In order to celebrate, we’ve taken a look at each of the seven countries we cover with our Overseas Property Insurance and made a list of our favourite things about them…
As well as fantastic football teams, exquisite local delicacies and beautiful beaches, Spain is also home to some of the world’s most celebrated artists. Salvador Dali is one of our favourites, and you can see his surrealism work in galleries and museums throughout Spain. In Costa Brava, the beach resort in Catalonia, there is the Dali Theatre-Museum. Madrid is home to museums such as the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (MNCARS), and in Palma, on the island of Mallorca, you can visit the Museu d´Art Espanyol Contemporani. These are but a few suggestions of where you can view masterpieces by Dali and more fabulous artists.
For us, it’s the architecture that has captured our hearts. Going from seeing the opulence of Paris, to walking through a rural countryside village provides a travel experience full of contrasts. We were devastated to hear the recent news about the Notre-Dame, but at the same time feel thankful that the magnificent cathedral was maintained to such a high standard for so long, providing us all with the opportunity to experience its beauty, culture and history.
The Ancient Romans had such an impact on the development of mankind and the societies we live in today. It’s fascinating to go back to the source, and learn more about how they lived all those years ago. The ruins in areas such as Ostia Antica have been preserved, so that we can step into the homes of those who lived there, before it was abandoned in 9th century AD. You can walk along the cobbled streets and admire the mosaic pictures arranged on walls and floors. You can take a look around the houses, taverns, public baths and the theatre that has been reconstructed.
What we love most about Portugal is the focus on the conservation of nature. In the Algarve you will find the Ria Formosa Natural Park. This area is home to a mix of ecosystems, such as marshlands, sand dunes, fresh water lagoons and woodlands. The Park is home to endangered species including chameleons and seahorses, and it’s also great for fans of bird watching.
In Lisbon there is also the Oceanário de Lisboa, an impressive aquarium containing separate ecosystems that replicate the Antarctic, Pacific and Indian oceans.
The IMV Business Development Managers have been to Cyprus many times on their visits to meet with our wonderful brokers, and the first thing they always mention when they return is how much they enjoyed the food!
To name a couple, our favourite dishes include lokmades, the fried citrus and honey doughnuts, and koupes, spiced meat coated in bulgur wheat and fried until crispy. Basically, if it’s deep fried, we’ll give it a try!
Republic of Ireland
Green is often associated with Ireland for a number of reasons, but more than anything else, we think of the luscious grassy fields that stretch across the country. In particular, we love coastal walks along the Cliffs of Moher, taking in the stunning views of the North Atlantic Ocean. It provides a refreshing escape from city life.
When discussing with the IMV team what we associate with Monaco, we immediately (almost unanimously!) said: the Grand Prix. It’s an experience to behold and one that’s worth adding to your bucket list to see in person. With hybrid cars now introduced, it’s great to see that this exciting event is self-conscious of its own carbon footprint, and changes have been made to give the sport “a much cleaner and greener image more relevant to developing road car technologies”, as stated by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).