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Winter sun getaways: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 23rd, 2017
Superb beaches and cuisine, and no sign of UK gloom … Our tipsters offer bright, warm spots from the Algarve to Thailand and the Caribbean. Hammocks optional• Write a readers’ travel tip for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherIf you dream of sandy beaches and 30C sun this winter but...
The Epson panoramic photography awards 2017 – in picturesThursday the 23rd, 2017
The Epson International Pano awards showcase the work of the best panoramic photographers from around the world. Thousands of entries were submitted to the eighth annual competition. Here is a selection of the best, including the winning entry of a river in China Continue reading...
Send us a tip on German cities for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 22nd, 2017
Share your tips on favourite spots, but please don’t write about Berlin on this occasion. We’d like to hear about the likes of Düsseldorf, Hanover, Frankfurt …Tell us about your trips to German cities other than Berlin. Recommend welcoming independent hotels, superb restaurants off the...
The best towns and small cities in the US: Eugene, OregonWednesday the 22nd, 2017
Continuing our series about America’s coolest cities we take a trip to Portland’s slightly scruffier little sister – for sport, music and an endearing anarchismPart one: Chapel Hill, North CarolinaThe Slug Queens sum up the spirit of Eugene. Every year the Oregon town hosts an alternative...
Artist launches airline that guarantees you will 'fly with happiness'Wednesday the 22nd, 2017
Want to jet off to the best biennales of 2018? Try Angelhaha: the world’s first artist airline will fly passengers direct to shows and exhibitions around the world – for a priceCould an artist create the perfect air travel experience? Chinese-American artist and choreographer Qinmin Liu...
A little piste of Christmas in the Austrian AlpsTuesday the 21st, 2017
The high Alpine resort of Katschberg proves perfect for a family of mixed abilities, and December’s lantern-lit advent trail leaves everyone feeling festive I’m zig-zagging slowly down a beginners’ slope trying to avoid the three-year-olds zipping across my path and under the outstretched...
Chhattisgarh: the heart of rural IndiaMonday the 20th, 2017
Kate Eshelby and family enjoy the pristine lands and age-old ways of the people of Chhattisgarh stateThree men in huge straw hats covered in peacock feathers and tinsel are playing wooden flutes as they herd cows and water buffalo on the edge of the jungle. Even the animals sport necklaces of...
Naked attraction: art and tragic tales in Modigliani’s ParisSunday the 19th, 2017
As Tate Modern prepares a new exhibition of his work, including 12 of his famous nudes, Louise Roddon explores the artist’s haunts in Montmartre and MontparnassePoor Amedeo Modigliani, what a tough life he led. I’m thinking this as I climb the steps to his last studio in Montparnasse. It’s...
Sri Lanka's perfect, crispy-edged snack – AppamSunday the 19th, 2017
These cup-shaped pancakes are an obsession in Sri Lanka and the no-menu street cafes of Colombo do it bestAppam, or “hoppers” in English, are cup-shaped rice-flour pancakes. They are eaten most commonly for breakfast and dinner, which, in Sri Lanka, are the smaller meals of the day – so...
Making light work: grand designs at Bodø's Stormen library and cultural centreSaturday the 18th, 2017
This Norwegian town, hastily rebuilt after second world war bombing, now has a vibrant and innovative arts centre in pride of place on its waterfrontOn the waterfront in the coastal town of Bodø, Norway, just north of the Arctic Circle, the £110m Stormen (storm) library and cultural centre...
'I feel like I'm in a different time': Thames Lido reviewMonday the 13th, 2017
Unused since its closure in 1974, the pool has been restored and refurbished to a quirky and glamorous degreeIn the late 19th and early 20th centuries, swimming was a spectator sport. Onlookers lined the edges of municipal swimming baths to watch feats of endurance swimming, “underwater...
Striking Paris art deco swimming pool reopensThursday the 9th, 2017
Henry Sauvage’s 87-year-old Piscine des Amiraux, featured in the film Amélie, has been restored to its former glory and is once again open to the publicParis’s Piscine des Amiraux, an art deco masterpiece that featured briefly in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s 2001 French rom-com Amélie, has...
