Top Things To Do In and Around Malatya

Malatya is a grand South-Central Turkish city with half a million inhabitants, a historical human settlement for thousands of years. Expect a dynamic and busy city that will provide you with the experience of everyday life in a Turkish city.

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The Turkish city life

Start your stroll around the city center with a free visit to the Yeni Cami mosque – an architectural jewel of Malatya featuring three minarets. This is the main and most central part of the city. Nearby, you will find The Dried Apricot Bazaar of Malatya (Sire Bazaar) where you can find a huge variety of apricot-based goods ranging from the actual fruit to soap, jam and even skincare products. Because the region of Malatya is quite conservative, there is only one pub in Malatya. But don’t worry, along the canal (Kanalboyu), you’ll find a great assortment of cafes and restaurants. Many restaurants serve shish kebabs with grilled apricot – definitely something you’ll want to try. We also recommend you  enjoy a Turkish coffee along with a hooka (if that’s your sort of thing) at Nostalji Tarihi – a traditional Turkish café.

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A mandatory visit to Mount Nemrut and Gunpinar Waterfall

Malatya or Meliddu, as the Assyrians once called it, is the perfect base for tourists visiting Mount Nemrut. This natural splendour represents the site of an ancient burial tomb and was declared a world cultural heritage site by UNESCO. There you can admire the temple and tomb of King Antiochus and the beautiful statues that surround it dating from the first century BC. The giant stone heads will make you feel like a visitor in the land of an ancient civilization. Many tourists prefer to visit Mount Nemrut at sunrise or sundown for the breath-taking view that looks as if it’s from another planet.shutterstock_35877253

Another must-see in the Malatya region is the Gunpinar waterfall. You can even enjoy a Turkish coffee and a grilled kebab at the café just by the waterfall. You can’t possibly ask for a better view.  One of the best things about the waterfall is the organic and relaxing sound that the water makes when it hits the rocks. You should take a short hike up to the top of the waterfall to take a look at this natural wonder from above. During summer time, the place is full of locals and tourists enjoying a picnic in the sun to experience the unforgettable view.

For the best experience of Malatya, hire a car with easyCar and visit during the International Arts and Apricot Festival in July. The city will be buzzing with events and markets and you’ll be able to taste some of the best apricots in the world, alongside a wide range of apricot based products.

 

Top Things To Do In and Around San Diego

 

No one gets bored in San Diego. California’s second biggest city is a vibrant spot, offering plenty of attractions and some amazing weather. Whether you come here for work or holidays, we can guarantee that you will enjoy every second of it.

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Culture, urban and nature

San Diego means, great outdoor fun even when you’re visiting its many museums and galleries. Balboa Park offers 15 museums and performing arts venues set in majestic buildings that belong to the Spanish Colonial Revival-style. Balboa Park is America’s largest urban cultural park – take a stroll through its enchanting gardens and you can take a cultural break anytime by walking into one of its museums, ranging from photography to natural history.shutterstock_86694577

Another interesting fact that needs to be mentioned is that Balboa Park is home to the famous Tony Awards, that celebrates the best in Broadway talent.

If you’re tired of all the walking, the best and most affordable places to eat are to be found in Central San Diego. Due to the proximity to the Mexican border and its strong Hispanic heritage, here can be found some of the most delicious Mexican restaurants in California. Our choice would be Las Cuatro Milpas – a small and authentic place where their mouth watering dishes are totally worth the queues.

 

Outdoor fun in San Diego

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San Diego features 70 miles of coastline. Luckily, the beaches are perfect in all the four seasons, making it possible for tourists to enjoy a good swim even in the middle of the winter. Our favorite is Mission Beach, a long and sandy beach close to the best bars and restaurants in the city from which we recommend Canes Bar and Grill, for the food and for the majestic ocean view.

Another amazing beach is the laid-back paradise from La Jolla. This beach is great for surfing so anyone passionate can have a glimpse of the romanticized Californian surfer lifestyle.

