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Looking for Holiday Rentals in Nice, France? Choose to Stay YNA

Whether you’ve been to Nice before, or you’re planning your first getaway to the scenic city, Stay YNA are here to help you have the best time in your holiday rentals in Nice, France.

Why Should You Visit Nice, France?

Weather in Nice

Of course, we all want good weather when spending time abroad. Luckily, Nice is located in the south of France, in the French Riviera. Much of the year sees the city bathed in sunlight, and the warmer climate means that you’re able to truly make the most of the city, by easily exploring what Nice has to offer. Being by the Mediterranean Sea also means that Nice has the perfect location to take a dip when you feel like cooling off. If you’re looking for a pleasant climate, Nice is the place for you.

Food in Nice

French cuisine is known as being one of the best cuisines in the world. From freshly baked baguettes, to pastries and macaroons. Maybe you’re even a fan of famed French coffee and wine, too. With an array of delightful dishes, Nice is the perfect place to indulge in French food. There are also some delicious local delicacies that shouldn’t be missed, such as the Nicoise salad and Socca (a pancake made from chickpea flour).

Views in Nice

Nice has stunning views that you can explore by simply strolling its streets, or by taking boat tours to see views from the sea. Walking along the Promenade des Anglais lets you take in the local culture and views, and you may choose to wander around some of the historic sights you pass. If strolling through the city isn’t for you, you can also soak up the sun on Nice’s smooth pebbled shores.

Museums in Nice

Nice boasts a number of art galleries and museums, helping ensure the city is kept as a cultural hub. Stop by Musée Matisse to admire the work of the renowned artist, or enjoy one of the oldest museums in Nice, the Museum of Natural History.

Architecture in Nice

The architecture in Nice largely harkens back to ‘La Belle Epoque’, with intricately detailed buildings and grand architectural design. From the cobblestone streets, the beauty of the architecture is easily apparent. Maybe you’ll even appreciate more of the architecture by staying in one of our Nice holiday rentals!

Why Should You Choose a Holiday Rental in Nice?

Flexibility of Holiday Rentals

Holiday rental homes provide a home away from home. They can also provide more flexibility than hotels. By choosing a holiday rental in France, you no longer have to worry about rushing down to grab the last of the hotel breakfast, when all you really want is a lie-in. Whether you want to cook up familiar foods, or whether you’d like to experiment in the kitchen after buying fresh produce in a French market, holiday rentals give you the options to do so.

Comfort of Holiday Rentals

If you’re planning on visiting France for a family holiday, a holiday rental may be ideal. Hotels can often feel cramped, with only the bedroom and limited shared communal space for children to explore. With our Nice holiday rentals, children can not only have their own room, but the whole family can enjoy the living area. Additionally, if you’re planning to bring your pet abroad, some holiday rentals consider this, and are pet friendly.

Cost of  Holiday Rentals in Nice

Our French holiday rentals offer you great value for money. Your holiday rental through Stay YNA is likely to offer more space but at a lower cost, when compared to a hotel. We also have holiday rentals to suit all sorts of budgets, so you can have the choice of not only the type of rental you stay in, but also what type of property is most affordable for you.

Cultural Experience of Holiday Rentals

Staying in a holiday rental in Nice offers a more authentic French experience. You are able to see what some of the accommodation of people who live in Nice is like, and are more immersed in the culture. Choose to have a more local experience, and stay in a holiday rental that feels a lot less commercial than a standard hotel.

Why Should You Stay with Stay YNA?

Choice of Nice Holiday Rentals

We offer a range of exceptional Nice holiday rentals, from our larger holiday villas, to our smaller apartments. The unique range of accommodation options means that we will be able to find you the place for your perfect stay. If you’re searching for specific amenities, some of our holiday rentals in France also have swimming pools, jacuzzis, balconies, and private parking.

Location of Nice Holiday Rentals

Maybe you want to be in the heart of the buzzing city, or maybe you’d prefer a more secluded area for a quieter holiday. Through our website we offer the option of searching by specific neighbourhoods in Nice, so that if you have a preference we can help meet it. Whatever kind of location you’re considering, Stay YNA have rentals in various areas of Nice, so there’s bound to be something for you.

