Posts by Mary

10 Facts About Barcelona for Kids


10 Facts about Barcelona for Kids: Ignite Their Imaginations Before Your Holiday! Have you recently booked a holiday to Barcelona? Or are you currently exploring your options, and the Catalonian capital is proving to be a high contender for your choice of destination? Whether you’ve booked yet or not, chances are that you’ve already done [...]

A Guide to the Towns of Lake Garda


Sun, Serenity and Sailing: A Guide to the Towns of Lake Garda Explore Italy in more depth, and you’ll find that there’s a whole lot more than the ancient ruins of Rome, or the gliding gondolas of Venice. For centuries, people across Europe and beyond have been heading to the more peaceful northern areas of [...]

10 Reasons to Visit Croatia

Reasons to Visit Croatia

Emerging from the ashes of former Yugoslavia, Croatia has risen in status to become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe. Yet despite its unofficial title as one of the continent’s finest vacation hot-spots, the country still remains wonderfully authentic, and refreshingly affordable.

Things to Do in Barcelona With the Kids


The gloriously chaotic, vibrant city of Barcelona is traditionally considered the sole property of artistic types, lively stag parties and romancing couples. However, the secret is now out – Barcelona is fast becoming a hot destination for families, thanks largely to its vibrant, colourful ambiance and multitude of things to see and do.

Culture on the Coast: Europe’s Best City Beaches

Europe's Best City Beaches

Often, when booking holidays, it’s common to fall into the trap of believing that you can’t have it all. More often than not, families spend their time debating whether to enjoy a beach break, or whether to head inland and have a more cultural holiday in the city.

Things to Do in Rome With Kids

Things to Do With Kids in Rome

Are you thinking that Rome is the sole preserve of romantic couples and history buffs? Think again! The evocatively dubbed ‘Eternal City’ not only offers atmosphere and antiquities in abundance, but also caters very well for smaller tourists too, making it a great option for those looking for a fun-filled, yet cultural trip with the [...]

Top Ten Beaches in France

Top 10 Beaches in France

France is, quite simply, the ideal holiday location for families. The warm, balmy climate, classic cuisine and beautiful scenery make it a firm favourite for travellers, and with over 2000 miles of coastline; it is a great choice of destination for families looking to enjoy a coastal holiday, in true French style.

Wish I Was There Photo Competition

Wish You Were There

IT’S COMPETITION TIME – WISH I WAS THERE!   With Christmas behind us, the New Year upon us and the weather taking a frosty turn, we here at Al Fresco Holidays thought we’d help you hold off the temptation to hibernate by offering a little something to brighten up these dark winter months. I’m sure [...]

Announcing The Cycling Route Winner!

Recently we ran a competition to give away some top of the range cycling equipment. All you had to do to be in with a chance of winning was send us a Google Map of your favourite cycling route.  That’s it! Up for grabs were a Suunto Ambit2 Sapphire GPS Watch (worth £450), a Dogcam [...]

Competition: Favourite Cycling Route

How do you fancy winning some top of the range cycling equipment? With the Tour de France now over and another fantastic British winner being crowned, the cycling community continues to grow across the country. Here at Al Fresco we’re well aware of the potential cost associated with fully immersing yourself in this great sport, [...]