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Five Magnificent Palaces in Bahrain Not to Miss

Palace Lounge in Gulf Hotel restaurant Bahrain

Bahrain is an Asian country located in the Middle East near the shores of the great Persian Gulf, covering a large surface mass of 55km long by 18km wide bordering Saudi Arabia to its west. Since 1783, this territory has been under the rule of Ahmed Bin Khalif’s family; thus the royal family owns a majority of palaces making them a reserve for royal leaders.

However, curious tourists have an opportunity to get a glimpse of the royal palaces and other public palaces. Bahrain is a country with both ancient and modern palaces that history attracts many tourists.

Al-Qudaibiya Palace

This is a royal palace centrally located in Bahrain’s capital, Manama. To its adjacent is the Bani Otbah Avenue and Al Fatih Highway, Al Fateh Grand Mosque to its west and Andalus Garden and Manama cemetery to the southwest. It features a magnificent architectural design with a light pink coloring with a pearl-colored, onion shaped dome. This palace is the major venue to most of Bahrain’s political and economic conferences. Besides that, A-Qudaibiya is a major tourist site attracting thousands of tourists who travel to experience the country’s ancient heritage.

 Al Sakhir Palace

Built in 1870, this is a palace located in a desert area near Zallaq in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is famous to tourists for its active environment featuring the Bahrain International Circuit opened in 2004 (home for the Bahrain Grand Prix, Motor GP among other sports), AI Areen Wildlife Park (the only natural reserve and zoo situated on land in the country), camp sites etc. there are a lot in store for tourists visiting the palace.

Beit Isa Ali Al Khalifa House

It was built in 1800, featuring one of the oldest palaces in Bahrain. It has a rich political history owing to the fact that it was built as the residence for the royal family, thus a hub for the Bahrain’s royal life of the 19th century. Beit Al Jasra Palace located to the west coast of Bahrain, Beit Al Jasra is open to the public. It is also rich in the country’s cultural heritage with a national museum preserved for local citizens as well as foreign tourists. It was initially built as a summer home and till to date it is still being visits by a large number of tourists.

The Ramada Palace

Ramada palace in BahrainA 10 minutes drive for Bahrain International Airport is the Ramada Palace; a luxurious complex facility centrally located in Bahrain’s capital Manama. It has a capacity of 84 luxurious rooms including 12 suites. Featuring state-of-the-art amenities, it offers the best experience to its customers ranging from recreational facilities such as swimming pool, well equipped gym, sauna and steam, to dining options, banqueting and conference facilities, among others, making it the best destination for business and leisure travelers.

The Palace Boutique Hotel

This is another award-winning and prestigious palace in Bahrain. It features high quality amenities that make its visitors experiences memorable moments. For instance, it’s well equipped gym and work-out center, unlimited internet access, well-stocked bar and restaurant, among other facilities guarantees a remarkable experience.

Taking a Bahrain Visa is just but the first step one needs to take for a breath-taking and memorable palace experience in Bahrain.

Ruby Andrew’s author bio

Ruby Andrew, a guest writer and blogger by profession lives in Bristol, UK. Since for a long time, she has a passion for writing and she could write on any topic. Her areas of interest includes travel, Health, fitness, Automobile, Fashion, technology and wedding. At present, she works as a guest blogger on behalf of Sri Lankan visas

 

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10 Reasons To Visit Croatia Before It’s Over Run With Tourists

Plitvice Blue and green waterfall in CroatiaPhoto credit: paradise under Creative Common license

One of the hottest spots in Europe today is Croatia and Aussies are flocking to this amazing country on the Adriatic Sea like seagulls to a chip!  And with good reason too. With heaps of attractions, an incredible climate and ancient European history, this is one county that should not be missed on your backpacker adventure or holiday.

This may be a small country but they pack a lot of fun in one little area, so get warmed up because there’s a lot to see and do.  Here are just some of the great adventures in store.

The Lucice bay near Milna, Brac, CroatiaLicense: Creative Commons image source

1. Nightlife

Ok, let’s ask the obvious question first.  What’s the scene like?  Well, Croatia is a party nation and known for its excellent handcrafted beer – and who doesn’t love a good beer, right?  There are loads of bars and clubs spinning the tunes to the small hours throughout the country.  For a more mellow time be sure to check out the trendy pubs within the ancient old city of Dubrovnik overlooking the stunning coastline and sample a local lager.

