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Top 10 national parks in Europe: readers' travel tips

Durmitor, Montenegro<p>Several readers praised the rural landscape of Montenegro, which jazzual described as one of the “most beautiful countries in Europe”. They said: “Durmitor national park, in the north, is absolutely stunning and includes rugged mountains, pristine pine forests, two deep canyons …

European Travel

Seychelles: royal retreat on a budget

Seychelles - Our black SUV skidded to a stop. As if we weren't on a twisting island road with no shoulders, our guide to the Seychelles hopped out, …

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Levi's '300 Series' Long Sleeve Henley

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Withings Activité review: a slightly smarter watch

Whenever I’m wearing some new gadget on my wrist, people ask about it. Co-workers are idly curious about which smartwatch or fitness band that is; my girlfriend asks why it’s so ugly and when I’ll take it off. A few, like the Moto 360, prompt strangers to stop me on the street or subway and ask if …

23 free things to do in Washington, DC

Accommodation aside, Washington, DC, is one of the most, er, capital-friendly cities in the world. From performances in the Kennedy Center to tours of the White House, and the Smithsonian's free museums and galleries (and zoo!), you can spend weeks having fun without spending a dime.<p>Tick off our 23 …

Top 10 reasons Belgium isn’t boring

Late British comic Bob Monkhouse used to joke ‘I went to Belgium once. It was closed.’ Little understood, riddled with Eurocrats, somehow <i>between</i> places – all these impressions have contributed to Belgium’s dull rep. But dig a bit and you’ll find that Belgium is actually fascinating. Here are 10 …

Jordan: From Dead Sea to Red Sea

The low point of my holiday to Jordan came early. Driving through the dusty Moab Mountains southwest of the capital, Amman, I spotted a bizarre road sign. It was bright blue with wavy white lines and simply said 'Sea Level'. Now what is the motorist meant to do? Hold their nose? Start praying in a …

Top 10 extraordinary places to stay in 2014

Think back to where you stayed on your last trip. Was it simply a place to rest your head, or did it immerse you in local colour, surround you by wildlife and fire your imagination? We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and editors to nominate the most extraordinary hotels and hostels around the world. …

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Off the beaten track in Rome

From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, Rome's headline acts need no introduction. But away from these historic crowd-pleasers, there are a host of lesser-known sights and neighbourhoods waiting to be discovered. Here's a selection of our favourites.<p>Chiesa di Santa Prassede<p>The interior of the …

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Keep your cool in Spain: holiday in a cave

We arrive at dusk, while it’s still light enough to tell that Malutka’s Andalucían Grotto has a spectacular view. The street is on a ledge of rock, high above the town of Baza. From the terrace, we look across the scorched flatlands of the Altiplano de Granada towards the hazy hills of the Sierra …

Expert guide to Barcelona

Local laws and etiquette<p>Tipping is a pretty relaxed affair in Spain, and people tend to round up to the nearest euro in a bar, café or taxi, and leave just a few euros in all but the smartest restaurants.<p>Drivers are required to keep a fluorescent gilet inside the car, to be worn if they break down …

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Car-free getaways from some of the world's greatest cities

Travelling like a local in a foreign place means going off the beaten path in and out of town. On your next big city trip, put a day or so aside for an adventure within an adventure, forget the hassles of driving, and discover what lies beyond the metro maps.<p>1. Athens to Hydra<p>Santorini’s stark blue …

10 free things to do in London

Exploring the sights of London can come at a cost – but it's not all bad news for budget travellers. In fact, London excels in offering free …

Barcelona nightlife

Expert guide to Barcelona<p>An insider's guide to the best cocktail bars, nightclubs, cafes and hotel bars for drinking and partying in Barcelona. By Sally Davies, Telegraph Travel's Barcelona expert<p>£££<p>Boadas<p>There's a price to be paid for 'classic' status in Barcelona, and at Boadas that means a lot – …

Zanzibar: balmy new angles on an old refuge

Getting lost is the only way truly to understand a place – and in Zanzibar’s Stone Town, getting lost is a rite of passage. A living museum, its labyrinth of streets, houses, mosques and Hindu temples is packed with Gothic and Italian windows as well as towering teak doorways studded with copper …

The best budget hotels in Venice

An expert guide to the best cheap hotels in Venice, including the top affordable places to stay for canal views, boutique style and Venetian charm, in locations near to St Mark's Square, the Accademia and Rialto markets.<p><i>All prices cited are starting rates for double rooms, based on two people</i> …

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Lonely Planet's Best in Europe 2014

Are you packing your bags for Europe this summer, or still just fantasizing about it? Either way, you’ll be spoiled for choice when you cast your eyes over our irresistible expert picks.<p>While our Best in Travel 2014 already touted Paris’ urban renaissance, Scotland’s many events, and Yorkshire’s …

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 …

European Travel

The best cruises for Dubrovnik and Venice

<b>Andy McGuire writes</b> <br>We would like to try a mini cruise as it’s our first time cruising. We are looking for a minimum of three nights, maybe up to six, in October. Can you advise where we could go? We fancy Dubrovnik and Venice. We live near Luton.<p><b>Jane Archer, cruise expert, replies</b> <br>I’m afraid there …

The 60 best holidays in Italy for 2017

Italy summer booking guide<p><b>Planning a holiday to Italy in 2017? Read our guide to the best regions, including expert advice on where to go in Tuscany, Umbria, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Abruzzo, the Amalfi coast, Sardinia, the Italian Lakes, and Piedmont, plus our pick of the 60 best holidays. By</b> …

Fontevraud L'Hotel

Fontevraud-l'Abbaye, Pays de la Loire, France<p>Savour the monastic charms of Fontevraud, set in a vast 12th century abbey complex in the Loire Valley. Rooms are austere yet comfortable and contemporary and the restaurant, set around a cloister, offers creative cooking. Children are welcome, too.

8 Snorkel Destinations That Will Blow Your Mind

As some of you may know, I recently became a certified scuba diver to prepare for my 2013 trip to the Maldives. Less than a year later, I’ve become a …

Italian B&Bs for walking: four of the best

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Europe's greatest seaside escapes

The greatest seaside escapes are usually the ones that nobody else knows about: the ones down the mile-long sandy trail, the ones at the bottom of the rickety steps, the ones you have to inflate a dinghy and paddle to.<p>But even the most well-known places can feel intimate if you time it right. Plan …

Lonely Planet's top 10 best value stays for 2014

Amazing experiences aren’t reserved for unlimited budgets. These characterful places to stay around the world offer comfort and charm in superlative settings - all of them are well under US$100 per night, and plenty have dorm beds for only a few dollars. Here are our top 10 wallet-friendly hotels …

Top 10 bungee jumps in the world

"I still recall my first jump," reminisces New Zealander AJ Hackett, the man who launched commercial bungee jumping 25 years ago today. "I had the most amazing sensation."<p>At the time Hackett was running a struggling ski shop but inspired by British daredevils The Oxford University Dangerous Sports …

2014-2015 New Cars: The Ultimate Buyer's Guide

Quick Reviews of Every Car You Can Buy<p>Despite generally booming sales so far this year, the auto industry continues to find itself in a state of transition. Fuel economy is on the rise, as are the capability, popularity, and affordability of alternative fuel vehicles like electric cars and plug-in …

Incredible Underwater Park in Austria

Grner See (Green Lake) is a lake in Styria, Austria known for its shimmering, emerald-green hue and its fluctuating depth throughout the year, at times leaving a park completely submerged in it. Being that the water for the lake is provided mainly by runoff from the surrounding karst mountains, it …

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