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I feel my temperature rising… | Stay YNA

Summer has arrived in the Med; the skies are blue, the sun is shining and the crystal-clear sea is just waiting for you to dive right in!

Get packing...it's summer!

Get packing…it’s summer!

We’ve some some hot deals on last minute breaks in May to select, villas and apartments in Nice. So what are you waiting for? Get packing, summer is waiting for you

Check out our website for our sizzling deals

 


Belle epoque buildings in Nice

Les Musiciens – the Belle Epoque neighbourhood of Nice | Stay YNA

Right in the centre of Nice between the beach and the train station Les Musiciens is an area known for its beautiful façades.  The streets are named after musicians, some who visited Nice over the years, others who didn’t. A stroll through these streets tested my architectural, musical and historical knowledge.  Guess the date this ‘palais’ was built, name an opera by Berlioz, what was happening in France in 1879? (On a musical note The Marseillaise became the national anthem).

Jardin Alsace- Lorraine

Jardin Alsace- Lorraine

Before the annexation of Nice to France in 1860 (formerly part of the Duchy of Savoy) this area was home to cottage gardens.  Walking the streets today I find some surprisingly leafy corners in this now residential area; heavily laden lemon trees behind villa walls, flowering roses and creeping vines between apartment blocks and the ever-present palm trees. Some of the tallest of these I find towering over the public garden, Jardin Alsace-Lorraine, and its children’s play area.

Situated just below the main train station, built in 1867, and west of the main shopping street, Les Musiciens is truly central. Scattered with hotels but popular also with locals, I find a number of restaurants, bistros and cafés on my walk. Le Verdi and Le Mozart have pavement terraces remincent of Paris and live musicians who serenaded my aperitif as the sun went down.

Nice Opera House

Nice Opera House

There was an explosion of winter visitors between 1861 and 1910 with numbers ballooning from 4500 to 150,000, and this is when residences for Europe’s elite grew out of the city’s gardens. The rich and powerful from the north, revelling in this era of luxury and leisure, all competed to have the most glorious façade. My favourites are on the crossroads of rue Verdi and rue Berlioz. Stand and admire the opulant details, the ornate metal work and exuberant cornices over windows and doors. Sometimes the street level decoration is nothing compared to the delights higher up, only for those curious enough to stop and look up; like the gold mosaics above 40 rue Verdi.

Chez Moi restaurant Nice

Chez Moi restaurant Nice

On the edge of the neighbourhood there is a more international feeling. I see a kosher grocery store and halal butchers rubbing shoulders with Vietnamese and Chinese restaurants on rue Paganini.  And this reknown Italian violinist also hosts one of the two theatres in the area, Théatre de la Cité.  As I am gazing through the window to see the listings (mostly plays but also concerts) I see Chez Moi behind me. A curious looking restaurant I haven’t seen before. I’m reading the reviews on the window that describe the bespectacled, hat-wearing owner when out he steps and invites me to take a look inside.  With unplastered walls, deconstructed interior design and a menu certainly worth investigating, there is it seems always a warm welcome Chez Moi!

Article by our local resident and Nice expert Zenna Marshall

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Your holiday in safe hands

Ask the local experts

Here at YNA we think your holiday is all about the personal, that’s why wherever you stay with us you will have a local manager to meet you on arrival and share their tips on the best places to visit, where to eat, the nicest beaches and anything else you need to know to make your stay memorable for all the right reasons!

With three destinations and so many beautiful houses, cottages, villas and apartments to choose from we’ve talked to our team and asked where they like to stay and what they like to do on holiday to give you some ideas. And, if you book one of this week’s recommended properties we’ve got some special offers for you too!

Nice- Directors Simon & Amanda Walker- Travelling with young children

The Walker Family

The Walker Family

“On our last visit to Nice, we stayed in Aura as we have a 4 year old and 2 year old. Its terrace is enclosed and very safe for little ones which means we can actually chill out with a glass of wine whilst they are safely playing. Most Nice properties have balconies which with a 2 year old that loves climbing means that staying in an apartment with a safe outside terrace is heaven. Aura is also a great price as the second room has a single bed and we just added a cot. So it was a good budget option without the budget feel! It’s also right next to the chateau which has a fabulous park and play areas for the kids. We packed a picnic and spent many hours up there. There are lots of gorgeous restaurants and bars in the area and a few minutes walk into the old town. So we were able to feel like we had evenings out even though we were home by 8pm as there was little walking involved. It’s a star stay for families who little ones!”

