A Blast from the Past

Looking back through our most popular previous listings, especially those that our readers had reported back with outstanding reviews, we decided to mention a few of them for those that may not have had the opportunity to explore them.

We have to firstly mention  Veliko Tarnovo – the Balkan capital of cultural tourism!

Tarnava Hotel is a beautiful Renaissance building dating back to the early 20th Century when it was the home of a wealthy merchant. Now, it has been fully restored to create a modern yet charming and characterful hotel.It is an ideal place for the visitor to Veliko Tarnovo to stay and explore the town and the region. Located in the heart of the old part of Veliko Turnovo, the hotel is only a short walk from the important medieval hill fortress Tsarevets, the Archeological Museum and many other places of interest. The rooms are furnished in the style of Bulgarian Renaissance, have ensuite bathroom (with bath and /or shower), cable TV, computer, internet and AC.
The hotel comprises : 2 luxury apartments, 1 luxury studio, 3 luxury king size rooms, 1 luxury double room, 2 king size rooms, 3 double rooms and 2 single rooms.
English, Greek, Italian, French and Russian are spoken. Tourist assistance for your stay in Veliko Turnovo and Bulgaria is available including a transport service.
The capacity of the hotel is for 22 – 25 guests. A meeting room is also available for business conferences.

Moving on to the Amparo Hotel, located in the centre of Cherepovets city. There are 19 guest rooms that combine a home comfort and all conveniences. All the rooms are air-conditioned; include well-lit desk with chair, cable television, minibars, wireless Internet access, direct-dial phones; daily room cleaning. Complimentary breakfasts “a la carte” are included at the room’s cost and are served at the Restaurant Amparo.
RESTAURANT AMPARO offers fusion cousine and a choice of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with a variety of teas, coffees and an extensive wine list. Hotel offers modern and fully equipped CONFERENCE ROOM. Its features are daylight, air conditioner, all necessary equipment, quick and comfortable environment. The Conference room provides space for up to 20 persons.
FREE SERVICES:
Parking, Taxi order, Information about railway and flight tickets, Flight tickets reservation (Air company “Sevestal”), Information about local places of interest and public transportation lines, Telephone directory & reference, Wi-Fi Internet Access in all rooms and public areas.
OTHER SERVICES:
– Copy works
– Facsimile facilities
– Printing facilities
– Railway tickets delivery
– Flight tickets delivery
– Individual excursion service
– Car rent is available at your request
– Airport / Train Station transfer at your request
– Conference room
– Restaurant
– Banquet facilities
– Room service
– Laundry facilities

Accommodation and Tours Provider in Cape Town, South Africa

Our European Hotels directory strives to keep our subscribers up to date with current trends and offers in but not only limited to Europe. We have recently partnered with Ashanti Lodge Travel in Cape Town to offer you the best advice on how to plan your safari in Cape Town. Get up close and personal with these curious and playful creatures. Experience an adventure while interacting with them in their own environment. Summer is here and it is the best time to go out and have fun in the ocean, as the seals are out in full force and they are most active during this time.

The Cape Fur Seal can be found around the South African Coast and they are unique in this area. They cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The only option is to pay a visit to Cape Town to experience this active underwater adventure. Hout Bay’s, Duiker Island is one of the best places to visit as it is home to a number of seals. The area is protected and falls under the Table Mountain National Park. When you visit, the seals are in their natural environment and will interact with any snorkeler or diver as they wish. This is what makes this experience so unique and popular, the seals are wild and free and you get to witness their playful antics in their own environment.

When is the best time to snorkel

The ideal time to snorkel is from September to May, but the best time is during mid-March and April. During this time you have your seal pups learning to swim and exploring their environment. The water in the area is very cold, so if you wish to have the water at its warmest then December to February is your best choice.

If you don’t wish to get wet there is always the option of watching from the boat and keeping dry, but what’s the fun in that? You must immerse yourself in the full experience to get the most enjoyment and fulfilment out.  If you can’t get in the water for some reason, most companies will offer a reduced rate if you stay in the boat.

Do you need experience

Knowing how to swim is a good start and if you suffer bad motion sickness, this might not be a good experience for you. If you are still adamant on going on the trip then you can take a motion sickness pill the evening before and on the morning to help you out. Ashanti Travel Centre and Backpackers in Cape Town are an established and reliable source if you are wanting to plan the best safari in South Africa.

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During your swim the ocean can be a bit choppy with small waves and the water is usually quite cold. The boat stays nearby so that if you need to get out and warm up, you can. This is why you should be able to swim quite confidently. Kids from 6 years of age to 16 can participate as long as there is an adult or guardian to supervise.

