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Ibiza: the island of wild nightlife, hot sun and white sands, no wonder it’s one of the most popular island escapes in Europe. But, if you haven’t heard yet, the island (particularly the tourist hot spots) can be very expensive.
However, there are ways to save money and plan the holiday of a lifetime in Ibiza without breaking the bank. What’s more, if you travel to the Spanish island during the fall months you will not only benefit from cooler weather, you will also save lots of money both on your flights and hotel, as well as costs while you are on the trip itself. Fall travel in Europe is often overlooked, but is in fact one of the best times to visit the continent. And without the hoards of other tourists on the island, you get to experience the real Ibiza and even meet some locals for much less than you may think.
Here are our top tips for doing Ibiza on a budget:
Where to stay
The best budget accommodations can be found in Ibiza Town. While you won’t be staying in the heart of the wild party district of San Antoni, you will be surrounded by beautiful Old Town history, and affordable bars and restaurants. Try the Hostal Parque for a great spot in the city with plenty of amenities, such as wifi and air conditioning. Or if you prefer to stay on the beach, the area south of Ibiza has a number of budget options, such as the Hostal Mar Y Sal with its own terrace bar. The north can be more expensive, and the best option may be to camp at one of the two campsites Camping Es Cana and Camping La Playa Cala Martina, which is on the beach.
What to do
To discover the real Ibiza away from the tourist traps, visit the high town of Dalt Vila. The UNESCO World Heritage Site feels like it’s all upside down, but the labyrinth of cobbled streets and white walls is a beautiful, and free, place to spend a day. Pick up a free audio tour from the tourist office on Vara de Rey to uncover the town’s hidden secrets.
You should also spend a few days of your vacation relaxing on the beach. Ibiza has a number of beautiful white sandy beaches to offer that won’t cost you a dime, such as Las Salinas Beach and Cala Conta Beach. Avoid paying the eight euros for a sun lounger or for the overpriced beach restaurants, and bring a towel and your own snacks from the local supermarket. If you prefer to spend your vacations taking on a brand new terrain, then there are plenty of national parks you can explore Las Salinas National Park and discover salt lakes, ghost trees, and rugged cliffs. For a unique budget souvenir from the island head to the quirky local flea market, San Jordi, best visited on a Saturday.
Where to eat
Enjoy fresh, local food at Ibiza’s Mercado Viejo (old market) for a cultural lunch or at Es Tap Nou, a fruit and vegetable market with a reasonably priced cafe inside where they will make your chosen produce into a fresh salad or sandwich for you. For a budget sit-down evening meal you don’t have to look far. Try Comidas San Juan or Los Pasajeros with its balcony tables in the Old Town, for some delicious home-cooked fare. Or if you prefer not to miss out on the island’s most popular and most expensive dish of the moment, Sushi, you can head to Sushiya Aoyama and pay half the price.
Where to drink
There are a number of late-night bars in the Old Town, including Teatro Pereya, that offer live music. However, you don’t have to be in the “clubbing” capital of Europe and not experience a nightclub! Entry can be extremely expensive, but if you prepare and decide which clubs you want to go to before you leave for your holiday, it is possible. Look for free or cheaper tickets online in advance, you will save hundreds of dollars.
For example to go to one of Ibiza’s most famous clubs, Pacha, you can pay up to 70 euros on the door, but if you book in advance you can get them for 39 euros. You can also book a meal at Pacha’s restaurant to get free access to the nightclub, and while the meal will be at least 70 euros per person, it will be some of the best food you’ll have in Ibiza. We Love, a party at Playa d’En Bossa, is one of the best clubs on the island and if you get in before 9pm the entry is just 20 euros. You can also look out for free events and festivals going on on the island, and plan your trip around them.
Ibiza: Your Next Autumn Island Getaway
Making the beautiful Ibiza your next island getaway is more realistic than ever, and you’ll delight in all the affordable things to see and do when you plan your holiday in advance. Thanks to Kemwel, reserving your vacation on the cheap is a breeze with the best travel deals on everything from Ibiza car rentals to great hotels and more! Look into our options online or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-820-0668; the islands await!
Posted by Carter | Under Fall Travel
The stunning island of Cyprus is located in the eastern Mediterranean and is famous for its incredible beaches and as the perfect holiday getaway. Blessed with not only white sands and blue seas, the island is usually also lucky enough to sustain blue skies and glorious sunshine throughout the summer months, and even into fall.
Fall weather in Cyprus is ideal, particularly at the beginning of the season when it isn’t too hot or too cold, it’s the perfect time of year for spending the day relaxing on the beach or looking around one of the island’s small villages. Fall is usually warm and sunny, and the sea remains warm from the summer months, warm enough for swimming.
Whether you are traveling in summer or fall, these five best beach getaways in Cyprus have to be on your list. Enjoy a beach getaway in Cyprus at one of these spectacular shorelines:
The over a mile-long bay of sand and shingle known as Pissouri Bay is found on the south coast of the island, and is great for watersports and chilling out. The beach has mostly avoided over-development and is generally a laid-back locals beach. Enjoy the sand and sea through the day, and enjoy one of the Cypriot tavernas just off the beach for a traditional Cypriot lunch or dinner. There are also plenty of local bars and restaurants to enjoy, you may even get to sample some locally made wine and grapes.
