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Ten hidden gems of Europe

There’s no place like Paris, Barcelona or Rome - but Europe has untouched corners that match the big hitters on beauty and charm, and with far fewer tourists. Take the road less travelled with these ten hidden gems of Europe.<p>1. Burg Satzvey, Germany<p>Whisper it: this fairytale castle is a short ride …

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Ireland's best drives

Whether or not you're used to getting into the driver's seat from the right, and driving on the left, Ireland's (often pot-holed) two-lane roads make up some of Europe's most scenic drives. Particularly going village to village, pub to pub, on and off the rugged coastal drives of western and …

Best Beaches in the Mediterranean

Fun Ways to Get Around European Cities

Fun Ways to Get Around European Cities – There are many ways to travel around European cities that can add to your overall travel experience. Finding …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

How to travel in Europe

Fifty sovereign states. 10,180,000 sq km. 738,200,000 people. The word ‘Europe’ does little to convey the diversity found within, which can make it a bewildering place to travel. So here’s a handy guide to your transport options:<p>Car<p><b>Budget:</b> medium-high (London-Prague petrol from EUR360 return, plus …

Top 10 stops for Central America first-timers

The green cufflinks between North and South America, these seven compact countries would be easy to skip on a map. Yet they represent a complex web of cultures, ancient ruins, tropical wildlife and adventure.<p>For starters, try climbing lava-gurgling volcanoes with perfect cones that poke above the …

Exploring Mexico's Pacific and Caribbean coasts

When people think Mexico, many see golden sand, blue water and green palms. Hundreds of beaches fit this bill: some near-empty with a few palm-thatched eateries and cabañas; others busy urban beaches. Most of the best are on the Pacific or the Caribbean coasts.<p>Right, got your bathers and a …

Pray for delays: the world’s best airport amenities

For most travellers – particularly frequent fliers – airports are a necessary evil; places at which to arrive as late as possible, through which to dash at top speed from check-in desk to boarding gate, and from which to flee the moment the suitcases hit the baggage ramps. But amongst a plethora of …

Seven startling sights of Eastern Europe

Forget the evocative skylines and merry nightlife: beyond Eastern Europe's classic sights you can walk with witches, hear the ocean sing and step straight back in time. Prepare to smile - or shudder - at some of Eastern Europe's startling sights.<p>Racławice Panorama in Wrocław, Poland<p>Nothing combats …

The world's best high teas

Sipping tea in rarefied surroundings is a simple treat that can turn a fun city break into something truly memorable. High (or afternoon) tea, involving delicate cakes, buttery scones and the occasional glass of bubbly, is an English tradition dating back to the 1840s. So it’s unsurprising that the …

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Best places to have a cathartic breakdown

My flight to Romania was suddenly cancelled, leaving me stranded in New York’s JFK airport at midnight, without access to my luggage and 24 hours before the next flight. After an unproductive call with an unhelpful customer service agent, I hung up the phone with the kind of force used to drive a …

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First time Ireland: unmissable Emerald Isle experiences

Ireland’s reputation precedes itself, so first-time visitors might think they know what to expect – rolling green fields, chatty locals and a pint for each hand – but there’s so much more to Ireland than its stereotypical charms. Skip the bus tours stopping at leprechaun-filled souvenir shops and …

Exploring the best of Croatia's islands

Croatia’s coast is speckled with dozens of magnificent islands that range from tiny, verdant and unpopulated to massive, arid and sporting ancient towns and villages. One of the chief delights on any visit to Croatia is hopping between the islands on the numerous ferries, catamarans and taxi boats, …

A guide to the eateries of Spain

Restaurants have been a part of Spanish culture for centuries. Indeed Spain is home to the oldest surviving restaurant in the world. According to the Guinness book that would be Sobrino de Botín (established 1725) just off Plaza Mayor in Madrid. Botín is merely the oldest and you’ll find many other …

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Travel tips: luxury in Liverpool, plus stay up for Midsummer

Take me there: Adagio Aparthotel, Liverpool<p>One of Liverpool's best-loved buildings, the former Lewis's department store re-opens this weekend as the …

Canoeing in Scotland

Three or four feet down and the sandy sea floor is thickly cast with razor clams and scallop shells. Towers of rainforest-green seaweed reach up …

A culinary tour of Bolivia: cooking with altitude

I hadn't signed up for this. A small corner cafe in the Bolivian city of El Alto and a steamy bowl of soup plonked down in front of me. The dish in …

Marettimo, Italy: Secret Seaside

<i>Where is this beach? Marettimo, off the coast of Sicily</i><p><i>Who's it good for? Couples looking for relaxtion, those wanting island life but with a few active options available</i><p><i>What is there to do? Walk, scuba dive - or do nothing</i><p><i>What makes it special? This is an Italian island free of the snobbery of</i> …

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Italy family holiday: narrowing the generation gap in Puglia

Not so long ago family holidays had a natural lifespan. The cheerful, sandy, communal breaks would stretch out over 15, perhaps 18 happy years, then gradually peter out as children found their independence and left home. Parents felt a bit wobbly at first, then began to enjoy the brief window of …

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Five Foodie Reasons To Visit Spain's Costa Brava

Millions of people travel to Spain’s Costa Brava and Girona for a multitude of reasons. Rich history, relaxing on the beach and warm hospitality. But …

Enjoy the best of Dublin without spending a dime

From an 18th-century lighthouse to an eccentric literary re-enactment, take advantage of the Irish capital’s free summertime offerings.<p>Lonely Planet’s Ireland expert Fionn Davenport shares his tips for what’s free in the capital this summer.<p><b>Bloomsday</b><br>June sees James Joyce fans dressing up in …

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Five unforgettable rail journeys

From a luxury odyssey through the Australian outback to traversing the peaks of the Ecuadorian Andes, here are some of the best ways to get on board.<p>There are few more memorable ways to travel than by train. From rail odysseys through the outback to day trips in Britain, here are five ways to get …

How to Make any Galette (or Crostata) in 7 Steps

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: With these 7 steps, you won't need a recipe to make rustic, free-form fruit tarts -- through summer and</i> …

The sophisticated flavours of rural Wales

The remote Brecon Beacons National Park is capitalising on its abundance of local produce, from award-winning venison to wholemeal bread made in a 19th-century water mill.<p>It is a land so wild and tough that the British Special Air Service (SAS) use it for their training, and it has been attracting …

A Scottish-style safari

Imagine the comical mating ritual of the capercaillie bird, the flash of a red squirrel sprinting by and the grunt of a reindeer -- all set against the backdrop of an ancient Caledonian forest, remnants of a landscape that once covered the British Isles.<p>Cairngorms National Park is nearly 4,500 sqkm …