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Mega-Fun – Magaluf

January 21, 2013

Famous BCM Planet Dance in Magaluf

If you’ve seen Ibiza, you’ll love Magaluf. If you haven’t seen Ibiza yet, you’ll love both, unless you’re old and boring. If you’re a party animal, Magaluf is the place for you this summer! It’s about fun, clubs, drinking, lovely beaches, open minds, foam parties, famous DJs and so on.

So where is this magical place? It’s in Majorca (Mallorca), Spain, so that makes it about 2 hours flying distance from the U.K. Yes, Paradise can be as close as that… Now let’s start talking about the thing you’re most interested in – clubs.

The biggest and most famous club in Magaluf is BCM (Planet Dance). This is actually the 7th biggest club in the world and you’ll find it on Avenida S’Olivera. The club itself is made up of two massive dancefloors, the lower one (Millenium) being worldwide known for the fabulous foam parties. Some of the guest DJs of the club are: Tiesto, David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, Paul Van Dyk, DJ Sammy, Pete Tong, Ferry Corsten, Alex Gaudino, Armin Van Buuren or Erik Morillo. Thinking about all of these guys in one place we bet you’ll be glad to know that the pre-opening party this year will be on the 26th of April. This means that right about now would definitely the best time to book a cheap flight.

But there are a lot more clubs on that famous Magaluf strip – Mulligan’s (previously known as The Venue), Boomerang, The Poco Loco, Bananas, Banana Joe’s; and these are only a brief selection of the biggest ones. Of course, in addition to these, there’s no shortage of bars.

And even though Magaluf is famous for its nightlife, you can also find ways of having fun during the day. For example, if you’re fond of water rides and you’re looking for an adrenaline boost, you’ll just love The West Park. And speaking of adrenaline, you might want to try The House of Katmandu – surprising, thrilling, mysterious, with a 4D cinema and a couple of exciting rides. But if you like to keep your feet on the ground you can always get a bit of a thrill on the kart track. Oh, and don’t forget to see the pirate show at Els Pirates.

Of course, you also get to enjoy the standard benefits of a seaside resort: sunbathing and swimming. But even these have an extra exciting spin – sunbathing is a lot more fun when you’re dancing your way to a tan at a boat party and when it comes to swimming, try the challenge of swimming to Black Lizard Island.

All in all, it’s definitely something you want to experience in this lifetime, and the sooner you do, the better!

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The Lovely Greek Islands

January 18, 2013

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By now you’re surely sick and tired of all the cold, but sunny days are sure to come. And when they do, you’d better have a good vacation plan so you don’t waste any sunshine.

Did we say sunshine? Funny how the Greek islands were our first association with that, right? We bet you’re starting to visualize them yourself, with their sandy beaches, clear blue water, white little houses so let’s keep the mental image alive…

We’re basically talking about 6000 islands and islets spread around the Aegean and Ionian seas. Not all of them are inhabited, but about 227 of them are and they’re all ready to welcome you. Of course, the most hospitable for tourists are: Santorini, Crete, Corfu, Rhodes, Mykonos, Skiathos, Ios and Zakynthos.

Santorini is probably the most beautiful and a genuine paradise for sun lovers, shoppers and photographs. Crete is the largest island and its size covers both beaches and mountains. Corfu is a feast for the eyes with its olive groves and orange gardens and it’s simply Heaven if you enjoy long walks and good food. Rhodes has a lot of Turkish influences and it’s basically a medieval jewel. Mykonos is a surfer’s paradise and it’s also a very interesting blend of history and modern glamour. Skiathos is famous for its walking routes and if you’re truly looking for relaxation, the natural beauties of this island will do the trick. Ios (which means flower) is a diver’s paradise thanks to its blue-green clear waters and it’s also a great place to try exotic foods. Zante can be your own personal haven thanks to its multitude of secluded beaches and it’s also a wonderful place for diving and climbing.