Provided equipment

All equipment is provided and this includes:

  • A wetsuit, gloves, mask and snorkel. The wetsuit is necessary because the water in the area is extremely cold.
  • Seal guide and an educational information. Always interesting to learn something new.
  • Snacks and some refreshments. Very much needed after your swim with the seals.
  • Hot water so you can pour this over your wetsuit after the activity
  • The boat ride is also included in the whole deal. This in itself is a great experience.

Start off the adventure with a short boat ride to the Island itself and get ready to slip into the water and enjoy an hour of swimming with the Seals. You can also sit back and watch the seals lazing in the sun on the rocks, just chilling.  The round trip usually lasts for about three hours, so the there is plenty of time to soak up all the fun.

If you are planning a getaway to South Africa or if you live in Cape Town and have not been to snorkel with the seals, then the time is right for you to take hold of this exciting opportunity.

Romantic Destinations in Africa

Africa is filled with an assortment of both hidden as well as, renowned romantic and adventurous getaways. Whether you are looking for the mystery of a desert location surrounded by an oasis of sandy dunes. Or if your soul is longing for a tropical island paradise, walking along a sunset beach lined with palm trees. The sound of the ocean rolling in your ear drums as you sleep. Africa has it all. Even a city filled with Arabian beauty and charm. The destinations below is guaranteed to bring out the romantic in you.

Pemba, Zanzibar

The island of Zanzibar is surrounded by the Indian Ocean where natives still use an age-old sailing vessel called a dhow. Discover Zanzibar is an agency that focuses solely on sourcing holiday packages and the cheapest Zanzibar accommodation. This little island is rich in tradition and radiates a romantic aura. The spice route is an activity which shouldn’t be missed. It’s a chance to get to know the people of Zanzibar as well as their customs and traditions. This is the perfect romantic beach island getaway. The turquoise sea and white washed sands goes hand in hand with magnificent sunset and marine life this mystic palm island has to offer. Guaranteed to win your heart. Head over to the Discover Zanzibar website to see the great offers they have on Zanzibar hotels.

Vamizi Island Mozambique, Quirimbas Archipelago

This romantic tropical island destination was voted the top 100 in the world. Surrounded by the magnificent Indian Ocean. This location is the perfect romantic getaway. Enjoy the stunning marine life this secluded island has to offer by partaking in various water activities. Spoilt with beauty, this extravagant beach setting will no doubt steal your heart.

The Namib Desert in Namibia

If isolation and serenity is what you seek. This dream-like desert location situated along the coast of Southern Africa is perfect for that much needed rejuvenation. This mysterious oasis full of beauty and intrigue makes it the perfect romantic destination. The rustic setting with its’ maroon coloured dunes will capture your inner soul.

Marrakech in Morocco

This Arabian gem oozes covert and cryptic adventure. Medina is a medieval walled city which goes as far back as the Berber Empire. The alleys are like thousands of mysterious mazes covered with people selling home-made items. This Arabian beauty of rose pink dawns makes for the perfect romantic rendezvous.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is famous and world renowned for their spectacular waterfalls of 1708 metres wide. The sound of the water is that of thunder when it comes crashing down to the gorge below. It is a magnificent site to behold. Certain to capture the heart of a true romantic.

Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania

Lake Tanganyika is a lake filled with freshwater. This stunning blue lake is surrounded by lush greenery and sand which is pearl white. A romantic stroll along the lake is all that is needed to enjoy this romantic setting.


 

Mauritius

Mauritius is an Island along the Indian Ocean in East Africa. This exotic little island is renowned for its’ spectacular beaches, and water features such as lagoons, and even their mystic reefs down below. You are guaranteed to be blown away by this radiant island.

Masai Mara in Kenya

Masai Mara is a National Reserve in Kenya. A Safari in this Reserve is sure to give you spectacular view of the Big 5 including the renowned migration of the wildebeest. Viewing this amazing occurrence out of a hot air balloon is a romantic experience on its own. This outdoor adventure is sure to grab at your heart strings.

Lake Malawi

This mystic location situated in Malawi, the heart of Africa, is perfect for those wanting a more rustic experience. Perfect for nature lovers. There are various water activities on offer which include scuba diving and snorkelling. A lovely romantic beach holiday.

