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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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.

 

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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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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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‘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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Aura 2 bedroom apartment

Aura- sophistication and style at the heart of the city | Stay YNA

Rue Bonaparte is “the” up and coming street in Nice, packed with restaurants and great bars. If you want to enjoy the very best eateries and nightlife that Nice has to offer then our new Aura is the perfect match for you. A stylish 2 bedroom apartment with a splendid terrace, providing a tranquil haven at the heart of the city. Chic and sophisticate

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Spacious terrace

d, featuring some of the owner’s own artworks, the apartment has been furnished with great style.

If you enjoy eating out, don’t miss the local speciality soca at Chez Pipo or fine dining at the celebrated Jan restaurant, all on your doorstep. This is also a great location for exploring the surrounding area; jump on the tram in Place Garibaldi and head into the town centre or up to the railway station. Buses also leave from this area heading along the coast to Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cap Ferrat. It is also only 15 minutes walk from the Promenade de Paillon and the Old Town.

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CARNAVAL of Nice

Don’t miss out on our beautiful “Carnaval de Nice”! Come to laugh and enjoy with the “Nicois” this traditional festivities and to celebrate the King of Media this year!

Programme and rates at : http://www.nicecarnaval.com/en/carnaval/programme-tarifs.php

And for a crazy night, don’t forget LOU QUEERNAVAL!!!!! Friday 19th of February

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The first Gay Carnival Parade in France, Lou Queernaval has its roots in the local tradition of Carnival festivities. It will be a free and fun event, bearing the values of sharing and living together and will start from the Place Masséna on Friday 19th February at 9:00 pm!

No need to book tickets

For any Carnaval deals and to find the perfect place to stay, don’t hesitate to contact us directly at [email protected]!

 

 

 


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Name your Price!

You’d be an April Fool to miss out on our latest offer!

Tell us what you want to pay for your April holiday! Fill in this quick form and name your dates, property name and price you want to pay. We’ll either accept or give you an offer. You can’t beat that for an April deal! Valid for arrivals between 1 and 30th April 2016. Offer valid until 5th February 2016.

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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.

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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!