5 Popular Hiking Trails in North America

Let's go hiking!

When it comes to traveling, hiking never gets old! It allows travellers to experience the world around them in close contact. Hiking is one of the best ways to exercise, to bond with peers, to experience nature and to unwind or distress. There are plenty of popular hiking trails in North America, being one of the best places to go for those who are looking for hiking adventures.  Whether you prefer a brisk walk, a stroll, a canter or a saunter, here are the most recommend hiking trail spots you should try in North America. So get ready and put on your hiking boots!

Wailua Falls, Kauai

Wailua Falls, Kauai

1. Kalalau Trail Along the Napali Coast in Kauai Hawaii – This trail is known to be the most famous hiking trail in Kauai, Hawaii. The Kalalau Trail involves an 11-mile hike.  Enjoying a hike here is the perfect way to explore more of Kauai’s natural beauty since about 90% of the island is actually not accessible by road. The trail starts at the end of Kee Beach road. Most hikers stay a minimum of one night before returning to make the most of their travel. Others who are unable to proceed through the 11-mile hike only finish the first 2 miles which ends at the Hanakapiai Beach. Both types of hikes will allow you to enjoy the scenic view of the north shore of Kauai. For camping and day hikes past the Hanakapiai Valley you might need to secure a permit through the Hawaii State Parks Division.

Bow River Three Sisters, near Banff National Park

Bow River Three Sisters, near Banff National Park

2. Johnson Lake Trail in Banff Alberta – This trail is a 3 km loop and has no elevation gain, with the trail head being the Johnson Lake picnic area. Along the lake are Douglas fir trees which are considered to be amongst the oldest in Alberta. Hiking on the Johnson Lake Trail will allow you to enjoy great views of the beautiful mountains such as Mount Rundle and Cascade Mountain. The trail around this lake is definitely a fine walk especially during the early season. This is considered as an easy trail in Alberta.

3. The Cory Pass Loop– Named after the Cory Pass in between Mount Edith and Mount Cory, this is a trail found in Banff National Park in Alberta and is considered to be one of the most strenuous day hikes in the Banff area. However, despite the difficulty of this trail, it is highly popular because the views of the limestone monolith of Mt Louis are said to be worth all the effort. The best time to do this trail is during mid-season when all the snow is gone. Additional factors that make this trail a little more challenging is that no water can be found anywhere along the trail, and routes can be difficult to locate.

Hiking in Canmore

Let’s go hiking!

4. Black Tusk Trail in Whistler BC – There are plenty of popular hiking trails in Whistler but Black Tusk is on top of the list for many reasons, mainly for its breathtaking views and incredible geology. A hike on this trail is just amazing. This is perfect for highly adventurous hikers. Standing at the top, you can have a view of almost everything underneath. The Black Tusk trail is actually three hikes made into one. You can access the Black Tusk trail through Garibaldi Lake and return through Taylor Meadows. These two are both great destinations alone but when combined with Black Tusk, it becomes the best. It’s a 30 km hike for a round-trip hike, trail head to trail head.

5. John Muir Trail in Yosemite National Park, California - This is a long-distance trail, about 215 miles. The John Muir Trail runs through the Sierra Nevada Range. The starting point is the Yosemite National Park and the end point is at Mount Whitney with an elevation of 14,505 ft. Mount Whitney is actually the highest point in the continental US. This trail was named after the naturalist named John Muir. July till September is the primary hiking season here at John Muir. A permit is a requirement to enjoy a hike on this trail. A hiker can obtain it from the Yosemite National Park, the starting point of this trail. Only one permit is required throughout the duration of the entire hike.

Canadian Film Festivals

Have you always wanted to attend a world renowned Canadian film festival but finding accommodations was impossible?

We have great news! How would you like to come “home” to your very own private luxury accommodations, rivaling any posh hotel, after spending an evening rubbing elbows with some Hollywood stars while taking in new and innovative films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival? We’ve got your covered!

