The Romantic Road of Maine River

March 22, 2017 seenplaces 0

Beloved by Germans as one of their favourite holiday routes, the Romantic Road starts by the River Main at the Prince-Bishopric fortress town of Wurzburg. Picking its way through rural backwaters of stunning beauty, it seeks out some of Germany’s least-famous but most magnificent castles, palaces, old towns and topographical […]

Berlin Wall Bike Trail

March 22, 2017 seenplaces 0

It appeared in 1961 without warning, and disappeared just as suddenly in 1989. Now, the very few fragments of the original Berlin Wall still in situ are themselves protected by fencing from souvenir hunters. Once an embarrassment, the Wall is now regarded as the defining icon of the reunited, reconstructed […]

La Pedriza by Foot

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

One of the many wonders of Madrid is its proximity to some astounding natural scenery. Less than an hour’s bus ride northwards and you can breathe pure mountain air and escape the crowds in the wilderness of La Pedriza. This 32 sq km (12 sq mi) granite massif, a spur […]

Selvaggio Blu Trek in Sardinia

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

Said to be the toughest trek in Italy, as well as one of the most beautiful, Selvaggio Blu is a 45 km (28 mi) hike around the Gulf of Orosei on the east coast of Sardinia, the Mediterranean’s second largest island. In the late 1980s, Peppino Cicalo and Mario Verin, […]

Green Spain Train Route

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

The railway system that runs across northern Spain is a mere lm (3 ft) wide, originally designed for transporting coal from the mines of the Cantábrican Mountains. The network runs for 800 km (500 mi) through the exuberant terrain of ‘Green Spain’, the fertile coastal strip between the stormy seas […]

Normandy Beaches

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

It’s easy to jump into a car and whiz along the Normandy Coast from the mouth of the River Orne to the Varneville Dunes on the Cotentin Peninsula. It’s a pleasant journey, as the coast road passes sand dunes with wide expanses of sand beyond and a series of small […]

Brittany’s Emerald Coast

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

Brittany is a jewel in France’s coastal crown, as the soubriquet ‘Emerald Coast’ suggests. The Breton coast is a wonderland of cliffs and seascapes, magical islands and estuaries, beaches and coves, fishing villages and ports…and a gastronomic delight for lovers of seafood and rich regional cuisine. It’s possible to spend […]

By Train From Coruna to Madrid

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

Considering how long Spain has been a major tourist destination, its magnificent hinterland has remained remarkably undiscovered. There is no better way to see the interior of this beautiful country than catching the train from the lovely city of A Coruña, on the Galician coast, to Madrid – a 740-km […]

El Greco Walk in Toledo

March 21, 2017 seenplaces 0

Known as the ‘city of three cultures’, the World Heritage city of Toledo was renowned in medieval times for intellectual and religious tolerance. The expression of this can still be seen in the variety of the city’s monuments – churches, synagogues, mosques, palaces and battlements built over the centuries in […]

Ottoman monuments of Athens

March 20, 2017 seenplaces 0

Athens was conquered by the Ottoman in 11456 and liberated in 1833. Remarkable buildings of the period have been preserved. Mosques The Tzistarakis Mosque (or Kato Sintrivaniou), located in Monastiraki Square, was built in 1759 by the Turkish voivod Moustafa Agas. Seeking lime for the construction of the Mosque, Tzistarakis removed […]