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When you first see it you'll understand why the ancients believed the Giants Causeway, #NorthernIreland was not a natural feature. The vast expanse of regular, closely packed, hexagonal stone columns dipping gently beneath the waves looks for all the world like the handiwork of giants. This week's wonderful #LPfanphoto was taken by @giorgydilo. #Travel #LonelyPlanet



Sarajevo sees a brighter future

From 1992 to 1996, a siege devastated the Bosnia-Herzegovina capital. Today, a tour of Sarajevo means reminders of past horrors – and of the enduring determination to survive.<p>For me, the view over the sprawl of Sarajevo was stunning. For 28-year-old local Skender Hatibovic, however, the panorama we …

Ljubljana’s buried past

This year marks the 2,000-year anniversary of Emona, the city buried beneath Slovenia’s capital. Despite its modernity, Ljubljana’s past is alive – and increasingly accessible.

The stories – and secrets – of Fez

A peek behind the walls of the world’s oldest medina reveals how residents live, work and shop in a 1,200-year-old city both steeped in tradition – and ready to embrace its future.

In Pakistan, imposing tombs that few have seen

Just 90km west of the largest city in Pakistan, Makli is the final resting place of more than half a million people. Yet its intricate tombs are little known to travellers today.<p>Covering more than 10sqkm, Makli is one of the world’s largest necropolises, acting as the final resting place of more …

In Riga, medieval spires and Art Nouveau dreams

Latvia’s capital, a European Capital of Culture for 2014, is awash with Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and late Romanesque architectural styles, among others.

Iran’s province of surprises

Iran’s East Azerbaijan is full of secrets, including 800-year-old rock-cut villages, ancient Armenian monasteries and the world’s largest covered market.

A dark and fantastical Polish land

In this province filled with medieval castles and dense forest, it’s easy to imagine Hansel and Gretel skipping past the gingerbread houses, leaving a trail of breadcrumbs behind them.<p>In the far west of Poland along the German border, the province of Lubuskie is like something out of a fairy …

Chasing shadows and light in Iran

Marian Reid explores the country’s desert towns, where 3,000 years of generations have adapted to the harsh environment to create a beautiful and timeless world.<p>In the garden courtyard of Esfahan’s famous Abbasi Hotel, surrounded by 300-year-old caravanserai-style rooms, I was in the company of an …

Forgotten landscapes outside Krakow

Linked to Krakow by a portion of the Amber Trail Greenway, Tyniec’s limestone cliffs, dense woodland and millennia-old abbey comprise one of Eastern Europe’s most overlooked villages.<p>Running along the rivers between the Baltic and Adriatic seas, Poland’s ancient trade routes used to crowd with …

The complicated culture of Bosnian coffee

Centuries of Ottoman rule may have left the Bosnians in an identity crisis, but one thing’s for certain – you can never call their coffee Turkish.<p>Even today, 136 years after the Ottomans ceded it to Austria-Hungary, Bosnia-Hercegovina shows many signs of its nearly four centuries of Turkish rule: …

Exploring Sudan: a desert journey in pictures

To the wider world the North African nation of Sudan is often seen as a place of untold horror. A burning and featureless desert where war, genocide and misery are the norm. And although some aspects of this image are grounded in truth, for the most part the popular impression couldn’t be more off …


Top 20 free things to do in Berlin

Berlin may be one of the best-value cities in Europe but, for visitors, those euros can start to add up after days of museum-hopping and nights of clubbing. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to stretch your budget further by cashing in on some tip-top freebies.<p>Catch a ride to the Reichstag’s …


Ten enchanting travel experiences in Greenland

So you think Greenland is a far-flung travel dream? Pinch yourself. This Arctic country might be huge, but a trip to western Greenland can take in a breathtaking range of sights, from Disko Bay’s iceberg studded waters to valleys so vast you’ll feel like the last hiker on Earth. Start with these 10 …


France sans frontières: the best French border towns

Looking for a new angle on the well-trodden paths of France? Then travel to its borders. These three melting-pot cities showcase the best of France while giving a tantalising glimpse into the rest of Europe - Lille skims the Belgian border in the north; to the east, Strasbourg grazes Germany; and …


Barcelona's top museums and galleries

<i>This highlighted list of museums and galleries is taken from Lonely Planet's city guide to</i> <i>Barcelona</i><i>.</i><p>GALLERIES<p>CaixaForum<p><i>Image of CaixaForum by</i> <i>montuno</i><br>Housed in a former Modernista factory, an outstanding brick caprice by Josep Puig i Cadafalch, this extensive private collection of contemporary art is …


Glasgow for every travel style

Glasgow is brimming with adrenaline this summer as the city prepares to host the Commonwealth Games ( But while cheers will ring out from Ibrox to Cathkin Braes, there are plenty of other reasons to explore Scotland’s largest and most spirited city. Here's how to match the best of …




Insider's guide to Madrid: the lesser-known art of Spain’s crowning capital

When it comes to art, Madrid knows few rivals. The Museo Del Prado justifiably attracts more visitors than any other museum in Spain, while the extensive private collection of Thyssen-Bornemisza and the contemporary masterpieces of Museo Reina Sofía have their own generous share of followers. Yet …

Don't skip Tehran's unmissable sights

Tehran is the city travellers love to hate, with many avoiding a stay here altogether en route to Iran's more popular tourist destinations. But as <i>Mike Milotte</i> discovers, the capital's gorgeous galleries, sociable locals and exhilarating pace give it a beautiful side too.<p>Iranian friends and our …

Top things to do in Rome

Few cities evoke the sheer wonder and amazement of Rome. Ancient history, outstanding art and religious icons are around every corner and when it all gets too much you can just join the locals in sipping espresso in one of the city's many squares. With so much to see and do, the real test will be …


18 free things to do in Barcelona

Barcelona has enough to keep the most voracious of culture vultures and self-indulgent of gourmands happy for weeks, but all those entry fees and tapas bills can mount up. Fortunately, help is at hand with a variety of ways to make your holiday budget stretch a little further.<p>In addition to the …


Taiwan: a secret foodie wonderland

Right now, in-the-know foodies from across Asia are descending on an island in the East China Sea to gobble steaming plates of dumplings and nibble stinking sticks of tofu.<p>Taiwan’s food scene is exploding and now is the time to go - Taiwanese chefs are winning awards, the country heaves with night …

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