• Why this uncrowded alternative to Barcelona should be your next city break
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    Why this uncrowded alternative to Barcelona should be your next city break

    Girona, just up the coast from Barcelona but overlooked by most travellers, is at its blooming loveliest during the floral May fair, says Isabelle Noble.

  • 48 hours in . . . Dublin, an insider guide to Ireland's fair city
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    48 hours in . . . Dublin, an insider guide to Ireland's fair city

    Gregarious, energetic Dublin has turned its face to the world ever since the Vikings established a trading settlement here in the ninth century. Today, it continues as a vibrant urban centre and a developing international transport hub, as well as a European national capital with a cultural infrastructure to match. Come here to appreciate an evident way with words, a distinctly youthful energy and a growing multicultural vibe. Most visitors make for the Temple Bar district, with its narrow cobbled streets and cluster of cultural attractions: but don’t miss the city’s classical Georgian squares and terraces, its regenerating docklands – and the fine seaside sweep of Dublin Bay, with its harbours, cliff walks, wide skies and bracing air. Add good coffee, excellent eating and a new wave of artisan Irish whiskey distilleries – and you have all the ingredients for an excellent experience.

  • Baltic cruises without the crowds – the best off-the-beaten-track excursions
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    Baltic cruises without the crowds – the best off-the-beaten-track excursions

    Love the idea of cruising to the grand cities of the Baltic, but hate the thought of the crowds? Old quarters and major monuments can heave with visitors, especially if several ships are in the dock. Here are 10 excursion ideas on how to appreciate the delights of these cities and their surroundings without fighting your way through a forest of selfie sticks. Check excursion availability before booking your cruise.

  • Britain's best ambles – just in time for National Walking Month
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    Britain's best ambles – just in time for National Walking Month

    My shoulders were bruised, my thighs screaming. I had sunburn, nettle stings, wind-wild hair, a sweat moustache and pungent armpits. But I had never been happier.

  • How to have adventures on your Amazon cruise
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    How to have adventures on your Amazon cruise

    Adventure beckons in the Amazonian rainforest. From zip lining above the forest canopy to jungle trekking, canoeing and fishing for piranhas, exhilarating excursions await during an Amazon River cruise. Here are six to consider.

  • Cruise to the ports that inspired the world's greatest authors
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    Cruise to the ports that inspired the world's greatest authors

    When you sail into ports that have inspired some of the world’s greatest authors, it can feel as if you are entering the pages of their books. From Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and James Joyce to Agatha Christie and J K Rowling, there’s always a thrill in gathering your own stories while exploring their fascinating literary haunts from a cruise.

  • Europe’s largest artificial ski slope opens in Serbia
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    Europe’s largest artificial ski slope opens in Serbia

    The end of the European ski season is nigh, with many resorts closing their winter operations after Easter. However for skiers and snowboarders in Serbia there’s no need to pack away their equipment, as the country’s largest resort, Kopaonik, has a new artificial ski slope that will remain open throughout the summer months.

  • The best boutique hotels in Seville, including converted palaces and rooftops with Cathedral views
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    The best boutique hotels in Seville, including converted palaces and rooftops with Cathedral views

    Striking and original décor is a winning aspect of many hotels in Seville, whether it's a patio with avant-garde furniture by top European designers, a room with beautiful hand-crafted, made-to-measure bed, or quirky one-off artworks which make your stay unique and memorable. In these hotels you’ll find each room has a different layout and décor, designed with the guest in mind, with stand-out features like hand-painted murals and antique furniture collected by the owners - a mix of contemporary comforts and period delights.

  • 48 hours in . . . Boston, an insider guide to the birthplace of America
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    48 hours in . . . Boston, an insider guide to the birthplace of America

    Boston is a bright, bustling modern city, but one steeped in significant history. It might not be the United States' or even Massachusetts’ oldest colony – it was settled by the British in 1630 – but it certainly proved significant in igniting the War of Independence in 1775, which ousted British rule, allowing the formation of the United States of America one year later.

  • The unexpected problems of operating a plastic-free luxury flight
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    The unexpected problems of operating a plastic-free luxury flight

    Etihad will operate the second ever plastic-free flight this weekend when one of its Dreamliner aircraft makes the 13-and-a-half-hour trip from Abu Dhabi to Brisbane to raise awareness around one of the greatest environmental issues of a generation. The plane will land in Australia in time for Earth Day.

  • Why you should head to Beaulieu this Easter weekend
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    Why you should head to Beaulieu this Easter weekend

    I know, a stately home on a bank holiday, you must think I've lost my mind. But in my humble opinion there’s never NOT a good time to visit Beaulieu and surrounding area. Give or take the odd traffic bottleneck (add ten minutes to every sat nav estimate), the national park and its ponies, picturesque beaches and chocolate box villages seem to absorb crowds.

  • Book it: Four glorious self-catering staycations in the UK, from a stunning seaside suites to countryside cottages
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    Book it: Four glorious self-catering staycations in the UK, from a stunning seaside suites to countryside cottages

    Spring has well and truly sprung. So pack up the car, round up the family and choose from these gloriously British self-catering staycations

  • Kate Humble: the magical corner of India that tourists are yet to invade
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    Kate Humble: the magical corner of India that tourists are yet to invade

    The long, blue train pulled out of the station at Delhi, left behind the shacks and camps beneath the bridges and along the sidings, and carved its way through neatly ordered green fields, guarded by scarecrows and cattle egrets.

