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The mind-boggling monasteries of Meteora

One of the most remarkable sights in mainland Greece is Meteora, the collection of six 14th-century monasteries which sit precariously on the top of natural pinnacles of sandstone. ‘Meteora’ means ‘suspended in the air’ and the location would have been perfect for monks who wanted isolation, not only to

December’s Sunvil Supper Club: Melomakarona (Honey Cookies)

The heart of every Cypriot home is the kitchen, so food plays a major role in the Cypriot Christmas celebrations. Local bakeries bake loaves of Christopsomo (Christ Bread), normally accompanied by dried figs, nuts and honey, which are typically eaten on Christmas Eve. Familiar dishes such as

Costa Rica Travel Advice

Costa Rica is located in Central America between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. It encapsulates dense jungles, rugged beaches, active volcanoes and eerie cloud-forests. It is home to 5% of the world’s total biodiversity – including 8,000 species of orchid and more than 800 species of birds. 25%

It’s all about the weather – a brief introduction to the Azores climate

Life on most small islands is governed greatly by the weather. Farmers and fishermen live and work according to the seasons, while the cultural aspects of island life (such as festivals and celebrations) are often centred around the annual changes in the local weather. The Azores are

Costa Rican Weather – All you need to know

Despite its modest size, Costa Rica enjoys a wide variety of weather throughout the year.  With a climate with sharp contrasts between the Pacific and Caribbean coasts as well as in the interior, it’s worth taking into account the type of Costa Rica weather you’re likely to

Animal Magic in the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are like no other place. Some 600 miles west of the Ecuadorian mainland, these isolated volcanic islands were famously the inspiration for Darwin’s theories of evolution. For many nature lovers the Galapagos are a must-see destination, and with native birds and reptiles having lived for

November’s Sunvil Supper Club: Bolo de Mel (Honey Cake)

Bolo de Mel is considered to be Madeira’s oldest dessert. Also referred to as Honey Cake, it is a very traditional dessert in Madeiran cuisine, which combines simple and sweet ingredients like set honey and cinnamon powder along with some chopped almonds and walnuts for a richly

Birds of Latin America – Colouring Page

Birdwatching in Latin America is an activity that even the most half-hearted nature lover is guaranteed to enjoy. Birds in this part of the world are renowned for their bright colours and elaborate plumage, and a sighting of some of the region’s beautiful birds is likely to

Akyaka in Turkey and a different type of beach holiday

Turkey’s holiday resorts tend to tick the required boxes for preconceptions of a holiday to Turkey, with the sound of eager sellers at the lively bazaars merging with regular calls to prayer from the minarets, rising sharply from the narrow old lanes. Visit Akyaka though, and you’ll witness an

Exploring the Douro Valley in Portugal

The Douro is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and although it has its source and the bulk of its course in Spain, many would argue that its most scenic section is in the wine lands of northern Portugal. By the time it spills out into