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12 dreamy pictures of Ireland
12 dreamy pictures of Ireland

With its remote beauty, rugged landscapes and windswept coastlines, Ireland is a photographer’s dream. Here, Philip Joyce shares some of his best pictures of Ireland.  The Emerald Isle is one of the most spectacular locations on the planet. From rolling hills to vast cliffs and beautiful coastal drives, Ireland rivals anywhere in the world when it comes to…

You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London
You can now play cult 90s gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London

That’s right. Those days of buying a nylon jumpsuit and turning your house into a makeshift obstacle course are over. Thanks to a crowd-funded project set up by three visionary twenty-somethings, you can now play the cult nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze for real in London. We sent Rough Guides editor Greg Dickinson along to…

Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour
Beyond tapas: the Spanish food and drink you need to devour

Spain is known throughout the world for its Mediterranean diet, heavily featuring seafood, meat and fresh vegetables, all splashed with a healthy dose of olive oil. But while you may think Spanish cuisine is all about tapas, paella and sangria, there are many more dishes that are not so well known, but are just as…

8 great alternative UK city breaks
8 great alternative UK city breaks

London, Edinburgh, Cardiff… These are the usual suspects when visitors are thinking about UK city breaks. But there are actually 66 other cities to be explored throughout this land, each with something different to offer. Here’s our pick of the 8 best alternative UK city breaks. 1. Belfast, Northern Ireland Belfast rarely makes the cut on…

Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas
Brave new world: the quirks of Finland’s saunas

To Finns, it is the most natural thing on the planet: disrobing, sweating it out naked in front of strangers in temperatures of 80°C, occasionally self-flagellating and, ideally, following up with a plunge into water only a fraction above freezing. To the rest of the world, Finland’s tradition of sauna frequenting – the cornerstone of…

7 highlights that make Genoa Italy’s most delicious city
7 highlights that make Genoa Italy’s most delicious city

Genoa is way off most travellers’ itineraries, but it’s time this northern Italian beauty – and its outstanding local cuisine – gets the recognition it deserves, says Natasha Foges. Genoa might just be Italy’s most under-appreciated city. Though overshadowed by the starrier sights of Venice, Florence and Rome, it’s a cultural heavyweight in its own…

A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Madrid
A day-by-day itinerary for the perfect weekend in Madrid

One of the sunniest and liveliest capital cities in Europe, Madrid has a lot to take pride in. Indeed, its inhabitants, the Madrileños, are so proud of their city that they modestly declare “desde Madrid al Cielo”: that after Madrid there is only one remaining destination – Heaven. While their claim may be open to dispute,…

5 reasons why Nijmegen might just be the Netherlands’ summer capital
5 reasons why Nijmegen might just be the Netherlands’ summer capital

Nijmegen is a lively university city around an hour-and-a-half by train from Amsterdam. Beyond its famous Four Days Marches, it’s a fairly unassuming place and doesn’t exactly sit on the country’s tourist trail. But, with typical Dutch confidence – after all, the saying goes “God created the world and the Dutch created the Netherlands” – this…

Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads
Slow travel: exploring Catalunya’s back roads

Barcelona is one of the world’s most visited cities, but relatively few tourists venture beyond the suburbs. Yet, just a couple of hours’ drive from the metropolis, there’s a relaxed region that’s ready to be explored at your own pace: the province of Girona, a jewel in the Spanish crown. The best way to experience…

5 reasons why Seville is the quintessential Spanish break
5 reasons why Seville is the quintessential Spanish break

Seville is Spain undiluted. Every image that springs to mind when you think of Spain, Seville not only provides, but revels in with theatrical abundance. There are sun-drenched plazas, outbursts of flamenco, dusty barrelled sherry, all-night fiestas and orange tree-lined streets tangling beneath sharp, clear skies. Clichéd? Yes. Over-the-top? Of course. But if you’ve ever…

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