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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…

 

Check out our available accommodation and enjoy Easter in the sun

 

 

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.

Book your break in Cleo today

 

 

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

Book your break in Coco today

 

 

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

Book your break in Dolce Acqua today

 

 

 

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,

Book your break in Soleil today

 

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.

Book your break at Secret Garden today

 

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!

Book your break at Villa Milby today

 

View all our  Nice apartments with outside space

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

Book your break at The Beach House or Sea Shore today

 

 

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

Book your break at High View today

 

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.

Book your break in Delphinium today

 

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

Book your break at Villa Savvina today

 

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!

Book your break at Red Door or Blue Door today

 

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.

Book your break at Villa Avgoustis today

 

 

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.

Book your break at the Vineyard House today

 

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.

Book your break at River Cottage today

 

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

Book your break at Shearwater today

 

 

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!

Book your break at Stradbally Cottage today

 

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.

Book your break at The Green House

 

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!

Book your break in The Sanctuary or Little Sanctuary today

 

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

Book your break in Wild Atlantic View today

 

Secret Gardens, secret hideaways and…secret codes! The ever-popular secret code is back for Spring. Contact us today to discover your secret code and enjoy super savings in April

 


Roof tops of Vieux Nice

My Old Town Highlights | Stay YNA

The Old Town has an alluring pull towards its red roof tiles, shady streets and hidden secrets from a thousand years of history. Not to mention its restaurants, markets, galleries and shopping delights!  Here are some of my favourite things to do:

Cours Saleya

Cour Saleya – cafés

Start the day in typical French style with a coffee on the terrace. There are numerous cafés around this central market square, and you can watch the flower, local produce or antiques and bric-a-brac market depending on the day.

 

 

 

Independent boutiques

Shopping – small boutiques

Shopping in the Old Town is a treat. Mostly populated by small independent retailers there are some real gems scattered between the ubiquitous, but still quite intriguing, tourist shops.  Glove Me, 5 rue du Marché, is a specialist leather glove shop where I first understood the term love at first sight.  Bright colours, soft Italian leather… say no more.  Caprice, 12 rue Droite, is another favourite, this is a fantastic vintage clothing store on two carefully filled floors.

 

 

Le Petit Lascaris

Lunch

You are spoilt for choice in the Old Town but just opposite Caprice is Le Petit Lascaris, 5 rue Droite.  A charming, tiny restaurant with real homemade local produce. Al Taglio, at 42 rue Droite, is my favourite place to stop when I’m on the hop. They sell slices of pizza to takeaway, dripping in Mediterrenean flavours; buffalo mozzerella, truffle cream, grilled vegetables and bresaola (cured beef).

 

Palais Lascaris

Museums & Galleries

Step back in time in Le Palais Lascaris. This is a stunning example of a noble house dating back to 1648 which now also features a fascinating musical instrument collection. There are also numerous small galleries of working artists around rue Droite, peer through the windows or step inside for a closer inspection. I also love visiting the exhibitions of contemporary artists in Galerie des Ponchettes and Galerie de la Marine right on the seafront through the archways, and you’ll love the window display at Transparence, 2 rue Jules Gilly on the way.

Apero

Just before sunset I like to get a balcony seat at 41 Quai des Etats-Unis.  My favourite spot to watch the colours of the sky change whilst sipping a cocktail. The name of this bar can change but the view is forever.

Restaurant Acchiardo

Dinner

A place I often take visitors to is Restaurant Acchiardo, a family-run Nicois restaurant of long-standing, offering refined local cuisine. Book ahead to not be disappointed.  A place I go to indulge myself is Bistro d’Antoine, a gastronomic delight; but booking a table can sometimes take weeks! Perhaps you should stay a little longer?!

Guest article by local expert Zenna Marshall.

