Holiday & Travel Guide For Kos, Greece

Kos is a Greek island which lies to the south east of mainland Greece, in the Karpathian sea and is the third largest island of the Dodecanese chain of Greek Islands. There is 122km of coastline and it is a long narrow island, mainly flat and low-lying, with a some small mountainous regions towards the North West and South. There is a great variety of things to do on the island of Kos.

What is Kos like?

Kos is an island made up of one large city (Kos Town) and many other villages which can be explored easily via the transportation networks. Slightly smaller than its neighbour Rhodes, it still has many tourists who visit for the plentiful beaches and the wonderful history that the island is steeped in too. There is plenty of nightlife and beach activity, for those who look for that in a holiday, but there is also much more to explore in Kos that could make for an equally wonderful holiday.

Main towns

Kos Town is the capital and has a mix of bars, clubs and great sights, such as ruins and other historical artifacts. Kardamena is also the other area to visit for typical touristy nightlife, being the island’s largest package holiday resort.

Tingaki and Lampi are better resorts for families, with Tingaki being good for windsurfing and watersports and both having a good array of beachside cafes and shops. Lampi, or Lambi Beach, is easy to get to from Kos Town if you wish to travel between the two.

Kamari is quieter, with a nice beach with restaurants and bars, but aimed more at tourists wishing for a relaxing break. Swimming and snorkelling is good around here, although the waters are colder. Kefalos is also quieter, being set in the west and has an old town to explore and many smaller beaches nearby, this overlooks Kamari. Lastly, Mastichari has a good selection of food and bars but has a quieter perspective, with a beautiful beach and tracks to go exploring on.

Things to do

There are the usual beach activities and water sports that can be done in Kos. If you are looking for a lively holiday with plenty to do, then try one of the many resort areas which are popular with tourists. The southern beaches of Bubble, Camel, Sunny, Banana and Magic are beautiful sand stretches which can easily be travelled to from Kamari and Kefalos. Many will go to these in the day, before returning to their own resorts at night.

If you are looking for more historical parts of the island then try an excursion to Kos Town. Boasting the Venetian Castle of the Knights, a Roman nymphaeum with mosaic floors and Hippocrate’s plane tree (it was his birthplace), amongst other attractions, this town is an odd mix of history and a modern tourist resort with a plentiful amount of bars and restaurants.

4km southeast of Kos Town is Asklepion, which is home to Hippocrate’s ancient sanitorium and other aspects of his life. This is the most historic place to visit, and although earthquakes have caused some damage, as has time, there is still plenty to see.

To explore the landscape of Greece, try many of the local tour operators and take a boat ride to Nisyros island, which has craters, steam vents and volcanic fumeroles to look at. If you take this trip, good footwear is advisable because of the steep grounds. Pserimos island is also a short boat ride and has lovely beaches to visit.

Those wishing to go nightclubbing in Kos should stick to Kos Town or Kardamena, which are both hotspots for young people.

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Holiday & Travel Guide For Majorca, Spain

Majorca is the largest island of Spain and lies in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. The actual name Majorca derives from the Latin for Larger Island. Majorca is a sun drenched island which has been a go to place for British holiday makers since the package holiday was introduced back in the 1950’s, and the popularity has been on a steady increase ever since. Some Brits liked the island so much that they decide to relocate there, expats now make nearly 12% of Spain’s population.

Majorca is divided up into fifty three different municipalities and since tourism accounts for eighty percent of the annual income in Majorca, it gives this island an abundant amount of things which tourists can jump right into. Whether you like shopping or relaxing, Majorca has it all on one island.

The capital city of Majorca, Palma, has a great atmosphere and is full of examples of exquisite architecture which would be the back drop to any holiday snap which you can boast about back home. Palma, being situated on the south-west coast of the island, has the best of both worlds with the city supplying everything and anything which you could think of and being dominated by the huge Palma cathedral with its Gothic style (dating back to 1601), to the beautiful sandy beaches just a stones throw away.

