Sardinia with kids, Italy

Visit Sardinia with kids – Best place to stay in Sardinia for families

Sardinia is a dream family destination: It offers the best beaches for toddlers, beautiful nature, delicious food and amazing family resorts. After visiting Sardinia I was impressed with it’s welcoming Italian hospitality with a love for children. Be prepared that your little one will not only swim in the crystal clear water but also in a lot of attention, hugs and kisses. Moreover Sardinia is considered to be not only a place for an amazing Mediterranean family holiday but also you will spend a short time on a flight from almost any location in Europe.

Best place to stay in Sardinia for families
Best place to stay in Sardinia for families

I personally can say that Sardinia is great for kids of all ages. Babies and toddlers are welcome everywhere, while older children can get rid of their unstoppable energy with various outdoor activities – horse riding, climbing, kayaking or just a simple playground will do. Furthermore discounts are available for kids on public transport and for admissions to sights.

Best time to visit Sardinia

I always try to travel during the off season to avoid holiday crowds. Sardinia is ideal for that because the best time to visit the island is the months of April to May and September to October. The temperatures are not too high so it is possible to enjoy activities like biking and hiking. Besides the sea is still warm enough to swim in. Last but not least there are less tourists. We visited Sardinia in the end of September and beginning of October and it was perfect!

Important to mention to take sunscreen and also bug spray to protect you from mosquitos.

Top things to do in Cagliari

Top things to do in Cagliari
Top things to do in Cagliari

There are 2 airports in Sardinia and one of them is located in Sardinia’s southeasterly capital city, Cagliari. It’s not only the capital of the island but also a historical treasure with various beautiful sights. I would suggest to stay here for at least one day to explore the surroundings and taste delicious pizza.

How to get to Cagliari from airport

It’s very easy to reach Cagliari from the airport. There is a direct train that starts at 5am and ends after 9pm with 20 minutes average frequency. The duration of the journey is just 5-7 minutes and costs only €1.30.

You can also take a Taxis which are queuing outside the Arrivals Hall of the airport. A one-way taxi journey from Cagliari Airport to the city centre will take 10-15 minutes. The one way ride will cost around €15-25.

Where to stay in Cagliari

Where to stay in Cagliari
Where to stay in Cagliari

There are numerous places to stay in Cagliari. And as we know with choices come difficulties to decide which one is the best. We were staying at BUDGET ROOMS CARBONAZZI 17 and found it to be really good! Rooms are spacious, clean, with funky design and equipped with all necessities for the price of 50€ per night. There is free Wi-Fi, TV and a private bathroom. The location is also ideal, it’s very central and just next a car-free street littered with lovely restaurants and bars.

One day in Cagliari

Cagliari, Sardinia
Cagliari, Sardinia

One day is enough to visit major sights of Cagliari on foot. Nevertheless there are also many beautiful things to see around the city. So if you have one more spare day that would be ideal. You should definitely start your visit at Cagliari’s tourist office to get a map of the must-see attractions. You can find it in the Palazzo Civico, Via Roma. 

Start your day at the San Benedetto Market, located on Via Coccu Ortu. It’s the largest food market in Cagliari. Here you can taste local products including cheeses and cold cuts.

Afterwards discover the Castello district, located on a hill, it gathers the main sights of Cagliari. You can climb the stairs or simply take the lift behind Piazza Yenne to reach the top. Wander through the narrow streets and enjoy the architecture of the nobles and wealthy people. There you can also find cute restaurants where you can enjoy 1-2€ coffee.

Saint Remy Bastion, Cagliari
Saint Remy Bastion, Cagliari

Then go to the Saint Remy Bastion and enjoy the view over Cagliari. This spectacular place has been built to connect the lower and upper part of the city at the beginning of the 20th century. It quickly became the symbol of the old town and one of the most popular place in Cagliari.

