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An Introduction to iStopOver

We understand the high demand for short-term rentals in today’s traveling marketplace. We’re happy to introduce iStopOver, the Toronto based short term rentals website. Along with many iStopOver properties and hosts – you can find Vacapedia rentals. 

With listings in over 16,000 cities, iStopOver brings you a great range of choice when it comes to accommodation for any budget. Want to sleep on a houseboat? iStopOver has it. iStopOver focuses on bringing travelers and hosts (home owners) together. The accommodations vary – from private rooms in a home or entire apartments or houses.

iStopOver also has a feature that lets hosts bid on your business – it’s called WiseAsk and can be found on the homepage. WiseAsk lets you broadcast accommodation requests to hosts in certain cities. If you’re looking for 3 nights, no pets and close to a subway station location in New York City – enter it into your WiseAsk and hosts will contact you with their accommodations. It’s simple, quick and a great way to get exactly what you want when traveling.

Looking to travel? Check out some of the cities that iStopOver highlights:

San Francisco

San Francisco really is a treat – with a strong artistic scene and cultural vibe, there is a lot to see and do. You won’t find yourself with a minute to spare! Make sure to check out Lombard Street and the Fisherman’s Wharf! Find your San Francisco Holiday Apartment today. 

London

The London Eye is just one of many attractions in London – among Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and many more sites! iStopOver makes sure that you stay right in the middle of all the action. Make sure to take a look at these London short term rentals. With the 2012 Olympic games coming up – it’s never too early to start planning your trip!

Paris

Fall in love with the city of Paris! With charming streets, rich culture and incredibly romantic history, it will be hard not to! iStopOver has great hosts who are eager to share their love of the city with you! Finding accommodation with iStopOver in Paris est tres simple! Check here for Paris accommodation

Barcelona

Few cities can boast a metropolis filled with culture and still offer swimming at a beach as Barcelona does. No visit would be complete without a stroll along its famous pedestrian-only thoroughfare La Rambla! Make sure to hit the beach and soak up some rays. Rest assured that iStopOver will provide you with the finest Barcelona short term rentals.

Amsterdam

Rent a bike and tour this beautiful city and take in all that it has to offer! Spend an afternoon in any one of the beautiful parks and just watch the people go by. Make sure that you find your perfect Amsterdam holiday apartment with iStopOver!

New York City

A visit to the Big Apple is always memorable. Celebrity sightings, skyscrapers, and delicious meals are only a few of the experiences! New York short term rentals secured through iStopOver are the top choice to place you smack in the center of “the city that never sleeps” to explore the famous landmarks and neighborhoods.

Auckland

Ever thought of taking a trip to the wild and beautiful New Zealand? Auckland is the at the hub of it all on the North Island. Make sure you visit local coffee shops and stores. Any Kiwi will welcome you with a loud “Kia Ora, mate!” (which means Welcome! in Maori). Book an Auckland accommodation with iStopOver and be a part of the action!

Berlin

Let Berlin amaze you. With rich history and a vibrant arts scene – there is something for everyone. Make sure to get to know your area – every neighborhood has a story! You can find your quaint Berlin accommodation with iStopOver today.

Cape Town

We hear that Cape Town in December is the time to go! Don’t hesitat – iStopOver has amazing accommodation with hosts that are more than happy to show you around! Find your Cape Town Accommodation!

Dublin

You’ll have the luck of the Irish when traveling through Dublin! Make sure to swing by Guinness brewery for a nice pint of Ireland’s finest! Booking your Dublin short term rentals with iStopOver will have you living like a local!

Johannesburg

See some of the world’s best sunsets in Johannesburg, South Africa. Enjoy warm climates and friendly people! Find your Johannesburg accommodation today!

Los Angeles

Cruise the Sunset Strip and see if your hands match up with the stars’ along the Walk of Fame! Make sure to pack your sunglasses – you’ll get your fill of Vitamin D in the sunny streets of Los Angeles. Booking your Los Angeles short term rental with iStopOver will have you feeling like a local.

Miami

Bring your bathing suit and hit the beach! South Beach, that is. With culinary delights, amazing sunshine and cool drinks – you’ll find yourself relaxing in no time in Miami. For your perfect Miami accommodation – check out iStopOver’s listings!

Montreal

Visit one of Canada’s most interesting and vibrant cities – Montreal. Located in La Belle Province, Quebec, you’ll have a memorable experience. Make sure to grab a few pastries from a local shop and spend the days wandering the old streets. IStopOver has plenty of excellent Montreal accommodation for any budget.