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Elegant & modern 1 bedroom condo in the heart of Toronto #204944

Gourmet Kitchen & Private Patio

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Chic 1 bedroom + den condo in the heart of downtown Toronto #204038

Chic 1 bedroom + den condo in the heart of downtown Toronto #204038

 

Each vacation property offers the ‘home away from home’ experience with that special touch. Simply pack your bags and be sure to bring your camera; you’ll want to snap pictures of this year’s scheduled attendees: George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Colin Firth, Hugh Jackman, Meryl Streep … and the list goes on!

For further information on the Toronto International Film Festival ticket packages as well as the list of films please visit tiff.net. The 2013 festival runs from September 5th through to the 15th.

Of course we would not forget about our West Coast folks! While December is a little ways away, the Whistler Film Festival is an extremely popular event and is being dubbed “Canada’s Sundance”. Last year’s  stars were Harry Potter’s very own Daniel Radcliffe along with film and television actress, Rashida Jones. This year’s Whistler Film Festival takes place December 4th to  8th, 2013.

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Private hot tub & free WiFi property #206276

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Huge 2 bedroom with private hot tub on huge deck property #30127

 

To learn more about ticket sales, films and event times, please visit Whistler Film Festival.

As many can attest to, both of these featured destinations, Toronto, ON and Whistler, BC, are exciting vibrant locations that not only offer world class cuisine, arts, theater and diverse cultural experiences but top notch accommodations to suit everyone’s tastes and needs.

See all the accommodations Owner Direct Vacation Rentals  has; there’s one waiting for you!

Everyone’s talking about vacation rentals

Everyone's talking about vacation rentals!

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In the past, when people were on vacation, a hotel stay used to be the common choice. While this option is still highly popular today, more and more tourists are raving about another accommodation option instead of a hotel stay, camping or simply staying at a friend or relative’s home: A stay in a vacation rental is growing to be more and more popular, largely due to word of mouth from customers who have tried this option.

See these customer testimonials for example, showing how much guests are loving vacation rentals. There are just too many reasons why people prefer getting a vacation rental over staying in a hotel, camping or staying at a friend’s house.

Avoid expensive hotel rates

First, vacation rental rates are way more affordable compared to those for hotels. You can easily find a vacation rental that has the same high quality facilities as a hotel but does not charge as much. For example, there are plenty of great value condominiums  for rent that will still allow you to enjoy high-end facilities and amenities similar to those in a hotel, without spending as much.

Receive extraordinarily warm customer service

Guests love the customer service they receive, not only from providers of vacation rentals, but also the owners of these vacation rentals which they get to communicate with directly. Guests rave about the excellent customer service and the hassle-free transactions in general. Let’s face it, staff in hotels receive a lot of customers day in and day out and their customer service can get very ordinary. But guests who book with owners of vacation rentals receive extraordinary customer service and warm responses. Owners of rental properties can’t wait to serve another set of guests in their vacation homes. Property owners will ensure that guests have all they need for them to have a great vacation in the home they are renting. Remember, these owners are excited to get new guests, so expect that extra warm customer service!

Have all the SPACE you want!

Have you ever felt so suffocated and space-bound in that room inside the hotel? It’s time to not have to worry about this anymore. Vacation rentals can provide you with all the space you need. Whether you are traveling in a small or large group, you can find the perfect property to rent at a fair price. With vacation rentals, you can get a unit, such as a vacation home for example, that makes you feel right at home. This gives you more enthusiasm and energy on your vacation instead of just lazing around in a small room.

Have a new experience each time

The feeling of being in a new place is great. We all know that! While hotel rooms can vary, they all have pretty much the same structure. But for vacation rentals, you will never run out of new experiences on your vacations. You can stay in a sprawling beach vacation villa one time or stay in a cozy ski condo the next time. Perhaps you want to try staying in a bungalow or a houseboat or perhaps stay in a private mountain cabin. You’ll have a rich experience of different accommodations. You will never be bored!

Be safe & enjoy an exclusive area

Avoid the risk of sleeping in a camp and ensure safety during your holiday by staying in a vacation rental. Plus enjoy a private and exclusive area which you will never have if you only stay in your friend’s house.

The perfect experience is waiting for you when you rent a vacation rental property!

See this related post on the Top 10 reasons why a vacation home is better than a hotel.