If you are not really into site seeing holidays then there is also Magaluf, one of the biggest resorts in the municipality of Calvià, situated right next to Palma. Here you can party all through the night and shop all through the day if you so wish, perfect for the younger tourists or for 20-somethings on a fun summer break. If you manage to drag yourself out of bed after clubbing, Magaluf also has two water parks, a variety of water sports including diving and jet skiing, and the mighty Black lizard island so named as it has a large number of black lizards on it. Black lizard island is in the middle of Magaluf bay, around 500 meters from the shore and can only be reached by swimming, making it a real challenge. Magaluf has also been host to many famous DJ’s in the past, such as: Judge Jules, Tiesto, Pat Sharp and Tim Westwood. The action in Magaluf is centred around the main strip, a road with five main clubs on, these can be entered for a fee or a pass can be bought which will allow you access to all five of the main clubs for the night or for a week. Obviously the price varies on which type of pass you wish to purchase.

The region is great for any age, as there are plenty of daytime activities which can keep kids and adults alike busy, and it is easy to get transportation into Magaluf, or a hotel there far enough away from the main strip, that people can party in style and families will not have to be affected.

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Holiday & Travel Guide For Parga, Greece


The wonderful small town of Parga on the Greek mainland is very picturesque, with its Venetian style white washed houses lining the cobbled streets that are decorated with flowers in bloom all through the Summer months. This delightful town has a few tourist attractions on offer. For one there are more than enough churches to visit, St Nikolas church dominates the centre of the town and is quite impressive from the outside but when you enter its rather disappointing, but still worth a visit. The castle that stands above the town is definitely worth the long walk up the narrow pathway. If you’re walking ability is limited then you may not manage to walk up the many steps that lead you to the castle. Just walking around the narrow streets in Parga is interesting and very photogenic. They are rather steep but at a leisurely pace most people will be able to explore the area. If you’re feeling energetic and would like some fabulous shots of the scenery on the island I would advise a walk up the hill to the little church. The views are panoramic and it really is well worth the walk. For those of you wanting to see something a little more architectural then you could either hire a car to drive to Ioannina or take public transport. The town has an ancient Oracle of the Dead and also a large Amphitheatre to explore along with the old castle that they now use as a museum.

Shopping and eating

The best place to shop is probably in the old part of the town where it is a warren of shops of every kind. You can purchase beautiful handmade jewellery and leather items along with some quality ceramics. There has to be something for everyone whether it’s in the old town or newer part. You will also find some interesting items in the local villages around Parga. There are about as many restaurants as there are shops in this small town so you have an excellent amount of choice. This is excellent for those families on a budget as you will be sure to find somewhere that the price is right. The cuisine is mostly Greek but there are Chinese, Italian and places serving typical international meals. For those of you who don’t like to experiment you will even find a co-op store to stock up on shopping. This is ideal if you are self catering and need to purchase those necessities you may have forgotten to bring along with you.


All the beaches in Parga are wonderful, peaceful and not too crowded. Valtos beach is ideal for swimming, jet skiing and having a go on the banana boat along with boating and many other activities. You will find most of the beaches have good facilities and activities to suit most people. With the weather from April through to October being very nice it’s ideal for a holiday away at anytime of the year.

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Holiday & Travel Guide For the Algarve, Portugal

The Algarve makes up southern Portugal and is well known for great seafood as well as the production of other foodstuffs. This means that your holiday there will be fuelled by some fantastic food, from authentic cuisine of the local area, to many English style pubs and restaurants that are an easy choice for any family containing fussy eaters.

A good all round resort, the Algarve is a place where active life can be indulged in. There are many famous golfing courses in the area, which are best used in late Autumn to late Spring, when there is a nice heat and good playing conditions. There are 35 courses to choose from just in the Algarve, so it is easy to get over there with your clubs and enjoy many games as lazy days stretch by and you compete with your fellow golfers. Mostly along the very south of the region, you should explore all of the courses, and work your way from the western tip of the region to the eastern tip in order to make the most of every course you can. With a nice variety of food establishments and club houses mixed in amongst them, every course is a little bit different and a thoroughly relaxing holiday can be had with one of your favourite pastimes as the centrepiece.

