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A guide to the eateries of Greece

Where to eat and drink in Greece? Perhaps the question should be: ‘Where not?’ Greeks live to eat and drink – they dream about it and talk about it at all times of the day. Wherever you go in Greece you might not find accurate clocks, punctual flights or a good cup of tea, but by Zeus you’ll find …

How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

Where to find the best bird's-eye views of London

Hold on to your hats - these are the most awe-inspiring places from which to check out London from on high.<p>1. The Shard<p>London’s latest icon offers the capital’s highest viewing platform. From the first viewpoint at The View from The Shard (www.theviewfromtheshard.com), at dizzying level 69, you’ll …

What to pack? Gear for every situation

Okay, not <i>every</i> situation. But we've carefully pondered various scenarios travellers might encounter on the road and come up with some suggestions and tips. What's the ultimate set of accessories for a bar crawl? What should you take if you're visiting somewhere prone to four-seasons-in-a-day …

A guide to the eateries of France

There's a vast number of eateries in France. Most have defined roles, though some definitions are becoming a bit blurred. Here's a quick guide:<p>Auberge<p>An <i>auberge</i> (inn), which may also appear as an <i>auberge de campagne</i> or <i>auberge du terroir</i> (country inn), is usually attached to a rural B&B or small hotel …

Best apps and sites to plan, record and share your trips

Dreaming up a trip is the easiest part of every journey. All you need is a working imagination. The other bits before you go? Not so easy, or so much fun. You’ve got to book tickets, worry about accommodation, work out budgets, apply for visas…then you’ve got to plan your itinerary. And what about …

Eat like a local in the Algarve

Alongside sun-drenched beaches and historical villages, the Algarve region of Portugal is packed with choices for anyone with a passion for simple, lovingly prepared local food. The Algarve's busy hotels and resorts offer an abundance of dining options, and the destination is dotted with …

Top 10 chateau hotels in France

From the Loire to the Alps, Alastair Sawday picks 10 gorgeous chateaux to stay in across France, where the characterful rooms are as impressive as the food, wine and garden views<p>Deep in the Loire countryside, this 18th-century chateau has been in the same family for six generations and is now run …

Menton: the French Riviera's unknown corner

I am eating oysters with shallot cream and a delicate pear sauce at <b>Mirazur</b>, a two-Michelin-starred restaurant on the French Riviera. The glass-fronted restaurant perches on a hillside with breathtaking views over the beach, harbour and town. It isn't surprising to find such a high-end restaurant on …

Travel tips: holidays in Portugal, and this week's best deals | Joanne O'Connor

PR<p>Great escape: Montestigliano, near Siena.<p>276<p>image/jpeg<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/3/26/1395842398497/garden-in-Tuscany-009.jpg<p>460<p>PR<p>Making tracks: biking the Welsh …

Bordeaux reborn

It's Sunday night and my final meal in Bordeaux. I'm talking with a local called Brigitte in Le Plat à Oreilles, a popular husband-and-wife-run restaurant in the city centre that serves traditional country food. So far, so Bordeaux. But as I dig my spoon into the <i>fricassée de lapin</i> and try not to …

Top 10 beach and coastal campsites in France

Kon Tiki Riviera Village, Côte d'Azur<p>On an expensive stretch of coast, Kon Tiki is one of three resorts run by the Riviera Villages company. Its thatched cabins (which sleep two to six and range from basic to fully equipped) are on Pampelonne beach, where bling-lovers pay over the odds to access …

France's best food and antique markets: readers' travel tips

<b>Winner: Villefranche-de-Rouergue, Gascony</b><p>Market gourmets, a feast awaits you in Villefranche-de-Rouergue on Thursday mornings. Place Notre Dame, lined with arcades and merchants' houses, is at the heart of the market. Wander the medieval streets admiring the colours, smells and tastes. Find a cafe …

Campaign calls for Paris 'love locks' to be banned

With Paris's bridges groaning under the weight of an estimated 700,000 padlocks scrawled with lovers' names, campaigners say it's time to end the love locks 'madness'<p><b>What do you think: charming sign of love or act of vandalism? Let us know in the comments below …</b><p>For some they are a symbol of …

