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Most blissful islands worldwide
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Top US Coastal Road Trips
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Top 30 Restaurants in Greece
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Best Holiday Resorts in Morocco
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Best Places for Solo Female Travel
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Purple Tips: 20 Things to do on Zante Holidays
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Purple Tips: Goa holidays – The perfect winter detox
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Cheap Holidays: Emerging Destinations for 2015
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Purple 10: best places for holidays at Christmas
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Purple Hearts: Free things to do on Paris city breaks

Most blissful islands worldwide

Madeira, Portugal
Porto Santo bright lights by night

Porto Santo by night

Once again windy Madeira was named as one of the best islands in the world! The island is an archipelago of Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Funchal is the capital of Madeira  settled in the 15th century. The greatest part of the island is an imposing botanical garden full of levadas, perfect for hiking trails. To explore its natural beauty you should surely visit the nearby villages, maintaining its charm. Gaze in wonder through mountain climbing to the summit of Pico Ruivo, you will feel like walking in heaven, as you revel in the eminent panoramic views of solidified lava…

Madeira's Nothern Wonders: Volcanically natural pools

Madeira’s Nothern Wonders: Volcanically natural pools

The Nothern road winds down through an amazing landscape of wild forests and lush valleys where you can find the famed terraced vineyards in Levada do Norte. Last but not least, don’t forget to unwind over a wine tasting at Pereira D’Oliveira. Porto Santo morphs into a party island on summer time, not to mention, the natural lava pools at Porto Moniz!

Santorini, Cyclades, Greece
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Endless deep blue…Soaking in the Aegean Sea

Looking for a mythical experience? The island of charm, ‘’immortalized’’ by famous poets, thanks to its coloured houses carved into cliffs and the most mesmerizing sunsets like an artist’s palette! A unique aura that overwhelms all senses with amazing views of the caldera creates wild landscape as you are strolling along Nea Kameni’s volcano. If you are a fearful adventurer, you can try scuba-diving into the thermal waters forming a volcanic spa at Palia Kameni or challenge yourself walking along the Oia’s path where an iridescent landscape await you on the dusk time.

If you are a history lover, take a visit at the ‘’Pompeian City of Aegean’’, the prehistoric Akrotiri and the museum of Prehistoric Thera at Fira. Of course, Santorini’s local specialties are among the most popular, as the greatest chefs blend traditional twist with modern gastronomy making Santorini one of the best culinary destinations! As, for the sunbathers there are unique beaches with a colors of red, black, white and red: Perissa, Perivolos, Kamari, Kokkini and Aspri Paralia (Red & White Beach).

Mauritius, Indian Ocean, Africa
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Chillin’ with refreshing coconut drinks on the beach

One of the most favored tropical paradise in the world, Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a bustling port with a modernized waterfront! Its beautiful well-known resorts, such as the Mont Choisy, Trou-aux-Biches and the Flic en Flac, perfect choice for scuba-divers or Rivière Noire for fishing. Mauritius’ crystal blue waters, endless sandy beaches and tropical climate, is an ideal go-to destination for honeymoons and jet setters too! Except for snorkeling and coconut refreshing cocktails there is much more to do on this island with its buzzing nightlife and rich culture.  Moreover, there are some things surely not to miss: Mahebourg market – the island’s traditional bazzar, Mauritius is also home to world’s golf lovers, Chamarel Colored Earths & Waterfalls, Sporting enthusiasts: Have a daytrip at Ille aux Cerfs,  Admire flora & fauna of Indian Ocean at Mauritius Aquarium or take a visit at Eureka delving into Mauritius’ colonial past.

Bali, Indonesia
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Door of Heaven

Bali, the Indonesian paradise, feels like a earthly heaven with its incomparable beauty…. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, known for its great diversity of marine species. Soak up the sun or dive along the amazing wreck of a WWII war ship! At artistic Ubud, you can see a cultural local dance or if you need some revival moments, invigorate mind & body in a yoga class. The eclectic Balinese tradition will get you hooked during your stay and it is mainly what sets this island apart from other tropical destinations. Most tourists visit also the island for its stunning ancient and nature wonders, active volcanoes and lush wild jungles!

