Secretplaces Blog

Our Finest Destinations and Places to Stay


  • Viennas old-fashioned and yet beautiful charm

      We adore Austria, and especially its capital. Vienna is a nonconformist aristocrat. It cherishes its glorious historical patrimony without repressing its constant desire for new horizons.This beautiful city is perfect for a visit any t... Read Post

    19 May 2021
  • Sanlúcar de Barrameda – Manzanilla, Langostinos and Marismas

    I admit that I discovered Sanlúcar de Barrameda by coincidence many years ago and it never left my mind. At the time I was visiting Jerez de la Frontera and heard marvels about the Doñana National Park, one of Europe’s larg... Read Post

    12 May 2021
  • Soul Spaces – Places where you can let go

    Our world today is constantly changing and evolving. Every day, every hour, every minute or even every second, an infinite number of things are happening, adventures are being experienced, memories are being created and new concepts are being deve... Read Post

    04 May 2021
  • The best places to hike in Europe - make this summer wanderful!

    Taking care of our mind as well as our body has never been as important as now. There has been a change in attitude toward re-discovering nature, reconnecting with ourselves, and realizing the mental health benefits of exposure to the great outdoo... Read Post

    21 April 2021
  • Portugal’s best beaches – Life is even better with warm sand between your toes – The South

      Part 2: From Lisbon to the Algarve Although being on the same western coast, the ocean south of Lisbon is quite different to the one in the north. Big waves can be found here as well, but the water starts getting warmer and the waves... Read Post

    15 April 2021
  • Our best oceanfront hotels - sea so close, you can almost dip your toes in it!

    Sea so close, you can almost dip your toes in it – from your bedroom! Few things beat waking up in the morning to the soft, melodic sound of water lapping against the shore. Imagine having the ocean right on your doorstep, so close you can... Read Post

    14 April 2021
  • Portugal’s best beaches – Life is better with sand between your toes – The North

    Portugal’s best beaches: from Caminha (Minho) down to Lisbon When beautiful landscapes turn into golden sand just before they meet the waves of the Atlantic Ocean you are probably in Portugal. Long stretches of the 667 km of Portug... Read Post

    04 April 2021
  • Best destinations in Europe to see spring flowers

    1. Italy - Wild Poppy Fields in Tuscany When thinking of Tuscany, green valleys filled with sunflowers might be one of the first things that come to your mind. This is not the only thing that this beautiful area of Italy is famous for. From the... Read Post

    26 March 2021
  • Andalusia – as fascinating as ever – a round trip

    It is a funny feeling when driving along the southern coast of Andalusia near Salobreña. In front of us the bright sunlight is reflected in myriads of small diamonds from the Mediterranean Sea. In the background the majestic snow covered mo... Read Post

    22 March 2021
  • Discovering Iceland with real horse power

      “There is no more sagacious animal than the Icelandic horse. He is stopped by neither snow, nor storm, nor impassable roads, nor rocks, glaciers, or anything. He is courageous, sober, and surefooted. He never makes a false step,... Read Post

    11 March 2021
  • Roundtrip North Portugal and Douro Vineyards

    Porto You should definitely spend two days in Porto at the beginning or at the end of the round trip through Northern Portugal. This beautiful city, previously forgotten by visitors, has become one of the most popular travel destinations in Portu... Read Post

    05 March 2021
  • Filé a Parmegiana – The only Italian dish you will not find in Italy

    You know how it is being taken to an Italian restaurant in some far away country wondering why you are not in a restaurant serving local food? Well, sometimes it is worth waiting before judging too soon. The good thing about food is that there are... Read Post

    26 February 2021
  • The Future is Green

    Green, greener, green hotels. Lately a special type of hotels has appeared in searches more and more often, but a lot of people don’t really know what this eco-friendly holiday option is all about. What is special about a green hotel, what i... Read Post

    21 February 2021
  • Our Top Luxury Hotels

      We all love luxury. Being the pleasure of driving a nice and fancy car or the delight of enjoying a Ladurée macaron on the Champs Élysées, we all like and deserve to treat ourselves sometimes. Well, we thought abou... Read Post

    14 February 2021
  • Comporta – a chic and stylish natural paradise

    Do you think mass tourism has conquered even the last remaining paradises of Europe? Not really. Those landscapes that make us look in awe at what nature can accomplish still exist. The area between the Sado estuary and the port city of Sines... Read Post

    06 February 2021
  • Our best oceanfront and seaside hotels

      When the crowds of tourists start leaving the beaches and coastal areas and the weather become more mellow, it starts the best time to relax and enjoy the view across the water from your bedroom or hotel terrace. We have put together a... Read Post

    28 January 2021
  • Our best holiday villas in Portugal

    At Secretplaces we are always seeking to add new, exciting and stylish accommodation options. Last year we were able to begin working with some very exciting new partners all over Portugal. In this blog post we present you the best portuguese vill... Read Post

    21 January 2021
  • Wanderful Madeira

      „Madeira“ – means simply wood. And you can find lots of wood on the island, normally in form of many, many trees. I wanted to dive into the wonderfully natural world of this island, so, took my hiking shoes and searched... Read Post

    16 January 2021
  • Cha Gio Heo Tôm – Vietnamese spring rolls get the ball rolling

    Wanderlust can be quite persistent. I learned this the hard way at home on my couch. I was totally hungry after my Vietnam-trip this year and so I was longing for spring rolls. Authentic, Vietnamese spring rolls with a good filling. So I pulle... Read Post

    15 January 2021
  • Azores – Secretplaces Guide

    Up until a few years ago, you would be forgiven for not knowing much or anything at all about the Azores, a Paradisaical archipelago situated 800 miles from mainland Europe.  Fast forward and these luscious green islands in the middle of t... Read Post

    14 January 2021