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What to do with kids in Nice | Stay YNA

As the winter weather takes hold, cheer yourself up with thoughts of next summer. If you are looking for a destination for a family holiday that has something for everyone, then look no further than Nice…

With over 2 miles of pebbly beach you are never short of outside space for kids in Nice. Some of the private paying beach spaces have specific areas for families including play areas, games and pools.  But once you tire of the pebbles or need to find some shade during the summer there are other options both inside and out.

La Reserve

La Reserve

Starting with the seafront, La Promenade des Anglais is perfect for strolling or rolling along.  Bikes, rollerblades, skateboards and even push scooters can be hired from Rollerstation situated on Quai des Etats-Unis. On the newly redeveloped central site of the Paillon riverbed, La Promenade de Paillon is the central park and a hotbed of free entertainment.

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In addition to the giant mirror of water with its 125 jets which provide fountain and mist shows to enthrall both young and old, there is an enormous play area home to a selection of wooden sea creatures from 3 metre turtles to a 30 metre whale and even a pirate ship. Each structure has been created for a different age group and there is something for everyone under 12; rings, ropes, nets, bars, slides, swings and more! Parks and play areas are easy to find all over Nice, for one with a magnificent view try Castle Hill, which also has a café to revive the parents. Parc Castel des Deux Rois has a little goat farm and like many has ping pong tables so take along your bats and balls.

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Train touristique

To get around the city why not take a ride on the Little Train www.trainstouristiquesdenice.com. A 50 minute journey with commentary specially for kids will give tired legs a break and provide a scenic overview of the city. It leaves from the seafront opposite Albert 1er Garden. There are boat trips available from the Port, excellent snorkelling places along by Coco beach and Nice Diving school takes children from 8 years old.

 For when being outdoors is not an option, Nice has 8 municipal swimming pools, an ice rink (Patinoire Jean Bouin), a bowling alley (Nice Bowling) and numerous museums and galleries many of which lay on workshops and activities aimed at children. Go to www.nice.fr for more details. By the airport you will also find Parc Phoenix a partly covered garden with large greenhouses containing plants and animals, from black swans to pelicans and porcupines to creepy crawlies. It is free for the under 12’s and has a play area and trampoline.

Further afield towards Antibes don’t miss Marineland, also home to Kids’ Island, Aquasplash and Adventure golf. With all this to do the only problem is fitting it all in!

For more information on where to stay in nice go to Stay YNA NIce.


Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

Nice Christmas Market 2016: 3rd December- 1st January

Save on your Christmas break in Nice when you book before 25th November!

Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

The Christmas festivities in Nice kick off at the beginning of December with the Village de Noël  in Place Masséna. The North Pole comes to the French Riviera with a market of wooden chalets selling sweets, stocking fillers, local crafts and of course hot wine! A forest of snowy pine trees and an ice rink add to the wintry effect and the Ferris wheel gives great views over the snow-capped Alps

Christmas in Nice

Christmas in Nice

Place Garibaldi gets the Christmas treatement too, with Santa in his grotto and lots of entertainment options from music and theatre to story telling for the children. In the old town you can find a petting zoo with hands-on learning for little ones.

There are events and attractions all over the Riviera and one of the best to visit is in the medieval village of Lucéram, 30 minutes drive from Nice. Hundreds of nativity scenes are hidden around the village, from life size to miniature, how many can you find?

Christmas time in Nice is generally beautiful and sunny but if you have a yearning for the white stuff the ski resorts are only a couple of hours away with day passes for the lifts and equipment hire available.

Save on your Christmas break in Nice when you book before 25th November!

 

 

 

 


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Sun, sea, sand and socca | Stay YNA

Nice is quite frankly, very nice indeed! One of the most popular coastal cities in the Mediterranean, it has been drawing in tourists for decades. Back in the day, Britain’s Queen Victoria, not a lady known for being easily pleased, adored the place and returned year after year.

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A city full of colour, bursting with flavours and sensations, rich in history and culture. Wonderfully welcoming people, delicious food and the weather is pretty good too

Old Town

Old Town

First time visitors are always surprised to find that the city is pretty compact, it’s easy to get around but boasts very distinct areas, each with their own charm. Wide open squares surrounded by cafes and restaurants are the ideal spot from which to indulge in some serious people watching.

