Yalikavak Holiday Destinations – 2014
The beautiful seaside fishing village of Yalikavak in Turkey is set to become even more popular for 2014. This stunning holiday destination on the Bodrum Penninsula is the place to be. Attracting the rich and famous, locals and families who have all fallen in love with the relaxed atmosphere and breathtaking scenery make Yalikavak Holiday Destinations in demand.
The Growth of Yalikavak
Yalikavak is a picturesque coastal town on the Aegean located to the north west of the Bodrum Peninsula in Turkey, about 18 kilometres from Bodrum. Initially, Yalikavak was a small fishing village and sponge diving community. Over the years tourism developed in Yalikavak which saw many restaurants, bars and shops thrive in the village. The Thursday market in Yalikavak soon became the largest market day in the area with a wide choice of goods and fresh produce to purchase. Yalikavak boasts blue flag beaches and attractive bays, set amongst hills with impressive panoramic views overlooking the town and across the Aegean Sea. Continued coverage in national newspapers including the Daily Mail and Marie Claire magazine often highlight this beautiful town and stunning area. It comes as no surprise Yalikavak has come under the spotlight for further ambitious development with its beautiful coastline and warm climate.
Caption: Aerial view of the new Palmarina in Yalikavak
Caption: The state-of-the-art Palmarina showing some of the super sized yachts
The Summer of 2013 in Yalikavak had the glamorous opening of the much anticipated impressive Palmarina, this state-of-the-art purpose build marina housing super sized yachts including the likes of celebrity owners Giorgio Armani and George Michael. Palmarina is the only high capacity mega and giga super yacht port in Turkey. The marina has many designer shops, high-class restaurants and the jet-set ‘Billionaire Club’ with contemporary style, luxury and exciting atmosphere. The club was created by Italian Flavio Briatore better known as the manager of the Benetton Formula One racing team. The huge investment in the Palmarina has opened the door to a whole new clientele which will now attract the rich and famous. If you like celebrity spotting then this will be the place to go for 2014!
Amenities: Yalikavak even with all the new development at the marina has retained it charm and culture. The increase in tourism has seen many seaside restaurants and cafes emerge along the coast with plenty of shops housing a colorful selection of holiday souvenirs to purchase. Walking the cobbled streets between shops you will find many local men playing board games while enjoying a coffee during the afternoon. The old fishing port of Yalikavak has kept its charm with a good choice of established restaurants and cafes with sea views, and shops selling everything from Turkish delight to bucket and spades.
Caption: The old fishing port in Yalikavak showing a few restaurants with sea views
Eating out in Yalikavak offers a superb choice of international dishes to choose from including traditional Turkish dishes to Greek, Italian, Indian or for the less adventurous the English breakfast! Fresh seafood is caught daily and friendly staff are always on had to help you make a good choice. There are many excellent restaurants in Yalikavak here are just a few worth mentioning; Sofi’s Restaurant serves excellent international food on the beachfront while Kosede Steak and Wine House serves fantastic steaks; Le Cafe Ristorante Italiano serves a really tasty pizza and also remarkable Indian dishes, and for a tropical escape The Secret Garden serves a wide choice of freshly cooked food at reasonable prices including Turkish dishes, fish, steak and proves to be popular with the locals. There’s plenty of choice and most restaurants cook traditional Turkish cuisine alongside mainstream international dishes.
Caption: Kosede Steak & Wine House serves a mouthwatering steak
Caption: Enjoy a steak and the stunning views from the Kosede Steak & Wine House upper terrace
Yalikavak has many cash machines and even most bars will exchange currency at competitive rates. WiFi is easy to access with the majority of restaurants and bars offering this free service to entice you in for a drink or bite to eat.
The beaches in Yalikavak are generally long and quite narrow. You will find plenty of comfortable sun loungers with parasols you can use for free if you purchase a drink from the nearest bar. The beaches also have platforms leading out into the Aegean Sea, which are great for swimming in the calm warm waters or relaxing and topping up your tan while reading a book. If you like keeping fit the beachfront promenade has an outdoor gym and is ideal for jogging along the seafront. If that sounds too energetic why not enjoy a casual stroll along the promenade to working off your lunch.
