Wednesday 26 May 2010

Holiday autos goes further for your holiday

Holiday Autos who have been featured on the holiday homes website for a number of years have just sent this information out, just in time for the summer holidays.

They go further in so many ways: You get more than just car hire here. Take a look. From van and motorhome hire to travel extras, from their price match guarantee, to their customer charter, we cover everything you need. And hot off the press, you can now get latest news and updates via Twitter.

Go to their website here to make your holiday autos car rental booking:

In London or going there? Spot the holiday autos taxi! They have been hard at work putting their little car all over london taxi cabs. And if you haven't noticed yet, you will! Next time you flag one down be sure to take a look.

eCar insurance helping to cut fuel & holiday costs

Just had an email from e car insurance.

The cost at the pumps have hit a record high and we’re now paying an average £1.21 a litre for unleaded. However, while we wait to see if the new coalition will reduce fuel prices, we have compiled a list of fuel saving hints and tips to offset the impact of sky-high fuel costs:

Pump up tyres - under inflated tyres makes your car work harder and use more fuel

Empty your boot - carrying unnecessary weight makes the car less efficient

Streamline your car - remove external racks when not required for less drag

Drive less - or share the commute with friends and colleagues

Get your car serviced - if you haven’t, it’s less likely to be operating at its most efficient.

Finally: Good value car Insurance: OK, not a petrol saving tip, but still a great way to cut motoring costs! Find out more here at

Are there going to be car hire shortages in the summer of 2010

In the summer of 2009 there were major problems for people trying to rent cars in popular locations in Europe. A major factor was because car hire companies had not taken on the normal levels of vehicles.

It looks like prices are increasing to cut down on demand in some destinations. Could we be in for serious shortage problems again this year, or will higher prices with personal travel budget restrictions meant people won't rent a car on holiday?

View full aricle here at:

Monday 24 May 2010

Dogs no longer welcome at The Ferry Cookham

The Ferry pub and restautant at Cookham, Berkshire used to be a great place to go and have lunch at outside on the terrace overlooking the River Thames. We would park the car near the Spade Oak pub near Bourne End and walk across the single track railway line, past Bourne End Marina and over the bridge through the riverside fields to The Ferry.

It was great and even in winter so we could sit outside (as naturally dogs are not allowed inside) and staff even put on the electric heaters. Last Saturday we did the same walk on a very hot May day. We had not been there for several months and walked onto the terrace with our dog. We were politely told that we could not being the dog onto the terrace. Apparently the management at The Ferry had banned dogs about a month ago as a result of complaints from customers. We were told we could sit at a table near the front door, however there was no sun umbrella there and it was hot.

In the end we were able to tie her up to railing at one side that dogs can still stand (or sit in) and they do still however provide bowls of water for your dog as well. Whilst there another couple cam along with their dog and opted for the hot seats and table near the front door in the car park.

It does seem a shame that the people running this delightful place should take this attitude to dogs. I recollect that there were always other dogs when we used to go there and obviously they are doing what we did, attaching their dogs to the railings. The food and drink is still naturally good, but is does seem a shame that some of the former guests are now being banned. Hopefully this was not because of rowdy behaviour or being drunk.

This was probably never happen in France where it is perfectly normal to bring small to medium size dogs into restaurants and actually indoors.
Maybe the Ferry at Cookham management don't like dogs. Hopefully sometime they will have a change of thought.

See also: as there are others who are not happy with the situation, Hope you listen to your customers views, Ferry at Cookham

Cama Roca, Villaverde, Near Corralejo Fuerteventura Canary Islands

This exceptional country detached property was added to the website yesterday (23rd May 10)

It Offers:
3 Bedrooms - Comprising of 3 spacious double bedrooms. The master bedroom being on the second floor and has its own en-suite bath/shower room and balcony. All rooms have either fitted wardrobes or separate wardrobes. This property is available for 2 or up to 6 persons.

There are two bathrooms. One as ensuite with master bedroom and the second a family bathroom. All fully tiled and fitted to a high standard.

The kitchen is a fully fitted and equipped modern kitchen. Complete with all modern appliances, ceramic hob, oven, fridge freezer. There is a spacious utility room off the kitchen with washing machine and freezer. There is also an utility room with washing machine and freezer.

