Unique Christmas Traditions from Around the World

Whatever your plans for the holiday season, we thought it would be interesting to reflect on the diverse Christmas traditions of the many countries we visit on our tours. Not all are of these celebrations are still widespread in the 21st century, and some of them travel across borders to be observed with minor variations...
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Advanced Wine Tasting: Regionally Famous Wine Varietals

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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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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Last Minute October Escape Experiences!

Ok, so right about now you’re asking yourself 1-Where the heck did the summer go? 2- Why haven’t I taken some much deserved me time yet!? With the usual day-to-day it’s hard to carve out time to recharge our batteries and to fuel the soul. We’re here to tell you that the cycling experience you’ve...
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Bike Luggage Charges: Worth Keeping Your Bike At Home?

With cycling becoming more popular than ever, enthusiasts increasingly want to take their bicycles abroad for cycling holidays. As a cyclist, it’s worth knowing whether or not taking your own bicycle abroad is worth it. It can also help determine what airline to book with. At Pure Adventures we are so lucky to have bike...
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4 ways to tame Portugal’s Wild Coast

When it comes to bike touring, Portugal is a hidden gem. This often overlooked destination boasts all the beauty of other European cycling hot spots like Spain and Italy, but its unique culture and rugged coastline set it apart and set the scene for a spectacular active vacation. While the heart of Portugal’s nightlife and...
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5 Fado Facts + the best places in Lisbon to experience it

Fado is traditional folk music popular in the Lisbon area of Portugal. Melancholy by nature, the music includes instruments like guitars and mandolins with one Fadista singing poetic lyrics related to darker elements of love, death and sadness. The music may, however, occasionally include some humor. If your late season travel includes Portugal, be sure sure...
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Portugal’s Paths and Pousadas Perfect for Cyclists

“In Europe it’s still possible to find wild and untrammeled nature. This is especially true in Portugal where our company maximizes the diversity of the country’s national parks,” says Loren Siekman, founder and director of Pure Adventures Self Guided Travel. Pure Adventures programs are self-guided, inclusive of accommodations, breakfasts, luggage transport, a road book with...
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Portugal Cuisine

5 Foods to Try in Portugal A trip to Portugal is like an awakening of the senses. From the glistening waves and bustling resorts of the Algarve to the blissful countryside, to the quaint cobblestone streets of the many tiny towns and villages, it’s truly the best of all worlds in this one spectacular destination....
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Vila do Bispo

Vila do Bispo Has It All When it comes to beautiful landscapes, rich history and spectacular scenery, Portugal’s Algarve region is second to none. And perhaps no town within this incredible region embodies the essence of the Algarve region more than Vila do Bispo. Whether you enjoy lounging on magnificent beaches, dining at first class...
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