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Purple Tips: Top 5 things-to-do in Cancun
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Most blissful islands worldwide
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Top US Coastal Road Trips
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Top 30 Restaurants in Greece
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Best Holiday Resorts in Morocco
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20 Things to do on Crete holidays
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Best Places for Solo Female Travel
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Purple Tips: 20 Things To Do On Gambia Holidays
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Purple Tips: 20 Things to do on Zante Holidays
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Purple tips: Great Hotels in Kos, 2015

Purple Tips: Top 5 things-to-do in Cancun

Cancun: Welcome to the ''City of two Tales''

Welcome to the ”City of two Tales”

Cancun can be one of your favorite places in Mexico, because it has everything you’d want: shopping and limitless water-sports, spa centres and amazing sandy beaches. Here, you can be spoilt for choice: luxurious resorts, mouthwatering goodies, unparalleled natural beauty & the famous Mayan ruins! Although Cancún is a magnet for young people, families are drawn to the pristine beaches and children’s activities including theme parks and amazing dolphin programs. Our purple travel wanderers unveil you the best of Cancun!

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Endless imposing beaches

Ultimate fun at Playa Delfines

Ultimate fun at Playa Delfines

Sipping on a refreshing Cosmo and splashing in the #Caribbean Sea. There are endless beach areas which can truly take your breath away, each one stands out because of its undeniable beautys. As for your next Caribbean getaway, here are the places we recommend so you can get the very best Cancun experience.

Playa Delfines
One of Cancun’s largest beaches, where you can see plenty of jet skiers and parasailers!

Playa Forum
Located in the famous Punta Cancun area, Playa Forum (or Playa Gaviota Azul) is the city’s most popular beach too. If you like a beach with a fun vibe, this is the place to be. Hang out on the sand or enjoy a more upscale experience at  Mandala Beach Club.

Playa Tortugas
It is a popular choice for families and locals. There is an oceanfront restaurant, a picturesque marina and a bungee tower over the water if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous.

Diving & snorkeling is a must

Snorkeling & Diving in Cancun

Exploring the divine marine world

The infinite Mesoamerican Barrier Reef begins just off the coast of Cancun. An unforgetable experience await you with an awe-inspiring dive, an underwater exploration can lead you to an epic backdrop of looming caves and vibrant reefs, delve into underground rivers, peek into ancient shipwrecks and even browse underwater art! Whether you’re interested in natural splendors or prefer to seek historic relics, there are plenty of dive tours available throughout the year to guide you to the immeasurable underwater beauty of Cancun.

MUSA Underwater Museum

MASA Underwater Museum

MASA Underwater Museum

This bizzare museum features more than 500 underwater sculptures off the coast of Cancun. “Bodies”, heads in the sand, fill every corner… The artwork is as part of a major project called “The Silent Evolution.” The installation is the first endeavor of a new underwater museum called MUSA, which combines contemporary art with reef conservation.

Cenote Dos Ojos
Enter the underground rivers and caves of the Yucatan Peninsula through a natural spring found only here. Cenote Dos Ojos, or as they call it ”Two Eyes”, is named after the double rivers that come together. Located about two hours south of Cancun, it is the deepest known cave passage in the region.

Don’t miss a Day Trip

You know that something amazing and unexpected lies ahead… The breathtaking Caribbean is home to charming seaside villages, unmarked swaths of white sand beaches and mysterious ancient history.
On your next #Cancun vacation, make sure to set aside at least one day to step outside the resort and discover some of the region’s nearby attractions. Rent a car, grab a bicycle or board a ferry and embark on one of these amazing day trips.

Isla Mujeres

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We discovered heaven on earth!

This Caribbean island is only a 20-minute ferry ride from Cancun, You can rent a golf cart for the day to tour the island and visit the tortugranja, or as they call it ”turtle farm”, to watch cute baby turtles (Green Sea Turtles, Loggerheads). Head back to downtown Isla Mujeres for a Mexican delicious lunch followed by an afternoon swimming at Playa Norte.

