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No cottage? No problem!
Written by: Jiří Vašek
Summer is vacation time, and you should
spend yours with family and friends. This year try to ignore travel agencies'
offers and be your own master. You can rent a small cottage or a grand
residence, relax among the rocks of Český ráj, in the Romanian mountains,
or on a Florida beach.
Just click a few times on this site and you can be the lord
of a house or seaside apartment in Turkey, Spain, Italy,
Croatia, Portugal, or Florida. The real estate offer is as
vast as the list of countries, so you should be clear about
what you really want. Do you prefer privacy in a cottage
on Daytona Beach, where the famous auto races are held (about
CZK 25,000 a day for four), or more comfortable housing on
one of the little islands between the Atlantic Ocean and
the Gulf of Mexico? The price is about one-third higher,
but it also includes free use of tennis courts or a harbor
for a boat.
True, this site isn't very colorfully presented, but compared
to the competition it offers many houses and cottages for
rent throughout the Czech Republic. You'll find individual
properties according to localities, so you should first decide
where you want to travel. You can look at photos of houses
to see if they meet your requirements, and clear pictograms
tell you how many beds are available or whether you can expect
a shower or a tub, a television set, a fireplace, or whether
you can bring a pet. The average price for a week for four
or more people is about CZK 8,000.
A nice, well organized site in terms of graphics and user-friendliness,
but unfortunately the content lags a bit behind the presentation.
The agency of the same name that operates it has a database
with 104 recreational buildings for rent, but when you consider
that a competing agency, http://www.chata.cz offers 56 opportunities
in southern Bohemia alone, you realize that they don't have
too many. On the other hand, each offer includes specific
details on where you can go shopping nearby and suggests
If you want romance with the scent of hay, go to one of the
six villages in Banát, Romania, where you can enjoy the environment
of the past century, home cooking, and fluffy, striped comforters.
You can communicate in Czech and the locals will offer you
home-made bread or cow-fresh milk. And if you're a fan of
hiking or riding mountain bikes, the Carpathian range offers
you captivating outings through limestone formations and
to magic caves. On 27 and 28 August sleepy Banát comes to
life with a Czech folklore festival. This is the most original
vacation you can imagine, and it costs CZK 6,000 per week
Slovakia boasts mountains, hot springs, spas with modern
equipment, many water parks filled with slides, toboggans,
and whirlpool baths - and prices are about one-third lower
than in the Czech Republic. This website has a large catalog
with various types of properties, including rental prices
and photos, which you can download in PDF format. Houses
are broken down by regions, and the average weekly price
for four is SLK 7.000! Bookmark this address, as it's useful
in the winter as well, since many locations are near well-known,
high-quality ski centers.
This portal has prepared a special summer
guide filled with useful vacation tips and
advice. Besides basic information on travelling
by car or bicycle, it also offers other
things – e.g., health and hygiene while traveling,
traveling with pets, healthy sun bathing,
a minicourse on packing, and so on.
One of the major e-shop operators,
Intershops – which runs shops like Vltava.cz,
Cybex.cz, Electrohall.cz, MusicKatalog.cz,
Zverinec.cz, and Dunaj.sk – has opened a
new, excellent pickup venue in Ostrava:
Mariánské hory. It’s intended mainly for
customers from the Moravia-Silesia region
who prefer to personally select the goods
they buy for COD delivery.
This is a European databank, one of the
largest information services in the Czech
Republic. You can search firms according to the
field of operations, by the region where the
firm is located, or by the firm’s legal form,
such as limited-liability company, cooperative,
state enterprise, limited partnership, or entrepreneur
with a business license.
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