We LOVE ISLAND Life in Majorca

Are you glued to your TV watching the Love Island celebs get up to their cheeky antics in the Majorcan sun? If the show’s got you dreaming of a villa holiday to this amazing Balearic island, here are four ways to enjoy life out there.

 

  1. Stay in the charming yet stylish resort of Cala d’Or

Once a traditional Spanish fishing village, this family-friendly resort on the island’s south east coast fuses relaxed charm with upmarket style. As well as picturesque cobbled streets, golden sandy beaches and fun activities for the kids, you’ll find endless chic bars, eateries and shops in the stunning yacht-filled marina.

Cala Varques beach

If you’re looking for the perfect villa holiday in Cala d’Or, check out Villa Marino with its private pool, serene gardens and beautiful countryside views. Or take a look at the spacious Villa Ses Arcades which boasts a great central location and wonderful sun terrace for dining al fresco.

 

  1. Discover a slice of Caribbean paradise at Es Trenc

A short drive away from Cala d’Or is Es Trenc, the most famous beach in Majorca. This trendy part of the south east coastline is often likened to the Caribbean thanks to its two kilometres of powdery white sand and bright turquoise water.

Es Trenc is quite remote and not part of a resort, which gives it an unspoilt and natural ambience. It’s a little more peaceful than the more commercial beaches thanks to fewer noisy watersports and restaurants. And it’s popular with nudists, so head to the marked sections if you fancy shedding your swimwear!

 

  1. Visit the laidback ancient town of Pollensa

For relaxing holiday in northern Majorca, Pollensa is a great choice. This historical rural town is full of narrow streets, old buildings, interesting museums and quaint shops. It’s also home to one of Majorca’s best markets, where you can buy everything from beautiful local crafts to delicious fresh produce every Sunday.

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If you want to stay near Pollensa, Villa Bennassar is a top pick with its spectacular mountain backdrop, private pool and traditional style. Or Villa Bon Reco is well worth a look if you’re after lovely hilly views and a secluded lawn for a spot of sunbathing.

 

  1. Tickle your taste buds at Ponderosa Beach

The popular Ponderosa Beach is considered one of the top chiringuitos (beach clubs) in Spain. Situated on Playa de Muro on the north coast, this fashionable restaurant has a cool vibe with colourful shutters and white furniture.

Sink your feet into the sand as you savour mouth-watering Mediterranean dishes like seafood paella or linguine pasta. And then wash it all down with a tasty cocktail while admiring the ocean vista.

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Want to follow in the footsteps of the Love Islanders for your next villa holiday? Check out our fantastic range of villas to rent in Majorca.

41 Hours in Andalucía

On a recent work trip I was lucky enough to find myself in Andalucia…for just 41 hours! Having spent the last few days exploring the bustling resorts of Fuengirola, Marbella and Benalmadena, I was looking forward to a more relaxed pace as I headed east along the coast – luckily, I was not disappointed! Trading the glitz and glamour of Puerto Banus for the laid-back charm of Torrox Costa and Nerja, here are my favourite experiences:

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Tapas in Torrox Costa

Home to a wide promenade lining the beautiful beach, Torrox Costa certainly has a relaxed vibe. Having found a wonderful little tapas bar, Entre Vientos, I enjoyed a delicious feast whilst admiring the stunning views.

Getting lost in Nerja

Although a popular tourist destination and therefore busier than its neighbour, Torrox Costa, I was surprised by how Nerja has managed to keep much of its authentic Spanish charm. The old town is a network of narrow streets and characterful buildings with a mix of shops selling perfumes, wines and clothing as well as souvenirs.

So much seafood!

With both Nerja and Torrox Costa having such superb costal locations, it’s no wonder I had so much seafood to choose from. From mussels to lobster, and everything in between, the world (or menu) is literally your oyster! Having settled on a delicious crab ravioli, I sat back with a glass of wine overlooking the sea.

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Balcon de Europa

A tree-lined promenade leading to a spectacular viewing point, the Balcon de Europa is certainly a popular spot for the novice photographer – or selfie taker! Grabbing a coffee from the nearby café, I settled in for an hour or so of people watching.

The stunning views

With the seaside location of both resorts, I was (of course) expecting some spectacular sea views, and true to form I was not disappointed! Driving along the coastal road between Nerja & Torrox Costa, I was surprised by how beautiful the scenery was. Heading up in the hills I was quick to choose my favourite villa, Cecilia Sol – a charming, traditional Spanish villa with superb views.

