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Buendía and the Route of the Faces: A Different Side of Spain

  • Anne Sewell
  • 3 October 2016

While these iconic destinations are indeed worth a visit, sometimes it pays to go off the beaten track and discover a different side of Spain, like the the Ruta de las Caras, or the Route of the Faces,” near Buendía.

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Photo of the Week: A Gondolier on the Job, Venice, Italy

  • Cecilia Cambero (photo and text)
  • 12 October 2012

This picture, showing a gondolier during a work break, was taken near St. Mark’s Square, one of the main tourist spots in Venice, Italy. Although the area is always bustling, with people rushing around the place, this picture reflects one of those quiet moments that you can only glimpse when wandering a few corners off the beaten path, in Venice and elsewhere in Italy.

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Meet Mediterranean Farm Life in North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden
  • 11 September 2012

Whether you are interested in a full-blown agritourism holiday or would like to experience a few days of the rural Mediterranean in between relaxing on the beach or by the pool, North Cyprus can provide a holiday perfectly suited to your needs. As one of the most untouched destinations in the Mediterranean, North Cyprus has so much to offer, and responsible travel is actively encouraged.

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Can Agritourism Save Small-scale Farming?

  • Cynthia Ord
  • 4 September 2012

For those who are not convinced that a farm tour or farm stay is for them, there’s one side of the story they may not have considered – the supply side. Agritourism brings great benefits to small-scale farmers all over the world. Researchers and policymakers hail this eco-friendly form of tourism as a useful tool for rural development. Here are three ways that agritourism helps small-scale farmers sustain themselves.

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Photo of the Week: Nesting Green Turtle, North Cyprus

  • Andrea Barden (photo and text)
  • 31 August 2012

This green turtle is of one of many green and loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) that come to nest every year on the beaches all around the coast of North Cyprus. Volunteers came across this stunning female in the early hours of the morning and were able to watch her crawl up the beach, dig out a body pit and egg chamber, lay her eggs and then cover them up with sand using her powerful front flippers.

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The Inside Word… on Gozo, Malta

  • B Susann Kretzschmar
  • 29 August 2012

Through the Inside Word, our local partners – past and present, all travel experts – share their top tips on what to do, what to eat, where to party and where to shop in their neck of the woods. This month, we stroll the idyllic countryside of Gozo, a small and rural sister island of Malta, one third the size of the main island and famous for its pastoral countryside.

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Picking Fresh Figs Through Agritourism in Croatia

  • Gina Douglas
  • 19 August 2012

Through our travel guide in Croatia, we had found this family-owned and -run agritourism farm called Villa Solo. I was about to learn that by staying at an agritourism farm you get past a place’s small talk and first impressions. It envelops you as a local, particularly if you get off the beaten tourist path.

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Sea Turtle Conservation Volunteer Vacation on the Greek Island of Zakynthos

  • Angie Aspinall
  • 13 July 2012

If, like me, you’re the sort of person who likes bird-watching in Lesvos, walking in Madeira or soaking up the sun on a beach in Corfu, then it’s safe to say that Zakynthos needs you. Lately there’s been a decrease in people like us holidaying on this beautiful Ionian island and an increase in younger people looking for a ‘club 18-30’ style holiday. As a result, the wildlife on the island is suffering and a resurgence of ecotourism would help.

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Global Responsible Transport Service, Green Path Transfers, Rolls Across Europe

  • Laurel Angrist
  • 27 April 2012

Given the size and scope of Europe, visitors often only see what’s presented on packaged travel itineraries. They never experience the plenty that awaits independent travellers who choose to explore the continent at their own pace. For the earth-conscious, Green Path Transfers now offers secure, reliable and competitively priced 100-percent carbon-offset transport in key destinations in Europe and well beyond.

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The Inside Word on… Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Zana R-Bilal
  • 13 April 2012

The biggest treat in Medjugorje is the peaceful time for prayer in such inspired surroundings. Just walk through the fields to the Blue Cross or Apparition Hill. If you stay longer, take time to be a part of Medjugorje’s local community. Meet the families while attending Holy Mass, stop for casual conversation with locals or simply take your quiet time and space for personal reflection.

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