ITB Berlin


Welcome to the world all under one roof at the ITB Berlin in 2016, a leading travel trade show of global proportion… where representatives from more than 180 countries will be presenting to an international audience.  This event brings together innovators and entrepreneurs; from countries, cities, regions, tour operators, travel agencies, online booking portals, hotels and much more.  All, with a wealth of expertise and experience to trade in the latest products and services available in the travel and tourism industry.  It´s the perfect time to visit Berlin and experience all it has to offer, if that list wasn´t enough! In a city as culturally and historically rich as Berlin you might need some extra time to explore. Secure your stay and book a hotel with Hotelopia, and be sure to enjoy all on offer at this unique event.

Friday 4 March 2016 13:39 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: General Tourism,Hotelopia News,Interesting Stuff,Travel News,events

Celebrate UEFA Euro 2012 with Hotelopia!


In less than a month, one of the biggest football tournaments – the UEFA Euro 2012 –  kicks off in Poland and the Ukraine.

Hotelopia gives you the opportunity to support your team by booking our great value packages which include match tickets and accommodation.

Your team needs you.  Book now for the qualifying rounds.

Limited availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone!

Celebrate UEFA Euro 2012 with Hotelopia!

Tuesday 8 May 2012 9:46 | Published by | Category: events

The St. Catherine and Catherinettes!


The 25th of November is a very special date in France, St. Catherine! This tradition dates from the 12th century. Every year, unmarried girls over 25 years wear the most extravagant hat possible and parade in the city with the statue of St. Catherine. They go in the evening to dance always dressed with the hat to show to men that they are looking for true love … or at least a husband! They are called Catherinettes.

 St. Catherine, patron saint of barbers, students and school children among others, would be a martyr who lived in the 3rd century. On November 25th 307 , she was beheaded by the emperor Maxentius because she refused a royal wedding in faithfulness to Jesus. She became the patron saint of girls to marry, logically.

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Friday 25 November 2011 15:56 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

What do you know about Thanksgiving?


In Europe, we hear every year about Thanksgiving. But what do we really know? Ok, this tradition is celebrated in the United States and Canada. Ok, they get together with family and eat great food. Often with the turkey. We agree, the U.S. president pardons one every year. But finally, Thanksgiving, what is it? What are the differences between the two countries? So many questions, but do not worry, Blogtelopia is here!


In Canada, the first Thanksgiving have been celebrated in 1578 by Martin Frobisher. The English adventurer wanted to give thanks for his arrival without major concerns in the new world. Only a few decades later, in 1621, the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in the United States. This time, it was to celebrate a good harvest.

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Wednesday 23 November 2011 23:08 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

“The treasures of the Hermitage” in the Prado!

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There are some cultural events happening only once. This kind of events that advised art lover can not afford to miss. These gatherings of major works of internationally recognized artists who make a place an explosion of beauties and of talent. Prado is so from the 8th of November 2011 to the 25th of March 2012 thanks to a partnership set up with the famous museum of St. Petersburg, The Hermitage, called “the treasures of the Hermitage.”

End point of the Russia-Spain year, The Hermitage has agreed to lend the museum in Madrid many of his finest pieces: Velazquez, Rembrandt, Matisse …. Even a person not knowing much about art can understand that this exchange is a real event. Queen Sofia of Spain herself, inaugurated the exhibition.

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Monday 21 November 2011 17:22 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

Cinema in Bilbao with Zinebi festival!


From November 11th to 18th, held in Bilbao is a must for all lovers of cinema and in particular short films, the Zinebi festival.
This international festival of documentary film and short film, created in 1959, has evolved to finally be of reference to its kind today. Recognized by the Oscars, it sees many personalities parade each year. Ennio Morricone, Jane Birkin and Roman Polanski, for example.
This is the 53th edition taking place this year, and the Arriaga theatre is where the majority of the movies will be shown. The movies are divided into three categories (documentary, fiction and animation), and every year more than 1500 films from over 150 countries compete.
It’s a great excuse to come and discover the city of Bilbao, the capital of the Basque Country, as well as the Guggenheim Museum, Casco Viejo, Puente Colgante … or why not enjoy a game of Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés stadium!

Book your hotel in Bilbao now, with Hotelopia.

Saturday 12 November 2011 17:53 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

Jazz in Madrid!


Madrid is the kind of city for which we do not need excuses to visit. Tapas, sun, good food, party…You really have to want it to be bored in Madrid! And if in addition a music festival will be held, what are we waiting for to book our tickets?
 From the 2nd of November to the 4th of December, the Spanish capital hosts the 28th Festival International de Jazz de Madrid. This event will last more than a month and produce artists from all around the world to play in the most beautiful places in the city. 28 editions, then; still the festival continues to renew itself by hosting the big names of the jazz world and many young talents who brings a fresh attitude.

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Friday 4 November 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

Day of the Dead in Mexico, nothing sad!


On the 1st and 2nd of November in Mexico, the very celebrated Day of the Dead festival takes place. This tradition dates back to over 3000 years when many families came together and pay tribute to the memory of dead loved ones.
The morning is mainly devoted to prayer. Altars are installed in homes and everyone gathers to pray for the soul of the deceased. During the afternoon everybody goes to the cemetery. The graves are cleaned and decorated. Offerings can take the shape of the dead’s favourite dishes or flowers (mainly those of zempaxuchilt, the rose of India).

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Tuesday 1 November 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

But what is Halloween?


All weekend long, you have probably seen people on the street acting a little weird…People scaring people, monsters out of their graves … Do not worry, it’s normal, it’s Halloween!

You know that being casually dressed on October 31st, especially at night, exposes you to attacks from zombies and other crazy creatures! But do you know where does this little crazy celebration comes from? Blogtelopia knows and since we’re nice, we’ll tell you.

 Originally a Celtic religious festival at the time of the Druids named Samhain or Samonios, Halloween comes from “All Hallows Eve” or “the evening of All Saints’, on the eve of the Christian festival of All Saints Day. The most famous character of this festival is Jack-O’-Lantern, from an old Irish tale; he would have sold his soul to the devil, but eventually never gave it away.

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Monday 31 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,events

In Ireland or Scotland, awake the monster in you!


Halloween is certainly very commercial but can also be very fun if you know how and especially where to celebrate. So why not travel a bit to go where the craziest party is?

Halloween is not celebrated the same way in every country. This celebration is of Celtic origins and it remains very popular in these countries. In Ireland as in Scotland, it is several weeks before the event that we begin to hear about the big day. And when that day arrives, it is all the major cities that turn into a bad remake of a horror movie! This enthusiasm associated with the sense of fun (and alcohol, it must be said!) of both the Scottish and Irish means Halloween is a crazy time in these countries.

Fully decorated bars and shops, the best costume contests, special events, everything is done to ensure that you review your vision of Halloween and every year you come back to drink a bloody Guinness!

Book your hotel now in Scotland or Ireland with Hotelopia.

Friday 21 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: events

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