The Living Room features walls and corner fire place gives this living room the Spanish country villa feel. With plenty of comfortable seating, garden views and good quality furnishings in both living and dining area. Dining table seating for 6 persons. Patio doors from both the living and dining areas.

Cleaning: Linen and towels are provided and are laundered once per week. Additional services are available (mid-week clean and laundry, daily maid service).

Amenities: A heated oval swimming pool, Jacuzzi spa, pool table, B’b’Q with preparation area, half covered conservatory with plenty of seating. Large well stocked garden in which to enjoy on the sun beds. Gated drive area and covered parking bay. Many top quality yet affordable local restaurants, baker, café/pizza take a way, supermarket, furnishing store, church, bus service in the village.

Additional Info: Fuerteventura boasts some of the finest surf beaches and lagoons in the canaries, the famous Corralejo sand dunes are 10 mins drive from Villaverde and El Cotillo lagoon beaches and the desolate white sandy beaches of the north coast only 15 mins drive. There are the best Restaurants in Villaverde is still remarkably inexpensive. El Horno and Casa Marcus, and Mahoh Restaurant. All have gained awards for their superb menus. There are also 2 superbly stocked supermarkets. La Rosita museum and the Lava Tube are both situated on the outskirts of Villaverde. New shopping centres have recently opened in both Correlajo and Puerto del Rosario. Golf is available in Caleta de Fuste, Las Playitas and Morro Jable in the south. Many new cultural centres have opened to promote the island’s Mahon culture.

The property itself is approached by private gates that lead into the sweeping gravel frontage of the villa. A covered and sheltered parking area with space for up to 2 other cars. A car is essential to see and explore the island, if you are looking for one why not try Holiday Autos at

For more information on this great holiday property go to the website at

Finally don't forget your travel insurance

7 villas at Agios Nikitas in Lefkas Greece

Idilli villas presents seven brand-new properties that have been built with pools on the outskirts of the charming resort of Agios Nikitas in Lefkas. These properties have just been addrd to the website this morning.

Located in the Greek Island of Lefkas, full details can be found at:

Here is a brief description:

Idilli villas have their own private space and patios and are situated in different levels with each other. Perched on the rocky peninsula, they enjoy spectacular sea views right in front of the villas! Set in a peaceful location, yet only a walking distance from the village centre where you will find a selection of shops, bars and tavernas, where you can sit and relax while enjoying some local fare and the low key nightlife!

Please note that all villas are equipped to the highest standards with individual barbeques, air-condition, fully equipped kitchen facilities, satellite TV’s, nice furniture and excellent built quality! There are huge balconies in all premises and a number of private shaded relaxing areas around the houses. Parking space is provided before entering the villas in order to avoid traffic and noise.

Finally don't forget your travel insurance

Wednesday 19 May 2010

Looks like Stena HSS is running again from Wales to Ireland

Looking at the Stena Line website it appears that the HSS Stena Explorer (pictured left) will be in operation from Wednesday 26th May.

The service was cut at the start of 2010 with the fast ferry resting in Holyhead. At the time Stena announced on their website it was being refitted, but appears taken out of service till the summer schedule was effective.

A couple of years ago the HSS crossed the Irish Sea from Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire and then it was cut back to once a day. The time of the crossing was increased to save fuel. Stena started to use the much smaller Stena Express that is used on the Fishguard to Rosslare route in the summer. The only problem is like the Irish Ferries small fastcraft, whenever the sea was rather rough the service did not operate.

Unfortunately there are only two companies operating on the Dublin/Dun Laoghaire - Holyhead rounte so not too much competion. This means prices are very high. The ferry companies charge per passenger and this can be expensive. Unlike the ferries travelling to France from Britain and Ireland, they don't charge for pets, so you can bring several dogs and cats for no extra charge!

Taking an example of a family of two adults and 3 children crossing over to Ireland on the HSS Stena Explorer on Thursday 27th May and returning on Monday 31st May travelling economy class it would cost £342 + credit card charge. This is the same price as the conventional ferry that is meant to be cheaper.

