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About a hundred miles off the north-eastern coast of Spain lies a group of
islands blessed with a combination of nature, climate and culture that has
transformed them into tourism giants.
Ibiza Noche ©Turespaña
DRENCHED IN SUNSHINE,
THE BALEARIC ISLANDS
CONSIST OF MALLORCA
(MAJORCA), MENORCA (MINORCA) AND
IBIZA, FORMENTERA AND
VARIOUS SMALLER ISLANDS
Brimming with stunning scenery and sandy beaches, pulsating
nightlife and rural serenity, each of the main islands has its own
look, feel and individuality and is associated with a particular
type of holiday. children and the bathing platforms will satisfy the adults! A
quieter holiday can be enjoyed at Cala Galdana, one of the most
The sheer beauty and simple harmony of MALLORCA is beautiful coves in the western Mediterranean.
second to none with a variety of landscapes from lagoons and
marshes to small springs and smooth hills. Beach resorts are in IBIZA has come to be known as the home of the Balearic Beat,
abundance and with 208 beaches, there is one to suit all tastes a focus of European club dance music, where top international
from the lively and outgoing to the secluded and tranquil. The DJs come to perform at the island’s huge, highly-developed
lively resorts of Magaluf and Palma Nova in the south-west offer nightclubs. Clubbers from all over flock to San Antonio, Ibiza’s
plenty of watersports, shops, restaurants and a host of clubs, second largest town during the summer months from June to
pubs and discos. Whilst the north coast is much quieter with September.
popular family resorts like Alcudia. The warm shallow waters are There is another side to the island, however, popular with
perfect for young children, and the beach has fine, clean sand. families and couples who enjoy the safe, shallow waters of
Colonia San Jordi is located on the south-east coast and resorts like San Antonio Bay, Santa Eulalia, Es Cana and
better known for the Cabrera National Park and the Portinatx offering some of the best restaurants, sandy
famous Es Trenc Caribbean style beach. One of the Overlooked beaches and watersports. Away from the resorts,
last big sandy areas which is still unspoilt and by the magnificent Ibiza has a wild, beautiful coastline and enough
well preserved in Mallorca (partially nudist). space for a completely different kind of holiday.
Palma Cathedral, the
Known as the ‘island of wind’, MENORCA labyrinth of alleyways in FORMENTERA is a southbit of You will
is idyllic for those who love sailing and
windsurfing. A number of nautical companies Palma, Mallorca once laid have to take a ferry across to the island from
rent out different kinds of vessels or offer down by the Romans will Ibiza town to La Savina, a pretty working port
excursions to any of the beautiful beaches where and to million-pound
lead you here, there yachtsexclusive marina, home Ibiza. Dreamy white
and fantastic views of
you can enjoy a wonderful dip in the
Mediterranean or a dive into its depths. and everywhere! sandy beaches, clear waters and unspoiled nature
Menorca is the second-largest island and combines makes Formentera the perfect destination for a relaxing
traditional Mediterranean houses with colonial buildings holiday. Es Pujols is the main tourist resort on the island,
dating back to the 18th century. It is generally quieter and less although much is different to your average tourist resort! A
overtly ‘touristy’ than its two main neighbours. paved walkway alongside the beach houses cafes and
Menorca’s resorts range from quaint fishing villages with quiet, restaurants and a maze of narrow streets come alive at night
undisturbed beaches to the family orientated resorts like Cala’n allowing holidaymakers to enjoy the summer evenings with
Forcat. The aqua-park and trampolines will entertain the some alfresco dining.
Cala Saona, Formentera ©Turespaña
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Liquid salt from FORMENTERA is a natural
source of health. Prepared at the island’s salt
flats, liquid salt from Formentera has the lowest
sodium content of all salt produced in Spain and is
ideal for cardio-healthy diets.
Costa Nord was set up by actor Michael Douglas,
to inspire visitors to appreciate the natural beauty
of MALLORCA. Located in an old village estate
in Valldemossa, the cultural centre promotes
artistic creation through concert cycles, exhibitions
and all kinds of cultural activities. Concerts are
held during the summer and take place outdoors
in the grounds.
PROTECTED AREAS & NATURAL PARKS
S’Albuferade Alcúdia Natural Park. Mallorca
Sa Dragonera Natural Park. Mallorca
Mondragó Natural Park. Mallorca Cala Bosch, Menorca ©Turespaña
Península de Levante Natural Park. Mallorca
Ses Salines Natural Park. Ibiza/Formentera. Tourist Information Guided Cultural Itineries: Palma’s
Cala d’Hort Natural Park. Ibiza
S’Albufera des Grau Natural Park. Menorca
www.illesbalears.es Monuments, Jewish Quarter, Noble
Cabrera Land and Sea National Park Mallorca: email@example.com Houses in Ciutadella, etc.
Menorca: firstname.lastname@example.org www.itineraris.org
ADLIB is an artisan style of fashion that features
natural fabrics, traditional embroidery and laces. It Ibiza: email@example.com Did you know?
was created in 1971 by Yugoslavian princess Formentera: firstname.lastname@example.org
Smilja Mihailovitch, inspired by typical Pitiusan The Balearic Islands are home to 25
clothing and influenced by hippies! Every year in Official language Spanish & Catalan golf courses, 65 marinas, 1428
early summer, the fashion world joins for the
Average seaside temperatures kilometres of coast and 375 beaches.
IBIZA AND FORMENTERA Fashion Week
and the presentation of the season’s Adlib fashion. Winter: 15ºC, Spring: 22ºC, Summer
29ºC, Autumn 18–27ºC The collective name of the
Sant Joan in Ciutadella! is probably the most
Gymnesian Islands distinguishes the
famous of MENORCA’S popular summer fiestas. Currency Euro
A traditional fiesta that has been faithfully two largest (and eastern-most)
celebrated for centuries and today is an Average flying time from UK 2–21/2 hours Balearic islands (Mallorca and
irreplaceable part of the identity of Ciutadella’s Menorca), from the Pine Islands
residents in particular and Menorcans as a whole. Capital Palma, Mallorca (Ibiza and Formentera).
Palma Cathedral, Mallorca ©Turespaña
Alcudia, Mallorca ©Turespaña
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Visitors to the Canary Islands are blessed
with heaps of spectacular attractions,
year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, a
rich and varied landscape and some of the
most colourful fiestas and carnivals in Spain.
