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The Advantage of the Costa Holidays

There’s no doubt that every holiday’s a good holiday but it’s also true that there are some which are certainly better than others.  Costa holidays are a great example of this.  Not only do they bring back childhood nostalgia of summers spent at the sea but they have enormous physical and mental benefits too.

 

Especially for those who spend their day to day lives inland, the very sight of the skyline meeting the sea line is enough to reverse the state of stressed out and overworked spirits in an instant.  Having exposure to such a great expanse of water such as that of the sea or the ocean is breathtaking and promotes a relaxed and tranquil state of mind, as do clutter free beaches and seaside strolls.  It is hard to sweat the small stuff (or indeed the big stuff) when looking out to infinity and thus it comes as no surprise that each year millions of holiday makers fill the Barcelona flights, the beaches of Mallorca and the Tenerife hotels, three resorts which boast immensely impressive coast lines with truly stunning views.

 

The relaxed mind-set achieved through the ambience of the seaside has great physical reflections too.  A tense and agitated mind can cause, amongst many other things, digestive problems, heightened blood pressure, headaches, insomnia and cold-like symptoms (caused by a weakened immune system).  Having these problems only makes the sufferer more stressed and so the vicious cycle, really quite unfortunately, is complete. A holiday at the coast breaks this cycle however and consequently mind-body harmony is restored.

 

There are plenty of island holidays and costa holidays available; be it through online holiday auctions (subasta viajes) or special offers (ofertas vacaciones), there are a multitude of rooms with a view awaiting you by the sea!

Spain – Traveling to and within the European country

Mainland Spain is situated on the Iberian peninsula in the southwest of Europe. It also encompasses two groups of islands. The Islas Baleares (Balearic Islands), in the Mediterranean, Mallorca the largest island is just over one hundred miles off the eastern coast and the Islas Canarias (Canary Islands) which are situated approximately five hundred miles to the southwest and lie off the Atlantic coast of Morocco. Mellila and Cueta are two Spanish enclaves in Morocco on the African continent.

Whilst Spain is one of the world’s leading destinations for the package holiday there is more to this country than the beaches of the costas and islands. The independent traveler will want to move around see what more Spain has to offer.

Getting there – There are thirty one airports on the mainland serving the following cities and towns: A Coruna, Albacete, Alicante, Almería, Asturias, Badajoz, Barcelona, Bilbao, Burgos, Cordoba, Girona, Granada, Jerez de la Frontera, Leon, Madrid, Malaga, Murcia, Pamplona, Reus, Sabadell, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago, Sevilla, Valencia, Valladolid, Vigo and Zaragoza. In the Canaries the islands of El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Lanzarote and Tenerife and in the Balearics Ibiza, Menorca and Mallorca all have airports. Gibraltar, the British colony at the southern most tip of Spain, also has it’s own airport. British Airways and the Monarch fly daily to Gibraltar from several departure points in the United Kingdom and Monarch has some very good deals on seats. Major carriers provide scheduled flights to Spain but it is also a principal destination for budget airlines with return flights available for less than 100 Euros from other European cities. It is also possible to pick up bargain seats on the many charter flights serving the tourist industry. Air travel within Spain, with the exception of a couple of budget airlines, is expensive.

Major roads provide access from Portugal to the west and France which borders Spain to the northeast. Road travel within the country can vary. Many roads are not of a good standard but Spain has received billions of Euros in aid from the European Union and much of this has been spent on the infrastructure and so it is also possible to travel on some of the newest and finest roads on the continent. The country is well served by many bus companies linking the major towns and cities with express services. There are also a wealth of local bus services.

The train service is well developed enabling access to the country from both Portugal and France and fast travel between towns and cities within Spain. Fares are cheap compared to some other major European countries. Madrid and Barcelona are served by extensive Metro (underground railway) networks.

In addition to the many inter island services ferries run from the mainland to both the island groups and the two enclaves in Morocco. The Canary Islands are served by a boat running from Cadiz. The journey is long, some 48 hours and the sea conditions often make for a rough passage. It may be preferable to fly although as we have already pointed out this can be expensive. Ferries from Tariffa and Algeciras, in the Andalucian province of Cadiz, run to Tanger in Morroco. Ferries also link the enclave of Cueta with Tariffa, Algeciras and Malaga. Mellila, the other enclave is served by a boats out of Malaga and Almeria. The Balearic Islands have services to the mainland running to Barcelona, Valencia and Denia.

