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10 sights not to be missed in Sicily!

Thanks to it’s beauty and enormously diverse elements, Sicily is a heavenly holiday destination. Beautiful beaches, interesting sights, delicious food and so on. There’s a lot to do and visit, which can make planning for a short holiday difficult. Below you will find the most beautiful sights in Sicily according to CAP. Looking for a nice holiday home in Sicily? Check out our selection and find a holiday villa with pool in Sicily that will make your whole family happy.  

We advise to make a day trip out of the sights in Sicily listed below you. That way you’ll be able to enjoy them to the fullest.  

1. Palermo

The capital of Sicily is one of the most interesting cities in Italy. Palermo is bursting with history and culture. The cathedral is the showpiece of the city and was originally built as a mosque by the Saracens, so due to the different uses and renovations it is now a mix of architectural styles. Another not-to-be-missed attraction in Palermo is the Palazzo Dei Normanni, the oldest royal palace in Europe. Here, you will also notice a mixture of Arab and Western architectural styles thanks to the history that the building has known. The famous Capella Palatina of the Palazzo dei Normanni with walls, ceilings and statues entirely in gold is a masterpiece. In Palermo you can also visit the old Teatro Massimo or just spend a nice day in the cozy city.  

2. Cefalù

Cefalù is an extremely cosy town that embodies the atmosphere of authentic Sicily. It is situated on the beach and the old houses under the blue sky are simply picturesque. Enjoy the tranquility, the sea and experience la dolce vita. At CAP we have the perfect holiday villa on Sicily so you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz with sea view in the tranquility of your own garden. 

3. Taormina

Taormina is a very charming town that is a nice destination for a day trip. It is situated on a lovely beach where you can spend a warm afternoon. In the morning you can visit the ancient Greek theatre, which was later transformed into a Roman theatre. Moreover, the theatre has a breathtaking view over the island.

4. Excursion to Mount Etna

Mount Etna is perhaps Sicily's most famous landmark. Europe's largest active volcano is of course an exciting option to bring some activity into your holiday. With a guide you will get closest to the top of the volcano and you might even get to see lava! There are also possibilities to start your climb by public transport from Catania. An unexpected touch for those who have never visited Mount Etna, is that on the fertile ground around it you can also get delicious wines. 

5. The Aeolian Islands

Northeast of the coast of Sicily are the Aeolian Islands, an archipelago consisting of seven islands, all protected by UNESCO. That keeps them intact and that is good news: they are real beacons of natural beauty. Through various websites or with the help of tourist information on Sicily itself, you can book excursions by boat so that you can pass all the islands, which is highly recommended. Not only is it wonderful to spend a sunny afternoon on the water, there is also a chance that you can spot dolphins. On the island of Stromboli there’s a volcano with the same name, that you can climb by yourself or accompanied by a guide, super fun for the sports enthusiasts among us. 

6. Syracuse

Syracuse is another example of a beautiful Sicilian city whose fascinating history can be seen in its various monuments and architectural styles. During ancient times, Syracuse was one of the most powerful cities in the Mediterranean. The Neopolis Archaeological Park is a must see attraction in Sicily. An ancient amphitheatre, catacombs and other remnants of it are truly impressive. The archaeological museum of Syracuse offers more explanation about the history and unique objects are on display. It is one of the most important archaeological museums of Europe. Throughout Syracuse you will quickly notice the common thread: the Greek and Roman history that took place there. 

 

7. Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples, also called Akragas, is undoubtedly an unmissable attraction when you are in Sicily. It is called 'Valley', but actually the site is situated on a ridge near Agrigento. There are seven Doric-style temples here and the site is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. You do pay a bit for a guided tour, but in a place that has such a fascinating and ancient history, it is worth it. 

8. Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte. The beautiful white rocks of a kind of limestone owe their name to their shape reminiscent of white steps and to the fact that this was the location where the Moors landed in Sicily. The beautiful contrast between the blue of the sky and the sea with the white cliffs attracts many tourists every year, so planning a visit in low season will give you a better chance of having a wonderful holiday peak. However, the cliffs are located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, so even in the summer months an afternoon at the Scala dei Turchi is definitely a good idea. 

