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The ultimate travel bucket list: 31 things to do in your lifetime

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

European Travel

The 12 worst things to do in Paris

<b>1. Going to the Champs-Élysées</b><p>Beloved by hordes of prattling foreign teenagers, Parisian are careful to avoid this thoroughfare - and with good reason. Full of international chains and overpriced restaurants selling dreadful food, as well as car show rooms and the Paris headquarters of Iran Air, it …

Zahara de los Atunes: sun, sea and seafood in southern Spain

She is Sahara of the Tuna, and you come for her deserted beaches and crowded fish restaurants, and for her beach shack <i>chiringuitos</i> in which to boogie the hot night away. Here in Cadiz province, Zahara de los Atunes lies between Cape Trafalgar and Spain’s southernmost nipple at Tarifa, 40 minutes to …

The 60 best holidays in Italy for 2017

Italy summer booking guide<p><b>Planning a holiday to Italy in 2017? Read our guide to the best regions, including expert advice on where to go in Tuscany, Umbria, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Abruzzo, the Amalfi coast, Sardinia, the Italian Lakes, and Piedmont, plus our pick of the 60 best holidays. By</b> …

Seven incredible places you may have never heard of

As globalisation leaves no stone unturned, we took to Quora.com to find a few secret locales well worth the trip.

Lake Superior

Top 10 dishes to try in Greece

Greece has long been a family holiday favourite with its beautiful blue waters, child-friendly beaches and abundance of flavour-packed fare. Make …

Top 10

Alhambra in Granada, Spain

As one of Spain’s most high-profile attractions, the Alhambra can draw up to 6000 daily visitors. Tickets sell out quickly so to avoid disappointment it pays to book ahead, either online or by phone. Note that when you buy a ticket you’ll be given a time to enter the Palacio Nazaríes, admission to …

European Travel

Ljubljana: a small but beautiful capital

Ljubljana, Slovenia's biggest city (say lyoob- <i>lya</i>-nah – the j’s are mostly silent), also happens to be one of Europe's greenest and most liveable capitals. It’s conveniently set up for visitors too – most of the city’s top attractions are clustered in a compact pedestrianised area around a bend in …

European Travel

Which of the world's landmarks are you determined to see before you die? Do you yearn to take in the Taj Mahal, perhaps? Or glide under San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge? Or perhaps the Machu Picchu is top of your bucket list? This

Which of the world's landmarks are you determined to see before you die? Do you yearn to take in the Taj Mahal, perhaps? Or glide under San …

10 of the best family-friendly hotels in Spain

From a beachfront hotel in Tarifa to a farmstead in Menorca, these hotels welcome families with play areas and kids' activities – and even buckets and spades you can borrow • Best family-friendly hotels in France • Best family self-catering holidays in France<p>Caserío del Mirador, Alicante<p>No list of …

Best honeymoon destinations for 2014

This is the time to shoot for the moon: travel further, stay longer, eat more and bring home a lifetime’s worth of romantic memories.<p>Hot air balloons take off in the early morning light over Göreme town in Cappadocia. Image by Christopher Pillitz / The Image Bank / Getty Images.<p>Cappadocia, …

São Paulo

World’s most beautiful canal cities

Red Sea

National Geographic Travel

10 of the best restaurants and cafes in Lisbon

As Lisbon's biggest market is transformed into a gourmet food hall, we take a look at the best places to eat in Portugal's capital, a city renowned for its seafood – and custard tarts<p>• Have you been to Lisbon? Tell us about your favourite place to eat in the comments below<p>• A Lisbon food tour<p>Time …

Secret Mediterranean islands where you can escape the crowds

There are more than 200 islands in the Med, yet 90 per cent of tourists stay on just 10 per cent of them. We’ve rounded up six lesser-known isles worth seeking out if you’re looking for a little peace and quiet.<p><b>Pantelleria, Italy</b><p>Boat at sunset by Luca Volpi. CC BY-SA 2.0.<p>Closer to Tunisia than …

European Travel

World’s most colourful cities

From a monochromatic blue in Spain to a full palette of hues in Buenos Aires, these five towns are a shade above the rest.

