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6 of the Most Beautiful Beaches in Portugal

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When choosing a beach holiday a wide variety of places come to mind, but there are few countries in the world that can keep up with the options that Portugal holds for its visitors. With access to the serenity of secluded coves, long stretches of powdery golden sand, as well as the more wild and vast expanses of the Atlantic coast, Portugal is a beach destination that has something for everyone. Here are just 6 of the country’s most scenic spots.

1. Praia da Guincho

Situated in the Parque National de Sintra-Cascais, this western beach has remained relatively untouched over the years, and its rolling coastal dunes framed by black cliffs make for vast and expansive seaside views. A favourite for surfers and windsurfers alike, the local area is replete with excellent seafood restaurants, and the nearby town of Cascais is a nice mix of locals and tourists.

Marinha Beach Portugal

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2. Praia da Marinha

Found nestled into cliffs and rocky outcrops at the bottom of a stretch of stairs, this beach might be Portugal’s iconic postcard spot. Golden cliffs and pristine sands give beach-goers the sensation of complete isolation, and the nearby coves and naturally forming grottos can be visited by boat or sometimes swam to at low tide.

Praia da Rocha-Portimao

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3. Praia da Rocha

If you’re trying to escape the crowds then this beach is a perfect opportunity to get away. A limestone headland reaches out into the sea forming a natural breakwater that separates the beach into two sections, allowing visitors to choose the less crowded stretch of sand. The cliffs and coves that form the beach’s backdrop also provide a sense of seclusion, making it ideal for anyone looking for some quiet time to crack open a book and soak in some rays.

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4. Praia do Portinho da Arrábida

Another beach that lies in a national park, Portinho da Arrábida is a small bay within Serra Arrábida National Parc, which sits just south of the country’s capital of Lisbon. A great option for anyone looking to escape from the city, the beautiful green foliage and hills that back the white sands and pebbles of this beach create a rich contrast to the azure waters. This is also a great place to head for anyone looking to sail or kayak.

Praia do Carvalho

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5. Praia do Carvalho

This small gem is ideal for beach-goers who enjoy a little time in the water, as the steep cliffs that frame the cove reach out into the sea and shield swimmers and sunbathers alike from any coastal winds. Keep in mind that this beach is usually empty in low season, and even in peak tourism times is far less crowded than other Algarve spots.

Praia da Ursa

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6. Praia da Ursa

One of Portugal’s most notable but hidden beauties, this beach sits to the west of Lisbon and just to the north of Praia da Guincho. You’ll have to earn a visit to Praia da Ursa, as it’s located at the end of a steep hike, but the views and seclusion will more than reward you.

So while you may have had one or two beaches in mind for your next vacation, a trip through Portugal can bring you a wealth of seaside experiences.

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You need to visit Ecuador now

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This is no joke. You need to visit Ecuador now, right this minute, it’s a matter of life and…nah. The truth is, we live in a time where options are limitless and when it comes to travel, there are SO MANY incredible international destinations it gets overwhelming to make a choice. Sometimes you just need a convincing argument, or an easy-to-understand cost benefit analysis to conclude, “Yep, that’s definitely worth it.”

What’s the point in travelling to de-compress if simply choosing your destination causes you to stress? (That line is going in my next rap single, please don’t plagiarize.) Here are a couple legitimate reasons to book your next trip to Ecuador.

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A group of friends gaze upon Quilotoa Lake, while a rainbow appears above the Ecuadorian Andes.

Reasons why you should visit Ecuador

Fill in the blank with something that isn’t sexist: Ecuador is like a ____. Pretty, cheap and easy.

If you want three simple, yet highly convincing reasons to visit Ecuador, here they are. Let’s start with the first and, in many cases, the most convincing:

Ecuador is CHEAP. Please note that by “cheap”, we’re talking western hemisphere levels of affordability, not Nepal or Vietnam.

Compared to other bucket-list Latin America countries, like Costa Rica, Mexico or Chile, Ecuador offers a comparable quality of service for a lower dollar figure. Among some of the incredible things to do in Ecuador, you’ll visit places like the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon.

If you’re travelling here from the United States or Europe, you’ll be pleased to discover several cheap, and usually direct, flight options to Ecuador. From the U.S., you can find flights from Fort Lauderdale, FL with Jet Blue for as cheap as $380!

