Paris – The City of Lights and Love

Paris – The City of Lights and Love

Are you planning or hoping to visit Paris anytime soon? Paris, otherwise known as the city of lights or the city of love, a beautiful city with beautiful scenery and beautiful people is so full of life, love and culture. If you have never been to paris before you obviously want to know what to include to your list of places that you must visit while you are there, here are some of them.

 

EIFFEL TOWER

Eiffel Tower seen from fountain at Jardins du Trocadero at a sun

We have seen it in movies and it has been labeled one of the Travelers Choice 2015 winners. One of the major attractions in Paris The Eiffel Tower was originally built as the entrance arch for the worlds fair in 1889 and since then, millions of people climb the Eiffel tower every year and it has had over 250 million visitors since its opening.

You can buy a skip-the-line Eiffel Tower Ticket to skip the exhausting and time consuming ques and have access to all the three level of the Eiffel Tower for unlimited time. There’s no need to worry about food, there are restaurants on the secrunnDeniciousfloors, if you are not staying in Paris and  looking for a perfect accommodation for your stay then visit our holiday rentals site www.goholidaylets.com and choose from our fantastic collection of self catering holiday rentals for you.

 

THE NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

Notre Dame Cathedral

Among the largest and most well known cathedrals in the world, one of the finest examples of French Gothic culture, the Notre Dame de Paris (meaning our lady of Paris) is a major attraction sight in Paris and also a Travellers Choice 2015 Winner. Constructed from 1163- 1272 it is a majorly significant historic sight. About 14 million people visit the sight annually.

 

PONT ALEXANDRE III

PONT ALEXANDRE III

Considered as the most beautiful bridge in Paris, if you haven’t been here this is a place you must definitely add to your list. Built between 1896-1900 as part of the 1900 World Exposition. The bridge was built with a in a very unique method using a single 6 meter high steel arch and counterweights used on each side to balance it up. It is one of the most famous bridges in France, decorated with statues honouring the French-Russian alliance, beautiful lamps, nymphs and angels along the side. What a beautiful sight it is!

 

DISNEY LAND PARIS

DISNEY LAND PARIS

Want to visit the land where fairytales come to life but still be in the comfort of a private homey environment? Book your short stay at one of our self catering Holiday rentals and enjoy your visit or stay in Paris knowing you have a secure place to go back to after a day of touring this amazing city. Disney land is a major attraction in Paris with a whole lot of attractions, entertainment, dinning options, parks, parades, shows and a Disney village. Let go of yourself, tap into your inner child, you will be spoiled for choice in this land full of mystery, magic and fun. You will definitely have a blast at Disney land.

 

SHOPPING

shopping

Galeries Lafayete, an upmarket French department store on Boulevard Haussmann in the 9th arrondissement in Paris and it hosts a popular, weekly, free, fashion show for its visitors. And is a great place to get started with your shopping. Apart from that there are numerous choices of clothes stores in paris where you can get clothes, jewellery, gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones and your self. French Touche was one of the first concept stores in Paris and is worth a visit. Get trendy bath products, candles, soap and shower gel, linen, furniture great pieces from respected designers and quality workshops in France, Denmark, India and Brazil from French Trotters at a very fair cost. This store is located just down from the road from the old boutique at 116 Rue Vieille du Temple.

 

FOOD AND DINING

food and dining

Paris has endless choices of Cafes, Restaurants, Pasterie and ice cream shops to choose from. From Fine Dinning at Le Cinq, a splendid meal from Epiqure (both Travellers Choice 2015 winners),a meal at Pur – Jean-Francois Rouquette (which has a certificate of excellence) delicious meetballs from Balls, mouth watering pastries at Pierre Herme, amazing icecream from Berthillon, the list is endless. With over two thousand cheep eats, mid-range and fine dinning options, enjoy the richness of French cuisine from the capital city of France.

