24th

The home of the new Rugby World Cup champions awaits you!


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The New-Zealand yesterday had a new team to be proud of. This country consisting of two main islands are finally world champion again of their national sport- Rugby! But do not just focus on the ferocity of their players during the famous Haka, the people of New Zealand are known for their hospitality. And their country famed for its beauty! Those who saw The Lord of the Rings Trilogy will remember the magnificent scenery, breathtaking mountains and plains. Discover while in New-Zealand, let’s try to help you organize your trip!

The region of Rotorua will impress you with its volcanoes and incredible scenery. Hikers of all levels will delight in this region.

From Christchurch, you can rent a small van and take a ride in these unique landscapes. Karamea, Abel Tasman, Arthur Pass… Another great opportunity for a short stay of several days.

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Monday 24 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,Interesting Stuff
21st

In Ireland or Scotland, awake the monster in you!


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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!

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Friday 21 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: events
19th

A weekend at the beach in Croatia


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 Late October is the perfect time to enjoy the beauty of Croatia. By avoiding the summer crowds, which make these paradise beaches infernal, and enjoying the sun, always present at the time, you are ensured an idyllic time.

So where do you go to get the most from the beaches of this beautiful country? You should know that Croatia is famous for its beautiful scenery and clear waters, but not specifically for the fine sandy beaches! You often find more stones, pebbles or even boulders, but few places are the exception.

 The best known is the beach of Zlatni Rat, on the island of Brac. The water color is incredible and the form of the beach is very special. It is a very nice place in this season. The other beach, equally beautiful, is located in Lumbarda on the island of Korcula. A stretch of sand with forest bordering it. With sun and freshness, it’s a cool program! These are almost the only sandy beaches in Croatia.

 Another possibility is Tucepi, near Makarska. You will find the longest beach on the Riviera, 3km bordered by a beautiful avenue of pines. It is the perfect setting aside the stones!

 Croatia is also known for its parties. And if you like dancing to electronic music, the beaches of Novalja and Zrce are perfect places for you. From May to October, there are thousands of revellers who come to party day and night on the music of the best DJ on the planet.

 Croatia offers many heavenly places, now you know a few, up to you to discover the others!

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Wednesday 19 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,Travel News
18th

Last free stay, much more prizes soon…


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The winner of the last free stay for bookings made between the 10th  and 16th of October is…. HEINZ OLTMANNS. Congratulations!

Remember, soon we will realise much more contests with amazing prizes in our Facebook page. Stay tuned!

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Tuesday 18 October 2011 15:44 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Hotelopia Promotions
17th

A weekend to Saffron’s celebration in Toledo


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No idea what to do on the last weekend of October? You want to aerate your mind and enjoy a gastronomic and cultural moment in a magical place filled with history? I can assure you, you’re on the right blog!

  For this early fall weekend, we offer a celebration established in 1963, the Feast of the Rose Safran in Consuegra in Toledo province. This village, popularized by the famous hunter windmills, Don Quixote sees thousands of spectators gathering to celebrate the regional product.

 

The two main activities this weekend are “Molienda del Paz y del Amor” and the celebration of Safran. For the first, which starts in the early afternoon, requires participants to ride in the mountains where there are many mills baptized with names from the novel by Cervantes. Bags of wheat from all parts of Spain are then poured into the hopper by the Dulcinea of the year (prettiest girl in the region) to be traditionally milled. After this act is accomplished, every participant heads down to the village with their little bag of flour to attend the festivities.

 

The rest of the weekend is full of activities, folk festival, food festival of traditional cuisine of the region, contest of picking the rose of saffron, cultural activities and other sports.

So it’s a complete weekend in this beautiful region of Spain that awaits you. Do you have a better plan?

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Monday 17 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,Hotelopia Travel Guides,Interesting Stuff,New Destinations,Travel News,events
14th

An unforgettable weekend in the Belgian capital


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What to do this weekend? Tired of the sun, beaches and transparent sea? It is time to discover Brussels!

This 1000 year old capital is full of places for all tastes. Due to its culture, architecture, nightlife and warm hospitality of its inhabitants, Brussels is a step not to miss in a trip to Europe.

Here is a small selection of nice places that might be of interest.

You can start by visiting the main square (Grand Place), very pleasant especially in the morning light. And since you’re nearby, try the Museum of the City of Brussels, go to the last floor, there are all the costumes of Manneken Pis, a must see!

It’s time to eat, and taste the most famous dish of Belgium, French Fries! Go to Chez Antoine, Place Jourdan, they are  excellent and you can have a beer Chez Bernard with your French fries.