Playa del Carmen
The beach city of Playa del Carmen, known by locals as the Playa, is a vibrant place for a day of swimming and fine dining! Spend your morning exploring Mexico’s 5th Avenue, Quinto Avenida, a charming street with some of the region’s best shopping.

Buzzy Nightlife
Life in Cancun can be a never-ending party! The Glistening City’s most well known hotspots are among the best on the planet.

Coco Bongo
If you only choose one nightclub during your vacation, make sure it’s Coco Bongo. Cancun’s best and most famous nightclub is known for an over-the-top acrobatics show and celebrity impersonators

The City
The biggest nightclub in Latin America hosts live concerts and the world’s best DJs, as well as the most crazy glow and foam parties…

What are you waiting for? Keep up the Cancun spirit!

 

Most blissful islands worldwide

Madeira, Portugal
Porto Santo bright lights by night

Porto Santo by night

Once again windy Madeira was named as one of the best islands in the world! The island is an archipelago of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Funchal is the capital of Madeira  settled in the 15th century. The greatest part of the island is an imposing botanical garden full of levadas, perfect for hiking trails. To explore its natural beauty you should surely visit the nearby villages, maintaining its charm. Gaze in wonder through mountain climbing to the summit of Pico Ruivo, you will feel like walking in heaven, as you revel in the eminent panoramic views of solidified lava…

Madeira's Nothern Wonders: Volcanically natural pools

Madeira’s Nothern Wonders: Volcanically natural pools

The Nothern road winds down through an amazing landscape of wild forests and lush valleys where you can find the famed terraced vineyards in Levada do Norte. Last but not least, don’t forget to unwind over a wine tasting at Pereira D’Oliveira. Porto Santo morphs into a party island on summer time, not to mention, the natural lava pools at Porto Moniz!

Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
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Endless deep blue…Soaking in the Aegean Sea

Looking for a mythical experience? The island of charm, ‘’immortalized’’ by famous poets, thanks to its coloured houses carved into cliffs and the most mesmerizing sunsets like an artist’s palette! A unique aura that overwhelms all senses with amazing views of the caldera creates wild landscape as you are strolling along Nea Kameni’s volcano. If you are a fearful adventurer, you can try scuba-diving into the thermal waters forming a volcanic spa at Palia Kameni or challenge yourself walking along the Oia’s path where an iridescent landscape await you on the dusk time.

If you are a history lover, take a visit at the ‘’Pompeian City of Aegean’’, the prehistoric Akrotiri and the museum of Prehistoric Thera at Fira. Of course, Santorini’s local specialties are among the most popular, as the greatest chefs blend traditional twist with modern gastronomy making Santorini one of the best culinary destinations! As, for the sunbathers there are unique beaches with a colors of red, black, white and red: Perissa, Perivolos, Kamari, Kokkini and Aspri Paralia (Red & White Beach).

Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Africa
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Chillin’ with refreshing coconut drinks on the beach

One of the most favored tropical paradise in the world, Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a bustling port with a modernized waterfront! Its beautiful well-known resorts, such as the Mont Choisy, Trou-aux-Biches and the Flic en Flac, perfect choice for scuba-divers or Rivière Noire for fishing. Mauritius’ crystal blue waters, endless sandy beaches and tropical climate, is an ideal go-to destination for honeymoons and jet setters too! Except for snorkeling and coconut refreshing cocktails there is much more to do on this island with its buzzing nightlife and rich culture.  Moreover, there are some things surely not to miss: Mahebourg market – the island’s traditional bazzar, Mauritius is also home to world’s golf lovers, Chamarel Colored Earths & Waterfalls, Sporting enthusiasts: Have a daytrip at Ille aux Cerfs,  Admire flora & fauna of Indian Ocean at Mauritius Aquarium or take a visit at Eureka delving into Mauritius’ colonial past.

