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How travellers can help to conserve the world's coral reefs

It’s no secret that the world’s coral reefs are in serious trouble, their prospects threatened by everything from climate change to overfishing; in fact, scientists predict that without drastic action nearly all of these dazzling ecosystems could be gone by 2050.<p>But while the prognosis is grim, …

Oceans

Wilderness day trips from Almaty, Kazakhstan

A pleasant, leafy city that would seem more at home in central Europe than Central Asia, Almaty is stocked with museums, cafes and nightlife. But Kazakhstan's second city (and its former capital) is also a great base from which to explore the country's wild southern landscapes. The city itself is a …

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Great lakes and how to explore them

Want sandy beaches, gentle waves and vast open water? Oceanside jaunts aren’t your only option. In fact, some of the best water-based escapes can be found inland.<p>From giant inland seas to calm alpine waters, the world’s greatest lakes showcase nature at its most diverse and dramatic, as well as …

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10 top design boutiques in Helsinki

Central Helsinki contains a concentration of shops presenting the best of Finnish design in the capital, from kitchenware to jewellery and from textiles to furniture. The desirability of Nordic style and durability of the pieces is reflected in their prices, but why skimp on top quality, functional …

Europe

Where to go for a winter walk in Dubai

Usually known for its desert climate and sweltering heat, Dubai boasts balmy winters that are the exception to the rule. By early November, temperatures begin to drop and continue to hover around 27<b>°</b>C until late February. This is when the city embraces its pockets of green, expertly manicured …

Travel

Lights, camera, Dublin - a film and TV lover's guide to Ireland's capital

Dublin is known more for its great literature than its cinematic epics but the movies do offer a way of getting under the city’s cultural skin without having to give <i>Ulysses</i> another try.<p>For many years Ireland and its capital have been home to a thriving film industry meaning there are plenty of …

Ireland

Ten reasons to visit Split

Located around 200km north of Dubrovnik on the Dalmatian coast, the Croatian city of Split is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbour. But once you've wandered Split's enchanting Roman old town, lingered over a coffee on its sunny waterside promenade and ventured into its beautiful surrounds, …

Europe

Exploring Serbia: day trips from Belgrade

So you did your sightseeing, dining and partying in Belgrade. What next? Consider taking a day trip from the Serbian capital to hike the nearby gentle mountains, cruise through centuries of history, take in some outlandish art, or enjoy local drops from family wine cellars.<p>The following excursions …

Europe

Handmade in Tōhoku: traditional crafts of northern Japan

Japan’s ‘deep north’, the largely rural Tōhoku region is home to craft traditions that have been handed down over generations. A trip to this little-visited swathe of the country offers a chance to see skilled artisans at work – and find a unique souvenir – just a train ride or two from …

Japan

10 cosy places to escape winter in Prague

With fewer tourists and the snow decorating all the picturesque buildings, there’s surely no better time of year to visit Prague than in winter. But even the most resilient travellers will need a few breaks to warm up, relax and defrost frozen fingers and toes. Here’s our pick of the best places to …

Europe

Nine sensational seafood spots around the world

Archaeological records suggest that humans have been preparing and eating seafood for at least 165,000 years, and it’s safe to say we’ve gotten pretty good at it. Some of the world’s greatest delicacies come from our planet’s oceans, lakes and rivers, from elegant slices of sashimi in Japan to …

Prince Edward Island

Mount Elbrus: how to climb Europe's highest peak

The line of figures in full winter gear snakes painfully slowly across the snowfield towards the summit. The climbers have been ascending for over 12 hours now. Lack of oxygen, deep cold and pure exhaustion is taking its toll, but in a few minutes all this will be forgotten beneath the joy and …

Outdoors

Following the foodie trail in Fez, Morocco's culinary capital

Moroccan cuisine is a cultural melting pot, and Fassi flavours originated in the <i>funduqs</i> (ancient inns used by travelling merchants), where numerous nationalities crossed paths. The Berber influence is found in staples like couscous, Arabs brought dried fruit and spices, and the French left a cafe …

Restaurants

Diving into South Korea's best hole-in-the-wall restaurants

Quieted away, around the corner from one of South Korea's grandest hotels is a great food secret: Gwanghwamun Jip. Its worn-out blue sign gives away the restaurant’s long history, and with one spicy spoonful of the signature kimchi stew, it’s clear why droves of locals queue up here at …

Restaurants

Eight of the best day trips from London

With so many world-class things to see and do in London, planning a day trip away from it can feel akin to lounging on a sunbed in Mauritius researching beach holidays. But England is spoilt rotten with attractions meaning a day away from the capital is definitely worthwhile and generally just a …