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Wild nature comes alive…

Can’t miss – Facilities & Landmarks

  • What Not to Miss in Bali
  • Shopping at Seminyak & dining at Nasi Ayam Kedewatan restaurant
  • Explore Kuta – Amed & Lovina beaches
  • Dive off Pemuteran & Surfing at Medewi
  • Visit Puri Lukisan museum & Monkey Sanctuary
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  • Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, is a bustling port with a modernized waterfront!  Buffer
  • Don't forget to unwind over a wine tasting at Pereira D’Oliveira!  Buffer
  • Lavish moments at Porto Moniz natural lava pools  Buffer
  • Looking for a mythical experience? Visit the Greek island of charm, Santorini!  Buffer
  • Gaze in wonder through mountain climbing to the summit of Pico Ruivo....  Buffer

Top US Coastal Road Trips

Seaside or mountain love?
Whichever side you prefer, we are here to give you the best ideas and make your holidays unbeatable. This year, we prefer to travel back in time and remind ourselves the hottest pastimes in the ’80s. As expected, coastal road trips remained a must on every traveler’s bucket list. Explore this summer the most scenic-secret places in the American territory!

Here is the list of the top breathtaking itineraries and places to see in USA:

1. Coastal Road Trip – Overseas Highway:
Tropical drive from Miami beach to Key West

Florida’s Overseas Highway connects the world’s most popular american vacation spot, Miami,  to the most southern location of US, the island of Key West. During your 4-hour-drive along the route, you can watch numerable coral and small limestone islands, so we advice you to take your time and enjoy sightseeing or swimming.

*Beware of the 7-Mile-Bridge, you  may feel like you are flying over the water!

Purple Travel Vituozos tip: Take a stop at Tavernier, so you can have access to the Conch Reef which is ideal for snorkeling lovers!

2. Coastal Road Trip – Pacific Coast Highway:
From California to San Diego

Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway or an unusual eco-friendly escape the Pacific Coast Highway is perfect  for you! It is known as one of the best scenic drives worldwide and it’s easy to see why! Cliff-hugging all the way,  you feel that the California coast enliven your senses to the full extent. Detour to the city of surprises – San Francisco and get through the alluring coastal towns like Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, the exotic Malibu and ”the city of angels”, the glamorous L.A…

Purple Travel Vituozos tipAt Monterey Bay take a visit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium,  then drive along the scenic ”17 Mile” and enjoy the beautiful seaside village Carmel-by-the-Sea. After the next uphill to the Big Sur, don’t forget to take a picture of the Bixby Bridge, the tallest single span  bridges worldwide! to take a photo of the Bixby Bridge, one of the tallest concrete bridges in the world.

3. Coastal Road Trip – ROUTE 66:
From Chicago & Illinois to Los Angeles

Here is better to do as the songs says ” “get your kicks on Route 66.” The ”Route 66” captivates the romantic souls until today. The truth is that, no other highway, in the world, has inspired so many classic rock songs, storytellers and  legendary poems.  The 2,200-mile-long, running from the high-tech city -known for its’ one-and-only urban design- Chicago, to the ”seaside dreaming”-the city of California, may surprise you, as well as your long-lasting excitement!

Purple Travel Vituozos tip: The awe-inspiring Meramec Caves, near the town of  Missouri, cannot be missed. The cross-section of American sceneries, from Illinois, all the way to the sunny L.A, the Grand Canyon, as well as the sandy streets of St. Louis.

Cheers to american adventures!

Top 30 Restaurants in Greece

Culinary experiences - Best restaurants in Greece Images via @athinorama

Wondering what’s the best place to eat during your holidays in Greece? We are more than excited to present you the highlights of the most stunning Greek gastronomy ceremony, ”Golden Chef’s Hat”, held in Athens on Monday April 20th in the Ballroom of the hotel “Grande Bretagne”.  Foreign journalists and ministers, as well as Greek tourism professionals shared their excitement for culinary experiences celebrating the best restaurants in Greece. As gastronomy is amongst the most authentic cultural elements of Greece, the ”Golden Chef’s Hat” awards, for the first time in 22 years, brought not one but two restaurants to the top of the Greek culinary scene. Read More

Best Holiday Resorts in Morocco

Looking to get rid of the winter blues? How about visiting one of the holiday resorts in Morocco? All are full of sun, sea, sand and exotic charm yet each has its own unique flavour. Here Purple Travel give you a brief guide to each destination to inspire your next holiday.

