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Choice Villas & Apartments April 09
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Britain's most read villa magazine. The place to search for villas and apartments to rent or buy around the World. Also in this edition discover the Dordogne region and win a holiday to France. The …

Britain's most read villa magazine. The place to search for villas and apartments to rent or buy around the World. Also in this edition discover the Dordogne region and win a holiday to France. The magazine is published quarterly by Travel & Leisure Magazines Ltd. The support website to book accommodation is www.choicetravelinfo.com. To find out more about the magazine please visit www.tlmags.com

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  • 1. Villas & Apartments elcome to the April 2009 issue of Choice Villas & Apartments. W In addition to our quick and easy-to-use design, allowing you to locate your dream family holiday even faster, we hope you’ll find our extra edit pages useful too. Choice Essentials (p4) is full of new product reviews and reader giveaways and Choice Holidays (p8) concentrates on the Dordogne. Also, enter our competition (p6) for your chance to win a one-week stay at a fantastic holiday cottage in France. Within the magazine we have retained our popular country/region section format with a brief introduction to the area and useful website listings to help plan your holiday. Also, if you fancy a holiday home of your own, check out our Property for Sale section towards the back of the magazine. Choice Essentials 4 Cyprus 32 Win some holiday goodies France 35 Competition 6 Greece 37 Win a cottage holiday in France Italy 39 Portugal 41 Choice Holidays 8 Dordogne Insurance for car hire 46 Flights 46 Travel insurance 47 Florida 11 Car hire 47 Balearic Islands 20 Canary Islands 23 Property for sale 48 Costa Blanca 27 Costa del Sol 29 Published by: The publishers cannot accept responsibility for errors or Travel & Leisure Magazines Ltd, omissions. Whilst every care is taken, all material Editor: 103 Cranbrook Road, Ilford, submitted to Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited is Keeley Gordon keeleyg@TLmags.com done so at its owner's risk and neither Travel & Leisure Essex IG1 4PU, UK Magazines Limited nor its agents can accept any liability Editorial Assistant: Tel: +44 (0)20 8477 1529 for loss or damage. Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited Fax: +44 (0)20 8514 4536 Loretta Prince lorettap@TLmags.com is a completely independent company and can hold no Email: choice@tlmags.com responsibility for the actions of outside agents. No part Advertising Sales: of this magazine may be reproduced without prior Printed by Wyndeham Heron written consent. Beverley Sennett bevs@TLmags.com ©Travel & Leisure Magazines Please note: property buyers should expect extra Limited 2009 financial costs such as legal costs, local taxes etc. All Admin/Accounts: private advertisers are totally responsible for their own Wendy Barfoot wendyb@TLmags.com wording within their advertisement, and Travel & Leisure Magazines Limited can therefore take no Publishers: responsibility as to their content. Please seek legal Peter Lewsey peterl@TLmags.com advice and thereafter verify all the details of your Terry Stafford terrys@TLmags.com purchase in writing before proceeding. YOURNo 1 CHOICE – FOR RENTING OR BUYING A VILLA OR APARTMENT
  • 2. Choice Essentials Feel the noise with this funky new sound system! The crystal-clear Soundtraveller K3000 ST will dock directly with all iPods including the new iPod Nano and iPod Touch. It also comes with an audio adaptor cable so can be used with virtually any other audio device, even your Sony PSP and Nintendo DS. The highest quality materials and technical Long distance know-how have gone into making the travellers will love the Jet Set K3000 ST one of the best portable treatment package from Aroma speakers available on the market today. Therapeutics. Featuring touch button volume control, it uses only 2 x AA batteries and also Each essential oil set contains comes with a USB cable so you can Energiser and Sleep Enhancer in hook it up to your computer. both a Spray Concentrate and www.powertraveller.com Bath and Body formulations. Energiser is an invigorating blend of essential oils, that once sprayed on pulse points and inhaled, will The Flip Ultra provide an instant ‘boost’. is the world’s first point-and-shoot camcorder and a hit Alternatively, when you long to with celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and Stella McCartney. drift into a deep sleep, a simple You can record 60 minutes of footage, connect directly to spritz of calming Sleep Enhancer your computer via the flip-out USB arm and upload to on your pillow will increase YouTube, MySpace etc. The Flip Ultra comes in Black, Silver, restfulness. Orange or Pink and retails at £99.99. Available from Amazon.co.uk, Carphone Warehouse, Play.com, No wonder world airlines offer it Currys, PC World, Firebox.com and to their First Class passengers! iwantoneofthose.com www.flipvideo.co.uk www.aroma.co.uk Brilliant orange, super sunny yellow, raindrop blue, arctic Sweet dreams! white, deep viola, cherry red, It won’t give you more leg-room or a Gin & Tonic but ultra mint, real red, intense blue, the amazing Jetsleeper will take the back ache, neck and vibrant pink – pain and sleep deprivation out of your flight! what’s your colour? The Jetsleeper is an extremely comfortable pillow with Small and Stylish, the My a simple hook over the seat back and a loop over the Passport Essential™ USB hard opposite armrest procedure. These two attachments drive delivers 320 GB of hold the pillow next to the cheek and Portable Storage in the palm provide a good support for the head of your hand. It comes in 10 and neck. fresh new colours and The pillow is filled with hollow fibre weighs in at less than five ounces. making it ‘soft and cosy’ and it’s also Simple to use, light and easy to carry, and no height adjustable. Weighing only 135g, power adapter – your My Passport Essential the Jetsleeper can be folded to fit will become your favourite accessory. Store into its own transparent bag. thousands of songs, videos or photos on Available priced £20+ p&p there and always have them to hand. from www.jetsleeper.com WD’s My Passport Essential USB Drives are available now at select Choice retailers in capacities of 160GB £66.99, 250GB £96.99 and 320GB Giveaway: £119.99. www.westerndigital.com 5 Jetsleepers 4 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009
  • 3. Reviews & Giveaways Win this gorgeous kaftan worth £160 An essence of simplicity and freedom is at the heart of Papillon Bleu’s collections with free flowing silhouettes designed for feminine comfort and understated elegance that can be worn day and night. Papillon Bleu’s range of kaftans are created from the finest natural fabrics; luxurious linens from Italian mills, superior Chinese silks and the softest cottons, and embellished by talented artisans using We’ve teamed up with award-winning company, intricate beadwork, sparkling sequins and Cuddledry, to offer you the chance to win one of Swarovski. Papillon Bleu pieces are produced three gorgeous Cuddlebug towels. These are the in small numbers ensuring true exclusivity. beautiful new toddler towels from the company With a stunning choice of exclusive prints that appeared on Dragons Den and actually across a variety of styles, the collection celebrates fun, colour and individuality, turned down three offers of investment! genuinely offering women something unique. The Cuddlebug is a generous sized towel, with This style is available in S, M, L, XL, XXL – so will accommodate all sizes! two layers of towelling for extra warmth and a built-in hood so that toddlers can literally wear All Papillon Bleu collections are available to buy online at www.papillonbleu.com or phone it when they get out of the bath or swimming 01530 245527. pool. The towel is made from gorgeous organic cotton and Choice Giveaway: 1 Papillon eco friendly bamboo fibre – Bleu kaftan (pictured) a silky soft fabric that is 60% more absorbent than pure cotton and has a natural antibacterial quality. The fun part for the kids is Bring a touch of glam to your the funky bug prints – handbag with Moxie! they can wrap their wings around themselves and fly Glam up that dreaded time of the month around until they’re dry! The with Moxie – a gorgeous new range of feminine hygiene products. Cuddlebug comes in a pink ladybird or green Moxie’s gorgeous boudoir-styled range beetle print and is priced £29.99 (available from of feminine hygiene products are girly, www.cuddledry.com). stylish, attractive and complement every ladies handbag, bathroom and Choice Giveaway: lifestyle. With a range of tampons, 3 Cuddlebug towels towels and panty liners, Moxie has a product to suit your needs, every day of the month. Complete with 100% recyclable or reusable tins and 1930’s-esque, candy-striped ‘boudoir boxes’, Moxie is Choice Giveaways the perfect necessity for every dressing table. The reusable Moxie tins are excellent for storing your everyday beauty essentials, from hairpins to earrings How to enter: Entries can be made by going to and even loose change. Moxie feminine hygiene products are the hottest new import www.choicetravelinfo.com from Australia and are available in Waitrose, Boots before the Friday 12 June 2009 and entering your and Superdrug stores nationwide. details under ‘competitions and giveaways’. The winner will be announced and published on the website after Choice Giveaway: 5 sets of Moxie the closing date. Terms and conditions on the website. products Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 5
  • 4. A cottage holiday in France for 5 people! hanks to Imagine France you could win Imagine Holidays: for a holiday you’ll T a 2009 seven-night cottage holiday in France for five people sharing, including ferry transfers and holiday insurance! remember, at a price you won’t forget! Property details Imagine France, one of the UK’s favourite self-catering companies offers individually Plourhan, Saint Brieuc Bay, Les Côtes d'Armor. vetted properties throughout some of the The tranquil setting of this lovely barn conversion most spectacular holiday destinations in is an ideal retreat for families wanting to take some Northern France. relaxing time out from the hustle and bustle of city From the rugged coastline of Brittany to life. Situated only 6km from the beach and local the rolling rural