More information about traveling in Spain can be found in the Spanish Travel Guide
Find Spanish hotels, hostals and pensions, property for rent and sale in our Spanish Directory.

Teletext Holidays are They the Answer to Finding Holidays?

If you are looking for bargain holidays it can save time and effort to visit a single website where you can search for the destination of your choice at a price that is right for you. A price comparison website such as teletext holidays is a good place to source those cheap holidays.

The original concept of teletext holidays emanated from a television information retrieval service in the UK in the 1970′s. The idea of price comparison sites moved onto the internet and has become very popular. Using these sites for finding fun in the sun holidays is now common practice throughout the world.

As a consumer, you will want to get the best deal available when it comes to spending your hard earned cash. By tailoring your holiday to match your requirements you can get exactly what you want at a price that won’t break the bank. Whether you want to book a traditional package deal, a cheap flight, an all-inclusive hotel break or a mix-and-match holiday, using a first rate price comparison site is ideal.

There are numerous cheap holiday deals and bargain flights out there, but when do you have the time to trawl the internet to find them? This is when sites like teletext holidays really come into their own. You can sit in front of your computer, and using a simple search box, type in your search criteria to source the perfect holiday of your choice. It really couldn’t be easier.

Take Spanish Holidays for example. There are many destinations on the mainland to choose from such as the Costa’s, Barcelona and Madrid. But what about the Balearic islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza? Then there are the Canaries of Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria et al. Teletext holidays allows you to compare thousands of great holidays and bargain flights to destinations throughout Spain in the time it takes to make a jug of sangria!

Teletext holidays have a lot more to offer than just holidays in the sun. Investigate a break in the UK or consider a trip to one of hundreds of destinations available on a city break. Cities such as Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and of course Paris are fabulous places to visit. If you fancy a bit of luxury, think about taking a cruise to destinations all over the world. Going on a special interest break such as Golf, fishing and diving holidays are great ways to see another part of the world whilst indulging yourself in what you love doing.

Having a decent break from the stresses of everyday life is important so make sure you make the right choices. Making teletext holidays your one-stop-shop for all your holiday requirements would be a great start!

Top 10 Tourist Attractions of Barcelona

When visiting Barcelona just for a few days tourist have to face the problem of deciding what to visit. The already mentioned problem gets even more complicated with the huge amounts of available information as well as with the advise and opinion of friends, relatives and acquaintances. The following top ten has the intention of giving tourists an idea of the places that should be visited, they just have to adjust it to their time availability.

Starting with the countdown is the Olympic Harbour, situated on la Barceloneta quarter, its capacity enables it to berth a considerable number of sports boats. It is the perfect place to go an eat sea food. The most important indoors attraction to visit is Museu de Historia de Catalunya.

Number nine is the Olympic Ring which is the group of sports installations where the 1992 Olympics took place. It is composed by the Olympic Stadium, the Bernat Picornell swimming pools, the Calatrava tower, the Palau Sant Jordi and the National Institute of Physical Education of Catalonia.

Number eight is Parc de la Ciutadella, the perfect combination between nature, architecture and entertainment.

Number seven is the Spanish Village. It represents the architecture of various regions of Spain. It is a conjunction of Castilian, Aragonese and Andalucian buildings, Basque streets, Galician and Catalan quarters and a Dominican monastery. Within the village, restaurants, cafes, bars, shops, nightclubs, among others can be found.

Number six is the Gothic Quarter that as described by the Lonely Planet is a classic medieval warren of narrow, winding streets, quaint little plazas and wonderful structures from the golden age of the city.

Number five are the Montjuic Fountains. From Plaza Espanya up to Palau Nacional a path of fountains and cascades can be found, being the Magic Fountain the principal one due to the combination of music, lights and water shapes. There is a different timetable for the Magic Fountain show depending on the season.

Number four is La Rambla which is a pedestrian boulevard divided into sections with different names; from the upper end, which runs into the Plaza Catalunya, to the lower end below the Columbus monument; Rambla de Canaletes, Rambla dels Estudis, Rambla de les Flors, Rambla dels Caputxins and Rambla de Santa Monica or Rambla del Mar. It is packed with cafes, restaurants and kiosks. Also it is full of pavement artists, mimes, and living statues.

