Travel

Swiss Alps: old huts to chic chalets

After a long ascent via hairpins through smaller and smaller villages in the Swiss Alps, the bumpy track around the mountainside eventually petered out into a stony path, indicating we had reached the end of our journey. I had the sinking feeling that we were in the wrong place. There should have been a collection of high-design chalets around here ...

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Holiday Guide to Basilicata, Italy: What to See

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 tour buses. However, Basilicata, the ...

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The Best of Northern Spain: Readers’ Travel Tips

Forget crowded Med beaches: the four coastal regions of España Verde offer cool cities, wild shores and great walking in verdant coast and mountains. Winning tip: Basque Coast Geopark If you’d rather stray far from the tourist trail, the Basque Coast Geopark is a delight. It’s a protected area of the coastline around Mutriku, Deba, and Zumaia. There are 13km ...

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Walking Spain’s most spectacular coastline

Galicia’s new Lighthouse Way connects fishermen’s ways and farm tracks – and is a more meditative walk than the busy Camino de Santiago Have we hit peak Camino de Santiago? Almost, according to a copy of the El Correo Gallego newspaper I found lying in a bar in the harbour town of Muxía in north-west Spain: a record 301,036 walkers completed ...

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The highs (and lows) of travelling solo

The first tentative steps can be terrifying, but this seasoned traveller revels in the ‘addictive’ sense of freedom gained from being a party of one tanding in a fug of heat outside Cairo airport, taxi drivers shouting at me, night falling fast and without a single coherent idea about what I am to do, I stare into space, resisting the ...

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Tour de France: cycling the opening Vendée stage

The grand départ of the 2018 Tour takes place next weekend on the Atlantic coast. Our writer rides his Brompton through dunes and forests with pit stops to sample fine local seafood The beaches, forests, lagoons and marshes of the Vendée coast will provide a scenic backdrop to the start of this year’s Tour de Franceon 7 July. And while football ...

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5 great holidays in Central Europe

What Central Europe lacks in glitz it more than makes up for in scenery and adventure. And in these parts – from Poland to Slovenia – your money will go further, too Slovenia Friendly farm stay The hamlet of Kupljenik is only an hour’s drive from Slovenia’s Ljubljana airport but it feels a world away. Surrounded by meadows, Dolinar farmhouse ...

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Great Exhibition of the North: Best Days Out in the North-East

With the summer-long arts festival kicking off next week, singers, artists and curators share their favourite places in Newcastle and the wider region Becky Unthank, singer, the Unthanks If you’re walking along the Tyne on the Newcastle side, venture a little further and you’ll find the Ouseburn Valley. Kiln, a workshop/kitchen, is one of my favourite places to hang out and eat ...

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Need a Hygge? Try Copenhagen for a Happiness Fix

With its startling architecture and world class food the Danish capital is all about enjoying the good life … at a price. Our writer is also struck by the story behind a statue – and it’s not of a mermaid. Arrived at Copenhagen’s Central Station with Danny Kaye’s voice blaring in my head. Maybe he was right when he sang ...

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