Country Life 23-Jun-2021

Published by TI Media Limited Country Life, the quintessential English magazine, is undoubtedly one of the biggest and instantly recognisable brands in the UK today. It has a unique core mix of contemporary country-related editorial and top end property advertising. Editorially, the magazine comments in-depth on a wide variety of subjects, such as architecture, the arts, gardens and gardening, travel, the countryside, field-sports and wildlife. With renowned columnists and superb photography Country Life delivers the very best of British life every week.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
4,85 €(IVA inc.)
151,54 €(IVA inc.)
51 Números

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5 min.

Dive into Greece RECREATIONAL divers have the opportunity to discover a treasure trove of wrecks on the Greek seabed, part of a drive to catalogue and preserve European underwater cultural heritage. The country’s first designated underwater museum opened in 2019 within the National Marine Park of Alonissos and Northern Sporades. It centres on the Peristera shipwreck, which sank near Alonissos island, in the Western Aegean, in the 5th century BC, carrying a cargo of some 4,000 wine amphorae. The site will re-open from June to November, and three more will launch in the near future, including a Roman wreck off Cape Telegrafos and a Byzantine shipwreck at Kikinthos. The Ministry of Culture announced in March that it will gradually open up the sites of nearly 100 underwater wrecks dating between 1868 and 1970,…

9 min.
home from home

WHEN Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, embarked on his first trip to Padua, Italy, in 1612, he couldn’t have imagined he’d start a trend that would grip British Society. His experiences in Italy sparked a wave of interest in European travel, which, over time, evolved into the Grand Tour. Most British gentlemen (and the odd lady) spent three years abroad to polish their knowledge of art, architecture and the classics, but some made a different choice, settling overseas for longer. Several of these early ‘expats’ had little alternative, perhaps due to scandal or because they were in the service of the kingdom. But a few craved new horizons or, once abroad, discovered a taste for adventure that led them to remain overseas for the rest of their lives. Here…

9 min.
we’ll always have summer

Best for wild swimming Sicily, Italy FROM the powder-soft sand of Sicily’s beaches, you can take easy dips in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, but for the ultimate exhilarating summer swim, you should try what the Italians call acqua dolce (literally, sweet water). Wild swimming in this southerly Italian island is, indeed, sweet. For a sense of complete seclusion, head to the freshwater pools at Cavagrande del Cassibile Nature Reserve (above). Also known as the Laghetti d’Avola, these natural bathing spots are set in a dramatic limestone canyon with 984ft walls, formed by the River Cassibile. Be prepared to walk for more than an hour through a hillside of plane trees, willows and ferns down to the emerald-green pools, with a slightly longer climb back. Luckily, there is a bar at…

5 min.
the plants that came from afar

IMAGINE you woke up one morning and looked out of the window to discover that, as if in a tale by the Brothers Grimm, all the plants of foreign origin in the garden had mysteriously vanished overnight. An inevitable legacy of the nightmare might well be the realisation that so many of our familiar friends come from quite unexpected places. How could that be and how did they get here? It is a curiosity of our climate, oft remarked upon by visitors from overseas, that so many exotic plants are quietly prepared to grow in our gardens without looking as if they would rather be at home. That irritating combination of changeable weather, rain throughout the year and the subtle influence of the Gulf Stream makes this a happy home for…

6 min.
another day in paradise

CLOSE your eyes and picture yourself in your ideal getaway. Are you enjoying a sundowner on the terrace after a day amid meadows or diving off the side of a boat into warm waves? Most of us have a natural preference: some are only happy with sun, sea and sand; others need the serenity of the countryside to unplug. There are pros and cons to each (assuming, of course, that one must choose), so which will provide the perfect overseas property? Beach destinations offer a great deal of variety: they can either go ‘disco’ (the bright lights and endless summer nights of Ibiza or Mykonos), ‘go slow’ (the refined version of barefoot luxury at many exotic resorts) or somewhere in between. The beach also tends to work well for multi-generational families,…

4 min.
treasure island

OVER the years, Mallorca has shown contrasting facets to different people, but its transformation from a symbol of the ravages of sun-and-sangria package holidays to a sophisticated Mediterranean destination is—reality television shows aside—well under way. The dated mid-market hotels that blighted the beaches near Palma are increasingly being torn down or updated (even the beach at Magaluf has been rebranded Calvià Beach) and townhouses and farmhouses across the island are being converted into elegant luxury or boutique hotels. The largest of the Balearics, Mallorca also has the biggest airport, with the most frequent year-round flights to all European capitals. It has, at the last count, 17 international schools and high-speed fibre-optic broadband covers 82% of homes. But its lure goes far beyond such practical considerations: no other island in the Mediterranean…