Category: Portugal

Step back in time and discover the world's best kept secret beaches

Step back in time and discover the world’s best kept secret beaches

There is nothing more satisfying than personally discovering hidden treasures of golden sand and crystal clear water. The simple pleasures of pristine beauty await those fortunate enough to research thoroughly enough, or travel far enough to find them. The thought of a day or more at the one of the best kept beaches rewards the […]

8 awesome reasons to go to Madeira

8 awesome reasons to go to Madeira

Looking for somewhere a bit different to holiday this year?  With gorgeous landscapes and plenty of originality, Madeira is a beautiful island, perfect for either a short break or a longer holiday. Beautifully positioned in the North Atlantic, here are just a few attractions that this wonderful island has to offer… The wildlife Madeira is rich […]

Experience Lisbon in 7 easy steps

Experience Lisbon in 7 easy steps

Lisbon is one of the oldest and grandest cities in the world. Facing the sea, visitors can travel on the iconic yellow trams climbing up the seven hills to get a better view of the Atlantic Ocean, or wander among the historic narrow backstreets and listen to Fado in quaint bars over an espresso and […]

5 things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

5 things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

A city of trams, tiles and iron funiculars, Lisbon remains a glorious European gem. It is one of the world’s oldest (and coincidentally friendliest) cities and has the honour of being the oldest capital in Western Europe. And this sense of history is ever-present. Positively buzzing and regularly drenched in sunlight, there is much to […]

Top 6 cities to enjoy in mainland Europe

Top 6 cities to enjoy in mainland Europe

Spring is coming and Europe is ready for visitors to enjoy the milder climate, beautiful blooms and longer days. It’s the perfect time to head to the continent, whether it’s for an expansive Grand Tour or just a shorter stopover. Let’s have a look at some of the top six most gorgeous – and often […]

Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Top 3 golf holiday destinations for 2014

Golf holidays are becoming ever more popular and 2014 is no exception with many new destinations emerging as ‘the next big golf destination’. Each year, a staggering 3 million golfers pack up their golf clubs and head for warmers climate, sweeping golf courses with ocean views and luxurious accommodation, and it’s easy to see why. […]

10 of the best places to stay for a golf break in Europe

10 of the best places to stay for a golf break in Europe

Whilst some might say that golf is a good walk spoiled, for many it’s a pastime that receives a great deal of devotion. It’s a time-consuming game, of course, so when better to have time to play than when you are on holiday? Here are 10 places in Europe where you can enjoy the highest […]

Surf your way into shape - in luxury - on Portugal's Atlantic coastline

Surf your way into shape – in luxury – on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline

Located on Portugal’s Atlantic coastline renowned as one of the most popular surfing destinations worldwide, The Oitavos embraces its oceanic surroundings with a new ‘Surf Into Shape’ package enabling guests to achieve the ultimate surfer’s body. The new package combines surf lessons and tailored workouts with rejuvenating VOYA spa treatments and healthy eating. Surfing requires […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for couples

If you’re looking to get away somewhere special with your significant other, then look no further. Here we’ve rounded up 10 of the best places in Europe to while away some time with the one you love.  There’s something here to appeal to all couples – everything from heavenly hotels to some gorgeous glamping, and […]

5 of the most scenic car-free bike paths in Europe

5 of the most scenic car-free bike paths in Europe

Cycling is considered one of the best ways to experience a new place. You’re out and about, you can enjoy the fresh air and you get to see all the sights. That being said, not all bike routes are created equal. For the less experienced cyclist, avoiding traffic is always a plus. Here are the […]

5 of the best sunsets in the world

5 of the best sunsets in the world

One of the most magical moments of any holiday is watching the sun set over stunning scenery. The sunset becomes part of the daily routine, as you sip a cold cocktail or crisp glass of wine while watching the sky become a canvas of crimson, orange and pink. Here are some of my favourite spots […]

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

Recipe of the week: Fresh tuna tartar with wasabi ice cream and soya and passion fruit sauce

This week’s recipe is a refreshing delicacy from the heart of the Algarve. The fresh bluefin tuna melts in the mouth, perfectly complementing the smooth creaminess and spicy bite of wasabi ice cream. This dish is served with two beautifully contrasting sauces, sweet passionfruit and sharp salty soya, and garnished with chives to decorate. Comprised […]

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

10 of the best places to stay in Europe for post-Summer sun

Wondering where the sun has gone? As we say goodbye to Summer and enter much cooler weather, it’s useful to know where you can travel and yet still enjoy some post-Summer sunshine. So here are 10 European ideas to help you extend your Summer into the Autumn months and enjoy the sun’s rays for that […]

5 of the Azores' undiscovered culinary experiences

5 of the Azores’ undiscovered culinary experiences

As the chilly breeze of Autumn approaches, adventurous food lovers should escape to mouth-wateringly warmer climes in the Azores because the archipelago is plating-up some truly “smoking hot” dishes. So why not hop on a flight (less than four hours direct from the UK) to São Miguel Island, your gateway to experience an abundance of […]

4 truly romantic honeymoon destinations within 3 hours of London

4 truly romantic honeymoon destinations within 3 hours of London

For many newly-weds the romantic dream of a perfect honeymoon actually starts with quite a challenging experience; the flight. Actually getting to the destination can mean seemingly endless hours, stuck in a cramped aeroplane cabin as you fly off toward some exotic paradise beach on the other side of the world. So, if you and […]

Got a taste for the sun? 6 ideas to tempt you away

Got a taste for the sun? 6 ideas to tempt you away

The British weather can be so unpredictable, just as we thought summer would never arrive, this month’s glorious sunshine has got us all in the holiday mood.  However, as we know only too well, this can be quickly dampened by howling winds and sharp showers leaving many of us wishing we had booked that luxury […]

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