Apr201717

With its rich cultural experiences, exotic charms and diverse geography, it is easy to see why Morocco is such an alluring destination in Northern Africa. Travellers who choose to journey here are rewarded with varied landscapes, including snow-capped mountains with lush green valleys, superb beaches with crystal clear blue waters, exotic cities, and vast and mysterious deserts. To make the most of your trip to Morocco and all that it has to offer, it would be ideal if you could sample all of the different aspects of this country.

At the very least, you need to walk through the medinas (the walled, old part of a town or city with narrow streets, mosques, palaces and fountains), explore some souks (marketplaces) to see traditional textiles, jewellery and pottery on sale, and visit the vibrant ancient city of Marrakesh to see belly dancers and snake charmers entertain the passers-by in Djemaa el-Fna square. If you prefer to experience the art and culture of Morocco in a quieter and less touristy city than Marrakesh, visit Casablanca.

Or if stunning beaches are more for you, then go to Agadir with its golden, seemingly never-ending beaches that have been awarded blue flag status.

Where can you stay in Morocco?

There are a variety of choices for accommodation in Morocco to suit a range of budgets and tastes. It is good to be aware, however, that modern comforts typical of western-style accommodation will be missing in some budget options, so it always pays to check reviews rather than relying on a website image!

Two of the cheapest options are unclassified hotels and hostels. Unclassified hotels are usually located in medinas, meaning they have the advantage of being close to all the sights and sounds of the souks. The accommodation here, however, can be very basic, often lacking hot water and providing only primitive toilet facilities. Hostels are usually quite clean, well-run and offer basic accommodation.

Located in the newer quarters of the cities, classified hotels offer more modern comforts, such as heating, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi. Many also have swimming pools and sun loungers. It is a good idea to book ahead, either on-line or with a travel agent, to ensure the best rates.

An increasingly popular accommodation option is a riad. Riads are typically converted 18th- or 19th-century townhouses, located in a medina. They usually feature a patio garden, ensuite rooms and complimentary breakfast.

When is the best time of year to visit Morocco?

If you go in the summer months, the temperature will be extremely hot, with Marrakesh often around 40°C. At this time of year, see breezes around Agadir may make it more appealing than the sweltering inland cities. During spring and autumn, the temperature is generally a lot more comfortable, ranging from 22°C – 28°C. If you visit in winter, then the daytime temperatures will still be warm. At night-time, however, it can get very cold, so it is a good idea to make sure your accommodation provides heating.

What else is important to know?

In a country, such as Morocco, that follows Islamic laws and customs, it is important to be sensitive to local traditions, laws and religions. Women should try to dress modestly, always covering legs and shoulders— especially if they are alone. Alcohol should only be consumed in licenced restaurants or bars, and couples should avoid any public displays of affection.

It is also good to be aware that tipping is an important part of life in Morocco, with waiters, porters and filling station attendants expecting a tip after they provide their help.

Regardless of which parts of the country you choose to visit, one thing is for sure: a holiday to the remarkable country of Morocco will be an unforgettable and treasured experience.

Remember to book your airport transfer with Holiday Transfers when you go!

Goodbye to the British High Street?
Mar201723

The iconic British high-street has been long been dwindling. Since the closure of some of Britain’s

most iconic shops including Woolworths, BHS and HMV, a number of other popular high-street

brands have followed suite.

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However, despite the recession which sparked the closure of many of the first stores, the more

recent closures are oftentimes pinned down to the increase in online market places. Everything from

finding the perfect outfit for a wedding, to picking up a prescription and even booking our holidays

can now be done online – saving us from a visit to the high street.

 

Saving you the effort of taking the bus into town, or trying to find parking near the city centre – the

rise of the online high street has made a lot of people’s lives easier. But shopping isn’t the only high-

street staple that has moved online.

 

Betting shops – once on every high street – are slowly disappearing from cities centres up and down

the country. Thanks to the merger of two of the biggest high street betting shops a number of

betting shops have closed down permanently, however despite the merger many people attribute

the decline of high street bookies to the increase of online booking agents.

Whether you enjoy a game of poker, trying your luck on the fruit machines or you follow the horses

like a religion, online gambling sites offer everything a traditional high street bookies would – as well

as everything you would find in your local casino – from the comfort of your own home.

 

Long gone are the days of waiting in the rain for the bus, or making a dash through town under an

umbrella – now you can bet on your favourite football team, back your favourite horse or put money

on a game of poker, without having to leave your sofa.

 

In fact so many online booking agents are popping up, that it can be impossible to know which one

to choose. Many of the best online bookies offer incredible sign up deals, including matched bets,

free bets and free spins. But how do you work out which is best for you?

 

Not all gambling sites are the same, and not all gamblers are looking for the same games or

experiences – when it comes to sifting through all the different sites and offers, most people will find

themselves confused. Often, a comparison site of all gambling sites will help you to find the best site

for you as well as the best deals for the type of gambling you enjoy.

Once you’ve signed up, there is no reason to drag yourself into town again!

Things you never knew about Valencia
Feb201718

 

If you are looking to go on a great, interesting holiday this summer then the best advice I can give you is to avoid the packed resorts and head to Valencia instead.

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There has never been a better time to visit Valencia, with direct flights from nearly all major European cities at great prices, plus affordable hotels in Valencia makes it even more attractive. If you are looking for great information about the city, you’ll find it here at the official web of Visit Valencia.

The city is blessed with numerous hotels that fit into every budget. Hotels in Valencia range from five star luxury to backpacker hostels. A quick search online will bring up a whole host of choices and I am 100% certain you’ll find the right one, at the right price, for you.

The city has to be one of my favourite, it has a great night-life, amazing culture, shopping and of course there are the sweeping beaches. Here are some interesting things about Valencia that you might not read in the travel brochures.

The Home of Paella

I am sure that everyone reading this article knows what Paella is and have probably tasted it before. It’s the one dish that every tourist in Spain expects to find on his or her holiday. Unless you have been lucky enough to eat Paella in Valencia then you’ve never really tried the ‘real’ thing. Paella is not just a meal but also a part of daily life in Valencia.

Arts and Sciences

The city of Arts and Sciences is a key part of Valencia and performs an important role. The architecture on display is truly magnificent and almost looks like it’s from a sci-fi movie! It’s a must see if you’re in Valencia, if you are lucky enough you might be able to catch a music concert or other great event there. Another interesting fact is that it’s not just a major tourist attraction but also where a great deal of biological and marine research is carried out.

Not everyone is speaking Spanish in Valencia

If you’re like me then you will probably try and learn a few phrases before jetting of to another country on holiday. Of course, Valencia is in Spain and nearly all of the population does speak Spanish, but the official language is Valencian it’s a Catalan dialect. When you meet locals they will always tell you how proud they are of their language. If you can, try to pick up a few phrases whilst you’re there because it will be very much welcomed by the locals!

If you have been lucky enough to visit Valencia I’d love to hear your stories and experiences from this beautiful holiday destination. Just pop your thoughts down in the comment section below this post.

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