 

9. Gorge of Alcantara

The Gorge of Alcantara is a good change for cultural excursions. You can swim, hike and even canyoning in the beautiful surroundings of the rock formations. Most visitors come to the Gorge through the Gole Alcantara Parco Botanico e Geologico visitor centre. This is where the Gorge is the highest and you can walk along the river between the basalt columns. Fancy some action? You can also book tours such as jumping, body-rafting, canyoning or a combination tour with which you first visit Mount Etna and then Alcantara.

10. Erice

High on top of a hill lies the ancient town of Erice. Legend has it that Erice was founded in honor of the goddess Venus. In keeping with this tradition you can still visit the Castello di Venere, the castle of Venus. In the castle you can admire archaeological remains such as the ancient Temple of Venus and the well of Venus, of which it is said that the goddess bathed here. In Giardini del Balio there is also a beautiful statue of the goddess in the water. From the gardens you have a beautiful view over Sicily that reaches so far that you can even see nearby islands in clear weather. Looking for a holiday home with Erice? The beautiful holiday villa Casa Valderice with outdoor kitchen and pool has a typical Sicilian decor and is located a stone's throw from Erice, Trapani and Marsala. Also Villa Laura, a spacious holiday home with a large swimming pool near Marsala, is located on the west coast of Sicily.

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10 sights not to be missed in Sicily!

Thanks to it’s beauty and enormously diverse elements, Sicily is a heavenly holiday destination. Beautiful beaches, interesting sights, delicious food and so on. There’s a lot to do and visit, which can make planning for a short holiday difficult. Below you will find the most beautiful sights in Sicily according to CAP. Looking for a nice holiday home in Sicily? Check out our selection and find a holiday villa with pool in Sicily that will make your whole family happy.  

We advise to make a day trip out of the sights in Sicily listed below you. That way you’ll be able to enjoy them to the fullest.  

1. Palermo

The capital of Sicily is one of the most interesting cities in Italy. Palermo is bursting with history and culture. The cathedral is the showpiece of the city and was originally built as a mosque by the Saracens, so due to the different uses and renovations it is now a mix of architectural styles. Another not-to-be-missed attraction in Palermo is the Palazzo Dei Normanni, the oldest royal palace in Europe. Here, you will also notice a mixture of Arab and Western architectural styles thanks to the history that the building has known. The famous Capella Palatina of the Palazzo dei Normanni with walls, ceilings and statues entirely in gold is a masterpiece. In Palermo you can also visit the old Teatro Massimo or just spend a nice day in the cozy city.  

2. Cefalù

Cefalù is an extremely cosy town that embodies the atmosphere of authentic Sicily. It is situated on the beach and the old houses under the blue sky are simply picturesque. Enjoy the tranquility, the sea and experience la dolce vita. At CAP we have the perfect holiday villa on Sicily so you can enjoy an Aperol Spritz with sea view in the tranquility of your own garden. 

3. Taormina

Taormina is a very charming town that is a nice destination for a day trip. It is situated on a lovely beach where you can spend a warm afternoon. In the morning you can visit the ancient Greek theatre, which was later transformed into a Roman theatre. Moreover, the theatre has a breathtaking view over the island.

4. Excursion to Mount Etna

Mount Etna is perhaps Sicily's most famous landmark. Europe's largest active volcano is of course an exciting option to bring some activity into your holiday. With a guide you will get closest to the top of the volcano and you might even get to see lava! There are also possibilities to start your climb by public transport from Catania. An unexpected touch for those who have never visited Mount Etna, is that on the fertile ground around it you can also get delicious wines. 

