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Don’t wait for summer…

June deals

Don’t wait for summer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Up to £75 off 3 nights in Nice    Up to £75 off 2 nights in Dingle    Pay 6 Stay 7 in Cyprus

Did you know that 1st June is, meteorologically speaking the first day of summer? (at least for those of us in the Northern hemisphere), which of course means that meteorologically speaking the weather has taken a complete nose-dive…storms all across central Europe and here in the UK we are basking in a seasonal 11C with grey skies and general sogginess. All in all not very inspiring.

In Dingle meanwhile, they are enjoying a heatwave and people are out and about enjoying the countryside and the sea. Temperatures in Nice are in the 20’s and as for Cyprus, well the mercury has passed 30C today, not that I am at all jealous of course…

On the bright side, the school holidays have not yet started which means there are bargains to be had on flights to warmer climes. If you are looking for a last minute getaway, then we have some great deals on select dates and properties with savings of up to £75 on a two day break!

June is also a great month to travel to any of our destinations with loads going on; the Dingle Adventure Race is taking place on 11th June, the annual Shakespeare at Curium festival takes place in Limassol from 17-19th and I think there is something happening in France too….what was it again? Ah yes, FOOTBALL!

So, don’t wait for summer to come to you, get packing and head off to enjoy summer!

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Take it easy and Stay YNA

Summer time...

Summer time…

Summer is all about time for you; whether you want nothing more than to lie on a beach somewhere, prefer to explore a new place or long for the bustle of summer in the city…take the strain out of your holiday planning.

Wherever you stay with YNA you know that there is a beautifully furnished property, fresh linen, fluffy towels and some local treats waiting for you when you arrive. So, all you have to think about is where you want to go and, to make that even easier, find your perfect Nice apartment, Dingle cottage or Cyprus villa and ask us for your summer secret code…

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Comptoire Centrale Electrique, Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte- the place to be | Stay YNA

Mixité is a good word to describe this area which is one of the most happening places in town. Between the Port and Place Garibaldi this humble street with a BIG name is nicknamed Le Petit Marais Niçois, a nod to the trendy gay area of Paris.  It has been steadily earning its label as gay friendly over the years with bars, restaurants, hairdressers and shops proud to be part of Nice irisée naturellement, a charter for equality and a movement to offer a warmer welcome to all. Its name recalls the time it gave a warm welcome to the then General Napoleon Bonaparte in 1794.

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

Rainbow chairs Bonaparte

The Place du Pin, a small pedestrianised area at the heart of the neighbourhood is perfect for lunch in the sunshine and hosts evening events from time to time. For Fête de la Musique on midsummer’s eve the whole street turns into one big dance party. In my early days in Nice I was drawn to this little triangular square by the sound of a live rockabilly band. Surrounded by vintage Cadillacs a couple of apron-clad grandmothers were jiving their hearts out with two young tattooed cool cats! I knew immediately that this was my kind of neighbourhood.

 

Bonaparte is currently the scene of a coffee battle. Deli Bo on the corner has a wonderful café crème and is served with a tiny homebaked cookie. Brasilia, a relatively new contender, has the appeal of speciality espressos and Le Petit Napoleon serves a great café au lait while you sit back and wonder how exactly it differs from un crème or perhaps une noisette?

 

Bonaparte

Bonaparte

This neighbourhood is increasing in boutiques that can tempt even the most reluctant shopper (me). Lucien Chausseur sells fine leather shoes in rainbow colours for him and her, Mon Oeil for some beautifully creative jewellery, accessories and ladies clothes, and a number of design and interior decoration shops have sprung up recently. These include Mon Bazar, Babalux and Au Bonheur des Cocottes, a museum-cum-workshop selling vintage clothes and objects with some quirky flair. And keep an eye out for the magic wand seller, Atelier Bonaparte, below Napoleon’s residence.

 

Eating out in the area is a delight, there really is something for all tastes, budgets and moments of the day. Brunch at Deli Bo not to mention its teatime patisseries is extremely high on my list, an organic Italian grocery shop/café O’Quotidien caters for vegans and meat eaters alike and is truly innovative, La Flara and Chez Pippo for a Niçois feel, not to mention Jan, a Michelin starred restaurant, Rosalina and L’Uzine for cocktails and…. If only there were more days in the week and meals in the day!