Bali, Indonesia
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Door of Heaven

Bali, the Indonesian paradise, feels like a earthly heaven with its incomparable beauty…. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, known for its great diversity of marine species. Soak up the sun or dive along the amazing wreck of a WWII war ship! At artistic Ubud, you can see a cultural local dance or if you need some revival moments, invigorate mind & body in a yoga class. The eclectic Balinese tradition will get you hooked during your stay and it is mainly what sets this island apart from other tropical destinations. Most tourists visit also the island for its stunning ancient and nature wonders, active volcanoes and lush wild jungles!

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Wild nature comes alive…

Can’t miss – Facilities & Landmarks

  • What Not to Miss in Bali
  • Shopping at Seminyak & dining at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan restaurant
  • Explore Kuta – Amed & Lovina beaches
  • Dive off Pemuteran & Surfing at Medewi
  • Visit Puri Lukisan museum & Monkey Sanctuary
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Ancient temples leaves you speechless

 

 

 

 

  • Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a bustling port with a modernized waterfront!  Buffer
  • Don't forget to unwind over a wine tasting at Pereira D’Oliveira!  Buffer
  • Lavish moments at Porto Moniz natural lava pools  Buffer
  • Looking for a mythical experience? Visit the Greek island of charm, Santorini!  Buffer
  • Gaze in wonder through mountain climbing to the summit of Pico Ruivo....  Buffer

Top US Coastal Road Trips

Seaside or mountain love?
Whichever side you prefer, we are here to give you the best ideas and make your holidays unbeatable. This year, we prefer to travel back in time and remind ourselves the hottest pastimes in the ’80s. As expected, coastal road trips remained a must on every traveler’s bucket list. Explore this summer the most scenic-secret places in the American territory!

Here is the list of the top breathtaking itineraries and places to see in USA:

1. Coastal Road Trip – Overseas Highway:
Tropical drive from Miami beach to Key West

Florida’s Overseas Highway connects the world’s most popular american vacation spot, Miami,  to the most southern location of US, the island of Key West. During your 4-hour-drive along the route, you can watch numerable coral and small limestone islands, so we advice you to take your time and enjoy sightseeing or swimming.

*Beware of the 7-Mile-Bridge, you  may feel like you are flying over the water!

Purple Travel Vituozos tip: Take a stop at Tavernier, so you can have access to the Conch Reef which is ideal for snorkeling lovers!

2. Coastal Road Trip – Pacific Coast Highway:
From California to San Diego

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an unusual eco-friendly escape the Pacific Coast Highway is perfect  for you! It is known as one of the best scenic drives worldwide and it’s easy to see why! Cliff-hugging all the way,  you feel that the California coast enliven your senses to the full extent. Detour to the city of surprises – San Francisco and get through the alluring coastal towns like Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, the exotic Malibu and ”the city of angels”, the glamorous L.A…

Purple Travel Vituozos tipAt Monterey Bay take a visit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium,  then drive along the scenic ”17 Mile” and enjoy the beautiful seaside village Carmel-by-the-Sea. After the next uphill to the Big Sur, don’t forget to take a picture of the Bixby Bridge, the tallest single span  bridges worldwide! to take a photo of the Bixby Bridge, one of the tallest concrete bridges in the world.

3. Coastal Road Trip – ROUTE 66:
From Chicago & Illinois to Los Angeles

Here is better to do as the songs says ” “get your kicks on Route 66.” The ”Route 66” captivates the romantic souls until today. The truth is that, no other highway, in the world, has inspired so many classic rock songs, storytellers and  legendary poems.  The 2,200-mile-long, running from the high-tech city -known for its’ one-and-only urban design- Chicago, to the ”seaside dreaming”-the city of California, may surprise you, as well as your long-lasting excitement!

Purple Travel Vituozos tip: The awe-inspiring Meramec Caves, near the town of  Missouri, cannot be missed. The cross-section of American sceneries, from Illinois, all the way to the sunny L.A, the Grand Canyon, as well as the sandy streets of St. Louis.

Cheers to american adventures!

