Holiday Villas in Austria

Holiday Villas in Austria

Austria is a federation of 9 districts situated in Central Europe.
As Austria is a mountainous country, the climate varies depending on the altitude. Eastern Austria has in generally a continental type of climate with cold winters and hot summers, an ideal honeymoon destination or simply to book your holiday villa and flights. The Northern and Western valleys climate is influenced by the northern rainy winds coming from Atlantic Ocean.
villas-in-austriaAustria is dominated by Alps and Pre Alps, mountains having still remains of ice ages. Lakes with clean waters, the impressive landscapes, prove that the Austrians respect and protect the nature.
The highest mountain is Grossglockner, of 3.798 m. The north and the East of the country are hilly and the West and the South are famous as winter sport destination.
» ARLBERG – the preferred resort for English tourists (since 1928) having as specific feature the mixture of traditional and modern buildings. It is recommended for young people and persons wiling of entertainment and active holiday.
The area offers a lot of possibilities for ski having in the same time many attractive offers for spending the holiday in cottages, luxury chalets or villas: slide on snow, sleigh ride, skating area, open air bowling, wormed indoor swimming pools, tennis, billiard, and cinema.
A strong point of this region consists in its numerous ski slopes for advanced skiers and experts. The resort is not recommended for the beginner due to the miss of easy and uncluttered ski slopes.
» ISCHGL Silvretta Ski and Funsport Ischgl is one of the most spectacular and in fashion ski resort of Austria. Well maintained tracks, snow until the spring end, an impressive network of ski lifts and numerous possibilities of relaxation and entertainment are prepared for tourists.
5 km far, in Kappl resort they can ski at 2700 m altitude on 40km of slopes. This resort is also famous for the facilities offered to the families with children. Tourist children can spend the day in free kindergarten.
» SÖLDEN is the nucleus of Oztal area. It is a well known sportive centre at 1377- 3255 m, where the professionals and the beginners can enjoy large slopes and permanent snow.
After ski parties and active night life transformed this resort in a meeting place for the peoples from all over the world, willing of winter sports and entertainment.
» SEEFELD is an attractive small town situated on a sunny plateau in Tyrol, close to Innsbruck. It housed twice the Winter Olympic Games.
It is an international resort with separate slopes for beginners and intermediary. Tourists can benefit of excellent stores network, bars and cafés, a superb sport centre and many other possibilities for spending times after ski.
This resort is very appropriate for non homogenous groups as regards the ski abilities.
» INNSBRUCK is Tyrol capital and residence of Parliament, Government and Tyrol local authorities. It is well known in the world because it housed the winter Olympic Games in 1964 and 1976.
The Olympic resort is a real Eldorado for winter sport lovers. In addition, its touristic offer is very attractive due to the cultural sights of Innsbruck: the Palace, the Imperial Garden, the Imperial Church and the Winter Zoo.
» STUBAITAL is one of the most beautiful valleys of Tyrol. Its strong points are: high level services, impressive over 3000 m peaks, large slopes going down on a glacier, offering conditions 365 day per year, ski lifts with an impressive capacity. In addition, Innsbruck is only 15 minutes far.
» ZILLERTAL    – When you go in ZILLERTAL, you have to face with the difficulty to choose from the multitude of slopes available. Having over 500 km of impeccable ski slopes, this area is the most demanded of the Austrian Alps. Nevertheless it kept a character specific to Austrian villages.
In Hintertux they can ski all the year long and Zillertal Arena offers 3000 routes connected to each other in such a way that the skiers have the possibility to go through as many as possible.
» KITZBÜHEL is on the Top Ten of Austrian resorts due in the same measure to its varied Apres-ski programs and to its impressive infrastructure: hundreds of slopes, 2 lakes, 30 tennis areas, and a Tyrolese fair that combine successfully the traditional and the modern.

Holiday in Finland

Holiday in Finland

 