TENERIFE, GRAN CANARIA,
LA PALMA, LA GOMERA,
LANZAROTE and EL HIERRO
lie just off the coast of Africa, resting peacefully in the cool blue
Atlantic Ocean. With seven beautiful islands to discover, your
dream holiday begins here. Escape, relax and enjoy the islands’
wide-range of high quality activities like trekking, para-gliding,
sailing and golf. There are wonderful sandy beaches, colourful LA PALMA is also known as ‘the pretty island’ because of its
fiestas, hidden black-sand bays, forests to explore and white sand breathtaking landscapes and exotic spots; ‘the green island’
dunes to get lost in, all only four hours from the UK! because of its exuberant forests and natural beauties; and ‘the
island of the stars’ due to the unbelievable clarity of the sky there.
LANZAROTE experienced volcanic eruptions in the 18th and It’s lush vegetation and running streams make La Palma very
19th centuries that transformed a great part of its landscape. A different from the other islands, a perfect getaway with enchanting
cloud of ashes and volcanic rests stood still over an extension of accommodation and traditional craftworks full of curiosities.
200km2 forming the badlands of the Fire Mountains, today, the
spectacular National Park of Timanfaya. Whether it’s fishing in TENERIFE is an island of many contrasts, from its unique
the small bays and turquoise sea of Las Coloradas, sunbathing on contours and terrain, and its variety of landscapes to its peaceful
the golden sand of Punta del Papagayo or visiting the vineyards coastline. In the north of the island, you will find a traditional
nestled between volcanic craters in region of Geria, Lanzarote will atmosphere whilst the popular south has a more cosmopolitan feel
not dissapoint. to it. Search for Bottlenose dolphins, go deep sea fishing, play
golf, go rock climbing or mountain biking, or for the less active
GRAN CANARIA is the most cosmopolitan of the islands, a minded, take in some culture at the UNESCO site of La Laguna
place to enjoy art, culture, museums, classical music, or a musical delight at the Auditorium.
opera and film festivals combined with popular family Four
theme parks, beauty and well being centres and EL HIERRO is the smallest and most western of
delicious cuisine. The beautiful old quarter of of Spain’s the islands and is a land made for peace and quiet.
Vegueta and Triana in Las Palmas de Gran In an area covering just a little over 278 square
Canaria is great for shopping, whilst in the thirteen national kilometres, you can find green forests, rocky
south of the island, the wonderful beaches of coasts, gentle meadows and places like El
San Agustín, El Inglés and Maspalomas are parks are located Sabinar, whose trees are strange and twisted
where most holiday-makers flock to. having the winds. Enjoy
in the Canary the bestbeen sculpted byworld with crystal some of
sea-beds in the clear
FUERTEVENTURA is a peaceful island and waters and hundreds of subtropical species.
the second largest of the Canaries. It also has the Islands.
oldest history and the longest beaches. Between Pajara LA GOMERA is a land of contrasts and also one of
and Jandia, you will find an almost untouched 6km stretch the most beautiful of the Canary Islands. Relax and watch the
of beach with golden sand, crystalline sea, and a colourful world go by on this charming and pure island with it’s abundance
underwater-world which attracts divers from all over. Loose of nature and beautiful small beaches. La Gomera is a haven for
yourself in a small coastal village full of flavour and traditional very old and original popular customs like the way that different
architecture or relish in the modern amenities available like golf, valleys communicate with each other in a whistling language,
watersports and theme parks. similar to the "yodling" in the European Alps.
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GRAN CANARIA has the biggest population of
all the islands and also boasts the most important
city in terms of population size and economic
activity, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
The capital of FUERTEVENTURA, Puerto
Rosario is a small picturesque town with just
15,550 inhabitants and it is here that you will get
a true feeling for the typical style of the Canary
LA GOMERA has mostly small bays with fine
sand, which include the small picturesque fishing-
village of Playa de Santiago and at the exit of Valle
Gran Rey, a valley with important plantations, is
one of the island's best beaches.
EL HIERRO’S capital city, Valverde, is a small
picturesque settlement with gardens and parks, an
interesting church and a nice square from which Spanish Tourist Office Did you know?
you have a great view over the sea.
24hr brochure request line 08459
Wherever you are in LANZAROTE, you will The Teide volcano on Tenerife is the
400 180. (national rates apply)
never be far from a fine sandy beach and pretty highest mountain in Spain and the
white houses. The thermal spa of Puerto del third largest volcano on Earth.
Carmen and the tropical ambience of Playa Blanca www.spain.info
make them two of the most popular resorts on
Lanzarote. Canary Islands www.canarias.org The Canary Islands are outside the
European Union customs territory,
La Caldera de Taburiente is a unique part of LA Official language Spanish
though politically within the EU.
PALMA’S countryside and was designated a
National Park in 1954 because of its immense
Average seaside temperatures
scientific importance and its exceptional wild Summer 24°C During the Second World War,
landscapes, huge pines and waterfalls. Winter 21°C Winston Churchill prepared plans for
TENERIFE is the largest of the islands and has the British seizure of the Canary
a strange triangular shape, with the gigantic Pico Islands as a naval base.
del Teide rising up in the centre to 3,718 meters, Average flying time from UK 4 hours.
making it the highest point in all of Spain.
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A typically Mediterranean landscape blessed with timeless beauty, where
five-star resorts are intertwined with well preserved Greek and Roman ruins.
Konnos Bay – a mile east of Ayia Napa ©Cyprus Tourism Organisation
SINCE APHRODITE ROSE
FROM THE SEA IN 3200BC,
CYPRUS HAS BEEN AN
ISLAND OF ROMANCE and despite
being at the crossroads of three continents, it is a distinctive
place that can feel blissfully apart from it all.
Your experience of Cyprus can be as varied and rewarding as the
geography of the island itself. There are beaches to suit just
about everybody, from families with small children to seekers of
solitude and the Troodos Mountains offer an alluring contrast to Larnaca is the enchanting village of Lefkara, once admired by
the coast. The distinctive culture of Cyprus is always close at Leonardo da Vinci for its exquisite handmade lace.
hand, whether it be in the hillside towns, at the beach or in the
countryside. With its superb beaches and multi-star hotels, the
FAMAGUSTA region draws discerning sun seekers from all
The whole town of PAPHOS is included in the official UNESCO over the globe. Ayia Napa, once a small fishing village, is a lively
list of cultural and natural treasures of world heritage, and resort best known for its colourful nightlife. Historic sites such
archeological discoveries in the region are continual. The stunning as a 16th-Century Venetian monastery and the crescent harbour,
harbour is the perfect backdrop for an evening meal of freshly add character to the busy shops and tavernas. Life in this
caught seafood, or an afternoon coffee whilst admiring the southeastern corner of Cyprus revolves around the sea, with
magnificent boats returning from a day at sea. A trip to the hilltop watersports of all kinds readily available – from scuba diving to
market is also a must for the magnificent views over Paphos, if not water-skiing to paragliding. East to Protaras, more glorious
for the souvenirs! beaches spread out under the sun.