Caption: Yalikavak Beach, choose a comfy sun lounger and relax
Caption: Take advantage of the beach platforms for easy access to the warm turquoise sea
During the evenings you can watch the dramatic sunsets at Terras Bar, enjoy a few drinks and savor the beautiful views of the Yalikavak old harbor. If you fancy yourself as a potential X-Factor contestant then why not try your hand at Karaoke in Zorros.
The newly built Palmarina is a short 10 minutes walk from the old town. The marina has many fine restaurants, cafes, patisseries, galleries, kids play area, a waterpark and more. As you would expect from the designer shops and international restaurants you will a pay little more for food and drink here but for a special meal and to enjoy the atmosphere it’s definitely worth a visit. If you love seafood the Sait Fish Restaurant serves freshly caught fish and with its prominent position on the marina boasts excellent views over the Aegean.
Caption: Sample freshly caught seafood at the Sait Fish Restaurant
Caption: Satisfy your shopping desires with designer shops, cafes and more at the Palmarina
Captions: The Palmarina kids waterpark
If you really want to experience the highlife then a visit to the Lotus Beach Club is a must. You can swim in the beautiful infinity pool, take a dip in the Jacuzzi and relax on the giant sun loungers and watch the super yachts come and go from the marina. If you hire a sun lounger you can expect to pay £30 for the day.
Caption: Relax in the Palmarina infinity pool at the Lotus Beach Club
If you want to truly experience how the other half live then a visit to the Billionaire Club on the marina will be the highlight of your holiday. The grand opening in 2012 commenced with a magnificent firework display and a host of celebrity guests including Naomi Campbell and Heidi Klum. Spending money in here is not a problem as drinks are expensive. However, what price can you put on experiencing the open air dance floor and state-of-the-art sound system with the chance to mingle with the rich and famous.
Activities: Exploring the beautiful coastline of Yalikavak is a great way to see some fantastic scenery and visit some of the little islands off the coast. Hiring a boat for your party of four will cost about 400 Turkish Lira, depending on the size of your boat. Boat trips include a cooked lunch and other refreshments can be purchased on-board. During the trip you can relax and stop off at places, jump off the boat into the crystal clear turquoise sea or just enjoy the relaxing views sailing around the coast. Trips tend to leave at 10am from the old port and return back for about 6pm, it’s a full day and be sure to take your sun lotion!
Caption: Beautiful views of the coastline surrounding Yalikavak
Caption: Experience diving into the warm clear turquoise sea
No visit to Yalikavak is complete without a trip to the Thursday market. The choice of fresh colorful vegetables and fruit is astonishing, it’s worth stocking up and trying the freshly cut slices of melon on offer. The market is the largest in the area with leather goods, jewelry, clothing, sunglasses, toys, herbs, spices and more. Make sure you haggle on your purchases for a better price and secure yourself a bargain! It’s an experience for your senses with so many colorful stalls, freshly good food and the sound of friendly banter.
Caption: The massive Yalikavak market held in the square every Thursday
If you fancy a day or two away from Yalikavak then a short 20 minutes drive to Bodrum has a host of activities and things to see and do. The harbor and the Castle of St Peter are popular attractions and are well worth the visit. The castle offers stunning views overlooking the city and the marina. The Ortakent Waterpark in Bodrum is one of Turkey’s largest water and amusement parks covering an area of over 40,000 meters with 24 slides, a wave pool, children’s pool, restaurant and bar. It’s perfect for a fun day out for all the family.
Shopping in Yalikavak is great as there are plenty of souvenir shops. There is a wide choice of colorful glass for candles, ornaments, handbags, turquoise and aqua jewelry and lots of boxes of Turkish delight. There is also an art gallery across from the mosque displaying the work from local artists. Near the old marina there is an ‘Art Alleyway’ where local artists display a selection of beautiful paintings. Be sure to pass by during the day or the evenings to see these, you can also purchase jewelry and leather goods from the small stalls here in the summer months.
Discover more about Yalikavak
Yalikavak has grown over the years and recent investment has seen the Palmarina firmly put Yalikavak on the map and considerably raise its profile for the rich and famous. It remains a fantastic family holiday resort and will continue to do so. The balance of the old and new adds to the charm of Yalikavak and the warm friendly people and stunning views and weather make this a popular destination. A superb choice of holiday accommodation from apartments to luxury villas caters for budgets of all sizes.
