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Falassarna Beach Guide

Falassarna Beach Guide

Falassarna Beach is staggeringly beautiful, without a doubt one of the best beaches in Crete. There are actually five beaches rather than one, all very different in character. It’s in a quiet corner of north-west Crete, a blissful spot that feels like it’s on the edge...

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Balos Beach Crete

Balos Beach Crete

Balos Beach Crete is one of the best beaches in Crete, and for that matter, Greece, the Mediterranean, Europe and the world. You’ll see tours to Balos advertised at every travel agency between there and Crete capital Heraklion, and...

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Gramvousa Beach Crete Guide

Gramvousa Beach Crete Guide

You can only visit Gramvousa beach if you’re visiting the much more famous Balos beach and lagoon, a short distance down the Crete coast. Balos is preceded by its reputation as one of the best beaches in Europe, perhaps even one of the best beaches in the world. But...

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Marvao Portugal Guide

Marvao Portugal Guide

Marvao Portugal is a mountaintop village near the Spanish border which is home to one of the most beautiful castles in Europe. Its dramatic, remote location in the Serra de Sao Mamede Natural Park makes it one of the best places to visit in Portugal. It’s best known...

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Castelo de Vide Portugal

Castelo de Vide Portugal

Sometimes you make the most wonderful discoveries by chance. We had no intention of visiting Castelo de Vide Portugal, other than to stock up on food before continuing our Portugal road trip through the Alentejo region. I’m so glad we did, as we chanced upon one of...

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Georgioupolis Crete Guide

Georgioupolis Crete Guide

Georgioupolis Crete is a village on the north coast of the island with a very long beach. Indeed, locals claim that it is the longest of all Crete beaches, 10 km (6 miles) in length. As with many other resorts in Greece, Georgioupolis (also spelt Georgioupoli,...

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Kalypso Beach Crete

Kalypso Beach Crete

Kalypso Beach Crete is one of the best beaches in Crete, and one of the most unusual.  It’s set in its own secret cove a short drive from the beach village of Plakias Crete. It’s also part of the Kalypso Cretan Village Resort & Spa, one of several Plakias...

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Best Algarve Beaches

Best Algarve Beaches

The Algarve region has many of the best beaches in Portugal. Algarve occupies the Portugal south coast and its south-western corner, a stunning section of Atlantic coastline. There are so many Algarve beaches to discover, but winkling out the best Algarve beaches can...

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Complete Bali Crete Beaches Guide

Complete Bali Crete Beaches Guide

Bali Crete is a great spot for holidays in Greece. It’s a small fishing village that has grown into one of the most picturesque Crete resorts, with five beaches clustered around a gorgeous gulf on the north Crete coast. The Bali Crete beaches are all very easy to...

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The Best Lagos Portugal Beaches (with photos)

The Best Lagos Portugal Beaches (with photos)

The Lagos Portugal beaches, especially those around the Ponta da Piedade headland, are among the most beautiful beaches in Europe.  Lagos is one of the main Algarve resorts, towards the western end of the Portugal south coast. Many Algarve beaches are...

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Spilies Beach Crete (great for snorkelling)

Spilies Beach Crete (great for snorkelling)

You wouldn’t know Spilies beach Crete was there unless someone tipped you off about it. It’s less than a mile (0.8 km) from another spectacular hidden Crete beach, Geropotamos, on the Heraklion to Rethymno and Chania highway. Spilies – also known as Mariou to Riaki...

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Arkadi Monastery Crete

Arkadi Monastery Crete

Arkadi Monastery is one of the most fascinating Crete attractions of all. Arkadi is also hugely important to Cretans themselves, as it has played such an important part in their history. So what can you expect to see when you visit, how do you get there and...

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Geropotamos Beach Crete

Geropotamos Beach Crete

The first time I passed Geropotamos beach I had one of those, “Did I just see that?” moments. As we drove past on the highway bridge just inland, I thought I saw a river running alongside a broad sweep of golden sand. In the distance, completing the perfect scene, was...

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The Best Villages in Santorini

The Best Villages in Santorini

Spectacular Santorini is one of the most stunning of all the Greek islands. The villages in Santorini are many people’s idea of a typical Greek village, with their beautiful white houses and blue church domes. Yet Santorini villages aren’t that typical of Greece. The...

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Chania Old Town – A Photo Tour

Chania Old Town – A Photo Tour

Wandering Chania Old Town is one of the best things to do in Crete. Chania has a stunning harbour, one of the most beautiful in Greece, with magnificent sunsets out to sea in one direction and the imposing White Mountains in the other. The Old Town is the area behind...

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