The large secure terrace at Aura

The large secure terrace at Aura

Amanda, Simon, Fox and Flynn Walker recommend Aura a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with a spacious and secure terrace

Book 4 nights or more in Aura and we’ll take £40 off!

Use promo code WALKER to book Aura online

 

 

 

Nice- Admin Manager Grace- Combining business and pleasure

2006-03-23 13.33.16“I travel to Nice quite often for work but usually get some time to explore and enjoy myself too! I love the Old Town for its great selection of bars, restaurants and cafes. As my colleagues will tell you I am a bit of a fussy eater but Nice has so many different eating options that even I have plenty of choice. Top of my list is Acchiardo on Rue Droite, they do the best ever steak, cooked exactly as I like it. It’s very popular so we usually book in advance. For a more casual meal, the Bar du Coin does amazing pizzas, they are enormous! The Old Town is busy all year round so even if I am travelling on my own I feel quite happy wandering around in the evening. The Cours Saleya is great for a nice cold beer at the end of a hot day and then I like to go to the Le Blue Whales or Waynes Bar on Rue de la Préfecture later on. Le Blue Whales on Rue Mascoinat has a great bilingual pub quiz every week- we usually take part with our local colleagues and let me tell you, competition is fierce!

I like staying right at the heart of the Old Town within easy walk of the beach and all the restaurants and bars. I recommend Lily or La Croix for couples or single travellers and Rossetti if you are travelling with friends.”

View from Lily at the heart of the Old Town

View from Lily at the heart of the Old Town

La Croix, Old Town

La Croix, Old Town

Place Rossetti viewed from Rossetti

Place Rossetti viewed from Rossetti

Grace recommends Lily, La Croix and Rossetti for their central location right at the heart of Nice’s vibrant Old Town. Book one of these properties for 4 nights or more and we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code GRACE to book online today

 

Nice- Bookings Coordinator Laura- First time visitor

Laura at the Colline du Château

Laura at the Colline du Château

“I joined the YNA team quite recently so I am getting to know all our properties which of course means I get to visit our destinations and check them out (yay!). I had my first trip to Nice a couple of weeks back and totally loved it, it made a real difference to see our apartments “in the flesh” and I have a few favourites already. When my boyfriend and I travel we like to have plenty of space so an apartment rather than a cramped hotel room is great for us. Having literally walked ALL OVER Nice, I saw that it really is very compact, wherever you stay nothing is that far away. I really love Paradis in Carré d’Or because it has loads of space and a great location. It is in the pedestrian area right next to all the boutiques and shops and as I am a bit of a shopaholic this appealed to me. It is also super stylish and deluxe. Another apartment I really liked is Destinie, its a two-bedroom so would be a good option if we were travelling with friends, again it is really spacious and the location is great too. It is in Massena but tucked way in a quite street, really close to the shops of course but also near to the beach and old town. I am off to Dingle next week and can’t wait to discover new favourites there too!”

Super spacious Paradis

Super spacious Paradis

Destinie 2 bedroom apartment Massena

Destinie 2 bedroom apartment Massena

Laura recommends Paradis and Destinie for their central location and spacious layouts. Book 4 nights or more in Paradis or Destinie and we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code LAURA to book today

 

 

Dingle- Director Clodagh- Family Time with older children

Clodagh, Phil, Georgia & Noah with Dingle in the background

Clodagh, Phil, Georgia & Noah with Dingle in the background

“My kids are now at that pre-teen stage so need to be kept occupied on holiday. Dingle Town is a great base for families with older children because there is so much going on that everyone will find something to keep them happy. There are boat trips from the harbour, the Aquarium, the beach and some great walks close by. I recommend Dundreemin for its indoor/ outdoor space and location. It’s situated right in the middle of all the fun but on a quiet street. The contemporary kitchen/ diner is flooded with light and opens out onto a great private garden, we’ve enjoyed many a picnic there! Kids will love popping off to Murphy’s for ice cream or to the summer amusement park on the harbour or the park just round the corner. Everything is just a few minutes walk away and when the kids are finally in bed or busy with their tablets, the first floor balcony is a great place for the grown ups to enjoy a well-deserved quiet drink!”

sized diner with gardenClodagh recommends Dundreemin for a family holiday in Dingle Town. This 2 bedroom house also has a self-contained chalet in the garden- a great adventure for older kids or a haven for Mum and Dad!