5. The Aeolian Islands

Northeast of the coast of Sicily are the Aeolian Islands, an archipelago consisting of seven islands, all protected by UNESCO. That keeps them intact and that is good news: they are real beacons of natural beauty. Through various websites or with the help of tourist information on Sicily itself, you can book excursions by boat so that you can pass all the islands, which is highly recommended. Not only is it wonderful to spend a sunny afternoon on the water, there is also a chance that you can spot dolphins. On the island of Stromboli there’s a volcano with the same name, that you can climb by yourself or accompanied by a guide, super fun for the sports enthusiasts among us. 

6. Syracuse

Syracuse is another example of a beautiful Sicilian city whose fascinating history can be seen in its various monuments and architectural styles. During ancient times, Syracuse was one of the most powerful cities in the Mediterranean. The Neopolis Archaeological Park is a must see attraction in Sicily. An ancient amphitheatre, catacombs and other remnants of it are truly impressive. The archaeological museum of Syracuse offers more explanation about the history and unique objects are on display. It is one of the most important archaeological museums of Europe. Throughout Syracuse you will quickly notice the common thread: the Greek and Roman history that took place there. 

 

7. Valley of the Temples

The Valley of the Temples, also called Akragas, is undoubtedly an unmissable attraction when you are in Sicily. It is called 'Valley', but actually the site is situated on a ridge near Agrigento. There are seven Doric-style temples here and the site is protected as a UNESCO world heritage site. You do pay a bit for a guided tour, but in a place that has such a fascinating and ancient history, it is worth it. 

8. Scala dei Turchi

Scala dei Turchi is a rocky cliff on the coast of Realmonte. The beautiful white rocks of a kind of limestone owe their name to their shape reminiscent of white steps and to the fact that this was the location where the Moors landed in Sicily. The beautiful contrast between the blue of the sky and the sea with the white cliffs attracts many tourists every year, so planning a visit in low season will give you a better chance of having a wonderful holiday peak. However, the cliffs are located on one of the most beautiful beaches in Sicily, so even in the summer months an afternoon at the Scala dei Turchi is definitely a good idea. 

 

9. Gorge of Alcantara

The Gorge of Alcantara is a good change for cultural excursions. You can swim, hike and even canyoning in the beautiful surroundings of the rock formations. Most visitors come to the Gorge through the Gole Alcantara Parco Botanico e Geologico visitor centre. This is where the Gorge is the highest and you can walk along the river between the basalt columns. Fancy some action? You can also book tours such as jumping, body-rafting, canyoning or a combination tour with which you first visit Mount Etna and then Alcantara.

10. Erice

High on top of a hill lies the ancient town of Erice. Legend has it that Erice was founded in honor of the goddess Venus. In keeping with this tradition you can still visit the Castello di Venere, the castle of Venus. In the castle you can admire archaeological remains such as the ancient Temple of Venus and the well of Venus, of which it is said that the goddess bathed here. In Giardini del Balio there is also a beautiful statue of the goddess in the water. From the gardens you have a beautiful view over Sicily that reaches so far that you can even see nearby islands in clear weather. Looking for a holiday home with Erice? The beautiful holiday villa Casa Valderice with outdoor kitchen and pool has a typical Sicilian decor and is located a stone's throw from Erice, Trapani and Marsala. Also Villa Laura, a spacious holiday home with a large swimming pool near Marsala, is located on the west coast of Sicily.

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7 places of interest in Costa de la Luz: old towns and beautiful beaches

The Costa de la Luz is the coastal region stretching from the southern city of Tarifa to the border of Portugal across the provinces of Cadiz and Huelva. The "coast of light" owes its name to the ever shining sun reflected by its blue waters and white beaches. If you are planning your holiday to Spain and you don't know where to go yet, travelling to the Costa de la Luz for its beautiful sights and warmth is certainly a good idea. It is also a lot quieter and therefore more authentic than for example the Costa del Sol. With a holiday home on the Costa de la Luz you already have the best of Spain in your area. Moreover, the best sights on the Costa de la Luz give you a good impression of the identity of Spain, because the Andalusian culture has influenced the whole country. 

