The fabled ‘Green list’ is finally here, and now we all know what countries we can look forward to travelling to in the near future, without having to quarantine for days in a hotel, or spend a fortune on Covid tests.
Iceland, New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and Singapore are amongst the names on the list of genuinely viable tourist destinations for 2021. This week, we’ll shine to spotlight on Portugal, to help get you inspired for the year ahead and turn those lockdown daydreams into a reality.
Wellness retreats are all the rage in 2021, and fortunately, here at Not In The Guidebooks we offer a number of wellness retreats that are designed to get you travelling, get you active, and revitalise you in a way that only a wellness retreat can.
On this stunning yoga retreat in central Portugal, take the opportunity to escape from the rush of urban life, and properly unwind and get back in touch with yourself and nature.
The retreat takes place tucked away in the beautiful mountains and forests of Portugal, far off the beaten track and the perfect base from which to explore the quiet surrounding woods, go out wild swimming in the rivers and streams, and of course, enjoy guided yoga sessions in a truly spiritual setting.
A little further south on the sunny coast of the Algarve, enjoy a holiday in Portugal that, as well as focusing on wellness and yoga, also takes you to see the less-travelled corners of what is undeniably a ‘touristy’ spot.
Whilst most think of the golden-sand beaches and white-washed towns along the coast, the Algarve also boasts ancient ruins and villages that still preserve local cultures and traditions, just a little off the beaten track. You’ll get to experience these and of course take part in top-quality yoga sessions, relax in the on-site swimming pool, and try the local cuisine.
Of course, Portugal doesn’t just consist of its mainland. The islands of Madeira and the Azores are amongst some of the most spectacular on the planet, and make incredible locations from which to explore and escape the maddening crowds.
For an unforgettable experience that gets you up close and personal with nature in the best way possible, look no further than this unique chance to swim with wild dolphins in the Atlantic Ocean, of the coast of the mountainous Azores.
You’ll join a professional marine biologist and learn more about these personable creatures than you ever thought possible, and enjoy time in the water with them as their inquisitive, friendly nature draws them to you – an experience that won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Private sunset yacht trips, jeep tours into the rugged mountains, traditional barbecues and cuisine in the wilderness, stunning palace gardens, experience all this and more on this once-in-a-lifetime trip to the beautiful island of Madeira.
Your guides will ensure you see the very best, and the most authentic side of the island, as you spend your days exploring the towns and wild spaces. As well as being a natural paradise, Madeira is also a place of unique foodie experiences, whether it’s stunning seafood from a ramshackle fishing village, or the famous beef skewers served from restaurants with stunning mountain views, this journey is for the taste buds as much as it’s for the eyes.