Finland is a North European country direct connected to the Baltic Sea by the Botnic Bay West and Finic Bay in South.
Finland has a mild climate comparing with other world regions situated in the same northern area. In January the average temperature is of 14 – 18 ºC due to Gulf Stream, a hot oceanic current.
During the winter, especially in the North, the sky is covered by the wonderful Aurora Borealis called too, “The North’s Lights”.
holiday-in-finlandDue to its magnificent landscape Finland is an interesting holiday destination.
It has a spectacular colour during the winter when it becomes a real story. Winter sports are tradition here: they say that the Finishes are born with the skates on their feet. No wonder that in Finland there are a lot of ski slopes of different categories, modern equipped and lighted all the night.
If you plan a holiday in Finland, pay attention also to its interesting cities:
» Helsinki
It is considered the economic capital of Scandinavia due to the presence of numerous international companies such as: Nokia, Lapland Jewellery and in the same time it is a nice city where the urban culture, the modernism and the tradition are very well combined.
Helsinki was initially a fishing city and was modernised in 1812. They asked to Carl Engel – a German architect to realise a new plan of the city. This proved to be an inspirited idea, because today the most important buildings of the city are designed by him. One of them is Tuomionkirkko Cathedral, a mix of Gothic Renaissance and Orthodox Russian church, even if today it is a Lutheran Church.
» Sights to see in Helsinki:
–  Keskuspuisto Park, Kaivopuisto Park, Toolonlahti Park, Parliament House (Eduskunta), Senate Square, Seurasaari,  Esplanadin puisto Park, Korkeasaari,  Creation Museum, Ateneum Art Museum, Finlandia Hall
» Savonlinna
This city with approximately 30.000 of inhabitants is situated in lakes region.
It was built on three distinct islands gathered by bridges.
Its strong points are the wonderful landscape and the Castle St. Olaf.
The fortress was built in 1475 by Erik Axelsson Tott. The assembly consists of a main castle with three towers and a ditch with protection walls and watching towers.
The castle rebuilt many times is one of Finland attraction with a restaurant and many halls for festive events inside. Every year, in July, takes place here the Savonlinna Opera festival and in June the Savonlinna Ballet Festival.
» Espoo is the second city of the country, as size with a original urban structure. It is divided in five distinct centres each of size of a Finnish usual city. It has good transportation network, a national park – Nuuksio and many shops and restaurants. The most famous district is Tapiola, a real garden city. Situated at a small distance of Helsinki, Espoo houses many museums and festivals.
» Rovaniemi
Gold fever attracted numerous adventures in this city by the beginning of XIX century and this led to a rapid economic increase and the city became the Lapland capital. The modern buildings are surrounded by a wild artic superb region. Rovaniemi is a university centre with some museums and a area for ski and trips. The town was completely destroyed during the Second World War and entirely rebuilt. The willing ones can visit Ranua, with a Zoo and Santa Park.
» Porvo
One of the oldest cities of the country, Porvo is a flourishing city with modern buildings, a medieval centre, narrow streets and red coloured stores. In this town is the Museum Johan Ludvig Runeberg dedicated to the national Finnish poet.
» Tampere
Tampere is the largest continental city of northern countries based in 1779 in one of the most beautiful area of Island. It was in XIX century the most important industrial centre of the country.
Nowadays those industrial zones were refurbished and updated and operate at maximum capacity.
There are too, small restaurants, sport and fitness halls, the museum Vapriikki and Central museum of Work.
Tampere is an university and cultural centre of Finland. Important tourist attractions are: Central Square (Pyynikki Ridge), the Cathedral (Pispala), Observing Tower Pyynikki and Nasinneula.

Holidays in Italy

Holidays in Italy

Italy is an European state situated on Italic Peninsula that includes also many islands in Mediterranean Sea , the most important being Sicilia and Sardinia – check for holiday rentals and flight deals.
Its surrounded by: Austria, France, Switzerland, and Slovenia.
Its territory includes two independent enclaves San Marino and Vatican and it has an enclave on Swiss territory.
holiday-in-italyItaly has many types of climate:
• alpine climate in Alps at altitudes over 3000 m;
• continental sub Mediterranean climate in Pad Plain, in the hilly regions and on the Apennines slopes;
• Mediterranean climate (hot and relative wet because of the sea vicinity)
• semiarid climate inside Sicilia (due to the mountainous obstacles).
Due to its wonderful and diverse landscape, great history ,astonishing cultural heritage and huge offer of villas and chalets to rent, Italy is in the top ten of the most visited European countries. Each Italian city has its own offer. We present you below some of the most famous of them:

» Napoli

Napoli is the biggest city of southern Italy. It is rich in monuments such as: Castel Nuovo (XII century), Triumph Arch, Royal Palace (XVII century), National Palace and National Gallery on Capodimonte, churches. Next to the city there is the Roman city Pompeii covered by lava during the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 BC.
Romantic destinations, the Riviera, are a littoral part arranged for tourism. The most important is Italian Riviera consisting in a chain of spa – sea resorts: San Remo, Diano Marina, Alassio, Nervi, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure.
There are then the Napolitano Riviera situated in Napoli Bay: Amalfi, Sorrento, islands Ischia and Capri;  the Venetian: Lido di Venezia, Riccione, Rimini, The Sarda Sardinia island, the Palermitana in the area of Palermo.