Cathedral di Santa Maria, Cagliari
Cathedral di Santa Maria, Cagliari

Visit the monument built in the 13th century, Cathedral di Santa Maria.The entrance is gratis and it offers frescos and sculptures in Baroque style.

Then head to the Palazzo di Citta, it’s on the same square as the Cathedral di Santa Maria. Nowadays it’s a small museum but in the 14th century it served as the town hall. There you can find the permanent exhibition which presents a collection of Sardinian objects, textiles and paintings. There are also the temporary exhibitions which are usually dedicated to contemporary art or photography. The entrance fee is around 5 €.

Visit the National Archaeological Museum of Cagliari to learn more about the history of Sardinia over centuries. It’s recently restored and offers explanations in English and Italian.

One day in Cagliari, Sardinia
One day in Cagliari, Sardinia

End your day at one of the longest beaches in Sardinia, the Poetto beach. Just take a bus from Piazza Matteotti and in few minutes you will be there. There you will find bars and restaurants. Additionally your kids can swim in the shallow waters.

Where to eat in Cagliari

Sardinian local beer, Ichnusa
Sardinian local beer, Ichnusa

Cagliari offers numerous amounts of great restaurants. The best way to immerse into the local atmosphere and enjoy vivid evenings of Sardinia’s capital is to visit Corso Vittorio Emanuele II and just choose any of the restaurants’ terraces. Food is good anywhere you would go in Cagliari. And definitely try a local beer, Ichnusa.

Where to stay on a Sardinia Family Holiday

As I mentioned before the colourful island of Sardinia is doubtlessly a perfect place if you want to have luxury family holidays. It’s kid friendly and has breathtaking beaches with turquoise water and most importantly shallow waters for kids and toddlers. And maybe for those who wants to learn how to swim.

Why visit hotels in southern Sardinia

Le Spiagge di San Pietro Resort
Le Spiagge di San Pietro Resort

Southern Sardinia is an ideal family destination for those who want to escape crowds and immerse into tranquility. Even during the high season the Southern part of the island stays calm and less occupied than the Northern. The simplicity and quietness of this part of Sardinia reflects splendid isolation.

This area is mainly dominated by a vast green plain Campidano which offers incredible views with olive groves, mountains, waterfalls and forests. Furthermore the shoreline is more heterogeneous with crystal clear water resembling those of the Caribbean islands.

Family resort in Sardinia

Family resort in Sardinia
Family resort in Sardinia

I’ve discovered a beautiful family resort in Sardinia which features a private beach area, rooms with balcony and garden, outdoor pools and even a playground for kids. Le Spiagge di San Pietro Resort is a 4 star hotel that I would definitely recommend to everyone who is searching for luxury family holidays.

It’s very easy to reach the resort from Cagliari by car or public transport. Nevertheless if you hire a shuttle from the hotel it will cost you 90€ and it takes approx. 1,5 hours to get to your destination. There is also a bus 101 from the train station (Bus stop ARST) that costs 5€ one way and will bring you to the closest bus stop within 2 hours. After that it will take you around 15 minutes to walk to the resort. But be prepared for the adventurous ride with winding roads going through the mountains.

hotels in Southern Sardinia
hotels in Southern Sardinia

The best way to enjoy your holidays at Le Spiagge di San Pietro Resort is just to have all inclusive. Because there are no particular restaurants nearby and you also need to pay extra for the cutlery if you want to eat in the other hotels. Furthermore the buffet in the resort is very delicious. Every day there is something different served. Our little one is almost 2 years old and could eat for free with us. He doubtlessly enjoyed it too! Especially the phenomenal pasta.

best beaches for toddlers in Sardinia
best beaches for toddlers in Sardinia

The highlight of this resort is not only the two big pools but also the private beach. Shallow crystal clear waters are just perfect especially in the windless mornings. The sandy beach is ideal to play beach tennis or volleyball. But also kids could run around fearlessly. The whole atmosphere is just idyllic and despite of many families with kids it is surprisingly peaceful. All in one it’s a fabulous family resort to experience memorable vacation!