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Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr saw a Rolling Stone

Castlemartyr is a beautiful village 20 minutes drive from Cork City and a 6 miles east of Midleton in the direction of Youghal on main Waterford road  the N25. It is also only 30 minutes drove from Cork airport. Primary roads allows access from Counties Waterford and Limerick.

Pat Shorts
  Pat Shorts Bar Castlemartyr

In recent years it modern fame was created by outside influences. The very famous and funny Pat Short purchased a pub in the village and established and excellent Gastro eatery of note.

In the past this Castlemartyr pub was owned by the local Barry family. In January 1965 out of the blue the Rolling stones landed in the villages Main Street. They were playing in the Savoy Theatre in Cork and took a break stopping off in Castlemartyr. It is said Cork was their last gig before heading off on their third tour of the US. While in Castlemartyr its reported Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones had a few drinks at Barry’s Bar before they set off again for the city.

Many years later in what was known then as the Carmelite College was purchased by a Cork Development company and it was transformed into a €70 million hotel and golf course. Which included self-catering accommodation which included  excellent lodges and houses.

When opened it was hoped to employ up to 120 people. The Capella Castlemartyr was the original name which later became the Castlemartyr Resort. The house itself is a 17th century manor house set on 220 acres. Which also included the ruins of an 800-year-old castle.

Castle Castlemartyr
Old Castle at Castlemartyr Resort

A number of famous historical names are associated with Castlemartyr Manor. It had a number of owners in the past including Walter Raleigh and Richard Boyle. To keep with its historical past one of Castlemartyr Resorts most famous room is the The Knights Bar. It has a fully restored ceiling which has a beautiful featured rococo plasterwork. Great care and attention was paid to the restoration of the Manor House. The Knights Bar in the past has received comment from the english travel writer Arthur Young.

Castlemartyr Resort
Voda Magazine photo of Castlemartyr Resort

The 18 hole links-style golf course is available to hotel guests and those that use the self-catering accommodation. The course was designed by golf course designer Ron Kirby who also created the Old Head of Kinsale golf course. The self-catering accommodation is located on the old walled garden area. Other self-catering accommodation are located at the main entrance on the Castlemartyr to Ladysbridge road.

On the old Manor grounds there is also an excellent self-catering apartment which is listed as  The Demesnes Castlemartyr.

Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links
                                                                                             Castlemartyr Resort Golf Links

Over the years this part of Cork has established itself an excellent location for a holiday or  short stay.  Visitor attractions are numerous Jameson Heritage Centre, Fota Wildlife Act among others. There is also a number of great golf courses. Some of the self-catering accommodation is ideal for wedding accommodation.

 

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Visit Amsterdam ArenA

Visit Amsterdam ArenA

The Amsterdam ArenA was built around 1993 and 1996, the stadium was a replacement of Ajax’s home De Meer, which had a small capacity and had become too small for the club.

The Amsterdam ArenA was officially opened on the 14th of August 1996 with a match between Ajax and AC Milan. It was also the first stadium in Europe with a coverable roof. Shortly after the opening, it came into notice that the design had not accounted for good grass growing conditions and this led to the pitch getting renewed up to 5 times a year, though the issue was later resolved with the installation of innovative grass growing technology.

Amsterdam Arena_new

The ArenA counts with a total of 2,229 business seats and a further 820 seats in sky boxes. The stands are among the steepest in Europe. The ArenA is a host to great football teams like Real Madrid and Juventus.

How to get there

Amsterdam Arena Location

The Amsterdam ArenA is located in a modern office park in the south east of Amsterdam just 10km for the city centre. You can either reach the ArenA by train or metro, be assured of regular services especially from the train, the metro might take slightly longer and usually stops at the same station. If using a car you can access the ArenA from the A2 motorway from exit 1 and turn east. Follow the directions to the designated parking areas. On days where there no matches one can park at the tranferium underneath the stadium.

Tickets

Tickets Amsterdam arena

Tickets for the games can be purchased online or at one of the Ticketbox pre-sale points. If there are extra tickets they can be bought for the ticket window at the ArenA on the day of the match. The tickets typically sell out a third to half of their home matches. The ticket prices depend on the opponent.

