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Attractive and seductive, the Italian island of Sicily deals every little thing from Greek and Roman temples to mouthwatering highway foodstuff and a dramatic surroundings crowned through potent Mount Etna. discover Sicily is a part of a brand-new sequence and is the right pocket better half to your journey: a full-colour advisor containing 14 easy-to-follow routes, taking in the entire vintage attractions, similar to Val di Noto's elegant Baroque structure and the frenetic capital Palermo, along Agrigento's positive Greek temples and, extra afield, the stunningly attractive Aeolian Islands, renowned for volcano-climbing. Insight's trademark cultural insurance completely units the routes in context, with introductions to Sicily's food and procuring chances, in addition to an summary of the island's advanced historical past and the low-down on its array of out of doors actions. Hand-picked areas to consume and drink are highlighted in each one journey and within the listing part, which incorporates a wealth of valuable sensible info together with a language advisor, in addition to more than a few rigorously chosen motels to fit all budgets. All routes are plotted at the priceless pull-out map, and the beautiful images captures the dramatic Sicilian panorama.

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FIAPE (end Apr/mid-May), Estremoz. An international agricultural, cattle and handicrafts fair. Algarve Music Festival (Apr– May), throughout the region. Concerts and performances by the Gulbenkian Ballet. May Flower Festival (late Apr/ early May), Funchal, Madeira. Shops and houses are decorated with flowers. Ends with a parade of floats. Festas das Cruzes (early May), Barcelos. The Festival of the Crosses celebrates the day the shape of a cross appeared in the earth in 1504. Pilgrimage to Fátima (12–13 May).

A key victory for the allies came at Buçaco (see pp216–17) in 1810.

September is also the start of the vindima (the harvest) season. Grapes are harvested and crushed to wine in a spirit of festivity, especially in the port-growing Douro region. September Avante! (early Sep), Seixal. A three-day festival of folk music. There are also film screenings, a book fair and food stalls. Festa das Vindimas (early Sep), Palmela. A festival to celebrate the grape harvest. Wine Festival (early Sep), Funchal and Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, Madeira. The Funchal festival is a lively, popular event, but the one in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos is more authentic.

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