The Benefits of Chartering a Yacht

There are thousands of package tours and resort hotels on a beautiful beach where you can get a great tan, dine with your family and friends, and maybe find a club to go to in the evening. So why charter a yacht?

Chartering a beautiful catamaran is the ultimate way to spend a holiday. People who rent a catamaran usually go around saying “This was the best vacation ever”!

The Benefits of Chartering a Yacht

  • Stay in a different location each night without re-packing
  • Avoid the holiday crowds while going to the most desirable locations
  • Learn new skills that are valuable for a lifetime
  • Be as relaxed or active as you like with full use of any water toys at your disposal
  • Learn about the region from experts without taking tours

Being on a boat brings you much closer to your friends and family, because you have shared a magical experience enhanced by being free on the water together.

Many people worry that they’ll be too cramped on a boat, and that the close quarters will lead to problems.

If you do not have enough experience or if you feel like you need some support, there is no reason to worry! You can charter a skippered catamaran. There are plenty of yacht companies offering such services like SunYachting for Greece which offers Catamaran charter Greece skippered services. Another one is Boatbookings

Advertisements
(CNN) — When you hear “Spain,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Madrid’s stately Plaza Mayor? Barcelona’s mind-bending architecture? Next time you plan a trip to the Iberian Peninsula, consider getting off the beaten path: Spain is far more diverse than meets the eye.
Of course, Madrid and Barcelona are world-class cities at the cutting edge of gastronomy, art and nightlife. You could spend weeks in either and never get bored.
In the shamrock-green hills of Galicia and Asturias along the northern coast, you’re in seafood paradise. Delight in such ocean-fresh delicacies as cockles, periwinkles and boiled octopus.
Due south, time-travel to Moorish Spain in Andalusian cities like Sevilla and Granada, whose orange-tree-lined streets bask in an average of 125 cloudless days each year.
And let’s not forget the Canary Islands, an archipelago that might have the best climate in the world with year-round temperatures hovering around the mid-70s.
With so many enticing cities and towns, it’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning a trip to Spain. To that end, we’ve honed in on our 11 favorite Spanish vacation spots to help you weigh your options.

Madrid

Madrid Spain

Spain’s capital is more than just a bureaucratic center.
Pixabay
Europe’s third-most populated metropolis (after London and Berlin), Madrid feels like many cities in one. It can exude Old World elegance, with its wide boulevards, manicured parks and royal palaces.
But venture into up-and-coming neighborhoods like Conde Duque or Lavapiés, and you’re suddenly in Spain’s incubator for the latest fashion and design trends.
Madrid is an artistic center -- home of Picasso's Guernica, pictured.

Madrid is an artistic center — home of Picasso’s Guernica, pictured.
Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
By night, the entire city becomes one raucous fiesta that doesn’t abate until sunrise. You can get in on the action at Kapital (Calle Atocha, 125, 28012 Madrid), a world-famous nightclub whose seven different floors offer seven different music scenes.
Whether you’re in town for a day or a week, it’s wise to set aside a few hours for Madrid’s Golden Triangle of museums. Head to the Prado (Paseo del Prado, s/n, 28014 Madrid) for classics by Goya and Velázquez, to the Reina Sofía (Calle de Santa Isabel, 52, 28012 Madrid) for more contemporary contemporary works including Picasso’s “Guernica,” or to Thyssen-Bornemisza (Paseo del Prado, 8, 28014 Madrid) for an eclectic variety of European art through the ages.
Head to Retiro Park for some relaxation.

Head to Retiro Park for some relaxation.
GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Insider tip: While Cava Baja may be Madrid’s most touristed tapas street, Calle Ponzano, in the Chamberí neighborhood, is where the locals go for late-night snacks.
When to go: Madrid’s soul-satisfying comfort food tastes best in the cold-weather months. On Devour Madrid’s Ultimate Spanish Cuisine Tour, you can taste an unctuous meat-and-chickpea stew called cocido madrileño, which simmers in clay pots over a charcoal stove at the legendary restaurant La Bola (Calle de la Bola, 5 28013 Madrid) (est. 1870).

Barcelona

Barcelona, capital of Catalonia, is famed for its sunshine, beaches, cuisine and architecture
Barcelona has it all: sunny Mediterranean beaches, awe-inspiring architecture and mouthwatering cuisine.
You can start your morning with a coffee al aire libre in the Barri Gòtic, a neighborhood known for its unparalleled variety and concentration of Gothic buildings.
Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia cathedral.