Toronto

Pay a visit to the CN Tower – one of the world’s largest free-standing landmarks! Take a ride on the TTC and take in the beautiful waterfront that Toronto has to offer. Feel right at home in any one of iStopOver’s Toronto short term rentals.

Vancouver

Visit the West Coast and experience that cool breeze off of the water! Vancouver is home to some of the best and fresh sushi! So go ahead, and find yourself an affordable Vancouver short term rental!

Wellington

Otherwise known as ‘Wellywood’ (because of the smash success of Lord of The Rings – which was filmed throughout New Zealand and premiered in Wellington), Wellington offers cool culture and awesome ocean views! Find your affordable Wellington accommodation – suitable for any budget!

So the next time you’re planning a trip – check out iStopOver for affordable short term accommodation!

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The Goddess of Love Came to Be in Paphos, Cyprus

All this and Aphrodite too.

All this and Aphrodite too.

Ancient finds are numerous within the islands and mainlands between Greece and Turkey. Paphos can claim to be one huge archaeological site with the endorsement of UNESCO labeled as a world heritage site.  It is here you can visit many points of interest, leaving time as your only limitation.

Along the southwest coast of Cyprus lies the city of Paphos, which originally was the capital in Roman times. It inhabitants date from 1400 BC. Greek Mythology is the basis of Paphos. This is where the legend of the Greek Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, was born. And it was Aphrodite, who in turn, had given the name Paphos to her only daughter.

Besides tales of Gods and Goddesses, Paphos also professes strong ties to the early Christianity period. Many relics can be found here intact; as its treasures have survived the numerous raids it experienced in 3000 years.

Today, Paphos has been revived on the strength of tourism and its ancient finds. The temperate weather, antiquities and the Mediterranean Sea only adds to an ideal vacation. A stay at one of the new vacation rentals that offer panoramic views of the sea and own beachfront such as a 1 or 2 bedroom unit at Cypria Maris is the perfect solution.

Legend states that Aphrodite emerged from the Mediterranean Sea. In Paphos,  two “official” places authenticate her existence. 
 
To examine one of these breathtaking sites is with a walk along the shore at the Akamas Peninsula. Before you know it, you will be in view of several beautiful rock formations in a natural grotto. This is where the mythological goddess Aphrodite was said to be born, upon the sea foam along the larger rock that juts from the sea. The rock is named Petra tou Romiou or The Venus Rock. Being a daughter of Zeus and Dione, she automatically was given a bona fide goddess title. 

The Baths of Aphrodite, at nearby Polis, are supposedly the “Fountain of Love” or Fontana Amorosa; being a few miles further into the Akamas Peninsula. The painting, “The Birth of Venus” by Sandro Botticelli, will immediately come to mind. Perhaps Botticelli observed the formations on a visit and obtained his inspiration of her “rising from the sea.”
 
Although the romantics will appreciate the story of Aphrodite, there are many more authentic historical sites to visit in Paphos. Some highlights in the archaeological hot spot are constantly evolving;  meaning that more than one visit to this historic island is needed.

Contrary to its name, the impressive Tombs of the Kings bear no true kings or royalty that are buried within. Rather the site is final resting place for those who lived and died in Paphos between 3 BC and 3 AD. The remains are of approximately 100 aristocrats who lie within tombs which are carved out of solid rock.  There are Doric pillars, fresco walls made as if it were for supreme royalty. The 100 tombs on the site cover a wide area, so make sure you take your walking shoes.

Reflect on the history in a relaxing vacation rental.

Reflect on the history in a relaxing vacation rental.

The Mosaics of Paphos were created during the Roman era rule of the island a mere 2000 years ago. Paphos did well financially under Roman rule, however, many of these villas were destroyed by a massive earthquake. The discovery in 1962 is still in its infancy and no doubt more will be unearthed during excavations. Many of the mosaics feature mythological scenes and are one of the best preserved relics to be found throughout the world.

As you can judge, Paphos is not just a beach resort and allows variety for all tastes. To truly enjoy your visit, split up the time between a relaxing day and an intensive one. There is no better way to achieve this than with a vacation rental to lay back, swim and enjoy the sea.

The Sun and Nature are revered in Kozino, Croatia

Chill out with a view like this with a vacation rental.