The San Diego Zoo is an amazing place to bring the kids, but can be fun for all ages. The zoo is well maintained and has over 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species, which makes it one of the world’s grandest zoos. Both fun and educational, the trip will remind you of how amazing nature is. Get ready to see polar bears, elephants, white rhinos, gorillas and many other rare and wonderful species.

Just a 30 minute drive north of San Diego lies the famous theme park, Legoland. This could be an excellent day out with your family. The kids can see all the lego themes they love, in real life. You’ll be surprised at the endless creative possibilities your kids can explore with even the simplest Lego bricks!

Of course, like most US cities, the best attractions are spread around a big area surrounding the city center. So, the best way to explore San Diego is by car. Why not book your San Diego car hire with easyCar today?

Top Things To Do In and Around Santorini

Santorini is one of the most mesmerizing island of the Cyclades and that kind of place where acting like the most cliché  tourist just makes sense. You could literally stop at any corner and take a photo that can easily end up in a wall calendar. When you get to Santorini it feels like you arrived in a much further land, as this place really has no comparison. For the best experience, it’s recommended to visit the island during spring or early autumn when the weather is less hot and the tourists are less present.

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Fira, Oia and the best sunset in the world

The beautiful town of Fira is the official capital of Santorini and the best place to start your visit. It is said that in Santorini there are “more churches than houses” and Fira is the best place to observe this. On the narrow paved streets, you can find plenty of small orthodox churches painted white and blue (specific to the island) that are worth a visit but also great restaurants, bars, shops and nightlife.

It is said (and proved) that from the cliff top village of Oia you can see one of the most beautiful- if not THE most beautiful sunset in the world. We recommend arriving early otherwise you’ll find yourself surrounded by excited tourists posing for selfies. Take a walk on this lively town’s marble street, paved with souvenir shops, art galleries and jewelry stores.

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You might also want to taste the best seafood on the island. For this, take the stairs down from Oia to Amoudi port where the Greek tavernas compete in their authenticity. We recommend taverna Katina, not only for the variety of fish and seafood but for its proximity to the sea.

 

Don’t forget about the beaches and the volcanic island

To easily reach the most famous beaches of the island, we recommend that you take a sailing trip.  Due to its volcanic rocks, Santorini offers unique beaches. You’ll be able to brag that you that you visited a red, a white and a black beach all in a day. If the weather allows (and it most certainly will as weather in Santorini is warm from May until late September) the boat will stop for a bath in a deep, clear, striking blue water. You’ll also be surprised to discover that the picturesque red beach actually has warm water.

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A visit to the volcanic island Nea Kameni is not to be missed. Another boat trip – but this time shorter – will take you to a place seemingly inspired by a sci-fi film. Besides its interesting structure and rocky texture, the best thing that Nea Kameni has to offer is the breathtaking view. While you walk on solid black lava, you’re able to look at Santorini island from afar, and see it in all its splendor.

 

Hiking from Perissa to Kamari

Not the easiest journey, but one of the most enchanting, a hike from Perissa to Kamari can be a great plan for half a day in Santorini. Not only you will get amazing views but with a slight detour you can visit the old Panaghia church, a small orthodox church built in traditional Santorini style. At the end of the hike, you might want to sunbathe on the unique beach of Kamari, covered with black sand. Or why not enjoy snorkeling in the clear waters of the Aegean sea?

If that wasn’t enough to make you want to visit, you may be interested to know that Santorini stole the hearts of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie who in 2010 actually bought a house on the island. If it’s good enough for Brangelina, it’s good enough for us!

 

Top Things To Do In and Around Cape Town

 

Do you often dream of travelling to a destination that has both idyllic beaches and high green mountains, both picturesque harbors and scenic gardens? In this case, the answer to your dream holiday is probably Cape Town. Luckily for you, Central Cape Town is perhaps the safest African city center, where tourists can take walk and explore without worrying too much about personal safety.

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The city of sapphire beaches and emerald mountains

Reachable by cable car (or by hiking, but only by the brave) Table Mountain makes one of the best views of Cape Town that can possibly be seen. After a well deserved photo stop on the top of the mountain, let’s assume that you are brave enough to hike all the way down. If you chose to do so, you will have the chance to visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, one of the world’s most renowned botanical gardens.

