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Fishing in Malia

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Ancient Greek Fishing

Fishing has always been integral to the Greek way of life, going way back to the time of the ancient Greeks. During that time, tuna, sea bass and red mullet were all considered delicacies and only reserved for the wealthy, whilst anchovies and sapts were common among the poorer population due to their smaller size and greater availability.

You can still find these fish, and more in Greek waters, as they continue to feed the local population today.

Crete

Greece has almost 2,000 surrounding islands, all varying in shape and size, with Crete being the largest and most populated. Its1,046 kilometres of coastline also makes it especially popular for fishermen and sun-seeking tourists. The Coasts of Crete are relatively well known for fishing as many locals and tourists are regularly found trying to make their next big catch.

Waters around Crete and Greece are home to many different exotic fish that can be caught near the coastline. Such fish include the Greater weaver, White Sea bream, European sea bass and Mediterranean moray.

Check this site to see the full list.

Malia

While fishing is the epitome of most coastal villages in Crete, Malia is the most well-known among fishermen. Located north east of the Heraklion region, and with a land area of 60km2, Malia is the ultimate go-to destination for those after a fishing-based holiday. It boasts many harbours that are scattered throughout the coastline where you can sit and fish to your hearts content, not to mention the ideal air pressure that allows you to fish anytime of the year.

Experienced fishermen will be able to rent a boat or head to the harbour and start fishing right away. Novice fisherman also have a selection of fishing trips to choose from where they will be taken out in groups by a trained fisherman and taught the ropes. There are many companies such as Thalias travel that offer relaxed fishing excursions for those less experienced.

Licensing

If you want to head to the harbour or beach and do some relaxing fishing, you should be fine without a permit, however if you’re feeling a bit more extreme and would like to try something like spear fishing, you’ll definitely need a license.

All information regarding licensing can be found here.

Where to stay?

Malia is fast becoming a popular holiday destination. Hotels and resorts can be found all over Malia, and check reviews before you go so you don’t get bogged down with a bad deal.

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Top 7 Countries to Visit in Middle East

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Planning to have a trip to the Middle East or you are looking for the top countries in the Middle East? Don’t worry anymore because you are just about to go through the top seven countries located in this region. First of all, Middle East is taken as a region that roughly covers majority of Western Asia and Egypt. The region has generally been a major focus of world affairs and more importantly the origin of several major religions in the world like Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Below is a list of top countries in the Middle East that you can opt to visit.

United Arab Emirates

The country is located in the southern end of the Arabian Peninsula and its neighbours include Oman to the east and Saudi Arabia to the south. The country is quite rich in oil reserves that are ranked seventh largest in the world and its economy worlds 19th highest in terms of GPD. The country also brags of its tourism sector as it continues to attract lots of travellers from across the globe. According to the World Economic Forums annual Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, the Country’s tourism sector was ranked as one of the world’s most sustainable sector. Its Capital Dubai is the centre of attraction and its beauty is quite unmatched.

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Iran

Officially the Islamic republic of Iran is a country located in Western Asia and the second largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th largest in the world. Iran brags of being a home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations that incorporates historical sites and places spread in every corner. The most adorable city here is Tehran that continues to attract many visitors from all walks of lives due its modernity and attractions like the National Museum that introduces you to Iran’s long history. Iran’s unique architecture that combines both Persian and Islamic styles gives it a stunning outlook. The country ancient sites portray the countries diversity in terms of religion and culture.

Saudi Arabia

It’s officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is the largest Arab state in the western Asia and the Middle East. The nation is the only country with both a Red Sea coast and a Persian Gulf coast. The country brags of being the world’s dominant oil producer and exporter as well as controlling the world’s second largest hydrocarbon reserves making it as one of the world’s highest income economy.

Yemen

It’s also officially known as the Republic of Yemen, located in the Southwest Asia and the second largest country in Peninsula. The country’s territory includes more than 200 islands with Socotra being the largest one. It’s generally a developing country due to the civil wars that affected her over the years.