Article by our guest contributor and Nice expert Zenna Marshall

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Experience

Travel with passion…

Here at YNA we’re all about the personal; we don’t offer package holidays, we don’t sell anonymous all inclusive resorts. For us, travel is a passion and we want to share it with you. We want you to truly experience our destinations, to explore the hidden corners, to enjoy the food, in short to live like a local.

Explore your passions

Explore your passions

Our team is made up of local experts who are all passionate about where they live; they cannot wait to share their insights and tips on the best beaches, what to do if you are travelling with kids, the best restaurants and bars, the must-see cultural events, basically how to make the most of your stay. Whether you are retracing family roots in Dingle, following in the steps of the ancients in Cyprus or embarking on a culinary voyage in Nice, we’re sure our local team can set you in the right direction.

 

Authentic local experiences

Authentic local experiences

Wherever you stay you can expect crisp linen, fluffy cotton towels, a personal welcome and an artisan welcome basket to give you your first taste of the local delicacies. We don’t just hand you the key, when you arrive in your YNA home from home your local manager will show you around, answer your questions and provide all kinds of information to get you started on your voyage of discovery. Do you want to hike to the top of the Conor Pass? Head off on a culinary adventure on the Riviera? Sample the world’s oldest named wine in Cyprus? Your passion is our passion.

Don’t just travel, experience; let your sense of adventure free…κέφι, paisean, authenticité, however you say it,  that’s what it’s all about…Stay YNA and open up your spirit!

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Let us weave our magic spell...

Do you believe in magic?

We could all do with a little bit of magic in our lives…prepare to be enchanted by secret coves, stunning sunsets, crystal clear waters, heavenly food and lands rich in mystery and legend!

To celebrate our bewitching destinations, we’ve put together a special magical offer this week! Read on or scroll down to find out how to claim your magical mystery code…

On our theme of magic and mystery we are exploring some of the myths, legends and just plain crazy stories about two very different places to the extreme west and far east of Europe.

Orm monument

Orm monument

Ireland is well-known for its myths and legends, with endless folklore telling of selkies, banshees and leprechauns. It’s no surprise to learn that the Dingle Peninsula with its wild beauty is no stranger to legends and has more than it’s fair share of ghostly and magical sightings! Apparently a rather grumpy poltergeist drove away the lighthouse keepers from Skellig Michael and a banshee struck fear into the hearts of a family on John Street in the town! (we should perhaps point out that there are rather a lot of pubs on John Street!!) Fairies are said to dwell in the remains of the monolithic sites and if you visit Mount Brandon, keep a look out in the lake for a mythical snake covered in jewels and gold. You might have a long wait though as he only appears every 7 years apparently.

Great Blasket

Great Blasket

To the west of the peninsula lie the Blasket Islands, the main island was once home to a thriving community but they all left and now the islands are abandoned. Visitors can take a boat trip across to the main island and visit the empty school house and village homes, the beach is now a great place for seeing seals. Inis Tuaisceart, one of the smaller islands is known as the sleeping giant as it has the form of a recumbant man. As the story goes, this man was taken by the fairies into their magical world. Hundred of years passed and the man was happy in his new realm, he did not realise that he could leave if he wished. Because he had lived for so many years with the fairies, he grew and grew and became like a giant! One day though he decided that he wanted to visit his own world, the fairies told him that if he set one foot on the soil, the years would catch up with him and we would die. But the man was determined so the fairies gave him a horse and said that as long as he stayed on horse back and returned the next day all would be well. At first everything was fine, the giant set off and had been so long away that he didn’t recognise his old home. But then he came across a young boy, trapped under a rock. Now the giant was a kindly soul and wanted to help, he was after all rather stronger than most of the locals. But he knew the rules and tried to stay on his horse while he lifted the rock off the boy, alas the reins slipped and the giant fell on his back into the water where he turned to stone, his eyes became valleys and his nose a sloping hill.

