Villefranche-su-Mer is an enchanting seaside town in a busy part of the Côte d'Azur just east of Nice. The golden sandy beaches draw crowds and you can also find an selection of charming terrace cafés and restaurants. The Bay of Villefranche is simply breathtaking, noted as one of the five most beautiful bays in the world, you can see Cap of Nice on the right and Cap Ferrat on the left. The views are glorious and Italianesque, with a hillsides that graces down effortlessly to the mouth of the sea, lined with pastel coloured and emblematic houses.
A grassroots art festival is making a come back this year for its ninth edition in Amsterdam's Westergasfabriek from the 14 to17 of September. This year's edition of the NEU NOW is going to be action packed with everything we have been waiting for. Emerging artists have been hand-picked by an international jury selecting only the freshest batch of exceptional artists graduating from art academies across Europe and beyond.
‘Eat’ is an integral part of the allurement of Greece. Greek cuisine is a paragon of Mediterranean gastronomy known throughout the world for its nutritious value and great flavour, so each and every corner has its own regional takes on classic Greek recipes - and they are all delicious. ‘Pray’ is personal journey most of the Christian Orthodox faithfuls externalise by regularly attending mass.
The Independent Barcelona Coffee Festival (IBCF) is back in the city on the 5th and 6th of May, 2017. This initiative was created last year by All Those, Nømad Coffee, Right Side Coffee, Satan’s Coffee Corner and Skye Coffee Co, and has come back this year with even more workshops and participants. Expect to find coffee shops and roasters in the specialty coffee scene to participate from all over Spain, mainly Barcelona city, in addition to an important handful of guests from Europe.
Sitges is a world known town merely 35 minutes away from buzzing vibrant Barcelona. This seaside town is an utopia for those seeking fun in the sun, great tapas and a serene Mediterranean feel. Known for holiday goers from all parts of Europe, mainly France, the UK and Germany, this town packs a long list of things to do.
Mallorca has a way to spawn and nurture distinctive foodies, due in large part to the diversity of its food scene and Michelin-starred cuisine. Despite your price range, there is always the jewel in the crown of Spanish cuisine, and it is the tapas (appetisers) culture. Tapas are one of the identifying features of Spanish gastronomy, which over time has evolved into an entire sophisticated cuisine. The crème de la crème of tapas in the city of Palma de Mallorca goes to the San Juan Market.
Spring season brings warmer temperatures and renewals after winter's intermission. The season brings an extraordinary ambience to the city of Seville, serenaded with the scent of orange blossom and jasmine. The new season begins with the Passion of Jesus Christ in Easter Holy Week and two weeks after begins the Feria de Abril de Sevilla (Seville April Fair), and other locations that follow. Every day of the festive occurrence, carriages and riders parade carrying Seville's leading citizens to make their way to the bullring, La Real Maestranza, where the bullfighters and breeders meet.
Greek hospitality is known far and wide, and it is something to experience first hand. Your friends and family who have visited the country can tell you stories of when the Greek hospitality exceeded their expectations, when their hosts made sure everything was up to par - and then some, of that time when the locals went the extra mile, or when they suggested a bunch of experiences to reveal what the real Greece is like.
Café Clock in Fez, Morocco has been setting the scene for the ancient city ever since its opening a few years ago. It's a three floor restored townhouse (250 years old) with funky aspects, including gems picked up from souks that make this place unique. Moroccan hip hop followed by belly dancing grooves, free wi-fi access and the much talked about camel burgers from head chef Tariq Taza, gives this culture hub all the hype it deserves.
The white washed, hilltop town of Vejer de la Frontera unquestionably constitutes an oasis in the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. Only 10 minutes drive from the picturesque beaches of El Palmar, this beautiful setting is one of the most alluring towns on Spanish soil. For history buffs, this petite find is a place with special appeal for being an enclave for Southern Europe's oldest civilisations, the Phoenicians, Carthaginians and Romans.
Inside luxury boutique hotel Can Alomar, you can find the restaurant De Tokio A Lima on the 3rd floor of the property. This boutique gem is set in a magnificently restored 19th century mansion, built on what was previously a 15th century gothic palace. With service and substance to match its on-trend aesthetic, this restaurant is a must for fans of good food and impeccably styled dinner settings.
LRNCE is a Belgian fashion label based in Marrakech that embodies a great sense of spirit and self-expression with it's remarkable and bold sense of eclecticism. Founded in 2013 by Laurence Leenaert, her work spans from ceramics, to blankets, tasselled shoes and more, all inspired by tribes and cults.
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.
Lisbon's architectural eclecticism and capacity to bridge the gap between the traditional with modernity has made the city, without a doubt, one of the most attractive European destinations for the past decade. LX Factory is an addition to the wide range of cool initiatives; where upcoming local makers open their shops, great bars and restaurants have become a regular meeting point and a diverse cultural agenda attract both locals and tourists alike.
Claxon has been brimming with food enthusiasts since its opening in late July 2013. The restaurant is the result of the adventures undertaken by Majorcan natives, chefs Carlos Barandiariaín and Rafa Nadal, and the Argentinian Enzo Cominetti after travelling the world in search of culinary delights and cultures. The succulent trio's experience has encouraged them to work creatively together and produce a fusion of Mediterranean dishes with international touches.
The new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) opened its doors to the public in Lisbon, in October 2016. The unique building also functions as a mirador on the banks of the Tagus with the aspiration of becoming a European reference for contemporary art. The museum was officially inaugurated one day before its opening by the main authorities, including Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and the first Minister, António Costa.
There are few cities in the world that evoke the same level of sentiment as Seville. It's the centre of all things traditionally Spanish: from the flamenco music, bullfighting to Ernest Hemingway's favourite drink, sangria. While the Sevillians (Sevillanos in Spanish) are known for their wit and sparkle, the city itself is fascinating for its exuberance.
Summers in Santorini will never go out of style for some very simple, yet fundamental reasons: striking natural beauty, a cosmopolitan aura and an ancient past. These allow for a myriad of possibilities in terms of activities and experiences, enhancing visitors’ stay who will return time and time again.