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20 great holidays in Central Europe

<b>Slovenia</b><p>Friendly farm stay<p>The hamlet of Kupljenik is only an hour’s drive from Slovenia’s Ljubljana airport but it feels a world away. Surrounded by meadows, Dolinar farmhouse offers simple double rooms with rustic wooden furnishings as well as larger apartments. Outside, crickets chirp at sunset, …

European Travel

Great Exhibition of the North: best days out in the north-east

<b>Paul Smith, lead singer, Maximo Park</b><p>I came up the A19 from Teesside to Tyneside as a student and never left. <b>Newcastle</b> is a compact city, and very manageable on foot. If you breach the city limits you can walk across the Town Moor to clear your head, a huge open space that brackets the north of the …

Ireland

Adventure in Albania: kayaking in one of Europe's final frontiers

‘Go, go, go!” The white-water rafting guide shouted orders from the back of the boat and our five-strong crew paddled hard to stay on course. We were tackling a stretch of the Vjosa, a 270km river that begins in Greece (where it is called the Aoös) and flows through Albania and into the Adriatic …

European Travel

Holiday guide to Basilicata, Italy: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

Imagine a region that has miles of white sand beaches on one coast, picturesque rocky bays on the other, two mountainous national parks, and one of the world’s oldest cities. Add lots of warm sunshine plus fine food and wine and you might expect the area to be a tourist mecca, busy with hotels and …

Italy

12 of the best beach towns in southern Europe

Šibenik, Croatia<p>It’s known as the gateway to Krka national park and the Kornati islands, but this 1,000-year-old city has enough in itself to keep visitors happily busy for days. A slow amble along its waterfront goes past bars, restaurants and the 15th-century Cathedral of St James, a Unesco world …

European Travel

11 of the UK's best wild places – chosen by outdoor experts

Glen Coe, the Highlands<p>Exploring Britain and appreciating the charms of its incredible landscape wasn’t always a top priority for me. Like many, I ignored what was on the doorstep as I rushed abroad. Which is nothing new. Celia Fiennes, an early pioneer of the Great British road trip, argued in the …

Hiking

A wander near Ronda: Spain’s empty quarter

A goat farmer told me no one swims in the lake at Zahara de la Sierra because it’s full of fish with crocodile heads. Is that why I’m the only person in 128 sq km of cool water on a very hot day? I later learn that this manmade lake (<i>embalse)</i>, the mountain ranges to the south of it, and the cliffs, …

Hiking

20 of the best campsites in Europe

<b>Le Clos du Lac</b>, <b>Provence, France</b><p><b>Setting</b> Mountains<b><br>Pitches</b> 50<b><br>Activities</b> Fishing, swimming<br>Perched at 1,485 metres on the edge of Écrins national park, this mountain site offers Instagrammable views from the tent door and a range of picture-perfect outdoor experiences. Serre-Ponçon lake is a short walk …

National Parks

‘Blissfully unhurried’: hopping around Germany’s ‘forgotten’ islands

‘And here are the beds,” said Alina, guide at the Kapitän Tadsen Museum, pointing to some tiny wooden cots built into the wall like cupboards. “They’re so short because the people slept sitting up.”<p>I raised an inquisitive eyebrow. “Well,” she said, “they thought that if they slept lying down, the …

European Travel

Taos, New Mexico: a road trip of highs and pueblos

In the biting cold of the dark, incense-scented St Jerome chapel, tour guide Francisco Velarde, or “Flying Hawk” in his native Tiwa language, is explaining his people’s history to a small audience of tourists huddled in pews in their ski jackets. His ancestors, the “red willow people”, have lived …

Travel

We're going on a bear hunt … in Hokkaido, Japan

Looking back, The Revenant was an ill-advised choice of in-flight entertainment. The image of Leo having his guts ripped out by a bear was still on my mind at 3am on our first night camping in the wilds of Hokkaido, when I finally squeezed out of my camper van bunk and tiptoed outside to the loo, …

Japan

10 of the best horror movie locations

<b>The Stanley Hotel, Colorado, US</b><p>A huge colonial revival hotel on the outskirts of the Rocky Mountain national park, this building was the inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King’s novel The Shining, and Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptation. King spent a night here with his wife in the 1970s, …

Horror

High and mighty: a cycling break on Senja island, Norway

It was like the reverse of winter sun. I’d swapped what had been a gorgeous slice of English summer for low single digits on a four-day cycle tour of the Norwegian island of Senja. Fortunately, the mercury “skyrocketed” by three degrees upon my arrival at Tromsø airport … ah, to be English and …

European Travel

Great canoe and kayak trips around the world: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Ometepe volcanoes, Nicaragua<p>Ometepe island, in Lake Nicaragua, must be one of the few places in the world where you can kayak between two volcanoes. After a fairly strenuous paddle across the lake (or a tow by motor boat if you’re feeling less energetic), you enter the calm estuary of …

Henry Viii

10 great wilderness cabins and campsites in Canada: readers’ tips

<b>Winning tip:</b> <b>Glacier View Cabins, northern British Columbia</b><p>Simply one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited: remote, barely known, a hidden gem, this is Lake Atlin. The view from the deck of the cabin is so stunning you can only stand and stare in awe at the lake dotted with forested …

