The United Kingdom has a huge variety of landscapes and cultures to experience. England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are all unique countries with their own history and traditions. The UK is famous for its history, culture, royal family, fashion and sport as well as its art and music scenes. There is therefore a huge array of historical landmarks, museums, events and activities as well as some of the best shopping in the world. You can visit the heart of England by staying at a London holiday rental where you can experience all this bustling city has to offer. You can learn more about the local history of the city by taking an open top bus tour through the busy London streets or you can shop till you drop in Harrods, one of the world's largest and most luxurious department stores. Another must see site is the Queens London residence, Buckingham Palace. Throughout England you can enjoy thousands of years of incredible history with a visit to one of the many castles, stately homes and ruins. A must see for any history lover is Stonehenge; a prehistoric monument located in Wiltshire and believed to have been erected around 2500BC. If you would rather enjoy the beautiful natural scenery of England you can enjoy a hike in the Lake District, known for his breathtaking views and excellent hiking trails. If you are looking for a livelier contemporary English holiday experience then you can visit of one the many cosmopolitan cities located in England such as Liverpool, Birmingham or Manchester where you can enjoy the many museums, shops, bars and excellent local restaurants that are available. Scotland is everything you can imagine and more, filled with historic sites, 800 castles, breath taking landscapes, plenty of golf and of course whiskey. When staying at a Scottish holiday home you can experience a rural get away or a vibrant and exciting city break. Scotland is known for its many creative writers, painters and musicians who are celebrated at the many festivals Scotland hosts, including the annual Edinburgh film festival which is an unmissable experience. You also can't visit Scotland without taking a look for Nessie at Loch Ness. The landscapes in Wales are famous for their striking beauty and serenity and the area also boasts over 400 castles. Wales is famous for its history and beauty and there are plenty of opportunities to explore both. Enjoy the relaxed way of life as you unwind on your welsh vacation or try one of the many adventure activities that are available throughout the incredible landscapes and coastlines. Northern Ireland is filled with vibrant city escapes like Belfast and Derry as well as beautiful landscapes and coast lines which for the more adventurous traveler offer a huge array of adventure activities. Northern Island is also the perfect holiday destination for anyone interested in learning the history of the great ship Titanic as Northern Ireland is its birthplace. Whether you are looking for a busy city get away or a relaxed holiday home within the rural local landscapes you will find it available with a Northern Island holiday rental. While staying at your UK rental home don't forget to try the local food delicacies, whether it's an English cream tea, pie and chips in Yorkshire, haggis and shortbread in Scotland or fish and Chips by the sea. When visiting the UK you are guaranteed a holiday full of diverse cultures and history. With a huge selection of castles, museums, art galleries, stately homes, royal palaces, zoos, gardens and theme parks to explore, you will be spoilt for choice.
A country with a high quality of life, a country that is highly developed, a country with top health-care systems, a country that is one of the most globalized and peaceful, a country that is a very important member of the European Union and NATO, well the country is Portugal, with its capital Lisbon. Portugal is all of the above and more. So you can imagine, how good a Portuguese vacation home would be. On a Portuguese vacation you would experience an amalgamation of a Mediterranean climate; which in other words means warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool, wet winters, and a semi-arid climate; which in other words means hot, sometimes extremely hot, summers and mild to warm winters. As a matter of fact, Portugal is one of the warmest European countries. Reaching your dream holiday destination and making yourself comfortable in a beautiful Portuguese vacation home might be easier than you think; this is owing to the fact that Portugal has excellent air connectivity, with three international airports located near its principal cities of Lisbon, Porto and Faro. In addition, Lisbon's geographical position makes it a stopover for many foreign airlines at several airports within the country. The flagship Portuguese carrier is TAP Portugal, and apart from the official carrier there are a number of other domestic airlines that provide services within and without the country. The fact that the county is extremely well connected internally by road and rail, augers mention. Portugal is a nation which truly showcases the fact that architecture and nature go hand in hand; with breathtaking villas and cottages that are located in the lap of nature, and it's out of these that you can choose your ideal Portuguese vacation home. In fact, you would be left wondering, if it's the accommodation or where it's located at, that has left you more spellbound. Portugal is an ideal tourist destination, because it caters to tourists of every kind, but here are a few destinations that no tourist can afford to miss, whatever be his/her preference: Belem: This is the very place from where Magellan and Vasco Da Gama set sail to explore the known world, if that isn't reason enough, the scintillating monuments and the serenity of the area would be reason enough, to make this place a part of your holiday itinerary. National Palace of Pena: A UNESCO world heritage site ,reason enough for you to pay this place a visit, and if you still aren't sold here is a quote from Lord Byron himself ?I must just observe that the village of Cintra in Estremadura is the most beautiful in the world.? It needs to be added that the palace overlooks the village of Cintra, need we say more? Costa Vincentina National Park: If it's some romance you crave, an evening here will remain imprinted in your memory for your lifetime, and it's not just the ambient natural beauty but also the sunset, its beauty might have inspired many a poet. Azores: If you ever were under the impression that you could get tired of exploring and soaking in nature, Azores would surely prove you wrong, in fact you would concede hands down, that the sun kissed mountains, the carpet of exotic flowers and lush green grass, and cloud kissing hills are a sight right out of an artist's dream. If they say Switzerland is paradise, Azores is the place where people who stay in paradise go for a vacation. The places mentioned above are but a drop in the ocean, compared to the many sights and activities Portugal has to offer, but to really experience Portugal you have to begin by making reservations for one of those beautiful Portuguese vacation home choices, plan your travel itinerary and on the first available opportunity end up there. In fact, once you have actually flavored the true essence of Portugal, there is a risk of you not wanting to leave.
