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The Costa Blanca, one of the most popular tourist areas in Spain, is perfectly situated along the Mediterranean Sea. Northern Costa Blanca begins at the base of the mountains in Denia ad Javea while the southern part is near Torrevieja. The Costa Blancas beautiful weather, beaches and surroundings attract millions of visitors each year. Not surprisingly, the summer is its busiest tourist season but the weather in the Costablanca region is favorable all year round. Most v...

Costablanca: Too Much Fun, Not Enough Time

Costablanca: Too Much Fun, Not Enough TimeThe Costa Blanca, one of the most popular tourist areas in Spain, is perfectly situated along the Mediterranean Sea. Northern "Costa Blanca" begins at the base of the mountains in Denia ad Javea while the southern part is near Torrevieja. The Costa Blancas beautiful weather, beaches and surroundings attract millions of visitors each year. Not surprisingly, the summer is its busiest tourist season but the weather in the Costablanca region is favorable all year round. Most visitors to the Costa Blanca region fly into the Alicante Airport, or El Altet, as it is called. If you intend to travel during the summer, be sure to make your flight, hotel and car hire arrangements well in advance since tourism is the busiest during the summer season. By planning ahead, you will get the best deals and the greatest selection of flight and accommodation choices. Once you arrive at the airport, a rental car provides the most freedom in reaching your destination. However, you do have other options available at the Alicante Airport. There is no train connection at the airport, but buses and taxis can take you to the train station in downtown Alicante which can take you to surrounding towns. Of course, you may also take a bus or taxi directly to your hotel or apartment in Alicante or surrounding cities. One reason car hire services may be the better transportation option is because of the tremendous number of attractions the Costa Blanca offers, particularly the Alicante province. Tourism is a large part of this areas economy and is a very popular destination for tourists from Europe, especially the United Kingdom. Alicante is the capital of the Costa Blanca region and is a major city in the area. There is so much to see and do in this city alone, such as museums, cathedrals, festivals and, of course, the beach. It is a great opportunity to experience Spanish culture and learn about the areas history. The Castell de Santa Barbara is a famous castle in Alicante situated high on a hill overlooking the sea. Its construction dates back to 400 B.C. and was originally erected to protect Alicate. Besides its enchanting castle atmosphere with the moats, drawbridges, tower and dungeons, it offers visitors a great view of the bay and the city. A popular day trip from Alicante is to the Isla Tabarca, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. You can take a ferry to the island where you can enjoy this small fishing village atmosphere, its great seafood restaurants, clear water and rocky beach. Another city in the Costa Blanca, Benidorm, actually started out as a fishing village but is now mostly a tourist-based economy. Benidorm is known for its night life and has more hotels than any other city in Spain. Clearly, it has come along way from the small fishing village it once was. South of Benidorm is the small village of Villajoyosa. Its slower pace and quiet atmosphere offers a break from the larger cities nearby, such as Alicante and Benidorm. Villagjoyosa is famous for its chocolate which you can sometimes smell as you enter the town.

