The Ultimate Guide To The Very Best Surf Spots In Portugal

Doesn’t matter if you are a seasoned surfer or you’re just starting out, Portugal is one of the most surfer-friendly countries out there. It offers just about everything you could possibly ask for; not just in terms of quality breaks, but also when it comes to its chilled vibes and impressive natural landscapes.

Best Surf Spots In Portugal

Portugal is one of the warmest countries in Europe and its beaches are among the cleanest in the world. The coastline is just huge, 1,793 kilometers (1,114 miles), and is dotted with open beach breaks, concealed beaches, and some of the best surf spots in the world. It is also the proud home of the largest wave ever surfed.

While most people will tell you that autumn and winter are the best seasons to be hitting the waves, Portugal is, in fact, a year-round surfing destination.

The most popular surf spots can be found on the central and southern coasts. However, the north does receive its fair share of rad swells, too. There are many breaks worth checking out when in Portugal, out of which a few have managed to stand out. From gnarly waves to super mellow breaks, here are the best of the best:

Surfing in northern Portugal (Norte Region)

Surfing in northern Portugal (Norte Region)

Except for the local surfers who keep defying the cold winter temperatures for a taste of the restless Atlantic, not a lot of people travel to this part of the country for the surf. Why? It just doesn’t get enough recognition in the media. Which is little ironic, considering that the very first European surf film was shot on the outskirts of Porto, in Leça da Palmeira, between 1926 and 1927.

Surfing in the Norte Region of Portugal starts with Moledo near the Spanish border and ends with Espinho to the south. It is only 70 miles (113 km) long, but you are bound to find plenty of surf spots along the way, most of them concentrated around the Porto region.

The water temperature is the coldest on Portugal’s coast, going as high as 18°C (64°F) in summer and down to 12°C (53°F) in winter. Therefore, a thick 4/3mm or even 5/3mm wetsuit is mandatory during the colder months.

Viana do Castelo

 

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This exposed river mouth break can work at any time of the year thanks to its consistency. Viana do Castelo offers both left and right-hand waves, and is known for its strong winds, which make it a popular windsurfing destination too.

Best for: all levels

Leça da Palmeira

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Perhaps the most important surf spot on the northern coast of the country, Leça is a beach break that is exposed to the Atlantic’s full-force swells. The waves can be very powerful and heavy, but that does not discourage local surfers. This A-frame break is a favorite in the Porto region.

Best for: all levels

Matosinhos

Matosinhos

The surfing epicenter of Porto is Matosinhos, a sandbar that promises over 300 days of surfing per year. This is perhaps the best place to learn to surf in the Norte Region, with numerous surf schools and waves to choose from.

Best for: all levels

Espinho

Espinho

A barreling machine offering some of the best tubes in Portugal, Espinho is the most famous surf spot in the Norte Region. It can hold waves over 3 meters (10 feet) tall. It can get crowded too.

Best for: all levels

Surfing in central Portugal

Surfing in central Portugal

Some of the most consistent, biggest, and strongest waves in Europe are found on the central coast of Portugal. As in most of the country, the peak surfing lasts from autumn through spring, but most breaks can be surfed during summer, too, when they are mellower and more suitable for beginners and progressing intermediate surfers.

Buarcos, Figueira da Foz

Located close to Figueira da Foz, Buarcos is a small fishing village that is home to one of Europe’s widest beaches, where three carving waves can be found. There’s the hollow right-hander Tamagueira. Then there’s Mina, a fun reef break that breaks on bigger days. And Teimoso, one of the longest waves in Portugal, offering rides of several hundred meters at any tide.

Best for: all levels

 

To the south of the town of Figueira da Foz lies a long jetty that produces some fast and hollow waves, the host of several World Championship Tours (WCT). It is a very consistent spot that can offer rides of up to 300 meters.

Best for: all levels

Praia do Norte, Nazaré

Praia do Norte, Nazaré

Come each autumn and Nazaré is the name on every big wave surfer’s lips. To say that this one is not for the faint-hearted is an understatement. Even the best pro surfers out there think twice before attempting to ride this behemoth. There’s no room for mistakes.

Nazaré is the biggest surfable wave in the world. Local surfers started trying tow-in surfing at Nazaré back in 2005, but it wasn’t until 2011 that it finally got the recognition it deserves when Hawaiian pro surfer Garret McNamara rode a 23.8-meter (78-foot) wave that sent him straight into the Guinness Book of World Records. Since then, many other surfers have tried to break the record, including McNamara himself.