Expertise in Nice Holiday Rentals

Stay YNA have years of experience in holidays rentals, and we can guarantee that our services are friendly and professional, helping make your stay in Nice even nicer. Here at Stay YNA, we want you to have the best holiday possible, and we know that our holiday rentals in Nice, France can help you to do so.

If a holiday rental in Nice, France is for you, take a browse at our accommodation choices, and don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Return of the Carnival!

The streets of Nice open up again for the extravagant Carnival! And this years theme is set to be Oscar worthy…King of cinema! As always it will be an unmissable event, with 6 parades, 17 floats of of course the traditional flower parade. Throw those 3D glasses away and prepare for a jaw dropping experience!

The incredible 14 day event starts on the 16th of February and finishes on the 2nd of March! Thousands of worldwide visitors are jetting off to the French Rivera to enjoy the celebrations.

As always we anticipate the debut of the iconic floats that steal the show, for last year Nice Carnival we went behind the scenes with the artist creators of these, Chad Crowe and local artist Kristen. They gave us a great insight to how their creative process works, building the tanks and why they love the Nice carnival! You can view our interview here -

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The programme is as follows -

- Saturday, February 16: 14:30, battle of flowers, 9 pm, carnival illuminated corso. 
- Tuesday, February 19: 9 pm, illuminated carnival corso. 
- Wednesday, February 20: 14:30, battle of flowers. 
- Saturday, February 23: 14:30, battle of flowers, 21h, carnival illuminated corso. 
- Sunday, February 24th: 2.30 pm, carnival corso including Parada nissarda. 
- Tuesday, February 26th: 9 pm, illuminated carnival corso. 
- Wednesday, February 27: 14:30, battle of flowers. 
- Saturday, March 2nd: 2.30 pm, flower battle, 9 pm, illuminated carnival corso followed by the incineration of the king.

 

 

Booking up fast! Stay YNA’s accommodation for the Nice Carnival 2019! 1 Bedroom apartments –

Le Grand Hotel – Jean-Medecin

01. Balcony 2

A stunning, sunny 5th floor, mezzanine studio flat in the former Grand Hotel; Le Grand Hotel has a magnificent view of the beautiful Promenade de Paillon. With a balcony overlooking the park and a view of the Colline du Chateau.

To book - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/legrandhotel/

Liberty – Massena

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A magnificent 58m2 5th floor apartment with an 8m2 terrace from which to peruse the city and the distant Maritime Alps beyond. Far above the hustle and bustle but with the freedom of being right at the heart of the city,

Book Liberty - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/liberty/

Eve – The Old Town

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Eve has the advantage of being high up in a very traditional Old Town building. This means it has the benefit of a cool breeze passing over the rooftops and into the apartment. It has cool white tiled floors and has a homely feel with French inspired furnishings

Book Eve - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/eve/

Or take a look at our larger apartments available to book for the Nice Carnival

Villa Boron – Mont Boron

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Villa Boron is a 5 bedroom gem within walking distance of Nice in the exclusive neighbourhood of Mont Boron. With an outdoor jacuzzi, sea views, indoor pool, 4 terraces and modern open plan living it cleverly combines a sociable space with privacy for large groups

Book Villa Boron - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/villaboron/

Boutique – Carré D’or

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Boutique is brand new and elegantly furnished with contemporary clean-cut designs to complement the architecture of this striking new construction. On the fourth floor of this superbly conceived building for 21st century living

Book Boutique - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/boutique/

Monroe – The Old Town

01. Living Area

A beautiful example of a very comfortable, modernised, two-bedroom apartment in one of the quieter areas of the Old Town. With a view down onto this traditional street, lined with small boutiques and restaurants

Book Monroe - https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/monroe/


What To Look For in a Trusted Holiday Lettings Company

When you go on holiday you want to feel safe where you are staying, especially for those who don’t travel often or don’t like being away from home for long. You need to be able to put all of your trust into the quality of the holiday lettings company service being provided.

