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5 Places to Visit in Tenerife

So I’m in full travel planning mode right now, and if you’ve been following lately you’ll have read my posts about holiday destinations and bikini shopping. I’ve been thinking about European city breaks and long haul flights to tropical destinations, but I think I’ve been missing a middle ground – a great beach holiday that doesn’t take 10 hours to get to.
That got me thinking about Tenerife – beautiful volcanic island that makes up one of seven Spanish Canary Islands off the coast of both Morocco and Western Sahara. Being so close to the equator naturally the weather is great all year round and I  last visited the island around 10 years ago with my family and had a great time. I’m not sure why but I haven’t thought about going back until today. On my last visit we spent most of the time by the pool in our hotel, and while we did trek up a volcano one day I’m convinced that the island has a lot more to offer. So I set about doing some research and wanted to share my findings – so let’s look at 5 things that the island of Tenerife has to offer!

1. Teide National Park

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The island is made up of three volcanos that moulded together after years of volcanic activity. The views at the national park are amazing and you can clearly see the larva rock formations. Mount Teide is the largest on Spanish soil and the worlds third largest volcanic structure! There’s a Cableway that goes to the mountains highest point and you’re set for a spectacular view at the top, so hop on and enjoy the ride – and the view!

2.Basilica of Candelaria

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If you head on over to the small town of Candelaria you’ll find a small basilica with a lot of history. Beautiful on the inside and out, this Roman Catholic building is actually the original home of the Royal Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Candelaria – better known as the black Madonna. Be sure to take a look around then catch the statues in the square and the beautiful neighbouring bell tower. Your Instagram will thank you later!

3. Siam Park

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Siam Park is a water park with a Siamese theme and a ton of fun waiting to be had! Situated in Costa Adeja, it’s been named by TripAdvisor as the best water park in the world. Blimey! The rides, park buildings and cafes all have the same beautiful theme and the park is also situated on a hill which makes for some great views before sliding down into the splash pools below. One of the best rides to try is The Tower of Power – it’s a 28m near vertical drop, and if you dare take it on you’ll be whizzing down at 80km/h. See ya!

4. Barranco Del Infierno

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Just a 15 minute drive inland from the water park is a slightly more hidden treat, the Barranco Del Infierno –  a ravine situated in the small town of Adeje. You’ll need to take the hikers trail to get to it, meaning more beautiful views on the journey up there, and when you do arrive you’ll have Tenerife’s highest waterfall waiting for you. There’s actually a limit to how many people can go up there each day as the area is also really important archaeologist site with drawings that are thousands of years old. You won’t want to miss it.

5. Pyramids of Güímar

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On the east side of the island in the district of Chacona you can find the famous Pyramids of Güímar – a site which offers 6 Canarian pyramids which date back to 19 Century CE. It’s thought that there were originally 9 but only six have survived to the modern day and what’s left looks absolutely stunning . Tenerife is the other side of North Africa to Egypt, but there are several historical theories about the Egyptians having a hand in their creation. Definitely worth taking a look, and decide for yourself!
Have you had any great Tenerife holidays or are you planning to go this summer? Let me know over on Twitter.
Happy Travelling!
*In collaboration with the lovely people at James Villa Holidays

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5 places I really want to visit in 2018!

At the start of a new year I like to reflect on the previous one, looking at the places that I’ve travelled and where I would like to go next. In 2018 there are lots of places on my list but for this post I’ve narrowed it down to just 5.

Riga, Latvia

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I’ve already been here before but this year there’s lots of reasons to go back. Aside from visiting family I haven’t seen for a while, this is a special and important year for Latvia and its capital. 2018 marks 100 years of independence which coincides with their traditional music and arts festival that’s held every 4 years. So there’s guaranteed to be a good feeling around the city this summer and plenty of celebrating to be done.

Dublin, Ireland

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Regular readers will know I’m rather fond of Suffolk’s own Ed Sheeran, and for Christmas my husband bought me tickets to see pop’s favourite redhead at Phoenix Park in May. We’re travelling up with some friends to make a week of it and explore the city, the zoo and of course the Guinness factory. I’ve seen Ed play before and it was incredible to hear him play, so I’m very much looking forward to this week in May!

Lisbon, Portugal

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Lisbon is a really up and coming city which has changed a lot in the past few years, attracting more young travellers due to its modernisation and newfound nightlife. The castle looks incredible, and the city on the whole appears to be a perfect mix of old and new. I recently read that it was the most sunlight in Europe, which as a permanent chaser of the sun means I simply have to go!

