Santorini for a luxurious villa rental holiday

Santorini for a luxurious villa rental holiday

Memories of Santorini Holiday by Fidane Sefa.

Santorini is a unique self-catering holiday location. Volcano, sunset, houses overhanging the blue Aegean, are my first images that come to my mind from my trip to Santorini. It is an island that combines everything, unique architecture, wine, flavours, aroma, nice taverns with fresh fish and not only, the most romantic view. We swam in Perivolos and Kamari. At Akrotiri is the Red and White Beach, which are preferred by the foreigners, there are some off-road beaches as well. Vlihada is another beautiful beach of the island, where there is the most famous bookshop Atlantis (Atlantis Books) of Santorini. The most stunning was the sunset in Oia. Stunning place for a self-catering holiday. There are splendid cliff top holiday rental villas.

Finally, we visited the Museum of Prehistoric Thera, in Akrotiri that is one of a kind. We also spent a day site seeing at the area of the Volcano. We took the boat from the old harbour of Skala to Nea Kameni. We walked among the black volcanic rocks and saw the crater. The air has a strong smell of sulphur but the experience is well worth while. It was not a coincidence that Santorini won the first place in the world as a tourist destination according to the survey «World’s Best Awards» 2014 magazine. It would be very hard to find a better place for a luxurious villa holiday with friends and family.


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While on a self-catering visit to Midleton or Cork heres whats on

While on a self-catering visit to Midleton or Cork heres whats on

Midleton and Cork great locations for live music venues

Crawford Art Gallery

The Watson Archive Exhibition January–March 2015

This exhibition of designs and cartoons by James Watson & Son, a stained-glass studio that flourished in Youghal in the nineteenth & twentieth centuries, allows visitors to the Crawford Art Gallery to appreciate some of the challenges facing Ireland’s national cultural institutions today. The Watson Archive was acquired at auction in December 2014

Within easy reach of our self catering homes in Fota Resort.

Cork Opera House

Breaking Dad

Tues 10 – Sat 14 Feb 2015, 8pm, Matinee Sat 2.30

Tickets: €25

With standing ovations every night and rave reviews, the hilarious sell–out hit of the year now makes its Cork debut. Ross O’Carroll Kelly’s Breaking Dad makes a highly anticipated visit to Cork Opera House from Tuesday 10 February – Saturday 14 February 2015 with Rory Nolan (DruidMurphy, Citizen Charlie), reprising the role of Ireland’s legendary socialiate and seducer, “The Rossmeister”.

If taking a short stay break in one of our self-catering apartments the Cork Opera House is a great night entertainment for all the family.

Live Music Cork

Friday the 13th FEB : Jack Rourke & Lynda Cullen9pm, L?Atitude

Green River 9.30pm, The Oliver Plunkett , Trans Fatty Acids 10.30pm, Charlies Threads 10.30pm, Welcome In n B.A.D.11pm, Cyprus Ave. The Guilty Judges 12am, The Oliver Plunkett

The Light Runners Brú Bar Gorilla Radio. Reardens
SAT. 14 .FEB The ECHO band Kelly’s Bar, Cobh

Orla Gartland 2pm, Cyprus Ave. Lee Sessions 4pm, The Oliver Plunkett The Pearls 9.30pm,

The Oliver Plunkett Rob Harley 10pm, The Gables Crazy Chester 10pm,

Coughlans The Angels 10pm, The Silent Banjo, Kinsale Christine Deady & Band 10pm, Pine Lodge, Myrtleville Medicine Hat 10.30pm, Charlies Seamus Matthews 10.30pm, Welcome Inn

Bastardo Electric 11pm, Cyprus Ave. Andy Dunne 12am, The Oliver Plunkett Tomas McCarthy & Clodgah Kearney

Brú Bar SUN. 15 .FEB

Lee Sessions 3pm, Charlies Big Swinging Mikies 6pm, The Oliver Plunkett The Rivets

8pm, Welcome Inn Whats That Sound?

9pm, The Oliver Plunkett Connie & The Vaudevilles 11.30pm, Crane Lane Dylan Brickley

Brú Bar Kramer Reardens , The Oliver Plunkett Lennoko 11.30pm, Crane Lane Open Mic Night

Brú Bar

When enjoying a self catering holiday Midleton or Cork enjoy one of the live music venues Cork City.


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Praia de Luz self-catering dining haven

Praia de Luz self-catering dining haven

Self-catering holidays gives people renting great freedom to enjoy and explore the areas they have chosen to visit. One particular delight is for instance Praia da Luz on the Algarve is the availability of wonderful restaurant. Not only do they serve splendid cuisine but the majority have affordable prices and welcoming to family groups. We have chosen the following restaurants in Praia da Luz.

