Holidays in the Eastern Algarve: 7 things to do in Tavira

This post contains affiliate links Holidays in the Algarve Carvoeiro, Algarve, Portugal; image (c) Jack Sopotnicki/ Dreamstime  The Algarve is a popular destination for holiday makers. Being Portugal’s most southerly region, and forming a fringe along the Atlantic Ocean, it is blessed with beaches galore, picturesque white washed villages and a pleasant climate.  This is probably the...
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Angra do Heroismo: gateway to Terceira’s natural treasures

My guide book said that Angra do Heroismo was one of the most beautiful cities in the Azores and a must-see for any visitor to the archipelago which lies in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 kilometres west from the Portuguese coast.  Having spent a couple of days exploring this delightful town this summer, I was...
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3 days in the Azores: a Sao Miguel itinerary

This post contains affiliate links The Caldeira das Setes Cicades Have you heard of the Azores and wondered where they were?  Wondered how easy it was to get to them, or why people seem to love their time there? Or whether it’s possible to visit for just a short break?  If so, then this post is...
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The Magical Gardens of Monte

Monte is a small village set high up in the mountains above Funchal, a magical place that was originally designed as a retreat for the Madeiran wealthy to escape the heat of summer.  It is a must on a short trip to Madeira and easy to do in a day, with time still left in...
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An Education in Port on the Banks of the Douro

Porto is a wonderful city.  Take a walk around the centre and it’s hard not to fall for the charm of the place: the higgledy piggledy coloured houses sitting on top of each other in the old town of Rebeira, the steep climbs connected by cable cars or funiculars that bring you out onto stunning...
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