Book Dundreemin for 2 nights or more and we’ll take £100 off! (excludes July & August). Use promo code CLODAGH to book Dundreemin today

 

 

Cyprus- Director Andriana- A relaxing beach holiday with friends

Andriana enjoying the summer nights in Protaras

Andriana enjoying the summer nights in Protaras

“One of the great things about Cyprus is that you don’t have to drive far for a total change of scene! When I have time off I like to head over to Protaras on the East coast for a few days chilling out with friends. We literally spend the whole day on the beach, Fig Tree Bay is one of my favourites, lots of people say it is the best beach on the island with its white sand, warm clear waters…total paradise! When we’re in Protaras we are in holiday-mode so no dashing around. In the evening we usually have a relaxing drink out on the terrace first before heading out later to Kalamies for a fish meze and then onto The Cliff Bar. The bar is perched on the cliffs overlooking Konnos Bay, it has great views in the daytime and in the evening is just a really zcn chill-out bar. The perfect end to a lazy day!

If I am with a group of friends The Beach House or Sea Shore are perfect, you can literally step out of the house onto the beach path- great for a morning or evening dip. If I want a quiet break then High View is great, really relaxing setting with the gardens but also close to the night life.”

The Beach House- great terrace right next to the sea

The Beach House- great terrace right next to the sea

Sea Shore- great for the beach and relaxing

Sea Shore- great for the beach and relaxing

High View, lovely pool and lush gardens

High View, lovely pool and lush gardens

Andriana recommends The Beach House, Sea Shore and High View in beautiful Protaras. If you book 4 nights or more we’ll take £40 off (excludes July & August). Use promo code ANDRIANA to book today

 

Cyprus- Marketing Manager Abi- Catching up with friends and enjoying the sun

Abi enjoying lunch by the sea in Limassol

Abi enjoying lunch by the sea in Limassol

“I lived in Cyprus for 16 years so when I go back either for work or a holiday, catching up with friends is a priority as well as soaking up as much sun as I can! I love Limassol because there is so much going on and the beach is never more than a few minutes away. The Old Town is one of my favourite areas, it’s totally buzzing with life and new restaurants, cafes and bars seem to pop up all the time so I usually head down there to meet friends in the evening. On my “must do” list for any visit is eating fresh seafood at the beach- I don’t know why but it always tastes so much better by the sea. I recently discovered the fried calamari with sweet chilli at La Isla beach bar and they were to die for! These days when I am in Cyprus I usually have to work so staying in one of our city-centre apartments Camellia or Narcissus makes sense. Location-wise they are handy for work, but also great for going out in the evening and just a few minutes from the beach so ideal for my favourite after-work swim.

Next time I am in Cyprus I will also be going to see our newest property, Casa Indy in Fasoula. I used to live next door and watched the renovations over the years so I can’t wait to see the finished article and celebrate with a glass of something sparkling next to the brand new infinity pool!”

Narcissus, 3 bedroom apartment Limassol

Narcissus, 3 bedroom apartment Limassol

Camellia, city centre apartment Limassol

Camellia, city centre apartment Limassol

Casa Indy, Boutique village house Fasoula

Casa Indy, Boutique village house Fasoula

Abi recommends Camellia and Narcissus for business or holidays that make the most of all Limassol has to offer and Casa Indy for a relaxing village escape in a boutique house. If you book 4 nights or more we’ll take £40 off! Use promo code ABI to book online today


Happy Easter from YNA

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter YNA

The long-awaited Easter weekend is finally here for most of us and, the YNA head office team has been stocking up on chocolate eggs, chocolate bunnies…you get the picture!

So, we’re on something of a sugar high and with that “end of term” feeling too we wanted to say a big thank you to all our guests, supporters and followers so we’ve put together an Easter offer just for you!

Book a stay of 4 nights or more in any property in any destination for any dates this season* over the long weekend and we’ll take £30 off.

Use promo code CHOCOLATEEGG to book your break online today

 

Save on your Nice stay             Save on your Dingle stay             Save on your Cyprus stay

Terms & Conditions

*The season ends 31/10/2016

Offer valid for new bookings made between 24/03/2016 and 29/03/2016

Minimum stay 4 nights

For further discounts and offers please contact our Bookings Team

 


Easter Holidays

Join us for Easter

Easter is almost upon us and if you are stuck for inspiration on how to spend the long weekend, we’ve put together some great deals on late breaks!