Top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs on Mexico’s Pacific coastWednesday the 18th, 2015
Enjoy ocean views from rooftop bars or just step out and get the sand between your toes. From Mazatlán to Pochutla, here are 10 charming beachside escapesMexico’s Pacific coast, more than 1,000 miles of it, is renowned for its beaches, as well as the resorts which have attracted Hollywood...
Top 10 budget beach hotels, guesthouses and hostels on the Yucatán peninsula, MexicoMonday the 16th, 2015
Well-known and deservedly popular for its jungle, coast and ancient ruins, the Yucatán peninsula can be a pricey place to stay – unless you pick one of these brilliant budget hotels and hostelsOn the surface, this mid-size hotel in Cancún’s hotel zone is pretty unremarkable. The...
Top 10 budget beach B&Bs in the SeychellesMonday the 26th, 2015
The Seychelles islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue may be known for their luxury resorts but there is also a great selection of family-run, more affordable guesthouses just as close to the archipelago’s famous, world-class beachesFor a room with a five-star view, Colibri is hard to beat....
Top 10 budget beach guesthouses and B&Bs in South Africa's Western CapeMonday the 5th, 2015
From Cape Town and its peninsula to the Garden Route and the West Coast, the Western Cape is a dazzling part of South Africa, and its beachside accommodation doesn’t have to break the bankTop 10 budget beach stays in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal Continue reading...
Top 10 budget beach stays in Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaMonday the 8th, 2014
Our pick of eco-lodges, cool guesthouses and rondavels make ideal bases for exploring South Africa’s Indian Ocean coast• Top 10 budget beach stays in Bali and Lombok• Top 10 budget beach hotels and villas in CroatiaSwell Eco Lodge, MngcibeOffering a stylish and serene alternative to the...
Top 10 budget beach hotels, villas and bungalows in Bali and LombokMonday the 6th, 2014
Surf and diver pads, yoga retreats and stylish cabanas on deserted beaches … there are plenty of ways to get away from it all on Bali and neighbouring Lombok Continue reading...
Top 10 budget beach hotels, villas and campsites in CroatiaThursday the 3rd, 2014
Finding a prime spot on Croatia's coast in summer on a budget is no mean feat. Our picks range from a seafront villa on sandy car-free Lopud island to a bargain find in hip HvarCroatia has a short and intense high season. All prices cited here are valid for stays from mid-June to late August....
Top 10 budget beach hotels, hostels and campsites near Vancouver, British ColumbiaWednesday the 25th, 2014
British Columbia's rugged beaches offer everything from wild camping to luxury lodges. All these places to stay near Vancouver start at under £100 a nightA whiff of military utilitarianism still permeates the basic private rooms of this converted 1930s air force barracks, 20 minutes from...
Top 10 budget beach hotels in Andalucía, Spain: part twoTuesday the 25th, 2014
Spain's Costa de la Luz offers beach after golden beach. Here's our pick of the best affordable seaside hotels from Cádiz to Tarifa, from the family-friendly to wind and kitesurfing hangouts• Part one: Andalucía from Malaga to MojácarThe Hotel Fuerte Conil can't be called budget in high...
Top 10 budget beach hotels and guesthouses in Sri LankaWednesday the 26th, 2014
Sri Lanka has some of Asia's loveliest, most surf-able beaches – and plenty of affordable places to stay. Here are 10 of the best hotels and guesthouses, starting at just £5 a nightThis simple collection of rooms has been around for almost 25 years, and the atmosphere is pure surfer-casual –...
Bologna city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 21st, 2017
The opening of a foodie theme park will further elevate Bologna’s reputation as Italy’s culinary capital but the city has plenty more to offer, including superb art, music and medieval architectureEurope’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals...
Bilbao city guide: what to see plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSaturday the 30th, 2017
In the 20 years since the Guggenheim opened, the Basque port city has not looked back – the museum acting as a magnet for great art and architecture as well as buzzing nightlife and restaurantsThis year sees Bilbao celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Guggenheim museum, an institution that...