Praia do Norte, Nazaré 2

In 2013, Brazilian Carlos Burlé admittedly surfed a 30.5-meter (100-foot) wave here just after having rescued his co-national, pro surfer Maya Gabeira, who was knocked out cold and nearly drowned in an attempt to ride the biggest wave ever surfed by a woman. French surfer Benjamin Sanchez claims to have surfed a 33-meter (108-foot) wave at Nazaré, and English big-wave surfer Andrew Cotton also rode it when it was at its biggest. But there’s still no confirmation that any of them managed to break the record.

Only the best of the best can tackle this one. And yet, Nazaré gets crowded. When it’s firing, the coast is filled with spectators and the water with jet-skis. A trip to Nazaré is a surfing pilgrimage you must take at least once in your lifetime, regardless of your surfing level.

Best for: advanced surfers

Surfing in Peniche

Surfing in Peniche

Peniche is a resonant name in the surfing world and Portugal’s most visited surfing destination. Known as the ‘sardine capital of the world,’ the Peniche Peninsula is a surfer’s paradise, with its coasts facing both north and south. There’s always a spot to surf, regardless of the time of year. And, “It’s always offshore!

Supertubos

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The name says it all! Right in the town of Peniche, Supertubos is an epic beach break and the most photographed wave in the country. This is Portugal’s very own Pipeline, only without the reef.

Before Nazaré took the big wave surfing world by storm, Supertubos was the crowned king of surfing in Portugal. Truth be told, it still is. Part of the Peniche Peninsula, it faces almost every wind and swell direction. This can only mean one thing – great consistency and surfing conditions almost any day of the year. It starts to fire up October and is restless up until spring. You can find good days during summer too.

Supertubos hosts the annual Rip Curl Pro in October, one of the last events on the World Tour. Its fast tubular waves can get up to 6 meters (20 feet) tall and break over a shallow sandbank.

Best for: advanced surfers

Baleal

Baleal

 

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Just north of Peniche, Baleal is a fun beginner beach break with a sandy bottom. This is a favorite spot for surf schools, and works best in autumn and spring.

Best for: beginner and intermediate surfers

Surfing in Ericeira

Surfing in Ericeira

In 2011, Ericeira was officially declared a World Surf Reserve, the only one in Europe to this day. The reserve extends for 8 kilometers (5miles) and is home to several world-class waves that, together with the environment and culture around them, will be protected so that future generations can enjoy them too.

Often compared to the likes of Baja California in Mexico or the Gold Coast in Australia, Ericeira is home to some of the best waves in the country and to the biggest and strongest surfing community in Portugal. Here are the surf spots you cannot miss:

RibeiraD’Ilhas

This spectacular sandy beach offers multiple peaks, but the most appealing one is a consistent right-hand point/reef break. When it gets big, it becomes a seriously heavy wave and one of Portugal’s best.

Best for: intermediate to advanced surfers

Coxos

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Many consider this one to be the best wave in Portugal. Long, fast, and furious, this right-hand point break is located just north of Ericeira, in the town of Ribamar, and works best on low tide. It can hold waves of up to 3 meters (10 ft) that break over flat rocks. A word of advice: the surf is much powerful than it looks and this exposed break is unforgiving. Know your limits and don’t venture in unless you know you can handle it!

It is also an uncrowded spot, thanks to its tricky access. The path down the rocks is steep and the entrance in the water is dotted with sea urchins. Therefore, it’s recommended to ask a local to show you the spot when first getting here.

Best for: advanced surfers

Crazy Left

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One of the few lefts in the Ericeira region is located to the south of the Bay of Coxos. Crazy Left is a fast and hollow wave that breaks over a rocky bed. When the conditions are right, it offers some nice tubes.

Best for: advanced surfers

Cave

Cave

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The heaviest wave in Portugal, perhaps even in Europe, Cave is an ultra-shallow wave that breaks over a treacherous reef bottom. This fast, hollow, and powerful right-hander is also one of the most difficult waves to ride in the country; its hollow spitting barrels are renowned worldwide. John John Florence was injured here in 2012, so you get the picture.

Best for: advanced surfers

RibeiraD’Ilhas

One of the most popular surf beaches in Portugal, RibeiraD’Ilhas has been the host of many championships, including the ASP World Qualifying series. It’s considered one of the best rights in Europe, and it’s incredibly consistent, breaking almost all year round.

RibeiraD’Ilhas can offer some long rides of up to 300 meters and can hold waves of up to 3.5 meters (11.5 feet). Please take note that it can become dangerous at low tide, as there’s a risk of hitting the rocks beneath.

Best for: intermediate to advanced surfers

PedraBranca

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PedraBranca is a fun and fast left-hand reef break with some hollow sections. It breaks over a reef, and it is not recommended at low tide. The beach at PedraBranca is also the site of two popular reef breaks that are reserved for only the most experienced of surfers: Backdoor and Reef.