Barcelona’s famous Sagrada Familia cathedral.
CESAR RANGEL/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Then you can meander past the sprawling Plaça de Catalunya to Manzana de la Discòrdia, a city block featuring four of the city’s most stunning examples of Modernista architecture including Antoni Gaudí’s masterwork Casa Batlló, which you can enter for 23.50 euros (around $28).
You’ll have worked up an appetite after crisscrossing town, but beware of overpriced, mediocre restaurants geared toward international visitors. The Gràcia neighborhood has yet to be corrupted by mass tourism, and there you’ll find a bevy of mom-and-pop joints, such as Bar Casi (Carrer de Massens, 74, 08024 Barcelona) and La Pepita (Carrer de Còrsega, 343, 08037 Barcelona), serving delicious local fare.
Barcelona has beaches -- as well as city attractions.

Barcelona has beaches — as well as city attractions.
Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images for Ironman
Insider tip: Tickets to Parc Güell, the monumental park and UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Gaudí, are limited. To ensure you’re not barred from a site you’ve traveled all the way to Barcelona to see, buy tickets in advance.
When to go: It’s all about beating the crowds in Barcelona, a city that’s become overrun with tourists, particularly in summer. For the best of both worlds — warm water and short lines — go in the fall. The best place for leaf-peeping is the Carretera de les Aigües, a shaded 10-kilometer trail overlooking the city’s majestic skyline and the open Mediterranean.

San Sebastián

San Sebastian Spain

Arguably the country’s best food scene is in this picturesque town.
Pixabay
San Sebastián, a picturesque city on the Bay of Biscay, may boast more Michelin stars per capita than any other place on earth, but you don’t need deep pockets to eat well there.
Pintxos, the Basque version of tapas, make it easy to sample local dishes, like bacalao al pil-pil (cod in an emulsified garlic sauce) and Gilda (brochettes stacked with anchovies, pickled peppers and olives), in affordable one-bite portions.
Insider tip: To feed your mind as well as your stomach, consider signing up for the Secrets of San Sebastián food tour with Devour San Sebastián.
When to go: To make the most of the city’s pristine beaches and buzzy indoor-outdoor restaurants, visit San Sebastián in the summer.

Extremadura

The stunning Jerte Valley is known for its beautiful cherry trees.

The stunning Jerte Valley is known for its beautiful cherry trees.
Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Hugging the Portuguese border in arid southwest Spain, the region of Extremadura may be the country’s most exciting frontier when it comes to tourism.
It’s worth spending an afternoon in the region’s capital, Mérida, touring the gargantuan, meticulously preserved Roman amphitheater.
But there’s more to do in Cáceres, whose UNESCO-protected Old Town is so convincingly medieval that it features in numerous King’s Landing scenes in “Game of Thrones.” (King’s Landing is the fictional capital of the Seven Kingdoms and where most of the show’s action takes place.)
Insider tip: What you’ll save on accommodation (hotel rates are low compared to other Spanish cities), you should spend at two-Michelin-star Atrio (Plaza de San Mateo, 1, 10003 Cáceres; +34 927 24 29 28), an architectural triumph of a restaurant overlooking Plaza de San Mateo.
When to go: The rolling hills of the Valle del Jerte, northeast of Plasencia, erupt in a riot of pink cherry blossoms every year from March 20 to April 10, making spring an ideal time to visit the region.
Fideuà is a type of Spanish pasta similar to vermicelli. It’s popular in Catalonia and Valencia in seafood dishes that rival paella for their taste and intricacy. (Image credit: Brindisa.com)
courtesy Brindisa.com

Santiago de Compostela

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is at the end of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James.

The Santiago de Compostela Cathedral is at the end of the Camino de Santiago, the Way of Saint James.
MIGUEL RIOPA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
An ancient city in northwest Spain, Santiago de Compostela is best known for the eponymous pilgrimage that culminates there called El Camino de Santiago (aka St. James’s Way). While the thousand-year-old tradition began as a religious rite, many of today’s “pilgrims” embark on the walk to enjoy the beautiful nature and the camaraderie of fellow hikers.
In the center of town, the towering Romanesque-Gothic cathedral presides over one of the world’s largest thuribles called the Botafumeiro; visit on one of the holy days to see the fuming censer swing through the hall.
Insider tip: Snag a table in the pocket-size restaurant A Gamela (Rúa da Oliveira, 5, 15704 Santiago de Compostela; +34 981 58 70 25) for killer fried calamares and sautéed mushrooms in cream sauce.
When to go: Plagued by frequent showers during the cold-weather months, Santiago de Compostela comes to life in the summer as the city teems with pilgrims celebrating the end of their long journey.

