Feel the Rio rhythm and value the tradition

When you say Rio de Janeiro, you think about Copacabana, warm beaches, samba rhythms and of course, the famous and colorful carnival. With all the temptations that surround the city, the place is without a doubt a charming and decadent travel spot one must visit at least once in a lifetime.  Rio de Janeiro, the 2nd biggest city in Brazil, in English its name means “River of January”, locals usually name it simply Rio. During 1763 and 1815, the settlement was the capital of the Brazilian country. After that, Brasilia took its place. Still, the city remained a very important economic, financial centre of Brazil where many tourists go every year.

Rio de Janeiro is embedded in a marvelous landscape and harbors some magnificent geographic features like the Sugar Loaf Mountain, Corcovado Peak, and the hills of Tijuca, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Another famous landmarks are The Christ the Redeemer (Cristo Redentor) statue and the football stadium of Maracanã.

The South Zone is where world-famous beaches are located. Most hotels in Rio de Janeiro and hostels are situated in this part of the city, compressed between the sea and the Tijuca Range including Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon, the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon, Sugar Loaf and Corcovado Mountains and districts along Flamengo Beach.

The Centro, including Lapa and Santa Teresa, is the city’s financial and business center with many historic buildings like The National Museum of Fine Arts, The Tiradentes Palace, The Municipal Theatre, The National Library, The Metropolitan Cathedral and The Pedro Ernesto Palace.

The North Zone is home to The Maracanã stadium, The Quinta da Boa Vista Park with the National Museum and the city’s Zoo, The National Observatory and more. The rapidly growing West Zone area including the popular beaches of Jacarepaguá and Barra da Tijuca will be the venue of the Olympics in 2016.

Remember that the Football World Cup 2014 and the 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro and Brazil. So, ExcelBooking.com and early booking is recommended if you need a hotel room during these periods.

This is Greece

Greece is widely known for its exotic islands (more than 1,400) and extraordinary beaches. The most visited and famous Greek islands are Crete, Rhodes, Santorini, Mykonos, Zakynthos and Corfu, just to mention some of them. Only 227 of the islands are inhabited, most of them offer photogenic and picturesque villages, yacht ports, bays, sandy beaches, swimming and diving, rocky coastlines and a vibrant and relaxed nightlife.

However, the country has much more to offer to its visitors, including ancient ruins, temples. One of the most famous landmarks that you can see is The Acropolis in Athens. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates from the Late Bronze Age. The site includes numerous classical buildings like the Athena Nike Temple, the Erectheion and the Parthenon. The Acropolis stands on top of Athens and it’s an icon for both the modern and ancient civilization. This magnificent place is also a symbol for inspiration, education and democracy.

Greece has influenced many other Western nations as the country is the “birthplace” of the Olympics, democracies, Socratic method, Platonic ideals and the alphabet. Until date, Greece remained an important cultural centre of the Mediterranean Basin and the entire Europe.

Recently Greece has faced financial problems but this is only influencing tourists in a positive way, as prices are going down and everything gets cheaper, compared to previous years. Just take a look at all the hotels that ExcelBooking.com offers in Greece

Stockholm – “Venice of the North”

For some, northern countries like Sweden are faraway and cold places, representing a challenge that they are not sure whether to take or not. For other, Scandinavia is a real paradise. We tend to agree with the second group, because when you get way up high in the north it’s like you arriving in a whole different world. People don’t welcome you with cold as you may imagine, but with breath-taking landscapes and smiley faces.

One of the most important places in Scandinavia is Stockholm, the capital of Sweden. You might expect encountering a crowded, noisy and dusty city, but you will see exactly the opposite: a warm, calm, silent and clean metropolis. Stockholm is actually a group of 14 islands on the Lake Mälaren, right near the Baltic Sea, linked together by 50 bridges. This made people name the city “Venice of the North”. All this original composition offers a great view for all the visitors. Also, you will be impressed by the mixture between modern and old architecture, present and history, industrialization and the large amount of green spaces. The city is very dynamic, without being tiring, and it offers many attractions and activities. Stockholm is, maybe, the greenest and the freshest city in Europe and 30% of its area is covered with parks and all sorts of green regions and another 30% consists of water. So, you can say that this is really the perfect place to live.