After visiting Table Mountain, don’t miss Cape Town’s beautiful historical harbor. When you get to the Victoria and Alfred waterfront you will be amazed by the multitude of shops and restaurants that simply invite you in. If you’re looking for lunch, we recommend Hildebrand Ristorante where you can enjoy fresh oysters and delicious pasta dishes.

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Cape Town is also famous for its beautiful beaches. We should start with Clifton Beach, a stunning sandy beach, a short drive from the city center. If swimming and sunbathing are top priorities for your visit, we recommend visiting Cape Town sometime between late January and late April. Then, you’ll still be able to enjoy the amazing warm weather and the less crowded beaches.

 

The most cosmopolitan African city

As Cape Town is considered to be a ‘European city in Africa’, its has its own riviera, similar to the French. Camps Bay is frequently called South Africa’s ‘ Saint Tropez’ and if you go there you will understand why. Full of chic terraces and cool restaurants, Camps Bay is a serious competition to its French sister city.

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Let’s now talk about the urban side of Cape Town. This vibrant city is full of art galleries, cafes, restaurants and clubs. A trip to Cape Town is not complete without going to Long Street. If you don’t have the time to visit a nearby vineyard – as Cape Town area is also famous for its wine – just pop by any bar on Long Street so you can taste a big variety of local wines. It’s going to be a long night.

 

Top Things To Do In and Around Taranto

Perhaps not the most renowned destination for an Italian break, Taranto is the perfect place to go during summer if you want to see a truly authentic city that’s yet to be invaded by tourists.

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Not your average fishing village

Once a rich and flourishing city of the Roman Empire, then transformed into a fishing village after a dispute with Rome, Taranto has accumulated a strong cultural and traditional heritage. The reason it’s called “The City Of Two Seas” is its strap of land that separates the sea, creating two bays: Mar Grande or the commercial port and Mar Piccolo. The two are connected by the Ponte Girevole, “ponte” meaning bridge. The panorama of the old city form the bridge is worth at least a short photographic moment.

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After crossing the bridge, you’ll encounter the medieval city and its beautiful churches, traditional houses and majestic ruins that remind us of what Taranto once was during the Roman Empire. If this intrigues you then you should definitely go to the National Archaeology Museum to see the well preserved collection of figured objects, fine ancient jewelry and ceramics. After the visit, you’ll realise what a glorious and important Mediterranean hub Taranto was.

The Taranto inhabitants are warm people, proud of their rich traditional cuisine. Just take a walk through the fish market of Taranto to get a sneak peek of what the local restaurants are serving up for dinner. Speaking of which, we highly recommend Al Gatto Rosso restaurant which is an old, unpretentious place where the locals go. Try their specialty of pasta with mussels for an unforgettable dinner.

 

Places of unaltered natural beauty

You can’t go to Taranto without going to the beach. This part of the Ionian coastline has a little something for everyone. Although you’ll love Taranto’s local beaches, we recommend going to Marina di Ginosa for a crystal clear water, sandy beaches and green surroundings. Not far from Marina Ginosa, you’ll find Lake of Salinella. Many tourists come here with their cameras to capture moments of unaltered beauty or for bird watching. The presence of the lake created a microsystem that homes a variety of unique bird species.

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In order to be able to move fast around the spectacular region of Taranto, you should rent a car. In this way you can take a day and take the one-hour drive to the baroque city of Lecce. Puglia is a great region to explore and Lecce is an architectural jewel that you must see if you’re around.  For another day of exploration on your list, there should be the village of Alberobello. There you will find districts of trulli, surreal looking buildings that are specific for the village. The story behind them goes back to the 15th Century, when because of tax reasons, the inhabitants built the conical roofs which could be disassembled easily. Another important fact about the village is that in 1996 it became a UNESCO World Heritage.

In short, Taranto is a small, authentic Italian town which will delight you from your first day. Rent a car with easyCar to give you greater flexibility and the chance to visit its beautiful and unique surroundings.