Valencia

Valencia Spain

Take time to explore Valencia’s design scene.
Pixabay
If you ever wondered what real paella tastes like, add its birthplace, the coastal city of Valencia, to your itinerary. Though many restaurants claim to have the best in town, Casa Carmina‘s arroces stand out for their quality ingredients like Valencian rice, fresh chanterelles and dayboat fish (Calle Embarcadero, 4, 46012 El Saler, Valencia; +34 961 83 02 54).
While most of the city settles in for a post-lunch siesta, take advantage of the short lines at the massive, futuristic cultural complex and aquarium called Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, the brainchild of Spanish architects Santiago Calatrava and Félix Candela (Av. del Professor López Piñero, 7, 46013 València; +34 902 10 00 31).
Insider tip: You can get a sense of Valencia’s burgeoning cultural scene in the Ruzafa neighborhood, where the city’s cool kids go to hang. Sample local craft beer Zeta or buy a quirky souvenir at Gnomo, an independently owned interior design store (Carrer de Cuba, 32, 46006 València; +34 963 73 72 67).
When to go: Revelers won’t want to miss Las Fallas, an unhinged week-long street party in mid-March that culminates in fireworks, parades, and enormous bonfires.

Seville

Ripe oranges hanging on the trees in the Spanish city of Seville.

Ripe oranges hanging on the trees in the Spanish city of Seville.
ODD ANDERSEN/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Seville is the quintessential Andalusian city: colorful, quaint and exuberant. By day, you can meander through the Old Town, whose labyrinthine streets are too narrow for most cars, and stroll along the shady Guadalquivir River esplanade. By night, you can head across the river to catch a flamenco show at Los Gallos (Pl. de Sta Cruz, 11, 41004 Seville; +34 954 21 69 81) or Orillas de Triana (Calle Castilla, 94, 41010 Seville; +34 955 22 64 11), two of the city’s liveliest flamenco tablaos.
Insider tip: It’s worth waiting in line to tour the Alcázar, an intricately decorated Moorish palace with roots in the first century.
When to go: With scorching-hot summers and notoriously rainy autumns, spring is the best time to visit Seville. It’s warm enough to eat outdoors, but not so hot that you start sweating through your clothes.

Cádiz

Sherry and beaches mix famously in Cadiz.

Sherry and beaches mix famously in Cadiz.
Denis Doyle/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Many know the seaside city of Cádiz for its charming Old Town and unsullied beaches; few, however, are aware that it’s the oldest continually inhabited settlement in Western Europe, founded in 1104 BC by the Phoenicians. Between sunbathing on La Caleta beach and indulging in hot paper cones of pescaíto frito (assorted fried seafood), you can get a taste of the city’s rich past at the Museo de Cádiz (Plaza de Mina, s/n, 11004 Cádiz; +34 856 10 50 23), a petite but worthwhile museum best known for its display of Phoenician sarcophagi.
Insider tip: Wine lovers should plan on spending a day among the famous Sherry Triangle bodegas just north of Cádiz in Jerez, Puerto de Santa María and Sanlúcar de Barrameda.
When to go: Occupying the southernmost tip of Spain, Cádiz stays relatively warm, even in winter and early spring — the best times to visit, since autumns are damp and summers are torrid.

Granada

The Alhambra palace in Granada.

The Alhambra palace in Granada.
JOSE LUIS ROCA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Snug in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, the ancient city of Granada was the last holdout of Islamic Spain during the Reconquista. As such, the city is awash with stunning mosaics, intricate fountains and grand horseshoe arches — all of which can be found in the Alhambra, a breathtaking fortress-palace complex that’s widely regarded as the pinnacle of Moorish architecture in Spain.
Insider tip: Tickets to the Alhambra often sell out months in advance. Reserve your spot online (Calle Real de la Alhambra, s/n, 18009 Granada; +34 958 02 79 71).
When to go: Granada is known for its colorful Moorish gardens, which come into full bloom in April and May.
The landscape that inspired Picasso: Pablo Picasso, one of the world’s most celebrated painters, spent most of his adult life in France. But it was the Catalonian landscape of his youth that was to shape the the artist’s work.
RALPH GATTI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

