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700 Steps Down, and 700 Back Up Again!

To get to the Faro del Caballo lighthouse (near Santoña in Cantabria) you have to descend about 700 steps, and to get back up you have to climb them again! The exact number of the steps seems to be in some doubt, because, we suspect, no-one has ever managed the complete descent or ascent without losing count on the way. Read more

4 Out-of-the-Ordinary Things To Do in Andalucia

FloresIf you like to go a little off the beaten track, discover new places and have fun in a way that that you will surely remember, here are four activities to get you started.

These are all available in the Andalucian hills and mountains just inland from Málaga. Although you’ll be just a short distance from the hedonistic pleasures of the Costa del Sol, this is a world apart where life moves at a more leisurely pace. The roads are quieter (and narrower), there are eagles overhead (sometimes) and the bars and restaurants are truly, authentically Spanish. Read more

Autumn Activities in Mallorca

Son AmetlerAfter a long, hot summer in Mallorca, the more moderate temperatures of autumn are just around the corner when Son Ametler are offering a range of activities for those looking to find themselves, find someone else, or just find their shoes under the bed again.

1) Tai Chi: A “week of wellness” focused around Tai Chi and walking, is being offered 28th Oct to 4th Nov by the indomitable Jane and Helen. Its a relaxing and pleasant way to while away the hours, and once you’re tired of making the sign of the tea-spoon (or whatever it is) Jane makes a WICKED G&T!

2) Pilates: Sara Rosenthal, a wonderful girl who’s danced with a man who’s danced with a girl who’s danced with Joseph Pilates himself, Read more

Car Hire

With all the bad press flying about at the moment, you might be a bit worried about car hire. We understand that. That’s why we are partnered with Zest Car Rental, because they are the best.

Car hire insurance is confusing. Many of us don’t hire cars all that often and suppliers make things more confusing by using different phrases for the same insurance product. So here is our quick guide to make sure that you don’t overpay for insurance, but you don’t get a nasty surprise either. There are several different elements to car hire insurance so let’s go through them one at a time.

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)

Car accidentWithout CDW you would be liable to the full cost of any damage to the car, whether it is your fault or not. So CDW is pretty essential, but the average policy has some rather big holes in it. It doesn’t cover theft, and it doesn’t cover things like windscreen, wheels, tyres or underbody damage. Worse, despite it’s name, it generally doesn’t cover you for the full cost of damage. Typically you are still liable for the first £1000, £1200 or perhaps even £2000 of the repair cost. CDW is always included when booking with Zest Car Rental with either no insurance excess or Excess Reimbursement Insurance (more on this later). Read more

Ryanair and Luggage Fees

RyanairWe’ve just seen that Ryanair (the airline everyone loves to hate) are thinking of tightening up their rules on cabin baggage because they think some customers are taking advantage of their generous nature. Is that really true? How could it be so? This is how we see it:

Ryanair is probably the most determined airline when it comes to keeping their headline ticket prices low. Then they try to recoup some money from their customers by charging extra for just about everything else, short of the air that you breathe. Read more

Best Small Hotels in the UK

We love Spain (you may have noticed!). Kentisbury Grange, DevonBut we also love little hotels in other places too, especially when they are really, really good. So we have just launched a new website dedicated to only the best small hotels. Just so there is no confusion, we’ve called it Best Small Hotels and you’ll find it at https://bestsmallhotels.co.uk.

Initially we are showing the best small hotels in England and Wales, and we have got about fifty to get us started. There are plenty more to come and we’ll be adding them as quickly as we can. It’s not the work of a moment though to verify that a hotel is truly deserving of the accolade “BEST”,  Read more

The Summer Experience at The Sea Club

The Sea ClubThe Sea Club, if you are not already familiar, is like staying in an English house party in a large rambling private Mediterranean villa. From the last week of June to the first week of September The Sea Club becomes a very social and lively place with many return families and friends enjoying the vibrant atmosphere in the sun.

The laid back ambiance is what The Sea Club is all about, once you have been you may never want to leave. The Cumberlege family and staff will make you feel like you are staying in a home from home. If you are a first timer, it will not be long until you have become integrated into this unique place.

The pivotal point of The Sea Club is the outdoor garden bar. It is informal, unpretentious and little has changed since the early days. Read more

6 Days of Inspirational Walks – 7 Nights of Luxury Eco-Glamping

The ultimate active holiday: WALK THE ROCK 2016, 26 November – 3rd December

Lanzarote countrysideSince 2007 Eco Finca de Arrieta have set the benchmark for providing an alternative concept for holidays: a beautiful oasis in the picturesque north of Lanzarote; a retreat for people who value luxury, sustainability and activity, far away from the ‘madding’ tourist crowds in the south.

The island of Lanzarote is a treasure chest of little discovered beauty. Simply put, the island holds some of the most breathtaking scenery to be found in Europe. In late November, as the temperature has cooled and the trade winds dropped, Eco Finca de Arrieta, Read more