5 Best Eco Resorts in Portugal

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5 Best Eco Resorts

in Portugal

5 Sustainable Luxury Eco Resorts In Portugal

Check out our favourite eco resorts in Portugal. They’re good for the mind, body and soul (and also good for the planet)

Experience the very best during your getaway with our top five eco resorts in Portugal. Blending luxury with sustainability, these places offer the best of both worlds. Because nothing says relaxation quite like being surrounded by nature, but with all of the comforts of modern day living. 

Craveiral, São Teotónio

Craveiral

São Teotónio

This luxurious home away from home offers guests the best of both worlds in so many ways. Aptly described as ‘between luxury and simplicity’, Craveiral Farmhouse by Belong holds a strong connection to nature whilst offering all of the comforts of modern day living. It is ideally located on 9 hectares of land, half way between the countryside and the sea. A nature interpretation centre, an orchard, and a farm with animals are housed within the land, creating an authentic location to reconnect with nature. Fresh, organic produce is used in family favourite recipes to create the very best Portuguese cuisine. Beaches and nature trails span in every direction, offering endless places to explore. Back at Craveiral, a relaxing wellness centre awaits, complete with an indoor heated pool for cooler months. The team are passionate about creating experiences and environments that enhance well-being. Craveiral is definitely one of our favourite Portugal eco resorts.
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Features & Amenities

• A collection of charming studios, 1 bedroom houses, 2 bedroom houses, and unique farmhouse lofts
• Portuguese delicacies at the farm-to-table restaurant
• Gardens and terrace
• BBQ
• Outdoor swimming pool
• Indoor heated swimming pool
• Sauna
• Hammam
• Jacuzzi
• Massages
• Yoga
• Bikes
• Family friendly, with children’s services and entertainment
• Pet friendly

White Exclusive Suites & Villas, Ponta Delgada

WHITE Exclusive Suites & Villas

Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Perfectly placed atop the cliff edge, WHITE Exclusive Suites & Villas offers unbeatable sea views from every corner of the property. Surrounded by rugged natural landscapes, this idyllic eco resort in Portugal is the perfect place to disconnect. Explore by foot, bike or horseback, or take to the water to discover the islands most incredible hidden coves. Take time to unwind in the wellness hut, as you sink into a treatment with the sound of the waves and the feel of the sea breeze on your skin. A wooden deck overlooking the sea is the ideal spot to practice yoga, or perhaps get the blood pumping with a personal trainer. At the end of the day, sit back and relax with a cocktail in hand, as you soak up the incredible views with the open fire pit setting the scene. Do as much or as little as you like at WHITE – your time is yours to enjoy.

Features & Amenities

• “Tailor of Experiences” – let us plan and guide your excursions
• Boat tours
• Farm-to-table restaurant
•  “Freestyle kitchen” concept – a la carte, based on chefs recommendations
• Outdoor swimming pool overlooking the sea
• Bar and garden
• Fire pit – perfect setting for evening drinks
• Only 12 steps from the hotel to the sea
• Yoga hut
• WiFi throughout the property
• Family rooms available

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Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort, Azores

Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort

São Miguel, Azores

Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort is located in Ribeira Grande, along the north coast of São Miguel Island. It was the first eco-beach resort in the Azores, born from a passion for nature, hospitality and the sea. Built using local materials and a sustainable design, this beautiful eco resort lives in harmony with its surroundings, whilst actively striving to become ever more sustainable. The farm-to-table restaurant concept makes dining here an absolute pleasure. Fresh, homegrown produce and locally sourced ingredients are used to create seasonal dishes, whilst unbeatably fresh sushi and sashimi is made with fish from the Azores. Santa Bárbara Eco-Beach Resort invites you to relax, slow your pace, and reconnect with nature. Enjoy activities such as hiking, snorkelling, whale watching and horseback riding, as well as yoga practices and massages to soothe the mind and body. To put it simply, this Portugal eco resort is not to be missed.