Buenos Aires

Amazing Castle on the edge of the Desert Gorge in Morocco

Comments Fixed!<p>We fixed all the comments… now no more comments will be lost! Yay team! 🙂<p>Renting Castles<p>I love staying in castles, and I’ve heard …

Greek island holiday guide: the Ionian islands

The Ionian islands lie off Greece's western coast in a line from Zakynthos in the south to Corfu in the north. Part of the latter is closer to Albania than to the mainland.<p>All the Ionian islands reflect the influence of nearby Italy, but Corfu also has a distinct British tinge. It was a British …

Expert guide to Ibiza

Local laws and etiquette<p>Travel with a couple of photocopies of your European Health Insurance Card and passport, as you will need them for any medical treatment.<p>You must carry your passport with you by law.<p>You often have to show your passport when paying by debit or credit card.<p>If driving, you must …

Travel

Slow food and an easy vibe: Akyaka, Turkey's new foodie destination

Akyaka is close to familiar Turkish resorts, but it feels a world away. Rachel Dixon enjoys a scenic retreat just starting to make its mark with foodies and nature lovers<p>Over a leisurely breakfast by the Kadın Azmak river in Akyaka, south-western Turkey, it is difficult to imagine anything …

Athens hotspots: top 10 new places to eat, drink and party

Rachel Howard picks 10 places spearheading a revival in the Greek capital as it bucks the austerity trend with cool new bars and shops<p>As Greece gears up for a bumper tourist season, with over 21 million visitors expected this year, Athens is surfacing from austerity. Its cultural and night-life …

Greece road trip: the seaside idyll of the Athenian Riviera

A few miles from Athens lies a seaside idyll where great beaches and local charm are still undiscovered by British visitors<p><b>Plus: How to hit the beach Athenian-style</b><p>Wednesday evening, it's just before midnight and I'm in the Athens suburb of Glyfada. At Lemoni in Kyprou Street – the most popular of …

Expert guide to Lisbon

Essential information<p><b>British Embassy</b>: 00 351 21 392 4000; Rua de São Bernardo 33. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-1pm and 2.30pm-5.30pm<p><b>Emergency services</b>: dial 112<p><b>Lisbon Tourist Office</b>: 00 351 21 031 2819; visitlisboa.com, Praça do Comércio<p>Local laws and etiquette<p>If driving, you must have a fluorescent bib in …

Top 10 Cuba travel experiences

Twenty-first century Cuba promises to be like nowhere else you’ve ever visited: economically poor, but culturally rich; visibly weathered, but architecturally magnificent; infuriating, yet at the same time, strangely uplifting. Here are the top activities that really embody Cuba’s essence and …

Cuba

Soaking in Iceland’s social scene

A swimsuit might not be at the top of your packing list when travelling to a country called Iceland, but the local, naturally heated swimming pools are the centre of the Icelandic social scene, where gossip and news is exchanged while bodies are warmed and relaxed.<p>Thanks to the country’s geothermal …

European Travel

Expert guide to St Tropez

The basics<p><b>Currency:</b> Euro<p><b>Telephone code:</b> dial 00 33 for France, if calling from the UK. French telephone numbers are almost all 10 digits, starting with "0". When calling from abroad, knock of this initial "0"<p><b>Time difference:</b> + 1 hour<p><b>Flight time:</b> London to both Nice and Toulon-Hyères is around two …

Top 10 free things to see in Venice

You have to pay to see the pavilions in Venice's Biennale of Architecture, which opened on Saturday. But there are many other stunning works of art around the city that you can enjoy for free<p>Isola di San Giorgio Maggiore<p>The island of San Giorgio has the ultimate views in Venice - looking out over …