The first three positions are work pieces from Antoni Gaudi being number three La Pedrera. On the exterior it has a spectacular wave effect accentuated by its iron balconies that make it an extremely original piece of work, but the originality of La Pedrera is not only exposed on the sculptural forms of its facade, it also extends to the interior of the building. On the roof it has big chimney pots looking like medieval knights.

Number two is Parc Guell, a garden city that as the lonely planet states is where Gaudi turned his hand to landscape gardening. It is a strange, enchanting place where the passion of the architect for natural forms really took flight.
Number one is no other than the magnificent Sagrada Familia. It is an enormous symbolic building with three facades that represent the nativity, the passion and death of Jesus Christ and the Glorification. The whole structure, with its details, is full of meaning.

Finally it is important to make clear that the top ten is meant to help visitors have in mind the places of Barcelona that can not be missed but obviously they are free to decide what they really want to see according to their needs and wants.

Hotel Company Expands To Spain

Economy hotel group Travelodge has expanded to Spain with one location set in beautiful Madrid and another in Barcelona.

The UK budget hotel chain recently announced a one billion euro expansion plan for Spain and plans to open 100 more affordable hotels and create two thousand jobs in Spain by the year 2020.

This follows successful trials at Travelodge Madrid Las Rozas in Madrid and Travelodge Barcelona Hospitalet in Barcelona. Travelodge in Spain is ripe for growth and hotels in Valencia, Malaga, Zaragoza and Bilbao are set to join the two pilot sites in Madrid and Barcelona.

Ultimately there could be a series of hotels in Barcelona close to Barcelona El Prat Airport.

The budget hotel chain desires leadership in the emerging Spanish affordable hotel market. Travelodge hopes to double in size by 2011, taking advantage of growth in the sector.

Chief executive Grant Hearn said he believes there is a very strong growth pattern outlook for the next 10-15 years. The pilot program demonstrated that the Travelodge model works in Spain and the time is right to capitalize on this demand. The company learned some sixty percent of the UK’s 1.5 million online customers are planning holidays to Spain in the next three years.

‘Spain is the logical place for us to start our overseas expansion,’ says Hearn. ‘We are very excited about our plans for Spain, an important longer-term growth strategy.’

‘The Spanish people take 143 million trips a year and there were only 100 budget hotels in Spain,, says Mr. Hearn. According to Travelodge, the budget sector is the fastest growing part of the hotel business.

Travelodge said it was first drawn to Spain by the favourable conditions. It will target businesses first, followed by British tourists whom regularly visit Spain.

Only a quick flight away from the UK, Spain has consistently been a favoruite destination for British tourists since the 1950′s. Less than two hours by air, Spain offers holiday facilities that aren’t readily available in the UK. Diverse cultures and customs have more to offer than miles of beautiful white sandy beaches and clear waters with year-round spring temperatures.

Spain is also rich in monumental heritage, great food and entertainment – all of which bring many British tourists to Spain year after year.

British tourists who want to enjoy more than the beautiful beaches of Spain take in day trips to nearby areas that include some of the world’s best golf courses, many close to Marbella on the Costa del Sol and others on Spanish islands such as Lanzarote.

Convenient locations of Travelodge in Spain, enhanced with comforts of home and modern amenities, complete the Spanish holiday experience to offer exciting possibilities to British tourists.

Low cost flights have made trips to Spain a real possibility for British tourists as well. This has been instrumental to the growing number of British citizens taking holidays in Spain. Since the 1960′s air travel prices have steadily dropped and became available to a wider customer range. This makes Spain a very desirable vacation spot for many British tourists.

The budget hotel chain Travelodge was recently bought by Dubai International Capital in a 675m deal.

Tibidabo – Mountain Of Devil

It is believed that Devil seduced Christ on a mountain like Tibidabo. In fact, the sight of Barcelona from the summit of the 542-meter high mountain is seductive. Barcelona is laid in minuscule form – Montjüic and the sea frame all the familiar sights and roads of the city can be viewed from here.

Tibidabo is on one side of the city, while the Collserola hills rise sharply and verdantly up behind Barcelona to the north. At the northeastern side of Avinguda Diagonal is the new Diagonal Mar commercial, office, and residential development.