Saidia

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Known as the “Blue Pearl”,  Saidia is Morocco’s newest beach resort with all the excitement of larger resorts but with a modern twist. You’ll find large and luxurious resorts overlooking a sparkling blue ocean that contrast with traditional Moroccon destinations like Fez. Temperatures here can reach the high 30s in summer bringing with it sun worshippers. So why holiday here? There’s the marina filled with restaurants serving traditional Moroccan cuisine, thermal centres, sailing, diving and water skiing opportunities, all great ways to keep you entertained during your getaway.

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Best Places for Solo Female Travel

It can often be hard to try and do all the things we want to do and see all the places we want to, especially if it means organizing travel plans with friends. There’s only one thing for it sometimes – travelling alone. For women, sometimes we’re even more hesitant to venture out on our own on a solo adventure. Some of us might be a bit scared that it’s not safe while others don’t know what they would do alone or don’t know where they would go. But really travelling solo is not as hard as you think once you’ve taken that first step and travelling solo can give you a new found sense of freedom, strength and thirst for adventure that you never had before. In this guide Purple Travel gives you the low-down on places you can go for solo female travel where you’ll feel safe and secure on your own.

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Purple Tips: 20 Things to do on Zante Holidays

You might just think there’s only beaches and bars to visit on Zante holidays but there’s a lot more to do and see here than first meets the eye. Let us know in the comments below your favourite things to do in Zante.

1. Head to Agios Nikolaos and take a boat to see the Blue Caves at Cape Skinari – they are natural arches that have been carved out by erosion and are famous for the colour of the water hence the name Blue Caves.

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Purple Tips: Goa holidays – The perfect winter detox

Goa holidays are full of vibrant markets, stunning scenery, spectacular sunsets and beaches? Here’s our insider guide to Goa, the perfect winter detox holiday destination. So if you stuffed yourself silly at Christmas and had a bit too much to drink over the new year then read on to see how a Goa holiday could be perfect to start the year afresh.

Sunshine

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If you are particularly affected by the winter season and feel affected by deprivation of sunlight then Goa is the perfect winter destination with temperatures ranging from 25c-35c, you’ll get on average 10 hours sun a day, giving you a vital boost of Vitamin D, helping you to feel happy and healthy. Sun exposure has also been linked to strengthening your bones and decreasing symptoms of asthma. Be careful though, you should only expose yourself to the sun slowly, and moderately.

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Cheap Holidays: Emerging Destinations for 2015

Looking ahead for next year’s summer holiday? If you’re after something more authentic but still have a budget to stick to then Purple Travel have picked the best cheap holidays in emerging and undiscovered destinations that won’t hurt your bank balance.

Essaouira, Morocco

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With many tourists flocking to visit the souks of Marrakech or the budget-friendly holiday destination of Agadir towards the north, there lies a little secret a bit more south of this and it’s called Essaouira and really comes at no extra cost either. We can tell you that it is truly one of the most beautiful Atlantic coastal towns that is renowned for being more laid-back than its more popular neighbours. The best time to visit is in Spring and Autumn, before and after Ramadan. Film lovers will be especially pleased to hear that Essaouira has been the setting of Orson Welles’ Othello and Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven. While outdoor enthusiasts will love the choice of low cost activities and water sports available. Due to a renewed interest in Morocco, chic boutiques and quirky riads have been popping up all over the place, making Essaouira the new cheap and chic place to stay. It is also close to Marrakech for those who want to combine a beach holiday and a city break. Those interested in world music will be pleased to hear that Essaouira plays host to two music festivals. The Essaouira Alizes Festival in April which showcases classic and contemporary Moroccan music and the Gnaoua & World Music Festival in June where local and international artists come together for dancing, music and culture.