The city has a long history, being established somewhere between 1187 and 1250. Since then, Stockholm has been an economic, cultural, political and media center of Sweden, making the country one of the most civilized and wealthy in the world. Also, we should not forget that here people have one of the highest quality of life from the entire globe. So, for an extraordinary, unique and fresh experience go visit the incredible northern city.

The selection of hotels in Stockholm and Sweden is really excellent. Just take a look at ExcelBooking.com hotel selection.

London and London Marathon is very special

London Marathon is held each spring since 1981 and is today one of the five top world marathons that are included in the World Marathon Majors competition. Each year more than 35,000 runners are participating and almost a million people come to support the runners, making the event not just a marathon, but also a 42 km long street party.

Of course London is not only for marathon runners, London is a very special city because it contains four World Heritages Sites declared by UNESCO: the Tower of London, the Kew Gardens, the historic area of Greenwich and a site which comprises other three main attractions: Westminster Abbey, St. Margaret’s Church and the Palace of Westminster. Beside these ones, tourists also visit in London the Buckingham Palace along with the guard changing that fascinates them, the St. Paul’s Cathedral, Trafalgar Square, the Wembley Stadium, the Tower Bridge, the London Eye which offers a great view of Thames and the entire city, the British Museum, the British Library, the National Gallery, Piccadilly Circus and the Madame Tussauds Museum. These landmarks are seen annually by over 14 million international visitors and other 27 million who come in London and just stay overnight. This huge number of tourists requires 350,000 workers in the city’s tourism industry.

Besides landmarks known all over the world which bring people to London continuously, the capital is home to famous designers, such as Vivienne Westowood, Jimmy Choo, Stella McCartney, Galliano and Manolo Blahnik. Moreover, London is renowned as well for the fact that it houses renowned art and fashion houses which provide the place with new talented designers year after year. This makes it one of the fashion capitals of the world, along with Milan, New York and Paris.

This year, 2012, the marathon will take place 22nd of April. We recommend early booking if you need a hotel room close or during this date and period. Take a look at ExcelBooking.com and The London Marathon official web site


La romance de Paris

Paris, one of the most romantic European cities, is a great travel spot for a honeymoon. Apart from the famous Champs Elysées and Eiffel Tower, there are numerous other places in Paris that deserve to be visited at least once in a lifetime. Either you French kiss your beloved one on a tight little street or you serve croissants at a small café house, within the city your romantic side will be explored to the fullest.

Do you agree that France and Paris is one of the most romantic destinations in the world that you can travel to?  If you decide to travel to Paris, there are plenty of hotels in Paris on ExcelBooking.com

Ibiza – Where the Day Begins at Sunset

Ibiza or Eivissa is one of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Together with Formentera, they are known as the “Islas Pitiusas”, from the Greek word “pitys” meaning pine tree.  Both islands have abundant pine trees covering vast landscapes. The cities which comprise Ibiza are San Antonio, Ibiza Town and Santa Eulària des Riu. The landscape is rocky and harsh alongside the hardy pines. The most common crops are almonds, olives and figs.  Surprisingly, about half the island, particularly in the unspoiled northeast, remains covered by thick forests. Driving around the back roads would give you a totally different experience than what Ibiza’s image is to the world.

Interesting places to see in Ibiza and its surroundings are Es Vedra, the mystical island rock on the west coast, the Passeig de ses Fonts in San Antonio, the old part of Ibiza Town and a hidden cove called Atlantis, that is, if you can find a local who could direct you to the secret place. Visit the neighboring Formentera by boat and explore the beautiful beaches along the coast. Ibiza’s beaches and laid-back attitude initially attracted young travellers in the flower-power heydays of the 60’s when European hippies headed to Ibiza to tune in, turn on and drop out. Tourism flourished as the hip and fashionable people slowly recognized Ibiza’s potentials to become a holiday hotspot. Today, Ibiza receives millions of tourists, annually, and is one of Spain’s most trendy and popular tourist destinations.

There are a variety of accommodations from budget to premium hotels in Ibiza. If you want a luxurious comfortable hotel room in Ibiza, try the Ibiza Gran Hotel in Ibiza town. If you are on a budget then settle in one of the hotels situated in Es Canar, Intertur Hotel Miami Ibiza is a nice 3 star hotel.

Most Beautiful Beaches In The World!

There are plenty of beaches in the world and for sure some beaches that are more beautiful than others. Here you will see one opinion but we would also like to hear your opinion, so don’t hesitate to leave your comments. Do you agree or are there other beaches that are more beautiful?