1. Enjoying Spanish delicacies

Did you know that many typical Spanish delicacies and cultural features used to originate only from southern Spain or Andalusia? Nowadays we consider sherry, flamenco, the Spanish thoroughbreds and paella as typical specialities of Spain, but the Costa de la Luz is their place of origin. Would you like to enjoy all the beauty and delicacies the region has to offer? Nothing better than drinking a Spanish aperitif while the paella is simmering in your own holiday home in the Costa de la Luz. 

2. Natural Park Doñana

The Doñana National Park or in Spanish Parque Nacional de Doñana used to be the hunting grounds of the Dukes of Medina Sidonia, a former important duchy in the province of Cadiz. That explains why the area is still called Coto Doñana, which translates into 'hunting ground of Doña Ana', to one of the wives of an important duke. Because it has remained demarcated throughout history, there are no roads in the National Park. Some people live there, but they live according to the laws of nature and 'off the grid'. Coto Doñana thus forms a natural beacon between the provinces of Huelva and Seville and attracts millions of migratory birds every year from all over Europe. Lynx and wild boar also find a safe haven here. Nature lovers look for this attraction on the Costa de la Luz especially for birdwatching and peace and quiet. 


3. Huelva

Huelva is a small coastal town near the Portuguese border. It used to be an important port where explorers left and returned home, making it a colourful mix of cultural influences over time. The history of Huelva is commemorated in several places of interest and in the provincial museum, which goes back in time to the foundation of Huelva in 1000 BC. Important sights in Huelva are the cathedral and several monuments commemorating the discovery of "Las Americas" by Christopher Columbus. The beautiful beaches of Huelva are beginning to gain fame, but the city is still a delightful destination if you want to find peace and quiet. 

4. Cadiz

Cadiz, like Huelva, is a city full of history and was founded by the Phoenicians around 1100 BC. The ancient Roman theatre bears witness to what an important city Cadiz was in the Roman Empire. In the 18th century, thanks to its favorable location, Cadiz became the trade centre par excellence with the New World, which means that here, too, an enormous amount of cultural influences are noticeable. The small streets, beautiful squares in the city centre, the characteristic promenade and the hospitable Gaditanos, the inhabitants, made Cadiz the "city that smiles". All sights in Cadiz can be visited within walking distance of each other because the old centre is located on a peninsula. Next the popular beach and the beautiful cathedral, are the main sights of Cadiz de Torre Tavira, the typical watchtowers that served to watch the arrival of the ships from America, Castillo de san Sebastián and Castillo de santa Catalina. After the ancient theatre in Pompeii, the Teatro Romano is the largest Roman theatre in the world and is definitely worth a visit. 

5. Benalup

The small municipality of Benalup-Casas Viejas is one of the most beautiful whitewashed villages in Andalusia. Benalup is located quite centrally in the Costa de la Luz and that makes it a lovely place to stay. Enjoy all the beauty of the Costa de la Luz in your holiday home in Benalup. You are in fact a stone's throw from the cozy Barbate, Alemanes and Vejer. Benalup is the ideal base from your cottage in Costa de la Luz for cozy markets to pick, a day at the beach to plan or a day trip full of culture in the old towns to make. At Cap we already have some gems in our offer. How about great outdoor living with an outdoor kitchen and a beautiful view of the valley? In the holiday home with pool El Laguna in Benalup your holiday home in Costa de la Luz can not be broken. Las Adelfas is also a cozy holiday home with pool in Benalup with a lovely private garden. Las Mimosas is a spacious luxurious holiday home with space for the whole family. The view reaches so far that you can even catch a glimpse of Morocco! In La Luz, a spacious holiday home rich in terraces, you can also enjoy how beautiful the view can be in the Costa de la Luz. 