Amsterdam Arena Restaurant

This is an ArenA you can view matches comfortably with your friends. Since the Amsterdam ArenA is part of an entertainment and shopping complex, which includes a large cinema and two of Holland’s principal concert halls you can have fun times with your friends too. There are also a few places to get some fast food or have a drink, though options remain rather limited.

Upcoming Events in Amsterdam Arena

Upcoming events Amsterdam

– DECEMBER 20, 2015 (Sunday) : Ajax – De Graafschap
– JANUARY 23, 2016 (Saturday) : Ajax – Vitesse
– JANUARY 26, 2016 (Tuesday) : Ajax – Heracles
– FEBRUARY 07, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – Feyenoord
– FEBRUARY 21, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – Excelsior
– FEBRUARY 28, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – AZ
– MARCH 13, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – NEC
– APRIL 03, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – PEC Zwolle
– APRIL 17, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – FC Utrecht
– MAY 01, 2016 (Sunday) : Ajax – FC Twente
– MAY 13, 2016 (Friday) : Toppers in Concert
– May 14, 2016 (Saturday) : Toppers in Concert
– JUNE 11, 2016 (Saturday) : Rihanna
– JUNE 23, 2016 (Thursday) : Coldplay
– JUNE 24, 2016 (Friday) : Coldplay

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Christmas Time In Rome

Christmas Time In Rome

Christmas  Time in Rome is a fantastic time to visit because on arrival in the city it will be completely different from any other time of the year.  In Rome you will find restaurants open for dinner even on Christmas Day.  When it gets to the evening the streets come alive as Italian families stroll into the streets for Pizzas and other Italian delicacies. All dining events will be completed some wine and Christmas cheer.

Piazza Navona
Piazza Navona

Rome can be chilly this time of the year it would be wise to carry a light jacket. Check beforehand if your self catering apartment or luxury villa has heating, buy an umbrella and enjoy.

The Rome might not be as popular as during summer months. But most Romans   take off work during the festive season, hence the streets and restaurants come alive with locals enjoying the company of friends and family or last minute shopping. You will also find celebrations like lively  Christmas markets, nativity cribs, choir performance and religious celebrations.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

Recommended tours for Christmas in Rome.

The Roman Tombs are surprisingly cozy during the cold weather, not to mention its an incredible visit, you can visit the passages of the Roman Tombs, The Basilica.  There are bus transfers for all these visits that way you won’t experience the cold weather much. You can also use the underground train system.

Trevi Fountain
Trevi Fountain

The Borghese Gallery & Gardens is a great place to visit during quiet times of year since it’s so busy throughout the year, explore artwork by famous artist and beautiful Borghese gardens.

One of the symbols of Christmas is the TREE of course.  Each year several TREES are erected in the city, you can find a huge TREE in Saint Peter’s Square, and two of the large  ones are usually erected in Piazza Venezia and next to the Colosseum. There’s also a Christmas Tree in the area in front of the Museums on the Capitoline Hill.

Piazza Venezia
Piazza Venezia

Your find excellent accommodation hotels and serviced apartments within easy reach of all the Christmas attractions.

Delight yourself with Christmas lights.

During this period the city main streets and monuments looks magical with traditional festive lights and decorations. You’ll also be entertained by roaming musicians and vendors selling roasted chestnuts. Decorations are getting every year more ambitious, with twinklings, light projections, and jumbo screens.

St Peters Square
St Peters Square

The Piazza Navona market is specialized in Christmas decorations, offering everything you could possibly need to create a beautiful tree or add to a nativity scene, from traditional objects to most original ones.

This is why you definitely plan your Christmas trip in this great city. Shouldn’t you?  Our website just happens to have fantastic self-catering apartments in Rome.  Come and go as you please or if you owned a serviced apartment click on Advertise Here its totally free.

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Visit Barcelona anytime of year

Visit Barcelona anytime of year

A visit to Barcelona is always a pleasant experience.  The people the outstanding architecture and of course the Spanish cuisine while entice you back over and over again.