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Features & Amenities

• Comfortable one bed or two bedroom villas offering views of the gardens, mountains or sea 
• A la carte breakfast at the restaurant
• Access to Wellness Retreat with indoor relaxation pool and gym
• Independent air conditioning
• Wi-Fi
• LCD TV with cable
• VOYA Amenities
• Hair dryer
• Bathrobes
• Electronic safe
• Kitchenette equipped with microwave, fridge and utensils
• Coffee machine with capsules
• Snacks Table for meals
• Room service (fee included)

Noah Surf House, Santa Cruz

Noah Surf House 

Santa Cruz, Portugal

The team at Noah Surf House are all about creativity, comfort, hospitality and sustainability, and they really do excel in every aspect. Cosy rooms are designed with contemporary wooden interiors and expansive sea views. The property is designed and run using sustainable practices, including aerothermal energy to heat the floors, and by favouring fresh sea air over air conditioning units. There’s a sense of community at Noah’s that really makes it feel like home. Spend the day making new friends at surf school or hitting up the skate park, then chill out with a beer and share stories around the fire pit as the sun goes down. The whole family can get the most out the holiday at Noah Surf House. Surf, bike, skate, or practice yoga on a stand up paddle board! There truly is something for everyone, no matter your age, interests or abilities. That’s why Noah’s is one of the best eco resorts in Portugal.

Features & Amenities

• 8 rooms and 13 bungalows
• Family rooms available
• Buffet breakfast
• Restaurant & cocktail bar on site
• Noah Beach House, a second restaurant, located on the beach
• Outdoor infinity pool heated by solar panels
• Outdoor jacuzzi
• Organic vegetable garden
• Sun terrace
• Surf School
Gym
• Skate park
• Bike hire
• Fully equipped kitchen to share with other travellers

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Areias do Seixo, Portugal

Areias do Seixo

Portugal

Planning a romantic getaway at an eco resort in Portugal? Look no further. Areias do Seixo is a charming boutique hotel designed specifically for couples. The rooms are perfect for two, with a magical ambience and the utmost privacy. Simple yet elegant designs connect guests with nature whilst creating a cosy and relaxed atmosphere for you and your loved one. Think deep bathtubs, cosy corners and glasses of wine by an open fire. The indulgent spa offers the perfect couples experience, whilst yoga, and bike rides are just a few of the activities available. The hotel has a strong environmental awareness; it’s made using local materials and utilizes natural heating and cooling systems, and the sustainable practices don’t end there. The large organic gardens are lovingly tended, bringing fresh produce to the kitchen and natural products to the spa, creating an ever deeper connection with nature. As far as Portugal eco resorts go, Areias do Seixo is at the top of the list for romance, ambiance and tranquility.

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Features & Amenities

• 15 rooms, including two tented hideaways
• Hotel is for adults only
• Outdoor swimming pool
• Spa facilities including sauna and Turkish bath
• Massages & treatments
• Yoga
• Bicycles to explore the area
• Organic gardens
• 3 restaurants
• Picnic baskets to enjoy on your day out
• Dinner and a movie under the stars
• Families are welcome to stay in one of the villas or townhouses nearby
• Family activities include baking, crafts, and surfing

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20 Most Instagrammable Places In Toronto | Top Photo Spots | Toronto, Canada

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20 Most Instagrammable
Places in

Toronto

The 20 Most Instagrammable Places In Toronto

Toronto is an incredibly dynamic fuelled by a youthful energy and desire to reinvent itself continuously. Toronto is without a doubt the creative hub of Canada, hosting countless events, exhibitions that inspire visitors and locals alike. No matter the time of year, Toronto is well worth a visit. We’ve put together this handy list of the Most Instagrammable places in Toronto to inspire you to explore the city and find beauty in popular and lesser known corners of the city.

Nathan Philip Sqaure

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Nathan Phillips Square is a unique feature of the city with a timeless architecture housing the city hall. It’s also a hub for events from ice skating, to fireworks displays. The illuminated sign is an almost mandatory photo spot for anyone visiting Toronto for the first time. Whether you are visiting in the summer or winter, the vibe is different and worth checking out. It’s no wonder we had to open our list of the most instagrammable places in Toronto with Nathan Phillips Square.