 

Top Things To Do In and Around Calgary

There’s plenty to explore in Calgary. The city is becoming more and more cosmopolitan as a lot of new start-ups are choosing Calgary as their base of operations.

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A young and thriving city

Let’s start by exploring the downtown and then move outwards towards the surrounding areas of Calgary. If it’s your first visit, we suggest going straight to the Calgary Tower for a dazzling view of the city. If you’ve already fallen in love with the spot, we recommend staying for dinner at the tower’s rotating restaurant.

Once you feel you’ve taken in enough of the beautiful view, start your journey by foot in downtown Calgary. The city’s center is relatively compact, making it easy to cover most of the highlights in a single day. The best start can be a walk on Stephan Avenue. Make sure you’re not in a rush as you’ll be tempted to stop by the inviting shops and cafes. After the shopping spree you may want to enjoy some authentic craft beer in one of the most hipster bars that Calgary has to offer- Hop In A Brew.

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If you want to get to know Calgary even better, take a tour of the The Glenbow Museum for an outstanding experience. The art and historical collections provides tourists a more complete view and understanding of Alberta and West Canada’s heritage and history. The museum has a unique approach, showcasing a bit of everything, from ethnology and military history to photography and modern art.

 

Stepping back in time

Going to the Heritage Park Historical Village feels like stepping back in time to the early days of the Wild West. During your walk you’ll notice that the park has four main areas, reflecting distinct historical periods, from the late 1800 until the 1950s. Just as in those times, you will see a hotel, a post office, a police station, stores and bakeries. But the best part of your visit will definitely be the chance to ride in an authentic steam train around the entire park. And when no one’s looking, you can pretend you’re in a cowboy movie- we won’t tell!

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Moving further to the scenic beauty of West Canada, a 2-hour drive from Calgary will take you to Johnston Canyon. And you can’t really say you’ve been to Canada unless you enjoy a day hiking to one of its landscapes of natural beauty and wilderness. The scenery will stun you the moment you step out of the car: high mountains topped with white powdery snow, beautiful waterfalls and crystal clear lakes. The hike is easy and can be done by any nature lover. Don’t forget to bring your camera, you’ll want to look at the photos again and again.

 

Things to do Queenstown

Stunningly laid out around Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is a resort town that boasts an incredible variety of activities to suit all, from the high-flying thrill seekers that soar both air and sea, to the hedonistic spa-goers that frequent the area’s many naturals pools. Book your car hire Queenstown with easyCar, and gain the freedom to explore this natural oasis and all its wonders with ease!

 

Getting to Know Queenstown:

Acquaint yourselves with the region’s indigenous airborne residents at the Kiwi Birdlife Centre. The five acre wildlife sanctuary plays host to over thirty species of animal specific to New Zealand, from the renowned Brown Kiwi, who are available for feeding up to four times a day, to the lesser known , but still fascinating forest gecko. All this lies a picturesque 15 minute journey by hire car from the airport along Frankton Arm, the northeastern shore of Lake Wakatipu.

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For a more panoramic introduction to Queenstown’s breathtaking beauty, how about a trip on the Skyline Gondola? The take-off point is only five minutes from Central Queenstown and affords an indescribable 220 degree panoramic view of Coronet’s Peak, one of Queenstown’s most popular ski-fields, the Remarkables Mountain Range, and Lake Wakatipu. Truly some of the best views on offer here, once you reach the Skyline complex at the top of the gondola ride, prepare yourself to journey through the mystique of Maori culture at Kiwi Haka, via music and traditional dance. Come sunfall, it’s also the perfect spot for a gaze into the celestial or a nice meal at the Stratosphere Restaurant, where you will find remarkable foodstuffs from all corners of the globe.  An adrenaline-charged 800m descent awaits via the Luge for those who like to live a little dangerously.

