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Great hikes and idle strolls on Crete

Running from the interior highlands to the remote coastal village of Agia Roumeli south coast, the Samaria Gorge is considered to be Europe’s longest ravine. It’s also a must-do activity for many keen walkers who come to Crete. I can certainly testify that the often ridiculously early

Sicily – in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano

Is it a detective series, or is it more of a comedy? Having watched several episodes of Inspector Montalbano, I’m still not really sure. The scenery and the filmography date back to the 1970s, albeit with mobile phones and 21st-century fashion. And the endless stream of young,

July’s Sunvil Supper Club: Tyropitakia (Cheese Scones)

This recipe makes circa 30 scones depending on the size of the balls you make. They can be served any time – for breakfast, coffee, a snack, or with aperitifs. These Cheese Scones were made by Giota Vasileiou (from Erotokritos Apartments), a friend of the Ismini Hotel on Ammouliani

Culinary delights of the Alentejo region of Portugal

The Alentejo is widely known as the breadbasket of Portugal. My impression of the region is coloured by endless fields, dotted with cork trees casting small shadows under their broad canopies in the scorching sun. I visited first during a rainy week in spring and then again

Winter Holidays in Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, draw thousands of visitors to northern Sweden every year. Despite no guarantee of a sighting of what is without doubt one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena, many choose to make the trip in the hope that the night skies are clear

Waiting for the ferry to Ammouliani

‎In the UK, Ammouliani is one of Greece’s secret islands. To locals (the guy whose cafe served us his yummy potato and olive pie, frappes and baklava), it’s beautiful. We’re sitting in the sun, hats firmly fixed to heads, waiting for the next ferry to the island (having

Greener Holidays are Good for Everyone

The 1st of July sees the start of the 2015, Travel Foundation Make Holidays Greener month, an initiative close to Sunvil’s heart and one which we have passionately supported since its inauguration. This year however, given the recent events in Greece, Tunisia and France to name but

A walk through time: Highlights of Syracuse and the island of Ortigia

For obvious reasons, there aren’t that many churches which pre-date the time of Jesus. But the cathedral in Syracuse is no ordinary place of worship: the original building on the site was a temple to the goddess Athena, and I find it easy to make out the

Slaying Greek Myths

To those who have access to the Sunday Times website, click here for a link to a very pragmatic and impassioned article written by John Humphrys, the well-known journalist and BBC broadcaster. Humphrys knows Greece and its people well and his son settled there 23 years ago,

June’s Sunvil Supper Club: Flash-fried Scallops from Skane

This recipe is courtesy of Head Chefs Görgen Jonsson and Marcus Bengtsson at Restaurant Sand in Bastad, Southern Sweden. Flash-fried scallops with a green asparagus, trout roe and migas salad, finished with creamed yellow tomatoes. The southernmost region of Sweden, Skåne is a land of undulating countryside, orchards,