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Europe & North Africa

  • The Alhambra in Granada southern of Spain at sunset

Where chronicles go beyond the confines of the classroom.

Where chronicles go beyond the confines of the classroom.

Europe is timeless. From the still vivid paintings of Knossos Palace’s walls all the way to Marrakech’s spirited Medina, it’s the continent’s history and that of its neighbouring countries of the Maghreb that fascinate and draw in. All of this has led to the region achieving what we thought impossible. Yes, Europe has mastered edutainment.

The lesson starts by taking a step back to Turkey’s Roman roots exploring the “golden age” of the now crumbling Ephesus city, while in Italy, little aesthetes have their taste for art tickled with Villa Romana del Casale’s mosaics.

The more hands-on approach continues in sun-scorched Greece, where budding archaeologists finally have permission to play in the dirt as they experience what it’s like to uncover artefacts on an excavation and, bypassing the Mediterranean altogether, crafty creatives learn the traditional art of carpet weaving and pottery in Morocco. A cooking class demonstrates Cyprus’ regional recipes and fiery Spain gets blood pumping with family flamenco lessons, cooled off only by a dolphin cruise headed by a WWF biologist in Portugal. While the pace is slowed altogether sailing the calm waters of Montenegro’s Boka Bay to explore the area’s old towns and ancient palaces.

White buildings and a white windmill with a brown straw roof


Europe, Croatia & Montenegro, One&Only Portonovi, Main Pool


Snapping up the best spot on Boka Bay, the nautical playground, One&Only Portonovi, has been created as the ultimate retreat with literally every age in mind.

With its auburn roofs and seamless walk-out access to the marina, it’s hard to believe that this wonderfully secluded seaside resort hasn’t always been there. Perched next to the Adriatic wreathed by soaring peaks, family-sized rooms and suites with balconies make the most of Boka Bay’s beauty. But it’s the signature villas that take the cake, with access to their very own beach (a rarity in Europe), they are just crying out to be used for celebrations. You may have a hard time tearing youngsters away from thrill-packed lessons and sessions such as ice block science, musical instrument craft and scavenger hunts. But if you do manage it, explorers of all sizes will appreciate the emphasis on experiences making the most of the surrounding Italian-lakes- meet-Norwegian-fjord landscapes. Set sail on the Adriatic, a day of discovery for all the family includes seeking out secret islands and hidden beaches.

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