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Plan your staycation in Crete

Crete is a beautiful place to spend a staycation and there’s plenty to explore that you may not have seen before. Vai beach is a beautiful sandy palm beach and is one of the largest natural palm forests in Europe. Lake Voulismeni is also worth visiting, and is located at the centre of Agios Nikolaos just a short 5-minute walk from our rental location. If you’re looking for an excursion, you can hop on over to Spinalonga Island, known as the island of the living dead, and explore the legend of the island in person. For those looking for a bit of history, take a trip to the Toplou Monastery which was built in the 15th century, and head on over to the Idean Cave also known as the ‘cave of the Goddess’ rumoured to be the birthplace of Zeus himself!

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Heraklion is steeped in history and home to ancient cities Knossos, Phaistos, Gortys, Tylissos and Malia. Knossos Palace is a must visit when you’re in town, and is the largest bronze age archaeological site on Crete, and linked to the tale of the Labyrinth and the Minotaur. We also recommend visiting the Heraklion Archeological Museum to find out more of the islands fascinating history and the Minoan civilisation, as well as the Koules Fortress located at the entrance of the old port. For those of you wanting a more relaxed day out, a visit to Matala beach will not disappoint.

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When visiting Rethimnon be sure to visit Rethimnon Old Town so you can see all the beauty it has to offer, including the many little shops selling local produce and gifts. You can also book onto a sightseeing cruise at the Venetian harbour, which dates back to the 13th century and is still in use today. A short walk from the harbour is the Fortezza Fortress, which was the citadel of the city back in the 16th century. This is a paid for attraction but is only about 4€ and worth every cent. We also recommend vising the Arkadi and Preveli monasteries which still sit in fantastic condition.

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Western Crete is a beautiful place to visit, and spring flowers last well into May giving a very picturesque habitat popular among bird watchers. There is also the natural park of Samaria Gorge, which is home to a rare Cretan kri-kri (goat) which lives in the mountains. If you are looking for a chilled-out staycation, head on over to the Old Town and harbour for a nice walk. The old town is also known as the most photographed spot in the city. For a relax on the beach you have Elafonisi, with stunning white sand, or Balos, another beautiful well photographed spot, to choose from.

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Plan your staycation in Italy

Let's be honest: those who live in Italy and decide to opt for a Staycation do not need particular advice. Just take a short train or car trip to reach incredible destinations, and often you won't even need to use a means of transport other than your own feet or a bicycle.

As a result of travel and movement restrictions due to the limitation of the Coronavirus pandemic, those who live in cities that were always full of tourists from all over the world - Rome, Florence and Venice to name the most famous - have had the opportunity to visit museums, exhibitions and other places of culture without fear of long queues and crowds.

If you belong to the category of people who have lived in Rome all their life but have always postponed the visit to the Vatican Museums for fear of spending hours in line at the entrance, or who have never been inside the Colosseum because "there is time, sooner or later I will go", but also if you live in a distant region and have always postponed your first visit to the Capital, maybe this is the right time to book that train or rental car and buy that ticket for the entrance to the museum or art gallery that you have always wanted to visit. Before travel restrictions are loosen up – we hope very soon – you may have the opportunity to see some of the most important places of art and culture in the world without too many crowds and queues.

And why not, maybe you will discover that that little restaurant in the centre that you have always considered too touristy makes a very good carbonara.

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The first thing we recommend that you do, if you go to Naples with your car or a rental car, is to leave it in a garage and wear a pair of comfortable shoes to get around the city on foot. Not only will you avoid the stress of the narrow and busy Neapolitan streets, but only in this way can you really immerse yourself in the life and smells that are hidden in every corner and alley of the city.

Some of the activities that we advise you not to miss when you are in Naples are:

1. Take the Stairs of Naples, over 200 natural pedestrian paths that connect the hills with the centre and the coast. These ancient pedestrian paths were born for urban planning needs and today are considered real masterpieces.

2. Take the underground. In Naples, this is not just a necessary activity to move from one point of the city to another, but a real cultural visit. The Toledo station is probably the most famous and scenic one.

3. Go to the Sansevero Chapel Museum and be impressed by the Veiled Christ, the famous marble sculpture by Giuseppe Sanmartino.

4. Enjoy a coffee in front of Piazza Plebiscito and find yourself choosing between short-crust or rippled sfogliatella, obviously to eventually have both.

5. Admire the panorama of the Gulf of Naples from the Virgilian Park, in the Posillipo district and enjoy the view of the islands of Ischia, Procida and Capri, the Gulf of Pozzuoli and Bacoli, the promontory of Capo Miseno and Mount Vesuvius.