6. Tarifa

Tarifa is located on the southernmost tip of Spain and that creates a unique atmosphere. At about 6 km from the old city centre lies Mirador del Estrecho, a high vantage point from which you have a breathtaking view of the coast of Africa. This vantage point and the high rocks you can see across the water used to be called the Pillars of Hercules. Because the Atlantic Ocean meets the Mediterranean here, Tarifa is an excellent place for water sports: the high waves, the blissfully warm climate and strong winds attract windsurfers, kitesurfers and more from everywhere. Another unique attraction in Tarifa, thanks to its location in the middle of the oceans, is the spotting of whales and dolphins on a boat trip. A tip: Book your excursion with one of the local non-profit organizations that protect the beautiful animals so that their habitat is not disturbed. This is a real highlight among the sights on the Costa de la Luz. 

7. Baelo Claudia

Finally we chose one of the most impressive sights of the Costa de la Luz. At 22 km from Tarifa on the bay of Bolonia is Baelo Claudia, an ancient Roman city founded about 2000 years ago. The original fishing town was a prosperous town until a number of earthquakes and a tidal wave caused the town to be abandoned out of decay in the 6th century. You can visit the impressive remains of the Basilica, the forum, the city walls, as many as three aqueducts, the theatre, temples and even an antique factory! On the grounds there is also a museum where you can learn everything about how life used to be here. Admission to the museum is also free for EU residents. If you are taking a day trip from your visit to Baelo Claudia, make sure you take some time to rest at the beach of Bolonia, which is often mentioned as one of the most beautiful beaches of the Costa de la Luz or even of Spain.

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The 7 most beautiful beaches of Ibiza

Ibiza is the most famous island of Spain and is located in the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea. Ibiza is the ideal destination for relaxation. Besides the most renowned nightclubs in the world, you will also find a true hippie culture where spirituality and yoga are central. Moreover, the island is also known for its beautiful sunsets and beaches. On the southern and western side of Ibiza you will find the most touristic beaches, while in the north and the east you will find more peace and quiet.

A tip: the beaches are scattered along the coast so make sure you have your own transport to discover the most beautiful places, with public transport you can't get everywhere. You can also rent cars or scooters in many places! 

Nothing better than a holiday at the beach, especially from the luxury of your own holiday home on Ibiza. We list below which beaches on Ibiza you should definitely enjoy.

1. Cala Bassa

The beach Cala Bassa is a fifteen minute drive west of Sant Antoni. It is a beautiful sandy beach with clear blue water and thanks to the many facilities it is much more accessible to the general public than Aigua Blanques. You can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, there are showers and changing rooms and there are also walkways, which makes the beach accessible for the disabled. There are also several bars and restaurants. Not far away is the town of Cala Tarida, where there is also a beautiful sandy beach. At Cap there are beautiful holiday homes in Cala Tarida on offer that are definitely worth a look. 


2. Cala d'en Serra

Cala d'en Serra is a beautiful rocky bay where you can find a lovely beach. It is located in the north of the island, not far from the seaside resort of Portinatx. The beautiful location was once an inspiration for one of the most renowned Catalan architects to build a large luxury hotel there. However, construction was interrupted towards the end of the 1970s and when the architect Josep Lluís Sert eventually died, it has always remained an unfinished ghost hotel. Although some residents of Ibiza prefer to get rid of the building, many find it a unique sight with a good story that contributes to the cultural heritage of the island. 

3. Cala Benirrás

Cala Benirrás is known for its beautiful sunset which is welcomed with drum rolls to make it a special moment. There is snorkeling, there are paddle board excursions available and the atmosphere is very relaxed. At the beach there is a hippie market and nice restaurants and bars. For the authentic Ibiza atmosphere you have to be in Cala Benirrás.

Tip: It is recommended to come here by bus because there are limited parking spaces and it is a fairly popular beach. 


4. Cala Xarraca

Also not far from Portinatx, is the small beach Cala Xarraca. It may be only about 100 meters long, but it is a real pearl for divers and snorkelers thanks to its clear blue water. It is easily accessible by car, but it seems to be very isolated. That's why the natural views are really beautiful and you can certainly take some nice holiday pictures. An extra advantage is that on the left side of the beach there is a pool of mud that is said to have a healing effect on the skin. 