A tradition of celebration and hospitality is always present During the Venetian expansion eastward in the 1500’s, the
in the vibrant seaside town of LIMASSOL. From capital NICOSIA was fortified with imposing stone
the Wine Festival in September, to the Carnival in
Spring walls and massive gates. The famous Famagusta
February, music, parades, and dancing is a way is an excellent Gate still stands today. Wind your way through
of life! Limassol has ten miles of beaches – narrow stone streets where flowers cascade from
stroll along the promenade, visit the lush
season for nature window pots and the aroma of traditional baking
Municipal Gardens or travel along the coastal lovers to visit Cyprus wafts through open doorways. Explore jewellery
road to the east to find Amathus, one of the and handicraft shops, dine in charming tavernas
ancient city kingdoms of Cyprus.
as the countryside is and marvel at churches centuries old.
Most visitors to Cyprus begin their discovery in
green and flowers The thick cedar and pine forests and sun-soaked
LARNACA – the second port and site of an are in blossom. slopes of the TROODOS region offer an
international airport. Shopping boutiques, inviting unexpected contrast to the Mediterranean coast, less
cafés and a palm-lined promenade lead the way to the than an hour away. Connecting the mountain resorts of
Larnaca Medieval Museum, housed in a 17th-century fort. One Troodos, Kakopetria, Platres, and Agros are trails that hold
of the oldest, continually-inhabited cities in the world, Larnaca is delights for mountain bikers, hikers, bird watchers and
rich in places to visit. Nearby is an 18th-Century aqueduct, and botanists alike. Nine of Troodos’s remarkable Byzantine
two wonderful museums – the Larnaka District archeological churches have been listed on UNESCO’s prestigious World
Museum and the Pierides Foundation Museum. Not far from Cultural Heritage List.
Petra tou Romiou – Aphrodite’s Rock ©Cyprus Tourism Organisation
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The brand new LARNACA INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT has officially opened. The new state-
of-the art airport, which is three times bigger than
its predecessor, will be able to handle up to 7.5
million passengers each year. Cyprus now boasts
two modern airports following the opening of the
new airport in Paphos in November 2008.
Cyprus has been awarded its highest ever number
of ‘Blue Flag’ beaches in recognition of the quality
and safety of its beaches. In total 53 beaches
located throughout the island successfully achieved
the exclusive eco-label. New beaches to join the
list are ‘Miami Beach’ in Agios Athanasios near
LIMASSOL and ‘Spyros Beach’ near
CYPRUS has been rated the top spot in Europe
for bathing water quality with 98.2% of its Ayia Napa ©Cyprus Tourism Organisation
beaches complying with all obligatory standards
on beach water quality by the European Tourist Office Average seaside temperatures (Paphos)
Commission and European Environmental Agency www.visitcyprus.com Winter 16ºC, Spring 20ºC, Summer
Commission which monitors the quality and
30ºC, Autumn 23ºC
cleanliness of beaches in the 27 member Official language Greek & Turkish.
countries. English is widely spoken, as is Did you know? Cyprus is the third
Bikers can test their pedal power on the new French & German is tourist areas. largest island in the Mediterranean
TROODOS Cycling Network, which offers three Sea
signposted routes in some of the Troodos Currency Euro
Mountains’ most scenic parts.
Average flying time 41/2 hours Along the route that leads from the
After launching a Cyprus Sustainable Tourism port city of Limassol to Paphos, is a
Initiative (CSTI) self-drive route covering the Average local prices
magnificent stretch of coastline
Pitsilia area in the North of LIMASSOL earlier Single bus ticket €1 where you can swim in the sea at
this year, Cyprus will unveil a new CSTI self-drive Glass of beer €3.50–5 Petra tou Romiou, a boulder that
route in October where drivers will be able to
discover the North of PAPHOS and the Akamas Lunch (fixed menu) €10–13.50 marks the spot where Aphrodite
peninsula renowned for its outstanding natural Theatre ticket €17–25 emerged from the sea-foam in
beauty and rare endemic plants. ancient times.
Local Time GMT+2 hours
Adonis Bath – just outside Paphos, close to
Coral Bay ©Cyprus Tourism Organisation
Grapes ©Cyprus Tourism Organisation
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With coasts on three seas, magnificent cities and idyllic
rural areas each with its own distinctive character you
could have a hundred different holidays in France.
Canoes on the Dordogne near the village of La Rogue Gajeac, Aquitaine, South West France. © ATOUT FRANCE/Jean Malburet
FRANCE IS A COUNTRY
RICH IN RURAL CHARM AND
PRETTY CHÂTEAUX AND
THE WILD ATLANTIC
The east has medieval charm and splendour, half-timbered
towns and magnificent cathedrals, while further south lie the
mountains of the Jura and Savoy and the glitz of the Côte
d’Azur. The interior offers unspoilt landscapes such as the
ever-popular Dordogne and then there are cities like Paris,
Lyon, Marseilles and many others, all beautiful and distinctive.
The SOUTH-WEST of France enjoys the lakes and rivers Easily accessible from the UK, the NORTH-EAST of
of Limousin, the golden sandy beaches, rolling Bordeaux France is home to Calais and the major town of Lille with TGV
vineyards and beautiful castles of Aquitaine, and the rich Paris, Brussels and London rail connections. From France’s
cultural heritage and diverse landscape of the Midi-Pyrénées. historical beginnings in Picardy to the romance of Paris and
The Poitou-Charentes region has a magnificent coastline and is the splendour of the Champagne region, this area of France is
linked to the superb, refined and locally produced spirit of full of charm and beauty. Lorraine is at the border of Belgium,
Cognag and is one of the finest destinations for Luxembourg and Germany and Alsace is renowned for
countryside holidays. geranium-filled villages and its medieval capital of
Corsica is a Strasbourg. And of course there is Burgundy,
See SOUTH-EAST France at it’s natural famous for its fine wines, and the natural beauty
best in Auvergne with it’s abundance of green well-preserved of Franche-Comté.
