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We're a holiday rental company and passionate about off the beaten path travel. These are our insider tips for the destinations where we offer holiday accommodation. We hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy writing it!!

Discover the cultural side of Ibiza

Travel Tips for Theme: Cultural Holidays
Discover the cultural side of Ibiza

Ibiza is known throughout the world as Spain’s uttermost clubbing hub, yet the isle has so much more to offer than just endless parties and flowing cocktails. The blissful concoction of stunning scenery, temperate climate and hospitable locals is what makes Ibiza a wonderful holiday destination for anyone searching for a little slice of heaven close to home. But step just one foot on this island and you’ll soon realize that Ibiza’s popularity is not exactly a recent phenomenon. The unmistakable mix of cultures here point to its rather tumultuous and sometimes overcrowded past. Throughout its rather long existence, Ibiza has been the holiday-spot of choice of the Phoenicians, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Moors and the Arabs. Want to go home with more than just a suntan? Then book your holiday rental apartment or villa in Ibiza and delve right into the cultural side of this most splendid Mediterranean paradise. Historic Ibiza We still find it mind-boggling that a great majority of tourists, who visit Ibiza for weeks at a time, never venture into the Old Town. The 5th century walled town is an amazing maze of cobblestone alleyways, open air markets and some of the most gorgeous shops ...

Normandy Impressionist Summer Festival

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Normandy Impressionist Summer Festival

France is well known for its artistic heritage, whether it is the Ice Age cave paintings of south west France or the vast collections of much more recent traditions in some of the finest art galleries and museums of Paris. Of these more recent Western art traditions, it is said that the French Impressionists, Claude Monet, Edouard Manet, Camille Pissarro and Pierre-Auguste Renoir to name just a few, are the most popular worldwide. Anyone visiting Normandy this summer is in for a treat, in fact if Impressionist art is your passion and you are not visiting Normandy then I urge you to reconsider. The various administrations and museums of Normandy have been organising what promises to be one of the most spectacular festivals ever staged to celebrate the lives and works of Impressionists artists in Normandy. The festival, Normandie Impressionniste, offers a programme of over 150 events from April through to November, throughout Normandy. Most people have heard of Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. And each year many thousands of people from all over the world visit this typical rural Normandy village. As beautiful as Monet’s garden and the village are. there really is so much more to Impressionism in Normandy. There are ...

In the footsteps of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

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In the footsteps of ‘The Shadow of the Wind’

Carlos Ruiz Zafón’s bestselling book in the Shadow of the Wind is as much an ode to his hometown of Barcelona as the mystique of literature, but how much remains of his gloomy, post-war Barcelona for today’s visitor?The central Carrer Santa Anna, where the main character Daniel Sempere and his father lived, is still a bustling commercial hub. Sadly, there is no sign of Sr. Sempere’s second-hand bookshop, but their local church could only be the lovely, tucked-away Esglèsia de Santa Ana.Nearby, the Portal de L’ Ángel (Puerta del Ängel) is where Daniel first spied the sinister Julián Carax observing him from a distance. These days it’s the city’s number one shopping strip, and doesn’t hold much mystery unless you are harbour a theory they that they have invented a way to clone Zara shops. Running parallel to Carrer Santa Anna at Carrer Canuda 6 you’ll find the Ateneu (Ateneo), Barcelona’s literary institution and, as described by Daniel, still "one of the many places in Barcelona where the nineteenth century has not been served an eviction notice." Next door, is the nearest thing the city has to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, the Llibreria Canuda (Carrer Canuda, 4). Scores of encyclopaedias, ...

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