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Adventure Capital of the World:

When you think of New Zealand, skiing certainly wouldn’t be the first activity that comes to mind. However, Queenstown’s mountainous terrain blesses the area with four treeless ski resorts whose world-class facilities would rival even the Franco-Italian alps. 25 minutes from the town centre, Coronet’s Peak prides itself on its 2.1 m of annual snow that fall on pistes intended for all abilities. 20 minutes further lies The Remarkables, with 3.1m of annual snowfall. For the more discerning skier, Cadrona and Treble Cone, an hour’s drive and 90 minutes’ drive by car hire Queenstown respectively, have the longest runs of all the ski zones at 4km each. Furthermore, it features the most advanced yet least crowded runs. All areas come with creche facilities and a comprehensive après-ski, ensuring that the fun doesn’t end when the slopes close.

Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge in itself is quite a sight to behold! Erected in its current highway bridge form in 1963, it stands a vertiginous 43 m above the unspoiled allure of Kawarau river. Yet, what if we told you you could bungy jump off this bridge? In an experience that will take you from petrified to exhilarated, it doesn’t matter if you’re big or small, this unique thrill at the world’s first commercial bungy jump site is available for all those brave enough to take it! Options include tandem jumps, where you can jump with a friend. Remember though, jumping with a mate doesn’t make it any less scary!

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Time to Unwind…

Queenstown isn’t all just go go go! Take a breather from all that excitement at Olsen Hot Pools. Delightfully perched in the mountains, overlooking the unbelievably beautiful Shotover Canyon, treat yourself to a soak in some of the purest waters on Earth. There’s also a sundeck that surrounds the place in a serene charm that makes it that perfect spot for a romantic escape for two! Parking is available.

Things to do Singapore

Singapore in recent years has enjoyed a regeneration that has transformed it into a macrocosm of the island’s diverse population. One side of the island, you’re in China, another area, you’re in India and on the way back you can see the skyscrapers and theme parks that define metropolitan America. Gone are the days of Singapore, the stale sojourn on the way to more exciting destinations like Australia, and here comes Singapore, the tourist destination. Book your car hire Singapore with easyCar and manoeuvre the intricate system of bridges connecting the manmade floating structures that adjoining this island state, thus enabling you to discover everything this cosmopolitan hub has to offer.

Outdoor Spaces:

Possibly one of Singapore’s most famous attractions with 1.7 million visitors annually, it would be remiss of us not to mention Singapore Zoo. Built in 1973, at a cost of $9 million, these 69 lush acres of land that abut Singapore’s Upper Seletar Reservoir, house over 2800 animals of over 315 species in naturalistic open exhibits. For an experience of a lifetime, delight in a buffet breakfast with the orang-utans, or high-five a sloth as it suspends itself from the trees it calls home!  Let the kids tire themselves out at Rainforest Kidzworld, equipped with slides, swings plus farmyard animals fixing for some affection and a feed.

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When the sun goes down, neighbouring Singapore Night Safari, the world’s first nocturnal zoo, allows for a comprehensive understanding of tropical wildlife thanks to the humid rainforest the attraction finds itself in. The animals, which include Indian rhinoceroses and giant zebra, are lit in a way that is bright enough for us humans to see, but resembles moonlight, so as not to disturb them. All can be explored via walking or tram trails; there’s no better or more comfortable way to engage with this adventitious environment!

A Voyage Around the World:

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Archetypal of Singapore’s potpourri of cultures, the Little India district is an explosion of colours and scents; the area’s existence pays tribute to the Indian and Sri Lankan immigrants that helped build Singapore. On the must-see list is Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, an homage to Hindu goddess Kali, destroyer of negative forces. Wonderfully ornate both outside and in, it is bound to be a positive episode in your Singapore getaway. A short 20 minute drive away lies another temple, this time in Chinatown: Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.  Erected in 2002, in the Tang dynasty style, it is said to house a relic of the Buddha’s tooth, which can be seen on the fourth floor. After being reacquainted with your spiritual side why not go on a shopping spree in Chinatown?

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Hollywood comes to Singapore in the form of Universal Studios Singapore, half an hour’s drive from the airport, the first of its kind in South East Asia. Throw caution to the wind, and enjoy a series of rides, rollercoasters and exhibitions pertaining to some of Universal’s most famous films (Shrek and Madagascar are our highlights).

