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A perfect weekend in Barcelona

Two days in Barcelona can only ever be a teaser of what it has to offer, so bear in mind that this a subjective grab-bag of highlights, spanning ancient and modern and packaged into a geographically convenient, eminently walkable, weekend tour. It is also all-weather, but in high summer you might …

City Halls

Jasen nature reserve: Macedonia’s secret getaway

Deep in the Balkans, this grandiosely named nature reserve might just be the best-kept secret among Europe’s national parks. Home to the rare Balkan chamois (wild goat) and endangered Eurasian lynx, Macedonia’s Jasen is one of the region’s most ecologically significant areas. While there are no …

Wildlife

Where to find the Algarve's best beaches

The coast of the Algarve in southern Portugal is a seemingly endless series of some of Europe’s finest beaches. They are seriously spectacular stretches of sand: the climate and atmosphere are Mediterranean, but this is the Atlantic so good waves and watersports are available alongside more sedate, …

Beaches

18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …

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Lonely Planet's best places in Europe 2015

Europe is a magical miscellany of peoples and places, and the range of destinations can be overwhelming if you’re planning a trip. To narrow down the choices, we asked our team of Europe-based editors and authors to pick a list of 10 destinations looming large in their travel plans right now.<p>This …

European Travel

Lonely Planet's best beaches in Europe 2015

Europe is blessed with many beaches of coffee-table book beauty, but it’s the sheer variety of them that sets it apart. From Caribbean-quality strips of sand and glinting water to storm-sculpted collisions of land and sea, few parts of the world offer beach lovers such breadth of choice.<p>Whether …

European Travel

Ten reasons to visit Bosnia & Hercegovina

One of Europe's less-visited countries, the former-Yugoslavian nation of Bosnia & Hercegovina (BiH) is a treasure-trove of architectural and natural beauty. Even if you have just a couple of days, it’s worth nipping in from neighbouring Croatia or Serbia to see Mostar’s iconic bridge or to stroll …

National Parks