Dancing at the bar in Croatia

2. Café Culture

Croatia has a Mediterranean feel so it’s no surprise that you’ll find great outdoor cafes and corner bistros with the best coffee to kick start you in the morning or any time of day.  Check out Zagreb’s British Square and weekend markets on your way to the close by Eliscaffe for some of the best coffee anywhere.

3. Walls of Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik The Pearl of the Adriatic

Photo Copyright: © UNESCO Author: Francesco Bandarin

Dubrovnik fortress ancient walls

The ‘Pearl of the Adriatic’, situated on the Dalmatian coast, Dubrovnik became an important Mediterranean sea power from the 13th century onwards. Although severely damaged by an earthquake in 1667, Dubrovnik managed to preserve its beautiful Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque churches, monasteries, palaces and fountains. Damaged again in the 1990s by armed conflict, it is now the focus of a major restoration program co-ordinated by UNESCO. Centuries old, the walls of Dubrovnik will take you back to the Middle Ages.  Complete with towers and forts, the stone walls encircle the old city and stretch for almost two kilometers.  Once used as a defensive fortification, the walls today are one of Croatia’s biggest and most important historic sites.

4. Hvar City and the Paklinski Islands

Hvar has one of the most beautiful harbors in all of Europe.  The gorgeous and historic little harbor contains the nearby Paklinski Islands just off shore which are popular for swimming, diving, boating and fishing.  This is the perfect place for a Mediterranean style holiday.  The sea is visible from the city square and the all night club scene in Hvar City are a big hit with international visitors.

Hvar town plaza by the docking station

5. Pula Arena

Even if you’re not a lover of history, you can’t help but be blown away by the two thousand year old Pula Arena.  This incredible stone amphitheater of Roman architecture is one of the best preserved ancient sites in all of Europe.  The site was used for blood thirsty gladiator and convict combats up to the fifth century.

6. Temple of Augustus

Candles and ancient statue on Croatian islandThis exceptionally preserved Roman temple was dedicated to the first Roman emperor, Augustus and is over two thousand years old.  That’s pretty amazing when you consider that the oldest buildings in Australia are maybe 150 years old.  Located in Pula not far from the gladiator arena, it’s the perfect chance to check out the rare Roman structures that still stand.

7. Diocletian’s Palace

This stunning walled palace on the AdriaticCoast is in the heart of Split and contains the city’s most historic sites.  These centuries old Roman structures still stand strong and incredibly many are used for shops and homes.  Be sure not to miss this centuries old site because it’s one of the most treasured places in the entire Adriatic and Mediterranean region.

8. Zlatni Rat 

Zlatny Rat beach on the island of Brac

Wow, if you’re a beach lover you’ll have to make your way to the Zlatni Rat beach on the southern coast of the island of Brac.  If you’re an adventure lover this is a great place for windsurfing and swimming.  To entice you further, several of the western areas are clothing optional.  Definitely a fun place to chill and enjoy the blue Adriatic waters.

9. Krka National Park

What adventurous backpacker wouldn’t love a good hike?  Located in the Krka National Park just north of the city of Sibenik, the Krka River is 73km long and has some amazing river path hiking trails.  The river is known for its many waterfalls and pristine forest lined banks as well as two historic monasteries nearby.

10. Sipan Island

A tiny street on a Croatian islandWhen the history, clubbing and nightlife have gotten the best of you, it’s time to head to the islands with your new found Croatian mates.  Sipan, located just 17km northwest of Dubrovnik is the largest of the Elaphiti Islands with a population of less than 800.  The stunning village with its stone facades, quaint harbor and amazing coastline offer a relaxing getaway among palm trees and lush gardens.  Ahh, time to chill with some of that famous Croatian beer and wine!

As you can see, there is so much to do in this pint size country, but what they lack in size they make up for in substance.

Town by the sea in Croatia

If you’re up for an adventure this country is a great backpacker destination, easy to navigate, reasonably cheap and one that’s still slightly under the radar of most mainstream tourists – but not for long so enjoy while you can and head to Student Flights for more travel advice on Croatia.

Author: Todd Sturm+ enjoys being out in nature and uncovering local history when traveling.  Whether it’s at home or when traveling, Todd enjoys the simple pleasures – a glass of wine, good bread and cheese and great company in a beautiful historic setting – al fresco of course!  