landscape of farms and amenities, this large property boasts many orchards of Normandy and the beautiful character features including an original fireplace beach at Le Touguet in Picardy. Plus, not and exposed stone walls. On site there are four only do Imagine offer all-year round ferry other holiday cottages each having plenty of inclusive holidays, 2 for 1 offers and great outdoor space including a private terrace, BBQ and car hire deals, they’re also bonded for a shared play area and games for children. No pets peace of mind.Visit their website at are allowed. www.ImagineFrance.com which also How to enter includes details of Imagine’s self catering holidays to Ireland with all its bustling markets, medieval towns and To be in with a chance of winning this gourmet restaurants to enjoy. fantastic prize simply go to For full details log onto www.choicetravelinfo.com before Friday 12 June 2009 and enter your details www.imaginefrance.com and under ‘competitions and giveaways’. The winner will www.imagineireland.com be published on the website. or phone 01756 707782 Prize excludes peak July and August periods. (lines open 7 days). Terms and conditions on the website. 6 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009
  • 5. Choice Holidays Situated at the heart of South-West France, this land-locked department (département) is home to spectacular sites and monuments which provide endless opportunities for cultural discovery – the local way of life, prehistoric remains, charming villages, delightful scenery and famous castles, as well as a feast La Roque Gagea for the senses... c ©CRTA 1 J-J. Brochard T Grand Roc Les Eyzies ©CRTA 1 J-J. Brochard he subtle differences in the relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Dordogne landscapes are The Périgord has championed the development of highlighted by four different high-quality, rural-based tourism, including the creation colours… Green, extending in a of a protected Parc Naturel Régional. crescent across the north of the Traditional cuisine is based on time-honoured local department, encompasses the recipes and produce, such as chestnuts, walnuts and verdant vegetation (even in the cep mushrooms in the autumn, and strawberries in driest of summers) of the area of April, in addition to the renowned truffles and foie Nontron and Dronne Valley and gras, perhaps bought from a farmer at a duck and includes the protected land of the goose market (marché au gras) in winter. Parc Naturel Régional Périgord A visit to the markets in Sarlat or Périgueux offers a Limousin. White, in the central fascinating insight into the value attached to the part of the department and treasures of its soil, and their symbolic role in the life covering Périgueux and the Vallée of the Dordogne and its inhabitants. de l’Isle, is criss-crossed by the Auvézère and Perigueux, the capital of the Perigord has over Isle rivers, and is so-named as a result of the 2000 years of history: from the ancient Gallo-Roman chalky soils which bestow a white appearance city of Vesunna to the Renaissance period and the to the stone in this area. The colour Purple Cathedral of Saint-Front (classified as a UNESCO covers the south-west of the department, World Heritage Site, the cathedral is an important including the Bergerac area, an area famous stage on the St James of Compostella Pilgrim’s Way). for its wines, and the fascinating bastides or A total of 39 buildings are classed as Historical "new towns" built during the Middle Ages to Monuments in what is one of the largest conservation a well-ordered street pattern. Black, areas in France (56.25 acres). extending across the south-east of the The International Mime Festival, nocturnal markets, Dordogne, and including the Sarlat area, is the International Show room of the Greedy Book and distinguishable by its forests of holm oak the International Baroque Music Festival, all help to and limestone plateaux (causses) which make Perigueux the cultural centre of the Perigord. extend into the Quercy. This area is home The Bergerac region "a bounty of pleasure" in the to the world-renowned prehistoric sites of the Vézère and Dordogne valleys. A visit to this unique region takes you back in time to discover and explore the fascinating past through the many sites and attractions dating from numerous periods in the Dordogne’s illustrious history. The luxuriant natural Hautefort ©CRTA 1 J-J. Brochard landscapes extend throughout the department, providing Further information countless opportunities for Dordogne Tourism nature-lovers to enjoy a Tel : 00.33.553.35.50.24 Fax : 00.33.553.09.51.41 whole range of outdoor activities (swimming, fishing, E-mail : dordogne.perigord.tourisme@wanadoo.fr canoeing, cycling…) or just Web: www.dordogne-perigord-tourisme.fr 8 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009
