Many people are unaware of the network of car and passenger ferry services that link UK ports with northern and southern Europe. Ferries can be a convenient, economical and fun way to travel. Fares vary according to the season and time of travel, so make sure you do your homework before you book. Today, we are going to explore four port cities in southern England.
Carnival is one of the best festivals of the calendar year and its a celebration shared by most Christian countries, so there are Carnival events across the world. Today NetFerry explores Carnival in Greece, the masquerade party known to Greeks as Apokries. When translated, the word Apokries means "abstinence from meat", referring to the period of celebration before Lent. This festival has ancient roots that you can trace back to pagan traditions and the festivities in honour of Dionysus, the god of wine and Goliards!
The festive period
Nature is Sweden's major attraction, a land of unspoilt, colourful natural landscapes. From the immaculate white of the winter snow and ice to the earthy greens in spring, to the deep blue waters of the coastlines and lakes. With 29 national parks, covering over 7,000 square kilometres, Sweden is a massive expanse of natural beauty and biodiversity. Not surprisingly, the first national park in Europe was established here in 1909.
In the north, the vegetation is limited to conifers due to the arctic temperatures, while in the south visitors will be able to admire impressive, majestic oaks and endless beech forests. The coastline is the longest in Europe, stretching for over 7000 km. There are also over 100,000 lakes adding even more beauty to this unique landscape.
Today with NetFerry we explore the Polish port city of Gdynia, which lies on the shores of the Baltic Sea. The Polish word Trojmiasto refers to the three cities of Gdansk, Sopot and Gdynia, which form a linked metropolitan area, easing the travel and commerce between these cities.
Gdynia is a relatively new city and differs from the more traditional Polish cities and towns in that there is plenty of exciting modern architecture here as well as other attractions.
The Dutch Caribbean – also known as the Dutch West Indies – are colonial islands belonging to the Dutch Empire and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They are located in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The Dutch Caribbean currently comprises the islands of Aruba, Curaçao, Sint Maarten, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. The term the Caribbean Netherlands is used to describe three islands; Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, considered special Dutch municipalities since 2010.
Same country, different geography…
Parents get ready for a fantastic adventure with your kids to southern England! Today Netferry explores the green Cotswolds hills and the magical land of Harry Potter. England is a land rich in history, legends and natural beauty, it has an extraordinary charm. It is even fascinating for your little ones, who are always in search of the locations of the Harry Potter books! The Studios are located between London and Luton, and you can choose to fly to one of the two airports or take the ferry to the various ports along England's southern coast from northern France.
The Harry Potter, Warner Bros Studio is located in Leavesden, you and your children will love the tour which involves some fun activities! You will have the chance to test your wand-waving abilities, peek inside Professor Dumbledore's studio, jump aboard the Hogwarts Express and face your fears with the Death Eaters!
With almost 1000 kilometres of beautiful coastline, Crete is a world-famous destination for sea lovers. Whether you like surfing or just lying on the beach, with its several hundred beaches, Crete will not disappoint anyone! Netferry has selected the five most beautiful beaches on the island for you.
The islands of Procida, Ischia and Capri, in the beautiful Gulf of Naples, are connected to the mainland by frequent ferries from Naples and Sorrento. Most of the boats arrive in the morning and leave after lunch (3–4 pm). From Naples, the ferry to Capri takes around 80 minutes, and the hydrofoil just 40 minutes. From Sorrento, the ship takes about 40 minutes while the hydrofoil takes about 20 minutes.
The three islands each have unique characters and vary in ambience, landscape and size. The most famous island is probably Capri, known for its celebrity appeal, high-end boutiques and prices to match. The smallest island of Procida is entirely different. It is tranquil, unspoiled, and possible to explore easily on foot. Ischia is the largest island and is home to some fabulous natural spas, botanical gardens and hidden coves. The beaches on all three islands are lovely, so choose your island based on your tastes or try island hopping to experience the contrasts between these volcanic outcrops in the middle of the Gulf.