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10 of Bilbao’s best pintxos bars

Bilbainos consider good pintxos a fundamental joy of daily life, and bars dedicated to providing them abound; jocular crowds rather than fancy decor or high prices are the clue to the best. Many also offer a good-value <i>menú del día</i>. The best place to get a flavour of what’s on offer or start a …

England

Pitch perfect: the UK’s best tiny campsites

‘Isolated strip of coastal loveliness’, Cornwall<p>Until 2016, the first thing visitors learned when staying at Dennis Farm was that it was not the campsite called Dennis Cove. The two were once one but then split, with the much larger Dennis Cove on one side of the headland, and the diminutive <b>Dennis</b> …

Sea Level

Eggplant Bacon Is Here For Vegans Who Still Want Their Bacon Fix

All the smoky goodness, none of the meat.<p>Whatever reason you have for keeping meat out of your diet ― veganism, a vegetarian lifestyle, or taking on a healthy diet of some sort ― abstaining from bacon can be one of the trickiest challenges. No matter how much you don’t <i>want</i> to eat the porky, fatty …

Eggplant

Pope suggests 'better to be atheist than hypocritical Catholic' | Reuters

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis delivered another criticism of some members of his own Church on Thursday, suggesting it is better to be an atheist than one of “many” Catholics who he said lead a hypocritical double life.<p>Pope Francis kisses a baby as he leads the weekly general audience in …

Christianity

These Are Britain's 10 Best Beaches

Dorset might need to prepare for an influx of visitors this summer. The region is home to three of Britain's best beaches, according to a new survey …

Beaches

Deal, Kent: Britain's most beautiful seaside town (according to Jeremy Swift)

Why Deal?<p>I only discovered it in the last few years through some friends who were working there on a film shoot. It’s a revelation to me – a beautiful seaside town full of diverse well-preserved Georgian town houses. It’s dinky and quiet which I find refreshing, a great alternative to a heaving …

20 destinations you must visit in 2016

1. Park City, Utah<p>Park City has always provided an excellent base for exploring Utah’s best ski areas and enjoying the epic quantities of light, fluffy powder snow for which the state is renowned.<p>This season the resort town, chock full of lively bars and restaurants, becomes an even better hub for …

Travel