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Driving Norway’s National Tourist Routes

You could be forgiven for thinking that all roads around the Norwegian fjords are scenic, but it turns out that some have a special status. The Norwegian government recently established 18 National Tourist Routes, chosen to provide an easy way for visitors to experience the best of

Mertola and the Mina de Sao Domingos

One of the many joys of exploring the Alentejo region of Portugal is the unsung discoveries which you can so easily stumble across. On the two occasions I’ve hired a car in the Alentejo I’ve found villages for which there’s precious little in the way of tourist information,

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

Floating Piers on Lake Iseo

From June 18 to July 3, 2016, the Bulgarian-born artist Christo will create a shimmering walkway of yellow light across Italy’s Lake Iseo. The Floating Piers project, the latest in a series of giant installations by the 80-year-old artist, will involve 70,000 square meters of yellow fabric, carried by

Exploring the west coast of Sweden

If you’ve ever found yourself in a sparsely populated place, surrounded by wild landscapes, big skies and clean air, you’ll no doubt agree that the effort of travelling to such splendid isolation is more than compensated for by the rewards on arrival. When that place is as easy to

To Scandinavia in search of crime

  In recent years there has been a glut of Scandinavian crime dramas appearing on British TV. They’re hopelessly easy to get hooked on, and despite the need to concentrate on the subtitles (for those of us who aren’t blessed with an understanding of Swedish or Danish),

Holidays in the shadow of Mount Etna

It would hard to pick a favourite spot on Sicily, given that our two weeks on the island produced so many highlights. But for world-class views, fabulous food and a laid-back place in which to unwind, it would be hard to beat our time at Feudo Vagliasindi,

Teatime in the Azores, in Europe’s only tea factory

Sitting as they do in the mid-Atlantic, the climate of the Azores is quite distinct from that of continental Europe. It should come as no surprise therefore that some things which can’t grow on the mainland are able to flourish on these fertile islands. Tea is one of

Things to do in Norway while waiting for the Northern Lights

While the reason most winter visitors to northern Norway brave the chilly temperatures and long nights is to get a sighting of the mysterious aurora borealis (or Northern Lights), there is plenty to do in the region while you’re waiting for nature’s greatest light show to begin

A trip to the Azores

A guest blog by Andre Ashford. I was recently fortunate to visit three of the islands in the Azores on a familiarisation trip, hosted by specialist tour operator Sunvil Holidays. Where are the Azores? The Azores are situated approximately 1500km off the coast of Portugal, in the Atlantic