Madrid, Spain

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Last year I visited Barcelona, and but was considering Spain’s capital too, so it’s time to see another side of the country that I have such fond memories of. My friend who lives in Barcelona told me that Madrid is a wonderful vibrant city full of friendly people and isn’t too hard on your wallet. The city hosts an incredible cathedral, palace and the world famous Bernabeu stadium, home to Real Madrid which looks well worth a visit whether you’re into football or not.

Bali, Indonesia

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While the other destinations I’ve written about here are city breaks, Bali sits very much within holiday category. A long haul flight away with a stop in Asia, Bali is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. With beautiful beaches, coral reefs, mountains and an active volcano which actually erupted last year – Bali is perfect for both explorers and those who want to relax and get away from it all. I can’t wait to do both!
What’s on your list of places to visit this year? Hop on Twitter and let me know.
Happy travelling!

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Road Trip Inspiration

The clocks go back this weekend which means it’s officially time to put on your thicker coat, winter boots and get used it being dark when you go to work and when you get home. But the end of spring and summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun! While there’s less sun chasing to be done in the coming months unless you fly pretty far, that doesn’t mean that your travel plans have to bite the dust.
Lately I’ve been planning out some weekend road trips – visits to cities a bit closer to home with plenty of fun and activities along the way. Okay the weather may not be any better, but road trips are a great way to get together with a car full of friends, go on an adventure and discover some places you’ve had on your bucket list for ages.

Planning a Road Trip

Okay, look you don’t want to hop into a car and start driving for 3 hours without a bit of prep and the essentials safely packed. So here’s a few things you need to do to make the weekend a success.

Music

On a road trip you’re going to spending a good number of hours in the car, so you’re going to need tunes. You and your mates might not have identical tastes in music, so it’s a great idea to set up a shared playlist on Spotify the week before and poke everyone to start dumping music into it. It helps if you get the ball rolling – and then once you’re in the car just hit random and you’re set!

Snacks

A surefire way to kill the road trip fun is if someone gets hangry. So make sure you have healthy snacks and bottles of water in the car at all times. And keep them topped up every time you stop for petrol or for a rest, trust me you do not want to run out!

A Working Car

This seems obvious right? Well, when was the last time you serviced your car? If you’re driving far then it’s important that a wheel doesn’t fall off or you break down and have to spend time on the side of the motorway waiting to be saved. You’re going to need to make sure your tyres are looking good, your breaks are working and that your exhaust isn’t hanging off. If you’re like me then you wouldn’t know where to start with checking over your car, so visit Fife Autocentre and get help from trained car exhaust mechanics in Stirling if you happen to live around that way.

Where To Visit

So once you’ve packed the other completely obvious essentials like toothbrush, outfits and paracetamol, where should you go? Here’s a few places that are on my list.

Bath

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First up is Bath, which as its name suggests is well known for it’s Roman baths and for the city being set in the beautiful county of Somerset. Its hot springs have always been famous here and although a little green these days paying them a visit has to be done. There are plenty of museums and cafes to keep you busy if you fancy doing something casual, for the more hardcore historians Bath Abbey is where you should head. Made with Bath Stone, it’s a breathtaking building that takes pride of place in the city. Make sure you check out the angels climbing Jacobs ladder on the west side of the building then take a trip over to the Royal Crescent to see the amazing architecture if that’s your thing. If it’s not then at least it’ll look incredible on Instagram, as will the view from the top of Alexandra Park.

York

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York is an interesting place that shares some similarities with my home town Colchester as they both have a Roman connection. This fab northern city houses some amazing things and has roots back to the earliest of English history, so there’s plenty to explore. Let’s face it you’re somewhat obliged to soak in a bit of history when you visit a new city, so here you’ll want to check out York Minister – a huge gothic cathedral and Clifford’s Tower. The latter is one of several castles built and commissioned by William the Conqueror himself! The city is also nestled right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, so if you fancy a peaceful walk then one is just a short drive away.

Edinburgh

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Last but not least is Edinburgh, Scotland’s beautiful hilly capital. Aside from being famous for its festivals the city is also known for it’s castle which houses the Scottish Crown Jewels, which sounds naughty but is a must-see. It’s a beautiful historic city with plenty of museums to visit if you fancy it, and there’s Arthur’s Chair, the plateau in an extinct Volcano that boasts a beautiful view of the city that rolls out over hills. Yep, a volcano in Scotland! Who knew. Whiskey and gin are very popular here so it’d would be downright rude not to sample some of that, and if you’re feeling really spicy tuck into a bit of haggis or a true local delicacy – a fried mars bar!
Have you been on a road trip lately, if not get planning and Tweet me and let me know where you’re headed.
Happy travelling!
*This post was sponsored by the lovely people at Fife Autocentre.