To make a return trip on the same days from Dover to Calais by Sea France would cost £107.00. This of course is a shoter crossing, however there is a lot of competion for the Dover/Calais/Boulogne route including the Channel Tunnel so prices are very competitive.

Ireland and France are both in the Eurozone and a lot of commodities are much cheaper in France like accommodation and drink than they are in Ireland. Straight away the family going to France will be some £235 better off. Car ferry costs are low.

Ireland needs the tourists, ok you can fly there and possibly get a good car hire deal. You still have to get to your local airport and pay transport or parking. You can of course take the family dog to Ireland by car and you don't need a passport for him/her either.

However that Irish Sea is costly and whatsmore the ferries are not often full (except when flights are disrupted because of volcanic ash problems or at peak times in the summer or Christmas) so why don't Stena Line and Irish Ferries do an all in price for a car and passengers and cut the prices so there are more people on board, buying food in the restaurants, drinks in the bars and goods in the shops. Passengers would benefit and tourism increase in Ireland and Britain from the two way traffic.

Let us know what you think by replying to this blog.

Holiday rental at Fethiye Turkey

Whether you are thinking of going to the Turkish Grand Prix on the 30th May bank holiday weekend or later on in the summer, it is now time to find a self catering holiday rental in Turkey. have a great selection to choose from in Turkey and this stunning 2 bedroom apartment has just been added earlier today.

•Sleeps up to 4
•2 bedrooms
•3 bathrooms
•Washing machine
•Satellite TV
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Shops nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby

This Villa apartment with mountain views and shared pool is set back just off the main Olu Deniz beach road, enjoying a panoramic view of the Taurus mountain range, and with a pine fragrant back-drop, this small private complex also enjoys a traditional Turkish farm just in front of the terrace on the lower road level.

The local dolmus bus stops just outside the main gates to take you to the main beach or blue lagoon, both are just minutes away. the historical market town of Fethiye lies in the opposite direction, easily reached by dolmus. on the laid back beach front you will find plenty of trendy restaurants and selective bars, shops galore on the main street and paragliders coming in every direction to land on the beach front. In the village of Hisaronu, just walking distance from the property, yet far enough away from any noise, bars, restarants, shops and night life line the main street, giving you lots of variety to idle the evenings away.

The property enjoys a superb communal swimming pool, with easy access steps, and small infants pool.

The area is full of natural historic interest. Fethiye dates back to the 6th century BC, rock tombs in the east of the town are lit up by night. Dalyan is famous for the mud baths, and Turtle beach, Lycian tombs are etched into the rock face.Tlos is dominated by its acroplis, complete with a Roman ampitheatre.

Para Glidding, water sports and boat trips all take place on the beach front of Olu Deniz, paddle boats are popular on the Lagoon area. Mountain biking, horse riding and walking on the Lycian way to view many of the Lycian ancient settlements.

For more information visit this page

Monday 17 May 2010

Rental appartment for Cannes Film Festival

A One bedroomed apartment in private domain - Eva at Cannes la bocca has just been added to the site.

It offers:

•1 bedroom
•1 bathroom
•Washing machine
•Air conditioning
•Shared pool
•Beach nearby
•Bars nearby
•Restaurants nearby
•Internet access
•Close to airport

One bedroomed bottom floor apartment for a couple in a private guarded domain with swimming pools and opposite the Cannes Mandelieu beach. The apartment is tastefully furnished and comprises a double bedroom, shower room with washbasin, separate wc, kitchen and living room which overlook the furnished terrace and two minute walk from the shared swimming pools and the public beach just outside the domain.

The apartment is in an excellent position away from teh husle and bustle of the large towns but within in easy distance of Italy, Monaco, Nice airport, Cannes, Mandlieu and St Tropez which can be reached by road or by boat (from Cannes).

In the privately gated domain there are three pools of various sizes for all ages surrounded with chaises longues and literraly opposite the domain there is the mediterannean sea with sandy beach which runs the length from Cannes to Mandelieu. Parascending,water skiing, scuba diving and boat hire facilities are available along the coastline.

More information at:

Sunday 16 May 2010

New holiday rentals scam

17th May 2010. that long established self catering holiday rentals advertising site received the following email from a client this morning:

"Warning new scam email"

Hi please could you warn your property owners of a new scam... an email is received asking to hire property for a number of newly ordained Greek priests. Somebody named Andy Halford says he will give his credit card details to pay the deposit, but also wants you to pay a large sum for translator fees.

