17th

La Havana, Cuba


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Havana is the capital of Cuba, an island located in the North East of the Caribbean in the Golf of Mexico. The city was founded by the Spanish conqueror Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar in 1519.

Cuba´s climate is tropical. It doesn’t reach extreme temperatures, but instead stays warm for the whole year. It rains a lot during the Summer but because of its location, the UV rays are high so it is recommendable to stay protected from the sun.

Old Havana is the historical centre of the city and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1982. The most notable places are La Plaza de Armas, where you will find the Presidential Palace that is now a museum and the Temple, the structure that has most influenced the architecture of Cuba. La Plaza Vieja (The Old Square), originally called Plaza Nueva (New Square) is another remarkable place to visit. It is a place of celebrations, processions and performances. Near the bay is the Fortress San Salvador and the Castle of Tres Reyes del Morro that guards the entrance to Havana Bay. The cathedral is located in the heart of Old Havana, known for its baroque style with two bell towers on either side.

Other areas of interest are the center of Havana, where you can find El Capitolio, a replica of the Washington Capitol but smaller, and the Tabacos Partagas factory, where cigars are manufactured and sold. Places also worth a visit include the National Museum of Fine Arts (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes) and The Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolución). These are in the center of Havana. In Vedado, a central business district and urban neighbourhood of Havana, there are authentic palaces as well as the Plaza de la Revolution and José Martí Memorial, a monument that is 138.5 meters tall.

Things to be taken into account when wanting to visit Cuba are having a visa (at a cost of about 20€) and a passport that will be valid at least 6 months after visiting the country. With these documents, you can be in the country for up to 30 days. The electricity current in Cuba is 110 volts at 60 hertz but many hotels have a 220-volt current and adapters. Cuba has two currencies: the Cuban Peso (CUP) and the Cuban Convertible Pesos (CUC), but since the arrival of Raul Castro in 2013, he has been merging the two currencies. The Cuban Convertible Peso is mainly what the tourists use but there is nothing preventing you from using Cuban Pesos. The current value of a Cuban Convertible Peso is approximately 62p. Despite being a very closed communist country, credit cards are also accepted at some establishments.

Wednesday 17 September 2014 9:28 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
08th

Menorca, in harmony with nature


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Whether on two legs or four, powered by two wheels, a paddle or simply letting the wind fill the sails – there are plenty of opportunities to get moving in Menorca. And it won’t be just the sport that takes your breath away: the island’s impressive backdrop does that too.

Explore the widely varying landscape. Plunge into the water. Share customs and traditions. Taste the cuisine. Discover a whole new range of experiences in this very special spot in the heart of the Mediterranean.  The transparency of the sea and the quality of the coastline is by far the island’s best natural element, with over 70 of the very best beaches on offer. Why wait? See it for yourself and check out our very best hotel offers in Menorca.

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Monday 8 September 2014 9:51 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
04th

City taxes in Rome


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Rome, one of the most visited cities in Europe is increasing its tourist taxes (Contributo di Soggiorno) for an overnight stay in the city. The purpose of the fees is to improve the city’s tourism services.

When the tourist tax came in to effect in 2011, tourists paid between 1 and 3 euros per person/night, depending on the category of the establishment.

From the 1st of September, tourists visiting Rome must pay the following fees:

€3 per person/night in 1* and 2* hotels.

€4 per person/night in 3* hotels.

€6 per person/night in 4* hotels.

€7 per person/night in 5* hotels.

These amounts will be added to a maximum of 10 nights. Tourist taxes in Rome are paid when the customer leaves the hotel. They then receive a receipt of the fees.

Citizens of Rome and children under the age of 10 don’t need to pay these fees.

Thursday 4 September 2014 12:56 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
01st

Bali, Indonesia


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Bali, also known as ‘The Island of the Gods’, is a province in Indonesia situated to the East of Java and its capital, Kuta, is situated in the south of the island. The population is 4,225 million and the main religions are Hinduism and Islam.

Due to the countless beautiful beaches and dense jungles, there is a wide range of diverse wildlife and corals. The tropical climate has an average annual temperature of 30 degrees with 85% humidity. The year is divided into the dry season, from April to September and the rain season from October to March.

The beaches in Bali are fantastic for swimming, surfing and sunbathing. The best time to head to the beach is the dry season, when the beaches are cleaner and less windy.