Sick of being locked up? Take a stroll in the Saint-Jacques 2 steps from the main square. Beyond being THE most beautiful part of the old city, the crossing point house is mandatory for all staying in Brussels, the Manneken Pis!

Night falls, it’s time for a taste of local specialties, beer! To do this, go to Delirium in the district of Matongue. Good specialties and a wide choice of local drinks that will put you in the perfect mood for the evening coming.

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Friday 14 October 2011 17:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism
12th

A night in Prague’s underground


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The beauty of Prague has not to be proved and that is why more than 2 million visitors come to visit every year. This influx is felt everywhere you go. Museums, restaurants, bars, clubs, it is rare to feel really in contact with the Prague. Hence the interest to give you some not so known addresses of the general public that will make you spend a non-standard time in this city of a thousand towers and discoveries. Prague underground!

The name “Prague underground” comes originally from a movement fighting against conformity, conventions and consumerism in the 60-70’s during the communist era. Music and literature were the two major ways of expressions of this movement. This historical detail in order you to understand that this city has a real culture of alternative movements and an intense and unbridled cultural life.

To start this special night, let’s eat. For this, the Alchymist restaurant is THE place to go. In the late 16th century, eccentric Emperor Rudolph II brought from all over Europe more than 200 alchemists and charlatans with the objective that they find the formula to turn any metal into gold. This formula as everyone knows was found and The Alchymist was inspired to make each aliment a delicious food to eat. The service is as exceptional as the dishes!

Following this guarantee unforgettable experience, go to the Chapeau Rouge. In this 3-stairs bar picturesque and timeless you can drink excellent beers and enjoy lives of groups as well as DJs. Very good evening in perspective.

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Wednesday 12 October 2011 11:00 | Published by | Category: Interesting Stuff
11th

Last week of the free stays contest


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The winner of this week for bookings made between the 3rd  and 9th of October is…. Javier Chavarren Cabrero. Congratulations!

Remember that we still have 1 free stay for bookings made between the 10th and the 16th of October.

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Tuesday 11 October 2011 12:23 | Published by Hotelopiauk | Category: Hotelopia Promotions
10th

Wine Routes in Spain : Vamos?


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The wine route in Spain, or how to mix wine tasting, gastronomy, architecture, sports, welfare and meetings all in one trip, a few days or even a weekend.

Spain has the largest winery in the world. Throughout the country, there are thousands of hectares of vines creating one of the best wines in the world that offer many and varied paths.

The traditional Rioja through the paths of Saint Jacques de Compostela in Navarre or the touristic Costa Del Sol, they are very different destinations that are open with one thing in common, wine.
Enjoy a country ham in the typical Masias Penedes, or nibble on tapas while enjoying a bottle of Ribera Del Duero, it is also a culinary journey awaiting you in this country of a thousand flavours.
And it’s not just food for the body, there is the food of the soul … Many museums are available on the Wine Route in Spain. The museum of wine culture of Catalonia (VINSEUM) to the Casa del Vino “La Baranda” in Tacoronte or topic center “Villa Lucía” of Álava, very interesting visits are waiting in order the culture of wine will have no secrets for you.
Good food, good drink, some culture… You also need to think about your body and leave for a hike. To do this there nothing like the beautiful views of the regional park of the Sierra El Carche’s ravines or Natural Park of the Sierra.
After so many activities and discoveries, it is time to rest. For this, the thermal centres of La Toja in the way of Rías Baixas offer beauty treatments and relaxation with wine.

As you can see Spain and its wine regions offer countless opportunities, vamos?
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Monday 10 October 2011 15:30 | Published by | Category: General Tourism
07th

It is time to visit Canada!


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October is one of the ideal months to visit Canada. Not only with autumn providing beautiful colours in trees and forests, but a weather phenomenon enriches the whole, the Indian summer.

The term first appeared in Pennsylvania in the late eighteenth century and to Canada in 1821. It refers to the heat wave that comes after a period of freezing. One possible explanation of the term is that it is this period that the Native Americans took advantage of improving the time to complete their harvest before winter.

This may take several days, a week or even not happen at all in some years! Anyway, the beauty of autumn in Canada and the opportunity to walk around an explosion of colours on a carpet of dead leaves all with a summer sun that caresses your skin will leave no one indifferent.

So where to go? Excellent question! With 9,984,670 km ², Canada is 41 times the size of the UK and 20 times the size of Spain. 45% of the country consists of forests or 10% of the world’s forests. Stop with the numbers, all that math was to explain that you have a choice! Wherever you go in Canada you can admire the majestic expanses.

It is time to visit Canada : Book now your hotel at Hotelopia !

Friday 7 October 2011 16:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism

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