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All too quickly my 41 hours in Andalucia came to an end and it was time to head back to the airport, one thing I am sure of is it won’t be long till I head back – hopefully for a longer stay next time!

Post written by Sammy, one of our Product Performance Analysts.

Eat Like a Local in Spain with Fat Hen Cookery School

Spanish food is sublime. We love it so much, in fact, that we’ve dedicated our latest project to learning how to really Eat Like a Local in Spain. With a little help from some of the UK’s best cookery schools, we’ve covered the ins and outs of the countries cuisine in a series of recipe posts. Next, we’ve got Fat Hen Cookery School…

Established in 2007, Fat Hen Cookery School combines founder Caroline Davey’s two great loves – food and nature. As well as teaching budding chefs how to cook and prepare regional delicacies from around the world, the school offers children’s cookery classes.

If you want to learn to Eat Like a Local in Spain with Fat Hen Cookery School, though, you can do no wrong by digging into this chosen dish – crispy squid with garlic aioli. Squid is a Spanish staple and the aioli dipping sauce is often seen alongside it. Whip up a bowl before chopping and frying some of the squid before enjoying a truly appetizing starter.

Crispy squid with wild garlic aioli

Crispy squid – ingredients

Vegetable oil, for deep frying
250g plain flour
½ tsp cayenne pepper
½ tsp smoked Spanish paprika
½ tsp salt
500g squid cut into 5mm rings
1 egg beaten

Method – crispy squid

  1. Put enough oil in a saucepan or deep fat fryer to come halfway up the pan and place over a medium heat.  If you’re using a deep fat fryer (or have a thermometer), heat the oil to 180˚C.  If not, to check the oil is at the right temperature you can drop a 2-3cm cube of bread into the hot oil. It should become golden and crispy in one minute.
  2. While the oil is heating, place the flour, cayenne, paprika and salt in a large sandwich bag.  Drop in the squid and shake around to coat evenly.  This may need to be done in two batches, depending on the size of the bag.
  3. Dip the floured squid into the beaten egg and then carefully drop into the hot oil.  Fry for 2-3 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from the oil and briefly drain on kitchen paper before serving with the garlic aioli.

Wild garlic aioli – ingredients

2 egg yolks (by hand) or 1 egg (liquidizer)
300ml/7fl oz olive oil
2 tsps white wine vinegar
½ tsp salt
Good handful of washed and finely chopped wild garlic

Method – garlic aioli

  1. Before starting, make sure all the ingredients are at room temperature. Put the egg yolks, vinegar and salt into a mixing bowl, resting it on a cloth to stop it from slipping. Lightly whisk to break the yolks.
  2. Using a wire whisk, beat the boil into the egg mixture a few drops at a time. Once you have added the same volume of oil as the original mixture of yolks and vinegar, you can add the oil a little quicker.

To make the mayonnaise in a machine:

  1. Put the whole egg, vinegar and salt into a liquidiser. Turn on the machine and slowly add the oil through the hole in the lid until you have a thick emulsion.

The aioli will keep for a round one week – serve the dip and squid together for lunch, adding a glass of Albarino to really help you live like a local.

Keep up to date with Fat Hen on the school’s website, or browse our villas in Spain and set your holiday plans in motion.

Eat Like a Local in Spain with The Foodworks Cookery School

Located in the heart of the Cotswolds, Foodworks Cookery School is a high-end school running both day and evening courses. The building it’s housed in is worth visiting for alone – think large windows, herb gardens and a barbeque area ripe for lazy and indulgent summer evenings. With a Spanish twist on these scenes in mind, the school picked seafood paella as one of its favourite dishes from the country.

Tucking into at least one seafood paella is essential for anyone visiting Spain. This one is made up of squid, prawns, clams and mussels, amongst a bunch of other ingredients. Depending on which part of Spain you visit, you’ll encounter plenty of markets perfect for picking up fresh seafood which you can make into a delightful paella of your own.