If you love a white sandy beach, then Nissi Beach is the beach for you. The beautifully turquoise waters are great for swimming or for the more adventurous you can swim out to a rocky island and spend your afternoons jumping off rocks into the clear sea. Like most of Cyprus’ beaches, the area has a great selection of bars and restaurants to enjoy, even in the daytime.
Fig Tree Bay
Famous for its solitary fig tree, Fig Tree Bay is the perfect family beach. With golden sands, safe waters and plenty of parasols for shade. One of the most popular beach resorts on the island, the area has become a little developed in recent years, with apartments and hotels close to the beach, and can get very busy in the summer.
Found on the Akamas peninsula, Lara Bay is a stunning golden beach on a rugged rocky landscape, and a breeding beach for green turtles to breed and lay their eggs. The only difficult thing about this beach is that you need a beach-ready car, like a 4×4, to access it. This does mean, however, that the beach is pretty secluded and a great place to escape the tourists.
A locals favorite, Serena Bay is hidden away in Protaras off the main road. Despite being a smaller stretch of beach compared to some of the other beach locations, Serena Bay feels like you have discovered something truly special. And if you travel to the bay at the start of fall you may well have the beach to yourself. Be sure to enjoy a nice lunch at Serena Bay Beach Bar under the beach’s leafy trees.
Finding Your Favorite Cyprus Beach Getaway
With so many incredible Cyprus beach getaways, the only way to find your favorite is to visit them all! This balmy destination is easy to travel by car and you’re sure to have the time of your life beach-hopping from shoreline to shoreline! When it comes to finding a cheap car rental, Kemwel delivers with some of the best travel deals, including special savings on affordable airfare and more. Give us a call today, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668, and find out how much you can save on your next vacation in Cyprus!
When the leaves start to change color and fall gracefully from the trees, that’s when you should be thinking about a trip to Belgium. Autumn in Belgium is one of the most romantic and peaceful times, particularly in the bigger city of Brussels. Not only this, but in the autumn months, which usually start in September and finish at the end of October, a vacation in Brussels will also be considerably cheaper. Escape the summer crowds, peak summer prices and the summer heat of the city by traveling to Brussels during autumn.
Known as the “Capital of Europe,” Brussels is a city that is very manageable and also very exciting. Defined visually by its medieval architecture, impressive collection of museums, and fusion cuisine, the small city is extremely walkable and can be explored at a relaxing pace during this season.
Try out some of these activities in Brussels during your vacation:
People watch at the Grand Place
In the center of the city lies the historic Grand Place, the heart of the city and the one of the most ornate structures in Europe. Here you can people watch from a terrace cafe, sample an authentic Trappist ale, or even watch a free autumn concert or parade. You can also find the City Museum and the Town Hall in the Grand Place.
Visit Brussel’s many museums
Hop from one cultural museum to the next in Brussels. From the Musees Royaux des Beaux-Arts to the Magritte Museum, Brussels is full of informative museums to rouse your interest in the city even further. Try out the unique Musee des Instruments de Musique, which features 1,500 instruments in a beautiful historic building, and one of the oldest museums in Brussels, Musee de la Ville de Bruxelles, which was opened in 1887 and is located in the “King’s House” in the Grand Place.
Eat Belgian food
Belgians are known for their ability to eat extremely well, and where better to test out that theory than in the capital city? With their French influences, as well as their own traditional flavors, finding a good meal in the city can be a little overwhelming. The historic institution Maison du Cygne, where Karl Marx drank and where the Belgian Socialist Party was organized, serves up traditional Belgian and French fare and is so popular that you’ll want to secure a reservation well in advance. The dessert selection in Belgium is equally tantalizing, with a variety of unique offerings including some of the most famous chocolatiers in the world. Before your trip is over, satisfy your sweet tooth and be sure to sample the amazing chocolate in Belgium.
Get to known Tintin
Created by Belgian comic Herge in 1929, Tintin is probably one of Belgium’s most famous exports aside from its specialist ales. The comic strip in Belgium is actually considered a very prominent and important art form. Often referred to as the “ninth art,” Tintin, the Smurfs, Willy and Wanda and many other world-famous comics were imagined by Belgian natives and you can see them all at the Centre Belge de la Bande Dessinee, an Art Nouveau building turned museum.
Explore the Palais Royal
The autumn months are a great time to be outside. Not too hot or too cold, this season is a great time to visit the Palais Royal and the nearby Parc du Bruxelles. While the king doesn’t actually live in the palace, he sometimes visits, and if he is in town you will see the national flag flying outside. Explore the gardens and grounds, and if you are lucky enough you may be able to link up with one of the Palace’s free tours.
Planning Your Autumn Vacation in Brussels
If you’re looking for a fantastic location to spend fall in Europe, an autumn vacation in Brussels might be perfect for you! Treat yourself to ideal weather for touring the city on foot and don’t forget to rent a car in Brussels so you can take the longer journeys in stride. Why waste money on cab fares when you can travel in freedom with your own private vehicle? Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals and specials around, so finding the best price is easier than ever. Use our booking engine to find a rate online or feel free to give us a call 1-877-820-0668; we’ll be waiting to help make your travel dreams a reality this fall!