Airport Transfer Brussels Easy Transport

Affordable Airport Transfer Services, Easy Transport

Do you also know that confusion when you see the prices of Airport Transfer and Taxi services? Especially in some occasions when the airport is pretty far and it might take you up to 2 hours to reach it. Furthermore it’s not always convenient to get to the airport especially if it’s in the early morning and you’re travelling with a child. Other way around it might work the same way: You’ve been on the plane for hours and don’t want to spend another x-amount of time on public transport. So great news, I found a family friendly airport transfer service with comfortable vehicles and the lowest prices, Easy Transport! You’ll be surprised!

I was traveling from our home to Charleroi Airport near Brussels with my partner and our little baby boy in the early morning to travel to Sardinia. I decided to book an airport transfer with Easy Transport door to door. I booked it quickly online 2 weeks before our trip and it cost me only 90€! The standard prices with every taxi would be around 180€, so twice as more! Imagine if you are travelling with a group of people, let’s say 4-5 of you. It would be cheaper than taking a train to the airport.

I received a message on my phone one day before the pick up asking me to confirm the address and my booking. The driver was very punctual and helped us with the luggage. He was a great driver: Not making any sudden turns, not rushing but driving very smoothly and following all the traffic rules. Also the car was spacious, clean and it even smelled very good inside. A baby seat was also provided, which was perfect for our little one. We arrived happily at our destination on time and without any superfluous hassle.

How to book an Airport Transfer with Easy Transport

First of all it’s very easy to book the Airport Transfer to Charleroi Airport with Easy Transport online. Go to their website and click on the category “booking”. Afterwards choose to which airport you would like to be transferred to. After that you pick a date and what kind of transfer you would prefer. There will be few questions regarding the flight number and a time that you would like to be picked up. And last but not least the names of the passengers, address, phone number and payment method are doubtlessly also crucial. Prices are made clear and are finalised during the booking process, so no hidden costs. There is also a column where you can write special information that you would like to share. After that you will receive a confirmation email. Easy, right?

How to book airport transfer with easy transport
How to book airport transfer with easy transport

If you need to use Airport transfers services more often you can become a member of ET Discount Club. So you can save some money on all kind of journeys and enjoy VIP transfer for lower prices. It only costs 30€ for the whole year.

Important to mention that if you pay cash but for some reasons you decide to cancel your booking then it can be cancelled free of charge up to 24 hours before the transfer’s departure. So all in one it’s a great way to get to your destination in a relaxed, reliable but also affordable way. I will definitely recommend Easy Transport to everyone!

can you claim for delayed flights

Flight Delay Compensation with IFDelayed

I’m convinced that the majority of us travellers will say that exploring the world is exciting and adventurous. The positive feelings of anticipation for visiting a new destination are definitely indescribable. Nevertheless the growing travel possibilities and affordable flight prices do not always promise a reliable services. You probably know what I’m talking about: Delayed or cancelled flights. This is what happened to me several times. And then you ask yourself can you claim for delayed flights?

Once I decided to claim my refund because of the unreasonable cancellation of my flight from Germany to Italy by Ryanair. No information was provided and the flight had been cancelled shortly before we needed to depart. Knowing the cheeky cheap flight’s policy I decided to claim my flight cancellation refund with the help of professionals. Furthermore I’ve once written an EU flight delay compensation letter and could receive only vouchers.

I started with my research to whom should I trust my case. And to my surprise there are so many companies that help with the this problems so I was overwhelmed with the numerous amount of “helpers”. Anyway in the end I decided to apply my claim with IFDELAYED and I was happy with making this decision. There are no hidden fees and also no fees if the company would not be able to win the case. Otherwise it’s 30% including VAT, one of the lowest commissions by the way.

