Destination Overview

Philippines

Famous for its beaches and friendly locals, the Philippines offers ample surf, an underwater world that is a diver’s delight, trek worthy emerald green rice fields and mountainous volcanoes. The capital, Manila, is densely populated and mixes Spanish colonial architecture with modern skyscrapers. Take a stroll along the palm-lined waterfront promenade and enjoy one of Manila’s magnificent sunsets. Discover the history, culture, and nature of The Philippines as you explore the scenic countryside and picturesque waters.

Capital

Manila

Language

Tagalog

Time

GMT +8

Religion

Christianity

Currency

Peso

Population

109 Million

International Airports

Manila, Cebu, Davao

Weather

It’s a tropical paradise, but the Philippines warm idyllic weather does bring some unpredictability with it. Dry season falls between November and April, making it the most popular time to visit. This also allows for full access to more remote areas and many beautiful islands. The cooler months of December to February are some of the best times to travel.

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Top Highlights

Beach Bliss

Made up of over 7000 tropical islands, the Philippines has a beach for everyone. Discover hidden lagoons, sprawling white sandy beaches, and underwater worlds brimming with marine life. The Philippines is an Islandhopping delight.

Chocolate Hills

Amongst many unique and mystical natural wonders, the Chocolate Hills has to be one of the most popular tourist destinations the Philippines has to offer. It’s estimated there are around 1700 hills that make up the area. The sight will take your breath away.

A Spanish Influence

Ruled by Spain for 350 years, you’ll find centuries-old stone churches, a variety of cultures and traditions, and extravagant fiestas, that are all part of daily Filipino life.

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Portugal Journeys

Lisbon

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Alentejo

While to the north the pace is set by the green of the flatlands as far as the eye can see, further south the landscape combines with the sun, the heat, and a slower pace of life. The Alentejo, the idyllic heartland of Portugal, impresses with variety: deserted surf beaches and charming fishing villages on the western coastline and picturesque walled towns and forts on the boarder to Spain. An ideal place for those that wish to escape the tourist crowds and dive into the authentic Portugal.

Sintra

Where the old meets the new, it has an incredibly rich heritage whilst being one of the trendiest capitals in Europe. Lisbon is a very walkable city and offer spectacular hilltop views in Alfama or at St. George's Castle. One shouldn't miss a ride in the famous Tram 28, that passes some of the cities must-sees, or a long walk along the waterfront neighbourhood of Belém.

Porto

Be it the millennium-old cathedral or the latest molecular gastropub, the city of Porto is really a living heritage, one that reinvents itself while maintaining its core character. A vibrant and fascinating city, world-famous for the production of Port wine, matured in vast cellars that stretch along the banks of Douro River. But Porto is more than that: rich culture, a buzzing nightlife, captivating tourist attractions and many more is waiting to be discovered.

Obidos

Discover this delightful town of white houses adorned with bougainvillea and honeysuckle, surrounded by its castle medieval walls. Considered as one of the most characterful places of central Portugal it is a symbol of a traditional Portuguese city. The surrounding region is equally fascinating, not far away from Lisbon and ideal for a day trip.

Douro Valley

A dream made of enchanted valleys, unscathed nature, and world heritage sites; in its steep vineyards is where Port Wine is produced. The Douro Valley in northern Portugal is the oldest wine-growing region in the world and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cultivation of wine here dates back to the Roman's. With all these centuries-old vineyards running along the Douro River, the area is a must-visit for gourmets and vine-lovers and shouldn't be missed during a stay in Portugal.

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