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Discovering the Great Blue Hole

When Jacques Cousteau puts a dive site on his Top Ten list, then you know it must be good. That’s what I was reminding myself as I descended along a wall into the depths of the Great Blue Hole, a World Heritage Site off the coast of Belize.<p>So far, it was dark.<p>But suddenly, the wall gave way to a …

Scuba Diving

Expert guide to Dubrovnik

Essential information<p><b>British Consulate:</b> The British Honorary Consulate Dubrovnik is closed until further notice. If you need consular assistance in the area, you are advised to call the British Embassy Zagreb (Ivana Lučića 4, Zagreb; 00 385 1 600 9100; gov.uk<p><b>Croatian Emergency services</b>: dial</b> …

Beyond the blarney: the best hidden gems in Ireland

Blarney Castle, the Cliffs of Moher and the Guinness brewery are on just about everyone’s list … so to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, we’ve picked some of the less-obvious outdoor attractions across Ireland<p>Game of Thrones fans will relish the atmosphere of this ruined fortress on a rocky outcrop, …

Best Winter Trips 2015

There’s no reason to hibernate when new adventures await on every continent. From fat snow biking in the Tetons to rumbling across Aruba by Jeep, our editor’s list of 10 best winter trip destinations—plus a bonus “Reader’s Choice”—includes unexpected ideas for both snowbound and sun-splashed …

10 of the Best European Train Trips

Our ten favorite European trains don’t necessarily offer the fastest journeys—just the most memorable. All aboard!<p>Much of European train travel is about efficiency and comfort—punctually leaving and arriving and having a cozy seat or sleeper compartment in which to devour the latest issue of the</i> …

Low-Key Caribbean: A Tale of Four Islands

In a world where the easiest route is usually the most popular, it’s no surprise that many vacationers limit their warm-weather winter getaways to the Caribbean’s more accessible islands—especially if they have kids in tow. And while the quick trip has its advantages, some of the best destinations …

Bait a hook: top 10 fishing spots around the world

Whether it’s pinning down piranha, battling black marlin or shrimping on horseback, fishing offers holiday fun and local insight. Not to mention dinner.<p>1. Salmon, Umba River, Kola Peninsula, Russia<p>Aurora borealis, reindeer herds, snow: Russia’s Kola Peninsula is a winter wonderland beyond compare. …

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Top 10: Menu Items to Enjoy in Ireland

The Emerald Isle has long had the raw ingredients for world-class cuisine and top-notch drinks.<p>Good food starts with good ingredients, so it was only natural for an artisan food movement to launch in Ireland. The island has always been home to excellent raw ingredients and communities with …

Lapland holidays: what to see and do

Forget - if you can - Father Christmas. He may be the main attraction for the vast majority of visitors crossing the Arctic Circle over the next few weeks, but Lapland has a lot more to offer than elves and grottos. It is an intensely beautiful landscape of snow-bound forests, frozen lakes and vast …

The world's scariest airport landings: videos

<b><br>Isle of Barra, Scotland</b><p>Not so much a touchdown but splashdown at the world's only beach airport for scheduled flights. Flight times are dictated by the tide and the 'runway' is washed away each evening.<p><b>Skiathos, Greece</b><p>With the unofficial title "the St Maarten of Greece" the runway on tiny Skiathos …

20 Icelandic adventures

Iceland is one of the most remarkable landscapes on the planet – but what to do while you're there? And where to start? Experience geysers, lagoons, …

Hiking

Ireland's Castles

TravelPhoto Gallery<p>Castles dot the countryside of the Irish Isles. Some remain private homes, some are open to the public, and some are mere ruins of what they once were.