Syria

Officially the Syrian Arab Republic, it located in the Western Asia bordering Lebanon, turkey, Iraq, Jordan and Israel. Its capital Damascus is considered as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world that still continues to attract lots of citizens. The country has both fertile plains and deserts without forgetting some of the high mountains in the region.

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Egypt

It’s a transcontinental country located both in Africa and Asia that makes it an Afro-Asiatic nation. The country is a home to a massive 86 million inhabitants making it the 15th most populous nation in the world. Majority of the inhabitants live along the Nile River where the only fertile land is found with rest of the land being covered by the Sahara desert. The country brags of having one of the oldest and longest histories of modern nation dating back to the tenth Millennium when it became one of the world’s first nation states. The country’s economy is one of the largest and diversified in the Middle East with heavy income from tourism, industry and services plus agriculture.

Bahrain

It’s an island country located close to the western shores of the Persian Gulf. It’s a kingdom in nature and syndicates both modern Arab culture and historical places. Her neighbors include Saudi Arabia that is connected to her to the west by King fahd causeway which was publicly opened on November 1986. The country is a common destination for tourist as it’s known to be housing one of the best tourist destinations in the world. Geographically, Bahrain maybe a small island country but its beauty is quite unmatched.

For those specifically visiting Bahrain need to be in possession of the Bahrain Visas which is available for application online, and visiting the other above countries located in the Middle East, all you will be required is to present yourself with their respective Visas.

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All You Need to Know About Crete

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Everything you need to know about eating, sleeping and sight-seeing in Crete. 

 The Lowdown:

Greece’s islands often get a bad rep and are considered more of a destination for boozed-up teens than a relaxing holiday haven or foodie paradise. One side that often gets overlooked when we’re flicking through photos of the blue hues of the sea, the resorts and beaches is that Crete has a long history of myths and legends – tales of which make travel to Crete a much more interesting experience.

The Legends: According to legends, Crete was the home of the monstrous Minotaur, who lived confined in King Minos’ labyrinth. As the story goes, he was eventually killed by brave Prince Theseus of Athens to prevent him from eating 7 Athenian girls and 7 Athenian boys. The legacy of King Minos’ dynasty (the oldest known civilization in the whole of Europe) lives on in the island’s magnificent palatial buildings, including, of course, the palace at Knossos. With its use of luxury materials and its grandiose size, it is a monumental symbol of the Minoan civilization. (It’s 150,000 square feet (14,000 square meters) in total!) According to legends, Crete is also the birthplace of the mighty Zeus, who was hidden in a cave by his mother Rhea so his father (Cronus) could not find him and kill him.

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What to do in Crete:  Aside from the palace, the old Venetian harbor in Chania is another favorite for visitors. With its beautiful old buildings, churches and shops it’s a great place to spend a relaxed afternoon in the sun. Those more interested in history and cultural artifacts will also enjoy a visit to the island of Spinalonga,  which is the last leper colony in Europe. Read The Island by Victoria Hislop before you go to get a sense of life as an ostracized leper living on the island.

What to eat in Crete:  Another pull Greece has over tourists is its fabulous cuisine, including: Mizithra cheese (a soft cheese, often compared to ricotta) Kaltsouni – like a calzone; a crepe stuffed with mixed bitter greens and mizithra Dakos – the Greek answer to bruschetta, finished with crumbled cheese (there’s a theme here…) Sfakiani pita – looks like a pancake but has cheese kneaded into the dough. Best served as a snack, dribbled with honey.

Where to feast in Crete:  One place that can guarantee to impress is  Dounias (Ntounias), a restaurant settled high up in the mountains.  It’s one of those small, family-run kind of places that will serve you up what they’re making that day. The food is all locally sourced, incredibly fresh and often killed that day (sorry vegetarians!)

When to pack your suitcase: May, June, September and October are the best months – the weather will still be warm and balmy, but hotel prices are likely to be cheaper and you won’t have to fight with hordes of bustling tourists for restaurant and café space.

Where to stay in Crete: The north of the island is home to Chania and Rethymnon – the old harbour towns, whereas the south is busier with resorts. When choosing where to stay in Crete, you could check out hotel reviews and base your location on which hotel sounds perfect for you. From there, rent a car to travel to the island’s hotspots (or go by taxi). Public transportation around the island is also good.