Between Pedra Blanca and Reef, Backdoor is a right-hand reef break that throws some nice barrels. This shallow break is not recommended at low tide.

Powerful and fast, Reef is a right-hander that produces magical tubes but can also end with wounds. It breaks over a shallow reef, which is why it is best surfed at medium tide. Despite the element of danger, it can get quite crowded on its good days.

Best for: advanced surfers

Matadouro

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Located within a short distance from Ericeira Camping, just north of the city, Matadouro is a consistent reef break. At low tide, it is a perfect beginner wave. There are several peaks at the beach, both lefts and rights. When it’s windy, it becomes one of the few spots in Ericeira that is suitable for kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Best for: all levels

Foz do Lizandro

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Perhaps the best beginner surf spot in Ericeira, this rivermouth beach break has the potential to become the best beach break in Portugal when the sandbars are settled.

Most of the times, this is a forgiving beach break that is just perfect for beginner and intermediate surfers. However, on big days, it can throw some awesome tubes and multiples peaks, both lefts and rights.

Best for: all levels

Surfing near Lisbon

Europe’s very own San Francisco, Lisbon is located in the immediate vicinity of a large number of beaches that offer surfing waves for every level.

Guincho, Cascais

 

Guincho, Cascais

Praia do Guincho is the best beginner surf spot in Cascais. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Lisbon area, it is a consistent beach break that is exposed to strong northerly winds, which is why it is also a popular windsurfing spot. It works best at mid to low tide.

Best for: all levels

Carcavelos

Carcavelos

Locals refer to it as the birthplace of surfing in Portugal. Only 20 minutes from the center of Lisbon, Carcavelos is a 1.5-kilometer (0.9-mile) long beach with a few peaks. Beginners can find mellow spots and more experienced surfers will find challenging world-class barrels.

The beach can get crowded during summer when half of Lisbon can be found sunbathing here. There’s also a huge local crew of surfers, so, it’s probably not the best place to learn to surf. Located right on the border between Lisbon and Cascais, Carcavelos is a fun beach break that can produce some of the best barrels in Portugal and host national and international competitions.

Best for: all levels

Costa da Caparica

Costa da Caparica is the most popular surf spot near Lisbon. The waves are consistent, but easier to manage. Being so close to the capital, the beaches at Costa da Caparica can get crowded. If you want fewer crowds, your best bet is to choose the beaches that are farthest from public transport stops.

Best for: all levels

Surfing in the Algarve

Surfing in the Algarve

No surfing holiday in Portugal would be complete without at least a quick stop in the Algarve region. This is the warmest and sunniest coast in mainland Europe, with water temperature averaging at 22°C (72°F) in October.

The Algarve coast is exposed to a wide swell window, which translates into a long and reliable season. There’s always a spot to surf here, never too far from the next. The Algarve is considered a year-round surfing destination. That being said, autumn through spring is the recommended time of year, as summers can get hot.

When in the Algarve, you have two options – the west or the south coast. The west coast gets more swell, which makes it a good choice on smaller days. It is also windy, so it’s better to head out in the morning. On the other hand, the south coast receives less swell but is also more sheltered from the wind.

Praia da Arrifana, Aljezur

Praia da Arrifana, Aljezur

A favorite destination for beginner surfers in the Algarve, this is a sheltered spot; when everything else around is too big or stormy, this is the place to go. Located right in the middle of the Costa Vicentina National Park, the longest stretch of protected coast in Portugal, traditional whitewashed houses perched over massive cliffs lead to the golden sand beaches of Praia da Arrifana.

The first thing you’ll see here is the beach break that is excellent for beginners. If you are up for a challenge, then you can head on over to the north end of the beach, where a world-class right-hand point break awaits, fast, heavy, and long with barreling sections.

Best for: all levels

Carrapateira

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A winding path takes surfers from the old fishing town of Carrapateira to a consistent rivermouth break that offers both left and right-hand waves, one of the less touristy surf spots in the Algarve. On its good days, it offers world-class conditions and long rides. On windy days, it is also a preferred kitesurfing destination.

Best for: advanced surfers

Praia do Amado

Praia do Amado

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South of Carrapateira, close to Aljezur, Praia do Amado is sheltered from the wind and, therefore, quite popular for surf schools and for those who like to camp on the beach.

Best for: all levels

Beliche, Sagres

Beliche, Sagres

Sagres is the surfing epicenter of the Algarve, and Beliche is the place to be in Sagres. This fast and hollow A-frame beach break gets its fair share of visitors and is quite renowned for its mellow vibe. Beliche is also a popular bodyboarding spot.