The last thing you want to happen is to discover that your holiday let isn’t very nice or your accommodation isn’t quite in the exact location you were promised.

This is why it is very reassuring to learn that when you book with Stay YNA you will know that the holiday lettings we offer have all been personally stayed in by our team members. That’s right! We make it our priority to stay in every single holiday home we let so that we know exactly what experience you will have with your stay. Because we make a point of personally vetting each and every property and staying overnight to get a full picture of what’s on offer, we are able to answer your questions with confidence and our first-hand experience.

Going one step better

When Amanda and Simon Walker founded Your Nice Apartment Ltd. In 2009, they found that there was no shortage of home owners wanting to offer their property for a holiday let, but in truth quite often what was being offered was really not up to their requirements and many properties were not very well maintained.

This wasn’t good enough for Amanda and Simon, so they decided to raise the bar and only accept those properties that could meet their exacting standards of quality and care. Stay YNA go one step better than their competition and pay a close eye to every detail of the holiday lettings to ensure that you enjoy every moment of your well earned holiday.

Honest previews of our holiday lettings

We understand that when you go on holiday you want to have a relaxing and enjoyable time, but you will also want to stay in holiday accommodation that is clean, tidy, well-appointed and comfortable.

You can browse our beautiful selection of holiday lettings and get a preview of the accommodation on offer. Stay YNA want to show you exactly what you will get with your holiday reservation. This is why you will notice that our property photographs are genuine shots of the accommodation. There are no special filters added to our photographs and the shots are not taken using any special camera lenses or use any visual tricks or tweaks to make the accommodation look any better or more impressive than it actually is in real life.

We know from our own personal experience that your holiday excitement can be seriously deflated when on arrival at your accommodation you find it isn’t at all like how it was depicted on the lettings website. Discovering this can affect your enjoyment and lessen the benefits of taking some time away from the stresses and strains of life back home. This is why we only show genuine accommodation shots so you will know exactly what to expect and can look forward to enjoying during your stay.

Stay YNA is a holiday lettings company offering a fantastic range of lettings in four very unique destinations and we pride ourselves to be able to offer our guests the chance to stay in some very stylish homes with a great deal of flexibility. You can get to choose the level of service that perfectly suits your needs, so you can tailor your stay to suit your level of independence.

We can take your bookings directly over the telephone on 0203 397 7903. If you have any enquiries about our holiday lettings, feel free to email us at: [email protected]


How to Get Perfect Vacation Apartment Rentals

We have some truly amazing quality and beautiful vacation apartment rentals for you to consider, but which vacation apartment rental should you choose and how do you find the perfect one?

Do your research

The first step to any vacation and vacation apartment is to do some research. Start by visiting websites of companies offering this kind of rental – is it a good quality website that is secure?  You can tell by looking in the left corner of the address bar on the browser where it will tell you. This protects your data from cybercriminals when you make a payment or a booking.

Also look for things like a registered company number and trust logos – payment method logos are a good sign.  Look for things you recognise like Visa, MasterCard or Sage Pay.  Also look for contact options to reach out to them with queries or if there is a problem – phone, email and even social media are good signs.

Get an accurate quote

To ensure you get the apartment you want, it is important to search with the exact dates you plan to travel.  Otherwise, you might think you can book apartment 1 but when you put the right dates in, it is already filled.  If you aren’t sure, choose the nearest dates and remember when you book that you only used approximate dates.

Have a list of what is essential for the trip and ensure all of these things are listed in the quote.  A good website will have plenty of details about the apartments they offer.  It will include the number of beds, bathrooms, how many it sleeps, how many floors, even the size of the unit.  There will also be information about the location, accessibility and sometimes even a 3D map of the apartment.  This lets you make sure your quote is accurate and for what you need.

Research the area

While a good website will include lots of information about the apartment and some on the surrounding area, it never hurts to do a little additional research. Primary things to look for is the public transport links, where local shops and other amenities are and travel time to the places you want to go (if you are hiring a car).

