I’ve been lucky enough to visit the stunning Algarve region of Portugal on many occasions. It’s close proximity to my home in Scotland, and it’s infinitely better weather, makes it an ideal destination for me to escape to for a few days. It’s definitely one of my favourite short-haul places to visit and I like to think I know a few great places in the area, so these are my tips for tourists visiting the Algarve…
- The beaches of the Vale do Lobo area are gloriously unspoilt. While you’ll find the beach in Albufeira beautiful, but crammed full of tourists, only a few miles down the road you’ll find quiet, peaceful, picture perfect beaches where you can truly relax.
I’d seen pictures of Besalú, Spain before I arrived, but I wasn’t prepared for just how stunning it would actually be. As we drove into the town our first glimpse was of the medieval Viejo Bridge, and I was blown away by how much it looked exactly like the pictures. You know sometimes when you go to a new place and you’re disappointed because what you really see isn’t as good as what the pictures portray? Well, if anything Besalú was already better.
Viejo Bridge (aka the fairy-tale bridge)
I was desperate to explore, and on my first walk around the village of just over a thousand people, I felt like I was walking in a fairy-tale setting. Read more
Santa Margherita on the strikingly beautiful Italian Riviera was undoubtedly one of the best places I visited on my recent cruise on-board MS Ryndam. Sailing on our small tender boat from where the ship was anchored, Santa Margherita seemed to rise up out of the water before my eyes. It is truly one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen.
Whilst staying in Rimini in July as part of the amazing Blogville project, I took some time to visit some different places within the Emilia Romagna region. Ravenna is famously known for it’s stunning mosaics and together with some other bloggers we headed to Ravenna to see the mosaics and explore the city itself. So here’s a few photos of some of the beautiful places in Ravenna…
The destination that most surprised me on my Eastern Mediterranean cruise earlier this year was definitely Kotor, Montenegro.
I knew to get to the city of Kotor the ship sailed down the bay of the same name, and I’d heard it had all the looks and character of a fiord, despite actually being a ria. Having sailed down a real fiord before, and seen some of the most beautiful sails in different countries, I really wasn’t expecting anything too exciting.
But I was so wrong.
If you’re a regular reader then you’ll know that I absolutely love cruise holidays. As this is published, I’m on my thirteenth cruise, sailing somewhere in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean towards the south of France. So, I thought what better time than now to try to cut through any misconceptions you might have about cruise holidays.
Gone are the days when cruises were just for middle-aged couples; as are the stuffy images of class confinement which emerged from the days of the Titanic. Today, cruises can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of age or social class.
The beauty of a cruise is that you simply have to unpack once, and the ship transports you to a number of exciting destinations with minimal effort from you. Whilst you enjoy a sumptuous dinner on board and sleep in your stateroom, the ship is smoothly sailing towards your next port of call. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up almost every morning (depending on your ship’s itinerary, of course) in a different place. It’s one of my favourite things about cruising.