Lagos in Africa may be a dangerous city, so time is there to visit Lagos… in Portugal. The municipality of Lagos, in particular, is a lively destination for short breaks. It has a 2,000-year-old maritime history, which lends it a certain charm as you stroll through its old streets. With Roman, Carthaginian and Punic influences, its culture has much to be admired. You can find cheap holidays to Portugal very easily online, so consider booking a getaway to Lagos this summer if you want a break on a budget. If you find yourself in the Algarve, you need to visit one of the many golf courses for which the region is famous. Onyria Palmares Golf is a 27-hole course composed of three returning nine-hole loops that can be played in any sequence – so every time you go there, you can play a different series of holes. The fairways have been designed to interact with the local environment, so golfers can observe the rolling Monchique hills, the beautiful golden sand dunes and the picturesque Bay of Lagos as they tee off. The Parque Zoologico de Lagos (Lagos Zoo) is another great pitstop for holidaymakers to the Algarve. There are more than 120 animal species and 200 botanical varieties to wonder at as you stroll around the large enclosures. If you time your visit correctly you might be able to watch the pelicans and primates being fed. Kids will also love the petting farm, where goats, pigs and other farmyard animals feed out of their hands – ensure you have a few 50c coins to purchase the bags of feed. The Igreja de Santo Antonio (Church of St Anthony) is an impressive building, not least because of its hand-painted murals of Saints Anthony and Francis. There is also a little historical display recounting the Algarve’s past from the Neolithic to the Roman and Moorish times. Although there is no seating inside the church – because it was designed for the use of the military and visiting soldiers were expected to stand throughout the services – it is well worth the €3 (£2.57) entry fee. If you want to spend some time in the sun, hire a horse from the New Forest Lodge in Lagos and explore the area. Horseriding is a great way to get to know the countryside and coastal trails of the region, or if you want to avoid saddle soreness, you can rent out a horse-drawn carriage and be driven around in style. The palm-fringed marine of Lagos is a lovely spot in which to stop to watch the sunset. Have an evening constitutional around the stark white yachts moored there before settling down to a plate of fresh seafood at one of the many cafes and restaurants lining the water’s edge.
Welcome to Bordeaux ! The beautiful city of Bordeaux is an ideal stop over during your trip in France. A fairly large city over the Garonne River, Bordeaux and its surroundings is one of the most attractive areas in France. From the beaches of Cap Ferret, the Dune of Pyla – the largest natural dune in Europe – to the Medoc wine country and St Emilion, the entire area is the perfect stop for any seminar, reward trip or team building. Bordeaux is an absorbing place for a three or four day trip. France’s wine capital offers fine art galleries, excellent food and drink, as well as great shopping. Compact and largely pedestrianised, the city is easy to explore to on foot. And the surrounding countryside is simply an excuse to stay longer in the area.
Here are some good reasons to organize your corporate event in Bordeaux:
The food and the wine: Medoc, St Emilion, Pommerol, Saint Julien, Saint Estephe… these names sound familiar?Driving into the villages around Bordeaux is like exploring the best restaurant’s wine list. We organize wine tours and tastings in some of the best chateaux in the area. From St Emilion or the Medoc area, with the assistance ofprofessional wine makers and oenologists, we take you into the heart of wine. Learn about cepage, wine making, wine tasting, wine keeping, marrying food and wine… Andthe cooking! Why not enroll in a cookery course and prepare your own French dish that you will enjoy at the end of the course. We also organize special tours of the vineyards horseback riding, for another view of the area, with stops at some selected chateaux and lunch at some traditional inns.
The ocean and Arcachon: Just an hour and a half away from Bordeaux are some of the best beaches in France. Soulac, a nice holiday resort at the northern tip of the estuary, Lacanau and its huge waves attracting hordes of surf riders, the very chic Cap Ferret, and of course Arcachon. Famous for its “bassin” and its oysters, Arcachon is a quite village in summer and a bustling city in summer, a resort attracting many for its water sports, natural reserve, the oysters… it is the sun, the beach, the food and the wine altogether. From Arcachon, Tematis organizes cruises on the Bassin as well as half day and full days jet ski tours of the area, with stops at oyster farms, lunching on the beach and a lot of adrenaline.