For instances in Barcelona food is never taken for granted, people in Barcelona plan for dinner while at their lunch.  When they are planning their day or a trip away the most crucial point is where they are going to eat. Just grabbing a bite to eat is not an option to them. In Barcelona, eating comes first and foremost. When you taste their food you will definitely discover why. One of the healthiest of diets is Spanish food all over the world and you will find all the food options and varieties.  The way to experience these food options and varieties is to book a serviced apartment.  Self-catering gives you huge options.  Make sure your holiday apartment is well located.

La Boqueria
        La Boqueria

NIGHTLIFE IN BARCELONA:

After a night out in the town of Barcelona, it is very likely you will see the sun rise before going to have some sleep, nightlife here starts late and late so make sure have too much to do the day after out in this city. There are different places you can have fun from bars, pubs, taverns and experience the unforgettable nightlife. Here locals party from Thursday to Saturday, though most tourist party at different times on different days of the week. Word of advice choose the right area for the night out not too far away from your serviced apartment or short stay accommodation.

Optim Night Club
 Opium  Night Club

BARCELONA SHOPPING:

Shopping here is a real pleasure; there are many stores on Passeig De Gracia commonly known as the Barcelona shopping line that will keep shoppers happy for a number of days. Barcelona is the perfect shopping city and is well known for its style and design.

Las Arenas
       Las Arenas

BARCELONA SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS:

Short stay apartment rentals are a great option if you’re the kind of person who wants to independence to come and go as you please.  The beauty of booking  in your self-catering apartment you go shopping for your own food in the markets and generally live like a local while at your short stay, try this option with no disappointments. You can look for an serviced apartment in the city centre, where you will be close to all attractions you have come such a long way to see.

HOTELS:

Barcelona has a wide selection of hotels to choose from, 5 star hotels to simplest there is something for everyone. You will definitely get what you are looking regarding location close to your favorite tourist attractions. .

The Fira de Santa Llucia is the oldest Christmas Market in Barcelona. It originally started in 1786. This year it is in its 229th year. In has 287 stalls, which are located on the Avenue of the Cathedral in the Gothic area just in front of the Cathedral. There is loads to choose from, you will find handmade gifts, figurines for nativity scenes, and lots of traditional Spanish Christmas decorations .
Date:
From 27/11/2015 to 23/12/2015
Hour:
Weekdays: from 10:30 to 20:30
Vigils and holidays: from 10:30 to 21:30

Fira de Santa Llucia
 Fira de Santa Llucia

Another excellent Barcelona Christmas Fair is held the Sagrada Familia from the 60 opposite the Sagrada Familia . Nearly a hundred stalls where all kinds of figures and elements for cribs, Christmas trees and plants, gifts and food products and candies are sold. No shortage of course the churros and find a place of chestnuts and sweet potatoes.
Date:
From 11/28/2015 to 23/12/2015
Hour:
10: 00h – 22: 00h

Sagrada De Familia Christmas Market
  Sagrada De Familia Christmas Market

CONCERT

La Sonora de Gràcia is a small theater and musical bar on the street Riera Sant Miquel de Gràcia neighbourhood. It first opened its doors in 2013. They create a program cultural activities, mostly free, every day except Monday as they are closed. Their highlights include live performances and DJ’s the rhythm of soul, funk, latin, rock, pop and world music.

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A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS

A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS

A COMPLETE WHITE LONDON CHRISTMAS
Full of beauty and cheer, the  Christmas Holiday’s finally here and what better place to spend it than in London  Great Britain’s marvellous capital city.

