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Friday, March 21, 2014

Round the Corner — Holiday Destinations Just a Hop From Ireland

Holidays are a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with your friends. If you’re catching up with a buddy who lives in another country for a short break, a great idea is to meet in the middle. This way, neither of you has to travel too far and you can spend more time together.

The destination you select for your vacation depends on where you’re setting off from. If your pal’s arranging their last minute holidays from Ireland, perhaps a European city or coastal resort would be ideal. Of course, Ireland itself has lots of attractions, including prehistoric monuments at Brú na Bóinne, the rugged terrain of County Donegal, the monastic ruins of Glendalough and Clonmacnoise and the bright lights of its capital Dublin.

Breaking in the Cities
However, the European mainland also has its tempting holiday options. You’ve got the traditional tourist hotspots that you can explore, of course, such as Paris, Rome and Barcelona. However, if you fancy something a little different, the Hungarian capital of Budapest might catch your eye. Easy to access, this metropolis is bursting with architecture. While there, you can stay in historic hotels such as the former prime minister’s residence Bródy House or the ex-aristocratic palace Hotel Palazzo Zichy. There’s no shortage of watering holes in this city and you should check out the many garden bars on offer, just for the experience. You can also relax in Budapest’s famous thermal baths.

For sheer natural beauty, though, it’s going to take something special to top Iceland. You can spend some time in the buzzing capital of Reykjavik or, if you fancy getting away from it all, head to the north of country. Iceland’s second city Akureyri is easily reached by a short connecting flight and from here you can check out the impressive sea life on the island of Grímsey. You might even get to see the Northern Lights.

Joining in the Beach Boom
If you and your friend simply want to chill out on the beach, a resort on Albania’s Adriatic coast is a rewarding option. The country has 380 miles of coastline and seaside villages galore. Many people are expecting a tourism boom here, so now may be one of your last chances to see the area in all its natural beauty.

For all out relaxation in the sun, the Canary Islands are perfect and Fuerteventura is a great option. Here, you can get your fill of bars and beach life and this holiday spot represents the ultimate in convenience.

Of course, wherever you end up will depend in large part on how easy it is to coordinate travel arrangements with your friend. However, with a little research, you shouldn’t struggle to find the perfect destination for your rendezvous.



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