Tabarca, Spain: The Pirate’s Island

Old town gate in Tabarca

If anyone mentions ‘pirates’ to me it immediately piques my interest. So when a travel-writer friend suggested that I might like to visit the pirate island of Tabarca off the Costa Blanca in Spain, I was more than interested. Tabarca History The tiny islet once known as Illa de Sant Pau (Saint Paul’s Island) is believed to be where St. Paul disembarked. Up to the end of the 18th century, it ... Read Full Article

Explore Some of Europe’s Unique Sights

Plitvice lakes National Park in Croatia is one of Europe's Unique Sights

Most world travelers have already been to Paris, London and Rome, so they might be looking for some unique Europe sights to visit. We have compiled this short list of places for those seeking some of Europe's little known treasures. But before we start, check out some of these Priceline online coupons by Chameleonjohn. With these coupons, you will have a chance to see all of these sites with ... Read Full Article

A Visit to Dubrovnik: The Pearl of the Adriatic

City Walls of Dubrovnik

“The Pearl of the Adriatic.” With a nickname like that, it’s hard not to expect sheer magnificence when visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia. And I can honestly say that Dubrovnik  is one of the very few cities that actually does live up to its hype—of all the cities that I’ve visited so far, only New York City, Sydney and Venice  have made similar overwhelming impressions on me. Brief History of ... Read Full Article

A Winter Daytrip to the Village of Brisighella, Italy

The Castle- La Rocca in Brisighella, Italy

Deep in the countryside of Emilia-Romagna, a provence in northern Italy, sits the medieval village of Brisighella. To say that it is tucked away would be a lie: the village center sits at the base of three rocky crags, each topped by a structure: a church, a castle, a clock tower. They guard the village, their silhouettes visible from around the Lamone River valley. But Brisighella feels like a ... Read Full Article

Marathon, Greece and the Ghosts of Ancient Warriors

Monument to marathon runners

I stand on the deserted beach of Marathon, Greece, a long crescent of stones and sand. Surf spills over the pebbles, spray bursts like a shower of gold-dust reflecting the dazzling Greek sun. On this beach, with the surf hissing over pebbles red as blood and white as bone, I hear the wind moaning like the voices of the ancient dead, as though the spirits still linger in the shade of the pine ... Read Full Article

Lanzarote: An Island to Match Your Travel Interests

Playa de Papagayo in Lanzarote

The Spanish island of Lanzarote forms part of the beautiful Canary Islands. Boasting hilly regions and a coastline teeming with wildlife, visitors to Lanzarote are rewarded with scenery of unbelievable beauty. No matter what type of traveler you are, you’ll find something to suit your tastes, whether that’s exploring nature, relaxing on the beach or taking part in sporting activities! Absorb ... Read Full Article

Six of the Sunniest European Winter Destinations

Turkish Aegean is one of the Sunniest European Winter Destinations

Let's take a look at some of the most desirable, sought after and sunniest European winter destinations. Those accustomed to stunning sunsets and balmy eves during their European getaways might balk at the thought of traveling to the Old World during the long, cold winter. But you might be surprised that, from December to March, not all of the continent is covered in wild snow and sleet. In fact, ... Read Full Article

Burano: Italy’s Most Colorful Island

canal in Burano

As Venice gets overrun by day trippers from mid-morning to late afternoon, smart travelers escape to Burano, Murano and a couple of other islands in the Venetian Lagoon. The best time of the day to visit Venice is very early in the morning—sunrise—or late in the evening—sunset to midnight, which is when the city is at its calmest and quietest. The light happens to be the best for photography ... Read Full Article

Five Secret Treasures of Italy’s Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre “used to be a series of fishing villages, but we weren’t founded by fishermen. We are known for our beautiful landscapes, but we have more to offer than a pretty postcard. Tourism increased in 2015 by more than 30%, so we don’t need more visitors, but we want those who come to stay longer and learn more about our five lands.” Roberto Vegnuti is struggling to dramatize the ... Read Full Article

Get to Know Outdoorsy Slovenia

Savica waterfall

I have to be honest, Slovenia was not always on my list of places to visit. I simply didn't know much about the country. But, I did end up visiting Slovenia last summer and it completely blew me away. Slovenia is one of the most "outdoorsy" countries in the world, with more than half the land covered in forest, more than 7,000 kilometers of hiking trails, and home to the largest population of ... Read Full Article