Category: Western Europe

3 reasons why you should try e-biking in the Alps

3 reasons why you should try e-biking in the Alps

Today, mobility is probably the fastest changing aspect in our lives – and not only thanks to car sharing apps or the imminent self-drive car. The latest craze in the Alps is the electric bike, or e-bike. For those not in the know there are still some misconceptions surrounding the e-bike; you may still associate […]

6 reasons why foodies need to head to the Dordogne

6 reasons why foodies need to head to the Dordogne

“Good food and good wine, this is heaven on earth,” said Henri IV, the best loved of all French kings. Sitting on little plastic chairs eagerly awaiting their meals, locals and tourists chat pleasantly amongst themselves in between gazing at the beautifully picturesque landscapes through the quaint windows of the farm restaurant. The owner is […]

Austrian Cakes: Patisserie Demel

9 of the best Austrian cakes… and where to eat them

Real luxury food in Austria comes in the form of dessert. Torten have outruled  Habsburg Emperors, calorie counters and health gurus. Here are nine of the most powerful Austrian cakes, along with the best Viennese patisseries that serve them. Sacher torte Simple ingredients, delicate manufacturing:  Vienna’s signature cake by Hotel Sacher is a chocolate sponge with a […]

Discover Alentejo: The Garden of Portugal

Discover Alentejo: The Garden of Portugal

Covering around a third of Portugal, Alentejo offers a smooth transition from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon through to the glorious holiday resorts of the Algarve in the South. Affectionately labelled the ‘Garden of Portugal’, Alentejo is a diverse landscape of wildflower meadows, verdant vineyards and dense cork forests. The boundaries of this region […]

How to do Barcelona in one day

How to do Barcelona in one day

Chock-full of culture, history, food and architecture, Barcelona is nothing short of amazing. Trying to fit any city, let alone one as action-packed as Barcelona into 24 hours is not an easy feat.  Follow our comprehensive one-day guide to Barcelona to ensure that you make the most of your time here. While you won’t be […]

Terrace of Radisson hotel in Cannes, France

The best rooftop bars of the French Riviera

Whether indulging in a rose lunch high above the sparkling Mediterranean, lounging by a rooftop pool with a cocktail, or dancing under starlight among a beautiful A-list crowd, the glamorous rooftop bars of the French Riviera are a scene straight out of a Hollywood movie. This Summer, imagine yourself on the rooftop of some of […]

7 extraordinary ways to enjoy a luxury adventure in Iceland

7 extraordinary ways to enjoy a luxury adventure in Iceland

Extraordinary landscapes have already cemented Iceland’s place as an adventurer’s paradise. But while plenty of countries have glaciers and mountains, or even active volcanoes, there are few destinations that can boast as many incredible and rare experiences, all in one place. From heli-hopping across unreachable mountaintops or walking in lava chambers, to diving between tectonic […]

Expanding luxury horizons in Malaga, Spain

Expanding luxury horizons in Malaga, Spain

If 2016 saw a burst of luxury developments for the Andalusian port city of Malaga in Spain, 2017 is shaping up to continue apace. With a stellar increase in Michelin rated restaurants, two new world class museums in the Russian Museum and Pop-up Pompidou, increased port facilities hosting the world’s largest cruise ships, and yet […]

8 Spanish villas for the perfect Summer retreat

8 Spanish villas for the perfect Summer retreat

Is Spain your Summer destination? With its fun-loving attitude and relaxed atmosphere, it’s a great choice for those looking for stunning nature along with beautiful beaches and a vibrant nightlife. Whether you want to enjoy the Catalan vibe of the Costa Brava or you prefer to be on one of the Balearic Islands, a luxury […]

5 of the best art stops in Stockholm, Sweden

5 of the best art stops in Stockholm, Sweden

The Stockholm archipelago bounds 14 different islands, forming a network of connected neighborhoods framed by complex and calming waterways. Each district has its own distinct and captivating personality, offering cutting-edge design, Scandi fashion, vibrant architecture and culinary tradition as well as innovation. The Swedish capital is also celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, boasting three […]

5 stylish reasons to visit Portugal

5 stylish reasons to visit Portugal

The past few years A-listers (think David Beckham, Ronan Keating, Pamela Anderson…) have been flying to this tiny country to go under the radar and it is all very hush-hush. So until now, the 300 days of sunshine a year are reserved exclusively for those in the know. Portugal, unbeknownst to most is a glamorous […]

5 gorgeous photo locations in the Tuscan countryside

5 gorgeous photo locations in the Tuscan countryside

The beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Italy is a popular subject for glossy travel magazines, wall calendars, and coffee table photography books. When we start working with travelers at Italy Beyond the Obvious, we always ask how Italy won the jackpot for their dream trip. Quite often, the answer includes a desire to see the iconic […]

5 of the best restaurants in the Lake District

5 of the best restaurants in the Lake District

Spring in the Lake District is a time of transition and awakening. And it’s a particularly good time of year to enjoy its world-class cuisine. Yes! Cumbria has become quite the foodie mecca and is now home to 4 Michelin-starred restaurants and a vast array of award-winning, artisan foodie products. Recently nominated for World Heritage […]

10 unmissable things to do in Provence

10 unmissable things to do in Provence

On a trip to Provence there are certain activities, sights and foods that should not be missed out on, some might say that you would not have seen the ‘real’ Provence should you miss them. We have composed a top ten guide for a few of the wonders this glorious part of France has to […]

15 ways to celebrate Saint Patrick's day

15 ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s day

Friday the 17th March is Ireland’s Saint Patrick’s Day. Global monuments go green in cities all over the world to nod to our small country. Pubs and clubs fill with revelers enjoying the excuse to indulge, dressed head to foot in green and sing along to the latest singer songwriter that Ireland has produced. In […]

5 of the world's most extravagant luxury vacations

5 of the world’s most extravagant luxury vacations

Are your luxury travel experiences just not luxurious enough? For those where money is absolutely no object, there are some truly exceptional – not to mention eye-wateringly expensive – options to consider. We spoke to our friends at FlightHub.com to find out the most extravagant luxury trips in the world. Here are five of the […]

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