Kuta Beach, also known as Sunset Beach, is the most popular beach in Bali. It is a safe place to swim, sunbathe and surf, staying close to the city.

Dance is a big part of the island’s culture and there are numerous holidays and cultural events throughout the year.

01/01                     New Year’s Day

20-21/02              Idul Fitri Festival

21/03                     Isolation Day / Saba New Year

04/05                     Good Friday

28/04                     Idul Adha

16/05                     Day of the Ascension of Christ

19/05                     Hijriah

02/06                     Waisak

28/07                     Maulid

17/08                     National Independence Day

08/12                     Isra Miraj

25/12                     Christmas Day

To enter Bali you must have a valid passport with an expiration date of at least 6 months after the date of your visit and visa. For more information, you can access the Indonesian embassy.

http://www.indonesianembassy.org.uk/index.html

Monday 1 September 2014 12:19 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
07th

Manhattanhenge, a unique phenomenon.


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If you are a lover of New York, you must know about the Manhattanhenge. For those of you that don’t know, you’re about to find out.

Continue Reading…

Thursday 7 August 2014 16:43 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
16th

Get a 10% discount for your next booking!


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We are sending you the last discount voucher of the year. Take advantage of 10% off your next booking with Hotelopia!

The conditions of the voucher are:

* Reservations can be made from today until 31/12/2013
* Valid for stays from today until 31/12/2014
* Discount code is valid for bookings made via the detailed link.
* Only valid for online reservations  

Discount code: N4V113

Take advantage of this discount for one of your Christmas gifts. Click on the following link, and choose your destination and hotel.

Monday 16 December 2013 16:46 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
29th

Get a 10% discount for your next booking!


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ONLY UNTIL 31/10/2013

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount

Conditions

*For reservations effective today until 31/10/2013

*For stays from today until 31/12/2013

*Code valid for reservations made from this link.

*The code is valid for paid bookings made on the web site

Code: 3U7C0

Tuesday 29 October 2013 10:12 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Travel News
26th

The Atlantic Festival, Maderia


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The Atlantic Festival runs every Saturday until 29 June, and is an important event that combines entertainment and culture.

This festival presents high-quality classical music at some of the region’s most emblematic venues, such as Teatro Municipal Baltazar Dias, Casa das Mudas in Calheta and a number of churches.

The Festival has acquired even greater artistic importance with the introduction in recent years of the International Fireworks Competition, in which contestants organise firework displays to accompany the music every Saturday during the month of June. Take advantage of this opportunity to come and visit Madeira when it is in festive mood.

Wednesday 26 June 2013 12:47 | Published by Andrea | Category: Travel News
13th

Get a 10% discount for your next booking!


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ONLY UNTIL 30/06/2013

Click on the image, type the code in the booking form and get your 10% discount

Conditions

*For reservations effective today until 30/06/2013

*For stays from today until 31/12/2013

*Code valid for reservations made from this email

*The code is only valid for bookings paid for online

Code: 5OMN15

Thursday 13 June 2013 17:18 | Published by Andrea | Category: Hotelopia Promotions
21st

A shot in the ocean


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With around 30 high-class courses, the Algarve is visited by golfers from all over the world.

The many hours of sunshine allow golfers to play late into the evening, and the fabulous climate makes this region a golfing destination throughout the year.

In the Algarve, the quality of the fairways comes highly commended. The greens were designed by respected names, such as Henry Cotton, Rocky Roquemore or Arnold Palmer, and provide a great challenges and quality golfing. So go with the flow and give wing to your swing on flat or rough courses, almost always with the ocean as a backdrop.

With degrees of difficulty, many of the greens are on the international circuit, regularly hosting important competitions. Get acquainted with courses, such as San Lorenzo and the Old Course in Vilamoura, ranking among the best in Europe.

If you’re still not satisfied with your swing, improve it at an Academy. Some of the most popular include David Leadbetter in Carvoeiro,  the Alto Golfe (Portimão) and at the Vila Sol (Vilamoura). After the game, socialise in friendly clubhouses.

Supplement your golfing experience in the Algarve, by getting to know the region. Swim in warm, calm water and indulge in water sports. At night, place a bet in the casino or visit the beach bars.  Plus take the opportunity to get to know our excellent cuisine and wines.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 15:57 | Published by Andrea | Category: Hotelopia Promotions

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