Great Family Reunion Vacation Homes

Great Family Reunion Vacation Homes

Renting a vacation home for a family reunion just makes sense. It is an affordable way for all family members to enjoy quality time together in a fun, new location.

On average, vacation homes offer far more space to stretch out, unwind, and enjoy! Space for everyone to relax and have a good time enjoying each others company. They usually include all the things you’d expect to find at home like full-sized appliances, dishes, books and games, and laundry facilities. These kinds of amenities can make your group stay so much more comfortable.

Most hotels just aren’t geared for families or groups of friends traveling together. Between the expense of eating out and having to book two (or more) rooms to accommodate everyone, you can blow most of your budget before you even get started.  Fortunately, it’s easy to find vacation rental homes that can satisfy the needs of just about any sized group. In addition to the essentials (plenty of beds and bathrooms), you can save a bundle by having at least some of your meals at home.

Another great benefit is that pets can be family members too. As owners set their own pet policies, there are over 4,000 pet-friendly vacation homes at OwnerDirect.com that allow dogs, cats and even other critters to stay.

Start planning now with OwnerDirect.com!

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico #202756

Stunning 6 bedroom beachfront luxury villa in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico #202756

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Tremblant’s greatest home for family gatherings. 6 bedroom chalet #201448

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Enjoy this 7 bedroom lake view villa in the Disney World Area, Kissimmee, Florida #201888

Poipu Beach, Kauai #122920

Gorgeous 5 bedroom home with private swimming pool and spa in Poipu Beach, Kauai #122920

Top 10 Summer Destinations for 2013

Top Summer Destinations

“At the beach, life is different, time doesn’t move from hour to hour, but mood to moment. We live by the currents, plan by the tides, and follow the sun.”
~ Sandy Gingras

Summer is here. Where are you vacationing this year? Here’s a list of Owner Direct’s top 10 summer destinations of 2013.

Kelowna Vacation Rentals

Kelowna, BC #128239

#1 Kelowna, BC – The city of Kelowna is situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake in the heart of the stunning Okanagan Valley, a four-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose from an array of parks and beaches, hiking and cycling trails, orchards, golf courses and award-winning wineries. Visitors can enjoy everything from wine tastings to unforgettable outdoor adventures of all kinds.

#2 Paris, France – Staying in a Paris vacation home enables guests to embark on a true Parisian experience. Every day, wake up to a view of historical landmarks while enjoying a fresh croissant. Indulge in some of the famous sights Paris has to offer such as the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame de Paris and the Champs-Élysées. For those wanting to get in some more European culture, check out the opera houses or the high end fashion shops and restaurants.

Myrtle Beach Vacation Rentals

Myrtle Beach, SC #204478

#3 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach area, also known as the Grand Strand, enjoys 60 miles of beautiful coastline. With more than 200 sunny days and a temperate year-round climate, Myrtle Beach is a paradise for beach goers, offering endless hours of swimming, surfing, sailing, and other sun and sand favourites.

#4 Maui, Hawaii – Because of Maui’s superb beaches, exotic scenery, endless activities and magnificent vacation homes, it is known one as one of the world’s best vacation destinations. Maui landscapes range from desert-like to tropical rain forest. Maintained roads and trails throughout much of these areas make hiking tours available year round.

Orlando Vacation Rentals

Orlando, FL #203235

#5 Disney World, Florida – This summer, find Disney World vacation home rentals close to one or more of the seven action-filled water venues including Wet ‘n Wild with its flume rides, water slides, sandy beaches, wave pools, multi-passenger rides as well as children’s play areas and picnic areas. At Gatorland, watch action-filled shows featuring alligators, crocodiles and more of Florida’s oldest inhabitants. A visit to Cypress Gardens will thrill with world-famous water-ski performances and amazing exhibits and shows.

#6 Mont Tremblant, Quebec – Mont Tremblant is home to two of SCOREgolf Magazine’s top-10 rated golf courses, an annual Ironman triathlon, the 2014 Ironman 70.3 Championships, a casino, its own blues festival and a race track. But that’s just a snippet of all there is to see and do in this four-season playground. Other activities include zip-lining, hiking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, paintball, dune buggies, rock climbing, and rafting. And don’t miss the spectacular ride up the panoramic gondola to the very tip-top of the highest peak in the Laurentiens.