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The city located on the north-western coast of Sicily has experienced, over the centuries, the influences of the different cultures that have inhabited it, especially the Roman, Islamic and Byzantine ones.

In the ninth century, the Muslims moved the capital of the island to Palermo, making it an important city in trade and culture. When the Normans conquered Sicily, they collected the Arab, Greek and Roman cultural heritage, creating a kingdom characterized by the coexistence of various ethnic groups and different religious faiths.

The important exchange of human values over time and the example of coexistence and interaction between different cultural components of heterogeneous historical and geographical origin have earned the "Arab-Norman Palermo" the inclusion among the UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015, together with the cathedrals of Cefalù and Monreale. There are 8 monuments in the Arab-Norman style that are part of the Unesco Heritage itinerary. Among these, the most emblematic of the city is most likely the Cathedral, built starting in 1184 and enlarged and transformed over the following centuries.

Find out more: www.visitsicily.info

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If you are more attracted by unspoiled nature, you can walk the paths of the Zingaro Nature Reserve, the first Nature Reserve born in Sicily, that has just been reopened after the devastating fire of 29 August 2020.

You can access the Reserve from the north entrance of San Vito Lo Capo or from the south entrance of Scopello. Entering the paths, it is possible to find uncrowded coves, authentic little green and white oases.

There are three types of trails, from the simplest and shortest coastal one to the highest, most challenging trail, recommended exclusively for trekking enthusiasts and experts.

In all cases, always remember to equip yourself with trekking or gym shoes, long pants, a hat and water supplies. If you go in spring or autumn, you will be able to better enjoy the route as it will not be too crowded.

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The Tuscan city was the Italian Capital of Culture in 2017, thanks to its artistic and architectural heritage but also to the commitment with which the city administration promotes and supports projects and initiatives that enhance its identity and traditions.

Piazza del Duomo is defined by the main buildings that have characterized the political and religious life of the city over the centuries: Palazzo Comunale, Palazzo Pretorio, the Cathedral of San Zeno, Palazzo dei Vescovi, the Baptistery and the spectacular bell tower.

The territory outside the three city walls offers a magnificent scenery: the Apennine mountains with the ski resorts, the Acquerino Nature Reserve, the San Marcello astronomical observatory, the Montalbano hills and their precious typical products and the Valdinievole, with the spa and hotel system of Montecatini and the town of Pinocchio, Collodi.

Not to be missed is also the village of Orsigna, where the famous journalist and writer Tiziano Terzani lived.

For music lovers, the ideal time to visit the city is the month of July, when the Pistoia Blues festival is staged in Piazza del Duomo. In this occasion, some of the greatest international artists have performed over the years.

The province of Pistoia is a unique area with plants typical of all areas of the world. The ornamental nursery activity is concentrated in the Pistoia Ombrone Valley.

Find out more: www.discovertuscany.com

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Plan your staycation in Finland

Helsinki is a fantastic spot for a staycation. It’s southern seaside location offers the perfect weather to explore in, with lots on offer to see and do. Despite Helsinki being the largest city in Finland, you wouldn’t know it from all the beautiful beaches, picturesque forests and 4 National Parks within a short drive. If you’d rather spend time inside, there are plenty of museums and galleries to visit as well such as the Uspenski Cathedral and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Helsinki is also home to one of the oldest zoos in the world, Korkessaari Zoo, home to over 150 different species of animal.

Find out more: www.visitfinland.com/helsinki

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A beautiful town located on the Ivalo River, Ivalo would be a perfect base for a Northern Lapland staycation. A popular place to go and see the Northern Lights, we recommend visiting Ukonjärvi lake on a clear night – just make sure you wrap up warm! If you’re a husky fan, there are various tours and visits where you can meet and fuss the huskies and also have them lead you across the beautiful snow. If you’re looking for adventure, head on over to River Ivalojoki where you can go canoeing, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling (some of these are seasonal, so check before you travel).

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There is so much to see and do in Kittila we recommend planning ahead and setting an itinerary. You have to visit the Snow Village, where you can view the constructions made of snow and ice and even spend a night in the snow suite! You can again take part in some fantastic husky adventures and tours and take in the scenes being driven by the beautiful dogs. You can also hitch a ride with a reindeer if you’d prefer on the Wolverine Fell Wilderness and Nature Tour.

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The official hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi is for life, not just for Christmas! We recommend visiting the Arktikum while you’re in town, home to the Arctic Centre and the Provincial Museum of Lapland. There are also some fantastic nature trails and hikes that you can take, just a half hour outside of Rovaniemi. The town is beautiful all year round, and in the summer you really get to appreciate the stunning nature right on your doorstep. If you’re feeling brave, you could also take a dip in the Ounasjoki River!

