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Portugal as a starlight destination

A little known fact about Portugal is that it is the first location in the world to be awarded a “starlight tourism destination” certification. This particular certification is supported by UNESCO and is awarded to destinations that offer perfect conditions for observing starry night…

April 26, 2019

Azores – Secretplaces Guide

Up until two years ago, you would be forgiven for not knowing much or anything at all about the Azores, a Paradisaical archipelago situated 800 miles from mainland Europe.  Fast forward to 2019 and these luscious green islands in the middle of the Atlantic…

April 2, 2019

Portuguese villas worth visiting in 2019

At Secretplaces we are always seeking to add new, exciting and stylish accommodation options. Last year we were able to begin working with some very exciting new partners all over Portugal. In this blog post we present you the best portuguese villas worth visting…

February 5, 2019

Flight companion – doing something good on your holiday

Have you ever flown with an animal? Or even with an animal that wasn’t yours? For giving it a chance for a better life? You never heard about this possibility? Then, you should definitely keep reading! I saw this accompanying an animal thing by…

July 19, 2017

Carnival in Morocco – The Gnaoua Festival 2017

Morocco is en vogue again. And we surely understand why! African influences, endless beautiful landscapes and the sea with its many sport activities… The country is full of surprises for its visitors. And this year, experience the cultural diversity of the country at the…

June 21, 2017

Europe´ s 10 most beautiful secret beaches

On your next trip to Europe, don’t forget to scope out some of the world’s best beaches. There’s certainly no shortage of beautiful beaches on the continent, but some are simply more beautiful than others. Not sure where to start? Read on to find…

May 18, 2017

Our Top-9 Luxury hotels

We all love luxury. Being the pleasure of driving a nice and fancy car or the delight of enjoying a Ladurée macaron on the Champs Élysées, we all like and deserve to treat ourselves sometimes. Well, we thought about you! In our selection, we…

May 3, 2017

15 worth-the-visit places in Greece that are not Athens or the islands

Greece is a very popular travel destinations. Especially the historic Athens and the paradise-like islands with the typical blue and white houses attract travellers from all over the world. But this country offers so much more than the capital and the wonderful beaches of…

April 28, 2017

Wanderful Madeira

„Madeira“ – means simply wood. And you can find lots of wood on the island, normally in form of many, many trees. I wanted to dive into the wonderfully natural world of this island and so, took my hiking shoes and searched for the…

April 13, 2017
Delicacies & Recipes

A rota do peixe – Portugals fish road

Rota do peixe means in Portuguese “the road of the fish”. This initiative came from the APTECE (Associaçao Portuguesa de Turismo de Culinária e Economia – the Portuguese association for tourism of cuisine and economy), whose goal it is to promote the Portuguese gastronomy…

April 4, 2017

Secret spots in Madrid part II

We continue our guide for you. The secretplaces team made it its task to find the most amazing and enchanting places in the Spanish capital for you, always on the search to present you some exquisite places in Madrid. We taste the best dishes…

March 10, 2017

Secret spots in Madrid

  The gorgeous Spanish capital bubbles over with art in- and outside of its various galleries and is well-known for its gastronomy and nightlife. Here reigns a special atmosphere, starting at the grand facades of the Gran Vía leading to the corners of the…

March 9, 2017