As regular readers of our blog will know, we were asked late last year by loveholidays – the UK’s fastest-growing online travel agency – to write a selection of in-depth travel destination guides for their website. Each 1,750-word guide would need to follow a strict format and include sections such as ‘things to do’, ‘food and drink’ and ‘FAQs’.
We’ve previously profiled five of the guides we wrote for loveholidays in early 2021, from Thailand to Tunisia. Now, we’d like to share five more recent ones. Scroll down to read short extracts from our guides on Sri Lanka, Tokyo, Morocco, Goa and the South of France. You can read the full guides by clicking the links to the loveholidays site…
Enveloped by Indian Ocean and carpeted in lush rainforest, holidays in Sri Lanka go big on your bucket list.
Package holidays in Sri Lanka guarantee serious bang for your buck. Whether you’re hungry for jungle exploits or tempted by tropical beaches, this bijou island nation quenches every appetite for adventure. Ancient cities brim with Buddhist temples while wild elephants roam the national parks. At every turn? Friendly faces, diverse cultures and exotic lands primed for memory making.
Top 5 things to do in Sri Lanka
Despite its modest size, cheap holidays in Sri Lanka spill over with sightseeing possibilities.
– If you’re a wildlife lover, Sri Lanka’s 26 national parks are a dream come true. Yala National Park tops the list for leopards, while the scrub jungle of Udawalawe is elephant paradise.
– Pretty Kandy was the ancient capital of kings. As well as museums and urban forests, don’t miss the ornate temple housing the Buddha’s sacred tooth – one of the holiest sites in the country.
– From mist-shrouded mountains to winding river trails, Sri Lanka is a hiking hotspot. Watch the earth drop away at World’s End Cliff or delve deep into the jungle at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.
– Sri Lanka’s wild side is punctuated by elegant botanical gardens. Find peace among the dazzling acres of flame-coloured flowers, spice gardens and bamboo forests in Royal Botanical Gardens.
– As well as adventure, don’t forget to take ten on the island’s idyllic sands. The south west coast is beach holiday heaven, all palm-backed bays and dolphin-watching excursions.
Tokyo is one of the busiest cities in the world. The selection of shops, museums and restaurants is almost overwhelming, but there are temples and gardens for quiet contemplation, too.
Tokyo’s relentless activity and massive scale can seem intimidating. But it’s best to dive in head first when you’re on a Tokyo holiday. The contemporary side to Japanese culture is ever-present thanks to neon skyscrapers, hi-tech shopping districts and futuristic museums. But there’s also a serene side to the city, with elegant tea houses, peaceful temple gardens and quiet onsen providing respite from the noise.
Top 5 things to do in Tokyo
You could spend weeks in Tokyo and not even scratch the surface. This heaving metropolis offers great shopping, excellent food and vibrant culture, both traditional and modern.
– Shibuya Crossing, the world’s busiest intersection, is a metaphor for Tokyo life. Enormous flashing video screens loom above the streets as thousands of shoppers, businessmen and tourists go about their business.
– At 2,080 feet, the Tokyo Skytree is the tallest tower in the world. Take the glass elevator up to the top to view a carpet of skyscrapers from the 360-degree observation decks.
– Tokyo’s food markets are brilliant for both eating and people watching. Head to Toyosu Market to eat sushi and catch the early morning tuna auction. Or to ramshackle Tsukiji Outer Market for fresh seafood and street snacks.
– The colourful Buddhist temple of Senso-ji was built in 645. It’s the oldest and most atmospheric in Tokyo and sits at the end of a historic shopping street.
– Tokyo is brilliant for shopping addicts. Try sprawling department store Isetan, which dates back to 1886. Or make for Shimokita, with its vintage stores and bohemian atmosphere.
Ancient cities, soaring mountains and undulating deserts cover this mythical land. Morocco holidays enchant your senses with breathtaking diversity and a large dose of famed hospitality.
