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Famous for its luxurious resorts, beach holidays, fortified wine, as well as being the birthplace of football-legend Cristiano Ronaldo, Madeira is a multifaceted destination that gradually opens up more of itself the further into the island you venture. The capital of Funchal is a good place to start your exploration. The squares and the streets of the centre are drawn with tiles in endearing patterns and quaint buildings abound these walkways. Interspersed among the shops and cafés are stunning cathedrals and churches and numerous museums and monuments (including one by the harbour dedicated to abovementioned footballer). Explore the narrow streets and alleys of the Old Town, stroll along the palm-lined promenade by the sea, gaze at the impressive the cathedral and indulge in a bit of art and culture by visiting the Museu de Arte Sacra and the Museum of Contemporary Art, all of which are found within easy walking distance of each other. Take the cable car to the tiny hilltop village of Monte, just behind Funchal, for a truly stunning view of the capital below and the landscape draped against the dark-blue Atlantic background. For another Madeiran gem, head five kilometres west of Funchal. The gorgeous city and fishing port of Camara de Lobos was Winston Churchill’s favourite holiday spot in the 1950s and a lot of his paintings feature the sharp cliffs, the green hills and the white houses of the area. Head further inland to explore some of the charming mountain villages that exist around the sides of Pico Ruivo and head to the west of the island to marvel at the sheer natural beauty of the 25 Fontes Falls, where water drops serenely among the sharp cliffs and the greenery. After a day of exploring the island, drift slowly back to the main towns and prepare yourself for a true Madeiran dinner. Sea-food such as sword-fish and tuna are often to be found on the menus, as is fried corn and espetadas. Similar to kebabs or gyros, espetada consists of succulent chunks of meat and vegetables grilled on spits. Washed down with a glass of Madeira wine and followed by local honey cake, what could be more delicious?
Permeating every particle of Greek culture is its rich heritage of history and mythology. Regardless of where you choose to holiday in Greece, you’re never far from a place that in one way or another is linked to one of the great gods like Zeus, Aphrodite or Poseidon, or the historical setting of fabled demigods and heroes like Hercules, Perseus and Odysseus.
The Moroccan metropolis is a plethora of colours, tastes, scents and of course sounds. Visiting the city will leave you with an infinity of impressions and regardless of where you move in the centre of Marrakech, you’re never short of new experiences. During your stay in this amazing city, sometimes you’ll need a space where you can just relax and enjoy the silence for a bit. Luckily there are numerous options for you to choose between, and below we have selected four things for you to do when you want a break from the hustle and bustle of the souks.
Every year on the 17th of March the planet glows in a special green hue, in honour of the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. Throughout the world, millions of people gather to celebrate everything Irish and the most famous festivities take place in New York City, Boston and of course Dublin. With lots of activities and performances taking place during the weekend around St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve chosen some of the main things that you can do, if you find yourself in Dublin during these joyful days. Check out more events here: http://www.stpatricksfestival.ie/