Jun 1, 2017

Posted by | 0 Comments

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

Off the beaten track: Croatia’s best beaches

Think of Croatia’s beaches and the first that usually comes to mind is Brač’s Zlatni Rat, with its distinctive V shape that makes it the country’s poster boy for beach holidays. But along Croatia’s 1,800km-long Adriatic coast and its 1,244 islands, reefs and islets, there are plenty of other beautiful beaches away from the well-trodden path where you can dive into some of the clearest waters you’ll see in the world. Mary Novakovich uncovers some of Croatia’s best undiscovered beaches. Debeljak Beach, Kamenjak, Istria Pula, Istria’s largest city, gets more than its fair share of visitors to its Roman amphitheatre and other ancient sites, and this is set to increase this year as new flights to the city are added from the UK. But drive just 15km south to the Kamenjak peninsula and you’ll find the quiet, sheltered cove of Debeljak beach. Like the majority of beaches in Croatia, it’s pebbly and has some gravelly parts, so bring some swimming shoes to make things easier on your feet. However, once you get into the sparkling blue water, you’ll find a sandy bottom. There’s also a little beachside bar if you want some hot food and cold drinks. Valun, Cres Cres is tied with its Kvarner Gulf neighbour Krk as the largest island in Croatia, yet much of it is undeveloped. Head west to the small village of Valun and follow the path to an intimate little swimming cove, where pine-clad hills curve around the pebbly beach. The village may be tiny but there’s no shortage of excellent fish restaurants near the beach. Feast on a plate of freshly caught prawns on a waterside table at MaMaLu, where fish and seafood arrive daily from a local fisherman. Livačina Beach, Rab While pebbly beaches abound in Croatia, the small Kvarner Gulf island of Rab has been blessed with 22 sandy beaches within a 90sq km area. Head up to the Lopar peninsula and chill out on the sands of Livačina Beach, which is near its more famous neighbour, Paradise Beach. Backed by pine forests, the beach has plenty of facilities, including restaurants and water sports centres. A visit to the island isn’t complete without a stroll around exquisite Rab Town and its medieval marble streets. Kraljičina Beach, Nin This is a beach fit for a queen – aptly enough,...

Read More
May 25, 2017

Posted by | 15 Comments

Avoid Paying Excess Luggage Charges

*For an up-to-date version of this article, click here. With airlines getting stricter on the limits they allow for hand and hold luggage it is vital that when packing your baggage, you ensure you are within the rules set out by the airlines you are travelling with. When travelling with infants you should be aware of how little you can take in terms of free baggage so ensure you check that too when flying with those under 2. Always check your documentation for your up to date allowances and ensure that you have checked your bags before going to the airport. You can buy airline friendly hand luggage from companies such as Flylite who have products that will maximise your allowance. Our quick guide below will give you a snap shot of the best and the worst UK carriers in terms of hold luggage allowances. You can often save money by travelling with hand luggage only. Read our tips on travelling with hand luggage only and details of hand luggage allowances. For all other airlines check with you’re your operator, travel agent or airline for their own information as allowances can vary. Airline Standard Economy Bag Cost of 1 bag Maximum number of bags Pooling of hold bag British Airways 23kg FREE Varies by route. Maximum is 5 bags – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags No Virgin Atlantic 23kg FREE Varies by route. Maximum is 10 bags – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags No BMI International 20kg FREE Varies by route – Maimum is 5 bags – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags and additional weight No Jet 2 22kg from £10.99 to £18.99 one way  – varies by route Up to 3 per passenger – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags and additional weight No Thomson (flight only) 20kg from £10 to £20 one way – varies by route 5 per passenger – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags Yes flybe 20kg £12.99 one way. flybe also offer 15kg/23kg/40kg pre-bookable options at £10.99/£30.99/£42.99 respectively Up to 3 per passenger – different charges apply for 2nd and extra bags No Monarch (ZB flights) 20kg £9.99 to £16.99 one way varies by route Up to 5 per passenger – different charges apply for 2nd and extra...

