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Nestled in the Irish Sea between Great Britain and Ireland, the Isle of Man part of the famed British Isles. It is not frequented by hordes of tourists like some places, making the Isle even more serenely beautiful. The quiet and endless beaches of the Isle of Man create a wonderful ambiance for rest and relaxation. Nevertheless, there are a few things you should know before you go there.
Firstly, you should know that citizens of the UK and other EEA (European Economic Area) nations are allowed to enter the Isle of Man and stay for as long as they want. However, if you plan to work there, you need a work permit. Note that a Schengen visa is not valid. The UK may be a part of the Schengen Area Agreement, but the Isle of Man is not. As a result, if you do not meet the requirements for a visa exemption, you need to obtain a visa to access the Isle. You can do so at a UK embassy, or you can apply online - the choice is yours.
The climate on the Isle of Man is quintessentially British: cool summers, mild winters, cloudy, and rain - lots of it. In fact, it's overcast about a third of the year, so don't expect to get tan while you're there! When packing, waterproof shoes and raincoats are a must.
The terrain on the Isle of Man is nothing the inexperienced walker can't handle: it's really flat. Plains and small hills are common, with the elevation topping out at a mere 600 meters, making it the perfect place for low-impact walking - exploring the Isle is quite easy. You must, however, take comfortable shoes that will also prevent you from slipping on smooth and often wet rocks. The scenery is charming. When the fog rolls in, you will be able to take some really gorgeous photos.
On the Isle of Man, you do not have to worry about language barriers. The primary language the locals use is English. However, you will sometimes hear Manx Gaelic, which derives from Old Irish mixed with Irish-Scottish Gaelic. English is more than enough to get around.
Regarding transportation to the Isle, there is only one airport: the Isle of Man Airport, located in the south of the island. There are several airlines offering regular flights with fares often as low as 15 GBP. Additionally, if you aren't in a hurry, you can take a ferry to Douglas from Liverpool, Heysham, Belfast, and Dublin.
Once you reach the Isle of Man, getting around is easy. There are frequent trains and buses, or if you prefer, rental cars and taxis are always available. We at iVisa recommend taking the train since it offers some picturesque views that you will absolutely love.
As for food and drink, the Isle of Man has made significant improvements in recent years. You can find some good restaurant and pubs offering the classic fish and chips. Make sure to try crab baps!
Regarding accommodation, most hotels are located in Douglas. Although some of them are a bit outdated, you can still find some luxury hotels and B&Bs at modest prices.
Safety-wise, don't worry - the Isle of Man has about the same crime rate as the UK. However, note that you need to contact the Isle of Man Constabulary if you require assistance. In case of a medical emergency, Noble’s Hospital is a modern, well-equipped facility.
In short, the Isle of Man is an ideal tourist destination in Northern Europe. Relax and enjoy youself with hiking, fishing, bird watching at the Calf of Man avian sanctuary, and exploring the island by bicycle. Safe travels!
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