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Travel tips: experience exotic Essaouira, and this week’s deals | Joanne O’Connor

Photograph: James Bedford/Safestay<p>Safestay York – a ‘posh hostel’.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/2/10/1423591165402/c0525a53-1de0-4b57-8641-423e510d0182-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: James Bedford/Safestay<p>Safestay York – a ‘posh …

The 10 best places to visit in England - and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to 10 of the best places and cities to visit in England for family holidays and couples, and the best hotels to stay when there, in locations including Yorkshire, Cornwall, Lake District, Bath, Cotswolds, London, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and Brighton.<p><b>1. Yorkshire</b><p>Visitors …

Great city walks: Central London

Buckingham Palace, the royal parks, Harrods and Fortnum & Mason, all on one four-hour London walk<b><br>• Five more walks tomorrow</b><p><b>Distance</b> 7.8 miles/12.6 km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 4 hours<b><br>Start and finish</b> YHA London Central<b><br>Start postcode</b> W1W 5NU<b><br>Step-by-step details and maps</b> ramblers.org.uk/londoncentralparks

Great city walks: Stoke Newington, London

Flanked by parklands full of wildlife, with tennis played in sight of the church spire, you could be anywhere but Hackney<p><b>Distance</b> 1.9 miles/3.1km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 40 minutes<b><br>Start and finishing</b> Stoke Newington rail station<b><br>Start postcode</b> N16 6YA<p>It’s a matter of life and death, this walk. On the west, …

The Hoxton, Holborn, London: hotel review

When we arrive in the early evening, the lobby of the new Holborn edition of the Hoxton hotel is even busier than the throbbing thoroughfare outside. We have to wade through a melée of wining and beering workers to find the reception. The reason for this is that the ground floor is taken up by …

England

Great country walks: Cross Fell, Pennine Hills, Cumbria

Incredible views from coast to coast in the north Pennines, ‘England’s last wilderness’<b><br>• Five more walks tomorrow</b><p><b>Difficulty</b> Challenging<b><br>Distance</b> 16 miles/26km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 8 hours<b><br>Start and finish</b> Kirkland car park<b><br>Map</b> OS Explorer OL31<b><br>Step-by-step details and maps</b> ramblers.org.uk/crossfell

Travel

Great country walks: Brimham Rocks, North Yorkshire

Discover what looks like a pint-sized Yosemite, a place where the Easter Island gods ran amok<b><br>• Five more walks tomorrow</b><p><b>Difficulty</b> Moderate<b><br>Length</b> 9.3 miles/15km<b><br>Duration</b> 4 hours 45 minutes<b><br>Start/end</b> Nidd Bridge, Pateley Bridge<b><br>Map</b> OS Explorer 298<b><br>Step-by-step guide and maps</b> …

Hiking

Nightlife reports: Lisbon’s new clubbing scene

Clubs in the Portuguese capital are bursting with African influences, attracting a diverse crowd to unusual, mainly outdoor venues. Local DJs and musicians give us the lowdown<p>See this square? A few years ago this was like The Wire.” It’s Friday evening and I’m walking through Intendente, an area …

Pamplona hoping for Guggenheim effect with new modern art museum

The Museo Universidad de Navarra, a brand new gallery designed by the renowned Rafael Moneo, may lead to a stampede of art lovers every bit as important to Pamplona as the running of the bulls<p>Every year in July tens of thousands of people descend on Pamplona for the famous running of the bulls at …

Great country walks: Tayport and Tentsmuir nature reserve, Fife, Scotland

A landscape that changes before your eyes is home to a multitude of wildlife<b><br>• Five more walks tomorrow</b><p><b>Difficulty</b> Easy<b><br>Distance</b> 8.2 miles/13km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 3 hours<b><br>Start and finish</b> William Street, Tayport, Fife<b><br>Map</b> OS Explorer 371<b><br>Step-by-step details and maps</b> ramblers.org.uk/tayport

Scotland

Great country walks: Rhossili bay, Gower peninsula, south Wales

Walk one of the world’s top 10 beaches, complete with a shipwreck and the strange Worm’s Head<b><br>• Five more walks tomorrow</b><p><b>Category</b> Easy<b><br>Distance</b> 4.3 miles/7km<b><br>Typical duration</b> 2 hours<b><br>Start and finish</b> Rhossili village, from the car park opposite the Worm’s Head hotel<b><br>Map</b> OS Explorer 164<b><br>Step-by-step</b> …

Top 20 new hotel, hostel and campsites in mainland Europe and the UK for 2015

Whether you’re after boutique glamour, a smart hostel or family glamping, <b>Rhiannon Batten</b> rounds up the most exciting new and and upcoming places to stay in 2015

European Travel

The 25 best European city breaks for summer 2018 and where to stay

Our experts offer a guide to the top 25 destinations for a city break in 2018, including what to do and where to stay in Venice, Amsterdam, Florence, Lisbon, London, Barcelona and Reykjavik.<p>Italy<p>Rome<p>Rome's mild Mediterranean climate is a persuasive draw for visitors from the cool north, but the …