Read More
May 25, 2017

Posted by | 1 Comment

How to do Santorini on a budget

How to do Santorini on a budget

There are some places on Earth that a picture simply can’t do justice to, and Santorini is one of them. No matter how beautiful the photo, nothing compares to actually being there for an uninterrupted view over the caldera to the volcanic peak that breaks the inky Aegean waters. And while holidays to Santorini can cost a little more than Greek island stalwarts such as Corfu, Zante and Crete, the breathtaking views alone make it worth it. Add...

May 25, 2017

Posted by | 0 Comments

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital...

Tbilisi opens up: Adventure beckons in Georgia’s capital

Welcome to Georgia! Have a triple vodka. Polite Brits; punctual Germans; orderly Japanese… national stereotypes are usually a bit ropey, but from the evidence of my first day, it seems the local version – hospitable Georgians – has plenty of substance. I’m wandering down an alley of elegantly-restored wooden balcony houses in the capital, Tbilisi, when I poke my nose through the doorway of one of these typical old dwellings that appears to be halfway through renovation. No sooner have...

May 24, 2017

Posted by | 0 Comments

Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches...

Beautiful Bali: 10 of the island’s best “secret” beaches

Thanks to its idyllic setting, rich culture and ancient traditions, Bali has quickly become a long-haul favorite for Brits seeking something a little more exotic from their holidays. The island is famed for its beautiful beaches, most of which are set in stunning locations. While the popular beachside areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran and Canggu are well-trodden, you only have to go a little further to escape to a world very different from the typical tourist beat. Here,...

May 22, 2017

Posted by | 0 Comments

Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…...

Holiday nostalgia hit: Benidorm, Tenerife and more in the 60s and 70s…

Ah, nostalgia… isn’t it a wonderful feeling?! It makes you feel warm, fuzzy and happy, so it’s not surprising that TV ads these days are crammed with characters from the past and Craig David is playing V Festival this year… Unsurprisingly, holidays are a massive source of nostalgia too. Casting your mind back to a sunny beach, cold cocktail in hand, not a care in the world… who can blame you, really? If nostalgia were a place we could...

May 22, 2017

Posted by | 0 Comments

Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break...

Two days in Alicante: What to do on a short break

If you’ve ever thought Alicante was just an airport stop-off, then think again, writes Eddi Fiegel. Every year thousands of British tourists pass through Alicante on their way to holidays on the Costa Blanca, but only a few ever stop to discover the city itself. It’s a mystery why, but it’s definitely our loss, as Alicante can easily hold its own with the best of Spain when it comes to superb tapas and rice dishes, top-notch fine dining,...

May 20, 2017

Posted by | 2 Comments

12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without...

12 clichéd holiday snaps we could all do without

Social media has made would-be photographers out of all of us. It’s almost like if we don’t upload our holiday snaps on Facebook the second they’re taken, we’ve never even been away. We’re all a bit vindictive too; we want others to see the fun we’re having. We thrive off the thought of their green-eyed jealousy as they sit at their desks while we sun ourselves shamelessly, selfie stick in one hand, cocktail in the other. The only problem...

May 19, 2017

Posted by | 335 Comments

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Is it safe to go to Turkey?

Turkey has fallen victim to a number of high-profile terror attacks and political events in the last couple of years, including a failed coup on July 15-16, 2016. The situation is now calmer, but there is currently still a state of emergency in place. The FCO has advised that security operations are ongoing throughout the country, and that the threat from terrorism remains high – although bear in mind that the threat level for the UK itself is currently at...

May 15, 2017

Posted by | 20 Comments

13 most crystal clear waters on earth...

13 most crystal clear waters on earth

Some are lakes, some are oceans, and all are natural. We wouldn’t go so far as to claim this is a list of places to visit before you die, but we would heartily recommend you make a trip to a few while you’re still alive! Come dive into some of the world’s most inviting crystal clear waters. Australian outback The waters in this Australian red rock cave are perfectly clear. The only distortion is caused by ripples from the...