Seafood paella – ingredients

300g prepared medium-sized squid, cut into 3cm pieces
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
100g onion shallots, finely chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and chopped into 1cm pieces
1 green pepper, seeded and chopped into 1cm pieces
1 teaspoon pimentón picante (smoked hot Spanish paprika)
200g large raw peeled prawns
300g small clams, such as carpet shell, washed
400g short-grain paella rice, such as Calasparra
1 heaped teaspoon loosely packed saffron strands
1 litre fish stock
150g large mussels, cleaned
6–8 unpeeled cooked crevettes
Salt

Method

  1. Dry the squid well on kitchen paper, season with salt and set to one side. Place a 40–50cm paella pan over 2 burners on a medium heat. Add the oil and garlic. As soon as the garlic begins to sizzle, add the shallot and fry for five minutes until soft and sweet, turning the pan every few minutes so everything cooks evenly. Do this throughout the cooking process.
  2. Add the red and green peppers with the pimentón and fry for 5 minutes until the peppers are just softened. Stir in the squid and fry for 3–4 minutes until it becomes white and opaque.
  3. Scatter the prawns and clams around the pan, add the rice and saffron and stir everything together well. Add the stock and two and a half teaspoons of salt and bring to the boil, stirring briefly to redistribute the ingredients around the pan.
  4. Leave to simmer for 6 minutes over a medium-to-high heat. Don’t stir anymore, but remember to give the pan a turn every 2 minutes. Reduce the heat.
  5. Arrange the mussels and crevettes evenly around the pan and push them down slightly into the rice. Leave to cook for a further 14 minutes, again without stirring. At this time, all the liquid will have been absorbed and the surface of the rice should be pitted with small holes.
  6. Turn off the heat, cover the pan with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for five minutes before serving. Serve warm straight from the pan.

Visit The Foodworks Cookery School’s website for more foodie inspiration, or look at our rentals in Spain and take the first steps to planning your next holiday.

Eat Like a Local in Spain with Claremont Farm

As part of our Eat Like a Local series, we’ve been speaking to some of the UK’s best cookery schools and finding out just what makes Spanish food so unbelievably tasty. Next up, we’ve got Claremont Farm.

This family-run cookery school champions local produce – a lot of which is from the farm itself. Teaching chefs everything from the art of foraging to masterclasses in tapas cookery, the school is well versed in making food which is not only healthy, but delicious.

Such an ethos is evident in the choice of dish here – vegetable tortilla. Packing in protein, vitamins and other vital nutrients, vegetable tortilla is easy to make and will keep you feeling fresh and well-nourished throughout the day.

Vegetable tortilla – ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, sliced
½ butternut squash, roasted
Handful of Kale
8 beaten eggs
½ pack of feta cheese
Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Peel the butternut squash and cut into cubes. Put on a tray and drizzle with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper before cooking on a medium heat until they turn soft and mildly brown.
  2. While cooking, break all eggs into a bowl. Whisk and set aside.
  3. Add the onion and garlic into a good, non-stick frying pan and cook until soft. Throw in the kale and keep cooking until it wilts.
  4. Mix in the cooked butternut squash until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Now add all the eggs and slowly mix until they start to cook. Turn the heat right down.
  6. Crumble the feta cheese on top, pushing it into the egg.
  7. Now for the tricky part – add a plate on top of the pan with a tea towel on top. Flip over onto plate then slide the tortilla back into the pan to cook the other side.
  8. Leave on a medium heat for a few minutes until all ingredients are cooked through.
  9. Flip back out on to a plate and serve with a crisp local salad.

For more dishes like this, check out the Claremont Farm website. Otherwise, look at our holiday villas in Spain for more travel inspiration.

Eat Like a Local in Spain with Ashburton Cookery School

Spanish food is world famous. It draws in hundreds upon thousands of holidaymakers every year, each one in search of local dishes made to delight. For part of our Eat Like a Local series, we’ve decided to look at the simple charms of Spain’s cuisine in more depth.

Some of the UK’s finest cookery schools have been drafted in to help give us an insight into flavours and aromas synonymous with Spain. Each school tells us about one recipe they associate with the country, along with key ingredients essential to the dish itself. First off, though, we’ve got Ashburton Cookery School.

Offering over 40 cookery courses, Ashburn Cookery School is an established favourite amongst beginner, intermediate and advanced cooks. Based in Dartmoor, the school teaches many different culinary styles. When it comes to Spanish food, though, it’s a huge fan of a simple (yet tantalisingly tasty) dish which combines two national favourites – chorizo and squid.

