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Avoid The Crowds With Our Favourite Hidden Gems | Long Travel Journal
Avoid The Crowds With Our Favourite Hidden Gems | Long Travel Journal

Avoid The Crowds With Our Favourite Hidden Gems

Here at Long Travel we our inspired by travel and we make it our mission to seek out new destinations which we know you will love as much as we do. So here’s our pick of the hidden gems which we think you should put to the top of your travel list. They are places where you can avoid the crowds and have the type of authentic travel experiences which we know you love.



ITALY
Calabria and Basilicata

It’s no secret that Italy has long been a favourite with Long Travel’s guests. Many of you have already visited beautiful Puglia, which we were championing long before it made the travel pages of the national press. Now, we want to introduce you to our new holiday tip – the regions of Calabria and Basilicata, which have the perfect blend of stunning countryside, fascinating history and beautiful beaches. And crucially, they are not teeming with tourists! See our wonderful choice of boutique hotels here.

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Matera with its inspiring rock-cut churches and troglodyte dwellings as part of our 5 night World Heritage Sites Tour, where you will be based in nearby Puglia.



CROATIA
Sibenik, Zadar and northern Dalmatia

The Dalmatian coast boasts some of Croatia’s best scenery, with hundreds of picturesque islands dotting the clear Adriatic. The cities of Dubrovnik and Split are already popular with our guests, but further north lie the lesser known coastal cities of Sibenik and Zadar. Well worth a visit, you can combine history and culture with soaking up the sun on the beautiful coastline.




PORTUGAL
Alentejo

Give the busy beaches of the Algarve a miss and instead head to its lesser known neighbour, Alentejo. This beautiful region is better known for its agriculture than its tourism – which is handy when it comes to tasting the local wine! Inland the scenery is characterised by flat plains and charming hillside towns, including the fortified towns of Elvas and Evora, which are on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The Atlantic coast, meanwhile, is home to dramatic beaches and golden sands.




NORTH CYPRUS
Famagusta and the Karpaz Peninsula

The north of the beautiful island of Cyprus has been little developed, and its most unspoiled part is the stunning Karpaz Peninsula, or the ‘panhandle’ as it is known. It is perhaps the only remaining place in the Mediterranean where you can find unspoiled golden sand without a beach bar in sight. Say hello to the wild donkeys who live here, or visit the nesting grounds of the rare green and loggerhead turtles, who favour this sleepy spot. Make a trip to the medieval fortified town of Famagusta, home to some of the best golden sandy beaches in the region.


If you would like some advice on the perfect destination for you in 2019, then call our friendly team now on 01694 722193. They will be happy to give you the benefit of their first-hand knowledge to find the right holiday for you.

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Convento do Espinheiro Hotel

Portugal, Alentejo

Convento do Espenhiero is a national monument and it is one of the most famous monasteries in Portugal located in the UNESCO town of Evora. Dating back to 15th century, it served as a monastery for the most important nobles throughout history whom helped to shape Portugal’s destiny. With its beautiful dominant white washed façade
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D-Resort

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

D-Resort is a unique luxury boutique hotel in Sibenik, Central Dalmatia. D-Resort Sibenik, a small design hotel is located on a small peninsula overlooking the old town or Sibenik surrounded by water on three sides resembling a small cruise ship. D-Resort has been designed by architect Nikola Bašic, designer Marko Murtic and art curator Rank
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Hotel Villa Cheta

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

Hotel Villa Cheta is an elegant Art Nouveau boutique hotel on the beach in Acquafredda Di Maratea, Basilicata with top notch service and food. We here at Long Travel love the country house feel, the food & the stunning views. A fine and gracious old villa, in a stunning location, overlooking the sea, the fabulous boutique hotel Villa Che
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Arkin Palm Beach

Northern Cyprus, Famagusta & Karpaz

A contemporary five-star hotel with excellent service and location, a heaven on the edge of a beautiful golden sandy beach. This small five start hotel is one of the best on the island for location and quality as not only it offers great choice of accommodation with contemporary design, leisurely feel and atmosphere but it is literally built on the
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Life Palace Heritage Hotel

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

Standing on the corner of a busy yet small piazza, this 15th Century Renaissance Palace is designed with love for perfection. Life Palace Hotel’s original structure has been restored beautifully, carrying some of the old features into the décor, creating a city chic historic ambiance to offer a great city break option for people lookin

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L'Hotel In Pietra

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

L'Hotel In Pietra is a beautiful and romantic boutique hotel in Matera, Basilicata. The unique Hotel In Pietrais an utterly 21st century version of spacious cave-living, with spectacular quality, comfort and style. Matera, on Basilicata’s boundary with Puglia, is world famous for its honeycomb of caves (sassi) and frescoed rock churches, th