Best for: advanced surfers

Praia da Luz, Lagos

A beach break located in front of the old fishing village of Luz, close to Lagos. There are two point breaks here. The left is shallow and fast. The right, called Rocha Negra, is more manageable, but nevertheless powerful and hollow. The best conditions can be found during winter months.

Best for: all levels

Meia Praia, Lagos

Meia Praia, Lagos

Some of the warmest water temperatures in Portugal can be found in Lagos, which offers several renowned surf spots that suit all levels. Right outside of town, Meia Praia is a fun beach break that is highly recommended for beginners. The best conditions can be found in autumn and spring.

Best for: beginners

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If I managed to convince you that this warm and sunny European country should be added to your bucket list, then wait no longer and pack your bags for an exciting surf holiday in Portugal!

Octavia Drughi

Octavia Drughi

Octavia is a travel writer for BookSurfCamps.com. She is a passionate mountaineer, rock climber and adventure addict who feels just as comfortable high on the rocks as she does deep down in the sea.

 

 

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Get Luxuries Aplenty In An Australia Luxury Travel

Australia compounds several smaller islands which makes it the single most self-contained country that attracts hordes of tourists every year. It is also the country that has the heart of the luxury travelers set on the majestic beauty.       There is no dearth of luxury destinations in Australia, and that is why we bring you the best of the best destination. Take your pick!

 Melbourne Helicopter Tour- View the sights of Melbourne from an aerial perspective with a thrilling helicopter tour! Feel the goose bumps rising rapidly over the urban highlights like the Yarra River, Albert Park, the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Grand Prix track, and hover above the beautiful coastline of St Kilda. You can also choose to take a guided commentary tour by your pilot to take an unforgettable flight. The air journey covers such areas as Flemington Racecourse, Eureka Tower, Federation Square, Docklands and the city’s emerald urban parks. Get on with the fun of guessing your favorite landmarks whilst listening to the pilot’s narration through a two-way narration communication system.

 

Gold Coast Sunset Cruise- Australia always scores high for being a soothing luxury destination due to the country’s riches and never ending coastline. A beautifully true fact that unfolds once you go sailing into the beautiful Gold Coast Broadwater aboard a luxury catamaran. Relax in complete comfort with a glass of bubbly in hand as the sun sets majestically over the Gold Coast hinterland. See deserted beaches and isolated islands, and keep your eyes peeled for friendly bottle nose dolphins surfing the bow wave as wallabies fossick on the beach and sea eagles soar overhead. Take in the splendor of the Surfers Paradise skyline as it comes alive with a dazzling display of city lights.

 

 

Go golfing in Sydney- Spend a day in a golf lover’s paradise and visit your choice of Sydney’s most prestigious and exclusive golf clubs. Start the day with a chauffeured ride to the club in a Porsche, get ready with exclusive Callaway golf-wear, and hop on board your motorized cart. Admire Pacific Ocean views as you spend the day on the golf course and relax with food and beverages in the luxurious surroundings when your game is through.

A tour to the Great Ocean Road- Victoria, the south eastern state of Australia is where the most dramatic south-west coastline covers an incredible range of scenery. It is where you see the world-famous waves at Bells Beach or ease the mood on the sand at Angle Sea. Head to the old fishing village of Port Fairy which is filled with charm and get among the buzzing arts community in Lorne. Another scenic destination that you cannot let go off the sight in your Australia Luxury Travel is the 12 Apostles. The biggest wow factor; watching the craggy limestone stacks surging majestically from the Southern Ocean. The nature is most diverse as you see em all. Be amazed in the astounding beauty of the rainforests and rivers to old volcanoes and rugged coastlines. Finally, you are left amazed in the midst of thundering waterfalls and sparkling gorges of the Great Otway National Park and walk through the tops of ancient, mossy trees. The Great Ocean Road is probably the best breeding spot for a host native wildlife. The Logans Beach in Warrnambool is the best place to spot the whales cave between the month of May and September.

Sydney Opera House Tour- This is a must visit place if you are in Sydney. The views are breathtaking. The tour would be a nice explanation to history and you can also see the various theatres/halls inside. At night there are light shows which last about 10-20 minutes. To top it off, there’s restaurants galore that serves sumptuous dinner whilst enjoying excellent views. The least you could say about this excellent structure is “mesmerizing”.

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Top 5 Luxury Destinations In Dubai

The glitzy city of Dubai has all the luxury and grandeur which precedes its reputation of being the most decorated and celebrated emirates of the UAE. This city is known for its high-rises and some of the most visited shopping malls. But equally spectacular is the multifariousness of natural surroundings of the city that adds to its beauty. From arid desert that stretches beyond the reach of normal vision to the scintillating beaches that hosts the wild waves, Dubai has it all.  So without any further ado, we present to you the 10 luxury destinations in Dubai that you must add to your itinerary.