The sleeping giant

The sleeping giant

Many years ago a Dunquin fisherman named Cagans married a selkie who he found trapped in his nets. Selkies are magical creatures that are brown seals by day and turn into beautiful women by night. Many a fisherman is said to have fallen in love with these enchanting creatures and borne them off to live on land as their wives. The selkies were obedient and loving wives and stayed by their husbands while longing for the sea. One day Cagans got tangled up in his own nets, his wife heard his cries and lept into the water to rescue him. She managed to save him but was then unable to return to the land ever again. Her grateful and loving husband gave up his boat and instead swam out into the bay to fish every day to be with his wife!

Ceann Sibeal

Ceann Sibeal

Whilst there haven’t been many sightings of selkies of late, there are still some mysterious goings on! To the West of Dingle with small beehive-like dwellings popping up on Ceann Sibheal. Could the fairies be making a comeback? Have a group of goblins set up home? It’s actually far more legendary than that…Star Wars is back in Dingle! Parts of The Force Awakens were filmed on Skellig Michael but perhaps the poltergeist saw them off too as this time filming for the new movie will take place at the top of Ceann Sibheal to the west of Dingle Town. Of course the area itself is fenced off but it is safe to say that Star Wars fever has well and truly arrived!

Aphrodite's Rock (Petra tou Romiou)

Aphrodite’s Rock (Petra tou Romiou)

At the opposite end of Europe, in fact as far away as it could possibly be, the Mediterranean island of Cyprus has a fair few legends too- with 10,000 years of history it would be a little odd if it didn’t! It also has its own very special charm, this most Easterly bastion of Europe has been drawing travellers in for millenia and most visitors agree that when you have been once, the island of beauty and love keeps calling you back!

Of course the best-known tale is that of Aphrodite, ancient Greek Goddess of Love and Beauty, she was born from the sea foam as the waves broke on the shore! If you think this is bizarre you should read about the conception that led to this water birth! It is said that if you swim in the waters around what many call “Aphrodite’s Rock” you will be blessed with the gift of beauty. I must admit that I have tried it but cannot see any discernible difference sadly, maybe you would need to swim a few times to get the full Aphrodite effect? In any case springing out of the sea in such dramatic fashion didn’t do Aphrodite any harm, in fact a whole cult grew up around her with temples and monuments aplenty. The remains of her shrine in Kouklia near Paphos can still be seen today and if you head due West out towards the Akamas Peninsula you can also visit Aphrodite’s Baths, a small stone grotto where apparently she bathed with her lovers!

Rather confusingly, the Greek name for the rock  is “Petra tou Romiou” or Romios’ rock (literally) with no mention of the goddess at all. “Romios” or the Greek, was actually a half Greek half Arabic man named Basil (not quite as lyrical as Aphrodite but never mind), he apparently hurled the rock from the top of the Troodos Mountains to keep out the invading saracens! While he was hurling away he put his hand down and his finger prints were forever embedded in the soil, creating the Pentedaktylos or “five finger” mountain that lies in the centre of the island.

Lefkara village

Lefkara village

Cyprus has had many other rather famous visitors and associations over the years as well. The Apostles’ Paul and Barnabas came by on their journeys and in Lefkara village, they stopped off for a picnic, where St Paul put down his staff a water spring appeared and it is still there to this day! A good few centuries later Leonardo Da Vinci also visited Lefkara village and bought some of the famous local lace work which he gave as an altar-cloth for Milan cathedral. Whilst there is no evidence they actually visited, Cyprus was given as a gift by Mark Antony to his lover Cleopatra- is there a bit of a love theme emerging here?

Another famous resident from biblical times is Lazarus, he was the man Jesus was said to have raised from the dead. He decided to spend his second life in Cyprus and became bishop of the town of Larnaca, his remains are said to be buried under the church which bears his name

Cape Greco

Cape Greco

To the East of the island off the coast of party-town Ayia Napa there have been several sightings of a fearsome sea monster! At the risk of sounding sceptical, like the Dingle Banshee, I can’t help thinking that alcohol may have played some small role in this phenomenon! The monster is supposed to hide out in the sea caves at Cape Greco and is to all intents and purposes very friendly which is good news! Not quite so friendly is the legend of another sea monster- Scylla with a serpents’ body, six dog heads and 12 limbs! Being caught between Scylla and Charibdis means being forced to choose between two evils and in Homers Odyssey the hero’s ship has to pass between the sea monster and the whirlpool Charybdis. There are many versions of the location of Scylla but local legend tells that she could be found off the coast of Cyprus! Apparently too, Scylla was not always a fearsome monster but once a beautiful young girl who fell foul of a wicked sorceress Circe who put a spell on the water she was swimming in. Fortunately the sea all around Cyprus is crystal-clear so if there are any monsters lurking today, you should be able to see them coming!