  • 6. The Dordogne, Aquitaine South West of Périgord, is the town of Cyrano, Bergerac, with its historical district, narrow Local Handicraft medieval streets and Renaissance houses. Nontron knives, distinguishable Next, a visit to the prestigious Monbazillac, by their boxwood handles Lanquais and Biron castles lead you to the edge of decorated with the famous the Bastide region where the delightful architecture inverted "V", are produced using of Monpazier, Beaumont and Issigeac awaits. the clear waters of the River Monbazillac, is also a delicious nectar and a Bandiat, abundant wood from the crucial compliment to foie gras, which belongs to surrounding area and iron ore the family of Bergerac wines of which there are 13 used by local forges. In Nontron’s knife workshop, visitors can learn appellations. Begin to discover these regional wines about the various stages of at Recollets Cloister where a hundred and thirty production required to vintners are ready to welcome you and share their manufacture the oldest pocket Perigueux Escalier ©E.Martin – OT de Périgueux passion of their craft. knives in France. Sarlat, the jewel in the crown of the Périgord Charentais slippers, which Noir is one of the most famous towns for were originally made from pieces medieval art and history in France and has the of used or unwanted felt highest number of listed buildings per square metre discarded by local felt-paper in Europe. workshops in the 18C and 19C. Another of the Périgord Noir's world famous Traditional crafts which used sights is the renowned prehistoric cave at Lascaux. the wood and fruit of the sweet Since its discovery in 1940, the cave has been chestnut. The work of the nicknamed the Prehistoric Sistine Chapel. Today, the "feuillardiers", whose task was to site of Lascaux II is home to an exact replica of the provide chestnut for the barrel- original paintings created by our ancestors. hopping industry, has given rise to the name of an area known as Le Dordogne in Aquitaine: A magical place to visit. Pays des Feuillardiers. Other related artisan industries Sarlat Porte ©CRTA 1 J-J. Brochard include wickerwork and sweet chestnut cakes. Castelnaud Beynac ©CRTA 1 J-J. Brochard
  • 7. Dordogne 10 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 8. Image: Discovery Cove ©Orlando CVB F lorida is the perfect holiday destination for with its ancient cobblestone streets, quaint cafés and the entire family, whether you look to a host of historical landmarks and attractions, such as please your five-year-old son or your 65- the 310-year-old Castillo de San Marcos National year-old mother! From its sandy beaches to its Monument, allowing you to travel back to the early breathtaking parks, Florida has everything Spanish empire in the New World. from history to the hottest attractions. For a taste of everything, visit Walt Disney World, Siesta Public Beach in Sarasota is a family- where you are bound to find something to please friendly beach with shallow waters, everyone, from one of Orlando’s best shopping year-round lifeguards and the whitest sands districts to Blizzard Beach or Epcot and Animal in Florida. The Everglades National Park is the Kingdom – not to mention the amazing nightlife! only subtropical preserve in North America, With its luscious wetlands and more than 150 miles of canoeing and walking trails, this reserve will excite a family of nature Useful info lovers of all ages. Temperatures Orlando Florida is known for its enticing stores, Dec–Feb 23°C Mar–May 28°C malls and outlets filled with merchandise Jun–Aug 33°C Sep–Nov 29°C that is sure to delight – for some of the Average daily maximum - guide only best shopping, travel up the west coast to Northwest Florida. With both Destin Commons and the Silver Sands Factory Currency US dollar Stores, this is a true shopper’s www.xe.com (currency converter) paradise. For the perfect match of history, Further info culture and beauty, travel to www.visitflorida.com/destinations Florida’s east coast and experience St. Augustine – the Getting there nation’s oldest city. St. British Airways www.ba.com Augustine amazes visitors Virgin Atlantic www.virgin-atlantic.com
  • 9. Florida www.USvillaRentals.com 2 luxury villas, 15 minutes from DisneyWorld, Florida 4 beds/3 baths and 4 beds/2 baths, sleeping up to 10 people each • Large private pool + Jacuzzi • Air-conditioning and fans • Digital TV with Sky Sports news • DVD, Hi-fi, Playstation 2 • Broadband internet access • Golf course next door • Discounted car hire and attraction tickets • Help with flights • Late deals + other villas available (3–6 beds) • From £400 per week • Online enquiry facility I am a licenced Realtor and can help you buy your own property in Florida For advice, brochures, etc. please contact Hilary on 0115 9233906 14 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
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  • 11. Florida Vacation Rentals on Beautiful Captiva Island Photo gallery on our website www.captiva-island.com 001-239-395-2490 16 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