To give you an idea of how you could enjoy Easter in one of our destinations we have talked to our local managers about their Easter traditions and plans…

Marjorie, Nice Area Manager

Nice Area Manager Marjorie

Easter in Nice is very much about children…and chocolate! Marjorie tells us that all the shops are temptingly full of delicious chocolates at the moment.

There are many beautiful Baroque churches around Nice and many people still attend mass on Easter Sunday followed by a relaxing meal with friends and family. In recent years Easter egg hunts have become really popular, with events being organised at various locations such as the Château at the Parc Phoenix. The weather is generally good around Easter time and Marjorie tells us that last year she took her young daughter to hunt for eggs in the park and then enjoyed a picnic in the sunshine. This year she will be spending the day with family but you can be sure that chocolate will feature too!

Painted Easter eggs

If Easter in the sun with lashings of chocolate sounds like your idea of heaven, we’ve taken 15% off all stays in Nice from 25th March to 7th April!

Book your Nice Easter here

 

 

 

 

 

Clodagh, Director YNA Dingle Cottages

Clodagh, enjoy a picnic in the sun!

Clodagh and her family are going to be staying in one of our beautiful cottages for the Easter break. The weather forecast is looking pretty good so they plan to spend as much time as possible outside, messing around with boats and jumping of Ventry pier! Pier jumping is a pretty popular local activity it seems and Clodagh says that Easter signals the time for people to start jumping in the sea again. They have an Easter egg hunt planned for the kids on Beal Ban beach, where the rocks make great hiding places and then on Easter Sunday a big barbecue with lots of friends!

Spring in Dingle

If an outdoor Easter in Dingle sounds like your kind of break, we’ve take £150 off a week’s stay between 18th March and 7th April or £75 off a stay of 2 nights or more!

Book your Dingle Easter here

 

 

Andriana, Director YNA Cyprus Villas

Andriana in Lefkara Village

Easter in Cyprus is later this year, falling on 29th April – 2nd May so Cypriots are currently in the middle Lent. Easter is a huge event in Cyprus, much more so than Christmas so it’s a time for friends and families to gather together and after 40 days of fasting you can imagine that feasting plays a huge role in procedings! Holy Week is a very serious and sombre period with church services every night. People spend this time preparing for the big day as well, cooking up a storm, painting eggs and baking traditional “flaounes”. Almost everyone will go to the midnight service on Holy Saturday which is followed by huge bonfires and fireworks and people go home to eat a special soup such as avgo lemoni and crack painted eggs!

Flaounes- traditional Easter pies

Andriana says that late April and early May is one of the best times of year in Cyprus where all the blossom is out and everything is wonderfully green before the fierce heat of summer. Not surprisingly with such a great climate, Cypriots love outdoor living and most families will set up great long tables in their courtyards and gardens where they will feast on souvla and roasted meat! Like many Cypriots, Andriana will head to her village over Easter (her family come from picturesque Lefkara) for a relaxed family get together.

If you’d like to experience Easter, Cyprus-style, we’ve brought our prices right down and are offering additional discounts for stays of 7 nights or more

Book your Cyprus Easter here


Romantic breaks

Romance on the Riviera

Of course France is synonymous with romance and whilst Nice may admitedly not have the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elysées, the weather is certainly warmer than the “love capital” Paris! Just picture yourself strolling hand in hand along the famous Promenade des Anglais at sunset or gazing into your loved ones eyes as you sip champagne on your private balcony?

So other than your true love of course, what are the other essential ingredients for a romantic getaway? A beautiful location definitely, delicious local fare for dining out, or in…scrummy wine, lovely things to see and do so you can make your friends back home green with jealousy, naturally and, most important a fantastic place to stay. A sumptuous double bed dressed in crisp white cotton, luxurious toiletries and a basket of goodies when you arrive.

One of the many advantages of a break in a Nice apartment rather than a hotel is that you’re not bound to someone elses schedule. No crawling out of bed early after a night out so as not to miss the breakfast buffet, no housekeeper knocking on the door just as you’re heading into the shower! Take it easy and enjoy a lie in if you want to, take a leisurely stroll to a local bakery and buy fresh crusty bread or croissants fresh from the oven and enjoy them back at your own little nest. Spend a relaxing morning wandering around the old town and stop for coffee or ice cream in Place Rosetti or Place Garibaldi. Admire the Baroque churches and architecture or walk through the Cours Saleya and check out the local produce- maybe you will find some treats for your lunch.

