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


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


Be a YNA winner!

Are you a YNA winner?

Thanks for your support!

As a little thank you for reading our blog, subscribing to our newsletter and following our Facebook pages we’ve put together a mystery prize draw for our loyal guests and supporters!

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…

Get your mystery prize code now


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.

 


Clogher Pier and Sibeal Head

Treat yourself this Easter

It seems like an awfully long time since Christmas and summer is still tantalisingly far off…let’s face it Easter can’t come fast enough and a long weekend or more if you’re lucky is just the ticket.

Discover Dingle at any time of year

 

The Dingle Peninsula is a well-established summer destination with holidays being booked and looked forward to months in advance. But as more and more people are discovering, it’s a fantastic place to visit at any time and you’d be surprised to learn just how much there is to see and do. My own first visit to the area was in early spring and I was amazed by how lively it was; lots of film buffs attending the Dingle Film Festival (which this year takes place from the 17th-20th March), locals and tourists revving up for the St Patrick’s Day festivities, groups of students from all over the world on spring break, live music in the local pubs, the town was absolutely buzzing with activity.

Boat in Dingle Harbour

But the great thing is that while Dingle Town is an ideal base for enjoying the wide range of pubs and restaurants, socialising or learning a new skill (there are some excellent water sports on offer and a fabulous cookery school), if you are craving some peace and tranquility you don’t have to venture far afield. Whenever I ask a local how far away something is they always reply, “oh about 15 minutes” and actually it’s true, nothing is far away and once you’ve got your head around the slightly winding roads it’s a great area to drive around and explore.

Discover the stunning beaches on the Dingle Peninsula

If you are need of some R and R or simply need a change of scene then take a break this Easter and treat yourself to a stay in Dingle. If you’re travelling with kids, they’re going to love the miles of sandy beaches- perfect for letting off some steam after a winter cooped up at home. Fly a kite, kick a ball around, search for pebbles and simply enjoy being in the great outdoors. Don’t miss the 13km of sandy gorgeousness that stretches from Cloghane to Castlegregory and the Maharees, with so much beach to choose from you’re bound to find a quiet spot for a solitary stroll or a touch of quiet contemplation. If you’re the active type then most of the water sports open up after St Patrick’s Day with surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking and diving to choose from. If you prefer to stay on terra firma, what about galloping along the sands on horseback? Or there is a 9-hole golf course to the West of Castlegregory on the shores of Lough Gill (this is also a great place for bird spotting and a breeding ground for the natterjack toad!). At the other end of the peninsula there is the famous 18-hole Ceann Sibeal course at Ballyferriter, make a day of it and enjoy some of the local pubs and restaurants.

The “devilish” goat on the road to Dunquin!

Do take the time to drive some of the Slea Head Drive (part of the Wild Atlantic Way), stunning scenery is guaranteed and driving towards Ventry you can also see the Clocháns, so-called beehive shaped stone huts that date back centuries. If you are very fortunate you might (as we did) also encounter something of a local celebrity on the road to Dunquin (no, its not Fungie the dolphin!) a rather crafty goat who spends his days in stopping cars driving down the narrow lane. Let me tell you, this fellow can amuse himself for hours playing “chicken” on the single-track road! If you do meet him, my suggestion is relax and enjoy the show, its a great photo for your holiday album (you might not want to get too close though, he’s a feisty one!) Keen walkers will find themselves in heaven with some fabulous trails to suit all levels of ability, you could also hire a bike (from Foxy John’s pub in Dingle) and explore the coastal road on two wheels.

Great Blasket View

 

But once you have walked, biked, driven, ridden, surfed, spotted dolphins and danced the night away in a local pub, you can also just curl up by the fire, admire the stunning views and chill out with a good book. We can even get our professional chef to deliver a delicious hot pot or curry so no cooking either. Go on, you deserve it!

Book  a 7 relaxing nights or more over the Easter break and we’ll take £150 off the price!
Use promo code EASTER150 to book your stay in one of our beautiful Dingle cottages.
Offer valid for stays of 7 nights or more taken between 16th March & 5th April 2016
Sonas, Dingle Town

Sonas, Dingle Town

The Lookout

The Lookout- room with a view

The Green House, Brandon

The Green House, Brandon

 

 

 

 

Great Blasket View

Great Blasket View

Park Lane

Park Lane

Caragh in Castlegregory

Caragh in Castlegregory


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/

 

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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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