Lonely Planet

36 Magazines | 625.6k Followers | @LonelyPlanet | Inspiring, enabling, and flipping the best in travel.

Welcome weekend: best spots for brunch in Dubai

Think of the word 'brunch' and images of a lazy mid-morning meal in a neighbourhood cafe probably spring to mind. Not in Dubai. In a city that takes extravagance to the next level, brunch is a decadent all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair with resident DJs and glammed-up guests.<p>From all-day pool …

Restaurants

Exploring the adventurous side of Tuscany

The Italian region of Tuscany is rightly famous for its outstanding history, culture, wine and cuisine. But there's another side to the region waiting to be explored. Tuscany's varied and exciting landscapes make it a perfect destination for those in search of an active holiday, with a huge variety …

List-Worthy

Belgrade–Bar railway: the ultimate Balkans train trip

Dramatic is the operative word for the Belgrade–Bar railway line, which promises authentic culture and geographic riches around every bend as it rumbles over unsullied, mountainous landscape from the Serbian capital to Montenegro’s Adriatic Coast.<p>During the 12-hour journey, the train disappears …

Europe

Walking Hadrian's Wall: a coast-to-coast hike across England

The rain has finally let up, though storm clouds still straddle the rolling green nothingness to the north. In front, sheer stone brickwork drops to a lone sycamore tree, then rises again up another slope.<p>Slowly, you pick your way down, and back up, down and back up again. Miles pass, a bird swoops …

England

How to live like a local in Rotterdam

Lonely Planet Local Paul Fitzpatrick is a second generation Irish immigrant who was born and raised in Rotterdam. Although the city is constantly evolving, he believes that his home of 40 years is now livelier and more happening than ever before.<p><b>When friends visit Rotterdam for the first time…</b> I …

Europe

Discover Guatemala's Cultural History

Guatemala lives in technicolor. Everywhere you go, the vibrant indigos, reds, greens and yellows harken to a history that transcends time and remains very much alive today. One of the last strongholds of the Maya civilization, Guatemala is still home to traditions that date back thousands of …

Archaeology

Martinique's top-shelf rum scene

That perfume-y swill mixed with Coke in the basement of a frat house? Nope, that’s not rum. Neither is that frothy piña colada gulped pool-side. Often considered a party mixer, rum’s original reputation as a complex sipping beverage is starting to shine through anew, especially on the Caribbean …

Liquor

Napa & Sonoma keep the good vibes and visitors coming

In spite of the fact that Northern California recently suffered the worst fires in the state's history, today's views of Napa and Sonoma seem miraculous. Atop the Golden State's most golden hills, you can glimpse fresh greenery snuggling into the valleys below. Silvery mists wrap protectively …

Sonoma County

Must-visit spots in and around the markets in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv’s markets are its gritty, beating heart, where locals’ obsession with regionally sourced produce is married with the ancient traditions of the city’s many immigrant communities. TLV’s markets are based in working-class neighbourhoods, which were founded by all sorts of international …

Restaurants

Dubai with kids: what to see and where to stay

While Dubai might have a reputation as being a playground for the rich, this family-friendly city should be known as a playground for the little ones too. The desert climate means that most activities are indoors, but there is no shortage of running room for even the most energetic …

Travel

Best food stops in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda Market

A blossoming dining scene – from gourmet restaurants to casual eateries and bars that focus on eating as much as drinking – is transforming Jerusalem’s outdoor Mahane Yehuda Market into a prime place for culinary exploration and nightlife. Eating in the market is a must for any traveller who wants …

Restaurants

Best things to do in Israel with kids

Israel, one of the world’s most kid-friendly countries, offers plenty for families to do, from adventures in birdwatching and cave spelunking to racing down water park slides and lazy days at the beach. Children are highly valued in Israeli culture, and locals will dote on little ones, even …

Travel

Vegan Lima: plant power in Peru's capital

Many travelers come to Lima to feast and feast well. The city is South America’s food capital after all. Unique produce from varying ecosystems and some of the most popular plant-based superfoods in the global market make their way to Peru’s capital city, offering a bevy of options for vegans, …

Vegan

Where to take a break from Marrakesh's Medina

Trawling the humming streets of Marrakesh in the afternoon sun will wear out even the most enthusiastic of explorers. Pushy sales pitches and the sheer hustle and bustle can quickly become a hassle, so it’s a lifesaver to know that tranquillity and cooler temperatures can be found in one of the …

Travel

Historic explorer: finding Nicaragua's roots

The history of Nicaragua reverberates through its people, places and culture with a resonance that's found around every corner. While this little Central American nation lacks the major pre-Columbian archaeological sites found in nearby countries like Honduras and Guatemala, it's home to an …

Archaeology

A treasure hunt through the Smithsonian museums

They call it the nation's attic: the Smithsonian Institution, founded in 1846, comprises 19 museums, most of which are found in Washington, DC. Inside, you’ll find roughly 156 million pieces in total, each one connected to the American experience. With so many one-of-a-kind items on display, where …