Legend aside, there is plenty of modern-day magic to experience in both Dingle and Cyprus. Enjoy 17km of sandy beach along Brandon Bay in Dingle or sink your toes into the silky white sand of Fig Tree Bay in Protaras. Take a boat trip to the Blasket Islands or around the Sea Caves in Cape Greco,  watch the sun sink slowly into the sea in Dunquin or Paphos, explore nature, history and culture; whichever you choose we are sure you will be enchanted!

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Do you need a holiday?

Need a break?

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s that time of year…we got all excited about spring and then much of Europe has been blasted in Arctic air this week… the days are getting longer but the skies are still resolutely grey.

I am sure there is some official “syndrome” that describes that feeling you get at the end of a long, miserable winter. When summer is tantalisingly close but you are still forced to wrap up in layers of knitwear every morning. You want to plan days out but the weather is just not playing ball. Well, I am not sure what the syndrome is but I think I know the cure! You need a break, a chance to get away from the routine and responsibility of every day life and simply do something different. Our Bookings Coordinator Laura and I were in beautiful Dingle last week and whilst I cannot pretend that the weather was balmy, we had a couple of days of glorious sunshine and the simple fact of being in a new place and trying new things certainly put the spring back into our step!

If it worked for us, we are sure it will work for you too! So we’ve put together some fab offers to make your great escape that little bit easier on the purse strings… go on, you deserve it!

Views over Dingle Harbour from the secluded garden

Book 2 nights or more in May or June in Dingle and save up to £100!

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Limassol sea front path

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Dingle Harbour

Go on…get Dingled!

The Dingle peninsula really does have it all; beautiful beaches, rugged mountain passes, coastal pathways, archaeological sites and vibrant communities. Dingle Town is a haven for food lovers with some of the best sea food you can imagine and of course a pub for every week of the year.

If you haven’t been to the area yet, you may be surprised to learn that it is also a mecca for water-sports enthusiasts.

Horse riding Castlegregory

Horse riding Castlegregory

5 minutes drive from the town of Castlegregory, the Maharees is a unique warren of sand dunes that connects the sheltered waters of Tralee Bay to the wilder seas of Brandon Bay with their long rolling swells. This area is excellent for surfing when the wind and tide conditions are right, it is also ideal for kitesurfing and windsurfing and there are competitions throughout the year. On the other side of the dunes the Blue Flag Beach at Sandy Bay is great for families with a wide range of activities for kids such as snorkelling, sailing, kayaking, jet-skiing, a sea trampolene and pedal boats. If you prefer to be under water, the Seven Hogs islands at the end of the spit boast some excellent dive sites. PADI certifed Waterworld dive centre and Jamie Knox Surf School are both located on Dumps beach just past Sandy Bay, they offer a wide range of activities for all levels and all ages. Land-lovers are not deprived either as O’Connors riding stables is nearby and you can enjoy trekking on the sands.

Up close and personal with Fungie

Up close and personal with Fungie

Dingle is a fishing town and boat loads of delicious fish and sea food are brought into the harbour each day to supply the local restaurants and homes. But the harbour is also the starting point for a number of aquatic adventures…a great starting point for finding your sea-legs is a short boat trip out into the bay to meet Fungie the dolphin.  Fungie it seems, spends his days in the water around the habour mouth and loves nothing more than to swim alongside the boats to the delight of visitors. It is a great trip in any case, around an hour long and offering beautiful views of the harbour and surrounding area and you are pretty much guaranteed an encounter with Fungie- so much so that if you don’t see him the trip is free! We took the trip during a recent visit to Dingle and it was great to see the excitement on people’s faces when they came so close to this incredible creature- definitely recommended for first-time visitors. Tickets for these boat trips can be purchased at the harbour, there are several trips per day weather permitting.

Dingle Surf school offers a great range of surf lessons and surf camps for kids. They are based in the harbour area and provide a surf bus that transports you to Brandon Bay.

How do you steer this thing?