Canary Islands

La Gomera, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
A Spanish archipelago off the West African coast, the Canary Islands can sometimes feel like an extension of Latin America with their singsongy Spanish, tropical climate and sandy beaches. While Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the most popular (and populated) destinations for tourists, Lanzarote, with its moonlike landscapes, and Fuerteventura, with its paradisiacal white-sand beaches, are ideal for travelers looking for a bit more solitude.
Insider tip: On Gran Canaria, you can take a break from the beach and head inland for a light one-hour hike to the base of Roque Nublo, a 262-foot-tall volcanic rock.
When to go: Winters and summers bring hordes of holidaymakers to the Canary Islands, so it’s best to bask in the islands’ year-round warmth in the spring or fall.

Balearic Islands

Menorca is a great spot for sunbathing.

Menorca is a great spot for sunbathing.
JAIME REINA/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Flung off the Valencian coast in the Mediterranean Sea, the Balearic Islands are known for their postcard-perfect seaside towns, hidden calas (inlets), and — in Ibiza’s case — bumping vida nocturna.
The most tranquil is Menorca, which has remained somewhat unspoiled by mass tourism compared to its neighbors.
Majorca offers a nice balance of city and sea with its capital, Palma, being a small yet thriving metropolis (population: 400,000).
Ibiza continues to be a mecca for clubgoers, though there’s plenty of natural beauty to be found as well, if you know where to look (Cala Llentrisca and Pedrera de Cala d’Hort are good places to start).
Insider tip: At Hotel Sant Francesc, the year-old five-star property in Palma, you can sleep like a king or queen in a converted 19th-century palace—and dine like one, too, in the candlelit Quadrat restaurant (Plaça de Sant Francesc, 5, 07001 Palma; +34 971 49 50 00).
When to go: Opt for shoulder-season travel, since hotel rates skyrocket every summer with the number of tourists. If you’re not a devout beachgoer, consider visiting in January and February, when temperatures are mild and accommodations are a steal.

Mykonos

Actually Greece is not necessarily true as a holiday paradise for gourmets. However speaking of Mykonos, take this island still with culinary delights in connection. The gastronomy presented here unique treats that delight the palate of every holidaymaker.
A rural restaurant menu appears although well-known dishes such as “Moussakas” and “Giouvetsi”, is nevertheless something special. Typical Greek dishes here: get a special preparation, which the tourists are confronted with new flavors.
You are looking for a change from the Greek cuisine, it is also good hands on Mykonos . Both the French as also the Italian delicacies are offered here and provide an international flair. Even Spanish wine is mostly on the extensive menus. This is however not quite cheap. The prices for the individual courts lie in this Cyclades – Island well above what one is used to from other islands. In this respect, still the influence of the high – society is to recognize, once discovered this holiday paradise. It is the economical tourists so be advised to book hotel rooms with full or half board. Also here one is confronted with the variety of delicacies which, must pay for it ultimately much less.

In the hotel you will enjoy already early in the morning to a rich buffet. Even if a generous breakfast does not necessarily reflect the Greek lifestyle , this addressed the desires of the guests the hotel and shine with diversity.
Should lunch again the stomach Growl, you must not necessarily go the expensive restaurants in one. Namely small snack-bars represent a low-cost alternative that are represented in the Mykonos – city. There are also the already mentioned restaurants, which prepare warm meals until the late hour in the same area. Even at midnight it is here possible to order a hot meal.

A wine which has a great significance in Mykonos should then be enjoyed for dinner. Those varieties here represent a special recommendation, produced directly on the island. Would you take any alcoholic beverage, a so-called Cafe Elliniko should be ordered. It is similar to the Mocha hot beverage, which is served without milk, but with a glass of water. Of course, there are also many more delights are enjoyed on this island. As in all areas, so applies also here: try goes beyond studying! Each tourist will appreciate after the stay in any case, what delights can inspire this island.

The most important thing to do is to remain calm. Then find the tooth. Hold it by the crown rather than the root and try to reinsert it in the socket. If that is not possible, put the tooth in a glass of milk and take your child and the glass immediately to the pediatric dentist.

What can I do to protect my child’s teeth during sporting events?

Soft plastic mouth-guards can be used to protect a child’s teeth, lips, cheeks and gums from sport related injuries. A custom-fitted mouth-guard developed by a pediatric dentist will protect your child from injuries to the teeth, face and even provide protection from severe injuries to the head.

