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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…

Meet Norway’s new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari
Meet Norway’s new ambassadors: 4 sheep named Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari

This summer, the Norwegian tourist board have taken a new approach to sharing their country’s magnificent landscapes. They’ve shunned slick ad campaigns in favour of enlisting the help of four woolly friends. Erik, Frida, Lars and Kari are four sheep who’ve just landed the job of a lifetime – and their own Instagram account. Roaming free in…

6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans
6 reasons why Sarajevo is the coolest city in the Balkans

For many visitors, Sarajevo means two things: the setting for the outbreak of WWI, and, from 1992–95, being subjected to the longest siege in the history of modern warfare. The city’s recent, traumatic history is of course well documented, but what is perhaps less well known is what a warm, welcoming and fabulously cool destination…

The 10 best scenic train rides in Europe
The 10 best scenic train rides in Europe

Easier than a car and more comfortable than a bus – what’s not to like about taking the train through Europe’s most picturesque regions? Sit back and admire spectacular mountains, lakes, rivers and incredible feats of engineering on some of the best scenic train rides in Europe. 1. Bernina Express, Switzerland It’s not often you…

Croatia’s 5 best honeymoon destinations
Croatia’s 5 best honeymoon destinations

With its breathtaking beaches, dramatic sunsets and palm-fringed ports, Croatia has never been short on romance. Transforming these raw materials into the holiday of a lifetime however necessitates meticulous planning, much of which can go to waste if the destination disappoints once you get there. Happily, Croatia is currently emerging as one of Europe’s best…

22 incredible pictures of Corsica
22 incredible pictures of Corsica

Just off the south of France, and closer to the coast of Italy, the small, mountainous island of Corsica lies in wait for the three million tourists that visit its shores each year. Few places in Europe have such varied landscapes, from sweeping white-sand beaches and deep gorges, to towering mountains and otherworldly coastal cliffs. Corsica might…

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

If one city could be said to encapsulate the essence of Italy it might well be Florence (Firenze in Italian), the first capital of the united country. The modern Italian language evolved from Tuscan dialect, and Dante’s Divina Commedia was the first great work of Italian literature to be written in the vernacular. But what…

Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break
Why Pula should be your next Croatian city break

So you’ve circled Dubrovnik’s city walls and wandered the ancient alleys of medieval Split? Then the laidback and cosmopolitan city of Pula, home to some of the most impressive Roman ruins outside Italy, should be next on your list. While some Croatian destinations along the glittering Adriatic coast can sag beneath the weight of the…

33 astonishingly beautiful pictures of North Wales
33 astonishingly beautiful pictures of North Wales

Landscape photographer Kris Williams shares his best pictures of North Wales.  North Wales has a fantastic variety of mountains and coastlines. As a landscape and night-scape photographer it offers me everything I want within a short distance, whether its Anglesey surrounded by its stunning coastal views, lighthouses and medieval churches, or the diversity of Snowdonia National…

Where to eat the best pizza in Rome
Where to eat the best pizza in Rome

Naples may be the birthplace of pizza, but the Roman version is just as tasty. A thinner crust than the doughier Neapolitan pizza, and the addition of olive oil in the dough – not used by the purist Neapolitans – make for a crunchier finish. A handful of historic pizzerias are a must on any…

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