a picture, carved into the stone during the 8th century with dimensions, which equal these of a real horseman. It still looks breath-taking and is included in the World Heritage List of UNESCO. Some other historical places include the Rila Monastery, Pliska (first capital of Bulgaria), the Troyan Monastery and many more.

Bulgaria has also a gorgeous nature. There are many places to go and admire the beautiful landscape. First of all, there are many mountains in the country. Rila Mountain is a wonderful place – there is the highest peak on the peninsula – Mousala (2925m). You can also visit the Seven Rila Lakes, many huts and ski tracks. Another mountain is Pirin – the most fascinating one in Bulgaria, also part of the World Heritage List. There are many nature reserves in Bulgaria and one of them is Srebarna which houses nearly 100 different bird species, most of which endangered. Actually, I don not need to list any more natural places worth visiting, because when you go to the surroundings of almost every town in Bulgaria, you will find something incredible to look at.

As far as culture is concerned, the best places to visit are the bigger towns – Varna, Burgas, Veliko Turnovo and of course the capital Sofia. Sofia can be compared to many European capitals – it is a large city with many people and numerous places to go if you are a culture-lover or just enjoy the nightlife.
With all this I hope that even some of you will agree with me that the little country Bulgaria holds so many interesting and marvelous things that it can be easily called big-small.

Golfing in Spain

Golf In Spain

Golfing in Spain

By: Michael J
Spain is considered as world’s top ranked golf destination. Literally, there are many high class golf courses in the country and some of them have been also enlisted in Europe’s first ten quality golf courses. If you have decided to play golf in the country, here is given important information about top courses and regions in Spain.

Costa Brava

Costa Brava is a developing region to play golf Spain and is home to around ten world class championship golf courses including beautiful Club de Golf Costa Brava and Emporda courses. The year round mild climate and low priced golf rates have made the region an ideal destination to enjoy golf in the country.

Costa Blanca

Long areas of mountain trails and beaches, the conventional villages and towns and around twenty international golf courses, all are accountable for making the south eastern area a preferred holiday spot. Due to its location in the proximity of Alicante Airport, the visitors can book their flights easily. Also from the airport, the travelers can get accessibility to all famous golf courses such as Bonalba, Alicante and Alenda without major problems. The tourist town of Benidorm is also located in this region which through its famous coastline, appeals the crowds of travelers. However, if you decide to find some accommodations in old villages where interesting cultural customs are maintained, then you are certain to get memorable golf holiday experience in Spain.

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol is a superb golf destination in the country where golf courses really share edges with others for complete length of beach area. However, there are also some golf courses which are run down to filthy beaches. The resort towns namely Fuengirola and Benalmadena situated in the vicinity of airport are considered appropriate bases for spending golf holidays; however you are also free to choose mountain golf courses like Monte Mayor located at Benahavis where demanding hilly greens really present extremely spectacular views. This place is world renowned primarily because of the presence of Valderrama golf course which is perceived as the best one in entire Spain and also in Europe.

Country club and Santa Maria Golf has earned huge popularity among privileged golf clubs in Costa del Sol. It is basically an eighteen holes golf course which proffers the participants a challenging golf playing experience with spectacular sights of both Mediterranean and mountains. The 1st 9 holes were previously designed by “Antonio Garcia Garrido”, and when the holes were opened, it became popular among its members. The 2nd 9 holes were designed by technical staff of club and were opened during the year of 1996. Now a days, this golf course has been developed as the finest among entire coast.

Almeria

A dry, warm climate of Mediterranean appeal the golfer from all over the world to 8 championship courses situated in south east region of Almeria. It’s longer, deserted beaches with beautiful small bay and higher mountains exhibit really a great view. Here, the visitor can enjoy quiet holidays, although various street shops and stalls in towns along with grand restaurants as well as bars offer a good alternative for golf lovers.

So, plan your golf Spain holidays right now and enjoy some incredible golf locations.

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