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Recent Europe reviews

  • FABULOUS!

    "I cannot say enough about our stay at this fabulous property near Florence. Location, location, location! The ease of access to the city center was remarkable via cab and bus. Nestled within beautiful countryside, it is an idyllic setting. The villa is immaculately kept as is the pool. Pool is relaxing to lounge around soaking up the Tuscan sun, whether you use it or not. The owners made you feel very welcome, were very accessible and wanted to make sure your experience was more than enjoyable. I am already making plans to return in the hopefully not too distant future.."
    Guest: Vikki Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 23, 2014
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  • Perfect Apartment/Perfect Location

    "This was our first time renting and first time in Paris and I couldn't believe my good fortune. The apartment was wonderful! Enough space for my husband and I, very secure and very clean. The bed was comfortable and big enough for a couple that is used to a king. Full kitchen and bath. It was so much better than being in a no-amenities hotel room. Thierry was prompt on his correspondence and although we didn't need him for anything during our stay, I knew I could get in touch with him no matter the reason. He was very thorough and helpful for a novice. The terrace was perfect for us as it was warm during our stay and I always need an outdoor space. (Outside the terrace did need a good sweep.) We felt so secure, we slept with the terrace door open during the night. And it was so quiet! The college neighbor did have a party one night, but everyone cleared out by midnight and they really didn't cause us any trouble. (I think the real neighbors were more put out than us.) We also had the upstairs neighbor down for a glass of wine, who gave us a fabulous recommendation for dinner. The location was the best part. We were half a block from the Seine, with access to the metro at various points. Exciting galleries, markets, cafes are all just a short walk. Again very safe and secure. We became metro pros by the end of our adventure. This is an apartment I could see myself renting again. The location, comfort, security and helpfulness of the owner made our first trip to Paris as fabulous as I could ever hope."
    Guest: JRay Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 29, 2014
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  • Wonderful

    "OMG, this was a wonderful place in Provence. Close to everything, the owner is so friendly and helpful. My family (Son, Dgtr and their families) took me there to celebrate my 70th birthday and all I can think is I want to go back. The house is comfortable and the views fantastic. The children ages 1 to 11 loved the pool, eating on the terrace and the older girls sleep overs in the pool house. If you want a memorable vacation and just want to relax and enjoy the wine, cheese and bread you could not pick a better place as your home base. Hope to go back and celebrate another birthday in a few years."
    Guest: Barb Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 16, 2014
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Portugal Travel Tips

Best Time of Year to Visit Portugal Vacation Rentals

Portugal enjoys some of Europe's warmest weather. The climate is typically Mediterranean with cool, wet winters and warm, dry summers. Because of its extensive coastline and many beautiful beaches, the favorite season to visit Portugal is summer. The weather starts to warm from early May and stays sunny until late in September. The peak travel season occurs during the months of June and July.

Stylish Portugal Holiday Rentals

Portugal is known for its vibrant and colorful lifestyle. Many of the vacation homes are apartments located in cities or seaside towns. Thin walls keep the homes cool in the summer heat and windows take in the beautiful coastal views. Many have beautiful gardens or overlook cobbled streets. As you open your window in the morning, you may get to smell the fresh coffee aromas brewing at the corner coffee shop.

Top Portugal Travel Destinations

Portugal's most popular summer destination is in the Algarve area. This region extends along the southern Atlantic coast of Portugal. It is known for its warm weather and vibrant holiday atmosphere. The main towns are Faro, Lagos and Tavira but the coastline is dotted with numerous small and welcoming fishing villages and towns. Many Europeans spend their summer vacations here lazing on the beaches and enjoying the warm Mediterranean weather.

Lisbon is the cultural and historical center of Portugal. It is a vibrant city that is a wonderful blend of old and new. There are several interesting museums that showcase the nation's history. On the city outskirts are several ancient castles and palace ruins from which you can enjoy great views over the city. Dining out in Portugal is a celebration in itself. Traditional dishes include fish and are often quite spicy. Portuguese food is known for its Peri Peri flavor which has a hot and spicy chili taste.

The northern part of Portugal is more rural. Major towns and cities in this region include Oporto and Braga. Oporto is famous as being the origin region for the strong fortified wine known as port. If that is to your taste, you can visit some of the local wineries and see the age-old methods of how port is produced. You may also get to sample a few different varieties.

Getting to Portugal

Portugal is located in the far southwestern part of Europe. It's only neighbor is Spain which surrounds the country to the north and east. Portugal also has two foreign island territories located in the Atlantic, namely the Azores and the Canary Islands. The main travel hub into Portugal is the capital city of Lisbon. The Portela International Airport is located just outside of Lisbon and linked to the city by rail and bus routes. The airport serves as a major travel hub for the rest of the country as well as the Azores and Canary Islands. There are regularly scheduled flights to Lisbon from most major cities in Europe. Several low-cost airlines operate flights from London to Lisbon as well as to Faro on the Algarve coast.

If you are traveling from North America, it may be worth your while to look into these alternative flight routings to find the best possible travel deal. The second major airport is in the city of Oporto. For travelers visiting this famous wine region, this will be the best airport to fly into. Once in Portugal, it is relatively easy to get around. There is an extensive road and rail network linking the various towns and cities. If you plan to hire a car, be aware that traffic in the major metropolitan areas can be quite chaotic. Outside of these areas, you can relax a little and enjoy the scenery.

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