 

There are no hotels in the old town so if you want to experience all that Vieux Nice has to offer, plan your stay in one of our centrally located apartments at Stay YNA Nice

La Croix, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

La Croix, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Belle Nuage, Place Rossetti

Belle Nuage, Place  Rossetti

Anais, 2 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Anais, 2 bedroom, Rue de la Croix

Anna, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Préfecture

Anna, 1 bedroom, Rue de la Préfecture

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Chocolat, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Le Dôme, 2 bedroom, Rue Sainte Réparate

Le Dôme, 2 bedroom, Rue Sainte Réparate

Lily, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Lily, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolia, 2 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Magnolia, 2 bedroom, Rue Malonat

La Caravelle, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

La Caravelle, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

Paloma, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Paloma, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Pebble Loft, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

Pebble Loft, 1 bedroom, Rue Malonat

 

 

 

 

 

Rossetti, 2 bedroom, Place Rossetti

Rossetti, 2 bedroom, Place Rossetti

Sky, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

Sky, 1 bedroom, Rue Benoît Bunico

La Bohème, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

La Bohème, 1 bedroom, Rue Barillerie

Alouette, 2 bedroom, Rue Droite

Alouette, 2 bedroom, Rue Droite


Nice, Promenade des Anglais

Restaurants with a view

Nice is awash with views. There are hilltops you can walk to, bus rides which turn into breathtaking panoramas and glimpses of snowcapped peaks. All places to feast your eyes and enjoy the spectacular geography of the region. But what about the places where you can also feast more literally?

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Plage Beau Rivage- Nice

Plage Beau Rivage – 107 Quai des Etats-Unis, 06300 Nice,

Starting at sea level with the sound of the waves lapping at the pebbles and the sun glistening on the azure water, Plage Beau Rivage, just in front of the Old Town, is a lounge bar and restaurant with a fresh and varied menu. The prices are perhaps slightly higher to reflect the surroundings but not high enough to distract from the call of the deep and the allure of the horizon.

club nautique

Le Club Nautique- Nice

Le Club Nautique de Nice Restaurant – 50 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice

On the second floor of the sailing club this restaurant has a splendid seagull’s nest view across the Port, up to Mont Boron and the Colline du Chateau and is hidden away from prying eyes. It has a large terrace from which you can hear the singing of the sailing boats in the marina below and when the weather is less welcoming the interior has large windows on three sides to make the most of the surroundings.

le plongeoir

Le plongeoir -Nice

Plongeoir  – 60 Bld Franck Pilatte, 06300 Nice

Just next door but with a completely different feel is The Plongeoir or diving board. Very recently refurbished this is a building with a history.  It started its life as a fishing boat tea room in the Belle Epoque (look at the photos on their website) and is today a classy lounge bar with cocktails and a fine dining restaurant hovering above the water. A little more expensive, but well worth it for the experience.

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Le Versailles- Villefranche-sur-mer

Restaurant Le Versailles – 7 Avenue de Princesse Grace de Monaco 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer

With a rooftop terrace this is the ideal view of the bay of Villefranche. Looking across from Mont Boron the beach sweeps around to Cap Ferrat, topped by the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.  The dramatic rocks which lead towards Monaco are the back drop and day or night this is a view you will never want to leave behind.

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Le Cabanon- Cap d’Ail

Le Cabanon – Avenue des Douaniers, 06320 Cap-d’Ail

I stumbled across this little gem when out walking the coastal footpaths. It has the air of a little wooden cabin as the name suggests and is perched on the headland just before you reach Monaco. There are leafy trees on the terrace outside and a pétanque ground in front for that extra je ne sais quoi!  It offers a good selection of local specialities and is a perfect spot for sipping rosé.  There is also a children’s play area to give you time to finish the bottle.

I personally have had pretty good food and service in all of the above places but as usual when in France you may need a little patience and if all else fails just sit back and enjoy the view!

Editors Note: Our guest author this week is Zenna, a Nice local and expert on the best places to visit and enjoy in Nice.

 


Spring in Nice, Dingle or Cyprus

It’s the YNA Spring Fling!

Well we’ve made it to the end of February and the dark days of winter are almost behind us. The nights are drawing out and I don’t know about you but we’ve got a bit of a spring in our step! It’s time to get off the sofa, shed the knitwear and rediscover the outside world.

Spring is a great time to travel, Easter is just around the corner and there’s lots going on in all our destinations…

cycing Nice

Nice by bike

Carnival may have ended but Nice is really starting to bloom; the weather is warming up and the skies are blue with daily temperatures reaching a pleasant 15C and rising! Nice is a great city to explore on foot at any time of year but if like us you are still struggling to kick start body and mind post-Christmas why not get on your bike? The city has 125km of cycling lanes and the vélo bleu city bikes can be rented from 175 stations 24 hours a day. Picture yourself cycling along the Promenade des Anglais with the sun on your face and, maybe stopping for a cheeky rosé as a reward? If you prefer some company for your pedal-pushing and want to combine fresh air and exercise with a spot of sightseeing, why not try out a guided 2-wheeled tour?