In praise of winter walks

It’s a bit of an effort sometimes, but almost always worth it, even when the weather throws its nastiest stuff at you. Your mind and your memory are assuring you that you’ll feel just great once you’re out and striding along the tops of those sharp winter hills, but the year itself, dipping right …

Holiday hotspots: where to go in 2015

Photograph: Luis Fidel Ayerves/Getty Images<p>Paseo Maritimo, Málaga.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/31/1420026337246/d31ab952-8af3-4c75-a7ae-56d79c4b888d-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Luis Fidel Ayerves/Getty Images<p>Paseo Maritimo, …

Travel

37 world class walks

Whether you like teetering on mountain ridges or prefer a gentle jaunt along the beach, we’ve found the best wanders the Earth has to offer. Get your …

Hiking

First time Paris: top tips for your first visit to the City of Light

Paris is a city that never lets up. Return time and again and there is always something fantastic to experience—world-famous landmarks and museums mixed with chic shopping, cafe life, gastronomic blowouts and strolls along the banks of the glorious River Seine.<p>The overwhelming amount on offer can …

France

Why Barcelona is Europe's greatest city in winter

Unless you’re a real beach bunny, there is no better time to visit Barcelona than in winter. While summer is rammed with visitors and autumn and spring are when the (surprisingly torrential) rains fall, winter tends to see dry, azure blue skies, and a lot of empty streets. It is also the time when …

Paris in winter: what to see and do

In winter <b>Paris</b> transforms from City of Lights to City of Fairylights. Even the Champs-Elysées comes into its own with Christmas illuminations in the trees, fir trees at the Rond-Point and a Christmas market in wooden chalets along its lower reaches. Stay warm with hot chestnuts sold in the street …

Lonely Planet's best U.S. spots for 2015 | CNN Travel

Patagonia: readers’ travel tips

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Ideas for a cheap, seasonal packed lunch

Autumn is truly here. October is the time when you become inexplicably drawn to wearing plaid, when ornamental pumpkins and squashes begin to adorn tables across the UK, and a bottle of red wine boiled alongside a cinnamon stick and some cloves begins to seem not only like a viable thing to drink – …

Stockholm city guide: what to do plus the best bars, restaurants and hotels

What to do<p><b>Modern art</b><br>If you want an authentic modern art experience in Stockholm, plan for two stops outside the city centre. First up is Färgfabriken, in a former paint and soap factory. This is an exhibition space and platform for experimental art and architecture and also offers talks and …

Make your own energy bars

<b>Granola bars are a great blend of fruit and nuts held together in a tasty, chewy package that will travel well in your day bag or jersey pocket.</b><p>The …

Bath: a guide to autumn weekend breaks

Bath sits in a bowl fringed by wooded countryside, and the changing colours of the trees look gorgeous. Other reasons to visit in autumn are the Great Bath Feast (greatbathfeast.co.uk), which runs throughout October providing smorgasbord of foodie events and offers; and the scenic (though very …

How to Make the Most of Your Slow Cooker

<i>Inspired by conversations on the Food52 Hotline, we're sharing tips and tricks that make navigating all of our kitchens easier and more fun.</i><p><i>Today: Your weeknights just got infinitely better.</i> <i>Stay tuned for our collection all about slow cooking on Provisions this Thursday!</i><p>Weeknights weren’t made for …

Cheap city breaks – flights for under £50: Girona, Spain

Flights with Ryanair from Bournemouth to Girona cost from £46* return, including taxes, for the weekend of 17-19 October. The company also flies from Bristol, Stansted, Luton and Manchester.<br>* <i>Fares correct on 30 September, according to skyscanner.net</i><p>What to do<p>A highlight of Girona is its modernist …

Travel tips: the Baztán Valley in Spain, and the week’s best deals

Take me there<p><b>Why go?</b> In the foothills of the Spanish Pyrenees, just north of Pamplona, this valley is a stronghold for Basque culture and cuisine. Forget the over-priced Michelin-starred restaurants of San Sebastian and the Basque coastline, here you can dine on top-class Navarrese cuisine in …

Highlights of Cadiz and the Costa de la Luz in Spain: readers’ tips

Eating tapas while watching the waves, scampering round Roman ruins, mountain-biking and beach-based family fun … welcome to the Cadiz coast as seen by Guardian readers<p>• <b>To add a tip for next week, and be in with a chance of winning a £200 Hotels.com voucher, go to</b> <b>Guardian Witness</b><p>A masterclass in …

Microadventure breaks in the UK: travel thrills without the holiday hassle

Just because summer’s over, don’t think that’s the end of your adventures for another year. If there is one thing that stops people living as adventurously as they dream of doing, it is the perception that making adventures happen is difficult. But you don’t need a lot of time, money, equipment or …