Things to do in Melbourne

 

Melbourne: the sleek, chic and cosmopolitan capital of Victoria. While that may be true, Australia’s cultural hub doesn’t fail to acknowledge its history nor the unique natural environment it finds itself in. Book your car hire Melbourne with easyCar.com and maximise your experience of this magnificent city and everything it has to offer.

Melbourne by air

What better way to begin your trip to Melbourne than by getting to grips with the entire city at once? The Eureka Skydeck is the highest observation point in Melbourne, at an impressive 297m high, and was completed in 2006. Tourists are propelled to the 88th floor in 38 seconds by the lift and can enjoy a variety of experiences: the ‘walk experience’ allows the wannabe daredevils (who have too much sense) to walk a green screen as if they were actually tightrope walking at that height, as French aerialist Phillip Petit did at the Twin Towers in 1974 for 90 minutes! We advise doing this in early evening for one of the most unforgettable sunsets you will ever have the chance to behold. To get up close and personal with the city by air, why not try Hot Air Ballooning? Melbourne is one of the few cities that allows this incredible adventure to happen right above its skyline.  

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A culture through the ages

Whilst Melbourne’s skyline changes from day to day, there are still some splendid examples of older architecture. St Paul’s Cathedral was designed by celebrated English architect William Butterfield in a gothic revival style and completed by local architect Joseph Reed in 1891 owing to a series of disputes over the church’s direction. Sublimely ornate both inside and out, this building’s beauty transcends religious belief. That’s not to say, however, that Melbourne is stuck in the past. The laneways that have now become characteristic of Melbourne are a canvas for the city’s numerous street artists. Our top pick, Flinders Court, is just adjacent to St Paul’s Cathedral, which amongst other works, has an enchanting portrait of Audrey Hepburn whose intricacies have to be seen to be believed. To us, it is a most fascinating amalgamation of old and new.

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This city is wild!

Located 4km north of the city centre, Melbourne Zoo, modelled on the UK’s very own London Zoo, is Australia’s oldest, dating back to 1870, and occupies a 55 acre site bestowed by the city ’s administration. The zoo’s residents are often divided by their climate: the African zone houses gorillas, lions and pigmy hippos, the Aussie bush features koalas and kangaroos and the Asian zone presents orang-utans, elephants and tigers. However, if you fancy peeping the local wildlife in their natural habitat, we recommend Healesville Sanctuary, an hour’s drive from the city centre. Alternatively, you could take your car hire Melbourne 2 hours through the state of Victoria for a day trip to Phillip Island, where Happy Feet manifests itself in real life; you can marvel at thousands of fairy penguins journeying to shore every evening in what is known as the ‘Penguin Parade’. Where else would you ever be able to witness such a special moment?

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Rent a car with easyCar in Bali and experience first hand the Ubud Rice Fields.

Things to do in Bali

Sacred pilgrimage site, cultural treasure trove and natural oasis, the reason Bali emerged as a tourist destination in the 1980s is crystal clear. Rent a car with easyCar and avoid the hassle of haggling with local taxi services or the discomfort of cramped local minibuses. Take full advantage of what this blissful Indonesian island has to offer.

Theme Park Fun

Bali forms part of the Coral Triangle, one of the most aquatically biodiverse areas in the world. Discover this marine life, and their terrestrial friends, at Bali Safari & Marine Park. Enjoy 60 species from 3 different regions (Indonesia, India and Africa) roaming free in naturalistic surroundings from the comfort and the safety of the safari bus. Hit up the waterpark fun-zone perfect for kids, or Ganesha Park, introduced by an imposing 30ft statue of Hindu god Ganesha, which serves also as an entrance to Bali Theatre. Here, the island’s strong cultural traditions are available for all to see via folklore, dance, and art. After this, interact with land’s largest mammal and other African creatures at the Elephant Back Safari. All this lies just 40 minutes’ drive from capital Denpasar, Bali’s capital.

Rent a car with easyCar and meet an orangutan like this one at Bali Safari & Marine Park

Striking Temples

Bali is a mainstay of Indonesia’s Hindu population, and as such, there are is a plethora of temples waiting to be discovered. Paying homage to the sea god Baruna, Tanah Lot is arguably Bali’s most popular cultural destination and is a picturesque hour’s drive from the beaches of Kuta. The marriage of the sapphire blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the crimson gleam that envelops the the temple’s rocky formations at sunset evokes a feeling of mystery and exoticness that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere.