If you are lucky enough to visit Yalikavak try and explore some of the other surrounding seaside villages such as the World Heritage Site of Gumusluk. The resort of Gulturkbuku is also worth a visit, a well loved retreat for the Turkish rich and famous. Getting around in Yalikavak is easy as there are regular dolmus buses from the square theses are a cheap way of getting about and exploring the picturesque region.
A holiday to Yalikavak is well worth a visit, treat you and your family for 2014 and see why so many people visit year on year.
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If you’re leaving your home empty while you travel, you’re running the risk of something happening to it. Whether it’s a burglary or a burst pipe, the best way to ruin an amazing journey is to come home to devastation in your home. However there are ways that you can reduce the risk of calamity striking while you’re away and keeping your home safe while you’re abroad.
Ask a Person You Trust to Help
The best way you can reduce of burglary is to get someone to check up on your house regularly and to keep it in good shape. If you can find someone you trust, perhaps your mum or a good friend, to come by your house every day, or every couple of days to bring the mail in, water any plants, and generally look after it. Better still, get them to move in! A burglar will watch your house for a few days before they decide to break in, so making sure that your home doesn’t look empty is crucial.
Make sure you leave contact details in the case of an emergency, as well as details on where the fuse box is or how to shut off the mains water pipe too.
Careless Talk Costs Lives
It’s unlikely that you telling your friend that you’re off on holiday for a while will result in anyone getting hurt, but being careless with who you tell could cost you precious belongings.
You might not think twice about sharing the fact that you’re leaving the country on social media, but in reality, you don’t know half the people on your Facebook as well as you should. They could be tempted into breaking into your home, because they know you’re not there.
Tell the Right People
If you’re leaving for a long time, it may pay to tell the right people. If you have a neighborhood watch operating in your area, tell them, and they’ll keep a closer eye on your property. However, make sure that you also tell them about the person who is checking up on your home!
There are security alarms available that will contact the police if the alarm is left for a certain period of time. This is perfect for when you’re away, as a security alarm will also act as a deterrent to any burglars scoping out your home.
Removing valuables from your home will make it less likely that anyone will break in. It is often advised to remove any valuables from plain site from the windows, so thieves won’t look in, see valuable items and break in and take it. If you have a lot of valuables, or no where to put them out of site, then storing them may be your best option.
Turn it Off
Unplug everything, from your television to your toaster. This will save energy, money, and will reduce the risk of your appliances burning out or being damaged in power surges.
So whether you’re just going away for a short while or for a whole year, make sure that your home is safe and looked after.
As the end of November rolls around, busy little elves begin constructing mini-villages of wooden huts across the entirety of Berlin, and city natives begin to get restless for a taste of mulled wine and roasted chestnuts. By December, new residents have moved in, brightly displaying their wares and opening their cottages for business—the Christmas market season is now in full swing!
Here’s a quick rundown of some of the center city’s most-accessible markets and few ideas to help you find affordable gifts:
Gendarmenmarkt: fun entertainment worth the cheap price
This is the only market I have ever been to that charges an entrance fee—to the tune of only €1. That finances an entertainment stage with constant performances, as well as fancifully costumed figures roaming the market and spreading cheer and laughter. There are many larger shops at this market offering “indoor” shopping rather than just market stands, and several restaurants also offer indoor seating.
Alexanderplatz: double your pleasure, double your fun
The square at Alexanderplatz itself is home to a very typical market, with a mix of cheap market items you might find any- and everywhere (colorful knitwear sets, leather wallets, keychains and trinkets) and more unique and handcrafted items such as jewelry, soaps, or handwoven baskets. Given its location at a major transportation crossroads for natives, this market has an abundance of food stands. This is also the most central location to shop for a souvenir for your tree at a Kathe Wohlfahrt glass ornaments shop.
In the shadow of the TV tower, just in front of City Hall, there is a second Christmas market even larger than the first. In the area surrounding the Neptune fountain is a giant ice skating rink with on-site skate rentals, a flying Santa sleigh and a large Ferris wheel. Because it is more atmospheric than its neighbor, it is often quite crowded, with comparable food and drink offerings to the other Alex market.
Potsdamer Platz: Austrian flair for earlybirds
This market is the first to open in the center of Berlin, usually by the middle of November, so if you’re visiting the city before the Christmas season is in full swing, you can usually get your mulled wine and candied almond fix here. It also offers a gigantic tubing hill with snow machines, if you would like to go sledding. This is a good place to pick up handcrafted wooden Christmas crafts, like arch-shaped candleholders for windows or traditional Christmas “pyramids.”
