Emma's Travel Tales

Emma is a Scottish girl with a travel obsession. Her blog was launched in 2011 as a place for young travel lovers and adventure seekers to find information, tips, advice and inspiration on all things travel related. We love her fun style and eye for detail.

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23rd April 2019 by Emma's Travel Tales

Staying at Four Seasons Fairways Quinta do Lago

The Algarve region of Portugal is somewhere that I’ve been lucky enough to visit dozens of times. I’ve visited loads with my family, I’ve been with friends and I’ve spent a lot of time there with Thomas too. I feel like it’s an area that has so much to offer visitors and Last year my dad announced that he wanted to take a timeshare in The Algarve. He’d looked at loads of options and decided his favourite was Four Seasons Fairways in Quinta do Lago. So, a couple of...

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9th July 2018 by Emma's Travel Tales

What to do on rainy travel days

You wake up in an unfamiliar bed to the sound of rain battering the window. The soothing, relaxing sound of rain. But wait. You quickly remember you’re on holiday and the last thing you want is rain. Bad weather can ruin all your holiday plans, especially if you’re in a typically sunny weather destination. After all, you can’t go to the beach or chill by the pool if it’s pouring with rain outside! Hang out in your accommodation Modern life is BUSY. Like, really busy. If you’re...

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9th July 2018 by Emma's Travel Tales

Port Grimaud; The ‘Little Venice’ of France

On our recent trip to the south of France there was one place I knew I wanted to return to; Port Grimaud. I’d visited about 14 years previously with my parents and brother as part of a cruise and we all had fond memories of this cute little town. If I told you Port Grimaud is often nicknamed ‘Little Venice’, you’d quickly understand upon seeing the small town. It’s built around a series of canals flanked by adorable, colourful houses. Port Grimaud was created in the 1960s on...

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28th June 2018 by Emma's Travel Tales

Visiting the Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel

Looking for a fun day out in central Scotland? Why not visit The Kelpies and The Falkirk Wheel? They’re around 20 miles from Glasgow and Edinburgh, so it’s easy to visit them from either city in a day. Plus, they’re just a few miles apart, so the perfect distance to visit both sites in just one day. You can easily drive between both sites, or use the canal pathway and walk or cycle between the two. The Kelpies The Kelpies are the largest equine statues in the world. They stand at 30...

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12th September 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

Charming, beautiful Ravello

During my amazing trip to Sorrento this summer I had the opportunity to visit Ravello, an Italian resort town that’s home to some of the most incredible views of the Amalfi Coast. The town itself is small and incredibly charming and lies high above the glittering waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea below. Although the real killer views are the ones out over the sea, the inland views definitely didn’t suck either… Despite it being the height of summer during my visit(July), the town was...

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8th September 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

Things to do near Sorrento, Italy

This summer I was lucky enough to spend a week in a gorgeous villa in Sorrento and have visited a number of times previously too. No matter how many times I visit here I always find so many new and exciting things to do and see. Italy is a country that I’m pretty sure I’ll never tire of, and I fall a little bit more in love with it each time I visit. One of the things I love about Sorrento and the surrounding areas is that there is just so much to do there. Because I’m not the type of...

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22nd August 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

Ciccheti – A true taste of Venice

One of the things many people – myself included – want when they travel is to eat in places where local people are eating. These are usually the best places to dine out and it’s always exciting to try local flavours, traditional dishes and mingle among the people who call that place home. Venice is one of the busiest tourist cities in the world and there are surprisingly few people who actually call the watery city home – less than 60,000. This means it’s easy to get caught up in...

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28th July 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

Visiting gorgeous Burano, Venice

I’d wanted to visit Burano on a few of my previous trips to Venice but hadn’t managed to fit it in for whatever reason. On my trip to Venice last month I resolved that I *had* to get myself to Burano once and for all, to see the gorgeous colourful buildings for myself. All of the houses in Burano are painted a different, striking colour. It’s said that this was so that sailors who returned from sea in the evening exhausted could easily find their homes, and wouldn’t stumble into the...

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7th July 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

8 things to do in the Italian Riviera

The Italian Riviera is located in the north west of the country and includes pretty much all of the coastline within the Liguria region. There’s so much to love about this part of Italy and I simply adore the intricately painted colourful buildings, gorgeous beaches, pretty coves, amazing food and laid-back lifestyle. 1. Visit Santa Margherita Ligure Santa Margherita is one of my favourite spots in the Italian Riviera and is a beautiful Italian resort town, loved by Italian...

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19th April 2016 by Emma's Travel Tales

7 things to do in Venice, Italy

Venice is definitely one of the cities that I love and that I try to return to often. I'm actually going to be spending four days there at the end of June with my family before we head to Sorrento and I cannot wait to get back to a city I adore so much. Having been to the city probably around 20 times (told you I like to take advantage of being so close by flight!) here are some of the best things to do in Venice… 1. Get lost If you're a first time visitor to Venice, or even if...

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13th October 2015 by Emma's Travel Tales

Walking from Portofino to San Fruttuoso

During our trip to Italy we knew definitely wanted to visit Portofino, the next town along the coastline from where we were staying in Santa Margherita. We’d also heard that the small town just beyond Portofino was also beautiful, so we decided to visit both in one day. My family and I hopped on the ferry boat in the morning and within 45 minutes we were pulling into San Fruttuoso bay. The water was a gorgeous turquoise colour and we quickly realised San Fruttuoso was little more than a very...

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19th July 2012 by Emma's Travel Tales

Venice - Love it or hate it?

Whenever the subject of the Italian city of Venice comes up in conversation there’s always a split in the proverbial camps. There are always people who say they’ve been to Venice and adored it and would love to return and then there are always people who say something along the lines of ‘oh isn’t Venice smelly and dirty?’ I’ve found that a lot of the time the people who are in the latter camp haven’t actually even been to the city and yet have preconceived ideas about it.I’m...