Holiday in Portugal

Holiday in Portugal

 

Portugal’s capital Lissabon is a city with a great history and an ideal point to start exploring the country.
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In Lissabon there are major tourist attractions and interesting museums such as:
Jeronimo Monastery, Lisbon is on the UNESCO World Heritage list and is the resting place of Vasco da Gama. Jeronimo Monastery is the most impressive symbol of power and wealth during the great geographical discoveries of Portugal.
holiday-in-portugalBelem Tower, Lisbon: Built in 1515 as a fortress with defensive role in the port of entry Lissabon, Belem Tower was the starting point of many expeditions and for seafarers it was the last thing of mother country earth they saw, until the return from the sea.
Belem Tower is a monument dedicated to Portugal during the era of the great discoveries, often used as a symbol of the country. UNESCO listed Belem Tower as of universal heritage.
Built in Manueline style, the tower has a lot of decorations made in stone, specific to the major discoveries era.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lissabon.
To the north east of Park Eduardo VII is located Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, one of the most important museums around the world and one of the priceless treasures of Europe. Part of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, this museum houses collections of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art. In 2001 it was substantially renovated and modernized – during renovation works many masterpieces were exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum of Lisbon is a sight that can not be missed on holidays in Portugal. It is one of the largest private collections in the world, a collection built over a 40 years period by the Calouste Gulbenkian, an oil tycoon. This was one of the richest men of the 20th century. In the last years of his life he settled in Portugal and has donated his entire artistic treasure to his adoptive country when he died at the age of 86 years, in 1955.
Oceanarium Lisbon
Lisbon Oceanarium is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Designed by American architect Peter Chermeyeff, Oceanarium has been built right on the river Tejo and in order to reach the visitors have to cross a pedestrian bridge.
Lissabon Oceanarium is a deep ocean experience without all the risks that would entail such an adventure. Here are over 25,000 fish, birds and marine mammals. There is a huge central tank as large as four Olympic pools together. Tourists can look in the aquarium at several levels and can admire about a wide range of marine animals, including various species of sharks.
–  Monument of Discoveries, Lisbon.
Across the street from Jeronimo Monastery is located Discoveries Monument. It was built on the north bank of the river Tagus in 1960 in order to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator.
The monument is a vessel with three sails ready to sail, with sculptures of important historical figures such as King Manuel I, the poet Camões, Vasco da Gama, Magellan and other explorers, crusaders, monks or Portuguese cartographers. They all follow the Prince Henry the Navigator. The only woman represented is the queen, Felipe de Lancaster, mother of Henry the Navigator. After you finish your capital tour, we suggest you to escape on the sunny beaches and continue your relaxing holiday in a pool beachfront villa. Choose a holiday package or book beach villas in Portugal from owner.

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.