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  • 14. Picture © Turespaña A bout a hundred miles off the east coast Massanella). of Spain lies a group of islands blessed There are no large rivers on the islands, this is due with a combination of nature, climate to the moderate rainfall, the permeable soil and the and culture that has transformed them into actual size of the islands themselves and its waterways tourism giants. The Balearic Islands consist of are dominated by watercourses and torrents. The Majorca (Mallorca in Spanish), Menorca and subsoil, however, houses important aquifers that have Ibiza, plus the smaller Formentera and given rise to major caves of extraordinary beauty, that numerous minor islands. Drenched in include the Caves of Drach and the Arta Caves in sunshine, the Balearic Islands boast stunning Majorca, and Xoroi Cave in Menorca. scenery and sandy beaches, pulsating nightlife and rural serenity; but perhaps the key to their success is their individuality: each of the main islands has its own Useful info peculiar look and feel, and is associated with a particular type of holiday. Temperatures Palma, Majorca Dec–Feb 15°C Mar–May 19°C The Balearic Islands can be found just Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 23°C off the east coast of Valencia, with the Average daily maximum - guide only closest island being 85 km from the mainland, whilst the furthest lies 333 Currency Euro km away. Various bays, coves and www.xe.com (currency converter) capes dominate the smooth coastline but there are a few rugged landscapes and cliffs to be seen. Further info Majorca has the largest mountains www.visitbalears.com of the islands with some summits reaching 1,445 metres Getting there (Puig Major) and 1,340 EasyJet www.easyjet.com metres (Puig de Iberia www.iberia.com
  • 15. Menorca Majorca 22 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 16. Image ©Tenerife Toursim M ost visitors go to the Canary Islands They vary dramatically between western and because the weather is reliable, the eastern ends of the chain, but all offer a wonderful beaches are good and the tourist climate throughout the year, which every winter facilities are fantastic, but there is a whole lot attracts thousands of European weather-fugitives to more to discover on the ‘blessed islands’. their beaches, towns, volcanoes, forests and deserts. Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera, El Hierro, The only problem you have now is deciding which Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote island to visit – you can of course island-hop by plane form the Canary Islands and they lie in a part or boat so why not visit them all! of the Atlantic Ocean known as Macaronesia, which includes the archipelagos of Madeira, Salvajes, Azores, Cape Verde and part of Morocco. It’s easy Useful info to assume that the Canary Islands are part of Africa with the closest point on the Temperatures Sta Cruz, Tenerife Dec–Feb 21°C Mar–May 23°C African coast only 210km away from Gran Canaria, but it was in fact Spain Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 26°C who eventually conquered the Canary Average daily maximum - guide only Islands with a long quest between 1402–1495. Currency Euro Throughout the years the Canary www.xe.com (currency converter) Islands relied on an economy of sugar cane, wine, cochineal, Further info bananas, tobacco and other www.canarias-turismo.com agricultural resources before the tourism boom in the fifties, Getting there which saw holiday-makers British Airways www.ba.com flocking to its shores. Iberia www.iberia.com
  • 17. Fuerteventura Lanzarote www.lanzarote4u.com • e-mail: enquiries@lanzarote4u.com • Tel/fax: (0034) 928 51 00 51 24 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
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  • 19. Tenerife TENERIFE SOUTH - LA CALETA FISHING VILLAGE - ACCOMMODATES 10 • Five-bedroom villa and two bathrooms • Twenty-minute drive from airport • Sun terraces and swimming pool • 50 metres to shops, cafes and restaurants • 30metres from the sea front • One mile from Adeje Costa Golf Club, a new 18-hole course and driving range Contact Mike Carroll LOW SEASON £800/WK Tel: 01484 510846 Fax: 01484 425953 HIGH SEASON £1300/WK Email: macengs@btclick.com www.alandowtenerife.co.uk ★ www.alandowlanzarote.co.uk ★ TENERIFE ✷ LANZAROTE ✷ CYPRUS ✷ SPAIN ✷ FLORIDA ★ ★ • QUALITY APARTMENTS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES • ★ PERSONAL SERVICE FOR SHORT & LONG TERM RENTALS FROM THE OWNER ★ Contact Alan Dow, email: alansholidayhomes@gmail.com ★ w w w. a l a n d o w c y p r u s . c o . u k ★ w w w. a l a n d o w s p a i n . c o . u k 26 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 20. Image ©Turespaña I n the south west of Spain in the province of the Costa Blanca, its varied history and culture will Alicante, the Costa Blanca or 'white coast' become evident – owing to early settlements of is a land of many contrasts with golden Romans, Iberians and the Carthaginians, you will beaches, green valleys, mountains, quaint come across archaeological sites, castles and stone- villages and over 150km of coastline carved churches. overlooking the beautiful Mediterranean sea. Just north of Alicante, the 17th-century parish With the sun shining almost all year round, its church and the Calvario, Santa Ana and San Roque natural landscape makes the Costa Blanca an chapels make up the monumental heritage of San ideal destination for all kinds of sporting Juan de Alicante. activities, including horse-riding, trekking, bicycle-riding, mountaineering and Useful info numerous water-sports. On average, seven out of ten visitors to the Valencian region choose to stay in Temperatures Alicante Benidorm, in order to take advantage of Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 20°C its irresistible promise of sun and sand. Benidorm is the Costa Blanca’s main Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 24°C tourist resort with the capacity to cope Average daily maximum - guide only with 300,000 tourists over the peak- season period. Out in the centre of Currency Euro the bay, Benidorm Isle can be visited www.xe.com (currency converter) by taking a boat from the harbour – according to local folklore, this Further info islet represents the gigantic block www.spain.info of rock that is missing from the summit of nearby Mt. Puig Getting there Campana. British Airways www.ba.com EasyJet www.easyjet.com As you begin to explore