An Italy vacation is what dreams are made of: a history buffs delight, an adventure enthusiasts' amusement park, and a travelers' treat. A holiday home can put you right in the heart of the historical wonders of this country which are awe-inspiring. What's left of the Roman Empire can be seen at the Colosseum and the Pantheon in Rome. Masterpieces of the renaissance movement can be seen at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence which holds Michelangelo's famed sculpture of David. Florence is also home to the works of Da Vinci and Dante. Or you could visit Genoa the home of Christopher Columbus. One can not mention a historical Italy without boasting of the leaning tower located in Pisa. Ancient Greece is also a part of Italy in Sicily where there are architectural wonders and Greek temples to explore. There are also countless museums and cathedrals in cities such as Bologna, Turin, Genoa and Cesena to name just a few. The history is endless in Italy and will leave any history buff with a feeling of contentment. An Italian vacation villa can also house the passionate adventurer. With some of the best hiking and skiing available in the Italian Alps and such stunning coastlines and islands there is never a dull moment. Skiing in the winter and mountain climbing in the summer can also be found all throughout this beautiful country. Some areas that offer these activities are Cervinia and Torino in the north, Mt. Etna in the south and Albruzzo in central Italy. The unusual beaches of Sorrento and Capri also offer great activities such as boating and trekking through the lush hills. Oh the beauty of being away from the cares of everyday life and experiencing new sights, tastes and cultures. For the traveler in you there are so many things to see and do in Italy. We've covered the historical and adventuresome sides to Italy, but there is so much more. The shopping in Milan or Naples is some of the best in the world. You can go on wine tastings in the Tuscany and Umbria regions or enjoy the nightlife at pubs and bars in Rome or Sorrento. The extensive waterways and palaces of Venice make this city a must as well. The Italians are serious about there food too. So no matter where your villa rental is you are sure to have some of the finest Italian cuisine very close by. Italian holiday homes to rent are sure to offer a vacation of a lifetime in this charming country.
Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait. The two major countries nearby are India and the Maldives. Until 1972 it was known as Ceylon. The two major ethnic groups in the island nation are the Sinhalese and Tamils with Buddhism as its major religion.Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful holiday locations in the world and it has a wide array of choices whether you're looking for a holiday resort or a holiday home to spend your vacation in. Profiles of practically every budget can be found once you decide to spend your next holiday in Sri Lanka. The country is blessed with the quintessential tropical weather. Of course it helps that comparatively it is a smaller country and is completely surrounded by the seas and an ocean. It is lush green round the year and there are many parts of the island that remain unexplored. The ancient Buddhist temples coupled with an unadulterated flora and fauna make it an ideal holiday destination for people across the globe. Luxury holiday seekers as well as the backpackers turn up in hundreds of thousands every year to this beautiful country. Its beaches, undoubtedly, are its greatest attraction. To get started you can easily reach Negombo, which is 37 km north of Colombo and just 6 km from the international airport. As Negombo is a fishing village you will have access to lots of great seafood. As well as lazing on the golden sands there are also some amazing experiences available such as canoe and catamaran rides Another beach that was a great hit even during the colonial times is Mount Lavinia. A major tourist attraction, it is a laid-back town known for its vibrant nightlife. One of the most liberal parts of the country, it plays host to the annual gay pride. And if you love kites, it also holds the Rainbow Kite Festival. Such places are perfect for renting out a holiday home. Enjoy surfing? Then you need to make sure to visit Hikkaduwa which is famous for its beaches, nightlife, corals, and of course, surfing. In fact it is a well-known international destination for board-surfing. Another beach destination that can be easily reached from Colombo is Bentota -- just 62 km away. This is where river Bentota merges into the sea. The place also has its own airport called Bentota River Airport. Sri Lanka boasts eight world heritage sites including the Dambulla Cave Temple that is also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla, Polonnaruva that is an ancient city supposedly established in the 11th century A.D., Galle that was a major port in the 14th century, Sigirya that is a large stone and ancient rock fortress surrounded by grand gardens, reservoirs and other man-made structures, the Central Highlands, the Sinharaja Tropical Rainforest, Kandy that is the last of the ancient capitals of the island nation and Anuradhapura that holds the well-preserved ruins of another Sri Lankan civilization. Being one of the top tourist destinations in the world, Sri Lanka also provides you the usual dose of shopping malls, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. You can travel by air or by the well-connected network of roads, trains, and even horse driven carriages.Of course the best way to enjoy your holiday in Sri Lanka is to rent a holiday home near your the perfect vacation spot for you.