Ireland

Condé Nast Traveller UK

Fancy a road trip? Try the world's longest route: the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Ireland – and spot whales and the Northern Lights along …

How to save cash in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is not exactly known for being cheap. The former British colony, perched on the shore of the South China Sea, frequently graces ‘most expensive cities in the world’ lists for its sky-high rents, acres of posh shopping malls, and dazzling displays of wealth (think Rolex shops on every …

Hong Kong

Travel tips: Monti Sibillini National Park, plus deals of the week

<b>Take me there:</b> Monti Sibillini National Park<p><b>Why go?</b><br>Straddling the provinces of Le Marche and Umbria, the Sibillini mountains are among the most beautiful in Italy. Evocative place names summon the magic of this wilderness, once believed to be a haunt of witches and sorcerers. The national park is …

Cevennes National Park, France

<b>Name:</b> Cevennes National Park <b><br>Location:</b> France <b><br>Date Established:</b> 1970 <b><br>Size:</b> 353 square miles (913 square kilometers)<p>Did You Know?<p><b>• Peaks to Plains</b> In Cevennes National Park low mountains flow smoothly onto the plains of Languedoc, creating a patchwork of rocky heights, grasslands, forests, and farms. …

Top five stops on a cruise down the Nile in Egypt

In-the-know travellers are seizing the opportunity to visit Egypt’s famous tombs and temples while there are no crowds – and the best way to do it is by following the mighty River Nile on a cruise.<p>Taking a cruise on the Nile is a time-honoured way to explore Egypt. For centuries, travellers have …

Ancient History

The Hebrides: Scotland's magical islands

An emerald shore receding behind, a sea breeze in your face, a dolphin surfing the bow wave as escort. The magic begins as soon as you board the ferry from Scotland’s rugged west coast and head for the Hebrides, a scattering of over 50 inhabited islands that take in the stirring mountainscapes of …

Scotland

Expert guide to Croatia

If you are not tied to school holidays, the best time to visit Croatia is during the “shoulder-season” months of May and June and September and October. Then you can expect pleasant sunny days ideal for swimming in the sea and sunbathing, with all the tourist facilities up and running but no …

10 of the best coastal swimming spots in Devon and Cornwall

Pedn Vounder, Penwith, west Cornwall<p>This dramatic bay is protected by the towering granite outcrop of Logan’s Rock. In summer, the sandbars create shallow blue tidal lagoons that warm up in the afternoon sun. The water is crystal clear and this is definitely a clothing-optional beach. There are …

Around Europe in 18 cheeses

The science, in truth, is fairly simple. Take some milk – a cow, sheep or goat will provide just fine. Add a starter enzyme and then some rennet to separate the curds (solids) from the whey (liquid). Congratulations: you have just made cheese. Almost every one begins its life like this. “Pretty …

Faraway in the Faroes: island hiking and wildlife watching in the north Atlantic

The Faroes are like nowhere else on earth. Adrift in the north Atlantic, these 18 forgotten islands are thrashed by furious swells and subject to some of the most fickle weather on the planet; all of which is forgiven the moment you clap eyes on their primordial beauty. They may be little but …

Faroe Islands

The other Lake District: a guide to the quiet and beautiful western Lakes

Several years ago, when I was staying near Windermere, quietly resenting all the other tourists I had to share Hill Top, Dove Cottage, Brantwood and Blackwell with, I read that Britain’s favourite view was not of anywhere in the busy south and central Lakes but of Wast Water, in the western Lake …

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 …

Travel

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All-inclusive cruising: travel guide

<br> There are two (honest) ways to walk away from a two-week cruise with a nil bill. One is to be the very model of sobriety and shun alcohol and fine dining while on board — good for the pocket perhaps, but hardly makes for a fun holiday. The other, more preferable, option is to book a cruise …

Wine Tasting

The world's best wild swims

Little can match the pleasure of taking a dip in a secluded spot. Sliding into a river or striking out for the centre of a lake, it’s impossible not to feel as if you’ve become part of the scene, rather than simply marvelling at it.<p>Indulge in one of these stunning swims and we promise they’ll make …

Hot Springs

Everything you need to know about visiting the Arctic

The Arctic is one of the most enigmatic regions on Earth. As extreme as Antarctica, it is also a marine environment, ever shifting, ever changing – seasonally and, thanks to global warming, on a new, more urgent timescale. First explored more than a thousand years ago, it was only conquered – in …

Bali's glass-bottomed hotel room

Set over a freshwater shrimp pond, Udang House (also known as the Shrimp House) at the Bambu Inda Hotel features a bedroom with glass floor panels that reveal a panorama of underwater activity. The rustic-looking suite, made from teak wood, aims to create a “fishing village experience”, kitted out …

Royal residences where you can spend the night