The dish centralises around chorizo, squid, clams and spicy pork meatballs. Topped with a little parsley, this makes for a sure-fire way to capture Spain’s flavours.

Albondigas with chorizo, squid and clams – ingredients

Meatballs

2 small diced onion shallots
½ teaspoon paprika
2 crushed cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of sherry vinegar
25g breadcrumbs
150g pork mince
1 egg yolk

Sauce

2 medium sized chorizo sausages
150g squid (cut or slice it into rings)
50ml white wine
150g chopped tomatoes (tinned)
150g clams
1 finely sliced garlic clove
2 tablespoons flat leaf parsley (chopped)

Method

  1. Sweat the shallots in olive oil until soft, throw in the paprika and continue to sweat for a few seconds. Add the crushed garlic along with the sherry vinegar and cook over a low heat for one minute.
  2. Add in the shallots with the breadcrumbs. Allow to cool for one minute.
  3. Mix in the pork mince and egg yolk to the breadcrumb mixture. Season with a little salt and pepper.
  4. Mold the pork mixture into nine individual meatballs.
  5. Pan fry the pork balls in olive oil on a low heat until they turn golden brown. Remove from the pan and put to one side.
  6. In the same pan, sweat the chorizo with sliced garlic for around one minute. Add the squid and cook on a high heat for 30 seconds, then proceed to add the white wine and de-glaze using a wooden spoon. Leave on the heat and reduce the wine by around half.
  7. Put the tomatoes in with the mixture and bring to a simmer. Stir in the fresh clams and cover until they’re fully open (get rid of any unopened clams).
  8. Season, then place on a serving dish and sprinkle with parsley.

You can stay up to date with Ashburton via the school’s website.

Ready to make your Spanish food fantasies a reality? Look at Villa Plus properties in the country.

Costa Blanca vs Costa del Sol: which holiday is for me?

Many people consider the coastal resort regions of Spain to be largely interchangeable. But, while these areas usually all boast sun, sea and sand, there are some key differences you should consider before taking the plunge and booking your next getaway.

To help you come to your decision, we weighed up the USPs of two of the country’s most popular regions – the Costa Blanca vs Costa del Sol.

Where are these destinations?

The Costa Blanca (or White Coast) is situated in southeast Spain. Popular towns here include Javea, in the province of Alicante, Moraira, part of the Teulada municipality, and Calpe, a small town two hours’ drive south of here.

The Costa del Sol (or Sun Coast) is in southern Spain, centralising around the city of Malaga. People visit here for thriving hubs like Benalmadena and Marbella, and more relaxed sunspots like Mijas and Nerja.

Are they good for a beach holiday?

Good news for all you sun-worshippers – the weather in both destinations is similarly sunny all year-round. Temperatures in the summer reach the high 20s and early 30s, whereas in the winter they rarely dip below 13 degrees.

So, you’ve got the weather, now all you need is a few succulent strips of sand to enjoy it from. If you’re hiring a property near the beach, you can easily pack up a picnic and head out to one of these idyllic spots for a dreamy day trip.

On the Costa Blanca, you’ll find gorgeous stretches of sand like Playa del Portet in Moraira. This small inlet is shaped like a sea shell and has safe waters great for a leisurely afternoon spent swimming.

For a more secluded experience, try Cala del Moraig, a tranquil cove just north of Moraira. This is a pebbly beach, which might appeal to visitors who’d rather forgo messing up the rental car with sandy shoes.

You may be after a more adventurous holiday, in which case Costa Blanca’s westerly winds make spots like Santa Pola, south of Alicante, perfect for surfing, sailing and kayaking. Snorkelling, meanwhile, is best done with a guided tour, many of which depart from near Calpe.

Popular beaches along the Costa del Sol include the Playa de Burriana in Nerja, which is known for its golden sand and beach bars. Head here if you’re in search of a livelier holiday, either with a group of friends or as part of a couples’ getaway.

Playa de Maro in Nerja is also very popular, renowned for its picturesque surroundings and abundance of marine life. This makes it appeal both to older holidaymakers and young families looking to see the local ecosystems.

What’s there to do in both?

At the heart of both these regions is two lively, history-rich cities. Costa Blanca’s Alicante is famed for its nightlife, but its real charms lie in the striking 16th century castle at its centre.  Culture-vultures can easily spend a few hours here exploring the museum and enjoying viewpoints of the city.