5. Cala Conta

Cala Conta or Cala Comte is just a fifteen minute drive from San Antoni and is an iconic beach on Ibiza. The crystal blue waters, the pleasant alternation of sandy and rocky beaches and the views of several small islands close to the coast make Cala Conta a popular seaside resort. There are shallow stretches of sea where children can play safely and there are also bars and restaurants nearby. People come here especially to admire the beautiful sunset.

6. Punta de sa Pedrera

Punta de sa Pedrera is a piece of untamed Ibiza. It is a rocky vantage point over the sea where you can take a brisk walk. The leaning beach is also very mysteriously called Atlantis. You'll have to do some scavenger hunt and clambering for it, but then you'll end up at a magical spot with half sunken rocks and clear blue water that forms small pools in the grooves. Unfortunately there is no real magic, but there used to be a quarry here on the coast.

 7. Cala Vadella

Cala Vadella is a beautiful and rustic seaside resort that sums up the Mediterranean style. Boats float in the water, delicious restaurants and a lovely sandy beach where you can watch the beautiful sunset. Also here you can snorkel in the clear water and enjoy the relaxing nature within the bay. Staying in the natural surroundings of the bay? At Cap you will certainly find a beautiful holiday home in Cala Vadella, one of the most beautiful locations in Ibiza. Cala d'Hort is a nearby beach that in terms of charm certainly falls into the same category as Cala Vadella. In this region you will find many nice villas and holiday homes that promise you a top holiday in Ibiza!

Would you like to discover all these unique places and much more? In a typical holiday home in Ibiza you can make the real Ibiza "hippie chic" dream come true. Or watch your budget and rent an apartment in Ibiza with pool. View our offer on Cap and plan a paradisiacal journey with a villa in Ibiza.


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Let's face it, going on vacation is never good for the wallet. Certainly not if you take a plane with the whole family, rent a car on the spot and spend the night in hotels. All the savings are a good thing then. We'll give you a few tips on how to enjoy your holiday cost-efficiently.


Search for the cheapest flight

It may be obvious, but don't book the first flight to your holiday destination. Not only can the price of a flight fluctuate a lot throughout the year, but also per day of the week you're searching for. For example, flight tickets to destinations in Europe usually seem to be cheaper when you search on Monday or Friday. Use websites like Skyscanner or Google Flights to compare many providers at once.


Avoid combideals

The same applies to overnight stays as to flights. You can easily find good deals by searching carefully. A flight accommodation package from a travel agency may sound attractive, but don't forget that you also pay the agency. Use comparison websites like Booking.com and compose your own trip.


Avoid the hotel chains

Continuing the previous tip, we would like to draw your attention to the fact that there are very good alternatives for the pricey hotel chains. For example, if you're looking for a comfortable room at a low price in people's homes, it's easy to find one through Airbnb. Also, local businesses sometimes charge a lower price for more service. Usually all you need to do is search a little better online.


Travel in low season

Besides the fact that off-season trips are much less crowded, they are of course also much cheaper. Check for your travel destination what the best period to go is and try to find a balance between a good price, pleasant weather conditions and the opening periods of the activities you have in mind.


Plan your trip in advance

You can save a lot of time (and money) if you plan in advance which places you want to visit and what you want to do. In this way you avoid staying in one place unnecessarily long. Of course, you don't have to record every minute, but a general idea of the time you want to spend where never hurts. Then try to stick to it as much as possible.


Pack your suitcase efficiently

Try to take as much from home as possible by packing it cleverly and leave at home what you probably won't need anyway. That way you won't have to buy all kinds of stuff on the spot and in the worst case you'll have to pay for extra luggage. Be prepared for bad weather by bringing at least one pair of trousers and a sweater to warm destinations.