Courtenay Vacation Rentals on Vancouver Island, BC

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#7 Vancouver Island, BC – Vancouver Island is a great place to enjoy outdoor activities such as whale watching, fishing, water-skiing, diving, house-boating, kayaking or sailing. With so much of the island having protected, unspoiled wilderness, any visit here would be incomplete without an excursion to at least one park or nature reserve.

#8 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Sun, sand and warm tropical beauty – that’s Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In this charming coastal city, visitors can experience the beauty and traditions of Mexico from the comforts of their vacation rental. Whether you wish to stay in the tourist zone, discover the traditions of Mexico, visit the open markets, fish, enjoy water sports, or go on a variety of excursions, you will find something to love about Puerto Vallarta.

#9 San Francisco, CA – Many tourists come to ride the famous cable cars or walk on Fisherman’s Wharf. At San Francisco Bay on Pier 39, enjoy an open air festival marketplace. Be surrounded by 2 levels of shopping that include 110 specialty shops and 14 different dining options.  If a bicycle is your form of transportation around San Francisco, you will be happy to know that the city has more than 200 miles of bike paths, lanes and routes.

Sorrento Vacation Rentals

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#10 Sorrento & Amalfi Coast, Italy – Sorrento is located along the coast of the Gulf of Naples and has fascinated generations of visitors. With many historical landmarks in the area, fabulous beaches and gardens  and breathtaking sunsets that are not to be missed, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast are well worth a visit.

Central Okanagan Wineries and Vineyards

Featured Destination: Central Okanagan

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Summer in the Okanagan: Sun-soaked vineyards sprawl out before your eyes, stretching down the hillsides towards Lake Okanagan. The smell of fresh fruit, award-winning wines and clear lake water awaits.

The Okanagan Valley is home to some of the most delicious wines in the world. There are over 120 Okanagan wineries and vineyards in the area, and it is British Columbia’s largest, oldest and most popular wine-producing region.

Featuring a very dry climate, the temperatures during the growing season months of July and August in the Okanagan may reach 40 °C (104 °F), often staying above 30 °C (86 °F) for several days. The region’s northerly latitude allows the vines to experience longer hours of daylight than the more southerly vineyards of California receive, with late June seeing daybreak around 5 am and sunlight still present as late as 10:30 pm. 1

Okanagan wineries range from large and luxurious facilities to small family-run vineyards. Tours can be guided or self-guided. Some offer picnic areas and others have on-site restaurants and gift shops. Consider using one of the various shuttle services so everyone in your party can enjoy a day of sampling at different locations. Another idea is to try a winery cycling tour.

Wine festivals are a great way to sample many different wines in one location. The Mile High Wine Festival at Silver Star Mountain on Aug 10, 2013 offers guests outdoor wine tastings, appetizers and live entertainment along Main Street. The Okanagan Food, Wine and Film Festival takes dinner & a movie to a new level this year on September 13-15, 2013 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts in Kelowna. Or be a Vintner for a Day on July 6, 2013 … Guests can “roll up their sleeves” or just sip some great wines and spend a day at St Hubertus & Oak Bay Estate Winery alongside vineyard managers and winemakers.

With so many options, the hardest part is deciding where to visit first!

Map of some of the Okanagan Wineries

1 British Columbia Wine Institute BC Wine Institute Members: The Okanagan Valley Accessed: March 26, 2013

City Shopping Getaways

City Shopping Getaways

City Shopping Getaway IdeasSpring cleaning is done … is it time now to spruce up your home with some cool new items? Or upgrade your wardrobe for the summer? A weekend getaway to “the city” for some shopping might be just what you need. And to get even more decorating ideas for your home, why not stay at a vacation home instead of a boring hotel room?

