Naturally Spectacular Spain: The Woodlands and Parks of Catalonia

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For most holiday-makers, the region of Catalonia is synonymous with its most famous city, Barcelona. The colourful, historic Catalonian capital pulls in visitors by the millions each year, and many linger to enjoy the impressive local beaches and wonderful Mediterranean climate. However, for nature-lovers who dare to venture off the well-trodden tourist-path in and around [...]

Beautiful Basque Country: Enjoying the Charms of Saint Jean de Luz

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Source: Flickr The town of Saint Jean de Luz, nestled on the South West Coast of France and deep within Basque country, is one of the most idyllic coastal locations for a family holiday. The quaint fishing port, which remains very much a working port to this day, and the distant peaks of the Pyrenees, [...]

Gastronomic Delights and Mouth-Watering Meals in Midi-Pyrénées

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The region of Midi-Pyrénées, France’s largest in terms of geographical area, is a seemingly endless rural idyll, with lush countryside, dramatic Alpine scenery and verdant farmland. Amidst all this incredibly fertile land, it’s hardly surprising that Midi-Pyrénées should be the gastronomic epicentre of France. French specialities and world-renowned delicacies abound in the region, and food [...]

Picturesque Provence! How to Make the Most of Your Week in Provence

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Source: Flickr Unlike the best-selling author Peter Mayle, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to spend a whole year in Provence, much as you may desperately find yourself wanting to after visiting. If, like most holiday-makers, your time in this idyllic region of France is limited to just the seven days, then it’s a good idea [...]

The Intriguing History of Castello Estense

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Every good castle can tell a tale or two; but few can compare with the intriguing (not to mention occasionally grisly) stories that lie in the extensive history of Ferrera’s Castello Estense. Even the brutal, looming exterior of the castle gives some impression of the nature of the building, with its forbidding towers and defensive [...]

Exploring Historic Istria in Croatia

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Istria, the largest peninsula on the Croatian coast, is undoubtedly also the most historically significant. The classically Mediterranean scenery, with verdant hillsides, sandy coves and romantic woodlands, conceal a rich and fascinating past: a timeline filled with pre-historic tribes, foreign invasions and shattering clashes of culture. If you’re spending your holiday in Istria and are [...]

The Forest of Compiègne: Historic Events, Royal Connections and Heavenly Hiking

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Despite being only an hour’s drive from the bustle of Paris, the tranquil Forest of Compiègne, located in the scenic region of Picardy, feels a hundred miles removed from the bustle and noise of twenty-first century life. This picturesque forest, with over 35,000 acres of oak and beech trees, also has a rich and fascinating [...]

A Day Trip to the Island of Elba

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Source: Flickr Elba is an island that enjoys a certain level of historical notoriety, thanks to the fact that Napoleon, after his abdication, was exiled there in 1810. However, wise travellers know that there is a lot more to Tuscany’s largest island than just a connection with the famous emperor. It boasts a landscape of [...]

Travelling to Corsica? Sail in Style

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Source: Flickr It’s unsurprising that Corsica continues to be a popular haunt for holiday makers. Secretive golden-sanded bays, dark forests, sweeping valley landscapes and glamorous cities give the island the remarkably rare quality of appealing to all travellers, no matter how discerning their tastes. With Bastia, Figari and Ajaccio now on the budget flight destination [...]

Secret Sardinia: The Hidden Beaches and Coves on Sant’Antioco Island

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Source: Flickr Sant’Antioco is the fourth largest island of Italy, and also one of the least developed locations in the country. The north of Sardinia tends to be the preserve of the wealthy, with prestigious tourist developments lining every scenic shoreline. But venture down to the south of the country and cross over to the [...]