Book alternative car parks at the airport

There are comparison aprons to find a cheap parking at the airport. The rates of the official car parks are usually very high and people often do not know that there are alternatives. These are usually further away from the airport, but are offered in combination with a shuttle or valet service, so it takes little or no extra time. Flying and Parking is such a handy website to find a parking Charleroi, for example. You can easily sort and adapt the offer to your requirements.




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Everyone knows the Côte d'Azur, or the French Riviera, as one of the most popular holiday destinations among our compatriots. The Côte d'Azur is rich in many towns and villages from which you can read history, but at the same time you will find glamorous seaside resorts and some of the most beautiful shopping streets and restaurants there are. This mix of culture and enjoying the good life is something we can only too well appreciate. Are you still looking for a holiday home with swimming pool on the Côte d'Azur? At Cap we have a lovely holiday home for everyone for a wonderful holiday on the Côte d'Azur. 

The Côte d'Azur is loved by celebrities and models for a reason: if you appreciate beautiful surroundings and would like to fill your Instagram or photo books with the most beautiful holiday memories, it's the place to be. Take these tips with you on your trip to France, because these are five of the most photogenic sights on the Côte d'Azur that you definitely shouldn't miss.

 

Promenade des Anglais

Walk along the Mediterranean Sea on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice for a blissful holiday feeling. The long promenade is lined with palm trees is a true Southern French icon and is called La Prom by the locals. Strolling along the promenade you can admire the many beautiful belle epoque buildings, including the iconic Hotel Négresco. Be sure to drop by to admire all the beauty. Walk further along La Prom to the covered botanical garden La Phoenix, with one of the largest tropical greenhouses in Europe where you can see all kinds of special flowers, plants and even animals.

 

Porquerolles

Porquerolles is the largest island of the Îles d'Hyères and is definitely worth a visit. Surrounded by sparkling blue water, the island is about a 25-minute crossing from Saint-Tropez and you can also take a boat to it from other nearby southern French coastal towns such as Le Lavandou and Toulon in summer. Porquerolles is loved for its lovely beaches and as a getaway from the city because you can take delightful walks in nature, it's a real paradise. If you want to put Porquerolles on your to do list, a holiday home on the Côte d'Azur is a top idea.

   

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

The French Riviera has long been one of the favourite refuges for the rich on earth and has produced many beautiful architectural gems over the centuries. One of the most famous examples is Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, also known as Villa Île-de-France, located in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, between Nice and Monaco, on the Côte d'Azur. The beautiful villa was built between 1905 and 1912 by order of the Baroness Béatrice de Rothschild of the famous banking family. The Baroness decorated her residence overlooking the Mediterranean with the finest furniture, works of art and an exceptional porcelain collection, and she had the villa surrounded by as many as nine lush gardens which, according to the French Ministry of Culture, are among the most special gardens in the whole of France. 

 

Chateau de Nice

The name is misleading because on the hill le Parc de la Colline du Chateau there is actually no castle anymore. The hill is a nice destination to end your city walk because the views over Nice and the coast are beautiful. Moreover, you can still visit the ruins of the former castle and events are organized regularly. The history of the hill makes it a very interesting sight, because la Colline du Chateau is the actual antique heart of the city of Nice.

 

Èze

The ancient town of Èze is often described as one of the most beautiful places in the south of France. Because the centre is situated on a rocky outcrop surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea, the views are fantastic. The picturesque streets filled with small shops and old houses attract many tourists every year, but this town is definitely worth a visit. Higher up in Èze you will also find a botanical garden with exotic plants and the view over the rest of the city and the sea is beautiful.

These visits are guaranteed to leave you with beautiful holiday photos worthy of Instagram. Are you still looking for a nice holiday home on the Côte d'Azur? Take a look at our offer and find a beautiful holiday home with pool on the Côte d'Azur and start planning!

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The 6 most beautiful places in Italy !

