Lake Garda - The largest of the Italian lakes, Lake Garda enjoys a sheltered position and a warm, balmy climate - a seductive combination for a relaxing holiday.
Beautiful towns and villages hug the lake shore, all with their own amazing charm and breathtaking scenery. Framed by the Dolomite Mountains, the landscape is rich and diverse, from the dramatic mountainous backdrops of the northern villages to the pretty promenades along the southern shores.
The heady scent of lemons in the air is as tantalising, as the towns and villages of Lake Garda are beautiful. A holiday on Lake Garda offers a dazzling array of opportunities. Families are well catered for, particularly in the resorts of Peschiera and Sirmione which provide easy access to Gardaland, one of the most popular theme parks in Europe. There are lots of lakeside pathways suitable for families with pushchairs, while those who prefer more challenging hiking terrain will be spoilt for choice with all the walking and cycling trails throughout the mountains.
Lake Garda is also an ideal destination for couples, with breathtakingly beautiful scenery and elegant resorts such as Malcesine, where ancient castles and lakeside palazzos provide the perfect backdrop for a wedding, or just a place to stroll around hand in hand on a romantic break.
Lake Garda; August 8 ex Dublin, 3 star Hotel Bristol, €669pp B&B basis. For more information visit http://classifieds.advertiser.ie/1187412
Tunisia is situated on the northernmost point of Africa. Within the subtropical zone of the Mediterranean, Tunisia’s climate is a mixture of Mediterranean and African. Discover this hospitable land of colours and contrasts, spices and scents, and enjoy its natural beauty and exotic blend of people and scenery.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Tunisia, white sand and clear waters await, so get packing. Many of the beaches offer a variety of watersports, from jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing, scuba diving to the more relaxed pedaloe. Travellers can also enjoy horse and camel riding on many beaches.
Tunisia manages to balance traditional Islamic culture with modernity. The age old traditions and customs of Tunisian life are still very much present for those who wish to seek them out. You can find your fill of blue sky, sandy beaches, history and heritage all in the one place. There are several historic visits worth visiting including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; the amphitheatre of El Jem and the roman ruins of Dougga.
For golf enthusiasts Tunisia offers many fine courses including El Kantaoui, Yasmine and more. Or perhaps take a Sahara trips, ranging from a couple of hours camel ride to overnight adventures. Take a traditional Turkish bath (hammam ) or enjoy the medinas of the larger towns, which are great places to shop and be prepared to haggle! There are also workshops and stores where you can buy items at fixed prices should the medina method not suit.
Tunisia; July 3 ex Dublin, 2 star Mahmoud Residence Hotel, €399pp. For more information visit http://classifieds.advertiser.ie/1187413