Denver city guide: what to see and do plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSaturday the 16th, 2017
The Mile High City gets a little closer with new direct UK flights giving visitors the chance to soak up a wild west boom town with a roaring food and nightlife scene‘Gold!” went the cry in the summer of 1858 after a party of prospectors rolled into what is now Denver’s Confluence Park and...
Holiday guide to Somme, France: what to see plus the best restaurants, bars and hotelsSunday the 10th, 2017
The area of northern France known for battlefields and memorials also has pretty landscapes, unspoilt beaches and some of the country’s best cuisine – all just a short hop from the UKThis bucolic region of northern France is forever associated with memorials of the first world war, but it has...
Portugal’s top 10 hidden beachesSaturday the 2nd, 2017
Catch some late summer sun on Portugal’s stunning coast. The author of the new Wild Guide to the country, picks 10 beaches for adventure and solitude Continue reading...
Galicia coast holiday guide: the best beaches, bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 19th, 2017
White sandy beaches, epic Atlantic scenery and supreme seafood combine to great effect on Spain’s most beautiful coastlineLush green valleys and rugged mountains, sheer cliffs and wild, frothing, slate-grey seas. Bagpipes, baroque cathedrals and the smell of grilled seafood. The architectural...
Lisbon city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 8th, 2017
Portugal’s capital is bursting with culture and great places to eat, stay and party – and it’s the cheapest city break destination in western EuropeAssemble a city-break destination from a wishlist of components and you get Lisbon: a wide glittering river, limpid skies, steep cobbled...
Toulouse city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 1st, 2017
In France’s sunny ‘pink city’, ancient palaces show world-class art and crowds sip pastis and eat cassoulet and top-notch tapas at lively food markets Ask French people where they would prefer to live and one answer that keeps coming up is Toulouse. Some 10,000 people settle here each year,...
East Sicily: what to see plus the best bars, beaches, restaurants and hotelsSaturday the 24th, 2017
With baroque palaces, fine beaches and Mount Etna, the Ionian coast is home to most of the island’s crown jewels – underpinned by glorious local food and drinkLight reflecting off churches and palaces, views of craggy mountains and blue sea, smells of orange blossom, oregano and mint …...
Portland city guide: what to see plus the best hotels, bars and restaurantsSaturday the 27th, 2017
It’s famous, derided even, for hipster coffee and craft beer, but there’s so much more to one of America’s coolest cities – and there are new direct flights from London, tooAll hail Portland! The Pacific Northwest trail-blazer is a vibrant hub that celebrates the four cool “Cs” of...
Goa, India’s little sunshine state: travel photo of the weekThursday the 23rd, 2017
Vivid, vibrant Panjim market in Goa caught the eye of photographer Annapurna Mellor on her first trip to the state Continue reading...
It's a husky's life, Finnish Lapland: travel photo of the weekFriday the 17th, 2017
Photographer Brice Portolano specialises in capturing lives lived close to nature in remote spots. His Arctic series looks at the life of a husky sledder who lives in a cabin in northern Finland Continue reading...
Cafe culture in Buenos Aires – in picturesWednesday the 15th, 2017
In our weekly look at people’s travel through three of their Instagram shots, Vicky Martínez beautifully captures the timeless atmosphere of the Argentinian capital’s cafe scene Continue reading...
Let there be light, Chiang Mai, Thailand: travel photo of the weekThursday the 9th, 2017
Thousands of people gather in Chiang Mai to release lanterns into the night sky at the Yee Peng festival of lights Continue reading...
Petals, pilgrims and passengers: a snapshot of India – in picturesWednesday the 8th, 2017
In our weekly look at people’s travels through three of their Instagram shots, Damon Beckford captures revealing images from India Continue reading...
Instagram snapshots: Isabel Choat at the Lego House, Billund, DenmarkThursday the 2nd, 2017
In our weekly look at people’s travels through three of their Instagram shots, Isabel Choat is wowed by the wonders of the new Lego House in the hometown of the brick Continue reading...
Readers' travel photography competition: October – the winnersTuesday the 31st, 2017
This is the best crop of images so far this year according to our judge, who could have chosen three winners this month. Scroll down to see who receives a £200 holiday voucher from Exodus Travels. The overall 2017 winner will go on a 16-night wildlife holiday for two to Costa Rica with...