Outdoor bowls and tennis are both sports which also have greens and courts scattered around, so you can make the most of your favourite activity in the sun, under the beautiful Portuguese skies. Watersports, with the coast being a dominant part of the region, are also an obviously popular choice for holiday goers too. Go on a coastal cruise in the Santa Bernada Pirate Ship, which goes to Lagos in the west and east to Armação de Pêra. The caves of the area can all be seen and maybe explored by people on board this trip, before a beautiful beach emerges where there will be a barbeque and a chance to snorkel out to see the wildlife. There are 3 programmes offered by the operators of this ship, so you can choose something to suit you for a lovely day out exploring the landscape and hidden treasures of the Algarve.

Zoomarine is a great choice for families and has dolphin, seal and sea lion shows as well as a fairground with amusement rides you can partake in. The Dolphin Interaction Programme is also something that can be taken advantage of here (there is free park entry if you do) and allows you to get close to the dolphins themselves and learn about them whilst being able to swim in the same waters, watched by an instructor.

Similarly, Lagos Zoo is home to the Iberian Lynx and other both regional and more exotic creatures, so you can see an array of wildlife. Young children will love petting ponies, ducks, chickens and other animals in the interactive areas of the zoo. There is plenty to do all day here, with education being a priority through a series of available activities within the grounds, which will promote learning and fun, before a great meal on site.

With many tourist attractions, as well as the usual beaches, the Algarve offers a new world to explore if you book a holiday to this area, either for the renowned sports activities or just for a nice break away from home.

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Holiday & Travel Guide For Hurghada, Egypt

On the Eastern coast of Egypt lies the perfect tourist resort called Hurghada. Bordered by the Red Sea with gloriously golden sands and crystal clear waters, Hurghada is an idyllic back drop to base any family holiday around. Hurghada being situated so close to the Equator means that the temperature is constantly hovering around the thirty degree mark, making it the perfect place to top up your tan. Hurghada has its own international airport, but only a select few European airports fly directly to it. However, it is conveniently only a thirty minute transfer from Cairo airport.

Even though Hurghada is in Egypt it’s not just all about old relics and massive pyramids. Hurghada offers a more cosmopolitan life style in comparison to the traditional holidays in Egypt, with lots of modern activities available. Hughada is an international centre for aquatic sports, offering every type of activity which can possibly be offered within the water domain. If they do not do it in Hurghada then they will not do it anywhere else. Hurghada also boasts being home to the incredible underwater gardens which are only found in here, nowhere else in the world. Hurghada is unique in that it has warm offshore waters making it incredibly famous amongst the diving community, but if diving is not your cup of tea then all of the underwater brilliance is available to see from aboard a glass bottom boat if you wish to stay nice and dry but still experience the wonders.

If you have this picture in your head of a small sleepy port town that has a harbour full of boats and a sea full of enthusiastic divers, then you could not be more further from the truth than that. Hurghada is known as a party town known amongst the European community: it is not unusual in Hurghada for a bar to be taken over by the tourist groups where the parties can go on until the early hours of the next day. Hurghada seems to be a mixing pot of many nationalities, being popular with not only British tourists but Italians, Poles, Russians, Czechs and Germans.

However, this does not mean that Hurghada is exclusively for the teenage population looking for a good party. Hurghada also caters for the younger holiday makers, having a fine selection of zoos, play grounds, aqua parks, isolated child friendly diving areas for snorkelling and tailor made scuba diving trips for children. There are also non water-related activities for children available in Hurghada such as golf and bowling. This is especially true in the north part of the resort, known as El Gouna, which specializes in meeting the needs of the holiday makers by supplying near enough everything that you could possibly want from a holiday. This can range from sleepy markets and bazaars, to fun filled activity centres and play grounds. Taking all of this into consideration Hurghada would make the perfect holiday destination for any family or group of friends that are looking for fun and a memorable time.

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