And something that applies to all of the Greek Islands – their clubbing scenes are constantly evolving and from year to year you’ll get more and more options for your crazy summer nights. For your daytime entertainment there’s always sun bathing and swimming, but as you’ve already read above, you can also dive, snorkel, sail, climb, water ski, windsurf. And let’s not forget about the impressive number of archaeological remains of the Ancient Greek culture.

So what are you waiting for? Choose an island, book a flight and check out our App to see who else is going. And don’t worry about money – there are more than 250 camping sites so you’ll be saving a lot on accommodation.

Sensation

January 8, 2013

Sensation is definitely something you should experience. We’ll try to give you a very general description on this event (actually, “the world’s leading dance event” as the organizers call it), but that mixed feeling of great music, pulsing lights and the massive crowds moving as one is really something you have to live on your own.

So what’s it about? It started in 2000, in Netherlands and until 2005 it was hosted exclusively on Amsterdam Arena. But it became so big and popular that it started to move around the world in: Poland, Spain, Austria, Chile, Germany, Belgium, Czech Republic, Latvia, Russia, Denmark, Lithuania, Portugal, Serbia, Brazil, Norway, Ukraine, United Kingdom. Starting with 2012 it also moved to: the United States of America, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey and Romania. And it seems that 2013 will be the first year when Sensation will also be present in Italy.

And since we’re talking about 2013, let’s be precise: Hasselt (Belgium, on 09.03), Bucharest (Romania, 06.04), Santiago (Chile, 13.04), Bologna (Italy, 13.04), Prague (Czech Republic, 25.05), Sankt Petersburg (Russia, 08.06) and Amsterdam (Netherlands, 06.07).

But wherever you’ll be going for this event, it’s a global event and it’s about house music and trance music, gathering the world’s best Djs: Armin van Buuren, Tiesto, ATB, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Marco V, Paul van Dyk and so on.

The first too events (2000 and 2001) were single events, but starting with 2002 Sensation split into Sensation White and Sensation Black, each with their own feel and their own dress code. Sensation Black (which required exclusively black clothing) was for the darker side of the house music (and it’s currently branded as “the reflection of your darker side”). Sensation White (which seems to be more popular and this is the event that’s actually moving around the world) requires a white dress code and its essence is celebrating life with . In recent years there has been added a charitable side to this event under the name of “Dance4Life” and it’s probably one of the reasons why Sensation White has become the better known half of Sensation. Black is always held in the second week-end of July, but tickets for both events usually get sold out pretty fast.

So whatever kind of Sensation you like and wherever you’d prefer to witness the Sensation event, we strongly recommend you add this to your party list. It’s really hard to describe it in words so try to sample the feeling through a couple of videos or albums on the Internet. And after you’ve chosen the location, give our app a try and see what other house music fans will be going there too.

Strange Places in The World

January 7, 2013

Door to Hell

When we’re thinking about holidays, we’ve grown accustomed to think about beautiful places, sunny beaches, clear blue water and so on. But there are other kinds of sights out there, and we decided to tell you about some of the strangest places on Earth.

First on out list is the “Door to Hell” (Derweze or Darvaza), a 70 meter hole in a village in Turkmenistan. It’s actually placed in an area very rich in natural gas, and in 1971, while the Soviets were drilling this area, the rig collapsed. The hole that resulted has been set on fire in order to avoid the spread of toxic gas, but since the soil is so rich in this natural resource, it’s still burning. But the end result is quite a frightening sight and at least on a visual level it fully deserves its name.

Also worthy of this category is Salar de Uyuni (or Salar de Tunupa) in Bolivia. It’s the largest salt field in the world, spreading over 10582 km2. It has an extremely flat surface and it’s a few meter thick. The surface is useful for transportation, but it’s also a reliable protection layer for a large quantity of brine, which makes up for about 50-70% of the world’s lithium supply.