From sweeping Saharan dunes to exotic bazaars, holidays in Morocco offer excitement for every type of traveller. Follow the intrepid trails of nomadic Berbers and discover ancient trade in magical medinas. The country’s intriguing traditions weave through every experience and you’ll likely develop the national love for mint tea.
Top 5 things to do in Morocco
Looking for romance under the stars, fun in the sun or an epic history fix? Morocco has something for everyone.
– Spend the night in a Bedouin camp to sleep under the starry skies of the Sahara Desert. The iconic Erg Chebbi dunes host your adventure, which can also include a camel trek or 4×4 safari. Don’t miss the dazzling sunrise and sunset across the sea of sand.
– Jemaa el-Fnaa is the colourful hub of the famous Marrakech medina. The market square buzzes with hawker stalls, circus acts and snake charmers. By night, smoke rises from restaurant grills serving scrumptious street food.
– Beach-hop along rugged coastlines with plenty of water sports action along the way. Surf at Essaouira and Taghazout. For seaside resorts, take your flip-flops to Agadir, Tangier and Tetouan.
– Get your Instagram shot of the colourful dyeing vats at Chouara. The famous site in Fes is thought to be the oldest leather tannery in the world.
– Toubkal National Park is home to Jebel Toubkal, the highest point of the High Atlas mountain range. Hike on a backdrop of crystal-clear streams, rolling hills and dramatic gorges.
Holidays in Goa have been a hit with travellers since the hippies first discovered the area in the 1960s. Today the southwestern Indian state remains popular for its sandy beaches, rich history and natural beauty.
Nestled along the Arabian Sea, Goa is well-known for its stunning stretches of golden sands and charming fishing villages. Away from the coast, Goa offers fascinating historical landmarks that reflect the area’s Portuguese heritage. From rustic seaside eateries to fine dining, Goan cuisine also offers plenty to email home about.
Top 5 things to do in Goa
They say that variety is the spice of life, and Goa certainly delivers in this department. Enjoy the state’s nature, explore its Portuguese heritage or shop up a storm at one of its markets.
– Trek through the mountains to reach Dudhsagar Waterfalls. The spectacular falls stands at over 1000 feet, and features four tiers and three streams of rushing water.
– Nestled along the Mandovi River, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is home to a variety of animals, including crocodiles and jackals. The mangroves also attract birds such as kingfishers, pintails and black drongos.
– Visit Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary to see its resident elephants, leopards and Indian bisons. The verdant park is also home to a huge variety of plants and birds.
– Stroll down the narrow streets of Fontainhas, Goa’s oldest Portuguese quarter. The UNESCO certified heritage zone is lined with charming 18th and 19th-century colonial villas.
– The Anjuna Flea Market had its start around three decades ago as a space for hippies to sell their possessions. Today, the beachside market features pop-up stores with a huge variety of goods, from electronics to textiles.
Glamorous beach resorts, sophisticated cities and a plethora of natural beauty spots ensure South of France holidays never disappoint.
Beautiful beaches interrupted by culture-packed cities are what make cheap holidays to the South of France so desirable. The Mediterranean climate and sensational cuisine of the region have long lured visitors to its shores, while a treasure trove of museums and galleries easily satisfy those with a curious side.
Top 5 things to do in the South of France
Keen to treat yourself on a holiday to the South of France? Plush hotels, award-winning restaurants and loads of unique activities await.
– If you’re craving some R&R, check yourself into a luxury beach hotel. The French Riviera has long been known for its lavish resorts, particularly in Antibes, St Tropez and Nice.
– Want to splash out? Take your pick of five star South of France hotels featuring spacious suites and luxurious extras like spas and wine bars.
– Fine dining is made easy in South France. As well as traditional brasseries, you’ll be able to dine on Michelin-starred dishes from Marseille to Monte Carlo.
– Add an array of one-of-a-kind activities to your South of France holiday itinerary! Options include wine tastings, truffle hunting tours, horse riding along beaches and luxury yacht trips.
– For a taste of the high life, spend a day or two in Monaco. The tiny principality a short drive from Cannes is famed for its glitzy casinos and stylish shopping.
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