The Perfect Ride: Brand New Mountain Bikes for Adults

Whether you’re a competition mountain biker or enthusiast staking the trails all over the country, there are countless bikes with a variety of features to suit your needs. Even if you’re just starting out, selecting a bike that’s durable and yet tough is great way to expand your skills and venture into some truly breath taking areas.

The 26″ Muddyfox Boomslang mountain bike is a noticeable green and black, praised for being an all-round and tough on rough, cross-country landscapes. Its dual-suspension and light alloy frame makes it a great candidate for jumping and downhill racing, while the 21-speed Shimano transmission and grip shift controls make it really easy to ride.

The 26″ Barracuda Energy Wheel Bike for men has an exceptionally light 18″ alloy frame that gives mountain bikers ease across variable terrains including countryside and off-road track. 21-speed Shimano gears allow flexibility for higher pressure environments while the dual-suspension frame and Zoom suspension fork ensure a comfortable ride for sharp inclines.

The 26″Muddyfox Vice mountain bike for adults is great for people who prefer smoother surfaces, but are still seeking the flexibility of 24-speed Shimano gears, EZ fire shifters and hard tail alloy frame that is hardy in all-weather conditions. Front and rear V-brake discs provide smooth braking for those who take to the trails in summer and snow, while the silver finish is attractive and yet durable.
Browse through a list of the mountain bikes on sale to find the one that’s going to deliver your perfect ride.

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No-fuss Holidays at All Inclusive Resorts

There are countless exciting destinations that provide great all inclusive packages for people seeking last minute getaways. With a wide variety of family and couples retreats offering everything from golden beaches to neon-lit nightclubs and sprawling shopping malls, there’s something for everyone in the world of all inclusive.

Some of the most popular destinations are on the Mediterranean and European coasts, in Spain and Greece, and not to mention islands like the Balearics and the Canaries, where resorts are very well-equipped to host visitors from all over the world, and where the beaches and entertainment parks are a thrill for younger visitors.

In more exotic locations such as Egypt and India, adventurous travellers can visit famous resorts in Sharm el Sheik and Goa respectively, and take in all the treasures these countries have to offer. The appeal of the last minute holiday is that there’s very little to do on your part – simply book and go – and enjoy the convenience of accommodation, meals and entertainment on an all inclusive basis.

For travellers on a budget, all inclusive helps people save by removing cash from the equation and ensuring there’s no need to buy unnecessary snacks from vendors. Tours and entertainment are provided using trustworthy operators, meaning travellers are protected from unscrupulous guides. Consider booking last minute holidays that are all inclusive to save money and enjoy some of the best holiday destinations around the world.

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The Alternative Christmas

This year my husband and I decided that we were going to spend Christmas in another part of the world. England is incredibly beautiful in the winter, but after the chaos of last December we wanted guaranteed sun and soft sand. As a younger couple we travelled the world after university, and in a way I think we needed to rediscover our more adventurous selves.

We searched and searched for the perfect place to spend Christmas and eventually stumbled upon the Bahamas as a destination. Immediately my eyes lit up and at that moment I knew that I had found our perfect winter holiday. It didn’t take a lot of persuasion for my husband to agree and we started to look forward to a festive week in the sun.

We weren’t disappointed. The weather, for one, was amazing and as soon as we arrived on the beach I knew we had made the right decision. Many friends and family couldn’t understand why we went so far to find the perfect Christmas, but as soon as they saw our holiday snaps they understood. Our perfect week in the sun came to an end too quickly, but we are already planning our next Bahamas holidays.

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Gaudi’s Buildings in Barcelona

Barcelona’s architecture is world renowned due in part to the work of local architect, Antoni Gaudi, who gave his distinctive “Modernista” touch to numerous buildings in the city. Gaudi’s work is observable all over Catalonia’s capital, and widely admired by architects from all over the world, owing to its individuality, influences from nature and spirituality.

