Greece or Portugal - Coastal City or Coastal Countryside

April 2016 Prize Draw

Date published: 29 Mar 16

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Zmar Eco CampoThis prize draw is now closed.

The choice is yours! This month we have two super prizes: a stay on the Atlantic coast of Portugal at the environmentally friendly, Zmar Eco Campo and a short break in Greece’s second city, Thessaloniki. Both prizes are for two people and you will enjoy wonderful hospitality whichever you win!

Zmar Eco Campo is a unique tourist award-winning destination, featuring ecological initiatives and sustainability. Located in the Alentejo – South West Coast of Portugal – near the most beautiful beaches in the country, this is the perfect place for a weekend get-away, holidays or even long term stays, with a wide range of modern and fully equipped facilities.

Zmar Eco CampoYou can simply relax, or the more active can enjoy tennis, cycling, walking, as well as a gym and water park with 3 swimming pools. The Zpa is ideal for relaxation: equipped with a hydro pool, jacuzzi, sauna & Turkish Baths, beauty centre and massage rooms.

The restaurant serves fresh products from the Alentejo and has a show-cooking area (with fish & meat grills, wood-fired pizzas, and a buffet area.

Our winner and partner will enjoy a 3 night short break, at a mutually convenient date to be arranged with Zmar.

Read Silver Travel Advisor review on a visit to Zmar Eco Campo.

Our other prize is a 4 night stay for two in Greece

ThessalonikiThessaloniki is an enchanting city on the Aegean Sea, with a beautiful Byzantine harbour in the fascinating old town where enticing alleyways lead to interesting squares and buildings. The modern city is famous for its easy-going, relaxed lifestyle, delicious Mediterranean dishes to be eaten at one of the many picturesque tavernas and quirky bars, often buzzing with all genres of live music. Admire the magnificence of the sea while drinking a coffee at one of the local cafes. And for the cultural tourist, the astonishing history of this city is to be seen at almost every street corner. If you’d like to explore further afield, in less than an hour, you can be on the fine beaches of Chalkidiki or exploring the seaside coves by boat. The beauty of Lake Kerkini is close by too. 

Hotel Nikopolis ThessalonikiHotel Nikopolis Thessaloniki is a 5 star boutique city resort situated 3 km from Makedonia airport and 20 minutes from Thessaloniki’s city centre. The modern design of 99 luxurious rooms and suites, decorated with unique pieces of furniture and lights that carry the signature of the most well-known contemporary designers of the world. Delight in the spa, play on the tennis courts or enjoy the fitness centre boasting the city’s largest swimming pool, overlooked by every room.

Our winner and their partner will enjoy 4 nights in this lovely hotel, with breakfast every morning and dinner one night in the Da Vinci restaurant.  There is free use of the Aqua Club Spa too, with its gym, steam room, sauna, hammam and swimming pool.


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Other Members' Thoughts - 48 Comment(s)

  • sackm
    over 4 years ago
    This would be a God send.
  • Chitra-Adjoodah
    over 4 years ago
    I haven't been to any of these places. Like everybody else I would like to win and then write about my experience.
  • Wandalust61
    over 4 years ago
    Greece and her islands hold very precious memories for me, and no terrorist threat or other crisis would deter me from revisiting this lovely country with her warm and welcoming residents. Thank you, Greece!
  • ee
    over 4 years ago
    Both are great locations - go for Portugal for shorter flight time, Greece if you can handle longer flights
  • Susiehart
    over 4 years ago
    Absolutely love Greece and haven't been to Thessaloniki for about25 years. Would love to go again.
  • Itchy-Feet
    over 4 years ago
    Two great prizes - hard to choose!
  • gossboss
    over 4 years ago
    Thessalonika looks great, would love to go.
  • Caroline-Hunter
    over 4 years ago
    The hotel Nikopolis Thessaloniki looks fantastic-I'd love to stay there and go sight-seeing. Hope I'm the lucky winner :)
  • megjoe
    over 4 years ago
    So many of my friends are now scared to travel due to terrorist threats. I say life on and get out there !
  • Gul
    over 4 years ago
    Always wanted to go to Thessalonika - although a short hop for me it would be great although Portugal has always been another favourite
  • lesleygrant
    over 4 years ago
    What fantastic prizes! Either would be heavenly.
  • jude75
    over 4 years ago
    lovely prize! I think i would choose Portugal, although both look great.
  • greig23
    over 4 years ago
    love to win- looks like an a amazing holiday
  • Allmac06
    over 4 years ago
    Years since we were last in Greece so that would be good and Portugal at any time.
  • Wandylou
    over 4 years ago
    would love to win one of these prizes! Have only been to Greece once 30 years ago and so it would be lovely to go again and Portugal has always been a place that I would like to go to!
  • Diggyblucomper
    over 4 years ago
    This would be a perfect prize for us as we love both these countries and have spent many happy hours in both places when we were younger and had far more energy with our two children who both now have children of their own. We can either sight see or relax by the pool now but either pass time is perfect for us these days, quality time together what more could anyone ask for!
  • kgnw28225
    over 4 years ago
    Thessaloniki mmmmm. The name summons up St Paul's journeys, pilgrims of yesteryear? The area seems very interesting to me. Perhaps it's the writer in me? Or should that be the wannabe writer? Whatever, I would love to take my husband to these climes.
  • LizCraw5
    over 4 years ago
    this looks like an amazing prize. good luck to all
  • SilverTravelUser_2529
    over 4 years ago
    fantastic prize and looks wonderful
  • City-dweller
    over 4 years ago
    The Portugal holiday would be an excellent prize to win.It is such a lovely country and the Portuguese people are so helpful and friendly, especially if you have some medical issues!
  • Leonora_2
    over 4 years ago
    I should love to visit Thessaloniki with my husband. There is so much of historic interest too and no doubt plenty of sunshine.
  • Lifeisonebigholiday
    over 4 years ago
    We have never been to Thessaloniki. In fact we have only ever visited the Greek Islands - whitewashed houses and sandy beaches. A bit of culture would be nice for a change!
  • chidancer
    over 4 years ago
    I would love to visit Thessaloniki. I became interested in the history of the area because I teach Circle Dance including quite a lot of Greek and Turkish dances, and large scale population movements are relevant to the origin of dances. I also recently read "The Thread" by Victoria Hislop which really brought the history to life.
  • Roger-Stanley
    over 4 years ago
    I have never visited Thessaloniki so its all Greek to me
  • SilverTravelUser_1602
    over 4 years ago
    Read the Victoria Hislop novel based around Thessaloniki so it would be lovely to see the actual place.