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The Parthenon, Athens

Athens

Capital of Greece, this is a great destination for the visitor. Tourist Athens includes the ruins of classical Greece, after all the image of Athens - home to the Parthenon is iconic For lovers of Greek cuisine there is a great choice of basic tavernas and sophisticated restaurants. Museums and smart shopping make Athens an all-year destination.

Worldwide Camping Guide

As travelling and holidaying are becoming more expensive, so people are turning to more economical ways of taking a break. Camping is an exciting cost-effective way to take a vacation and see the world. Many countries all over the world have excellent camping grounds with very good facilities.

Glamping (glamorous camping) is becoming very popular all over the world. You have the opportunity of being in the great outdoors, but doing it in style and luxury. Tents are large and feature extras such as hardwood floors and air conditioning (Amanwana, Indonesia); spectacular views (Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, British Columbia); handcrafted furniture (Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thailand); and a team of chefs, waiters and valets waiting to attend to your every need (safari tents in Africa by Newland, Tarlton and Company). The UK and USA have numerous glamping spots where you can stay in anything from sumptuous three-bed roomed mobile homes to luxuriously-appointed yurt tents.

For those on a budget, travelling the world in a camper van or mobile home might be a good option, especially if the whole family goes along. Not only will you have freedom of movement, but your accommodation will be much cheaper. Most camping sites all over the world have special places for camper vans, which include electrical points and a separate kitchen and bathroom area. Many of these sites are in beautiful natural surroundings such as next to the ocean, in a national park or in a forest.

Backpacking through a country is one of the best ways to get to know the local people and cuisine. Your backpack needs to fit you well, as you carry everything with you, including a tent and water. Alternatively, you can stay in tents or caravans provided at each camping site. Many countries in Europe are geared towards backpackers and it is a favourite way for tourists to explore the country. Apart from the obvious choices such as Italy, France and Germany, former Communist Bloc countries are very good choices for backpacking. They are relatively quiet and unspoiled and prices are cheap compared to the rest of Europe. Examples are Hungary, Croatia and Romania.

For something completely different, you could stay in an authentic tepee in the USA, a gypsy wagon or a yurt tent. Guided tours in Africa will take you on a safari among the grass lands, with the opportunity to view animals in their wild habitat. Many countries have mobile homes set up permanently; in South Africa wooden homes are called Plettenberg Homes and are situated on stunning coastlines or in wilderness areas.

One of the loveliest and most entertaining camping grounds in the UK is Park Resorts Bideford Bay Holiday Park in North Devon. It overlooks the ocean and is backed by wooded hilly grounds. The indoor fun pool and Manor House Restaurant are but two of the many attractions of the campsite. In the near vicinity are adventure parks, daytrip opportunities and cycle hire shops to mention just a few.

Parc Guell

Barcelona

Second city of Spain and major Mediterranean port, bustling Barcelona incorporates a delightful historic mix of Roman remains, medieval quarters and 20th century avant-garde art. See:
Barcelona - Capital City of Catalunya,
Barcelona - Las Ramblas,
Barcelona - Sagrada Familia,
Barcelona - Parc Guell.


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