Find out more: www.visitrovaniemi.fi

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Oulu is a great place to visit if you want variety on your staycation. Located on the West Coast of Finland, Oulu benefits from great travel connections, fantastic cuisine and a large number of attractions. The Tietomaa Science Museum is great for all ages and we also recommend visiting the Oulun Tauidemuseo whilst you’re there. The University of Oulu also has a Botanical Garden which is home to over 4000 different species of plant. In the warmer months you can hop on over to Nallikari beach, where you can go swimming, take part in water sports or relax on the beach or in a nearby café.

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Plan your staycation in Turkey

Istanbul is a city rich with culture and has to be included on any staycation. From the stunning mosques and museums, to the incredible Grand Bazaar market – you’ll struggle to fit everything in! The Hagia Sophia is a cathedral constructed in 537 AD, that is today operating as a mosque with the most beautiful interior that needs to be seen to be believed. The Blue Mosque is another incredible building to visit, and members of the public are allowed to visit for no charge. You’ll also be spoilt for choice for food in Istanbul, so plan ahead and make sure you fit in a few restaurants on your travels.

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Izmir is a beautiful city down from Istanbul on the Aegean coast, and is a great destination to visit if you want some architectural history on your trip. Agora is a good place to start, an open-air museum that dates back to the 4th century, the site is still in good shape and you can see the water channels that are still in operation when you go there. You can enjoy the Agean sea on the Alaçatı and Çeşme beaches. We also recommend taking a tour of Ephesus and St. Mary’s House, which was one of the largest seaports in the ancient world and it now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also head on over to Izmir Wild Life Park, visit the Key Museum, and don’t forget to stop by the Clock Tower!

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Ankara has plenty to keep you busy and is a must visit for museum fans! Start off with Ankara Castle, located in Altındağ it offers a 360-degree view of Ankara. The Anitkabir is a beautiful mausoleum of Atatürk who is th founder of Turkish Republic which also contains a museum, with various exhibits on the history of Turkey. The MTA Sehit Cuma Dag Natural History Museum is a fantastic place to visit if you’re with children or just a fan of dinosaurs and the natural world. If you’re looking for a more varied visit, head on over to the Anadolu Medeniyetleri Muzesi which contains over 200,000 historical pieces. We also recommend a visit to the Aqua Vega aquarium as well, which has the third largest tunnel aquarium in the world!

Find out more: www.goturkeytourism.com/ankara-city

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A popular destination for a more relaxed, picturesque staycation, Anatalya still has a lot to offer. A bit of a hotspot, the region has sunshine 300 days of the year so if you’re looking to sunbathe this is the place for you! There are plenty of places to explore during the day, including the Archaeology Museum which is one of the most important museums in the Mediterranean. The Lower Duden Waterfalls should be on your itinerary, and is a stunning natural attraction that you can’t see anywhere else. If you have time take a stroll down to the harbour for a relaxed walk along the Turquoise Coast.

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Another yachting hub, Bodrum is just as stunning as Antalya if you’re looking for somewhere to spend your staycation. The Castle of St Peter sits on the seafront overlooking the beautiful blue Aegean Sea. Inside you can find a mosque as well as the Museum of Underwater Archaeology and a glass blowing workshop. Bodrum is also a great place to sign up for a boat trip that will show you the sights, and you may be lucky enough to see some dolphins!

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Plan your staycation in Croatia

Referred to as ‘paradise on Earth’ by George Bernard Shaw, you simply have to visit Dubrovnik on your Croatia staycation. Games of Thrones fans will delight in seeing the famous King’s Landing and there are many tours you can take to be shown around the sights from the famous show. Even if you aren’t a fan of the show, you’ll still enjoy the stunning architecture of the Old Town and the walls surrounding it. You may be lucky in the summer, restrictions permitting, to visit the same time as the Dubrovnik Summer Festival – an outdoor festival with music, theatre and dance performances.

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Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, has lots to see and do and should be included on every staycation or weekend trip away. In the Upper Town, Gorni grad, you can see the Presidential Palace, Croatian Parliament and the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There are also plenty of museums and galleries to keep you busy such as the Museum of Broken Relationships, the City Museum and the Croatian State Archives. If you are looking for nature, then the Medvednica Sljeme is a beautiful nature park that merges with the City.

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A creative little town, Samobor is well known for its craft makers and artisans that produce a lot of goods that you’ll find for sale in Samobor, Croatia and worldwide. Samobor Castle is a great place to visit, with the Castle still standing despite being built in 1268! Afterwards, pop on over to the Samobor Museum where you’ll see the history of the town as well as art and archaeological findings. We also recommend visiting the Rimac car manufacturer while you’re there, who design, engineer and build some of the most advanced automotive technology in the world. They put on factory tours where you can find out about their electric hyper cars and the technology they work with. If you have time, you can also squeeze in a visit to the Grgos Cave, which is said to be the most beautiful cave in Croatia.

