Reveling in the beauty of the Earth — and its fruits — is easy in Portugal’s Alentejo region, where vineyards blend seamlessly with wild coastlines, natural landscapes and tranquil protected areas. Immense stretches of land and the species that dwell there are officially safeguarded for present and future generations to explore. These include Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Nature Park along the Atlantic coast, home to craggy cliffs flecked with white stork nests, deserted beaches and miles of coastal trails.
Towering oaks, majestic chestnuts and hardy olive trees dot the mountainous landscape within Serra de São Mamede Nature Park. Visitors can scout for glimpses of the multitude of local plant and bird species or hike and mountain bike along twisting paths to explore the ancient walled village of Marvão.
In Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, the setting shifts to grass-covered dunes and watery vistas. Watch for the community of dolphins that frequent the mouth of the Sado River, or listen to the songs and cries of more than 200 species of birds.
Several eco-focused companies and outfitters can provide tours or design routes for self-guided expeditions to these or other locations such as Lagoas de Santo André e da Sancha Nature Reserve and Vale do Guadiana Nature Park. Live Electric Tours offers private Tesla tours, self-drive and group excursions in 100 percent electric vehicles to areas including Évora. Portugal Nature Trails can create cycling tours that include the Alentejo Vineyards Road.
Where to settle in for the night is easy, as this region boasts a number of hotels with a green or sustainable focus. Set amid a landscape of cork oaks and holm oaks, Ecork Hotel Évora — Portugal’s first certified eco hotel — offers a blend of minimalism and elegance that comes with the comfort of knowing power is generated by solar and geothermal energy. Along with 53 villa-style suites, there’s a spa, sauna, Turkish bath, indoor pool and full gym.
Bearing Biosphere Certification awarded by the Responsible Tourism Institute, the boutique Pateo dos Solares Charm Hotel, located in the historic town of Estremoz, offers 41 rooms and suites plus charging stations for electric vehicles.
Built with sustainable materials and utilizing solar power to heat water in the main structure, swimming pools, guest suites and spa complex, Sublime Comporta in the village of Grandola was constructed to embrace the local environment. This includes trees: A selection of private villas integrate living trees within their spaces.
Pantone recently unveiled its color of the year for 2023. The highly anticipated announcement has become a tradition, each year introducing a new color to represent the coming year. In 2021, Pantone declared 2022 to be the color of Very Peri 17-3938, a blend of purple and blue. For 2023, Pantone’s Color of the Year is Viva magenta 18-1750. A shade from the red family, this color represents a new signal of strength. Brave and fearless, Viva Magenta is rooted in nature and embraces joy and celebration.
Experience the beauty of Alaska and save 60 percent off cruise fares on your second and fourth guests. Plus, drinks, WiFi and tips are all included.
The UNESCO World Heritage neighborhood of Balat rivals İstanbul’s Old City for its historic significance, with an added splash of color. Its cobbled hilly streets boast a full rainbow of houses, cafés, restaurants and churches painted in pinks, reds, oranges, yellows, greens and blues — parts even surpassing my native San Francisco’s steep, colorful corridors. The most vibrant stretch of homes, dating anywhere from 50 to 200 years old, runs along Kiremit Caddesi.
Icelandair recently announced its newest North American gateway: Detroit, Michigan. The seasonal flights begin May 18, 2023, taking off from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport to Reykjavik (KEF), Iceland. The four weekly, non-stop flights will run through Oct. 30, 2023. Flight 872 departs Detroit for Iceland Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, at 8:30 p.m., on a 160-seat Boeing 737MAX. The return, from Reykjavik to Detroit, departs 5 p.m. on the same days of the week, arriving at 6:25 p.m.
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If your personal travel nirvana involves fabulous scenery and a snappy, reviving hike in bracing winter air, Bannikin Travel & Tourism hopes to make your dreams come true with a selection of new winter walking itineraries in Scotland (other trip options are available in England and Ireland). Here’s what you can look forward to in 2023:
A giant, sparkling white fir tree and decadent holiday brunch in a historic Rocky Mountain setting? Please and thank you! It’s all happening at historic Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado. Guests will be greeted by sparkle and light as they enter — the hotel’s enormous lobby tree is a local tradition, chosen each year through a partnership with Native Nursery in the nearby town of Golden.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Travelers constantly look for their next bucket-list vacation, but with Europe getting colder, why not travel to a destination that is sunny year-round? Tel Aviv is the perfect getaway to escape the cold winter months. Whether traveling solo, with friends or family members, here are some must-do activities in Tel Aviv.