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  • 8 of the best restaurants in Portugal

    8 of the best restaurants in Portugal

    December 7th, 2018Matthew Hancock
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    Portugal has the highest concentration of cafés per head of population in the European Union. I can verify this fact after walking the entire Portuguese-Spanish border and finding that I was never more than around 10km from a place that could rustle up a decent meal. However it is not only the quantity of places... Read more »

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  • Why a winter holiday in Greece is a great idea

    Why a winter holiday in Greece is a great idea

    December 5th, 2018Jenny Cahill-Jones
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    Picture Greece, and what do you see? Sun-baked white sand beaches, sparkling turquoise ocean and queues of overheated tourists queuing for ferries? You’re not alone. While the multi-island nation – spread out as it is across the Mediterranean – is undoubtedly a summer favourite, there’s a whole lot to explore in the wintertime too. Pack... Read more »

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  • The best hotels in Spain: pick of the paradores

    The best hotels in Spain: pick of the paradores

    November 29th, 2018Rachel Lawrence
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    When it comes to accommodation, paradores are in a class of their own and undoubtedly among the best hotels in Spain. Converted from castles, monasteries and other Spanish monuments, they can be really special places to stay, sited in the most beautiful parts of the country or in some of the most historic cities. Prices... Read more »

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  • Where to go in Iceland this winter

    Where to go in Iceland this winter

    November 27th, 2018Siobhan Warwicker
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    Winter in Iceland brings a special kind of adventure, from chasing the shape-shifting Northern Lights to trekking through caves of glacial blue ice. Despite its chilly name, the Land of Fire and Ice isn’t inhospitable to winter wanderers. The ‘Golden Circle’ region of the south-west hovers just below freezing. While it’s no-go in the central highlands, the Ring Road,... Read more »

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  • Pigging out with the Pata Negras: a road trip to taste the world’s most expensive ham

    Pigging out with the Pata Negras: a road trip to taste the world’s most expensive ham

    November 19th, 2018Heidi Fuller-Love
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    Heidi Fuller-love heads out on the trail of Spain’s most exclusive Jamon. Hanging ham hocks click heels like flamenco castanets in the wild Sierra wind as I pull into Finca Montefrio and park with the flourish of a bullfighter in a cape-flinging cloud of dust. At the heart of the Sierra de Aracena, a vast... Read more »

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  • The best places to stay in Iceland: an expert’s guide

    The best places to stay in Iceland: an expert’s guide

    November 16th, 2018Kirsten Powley
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    When planning a trip to Iceland, you may realise that you’ve hit the destination jackpot. No matter where you are in the country, there is something spectacular nearby, whether that’s great food, dramatic and rugged mountainous landscapes, powerful waterfalls or charming fishing villages. What can be much harder to figure out is where the best places... Read more »

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  • Iceland travel tips and tricks to know before you go

    Iceland travel tips and tricks to know before you go

    November 9th, 2018Iseult Larkin
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    A bewitching Nordic nation of volcanoes, glaciers, cosmic winter light shows and endless summer twilight, Iceland is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. The island’s mercurial weather means you’ll need to prepare for quick changes in advance. And the spectacularly dramatic landscape can bring its own challenges too. As they say, it’s good to know before... Read more »

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  • The best Reykjavik restaurants

    The best Reykjavik restaurants

    October 31st, 2018Tamara Hinson
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    Hot springs and geysers are all well and good, but man cannot live on water alone. Iceland’s biggest new attraction is quickly shaping up to be the food scene in its capital. From Mexican flavours to traditional Icelandic specialities, there’s a lot to explore. Here Tamara Hinson shares the nine Reykjavik restaurants you ought to... Read more »

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  • 7 Places to escape the crowds in Krakow

    7 Places to escape the crowds in Krakow

    October 29th, 2018Rachel Mills
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    Chocolate box old town Kraków is a jumble of narrow cobbled streets, elaborate churches and grand medieval sights like the main square and Wawel Royal Castle. However, in the summer months, Kraków struggles to cope with overtourism. In 2017, 13 million visitors (and the horse-drawn carriages that carry them) thronged the old town, as well as... Read more »

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  • The Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Worth a trip?

    The Blue Lagoon in Iceland: Worth a trip?

    October 23rd, 2018Aimee White
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    The Blue Lagoon is undoubtedly one of Reykjavik’s hot spots (pun intended). Yet it can be on the receiving end of criticism: its regular coach-load drop offs and steep entrance fees (compared with other spas) isn’t necessarily what everyone envisages when it comes to visiting an Iceland lagoon. However, the Bláa lónio (its Icelandic name) shouldn’t... Read more »

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  • Utrecht: why the time to visit is now

    Utrecht: why the time to visit is now

    October 22nd, 2018Kieran Meeke
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    This university town may be the fourth largest city in the Netherlands, but it hides its scale around a welcoming heart that makes you feel instantly at home. The cosy medieval centre is surrounded by layers of ultramodern new developments radiating outward. A few steps from a shining glass-and-steel department store, you will find a cobbled... Read more »

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  • Things to do in Lisbon off the tourist trail

    Things to do in Lisbon off the tourist trail

    October 18th, 2018Jenny Cahill-Jones
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    Have you noticed that Lisbon is having a moment? If not, where have you been? For the past three years the Portuguese capital has been slowly climbing up all the “best-of” lists. Tourists numbers reached a record 20 million people in 2017 (according to a report from the Portuguese tourism industry) while the country’s resident... Read more »

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