With lovingly-restored Victorian buildings and cobbled streets, Portland has loads of character, while the sense of history is balanced by the youthful energy of college students and young professionals. The revitalised Old Port is bustling: shop in smart boutiques; munch lobster rolls; drink award-winning craft brews; take home collectible crafts.
Part frontier town, part Antarctic embarkation point, Argentina’s southernmost city is an intriguing and rather extreme place to visit. With a couple of good museums, a wildly beautiful national park, delicious seafood and a mountain backdrop – snow-capped even on some summer days – it can easily fill a day or two.
David Porter wins £250 in this week's travel writing competition for his account of gaining a fascinating perspective on Indian food, culture and family life.
Barely six months after the high-profile launch of Manchester’s first direct route to India, the immediately popular service to Mumbai has been halted.
One year on from its launch the historic Qantas service from London to Perth, the first scheduled non-stop flight between Britain and Australia, has been hailed a roaring success.
In the Sixties, Hay-on-Wye was a remote town in the Welsh Marches where not much happened. Then, as now, the visitor approached it across a bridge over the River Wye, admiring the way its grey stone houses sprawl at the foot of the Black Mountains. Behind the town the green scarp of Hay Bluff soars 2,000ft into a sky sown on a good day with buzzards and hidden on a bad day by rain. There is a castle, a market on Thursdays, and shops selling sheep farmers' requisites.
Lovers of history will be bewitched by Mexico's exquisite haciendas with their Matisse-like blocks of colour, Mayan arts and crafts and antique wooden furniture. From luxury boutique hotels found deep in the Yucatán jungle to palatial erstwhile henequen estates, here's our pick of some of the most historic places to stay.
It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, aristocratic townhouses with museum-standard collections of art and antiques, rock-hewn Amalfi Coast cliff hotels, Tuscan hilltop castles and ancient Sicilian wine estates.
Copenhagen always ranks highly in surveys of the world’s best cities, and little wonder. Size certainly helps: it’s big enough to have world-class museums, restaurants and attractions; small enough to make them easily accessible. Then there’s its unerring ability to blend quaint and cool: one minute you’re in Indre By or Christianshavn, strolling along a cobbled street with roses and hollyhocks growing out of the pavement; the next, you’re discovering angular 21st-century architecture along the revitalised waterfront or hanging with the hipsters among the indie boutiques and bars of Vesterbro and Nørrebro.
As the days get longer and milder temperatures descend on the Arctic Circle, the Northern Lights season draws to a close for another year.
Asked whether the airline had gone bust, the person in charge of Wow Air’s Twitter account said “the current situation is that WOW Air is still working”. “Current” is the operative word for an airline which, after struggling for months, appears closer than ever to failure.
As the Easter holiday season lurches into view, it’s time to defend tourists. They need it. They’ve been under attack for generations.
For someone who grew up in awe of the ocean, it’s remarkable to think that Tua Pittman has spent the past 30 years at sea as a traditional navigator.
This year, Havana not only marks its 500th anniversary but the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have just made history by becoming the first members of the royal family to visit Cuba in an official capacity. Here's how to explore.
“You should anticipate being out of contact with the outside world,” say the guidelines to the Kangaroo Island Wilderness Trail. It’s a prospect that fills me with glee, although this challenging 38-mile (61km) coastal hike, which takes five days to complete, is no country stroll. Good fitness is required and potential hazards include strong winds, cliff edges and venomous snakes.
Tonight the England football team face Montenegro, a little-visited country that - for travellers - is a bit like Croatia in miniature. Here are 13 things about Montenegro that you possibly didn't know.
The famed Dutch painter packed an awful lot into the 37 years of his life. Here, we suggest some notable highlights around Europe.
Dubrovnik is one of the world’s most magnificent walled cities, overlooking the calm blue Adriatic. Once the capital of the mighty sea-faring Republic of Ragusa (1358-1808), it's now Croatia’s most upmarket destination. Historically, this diminutive republic was sophisticated, refined and cultured. Today, the pedestrian-only Old Town – packed with aristocratic palazzi and elegant Baroque churches, contained within sturdy medieval fortifications – draws hundreds of thousands of visitors annually, including glamorous names such as Beyoncé, Roman Abramovich, Sir Roger Moore and Naomi Campbell. Beyond the walls, attractions include wine bars, classy seafood restaurants and five-star hotels.
Unawatuna Beach, near Galle in Sri Lanka, is a very special place. An elongated crescent of sand and palm trees on the edge of the Indian Ocean, it’s a home to herons, kingfishers, turtles and the sort of tourists who, from the look of them, know they have found nirvana.
If you like your holidays injected with a touch of history, here are some of the world’s best prehistoric sites in suitably pretty surrounds.
It’s such a cliché – middle-aged woman goes on holiday, has her head turned by a handsome young devil, and decides to bring him home with her so they can live happily ever after.
Back to the future? Well, it’s something like that. Hostels and dormitories, once among the least attractive features of a budget ski-holiday, are returning to some of the resorts most favoured by British skiers.