Please be warned this is a scam. Once the transfer is done, before the credit card company can check his card is default, communication is lost and you are left with the liability.

This is a problem that of course has been going on for years. We have created a few pages on the subject at

  • Never accept payment from someone who wants you to arrange additional services like translators fees, purchase a bike, or pay for their air travel.
  • Never accept a payment in excess of the cost of the stay, if you, don't return any balance till the original credit has finally cleared as otherwise you will find you have fallen for the scam and will be out of pocket.

    For more information visit:

Friday 14 May 2010

68th Monaco Grand Prix 2010

According to a report in yesterday's edition of The Monaco Times ......

The Grand Prix circus rolled into town on Monday, straight from the Spanish event which was won in fine style by the Aussie Mark Webber for Red Bull Racing. Petrol heads have four days of (almost) non-stop action ahead of them starting today in the streets of Monaco, culminating with the Formula One race on Sunday.

This is the one they all want to win. Physically and mentally demanding, the tortuous city circuit with its famous Spéluges hairpin bend is deemed the most challenging of them all. Drivers have to stay focused for 78 laps (circuit length: 3.340 km) over a total distance of 260.520 km. Yes, it is shorter than all the others whose circuits are over 300 km (50 to 60 laps) but the narrowness of the streets, the tightness of the turns and the proximity of the colourful crowds combine to create an extraordinary tension.

Adding spice to the season is the decision to ban refuelling during the race, which has shifted the focus onto tyre strategy leading to some thrilling climaxes in rain-affected races (notably Australia and Shanghai) with drivers on older tyres holding off faster cars on newer ones. British driver Jenson Button, driving for McLaren, has done best in the rain so far this season, when it comes to what tyres to use, which has given him the edge. He currently leads the championship.

The Milton Keynes-based Red Bull Racing team of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have raced superbly on dry tracks but their cars struggle to perform so well in the rain. With showery cloudy weather forecast for today and Friday, brightening up for the all important grid qualification sessions on the Saturday and the F1 race on the Sunday, anything could happen.

Traffic chaos: inevitably there is bound to be disruption on the roads over the four days as the circuit is closed all day Thursday, half day Friday, and all day Saturday and Sunday. Local buses, the Nice Airport-Monaco-Menton bus and the Nice bus station-Menton bus station via the Basse Corniche 100 are all forced to take slightly different routes, so be prepared. The best bet is to take the train as extra services are added to the schedule, especially on the Sunday to ease road congestion.

There are still tickets available from the Automobile Club stands (Place d’Armes and bottom of rue Grimaldi). Prices have changed little in the last four years for the 20,000+ seats which range from about 250 up to 450 euros (85 euros to go up on the Rock overlooking the port). According to the Automobile Club sales this year have remained stable, although they were down 20 per cent in 2009 compared to 2008. (Source Monaco Times)

What a difference in the ticket price from The Historic Monaco Grand Prix on the 1st and 2nd of May. Here you paid €35 euros on the Sunday and €25 on the Saturday with youngsters under 15 going free if accompanied by an adult.

The programme for the four days of the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix looks like this:

BBC Television covers the Formula 1 practise sessions, qualifying and the race and the Thursday sessions below were shown on the "Red button" intercative service. The weather yesterday was dry and sunny. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is partly cloudy on Saturday around 18 degrees ans sunny on Sunday around 19 degrees. Not excactly a heatwave, but at least dry as the region has had a lot of rain this year.