  • 21. Costa Blanca 28 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 22. Image ©Turespaña A round Malaga to the east of Gibraltar, watersports facilities. Most of these ports have the Sun Coast has built its success on its magnificent nightlife and top restaurants, with many warm air and sea and almost stylish boutiques and shops of all kinds. guaranteed sunshine. Resorts range from The Costa del Sol is a golfer’s paradise, with over 40 Marbella – with its exclusive marina at Puerto clubs, most of them in the western Costa del Sol area, Banús – to Torremolinos; add the dramatic making this the area with the highest concentration of mountain scenery and spectacular cave at golf courses in all of continental Europe. Nerja and a wealth of sporting options, and the Costa del Sol emerges as a varied and complete holiday destination. It is the sun and beach tourism that first drove the southern Spain tourism industry into the fast lane, and this is still alive and Useful info kicking on the Costa del Sol. The 161 km Temperatures Malaga of Malaga province coastline is mostly Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 21°C beach and with most tourist Jun–Aug 29°C Sep–Nov 23°C accommodation built close to the Average daily maximum - guide only beaches, most of the finest restaurants within shouting distance of the beach and the best climate in Europe, it is Currency Euro little wonder that the beach means so www.xe.com (currency converter) much to local residents and tourists alike in Malaga. Further info www.spain.info There are 11 marinas on the Costa del Sol, putting the region ahead of the rest of Getting there British Airways www.ba.com Andalusia in sailing and Ryanair www.ryanair.com
  • 23. Costa del Sol 30 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
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  • 25. Image ©Cyprus Tourist Office C yprus is the third largest island in the lined promenade lead the way to the Larnaka Medieval Mediterranean Sea and despite being at Museum, housed in a 17th Century fort. Not far from the crossroads of three continents, it is a Larnaka is the enchanting village of Lefkara, once distinctive place that can feel blissfully apart admired by Leonardo da Vinci for its exquisite from it all. There are beaches to suit just about handmade lace. everybody, from families with small children to Life in the southeastern corner of Cyprus revolves seekers of solitude and the Troodos Mountains around the sea, with water sports of all kinds readily offer an alluring contrast to the coast. Explore available. East to Protaras, glorious beaches spread out the narrow stone streets of Nicosia for a taste under the sun, while just inland the white-washed town of history, where crimson flowers cascade from of Paralimni boasts open-air tavernas known for their window pots and the aroma of traditional succulent grilled fish. baking wafts through open doorways. Along the route that leads from the port city of Limassol to Paphos, is a magnificent Useful info stretch of coastline where you can swim in the sea at Petra tou Romiou, where Temperatures Paphos Aphrodite emerged from the sea-foam in Dec–Feb 16°C Mar–May 20°C ancient times. In the Akamas region, hikers Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 25°C exploring the area's rich flora can cool off at the grotto where the love goddess Average daily maximum - guide only bathed after her amorous interludes! A tradition of celebration and Currency Euro hospitality is always present in the www.xe.com (currency converter) vibrant seaside town of Limassol. From the Wine Festival in Further info September, to the Carnival in www.visitcyprus.org.cy February, music, parades, and dancing is a way of life! Getting there Shopping boutiques, British Airways www.ba.com inviting cafés and a palm- Easy Jet www.easyjet.com
  • 26. Cyprus Aura Holiday Villas are an exclusive group of 2 and 3 bedroom detached holiday villas in the Coral Bay area of Paphos, Cyprus. Each villa has it’s own private swimming pool and balconies, which all enjoy magnificent and unobstructed views of the Mediterranean Sea. They are elegantly designed and have been built metres away from secluded sandy beaches and local amenities, such as supermarkets and Prices per week – 2 bedroom villa tavernas. The bus stop is 100 metres away and gives easy access to the popular sandy beach of Low season Mid season High season Coral Bay, the fun and exciting nightlife of Kato Paphos, and all the shops of Paphos town. £330 £550 £990 Contact Tel: 00 357 26935373 Mob: 00 357 99385910 Email: info@auravillas.com www.auravillas.com Please quote CVA when replying to ads Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 33