  1. Burj Khalifa- Not putting this imposingly gigantic marvel of modern engineering in your itinerary would mean any of the two; you are either oblivious or being ignorant. The bird’s eye view of the city atop the tower is literally going to be the high point of your luxury travel in Dubai. But mark the words. Book your entrance ticket to go to the top tower well in advance to avoid the serpentine queue and to also save a few bucks!
  2. Burj al-Arab- The world’s tallest hotel that stands at 321 meters high has an interesting design that resembles the billowing dhow sail. What makes it even more attractive is a choreographed colored lighting show at night. Since you are going to be on an unlimited dubai luxury travel, experience the over-the-top opulence of a dinner beneath the water at Al Mahara Restaurant,where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat.
  3. Jumeirah Beach- This is anything but a stripe of sandy bliss and possibly the most popular too. With restaurants and hotels strung all along its length, this is the most preferred spot for tourists hands down. After all the fun and frolic of sandplay on the beach, you can head to the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef which is which was built in the year 1955 as the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum.
  4. Deira- Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek and the bustling streets only corroborates the fact that this is the place that serves as the melting pot of all the nationalities. It has found affinity and popularity among the wanderlusts primarily because of the “souks” or markets. The most popular among the people on dubai luxury travel? Deira Gold souk, the largest gold market in the world.
  5. Heritage and Divine Village- Far away from the modern architecture and hugely commercialized establishments, there stays a pristine world which has its own rustic charm and historic significance. If you are the one willing to explore Dubai’s architectural, cultural and maritime artifacts, the Heritage and Divine Village can your ideal stop. This has been the mainstay that also packs the recreations of the quaint Bedouin and coastal village life. There are a few Persian homes, a traditional coffeehouse. To add even more of the traditional appeal, the village has small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls.

Other than the aforementioned spots and famous destination that should be covered in your luxury dubai travel, be sure to check out the Dubai Aquarium, the modern downtown business district of Sheikh Zayed Road, the unbelievably designed Palm beach and Ibn Battuta Mall, the largest theme based mall in the world.

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6 Less Visited Destinations In Italy That You Should Explore

Without a shred of doubt Italy is a country of natural wonders that blends perfectly with the people’s cosmopolitan lifestyle. Add to that the Italians surely know how to woo the visitors with their rich historical, cultural heritage, and of course the revered classic Italian cuisine. The most visited and the obviously popular destinations have to be Florence, Sicily, Venice and Milan. But these destinations witness heavy footfall round the year and this may not augur well with the wanderlusts that prefer their tours to be less chaotic.

But believe it or not Italy’s breathtaking beauty and vast riches of visitor’s destinations runs deep into the country’s less visited spots that are mysterious as well as steeped in history. Get set to discover these less visited destinations that you might as well plan to add in your itinerary the next time.

Lake Resia- This could be the place where you could literally see the time standing still. This is also the most uniquely beautiful places and given Italy has an abundance of water bodies, this lake could not be given amiss. The Lake of Resia is located in one of the most calming beautiful regions of Trentino-Alto Adige. The area situated in Northern Italy bordering Switzerland and Austria is famous for the incredible mountain peaks that rise above it. Lake Resia, an artificial mountain lake is characterized by the 16th-century with the biggest high point being the Romanesque belltower that emerges from the depths of the lake. The bell tower is also a reminder of the now submerged original village of Graun, relocated when the reservoir was built. The most spectacular experience is that of walking up to the bell tower by crossing the frozen river in the winter season to seize the time which stands still.

Civita di Bagnoregio: It is described as the “dying city” because this medieval age village is facing the threat of being non-existent due to the erosion. If you are up for the challenge, get ready to travel this uphill village via foot. The cliff in the province of Vitrebo is considered among the most beautiful in Italy. The villages’ picturesque architecture would leave you mesmerized andit gives you activities galore. You can walk the winding lanes; have a bite on incredible food in the local restaurants. The surrounding valley’s beauty is such that you are sure to gasp audibly at the view. For all those fantasy fans, the winters are the best time to visit with the views of the village coming in full scale as the low cloud hangs over to make a halo effect.

