Alexandra Wilks

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Riga, a city revelling in its culture

Riga has long been popular for city breaks, but the 2014 European Capital of Culture is also home to a thriving youth and alternative scene<p>• Top 10 hotels in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania<p>In central Riga, people are laying flowers beneath the Freedom Monument. It's a green statue of a woman holding …

Baltic boltholes: 10 of the best hotels in Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia

Savour the rich past of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania through their historic hotels – including a palace and a former monastery<p><b>• Riga, a city revelling in its culture</b><p><b>LATVIA</b><p><b>Hotel Bergs, Riga</b><p>A former shopping bazaar from the time when Riga was a vital port for the Russian empire, the Bergs building …

Travel tips: holidays in Wales, and this week's best deals

<b>Why go?</b><br>Known as the Dragon's Tail, this 30-mile peninsula poking into the Irish Sea feels like a place apart: a stronghold for Welsh language and culture with a distinct microclimate which can see it basking in sunshine while the rest of north Wales is lashed by rain. The chichi yachting town of …

Living in: The world’s healthiest cities

Five destinations across the globe that have excellent mass transit, ample green spaces and readily available healthcare.<p>What makes a city healthy? A combination of factors, ranging from readily available healthcare to excellent mass transit to a commitment to improving access to green spaces. …

Bike Lanes

Israel Should Be Recognised As 'Nation State Of Jewish People', David Cameron Tells Knesset

David Cameron has echoed the words of John Kerry, appearing to recognise Israel as "the nation state of the Jewish people", long a bone of contention …

The world’s most ethical countries: 2014

A new study shows why bringing tourism dollars to destinations like the Bahamas and Chile can be more impactful than Costa Rica or Ghana.<p>What makes the Bahamas a more ethical vacation choice than Costa Rica?<p>That’s the crux of a recent survey about ethical travel, a movement that encourages …

Costa Rica

Why It's Taking So Long to Find Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane

The jet is now believed to have changed course after it went missing.<p>As the search for the missing jetliner extends into the vast seas on both sides of the Malay Peninsula, the world is wondering: How can eight countries, using more than 24 vessels and 9 aircraft over four days, fail to locate …

Readers' travel tips: send us a tip on hidden Madrid

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Do you have any advice on where to go for those travellers who are tired of getting fleeced in Plaza Major and just want to experience the Spanish capital from a local’s point of view? You can share your tip via GuardianWitness and there’s a great prize for the best …

How 25 years of the web inspired the travel revolution

The web has revolutionised the way we travel, allowing consumers to search, buy and share trips at the touch of a button. Kevin May, co-founder of Tnooz.com, traces the key developments since it began 25 years ago today<p>The introduction of the worldwide web not only fundamentally changed the travel …

Other People's Countries: A Journey into Memory – review

Patrick McGuiness has written the great book on Belgium, modern memory and modern being<p>Less evasive than WG Sebald (whose narratorial persona seems to evaporate out of his foggy books like the figure of Krook in Dickens), and not as brilliantly mannered as Bruce Chatwin, <i>Other People's Countries</i> …

The world's greatest second cities

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Top 10 cycling cafes in the UK

Cycle cafes, like cycling itself, are booming. They're a great place to meet other riders, get advice and repairs – while you tuck into great coffee and food<p>Have we missed out your favourite? Let us know your tips and recommendations in the comments below<p>Cadence Performance, Crystal Palace, …

Cycle fever: the UK's best cycling festivals, events and venues

With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire this year, the UK is set for a celebration of all things two-wheeled with city and countryside festivals to suit pedalists of all persuasions<p><b>RACES/SPORTIVES</b><p>Red Bull Hill Chasers, Edinburgh: 12 April<p>A gruelling multi-discipline event, the Chasers …

Four ways to explore Chefchaouen, Morocco's blue city

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. As well as its distinctive palette of blue and white buildings, a striking contrast with the arid setting, this popular town has plenty to offer. Embark on strenuous hillside hikes or idle strolls, bathe in mountain streams, …

Where is the ugliest town in the UK? According to a recent poll of more than 3000 people, Hemel Hempstead was named as the worst-looking of them all. The survey, run by the website Crap Towns Returns, saw more than 3,000 people responding with

Where is the ugliest town in the UK? According to a recent poll of more than 3000 people, Hemel Hempstead was named as the worst-looking of them …

British summer holidays guide

Our guide to planning holidays in Britain, with expert advice on where to go, and what to do, hotel, b & b, cottage and campsite recommendations, heritage and cultural sights, activity holidays, and the best places to eat<p><i>Our team of experts have written comprehensive guides to what's new in</i> …

Lake District

A Full Year Without Poaching

Bucking the worldwide trend, Nepal continues its successful fight against poaching.<p>On World Wildlife Day, March 3, Nepal celebrated 365 days with zero poaching. No rhinos, tigers, or elephants were killed.<p>It's the second year of such success in Nepal. In 2011 the country also had none, and in 2012 …

Were Volcanoes Ice Age Refuges for Life?

Geothermal havens may have sheltered continent's organisms, study says.<p>Named after Vulcan, the Roman god of fire, volcanoes are best known for their destructive power.<p>But a new study bolsters the idea that they can also be havens for life, as refuges for plants and animals during ice …

A craft beer lover's guide to London

In the last 15 years, London has seen incredible growth in its brewing industry from a mere two breweries in 1999 to more than 50 today. Almost all of these new enterprises are small, independent and produce high-quality, innovative styles of beer – an approach to brewing that’s been given the …

Lavender Fields on the way to Mount Cook

Best Lavender Fields in the world?<p>Where are the best lavender fields? These are the first ones I’ve seen in person, so I’m not really an expert. I …