Perk Up Your Holidays With Fiji Tour Packages

savusavu northern division fiji bula vista vacation rental

Planning a perfect getaway can sometimes be a very demanding task.  You have to make sure everything gets done — from packing up your clothes to booking flights online and looking for great accommodation.  You also need to sort other things like vehicle hire and travel insurance. Organizing everything can be quite overwhelming. Thus, stress starts to sink in even before the journey has begun.

However, the existence of package tours takes all the stress away and makes holiday preparations convenient.  There are already a variety of package tours available that delight many travelers.

When in Fiji, why not avail of a package tour so you and your friends can indulge, relax and have a well-earned vacation? If you’re still on the fence about it, then read on and discover why tour packages work.

Rentini cheap vacation in Fiji  Photo credit: under Creative Commons license

A Stress-free Vacation  

Want to take the hassle out of planning your itinerary, booking a hotel and getting affordable flights? Be stress free, avoid the burdens of tour preparations and settle for tour arrangements. The booking staff and tour operators will take care of all your needs. Just pay your travel fees and you and your buddies are on the way to a great holiday adventure.

Save More and Enjoy!

Probably the biggest benefit to travel packages is cost saving. Worry less on spending lots on airfares, hotel tariffs, entrance fees to breathtaking spots and other recreational activities. The bigger your group, the more you will be assured of paying a lower cost.  Hence, ease your budget concerns for you will absolutely save more!

Have Plenty of Options

Choosing from plenty of tour options is one big advantage of tour arrangements. Package tours come with different inclusions so choose one that suit you and your friends’ needs to maximize payment. You can also negotiate with the tour operator if there are certain activities and tourist spots you want to include. With fun-filled Fiji holiday packages, you may even have the chance to visit places unknown to many and tread on a road less travelled by some.

Guarantee a Safe Trip

Since there are plenty of awesome things to do in Fiji,it is best not to compromise your safety. With a package tour, the staff will do everything to assist you in any way possible. They will give tips and guidelines on what to bring for different activities and guarantee a safe journey for you.

Delivers Great Service

The great thing about a package tour is getting the finest service. Get the best out of your money and enjoy the delights of bathing in the swimming pool, having a comforting spa and sauna, relaxing with a good cocktail in hand while watching the sunset and using other hotel facilities. With fantastic Fiji holiday deals, be assured that your escapade is worth remembering.

Fiji is one exciting holiday destination that attracts tourists from different parts of the world. If you seek thrill, fun and adventure, avail of Fiji package tours and make your travel unforgettable. Who knows, this may turn out to be a trip of a lifetime.

DebraBy Debra Wright who enjoys a multi-hyphenated identity. She is an online marketing specialist, writer, cat lover, and aspiring cupcake critic. Wright’s articles about traveling draws on her passion for learning and dedication to share her discoveries to others. Get updated on what she’s discovering now @debrawrites

The Minimalist Guide To Your Next Family Getaway

happy family playing with dog on beach

Ah, family vacations and the happiness and tribulations that come with them. As parents, we work extra hard the whole year round to provide for our families and of course, indulge in little luxuries. As much as we would like our family vacations to be entirely relaxing, we all know that it’s going to be a major effort doing that. Dealing with travel agents, figuring out which places have child friendly accommodation and trying to predict the weather can all take a toll on us. I asked several seasoned jet-setting parents and got some valuable traveling advice. Here they are.

On Packing

Parents tend to over think and in the process, over pack. You’re probably thinking, “But anything can happen! I think it’s a pretty good idea to bring along this and that.” Well, think of it this way. This and that can add up to a hefty extra luggage fee or an aching back.

  1. Bring travel-friendly gadgets along for entertainment. Kids generally get bored during a long road trip or flights. A tablet or an MP3 player can keep kids of all ages occupied. Make sure that you installed kid-oriented apps to keep them busy and stop them from asking, “Are we there yet?
  2. Pack a first-aid kit that can fit in your handbag. Use a flat plastic container to put essentials like adhesive bandages, adult and children’s paracetamol, antiseptic wipes, antibacterial ointment and sting reliever.
  3. Instead of lugging around a big nursery bag, pack a change of your child’s clothes in a large Ziploc bag and place it inside your handbag.
  4. Keep your activities in mind when packing clothes. If you’re planning for a farm stay in Barrington Tops, you won’t need your formal evening clothes obviously. Bring clothes you can easily wash too, especially if you plan to stay longer.
  5. Remember that carry-on bags are supposed to make travelling convenient and hassle-free, not filled with unnecessary things that you think you absolutely must bring.

With these tips in mind, get rid of those “what ifs” that can weigh you down significantly. Pack only what matters the most.