Chill out with a view like this with a vacation rental.

Provide you and those around you, an entirely new perspective on life. The cure all begins by experiencing the beauty of the sun, sea and stone-built architecture. These are just a few of the excellent reasons to visit Kozino, Croatia. Kozino is situated on the Adriatic Coast in the southernmost part of the country. 

This ideal destination offers a gentle atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life. It can only be describes as a true picture perfect Mediterranean getaway at a fraction of the cost of other seaside destinations. There are two possibilities for the area; you can make your holiday as active as you wish with historical points of interest or inactive by taking a more lazy approach and just enjoy the breathtaking change of scenery of Kozino and other remote villages.

And what scenery it is! On the many clear days in Kozino, the natural beauty surrounded by Mediterranean fauna makes it a tranquil retreat, perfect for strolling and meeting the locals. The crisp scent of dawn gives way to the break of day and genuine quiet solitude can be found, especially with a 2 bedroom vacation rental home overlooking the sea.

Beyond appealing to the visual, with the crystal-clear sea, sailing, diving and divine beaches, head towards  the historical city of Zadar; a mere 5 miles away. As the closest neighbor to Kozino, Zadar has a wealth of museums and churches, with historical and cultural heritage dating back to prehistoric times.  Over the years, great care has been taken to preserve the findings as things were not always so peaceful in the land of tranquility. Many wars and disputes are noted throughout the centuries with the ancient Illyrians, Romans and continuing into the 5th century under the rule of Venetians and finally splitting one nation into several.

Great strides have been made to keep in time with modern day conveniences without losing the relaxed pace and strong connection to nature. Many have stated that the ”most beautiful sunset in the world” takes place here.

The admiration of the sun is so strong that a work of modern art known as the ”Greeting to the Sun” was created at the very end of the Zadar peninsula. Your first impression will be that it is an amphitheater because of the circular design; but it actually becomes an impressive show of light with a replica of our Solar System planets and their orbits surrounding it.

Nature at its best in Kozino

Nature at its best in Kozino

This festival of lights protrudes to the rhythm with three hundred multi-layer glass panels. The glass conduction plates are actually photo-voltage solar modules and the displays of colored light become symbolic towards nature. Of course, the sun is the shining star of the show,  for which it is dedicated to as the icon of life. Beside the feast for the eyes, the ears are not left out. Sounds are provided by the Sea Organ with a preference towards  waves pounding and wind whooshing.

There is one thing for sure in Kozino; you will leave refreshed, rejuvenated and more in touch with nature. Isn’t this perfect for sharing Kozino and it neighbors with others in a vacation rental?

Romans, Pirates and a Lady – Kalkan, Turkey

A vacation rental with views of where pirates and Romans fought.

A vacation rental with views of where pirates and Romans fought.

It is only speculative as to when Kalkan was founded and even the locals dispute the time frame and who arrived first. Many will point out that their version is correct but one thing is certain; it is apparent that “Old Town” of Kalkan exudes with both Greek and Turkish heritage. History states that the town was previously known as “Phoenicus.”  It is a labyrinth of small cobblestone streets winding down to a picturesque harbor. Today the former ambiance exists but is now lined with roof terrace restaurants, offering spectacular sunset views on the waterfront and trendy harbor side cafes with friendly locals.

The harbor is revered from its past as being the only safe haven for ships during rough weather along the entire coast and beyond. In fact, Kalkan is a Turkish word meaning ‘shield’. It is this cove that housed and hid pirates from the Romans, whom they fought up and down the coast and the nearby Island of Rhodes. The entire region obtains the reputation as belonging to the pirates and the harbor’s strategic location helped pirates seize merchant ships and the goods they contained while sailing through these waters.

The Ogan 3 is a wonderful option as a vacation rental which can accommodate the whole family or a group traveling together, affordable in price with the unobstructed views of the harbor and the Mediterranean Sea. Escape the urban or fast-paced environment of daily life and instead crossover for a total tranquil diversion. An added bonus is obtained of sharing quality time with those who surround you. With averaging 300 days of sunshine a year,  relax by your pool and let your imagination take off releasing thoughts of pirates of the past and their battles.

With its clear, clean aqua color water and beach facilities, Kalkan has been awarded the highly desired European “Blue Flag” year after year. With an honor like that, you can be assured that the beaches are ideal for all types of water sports, diving and swimming.

