3 Things to Try on a Crete Holiday

Holidays abroad are all about trying new experiences. Whilst you may try to convince yourself that lazing on the beach with a drink in hand is a new experience, the chances are you have already done this so it is a good idea to get up and try something new, something especially true if you happen to be on a holiday to the wonderful island of Crete. Stuck for ideas? Then take a look at our three suggestions below.

Learn to Scuba Dive

Thanks to its tranquil, warm waters and numerous dive sites, Crete is the ideal place to learn how to dive. Look out for centres who offer PADI diving courses to ensure you get the best tuition and that you leave with a qualification that you can use anywhere in the world. Head to Malia, Agia Pelagia or Amoudara for the most popular dive centres. Water temperatures are at their warmest in the summer months so make sure you stick to these times unless you want to learn in the cold!

Sample Delightful Local Fish

Thanks largely to overfishing, buying seafood in most restaurants is rather on the expensive side in Crete, however as you are on holiday it makes sense to splash out for one night at least. And if you are going to splash out, then you had better head to the best fish restaurant on the island – known as the Waves on the Rocks, which is run by fisherman Theodoris Falelakis. Not only do you have the opportunity to enjoy some of the best and freshest fish on the island, but you can also stay in one of the five rooms upstairs above the restaurant.

Hike a Gorge

Crete is home to the longest and without doubt the most beautiful gorge in the whole of Europe, with the best thing being that you can actually hike through it and experience the best of Crete’s natural wildlife and scenery. The hike is 11km long and when undertaken on a pleasant spring or autumn day is a wonderful experience. You can hike in the summer too; just remember that it can get hot so take plenty of water with you. You will travel through the White Mountains as well as numerous settlements and you may even catch a glimpse of the wild goats which live along the route too.

City Nightclubs in Germany That Will Make Your Night

Coming to Germany offers visitors many opportunities. Exploring the history of the country and experiencing the fantastic culture it has to offer are two of the most popular things to do for tourists, but thankfully there’s much more to discover too. Germany is also a great destination for nightlife which may not surprise those who know of its expertise in creating great beers. Finding a good nightclub in Germany could be the difference between a great night and an early cab home, and location is an important factor in finding one that is going to suit your taste.

Munich

Given that Munich is the one of the most visited cities of Germany, you would expect to find a host of great places to go drinking and dancing. With over 70,000 bars, restaurants and nightclubs in the city you will not be disappointed. Prinzregentenstrabe 1, or P1 as it is more commonly known, is a favourite destination for the rich and famous such as Boris Becker and the Bayern Munich football team.
While the club does indeed have high drink prices, it is still a popular destination for tourists and residents due to its huge dance floor, and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the renowned people of Germany.

Berlin

Berlin is a vibrant and modern city despite its troubled recent past. With a host of nightclubs in Germany’s second city, one of the picks is the 40 Seconds club, which was given its name due to it taking 40 seconds for party goers to get from the ground floor to the 8th floor in the elevator.
Due to the club being so high it offers some great views of the city which you can admire while dancing in one of the three nightclub lounges and the club is also known for hosting film premieres and fashion shows.

Dusseldorf

If you find yourself in Dusseldorf while travelling through Germany, be sure to head to Checker’s. The music played here includes house and RnB/hip-hop while the prices are extremely reasonable for a nightclub in a city.
The first Tuesday of every month sees the club packed with students and residents, and the club is also rumoured to be the place that Claudia Schiffer was discovered by her eventual modelling agency.

Frankfurt

Frankfurt’s liveliest nightclub, The Cocoon, is a favourite for the locals in the city. The club’s music of choice is electronic and house music and hosts a live DJ or act every weekend for customers. The Cocoon also has two restaurants but you have to reserve a table to eat there before you head off to the dance floor. Be sure to check out great car rental deals at autoeurope.com.

Bonn

While not as well known as some of the other locations on the list, Bonn is home to the N8schict which is conveniently sandwiched between two pubs. The club houses an enormous dance floor which comes to life at 11pm every night, and plays different music depending on the day of the week. Genres vary from indie; rock and 70’s to cater for people of all ages. Wednesday is the cheapest night to go here while ladies night is on Thursday where there is no entrance fee to get into the club.

Guided Walking Holidays in Europe

This article looks at the popularity of walking holidays in Europe – their benefits and attractions, particularly for those who like to stay active. As the range of such holiday grows, is now the time to experience a walking holiday yourself?

Why walking holidays?
Many well travelled people tend to be looking for a more authentic way to engage with their destination and prefer to keep off the regular tourist track. Walking holidays are a great way to combine a range of interests – from seeing a destination first-hand and at a comfortable pace, to enjoying an active and healthy holiday, whilst meeting new friends and seeing cultural landmarks up close.

Guided walking holidays in Spain are taken care of by expert travel providers. The route will have been well tested and researched, so you won’t need to worry about what you’ll experience along the way. All the practical arrangements will also be in hand, which mitigates your worry about remaining organised and allows you to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the countryside around you.

Walking holidays are also particularly good for seeing sights and landmarks which are slightly off the beaten track and generally not as accessible by transport. Particularly in Spain, walking allows you to take in the full diversity and culture of the country, whether you choose to explore the rich history and delicious cuisine or Andalucía, or relax in the paradise of the Canary Islands. Each holiday on offer will have a different feel and experience.

What does a walking holiday involve?
With a walking holiday, you can decide whether you prefer to guide your trip independently, or join a mixed walking group. With the former, you have total flexibility around your movements and stop-offs and your travel provider will give you maps and in-depth walking notes. You may also find that a baggage collection service is available, so that your baggage is waiting when you arrive at your hotel and you don’t have to struggle along with a heavy back-pack! This can be very useful when you’re travelling as a family.

Alternatively, with a guided holiday, your guide will introduce you to various hidden spots along the way, allowing you to find out more than you would alone and providing plenty of interesting facts and local knowledge. You will be introduced to some of the best restaurants and watering holes along the way too and your group will be there to motivate you along the walk and make sure no one gets left behind! This option is very popular with those looking to meet new people, or for those who are travelling on their own. Trip durations vary, but are usually around a week on average, with departures from various UK airports available and flexible transfers.

So if you’re looking for a fresh way to experience Spain – whether Valencia, Catalan, Andalucía, La Gomera, Tenerife, Majorca or one of the many other destinations available, a guided walking trip could be the way to go!

AUTHOR BIO:
Adriana Frederick writes regularly on a variety of guided walking holidays and family holiday topics for travel websites and blogs. A keen fan of the outdoors, Adriana has long been a fan of guided walking holidays in Spain and has experienced much of the country by foot.