09 January 2016

Visit Budapest in 2016 - 50% Discount Corinthia Hotel Budapest

If you have enjoyed the indulgence of the season, consider continuing on that theme with a trip to Budapest. Corinthia Hotels are opening their annual sale, which means that their luxury range of hotels are offering a significant 50% reduction on room rates. The booking offer runs from 11th January to 24th March 2016 - but your holiday can take place any time this year, up until the end of December 2016.

Bookings need to be made directly via corinthia.com to get the 50% discount on rooms in the following luxury hotels located in Malta, Prague, St Petersburg, Lisbon and Budapest, and 30% off in London


If you love fine dining, Corinthia Hotel Budapest is the perfect place for a luxury break. It's restaurants and cafes are amongst the best in the City, and its bars have mixologists who create marvelous cocktails, perfect for that late night drink. Being centrally based means that you can enjoy all the fun of the city, and when you are ready for a break, your bedroom suite will enable you to catch up, ready for the next round of sightseeing.

For food lovers, Budapest offers lots of choice, for instances, February hosts The Mangalica Festival - an annual celebration of Hungarian edible delicacies, and in particular, of the beautiful curly-haired Mangalica Pig. This gorgeous animal is unique to Hungary with a pedigree going back to 1791. The festival aims to showcase the very best in organic, Hungarian produce. The festival site is Szabadság tér, near the central Parliament Building and is usually held on the 2nd weekend of February. It's a great event, with over a hundred producers offering speciality cheeses, wine, honey, chocolate and bread, as well as Mangalica products. You can enjoy an open air concert, sample some of the finest local specialities and keep out the cold with a cup of spiced hot wine or a shot of pálinka - the fiery local spirit! 

Budapest celebrated cultural liberation in the 1860's and aimed to secure its place as a European destination of culture and heritage. Buildings range from the baroque to the contemporary, with ornate public bath houses, splendid cafes, and a rich art and music scene. The Danube River runs through Budapest, with old town Buda to the west and the more modern Pest on the east.

The area known as Kiraly utca now houses exquisite antique and jewelry shops, Kosher cafes and delicatessens - abandon all dieting - the food is wonderful. The Funicular railway will take you up to the Castle District, or if you visit in the colder months, you might want to take in the Hungarian National Gallery.

You might feel in need of some rest and relaxation after all that sight-seeing - so why not take a refreshing dip in the Hotels Royal Spa - considered the finest in Budapest. The 15-metre pool is located in a beautifully restored and refurbished Art Deco building and there is an enticing list of beauty and skin treatments available. There is also a spacious fitness facility with dedicated exercise rooms, saunas, a steam bath and jacuzzi, together with relaxation areas to suit family or adult use. 

Round off the day with an evening cruise on the Danube River, join in with a jazz night in one of the many clubs, or let the hotel restaurant do all the work by offering you an unforgettable meal in a luxurious setting. The five-star service lives up to its name; the rooms are spacious and beautifully designed with super comfortable beds and bathroom. You won't miss a moment of your trip with options to check in early and check out late. This hotel hits every five-star button - and you'll enjoy a first class experience, staying at this beautiful hotel. Sound tempting? It's too good to miss!

Room rates start at 87€ per night and guests can benefit from further rewards when booked exclusively on corinthia.com

Corinthia Rewards

Both corporate and leisure guests can reap the rewards available when staying in one of the five star hotels exclusively when they book through the website. The reward scheme includes complimentary room upgrades, extended check outs and discounts in its restaurants and bars. Rewards vary per hotel and are available subject to availability – for further information, please see the individual hotel websites.

16 December 2015

Camping in the Algarve

Are you planning a camping holiday in Europe? Portugal has some of the best weather and most beautiful scenery in the world and the Algarve in particular is a great place for camping. Whether you are towing a caravan, driving a motor home or hiking with a tent on your back, the campsites of the Algarve will offer you a warm welcome and traditional Portuguese hospitality. Most camps have great facilities; bars, restaurants and swimming pools and are situated near beautiful beaches.

Campsite Turiscampo – located in Senhora da Luz and only 5 minutes from the fantastic beaches of Praia da Luz and the vibrant town of Lagos, this site offers static mobile homes and bungalows for rent as well as a variety of pitches suitable for tents, caravans and motor homes. The site is well appointed, offering a sports ground, beautiful outdoor swimming pool and baby pool, whirlpool and beauty centre. There is also an onsite shop, snack bar, restaurant and pizzeria and Wi-Fi is available covering most areas of the camp. The site offers a full programme of activities including step and yoga classes, football, volleyball, basketball, table tennis and aqua aerobics. In addition, the entertainment team work hard to make your stay enjoyable, offering typical ‘kids’ club’ activities like scavenger hunts, painting and crafts, races, movie evenings and discos. There is also a programme of entertainment for adults, with live music and discos on site. This is a great site in a great location.

Campsite Albufeira – Just a few minutes from Albufeira old town and with a bus stop at the main gate, this site is a real home from home. It is a very large site, almost like a small town, with a range of bungalows and static caravans available for rental as well as terraced, flat pitching areas. The site is kept very clean and is a credit to its staff. Amenities include a supermarket, bars and a restaurant and three fantastic swimming pools. Guests are issued with a 10% discount card to use at the restaurant, which is also popular with non residents. The park offers a programme of entertainment, including live music. Nearby beaches are spectacular. 

Orbitur Camping, Sagres – is a basic site that is beautifully located right on the Western tip of the Algarve. The site offers flat pitches, some of which are concrete-based for motor homes. The site has a bar, restaurant with free Wi-Fi, a nice pool, a playground and a barbecue area. There are also washing machines and dryers available and a car wash. Bikes are available to hire onsite. Nearby beaches are rugged but beautiful and are very popular with surfers due to high waves. 

A massive lighthouse nearby warns ships and boats they are approaching a very rocky and dangerous coastline. The nearby historic town of Sagres has many bars and restaurants as well as nice shopping. Just a thirty kilometre ride along the spectacular coast is Lagos, one of the most visited cities in the Algarve. This is a vibrant city with a great nightlife and is a must-visit during your stay 

Orbitur Camping Valverde – is set near the pretty village of Praia da Luz and is a large site with over 600 pitches and additional chalets and static homes for rental. The site is not far from Lagos which has a range of bars and restaurants and some great shopping. The nearest beach at Praia da Luz is beautiful and this area of the Algarve is truly blessed with a spectacular coastline with all manner of beaches, from small coves to massive stretches of golden sand. The site itself has a supermarket, self-service restaurant and takeaway. There is also a swimming pool, tennis courts, playground and games room and free Wi-Fi is available in some areas of the camp.

Parque de Campismo Sao Miguel – This site is set among the hills of a nature park, between two quaint whitewashed villages. The main building at the site is located around a grassed area and overlooks a fine swimming pool, so you can sit under beautiful verandas and enjoy a drink while the kids play in the pool. Camping here is less structured than is generally the case...you basically pick a spot you like and set up there. Onsite facilities include washing machines, bar, snack bar, pizzeria, a self-service restaurant and tennis courts. Wi-Fi is free and covers the whole site and there is an outdoor cinema that shows films for adults and children in the summer months. In addition to the pitches, there are 25 bungalows and 10 caravans for rental. Outside, there are lots of bars and restaurants and great beaches are about 4 kilometres away. The nature park in which the site is situated offers lots of cycle tracks and interesting walkways.

This article was provided by Mike James, an independent content writer in the travel sector working with a selection of companies – including For Airport; the complete traveller’s guide to the stunning Portuguese Algarve.