The Cotswolds is a really popular place for visitors to the UK to visit as well as with people travelling within the UK. The quaint cottages, tea rooms, antique shops and pretty surrounding countryside make for a very picturesque visit. However, there are many choices of places to visit in the Cotswolds. Below are our top five:
This is a quaint village with a river running through it. The pretty cottages line narrow streets with grass verges and the river running through. It is very pretty and there are also attractions too. There is Birdland, the Motor Museum and the Model Village, which are all fun to visit. There are also some lovely shops, tea rooms and cafes, so you can take your pick as to whether you have fish and chips, a cream tea or anything else typically British to eat.
This is on the edge of the Cotswolds but is so popular with visitors as it is Shakespeare’s birthplace. You can visit his home, go to the theatre and see a Shakespeare play, take an open top bus tour of the area and enjoy the shops and cafes. Many have a nod to Shakespeare including selling mementos. Continue Reading
There are many attractions in the UK and what you enjoy will depend on what sorts of things you are interested in. Therefore the different types of attractions will be explained so that you can choose what you will like to do.
With a large coastline, there are many beaches to explore in the UK. The south coast is very much warmer and therefore more popular but there are many different types of beaches to discover, depending on what you like. There are sand and pebble beaches, large tourist resorts and small secluded areas and you can choose from as well as different locations all over the UK.
If you like countryside then there is plenty across all of the UK. There are hills, meadows, forests, lakes, rivers, canals and therefore lots of different wildlife, views and footpaths to walk. There are also national parks and many conservation areas that you can look at. Most countryside is free to explore as well, but there are some areas where you will need to pay an entrance fee in order to visit.
Quaint villages are something that many people really want to see when they are visiting the UK. It is important to note that villages will be very different depending on what type of the UK you are visiting. The material the houses are made from, the way they are laid out and even whether the streets are cobbled or not will very much depend on where you visit. It is therefore worth knowing what you are hoping and expecting to see before you visit, so that you can make sure that you visit the places that you really want to see. Continue Reading
Sharm El Sheikh is located on the Sinai Peninsula and is split into three main areas; Na’ama bay, Ras Um Sid Cliff and Sharm El Maya. Na’ama Bay is the hub of evening entertainment with many shops, bars and restaurants to choose from incorporating eastern influences with international flavours. Relax on one of the many private sections of white sandy beach provided by the beachfront hotels whilst watching the world go by. The area of Ras Um Sid Cliff joins Na’ama bay with Sharm El Maya and is in a picturesque, cliff top position so many hotel rooms will have fabulous views out over the crystal clear waters of Sharm El Sheikh whilst the pretty palm fringed resort Sharm El Maya oozes sophistication and class.
What to do in Sharm El Sheikh
Sharm El Sheikh offers holidaymakers of all ages a variety of entertainment throughout the day and evening including desert safaris, discos, nightclubs, casinos, golf courses, shopping and of course an abundance of water sports. World renowned for its breathtaking coral reefs and vibrant marine life Sharm El Sheikh entices divers from beginners to experienced to sample the underwater adventures that await them and catch a glimpse of the rare species of tropical fish that pass you by. Don’t fancy diving into the deep blue sea, then take time out to snorkel amongst the tropical waters just off the shore and capture the beauty of the world below. Don’t forget your waterproof camera, there are amazing pictures to take home. Continue Reading
Egypt boasts many resorts along the Red Sea; Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, Makadi Bay, Taba, Nuweiba and El Gouna. Each offering amazing sandy beaches and clear blue waters against a backdrop of rich red mountains.
The Red Sea is known as one of the world’s top diving and snorkelling sites. There most popular resorts that marine lovers travel to are Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh where from here you can swim the crystal clear and warm sea to one of the many nearby wrecks – explore the underwater world and make friends with locals of the sea. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea has it all from easily reached vibrant coral reefs with shallow waters to sheep drops and unexplored areas. With over 800 species of fish there is something to excite everyone on the Red Sea.
Whether you’re a water baby or a sun worshiper the Red Sea has it all with its glorious white sandy beaches sprinkled with sun beds and umbrellas lined with lush palm trees that seem to go on for miles. A popular way to spend the day is soaking up the rays of one of the many spectacular beaches or rummaging around the bustling bazaars for the ultimate bargain, pick up an authentic gift to remember your stay by the Red Sea. A true paradise that many have discovered and cant get enough of, the Red Sea awaits you.
Nuweiba which is still unspoilt by tourism is the ultimate hideaway to kick back and enjoy a slow paced lifestyle. During the day relax on the gorgeous stretch of sandy beach along the Sinai Peninsula backed by the Sinai mountains or scuba dive in the offshore reefs and see the wonders of Nuweiba’s marine life, you will be sure to spot turtles, seahorses, clownfish and many colourful corals – perfect for divers of all abilities.
The neighbouring destinations of Jordan and Israel are within easy reach for an unbeatable day out as are the sights of the golden desert. Barter with the friendly Bedouin traders of Tarabin for a range of gifts on sale and take up the duty free prices. For an impressive sight to see travel to the base if Mount Sinai to view St Catherine’s Monastery, a fabulous holy site that attracts all kinds of people or spend the day trekking and exploring Nuweiba.
Nuweiba offers a range of accommodations from popular top hotels to Bedouin camps for that real taste of Egypt and is split into 3 areas; The Town, The Dunes and Nuweiba Port so there’s plenty to see and do. Perfect for relaxing Nuweiba boasts many restaurants and bars or for a romantic break visit the Dunes where you can find pretty little beach bungalows with thatched roofs to escape to. For a more lively atmosphere travel to the home of the Tarabin Tribe of the Bedouin in the north of Nuweiba.
