Exploring Northern France with DFDS

Exploring Northern France with DFDS

Northern France is an area that, for some unknown reason, has completely escaped my travel radar. It’s easily accessible from England, especially as we live just over an hour’s drive from Dover, so it’s odd that we’ve not Channel hopped more. Maybe it’s because it’s just so close that when we’re planning our travels we’ve overlooked the hidden French gems that are right under our nose. We rectified this last month with a mini road trip with DFDS Ferries to Hauts-de-France. Our mission was to explore Amiens, a city in northern France, a surprise attraction nearby and spend the night in some unusual accommodation. We also squeezed in a short visit to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme, a medieval coastal town.

Amiens, Northern France

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Gourmet Dining and El Capricho at Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous

Gourmet Dining and El Capricho at Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous

When it comes to gastronomy, Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous Mallorca brings world-class à la carte dining plus the moon and the stars. For drinks or pre-dinner tipples guests can head to the stylish Selini lobby bar. Selini, of course, is the Greek word for Moon. A gourmet experience of stellar proportions awaits In the Astir Restaurant. Astir means star in Greek and this restaurant shines brightly.

Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous Dining

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A World of Wander at Majorca Boutique Hotel Iberostar Grand Portals Nous

A World of Wander at Majorca Boutique Hotel Iberostar Grand Portals Nous

Iberostar Grand Portals Nous Pool

The Majorca boutique hotel scene has a new addition. Stepping through billowing white curtains into the grounds of Iberostar Grand Hotel Portals Nous felt like walking into a luxury fragrance ad. Everywhere is so pristinely white and stylishly radiant at this Majorca boutique hotel that I almost expected Charlize Theron to come wafting across the terrace in a cloud of mimosa. I didn’t have time to ponder this much before being welcomed into the Selini Bar where a glass of crisp Moet accompanied check-in. The attention to detail is impeccable.

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Rustic Ritz – Camping in Ilbarritz

Rustic Ritz – Camping in Ilbarritz

Camping Ilbarritz

I’m back from my camping Ilbarritz trip to Yelloh Village Ilbarritz near the French town of Biarritz in south west France. It was my first visit to Pays Basque and my first experience of camping in France. I was looking forward to discovering what the region had to offer and seeing if the Basque region differed from the rest of France. I wasn’t disappointed. Fabulous beaches, the friendliest of people, excellent food and a few surprises along the way made it a brilliant weekend. Let me tell you about camping in Ilbarritz and what the area has to offer. (more…)

Reasons you need to visit Menorca – Part 1

Reasons you need to visit Menorca – Part 1

Menorca, with its chilled vibes, laid back mood and slower pace sits with its Balearic brothers in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. Menorca means smaller island but the little isle punches well above its weight in terms of unspoilt beaches, secluded coves and crystal clear waters. Visit Menorca for captivating old towns, cathedrals, harbours and a vast natural bio-sphere. The food is good; think cheese, the freshest seafood, vineyards and gin. There are so many things to do in Menorca, lots to see and masses of reasons to visit. Here are just some of the ways I fell in love with it…

Cala Galdana - what to see in Menorca

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