Child-friendlyMajorca, Spain The largest of Spain's Balearic Islands, with an appealing climate and short flight time, Majorca is an obvious choice for families with younger children. Throw in the soft sandy beaches, particularly Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa and Cala Bona, sheltered coves and limestone mountains, and fine Roman and Moorish remains, and this becomes an all-ages' favourite. Visit the Moorish Almudaina royal palace and 13th Century Santa Maria Cathedral, and the stone-built villages of Pollenca and Fornalutx. Try tumbet, a delicious local dish of fried aubergines, potatoes, red peppers and tomatoes, along with ensaimada, a pastry made with pork lard (sorry vegetarians!). Stay at one of TUI's three Family Life resorts. The four-star Mallorca Mar is right on the seafront, with rooms that include kitchenettes and a balcony or terrace. www.tuiholidays.ie Cantabria, Spain Northern Spain is still relatively low-key as a holiday destination. Which is just the way the Cantabrians … [Read more...] about 50 best holidays for 2019: Get your trips started here!
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The Federales’ Dodge Charger was pulling an easy 180 kmh, and we dogged their every move, curve for curve, line for line as their very presence encouraged other road users to make alternative lane arrangements. Pronto. Our mirrors were jammed full of their compadres, maybe six of them in line abreast astern of us, red and blue lights flashing. Outwardly it must have looked like a scene from Thelma and Louise, though our little green Mini Cooper was no Ford Thunderbird, and I was too occupied with the chauffeur duties to decide whether I was taking the Susan Sarandon role and former Indycar race winner Mario Dominguez, sat alongside me in the co-drivers’ seat, was Geena Davies. All along our route, families stood waving arms and flags and cheering us on. And the true beauty of it all, besides that heartfelt enthusiasm and encouragement, and the breathtaking scenery slamming past our windows, was that every single damn thing we were doing was not just absolutely legal, but … [Read more...] about Need for speed: Tackling La Carrera Panamericana, the world’s oldest road rally
Our cars are a massive part of our lives that most of us need to get on in daily life, from getting to work on time to carting our kids to and from school and hobbies. So we need to be able to rely them and hopefully not have to fork out lots of money to keep getting them repaired. Now after the top ten most unreliable cars were revealed, the same company has released a list of the most reliable. Warranty Wise, a car repair and maintenance company has revealed the most unreliable used cars so that you can make an informed decision when you next purchase a pre-loved motor. Lawrence Whittaker CEO for the company said: "This data is derived from real cases and genuine warranty claims making it the most trustworthy information a used car buyer can get." The findings are based on a number of key indicators, including how much each car costs and how much owners have to spend on car repairs. These are the top ten reliable cars according to Warranty Wise: 10. BMW 1 series Coming in at number … [Read more...] about These are the top ten most reliable cars on UK roads
It sometimes seems that teenagers speak a foreign language, and buying presents for them at Christmas can feel like a minefield, too. We’ve tried and tested a varied list of gifts catering for all aspects of teenage life – from music and makeup, to fashion, films and food. We had a team of teenage testers on hand to help, so can safely say these products have been eaten, played with, tried on and plugged in. We hope this list makes your life a little easier this festive season. Libratone Zipp Mini 2 Speaker: £169, Amazon A great looking and great sounding piece of kit, the Zipp Mini 2 makes for a wonderful present. It’s completely portable, with an easy-carry handle, and has a battery life of up to 12 hours, so your music can accompany you all day. It’s not just a speaker, though – this little red bundle (other interchangeable covers are available), is full of surprises. You can stream through wi-fi or Bluetooth and … [Read more...] about 15 best gifts for teenagers – even the fussiest ones
It’s often referred to as the terrible twos, but reaching this milestone is an incredibly exciting time in a child’s life. Many learn to count, to speak in sentences, and to experience a new range of sensory experiences through play, nursery, and just by going about their day-to-day lives. Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Anna Symonds says: ‘One of the key developmental stages that children are going through at two is that they want to be independent but they can’t constantly manage it. They also can’t always express themselves through words and, for this reason, toys which allow creative play is great, as are things that they can do relatively easily on their own to avoid further frustration.’ Indeed, toy expert, or toyologist Peter Jenkinson, says: ‘As well as all the worthy things like developing motor skills, hand/eye coordination, in which toys have a key role to play, I think they are the perfect way to get [children] to interact … [Read more...] about 20 best gifts for 2-year-olds