Where to Find the Best Beaches in Algarve, Portugal

Imagine the Cliffs of Moher combined with a Mediterranean climate and sandy beaches, and you have the Algarve region of Portugal. This idyllic area is the Southern most post of Portugal and home to what I would consider Europe’s most scenic beaches.

You’ll find sandstone rock formations towering over spotless beaches and a rugged coastline scattered with grottos (caves) and coves. The Algarve is ideal if you’re looking to escape to a combination of nature and sea.

That’s why I’ve rounded up where to find the best beaches in the Algarve region. Read more

10 Experiences You Must Have in Lisbon

We zigzagged uphill along the narrow cobble stone streets, through an array of iconic painted tiles, juxtaposed next to a freshly painted graffiti mural. I could faintly hear the Portuguese Fado music coming out the front door of each quant coffee shop and restaurant. The air smelled of wine, stew, and salt from the ocean.

Finally, our tiny winding road opened up into a Miradoura (look out point) over the entire capital city’s citrus colored roofs and vast pacific horizon. I usually would take out my camera at this point, but instead I just stood there for about five minutes taking it all in. That’s the moment I fell deeply in love with Lisbon.

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The Couple’s Guide to Sintra, with Lisbon by Beetle [VIDEO + PICTURES]

If Lisbon is for hipsters, then Sintra is definitely for lovers. This area filled with UNESCO world heritage sites is known as the birthplace of Portuguese romanticism and boasts some of the country’s most elegant palaces.

With the mountainous terrain stretching over 300 km, the most practical way to experience Sintra is by car. That’s why we hopped in a vintage convertible with Lisbon By Beetle for one romantic getaway we will never forget. Read more

Authentic Cuisine and Culture at Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival (VIDEO)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: October is my favorite time in Dubrovnik. The crowds begin to die down, the weather is sunny with a nice breeze, and I still consider it warm enough for swimming. If that’s not enough to visit during this month, now there’s one more reason: Dubrovnik’s Good Food Festival.

For the last four years, this four-day event has been drawing in a combination of locals and hungry foodies from around the world. I’d say that this year was the best festival yet. Read more

Mljet: The Island with Croatia’s Best Nature [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

Voted the Croatian island with the best nature by Lonely Planet, Mljet is the place to go when you want to leave it all behind and get lost in Dalmatia’s purest nature.

The island’s beauty draws in a mixture of locals and tourists from around the world, and sets an example for excellent conservation efforts. Not to mention, you’ll also find some of Croatia’s best seafood here too.

Here’s an insider’s guide to Mljet, Croatia’s ultimate eco escape.

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