A Real Gem hidden in the Cape

Our website aims to provide Europeans with top quality and unique accommodation experiences not only in Europe but all around the globe. A sober house in Cape Town that is offering a unique accommodation experience has recently been submitted to our directory and we are very excited to present it to our subscribers. What makes Scotswood Sober Living House in Cape Town so unique is mostly explained by it’s name. This beautifully refurbished old Cape farmhouse is nestled in the Constantia Valley in Cape Town on a picturesque and peaceful property. Scotswood is unique in that it provides a much needed sober environment for those travelers that prefer a more healthy and alcohol free environment in which to stay, and these places are few and far between. Scotswood is primarily intended as an accommodation option for those people in early recovery from alcohol or substance abuse and has a fairly stringent admission policy. However, it has become a trending and popular choice for travellers and holiday makers that are trying to maintain their sobriety and would prefer to be in a alcohol free and controlled environment. The sober house in Cape Town is splendidly furnished and offers a wide variety of amenities to it’s guests and residents. The establishment has been up and running for a couple of months now and has already accumulated several great reviews from previous guests and residents.  Scotswood is a family run business and is staffed by qualified staff with first hand experience in dealing with those having difficulty with alcoholism and addiction. Louisa Baronetti manages the day to running of Scotswood sober house, making sure that the guests and residents’ needs are being adequately catered for. For those that are making use of Scotswood for holiday accommodation purposes, the place is ideal. Dinners are provided for 6 nights per week but otherwise meals are self catered in the magnificently equipped communal kitchen. Constantia is centrally located on the Cape Peninsula within easy access to most of Cape Towns attractions. The Cape Winelands, Hout Bay harbor, the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Muizenberg beachfront, Table Mountain and the pristine Cape Point Nature Reserve are all within easy traveling distance from Scotswood. It does also cater for guests that are coming straight out of rehabilitation centers and looking for a safe place to stay, however these guests are required to qualify by meeting a strict admission policy.

Looking for something Special ?

Dryanovo is situated 24 km away from the Medieval Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo, 22 km away from the town of Gabrovo and its ethnographic complexes, 17 km away from Tryavna with its renaissance architectural ensembles and 34 km away from Sevlievo – the old Hotalich.
In Dryanovo region, and more specifically in the unique “Bacho Kiro” cave, were discovered one of the oldest traces of life on the Balkan Peninsula. The artifacts date back to the second part of the Old Stone Age (100 000 – 10 000 years B.C).Numerous remains of ancient villages, fortresses, pillars with inscriptions and ornaments from the time of the Thracians and the Second Bulgarian Kingdom (“The Town”,”Boruna”) were also discovered there.

Not far away, only 5 km westwards from the town of Dryanovo, is located The Dryanovo Monastery “St.Archangel Michael”. It was founded in the Middle Ages during the reign of king Kaloyan, after the relics of St.Michael Voin were carried from Potuka to Tarnovo (1197 – 1207).The procession stayed for one night near the river Dryanovska and according to the Christian canon a monastery had to be built on the holy place. Through the centuries Dryanovo Monastery turned into a center of Bulgarian culture and education.It played an important role in the preparation of the April Uprising.
The first evidence of a settlement place, called Dryanovo, is in a historical register from 1460.However,Byzantine chronicles mention the settlement first in 1186, at the end of the Byzantium rule, as a castle on the Strazhata plateau.

For the longest period the people from the town have been guardians of the Balkan Mountains passages and have supported the communications. As a gratitude, according to the tax registers of the Ottoman Empire from the second half of XV century, Dryanovo was defined as a “vakaf” (free of taxes hereditary land).Later on, in XVIII – XIX century, the town belongs ?o the provinces where the modern, European, political and cultural ide?s make their way the earliest.
Dryanovo became famous for its builders and wood-carvers. The author of the classical Bulgarian Renaissance architecture – the self-educated architect and master-builder Nikola Ivanov Fichev (Master Kolyu Ficheto,1800-1880) was born here.

Dryanovo… a town tucked away among the beautiful slopes of the Central Balkan Mountains, combines the romance of the past and the present. The town keeps its centuries-long traditions and cultural values, and is still developing as an administrative, economic, educational and cultural center.
In the very heart of the beautiful mountain town Dryanovo, the Park Hotel Dryanovo has opened doors to welcome its first guests. The hotel offers several different convivial settings for meeting, conferences and private functions, combined with excellent accommodations.

Each of 55 double rooms and 9 king-size bedrooms has air condition, cable TV, telephone, internet and mini bar in 8 suites.

Dryanovo is located approximately 25 km away from the old Bulgarian capital Veliko Tarnovo and Arbanassi, as well as from Gabrovo with its eco-friendly center Etara, Bojentsi and Tryavna. The Dryanovo monastery offers the casual visitors an insight into Bulgarian magnificent, sometimes tragic past.
But what really makes a visit to Park Hotel Dryanovo so special is the unique warmth and friendly attention.
When it comes to business, the Park Hotel Dryanovo offers a complete range of services, including audio visual equipment, as well as competitive delegate packages.
We offer 2 conference rooms. Varying in size to accommodate from 10 to 140 delegates, in the set – up of your choosing.
The sunny, 120 seat restaurant with a terrace, offers oven made specialties, Bulgarian national cuisine, pizza, a lot of culinary delights and perfect selection of unique Bulgarian wines.