Hiking

20 Greek islands … you may not have heard of

Despite its many crises in the past few years, tourism is booming in Greece. Most travellers, however, still rarely venture beyond the more famous islands – and a little exploration is all that is needed to take you to some lesser-known gems. Here are 20 of our favourites.<p><i>All accommodation prices</i> …

European Travel

Tiree, Scotland’s ‘Sunshine Island’

The last time I sat on the saddle of a pushbike I was still in short trousers. Forty years later, I was pedalling gleefully down an undulating single-track road on a clear blue mid-July morning. Either side, the road was framed by hedgerows and, beyond, untamed croft land was gold and purple thanks …

Scotland

Sweden’s High Coast: an uplifting experience

From the sea shore, the path had been rising steadily up the hillside, twisting and turning through thick forest, when suddenly it opened up on to a vast clearing of cobble-sized stones. I had spent the previous hour sweating up the mountainside, yet it felt as if I were back on the coast, staring …

Hiking

Scotland's rocky road: a journey to the edge of Lewis – a photo essay

The road to west Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, starting with the A858 in Carloway and passing near the standing stones at Calanais, is probably the longest dead-end in Britain. As it runs into the B8011, and its unclassified extension, plus side turns, it snakes across rocky moors, past …

Scotland

Serene summer in Finland’s centenary national park

In a hide two miles from the Russian border in Finland’s Suomussalmi region, we watch and wait. For centuries, the European brown bear has been pushed by deforestation into increasingly remote areas, to do what a bear proverbially does in woods. Luckily, in Finland, where 76% of the land mass is …

Hiking

Walking Canada’s Fundy Footpath

The thing about distance, says Mike Carpenter, is that, like time, it’s relative. We are in his pickup truck, swooping up the coast north of St Martins in Canada’s New Brunswick. “Sure, the Fundy Footpath is short,” he concedes, “but it’s punchy. It feels a lot longer.”<p>We’re en route to the …

Hiking

Kyushu island, Japan: shrines and shugendo on the Kunisaki peninsula

As Japanese lifestyle fads go, the ancient art of shugendo isn’t going to knock Marie Kondo off the bestseller lists. Its secret rituals, practised in the mountains of the Kunisaki peninsula, include treacherous climbs on rusty chains and regular dowsings in freezing cold waterfalls. Its disciples …

Japan

Five of Scotland’s best bothies

In some of Scotland most spectacular wildlands and best long-distance trails, bothies are often a challenge to reach, but they’re a joy to stay in. The days when bothies – ancient cottages, longhouses and mountain huts – had a reputation of being cold, drafty places to spend the night, are long …

Scotland

Planet Earth II: the most amazing places, chosen by producers

Zavodovski Island, Southern Ocean<p><b>Chosen by Elizabeth White, producer, Islands</b><p>I can vividly remember the knot in my stomach as we approached the steaming, malevolent-looking crater of Zavodovski Island, 1,300 miles east of the Falklands in the Southern Ocean. The trip had taken more than a year of …

Nature

10 of the world’s most unusual wonders – chosen by Atlas Obscura

Root bridges of Cherrapunji, Meghalaya, India<p>To cross the rivers and streams of the Cherrapunji forest in Meghalaya state, north-east India, put your trust in a tree. There are no standard walkways to be found: instead, the tangled, twisting aerial roots of the rubber trees on the banks stretch …

Space Travel

Where to stay in the 10 most popular US national parks

Great Smoky Mountains<b>,</b> North Carolina<p>On the border between North Carolina and Tennessee, this is the most visited park in the country, attracting more than 10 million visitors in 2015. Rough it for free in one of the 12 primitive Appalachian Trail backpacker shelters or relax in an Almost Heaven …

National Parks

10 of the least-visited US national parks

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Katmai national park, Alaska<p>Katmai, in southern Alaska, is for the bears: it’s home to the world’s largest population of Alaskan brown bears, a subspecies of the grizzly. Over 2,000 bears live in Katmai and thanks to their salmon-rich diet, they are some of the …

National Parks

Wild Scandinavia: adventure without breaking the bank

With some of the largest remaining tracts of true wilderness in Europe, Scandinavia and Iceland offer a multitude of adventure opportunities and, if you head off the beaten track, they can work out a lot cheaper than you might expect. The centuries-old tradition of <i>allemansrätten</i> (every man’s right) …

European Travel

Splendid isolation: alone in the Inner Hebrides

It looked like the dream holiday. A week in a remote cottage on a wild Scottish island, just two and half miles long. A newly decorated house with no Wi-Fi, no phone signal and no electricity, just a wood-burning stove, gas lamps and views of wild moor, purple heather and sea across the bay. A …

Trains

Locals' guide to food, drink and hotels in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo and Reykjavik

Copenhagen<p><b>At a glance</b> The revolution launched by the restaurant Noma over a decade ago forged a distinctly Nordic cuisine and, in the process, turned Copenhagen into a foodie destination. Now that revolution is entering a second phase. No longer confined to the kind of high-end places that do …

European Travel