Take a side trip to visit the nearby villages offering ancient ruins, plenty of documented history and other points of interest. Becoming a popular beach holiday destination for travelers who seek privacy as well as exploration; Kalkan has the charm of a tranquil fishing village. 

Sunny days and delightful beaches await you.

Sunny days and delightful beaches await you.

And who is this unnamed lady the locals speak of? They claim she was instrumental in placing Kalkan on the map 150 to 200 years ago. As the legend begins, the unnamed lady from the Isle of Meis, the sponge capital of the world, took the initiative and arrive in Kalkan with goods from her hometown to sell. She became so successful with her venture, that other entrepreneurs from Meis heard the news of her new found fortune, immediately moved to Kalkan and set up their businesses. The town soon became a small flourishing port filled with a growing population.

Whether this story is fact or not is irrelevant. Today Kalkan is a delight that presents itself with beauty, sunny days and tradition. It is interesting to note though that Kalian’s architectural style closely resembles that of the houses in Meis. You decide when you visit this gem of the Mediterranean.

Makov, Slovakia Gears up for the Winter Season

 It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter every where;  especially in Makov, Slovakia; and that means winter sports time! As the season progresses the winter peaks become tipped with snow early on. You will appreciate Makov, Slovakia. As a small village it is situated 1900 feet above sea level.

A vacation cottage is the perfect solution to enjoy the countryside.

A vacation cottage is the perfect solution to enjoy the countryside.

One of the best hidden secrets is that Makov, Slovakia, located just south of Poland,  is on its way to become a top notched ski designation. For those who wish to ski but may be intimidated by larger mountain regions, this is a perfect place to begin. Makov’s skiing aspirations as a world class winter wonderland makes perfect sense. Here you will find snow-white blankets gradually rolling down mountainous swells creating a playground for winter sports for the novice and more experienced skier alike.

The ski slopes adheres to easy and medium difficulty and there are several lifts available.  The overall length of the longest run is approximately one mile and is regularly treated.  Most of the slopes are located in the 2000 to 3000 feet range above sea level. The average ski season lasts for 90 days from December thru March, but with the completion of building artificial snow guns, the season may last longer; well into April.

Cross-country skiing paths follow the ridge of the surrounding hills in the heart of the Kysuce Nature Reserve. What better way to be introduced to the most popular winter sport than in the country side of Makov, Slovakia?

Makov and the entire Zilina region are destined to become the most important centers of winter and summer tourism in Slovakia. Located in a pleasant and quiet environment by residing in a modern vacation rental sleeping eight, everyone in your group can have the opportunity learn to ski. Or if you are planning  to visit during the summer, take a dip in your private swimming pool or nature walks through the great raw beauty right outside your cottage. With a vacation rental you will experience first hand the potential Makov offers along with  its wonderful people.

There are several restaurants and shops available in the small village of Makov. If you are seeking  for some historical and cultural quality time away from the slopes and countryside, you will not be disappointed.

The nearby city of Bytca is only just 15 miles away and will appease your wanderlust. Its abundant historic and cultural monuments make for a very attractive day trip. The town features a manor house from the 13th century. It was rebuilt as a Renaissance castle in the 16th century featuring four buildings.  It is one of the few Renaissance manor houses in Slovakia, free from any alterations and has kept its original appearance.

Countryside, skiing, a vacation rental are yours in Makov, Slovakia

Countryside, skiing, a vacation rental are yours in Makov, Slovakia

Another village, Cadca, offers a festival in the summer of spiritual songs. Known as Magnificat, you can find the festivities outside the 18th century Baroque St. Bartholomew church.

The surroundings of Makov appear as though they were made for Renaissance dreams, country living and fairy tales. Groups of young adults, singles, couples and families with children, who desire to experience the atmosphere of outdoor life, are discovering that Makov adds up to the beauty and tranquil surroundings. It is possible for hiking trips in the mountain ranges during most seasons. But do not write off winter, as you take advantage of the snow and learn to ski.

Take a Bath in Virgin Gorda!

Along the south coast of the enchanting Caribbean Island of Virgin Gorda, a unique personality is in full view to visitors, known as the Baths. It is now a part of the designated National Park, which contains an awesome natural phenomenon and introduces the Caribbean perfection at its best.