Buses and trains such as subway systems are commonplace in many cities.  Buses may be more common in rural areas.  And there are often taxis if you need them.  Understand how you will get around before you book so you are prepared for this and don’t spend your first day just trying to figure out how to get around.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions

Sometimes we all fall victim to being too polite and not asking questions.  But good apartment rental companies are always happy to provide you with more information about their properties, the local area and what amenities and options they have.  So if you are unsure about an apartment, need more information about the beds or anything else, make use of those contact options to find out this information.

By being prepared, asking questions and making sure you use a reputable website, you can ensure you get the perfect vacation apartment rental for your holiday. And you will then have an amazing holiday to remember with a luxury, quality apartment as your home base.


Ring in the Revelry

If you’re looking for a quiet night out, you’d better go home early on New Year’s Eve in Dingle town! One of the most popular destinations in Ireland to ring in the New Year, the town is thronged.

New Year’s Eve in Dingle is a wild night, says Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor.

The evening starts off low key enough, and some of the pubs around town will have some music in the early part of the evening, generally around 7-9pm. Funnily enough, in a town where there’s a trad musician playing in every pub all summer, it’s the one night of the year you might find a bit less live music than usual. As the publican from Tigh Ui Chathain (Kanes) in Ballyferriter puts it, “There’ll be enough excitement without trying to fit anything else in…there’ll be plenty of noise anyway.” Even in the quiet and cosy spots, like Kanes and Tigh Bric in the remote parts ‘back West’, it’s still likely to be a lively night. 

In Geaneys, on Main Street, Dingle, where there will be music on every night that week, they still plan to have some around 7 or 8pm in the evening, and a DJ later - “ballads and Irish songs to liven people up,” says Mr Geaney Snr. Neligans will be operating on a similar format, with one or two musicians in the early evening and a DJ later. 

 

At 10pm you can expect the pubs to empty as everyone heads for the Marina and a spectacular fireworks display. Then at 11.30pm the renowned Dingle Fife & Drum Band will march through the crowded streets, up Green Street and down Main Street to the bridge beside An Droichead Beag (aka the local late bar) where a clock is projected on the side of the building to countdown to the New Year. Times Square has nothing on this atmosphere, but it’s full-on and definitely a night for flat shoes! 

New Year’s Day has a more chilled out atmosphere, and this is when locals who don’t want to brave the New Year’s Eve crush will emerge, dressed up for a night out. For families who maybe took the children home after the fireworks, and rang in the New Year in the comfort of your StayYNA house, this is the night to book the babysitter and enjoy the atmosphere without having to elbow your way to the bar! 

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Why not blow off the cobwebs next day with a bracing walk and a New Year’s Day dip? Head out along the coast by the Skellig Hotel towards the tower, Hussy’s Folly, which was built in the 1840s during the Famine and used for a short time as a customs watchtower. Just past the folly you will come to a little rocky cove called Slaidin, which still has structures built as ladies changing rooms in the 1920s. It’s the best place to spot Fungie from as well—if the prospect of swimming with Dingle’s celebrity dolphin won’t get you into the icy water, nothing will!

BOOK YOUR NEW YEAR’S STAY IN DINGLE TODAY!

Daisy, prices from €100 per night 

Daisy is nestled in a secluded country lane close to Cloghane village has charm and style. It is rare to see a cottage of this period lovingly renovated to such a high standard with sash windows, a modern kitchen and tasteful furnishings

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The Break, prices from €100 per night

The Break is a secluded paradise where the sound of the gushing stream instantly takes you away … its mesmerising. The water flows over mossy rocksin this idyllic scene with speckled light from the leafy trees above, the place to grab a book and relax. 

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The Cove, prices from €120 per night 

The Cove has all within walking distance – a beach, a village, a golf course, pubs, restaurants and dramatic cliff walks. The house overlooks Ceann Sibeal, the film location of Star Wars, picked for its incredible beauty.