São Tomé and Príncipe – in picturesSaturday the 28th, 2017
Príncipe is a photographer’s paradise, as well as a tropical one. Kevin Rushby snapped birds, landscapes and a blind snake to accompany his story on the island Continue reading...
Farewell to the King, Bangkok: travel photo of the weekThursday the 26th, 2017
Thai artists rehearse the Khon dance – a traditional Thai drama – in preparation for performing it at the cremation ceremony of their late king, Bhumibol Adulyadej Continue reading...
The Pilgrm, Paddington, London: hotel reviewFriday the 17th, 2017
Space may be at a premium in this new hotel, but beautiful reclaimed fixtures and tempting food more than make up for the lack of elbow roomNo, that’s not a typo. It really is called the Pilgrm, and that missing second “i” is not all that’s been dropped from this new hotel near Paddington...
The Masons Arms, Louth, Lincolnshire: hotel reviewFriday the 10th, 2017
This 18th-century pub, in one of Britain’s favourite market towns, has been spruced up – all modern angles and bold statements. But a few rough edges remainThere is a lot to like about the Masons Arms in historic Louth. The handsome, 1775 coaching inn had dwindled into a rather shabby pub –...
Developers fight on to make famed Edinburgh neoclassical building into luxury hotelThursday the 9th, 2017
Urbanist Hotels’ latest appeal against its rejected plans for Old Royal High School reopens battle with group wanting site for St Mary’s Music SchoolA battle over one of Edinburgh’s most famous neoclassical buildings, the Old Royal High School, has intensified after a hotel consortium...
Treasure Beach, Jamaica: life beyond JakesSaturday the 4th, 2017
Jamaica’s coolest hotel was once the only stay in the village, but its success has led to Treasure Beach becoming a destination, with new stylish cottages popping up, says Decca AitkenheadTreasure Beach first appeared on the Jamaican tourist map almost 25 years ago, with the opening of a hotel...
New Year getaways: 25 great hotels, pubs and cottagesSaturday the 4th, 2017
There’s still time to book a cosy New Year break in the UK and see in 2018 in style, with our pick of historic hotels, charming pubs and seaside cottages from Cornwall to Loch Lomond Continue reading...
The Chain Locker, Falmouth, Cornwall: hotel reviewFriday the 3rd, 2017
Once the haunt of drunken sailors, this 17th-century inn has been faithfully restored, and makes a great base in one of Cornwall’s liveliest townsWe were welcomed to the Chain Locker by a multitude of warm smiles. Well, that’s how it felt, as we stumbled out of the gales and driving rain...
São Tomé & Príncipe: a travel adventure that's great, green and diverseSaturday the 28th, 2017
A remote, eco-friendly trip reveals a plantation house that’s now a hotel on the smaller of these two islands off the west Africa coast. Hopes are high it will bring jobs and highlight the captivating wildlifeThe island in picturesNelito, the boatman, took one look at the rocks and the swell...
Langland Cove Guesthouse, Mumbles, Swansea: B&B reviewFriday the 27th, 2017
This smart and friendly guesthouse is a great base for getting to know a possible future UK Capital of Culture, before everyone starts descending on itPoor Mumbles. The attractive, pocket-sized town at the southern end of Swansea Bay is so often bypassed in the scramble to get to Three Cliffs...
The best winter light festivals across the UKThursday the 16th, 2017
Switch on the Christmas spirit at one of these illuminated spectacles taking place up and down the country this season Continue reading...
Take the kids … to Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, CheshireTuesday the 24th, 2017
Jodrell Bank is famous for the monumental Lovell telescope – but alongside all the serious science there are plenty of fun activities and hands-on experiments to inspire kidsThe Lovell telescope, centrepiece of the Jodrell Bank Observatory, which has dominated the Cheshire countryside since it...
Wild in Walthamstow: Europe’s biggest urban wetlands opensThursday the 19th, 2017
Few locals know about Walthamstow Wetlands in north London, which opens on Friday. But now they, and nature lovers everywhere, can enjoy this amazing bird reserve for freeFive more of the UK’s best birdwatching sitesWe’re strolling along Songbird Walk, beneath a row of waterside poplars very...
