Cova d'en Xoroi nightclub in Menorca on the Balearic Islands of Spain on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain Mallory_Menorca3402

Menorca; Timeless gem found in the details

There’s a chance those without a degree in smart Alec or geography will have had to google Menorca, surprised to discover there is a third Balearic island. This one however, isn’t just about all night partying and daytime recovery on the beach; it’s an unheralded and timeless cultural gem of the Spanish Mediterranean. Menorca is an island, therefore it’s blessed …

Goðafoss, "Waterfalls of the Gods" in north east Iceland on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain_Mallory_Iceland-5059

Road trip highlights in East Iceland

Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice may seem like a small island, which can be explored in little more than a week, but even after a third visit, my appetite is still barely whetted. Taking a road trip with Discover the World, exploring the fjords of East Iceland, I was soon to realise there is still so much more …

Performers dancing at Iby'Iwacu cultural village in Volcano National Park in Rwanda, east Africa on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain_Mallory_Rwanda-2148

Rwanda, Beyond Kigali – A Cultural Portrait

It wasn’t until the vehicles left the outskirts of Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda that the true culture of this fascinating country began to emerge. Kigali, had appeared a modern, busy city, with plenty of development, including the arrival of several large chain hotels, but not the Rwanda our group hoped to see. Rwanda is known as the “Land …

Djemaa-el-Fna at sunset in the Medina of Marrakech, Morocco in North Africa on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain_Mallory_Mor16240

More Joy of Souks – Marrakech Edition

Marrakech, can hit like a hammer blow within minutes of arriving at the airport, but it really hits home, once the taxi parks in the ancient, narrow, side streets of the Medina. Most riads are located deep in the labyrinthine streets, where cars can’t reach, many visitors have heavy luggage and are unaware of how to reach their accommodation, so reliance …

Quimixto Beach and lagoon, Jalisco in Puerto Vallarta on the Pacific Coast of Mexico on Mallory on Travel adventure travel, photography, travel Iain_Mallory_Mex1411676

Beyond Beach Culture in Puerto Vallarta

Puerto Vallarta in the Nayarit region of Mexico has everything any normal beach resort or holiday has to offer, sun, sea and of course miles and miles of pure, clean sandy beaches. A lively seafront with daily performances of music, acrobatics and sand sculpting, as well as a variety of shops and art galleries for buying those all-important souvenirs. With …

Kihnu, Cultural Time Warp in Estonia

Waiting at the small ferry port of Munalaid, Estonia for a boat to take me to the island of Kihnu in the Gulf of Riga, the tone seemed set for the visit. Asking around, the few people present didn’t speak English, and weren’t able to offer any advice regarding the journey to the island. Eventually a small boat arrived, but again …

Reykjavik, Iceland, My kind of Destination

Guest post by Alison Bailey Reykjavik was the June destination of the Flybe inaugural flight from Birmingham, providing my first taste of Iceland. Before leaving, I took the opportunity to walk around Reykjavík, to explore the city, and enjoy some of the cultural institutions. Safe to say I’m impressed. Reykjavík is unlike any other city I have visited, it is certainly …

Walking Through History in Cantabria, Spain

Guest post by Alison Bailey The Northern coast of Spain is rich in history. The geography is ideally suited to seafaring activities, there is ready access to the Bay of Biscay, and Santander has played a major part in shaping European history. Cantabria’s history goes back further than man’s first attempts to tame the sea, much further. The rock found in northern …