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Look west: buy a holiday home for half the price on the other French Riviera

You won’t find the Cannes Film Festival or Club 55, but if owning a dreamy Mediterranean holiday home is your main desire, buying a property on the “other Riviera” can be half the price of the Côte d’Azur.<p>The seaside resorts scattered along the western side of the south coast in Aude and …

More Brits than ever are choosing staycations over holidays abroad – and these are the 2 best places

According to a new travel study…<p>Which would you pick? An exotic beach holiday in a faraway land or a staycation in your home country with a gamble on …

Britain's best beaches, and why they're better in winter

<b>(CNN) —</b> Britain's beaches hide a wintry secret far removed from the heady warm weather days of ice creams, sunbathing and wading in the shallows.<p>The fact is the stirring strands and quiet coves are at their best when the days are short and the weather unpredictable.<p>It's a time for windswept walks …

Ireland

12 destinations travelers might want to avoid in 2018

<b>(CNN) —</b> Tourism backlash has been in full effect over the past 12 months, with several destinations announcing they'd had enough of foreign visitors flooding their streets or disrupting their fragile ecosystems.<p>Unsurprisingly, this has posed a a dilemma for mindful travelers planning their next …

Taj Mahal

Europe's best-kept secrets: 20 places you'd never thought to visit

Disney release opulent first trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

Author: Zehra PhelanDisney has released a magically opulent teaser trailer and poster for their 2018 holiday feature offering, The Nutcracker and the …

There’s a 'Secret Versailles' Right Outside Paris — and It's Amazing

Before King Louis XIV set the gold standard for decadent design, there was Vaux-le-Vicomte.<p>It’s hidden in plain sight, in Maincy, less than an hour …

France

Is this Sussex town really the most relaxing place in Britain?

A quaint town near my mother’s humble seaside abode in West Sussex has been named “the most mindful destination in Europe”, beating such trendy meditation meccas as Ibiza and Brač in Croatia, and even health-reviving Alpine mountain resorts like Chamonix in France.<p>The secret to Mum’s zen mastery is …

Amorgos: the fairest of the Greek Islands

There are places you long to visit for years, only to feel let down when you eventually get there. Amorgos is not one of them. I've been dreaming …

Siblings

10 amazing landscapes in Chile – that you've probably never heard of

Chile has a wealth of beautiful landscapes beyond the iconic regions of Patagonia and Atacama. As the first direct flights from the UK launch, our local writer picks 10 wilderness areas featuring peaks, beaches, hot springs and indigenous villages<p>Inland from Chile’s second oldest city of La Serena …

From Seville to Granada by train

No better way to see the sights of southern Spain than aboard the Tren Al Andalus. In old-school style, the train takes you through the beautiful …

Granada

Forces of nature: six of Britain’s most breathtaking waterfalls

From the Isle of Skye to the Brecon Beacons, the UK is home to a stunning selection of falls. Some make great picnic spots, others are perfect for abseiling – and all of them are worth visiting

Great hotels, gites and auberges in France: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: B&B gem, Brittany<p>Josselin, in Morbihan, 80km west of Rennes, is among my favourite places on Earth. It is a beautiful medieval town with a fairytale castle perched high over the Nantes Brest canal. We discovered <b>Le Clos des Devins</b> by chance and it is a little gem of a B&B run by the …

France

Your favourite UK coastal walks: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: <b>Llwyngwril</b> to <b>Barmouth train walk, Gwynedd</b><p>The scenery is fantastic as you travel by train through mid-Wales and along the coast from Aberdovey to Llwyngwril (a request stop). Then walk straight up the hill from the station and right along the top of the ridge until you are above Barmouth …

Ireland

Europe’s hidden coasts: the Maremma, Italy

Italians were born for beaches. Summer means serried rows of sunbeds and regimented beach games. It’s all about bonding and strutting your stuff in matching tangerine mankinis.<p>But relax: it’s not all like that. Southern Tuscany makes a more stylish splash. Sugary sands are framed by pine groves and …

Portugal's Presidential Train: A culinary journey | CNN Travel

Travel

The 15 most beautiful Croatian islands

Best for history: Krk

Europe’s hidden coasts: the Côte d’Argent, Landes, France

This wild Atlantic coast, south-west of Bordeaux, is backed by forests and nature reserves and includes the finest sandy beach in France. Yet even in mid-summer you can have it to yourself<p>Halfway between the great sand dune of Pyla and the posh surf and golf resort of Hossegor, is the finest …

France

Best Welsh weekend breaks (for food lovers)

Book a foodie trip to Wales this year for a weekend break. To make the choice a little easier, we've rounded up some of the best Welsh weekend breaks …

The secret life of the Swiss – in pictures

Ever since relocating to Switzerland in 2006, Swedish-born photographer Christian Nilson has been capturing the identity of his adopted homeland. He presents the people of the country he loves through a series of affectionate pictures, collected in his book <i>The Swiss</i>, published tomorrow by …

Kittens rescued from fire by photographer

(WFLA) - Two kittens, trapped by a controlled burn in rural North Dakota, were rescued by a photographer who stopped to take a photo of the fire.<p>KVLY …

North Dakota

What to see in Russia – readers’ travel tips

Our intrepid travellers take on the enormity of Siberia, remote Lake Baikal, historic St Petersburg, and Moscow’s clubs, experiencing great food, architecture and dodgy bouncers<p>This archipelago is in the White Sea in the far north-west. You will find lots of history, including, on Bolshoy …

Here Are Some Adorable Photos of Kittens Pouncing

Seth Casteel — who has previously gifted the world with photo books of both puppies and babies swimming underwater — is back with another adorable …

Cute

The breathtaking winning entries in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

Nature Photography

Exploring Britain's littlest - and most fascinating - islands

Actress Alison Steadman took on a wide-ranging journey when she agreed to film a new travel series about Britain’s distinctive small islands. Here she recalls some of the highlights.<p>How did this project come about?<p>I presented a programme on the Shetland Islands a couple of years ago, and presumably …