Hurghada, with its gently shelving beaches and crystal-clear waters, is ideal for a beach based holiday. Endless sunny days spent relaxing at the edge of the pool or on the beach, or for the more energetic there is an abundance of watersports to choose from. There is a vast range of smart hotels to choose from in Hurghada, many with their own private beach.
Hurghada, once a sleepy fishing village is now one of the largest of the Egyptian Red Sea Riviera resorts and continues to expand every year but it has still managed to retain its Egyptian atmosphere and character. There is a great selection of restaurants around, whether you fancy something local or something of a more international flavour. Visit downtown Hurghada for a spot of souvenir shopping or why not try a bit of haggling in the bazaar area and pick up a bargain – leather and gold are good value.
If you are into diving the marine life in Hurghada, with its delicate corals and abundance of tropical fish, is amazing. Whether you are complete beginner or an experienced diver the Red Sea is second to none for scuba diving. For the beginner there are many shallow reefs with an abundance of marine life and for the more experienced diver there are numerous wrecks to explore as well as dramatic walls and drop offs. The Giftun Islands, one of the protected areas in the Red Sea is one of the main dive sites for day boats going out from Hurghada.
El Gouna, nestled at the edge of the desert with a dramatic mountain backdrop is a stylish new resort on the Red Sea Riviera offering a relaxing setting with beautiful sandy beaches and sparkling waters. A sun worshippers paradise also offers an excellent selection of bars and restaurants serving international or traditional cuisine, health and beauty spas and even a golf course. The snorkelling and diving in this area is superb and there is variety of watersports facilities to choose from.
El Gouna is a modern resort built along the beachfront in an Arabesque style and has been developed with the tourist in mind. The elegant Abu Tig Marina offers a selection of eateries from traditional Egyptian food such as kofta and shwarma kebabs, tahini dips, humous and fried chickpea falafel. Or you can sample more international cuisine if this is more to your taste.
There is a wide variety of accommodation in El Gouna to suit every budget and requirement, from small guesthouses to luxurious beachfront hotels. Downtown El Gouna, or Kafr El Gouna has got plenty going on both day and night, you will find shopping arcades, bazaars, restaurants and bars.
The UK is surrounded by coastline and therefore many people choose to go to a beach when they visit. There are many different coastal areas and it is worth considering what you want, before you choose. In some areas there are coastal paths with small quiet beaches perfect for peace and tranquillity. Other areas have busy, popular beaches full of family entertainment and tourist shops. In between there are some beaches in smaller towns, which attract some visitors but are quieter. It is worth considering what you want from a beach before you pick the one that you visit.
Although beaches are cleaner these days, there are some beaches which may not be that nice. Seas can also be dirty and so many people avoid paddling or swimming, but this can very much depend on the actual beach that you choose. You may wish to avoid the sea or just make sure that you wear shoes on the beaches. It all depends on how clean that particular area is and how you feel about it.
The UK weather means that you have to be prepared for everything. Even on hot days, the beaches are windy and therefore cooler than the rest of the country. The sea breezes mean that you can burn in the sun easily without noticing so it is essential that you use sun block carefully. You will also need to be prepared for it to rain, as it often does in the UK, even during the summer months.
In the UK most people only speak English and expect everyone else to do so as well. This means that if you are travelling from abroad then you will need to make sure that you can communicate in English if you need to. Even if you are in popular tourist areas you will still find this to be the case.
You will find it difficult to find healthy food in many restaurants and cafes in the UK, but the coast seems to be worse. You may be able to get locally caught fish in some areas, but often the food is just fish and chips, cream teas or other fat and sugar laden food. If you want healthy food then you will have to either self-cater or do a lot of research to find a suitable place to eat.
The top tourist beaches will have deckchairs available to hire, but smaller beaches will not. Therefore you may need to bring your own chair to sit on or towel to lie on while on the beach. It can get quite cold so you may also want a windbreak and as there is no shade you may want an umbrella or perhaps a tent for children to sit in.
Egypt, a fascinating blend of ancient and modern, is a destination that can boast a fantastic variety of cultural, beach, dive and cruise holidays. It is only a 5 to 6 hour flight from the UK with over 10 million visitors in 2010. Egypt is outside the EU therefore not subject to Duty Free abolition.
There is so much to see and do in Egypt. Sample the Egyptian food, a blend of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences, enjoy bartering to your hearts content in one of the bazaars for stone carvings, leatherwork and spices, or enjoy some of the entertainment in one of the hotels. Go diving and snorkelling, experience a Nile cruise or venture into the Sinai desert, or visit one of the many famous monuments and archaeological attractions. Wherever and whatever you choose gives you real value for money in Egypt. Continue Reading
If you are visiting the UK, whether for the first time or not, then you will want to make sure that you get a lot out of your visit. Although the UK is reasonably small compared to many other countries, it can take quite a long time to get from place to place and so if you want to visit places that are spread out you will need to be prepared to travel for some time. Public transport is variable and so it is worth researching this before you visit to find out whether there are bus or train services between the places that you wish to visit. Think about whether you really need to visit London, York, Glasgow, Cardiff and St Ives as if you do, then you are going to have to need a lot of travelling time.
It is worth planning in advance with regards to any specific places that you want to see. Find out about when they are open as some outdoor places only open in the summer months and some only on certain days of the week. Also look at the prices as the UK can be quite expensive compared to many other countries and so it is worth checking up on the entry fees too. If you eat out at an attraction then food prices will be inflated as well.
If you really want to embrace the culture and meet local people then staying in a bed and breakfast or b&b can be worthwhile. These are people’s homes where they have rooms available for guests to stay in and they will provide breakfast. The owners are usually friendly and chatty and will help you to know where to visit locally as well answer any questions you have about the country. Continue Reading