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Dilek National Park in Turkey

  It’s only a 30-minute ride away from the bustling city of Kusadasi by dolmus (the informal Turkish public minibus service), but the tranquillity of Dilek National Park will feel like as though it’s a world away. The national park covers an area of forest and secluded coastline, and

Highlights of Nicosia

It may not be the first choice as base for a Cyprus holiday, but Nicosia is certainly packed with historical and cultural attractions, and makes an excellent day out (or more) from the island’s popular beach resorts. Larnaca is only 40 minutes away and it’s under an hour’s drive from

May time in Greece

For warm Mediterranean sunshine in May, without the bustle of the school holiday crowds – or the summer scorch and higher prices – Greece is about as good as it gets. A trip in May provides a delicious escape from all that is dreary and dull, offering

Ammouliani – Halkidiki’s Secret Island

While the distinctive fingers of the Halkidiki region in northern Greece are well known as a popular holiday destination, there’s a small island just off its shores which has, until now, largely escaped the attention of visitors. Ammouliani is Halkidiki’s only inhabited island and, like the rest of Halkidiki, it has a

April’s Sunvil Supper Club: Mayiritsa Soup

Spelt either Mayiritsa or Mageiritsa; this traditional Greek soup is eaten at midnight after church, when the priest has declared ‘Christ has Risen’. It is eaten to break the fast of the Greek Orthodox Great Lent, the 40 days before Easter. To download your recipe card, follow the instructions

Southern Albania as part of a twin-centre holiday

When I first saw Albania, it was from the beach at Kassiopi in Corfu. Back in 1990 that 2-mile stretch of the Adriatic Sea separated far more than a mundane international border. I was looking across to what was then Europe’s most secretive and poorest nation. At

The mind-boggling monasteries of Meteora

One of the most remarkable sights in mainland Greece is Meteora, the collection of six 14th-century monasteries which sit precariously on the top of natural pinnacles of sandstone. ‘Meteora’ means ‘suspended in the air’ and the location would have been perfect for monks who wanted isolation, not only to

December’s Sunvil Supper Club: Melomakarona (Honey Cookies)

The heart of every Cypriot home is the kitchen, so food plays a major role in the Cypriot Christmas celebrations. Local bakeries bake loaves of Christopsomo (Christ Bread), normally accompanied by dried figs, nuts and honey, which are typically eaten on Christmas Eve. Familiar dishes such as

Akyaka in Turkey and a different type of beach holiday

Turkey’s holiday resorts tend to tick the required boxes for preconceptions of a holiday to Turkey, with the sound of eager sellers at the lively bazaars merging with regular calls to prayer from the minarets, rising sharply from the narrow old lanes. Visit Akyaka though, and you’ll witness an

Cultural Highlights of Paphos

Cyprus has long been popular with holidaymakers looking for guaranteed sunshine and its historical links to Britain have left a legacy of familiarity that appeals to many (think driving on the left and the remarkably widespread use of English). But beyond simply going to enjoy the great