Hello April! Hello everyone! The  second quarter  of the year is finally here. Today is the third day of April and it is such a wonderful day.  One of my favorite seasons of the year  is inevitable and it is finally here. Yes, it is spring and it has sprung!

While boarding Philippine Airlines last 2010 and the view of Cebu Island in the photo.

I am thankful for the many blessings especially for the good health and the opportunity to be in this  planet, seeing and exploring its beautiful places.  I am also happy to share that I finally received my flight confirmation for the greatest travel to happen this year. Read more… »

Crete has been a magnet for discerning tourists for decades. Each year thousands head for this Greek Island, drawn by the blend of all-year-round sun, natural beauty and down-to-earth charm. What makes this island paradise even more appealing these days is the array of top quality Hotels in Crete available. Below are the top hotels as rated by HolidayCheck customers ranked for value.

Hotel Galini Mare is situated on a rocky plateau above the beach and harbour of the picturesque fishing village of Agia Galini. Located on the south coast of Crete the hotel offers panoramic views of the harbour, the beach, the beautiful blue sea and the mountains. This hotel was built in 1982 but in 2010 it started a programme of modernisation. You can relax and take in the views under the shade of the impressive lemon tree or sit in the lovely courtyard and garden. The village Agia Galini itself stretches away up the hillside, like the ranks of an amphitheatre and thus offers many spectacular views of the surrounding area and the island of Paximadia which lies just off the coast. For those who wish to explore and see some local culture you will certainly get your value for money here. This village and its surroundings have much to offer and the friendly hotel staff are more than happy to offer advice.

In the middle of the small fishing village of ‘Bali’ built on a rock, is the 3-star hotel Bali Blue Bay. Bali offers splendid natural beauty that combines rolling mountains and beautiful clear blue waters. It is located 45 kilometres west of Heraklion and 30 kilometres from Rethymno, on the northern coast of Crete. Hotel services include reception, restaurant, bar, satellite TV, internet facility and roof swimming pool. The village offers a variety of restaurants and traditional tavernas with superb cuisine that is primarily based on fresh local fish. In the village you can enjoy sea view cafes, small shops, diving school, car rental, water sports, bars, discos, as well as clinic and pharmacy. This hotel offers fantastic views of the village’s small port, the wonderful blue sea and the open horizon. The sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed from the large terrace of the cafe – bar, and from the balconies of all the rooms. What distinguishes the Bali Blue Bay in addition to magnificent view, is the seamless service, the cleanliness, the comfort of the rooms, the friendly and warm family environment created by the staff.

The Hotel Corissia Beach is located on the sandy beach of Georgioupolis and is near Lake Kournas. The hotel is inspired by the natural beauty of its surroundings. This hotel is surrounded by lush vegetation and the beautiful blue Mediterranean Sea. Georgioupolis is a quiet picturesque resort village. The hotel is located 35 kilometres from Chania and 22 kilometres from Rethymnon. It is a 45 minute drive from Chania airport and 2 hours from Heraklion airport. The hotel offers holidaymakers an idyllic setting by the coast. Many of the facilities are shared with Corissia Princess next door in the Corrisia park complex. The facilities available include; 24 hour reception, a restaurant, poolside bar, lounge, pools and wireless internet. The veranda offers a beautiful view of the sea. There are a selection of rooms and apartments available. Most of the rooms have a sea or mountain/garden view and are available as single, double, triple and family rooms. Meals are served at the restaurant in Corissia Park. The restaurant is located right on the beach with and indoor area and a veranda. Morning and evening meals are served in buffet style however there is also an a la cart menu. Corrisia Park which is shared by Corrisia Beach hotel and their neighboring sister the 4 star Corrissia Princess hotel is the entertainment centre. It features a large swimming pool, TV area, sun beds and umbrellas on the lawn and beach and children’s playground. There is also a Diving Center a few minutes’ drive away and of course there is the beautiful Cretan countryside to enjoy. The Talos Express Train offers daily excursions to different destinations in the region. Evening entertainment includes Cretan folklore evenings, traditional dance performances and Cretan music.

Visit HolidayCheck for more information on a booking a Hotel in Crete and to start planning your holiday today.

Places To Spend Your Golf Holidays

There are a lot of lovely places to visit in this earth. Whether you want a beach holiday, sports holiday, sightseeing tour, party trip or any kind of travel you wish to experience, each country has for sure something to offer. But for your Golf  Holidays, there are special places where you can spend a fantastic and worth to remember trip.

Here are some of the places and countries for your golf  holidays;

Spain is a beautiful and diverse country in Europe. It is not only famous for its historic cities, great beaches, fun nightlife but also for its Golf  Courses. Costa del Sol for example attracts golfers from the different parts of Europe like UK, Germany, Sweden and more. Its exotic location with its nice beaches and nightlife are only some of the reasons why European golfers are coming to this part of Spain. Majorca, Costa Brava, Murcia and Costa dela Luz are  only some of the other places in Spain where you can spend a fantastic golf holiday.

A beach in Costa Brava, Spain. © europetravelpad.com

How about a golf holiday in Algarve? Because of its clean and great beaches, Algarve has become the most popular vacation destination in Portugal. Algarve Golf Holidays has also become famous especially for those tourists who love this sport. There are a lot of golf resorts in this area. Among the few good ones are found in Vilamoura, Albufeira, the Penina Golf Hotel, the Quinta Da Ria and Quinta Da Cima courses near Tavira. If you plan  well your golf holiday to this places, you can surely find Golf  Holiday Offers that best fit your  budget.

Golf  Holiday in Turkey– It is a Eurasian country. This means that it is located both in Europe and in Asia and the only country in the world that is located in two continents. It is unbelievable but golf holidays in Turkey are increasing faster that any other golf destination. A few of the several golf hotels in this country who own courses are Cornelia Diamond, Sirene Golf Hotel, Gloria Golf Resort and some other more. The Belek region in Turkey are famous to European golfers especially for the British tourists.
In order for your golf holiday to be more successful and memorable, plan it ahead of time and choose the right season and place to spend it.


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Traveling has always been her passion. Ruby wants to share her travels, adventures and personal experiences in Europe and maybe from around the world. The reason why Europe Travel Pad was created. Discover Europe virtually through this blog and travel with her as the journey goes on.