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Situated on the Southwestern peninsula, an hour in the other direction from Kuta, and overlooking the Indian Ocean, the clifftop Uluwatu Temple is another worth visiting. Fire kecak dances at sunset are performed at the adjacent amphitheatre and the small forest that abuts it is home to hundreds of monkeys, said to guard the place from malevolent forces. We cannot think of a better way to acquaint yourself with the spirituality that guides the way Bali’s locals live.

The Heavenly Outdoors

A 2 hour escape by rental car up the eastern shore from the touristy zones of southern Bali, experience a way of life that seems to us unimaginable. The vast expanses of rice fields characteristic of the Tabanan region really is a sight to behold. Roll up your sleeves and get stuck in planting seeds and transplanting shoots for an experience that really makes you appreciate how much work goes into producing our food! The reward for your labour? A Balinese bath and massage to relax you to your core!

Rent a car with easyCar in Bali and experience first hand the Ubud Rice Fields.

What is a trip to Bali without visiting the beach? Kuta beach, whilst beautiful and totally surfable, is plagued with a sizeable number of tourists. For that true paradise ambience, stay somewhat off the beaten track and drive to Nyang Nyang Beach. Picture this: a horizon of unspoiled sands of a brilliant white, bisected by the aquamarine of the ocean. Located just to the right of Uluwatu Temple, treat yourself to your own corner of bliss. Keep it on the down low though; we don’t want it getting out!

 

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Five things to do in Cape Town

 

As a holiday destination, Cape Town has it all. It’s a city break, beach break, cultural hotspot and natural paradise all rolled into one. The city sits surrounded by the dazzling South African landscape; it’s flanked by mountains, beach communities and vineyards. Visitors on wheels can enjoy the best of both worlds – dipping in and out of the cosmopolitan city and the African countryside. To access the full potential of this city rent a car in Cape Town with easyCar.

Explore the glittering South African coastline

Just 10 minutes’ drive away from Cape Town’s city centre; find Clifton – South Africa’s answer to Monaco. Clifton doesn’t just have one beach, it has four. Visitors take to the turquoise waters to swim or surf, as yachts float past on the skyline. To get a glimpse of Cape Town’s vast array of wildlife, head to Boulders Beach to spend time with 3,000 African penguins.

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If sand isn’t your thing, Sea Point Swimming Pool is an Olympic sized pool made overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. It’s even made of filtered seawater.

After sunset, head to Long Street

Long Street is Cape Town’s capital of neon. This, the city’s most raucous street, stretches uphill from the city centre towards Table Mountain. Bars, clubs and restaurants are all packed into elegant colonial-style buildings with smokers spilling out onto the first floor balconies. Here, the restaurants reflect Cape Town’s bustling multi-culturalism – head to Mama Africa, Masala Dosa or Long Street Café.

Foodie heaven in the Cape Winelands

Leave behind urban entertainments for the rural charm of South Africa’s Cape Winelands. Just an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the endless vineyards sit in the shadow of rolling mountain ranges, with most farms offering wine tasting, alongside cheese and olives. Within the Cape Winelands, find Michelin standard restaurants without the Michelin standard prices and, in some locations, you can even eat surrounded by the vines. This is foodie heaven, so try out some ostrich, impala or zebra.

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Hike to the top of Table Mountain

Table Mountain is so central to Cape Town’s existence that it even features on the city’s flag. Its shape forms a natural amphitheatre and, at sunrise, the summit is the perfect place to see the slow reveal of the dramatic landscape below.

Feeling energetic? Then hike to the top – there are more than 900 routes to choose from according to your ability. Encounter ravines, jungle and uncountable forms of plant life along the way. Table Mountain hosts more plant species than a tropical jungle.  The flat top of the mountain is often covered by a layer of orographic clouds which form the “table cloth” – legend has it that the phenomenon is caused by a smoking contest between the devil and a local pirate.

