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Dot com or dot con? Don’t be a victim of holiday fraud

The report by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau stating that consumers had lost £2.2 million last year to online holiday fraudsters must send a chill through the hearts of the holidaying public. Sunvil takes 15% of its bookings to Greece, Cyprus and the Azores on-line and next

Pain and pleasure: Hiking the hills of the Faroe Islands

Take a walk for more than a few minutes in the Faroe Islands and you’re guaranteed to come up against a big hill. The terrain of the 18 islands of this sub-Arctic archipelago is so uneven that pretty much anywhere offers a view of an intimidating mountain

May time in Greece

For warm Mediterranean sunshine in May, without the bustle of the school holiday crowds – or the summer scorch and higher prices – Greece is about as good as it gets. A trip in May provides a delicious escape from all that is dreary and dull, offering

Ammouliani – Halkidiki’s Secret Island

While the distinctive fingers of the Halkidiki region in northern Greece are well known as a popular holiday destination, there’s a small island just off its shores which has, until now, largely escaped the attention of visitors. Ammouliani is Halkidiki’s only inhabited island and, like the rest of Halkidiki, it has a

April’s Sunvil Supper Club: Mayiritsa Soup

Spelt either Mayiritsa or Mageiritsa; this traditional Greek soup is eaten at midnight after church, when the priest has declared ‘Christ has Risen’. It is eaten to break the fast of the Greek Orthodox Great Lent, the 40 days before Easter. To download your recipe card, follow the instructions

Utö – a Swedish island escape

The island of Utö is barely 50 km from the bustling centre of Stockholm, yet for those who escape to its tranquil shores, it feels as though it’s a world away. The 10 km-long narrow island has for many decades been a popular retreat for Stockholm residents,

Farmers’ Market in Funchal, Madeira

Wherever we travel, one of the best places to get a glimpse of local life is in a market. With a daily rhythm of buying and selling, shouting and cajoling, along with the colourful produce on sale and the outfits worn by the traders and shoppers, markets

Posada Amazonas, Southern Amazon Basin

As part of my recent trip to Peru, I was lucky enough to spend a few days visiting the Peruvian Amazon Basin. The Peruvian Amazon Rainforest which covers over 60% of the country (including the Peruvian Amazon Basin) is considered to be one of the most biologically diverse places

5 day trips from Copenhagen

Copenhagen has, for several years, been growing as an increasingly popular city break destination. The Danish capital offers visitors a pleasing diversity of cultural attractions, along with one of Europe’s finest selections of fine dining restaurants. And despite its rich history, it remains an easy-going city which

5 Ideas for Spa Breaks in Portugal

A holiday to Portugal can involve a lot of energy-busting activity, with long-distance walks and bike trails helping to build up visitors’ appetites – even a day of sightseeing up and down the steep hills of Lisbon will burn off enough calories for the occasional custard tart.