» Venice

Venice is situated in the saltwater lagoon of Adriatic Sea and lies on over 100 of little islands. The main way is Canal Grande, that winds along from San Marco Square up to city border.
Along the Canal Grande tourists can admire the most beautiful palaces of Europe built by the rich Venetian merchants. In addition to canal Grande the main touristic attraction of the city are: Square and Basilica San Marco, Doges Palace, Bridge of Sighs, Ponte Rialto, Historic Centre Districts: Castello, Cannaregio, San Polo, Santa Croce, Dorsoduro, with its countless architectonic, artistic and cultural treasures.

» Florence

Capital of district with the same name, this city situated next to the Apennines Mountains is famous for its Gothic and Renaissance buildings, Art Galleries and museums. In addition it is an important commercial centre.
For those people that like the nature and the adventure, Italy Alps is what they need.

» Dolomites Mountains have the most notched peaks in the world. They are a real Alpine paradise. These mountains rise in groups probably because they formed from an ancient reef. Among these rocky groups there are green meadows full of wild flowers and the alpine Bavarian cities.
Dolomites are one of the greatest Alps areas for cycling. There are a lot of passes in one region, many of them being connected with each other. These mountains are famous too for “via ferata”, a way with fixed cables that help the climbers and offer safety to the beginners in covering the difficult, abrupt itineraries. This way has a fascinating history – initially it was made by the Italian and Austrian troops that fought in this area during the First World War.
Dolomites Mountains are a very popular holiday destination – ski and climbing during the winter, trips, parachute jumping and gliding during the summer. The main touristic centre are Rocca Pietore along the glacier Marmolada, the little cities Alleghe, Falcade, Auronzo, Cortina d Ampezzo and the villages Arabba, Ortisei and San Martino di Castrozza and the valleys Fassa, Gardena and Badia.
Italian Beaches offer an alternative for the sea and sun lovers:

» Otranto is a historical city and port on Adriatic Sea in South Italy.

It is a little town with a very nice holiday atmosphere being an ideal escape for one or many holiday days.
The city beaches are small and very pleasant in May but they become crowded in summer.
The shore outside the city is famous for its beauty and the traveller can find here nice beaches, less agglomerated.
In Northern side of Otranto there is a sandy beach – Baia dei Turchi and the lakes of the sea side – Laghi Alimini

•  Cinque Terre beaches in Liguria:

Cinque Terre meaning five lands are in fact five magnificent villages laying on the South Coast of Italy.
If you prefer a traditional beach with long chairs and umbrellas, then Monterosso is the ideal destination.
Even if some beaches are with gravel, the water is clean with a very nice blue colour.

•  Arbust Beach in Sardinia

The coast part with beaches of this region is called Green Coast and lies on 47 km from Capo della Fransca to Capo Pecora.
Pistis beach has fine, white sand on 2 km. Next to the water on the shore formed sand dunes with junipers and by the interior the sand formed real hills up to 30 meters high.

•  Castiglion della Pescaia beaches in Toscana:

Is an Italian coast in Toscana.
It is a city with sea view having a fortification keeping a medieval atmosphere.
Its famous beaches can satisfy all the tastes: the tourists can take sun bath, rent boats, make kite surf or learn diving.

Escape in Thailand

Escape in Thailand

 

With its about 8 million people, the capital of Thailand seems to be a chaotic city with dust and dirt, but the ones that exceed this first impression will discover its amazing beauty. In the morning the fog rises from the Chao Phraya River and reveals the golden spiral towers of the great palace and other temples offering a unique landscape and a good place to . Check for your flights also.
thailandThe town was built in 1972 replacing the little and old capital, Ayutthaya. The International Airport Suvarnabhumi is about 45 minutes taxi drive far from the downtown.
For transportation the fastest way is Skytrain but it does not cover all the areas so you may have to use taxi, boats or tuk-tuk.

» Places to see during your holiday:

• It is recommended to start your tour with a visit of Rattanakosin, where you will find the former royal residence and Wat Phra Kaeo, Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the largest temples in the world. For a great landscape you have to climb 320 stairs on the Golden Mountain.
• In the night you can enjoy a healthy Thailand dinner on Khao San Street and then a national dance show in the National Theatre.
• If you love to visit temples is better to rent a boat and go up the river to Banglamphu to see Wat In, Standing Buddha Temple.
From here you can walk to Thon Buri. After the visit you can try the markets in Chinatown and Small India to buy natural aliments.
• As Bangkok is famous for its markets, in the weekend you must not miss Chatuchak, an amazing and big market where you can find almost everything you want.
• Other sites to see outside the city: floating market from Damnoen Saduak (it is just 2 hours from the city), the bridge on river Kwai, visit the malls in Siam and MBK.

» Practical tips:

• stay far of the polluted streets, rent a boat, it’s cheap and offers great landscapes.
• when you discuss with local try to keep respect for the king and royal family.
• do not leave the city without buying a Thai massage. After 3000 years the techniques have a divine perfection.

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