Later on why not head to the port and enjoy an aperitif, watching the super yachts while the sun goes down? Treat yourselves to a delicious dinner and then why not hit the bars and clubs on trendy rue Bonaparte. Next day you could hire a car and drive up the coast to Villefranche or Antibes, Cannes or Monte Carlo and enjoy a fabulous lunch in a jet-set restaurant.

A couple of sybaritic days on the Riviera is almost guaranteed to put a sparkle in your eyes and;  talking of sparkles, we’re giving away a bottle of Royal Riviera Champagne on arrival for any stay of 3 nights or more in April 2016 in one of our Nice love nests….

Use promo code SPARKLE to get your complimentary Champagne on arrival when you book one of the following:

 

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Belle Nuage, Old Town

Belle Nuage, Old Town   

Stella, Quartier Etoile

Stella, Quartier Etoile 

Paradis, Carré d'Or

Paradis, Carré d’Or 

 

 

 

 

Anna- cosy one bedroom, Old Town

Anna- cosy one bedroom, Old Town 

Marion- 1 bedroom, Gambetta

Marion- 1 bedroom, Gambetta 

Bedroom b

Eve, Old Town 

Rêve Bleu, Carré d'Or

Rêve Bleu, Carré d’Or

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolat, Old Town

Chocolat, Old Town 

Irina, Gambetta

Irina, Gambetta 

La Croix, Old Town

La Croix, Old Town 

Aura, Bonaparte

Aura, Bonaparte

 

 

 

 

Offer valid for stays of 3 nights or more in the above select properties. Subject to availability.

Offer expires 25/03/2016


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All you have to do is complete your details and request your Mystery prize code and you could win up to £200 off your next YNA stay!

Don’t forget to tell us when you want to go and where you’d like to stay…

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Adele- Musicians

Here come the girls! | Stay YNA

As most of you will know, 8th March is International Women’s Day. In fact today is actually the 100th anniversary of the annual event, initiated to celebrate the achievements of women around the world. Whilst the origins of the event have a serious aim with a focus on increasing gender parity, today for many people it is also the chance to simply  celebrate and appreciate the special women in their lives with flowers being given to loved ones and gifts being offered.

Whether you want to show your appreciation to a special woman in your life or celebrate with female friends, let us introduce you to some of the ladies in our lives…and because we are in celebratory mood we’ll take £30 off the price of a stay of 4 nights or more. Use promo code GIRLS30

Adele- elegant two bedroom, Musicians

Adele is an elegant two bedroom apartment in a high class secure building in the Belle Epoque Musiciens district. Light and airy, air-conditioned throughout and with a comfortable shaded balcony. Sleeps four in two double rooms.

Book Adele today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/adele/

 

 

Anna- cosy one bedroom, Old Town

Anna is a stylish and cosy one bedroom nestled at the heart of the old town. Traditional features are carefully blended with contemporary comfort making this the perfect city pad for a romantic escape. Sleeps two in one double room.

Book Anna today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/anais/

 

 

Clementine- 2 bedroom apartment, Old Town

Clementine is a spacious,well-equipped two bedroom in a great location in the old town. This is a great choice for a family or group of friends, ideal for enjoying all that the old town has to offer. Sleeps five in two double rooms, with a single mezzanine bed in one room.

Book Clementine today:  https://www.yourniceapartment.com/search-nice-properties/old-town/clementine/

 

 

Eve- 1 bedroom, Old Town

Eve enjoys a great situation on the popular Rue de la Préfecture, with its restaurants, cafés and bars. Set high up on the 4th floor of an historic building, it also benefits from cool breezes and peace and quiet. Sleeps two in one double room

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

 

 

Jade- 1 bedroom, Port

Jade is a well-designed one bedroom apartment, recently refurbished and located in one of the coolest sea front areas in town. Right at the heart of the stylish bustling port area and just a short walk from the Old Town. Sleeps four in one double room with a sofa bed in the salon.

Book Jade today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/jade/

 

 

Juliette-1 bedroom, Old Town

Juliette as the name suggests is a true romantic! This bijoux love nest has a romantic balcony with views onto Rue Rossetti which has been the venue for a number of marriage proposals! Sleeps two in a double bed on the mezzanine.