mountains and wild gorges, shaped by the island with two
volcanic activity that took place over 30 The NORTH-WEST is home to Brittany, at
million years ago. The Rhône-Alps are thirds of its surface the westernmost tip of France, a region with
famous for snowy peaks, hiking and winter- ancient countryside, quiet beaches and small
sports and the Rhône River runs straight from
being a Regional fishing villages. Normandy is fantastic for
the glacier, south through France towards the Natural Park families from the seaside coasts to child-friendly
sunny Mediterranean. Languedoc-Roussillon, activities and the Loire Valley has charming towns,
Provence Alps and Côte d’Azur have miles of sandy lush gardens and numerous museums and cathedrals.
beaches resting against the Mediterranean Sea and The north west is perfect for all kinds of pastimes like
charming villages, sparkling marinas and the romantic hill-top cycling, canoeing, and hot-air ballooning and the Western
towns and magical sunshine of the Riviera. Corsica is a green Loire stretches along the Atlantic Ocean, just below
island with pine forests and emerald mountain lakes, not to Brittany and is a scenic region with 30 miles of coast and
mention miles of luxurious beaches. 250 miles of waterways.
The beach at Carnac, a town famous for its megalithic alignments. Brittany, North West France
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CORSICA is a prized destination for gourmets.
Don’t miss the Figalellu (lightly smoked liver
sausage), Coppa Ham, Canistrelli (lemon biscuits)
with chestnuts and Casgiu Merzu: a “dancing”
goats cheese swarming with small live white
The JEWELS OF THE BASQUE COAST is
an uninterrupted 27km hike along the Atlantic
coastline from Biarritz to Hendaye. Walk through
wild heathland and narrow Basque streets with the
Rhune mountains on the French side and the Trois
Couvonnes (three crowns) peak across the border
France has almost 2000km of BEACHES
spread across 200 resorts. Whether along the
English Channel, the Atlantic or the
Mediterranean, they all have their own individual Albigny beach, Lake Annecy, Rhône-Alpes, South East France ©ATOUT FRANCE/Jean-François Tripelon-Jarry
style ranging from sandy, pebble, secret coves or Tourist Office Did you know?
invigorating waves and tides.
www.franceguide.com The maximum distances in France are:
France’s CLIMATE is divided into four climatic email@example.com North–South: Dunkirk to Paris-de-
zones: Tel: 09068 244 123 (60p min) Malo, 973km; East–West:
The South of France enjoys a Mediterranean Lauterbourg to Pointe de Corsen,
climate with mild winters and very hot summers. Official language French
The North, Paris and Central regions have an Average temperatures (July) Pointe de Corsen to Menton, 1082km.
intermediate climate with cold winters and hot
Nice 23ºC The French Motorail allows you to
Paris 19ºC take your car to the south of France,
Alsace, Lorraine and along the Rhone corridor
and in the Alps, Pyrenees and Massif Central, the
Montpellier 23ºC saving you the drive. Your car is
climate is semi-continental with harsh winters and Lyon 20ºC
loaded onto special transporter
Currency Euro carriages whilst you relax in the
In the west from Bayonne to Lille, the oceanic and passenger carriages. Services operate
humid climate give cooler summers. Local time GMT+1 (end Mar–end Oct
to Brives, Toulouse, Narbonne,
Avignon and Nice.
Average flying time Approx 11/2 hours www.frenchmotorail.com
Septmonts, Picardy, North East France
©ATOUT FRANCE/CRT Picardie/Claude Jacquot
Along the Orne, viaduct and countryside on the outskirts of Clécy, Normandy, North West France.
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From the fascination of ancient Athens to the beaches of Corfu, Crete and
Rhodes, Greece and her Islands offer a unique mix of sun, sand and history.
Athens antiquity ©GNTO, D Koilalous
BEACHES LEAD TOURISM IN
GREECE AND IT’S THE
AND CUSTOMS THAT ENTICE
VISITORS TO RETURN
Greece will delight your senses in so many ways as you wander
through picture-postcard villages and historical sites, sampling
the fresh and unique flavours of Greek cuisine and roam from
mountains to beach taking in the breathtaking scenery.
In 2009, 425 beaches and eight marinas in Greece were
awarded the “Blue Flag” for their cleanliness, good organisation
and safety, putting the country in a top-ranking position among
other European countries. Half of Greece’s 16,000km coast is
found around the thousands of islands and the rest around the Mediterranean and daily sea crossings can be made to nearby
mainland. Diversity stretches from small bays and coves to sandy Turkey. Peaceful resorts can be found on the west coast.
beaches with dunes, pebbly shores and coastal caves. RHODES is said to have 300 days of blue skies a year and
Greece’s mainland is perfect for holidays with the perfect beyond the madness of resorts like Faliraki, famed for its
combination of diving, snorkelling, Greek ruins and charming clubbing scene, there is much to discover on yet another beautiful
churches. Visit ATHENS in the south for a city break and to island. Rhodes has a well-preserved medieval city steeped in
explore the surrounding towns and villages or history with castle’s and fortresses waiting to be explored.
The most popular beaches lie to the west and south of
PARGA on the west coast with its picturesque Cephalonia, Rhodes City and those in search of a more authentic
harbour, busy nightlife and ferry links to Corfu. Greece, should head south of the island.
Or relax on the white sand beaches of enjoyed a surge
HALKIDIKI in the north and let your in popularity after The IONIAN SEA is home to oneZanteisland
group, The Ionian Islands including
imagination run free!
featuring in the novel (Zakynthos) and Corfu amongst others.
Most of Greece’s islands lie in the AEGEAN
and film Captain CORFU is the closest Greek Island to the UK
SEA and include the popular holiday islands of and is still the most popular for Brits. All-
Kos and Rhodes (The Dodecanese) and Crete. Corelli’s inclusive and cheap package deals have made
CRETE is a very popular island with a mix of Mandolin. Corfu a very attractive holiday destination, although
large tourist resorts, peaceful seaside villages and amongst the touristy resorts north and south of Corfu
centuries-old cities. Most of the eastern side is a mecca town and along the north coast, romantic beaches and
for package tourism, whilst the west has a more rugged coastline traditional villages can still be found all over.
and less crowded beaches. ZANTE (ZAKYNTHOS) is the most southerly of the Ionian
KOS was one of the first Greek Islands to open up to mass Islands full of pretty villages, quiet beaches and breathtaking
tourism, owed mostly to its long sandy coastlines. It has some of scenery. The major beach resorts are along the coastal strip
the most interesting archeological sites in the whole north west of Zakynthos Town and Laganas to the south.