  • 27. LUXURIOUS VILLAS FOR HOLIDAYS IN STYLE AT CORAL BAY AREA LOCATION: CORAL SUNSET VILLAS are located in Coral Bay Area, Peyia near the Town of Paphos, within walking distance ( 10 mins) from the most famous sandy beach in Paphos.Coral Bay and the Cyprus shopping center with its restaurants, pubs, supermarkets, souvenir shops and Banks. THE VILLAS: CORAL SUNSET VILLAS consist of four Luxurious Villas, two of two bedroom and two of three bedroom villa.They are fully furnished, equipped with private swimming pool, air-conditioned (cool and heat) and a lot of green surrounding areas. LOW MED HIGH THREE BEDROOM VILLA: Can sleep 6–7. TWO BEDROOM VILLA: Can sleep 4–5. 3 Bedroom Villas 280 490 700 CONTACT CHRISTAKIS AIPAVLITIS TEL: 0035726622165 FAX: 0035726621321 2 Bedroom Villas 210 420 630 EMAIL: coralsun@cytanet.com.cy WEBSITE: http://www.pafos-villas.com/ In Cyprus pounds PER VILLA PER WEEK 34 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 28. F rance is the biggest country in western inimitable Provence, and the glitz of the Côte d’Azur. The Europe, and also one of the most diverse. It interior offers unspoilt landscapes such as the ever- has oceanic, continental and Mediterranean popular Dordogne. And then there are the cities. Paris climates, soaring mountains (including Europe’s hardly needs any introduction; Lyons and Marseilles are highest), rugged plateaux, dense forests, sun- neglected by comparison, as are many other beautiful drenched vineyards and olive groves, sweeping and distinctive French cities. plains traversed by great rivers, and mile upon France also has hundreds of miles of coastline; from mile of beaches on three different seas. It has the picture-postcard Channel resorts to the crashing diverse regions, with their own distinctive breakers of the west coast and the sun-drenched chic of cultures and languages. It has ancient cities full the south, France is never short of a beach. In short, of architectural splendour, juxtaposed with the France has everything. sharpest of modern technology and design. It has some of the world’s greatest art treasures, dating from the Stone Age to the present day. Above all, though, France has a certain Useful info approach to life that makes time spent here special and unique. Temperatures Bordeaux Dec–Feb 10°C Mar–May 17°C You could have a hundred different Jun–Aug 25°C Sep–Nov 19°C holidays in France. Brittany and Normandy Average daily maximum - guide only offer rural charm and unforgettable places like Rouen and the Mont St Michel. The Loire Valley is lined with vineyards and Currency Euro châteaux, and the wild Atlantic coast www.xe.com (currency converter) runs south to the great wine-producing region of Bordeaux. The east has Further info medieval charm and splendour in the half-timbered towns of the www.uk.franceguide.com Rhineland and magnificent cathedrals like Rheims, while Getting there further south lie the mountains EasyJet www.easyjet.com of the Jura and Savoy, the Air France www.airfrance.co.uk
  • 29. France THE CÔTE D’AZUR AND PROVENCE SPECIALIST Unique Collection of Handpicked Villas and Country Houses ENQUIRIES / RESERVATIONS 020 8878 9955 www.balfourfrance.com 36 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 30. G reece is such an ancient place that, like Cephalonia, enjoyed a surge in popularity after Egypt, it has two different images in the featuring in the novel and film Captain Corelli’s British mind: one is of the cradle of Mandolin, while Corfu is an established package European civilisation, where philosophy, drama favourite. and mathematics took shape, and democracy Some parts of Greece now enjoy such popularity was born; the other is of a maze of sun- that they put some people off; but there are so many drenched islands and whitewashed villages, a hidden corners of this ancient and fragmented land land of kebabs, feta cheese, ouzo and plate- that there is still plenty of scope for those who look for smashing restaurateurs. quiet seclusion, as well as those who want their holiday Of these two images, it is mainly the latter to be a fully-catered, full-on party. that has tourists flocking here. Athens will always hold a fascination as long as the Useful info timeless edifices of the Acropolis look down on the city; but it is the beaches of Corfu and Crete, Rhodes, Zante and Kos that lead tourism in Greece. This country is no longer Temperatures Corfu Town the preserve of backpacking students, Dec–Feb 15°C Mar–May 19°C having risen to rival Spain in the sun-and- Jun–Aug 30°C Sep–Nov 23°C sand market. Average daily maximum - guide only Island-hopping is a favourite way for holidaymakers to savour the delights of Currency Euro this scattered country with as much coastline as the much larger France. www.xe.com (currency converter) The islands split into geographical groups. For example, the Further info Dodecanese, including Rhodes, www.gnto.co.uk Kos and Patmos, are close to Turkey, while the Ionian group Getting there in the west have an Italian Air Scotland www.air-scotland.com flavour; one of these, British Airways www.britishairways.com
