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Month: April 2019

Secret Salento: the beauty of the south-east coast of Italy

Secret Salento: the beauty of the south-east coast of Italy

In recent years Salento, at the tip of Italy’s heel, has become a popular destination for British travellers.  This stunning small peninsula can be divided into the west coast and the east coast. Most of the facilities and popular beaches are on the crowded west coast. But if you are looking for a relaxing and authentic destination, the east coast has a few hidden gems to explore.  Lecce is a city you need to visit for its baroque architecture and…

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The Azores: Portugal’s answer to the Canary Islands

The Azores: Portugal’s answer to the Canary Islands

The Azores has much in common with the Canary Islands. Both island groups have volcanic origins and are located hundreds of miles from mainland Europe in the Atlantic Ocean, giving them a remote and exotic feel. While the Canaries are quite far south, just to the west of northern Africa, the Azores—an autonomous region of Portugal—are slightly further north, and a whole 900 miles west of Portugal. So what is different about the Azores? For one thing, the climate is…

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Larnaca: Escape to the sunny blue skies

Larnaca: Escape to the sunny blue skies

As you know, we like to get local writers to tell us about the places where they live. This month, we asked native Cypriot Elena Hadjipavli to tell us about Larnaca. Picture yourself on the beach: eyes closed, under the warm Mediterranean sun, enjoying a pint of local KEO beer. Who doesn’t look forward to such a holiday? Larnaca, on the south coast of Cyprus and populated by 50,000 people, is known for its hospitality, its long beachfront, and the…

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