At 542m, Tibidabo forms the backdrop to Barcelona and at the same time is the highest hill in the wooded range. On a clear fine morning, it’s a great place for views over the city. The people of Barcelona come up here for some thrills at the amusement park Parc d’Atraccions, which has rides and a house of horrors. However the main attraction at the Parc, however, is the glass lift that goes 115m up to a visitors’ observation area at Torre de Collserola telecommunications tower. The not so adventurous type can find solace in Temple del Sagrat Cor, Barcelona’s Sacré Coeur. Towering above Tibidabo’s funicular station, there are actually two churches, one on top of the other. The top one is surmounted by a giant Christ and has a lift to the roof.

The Tibidabo Mountain can be called city’s landmarks for a number of reasons. Firstly, the illustrative church by the same name is located on the peak of the mountain. Secondly, the amusement park is the oldest of its kind in Spain and the second oldest in Europe (it was constructed in 1899). As it is so old it has not only retained some classic attractions, which are well-known and popular amongst locals, but also at the same time incorporated the latest in amusement park fare. One of the most exceptional items is an exact reproduction of the airplane that was used for the first flight between Barcelona and Madrid in 1928. The airplane gives visitors the chance to see the city from above for a few moments without ever having to leave the park.

The park also consists of the Tibidabo Museum of Automatons, located in an old theatre that dates back to 1909. It houses a collection of old mechanical toys that worked by inserting a coin a common feature at European fairs in the past. The museum is amongst the most complete in its kind, especially because the pieces are in such excellent condition, and the collection includes many peculiar mechanical toys pertaining to that era.

The Best way to visit Mount Tibidabo is to arrive at it via the Avinguda del Tibidabo. There are some very interesting villas by several different architects. The so-called “Tramvia Blau” (blue tram) goes up this avenue and is the only one of its kind left in Spain. At the end of the first stage of the ascent is La Font del Racó Park, and, on the right-hand side inside a Modernist building, there is the Science Museum and planetarium which attract many visitors. The avenue ends in the Plaça del Peu del Funicular where there are restaurants for eating outside and night clubs.

Discount Travel To Spain

With the tremendous growth of tourism in recent years, there are quite a few options for cheap flights to Spain. There has been an increase in discount airlines to some of its local airports, with more discount airlines now flying into Spain. When taking advantage of these cheaper flights, though, you will have to sacrifice some of the conveniences that you may be accustomed to receiving with the larger, higher priced airlines.

Discount airlines offer lower priced fares to many locations throughout Spain. There is a greater choice of lower priced fares from airports in Europe from rather than from the United States, but you may be able to find lower fares nonetheless. Some of the airports with the best rates include Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Murcia, Valencia, Menorca, Malaga, Seville, Mallorca and Palma. If you are flying from the United States, direct flights are available through larger carriers but are more expensive. Direct flights may be available from New York, Philadelphia, Miami, Houston, Atlanta and Newark. Though you my find a lower priced ticket, the price will not be as low as fares with discount airlines.

The internet is a good place research flights and compare prices to find the best deal, but some discount airlines are not posted on the major travel websites. To include their fares in your comparison of flight costs, you will need to contact the airline directly. It may be less convenient than performing a simple online search, but taking the time to call the carrier may save you money.

One way to find lower priced fares is to consider flying on different days. For example, flights on the weekend are often more expensive than flights during the middle part of the week. Also consider the time you are flying, as early morning or late-night flights are often less expensive. It may be an inconvenience but, again, you could save money.

One reason discount airlines are able to offer cheaper flight is because of the lack of conveniences and extra services found on the larger carriers. Discount carriers do not offer meals to its travelers and most do not even offer snacks. You may want to bring your own snack and, with regulations limiting liquids allowed on planes, it may be better for you to pay for a beverage once you have boarded the plane. Additionally, discount carriers often have more restrictions regarding baggage with most carrying a limit of two pieces of luggage. You may be able to bring more baggage, but you will probably be required to pay a fairly large amount. Be sure to ask about the baggage policy so you can plan your trip accordingly and, hopefully, avoid any unexpected and additional charges. Finally, you are likely to have a significant layover with discount carriers. You may wait several hours before your connecting flight, but this inconvenience could also save you money. This time between flights could be a good opportunity to read a book, shop or eat meal since food is not served on the plane.

Flights to Cork, Ireland

Cork International Airport is the gateway to the beautiful Southwest of Ireland. Last year over 3.2 million visitors passed through its terminals – it has certainly come a long way since its first landing back in 1961. Cork Airport is now the 3rd largest airport in the Republic of Ireland. Located just 8 kilometres south from Cork City centre and ideally positioned on the N22, N20, N8 and N25, there’s easy access from all areas.

