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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.

Find out more: www.visit.istanbul

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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!

Find out more: www.visitizmir.org

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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.

Find out more: www.visitantalya.com

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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!

Find out more: www.gobodrumturkiye.com

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-croatia.co.uk/dubrovnik

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-croatia.co.uk/zagreb

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-croatia.co.uk/samobor

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-croatia.co.uk/split

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-croatia.co.uk/zadar

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-tirana.com

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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.

Find out more: www.visit-saranda.com

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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.

Find out more: www.albania.al/vlora

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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.

Find out more: www.albania.al/durres

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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.

Find out more: www.albania.al/shkodra

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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!

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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!

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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!

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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/

Can't wait to explore? Book your car rental now and get planning your next staycation!


Our Puerto Rico Travel Guide

Puerto Rico Travel Guide

With abundant history and culture, extraordinary food, unspoiled beaches, magnificent mountains, combining relaxation and adventure, this sun-kissed Caribbean paradise really has everything you need for your island vacation.

Dining in Puerto Rico

The distinctive spice that characterizes Afro-Caribbean cuisine can be found on menus all over the island. Many restaurants around Puerto Rico also offer various dishes inspired by Asian, Latin-American, and European cuisine that still highlight creole ingredients, a wonderful blend for your Puerto Rican dining experience.

Make sure you sample staple local dishes such as mofongo, made of deep-fried green plantains; tostones, double deep-fried plantain wheels; and lechón, a slowly spit-roasted pork dish with juicy meat and crispy skin.

Attractions in Puerto Rico

Beautiful colonial architecture, year-round sunshine, charming attractions, scrumptious food, and friendly inhabitants make this Caribbean island a cherished destination for many.

Wander the 500 year old cobblestone streets of Old San Juan and soak up the atmosphere, taking in landmarks such as El Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Cuartel de Ballajá, and La Fortaleza.

Just one hour drive in your rental car from San Juan is El Yunque Rainforest – home to more than 240 types of trees and native species like the coquí frog; the forest spans 28,000 acres that includes 25 waterfalls, several rivers, and ancient petroglyphs of Taíno deities.

A must-see for any trip to Puerto Rico is the bioluminescent bays. These rare ecosystems where tiny organisms called dinoflagellates produce a beautiful “glow-in-the-dark” effect when stimulated by movement. There are only five ecosystems in the world where the concentration of these organisms is high enough to be deemed bioluminescent bays, and Puerto Rico is home to three of them!

Puerto Rico Driving Routes

Driving rules in Puerto Rico are virtually the same as in the USA, driving on the right side of the road. Road conditions are generally good, although there might be some potholes here and there. Roads with double digits (like Route 18 and Route 66) are either newer main roads or toll roads. Take a road trip in your Puerto Rico car rental around the east coast to visit stunning beaches, lush rainforest, and quaint food stalls.

Puerto Rico Car Rental

Pick up your Green Motion rental car at San Juan or Aguadilla airport, and get ready to explore this wonderful island paradise! 


Things to see and do in Paphos, Cyprus

Want to explore what Paphos has to offer? Here are the best things to see and do in this historical and culture-packed Cypriot resort.

The town of Paphos is located at the south-western tip of Cyprus, between the Troodos Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the fact that it attracts scores of sun seeking tourists every year, Paphos has a fascinating history and is renowned as the birthplace of Greek goddess Aphrodite.

Evidence of the island’s past, which includes the main archaeological sites as well as most hotels and tavernas, can be found in lower Kato Paphos by the sea. The Old Town of Paphos as well as the commercial centre and industrial district are located further inland.

But if you are planning on exploring these areas in the near future, what are the best things to see and do? 

Explore Paphos Archaeological Park

Featuring a unique collection of artefacts that date back to the 2nd Century BC, the Paphos Archaeological Park is a must-see attraction for history buffs. Monuments on display include the basilica of Chrysopolitissa, the Hellenistic theatre and the Saranta Kolones (forty columns).

Wander around Paphos Old Town

On a laid-back afternoon, head to Paphos Old Town and stroll around the local market, where you can find everything from fruit and vegetables to jewellery and lace. In addition to the arts and crafts, you can also sample some local wine, as production goes back as far as 6,000 years. In fact, Cyprus boasts the oldest named wine which is still being made today – Commandaria.

