4 Greek island hopping routes from Athens

Hopping from one Greek island to the next is the most quintessential way of discovering Greece’s overwhelming charm. The country is blessed with so much sea; more than any other country in the Mediterranean. It has a massive coastline with over 200 inhabited Greek islands, and the total of all islands and isles that make up the entire Greek Archipelago is a mind-blowing 6000.

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Postcards from Tarifa

Tarifa is a small town in the province of Cádiz, Spain with an abundance of activities for thrill-seekers. Praised for being the world’s most popular destination amongst wind sports enthusiasts (think kiteboarding, windsurfing etc.), the key places to visit are beachbound; the Playa de los Lances, an expansive sand beach and kitesurfing spot, El Estrecho Natural Park with its rugged beach line and the Punta de Tarifa, known for its tall-standing lighthouse between the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.

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Affordable Cool Boutique Hotels in East London

Luxury hospitality is commonly associated with London, the mega metropolitan city. The focus has previously been on large and upscale structures; towering builds for offices, malls, and restaurants with breathtaking views of London. Famed for excellence and prestige, Claridges, Fortnum and Masons remain loyal staples to the minds of many. The sheer number of cool rooftops, festivals, urban gardens, pop-up events and culinary and cultural happenings, is why London remains one of the most visited cities in Europe.

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5 Outdoor Adventure Activities in Greece

When thinking about Greece, what comes to mind? If you had to pick three things, our guess that those would be: ancient heritage, incredible beaches and fantastic food. The abundance of natural beauty to be found on both Greek islands and mainland destinations opens up an entirely different world in terms of experiences. Here are five adventures to go to in Greece that will expand your perspective of this Mediterranean classic. 

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Postcards from Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is the sea-facing city located in the southern part of Croatia. Famed for its picturesque rooftops and contribution for hosting scenes for Game of Thrones, this little city has lots to offer. Yes, you will find an influx of visitors from those taking a shortstop on their cruise trip in the main city, simply time your stay carefully to avoid the crowds and have a hassle-free experience.

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Greek Boutique Stays 1 hour from Athens

Looking for your next boutique stay in Greece? If you are a big fan of boutique hotels, you will know that there is something inherently exclusive to experiencing such kind of hospitality; essentially, it is all about the personalized atmosphere they create. There is individuality in character that goes hand in hand with impeccable style and sophisticated design, while the typically small size allows you to feel that personal touch which ‘boutiqueness’ aspires to.

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Best Boutique Hotels in Malta and Gozo

There is something wonderfully enchanting about Malta. Diverse landscapes complemented with an incredibly rich and mixed heritage (due to a long line of rulers that took over) - it is certainly a unique island in the Mediterranean that is set between Sicily and the caost of North Africa. Original housing and palazzos have cave-like interiors and Maltese balconies, and places such as the 16th-century masterpiece Grandmasters’ Palace and the Sacra Infermeria is an immediate step back in time.

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Top Food and Drink Holidays in Greece

A paragon of Mediterranean’s finest cuisine, you can be sure to eat and drink well mostly anywhere in Greece. You'll find that each region, district, island or mainland settlement will have its own local delicacies, as Greeks are quite creative with the fine raw materials provided by both land and sea. There are of course some products that are commonly used throughout Greece, inherently lots of meat and seafood too, while the following are often exported abroad: olives and olive oil, cheeses, wines and honey.

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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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