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28 reasons why it's time you visited Croatia - regardless of tonight's result

No matter tonight's result, Croatia remains one of the holiday destinations growing fastest in popularity among British travellers, with 1.4 million visiting in the first half of 2018, up from just over a million in the same period of 2017.<p>And it’s not all down to Game of Thrones (though that has …

The Spanish region that time forgot

Flying from London to Madrid, you have a sense of being bracketed by Richard Rogers. Heathrow’s Terminal 5 is not, perhaps, his masterpiece, but works well enough. Meanwhile, Madrid’s Barajas... well, let’s just say the Spanish did better in this particular bargain with this particular architect. …

An insider's guide to the Amalfi Coast: where to stay and what to do

Expert guide to the Amalfi Coast<p>A visit to the Amalfi Coast needs to be taken slowly, with a only a few quintessential experiences to have on your to do list: going on a boat trip, renting one of the colour-coded sunbeds at a lido, and visiting the glamorous island of Capri. Even if you want to fit …

The best Amalfi Coast restaurants

Expert guide to the Amalfi Coast<p>Fresh seafood and a sea-view terrace are the desires of most when it comes to restaurants on the Amalfi Coast, but it can be difficult to separate the tourist traps from the truly great. Here, our expert Nicky Swallow rounds up the best places to dine on <i>zuppe di …

Top of the lago: a saunter around the Italian lakes

Close to the summit of Monte Mottarone, we sit in silence soaking up the 360-degree views. To the east, far below, sparkles Lake Maggiore. A handful of other lakes shimmer in the late-afternoon sunlight, while layer upon layer of rolling hills and the jagged snow-capped Alps melt into the horizon. …

Italy

A wander near Ronda: Spain’s empty quarter

A goat farmer told me no one swims in the lake at Zahara de la Sierra because it’s full of fish with crocodile heads. Is that why I’m the only person in 128 sq km of cool water on a very hot day? I later learn that this manmade lake (<i>embalse)</i>, the mountain ranges to the south of it, and the cliffs, …

Hiking

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

Europe’s oldest university town (it was founded in 1088) has been a haven for intellectuals and creative types since luminaries such as Dante and Petrarch passed through in the 14th century. Cultural capitals can ossify with time, but the constant influx of young blood into Bologna has kept the …

Holiday guide to Basilicata, Italy: what to see plus the best restaurants and hotels

Imagine a region that has miles of white sand beaches on one coast, picturesque rocky bays on the other, two mountainous national parks, and one of the world’s oldest cities. Add lots of warm sunshine plus fine food and wine and you might expect the area to be a tourist mecca, busy with hotels and …

Italy

Best hotels in Puglia

Ugento, Puglia, Italy<p>9 Telegraph expert rating<p>Castello di Ugento is an historic monument whose roots go back to the Normans. It has had a new l...<p>Fasano, Puglia, Italy<p>9 Telegraph expert rating<p>A luxurious imitation citadel that has put Puglia on the map among celebrities, sybarites and …

36 Hours in Seville

Seville is more than its Holy Week and Feria celebrations, when prices go up and the lines to major sites like its famed cathedral and Royal Alcázar palace grow longer. The Andalusian capital reveals itself as a walkable — and bikeable — city with layers of its Christian, Muslim and Jewish heritage …

What to Pack for a Trip to Seville

We asked Susanne Fowler, author of our guide to Seville, to name a few items she was glad to have on her last visit — or wished she had packed. Then we turned to Ria Misra, an editor at Wirecutter, for the best products to fill those needs as well as her expert suggestions. Here are their picks.<p><b>A</b> …

On Calabria's coast a fairytale village awakes from its slumber

The hills were on fire. It was August and the view from our car window of smoke rising from forest fires was as dramatic as the road taking us south. The “motorway of the sun”, more prosaically known as the A2, negotiates the mountains of Calabria through a series of tunnels and high bridges right …

Italy

Why Madrid is the Real deal - a flying city break in the Spanish capital

Madrid more than merits a visit, writes Tom Sweeney. Here are his picks of what to see and do...<p>It’s a Wednesday night, and I’m in the crowd pouring …

Forget Chianti – these are the five hidden corners of Tuscany you must visit

Saturday morning in Gaiole in Chianti, a little town in the Tuscan heartland. A summer Saturday. A hint of cool in the air, but the promise of a beautiful day to come. Shopkeepers are raising their shutters and the Bar Centrale is doing a brisk trade in brioches and cappuccinos.<p>Up and down the …

Is this Spain's most underrated city break?