And speaking of salt, the “cotton castle” (Pamukkale) from Turkey comes to mind. It’s a beautiful set of white terraces that mix with the 17 soothing hot water springs (somewhere between 35o C and 100oC). It’s an absolutely gorgeous views and even the Ancients thought so, since the Greco-Roman citi of Hierapolis was built on it. Obviously, there are a lot of minerals floating around, so these waters can also cure, and they’ve been used as a SPA since the 2nd century BC.

All that salt must have made you crave for sweets, so let’s go to The Chocolate Hills, in the Bohol Province, Philipines. They are basically a condensed array of 1260-1776 hills spread over 50 km2 and they get their name from their autumn look, when they turn brown since they’re covered with grass. We won’t bore you with geology, but we’ll tell you that there’s a legend about them and it involves giants. You can choose the violent version, where the hills are the result of a fight between 2 giants, or the romantic version where they’re tears of a heart-broken giant.

And last, bot surely not least is the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone Park, the largest hot spring in USA and famous for it’s very lively colours. Its rainbow like chromatic properties are caused by the presence of bacteria that grow around the edges of this pool of water, that is also very rich in minerals.

Of course, our planet has many more secrets to reveal. Most of them have good scientific explanations, but sometimes it’s better to simply enjoy the view and ponder on nature’s miracles.

Iceland – Fire and Ice All in One

January 5, 2013

Holiday Eyjafjallaj-kull volcano Iceland

 

We bet that there are out there more of you who prefer summer over winter, but the truth is that winter has its own special charm. You too can probably appreciate the snow or love the crisp air, but you’re probably not all that fond of the cold. Well, good news! There’s a place that can help you enjoy the wonderful winter scenery, but also has the means to keep you warm while you’re taking in all that fresh air.

We’re talking about Iceland, the land of hot water springs. It’s a lovely combination of frozen glaciers and hot lava. Actually, it’s not even all that cold – during this time of the year, obviously the coldest, temperatures go around -1oC. But we already told you that you can take advantage of a couple of places that are guaranteed to keep you warm. For example, the Landmannalaugar valley can keep you warm from the inside out with a spectacular view of lava mountains and luscious green plateaus and from the outside in if you choose to take a dip into the water springs that flow from Laugahraun. The beauty of this place is that networks of cold water and natural hot water intersect and create pools of warm water that are guaranteed to be around 36-40 degrees centigrade even in the middle of an aggressive winter. You can also visit the largest hot spring in Europe (Deildartunguhver), or one of the oldest hot springs in Iceland – Snorralaug – or even the very warm and steamy beauty called Hveravellir.

But there are a lot more spectacular sights to see in Iceland. The Blue Lagoon should be a definite must on your list, since it’s the spring with the highest flow and its water has an exceptionally high density of minerals. The Geysir is also another hot spot it’s basically a hot spring that ejects a column of hot water, about 60 meters tall; an extraordinary detail about this is that it became active only in 2000, after a series of earthquakes.

And if you’re the active type, there’s a lot to do around there: caving tours, snowmobile tours, glacier hiking, Super Jeep tours, ATV-Quad, biking, horse riding, snorkelling, diving, fishing, hiking tours, air plane tours, whale watching, sailing tours, motorboat tours, biking tours, photo tours and more.

Come on, go out there and defy nature. Challenge a glacier or enjoy a hot bath while it’s snowing around you.

Top Most Beautiful Beaches in the World

January 3, 2013

sunny beaches

There’s absolutely no more question about it. It’s winter! It’s cold, moist and we’re all covered in too many of layers of clothes. And since there’s no chance to get warm from the outside, let’s keep warm from the inside and think about the world’s most beautiful beaches.

We’re not making a top, because everybody has their own criteria and, you know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but we’ll talk about the most famous ones, since millions can’t be wrong.