Old town of Bagnoregio

Emilia-Romagna- Bologna is the one of the coolest town to be. It happens to be one of the most visited spots among the students mainly due to the fact that it is the home to the oldest university in Europe. Not just students, the Italian food capital is draws a huge number of gastronomy fans as well! If you are in Bologna, you just cannot afford to miss out on the local delicacies like lasagne and tortellini. Emilia-Romagna stretches from the wetlands of the Po delta down to the beach resorts of the Adriatic coast, and across fertile plains where the signature ingredients of Italian cuisine are produced. As the ultimate food destination of Italy, Bologna also lets the tourists organize a whole gourmet tour that spreads across the artisan producers of prosciutto crudo and mortadella, intense balsamic vinegar and Italy’s king of cheeses, parmesan.

Lake Iseo, Lombardy- Often seen as the “least known Italian lakes”, Iseo is popular with hikers and is home to Europe’s largest lake island, Monte Isola. Lake Iseo islittle known outside Italy, Lake Iseo is smaller than Lake Como but considerably quieter and more charming. This is hands down the unsung gem of Northern Italy situated just north of the cities of Brescia and Bergamo, a place that has low footfall of tourists. Once you reach in the sparsely populated Remote Monte Isola, you are welcomed by the blue and white paper flowers that add to the serenity and calm of the area.

The Garden of Ninfa- The Ninfa Garden is one of the finest private parks in Itay yet is unknown to even most Italians. The few people who have been to The Garden of Ninfa have come up with only description; “The paradise on earth” particularly during the spring bloom. This beautiful park gets even more beautified due to the lush vegetation including the picturesque ruins of the now defunct medieval town of Ninfa.

RoccaCalascio- Within the Gran Sasso National Park, at an altitude of 1,460 meters, is RoccaCalascio, one of the highest Fortresses in the whole of Italy. The castlesits atopa mountain ridge that gives the best possible view over the valley of Tirino and the Navelli Uplands below. It comes as no surprise that the breathtaking view of the valley has been captured on the celluloid for such movies as ‘Lady Hawke’ and ‘The Name of the Rose’.It wasabandoned somewhere around the mid-twentieth century alongside the ancient medieval village of Calascio below Post renovation in the 80’s it can be visited without having to spend a single penny today. Plus you have the affable local villagers serve great ice cream and coffee in the village.

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What To Take With You On A Safari?

Collecting suitcases for a trip to safari, the main thing is not to go to extremes. Spartans, accustomed to traveling with a minimum of luggage, can be puzzled by the search for the right jobs in the vast expanses of the African savannah. And the prudent tourists, who took with them a “wagon and a small cart”- risk to admire the beauty of nature, looking in a slit because of the barricade of backpacks.

So remember the basic rule of safari – travelers move around in parks on SUVs along with their luggage, unless your program starts and ends in the same hotel, then things can be left in the hotel. If the suitcases are a lot – they will merely be fixed on the roof of the car, depriving you of the opportunity to ride with a lifting roof and make good photos of the animals seen.

First of all, this applies to large groups, as all off-road cars go 7-seat and together you can dial at least three suitcases of things when you travel 6 or 7 people, the choice of baggage should be approached with particular trepidation.

So, let’s go through the list.

Shoes and clothes for safaris

Most of the time on the luxury safari travel you will spend sitting. Therefore clothes should be comfortable, from soft natural fabrics, with a minimum of elastic bands, ties, tightening belts and decor elements like large buttons.

Please note, to see some animals, it is necessary to leave early in the morning, and at this time can be cold and without warm clothes cannot do. Take into account the time of the year and the weather conditions in the area. For example, in the reserves of northern regions, the temperature in the Continue reading

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What To See In New Zealand. A Short And Essential Guide

New Zealand is a magical state, where the views of the various mountains find a perfect union with artificial constructions

New Zealand has entered the collective imagination as a place rich in natural wonders. Probably, the tourist boom that has seen many travelers travel to New Zealand is due to various film works that have been carried out in New Zealand.

On the other hand, the country has remained unknown to the West for some time also because of its geographical position which sees it at the end of the topographical maps.

Just think, that some travel-related newspapers confirm that New Zealand, like neighboring Australia, is one of the most technologically grown countries in the world. Even the administrative system of this State is well developed so that to enter if you do not need to go to the consulate located in the Italian capital to apply for a visa. In fact, it is sufficient to ask for it on the official website of the New Zealand government.

The visa

It is entirely free and is valid for three months. The main attractions of the New Zealand holiday destinations are divided between natural ones, historical ones, of which a part refers to the colonial period during which the British Empire occupied New Zealand, and those relating to the local aborigines and their customs.

Because of the history of British colonialism, it is not uncommon for New Zealand to find cities or places called in English. For example, the town of Wellington, the city of Queenstown and so on. The colonial period is also reflected in some cultural peculiarities of the area, so much so that the New Zealand anthem calls out to the United Kingdom. The entire State of New Zealand is composed of 2 great paradisiacal islands.

