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BA launch new summer sun flights from London Gatwick
May 19th, 2014 by elisa

Get closer to summer sun locations in 2015 as British Airways launches five new routes from London Gatwick.

From next April the airline will fly to Cagliari in Sardinia, Crete and Rhodes in Greece, and Bodrum and Dalaman in Turkey.

“This is the biggest launch of new routes at Gatwick we’ve had for several years and is brilliant news for families and holiday-makers wanting to get away from it all for that all-important break to relax in the sun,’ said BA head of commercial Gatwick Colm Lacy.

Cagliari will operate three times a week, Crete four times a week, Rhodes twice a week, Bodrum twice a week, and Dalaman four times a week.

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Ryanair creates more links to Greece
Jan 16th, 2014 by elisa

Ryanair is opening two new bases in Greece, one in the capital, Athens, and the other in the city of Thessaloniki. 

The airline will start flights from London Stansted to Athens on 1st April and increase the frequency of its existing service from Stansted to Thessaloniki to daily. The move is part of a $280 million investment in Greece. Ryanair said it expects to carry over 1.2 million passengers from its base in Athens, and 1.6 million passengers a year from Thessaloniki.

Ryanair’s David O’Brien said the new routes would provide passengers with an alternative to Aegean/Olympic: “Only Ryanair, with its 175 new aircraft order, can deliver the capacity, new markets and low costs demanded by Greek consumers and visitors, and looks forward to working with Athens Airport to unlock the vast potential currently suppressed by high access air costs”.

From Athens Ryanair will fly to Milan and the Greek destinations of Chania, Paphos, Rhodes and Thessaloniki as well as to London.

From Thessaloniki it will fly to Athens, Pisa and Warsaw.

Tickets are now on sale.

Holiday trends 2014
Jan 6th, 2014 by elisa

Value for money is still top of most people’s priorities when booking a holiday in 2014, according to the Travel Trends Report 2014.

The report by ABTA and the Foreign Office predicts “cautious optimism” for the year ahead.

“We know that Brits hate to cut back on their holidays and after several years of tough market conditions, we are seeing early signs of more optimism amongst British consumers,” said ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer.

“However, with the squeeze on household budgets continuing, we are expecting that tried and tested destinations and package holidays will continue to perform well in the coming year. We are also expecting a range of other overseas destinations to prove popular in 2014, as well as another good year for domestic tourism after the heatwave in the UK in summer 2013.”

The report includes a list of “destinations to watch” for 2014:

Great news for domestic tourism also; the feel-good-factor created by the Olympics and Jubilee in 2013’s sunny summer is likely to continue over into new year bookings.

Summer sun flight sale
Oct 10th, 2013 by elisa

Summer Sun picture by Flickr user Ian A Kirk

Summer Sun picture by Flickr user Ian A Kirk

The summer schedule for 2014 has been announced by Easyjet as flights to 100 destinations now go on sale.

It has more than 11.5 million seats, almost 300,000 more than last summer.

With so many seats going on sale, now might be a good time to book your summer holiday and villa while you can get some good bargains and not have to think about it until it’s time to jet off!

With flights to Spain, Italy, France, Greece and many more, we have a holiday villa to suit your needs.

In search of winter sun
Oct 1st, 2013 by elisa

Tenerife picture by Flickr user moroccan_spirit

Tenerife picture by Flickr user moroccan_spirit

As the night’s get darker and the cooler weather creeps in, it seems that winter sun is on many people’s minds this year!

Still the most popular type of break, winter sun seekers have increased in popularity according to ABTA’s Winter Holiday Trends 2013/14 survey. 40% are planning a break in the sun this winter, compared with 39% last year. City breaks are up 8% as 39% plan a city visit, and up by 5% to 15% is skiing holidays.

The Canary Islands are Brits’ favourite winter destination, with Greece, Malta and Tunisia also hugely popular. For those in search of lands further afield, the Caribbean, Mexico and Dubai are also ranking high.

Whatever your winter sun needs, be sure to check out our main site to search our extensive database of holiday villas.

Greece is back on top
Feb 26th, 2013 by elisa

Beautiful Greece - picture by Flickr user JFXie

Beautiful Greece – picture by Flickr user JFXie

It isn’t just us that think Greece is the place to go right now; the latest trend update from Thomas Cook shows a marked increase in the country’s desirability amongst holidaymakers.

Sales, marketing and e-commerce director Mike Hoban said: “Searches for Santorini have doubled as have those for our specialist Greek tour operator, Manos, and other Greek islands including Crete and Zakynthos.

“As people put a holiday abroad at the top of their shopping list, it appears to be stalwart favourites, like Greece, that are in high demand this year.”

ABTA, too, confirmed the trend:”UK Bookings to Greece, in common with other Eurozone countries, were hit hard in 2010 as sterling fell in value against the Euro. Good value resorts in North Africa were the main beneficiary of this fall in business. However last year, sterling rallied and we started to see a shift back to the Eurozone.” said a spokesman.

He continued: “January is traditionally the busiest single month for summer holiday bookings, particularly the family market and early booking indications to Greece are very positive with some of our members reporting booking levels not seen since 2009. However, if bookings are to hold strong it is essential that Greek suppliers do not respond to these positive signs, as they have in past years, by increasing prices.”

Find a wide range of Greek Villas on our main site, also lots of features on Greece for inspiration when planning your holiday!

