White powder sand, secluded enclaves, staggering cliffs, crystal clear water, and swaying palms are just some of the reasons travelers flock to the beaches winding around the European coastline. Whether you want to surf, build sandcastles with the kids, ride jet skis, snorkel among the marine life, or merely sleep in solitude, there is a beach waiting for you in your favorite destination across the Atlantic. We’ve picked five from the long list of impressive places to dig your feet in the sand and bask in nature’s beauty on your next luxury vacation in Europe.
If your European getaway is taking you to Turkey, make sure to spend a day at Olu Deniz (Dead Sea) beach and see why it is consistently at the top of leading travel publications’ best beaches in Europe lists. The most famous on its Mediterranean coastline, Olu Deniz is a literal blue lagoon with gorgeous shades of green and turquoise water and creamy white sand surrounded by the mountains and cliffs of Fethiye. Entry into the lagoon requires a fee of 5₤ (about $3 per person), a small price to pay to be enveloped by such tranquility. You can grab a cold drink and light snack at one of the beach bars, rent canoes or kayaks, snorkel or swim in the calm waters, or just lay back and take in the stunning scenery—you might even run into some endangered loggerhead sea turtles crawling by on their way for a dip.
Kumbh Mela – is the Hindu ritual of pilgrimage to the holy places of Hinduism, which is held every 12 years. Legend associates the holiday with the battle between gods and demons over a pitcher of the nectar of immortality. It is believed that drops of nectar fell in four places – Prayag (Allahabad), Haridwar, Ujjain and Nashik. That and become places of pilgrimage.
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The Hotel Silken Puerta América Madrid designed by Marc Newson is an idea of freedom come true, a gathering space merging different cultures and ways of interpreting architecture and design. A masterpiece that awakens guests’ senses, that breaks the mould by using different colours, materials and shapes. A 5 Star Luxury Hotel that ushers guests into innovative spaces, a bold departure from the usual.
Of course, Brazilian carnivals are the most vibrant and exciting in the world. Fireworks, hot dances, extravagant costumes – millions of people come here to see it all with their own eyes. This is a collection of photographs of carnival 2013.
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The festival of Holi or better know as Festival of Colors is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March every year. It is India’s most celebrated festival along with Diwali…
A simple meal seems that much more appetizing when paired with appealing and contemporary furniture, luxurious finishes, and alluring lighting. For top architects and interior designers, restaurant commissions can be invitations for experimentation. Check out the 10 most beautifully designed new restaurants:
If you are in Porto you can’t miss this place. Founded in 1910, Casa Oriental is a traditional grocery store where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables, wine and liquors among other things but it is truly famous for the codfish (the well known bacalhau), that in some way, decorates the store.
And if you are a wine & spirits lover, you can’t miss this adition of Casa Oriental: the wine store Cleriporto, located a few meters below, right in front of Clérigos Tower.
All photos by Porto Sweet Home