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

Christmas in the sun!


It’s cold! The summer holidays are already a distant memory and winter is coming so fast that we begin to dream of sun, beach, tanning…In short, pleasures we will not see for a long time! No, do not despair, there may be a solution … spend Christmas in the sun!

That’s easy to say, but some destinations offer very reasonable prices of airline tickets and Hotelopia guarantees the best price for hotels. The last remaining question: where to go?

Many options are available. Why not in Martinique and 26 degrees in December? With these fine sandy beaches, lush nature, the smile of its people, its sweet rum … You will forget very quickly the cold at home!

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Friday 28 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,Interesting Stuff

Paris, like in the movies.


People who have been to Paris, know how magical the city is. Those who have never been also know thanks to the magic of cinema! Indeed, the French capital has for decades been one giant movie set that hosted many films which became international success.

Have you seen Amelie? This film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet is set at the Montmartre of the 90’s. An idyllic Paris, without paintings on the walls, clean streets, and all the actors and extras are French, as the world imagines French people to be! A short walk around the Sacré-Coeur will make you rediscover this special atmosphere.

Let’s step back in time and go to Versailles, location of Marie Antoinette, amongst others movies. Like in the film, imagine yourself as a member of the royal court, living life in a castle. Strolling through the gardens with countless fountains or visiting the many rooms of the castle, you will find the atmosphere mirrors the era of the movie by Sofia Coppola.

The streets of Paris are full of mythical places of cinema. Pigalle and the famous Moulin Rouge (Baz Luhrmann, 2001), The Eiffel Tower has seen so many shootings (A view to Kill - James Bond, Rush Hour 3), the Palais du Louvre (Da Vinci Code, Belphegor), The Seine (Midnight in Paris, Jules and Jim)…

So become the actor or actress in your own movie and Book your Paris hotel with Hotelopia.

Wednesday 26 October 2011 15:00 | Published by | Category: General Tourism,Interesting Stuff

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


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

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!

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

A weekend at the beach in Croatia


 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

Last free stay, much more prizes soon…


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

A weekend to Saffron’s celebration in Toledo


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

An unforgettable weekend in the Belgian capital


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

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