The Baths are actually named for huge black granite boulders that tumbled down from the hillside onto the shore and into the sea. Originally they are the remnants of volcanic activity; whereas, successive volcanic eruptions caused the boulders to break up into smaller pieces.  In time, erosion from the sea, wind and occasional storms carved them into the fanciful forms that will stimulate the imagination. Some of the boulders are as wide and tall as 40 feet.

A little slice of paradise is waiting for you in Virgin Gorda.

A vacation villa affords you independence.

A vacation villa affords you independence.

Although Virgin Gorda is an easy day trip by ferry from neighboring islands, you deserve a more intimate and leisurely visit in a fabulous vacation rental retreat. Spend at least a few days here and enjoy the Baths and beaches without the crowds when the day-trippers sail away.

And after your departure from the Baths National Park, relax in the Sugar Mill Villa; a wonderful and fully equiped two bedroom with vistas of tropical gardens set among the natural terrain and and added bonus of panoramic water views of Virgin Gorda and neighboring islands. You have all the amenities of a luxurious home and more; the views worth a million.

It’s so fantastic to climb around in the maze formed by these bizarre boulders; you won’t want to hurry along. The boulders have formed scenic grottos, tunnels and mysterious warm pools formulated an opening to the sea. A cave with a sand bottom pool is in one area and is probably the most photographed cave in the world!

With such imperial presence, take note not to leave that disposable underwater camera and snorkeling gear behind.

You may never wish to leave Virgin Gorda

You may never wish to leave Virgin Gorda

The Baths National Park has a sister park on the east end of Virgin Gorda.  Spring Bay National Park also has granite boulders jutting out of the sea. The difference between Spring Bay and The Baths is that there are more fine sand beaches and areas to lounge on and soak up the rays here.

The Crawl is the highlight in the bright Spring Bay.  It has its own reef and tropical fish in its pool making it perfect for the wee ones to participate in discovering the underwater environment with safe snorkeling.

Allow the beauty of Virgin Gorda and its charm seduces you. Your villa by way of a vacation rental alone will do that.

St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Island is Calling You!

With only 33 square miles in size, enjoy the fantasy of island life in St. Thomas, whether under water, in the air or on land. The style set on this island has no limits and is calling you to partake. Transport yourself where time slows down to match to the beat of the soothing rhythm of swaying palms and picturesque turquoise waters caressing pastel sand.

A Vacation Rental Overlooking Magens Bay

A Vacation Rental Overlooking Magens Bay

Open your eyes and feast upon Magens Bay in St. Thomas. National Geographic and many major travel authorities have listed Magens Bay as one of the top ten beaches in the world.  It has been imaged as one of the most beautiful sites in the world and should not be missed. 

Better yet, a villa vacation rental will assure you that view everyday during your stay. No need leave anyone behind as this luxurious three bedroom Villa Gardenia sleeps six comfortably. With such soothing surroundings, reassure yourself to leave the premises and enjoy what St. Thomas can offer. ´

Beyond Magens Bay, The Nature Conservancy oversees a 300 acre preserve. Put on your walking shoes and follow the trail that takes you through the tropical forest and mangroves in the preserve. The scenic botanical gardens are perched 1,000 feet above sea level and with another trail heads down towards the beach.

Spend a day in the signature Caribbean waters both above and below at Coral World Ocean Park. This is not the run of mill aquarium. You have a choice of staying dry while viewing marine life in their Undersea Observatory 15 feet below the water’s surface. Your other option is Coral World’s “moon walking,” in which you wear an underwater helmet reminisce of “Flash Gordon” for a actual visit in the reef with a guide.

Board the high-tech Atlantis Submarine and be a passenger exploring the depths of the Caribbean’s fauna and inhabitants. If a sub is too confining for you, this world renowned corporation also offers catamaran snorkel sailings, so you won´t miss a thing under the sea.

Live the life of luxury in St. Thomas

Live the life of luxury in St. Thomas

Aerial cable cars are not just in ski resorts. St. Thomas provides one carrying twenty four passengers and is known as the Skyride. Whisking you 700 feet above the town of Charlotte Amalie to Paradise Point is just that; paradise. The harbor view will be embedded in your mind for life for its majestic beauty. Taking a few photos from the observation deck will help, in case you do forget. At the top, stay a while, enjoy a drink and admire the charms of nature.

Hunt for St. Thomas’s Caribbean treasures. There are many more ranging from eco-tours of the mangroves to Bluebeard’s Castle. Plan out which you desire for the next day, while settling back in your vacation rental. Have you answered your call from St. Thomas yet?


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