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January’s Sunvil Supper Club: Sopa de Couve

Not to be confused with Caldo Verde, one of the best known soups in Portuguese cuisine, Sopa de Couve (Kale Soup) is a primary go-to dish for a family in the azores and very similar. More stew based, its delicious, hearty and packed with anti-oxidants it’s perfect

Marvao – a marvellous hilltop fortress

Take a drive through the Alentejo region of Portugal and it’s hard to imagine the area as a war zone. Storks’ nests hang precariously on telegraph poles, goats stand idly under cork tree, making the most of the only shelter available from the midday sun. And people go

Gotland – Sweden’s Holiday Island

The island of Gotland lies in the Baltic Sea and offers a relatively untouched island escape with plenty of natural and historic attractions. Sweden’s largest island and thought by some to be the original home of the Goths, Gotland is fairly central in the Baltic Sea, being

Italy’s Basilicata region and the village of Maratea

Basilicata is the instep of Italy’s boot, and while it doesn’t attract anywhere near the number of visitors of its northern neighbour Campania (home to the Amalfi Coast and Naples), it does offer plenty of attractions to those making the journey to this southern part of the

10 Fabulous Photos of the Northern Lights

A magical night under the Arctic skies experiencing a multi-coloured display of the Northern Lights is high on many people’s bucket lists. For those fortunate enough to have seen them, the hype is more than justified. Norway and Sweden are two of the most popular destinations for

Madeira Walking Holidays: the island’s best walks

For many years Madeira has been considered one of Europe’s most rewarding destinations for a walking holiday. The island is small enough to explore thoroughly in a week, yet diverse to the extent that every walk within that week will offer something different. Here are just a

It’s all about the weather – a brief introduction to the Azores climate

Life on most small islands is governed greatly by the weather. Farmers and fishermen live and work according to the seasons, while the cultural aspects of island life (such as festivals and celebrations) are often centred around the annual changes in the local weather. The Azores are

November’s Sunvil Supper Club: Bolo de Mel (Honey Cake)

Bolo de Mel is considered to be Madeira’s oldest dessert. Also referred to as Honey Cake, it is a very traditional dessert in Madeiran cuisine, which combines simple and sweet ingredients like set honey and cinnamon powder along with some chopped almonds and walnuts for a richly

Exploring the Douro Valley in Portugal

The Douro is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula and although it has its source and the bulk of its course in Spain, many would argue that its most scenic section is in the wine lands of northern Portugal. By the time it spills out into

Svalbard; the land of our Arctic dreams

There are a few places on earth that even the most seasoned of travelling will feel privileged to visit, and one of these destinations is the high Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. A joy to explore with a unique pulse and a magnetic pull. Surrounded by the North