Lindos, Rhodes ©GNTO, Nikos Kasseris
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GREEK HONEY is famous all over the world
for its good quality, aroma and outstanding taste.
It owes its wide diversity in taste and aroma to the
rich Greek flora which comprises a large number
of wild flowers. Honey in Greece is mainly flower-
honey from the nectar of fruit and citrus trees
(lemon, orange, bigarade trees), thyme honey,
with incomparable aroma, and pine honey from
The DODECANESE ISLANDS, including
Rhodes, Kos and Patmos, are close to Turkey,
while the IONIAN ISLANDS have an Italian
flavour; one of these is Cephalonia.
The GREEK MOUNTAINS are renowned for
their diversity, landscapes of singular beauty and
unique forests, many of which rank among the Rhodes Town ©GNTO
oldest natural wooded lands in Europe. Due to the
astoundingly rich flora and fauna they support,
Tourist Office Capital Athens
many of these environments have been designated www.visitgreece.gr
Local time GMT+2 hours
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020 7495 9300 Did you know?
OLIVE OIL plays a unique role in Greek dietary
habits, being the basis of all recipes of traditional The highest point in Greece is Mount
cuisine. Greek olive oil enjoys worldwide
Official language Greek Olympus, legendary home of Zeus
distinction for its purity and exceptional taste. You Average summer temperatures and the other Olympian gods and
will find it everywhere in glass bottles and cans.
SUMMER CINEMAS (open-air) are one of the Athens: 27ºC Crete is the biggest of Greece’s
Greek people’s most popular forms of Corfu: 25ºC islands, followed by the lesser-known
entertainment during the spring and summer. They
operate in open-air areas (roofs, empty lots, parks Rhodes: 26ºC island of Evvia or Euboia.
etc), are usually surrounded by small natural or Santorini: 24ºC The Greek territory comprises 6000
artificial gardens and their floor is covered with
pebbles. There are summer cinemas in all the Currency Euro islands and islets scattered in the
Greek cities and many holiday resorts and shows Aegean and Ionian Sea, of these
usually start at around 9pm. Average flying time from UK 31/2 hours islands only 227 are inhabited.
Konitsa, Epirus ©GNTO
Athens Herodion Theatre ©GNTO
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From the mountains, lakes and great cities of the north, to the dreamy
landscapes and rugged islands of the south, Italy has more variety, more
culture and more to enjoy than you could possibly imagine.
Amalfi Coast, Campania, ©De Agostini Picture Library
ITALY IS A WORLD-FAMOUS
CUISINE, THE MOST
AND SOME OF THE MOST
BEAUTIFUL ART, MUSIC AND
ARCHITECTURE THE WORLD
HAS EVER SEEN, AS WELL
AS ONE OF ITS GREATEST
EMPIRES AND MOST
The stunning beauty of nature of SARDINIA, the ancient
Italy is a popular destination for holidays in all seasons. Italians
traditions, and the various expressions of Sardinian culture are
and international visitors mingle together in the famous resorts
more authentic and more genuine than elsewhere, whether you
during the summer months. Spring comes early and autumn
choose to enjoy the magnificent sea or visit museums, to study
lingers, perfect for leisurely enjoying the art and culture on offer
the mystery of the "nuraghi" or to try a delicious typical dish.
in the large cities. And in winter, the Italian Alps are unequaled
for scenery and skiing. SICILY is a sunny island whose landscape is rich in contrasts,
Depending on the region, you could have a very with a splendid coastline and a refined, delicious and
The varied cuisine of traditional flavours and exquisite
different experience in Italy. The NORTH is the
‘Caves of aromas. Every style and every movement in art is
industrial and commercial powerhouse of the
richly represented in Sicily.
nation, and boasts many fascinating cities, Matera’, Basilicata,
including the region’s largest, Milan and Turin, Between north and south lies the Italy that has
as well as such delights as Venice, Verona and are one of the most become the beloved haunt of distinguished
Mantua. Ringed by the Alps, it also features peculiar, ancient and celebrities and their families. This is the cradle
some spectacular scenery – most famously the of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance,
Italian Lakes that stretch from Switzerland extraordinary human achievements whose legacy suffuses the region;
south-east into Venetia – and the resorts of the settlements in the but it is also where you will find the archetypal
Ligurian coast, known as the Italian Riviera. Italian landscape of rugged, shrub-strewn hills
world dozing in the golden light. From the pull of the
The SOUTH is dominated by Naples; as well as Eternal City of Rome, to regions rich in varied
being an unforgettable city in itself, it has the added attraction countryside, the Adriatic sea, gentle hills, deep and mysterious
of nearby Mount Vesuvius and the excavations at Pompeii and
caves and protected areas of natural beauty, CENTRAL Italy
Herculaneum. Campania has beautiful seas and architectural
is a delightful destination enriched with towns, villages, palaces,
treasures of all eras and styles, and Abruzzo is known as "the
and religious buildings, all of them of important architectural
region of parks" with 30 per cent of its territory protected by
and artistic value.
environmental legislation, more than any other region in Europe.
Gallipoli, Apulia ©De Agostini Picture Library
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NORTHERN ITALY has some of the world's
most renowned winter sports resorts, easily
reached from Torino, chief city of the westernmost
Piemonte region; from Milano, hub of the central
mountain and lake district; and from Venezia,
leading city of the eastern region. Skiing is also a
summer sport in the Torino Alps and the lofty
mountains surrounding the Valle d’Aosta.
The Italians love the BICYCLE so if cycling is
your thing, then there is no better place. From
flats to rolling hills to steep climbs, the scenery,
villages, history, art and landscape will inspire you
every day with new surprises. Spring and autumn
are the best times of the year for cycling in Italy.
Most of the year the BEACHES are sunny and
with 5,310 miles of shoreline bordering Italy and
Temple of Concord, Valley of the Temples, Sicily ©De Agostini Picture Library
its islands, you can usually find waters where the
temperature is right for swimming. Tourist Office Did you know?
Mirroring the snow-covered Alps that surround www.italiantouristboard.co.uk
them, the LAKES of Lombardy welcome tourists Summer temperatures in the south
to Italy. The three largest lakes are Maggiore (82 are far hotter than in the north -
sq.miles), Como (56 sq.miles), and Garda (143 Official language Italian especially in the mountain regions
sq.miles). They provide a busy season of which have heavy winter snowfalls.
swimming, sailing, golf and tennis from early Average summer temperatures (July)
spring to the late mild autumn. The wettest months are October to
Italian style has always been associated with Milan: 24
creativity and elegance. One of the most successful Naples: 26 Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet was
areas of Italian design has been
AUTOMOBILES, where designers like
Sardinia: 24 set in Verona, Italy.