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  • 32. I taly is not just a place; Italy is a world-famous at the ‘heel’ of the peninsula. cuisine, the most glamorous cars, footballing Between north and south lies the Italy that has become legends, and some of the most beautiful art, the beloved haunt of such distinguished tourists as Tony music and architecture the world has ever seen, Blair and his family. This is the cradle of the Roman as well as one of its greatest empires and most Empire and the Renaissance, achievements whose influential languages. legacy suffuses the region; but it is also where you will The country traditionally divides into three find the archetypal Italian landscape of rugged, shrub- mainland areas, plus the islands of Sicily and strewn hills dozing in the golden light. Sardinia. The north is the industrial and commercial powerhouse of the nation, and boasts many fascinating cities, including the Useful info region’s largest, Milan and Turin, as well as such delights as Venice, Verona and Mantua. Ringed by the Alps, it also features some spectacular scenery – most famously the Temperatures Rome Italian Lakes that stretch from Switzerland Dec–Feb 14°C Mar–May 18°C south-east into Venetia – and the resorts of Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 22°C the Ligurian coast, known as the Italian Riviera. Average daily maximum - guide only The south, known as the Mezzogiorno, Currency Euro is a poor, rural area dominated by Naples; as well as being an www.xe.com (currency converter) unforgettable city in itself, it has the added attraction of nearby Mount Further info Vesuvius and the excavations at www.italiantouristboard.co.uk Pompeii and Herculaneum. There are other parts of this Getting there region that remain relatively EasyJet www.easyjet.com undiscovered, notably Puglia Alitalia www.alitalia.com
  • 33. Italy HOUSES IN TUSCANY Exclusive Private Villas With & Without Pool Houses in Tuscany offers high quality privately owned cottages and villas, with and without pools, for sale and self-catering summer rental. Many are situated in the beautiful Garfagnana Valley in northern Tuscany, near Lucca. Its isolated position, away from the crowded main roads, has allowed the area to retain its unique natural beauty and culture. Properties for rental range from cosy one bedroom cottages to five bedroom luxury villas. All properties have outside eating areas, where you can relax and sample some traditional Italian food whilst enjoying the picturesque scenery of the surrounding valley. Also for sale traditional Tuscan properties and large farming estates to be restored. www.housesintuscany.net bcasci@libero.it Tel/Fax 0039 0583644027 or 0039 3473681090 40 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
  • 34. A t the south-western extremity of Europe, Estoril and Cascais are home to a number of royal Portugal’s history and culture are castles – a stunning legacy of the times when the inseparable from the sea. Once a great kings of Portugal spent their summers there. Lisbon imperial power, it is now better known for also has a rich and colourful seafaring heritage, in the sunshine, golf and fortified wine. The Costa 16th century, ships set sail from the beaches of the de Prata, the Estoril coast and Costa Azul all River Tagus to chart a route to far-off India. The city’s compete for the attention of tourists, but best passion for the sea continues to this day, visit the known are the beaches and year-round Parque das Nações and you’ll discover Europe’s sunshine of the Algarve in the far south. largest aquarium. Nature has blessed Portugal’s 850 km of coastline with a bit of everything, from enchanting beaches to varied, breath-taking countryside and the Atlantic coast is prized by surfers and windsurfers across Europe. Useful info Temperatures Faro, Algarve The coastal towns are also rich in Portuguese heritage, discover the Dec–Feb 17°C Mar–May 20°C colourful seafaring and fishing traditions Jun–Aug 28°C Sep–Nov 23°C and end your day by sampling some of Average daily maximum - guide only the finest fresh fish in the world. Lisbon is the Atlantic capital, Currency Euro blessed with natural beauty and www.xe.com (currency converter) steeped in fascinating history and the only European capital with Further info Atlantic beaches. Take the train www.visitportugal.com along the north bank of the Tagus estuary and discover Getting there miles of golden sandy EasyJet www.easyjet.com beaches. The beaches of TAP Air Portugal www.tap-airportugal.co.uk
  • 35. Casa Martin, Nr Loulé Sympathetically converted farmhouse in peaceful, rural surroundings with private swimming pool and terraces. Five mins by car from charming market town of Loulé, excellent for shopping and dining. Portugal Faro airport and the coast 20-min drive. Car hire is essential. 1 double and 1 twin bedroom, large shower room and comfortable lounge. Fully-equipped kitchen and dining room. Wood fire and electric radiators. Situated on high ground amongst fields of almond, olive and fig trees with coastal views. Shady tiled covered terrace, large built-in barbecue with tiled dining table and benches. Accommodates 2–4. Prices from £350/wk. Contact Hugh Cross Tel: 020 7823 2032 (office hours) or 020 7834 0277 Email: hugh@hill-cross.com 42 Choice Villas & Apartments April 2009 Please quote CVA when replying to ads
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