Category: Western Europe

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Spring in Barcelona: eat like a Catalan

Springtime is one of the best times to visit Barcelona. The weather is getting warmer but it’s still at a comfortable heat, and there are typically less people in the city as the tourist buzz hasn’t quite hit yet and many locals leave Barcelona for the Easter break. Better still; springtime is also a great […]

Top 10 places to visit in Gran Canaria

Top 10 places to visit in Gran Canaria

As you may have seen, I recently visited the Spanish island of Gran Canaria (read about my trip with Hyundai UK here, here and here). Situated in the Atlantic Ocean off the north-west coast of Africa, this tourist island is the third largest of the Canary Islands after Tenerife and Lanzarote, but the second most […]

Where to stay and eat on the southern tip of Gran Canaria

Where to stay and eat on the southern tip of Gran Canaria

My recent trip to Gran Canaria with Hyundai UK included two amazing experiences (if you haven’t already read about them, see my posts titled ‘Climbing a via ferrata in Gran Canaria‘ and ‘Taking a helicopter ride in Gran Canaria‘) but what I haven’t yet shared with you is where we stayed and where we dined […]

Active luxury in Norway

Active luxury in Norway

As a whole, Scandinavia offers some of the most incredible scenery in the world, and Norway is no exception. For those in search of luxury with a taste of adventure, a private yacht charter here will deliver an unforgettable experience: the unrivalled ability to access so many natural bounties with ease is the real deal. […]

UNESCO sites in Cordoba

UNESCO sites in Cordoba

Within 1.5 hours of home I can be in the centre of Cordoba and I often am. I’m lucky, I know. Cordoba is Andalusia’s most northern province. Vast swathes of sierras and pasture land used for the grazing of black pigs for Spain’s famous jamon meet the more northerly regions of Extremadura and Castilla-La Mancha. […]

Special feature: Teal House, Lemmington Cottages, Near Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

Special feature: Teal House, Lemmington Cottages, Near Alnwick, Northumberland, UK

A pheasant scurries across the road as we turn into the drive towards Teal House, our home for a week’s holiday in the north-east of England. We are about five miles to the west of Alnwick, widely regarded as one of the top pheasant shooting locations in the UK, and the many pheasants we see […]

5 of the best wineries in Salento, Puglia

5 of the best wineries in Salento, Puglia

Puglia needs little introduction these days. The ‘heel’ of Italy’s ‘boot’ peninsula has emerged as a chic and popular destination for Mediterranean holidays. This once isolated Salentine Peninsula, in the deep south of Europe, is a rural landscape of centuries-old olive groves punctuated with fortress towns, and medieval cities. It is a fashionably desirable destination. […]

6 of the best Alpine views

6 of the best Alpine views

The ski industry, as we know it, wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for the mountains. That is a blinding obvious statement to make, of course. But isn’t it pretty amazing that the thing we love to do is carried out in such an awe inspiring environment. The majesty of the Alps are, without doubt, one […]

5 reasons Basel should be on your radar

5 reasons Basel should be on your radar

When travelers think of Switzerland, the gorgeous scenery and skiing are often top of mind.  But what else is there to do?  Consider Basel!  Here are five reasons you should visit Basel during your next visit to Western Europe. The museums… obviously! Basel has a whopping number of museums (almost 40!) in this small, beautiful […]

Easter in Provence

Easter in Provence

Easter… the word conjures up Spring sunshine, cute rabbits, fluffy chicks and chocolate.  However, in the UK, the reality can also be the nightmare of a long school holiday break with torrential rain outside.  So, give yourselves a treat and head south.  Blue skies, balmy air, open spaces and even beaches await you in Provence….plus […]

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7 of the most romantic boltholes in the UK and Ireland

With it being the week of Valentine’s Day, love is in the air. From Highland castles reached by Rolls Royce, to Dartmoor thatched pavilions; here are some of the most seductive boltholes around the UK and Ireland for a surprise getaway with your loved one. Thyme Hotel, Gloucestershire Easily reachable from London but a world […]

Unwind like a Greek

Unwind like a Greek

When envisioning a holiday trip to anywhere in the world, people first tend to think about what to pack, the essentials that are necessary for that specific trip depending on the location and season. Once all that is figured out, people then tend to visualize how they will be passing their time, which towns and […]

The romantic side of Greece

The romantic side of Greece

The dull routine of our everyday lives can really creep up on us without us even knowing it and when it does it is quite hard to become unstuck. The perfect solution to break free from a situation that is becoming intolerable is by removing yourself, physically and mentally from it. If you want too […]

Your own UK luxury holiday home on a stunning, private estate

Your own UK luxury holiday home on a stunning, private estate

Luxury bespoke homes on a private Somerset estate form a new development which offers the perfect lifestyle and getaway among an ancient landscape. Set around an idyllic mineral lake with man-made beaches, you’d be forgiven for thinking this quiet, woodland setting was miles from anywhere. Yet Cookswood is only 90 minutes from London Heathrow and […]

Taking a helicopter ride over Gran Canaria

Taking a helicopter ride over Gran Canaria

As you will know from my earlier ‘Climbing a via ferrata in Gran Canaria‘ post, I’ve just come back from an adventurous few days in Gran Canaria where we’ve also had the opportunity to drive the rather sleek and stylish Hyundai i30 Fastback N. The previous post showed the vehicle in Engine Red, but here it […]

In celebration of romance: beautiful pink places around the world

In celebration of romance: beautiful pink places around the world

In celebration of Valentine’s Day and the month of romance, we highlight our favourite pink places and natural phenomena around the world, from taking in the sunsets over the iconic romantic city of Venice to witnessing the glorious cherry blossom season in Japan – and we recommend the most luxurious, romantic and special hotels to […]