Very near Arcachon is the Dune of Pyla, the largest dune in Europe. Totally natural, the dune is still growing due to the conjunction of the sea pushing the sand inland, and the forest pushing the sand towards the sea. A natural reserve, the Dune of Pyla is an ideal spot to try sand boarding or simply to enjoy the view or to start a champagne reception at sunset.
Adrenaline: the Bordeaux area is also home of some of the most exhilarating experiences. Tematis organizes jet fighter flights from Bordeaux Merignac, the fastest way to explore the area and enjoy some aerobatics at the same time. We can also organize driving days on the nearby circuit, if your participants would like to try pushing their driving skills on Ferraris, Lamborghinis and other supercars. And for the adrenaline junkies, we organize sky diving experiences over the vineyards.
VIP: for smaller groups of truly VIPs, we organize full tours which can include helicopter pickups and drops at selected chateaux, or limousine transfers, associated with the best accommodation and best food experience.
Accommodation: There are many hotels in the area but larger hotels are in the airport area. The truly very nice and up market hotels do not have a lot of capacity and are usually in wine country. Our best picks: the Hostellerie de Plaisance in St Emilion – this is one the finest hotels in the South West, with a Michelin two star chef and the best location in St Emilion. In Pauillac, the finest is Cordeillan Bages, a must stay for its world famous chef, Thierry Marx. For those looking for well being, Les Sources de Caudalie is the place to stay, with treatments based of wine therapy. But there are many others, small chateaux surrounded by vineyards to larger and standardized hotel chains available to suit all group sizes as well as budget.
Bordeaux is truly one of the most attractive city in France. With easy access, fast train or via the international airport, Bordeaux also benefits from good weather most of the year. And from early spring, the sun shines till late fall. Do not hesitate to contact us if we like to know more about what Tematis can do for you.
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Cannes is a sexy place, and you should organise your corporate event in the Riviera for this exact reason. Cannes is one of the hottest towns for incentives, even better than St Tropez which is just too small and a killer for traffic. We enjoy Cannes, as it has glamour, sparks, many activities to do, many great hotels, and the beach. But we should warn you, an event in Cannes is expensive, so if you want to do something in one of the sexiest place in France, be prepared to spend. Below are the key points in favour of Cannes:
Great hotels: Cannes has some of the best hotels in the world. The Carlton, The Majestic or The Martinez are classics and classy. They host most of the big stars during the film festival. For those who want something with a twist, the 3:14 delivers that, with a rooftop pool and a great lounge bar. There are other hotels, but those are the best. They also have great meetings and conference rooms, all very well equipped so that you can work efficiently and peacefully.
Nightlife: this is one of the reasons to travel to Cannes. There are many clubs, bars, lounge bars, all very exciting. Our favourite is the Baoli, at the end of the pier, which has indoor and outdoor areas. You can have dinner there, and the food is excellent. The restaurants transforms into a night club around 11pm and that is usually the time when the beautiful and rich flock en masse to the Baoli. It is a great place to party, and where they host some of the best parties during the Cannes Film festival. You should also have dinner on the beach. Many of the great hotels have a private beach with a restaurant, and this one of the best ways to unwind after a day of work.
Activities: if you wish to take some time off work and do something, Cannes is a great place as it offers diverses activities. You have the sea, the mountains are not far. You can decide to rent a yacht for a day, venture off the coast to go swim with dolphins. You can also decide to rent a few supercars and enjoy driving to Monaco for a nice lunch on the harbor. Grasse is not far, and there you can visit some perfume makers, and even create your very own perfume. For those who want a more sportive approach, try cycling in the mountains, or rafting (early spring only), unless you prefer to try out some of the via ferratas.
There are so many things to do in and around Cannes. This is a great place to organise your event, seminar or incentive, but again, be prepared to spend.
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