I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Greek region
of Epirus. Located at the northern end of Greece, Epirus isn't necessarily
one of the first places which comes to mind when thinking of a holiday - the islands of
Zakynthos, Kos, Corfu, Rhodes, Crete are normally the first places which spring to mind
when looking for a Greek holiday; however Epirus shouldn't be ruled out.
Greece is well known as a holiday destination and the Epirus region doesn't disappoint. Whether you're after a bit of local history, or should
you fancy some time on the beach - or, most likely, a mix and match of the two, Epirus will have something for you.
Like all of Greece, There is plenty of history to see in Epirus. There are the ruins of a 14th century castle near the town of
Parga; the ancient Theatre of Dodona; or how about the remarkable monastery at Meteora? The photo below shows this monastery - you'll
need to have a head for heights for this one.
Meteora means literally 'hovering in the air' - which helps explain the Meteora Monastery
The chances are, if you're planning on taking a holiday to Greece, you're going to want to spend at least a little time by the beach.
And you won't be left beachless in Epirus. There are several beaches to choose from, with the west coast
of Epirus on the gorgeous Ionian Sea. Sivota, to the north of Epirus has
Karvouno beach, Bella Vraka beach, Mega Ammos beach and Mikri Ammos beach. While in the south of the region,
Parga has Sarakiniko beach, Piso Krionery beach, Valtos beach, Lichnos beach, Parga beach and
The beaches range from sandy stretches to rocky outcrops; just take your pick of the type of day out you require.
A beach at Parga - nice water, and nice back-drop too
Villas in Epirus
Possibly the most important part is where to take your holiday. There is a nice little selection of villas along
the west coast, with the main concentration being around
Sivota and Parga.
You have a selection of villas in Parga, with the
Apolis V, Apolis II, Apolis I, Ariadne, Salvator Superior Villass, Regina
and the Apolis IV being situated here. Sleeping between 4 and 6 people - these villas
are all available from
James Villas Parga villas.
Further up the coast is Sivota, and, as you'd expect, there are a handful of villas to look at here too:
Michail, Ponente, Adriana, Luna, Christina and Alexsandra are all available from
James Villas Sivota villas.
If the thought of a villa holiday sounds good - but you've got children in tow, have a look at villa resorts which combine the advantages of having your own villa with the advantages of a resort's facilities.
Find a selection of holiday cottage in Beccles, Suffolk. The cottages of Riverside House, Butterfield House, Northgate Bakery, Honeysuckle Cottage and Burnt Hill House all have a video showing their location in Beccles.
Try a villa holiday in Europe and the Mediterranean during March, April and May. James Villas Spring Holidays is the place to look - and if you get in early enough you could get a bargain in the James Villa Holidays Half Price Sale.
Located next to the beach and surrounded by the Lagoa dos Salgados Lagoon and nature reserve, Vidamar Algarve Resort is a villa resort with holiday villas sleeping between 4 and 8 people. All villas at Vidamar Algarve Resort have their own pool.
A fabulous day out, the Falkirk Wheel links the Union Canal with the Forth and Clyde Canal. You have a variety of attractions at the Falkirk Wheel, including an Archimedes Screw, hire a cycle, paddle boats, or just a nice walk.
See the sights from the top of the Nevis Range in Scotland. Take a gondola up the mountain, and get some views from the Sgurr Finnisg-aig view point. You can always cycle down too - or take the cable car back down again.
How about a family holiday in the sun? The Balearic Islands make a lovely location for a holiday. We were recently fortunate enough to spend a few days at the all-inclusive resort of Marina Parc on Menorca. Close to the beach at Arenal d'en Castell, Marina Parc also comes with its own water park.
Great Yarmouth has an abundance of seaside attractions to keep both young and old occupied. For something a little calmer, how about a walk round The Venetian Waterways at Great Yarmouth. This peaceful waterway makes a glorious location to wander around.