Monday, 11 July 2011

New hotel in Porto

Porto has a new luxury hotel. The InterContinental Porto-Palacio das Cardosas, which has just opened, is housed in a 200 years old palace on the city's main Liberdade square. It incorporates the Cafe Astoria – replicating the cafe which was part of the palace's ground floor at the start of the last century – with an outdoor terrace where guests can drink coffee and eat pastries. The hotel has 105 bedrooms, 16 suites, a gym and a “wellness centre”. Porto, Portgual's second city, lies on the Douro. Among its attractions are tours and tastings in the great Port lodges such as Sandeman, Cockburn and Taylor's.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Major tour firm offers skiing in Russia

Britain's biggest ski holiday operator, Crystal, is to offer packages to Sochi in Russia, site of the 2014 Winter Olympics for the coming season. Skiing there is on the slopes of three nearby resorts: Gazprom - as in the oil giant - Rosa Khutor and Mountain Carousel. Watch out for details in Crystal's new brochure, due to be published later this month