Battersea Park
  Battersea Park

There will be plenty of events to choose from this month and places to stay as well. Check out hotels and self-catering serviced apartments on various websites like www.goholidaylets.com to find accommodation that suits your taste.
From good food, to amazing art, to countless christmas family shows, to numerous places to visit, during December there is not a day that will pass by where there is nothing happening or nowhere to go.
The Santa Run will be one race you will not want to miss. About 4000 people are expected to show up, dressed like Santa to participate by either walking, jogging or running either a 5 or 10 km course to support hundreds of charities. The run will take place at the Battersea Park on the 5th of December and at Victoria park on the 7th of December

Battersea Park
   The Battersea Park fireworks over the Albert Bridge

Like Horses? The London international horse show will be held at Kensington (Olympia)  from the 15th-21st Dec. If you’re not a resident in London you can book an excellent service apartment which is  self catering accommodation.

Olympia
  Olympia

Winterville 2015 will be running until the 23rd of December in Victoria park. The entry fee is free although most activities require a paid for ticket. The event highlights in this winter themed town include the winter night garden, world renowned Moscow state circus in the Winterville circus; backyard cinemas magical forest, a series of Christmas classics and family favorites; cabaret, theatre and live music and pantomime will be shown in the Dutch spiegeltent. There will be plenty other activities catering for all ages. There will also be a Christmas market, a bizarre bazaar where you can shop for unique antique  and art works, the towns very own pub Bar Humbug Will be serving warm seasonal drinks and delicious food and there will be many snack bars sprinkled through out the park if you just want to grab a snack.

Winter Wonderland
   Winter Wonderland

Another must add to the events on your list to attend in London is Winter Wonderland as it comes to London’s Hyde Park with skating ice skating, a huge Christmas market, the observation wheel and big top shows. Running until the 3rd of January 2016 Winter wonderland is most definitely a family favorite including numerous fun activities for adults and children of all ages. Do you like the thrilling effect of rollercoaster rides that leave your hair standing? There will be plenty to choose from and there will also be fun houses, helter skelters, carousels and a magical ice kingdom with an ice forest of beautiful ice castles and frozen sculptures.

Feel free to buy jewellery, arts and crafts trinkets, decoration, charming wooden chalets e.t.c from Winter Wonderlands Christmas Market and the Angels and Yuletide market. Food and drink will be available in plenty with various restaurants, bars and food stalls available.

From the 28th of December to the 2nd of January 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall The Nutcracker on Ice will be on featuring a cast of 26 Olympic international and national level championship skaters telling the beautiful classical tale in a new way.

For accommodation around London considering the number of events you shouldn’t miss in London this season. Enjoy your festive season.

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Greek cruise

Greek cruise

Greek sophistication by Anne Mapesa

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The beautiful Mediterranean country of Greece is a great holiday destination with plenty of locations for sun bathing and exploring. The summers are warm and the winters mild. Friends who recently visited Greece for the summer recalled to me their Greek experience. Initially they were not sure how they would communicate with the Greeks speaking residents but to their surprise, most if not all of them converse in good English. While a few visitors from Europe can speak Greek, those who don’t would still fit right in.  Spending and counting money in Greece was not an issue at all for my friends since the euro is local currency and most bars, restaurants and shops accept credit card payments though they carried cash just in case.

Rhodes
Rhodes

After settling in to their beautiful self catering accommodation near the beach they walked around the bright blue watered coastline to catch a breeze and mingle with the friendly Greek culture. There is no trouble finding a market in every corner from which fresh produce and souvenirs are sold. Supplies to make your meal back at your suite with clarification on recipes from the pleasant sellers. Learn how many uses there are for olive oil which is staple, to a decent different way to cook lamb and fish, beverages you will be glad to know exist and a holiday you will always cherish.

Santorini
Santorini

Greece is beautiful and picturesque; from the bright blue watered beaches, whitewashed villages, lively seaside towns to the exquisite well preserved ancient sites full of history. Athens tends to top everyone’s itinerary for the ancient sites, pyramids, storied past, delicious cuisine and active night life.. It boasts of good international hotels private self catering apartments, shopping brands and unique local products from jewellery, spices to art. The Greek Islands like Rhodes have wonderful self-catering luxury villas.
While in Greece, it is hard not to tour the eye catching and breathe taking sites. The archaeology has the Cyclades of over 2000 fascinating islands including the famous wonderful Santorini and Mykonos islands. Along the mainland’s west coast are the Ionian Islands with charming Greek villages, green landscapes and beachfronts.

