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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

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

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

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

Rota Vicentina: The Alentejo and The Algarve

Since the inauguration of the Rota Vicentina in 2013, these marked walking and cycling trails have been increasing in popularity and now attract visitors from all across Europe. The concept is simple. Stretching from the ancient town of Santiago do Cacem in the north, to the Cape

Top 7 attractions of the Azores

The Azores offer a wide variety of activities and attractions for the steady stream of people who visit the islands each year. With nine islands spread over a wide expanse of the Atlantic, each one with its own character and its own unique attractions, holidays to the

Historic cities of central Portugal

An increasing number of visitors are coming to Portugal are discovering that its historic delights extend far beyond the two big cities of Lisbon and Porto. The central region of the country, covering the provinces of Beira Litoral and Beira Interior, is a great place to get