How To Spend Your Days Away From The Beach In Goa

In Goa you could explore pristine rainforests teeming with wildlife, religious sites dating back centuries, famous spice plantations, and a capital boasting beautiful colonial buildings and a long rich history. Contact Brightsun Travel about your next holiday to Goa, and secure incredible value holiday packages and discounted airfares to Goa all year round.

Wildlife Sanctuaries
The Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa has an important wildlife corridor in India, and boasts lush forests and winding rivers that provide sanctuary to a range of wildlife, including black sloth bears and a variety of birds. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Goa’s second-largest sanctuary, is home to leopards, deer and monkeys. Here you can hike accessible trails and take advantage of well placed forest watchtowers, the best spots for spotting wildlife. Alternatively, head to Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary for the opportunity to see tigers in their natural habitat.

Spice Plantations
Head to Ponda or Palolem and you could spend your days touring centuries old spice plantations, growing anything from vanilla beans to chillies. Many plantations have on site accommodation where you can experience a traditional way of life in Goa, or simply take a day trip from your beach resort and join in personalised tours delivered by the owners of mainly independent plantations. Make sure you join a tasting session where you can sample the – mainly organic – produce for yourself.

Historic Goa
Goa has an incredibly rich, long history to explore. Away from the region’s beaches, in Old Goa you can visit well-preserved churches and cathedrals. Visit the Buddhist caves in Rivona, dating back as far as the 6th century, and discover temples and caves thought to have provided shelter to monks thousands of years ago. Finally, Chandor, one of the most picturesque little towns in Goa, boasts grand Portuguese houses and churches that are well worth a day away from the beach.


Panaji
Panaji, Goa’s capital, has historical monuments, magical temples and colonial-era buildings to explore, alongside modern malls, art centres and broad leafy boulevards lining the Mandovi River. Head to the Latin Quarter, and immerse yourself in Portuguese style architecture, where quaint colourful houses line a maze of narrow streets. Here you could take a boat cruise past floating restaurants and casinos, tour beautiful old churches with ornate interiors, and experience one of India’s most laid-back and picturesque urban centres.


Getting there
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap tickets to Goa as well as hotel deals and holiday packages so you can explore all that the incredible region of Goa has to offer this holiday.

Africa’s Biggest City Goes Green

Consider a visit to Lagos next holiday and enjoy a modern city, just moments from world-renowned green spaces. Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap tickets to Lagos from UK to get you there in less than 7 hours from London. Lagos, even though Africa’s biggest city, boasts conservation centres housing important wetlands, such as the Lekki Conservation Centre, a renowned urban National Park in Africa owing to its diversity of species and ecotourism experiences. Here you’ll also find important National Parks and Forest Reserves just moments from the city’s boundaries.

Lekki Conservation Centre
The Lekki Conservation Centre, set up in 1990 by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation, is Lagos’ conservation icon, helping to protect the wetlands and coastline surrounding the city. The centre is a prime ecotourism hub just 40 kilometres from Lagos, set in the Lekki Peninsula, covering an area of almost 80 hectares of swamps, savannah grasslands, forests and marshlands.

Important Wetlands
Lekki Conservation Centre has a large area of wetlands that offer visitors a fantastic place for wildlife viewing. The centre boasts 400-metre long canopy walkways (one of the longest in Africa), plus forest footpaths, hiking trails and bird hides, from where you can spot a range of birds, monkeys, crocodiles, as well as endangered amphibians.

Sports & Picnics
Here there are libraries and visitor centres where you can learn more about Nigeria’s natural world and its conservation efforts, and how the Nigerian Conversation Foundation is helping save local wildlife from extinction. There is also a picnic area and children’s playground, plus ‘jungle gym facilities’, and beach volley ball courts, making it the perfect spot for a day out from Lagos.

Other Green Spaces
Omo Forest Reserve
Just north of Lekki, the Omo Forest Reserve contains some of the last remaining forests in the country. Although still threatened by development, the reserve is home to elephants and chimpanzees, and is under the protection of the Nigerian Conservation Foundation.


Old Oyo National Park
3 hours drive outside of Lagos on the E1 highway, Old Oyo National Park is a place where you an experience an abundance of wildlife and cultural sites in an easy side trip from the city. Here you can see buffaloes, birds and deer in their natural habitat, plus ruins of the ancient political capital of the Oyo Empire.


Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap flights to Lagos, anytime of year, including direct flights on British Airways, to get you there in style and comfort.

