Lagoa de Albufeira, Sesimbra, Portugal



Lagoa de Albufeira (Albufeira Lagoon Beach) is a unique beach in Portugal and is close to Sesimbra. To one side the beach faces the Atlantic and is part of the 30km beach stretching the length of the western side of the Setubal Peninsular. Flowing into the rear of beach are three minor rivers and these rivers combined with the tidal currents have carved out deep lagoons in the soft sands.

Lipari, Sicily, Italy



Lipari is the largest of the Aeolian Islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the northern coast of Sicily, southern Italy.

Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy, France


“Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. It is located about one kilometre off the country’s northwestern coast.

The island has held strategic fortifications since ancient times and since the 8th century AD has been the seat of the monastery from which it draws its name. The structural composition of the town exemplifies the feudal society that constructed it: on top, God, the abbey and monastery; below, the great halls; then stores and housing; and at the bottom, outside the walls, houses for fishermen and farmers.

Its unique position — on an island just 600 metres from land — made it accessible at low tide to the many pilgrims to its abbey, but defensible as an incoming tide stranded, drove off, or drowned would-be assailants. The Mont remained unconquered during the Hundred Years’ War; a small garrison fended off a full attack by the English in 1433. The reverse benefits of its natural defence were not lost on Louis XI, who turned the Mont into a prison. Thereafter the abbey began to be used more regularly as a jail during the Ancien Régime.

One of France’s most recognizable landmarks, visited by more than 3 million people each year, Mont Saint-Michel and its bay are on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Over 60 buildings within the commune are protected in France as monuments historiques.”