Malaga, on the Costa del Sol, is notable for its art galleries and buildings of grandiose like the Chapel of Santa Barbara and the grand Moorish Gibralfaro Castle. Otherwise, the Picasso museum appeals to art aficionados and open-minded enthusiasts in equal measures.

…and what’s there to eat?

Whether you’re into history or art, there’s one main attraction that unites all Spanish costa holidaymakers – the food. Indulge yourself with local specialities such as paella, in the Costa Blanca, and fried fish, in the Costa del Sol.

Pick up some ingredients from a nearby market, then whip up your own take on regional delicacies from your holiday rental’s kitchen. The Costa del Sol’s surrounding shorelines are populated with lots of anchovies, which can be made into the perfect starter to any fish-fiend’s meal. Otherwise, buy a selection of the Costa Blanca’s locally sourced chorizo – a delicious addition to any meat-craver’s sandwich.

Where should I stay?

To really make the most of your holiday, look into staying in a self-catered villa. It’ll give you the freedom to explore the region at your own pace, collecting ingredients as you go along. Kids might prefer to stay somewhere near the coast, whereas older couples might want somewhere a little quieter and in the countryside.

…and where should I fly to?

To reach the Costa Blanca you can fly directly into Alicante Airport, which serves UK destinations throughout the year. It takes around two and a half hours to fly here from London.

For the Costa del Sol, it’s best to fly into Malaga Airport. You can catch a flight here from the UK run throughout the year, although it’ll take slightly longer, with journey times from London taking roughly two hours and 45 minutes.

Whether you’re one for the Costa del Sol’s lavish harbours or the Costa Blanca’s bustling nightlife, holidays to a Spanish Costa really do make for one of the best type of getaways.

Want to step things up a game with your villa? Look at luxury properties in both regions.

By Isabella Perkins, a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.

3 romantic destinations in Spain for a secluded getaway

If you’re planning a honeymoon, or even just an intimate getaway away with your other half, you’ll probably already know that there are plenty of romantic destinations in Spain. The real task at hand, though, is narrowing the list of potential locations down to just one.

Here’s three of the most alluring holiday spots around the country, all known for their viewpoints, culinary delights and beaches.

Nerja

The town of Nerja is on the east of the Costa del Sol and is renowned for its endearing beaches, many of which are ideal for water sports. Flanked by a dramatic mountain range and bordered by a rugged coastline of coves, caves and sandy beaches, the town is the perfect destination for adventurous couples partial to stunning scenery.

Highlights here include the Balcon de Europa, a raised pedestrian promenade looking out over the Mediterranean, and the 17th century Church of El Salvador. For many visitors, though, the Caves of Nerja are the real draw here. These ancient towering caverns contain prehistoric paintings and even play host to a music and dance festival in the summertime.

For a real romantic day out, spend a day hiking up to the top of El Ciel and lose yourself to the panoramic vistas, then return to Nerja for a candlelit dinner, served up from the patio of your fanciful holiday accommodation, and made up of fried fish and spicy prawns.

Moraira

You’ll find the gorgeous coastal town of Moraira towards the northern tip of Costa Blanca. Easily accessed from both Alicante and Valencia, it’s famous for its tranquil atmosphere, unspoilt scenery and Blue Flag beaches.

Spend some time here and make the most of historic sites such as Moraira Castle. Otherwise, enjoy a romantic horse ride at sundown or simply unwind on the sand. The cuisine here is well suited for evenings of amour, too. Paella in Moraira is exquisite, but other local delicacies include fideua (noodles and seafood) and gazpacho (a cold soup containing raw blended vegetables).

As for the beverages? Moraira is part of a region famed for its Moscatel grapes and white wine. Order a bottle or two and watch the sun set with your beloved.

Marbella

Marbella is made for couples who are looking to rest and relax in style. Situated on the Costa del Sol and around a 40-minute drive from Malaga Airport, people visit this coastal gem for its glitz and glamour. The cobbled streets and pretty squares make for a truly picturesque backdrop, but don’t be fooled – Marbella isn’t as sleepy as it looks! Spend a romantic break here touring designer shops, sampling Andalusian cuisine, taking wine-tasting tours, and, come nightfall, sipping cocktails under the moonlight.

Alternatively, pick up locally-sourced procured meat, a loaf of bread and whip up a packed lunch from your self-catered accommodation. Head out on a walk along Bounty Beach and enjoy it while letting the lapsing waves tickle your feet.