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Endless Sands, prices from €170 per night 

Endless Sands combines elegance, comfort and incredible sea and mountain views with an excellent location just a few minute’s walk from nearby beaches, Spillanes restaurant, two pubs and a surf shop. Located in the stunning sand spit, The Maharees, an area renown for superb surfing, windsurfing and diving, this is the perfect home away from home.

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MANY OTHER BEAUTIFUL HOMES AVAILABLE! EMAIL [email protected] OR CALL 0203397703 (UK)


Ireland renowned for its beauty, Guinness and craic, but surf?

With 3172 kilometers of exposed coastline, Ireland is a surfer’s paradise. And, there are few better places to head out than on the Dingle peninsula. With three coastlines all within 30 mins of each other, Dingle has something for everyone whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

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 Have a look at our available properties for your surf break here

Ex-professional windsurfer and ISA Senior Windsurfing Instructor Jamie Knox, has been teaching surfing and windsurfing in Dingle for well over 20 years. His watersports school is recognised by the Irish Surfing Association and the Irish Sailing Association, and his highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable team offer surfing, windsurfing and Stand Up Paddle Boarding lessons.

[email protected] spoke with Jeremy Owen, Manager at Jamie Knox.

Jamie Knox Watersports has been around here for some time?
"We've been offering watersport tuition for well over 25 years, Jamie fell in love with the area, and it’s wind and waves in the late 80’s and never looked back."

What makes Dingle so good for watersports - particularly at this time of year?
"Autumn wind and waves can be awesome and the water is still pretty warm"

Wheres your favourite place to surf/windsurf in Dingle?
"Brandon Bay on the north side of the peninsula has lots of great spots that work in different swell and wind directions."

Are the waters of Dingle safe for children to do watersports in at this time of the year?
"You always need to be careful around the sea as it can change very quickly, we’d suggest seeking a sheltered beach with no waves if you want to swim. if in doubt ask a local or pop into our surf shop on the maharees and ask."

What do you and Jamie enjoy about teaching?
"Just seeing people achieve something new and the smiles, they always seems to end up smiling in the end"

What do you like to do afterwards? Do you go for a beer or something to eat?
"The Green Room (just past the surf shop) is a great place for an apres windsurf/surf drink, Spillanes on the Maharees is a great spot for a bite to eat and Dingle has loads of great bars and restaurants to cater for all tastes and budgets."

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Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent for your surf season..

Ard Na Mara

Free for October  - 50E off 3/4 nights or 100E off 5 nights or more. 

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Little Liss Cottage

Cute cottage perfect for a surfing break overlooking Brandon Bay. Available October with 50E off 3/4 nights or 100E off 5 nights or more! 

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Wine Strand House

Stunning luxurious stay that will not disappoint! Perfect for groups and discounts for stays in October and November. 

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Seascape

Sea views near to Dingle town on Smerwick Harbour. Discounts available for October and November surfing season. 

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Endless Sands

Right on the beach with watersports. Discounts available October and November. 

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Salone House

Very short walk to Brandon Bay beach. Stunning designer pad, couldn't wish for more form a surfing pad! Discounts apply for October and November. 

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DINGLE FOOD FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 2018

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on the foodie highlight of the year in Dingle (in fact in all of Ireland!)

You weren’t in Dingle for the first weekend in October? You were missing out! It’s the time of year for the annual Dingle Food Festival—and considering that Dingle bears the title of top foodie town in all the land, it’s quite an event.

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Every year, food experts descend on the town a few days in advance of the Festival to judge the national food produce awards (Blas na hEireann - Taste of Ireland). You’ll know winning products as you’ll see the medal on emblazoned on their packaging.

There is also a series of talks and panel discussions, which, if you’re in the food industry, are a must-see. Along with talks on pitching, selling and financial planning, this year’s speakers included Aoife McElwain, author of Slow at Work, with an inspiring talk about mindfulness, which made a big impression on some of those entrepreneurs who were burning the candle at both ends.