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The largest city on the Adriatic coast, there are plenty of picturesque places to visit when you’re in Split. Diocletian’s Palace should be top of your list to visit, and is well worth paying for a tour of the building so you get to appreciate all it has to offer. The Cathedral of St Dominius isn’t too far away, and was built at the same time as the palace, and if you’re looking for good views of the city the bell tower will not disappoint. If you want to work in a bit of shopping, head on over to the People’s Square, also known as Pjaca, where you can have a stroll around the shops and pick up some lunch.

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Another stunning place to visit in Croatia, the city of Zadar is steeped in history and has plenty to see and explore. One of the more unique things to visit in Zadar is their musical sea organ, Morske Orgulje, which plays music from 35 organ pipes that react with the sea water and wind movements to produce a tune. If you want to stay with nature, a visit to the Plitvice National Park should be on your itinerary, or go a little further afield to Krka National Park where you can swim at the foot of seven cascades at Skradinski Buk.

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Plan your staycation in Albania

There is plenty to see and do in Tirana. Take a walk over to the National History Museum, covering 27,000 sq. meters and offering a fascinating insight into Albania’s history, and the National Arts Gallery, showing Albanian Art which started in 1946. We also recommend the Grand Park of Tirana, home to a zoo, beautiful gardens and a picturesque and calming lake. The nightlife doesn’t disappoint either, and pre-covid times the bloc was the place to go for a good night out. There are still plenty of fantastic restaurants to visit and you can enjoy a nice buzz in the city in the evening.

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Sarande is a great place to go if you wanted a relaxed but interesting staycation. Take a trip to Lekursi Castle, which sits on a hill overlooking the town. The Monastery of Forty Saints was erected during the 6th century AD and is a great place to visit to experience some Albanian history. We also recommend a trip to Butrint National Park which spans over 9,424 hectares and is home to over 1200 different species of animal and plants, as well as the lake and lagoon of Butrinti. There are also beautiful beaches to visit such as the Pulebardha and Saranda beaches.

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When visiting Vlora you must include the The Blue Eye and Zvernec Monastery on your itinerary. The Blue Eye is a stunning natural phenomenon and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see the dragonflies, butterflies and birds that live there. The Zvernec Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, is located on a lovely island with a picturesque drive past a lagoon and forest on your way to visit. If you’re looking for a more historical trip, the Independence Monument, Kanine Castle and the Museum of Historic relics will not disappoint. In the evening visit the Lungomare, a boulevard overlooking the sea with stunning views.

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Home to the biggest seaport in the country, Durres could be paired with a trip to Tirana but also has enough to keep you busy whilst you’re there. There is a beautiful amphitheatre in the city, which seats 15,000 people and is the second largest in the Balkans. The Byzantine Forum that makes up some of the original city castle walls, was walked down by Caesar himself so make sure you plan a trip to talk in his steps! After that, head over to the Ethnographic Museum and the Durres Art Museum.

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Perhaps best known for the Shkodra Lake National Park, the largest lake in Southern Europe, there is still a lot to explore in Shkodra city. You must visit Rozafa Castle while you’re there, which gives you a fantastic view of the city and is famous for a local legend (we’ll let you visit to find it out!). We also recommend visiting the Marubi National Museum of Photography and the Venice Art Factory – you could fit both in 1 day and they are well worth the trip. Visit the Old Town in the afternoon to view the beautifully painted pastel buildings and sample the local cuisine.

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Plan your staycation in Montenegro

Perast is a UNESCO Heritage protected town in the centre of the Bay of Kotor. It's a beautiful, Mediterranean town that embodies the bay's prosperous past. A short walk through Perast takes you past a long line of palaces and churches. Some of the stone buildings have fallen into ruin and others are hotels or homes of local families. This is a lovely, quiet place to stay any time of year and it's car-free in summer which means it's not congested. Parking at either end of town and a shuttle service makes carrying your bags a breeze. There are several waterfront restaurants which are perfect for long dinners on warm, summer evenings, whether you're staying here or in one of the villages nearby. Perast is also home to one of Montenegro's top attractions: Our Lady of the Rocks, a church island whose history goes back over 500 years. Put Perast on your list of places to visit!