Top 10 Reasons To Visit Perth

Take advantage of our Perth cheap flight deals this holiday and be amazed by the many faces of Perth, where you can explore Australia’s wine country, famous Outback and enjoy an incredible beachside lifestyle.

1. Beaches
Perth sits on the edge of Australia’s west coast, boasting a string of 19 pristine beaches.

2. Surf Breaks
Some of the country’s best surfing beaches can be found within Perth’s city limits. In the nearby Margaret River region the Cowaramup Bombora or ‘Cow Bombie’ provides some of the biggest waves in Australia.

3. Wine
Take a weekend break to the holiday hotspot of Margaret River, a couple of hours from Perth, and enjoy countless wineries producing some of the country’s best wine.

4. Whales
The oceans surrounding Perth contain important migratory routes for whales, which can be spotted every year from June to November. Head to Bremer Bay Canyon from Margaret River, a marine-life hotspot, and you could spot the largest pod of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere.

5. Forests
John Forrest National Park is just 30 minutes drive from Perth, and is rich in wildlife and natural attractions, including 20 metre high waterfalls, over 500 species of wild flowers, natural gum, peppermint and paperbark forests.


6. Outback
Just a day’s drive from Perth will take you into the heart of the Australian Outback, where you can discover ancient indigenous Australians, whose presence in Australia dates back over 50,000 years, plus incredible rock formations.

7. Rail Journeys
One of our favourite rail journeys worldwide is a trip on board the exclusive ‘Ghan’ service from Perth, across the Northern Territory, where you can enjoy magical vistas of Australia’s ancient rocky terrain from the comforts of a dining car.

8. Sunshine
Perth is Australia’s sunniest city, enjoying over 3,000 hours of sunshine a year. Need we say more?

9. Coral Reefs
Just a couple of hours flight from Perth, or a memorable 2 day road trip, is the Ningaloo Reef, boasting 500 species of fish, including manta rays and turtles, and 300 varieties of coral.


10. Revitalised Suburbs
Once a frontier town, Perth now boasts charming revitalised suburbs offering great food and wine in trendy bars, cafes and fine dining restaurants.

Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about our exclusive cheap tickets to Perth from UK all year round, on some of the world’s best airlines. From 2018 enjoy non-stop flights to Perth from London with Qantas Airways, taking just 17 hours.

5 Reasons To Hang Around In Nairobi

Not just a gateway to Kenya’s wildlife, Nairobi has a vibrant urban scene of its own that’s well worth exploring before heading out on safari. It’s a booming city with an amazing year round climate, and a multicultural centre bursting at the seams. Brightsun Travel offers cheap tickets to Nairobi from UK on Kenya’s flagship carrier, plus a range of world class airlines, to get you there in style.
Culture
Nairobi is a melting pot of cultures, where you are just as likely to see a Maasai warrior roaming the city streets, as you are to find one of the best Japanese restaurants in the country. Grab a copy of UP Nairobi Magazine, Nairobi’s equivalent of Time Out, and explore at your leisure!


Nightlife
Downtown Nairobi boasts an array of luxury hotels, restaurants and bars that’ll have you sipping cocktails from sophisticated lounges and listening to Afro pop in decadent clubs. The Sarova Stanley Hotel in downtown Nairobi is one of the city’s classic venues, dating back to the early 1900s.

Shopping
During the day Nairobi is a shopper’s delight with a range of malls, high end boutiques and exotic markets. The Village Market Mall is well worth a visit on a Friday to pick up a range of take-home souvenirs and to immerse yourself in Nairobi life.


City Forests
In the middle of the city you will find the Karura Forest, an amazing urban oasis, and a massive 2500 acres of forest with beautiful trees, screeching monkeys and hypnotic bird life. Also in the forest are preserved caves that once provided sanctuary to local rebels who fought for Kenya’s independence in the 1950s.


National Parks
Nairobi National Park
On the city’s outskirts is the Nairobi National Park, one of the only National Parks in the world to border a capital city, where you can take a full or half day safari, and remarkably, surround yourself by the densest concentration of black rhinos in the world.


Mount Longonot National Park
A short hour and a half away from Nairobi is Mount Longonot National Park, a dormant volcano surrounded by forests, with beautiful crater rim hikes and breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley, boasting ancient landscapes and impressive lakes.

Flights
Contact Brightsun Travel about a wide range of cheap flights to Nairobi, including direct flights with British Airways and premium seats with Kenya Airways, getting you into Nairobi in less than 9 hours.