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Place Garibaldi

Crowded cobbled alleys snaking around the old town, with hidden treasures at every corner. Don’t miss the traditional markets where you can find fresh local produce and quirky crafts and antiques

Old Town

Old Town

Outside the maze-like confines of the Old Town, Rue Bonaparte is the new go-to place in the evening. There are some fabulous restaurants and bars and the area is the home of the city’s lively gay scene.

Rue Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte

The port area also boasts some great eateries and is a good base for visitors who like a bit of peace and quiet without being too far from the action.

The Port

The Port

If youwant to live like the Niçois then stay in Carré d’Or, choose an apartment in one of the elegant Belle Epoque buildings in the wide boulevards close to the Opéra and enjoy watching the world go by apéro in hand from your wrought iron balcony, oh la la!

Belle Epoque beauty

Belle Epoque beauty

Maybe it’s time for your next visit to Nissa la Bella? Have a look at some of our new homes or talk to our bookings team for their personal suggestions


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Find your perfect home

Forget soulless tourist apartments and villas, our homes are lovingly created by their owners and provide an authentic local experience for our guests.

Dingle Sands

Dingle Sands

And because a home is designed for living, they are equipped with all the essentials for daily life. Now essentials, is a pretty broad term. Of course you are always going to find a full kitchen, washing machine, TV and Wifi as given, but some owners couldn’t live without their library of books or DVDs, open fireplace or even a hot tub.

Wood fired hot tub at the Green House

Wood fired hot tub at the Green House

Part of the charm of staying in someone’s home is that you get a real feel for their personality and taste; living in their space, walking in their shoes. But of course you don’t want to be surrounded by their clutter too so whilst you’ll find lots of carefully chosen items you won’t encounter cupboards bursting with someone else’s clothes or food

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Allegra- great base for a city break

Of course, style is subjective; one person’s ideal might be a historic house in the tranquil countryside, while another has a penchant for slick minimalist city pads at the heart of the action.

Indoor dining in historic Poytimo

Indoor dining in historic Poytimo

Fortunately we’ve covered all the angles, so whether your perfect break involves chilling by the sea, spending quality time with friends and family, hitting the shops, dancing until dawn or exploring your new area, we’re confident we’ve got the perfect home for you.

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A cosy room with a view and a half, Atlantic Lodge

Whatever you are looking for, find your perfect today when you visit our specialist local sites

Cottages & Town Houses in Dingle   Apartments & Villas in Nice   Apartments & Holiday Villas in Ibiza

Go Zen in Aura

Go Zen in Aura

 

 

 


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Dining in

There is something about food that brings us together, whether it’s the simple act of sitting around a table with friends and family or the soothing process of preparing a meal together.

Staying in a new place provides the perfect opportunity to discover new flavours and enjoy fresh culinary experiences.

Salone House

Eating out is great for that first taste of  a new cuisine but if you really want to explore the local tastes, head down to the market, stock up on seasonal goodies, go home and hit the kitchen.

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Expand your culinary horizons and combine the adventure of a new home town with all the comforts of home.  Dine al-fresco on fresh local produce or snuggle around the fire place with a nourishing hot pot.

Villa Avgoustis

Villa Avgoustis

All our homes have a fully equipped kitchen as standard, but if you want to really show off your gourmet skills, ask us for our favourites.

Cleo

Cleo

 

 

 

 

 


So long summer

10% off October stays!

Autumn break

Autumn break

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Book a stay of 3 nights or more this October and we’ll take 10% off!

It’s been a beautiful summer and there is still time to catch those last minute rays. Enjoy autumn in Dingle, soak up some late sun in Nice or bask in Cyprus’ endless good weather.

Use promo code SUNDOWN to book online today

The small print:

Minimum 3 night stay

Valid for completed stays in October 2016

Bookings received by 21/10/2016

Excludes select properties, ask our reservations team for more information

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Christmas

Cosy Christmas escapes | Stay YNA

Christmas in Dingle

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If you are looking for a picture perfect Irish Christmas then look no further than the Dingle Peninsula. Cosy cottages with open fires, well-equipped kitchens for cooking up a festive storm and beautiful countryside for walking off the excesses of the season. Oh and of course, quite a few pubs too if you need a break from all that family time! Whether you are looking for a venue for a large family gathering or want to spend a romantic Christmas à deux here are some of our favourites for your winter getaway:

Atlantic Lodge- Ballydavid– large kitchen, gas stove, spacious, easy walk to the pub

Mountain View- Brandon– fully equipped kitchen, lounge with open fire, large reception space