The birth place of Picasso boasts Easter parades, tapas tours and its very own Pompidou Centre. It’s so much more than just a gateway to the Costa del Sol.<p>Why go now<p>To enjoy the sunshine of Andalucia’s early spring, and for Easter week (March 25 to April 1). Malaga’s Semana Santa features hooded …

The secret to cheap(ish) Sardinia

Picture the Aga Khan, anchored between Corsica and Sardinia in his luxury yacht.<p>He stands on deck, beguiled by the emerald waters that would give the Costa Smeralda its name and thinks: “Here is where I will build my resort.”<p>Thusly; tourism to Sardinia was born.<p>Prince Karim Al Husseini, Imam of the …

Seville's best tapas bars (according to a local)

An incense burner swung from the ceiling, filling the air with sweet smells. Images of Christ and the Virgin Mary covered all four walls of the crowded little room. A small television showed a hooded penitent straining under the weight of a giant wooden cross. I ordered another lager.<p>This wasn’t …

Hiking through Spain's little-known Alpujarras, with only goatherds for company

“The locals wouldn’t do this,” David Illsley told me, “walking between villages with the sun beating on your head. You do that round here only if you’re trying to find grazing for your sheep and goats. The equivalent would be people from the Alpujarras going to London and spending all their time on …

The best Lisbon hotels with pools

An insider's guide to the best Lisbon hotels with pools, including the top for rooftop pools with views and subterranean spas, in locations including Alfama, Principe Real and on the banks of the Tagus River.<p>Memmo Príncipe Real<p>Lisbon, Portugal<p>9 Telegraph expert rating<p>The third in the acclaimed …

10 things to do in Lisbon

Lisbon’s star has never shone brighter: Instagram feeds are littered with snaps of its ubiquitous indigo-hued tiles, tech startups are flocking …

'Better BBQ than Hong Kong': The insider's guide to finding fantastic Chinese food in Dublin

Image: infomatique<p>Image: infomatique<p>“THE QUALITY OF Chinese food in Dublin varies hugely. There is some really good quality stuff and then there are …

Ultimate Sicily

THE ITINERARY<p>Day 1<p>Fly into Catania - it’s an easy 40-minute drive from here to <b>Relais Monaci delle Terre Nere</b>, a laid-back, eco-friendly boutique hotel on an ancient Sicilian country estate, with an excellent farm-to-table restaurant.<p>Views and volcanoes: Etna & Taormina<p>Day 2<p>If you arrived on an …

36 Hours in... Santander

An insider's guide to short breaks in Santander, including advice on the best hotels, beaches, restaurants and bars. By Isabella Noble, Telegraph Travel's Cantabria expert.<p>Why go now?<p>Far from Spain’s most popular tourist trails, Santander will surprise you – in the very best of ways. Behind a …

36 Hours in... Córdoba

The dazzling Mezquita and a blossoming reputation as Spain’s gastronomic capital make this ancient Andalusian city hard to resist, says Robert Mayes<p><b>Why go now?</b><p>If the great cities of Andalusia were a flamenco troupe, Córdoba would play the cameo, the mysterious beauty appearing all too briefly …

10 incredible reasons to visit Rome in 2018

From new hotel openings and craft beer specialists to exhibitions that span the ages, our Rome expert highlights the best attractions in Rome in 2018.<p>1. Bring an ancient thermal bath complex to 'virtual' life<p>The thermal bath complex built by the emperor, Caracalla, in the early third century AD is …

The beautiful Italian island you've probably never heard of

The local paper was breathless with excitement: “Rihanna, sirena sexy, a Ponza!” it shrieked. And me too! I was in Ponza as well! Though 24 hours ago I hadn’t even known the place existed. (Mind you, I am pretty shaky on the exact status of Rihanna.)<p>The Pontine islands are a dragon-backed …

21 places in Italy you never thought to visit (but really should)

Planning an Italian holiday in 2018 but want to escape the tourist hordes? Then head instead to one of these lesser-known gems.<p>1. Marina de Pisciotta, Campania<p>Lee Marshall, author of Telegraph Travel's guides to Rome, Florence, Tuscany and Sicily, recommends this unheralded spot in the Province of …

The Ultimate Guide to the Adriatic Sea

When it comes to travelling, Irish people have flocked to destinations around the Mediterranean Sea for years, but it’s now time to take another look …

European Travel

Córdoba in autumn: what to see and do

Córdoba’s synagogue, the oldest in Spain, has just reopened in time to celebrate its 700th anniversary in 2015. The intricate stucco decoration and Hebrew inscriptions have been restored, while archaeological research has revealed that the structure stands on the Roman wall.<p><i>Read more: the ultimate</i> …

The 50 best hotels in Spain for summer

From sleek city hotels to hilltop castles and grand mansions in pretty villages, Spain has accommodation to suit everyone’s taste, whether you want to sleep in a remote lighthouse or a place with so much to do on-site that you never have to step outside the gates.<p>The hotels featured here have been …