Take the kids to … Woodlands Family Theme Park, Totnes, DevonThursday the 19th, 2017
Play zones and rides – outdoors and in – make this woodland-set Devon attraction a family treat, plus there’s plenty of half-term Halloween activities on the horizon, tooSet in woods (as the name suggests) in the south-west Devon countryside, this is the largest family theme park in the...
Take the kids to … SS Great Britain, BristolWednesday the 18th, 2017
Set in a glass ‘sea’, Brunel’s revolutionary ship is alive with the sights, sounds and even smells of another ageIsambard Kingdom Brunel’s SS Great Britain was called “the greatest experiment since the Creation” when it was launched in 1843. The first iron ship to cross the Atlantic,...
Take the kids to … Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch RailwayTuesday the 17th, 2017
This dream of a narrow-gauge railway and its one-third size trains make for a grand day out packing in great coastal views and fine fish and chips along the wayA 90-year-old narrow (15in) gauge steam and diesel railway stretching 14 miles from Hythe to Dungeness on the Channel coast....
10 of the best-value family ski tripsSunday the 15th, 2017
Winter sports breaks can be seriously expensive during February half-term and the Easter holidays but there are bargains if you know where to lookAction Outdoors is the UK partner of UCPA, a French non-profit group that works to make outdoor sports holidays affordable. Its all-inclusive ski trips...
Take the kids to … the Mary Rose Museum, PortsmouthWednesday the 11th, 2017
The Tudor warship that sank in the Solent in 1545 – and was raised 35 years ago today – is beautifully presented within its revamped setting and comes with fantastic artefacts and hands-on activitiesIn 1545 the Mary Rose, the pride of Henry VIII’s naval fleet, sank in the Solent during a...
Winter town and city breaks: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 16th, 2017
A party vibe, sunshine, snow, shopping … our tipsters look beyond the major capitals to recommend idyllic seasonal breaks from Madeira to Romania. And yes, of course there’ll be glühwein• Write a readers’ travel tip for the chance of winning a £200 hotel voucherEven in the pelting snow,...
Send us a tip on winter sun stays, for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 15th, 2017
Know an affordable hotel, guesthouse or other hideaway in a perfect winter sun destination? Share your tips belowHave you escaped the grey and wet to hang out in an idyllic cabana in the Caribbean or bungalow in Bali? If so, we’d like to hear about it. It doesn’t have to be on a white sand...
Send us a tip on a European winter city break and win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 8th, 2017
Tell us about a city on the continent that does the season particularly well, with great atmosphere, food, drink – or perhaps a healthy dose of winter sunshineIt needn’t require a blizzard or five feet of snow; a great winter city can be mild and sunny too. We want to hear about markets,...
Best overseas breaks at Christmas and new year: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 2nd, 2017
Our tipsters go cold turkey on the traditional British Christmas in search of a lantern festival, exotic wildlife and traditional markets, from Brittany to the Japanese alpsEnter this week’s competition for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherLast year we spent 25 December in Giraffe Manor,...
Send us a tip on Malaysia for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucherWednesday the 1st, 2017
Know a fantastic beach, wildlife reserve, remote island or a restaurant serving up delicious local dishes in this diverse south-east Asian country?With renowned cuisine, buzzing cities and immense wilderness tracts – not to mention superb beaches and diving areas – Malaysia offers travellers...
Send us a tip on a Christmas or New Year's escape – and win a £200 hotel voucherFriday the 27th, 2017
Allergic to turkey? Can’t be bothered with New Year’s Eve parties? Tell us about a memorable seasonal break you’ve had overseasWhether it was doing nothing (or sipping cocktails) on a tropical beach, a family holiday somewhere special, or a memorable Chrimbo where you joined in with the...
10 of the best wildlife trips around the world: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 26th, 2017
Polar bears, rare wolves, aye-aye and gorillas – our readers share heart-racing encounters with the world’s wild onesGrowing up on a diet of Gerald Durrell books, it was a childhood obsession to see an aye-aye – one of the most unusual and elusive primates on the planet. And so there I was...