The Green House- Brandon– hot tub, pizza oven, open plan living space, two-way stove, great walks, pubs

Atlantic Lodge

Atlantic Lodge

Little Liss-Brandon- cute and cosy, open fire, country kitchen, lovely views, easy walk to beach and pub

Seascape – Ballydavid– open fire, wood stove, large kitchen, great views, wheelchair friendly

The Lookout- Ballyferriter- peace and quiet, two living rooms, stove, large kitchen, great walks

Wild Atlantic View- Dunquin– 4 double bedrooms, modern kitchen, feature fireplace, hot tub, great views

Stradbally Cottage- Castlegregory– sleeps up to 10- family friendly, wood stove, conservatory, beach walks

Panorama-Brandon– ideal for Christmas house party- 5 bedrooms, four poster beds, open fire, very private, great views

Noël in Nice

Alouette

Alouette

Let’s be honest, for most of us the key ingredients of a great Christmas are a generous portion of  friends and family, a sprinkling of gorgeous gifts,  lashings of delicious food and a healthy splash of good wine, throw in a bit of festive spirit and sprinkle on the sunshine and it sounds pretty perfect! Nice is a great base for a Christmas break, even if the temperatures drop there is still plenty of sunshine to enjoy from your balcony or during a walk along the promenade. And of course in terms of food and drink you are pretty spoiled for choice. The annual Christmas Village opens this year on 3rd December, lots of lovely little stalls and the vin chaud is a must. If you fancy someone else cooking your Christmas dinner this year then there are restaurants aplenty but booking is essential. If you prefer a traditional French meal à la maison then many of our apartments have great kitchens making it easy to rustle up a festive French feast:

Paradis

Paradis

Le Dome- Old Town– spacious and warm, well equipped kitchen, 2 bathrooms

Paradis- Carré d’Or- stylish, spacious, great location, modern kitchen, romantic break

Françoise- Old Town– cute as a button, sunny balcony, stylish, great kitchen, cosy feel, easy reach of restaurants

Alouette- Old Town-  family friendly, 2 bedrooms, spacious living area and lovely kitchen, heart of the old town

Villa Boron- Mont Boron– the ultimate escape for friends and family, 5 bedrooms, hot tub, indoor pool

For more information on where to stay in Nice visit Stay YNA Nice

Christmas in Cyprus

polytimo-14If you love all the traditions of Christmas but are not so keen on the traditional weather then Cyprus could be a good choice for you.  Unlike in many Mediterranean countries, Christmas is a huge deal in Cyprus with decorations in the streets, seasonal goodies in all the shops and a great festive atmosphere. Restaurants serve a variety of traditional fare from around the world. Evenings are cool so perfect for snuggling round the fireplace, but daytime temperatures are in the 20’s with bright sunshine, ideal for walking, cycling and enjoying the great outdoors, if you are a fan of winter sports there are also some great ski runs in Troodos.

Casa Indy-Fasoula a snug nest with fully equipped kitchen, woodburner, outdoor sauna, quiet village location

Villa Avgoustis- Pachna- Stone villa, covered courtyard, open fire, spacious kitchen

Polytimo & Monadiko-Lefkara- Quiet village location, spacious shared courtyard, open fire, two kitchens, ideal for a family group

 

 


Food glorious food

Food glorious food

Dingle Food Festival

Dingle Food Festival

Farmers markets, taste trails, cookery demos, wine trails, workshops and the chance to meet famous chefs! If this sounds like your thing then head over to Dingle for the annual Food Festival.

Now in it’s tenth year the festival, attracts thousands of visitors from around the world and the whole town goes into a foodie frenzy. There are farmers markets all around the town and a taste trail that takes in over 60 outlets.  If you want some insider tips there are cookery demos from top international chefs in Benners Hotel from 12:00 on Saturday and Sunday. You can also meet them for coffee at the Dingle Whiskey Distillery at 11:30 on Sunday 2nd October. Even if you are not a culinary master, there’s plenty for amateurs too including the special 10th anniversary edition Great Dingle Bake Off- there’s still time to enter as well!

The festival takes place from 30th September to 2nd October and if you fancy joining in this celebration of food we’ve still got limited availability for the weekend, with £100 off your stay!

Most events are free of charge but there will be collection buckets around the town with all money raised going to charity

To book your Dingle food experience, visit our site and use promo code YUMMY100

For more information on the events and festival programme visit http://www.dinglefood.com/index.asp


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