Wyoming Boasts Natural Flatlands And Mountains

Wyoming Boasts Natural Flatlands And Mountains

Being one of the largest states in the union, just over a half million people have chosen to call Wyoming home, making it the least populated state. Its open ranges as well as vast mountain ranges make the state diverse in it attractions.In the northwest corner of the state, Yellowstone National Park boasts geysers and hot springs as well as many geothermal features. Old Faithful Geyser draws millions of visitors each year. The park is also home to free ranging animals such as buffalo and elk and is home to grizzly bears and wolves.On the other side of the state, in the Black Hills in the northeast corner, a towering rock formation called Devils Tower draws visitors by the millions each year as well as members of several Native American tribes who return to the area for annual rituals. It came under the National Park Service in 1916. Mountain climbers began their quest for the top in the 1930s with records of climbs kept since 1937.The state capital of Cheyenne is located in the southeast corner of the state just off Interstate 80 with I-25 running north and south near the capital. Wyoming is an arid state receiving only about ten inches of rainfall each year. It is unique in that no water from any source in the state makes it to either ocean. The water from rain either evaporates or is absorbed into the ground. It is not a farm-friendly environment yet many ranches are established near the mountain ranges on all four sides of the state.The ski areas in the northwestern part of the state does enjoy significant show fall with precipitation often approaching 200 inches a year in the mountainous region of the Teton Range. In order to enjoy some of the best snow skiing in the country you will have to get off the beaten path, read that interstate highways, as I-80, I-90 and I-25 carry you mostly through the eastern and southern part of the state, the mountains of the Grand Teton National Park is located in the northwest part of the state and have some of the highest peaks leading into the Rocky Mountains.Route 287 and 189 will take you into the Bridger-Teton National Forest for some of the best natural scenery in the country, located in the western section of Wyoming and in the north central, leave I-90 on Route 14 and travel through the Big Horn National Forest. The Wind River Indian Reservation also draws visitors to view Native American life, located off Routes 134 and 26 to the west of Casper. Continue on to the northwest and pay a visit to the Shoshone National Forest for some of the best photography opportunities in the state.

How To Find Cheap Holidays To Spain

How To Find Cheap Holidays To Spain

Are you thinking of visiting Spain but are put off by what youve heard from your friends about the expense of a holiday there? Its true that often people think of a holiday to a Mediterranean country such as Spain as a very expensive and difficult trip to plan. This is simply not true. There is a good selection of cheap holidays to Spain that include airfare, hotels and even car rentals or tours once you arrive. Looking for one of the many cheap holidays to Spain is simple if you have access to a computer and the internet. Many of the online booking companies offer discount packages if you travel slightly off season, which may mean planning your vacation either just in front or just behind the peak tourist season.In Spain the peak vacation times are the summer months of June to September, but the warm weather often extends well past September and even in April and May. In fact, you may find that a holiday outside the peak periods is in fact much more enjoyable and bearable. After all, its no fun at all walking around cities like Seville, Cordoba or Granada in the boiling heat of a July or August midday. Planning your vacation just off the main tourist times will usually give you cheaper flights, cheaper hotels and a lot less people around. Another option is to take last minute flights that have not sold, often these flights are a fraction of the price but do require a lot of flexibility.Staying in hostels is a great way to have cheap holidays to Spain but many hostels have requirements on age and time that you can stay. Sticking to independent hotels rather than the larger chain hotels can also provide slightly decreased costs, plus it allows you to really experience the culture of the area. Another option is to stay in one place that has a good low daily rate and simply travel using rental cars, buses or even the train on day trips to see the surrounding areas.One of the best ways to decrease the costs of a trip to Spain is to stay just slightly off the beaten path. Many of the smaller towns around the larger cities have wonderful accommodations at a fraction of the price. Meals, food and drink are often much more reasonable in smaller areas than in the big cities. A rail pass is a relatively inexpensive way to get around the country and saves the traveler from having to navigate the roads and deal with a rental car. Rail or train travel is popular and inexpensive throughout Europe and the rail passes can be used outside of Spain, making them a good cost saving idea for cheap holidays in Spain.As you can see, there are many ways you can look into to reduce the price of your holidays in Spain. The main thing is to actually get there and soak in the sun, the joie de vivre of the people, the delicious food or whatever else attracts you!