10 of the best attractions in Emilia-Romagna: readers’ travel tipsThursday the 19th, 2017
Fast cars, slow food, hilltop castles and open-air art galleries … Our readers pick their highlights of Emilia-Romagna – classic Italy without the crowdsOn a hilltop between Bologna and Imola is Dozza, a handsome village of classic medieval appearance, with an unexpected twist. The entire...
10 of the best Christmas shopping cities in EuropeSaturday the 18th, 2017
Put some sparkle into your festive shopping with our guide to the best boutiques, gift stores and markets in Europe• Plus where to eat, drink and drop after you shop Continue reading...
Five of the best distilleries on the American Whiskey TrailMonday the 20th, 2017
As sales of Kentucky bourbon and Tennessee whiskey have rocketed, so has interest in the terroir of the region, and distilleries – Jack Daniel’s and Wild Turkey included – have opened for toursUS whiskey has experienced dramatic growth over the last decade, propelled by an unslakable thirst...
On the slide in Germany: sledging in the Bavarian AlpsSunday the 12th, 2017
Fancy swooping down snowy Alpine slopes, but not the hassle of ski school and pricey equipment? It’s easy: all you need is a simple sledge. Sarcastic teenage daughter optionalSome human skills are best learned young. Languages, for example, and horse riding, plus of course, sarcasm. But the one...
Vintage stuff: Belgium’s biggest flea marketSunday the 12th, 2017
Tongeren, Belgium’s oldest town founded in the first century AD, is also home to a vast and fascinating flea market. Perfect for a weekend treasure huntI wake on Sunday morning in Tongeren like a kid on Christmas morning, wondering what goodies are waiting for me. This is the oldest town in...
10 of the best restaurants near Venice’s major attractionsMonday the 13th, 2017
Want to avoid a shock lunch bill in Venice? Follow our guide to great value, traditional trattorie and bars close to the city’s biggest tourist drawsVenice is notoriously difficult for finding reasonably priced restaurants serving good food. The cheap eats challenge only increases when you find...
A whale of a time: a Moby-Dick marathon in MassachusettsTuesday the 14th, 2017
Fans gather in a non-stop reading of Herman Melville’s entire masterpiece at an annual winter festival in New Bedford, where the idea for the novel was bornThe world is filled with people who have never read Moby-Dick, or never finished it, or say they have but haven’t, or would sooner be...
Volunteering on St Kilda is all about DIY and clearing ditches. Yay!Friday the 10th, 2017
Volunteer working trips to St Kilda are oversubscribed every summer. After her two-week stint on these wild Atlantic islands, Jay Sivell can fully understand whyWanted: DIY-er with retail skills – or shop assistant handy with paint brush. Fit outdoor types preferred. Must be happy to be...
Singer Imelda May on New Orleans: ‘It has magic and mystery and voodoo’Monday the 13th, 2017
Nola’s people, its doughnuts and po’ boy sandwiches, and above all its music make an intoxicating mix for the Irish singerGo to New Orleans and you get why so many people have written songs about it. There is nowhere else like it. It has magic and mystery and voodoo and it’s colourful in...
Eyes on the prize: on the civil rights trail in Washington DCSunday the 12th, 2017
As America lurches to the right, we check out the cultural heritage sites associated with Martin Luther King and the civil rights movementAt his memorial in Washington DC, the statue of Martin Luther King is half finished. The legs and back disappear, like a ghost, into a slab of uncarved white...
In Grandpa’s footsteps on the shores of Carlingford Lough, IrelandSunday the 29th, 2017
Hannah Louise Summers uses a new ferry service – a lake crossing on which her grandfather once worked – to explore both sides of Carlingford Lough, which straddles the Irish borderEvery school holiday was the same. For hours we’d trundle south from Belfast in my grandpa’s battered blue...
Uluru climb banned from October 2019 after historic voteWednesday the 1st, 2017
Traditional owners and park managers agree central Australian rock is ‘not a playground or theme park’ and support banClimbing Uluru in Australia’s red centre will end, traditional owners and national park managers have announced.The historic decision came on Wednesday after a management...