Walking here is genuinely a superb experience: you can meet dolphins, seals, New Zealand goats, scarce birds and much more. Also, the most athletic could practice mountaineering Continue reading

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The Secret Safari Destinations In Botswana You Cannot Miss Out On

Botswana is renowned for the density of its safari wildlife with the lush Okavango Delta able to support large numbers of both prey species and predators year round. It is still the only place I’ve seen three different leopards on a morning wildlife drive and then watched wild dog hunt from the deck outside my room.

It’s also a country with an enviable wildlife conservation record. The safari companies’ private conservancies are leased from the government under a tender process that requires income to be maximized alongside community benefits, whilst impact on the land and wildlife is minimized. Much as the country is filled with wildlife, the luxury travel destinations in Botswana too orbit in the same surroundings. With stable politics and income from mineral wealth, hunting was outlawed in 2014, and the country has seen rhinos relocated from South Africa for more than ten years. Initially this was a reintroduction program and more recently to save them from the poaching currently rife within that country’s national parks.

  1. Tuli Block– Typically accessed via South Africa, the Tuli Block is squeezed between Zimbabwe to its north and east, and South Africa across the Limpopo River to its south. It’s across this river from Pont Drift that most visitors enter by cable car when the waters are high, or by fording the stream when it is low enough. The area enjoys superb scenery with rocky kopjes and huge baobabs, and is home to good quantities of wildlife including lion, leopard, cheetah, and big herds of elephant. Combined with these is the opportunity to explore by vehicle, mountain bike, on foot or on horseback.
  2. Khwai Community Area– With the shallow channels of the Okavango reaching into the Khwai Community Area before their waters disappear into the Kalahari’s sands, this area should be better known than it is. With the Khwai River at its heart, visitors enjoy great wildlife viewing but as it’s neither the public Moremi Game Reserve (just next door), nor a private area into which one might fly, it’s overlooked by the majority. One of the best ways to explore this area is on a private mobile safari where your camp team sets up on an exclusive campsite. With your own guide and safari vehicle your days are completely flexible on both timings and activities; exploring by dug-out canoe is possible alongside wildlife drives.
  3. Nxai Pan- This national park sits to the south east of the Okavango Delta alongside the more famous Makgadikgadi Pans. Like its ‘noisy neighbor’ its formation is through the fossilization of a lakebed and it comes to life during the euphemistically named ‘green season’. These rainy months of Botswana’s summer between December and March turn the vegetation lush attracting numerous herbivores to this mineral rich area, which in turn encourages predators such as lion, hyena and cheetah.
  4. Linyanti Area– Sandwiched between the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park, the Linyanti area offers wildlife viewing similar to both without some of the restrictions. Night drives are possible within Linyanti making nocturnal species more visible, while nature walks allow smaller things that can be missed on a drive, to be observed.
  5. Central Kalahari Game Reserve– Despite being the world’s second largest game reserve, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is definitely the triangle player in the Botswana orchestra, struggling to make itself heard and with few visitors to the country acknowledging its presence. It comes into its own for wildlife between December and March in Botswana’s summer months. Huge numbers of antelopes such as springbok and gemsbok are attracted by the lush vegetation which attracts predators such as cheetah, hyena and the Kalahari’s famous black-maned lions. Botswana’s safari areas don’t have crowds; even in high season numbers are low in huge tracts of wildlife-rich land. However for those seeking an alternative to the most obvious areas, whether that is parts of the country with different habitats, or reserves pumping with wildlife at times of year when animals in the main areas are dispersed, any of these options among the luxury destinations botswana will offer something different and rewarding .

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The Ten Best Destinations In Argentina According To Internet

What do netizens and travel journalists think of Argentina? A look at the network allows us to discover what are the ten essential places to approach, for the first time, the tourist reality of this immense and fascinating country.