London

Here lies treasure: a guide to the art of Berlin

Berlin is a city of subtle seduction; somewhere expression was born out of oppression. A diverse Mecca for artists, here <i>kunst</i> (art) is an experience not limited to galleries, but alive throughout the streets, people and experiences the city has to offer.<p>Organise your wanderings for an efficient art …

Art

Oka valley: cruising down Russia's ancient waterway

You might recall the names of great Russian rivers like the Volga or the Yenisey from geography lessons, but the Oka is unlikely to be one of them despite its easy-to-remember and affirmatively sounding name. Yet, as the main transport route of the ancient Muscovite princedom, it has more history …

Europe

Artistic retreat: bohemian getaways from Moscow

Nothing in classic Russian literature captures the idea of paradise lost better than Anton Chekhov’s <i>The Cherry Orchard</i>. The M2 highway going directly south from Moscow passes a few notable countryside retreats – including Chekhov’s own at Melikhovo (80km) where the writer’s modest estate, now a …

Europe

How to live like a Local in Tel Aviv

Lonely Planet Local Dan Savery Raz has been living in Tel Aviv for almost 10 years. Initially attracted by the beaches, bars and general bustle of Tel Aviv, he stayed for the freewheeling, spontaneous lifestyle and family-friendly atmosphere. Oh, and the Middle East’s most diverse culinary scene …

Israel

Lonely Planet talks to... novelist Isabelle Allende – Lonely Planet

Magic, mysticism and inspiring contradictions seem to surround Isabel Allende. She is arguably Chile’s most famous living writer, and yet, she doesn’t live permanently in her homeland, opting instead to continue her exile, which dates back to the dangerous days following Salvador Allende’s removal …

South America

From paper to pearl: 10 wedding anniversary trip ideas

Whether you’re celebrating 12 months of marital bliss or your 50th anniversary, marking the milestones as you continue your journey through life together is an annual excuse to make even more memories.<p>So forget presents. For travel lovers, true romance means hitting the road. Swap cufflinks for …

French Polynesia

How to live like a local in Dhaka

Veteran Lonely Planet writer Anirban Mahapatra has been living in Dhaka for the last three years, and spends much of his time pottering around the quaint alleys of Dhaka’s old quarters, mingling with the masses in the city’s atmospheric markets, exploring its artistic and cultural melting pots, and …

Travel

How to live like a local in Delhi

Lonely Planet Local Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu divides her time and affection between<p>Delhi and her home in Chandigarh. During the winter months she spends as much time as she can in the Indian capital, seeking out doses of art, culture and cuisine and stopping by her favourite jazz bar.<p>The landmark …

Travel

Venice Carnival: the biggest party of the year

People travel from far and wide to join in the city’s biggest party of the year and sate their fancy-dress appetites – the Venice Carnival packs the city with crowds of elaborately costumed people, colourful sights, a slew of sounds and an flurry of events.<p>Visit the watery wonderland in February …

Europe

The six sestieri: a guide to Venice’s neighbourhoods

While most cities are broken into quarters, Venice is divided into six districts or <i>sestieri</i>. Although it’s a compact city, each of Venice’s neighbourhoods has its own characteristics, offering you something a little different and distinctive wherever you wander.<p>Read on to find out the best place to …

Europe

Essential eats: a taste of Zürich's food revolution

With a focus on local produce and a thirst for new food festivals, Zürich is becoming a hot gastronome destination. Embracing a more playful approach to cuisine, the renowned business hub is now abuzz with spectacular restaurants, bohemian cafes and legions of street food stalls. Here’s what to try …

Switzerland

Travel gear reviews: get ready for adventure in 2018

A new year symbolises a new beginning, providing the perfect excuse to refresh some of the more well-worn items in your travel gear arsenal.<p>In this set of reviews, we cast an eye over a range of staple travel kit – bags, clothes and more – that’ll endure whatever adventures 2018 has in store, …

Travel

Where to go in February

The new year is now well underway and poor old February is at risk of getting overlooked in a flurry to book up the favourable April to September peak travel window. But you’d be remiss to underestimate this 28-day delight (excluding leap years, of course), because whilst February may be the …

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Hidden Bucharest: top five experiences

You might have come to see exactly how big the Palace of Parliament is or to admire Bucharest’s rise to belle époque fame, but the Romanian capital isn’t just about major sights. This is a city that rewards the curious explorer, its canvas of contrasting architectural styles reflecting a dramatic …

Europe

More than skin deep: where to seek the soul of the city

Cities abound with sights, tours and activities for travellers to enjoy. But not all of them deliver an authentic experience, affording a real insight into the soul of a place. So we asked a team of Lonely Planet local writers across the globe to give us tips on how to get under the skin of their …

Travel