Category: Western Europe

Frigiliana Spain beautiful cobbled street

Secrets of Spain: fabulous Frigiliana

Frigiliana is officially one of Spain’s most beautiful towns. A whitewashed village that simply oozes charm, Frigiliana is perched in the Sierra Almijara mountain range, overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean, located 300 metres below. Only a few minutes drive will take you to the gorgeous seaside town of Nerja, located just 6 km away. A stay […]

Where to see the Northern Lights... and what to do if you don't

Where to see the Northern Lights… and what to do if you don’t

Sorry for the seemingly negative rider in the title, but we think it’s important to note that the Northern Lights – the eerily beautiful display of shimmering colour sometimes visible in the night skies over the Arctic Circle – are a natural phenomenon and so by no means guaranteed. I’m sure that’s stating the blindingly […]

10 top tips for your first trip to Florence

10 top tips for your first trip to Florence

When Stendhal visited Florence in 1817, he was so moved by a visit to Santa Croce and the sight of Giotto’s frescoes that he was overwhelmed by emotion and felt faint. A trip to the world capital of Renaissance art, can be an intense experience, especially if it’s your first time in Florence. To make […]

Top 5 child-friendly hotels in Greece

Top 5 child-friendly hotels in Greece

With its crystal-clear water and fine sandy beaches, Greece is a natural choice of holiday destination for sun worshippers. Its warm and family oriented culture also make it a perfect place for holidays with children. We’ve checked out the best Greek hotels to make your stay with little ones a relaxing, hassle-free experience. Ikos Olivia, […]

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Short stay: Sedgebrook Hall, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, UK

Set in Northamptonshire countryside and just 5 miles from Northampton, Sedgebrook Hall is a Victorian country house, set in 13 acres of grounds, that has been extended into a conference hotel (and part of the Principal Hayley group), catering largely for conferences, events and weddings. The welcome We arrived quite late after a long journey […]

3 luxury boutique hotels for a casual chic weekend in London

3 luxury boutique hotels for a casual chic weekend in London

London is one of the most exciting, diverse and eclectic cities in the world. As many people say, if you can’t find something that suits your particular preferences or tastes in the eclectic British capital, it probably doesn’t even exist! It might sound like a silly old proverb, but there is much truth in the […]

Extend your Summer - 6 great places to go in September

Extend your Summer – 6 great places to go in September

You could say September is the best time of year to go on holiday. And you’d be right. With a few exceptions, the shoulder season offers the perfect balance between reasonable prices and reasonable weather. The Summer crowds clear as schools return, the weather in the UK starts to turn and nights start to draw […]

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

1,000 night giveaway courtesy of Geneva Tourism!

In an unprecedented move, Geneva Tourism and carefully-selected partners are giving away an amazing 1,000 room nights at some of the finest hotels in the city this Summer. This is a city that’s a well known hub for business but also one that has a flourishing leisure scene, having won ‘Best Leading City Break Destination […]

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

Photograph of the week: Eiffel Tower, Paris

The Eiffel Tower was never meant to be a permanent landmark – instead, it was built for the 1889 Paris Exposition but of course it still stands to this day, more than 120 years later, and is the most visited paid monument on the planet. Standing at 300 metres tall, and the tallest building in the world […]

Top 10 islands in the world

Top 10 islands in the world

An island getaway is many people’s dream holiday. If you’re looking for somewhere special to relax this year, whether you seek stunning scenery, beautiful golden sandy beaches or fine food, then Tripadvisor’s recently published top 10 islands in the world might be just what you’re looking for to narrow down your options. Based on the […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

10 of the best places to stay in Europe this Spring

Why wait until Summer to get away this year? The Spring can be the perfect time to get away – often that little bit quieter outside of the main season, but sometimes more enjoyable for exactly that reason. Go on… treat yourself with a stay at one of our top 10 places to stay in […]

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

5 amazing luxury villas to visit in 2016

Villa holidays are the ideal choice for family getaways, providing a winning combination of privacy and independence whilst offering the high standards of service and convenience you’d expect from a luxury hotel. Ideal for large multi-generational families, groups of friends or a celebration getaway, the design of luxury villas nowadays caters for everyone in the […]

Walk on the wild side - Tour du Mont Blanc

Walk on the wild side – Tour du Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is a walking trail in the French, Italian and Swiss Alps, a 180km (112 miles) circuit of Mont Blanc, starting and finishing in Les Houches near Chamonix. The highest point reached by the standard route is 2,584m (8,478ft). Trekkers typically take eleven days to complete the circuit, give or […]

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

The things I miss after leaving the Cinque Terre

After raising a family and living in Monterosso for 27 years, I decided it was time for  another change. This time I chose to move from the sea towards the sky, to the magnificent peaks of the Unesco Dolomites. leaving the laid back way of life of a coastal village to the more efficient German […]

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

6 things to do for a relaxing weekend on the Montreux Riviera

If you are looking for a traveling destination that will be able to help you achieve that Zen-like feeling of relaxation, look no further than the charming Montreux Riviera. Located just a little ways from the beautiful Lake Geneva, the area is part of the canton of Vaud, one of the most distinctive cultural poles […]

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

The best gardens and parks in and around Rome

With Spring in the air in Rome, now is the perfect time to get outside and explore. Rome’s open air piazzas are not the only place in the city to congregate and enjoy la dolce vita. One of our favourites is the city’s English landscape garden, Villa Borghese, a popular city park destination for people […]

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