SkyLink and Bus Éireann operate a regular service between the airport and the city centre. The journey takes approximately 25 minutes. Bus Éireann also run a service to Kinsale, taking in Cork Airport. You’ll find a taxi rank outside the arrivals hall. You can also hire a car at one of the car rental desks. Our advice though is to book your car hire before you travel to Cork to avoid disappointment.

Just two years ago on the 15th August 2006, Cork Airport officially opened a new state of the art terminal. Designed by Jacobs Engineering Group and HOK, this new terminal is the first 21st century airport terminal of it?s kind in Ireland.

Located right in the centre of Cork Airport Complex you’ll find the Radisson SAS Hotel. This is a popular hotel ideal for those wishing to catch an early morning flight or who have a late arrival time. Offering first class facilities all rooms are en-suite and include satellite television, direct dial telephone, trouser press, hairdryer, tea and coffee making facilities, mini bar on request and all rooms are air conditioned. There’s also a 24 hour shuttle bus service to and from Cork Airport available. Two other excellent choices are the 3 star Travelodge Cork Airport and the 4 star Cork International Airport Hotel.

Which airlines fly to/from Cork?

A very large number of Irish, British and European destinations are serviced by Cork Airport, the complete list of scheduled flight destinations is as follows:

Alicante – Aer Lingus
Amsterdam – Aer Lingus
Barcelona – Aer Lingus
Belfast – Aer Arann
Berlin – Aer Lingus
Birmingham – Aer Lingus & bmi baby
Bratislava (Vienna) – SkyEurope
Brest – Aer Arann
Bristol – Aer Arann
Carcassonne – Ryanair
Cardiff – Aer Arann
Dublin – Aer Arann & Ryanair
East Midlands – Ryanair (until October 2008)
Edinburgh – Aer Arran
Faro – Aer Lingus
Galway – Aer Arann
Gdansk – Wizz Air
Geneva – Aer Lingus
Glasgow – Ryanair (until October 2008)
Jersey – Aer Lingus
Katowice – Wizz Air
Lanzarote – Aer Lingus
La Rochelle – Aer Arann
Leeds Bradford – Aer Arann
Liverpool – Ryanair
London Gatwick – Ryanair
London Heathrow – Aer Lingus
London Stansted – Ryanair
Lorient – Aer Arann
Malaga – Aer Lingus
Manchester – bmi baby & Aer Lingus
Munich – Aer Lingus
Nantes – Aer Arann
Newcastle – Jet2.com
Newquay – Air Southwest
Nice – Aer Lingus
Paris – Aer Lingus
Plymouth – Air Southwest
Prague – Aer Lingus
Rome – Aer Lingus
Southampton – Aer Arann
Tenerife – Aer Lingus
Warsaw – Wizz Air

For holiday destinations operating from Cork here is a listing of Charter Flights to/from Cork Airport:

Almeria – Falcon
Bodrum – Sunworld
Bulgaria – Sunway, Budget Travel, Falcon, Concorde.
Dubrovnik – Condorde, Sunworld.
Faro – Budget Travel, Sunworld, Topflight, Stein Travel, Panorama, Falcon.
Gran Canaria – Budget Travel, Sunway, Stein Travel.
Heraklion – Budget Travel.
Izmir – Budget Travel, Sunway, Sunworld.
Lanzarote – Budget Travel, Sunway, Sunworld, Stein Travel, Falcon, Topflight, Panorama Travel.
Majorca – Sunway, Stein Travel, Budget Travel, Falcon, Sunworld, Panorama.
Malaga – Stein Travel, Budget Travel, Falcon.
Reus – Budget Travel, Falcon.
Santorini – XL Airways.
Tunisia – Panorama.
Verona – Topflight.

Mairead Foley writes for the Ireland travel and accommodation website http://www.GoIreland.com

Visit GoIreland for all you need to know before visiting Cork, like what to see and where to go. You can also book B&Bs, hostels, guesthouses, self catering and Cork hotels.