Museums

Peru for foodies: a journey through the country's culinary hotspots

2013 was a pivotal point for Peru’s arrival on the world’s culinary stage. It was in this year that Peruvian food grabbed its first Michelin star, courtesy of London’s Lima restaurant. It was this year too that Lima-based restaurant Astrid y Gastón shot to prominence with <i>numero uno</i> position in the …

South America

Byron’s best day trips

If you’ve managed to get your fill of Byron’s legendary beaches, it’s time to switch it up and explore your surroundings with a day trip. Take the scenic route out of Byron to discover the region’s quaint villages, cool culinary delights, hippy enclaves and, okay, maybe a few more beaches…<p><b>Village</b> …

Australia

Sun, snacks and shopping: explore Sydney's outdoor markets

If you want to sway to Sydney’s song, visit its free outdoor markets where the local rhythm is relaxed and lingers all afternoon. Sure, you might grab a bargain, but the markets are also an excuse to slip out for some sunshine, catch up on the gossip, eat too much and show off a summer outfit!<p><b>The</b> …

Australia

Easy Uzbekistan: the Silk Road by high-speed train

Uzbekistan: the name conjures images of far-away mosques and blue-tiled domes, camels and caravanserai, mosaics and medressas. It’s true that Uzbekistan is the kind of place that many people don’t reach, but the country has chugged into the new millennium with an excellent high-speed train network …

Asia Travel

Easy Uzbekistan: the Silk Road by high-speed train

Uzbekistan: the name conjures images of far-away mosques and blue-tiled domes, camels and caravanserai, mosaics and medressas. It’s true that Uzbekistan is the kind of place that many people don’t reach, but the country has chugged into the new millennium with an excellent high-speed train network …

Asia Travel

Discover Nuuk, Greenland's burgeoning capital city

Greenland's capital, Nuuk, is often forgotten by travellers who are keen to explore the territory's famous glaciers and ice fields. While it's true that Nuuk is home to long apartment blocks and industrial buildings, it is currently experiencing a revival, with gourmet restaurants, fashion …

Europe

How to live like a local in Bucharest

Lonely Planet Local Monica Suma recently moved back to her native Bucharest after 12 years abroad. Drawn by the urban revival and cultural effervescence, this former New Yorker enjoys strolling through the back alleys of interwar Bucharest, searching for the hidden haunts, delicious eats and …

Europe

Tapping into creative Marrakesh, Morocco's design hub

Marrakesh is a city on the edge. Here, Europe, Africa and the Middle East mingle, and past and present are hard to tell apart. This ancient trading hub is a creative sweet spot where ideas thrive and flourish, making it a muse for artists and designers from around the world.<p>October 2017 saw the …

Art

Trekking Rio on the Transcarioca Trail

Long-distance walking trails inspire a fascination, even obsession, in a certain type of traveler. While historically long walks were the default way of getting from one location to another, today’s walkers are drawn to multi-day treks for a variety of reasons: the epic physical challenge, …

List-Worthy

The quick guide to San Diego's best neighborhoods

Vast and varied, San Diego County comes with an impressive skyline, desert landscapes, scenic hikes and coastal views to rival Big Sur. A boardriders paradise, this southern corner of California has 175 miles of surf-able coastline and dozens of neighborhoods – all with their own personalities, …

California

Lovely Lantau: secrets of Hong Kong's biggest island

Many visitors to Hong Kong only experience Lantau Island on the way elsewhere – touching down at Hong Kong International Airport, built on reclaimed land just off the island’s north coast, before swiftly jumping into a taxi or onto the MRT and straight over to Hong Kong Island and Kowloon.<p>Some …

Hong Kong

Exploring Hungary: day trips from Budapest

Travellers tend to forget that Hungary isn’t just Budapest. While the capital continues to dazzle visitors with its art nouveau architecture, thermal baths and ruin pubs, it’s well worth taking a few day trips to get to know a bit more of the country.<p>The following destinations can be easily reached …

Europe

10 reasons to visit Jacksonville

Tucked away in the northeastern corner of one the USA’s most visited states, Jacksonville, Florida’s most populous city, offers all the benefits of a beach town combined with city life and Southern charm. With warm temperatures year round – January’s highs average in the 60s – it’s always a …

Florida

Go nuts: where to find the best kunafeh in Amman

<i>Kunafeh</i>, <i>kanafeh</i>, <i>kunfah</i>, <i>konafeh</i>, <i>kunefe</i>, <i>knefe</i>, <i>kadayf</i>... no matter how you see it spelled, when you travel through Jordan, you will encounter this delicate pastry everywhere from crowded bazaars to dedicated bakery shops. So beloved is <i>kunafeh</i> that in Amman it is a staple dessert for every social …

Travel