Some of the best city shopping getaways and experiences can be had at our favorite cities like:

San Diego, California – California’s second largest city, San Diego is the ideal place for a weekend shopping getaway. Enjoy the warm sunshine while you hit up the local shops at one of the many outdoor shopping centers or stay cool as you browse through exclusive stores at the mall. Downtown, wander the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter for the latest fashions in national and regional boutiques or check out the Mission Valley and Fashion Valley shopping malls for all of life’s necessities. In central San Diego, immerse yourself in the culture at the Bazaar del Mundo Shops and Old Town or check out Otay Ranch Town Center in the South.

Vancouver, BC – Enjoy a multicultural experience at the shopping malls of Vancouver. There are also excellent marketplaces and street shopping. Well-known department stores and favorite chain stores are abundant but also lots of local boutiques and great food fairs at the malls. Some of the bigger malls are Aberdeen Centre with an Asian flair; Pacific Centre downtown, Waterfront Centre Shops, and the Royal Centre Mall. West Vancouver offers the Village at Park Royal and Oakridge Centre near Queen Elizabeth Park.

Tokyo, Japan – From trendy fashion and branded goods to cutting-edge electronics, Tokyo has a shop for practically anything you could ever want. Its various sightseeing districts double as shopping districts. Many of them have their own charming character and specialties. Shinjuku is one of Toyko’s largest shopping and entrainment districts, centered around one of the busiest train stations in the world. For the center of youth fashion, check out Shibuya or Harajuku which has two parallel shopping streets: one that caters to a younger, teenage crowd and another that offers upscale boutiques, cafes and several leading designer brand shops. Odaiba is a popular shopping mall built on a man-made island.

New York City, NY – When it comes to shopping here, your choices are limitless. New York hosts some of the largest and most exclusive department stores in the world including Bloomindale’s and Macy’s NYC. At this top contender for the best city with style and sophistication, check out Madison Avenue, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, East Village and 57th Street for shops that have it all.

Houston, Texas – With 54 shopping centers, Houston is #1 on America’s 25 Best Cities for Shopping List from Forbes.  The Galleria mall is the biggest at 2.5 million square feet of retail pleasure. There are so many different types of stores, boutiques and specialty retail shops, it is fair to say that Houston is the style capital of the South. Other shopping areas to visit are Katy Mills, Willowbrook Mall in the Northwest, Market Street with open-air shopping in the Woodlands, and River Oaks Shopping Center.

Phoenix, Arizona – A surprising shopper’s paradise awaits in Phoenix and Scottsdale. From malls to boutiques, antiques to factory discount outlets, there is something for every type of shopper. Check out Biltmore Fashion Park, an open-air, lush garden of shopping experiences in the historic Biltmore District. Old Town Scottsdale offers shopping, dining, and the Scottsdale Artwalk every Thursday evening. Scottsdale Fashion Square, CityCenter of CityNorth, Borgata of Scottsdale, and Melrose on 7th are other top shopping areas to visit.

What’s your favorite city for a shopping getaway and why?

When is the Best Time to Visit Disney World Florida?

04-29-2013-blogIf you are planning on visiting Disney World, one question may be: When is the best time to go?  There are a few factors to take into account such as crowds, weather, special events and park hours.

Special Events and Park Hours

Even busy days can be rewarding, depending on when you go to the park. Daytime hours may have long lines but evenings can be wonderfully uncrowded. Parks are typically open from 9am to 11pm but it is best to check the official Disney Park Hours as they do vary for different times of the year.  Special Events take place often and can be great fun. Disney offers a complete special events calendar for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom parks.

Weather

During the summer months, expect plenty of heat and humidity. However, for many rides, line-ups are in the shade or in air-conditioned areas. There are other coping measures such as enjoying a wet ride or leaving the park at the heat of the day and returning in the evening.

Thunderstorms do happen often in the summertime but the rain doesn’t usually last long and it’s a chance for things to cool down. Hurricanes are rarely a problem in Orlando because it is inland.

Crowds

As Disney World is a popular place, there are definitely peak periods. We have found a couple of 2013 Disney World crowd calendars to help you find the best and worst days to go. Generally, January to early February, early May (after Spring Break and Easter), late August and the Fall months are the least crowded.

Ticket pricing may also be another factor in your trip planning. Find out how Disney World ticket prices compare  over the years.

When it comes down to it, the best time to visit Disney World Florida is when you can go. Everybody should travel to Walt Disney World and the Magic Kingdom at least once in their lives.

