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Paphos – European Capital of Culture 2017

In 2017 Paphos, along with Aarhus in Denmark, will share the title of European Capital of Culture. The project was created by the European Union in 1985, and since its beginning the accolade has been awarded to over 50 cities across Europe. The idea behind it is to give different

Tolon revisted

Following the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 and the total destruction of our holiday programme to that island, we decided that we had to diversify so that never again would we be caught by a similar calamity. So, in 1975, we featured Greece – and Tolon, in

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

The little-known sites of Ancient Greece

The modern day descendants of the ancient Greeks have much to be thankful to their distant ancestors for. The enormous heritage they left in terms of temples, towns and cities – and the fact that Hellenic Greece is recognised as being the birthplace of western thought and

Greek Easter – in 2016, it’s the weekend of 29th April to 2nd May

Easter is the highlight of the Greek calendar. As Easter approaches, you feel a different tempo building up throughout the country. Taverna and restaurant owners around the islands busily spruce up their properties in readiness for the year ahead. Hotels begin to open, and last-minute touches are

The Atacama Desert

Chile is long and narrow. It is, in fact, 2,670 miles long – about the same distance as London to Tehran in Iran – but only 217 miles wide at its maximum. It almost reaches into Antarctica in the south and, in the north, is arid desert.

Santiago de Chile

As you are about to walk across Richmond Bridge, take the steps down to the river promenade and you will see a bust of someone called Bernardo O’Higgins. You’ve probably never noticed, but take a closer look because Bernardo O’Higgins is one of the most famous men

The Chilean Wilderness at its Very Best

Every two years a group of us get together and go somewhere different. Two years ago it was Colombia. At the moment we are in Chile – in fact, in remotest Patagonia. What everyone should know is that the harder a place is to get to, the

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

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