The Lust Series - Pla

We came across sustainable brand Pla, whilst spending a morning scrolling through Instagram. It was their “basket like” sandals with their cute branded insole and artisan flair that really grabbed our attention. We instantly imagined taking a stroll along the coast on a sunny day or popping to a quaint market in some village whilst holding a basket of wild flowers. Pla, is the epitome of slow design and sustainability. The island of Mallorca heavily influences the brand, is where the studio by Co-Founder Irene is situated. Read on to find out more about the boutique artisan label.

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30 Things to do for Families in Barcelona

We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, Barcelona is a top holiday destination due to the sheer diversity it offers. With a city beach, leafy nooks in the gridded city centre, large parks and Tibidabo and Montjuic, you are bound to please many. The Catalan city attracts those celebrating special moments, groups, corporate events and more. When it comes to families it can be somewhat intimidating because there is a plethora of activities, museums and places to visit..

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Best Boutique Hotels in Barcelona

There aren't many cosmopolitan cities in Europe that effortlessly combine a city beach with mountain ranges and urban life. Not to mention Michelin-star restaurants, a plethora of rooftops, picturesque plazas and showstopping Modernist buildings. If you don't know your Gaudi from your Miro, you will after a trip to Barcelona. Snack away on embutidos and cheeses from local markets, drink a glass of house vermut as an aperitif and walk around the grid system streets to people watch and get a real insight to real life.

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Three Boutique Hotels in Mainland Greece

The Greek islands usually hold front row seats when it comes to holiday destinations in Greece. However many they may be, Greece is not just made of these, albeit, fascinating islands. Our search for the best boutique hotels in mainland Greece takes us to Athens and the Peloponnese, this time. Boutique hotels typically have a small room count, have a strong personality and provide guests with an entirely unique, hospitality experience.

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Vacation retreats in Puglia that embody "slow living"

Puglia is a region in the southern part of Italy that has been famous among Italians for quite some time and has recently had an influx of new visitors as of late. When airlines opened routes to cities such as Brindisi and Bari, it was convenient for Italian expats or Erasmus students returning home to see family and friends but today the region attracts cultural travellers that want to do more than tick yet another destination of their list.

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Interview with Carolina from The Treasures

We happen to know Carolina Carrasco, Founder of The Treasures, via DestinationBCN, as the boutique apartment rental company collaborates with locals to enhance the stay of their guests. It's fair to say that Carolina has evolved somewhat from initially doing corporate events for clients in the southern part of Spain before launching one of the first bespoke walking tours in Barcelona and refocusing on creating special moments for visitors seeking a more bespoke travel experience.

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Road trip In Andalusia - South West Itinerary

There are endless opportunities when you venture on a sweet off-season road trip through the provinces of Seville and Cádiz. The southern most part of Spain is cherished for having some of the most scenic sights, from nature reserves to ancient towns with lyrical names. As travelling slow is the best way to experience Andalusia, we recommend a week to discover the two provinces that we cover in this read.

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72hrs in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is best known for masterpieces by Rembrandt and Vermeer, old concrete buildings with a quirky façade, tulip-lined bridges and so-called coffee shops. A visit to the Dutch capital can easily influence people's perspective on how smart city development and urban ecosystems work in unison with a community's set of family values and healthy lifestyle.

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Why You Should Explore Iceland in Summer

Envision a fascination like never before; expect the unexpected, and enter a world like no other. Dare to fathom a mythological cosmology of nine worlds; sense the palpability of myths centered around barbaric Vikings slaying giants, trolls, sea monsters and other bestial creatures. View breathtaking landscapes that will have you close to shedding a tear. How? By visiting Iceland, the legendary place “where the midnight sun and the hot springs flow.”

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Postcards from Bologna

Bologna is the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region, in northern Italy. Those that aren’t in the know, often overlook this impressive and architectural laden city, opting for Rome, Florence and others. With a plethora of piazzas, medieval structures and references to the Renaissance, this is one place that should most definitely be on your list. It is well-known among literary, history and art fans thanks to the art scene.

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72hrs in Malaga

Few places in Europe possess such a rich, varied and lengthy history as Malaga. It is, in fact, one of the oldest established cities on the continent, having been founded by the Phoenicians some 3,000 years ago, while evidence of indigenous civilisations harks back thousands of years before that. Locally discovered Neandertal relics and cave paintings dated more than 30,000 years old indicate that the Malaga region supported human life from its earliest development.

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Top Reasons to Visit Greece

Are you thinking about what experiences and/or activities are an absolute must-do while holidaying in the sun-glazed, Mediterranean country? Greece is a diverse place, offering its visitors a number of experiences that will effortlessly immerse them into the most quintessential elements of this extraordinary country.

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