  1. Buenos Aires.- The capital of the state appears as a destination indispensable in 95% of the forums, lists and articles consulted being the most recognizable icon of the nation at an international level.
  2. Iguazú Falls. – At a very short interval from the capital, the waterfall of the Province of Misiones appears in 92% of the lists and articles consulted. All sources insist that the waterfalls and the national park are one of the most important natural wonders in the world and, in the Argentine context, an essential place for those who come to the country for the first time.
  3. El Calafate and the Perito Moreno Glacier.-The Small Andean town of El Calafate is the gateway to the Glacier National Park and another of the luxury destinations in Argentina. It is mentioned as an impending visit 89% of the time and, almost always, it is among the top five or six of the suggestions of bloggers, journalists, and travelers.
  4. Ushuaia. – The city at the end of the world appears in 83% of the articles consulted. The central town in Tierra del Fuego, beyond its attractiveness per se, is famous as a port of embarkation for cruises that travel through the deep Fuegian channels or down to the coasts of neighboring Antarctica.
  5. Peninsula of Valdés and Puerto Madryn.-Between the months of May and December, hundreds of whales of different species come to the Patagonian coast to mate. One of the location with the highest concentration of specimens is the area between the city of Puerto Madryn and the Valdés Peninsula.
  6. The Quebrada de Humahuaca.-World Heritage and the best example of the cultural syncretism between the Andean and the European world, the Argentine Northwest has consolidated, in recent years, as one of the country’s stars destinations.
  7. City and countryside of Mendoza.- Two steps from the Andes mountain range, the city of Mendoza has become one of the most sought-after options by travelers. And that’s what the Internet recognizes since it appears in 75% of the listings about the country’s top destinations.
  8. The dream landscapes of Bariloche.- Patagonia in its purest state and all the services and offers of a large city. On the shores of the spectacular Nahuel Huapi Lake, the town of Bariloche, considered the capital of adventure sports in Argentina, is an ideal holiday center throughout the year.
  9. The Seven Lakes.- The Route of the Seven Lakes unites three traveling myths: The Andes; Patagonia and Ruta 40. During 107 kilometers, the old R234 (now incorporated to the 40) crosses some of the most incredible landscapes of the Argentine Patagonia.
  10. Tradition and history in Córdoba.- The city of Córdoba is one of the oldest cities in Latin America, and it shows in its streets and squares. The strong point of the second most populated city in Argentina is its history, which is felt in places like its historic center, where its spectacular colonial cathedral (16th century), the Cabildo and the secluded Paseo de Santa Teresa, one of the most outstanding luxury destinations Argentina and most beautiful streets of Argentina.

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Maldives Is The Right Place To Relax

This country seems to have been specially created to be an ideal tropical resort. Exotic nature, clean air, fantastic beaches, impressive diving, comfortable hotels, excellent spa, extremely polite staff.

And also some unique atmosphere, whimsically woven out of measured leisureliness, silence and many pleasant trifles that allow you to enjoy the fullness of being away from civilization.

The Maldives is a generous scattering of islands and coral reefs in the middle of the Indian Ocean to the west of Sri Lanka. Because of its closeness to the equator, the temperature is stable all the year round 28-32° С. The ocean is hot, almost at any season comfortable for swimming and practicing sea sports. Around the islands is vibrant and diverse marine life, the observation of which is an essential element of the resort appeal of the country.

For the Maldives for objective reasons, almost wholly missing any production, which makes luxury destinations Maldives one of the most environmentally friendly places on earth. The basis of the economy is tourism. The hospitality industry is developing very dynamically, which allowed the country in a short time to become the most famous tourist destinations in the world.

Today, about one-fifth of the country is developed for tourist purposes, but this amounts to more than 200 resorts of 3-5 stars level. Practically everywhere the principle “one island – one hotel” operates. Therefore, even a traveler inveterate life is not enough to rest in each one at least once.

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Find Out Here What Makes Italy Such A Popular Holiday Destination!

Italy is an unusual country. Each traveler will find in it something interesting for himself. Stunning monuments, exotic beauty of the landscape, amazing Italian cuisine will leave a lasting impression in any visiting season.

And most importantly, amazing people live in the country, famous for their hospitality. The approaching Christmas makes them even more open and welcoming. Therefore, visiting Italy in winter, especially during the holidays, will allow tourists to feel all its originality and cordiality.

Blue sea, friendly people, culture, good food, exciting cities, and landscapes make Italy a popular holiday destination. If you need more reasons why your next trip has to go to Italy, we have some here for you

  1. The climate

Since luxury destinations in Italy has both mountainous and pronounced coastal regions, the weather is correspondingly varied and can spend both a lovely winter holiday, but of course especially great summer holidays here. The Mediterranean climate is considered particularly healthy, also thanks to the salty sea air. Of course, the temperatures vary slightly between north and south, but on average it rarely gets colder than 4-5 degrees, even in winter.

  1. The sea

Who thinks of Italy, thinks of the Adriatic, but Italy is also on the Mediterranean and the Ionian Sea. One finds in many new coastal sections with rocks and forests, but also beautiful long sandy beaches with bright sand. The beaches invite to long walks and sunbathing – pure relaxation.

  1. The culture

Due to the long history of Italy, anyone who is interested will get their money’s worth. You can stalk in the footsteps of the Romans, visit many beautiful museums and admire the monuments. The national libraries of Florence, Rome, and Naples are unique.

  1. Cities and landscapes

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