Pininfarina have created works of art like the Sicily: 26
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) the
Ferrari and more down-to-earth cars like the
Peugeot 205 and the Fiat Uno. There are 10 top Currency Euro famous Renaissance painter was also
design firms for cars, all concentrated around a sculptor, architect, engineer and
Turin, the centre of Italian auto manufacturing.
Average flying time from UK
London–Rome 21/2 hours
Paradise Beach, Sardinia
Elba Island, Tuscany ©De Agostini Picture Library
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From the medieval quarters of Lisbon to the miles of amazing beaches and
world-class golf courses on the Algarve, the sun always shines on Europe’s
Albufeira Beach, Algarve ©Jose Manuel / Turismo de Portugal
WITH THE ATLANTIC OCEAN
TO THE WEST AND SOUTH
AND SPAIN TO THE NORTH
AND EAST, PORTUGAL IS
MAINLAND EUROPE’S MOST
WESTERN COUNTRY AND
INCLUDES THE AZORES AND
Once a great imperial power, Portugal is now better known for
sunshine, golf and fortified wine. The Costa de Prata, the Estoril
coast and Costa Azul all compete for the attention of tourists,
but best known are the beaches and year-round sunshine of the is the largest evergreen forest in the world - a fact that has
Algarve in the far south. earned it classification as a world heritage site. Madeira offers a
Nature has blessed Portugal’s 850km of coastline with a bit of sophisticated holiday with top quality accommodation, amazing
everything, from enchanting beaches to varied, breath-taking spas and a pleasant temperature with the hottest months being
countryside and the Atlantic coast is prized by surfers and August and September. Madeira is a delight for the eye, the sea
windsurfers across Europe. is visible from wherever you are and exotic flowers and fruits add
The coastal towns are also rich in Portuguese heritage, discover colour to this visual masterpiece.
the colourful seafaring and fishing traditions and end your day by Porto Santo is a two and a half hour boat trip from Madeira and
sampling some of the finest fresh fish in the world. is one of Europe’s most attractive island paradises with
You will find everything you need for the perfect Lisbon golden sands stretching for 9km and famous for their
holiday on the ALGARVE from the casinos in is blessed with
Lagos, Vilamoura and Monte Gordo to theme AZORES,
parks like Atlantic Park, Loulé or Zoomarine, natural beauty and Nine islands make up theown surprises.all are
different and offer their Pico
near Albufeira where you can see dolphins, steeped in fascinating Island is classified as a world heritage site with
seals, sharks and crocodiles.
As for beaches, one of the most beautiful, wild
a mountain, and vineyards
history and the only formed from dramatic cliffsOr you can enjoy the
and untamed with lots of waves is Arrifana on European capital hot waters and steam escaping from Volcano
the Costa Vicentina, whilst the lively ones with Atlantic vents on the island of São Miguel. The Azores are
amongst you will like Praia da Rocha in Portimão, ideal for climbing, walking and whale and dolphin
Galé in Albufeira or Praia da Oura and Vilamoura beaches. watching.
where you will find plenty of facilities and nightlife. Two
of the finest resorts are Vale de Lobo and Quinta do Lago. LISBON is a city full of life and extremely welcoming to
visitors and quite unique that it has both a river and a coastline.
MADEIRA has a varied oceanic sub-tropical climate, Visit the medieval quarters of Alfama and Mouraria above which
influenced by its geographical position and mountainous stands a castle, play golf, go surfing or dance the night away in
landscape. The Laurisilva Forest, in the Madeira Natural Park, one of the many riverbank discos.
Zambujeira do Mar, Alentejo ©Turismo de Portugal
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THE AZORES are situated in the Atlantic Ocean
between Europe and North America and consist of
nine islands. It takes about two hours to get from
the Azores to mainland Portugal by plane.
Portuguese people are sweet toothed! Their
specialities include at least two hundred different
types of PASTRIES. In the 17th and 18th
century, the convents became famous for their
pastries, as can be told by the names of their
specialities: "toucinho do céu" - heaven's lard, or
"barriga de freiras" - nun's belly!
Every year after Easter, FUNCHAL is the setting
for a truly sumptuous spectacle, the city’s Flower
Festival. Madeira celebrates springtime and the
exuberance of the flowers that typically bloom in
that season, and here with even greater intensity
Veu da Noiva Waterfall, Sao Vicente, Madeira ©Turismo de Portugal
due to Madeira’s subtropical climate.
From the North to the South, the country is Tourist Office Did you know?
wealthy in GOOD WINES and, apart from the www.visitportugal.com
unique Port from Madeira, there are more than one 0845 355 1212 Mainland Portugal is split by its main
hundred different varieties of wines, ranging from email@example.com river, the Tagus. The northern
table wines to special ones, all of them reflecting landscape is mountainous and the
the individual character of their respective soil. Official language Portuguese south features mostly rolling plains
and a warmer and drier climate than
Portugal has more than 70 GOLF COURSES, Average summer temperatures (Jun–Aug) in the north.
and the mild climate makes it possible to play all Lisbon 27ºC
year round. Major tournaments on the international Algarve 27ºC Portuguese is the third most spoken
circuit, such as the Portugal Masters are hosted Azores 24ºC European language in the world and
Madeira 24ºC the native tongue of about 200
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Average flying time 21/2 hours on Pico Island in the Azores. This is
Portugal. This precursor of the theme park is
dedicated to the main architectural monuments of Local time GMT an ancient volcano measuring
Portugal from the north to the south, and all built 2,350m (7,710 ft).
on a reduced scale! Capital Lisbon
Cascais, Lisbon ©Jos Manuel, Turismo de Portugal
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Certainly not short on charm or popularity, Spain has a wealth of amenities
for those who know how to enjoy life. Whether you are seeking a beachfront
resort, a city escape or a rural retreat, Spain has it all.
FABULOUS SUNSHINE AND
BEACHES HAVE BEEN
ATTRACTING VISITORS TO
SPAIN FOR MANY YEARS BUT
SPAIN IS PERFECT FOR
MANY TYPES OF HOLIDAYS.
From luxurious marinas and breathtaking mountains to beautiful
resorts and exhilarating nightlife, Spain can be whatever you want
it to be.
