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Short History of Zagreb

Travel Tips for Zagreb
Short History of Zagreb

It may be hard to believe that in a continent as old and explored as Europe there are still plenty of hidden treasures to be discovered. Most people will be acquainted with the stunning medieval old town centres of Vienna, Prague and Budapest; yet many have never even heard of Zagreb, the Croatian capital, being home to one of the most charming and picturesque of them all. Croatia has been the holiday destination of choice for central Europeans for over a century (OK, minus a small gap during the Yugoslav war) yet even they tend to spend most of their holiday time along its admittedly splendid Adriatic Coast. Yet if you’re after a vacation with bite, substance and flavour, you’ll do well to plan at least a few days in Zagreb, rated the most beautiful capital of all the Balkan States. Zagreb is only 150km inland from the most stunning nook of its coast, the access to Krk Island, so including a bit of sun-worshipping and yet more great sightseeing is easy thanks to the country’s top-notch highways (if with rental car) or innumerable public transport options. Book your holiday rental accommodation in Zagreb, when next venturing east of the Adriatic ...

Great attractions around the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Travel Tips for Area: Tour Eiffel
Great attractions around the Eiffel Tower, Paris

We could all agree that a few days, or even just a few hours, spent absorbing the breathtaking sight of the Eiffel Tower is reason enough to plan a trip to Paris. Seeing it at first light, all deserted and majestic; in the middle of the day when crowds swarm on, around and up on it, or even sneaking out at night to catch a glimpse of it all fabulously lit up. But let’s face it: travel to Paris and you’ll want to do a lot more than just admire the Eiffel Tower! Great news is that you need not venture very far from it to take in some of the city’s most interesting sights. From great museums, to historical attractions and natural escapes, the 7th arrondissement, home of the Eiffel Tower, is brimming with other great attractions too. Book your holiday rental apartment near the Eiffel Tower when next visiting the City of Lights and try to drag yourself away from it for a few hours to take in the following brilliant sites. Hôtel des Invalides A ‘hotel for invalids’ may not seem that attractive at first sound, we admit, but considering this was the main hospital for wounded soldiers during ...

Chelsea’s Trendy Café Culture

Travel Tips for Area: London Chelsea
Chelsea’s Trendy Café Culture

London’s most notorious stylish quarter is a vibrant hub of fervent activity, most of it centred on fashionable boutiques, trendy eateries, hip cafes and incredibly opulent art galleries. Chelsea is where the rich, famous and glamorous spend their endless care-free days and this is definitely where you should base yourself  if a taste of the Ab Fab side of London is what you desire most on your next vacation. Wander down Kings Road and Sloane Street for a spot of designer shopping, visit the Saatchi Gallery and its illustrious modern art collection and indulge all your senses at one of the many fresh produce stalls littered around Chelsea. Moreover, central attractions like The Eye and the Tower of London are but a short tube-ride away, so you’ll still be nice and close to the touristy side of the British gem. Yet of all the sites and activities in Chelsea, the most popular by far is its incredibly addictive cafe culture. Chelsea is home to London’s swankiest cafes, often visited by some of the country’s most famous celebrities and Royal family members. Want to know where to go and tub shoulders with the city’s elite? Then don some serious bling, book ...

Top 10 Reasons to Stay in Times Square, New York

Travel Tips for Area: Times Square
Top 10 Reasons to Stay in Times Square, New York

Times Square, arguably the world’s most famous plaza, epitomizes all that is so inherently New Yorker: lively, dazzling and incredibly hypnotic. Over 26 million tourists flock to the heart of the Big Apple every year, realizing that what once was an area to avoid is now the safest, most entertaining and eclectic hub in the whole city. With fantastic shopping, incredible dining, drinking, sightseeing and more neon-light-feasting than possibly anywhere else on earth, New York’s Times Square packs a punch in every which way possible. Sure, you’ll wonder far and wide in this sparkling city, in a bid to visit the most popular sites and experience the variety of activities on offer, but if it’s a truly authentic New York experience you’re after, then book your holiday rental accommodation in Times Square and you can take advantage of everything this dynamic address has to offer. Need a few more reasons to stay here? Top 10 reasons why staying in Times Square is a really, REALLY good idea 1) It’s safe Times Square boasts the largest crowds anywhere in the city, there’s a healthy hive of activity here pretty much 24/7; it’s extremely well lit and effectively policed, making it the ideal strolling place no ...

Explore Old Town Square, the heart of Kraków’ Centre

Travel Tips for Area: Krakow Old Town
Explore Old Town Square, the heart of Kraków’ Centre

Kraków has certainly seen a resurgence in its popularity over the last few years, yet if you’re from the UK and over the age of 30, you may remember the intense ‘visit Kraków’ propaganda of over a decade ago. Eager for recognition and a healthy influx for tourism dollars, Kraków was heavily promoted as a party town, even though it has always boasted much more significant cultural, historical and architectural personas. The ensuing wave of drunken youngsters which seemed to engulf the city are now a thing of the past and Kraków has rightfully claimed a top spot among the most interesting holiday destinations in Europe, for all the right reasons.  If you love grand architecture, cultural diversity and a destination cloaked in history, then Kraków may just be the ideal holiday destination for you. Book your holiday rental apartment in Kraków’s city centre and start your exploration of the Polish gem by getting close and personal with Europe’s largest Old Town Square. History of Rynek Glowny Medieval history buffs will have already heard all about Rynek Glowny, the largest historic market square in Europe, yet no matter how much (or little) you know about the place, seeing it live for the ...

