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LPS Mag Oct17

DESTINATIONS FOR THE DISCERNING ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL BOTTOM While port may be the first drink that comes to mind when you mention Portugal, it is the wine industry that is fuelling tourism. The interior parts of Portugal are replete with luxurious enotourism destinations such as Barrocal in the Alentejo – the south-central part of the country. Combining wine tasting with history steeped in agriculture, this region is one wine aficionados would describe as an underrated destination. Sip single-estate wines that reflect the terrior. Take a day trip to the nearby medieval village of Monsaraz (pictured), with its historical castle and surrounding land that dates back to the 8th century. Indulge in a custom tour of local wineries to Esporão and Herdade de Grous. Small curated trips to boutique properties and rural estates marry luxury with authentic cultural experiences and good food are the hallmark of bespoke travel group Portugalmas. They’ve studied, experienced and shared Portuguese culture for over 10 years and are known for their deep love of the country. For truly unique accommodation, book into a pousada, a chain of luxury hotels based in restored monasteries, castles or palaces. They focus on preserving the historic aspects and elegance of the building. GREAT OCEAN ROAD, AUSTRALIA TOP There are bucket list items in every country and in Australia the Great Ocean Road reigns amongst the top destinations for discerning travellers. Set along Australia’s southern coast, in Victoria, the Great Ocean Road is an Australian National Heritage site that runs 243 kilometres between the towns of Torquay and Allansford. The towering '12 Apostles', rock stack formations that rise majestically from the sea, stand guard on a region known for its iconic surf breaks as well as its rainforest in the Otway Ranges. World-famous Bells Beach, home to the Rip Curl Pro surfing competition held each Easter, makes a great day out. Travellers can spend as little or as much time as they like exploring the area. It's a microcosm of Australia – spot koalas and kangaroos at Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve – and then kick back in one of the many seaside villages that dot the coast. In June you can join the ancient art of truffle hunting at one of Victoria's oldest truffieres. Or stop off at one of the many cellar door wineries where the Henty wine region produces cool climate varietals of Pinot Noir and Riesling. D E S T I N A T I O N S 1 2 | 1 3


LPS Mag Oct17
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