1. Pastelaria Chicca – The family run Chicca’s is locationed in a modest side street in the sunny Praia do Luz. It is down a side street near the post office. But when you cook present and serve the excellent range and quality of quiches, salads and cakes, all made on the premises, there is no need to be on the High Street so to speak. Chicca’s established clientele vote we there feet as they nearly all turn up time and time again on their doorsteps. It is a joy of a restaurant producing wholesome food night after night. Inside it is quaintly old-fashioned, but the very friendly host will make you immediately welcome then her very talented husband will cook you some fantastic homemade food. The chorizo pie and sticky ribs are 2 standouts from the daily changing menu, and the roasted strawberry and white chocolate tart has impressed many a customer. Don’t forget you can’t book, so do arrive early to avoid the queues. One of the joys of renting a self-catering apartment in Praia da Luz that you get to choose a restaurant like Chicas every night and its not that expensive you can treat all the family.

2. Atlantico – This is a smart and comfortable restaurant serving a menu of regional and international cuisine accompanied by a choice of fine Portuguese wines in Praia da Luz. Expertly catered for by chef Paul, who will not compromise on the quality of his creations, together with the management expertise of his wife Joanna and the attentive service of their staff. Take it for granted that your visit here you will experience cuisine cook and served in an accomplished fashion. Atlantico is located in Praia da Luz, just below the Church in the town square. They are currently open from Tuesday to Sunday. Opening Hours are from 18.00hr. to 22.30hr. Booking in advancing e is strongly recommended especially during the high season, Children are most welcome. Atlantico is located not far from some of self-catering apartments and self-catering villas

3. Fortaleza – Yes it originally was a Fort to protect the local population from bands of marauding pirates sailing from North Africa. Nowadays it is the splendid Restaurant Fortaleza da Luz. The building where is one of the most famous landmarks in the small fishing village albeit now a sought after holiday resort of Praia da Luz. An appealing and reminiscent building dating from 1670s. Nowadays it is a charming restaurant where you can enjoy the historic atmosphere, great food, wine and music, and some of the best views in Praia da Luz. Its position balanced on a rocky outcrop overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, makes prominent in the Praia da Luz landscape. Restaurant Fortaleza da Luz has amazing views, beautiful, lush gardens and an interior with stone vaulted ceilings. All of these components, along with the very good international cuisine, have made the restaurant a point of reference in the Praia da Luz restaurant vista. Because of this many weddings and family celebrations are held in Fortaleza da Luz. Open for lunch and dinner, Fortaleza da Luz is famous for its Jazz Lunch BBQ Buffet every Sunday. Self-catering apartments Praia da Luz are nearby,

4. Pashmina – This restaurant has brought a modern Indian cuisine to the Western Algarve. The chefs have many years cooking experience in Indian cuisine and produce fresh and interesting dishes. You will learn to appreciate the unique art of the tandoori which create the delicious tastes of Indian cuisine and how the art in Indian cookery lies in the delicacy of the spicing and the ingenious mix of ingredients. Years of cooking experience in India make it possible for the chefs to create the perfect taste sensation. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly and will be pleased to assist you in the selection of your menu. Pashmina likes to ensure that everyone leaves having had a memorable experience and a desire to come back, again. Once again we have beautiful self-catering apartments nearby.

Events and exhibitions in self catering Lagos and Alvor

Events and exhibitions in self catering Lagos and Alvor

Take an opportunity to sample Portuguese art and culture

Exhibition and Event Alvor

Nig Ericson – keyboard and vocal entertainer Every Thu

Live music every Thursday with Nig Ericson playing a variety of music through the decades. At Pestana Alvor Praia Hotel from 20:30-23:30.

This can be enjoyed on a self catering holiday

Live Music

Every Thursday

With Mediterranean cuisine. Buzio Restaurant, Prainha, Apt 25. 18:00. Tel: 282 458 772.

Exhibition and Events Lagos

Paintings of Cliff Martin Tuson

Every Day: An exhibition showcasing the work of the Lagos artist. Galeria Lynne Tuson, Estrada para a Barragem da Bravura, Exhibition of Miniature Cars and Boats

Exhibition of Miniature Cars and Boats

Every Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

An exhibition of miniature works of art. Salaõ das Colecções Búzio, Praia da Luz, Lagos. 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00. Tel: 963 427 599.Bensafrim, Lagos. 10:00 to 22:00.

Exhibition -” Measuring Time, Measuring the World, Measuring the Sea”

Every Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat From: Tuesday 3 February To: Sunday 22 February

From: 10:00 To: 18:00

This can be enjoyed on a self catering holiday

The exhibition “Measuring Time, Measuring the World, Measuring the Sea” shows how the combination of astronomical observations with elementary notions of geometry allowed to address these issues.

Event Location: Centro Ciência Viva de Lagos, Rua Dr. Faria e Silva 34, Lagos, 8600-734

Painting Exhibition – Antero Anastasius

Every Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri From: Thursday 5 February To: Friday 6 March From: 09:00 To: 17:00

Antero Anastasius presents a painting exhibition showing style, surrealist influences and brightness. This can be enjoyed on a self catering holiday.