Opernpalais: nostalgic market
Back for the first time in a few years, this market just past the Cathedral and Museum Island was once among my absolute favorites. Unfortunately, the current subway line work in the area has it seemingly sandwiched between construction zones, meaning it’s best visited at night. You’ll find a unique selection of quality wares for sale here.
Charlottenburg: klein aber fein (small but mighty)
This market in Charlottenburg takes place immediately in front of the palace, which makes for perhaps the best Christmas market photo opportunity in Berlin. While not the largest of the markets, it is also typically uncrowded, which can be a real blessing. Most of the food stands are gathered together, making this an excellent place for groups to meet and eat. The goods on offer are usually very high quality—and if you are in the market for a fancy hat, this is the place!
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Tip if your planning on attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
With thousands of performances in hundreds of venues over a span of 25 days, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is a massive arts celebration. Taking it all in is utterly impossible. What is possible is devising a sensible plan that makes it possible for anyone to enjoy the highlights that matter most to them.
If there is a particular show or performer you’re dying to see, make certain to buy tickets in advance. Actually, it’s possible to buy advance tickets for many events, but it makes sense not to overbook yourself. One of the most wonderful facets of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is its spontaneity. Leave yourself some time to relax and talk to people in pubs. Also, leaving yourself with plenty of free time makes it possible for you to enjoy the impromptu parties and events that seem to spring up out of nowhere without having to worry about sticking to a schedule.
Get your hands on a festival program as soon as you can. Get really familiar with it so you’ll know which performances are must sees and so you’ll be able to locate venues easily. The program is free and you can order it in advance to study before leaving home. Keep it with you throughout the festival to help you plan your days. While you may have a favorite plan for each day, keep several contingency plans in mind as tickets tend to sell out quickly.
Festival fatigue is a common problem in Edinburgh. Fight it by wearing comfortable shoes and clothes. This is not the time to try out sky high heels and miniskirts. Aim for sensible shoes, jeans, T-shirts and perhaps a raincoat. Carry a tote with a water bottle and a few portable snacks. The festival is huge and chaotic, making it easy to lose track of meals and proper hydration.
Those who are attending the festival alone need have no fear of remaining so. The convivial atmosphere and spirit of inclusion quickly make everyone feel at home. You’ll meet a few lifelong friends in addition to some temporary drinking buddies. However, the festival is also welcoming to whole families. Check out the program to discover a multitude of performances geared specifically toward children.
Attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival is an unforgettable experience. By making some plans, we recommend the Ibis Hotels in Edinburgh, but also leaving yourself open to going with the flow, you’ll get the most out of your time there.
America’s National Parks are filled with natural treasures that deserve appreciation. United States currently has a total of 59 National Parks, each very unique and magnificent, offering its own special gifts to visitors from all over the world.
National Parks are found in almost every corner of the United States. They offer camping, hiking, education and awe-inspiring vistas, and when it comes to family vacations, few destinations can compete with these parks.
These parks are popular travel destinations, specially for any outdoor lover. Read on to discover a handful of the National Parks that should be at the top of your list:5 National Parks in the USA and one Honorable Mention Rocky Mountain National Park
This park boasts over 400 square miles of gorgeous scenery that includes 17 mountains that rise above 13,000 feet. Hundreds of miles of trails allow visitors to spot mule deer and the park’s signature bighorn sheep.
You’ll find this park in northern Colorado with most people driving from Estes Park and taking the majestic Trail Ridge Road. The Emerald Lake Trail is a highlight as is the Alpine Visitor Center which describes life at this extreme elevation.Zion National Park
One of Utah’s best loved attractions, Zion provides diverse landscapes ranging from desert to mountains with plenty of spectacular rock formations. This is a wonderful destination for canyoneering, kayaking or rock climbing. Hiking is also popular.
Try the Archeology Trail from the Zion Canyon Visitor Center to see where prehistoric buildings once stood. There are nine different formations in this park, some of the most popular being Angel’s Landing and The Narrows.Crater Lake National Park
This breathtaking spot in Oregon is best visited during the summer when the roads are open. A dormant volcano with a deep blue lake in its caldera is the main attraction.