GREEN SPAIN is the countryside by shore between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Bay of Biscay. The Regions of Galicia, The COSTA CALIDA, or 'warm coast' is home to both the
Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country, in northern Spain, Mar Menor and La Manga Club. The 250km of coastline which
are home to some of most valuable and best-conserved ecological lies between the Costa Blanca and Costa Almeria is shared by
areas in Europe. These are landscapes full of contrasts, with salt- two seas: the Mar Menor, the biggest salt water lake in Europe
water rivers, endless greenery that can be discovered on and one of the best places in the world for watersports; and on
horseback, by boat, or following an old Roman road. A coastline the other side is the Mediterranean with the fine-sand beaches of
that stretches for more than 2,000 km, with cliffs, mountains, Punta del Estacio, Ensenada del Esparto and Galúa.
forests, rivers, beaches, deep gorges and valleys.
The COSTA DEL LA LUZ faces south-west into the sun
The COSTA BLANCA or 'white coast' is a land of many and the Atlantic and is aptly named the ‘Coast of Light’. Fine
contrasts with golden beaches, green valleys, mountains, golden sands, windsurfers’ winds, the historic cities of
quaint villages and over 150km of coastline Seville and Cadiz, and Jerez de la Frontera – the home
overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea with an Spain is a of sherry – are some of the reasons this region is so
irresistible promise of sun and sand. As you begin popular with the Spanish themselves.
to explore the Costa Blanca, its varied history golfing paradise
and culture will become evident – owing to with 313 courses The COSTA BRAVA is a rugged corner of
early settlements of Romans, Iberians and the Catalonia which has captivated artists such as
Carthaginians, you will come across spread across major Dalí, Chagall and Picasso; its attractions range
archeological sites, castles and stone-carved cities, mountain from resorts like Lloret de Mar and Platja d’Aro
churches. to the architecture of Girona and the scenic
areas and right on beauty of places such as Banyoles and Cadaqués.
The COSTA DEL SOL has built its success Catalonia’s distinctness is evident in the Catalan
on its warm air and sea and almost guaranteed the coast
language and traditional festivals.
sunshine. Resorts range from Marbella – with its
exclusive marina at Puerto Banús – to Torremolinos, add COSTA DE ALMERÍA is a popular, modern tourist
dramatic mountain scenery and the spectacular cave at Nerja and resort with natural areas where mankind has barely left its mark.
you have the perfect destination. There are 11 marinas on the Enjoy varied folklore and plenty of fiestas, as well as popular
Costa del Sol, offering sailing and watersports facilities and most handicrafts such as pottery, rugs and marble. Gastronomic
have magnificent nightlife and top restaurants, with many stylish specialities such as paprika, gurullos (stews), and seafood soup
boutiques and shops of all kinds. are also a legacy from the region's rich past.
Estepona, Costa del Sol
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Experience first-hand “SPANISH
EQUESTRIAN ART” at the Royal Andalusian
School of Equestrian Art in Jerez de la Frontera
(Cadiz), Andalusia. Visit this internationally-
renowned institution and tour its facilities, where
you will see that horses form part of the culture of
Andalusia. You will also be able to admire the way
they dance to the beat of traditional Spanish
THE ALHAMBRA is a beautiful complex of
buildings and gardens in Granada. Its leafy tree-
lined walkways provide pleasant shade and
coolness, enhanced by the abundance of water
that flows in its streams. It was the largest
political and aristocratic centre of the Muslim
West. The Palace premises are made up of
beautiful rectangular courtyards and numerous Barcelona P. Güell ©Turespaña
fountains. The oldest building is the Alcazaba
(citadel). Tourist Office Did you know?
THE PYRENEES is the large mountain range www.spain.info/uk Spain has 14 National Parks, all are
which separates northern Spain from the rest of characterised by their variety,
Europe, and is fascinating for its stunning natural Official language Spanish
mountains and wetlands, beaches
landscapes. The range is 450 km long, reaching
from the Bay of Biscay to the Mediterranean.
Average temperatures and forests, volcanos, lava and lakes.
Sports are an excellent medium by which to enjoy Alicante, Costa Blanca but above all, by their stunning
this extreme, abrupt countryside to the full. ecological wealth.
Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 20°C
Just north of ALICANTE, the 17th-century Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 24°C There are over 100 different cheeses
parish church and the Calvario, Santa Ana and
San Roque chapels make up the monumental Malaga, Costa del Sol in Spanish gastronomy ranging from
heritage of San Juan de Alicante. curd like Burgos, cream like Torta del
Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 21°C
Casar, blue like Cabrales, aged like
THE ROMAN THEATRE in Cartagena, Jun–Aug 29°C Sep–Nov 23°C
Murcia is now open to visitors. Hidden for Manchego, and smoked like Palmero.
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Roman Theatre were only discovered in 1988 and
Spain is the second most
since then a major project has been underway to Average flying time from UK 2–21/2 hours mountainous country in Europe.
carefully preserve and excavate the theatre.
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From the most famous turquoise waters and lagoon beach in
Turkey to the pretty villages and old-world charm of North
Cyprus, it’s not hard to see why these two gems are so popular.
Olu Deniz, Turkey ©Loretta Prince
NORTH CYPRUS IS ONE OF
THE MED’S BEST KEPT
SECRETS AND JUST 40
MILES FROM ONE OF THE
WORLD’S TOP TRAVEL
Turkey and North Cyprus are hugely popular with British
tourists, North Cyprus for its slow pace of life, value for money
and delightful village-feel and Turkey offers a fascinating
experience for those seeking something a bit different.
TURKEY is a vast country between the Black Sea, the
Mediterranean and the Middle East and now well-established as
a tourist destination, with some highly popular resorts around its
lengthy coasts. It bears testimony to millennia of successive NORTH CYPRUS combines beautiful bays and enchanting
civilisations, but still offers ‘virgin’ territory for the adventurous sights with a sunny climate all year round, making it an ideal get-
traveller, while remaining a friendly and welcoming place. away for every season. Located at the crossroads of three
Turkey’s cultural capital Istanbul, is set to be an even hotter continents, North Cyprus is a hotbed of historical wonders, a
destination in 2010 when it becomes European Capital of beautiful secret touched by heaven. The island is scattered with a
Culture. The city will host a huge variety of arts and cultural peculiar array of architectural styles. Every corner is of historic
events throughout the year. In addition to the hubbub of modern importance, from the ruins of classical Salamis, Lambousa and
life, there are beautiful and historic buildings like the Soli Kingdoms to the romantic Crusader castles of St Hilarion,
colossally-domed St Sophia – first a cathedral, then a Bufavento and Kantara, perched along the Kyrenia
mosque, now a museum – and the fabulous Mountains.
