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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

Pastel de Nata – more than just a dessert

  It’s a remarkably simple snack, yet its roots and its influence have spread far and wide, and to a surprising extent mirror that of Portugal, the country in which it was created. The pastel de nata, or Portuguese egg tart, is a small puff pastry filled

The Azores and their long connection with cheese

Few visitors who plan a holiday in the Azores do so because of the islands’ culinary reputation, but the islands are well known around Portugal for the quality of their cheese. While cheeses in mainland Portugal are typically made with milk from sheep and goats, Azorean cheese

Wildlife Wonders of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is renowned as an excellent destination for wildlife lovers. With an abundance of colourful and unusual creatures on land and water, as well as some of the world’s most progressive conservation policies, the small Central American nation offers a chance to see many memorable species

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

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

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.

Exploring the magic of Sete Cidades on Sao Miguel in the Azores

The island of Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine which make up the Azores archipelago. Look at a map of Sao Miguel and you’ll see two mountain ranges in the west and the east of the island; when lava from volcanic eruptions first peaked above the