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Self guided cycling tour through Alberobello with Pure Adventures.

Exploring Puglia: Cultural and Historical Attractions

Puglia, also known as Apulia, forms the heel of Italy’s famous boot shape. That gives the region some distinct advantages — the longest coastline of any part of Italy’s mainland, for instance, and a Mediterranean climate especially conducive to growing olives. With around million 60 olive trees, Puglia produces 40% of Italy’s olive oil. On...
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Croatia active foodie tour with Pure Adventures

How to Order in Dalmatia: Understanding Croatian Tapas

Croatian cuisine shares many flavours with its Mediterranean neighbours Greece and Italy, and adds a few regional twists all its own. One aspect that often takes the uninitiated by surprise is the lively tapas culture that has evolved in towns like Split. Especially when you’re just passing through, this focus on on light meals and...
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Italy Piedmont Wine Country cycling tour

Advanced Wine Tasting: Regionally Famous Wine Varietals to Try on your Next Trip

If you’re new to wine Tasting or need a refresher, click here to read our “Wine Tasting 101” post. Winemaking is woven into the culture of many of the countries we visit with Pure Adventures. If you’re a wine lover on a self-guided tour, you might drop in on favourite vineyard to see how the grapes...
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Burgundy, France self-guided bike, wine and gastronomy tour

Wine 101: How to Get the Most out of Your Next Tasting

Wine is an important part of the culture of many of our destinations: France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Chile and Argentina all offer vineyards of international distinction. If you’re tempted to stop off on your next custom tour but don’t know where to begin, take heart! You don’t have to be a trained sommelier to thoroughly...
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Self-guided cycling tour in France: Burgundy Express 5 Night Bike Tour

7 Things that Pair Well with Burgundy Wines

1. Cheese This is the obvious choice, and one that likely immediately comes to mind. Burgundy is a wonderland for those who like rich and vibrant flavors, and this holds true for cheese as well. A proper pairing of Burgundian wine and cheese brings out notes and characteristics of each that would be hard to...
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Experience Spain: Things to Do in Catalonia

No trip to this much-visited area of Spain is complete without a heaping dose of exploration, relaxation, sightseeing and taste-testing. Here are a few of our must-try activities to help you experience the local culture of Catalonia to its fullest. Try Out the Beach Life Catalonia and beaches: they’re practically synonyms. When visitors think of...
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Food Diversity and History Alive and Well in Spanish and Basque Tapas

For the longest time, my knowledge of tapas was limited to the Basque variety. Being young and moving somewhere as culturally different as Boise, Idaho, Guernica’s sister city, I enjoyed the Basque district and all it had to offer– especially the tapas. I now understand tapas are more than just a social (and delicious) food...
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Drop Everything! 3 Reasons You Need Portugal RIGHT NOW

Have you noticed everyone seems to be talking about Portugal right now? Maybe that’s because the country recently reported that they had another record year for overseas arrivals. About 12.7 million foreigners visited the country in 2017 – up 12 per cent year-on-year. So, if you weren’t already thinking about Portugal for your next getaway,...
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5 Hot Food & Wine Choices In Chile’s Lake & Volcano District

Chile’s lake and volcano district is a feast for the senses, the soul, and of course the local food and wine! The snow capped volcanoes and hot springs only scratch the surface of what Chile’s volcano district has in store for you. The area attracts cyclists and hikers from all over the world looking for...
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5 Things Your Inner Traveler Is Trying to Tell You…LISTEN UP!

So here it is, I’m going to tell you a secret, and it’s a doozy – you ready? You have an inner traveler. That’s right, they are in there just aching to bust out. Depending on who I’m talking to this may or may not come as a surprise. In fact some people reading may...
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