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  • The most beautiful region in Scotland: the results!

    The most beautiful region in Scotland: the results!

    April 20th, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    In a country as stunning as Scotland, how do you choose the most beautiful region? VisitScotland asked us to help them find out, so we ran a poll with our readers, inviting you to vote for the fairest of them all. After more than 4000 votes, the results are now in. Check out the video below for... Read more »

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  • Alternative Prague: escaping the tourist trail

    Alternative Prague: escaping the tourist trail

    April 20th, 2018Joseph Reaney
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    Prague is one of Europe’s most visited cities. Millions of tourists come to the Czech capital each year for its romantic hilltop castle, its intricate astronomical clock and its statue-lined medieval bridge. And 2018 is busier than ever, with the city celebrating 100 years since the founding of Czechoslovakia. Yet for all its headline attractions,... Read more »

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  • How to ace Aberdeen: an expert’s guide to the Granite City

    How to ace Aberdeen: an expert’s guide to the Granite City

    April 18th, 2018Mike MacEacheran
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    With more than thirty other namesakes around the world – from New South Wales in Australia to South Africa’s Eastern Cape – Scotland’s Aberdeen remains the original and best, wearing its history well. Known as the Granite City, and built on centuries of nautical heritage – herring fishing, whaling, shipbuilding, and the far more recent offshore oil boom, which took off like a... Read more »

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  • Reconsidering Turkey: why the time to go is now

    Reconsidering Turkey: why the time to go is now

    April 9th, 2018Marco Ferrarese
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    Turkey is the most accessible of the Middle Eastern nations. A natural land bridge, it connects the eastern part of Europe to the Caucasus, and the viridian Black Sea coast to the arid Arab peninsula. With Emirates, Etihad and most major airlines serving flights to Istanbul, you can easily fly from Europe, the United States and... Read more »

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  • 9 quirky British islands to explore

    9 quirky British islands to explore

    April 6th, 2018Rachel Mills
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    Just a fraction of Britain’s more than 6000 islands are accessible – and even fewer are inhabited. If you’re dreaming of life, or just a holiday, on a remote coastal island you’ll know that islanders have a reputation for being rather quirky. Local traditions and customs are fiercely protected and every British island has a... Read more »

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

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

    April 4th, 2018Marc Di Duca
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    A millennium’s worth of architecture, the world’s best beer, an intriguing communist legacy and central Europe’s biggest year-round party – what’s not to like about the Czech capital? From the splendour of the Gothic Charles Bridge to Art Nouveau and Modernist masterpieces, from traditional pubs to a thumping clubbing scene, everyone can find their thing... Read more »

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  • Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    Middle East and North Africa: 10 spectacular sights off the beaten track

    March 27th, 2018Gavin Thomas
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    The Middle East and North Africa have plenty of world-famous attractions – Petra and the Pyramids, the Valley of the Kings and the souks of Marrakesh, the minarets of Istanbul and the skyscrapers of Dubai – but there are so many other spectacular sights, a little further off the beaten track, which still receive only a... Read more »

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  • The most beautiful regions in Scotland: vote now!

    The most beautiful regions in Scotland: vote now!

    March 23rd, 2018Rough Guides Editors
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    *Voting has now closed* As spring finally arrives, we’re running a poll to discover the most beautiful region in Scotland. We know it’s hard to choose, but if you had to pick one – just one – of the regions below, which would it be? Take a look at our taster images for inspiration. To... Read more »

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  • The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    The 10 best Baltic beach resorts

    March 16th, 2018Jonathan Bousfield
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    European beach holidays haven’t always been just about the Mediterranean. A century ago, the resorts along the Baltic Sea were just as likely to attract the Emperors, Duchesses and celebrities of the day as anywhere on the French Riviera. Indeed an awful lot of Europeans still spend their summers on Baltic shores. As well as... Read more »

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  • 7 reasons to visit Dundee & Angus

    7 reasons to visit Dundee & Angus

    March 14th, 2018Helen Ochyra
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    You might have heard that a certain big-name design museum is coming to Dundee later this year. The architecturally stunning V&A will indeed open its doors on Dundee’s waterfront in September, offering an exciting programme of exhibitions and events – but there’s so much more to the Dundee & Angus region than one long-awaited museum. Here are seven more reasons... Read more »

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  • Porto versus Lisbon: which should you visit first?

    Porto versus Lisbon: which should you visit first?

    March 7th, 2018Amanda Tomlin
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    Porto and Lisbon have much in common – both are hilly cities, with attractive riverside quarters and winding warrens of old lanes and alleyways. Portugal’s two main cities both have fantastic restaurants – with a good mix of traditional and Michelin-starred cuisine – plus great bars and nightlife. Add all this to the fact that... Read more »

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  • Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    Video: Kurentovanje, one of Europe’s strangest festivals

    March 6th, 2018Colt St. George
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    Every February in Slovenia, the historic town of Ptuj hosts one of Europe’s strangest festivals: Kurentovanje. The tradition is centered on the kurent, an early Slavic god of hedonism dating back thousands of years, who comes to scare away winter and usher in spring. Masked, clad in sheepskins and brandishing a massive club, a single kurent strikes a rather intimidating figure.... Read more »

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