What’s the time there? Crete is 2 hours ahead of GMT.

How much for the essentials? In most bars, a beer will cost around 4 euros, a coffee will be 3 euros and bread at the supermarket will be 1,50. More information on prices can be found here.

Anything else? If you do decide to take the plunge and rent a car, be careful not to get caught doing anything untoward; traffic fines are astronomical!

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Discover South America: The 5 Best Ways to Experience It

South America is one of the most scenic, diverse and interesting regions in the world. It contains mountains, valleys and untouched rainforests. It is also home to some very cosmopolitan cities and vast coastlines. It is difficult to get a sense of the region in just one short trip. Travelers will want to explore the five best ways to experience South America.

Hiking and Backpacking

South America has a large amount of unique wildlife and flora that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world. Active travelers will want to plan a hiking or backpacking trip. It is possible to spend days or weeks backpacking through the Amazon in countries like Brazil. Backpackers follow experienced guides and camp in the rainforest. Some tours take travelers to different villages at the end of each day to experience local cultures.

In The Canopy

The rainforests in South America contain trees that are hundreds of feet tall. There are distinctive ecosystems within each layer of the rainforest. The top most level is the canopy. There are canopy lodges available in countries like Peru and Brazil where travelers stay on top of the trees experiencing the exotic birds and other animals that live high above the rainforest floor.

Archaeological Tours

Ancient cultures existed in South America thousands of years ago. Archaeological tours allow travelers to see the ancient cities and temples these cultures built. There are historic and archaeological sites in nearly every country from Venezuela to Argentina. Travelers can expect to spend time exploring the elaborate carvings and architecture of these sites.

On The Water

One of the best ways to see South America is by water. Argentina cruises can take travelers along the Atlantic coast stopping in Buenos Ares and other ports. There are also cruises that take travelers along different parts of the Amazon River. Experiencing South America by water allows visitors to see the amazing landscape and historic areas in a way not possible on the land.

Culinary Tours

Nearly every country in South America has a distinctive culture that combines tradition with the modern world. This is reflected clearly in some of the cuisine in the area. A good way to experience South America is to take a culinary tour that visits some of the major cities in each country allowing travelers to taste new and interesting dishes that reflect the region.

It is important to understand that every part of South America is different. Travelers will want to try to visit more than one country during a trip. It is also a good idea to take part in many different activities. This will provide the best and most complete experience while traveling.

5 of the Best Ways to Stay Healthy While You Are Flying

Many people do not always realize the health effects of flying in an airplane, which involves crossing several hemispheres in an enclosed cabin that uses recycled air. The 8,000 feet of pressure in the sky means less oxygen is obtained in the bloodstream, which can contribute to jet lag symptoms and even weaken the immune system. It’s important to prepare your body and stay healthy by using a number of tools and resources that are readily available. Here is a quick look at some of the best ways to stay healthy while you are flying.

 

1. Use Essential Oils

Having dry skin is one of the most common effects of traveling by plane, but this can be prevented with essential oils that will effectively provide hydration. Add about 10 drops to four ounces of water in a spray bottle that you can easily spray on the face, arms, and legs during the flight. This not only will keep your skin healthy, but it is a great way to stay refreshed and awake during your flight.

 

2. Take Echinacea and Vitamin D

Most people are prone to catching a cold while flying due to the air that continuously circulates during the flight. It’s important to boost your immune system naturally by taking echinacea and vitamin D supplements, along with consuming several servings of fruits and vegetables the same day that you depart. While your immune system is going to take a hit while you are flying and you are going to be exposed to plenty of different germs, these small acts of prevention can help to give you that extra protection that you need to stay healthy.

 

3. Avoid Consuming Sugar

In a time where your immune system is more susceptible and weakened while traveling, it’s important to avoid consuming sugar before and after boarding a plane, which produces more phlegm and will make it easy for bacteria to thrive in the body. Avoiding processed sugar is also a great way to prevent energy crashes,which can leave you feeling horrible while you are flying and moving around airports.