 

“If Roses grow in Heaven”

If Roses grow in Heaven
Lord, please pick a bunch for me.
Place them in my Mother’s arms
and tell her they’re from me.

Tell her that I love her and miss her,
and when she turns to smile,
place a kiss upon her cheek
and hold her for awhile.

Because remembering her is easy,
I do it every day,
but there’s an ache within my heart
that will never go away.

 

A zoomed illustration image of a man looking at a computer monitor showing the logo of Amazon is seen in Vienna November 26, 2012. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

 

Amazon’s tax affairs could come under more scrutiny in Britain, tax experts said, after a judge questioned whether it really was organized in the tax efficient way it said it was.

The ruling comes as big technology groups, including Amazon, face increasing scrutiny in Britain over their tax practices.

A UK judge ruled earlier this month that Amazon had infringed the trademark of soap maker Lush by posting advertisements on Google mentioning “Lush soap” and by offering customers who searched for “Lush soap” on its own website a list of options.

Since Lush products were not available on Amazon’s UK website – on the manufacturer’s insistence – the judge ruled customers could be confused.

Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. Lush said it welcomed the ruling.

In addition to denying infringement, Amazon said only its main European operating subsidiary, Luxembourg-based Amazon EU Sarl., and not the group’s UK subsidiary, Amazon.co.uk Ltd, should be a defendant.

Amazon argued Amazon.co.uk Ltd had no case to answer because Amazon EU Sarl ran the UK business from Luxembourg, and that the British subsidiary simply provided services such as warehousing to the Amazon group.

This structure is also the basis of Amazon’s claim that its retail business doesn’t have a tax residence in Britain – and that therefore, all revenues and profits should be declared in low-tax Luxembourg.

But the judge said Amazon’s depiction of the role of the UK unit was “wholly unreal and divorced from the commercial reality of the situation”.

David Quentin, a lawyer with Stone King who has advised campaign group the Tax Justice Network, said the ‘tortfeasance’ rules that applied in the Lush case were different to those that govern tax cases.

Hence, the ruling previously reported in Private Eye magazine did not set a precedent that would overturn Amazon’s tax arrangements, he said.

However, Ray McCann, a former tax inspector who works with law firm Pinsent Masons, said the ruling could encourage the tax authority, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, to take a closer look at Amazon’s structure.

“Since who does what is key to an analysis of a company’s tax status, and Amazon’s “who was responsible for what” arguments were not accepted by the court, it could mean that HMRC might look more critically at what Amazon has been saying,” he said.

HMRC declined comment.

The beaches of Mykonos island are famous for their golden sand and the crystal waters, for their tourist and sport facilities and for the great fun they offer. Most beaches on the island can be found on the southern coast, which get extremely overcrowded during peak season. The beaches of Paradise and Super Paradise are famous as the best party beaches in Greece. Beaches on the northern coast of Mykonos are less organized and more peaceful, ideal to enjoy some calm moments.

 

Super Paradise Mykonos: Super Paradise Beach is located right next to Paradise Beach and is reachable by taxi-boat (regular boat services are available from Platis Yialos) and local bus.

Paradise Mykonos: Paradise beach Mykonos is located between Paranga Beach and Super Paradise Beach and is reachable by a footpath from Platis Yialos, by bus or by taxi-boat. The famous Paradise beach is a nice, flat beach. There are a number of popular bars and the majority of people on the beach are youngish. Nudists also frequent this beach. Water sports facilities and a diving centre are available in Paradise Beach.

Elia Mykonos: Elia is located next to Elia and the two of them are forming a huge sandy beach, 10 kilometres from the capital. Elia is the longest sandy beach of Mykonos, fully organized, offering a wide choice of taverns and bars as well as water sports facilities such as water-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing.

Lia Mykonos: Lia is one of the most beautiful beaches in Mykonos with exotic waters and great environment. It is located in the south eastern edge of the island, 14 km from Chora, near Kalafatis. It is one of the last stops with the boat that goes from Chora to the beaches of the island.

Platis Gialos Mykonos: Platis Yialos is one of the most popular beaches of the island, filling with thousands of people during summer time attracted by the golden sand and the wonderful turquoise crystalline waters. Platis Gialos is a fully organized beach, with many hotels lined in front of the beach. Here many people walk straight down to the beach from their rooms.

See more photos of Mykonos Beaches