Arena Travel Blog

  • Stitchtopia Monthly Catchup - October


    W e’ve had a busy month here at Stitchtopia HQ and would like to share what we’ve been up to, just in case you missed anything!


    We had a great time exhibiting at Alexandra Palace for the Knit & Stitch Show earlier this month. It’s so lovely to meet some of our regular travellers and hear about your travels with Stitchtopia! We also saw some new faces at the show which we hope to welcome on a tour in the future!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Porec, Croatia


    Host report by Toby & Janette Mace

    The Valamar Diamant hotel is a scenic twenty-minute walk from the harbour town of Porec, through pretty landscaped gardens and pine trees (housing red squirrels) along the water’s edge. Porec has an impressive basilica overlooking the harbour, with Roman remains and a large floor mosaic. There’s also a rooftop bar on top of a squat old tower, with great views. Great for a sundowner (Aperol spritz if you’re asking).

    We organised three excursions, first driving to two hill towns to see how they had coped in very different ways with depopulation over the years. One is now an artists’ haven, and the other derelict and abandoned. The day ended with a typical Croatian meal, where we bought homemade produce – the grappa was pronounced to be very smooth! Mistletoe grappa is also a speciality.

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  • The Ultimate Guide to Travelling with Stitchtopia


    WWhenever we have the opportunity to meet crafters who haven’t heard of Stitchtopia, they often ask ‘how does it work?’ (and it’s actually really simple!) Each trip is a carefully constructed recipe of everything a holiday is all about – think sightseeing, relaxing hotels & shopping - and then we throw some crafting into the mix! It’s your traditional package holiday but with a whole lot more! If you’re intrigued, we’ve got your Ultimate Guide to Travelling with Stitchtopia sorted!

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  • News from the Bridge Room in Sardinia


    Host report by Barry & Maggie Watts

    The Greeks called it Hyknusa or Ichnussa (Ιχνουσσα), from the greek Ichnos (footprint of human foot) because of its similarity to a large footprint (how would they know?) Sardinia takes its name from the Latin (or Roman).

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    Sardinia, like many other parts of the Mediterranean, saw Phonecian, Carthaginian then Roman rule. However, its history is much longer than most. From Neolithic times the Nuragic civilisation lived on the island and the population today still includes 7,000 Nuraghe. In 1979 human remains were found that dated back to 150,000 BC.

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  • 8 Reasons why you need to travel to India


    I ndia is a country like no other. In the past few years, it's become an exciting new holiday destination for so many people but if you're still on the fence, we've got 8 reasons why you need to take the plunge. Our advice? Get yourself on the bandwagon and experience the rich textiles, vibrant colours and cultural wonders of this quite extraordinary country.

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