 

4. Wear an Ion Power Bracelet

By using an Ion power bracelet by Endevr while boarding the plane, your body will receive natural minerals that are absorbed through the skin for plenty of ion charge with the bracelet. The minerals work similar to antioxidants that will promote a boost in energy and allow you to feel more refreshed after a long flight.

 

5. Consume Low-Fat Yogurt Before Boarding

One of the secrets for flight attendants to staying healthy while on the job includes eating low-fat yogurt, due to the benefits of probiotics that naturally increase the immune system. Try grabbing a cup of yogurt parfait at a nearby snack shop in the airport or even having it for breakfast for the live cultures that it contains. You can also take a probiotic supplement the same day of your flight to keep your digestive system strong and active.

 

An increasing number of travelers are learning the benefits of staying healthy while traveling, which can make it possible to enjoy a much-needed vacation or even prevent suffering from the effects of jet lag. There are several ways to maintain your healthy lifestyle through certain products and practices that will allow you to enjoy flying again.

Get It All With These 5 Amazing Locations That Are Perfect For Young Families

Finding the right community in which to purchase a home takes a great deal of thought, research, and investigation. If you have a young family, it’s important to consider a wide range of features that will make growing up in the community enjoyable and pleasurable. Schools, recreational activities, cultural activities and convenience are just a few of the amenities that most young families desire.

 

Seattle, Washington

The Pacific Northwest has a variety of outdoor activities for families, and it’s premier city, Seattle, provides many amenities for people of all ages and tastes. Educational opportunities abound in the city, with cultural events throughout the year. Seattle is recognized as one of the most family-friendly cities in the country. Hiking trails throughout the city, bike rentals, the Woodland Park Zoo, Museum of Flight, and the Seattle Aquarium make Seattle one of the top choices for growing families.

 

Madison, Wisconsin

In Madison, Wisconsin, Midwestern “nice” combines with a variety of cultural, recreational, and educational opportunities to make a great lifestyle for growing families. Boating, fishing, and water sports provide great summer memories, and the University of Wisconsin holds a number of events throughout the year for people of all ages. The college-town feel creates a great environment for raising kids, while still providing plenty of fun for mom and dad. Madison ranks #4 in the top midsize American cities for quality of life.

 

Stamford, Connecticut

With a population of 122,000 and 29.5 percent of the families with children, Stamford provides a “preppy” feel and plenty of wooded lots for outdoor family fun. The city has 14 parks and 6 magnet schools that focus on particular subjects. Stamford’s proximity to New York City provides world-class museums, concerts, and cultural events, as well as a plethora of restaurants and other activities that make for a perfect date night.

 

Sunnyvale, California

Consistently listed as one of the country’s safest cities, Sunnyvale, California offers young families a vibrant environment with museums, educational institutions, libraries, and many opportunities for employment. Nearby San Francisco offers a number of historic sites, restaurants, cultural activities, and events. The mild year-round climate allows families to enjoy outdoor activities together throughout the year. There are also plenty of opportunities for family vacations within only a few hours of the city, making a family outing possible once a month if you wanted.

 

Thousand Oaks, California

Another of California’s family-friendly cities is Thousand Oaks, located outside of Los Angeles, with a beautiful climate, spectacular views, outdoor activities, and many employment opportunities. One of the pricier of California’s communities, Thousand Oaks offers families with young children a pleasant environment with many cultural amenities within easy reach.

 

Real estate companies such as Partners Trust can help you to find the perfect home for you and your family once you have chosen one of these amazing cities that will be sure to provide your young family with everything that you may need.

Booked Your First Cruise? 5 Things to Remember Before Heading Off to Sea

Your first cruise drums up excitement, but it also puts pressure on you to get all of your affairs in order. With cruises lasting from 3 days to several months, home preparation before you embark is crucial to keep your home and belongings safe. Leaving appliances on or newspapers strew about on a front lawn is cause for trouble.

Your Paperwork

At least a week before your cruise, contact your local post office and hold your mail. You typically pick it up after your vacation or have the postal worker bring it on normal rounds. Leaving mail to accumulate in your box tells potential thieves that you are not home. Newspapers should be cancelled for the cruise’s duration as well. Apply for your passports several months before your trip. Passports take up to 8 weeks to receive in the mail. They must be in your hands as you board the ship or you cannot sail.