Top 30 Restaurants in Greece

Culinary experiences - Best restaurants in Greece Images via @athinorama

Wondering what’s the best place to eat during your holidays in Greece? We are more than excited to present you the highlights of the most stunning Greek gastronomy ceremony, ”Golden Chef’s Hat”, held in Athens on Monday April 20th in the Ballroom of the hotel “Grande Bretagne”.  Foreign journalists and ministers, as well as Greek tourism professionals shared their excitement for culinary experiences celebrating the best restaurants in Greece. As gastronomy is amongst the most authentic cultural elements of Greece, the ”Golden Chef’s Hat” awards, for the first time in 22 years, brought not one but two restaurants to the top of the Greek culinary scene. Read More

Best Holiday Resorts in Morocco

Looking to get rid of the winter blues? How about visiting one of the holiday resorts in Morocco? All are full of sun, sea, sand and exotic charm yet each has its own unique flavour. Here Purple Travel give you a brief guide to each destination to inspire your next holiday.

Saidia

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Known as the “Blue Pearl”,  Saidia is Morocco’s newest beach resort with all the excitement of larger resorts but with a modern twist. You’ll find large and luxurious resorts overlooking a sparkling blue ocean that contrast with traditional Moroccon destinations like Fez. Temperatures here can reach the high 30s in summer bringing with it sun worshippers. So why holiday here? There’s the marina filled with restaurants serving traditional Moroccan cuisine, thermal centres, sailing, diving and water skiing opportunities, all great ways to keep you entertained during your getaway.

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20 Things to do on Crete holidays

Crete is one of the most spectacular islands in the world to visit and even though it’s a Greek island the Cretans have a spirit that’s entirely their own.  Here we whittle down the choices of things to do in Crete so you can make the most of Crete holidays.

1. Visit the Palace of Knossos in…Knossos

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Knossos was the capital of Minoan Crete and was inhabited for several thousands of years. The palace is connected with such mythology as the Labyrinth with the Minotaur. Knossos is easily reached by bus from Heraklion.

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Best Places for Solo Female Travel

It can often be hard to try and do all the things we want to do and see all the places we want to, especially if it means organizing travel plans with friends. There’s only one thing for it sometimes – travelling alone. For women, sometimes we’re even more hesitant to venture out on our own on a solo adventure. Some of us might be a bit scared that it’s not safe while others don’t know what they would do alone or don’t know where they would go. But really travelling solo is not as hard as you think once you’ve taken that first step and travelling solo can give you a new found sense of freedom, strength and thirst for adventure that you never had before. In this guide Purple Travel gives you the low-down on places you can go for solo female travel where you’ll feel safe and secure on your own.

Solo Female Travel Iceland

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Purple Tips: 20 Things To Do On Gambia Holidays

You might think Gambia holidays are just about beaches and wildlife. We’re not gonna lie, there is a lot of that but if you delve a little deeper there is also a wealth of history, cuisine, arts, music and dance to discover and find out more about real life in The Gambia.

1. Visit the Abuko nature reserve to get up close to many species of birds, monkeys, bushbucks, chameleons and crocodiles.

AbukoImage via @Allan Hopkins

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Purple Tips: 20 Things to do on Zante Holidays

You might just think there’s only beaches and bars to visit on Zante holidays but there’s a lot more to do and see here than first meets the eye. Let us know in the comments below your favourite things to do in Zante.

1. Head to Agios Nikolaos and take a boat to see the Blue Caves at Cape Skinari – they are natural arches that have been carved out by erosion and are famous for the colour of the water hence the name Blue Caves.

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Purple tips: Great Hotels in Kos, 2015

We know how hard it can be to try and choose a holiday destination let alone the destination and then a hotel. You look forward to your summer holiday all year and then what if it’s a flop? Or it doesn’t meet your needs?

Luckily, Purple Travel is here to help you find hotels in Kos that you can rely on for an excellent time on holiday in Kos. We’ve chosen these hotels on our list because of their high quality standards of service and the great feedback that we get from our customers.

Top kos Hotels Purple Travel
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5* Mitsis Blue Domes, Kardamena
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Mitsis Blue Domes is a newcomer to the scene and opened in 2010. Since then it’s garnered a good reputation among hotels in Kos for the amount of facilities available and its first-class service. Read More

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