Top Experiences In The Caribbean

The Caribbean has a lot to offer. Here we break down the region’s top experiences, from breathtaking island hopping tours to off-the-beaten track adventures.

Contact Brightsun Travel about cheap tickets to Caribbean all the year round, and secure a Caribbean holiday to remember this year.

Island Hopping

Antigua

Antigua has many uninhabited islands to explore, with remote bays and unspoilt National Parks, including its sister island of Barbuda, with marine protected areas teeming with life.

Bahamas

The 700 islands of the Bahamas offer another world to explore, including the remote Outer Islands, Harbour Island, offering a slice of car free island life, and New Providence Island, home to the lively town of Nassau.


Architectural Tours

Barbados

In Barbados you will find 17th century plantation houses, beautiful colonial buildings, and a UNESCO World Heritage city, Bridgetown, boasting impressive historical buildings and breathtaking British colonial architecture.

Grenada

The capital of Grenada, St George’s, is said to be one of the Caribbean’s prettiest cities, boasting colourful Georgian buildings and the well-preserved Fort Frederick, built by the French in the 1700s.

Rainforests & Wildlife

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is an island where its breathtaking rainforests can easily rival its beaches for natural beauty, providing sanctuary to the island’s endangered wildlife.

Cayman Islands

In Grand Cayman you can swim with ancient Sting Rays, on Cayman Brac you can see the Cayman Brac Parrot in its woodland habitat, and in Little Cayman you can dive amongst vibrant coral, lobster and turtles.

Caribbean Culture

Jamaica

Jamaica boasts a tropical island setting alongside a serious slice of culture, which can be explored in its vibrant capital, Kingston, known worldwide as a mecca for reggae music.

Cuba

In Cuba, alongside some of the Caribbean’s best beaches, you’ll find an urban culture that’s famous the world over, with UNESCO World Heritage cities, like Trinidad and Havana, boasting colourful buildings and Spanish colonial heritage.

Off-the-beaten-track Adventures

Trinidad

Go on an adventure into Trinidad’s rural areas and you will experience spectacular bird watching opportunities, incredible diving sites, and rainforests scattered with idyllic waterfalls.

Tobago

Tobago is a place where you can explore the lesser-developed side of the Caribbean in its historical ruins, attractive beaches and mesmerising forest reserves.

Flights

Brightsun Travel has cheap flights to Caribbean as well as spectacular holiday deals and exclusive hotel packages, so you can design your own unique holiday to this incredible island region this year.

How To Make The Most Of Toronto’s Diverse Neighbourhoods

Toronto’s diverse and fascinating neighbourhoods are often only experienced from a car window, en route to its tourist draw cards like Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, the CN Tower and Toronto Island. Here Brightsun Travel has put together a list of our favourite of Toronto’s spectacularly multicultural neighbourhoods so you don’t miss a thing during your next trip to this fascinating city.

Contact Brightsun Travel about a range of cheap tickets to Toronto from UK including low cost flights, premium services and seasonal routes to Toronto from London, and let us help you get there in style.

Little Italy & Little Portugal

In Little Italy you can sip inventive cocktails in experimental tapas bars, and in Little Portugal you can eat at cutting edge Japanese restaurants.

Kensington Market

More than just a market, Kensington Market is a neighbourhood in itself, and a place where you’ll find vintage stores, bakeries and colourful Victorian buildings to explore.

The Junction

Toronto has gone through a process of transforming its industrial and manufacturing pockets into cutting edge neighbourhoods, like the Junction neighbourhood, where you can find trendy new galleries and bars emerging every week.

Distillery District

In the Distillery Historic District, old Victorian distilleries have recently been converted into cutting edge galleries, and now the neighbourhood’s cobbled lanes are lined with new restaurants, attracting a discerning crowd.

Queen Street West

Queen Street West is at Toronto’s heart, with bars, boutiques and galleries lining its central walkway, where you can dine at world class restaurants and shop at high end boutiques until your heart’s content.

St Lawrence Market

In the city’s Old Town, you can spend hours at the historic St Lawrence Market, which has been open since the early 1800s. At the weekends, the market comes alive with farmers showcasing produce from around the region. Here you can also eat some of the best sandwiches in the city.

Graffiti Alley

Graffiti Alley or Rush Lane is where you’ll find the best of Toronto’s vibrant street art scene, where buildings are covered in fascinating murals.