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It wouldn’t be a trip to Montenegro without visiting the country’s most popular destination, Kotor. The UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kotor Old Town is among the most enchanting walled cities on the Adriatic, and a worthy rival to Dubrovnik or Split. Medieval Roman churches, Venetian palaces and towering Byzantine towers reveal the legacy of the many different empires that have occupied Kotor over the centuries. Under the shadow of the legendary St. John’s Fort, the myths and tales surrounding Kotor will keep you enthralled, while the sheer beauty of the orange-roofed houses, narrow lanes strung with laundry and resident Kotor cats will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. Entering the Old Town through the gates still marked with Venetian insignia feels like taking a step back in time. The best way to experience Kotor is by ambling along the cobbled streets in the early morning before the crowds arrive. Climb up to St. John’s (either via the official trail or via the Ladder of Kotor) for a birds-eye view of the rooftops and turquoise bay beyond.

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Montenegro is synonymous with the coast and the bay, but the dramatic landscapes of the country’s interior are equally as impressive. Almost the entire eastern half of Montenegro is mountainous. Durmitor National Park in the northern corner is the premier destination for hiking, kayaking, and other adventure activities. Durmitor sits on a plateau 1,500m above sea level, surrounded by high mountains, glacial lakes and deep canyons. The 150km-long Tara River that flows through the park offers some of the best water rapids anywhere in Europe. Trails are plentiful – the most famous being the day hike to the summit of Bobotov Kuk. The nearby alpine town of Žabljak (the highest town in the Balkans) is an ideal base for visiting Durmitor and is beautiful in its own right, with wooden cottages, meadows, and roaming flocks of sheep. This part of Montenegro is particularly beautiful in late spring when the wildflowers come into bloom.

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Smaller than Durmitor but offering similarly spectacular mountain scenery, Lovcen National Park sits above Kotor at the south-eastern tip of the bay. From the western side, you can catch a panoramic view of the entire bay – and the best sunset in all of Montenegro. The highlight of Lovcen is visiting the Mausoleum of Petar II Petrovic-Njegos. Dedicated to Montenegro’s most beloved national hero – a prince, poet and philosopher who was born nearby in Cetinje – it’s a surreal piece of architecture that can only be accessed by climbing a very long set of undercover stairs. The design, which includes a chapel adorned with 200,000 gold tiles and a pitch-black burial chamber, has divided Montenegrins. Some people love it, others hate it. Whichever way you fall, you’ll agree that the view from the round viewing platform at the back of the mausoleum is hard to beat. There are two ways to reach the mausoleum: Along the highway from Cetinj, or via the perilous Kotor Serpentine, an 8km stretch of road with no fewer than 16 hairpin turns. As you zig zag your way up (or down) the serpentine, you get unmatched views of the bay.

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Located close to Montenegro’s second-largest city, Niksic, Ostrog Monastery is the country’s most sacred Orthodox Christian site and a major draw for pilgrims from around the world. Even if you don’t have a religious bone in your body, I’m sure you’ll agree that the monastery is an absolute marvel. Shimmering white against a bed of ochre stone, Ostrog is perched on a mountain cliff 900m above the lush Zeta valley. The upper monastery dates back to 1665 and is dedicated to St. Basil. It comprises numerous candle-lit cloisters and open balconies set within two large caves, which gives the impression that the monastery has been carved out of the rock. Viewing Ostrog from the marked lookout points in the valley below is one thing, but climbing the stairs to see it up close is another. The more impressive feature is a set of colourful iconographic mosaics made by pressing tiny pieces of shimmering glass and stone directly into the surface of the rock.

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Biogradska Gora National park lies in the north east of Montenegro. It's the smallest of the national parks of Montenegro, but it's so important because it's one of only three remaining virgin forests left in Europe and trees in the park are up to 400 years old. There are lots of reasons to plan a visit to Biogradska Gora. It's a great place for families, with an open-air noddy train ride and boats that you can hire to row around the lake. It's an outdoor and nature lover's paradise too. There are lots of hiking and biking trails, horse-riding and jeep safari tours you can take through the park. Or if you just want to kick back and do some light sightseeing and spend lots of time relaxing in a Jacuzzi and getting massages, Biogradska Gora is the perfect mountain retreat to relax. You'll find excellent hotels in nearby Kolašin and no crowds.

Find out more: www.visit-montenegro.com/biogradska-gora

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Skadar is the largest lake on the Balkan Peninsula, covering an area of over 500 square-kilometres. Despite its size, it’s a true hidden gem in Europe that has somehow managed to avoid the limelight. It’s a nesting ground for endemic and migratory birds (more than 280 species in total). On the other side of the lake, the Albanian city of Skadar is the gateway to the Accursed Mountains. There are a couple of different ways you can take in the beauty of Skadar. The first is by riding the train from Podgorica to Bar, the last leg of the Belgrade to Bar route, which is counted among the most beautiful train rides in the world. The train runs directly across the lake via a narrow-gauge railway. Virpazar serves as the main gateway to Lake Skadar National Park and you can always find someone who’s willing to take you out on the water for a couple of hours. From the lake, you can spot Besac Fortress, one of the oldest fortifications in the country. May is the best time to visit Skadar for bird watching. In summer, parts of the lake are covered with a bed of pretty water lilies. Lake Skadar looks incredible from afar, which is why you must stop at the Pavlova Strana viewpoint near the town of Rijeka Crnojevića for a panorama of the marshes and the waterway’s horseshoe bend.

