Best Fuerteventura resorts for every type of traveller

Published on Staysure on 6th September 2021

Fuerteventura is blessed with miles and miles of golden beaches covered in pillowy-soft sand, and a pleasantly warm climate year-round. But as first time and frequent visitors know, this popular Canary Island also has a reputation for being windy.

Its location off the west coast of Africa is on the cusp of where the Trade Winds start, so for much of the year, there’s a constant breeze hitting the island from a north or north-easterly direction. For visitors, this could change where they stay in Fuerteventura and when.

If you just want to relax on a quiet beach with a good book, you should head to the south or west of the island – areas that face away from the wind and offer a more secluded coastline. Or for more choice, visit Fuerteventura in the winter months when the breeze has died down but the sun is still shining.

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Wine, walks and healing swims: Why Italy’s Trentino region will soothe your soul

Published on The Independent on 1st September 2021

“Touch the label,” says Andrea Romanese, as he offers the bottle of blush rosé around the table. He cradles its neck in one hand, the body resting against his arm, as if he’s not quite ready to part with it. I lean forward and do as I’m told, tracing the faint bumps with my fingers. It’s a simple design: a Picasso-esque sketch of a face in bold, black lines, set against a plain white background. Beneath it, the name Gabriella, printed in a demure font, refuses to betray the secret of the bottle.

We’ve been at Cantina Romanese – a small winery in the Italian province of Trentino – for the best part of an hour. Most people come to the Cantina to try Lagorai, a sparkling wine named after a nearby mountain chain that’s aged under the cool waters of Lake Levico. But as Andrea, who runs the winery with his brother Giorgio, regales us with Romanese lore, it’s soon clear that their most interesting wines have stronger ties to the family.

Several varieties are named after family members. Among them are Narciso, a bold, red representing their grandfather; Laetitia, an elegant white wine named after their grandmother; and Fides, a robust chardonnay that takes after their great grandmother. But every time we got to Gabriella, he would furtively brush questions aside.

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Hidden gems in the South of France

Published on Staysure on 13th August 2021

Finding a quiet spot in the South of France is no easy feat. After all, it’s not just the British who are in love with its gorgeous Côte d’Azur. Each summer, Russians, Scandinavians, Germans, and of course the French are flocking here in their droves, too.

If you are serious about avoiding the crowds, the best time to come is between May and early June, when the weather is hotting up but the other holidaymakers haven’t quite arrived yet. Or in September, when the sun is still shining but the resorts have all emptied out for the season.

But if the height of summer is unavoidable, there are still towns and villages where you don’t have to wait long to pick up your croissants from the boulangerie or fight for a spot to sit down with your café au lait and a good book.

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Best things to do in the Balearic Islands

Published on Staysure on 30th July 2021

There are over 100 islands in the Balearics, though for most people, only four come to mind: Majorca (or Mallorca), Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera. The rest are much smaller and mostly unoccupied.

Despite being clustered together off the east coast of Spain, each of these four islands offer a very different holiday experience.

There’s more than meets the eye though. To help you pick the island for you, here are some highlights from the main four.

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