Stromboli is a small island that lies off Sicily’s northern coast in the Tyrrhenian Sea. The island is home to one of the three active volcanoes in Italy.
When we think of Provence, images of fields of brightly coloured lavender flanked by rolling hillsides with quaint villages perched at the zenith, are never far away.
Lanzarote’s landscape is one of the most dramatic and spectacular in the world. At the heart of the island’s unique and imposing landscape is the Timanfaya National Park, home of the ‘Mountains of Fire.’
When it comes to Barcelona, going off the beaten path is arguably the best way to experience this magnificent city. While the typical main attractions are certainly must-sees, there are plenty of less well-known spots that need to be seen in order to really appreciate this fascinating city.
Drenched in sun and enveloped in the most glorious sandy beaches is Lanzarote, located off the coast of West Africa. As part of the Canary Islands, Lanzarote is in good company when it comes to stunning sunny beach destinations for travellers seeking to escape the everyday grind.
If you’ve yet to visit Andalucía’s ‘big three’ cities, you’re certainly in for a treat when you do. By ‘big three’ we mean Granada, Cordoba and Seville, three remarkable Spanish cities, laden in extraordinary Moorish architecture, brimming with zest, traditionalism and vivacity and paradisal for culture vultures, foodies, musicians, shopaholics, historians and more.
Being doused in sunshine for virtually the whole of the year, boasting a beautiful golden coastline of soft sandy beaches and scattered with vibrant towns and villages bursting with character and life, it’s hardly surprising why the Algarve has long been a popular destination for families seeking sun, fun and a memorable holiday with a difference.
With the sun soaring overhead, the temperatures warming up nicely and colourful festivals taking place in almost every city, town and village, Easter is a wonderful time to be on the Algarve.
At Eastertime, fairs are put on across the region, where you can sample gastronomic delights unique to the region, such as almonds covered in chocolate or sugar and traditional ‘folares’, sweet or savoury Easter bread topped with a hardboiled egg still in its shell.
In the traditional Algarve town of Tavira, an annual Triumphal Procession takes place on Palm Sunday. The colourful procession starts at the church and makes its way through the streets, parading past throngs of onlookers, until it eventually finishes back at the church.
Holy Week is celebrated with deep Catholic significance across the whole of the Algarve. Religious ceremonies are re-enacted, including the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday, the ascension to Heaven on Holy Saturday and the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
The Festas das Tochas Floridas – Flower Torches – is celebrated each Easter Sunday in the town of Sao Bras de Alportel. The streets of this characterful town are carpeted in flowers and petals displayed in intricate patterns.
The region’s bustling city of Faro is an enchanting place to be at Easter when the Carnation Revolution is celebrated every year. On April 25, 1974, the peaceful revolution marked Portugal’s liberation from a 40-year dictatorship.
This emotional festival involves locals singing Grandola Vila Morena, the song originally sung by the leftist folk singer Zeco Afonso.
With such vibrant, traditional, unique and meaningful events, carnivals and festivals held across the whole of the region, Easter is the perfect time to experience the Algarve at its most authentic, traditional and enchanting.
Bordered by Florence in the north and Siena in the south, Chianti is a region of Tuscany of exceptional beauty. The region combines a paradisiacal landscape of green forests, ancient olive groves, and picturesque villages, interspersed with a network of trails that snake their way through this idyllic setting.
The sun-drenched, verdant lands of Corfu, lapped by cobalt water, have long been a popular destination for those seeking sun, culture, history and a rewarding holiday experience.