Find out more: www.visit-montenegro.com/lake-skadar

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The Blue Cave on Lustica Peninsula is one of the must-see attractions while you’re on the coast. The Blue Cave is the largest of many sea caves on Lustica Peninsula. It’s called the Blue Cave because the way the light hits the sandy bottom and reflects up through the water makes the whole cave look blue. It’s very beautiful and it’s a lucky quirk because almost all of the coast here is rocky, not sandy. You can see the blue light shining out of the cave when you approach, but to really see it you’ve got to go inside and get underwater. Don’t forget your snorkel or goggles when you come here! The water is only about 5 metres deep and then goes much deeper further inside the cave. This part is rocky rather than sandy and if you bring your snorkel or goggles you’ll be able to see some small fish swimming about. The ceiling is about 9m high so there’s plenty of room for boats to come in. The tour boats will come and give you a chance to get out, have a swim, snorkel and explore before they set off again. You can explore the cave for 10-15 minutes and then head off to the next stop.

Find out more: www.visit-montenegro.com/tivat

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The island of Sveti Stefan is the poster child of Montenegrin tourism, and it’s not difficult to see why. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Montenegro. Located off the country’s central coast, just south of Budva and the Bay of Kotor, Sveti Stefan started life in the 15th century as a humble fishing village. Built on an isolated islet, the whole town was fortified to afford its residents protection from pirates and Ottomon invasions. Sveti Stefan is now joined to the mainland by a narrow causeway – but it’s off limits unless you happen to be a guest of the Aman hotel. That’s right: In 2008, the entire island was rented by Aman, who transformed the stone village into a 5-star resort. Sveti Stefan is best viewed from afar anyway! Shady paths along the chalk-coloured cliffs that line the coast north of the causeway are a great place to walk and watch the sun go down over the island. The Church St. Sava, a 20-minute drive up a steep road in the hills above the coast, affords the best views of the island. While you’re up there, also visit Praskvica Monastery, a charming monastic complex with gardens and resident goats.

Find out more: www.visit-montenegro.com/sveti-stefan/

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Right by the Albanian border at Montenegro's southern tip, Ulcinj is an ancient seaport that was once infamous as the Adriatic Sea's pirate capital. Today, Ulcinj is a unique Montenegrin town with a largely Muslim population and some beautiful mosques and excellent Middle Eastern restaurants and coffeeshops along its peaceful seaside promenade. The area is also known for its beaches. Long Beach (Velika Plaža) as the name implies, is the longest beach on the Adriatic Sea (13 km) and it stretches from Bojana to Port Milena in Ulcinj. One of main activities in last years is kite surfing. Beautiful 13 kilometer – long sandy beach, with winds almost every day during the summer, makes it an ideal place for kite surfing and other related water sports such as windsurfing. No wonder that even The New York Times included Long Beach in a ranking of top travel destinations for 2015. Do not forget to visit Ada Bojana, the magical island created by a river delta of the river Bojana. 4,8 km2, Ada Bojana has a triangular shape, and it is bordered by Bojana river from two sides, and Adriatic Sea from the south side. Exotic and beautiful, Ada Bojana is also a perfect place for nudism.

Find out more: www.visit-montenegro.com/ulcinj

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Plan your staycation in Poland

One of the best places in Poland to visit, the capital had 85% of its building destroyed after WWII, and replaced them with replica baroque and renaissance merchant houses that you can still see today. If you are looking for a day of discovery, you can visit the world’s only Museum of Posters, the Neon Museum, Museum of Caricature and Royal Łazienki Park and Museum. If that builds up an appetite, we recommend sampling some local farinaceous dishes containing various kinds of pancakes such as crêpes, grated-potato dumplings, plain and plum-filled mashed-potato dumplings and the well-loved pierogi – carb heaven!

Find out more: www.warsawtour.pl

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Home of beautiful architecture, Krakow was inhabited as far back at the 7th century and still retains the medieval look and feel today. The Old Jewish Quarter, home to district of Kazimierz, and the Wawel Castle are a UNESCO World Heritage Sites and a must visit whilst you’re there. You can also book some day trips and visit the world’s oldest functioning salt mine – Wieliczka, explore Tatra National Park, or stay closer to home and visit the Rynek Underground Museum.