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Luxury Private Villa

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

This luxurious & newly built villa is stunning with breathtaking views of the coast and the town of Sutivan, its harbour and the red roofs of the houses nearby. Sutivan is a small, quiet town with a Mediterranean atmosphere in the north-western part of the island of Brac, only 13km away from Split, and has great ferry connections with Split.
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Masseria di Tempio

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

Masseria di Tempio is a agritourism hotel in the countryside of Metaponto in Basilicata. The  Agritourism Masseria  di Tempio offers understated elegance and incredible food. In the heart of Magna Graecia and near Metaponto’s temple, Matera, Taranto, the Pollino National Park and even Francis Ford Coppola’s home town of

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Hotel Bastion

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

A member of the Relais & Chateau, this charming four-star boutique hotel is in a prime spot tucked away from the main streets, built on the remains of the medieval fortress “Kastela” from the thirteenth century. Main attractions of Zadar city are within a 5-minute walk as guests can enjoy visiting the Roman Forum, St. Anastasia Cath
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Art Hotel Kalelarga

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

This newly restored beautiful boutique hotel located in the heart of Zadar historic centre is a perfect place to explore the city of Zadar, offering a chic, comfortable, state of the art rooms. Located on the most famous street in town, Kalelarga Street, hence the name, is a prime spot for people looking to enjoy a short break in this beautiful cit
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Il Casale

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

Il Casale is a agritourism, family-friendly countryside hotel in Pianopoli, Calabria, not far from the sea with amazing delicious food. Surrounded by the farm and woods of Pianopoli, which are home to wild boar, falcons and countless other wildlife, the imposing 19th century farmhouse of Il Casale is down a long track, through 7,000 olive trees.

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Vitoria Stone Hotel

Portugal, Alentejo

Born from an immense passion for the genuine Alentejo heritage, Victoria Stone Hotel is a unique hotel just 200 meters from the outer walls of Évora with an eclectic design, in an excellent location and with great leisurely facilities. The owners wanted to create a beautiful sanctuary to provide the true life of Alentejo in beautiful surroun

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Hotel San Giuseppe

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

On a picture-perfect beach, stylish rooms and wholesome cuisine. Long Travel clients love the San Giuseppe’s fabulous pool and the clear sea. Literally right by the sea, with only its own private beach in front of it, and not much else close by, the setting of this hotel is magical. Just 15km north of Tropea, small and in a fairly modern Me

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Jupiter Heritage Hotel

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

A hidden gem in the heart of the Diocletian Place, offering great location, ambiance and comfort. A great hotel for people looking to be in the heart of the city with everything on your doorstep including the ferry port. Just few steps from the Temple of Jupiter in the heart of the Diocletian Palace, Heritage Hotel Jupiter is a charming boutiq

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Heritage Hotel 19

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

This brand new charming boutique hotel is located on the edge of the old town in a residential area offering truly unique and beautiful atmosphere with well-designed luxury rooms. The historic building was once home to a famous Croatian artist Veyko Bodilic, and two of the rooms located on the ground floor were used as his atelier. The small courty

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Bifora Heritage Hotel

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

This beautiful small boutique hotel is located on the island of Ciovo, in a tucked away position from the water-front and only a few minutes walking distance form Trogir’s Medieval old town across the sea. The hotel has a true boutique Mediterranean feel from the moment you walk through the main entrance. The soft white stone building, small
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Brown Beach House Hotel & Spa

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

Brown Beach Hotel & Spa is a beautiful boutique hotel with just 25 rooms, set in a walled garden with splendid sea views. The building was successfully transformed from a 20th Century Tobacco warehouse to a chic contemporary hotel by Amsterdam-based designer Saar Zafrir. Brown Beach Hotel & Spa is located on the island of Ciovo overlooking

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Costa Azzurra

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

Costa Azzurra is a family friendly beach hotel with a self-catering cottage  near  Tropea, Calabria. Close to white sand & turquoise sea, Costa Azzurra’s rooms & cottage feel as though they are in a tropical paradise. If you love family-run places, in panoramic locations, close to beautiful beaches and with lovely, we

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Hotel Gabbiano

Italy, Calabria & Basilicata

The beach Hotel Gabbiano is fresher than fresh fish, right by the sea with great views over the Acquafredda Di Maratea. Close to the small village of Acquafredda, and really tucked into the Basilicata coastline, the delightful family-run hotel  Gabbiano is in a splendid location, nestling into the curve of its own bay, right by the sea

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Hotel Marul

Croatia, Dalmatia Coast

Hotel Marul is a beautiful boutique hotel with just 14 spacious rooms offering a great choice of accommodation in the heart of Split old town. The Diocletian Palace and many other important historical sites and the water front promenade are 10 minutes walking distance from this charming hotel. The hotel is made of two historic buildings joint toge

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