Before the madness of the festival took over the town, I grabbed a quiet corner for a chat with Dee Laffan, a renowned food journalist and editor of foodandwine.ie, who was one of the judges for Blas, about why she loves to visit the Dingle Food Festival every year.

The Sights and Smells

The Food Trail is one of the highlights of the Festival, taking place across the town between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday and Sunday. The books of tickets for the Food Trail are available from the Festival HQ on Main St, beside Geaneys pub, priced at €20 for a book of 9 tickets (each ticket is worth €2 and the final €2 goes towards the cost of running the festival). The book of tickets which will allow you a tasting plate or cocktail in each of the participating establishments and street stalls—luckily the sun seems to know to come out for the Food Festival so you can wander the streets and enjoy the music and street performances.

I wish the technology for Smell-O-Vision was invented because it would be the best way to give you a sense of the festival. Driving into the town the first place I passed was the Fish Shop, which was serving seafood barbecue and a chowder for their Festival Food Trail dishes, priced at 2 tokens for the barbecue and 1 token for the chowder. But I couldn’t stop, firstly because there was no parking (your best bet is to park out of town and take the shuttle bus in) and secondly because the Food Trail tokens are the official currency and I needed to get down to HQ to buy my book of tokens before I could start!

There is so much choice to taste. A popular favourite every year are the kangaroo skewers, but if like me, you couldn’t bring yourself to eat poor Skippy, then there is everything from a huge choice of seafood, delicious local oysters, vegetarian options, raclette…the best thing to do is follow your nose! 

STOP PRESS... Don't miss out, book early for the Dingle Food Festival 2019!

The Dingle Food festival us being held on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019  so book early if you want to stay in the coolest, boutique homes in the heart of Dingle town and on the Dingle Peninsula. https://www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/

A variety of cookery demonstrations take place in the somewhat unusual location of St James’ Church on Main St—it’s better known as the concert venue for the famous Other Voices music festival, but this weekend, it plays hosts to chefs including Wade Murphy from 1826 Adare, JP McMahon, chef patron of Galway’s Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant, and Jean Marie Vaireaux of Dingle’s Out of the Blue.

There are also lots of free concerts, events and parties for all the family to enjoy—this year’s activities included everything from workshops on fermenting, whiskey tasting and herbal remedies, to fun Zumba for kids and adults, yoga focusing on digestive health, and Sing Along Social (like karaoke, but everyone in the pub joins in!).

Go Eco!

Be sure to get your hands on the eco-friendly Food Festival kit which contains reusable bamboo plate, bowl and cutlery, for €10. There are rinsing stations on the street where you can clean them off before you go for your next course—it’s a fantastic innovation, started when people counted up the number of plastic single use plates that were used.

STOP PRESS... Don't miss out, book early for the Dingle Food Festival 2019!

The Dingle Food festival us being held on Friday 4th to Sunday 6th October 2019  so book early if you want to stay in the coolest, boutique homes in the heart of Dingle town and on the Dingle Peninsula. https://www.stayyna.com/dingle-cottages/

 

 

 


Family Fun with Fungie – free trip with every half term booking!

*Free tickets to see Fungie the Dingle Dolphin for a family of four when you book 5 nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.  Email [email protected] after booking to claim your tickets. Have a look at our available properties here.

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Treat the kids to an action packed holiday filled with exciting activities and attractions this half term. Whatever the weather, rain or shine, Dingle has you covered for a family friendly getaway. 

Shell Collecting in Brandon Bay

Situated on the northern side of the peninsula, Brandon Bay, has a number of beaches popular with swimmers, surfers and shell collectors alike. It's officially Ireland's longest unbroken beach at 17km. Even on a chilly day it's worth a visit to watch the kid's faces light up as they find Anemones, fish fossils an huge crab shells. Don't forget a bag to bring home your treasures!

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Dingle Outdoor Play Park

Opened in 2017 the Dingle Play Park is a fantastic place to let the kids burn off some energy. It features a nautical travel theme and rubberised flooring. The play ground is very friendly with locals and tourists enjoying the craic as the little ones kick up their heels!