When you think vacation, some of you might just want to relax, enjoy, indulge yourself with some fine cuisine, and basically let your hair down. While for some of you a vacation might mean embarking on unknown adventures, while for others the personification of an ideal vacation would be absorbing the local culture, historical monuments and ancient architecture. What if you could find all this and more under one sky; in this enigmatic albeit overcrowded land, called India? From the tallest snow capped peaks to the deepest oceans, from dense forests to never ending desert sands, India is a country capable of satiating the appetites of every discerning tourist. With nearly 1.2 billion people, India ranks only behind China in the terms of population, so when a tourist needs directions, they would always find enough people around whom they could ask. Another reason India offers so much in terms of tourism is the fact that it's one of the largest countries in the world, in terms of area, and is ranked 7th over all. Hence the diversity in its flora and fauna. On your Indian vacation you would primarily experience three basic Seasons, the summers, the winters and the monsoons. The elevation and your location in the country would determine the intensity with which you would experience any of these climates. It would be sensible on your part to book an Indian vacation home before embarking on your journey; you can choose from a wide variety that are available, you would surely find more than a few that would not only fit your needs, but also your budget. Once in India you would find a wide variety of options for transportation; depending on your budget and urgency you could choose from one of the many options available to you. India is known for its dense network of airways, railways and roadways that more than satisfactorily connect it internally. All the major cities of India have international airports, thus making India a globally appealing tourist destination. If all you have on your mind are two words, relaxation and great food, you have to begin your journey at Goa. After you have made your choice of an Indian vacation home in Goa, you could venture out to explore the many beaches here, some beaches beckon you with their solitude, whereas others with the sheer vibrancy of life and colors. Little can one imagine while relaxing on one of its beaches that in some other part of India are cities and towns covered in snow, where tourists just like you are skiing down mountain slopes. Speaking of skiing and snow-capped mountains, India is one of those rare tourist destinations, that provide you the luxury of enjoying warm sandy beaches as much as icy cold winds and snow-fall. Gulmarg in Kashmir is one such place, once you have visited Kashmir even the Swiss Alps would pale in comparison. Kashmir would allow you the luxury of skiing, sledding or probably just building your own snowman, during the winters. Many visit India each year for tourism of a completely different kind. Their purpose, primarily spiritual or metaphysical. With India being home to nearly every religion in the world, and with it being the birthplace of many of these religions, it's a little wonder that this great nation is a popular destination for spiritual tourism. From Hindu temples to Buddhist monasteries, from mosques to churches, these monuments of spirituality not only appeal to the spiritually inclined, but also to the aesthetically inclined.The sand dunes of Rajasthan are another sight worth beholding. Rajasthan is famous for its colorful people and fairy-tale castles and forts. The sands of Rajasthan are dipped in Rajput history and culture. The Rajputs were a royal warrior clan, whose tales of bravery and honour rival those of the Japanese Samurai. The many museums and monuments all across Rajasthan pay homage to these great warriors. Words wouldn't do justice to describe the enigma that is India; it can only be felt and experienced firsthand. No amount of words can encompass the true essence of India. The best way for you to do it would be to plan an Indian vacation long enough, so you can at least scrape the surface of all that India has to offer. Next, sensibly you would plan your travel itinerary, to best utilize the duration of your vacation, and ultimately all that would be left for you to do is to head for that very comfortable Indian vacation home.