Flight compensation regulation

Important to mention that it’s crucial to keep all vouchers, receipts and of course the boarding pass and travel documents. This can be used as an evidence. Did you know by the way that in case your flight has been cancelled there are the following flight compensation regulations:

  1. You are eligible to get ticket refund or an alternative flight
  2. You are eligible to get flight compensation if the airline informed you about the cancellation less than 14 days before departure
  3. Your compensation can go up to 600€
  4. The airline must provide you with food and beverages if the flight is delayed by more than 2 hours.
  5. The airline is required to provide you with hotel and transportation from and to the airport if the delay is overnight.

How to get flight delay compensation

First I used a free flight delay compensation calculator to find out if I’m entitled for the compensation and how much it would be. I selected my type of flight disruption and just filled out the online form. After I filled out the online form I received an email from one of the agents telling me that they are happy to represent me. All I needed to do is to sign a Power of Attorney document. It gives the company legal right to take care of my case. And that’s it! After that I was just waiting for few weeks until I’ve been contacted again with the result of the claim. In average it takes between 6-10 weeks, I received my answer and also money within 6 weeks.

I’m happy that I used the services of IFDELAYED even though I couldn’t receive the full compensation due to “capacity issues in Germany and many other countries in the EU (not connected to Laudamotion)”. Nevertheless my additional expenses like hotel and transfer were paid for as well! I would definitely recommend this company if you have any kind of issues with your flight.

Michelin Star Restaurant in Bruges- Gastrobar Hubert

Amazing Lunch & Dining in Bruges at Gastrobar Hubert

Brugge in Belgian Flanders is a great place to experience great cuisine and taste dishes from Michelin star chefs. There are various Michelin star restaurants in Bruges. But this little town is also a very touristic place with 2 million visitors every year so it’s very easy to mistake quality over typical tourist orientated dishes. This kind of restaurants and cafés are mainly located in the centre of the town but the best ones are spread around. One of them is the exclusive and unique Gastrobar Hubert.

Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge
Door to Restaurant Sans Cravate Brugge

Gastrobar Hubert is one of my favourite places and doubtlessly one of the best restaurants in Brugge. First of all this hidden treasure is located on the quiet Langestraat 155-159 close to the ring road and park with the beautiful windmills. Secondary in the restaurant you will notice love for eye-catching design and interesting details. As a guest you immerse into a cozy and relaxing atmosphere, it literally feels like visiting your friends. All these factors make Gastrobar Hubert the ideal restaurant to have lunch in Bruges. If you stay longer than just one day in Bruges then you should definitely have a dining experience in Gastrobar Hubert.

Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert
Dining in Bruges, Gastrobar Hubert

Actually you will find 2 restaurants under one roof ran by Michelin star chef Henk van Oudenhove and his charming wife-hostess Veronique Bogaert: Sans Cravate and Gastrobar Hubert. Only the door with pants-less security guard (see the picture) is dividing the 2 concepts of dining. Sans Cravate has been offering sumptuous and creative dishes for 15 years and is very popular among locals. Gastrobar Hubert is more of a new concept resembling an English gastropub with more affordable prices but still high quality meals served for lunch and dinner.

The Mangalica

Let me tell you more about the most important part of Gastrobar Hubert: It’s phenomenal food! The dining experience in Bruges has been brought to a new level. Even the traditional Belgian food is served here in a much more creative and delicious way. There are various options, you can enjoy a great selection of tapas or share some plates but also order main dishes. If you come in the evening and you would like the chef and his team to guide you through the best of the menu then I would definitely recommend to choose the set 6 course menu. There is also an impressive choice of wines and beers. Hubert Gastrobar also has the rare Hubert beer which is brewed in a limited amount in the whole country.

Terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver

We decided to open our taste pallet with a glass of champagne and first bites to share. We decided to taste the Mangalica, a Hungarian breed of domestic pig, croquettes “Re-Belges” and a sophisticated terrine of rabbit in riesling with goose liver. The dishes come from an open kitchen where you can see how the magic is happening. Our starters were so good so even I, who is actually not a huge fan of croquettes didn’t want to share the last one with my boyfriend! Everything was fresh and full of flavours.

Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles

After waking up our appetite we decided to tickle our taste buds with two different main courses: Golden bream cassoulet with chorizo served with beans and muscles and the steak haché “Txogitxu” accompanied with fries and fresh salad. I was positively surprised that the meat that is being served in Gastrobar Hubert comes from the Basque area. Animals from there are not bred for slaughter, they live their life from 6 to 20 years (depends on an animal of course) and afterwards their meat is used for culinary intentions.

Steak haché “Txogitxu”

In Gastrobar Hubert meat is prepared on the slow spit so it stays succulent, flavourful and much healthier then fried in the pan. The phenomenal chef Henk van Oudenhove always adds interesting herbs and ingredients to make the best out of his creations. So even classics like French fries (which were served with my tartare) cooked in ox fat are delicious and not overcooked nor oily.

“Crepe Normande”

The culmination of our amazing dinner was a “Crepe Normande”, a caramelised pancake with apples flambeed in calvados and served with a scoop of home-made vanilla ice cream. A dessert that is just melting on your tongue and leaves you speechless! That was a perfect sweet ending to our memorable visit that we will soon repeat again! And you should too!

Restaurant Sans Cravate, Brugge

A perfect day trip to Lille

A perfect day trip to Lille – Things to do in Northern France

Lille in the Northern part of France, which is close to the Belgian border is an ideal day trip city. It’s very easy and inexpensive to travel to Lille – around 80 minutes by one of the European bus lines from London or less than 2hours from Bruges or Brussels. There is also an opportunity to visit Lille by train.

Lille, Northern France
Lille, Northern France

Lille is not at the top of most European bucket lists but it’s fifth largest urban area in France with a rich history. It’s the centre of French Flanders with crucial influence of Belgian and Flemish culture. It has a compact size so you easily reach everything by feet, you can also rent a bike. You can also enjoy a bus tour through Lille which introduces you to the main sightseeings. All in one 1 day in Lille is enough to discover the best of it.

Lille, France
Lille, France

There are some interesting facts about Lille like it was Cultural Capital of Europe in 2004. Moreover the name “Lille” evolved from “L’Île”, meaning “island”. The French city originated on a tiny island in the river Deûle.

Where to stay in Lille

Hotel Ambassadeur, Lille
Hotel Ambassadeur, Lille

There is a different price range of hotels and B&B places in Lille, France. You can definitely find a budget staying but also very fancy accommodations. I would definitely recommend Hotel Ambassadeur. This hotel located in the centre of Lille just next to the Hospice Gantois and less than 1km from Grand Place Lille. Rooms are small but tidy and cozy. Ah and of course the price is unbeatable!

One day in Lille – Top things to do

The Place du Théâtre, Lille
The Place du Théâtre, Lille

Start with the Place du Théâtre

When arriving at Lille Flanders Station the first beautiful sightseeing of Lille that you will discover will be the Place du Theatre. This is where you can start to absorb some of the Lille’s main sights.

To recharge your batteries in the beginning of your day have a delightful breakfast at one of the cafés at the Place du Theatre. All of them look very charming and serve delightful croissants and coffee. We stopped by We are ARA, which is not very traditional but still worth of visiting.

Try some beers in Lille
Try some beers in Lille

Opera De Lille

Take a quick look around at the Place du Theatre and you will discover Lille’s grand Neo-classical Opera House, officially inaugurated in 1923. The architecture and opera’s facade are pretty impressive, which has been designed originally by Lille architect Michael Joseph Lequeux but because of a fire accident in 1903 Opera de Lille has been redesigned by multiple architects.

The best view of the city from Beffroi de Lille

Beffroi de Lille
Beffroi de Lille

The symbol of Lille and also a must-do attraction is definitely the 104 metres high Beffroi de Lille or Belfry. You can climb over 100 steps to cherish the 360 degree view from the top of the UNESCO heritage site. On a clear day you can observe Mountains Flanders and the valley of the Lys. Try to buy ticket online and you will save 1,50€!

