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  • A Geordie’s guide to the Great Exhibition of the North

    A Geordie’s guide to the Great Exhibition of the North

    June 22nd, 2018Tamsin Crimmens
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    Newcastle upon Tyne, snuggled away in the Northeast of England, is perhaps Europe’s most misunderstood city. But as the Great Exhibition of the North sweeps into town this summer in a storm of immersive art experiences and street performance, it can finally prove it’s not all stag dos and wild weekends. It’s time to sample the... Read more »

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  • Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    Exploring St Petersburg: why Russia’s cultural heart will win you over

    June 15th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    St Petersburg is a sophisticated forward-looking city that feels and looks much more European than Moscow. Its pretty canals are lined with pastel-coloured buildings that house shops, cafés and a plethora of outstanding museums. This is Russia’s most charming city, its laidback and relaxed pace of life a welcome change from the country’s frenetic capital.... Read more »

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  • Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    Rediscovering Moscow: why the time to go is now

    June 14th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    Bustling and energetic, Moscow is a vibrant 24-hour city with a captivating and chaotic spirit that blends Western and Eastern cultures. Grand palaces and pretty onion-domed cathedrals sit cheek-by-jowl behemoth Soviet buildings that are relics of years of Communist rule. At night, the city morphs into one of the world’s liveliest, offering a decadent nightlife... Read more »

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  • The best European festivals you’ve never heard of

    The best European festivals you’ve never heard of

    June 12th, 2018David Hillier
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    There are thousands of festivals in Europe so it’s easy to only attend the commercial behemoths. If you’re keen to head a little further leftfield, though, we’ve rounded up the continent’s best events that fly under the radar; from an electro-pop beach festival in Normandy to a Faroese island jam. 1. Cappadox, Turkey From sunset walks... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Moscow

    June 11th, 2018Kiki Deere
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    One of the world’s most dynamic metropolises, Moscow has an energy like no other city, a chaotic spirit rumbling just beneath its polished surface. And since Russia is hosting the World Cup, 2018 is a big year for the city. Whether you’re hoping to be in the heart of the action, or you’re longing for a... Read more »

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  • Saving the Vjosa: Europe’s last wild river

    Saving the Vjosa: Europe’s last wild river

    June 6th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    Albania’s Vjosa River is nicknamed Europe’s Blue Heart for good reason. It begins in Greece, close to the village of Vouvoussa, and its turquoise waters beat an untamed path through the Balkan Mountains, before emptying themselves into the Adriatic. Untouched by man, today the Vjosa remains the last free-flowing river in Europe. But it’s under threat.... Read more »

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  • Prague Fringe: a gilded arts festival in the Golden City

    Prague Fringe: a gilded arts festival in the Golden City

    May 21st, 2018Joseph Reaney
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    Prague is famous for its live theatre scene, from opera and ballet to black light theatre. But did you know it also hosts continental Europe’s largest – and longest-running – English-language arts festival? Now in its seventeenth year, the Prague Fringe Festival is firmly established as a major alternative arts event, showcasing a heady mix... Read more »

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  • An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Madrid

    An expert’s guide: the best places to stay in Madrid

    May 15th, 2018Simon Baskett
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    A trio of world-class art galleries, an atmospheric historic core, the most successful club in the history of football and some of the best tapas, bars and nightlife in the whole of Spain: Madrid has something to offer everyone. With accommodation taking up a large slice of most travellers’ budgets, deciding where to stay may be... Read more »

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  • Video: 5 reasons you need to visit Islay

    Video: 5 reasons you need to visit Islay

    May 10th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    With its rugged, edge-of-the-world vistas, the stunning Hebridean island of Islay in Scotland‘s Argyll region has an aura of isolation. But as our videographer Colt St. George found out, it’s a breeze to get to – whichever direction you’re coming from. And while Islay is rightly famed for the peaty goodness of its whisky, there... Read more »

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  • 6 reasons why you should visit Portugal in 2018

    6 reasons why you should visit Portugal in 2018

    May 4th, 2018Matthew Hancock
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    Portugal is less than three hours’ flight time from the UK, while flights from the US are generally available for under $500. Moreover, once you get there, it’s one of the cheapest destinations in the EU. But if those reasons are not enough to persuade you, here are six more why Portugal is the must-try... Read more »

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  • Your Portugal itinerary: 4 road trip ideas to explore the country

    Your Portugal itinerary: 4 road trip ideas to explore the country

    May 3rd, 2018Matthew Hancock
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    Portugal is having a real purple patch right now. It’s one of the safest and least expensive countries in Europe with a balmy year-round sunny climate. Your dilemma might be where to head for first, as there are regular low-cost flights to Porto in the north, Lisbon in the centre and the Algarve in the... Read more »

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  • Video: 5 places you need to visit in Portugal

    Video: 5 places you need to visit in Portugal

    April 30th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Wondering where to go in Portugal? From buzzing, up-and-coming Porto to Lisbon‘s famous nightlife and the ever-popular golden beaches of the Algarve, Portugal has something to offer any kind of traveller. Here, we list the best places to visit in Portugal.   Discover more of Portugal with The Rough Guide to Portugal. Compare flights, find tours, book hostels and hotels for your trip, and don’t forget... Read more »

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