How do you steer this thing?

Buoyed up by my first marine experience (and possibly encouraged further by a visit to the Dingle Distillery), I decided to sign up for Sea Kayaking the following day. Whilst I love the sea, I am not what could be described as a natural sailor, but I was assured that no experience is necessary so thought, let’s give it a go! Irish Adventures run kayaking excursions along with a range of other great outdoor activities, their office can be found opposite Dingle harbour. An excursion typically lasts 3 hours and they provide you with wetsuits, life jackets and of course your kayak. Our group of 6 was made up of complete novices (like me) and other more experienced kayakers and we were accompanied by two professional guides. They give a full safety briefing and basic training before you even get into your boat and then give you some time to practice your moves in a sheltered area of the harbour before you paddle out to open water. I am not the most coordinated person in the world and initially had a few issues steering my kayak- I swear it had a limp and kept veering to the left like an out-of-control shopping trolley, but the guides gave me a few tips and my confidence quickly grew.

Open Sea- I think I have got the hang of it now!

Open Sea- I think I have got the hang of it now!

It was quite hard work (I am not the fittest!) but simply the most exhilerating experience I have ever had! I absolutely loved it and can’t wait to have another go. The group usually paddles for 20 minutes before a brief rest on the beach and then heads back out into open sea with the chance to explore the sea caves and get up close and personal with Fungie. Unfortunately on the day we went out, the winds picked up and after 1 hour of really hard paddling, our guides made the decision to end the excursion early. Nonetheless it was a fantastic experience and I was bouncing with energy for the rest of the day

 

So, whether you are a complete beginner like me or a seasoned sailor or sportsman, the waters of Dingle are calling..so go on, move out of your comfort zone and get Dingled!

 

 

 


June 2016 with YNA

Get ready for a fun-filled summer with StayYNA

It’s hard to believe that we are almost at the end of April and summer is literally just around the corner (yay!).

June is a great month to travel to any of our destinations, long light days, great weather, for the most part children are still in school and there is loads going on…

Nice stadium

Nice stadium

Unless you have been living on a desert-island these last months, you cannot have failed to notice that there are a couple of rather important sporting events taking place this summer! The Euro 2016 kicks off in France on 10th June and runs until 10th July with three games taking place in Nice. Even if you don’t have tickets for the big games there is sure to be an amazing carnival atmosphere all over the city, with a fan village and big-screen TVs so everyone can enjoy the buzz. When you’re not glued to the game there is plenty more going on too. Nice enjoys average temperatures of 25C in June so it’s a great time to enjoy the beaches, cafes and bars that are synonymous with Riviera.

Soak up the sun and the atmosphere with a Football-themed break in June this year. We’re offering a special price of just £599 for a 1 week stay in one of our select one bedroom apartments!

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Dingle Adventure Race

Dingle Adventure Race

Dingle is pretty much buzzing with energy  all year round but June is the ideal time to enjoy some of the great outdoor activities that the peninsula has to offer. The days are long and light, the weather is good (well, OK “good” is relative!), the ocean is warming up and there is so much to see and do. It’s the perfect time for enjoying sea kayaking, boat trips, hiking, surfing, windsurfing, horseriding…the list goes on!

If you are the competitive type there are also a couple of great challenges taking place in June. The Dingle Way Challenge on 5th June is a 45km staged trek taking in a mixture of beach walks, grass paths and road walking. The Ultra Dingle Way Challenge is a 57km trek which begins in the foothills of the Connor Pass and includes an extra 12 km of mountaineous route across the pensinsula before joining up the the Dingle Way Challenge route

Find out more: http://www.active.com/tralee-cokerry/walking/dingle-way-challenge-2016?int

Dingle Adventure Race

Dingle Adventure Race

The following weekend on 11th June it’s time for the Dingle Adventure Race. Now in its 4th year this exciting event organised by Noel and the Irish Adventure team in Dingle town combines running, kayaking and cycling. The DAR “Mini” is made up of 1km run, 1 km kayaking, 7km cycling, 5km beach run, 6km cycling and a 1km run to the finish line! If this 21km challenge sounds too easy for you then the DAR Sport adds in some tough mountain runs bringing the total distance up to 43km and the DAR Total covers a total of 48km, by which time you will probably be ready to collapse in a heap in the nearest pub…lucky there are so many of them around then!

