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Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal in Costa Rica

As part of my recent trip in October to Costa Rica, I spent 2 days visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos and the Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal. As the name of the park suggests the area is renowned for the volcano that dominates the landscape. This combined

Marmalade, honey and a taste for what makes a good hotel

On my visit to the Greek islands earlier this year I stayed in several outstanding hotels, each of which were managed by the people who started them and now ran their establishments as a labour of love. While nobody runs a hotel without trying to make at

When is a moose not a moose?

Wildlife-watching tours are a great way to add value and interest to a short break away. Matthew Teller hunts down some giants of the Swedish forest. About two and a half hours’ drive out of Stockholm, hidden away down a long country road that rolls northwards through

48 Hours in Funchal

Visitors to Madeira have no shortage of things to do during their holiday on the small Portuguese north-Atlantic island. The trails alongside the levadas (old water channels) offer great opportunities for pleasant walks through the island’s volcanic landscape, while water-based activities include sailing, windsurfing and even diving.

October’s Sunvil Supper Club: Makaronia tou Fournou

Makaronia tou Fournou (or oven-baked macaroni), as its known in Cyprus, is commonly called Pastitsio in the rest of Greece. Like pastitsio it is a layered pasta casserole dish.    There are variations throughout Greece using different meats, herbs, spices and cooking methods. The Cypriot version uses cinnamon

Legends, history and wildlife on the Lisbon Coast

The city of Lisbon is connected to the mountains of Arrábida and the Sado river valley, to the east, within a short 40-minute drive. This area of the Lisbon Coast is a fascinating day excursion from the Portuguese capital or an ideal short break destination. Glorious sandy

Walking in the Faroe Islands

The Faroe Islands lie to the north of Scotland and for those who haven’t heard much about the rugged beauty of the islands they may only be aware of their existence from tuning in to the shipping forecast. This is certainly not a destination for sun-worshippers or

Spotlight on Wildlife: Armadillos

Armadillos are small to medium-sized mammals with a leathery armoured shell.  The Spanish word armadillo means ‘little armoured one’.  They are the only living mammals that wear such shells.  Closely related to anteaters and sloths they generally have a pointy or shovel-shaped snout and small eyes.  They

Wildlife of the Azores

The islands of the Azores are home to a wide variety of wildlife, especially in the waters off their shores. Those on an Azores holiday can encounter some of the many species that make the mid-Atlantic their home for some of all of the year. Here are

Spotlight on Wildlife: Leafcutter Ant

There are 47 species of these leaf-chewing ants.  These tropical, fungus growing ants are all endemic to South America  and Central America, Mexico and parts of the southern United States.  They cut and process fresh vegetation (leaves, flowers and grasses) to serve as the nutritional content for