Monthly Archive:: January 2014

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January’s Sunvil Supper Club: Arroz de perdiz (Partridge rice)

The Alentejo is largely unknown to the foreign visitor but, those who have ventured into this diverse Portuguese region – south of Lisbon and north of the Algarve – have discovered a district that is home to some of the best and most varied Portuguese cuisine. Inland

Historic cities of central Portugal

An increasing number of visitors are coming to Portugal are discovering that its historic delights extend far beyond the two big cities of Lisbon and Porto. The central region of the country, covering the provinces of Beira Litoral and Beira Interior, is a great place to get

Discover the Alentejo: An Illustrated Map

Stretching over nearly a third of Portugal, the rolling fields of the Alentejo offer some of the country’s most stunning vistas and extraordinary sights. Whilst it is one of Portugal’s lesser known regions, the Alentejo is the perfect destination for a whole host of holidays; relaxing beach holidays,

Finding the drama in Drama

After 9 years of working for Sunvil in the UK and Greece I thought that I had a reasonable knowledge of both the Greek islands and the mainland. However, when Noel asked me recently to go and do some research in Drama I said “yes please” and

Visiting Christiana, the hippy commune in the heart of Copenhagen

Spend a few days in Copenhagen and you’ll soon understand why the Danish capital often comes out top in lists such as ‘Favourite cities to live’, ‘Places with the best quality of life’ or ‘Most enjoyable European capital’. Despite a lack of an instantly recognisable landmark (sorry,

Activities galore in Tromsø

The university city of Tromsø can be enjoyed all year round, but it is between November and March when the city really comes into its own. This is the time of the Northern Lights and also the period when the surrounding archipelago and mountains become the natural

Visiting Kusadasi and Ephesus from Greece

The Greek islands boast enough places of cultural interest to keep an avid historian occupied for a lifetime and even for those looking to mix their sightseeing with a bit of beach time, the options are almost endless.  Just to offer even more opportunities to mix the

A three-island holiday in the Azores: Sao Miguel – Terceira – Sao Jorge

The Azores archipelago is made up of 9 Islands: Corvo, Flores, Faial, Pico, Graciosa, Santa Maria, Terceira, Sao Jorge and the largest of Sao Miguel, formed by the clashing of three tectonic plates in the middle of the Atlantic. Each of these islands is unique and beautiful

Take a hike: 5 great places to go for a walking holiday

Walking holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years. The chance to experience a country at a gentle pace and to have the opportunity for a natural interaction with local people are just two reasons why so many people choose to spend a big chunk of their