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Away from the Beaches


From the mountains of South America to the sprawling cities of the Far East, tourists will travel all over the world to find otherworldly marvels. But it’s easy to forget what a rich culture there is on the doorstep over on mainland Europe. It has a unique and long heritage, from prehistory to the Greek [...]

A Day Trip to Piran, Slovenia


Piran is one of Slovenia’s most popular towns, and not without good reason. It remains one of the best-preserved historic towns in Europe and has a picturesque charm that frequently proves impossible for visitors to resist. Clinging to the northern peninsula of Slovenian Istria, the Venetian influence on the architecture is immediately noticeable; with the [...]

Top Water Sports On Lake Garda

Sailboats on lakeside

Lake Garda is Italy’s largest lake and is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the country. Whilst it boasts some charming lakeside towns and some of the finest restaurants in the region, one of the main reasons that people visit is to make the most of the huge range of outdoor activities on [...]

Paris With Kids: What To Do?


Paris is undoubtedly one of the most romantic cities in the world. When thinking of Paris, images of the Notre Dame possibly come to mind, or the narrow, cobblestoned alleyways of Montmartre, or perhaps the art galleries, which are among the finest in the world. In short, it doesn’t initially strike people as the best [...]

Top 10 Family Activities in Rome

Coliseum at sunset

Rome is generally considered something of a paradise for romancing couples and culture fanatics. The city is famed for its ambiance; for its bustling street-side pizzerias, spectacular Baroque churches and Renaissance buildings, not to mention numerous ancient Roman ruins. Thanks largely to all this history and architecture, it’s not immediately the place that holiday-makers think [...]

Naturally Spectacular Spain: The Woodlands and Parks of Catalonia


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


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, [...]

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


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


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


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 [...]