Thursday 13 May Circuit closed from 7am to 6.30pm

8.30am to 9.15am –practice session Renault 3.5

10am to 11.30am – 1st practice session F1

12 noon to 12.30pm – practice sessions GP2

2pm to 3.30pm – 2nd practice session F1

4.15pm to 4.45pm – qualifying sessions GP2

5.20pm to 6.05pm - practice sessions Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup

Friday 14th May Circuit closed 7am to 1.30pm

9.30am to 10.15am – Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup (qualification sessions)

11.15am to 12.30pm – GP2 1st race (45 laps or 75 minutes)

Saturday 15th May Circuit closed 6am to 7pm

7.45am to 8.45am – Pit stop sessions F1

9am to 9.25am – Renault 3.5 qualifying session Series A

9.30am to 9.55am – Renault 3.5 qualifying session Series B

11am to 12 noon – 3rd practice session F1

2pm to 3pm – qualifying sessions F1

4pm to 4.50pm – GP2 second race (25 laps or 45 minutes)

Sunday 16th May Circuit closed 7am to 7pm

9.45am to 10.20am – Porsche Mobil SuperCup (6 laps or 30 minutes)

11.10am to 12 noon – Renault 3.5 (25 laps or 45 minutes)

12.30pm – driver parade F1

2pm – 68th Grand Prix de Monaco (78 laps or 2 hours)

Should be great to watch either live at Monaco or via your TV with broadcasters like BBC (No ads! brilliant) TF1, Setanta Ireland, RTL and loads more

1. Mark Webber
2. Sebastian Vettel
3. Robert Kubica
4. Felipe Massa
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Fernando Alonso
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Adrian Sutil

The first Grand Prix was raced in 1929 at a time when the world championship did not exist. The race was held for the next eight years before the Second World War broke out and interrupted the racing calendar. Three more races took place between 1948 and 1952 before Monaco became a permanent fixture in the racing calendar and one of the most spectacular.

Wednesday 12 May 2010

Staysure Holiday Money Delivers On Price Direct To Your Door

In times of financial hardship even those with a healthy bank balance whether through prudence or good fortune not only want value for money but insist upon it. With this in mind Staysure has stepped up to the plate again teaming up with HiFX the foreign currency experts to provide Staysure Holiday Money.

Although things could be better the recent interest rate cut by the Bank of England has thrown a lifeline to many borrowers, however there appears to be no respite for savers who have seen interest from investments / savings dwindle only to be compounded by the poor performance of sterling against the euro. Therefore the last thing travellers want to do is to unnecessarily line the pockets of the banks already awash with tax payer's pounds, by paying unfavourable currency exchange rates and commissions.

Over the last five years Staysure has built a reputation for providing low cost, high quality insurance products specifically designed for over 50's, yet available to all ages from 0-85 and is one of the few to cover 99% of pre-existing medical conditions including several serious illnesses with the introduction of medical screening. Therefore it comes as no surprise that they have now added foreign currency to their repertoire, saving customers up to 4% on bank exchange rates and charging no commission. What's more when ordering over £500 they provide next day delivery direct to your door for free.

All Staysure products are available online at and to accommodate their less computer savvy clients a team of advisors on-hand 7 days a week for those who prefer to purchase their products by telephone.

Olivia Skeen Marketing Manager of stated "Our customers don't just look for the lowest prices they expect value for money, which is why we are always striving to provide the best products, service and savings. With the introduction of Holiday Money we can offer currency at the best rates, without commission and save clients the inconvenience of collecting cash from the airport or bank. Why pay more, when you don't need to?"

If you are looking for Staysure Travel Insurance visit:

If you are looking for Staysure Holiday Home insurance visit:

Tuesday 11 May 2010

Having difficulty letting your holiday rental in 2010?

Has the downturn of the world economy finally caught up with the self catering holiday rentals business?

2010 could prove to be a difficult year. At we are still seeing a lot of copy email enquiries going to property owners, however some of the feedback from owners is that it is quieter than usual.

We received an email a couple of days ago from an advertiser in Portugal who looks after several properties saying that there was not so much interest in larger properties and that the enquires for apartments were increasing.

Another owner who has holiday rents in England has reported that 2010 is certainly much quieter than last year.

People have concerns about jobs and flight disruption. British Airways cabin crew are planning more strikes later in May and the Volcanic ash problem from Iceland is not blowing away.

Many holiday makers maybe looking at last minute bookings this year and if you have a self catering holiday rental do consider the rental price you are marketing it at. If the prices are too high, you won't get the visitors. Be competitive.

Look out for cheaper alternatives to advertise your holiday rental with. Newspapers and magazines have a very short lifespan - perhaps a few days or even a month and can be very expensive as well.