Getting there

Brightsun Travel has a range of cheap air tickets to Toronto, and from May 19 2017, Air Canada will be operating a new seasonal non-stop service from London Gatwick to Toronto 4 times a week. Air Canada Rouge is an exclusive two-cabin service with complementary meals, advance seat selection and priority services. Or, fly Air Canada’s Business class service end enjoy a new enhanced wine list as part of their 80th birthday celebrations in 2017.

How To Experience Sydney Like A Local

Sydney is one of Australia’s most popular urban destinations, boasting the well known landmarks of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. But go beyond the harbour and you could enjoy a different, trendier side of Sydney.

Surry Hills & Chippendale
Surry Hills is Sydney’s leafy bohemian neighbourhood, with smart cafes housed in old Victorian buildings and cool art spaces in old converted warehouses. Head from Surry Hills to Chippendale and you’ll find some of the city’s most experimental and cutting edge restaurants, down side alleys and industrial backstreets.

Potts Point & Rushcutters Bay
Potts Point and Rushcutters Bay are Sydney’s answer to New York’s Meatpacking District. These neighbourhoods line the central river, where you can stroll past huge naval ships, spot the tips of the Opera House over glimmering waters, and find cool new bars around every corner.

Bondi Beach to Coogee
Head to Bondi and join the locals in the queue outside Bill’s, one of the city’s most well-known brunch spots, just moments from the beach. Then, after a quick surf or sunbathe, you could take the coastal walk to Coggee for some spectacular coastal views right in the heart of the city.

Sydney Harbour & Manley
Start at the harbour early in the morning, and take the commuter ferry over to Manley, for breathtaking water views of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Spend a day in beautiful Manley and enjoy a laid back neighbourhood, boasting amazing real estate, set right on the beach.

Blue Mountains & Hunter Valley
Take a day trip to the Blue Mountains and you will be surrounded by rocky terrains and world famous rock formations, like the Three Sisters, towering over the ocean. From the Blue Mountains you can take adventurous hikes into the bush, or visit farms and collectives selling some seriously good produce. Go further and you could visit the wineries dotted around the Hunter Valley and enjoy sampling a range of Australian wine from Cellar Doors.

When to go
Sydney is perfect anytime of year. Go in the Australian spring or autumn, in September or May, and accommodation will be plentiful and flights will be cheap. Brightsun Travel has some great cheap tickets to Sydney from UK so you can take a city break with a difference this holiday.

Flights

Brightsun Travel has a range of Cheap flights to Sydney from UK with world-class airlines. Talk to us about our Business class deals, Asian stopover tours and exclusive hotel packages, and make the most of all that Sydney has to offer this holiday.

Find Out Why Accra Is Africa’s New Urban Hot Spot

Head to Accra, Africa’s new urban hot spot, and you could be lazing on white sandy beaches, going on world-class artistic and cultural tours, and admiring world-renowned architecture. Here are Brightsun Travel’s top 10 reasons why you should consider a city break in Accra this holiday. Contact us and secure cheap flights to Accra anytime of the year.
1 Markets
Start your city tour with a trip to Makola Market, Accra’s main market and shopping district, where you can buy food, clothes, and anything else you can think of!

2 Handicrafts
Ghana is well known for its colourful African fabrics. Head to the Accra Arts Center to explore local handicrafts and textiles, and a chance to try out your bargaining skills!


3 Shopping
Accra’s largest shopping centre, the expansive Accra City Mall, is home to international designers and notable local brands. Or head to Osu’s Oxford Street anytime of day and night and you’ll find a hub of activity.

4 Beaches
Accra is a city that boasts its fair share of white sandy beaches, including the busy and colourful Labadi beach, where you can dine in open-air restaurants, and party till dawn in cool clubs and cocktail bars.

5 Creative Enclaves
Spend a day in the up and coming Stanbic Heights district for a creative tour of the city. This district is full of restaurants, boutiques and bars brimming with young creatives.

6 Galleries
The Artists Alliance Gallery is a great place to explore local talent and get a sense of the emerging creative scene in Accra, covering 3 floors and showcasing a range of local art works.

7 Museums
Visit the city’s National Museum and you can explore the country’s long and rich history, including exhibitions devoted to the slave trade, and a gallery showcasing a range of Ghanaian artists.

8 Architecture
Accra is full of examples of midcentury architecture, including its Independence Square and Independence Arch, where you can explore Ghana’s culture and history, plus the must-see National Theatre building.

9 Neighbourhoods
Head to Jamestown, which dates back to the 17th century, and discover old colonial buildings and a lighthouse that offers fantastic views of the city, as well as vibrant cafes and music venues.

