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Notes from the field – Puglia

New from Sunvil for 2016, is a series of blogs called ‘Notes from the field’. These articles will follow the Sunvil team as they explore our destinations in search of hidden gems and to hand-pick our holiday accommodation. Like people, a country develops and grows and with every

Italy and the joy of gelato

  Few people spend a holiday in Italy and fail to fall for the delights of gelato, the Italian version of ice cream which brings so much joy to so many. I discovered that even Italian men, known for their machismo (which is, after all, an Italian word),

The Queen’s 90th Birthday: A Royal Visit

As the Queen turns 90, we look back on the Sunvil destinations which she has visited during her 63 year reign. The Queen is not only our longest reigning sovereign but she must also be one of the best-travelled people in the world, having visited over 100

Stockholm for free – 6 museums in the Swedish capital with no admission charge

Stockholm has long been regarded as one of Europe’s top city break destinations, thanks to its selection of top quality restaurants, its rich calendar of cultural events and its long summer nights. But it’s also been labelled by many as a prohibitively expensive place to visit. While

‘Holiday at the Extreme’ with Sunvil

Have you been watching ITV’s series ‘Life at the Extreme’ with Davina McCall? I’ve been hooked due largely to the fabulous cinematography and because each episode is packed full of interesting facts about animals who survive, and thrive, in some of the world’s harshest conditions. I’ve been

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

5 top tips for whale watching in the Azores

Surrounded by the mild waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the Azores get more than their fair share of whale traffic passing close to the islands’ shores. Sperm whales, Pilot Whales and Bottlenose Dolphins are frequent summer visitors, while the cooler months bring the Humpback Whales and Blue

February 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Fish and Shellfish Cataplana

Cataplana is a very popular and traditional dish from the Algarve. If you have ever travelled to the southern most region of Portugal, it is very likely that you have tried it or have at least heard of it. The recipe provided above is from the Vila

World Book Day With the Sunvil Team

With many avid readers amongst the Sunvil team, we know all too well the potential that books have to inspire and to bring a place to life. On World Book Day, we wanted to share the books which have inspired our travels and which are set in

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