Best brunch spots on Avenue Louise, Brussels

Travel Tips for Area: Avenue Louise
Best brunch spots on Avenue Louise, Brussels

Many people may not know that the now celebrated ‘brunch’ was a meal concept dreamed up by the English in the late 1800s. Apparently, a solution was needed to combat the Sunday morning hangover which needed to include a) more food than a usual breakfast and b) less food than a usual lunch. Voila’. Over a century later, many more people may be excused for believing the brunch phenomena was born in Brussels. The city has adopted this most divine lazy Sunday tradition with such gusto that exceptional brunches are offered in the trendiest and most exquisite restaurants and cafes’ all over town. Book your holiday rental apartment on Avenue Louise, the most central and fashionable artery of Brussels and you’ll be within drooling distance to the following delectable brunch spots. Café de la Presse, 493 Avenue Louise...for that chaotic buzzy Brussels feel We should start by saying that enjoying a brunch at Cafe de la Presse may not be to everyone’s taste. Pardon the pun. This super-trendy cafe can get enormously packed, incredibly loud and frustratingly chaotic; which are the three things we actually love about it! No matter how ‘orderly’ your Brussels vacation is going...pop in here on a Sunday morning ...

Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

Travel Tips for Area: Sarria Sants
Best experiences in Sarria Sants, Barcelona

Sarria Sants is Barcelona’s fashionable Uptown and it most certainly lives up to its label in more ways than one. The once-independent pueblo, now a bona fide part of the Catalonian capital, is one of the city’s most up-market barrios, located up on the slopes of Mount Tibidabo and is the one quarter which has definitely moved up, in every sense, since its humble rural beginnings. Yet no matter how much gentrification goes on, Sarria Sants still retains its small, old-time, village feel. This is a much quieter part of Barcelona, but it’s by no means tame. Sarria boasts infinitely gorgeous narrow streets, charming old houses, trendy boutiques and the swankiest schools, shopping centres and town-houses in the city. It’s long-held reputation for being one of the most sought-after addresses in Barcelona dates back to the mid-1800s, when wealthy Barcelonans used to flock here in droves to build opulent week-enders and enjoy their free time amidst the natural splendours the area was saturated in. Sarria still boasts an incredibly green persona, which helps make it one of the most relaxing and indulging corners of the bustling city. The ideal holiday base for anyone who wants a quieter space to retreat to ...

Explore the Western Cape from V&A Waterfront

Travel Tips for Area: V&A Waterfront
Explore the Western Cape from V&A Waterfront

It may seem peculiar to learn that of all the attractions in South Africa, Cape Town’s Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Complex boasts the most number of foreign tourists. What about the animals you ask? Well, while almost all who venture this far south will undoubtedly join a game park safari at some stage of their trip, the V&A still claims the highest patronage out of all of South Africa’s attractions. It’s really that good! More like a city within a city, the V&A is home to Cape Town’s most celebrated restaurants, best boutiques, markets and more entertainment options than the remainder of the city’s suburbs combined. Not bad uh? Add to that one of the world’s best aquariums, a launching pad for boat trips to Robben Island and breathtaking views of Table Mountain, and you soon start to realize why many who visit don’t venture far from here at all. Oh but venture you must! Book your holiday rental apartment in the V&A Waterfront Complex in Cape Town and be in the midst of the action; just don’t forget that you’re just a hop, skip and jump from the best Capes in the world. Hire a car for a day ...

Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

Travel Tips for Edinburgh
Walk the Royal Mile in Edinburgh

The Royal Mile is to Edinburgh what the Champs-Elysees is to Paris: its fervently beating heart. The mile-long stretch of road, which runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood, is the Old Town’s main thoroughfare and a vibrant point of reference for all visitors to the Scottish capital. Comprising Canongate and High streets, as well as Lawnmarket and Johnston Terrace, the Royal Mile is a lot more than just a congregation of kitsch souvenir stalls. The highly notable avenue is the epicentre of the annual Edinburgh Festival, home to the country’s High Court and some of the most historic buildings in town, as well as boasting some of the best pubs and cafes in the whole city. In fact, the local council has been working hard over the last few years to ensure that the Royal Mile be considered Edinburgh’s premier attraction. So book your holiday rental apartment in Edinburgh’s city centre and come discover what this seemingly unassuming street has to offer. The Royal Mile is often compared to a fish bone: there’s a main dorsal thoroughfare and dozens of smaller side lanes on each side called wynds and closes. Back in the good old days, wynds were ...

Historical Villas on Lake Como

Travel Tips for Area: Domaso
Historical Villas on Lake Como

One of the most popular holiday destinations on Lake Como would have to be the once modest village of Domaso, on the western shores of the lake. Renowned nowadays as a superlative water sports hub, Domaso enjoys a healthy tourism trade thanks to its consistent lake breezes (ideal for surfing) and nearby mountainous trekking and cycling options. Regardless of its blooming popularity, however, Domaso still retains its old fishing-village charm and, no matter the crowds, still gifts a peaceful and restful reprieve on a much needed break. Book your holiday rental villa or apartment in Domaso when next in Italy andyou’ll be able to do as much (or as little) as your heart desires. Domaso has a long and illustrious history dating back to the Middle Ages and, while the attractions here abound, the town is also a fantastic base from which to explore more of the lake’s gems. Once on Domaso, hop on lake crossing ferries for splendid days out and, while you’re at it, don’t forget to admire the most illustrious villas around. Lake Como has been the favoured holiday spot of the élite for centuries, and some of the restored villas are sights to behold. Following are ...

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