 

The Money Question

Set up any bills that must be paid while you are gone through online payment schedules. You do not want to come home to a darkened house and a late fee. Your checking account should have ample funds to pay the cruise line after your trip. Drinks, souvenirs and outside excursions are usually extras billed to your room number. The bill must be paid in full before you debark. Keeping your checking account full prevents any delays at the terminal.

 

Turn Off Those Appliances

No appliances should run while you are gone. Electrical shorts and flooding can occur, causing extensive damage. For the best safety, unplug your appliances so they cannot operate. Turn your hot water heater to the vacation mode to save money on heating costs while you are gone.

 

Ask For Help

Friends and family should visit your home to check on appliances and basic care, especially if you have plants or pets. Visitors to the home deters thieves as they roam streets for potential targets. Making your home busy makes criminals think twice about trying to break in.

 

When you embark on your cruise, the last thing on your mind should be home care. Sit back and enjoy your trip because proper preparation prevents most problems from occurring.

5 Essentials Items of Preparation that Should be Made Before Any Trip

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Going on a trip or a vacation is exciting and fun. It is often a time to relax and get away from your everyday routine. Before you embark on your next trip, it is important to remember a few key things. Here is a quick look at some of the things you should do before you embark on your next journey.

 

Pay Bills

One of the biggest things people tend to forget about when they are taking a trip or going on vacation are the bills that might be due while they are gone. To avoid late fees and loss of service, make sure that all of your bills are up to date before leaving. This can also help to eliminate any stress or anxiety that you might feel while you are gone, allowing for you to fully enjoy your trip.

 

Stop Mail

If you are going on a long trip, mail can easily pile up in your mailbox, making you an easy target for identity theft or other harmful activities. Before leaving, ask your post office to put a temporary hold on your mail. You can also have a trusted friend or family member get your mail for you. Many people ignore this simple step, but it can go a long way in protecting your mail and possessions. A full mailbox is also an indication that no one is home, which will make your home a perfect target for thieves.

 

Plan Accordingly

A trip that is not planned out well is one of the key ingredients for a horrible time. Make sure that all of your accommodations are completely arranged before you set out on your journey. This will ensure that you have some way to get around and somewhere to sleep from the beginning to the end of your trip. You should make sure that you print out all of your different receipts, and also make sure that you have the addresses of all your hotels written down. If you are going for a long road trip, make sure that you can cancel your reservations, since a problem on the road might leave you stranded hundreds of miles away from your destination.

 

Visit Your Doctor

Getting sick on a trip can be ruin the entire time for everyone involved. Visit your family doctor in Winter Haven to make sure that you are healthy enough to travel. Your doctor can also tell you if you need any immunizations for the places that you are going, and can often give them to you while you’re there.

 

Pack and Check

Most people understand that a packing list is very important for planning a trip. What they don’t know is to check and double check their packing list before leaving. Make three copies. Go over it once while packing. After everything is packed, go over it again and put the third copy in your luggage. The third copy will be for you to remember to pack everything before coming home.

 

Taking a few simple steps before going on any trip, whether for vacation or business, will enable you to have a much more enjoyable time while you are gone away from home. These tips will make things go smoother, and they will ensure that the trip does not turn into a hassle.

Why Is Benidorm So Popular

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Benidorm is located on the Spanish Costa Blanca, and recently it seems to have gained popularity. There was even a TV program of the same name! Benidorm has plenty of things that make it really popular with travellers, for example, the sandy beaches, mountains and amazing architecture. Here, we go into more detail on Benidorm and why it’s so popular.

Benidorm For Families

Benidorm has so great beaches for children; some even has climbing frames! The beaches are well equipped to entertain children all day long. There are watersports both children and adults can try, such as boating, water skiing, scuba diving, fishing trips, trips on banana boats and more. You could even take the children on a glass bottom boat here so they can see what’s in the deep ocean close up.

