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

Six Great Places for Spring Travel in Europe

Paris a great spot for Spring Travel in Europe

It’s always a stunning time in Europe when the sleet and snow of winter makes way for the glowing renewal of spring. Parks and gardens blossom and bloom, cities return life again. Ahead of the summer throngs, it’s also a fabulous time to baulk the European crowds, while keeping the back pocket in tact with friendly shoulder-season rates. From the Italian Lakes to Vienna, Budapest to Seville, we ... Read Full Article

Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal

# 22 tram in Porto

On our final morning in Lisbon, we meandered along the winding cobbled lanes of Alfama and leapt aboard a three-hour train ride north to Portugal’s second largest city: Porto. It would be a tough act to follow after such a rich and magical time in the City of Seven Hills, but Porto proved equally stunning and memorable. We soon began our love affair with Porto, Portugal. Porto is a UNESCO ... Read Full Article

The Magic of Lisbon

sunset over Alfama

There’s no city on earth like Lisbon. To feel the vista of sunset drizzling over terracotta tenements and the Pombaline rococo of the old town; to husk over cold cerveza in the dulcet twilight of the banks of the Tejo as the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge blends into nightfall; to see the number 28 tram rattle and clank through cloistered, cobbled amber-lit laneways of Alfama – all of this is to ... Read Full Article

Magical Madeira

madeira sunset

  From the air, Madeira is an otherworldly sight. As I flew toward the island and passed over its miniscule neighbour of Porto Santo, it really did feel like I was approaching a distant, mythical land. Basking alone in the Atlantic Ocean, it is geographically apart from elsewhere, situated approximately 650 km west of Morocco and 1,000km southwest of Europe’s mainland, meaning that a ... Read Full Article

Where to Stay in Lisbon, Portugal: Editor’s Picks

Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade

Lisbon doesn’t have just one downtown, so we’ve compiled a list of ‘where to stay’ options that represent the city’s most popular areas. These include the Bairro Alto neighborhood, the Belém neighborhood, and the Costa da Caparica beach area. We’ve also  given special attention to hotels that offer free wireless internet. When deciding where to stay, it helps to know that hotels tend to be cheaper ... Read Full Article

Top Things to do in Lisbon, Portugal

jardim zoologico garden

Finding things to do in Lisbon, Portugal is an easy task; Lisbon has led a very adventurous life. From its very beginnings, Lisbon has been molded by a variety of cultures and influences. Likely founded by the Phonicians in 1200 BC, Lisbon also has a strong Roman history and influence and was ruled by the Moors for over 450 years while  adopting and adapting to the rich Moorish architecture and ... Read Full Article

Hidden Gems of the Algarve, Portugal

Caso do campo

Located in southern Portugal, the Algarve region is a popular destination for those seeking beach resorts, loads of sunshine, and award-winning, golden, sandy beaches - topped off with a fabulous nightlife. If you have already been to the Algarve, then you know just how much this region of Portugal has to offer. For those of you who have yet to enjoy an Algarve holiday or will be retuning for ... Read Full Article

Up Close Guide to the Azores Islands

Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel, Azores

  Situated in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, the  Azores Islands are the very top of one of the earth's tallest mountain ranges, the Atlantic ridge. With a temperate climate year-round, this rugged and verdant volcanic archipelago comprises nine islands, ranging in size from 270 square miles (Sao Miguel) to just 7 square miles (Corvo). The islands form an autonomous part of ... Read Full Article

The Central Portugal Experience

quinta de bispos

Exploring central Portugal provides travelers with an authentic Portugal experience. The small town hotels, wineries and restaurants offer an inexpensive window into the lives of the people in this part of the world. Quinta de Bispos is an eco country inn, beautifully located on an old citrus farm on the south slope of the Caramulo Mountains in central Portugal. Quinta de Bispos is the first ... Read Full Article