Hello From Orlando- Part 20: The Walking Hall Of Fame Of The PGA Father Son Challenge At ChampionsGate

Hello From Orlando- Part 20:  The Walking Hall Of Fame Of The PGA Father Son Challenge At ChampionsGate

After our exciting round at Mystic Dunes, it was only mid-afternoon on a gorgeous day with blue skies, so we decided to take a 10 minute drive and drop in on the Father Son Challenge at Champion's Gate, which has been held for the last 3 years at this golf course in the South part of Orlando. You can't miss Champion's Gate, when you first get off exit 58 on the I-4, the impressive main entrance gates to Champion's Gate are right there.The Father Son Legend is truly a walking Hall of Fame of Golf, and it's a celebration of the sport as well as of the bonds of family. Famous golf professionals of the present and the past play with their talented sons and daughters, and all of them share a passion for the game.This year's line-up included Jack and Jackie Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and his grandson Sam Saunders, Vijay Singh and 15 year old son Qass, Mark and Shaun O'Meara, Craig and Chris Stadler, Bob and David Charles, Raymond and Robert Floyd (Raymond has won the Father Son Challenge 5 times since 1994 together with his sons Robert and Raymond Jr.), Hale and Steve Irwin, Tom and David Kite, Bernard and 15 year old Stefan Langer, Davis Love III and his 12-year old son Dru, Johnny Miller and Johnny Miller II, Larry and Josh Nelson, Curtis and Tom Strange, Lee and Daniel Trevino, Fuzzy Zoeller and his daughter Gretchen.We parked our car and approached the club house. Just as we were walking towards the stands on the 18th hole, Davis Love III had finished his round and was coming towards the club house. It is really an amazing experience, seeing all these world famous celebrities and icons of the sport, up so close and so relaxed in this unique tournament format.The rules of playh are based on a Scramble Format, which means that on each hole, each player drives and the best drive is selected. Each player then plays a second shot from the spot where the selected drive lies, and the best second shot is selected. This process is completed uniti the hole is completed.When we were there we also saw golf greats like Vijay Singh, Mark O'Meara and Lee Trevino finish their rounds. It was great seeing Vijay, relaxing after his final putt with a coffee in hand, awaiting the arrival of his son on the last hole and watching his son's last putt of the day. Because this tournament pairs up the great players of golf with their sons or daughters, it really gives you a much better feeling of these professionals as human beings, and according to Allan Findley, General Manager of Champions Gate, many of these players truly relish this event, which allows them to celebrate their sport as a family away from the pressures of the PGA Tour.We really enjoyed the atmosphere at the Father Son Challenge, and it would have been great to see some of the other legends of golf, like Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, in person. Unfortunately we have an extremely tight schedule and will be unable to come back on a second day, but it was a great experience, getting a first person look at this "Walking Hall of Fame" of the game of golf. For the entire article including photos please visithttp://www.travelandtransitions.com/stories_photos/orlando_championsgate_fatherson.htm

Travels And Holidays In Italy

Travels and Holidays in Italy, Promotion Italy to promote tourism in our beautiful country and let people know more about the tourist resorts in all regions, both for beach or mountain tourism, information on tourism in Italy. Promotion Italy wants to be a guide for those who would like to know this country better, region by region, under every aspect, from the north to the south of this peninsula. On Promotion Italy you can find information regarding tourism in Italy, suggested itineraries, means of transportation and communication, typical products and the so-called wine and food weekends. Italy is considered as one of the most beautiful, artistically and culturally rich countries, in the whole world.This, when combined with the presence of a variety of receptive structures of every type and category, makes us unique. Foreign tourists consider this an irresistible combination and visit our artistic cities year-round, crowd our beaches during the summer months, and our mountain areas during the winter ones. The territory of Italy is various, going from the sea to hills and mountains, offering many possibilities to those tourists who visit its artistic cities, islands and beaches. Italys main tourist resorts offer Hotels of every category (from one-two-three-four stars to five stars) which provide a great hospitality for every need; the farm holiday resorts, hotels and residences are the main income of this region, they are located throughout the whole territory and are situated along the coasts and on the hills.Between the more famous cities of art we remember Florence, Venice, Rome, Pisa, Siena, Bologna, Siracusa, Milano, Torino, but Italy is a true museum to the open air and its territory is richest of testimonies and works of art worthy to be visited. The assortment of Italys hospitality is completed by beautiful residential homes and tourist villages right for both families and youngsters holidays.