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Barcelona!

Last week I went to Barcelona with my husband. We met some friends that live in the city, found some amazing bars and restaurants, ate some fab food then did the tourist thing. There were also some crazy buildings with amazing views designed by Gaudi that I saw like the Sagrada Familia that has the most amazing light or the Casa Bastllo with the most amazing coloured tiles.
Here’s some of my favourite pictures from the trip. Let me know what parts of Barcelona you love too in the comments below.
Happy Travelling!
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3 Cruise Destinations on my Bucket List!

PlanetCruise got in touch it got me thinking about something I’d never considered before now – cruises. I immediately set about putting together a bucket list of cruise destinations, and I wanted to share with you the top 3.

Singapore and Southeast Asia

3665636 I’ve always wanted to visit Singapore, it looks like such a unique city, if a little hot. With its modern buildings, busy streets and incredible city lights at night, it looks absolutely stunning. The Asian islands that surround it off Thailand and Vietnam look amazing, and I’d love to take a cruise and visit as much of the area as I can.

Italy & Greek Isles

3017693 I’m very keen on heading to Italy and spending some time in Rome, so I was delighted when I found this cruise to Italy and the Greek Isles. It’s a 13 day itinerary, with stops in Rome, Sicily, Malta, Santorini and Rhodes among others. Phew! I love Mediterranean food and culture, so travelling round to so many beautiful locations in a short space of time while making the most of the facilities on the ship seems like a wonderful idea to me.

New York and the Caribbean

2964561 New York is definitely on my list of places to visit, but I’m sure that it will be as exhausting as it will be fun. So I love the idea of visiting the city and then heading to the Caribbean to relax, like on our honeymoon when my husband and I spent 3 nights in Havana before heading to the beach for a couple of weeks. This trip takes you from 2 nights in the Big Apple down to some smaller less touristy spots in the Caribbean such as St. Maarten, St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Dreamy! Have you been on a cruise before? If so, where did you visit? Tweet me and let me know!   *Post in collaboration with the lovely people at PlanetCruise

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3 Luxurious Breaks in the British Countryside

Great Little Breaks got in touch and asked me to explore staycations in the UK, I jumped at the chance to plan some adventures!

The Cotswolds

10592-swindon_countryside The south west of England is a beautiful corner of the world, and most of it’s most stunning destinations is the Cotswolds. Named after the famous hills littered in sheep that run alongside the sweeping valleys below, the Cotswolds is somewhere you just have to go at least once in your life. I’ve picked out De Vere Alexandra House, a retreat set in 20 acres of beautiful scenery. A stay here includes a three course dinner in the hotel’s stylish restaurant with a complimentary bottle of wine, and use of the pool, sauna and steam rooms. I’d love to go hiking around the area and soak in the scenery, but if that’s not your thing then you can always head to the Wyvern Theatre or the Science Museum which are both nearby.

The Lake District

12081-Lake_View_from_the_hotel I visited the Lake District on a school trip when I was young, and I’ve dreamed of going back ever since. Known for its unpredictable weather to accompany its incredible mountains, rivers, woodland and waterfalls, the Lake District is a memorable visit. And if it rains all weekend then you can just stay in your room at Storrs Hall with a bottle of champagne and enjoy the views of the water from the comfort of your cosy and warm bed. For those who do dare to brave the weather and go out for an adventure the hotel supply you with local knowledge and a packed lunch, so you’re in safe hands!

Isle Of Skye

12350-Northern_lights Thought you had to go to Scandinavia to see the Northern Lights? Just head up to the Scottish coast to the Isle of Skye where you can see one of nature’s most amazing spectacles from the top of the famous Cuillin Hills. The hotel I’ve picked is the Dunollie at Broadford Bay where you are greeted with a drink and served a traditional Scottish breakfast in the morning. The hotel is close to the Inner Hebrides where you can explore its fairy pools, which sound amazing! The weekend will be as relaxing as it will be exciting, and I’d just love to see the northern lights and I didn’t realise you could see them in the UK! Tweet me and let me know about the most amazing places you’ve stayed at in the UK, or leave a comment below. Happy travelling! In collaboration with the lovely people at Great Little Breaks