Ontario Place / Cinesphere

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An architectural wonder, Ontario Place is a contrast of construction and nature. Located directly along the lake shore, the concert venue and event space is beautiful from every angle.

Yonge Dundas Square

Toronto’s answer to New York’s Times Square, Dundas Square is a modern public space with billboards, bright lights and the occasional concert or celebrity sighting. It’s impossible to miss, as it’s located adjacent to the Eaton’s Centre and on Toronto’s most famous road, Yonge St. These bright lights, big city vibes are why we had to include Dundas Square on our most Instagrammable places in Toronto list.

Outside CF Toronto Eaton Centre/Mall, at Queen Street West

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A contrast in period architecture, the Eaton’s Centre pedestrian bridge straddles Queen Street West. Depending on the time of day, the light reflects beautifully off the glass structure creating one epic photo.

Underpass Park

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Underpass Park is a public space designed by PFS Studio and The Planning Partnership located beneath the overpasses of Adelaide Street, Eastern Avenue, and Richmond Street in the West Don Lands neighbourhood of Toronto. Urban street art and creativity are what land Underpass Park on our list of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto list.

Graffiti Alley

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Graffiti Alley is a beautiful endless mural of street art pieces bringing a welcome splash of colour to the alleyways that run parallel to Queen Street West. Block after block of spray painted stories from talented artists. From stunning tributes to canadiana to social commentary to the simply absurd, graffiti alley is a fun and totally instagramable detour well worth a visit.

Distillery District

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The Distillery District is a lovely pedestrian-only neighbourhood set in old red brick 19th century buildings. In the past, these buildings were home to a large whiskey distillery. Today, the district draws crowds to experience bars and restaurants, boutique shops and galleries in a charming setting. During Christmas, the Distillery District comes to life with a market. beautiful lights shop stalls a grand feature Christmas tree is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. These are just a few of the reasons why we had to include the Distillery District on our best Instagram spots in Toronto list.

Bar Raval

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A hip and trendy bar in the heart of Toronto offers incredible cuisine and fantastic cocktails. It’s no wonder why this hip bar is consistently busy and a favourite among the young and trendy locals of this vibrant city. Pop in during the day for the best shots, and to not look like a weirdo taking photos on a night out.

Fairmont Royal York

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The very height of luxury in Toronto, the Fairmont Royal York, is a grand hotel in the heart of the city. Directly located across the street from Union Station, it is an impressive building and impossible to miss.  The Château styled building boasts large public spaces a stunning lobby and roomwith views to die for. The opulence and timeless luxury are just a few of the reasons we included Fairmont Royal York Hotel on our list of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto.

Gooderham Building

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Without a doubt one of the best Instagram spots in Toronto is the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building, is an historic office building at 49 Wellington Street anchors the intersection and is a focal point for the entire St.Lawrence neighbourhood. ANother awesome perk, you can stop by this epic Instagram spot on the way to or from the St.Lawrence Market, an must-visit destination of Toronto. 

Toronto Reference Library

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It may surprise you to find a library on a list of the best instagram spots in Toronto, but once you step foot inside he building, you’ll quickly understand why. The central atrium from the upper levels of the building. The library is the largest public reference library in Canada with an extensive collection of books, manuscripts, microfilm, and other items. Most items in its collection are designated for reference-use only, with the public is unable to borrow these items for use outside the library. In addition to providing access to its collection, the library also hosts a number of public reading events, as well as providing technical access and services to the public.

AGO / Art Gallery of Ontario

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The museum’s permanent collection includes over 120,000 works spanning the first century to the present day.[4] The museum collection includes a number of works from Canadian, First Nations, Inuit, African, European, and Oceanic artists. In addition to exhibits for its collection, the museum has organized and hosted a number of travelling art exhibitions.

Brookfield Place Toronto

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Brookfield Place is an office tower in the heart of the financial district. It’s grand atrium floods the space with light. There is literally no bad time to visit as day and night offer something totally unique. The other perk is that it’s on the way to several other Toronto attractions, so you will not need to go out of your way to find it. Unsurprisingly, this is one of the most Instagrammable places in Toronto.