The Place Charles de Gaulle

One of Lille’s first attractions that you are going to see is the Place Charles de Gaulle, named after the French general and later president De Gaulle. It’s the central square in Lille Old Town surrounded by charming bars and restaurants. Ideal spot to immerse into the vibes of the city. From here you can also easily explore the entry city of French Flanders.

Unfortunately the view of Lille might be obstructed by the amount of homeless people with dogs and also beggars. Looks like it’s a significant issue that the city struggles with. Nevertheless locals are very kind to the minorities by giving them food and water.

Sweets in Lille
Sweets in Lille

 Palais Rihour

Palais Rihour is a flamboyant example of gothic buildings in Lille, built in 1453. On the ground floor you will find Lille’s tourist centre in the Salle des Gardens. Upstairs the Sacisity are venues for various public events and also exhibitions. If you travel to Lille in the winter then don’t hesitate to visit the Christmas Market on the square in front of the Palais Rihour.

Book Market on Vieille Bourse

The Vieille Bourse or also known as “Old Stock Exchange” is the building of the 17th century which consists of 24 identical houses built around an inner square. It’s considered to be one of the most beautiful architectures in the square, and probably in Lille.

Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral

Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral
Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral, Lille

On your day trip to Lille you should doubtlessly visit the beautiful Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral. Located in the heart of Lille you can step into the extraordinary scenery of gothic architecture without paying any entrance fee. Don’t be foolished by the underwhelming exterior made from concrete and stone and lacking on aesthetical appeal. Inside is a completely different story: colourful stained-glass windows and amazing interior artwork.

Where to eat in Lille

Place aux Oignins, Lille
Place aux Oignins, Lille

There are plenty of nice places where you can have a bite or try something sweet. And yes, because Lille is located on the border of two countries Belgium and France it combines the best of both. It means you will discover various delicious chocolate creations and amazing dessert stores.

If you’re on the hunt for something savoury I would recommend to visit the Place aux Oignins just next to the beautiful Notre Dame de la Treille Cathedral. It’s a hidden square with charming cafés where you can enjoy your lunch or dinner.

Musee de l’Hospice Comtesse

If you are curious to get to know more about local architecture then don’t miss Musee de l’Hospice Comtesse. It’s hidden behind the shops and small streets but worth visiting. It was founded by the Countess of Flanders in 1237 as a charitable gesture to poor people but now it has been transformed into an interesting museum with many Flemish paintings and Lille tapestries.

Architecture in Lille, France
Architecture in Lille, France

The Palais des Beaux Arts 

If you have an affinity for the fine arts then don’t hesitate to visit famous the Palais des Beaux Arts. The permanent collection, taking in 22,000m², implements mainly art works from the 17th until the 19th century.

Because of its magnitude, this museum is often called the Second Museum of France, with the Louvre being the first. Nevertheless you will need quite some time to cherish the collection of paintings. The building is also a distance away from the Old Lille that’s why I would recommend to take a city bike to save some time.

Walk through the Porte de Paris

Porte de Paris, Lille
Porte de Paris, Lille

Not far from the Palais des Beaux Arts you will find another Lille’s impressive tourist attraction: The Porte de Paris (“Gate of Paris”). It’s an Arc de Triomphe which was build in the 17th century to commemorate Louis XIV conquering the city. Great spot to take Instagram pictures!

Lille Citadelle

To be honest, you won’t make it to see everything in one day but you can decide whether you explore the last two sights or Lille’s beautiful Citadel.

The Citadel is a French military base. You can’t enter it but you can admire the various gates and outer walls on a ramble in the canal-side park, in Esquermes. The star-shaped citadel was built in just 3 years after Louis XIV conquered Lille in 1667. Not only the speed of the project was incredible but also a fact that three million stone blocks, 70,000 lumps of sandstone and 60 million bricks were needed to build this construction.

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