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Santiago de Chile

As you are about to walk across Richmond Bridge, take the steps down to the river promenade and you will see a bust of someone called Bernardo O’Higgins. You’ve probably never noticed, but take a closer look because Bernardo O’Higgins is one of the most famous men

The Chilean Wilderness at its Very Best

Every two years a group of us get together and go somewhere different. Two years ago it was Colombia. At the moment we are in Chile – in fact, in remotest Patagonia. What everyone should know is that the harder a place is to get to, the

The Alternative, Real Algarve

So how does a tour operator create a new programme and transform the image of a destination? Well, it takes a long time, needs a lot of passion and a Tourism Promotion Board which fervently believes in the project and is willing to spend some money. I’ve

The Michelin Star of the North

The 48 members of Pride of Britain Hotels represent the very best in the country’s boutique hotels, but not all have a Michelin Star, have featured on BBC’s Masterchef Professional and have held the said star for 19 years. The picturesque Ribble Valley in Lancashire, officially the

Why now is a good time to go to Greece

It was very encouraging to read the Lonely Planet article on ‘Why now is a good time to go to Greece’. Of course at Sunvil we’ve been telling everyone to do so all year as there was never a problem for tourists ­and we were proved right. It has

The truth behind the headlines: Migrants in Greece.

Greece has suffered from exaggerated press comments as to the effect on tourists of the country’s economic problems and now the interest and emphasis has switched to the refugee influx onto the islands bordering Turkey. Remember, journalists always seek out bad news as it is bad news

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,

The latest financial shenanigans in Greece

Will they, won’t they? It seems to be dragging on forever.  In fact, the fashionable word is no longer ‘Grexit’ but ‘Grimbo’, meaning Greece still in Limbo. Personally, I believe there will be a fudged solution because neither side wants the consequences of a Greek bankruptcy. However,

Take no risks with your Holiday Accommodation

The consumer press has swung from advocating that everyone should avoid tour operators and book directly with owners and airlines to recommending caution and, instead, booking through licensed tour operators which take responsibility for their property descriptions and the actions of their suppliers. In a Sunday Times article in the

Ryanair and The Azores

You may have read a very interesting article a week ago in The Independent newspaper written by Simon Calder, a very high profile journalist who generally champions no-frills carriers and DIY holidays. The article focuses on the Azores and says that the Azores are now affordable because one is able