Mahdia, Tunisia

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Taking a cue from its North African neighbour, Tunisia has new offerings for tourists who want simple and charming experiences and friendly prices. Since Tunisia is more of a newcomer on the block than Morocco it is actually more affordable. Mahdia just south of the busy resort of Monastir, is a coastal city associated with the fishing silk weaving and olive industries. It is certainly one of Tunisia’s most picturesque cities and has many historic attractions such as the ruins of the ancient city of Punic, the Fatimid port, the first Fatimid mosque (dating back to the 10th century) and an Ottoman port (16th century). If you book a cheap holiday to Tunisia it means you have more cash to splash on activities such as diving and Mahdia surely is Tunisia’s top diving site and wreck diving in particular. Holidays in Mahdia are great for honeymooners and great for first-time visitors to Tunisia who will get a taste of this exotic country without being overwhelmed.

Yalikavak, Turkey

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Yalikavak is a harbourside town with an ultra-modern marina yet has still managed to maintain a small and sleepy exterior – so far. I’ts located on the Bodrum peninsula not too far from the bigger resort of Bodrum itself. Visitors looking for cheap holidays to Turkey will be more than pleased by Yalikavak’s offerings. The small sandy beaches are perfect for spending days in the sun and so far many beaches remain uncrowded, perfect for families. For extra beauty, lay on the beach until sunset and see the sun drop behind the horizon. The market at Yalikavak draws people from all over the Bodrum peninsula, seeking out shopping bargains on retail items but also on fresh produce but to get a bargain be prepared to haggle.

Montenegro

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Taking a spot all of its own is the country of Montenegro, this is perhaps definitely the most off the beaten track destination in our list. Budva, is the poster child of tourism here and there’s good reason why. Explore the atmospheric old town before parking yourself down on one of the 35 beaches. By night Budva transforms itself with numerous beachside bars so if you’re in for a night on the tiles then Budva is the place to be and really may not be suitable for families. Elsewhere along the Riviera and in other resorts Montenegro has remained quieter and more atmospheric. For example the Bay of Kotor is considered one of the most beautiful in Europe and Kotor itself is an ancient fortified town with UNESCO World Heritage status. Further down the coast from Budva is the Montenegrin south coast where you’ll find Ulcinj, a predominantly ethnically Albanian town with a splendid location, for exploring the south of the country.

The Undiscovered Algarve

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Tourists have been visiting the Algarve for years and years but away from the busy airport, golf resorts, and really cheap package deals lies something more authentic. Olhao, a small fishing village is a perfect example of the cultural mix that can be found in Southern Portugal thanks to the maritime hisotry and Moorish occupation. Olhao is known for its square-shaped whitewashed houses with Moorish features. In the late 18th century, the town was flourishing and so local people started to build new houses in a Moorish style. Another draw of Olhao is the chance to take a watertaxi to peaceful offshore beaches such as Armona, Farol and Culatra. Away from the coast lies Monchique, a forested market town known for its production of aguardiente, a potent brandy and the perfect base to explore the Algarve’s lesser known inland beauty.

 

Purple 10: best places for holidays at Christmas

Any town or city can hang up a few lights in the city centre and call it a Christmas festival but there are places in the world that put the rest to shame. If you’re fed up of shoddy lights and a sad-looking tree take a look at these places that really know how to put on a show and offer the best alternative places for holidays at Christmas.

Barcelona, Spain

If you’ve got enough holiday to extend your holidays until the 5th of January (Three King’s Day) then there’s no place than Barcelona to spend it with Melchior, Gaspar and Balthasar. On Januray 4th the three king’s touch down at the city’s port on their very own ship – Santa Eulalia and completely kitted up in velvet. Canons are fired, fireworks are let of and as the mayor of the city hands over the keys of the city to the kings, the magic of Magi officially starts. The kings are paraded through the streets in an extravagant procession of floats comprising of camels, elephants and giraffes.

Il·luminació nadalenca a Barcelona - Av. Portal de l'Àngel
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Purple Hearts: Free things to do on Paris city breaks

Paris is one of Europe’s most visited cities, drawing in tourists from all over the world, particularly during the summer. Despite being notoriously expensive, there are actually a lot of ways you can save money on Paris city breaks

1. Go wandering for free

Since 2004 over 4 million people have taken advantage of Sandeman’s New Europe free walking tour. If you take this opportunity, you will pass along the banks of the Seine, walk around the Latin Quarter, remaining in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower and then some. Lasting for a generous 3 hours, these visits pass by heaps of the top Paris attractions, giving you a chance to see lots of the city at once, learn about the history of Paris and meet other enthusiastic travellers at the same time.

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