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Montenegro A New Option For a Family Holiday

Montenegro: A New Option For a Family Holiday

Montenegro is a proud Balkan gem that is slowly but steadily growing into one of the major touristic hotspot along the Adriatic. Having shaken the tarnish of its ties to Serbia during the long conflicts that embroiled Yugoslavia’s former republic, this young nation is offering the world an ultra glamorous touristic destination.

Its plate is full of remarkable attractions that will have families enchanted and looking forward for the next holiday to come back for more. It offers unspoilt glacial lakes, striking ancient walled cities, lush alpine peaks, an incredible coastline and the gorgeous Black Mountains from which the name is derived Montenegro. Here are some of the best places to visit with on your family holidays in Montenegro.

TARA CANYON

The Tara Canyon is one of the world’s deepest canyons and should be on any traveler’s checklist in Montenegro. While most people never seem to leave the stunning coastline, a little adventure for your family would be worthwhile. During summer the river is a little friendlier to rafters as it is calmer giving you an opportunity to navigate safely without worrying about safety.  You will enjoy beautiful sceneries as you raft and stop over along the 18 km of river as you stop over along your journey to swim and recharge your energy with local cuisine.

LAKE SKADAR

Take your family high up the mountains to enjoy the beautiful sceneries and the tranquil ambience of the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula. It is surrounded by dramatic Karst Mountains reflected in the mirrored waters. Its rocky shores and wetlands play host to a myriad of wildlife with more than 260 species of birds, traditional fishing villages, islet monasteries and pristine beaches. The lake is in a preserved national park and it offers a refreshing opportunity to dip and cool off in its fresh waters.

When not enjoying swimming or kayaking on the lake you can wander off to the mountains and discover the wildlife found there, from brightly colored lizards to wild boars and even wolfs. The mountain vegetation is famous for its medicinal value.

PODGORICA

Podgorica is the amazing capital of Montenegro; it is rich in history and culture that evident with its numerous historical sites. Though most people would prefer to head directly to the stunning beaches once they land in Podgorico, a little exploration of this city of contrasts would be worthwhile. Medun is one of the oldest settlements in Podgorica and its charms its visitors with its physical beauty and rich traditions. It is an ideal location to stroll with your family as you explore its survival after years of different civilizations.

Duklija is one of the most significant Roman towns in Podgorica and is a place that is so rich in history that once you step in it you travel back in time to over twenty centuries back. Ancient remains of temples, spas, necropolises and forums help you picture what life must have been like in this place. It is also on this place that Podgorica was founded.

Montenegro A New Option For a Family Holiday

 

3 Great Choices for a Family Villa Holiday in Portugal

Portugal is a beautiful place to visit, with amazing beaches, stunning cities and plenty to see and do. Families often want to escape the stress of daily life and go and relax in the sunshine in their own villa, and we’ve chosen three great places to do just that. There are loads of villas in Portugal to rent, so you won’t have trouble finding the perfect choice for you:

The Algarve

Tourists flock to the Algarve for its amazing beaches, mountain backdrop and family friendly things to see and do. If you just want to laze on the beach then you have some of Europe’s best beaches at your disposal, but if you want to get more active then head up into the hills and you’ll be greeted with some beautiful vistas.

Lisbon

Portugal’s capital might not be the first place that springs to mind for a villa holiday, but there are plenty of options of beautiful properties to stay in close to the city. Spend the day relaxing by the pool and then combine that with a city break to explore the cosmopolitan capital.

Madeira

Madeira is another popular hotspot for tourists, with more of Portugal’s best beaches and plenty of activity in the surrounding area to keep you busy. Stay in villas with panoramic vies of the local area and you will feel like you’ve hit the jackpot.

 

Quirky Ways to Travel the UK as a Family

The UK is a fantastic place to explore as a family, with lots of things to see and a huge variety as well. Whether you want to get involved in the hustle and bustle of London’s tourist hub, or escape to the hills in the Yorkshire Dales, there is something for everyone’s taste.

There are many ways to get around the UK, and given the fact it isn’t too big you can cover it from head to toe if you don’t mind a bit of travel. If you want to do that, then why not make the journey itself a little more interesting to spice up the ride. Below are 3 more interesting ways to travel the UK beyond your usual car or public transport:

Campervan

For families on a budget who want to explore the UK from top to bottom, a campervan is a great way to do so. There are lots of places in the UK with campervans for hire which you can take off in and explore every corner of this beautiful land. Just pick your destination and you can roll up whenever you want and sleep wherever you choose.

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Canal Boats

Britain is intersected by canals and waterways across the whole country so you can set off from the north and steadily sail down to the English Channel, taking in all the beautiful countryside and English villages along the way. Travelling by canal boat is a great way to explore the British Isles.

Microlight

For families lucky enough to have a luxury budget to work with, you can travel by microlight from London to the Isle of Wight. This is a pricey option, but will give you amazing views of the city from above and the journey over the south coast.