Meeting the locals is a piece of cake in GothenburgSaturday the 28th, 2017
From jogging in a nature reserve to joining in the Scandi ritual of fika, a new initiative in west Sweden gives visitors the chance to connect with the inhabitantsWithin a couple of hours of landing in Gothenburg, west Sweden, I am having lunch at street food truck Jinx with a local named Jonte,...
Eataly World opens but leaves a bad taste in BolognaFriday the 17th, 2017
It’s the world’s biggest food park with over a kilometre of shops, big brands, even farm animals. But is Eataly World a betrayal of Italian gastronomy?Italy’s “City of Food” has a new attraction. After wandering the alleyways of Bologna’s Mercato di Mezzo – which is filled with...
10 of the best small UK towns for winter breaksSaturday the 19th, 2016
The historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops of these towns banish any notions of a backwater. And they sparkle in the Christmas season – perfect for a weekend break or day tripYou’d expect the home of the Bakewell pudding to know a thing or two about keeping...
The best UK Christmas days out – for kids and adultsSunday the 22nd, 2015
Whether you’re looking for markets, carols, mulled wine, ice-skating, Narnia or, of course, Santa – we have Christmas all wrapped upWinter wonderland, CardiffThe new Ice Kingdom is a fantasy world created from ice sculptures, and there’s also an open-air ice rink, a fairground and an Alpine...
10 of the best clubs in Amsterdam – chosen by the expertsWednesday the 22nd, 2017
Amsterdam’s nightlife is thriving, with three major new clubs adding to the existing scene. We asked local DJs, producers and music writers to name their favourite party venues De Marktkantine has been around for about two years. For me, it’s the most unappreciated club in the city even...
The alt city guide to YorkWednesday the 15th, 2017
It’s time for the Romans and Vikings to make way for a new insurgency in the North Yorkshire jewel: a sparky, creative scene fuelled by innovative music, food and drink outletsWhat images come to mind when you think of York? The Minster, steam engines, Romans and Vikings, a city resisting the...
Guide to Patagonia: what to do, how to do it, and where to staySaturday the 13th, 2014
Forty years ago this month, Bruce Chatwin visited Patagonia and his subsequent book lit a beacon for the remote region in many travellers’ minds. Chris Moss picks the highlights among its peaks, glaciers and lakesFor my first forays into Patagonia, in the 1990s, I left behind my guidebooks and...
25 of the best yoga holidays and retreatsSunday the 1st, 2017
Yoga trips can change lives but finding the right one may sap your core strength before you’ve even started. Our picks – from Goa to Greece via Yorkshire – will make your quest more relaxingYou can’t move for downward dog opportunities these days. The explosion of yoga in western...
10 of the best Christmas light festivals in the UKTuesday the 6th, 2016
From dancing lasers to magical gardens, imaginative light shows are being switched on throughout the land. We preview 10 Christmas spectacularsThe Eden Project has a spectacular new light and sound show this Christmas. Visitors can watch from a viewing platform or walk along the pathways as...
JLL Real Views - Can Saudi Arabia Build a Popular Tourist Destination? - By Neasa MacErleanThursday the 31st, 2017
Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a...
Last Americans Rush to North Korea Ahead of Travel Ban - CNNMonday the 28th, 2017
A looming US travel ban has prompted some daring American globetrotters to fast-track their vacations to North Korea.
Pain in Spain: Are Tourists Still Welcome? - BBCThursday the 17th, 2017
As anti-tourism protests hit Barcelona, can visitors happily coexist with local residents?
Vancouver Island Boasts One of the Most Expensive Luxury Hotels in the WorldMonday the 24th, 2017
A resort in Vancouver Island ranks among the most expensive hotels in the world, according to a survey conducted by Luxury-Hotels.com.
InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa Unveils 10 Pool Overwater VillasTuesday the 11th, 2017
The Pool Premium Overwater Villas offer horizon infinity views and the Pool Overwater Villas feature scenic sights of the lagoon and beach. Modern and luxurious, the one-bedroom villas feature sleek, contemporary décor with Polynesian touches, each encompassing 1,345 square-feet including...