Have you ever been to Disney World? What time of year did you go? What was your experience?

Are you a Tough Mudder?

I recently received an email with a video clip of a Tough Mudder event. My heart was pounding, watching the incredible footage of people tackling the world’s toughest obstacle course. I could feel my adrenaline pumping and noticed my mind saying “this would be so fun to experience”. For those who don’t know, Tough Mudder is a 10-12 mile hardcore obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your strength, stamina, mental grit and team camaraderie.

The endurance courses involve a variety of rough terrain including mud, fire, 12 foot walls, icy water and 10,00 volts of electricity. This is not a race to be attempted alone … it truly is about pushing yourself to your limits, both physically and mentally as well as working together as a team to support each other through it. Savour the sense of accomplishment after pushing yourself and teammates through challenging terrain and extreme obstacles.

Events are held throughout the US, Canada, Europe, Australia,  New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. In 2012, roughly 500,000 people worldwide participated in a total of 35 events, making Tough Mudder the world’s fastest-growing endurance adventure series. Are you a Tough Mudder?

Springtime in Europe

Springtime in Europe

 

There are many benefits to vacationing in the springtime, especially springtime in Europe. It is low season, so there are less crowds and more affordable prices. It is also a period where the temperature starts to get warmer, the days get longer and everything is reborn and alive again. Go for a hike, get to a beach or stay in a villa overlooking the mountains. There is much to explore in the great world of ours. If you are planning on holidaying in Europe, consider one of the following destinations to fully enjoy springtime in the Old World:

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam may be one of the few European cities where spring is one of the busiest times of the year. Famous for its Dutch tulips and festivals, you will thoroughly enjoy Amsterdam in the spring. Try to time your holiday during 2 of the biggest holidays in Holland: Queen’s Day and Remembrance Day. April 30th is Queen’s Day, a national holiday to celebrate the country’s (former) Queen. This holiday is like the Mardi Gras of the Netherlands, welcoming up to 2 million visitors annually with non-stop parties and live music in every part of the city. Another interesting aspect to this holiday is the city-wide free market rummage sales. Less than a week later, on May 4th , is Remembrance Day followed by Liberation Day on May 5th. Grab a coffee, kick back and relax at one of the many patios or parks, and enjoy some good old fashion people watching. Very entertaining!

Seville, SpainSeville, Spain

Seville is an incredibly romantic European city with its ancient history and rich detailed architecture. Enjoy exploring this city filled with beautiful fountains, gardens and exquisite tiling.  Spring is a special time of year in Seville: Two of the city’s most important events take place during that time. Semana Santa is a religious festival but also includes lots of celebrating into the wee hours of the morning. This is followed by the Spring Fair, also known as “the Feria”. This is a full week of celebration, parties, dancing and drinking with many late nights or all-nighters if you are up for it. Flamenco dancing also originated in the region of Andalusia, which is a combination of singing, song and dancing. Enjoy an authentic flamenco show at the Museo del Baile Flamenco (Flamenco Museum) or at one of the city’s dinner shows or bars.

Algarve, Portugal

Spring on the Algarve in Portugal is a wonderful time to visit with stunning scenery, vibrant wildflowers and plenty of activities to engage in, most notably golf. It is warm and one of the sunniest places in Europe during the spring. Great weather, scenic landscapes combined with fewer crowds and good value for your money make the Algarve a destination to be experienced. There are a couple of holidays celebrated in the spring including Liberation Day on April 25th , complete with fireworks and live entertainment throughout the region. Olhao’s Clam Festival is also held from late March until early April. Music lovers won’t be disappointed as the Lagos Jazz Festival is held during April as well.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic, is a magical place to visit anytime of the year. But spring offers a variety of activities to enjoy, including the Prague Spring International Music Festival. This event showcases a variety of performing artists, symphony orchestras and chamber music from around the world. Enjoy Easter markets in the Old Town Square as well as in Wenceslas where you can purchase handcrafted Easter goods, enjoy traditional food and a variety of local music performances. Combine your sightseeing with athleticism by entering the Prague International Marathon also held in the spring.