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Europe’s best ice-cream parlours: readers’ travel tips

Food and drink,Ice cream and sorbet,Travel,Food & drink,Italy,Summer holidays<p>From classic flavours to Jaffa Cake, mojito and even vegan versions, readers pick their favourite ice-cream shops across Europe<b><br>•</b> To add a tip for next week and be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go …

Top 10 B&Bs in Bruges and Ghent, Belgium

For the perfect Belgian weekend, combine a trip to these two contrasting cities. We select our top five B&Bs in each, from minimalist designer rooms to a 17th-century cottage<p>Only half an hour apart by train, Bruges and Ghent make the perfect combination for a weekend trip to Belgium. Bruges is the …

Europe’s top 10 light art festivals

Amsterdam Light Festival, the Netherlands<p><b>27 November-18 January 2015</b><br>The only light art festival you can enjoy from the comfort of a boat, Amsterdam’s offering stretches from November right through until January. If you thought Holland’s biggest city was only notable for its red lights, this …

How to order the perfect coffee around the world – and the best cafes

Cafes are great places to get a feel for a city but if you simply order a “coffee” or “café” in a non-English-speaking country, you won’t always get the drink you’re expecting. To save you from coffee disaster, we’ve listed the most popular varieties in 10 cities. And if we’ve missed your …

Top 10 hotels, B&Bs and hostels in Scotland for walkers

Culdearn House, Grantown-on-Spey, Morayshire<p>This small, efficient hotel in an elegant Victorian villa feels more like a luxury guesthouse; one to wallow in if you’re tackling the Speyside Way, which runs through the town. Great beds, open fires and a 60-strong whisky selection are a hit with …

Berlin city guide: what to see plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Berlin holidays,Germany holidays,City breaks,Short breaks,Weekend breaks,Cultural trips,Heritage,Berlin Wall,Travel,Restaurants,Hotels,Bars and clubs,Europe holidays<p>It’s 25 years since the fall of the Wall and Berlin is celebrating with a vast light installation of white balloons, but there are …

10 of the easiest mountains to climb around the world

UK<p>Garth Hill, Gwaelod-y-Garth, Cardiff<p>At 307 metres, Garth is classed as a “Marilyn” (a hill with a relative height of at least 150 metres), rather than a mountain, but it is special to me because my boyfriend proposed to me at the top in August. I said “Yes”! It was also made famous in the Hugh …

Madrid city guide: the best bars, restaurants and hotels

Madrid,City breaks,Food and drink,Shopping trips,Spain,Short breaks,Weekend breaks,Europe,Travel,Food & drink,Spanish food and drink<p>The Spanish capital teems with fun places to eat and drink, chic hotels and vivid historical sights. Here are our local’s tips for getting the max out of Madrid<b><br>• Your</b> …

10 of the best Christmas attractions in the UK

<b>Burning the Clocks, Brighton</b><p>Beautiful lanterns made from paper and willow are produced by Brighton and Hove folk in preparation for the annual “burning of the clocks” celebration on 21 December, the shortest day of the year. A lantern procession through the city leads to Brighton beach, where the …

Vienna city guide: what to do, plus the best cafes, restaurants and hotels

For a perfect winter break, you need more than just a schmaltzy Christmas market. With its atmospheric coffee shops, opulent museums and galleries, food markets and a revitalised underground music scene, Vienna is a city that comes into its own in the colder months.<p>Until 1918 it was capital of that …

Top 10 outdoor spaces in Singapore

Away from the bustle of the city there are tranquil parks, historic sites and lookout towers to explore. <b>Azyure Hikari</b>, co-founder of Urban Explorers of Singapore, gives his recommendations on where to visit<p>There are many interesting war stories involving the Japanese invasion of Singapore, and one …