Greece – fantastic villa rentals and award-winning beaches
Feb 12th, 2013 by elisa

Lindos Acropolis on Greek island of Rhodes. Picture by Flickr user Bladeflyer

Lindos Acropolis on Greek island of Rhodes. Picture by Flickr user Bladeflyer

Greece is most definitely one of the first places you would list if you have the primary holiday requirements of sun, sea and sand. It has this in spades (excuse the pun), but so much more to boot – cuisine, culture and history, not to mention the plethora of awards it has won as a travel destination.

The Sunday Times Travel Magazine voted Greece as the Best European Beach Destination 2012, followed by the Travel Agents’ Choice Awards 2012 for the Best Short Haul Destination for Weddings, Honeymoons and Couples. It also fares extremely well with TripAdvisor with many of its beaches in the Travellers’ Choice 2012 Beach Destinations.

The birthplace of the Olympic Games, Greece is a perfect place for an activity holiday, which could include cycling, rock climbing, basketball and water sports. For the less energetic of you, it’s also a wonderful place to relax, with stunning aquamarine waters and beautiful sandy beaches with a variety of coloured sands, from black, to white, to red – all of which make for unusual and picturesque landscapes.

Take the village of Lindos on the Greek island of Rhodes. Open year-round and with an exceptionally mild climate, this is a popular destination amongst tourists. It is a maze of narrow streets and small shops filled with unique jewellery, pottery, leather goods and regional crafts. The Acropolis dominates the landscape, and if you want the best view, then dine out at one of the village’s many rooftop restaurants at sunset.

With a great nightlife when you want to be sociable, and also with quieter spots for relaxation, it’s a box-ticker of a place for holidays. It’s also easy to get to, with affordable flights available throughout the year.

For a quiet getaway, try this luxury villa with infinity pool situated on the hillside above Kalathos village and a short trip to Lindos (6km). With 3 bedrooms (1 double, 2 twin), pool, air-conditioning, BBQ facilities and stylish interior design, you’d be forgiven for not wanting to leave! Prices start from £600.

The stunning Francesca Villa

The luxurious Francesca Villa

Stunning evening views

Stunning evening views

Lounge by the pool in the sun

Lounge by the pool in the sun

 

 

 

 

Spain best value destination in 2013
Jan 22nd, 2013 by elisa

Malaga sunshine picture by Flickr user mer de glace

Malaga sunshine picture by Flickr user mer de glace

Spain is now back at the top spot for the best-value destination in 2013, according to the latest Post Office Worldwide Holiday Costs Barometer.

Last year, the Barometer found that Spain was a better deal than Italy, Greece and Corfu for self catering holidays, but this year it’s gone one better and topped the overall list as a best-value destination, with prices 41% cheaper than five years ago and an increase in tourism overall despite the recession.

Holiday makers going to Australia or South Korea will be seriously out of pocket in comparison, with an average shopping basket (containing a meal for two, bottle of beer, water, glass of wine, can of Coca-Cola, cup of coffee, suncream and a packet of cigarettes) weighing in at £145.28 in Darwin and £146.93 in Seoul. Compare this to the cheap and cheerful £36.14 in Malaga and Galle, it’s no wonder Spain is a popular destination!

Travel delays in Greece and other parts of Europe expected today
Sep 26th, 2012 by elisa

Today’s 24-hour general strike in Greece, the first since the conservative-led coalition government was formed, is to disrupt flights to the country and have a knock-on effect on travel to other parts of Europe.

Air traffic controllers will walk out between 10:00 and 13:00hrs to join the general strike, with large demonstrations planned against the announcement of spending cuts of more than £9bn.

Easyjet has rescheduled dozens of flights, including services from the UK to Athens, the Greek islands and to Tenerife and Gibraltar.

The airline has also warned passengers that it is not just flights which are disrupted, but also public transport within Greece which may cause passengers delays in getting to the airport. It suggests passengers allow plenty of time to get to and from airports in the country. It said: “Although outside our control, Easyjet would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

In other news, the Foreign Office has issued a warning to visitors to Spain to avoid any demonstrations after protests in Madrid turned violent yesterday. More demonstrations are planned in Madrid at 18:00hrs, these are expected to take place in the heart of the city’s shopping district, the Plaza de España.

 

 

 

Self catering cheaper in Spain and Portugal
Jul 9th, 2012 by elisa

Shop smart in foreign supermarkets - picture by Flickr user Polycart

Shop smart in foreign supermarkets - picture by Flickr user Polycart

 

Self catering holidays in Spain and Portugal can cost around 80% less than those in Italy, Greece and Cyprus, according to a Post Office survey.

Food shopping in the countries appears to be the significant difference in expenditure, with supermarkets in Italy, Crete, Corfu and Cyprus more expensive than those in Portugal and Majorca.

Over 15% of those surveyed said they decided on self catering holidays to save more money, yet many still went over their budget on food purchases, highlighting a need to consider local prices when booking a holiday.

The Post Office Travel Money Worldwide Costs Barometer found that on average a bottle of local beer in Portugal cost £1.36 whereas in Italy it cost £2.27. Even going out for dinner was cheaper, with the average evening meal for 2 adults with a bottle of house wine costing £22.73 in Spain, £45.45 in Greece.

Andrew Brown, Post Office head of Travel Money, said: “Although self-catering can be a great way for families to save money, they should choose their destination carefully. Majorca and Portugal are great value options but Greece is looking more expensive.”

He went on to advise that travellers should avoid changing cash at an airport or overseas ATMs as poor exchange rates and charges will cost their budget dearly.

 

 

For good quality self catering accommodation, wherever you decide to go, look at Villaseek and for holidays closer to home in the UK, Holiday Cottages.

 

 

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