Mykonos

 Mykonos

Cafes and night clubs fill the streets of the town of Thessaloniki for young and old revelers, while in Mykonos the maze of narrow streets is accentuated by luxurious villas and family friendly self catering accommodation. You will never be disappointed with a self-catering holiday on a Greek Island where you can choose a different restaurant to dine in each night.  When and where suits you.
My friends gave Greece a big score and put it on their plans same next year. Clearly the impression will last forever.

Ionian Islands
Ionian Islands

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DINING AT KRAKOW’S FINEST RESTAURANTS

DINING AT KRAKOW’S FINEST RESTAURANTS

Krakow is one of the most beautiful cities in Poland and  Central of Europe.  Dining out here is a wonderful opportunity to sample its history, culture and heritage. Thousands of visitors come here each year.  They stay in hotels and self-catering accommodation.  Krakow has great restaurants offering different mouth watering cuisines.  Poles are a people that are proud of their culinary tradition so  rest assured you will  have the best especially in these few restaurants that we have researched on  your behalf.  Your sure to have an unforgettable mouth watering experience.

edo-sushi-bar
edo-sushi-bar

KRAKOW RESTAURANT TRADITIONS:

The restaurant has a long and glorious tradition that goes way back to the extravagant feasts and decorative extravaganzas of polished gourmets. The cities legendary restaurants are well remembered too.

Trends in Krakow’s Restaurants

Currently fusion cooking seems to be all the rage among the city’s trendy chefs. Yet a creative adaptation of the old Polish cuisine is still in vogue. Also a revival of the local folk cookery goes on. On the other hand Far East foods, once exotic, appear to have become almost staples nowadays. At the same time Krakow restaurant patrons seem to be enamored with  French and Italian cuisine more than ever before.

DEL PAPA RESTAURANT:

Del Papa Krokow
Del Papa Krakow

Anybody who loves Italian cuisine will find here traditional dishes and other cuisines that are more modern like meat and fish dishes, delicious seafood.  For lovers of mussels this is the place to dine every Thursday, they are the mussels in Krakow.

EDO FUSION & EDO SUSHI BAR:

Edo Sushi Bar Krakow
 Edo Sushi Bar Krakow

This is where to find Japanese cuisine. This restaurant has won various awards for its exemplary culinary arts and numerous regular customers at their Sushi Bar which is the oldest in Krakow by the way.  You will find interesting dishes in their menu like Thai, Mexican and Mediterranean memoirs.

GULIWER RESTAURANT & CAFE:

Guliwer Cafe Krakow
     Guliwer Cafe Krakow

This is known for European Cuisines, this restaurant is a little bit cozy.  This is an idea place for those who seek a place in the heart of Krakow where one may have a tasty kind of breakfast, lunch or dinner in a casual atmosphere while sipping a glass of excellent wine, or a cup of coffee or a cup of hot chocolate.  The dishes here are served till late evenings which are made naturally without adding any artificial sweeteners. Oh! there cakes too a must taste.  There is excellent holiday rental accommodation in this area.  So an ideal place to spend some time.

PIMIENTO

Pimiento Krakow
   Pimiento Krakow

Citizens of Krakow as well as visiting visitors admire the Pimiento Restaurants for their excellently m beef imported from Argentina directly to their kitchen.  There is a wide variety of beef to choose from, and you are guaranteed an unforgettable culinary experience.

If you are not the kind of persons who like dining out, but hard not to in this beautiful city, you can check some of the simple recipes and make a dish from the comfort of your self-catering villa or self – catering apartment, still you can order enjoy your meal indoors.  So if you ever wondered why Krakow’s restaurants are filled to the brim now you know.  You can almost smell the aroma of the cuisines just from this article.  At Goholidaylets we have excellent self-catering apartments list free to day.