Consider the Internet. That too can be expensive with some companies charging over £100 for an annual advertisement plus lots of add on fees for web links etc. At we have been around since 2001. We have a well established web site and supplementary web sites and we only charge £11.75 per year including VAT.

There are no booking fees or additional charges for photos, links or live telephone numbers.

For further information follow this link

Holiday Rentals in Corsica Wanted the holiday homes advertising website that has been in operation since 2001 is urgently looking for advertisers of self catering rentals in Corsica.
Corsica is a very popular destination with holiday makers and were emailed yesterday by one of the owners of an advertised property to say "I have an advert for a villa in Corsica - which has been successfully
advertised on your web site for a number of years. I have now sold the villa
and wish to remove the advert as I am getting several enquiries
many thanks"
Advertising on is not expensive...far from it is exceptionally good value at £11.75 [including VAT](around €13.65) per year or at under 23p per WEEK (approx 20 cents).
What else could you spend that amount on? A paperback book, possibly 3 bottles of wine, but certainly not more than one week's advertising in a national UK Sunday paper.
The advertisement is there all year 24/7 365 with as much description as the advertiser can put in, siz colour photos and a link to the advertiser's web site.

There are no booking or finders fees so all the rental income goes to the property owner.
For more information take a look at the advertising information page at
We look forward to hearing from you and other owners of self catering holiday rentals.

Monday 10 May 2010

French Internet Connections

If you own a holiday home in France and need Internet and email access, you can take regular trips to the local internet cafe or look for other alternatives.

For many years I used a free dial up service. It was of course a lot slower than broadband and blocked the telephone line, but the service was good. I used Tiscali and then Tiscali in France was taken over by Alice. All went well for a couple of years till I tried to log on at the end of 2009. No service.

I did a Google search for people's experiences using dial up in France and found out that as Alice had been taken over by Free, the "free dial up service" had ended one day in November. No longer Free and I was stuck in Internet wonderland that was not so great.

I had to use a dial up service in the UK which was very expensive and decided to get the French equivalent of broadband.

As the telephone line was with France Telecom, I was advised to get an Orange Internet system. I was able to apply on line back in England and fell down at the mobile phone contact. I had p[reviously let my French "nomad" / pay as you go sim card expire and the online application will not work with an UK mobile number.

A family friend in France offered his one and knew about the situation.

The "Livebox" (pictured above) was meant to have been posted out and that is difficult when you are not always in residence, so in March went into the local Orange shop. I was told the box would be in the post and explainmed that we were only staying a few days. They had also told us codes would be posted out and as the phone bills came to England, I said would the Livebox come there as well? At that point the representative feared that could actually happen so went to the back of the shop and got a brand new Livebox out.
After a brief discussion as to what might happen if the original Livebox that should have been posted out actually arrives was told don't worry, even if it arrives next year, just return it to them!

The installation should have been straightforward had the letter arrived with passwords and codes, however after and hour on the helpline a member of the family was able to obtain sufficient information to get the system working.

Sometime after returning to England, I received a phone bill for the new system. Unfortunately this could not be paid via direct debit as they could not transfer the old details from FT to Orange. If you did not pay within so many days you could be penalised. I could not pay on line as I needed the "missing" password.

As I was off to France in late April I decided to sort it all out at the local Orange shop. I turned on the computer and immediately had access to the Internet and emails. Excellent. What was not so good was we could no longer make or recive telephone calls as the phone no longer had a dialling tone but an engaged tone.
The people at the Orange shop were very helpful. No they could not take a payment for the phone bill, but gave out a small leaflet that had the phone number of English speaking assistance.
They are very helpful, I was able to pay the phone bill over the phone by credit card and ask why the answer phone no longer works.
I was told I must plug any phones into the bag of the Livebox to make them work. If I wanted to use the old phone sockets this would cost around €15 a month extra.

Basically it means if you have phone wires around the house they are useless as you have to arrange for hidden wires to be installed from the location of the Livebox. This is somewhat crazy, but you can live with thin in a holiday home, but it is a shame we had new tiles put down on the floor a short while back as otherwise we could have had more wires hidden.