Once at the top, there’s always the option of taking the cable car back down or you can even abseil back to the city!

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Surrender your ears to Cape Jazz

Cape Town’s jazz – affectionately known as “Cape Jazz” – has a distinctive mix of western and African influences. Inseparable from the Cape Town spirit, Cape jazz has its roots in the townships of the apartheid era. Jazz is everywhere – find it in restaurants, bars and cigar lounges. Its influence stretches all the way from the city centre to the local townships.

If you’re looking for a guide to show you around, try the Cape Town Jazz Safari which includes an introductory talk and a visit to the homes of local jazz musicians. For a more romantic setting, head to the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens which transform into a concert venue in the summer months. The Cape Town International Jazz Festival takes place in April and attracts international talent, as well as local musicians.

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Cape Town architecture

Cape Town: Cultural Guide

 

Fly into Cape Town International Airport and beneath you see the iconic form of Table Mountain, standing guard over the sprawling city. This is Africa’s Los Angeles; a city which thrives against a cinematic backdrop of mountains, vineyards and golden beaches. Be sure to rent a car in Cape Town to make the most of the city, renting with easyCar is often the cheapest way.

A study of the city’s architecture is the best way to understand its history. Its European feel can be traced back to its Dutch roots, but the influence of the French (in the Constantia wine estates and minarets) and the English (in the Georgian mansions and Victorian terraced houses) can also be clearly seen.

Cape Town architecture

But Cape Town is a troubled paradise – the place is haunted by a turbulent past. Apartheid – which in Afrikaans means “the state of being apart” – existed in South Africa until 1994 when the first democratic elections were held, giving all people the right to vote.

Tourists now have a multitude of ways to engage with apartheid history and numerous tours offer visitors an insight into how a divided past has shaped the cityscape today. The Footsteps to Freedom City Walking Tour traces Cape Town’s history through Dutch and British rule, slavery and apartheid. Political Tours focus on how Nelson Mandela’s legacy helped shape multi-racial democracy.

Creativity is woven into the city’s fabric – murals decorate the streets and, in 2014, Cape Town was voted the World Design Capital. Escape the tourist trail and drive into the townships to experience authentic South African innovation – here, urban gardening projects bring life to old bowling greens, whilst rainbow-coloured shipping containers become unconventional classrooms.

The brightly painted neighbourhood of Bo Kapp has become a symbol of Cape Town’s vibrant artistic spirit but it’s the suburban area, Woodstock, which has become the epicentre of Cape Town’s burgeoning creative scene. Art and design have rejuvenated the area’s industrial framework – factories and warehouses have been reincarnated as design studios and trendy markets. The Old Biscuit Mill village draws fashionable locals from all over the city to work in the office space, browse designer boutiques and dine in its world-class restaurants.Tsitsikamma National Park

In recent years, art galleries have become central to Cape Town’s identity. The city’s cultural and ethnic diversity have helped form a contemporary art scene which is entirely unique. The Gold of Africa Museum and the South African National Gallery are the city’s top cultural attractions.

Galleries like WHATIFTHEWORLD, Goodman Gallery and 34 Fine Art Gallery focus on local talent while Gallery MOMO and KZNSA represent international markets.

Once you’ve explored the city, take the Garden Route east in the direction of the Tsitsikamma National Park. The Garden Route is a coastal highway that stretches past some of South Africa’s most beautiful natural attractions – drive past lagoons, ancient forests and the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma mountain ranges.

Follow in the footsteps of celebrities such as Rihanna, and stop off at the Aquila Game Reserve where you can take a safari either by jeep or on horseback. Here you can see Africa’s Big Five: African elephants, Cape buffalos, lions, leopards and rhinos.

Along the route, pass Africa’s highest bridge – the Bloukrans Bridge set in a dramatic ravine and if you’re feeling adventurous, bungy-jump off.

Cango Caves

See the breath-taking stalactites and stalagmites in the limestone Cango Caves and explore the tunnels which stretch for over four kilometres. On the way to the caves, stop by the ostrich farm and ride an ostrich – not something you’re likely to ever forget.

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