Topkapi, palace of the Ottoman sultans. North Cyprus However, those who would rather lie out on the
Outside of Istanbul, Mugla, home to tourism beach will not be disappointed. On the East
centres Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye, boasts enjoys a very Coast, between Famagusta and Bogaz, a sandy
1100 km of coastline, scenic natural beauty, 15 miles. On
pleasant climate with beach stretches out for a full isolated creeksthe
North Coast, smaller coves, and
temperate climate, plentiful activities, historical
sites and excellent resorts and infrastructure; an average of 300 cosy beaches are the norm for well over 20
the British make up half of all visitors to the miles. A labyrinth of craft shops, ancient sites
region. days of sunshine and family-owned restaurants await exploration
The Mediterranean coast in the south is also every year in North Cyprus’ vibrant towns, whilst the depths
popular with sun-seekers. Its western portion, of the crystal-clear azure seas offers many of the
known as the Turquoise Coast, boasts popular resorts region’s best dive sites.
such as Antalya and Side as well as an important wildlife area On the two sides of Karpas peninsula, a large expanse of
in Belek. The Black Sea coast in the north is more rugged, but immaculate dunes is bordered with tamarisk and wild olives
does have its share of sandy-beached resorts. The interior, on groves. Visit the most beautiful Guzelyurt Bay nearby, which is
the other hand, is a memorable destination for the more intrepid the heart of the citrus groves extending as far as Yesihrmak
traveller, with dramatic, empty landscapes, as well as several ski village further enhancing Northern Cyprus’ claims to be an
resorts. unforgettable destination.
North Cyprus Golden Beach
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As European Capital of Culture for 2010,
ISTANBUL will host a full calendar of arts and
cultural events throughout the year. Highlights
include: European Universities Theatre Festival
(2–16 May); the 3rd International Poetry Festival
(May) and the opening of the Museum of
Innocence, based on Orhan Pamuk’s latest novel,
in the summer. www.istanbul2010.org
Festivals are an exciting feature of life in NORTH
CYPRUS, including international music festivals
such as the annual Bellapais Music Festival in
May-June, which brings together classical
musicians from around the world.
TURKEY is the centre of origin for more that 30
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and hazelnut. In the Mediterranean Region: North Cyprus
Bananas, avocados, olives and citrus fruits. In
Central and Eastern Anatolia: Grapes, apricots, Tourist Office Did you know?
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www.gototurkey.co.uk St Nicholas – the original Santa Claus
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Mediterranean Sea on the other. Official language Turkish
in Turkey. The stop-over is about 30-
Turkey's volcanic heritage has meant that the Average seaside temperatures (August) 45 minutes and there is usually no
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where steaming water heated deep underground Turkey, 26ºC–30ºC
has found an outlet at the surface. The Aegean Two of the world's seven wonders are
region's gem is the UNESCO world heritage site Currency Turkish Lira located in Turkey; The Temple of
of Pamukkale east of Izmir, or 'Cotton Castle' in
Turkish, a hot spring whose water cascades gently Average flying time from UK 4 hours Artemis and The Halicarnassus
over giant calcified tiers.
Local time GMT+2 Mausoleum.
Olu Deniz, Turkey ©Loretta Prince
Turkish Glass Mosaic Lanterns ©Loretta Prince
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The combination of endless beaches,
beautiful wilderness and fun theme parks
makes the USA the top long-haul
destination for millions of British travellers.
Key West ©VisitFlorida
FROM THE WONDERS OF
ORLANDO AND THE
SERENITY OF THE
EVERGLADES, TO THE
SOARING SKYLINE OF NEW
YORK AND THE MAJESTIC
GRAND CANYON, THE USA
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From the Grand Canyon in the north to the saguaro forests of the FLORIDA is the perfect holiday destination for the entire family,
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The subtropical preserve in North America, with its luscious
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Island Golf ©VisitFlorida
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PASO ROBLES, is North America’s newest
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KEY WEST, Florida knows how to party like a
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Celebrate the sunset at Mallory Square before
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Located in the heart of Hollywood adjacent to
La Jolla, San Diego ©California Tourism
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, MADAME
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Grand Canyon National Park ©Arizona Tourism
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Airport parking ✔
Car hire ✔
Deciding where and when to go on
Currency ✔ holiday may sometimes feel a little
EHIC ✔ stressful, but if you forget the
essential travel extras, the headache
Flights ✔ could be much worse!
Insurance for car hire ✔ ATOL ATOL is amanaged byscheme forAviationand air
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IATA? will not be ATOL protected if you:
Travel insurance ✔ only buy a scheduled flight and
receive a ticket within 24 hours of
payment or book direct with an
The European Health ABTA represents over 5,500 travel agencies
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Insurance Card (EHIC) replaced the E111 form Isles. It maintains a Code of Conduct which
in 2006. Most UK citizens are entitled to a free EHIC aims to ensure that the public receive the best
which can be used to cover any necessary medical treatment due to possible service from Members. Many of the
illness or accident within the European Economic Area and Switzerland. travel arrangements provided by ABTA
To apply, you will need to provide your name, date of birth, and your Members are protected in case of the financial
NHS or National Insurance Number. You can also apply for your spouse failure of the travel company. www.abta.com
or partner and chilren up to the age of 16 (or 19 if in full time AITO is an association of around 140
education). Apply online at www.ehic-org.uk or call 0845 606 2030. independent specialist tour operators. Holidays
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worldwide policies do not necessarily cover the USA. you have adequate
2. Sporting activities usually require additional cover – insurance and
check with your insurer that you are covered for For advice about travelling
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3. Make sure you provide your insurer with accurate
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your policy becoming void. It usually takes around four weeks to issue a passport and first
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add extras to your policy to give additional cover for If you are travelling within two weeks and need to renew your
pre-existing medical conditions. passport urgently, the identity and passport service (IPS) offer a
5. Make sure your whole family is covered. Generally fast-track one-week service and a premium one-day service. You
one policy covers one person unless specified. must make an appointment by calling the
6. Make sure your insurer is regulated by the Financial Passport Adviceline on 0300 222 0000,
Services Authority (FSA). between 7am–11pm seven days a week. You
7. If you are trying to keep costs down ask about can also use the check and send service at your
doubling your excess to make the policy cheaper. local post office – this is often quicker than the
8. Never travel without insurance – even in the UK. normal service and reduces the risk of mistakes
with your application but does cost an extra £8.
Provided by Insurefor.com, one of the UK’s leading travel The current price for a new passport or renewal
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