Book Juliette today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/juliette/

 

 

Lily- 1 bedroom, Old Town

Lily; cute, fresh and funky this is a great value property tucked away in a quiet side street right in the Old Town. Ideal for enjoying the many restaurants and bars in the area and just five minutes stroll from the Cours Saleya and the Promenade des Anglais. Sleeps two in one double room

Book Lily today: https://www.yourniceapartment.com/search-nice-properties/old-town/lily/

 

 

Marion- 1 bedroom, Gambetta

Marion is fresh-faced and colourful with great contemporary features. Located in the fashionable Belle Epoque Gambetta district, there is a gorgeous little balcony overlooking the tranquil courtyard. Sleeps four in one double room with a sofa bed in the salon

Book Marion today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/marion/

 

 

Paloma- 1 bedroom, Old Town

Paloma is a quirky one bedroom apartment with a great mix of contemporary design and shabby chic pieces. Enjoying a great location in one of the quieter streets in the Old Town but literally round the corner from all the action. Sleeps two in one double room

Book Paloma today: https://www.yourniceapartment.com/search-nice-properties/old-town/paloma/

 

 

Stella- 1 bedroom, Quartier Etoile

Stella sparkles with a real French flair, with large traditional windows looking out onto the street in central Etoile area. A light and airy living space and a sinfully comfortable double bedroom. Sleeps two in one double room

Book Stella today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/stella/

 

 

Yasmin- 1 bedroom, Old Town

Yasmin offers all the charm of a country cottage at the heart of a bustling city! This light-filled one bedroom apartment has a fabulous location just off Place Massena so it’s literally a hop, skip and a jump to the sea, the shops and the old town! Sleeps two in one double bedroom

Book Yasmin today: https://www.stayyna.com/rentals/allrentals/yasmin/

 

For more information about our Villas and Apartments in Nice visit Stay YNA Nice.

 

 

 

 


City breaks

The perfect city break | Stay YNA

What do you look for in a city break? A destination within easy reach of home, good value for money, a choice of places to eat and drink, plenty to see within the city or further afield, shopping opportunities, a change of scene… Sound about right?

It’s all about location and you want to be close to the sites, shops, eateries and maybe the nightlife too, pick a property that is close to public transport or within easy walking distance of where you want to go and leave the car at home. March and April a great months for visiting any of our destinations so we at Stay YNA asked our local experts for their top tips on the best things to see, do and enjoy in their home towns

Must see

Belle Sommet, apéritif

Belle Sommet, up by the Chateau

Nice-Check out the views from the Chateau. The hill which divides the port from the old town is the site of the first Greek settlement of the city which they named Nikaia meaning victory. Remains from these ancient civilisations still remain and the hill top offers incredible 360′ views over the city of Nice. There are steps on either side or can you take the rather cool elevator instead!

Dingle- Find Fungie! If you are staying in Dingle town you have to go and see the most famous resident- Fungie the dolphin. The best way to catch a glimpse is to walk from the harbour towards the folly and lighthouse walking along the stony beach. You can make this a short 40-minute stroll or take a picnic and carry on for 2 hours

Aristo Teleion, Limassol Castle

Aristo Teleion, Limassol Castle

Limassol-Follow the footsteps of the Crusaders. The winding alleys of the old town snake around the medieval castle where none other than Richard the Lionheart tied the knot en-route from the Crusades. The area today is choc a bloc with cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques and is well worth a visit day or night.

Must do

Nice- Get lost in the Old Town! Vieux Nice is perhaps the most popular place for visitors and it’s easy to see why. 17th century buildings tower over narrow winding streets and it’s a real pleasure to get lost and simply wander around. The streets are bustling all year round and there a masses of cafes, restaurants and boutiques jostling for position in the narrow alleys and sun-filled squares. You will also find some stunning Baroque churches such as the Cathédrale Sainte Reparate in Place Rossetti

Sea Kayaking Dingle

Sea Kayaking Dingle

Dingle– Hit the water! Dingle is famous for its great water sports so whether you are a seasoned professional or a complete beginner, get your wet suit on and have a go! Choose from sailing, surfing or sea kayaking.

Limassol- Take a dip! Limassol has more than 15km of coastline and stunning blue flag beaches with beautiful clear water. It would pretty much be a crime not to at least take off your shoes and have a paddle. The warm Mediterranean waters make swimming a pleasure for most of the year, although we think the best time is at the end of summer when the water has been heated by months of glorious sunshine.