On Traveling and Planning Activities

Traveling in a group is never easy, so is planning and scheduling the activities for everyone. It’s going to be extra challenging if you have a multi-generation group (grandparents, you and the children), plus pets. How exactly are you going to do this? Read on and find out.

Pet Friendly Accommodation NSWPhoto source: Image author owned
  1. Search for a pet-friendly accommodation. Most hotels and resorts do not allow pets and it’s sad for pet owners who can’t leave their furry friends behind.
  2. Schedule free time. Anyone can do anything they want to do during that time and it’s an absolute must to keep your sanity, given the different levels of interests. However, it’s also necessary that no one should go off alone to be on the safe side.
  3. Do your homework. Unplanned trips are fun, but when you’re going on a trip with kids and pets, it’s going to be a disaster. Thanks to the Internet, you don’t have to search far for information on how to get to your destination or what to expect there.
  4. Just enjoy. Accept the fact that anything can happen and it’s usually out of our control. From heavy rains to delayed flights, those situations can certainly dampen our day. Cheer up! Most accommodations have DVDs and Wi-Fi. Watch a movie or brag on Facebook about your family getaway.

Conclusion

Family with kids on vacation

You planned a family vacation because you want to make memories, catch up with your grown kids or reconnect with your parents. If you feel that things are getting a little nasty, remind yourself to focus on your goals. If you have the right attitude (yes, I’m talking about letting go of negative thoughts), you’ll definitely be reaping the rewards.

Debraby Debra Wright who is a creative and innovative blogger and online marketing specialist. She uses her wordsmith skills to share her ideas, thoughts, and tips to other people about topics that fascinate her, such as giving tips when traveling with kids. Follow Debra on twitter @debrawrites

Secrets Of Getting Amazing Florida Flight Deals

Secret Florida Flight deals

If you’re planning on going to Florida for a vacation, it only makes sense to try to get the cheapest flight possible so you’ll have extra cash for having fun in the sun. Luckily, there are a number of little-known tips and tricks for saving money on flights. Knowing how and when you should book your flight to Florida will mean your wallet will also get a little vacation.

Fly in February

After the end-of-year holidays, everyone is tired of traveling and spending money. Airlines know this. The best time for Florida - January, FebruaryTo encourage people to book flights during January and February, prices are dropped significantly during these months. This airline formula works out especially well for travelers planning to go to Florida as these months are notorious for being the most popular months to escape the snow and cold and head to the warmer south. Plan your Florida vacation in January or February to get a much-needed break from the chill, and for far less money than you’d expect to spend.

Buy and Fly on a Tuesday

Fly on tuesday, wednesday, saturday

If you’re flexible with exactly when you can leave and return, you’ll be able to find the best flight deals. Flying is significantly cheaper when you hit the skies on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday. Fridays and Sundays are both the busiest and most expensive days to fly. If you’re able to fly on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday, you’ll pay less money and get to deal with less hectic airports, which is a great way to start and end a vacation.

As for buying your tickets, airlines release their best deals on Tuesdays at 3pm. Many discounted flights can be found at this time, but you’ll have to buy fast. These cheaper tickets are usually pulled from sale on Thursday.

Sign up for Email Alerts

AirFareWatchDog’s fare alerts and email newsletter is an excellent resource for finding great airline prices and deals that leave from your home airport. It isn’t unheard of for flights to Florida that cost $100 or less to be advertised through this system. Signing up for these alerts will let you know when the cheapest prices on flights to Florida are available for you to snag while they last.

Shop Around

When it comes to finding flight deals online, there are a ton of websites offering price discounts and you should be exploring as many of them as possible. Fare Compare is a great resource for finding the best rates from a number of different websites. You can enter your travel requirements and preferences and Fare Compare will compare flights and return the lowest rates available. Never look at just one website or you’re missing out on finding a great deal that someone else may be offering.

Use Social Media

Follow a number of airlines on Twitter and Facebook and regularly check tweets and posts that the airlines are publishing. Great flight deals are typically offered through social media sites for very short periods of time and only to followers. You never know when you’ll find a fantastically low price on a flight to Florida just by checking your news feeds.

By being a smart flight shopper and utilizing the secrets of the airline industries you’ll be able to get a good flight for the lowest fare possible and have extra money to spend on more important and memorable aspects of your Florida vacation.

Sara Pegarella is a freelance writer located in Philadelphia, PA. She is a frequent contributor to Vacation Rental Pros.

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