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June 2016’s Sunvil Supper Club – Octopus à lagareiro

Lagareiro is a style of cooking fish which has many variants but typically ends in dressing the fish generously with extra virgin olive oil (lagareiro is the owner of an olive oil press) after grilling or roasting. There is a common belief that the best octopus comes

EU referendum: What effect will the result have on your 2016 summer holiday?

On 24 June 2016 the results of the referendum were announced, and the British people have chosen to leave the European Union. Post ‘Brexit (British Exit), life in the holiday business will continue pretty much as usual. Of course in the long term questions about how we travel to/between our

Notes from the field – the Algarve

As a sequel to our  ‘Notes from the field‘ blog on Northern Portugal, we are headed to the country’s southernmost region – the Algarve. This destination is well known for its extensive beaches and Mediterranean climate, but unfortunately is less recognised for its compelling history, architecture and as a

Notes from the field – Northern Portugal

In the third edition of ‘Notes from the field’, we highlight the region of Northern Portugal. This stunning destination has been popular with the Sunvil team for over three decades but recently it has emerged from the shadows of Lisbon and the Algarve to become one of Portugal’s

Sagres – the end of the world

If you stand at Capo de Sao Vicente, the most southwestern point of mainland Europe and a breezy 3- mile walk from the town of Sagres, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were at the end of the world. After all, back in the days before the great

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

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

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

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