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18 Things to Eat, Buy, and Do in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is on its way to being a bonafide food destination. Learn about the people who are taking risks and defying stereotypes.<p>Quick—name an idyllic Caribbean island with mouthwatering cuisine. Jamaica? Sure. Cuba? Of course. Puerto Rico? [Silence]<p>Okay, so the U.S. commonwealth probably isn’t …

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An Awesome Place in Morocco

Strange cultural treatments?<p>Below, I describe my first two hamams… Have you ever had some strange cultural experience like this? Let us know! 🙂<p>Daily …

Telegraph Travel's 20 destinations for 2014

When newspapers compile their must-see travel lists they usually like to throw in a headline-grabbing curve-ball. Birmingham, Margate and Dresden are just a few of those destinations that have made it on to the bucket list in recent years.<p>No one is saying each does not have its appeal – the …

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Top 10 shops and attractions in San Francisco for design lovers

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field<p>Just because the San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is closed for two years for major renovations doesn't mean you can't still enjoy its exhibits – at the Asian Art Museum, at the Legion of Honor, even outdoors. In collaboration with the National Park Service, …

Top 10 historic sights in San Francisco

Fort Point<p>At the foot of the Golden Gate bridge is Fort Point, built from 1853 to 1861 to protect the Bay from naval attacks. It is constructed in the multi-tiered Third System military style, with a design allowing cannons to hit enemy ships at water level; Fort Point is the only one of its kind …

How to Fall in Love With the World

<b>It’s a sultry summer night in Paris.</b> You’ve had a dinner of <i>biftek-frites</i> and Burgundy with friends in the Quartier Latin and while they’ve opted for the Métro, you impetuously decide to wander on foot instead to the apartment you’ve rented for the month. You amble through Île Saint-Louis, listening …

Local's guide to San Francisco's coolest neighbourhoods

Hayes Valley<p>San Francisco's 1989 earthquake damaged the Central Freeway so much that it was eventually torn down. The development attracted shops, bars and restaurants to the urban jumble around Hayes St, west of Van Ness. New greenspace along Octavia St added to the area's appeal. Now you can …

Lonely Planet’s best value travel destinations for 2014

When times are tight we suggest you travel more, not less – but pick carefully. This is where your wallet will smile at the memories for years to come.<p>Greek Islands<p>View of Navagio Beach, also known as Shipwreck Cove, on Zakynthos Island. Image by Dave Porter Peterborough Uk / Photolibrary / Getty …

Costa Rica

The gadget that turns water into wine

Creators of ‘The Miracle Machine’ say it will allow users to create wine from scratch using tap water and a sachet of ingredients. Is it too good to be true?<p>A pair of California-based entrepreneurs have created a kitchen gadget which, they claim, is capable of turning water into high-quality …

Rome attractions: what to see and do in spring

Parks and gardens<p><b>The American Academy Gardens</b><p>On Janiculum Hill, these 11 acres of gardens comprise mainly of the Villa Aurelia and Bass Gardens. Since the adoption of organic cultivation methods in 1992, 12 species of butterflies have made the gardens their home, as well as hedgehogs, robins, blue …

The world's best places to see autumn colours

The dog days of summer are over. But despite the chill in the air, there’s no need to be downhearted. Autumn is the most spectacular season, a last hurrah before the bitter winds of winter take hold.<p>Pull on your walking boots and head to one of these stunning destinations to witness glorious autumn …

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Top 10 reasons to love Copenhagen

Surprising, artistic, experimental and cosmopolitan, the Danish capital overflows with cafés, culture and history. Here are 10 reasons to love the city.<p>1. The Danes know how to play<p>In contrast to the commercial clutter of most theme parks, Tivoli (tivoli.dk) has clung on to much of its 19th-century …

Europe’s top 10 scenic rail journeys

Give thanks to the engineers who built railways across Europe's most difficult terrain, their hard work has translated into some of the world's most picturesque journeys – in Scandinavia along icy rivers to fjords, in Germany, Switzerland and Italy through carved valleys in the Alps, along the …

European Travel

Lonely Planet's top 10 eco stays for 2014

We asked Lonely Planet’s authors and travel editors to nominate outstanding eco-friendly hotels and hostels. From the incredible array of green stays around the world, our panel of experts hand-picked 10 of the best. So if you want your next trip to make a positive impact, our round-up of …

Alternative Queenstown

Queenstown in New Zealand is renowned internationally as an adventure tourism hotspot, but there are also less adrenaline-fuelled activities to be enjoyed amid beautiful Central Otago scenery. Once you've secured your collection of souvenir T-shirts and DVDs by bungy jumping, whitewater rafting and …

New Zealand

The world's most enchanting ruins

Wine Review: Lighter red wines

Like red wine, but heavier varieties don't suit you? Here are some (very drinkable) answers<p>An admission from your not-so-hardened wine writer: I never drink more than one glass of rich red wine, however delicious. I can't say the same for my more copious intake of lighter reds, white and fizz, so …

In praise of the Sommelier

Sommeliers are an invaluable source of knowledge – and great wine. We should make more use of them<p>Without wishing to sound spoilt – so I’m obviously going to – sitting in a restaurant and having glass after delicious glass of wine just arrive at the table: well, it’s pretty nice, isn’t it? That’s …

Readers' travel tips: Greek coastal tavernas and cafes

Contribute with Guardian Witness<p>Have you discovered the perfect place to sit and watch the waves roll in while sipping an ouzo or eating a fresh feta-laden Greek salad? Share your tip on your favourite Greek seaside taverna, cafe or bar via GuardianWitness and you could win this week’s …

Children and cheap holidays is a package you can't buy

Hands up if you'd like a three-day weekend? Or a six-hour working day? Or a cheaper holiday?<p>There are some polls we already know the result of, even before someone sets up the e-petition to check; so it can only be one of those feather-knocking-over moments to hear that about 170,000 people have so …

Rachel Khoo's Marseille: My Kind of Town

<b>Why Marseille?</b><p>It’s multicultural with a gritty feel. It’s rough around the edges and that’s part of the charm. There’s also a big north African influence in <b>Marseille</b> that adds to its character.<p><b>Anything special I should pack?</b><p>Definitely bring your appetite, because there are lots of delicious foods …

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 …

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Berlin attractions: what see and do in spring

<b>Parks and gardens</b><p><b>Brandenburger Tor</b><p>If there were a prize for <b>Berlin</b>’s most recognisable attraction, it would be the Brandenburger Tor. The best way to enjoy it is to stroll towards it via Unter den Linden, Berlin’s take on the Champs-Elysée, taking in the chestnut trees and the run of shops, …

Wine Review: Vina Sol and Spanish whites

The variety of Spanish white wines is something to celebrate, as a popular brand hits its half-century<p>Happy birthday, Viña Sol. The popular light white from Torres, ubiquitous in Spain and widely available here, hit the big five-o with the release of the current 2012 vintage. It keeps its golden …

Greek Islands: readers' tips, recommendations and travel advice

<b>This week's winning tip</b><p><b>Tulip time</b><p>North-west Crete is glorious in April. The White Mountains, covered in snow, make a glorious backdrop to the flower-filled olive and orange groves. Drive up the mountain road to the Omalos Plateau, and see rare tulips and the Samaria Gorge. Take the Sougia road out …

Wine tasting notes: Portuguese reds

Portugal's red wines are going from strength to strength. Here are three worth keeping on your wine rack<p><b>2011 Porta Velha, Valle Pradinhos, Trás-os-Montes £7.95, The Wine Society</b><p>Portugal has sommeliers in raptures, with its mix of local grapes and diverse geography enabling it to make almost any …