People come here to hike, camp and fish, often while staying the historic lodge or camping in one of the campgrounds. Many visitors can’t resist hiking down the Cleetwood Trail to get close to the lake’s shore. Others choose a leisurely boat tour.
Winter activities include snowshoeing and cross country skiing.Yellowstone National Park
Perhaps America’s best known park, Yellowstone was also the country’s first National Park. Most of its 3,500 square miles are located in Wyoming, with small bits of the park extending into Idaho and Montana.
The park is famed for its geysers and other geothermal features.
It’s easy to take a look at Old Faithful, which sits just outside two of the park’s most notable lodges. There are beautiful hikes in the area too. The Mammoth Hot Springs are another must see thanks to their spectacular travertine formations.Denali National Park
Located in Alaska, Denali is America’s most remote park – a magnificent place for wildlife viewing. Its untamed wilderness is unique in the park system since access by humans is limited.
Only one road goes through the park, and it’s closed to all traffic except for approved tour buses.
The result is an unspoiled landscape where the wildlife lives just as it has for many centuries. One of the best experiences to be had is simply getting off the bus to stroll through the tundra.
It’s an adventure that would be difficult to replicate anywhere else. Visitors might also climb Mt. McKinley or raft the Nenana River.
Are any of these National Parks on your travel bucket list?
Have to give an honorable mention to Gulf Island National Seashore.
Gulf Island National Seashore includes mainland areas and multiple islands located along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Visitors enjoy the white sandy beaches, many recreational opportunities, boating, camping, great cuisine, fishing and of course awesome golf packages. Along with many nature preserves and historic sites present great affordable family vacations.
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I’ve spent a lot of time talking about the special events, the food and the exotic wildlife here in Mexico, but I thought today I’d give you a glimpse into more of my every-day life in Sayulita (and take a chance to post some of my photos that don’t really fit anywhere else). It’s becoming routine for us but really, it’s rarely boring.
Here are some of the things about life in Mexico that make me insanely happy:
Finding your way around Britain’s famously complicated maze of rail tariffs isn’t easy—and the challenge is all the greater for visitors with only a hazy knowledge of the various rail operators and the multiplicity of permitted routes between any two cities.
But for those in the know, there are some superb deals to be found. Book well in advance and there are great offers for many long-distance routes. And if you’re traveling over the weekend, know that you can upgrade on a whim for as little as £5.
First-class bargains for early bookers
Britain offers some particularly good deals on first-class rail travel. Those prepared to book a couple of months in advance and commit to traveling on a specific train may find, especially if traveling outside the main business periods, that a first-class advance ticket costs only a fraction more than regular standard-class travel on exactly the same train.
Upgrade on a whim over the weekend
During the weekends on many routes, travelers can upgrade to first-class on a whim. This tempting treat is available on many mainline rail services across Britain. Holders of many categories of standard-class ticket are permitted to move through the train and occupy seats in first-class cars for just a modest premium (which can usually be paid on the train).
The weekend upgrade deal, called “Weekend First”, is valid on Saturdays, Sundays and on most public holidays on several train lines.
The following 10 rail operators all regularly offer Weekend First deals:
How much is that upgrade?
The exact amount you’ll pay for trading up to first-class comfort varies according to rail operator, and in many cases may depend on the length of the journey you are making. £5 or £10 is typical. On Sunday, we paid a tenner for a Weekend First upgrade on a Nottingham to London service with East Midlands Trains.
The most expensive Weekend First deals in Britain are on East Coast where it can cost as much as £25. But if you’re riding East Coast’s premium daytime train from London to Inverness, then it is still a pretty good deal. It’s an eight-hour ride, and on such long journeys the extra comfort of first-class service really comes in handy.
Many rail companies in Britain offer complimentary drinks and snacks, sometimes even full meals, to their first-class passengers—but that is generally limited to mainline services from Mondays to Fridays, so the first-class product over the weekend might not include the same range of freebies. That said, East Coast does offer complimentary drinks and sandwiches, even for weekends, so it’s no surprise that East Coast’s Weekend First upgrades may be a little pricier than those of other companies. On our recent ride aboard East Midlands Trains, we enjoyed free tea, coffee and cookies as part of the Weekend First offer.
On many routes, a Weekend First upgrade can also be reserved in advance. On most rail companies’ trains, holders of standard (or second) class BritRail and InterRail passes can also upgrade to Weekend First. Just check with the staff on board your train.
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