At the bottom of the tranquil valley Alpbachtal, there is a picturesque village that ticks all the boxes of a rural Tyrolean hamlet: exceptional mountain scenery, farmhouses dotting the slopes, for there are more than one hundred working farms, traditional wooden chalets, and balconies brimming with colourful flowers.
Kaysersberg is an instant heart-stealer, there is no doubt about that. But before hearing your first ‘Bonjour’, you may well wonder if you are on German or French grounds. However, having changed hands many times during its history, this comes as no surprise.
When it comes to idyllic beaches to visit in Greece, the Cyclades are among the first to pop into your head. But if you go with the heavy-tickers, you will barely find an empty spot on the most popular ones during July and August. To truly get away from it all, look beyond Cyclades’ usual suspects and discover the beaches of a far lesser-known escape: Schinoussa!
Still off the beaten track, Schinoussa has far fewer amenities than some of its more famous neighbours. But this only allows it to retain the romantic, ramshackle feel of a more secluded retreat.
Small as it might be, it is divided up into three different settlements: the atmospheric capital known as Chora or Panagia, the small rural village of Messaria, and the port of Mersini. Most accommodation is found at Chora and the nearby beaches of Tsigouri and Livadi, while there are also a couple of nice hotels at Messaria. Mersini is not the ideal place to base yourself as there is not much to do there, and the daily uphill to Chora will wear you out.
Thirteen meters long and with just one main road running its spine, no one would expect that Folegandros has no less than six villages. And when it comes to choosing where to stay, it all depends on what fits you best.
Couples and everyone who wants to enjoy the island when the sun comes down better stay in the captivating Chora. Those with a car and after unbeatable views and authentic island life will love every second of their stay in Ano Meria. And families with young children will find that Karavostasis and Agali offer both beaches and taverns at their doorstep.
Bustling and chichi but at the same time mysterious and rugged. That’s what you’ll think when you first behold the captivating Chora of Folegandros, and the island’s beaches are no different.
Some of them are easy-to-access and offer every commodity for a perfect day at the beach. Others are remote, pristine, hidden away between towering cliffs, with no trace of civilisation for miles.
But guess what! The latter is our favourite and will become yours as well.
Tucked away in a drop-dead gorgeous valley in the Cotswolds, there is a tiny quintessential English village that is not to be missed. Castle Combe is so small that it has just one main road – appropriately named “The Street” – and a walk around it takes less than 20min.
But what it lucks in size, it makes up for in quaintness.
Just 5km off the north-west coast of Mahé you will find the St. Anne Marine National Park, which is comprised