British holidaymakers have been visiting the resorts of Marmaris and Alanya for many years. As well as the excellent weather, these places are also on par with some of the best nightlife scenes in Europe. There’s something to suit every type of traveller, whether you’re into clubbing or dining out.
The main focus of the night scene in Alanya is partying, which usually goes on long into the early hours of the morning. Depending on your mood, there’s plenty to choose from with something to suit everyone. The size of the resort means you’ll be able to enjoy Turkish music, pop, disco, salsa, dance and rock.
Most of the nightlife is focused on the harbour with some of the more popular clubs overlooking the sea. Indeed, the so-called Harbour Mile is a great location to start, with many bars, clubs and restaurants. There’s always some live music too, ranging from traditional Turkish to local bands.
The harbour is probably the most expensive place to eat, costing almost double the price of restaurants a few hundred metres away. But the beautiful setting coupled with fresh sea air and food is something you can’t put a price on.
Even Sunday and Monday are party days during the holiday season. The James Dean Nightclub is one place you’ll keep hearing about when in Alanya. With many different offerings, including ten bars, four dance-floors, and music suiting most tastes, this is what the UK would call a super-club.
Marmaris is another excellent resort with around half a million people flocking there during the peak season. It is known for its gorgeous coastline, exquisite landscapes, remote bays, convivial beaches, and ancient cities. There’s plenty to choose from in terms of nightlife too, with many bars and clubs that cater for a wide variety of musical tastes. Many people compare the quality of the clubs in Marmaris to those in Ibiza, and if you’re into wild nights on the tiles, the appropriately named Bar Street is the place to be.
Portugal is the ideal holiday destination for any tourists who want to get out and about and explore. The best way to get around is by bicycle. Start off with a focus on the history of Portugal as you head to the medieval town of Castelo de Vide. Surrounded by walls, this castle has defended the people of Portugal on many occasions and sits on the top of a hill.
One of the most picturesque national parks in Portugal is Sao Mamede. You’ll be able to enjoy the chestnut trees and dense olive groves here as you enter the cool mountainous area, before taking some time to cool off in the town. Here you’ll find various monuments, porticos and fountains to enjoy before getting back on your bike.
If you feel that you’ve been getting plenty of exercise since arriving in Portugal then you may want to spoil yourself with a little indulgence. If this is the case, head over towards the Algarve. Not only will you be able to enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, but you’ll also be able to stop off to sample the delights of the local fresh fish.
A visit to Puerto Rico allows you to sample one of the finest ocean experiences on offer. Puerto Rico has some of the world’s most impressive clear blue seas and there is plenty of sea life to see. They say that swimming is the best exercise that you can get, but why not make it a little bit more interesting by adding a snorkel.
If you don’t get all the exercise you need from the sea, then hit the sand and take a wander along the crystal white beach. Start a collection of the beautiful shells that you will find on the coastline of Puerto Rico and take them home as a reminder of how happy and well you felt while you were away.
Steve Alexander is a travel writer with a good knowledge of Portugal.
It’s a well-known fact that Europe is the epicentre of world fashion. The continent’s most glamorous cities play host to some of the world’s best designer boutiques and high-street stores.
You’ll enjoy a cultural experience whilst shopping in Barcelona than you would perhaps anywhere else. A strong architectural identity can be linked to Barcelona, and a vast array of local brands and craftsmen mirror that and reflect the city’s Spanish flair.
All the usual high street and international designers can be found down one vast shopping street called Avinguda Diagonal. This 50 metre wide street is one of the city’s most important avenues, and is lined with various shopping centres, as well as a number of impressive buildings including the Torre Agbar.
Head to Placa de Sant Josep Oriol for a more local atmosphere. Bustling with street buskers and artists, this is a small but attractive plaza, home to a number of quaint shops and traditional cafes and restaurants, with a few designer boutiques thrown in.
Venice is home to a maze of charming canals, but it also boasts many shopping districts to rival those in more modern European cities. Mercerie, meaning haberdashery, is a chain of historic shopping streets that extend from the Rialto Bridge to Piazza San Marco. It’s not surprising that down this narrow shopping street, you’ll find plenty of quirky stores selling everything from kitsch souvenirs to premium leather goods to carnival masks.
Venice is best known for its local crafts that have been produced in the area for centuries, including delicate lace from Burano, glassware from Murano and the cartapesta (papier-mache) Carnevale masks. However, because of the popularity of these goods, cheap knock-offs are often mistaken for the real thing. To get your hands on the originals, it is worth watching out for the Mercatino dell’Antiquariato (antiques fair) in Campo San Maurizio where the market takes place three times a year.