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Tivoli Gardens- more than a theme park

  It’s been a permanent fixture in the centre of Copenhagen for over 170 years – in fact, Tivoli Gardens is said to be the world’s second-oldest amusement park (the oldest is also in Denmark), and the world’s most-visited seasonal theme park (it is closed for the winter).

Introducing the Art Suite designs for the 26th ICEHOTEL in Swedish Lapland

Every year we, at Sunvil, wait with bated breath for the ICEHOTEL to release the designs for their magical suites. The wait is now over and yet again we have been bowled over by the creativity and artistic vision on display. Roll on December when we can return

Highlights of Aveiro – the Venice of Portugal

  Portugal certainly isn’t one of Europe’s biggest countries by size, and most visitors spend their time either on the beaches of the Algarve or in the lively streets of the historic capital, Lisbon. As a result, the rest of the country offers a pleasant, unhurried experience for those

Autumn escapes

This week may have seen the return of some brighter weather but, there is a distinctive chill in the air which tells us that autumn is on its way. As we start to pull out our jumpers and coats in the UK, we look south towards the

Volcano Walks in the Azores

  The Azores have for many years been a popular destination for walking holidays, but the islands’ network of hiking trails boast one feature which few other places can match. Many of the walks on these mid-Atlantic islands pass around, or even through, some of the once-active volcanoes

A slice of island life on Lipari

A pretty harbour, decent beaches, plenty of good restaurants and a laid-back, friendly vibe; Lipari ticks pretty much every box of the perfect holiday island. It’s also just about far enough away from Sicily and mainland Italy to avoid being overrun with visitors, except for the short

Driving bliss: the National Tourist Routes in Norway

Within a few minutes of leaving the airport in Tromsø I was experiencing those two magical ingredients that anyone who has driven in Norway will immediately recognise. The contrast between the traffic I’d faced on the way to Stansted that morning and the empty road I was

Sicily – in the footsteps of Inspector Montalbano

Is it a detective series, or is it more of a comedy? Having watched several episodes of Inspector Montalbano, I’m still not really sure. The scenery and the filmography date back to the 1970s, albeit with mobile phones and 21st-century fashion. And the endless stream of young,

Culinary delights of the Alentejo region of Portugal

The Alentejo is widely known as the breadbasket of Portugal. My impression of the region is coloured by endless fields, dotted with cork trees casting small shadows under their broad canopies in the scorching sun. I visited first during a rainy week in spring and then again

Winter Holidays in Swedish Lapland

The Northern Lights, or aurora borealis, draw thousands of visitors to northern Sweden every year. Despite no guarantee of a sighting of what is without doubt one of nature’s most spectacular phenomena, many choose to make the trip in the hope that the night skies are clear