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Christmas 2015 activities in Albufeira

Christmas 2015 activities in Albufeira

Christmas activities in Albufeira

Santa on the beach
               Santa on the beach

During the Christmas holidays in Library Lídia Jorge “School Holiday Fun = Christmas holidays 2015 will take place
There is a programme of fun for children runs over 2 days organised Mayor of Albufeira is for the children of the municipality, ages between 6 and 14 years.

On the days 21 and 22 December begin with the activity ” Menu Choice of stories”, where the participants will have the opportunity to choose your favorite books and travel by imaginary world at no cost. Then, the books will give rise to manual jobs with the realization of parts to the festive season in the allusive workshop “Memories and Manualidades of Christmas”.

The program incorporates on days 29 and 30 December with sessions of “Cinema Popcorn”, where children will attend the movies specially chosen for their ages. “games and play on holiday” a workshop which will take place after the viewing of the films, with lots of fun and games for the little ones.

Christmas Lighting
    Christmas Lighting

All actions are overseen by  staff technical division of Culture of the city and will commence from 10h00 to 13h00, in the Library Lídia Jorge. The interested parties, of ages between 6 and 14 years, can make your application in the industry juvenile forms of Library, from 4 December.

Next item during December

“ALBUFEIRA celebrates Christmas

With the festive season nearing the Camera of Albufeira have created a set of activities for local participation . The first program began already this weekend and goes on until 6 January. They have called it the exhibition of Nativity Scenes of the world.

A composed of a set of works loaned by embassies, consulates and citizens residing with the objective of disseminating nativity scenes originating from different countries. The shows will be reflected in the Chapel of Our Lady of Guia, this location that will also t have a Crib on the street that extends to the parish church. Will be more than 30 figures of the presented by British sculptor T. Adams, which tell the various historical scenes associated with the birth of Jesus.
This shows the various aspects to Albufeira life. Thousand of visitors to here on self-catering holiday lets each years. But it is easy to forget there are a big number of expats living here all year round. Most  are working  and are employed in the tourist industry. Some within the holiday rental business.

Christmas in Albufeira
  Christmas in Albufeira

Next we have  Christmas Market, on days 5 and 6 December, which take place in the carpark next to the Avenida General Humberto Delgado approximately 50 artisans, producers and local associations, in addition to the traditional stalls with the flavors and produce of the area. On Sunday 29 November, a program “Portugal in Feast”, will take place between 14h00 and 20h00, from the Christmas Market, which will have various activities for the whole family, in particular for children, guided visits the nativity scenes, performances of local artists and many surprises.

On the 28 November, the municipality will illuminate the lights for Christmas, thereby fulfilling one of the most popular traditions through the streets of the municipality. The various lighted arteries, highlight to the old center of the city, in particular the Square of fishermen, who will be decorated with a Christmas giant tree abot 25 meters of high.

This year they decided to invest in the center of the city to because of the damage caused by the storm that struck downtown Albufeira on 1 November.    The Mayor Carlos Silva explained that with these decorative elements we want to attract more people to the center,  to help local trade and allow all those who visit to stroll around this area and enjoy the festive season.  On the Avenida dos Descobrimentos, some public buildings and various points  throughout the locality also will be illuminated with decorative ornaments.

Annual Christmas Swim
  Annual Christmas Swim

For the fourth consecutive year, the traditional Christmas decoration on the  the Town Hall of Albufeira.  Already from the November 29, a scouts team from Paderne will display a crib made of materials and traditional images, which can be visited daily from 10h00 to 21h00, in front of the Parish Church of Paderne, until the day 10 of January 2016.  Parderne is another excellent location for self-catering accommodation both holiday rental apartments  and luxury villas.

From 4 to 31 December, the Art Gallery of Painter Samora Barros welcomes the exhibition “Christmas baubles Recycled”, which brings together the best work prepared by students of the schools of the municipality and by users of homes and day centers.