There are so many beautiful places in Italy that you could face a big luxury problem when choosing a holiday destination. Enthusiasts who have considered the country their favorite holiday destination for years all give up a different favorite region in Italy. From Lake Garda to Tuscany, or the green Umbria or the colorful Amalfi Coast? Our favourite regions in Italy are listed below in random order because each region has its own assets.

Tuscany

Tuscany is perhaps the most famous region of Italy. In fact, its typical Tuscan features are often synonymous with the ultimate Italian holiday atmosphere. Green hills and cypresses determine the landscape in the warm region. Moreover, with a holiday home in Tuscany you are never far away from some of Italy's most beautiful cultural cities. A city trip to Siena, Florence, Pisa or Arezzo can alternate with a visit to a charming village such as Pienza, San Gimignano and Montepulciano. In Tuscany it is absolute enjoyment. Add a glass of Chianti or Brunello di Montalcino and the picture is complete. 

Umbria

Umbria is located in the heart of Italy and you can feel it: the rich history lives in the beautiful villages and towns in the vast green landscape. Because this province is not on the coast, you can look for refreshment in one of the lakes like the untouched Lake Trasimeno. Of course you can find the ultimate enjoyment in your own holiday home with swimming pool in Umbria. Here you will find beautiful and authentic villages and towns that are typically situated on a hill overlooking the surroundings and bursting with historically interesting sights. In Perugia you can walk underground medieval streets, Assisi is a famous pilgrimage place and a beautiful hill town, and there are many lesser-known towns such as Citta di Castello that have been spared from tourism. For authenticity you have to be in Umbria. 

Sicily

Sicily has the atmosphere of Italy with an extra touch of paradisiacal views of the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its location in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily has an interesting history which gives the island a unique and rich culture. In the cities of Palermo, Cefalu and Taormina, you can witness for yourself the cultural mixture that manifests itself in the historic towns and villages. Sicily is bursting with ancient remains and sights. This brings us to another attraction, namely the volcano Etna. It is the highest active volcano in Europe, which you can admire up close as a nice day trip. Enough to do on the lovely island. With a holiday home in Sicily you will definitely experience a wonderful trip.

Lake Garda

Lake Garda is and remains a favorite holiday destination for many families. Around the blue water it is bursting with colourful villages and towns and buzzing with activities. In the nice harbour towns of Garda, Lazise, Bardolino and Peschiera del Garda you can relax on the many terraces and find many sights. Limone sul Garda, Malcesine and Riva del Garda are villages known for their picturesque streets and the beautiful nature that surrounds them. Sports enthusiasts who like to go for a nice walk will find just as much to enjoy as the water rats who enjoy the many water sports on the lake. A holiday home on Lake Garda is a great idea for every generation. 

Lake Como

Lake Como combines the best of all worlds. The beautiful surroundings, cozy villages and towns and many activities you can do there, make Lake Como a wonderful holiday destination. The lake is huge so there is something for everyone. Water sports, mountain biking, mountain hiking or do you prefer shopping and strolling through a beautiful town? Between Argegno, Bellagio, Como and many other towns and villages there are sights and activities to be found everywhere. Spend this holiday like the rich and famous in Italy with a holiday home with swimming pool on Lake Como and enjoy all the fun that this beautiful region has to offer. 

Le Marche 

If you are looking for a quiet holiday in nature, but still want to combine that with the necessary bite of culture, Le Marche is a delightful region in Italy. Even in high season it is quiet here thanks to the vast landscapes and the cities that are still quite untouched by tourism. The most famous sights in Le Marche are Monte Sibillini with the nature reserve of the same name and the cities of Urbino, San Léo, Ascoli Piceno, Pèsaro and Ancona. Fervent hikers know Monte Sibillini, but also around and in the caves of Frasassi you can take a long walk. Typical of Le Marche are the large and isolated old farmhouses, many of which have now been transformed into cosy or even luxurious holiday homes. And good new, the beach is also very accessible! A holiday home with swimming pool in Le Marche is highly recommended.

Need help choosing? Don't hesitate to contact Cap for your ideal holiday in a lovely holiday home in Italy.

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