Collected by Genevieve, AFAR Local Expert
Cittaslow, or Slow Cities, was born out of the Slow Movement. To become an official Cittaslow city (or Island, in Stradbroke's case!), the city must meet 55 criteria in categories of environmental policy, encouragement of local production and produce and slow city awareness among residents.
Sonoma County, CA, USA
Out of all of the wine counties my favorite is Sonoma County. First I just love the town green. It has ancient trees and is the place where locals and tourists hang out all the time, either tossing the ball, picnicking or chatting with friends. An...
Bağlar Mah. Düzkır Mevki Pk:32400 Yalvaç, Isparta, Bağlar Mahallesi, 32400 Yalvaç/Isparta, Turkey
About 100 miles west of Konya, is an archaeological site of Roman ruins. The claim to fame is a visit by St. Paul and the basilica that bears his name. The amphitheater is under preservation so it's more of a pile of rocks at the moment, but the...
Akyaka Mahallesi, Lütfiye Sakıcı Cd., 48650 Ula/Muğla, Turkey
Though summer has yet to fully bless us here in southwest Turkey, the crisp wind and slight humidity show the air is changing. Villa Vali is possibly one of the best places to stay in Akyaka. It's a 10 minute walk to the town center so a bike or...
17255 Fornells, Girona, Spain
The dramatic geography of 'Costa Brava' favors the natural occurrence of many fantastic beaches, some of them more suited for swimming than others. Having arrived to Fornells for a short stopover, I asked locals how to find the closest beach....
Wilderness, South Africa
While traveling through Zambia, I met a fellow adventurer who had shipped his paragliding equipment from London to Tanzania to participate in a charity fundraising launch from the summit of Kilimanjaro. While those plans were derailed due to...
8600 Lagos, Portugal
The Praia do Mos is a beach in Lagos, Portugal on the Algarve's rugged west coast. The beach is long and clean with golden sand.It is beautiful in February and March and wonderful in August. Sunbathing, fishing and boat tours make for a great...
R. Comendador Vilarinho 27, 8300-148 Silves, Portugal
It is pretty much like walking into a Portuguese family's seafood feast. Everyone knows each other, and even strangers join in the union ambience, along with the waiters and the owners. Upon entering you can hear the bashing of hammers in crab...
R. Dr. Pereira Caldas 189, 4815 Vizela, Portugal
Widely acclaimed by its array of mini dishes called Petiscos, Restaurant Rainha, has become a synonym of traditional northern portuguese cuisine in the little, but very pictorest town of Vizela. They say that there is no hospitality like the one...
Santa Marta 119, 4925 Santa Marta de Portuzelo, Portugal
Restaurante Camelo, located in Viana do Castelo in Portugal’s north, is one of the country’s most famous restaurants for its full hog roasts and critters kept on the property. You can quite literally see your food before it becomes dinner. But on...
170 Green Rd, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
To call Riverside Matakana's accommodation a modest "bach" is a little of an understatement. Each has a king bed, queen bed, two single beds, two tiled bathrooms, satellite TV, DVD, gas fireplace, stainless steel BBQ, Wi-Fi, and surrounding decks,...
65 Woolridge, Parys, 9585, South Africa
Wanna hunt the Big Five? I did it with my Olympus Stylus 10x on a Bike Beyond Boundaries "glamping" adventure based at the Savannah Game Preserve in Parys, South Africa. Beyond earning bragging rights in pixels for stalking the legendary quintet...
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 30, 84017 Positano SA, Italy
Nestled within Positano’s hillside tangle of pastel residences and stepped alleys, Le Sirenuse is a legendary boutique hotel that feels more like a private home. Run by the Sersale family since its opening in 1951, the crimson-hued...
Via Garibaldi, 48, 06089 Torgiano PG, Italy
Le Tre Vaselle in Torgiano is restored 17th residence---the rooms are outfitted with traditional furniture and both the room I stayed in, and a second room the staff were kind enough to show me were spacious--bigger than many of the apartments...
Località Madonna a Brolio, 53013 Gaiole In Chianti SI, Italy
The story of winemaking in Chianti began on this estate when, in 1870, Barone Bettino Ricasoli established the formula that was to become the basis of Tuscany’s most famous export. Today, the Barone Ricasoli wine-making business is based in a...
Ben Vrackie, Pitlochry PH16 5LF, UK
Options on the seven-day itinerary include stops at great bird-watching spots, an afternoon in a 5,000-year-old village, and bagging the summit of 2,760-foot Ben Vrackie. From $2,048. This appeared in the March/April issue 2014 issue.
Llangollen LL20, UK
Exploring the places closest to where you live is something that a lot of us overlook... we venture of to far flung destinations without exploring our own back yards so I was delighted to have spent the day in Llangollen prior to my departure to...
3625 1 St, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
Just a short hour drive away from Kelowna, and only a 5-10 minute drive from Penticton, Naramata sits hidden with acres of green vineyards cascading off of clay cliffs into Lake Okanagan. In the heart Naramara is the historic Naramata Heritage Inn...
940 Lower Debeck Rd, Naramata, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
Therapy Vineyards overlooks green vineyards of rolling hills that drop off with a thrust of caramel clay that disappears into the blue Okanagan Lake. The view itself could be therapy for any soul in need of inspiration and calm. But wine always...
Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Kelowna, BC V0H 1N0, Canada
12km hike across 14 trestles and through 2 tunnels. The rail line was cut through the mountains a century ago and now offers stunning views of the valley and lake. The trestles (now restored) are monuments to the incredible engineering feat...
Point Lookout QLD 4183, Australia
Point Lookout on Stradbroke Island is the perfect place to take a dip in the waves, bliss out on the beach and tune in to island time. Enjoy this view from the Surf Life Saving Club over lunch or chill out on the beach before wandering down the...
Goolwa SA 5214, Australia
Goolwa, South Australia; an historic river port near the mouth of the Murray River, and also home to a stunning beach where if you are organised enough to go at low tide and in a 44, you can drive along it. With the sea crashing to your right and...
2600 Wolgan Rd, Newnes NSW 2790, Australia
Set on a 7,000-acre reserve between Wollemi National Park and the Gardens of Stone National Park, Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa is a luxury ecolodge backed by the dramatic canyons of the Blue Mountains World Heritage area. Roughly a...
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