Once here, you’ll also find that bus travel is C-H-E-A-P. I’m talking $1.00 per hour of travel cheap. However, there are pros and cons to this, make sure to read the last section of this blog.

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A traveler visits the Limpiopungo lake inside Cotopaxi National Park. Cotopaxi Volcano is visible in the background. Photo by: Viaja la Vida travel bloggers.

Ecuador is PRETTY. Spectacular, in fact. This is highly subjective statement that can be proven true by simply asking anyone that’s traveled here. Now, don’t ask them about the markets, because things can get pretty ugly there, especially in the animal section, but ask them about Ecuador’s beauty GENERALLY.

You’ll find that there’s a consensus: Ecuador isn’t just beautiful, but diverse, which only adds to its beauty. In a day’s drive, you can go from the Amazon rainforest, past 5,000+ meter volcanic peaks, and down through the coastal cloud forest to the glimmering beaches of Mompiche (or another coastal village).

Where else in Latin America can you do this? If you can think of a place that isn’t Ecuador, please mention it in the comment section below. Seriously, I challenge you.

Ecuador Pacific Sunset
The sun sets in the Pacific Coast. This is a common image all year long because of Ecuador’s location on the equator. Photo by: Juan Pablo Verdesoto.

Ecuador is EASY. The reason you can visit such diverse geographic regions in one day is because Ecuador is relatively small (no bigger than Colorado State, for example). Its neighbor, Peru, offers similar geographic diversity but across 5 times the geographic area! It’s gonna take more than one day to drive from the Amazon to the Pacific Coast, that’s for sure.

Over the years, a significant increase in tourism has incentivized many Ecuadorians to invest in English language acquisition. While speaking and/or learning Spanish in Ecuador is highly encouraged, you’ll find that many locals (especially the younger generations) know their way around English and will be able to help you.

A final reason why Ecuador is an easy travel destination is related to its currency, which happens to be the US dollar. That’s right: greenbacks rule. If you’re coming from the United States, you have one less headache to deal with because in Ecuador, currency exchange is not a thing.

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A traveler enjoys the Ecuadorian road aboard the Wanderbus. Photo by: Juan Pablo Verdesoto.

What is the best way to travel around Ecuador?

If you’re like most travellers to Ecuador, you’re probably considering bus travel. Makes sense: buses are readily available between every city and, depending on distance, cost around $1.00 per transit hour. However, safety and convenience tend to be an issue as bus terminals are where travellers are at their most vulnerable from petty theft, and are often difficult and expensive to reach (particularly at odd hours of the night).

For those that prefer to avoid bus terminals (despite the attractive bus prices), another approach to bus travel in Ecuador is available: hop on-hop off bus companies like Wanderbus Ecuador. Wanderbus will pick you up from central locations in town and take you to Ecuador’s top (and often difficult-to-reach) destinations, ensuring safety, access to like-minded travelers as well as an English-speaking guide. The flexibility of hop on-hop off travel is especially attractive if you don’t have a set itinerary and like to keep your options open.

If you haven’t quite decided on your next international destination, make sure to take a closer look at Ecuador, where you’re sure to get more bang for your buck.



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New Hospitality Concept Arrives to Cancun ÓLEO Artist Service

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Tourism in Cancun attracts thousands of travelers every year because is a fascinating experience situated at the most beautiful beaches in the Mexican Caribbean. This destination is chosen every year by tourists from all over the world that wants to live an amazing holidays in the most exclusive cancun all Inclusive resorts that you can find in this area.

When tourists choose Cancun, they choose enjoying the beach, sunbathing or spending the whole day swimming in their beautiful beaches, in the hotel pools or having fun at the resort in good company. When tourists choose cancun all inclusive suites as a holiday destination, a many activities are waiting for them to live memorable days and appreciate luxury services. Their stay will depend on how they want to live it, enjoying the beaches under the sun or the sea views from the hotel, admiring the nature or loving the resort accommodation and services… They choose how to live their Cancun experience.

¿What does Cancun have to offer?

Cancun is located in Quintana Roo, and this fortunate location of this destination allows you to explore its surroundings, discovering archaeological sites, beautiful islands, water and theme parks, among many other alternatives options to make your visit the magical adventure that you will surely enjoy. The Cancun experience you have always dreamt with is waiting for you in this paradise in Earth.