The Five Alls, Filkins, the Cotswolds: hotel review

A pub with rooms that is still a proper boozer but also serves great food is excellent news. It would be even better news if it paid as much attention to the comfort of overnight guests<p>Pubs with rooms open so fast I can't keep up. If they're not changing hands, they are being titivated. In the …

Riga, a city revelling in its culture

In central Riga, people are laying flowers beneath the Freedom Monument. It's a green statue of a woman holding three gold stars on top of a 42-metre stone pillar at the end of a broad, busy street. One woman explains to me that it's the 65th anniversary of the day in 1949 when 42,000 Latvians were …

Melbourne in the moonlight: a nighttime kayak tour

Our writer enjoys a kayak tour with a difference, paddling through Melbourne on a warm evening as the city lights up<br>• Plus other watery city tours<p>One by one, balls of flames shot up from the towers like mini-infernos, lighting up the city skyline and casting a warm orange glow across the water …

Best little sandwich shop in Texas

You don't know queues. You don't know queues until you've stood through the hottest hours on the hottest day in a shadeless car park in Texas, all for a sandwich. Four hours in short shorts and factor 50 in a line that doesn't move an inch. Four hours ("And you were lucky!" says a cheery local) …

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

Hotels,Lithuania holidays,Latvia holidays,Estonia holidays,Tallinn holidays,Riga holidays,Vilnius holidays,City breaks,Top 10s,Short breaks,Weekend breaks,Europe holidays,Travel<p>Savour the rich past of Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania through their historic hotels – including a palace and a former …

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 …

Ten of the world's great train journeys: readers' travel tips

Winning tip: Manakara Express, Madagascar<p>The French colonial-era railway that lumbers up from Manakara on the south-east coast of Madagascar to Fianarantsoa in the highlands takes up to 16 hours to cover 87 miles. En route, it passes through mountain gorges and crawls past rainforest. However, …

Travel news round up: European festivals and the new couchchsurfing …

Plus a late-season ski bargain, new direct flights to Mexico and frogs legs for Easter<p>Europe's festival scene is stepping up a notch, with options in new, improved or inspiring locations. We like the sound of these May/June events: Sunsplash on a private bay near Bodrum, Turkey; Meadows In The …

The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: a visitor's guide

After an 18-month makeover the park is open for the first time since the Olympics. Whether you want to swim in the aquatics centre, cycle the world's fastest velodrome track or check out the view from the Orbit, our guide will help you plan your visit<p>The same size as Hyde Park and Kensington …

Easter days out: family holiday activities around the UK

Easter events at Hobbledown, Surrey<p>Hobbledown is a jolly children's theme park based around the "mysterical" people known as Hobblers. Quirky, playful and well, yes a bit hysterical, the Hobblers are pulling out all the stops for the holidays. It runs until 21 April with activities ranging from a …

Five reasons to visit northern France in 2014

France’s refreshing Nord-Pas-de-Calais has been overlooked by travellers for too long. The region has embraced the jokes about chilly weather and yokel locals while quietly transforming into a world-class destination with a daring arts scene, clutch of historic sights and irresistibly rugged charm. …

The 10 best treks in the world

These 10 classic treks are for serious walkers. All of them require a sturdy pair of lungs, fit legs and a good amount of preparation. However, if you choose to go on any of these trails then you will be rewarded with experiences that last a lifetime. In no particular order:<p>1. GR20, France<p><i>Image by</i> …

Six weekend breaks in Europe

If you’ve ticked off Europe's big city hitters such as Paris, Rome and Madrid, then <i>Lonely Planet Traveller</i> magazine has some suggestions for your next trip.<p>Jerez de la Frontera, Spain<p>Jerez distils Andalucian culture down to its most dramatic elements. It is a beguiling town of sherry bodegas, sleek …

How to road-trip Canada on a budget

Canada is big and beautiful, but climate, distance and the high cost of domestic travel make it hard to get to know her. Having the freedom to throw your stuff in the trunk and set off as you please makes self-driving a tempting way to explore this frequently spectacular country.<p>The Trans-Canada …

What an eyeful: the world's most beautiful buildings

Straight away we'll say that this isn't a top 10 list. There are just far too many styles of buildings, each worthy of a top 50: sacred buildings, homes, skyscrapers, theatres...<p>Instead, this is a list showing the variety of architectural beauty across the globe - and pointing you in the direction …