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Did you know that Lisbon also offers excellent opportunities for birdwatching and even dolphin watching?  A 45-minute drive from the center of Lisbon takes you to the Setúbal Peninsula. The vibrant port of Setúbal is the place to be if you'd like to escape the burning sun and go on a breezy cruise to spot bottlenose dolphins in the Sado estuary. This broad, shallow estuary south of Lisbon is of international significance for its breeding and wintering waterbirds. Get on board of the O Esperança

Mini Bar is José Avillez’s first gourmet bar. José Avillez is considered one of the great Portuguese chefs and stands out due to his willingness to go one step further. At Mini Bar, you can expect fine dining with a twist in a bistronomic environment.  A gourmet restaurant in a theatre-inspired decor sets the mood right for a mash-up of fine dining and nightlife. Let the spectacle begin! At Mini Bar, nothing is what it seems. The two menus in Avillez’ bar offer you a chance

Dreamy forests, exotic gardens, and lush hills that roll down to the blue Atlantic. The incredibly beautiful palaces and castles on the top of the hills give the area a magical vibe. It is a perfect day trip if you want to escape Lisbon for a day and wander around in the tranquil streets of this little town and its surroundings. A direct train takes you in less than 30 minutes from downtown Lisbon to this romantic scene where kings and queens used to

Lisbon is one of my favorite travel destinations in Europe. Not only because of its beautiful architecture and great food but mostly because of the amazing vibe that runs through this city. The weather is great, the people are nice and you can easily get lost in its narrow cobblestone streets. Visit Amalfa, take a walk near the Rio Tejo towards Belem or visit the beautiful churches and monasteries of the Portuguese capital. Start your tour at Praca do Comércio, this is the gateway towards

You've chosen the perfect destination, researched the best bars and restaurants around, picked the perfect spot for your accommodation, but the biggest task remains packing your luggage efficiently. And believe me, this makes the difference between having a successful journey and a horrible one. Whether you are traveling for the first time or you're a seasoned globetrotter, there are some basic travel essentials that you should never leave at home. Let me introduce you to my favorite seven travel essentials for a great holiday. Herschel

Are you a heavy packer looking for a dynamic suitcase to travel around the world? Or are you going on a trip for a week and you can’t choose the right clothes, so you decide to take your entire closet? Then the American Tourister Air Force 1 suitcase is just the suitcase for you! This medium-sized hard suitcase combines dynamic design with great protection coming from the durable and super strong outer shell. They come in a range of eye-catching colors like gradient blue, gradient

The city of Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern Naples and a 45-minute drive from Sorrento. Pompeii was mostly destroyed and buried under 4 to 6 m of ash and pumice in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of ash. Read more about Pompeii here or explore Pompeii with these 20 beautiful pictures.

Limoncello is a sweet lemon liqueur. It was first made at the end of the nineteenth century as an alcoholic beverage by blending lemons, sugar and alcohol. The key to good Limoncello are the natural ingredients that are used such as the famous Sorrento Lemons (IGP). These lemons are a typical citrus variety grown only in the areas around Sorrento. Because of the Mediterranean climate of the Sorrento-Amalfi Coast, the Sorrento Lemons grow a thick and fragrant peel, rich in essential oils which give

Sorrento is a coastal town facing the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and it is also known as the gateway to the Amalfi coast. Perched atop cliffs that separate the town from its busy marinas, it’s known for sweeping water views and Piazza Tasso, a cafe-lined square. The historic center is a warren of narrow alleys that's home to the Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church with a tranquil cloister. Sorrento makes a good base for exploring the region’s highlights: Pompeii, good food

Only a couple of centuries ago Naples was the second largest city in Europe. Today Naples is the third-largest city in Italy and certainly one of the most charming cities of Italy. The Naples’ Centro Storico (historic center) is a UNESCO World Heritage site and its archaeological treasures are among the world’s most impressive with beautiful palaces, castles and churches. The Naples region and its surroundings are one of Italy’s epicurean heavyweights serving great pizza, pasta and seafood. So where to go if you

Spring is in the air. The sun is finally breaking  through so winter sports are probably the last thing on your mind. But just imagine gliding down the mountain in soft snow on a gorgeous sunny day. Sound great, right? Spring is the ideal season for everyone who loves a relaxed and sunny vacation in the snow. You have until the end of April to go skiing in the French ski areas, so you still have plenty of time. But what makes spring skiing so

Don’t look for industrial chain restaurants here, you will only find restaurants using and promoting local products. We did our best to try out as many different restaurants as possible (quite challenging knowing that there are 40 restaurants in the village and 11 on the slopes). These ones are absolutely worth a visit: La Chamade This gourmet restaurant specializes in pork cuisine in all its forms. Chef Thierry Thorens is the author of many cookery books and the restaurant is easy to spot thanks to wooden