Find out more: http://www.dingleadventurerace.com/

Get walking or running and book a stay of 2 nights or more over the weekends of 5th June or 11th June 2016 and save £75 on select properties

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Cyprus in June is getting hot, hot, hot! I wouldn’t recommend you try running a marathon or taking a long trek at this time of year with temperatures already well into the 30s. But it is still a great time to explore, ideal for enjoying the beaches, pools and watersports before the school holidays begin and also a good time of year for cultural activities.

Kataklysmos

Kataklysmos

Kataklysmos (Pentecost) takes place 50 days after the Orthodox Easter but in Cyprus the festival also has links to the story of Noah’s Ark and the flood in the Old Testament and ancient Greek ceremonies to honour Apollo and Aphrodite. These days it’s pretty much an excuse for a day off and festivities in the coastal towns involve a lot of splashing and water! There are swimming and boating competitions and of course this being Cyprus there is also a lot of dancing and eating- all in all a jolly good time is had by all! Whilst events take place in all coastal resorts, Larnaca is the most famous for Kataklysmos with a wide range of festivities taking placing over the long weekend.

Ancient Curium

Ancient Curium

If you prefer something a little calmer then June is also the time for the annual Shakespeare at Curium Festival. Every year a group of enthusiastic amateur thespians perform one of the Bard’s plays (in English) in the Greco-Roman amphitheatre at Kourion. It is quite an experience to be part of a live performance in the ancient theatre perched on the cliffs. A word to the wise though- do take a cushion as ancient stone is not the most comfortable of seating!

This year’s production of “All’s well that ends well” is taking place on 17th, 18th and 19th June, for more information or to book your ticket click here :http://www.shakespeareatcurium.com/

Get a good dose of early summer sun and a splash of culture thrown in this June. Book 7 nights or more in June in select Cyprus properties and save £75

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May day dilemma

May day, may day! | Stay YNA

It is a truth universally acknowledged that whenever we have a public holiday the weather is almost legally obliged to be awful! May Day or the May Bank holiday for many of us is a much anticipated long weekend, we plan days out, barbecues, schedule time on our gardens or DIY projects….and all too often end up sulking on the sofa with the heating on watching re-runs of James Bond as the rain pours down outside!

So this bank holiday avoid the thwarted DIY projects- let’s face it you didn’t actually want to paint the fence anyway, the standing miserably under your umbrella desparately trying to get the sausages to cook while the rest of the family glare hungrily at you from the warmth of the house, the enforced jollity of dragging the kids round a theme park where you get to queue for an hour and then stand shivering  in the cold while they go on the same ride for the fifth time all for the equivalent cost of the national debt of a small country…. This spring holiday, avoid the urge to shout May Day May Day at the top of your voice while stuck in traffic on the highway and actually wishing it was time to go back to work already and take a short break instead! Head off to sunnier climes or simply do something different, believe me, that garden fence will still be there when you get back and there will be plenty more opportunities for barbecues in the rain this summer!

The low cost airlines have some great flight deals right now to all our destinations, we’ve checked it out for you and there are flights to Kerry (for Dingle) from Eur0 16.99 from the UK or Euro 26.99 from Germany, flights to Paphos (Cyprus) from Euro 72.00 from the UK and Euro 67.00 from Sweden and, flights to Nice from Euro 40.00- less than the cost of that day out at the theme park!

To make it even easier to get away, we’re offering you some great deals on short breaks this May Day weekend and we’ve got some ideas for you to make the most of your time away.

Feile the fun!

Feile the fun!

In Dingle 28th April to 2nd May is time for the annual Féile na Bealtaine, possibly the most highly anticipated event in the local calendar. There is a packed schedule of events with exhibitions, concerts, readings, lectures, films, street theatre and a whole lot more. As you can imagine, this being Dingle it is also the perfect excuse for a massive party!

Check out our special Feile offers and book your first Féile na Bealtaine experience today!

