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Mapped: All the world's 1,031 World Heritage Sites

In 1978, when Unesco published its first list of protected places, there were just 12 World Heritage Sites.<p>These included:<p>The Galapagos Islands and Quito (both in Ecuador);<br>• Yellowstone National Park and Mesa Verde National Park (both in the US);<br>• L'Anse aux Meadows National Historic Park and Nahanni …

Yellowstone National Park

France: Biarritz, queen of the Basque coast

It’s amazing how reputations, sometimes decades, even centuries old, can still hold sway, however out of date. I was only 54 years behind the times in believing Biarritz, queen of the Basque coast, to be a quiet and genteel, if faded, bastion of old-fashioned elegance, full of stately matrons and …

Cap Ferret - France's smart seaside spot

Secluded, laid-back and authentic, the French oyster capital of Cap Ferret, on France's Atlantic coast, is a chic beach holiday destination<p>You may …

France

The Loire, France: the perfect break

Now is the ideal time to visit the Loire’s glorious vineyards and castles, says Fiona Hardcastle.<p><b>Why go?</b><p>Cooler, greener, more refined than the heaving south, the Loire in <b>France</b> is an enchanted land of elaborate chateaux, verdant landscapes and world-class vineyards. Steeped in nobility, the Loire …

35 Places You Need To Visit In France

Provence is famous for its fragrant lavender fields. Shutterstock France was recently named the most-visited country in the world with over 84 million visitors in 2013 — and for good reason.<p>Millions of people go to France each year to stroll along the quays of Paris, lie on the gorgeous beaches of …

France

The 10 best beach holidays in France for 2018

For more general advice on booking a holiday in France, see our France summer holidays guide. Our guide features expert recommendations for city, beach, villa, culture, food and drink and activity holidays.<p><b>1. Menton, Provence</b><p>Menton is the thinking person’s Côte-d’Azur. As required, it has the lazy …

France

The best beach hotels in Brittany

A guide to the best beach hotels in Brittany, featuring the top places to stay for sea views, roof terraces, elegant dining, coastal walks and village charm, in locations including St-Malo, Trégastel and Douarnenez.<p>Castel Beau Site<p>Perros-Guirec, Brittany, France<p>9 Telegraph expert rating<p>Read expert …

Top 10: The best beach hotels in Normandy

An insider’s guide to the best beach hotels in Normandy, featuring the top places to stay for sea views, charming interiors, seafood restaurants and coastal walks.<p>Hotel Des Isles<p>Barneville-Carteret, Normandy, France<p>8 Telegraph expert rating<p>Read expert review<p>From £ 98 per night<p>Check …

France

The 10 Best Free Things to Do in Amsterdam

Some of the best experiences in the city come at no cost. Here are ten of our favorites.<p>Like many other major cities, Amsterdam isn’t exactly famous …

European Travel

Secret Venice: guide to the city's best campi, or squares

The Adriatic is hardly the fiercest of seas. Its tidal currents flow lazily and, in winter, lugubriously along <b>Venice</b>'s Grand Canal and its profuse tributaries, those labyrinthine streets famously full of water. Even during rush hour when the city’s residents are on the move in waltzing fleets of …

Eiffel Tower: tickets and queuing advice

The Eiffel Tower is 125 years old this year, and will inaugurate its new-look first floor in October. Here is our <b>Paris</b>expert's guide to making the most of your visit. For information about where to stay, see our guide to <b>the best hotels in Paris</b>.<p><b>Going up the Eiffel Tower</b><p>If, like many Parisians, you …