Event Location: Old City Hall, Square Gil Eanes, Lagos, 8600

Walks & Visits

Every Sun, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat

See how the caravels were built and what was eaten on board. Access to Casa Fogaça is through the Municipal Market on Avenida and from Rua Dr. Faria e Silva. 10:00-18:00. Tel: 282 780 060.

This can be enjoyed on a self catering holiday.

Albufeira is a self catering haven but it is also a beach haven for holidays

Albufeira is a self catering haven but it is also a beach haven for holidays

Some of the finest beaches in the Algarve.

When we speak about holidays in Portugal and Albufeira in particular with looks at all the websites.

Check the general reviews on self catering apartments villas, restaurants, hotels, transport companies. We give less thought to supermarket, medical services etc as that information can be got on arrival. We check leisure facilities in places like Albufeira particularly if you are travelling or accompany more active people. Bu monitored t I think sometimes there is one issue we take for granted, the fact that the Algarve has beach you can relax on. What is over looked is how stunningly beautiful this beaches are actually. I am focusing on Albufeira and a self catering holiday but I would firstly like to talk in general. There are many kilometres of stunning beaches in the Algarve. They stretch Aljezur in the west to Vila Real de Sano Antonio in the east bordering Spain. Mile after mile of pristine sandy beaches backed in with an average of 300 days sunshine in an average year. The majority of the beaches have their appeal enhance by being back by tan coloured cliffs. Always of which are made accessible by well-constructed timber stairways. These are normal constructed with natural coloured lumber in keeping with the ambience of the natural surroundings. When not backed by cliffs they can be found bordered by lower sand dunes with is tied together by natural sea side grasses. All these areas are protected tightly with the use of timber walk ways to gain access to the beaches. Both cliffs and dunes are locations to find restaurants and self catering apartments. All of these are carefully monitored from a planning and building sanction point of view.

A typical resort with wonderful beaches is Albufeira.

Boasting some of the cleanest and most scenic beaches in Southern Europe (see our Blue Flag beach score!), one of the Algarve’s star attractions is without doubt the stunning coastline. Long expanses of soft, golden sand, secluded coves backed by ochre cliffs and topped by vibrant green pines. Each beach is a gem waiting to be discovered, each with it’s own unique charm. Explore some of these fabulous sands and see for yourself why the Algarve is consistently on the list of best beach destinations in the world.

In this blog we are taking a closer look at the beaches around Albufeira. We at are essentially a platform for renting self catering holiday properties, accommodation. But part of our service or role is to provide information about the various topics of interests of visitors or intending visitors. With this in mind lets talking in a practical sense about the beaches in Albufeira.

Believe it or not we have discovered 25 of them listed. They are all splendid locations to relax and enjoy your precious time with family or friends.

Praia Falesia

To the east of Albufeira slightly to the west of Vilamoura. This 6 km long beach takes its name from the fascinating gouged red cliffs that form a backdrop to the endless stretch of sand. The cliffs are not very tall it makes access convenient whilst acting as a suitable barrier to any winds from the north during the out-of-season.

Praia dos Pescadores

In the central area you have the very well-known two fishermen beach. Located right in the centre of the long sandy extent running the length of Albufeira, Pescadores Beach has retained the picturesque ambience created by the colourful traditional fishing vessels that are normally drawn up over on the east of this beach.

With direct access from the city centre, this is a very popular Beach equipped with a full range of support infrastructures in addition to the huge range of restaurants and bars in Albufeira itself. Of course check out some of our self catering accommodation that is located in this area.

Praia do Peneco

This is another city centre beach unusually it has a tunnel connecting the city with the beach. Stunning beach with long stretch of sand. Check out some of our self catering accommodation that is located in this area. At the western end of the beach there is a splendid promenade. Its ideally located for an evening stroll. The night life of the city can be survived from this location. On the edge of this beach there is no shortage of bars or restaurants for a pleasant s drink or meal.

Praia dos Arrifes

Praia dos Arrifes is close to the village resort of Sesmarias which is within the Municipality of Albufeira, Portugal. Its located 2.4 miles (3.9 km) by road to the west of Albufeira old city centre. It has Blue Flag EU standard accreditation. To reach the sands there are a set of wooden steps from the parking area making access to this beach difficult for the disabled. Again check out some of our self catering accommodation that is located in this area

Praia do Salgado

The beach is extreme west of Albufeira it is located between Nazaré and São Martinho do Porto. This long sandy beach (approx. 6 Km) is surrounded by the heights of Serra da Pescaria and Serra dos Mangues, and is one of the favorite spots for ultra-lights and paragliding fans. Naturism is accepted in the area north of the parking lot after a large sand dune. Beach with assistance and life-guards during summer season. Good for surfing and still unspoiled by man.

A word of warning if staying in any of our self catering accommodation or local hotel accommodation be vigilant near water especially with young children. Most popular beaches have lifeguards posted please take note of the flags displayed to ensure its safe to swim.