Perhaps one of Gaudi’s best-known works is the incomplete Sagrada Família, which is an imposing Roman Catholic Church in Eixample, and also the site of Gaudi’s burial crypt. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site (along with six others in the architect’s repertoire) and consecrated in by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.

Tourists can visit the church museum to learn about the church and Gaudi, who it is said was profoundly religious, and climb the tall towers for a spectacular view of Barcelona. A famous vignette involves a carving of a donkey which decorates the main portal: it’s thought that Gaudi was presented with the finest donkeys in the city to use as models but instead selected an old, haggard beast that belonged to an old woman selling sand.

Gaudi is admired for his use of colour in mosaic patterns, shaped stonework and twisted iron sculptures. Sites of interest include his former home in Park Guell, and two buildings on Passeig de Gracia, the ‘skull and bone’ home or Casa Batlló, and La Pedrera or The Quarry. Get flights to Barcelona to explore Catalonia’s unique and colourful architecture.

 

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100 Kilometres of Barbados Beaches

Barbados is in the Lesser Antilles, the most eastern West Indies islands, measuring about 34 kilometres in length and 23 kilometres in width. The landscape is relatively flat and slopes gently towards the central highland region, with the high point at Mount Hillaby, about 340 metres above sea level.

There are beaches all over Barbados. Along the east coast, they tend to be wide, with fine sand that is blown by breezes, and in the north, there are coral and sandstone cliffs that rise from the sea, reaching one hundred feet in height, and which shelter sandy, hideaway coves.

The south and west coast beaches stretch for kilometres of unbroken white sand, met by fascinating coral formations. As a result, these are the most popular places for swimming and water sports such as scuba diving, snorkelling, surfing and water skiing.  One of the most popular beaches among locals and visitors is Rockley Beach, where vendors ply a variety of wares that range from local jewellery and clothing to handicrafts. There is a very gentle undertow, the sand is soft and there are sea grape trees that provide shade, making this beach both beautiful and comfortable for a day spent in the sun.

There are about 130 kilometres of beach landscape on Barbados. Buy cheap holidays to Barbados and explore the gorgeous beach scenery first hand.

 

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Using Property News to Find a Home

There are numerous steps to take before buying a new home. For example, many people wonder whether or not it’s a good idea to buy before getting married. It’s also very important to get your finances in order; to set aside a down payment, reduce existing monthly payments and secure a mortgage.
When all the preparation is done, it’s time to find an estate agent to help you track down your dream home. Of course, you can get to know the neighbourhood you’re interested in by conferring with family and friends, searching online and visiting the area, but a good agent will have a professional’s knack for finding the property that suits you perfectly. He or she will also be able to give you advice based on experience and knowledge of the market.

Focusing on a location that appeals to you is one of the most important things to remember when buying a home. After you’ve decided what you want from your new home and have pretty clear idea of the type of neighbourhood you want, you can turn to the Internet to view property listings, go on virtual tours, view photographs and get a better idea of the places that are available.

By reading property news before approaching estate agents, you’ll be better equipped to help them locate the properties that are just right for you and your family. In this way, you’ll be able to find a home without searching fruitlessly through unsuitable properties.

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Get Affordable Flights this Festive Season

Booking flights during the peak holiday season can be a heart-in-mouth experience. There can be a lot of competition, particularly close to a flight’s departure date, and as result airlines tend to hike their prices.

It can be exhausting clicking through pages of information trying to find the right package or flight-combination to suit your pocket. Use flight comparison to quickly scan prices and select that right-place, right-time, type of deal.  The Internet is a great resource for quickly and conveniently finding information. Use it to your benefit, and consider the following tips:

Package holidays often undercut DIY trips: If you’re planning to travel for 7, 10 or 14 days, take a look at the package holidays that include flights, accommodation and car hire. Not only do these holidays take the stress out of negotiating your way through each of these money pits, you can save by pre booking as well.

Flexibility is great, but only if it’s absolute: Travel tends to peak on the weekend and slump midweek, while earlier flights tend to undercut midday ones. If you’re flexible on your dates of departure and return, you can save cash by simply adjusting your schedule. But beware; if you need to change your dates in an emergency, sometimes the fee can be exorbitant.

