Revisiting the Old Classics, Discovering the New Europe: Part II

By Maria Cartwright

Europe has become a rediscovered destination to a new generation of active travelers, still attracting previous visitors while discovering new young talents for a simple yet elegant and, in some ways, a less complicated way of life.

Located north of Lisbon is the city of Porto and the Douro Valley. Porto is a fascinating and exciting city that is rapidly becoming one of Western Europe’s most respected tourist destinations. The city boasts an extensive history – from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribiera district to the grand plazas of the Avenida dos Aliados and buzzing nightlife of Porto; catering to all ages and preferences.

Stay: Porto Palacio Das Cardosas

Visit: Douro River Day Cruise

San Sebastian is a city made for strolling and is famous for pinchos or tapas – they are exquisite to look at but even more so when you taste them. The local custom is to go from one bar to another, trying the specialties in each establishment. San Sebastian blends sea and mountains, offering travelers stunning landscapes, sports, amazing cuisine and interesting historical monuments. Basque cuisine has been recognized internationally.

Stay: Maria Cristina

Taste: Rioja wines

Explore: Picos de Europa

From the Atlantic to the Cantabrian Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, nothing speaks to me as a holiday destination as much as Palma de Mallorca. Mallorca is well connected with direct flights coming from all over Europe. It is easy to fall in love with the Island and the village of Deia; even the journey there is beautiful, along the serpentine stretches of winding roads. Deia is often described as small and exclusive, but it has changed little over the past 150 years. In recent years, the stars of rock and roll have eclipsed the village with regular visits from such celebrities as Sir Richard Branson, Mick Jagger, Jennifer Aniston and most recently Catherine Zeta Jones and actor Michel Douglas.

Stay: La Resedencia

Eat: El Olivo, La Trattoria and Sebastians

Activities: Hik  Serra Tramuntana

About this writer

  • Maria Cartwright

    Maria Cartwright was born in Madrid, Spain, and has been a resident of Pawleys Island for the past 26 years. She is the proud owner of Premier Tours and Travel which is located in Pawleys Island, tailoring exclusive and adventure travel for the most discerning clients. For more information about the above destinations and other sites, please visit our website:

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