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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:

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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

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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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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

Limassol sea view apartment

Discover Limassol- beaches, bars and so much more

Limassol is known as the most cosmopolitan city in Cyprus and it’s residents are real party people! Maybe it’s partly this mix of cultures that has made Limassol such a great place to visit. We think it’s got the best selection of bars and restaurants on the island not to mention over 13km of beach in the city limits alone. Key events include the Limassol carnival, taking place this year 3rd-13th March and the Limassol Wine Festival at the end of August, not to mention the Limassol Marathon on 10th April, and the annual Shakespeare at Curium event 17th-19th June.

Aqua Park Resort

Aqua Blu- swim up to your door!

As well as these special events there’s loads going on all year round and plenty to keep you entertained. The old town has been undergoing a complete transformation over the last few years and every time you go down there a new bar, restaurant or cafe has popped up in the narrow streets. There is a fantastic array of eateries  in the pedestrian area around the medieval castle, whether you like seafood, Mediterranean fine dining, sushi, gastro pub grub or  traditional fare, there is masses of choice.

 

Camellia 3bedroom Limassol

Camellia- spacious city pad

The brand new Marina complex has also become a focal point for locals and visitors, who enjoy an evening stroll along the quay side, checking out the super yachts or dining on the water’s edge.  In the summer months, the city really comes into its own with trendy beach bars and restaurants opening their doors. Spend a chill out day sipping cocktails on the sand, dine in style or dance the night away with the beautiful people.

 

Villa Savvina Limassol

Villa Savvina- contemporary luxury

The city’s location also makes it a popular base for exploring the island, with Paphos, Larnaca and the mountains all within easy reach. Historically Limassol is the centre of the island’s wine industry so wine-buffs will enjoy visiting some of the many wineries in the surrounding villages. Outdoor lovers will also be thrilled by the great network of cycling and walking paths from the beach path which runs the length of the coast to the winding tracks and hiking trails further inland.

 

Village house Limassol wine region

Vineyard House- Limassol wine region

Discovering Limassol just got even easier with YNA Cyprus Villas hand-picked selection of houses and apartments. Whether you want to be close to the action or prefer a tranquil country retreat, we’ve got lots of ideas for you!

 

 

 


It's Friday!

It’s Friday! It’s party time!

Had a long week? Winter dragging on and on? Never fear, Friday’s here and the YNA team are in celebratory mood.

We all need something to look forward to and our party-themed offers are just the ticket. Carnival season is just around the corner, so it’s time to start working on those costumes and practicing those samba skills.

Nice carnival

Nice carnival

Head to the Riviera and enjoy Carnival Nice-style with two weeks of fun from 12th to 28th February 2016. Book any aparment for 4 nights or more and we’ll take £30 off. Use promo code FETE30 to book your Nice stay today

 

Limassol carnival

Limassol carnival

Fancy some winter sun? Then jet of to Limassol for their carnival festivities. Book 5 nights or more between 3rd and 13th March 2016 and we’ll take £50 off the price. Use promo code OPA50 to book your Cyprus stay today

Dingle St Patrick

St Patrick’s Day Dingle

If you’re a film buff then a trip to Ireland could be the perfect treat for you. The Dingle Film Festival is taking place between 17th and 20th March 2016 and also coincides with the biggest party in the Irish calendar- St Patricks Day! Book from 16th or 17th March for 3 or 4 days and we’ll take £100 off your bill. All the better for enjoying a few celebratory tipples in one of the towns many pubs. Use promo code FILM100 to book your Dingle break today

 


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Satire and serenades? It must be carnival time in Limassol

It might not be the biggest carnival in the world but as far as Cypriots are concerned, it’s one of the best! People travel to Limassol from all over the island and further afield to enjoy ten days of feasting, drinking, dancing and parades before the sombre Lenten period that follows.

Whilst it is thought the tradition dates back to ancient times and celebrations in honour of the god Dionysos, the Limassol carnival in its present form owes much to the influence of the Venetians.

This years’ carnival kicks off on 3rd March with “Tsiknopempti” a day where Cypriots fire up their barbecues (as if any excuse were needed!) and feast on roasted lamb and pork. The King carnival makes his entrance into the city on this first day and each year there is a different and usually satirical theme. The carnival lasts for ten days and includes a children’s parade, the “cantadori” or serenaders and culminates in the Grand Carnival Parade on Sunday 13th March. All public events are free of charge and pretty much every bar, restaurant, hotel and club will have some kind of private carnival party going on too. Costumes to hire or buy are readily available, so what are you waiting for? Ten days of revelry await in Limassol!