A Romantic Getaway To Pole Pole Resort On Mafia Island Tanzania

Pole Pole Resort is the perfect Romantic Getaway, the ideal place for a romantic honeymoon package on Mafia Island off the coast of Tanzania. Mafia is a remote small wooded island accessible only by plane, best from Dar es Salaam, or Zanzibar or other parts of Tanzania via Dar. There are flights every day, but be warned the aircraft is small, perhaps only 16 seats and it isnt for the faint hearted. After landing on a grass airstrip on Mafia it is still a further hour by jeep.Pole Pole as a vacation destination which is off the beaten track immediately means that only like minded souls tend to go there, plus a good sprinkling of honeymoon couples post safari, because it really is a romantic honeymoon getaway more than anything else.Pole Pole in Swahili means literally take it easy and that is exactly what you will do when you are here. In East Africa you get used to noise and bustle, hassle and delays, children begging for money. At Pole Pole Lodge there is none of this. What you get is peace and tranquility, and lots of sunshine. Not a sign of a dusty road, just a beach.Pole Pole specializes in excellent service and cuisine. There are 7 spacious bungalows and large shady verandas with day beds. The room and veranda are very much built in local style with carved and antique pieces, very private, and very clean. You do feel like a bit of a castaway. Two bungalows are designated Family Rooms with a second bedroom with twin beds. With the lack of mains electricity at Pole Pole it comes as a bit of a surprise that the bedrooms come with a fan, and there is a walk in shower with no shortage of hot water. The early morning tea in bed, and sundowner cocktails on the veranda will live with you long after you leave Pole Pole.There really isnt anything to do apart from relaxing on a day bed, swimming at high tide, although the beach does vanish, and swimming at low tide is impossible. You can take dhow trips to remote beaches and island where you wont see another soul, as this whole place is so empty and unspoiled. The snorkeling and diving are incredible with quite amazing fish, coral, and colors you really cant believe until you see it.Pole Pole really is the kind of sleepy place for honeymooners who have spent the first part of their "romantic honeymoon package" on safari, and now just want to chill out.Eating is a major feature at Pole Pole, and there is a strong Italian management team here. As you might expect the food has an Italian flavor allied to African and spicy European influences and delicious it is too. Most food is organically produced and bought locally to benefit the local economy. You might well find the antipasto consists of something like octopus salad, and there will also be pasta on the menu. You will find that fish features hugely on the menu, and you will often be served an ice cold dessert which isnt bad considering there is no mains electricity. The split level dining bar area is at the bottom of the hill, right next to the kitchen reception area, all lit by oil lamps and candles. With the very elegant glassware and crockery it makes for a lovely setting. If you are worried about not liking something on a very small menu, your concerns will be allayed by the manageress who will ensure any food problems are taken care of. Alcohol by the way isnt expensive, and house wines can be ordered by the glass.In terms of daytime eating, breakfast is a mixture of fresh local fruit, featuring the likes of Mango and Papaya, bread, toast and eggs if you want them. If you are out on a trip a picnic is supplied otherwise there is a light lunch at Pole Pole.The staff at this remote outpost on "Mafia Island" are very friendly and helpful. Pole Pole is a perfect spot for a romantic honeymoon, but probably five days would be a long enough visit.For other Indian Ocean Hideaways go to http://www.worldwidevacationspots.com/categories/Indian-Ocean-Hideways/

Summary

The Costa Blanca, one of the most popular tourist areas in Spain, is perfectly situated along the Mediterranean Sea. Northern Costa Blanca begins at the base of the mountains in Denia ad Javea while the southern part is near Torrevieja. The Costa Blancas beautiful weather, beaches and surroundings attract millions of visitors each year. Not surprisingly, the summer is its busiest tourist season but the weather in the Costablanca region is favorable all year round. Most v...