Finland is in Northern Europe, bordering Sweden, Norway and Russia. The capital is Helsinki, which occupies a peninsula and some islands in the Baltic Sea. Finish culture combines its indigenous heritage; for example, there are two national languages, Uralic Finnish and Germanic Swedish. The sauna is another big part of the culture, in common with the other Nordic countries. Finland has been influenced by Finnic and Baltic culture, due to its geographic location and Sweden and Russia were former dominant powers. Built on simple values; Finnish culture is all about a love of nature, egalitarianism and ideals around self-sufficiency. Many Finnish people own a summer cottage, out in the countryside, where they spend holidays enjoying nature and doing sports.
Music festivals are one of the best things about the summer, and Croatia hosts a wide range of festivals to suit everyone's taste. Over the past decade, the quality of the lineups has been improving year upon year, and Croatia's beachside locations have always been stunning, so get your tickets booked and glow paint packed for some fun in the sun at a Croatian music fest this summer. Here is a list of Netferry's top picks:
The Cyclades comprise about 220 islands, the major ones being Amorgos, Anafi, Andros, Antiparos, Delos, Ios, Kea, Kimolos, Kythnos, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Paros, Folegandros, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Tinos, and Thira or Santoríni. There are also many smaller uninhabited islands that you can reach by chartering a private boat or on organised excursions. The islands are of stunning natural beauty, and there is a lot of variation between them, some are barren and others more vegetated.
The Cyclades have an incredible geological history in this part of the world, most of the islands are peaks of a submerged mountainous terrain, except for Milos and Santorini, which are volcanic. There are plenty of natural attractions from beaches, caves to rock formations and hiking trails. Today we explore some of the best hiking trails for those in search of breathtaking views and tranquillity. Hiking around the islands is the best way to immerse yourself in the landscape fully, do something healthy and avoid the crowds.
Scotland is not just a beautiful country, with moody epic landscapes, friendly people and beautiful castles; it also boasts a unique cuisine. The water around Scotland is teaming with the freshest seafood, the countryside is home to some of the best whisky distilleries in the world, and the lochs are home to world-famous oysters. Scotland's culinary heritage shouldn't be underestimated because its simple, local products are world-class.
Haggis Neeps and Tatties
The islands of Gavi, Zannone, Palmarola, Ventotene, Santo Stefano and Ponza, make up the Pontine archipelago. The discovery of Neolithic artefacts and Bronze Age tools prove that this volcanic archipelago has been inhabited for thousands of years. In Roman times, people were encouraged to move to the Pontine Islands, and people migrated from Ponza to Ventotene during the reign of Caesar Augustus. Rome used the two islands as a holiday retreat and a place to exile political dissidents. Agrippina the Younger, the mother to the future Roman emperor, Nero, was exiled to the Pontine Islands by her brother, Caligula in 39 AD. Then her uncle Claudius lifted the exile when he got into power. Two thousand years later, Mussolini used the islands for the same reason.
In the Middle Ages, the Pontine Islands were more or less abandoned due to constant raids from the Saracens and pirates. During the 18th century, the Kingdom of Naples incorporated the islands, and after unification, they became part of the Kingdom of Italy.
Sicily has to be one of the most family-friendly destinations. Italians tend to welcome children with open arms and will not hesitate to accommodate your needs at restaurants with high chairs and children's menus. You'll also see many other families out for the evening stroll or passeggiata and children falling asleep in buggies late into the evening.
The Pelagie Islands, the most southern islands in Italy, are reached from Sicily. For those looking to go the extra mile, they have a lot to offer families with kids; there is plenty to see and do. Lampedusa is the largest of the three Pelagic Islands (the others are Linosa and Lampione), and it lies about 200km south of Sicily. Technically closer to Tunisia than Italy Lampedusa has made headlines in recent years as Italy's main port of entry for refugees from Africa and the Middle East, with tens of thousands of migrants arriving mostly from Libya and Tunisia. Despite this uncomfortable political reality, the island is surrounded by stunning aquamarine waters and a marine reserve protects the island's southern shores. The permanent population stands at around 6300 and this more than trebles in the summertime. In winter transport connections are cut back and almost every hotel and restaurant shuts down.
The Aeolian Islands are a truly stunning holiday location; you have Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Panarea, Stromboli, Filicudi and Alicudi, each island with its own character. There is so much for everyone in this archipelago, crystal waters for swimmers, a breeze for sailors, coves and hidden beaches for kayakers and plenty of flora and fauna for divers. For those who prefer to stay on dry land, there is plenty of trekking on active volcanoes and Malvasia wine tasting for foodies. These islands are mother nature at her best, fertile, hissing, streaming rumbling and sometimes erupting! You just have to decide which island to visit.
There are loads of ferries to Sardina, from mainland Italy, France and Spain and today, NetFerry explores the island’s ports. We recommend a trip to this unforgettably beautiful island that lies the middle of the Meddeterenean sea, to explore its varied landscape that ranges from lush forests to crystal clear coastlines.