Must eat

SoccaNice- Socca– This Niçois speciality is essentially a sort of yummy pancake made of chick peas. You can buy this to go from street vendors in the market along with a traditional pain bagnat sandwich or why not enjoy it in a restaurant with other local delicacies such as petit farcis (stuffed vegetables). For an authentic Niçois experience, we love Lou Pilha Leva on Rue de Collet in Vieux Nice. Finish your meal with a world-famous ice cream from Finocchios in Place Rossetti- you won’t believe the favours!

Dingle- Treasures of the sea. The Atlantic coast is famous for it’s fresh sea food and Dingle Town is a foodie heaven (don’t miss the annual food festival in September). There is nothing better than eating fish or sea food straight off the boat with the smell of the ocean in the air. Out of the Blue in Dingle harbour is fabulous for a fishy feast and for pudding you have to walk down to Murphy’s Ice cream parlour, their sea salt flavour is simply heavenly!

Village salad

Village salad

Limassol- Meze Madness. My theory on meze is that there is so many delicious local dishes to try that back in the day the Cypriots couldn’t decide which to have so created this fantastic concept so they could enjoy them all! Ok, so this may not be based on historical fact but never mind…For the uninitiated a meze is comprised of literally dozens of small dishes, starting with a fresh village salad and moving on to dips, grilled halloumi, fried potatoes, veggie dishes and then loads of delicious grilled meat! In the old town we love Aristo Teleion near the castle, their potatoes are the best! If you are a sea food fan then you can opt for a fish meze instead, Ladas Fish Tavern next to the old port is fabulous but very popular so booking in advance is essential.

Must drink

Nice- Rosé. When in Nice…it has to be Rosé! There is literally nothing better than sipping a chilled glass of local wine at the end of a long hot day. The apéritif is something of a local ritual and you will notice that the cafés and bars fill up in the early evening with everyone taking time out to relax and talk about their day. It would be almost rude not to join in so we recommend you head down to the Cours Saleya order a glass or two and go with the flow.

Kennedys, DingleDingle- Dingle Gin. Ireland may be better known for the “Black stuff” and of course there is plenty of opportunity for a pint or two…but when you are in town you have to try the local gin! The distillery is open to visitors and well worth a tour but its pubs are very much part of Dingle’s charm and with more than 50 to choose from you might have your work cut out getting round them all (at least on your first visit!). To enjoy a glass of Dingle gin we recommend Kennedy’s Bar on Goat Street.

Limassol- Zivania. This is pretty much the local “fire water” and whilst we wouldn’t recommend you glug this down you have to give it a go. This clear spirit is distilled from grapes and the home-made version used to be around 70% proof! Zivania is also the go-to product for the Cypriot housewife, if can be used for anything from cleaning windows to rubbing on tired muscles! Ok so we are not making it sound very tempting but actually it is a great digestif after a heavy meze meal. Many taverns will offer a complimentary shot after dinner, sometimes flavoured with honey or masticha. Our tip here- resist the urge to down it in one and sip and savour, it’s pretty good stuff!

Must shop

Nice, Promenade des Anglais

Nice, Promenade des Anglais

Nice- Serious retail therapy. Nice is a shopper’s paradise and for shopaholics like me, it is hard to resist the urge for a touch of retail therapy whenever I’m in town! The “Etoile” area behind Place Massena is the place to start, with a visit to the eponymous Galeries Lafayette. The pedestrian zone in Carré d’Or is home to the exclusive boutiques and designer stores, definitely worth a spot of window shopping, but if your pocket can’t stretch to their prices the main   Jean Medecin avenue has all the high street brands. For gifts and local produce, there are loads of gift shops and delis in the old town.

 

Candle shop, Dingle

Candle shop, Dingle

Dingle- Craft & Gifts. Dingle town has some fantastic independent stores with a great selection of galleries selling work by local artists. There are a couple of lovely boutiques and shops selling everything from handmade candles to knitware. Many of the shops are members of the Craft Council and sell authentic local items. If you want to take a taste of Dingle back home, you will love the Little Cheese shop and Crinkles Deli

Limassol- Shopping for all. Limassol has a great range of stores and boutiques but is has to be said they are a little spread out, this doesn’t bother the locals who prefer driving to walking but it helps visitors to know where they are heading. If you are after clothes then My Mall out past the New Port is ideal, air-conditioned throughout there are all the high street brands you would expect and plenty of eateries and cafes. There’s lots for kids too with an indoor ice rink and bowling alley so well worth a visit. Makarios Avenue is home to many of the more upmarket boutiques as is the commercial complex in the new Marina project and Anexartisias in the old town is also great for general shopping. If you are after gifts and local goods then head to the old town, there are lots of shops selling olive oil products and local handicrafts. You can even buy your very own “Foukou” or traditional Cypriot barbecue to take home!