You will find Mayan culture on every corner in Cancun. You be surrounded by the wonderful Caribbean Sea, beautiful coral sands, and crystal-clear blue waters.

The mystical ruins will take tourist back to the incredible Mayan culture. One of the visits you must not miss is El Rey or El Templo del Alacrán, an amazing view to your eyes, and nature lovers can’t not wait to visit Xel-Ha, a natural aquarium.

There are so many options waiting in Cancun… from its nightlife to its underwater museum, it has all that travelers need to spend the holidays of their life. Moreover, Cancun is blessed with an excellent weather, with an average temperature of 27 ° C and about 240 sunny days per year.

Where is the best place to stay in Cancun?

There is many places to stay in Cancun, but there’s a special one, OLEO Cancun Playa, that is an exclusive All-Inclusive Boutique Resort, especially designed to offer a luxury experience for all you senses.

This hotel has been perceived as a novel Boutique Resort and you will feel it from the very moment you come in for its decoration, its supreme personalized service, as well as the exclusive amenities and services that they offered to each guest to provide an unforgettably relaxing experience.

We can no forget the extraordinary location of the ÓLEO Cancún Playa All Inclusive Boutique Resort, whose guests can enjoy not only the magnificent waters of the Caribbean, the natural beauty or the cultural attractions, but also the shopping centers and many different kinds of entertainment options. What else can you ask for? Come and enjoy de Cancun Experience.

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Top packing hacks for all your summer 2019 festivals

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Summer is almost here and with it the prospect of lazy summer festivals and camping with your friends. It is a time for making memories, laughing a lot, listening to great music and soaking up the sun.  

What you definitely don’t need is arriving to find you don’t have half of what you need. Without good planning your great trip can suddenly become a thing of nightmares, with sleepless nights, sunburn, dehydration and blisters.

So to make sure you can sit back and enjoy the atmosphere get out a pen and paper and start your packing list now. Remember that you will have to carry it across the campsite so you need to pack light. Here are some tips on what absolute essentials you will need

Don’t underestimate the power of sleep

Sleep deprivation is part and parcel of any camping or festival experience, but you do need to give yourself the best chance to avoid the complete exhaustion that stops being fun. First things first, you need a tent. That goes without saying, and you can get some great one person options that are super lightweight.

Second up you need something to sleep on, a roll mat is easy but not all that comfortable, and an air mattress can be bulky and a pain to inflate. So consider the halfway option of getting a thermarest. These fold really small, need very little inflation, but give that little bit more comfort.

Pick up a sleeping bag and travel pillow too, but when it comes to keeping warm at night you want to layer up your clothing so you make sure you don’t freeze or overheat. Choose clothes that you can wear in the evening, but also to sleep in if you get cold. You are roughing it so make each item of clothing work extra hard to earn its place in your packing. You can’t go wrong with a good pair of tracksuit bottoms or yoga pants – warm and comfortable.

Take good care of your feet

While fancy fashionable sandals might seem like a great idea, the reality is you will be on your feet for hours and walking a lot across different ground. And if it rains you will very quickly find the ground is churned up into a muddy mess.

So you need to make sure you have good comfortable footwear, which doesn’t necessarily need to be ugly. You can browse all the available options on Buyviu US, including those all important wellies that will be your saviour if the heavens open.

One other thing you should not skimp on is socks – especially if your feet get wet or if it is cold at night. Think like a soldier and keep your feet clean and dry.

Take a decent medical kit for little emergencies

This will save your life. Because you can guarantee the pharmacy provision when you are in the middle of nowhere will be limited and expensive. So be prepared by taking your own.

You should think of all the ways you can be uncomfortable and pack accordingly a good place to start is painkillers, antihistamines, blister plasters, suncream, stuff for a bad stomach, and even some rehydration sachets with electrolytes for a little boost and replenish lost vitamins.

Get a decent rucksack with lots of compartments

Finding things inside a tent in the dark (top tip – remember a torch) is hard enough already. This is why a really good rucksack with multiple compartments for different things. This was you can easily find what you need when you need it without emptying out the entire contents every single time.

Prepare well and you will be all set to have the time of your life and creating memories that will laugh a lifetime. Summer here we come.

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