There are even a few great theme parks in Benidorm, Terra Natura has lots of animals for children to see and even offers visitors trips through exotice corners of the planet (that they’ve built at the zoo, of course). Terra Natura has a water park and handicrafts to entertain the whole family.

Aqualandia Park you can take a dip in the pools, go on the many exciting water slides, and even have a picnic in the grass.

There’s even a water animal park that has amazing dolphin shows and penguins, seals, sea lions and more on show.

For families who’d like to take some good pictures and sightsee here, take a scenic walk around Placa del Castell. There is a good atmosphere, great views and nice photo opportunities. You can walk around and explore or even rest at one of the bars, have a drink and take in the views. There is even a tradition using the wishing well there. Padlocks are taken along, locked onto the well and then the keys are thrown into the sea!

More activities that families can enjoy in Benidorm include bowling, mini golf, hiking and mountain biking.

Eating Out In Benidorm

There are a variety of restaurants in Benidorm, Spanish ,Italian, Chinese, Indian and more. A lot of restaurants offer great value for money “menus of the day”, which will cost you around 10 euros and you’ll get a 3 course meal with a drink of your choice.

Shopping In Benidorm

There are plenty of opportunities to shop in Benidorm. You’ll be able to purchase virtually anything you’re after and even some things you aren’t after! There are plenty of shops specialising in fashion and leather items, jewellery, bags and shoes, and more. There’s something to suit every budget so you can treat yourself and the whole family!

As you can see, Benidorm has plenty to entertain every type of person, so it’s not hard to see why it’s so popular! Benidorm is a great family holiday, group holiday or even a holiday for couples. Once you’ve decided to save money and book a low cost shuttle from Alicante airport to Benidorm, you can begin enjoying everything it has to offer.

 

 

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The Benidorm Night Life Guide

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A popular holiday destination for British people since the 1960’s, Benidorm is like Black pool on acid (except with fantastic weather and gorgeous food). Hotels in the area are generally very cheap, and flights to and from Spain are just as enticing, so this is a destination you should give serious consideration to.

If you’ve already booked and packed, now all you need is to arrange your airport taxi from the best Benidorm transfer company you can find, and gather some info on the nightlife. This area of Spain really does have something for everyone, with all night bars everywhere. Depending on the type of entertainment you enjoy, you may like to take a look at this guide, and hopefully you’ll find something that tickles your fancy.

Cabaret

For the Cabaret lover, you can’t go far wrong with a night out at the Benidorm Palace. With performers on stage until the early hours, you’ll find fun for all the family. After 12am there’s usually an adult show, so you might want to drop the kids off back at the hotel for that, but don’t worry, every performance is tasteful and professional. The bar is stocked to the high hilt with both English and Spanish drinks, satisfying both the adventurer and the introvert.

Doors open at 8:30pm sharp, with a food option becoming available soon after – truly the perfect place to spend your evening.

Karaoke

Just like us Brits, the Spanish love to sing the night away on the Karaoke, and they even have designated bars and clubs for just such a pastime. If this is your thing, you should really consider visiting a bar called “Yorkshire Pride”. Obviously, this place is run by an English couple, but that shouldn’t put you off, most of the venues in Benidorm are. With a large, modern, bar and good food, you really won’t be disappointed.

As an interesting little side note, this place is renowned for its giant portions, so if you’re on a budget, you should seriously give it a try.

Disco

For people who enjoy dancing the night away to both modern tunes and disco classics, Benidorm has a lot to offer. Why not try heading down to KM Playa, where you’ll be encouraged to get down and boogie until the early hours. This club, located on the West Side, right by the beach, offers huge bars, a fantastic light up dance floor, and all the disco music your Gloria Gaynor loving ears can handle.

Alternatively, perhaps you should slap “Lennon’s” on your itinerary. This club was designed to pay homage to our most loved ex-beatle, and although some of the younger generation may consider it slightly tacky, the music is always certain to be exceptionally pleasing. Open until the early hours, like most other clubs in Benidorm, you’re sure to have an absolutely fantastic time.

So now it’s up to you. Decide where you’d like to go and head on down. Staff at every bar will always have smiles on their faces, and by the time you leave, so will you.