Algarve church
  Algarve church

The program continues on 13 December, with  sporting activities that  integrates the festive calendar of the municipality. About 800 participants dressed with the colours of Christmas will promise colourize the streets of the city, a program that combines a race and a walk of Father Christmas. The event is 4 kilometers for those wishing to participate at the easy level and 9 kilometers for those  in excellent physical condition. This year the event includes a mountain bike ride on a course distance of 30 kilometers. The meeting point is scheduled for  9am in the Municipal Market dos Caliços area on the 13th, a class of acrobatic gymnastics by the  Basket Club will hold its Christmas Gala in Sports Pavilion of Albufeira, at 15h30 on the 13th.  The event aims to demonstrate the spirit of Christmas with a taste of gymnastics, providing a feast for athletes, parents and friends.

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The Annual Festival of Batata-Doce ( Sweet Potato) of Aljezur

The Annual Festival of Batata-Doce ( Sweet Potato) of Aljezur

Once again the Annual Festival of Batata-Doce took place on the 25th to 27th November 2016 in Aljezur.  This area of the Algarve is worth a visit any time of the year. There are wonderful holiday rental properties all around.  If staying local maybe in an Lagos apartment or maybe one of the many Algarve villas set your satnav for Alentejano e Costa Vicentina.  A day trip into the coves and valleys can be a wonderful experience and the umpteen small cafes selling Galao and Bolas Portuguese wine vinho or a nice sopa Portuguese soup.

The Annual Festival of Batata-Doce ( Sweet Potato) of Aljezur took place over the weekend on the 27, 28 and 29 November 2015.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet Potatoes

This event in Aljezur on Portugal Western Algarve takes place each autumn.
The official opening on the , Friday 27, at 18.30, will be conducted by the presence the President of the Regional Coordination and Development Commission of the Algarve, David Santos.Aljezur celebrates, during 3 days, the best sweet potatoes in the world, The common variety in this area is the lira, which is suitable to this geographical area.

Festival Entertainment
 Festival Entertainment

Other attractions at the festival are animation, handicrafts, sweets, craft, and many other products, are always good reason enough reason to visit this wonderful historical town of Aljezur, the heart of the Costa Vicentina. A lot of visitor coming to this area and stay in the many local self-catering holiday rental accommodation, hotels and hostels. Nearby Lagos also has a huge selection of holiday accommodation. Self-catering apartment and villas

Octopus
   Octopus salad

The sweet potato and potato are not closely relationed from a horticular viewpoint. They are not in the same botanical order, totally different families. Sweet potatoes are true root crop, it is the enlarged section of the root used by the plant to store energy, while potatoes are stem tubers, formed from the stem of the plant.
The sweet potato is regarded nowadays as a superfood. The sweet potato isn’t only nutritious being high in vitamins A and C, it’s also both tasty and versatile. Having research a little we discovered the sweet potatoes are at the top of a lot of people’s health foods list.
Once baked, medium-sized sweet potato contains 438% of your daily value of vitamin A , a white potato contains 1%, 37% of your vitamin C, and some calcium, potassium, and iron too.

Great news is all this at only 105 calories!

Another huge plus is the also provide 5 grams of dietary fiber—17% of the daily value—and they contain nothing  in terms of fat.

We give here under a recipe for Sweet Potato
What you need:
2 large red-skinned sweet potatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 sprig of coriander
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Peel and cut the sweet potatoes into small chunks the size can be of you choosing. Put these in a small baking dish or tray . In a small bowl mix the following olive oil, honey and lemon juice. Pour mixture over potatoes and toss to coat. Sprinkle with the salt, and bake, stirring occasionally, for about 1 hour, until potatoes are tender. Chope coriander and sprinkle over cooked potatoes. Ideal dish to accompany fish or meat maybe with another vegetable of your choice

 

Aljezur Beach
  Local Aljezur Beach

The Costa Vicentina area is another beautiful area of the Algarve.  It has wonderful unspoilt beaches loads of self-catering accommodation to choose for you holiday.  If you have a holiday rental property in this area feel free to list with www.goholidaylets.com.  It is actually free.

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