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Guide to The Algarve, Europe’s Water Sports Mecca

Guide to The Algarve, Europe’s Water Sports Mecca

The Algarve is located in the southernmost region of Portugal and is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Almost ten million people visit the Algarve every year and many of them vacation there for the extensive choice of popular water sports.

In addition to being attracted to the fantastic golden sand beaches, the Algarve also offers a wide variety of water sports, including snorkeling, scuba diving and water-skiing. Depending on the time of year the Atlantic Ocean can generate some huge waves, making it ideal for surfing and wind-surfing. On days when the water is calmer, wakeboarding is the sport of choice.

August 7, 2013 | By More
3 Magnificent Mediterranean Islands Worth Exploring: Malta, Gozo and Comino

3 Magnificent Mediterranean Islands Worth Exploring: Malta, Gozo and Comino

These three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are unknown to many international travelers, but are situated in the Mediterranean sea, in close proximity to Italy.

Malta is a magnificent country that most visitors fall in love with, once they walk the beautiful little streets of Valletta, Mdina, Vitorioso or any other little town or village. Each of them is filled with history, magnetism and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all exhibit buildings in shades of yellow, making streets look nicer and brighter. The architecture is a mixture of varying styles, which somewhat reminds me of Sicily.

August 1, 2013 | By More
An Introduction To London’s Cool Caribbean Scene

An Introduction To London’s Cool Caribbean Scene

If you love Caribbean culture – the music, the festivals, the food and drink – simply head to London. Apart from the sun, nearly every area in London has something Caribbean to help spice the locale up. Whether you’re looking for a plate full of jerk chicken, a glass of rum punch or a summer festival, our guide will help you navigate London and find the coolest Caribbean vibes.

Two of the trendiest places in London right now are Brixton and Harlesden. Unsurprisingly, both areas have an affluent Caribbean community. Brixton early in the morning is a great place to visit cafes; there’s an abundance to choose from. Negril serves Caribbean toast (spiced toast served with cinnamon and vanilla and toasted coconut), traditional cornmeal porridge and smoothies (the Caribbean Queen drink with papaya, pineapple, mango and a splash of dairy milk) will transport you from the busy streets of London to a tranquil beach in Jamaica.

July 29, 2013 | By More
Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

Villa Vacations Complete With Local Excursions Just Got Easier To Book

It seems the world has fallen in love with the idea of renting a beautiful villa and bringing the whole family along on vacation. The number of villa rental sites has expanded dramatically in recent years as have popular home rental sites like VRBO. But one big obstacle to a fabulous rental vacation has always been how to tap into local experiences, events and sightseeing options.

Villas of Distinction To The Rescue. Recently Villas of Distinction, a well respected villa rental company with inventory around the world, has solved this age-old problem by partnering with Excursionist.com a provider of experiential travel and sightseeing excursions. Adding tailor-made travel experiences to your villa rental vacation is now a cinch.

July 25, 2013 | By More
Wonderlust and Wine – Memorable Walks in Tuscany

Wonderlust and Wine – Memorable Walks in Tuscany

For many visitors to Italy, Tuscany is the region that surpasses all others. The cultural and historical significance of Florence and other Tuscan towns rival the most popular locations anywhere in Europe. In addition, the famed rolling hills of vineyards and olive groves provide a plethora of excellent walking routes that balance beautifully with the man-made splendour of the cities. These scenic walks will not only reveal the natural beauty of the landscape, but enables travelers to feast on the fine rustic cuisine of the area and sample the superb wines produced in this exquisite part of the world. In the past decade Tuscany has become one of, if not, the most popular tourist destination in Italy.

July 22, 2013 | By More
Visiting Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic Coast

Visiting Dubrovnik – Pearl of the Adriatic Coast

Being one of the most well-known tourist resort areas in the Mediterranean, the seaport and city of Dubrovnik are rightly called the “Pearl of the Adriatic”. Located on the Adriatic Sea and one of the oldest cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik has much to offer the curious traveler.

The history of Dubrovnik has deep roots in maritime trade, as it was the one city-state capable of being a rival to the massive Venetian efforts in trade by sea. From the middle ages, Dubrovnik has relied on its experience in diplomacy and wealth to survive during ages of war and conflict.

July 16, 2013 | By More
Guide To Diving in Tenerife, One Of The Best Dive Spots In The World

Guide To Diving in Tenerife, One Of The Best Dive Spots In The World

It makes perfect sense to me that the Canary Island of Tenerife has a reputation around the world as a must-visit location for diving enthusiasts. The volcanic nature of the island makes for some of the most interesting drifts and dives, and the location means a huge variety of wildlife to hope to catch a glimpse of. A natural consequence of Tenerife’s popularity with divers is its plethora of diving schools offering instruction to beginners and improvers, and who run regular organised trips to dive some lesser-known spots around the island – as well as the tourist favourites.

I strongly recommend doing your research when choosing who you book with:

July 11, 2013 | By More
Popular Literary Tours Through London

Popular Literary Tours Through London

London has provided the inspiration for some of the world’s great novels, and has been home to many acclaimed writers. Throughout much of the last two centuries, London served as a major cultural hub, where writers of all genres and nationalities met and exchanged ideas and stories. Literary buffs can get their fix by exploring the many places that favourite writers loved.

When planning a trip to London, why not visit the locations frequented and enjoyed by legendary writers? Experiencing London the way they saw it will give you a great connection to their work, and you can see most of the sites for free – perfect if you are a ‘struggling artist’ like your literary heroes.

July 10, 2013 | By More
Explore The Douro Valley for Fine Wines and Magnificent Architecture

Explore The Douro Valley for Fine Wines and Magnificent Architecture

The Douro Valley is a remarkable destination that you will definitely not soon forget. It is the third longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and flows across Spain and Portugal, offering you the very best way to delve into the area’s tranquil beauty. It has everything you could possibly need from breathtaking natural landscapes, to wine production, and delicious local cuisine. Go and watch a show, relax in a hot spring- the region is full to the brim with exciting things to do and see. And because it has been classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, there is a plethora of architectural wonders that are just waiting to be explored. Here are 7 things to enjoy on your Douro Valley experience:

July 8, 2013 | By More
Visit Putney Bridge To Discover A Quieter Side of London

Visit Putney Bridge To Discover A Quieter Side of London

London is without a doubt one of the premier tourist destinations in the Western world. Over the last year, London has played host to an estimated 3.5 million North American visitors, making it one of the most popular destinations for a European vacation. However, beyond the iconic spires of Westminster Abbey and the regal grandeur of Buckingham Palace, London houses a number of quieter boroughs which are equally worth a visit for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle for day.

Whilst Putney Bridge may not be the first London borough that springs to mind when you think about the British capital, there’s a great deal to see and experience once you choose to dig a little deeper. Read on to find out more…

July 5, 2013 | By More