Category: Western Europe

9 great reasons to visit Sliema in Malta

9 great reasons to visit Sliema in Malta

Malta, one of the smallest countries in the world, is a real paradise, as implied in its name derived from the original Phoenician word, “Maleth,” which means “a heaven”. The Greeks also used to call it “Melite” which means “honey-sweet” due to the production of a unique type of honey on the Island. Malta’s mild […]

Hidden Edinburgh - 6 secret places in the city

Hidden Edinburgh – 6 secret places in the city

Overflowing with the hustle and bustle of tourists and busy locals, like every capital city should be, many will be surprised to learn that Edinburgh is also peppered with secret gems hidden away from the usual crowds. Morningside Wild West Blink and you will miss this secret location offering a taste of the Wild West […]

City dwellings: 5 beautiful apartments for city breaks

City dwellings: 5 beautiful apartments for city breaks

As the fall approaches, many start to think about city breaks, wonderful short holidays that are perfect to get away from everyday life without having to travel too far. When visiting a new city it is of key importance to pick the right place to stay: centrally located, modern, comfortable. Here is a list of […]

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

10 great reasons to visit Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Nestled approximately midway between Santander and Bilbao in the province of Cantabria, the town of Santoña is a fishing port that has an interesting history but is perhaps best known today as a holiday destination in the Summer months and for its year-round fishing trade. Here are 10 great reasons why you should visit. 1. […]

10 reasons to visit the Amalfi Coast in September

10 reasons to visit the Amalfi Coast in September

Everything about the Amalfi Coast embodies la dolce vita: the stunning scenery at every twist in the road, the beautiful and passionate people, luxurious hotels, that turquoise coloured water, and endless sumptuous food. Let alone the history and culture that oozes from practically every marble stone. However we are not the only people to have […]

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

Top Andalucian harvest festivals this Autumn

In the southern-most Spanish region of Andalucia, local festivals and celebrations seem nearly as abundant as the summer sun. There’s virtually no end to them across all seasons and the residents of Andalucia are particularly known for their flamboyant displays, warm openness, and a knack for partying all through the night. Some festivals, such as the […]

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: Hotel Juan de la Cosa, Santona, Cantabria, Spain

Hotel Juan de la Cosa is an upscale hotel situated on the unspoiled, mile-long Playa de Berria on the outskirts of Santoña in Northern Spain’s Cantabria region. Set in its own gardens, the hotel is situated roughly midway between Santander and Bilbao. The welcome We arrived in the late afternoon, having attended a sailing event […]

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Short stay: 4-bedroom apartment, Isla Playa, Cantabria, Spain

Our first stay on our trip to Cantabria in Northern Spain was at a self-catering apartment in the Spanish resort of Isla Playa, just a 45 minute drive to the east of Santander, organised through HomeAway UK. This is a largely Spanish resort with two distinct areas of beach and a number of restaurants, cafés […]

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Zermatt’s top 4 apres ski bars

A perfect day’s skiing should include a spot of apres-ski. After an exhilarating day on the mountain many feel the need to celebrate their efforts by letting their hair down and slaking their thirst with a cheeky beer or three, hence the popularity of apres-ski. Zermatt has many fine apres-ski bars where you can do […]

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn't happen

From chaos to calm: how our latest trip nearly didn’t happen

It started with a bang. A very loud bang. And it didn’t take us long to realise what had happened. The boat trailer that we were towing had become detached from our car and one of the boats on it had come straight through our rear windscreen. Panic set in. We were due to catch […]

Mykonos Greece celebrity holiday destination

12 classy European destinations that celebrities love

Dramatic shorelines, Mediterranean elegance, iconic walled cities and a quaint Irish town with a friendly dolphin are some of the many attractions that draw celebrities to these classy European holiday destinations. Follow in your favourite celebrity’s footsteps to one of these wonderful European locations, in search of beauty and chic, and live it up like […]

5 top tips to beat the heat in Rome

5 top tips to beat the heat in Rome

Romans traditionally take their holidays during the entire month of August, escaping the city’s heat and heading for the mountains or seaside. While it may seem that many local shops and restaurants are closed and the tourist sites are oppressively hot, Rome never ceases to provide its patrons with things to do. Here are our […]

4 of the best Olympic cities

4 of the best Olympic cities

As the Olympics gather pace in Rio (c’mon Team GB!), one of the most vibrant and photogenic cities on the planet, I decided to take a look back at some of the other great cities that have hosted the world’s biggest sporting event. Impossible as it was to pick just a handful, here are a […]

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How to do Halkidiki in style

Known for its three peninsulas, Halkidiki is a glamorous beach paradise with striking sandy shores and crystal clear waters. This northern region is so beautiful in fact that it makes an alternative to the famous Greek Islands and some of its hotspots are just as popular with tourists. If you’re not looking to island hop, […]

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The 9 most exquisite ice cream parlors in Paris

Spending your summer holidays in Paris with your children is a great idea. There are so many beautiful places to see and child-friendly things to do that everyone is sure to have a good time. But during summer, the weather can get hot… really hot! And after visiting an iconic monument such as the Eiffel […]

Top 5 family attractions in Kent, UK

Top 5 family attractions in Kent, UK

Proudly bearing the title of ‘Lonely Planet’s Best European Holiday Destination for Families’, the green English county of Kent has much to offer. Known as ‘The Garden of England’, visitors will fall in love with its rolling hills and scenic views. Lush countryside gives way to spectacular coastline, and the area has many fantastic child […]

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