Nice cycling tours

 

Picnic in Dingle

Picnic in Dingle

Whilst we can’t necessarily guarantee blazing sunshine, but it’s still a great time to discover the great outdoors on the Dingle Pensinsula.  If you’re still finding your walking mojo then a short walk round Dingle Harbour is a gentle introduction that will still blow the cobwebs away. For more experienced walkers, we love the cliff walks in Ballydavid and over at Sauce Creek. Why not take your time and stop en-route for a picnic? Most of our cottages welcome dogs too, so your furry friends can also enjoy a spot of country living. Most of the boat trips and water sports open up for the season after St Patrick’s Day but hard-core surfers and windsurfers will find plenty of like-minded souls braving the “exhilarating” Atlantic waves in early March!

Legendary Dingle Walks

Limassol sea front path

Limassol sea front path

Cyprus, it’s fair to say does rather win our “spring sunshine” award! Temperatures in coastal regions have already passed 20C and it’s not even March yet! Early spring really is the best time to explore some of the island’s many treasures before the heat of the summer when all you will want to do is lounge on a beach! History buffs will love visiting the Greco-Roman remains and mosaics at Kourion and Paphos or the UNESCO-listed painted Byzantine churches in the mountains. In fact the mountain region is gorgeous at this time of year, all fresh and green and with the almond trees in blossom! Like Nice, all the main resorts in Cyprus offer bike paths and city bike hire or you could join an organised group and tackle a more challenging route through the hills or off-road. If this all sounds a bit like hard work, then my personal recommendation for making the most of the Cyprus spring is to bag a sunny spot in a beach front cafe, sip on an iced frappé and feel ever so slightly smug that friends and family back home are probably looking out onto rain and grey skies!

Cyprus cycling info

Because the YNA team is full of the joys of spring, we wanted to spread a little happiness too! Introducing the Spring Fling Super Slotter Saver….find your favourite house, apartment or cottage in Nice, Dingle or Cyprus… check out the dates…and if you find a gap contact us and you could be a Super Slotter Spring Saver!

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Go On Indulge Yourself… You YNA Deserve it!

Peaceful Old Town, Nice apartment

Peaceful Old Town, Nice apartment

Peaceful Retreat in the atmospheric Old Town

Newly refurbished Le Dome in the heart of Nice Old Town is a haven from the hustle and bustle on the cobbled streets outside. Deliciously refurbished in a combination of antique white and refreshing jade, Le Dome combines elegant style with history. A former 17th century palace this is the floor where royalty stayed, so enjoy frescos. tall ceilings and windows letting the Riviera sunshine flood in. Throw into the mix contemporary, comfortable modern fittings, two very private bedrooms with their own bathrooms and air conditioning and you’ll find it impossible not to relax in this elegant home.

3 bedroom traditional Irish farmhouse refurbished with a twist!

3 bed Irish farmhouse refurbished with a twist!

Relax in the green surroundings of The Sanctuary!

The Sanctuary on The Dingle Peninsula  is a lovingly restored 200 year old Irish farmhouse designed to be tranquil, warm, and flooded with light. Hidden in lush greenery above the Wild Atlantic Way, this home has a lovely ambiance with south facing windows across whole length of the house overlooking the impressive gardens and into the valley of Macha na Bo.

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Celebrate The Storm

vetta

vetta

‘Why?’ I hear you cry. Because we are human and we like to gather and celebrate things. Why should 65 knot winds, flying trampolines and horizontal rain stop anyone. Well it doesn’t on the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry…. In other countries or even counties there would be code red weather warnings, supermarkets with empty shelves and emergency services on hand but here in Dingle we are cooking, walking and singing up a storm.

This weekend, the 5th-7th February there are many themed activities to bring people together with sing songs, talks on historical storms and windy tales, photography, theatre, a shipwreck walk, treasure hunts for storm chasers, a colourful welly comp and much more. The Wild Atlantic Way is beautiful all year round with untamed seas, dramatic skies and endless beaches. You too could struggle to catch your breath with such beauty and prevailing winds.