 

Flaounes- traditional Easter treats

Flaounes- traditional Easter treats

In Cyprus the Orthodox Easter  falls between 29th April to 2nd May this year so this is a great opportunity to join in the festivities. The weather in Cyprus at this time of year is almost guaranteed to be sunny with temperatures reaching 30C which is probably temptation enough! Easter is the most important festival in the Orthodox calendar and is very much a time for families and feasting! If you are lucky enough to spend Easter in Cyprus, do go along to the midnight mass on Easter Saturday which is a big event, go to a small village church if you can. The solemn service is followed by bonfires and fireworks and the locals then have a midnight feast of thick soup to break their 50-day Lentern fast. The Sunday is all about food with every courtyard in the country seeing the men-folk stoking up the barbecue and spit-roasting large quantities of fragrant lamb- bit of a change from those soggy sausages!

Easter decorations

Easter decorations

One of my favourite Easter games was to spot the decorations that are found on every roundabout and in front of important buildings- giant eggs, enormous bunnies and sinister-looking chickens! See how many you can find…

 

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Fête de Mai

Fête de Mai

Nice, ahh Nice.. is any excuse really needed for a spontaneous trip to the French Riviera? Actually I don’t think so, just a couple of hours by plane and you can exchange the grey skies at home from the colours of the Côte d’Azur (excuse me while I get packed now…). But actually there is plenty going on all year round and the May holiday weekend is no exception. On 30th April head over to St Jean-Cap-Ferrat for the fête des roses, a day long celebration of flowers. On the 1st May the first Spring Festival takes place in the Jardins de Cimiez in Nice, traditional music, dancing and general spring frolicking around! The weather should be a pleasant 20-something degrees, so still comfortable for wandering around the old town and perfect for sitting in sun-filled square and enjoy a glass of rosé

Check out our available accommodation and live the Riviera lifestyle

 

 


Summer secret discount code

Secret Gardens and hidden spaces

Whether you are spending your holiday at the heart of a bustling city or in a quiet country retreat, it’s important to have some “me time”, space to relax, enjoy or simply be.

Discover some of our best gardens, terraces, balconies and hidden spaces and plan your escape today!

Riviera Style with the Best of Nice

With the famous Riviera climate, you’re going to want to spend as much time outside as possible; breakfasting on your private balcony, enjoying an aperitif while the sun goes down or topping up that tan during the day. Many of our Nice apartments have balconies and terraces, here’s a selection of some of the best…

Aura- relax in the sun

Aura- relax in the sun

Aura– this stylish apartment in the trendy Bonaparte area is guaranteed to surprise with its spacious decked terrace. Perfect for catching some Riviera rays or dining al-fresco. A great location for enjoying Nice’s nightlife and cafe culture

Book  your break in Aura today

 

Cleo- ample space for outdoor living

Cleo- ample space for outdoor living

Cleo– just a short stroll away from the Promenade, it’s all about location with lovely Cleo. The apartment has French doors which open directly out onto this fabulous sunny terrace.

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Peace and tranquility at Coco

Peace and tranquility at Coco

Coco– This über-chic pad is set in a peaceful location on one of Nice’s most exclusive roads, lavish space inside and a great wrap-around balcony with wonderful sea views

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Sea views from the comfort of your own back yard

Sea views from the comfort of your own back yard

Dolce Acqua– The elegant contemporary apartment boasts a private ground floor terrace and garden with gorgeous views down over Villefranche-sur-mer and the sea

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Masses of space in Soleil

Masses of space in Soleil

Soleil– Sunny by name and sunny by nature! This 2 bedroom apartment has a huge sun-soaked terrace with plenty of space for topping up your tan. It is also a short walk from the sea, the old town and the shopping district,

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Your very own Secret Garden

Your very own Secret Garden

Secret Garden– This ecclectic apartment is full of sunny pictures and fascinating objects collected by the owner. The spacious private garden is a haven of tranquility and the ideal spot for al-fresco dining with family and friends.

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Villa Milby with its lush garden

Villa Milby with its lush garden

Villa Milby– The garden flat of this beautiful villa boasts an absolutely stunning private garden with mature plants, shady trees and colourful wisteria. We guarantee you are going to want to spend every waking moment outside!

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Mediterranean Living with the Best of Cyprus

Cyprus boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year so it’s no wonder that the houses are built around outdoor living. Make like the locals and enjoy barbecues with family and friends, breakfast on your terrace and spend balmy nights talking and laughing under the Mediterranean skies. All of our Cyprus properties have outside space!