Find out more: www.visitkrakow.com

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Gdańsk is a lovely city located at the mouth of the Vistula River near the Baltic Sea, and is home to Poland’s main seaport. There’s a lot of heritage to visit, from the Prison Tower and City Gates, to the Wisloujscie Fortress and the world’s largest brick church – St Mary’s Catedral. Make sure you visit the iconic Neptune Fountain as well, and if you can book a table at the Brovarnia and the Gdańsk Boutique Hotel Restaurant for some delicious food and local beer in a unique setting.

Find out more: www.visitgdansk.com

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There is so much to see in Rzeszów, you could easily spend a day walking round this beautiful city. Go for a walk along the Avenue under the Chestnuts, which passes along the Lubomirsky Summer Palace and the castle’s moat. Not far from here is the Multimedia fountain, which puts on shows with lighting, lasers, smoke and images displayed in the water. We recommend visiting in the early evening and then heading out for some dinner, and whether you want local cuisine or something more international Rzeszów has something for everyone.

Find out more: www.visitrzeszow.pl

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Wroclaw is another great place to visit for some history and culture in the local museums. The Lumbomirsky Museum is a great place to start to learn more about the city, and the Wroclaw City Museum looks back over the past 1000 years. You must also visit the Main Market Square whilst you’re there, and go and see the Old Town Hall and Elizabeth’s Church. In the warmer months the city runs open top bus tours, or if you prefer travelling by foot you can search for the Wroclaw dwarfs – there are over 350 hidden in the city!

Find out more: www.visitwroclaw.eu

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Plan your staycation in England

Located not too far from Bristol, if you’re looking to visit the South West you have to include Bath on your trip. Known as the original wellbeing destination, you of course have to visit the roman baths while you’re there. If you can, visit the modern Thermae Bath Spa as well – home to Britain’s only natural thermal hot springs. There are also plenty of other places to visit such as the Victoria Art Gallery, Herschel Museum of Astronomy, and Mary Shelley’s House of Frankenstein!

Find out more: www.visitbath.co.uk

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From art galleries to theatres, and top restaurants to fantastic range of stops, Cambridge are used to hosting visitors due to the world-renowned university, so you’ll be well looked after and find lots to do. In the sunnier months we recommend taking a punting tour on the River Cam, visit the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, take some afternoon tea at Fitzbillies, and book tickets to one of their open-air cinemas in the evening. You also have the benefit of being on the corridor of Norfolk, and close to the M11 if you fancy popping into London.

Find out more: www.visitcambridge.org

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Considered one of the most beautiful places to visit in Britain, Cornwall is a long drive for some but certainly delivers. If you’re looking for some history and culture, take a trip to Tintagel castle, famous for the legend of King Arthur, or book tickets for the Minack Theatre, an open-air theatre carved out of a cliff! St Ives is a must visit to experience the jewel of Cornwall for yourself – famous for its surf beaches and art scene. If you have time you have to visit Land’s End and, of course, try a traditional Cornish pasty!

Find out more: www.visitcornwall.com

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Home to the Jurassic Coast, Dorset is a fantastic place to spend your staycation. With family favourites Bournemouth and Weymouth close by, you can also visit The Dinosaur Museum, Monkey World, Splashdown, Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens and of course, Durdle Door! Being on the coast, Dorset also has plenty of beaches on offer for a cheaper, more relaxing family day out. Many accept your four legged friends as well! 

Find out more: www.visit-dorset.com

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If you’re looking for a staycation where you can be one with nature, the Lake District has to be it. Visit the Aira Force Waterfall to experience something of true beauty, right here in the UK. There are also plenty of walks for beginners and intermediates alike, including dogs if they come along! There are plenty of places to stay in the district itself or nearby, so you won’t have far to travel to begin your activities.

Find out more: www.visitlakedistrict.com

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A perfect base in the Midlands for an activity packed staycation, there is also plenty to do in Leicester as well. Great for little ones and adults alike, a visit to The National Space Centre (NSC) is a must. The NSC is home to six galleries, a rocket tower and has the UK’s largest domed planetarium! If that doesn’t take your fancy, take a trip over to Twycross Zoo where you’ll see over 500 animals, including the critically endangered Sumatran tigers. You are also a short drive away from Birmingham, where you can visit Cadbury World and the National Sealife Centre. You just need to work out how you're going to fit it all in!

Find out more: www.visitleicester.info

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Home to the famous Old Trafford football Club, there’s a lot more to Manchester than just football. The Science and Industry Museum is a must visit, with Manchester being known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Based in the City Centre you can make a day of it by visiting the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience or the Legoland Discovery Centre! There are plenty of places to dine in Manchester and you’re guaranteed to enjoy the nightlife. Manchester is also a 1.5 hour drive from the Lake District, meaning you can jump from the hustle and bustle of the city to the calm and beautiful countryside and back again in a day!