Visit the Tombs of the Kings

Carved out of solid rock and with frescoed walls, this is the last resting place of top officials and members of Paphian aristocracy. Although each individual would have been buried alongside their jewellery and other significant belongings, the Tombs of the Kings were looted many years ago, leaving behind a mysterious stillness.

Take a walk along the coast

From the Tombs of the Kings to Geroskipou Beach there is a paved coastal path that allows you to witness Paphos in all its beauty. More adventurous types may also want to walk all the way from the airport to Coral Bay, just remember to keep cool and stay hydrated.

Out of the city

If you find yourself wishing for some time outside of the city, the district of Paphos has plenty of options. Akamas is a national park just outside city limits and is one of Europe’s most beautiful sites. There is a rich diversity of flora and fauna in the area. A particular favourite among visitors are the loggerhead turtles, which are a protected species and often come to the region to mate. As well as turtles there are plenty of other animals from foxes and hedgehogs through to several species of lizards and snakes.

Akamas is also deeply connected to the mythical past of Paphos. As previously mentioned, Aphrodite is believed to have been born in the area and when you spend time here you can visit the Fontana Amorosa. This is where Aphrodite is rumoured to have met her lover Adonis and the Fontana Amorosa is said to be her Fountain of Love. According to legend, anyone who drinks from this spring is overcome with a youthful sense of desire. Set on the Akamas Peninsula, the amazing Anassa Hotel puts you at the heart of this enchanting landscape and offers a host of luxurious amenities including a decadent spa.


Our guide to the wonderful city of Venice

Considered by many to be at the epicentre of the European pandemic, Italy has struggled to attract post-lockdown travellers. But with currently (August 2020) some of the lowest case numbers on the continent, Italy might just be the safest destination for post pandemic vacations. 

Here's our guide to one of our favourite Italian cities, Venice. 

While the idea of Venice doesn't necessarily conjure up images of the open road, the surrounding area has a lot to offer, best explored at your leisure in a rental car from Green Motion. Take in the sights of this amazing floating city, then hit the road and explore the beaches, mountains and natural parks of northern Italy. 

While you are in Venice, make sure you take in these must-sees in the city:

Basilica San Marco – St. Mark’s Basilica is the third building on its spot on the Piazza San Marco. Two other churches were there previously, the first built to hold the stolen bones of St. Mark. The current is filled with amazing mosaics, domes, statues, and the High Altar that supposedly contains some of the saint’s remains.

Doge’s Palace – A series of 120 doges ruled Venice, and their incredible three story palace predates the Renaissance. The facade features beautiful arches and pink and white marble. The palace is located on St. Mark’s Square. The inside of the palace is remarkable, and filled with artwork. Tours will take visitors across the Bridge of Sighs to the nearby prison cells, one of which once housed famous Cassanova.

Take a Gondola ride – Some may say the gondolas of Venice are a tourist trap, but so are a lot of other fun things! A gondola ride can be very romantic if taken around dusk.

Lido – If you want to escape the city, Lido is an island between Venice and the sea that has a beach on where you can relax. Cabanas can also be rented.

Murano island – Close to Venice, Murano island is the home of the famous glass blowers of the famous Murano glass. Although the island is filled with souvenirs, it is an educational and fun afternoon learning and watching how the glass is blown.

Visit the markets – Venice has great markets where you can buy some delicious food at a fraction of the cost than at the restaurants. The morning fish market is a favourite. Head there early to watch the restaurant owners pick their fish and stay for the old ladies picking their dinners. There is also an organic produce market on Mondays.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection – This is a huge, avant-garde collection of art, comprised of more than 200 artists. There are countless pieces by surrealists, abstract expressionists, and Italian futurists. In addition to works by Max Ernst, Jackson Pollock, and various other big-name artists, the collection also includes local works.

Campanile di San Marco – Built in 1912, this tower is actually a replica of the original Bell Tower of St. Mark. It is said that every last detail of the structure is a match. You can climb up through the inner workings and get a great view of the city.

I Tre Mercanti – This food gallery can be found just a stone’s skip away from St. Marco’s Square. The specialty here is Italian dishes but the cool part is the number of regional specialties from around Italy. There are over 97 pasta sauces here! It’s kind of like heaven, really, especially the tiramisu.

Burano – Another one of the islands around Venice is Burano, which is known for its colorful, block-like buildings. The government actually regulates house-painting on this island. Wander the streets, and admire the many art galleries and shops along the way. 


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