Sea Side living at The Beach House and Sea Shore

Sea Side living at The Beach House and Sea Shore

The Beach House & Sea Shore– These stunning Mediterranean homes are bright, spacious and airy and literally the whole ground floor opens up onto a shaded terrace with amazing sea views

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High View in its own lush grden

High View in its own lush grden

High View– This one bedroom flat has the best of both worlds; it’s own private terrace opening onto the lush garden area and a lovely pool within the quiet complex. The ideal setting for a romantic break or relaxing vacation

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Delphinium with its spacious shaded terrace

Delphinium with its spacious shaded terrace

Delphinium– This fabulous two bedroom house is the ideal setting for a family holiday or a quiet getaway. Located in a peaceful residential street just a short walk from the beach. The rear courtyard is shaded from the sun and the perfect setting for a relaxing evening under the stars.

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Discover the hidden spaces in Polytimo and Monadiko

Discover the hidden spaces in Polytimo and Monadiko

Monadiko & Polytimo– A real secret garden at the heart of this picturesque village. These stylishly renovated village houses share a rambling garden with shady trees, the scent of jasmine and frangipane and lots of hidden corners. An absolute haven of tranquility

Book your break at Monadiko or Polytimo today

 

 

Villa Savvina- private pool

Villa Savvina- private pool

Villa Savvina– This wonderful villa has a large garden with a pool to die for! Lounge by the water and take a dip or sit on the shaded terrace which is an extension of the living room. Serious style and luxury

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Red Door & Blue door with private pool and spa

Red Door & Blue door with private pool and spa

Red Door & Blue Door– These beautiful village properties can be booked separately or together for full enjoyment of the walled courtyard and private pool. A perfect spot for a family holiday or a relaxing escape, there is even a spa room with steam bath for the ultimate chill out time!

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Villa Avgoustis with large garden and pool

Villa Avgoustis with large garden and pool

Villa Avgoustis– Ideally located at the heart of the wine region, this lovingly restored stone house boasts a large walled garden and private pool. Enjoy al-fresco dining or simply relax while you lounge by the water, surrounded by orange trees and bougainvillea.

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A room with a view!

A room with a view!

The Vineyard House- this perfect family home has absolutely stunning views over the neighbouring vineyards. The house has a large garden with outdoor kitchen and a fabulous wrap-around terrace guaranteeing that you can enjoy outdoor living from dawn to dusk.

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All our Cyprus properties have outdoor space, from wide balconies to spacious gardens, view the full list 

The Wild Atlantic Way with the Best of Dingle

Fabulous views of Brandon Bay

Fabulous views of Brandon Bay

River Cottage– This really does have the ultimate garden! Close to the house you can enjoy the colour and scent of the glorious rose garden. A private gate leads directly to the white sands of Drom beach (a short 5 minute walk) PLUS  the Glennahoo and Scoraid Rivers meet within the grounds.

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Views over Dingle Harbour from the secluded garden

Views over Dingle Harbour from the secluded garden

Shearwater– A short walk from Dingle town and all its activities this unique home is nestled in lush secluded gardens that include a built in stone BBQ, alfresco dining area and a backdrop of the sea

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Stradbally Cottage garden

Stradbally Cottage garden

Stradbally Cottage– This is a stunning beach style house with commanding views of the ocean, a large garden and a south facing conservatory so you can enjoy the great outdoors even when the Irish weather lets you down!

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The Green House

The Green House

The Green House– The house has a large mature garden with lawns and flower beds. It has panoramic sea and mountain views, is 1 minute walk from the beautiful Ballyguin beach.

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The Santuary- historic house with mature gardens and gorgeous scenery

The Santuary- historic house with mature gardens and gorgeous scenery

 

The Sanctuary & Little Sanctuary– A rare find in the area, The Sanctuary is a traditional farm house that dates back 200 years! With sprawling mature gardens and a vast wrap-around conservatory that allows you to enjoy the view whatever the weather!

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Hot tub with a view to end all views!

Wild Atlantic View– Set right at the edge of the Dingle Pensinsula, Wild Atlantic View has a private garden wrapped around the house which also opens up onto the wild rocky landscape leading down to the sea. Enjoy the outdoors from your private hot tub

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