Famine Cottages & Animal Petting

The Famine Cottages were built in the mid nineteenth century and originally housed the Long and then the Kavanagh family in Fán, Ventry County Kerry. The family lived in this house during one of the worst famines to strike Western Europe – The Great Irish Famine. The largest of the cottages was inhabited up until the 1950’s when the last of the Kavanaghs (Tomás Ó Cíobháin) left the cottage. The cottage has been preserved in its original format and stepping inside the house will give the visitor the true experience of the environment the local people had to live in during famine times.

Look out of the Beehive hut at the back or the larger cottage. The farm is also home to some super friendly animals who will come up for a head scratch!

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Indoor Climbing Wall & Soft Play

With it's HUGE soft play area and one of Ireland's best indoor climbing walls this is the perfect place to take the children on a rainy day. The indoor climbing wall soars up to 12.5 meters high and allows rock climbing of all levels.  Explorer's World cater for complete beginners up to expert climbers.

Pony Trekking

Feel the wind in your hair as you you to ride on the magnificent Dingle Peninsula, a haven for beach riding and mountain trekking.

Dingle Horse Riding was founded in 1989 as a small, family-run business based in Dunquin on the Dingle Peninsula. The idea was to cater to those people who wanted to see the area on horseback rather than by car, bus, bicycle, or on foot.

By 1998, the operation had outgrown its base in Dunquin, and purpose-designed stables were built in Ballinaboula, just a mile outside of Dingle town. The move enabled the further expansion of the business, and once settled into its new base of operations, it grew from strength to strength, building on its good reputation. Now, 25 years later, Dingle Horse Riding is one of the most popular destinations for horse riding holidays in Ireland, offering inclusive, residential, and post-to-post equestrian adventures.

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Paddle Boarding

Surfs up, dudes! Billabong & Irish Surf Association approved, Dingle Surf School runs daily lessons for adults and children leaving Dingle at 9:30 (and 13:00 peak season) over the breathtaking Conair Pass in their free surf bus - ALL year round. If you can already hold your own on a board, then they can offer the best daily rates on surf equipment for hire.

Fungie The Dolphin

See the fabulous, Fungie, the Dingle Dolphin for free with our fantastic half term offer! Free tickets available for a family of four when you book five nights or more in Dingle with us. Offer available for bookings for stays until 4th November.

Gen up on all the Fungie Facts here!

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FAMILY FUN WITH FUNGIE!

Spot Dingles Darling Dolphin with a free trip with every half term booking!

Take a look at some of the fantastic properties we have to rent....

Ballydavid Sands

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Seascape

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Hilltop

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The Break

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Wine Strand Beach House

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Ard Na Mara

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Top 3 Seafood Dinners in Dingle

Dingle-dweller Deanna O’Connor on where to go in search of Dingle’s finest fish dishes.

Every time I think of the phrase ‘seafood dinner’ I have a little laugh to myself because it reminds me of the fight scene in Anchorman, where Champ goads Ron Burgundy saying,

I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother, Dorothy Mantooth, out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again.

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I do love a nice seafood dinner—partly because it’s not something I don’t often cook at home because I hate when the house smells fishy, and partly because when you’re eating out, a light seafood course leaves plenty of room for dessert! 

Ireland’s Atlantic coast provides a wealth of wonderful seafood and the restaurants in Dingle are serving up the freshest catch daily from local fishing trawlers and Kerry fishermen, so it really is a seafood lover’s paradise.

Sheehy’s Anchor Down

For the best value, I’m a big fan of Sheehy’s Anchor Down (3 The Colony, Dingle, Phone: +353 66 915 1545). Before getting into the restaurant business the Sheehy family were already running a fish shop, so you know they’ve got the best supply in town!

Of course the menu may vary depending on the catch but to give you an idea of the treats in store, recent mouth-watering specials have included John Dory in almond butter served with asparagus, potatoes and salad, and my personal drool-inducing favourite, a seafood platter featuring monkfish, salmon, plaice and scallops.