Use flight comparison tools to research the flights and packages that go to your destination, and save your money for the things that count this festive season.

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The Maldives: A perfect Holiday Experience

The Maldive Islands are an island nation in the Indian Ocean which is formed by a double chain of twenty-six atolls. This group of atolls is found off India’s Lakshadweep islands, between Minicoy Island and the Chagos Archipelago. The Maldives are famous for their stunning locations and fantastic beaches. People looking to holiday here will find a peaceful place, which is perfect for honeymooners or travellers looking for a bit of peace and quiet.

There are busier centres in the Maldives; the one is the Maldivian capital of Malé. This is the only island with traffic and a built-up commercial centre. While the capital moves at a quicker pace the islands dawdle along. There are several things to see on the main island, including the market and the main mosque.

There are, however, many things that will keep you on your own island. The region is famous for its diving, fishing and snorkelling trips. There is a wide array of fish in the region and the Kaleidoscope of colours will take your breath away.  Many people when mentioning these islands refer to Robinson Crusoe and you can certainly see why, some of the islands are not inhabited and anyone wanting to separate themselves from the world for the day could just lie on the beach and relax.

The islands are perfect for anyone wishing to get away from it all. Many people come to the region on honeymoons, and you can certainly see why. The islands are perfect and the paradise like region will have you booking your next  cheap holidays to the Maldives within days of you arriving home.

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Cape Verde Festivals

Although Cape Verde may be known for its relaxing, beautiful beaches and mournful, “morna” blues, every so often the islands come alive with religious festivals, music events and feasts. Located about 600 kilometres off the coast of Western Africa, Cape Verde is an archipelago nation consisting of ten small islands that are popular holiday destinations for outdoor enthusiasts.

The São Vicente Creole Carnival is held in February and resembling the legendary carnivals of Brazil, it’s a tribute to the Portuguese settlers who landed in Cape Verde centuries ago. Many of the festivities are held in Mindelo, in São Vicente, where carnival participants dress as kings, queens, ballerinas, witches and many other legendary characters to take part in parades and performances.

The São Vicente Baia das Gatas Festival is held in early August, usually over a long weekend, and attracts many artists and bands that perform on or near the natural bay near São Vicente. Although it began as a local music festival, it quickly grew to include international acts as well as cultural programmes, horseracing and nautical sports.

Music, parades and processions, feasts and dancing; in Cape Verde, festivals are an integral part of island culture. Swimming, horse racing and public balls also factor into the annual celebrations that are held on the islands. Browse cheap holidays to Cape Verde take part in these unique religious, musical or municipal festivals.

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Best Beaches in Costa Dorada

Costa Dorada, meaning gold coast, is in Catalonia, Spain, in the province of Tarragona. Best known for its numerous sandy beaches, Costa Dorada also offers world-class vineyards, beautifully preserved Roman ruins and charming villages. However, nearly 800 hectares of flat, sandy beaches and sky-blue water make this southern niche in Catalonia a prime beach holiday destination.

In the north of the region is Mot-roig, with the holiday resort area of Miami Platja. This flat coastal plain consists of secluded, tree-lined coves and is dotted with holiday apartments and villas. The region becomes more mountainous towards the south at popular fishing ports such L’Ametlla de Mar and Vandellos, where the beaches are steeper and narrower.

Beaches near the Ebro Delta (Delta de l’Ebre), are a mix of marsh and salt pan as it is one of the largest wetland areas in the western Mediterranean region. Abundant with animal life (in particular, bird life), the delta is also used for rice and citrus crops. The beaches in the delta are long and wide with fine sand that is typical of the region.
In the south, Les Cases d’Alcanar (Houses of Alcanar) is the southernmost town in Catalonia in the Tarragona province, offering tourists long beaches filled to the brim with clean, heavy sand. Book your holidays to Costa Dorada and explore the different kinds of beaches that stretch from north to south on this golden Catalonian Coast.

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