European Holidays

Reviews of Holidays in Europe…

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Los Zocos Club Resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

I stayed here from 23rd to 30th March 2017. Transfer took about half an hour and as I was one of the first people off the bus check in didn’t take too long, although those at the back of the queue might think otherwise. Reception staff were polite and friendly, as were all of the …

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The One Bar, Rubicon Marina, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

This nice café / restaurant is perfectly located at The Rubicon Marina and overlooks the water, so the views are stunning. I’d popped across to the marina via the water-bus and the jetty is right next to the One Bar, so it seemed a good place to have a quick coffee and a snack before …

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H10 Rubicon Palace, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote

  I stayed here from Thursday 1st December to Thursday 15th December 2016. When I arrived at the H10 Rubicon Palace it was a lovely surprise to be greeted by a smiling lady with a glass of champagne. There’s a lot of information for staff to pass onto guests so queues are inevitable, just be …

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Be Live Experience, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

I stayed here from Thursday 26th November to Thursday 3rd December 2015 I wasn’t too keen on the long, uphill trek from the airport to the bus park, but I guess that couldn’t be helped. (Just be aware of it!) Transfer from the airport was about 20 minutes maximum, which is ideal when you’ve already had …

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ClubHotel Riu Vistamar, Amadores, Gran Canaria

On arrival the First Choice rep (Becki) greeted us and we had our silver AI wristbands attached. There was a bit of a queue in reception but not too bad. Cases were brought to our rooms for us which was a nice touch (you can take them yourself if you wish). I have to admit …

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Trafalgar Restaurant, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

We were wandering around looking for somewhere for an afternoon snack when we saw the Trafalgar and decided that the prices were the best we’d seen so we should give it a go – and very glad we were too! We sat outside under the parasols and were greeted by very friendly members of staff, …

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Goose and Firkin, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

Just needed a quick snack so I popped into this little restaurant and I was quite pleased that I did. Clean, with pleasant and efficient staff and a decent selection of snacks and basic meals. I paid 5.50 for a cheese and onion baguette with a white coffee, which filled me up and I thought …

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Piero’s Restaurant and Music Bar

We’d seen this bar (or set of bars) several times so decided to pop in for a snack lunch on the last day of our holiday. Wimbledon was being shown on various tv screens and although neither of us are sporty types we agreed we’d quite like to watch some of it. We both had …

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Fado Rock Restaurant, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

This is a large, themed restaurant which caught our eye as we walked past one day so we decided to give it a go. We ordered 2 sparkling mineral waters @ 2 euros each and the waitress brought us over some fresh bread with a garlic dip. This was very tasty and quite filling. I …

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Lin’s Cafe, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

We wanted somewhere cheap and basic for a spot of lunch, and after checking the prices at Lin’s Café we decided to give it a go. Service was efficient, the place was clean enough and the selection on the menu typical Brit grub (which is what we wanted at the time). I had a coffee …

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Wild West Restaurant, Caleta de Fuste, Fuerteventura

Situated within a the small shopping centre next to the Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa, this restaurant was really nice place for our first meal in Fuerteventura. It was 3pm so not too many other people about. Waiters were polite/pleasant. We ordered a sparkling mineral water @ 1.80, and a pineapple juice @ 2.00.  I ate …

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Barcelo Fuerteventura Thalasso Spa

As we’d read on previous reviews, there were quite long queues at check-in and not enough staff to cope, but we were prepared for this. This is something that could easily be rectified with 2 extra members of staff on reception for busy periods so I’m not sure why they don’t just do it and …

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Dolphin Watching Trip…

These trips run twice daily from the harbour and cost 25 euros (you get a free trip if you fail to spot dolphins/whales) and take 2 and a half hours. (There are several companies offering these trips – the times and prices vary).  As I went across the wooden walkway to the boat a chap …

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Arizona Restaurant, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

This restaurant is apparently owned by the same person who owns the bar next door, so we weren’t sure where to sit when we went in, but the British waiter was friendly and quickly showed us to a table even though he worked in the bar, not the restaurant. The tables had proper table cloths …

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El Faro, Mogan, Gran Canaria…

This restaurant has spectacular views over the harbour and the ocean. We started off with a coffee and a mineral water, then we ordered food and 2 more mineral waters. I had a goats cheese salad (without eggs) and my partner had the tuna with chips and side salad. My salad was lovely and fresh, …

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La Cantina, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

Judging by the glass cabinets nearby filled with a variety of slabs of meat we thought that this restaurant would be ideal for a steak meal, but unfortunately looks can be deceiving. To say the eating area was ‘snug’ was probably an understatement, but they obviously wanted to maximise the limited space available to them. …

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Taj Palace, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

We had high hopes for this Indian Restaurant as it looked really nice from the outside, with coloured lights, plenty of outdoor seating and an extensive menu, however, unfortunately it was a bit of a let-down. We ordered a beer and a mineral water – these were fine. We had 5 poppadoms and were given …

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El Cenador Grill, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

On arrival we were shown to the tables for two, overlooking the small shopping mall and restaurant area. I ordered a mineral water while my partner had a beer. A small dish of 4 Canarian potatoes (cooked in their skins) was brought out, which tasted nice. We skipped starters and went straight for mains. I …

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Toro Bravo, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

We found all of the members of staff to be friendly and helpful. The beer was ice-cold, the food was delicious and the price was very reasonable. I had the vegetable pizza, which had a thin crust and cheese that wasn’t overpowering or greasy, topped with a selection of vegetables in small chunks (including broccoli, …

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Marina Suites, Puerto Rico, Gran Canaria…

After a very early start and a very long day of travelling, we finally arrived at The Marina Suites and all I can say is WOW! We were greeted by genuinely friendly reception staff and given a room on the 8th floor overlooking the ocean – stunning. We were given 2 room keys (credit card …