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Doyles

Ask any Dingle native what their favourite restaurant is, and there is a strong chance they will say Doyles on John Street. Run by chef and proprietor Sean Roche, Doyles is a must-visit for the seafood lover, and while there are a few main course options for those who aren’t fish fans, seafood is really a strong focus of the menu here. From Black Sole on the bone to seafood linguine and Spanish-style fish stew, all the classic favourites are there. For something a little different, I love the flavour combination of the Duo of Scallops & Organic Pork, a delicious take on the surf ’n’ turf concept with seared Atlantic scallops, crispy pork belly and black pudding. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!

Out of the Blue

Ask me what my favourite seafood dinner in Dingle is, and it’s probably Out of the Blue. It might look a bit like a shack from the outside, but all the foodies (and a few celebs) that pass through town flock here. It has a strict ‘No chips, and nothing frozen’ policy and serves up delicious and innovative dishes. I love the zing of home-cured & smoked salmon with pickled ginger and grapefruit for a refreshing starter, to get my taste buds’ attention and gear up for the gluttony ahead!

But we can’t just leave it there…

Those might be the best when it comes to sit down dinners and slap up grub, but there’s a new kid on the block which is perfect if you want to grab a quick bite. Newly opened, The Fish Box, on Green Street, serves up the freshest of fish from their very own fishing trawler Cú Na Mara.

For an all-out treat try their eponymous ‘The Fish Box’—deep-fried prawns, monkfish, fish of the day and calamari with homemade chips, tartar sauce and sweet chilli jam; priced at €14 takeaway or €16 to eat in, it’s a classy take on takeaway.

TAKE THE MEMORIES HOME

If you’ve loved your dinners out in Dingle, famed as Ireland’s No 1 foodie town, then make sure you pick up the Dingle Dinners cookbook before you leave, so you can recreate some of the favourite food of Dingle chefs at home.

Here, Stella Doyle, founder of Doyle’s, shares one of her favourite seafood dishes to cook:

Pasta with Dingle Bay Prawns in White Wine and Saffron Sauce

Serves 6

600g / 1lb 5oz linguine


200ml / 7fl oz / ¾ cup + 4 tsp white wine


pinch of saffron


75g / 2 ½ oz / 5 tbsp butter


600g / 1lb 5oz Dingle Bay prawns


2 garlic cloves, crushed


60ml / 2fl oz / ¼ cup cream (optional)


squeeze of lemon juice


salt and freshly ground black pepper


2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

METHOD

Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling water until al dente.

Steep saffron in white wine.

Heat a knob of butter in a large pan, let sizzle, add prawns and fry until they change colour, 1–2 minutes. Take prawns out and set aside.

Add the garlic, sizzle but do not brown – about 30 seconds. Add the wine with saffron, bring to the boil and let reduce by half. Add the rest of the butter and cream, if using, a squeeze of lemon, salt and pepper to taste. Add back the prawns and reheat, add the parsley, toss into the pasta.

Dingle Dinners – From the Chefs of Ireland’s #1 Foodie Town compiled and edited by Trevis L. Gleason, published by The Collins Press, price €24.99. It is available from all good bookshops and online from www.collinspress.ie

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MIND THE GAPS!!

If you fancy a slap up Seafood supper in Dingle, take a look at some of the super properties we have available to rent. 

 

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Fungie, The DIngle Dolphin

With the sun dancing off the blue water of the bay, we thought it was a perfect day to jump aboard one of the local boats and take a trip out to see the legendary, Dingle Dolphin, Fungie!

Fungie Facts!

Fungie is a fully grown, middle aged, male bottlenose dolphin.

He is about 13 feet in length and weighs around 250kgs

He is estimated be under 40 years old and could have a lifespan of 50 to 60 years.

Celebrities, including Pierce Brosnan, Mary Black and Jean Kennedy-Smith, have come to see Fungie.

According to locals he was first seen in the harbour in 1983.

He regularly escorts boats entering and leaving the harbour and loves to play with small boats/ribs and sailing dinghies.