10 Parks
The central Kwame Nkrumah Park and Mausoleum is not only a place to find peace and tranquillity in the centre of the city, but a place where you can wonder past historical statues and important memorials.

Getting there
Brightsun Travel has numerous cheap air tickets to Accra. Contact us to organise your next city break in Africa, and experience all that the vibrant city of Accra has to offer.

In 2017 Montreal’s Festivals Reach A Whole New Level

Montreal is The place to visit for summer festivals. The city puts on some of the largest festivals in the world over the summer months of May to August, including jazz, comedy, arts and fireworks festivals. In 2017, Canada will be celebrating its 150th anniversary, so extra events and special versions of regular events are expected.

Here are some of our favourite of Montreal’s festivals, plus travel options to make your trip a memorable one.

Montreal International Jazz Festival

The Montreal International Jazz Festival is the largest jazz festival in the world, featuring thousands of concerts by leading international musicians.

 

Montreal Cirque Festival

Montreal is home to the world-renowned circus group, Cirque du Soleil, so what better place to experience a circus performance than in Montreal this festival season?

Croissant Festival

With Montreal being the largest French-speaking city in North America and the second-largest primarily French-speaking city in the world after Paris, it’s not surprising that you can attend pastry-inspired events during festival season, including tastings and cooking demonstrations.

Just for Laughs

Montréal’s Just for Laughs festival is the world’s largest comedy event, with performances by leading and emerging comedians from around the world.

Canada Day

Perhaps the biggest and best festival in 2017, celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary, will be the Canada Day parade on July 1.

When to go

Summer is by far the best time to visit Montreal, from May to August, when the city emerges from its winter hibernation and its summer festivals begin. Travel in May and June and avoid the summer crowds. Contact Brightsun Travel about some of our off peak and summer fares, plus all year Montreal cheap flight deals in 2017.

Travel Options

Brightsun Travel has Cheap tickets to Montreal from UK, from budget flights, to premium services.

  • Low Cost Airlines: Montreal is easily reached from UK, and from 2016, low cost airlines West Jet and Wow Air have been offering rock bottom fares direct to Montreal from London.
  • 2017 Celebrations: In 2017 Air Canada celebrates its 80th birthday and the 150th anniversary of Canada, with exclusive on board products and an exclusive new livery, making it a great year to experience Canada’s national carrier.
  • Multi-centre Tours: Why not consider a multi centre tour of Montreal and New York? Fly into New York, take a scenic train direct to Montreal, and fly home direct, for the ultimate of city breaks.

Exploring Barbados From North To South

Barbados can be neatly ordered into the four points of the compass, and is an island that is so diverse, it has something for everyone. The social south and glamorous west are where the island’s accommodation can be found, go east and discover a wilder side of Barbados, and head north for breathtaking caves and rugged coastlines. Or, go inland, where another world awaits. Brightsun Travel has exclusive cheap flights to Barbados all year round, so you can explore all that Barbados has to offer this holiday.

South

The south is where most of the social action can be found in Barbados, with well developed facilities for tourists and a range of accommodation, nightlife and shopping options. Here you’ll find the massive Rockley Beach in Hastings and the capital of Barbados, Bridgetown, a World Heritage city with impressive British colonial architecture and beautiful historical buildings. In Bridgetown you can wonder through museums, take in impressive parliament buildings and watch a cricket match from the famous Kensington Oval.

Our south coast hotel picks

West

Go west and you’ll find some of the island’s most glamorous resorts along Paynes Bay, boasting the island’s best snorkelling and diving spots, serene calm waters and long stretches of sandy beaches. This is a place, nicknamed the Platinum Coast, where celebrities take their vacations, so be sure to have a camera at hand at all times!

Our west coast hotel picks

North

The north of Barbados is where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet, and a place where you’ll find dramatic caves to explore, such as the Animal Flower Caves, carved into breathtaking sheer cliff faces, plus century old plantation houses like St Nicholas Abbey, one of the oldest plantation houses on the island.

East

In the east of Barbados you will find a wilder more remote side of the island, where accommodation is affordable and landscapes remain largely untouched by development.

Barbados’ Interior

Roam into the island’s interior and you will find beautiful gardens such as Hunte’s gardens, revealing a very different side of the island to its pristine white coastlines.

Flights, Holidays & Hotels

Contact Brightsun Travel for a range of Barbados flights from UK, plus unforgettable holiday deals, from glamorous honeymoon packages in the west, to fun-filled family vacations in the south.