To sum up we have Internet now, the telephone line is not so clear and you have strange noises at the same time as the dialling tone. The green lights on the Livebox tend to go out from time to time ( I don't think they are very good router units) and the Internet fails and of course the phone. If there is a power cut, forget the phone as it will now only work when the Livebox is switched on.
If I was living in France permantly I think I would rather have a more reliable system.
If you have any experiences, let us know via this blog

Newsletter from The Algarve Portugal May 10

Just had this newsletter in from The Algarve in sunny Portugal. According to the 10 day weather forecast for Faro, next weekend (21st May onwards) will be sunny with temperatures reaching some 24 degrees. Sounds Tempting doesn't it?

Are you a party of two or a party of twenty-two? The local agents has been working with for many years has something for everyone, from luxury apartments to spacious townhouses and of course hundreds of different sized fabulous villas to choose from. Allow them to offer you a selection of ideas for this year’s well earned holidays.

A careful selection of luxury apartments and townhouses centrally located and suiting those who do not wish a car hire. Vilamoura and Albufeira Marinas are very popular but you may wish to consider Vale do Lobo, Carvoeiro or Lagos. All offer a large shared pool and extensive gardens.
The villas range from 2 bedrooms up to 11 bedrooms. Larger villas are normally booked up in advance for the peak season. They can offer two villas next door to each other in this case.

There is an excellent selection of properties to choose from some 145 or more and all you have to do is to go to You then select an area or use the Advanced Search facilty.

Once you have made your selection don't forget your car hire. holiday autos have some great deals, but you need to book early by following this link.

You can arrange car hire excess insurance at and your travel insurance at

Travel insurance is most important with all the Volcanic ash problem this year. This last weekend there have been delays and cancellations to and from Portugal.

Enjoy a late spring or summer holiday in the Algarve.

Wednesday 5 May 2010

Freak waves cause havoc in the Nice area

Massive waves have hit the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes causing major material damage to the densely-populated coast on Tuesday afternoon 4th May. The freak weather struck as the region is preparing to host the 63rd Cannes Film Festival.

Freak waves battered the southern French coast between Menton to La Ciotat on Tuesday afternoon, causing major damage to beach constructions only a few days before the Cannes film festival is set to begin.

There were ten metre-high waves battering the coastline, leaving one woman with a fractured leg and causing major material damage. The unusual weather cost the life of a 20-year-old woman who was swept away near the lighthouse on Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat.

In Cannes, some 20 restaurants were damaged and several cars overturned. The picture above is of a restaurant - la Gougouline at Cagnes sur Mer. The restaurant was severly damaged in the bad weather on the 1st January this year.

In Nice, not only the beaches were closed but also part of its famous Promenade des Anglais.
The timing of the natural disaster – days before the opening of the tourist season – could spell economic disaster for the French Riviera. In Nice and Cannes, a state of natural catastrophe has been declared to speed up compensation claims for beach front restaurants, some of whom were forced to watch as 6-metre waves carried their sun loungers and other equipment out to sea, just days before the Film Festival and Grand Prix season.

In Cannes, an 11-year-old Australian girl was rescued from a catamaran which broke free from its mooring. Over 1,000 cruise liner passengers had to be driven by coach from Villefranche-sur-Mer to Toulon as the sea was too rough for them to return to the ship by tender.

It took over 2 hours to travel by road from Nice to the outskirts of Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday evening. At least the road was open whereas the carriageway nearer the sea was closed. This was for traffic heading towards Nice. Fortunately it was closed as in January this year heavy debris from the sea was being thrown onto the road.

According to a report on the Riviera Radio website on the 6th May "Beach clean-up operation - Across the Riviera, a massive clean-up operation is underway following Tuesday’s 6-metre waves which wrecked beaches and seafront restaurants from Menton to La Ciotat.

The mayor of Nice is meeting with beach bar bosses today and has promised to speed up the process of compensation. A state of natural catastrophe has been declared in Nice and Cannes and restaurant owners away from the coast are showing solidarity by lending equipment to their devastated colleagues, such as cutlery, furniture and washing machines.

The president of the PACA region has promised a million euros in aid for affected establishments, many of whom had recently invested thousands in new materials for the start of the season. With the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix both attracting hundreds of thousands of people to the Riviera next week, the disastrous phenomenon could not have come at a worse time for the local tourism industry."

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