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 […]

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 […]

Exploring the fortress at Salzburg

Freelance writer Maria John explains how she discovered Salzburg to be her favourite place in Europe. I’ve travelled to many cities in Europe, including classics like Prague and Zurich. Yet everyone is surprised when I say that my favourite city is Salzburg. The old townTo get to the fortress, you first have to go to […]

Haarlem: The Brooklyn of Amsterdam

Touring stand-up comic Terry Norman tells us about his recent visit to Haarlem in the Netherlands. As a somewhat successful stand-up comic, I’ve been to a lot of places. This past December, I gigged in Haarlem, often jokingly described as the Brooklyn to Amsterdam’s Manhattan. While Brooklyn and Manhattan are boroughs of New York City, […]

Madeira: the Hawaii of the Atlantic

We asked Pearl, a retired teacher, about her favourite holiday moment of last year. Could this inspire your summer holiday in 2019? Madeira is a Portuguese island in the Atlantic, near the Canaries. A friend told me Madeira was always sunny and the water always warm (he may have exaggerated a little!) Although it is […]

Foodie delights: a guided culinary tour of Rome

Travel writer Julia Hammond takes us on a culinary journey through one of Rome’s most characterful neighbourhoods, Trastevere. Gelato is the Italian word for ice cream. But if you thought gelato and ice cream were the same thing—join the club!—then you’re mistaken. It wasn’t until I joined a food tour in Rome that I found […]