Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards

Portugal has three hotspots for tourism: 1. the capital Lisbon with the neighboring small cities of Sintra and Cascais, 2. the city of Porto with the Duero region in north, and 3. sunny Algarve on the south coast. These three destinations, however, are vastly different experiences for visitors. What exactly is it that has made Portugal such a popular destination to visit?

Carvoeiro beach, fishing village, fishermen's beach in Algarve, Portugal. Read the story “Five reasons why Portugal keeps winning the best travel destination awards”

Handy planning tool for estimating travel times in a destination using a number of transport methods

When visiting unfamiliar places, one of the most difficult things for a tourist is to estimate travel times within the destination. Perhaps you would like to know how long it takes to walk to the old town from your hotel, or how far from the city you can drive in two hours. TravelTime Maps is an online service that lets you study travel times from a point you define using multiple transport methods.

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How to avoid scams when you are booking your next holiday accommodation

I became concerned about the possibility of being cheated after one of my colleagues wrote about her horrible experience in a flat she had rented in Portugal from Airbnb. The flat itself was as advertised, but the ghetto-like neighborhood wasn’t safe for foreigners.

a neighborhood in Portugal. At dusk women in short skirts came out on the street. An Airbnb rental. Read the story “How to avoid scams when you are booking your next holiday accommodation”

If you are traveling in a region where polar bears roam, here is something you shouldn’t do

If you are on a journey in the far north, above the Arctic Circle in the land of polar bears, here is an important thing to know. Whatever you do, don’t approach the animal. First, it is dangerous, since polar bear is regarded as one of the most dangerous predator in the world. Second, approaching polar bears is forbidden, and you may get a hefty ticket for it.

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Is it safe to visit Barcelona? Some residents are really tired of tourists

Barcelona in Spain is the third most visited city in Europe according to recent statistics. For many years, it has been a favorite city break destination for young Europeans who like the free bar culture of the Catalonia capital. Even more tourists come to Barcelona for its architecture, art and history. Massive Mediterranean cruise ships bring loads of tourists to the port of Barcelona for day visits.

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In Paris, France, you can stay a night at a bookstore

Paris Boutik Hotel
In Paris, France, a special hotel room has been opened for travelers who like to sleep surrounded by books. Paris Boutik Hotel has rooms that are all different, each room has been designed to a theme. One of these rooms is like a small bookstore. It is located in Marais district of the city. Read the story “In Paris, France, you can stay a night at a bookstore”