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Our country houses, villas and cottages combine stunning views and tranquil settings with a whole host of things to see and do. Book your rural break today and experience country living the Stay YNA way…

 

Cyprus wine villages

Vineyard House, Mallia, Cyprus

Vineyard House in Cyprus was designed and built by the owners in traditional style. With local stone walls and 360′ terraces offering panoramic views over the surrounding vineyards, this family home is designed for indoor and outdoor living. Enjoy breakfast on the shaded porch or watch the set over the hills with a chilled bottle of local wine, in the winter gather round the fireplace for a cosy night in with family and friends. Even on the hottest of summer days, the air up here is fresh and clean, but it’s still just a short drive down to the bustle of the coast.

 

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Vineyard House, Mallia, Cyprus

Explore the Cyprus hinterland with its picturesque villages, thrill your tastebuds and sample great local food in the village taverns and of course you have to indulge in a spot of wine tasting.  There are also some great walks with hiking trails and cycling routes aplenty. Indoors the house has three comfortable bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen, two bathrooms and a spacious sitting-dining room with open fire.

 

 

 

Villa Estelle Cagnes-sur-mer

Villa Estelle, Haut-de-Cages, Cagnes-sur-Mer

Villa Estelle is a magical 8-bedroom villa with a huge Florentine courtyard at the heart of the medieval village of Haut-de-Cagnes. This historic building furnished in traditional style will thrill lovers of architecture and gives an authentic experience of life on the Riviera. Each of the bedrooms has it’s own bathroom and there is a large salon, dining room and kitchen as well but we think you are going to spend most of your time in the glorious courtyard. Breakfast in the shade with views down over the village to the sparkling sea, enjoy an aperitif in the cool evening light and dine al-fresco under the stars.

 

Villa Estelle Cagnes-sur-mer

Villa Estelle, Haut-de-Cagnes

Lose yourself in the winding maze of streets in this historic village, known as the Montmartre of the Côte d’Azur. Artists and celebrities have flocked here for decades from Renoir to Modigliani and from Brigitte Bardot to Greta Garbo! Curling round the medieval Grimaldi Castle, the streets are full of boutiques, cafes and restaurants with views up to the Alps or down to the Mediterranean. An easy walk down the hill or shuttle bus ride brings you to the modern resort of Cagnes-sur-Mer for a spot of sun worshipping on the popular beach. Nice and Cannes are both just a short bus ride away or why not rent a car and explore the coastal towns of Antibes and St Jean Cap Ferrat or the gorgeous villages of St Paul de Vence and Grasse inland.

 

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The Green House, Brandon

The Green House is a fabulously quirky contemporary 3 bedroom eco-house located just outside the village of Brandon. Designed for open-plan modern living, the house is split-level and full of light with a unique and spacious living area which is ideal for relaxed holidays. Underfloor heating will keep you snug in the unpredictable Irish climate and the wet room is handy after days surfing or on the beach. The Green House has a great vantage point with views of the mountains and right down to the sea.

 

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The Green House, Brandon

Ballyguin beach is just a one minute walk away, Brandon Pier with its legendary pub and views of Brandon Bay is just three minutes away on foot. A fifteen minute drive will bring you to the buzzing Dingle town with its multitude of pubs, aquarium, restaurants and shops. The Dingle Pensinsula is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors, there is just so much going on! If you are the active type then you can learn to surf or windsurf in the Maharees, try sea kayacking in Dingle harbour, climb Mount Brandon or hike to the top of the Connor Pass! There are boat trips out of the harbour to spot Fungie the Dingle dolphin and his friends or you could take a boat out the the deserted Blasket islands and enjoy a day picnicking and watching seals. If you prefer to keep your feet on terra firma, Dingle town has more than 50 pubs to keep you occupied or you can learn to make soda bread or Irish stew at the local cookery school.

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