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Aquarius Restaurant, Sidari…

Spiros, Peri, Nikos, Kelly and George make this restaurant and bar the most welcoming place in Sidari. There is a fabulous menu to choose from, with very reasonable prices, available from 8.30am – 11pm. (The bar opens from 8.30pm til late). The fresh Greek salad is phenomenal and for veggies (like me) there’s also a …

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Konaki Greek Taverna, Sidari…

We saw this restaurant had a good rating on Trip Advisor and as it was so close to where we were staying (The Kanali) we decided to try it out. The waiter was very friendly and the prices were very reasonable. I had a greek salad and my partner had the steak. We had fresh …

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Jeni’s Mediterranean, Moments…

Jeni is a wonderful human being who will always go that extra mile for you, with a smile on her face and a big chunk of genuine kindness. The café is not only a hang-out for ‘Brits Abroad’ but attracts all nationalities. She helps to rescue and re-home stray dogs on the Island and there’s …

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China Town, Sidari, Corfu…

This was a return visit to China Town as we’d enjoyed eating in there during our holiday in Sidari July 2011. The restaurant is clean and spacious with very pretty ornamental (plastic) swans and a water feature in the entrance with little turtles swimming around in it. There are many colourful (red) lanterns hanging from …

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Kima Restaurant, Kassiopi, Corfu…

We were on an evening trip from Sidari to Kassiopi and spotted this up-market restaurant overlooking the harbour. As we were in casual clothing (shorts) we asked about the dress code but were welcomed in and shown to a table (most of the tables were reserved, so it’s clearly a popular place). It was nice …

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Pizza Romana, Sidari, Corfu…

This hidden gem is located behind the church, next to the bandstand in the centre of Sidari. It’s a beautiful, quaint place which is close enough to the main strip to be convenient but it actually feels a million miles away from all of the timeshare touts and reps trying to drag you into their …

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Madison Bar, Sidari (2012)…

We decided to give The Madison Bar & Restaurant a chance to redeem itself after our previous experience there, but unfortunately we definitely won’t be returning. The beachside views are stunning, but even on a relatively quiet Sunday evening the service was incredibly slow. I asked for a sparkling mineral water with a slice of …

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The Madison Bar, Sidari (2010)…

Two very different experiences, same restaurant! We chose this restaurant on the Sunday evening of our holiday as the views of the beach were stunning and it looked very clean inside. We enjoyed a fabulous meal out on the deck while watching the sunset in a calm and peaceful environment. The starters were delicious, I …

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The Venus Bar, Sidari…

We first stumbled upon The Venus Bar in May 2010. We’d walked a bit further along Sidari High Street than planned and were about to turn back when we spotted a neon sign over the door and some comfy seats outside. We could hear 80s music from a CD player and went in. The bar …

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Kanali, Sidari (2012)…

This was our third stay at The Kanali, and the first time we were able to stay for 2 weeks. What can I say that hasn’t been said already? Nikos, Spiros, George, Kelly & Peri and all of the rest of the hardworking staff are the best hosts you could ever wish for, including all-rounder …

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Kanali, Sidari (2011)…

Bearing in mind that the flight from Stansted only takes about 3 hours, this feels like a very long journey (especially if you had an unsociably early check-in). This is made slightly worse by the 2 hour transfer bus from Corfu airport (if you booked via First Choice / Thomson), although you could just treat …

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Parque Santiago IV, Tenerife…

I cannot rate the Parque Santiago IV highly enough. On arrival we were given a very warm reception, two door keys (credit card type which also turn on the electrics), pool passes and other literature. As we arrived quite late the apartment was already available, but for early arrivals you may need to wait while …

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Kanali, Sidari, Corfu (2010)…

Well, what can I say? It was love at first sight! The Kanali is everything we’d hoped for and more. When our transfer bus dropped us off at The Kanali, after an hour and a half journey from the airport, we were met by a very polite young chap with a truck, who took our …

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Panorama Apartments, Lanzarote…

We had booked our holiday through the First Choice website, flew Thomson, and the tour operator was Skytours, so it was no surprise that when 10 of us got off the bus at reception approx 3pm on Thursday 2nd July 2009, none of our names were on the list. The rep had conveniently remained on …

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Aliathon Holiday Village, Paphos, Cyprus…

When we booked online for our holiday in Cyprus from 12th – 19th November 2008, we misread the ratings for this holiday village and believed the apartments to be 4 star, when in reality it’s the SITE which is rated 4 SUNS. The site rating reflects the quality and quantity of the food outlets, general …

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Atlantis Las Lomas, Lanzarote…

My partner Steve and I stayed in apartment 206 (upstairs) from 2nd to 9th October 2008 and we had a fantastic time. No cockroaches (there was a can of spray in the cupboard but we didn’t need it), lovely big balcony with table and chairs (and a wall light), lots of pretty shrubs planted around, …

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White Waters Hotel, Machico, Madeira…

We flew to Madeira on 3rd July 2008, returning on 9th July 2008. White Waters is a stunningly beautiful, family-run hotel just 5 minutes by taxi from Funchal airport. Our room looked like it’d never had anyone stay there before us (it was spotlessly clean). We were welcomed as if we were old friends, and …

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Apple Inn, Amsterdam…

We stayed at The Apple Inn from 9th – 13th June 2008. We booked via the Easyjet website, so shouldn’t have been charged any extra on arrival. However, the receptionist insisted we pay 22 euros “tourist tax” before she’d hand over the key! (We complained to Easyjet afterwards, who investigated and then credited our bank …

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Holiday Reviews…

So far I have only travelled in Europe, hence the name of this blog (European Holiday Reviews), but hopefully I will travel further afield one day….

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