Royal Ontario Museum

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The futuristic Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, that boasts mind blowing architecture with angles and still jetting out in every direction. The museum is one of the largest museums in North America and the largest in Canada, attracting more than one million visitors every year. More than a pretty photo spot, the museum has an impressive collection that is not to be missed.

Aga Khan Museum

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The Aga Khan Museum has a vibe of peace and calm that commands respect. The minimalist approach to design is truly unique and a beautiful canvas for what the building holds inside. The Aga Khan Museum has an impressive collection of historically significant Muslim art and hosts several exhibitions presenting art spanning a vast geographic area from Spain and North Africa in the west, across the Middle East, to South Asia and China in the east.

City view from CN Tower

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The most recognizable of all monuments in Toronto is the CN Tower. The building stands at just over 553 metres and functions as a communications and observation tower located in the downtown core of Toronto. Although you can get some epic photos of the tower from ground level, the city itself is put into perspective from above. Take the elevator to the top and brace yourself for mind blowing views from one of the world’s tallest buildings.

Humber Bay Arch Bridge

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The Humber Bay Arch Bridge is a beautiful Pedestrian Bridge that runs along the lake shore. In the morning and evening you can see countless joggers and cyclists commuting to and from work or simply getting in a workout. The bridge offers beautiful views of Lake Ontario and the city skyline. The bridge is easy enough to get to by crossing south over the Gardiner Expressway at a number of marked crossings. On a nice day, you can enjoy lunch in Sunny side Park and paddle in the water along the shore.

Toronto Islands

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The Toronto Islands are a popular tourist and recreational destination. The chain of islands is perfect for a full day out. Bicycles are accommodated to make getting around quick and easy and can be bought or rented on the island. The very best views of the city are captured from the islands with the water and the sky contrasting the modern metropolis that is Toronto. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, rent a canoe, kayak or stand up paddle board to get that extra impressive shot.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

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You don’t have to visit the Caribbean to see some amazing ocean wildlife. Ripley’s Aquarium is a fantastic place to immerse yourself in a world of 20,000 aquatic animals and learn about their natural environments. The Aquarium boasts North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel, and more than 100 interactive opportunities! This awe-inspiring attraction consists of ten carefully curated galleries showcasing a cross section of saltwater and freshwater environments from around the world.

Canadian National Exhibition

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What’s not to love about fairs and carnivals? They are bright, loud, colourful and nostalgic. The CNE is no different. Every year, the CNE marks the unofficial end of summer, so your window to get some fun photos is limited.

The 15 Most Instagrammable Places In London | UK

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15 Most Instagrammable
Places in

London

The 15 Most Instagrammable Places In London

Looking for the best Instagram spots in London? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Our list of of the 15 most Instagrammable places in London captures the essence of the city. Old world architecture lining narrow streets, filled with charming restaurants and cafés. Cutting edge modern architecture and countless manicured gardens and parks. London is a photographers dream, and the perfect place to get the shot that sets Instagram on fire. Check out our list of the 15 most Instagrammable places in London. 

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

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Westminster Abbey is the enchanting church in the centre of London. Every bit as beautiful as it is fascinating, the 700+ years of history is something well worth spending the day learning about. Throughout the history of Westminster Abbey, it has been at the centre of British political, social and cultural life.

COVENT GARDEN

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Take a short whimsical walk through Covent Garden and find this curious corner named after 17th century developer, Thomas Neale. The alleyway has lots of independent shops and opens up into a courtyard, perfect for resting your legs and doing a little people watching. It’s no wonder it’s one of the most Instagrammable places in London.

RICHMOND RIVERSIDE

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Literally overflowing with countryside charm, Richmond Riverside is one of the best London hangout spots. Mere steps from pubs, restaurants, bars and the oldest bridge on the Thames, you can easily spend a day here catching some sun and bantering with locals along the stretches of seating and park space. It’s no wonder Richmond Riverside is one of the most Instagrammable places in London.