Find out more: www.visitmanchester.com

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Newcastle has so much to offer that a day just wouldn’t be enough, so it’s a fantastic spot for a staycation. Home to seven iconic bridges, a car is also a must for visiting the city, and we can help you there! Take in some history by visiting the Angel of the North, heading over to Alnwick castle (great if you’re a Potter fan!) and take a trip to the Holy Island. In the evening Geordies are well known for their friendly and welcoming nature, so whether you go you’ll be guaranteed a good time!

Find out more: www.newcastlegateshead.com

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The Peak District is another must visit if you’re looking to take in nature and have a more relaxed staycation. Great for walkers and bikers alike, there is a world of moors, dales, rivers, springs and caverns to explore. If you’re looking to mix up your trip, you can also go to the Peak Wildlife Park, travel on The Heights of Abraham cable cars, or visit Thornbridge Brewery!

Find out more: www.peakdistrict.gov.uk

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There’s so much to do in York, your biggest challenge will be knowing where to start! Home to thirty museums, we recommend starting off with the National Railway Museum which is great for families and enthusiasts. If you’re lucky, you may be able to time your visit when the Flying Scotsman is in town! The York is also known for its incredible sea life centre The Deep, which is home to over 5000 animals and entertaining for visitors of all ages. To round it all off, if you fancy a bit of retail therapy head on over to Coppergate Centre where you’ll find over 120 leading designer and high street brands (some at up to 60% discount), or take an idyllic wonder down the River Ouse.

Find out more: www.visityork.org

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Plan your staycation in Serbia

One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Europe and the World, Belgrade offers picturesque riverfronts from the River Sava and River Danube, as well as plenty of culture to explore. The city also offers excellent cuisine and nightlife, with plenty of attractions to keep you busy during the day.

Find out more: https://www.tob.rs/en

Capital of the Northern Province, Novi Sad is home to the award winning music festival - Exit. Novi Sad also has some fantastic local excursions such as Sremski Karlovci, Fruška Gora, Subotica and Sombor. 

Find out more: https://novisad.travel/en/

Located in the South West, Zlatibor Mountain is a must visit if your looking for a staycation more geared to exploring nature. Surround yourself with fresh air, beautiful landscapes and traditional architecture. In the evening there are also several world famous restaurants to visit to finish off your day.

Find out more: https://www.westserbia.org/en/location/zlatibor/

If you're looking for something different, Devil's Town is a great place to start. A natural wonder, the town contains several medieval monasteries as well as stone formations that legend says are the remains of a wedding party that were petrified to death.

Find out more: https://www.djavoljavaros.com/?cmbJezik=2

The gorge is actually four gorges, Gornja klisura, Gospođin vir, Veliki and Mali kazan and Sipska klisura, and is in the biggest National Park in Serbia. Also known as the Iron Gate, the gorge spans over 100km and the surrounding area reaches up to 800m above sea level.

Find out more: https://npdjerdap.rs/en/

The Treasures of Eastern Serbia are a must have when either visiting or staycationing in the country. There are local tours you can book which will take you to the treasures such as Manasija monastery, Resava cave, Krupaj springs and Zdrelo Spa.

Find out more: http://www.serbia.com/visit-serbia/natural-beautie...

One of the most beautiful mountains in the region, Tara Mountain is another fantastic option if you want to explore nature on your staycation. Whilst your here you can also visit the nearby ethno village "Drvengrad", a wooden town built by famous director Emir Kusturica.

Find out more: https://www.nptara.rs/en/

Another beautiful gorge to visit is Serbia is Uvac, which has special importance in Serbia as it is also a Special Nature Reserve. A variety of habitats exist, protecting the prescence of eddemic, rare and endangered flora and fauna species that are important for the preservation of bio and geo diversity.

Find out more: http://www.uvaclake.com/

If your in the Northern Province of Serbia, the Fruska Gora is the only mountain, located in Pannonia plain. The area is also home to 16 medieval monasteries and is famous for local wineries. Fruska Gora could easily be added to your trip if you were visiting nearby Belgrade or Novi Sad.

Find out more: https://www.npfruskagora.co.rs/en/about-us/

If you are a keen skier, look no further than Kapaonik Mountain. Also known as the Sunny Mountain, Kopaonik delivers in the summer as well. So whether you're looking to reach heights of 2017m on your skis, or go on a wine tour in the summer - add this to your desination list.

Find out more https://www.kopaonik.rs/kopaonik-mountain-resort/

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