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Have car will travel – on the trail of the Romans

Roman temple Milreu

Remains of a Roman temple at Milreu




Much remains of the Romans in Europe

I’m on the road in southern Europe heading slowly north so I thought I would try and visit some of the best of the many Roman sites a traveller can experience.

I was starting off from Faro on the Algarve, Portugal, so the first stop was just 10 kilometres up the N2 at the lovely village of Estoi. Here, at the Milreu site, are the lovingly preserved remains of a Roman community which once thrived there in the second and third centuries AD.

There is a lot of excavated stonework to show how the Romans harnessed water to enjoy cold and hot baths and how they created courtyards and gardens, fountains and places of worship and burial.

But the highlight of the site is a 19th century country house which was built upon the foundations of a Roman villa many centuries later.

Inside the house, at subsoil level, the remains of a winery with a tank and grape-press and other original Roman rooms excavated by archaeologists are on display.




It’s been a gorgeous day for travelling and the landscape has been beautiful, vibrant green with bright blue skies.







A spring break in Europe? The choice is endless

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DAYLIGHT hours are lengthening. Spring is not far away and it’s a great time to be daydreaming about a refreshing break in one of the top destinations in Europe.

With the plethora of budget flights around and the ease of online booking of hotels of all varieties in advance, there is something to suit every purse or wallet.

These days you don’t have to plump automatically for your local airport. You can cast your net wider and drive further afield, leaving your car in airport parking for your trip.

For example, someone travelling from, say, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, can go as far afield as Edinburgh Airport, even Manchester, and make huge savings on some budget flights.

A quick glance at the easyJet website today revealed a huge number of opportunities for varied travel experiences in March and April.

A return trip from London Gatwick to the beautiful city of Copenhagen is under £100. Or why not the majestic French city of Lyon, a gastronomic treat, for around the same?

Newcastle to Geneva is cheap but flights end on April 20. Newcastle to Nice is launched on April 1 with good value return flights at around £100. Manchester to Munich at around £100 return also looks good.

Ryanair (if you can put up with their attitude to paying customers) is offering return flights of around £80 from Leeds to Milan in early April. Norwegian Airlines is a new player well worth a look at.

Within the school holidays, things get more expensive so the fortunate travellers are those who can operate independently around them.
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Here are my top tips for some great short breaks in Europe. There are links below this article to read more about them.

NICE is a great gateway in to the French Riviera -a chance to take in Cannes, Saint-Tropez, Monaco and Antibes. Its airport is only a couple of miles from the city centre and has a handy bus terminus. You can even take the train across the border to Italy and the resort of Ventimiglia.

BUDAPEST is a stunning city straddling the banks of the beautiful Danube. Dine in a floating restaurant on the river or walk around its  700-year-old Royal Palace and the gleaming white cloisters of the Fisherman’s Bastion.

BERLIN is now pulling in millions of people looking for fun. These include families on sightseeing and shopping trips as well as partygoers looking for nightlife in the one-time cabaret city of Marlene Dietrich. A boat trip on the River Spree takes you serenely right through the middle of the city yet stays apart from its crowds and traffic.

VERONA has a Romeo and Juliet trail but perhaps even more impressive is its Roman amphitheatre, commonly known as The Arena, which dominates the city. It was the third largest in the Roman world after the Coliseum in Rome. Only an hour’s dribe away fromVerona is Lake Garda.

LISBON is one of the friendliest cities in the world with an amazing history and all kinds of monuments, within walking distance, to a city which began life hundreds of years before other European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome. Under Julius Caesar, it was a Roman city called Felicitas Julia. Built on hills, some city walking can be tasking.

COPENHAGEN is aspan style=”color: #000000;” colourful waterside city boasting the famous Tivoli Gardens and numerous public squares which make it a treat to walk around. The Hans Christian Anderson trail provides fairytale charm amongst some of the world’s most avant garde architecture/span.


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