Royal botanical gardens, kew

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The Kew Gardens temperate house is a jaw dropping site inside and out. Located on the sprawling botanic gardens at Kew, it is one of many spectacular attractions to discover for yourself. Kew has the largest and most diverse botanical and mycological collections in the world and has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site. You could quite easily spend an entire day finding hidden gems and Instagrammable places on the sprawling grounds.

CIRCOLO POPOLARE

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Restaurant décor does not come more inspiring than this. Easily one of the best Instagram spots in London, this Fun, lively, energetic venue is a favourive with locals and travellers alike. Circolo Popolare serves incredible Italian food and wine in a vibrant atmosphere, Circolo Popolare is one of the most popular restaurants in London’s Fitzrovia district. Planning a night out on the town? Then this is the place to start. 

TOWER BRIDGE

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Completed in 1894, Tower Bridge is a part of the very fabric of London. A combined bascule and suspension bridge, Tower Bridge stretches across the River Thames. Elegant and majestic, it is no surprise that millions of tourists flock to see the bridge every year. No trip to London would be complete without a visit to Tower Bridge, one of the most Instagrammable places in London.

NOTTING HILL

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One of the best known neighbourhoods in the world, Notting Hill has earned it’s reputation as a place worth checking out. With cute and colourful cosmopolitan dream homes, plus excellent restaurants, pubs, and theatres, there’s never a shortage of things to do and see here. Not forgetting lively Portobello Market and Notting Hill Carnival, which are just some of the many reasons that Notting Hill is on our list of the most Instagrammable places in London. 

Westminster Bridge

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Westminster Bridge is a beautiful bridge full of secrets. Fascinating architecture and ornate gothic lamps light the wat to the palace of Westminster. There are incredible views in every direction. Big Ben, Westminster Palace and the London Eye are all more than ideal back drops for this photogenic icon of London. Simply put, this is one of the very best Instagram spots in London.

ST. PAUL’S CATHEDRAL

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With a history spanning over 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has always stood at the highest point in London. Today, this fixture in London’s history is a place of worship for many, and a truly magnificent sight to behold. Contrasted with modern buildings, the cathedral is a timeless classic designed by famous architect, Christopher Wren.

leadenhall market

Unsurprisingly, Leadenhall Market has made our list of the most Instagrammable places in London. Every bit as beautiful on the outside as it is inside, the Leadenhall Market is a covered market in the heart of London, dating back to the 14th century. It’s got all the old world charm of cobbled stone roads and independent shops. And of course, it’s the location of the wand shopping scene in Harry Potter. 

BYWATER STREET, CHELSEA

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Posh in pastel, Chelsea is one of the most affluent neighbourhoods in London. Walk the pretty streets that offer seasonal variety, but beauty nonetheless. A favourite area for dream house window shoppers. From widely adored flowers to the world famous football club Chelsea FC, this neighbourhood has something for everyone. Add a splash of colour with some shots in this highly Instagrammable corner of London.

THE GHERKIN

With a reputation as the world’s most civilized skyscraper, the Gherkin has been a centrepiece of the London skyline since 2003. A jewel of the cityscape, you can catch sight of this timeless architecture from a number of spectacular angles like this one. At an angle, it’s quite easy to see why it is one of the most Instagrammable places in London.

Peggy Porschen Cakes

Peggy Porshen is a cake shop with treats as delicious as the shop is aesthetically pleasing. Pop in for a break at either, or both, locations in Chelsea and Belgravia while snapping up other stunning photos in the area. 

LOMBARD STREET

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Lombard Street is the historic home of finance and lending in London. Boasting narrow streets and colourful signs representing historic organizations, it’s a glimpse into a fascinating part of London’s past. Don’t forget to look up, as you can spot the super cool walkie-talkie building. 

GREENWICH PARK

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The perfect place to get together with friends in the sun or to go for a cool autumn walk. Greenwich Park is the most historic park in London. Designated as a hunting ground back in the day of Henry VIII, today it’s south-east London’s best summer hang out spot. With san epic view of the skyline like this, you can easily see why Greenwich Park is one of the most Instagrammable places in London.

Most Instagrammable Places In Eindhoven | The Netherlands

pink and blue patterned street art in Eindhoven city centre