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Perast in the Bay of Kotor. Montenegro

Perfectly placed in the south of the Adriatic, Montenegro is a European destination that offers the perfect blend of beach life, fascinating culture and incredible landscapes. If you're looking for holiday deals on this hidden gem, or are already packed and ready to go, take a look at our guide on the best ways to discover Montenegro. Natural wonders of Montenegro Take your pick from the ... Read Full Article

What to do in Valencia in Summer

A view over Valencia

 If you can stand the heat, Valencia is one of the best European cities to visit in the summer. As the third biggest city in Spain, the centre of Valencia has a real neighbourhood feel and almost everything is within walking distance. And thanks to its array of attractions, restaurants and nightlife, there's really something for everyone. Free activities in Valencia In the historic centre of ... Read Full Article

Olympia Greece: Running Naked for the Olive Crown

The Palaestra, exercise area for the competitors in Olympia

The first competition held at Olympia, Greece was nothing to do with going for the gold. In fact, it was a chariot race that would determine who would win the hand of a beautiful princess, and inherit her father’s kingdom. King Oionomaos of Elis, had a daughter who he loved very much, so he challenged each of her suitors to a chariot race. Thirteen of them died before a man named Pelops ... Read Full Article

A Blissful Weekend in Istria, Croatia

Stunning view of the hilltop town of Motovun in Istria

A region in the northwestern corner of Croatia dotted with olive groves, vineyards, truffle forests and picturesque towns, Istria is home to more attractions and highlights that you would first expect. As the lion’s share of the tourist attention in Croatia goes to Dubrovnik , Plitvice Lakes National Park and the Dalmatian coast, Istria remains a relatively undiscovered region. Exploring ... Read Full Article

Why is Cascais Lisbon’s Most Popular Coastal Getaway?

Cascais is located on the Estoril coastline

The beauty of Lisbon had captured our hearts and souls on more than one occasion, but the not so distant gems to its immediate west – the inviting, though as yet unexplored Estoril coast – remained all but a relative unknown. On a return jaunt to the stunning Portuguese capital last month, we ventured out to finally explore the ‘other side’ of Lisbon – a stunning coastline dotted with charming ... Read Full Article

Where are the Most Innovative Lisbon Restaurants?

A Cevicheria, one of the many favorite Lisbon restaurants

Fair to say, when it comes to top-end food scenes in Europe, Portugal often flies under the radar in favour of traditional big guns like France, Italy, and it’s immediate eastern neighbour, Spain. Home to a seemingly endless abundance of fresh, top-quality (and very affordable) Atlantic seafood, and an exciting, revitalized foodie scene, the Michelin stars are starting to leap out of the ocean ... Read Full Article

La Scala: More Than Just a Night at the Opera

A production at La Scala

As the world’s most famous opera house, Teatro alla Scala is a mecca for music lovers the world over. What many don’t realize is that visitors can experience Milan’s La Scala in more ways than one costly night sitting on a red-velveteen chair listening to Verdi. Of course La Scala is synonymous with opera, and advance planning, online booking, and deep pockets can usually snare you a ... Read Full Article

7 Turkish Delights: The Best of Western Turkey

The blue Mosque is one of the seven turkish delights

Much like the ubiquitous Turkish delight candies that have differing ingredients, flavors, and textures, the delights of Western Turkey are just as varied. The seven Turkish delights I offer range from mosques, former basilicas, Greco-Roman ruins and Byzantine architecture to unique natural world wonders such as the fairy castles of Cappadocia and the terraced pumice pools of Pamukkale. Traversing ... Read Full Article

Italy’s Donkey Sanctuary: An Enchanting Detour

Lots of affection at the Piedmont Donkey Sanctuary

You don’t have to be a child or an animal lover to visit Italy's Donkey Sanctuary in the Piedmont region, but it helps if you are. Amateur historians, economists, sociologists, and psychologists should also be enchanted. Everyone is welcome – families, singles, couples, teenagers, schoolchildren, special interest groups – and you may see all these in attendance on a given day. ... Read Full Article

Seven of the Best Beaches in Europe

Praia da Marinha beach in Portugal, one of the best beaches in Europe

With spring finally here, and summer on the doorstep, beach season is ramping up again in the northern hemisphere. It’s a welcome turn for lovers of European surf, sun and sand-between-the-toes frivolity. After all, Europe is home to some of the most stunning and spectacular beaches on earth. Here’s a quick taste of some of the best beaches in Europe; you really ought to consider visiting at least ... Read Full Article