Off The Beaten Track European Summer Destinations Just Beyond the Obvious

Off The Beaten Track European Summer Destinations Just Beyond the Obvious. Santa Ponca, Mallorca, Spain. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Off the beaten track European summer destinations are still possible to find. You need to look just beyond Europe’s obvious summer hotspots – the Cinque Terre, Côte d’Azur, Italian Lakes and so on – as sometimes Europe’s secret beaches, sleepy cities, quiet towns, and cool retreats are close by. A few days ago a friend who … Read more

European Summer Escapes – A Summer of European Cities, Sun and Sand

European Summer Escapes – A Summer of European Cities, Sun and Sand. Portas Vells, Mallorca, Spain. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

European summer escapes were on my mind at this time every year during the many years we lived in the Middle East. A summer in Europe split between its sophisticated cities and the Mediterranean sand and sunshine was my idea of heaven. Here’s a personal guide to my favourite spots for European summer escapes. Summer is upon … Read more

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel

A Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel. Carnival Mask, Venice, Italy. Copyright © 2022 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

I was asked to craft a Grantourismo-style romantic city escape or luxury honeymoon holiday, a break focused firmly on love and romance but one involving a slow, local and experiential travel, and a lot of food and wine. Grantourismo Guide to Love, Romance and Local Travel – Romantic City Escapes Barcelona, Spain Stay The intimate ABaC Hotel, … Read more

Port, Wine & Bacalhau in the Douro Valley, Portugal: Part 2

Port, Wine & Bacalhau in the Douro Valley, Portugal: Part 2. Copyright © 2023 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Our third morning* in Portugal’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Douro Valley wine region began with the now mandatory drive through magnificent countryside, our bus skirting the edge of the misty valley before climbing up to Favaios, on a plateau which at 600 metres is the Douro’s highest point. DAY 3 Douro Valley: Quinta da Avessada, Quinta … Read more