Preparation when taking a trip or vacation

When preparing to take a trip or vacation, there are a lot of things that need to be checked before departing on such an adventure. The easiest way to make sure that everything is in order is to make a checklist. Let’s pretend, for example, that you are planning a trip to Barcelona, Spain. The first thing you would need to do to prepare for your trip to Barcelona would be research the city fully and take notes. For example, if you are interested in art museums, you might search the internet for art museums in Barcelona, Spain. You would want to take notes of the locations of the museums and also how much Barcelona tickets for art museums would cost in American dollars. The second consideration would be making travel arrangements. Checking flight information is a must. Rechecking flight information is also a must. You should check, and recheck that your Barcelona tickets for air travel are in order, and that no changes in itinerary need to be made. Even as late as the day you are planning to travel, you will want to check with the airline for last minute changes to your planes scheduled departure. Is the plane running late? Has there been a delay? Is your flight canceled due to weather considerations?

All of these things are common occurrences and should be fully checked out before even leaving for the airport. Also, you are going to want to check the applicable laws for importing and exporting goods to the country you are traveling to. Some countries do not allow certain items to come through customs into the country, and also do not allow certain items to exit the country. Never assume that something you are taking with you or planning to bring back is “no big deal,” as you may find your objects being seized when passing through customs. Some of these items might include: foods- such as produce, certain types of medications, and anything that is considered native to the country you have visited. There are many reasons for these restrictions and such restrictions are usually very strictly enforced. Finally, you will want to ensure that you have packed all of your necessities for your trip. An important thing to remember is to double check that you have an adequate supply of any prescription drugs, as it may be difficult if not impossible to get a prescription filled while you are on your trip. You will want to ensure that you have packed things to do on the trip, a change of clothing, and hygienically supplies along with your medications in a carry-on bag so as to avoid complications from improperly routed baggage during flight changes. It is important that you also remember all of your identifying factors, such as: driver’s license or ID card, passport, and shot records if traveling to certain locations. And, of course, traveling with cash is not always the best plan. Carry minimal cash and instead opt for traveler’s checks, this will also eliminate the need to exchange currency while traveling. Last but not least, have fun on your trip! After making your checklist, researching your destination’s venues, making travel arrangements, double checking any applicable laws, and making sure that you have packed accordingly – you will be able to leave for your vacation knowing that you have covered all of your bases; this will make your vacation much more enjoyable.

Barcelona Crime: Avoiding Pickpockets

In a city reknowned for petty theft, it’s worth while taking a few precautions.

Although Barcelona is one of the safest cities in Europe, there are a few things to keep in mind if you want to enjoy a crime-free holiday. The first is that the main thoroughfares are home to some skilled and professional pick pockets. These people will be invariably well dressed, and look like business people or tourists. They pick easy targets, people who have had a bit to drink or people who are distracted by what’s going on around them. Don’t carry your passport around with you. Keep your valuables secure; if you’re male then the front pocket of your pants is a whole lot harder to get into than an inside jacket pocket; if you’re female ALWAYS wear your handbag facing front, that is, keep it against your chest and never slung over your shoulder behind you.

Watch out for scams. Three card monty is the oldest con in the book, whether it’s played with 3 cards or with 3 cups and a pea. Nobody ever wins. Nobody. Ever. When you see someone winning you are looking at one of the conman’s friends. He’ll have several, and every now and again one will win a lot of money, this convinces the mark that the game is one that can be won. It can’t. The winner will walk off, but within 30 minutes he’ll be back to win again. Even stopping to watch the game makes you a mark, because you’ll find yourself in a small compressed bunch of people, and it’s easy to pick-pocket anyone when others are pressed against them. If you stop, make sure that you have empty space all around you and keep an eye out for people trying to move closer.

The main danger areas are Las Ramblas, the walkways leading to the beach and all along the beach, the beach itself, Plaza Espana, Plaza Reial, and Plaza Catalunya.

Beware of youths riding scooters! One of the most common methods of theft is the use of the scooter, and you should be especially wary where you see a passenger on the back. They fly past and whip bags from shoulders, which can often lead to the victim being injured if they are dragged to the ground. However, this can only happen if you’re not looking at them, so if you hear a bike behind you, always turn to see what’s up.

Finally, use your common sense. There are areas of the city that are obviously dodgy late at night, if you’re walking alone stick to the main thoroughfares and avoid the many poorly lit, narrow back streets. If you’ve had too much to drink, take a cab – they’re quite cheap. Always keep a sheet of paper with the address of your apartment on it, and just hand this to the driver when you get in. But beware, don’t loiter outside the cab, and be careful of your bag as you climb in as you are particularly vulnerable at that moment.

So. The trick to a crime free holiday is using common sense. Enjoy your stay!!