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It’s the positive spirit of the people here that shines through. It’s a quiet time of year for locals and the handful of tourists but the busy season is around the corner. It really is  ‘the calm before the seasonal storm’ when we all have the time to join in one of Dingle’s many fantastic festivals. Lets hope it brings in some swell for our surfers and great craic for all.

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village house with pool

Discover what’s behind the Red…or Blue Door!

Choose your colour and open the door to your own little slice of heaven!

These gorgeous village houses date back more than a century and retain loads of original features; exposed stone walls, wooden beams, open fires….all skilfully restored and renovated to the highest standard.

Red door Lefkara

Red Door living room with fireplace

Red Door is beautifully styled; built around the courtyard it has its own pool and private spa room! Two double bedrooms with draped linen canopies over the beds, en-suite bathrooms and French doors opening onto the pool terrace.  The cosy living room has lots of space, a wood fire and a two sofa beds which can sleep an additional four guests.

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Blue Door Lefkara

Blue Door bedroom

Blue Door is charming with a spacious split living area comprising a sun room area opening onto the courtyard and a lounge with fireplace and sofa bed. There is a well-equipped kitchen, dining table that extends to seat 8 people and a sunny balcony.

The two houses can be booked separately with guests enjoying total privacy. Larger parties can book the two properties together, ideal for groups of up to 14!

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Ten things to do in Dingle

  1. Jump off a pier. Yes really! Both Brandon and Ventry Pier are popular spots for this unique local sport. Brandon Pier in particular is busy in summer with adults and kids queuing up to jump off the high wall into the water. Obviously low tide is not a good time to try this. If you don’t fancy leaping into the slightly chilly Atlantic then Murphy’s Pub on top of the pier might be more your scene, the crab sandwiches are apparently to die for. More ideas
  2. Horse riding on the Maharees. Whether you’re an experienced rider or a total novice, there is something special about the thought of riding across the sand. Stunning views guaranteed. Saddle up
  3. Experience the (many) pubs of Dingle Town. When I first visited Dingle I couldn’t get over the pubs- quite apart from the fact that there are about 50 in town! A bar on one side of the room and on the other a counter selling hardware or fixing shoes, spontaneous music and dancing and possibly the best night out on the Atlantic coast! Food & Drink
  4. Picnic on the Blasket islands. This is a great summer day out with kids or groups of friends. Stock up on some local goodies, and take a boat out to the Great Blasket Island. You can swim with seals or take a walk through the abandoned village. Boats leave from Dingle, Ventry and Dunquin. Perfect Picnics

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    Horseriding on the beach

  5. Take a traditional cookery class. For me one of the best things about travelling is discovering new food and local delicacies. The Dingle Cookery School offer some great courses where you can learn to cook traditional Irish recipes, bake local bread or even catch and cook your own supper! Get cooking
  6. Hit the waves. Dingle is a water-sports paradise with some of the best surfing and windsurfing in the country. If you are a water sports enthusiast you can hire boards and equipment locally and if you just want to have a go there are lessons for all ages and abilities. For something a bit different why not try Sea- kayaking and explore the sea caves, it will also give you a good chance of running into Fungie. Take to the waters 
  7. Dingles’ Greatest. No visit to Dingle would be complete without at least trying to see the areas’ most famous resident, Fungie the Dingle Dolphin! This super friendly fella spends his days in the local waters and often accompanies boats back into harbour. A boat trip is the best way to get up close and personal. Set a date with the dolphin
  8. Walk up Mount Brandon. If you enjoy walking then this is a must, passing through the amazing Corrie Lakes with incredible views. It’s quite a trek though; around 4 ½- 5 hours return, the proper gear and supplies are essential! Start walking 

    The Wild Atlantic Catch & Cook

    The Wild Atlantic Catch & Cook

  9. Make a film. Well OK, you don’t actually have to make your own movie or animation but if you are a film buff this annual event is well worth a visit. The 2016 Dingle International Film Festival is taking place from 17th-20th March which conveniently enough also happens to be St Patrick’s Day weekend! Book your front row seats
  10. Geo-caching. This is quite the in thing these days, orienteering for the digital age! It’s also a great day out for all ages with plenty of fresh air and exercise. You use the GPS on your mobile devise to hide and seek containers called “caches” anywhere in the world. Dingle is cache- rich! They are hidden in some of the most beautiful spots on the peninsula. Start treasure hunting today