Staying in a holiday rental provides all the right ingredients for a memorable trip with your partner. Set the ball rolling for your next romantic adventure and take a look at Villa Plus offerings in Spain.

By Lara Scott. A former executive at a major hotel chain, Lara Scott is a freelance travel writer and journalist. She says her previous career gives her extra insight into both sides of the tourism industry.

Best Mediterranean places to visit for cycling holidays

There’s something idyllic about cycling along a clifftop track while the sea gently crashes beneath you. Apart from that and the whizz of your hubs, the world seems mysteriously quiet. It’s moments like this that make cycling holidays in the Mediterranean region so appealing.

Between Spain’s Costa del Sol and Cyprus’ eastern shores you’ll find some of the best Mediterranean places to visit for cycling holidays. Here are a few that any cyclist should tick off.

Spain – Costa del Sol

Like the name suggests, Spain’s Sun Coast largely makes for brightly-lit rides which, depending on when you visit, can get a little hot, so bring a hydration pack! One such Costa del Sol cycle starts from the small hillside town of Mijas.

Study a few maps then make for La Cala Golf Course, a popular spot for golfers that’s south of Mijas. The route entails a mixture of arid single-track and two-lane roads, suited to either hybrid bikes or cross-country models. Like all great bike rides, it’s a mixture of ups, for a challenge, and downs, which leave you with a little more time to enjoy the stunning Andalusian views. Once you get to the river near the golf course, stop for a picnic, made up from the kitchen of your self-catering holiday rental, then prepare to do it all again on your way back to Mijas.


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Spain – Costa Blanca

Many professional cycling teams use the Costa Blanca as a training hub in the winter. The smooth surfaces here appeal to road cyclists who thrive on gradual climbs, speedy descents and flat stretches.

One of the most renowned climbs in the region is known as the Coll de Rates. You can easily access it from nearby towns, like Javea and Calpe. From Coll de Rates, make your way to the village of Parcent, where the route starts off with a light incline until you reach the summit. Soak up the verdant views of the surrounding region then replenish with a refreshing drink and get ready for a leisurely cruise back down.


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Greek islands – Crete

If you’re ever struggling to tackle a Greek hill, promise yourself a big platter of mezes when you finish your ride to spur you on. Other than the end-of-ride meal, however, Greek island cycling makes for unbeatable holiday memories on routes you’ll always remember, many of which are found on Crete. A lot of Cretan roads are large and quiet, too, resulting in a wholly tranquil experience when you’re speeding across the island.

While it’s perfectly easy to trundle along these roads at your own pace, a real test of endurance is to brave the near-90km journey from Chania through the inland hills to the stunning village of Kallikratis. From here you’ll be able to see much of the island’s enticing coastline. Make sure you bring a camera, then capture the moment with a panoramic shot which’ll always remind you of your Crete cycling holiday. If you don’t fancy doing it over again, though, get a holiday companion to drive over and take you back to your villa rental.


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Cyprus – Paphos

Cyprus serves cyclists a selection of island routes for many different preferences. The city of Paphos and the surrounding resorts of Coral Bay are home to road and off-road paths suited to everyone from the everyday commuter to the endurance junkie who craves another fix of kilometre-rich coastal roads.

For a real challenge, cycle into the Troodos mountain range from Paphos. The journey itself is roughly 65 kilometres and is mostly downhill, making for a highly enjoyable and breezy trip. It’s suited to both road and off-road cyclists – just make sure your trusty steed is fitted with a good set of brakes for when you need to stop!

Take the time to soak up gorgeous Cypriot views, like that of the Diarizos river, which you’ll encounter along the way. It’s the fourth largest river on the island, although every twist and turn makes for a serene spot for a sandwich and a bottle of water. Failing that, you can always dip your feet in the river to help cool off before hitting the road again!


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Mediterranean destinations have all the right ingredients for a cycling holiday – sun, scenery and a fair whack of sandy strips where you can put your feet up after a long day of pedalling!

Thinking about bringing your beloved bicycle on your next getaway? Here’s how to go about taking it onto an aeroplane.

By Isabella Perkins, a freelance travel writer best known for writing about self-catering holidays. Her writing tends to have a family focus, and she is in the middle of writing a new travel guide due to be published next year.