Definitely among the most appreciated beaches in the world is the Seychelles archipelago. It’s basically a cluster of 115 islands and its special climate makes it so that rain is very rare and it’s always warm (somewhere between 24°C and 32°C). The islands are divided into 2 groups: Inner Islands (43 – 41 granitic and 2 coralline) and Outer Islands (72). However, not all 115 offer accommodation. Actually, only 15 (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Bird Island, Cerf, Chauve Souris, Cousine, Denis Island, Frégate, North Island, Round Island, Silhouette, Ste. Anne, Alphonse and Desroches) offer accommodation, but they’re offering luxurious lodges on the beach, minutes away from wonderful activities like sailing, fishing or diving.

Probably just as famous are the Maldives – another cluster of islands, 1190 coral islands to be more precise. The weather here is just as lovely as in Seychelles, with an almost perfect constant of  30°C and very infrequent thunderstorms. So basically you get sunny days, breezy nights and lovely sunsets. What can you do there? Sunbathing is the obvious answer, but you can also go diving, try different waters ports, fishing (even night fishing) or relax in a SPA.

And let’s not forget about Bora Bora, the icon of romantic islands. This 29 kilometres long strip of white sand in the South Pacific is protected by a lagoon and is well known for its intimate ambiance. But there’s more to the island than lying in the arms of your loved one: you can explore the lagoon, you can have breakfast in your bungalow’s balcony, breakfast brought to you by canoe, you can take 4×4 excursions, you can sail, dive, hike, go horseback riding or even do something really exotic – feed the sharks and sting rays.

Feeling warmer yet? Just think about that crystal clear blue water, the summer sun, the ocean breeze, the white sandy beaches, the floating bungalows and so on. Hold on, don’t take that coat off! It’s still cold where you are…

Where Are You Hanging Out this Winter Holiday?

December 24, 2012

There’s usually too little time and too many things you have to do on winter holidays, so it’s rather unlikely that you’ll be going very far. This basically means that you have to find fun things to do closer to home and we thought we could give you a couple of ideas.

One of the winter’s most popular hangouts is probably the skating rink and if you’re good at this, you’ll be happy to find out that you’ve got plenty of options: The Ice Cube in Leeds (UK’s largest open air ice rink, but it will open on the 25th of January 2013), Hampton Court Palace on Richmond up Thames (probably the best panoramic view, and it’s been open since the 1st of December), Winchester Cathedral (a truly wonderful experience, available since the 22nd of November), The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink in Brighton (right in the city centre and it’s already been open for more than a month), Yorkshire Winter Wonderland at York Designer Outlet (ice rink, funfair, a huge tree and lots of fun, available to all skaters since the 24th of November), Somerset House Ice Rink (elegant, but only open until the 6th of January), Eden Project in Cornwall (bright domes and a lot of time to get there, since it’s open from October to February), Tower of London Ice Rink (you could plan a walk on the banks of Thames and a serious round of sightseeing while you’re here, but you’d better hurry since it’s only open until the 6th of January), Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park (toboggan slides, markets, cafés and even a Ferris wheel, all in addition to the great ice rink and available to you and your friends until the 6th of January), or The National History Museum in London.

And if you’re in the mood for a lighter activity, shopping is definitely the season’s leader. Besides, it’s a great time to hang out with your friends in Christmas markets since they offer a wonderful setting and lots of entertaining options.

But if you really want something special, you can go for one of these: Breakfast with Santa at Warwick Castle in Warwickshire, a Victorian Christmas Weekend in Blists Hill Victorian Town, an Elizabethan Banquet at Lumley Castle in County Durham, The Dickensian Festival in Yorkshire or Victorian tours at Mancaster Castle in Cumbria.

These are only a couple of examples, but you can get really creative and choose something that fits your mood. You surely have options that are both very close to home or far enough to take a fun road trip with your mates. Just enjoy the spare time and feel the holiday spirit!

Get ahead of the game this year by finding out who is going on holiday to the same place at the same time as you – before you travel. Don’t wait until you get to resort do the legwork before you depart. Check out before you check in. A fun place for fun people! Click here !

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