  • 10 beautiful riad hotels in Marrakech, including secret gardens, hidden hammams and shaded rooftop terraces
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    10 beautiful riad hotels in Marrakech, including secret gardens, hidden hammams and shaded rooftop terraces

    Behind its medieval walls, Marrakech has more authentic riads than any other city in North Africa. These spectacular mud brick mansions – with their citrus and palm planted courtyards – are oases of calm in the hectic medina. Metre-thick walls block out street noise, so that when the door closes on the hubbub, you can hear only the burbling fountains. These days, many of these historic houses have been renovated into beautiful guesthouses, the best of which are not just marvels of Moroccan craftsmanship, but unforgettable experiences of Marrakshi hospitality.

  • 48 hours in . . . Mumbai, an insider guide to the Gateway of India
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    48 hours in . . . Mumbai, an insider guide to the Gateway of India

    If New Delhi is the Washington DC of India, Mumbai is New York. It’s the country's commercial, fashion and cinematic capital, and a place of extremes – harbouring the world’s most extravagant house (Mukesh Ambani’s Antilia, with 27 storeys and three helipads), as well as one of its largest slums. Built across seven islands and reclaimed land, Mumbai’s coastal location provides its 18 million residents with lungfuls of sea air. There are ancient monuments out on Elephanta Island and hidden in the vast jungle-park, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, at the city’s northern edge, but this is still a young city, established as a trading hub in the 17th century. Colonial-era monuments vie with each other along the waterfront, while glass-and-concrete structures increasingly claim the skyline.

  • 23 of the most amazing European cities for eating out
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    23 of the most amazing European cities for eating out

    European city breaks can be defined by those all important restaurant choices. Whether you want to eat like the locals do in a tiny hole-in-the-wall, join the crowds spilling out of the latest buzzing opening, or book ahead for high-end and Michelin-starred fare – a memorable meal is a must. Here we round-up the very best cities in Europe for eating out, and give you the inside track on the most exciting restaurants.

  • 23 lovely British hotels for a spring break, from country house to boutique pub
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    23 lovely British hotels for a spring break, from country house to boutique pub

    The renewal of spring returns each year to banish the dark days of winter and tantalise with the promise of summer. And as warmer, lighter evenings emerge, so does the urge to travel. These hotels are just right for a spring break or an Easter holiday (where you might find some of the year's earliest sunny days). They have been chosen because they all make the most of the season of flowers, whether because of their own exceptional gardens or the countryside that surrounds them, and they all serve seasonal produce, much of it locally sourced, and all have a freshness, lightness of touch and sense of happiness that perfectly complements the time of year.

  • 10 fascinating journeys into British history
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    10 fascinating journeys into British history

    From stone circles to Viking invasions and wars that changed the world, Britain’s history is rich, diverse and at times, more than a little gory.

  • Six evocative books you must read this year
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    Six evocative books you must read this year

    This week the Royal Society of Literature revealed the shortlist for the Ondaatje Prize, an award of £10,000 for a work ‘evoking the spirit of a place’. Michael Kerr chooses extracts from the six books.

  • Female cabin crew must wear heels - unless they have a doctor's note, airline says
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    Female cabin crew must wear heels - unless they have a doctor's note, airline says

    “The year 1950 rang and it wants its rulebook back." This was the response of one Norwegian politician to the news that the nation's largest airline requires its female flight attendants to wear high heels as part of their dress code.

  • How the 'blue-rinse brigade' saved Llandudno
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    How the 'blue-rinse brigade' saved Llandudno

    I’m on the hunt for William Windsor’s family. So naturally, I’m scrabbling around in tangles of gorse on top of a limestone outcrop known as the Great Orme in North Wales.

  • The trouble with flying over Antarctica – and the airline that's planning to start
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    The trouble with flying over Antarctica – and the airline that's planning to start

    The age of ultra long-haul travel has dawned with more and more globe-trotting flights making the world seem smaller and smaller with every passing year.

  • The best World Heritage Sites you can visit on a cruise
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    The best World Heritage Sites you can visit on a cruise

    World heritage doesn’t have to mean trekking through jungles, hiking up mountains or traipsing through towns. Some of the world’s most spectacular Unesco-listed treasures can be viewed from the top deck. Here are eight great cruises that will whisk you to the wonders of the world.

  • Going underground: Inside London's new Tube-themed hotel
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    Going underground: Inside London's new Tube-themed hotel

    A hotel celebrating all things London Underground has pulled into the capital, putting a rather civilised spin on the phrase 'night tube'. The Ibis Styles Gloucester Road has re-opened following an extensive refurbishment that has re-invented the hotel as a wall-to-wall tribute to the Tube.

  • How a $600m makeover is helping Snowmass step out from Aspen's shadow
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    How a $600m makeover is helping Snowmass step out from Aspen's shadow

    Snowmass in Colorado has been rather looked upon as the poor relative of near neighbour ritzy Aspen, magnet to America’s rich and famous. What was once an old mining town, Aspen has charm, luxury shops, a stellar selection of restaurants and one of the coolest vibes of any ski resort in North America, possibly the world. Purpose-built Snowmass, on the other hand, is only 14km away but a world apart.